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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Draft signing deadline: Who signed, who didn’t?

The only two players in the first 10 rounds who did not sign pro contracts were Rangers seventh-rounder Brandon Sproat and Cubs ninth-rounder Wyatt Hendrie. A right-hander from Pace (Fla.) High, Sproat is committed to Florida. Hendrie, a catcher from Antelope Valley (Calif.) JC, would play at San Diego State next spring.

The total of two unsigned players from the first 10 rounds matched the record low set in 2016.

The 30 teams combined to spend $316,560,984 on Draft bonuses, eclipsing the record of $294,648,102 set last year. The 34 first-rounders signed for an average of $3,791,729, second all-time to the $3,880,723 average in 2017. No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman’s $8.1 million bonus from the Orioles was the largest in Draft ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Friday, July 12, 2019

Every team’s victory song, ranked

10. Yankees: “New York, New York” - Frank Sinatra

A classic Frank Sinatra jam about how New York helps him get over the “little town blues.” It’s the kind of thing only Yankees fans could love, and every other fan base would find obnoxious, making it a top tier choice….

2. Twins: “Let’s Go Crazy” - Prince

I mean, Prince is from Minnesota. How else could the Twins choose any other artist? This song is also pretty much a party distilled into music form.

1. Indians: “Cleveland Rocks” - Presidents of the United States of America

This song is so good you might actually be convinced that Cleveland does, in fact, rock.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2019 at 03:44 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: songs

Moon Magic: The Apollo 11 Landing Wasn’t the Only Fantastical Event of July 20, 1969

Hard to believe that the Moon landing is now closer to the Black Sox scandal than it is to today.

Every so often, in ensuing years, the Perrys and Armstrong would have another casual encounter: Chris played golf with him a few times, and in 2001 the astronaut stopped by Chris’s home in Ohio. Chris and Kathy’s unsuspecting five-year-old, Emily, took her grandpa’s friend by the hand for a tour, showed him a closet, a dead bug, her books—one that happened to be about . . . Apollo 11. “Oh,” she said finally, “your name is Neil Armstrong, too, isn’t it?”

But childlike wonder can’t last forever, especially in adults. Though they won a state high school baseball title together, became the only brothers to win the Cy ...

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ajnrules Posted: July 12, 2019 at 03:43 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: gaylord perry, jim perry


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-12-2019

Harrisburg Telegraph, July 12, 1919:

Roger Peckinpaugh, New York, who hit safely in twenty-nine consecutive games…continues to lead the regulars in batting in the American League, his mark, .382, remaining unchanged from last week…Babe Ruth, the big Boston southpaw pitcher and outfielder, bagged two more homers and leads the circuit-drive hitters with 9.
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Jim Thorpe, the Indian athlete, continued to lead the National League hitters and widened the gap between himself and Gavvy Cravath, recently appointed manager of Philadelphia. Thorpe’s mark is .397 and Cravath’s .356.

The more I read about Thorpe as a baseball player, the more I become convinced that he was a much better player than he’s given credit for. When he wasn’t being jerked ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 12, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

July 31 Trade Deadline FAQ | MLB.com

So can players still be placed on waivers after July 31?

Yes, players can still be placed on outright waivers and claimed by other clubs, but it has to be a straight waiver claim, meaning the new team takes on the player’s remaining contract and no other players are involved.

Sometimes veteran players on costly contracts are placed on waivers in the hope of shedding salary, so it’s possible you might see some high-priced players switch teams on waivers this August for that reason alone.

Are players acquired via waivers after July 31 still eligible for postseason rosters?

Yes. But the Aug. 31 postseason roster deadline still applies. If you are not in the organization before September, you cannot appear in the postseason for them.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2019 at 05:38 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Thursday, July 11, 2019

MLB hands Jake Marisnick two-game suspension for home plate collision with Jonathan Lucroy

Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros will be suspended two games for colliding with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer of Major League Baseball, was responsible for ruling on the collision, and explained his reasoning in the statement MLB released about the suspension.

