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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Rowland’s Office: Braves Looking at Retreads for GM

Apparently not very brave thinking in Atlanta.

At a time when the game is skewing young, the Braves remain stuck in the past. The fact that Jim Hendry is a candidate for GM or president of baseball ops or whatever says it all. The other five retreads vying for the job don’t inspire much confidence, either, with one possible exception.

fra paolo Posted: November 08, 2017 at 12:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general manager

SI: How Are Teams Compensated for Losing a Free Agent?

MLB introduced the qualifying offer back in 2012 to replace its old free-agent compensation system in which teams were gifted draft picks based on a calculus that divided players into two pools, Type A (the top 20% available) and Type B (the top 21–40%). But in the latest CBA, the qualifying offer was overhauled. Before, signing teams would have to forfeit their highest draft pick (unless they were in the top 10 of the draft) to the player’s old club. Now, things are a little more ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2017

South Bend News-Times, November 8, 1917:

“The Pacific Coast league will fight tooth and nail for its rights. If the new Union league is to be exempt from the draft, then the Pacific Coast league also must be exempt.” Allen T. Baum, president of the Coast league, made this statement today, commenting on the proposed merger of clubs of the International league and American association into the Union league.

I guess I hadn’t considered it before, but yeah - the PCL probably would have been seething ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2017 at 10:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Offseason Outlook: Chicago Cubs - MLB Trade Rumors

I can’t see Otani fitting into a NL club. If his goal is to remain a two-way player, it will be much easier for an AL team to get him ABs.

The ideal candidate for the Cubs’ rotation, of course, is 23-year-old righty Shohei Otani.  If MLB, the players’ union, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Nippon Ham Fighters are able to reach an agreement, Otani may make the leap to MLB despite being subject to international bonus pool restrictions.  While Cubs fans are surely dreaming of Otani ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Year Three of xStats–A Review | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

This is interesting work.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, statistics

Nick Cafardo: Can Alex Cora’s analytics plan take the Red Sox to the next level?

This.

“Not everybody has to take pitches. I get it, working the count. Is it worth it to work the count? Guys are throwing 98-99, you hunt for a pitch to do damage with, that’s going to help us out.”

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, analytics, red sox

Toolshed: Behind the BABIPs of top prospects | MiLB.com News

If you are a fan of BABIP, Sam Dykstra has your minor league fix.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, prospects reports

2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced

AL WINNERS
P Marcus Stroman, TOR
C Martin Maldonado, LAA
1B Eric Hosmer, KC
2B Brian Dozier, MIN
SS Andrelton Simmons, LAA
3B Evan Longoria, TB
LF Alex Gordon, KC
CF Byron Buxton, MIN
RF Mookie Betts, BOS

NL WINNERS
P Zach Greinke, ARI
C Tucker Barnhart, CIN
1B Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
2B D.J. LeMahieu, COL
SS Brandon Crawford, SF
3B Nolan Arenado, COL
LF Marcell Ozuna, MIA
CF Ender Inciarte, ATL
RF Jason Heyward, CHC

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 08, 2017 at 04:53 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: gold gloves

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Roy Halladay, 40, dies in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico

Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago, has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. He was 40.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a small single-engine aircraft piloted by Halladay was reported down in the Gulf of Mexico earlier Tuesday afternoon.

I have no words for this.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 07, 2017 at 04:36 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: roy halladay

Red Sox Won’t Avoid Going Over Luxury Tax Threshold « CBS Boston

Break open the piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Hall of Fame announces Modern Baseball Era ballot | SI.com

A whole smattering of MLB greats from the 1970s and 80s who missed out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the writers’ ballots will get a second chance at a bronze plaque in Cooperstown. On Monday, the Hall of Fame announced the 10 men—nine players and one executive—who will be on the Modern Baseball Era ballot as part of the institution’s Era Committee vote, to be held at the Baseball Winter Meetings on Dec. 10. Among those who will be up for consideration: Jack Morris, Don ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2017

Bridgeport Farmer, November 7, 1917:

According to reports from New York, Newark, Baltimore, Buffalo, Toronto, Columbus, Louisville, and Indianapolis have been selected to form the new baseball league which will bear the name of the Union League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The organization of this league will be ratified at a special meeting of the club owners to be held in New York within the next two or three weeks.
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The promoters of the new circuit have no desire to masquerade as a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Minnesota Twins Top 20 prospects for 2018 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels starts his off-season with the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, twins

Amed Rosario’s Plate Discipline Lacking - MetsMind

A nice breakdown of Amed Rosario’s free-swinging ways.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 05:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

TALENT ON DISPLAY AND MORE ON THE WAY - Clubhouse Corner

I couldn’t copy and paste a link from the article. Is it just me?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 05:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Cliff Panezich: A fake sports memorabilia ringleader’s rise | Longform - SI.com

Although I don’t buy much stuff now, I do have quite a few autographs. Other than the ones I got myself, I always worry I’m getting fleeced when I buy something from a dealer.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 05:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: collectables, collecting

