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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chase Utley’s Role Continues Changing

Plus he gives a great World Series parade speech.

Utley’s upside is the “clubhouse presence” he brings, as has been widely reported since he first showed up in LA in mid-2015. As a should-be Hall of Famer, Utley possesses “gravitas and dedication that rubs off on his teammates,” which might be expected of a 39-year-old with his 16-year resume. Six trips to the All-Star Game and a World Series ring are highlights on his reel. With those days gone, his role will likely revolve making ...

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eddieot Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:49 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dear chase, dodgers, veteran presence

‘I Need a Miracle Every Day’: Jake Peavy Picks Up Pieces of a Shattered Life | Bleacher Report

“When you’re in the baseball world, you’re in a bubble,” Peavy says, speaking slowly and choosing his words carefully on this chilly January morning. “You get to where the San Francisco Giants’ baseball game that day is the biggest thing in the world.

“There’s a lot of life going on around you that you can be blind to if you’re not careful.”

Two days into San Francisco’s 2016 spring training camp, the bubble burst: Peavy learned that a financial advisor to whom he had entrusted his retirement ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:11 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: jake peavy

Orioles sign Cashner to two-year, $16 million deal (updated) - School of Roch

The Orioles now have three confirmed starting pitchers.

The club has reached agreement with right-hander Andrew Cashner on a two-year contract worth a guaranteed $16 million, according to multiple sources. The deal is done and the club is expected to announce it shortly.

Cashner joins a rotation that includes Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. One spot is expected to be filled internally.

The contract includes a $10 million vesting option for 2020 if he totals 360 innings over the next two ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:10 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, orioles

Marcus Stroman Unhappy After Losing Arbitration Case

Players shouldn’t be shocked by the process. I’d blame the agent.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

If you get more than 50% on this impossible quiz, you’re a throwback MLB expert | MLB.com

I got 9/10. Missed #4. Darn it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:29 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: quiz

Tigers’ Wood nearly lost finger in crossbow misshap

Manager Ron Gardenhire couldn’t resist.

When he found out that left-hander Travis Wood had nearly split the index finger on his right hand in two in a crossbow malfunction, he quipped, “He’s got a split-finger pitch now.”


Dave Dombrowski: ‘Names of prominence’ may become available by trade

“I go out every morning, I have a cup of coffee, I sit at a Dunkin Donuts and I bet you I have about 10 people a day that talk to me,” Dombrowski said. “It’s really split. So your pulse, you must hear that and probably that’s a louder voice but people are very supportive: don’t do anything if you think it’s unwise.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-15-2018

[Mount Vernon, Ohio] Democratic Banner, February 15, 1918:

There is one prominent hoarder in Detroit, who doesn’t care who knows it. His name is Charles Navin and his father, Frank, owns the Detroit baseball club. Charles is the secretary of the team and he is vigorously on the scent of the cent. He is collecting pennies by the quart.

Secretary Navin has a good reason for his activity. There will be a war tax of eight cents on baseball passes this season and a tax of ten percent on paid ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tito Francona, a Former Baseball All-Star, Dies at 84

Tito Francona, a former All-Star who played for 15 seasons in the major leagues and was the father of Terry Francona, the Cleveland Indians’ manager, died on Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa. He was 84.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco eyes bounce-back year in 2018

It started with getting in better shape. Team officials told him he needed to do so, “but I knew it, too,” he said. He has reported to camp early. His midsection is noticeably trimmer and his upper body looks strong. His weight, he said, is between 218 and 220 pounds. He ended last season at 232.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Brandon McCarthy seeks to re-establish himself in Braves rotation

“If I’m on the training table today, nobody’s going to come talk to you. Nobody cares how long you’ve been around; you have to be out there, you have to be with them, you have to be pitching. They have to know that you’re going through the same things that they’re going through. Being available, being healthy is a big part of it, and I don’t have enough of a person to come out the other way, where you can just lead through any situation.

