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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Brian Dozier makes most of power by pulling | MLB.com

Wherever Dozier ends up, he’s not going to be the strongest player in the lineup. But he may just be the hitter who has learned how to maximise the power he does have more efficiently than most others. It’s good to hit the ball in the air. It’s a lot better to find the parts of the park that are much more conducive to the distance you have. That’s how Dozier become a slugger—and that’s why he’s so valuable.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 03:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, statcast

DRUNK HISTORY WILL EXPLORE DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT

Tonight’s episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History is going to look at one of the more infamous promotions in MLB history. Disco Demolition Night at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago happened on July 12, 1979 and was the brainchild of DJ Steve Dahl and the Chicago White Sox’s promotions director Mike Veeck. It happened in between the doubleheader between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers when a bunch of disco records were blown up on the field.

It led to a bunch of fans emptying the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 03:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in television, bill veeck, comedy, disco demo, white sox

A record $1 billion bet on MLB in 2016

Putting Pete Rose in the pre-game studio is paying off.

Through October, $1.0 billion was bet on baseball at Nevada’s regulated sportsbooks, an all-time record, according to gaming control, and nearly double the amount that was bet in 2010. By comparison, $1.6 billion was bet on football (NFL and college) in 2015.

At a time when more money is being bet on baseball than ever before, Major League Baseball is taking a new approach to how it keeps track of the betting on its games.

A two-hour ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Heyman: Yankees Remain Focused On Aroldis Chapman

Though it isn’t known exactly where the team stands, the New York Yankees remain focused on bringing back closer Aroldis Chapman, with ex-Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen their primary backup plan.

While Chapman is reportedly looking for a six-year deal, the Yankees won’t go that far; they are, however, prepared to give Chapman a deal in the range of five years and $80 million, which would break the record for relievers just set by Mark Melancon, who received a four-year, $62 million deal from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, free agents, yankees

Mets prospects on the table as they mull 3 roads to reliever | New York Post

While the most obvious approach might be to hit the free-agent market for a dependable reliever, the club also is exploring two primary trade routes, according to industry sources.

One involves trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson — a source confirmed reports Monday the Mets have interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach — and the other centers on using “second-tier” prospects such as Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo for bullpen help.

As much as the Mets like Brach, who was an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-6-2016

Washington Herald, December 6, 1916:

Rules governing the world’s series soon will be revised by the National Commission, backed by the rival major leagues. Several important suggestions will be considered. They include a reduction of admission fees, an increase of the games to nine instead of seven, a curtailment of the players’ share of the money and a plan to give a cash bonus to every player in each circuit, tailenders to receive the smallest sums.

More games, more tickets sold (albeit at a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich eyes first basemen | MLB.com

This makes a lot of sense for the Rockies.

General manager Jeff Bridich said the Rockies are considering the heavy price tag for free-agent first basemen Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion. Additionally, multiple Major League sources said there have been preliminary talks about White Sox slugger Jose Abreu as the Rockies attempt to boost run production at the position.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rockies

Red Sox trade Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon to Brewers for Tyler Thornburg - Over the Monster

I’m not up on Pennington but this seems like a decent haul for a reliever. Neither Shaw or Dubon are great but they are decent players.

The Red Sox have traded Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox, trades

BBWAA to publish all HOF ballots starting in 2018

BBWAA tweet:

The BBWAA passed a measure today mandating that all Hall of Fame ballots be public starting in 2018. It remains voluntary for this election.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, voting

Baseball Hall of Fame’s View on the Steroid Era is in Flux

Today’s Game Ballot voter Andre Dawson gives some insight into how the electorate views sluggers tainted by steroids


LIVE: MLB Network Simulcast | MLB.com

In case you didn’t notice. MLB Network is streaming coverage this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, television

Monday, December 05, 2016

Seamheads.com Launches Redesigned and Updated Negro Leagues Database

Data extended thru 1943.  Similarity scores with MLB players.  Per 162 games career stat lines.  Defensive Regression Analysis for Fielding Stats.  Check it out!

KJOK Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues

Margaret Whitton Dies at 67

She played Indians owner Rachel Phelps in ‘Major League’. R.I.P.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2016 at 05:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hollywood, major league movie

Nationals Taken Aback by Bryce Harper Contract Demands

I can’t imagine that Bryce is a great singer so it’s no surprise that they balked at this record deal.

Harper, according to the executive, is asking for a record deal that will exceed 10 years in length, and likely pay him in excess of $400 million.

Agent Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017. Harper, who made $5 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration, and Boras seemed mystified by the Nationals’ stance.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contracts, nationals

Neyer: Today’s game! Catch it!

Neyer submitted this piece prior to Sunday’s announcement.

Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella have their cases, too.

