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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Inside Baseball: More GMs and managers on the hot seat; plus notes - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s latest includes speculation galore on the GM moves this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, notes

Friday, August 21, 2015

MLB announces a domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy

The treatment and intervention part will include the creation of a Joint Policy Board which will be responsible for evaluating a player and supervising the treatment of a player if treatment is deemed appropriate. If the player does not adhere to a treatment program, he will be subject to discipline.

Discipline will not carry a minimum or maximum penalty, but rather the Commissioner can issue the discipline “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” Discipline ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2015 at 04:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: child abuse, domestic abuse, rob manfred, sexual assault

Umpires Are Less Blind Than They Used To Be

Umps are getting better, and they’re also remarkably consistent. An ump who makes more accurate calls in one year will likely do the same the next; an ump who misses more calls in a given season will likely be as bad the next. Umpire accuracy is more steady than a player’s batting average or a pitcher’s ERA, and as consistent as OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wins above replacement.

Also interesting: umpires lately have been calling more strikes strikes, while calling an equal rate of ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires, umpiring

Urban explorers find $1 million worth of collectable sports cards inside an abandoned factory in Detroit

A collection of sports cards estimated to be worth more than $1 million has been discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Detroit.

Millions of the Topps cards were packed away in dust-covered crates, with thousands more strewn over the floor of the derelict building.

The mint-condition collectibles, dating from the late 1980s and 90s, were discovered by a team of urban explorers whose hobby is to venture into forgotten man-made structures.

While only estimated to be individually worth ...

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Karl from NY Posted: August 21, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: collectables, detroit


MGL: Why WAR is a terrible metric for an MVP discussion

Now, obviously WAR will correlate very highly with non-context-neutral performance. That goes without saying. It would be unlikely that a player who is a legitimate MVP candidate does not have a high WAR. It would be equally unlikely that a player with a high WAR did not specifically contribute to lots of runs and wins and to his team’s success in general. But that doesn’t mean that WAR is a good metric to use for MVP considerations. Batting average correlates well with overall offensive ...

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Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: August 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: leverage, sabermetrics, war, wpa

Cal Ripken Jr. says he had ‘serious discussions’ about becoming Nats manager - The Washington Post

“Certainly there was an exploration and some conversation about it very early,” Ripken said then. “I came down to a couple Nationals games for different reasons, and the conversation between me and Mike Rizzo, he jokingly said he’s got to replace a manager. So I said, who’s your candidates? And he said, well how about you? And so we kind of explored it on a surface level, but it never got to a serious consideration.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, managers, nationals

Injured Stroman making strides | Blue Jays | Sports | Toronto Sun

“I feel ready to go now. It’s just a matter of getting my pitches where they need to be and getting back to the big leagues.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

Cubs selling playoff tickets - Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon has been talking playoffs since spring training, and now the Cubs season ticket holders have been contacted about the possibility of buying tickets for the postseason.

Season ticket holders have until Sept. 8 to pay for a full slate of tickets for a wild-card game on Oct. 7, the National League Division Series, the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

Tickets for the wild-card game and division series range from $45 (upper deck reserved outfield) to $160 (club ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

Brian Cashman told Derek Jeter in 2010 he’d rather have Tulo - NY Daily News

I hope he doesn’t ask the same thing before settling on the appropriate gift basket.

The story, written by S.L. Price, says that in one of their final face-to-face meetings, Jeter asked the GM, “Who would you rather have playing shortstop this year than me?”

Cashman replied, “Do you really want me to answer that?” Given the go-ahead, Cashman named Tulowitzki, then a star with the Colorado Rockies, and was prepared to rattle off a list of others, the story said. Cashman also added, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, derek jeter, yankees

The 2015 In-Season Prospect Update | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel updates his list.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Arrieta Picks Up 15th Win, Cubs Pound Braves 7-1 - The New York Times

Lester is not the ace in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Indians’ Shapiro a strong candidate to replace Blue Jays’ Beeston | FOX Sports

Other than moving out of Cleveland, is Toronto really a better franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: front office

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-21-2015

Seattle Star, August 21, 1915:

Visions of another pennant floating over the South Side ball yard came to White Sox rooters today when President Comiskey confirmed dispatches from Cleveland that his club had purchased Joe Jackson, slugging outfielder, from Cleveland.

Indians owner Charles Somers, one day earlier, quoted in the Washington Times after signing Jackson to a contract extension:

“I guess this will stop all this foolish talk of my selling Joe,” said Somers today. “I never had the ...

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OMNICHATTER 9/21/2015

Eat your vegetables today!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 192 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Rating every trade Dave Dombrowski made for the Tigers

No, the Tigers didn’t win a title with Dealin’ Dave at the helm, but his moves were often genius to the point that they bordered on criminal. He grabbed players from other teams and rarely gave away anything of significant value. While the Tigers kept winning, the players the team traded away (often young “prospects”) were rarely if ever missed.

