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Monday, January 09, 2017

Manager Pat Kelly fired by Licey after reliever gaffe in Dominican winter league

No, no, no, I was waving to someone in the stands.

There was no relief for a manager in the Dominican winter baseball league who signaled for a relief pitcher when nobody was warming up.

Manager Pat Kelly, whose animated arguments with umpires have made for popular YouTube videos, was fired by Licey on Friday, a day after his gaffe in a game against big rival Aguilas.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican baseball

Minors, umpires union reach agreement | MiLB.com

Minor League Baseball announced today that Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, one of its subsidiaries, has reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU).

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, umpires

The Mariners finally are close to the team their GM envisioned

Ken Rosenthal breaks down the Mariners off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 08:09 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Clickhole: The Greatest Of All Time: A Statistical Portrait Of Babe Ruth

Really makes you think.

Ruth began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, where he was arguably one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. The retired, dead baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “Babe Ruth is good at pitching.” This is correct. Babe Ruth was an extraordinary pitcher. At a time when most pitchers were throwing their pitches in the wrong direction, such as over the outfield wall or directly at their own head, Babe Ruth became known for throwing his pitches in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, clickbait, stats

Former Rangers pitcher, coach Jackie Brown has died

Brown was the Rangers’ pitching coach for managers Pat Corrales, Don Zimmer and Darrell Johnson from 1979-82. He also coached for the White Sox (1992-95) and Rays (2002).

Taps Posted: January 09, 2017 at 03:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, tampa bay rays, texas rangers

Can New Technology Bring Baseball’s Data Revolution to Fielding? - NYTimes.com

Great article on Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 01:45 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Is Home-Field Advantage Becoming Endangered? | FanGraphs Baseball

Ahmed found the minor leaguers he was studying were slightly less effective on the the road after traveling, and in returning home, because they were less likely to be at full recovery.

“There was a direct correlation between the higher your recovery and the faster your exit [batted ball] velocity. We found the same correlation with pitchers and fastballs,” Ahmed said. “I didn’t know for sure we were going to see such strong correlations with travel, recovery and performance. Those ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 11:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: home field advantage, sabermetrics

Q&A: Former scout Johnson on discovering Pudge

MLB.com: How did you come across Rodriguez?
Johnson: We were going down to the Latin countries. Melvin Nieves was the hot prospect in Puerto Rico, so we were going to work him out and then to go the Virgin Islands to see Midre Cummings, who was another hot item. Our Latin scout, Luis Rosa, had 11 or 13 guys at the workout in Puerto Rico. After awhile, I’m in the dugout, talking with Nieves, and [scout] Doug Gassaway comes running in from the outfield, yelling, ‘That little guy just threw 93 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ivan rodriguez, scouts

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-9-2017

The Daily Missoulian, January 9, 1917:

Harry Sinclair, Oklahoma oil magnate, who was prominent in the Federal league in its last days, is the clubless owner, and Tom Seaton, the pitcher, is his property.
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When the Federal league ceased its existence Sinclair was in possession of several star players. He sold them here and he disposed of them there, and when the time came to close his books Seaton was the only man left. One of the reasons that he couldn’t sell Tom, who had been a star with the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

(Not so) Big City slims down during Cardinals’ offseason | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Will “Big City” really need to be called “Small Town” next year?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Dan Duquette says Jose Bautista comments “got blown out of proportion” - Camden Chat

Do you mean an offhand joke shouldn’t be taken seriously?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

The home run derby is finally watchable again | New York Post

I doubt it.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Manny Ramirez signs with the Kochi Fighting Dogs in Japan

The Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan announced on Monday that the club signed former major leaguer Manny Ramirez. The SILP is independent baseball and not associated with Nippon Professional Baseball.

Ramirez, 44, hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 and hasn’t played professional baseball since 2014. In 2014, Ramirez served as a player-coach for the Cubs at Triple-A Iowa. The next year, he served as a batting consultant for the major league club and Iowa.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, kochi fighting dogs, manny ramirez

Dodgers near deal with Jose Miguel Fernandez | MLB.com

Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez is nearing a Minor League deal with the Dodgers, sources told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Sunday.

The club has not confirmed the report.

Per Sanchez, Fernandez’s signing bonus is worth around $200,000.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 10:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose miguel fernandez

OTP 9 Jan. 2017: What’s next for sports, politics, and TV in 2017?

Cyclical trends may obscure the connection at times, but you can’t permanently disentangle sport from politics:

“Sport in 2017 will con­tinue to be a resur­gent and resounding plat­form for athlete-​​led social activism,” says Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of Northeastern’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. “If his­tory repeats itself, 2017 will be this generation’s 1967, a year in which promi­nent ath­letes held a social jus­tice summit to call out ...

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BDC Posted: January 08, 2017 at 09:10 PM | 1952 comment(s)
  Beats: activism, kaepernick, politics, social justice

Meet Rafael Devers, the last star prospect in Boston Red Sox’s system - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Would anyone reading this at ESPN.com not know what a seeing-eye single is?

“All of a sudden, he started getting some seeing-eye singles [one that goes right between two infielders] and some broken-bat hits that weren’t falling for him the first month, and you could see, here comes the confidence,” Oliver said. “Once he got a little more comfortable and started feeling like he belonged at that level and he could hit that pitching, he just took off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

MLB Hot Stove, free agent and rumor roundup | MLB.com

Chock full of rumors.

