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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2015

Pittsburgh Press, November 10, 1915:

Word comes from Havana of the death of a well-known Cuban player. Jose Figarola, who was killed by a pitched ball thrown by Mendez in a practice game on October 22. Figarola was at bat and the ball hit him over the heart. He died almost instantly.

Rumors of Figarola’s demise were greatly exaggerated. As Gary Ashwill writes over at the wonderful Agate Type blog, Jose Figarola (also known as Rafael Figarola) was very much alive and even started at catcher for ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, obituaries

Exclusive: Lance Berkman talks about persecution, tolerance and transgender people

Have you ever noticed how it’s always the other guy who is the intolerant dope?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: lance berkman

The Kansas City Royals: the anti-Moneyball team | The Kansas City Star

How can a person who makes his living with the written word have such poor reading comprehension? Tip: Moneyball isn’t about OBP being the Holy Grail; it’s about finding undervalued assets.

Dayton Moore and the Royals organization took a beating from some critics for not emulating the Moneyball formula for success. But Dayton Moore and the Royals had a formula of their own; one that has proven to be more successful than the Moneyball approach.

Here’s one more quote from Moneyball:

“There ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, royals

Three potential trades for the Giants as GM meetings get underway - Giants Extra

–OF Angel Pagan, RHP Hunter Strickland, OF Mac Williamson and RHP Tyler Beede to the Atlanta Braves for OF Cameron Maybin and RHP Julio Teheran.

Not gonna happen.

–1B Brandon Belt to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Danny Salazar or RHP Carlos Carrasco.

Not gonna happen.

–C Andrew Susac to the Miami Marlins for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Not gonna happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tradecasting

Cardinals’ Top Prospect Alex Reyes Suspended For Drug Use -

Put down the joint, kid.

Alex Reyes, the Cardinals’ fireballing righthander who is the team’s No. 1 prospect and was the top prospect in the Florida State League, has been suspended for 50 games for drug use, MLB said Monday.

Reyes was suspended without pay for testing positive for the second time for a drug of abuse, meaning recreational drugs rather than performance-enhancing drugs.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, prospects

Dodgers want Yasiel Puig to lose weight - LA Times

Lose weight, fix your swing, and get a haircut!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

With ace and Aroldis Chapman, the Red Sox could be flying - The Boston Globe

Any player should be available in the right deal.

When Dombrowski was asked if he had untouchables, he said, “I have always tried to phrase it that I don’t try to have untouchables. I’ve also said if you have Miguel Cabrera and he’s the best hitter in the game and somebody offers you two Miguel Cabreras, you have to be open-minded about it.

“Does it usually happen? No. There are some players we have that are less apt to be dealt than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, red sox, trade rumors

Former Braves, Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson dies at 29

Former Braves and Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson has died. He was 29. Further details surrounding Hanson’s death are unknown at this time.

CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Hanson was in a coma Monday night. Zack Klein of WSB in Atlanta first reported the news.


Hanson last pitched in MLB in 2013. He went 21-15 with a 3.16 ERA (126 ERA+) for the Braves from 2009-10 before dealing with numerous arm injuries. Hanson went 28-20 with a 4.36 ERA (89 ERA+) from 2011-13.

While with ...


Monday, November 09, 2015

Jose Reyes arrested after ‘grabbing wife by throat’: report

Jerry Jones likes his leadership.

Jose Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, according to Hawaii News Now.

According to the news station, the incident between the Rockies shortstop and his wife, Katherine Ramirez, took place in a hotel room in Maui on Oct. 31.

Reyes, the former Mets shortstop, allegedly grabbed her and shoved her while they were having an argument. Ramirez reportedly told police he grabbed her by the throat and shoved into a sliding glass balcony door.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:15 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, jose reyes, police blotter, rockies

Mets GM to miss meetings because of ‘medical procedure’ - NY Daily News

Baseball’s general managers meetings kick off Monday in Boca Raton, but Sandy Alderson won’t be in attendance.

Assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that Alderson remained back in New York to undergo a medical procedure, though he wouldn’t say whether it was related to last week’s incident in which Alderson passed out during a press conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Baseball Prospectus | Passed Balls and Wild Pitches: Getting It Right

BP refines one of its defensive metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, sabermetrics

What could keep Yankees away from second-tier pitchers | New York Post

Psst, the Yankees are in the middle of a rebuild.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy scratched from third Arizona Fall League start | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball


The Orioles’ No. 2 prospect has been scratched from his third AFL start for Peoria on Monday. Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reported that the scratch came as a result of “lingering [right] elbow stiffness” and that although nothing appears wrong with the elbow, the problem could bring Bundy’s Fall League campaign to a close.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:49 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Michael Brantley undergoes shoulder surgery, expected to be out 5-6 months

I don’t think the Indians will be Sports Illustrated’s pre-season World Series pick next year.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm earlier today,’s Jordan Bastian confirmed on Twitter. He is expected to be out 5-6 months, which means he would miss two months of the 2016 regular season in the worst case scenario.

Brantley injured his shoulder on a diving catching against the Minnesota Twins back on September ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Bautista: Are You Flipping Kidding Me?

