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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Paul DePodesta answers a few questions on the Mets farm system.
OK, where does he sign? I’m guessing the Yankees.
Jim Callis writes about the best tools.
Jonathan Mayo breaks down the changes to last year’s list.
Over the night they have changed the formatting on their list. It’s not an improvement. Nevertheless, here’s MLB.com’s 2015 Top 100 Prospects.
Friday, January 30, 2015
When you hear the cliché about the one guy that keeps everybody loose in the clubhouse, that was Charlie. Always cracking wise, always busting chops, always making those around him laugh. Except on the golf course. The boy could flat out swing. At least a four handicap in his day. We all knew he was unbeatable. Didn’t stop some of our teammates from trying to take him down, though. We played a round once during Spring Training, 1973, me, Charlie, our teammate Ronny Bryant, along with Davy ...Read More...
There are minor league legends, and then there was Rocky Bridges. Jim Bouton called Bridges his favorite manager, even though he never played for him. Why? Because Bridges made the game fun for his players.
Bridges was also the man who dubbed Mike Epstein “Superjew” and Greg Minton “Moon Man.”
More good stuff from Jeff Sullivan.
A followup on yesterday’s Link of the Day, from the Pittsburgh Press, January 30, 1915:
Taking a dip into prospects’ BABIP numbers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Sam Dykstra helps to make a little extra sense of minor league numbers.
MLB.com is releasing its Top 100 list tonight. Since they include video, put together a good list, and update their rankings during the season, it’s become one my favorites.
(Sorry about not being able to embed the video. There doesn’t seem to be any way to do it.)
My locker was back-to-back with Campy’s. I came in one day with a New York paper and showed Campy the box score. “This says Erskine losing pitcher,” I said. “Shouldn’t it say Campanella losing catcher?” He just smiled and said, “You can always shake me off.” But if you shook off Campy, you had to explain it to Walter Alston, the manager.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ken Rosenthal sits down with Commissioner Manfred.
Major League Baseball views local communities as groups to be exploited.
Baseball Prospectus | BP Unfiltered: People Are Currently Reading The 2015 BP Annual And You Could Be Next
I’ve really liked the improvements BP has made to their annuals and web site over the last few years. For example, in the past you didn’t know who was responsible for the team essays and player comments. Now, they make it clear. It might be a small thing for you, but it makes a real difference for me.
Pittsburgh Press, January 29, 1915:
The first of Top 100 prospect lists to appear.
It’s behind the pay wall. (You can get Insider access cheapest by buying an ESPN The Mag subscription for about $10.)
6. Len Koenecke, 1932 New York Giants schedule postcard: Len Koenecke didn’t make the majors until he was 28, didn’t even start playing minor league baseball until he was 24, and he died before he could make up for the lost time.
His death, which came just 265 games into his big league career, may rank as most bizarre in baseball history. Two days after being released by the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1935, Koenecke got into an altercation with a pilot during a flight. The pilot hit ...Read More...
They don’t need a big clock. They need umpires to enforce the rules already in place. Such a change wouldn’t require negotiation with the union. Such a change wouldn’t generate another distracting clock on my TV screen or at the ball park. Yet, it would accomplish the goal.
Baseball is a great game. It doesn’t need radical overhauls to stay popular. It just needs to be tweaked to keep the action moving and to help it fit into our busy lifestyles.
Jeff Sullivan breaks down Carlos Carrasco emergence as a quality starter last season.
David Murphy thinks Pat Gillick is an old dog.
The more Pat Gillick is involved in the decision-making, the better the chance for progress in Philadelphia
A battle for shortstop is coming in Minnesota.
Here’s a cheap, handy tool for draft prep for dynasty league players. This site provides a spreadsheet with a compilation of all the top prospect lists in one Excel workbook for $3.99. I usually do this myself. This will save me a lot of time this year.
I would think it would take a few years for teams and hitters to evolve. For me, a little less offense isn’t really an issue. Game time is a bigger issue. Get the time back down to 2.5 hours and I’ll be happy.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The game will adjust without banning the shift.
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