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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Minoring in Business: Towson University economist Thomas Rhoads writes the book on Minor League club proximity | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Looking for some light reading?

In both content and price ($99.99 for the hardcover version), The Call Up to the Majors is not geared to the casual reader. But Minor League fans and executives might find Rhoads’ arguments and methodology interesting (or at the very least, worthy of debate). I had the opportunity to interview Rhoads during the 2015 season while attending a game at the Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals home of Pfitzner Stadium. What follows are excerpts from our conversation.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: books, economics

David Glass plays big role in Royals’ success |

The Royals and Marlins are polar opposites.

Moore embraced the same approach that allowed the Royals to advance to the postseason seven times during the 10-year stretch from 1976-85, capped off by their first World Series championship in franchise history. He supplemented home-grown players with proven veterans—an opportunity he was given because Glass gave his GM the time to build a foundation instead of looking for a quick-fix to the long-term struggles of the franchise. Glass avoided the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Baseball’s battle between scouting and analytics continues - The Boston Globe

Oh dear.

In the AL West, the Astros were always more analytical, but they’ve acknowledged scouting is still important. Billy Eppler, Cashman’s longtime assistant who is the new GM of the Angels, leans analytical, though he embraces scouting. Now the question is, can Eppler and manager Mike Scioscia co-exist? Scioscia may be the last of the old-fashioned managers who consider analytics taboo. Scioscia will eventually lose this battle.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:27 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, sabermetrics, scouting

Offseason plotting for Cubs and White Sox picks up steam at GM meetings - Chicago Tribune

The White Sox have a lot of work to do.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

Sanchez, Meadows and Blandino Home Runs Lead West To Fall Stars Victory -

A Jurickson Profar sighting.

There were also positive signs for Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar as he tries to prove he’s healthy after missing two full seasons with a shoulder injury. Profar isn’t playing in the field yet–he was the West’s designated hitter, but he did have a pair of singles, a pair of walks and two stolen bases.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, gary sanchez, jurickson profar

Oakland A’s prospect Sean Manaea impresses in Fall Stars Game

“When I first got to the Royals, I tried different mechanics and it felt like I was really robotic and I didn’t feel smooth at all,” he said. “I went back going over my head (in the wind-up) and I struggled for a long time because I wasn’t used to it, because I had been doing something different for a really long time. But throughout the year everything started clicking and felt good, and that’s what I’ve been doing since. It was a lot of fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, athletics, sean manaea

Simmons Says: Anthopoulos left Blue Jays’ bank account in great shape | SIMMONS

There were 48 million reasons to keep Alex Anthopoulos, all of them dollars, and by April that number could be closer to $70 million.

That’s how much the Blue Jays took in with ticket and merchandise sales between August and late October — all of that above what was budgeted for. And that’s not counting upcoming Christmas sales and new ticket buyers, all of which will certainly up those numbers for the coming season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Sullivan: The Worst Division in a Decade

The NL East vexes me … I’m terribly vexed.

If you look at winning percentage outside of the same division, then the NL East slides into fourth-worst. At .428, it’s no match for the 2002 AL Central’s .412, but it does dip past the 1999 AL Central’s .439. I feel like I don’t need to keep hammering this. The division was bad. It was probably the worst in 10 years. In the season ahead, it’s likely the Phillies and Braves will once again struggle. The Nationals will lose some personnel, and the ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 07, 2015 at 09:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: barves, marlins, mets, nationals, nl east, phillies

AFL Fall Stars Lineup -

Click the link to see the lineups.

The starting lineup for tonight’s AFL Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona. The game will be televised by MLB Network at 8:08 ET.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


To copy the Royals, the Dodgers and the Yankees would have to strip their payrolls and start over. The Yankees would also have to jettison their vastly overrated general manager, Brian Cashman, and find a general manager more adept at putting a roster together and not do it by throwing the Yankees’ millions at free agents.


bobm Posted: November 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, dodgers, rays, royals, yankees

Nexen accepts $12.85MM posting fee for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is ready to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Jung Ho Kang and take his shot at Major League Baseball. All he needs now is a contract from the major league team that won the right to exclusively negotiate with him over the next month.

On Friday, the Nexen Heroes announced they will accept a $12.85MM bid for negotiating privileges with their star first baseman. That means the winning major league team now has 30 days to negotiate and finalize a contract, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho par, korean baseball

New York Yankees trade news: Brian Cashman says ‘I’m open to anything’ | FOX Sports

“I’m open to anything,” Cashman said. “I’m always open to anything. I’m not afraid.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 05:43 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, trades, yankees

Friday, November 06, 2015

2015 MLB qualifying offers |

Ace right-hander Zack Greinke got a qualifying offer from the Dodgers, as did Jordan Zimmermann from the Nationals, Hisashi Iwakuma from the Mariners, Yovani Gallardo from the Rangers, Brett Anderson from the Dodgers, Wei-Yin Chen from the Orioles, John Lackey (Cardinals), Jeff Samardzija (White Sox), Ian Kennedy (Padres) and Marco Estrada (Blue Jays).

Qualifying offers also were extended to a who’s-who of star position players: outfielders Jason Heyward (Cardinals), Alex Gordon (Royals), ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, qualifying offers

Were the Mets Ever Really in It?

A look at the World Series from a probability-added perspective raises some questions:

  1. Did the Mets *really* contend?
  2. Was Sally Perez the best choice for MVP?
  3. How big a deal was Murphy’s game four error?

Quick answers, in reverse order: big deal but not the biggest; i’m leaning “no” but remain open-minded; not as well as they seemed to at the time.

J-Doug Posted: November 06, 2015 at 03:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, sabermetrics, world series

Qualifying offer deadline: Fowler, Iwakuma to get offers; who else?

