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Thursday, January 04, 2018

List of hitters poised to breakout in 2018

I’m still all in on Buxton.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2018 at 11:06 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: player evaluation

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2018

Ogden Standard, January 4, 1918:

“Baseball is a great business,” says [Harry] Frazee, “and I’m honest enough to say so. Most big league magnates have made lots of money out of it and they needn’t scream when they lose a bit.

Bridgeport Times, January 4, 1918:

H.H. Frazee, president of the Boston Red Sox, yesterday stirred fandom with the announcement that he was hot after one more ball player who would further clinch the American league pennant next summer.

Well, it certainly sounds like the Red ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2018 at 10:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Baseball Therapy: Why The Shift Persists - Baseball Prospectus

Billy Ripken can’t be right, can he?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2018 at 07:30 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: defense

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

MLB starters who fare better in shorter stints

If you are going to pull starters earlier, why not go to a four-man rotation? This would add another body to the pen (someone you should be able to use for two+ inning stints). As Earl Weaver used to say, it’s easier to find four good starters than five.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2018 at 08:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Gammons: My Hall of Fame ballot explained (and, yes, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are on it)

The Athletic appears to be having technical difficulties (I can’t log in to RTFA, despite my subscription) but this title seems to disagree with Thib’s tracker, which has Gammons voting for Bonds this year but not Clemens, even though he voted for both in 2017.  Any idea what’s going on?  Has anyone gotten to read it?


MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

Is this Boras just priming the pump?

J.D. Martinez, regarded as the best hitter available on the free-agent market, has a five-year offer on the table from the Red Sox, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2018 at 04:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, j.d. martinez, red sox

MLB hot stove: Cold-hearted economics freeze out elite free agents

Sure, that will end sometime before the start of the season. All-Star first baseman Eric Hosmer has a seven-year offer from the San Diego Padres, which would make him the highest-paid player in franchise history. Outfielder J.D. Martinez has a five-year offerfrom the Boston Red Sox. Yet, neither have signed a contract.

The top two starting pitchers, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, have been wined and dined, but still haven’t found a team willing to meet that six- or seven-year asking price.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2018 at 02:32 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Gathering of SF primates

A group of Bay Area Primates are meeting for beers this Friday at 5:00 at the Royal Exchange, 301 Sacramento St in the Financial District.  Join us if you can.  Look for the table of fresh-from-mom’s-basement nerds.

Traderdave Posted: January 02, 2018 at 02:30 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, beer, giants

What’s That Rocketing into the North Korean Sky? A Baseball (WSJ)

Curtis Melvin, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, was poring over commercial satellite images of North Korea last year when he came across a patch of dirt with what appeared to be four bases, a pitcher’s mound and an outfield.

What surprised Mr. Melvin even more: “It was being used.”

What’s That Rocketing Into the North Korean Sky? A Baseball! 
Mr. Melvin has spent more than a decade exploring every nook and cranny of the isolated country through satellite imagery. He says ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-2-2018

Washington Herald, January 2, 1918:

MOIST FLING UNFAIR ONE

The American Association has set a precedent in abolishing the spitball.

Other leagues have discussed such a move and many baseball men believe that the moist delivery is unfair to batters, but it remained for the big minor league to slam on the lid…

With one fell swoop the magnates legislated against the emery ball, the mud ball, the licorice ball and all other foreign deliveries.

Underrated as a reason to eliminate the spitter: It’s ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 02, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Castillo, Chatwood among 2018 breakout arms

More good Statcast stuff. I’m all aboard the Statcast train.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Monday, January 01, 2018

Stark | Strange But True 2017

Our favorite Chevy Chase look-alike puts on his Twilight Zone lens and looks back at the wonderful, wacky 2017 season.  Baseball card totals may be great, but it’s things like this that make baseball such a fun sport to follow.

Got any other oddball observations?  Do share!

Peter Farted Again Posted: January 01, 2018 at 06:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: recap, trivia, weird

OTP 1 January 2018 - Athlete boycotts of White House didn’t start with Donald Trump — but he sure helped

Amateur teams began going to the White House as far back as the mid-1860s, while the first championship winning pro baseball team attended in 1925. That was the Washington Senators, winners of the previous year’s World Series. They were hosted by then-president Calvin Coolidge.

Teams that later followed include the Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers. The squad was on hand for the same ceremony in 1980 with then-president Jimmy Carter as baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. In June 1991, the ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: January 01, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 1771 comment(s)
  Beats: champions, politics

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Astros Targeting Long-Term Catcher

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2017 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Heyman | 5 Reasons Why MLB Free-Agent Market Is So Slow

Reason 6: agents and players are asking for too much money. More money than current evaluations support.

1. Math-odical GMs (and patient owners). The gunslinger GMs like Omar Minaya (who is back with the Mets, but as a special assistant) and Kevin Malone are no longer in those roles, and the win-at-all-costs owners George Steinbrenner and Mike Ilitch have passed on. What’s left are a lot of cautious young Ivy Leaguers who are heavy into analytics, study them from all angles, don’t want to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2017 at 09:12 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Heyman | Here’s How Much It’ll Cost Stanton To Be A Yankee

How much will it cost him to say at a Motel 6?