Track qualifying offers for MLB free agents | MLB.com

Major League Baseball’s free-agent signing period has officially begun, and teams had until 5 p.m. ET on Monday to extend their prospective free agents a qualifying offer. For 2018, the qualifying offer is a one-year contract worth $17.4 million (the amount is the mean salary of MLB’s 125 highest-paid players). Players who received a qualifying offer have 10 days—until Nov. 16—to accept or reject the offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 04:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: qualifying offers

Monday, November 06, 2017

Shohei Otani Hires CAA - MLB Trade Rumors

Young Japanese star Shohei Otani has hired Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to represent him in his planned move to the majors, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). Nez Balelo will be the lead agent, per the report, who’ll help steward Otani through what promises to be a fascinating process.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 09:45 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Finalists for BBWAA hardware unveiled

Stanton, Goldschmidt, and Votto. But no Blackmon or Arenado?


Jack Morris, Don Mattingly, Luis Tiant Lead Baseball Hall of Fame’s Modern Baseball Era Ballot | SI

A whole smattering of MLB greats from the 1970s and 80s who missed out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the writers’ ballots will get a second chance at a bronze plaque in Cooperstown. On Monday, the Hall of Fame announced the 10 men—nine players and one executive—who will be on the Modern Baseball Era ballot as part of the institution’s Era Committee vote, to be held at the Baseball Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.

The ballot:
Don Mattingly
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Ted Simmons
Luis ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 06, 2017 at 06:23 PM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Morris, Garvey, Trammell, Tiant, Mattingly, others on HOF ballot

Lou Whitaker fails to make the ballot despite having more WAR than every other candidate.

No longer interested in this website Posted: November 06, 2017 at 03:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alan trammell

Bluebird Banter: Bautista’s Service Time Trap

Seven Days in September:

With 5 years, 165 days of credited service, [Jose Bautista] was just one week - seven measly days - shy of the 172 days needed to qualify for a full season and hit the magical threshold of 6 years for free agency….

He did receive a call-up when rosters expanded, but at the unusually late date of September 16th. Why? In August he was promoted to AAA Indianapolis, who qualified for the International League playoffs as the wild card. Their playoff run ended September ...

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fra paolo Posted: November 06, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agency, service time

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2017

Butte Daily Post, November 6, 1917:

Among men who wager a tiny bit here and a tiny bit there, a $2 bill is looked upon as an infernal jinx…a $2 bill is about as welcome as a tarantula in a Pullman sleeper.
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They told [Giants second baseman] Charley Herzog about that superstition going out on the train to Chicago after the Giants had made it two-all in the world’s series.

“I’m a contrary cuss. I’m going through this train and weed out every two-dollar bill that I can find. Two unlucky? ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 06, 2017 at 09:44 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nick Cafardo: Who are MLB’s biggest names to follow this offseason?

Boston Sunday Globe’s baseball notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

How Alex Cora’s stint as an ESPN analyst helped prep him to be a manager

I missed Cora’s time at ESPN because, frankly, MLB Network’s coverage of the game is far superior. Nevertheless, I’m sure his media time will serve him well in Boston.

“I think it served him well in that sense,” said ESPN’s Eduardo Perez, a former big leaguer who has known Cora and his family for decades. “Watching the game from a media standpoint, you’re paying attention to every team and seeing all the angles. It slows the game down for you once you go back to the field.

“Being ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Sunday Notes: Tigers Prospect Isaac Paredes Loves to Hit | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

OTP 6 November 2017: Remembering Baseball’s Right-Wing Rotation

“Capitalist nations will crumble and die from the inside — not the outside,” one of the pitchers said.

“Communism is not the end in itself,” another pitcher said. “It’s only a way to socialize the entire world, so special-interest groups will be the master. And we? We will be the slaves. If, that is, we even live.”

A third pitcher nodded at these ideas and said: “Before, I was just one of those people ignorant of what really goes on.”

The pitchers were Eric Show, Mark ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 1984 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, san diego padres

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

The Dodgers bid farewell to outfielder Andre Ethier on Sunday, declining his 2018 option and casting the longest-tenured member of their roster into free agency.
...
In his 12 major league seasons — all with the Dodgers — he made two All-Star teams and batted .285 with 162 home runs. His 303 doubles rank second to Willie Davis in the franchise’s Los Angeles history.

Drafted by Oakland, but acquired for the low, low price of one Milton Bradley!!!


Saturday, November 04, 2017

Miami Herald: Marlins Decline Ichiro’s Option

They couldn’t pick up the option, if he wanted them to.

In what was the first significant roster decision for new ownership, the Marlins on Friday declined their $2 million club option to retain Ichiro, who now becomes a free agent. Suzuki will receive a $500,000 buyout.

fra paolo Posted: November 04, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins

New York mayor calls Cubs owner ‘a coward’ over closing news site DNAinfo, but Emanuel won’t go there

The owner of the Cubs shut down two of his news outlets because his employees unionized. Makes me wonder what he thinks of his players.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 04, 2017 at 01:03 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

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