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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gleyber Torres isn’t making a demotion easy on Yankees | New York Post

He has looked great this spring training. There is no way he breaks with the team, though.

Of course, there’s still the reality that Torres has never played above Class A and is expected to open the season with Double-A Trenton.

General manager Brian Cashman has cautioned that Torres also hasn’t played in cold temperatures.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Peter Gammons: Toronto building a new culture - GammonsDaily.com

Grey Poupon for everyone!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, clubhouse culture

Mets give Lucas Duda insurance policy a test drive at first base | New York Post

Bruce was tested twice against the Astros. In the second inning, Wilmer Flores bounced a throw from third base that Bruce scooped to record the final out. In the fourth, Bruce fielded a grounder and flipped to Jacob deGrom covering the bag for the final out. On that play, Bruce hesitated on his flip — a brief miscommunication — before getting the ball to deGrom.

“You’ve got to get the ball to Jake a little quicker,” Collins said. “But I saw stuff [Bruce] can learn and thought he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, lucas duda, mets

The Gurus Behind Baseball’s Search for the Perfect Swing - WSJ

Somewhere Ted Williams is thinking, “I told you so.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, ted williams

Puerto Rico defeats Dominican Republic | MLB.com

Although I had to tap out again, I enjoyed most of the game. If critics want to complain about the lack of interest by American fans, maybe they should realize that it’s tough for most people to get into the tournament when a lot of the games are played at unwatchable times for people who work and live on the East Coast. I’m hardcore so I make the attempt. So, critics, cut the American fans slack for a tournament geared to the International market.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, puerto rico, wbc

Netherlands eliminates Cuba from 2017 WBC | MLB.com

Another Cinderella story.

Even with a talent-rich team headlined by big leaguers Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Schoop, Andrelton Simmons and Jurickson Profar, the Netherlands is viewed an underdog in this year’s Classic—at least in contrast to the loaded Pool F dueling on the other side of the Pacific.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, netherlands, wbc

Meet the Angels’ bullpen coach who doubles as a punk-rock star in the offseason | For The Win

The pursuits may seem inherently contradictory to just about everyone but Los Angeles Angels bullpen coach Scott Radinsky. Perhaps the only person in history who has both struck out Ken Griffey Jr. and opened for Green Day, Radinsky spent the 1990s pitching as a high-energy lefty reliever in Major League bullpens and spent his offseasons — still spends his offseasons — touring as a frontman for a series of Southern California-based punk outfits, first as a founding member of the group Ten ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, scott radinsky

Statcast’s New Defensive Metrics and Seattle’s Glove-First Outfield | U.S.S. Mariner

. I used his averages and calculated plays made above average for each player in 2015 and 2016, and then I looked at how their chances were distributed. That is, some players (Jackie Bradley, Jr.) saw proportionally more extremely difficult opportunities, while others (Kevin Kiermaier) saw fewer. The plays on the Statcast leaderboards apparently don’t include the absolutely never missed, can of corn, 100% probability balls. At least, that’s my guess just from noting that the sum of each ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, statcast

Rays, Kevin Kiermaier nearing $50 million extension

The Rays and Kevin Kiermaier are working on a long-term deal that could keep the Gold Glove centerfielder under team control for at least six more years and be worth more than $50 million, the Tampa Bay Times has learned….

Kiermaier, 26, was to make $2.975 million this year after qualifying for arbitration for the first time as a Super Two; the new contract — with an annual average value of nearly $9 million — will start this season.

Kiermaier is eligible for free agency after the 2020 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 12:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin kiermaier, rays

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Goold: How high could prospect Sierra start the season? | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Some insight into the decision-making of proper placement of a good-looking young player on his way to the big leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra

How discrimination keeps Haitians out of MLB

Baseball is not popular in Haiti itself, but as many as a million ethnic Haitians live in the neighboring Dominican Republic, where the game is ubiquitous. As the chicken waits on the table, Sano and Franklin Johnson Mateo, who serves as Sano’s adviser and facilitator, shout out examples of former and current MLB players who likely share their Haitian ancestry. They rattle off seven or eight names. The total number, Sano and Mateo agree, would shock most observers.

Many big leaguers from the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 04:26 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, haiti


Out Of Options 2017 - MLB Trade Rumors

Full list.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 03:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rosters

Let’s Play With New Defensive Data | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m not sure there’s a surprise in the bunch. Which is probably more of a good sign than a bad one — one wouldn’t think we’ve been completely wrong all this time. For as much as people have openly criticized the advanced defensive numbers, I think the bulk of the disagreement has centered on infield play, especially in the age of infielders moving around all over the place. We’ve long had a pretty good grasp on the outfield, I think. Statcast here mostly supports the information we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

The Curious Case of Cutch: Andrew McCutchen on his lost 2016, and why 2017 will be better

Only two players that debuted on the day a pitcher won their 300th game went on to post at least 10 bWAR: McCutchen and Randy Myers. Here’s hoping McCutchen can rediscover his stroke.

Regarding the worst, most mystifying season of his career, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen made a startling admission to me: He lost his nerve to run.

Slumps are the viral illnesses of a hitter. They strike without warning or known cause and run their course, be they days, weeks or, in McCutchen’s case ...