“I’ve got to be functional, I’ve got ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, braves

Jeter lieutenant confident Marlins can be ‘great’ again | New York Post

Captain’s Camp has been instituted with the Marlins just like the Yankees, with Denbo pointing to the all-around success of young players like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, saying of the catcher, “He developed not only his baseball skills, his mental skills, his personal skills so that he learned how to compete and all of a sudden he showed up in New York, going from a guy who had a lot to learn about the game to a guy that was dominating the game. Greg Bird is the same kind of guy he was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Joplin-based professional baseball team taking name submissions

President of Ventura Sports Group, Wayne Schuster, says they are looking for a team name that is unique, represents Joplin’s history, and that will create a mascot who local children can embrace. Schuster says they’ve already received more than 200 name submissions and will continue to receive them until March 15th.

This is apparently a team in the Southwest League, a new league planning to start play in 2019. Joplin has had pro teams before: the Miners and the Blasters, as well as a college ...

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DII baseball: Former Cy Young winner Jack McDowell begins a new era at Queens (NC)

So, how did the Stanford graduate and former west coast guy wind up on the small Charlotte, N.C. campus at Queens?

“I married a Wilmington [N.C.] girl,” McDowell said. “We moved here about six years ago. I found out through a friend of mine that Queens was starting up a baseball program. I live a half a mile from the campus, so I contacted them. Our Athletic Director, Cherie Swarthout, told me, ‘thanks for your interest, but we’re not looking to add baseball at this time.’ I was ...

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Ex-A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker retires after career derailed by injuries

At just 29, Jarrod Parker is officially retiring from the game in which he fought so hard to stay after two hideous elbow injuries. He told The Chronicle this week that all that remains is the paperwork.

“I’m not entertaining any offers, let’s put it that way,” Parker said. “I’m just working through the logistical stuff.”

Not surprising, but still kind of a shame. He was a hell of a pitcher before his elbow fell apart.


Padres pitcher Jose Torres facing domestic violence charges

Padres reliever Jose Torres was arrested in December after a dispute in which he allegedly brandished a semiautomatic handgun.

The incident occurred in the home Torres shares with his wife in Phoenix and is being handled as a domestic violence case, according to court documents.

According to the probable cause statement contained in the court report, Torres knocked a door off its hinges and punched a hole in another door. He also pointed the gun at the victim, according to the report.

Torres ...

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Rays pitchers Chris Archer, Brent Honeywell to each other: Put up and shut up

I heard Honeywell interview on MLB Radio this winter. He definitely sounds like he’s going to be a tough clubhouse presence. If he pitches as well as he’s capable, though, his teammates will deal with him.

This, eventually, may be a love story.

But even in expressing affection for the other on a Wednesday celebrating the two-in-one holiday of spring training opening and Valentine’s Day, current Rays top starter Chris Archer and potential future ace Brent Honeywell tossed more than verbal ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brent honeywell, chris archer, rays

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-14-2018

Bridgeport Times, February 14, 1918:

Before moving New York’s big baseball show from the Waldorf to the Walcott the National League went on record yesterday as condemning the practice of certain club owners in announcing that they have intentions of buying certain star players from certain other clubs.

This, of course, was aimed at Charles F. Weeghman, president of the Chicago club, for his alleged announcement in the case of Rogers Hornsby, the star shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 14, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Matt Kemp excited to be back with Dodgers

It’s all made up! Will he make it to the Opening Day roster?

“People make up things,” Kemp said. “If you ask the guys in this clubhouse I played with, I’ve never been a troublemaker. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t think the guys I played with have ever had a problem with me. People can make up what they want to think.

“If I have one regret from my first time here, it’s that I resisted moving to left field. You live and learn. It’s good to be back here. I got a whole new outlook on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt kemp

Diamondbacks on track to unveil humidor in 2018

University of Illinois physics professor emeritus Alan Nathan estimated last year in a study published online by The Hardball Times that the Diamondbacks’ humidor could make an even bigger impact than at Coors Field, in part because the average relative humidity in Phoenix is far lower than in Denver.“I am very comfortable saying that, with the humidor running at 50 percent and 70 degrees, there will a reduction in home run production at Chase by 25 to 50 percent,”

So I’m guessing JD ...

