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Friday, November 25, 2016

Homegrown Cleveland Indians’ Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez long shots to enter Cooperstown together | cleveland.com

Roid rage, an outburst of temper, is a byproduct of steroid use. Belle was always mad at somebody. If he wasn’t cursing at reporters, he was taking a bat to the postgame meal or a teammate’s boom box. Fury always seemed to be close at hand with Belle.

After he retired, Belle was asked if he ever used steroids. He said simply, “No, I was just an angry black man.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians

MLB rosters should not be allowed to expand without restrictions | SI.com

Please give teams another option on the bench.

Baseball’s owners and players have talked about expanding rosters to 26 men as part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. If they do so without limitations on pitcher usage, it will be the worst thing to happen to the sport since Astroturf and threaten to end the game’s period of record growth.

I’ve been telling you for years that relief pitching is an internal threat to baseball’s appeal. The growing inventory of pitchers with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful

This photograph makes me so happy. It was taken at the White House, of course, on the day that 21 people received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I first saw it on Vin Scully’s Instagram page. I am thankful that Vin Scully has an Instagram page.

Joe Posnanski isn’t as generally revered here as he once was, but dude can write a personal essay.

frannyzoo Posted: November 24, 2016 at 10:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Arizona Diamondbacks trade Jean Segura to Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker

Mike Hazen’s reasons for the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mike hazen

Favorite Thanksgiving recipes around MLB | MLB.com

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! May your day be filled with laughter and love (and no political talk) this holiday!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: thanksgiving

D-backs trade for Mariners’ Taijuan Walker | MLB.com

Segura gets traded again.

Mike Hazen made his first trade as D-backs GM on Wednesday night, acquiring right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trade

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Miller—Going to WAR—The mystery of Robbie Ray

Speaking as someone who spent a couple years of his life working on a WAR system before WAR was cool, too many people put too much credence in WAR. Too many don’t put enough. It’s something nice to look at and works well for a lot of different questions. Despite what some think, even with the advances in technology, it will always be just a reflection of reality. And that’s OK.

“One might assume.” One might assume that, if Martin Perez’s WARs are 1.8, 1.8 and 1.9 (as they were in 2016), that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, robbie ray, sabermetrics, war

Heyman - Yankees Casting Wide Net On Free Agent Market

The Yankees are out there, waiting, planning.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Talks progressing between MLB, union with lockout deadline looming

Jayson Stark with some optimism.

Two sources who had spoken with both sides told ESPN.com on Wednesday that they now sense there is “a path to a deal,” following negotiations Tuesday that stretched into the night.

Owners and the players’ union have been hung up for weeks over several major issues, most notably an international draft, the elimination of draft-pick compensation for teams that sign free agents and a new luxury tax/revenue-sharing formula.

Owners had begun making preparations for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Arizona Fall League’s top 25 prospects in 2016 | MLB.com

Well, a comp like this will get your attention.

3. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Mesa (Cubs No. 2): Another precocious 19-year-old, Jimenez wasn’t as spectacular in Arizona as he was when he starred at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and won the Class A Midwest League MVP award this summer. Yet he still exhibited as high a power ceiling as any Fall Leaguer, with scouts comparing his upside with Giancarlo Stanton’s.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:46 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Watch the fastest baserunning of 2016 according to Statcast | MLB.com

Speedsters.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

The ugly, awful, violent, big-dollar world of illegally smuggling Cuban baseball players

On Monday morning, the government filed its witness list in the case of the United States of America vs. Bart Hernandez. Among the 77 men and women it hopes will testify in federal court are some of the most high-profile Cubans in baseball today, including Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. The smuggling of men like Abreu is the impetus behind the government’s prosecution of Hernandez, a longtime player agent now accused of trafficking baseball players from Cuba to the United States. ...

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Zach Posted: November 23, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, human trafficking

Thanks For The Memories Boston

Those are the things I am going to remember. In 50 years, when people say the name David Ortiz, I don’t care if people know my numbers. It would be great to be remembered as a Hall of Famer, but let me tell you what I really care about.…

I hope people remember me as a guy who brought people together and brought a lot of fun to the game.

This game is supposed to be fun, right?

