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Monday, November 09, 2015

Inside Baseball: Top 50 free agents, ranked by dollars and projections -

Jon Heyman gets out his crystal ball.

Edit: Here’s a link to his notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, notes

OTP - 2015 November 9: Political Scene: Baseball and ponies among R.I. lawmakers’ expenses

Dinners at Capital Grille, a van rental for a Little League team, a catered Fourth of July celebration and a pony rental are just some of the expenses that showed up in state lawmakers’ most recent campaign fundraising and spending reports.

“My church has a picnic, and I donated the pony rides,” Gallison said, referencing an annual picnic at St. Mary’s Parish, in Bristol.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 09, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 2611 comment(s)
  Beats: centaurs, off topic, politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2015

100 years ago today, the Federal League’s death spiral picked up steam. Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 9, 1915:

[Federal League President] Gilmore said it was possible the Kansas City and Buffalo franchises would be declared forfeited at [today’s] meeting, the clubs in those cities having failed, he said, to carry out their financial obligations.

An official of the [Kansas City] club is quoted as having said: “We are through. We have carried the fight this far, but are not prepared to go ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Jackson’s Janet Marie Smith a true baseball hero

In 2012, Smith accepted the position of senior vice president for planning and development with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position she holds today. And once again she’s working for Kasten, president and part owner of the Dodgers. He called Smith “my best off-season acquisition.”

“I’ve worked for four teams but was hired by two people — Larry Lucchino and Stan Kasten,” she says. “Like I said, there has been a lot of luck involved.”

As the old saying goes, luck occurs when ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium renovations, stadiums

Lessons learned, Chicago Cubs ready to move forward

Guiding the future by the past, Hoyer said he took away a couple of things from the Cubs’ season and postseason.

“To me, it underscores two things: the value of winning your division,” he said. “We won the one-game (wild-card) playoff. The nature of that game, it makes you want to win your division and get right to your five-game series.

“The second take-away is you have to get there every year or almost every year because what you really want is to be that team, the hottest team. The Royals ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 10:34 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jed hoyer, theo epstein

Hot stove preview: Padres, A.J. Preller seek balance |

Preller is in a difficult position. When you make a big splash for the present, winning is expected. How will he regroup?

Preller, who recently hired a rookie manager in Andy Green, dives into Offseason No. 2 with fewer bullets in the chamber. The present agenda might seem straightforward—“The two biggest things right now are getting conversations going as far as free agents and trades, and helping Andy round out the coaching staff,” Preller said Wednesday before boarding a plane—but ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Pirates’ young arms on mend after rash of Tommy John surgeries in 2015 | TribLIVE

Will Taillon and Glasnow live up to expectations?

The biggest boost will be the return of Jameson Taillon, who hasn’t pitched since an aborted, one-inning outing in the Arizona Fall League in 2013. Taillon, the second overall pick five years ago, had Tommy John surgery in April 2014 and hernia surgery in July.

Taillon, who will turn 24 next week, made it through Instructional League healthy and is expected to be full go at the start of spring training. He’ll anchor Indy’s rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects

Sunday Notes: Dyson’s Theft, Yost, Collins, Cubs, Madson, more | FanGraphs Baseball

I wonder whether Nick Cafardo classifies video work as analytical or scouting?

You’ve probably read about the role scouting played in Jarrod Dyson‘s 12th inning stolen base in Game 5 of the World Series. The Royals knew that New York’s Addison Reed would slow his delivery in certain situations, and “a little shimmy with his hip” was going to be Dyson’s key to run. First base coach Rusty Kuntz shared that bit of info after the game, and I touched on it my recap.

Mark Topping, the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, notes, scouting

The 2015 American League Gold Gloves, by the Numbers | FanGraphs Baseball

The best fielders, based on publicly available defensive metrics.  The National League picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding

Minoring in Business: Towson University economist Thomas Rhoads writes the book on Minor League club proximity | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Looking for some light reading?

In both content and price ($99.99 for the hardcover version), The Call Up to the Majors is not geared to the casual reader. But Minor League fans and executives might find Rhoads’ arguments and methodology interesting (or at the very least, worthy of debate). I had the opportunity to interview Rhoads during the 2015 season while attending a game at the Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals home of Pfitzner Stadium. What follows are excerpts from our conversation.