Are there standards for managers? I suppose you could look at career wins, winning percentage, and postseason appearances and cobble together some sort of formula. But if you just eyeball those lists, it’s pretty clear that 2,000 wins or three World Championships gets you in. Piniella’s got just one of the latter, and only 1,835 of the former. Plus, his .517 career winning ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, rob neyer

Dodgers sign free-agent pitcher Rich Hill | MLB.com

Three years, $48 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agency, rich hill

Giants sign free agent closer Mark Melancon | MLB.com

The contract is expected to be for four years and total of $60 million-$65 million, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported San Francisco was close to signing the free-agent closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:23 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon

Five reasons Texas Rangers could say no to Edwin Encarnacion | The Star-Telegram

So here’s a look at five reasons the Rangers could pass on Encarnacion:

▪ The Rangers don’t want to block Gallo’s path to the majors. They need to find out about him, and soon.

▪ The club doesn’t want to give up on him as it did Davis and miss out on all that power. Who is the only player in the majors the past five seasons with more homers than Encarnacion? Davis.

▪ So, Encarnacion has that kind of power, maybe a tad bit less, at 34. With a bunch of 30-somethings already on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, rangers

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the winter meetings - GammonsDaily.com

Old school Gammons.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 5, 1916:

Hugh Ward, who with Harry Frazee has purchased the Boston American baseball team…is planning to give Europe some major league baseball as soon as the war ends.

“My plan is to send a couple of baseball teams over as soon as the league season here closes,” Mr. Ward, who is president, today said. “As for the expense, it will cost less than to send a team from New York to San Francisco.

Also, send food. They’ll need food too.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

New CBA, qualifying offers could impact Royals | MLB.com

Rany Jazayerli explained why this isn’t true on Twitter. I’ll consolidate his tweets here because Twitter is just horrible for stuff like this.

Yes, they can. I’m getting really tired of seeing this meme everywhere. The Royals planting this story doesn’t make it true. Let me explain: No, the Royals probably can’t afford to pay $90M to 5 players next year. But that’s not what will happen. What will happen is 5 different players will each separately make a decision on whether to accept a 1 year, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

OTP: 5 December 2016: Baseball’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement

OTP articles are traditionally whimsical, but not much whimsy is abroad these days.  Since labor relations are always political, here’s an actual baseball-news item for a change: 

Word broke late last week of a new five-year CBA as a deadline fast approached. The luxury-tax threshold — officially called the Competitive Balance Tax — and tougher rules surrounding it quickly emerged as a central theme.

Despite those enhanced rules, what’s glaringly evident is that MLB no longer sees the ...

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BDC Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 1772 comment(s)
  Beats: labor relations, politics

The Royals are in a bind and will have to do something about it soon | FOX Sports

I can’t see how they wouldn’t be able to afford the draft picks. Each player they’d be losing makes more than the draft slot will be. I would think they’d also be tempted to make one last run.

In theory, the Royals could carry all of their potential free agents through ‘17, make each a qualifying offer and collect draft picks following the first round for every one who signs a contract above $50 million — a new stipulation under the collective-bargaining agreement.

Realistically, a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Diamondbacks bring framing into focus with catching switch - SweetSpot- ESPN

“His defense has always been his calling card,” one major-league scout said. “His hands are excellent. His arm strength and accuracy are above average. He blocks pitches in the dirt well. He handles pitching staffs well and fulfills the pitching coach’s game plans ideally.”

The numbers back that up. Over the past nine seasons, Mathis ranks fifth among catchers in defensive runs saved. And on a per-inning basis, he rates batter than the leader—Yadier Molina.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jeff mathis, welington castillo

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Yankees agree to contract with Matt Holliday | MLB.com

Yankees strike.

The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball’s Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 10:25 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, matt holliday, yankees

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2016 - January 2017)

December 30   8:00 PM  Orange Bowl            Michigan v. Florida State

December 31   3:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Washington v. Alabama
              7:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Ohio State v. Clemson

January 2     1:00 PM  Cotton Bowl            Wisconsin v. Western Michigan
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Penn State v. USC
              8:30 PM  Sugar Bowl             Oklahoma v. Auburn

January 9     8:30 PM  Championship Game      Peach winner v. Fiesta winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 04, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Juliano: Should Baseball Union Be Happy With the Status Quo?

Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is the status quo good for the players?

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 04, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, labor relations, mlbpa, owners

The Unluckiest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled

Big Ed doesn’t like it when you don’t score runs for him. Please score runs for Big Ed.

gehrig97 Posted: December 04, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bob gibson, ed walsh, nolan ryan, pitching

Pittsburgh Pirates prospects Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow rise to the top of team’s Organization All-Stars | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Right-handed starter—Tyler Glasnow, Altoona (2 games), Indianapolis (20 games), Pittsburgh (7 games): Glasnow rang up 144 strikeouts over 116 2/3 innings in the Minors to pace the organization for the second straight year. While he compiled a 1.93 ERA and .176 opponents’ average in the Minors, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound hurler also issued 5.2 walks per nine innings. However, his command improved as the year went on, especially after making the jump to the Majors in July and September.

“I think ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects

MLBPA boss Tony Clark breaks down the CBA | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal talks to Tony Clark about the new CBA.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, cya, mlbpa

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