The San Francisco Giants have showed continued interest in Korean free-agent infielder Jae-gyun Hwang, sources told Morosi on Tuesday.

Hwang, who has spent the majority of his career with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization, is an unrestricted free agent and will not require a posting fee.

The 29-year-old hit .330/.391/.558 with 26 home runs and 104 RBIs in 118 games last season and has batted .285 with 114 homers over 10 seasons in the KBO.

The Giants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors

Nick Cafardo: Why sluggers aren’t hitting it big in free agency

A glut of right-handed bats are on the market and people wonder why there isn’t a great urgency to get right-handed, free-agent bats?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 03:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Who will be the next Hall of Famer for each team?

Four teams are still not represented in Cooperstown—at least not by the caps worn on players’ Hall of Fame plaques. Three of those are expansion teams from the 1990s: the Rockies, Marlins and Rays. The fourth is the Angels, born in 1961. Nolan Ryan spent eight years with the Angels and nine with the Astros, but he wears a Rangers cap on his plaque, which leaves the Angels without a Hall of Famer. The franchise will likely have to wait for Mike Trout, assuming Vladimir Guerrero eventually goes ...

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cardsfanboy Posted: January 08, 2017 at 02:34 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, hall of fame

Murray Chass On Baseball » BARRY AND ROGER, THIS BUD’S FOR YOU

Every time someone passes along a link to Mr. Chass’ most recent column, I’m conflicted. Should I post a link or ignore him?

He was once among the best reporters around. (Notice I said reporters, not analysts.) There are some very interesting reporters who regularly generate interesting information but are terrible analysts. When they stick to reporting news, they are great. We can overlook their analytical shortcoming because, on balance, their overall product is interesting and useful. Mr. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 12:42 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

10 potential free-agent bargains on the market | MLB.com

Might.

It will happen again this year, but that claim comes with a caveat. In picking through the so-called bargain barrel at this stage, you’re bound to turn up more duds than studs. Some of the names on this list will admittedly look ridiculous come September (if they don’t look ridiculous already), but here’s a look at 10 remaining free agents* that might turn out to be diamonds in the rough.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 12:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Metrics show Mark Trumbo valuable at 1B | MLB.com

While I agree Mark Trumbo is a much more valuable player at first base (assuming you don’t already have a first baseman and no better OF candidate), it’s also true that his offense will most likely regress next season. Of course, the reason Trumbo isn’t already signed is most teams seem to accept that regression and are valuing his future play lower than he’s pricing himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo

Saturday, January 07, 2017

CTBNL: Brandon Phillips’ Current Stance Is Hard To Figure

As Goldman mentions later in the article, the Reds can just bench him. Although he has the right to block deals, if he becomes a part-timer player and gets off to a poor start, it’s really going to impact his earning potential next year.

What’s a little more difficult to reconcile with the normal human experience is the insistence on staying in a place where you know you’re not wanted. Even with his hard bargained-for contractual right, Phillips can only control his destiny for so long. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds

Fantasy Focus - Breaking Down Javy Baez

This is a big year for Baez. Can he stop laying off these pitches?

Major league hitters need to take advantage of a pitcher’s mistake, and Baez is more than capable of this. But over 12 percent of the pitches he saw last year were in the red box low and away from the strike zone. Until he stops bailing and wailing at pitches, this will not change. Baez is young enough to adjust and can learn to lay off these pitches, but his resulting whiff-per-swing percentages show why he is seeing this many ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

2017 College Top 100 Draft Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall has established himself as the top college position player. A well above-average runner with surprising power in his wiry frame, he has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Scouts will also be keeping a close eye on another center fielder in Nashville, as Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti has the skill set to profile at the top of the lineup. Sluggers Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), J.J. Schwarz (Florida) and Pavin Smith (Virginia), as well as Florida ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Toolshed: Detroit Tigers’ Matt Manning happy away from hoops | MiLB.com

Those major growth spurts can be a thing of wonder. I’m still waiting for mine.

By his own admission, the right-hander didn’t take pitching seriously until the summer before his junior year in high school. Then he hit a major growth spurt, and while he didn’t reach the heights of his 6-foot-11 father, the added inches did wonders for his velocity as he started to hit the upper-80’s with his fastball. That winter, he verbally committed to Loyola Marymount, but by the spring of his senior season, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt manning, tigers

World Baseball Classic team visits Israel | MLB.com

Team Israel visits Israel.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: wbc

Friday, January 06, 2017

Active Starting Pitchers Have Virtually No Shot at Hall

Kershaw is four good seasons from Pedro territory, and while injuries do happen, the only active player on a Hall of Fame trajectory and a realistic shot at meeting the standards set by the current writers is Kershaw. He’ll need to add a few more seasons to even be eligible, but it is difficult to imagine a reasonably healthy Kershaw for even just five more MLB seasons failing to gain entry into the Hall of Fame….

Given the absurd demands required of the pitchers here to make a plausible ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 10:26 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, hall of fame

Royals trade Jarrod Dyson to Mariners for Nathan Karns

That’s what speed….did.

Kansas City got the starting rotation help is so desperately needed.

The Mariners got the speed they sought on the base paths.

“As so often times is the case, once teams know there is a mutual interest in a player — in their case Jarrod, in our case Nate — we just stayed in touch and the timing was right,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “The deal was obviously attractive for us.”...

Dyson, a former 50th-round draft pick, became a fan favorite ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 08:00 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jarrod dyson, mariners, nate karns, royals

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