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ajnrules Posted: March 14, 2017 at 02:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pittsburgh pirates, spring training, tom verducci

Tracy Ringolsby: Rockies must turn to Plan B | MLB.com

Best laid plans…

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-14-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 14, 1917:

GEORGE M. COHAN AFTER BALL TEAM

The Providence International League baseball club was sold this afternoon by William H. Draper, its owner, to a syndicate of local men for $18,000.
...
Dennis O’Brien, George M. Cohen’s [sic] attorney, was present and said that Mr. Cohen intended buying the entire holdings. It may be possible that the New York theatrical man may yet get control, taking it out of the hands of the local men who bought it just for civic pride.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees vs The Universe: Who Ya Got?

Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?

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Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in ...

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Nimmo Unlikely To Be Ready When Camp Ends

The Mets could still carry Michael Conforto as their fifth outfielder, though some in the organization feel he is better-served receiving everyday at-bats at AAA Las Vegas. Another option would be an infielder capable of playing the outfield, such as Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera, or Matt Reynolds.

Nimmo, 23, is ranked as the Mets’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Bote Man Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, wbc

Venezuela rallies past Italy to advance | MLB.com

Great ending. Too bad I missed it because I had to turn in.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: wbc

WBC Chatter - March 14, 2017

2nd round action.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

MLB drops the ball in ruling Mexico out of the World Baseball Classic

This is a great lesson in why rules need to have clearly defined terms. Are “defensive innings” the number of innings pitched or does any inning in which a team plays defense constitute a defensive inning. The phrase “including partial innings” does not solve the ambiguity.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mexico, venezuela, world baseball classic

Young Acuna raising eyebrows at Braves camp

TAMPA, Fla.—Ronald Acuna has steadily become a well-known figure among Braves fans since he caught the attention of Bobby Cox and some of Atlanta’s upper-level executives during the 2015 Instructional League. But the 19-year-old outfielder’s legend has truly grown since he came to this year’s Spring Training and gained the welcome surprise he would have a chance to compete in some big league exhibition games.

Though he has been used simply as an extra called over from Minor League camp, Acuna ...

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Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: #trusttheprocess, braves, prospects, rebuilding

OT: NCAA March Madness 2017

Who’s ready for Madness?

New Orleans vs. Mt. St. Mary’s and NC-Central vs. UC-Davis!

Number 1 Seeds: North Carolina, Kansas, Villanova, Gonzaga


Phillies get ambidextrous

The Phillies made a minor trade with fun implications today, flipping outfield prospect Joey Curletta to the Seattle Mariners for switch pitcher Pat Venditte. Both Curletta and Venditte are off of 40-man rosters, so there will be no corresponding moves needed.  Curletta was the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz deal (the other two pieces being A.J. Ellis and RHP Tommy Bergjans).


The win-now and win-later windows of the 2017 baseball season

The Giants come close, but baseball really doesn’t have a team that’s analogous to the 2011 Phillies, which means we’ll focus on that scrum closer toward the top of the Y-axis. Here’s a quick thumbnail sketch of why each of those teams are so high on the window-shut-o-meter:

The Tigers are old and they have a bunch of long-term contracts on the books
The Royals have a bunch of free agents after the season, and they’ve already spent a lot more than they normally do
The Mariners are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: grant brisbee, win

Manny Ramirez’s Japan Baseball Contract Includes Infinite Sushi, Optional Practice

Manny Ramirez apparently has earned the right to live the high life in Japanese baseball. The former Boston Red Sox slugger and 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame nominee last Thursday signed a contract with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent league. His deal includes some eye-popping details, which The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier reported Monday, citing Yakyudb.com, that should warm the hearts of his fans. They include:

A Mercedes car and a driver

Optional practices

his own ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, manny ramirez

Padres to sign Cuban lefty Osvaldo Hernandez

The Padres have agreed to sign Cuban pitching prospect Osvaldo Hernandez for $2.5 million, according to a source. The 18-year-old left-hander will join a record-breaking international class on which the Padres have spent roughly $80 million since July 2.

Hernandez, who was declared a free agent last month, drew interest from several other teams, including the Astros, Cardinals and Braves. The 6-footer has a fastball that reaches 94 mph. His secondary pitches — a curveball, slider and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, osvaldo hernandez, padres

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Top 100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve enjoyed Eric Longenhagen’s prospect reports over at Fangraphs. Unfortunately, he’s a one-man show which means it will take him forever to get his team reports done. I was a little concerned his top 100 list would come out so late it wouldn’t be usable in fantasy drafts. Not any more. His list is up.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, top 100, top prospects

Tangotiger Blog: Weekend at SABR’s (part 1 of 3)

Tangotiger’s experience at the SABR Analytics Conference.

This is the non-technical post.  Part 2 will have the new stuff I did on “What If” and Part 3 will have the new stuff on “Shifts against RHH”.  Both are work-in-progresses.  Which is really what Statcast is, every question answered, uncovers another two.  Our LACK of knowledge will grow exponentially with more Statcast findings!  More accurately, the awareness of our lack of knowledge will do so.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, sabr

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