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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Scouting the Scouting Directors, Part 1

The first name that leaps off the page in the full data set is Bill Lajoie, whose draftees were collectively over 2.5 times more valuable than league average (258.9 bWAR+). Drafting Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, Kirk Gibson and an unsigned Ozzie Smith over a five-year span will do that for you. Joe McIlvaine’s draftees weren’t quite as valuable as Lajoie’s (234 bWAR+) but he produced more per year (5.8 to Lajoie’s 4.2). His highlights include Lenny Dykstra, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 03:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting directors

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia arrested on domestic violence charge

Jeurys Familia, an All-Star pitcher for the New York Mets who was featured in a new ad campaign for an anti-domestic violence organization, was arrested on a domestic violence charge this week, according to a complaint filed by authorities in Fort Lee municipal court.

Police said in the complaint that Familia caused “bodily injury to another” and that they observed a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim, whose name was redacted in the court papers provided to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 03:15 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jeurys familia, mets, police blotter

Why MLB allows players suspended for domestic violence to play in postseason

The difference is jarring, creating a surface impression that baseball takes a harsher stance against PEDs than domestic violence. But in the view of both baseball and the players’ union, the comparison is not apples to apples.

The joint PED policy is the outlier; no other suspensions in baseball include a postseason ban. The two sides agreed to the additional penalty in March 2014 after some players expressed anger that two players suspended for PEDs the previous season, Jhonny Peralta and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 01:13 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, domestic violence, suspensions

Cubs Fanatic Dan Shapiro Shares Love of Sports with His Boss, Barack Obama

Shapiro said that he and Obama both love their teams while harboring no animosity toward the other Windy City club.

When Obama tweeted congratulations to the Cubs for reaching the World Series, Shapiro retweeted it.

Still, while Shapiro said he appreciates that Obama “comes by his being a White Sox fan honestly,” he wonders if the First Fan sometimes goes too far.

“When he threw out the first pitch at a [Washington] Nationals game with a White Sox hat, I thought: Really?” ...Read More...

eddieot Posted: November 01, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: barack obama, cubs, world series

What’s your greatest memory from a series your team lost?

Fun post from Craig, reminding us that (most of the time) win or lose, it’s just fun to have your team in the playoffs.

Shredder Posted: November 01, 2016 at 01:02 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason

Posnanski - Give That Man His Roses

There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever what Buck O’Neil would say. Buck dealt with every indignity. He was denied a chance to play or manage in the Major Leagues because of the color of his skin. He knew Doby, played against him, managed against him, worked with him in various roles. He, better than any of us, understands.

And I say with 100% certainty that this is what he would say:

Bring Eddie Robinson to Cleveland. Honor him. Honor the 1948 Cleveland team. Honor history.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, world series

The Indians are one game away from a championship because they’re really good at baseball | For The Win

Only it’s silly to pretend the Indians lucked their way all the way here. The point of baseball’s 162-game regular season is to distinguish the best teams from the back, and the Indians won 94 games in the 2016 campaign. They got to this point with the help of a pair of excellent starting pitchers who have been largely absent this postseason — the injured Carlos Carrasco and the recently recovered Danny Salazar. But they also featured a spectacular bullpen, even beyond postseason heroes ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, world series

This MLB Postseason Is the Commissioner’s Nightmare

The long games aren’t well suited for hardcore fans either. If the Cubs weren’t playing this year, I’d be tapping out early or not watching at all.

It’s not a great thing that baseball gets slower and less eventful at the point in the season when the most people are paying attention. Serious fans who logged six months of steady viewing along the path to the postseason might not mind what they perceive as protracted suspense, but drawn-out, uneventful ordeals such as World Series Game 2 (4:04) ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:03 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: world series


Why is it so difficult for the best MLB teams to win it all?

Depth doesn’t matter much in the playoffs. **Short series.** **Randomness.**

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: world war i

FiveThirtyEight:  Every franchise’s relative strength after every game

Elo ratings are FiveThirtyEight’s favorite method for comparing teams across different eras — we’ve previously used them to explore the history of the NBA and NFL. The ratings are an intentionally simple measure of team strength based on the final score, location and date of a team’s games. Now we’ve calculated them for 89 franchises across 146 years of baseball history — more than 400,000 ratings in total.

Elo is calibrated so that an average MLB team has a rating of around 1500, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight

Give Epstein credit for seamlessly integrating Baez, Contreras

Theo or Joe Maddon?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

Yankees fans should cheer for Cubs if they want Chapman back - NY Daily News

It’s always all about the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, yankees

Lifelong Cubs fan Bob Newhart hopes for Game 7 | cubs.com

My favorite celebrity Cubs fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

The Mismatch That Game Six Improbably Isn’t | FanGraphs Baseball

“Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2016

Washington Herald, November 1, 1916:

A score or more of America’s baseball players called on the President at Shadow Lawn on “Wilson Day” to inform him that they had organized the Woodrow Wilson Club of professional ball players.

