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Friday, August 04, 2017

Phillies’ Dick Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame

They booed Allen every night, threw pennies, bolts, or beer bottles at him whenever he played the outfield, and sent him hate mail. Philadelphia’s sportswriters launched their own character assault, painting the beleaguered star as a rebel who expected special treatment.

When his repeated requests for a trade were rejected by Phillies owner Bob Carpenter, Allen, who did not enjoy the luxury of free agency, tried to force a deal by resorting to unexcused absences, arriving late to games and ...

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DanG Posted: August 04, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, hall of fame, phillies, racism


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2017

Chicago Eagle, August 4, 1917:

Chinese ball players are breaking into the minor leagues and taking jobs away from regular Americans.

Ayau, who is starring for Spokane in the Northern league, is the furthest advanced of the athletes who formerly played with the All-Chinese team which toured the United States during the last three seasons.

Vernon Ayau was born in Hawaii and served in the U.S. infantry during World War I.

If only he had been a regular American.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 04, 2017 at 10:16 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Summary of Free Agent Market Trends | FanGraphs Baseball

Entertaining series. Be sure to read the comments as well.

In general, the bigger picture is that the low-hanging fruit has mostly disappeared. It has become harder to identify undervalued players using simple data, which means that teams will have to continue to innovate if they want to get good bargains on free agents. Some of this is simply better forecasting of performances, but it also requires better forecasting of free-agent markets. Being able to identify what types of players end up ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics


Mets appear committed to Sandy Alderson for the long haul | New York Post

He doesn’t look to be going anywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Rafael Devers giving Boston Red Sox production Yoan Moncada couldn’t - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Devers runs and plays defense better than his rep. Of course, the defense should get better while, eventually, he’ll become a turtle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Prospect Team Of The Month: July | BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s list.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Chavis slugs way to top of leaderboard | MiLB.com News

Exhibit 243,222: The development of prospects is not linear.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: michael chavis, prospects, red sox

OT: New Season August 2017 Soccer Thread

Are you ready for some futbol?

EFL - August 4 (that’s today!).  Note that ESPN has taken over the broadcast rights from BeIN and is going to make most games available on ESPN3 including today’s Sunderland loss to Derby County.
EPL - August 11 (Arsenal-Leicester). Also 8/20 is Spurs-Chelsea, that’s a big big game early.
La Liga - August 18
Bundesliga - August 18 (Bayern-Bayer Leverkusen)
Serie A - August 19 (Juventus-Cagliari)
Champions League Playoffs - August 15 - The best of the bunch look ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:07 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

The bad decisions you forgot about that began Mets’ demise | New York Post

In their defense they weren’t the only team which passed on these guys.

Take for example this decision: In the 2012 draft, the Mets elected, with the 12th overall pick, to take a shortstop, a position at which a team cannot afford to miss in the draft. That shortstop was Gavin Cecchini. Six picks later, the Dodgers picked a shortstop. They grabbed Corey Seager, who bashed three home runs in the Dodgers’ 12-0 wipeout of the Mets on Tuesday night at Dodgers Stadium.

A year later, the Dodgers ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mets

Statcast of the Day Mets Amed Rosario’s triple | MLB.com

When you read a guy is fast. When you see a guy is fast. When you see his speed quantified.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Sonny Gray and the Collective Bargaining Agreement

tl;dr Changes in rules force changes in behavior of the bottom-dwelling Oakland Athletics.

Here’s why: in previous CBAs, teams shared 20-34% of local revenues with each other equally. In the 2011, CBA, they decided to only distribute revenue sharing to the smallest 15 markets. But an exception was made for the A’s, because Oakland is actually one of the 15 largest markets. The 2011 CBA lets the A’s to collect revenue sharing as long as they were still in the Coliseum. In the latest CBA ...

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Bote Man Posted: August 03, 2017 at 10:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cba, finances, sonny gray, stadium issues

Presidential bid didn’t work out, but how about Ambassador Jamie McCourt?

Jaime McCourt and her ex-husband leveraged the Dodgers, splitting the team ownership into multiple legal entities for the purpose of drawing money out of the team for personal use. They then used bankruptcy to clear liabilities and sold the team for a huge personal profit. She’ll fit right in with this administration.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 03, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, donald trump, mccourt

Report: Red Sox ownership forbade Dombrowski from trading top prospects at deadline | WEEI

Two teams that dealt with the Red Sox leading up to the deadline got the distinct impression Dombrowski was not in a position to include any of the Red Sox’ top prospects in any deals. And, indeed, another industry source confirmed Red Sox’ upper management and ownership made it clear to Dombrowski the organization’s premier prospects were not to be dealt.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 02:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox


Aaron Judge’s simple explanation for slump | New York Post

He’s human?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

OT - August/September 2017 College Football thread

In the first week of August a sports information director’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of polls.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 03, 2017 at 01:05 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Heyman: Winners and non-winners from MLB trade deadline

The Houston Astros are getting considerable heat for doing next to nothing at the deadline, and according to sources it’s true that a deadline-day agreement they had with just the sort of left-handed bullpen star they need – with Baltimore for star closer Zach Britton – was cancelled by the Orioles, as is their right.

