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Sunday, December 07, 2014

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2014 - January 2015)

December 31   1:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Ole Miss v. TCU
              5:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Boise State v. Arizona
              8:30 PM  Orange Bowl            Mississippi State v. Georgia Tech
January 1     1:00 PM  Cotton Bowl            Michigan State v. Baylor
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Florida State v. Oregon
              8:30 PM  Sugar Bowl             Ohio State v. Alabama
January 12    8:30 PM  Championship Game      Rose winner v. Sugar winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

The Flat Bat Award 2014 | Articles | Bill James Online

The best bunters in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 04:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

2014 Toronto Blue Jays Holiday Special

From the YouTube account that brought you recaps of Blue Jays seasons in the style of classic RPG games, it’s the 2014 Blue Jays Holiday Special!  Features Brett Lawrie, Alex Anthopoulos, Jose Bautista, Fergie Oliver, catcher of the future Max Pencarnacion and a special guest appearance by Bob McCown.


Belgian Outfielder Sam Buelens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

After Thomas de Wolf signed with the New York Mets in 2008 to become the first player born and raised in Belgium in the Minor Leagues, Belgian Baseball has a second prospect. 18-year-old outfielder Sam Buelens, who becomes 19 on December 27, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 2014 Buelens played for the Borgerhout Squirrels and won the championship in the Belgian Division I. He appeared in 34 games and batted .348 (OBP .448/SLG .430) with six extra base hits, 50 runs, 23 RBI and 31 stolen ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:39 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: belgium, blue jays, double christmas, prospects

Recent Updates and Turning off Advertisements

As you may have noticed, I’ve been working on the server and making some software updates. The downtime was required so I can move forward with some of the things on my off-season to-do list. I hope the outages didn’t inconvenience you too much.

First up on my to-do list was setting things up so I could turn off advertising for those of you who generously donated to support the site in 2014. Although automating the process is still on my list, I have turned off advertising on accounts that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

Dan Duquette a candidate to become Blue Jays CEO

AA+DD=??

Sources: The Blue Jays’ ownership is actively seeking a replacement for longtime CEO Paul Beeston. Dan Duquette among candidates discussed.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 07, 2014 at 12:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, front office, orioles, poaching

Didi Gregorius isn’t short on class and poise: scout - NY Daily News

Contrast this article with the other one I posted today. He’s either a guy who “thinks too much” or a “real easygoing guy”.

“He’s comfortable in his skin, handles failure well. He’s just a real easygoing guy. Nothing gets to him. He’ll love being in New York and, if people give him a chance, they’ll love him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, yankees

Five questions for Mets entering this week’s Winter Meetings - NY Daily News

I don’t know why but when I read the headline I heard it in Count Von Count’s voice.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

McManaman: Didi Gregorius’ stint as Derek Jeter’s replacement won’t last long

Thinking…

There’s a reason why two teams have already given up on Gregorius before he turns 25. He can’t hit. That’s why he couldn’t even crack the starting lineup on the worst team in baseball this past season.

Think about that for a minute.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, didi gregorius, yankees

Rays manager Kevin Cash said to have sharp baseball mind | Tampa Bay Times

So people don’t think Kevin Cash is very bright?

“Kevin Cash is smarter than what people think he is,” Boston DH David Ortiz said Friday in the Dominican Republic. “We played together and he was a guy that, his knowledge about the game was beyond guys that play the game every day. That’s what kept him playing as long as he played — his knowledge, the way he approached the game, the way he looked at the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin cash, rays


Red Sox answer is inside job | Boston Herald

Is it really important whether you develop rather than import an ace? I say no.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Will winter meetings ignite quiet Phillies’ offseason? | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

The Phillies don’t agree with the adage that “it’s better to trade a guy a year too early than a year too late.”

The Phillies’ slow-moving offseason can be traced to two factors. First, as that exec said above, not a lot of teams are knocking down the Phillies’ door for their players. In short, many of the players the Phillies are trying to move have flaws ranging from advanced age, to high salaries, to declining production. The second factor in the Phils’ sluggish offseason is the rest of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday Notes: Winter Dealings and Assorted Tidbits | FanGraphs Baseball

Another interesting column by David Lauria.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chili davis, dustin pedroia, josh donaldson, notes, red sox, rico brogna, tim lincecum

Always innovating, Melvin open to new outfield alignments | MLB.com

Doug Melvin, innovator.

Melvin was ahead of his sport’s metric timeline. The Brewers began extensive shifting, including for right-handed batters, in 2004, when manager Ned Yost shared his boss’s foresight.
“Yost was very open-minded,” Melvin recalled of the American League champion Royals’ current skipper. “We had enough data to prove the shift worked against certain hitters. We were one of the first to put three guys on the left side of second base for right-handed hitters. A lot of teams ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, defensive shifts, doug melvin

Source: Dodgers’ trade of Ethier to D-backs falls through | FOX Sports

The owner nixed the deal because Montero is one of his favorite players. You have to love it when owners hire baseball people to run their teams and don’t let them do it.

Andre Ethier a Diamondback? Miguel Montero a Dodger?
The teams recently discussed a trade involving those players, but the deal collapsed when the D-Backs’ ownership declined to give final approval, according to major-league sources.
Under the proposed trade, the Dodgers would have sent Ethier and catcher Tim Federowicz to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, trade rumors

Saturday, December 06, 2014


28 teams, 28 agendas at this week’s MLB meetings | New York Post

Joel Sherman does a *quick* rundown of all the teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 08:58 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

Mets have chips to trade during winter meetings, but they’ll be patient - Newsday

You can never have enough pitching. Or something like that.

