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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Maury Brown: Florida Is A Bandwagon State, And The Worst At Supporting Pro Sports

For a moment, I thought Maury was offering to sell Florida back to the Spanish.

But, for pro sports, well…

Don’t hate me for this, hate the numbers. Consider the following: including partial seasons in the NFL, NHL, and NBA for 2014 and dating back to 2010, for leagues that have 30 teams (NBA, NHL, and MLB) and the NFL (32 teams), the nine professional sports teams in Florida average a ranking against their peers based upon attendance at an abysmal 21st. If not for the Heat (average ranking ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, expansion, florida, tv ratings

Addison Russell, Peter O’Brien, Jason Adam, Blake Taylor talk about their experience being traded | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

While new teammates are nice, there’s one aspect of being traded that can prove particularly tough: what to wear.

“That was a little bit of a process, because we had flown to Colorado Springs, so my truck was at the airport in Omaha,” Adam said. “I left it there for the rest of the season, and I flew straight into New Britain. I got in and watched the rest of the game and was just a normal guy on the team the next day.

“We had been on a five-day road trip and I had in my suitcase just enough ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 01:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, blake taylor, jason adam, minor leagues, peter o'brien, trades

Fielding Bible and Gold Gloves | Joe Blogs

Joe Posnanski’s ballot.

I also know why Fielding Bible voters are averse to Jones — his defensive numbers are annually mediocre. The Dewan plus/minus system, which tries to measure how many plays a player makes against the league average, calculates that every single year since 2009 Jones has made FEWER plays than the average outfielder. His other defensive numbers are not very exciting either.

When you add in his arm and Good Plays Made, Jones is actually a little above-average in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 11:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding bible

Ask BA: How Should The Red Sox Handle Their Catcher Logjam? - BaseballAmerica.com

Excellent analysis about the Red Sox catching situation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2014

Pittsburgh Press, November 5, 1914:

Lee Magee can jump into the lake or the Federal league for all I care,” declared Schuyler Britton, president of the Cardinals, today, after he had digested the import of Magee’s ultimatum delivered Monday.

Magee called his employer on the phone last night and informed him that he (Magee) was leaving for Chicago to consult with Manager Tinker and Owner Weeghman of the Chicago outlaws.
...
[Britton:] “Last spring when Magee returned from the world’s tour, I ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 05, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, lee magee

How do you solve a problem like Gold Glove voters? | FOX Sports

The process is headed in the right direction. As more managers become more statistically savvy the two worldviews will continue to converge.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves

Dodgers hire Farhan Zaidi as GM

The Los Angeles Dodgers will name Oakland Athletics assistant GM Farhan Zaidi, a Berkeley-educated economist, as their next GM, baseball sources confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com Tuesday night.

This is the third consecutive Dodger GM to have been hired away from an assistant GM position from a Bay Area team.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 05, 2014 at 05:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Money talks: The postseason share

n the autumn of 2007, Amanda Coolbaugh was dealing with the tragic loss of her husband, Mike, who had been killed that July when a line drive struck him in the head while he was coaching first base for the Colorado Rockies’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa. She had two young sons, ages 5 and 4, and she was eight months pregnant. So as the baseball season was winding down, she was struggling. How would she be able to raise her children? How would she pay for their college educations? How would she ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 12:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mike coolbaugh, money, post-season, post-season share

Brad Halsey Death Tweeted by Agent

Former Major League left-hander Brad Halsey died on Tuesday at the age of 33, according to a tweet by Halsey’s agency, O’Connell Sports.

No details yet.

#6bid is partially elite Posted: November 05, 2014 at 12:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

ML announces Gold Glove winners

WINNERS:
AL left fielder: Royals’ Alex Gordon
AL shortstop:  Orioles’ J.J. Hardy
AL first baseman: Royals’ Eric Hosmer
AL catcher:  Royals’ Salvador Perez
AL second baseman:  Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia
AL third baseman:  Mariners’ Kyle Seager
AL pitcher: Astros’ Dallas Keuchel
AL center fielder: Orioles’ Adam Jones
AL right fielder: Orioles’ Nick Markakis
NL first baseman: Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez
NL second baseman: Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu
NL shortstop: Braves’ Andrelton ...

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cardsfanboy Posted: November 04, 2014 at 09:05 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors

ML announces award finalists

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed their top three finalists in the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player on Tuesday night on MLB Network.

cardsfanboy Posted: November 04, 2014 at 08:26 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors


EXCLUSIVE: Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez paid cousin Yuri Sucart nearly $1 million to keep quiet about his PED use - NY Daily News

Hey, Arod’s back.

Hell hath no fury like a cousin scorned.

Alex Rodriguez’s infamous “Cousin Yuri Sucart” threatened to expose the Yankee superstar’s doping secrets unless the scandal-ridden slugger coughed up “enormous sums of money,” according to court papers filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Rodriguez caved, entering into a confidential settlement with Sucart on June 5, 2013, agreeing to pay Sucart one $700,000 payment for his silence, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:53 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Cubs, already a big free-agent player, are targeting Russell Martin - CBSSports.com

The Cubs, already the leader in free agency after landing marquee manager Joe Maddon for a $25 million, five-year deal, are going to target top free-agent catcher Russell Martin, sources connected to the team said.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents, russell martin

The Yankees Found Another Way To Outspend Every Other Team

With limited avenues to spend their money, where have the Yankees turned now? Minor league free agents. Starting today, free agents can sign with any club and most fans will focus on the splashy big money major league signings. Sometimes, a former standout major leaguer that’s past him prime will sign a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite and fans may hold out hope this player can regain past form. Below even this radar are the often first time free agents with little to no big ...