“After thoroughly reviewing the play from all angles, I have concluded that Jake’s actions warrant discipline. While I do not believe that Jake intended to injure Jonathan, the contact he initiated in his attempt to score violated Official Baseball Rule 6.01(i), which is designed to protect catchers from precisely this type of collision.”


Phil Coke and the Quest for 512 Wins: An OOTP experiment

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that the win statistic is pretty dumb. It largely rewards a pitcher for having a good offense around him. One interesting wrinkle is that starting pitchers are required to pitch at least 5 innings to be eligible for the victory. If the starter is pulled with the lead before the end of the fifth inning, then his replacement is in line for the victory instead. This rule is a major reason why Tampa Bay “bulk guy” Ryan Yarbrough was able to win 16 games in 2018 despite making just 6 starts. I decided to take this rule to the absolute extreme. With the singular goal of maximizing his win total, I believe that even a mediocre relief pitcher could blow past Cy Young’s record of 511 wins.

kthejoker Posted: July 11, 2019 at 09:50 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-11-2019

Washington Times, July 11, 1919:

[Terry] Turner has a grievance. You’ll recall the night of July 3 that Turner had been given his unconditional release by the Cleveland club. He was asked to go to Milwaukee for the remainder of the season at the same salary he was receiving from Cleveland, President James C. Dunn agreeing to guarantee his pay. Turner demurred simply because he thought he is still of major league caliber and that he had it coming from the Cleveland club to be carried throughout the remainder of the season.
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Terry hasn’t been given to talking very much, as fans well know, but he declares that his release can be traced to one thing—Manager Lee Fohl’s dislike for him.

Turner also said the Indians released him at the end of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2019 at 09:57 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Jerry Remy On His Son’s “Unforgivable” Crime

The trial date was set for the fall of 2014, but in May of that year, Jared decided to plead guilty to the charges against him. He told Phoebe that a trial would be a circus and that he didn’t want to put his family through that. He said, “I did this, this is my fault, this is my responsibility.”

He made his decision knowing that he would spend the rest of his life in prison. He wasn’t looking for an out. No one was looking to get him out of anything. There was no out for anyone involved. We were just going through the legal process and dealing with everything that came with it. We were trying to deal with our grief as well as protect and do what was best for our grandchildren. What I do know is that it was a tragedy and, for our ...

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It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: July 11, 2019 at 07:58 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: sadness

Extra Innings (1978)

Jim Bouton, former sportscaster, former actor, former author, former 20-game winner for the New York Yankees, arrives at his usual post at the edge of the bleachers’ behind the Richmond dugout. He can’t go on the field and he’s not willing to sit in the stands, so he loiters around the hot dog concession, looking around absently like a man who’s lost his bearings. At the age of 39, Bouton no longer resembles a fresh-faced Army recruit, as he did in 1964 when he won two games in the World Series. The hair is short again, but it’s graying, and the eyes are attracting crow’s feet. To the fans in Richmond, he must look like somebody’s dad trying to get a peek in the bullpen to see if his son is warming up. But it’s his own ...

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Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: July 11, 2019 at 07:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex belth, jim bouton, ted turner

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ball Four Author Bouton Dies at Age 80

The author of the groundbreaking hardball tell-all “Ball Four” died Wednesday following a battle with a brain disease linked to dementia. The Newark, N.J., native died in the home he shared with his wife Paula Kurman after weeks of hospice care. He was 80.

SoSH U at work Posted: July 10, 2019 at 09:07 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: ball four, jim bouton, obituary

Murray Chass ending his blog that he says is not a blog

BBTF fave Murray Chass has a new project in mind, but exits with a story about the Fernando Tatis family.

Howie Menckel Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:42 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball writers, sabermetrics

Nightengale:  MLB players are furious, willing to strike over economic system: ‘We’re all united’

If all 30 teams were trying to win, it would at least make free agency more interesting, preventing players such as five-time All-Star Adam Jones sitting without a job until mid-March. He eventually signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, accepting a $14 million pay cut.

