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Monday, October 26, 2015

Kelvin Herrera’s New Twist | FanGraphs Baseball

More good stuff from Jeff Sullivan.

His fastball breaks a good deal arm-side. His changeup breaks a good deal arm-side. His slider breaks a good deal glove-side, with more than seven inches of run. Based on movement, it’s actually a fair comparison for Jose Fernandez‘s breaking ball. And Herrera has figured out his delivery and control. As a consequence, the majority of Herrera’s postseason sliders have been strikes, and the majority of the swings at the slider have missed. I don’t even ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kelvin herrera, sabermetrics

Harper: Mets success rides on Jeurys Familia - NY Daily News

“I have to believe Terry will do everything he can to avoid giving the ball to (Addison) Reed and (Tyler) Clippard,” says a scout who followed the Mets during the postseason.

“Clippard especially. If you’re Terry you’re holding your breath every time he throws his changeup because he’s hanging so many. He’s either tired or hurt, because it’s always been his out pitch, and he has no command of it. You can’t take that kind of chance in the World Series.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets, royals, world series

The complicated legacy of Oscar Taveras : Sports

It’s been a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Orioles free agents will be free after World Series - Baltimore Sun

Team building is an incredibly interesting topic. It’s why I’ve loved playing in intricate sim leagues for so long. Who do you sign? Who do you get? How do you balance out long-term vs. short-term?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, orioles

Mets to choose Cespedes or Lagares in Game 1 |

Mike Petriello is lucky to be able to dabble in StatCast.


By name alone, the edge here easily goes to Lagares, who finished third among all outfielders in Defensive Runs Saved in 2013 (+28) and second in 2014 (+28 again). However, he fell off in 2015 to just +2 DRS, in part due to multiple injuries, primarily an injured right arm that often prevented him from wreaking as much havoc on opposing base runners as usual—though we did see him get it up to 95.6 mph in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets, statcast, yoenis cespedes

Royals’ ‘punk’ coach hiding pitching plans as long as possible | New York Post

Everybody knows not to mess with people from Kansas City.

Ned Yost refused Sunday to give the order of the Royals’ starting rotation for the World Series, which opens Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium against the Mets, who posted theirs Saturday.
Yost said he will wait until Monday to name the order of his starters. When asked why, Yost said, “I am just being a little bit of a punk.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

CATCH Center Field Area - Infographic | Minnesota Twins

OK, is this really an improvement?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium renovations, twins

Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects -

The Baseball America Top Ten lists have begun.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospect reports

Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders | New York Post

So what did the Mets actually offer?

But the options were disappearing. The Reds — even with Wheeler in play — took Jay Bruce off the table the morning of the deadline. The Padres kept telling the Mets if they would overpay — namely including shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, pitcher Michael Fulmer and others — they would consider dealing Justin Upton.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trades, yoenis cespedes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-26-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 26, 1915:

While Babe Ruth was pitching his old team, the St. Mary’s Industrial School, to victory, one of the brothers of the institution to whom Ruth had intrusted [sic] his 2 1/2 carat solitaire ring lost the jewel while working to keep the big crowd from encroaching on the infield.

Ruth paid $500 for the ring, which contained the first diamond he had ever owned. He had bought it from the proceeds of his share of the world’s series games.

Well, it’s not a few hundred ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 26, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Matt Goldman: What’s Daniel Murphy Worth?

Happy Murphy Day!

With Murphy’s new stance, his ISO has increased dramatically, as well as his batted ball distances. From 2010-2014, the average distance on Murphy’s HR’s, fly balls, and line drives was 254.39 feet; this season, though, it rose to 269.95 feet.