“This fellow has been up against it, and we’ve got to stand by him,” declared Ty Cobb yesterday.
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Hans Lobert, of the Giants, is chairman of the new Wilson Club; Jake Daubert, of the Dodgers, is first vice chairman; Grover Hartley, of the Browns, is second vice ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross says goodbye to Wrigley Field

Goodbye to the catcher. Hello to the future manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross

Here’s the logo for Guaranteed Rate Field

A commitment to branding is why the signs going up this week around the 25-year-old stadium look virtually the same as the company’s logo, except for the word “field” at the end.

Ciardelli said the design was a joint effort between the company’s in-house creative team and the Sox, who suggested replacing the arrow with an image of home plate. “But I told the White Sox that it’s our company logo, and they were respectful of the decision” to keep the arrow after all, Ciardelli said.

The ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: naming rights, white sox


Heyman - Rangers Open To Trading Derek Holland This Offseason

Jon Heyman working overtime during the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

2016 WORLD SERIES Game 6 OMNICHATTER

Best of 7. Cleveland leads 3-2.

Cubs (Arrieta) at Indians (Tomlin). 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:02 AM | 890 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 31, 2016

Major League Baseball retaliates with surprise drug tests for protesting Dominican prospects

Last week, in protest of Major League Baseball’s plan to implement an international amateur draft, Dominican prospects and their trainers boycotted an annual MLB showcase event. This forced Major League Baseball to cancel the workout, after briefly considering bringing in replacement players (because idiots will never learn).

This week, just by coincidence, Baseball America’s Ben Badler (who is all over this story, and who you should follow) reports that Major League Baseball has called ...

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Tech me out to the ballgame: Replay, ‘K-Zones’ causing major league headaches

The philosophy of replay was ostensibly simple: Get the call right. Yet during a season in which time of game is a priority, baseball is dealing with an unintended consequence of replay: the spirit of replay on second-base tag plays. Former managers Joe Torre and Jim Leyland, both of whom work in the commissioner’s office, are vexed that replay has resulted in nitpicking.

“I think this is an example of where the technology is too good,” Leyland said, “Where, in this case, we’re kind of victims ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 10:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: k-zone, replay, technology, umpires

With or without Cubs clinching Series, Ricketts family has $2B ballclub

Its about time the Ricketts family caught a break.

And now, as if on cue, the team’s breakthrough into the World Series after a 71-year drought promises to pump up those revenues and boost the franchise’s value beyond the already stunning $2.2 billion that Forbes estimated this year. And that estimate, for those counting, does not include Wrigley Field and other assets tied to the 2009 purchase price.

Regardless of what happens in the World Series, experts say, the Ricketts family has won ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 04:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, regional sports network, tom ricketts

Maddon, Francona punching tickets to Cooperstown?

One of the subplots of this World Series that has a million of them is the legacies of Terry Francona and Joe Maddon. They are regarded as two of the best managers in the game today, and both have fun personalities in an era when many managers are look-alike, think-alike robots who rarely say anything too interesting and avoid controversy like those brussels sprouts sitting in your fridge for the past four months.

reech Posted: October 31, 2016 at 04:09 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, managers

Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game rosters | MLB.com

Set your DVRs.

The AFL’s version of the Futures Game will take place at Surprise Stadium at 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live MLB.com and once again will feature many of the game’s top prospects. A total of 16 members of MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 prospects list are on the rosters released by the league on Monday, with an additional 21 players from team Top 30s to once again make the Fall Stars Game a veritable who’s who for prospects.

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 02:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2017 - MLB Trade Rumors

As explained here, Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors have developed an accurate model to project arbitration salaries.  This is the sixth year we’ve done these projections, and I’m proud to present the results for 2017.  The number in parentheses next to each player is his Major League service time (Years.Days) through 2016 (172 days constitutes a full year of Major League service, per the collective bargaining agreement).

The Super Two cutoff will be 2.131. Service time data in this post ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration

How Indians envision their hurt superstar fitting in to future | New York Post

The Indians did not handle Michael Brantley’s injury well.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, indians, michael brantley

Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians stars repping Puerto Rico in World Series

An Indians-Cubs World Series is more than a meeting of two franchises in the midst of long title droughts—it’s also the first meeting in the Fall Classic of three ballplayers born in Puerto Rico, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and the Indians’ Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez. Lindor and Baez are two of the brightest young players in the game—Lindor was an All Star this year, and Baez has been the postseason’s breakout star—and both credit Perez as a role model (at 27, he’s the elder statesman; Baez ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, puerto rico, world series

The World Series beat the NFL in the ratings last night

Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Journal reports that Game Five of the World Series between the Indians and Cubs beat the regular-season Eagles-Cowboys Sunday Night Football game in the ratings. Pretty decisively too: the Cubs and Indians generated a 15.3 rating. The Eagles-Cowboys: 11.6. It’s the first time a World Series game has beat the Sunday Night Football rating head-to-head since 2011.

There are a lot of people who have sent me this info and have asked me to write a “Hey, maybe ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, television ratings, world series

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