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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Michael Lewis’ Moneyball vividly recounts how the quants took over baseball, as statistical analysis trumped traditional scouting and propelled the underfunded Oakland A’s to a division-winning 2002 season.
. . . .
The reason the quants win is that they’re almost always right—at least at first. . . . The more a field is run by a system, the more that system creates incentives for everyone . . . to change their behavior in perverse ways—providing more of whatever the system is ...
The previous high contract for a pitcher would be Justin Verlander’s seven-year, $180 million extension with the Tigers. According to Rosenthal, that could be dwarfed here. To wit:
Kershaw and the Dodgers discussed a variety of proposals early in the negotiations, including 10 years, $250 million and $12 years, $300 million, sources said.
Kershaw, 25, was 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA (194 ERA+), 0.92 WHIP and 232 strikeouts in 236 innings. He won the Cy Young for the second time in the past three ...
TDF, situational idiot
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 03:29 PM | 122 comment(s)
*Testosterone Lozenges (nicknamed “gummies”)*: “Sublingual” steroids are placed under the tongue. A-Rod was instructed to place a “troche” under his tongue just before game-time.
*Cream in the Morning, Cream at Night (nicknamed “pink food”)*: Two different types of “transdermal” creams, one applied in the morning and one in the evening—or “a combination of the two above creams applied in the evening.” Except on the days when drug tests were imminent! In April 2012, Rodriguez allegedly ...
Chicago, Now & Then!
Newly elected Hall of Famer Frank Thomas joined Jim Rome for an interview that will air in this month’s Jim Rome on Showtime beginning Wednesday night. In it, Thomas touched on multiple aspects of steroids use in baseball, including both his own doubts about the integrity of some of his colleagues and his distaste for media members questioning whether he used.
“I knew it was shady when Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs,” Thomas said.”Sammy Sosa was my teammate for ...
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 74 comment(s)
E-bro gets corrected.
This year, one voter submitted a blank ballot according to the BBWAA. Was it the same anonymous voter as last year? Nobody knows except for that voter. It could be Chris Jenkins, who has yet to reveal his ballot this year in the San Diego Union Tribune or to me when asked via email.
The other three 2013 blank ballot submitters have revealed their ballots again this year:
• Jorge Ebro told me via email that he voted for 6 players this year: Biggio, Glavine, Maddux, ...
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 02:17 PM | 5 comment(s)
With a career .235 batting average…I’d advise him to stop.
Locally, there isn’t much optimism that a new bottle or two will be added to the shelf in 2014 and Amaro, the general manager during the team’s recent struggles, gets the brunt of the blame.
“I’m a human being and, yes, it [ticks] me off because I know our players are better than the perception,” Amaro said Tuesday as a misty rain fell on Pattison Avenue outside his office window. “The team we fielded the last third of the season was ...
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
The Cubs unveiled “Clark”—a Cub bear—on Monday, and the reaction was swift as the mascot was depicted in unflattering terms on several social media outlets.
Half Joe Camel and a third Fonzarelli.
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 71 comment(s)
New York Evening World, January 15, 1914:
Something new in baseball. The Browns this spring will dwell in their own boarding house, passing up the hotels. A house with twenty-six rooms is being constructed, two stories high, and having “all the comforts of home,” at their training grounds at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Huh. That’s a very Branch Rickey thing to do. Anyway, their training grounds were just southwest of Coffee Pot Bayou and about two miles northeast of where the Rays play their home ...Read More...
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Tacopina, via an email to the Globe, denied he was alluding to Ortiz in his comments. But he would not say who he was referring to.
It is unclear what other Boston athlete fits the description given by Tacopina.
...Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is one of the few major league players to voice support for Alex Rodriguez in recent months.
Ortiz took Rodriguez out for dinner in Boston late last season after the controversial Yankees third baseman was mercilessly booed at Fenway ...
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 72 comment(s)
Seeing that the 3,000 hit club is no longer a sure-fire HOF mark…why hang around for another ten years?
