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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Red Sox payroll on track to be larger than ever to start season

Even before the addition of Craig Breslow to the roster this week on a $2-million contract, the Red Sox already appeared to have pushed past the luxury-tax threshold of $189 million. Their payroll as constituted has pushed past $193 million, which would be an all-time high for Opening Day — well beyond the $175 million with which they started the season in 2012.

(Bolstered by the signing of Carl Crawford, Boston’s payroll wound up at $189 million for luxury-tax purposes in 2011, earning ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Herzog calls 1985 team his best as Cards manager

Whitey Herzog talks about the 1985 World Series team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, whitey herzog

More moves must be made by Rockies before spring training - The Denver Post

Brittle talent.

“It would be easy for somebody in my shoes, a brand-new GM, a young GM, to want to come in and make a splash, do something sexy,” Bridich said this winter. “I fought that urge, but I’m not going to say it wasn’t there.

“We’ve been close-ish to a few things. But it hasn’t happened, hasn’t worked out. We’re not going to panic. ... We have to remember the type of talent that we have here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A look at the A’s deal for Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

Another slow news day and BOOM!

With the additions of Ben Zobrist, who will become Oakland’s primary second baseman, and shortstop Yunel Escobar, the A’s are likely done assembling their 2015 team – and there is little doubt they plan to contend.

Zobrist was hotly pursued by numerous teams this winter, including the Giants, but the fact that Oakland could also find a spot for Escobar probably helped the A’s complete the deal.  The A’s will send catcher John Jaso to the Rays along with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 01:35 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, boog powell, daniel robertson, john jaso, rays, yunel escobar

Has Josh Donaldson reached his peak? - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

David Schoenfield takes a look.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, josh donaldson

Kang and Pirates are close to a pact; expected to be four-year deal - CBSSports.com

The Pirates and Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang are moving close to a deal, sources said.

The sides have been talking about a four-year deal for the power-hitting infielder who had a monster year for the Nexen Heroes last year, hitting 40 home runs and batting .356 in 117 games. Both sides appear intent on getting a deal done.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jung-ho kang, pirates

Judge to MLB: Turn over Bosch payment documents - NY Daily News

A federal judge in Miami ordered Major League Baseball to turn over documents detailing any payments it may have made on behalf of Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch to an attorney representing Lazaro Collazo, the former University of Miami pitching coach accused of distributing testosterone and human growth hormone.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids, tony bosch

Delgado deserved far better in HOF voting - Jayson Stark - ESPN

1B: Carlos Delgado
2B: Lou Whitaker
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Matt Williams
LF: Brian Giles
CF: Kenny Lofton
RF: Moises Alou
C: Ted Simmons
DH: Andres Galarraga
Pinch-hit specialist: Julio Franco
Opening Day starter: David Cone
Closer: Jesse Orosco
Beat writer: Jose Canseco

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

These three NL teams will make a leap in 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Tracy Ringolsby Article

The Dodgers should be able to keep pace with last year. The Brewers, though, will probably be heading in the other direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, marlins, predictions

Fans come out to celebrate Biggio | astros.com

The video is worth watching.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, nolan ryan

WaPo - Bryce Harper Back On the Market

The best is yet to come!

boteman Posted: January 10, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Friday, January 09, 2015

Brandon McCarthy: PED users shouldn’t be kept out of Hall

The pitcher admits that he’s struggled with what side of the issue he falls on, calling it a “mess,” but writes that ultimately the Hall is better off creating a “comprehensive, all-encompassing look at the history of baseball,” one that includes PED users if they deserve to be enshrined on the merits of their play.

  From a historical perspective, both the good and the bad of the sport should be acknowledged. The rich tapestry of ups and downs, heroes and villains, scandals and rebirths ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, hall of fame, peds

Delgado deserved far better in HOF voting

Carlos Delgado is the best player in history to get booted off the Hall of Fame ballot after his first year.

There are some excellent contenders for that honor, too: Lou Whitaker, David Cone, Andres Galarraga, Kevin Brown, Kenny Lofton, etc. But it’s incredible to think that a guy couldn’t make it to even a second ballot after doing all this:

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: January 09, 2015 at 05:00 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of very good, new york mets, toronto blue jays

Curt Schilling: Bonds should get in HOF; Clemens, A-Rod shouldn’t

Follow the logic. I dare you.

Schilling said that Barry Bonds, baseball’s all-time home runs leader, should be elected. Bonds hit eight of his 762 home runs off Schilling in his career. Schilling said that he think Bonds was a Hall of Famer before suspected PED use.

On Roger Clemens, winner of 354 games and seven Cy Young awards, Schilling said, “No, he cheated.”

He also said that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez should not get into the Hall. “Oh God, no. I think there is a ...

