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Monday, February 09, 2015

Padres, James Shields agree to 4-year deal, according to source - SBNation.com

e Padres have agreed to sign free agent right-hander James Shields to a four-year contract that includes a club option for a fifth season, according to major-league sources. The deal is currently pending a physical, and is likely to be announced early in the week.
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Shields, 33, is the last major free agent starter to sign with a club in a winter that has already seen Jon Lester join the Cubs and Max Scherzer sign with the Nationals on multi-year deals. His deal is expected to be in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, padres

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Many new faces but same high expectations at A’s FanFest - San Francisco Chronicle

“I’d like Billy Beane to be able to tell America, ‘Take that!’ when this is all over,” new bench coach Mike Aldrete said during the Q-and-A.

“One thing I’ve always heard around the league is, ‘Billy knows what he’s doing,’” new first baseman Ike Davis said. “I figured he had a plan, just be patient, and now that you look at it, it’s a pretty exciting team.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:35 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane

Perth claim second consecutive Shield (Australian Baseball League title)

ADELAIDE, 8 February - For the fourth time in five years, Perth reign supreme atop the pedestal of the Australian Baseball League. The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat beat the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, 12-5 in Sunday’s third and final game of the ABL Championship Series presented by ConocoPhillips, to take home the Claxton Shield for the second consecutive season.

The Yankees of Down Under.

Gamingboy Posted: February 08, 2015 at 02:26 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, international

MLB.tv 2015 Now Available

Not much to add beyond the title.  Same price as 2014 (129.99 for the Premium).  What is odd is that the MiLB.tv option is still only available on computer or an iPhone, apparently it won’t work on an iPad which makes very little sense to me.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 08, 2015 at 12:39 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam

Matt Harvey’s arrival this week spurs Mets’ optimism - NY Daily News

It will be interesting to see where his command is at the start of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Rob Refsnyder just may be the Yankees’ solution at 2nd base - NY Daily News

Classic good make-up.

“I don’t know if God has blessed me with being being the biggest or the fastest or the strongest, but He has blessed me with a burning desire to be better,” Rob Refsnyder says.

Edit: Link fixed. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rob refsnyder, yankees

Rays manager Kevin Cash plans more stable lineup | Tampa Bay Times

Ultimately we would like our core guys to have a good sense of where they’re hitting in the lineup,” Cash said. “Some would be planted, whether in the No. 3 spot or No. 4 spot or wherever. And some we’d like to have it be, ‘You’re going to hit either fifth or sixth’ or ‘You’re going to hit first or second,’ something of that degree. Our goal coming in is to have a righty lineup and a lefty lineup, and have that be very similar on a daily basis.”

So whether the Rays decide to put Evan Longoria ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Jay Bruce and his struggle with the strike zone - Beyond the Box Score

Jay Bruce under the sabermetric microscope.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, sabermetrics


Sunday Notes: Badenhop & Perez, Weinstein on Framing, Cowart, Renda, more

David Lauria’s Sunday Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Walking Through Ben Revere’s 19 Assists | FanGraphs Baseball

Another interesting article from Jeff Sullivan.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: ben revere, defense

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Dearth of homegrown pitchers has hurt Red Sox’ rotation building - Sports - The Boston Globe

How much do we apportion the blame to their draft scouting and to their player development system?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Late-inning relievers are becoming more valuable. | SportsonEarth.com

Ultimately, though, every manager—every single one—falls into the same basic patterns with the late innings. They’ll go with committees only to the point that one member of that committee catches fire, and then they’ll ride that guy in the ninth for as long as his arm and effectiveness will allow.

I asked Showalter why that is.

“There are four parts of a season,” Showalter said. “Spring Training, when you manage pitchers completely different; the regular season, when you manage starters and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usuage, bullpens

All-Star Game To Be Awarded By Bid, Manfred Says - BaseballAmerica.com

The devil is in the details.

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he intends to award the All-Star Game with a bidding process, rather than alternating leagues as has been the practice generally every season since the game was put in place in 1933.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Catching? John Jaso takes a break | Tampa Bay Times

I’m interested in seeing how Jaso does as a full-time DH. About a 1/4 of his PA so far have come at DH. He’s essentially hit about the same as he does behind the plate.

“We have an understanding that they want me to hit, and putting me in the instance where I could be in harm’s way — where I would then be on the bench for the rest of the year — that’s not worth it at this point,” he said.

