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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Late-inning relievers are becoming more valuable. | SportsonEarth.com

Ultimately, though, every manager—every single one—falls into the same basic patterns with the late innings. They’ll go with committees only to the point that one member of that committee catches fire, and then they’ll ride that guy in the ninth for as long as his arm and effectiveness will allow.

I asked Showalter why that is.

“There are four parts of a season,” Showalter said. “Spring Training, when you manage pitchers completely different; the regular season, when you manage starters and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usuage, bullpens

All-Star Game To Be Awarded By Bid, Manfred Says - BaseballAmerica.com

The devil is in the details.

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he intends to award the All-Star Game with a bidding process, rather than alternating leagues as has been the practice generally every season since the game was put in place in 1933.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Catching? John Jaso takes a break | Tampa Bay Times

I’m interested in seeing how Jaso does as a full-time DH. About a 1/4 of his PA so far have come at DH. He’s essentially hit about the same as he does behind the plate.

“We have an understanding that they want me to hit, and putting me in the instance where I could be in harm’s way — where I would then be on the bench for the rest of the year — that’s not worth it at this point,” he said.

Jaso said he plans to eventually return to catching, though it’s possible — and potentially better ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: john jaso, rays

Quantifying uncertainty in FIP - Beyond the Box Score

Since the largest uncertainties are principally independent of one another, they can be combined in quadrature to establish the 90% confidence interval on FIP’: 0.538 runs per 9 innings. The largest contributor to the uncertainty in FIP is the HR/FB rate. xFIP mitigates this uncertainty contributor considerably by adjusting each pitchers’ HR/FB rate (xFIP therefore has less total uncertainty). Pitch-based techniques can be used to reduce the uncertainty in each of the other major ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fip, sabermetrics

Stark—-Commish: Don’t surmise PED use

“The guys I’m concerned about are, there are players out there who are talked about where there is literally nothing. They have nothing, other than, you know, ‘He looked like X.’ Trust me, from somebody who spent a lot of time [investigating], you can’t decide whether or not somebody was using steroids, based on what they look like. That is not enough evidence to make that determination.”

Dr. Chaleeko Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Why Doesn’t Anybody Want James Shields? — The Cauldron — Medium

James Shields under the sabermetric microscope.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, sabermetrics

Hudson leaning toward retirement after 2015 season | CSN Bay Area

This is it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim hudson


Friday, February 06, 2015

99% Invisible: La Mascotte [audio—18:44]

As baseball fans probably know, The Washington Nationals used to be the Montreal Expos. When the team packed up and left Canada in 2005, they left behind their name, their logo, their uniforms—and their mascot, Youppi!.

A fun piece on mascots from a great radio show.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, expos, mascots, phillies

Cashman: A-Rod, Yanks will meet

“Alex considers everything with the Yankees to be family business and family business stays within the family,” Rodriguez’s spokesman Ron Berkowitz said Friday.

nick swisher hygiene Posted: February 06, 2015 at 04:51 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, business, centauromachy, yankees

FOX And MLB In Talks That Could See Nearly 40% Of All Streamed Game Broadcasts Blackout Free

In a move that could affect nearly 40 percent of all broadcasts during the regular season, Major League Baseball and FOX have been in discussions that would see streamed games from FOX regional sports networks without any blackouts. Currently games played in a team’s television territory are subject to blackouts to those within the territory. For those watching games on television via MLB Extra Innings, the league’s out-of-market package, most can switch to the RSN where the game is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout rules, fox, maury brown, streaming

MLB to talk betting with owners

New commissioner Rob Manfred says it’s time for Major League Baseball to give “fresh consideration” to an issue it has shunned for decades—legalized sports betting.

“Gambling in terms of our society has changed its presence on legalization,” Manfred said Thursday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” “and I think it’s important for there to be a conversation between me and the owners about what our institutional position will be.”

For decades, baseball’s position on sports betting has been one of ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 06, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, gambling

MLB commish on Pete Rose’s Hall eligibility: ‘It’s a conversation I’m expecting to have’

After 25 years of ineligibility, Pete Rose could see his name on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in the near future.

MLB’s new commissioner Rob Manfred might be willing to open the the door for possible reinstatement of Rose, who was banned from baseball in 1989.

“I have heard from his lawyer, and I do anticipate having a conversation about that,” Manfred told ESPN Radio on Thursday.


Baseball’s Worst Contracts «

When people say, “The (insert team here) HAVE to sign (insert pricey free agent)!” they often ignore the big flashy pitfalls of such acquisitions.

Like all good CEOs, the men who run Major League Baseball’s 30 teams try to be forward-thinking. Even those who have only the most cursory interest in number-crunching understand that baseball players typically peak in their twenties and decline in their thirties. They’re fully aware of the pitfalls of awarding a fat, long-term contract to an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Brooklyn Cyclones minor leaguers to wear ‘Saved By The Bell’ jerseys

What is going on here????