It would seem that not only is Murphy deserving of a multi-year deal, but that the initial estimates of a contract worth $30 to $40 million might be shortchanging the second baseman. Over the last three years, he’s produced fWAR’s of ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 26, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, daniel murphy, free agency, mets

OTP - 2015 October 26: Two of America’s pastimes, baseball and presidential campaigns, run parallel

Throughout the long and glorious history of America’s national pastime, an undeniable relationship seems to have formed between baseball and American political culture. From the president throwing the first pitch on opening day to presidential mascots competing in races at Washington National’s games, the political and sporting traditions of our nation seem to come together in baseball.

The very origins of the sport are integrally connected to American politics. Although variations of ...


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sports Reference: See How Many Baseball Players are Older/Younger Than You

It’s a universal sports fan moment: the first time you realize that you’re older than the player you’re watching. Of course, as time goes on, the ratio flips. Eventually, its more of a surprise when you realize a player is older than you are. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, our newest tool will almost certainly make you feel old.

We’ve added a page that shows players born before and after whatever date you pick. You can also see their WAR and, thanks to the numbers in the left-most ...

bobm Posted: October 25, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball-reference, old, youth

Tom Goodwin lost son to suicide — and found a family on the Mets | New York Post

A nice story about a terrible tragedy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 01:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mets, tom goodwin

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais’ hiring continues a troubling trend of no experience necessary | FOX Sports

I don’t mean to call this bullshit. If only those old-school baseball men weren’t being discriminated against, there would be be more diversity.

I don’t mean to disparage new Mariners manager Scott Servais, who has never managed or coached at any level, or new Phillies GM Matt Klentak, whose résumé actually is quite sufficient for his new position.

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 01:16 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: diversity in baseball, general managers, managers

The Science of an Insane Hitting Streak - The Daily Beast

“If you’re in the zone, your ideation is positive. You’re not thinking about the bad things. And thinking positively has been shown to have an effect on outcomes,” he wrote. “Honestly, I don’t know why it doesn’t turn up in the research. I think it’s the adjustments again. You get hot, you get more scrutiny, and they look closer at how to get you out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, sabermetrics, streaks

Phillies to introduce Matt Klentak on Monday

The Phillies and new club president Andy MacPhail will introduce Matt Klentak as their new general manager on Monday in an 11 a.m. press conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, phillies

Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki never quite felt at home in Toronto this season after shocking trade left him feeling betrayed

Troy Tulowitzki has never felt at home as a Blue Jay.
Blue Jays’ season ends with Game 6 heartbreaker in Kansas City

Home, for a decade, was in Colorado. Tulowitzki felt secure there, immersed in the Denver community. In 2011, shortly after the Rockies gave him a 10-year contract extension, he bought a bigger house there.

“Knowing this is where I am going to be, possibly the rest of my career, I was able to buy a home with more space,” Tulowitzki told the Denver Post early in 2011. ...

EvilBoWeevil Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki, whining, wtf

NY Magazine: California Congressman Forced to Despairingly Sing ‘Meet the Mets’ on House Floor

On Friday morning, representative and Los Angeles Dodgers fan Adam Schiff entered the House chambers wearing a Mets tie.

He and New York representative Steve Israel had made a bet about baseball playoffs earlier this month — if the Dodgers won, Israel would have to wear a Dodgers tie and give his colleague bagels. If the Mets won, Schiff would have to give Israel gourmet popcorn and also have to make an undesirable sartorial choice.


bobm Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: congress, dodgers, mets

In Surprise Move, Mets Pick Matt Harvey to Start in Game 1 of World Series

Early Saturday, Mets Manager Terry Collins settled on his World Series starting rotation. He explained to his pitchers the reasoning behind his decision, then pulled his Game 1 starter in for a gut check.

Collins asked, “Are you ready for it?”

Matt Harvey replied, “Damn right.”

In a surprising move, Harvey will take the mound Tuesday night at Kansas City, followed by Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Collins said the rotation would stay on course for a second turn if ...

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, matt harvey, mets, royals, world series

Theo Epstein: Free Agent Soothsayer | FanGraphs Baseball

If winning were easy, everybody would be doing it.