Jaso said he plans to eventually return to catching, though it’s possible — and potentially better ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: john jaso, rays

Quantifying uncertainty in FIP - Beyond the Box Score

Since the largest uncertainties are principally independent of one another, they can be combined in quadrature to establish the 90% confidence interval on FIP’: 0.538 runs per 9 innings. The largest contributor to the uncertainty in FIP is the HR/FB rate. xFIP mitigates this uncertainty contributor considerably by adjusting each pitchers’ HR/FB rate (xFIP therefore has less total uncertainty). Pitch-based techniques can be used to reduce the uncertainty in each of the other major ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fip, sabermetrics

Stark—-Commish: Don’t surmise PED use

“The guys I’m concerned about are, there are players out there who are talked about where there is literally nothing. They have nothing, other than, you know, ‘He looked like X.’ Trust me, from somebody who spent a lot of time [investigating], you can’t decide whether or not somebody was using steroids, based on what they look like. That is not enough evidence to make that determination.”

Dr. Chaleeko Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Why Doesn’t Anybody Want James Shields? — The Cauldron — Medium

James Shields under the sabermetric microscope.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, sabermetrics

Hudson leaning toward retirement after 2015 season | CSN Bay Area

This is it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim hudson


Friday, February 06, 2015

99% Invisible: La Mascotte [audio—18:44]

As baseball fans probably know, The Washington Nationals used to be the Montreal Expos. When the team packed up and left Canada in 2005, they left behind their name, their logo, their uniforms—and their mascot, Youppi!.

A fun piece on mascots from a great radio show.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, expos, mascots, phillies

Cashman: A-Rod, Yanks will meet

“Alex considers everything with the Yankees to be family business and family business stays within the family,” Rodriguez’s spokesman Ron Berkowitz said Friday.

nick swisher hygiene Posted: February 06, 2015 at 04:51 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, business, centauromachy, yankees

FOX And MLB In Talks That Could See Nearly 40% Of All Streamed Game Broadcasts Blackout Free

In a move that could affect nearly 40 percent of all broadcasts during the regular season, Major League Baseball and FOX have been in discussions that would see streamed games from FOX regional sports networks without any blackouts. Currently games played in a team’s television territory are subject to blackouts to those within the territory. For those watching games on television via MLB Extra Innings, the league’s out-of-market package, most can switch to the RSN where the game is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout rules, fox, maury brown, streaming

MLB to talk betting with owners

New commissioner Rob Manfred says it’s time for Major League Baseball to give “fresh consideration” to an issue it has shunned for decades—legalized sports betting.

“Gambling in terms of our society has changed its presence on legalization,” Manfred said Thursday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” “and I think it’s important for there to be a conversation between me and the owners about what our institutional position will be.”

For decades, baseball’s position on sports betting has been one of ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 06, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, gambling

MLB commish on Pete Rose’s Hall eligibility: ‘It’s a conversation I’m expecting to have’

After 25 years of ineligibility, Pete Rose could see his name on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in the near future.

MLB’s new commissioner Rob Manfred might be willing to open the the door for possible reinstatement of Rose, who was banned from baseball in 1989.

“I have heard from his lawyer, and I do anticipate having a conversation about that,” Manfred told ESPN Radio on Thursday.


Baseball’s Worst Contracts «

When people say, “The (insert team here) HAVE to sign (insert pricey free agent)!” they often ignore the big flashy pitfalls of such acquisitions.

Like all good CEOs, the men who run Major League Baseball’s 30 teams try to be forward-thinking. Even those who have only the most cursory interest in number-crunching understand that baseball players typically peak in their twenties and decline in their thirties. They’re fully aware of the pitfalls of awarding a fat, long-term contract to an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Brooklyn Cyclones minor leaguers to wear ‘Saved By The Bell’ jerseys

What is going on here????

The minor-league team that brought us “Seinfeld Night” is back with another re-run idea in 2015. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets Class A affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League, will wear jerseys inspired by “Saved By The Bell” in the coming season. The threads are part of a tribute night scheduled for June 24.

And here the jersey is:


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-6-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 6, 1915:

One of the prettiest fights on the [White Sox spring training] schedule will be the finale in the elimination series for the third base post. There are four entrants for this prize—Howard Baker, Jimmy Breton, Al Bromwich and Russell Blackburne.

The entries are not closed yet and the number of contestants for this price may be materially increased, but the chances are one of this quartet will be the winner.

The White Sox having a question mark at third base? ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, February 05, 2015

SABR: SiriusXM and SABR team up for new show on MLB Network Radio

Looking forward to this. And is a podcast in the cards?

SiriusXM will team up with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to launch a new show focused on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today.

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM will debut on Sunday, February 15 (7:00-8:00 pm ET) and air weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209 ...

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AndrewJ Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: 2015, radio, sabr, satellite

ESPN:Victor Martinez has torn meniscus

Detroit Tigers slugger Victor Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee during workouts, the team announced Thursday.
Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to perform surgery Tuesday to repair the injury. Detroit has not announced a timetable for Martinez’s return…
This is the second time Martinez has suffered a serious offseason knee injury as a Tiger. In 2012, he tore his left ACL in offseason conditioning and missed that entire season. Besides having surgery to repair that injury, he also ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 05, 2015 at 06:54 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, v-mart

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