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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pirates must weigh risk, reward in attempt to sign Martin | TribLIVE

Some team will get very stupid this off-season with Russell Martin.

“We’re in an interesting era for age curves because of the skew of performance-enhancing drugs,” Huntington said. “We are trying to re-evaluate aging curves because they were taken way out of whack because of the influence of performance-enhancing drugs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher aging, pirates, russell martin, sabermetrics

Former Mets farmhand Petit unsung hero for Giants | New York Post

Yusmeiro Petit had a very good year and is having a tremendous off-season. Will it be good enough to get him a starting spot next year?

Jim Duquette remembers the debates in the Mets’ front office. Yusmeiro Petit was dominating minor league hitters, but doing it with stuff that did not overwhelm.
“We couldn’t get a consensus,” Duquette said recalling his days as the Mets’ assistant general manager. “He is getting everyone out, but doing it with an 88-90 mph fastball. We called it an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series, yusmeiro petit

Roc Nation ties have Red Sox looking to deal Yoenis Cespedes - NY Daily News

Some good stuff in Bill Madden’s Sunday column.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: raul ibanez, red sox, rickey henderson, yoenis cespedes

Cubs tone down Joe Maddon talk fearful of upstaging World Series - Chicago Sun-Times

This can’t be a fun week for Rick Renteria.

“There’s a sensitivity to this. Everybody being talked about has a manager,” said Nero of the fact that only the Minnesota Twins (and now the Rays) have a managerial vacancy. “All speculation does is create harm. Rick Renteria is the Cubs’ manager until something else happens that changes that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

Rany on the Royals: Royals Today: World Series, Game 4.

The scrutiny of every managerial decision has been over the top this series. Every decision shouldn’t be made based on the Win Expectancy Table.

As always, you will find a lot of good sense from Rany Jazayerli in this postgame write-up after Game 4.

Someone – I believe it may have been Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus – wrote earlier this month something to the effect that we’ve reached the point with baseball analysis where players no longer are blamed for failure: it’s either the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series


BABIPf/x: A Predictive Pitch-Based Model | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

A lot of numbers in this one.

BABIPf/x correlates well to long term BABIP, better than does league average results. BABIPf/x is more predictive of next year BABIP than is previous year’s BABIP. Because batted ball results (GB, LD and FB rates) are an independent data source than is PITCHf/x categories (i.e, location, movement , etc.) these data sources could be combined to form a multi-source predictive BABIP model of better quality than either source alone. Additional work could be done to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


La Russa’s Caring Side Shows Up in the Box Scores - NYTimes.com

Yet the potential for competitive advantage, La Russa insists, does not motivate such moves. Strategies, he said, are similar everywhere. When he talks about leadership, La Russa said, he emphasizes the importance of personal relationships.

“There’s a lot of smart baseball people around,” La Russa said. “Nowadays, with all the distractions, you better get kids that care for your message. And how do you get them to care? You care for them as people.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: todd burns, tony la russa, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 OMNICHATTER

The winner of tonight’s game will be one win away from being champion of Major League Baseball.

Bumgarner vs. Shields.

8. FOX.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM | 569 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, October 25, 2014

At the heart of A.J. Hinch, a baseball player’s drive - Houston Chronicle

Who is the Astros new manager?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 04:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. hinch, astros

Phils’ philospophy beginning to evolve | phillies.com

It’s about time.

“My job is to try to make the improvements,” Amaro said. “If we’ve decided we’re going to improve long term rather than short term then that’s what we’ll do. That’s what we’re championed to do. And that’s what we feel is necessary to get us back on track. Our job is to try to be a perennial contender. We made the assessment that with the group we have right now there are changes that have to be made to get there. And so that’s our job at hand. As Pat said, we are keeping all of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Dave Dombrowski: Injury worse than expected, Miguel Cabrera ‘is as tough as you can possibly be’ | MLive.com

The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day.

But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be.

“He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

MLB - Royals’ Ned Yost keeps managing to win - ESPN

Ned Yost doesn’t care what you think. Got that?

He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series because he’s the second coming of John McGraw. He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series in spite of his never-ending bumbleheadedness.

He. Doesn’t. Care. Are we clear on that?