The minor-league team that brought us “Seinfeld Night” is back with another re-run idea in 2015. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets Class A affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League, will wear jerseys inspired by “Saved By The Bell” in the coming season. The threads are part of a tribute night scheduled for June 24.

And here the jersey is:


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-6-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 6, 1915:

One of the prettiest fights on the [White Sox spring training] schedule will be the finale in the elimination series for the third base post. There are four entrants for this prize—Howard Baker, Jimmy Breton, Al Bromwich and Russell Blackburne.

The entries are not closed yet and the number of contestants for this price may be materially increased, but the chances are one of this quartet will be the winner.

The White Sox having a question mark at third base? ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, February 05, 2015

SABR: SiriusXM and SABR team up for new show on MLB Network Radio

Looking forward to this. And is a podcast in the cards?

SiriusXM will team up with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to launch a new show focused on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today.

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM will debut on Sunday, February 15 (7:00-8:00 pm ET) and air weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209 ...

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AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: 2015, radio, sabr, satellite

ESPN:Victor Martinez has torn meniscus

Detroit Tigers slugger Victor Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee during workouts, the team announced Thursday.
Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to perform surgery Tuesday to repair the injury. Detroit has not announced a timetable for Martinez’s return…
This is the second time Martinez has suffered a serious offseason knee injury as a Tiger. In 2012, he tore his left ACL in offseason conditioning and missed that entire season. Besides having surgery to repair that injury, he also ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 05, 2015 at 06:54 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, v-mart

SB Nation/OTM: Red Sox, Wade Miley agree to contract extension

This should buy Miley a ton of gluten

The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with Wade Miley once and for all, signing their newest southpaw starter to a three-year, $19.25 million contract extension with a club option for a fourth year.

Originally, Miley was slated to become a free agent in 2017. Now, thanks to the addition of the option year (valued at $12 million with $2 million in incentives according to Bob Nightengale), Miley will remain in Boston through 2018 so long as the club still ...

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Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: February 05, 2015 at 04:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, red sox, wade miley

Bill James Mailbag - 2/3/15 - 2/5/15

Trout Catcher Mask Replica!

Hey Bill, there’s an interesting article today about Ron Hunt on the 538 blog. It says that his feat of 50 HBP in one season is 13 standard deviations better than average, which is apparently off the charts. When people talk about unbreakable records you don’t hear much about that one. Thanks.

... since the minimum in the category is zero and there are 1,519 players [since 1900] who have had 8 or more, it is thus apparent that the distribution of this group is in no ...

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MLB Looks Like on of the First Beneficiaries of New Cuba Policy

According to this, individual players will no longer need to be cleared by OFAC, just establish residence elsewhere.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: February 05, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, cuban free agents

New Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick eager to try and tame Coors Field - The Denver Post

Luke wasn’t afraid either.

“We obviously all know that Coors Field is a tough place to pitch,” Kendrick said Wednesday after signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract. “But I’m happy to be here and I’m not scared to pitch at Coors Field at all.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kyle kendrick, rockies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-5-2015

Milwaukee Journal, February 5, 1915:

Because he just can’t think for a moment of leaving his home town, his parents and his best girl and going several hundred miles to Kansas City where he would be required to remain for some [illegible] months without a trip back home, “Cy” Young, 21 years old, standing third in batting in the Michigan State league with an average of .306 for the 1914 season, and the leading fielding shortstop in the Class D organization in 1913, and again in 1914, has ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Al Michaels: Twins used fake crowd noise during ‘87 Series - TwinCities.com

His proof?

“I’m going, wait a minute. This is a baseball game,” Michaels told the host, NBC colleague Mike Florio. “Nobody is screaming like this when the fifth inning starts. ... To me, there was no question” that the crowd noise was not natural.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Nationals Bump Phillies Off Radio in Harrisburg

CQ DX!

Nothing against the Phillies, but clearly the Nationals are a team on the rise. They won the NL East last year and are picked to win it again this year.

boteman Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, phillies, radio

How the Yankees gambled big on most glaring weakness | New York Post

Joel Sherman’s take on the Yankees off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:10 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Billy Beane has re-made the A’s again. Will it work? - MLB - SI.com

Jay Jaffe’s A’s Winter Report Card.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Why Lucas Duda is so confident he can have another big season | New York Post

“By no means was that a career year. I know it’s not a career year,” he said. “That was last year, it already happened. This year is all about winning and getting better.’’
Asked if he can do it again, there was no hesitation in his voice.
“Absolutely,’’ Duda said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas duda, mets

Baseball Prospectus | Moving Beyond WOWY

I haven’t been able to scrutinize this is detail yet, but this looks very interesting after a quick read.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics


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