Some interesting names this year.

The Cubs will give the $15.8-million qualifying offer to outfielder Dexter Fowler, the Mariners are planning to give the qualifying offer to pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, the Padres are said by sources to be likely to give one to pitcher Ian Kennedy, and the same goes for the Dodgers with second baseman Howie Kendrick and pitcher Brett Anderson and the Mets with infielder Daniel Murphy.

The qualifying offer was originally designed to provide teams with ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 06, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, qualifying offers

Gonezo: The Mets and Baseball Give Way to Fall (Roger Angell)

None of this works, of course, because now it’s the Knicks, for the love of God, and Thanksgiving-recipe thoughts, and no more baseball. No more Gary Keith and Ron in the next room, not even Michael Kay’s mild little “There’s a strike,” to the sunlit-afternoon accompaniment of a lawnmower up the street; and so on now into winter.

Davo Posted: November 06, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: roger angell

Q&A with Neftalie Williams, Research Director of The African American Experience in Major League Baseball Project

An editor over at Sport in American History just published an interview with Neftalie Williams, the Research Director of the African Americans in MLB Project. This project is aimed at gathering oral history interviews from African Americans who played pro baseball, especially those who played in the MLB. In the interview, Williams explains his role in the project, goals for the future, and some excellent bits of interviews he’s conducted in the past year with former ballplayers and managers ...

joshtothemaxx Posted: November 06, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, history, interview, oral history, project

Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

More hitters are on the way, from Double-A Southern League batting champion Willson Contreras and Tennessee teammates Albert Almora and Billy McKinney to shortstop Gleyber Torres. The team took Ian Happ, another advanced hitter, at the top of the 2015 draft.

zonk Posted: November 06, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 6, 1915:

Miller James Huggins, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, has passed up an opportunity to sign the greatest pitcher the world has ever known. All Huggins would have had to do to get this wonderful “phenom” is to buy 250 shares of mining stock from a Dubuque, Ia., lawyer, and the lawyer in turn would get the pitcher to sign a Cardinal contract.
The gentleman claims to have discovered a semi-pro pitcher who is so good that even the Feds have been ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 06, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, miller huggins

Bill James Online: Fleming: Royal Revolution

The higher the strikeout rate goes, the more the pendulum of value swings away from the quality of contact, and towards just making contact.

This is what the Royals are capitalizing on. What makes the pitchers on a team like the Mets so good is that they can count on getting a lot of strikeouts. The Royals took that away from the Mets: they didn’t give the Mets pitchers easy punch-outs. They said: “If you want to get out of this jam, you better make plays.” The Mets didn’t, and they lost ...

bobm Posted: November 06, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals

Arizona Fall League - MLB Network |

ICYMI Peoria Javelinas at Surprise Saguaros on at 2:30 PM today. Click the link for the AFL telecast schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, television

Milwaukee - Baseball Prospectus: NL CENTRAL’S TOP-50 PROSPECTS

Baseball Prospectus breaks down the Top 50 by division.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, pirates, prospects, reds

The Mets Were a Bad Defensive Club | FanGraphs Baseball

No, your eyes weren’t lying to you.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics

Rays and Mariners Get Hot Stove Fired Up Early | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron talks about the deal. I bet Karns ends up in Seattle’s pen.

Edit: Baseball America’s breakdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brad miller, logan morrison, mariners, nate karns, rays, trades

MiLBY: Houston Astros grow into best farm system | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

The Astros are clearly doing something right.

“The most important measure of a system is, ‘How does it graduate its players?’” Luhnow said. “We were able to do that pretty well this year, especially in the case of Correa. The guys who came up were much accomplished, and we think that’s because they had the experience of winning in the Minor Leagues. We’re always walking the fine line between winning and development, though, and when we can do both, it’s a reflection on the scouts and coaches we ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 05:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, prospects

Lee Smith: Here Comes Dusty Baker

Ok, it’s true the Nats made something of a hash of the hiring process. A week before the club announced that Dusty had the job, news leaked that they were going to name Bud Black, a former big league pitcher who managed the San Diego Padres for eight years until he was fired midway through the 2015 campaign. Reportedly, the sticking point was that Black felt Nationals’ owner Ted Lerner low-balled him, with an initial offer of $1.6 million for one year. Eventually, Lerner offered Black three ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 06, 2015 at 04:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, dusty baker, managerial search, managers, nationals

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Mariners Make Six-Player Trade with Rays.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell in exchange for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.

LoMo is a spare part and Farquhar is less than that, but I ...

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:16 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, rays, transactions

Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games

Tigers shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Detroit acquired Jones from Pittsburgh in the midseason trade for reliever Joakim Soria and he finished the year at Double-A. Picked in the third round of the 2013 draft, Jones hit .257 with 16 homers, 25 steals, and a .737 OPS in 133 total games between Single-A and Double-A this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 05:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: drug of abuse, jacoby jones, prospects, suspensions, tigers

Dusty Baker wins the press conference with one terrific quote after another - The Washington Post

The quotable Dusty Baker.

Dusty Baker on existential voids

“I had a burning desire to succeed in my heart that wasn’t filled in my life [without baseball]. You’re going to have voids in your life. I mean, you can live without them. But I’d rather not.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

‘World Series’ Ratings Hit 12-Year Game 5 Viewership High

People must have tuned in to see Joe Buck’s beard!

The final scores are in, at least for one of the big games last night, and you have to call it a home run for Fox. With an audience of 17.2 million watching the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, the net saw the highest Game 5 viewership since 2003. That Game 5 between the New York Yankees and the Florida Marlins snagged a crowd of 19.9 million. Let’s add some more history to that and note that ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dead, fox, mets, royals, television ratings, world series

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