“I just can’t understand what happened to Adam Jones,” Cole said, “I still can’t wrap my head around that. “If you’re trying to win, that guy knows how to win. If you’re trying to start a franchise, that guy knows how to be an exemplary franchise player.

You know what happened to Adam Jones?  He became a replacement level player.  That $3M contract is an overpay, if anything.

But I get the players’ point, best explained by J.D. ...

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TDF, trained monkey Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:42 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: union

Baseball’s ‘robot umpires’ are here. And you might not even notice the difference.

The Atlantic League, an independent circuit with seven teams on the East Coast and one in Texas, will become the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes at its All-Star Game on Wednesday night in York, Pa.

“It’s amazing how good these robots look. They look just like the actual umpires,” league president Rick White joked in a phone interview. “I think once people actually see this happening, they’re going to realize it’s not that big a deal.”

League officials have quietly tested software, created by sports data firm Trackman and provided by Major League Baseball, for weeks during real games in New Britain, Conn., and Bridgewater, N.J. For a few innings or an entire game, umpires ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: robot umpires

If baseball is any indication, the big data revolution is over

. Following the so-called moneyball revolution, which emphasized the value of statistical analysis for player acquisition and strategy, Statcast seemed to promise that there was finally enough data to fundamentally answer the game’s remaining questions.


But will it? History says no. Over the past century and a half, data revolutions have helped fans and managers better understand the game, but each was also deemed woefully inadequate within years of debuting.

The same is likely to happen to Statcast — and sooner than we might think. That’s not because some fatal technological flaw will emerge, but rather because of the nature of data itself. Data are, in essence, the things we rely on to make arguments and answer questions. And ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-10-2019

Washburn [Wisconsin] Times, July 10, 1919:

In a recent Memphis-Birmingham game Red Smith, Memphis catcher, out with injuries, put on a Birmingham spare uniform to work out. Then Manager Barger of Memphis called him in as a pinch hitter in the rival club’s togs. Naturally there was a protest, but Umpire Dan Pfenninger would not allow it.

I’m not sure what the umpire didn’t allow: Smith to play in the opposing team’s uniform or the protest.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 10, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Jose Berrios’ Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches from the All-Star Game – Pitcher List

The pitching last night was incredible.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 09:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Poll 2019: Which Group of Pitchers Performs Better? | RotoGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Unlike in some previous years, these are wildly different groups. Group B (the underperformers) has posted a significantly higher strikeout rate than Group A (the overperformers), while also walking a lower percentage of batters. However, Group A has induced a higher rate of grounders, which is important in a time with a historically high rate of homers per fly ball. The groups have posted nearly identical IFFB% marks.

Not surprisingly, massive differences exist in the three luck metrics — BABIP, LOB%, and HR/FB rate. Even though grounders go for hits more often than flies, Group A has allowed a well below league average BABIP. They did post a lower line drive rate, but only marginally, and not nearly enough to explain the BABIP ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: projections


“You’ve got to pay correctly”: Rob Manfred is optimistic about negotiations to pay minor leaguers more – The Athletic

Besides improving minor league pay the league and MLBPA needs to do something about the international signing process. Both areas are a mess.

Lurking in the background, and as a point of leverage, is the possibility that MLB seeks to cull some teams or otherwise reshape some aspects of the minors. The system between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball boils down to this: the league commits to supply players and coaches to fill a certain number of teams, and in exchange, the minor-league clubs pay MLB a percentage of their ticket revenue.

MLB can argue that if its cost per player goes up, then the number of minor-league teams will need to go down. MLB could also ask that MiLB pay a higher percentage in ticket revenue.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay, pay site

Manfred On Ball, DH, Free Agency, Expansion, Rays - MLB Trade Rumors

OK, it’s handmade so every ball won’t be exactly the same. I’m not sure how you a whole season batch of balls would be much different than another year.

