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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Black Plans To Take Simple Approach With Rockies’ Pitchers

“You look at some of these pitchers coming through the system now, they were drafted as Rockies,” Black said. “They were born as Rockies, developed as Rockies. There’s a mindset that’s been taught and talked about through development in our system, and that’s a good thing. Hopefully, as this organization moves forward, we’ll see results.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2016 at 02:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, rockies

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Therapy: Worrying About the Money

A clear-headed take on baseball’s internship “problem”.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: job applicants

Jose Bautista’s path back to Toronto becomes even clearer

Is the last part true? If he’s really as volatile as this suggests, why would a team want to overpay *and* deal with him when there are other options?

Whether they should certainly is disputable. The fears about Bautista are fair. Older players are risky. They have trouble staying healthy. Bautista is right-handed and the lineup desperately could use another left-handed hitter. And this could be the big one: According to sources, while Bautista is willing to accept a one-year deal, he wants it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, jose bautista

Pitch Framing Was Doomed From the Start – The Hardball Times

Pitch-framing numbers answered questions we didn’t know we had. A new statistical category emerged out of nowhere, and before long, the research proved its own worth. That was the birth of the revolution. Every team now wants good-receiving catchers. Every team, additionally, wants to develop more good-receiving catchers. The market is going to end up flooded with good-receiving catchers. By then we’ll no longer recognize them as good-receiving catchers. Pitch-framing is sufficiently ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Get in the holiday spirit as these managers, players and broadcasters read Christmas poems | MLB.com

Merry Christmas, Ramadan, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Tet, Festivus…in other words HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Friday, December 23, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2016

Pittsburgh Press, December 23, 1916:

Dutch Leonard has invested most of his money in California plum orchards, and is reaping substantial dividends through the sale of prunes. There are some “prunes” in baseball, but that is no fault of Leonard’s.

Leonard made millions of dollars growing plums and grapes, which is millions more than the number of friends he made in baseball. Dutch was almost universally hated by players and umpires, to the point where his own manager (Ty Cobb) intentionally ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 23, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, dutch leonard, history

Heyman: Ender Inciarte Agrees To 5-year Extension With Braves

Sources report to FanRag Sports that Ender Inciarte has been inked to a five-year extension worth just over $30 million. The deal will take the 26-year-old outfielder through all four arbitration years as a super-two player, plus one year of free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ender inciarte

Free agent Edwin Encarnacion reportedly signs with Indians | BLUE JAYS | Blue Ja

The Blue Jays made the best offer. It was rejected. I get that fans will miss Encarnacion. Any complaints about the front office decision-making, however, seems misguided.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion

Will the Texas Rangers make another Christmastime deal? | The Star-Telegram

“We’ve stayed in touch on a number of different fronts, but for the most part, it’s being patient,” Daniels said. “We need to add depth in certain areas. Between trades and free agents, there’s still a lot of opportunities out there for us and others.

“We’re just trying to talk through a bunch of different scenarios and trying to stay patient with things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, rangers

Duquette: “We’re still looking for opportunities to build the club” - School of Roch

Dan Duquette is a last-minute, smart shopper.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

The Hardest Luck Out of 2016

It would be great to see what teams are doing with park effects adjustments based on Statcast data.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: barrels, statcast

Controversy surrounding Curt Schilling clouds Cooperstown case for Hall of Fame voters

Jerry Crasnick does a pretty good job recapping the Curt Schilling Hall of Fame controversy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, hall of fame

Andy Green on Managing (Analytically) in San Diego | FanGraphs Baseball

Some interesting comments from Andy Green.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, padres

Twins have tough decision with Brian Dozier | MLB.com

Aren’t most trades of good players tough decisions?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, twins

Pirates sign Ivan Nova to 3-year deal | MLB.com

Standing in front of his locker at PNC Park on Sept. 29, Ivan Nova made his preference clear. He did not want to leave the Pirates’ clubhouse, he said, and he would do whatever he could to return in 2017.

Nova stayed true to his word. The Pirates addressed their biggest offseason need on Thursday, agreeing to a three-year deal with the veteran right-hander. The agreement, confirmed by an industry source, is pending a physical. The contract will pay Nova $26 million, according to reports by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, ivan nova, pirates

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Edwin Encarnacion, Indians agree to three-year contract | SI.com

Here starts the run of first baseman.

The deal is reportedly worth around $20 million annually and contains an option for a fourth season. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the deal guarantees $65 million, with a $5 million buyout on the option.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 09:22 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-22-2016

Washington Times, December 22, 1916:

[Gavy Cravath] tells this [story] on himself:

“Every year since I have been playing ball in the East, I have spent my winters in California. I generally land there in November, and lead the simple life for about three months. But I have always been a mystery to the nice old lady who boards me.

