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Monday, November 26, 2018

Thibs’ Hall of Fame Tracker

Primate Thibs’ indispensable Hall of Fame tool is back for another year.

SoSH U at work Posted: November 26, 2018 at 03:02 PM | 1205 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, son of gizmo

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Danny Farquhar reportedly signs minor league deal with Yankees

Best wishes for him in his comeback attempt.

QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, danny farquhar, yankees

Molina rehabs from knee surgery, plans to play in mid-March

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina plans to begin playing spring training games in mid-March as he recovers from recent knee surgery.

The longtime star had a minor cleanup procedure on his left knee last month.

“Right now, I’m probably 50 percent with my knee,” Molina said Monday at the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up fan event. “I keep working on my rehab down there in Jupiter (Florida). We’re planning to be 100 percent ready.”



QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, knees, surgery, yadier molina

Aaron Nola expects to go to court with Phillies over 2019 salary

Aaron Nola has a date on Valentine’s Day, but there will be no wine, no dinner, no chocolate.

Nola on Monday night revealed that his salary arbitration showdown with the Phillies is scheduled for Feb. 14. A three-person panel will decide his 2019 salary during a hearing in St. Petersburg, Florida, that day. The Phillies will hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers the day before in nearby Clearwater.

“This is baseball, the business part of the game,” Nola said before ...

QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, arbitration, phillies

Apr 24, 1934 - New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Athletics, NYC (real sound)

Around 18 minutes of pregame festivities and game footage from Yankee Stadium- rather fascinating to watch in various regards.

QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, film, vintage baseball, yankee stadium, yankees

Look at Padres’ books shows debt reduction has team in position to spend

He referred to the terms and interest rate on the $130 million debts/bonds balance for Petco Park and the parkade construction. Moores, mired in other financial bogs outside baseball, had been compelled in 2004 to agree to backing from bondholders that included a retirement fund and insurance companies at a blended rate of 8.5 percent, about double the prime rate at the time.

Getting out from under that mountain has been Fowler’s Everest. With the exception of a few detours, all paths have ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sonny Gray Reds-Yankees trade |

Thirteen weeks after general manager Brian Cashman said that he was “open-minded to a relocation” involving Gray, a match has been found. The Yankees announced on Monday that they have traded Gray to the Reds, along with left-hander Reiver Sanmartin, for second-base prospect Shed Long and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 Draft.

The Yankees then sent Long to the Mariners for Minor League outfielder Josh Stowers, sources told’s Greg Johns, following up reports by ESPN’s Jeff Passan ...

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2019 at 05:18 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, reds, sonny gray, trade, yankees

Cubs 3B Bryant healthy again after last year’s shoulder woes

CHICAGO—If Kris Bryant knows anything about where Bryce Harper is going in free agency, he is staying quiet for the moment.

Bryant does know at least one thing that should delight fans of the Chicago Cubs.

“The shoulder is perfectly healed. Feels great,” Bryant said. “Everything about it feels right back to where I was before.”

Mind you, if pitchers are a sign of anything, your guess is as good as mine how long that will last….

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 11:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, kris bryant

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-21-2019

Pittsburgh Press, January 21, 1919:

Babe Ruth, the star southpaw of the Boston Redsox, was looked upon today as the next big leaguer to leave organized baseball for a berth with the Upland team of the Delaware County league. Upland team representatives have gone to confer with Ruth.

Home Run Baker spent the entire 1915 season playing for Upland after a salary dispute with the Athletics. I need to read more about the Delaware County League - it’s bizarre to me that independent teams in suburban ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 21, 2019 at 10:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Opinion | Bill James Has the Required Numbers - The New York Times

Hundreds of SABR members will cry out in horror at this description.

James did not invent analytics — other students of the game formed the Society for Advanced Baseball Research years before he began his studies. But his lively, provocative writing helped him elevate the field at just the right time. The new network ESPN integrated stats into its programming. Players of the new pastime, fantasy baseball, hungered for stats. Agents and general managers alike gobbled up stats to justify ...

