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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oakland Magazine: The A’s Have Narrowed Their Ballpark Choices to Two

The Oakland A’s are now focusing on two sites in the city for a new ballpark: Laney College near Lake Merritt and Howard Terminal on the waterfront next to Jack London Square, according to four knowledgeable sources. Two of those sources say the Laney College property has edged into the lead as the team’s preferred spot. The A’s now view the Oakland Coliseum site as a distant-third choice.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MLB investigating Dodgers for alleged discrimination in termination of war veteran Nick Francona

Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Los Angeles Dodgers discriminated against Nick Francona, an Afghanistan war veteran and son of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, when his contract was terminated last year, sources familiar with the matter told Yahoo Sports.

Francona, 31, told MLB in a letter he believed the Dodgers gradually pushed him out of his job as assistant director of player development following his decision to seek an assessment at Home Base, a Boston-area ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, investigation, terry francona


City Councilman Introduces Bill To Force the Mets and Yankees to Extend Protective Netting

Back in 2015, in the wake of some high profile instances of batted balls and broken bats injuring fans in the stands, Major League Baseball issued some recommendations — not requirements, mere recommendations — to clubs to extend protective netting. Most have done so to some degree and others are planning on doing so. The lack of a requirement has caused this effort to proceed in fits and starts, however.

In New York, someone is trying to impose some uniformity. A city councilman. From the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: legislation, mets, protective netting, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-10-2017

Tucumcari News, May 10, 1917:

“I have often wondered,” says Syd. Smith, manager of the Shreveport team, “if the seven other big league clubs were wise to the Cincinnati Reds’ signals last summer?
...
Now that a year has passed, I’ll tell you something: We knew every signal that Herzog and his catchers had during the exhibition games last spring…Those signs could be read by a respectable old lady with spectacles on, they were so open, so easy to discover. And if a little minor league club could ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, sign stealing

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

As Home Run Rates Rise, MLB Offers Evidence That the Ball Isn’t Juiced

In the 2016 study, MLB received two dozen balls apiece from five teams, with each club’s contribution coming from its Rawlings-supplied stock designated for in-game use during the regular season. The BRC tested a dozen balls from each shipment immediately and stored the other dozen under controlled atmospheric conditions for at least two weeks before beginning the tests, which consisted of measuring the balls’ weight, circumference, and coefficient of restitution, or COR, a measure of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 10:47 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: home run spike, home runs, juiced ball

‘Embarrassed’ Matt Harvey Begs Mets For Forgiveness

Because you can never get enough Matt Harvey.  And because he almost did everything right (well, except for that part about not ruling out filing for a grievance).  And because I look forward to his apologists explaining to us why he never should have apologized for having a migraine or playing golf or whatever. 

Captain Supporter Posted: May 09, 2017 at 04:08 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, new york mets

Why this summer’s trade market could be even more intriguing than usual

In any case, this will be a different market, if only because of the new rules regarding draft-pick compensation for free agents who reject qualifying offers and sign with new clubs.

Unlike in the past, only a revenue-sharing recipient will receive a pick immediately following the first round for such a player – and only if the free agent signs a contract for a total guarantee of $50 million or more.

All other circumstances will yield lower picks, reducing the incentive for teams that are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: draft pick compensation, trades


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2017

Grand Forks Herald, May 9, 1917:

Captain T.L. Huston, part owner of the Yankees and the man who originated the plan for drilling baseball players, probably will be the first man in organized baseball to join the colors. Even before he suggested that the baseball players go in for military training Captain Huston offered his services to the war department. Saturday he received orders to report for duty.

Elsewhere in World War I-related baseball news, fans in Cincinnati are divided on whether ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 12:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Braves Release Ryan Howard

Will Big Piece find peace in retirement?

DanG Posted: May 09, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Minor league baseball is better business, not bigger business

Some Class AAA teams are valued at more than $30 million. According to Forbes, minor league baseball’s 20 most valuable teams are worth an average of $37.5 million, up 35% from 2013. The Class AAA Sacramento River Cats are the most valuable ($49 million). The El Paso Chihuahuas, who also play in the Pacific Coast League, are valued at $38.7 million. The Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League, who, like El Paso, moved to a new ballpark in 2014, have an estimated value of $47.5 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor leagues

Raiders, just GTFO already

Meanwhile, after the Raiders’ move was announced, A’s President Dave Kaval more or less said “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” while speaking to NBC Sports California’s Joe Stiglich regarding the idea of shifting the home clubhouse into the Raiders’ locker room space.

“Well, it’s considerably bigger than our current locker room,” he said, “and so we could have a more player-friendly area, more lounge space, be more spread out. Even space for training facilities ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, football

Leadoff-hitter revolution is bringing slow, power guys up front

On May 1, these players were leadoff hitters in MLB games: Kyle Schwarber, Mike Moustakas, Seth Smith, Carlos Santana, Michael Conforto and George Springer. Among this group are power hitters, two former catchers, three guys who would generously be described as slow, and one guy who is a slow, power-hitting former catcher coming off knee surgery.

The changing face of the leadoff hitter is a revolution that has long been called for by statistical analysts, stressing that getting on base is a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 11:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: leadoff

Fangraphs: Yankees Have Been the Best Team in Baseball

Selig: “Rob you little putz, I go away for two years and you’ve screwed everything up already.”