Jose Bautista writing about his game 5 home run and subsequent bat flip; as well as the culture clash and how the game is celebrated.

mathesond Posted: November 09, 2015 at 12:35 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flip, blue jays, jose bautista, players' tribune

Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman among 15 newcomers on 2016 Hall of Fame ballot

Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.; righthander Trevor Hoffman and infielders David Eckstein, Troy Glaus and Mike Lowell join 17 holdovers from the 2015 balloting in which pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz and catcher-infielder-outfielder Craig Biggio were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the first time in 60 years that as many as four players on the BBWAA ballot were elected in the same year…..

Other players receiving sufficient support to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, ken griffey, jr., trevor hoffman

When Judging World Series, Context Is Paramount

In 1975 Cincinnati defeated Boston in a seven-game epic, still cited as one of the greatest World Series ever played.  That World Series averaged a 28.7 rating and would have ranked No. 2 among primetime programs that season.  The rating itself was over three times as high as this year’s series, but the rank of the series among primetime hits wasn’t much different.

In 1985 Kansas City topped St. Louis in seven games, giving the Royals their first and, until this weekend, only world ...

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, world series

Twins win $12.85 million bidding for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Twins submitted the high bid at $12.85 million, which is amusing because the Twins were one of the few teams not linked to Park in various reports. No one saw this coming.

Minnesota now has a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Park, who hit .343 with 53 homers, 146 RBIs, and a 1.150 OPS in 140 games for Nexen this season and has topped a 1.000 OPS in each of the past three years. Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang had similarly amazing numbers in ...


Harper: Mets can maximize Matt Harvey’s value with trade - NY Daily News

Harvey to the Red Sox for Xander Bogaerts would give them a dynamic, 23-year old shortstop who likely will be an All-Star for years to come.

Harvey for Mookie Betts is an even more enticing thought, bringing back a 23-year old center fielder with speed and power.

And no, to the many Mets fans on Twitter who demanded both for Harvey, there’s no chance. In fact, one American League GM said the Sox value Bogaerts and Betts so highly that they may not see three years of Harvey as enough for ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tradecasting

Economics degrees proving helpful for those seeking MLB front-office positions: Zack Meisel’s musings |

First prerequisite to become a GM. Having enough money to work as an unpaid/lowly paid intern to get your foot in the door.

1. Role play: Managers no longer need decades of experience. Front-office bigwigs no longer need a major league playing background. Organizational roles are evolving and with that transformation come new criteria.

The role of a president of baseball operations is becoming more prevalent throughout the game. The Indians promoted Chris Antonetti to the position and elevated ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers

Where might Yoenis Cespedes sign? - Beyond the Box Score

After donning number 52 for four different teams in the past 16 months, Cespedes is looking to settle down with one team. In a recent interview with ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera, the 30-year-old left fielder stated that the contract he’s looking for “has to be six years or more.” A long-term commitment like that won’t come cheap to the organization that picks him up, but despite his wavering performance in the postseason, he’ll be a quality addition for whoever signs him.

Predicting ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

Why This Free Agent Class May Hit the Jackpot | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron explains why free agents are going to get paid overpaid this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agents

BtBS: Public Statcast Tracking Data

I say [ publicly available Statcast data is ] effectively non-existent because there is a small set of Statcast tracking data accessible from the same file system as PITCHF/x data. There are 37 games from the first few days of the season. Anyone who goes to look can access player tracking, ball tracking, and pitch information as collected by the Statcast tracking system.  Here’s what those data look like.


bobm Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

red sox - Primer for general managers meetings, gateway to 2015 MLB offseason - WEEI

Rob Bradford on some things to expect at the GM Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, red sox

Inside Baseball: Top 50 free agents, ranked by dollars and projections -

Jon Heyman gets out his crystal ball.

Edit: Here’s a link to his notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, notes

OTP - 2015 November 9: Political Scene: Baseball and ponies among R.I. lawmakers’ expenses

Dinners at Capital Grille, a van rental for a Little League team, a catered Fourth of July celebration and a pony rental are just some of the expenses that showed up in state lawmakers’ most recent campaign fundraising and spending reports.

“My church has a picnic, and I donated the pony rides,” Gallison said, referencing an annual picnic at St. Mary’s Parish, in Bristol.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 09, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 2611 comment(s)
  Beats: centaurs, off topic, politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2015

100 years ago today, the Federal League’s death spiral picked up steam. Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 9, 1915:

[Federal League President] Gilmore said it was possible the Kansas City and Buffalo franchises would be declared forfeited at [today’s] meeting, the clubs in those cities having failed, he said, to carry out their financial obligations.

An official of the [Kansas City] club is quoted as having said: “We are through. We have carried the fight this far, but are not prepared to go ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Jackson’s Janet Marie Smith a true baseball hero

In 2012, Smith accepted the position of senior vice president for planning and development with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position she holds today. And once again she’s working for Kasten, president and part owner of the Dodgers. He called Smith “my best off-season acquisition.”

“I’ve worked for four teams but was hired by two people — Larry Lucchino and Stan Kasten,” she says. “Like I said, there has been a lot of luck involved.”

As the old saying goes, luck occurs when ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium renovations, stadiums

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