...
Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: books, economics

David Glass plays big role in Royals’ success |

The Royals and Marlins are polar opposites.

Moore embraced the same approach that allowed the Royals to advance to the postseason seven times during the 10-year stretch from 1976-85, capped off by their first World Series championship in franchise history. He supplemented home-grown players with proven veterans—an opportunity he was given because Glass gave his GM the time to build a foundation instead of looking for a quick-fix to the long-term struggles of the franchise. Glass avoided the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Baseball’s battle between scouting and analytics continues - The Boston Globe

Oh dear.

In the AL West, the Astros were always more analytical, but they’ve acknowledged scouting is still important. Billy Eppler, Cashman’s longtime assistant who is the new GM of the Angels, leans analytical, though he embraces scouting. Now the question is, can Eppler and manager Mike Scioscia co-exist? Scioscia may be the last of the old-fashioned managers who consider analytics taboo. Scioscia will eventually lose this battle.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:27 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, sabermetrics, scouting

Offseason plotting for Cubs and White Sox picks up steam at GM meetings - Chicago Tribune

The White Sox have a lot of work to do.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

Sanchez, Meadows and Blandino Home Runs Lead West To Fall Stars Victory -

A Jurickson Profar sighting.

There were also positive signs for Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar as he tries to prove he’s healthy after missing two full seasons with a shoulder injury. Profar isn’t playing in the field yet–he was the West’s designated hitter, but he did have a pair of singles, a pair of walks and two stolen bases.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, gary sanchez, jurickson profar

Oakland A’s prospect Sean Manaea impresses in Fall Stars Game

“When I first got to the Royals, I tried different mechanics and it felt like I was really robotic and I didn’t feel smooth at all,” he said. “I went back going over my head (in the wind-up) and I struggled for a long time because I wasn’t used to it, because I had been doing something different for a really long time. But throughout the year everything started clicking and felt good, and that’s what I’ve been doing since. It was a lot of fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, athletics, sean manaea

Simmons Says: Anthopoulos left Blue Jays’ bank account in great shape | SIMMONS

There were 48 million reasons to keep Alex Anthopoulos, all of them dollars, and by April that number could be closer to $70 million.

That’s how much the Blue Jays took in with ticket and merchandise sales between August and late October — all of that above what was budgeted for. And that’s not counting upcoming Christmas sales and new ticket buyers, all of which will certainly up those numbers for the coming season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Sullivan: The Worst Division in a Decade

The NL East vexes me … I’m terribly vexed.

If you look at winning percentage outside of the same division, then the NL East slides into fourth-worst. At .428, it’s no match for the 2002 AL Central’s .412, but it does dip past the 1999 AL Central’s .439. I feel like I don’t need to keep hammering this. The division was bad. It was probably the worst in 10 years. In the season ahead, it’s likely the Phillies and Braves will once again struggle. The Nationals will lose some personnel, and the ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 07, 2015 at 09:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: barves, marlins, mets, nationals, nl east, phillies

AFL Fall Stars Lineup -

Click the link to see the lineups.

The starting lineup for tonight’s AFL Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona. The game will be televised by MLB Network at 8:08 ET.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects


To copy the Royals, the Dodgers and the Yankees would have to strip their payrolls and start over. The Yankees would also have to jettison their vastly overrated general manager, Brian Cashman, and find a general manager more adept at putting a roster together and not do it by throwing the Yankees’ millions at free agents.


bobm Posted: November 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, dodgers, rays, royals, yankees

Nexen accepts $12.85MM posting fee for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is ready to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Jung Ho Kang and take his shot at Major League Baseball. All he needs now is a contract from the major league team that won the right to exclusively negotiate with him over the next month.