If you don’t really have a truly unique viewpoint, of course you follow the success of others. Don’t get me wrong. We all should strive to learn new things. The difference, though, between people who truly understand the lessons of Moneyball and those who don’t is, the enlightened ones get that it’s easier to chart your course in a different direction from everybody else. If they zig, you zag. If everybody is ignoring OBP, you get OBP guys. If ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, team building, theo epstein

Sunday Notes: Mets, Cubs, Mounds, Manager Musings, more | FanGraphs Baseball

An interesting note.

Earlier this week, I asked Kris Bryant how he evolved as a hitter throughout the course of this season. The rookie sensation told me that he got more comfortable facing big league pitching – “the sharpness of the sliders, the movement on the fastballs” – but that’s about it. He elaborated that he’ll “look back at some things” in the offseason and “learn from what worked for me, and what didn’t work for me.”

Needless to say, a lot worked. Bryant put up ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, notes

Inside Baseball: Ins and outs of Mattingly’s exit; plus more MLB notes -

As always some good tidbits from Heyman. I love this one.

As was mentioned in this space a week ago, the former outfielder/former broadcaster Gabe Kapler is beloved by the Dodgers brass as future saber star. (Kapler was put in charge of Dodgers spring nutrition for obvious reasons – he looks like a bodybuilder – and he is said to have taken a sabermetrician’s bent to even that; he was caught counting fruit in spring training.)

See, sabermetricians are counters. How can a seemingly smart ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, notes

Next top Cuban pitcher shines « Jesse Sanchez at the Park

Most scouts believe Sierra can help a Major League team next season. He could command a contract comparable to the seven-year, $27 million deal the Reds awarded Cuban starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias last summer and the four-year, $32 million deal starter Jose Contreras signed with the Yankees in 2002.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international players, yaisel sierra

Red Sox hire Ruben Amaro, Jr. a first base coach.

Former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will be making a rare transition in 2016, when he returns to the playing field as the Boston Red Sox’s new first-base coach.

A baseball source confirmed the pending hiring, which was first reported Saturday by the Boston Globe.

CraigK Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:46 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, ruben amaro jr.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dodgers looking for a manager open to collaboration — like Gabe Kapler? - LA Times

Several hours after the Dodgers confirmed Don Mattingly wouldn’t return to their dugout next season, Gabe Kapler was asked if he was ready to take over as the team’s manager.

“I have to go work out,” Kapler said.

He smiled, politely declined to comment further and slipped into an elevator.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 02:02 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gabe kapler, managers

Royals fan nearly interferes with Mike Moustakas home run in ALCS Game 6

The catch guaranteed a run, nearly incited an international incident and made the bearded Humpreys — a 19-year-old community college student who works a part-time job at a nearby Gasmart — into a Kansas City cult hero — a Midwestern Jeffery Maier, with a little more facial hair.

“I wasn’t going to bring it,” Wilson would say, peering down at his Wilson glove.

Zach Posted: October 24, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jeffrey maier, replay, royals

Homework got Lorenzo Cain home from first on single

As Cain approached third, he didn’t slow down but was surprised to see Jirschele continuing to windmill his arms.

“I was definitely confused,” Cain said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

But Jirschele did. He saw Bautista field the ball, turn and throw to second base. Hosmer had made a wide turn at first and Bautista’s throw was an attempt to hold Hosmer.

Jirschele knew Bautista’s tendencies.

“I knew if I had somebody that could run coming into third base, we were going ...

Zach Posted: October 24, 2015 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: base coaches, baserunning, royals

NY Post: Sherman: Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders

At one last get-together with the main decision-makers — with the clock now nearing the 4 p.m. deadline — Alderson let all in the room know what would be heard if this trade were not made and the team did not win a championship: “We had a chance to do this and didn’t do it.”

Said Alderson: “That is a form of conversation that would make it as stark and dramatic as possible, another way of articulating what we all thought we should do. There were people in this organization saying ...

bobm Posted: October 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tigers, yoenis cespedes

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