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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell - GammonsDaily.com

I don’t see Ausmus as a fit.

This is an important decision. The window here closes soon, where the Yankee window is just opening. The good young Red Sox players are soon going to make big coin. According to MLBTraderumors.com, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Tyler Thornburg, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly and Drew Pomeranz stand to make between $30-35M in arbitration this winter. If so, they will take the payroll within $20-25M of the luxury tax threshold. So forget Eric ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:23 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager

No thank you [to Ron Gardenhire].

Alec Cora sounds interesting. I’m not sure Boston is the best first job though. Torey Lovullo was a missed opportunity. Most of the others are bad fits or tired retreads. One interesting name I heard is Mike Redmond. He got his first job out of the way. He’s open to sabermetrics. He also seems like a good guy who relates to players well.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:57 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, ron gardenhire

Shohei Otani to have surgery on right ankle Thursday | Japan Times

“I want to be in perfect condition for the new season,” Otani said through the team. “I have decided to have surgery at this point in time now that the season is over. I will undergo rehab and training after surgery to be able to perform the way I can.”


OT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, some of whom still care about baseball playoffs, but all of whom agree the Celtics gave up too much for Irving.

Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: October 11, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 449 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-11-2017

Rogue River [Oregon] Courier, October 11, 2017:

The New York National league Giants trampled over the Chicago American league White Sox by a five to nothing score, making the series even up. Ferdinand Schupp, the Giant’s southpaw duplicated Benton’s shut out performance, by plastering a second coat of white-wash to the would-be victors…The series now stands, Chicago, 2; New York 2.

At this point, the White Sox hadn’t scored a run in 22 innings.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Red Sox dismiss John Farrell | MLB.com

Another manager gets dismissed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox


Joe Maddon wants the Dodgers? He’s got them if Cubs can win one more | Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘You have to beat the best to be the best,’’ Maddon said. ‘‘You can’t run away from any of this stuff. Pick the ’27 Yankees, pick the ’64 Cardinals, the Big Red Machine, whatever. You just want to believe your guys can match up with anybody, and I want our guys to believe the same thing.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Stephen Strasburg’s legacy on line now - Washington Times

This is a weird on. What’s his real issue?

The news that, with Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs in Chicago Tuesday pushed back to Wednesday because of rain, that Strasburg, even though he is fully rested, will not start Game 4 was met with howls of laughter and tears — especially when manager Dusty Baker told reporters, that Strasburg is “feeling under the weather.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Evan Drellich: Eric Hosmer’s leadership, J.D. Martinez’s power fits for Boston Red Sox

Eric Hosmer isn’t a good fit. In this big boom era they need more power.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Dustin Pedroia contemplates surgery, and his future

I look forward to seeing Statcast numbers for infield defense.

Meanwhile, the knee injury impaired other potential contributions. His defensive range may have been diminished. He graded as two runs below an average second baseman, according to Baseball Information Solutions (Fangraphs, by contrast, had him as 6.7 runs above average, as measured by Ultimate Zone Rating). His baserunning ranked near the bottom of the league, as he took an extra base just 16 percent of the time on hits while ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Astros manager Hinch on player relationships | MLB.com

Hinch needed to get Marwin Gonzalez into a game, and to decide who wouldn’t play, he’d put the names of his regular infielders into a hat and drew one.

“So you picked my name?” Bregman asked.

“I picked Correa’s name,” Hinch said, referring to Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa. “But I put it back in there and drew again.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cubs-Nationals Game 4 postponed until Wednesday

Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed by rain, and will be played at 4:08 ET on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced.

The Cubs will stick with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta for Game 4 regardless, instead of Game 1 starter Kyle Hendricks, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday afternoon.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker would not yet say whether he would replace scheduled Game 4 starter Tanner Roark with Game ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 10, 2017 at 06:25 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals, nlds, weather

Barry Bonds among athletes who flee “crazy” Wine Country fire scene

Former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds wound up shuttling guests who did not have rides away from Mayacama when the villas at the course were evacuated. Longtime Kansas City pitcher Bret Saberhagen left his golf clubs in the parking lot in order to fit Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen and his wife into his rental car. And onetime Dodgers closer Eric Gagne raised the alarm at a second hotel to which the celebrities were sent, pounding on doors to make sure occupants were out.

esseff Posted: October 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, bret saberhagen, eric gagne

MLB Trade Rumors: Projected 2018 Arbitration Salaries

Some large sums (service time estimate in parentheses):