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shoewizard Posted: February 14, 2018 at 01:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rosenthal: Welcome to our expanded coverage of major league baseball – The Athletic

I have occasionally posted stuff from The Athletic over the last few months. Sorry to tell the people who haven’t jumped on-board yet but I’ll probably be posting more stuff going forward. They just have too much talent to ignore.

I see local sportswriters lamenting the loss of newspaper jobs due to the Internet. Although I feel for them, the classic newspaper model is dying. The old classified ad cash cow is pretty much dead and it’s not coming back. People also just don’t buy newspapers ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-13-2018

New York Tribune, February 13, 1918:

John H. Farrell, secretary of the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, is quite sanguine over the future of minor league baseball, despite the difficulties in which the International League finds itself.
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It appeared even more doubtful than ever yesterday that the International League would make any attempt to build up its ruined fences. As a matter of fact, only Baltimore and Toronto were determined to carry on, and both these clubs have ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2018 at 09:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Heyman | Bombshell Lawsuit Filed Against Levinson Brothers

The lawsuit, which claims ACES has been providing MLB players with PEDs for decades, purports to have a signed affidavit from Kirk Radomski, who pleaded guilty to two such charges and was a major player in MLB’s Mitchell Report on PED usage a decade ago, and also goes into minute detail about the Levinsons’ alleged involvement with convicted drug dealer Anthony Bosch of Biogenesis, and how Sam Levinson introduced Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and other MLB players to Bosch and was aware that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2018 at 08:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, international free agents

The Opening Bell | FanGraphs Baseball

I want them contending as often as possible. To that end I want to see them make smart decisions. Going “for broke” every year is not a sustainable model.

You may be reading this and thinking, “Well, yes. But so what?” (You might also think I’m an idiot, but I hope not.) The “so what” is this: I’ve spent too much of the last three years valorizing losing in order to win and praising teams for making marginal improvements when wholesale advances were appropriate. Some of it has been ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2018 at 08:39 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Were the Mets (Fred Wilpon) Right to Get Todd Frazier Instead of Jason Kipnis?

It was a business decision, but it might have been a good baseball decision, surprisingly enough.

goodfundies Posted: February 13, 2018 at 12:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mets

Monday, February 12, 2018

Rosenthal: Ideas on improving baseball’s competitiveness (draft lottery? tank tax?); potential pace-of-play compromise – The Athletic

This is an overreaction. If the players want to reopen the agreement they’d better be prepared to extend the agreement a few years past the current one. They’d also better be prepared to make big concessions in other areas. The owners have an agreement they like, to think they will make big concessions for the “good of the game” is unrealistic.

Going forward there are different ways the players can push for a bigger piece of the pie. One idea that I don’t like is minimum payrolls. Such a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2018 at 06:30 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Goose Gossage: Brian Cashman has no balls, ‘disgrace to Yankees’

The Goose has not bought in.

“If Cashman had any balls, and he doesn’t, he would have an analytical guy manage,” Gossage said. “Don’t think it hasn’t crossed his mind. But he doesn’t have the balls to do it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2018 at 05:18 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: goose gossage, yankees

Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine

And here is a coincidence:  He made 44 million in his career.  What an idiot.

shoewizard Posted: February 12, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 161 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2018

Bridgeport Times, February 12, 1918:

Edward Grant Barrow, former president of the International League, was appointed manager of the Boston Red Sox yesterday. He will succeed Jack Barry, who relinquished the job to enlist in the Naval Reserves as a yoeman [sic].
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Barrow already has several deals in the air. He says he will immediately strengthen his team through the purchase of the best talent he can purchase from the International League.

Washington Times, February 12, 1918:

When Barrow ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 12 February 2018: Jeff Samardzija explains why politics and baseball rarely mix

However, there were several curveballs that forced Giants’ players to think outside the box, including one from a fan who asked a trio that included catcher Buster Posey, reliever Cory Gearrin and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija whether they think baseball players should have a role in voicing their political opinions like football and basketball players have in recent years.

The question temporarily stumped Gearrin and Posey, so as his teammates waited, Samardzija decided to jump in and ...

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