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Monday, November 28, 2016

Tim Tebow and the terrible footballers who came before him

Shaq Thompson does not have to wonder if he chose the correct path. He was the worst professional baseball player of all time.

In 39 at bats for the Gulf Coast Red Sox in 2012, Thompson struck out 37 times. Pairing that with a rather generous 17.0% walk rate (folks, the GCL isn’t necessarily packed with high quality pitchers), Thompson managed to put the ball in play just twice — 4.2% of the time. I wrote the story of those two at bats last year but spoiler alert: they weren’t base hits. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2016 at 11:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: george halas, josh booty, ricky williams, shaq thompson, tim tebow

This World Baseball Classic could reportedly be the last one

We’re just a few months away from the onset of the fourth World Baseball Classic—the once-every-four-years global tournament that began play in 2006.
Turns out, we could be just a few months away from the end of the World Baseball Classic in multiple senses. That’s because the 2017 tournament could be the final edition of the WBC unless there’s a significant uptick in revenue, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN:

This is sadly predictable. While the pretense of the WBC is twofold—to spread ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2016 at 11:06 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic

Colby Jack and the Luckiest Staff of All Time

Colby Jack had grit, Roxie had moxie. When it came to Storm Davis, La Russa had enough.The luckiest pitching seasons of all-time.

gehrig97 Posted: November 28, 2016 at 07:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, jack coombs, lefty gomez, lucky seasons, pitcher wins

Hunter Greene Climbs To The Top | BaseballAmerica.com

The next, next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateurs, hunter greene, prospects

MLB Hot Stove: Teams may reportedly skip winter meetings if CBA talks continue to stall - CBSSports.com

Updates: I can’t see how a deal doesn’t get done.

This is crazy.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Even With Theo Cubs Won’t Have Easy Time Building Dynasty

It is certainly easy to understand why the Cubs can be expected to win multiple World Series titles over the next few years. Seven of the eight projected starters in next year’s everyday lineup are 27 or younger, causing the oddsmakers to universally install the Cubs as favorite to win it all again in 2017.
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“There’s an intensity about Theo Epstein, and the way he pushes his employees,” said Hazen, who worked under Epstein in the Red Sox’s front office. “He demands excellence ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dynasties

Andrew McCutchen could benefit in right field | MLB.com

Some very interesting stuff on McCutchen and some other defenders.

Please, more of this stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

MLB Hot Stove: Dodgers reportedly need to shed payroll this winter and here’s why - CBSSports.com

The debt rule is unlikely to have any impact on the team on the field—Los Angeles has been looking to trim player payroll for a few years now anyway—but going from $300 million in payroll to $200 million in the span of three years seems daunting. It shouldn’t be too difficult given the salaries the Dodgers have coming off the books the next few years though:

Gone after 2017: Carl Crawford ($21.857 million), Andre Ethier ($17.5 million salary plus $2.5 million buyout of 2018 option), Alex ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Was the Jean Segura Trade Really the Mitch Haniger Trade? | FanGraphs Baseball

Color me skeptical.

At last, there’s this part: Segura has two more years of team control. Haniger has the full six. And what sort of impact might be expected in 2017? We know that Segura is likely to play every day. With Haniger, that hasn’t really been decided. But to even things out, let’s consider the Steamer600 projection, which projects plays out over 600 plate appearances. Segura’s projection shows a 94 wRC+, with a 2.1 WAR. And Haniger? We see a 98 wRC+, and a 2.0 WAR. There’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners

Marlins may add pitching at Winter Meetings | MLB.com

Rather than trying to find the next Fernandez at the Winter Meetings, the more realistic options are finding starters with track records of durability, as well as other pitchers who could be on the rebound.

Free agents such as Doug Fister, Ivan Nova, Travis Wood, Jonathon Niese, Justin Masterson and Edinson Volquez could be fits. So are pitchers coming back from injuries, such as lefty C.J. Wilson.

Another strategy the Marlins are considering is finding starters capable of going five or six ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Swydan: Job Posting: Boston Red Sox Baseball Operations Analyst

Location: Boston

Description:
The Boston Red Sox are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Pitching Development and Baseball Research & Development groups. The role will focus primarily on using an analytical approach to evaluate pitcher performance and provide support to development staff in the field. The analyst will work closely with VP, Pitching Development and the R&D team to develop methods to improve the effective understanding and application of pitch tracking data throughout Baseball ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: November 28, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analysts, analytics, job posting, pitching, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2016

Pittsburgh Press, November 28, 1916:

Weldon Wyckoff, a member of the Boston Redsox pitching staff, is the owner and manager of the leading taxicab service at his home in Williamsport, Pa. It is said that since the close of the big series the number of cabs in the service have been materially increased. Wyckoff, a former member of Connie Mack’s team, is a pitcher who has a world of stuff, yet has been unable to develop into a winner.

In 1915, Wyckoff led the American League in losses, walks, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 28, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Lowell Cohn: The worthy, and the not, for baseball’s Hall of Fame

The first HOF ballot on the Tracker has a couple of doozy reasons for his vote…

TJ Posted: November 28, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Donald Trump’s tax plan could affect MLB free agency | SI.com

Some interesting info.

Jock Tax

In assessing state income tax variations in how teams pursue free agents, players’ representatives should consider the impact of “jock taxes.” As we have explained in other SI.com articles, a “jock tax” is a tax imposed by a state and municipality on the proportion of income attributed to athletes on visiting teams when they play games in that state or municipality. Put in its most basic form, a jock tax is an income tax levied on a visiting team’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics

St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Andrelton Simmons Should Be 2017 Short Stop | FOX Sports

Fanciful.

