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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

MLB settles lawsuit, enables fans to stream games of just one team

MLB.TV streaming package for $84.99 per year, for the next five years.

Additionally, the full league-wide package will be offered for $109.99, a 15% reduction from the $129.99 cost in 2015. That package enables fans to view any game on any mobile device.
...
MLB has also agreed to lift streaming blackouts of in-market games by the start of the 2017 season, albeit with a couple caveats.

It only applies to networks owned by DirecTV (Root Sports), Comcast (CSN) and 21st Century Fox (Fox Sports ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2016 at 05:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb.tv, streaming, television

Are the Tigers Really Too Right-Handed?

To the Leftorium!

On one hand, maybe league-average against more than half the league’s pitchers could be considered an issue, given the amount of money invested in this lineup and the expectations that follow. On the other hand, a cursory glance at recent history reveals that Cabrera’s outperformed this year’s projection for each of the last seven seasons, by an average of 27 points. Since reinventing himself as a hitter in 2014, J.D. Martinez has been 30% better against righties than ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: justin upton, tigers

MLB investigating Yu Darvish’s possible role in gambling ring

Say it ain’t you, Yu.

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is under investigation by MLB for his possible role in an illegal gambling ring run by his brother Sho, The Japan Times reported Tuesday.

Sho Darvish was arrested in October after being accused by authorities of placing bets on American and Japanese sports. He and seven others were accused of taking 18.5 million yen, or $150,000, worth of bets based on the scores of 16 MLB games and 28 Japanese professional baseball games from May 12-18. It’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, rangers, yu darvish

Pete Rose to be inducted into Reds Hall of Fame

Pete Rose is going into the Hall of Fame.

No, Rob Manfred hasn’t had a change of heart. The all-time hits leader will be honored as a member of the Reds Hall of Fame.

“Inducting Pete into the Reds Hall of Fame will be a defining moment in the 147-year history of this storied franchise,” team president Bob Castellini said Tuesday (via WXIX-TV) in a prepared statement. “He is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Reds uniform and it will be an unforgettable experience watching him ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-19-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 19, 1916:

If the American League records, as they should, took account of the Red Cross passes received by the players and added them to the athletes’ total of regulation gifts, Tyrus Cobb would have been the Johnsonites’ champion hiker last season. The Dixie Demon, who drew one less complimentary than Eddie Collins, was hit by the slabmen six more times than the White Sock and therefore was deadhanded to first five more times than the former Mackman.
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“Doc” Johnston ...

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Baseball Goes On Trial for Millions of Fans, Billions of Dollars

if you are in bed with cable companies you really need to think about what you find attractive in your partner

from the article:

MLB says the system prevents the teams in big markets from gobbling up all the TV deals and starving small-market teams, ensuring more games, more competition and more choices for fans.

Now, the league will have to defend that logic in a trial starting Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, in which Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC are also among the defendants. The ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 19, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, mlbtv, whynotscr8wiowa

Injured players aim for impact in returns | MLB.com

Yu Darvish, Rangers
In a crowded AL West, Darvish has the ability to shift the scales considerably when he returns from Tommy John surgery. The latest guess is that the defending division champs will get him back in May, making for a fearsome twosome of Darvish and Cole Hamels atop Texas’ rotation. Hamstrung by some other colossal contracts they’ve doled out in recent years, the Rangers haven’t made much noise this offseason. But they know Darvish, who has a 3.27 ERA and 128 ERA+ over 83 career ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries

Mark Appel hopes to break out with Phillies | MLB.com

He’s too nice? He lets batters hit to improve their averages?

That hasn’t stopped the armchair psychologists from offering their conclusions. Appel has a ready smile and is bright and well-spoken. That has led some to conclude that he’s simply too nice, that he lacks the requisite mean streak. It’s a charge the 24-year-old is well aware of.

“I take it as a compliment. I am a nice guy,” Appel said on the final day of the Phillies’ annual Prospect Education Program at Citizens Bank Park. “I don’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, phillies

Yoenis Cespedes still available but Astros not likely destination - Ultimate Astros

Where will Cespedes land?

General manager Jeff Luhnow on Friday afternoon reiterated that he feels the team does not need to make further moves this offseason. Yet, it’s clear the Astros don’t consider their winter over.

“We’re still in the same spot we’ve been in,” Luhnow said. “We’re monitoring the players that are available and trying to figure out if there’s a fit, and when I say available, I don’t mean only via free agency. There’s discussions with other teams about ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents, yoenis cespedes

The State of Analytics Within MLB | FanGraphs Baseball

For teams building departments, the duties of analytics can remain highly conflated and ambiguous. Speaking in generalities, there are three fields within sabermetrics, which have some overlap with one another:

— Data Scientists: Those who manage and manipulate data for the purpose of divining relationships, seeking evidence, and optimizing behavior. Pitch sequencing studies, defensive positioning strategies, and catcher/pitcher stolen base credit allocation are some examples of projects ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Monday, January 18, 2016

Japan Times: Aoki eyes big impact on return to American League

It’s always good to have goals.

Outfielder Norichika Aoki said Sunday he wants to return to the American League with a bang this year.

“I want to win an individual title this year, either a batting or stolen base crown,” the 34-year-old Aoki said after training in Tokyo.

 

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 18, 2016 at 10:58 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: boundless optimism, japan, mariners

Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers agree to six-year deal

Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who craves star players and refuses to let money stand in the way of being a World Series contender, agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton on a six-year contract Monday night, a person directly involved with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity since the deal won’t become official until Upton passes his physical.