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 09, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Kyle Schwarber’s journey to becoming the consummate Chicago Cub | SI.com

To be the next Big Papi you need to hit a little better than this.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 09:03 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

What Matt Harvey was doing the night before his suspension | Page Six

If this is the truth, maybe Harvey should just accept his suspension.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Internal frustration with Matt Harvey lingers after Mets personnel made welfare check Saturday, sources say | Newsday

“Something had to happen,” another teammate said. “There had to be a sense of accountability.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Jedlovec joins MLB Now | MLB.com

Tip: If you can’t always watch MLB Now, here’s a link to a segment archive on MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, drs, sabermetrics

The Bullpen and Bull Durham – Our Game

This simile no doubt has its basis in two earlier usages of the word bullpen — as a prison enclosure, primarily an open-air improvised demarcation; and as a “schoolboys’ ball game, played by two groups, one group outlining the sides of a square enclosure, called the bullpen, within which are the opposing players” (The Oxford English Dictionary). The ball game, popular on the Ohio–Indiana–Kentucky frontier of the 1850s, is first men­tioned in print in Edward Eggleston’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

What Age Do Baseball Players Peak? | Exploring Baseball Data with R

Some people have made some (in my view) unreasonable assumptions to learn about aging.  For example, it doesn’t make sense to assume that each player peaks at age 28.  People have different aging patterns — this means that players have different peak ages and also that players have different paths in maturing and in declining towards retirement.  So one need flexibility in any model to allow for these differences.  If one makes restrictive assumptions, then you’ll get answers which are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aging, sabermetrics

Greg Maddux was master of control, efficiency | MLB.com

“I never worried about pitch count,” Maddux said. “The only thing that mattered to me was getting the ‘W.’ That’s what I was out there trying to do. I didn’t think about how many pitches—I threw however many it took.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs, greg maddux

O-ver the top: Trumbo HR is above, beyond! | MLB.com

Trumbo tomahawked the high and outside 92-mph fastball from Gio Gonzalez a Statcast-estimated 417 feet. The pitch was also measured at 4.62 feet off the ground, making it the highest pitch hit for a homer in the Pitch Tracking Era (since 2008). The previous highest in pitch tracking history was a Hunter Pence homer on Aug. 23, 2014, at 4.56 feet. (Good Lord). The previous highest in the Statcast Era was 4.38 feet hit by Evan Gattis on July 8, 2015. Honestly, that’s just what strong, baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 07:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, orioles

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Giants might be the worst team in baseball, but they’ll never rebuild

This is a franchise that is claiming a sellout streak of more than 500 games. And while they didn’t really have a completely full ballpark for all of those games, they’re certainly drawing extremely well, and here’s what they can sell to their fans, even in a season like this: Come cheer Buster Posey. Come watch Brandon Crawford. Come watch the entirely homegrown infield that you’ve grown incredibly fond of.

Right now, that sales pitch still works. They can sell that to their fans. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon suspected to have testicular cancer

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer.

The right-hander had the surgery at Allegheny General Hospital.

After alerting the team’s medical staff of an abnormality, Taillon consulted with Dr. John C. Lyne over the weekend. Lyne performed the surgery.

The recommended treatment plan for Taillon is pending further testing.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 09:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, jameson taillon, pirates


In-Market Streaming Of Mariners, Astros, Pirates, And Rockies Games Arrives Via ROOT Sports

Fans of the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Colorado Rockies can now watching games in-market as the AT-&T Sports Network-owned ROOT SPORTS family of regoinal sports networks announced today that digital streaming is now available. The deal that was announced in March, along with NESN airing Red Sox games, hit a technical snag with authentication services had the networks targeting May as the roll-out, and today, that came to fruition.

The deal between ROOT Sports and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 04:39 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, pirates, rockies, root sports, streaming

Following that Yankees-Cubs marathon, making a case for and against ties in MLB

The one thing I keep coming back to on this subject remains: What is gained by continuing the game past the 13th inning?
Taking Sunday’s example, the Yankees won a game and the Cubs lost. What’s the likelihood that it makes a difference in the standings at the end of the year to have a Yankees W and Cubs L instead of two Ts? There’s a slight chance it will matter, but the odds are very low.
Honestly, though, I’m just not seeing a whole lot of redeeming value to making the teams play into the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, ties

Why ESPN Hemorrhaging Money Will Impact The Next Wave Of National TV Deals

Overall, the landscape is seeing a shift with subs dropping from pay-TV. Whether there is a shift in providing skinny bundles or somehow channels being offered ala carte, fees through traditional pay-TV subscribers will likely continue to drop. Disney has made a substantial investment in BAM Tech, the MLB Advanced Media spin-off to provide ESPN an over-the-top (OTT) service platform that can grow, but there is bound to be a period of flux between the pay-TV model and getting to cord-cutters or ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, espn, television rights

One month later, Guthrie still coping with career-ending start

Guthrie took the mound that night at Citizens Bank Park - on his birthday, no less - having achieved his goal of returning to the majors when few thought it possible. And then ...

“For six weeks - I told my wife this - I felt unhittable,” he said. “I’d go out there in those spring games, and I just felt like I could throw the ball where I wanted to, get it to move and get people out. And then in 47 pitches in Philadelphia, I felt like I couldn’t get anybody out. And after that, I was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy guthrie

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