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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Richards hoping to be cleared for bullpen sessions | MLB.com

A Garrett Richards update.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 02:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

A Plaque on the Wall, But No Ring on the Finger – The Hardball Times

A look at the best players who never played in the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 02:29 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: history, world series

How Jonathan Lucroy makes batters swing at bad pitches | FOX Sports

Quantifying a catcher’s ability to steal strikes is one of the great sabermetric advances over the last ten years.

But what I have established here is that the effect of a good receiver extends beyond the pitches that batters let go by. A good framer, by changing the probability of a strike at the edge, causes the opposing hitter to modify his own behavior, causing him to swing at pitches a little bit further from the center of the zone. In addition to harming the batter’€™s chances directly, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Charles Barkley is spot-on in attacking sports analytics | The Star Telegram

Is it really that difficult to come up with ideas of things to write about?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: ignorant writers, sabermetrics

Adam Jones and When an Aggressive Approach Goes Too Far - GammonsDaily.com

So when Jones gets into pitchers counts, he’s not being patient enough to get his pitch.

Last season, Jones offered at 73.9% of all pitches thrown to him in three-ball counts, which was third-highest in baseball. His ability to remain deliberate within the boundaries of the strike zone was even more appalling, as his 62.7% chase rate with three balls in the count led all of baseball in 2014. The result: Jones got on base much less frequently than he should have, posting a .400 on-base percentage ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles


Source: Mariners reach deal with free agent Weeks | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see how he’s used by the Mariners. The question at this point is, did he cost himself some money this year by refusing to play the outfield last season?

The Brewers talked of using the right-handed-hitting Weeks in the outfield last season. He balked at that idea, but could presumably be used as a corner outfielder or utility infielder by Seattle. The Mariners have Dustin Ackley returning in left field and acquired veterans Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano this winter to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 18 through 13

I’m just the messenger: Just pointing out that Lester had a 4.82 ERA in 2012 and 3.75 in 2013. Yes, big 2014, new league, no DH and more cutters instead of four-seamers and he could be even better. But you never know. He may not be as good as he was last year. And then there’s Jake Arrieta, former faded prospect turned rotation anchor. He looks like the real deal but ... again ... you never know. Hey, I’m trying. I like the Cubs! I have them ranked 13th!

The final word: If I had more guts I’d ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, cubs, david schoenfield, padres, royals, tigers

First-pitch times look a bit different for the Cleveland Indians in 2015

“Hurry up and lose so we can all get home!”

The Indians are trying something new this season, with six weeknight games in April and May being designated with 6:10 p.m. start times. Those games fall on the following dates:

• Tuesday, April 14 vs. Chicago
• Monday, April 27 vs. Kansas City
• Tuesday, April 28 vs. Kansas City
• Wednesday, April 29 vs. Kansas City
• Tuesday, May 12 vs. St. Louis
• Wednesday, May 13 vs. St. Louis

When asked about the reasoning behind the 6:10 p.m. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: game times, indians

The Quartet: Four Great Yankees Sluggers

Quite the thunderous ensemble.

“In a September 1972 issue of The Sporting News this picture appeared with the headline “Quartet of Spare Parts Give Yanks New Zip.”  I confess to looking upon this photo with great hilarity.  It features Johnny Callison, Bernie Allen, Ron Swoboda and Hal Lanier.  Ever was there a more fearsome quartet of sluggers, I think not.  They all appear grinning and happy.  Their team unity is quite evident as they throw their arms about each other. Confidence leaps ...

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Catfish1974 Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general, history, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2015

Washington Times, February 12, 1915:

President Joseph A. Lannin, of the Boston Red Sox, predicted two-dollar baseball in the near future unless the controversy between [organized baseball] and the Federals comes to an early termination, at the “Home Night” annual dinner of Boston College last night.
...
“I know personally that the Federal League has already lost more than $1,000,000, one backer alone dropping $650,000.” This cannot continue if the sport of baseball is to live, he said.

According ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #3 — Ed Barrow

Catching up on the GM series today with the Ed Barrow, Bob Howsam, George Weiss, and John Schuerholz. The work of GMs is a topic that fascinates me. Since Mark Armour and Dan Levitt are excellent baseball researchers I am counting the days to the book’s release.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #4 — Bob Howsam

Architect of the late 60’s Cardinals World Series teams and the Big Red Machine.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, reds

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #5 — George Weiss

Long-time GM of the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, yankees

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #6 — John Schuerholz

GM of the Royals and Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

How much are taxes affecting James Shields’ payday with the Pads? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal covers the impact of state taxes on offers to James Shields.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, player compensation

Philadelphia Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon woes continue | FOX Sports

Ruben Amaro is what I call a “deal winner”. A “deal winner” doesn’t try to make a fair trade. He only makes deal when it is 100% clear that he won the exchange.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Plenty of interest in Cole Hamels, but no trade yet | SportsNet Philadelphia

Ruben sounds like the guy in your fantasy league who everybody only deals with when they have to.

“If there was an offer commensurate to what we believe is [Hamels’] value we would strongly consider it,” was all Amaro would say.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 08:43 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, trade rumors

How Moncada compares to top middle-infield prospects | MLB.com

Jim Callis grades out the next big thing from Cuba.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 03:07 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, yoan moncada

Massarotti: How The 2015 Red Sox Have Become Most Expensive Club In Team History « CBS Boston

Tony Massarotti finally writes something somewhat interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 02:47 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Jackie Robinson West stripped of Little League World Series wins | FOX Sports

Little League International has stripped Jackie Robinson West of the national title that the Chicago team won last summer after an investigation revealed it had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: little league

The 2015 Mets: 40-WAR scenario - Mets Blog - ESPN New York

What do the Mets need to do to win next year?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 02:43 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #7 — Buzzie Bavasi

Former GM of the Dodgers, Padres, and Angels.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #8 — Harry Dalton

GM of the Orioles, Angels and Brewers.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Baseball’s All-Star Game coming to Marlins Park in 2017

The 2017 All-Star Game will be played at Marlins Park.

Officials are expected to announce within the week that Miami has been awarded the Midsummer Classic for the first time, multiple sources with knowledge of the agreement confirmed Tuesday to the Miami Herald.

Marlins and Major League Baseball officials refused to comment.

The awarding of the 2017 event will mark the end of a long and bumpy road to bring the All-Star Game to South Florida.
The Marlins tried — and failed — in their bid ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, marlins

Baseball Prospectus | The Lineup Card: Nine Predictions for Alex Rodriguez’ 2015 Season

A-Rod, A-Rod, A-Rod! It’s always about A-Rod!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Rangers continue to get good health news | FOX Sports

Reports on the Rangers walking wounded.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

ESPN: Barkley rips Rockets GM, use of stats

Barkley, of course, has long experience in not winning championships.

The Naismith Hall of Famer and TNT analyst then disavowed the widespread use of [advanced stats] in sports, saying its proponents were “a bunch of guys who have never played the game, and they never got the girls in high school.” [...] “They say that same crap in baseball, and they put these little lightweight teams together and they never win,” Barkley said. “They’re always competitive to a certain degree and they don’t ...

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Lemon Curry? Posted: February 11, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-11-2015

Harrisburg Star-Independent, February 11, 1915:

Manager Bill Donovan, of the New York American League baseball team, was unsuccessful yesterday in his attempt to sign Hugh High and Walter Pipp, members of the Detroit club. Each player asked Donovan for a higher salary than he was willing to offer.
...
President Navin, of the Detroit club, said he is willing to release the two players to New York provided they and Donovan agree on terms.

So I guess they’re saying Wally Pipp was being…a headache. ...Read More...

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 11, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, wally pipp

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sickels: New York Yankees Top 20 Prospects for 2015

1) Luis Severino, RHP, Grade B+/Borderline A-
2) Aaron Judge, OF, Grade B+/Borderline A-
3) Greg Bird, 1B, Grade B+/Borderline B
4) Rob Refsnyder, 2B, Grade B
5) Gary Sanchez, C, Grade B
6) Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Grade B
7) Ian Clarkin, LHP, Grade B/Borderline B-
8) Luis Torrens, C, Grade B-/Borderline B
9) Miguel Andujar, 3B, Grade B-
10) Jorge Mateo, SS, Grade B-

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: February 10, 2015 at 07:15 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

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