It isn’t an exact calculation, but noted tax expert Josh Rossman of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., says that if Stanton chooses to live in New York City, he will have to pay an additional $29 million in taxes on the $295 million remaining in his record $325 million contract.

Stanton benefited by being a Florida resident the first three years of his contract, but his backloaded part will be heavily taxed as a Yankee. Rossman estimated he could save ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2017 at 06:14 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, yankees

CBS Sports:  Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has some strong thoughts on Barry Bonds’ candidacy

“Guys took things ever since baseball existed. It may not have been steroids, but guys took things like those greenies and stuff so they could play the next day. You’re telling me everybody is clean as a whistle? You played against guys who were doing the same thing he was doing, so what the heck?”

Stretch’s response to Joe Morgan’s broadside.

Srul Itza Posted: December 30, 2017 at 04:40 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, peds

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wade Davis signs 3-year deal with Rockies | MLB.com

The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan. But Davis has passed a physical, per Harding, so the deal could be announced at any time.

Davis’ deal is for three years and worth $52 million, making it the highest per-year salary ever for a reliever. It also includes a $15 million vesting option for 2021 that would make it a four-year, $66 million deal if Davis finishes 30 games in ‘20; otherwise, the option becomes a mutual option with a $1 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rockies, wade davis

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-29-2017

Richmond [Indiana] Palladium, December 29, 1917:

Baseball Players Sought by British

For grenade throwing on the menaced west front in France baseball players are wanted by the Chicago office of the British-Canadian recruiting mission.
...
“Baseball players can do better at grenade throwing than other men, of course,” said a bulletin of the recruiting mission. “They have the strength of arm necessary to throw far and accurately.

Cricket bowlers probably wouldn’t work as well. Bouncing a grenade ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 29, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Heyman | Yankees Eyeing Yu Darvish

The “reasonable” part might not be reasonable to Darvish.

New York Yankees people do like Yu Darvish, and at a reasonable price, he will be seriously considered. It seems everyone’s strategy this year is to wait for the price to drop.

The Yankees are intent on adding a fine starting pitcher and have had trade discussions regarding Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer and Michael Fulmer, and are looking at free agent Alex Cobb, and possibly some others. Cole is probably the most likely fit in terms of a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yu darvish

Yankees warn everyone: We’re not done yet | New York Post

Why would they be done?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 07:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Have these megadeals scared MLB into hot-stove freeze? | New York Post

If it doesn’t give them pause, they aren’t paying attention.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Betsy on Twitter: “This is not easy for me to share, but I feel I need to share it. This is my story.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2017 at 03:00 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Jayson Stark: STRANGE BUT TRUE 2017 EDITION

The Yankees played a game June 15 in which they scored in the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings. And if you think that was tough, here’s what was even tougher: They scored in all those innings and still LOST. Only four other teams have done that in the last 99 years!..

The good news for Braves infielder Johan Camargo was: He made it onto the lineup card as the starting shortstop Aug. 8. The bad news: He never did make it out to shortstop that night. He did successfully hop out ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 28, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson

Finding the single memory that defines each baseball season since 1903

I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head who won the 1945 World Series, but I could tell you that a goat got kicked out of it. I couldn’t tell you who the best pitcher in baseball was in 1956, but I could tell you who threw a perfect game in that year’s World Series. I don’t remember who hit the most home runs in 1990, but I do remember that the Mariners’ No. 2 and 3 hitters—both of them named Griffey—hit back-to-back dingers one day that year. Most of us remember these things like we ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 28, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-28-2017

Frederick Lieb of the New York Sun, quoted in the Washington Herald, December 28, 1917:

In the event the International League does not take the field next season Toronto may be given a brief tryout as a major league city. An effort is being made by the owners of the Toronto club to have the Washington team play a sixteen game stretch at Island Stadium, the Toronto ball park, next summer….In the event major league baseball is well received the Washington franchise will be shifted to Toronto for ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 28, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Top prospects set to break out in 2018 season

Not a lot of baseball news right now. Here’s a short prospect breakdown, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-27-2017

Oklahoma City Times, December 27, 1917:

A little thing like Branch Rickey’s refusal to accept a $75,000 check for one Roger [sic] Hornsby has in no way discouraged Charles Weeghman, Cub president, who returned from St. Louis yesterday after his vain effort to talk the Cardinal management out of the star infielder.
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If Hornsby cannot be obtained to help the North Side club officials build up a pennant contender, then there is still Charley Herzog, who by his lack of admiration for McGraw has ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 27, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-26-2017

Washington Herald, December 26, 1917:

One of the interesting, though unconfirmed, rumors of the local baseball rialto is that [National League President] John K. Tener, only last week re-elected head of the National League for a one-year term, will resign within a very short time…and that Judge Kenesaw M. Landis will be asked to accept the office of acting president of the league.

Gosh, I wonder why the baseball owners liked Landis so much.

Elsewhere in the news, there’s considerable doubt ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 26, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, December 25, 2017

Here’s how you can ring in the holidays with your favorite MLB teams and stars | MLB.com

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

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