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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Yankees Aiming Lower on the Payroll, but Higher on the Field - The New York Times

“I’ve been saying you can have a world-championship-caliber team and not have a $200-plus-million payroll,” Steinbrenner said shortly after arriving here for two days of owners’ meetings. “And I think we’re finally getting to a point where that’s coming true for us.”

The Yankees, who had a $209 million payroll last season, have a number of big contracts coming off the books: those of C. C. Sabathia ($25 million), Alex Rodriguez ($21 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million) and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


This is how you actually spell the name of Japan’s Babe Ruth | New York Post

One problem is finally out of the way.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Jim Palmer on Mark Belanger and Omar Vizquel: The Hardball Times

“In 1969, the great Charley Lau became the Orioles’ hitting coach. He insisted that Belanger take extra batting practice all the time. He cut his strikeouts in half from ‘68, he hit .287, the highest mark of his career. Sometimes I think if Lau hadn’t taken that extra $5,000 to go to Kansas City after the season ended, maybe Blade hits enough to be in the Hall of Fame.”

djordan Posted: November 16, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: omar vizquel

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-16-2017

South Bend News-Times, November 16, 1917:

Branch Rickey, president of the St. Louis Cardinals and one time coach at Ohio Wesleyan university, will return the latter part of this week to help Coach McCoy put the finishing touches on the team that will meet Denison [in Delaware, Ohio] in the annual homecoming football game on Saturday. Rickey graduated from Wesleyan in 1904 and after graduation came [to Delaware] to coach football and baseball.

Beating Denison is the residue of design.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 16, 2017 at 07:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Scott Boras: Loaded Mets are too cheap to live in ‘Playoffville’ | New York Post

At least this swipe made me chuckle a little. Boras takes a swipe at regular people. Getting a raise shouldn’t require a family to move to gated community. Or should it?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, scott boras

Rosenthal: Pirates dismiss Latin American scouting director after he took improper payment (Subscription)

The investigation showed that the Mexican team paid Gayo a form of a kickback several years ago for the sale of at least one player to the Pirates, sources said. The Pirates, after learning the results of baseball’s probe, informed Gayo on Monday that they would not renew his contract. Gayo, 55, still faces possible discipline from MLB.

Well, that sucks.


Heyman | Union Challenge Means Otani Status On Hold

Maybe the Players Union shouldn’t have agreed to the 25 year-old threshold in the first place.

Discouraging him to wait another two years may be good for the Union but it might not be for Otani. He clearly dreams of playing in the MLB. What if he blows out his arm between now and then?

The union actually challenged the future terms covering 2018-2020, but with complaints heard on the player side regarding current rules that calls for Nippon Ham cashing in with a $20 million posting fee ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Derek Jeter addresses Giancarlo Stanton rumors | MLB.com

That said, Jeter noted that the club has “some financial things we have to get in order,” a process that could begin with a trade of Stanton, who is owed $295 million over the next decade.

“This is an organization that’s been losing money for quite some time, so we have to turn it around,” Jeter said. “How we do that? It’s not clear. It’s easy to point the finger at him because he makes the most money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the move that’s going to be made.

“We’re here ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Braves will lose prospects, and possibly a lot more, for violating international market rules

Stinks having Rosenthal behind the pay wall.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is still deciding the penalties the Atlanta Braves will receive for violating rules in the international market. Those penalties, however, will definitely include the loss of prospects the team signed out of Latin America, according to major-league sources.

Any players the Braves lose become free agents subject to international bonus pools, sources said. The procedure will be the same as it was for the five Latin ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer win Cy Young | MLB.com

No strangers to the Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber once again proved themselves as aces among aces in 2017. Now, they’re back atop baseball’s pitching totem pole.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 07:12 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, corey kluber, cy young award, max scherzer

Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor are named NL/AL MOY by BBWAA

2007 Bob Melvin wins MOY, fired May 2009.  2011 Kirk Gibson wins MOY, Fired end of 2014. Hope this does not become trend for AZ.

shoewizard Posted: November 15, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, diamondbacks, manager of the year, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2017

Washington Herald, November 15, 1917:

“Every major league club carried too many pitchers this year,” says James C. Dunn, owner of the Indians. “Six pitchers are enough for any big league manager. A ball club gets the best results when the manager works four good pitchers in rotation and holds two in reserve.”

Dunn favors a player limit of 20 men, including six pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and possibly five outfielders. He also is prepared to cast the Cleveland club’s vote for a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Beltran, Cashman talked about job, but that may not be enough | New York Post

It sounds like Beltran could be a good manager some day. I expect he’ll take a year or two off. Then spend a few years coaching before becoming a manager.

Carlos Beltran wants to manage and has talked to Brian Cashman to express that desire. Is that enough to get him into the running to replace Joe Girardi?

Probably not. In a text, Beltran said Tuesday that he had yet to be asked to come in for an interview and since the Yankees are nearing the end of the first phase of interviews, that would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, yankees

Callaway aims to reduce Mets’ injuries with analytics, research - NY Daily News

“One of the things that we realized is that backing off is no way to condition a pitcher to stay healthy,” Callaway said. “You have to get after it. You have to push yourself.