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:14 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james

Cubs have considered trading Ben Zobrist

The things folk do to duck the luxury tax….

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, luxury tax

Why Josh Harrison would fit Giants but isn’t perfect platoon partner

With Farhan Zaidi now at the head of decision-making, the Giants want a more versatile roster. One player who fits the mold and has been linked to the Giants in recent months is Josh Harrison.

FanCred’s Jon Heyman resurfaced the report Sunday, listing the Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Phillies and Rays as teams interested in the former Pirates second baseman.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has said he will embrace platooning players, and second baseman Joe Panik consistently has been talked about as ...

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, josh harrison, platoon

Overheard at Cubs Convention: A collection of the funniest and weirdest moments from the 2019 fan fest

The only Harper in attendance at the Sheraton Grand Chicago over the weekend was the Winter Storm Harper, not that dude named Bryce.

The Cubs seamlessly jumped from Cole Hamels to Kyle Hendricks in the alphabetical introductions at Opening Ceremonies Friday night, crushing the dreams of anybody who believed there would be a surprise visit from the superstar outfielder.

“The sad thing is it’s going to be snowing this much in April too,” one fan quipped. And it doesn’t look like Harper will be ...

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: convention, cubs, fans

Hall of Fame: Fred McGriff and five other players whose candidacy is in jeopardy

Baseball is one of the few prominent sports that isn’t defined or determined by time. However, when it comes to baseball’s Hall of Fame voting process, time, and sometimes space, make all the difference in the world.

That’s the reality several notable Hall of Fame candidates are facing as we approach the unveiling of the 2019 class.

For some, time is running out. That’s the position Fred McGriff is in. To be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers ...


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Two mystery teams talking to Manny Machado

We’ve heard a lot about PTBNL, but what about TTBNL?

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, mysteries

Cubs to launch their own sports network

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are launching their own sports network.

President of business operations Crane Kenney said the team hopes to have it running in time for spring training next year.

“You’ll have a Cubs channel,” he said at the team’s annual fan convention on Saturday. “We’ll launch in 2020.”

Interesting idea, but what do they air when the season’s over?

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, sports television

Epstein thinks Maddon will stay with Cubs past this season

CHICAGO- Joe Maddon’s future is a big question hovering over the Chicago Cubs heading into the season.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein thinks everything is going to work out just fine.

“My bet is that it goes extraordinarily well with Joe and the whole group and that he’s here for a long time to come,” Epstein said.

However, past evidence suggests that, should things go sour, they will go very sour indeed…..

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Former Reliever Tells Story of MLB Players Union Refusing to Help Pay for Life-Saving Treatment

​Former reliever Micah Bowie spent parts of six seasons at the major league level, including two seasons with the ​Washington Nationals in 2006 and 2007. After just 10 appearances with the Colorado Rockies in 2008, he was released and his career was over.

After clawing his way to stay in the big leagues, Bowie is now fighting and clawing just to stay alive.

​​After undergoing back surgery that led to complications in 2016, Bowie has been dealing with life-threatening health issues, ...

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: health, micah bowie, mlbpa

Kris Bryant dissed St. Louis and Yadier Molina called him a loser

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant might get booed more than normal the first time he plays the St. Louis Cardinals in 2019. Bryant drew the ire of the entire Cardinals fanbase, and catcher Yadier Molina, Saturday after calling St. Louis “boring.”

Bryant made those comments while appearing on a show hosted by Ryan Dempster. You can watch the full exchange below.

Bryant mentioned that he met Nelly at a concert during the offseason. He noted that Nelly is a Cardinals fan, which drew ...

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: kris bryant, st. louis, yadier molina

Blue Jays new holders of peculiar Guinness World Record

Just a day before the team’s Winterfest event, the Blue Jays unveiled on Twitter that they are now the sole holders of a very interesting, baseball-themed Guinness World Record.
According to the Blue Jays’ official Twitter page, who posted a video Friday, the team is now the holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest foam finger, having constructed one that appears to stretch from the field level to the facing of the 200 level seats in the outfield.

