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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Hall of Fame’s purging of voters might help Bagwell - Houston Chronicle

The backlog won’t be cleared.

“It’s probably going to help to skew the electorate younger, maybe with a bit more sympathy toward advanced metrics, maybe with a bit more tolerance toward the PED question, just generally a bit more liberal in terms of their voting tendencies,” Jaffe said. “Maybe fewer single- or two- or three-candidate ballots. Although we’ve seen more of those the last few days. On the whole, it’s going to help accelerate the progress of a lot of these guys toward the Hall.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 06:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

538 / Ben Lindbergh: Mike Piazza Was More than Just a Big Bat

Next week, Baseball Prospectus will release its latest catcher defense ratings, derived from a mixed model that apportions credit for certain outcomes — called strikes, passed balls, stolen bases — to all the participants in a play, controlling for factors like count and batter/pitcher handedness. These stats will allow previously off-limits assessments to be mined from pre-PITCHf/x eras. BP’s new arm ratings, for example, go back to 1950, while estimated blocking and framing ratings, ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Monday, January 04, 2016

How MLB.com writers voted in Hall of Fame balloting | MLB.com

A bunch of good ballots and some not so good ones. This one is awful.

MARTY NOBLE, national reporter
Griffey, Kent

No need to explain a vote for Griffey. He could be the first unanimous inductee, but he won’t be, which means we can look forward to someone’s outside-the-box—outside-the-universe—reasoning for omitting Junior.

I’d like to have a loop video of his swing—it was perfect.

Kent is the Babe Ruth of second basemen. His run production dwarfs that of others at his position. If Kent was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 09:22 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Morgan Ensberg now Astros Minors mindset coach | astros.com

Ensberg says it’s all about supporting the players and doing everything the organization can from an analytical side to figure out the best way to teach them the game. But, he warns, he’s not a psychologist.
“It’s something the players, coaches and managers can trust that will stick with them when things go bad,” he said.

And Ensberg admits he could have used a mindset coach when he played. It was sink or swim.

“I always ended up being that guy for other guys, and it’s really because I care,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Nine get Hall of Fame nod on my ballot this year - Twins Now

Mike Berardino’s Hall of Fame ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 07:28 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

It’s Not Cricket, but It’s a Ballgame in Australia - NYTimes.com

A nice article about the Australian Baseball League.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, international players

Sportswriters: start criticizing your colleagues. - Craig Calcaterra

I agree with some of the stuff Craig wrote but I’m not sure how calling Loverro “a poor writer, a poor thinker and an attention-seeking troll who writes inflammatory columns so he can have fodder for his bad radio show and vice-versa” isn’t aimed at the person but the work.

This is why you see so much bad sportswriting. While no one likes to be criticized, it’s undeniably the case that criticism – even sharp criticism, as long as it’s aimed at the work and not the person – leads to a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Retired Pitcher Dan Haren Goes on Funny Twitter Tell-All About MLB Career | Bleacher Report

Some funny stuff. Click through to the article.

After contemplating retirement last offseason when he was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Miami Marlins, Haren decided to hang up his cleats after this past season, finishing with a career record of 153-131 and a 3.75 ERA.

But even though he has walked away from the game, he is still making sure he stays in shape. On Monday, Haren tweeted that he would be dishing out some thoughts on his career while he worked out:

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 05:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dan haren

Baseball Prospectus | Caught Looking: Declaring openWAR

I really wish people would stop reusing the name WAR for their creations. It just confuses people. As for this version, I believe there is a place for a context laden player omnistat. bWAR and fWAR really shouldn’t be used for MVP discussions.

While openWAR is unlikely to move the sabermetric community toward an agreed-upon measure of WAR, the authors of the model have set an admirable standard for transparency and reproducibility. There will still be those who prefer a measure stripped of all ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: openwar, sabermetrics, war


AmazinAvenue FANPOST-NDmetsFan: Two trades that will get the Mets back to the world series

Trade #1: Mets trade Zach Wheeler, Logan Verrett, Brandon Nimmo, and Alejandro De Aza to Yankees for Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller.

