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Monday, November 07, 2016

OTP 2016 November 7: How baseball bridged the political divide

A World Series game seven for the ages offered some rare relief from the most bitter presidential election in recent memory.
The Chicago Cubs, in carrying off their first title since 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, finally proved that no curse is forever and offered a few moments of hope fulfilled and optimism — two qualities badly lacking from this grimmest of presidential races.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 4331 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, politics, world series

5 Mets options to replace Cespedes: Trade for McCutchen? | New York Post

He is an option.

Carlos Gomez: The former Mets outfielder, who nearly returned in 2015 at the trade deadline before the club acquired Cespedes, had a resurgence with the Rangers over the final two months of the season after a brutal first half with Houston. Gomez hit 13 homers in 118 games and is still a threat on the bases (18 stolen bases), but he may have lost a step defensively.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Bud Black reaches agreement with Colorado Rockies to become new manager

“This is a tough place, a fun place and a not-so-fun place to play all wrapped into one. No lead feels safe,” Black said about Coors Field during his last season with the Padres. “And no lead feels insurmountable when you are trying to attack. You always feel good about your ability to come back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, rockies

Heyman - Mariners Acquire Carlos Ruiz From Dodgers - Linkis.com

The Seattle Mariners acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell FanRag Sports.

According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, the player going back to the Dodgers in the deal is pitcher Vidal Nuno.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, trades


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Benevolence or stupidity? Cubs pay Hammels to go away

For a paltry 12 million, the Cubs could have had a really good long man/spot starte; or they could have signed and traded him. But they paid 2 million to let him walk.  Hammels stands to make millions from this move as he becomes one of the best starters on the market.

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 06, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency

Rays ‘open to everything’ to improve in offseason | Tampa Bay Times

“The trade market is our primary avenue to address those needs,” Silverman said. “It’s market-driven based on the teams’ interest in our players, what (teams) provide to us that meets those needs, both short term and long term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 12:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

SNL: Chicago Cubs and Bill Murray on Weekend Update [video]

Chicago Cubs players Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler perform “Go Cubs Go” with Bill Murray.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, go cubs go, saturday night live, video

Top performers from AFL Fall Stars Game | MLB.com

MLB needs more of the AFL on television.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Mets needs to lock up Cespedes long-term — no matter the price - NY Daily News

Overpaying is great short-sighted thinking.

Or maybe at that point he and the Wilpons simply dig deep to keep Cespedes, realizing that sometimes overpaying for the right player is the price a New York franchise should be willing to pay for trying to win a championship.

As Alderson begins his seventh year as GM, the Mets are at that point. I’m convinced he knows it.

But we’ll see if he delivers on it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

2016-17 MLB qualifying offer predictions | MLB.com

Mike Petriello looks at the players who may or may not get qualifying offers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Cubs Joe Maddon’s style unique, unprecedented | MLB.com

Joe Maddon was in charge of the Angels’ instructional league program one fall three decades ago when he heard Gene Mauch‘s gravelly voice behind him.

“I don’t know how you’re doing it, son,” Mauch said. “But you’ve created a great environment here.”

To this day, Maddon considers it maybe the greatest compliment he has ever received, because Mauch was a legendary tough guy—taciturn, demanding and frugal with praise. He also had one of the greatest baseball minds ever, someone who’d studied the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Rays restructure front office; existing execs get new titles | Tampa Bay Times

Silverman said the responsibility sharing is “unique” but said it works in their situation. “It’s custom-fit to our histories together and to our working relationships,” he said. “Because of their decade-long working relationship, Erik and Chaim are ideal partners to team up on the daily management of our department.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 01:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Phillies Acquire Pat Neshek - MLB Trade Rumors

Win-win presumably.  Astros to get lottery ticket or money for a guy whom they would have released. The Phils get some bullpen help which they really need.  It’s not like the Phils have 5 can’t-miss bullpen arms waiting to come to the majors in April.
I’ll set the over/under on comments for this thread at 1.5

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Chicago Cubs: What’s in future after World Series win? | SI.com

The Cubs may be just getting started, as they’re exceptionally well-built for the long haul. Counting Willson Contreras (instead of Miguel Montero) as their starting catcher, they have every member of their starting lineup under club control through at least 2019 except for Fowler. First baseman Anthony Rizzo is locked into a very affordable deal that includes options for 2020 and ‘21, second baseman/leftfielder Ben Zobrist and rightfielder Jason Heyward are on board via more expensive ones, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Why The Union Should Push Back At International Changes | BaseballAmerica.com

Ben Badler makes the case against raising the international minimum signing age to 18.