The Tigers, who informed everyone the past six weeks that they no longer ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 09:44 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: justin upton, tigers

Rangers-to-Dallas talk just more hot air

By nearly all accounts, Globe Life Park — née The Ballpark in Arlington — has aged both masterfully and gracefully since its opening 22 years ago.

A sturdy red brick facade. Great sightlines. Nachos by the barrel. Two World Series appearances.

The Texas Rangers have a handsome, still-viable home.

But when a good city loses one of its sports teams, as St. Louis did this past week, it only makes sense to check the fine print on your team’s stadium lease.

April 2024 — that’s when ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 06:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dallas, rangers, relocation

OTP - 2016 January 18: MLB opens D.C. office

Major League Baseball, which has lobbied before, has now opened a Washington office

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: January 18, 2016 at 05:53 PM | 2025 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

‘God Bless Baseball’ brings the sport that unites us to the stage

If you haven’t guessed by now, Okada’s play is not particularly straightforward. Possible Ichiro arrives to teach baseball to three people who don’t know anything about the sport. Because this is not the movie “Summer Catch,” there’s another layer here— baseball serves as the metaphor for Japan and South Korea’s relationship with the U.S.
To answer your first question, no, there are no bat flips. But abstract movement rules the play, turning the things we see on the diamond into balletic ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, theater

School of Roch: What does the Davis signing mean to Walker and Mancini?

At best Christian Walker and Trey Mancini look like second-division starters. More than likely they will just be role players or players on the AAA/MLB shuttle.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-18-2016

Washington Herald, January 18, 1916:

AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGERS LAUGH AT MACK’S THREAT TO REPEAT THIS SEASON

Mack’s Pennant Talk Considered Big Joke

Connie Mack’s threat that he will give Philadelphia a winning ball club in 1917, and will start ripping things up during the middle of the coming season, is taken with a grain of salt and a large series of snorts by almost every manager in the American League.
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The dope about the Athletics from those who are on the inside is to the effect that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, connie mack, dugout, history

Cards seek more power from Moss, Adams : Sports

Who doesn’t want to be more streamlined?

A more streamlined Adams, though, won’t necessarily be an Adams getting more infield hits, especially against infield shifts. “I can probably tell you I’m not going to try bunting,” he said, laughing.

“I got one down out of six tries and the other five went into the visiting dugout,” Adams said. “So I’m going to scratch that, I think.”

When someone remarked about the leaner look, Adams referenced the jacket he was wearing. “I found ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals, matt adams

How to Survive Until Spring Training – The Hardball Times

My simulation league helps bridge the gap. Scouting for the free agent auction occupies my early off-season; playing games occupies me now. Otherwise, I’d be climbing the walls.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: offseason

Jays must show commitment to free agents-to-be: Griffin | Toronto Star

Will the Blue Jays sign both Bautista or Encarnacion? I don’t see it.

When he was still in charge, Anthopoulos indicated he would be interested in extending key players like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. He had an obsessive desire to win, as he showed in dealing 13 prospects last summer for a chance to win the 2015 World Series. Ownership hasn’t shown the same will.

Free agency will be a big issue. The eight pending free agents at the end of 2016 include Bautista, Encarnacion, Michael ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 07:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

DeWitt gives views of hacking episode : Sports

Those concerned about the potential precedent the Cardinals’ hacking of the Houston Astros established received Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.’s answer during a wide-ranging interview at Winter Warm-Up on Sunday.

He used the phrases “outlier”, “rogue element” and “one-off situation” when referring to the federal investigation that stems from former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to five counts of illegal entry into a protected database ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Strat-O-Matic Builds Out Its Digital Game Roster - The New York Times

A new real-time projection set is in the works.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 06:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: simulations, strat-o-matic

Guilty plea just the beginning in Astros hacking case - Houston Chronicle

Federal judges have recommended - but not mandatory - sentencing guidelines to follow on a points system. The amount of loss greatly increases the number of points - and therefore, likely prison time.

To Toren, that may explain how the plea agreement came together.

“They don’t want to include the full amount of damages or loss,” he said. “Since he pleaded guilty, the only way he may have pled guilty, they don’t want to have to send him to jail for 50 years. Because that is a lot of loss.

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 05:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Would a shorter Major League Baseball season work? - The Boston Globe

The Globe’s Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday Notes: Orioles Analytics, Kyle Freeland, Expos, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

High School Draftees Permitted To Have Agent - BaseballAmerica.com

I guess they won’t need advisers any longer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cardinals GM says support is increasing for DH in National League

I have heard that having the pitcher hit creates more strategy. Yaaaawwwwwn.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:45 PM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Royals sign Ian Kennedy to five-year, $70 million contract

How can teams compete with big money clubs like the Royals?

The Royals have signed right-handed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year contract worth $70 million, according to Jon Heyman. Ken Rosenthal reports Kennedy can opt out of the contract after two years.

Kennedy is a 31-year old right-handed pitcher who has won 75 games in parts of nine Major Leagues seasons with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He was 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA and 4.51 FIP with 0.8 fWAR last season, but was a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kennedy, royals

Javier Baez embracing switch to center field | MLB.com

What are the Cubs planning?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Jon Heyman Breaks Two Big Signs

Big contracts for Ian Kennedy and Chris Davis. Davis back to the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, ian kennedy

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