I remember when I first came to this country, I noticed that in America, people only hug when bad things happen. ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 23, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: big papi, pedro, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-23-2016

Topeka State Journal, November 23, 1916:

Tyrus Cobb, the Detroit baseball star, has succumbed to alluring inducements of a motion picture company. The Georgian’s first film will soon be released, it is understood. According to trustworthy information, Tyrus gave the director very little trouble when the play—a baseball story—was being filmed, until he was asked to make love to the heroine. Cobb, it is claimed, absolutely refused to indulge in Graeco-Roman tactics, so that part of his performance ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb


Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: MLB’s Ongoing Search for Front Office Diversity

What it really comes down to, though, is why should they care? In many cases, the style of hiring that teams are used to has had decent-to-great results, with the best-case scenario being the two front offices that just made the World Series. As we discussed in our previous work, there are studies that suggest in the “outside” business world, increased diversity in the workplace does lead to higher success for the company, but there have been no such studies in the small and rarefied world ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diversity in baseball, front office

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Astros could be in market for another bat | MLB.com

“A lot of assumptions about health for next year, but if we’re healthy, we certainly have a solid, very good pitching staff that can get us where we need to go,” Luhnow said. “Adding Morton gave us some additional depth. We’re certainly in the market for another top-tier pitcher if it presents itself, but those are difficult trades to make. We’re looking, but nothing is imminent right now.”

Luhnow said signing Morton and trading for McCann were critical early moves because the Astros wanted ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

The Most Dominant Pitcher in the Minors* | FanGraphs Baseball

All hail, Jonathan Holder. Who?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Nationals poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove | New York Post

I guess they are waiting to move after the lockout.

Meanwhile, most big-market teams are moving slowly for two main reasons: 1) They want to see the rules in a new collective bargaining agreement, particularly when it comes to luxury-tax thresholds and penalties; 2) Many see a free-agent market saturated with bats and wonder whether patience will allow them to get a relative bargain later in the offseason with hitters who could not find a home at their expected prices.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Why Jorge Posada might not be long for Hall of Fame ballot | New York Post

Mostly, he could simply fall victim to an overcrowded ballot, on which voters only can select 10 players. Fifteen players return who received at least 7 percent of the vote, plus newcomers Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez should receive plenty of support. The ballot is mainly jammed because players associated with steroids, such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, linger and absorb plenty of votes, but not nearly the 75 percent needed to gain election.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jorge posada, yankees

Milwaukee becomes 12th tobacco-free park in MLB

The ordinance is one thing. Enforcement of the ordinance is something else again. How’s that going to work? People in the stands turning each other in for violations? Bad idea. Will the security personnel in the clubhouse now be charged with seeing which players have cans of dip in their lockers, or a chaw in their cheek?

There doesn’t seem to be any way that works well.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee, smokeless tobacco

Pablo Sandoval expected to get the first shot at third

Why wouldn’t he?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Texas Rangers: New Ranger Andrew Cashner on signing with Texas: It’s ‘the best culture in baseball’ | SportsDay

We’ll see how this deal works out.

Some players are better in certain situations than others, Daniels said. That is why the Rangers on Monday completed work on a one-year deal worth $10 million with free agent starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

It is, Daniels said, a good fit.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Report: Amazon wants to add live sports streams to Prime | Ars Technica

I’d be happy with being able to stream the MLB Network without a cable TV package. (Of course, I can’t even stream with Xfinity.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming, television

Cubs could add pitching in Kyle Schwarber deal | MLB.com

Is that the royal we?

It’s also why we propose something that will probably be considered akin to blasphemy on the North Side—the Cubs should at least consider exploring trades for Schwarber this offseason. Why? Because the Legend of Schwarber is at an all-time high, and the Value of Schwarber may never catch up.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Increased Bonus Pools Make More Sense Than International Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

Teams blast past their international pools but don’t blast past their First-Year Player Draft. Why? Although I can see how making the international pools higher could be a fix, I bet losing draft picks in the First-Year Draft besides losing future international pools would be an effective drag on international spending without introducing disincentives for international trainers.

Raising the bonus pools to $12 million each creates a bigger opportunity cost for teams that exceed their pool. If ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international draft

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Graham Womack: The 40 most important people in baseball history, ranked

“The greatest thing about baseball, perhaps, is its history. In nearly 150 years of play in leagues and informal competition that goes back further, many people have made baseball’s history what it is today.

“It’s not just players, but top executives, media members and even Supreme Court jurists helping craft baseball’s story….

“40. Theo Epstein…

“1. Babe Ruth”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 22, 2016 at 06:26 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball history

Sources: Baseball’s 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy.

The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

A lockout would put baseball’s business on hold, delaying free-agent signings and trades until a new agreement is reached. The winter meetings, a joint venture between the majors and minors ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: labor stoppage, rob manfred

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2016

Pittsburgh Press, November 22, 1916:

Bill Hanna has figured out that such evidence as is found in results obtained from figuring the run producing capabilities of the different National league teams in relation to base stealing and sacrifice hitting as contributory factors shows that sacrificing does more to promote scoring than the base stealing method. The Phillies, more industrious exponents of the sacrifice hit than the Giants, made more runs in proportion to hits than the Giants, who were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 22, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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