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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Pittsburgh Press, November 19, 1914:
William Neill, scout of the Phillies…is confident that the Phillies have landed in Dave Bancroft a man who should will the hole at shortstop.
“Bancroft looked mighty good to me,” said Scout Neill. “I watched him play in a dozen games. He has a wonderful pair of hands and is as quick as a flash…You can never tell what a young fellow will do when he comes up to the majors, but Bancroft certainly has the ear-marks of a man who will develop fast.”
Shaky ...Read More...
He might be best remembered for being the wrong side of a one-sided deal, but he also won 20 games for a world champion and helped the Mets to a pennant in 1973.
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Will fans end up celebrating, or Grieve-ing?
The Athletics have agreed to a three-year, $30MM deal with free agent DH Billy Butler, as first reported via Twitter by Robert Murray. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that the deal is finalized.
Fifth Third Bank, which lent rooftop owners Thomas Gramatis, Max Waisvisz, Daniel Finkel and various holding companies about $18.6 million between 2006 and 2012, says the owners haven’t kept up with mortgage payments and owe in excess of $36 million in principal, interests and other fees, according to the court document.
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 16 comment(s)
Wow! In the short term Stanton is walking away from a lot of money. Don’t get me wrong. His option years make up for it if he goes in the tank. If he plays well, though, he’s leaving a bunch of money on the table.
If Giancarlo Stanton opts out of his new 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins after the first six seasons, he’ll be walking away from a staggering $218 million over the final seven seasons, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.com Tuesday.
However, one source ...
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 03:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
The White Sox will announce the signing of left-handed reliever Zach Duke later today, reports Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com (Twitter link)...
Duke quietly had a dominant season in the Brewers’ bullpen in 2014, pitching to an electric 2.45 ERA with 11.4 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 57.7 percent ground-ball rate. Opposing lefties hit just .198/.267/.302 against Duke last year, though righties couldn’t figure him out either, mustering a mere .242/.288/.298 against the well-traveled lefty… With ...
Sports will also not wait seven years from approval to their Olympic first appearance, and instead could be brought in for just one Olympics to maximize the Games’ reach and attraction.
The first Games to benefit could be the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with organizers pushing for the inclusion of baseball and softball.
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM | 21 comment(s)
The latest Robothal.
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM | 43 comment(s)
Jay Jaffe’s take on the Stanton deal. He estimates Stanton’s value of the contract based on the cost per win on the free agent market. I’m not a huge fan of the approach when players are extended. Teams don’t win championships by paying “market” rates for players, especially those still under control for two years. Using the market approach, teams would be making sound financial choices if they spent anything less than $284.2 million for a 95 win team in 2014. (95 wins = 47.6 base wins + 47.4 ...Read More...
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
The system is straightforward. When a starter makes his major league debut, he begins with 300 points. From there, his rating will go up when he pitches well (based on Game Score). His rating goes down when he pitches poorly or doesn’t pitch at all (including the offseason). Complete details of the system are available both in The Handbook and on Bill James Online.
Toledo News-Bee, November 18, 1914:
Charles W. Murphy, former president of the Cubs, and credited with still holding a large interest in the club, announced on Wednesday that the deal by which Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Federals, was to purchase the Cubs, is off.
...meaning another year of the Federal League-Organized Baseball war. But you all know that already.
I bet Boras is the one pushing this report.
The Yankees and Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, are said to have had a brief contact sometime since returning from the GM meetings, and word is the Yankees may “revisit” their inclination not to make any big expenditures this winter.
This must be depressing for Angels fans.
Best Prospect: Kaleb Cowart has struggled the last two years in Double-A and his woes continued in Arizona, where he batted .185/.224/.259. He did make some nice plays and demonstrated a strong arm at third base.
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
The Blue Jays are in spending mode. They must have realized most of their core is getting up there.
According to Cots Contracts, the Blue Jays’ payroll landed at $137,770,000 last season, with Mark Buehrle slated to make the most money of any player on the roster in ’15 ($19 million).
Buehrle at $19 million.
Posted: November 18, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 45 comment(s)
Monday, November 17, 2014
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the hiring of Dr. Ed Lewis as the team’s Director of Baseball Analytics and Research. Lewis will oversee the organization’s increased efforts in those areas and work closely with Assistant GM Bryan Minniti, Baseball Operations Data Analyst John Krazit and Baseball Operations Coordinator Sam Eaton, with additional staff likely to be added. Lewis will report to General Manager Dave Stewart, who made the announcement.
The meeting was brief, and the message was simple: “Lisa, from here on in, you’re not fighting alone. To get to you, Reggie’s gonna have to come through us. We’re tired of watching it.”
“And at the ballpark that night, Reggie tried to come after me, screaming [about the story]. And sure enough, here comes Hendrick and Candelaria, tall and imposing. ‘To get to her, you’re gonna have to go through us.’ Reggie got so mad. He took his fist and banged it into the wall. And ...
Must have been disappointed in Heyward’s MVP showing.
The Cardinals have acquired right fielder Jason Heyward and right-hander Jordan Walden from the Braves in exchange for righty Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins, the teams announced.
He shouldn’t comment on this process. It’s like breaking up with a girl and then months later telling her, “Your new boyfriend seems like a solid candidate to fill the gaping void that I surely left in your life.”
They’ve created a wonderful list, they really have,” Maddon said. “They’ve given themselves an opportunity to interview some really qualified people and make a typically very good Rays decision at the end of the day. I really believe that. You know it’s going to be well thought out, ...
Posted: November 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, November 17, 1914:
The ever-present trouble-finding small boy got his [in Porterville, California] yesterday. A cluster of youngsters climbed to the roof of the dressing room where the touring all-star teams of the Americans and National leagues were housed and were peering between loose shingles at the diamond stars. Something besides shingles were loose, however, and the roof collapsed, injuring three youngsters. One was severely hurt. The game which followed the accident ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: November 17, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 21 comment(s)
Tom Tango calls Win Probability Added the ultimate “story stat.” By combining FanGraphs’ WPA and my World Series Projections, I aim to depict and uncover the stories of the 2014 World Series in the same way.
It’s no surprise that the Padres would be open to trading from a surplus—starting pitchers Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy all have drawn interest—but San Diego’s dynamic behind the plate has changed drastically in the last year. Incumbent starter Yasmani Grandal had a difficult-to-evaluate season, returning from ACL surgery sooner than anyone expected. Journeyman Rene Rivera had a career season, playing better than anyone expected.
So which catcher would the Padres trade first? ...
Posted: November 17, 2014 at 06:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
Four players deserve some discussion. I’m not even going to waste space on Randy Johnson since his induction is such a foregone conclusion. He is quite likely the last 300-win pitcher baseball will ever see (for those who care), and my only interest will be in the tortured excuses from voters who don’t list Johnson on their ballots. Likewise, I discussed Pedro Martinez at some length a couple weeks ago.
Gary Sheffield and John Smoltz will generate significant discussion.
Posted: November 17, 2014 at 01:30 AM | 84 comment(s)
hall of fame
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Feels like teams are rarely this straightforward about their intentions. I like it, though. Transparency!
Torii Hunter will likely continue to play baseball, but not with the Detroit Tigers.
Tigers general manager/president Dave Dombrowski told reporters today that he called Hunter to tell him he would not be pursued after the club agreed to a four-year contract with designated hitter Victor Martinez.
“I called and said it just didn’t look like it was going to fit the way the club was getting ...
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