Seven-time All-Star Michael Young is “strongly considering retirement” despite the interest of several teams in signing him, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports .
“Young, 37, wants to spend more time at home with his wife and three sons,” Rosenthal reports. “That would be his reason to retire.”
The 2005 American League batting champion split last season between the Philadelphia ...
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 05:51 AM | 22 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Dallas, Goodbye Club
Former A’s pitcher Dallas Braden told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday he is retiring from Major League Baseball after multiple surgeries have rendered his left shoulder a “shredded mess.”
The 30-year-old Braden is best known for authoring the 19th perfect game in Major League history on May 9, 2010—Mother’s Day—in a 4-0 Oakland victory over Tampa Bay.
“There is nothing left in there, it’s just a shredded mess,” Braden told the Chronicle. “I left my arm on the ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
Developed by MLBAM, endorsed by MLB. Don’t get too excited though, its actually developed by 2K studios and the guys who made MLB2K, who recently announced that they canceled that series.
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM | 191 comment(s)
Michael Weiner knew that PEDs were bad for the game, potentially worse for the user and worst for the non-user who’s struggling with the question “to do it” or “not do it.” Instead of squelching debate from within the union like Fehr did, Weiner protected potential users from themselves and allowed the staunch anti-PED player to have a loud voice. Bud Selig didn’t necessarily have the support of the players, Michael Weiner did. Weiner believed he negotiated a fair deal to rid the game of PEDs. ...Read More...
A motion filed Monday on behalf of Clark seeks dismissal of the defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols in October. The suit followed comments Clark made on his St. Louis radio show, “The King and the Ripper Show,” in August. Among other things, Clark said he knew “for a fact” that Pujols was “a juicer.”
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Clark and his WGNU-AM show co-host Kevin Slaten were fired within days of the comments, and the station’s owner broadcast a lengthy apology and posted similarly contrite statements on its ...
His name is Buck.
The Mariners have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher John Buck, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal is worth $1 million.
Buck, 33, hit .219/.285/.362 (84 OPS+) with 15 home runs in 431 plate appearances for the Mets and Pirates… Buck will be tasked with backing up and mentoring young Mike Zunino with Seattle.
“Part of his legacy is the establishment of the toughest anti-doping rules in all of American pro sports.”
Though many people in his sport are still skeptical, baseball commissioner Bud Selig told ESPN.com he is “100 percent” committed to retiring in a year and that he hopes to visit all 30 parks in his final season…
“I want to talk to season-ticket holders and fans,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of people to thank.”
That idea came about, he said, in part because several clubs reached out to him ...
Whatever Happened to the Walk of Fame? Here’s Gabrielle James’s five-step plan for revamping the process…
The Milwaukee Brewers announced yet another shutout in their annual Walk of Fame balloting on Tuesday…
Since 2007, only two candidates have been voted onto the Brewers Walk of Fame—Lew Burdette in 2010 and Johnny Logan in 2013…
Here are the voting totals:
The District Attorney
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 39 comment(s)
1. Crazy Crab (Giants)
2. Chief Noc-a-Homa (Braves)
3. Original Pirate Parrot (Pirates)
4. Twinkie the Loon (Twins)
5. Charlie-O (A’s)
6. Ribbie and Roobarb (White Sox)
7. Bernie Brewer (Brewers)
8. Dandy (Yankees)
9. Junction Jack (Astros)
10. Rootin’ Tootin’ Ranger (Rangers)
The District Attorney
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:56 PM | 48 comment(s)
Adam Rubin: “In fairness, Jordany Valdespin got upset because Ronny Paulino pinch-hit for him.”
Here’s MLB Nation with details of the ex-New York Met’s latest spat with authority:
Infielder Jordany Valdespin has decided to leave his team, Tigres del Licey, of the Dominican Winter League, reportedly infuriated after being pinch-hit for in a playoff game this past weekend. The news was first reported by Dominican radio show Grandes En Los Deportes (Spanish Twitter link), co-hosted by ESPN ...