Wahoo Sam Posted: August 21, 2015 at 01:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers, trades

Marlins open to Ichiro returning to pursue milestones in 2016

The next target is 3,000 hits in MLB, which is within reach next season. Marlins manager Dan Jennings said Saturday there have been internal discussions about offering Ichiro the chance to continue chasing milestones at 42 in Miami.

“Just watching him play and his contribution night after night. Certainly achieving some of the milestones, and the way he’s respected in that clubhouse by his teammates and what he does and what he brings on the field, there is still plenty left in the tank,” ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 21, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, marlins

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The New Yorker: Are Minor Leaguers Paid Legal Wages?

Depending on how you do the math, pay for minor-league baseball players may work out to something below the federal minimum wage, according to court documents. Working fifty-hour weeks—and sometimes seventy-hour weeks—minor-league baseball players generally earn between three thousand and seventy-five hundred dollars, total, during a roughly five-month championship season, with no overtime pay, according to court documents. Contracts may also restrict their ability to play overseas or for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 20, 2015 at 12:34 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: labor laws, minor leaguers, wages

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-20-2015

Washington Times, August 20, 1915:

Whatever chances any club might have possibly had of buying Joe Jackson from the Indians were knocked into a cocked hat today, when it leaked out that Charlie Somers had signed his slugging outfielder for three more seasons. Jackson is now the property of the Indians until October, 1918, and his salary is the largest paid any member of the team.
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“I guess this will stop all this foolish talk of my selling Joe,” said Somers today. “I never had the slightest ...

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The Dave Dombrowski hire: Whom it impacts - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Some more info about the change at the top in Boston. It includes some interesting quotes, including this one:

Dombrowski said he saw an MLB network segment this spring in which Ramirez was ranked the No. 1 left fielder in baseball entering the season.

“I remember at the time saying, ‘How can people make that statement when they don’t know if he can play left field or not?”’

So, he’s clearly not a fan of “The Shredder”.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

MLB clarifies, Apple Watch is ok in the dugouts - SlashGear

Can he still be disciplined for bad judgement?

Following yesterday’s news about Major League Baseball banning the Apple Watch in the dugouts after a team manager was recently spotted wearing one during a game, the sports league has clarified that the smartwatch is allowed, as long as it’s not used for communication alongside a smartphone. The issue came up after Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was questioned by the MLB after wearing an Apple Watch during games. A local newspaper reporter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Darnell Sweeney, John Richy have potential | phillies.com

Phillies get a couple of decent prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Chase Utley: Greatest Phillie of title era | MLB.com

“He was flanked by league MVPs, left and right,” said Ed Wade, the general manager when Utley was drafted. “But I think if you boil down his decade worth of performance in a Phillies uniform, I don’t think it would be overstating to say he was the MVP of that era. As good as that core nucleus was, what all those guys did, there was sort of a performance and a heartbeat level that was happening at second base.”

That’s not hyperbole. As calculated by baseball-reference.com, Utley’s WAR is fourth ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, phillies

Hearthstone Cards - Szymborski - Album on Imgur

I can’t help but be disturbed by this.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Mike Trout’s off-field obsession proves he’s a man for all seasons - Yahoo Sports

Mike Trout, a man for all seasons and weather.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Baseball teams use in-depth data to win

Sig Mejdal, a former NASA engineer who now serves as director of decision sciences for the Houston Astros front office, said last summer: “Sabermetrics used to give teams a competitive advantage. Now it’s just table stakes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Royals catch Reds napping on infield fly rule | MLB.com

Bruce popped up a 3-2 pitch that had Hochevar and first baseman Eric Hosmer camped underneath before it hit the ground. The infield fly rule was invoked for the out on Bruce.

The runner on third base, Bourgeois, broke from third base and tried to score. Hochevar threw to catcher Drew Butera, who easily tagged Bourgeois five feet from the plate for the inning-ending double play.

According to Major League Baseball rules, runners may advance at their own risk when the infield fly rule is called. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, royals

Peter Gammons: Dombrowski signing ushers in newest chapter in Red Sox baseball - GammonsDaily.com

Peter Gammons take.

His trusted associates with the Tigers, many of whom went back with him to Florida, all thought from the outset that Boston was where he wanted to go. “John Henry felt him out about the job when he was buying the team,” says one of those associates, “but Dave didn’t want to work with Larry (Lucchino). But that was a long time ago.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Ben Cherington surprised by Red Sox’ decision | Boston Herald

Ben Cherington explains his departure.

Update: Here’s another article, which contains a great quote.
Unselfish approach bites Ben Cherington

“This is a grown-up business,” Cherington said. “The GM of the Red Sox isn’t maybe ever fully responsible, but he’s certainly fully accountable. We knew some sort of change was coming. There has to be some sort of change after two years of this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general manager, red sox

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Greenia:  Comprehensive reform for the Veterans Committee

We start by adapting the three existing committees, making them for players only, while clarifying and equalizing the time periods covered by each one. In addition, the Hall should establish four committees for other candidates. That would give the HOF eight committees, the old BBWAA electorate along with seven specialized Veterans committees:

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: August 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

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