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gehrig97 Posted: January 09, 2015 at 03:36 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

Rockies want Dan Haren even though Haren knows it’s a terrible idea - SBNation.com

What is Jeff Bridich thinking?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dan haren, marlins, rockies

Visualizing 2015 Mookie Betts vs. 2015 Javier Baez | FanGraphs Baseball

Two prospects enter, one prospect leaves.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mookie betts, prospects, red sox, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-9-2015

Milwaukee Journal, January 9, 1915:

That the proposed tour of South America by major league baseball teams during the winter of 1915-16 will be a financial success and boom for the sport south of the equator is the confident prediction made by several American business men conversant with conditions throughout the southern continent. Baseball is frequently played by Americans residing in the principal cities of Chile, Peru, Argentina and other South American countries.
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The younger ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 09, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

Angels acquire third-base prospect from Braves | angels.com

Kubitza: The highest drafted position player in Texas State history, Kubitza has steadily ascended through the Minor Leagues. He had the best season of his career in 2014 with Double-A Mississippi. He hit .295/.405/.470 with eight home runs and led the Southern League in on-base percentage. While he is a patient hitter, his swing has a tendency to get long, leading to a lot of strikeouts. His swing is geared more to hitting line drives than home runs, which produces a lot of doubles, but ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, trades

5 bold predictions for the rest of the MLB offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Alas, nobody’s seriously expecting the 20-second pitch clock—the best of the pace-of-play procedures tested in the Arizona Fall League—to be instituted anytime soon, but one league source said the “one foot in the batter’s box” rule that was also tested does have some legs (pun intended).


Forget the Goat: A Letter to Cubs Fans «

It’s the Cubs year! Or it’s not.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Sporting News: Why we picked the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series

Here you go #Cubs fans. Suitable for framing ... @sportingnews pic.twitter.com/BEcuvJjoyJ

— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) January 8, 2015 ” cols=“100” rows=“20”

But can they beat the Miami Gators?

It’s not just because of “Back to the Future 2,” when the Cubs were a 100-1 shot, and Marty McFly got the idea to go back in time and bet on sports results for which he already knew the outcome. In reality, the Cubs are much better than a 100-1 shot. At 12-1, they are tied with the Tigers as ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:11 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, the sporting news, tigers, world series predictions

Cubs sign toilet flush valve maker for naming rights to spring training park

It doesn’t take a whiz to see that they could use the added revenue to try to be #1, but they’ll probably just piss the money away.

The Cubs have signed Sloan Valve Co. for naming rights to their 1-year-old spring training ballpark in Mesa, Ariz., the club announced today.

Sloan, a 109-year-old Chicago company, produces flush valves and other parts for toilet fixtures at commercial buildings, including sports facilities.

Commence with the bathroom humor.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mesa, naming rights, spring training

Listing of public ballots released by BBWAA

I could be wrong, but I count 7 ballots with 10 players that did not include Piazza.

JRVJ Posted: January 08, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Nationals hire Rick Ankiel as “life skills coordinator”

Those who can’t, teach.

Rick Ankiel‘s weird career has taken another interesting turn, as the retired pitcher-turned-outfielder has been hired by the Nationals as a “life skills coordinator” as part of their minor-league coaching staff.

According to the team’s press release the 35-year-old Ankiel “will draw on his vast experience as a player to help mentor Nationals farmhands.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, life skills, nationals, rick ankiel

MLBN Launching Original Documentary Series

Later today MLB Network will announce a new series, MLB Network Presents, that aims to tell some of these rich stories from the national pastime.  Bob Costas himself will host the series that premieres on Tuesday night January 13th at 9 PM ET.

The debut episode in the personality-driven series is entitled The Odd Couple: Bochy & Flannery and chronicles the long-time relationship between San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and 3rd base coach that dates back to when they were Padres ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 08, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, tv

Pedro Martinez on Mets fans: They settle for what they have

But don’t we have to settle for settling? Oh, I’m doing it, aren’t I.

Yankee Stadium felt like a modern-day Roman Colosseum when [Pedro] Martinez took the mound. Love him or hate him, you always were entertained.

Across the RFK Bridge, wearing a Mets uniform, Martinez acknowledged that life was different. He spent four years in Flushing, a tenure that began with great promise and ended in ashes—both for the crumbling Mets and the fading embers of his Hall of Fame career.

Asked Wednesday about ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 08, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mets, pedro martinez, yankees

Nationals Announce Minor-League Coaching Staff, Including Rick Ankiel

I always had the feeling Ankiel would make a good coach while he was with the Nats, but apparently his title is “life skills coordinator”.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: January 08, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

OT: Soccer January 2015

Aside from transfer news and watching DeAndre Yedlin train with Tottenham, these games might be of interest:

Jan 9: Montpelier v Marseilles (Anyone but PSG!)
Jan 10: Everton v Man City, Torino v Milan, Espanyol v Real Madrid
Jan 11: Man U v Soton, Barcelona v Atletico, Lazio v Roma
Jan 12: Asian Cup! (I don’t care either)
Jan 13: West Ham v Everton FA Cup replay
Jan 14: Tottenham v Burnley FA Cup replay, Torino v Lazio Coppa Italia
Jan 15: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Copa del Rey
Jan 17: ...

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Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 324 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 8, 1915:

Ball Player With Conscience Found

After all, there are some players with a conscience. Baker Borton is now trying to buy his release from the St. Louis Federals. Naturally the query arises why a player should purchase his release, when he could jump his contract and make the Federals sue for his services.
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Borton appears to be a young man who is of a different mold.

He didn’t get his release. Borton led the 1915 Federal League in games played, runs scored, ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: babe borton, dugout, federal league, history

Murray Chass On Baseball: DOWNS AND UPS OF HALL OF FAME VOTE

Chass and Russo and Pray for Ouzo.

I think the primary reason for the excitement for both Schilling and Raines was that they rank high on the lists of the practitioners of the monster metrics, who seemed to be thrilled that the writers were finally starting to get it right where those two players are concerned.

“Interestingly, while watching one of those shows, I saw a film clip from another show, in which Brian Kenny of MLB.com was arguing with Chris Russo, a talk show host, about which ...

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Repoz Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

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