“Last winter she was entertaining a caller who made some inquiries about me.

“‘I don’t know much about Mr. Cravath,’ my landlady confided to her caller. ‘He goes ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 22, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, gavvy cravath, history

Adam Rosales owns Statcast home run trot mark | MLB.com

He won’t get paid for leading the league in this stat.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adam rosales, statcast

On Players’ and Coaches’ Skepticism of Defensive Metrics

When Statcast fixes the missing plays problem, DRS and UZR will go the way of RF and Fielding Pct. Nobody will use them. Regardless, most often it’s a misunderstanding of what the numbers mean and using them improperly that is an actual problem.

“I’ve seen the defensive statistics that say that Hechy (Adeiny Hechavarria) is not a good shortstop, and that’s just stupid,” says Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. “You can’t say that and have any sort of credibility at the same time. I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, defensive metrics, drs, sabermetrics, uzr

A’s outlook: Options at second base ‘a concern’ for 2017 season | CSN Bay Area

Yeah, not having a short-term and long-term answer is a real problem.

Shortstop Franklin Barreto, Oakland’s top overall prospect, has logged some time on the right side of the bag in the minors and most recently in the Arizona Fall League. The 20-year-old Barreto figures to begin this season with Triple-A Nashville but will likely make his big league debut sometime in 2017.

Unlike center field — where the A’s lack both a short and long-term answer — team officials at least like their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

MLB Has A Problem If Orioles Feel Need To Trade Machado

Won’t be great when a teardown never turns into a rebuild.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:56 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, tanking

Why MLB’s Attempt to Curb Hazing Is Misguided | VICE Sports

Dirk Hayhurst weighs in.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hazing

Washington Nationals top prospect Victor Robles, Juan Soto look to rule in Washington | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Victor Robles, GCL Nationals (five games), Hagerstown (64 games), Potomac (41 games): The Nationals’ new top prospect showed off his many talents in his first full season. Robles was a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star after hitting .305 in 64 games with the Suns. MLB.com’s No. 10 overall prospect was promoted to the Carolina League on June 27 and finished the year hitting .280/.376/.423 with 75 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.

“Victor amazes us with the tools he has,” Scialabba said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects, victor robles

Jonny Gomes Intends To Play In 2017 - MLB Trade Rumors

Can he get a GM to agree?

Outfielder Jonny Gomes says he intends to make a comeback, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports on Twitter. The lefty masher, who is now 36, last played in the majors in 2015 and appeared briefly in 2016 in Japan.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jonny gomes

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How the Cubs’ $184 million man Jason Heyward is fixing himself

With the offseason underway, Heyward is looking to get his swing back on track. The 27-year-old showed off some of the changes he’s been working on thus far, and it looks like Heyward could feature a much different stance next year.
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Will it work? We have no idea. The offseason is a time for optimism. You always want to believe a player is in the best shape of their life, or that a new pitch will help that questionable starter turn into an ace.

It’s the same thing here. We won’t know ...

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Greg Pope Posted: December 21, 2016 at 06:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward, vortex of suck

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-21-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 21, 1916:

PITCHER RUTH OF RED SOX INJURED AS AUTOS CRASH

Word reached [Baltimore] last night of a serious automobile smash-up in Boston in which Babe Ruth, the left hander whose sensational pitching for the Red Sox won him great renown, and his wife figured. While the big fellow escaped with a few cuts and bruises, Mrs. Ruth had to be removed to a Boston hospital.
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Babe and his wife were enjoying the comforts of a recently purchased machine in a suburb of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Klapisch: Time for baseball to pick up the pace

Most of his suggestions are less practical than watching a game on time shift with the fast-forward button at the ready.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of the game

Silverman: Red Sox trade of Buchholz nothing more than a salary dump | Boston Herald

$13 million is way too much to pay for rotation depth.

Tobias doesn’t make the Sox better now.

And now the Red Sox’ rotation depth is just two, rather than three, tweaked obliques from having to turn to Roenis Elias, Henry Owens or Brian Johnson as a spot-starting savior. The old adage that you can never have enough starting pitching is one that not-new-anymore president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has not sworn allegiance to.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, phillies, red sox

Kevin Costner is open to a ‘Bull Durham’ sequel with him as a manager | MLB.com

Who wouldn’t want to see the 70 year-old Susan Sarandon hitting on an 18 year-old minor leaguer?

Manager Crash Davis? Is Nuke his veteran pitcher, back in the Minors after a long stint in the big leagues? Do Annie and Crash have a kid that’s a young, up-and-coming catcher also on said MiLB team? The possibilities are endless. What do you say, Ron Shelton?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: movies

Don’t put Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame - Beyond the Box Score

Henry Druschel judges Curt Schilling’s character. Who appointed him the Church Lady of the Church of Baseball?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, hall of fame

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