Smitty, your take?
And I thought this was fast stacking!
Wait a second. The Players Association argued that the maximum penalty was 50 games as a first violation, but that Section 7.G.2 provided the “governing framework”? And that Section 7.A. — which does contain the 50-100-lifetime penalty scheme — doesn’t apply when there has been “continuous use or possession of multiple substances”? Frankly, that doesn’t make a lot of sense, and it makes me wonder if the Players Association didn’t clearly ...
The article goes into some depth about how biological passport testing works and how it’s a vast improvement over the old method. I’m sure that it is, and I fully support MLB enhances its anti-doping efforts. It’s a credit to Tom Verducci to research this and write a layman friendly article like this.
...but golly gee damn, sometimes I just wish we were talking about the merits of RBI and W-L. Hopefully, as testing continues to improve as it seems to, doping will become ever ...Read More...
Rod Riguez lasted longer on the Billboard charts…
If Rodriguez is done in the majors, he would be eligible for the 2019 ballot. Assuming none of the other notables who announced that they would be hanging up their spikes — or at least considering it — decides to mount a comeback, the field of first-time candidates on that ballot would be headed by all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera and would also include two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, Yankee-dynasty staple Andy Pettitte, and ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM | 83 comment(s)
Guys, I’m serious, Neifi Perez is going to have a legacy.
When Neifi Perez tested positive three times in a short period for the same drug, it counted as three positive tests, even if it was for the same substance. Shyam Das, the arbitrator at the time, held that each positive test was a violation subject to separate discipline. This, union sources said, infuriated the MLBPA to the point that in the next round of collective bargaining, the joint drug agreement included a provision that a player ...
Know Your Product!
“Australia continues to be a robust growth market for Rawlings,” said Kurt Hunzeker, senior director of global brand marketing for St. Louis, Missouri-based Rawlings. “As a proud partner of the ABL since its inaugural year in 2010, Rawlings is committed to doing everything we can to help grow the game across the continent. Coupled with Major League Baseball opening the 2014 Championship Season in Australia, Rawlings’ new partnership with Baseball Australia provides us a ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
Alex Rodriguez took an energy cocktail on Mondays and a therapy cocktail on Fridays.
He used a special cream in the morning, and a testosterone cream in the evening.
He took testosterone lozenges before games “as needed.”...
describes in detail the shadowy life — and complicated diet — of a big-league doper who juggled four injections with two muscle treatments, two skin creams, two lozenges, and six oral doses. And that was just “PHASE 1,” according to the report….
Destroy-Oh-Boy!: Up For A Downslide.
Rodriguez charged that the union “completely abdicated” its responsibility to him. He had particularly sharp criticism for Michael Weiner, the universally respected former executive director of the MLBPA, who died of brain cancer less than two months ago.
For Rodriguez to disparage Weiner in that way, with the union still mourning his loss, was one of the most revolting acts I’ve witnessed in baseball. (Weiner never explicitly declared Rodriguez’s ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 07:17 AM | 57 comment(s)
MLB started publishing its top ten list by position. Bogaerts is number one at short.
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 06:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
Robothal has it…
Boras, the former agent for Alex Rodriguez, was agitated as he spoke on the phone, telling FOX Sports that baseball is wrong to prosecute players while entering relationships with their suppliers.
...“The integrity of the game is only partially served when a known pusher is exonerated, when the genesis of this entire problem is now given a forum and compensation and is not behind bars for the distribution and promoting the use of illegal drugs, not only to baseball players ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 05:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
Lena Blackburne and a White Sox scout work together to prevent Blackburne from having to play for the Browns. Pittsburgh Press, January 14, 1914:
“Now,” said [the scout], “there is an ivory hunter from the St. Louis Browns here, and he is looking you over. You don’t want to appear with that bunch of dubs, so, as a favor to me, put on these cheaters.”
The Chicago scout handed Blackburn a pair of heavy rimmed spectacles equipped with plain window glass, which he obligingly put on.
“What did ...
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