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Thursday, December 15, 2016

How catcher arm strength affects stolen bases | MLB.com

I look forward to defensive components being broken down and ranked. Exchange Time, Arm Strength, and Accuracy for catchers seems like a good place to start.

You can see how much more work remains, of course. Once correlations are run against all of the various inputs that go into “safe” or “out,” we’ll have a much better idea of how much credit or blame is due to each party. Instead of just how much lead distance a runner had when the pitcher threw the ball, we’ll be able to push deeper and see ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, sabermetrics, statcast

Royals believe Jorge Soler will bring a ‘presence’ to their lineup | The Kansas City Star

Well, that’s not good for the Royals.

The club’s analytics department liked Soler’s ability to get on base — his walk rate (11.7 percent) would have led the Royals in 2016. The club’s talent evaluators loved his raw power and an assortment of tools that once landed him among the top 20 prospects in baseball before the 2015 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge soler, royals

Indians take smallest step to making Chief Wahoo disappear | New York Post

When will the Packers finally give into pressure and get rid of their offensive team name? How about the Braves, Angels, Reds, and Brewers?

Until no man is offended we should all be offended.

Although Chief Wahoo is no longer on the hats, the racist image will continue to leer from each player’s left sleeve.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who acknowledged the logo is “offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why,” put the onus on the Indians to address a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Mock Draft: Early look at 2017’s Top 10 picks | MLB.com

1. Twins
Callis: Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida. Hunter Greene is the consensus top prospect right now, but I can’t see Minnesota’s new regime becoming the first to take a high school right-hander at 1-1. The Twins are more apt to take whomever they deem as the best of a deep college pitching crop.

Mayo: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). It’s true that a high school right-hander never has gone No. 1 overall, but Greene is the kind of dynamic athlete and performer who could ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My Hall of Fame Ballot by Mark Newman (or why I overhauled everything)

Baseball players make adjustments throughout their careers, whether it is adding a new pitch, moving to a new position, or changing their mechanics. I believe the same is required of Hall of Fame voters as the game evolves, so to that end, I modernize my own voting process.


With Tim Raines on the Baseball Hall of Fame bubble, it’s a shame Kenny Lofton’s was burst so soon | cleveland.com

My initial reaction was, Kenny Lofton was no Tim Raines. I then compared their careers and don’t find the comparison crazy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:31 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, kenny lofton

White Sox, Derek Holland have 1-year contract | MLB.com

The White Sox have agreed to terms with left-handed hurler Derek Holland on a one-year, $6 million contract. To make room for Holland on the 40-man roster, which now sits at 40, the White Sox designated left-hander Matt Purke for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:29 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, free agent, white sox

Welington Castillo, Orioles agree to deal | MLB.com

The contract, which includes $6 million for next season and $7 million in 2018 if Castillo elects his option, is the O’s first big move of the offseason and fills one of their primary holes. With Wieters a free agent, the Orioles targeted Castillo and weren’t shy about their interest, with manager Buck Showalter confirming the rumor at last week’s Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, welington castillo

How The New CBA Changes The Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

It’s almost like a whole new draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, rule 4 draft

Matthews: Why I’m Done Voting for the Hall of Fame – NY Sports Day

Yes, he only “claimed” he was joking. First, his Hall of Fame vote gets taken away. Next, his kids get taken away.

“Count me out on Curt Schilling,” Shaughnessy wrote two weeks ago. “I have held my nose and voted for the Big Blowhard in recent years (11-2 in postseason, ridiculous walk/strikeout ratio), and he was up to 52.3 percent (75 percent required) last year, but I shall invoke the “character” clause this year. Schill has transitioned from a mere nuisance to an actual menace to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Rays’ dissenter: MLB did nothing to fix us getting shafted in draft | New York Post

And that new approach would be???

The one nay vote came from Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg, who texted me: “Basically nothing was done to close the huge gap in access to talent. A new approach in the Rule 4 (June) draft would have proved helpful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, rays

Phillies re-sign Andres Blanco, add a former first-round bat | PhillyVoice

It’s all Phillies all the time at BBTF.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andres blanco, phillies

Let’s get dirty: Dumpster dive pitching candidates – Phillies Nation

I’ve been betting on Anderson for a few seasons. Although I got one decent year, for the most part, I’ve been, like his real employers, disappointed.

Brett Anderson. He’d probably be too expensive, even at a one-year, $6 million deal, for the Phillies to deal with his inherent injury risk. His season career-high for innings is 180 in an eight-year major-league career, and he’s only thrown over 100 innings two other seasons. His back caused him to miss almost all of the 2016 season, and as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

Veterans committee should review players separately for Hall of Fame

What this leads to are ballots with inner circle managers, executives and umpires competing for consideration with players passed over by the BBWAA — generally second and third-tier candidates.

Under this arrangement, it might be awhile before the veterans committee enshrines another living player. If the Hall of Fame wants the committee to stay true to the reason it was created — considering overlooked players — Cooperstown might want to consider returning to having the committee vote ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-14-2016

Pittsburgh Press, December 14, 1916:

Inability of any amateur catcher to hold Charley Febris, a 17-year-old Ripley, O., boy, has forced him into the majors and he has signed with the Cincinnati Reds.