Can a deal be made to the Angels then?  I believe that a deal could be landed by offering Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and Peralta and/or Matt Adams.  It might also take a sweetener like Luke Weaver.  Would Weaver be too much to ask?

While this might seem like too much to ask, it would not surprise me to see the Cardinals package Weaver plus some of these names to land Simmons and I would NOT mind that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Peter Gammons: D-backs are in a decent position on Black Friday - GammonsDaily.com

The D’Backs need some stability.

Players who were Diamondbacks may be unfair when they tell people that the D’Backs are the team that hates players, but it’s the reputation. Think about it, then just let the front office you hired run the baseball end, while you work on the stadium and television and marketing deals. I mentioned to one of the most influential Red Sox officials that several Cubs front office members had told me they think Theo Epstein could be the CEO of almost any Fortune ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

OTP: 28 November 2016: Bud Selig reminisces about 1999 MLB trip to Cuba, meeting Fidel Castro

Once Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, there was a small window where it was somewhat easier for Latin players to make the transition to las Grandes Ligas. But that all changed when Castro overthrew the Batista regime and took control of Cuba in 1959.

Luis Tiant, the star pitcher for the Indians and Red Sox and who pitched for the Yankees as well, never returned to his native Cuba after the 1961 failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Tiant, now 76, was playing in Mexico at the time of the ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: November 28, 2016 at 12:08 AM | 1913 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, cuba, cuban players, otp, politics

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Approaching 70, Bill Lee remains the ‘Spaceman’

Bill Lee, baseball character.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, expos, red sox

Verlander and Buxton lead 2016 Statcast team | MLB.com

C—David Ross, A Pitcher’s Best Friend
If you watched the postseason at all, you know that Jon Lester’s inability to throw to first base or prevent runners from taking huge leads was a big story for all of October. But you also noticed that Lester wasn’t being victimized by stolen bases nearly as badly as you’d think. Why? A big part of that is due to the skill of Lester’s personal catcher, the now-retired Ross.
We’re specifically talking about exchange time, which is the time from when the ball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 10:07 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

After $1 billion in player spending, Dodgers under MLB mandate to cut debt - LA Times

The Dodgers, who have spent more than a billion dollars on player payroll in the first four seasons of Guggenheim Baseball Management, face a mandate to reduce debt in order to conform to Major League Baseball rules.

The club is expected to reduce payroll for a second consecutive season, with the goal of cutting from about $300 million in 2015 to closer to $200 million in 2018.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, economics

The Most Outstanding Careers

Tangotiger is looking for some input.

This project is simple: you will be presented with two hall-of-fame eligible baseball players at a time, and you simply have to indicate which had the more outstanding careers. The head-to-head results are collected, with final results presented in the near future. See the complete list for players .

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

A Bit More on WAR | Joe Posnanski

Joe Posnanski follows up on his earlier article about Porcello and Verlander.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war

Porlander and Vercello | Articles | Bill James Online

Bill James weighs in on Verlander vs. Porcello.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war

Sunday Notes: Vladimir, Redmond, Michigan-OSU, Schoolboy, Boo, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: What are the sticking points in baseball’s CBA talks?

This makes no sense at all.

I vote for steroid guys who I believe are Hall of Famers (Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens). I believe Manny Ramirez is Hall-worthy, too, but he will not get my vote because of his repeated violations. The only thing I wrestle with is that Manny never tested positive until the final act of his career. I expect Jeff Bagwell and possibly Tim Raines to be elected this year. First-time nominee Ivan Rodriguez should reach in his first ballot, but suspicion of PED use will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, notes

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Heyman - CBA Talks Back On As Deadline Looms

Some on the players side also would prefer that first-year draft allotments are done away with so that the very top players, such as Kris Bryant a few years ago, can get closer to their true market value. Bryant received $6.7 million as the No. 2 pick of the Cubs, less than half the $15 million Stephen Strasburg got under the old system. But even a generous reading of the losses there pales compared to the qualifying offer system that MLB already has offered to eliminate.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 06:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Goodbye to All Them: The Players Who Quietly Retired in 2016

Chone Figgins started out as a utilityman, too, but he became so much more. Drafted as a shortstop, he moved second base in the minors, and in his rookie year, 2003, he played second, short, left and center. The following year, he was switched to third, a position he had barely played as a professional, and he wound up spending more time there than at any other position in his career, though he received more than 190 starts each at second and in center, and more than 15 starts at shortstop and ...

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New York Yankees to start Gleyber Torres with Double-A Trenton Thunder in 2017 | MiLB.com

Coming off an MVP campaign in the elite proving ground that is the Arizona Fall League, Gleyber Torres is in line for a promotion.

The Yankees plan on assigning their second-ranked prospect to Double-A Trenton to start the 2017 season.

“He’s never played above the Florida State [League],” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post. “Next year, he’ll start at Trenton and get introduced to the cold weather of the Eastern League in April for the first time. He’ll be ready ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Why Jean Segura Won’t Regress In Seattle

Someone shares the Mariners’ hope.

It’s hard to fathom why the Mariners would deal a starting pitcher with as much promise as Walker has, especially when his 2016 struggles can be attributed to his foot issues, which were addressed with surgery in October. It’s even more difficult to understand, given how tight the starting pitching market is this offseason, until you consider that defense was the Mariners’ biggest weakness this past season. Their shortstop defense, in particular, was one ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Giants have considered trading for Pablo Sandoval | Boston Herald

I don’t really see the point of just dumping him. He’s not star but he’s a serviceable, usable player when healthy and in decent shape. Bring him in, try to rebuild some of his value and *then* trade him if Moncada or Devers is ready.

At least internally, the Giants have considered a reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a baseball source told the Herald.

How motivated the Red Sox should be to trade Sandoval depends on two other questions: how well do they believe the third baseman can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

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