In a partnership with ...

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, foam finger, world record

AZSnakepit Jim McLennan: No, baseball’s economy is not broken , Changing? Sure.

No-one has yet been able to tell me why owners are obligated to pay more to players, simply because revenue has increased. MLB is no anarcho-syndicalist commune where players and owners take it in turns to act as sort of executive officer for the week. It is a business, with players among the most well-remunerated employees of any company in the world - contracts guaranteed regardless of performance, health or federal investigation

shoewizard Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents, mlbpa

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Theo Epstein’s Criticism Points to Shortcomings of Cubs Front Office

The Cubs won 95 games last year. Fans need a little perspective. This isn’t a troubled franchise. It’s one with high expectations that are near impossible to meet. Theo Epstein, the steward of those expectations, has a track record that should give comfort and hope to Cubs fans, not generate feelings of panic and doom.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2019 at 09:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the idea, said it would continue to discuss the issue with its players along with “smaller items” related to proposed rules changes that were presented Monday.

MLB officials did not press for any rules ...

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: manfred is thinking about it, pitch clock, rule changes

Tuffy Rhodes and the Japanese Hall of Fame

Tuffy Rhodes played 225 games in six seasons in the majors. While a lot of people remember him hitting three homers on Opening Day in 1994, he’d only hit five more all season and would only hit a total of 13 in his entire big league career. Which is to say that he wasn’t anything special. But then he went to Japan for 13 seasons and, let me tell ya, he was something special over there.

In those 13 seasons he batted .286/.381/.559 and became the all-time NPB home run leader among ...

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball hall of fame, tuffy rhodes

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

They ...

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, yankees

Red Sox want Betts for ‘whole baseball career’

BOSTON — Whether the Red Sox can keep Mookie Betts from testing free agency will be a hot topic until, well, he either hits free agency or agrees to a deal.

At the least, ownership has a continued, stated interest in locking him up long term, as would be expected with the American League MVP.

“He’s one of the great players of our generation,” Tom Werner said Friday at Winter Weekend. “Obviously, if we have conversations, they will be private, but it’s our hope that he’ll be a Red ...

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox, tom werner

Evan Longoria is latest MLB player to speak out against this year’s slow free-agent market

The rumblings of a potential major labor fight seem to be growing by the day. We’re less than a month from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, and we’ve still got plenty of big free agent names left on the board (including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado).

San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria took to Instagram on Friday to lament the current state of free agency. The 33 year old (who will be a free agent himself in 2022) said it’s “such a shame” that so many top ...

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, free agency, instagram

Friday, January 18, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-18-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 18, 1919:

The National League [yesterday] decided it did not want to be classed as a minor league. As a result it rescinded the action taken Wednesday in declaring a salary limit of $11,000 [per month]. In place of that minor leaguers figure it adopted one much higher. Just how high was not announced, but is said to be perfectly satisfactory to New York and Chicago, which had protested against the adoption of the $11,000 a month salary limit.

The salary cap ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 18, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giants’ Joey Bart named top catching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline

For what has been a desolate farm system in recent years, the Giants finally have an elite prospect.

Catcher Joey Bart is perhaps the Giants best prospect since Buster Posey, and so far he’s following in Posey’s footsteps.

Bart, the Giants’ top pick in the 2018 MLB Draft at No. 2 overall, has been named the best catching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline of The honor comes less than two weeks after Bart was named the team’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America.

Something of real ...

QLE Posted: January 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, giants, joey bart

Report: Theo Epstein faced pressure from Bryzzo to fire Chili Davis

It’s been 99 days since the Cubs fired Chili Davis, but we’re still hearing new reports on the reasoning behind the decision.

The latest comes from SNY’s John Harper, who explained why the New York Mets were so quick to hire Davis after he was fired from the Red Sox and Cubs in successive winters.

If aspects of what are claimed here are remotely true, it is quite possible that Cubs fans have things to worry about far worse than team spending….

QLE Posted: January 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, chili davis, cubs, inmates running the asylum, kris bryant, theo epstein

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