“I guess I would agree that there has been a run on position players, and we’ve been part of that,” said Alderson, who kick-started the offseason by signing Michael Cuddyer at last month’s general managers’ meetings. “But at some point, people will turn to pitching, and then it’s a question of who’s available, who signs, who gets traded. At the end of the day, there’s always somebody that needs more pitching, so I’m not too worried ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Ballou: Handing out the Hall passes

Straight from the Wolf City Daily…the Ballou HOF ballot: P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Smoltz, Clemens, Bonds, Bagwell, Piazza and McGwire.

Johnson and Martinez are easy, although Johnson is easier than Martinez. Martinez had a Sandy Koufax career — incomparable for several prime seasons, but not for that long. Martinez is overwhelming in one of my personal criteria for the Hall of Fame — would you buy a ticket just so you could tell your grandchildren you saw him perform?

Part of me would ...

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Repoz Posted: December 06, 2014 at 07:33 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Sports teams are phasing out hard tickets; why - redeyechicago.com

Fans who buy 2015 White Sox season tickets will get their choice of the best available seats, a special pin and hat, a media guide, the option to buy postseason games, parking discounts and invitations to special events.
What they won’t get are the tickets.
“I just called them and expressed my displeasure,” season ticket holder Merrill O’Ryan, 49, said. “If I don’t have that paper ticket anymore ... I won’t be able to save it in a scrap book.”

The Sox will require season ticket holders to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:46 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: tickets

Full Count » Sources: John Henry makes trip to visit Jon Lester

Last off-season the Red Sox cost themselves either Jon Lester or a lot of money.

According to multiple major league sources, Red Sox principal owner John Henry flew to the Atlanta area Friday to personally visit with free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jon lester, red sox

Classic trades, tales born in Winter Meeting lobbies | MLB.com

I love these old tales.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: winter leagues

2014 Trade Value: An Offseason Update | FanGraphs Baseball

Every summer during the All-Star break, I run our annual Trade Value series. It’s a lot of fun, and a nice distraction from not having actual baseball for four days, and it makes some sense to publish it in the lead-up to the July 31st trade deadline, since that’s a time when we’re comparing the trade value of a lot of different players. However, there’s also a downside to running the trade value list in the middle of the season, as the list can look a little outdated pretty quickly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 08:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dollar sign on the muscle

Should Trade Chips Gattis, Rosario Stick at Catcher? - GammonsDaily.com

Some great analysis by David Golebiewski.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: evan gattis, sabermetrics, wilin rosario

Luhnow ‘confident’ Astros will make moves to help team | astros.com

STOP SPREADING RUMORS!!

MLB.com: Castro and center fielder Dexter Fowler have been the subject of trade rumors. What’s the market like for them?
Luhnow: I think it’s primarily Internet rumors, to be honest with you. Clearly, they’re both good players that have one year [Fowler] or two years [Castro] left of control, and those players are always going to be talked about in trade rumors. I’m sure there’s a lot of teams out there that have interest in them, and some have reached out, but we’re not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, winter meetings

Friday, December 05, 2014

Yankees To Sign Andrew Miller

Do we need to revisit the Miguel Cabrera trade?

The Yankees and Andrew Miller have agreed to a four-year, $36MM contract, tweets Jack Curry of the YES Network...

The 29-year-old Miller (30 next May) broke out in a huge way in 2014, pitching to a 2.02 ERA with an eye-popping 14.9 K/9 (an AL record), 2.5 BB/9 and a 46.9 percent ground-ball rate in 62 1/2 innings for the Red Sox and Orioles… Miller will pair with Dellin Betances — an electric breakout story himself — at the back of the Yankee ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 05, 2014 at 03:59 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, free agents, transactions, yankees

NY Post: Is Jeter Gearing Up To Buy The Marlins?

Jeter has declared repeatedly for quite a while now he intends to own a baseball team someday .  .  . He even told reporters in June he intended to reach out to team owners upon the season’s (and his playing career’s) conclusion. And if you want to bet which team he’ll eventually own? You won’t find a safer wager than the Marlins.

The Marlins said Jeter simply stopped by because he happened to be in town, and maybe that’s all it was — for now. Jeter figures to approach his goal ...

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Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth convicted of reckless driving

I wonder if he has one of those absurdly loud exhaust systems, too…

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was found guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in prison.

Werth, 35, was pulled over on July 6 while driving 105 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 193 in Fairfax County, according to court records. Werth was driving a two-door Porsche at the time of the offense, which occurred around 9:40 a.m. on a Sunday.

Werth’s attorney said he plans to appeal the ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: December 05, 2014 at 02:08 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, nationals

Rays To Hire Kevin Cash As Manager

The Rays will hire former big league catcher Kevin Cash as their next manager, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Cash was reportedly one of three finalists with Raul Ibanez and former Mariners manager/current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Ibanez had reportedly withdrawn himself from consideration earlier this week…

Cash, who turns 37 tomorrow, served as the Indians’ bullpen coach in 2013-14 after a brief stop in the Blue Jays’ scouting department following his ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 05, 2014 at 01:26 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin cash, managers, rays

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