“I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m stupid,” the perpetually embattled manager of those Kansas City Royals said this week. “And I don’t really pay attention to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Gambling Bochy creature of habit when it comes to pitchers | CSN Bay Area

Ratto cracks me up.

In the two Giants losses, the San Francisco is 1-for-24 with nine strikeouts against Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and late entry Brandon Finnegan. In fact, Kansas City manager Ned Yost ran afoul of the Mezzanine Constabulary again by:

(a) Letting starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had been brilliant for five innings, start the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, a single to Brandon Crawford and an RBI double by Michael Morse.

(b) Bringing Herrera on to stanch the bleeding, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Yost’s managerial decisions make for extra-entertaining World Series | FOX Sports

In defense of Yost.

We’re welcome to disagree with Yost, as I rather enjoy doing. But he deserves our respect — and admiration. He knows things about his players that we don’t. He also knows how to lead underdogs to a 10-1 record in the postseason, two wins from a champagne-soaked legacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Boston Red Sox prospect Deven Marrero enjoying turnaround in Arizona Fall League | MiLB.com

If Marrero can just hit like an average shortstop, he’ll be a very, very good player.

Edit: Link fixed, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Ned Yost’s team won despite his managing in Game 3 | FOX Sports

Micro analysis in real time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series

Yankees Arizona Fall League overview | yankees.com

Aaron Judge is one big outfielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Wainwright has surgery to address elbow irritation : Sports

Wainwright had a surgical procedure done Friday on the backside of his pitching elbow, multiple sources have confirmed. Wainwright was said to have had the “ligament trimmed” in his right elbow, a Cardinals official said. The exact description was cartilage trimmed to avoid irritation in that area, subsequent reporting on the surgery by The Post-Dispatch confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Royals seize control of Series, edge Giants in Game 3 | MLB.com

Guthrie became the first starter in World Series history to win without at least one strikeout or walk. Only four pitchers had previously earned a World Series victory without the aid of at least one strikeout. It last happened in 1960 with Bob Turley of the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 4 OMNICHATTER

Will the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong ensure this series goes at least six, or will the Royals and Jason Vargas move themselves to just one win away from eternal glory?

CHATTER Up!

Gamingboy Posted: October 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 874 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, October 24, 2014

Curt Schilling not hiding his scars - ESPN Boston

None of us are invincible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, phillies, red sox, sad


How top World Series players ranked as prospects. | SportsonEarth.com : Jim Callis Article

Which World Series participants were the most highly regarded? Glad you asked. Here’s a ranking of the top 15 players in the World Series based on how they were perceived as prospects when they made their MLB debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, world series

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow captures Starting Pitcher MiLBY Award | MiLB.com

It takes more than talent to get to the big leagues. Warning: TINSTAAPP.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects, tyler glasnow

Beaneball | Gold Gloves and Coco Crisp’s Terrible 2014 Defense

This is interesting. I’ve been looking at this stuff lately to decipher some of the season-to-season changes in DRS for players. To properly compare the defensive skillsets of players, opportunity differences need to addressed, just prorating DRS to innings is not enough.

So I don’t know. Coco caught fewer balls this year. That part is indubitable because we register one entirely objective statistic: putouts. He caught balls. He didn’t catch balls. (That, incidentally, forms a large basis of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The ‘Little Things’ – The Hardball Times

Inside Edge tries tracking the “little things”.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 24, 1914:

It has been learned that there were two sad faced young ballplayers who attended the banquet given by Mayor Curley at the Copley Plaza in honor of the Boston Braves last Thursday night. One is little Billy Martin, the Washington lad who joined the world’s champions on Aug. 1.

The other player to be disappointed is Cottrell, a pitcher, who became a member of the Braves’ outfit in July. Neither one of these players received anywhere near the full amount of ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george stallings, history

Royals get four AL Gold Glove finalists, but not Lorenzo Cain | The Kansas City Star

Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was passed over for Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., Chicago’s Adam Eaton and Baltimore’s Adam Jones. In the four-game sweep of Baltimore, Cain won the AL Championship Series MVP award.

He’s correct that Cain led all outfielders with 2.7 dWAR.

He does seem to be an oversight by the voters. I’m not sure how much his time spent in RF impacted his being left off the ballot.

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves, lorenzo cain, royals

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