In his last amateur ball game Febris struck out 19 batsmen, but his steam was so great, it is reported in Ripley, the catcher couldn’t hold the boy’s delivery, but only knocked down the balls and got 19 assists, a world’s record, by throwing the runners out at first.

It’s hard to know how good the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 14, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Competitive Balance picks set for MLB Draft | MLB.com

The Competitive Balance Rounds are no longer determined via lottery. Instead, all teams that fall in the bottom 10 in revenue and bottom 10 in market size will get a pick in Round A, after the first round, or Round B, following the second round. Using a formula that takes revenue and winning percentage into account, six teams were awarded Round A picks, with eight teams getting picks in Comp Round B. The groups of teams will switch in 2018 (meaning there will be eight Comp Round A picks, six in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2016 at 02:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-13-2016

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 13, 1916:

FRED MITCHELL SIGNS WITH CUBS WHEN CHANCE DEMANDS MERE $25,000 ANNUAL SALARY

From the time Mitchell agreed to [Cubs owner Charles] Weeghman’s offer [to manage the team], George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, with which club Mitchell has been a power in the role of coach for several years, hounded the Chicago magnate and showered him with impossible demands. Outfielder Cy Williams, and a goodly sum, in addition, is what Stallings asked ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Why the luxury tax increase is tip money to the 2017 Dodgers - LA Times

Bill Shaikin takes a look at the Luxury Tax ramifications of the pending Dodgers deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Here’s why the future Dodgers are downright scary

One problem the Dodgers will have going forward is they won’t be able to outspend people on the international market. In the draft, they’ll be working with lower draft positions.

If I were them, I’d invest in backend people. Get the best scouts. Get the best development people. Outspend everybody on analytics. Pour your money into medicine and family care. Of course, from what I’ve read, they are already doing a pretty good job at all that, so I’m not sure if they’ll be able to press an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Monday, December 12, 2016

New MLB Hazing Policy Bans Dressing As Women

End of an era:

That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned. Major League Baseball created an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that covers the practice. As part of the sport’s new labor deal, set to be ratified by both sides on Tuesday, the players’ union agreed not to contest it.

The policy, obtained by The Associated Press, prohibits “requiring, coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 12, 2016 at 11:50 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, dress code, hazing, rookies, women

OT - NFL stretch drive/playoffs (December 2016 - February 2017)

It’s that time of year when Andy needs an appropriate venue (read: not the College Football Bowl Spectacular) to declare the pro game’s infinite superiority.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 12, 2016 at 04:36 PM | 602 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, off-topic

OT - December 2016 NBA thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom are capable of submitting a monthly thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  quoting old posts from Dilbert’s blog.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 12, 2016 at 04:35 PM | 1188 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow eager for 2017 opportunity | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Recently, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, Tyler Glasnow, heard something pretty funny. He was at bowling event for Pirates Charities, and one fan piped up with this wisecrack, something about how it would be cool if Glasnow could throw strikes on the baseball field, too.

“Touche,” Glasnow said, laughing, as he retold the story Sunday. “It’s all right.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2016 at 02:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Jansen and Dodgers Make Deal

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2016 at 01:59 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kenly jansen

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-12-2016

Pittsburgh Press, December 12, 1916:

ANOTHER WAR THREATENED

Big Minors May Secede From Organized Baseball Unless Demands Are Granted by Commission
...
The National leaguers are going to find plenty of time to talk over what should be done to the [International League] which has defied precedent and Garry Herrmann in refusing to pay $9,000 for the Newark territory to Charles H. Ebbets.

According to this report, the IL, American Association, and Pacific Coast League were sick of being under the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nine stories to watch for the rest of the MLB offseason | FOX Sports

Robothal points out some lingering questions not resolved during the Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Bill Ballou’s HOF Ballot

Any organization which tolerates someone with a voting philosophy such as this to cannot claim to be professionally qualified to select Hall of Famers…

TJ Posted: December 12, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

OTP: 12 December 2016: Washington Legislators Propose Bill to Allow Guns in Sports Stadiums

The bill aims to shoot down the strict no-gun policies at stadiums like Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, which are privately owned. The stadiums are home to the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks.

The legislation would keep private owners from banning guns at public spaces, and allow people with proper license to carry firearms to be at the sporting venues with their weapons.

Gotta offer the amenities to keep Safeco the #6 fan experience in MLB.

(Views expressed in the article lede and ...

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BDC Posted: December 12, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 1884 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, politics

Report: Juan Lagares injured his shoulder in a Dominican winter league game

Per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, Mets outfielder Juan Lagares injured his right shoulder attempting to make a diving catch in a Dominican winter league game on Saturday. He underwent and X-ray and was evaluated on Sunday. More information is expected to be known on Monday.

DOOMED

Lassus Posted: December 12, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets

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