Manny Machado (5.056) – $17.3MM
.  .  .
Jose Abreu (4.000) – $17.9MM

Details on methodology & estimate info on all players available at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 10, 2017 at 02:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is awash in money, finances, money, salary arbitration


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-10-2017

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, October 10, 1917:

Big Rube Benton turned the tide of the Giants’ luck in the third game of the world’s series [in New York] this afternoon when he beat Chicago, 2 to 0. The big southerner worked in superb form, outpitching the wizard, Eddie Cicotte, who was believed unbeatable. The series now stands two to one in Chicago’s favor…

The home team had won the first three games of the series at this point. Game four was in New York on the afternoon of October 11. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 10, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Dodgers are dominant in sweep of Diamondbacks - LA Times

Yes they were.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 09, 2017

Baseball legend Jim Landis passes away at 83

Landis learned to play outfield while in the minor leagues. He went on to win five consecutive Gold Gloves in eight seasons with the Chicago White Sox as a center fielder. He helped them win the 1959 American League pennant with a 94-60 record and reach the World Series, which they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
Jim Landis was voted by fans to Chicago’s 27-player “Team of the Century” in 2000.

DanG Posted: October 09, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, gold glove, jim landis, obituaries

Two-sport Wichita State great, Don Lock, dies at 81

Lock was a 6-foot-2, 195-pound center fielder. He finished sixth in the American League with 27 home runs in 1963, then followed it up with 28 home runs the next season. He led the American League in outfield assists and putouts in 1963, as well. Lock played for the Senators, Phillies and Red Sox in his eight-year career.

 

DanG Posted: October 09, 2017 at 10:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: don lock, obituaries, washington senators, wichita state

Dade County Wants Its Cut of Marlins Sale

Accountants: sharpen your pencils!

Loria’s 2008 deal with Miami and Miami-Dade included payout provisions if he sold the team within six years of the 2012 opening of a county-owned ballpark built with more than $400 million in public dollars and about $150 million from the team. The deal requires the Marlins to pay the two governments 5 percent of the proceeds of a sale.

Five years and six months later, the bill may be coming due. But with Loria able to deduct both debt and taxes paid on ...

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Bote Man Posted: October 09, 2017 at 09:37 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, miami, money, taxpayers, team sales

Minnesota Twins, Paul Molitor agree to 3-year extension

After guiding the Twins to a record-setting turnaround, Paul Molitor has agreed to a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: paul molitor, twins

SNY Mets to buy Syracuse Chiefs, move Triple-A team from Las Vegas to Syracuse

The Mets will buy the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and move their Triple-A affiliate from Las Vegas, NV to Syracuse, NY, reports Mark Weiner of Syracuse.com. The move will occur after the 2018 season.

The Chiefs are currently the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals, while the Mets’ current affiliate—the 51s—is located in Las Vegas.

Once the sale—which was approved on Monday morning—is final, the Mets will own and operate the Chiefs, according to Weiner.

The Mets’ Triple-A ...

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Lassus Posted: October 09, 2017 at 06:49 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, snowplow baseball


Mountcastle Readies For Hot-Corner Trial In AFL | BaseballAmerica.com

Where’s Manny going to end up?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, prospects, ryan mountcastle

Bird HR, Yankees top Indians in Game 3 of ALDS | MLB.com

This is a nice homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, indians, yankees

D-backs’ Zack Greinke doesn’t reveal strategy | MLB.com

The Poz tells some Zack Greinke stories.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, zack greinke

Rookie monster HR, Boston ‘pen stop ‘Stros | MLB.com

Not a big day for throwing slow roller to first, however.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Sunday Notes: The Astros Changed Alex Bregman for the Good | FanGraphs Baseball

Earlier this week we ran a Players’ View that asked the question: Are Today’s Analytically-Inclined Players tomorrow’s GMs? Recently-retired outfielder Sam Fuld wasn’t among the people quoted, but he does have an opinion on the subject. Fuld shared the following shortly after the article went up:

“I do see an increasing role for former players in front offices. Over the last five to ten years, most teams have embraced the role of advanced metrics/big data/creativity, but this change ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

OTP 9 October 2017: Trump Tells Pence to Leave N.F.L. Game as Players Kneel During Anthem

Mr. Pence lavishly documented his early departure in a series of tweets and an official statement issued by his office. On Twitter, he declared, “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

While the vice president portrayed his decision as a gesture of patriotic principle, it had the distinct appearance of a well-planned, if costly, political stunt. He doubled back from a trip to the West ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 09, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 2170 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, politics

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