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JJ1986 Posted: November 04, 2014 at 06:21 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Angels To Sign Cuban Infielder Roberto Baldoquin For $8MM Bonus

The Angels have reached an agreement with 20-year-old Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin on a record-setting $8MM bonus, reports MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The agreement is pending a physical and the $8MM bonus is the most ever for an amateur player under the current international signing rules.

Baldoquin has three seasons of professional experience playing with Las Tunas in Serie Nacional, Sanchez writes, and he also appeared on the Cuban National 16-and-under team when he was eligible. ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: November 04, 2014 at 03:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cuban free agents, roberto baldoquin

Defending the Michael Cuddyer Qualifying Offer

It could be worse, right?

Should we assume that there is about a 10% chance that Cuddyer rejects the QO and tests the free agent market, the net value of the QO becomes even closer to zero, even before you consider what Cuddyer might return in a likely midseason trade.

thetailor Posted: November 04, 2014 at 12:34 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: michael cuddyer, qualifying offers, rockies

Yankees have no plans to pursue free agents Pablo Sandoval, Jon Lester or Max Scherzer - NY Daily News

Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it.

According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the market this winter. Shields, the third-best free-agent starter, is also off the Bombers’ radar, as is Sandoval, the Giants’ postseason hero who was given a $15.3 million qualifying offer by San ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 12:13 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, jon lester, max scherzer, pablo sandoval, yankees

SoxProspects News: Top 40 Season in Review: Garin Cecchini

From what I saw of him in Pawtucket, I agree with this writer’s scouting report. At this point, he’s Boggs-light at the plate with similar defensive skills at third base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 12:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Big money in Red Sox budget | Boston Herald

The team has some real holes in the rotation. As I’ve mentioned in other threads, I’d hate to see them invest big dollars on the available starting pitchers. That would be an almost impossible thing to sell to the fans, however.

“We’re just in the process of communicating with agents and other teams to assess what’s out there, what the interest is in the Red Sox, and we’ll take that information going into (this) week, going into the GM meetings, and start to try to execute the bulk of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 12:00 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2014

Toledo News-Bee, November 4, 1914:

Wilbur Cooper, pitcher for the Pittsburg Pirates, was thrown from his horse [in McConnelsville, Ohio] Tuesday, breaking his right shoulder.

Cooper was a lefty, so at least it wasn’t his pitching shoulder. Wilbur had his worst season in 1915, going 5-16 with an ERA+ of 82 in 185.2 innings. His FIP was roughly the same in 1915 as it was in 1914, so it may have been bad luck. It may also have been a guy giving up more line drives and hard-hit balls because he ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 04, 2014 at 09:52 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, wilbur cooper

Joe Maddon offers reporters ‘a shot and a beer’ in first press conference with Cubs - NY Daily News

How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

‘Big Red’ GM makes intriguing case for Hall of Fame | MLB.com

An architect of one of baseball’s greatest teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Twelve Free Agents Receive Qualifying Offers – MLB Trade Rumors

Besides Cuddyer, will teams be willing to forgo a 1st round pick for Martinez, Robertson, Cabrera, or Liriano?

Max Scherzer (Tigers)
Victor Martinez (Tigers)
David Robertson (Yankees)
Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays)
James Shields (Royals)
Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers)
Pablo Sandoval (Giants)
Nelson Cruz (Orioles)
Russell Martin (Pirates)
Francisco Liriano (Pirates)
Michael Cuddyer (Rockies)
Ervin Santana (Braves)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:46 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Boston Red Sox must determine how they’ll spend - ESPN Boston

I’d rather see the Red Sox go five big-dollar years on Lester than four years on Sheilds. Of course, it would be even better if a prospect package could get them a younger top-starter, which is tougher to get done.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, November 03, 2014

Denver Post: Michael Cuddyer receives qualifying offer

Well I for one was not expecting that.

“Michael is someone who has had a great impact on this organization both on and off the field for the past three years,” Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich in a statement. “After weighing our options, we felt the qualifying offer was in the best interest of the organization.”

Cuddyer, who will turn 36 on March 27, is coming off a three-year, $31.5 million deal with Colorado.


Cubs introduce Joe Maddon

WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: November 03, 2014 at 06:15 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managers

Minnie Minoso: Hall of Fame Worthy

There is a quote on the wall in the third floor of the Baseball Hall of Fame from Minnie that says, “I gave my life to the game. And the game gave me everything.” I think the game owes him one last thing, and I think it’s time he got it.

DL from MN Posted: November 03, 2014 at 04:46 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Cuban Notebook: Latest Buzz On Cuban Players - BaseballAmerica.com

So, if the Red Sox sign someone like Yoan Moncada, it’s impacts his cost, but it doesn’t impact who they can sign in the future?

The Red Sox could also have interest in Cuban players who fall under the international bonus pools, where they would have somewhat of an advantage over other teams. Like the Yankees and Rays, the Red Sox have already blown well beyond their bonus pool into the maximum penalty range, which means they can’t sign anyone subject to the pools for more than $300,000 the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, prospects

Comparing hitting across generations: neutralized hitting - Beyond the Box Score

If you are jonesing for graphs and acronyms, this might get you through the day.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 11:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

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