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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Killing Salvador Perez

Erik Kratz is the Maytag man of baseball.

Salvador Perez’s personal experience of the 2014 season was akin to wandering into a time machine and going back 40 or 50 years. The 24-year-old Royals backstop started 143 games at catcher, the most in the majors, was a defensive replacement in three more, and then added another 15 starts in the postseason. That total of 158 starts was the most by any catcher in at least a century and represented the kind of workload that was a regular occurrence ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, royals, salvador perez

Tokyo Portion of 2014 Japan All-Star Series OMNICHATTER

Discuss anything coming from the MLB tour of Japan here. Games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday live at 4 AM Eastern and then shown again on tape delay during the night. All games on MLB Network and MLB.TV.

Gamingboy Posted: November 13, 2014 at 01:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, omnichatter

Dodgers Digest / If not Russell Martin, then who will catch for the Dodgers?

Here’s a decent rundown of some of the Dodgers catcher options.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

New baseball rules will evolve, Torre says : Sports

La Russa mentioned this in an interview yesterday. What is Ed Lewis’ expertise? Apparently he’s a vet who plays the stocks. 

La Russa’s next major move will be unveiling Arizona’s new department of analytics. To run it he’s hired Ed Lewis, who helped initiate and run Cardinals Care more than a decade ago. La Russa said that baseball’s advanced math has been an asset Arizona hasn’t utilized but he stressed that his management will only employ analytics until “the first pitch has been ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

Is Allen Craig This Bad? | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

I guess we won’t know until spring training, at the earliest.

This all seems to indicate that Craig, 30, lacked bat speed compared to previous campaigns. Perhaps there’s even a minor change in his swing plane. He may have just lost it. He’s kaput. This stuff is disturbing without some context. The changes are all too dramatic to be age-related and thus to accept without some other explanation, though. He may have lost something his swing mechanics, whether it’s related to his 2013 foot ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, red sox


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2014

Toledo News-Bee, November 13, 1914:

Owner Charles Weeghman of the Chicago Federals on Friday denied that the Chicago Cubs actually had been transferred to him and peace terms for the elimination of the Federal league agreed upon, though well-informed baseball men insisted that these two steps were taken at Thursday’s conference between Weeghman and Garry Herrmann.

Weeghman declared that a few details in the deal by which he is to become owner of the Cubs, are yet to be arranged and that the ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, federal league, history

Braves appear to be rebuilding, aiming toward 2017 | www.myajc.com

It’s tough having just enough talent to be competitive when you realize some of those players keeping you competitive will be gone at the end of the year. You get faced with the choice of either taking a step back now, so that you will hopefully shorten the period to rebound, or hanging tough with patches, which buries you when things collapse (see the Phillies).  Granted, the Yankees were able to patch through such a problem for the last few years. Of course, they are now paying the price.

What ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Deadspin: Curt Schilling Debates Evolution On Twitter

And here we thought he was just a terrible businessman.

Seriously, a seven-year-old with a rudimentary public school education is more informed about science than Curt Schilling. Below is a selection of the absolute dumbest tweets, but if you have a half hour and want to laugh/weep/hate read—or maybe all three at once—go check out his timeline, where he’s still going strong as of this posting.

eddieot Posted: November 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM | 173 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, dumbass, phillies, red sox

Reds won’t rule out a fire sale | New York Post

Dan O’Dowd, who looks like a great addition to MLB Network, commented that the last place a GM should be is in the middle, not all in and not all out. It seems Jocketty shares that view.

Word is their general manager, Walt Jocketty, has told his troops the team should follow one of two very definitive routes: 1) All in. 2) All out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

MLB and MLBPA finalize list of Super Two qualifiers | yankees.com

Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association have finalized a list of 26 players with less than three years of Major League service time who are eligible for salary arbitration, also known as Super Twos, a Major League Baseball source confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration

Meet the latest Cuban sensation who could change the game - Yahoo Sports

Two general managers and two other officials familiar with Moncada and Cuban baseball this week all agreed on the expected price once he hits the market: between $30 million and $40 million. While that’s close to what the similarly aged Puig ($42 million) and the Cubs’ Jorge Soler ($30 million) received, the circumstances for Moncada are entirely different than when Puig and Soler signed in 2012.

Under baseball’s current collective-bargaining agreement, international free agents under 23 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, free agents

Cole Hamels wants out, but trade could be costly

I’m not sure that snacks will be enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

How NY Mets could avoid a Matt Harvey shutdown in 2015 - NY Daily News

The Mets are hoping to contend in 2015, and do not want Matt Harvey to become this year’s Stephen Strasburg, shut down for a playoff run. And while internal discussions about a plan for Harvey next year are in the very early stages, several creative approaches are possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, wilmer flores

Astros’ catchers on the market, Castro included - Ultimate Astros

“I think if you look at it, the chances of us carrying all three of those guys on the 25-man roster, something else would have to give. So I think there’s at least a 50-50 chance that some way or another, we’ll have gotten that three down to two.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Blue Jays, Tigers Swap Anthony Gose, Devon Travis

Is “Devon Travis” the most soap opera-y name since “Blake Hawksworth”?

Wait, there aren’t soap operas anymore, are there.