There will still be some Latin American players who can get to the majors at 21 and hit free agency still at their traditional peak years, but raising the signing age from 16 to 18 reduces the number of them who will. That hurts players in the union—and not just Latin American players. While international amateur players aren’t in the union, the players’ association would be smart to push back against ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, international draft, international free agents

Friday, November 04, 2016

Love, loss and the Indians

MLB.com writer shares his thoughts on the Indians, the World Series, and his late son.

neck Posted: November 04, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Prospecting on the Beautiful Island

As the game of baseball continues to globalize, major league organizations are looking beyond the prospect hotbeds in the Americas. For many organizations, this includes scouting in Taiwan, which 16th-century Portuguese sailors dubbed Formosa, “The Beautiful Island,” owing to its natural fusion of green fields, forest ranges, mountain tops and water bodies.
The San Diego Padres, for example, recently signed Taiwanese pitcher Wen-Hua Sung, who turned 20 in September. Sung, whom the local ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 04:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international, prospects, taiwan

Arizona Diamondbacks pick Torey Lovullo as manager

The usually reliable John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports is reporting that the team will name Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as the new manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. While there has not yet been an official announcement, the choice has since been confirmed by others, including Nick Piecoro and Jon Heyman, so it appears to be close to a done deal. Lovullo will become the 10th manager in team history.

This is no great shock: as soon as Red Sox GM Mike Hazen was appointed to the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, torey lovullo

Is the Postseason Becoming Too Different?

Or, if we want to look at it another way, relievers threw 43% of all the postseason innings this year. That’s up from 39% a year ago, and over the last five years, it had held pretty steady between 35-40%, right in the same range as the 63%/37% split we see during the regular season. It certainly feels like this year is the start of a shift, and teams are going to continue to push their bullpen usage in October, especially given how well it worked this year.

But that brings up a bit of a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dave cameron, post-season

Why Aren’t There More Gay Baseball Players?

Spoiler alert! There’s no single great answer to that question. Complex spoke to every living professional baseball player who’s come out publicly: Conroy and Denson, plus four others who came out after retiring, and all of them had somewhat different takes.

“I think people are misguided in thinking that it’s connected,” says Billy Bean, the one-time major leaguer who came out four years after his pro career ended and wrote a book about everything, now serving as Major League ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: gay players, gay rights, rob neyer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2016

Topeka State Journal, November 4, 1916:

BALL PLAYERS TOO RICH FOR GOOD OF THE GAME

Ed Barrow, president of the International league, in speaking of the decline of interest in baseball…declares that interest in the game could be greatly revived by requiring the visiting players to travel to the park via busses and fully dressed in their uniforms. He deplores the many automobiles and the large bank accounts that players have nowadays, and attributes much of the lack of interest in baseball to too ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 11:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, old man yells at cloud

A Night To Remember

Series of fan and player photos from game seven.  I love this stuff.


The Game Plan: How the Indians Almost Won It All | FanGraphs Baseball

The Indians Way.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

The Cubs Just Ended Baseball’s Analytics War

It’s never, ever been about being right. It’s always about being better. It’s tough to get better if you believe you have all the answers. By questioning everything, including what you believe to be true, you remain open to change and improvement. Theo has always gotten this.

Baseball has been solved, and the solution is simple: There is no solution. It’s when you think you’ve got the game figured out that it bites you in the ass. There is always more information to be had, and more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, cubs

GM Dick Williams in control of Reds operations | reds.com

The reliever market gets more expensive every day.

“The bullpen will be interesting to see how it comes together,” Williams said. “The market is going to make it challenging. There is not a ton of options available, and there are a lot of teams talking about needing bullpen help right now. We just have to be careful that we don’t get swept up in a market that is overheated. We’ll monitor that market and try to find value.”
Creative bullpen management was in focus throughout the postseason, with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dick williams, general managers, reds

Steve Bartman ‘overjoyed’ by Cubs’ World Series win, won’t crash victory parade

Completely unexpected.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

At Last - The New Yorker

Roger Angell’s take.

Quieter scenes remain from this famous evening. There was an instant where we saw, amid a row of standees, Jack Epstein held in the right arm of his dad, Theo, the Cubs’ president (and the inventor and curator of this team), his arm around his dad’s neck and everyone’s eyes fixed on the doings below. Later, Manager Terry Francona’s post-season interview in the silent Cleveland clubhouse was a model of grace and generosity, but standard for him. I also caught a very ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Option roundup from around Major Leagues | MLB.com

These players are going back to their teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Tigers trade Cameron Maybin to Angels for minor league pitcher

For their first move today, they traded centerfielder Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league right-handed pitcher Victor Alcantara.

The Angels will exercise Maybin’s $9 million option for 2017.

Alcantara, 23, posted a 4.30 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 29 games – 20 starts – for Double-A Arkansas this season. He is not considered a top prospect.

In essence, the Tigers simply decided not to pick up Maybin’s option. This was not an unsurprising move, given the team’s plan ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2016 at 09:57 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cameron maybin, tigers, trade

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