And why are the balls still handmade? I would think they could make ball making an automated process where they can control their product’s consistency better.

Of course, the Commissioner could just be full of crap.

At the same time, Manfred did admit Monday the ball has changed. He told ESPN’s Golic and Wingo (via Passan): “”Our scientists that have been now studying the baseball more regularly have told us that this year the baseball has a little less drag. It doesn’t need to change very much in order to produce meaningful change in terms of the way the game is played on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

Previewing the 2019 Home Run Derby | FanGraphs Baseball

Jay Jaffe is a Home Run Derby witch.

Given that you’ve read this far, you might want some predictions, and while I’m not going to claim to be an expert in prognostication, I will point out that I picked Harper to win last year. So here goes: Guerrero (in something of an upset), Pederson, Alonso, and Bell to advance, with Alonso besting Guerrero in a very entertaining all-rookie finals that hopefully will bring both sluggers back for more in the coming years.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

AL beats NL for 7th straight All-Star win | MLB.com

And in a tear-jerking moment in the annual Stand Up To Cancer initiative, Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who just revealed last week that he is battling leukemia, was joined by his manager, Terry Francona, and his teammates Bieber, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Brad Hand—all of whom held “I Stand Up For” placards bearing his nickname “Cookie.”

“I think it was extremely special for me, for him, for our teammates, for Terry, and the city of Cleveland as a whole,” Bieber said. “And for him to be doing what he’s doing and kind of turning it over on its head into a positive light and spending more time at the [Cleveland Clinic] Children’s Hospital and spending time with kids, it’s something only he would do.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

MLBPA Director Tony Clark Voices Opposition To Draft

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark voiced opposition to the draft Tuesday in an address to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Asked if he viewed the draft as “inherently anti-labor,” Clark responded “yes.”

“Limiting and restricting the opportunities of entry, I’ll stand here—and I did at the bargaining table—suggesting that I’d like to remove all of it,” Clark said.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who followed Clark’s address with his own, said Major League Baseball has not considered removing the draft and that he had not previously heard that stance from Clark.

“Every professional sport has a draft,” Manfred said. “It’s part of the normal economic system that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

Mike Trout: The brilliant $426.5m MLB star most Americans don’t know

A British take on Trout, including an interview with Jay Jaffe.  In which it is revealed that Trout’s favorite team as a child was the Yankees, proving that he isn’t perfect after all.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, marketing, mike trout

Tuesday, July 09, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-9-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 9, 1919:

Charles C. Cravath, the hard hitting outfielder, better known to baseball fame as “Gavvy,” was [yesterday] appointed manager of the Philadelphia National League baseball team after announcement was made…that John Coombs had resigned.
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It was said that when some of the players heard that Coombs was no longer to be manager of the team several of them said they would not play in [yesterday’s] game, but were prevailed upon by Coombs to change their minds.

“Cravath is my manager as long as he lives,” said [Phillies President William F. Baker] after [yesterday’s] game. “There is a man who will be a success.”

Cravath managed the Phillies through the end of the 1920 season, finishing with a career winning ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 09, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Generation OPS—How powerful young All-Stars are redefining the game

“If I wanted to hit .300, I’d hit .300,” Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said. “It’s an OPS game though. It’s about driving the baseball and getting on base, walks and extra-base hits. If it turned into an average game, I’d get the ball out of the air and hit line drives and hit .330.

“All the hitters care about now is OPS. We don’t care about batting average. Some guys do, I guess. Batting average is an old stat that doesn’t matter. It’s OPS, runs created, WAR. Look at Mike Trout’s numbers. There are guys that hit .340. Mike Trout is hitting, what, .300 on the dot? I’d rather have Mike Trout’s numbers with all the walks and the damage than the guy who hits .340 [with a bunch of singles]. It’s an OPS game.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2019 at 07:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: all stars, ops

Yankees, Red Sox poised to compete for Mets RHP Zack Wheeler | SNY

Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn’t a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

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