The Blue Jays announced that they have acquired second base prospect Devon Travis from the Tigers in exchange for center fielder Anthony Gose…

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski tells Lynn Henning of the Detroit News (Twitter link) that Gose will play center field regularly for the Tigers if all goes according to plan. The fleet-footed Gose is known to be an outstanding defender ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 13, 2014 at 01:34 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony gose, blue jays, devon travis, tigers, trades, transactions

Pirates Acquire Francisco Cervelli For Justin Wilson

Finally a regular gig for Frankie Brains?

Another Yankees catcher is on his way to Pittsburgh, as Francisco Cervelli has been acquired by the Pirates in exchange for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, the teams announced tonight…

The Pirates are getting a catcher who has performed well in limited recent action. Unfortunate injuries — a foul tip and collision followed by a hamstring strain — cut Cervelli short in each of the last three years, holding him to just 225 plate appearances. But he does ...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Official: [Oscar] Taveras was drunk during fatal crash

St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month in his Caribbean homeland, an official in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday.

Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office, told The Associated Press toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in the tourist region of Puerto Plata.

She says the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2014 at 08:13 PM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Does the strike zone vary by pitch type? - Beyond the Box Score

If you like heat maps and somewhat surprising conclusions, this may be the article for you.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

As Selig Prepares Exit, Clemens Case Sticks Around - NYTimes.com

MLB can’t bring back the homers but Clemens and A-Rod are getting the steroid era back in the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clemens, steroids

Kershaw (unanimous), Kluber win Cy Young Awards

AL voting:

Player, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Points
 
Corey Kluber,  Indians17112169
Felix Hernandez,  Mariners1317159
Chris Sale, White Sox2195378
Jon Lester, Red Sox/Athletics315746
Max Scherzer,  Tigers46832
David Price, Rays/Tigers23416
Phil Hughes,  Twins146
Wade Davis, Royals33
Greg Holland, Royals11

NL voting:

Player, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Points
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers30210
Johnny Cueto,  Reds2361112
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals72397
Madison ...
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The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:55 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, clayton kershaw, corey kluber, cy young award, dodgers, indians

Tigers Close To Re-Signing Victor Martinez

Shop smart…

The Tigers are close to a four-year deal with Victor Martinez, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link)... Re-signing Martinez was said to be Detroit’s top priority this offseason, despite the potential loss of other key free agents Max Scherzer and Torii Hunter. The 35-year-old Martinez enjoyed perhaps the finest offensive season of his 12-year career in 2014, slashing .335/.409/.565 with a career-high 32 homers. He led the league in both on-base percentage and OPS…

The ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, tigers, transactions, victor martinez

SB Nation 2014 Off-season Simulation debriefing

Have you ever thought your team’s GM made a stupid trade? Paid too much for a free agent? Wish you had the opportunity to run the team more effectively? I gave the opportunity to 30 fans to run their team how they saw fit in an Offseason Simulation, cramming an entire winter of transactions into four days. I gave each team a recommended budget and asked them to negotiate with each other on trades, and with me on free agents.

The following is a summary of what transpired over one week. You ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: November 12, 2014 at 04:32 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: simulations

The future of treating ACL tears: Less invasive surgery

Nearly three decades ago, a man on crutches changed the course of Dr. Martha Murray’s life. The two met at a party at Stanford University, where Murray was a graduate student in engineering. They talked about the man’s recent anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, tear. When he told Murray his reconstruction surgery would require a tendon graft and holes drilled into his thighbone and shinbone, she was shocked.

Murray wondered why surgeons couldn’t simply sew the two ends of the torn ...

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Zach Posted: November 12, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injury

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-12-2014

Milwaukee Journal, November 12, 1914:

President James E. Gaffney of the Braves yesterday denied a report that his ball park had been sold to a Chicago mail order establishment as a site for a shoe factory, but admitted that the grounds were in the market. He said he expected to locate soon on an attractive home for the world’s championship next year.

The ballpark in question was South End Grounds, which indeed saw its last Braves game in August 1914. The team spent part of the 1915 season at ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 12, 2014 at 10:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Players to Watch For in the NPB-MLB All-Star Series «

Players to watch in the NPB-MLB All-Star Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Mets exploring options for shortstop - Newsday

Sorry, the Diamondbacks don’t have “earth shattering” talent at shortstop.

The Diamondbacks also have shortstops to offer and have received calls on Didi Gregorius. But to consider moving a shortstop, GM Dave Stewart said he’d need an offer that he considers “earth shattering.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:52 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mets

Offseason already seeing Astros talk about a win-now approach - Ultimate Astros

“Obviously, we’re going to give Jonathan every chance to make this club,” Luhnow said. “We’re going to give Matt every chance to make this club. But we’re not going to hand them those positions. They’re going to have to earn those positions. Because we’re at the point now where the development at the big leagues is behind us, and this is about producing. And if they don’t produce, still both those guys have options. Both of them could end up back in (Class AAA) Fresno.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Agent for Andrew Miller says left-handed setup man ready for closer’s role - ESPN

Closers get paid.

“I think Andrew’s evolution in the bullpen and his numbers this year fortify the belief in baseball that he’s a closer-in-waiting—and maybe the time for waiting is over,’’ Rodgers said Tuesday from the MLB general managers’ meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:44 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, free agents

Nick Cafardo on Twitter: “Right now Nelson Cruz’ five-year demand is a major stumbling block in serious contract talks. The Orioles for one, aren’t going there.”

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:39 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, nelson cruz, orioles

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