“You can’t go run a marathon without pushing yourself to condition yourself the right way. So we’re going to push guys to the limit to make sure that they can endure everything they’re going to have to go through in a major league season.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cardinals, other teams know Stanton ‘has all the power’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Giancarlo situation isn’t unprecedented. It’s similar to the ARod situation in Texas.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giancarlo stanton

WaPo: Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Famer and teammate of Ted Williams, dies at 99

Bobby Doerr, an all-star second baseman who was the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and who, with his friend and teammate Ted Williams, helped make the Boston Red Sox of the 1940s perennial rivals of the New York Yankees, died Nov. 13 in Junction City, Ore. He was 99.

Bobby Doerr on B-R.

Junction City on Wikipedia.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 14, 1917:

There will be no third quasi major league. This fact became evident yesterday, when the committee on the revision of the constitution in the minor leagues decided to recommend to the National association that the American association be left out of any redistricting that may take place…

[American Association clubs] Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Milwaukee refused to be frozen out, and their appeals have been recognized.

It would have been ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, November 13, 2017

Carlos Beltran: Muchas Gracias, Béisbol

I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have won the Roberto Clemente Award, which is the greatest honor I could have ever received as a ballplayer.

And I am blessed to be a champion.

But now, my time as a player has come to an end.

Today, I am officially announcing my retirement.


Judge, Bellinger named BBWAA Rookies of Year | MLB.com

An expected result.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2017 at 07:03 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, rookie of the year

Muchas Gracias, Béisbol (Carlos Beltran announces retirement)

“Thank you.”

This is and always will be my response when someone thanks me for what I’ve done in this game. Because I am so eternally grateful.

I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years.

I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations.

I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: November 13, 2017 at 04:47 PM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mets, retirement, royals

Fanrag: Alex Cobb Destinations

Gotsulias can tie him to three clubs.

Plenty of teams need a solid starter but won’t break the bank — Cobb fits the bill. He’s also younger than some of the other more expensive free agents such as Yu Darvish and Jake Arietta, which makes him an attractive target. MLB Trade Rumors sees Cobb getting a four-year deal worth $48M.

fra paolo Posted: November 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, rangers, rays, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, November 13, 1917:

Dan Shay, former manager of the Milwaukee American Association Baseball Club, charged with the murder of a negro waiter [in Indianapolis] May 3, will rely on a plea of self-defense, it was said yesterday, when his trial started. When court adjourned at noon not a juror had been accepted finally by either side.

According to testimony given at the Coroner’s inquest, Shay and a young woman entered a local cafe late at night. It was deserted except for the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 13, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Alex Anthopoulos to be next GM of Atlanta Braves, report says

Anthopoulos was the general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays between 2009 and 2015. He is credited for leading the team to the 2015 World Series playoffs and its first 90-win season since 1993.

For the last two years, the 40-year-old Montrealer has been working as the vice-president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he landed after refusing to continue with the Jays in 2015.

Rickey! the first of his name Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bravesway, everybodydoesit

OTP 13 November 2017: Politics, race now touching every sport

Like legions of Giants fans who hate the Los Angeles Dodgers, Le rooted for the Houston Astros to beat them in the World Series. But he changed his mind, swallowed hard and began cheering for the Dodgers after Yuri Gurriel, a Cuban-born Astro, hit a home run against Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish then was caught on camera pulling the corners of his eyes with his fingers in a racist gesture.

“I couldn’t really be OK with them winning any longer,” Le said of the Astros.

With Gurriel’s ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 2202 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

Saturday, November 11, 2017

How the Astros learned to apply their trove of pitching data | SI.com

Some interesting stuff from Tom Verducci.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Cardinals’ DeJong Joins Scientist To Test Effect Of Heat On Baseball « CBS New York

Dr. Rocks certainly has the mad scientist look down cold.

In a chemistry lab at Long Island University Post, an alliance between sports and science has been born. Dr. Lawrence Rocks is the world-renowned scientist, while Paul DeJong is a shortstop with the St. Louis Cardinals who has a degree in biochemistry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, paul dejong

Mets pitchers Syndergaard de Grom | Newsday

One way to stop the insanity of really long games and help offense would be to limit teams to 11 pitchers on the roster.

The Mets intend to rethink the way they use a pitching staff that disintegrated during a 92-loss season, sources have told Newsday. It’s a philosophical shift that will shape their decisions as general manager Sandy Alderson begins a critical offseason reboot.

With the exception of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, Mets starters may be shielded from facing lineups more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Hall for Halladay – Dizzy Deane

The reports invariably mention the highlights of Halladay’s career: a Cy Young Award in each league, a perfect game on May 29, 2010, and a divisional series no-hitter on October 6 of that same year.  Nice résumé items, people agree, but they are not so unanimous when it comes to the Hall of Fame.  Many seem to think Doc is a borderline candidate at best; after all, he won “just” 203 games with a modest 3.38 career ERA.

Borderline?  With the possible exception of Clayton Kershaw, Roy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, roy halladay

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fansided: Two Teams Take Lead in Stanton Stakes

The Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are heating up, with two front-runners emerging from the mix. Now, you would think it would be the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, or even the “all-in” Washington Nationals.

One team from the West coast and the other from the Midwest could be the heavy favorites to land the highly sought after slugger.

Not to be arch about it, as the answers are large as life in the tags.

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, marlins, trade rumors

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