Trade #2: Mets trade Wilmer Flores to Los Angeles Dodgers for Scott Van Slyke

Release the hounds!

Lassus Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2016

Ogden Standard, January 4, 1916:

Star ball players have been trembling in their shoes since the peace pact between the National and American leagues and the Federals has been ratified lest their high salaries would be lopped off.
...
Tris Speaker will be the first to have his salary cut down. The salary of fifteen thousand simoleons, which went to him in pay checks in exchange for helping Mr. Lannin win pennants and world championships…is a thing of the past, according to the report circulated ...

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OT: Soccer Thread - January 2016

I remain too lazy to map out the schedule.

No European play.
Transfer Window is open.
FA Cup action.
Capital One Cuppity-Cup Semi-final ties.
Bundesliga break ends Jan. 22.
USMNT Camp Cupcake 2016.

Sean Forman Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 410 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off-topic, silly-season, soccer, transfer-window

OTP - 2016 January 4: Mark Your Calendar: Must-Know Political Dates for 2016

With debates over policy issues like immigration, personal issues like which candidate is “low energy,” and fundamental arguments about who is or isn’t qualified to be commander-in-chief, the nuts and bolts of how a candidate is chosen can get lost in all the noise.

But here are the critical dates to guide you through this chaotic nominating contest.

MLB starts April 3rd.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: January 04, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 2323 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, schedule

Mike Piazza didn’t get my Hall of Fame vote, and here’s why | FOX Sports

Jon Paul Morosi’s explanation leads me to believe math isn’t his strong suit.

So, why did I vote for Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker ... but not Piazza?

The reason is mathematics.

The Hall imposes a 10-player limit on every BBWAA ballot. The 10 names I listed above are either more deserving than Piazza or closer to the end of their time under consideration by the writers.

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 163 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Sunday Notes: Niekro Brothers, Manaea, Napoli, HoF, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Edit: Linked fixed. Sorry. Jim.

Perusing Ryan Thibs’ Hall of Fame tracker [links to OneDrive spreadsheet], I was struck by the number of voters who checked off two, three or four names. There’s nothing wrong with being a “small hall” guy, but a few of these voters — not all of them — aren’t taking their privilege seriously. Judging by their ballots, they’re simply trying to draw attention to themselves. Unfortunately, it’s understandable. If you’re a columnist who makes his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, notes

Harper: Yankees should look to Mets to deal Miller for ace - NY Daily News

Why would the Mets make this deal?

As impactful as the Yankees’ new three-headed bullpen monster of Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller might be in 2016, I believe GM Brian Cashman would trade Miller if such a deal could bring back a high-end starting pitcher.

Finding a trade that makes sense on both sides is the hard part, but there is one that would seem to satisfy that requirement.

If only the Mets and Yankees would be willing to take the chance.

Because wouldn’t trading ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Statcast altering MLB statistics landscape | MLB.com

“In the end, there are only certain things that [players] can control,” Chernoff said. “And Statcast™ or scout data, or anything like that, doesn’t give you how to make it better. It just tells you where you are. So, it’s an assessment tool. What our coaches can do is use that to help show a player, ‘Hey, here’s where you stand. Let’s try to work to make it better.’ That’s a much more complicated process that you can’t just use data for.”
After only one season, Statcast™ is becoming a part ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 07:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

San Diego Padres should sign Ian Desmond because its a perfect fit | FOX Sports

Unless his asking price plummets and he’s willing to do a one-year deal, I don’t see the Padres as a good fit.

The San Diego Padres are having ongoing discussions with the agent for free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, according to major-league sources. While there’s a natural fit between the parties, no deal appears close — yet.

Two months into the offseason, the position-player sector of the free-agent market remains a multimillion-dollar staring contest. For those growing weary of the wait, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Reuniting Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and David Price…. with the Red Sox? - Bluebird Banter

I agree. Not gonna happen.

vacation from baseball was rudely interrupted by a tweet pointing to a post by Ian over at The Blue Jay Hunter, which, in turn, points to Jerry Crasnick’s “MLB Most Interesting People in 2016” column at ESPN that had this juicy nugget buried in the part where he named Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion the 10th and 11th most interesting persons in Major League Baseball (emphasis mine):
“But much of the attention in Toronto will focus on Bautista and Encarnacion, who ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion, jose bautista, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Baseball’s big hitters aren’t connecting on free agent market - The Boston Globe

Globe’s Sunday notes.

