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Saturday, January 10, 2015

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 | 304 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

Walk Like a Sabermetrician: Crude Team Ratings, 2014

The strength of schedule info is interesting. I don’t have time to figure it out but it looks like the final rankings would correlate pretty well with actual winning percentages.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Did Stephen Drew Ever Look Like a Major-League Hitter? | FanGraphs Baseball

Last year Drew was the first player who ever missed spring training and a couple of months at the start of a season. Except for all the players who were hurt at the start of other seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: stephen drew, yankees

Finding The Next Garrett Richards | FOX Sports

This seems like a stretch. Still…

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: garrett richards, michael pineda, prospects

Could Hamels, Price or Scherzer be answer to Cards’ rotation needs? | FOX Sports

Are the Cardinals really involved in all of this?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cole hamels, david price, max scherzer

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Mad Dog Russo and Brian Kenny Debate Hall of Fame 2015

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is stuck in such a time warp…he still thinks Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez is Bruce Springsteen’s drummer!

Repoz Posted: January 07, 2015 at 04:23 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Curt Schilling says he lost Hall of Fame votes because he’s a Republican

THANKS OBAMA

Schilling appeared Wednesday on Boston radio station WEEI, telling the Dennis and Callahan show that he thinks his political leanings certainly didn’t help. Asked why Smoltz did so much better than him on the ballot, Schilling said:

  “The fact that [the Braves] won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss Army knife versatility,’ which is what somebody said yesterday. I think he got a lot of accolades for that. I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of ...

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Hal McCoy’s HOF Ballot

McCoy- Unit, Pedro, Smoltz, Biggio, Bagwell, Edgar, McGriff, Lee Smith and Aaron Boone.

Nine votes including Boone. One would think McCoy could have found a better candidate than Boone (or Smith, or McGriff, for that matter) to fill out the 10th spot.

TJ Posted: January 07, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Hall of Fame Reset: A Very Early Look at MLB Induction Possibilities for the Next Five Years

This is one of the best Hall of Fame classes in decades, and the July 26 induction in Cooperstown should be one of the liveliest Hall celebrations of all time.

Of course, several other deserving candidates failed to earn the requisite 75 percent of the vote, leaving a backlog of worthy names heading into 2016 and beyond. So let’s hit the reset button and consider what the next five years of Hall voting might bring.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 07, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Digging for Diamonds – The Hardball Times

The whole thing sounds like a win, win, win for everybody.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-7-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, January 7, 1915:

It is an open secret that Connie Mack felt compelled to rid the Athletics of Eddie Collins to restore some measure of harmony to the team. And it is generally understood that the discord which Connie seeks to alleviate was caused by Eddie Collins’ ill-advised newspaper articles, in which he disclosed team secrets, and thus, in the opinion of his fellow-players, put them under a handicap.
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The authorities of the American league recognized the evil and ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 07, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, eddie collins, history

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