While Orioles higherups are staying quiet and making no alibis about their quirky calls to buy rather than sell when they don’t appear to be a clear contender, Astros ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 12:32 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, orioles, zach britton

Joey Gallo hit homers over the batter’s eye in Texas on back-to-back nights | MLB.com

Joey Gallo is one freaky dude. Check out this stat line:

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 12:30 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Dodgers, Astros redefining starter use—and winning

Why? Because as we saw last October, when the games really begin to matter, the traditional roles go out the window. “Starters” and “relievers” don’t matter nearly so much as “pitchers” do, because it’s simply about getting 27 outs as effectively as possible. More and more, that means starters leaving early and relievers coming in often, rather than having one pitcher turn over a lineup several times—because such a strategy no longer correlates as well to actually winning games as well as it ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, starter usage, third time through the order

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-3-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 3, 1917:

George Kelly, the 21-year-old utility player of the New York Giants, was purchased by the Pirates last night, according to an announcement made by Pittsburgh officials.

Kelly will probably get a chance today to play first base for Bezdek’s club…The rangy player had little chance of landing a regular job with the Giants on account of the surplus of high-grade talent which surrounds John J. McGraw.

High Pockets got into eight games with the Pirates, who ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Dan Duquette explains the Orioles’ frequent trades of interational signing bonus slots

“We’ve been utilizing the international slot money to help us acquire some pitching to help our team,” Duquette said. “A lot of the other clubs will invest it in pitching to help us in the future or players to help us in the future. We use it to try to strengthen our pitching staff now while we have a window of opportunity with the position players we have here. That’s just utilizing a trade resource to impact your team now rather than three, four, five years down the road.” ...Read More...


Fangraphs: Lars Anderson Discovers Japan

I loved everything about this article. The umpires, the practice players, Manny Ramirez givin’ out nicknames.

“What is lacking in profanity between umpires and players is made up for by the music that is played during batting practice and the game. Apparently, all of the music with English lyrics is unedited.
 
“The other day, they played Eminem’s seminal hit, ‘My Name Is.’ This track was pre-sobriety Eminem, when his work delighted the kids while horrifying the parents. The song ...

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villageidiom Posted: August 02, 2017 at 04:49 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball, japan, japanese baseball, lars anderson

The Kid Who Didn’t Die At Riverfront Stadium

On April 22, 1981, an Ohio teenager named Randy Kobman skipped school to go to Riverfront Stadium to see the Cincinnati Reds play the Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Reds slugger George Foster fouled a pitch from Gaylord Perry into the grandstands behind home plate. The ball caromed off the the press box and headed back toward the field. Kobman, sitting in the front row of seats in the stadium’s second deck, moved toward the aisle to make a play for the bouncing ball. He ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2017 at 04:35 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Bill James: Career Won-Lost Record

The purpose of this research is to try to get a clear answer to this question:  Over the course of a substantial career, does a pitcher’s won-lost record become a reasonably reliable measurement of how good he really was?  In other words, we know that in a single season, a pitcher can pitch extremely well and be stuck with a won-lost record of 12-15, just because his team doesn’t score runs for him, while another pitcher—a teammate even—might pitch not as well, but might wind up with ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 02, 2017 at 01:54 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, kill-the-win


Pudge’s induction, voting debates and more: A Q&A with National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson

“Writers have done a very good and discerning job of making sure those that are in that gallery of plaques belong there. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anybody in that gallery that doesn’t belong, but you surely can find people on the outside for whom you can make the case.”

DanG Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, jeff idelson, pudge rodriguez

A-Rod Donates $25 Million To Be Displayed In Glass Case In Baseball Hall Of Fame

the authentic cashed game checks will be displayed inside a protective glass case within the museum’s Baseball Timeline Wing beside an interactive screen that lets guests compare the size of Rodriguez’s salary to their own.

DanG Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, hall of fame, the onion

The Complicated Life and Death of Hideki Irabu

No one had noticed anybody come or go for days when, just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, a man emerged from a tidy three-bedroom house near the end of a cul-de-sac in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. His screams pierced the suburban idyll of the affluent neighborhood, with its hilltop homes and panoramic views up toward Los Angeles and out over the Pacific. Deputies from the L.A. County sheriff’s department arrived quickly. In one of the bedrooms, they found the friend the man had come ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: death, hideki irabu, japanese baseball, yankees

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