On Friday, the Nexen Heroes announced they will accept a $12.85MM bid for negotiating privileges with their star first baseman. That means the winning major league team now has 30 days to negotiate and finalize a contract, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho par, korean baseball

New York Yankees trade news: Brian Cashman says ‘I’m open to anything’ | FOX Sports

“I’m open to anything,” Cashman said. “I’m always open to anything. I’m not afraid.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 05:43 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, trades, yankees

Friday, November 06, 2015

2015 MLB qualifying offers |

Ace right-hander Zack Greinke got a qualifying offer from the Dodgers, as did Jordan Zimmermann from the Nationals, Hisashi Iwakuma from the Mariners, Yovani Gallardo from the Rangers, Brett Anderson from the Dodgers, Wei-Yin Chen from the Orioles, John Lackey (Cardinals), Jeff Samardzija (White Sox), Ian Kennedy (Padres) and Marco Estrada (Blue Jays).

Qualifying offers also were extended to a who’s-who of star position players: outfielders Jason Heyward (Cardinals), Alex Gordon (Royals), ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, qualifying offers

Were the Mets Ever Really in It?

A look at the World Series from a probability-added perspective raises some questions:

  1. Did the Mets *really* contend?
  2. Was Sally Perez the best choice for MVP?
  3. How big a deal was Murphy’s game four error?

Quick answers, in reverse order: big deal but not the biggest; i’m leaning “no” but remain open-minded; not as well as they seemed to at the time.

J-Doug Posted: November 06, 2015 at 03:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, sabermetrics, world series

Qualifying offer deadline: Fowler, Iwakuma to get offers; who else?

Some interesting names this year.

The Cubs will give the $15.8-million qualifying offer to outfielder Dexter Fowler, the Mariners are planning to give the qualifying offer to pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, the Padres are said by sources to be likely to give one to pitcher Ian Kennedy, and the same goes for the Dodgers with second baseman Howie Kendrick and pitcher Brett Anderson and the Mets with infielder Daniel Murphy.

The qualifying offer was originally designed to provide teams with ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 06, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, qualifying offers

Gonezo: The Mets and Baseball Give Way to Fall (Roger Angell)

None of this works, of course, because now it’s the Knicks, for the love of God, and Thanksgiving-recipe thoughts, and no more baseball. No more Gary Keith and Ron in the next room, not even Michael Kay’s mild little “There’s a strike,” to the sunlit-afternoon accompaniment of a lawnmower up the street; and so on now into winter.

Davo Posted: November 06, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: roger angell

Q&A with Neftalie Williams, Research Director of The African American Experience in Major League Baseball Project

An editor over at Sport in American History just published an interview with Neftalie Williams, the Research Director of the African Americans in MLB Project. This project is aimed at gathering oral history interviews from African Americans who played pro baseball, especially those who played in the MLB. In the interview, Williams explains his role in the project, goals for the future, and some excellent bits of interviews he’s conducted in the past year with former ballplayers and managers ...

joshtothemaxx Posted: November 06, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, history, interview, oral history, project

Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

More hitters are on the way, from Double-A Southern League batting champion Willson Contreras and Tennessee teammates Albert Almora and Billy McKinney to shortstop Gleyber Torres. The team took Ian Happ, another advanced hitter, at the top of the 2015 draft.

zonk Posted: November 06, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 6, 1915:

Miller James Huggins, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, has passed up an opportunity to sign the greatest pitcher the world has ever known. All Huggins would have had to do to get this wonderful “phenom” is to buy 250 shares of mining stock from a Dubuque, Ia., lawyer, and the lawyer in turn would get the pitcher to sign a Cardinal contract.
The gentleman claims to have discovered a semi-pro pitcher who is so good that even the Feds have been ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 06, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, miller huggins

Bill James Online: Fleming: Royal Revolution

The higher the strikeout rate goes, the more the pendulum of value swings away from the quality of contact, and towards just making contact.

This is what the Royals are capitalizing on. What makes the pitchers on a team like the Mets so good is that they can count on getting a lot of strikeouts. The Royals took that away from the Mets: they didn’t give the Mets pitchers easy punch-outs. They said: “If you want to get out of this jam, you better make plays.” The Mets didn’t, and they lost ...

bobm Posted: November 06, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals

Arizona Fall League - MLB Network |

ICYMI Peoria Javelinas at Surprise Saguaros on at 2:30 PM today. Click the link for the AFL telecast schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, television

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