We’ll also see how analytics continue to affect the game. Opponents feel the numbers have made the game stiff with silly defensive shifts that take away the effectiveness of some of the biggest sluggers in the game.

No batter in baseball had shifts employed against him more times than David Ortiz, with 626. Chris Davis was next with 517. Last season, Ortiz had only 21 singles that were pulled, down from 33 in 2013 and 29 in 2014.

There will be discussions about limiting ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


A NAME OF SHAME AND THE HALL OF FAME

Great entry by Chass.  My nickname is officially The Digital Dandy.

DJS, the Digital Dandy Posted: January 03, 2016 at 02:24 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, chass, sabermetrics

Saturday, January 02, 2016

BBWAA writers should relinquish throne as HOF’s moral gatekeepers

The ballot machinations have been interesting this year. Some voters hid behind the so-called character clause for years in declining to vote for Bonds, Clemens, Mike Piazza or others linked to performance-enhancing drugs, and are now reversing course without truly acknowledging a complete flip-flop or any previous mistake they’ve made. Which is a cop-out.


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And as has been written here for years, the character clause should hold no weight, because even with current Hall of Famers, it ...

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cardsfanboy Posted: January 02, 2016 at 03:41 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: buster olney, hof

Cubs 2016 ZiPS Projections

Welcome your new insect overlords

Walt Davis Posted: January 02, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Standings Help Set Value Of Closers - BaseballAmerica.com

Closers get paid. Not as much as number three starters, though.

That makes it tough to rank closers in our Top 10s and Prospect Handbook, which we sent to press just before this issue of the magazine. We try to view them as one continuum, and that’s where the BA Grades, which are exclusive to the Prospect Handbook, help us line up relief prospects.

The way we see it, the best closer (a Wade Davis type) would get a 55 grade, equal to a No. 3 starter in value or a first-division regular as a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Jake Bauers among prospects poised to surge | MLB.com

Click the link to see some guys to keep an eye on.

A year ago, Orlando Arcia was regarded as a slick fielder with modest offensive promise. Alex Reyes and Jose De Leon were two raw but intriguing arms in Short Season Class A. A.J. Reed, the reigning college player of the year, was a second-round pick who posted a solid pro debut. Max Kepler was known as the best German prospect ever yet little else.

Fast forward 12 months, and Arcia (Brewers) not only is one of the game’s best shortstop ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Breaking down Mets’ next young pieces: Rising bats to help aces | New York Post

I can’t say I’m excited about any of the current Mets top prospects.

“We’ve seen it throughout the league,” DePodesta said. “The most successful teams, year after year after year, their farm system is an integral part of their success. Look at the Braves [from 1991 through 2005]. They found a way to incorporate a key, young player basically every year. Ryan Klesko. Kevin Millwood. It’s difficult to do. But if you want to lengthen your window, your farm system has to be a critical part ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Dayton Moore was up for consideration as our ‘Person of the Year’ for 2015

Of course, since it’s an ESPN award, does it really matter? For that matter does ESPN really matter anymore?

Bryce Harper, Joe Maddon and Jake Arrieta were all worthy candidates for ESPN.com’s MLB “Person of the Year” for 2015, but no one better embodied the spirit of winning than Moore, the architect of Kansas City’s championship club and a man who stayed true to his vision while the Royals were averaging 93 losses a year from 2009 to 2012.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, dayton moore, royals

LOVERRO: ‘Cheated Generation’ soon to get Hall of Fame voice - Washington Times

He won’t vote for the cheaters. As if anyone really knows who the cheaters are.

I made my ballot public weeks ago on social media — Jeff Bagwell, Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell — nine, and you are allowed to vote for 10.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

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