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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The Blue Jays bought, the Tigers sold and the Mets couldn’t make up their mind. Baseball’s trade deadline, which passed last Friday afternoon, is all about balancing the present against the future. Whether they’re buyers or sellers (or just renters), all deadline-dealers have to evaluate both their World Series chances for the current season and where they will be in the “success cycle” going forward. Blunders in either type of assessment can haunt a franchise for years.
It’s a lot ...
General manager Sandy Alderson chose to believe in his team and made moves that reflect his confidence. Now the Mets have a golden opportunity in front of them and a chance to amend some recent history. Ricco recalled the Mets’ collapse in 2007, when they dropped two of three at home to the last-place Marlins with the playoffs on the line in the season’s final weekend.
Still, Ricco said, “It’s better than the opposite.”
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:38 PM | 38 comment(s)
Next stop, Toronto?
The Detroit Tigers today announced that assistant general manager Al Avila has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, replacing Dave Dombrowski in a stunning move this afternoon.
Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and will report directly to team owner Mike Ilitch.
“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a released statement. “Together, ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 04:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
His career Wins Above Replacement, according to BaseballReference.com, is 36th all time at 80.7. That places him fifth among all third basemen. Only Hall of Famers are ahead of him: Mike Schmidt (106.5), Eddie Mathews (96.4), Wade Boggs (91) and Brooks Robinson (88.4).
His career WAR is higher than a long list of Hall of Famers, including Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.
Counting the players who spent most of their time at third base, Beltre is fifth all-time in ...
The wrinkle in the waiver system is that a team with no intention of acquiring a player can put in a waiver claim, forcing his team to pull him back and ending the possibility of him being traded. The waiving team can simply let the player go for nothing – the Devil Rays stuck the Yankees with Jose Canseco this way in 2000 — but most often, it’s used as a blocking tool.
As a result, the players who get through waivers tend to be ones with unmanageable contracts. With the way the market ...
Does this make Ruben a tenth level or eleventh level genius?
“This was as well prepared as we’ve been,” Amaro said. “There were no shortage of suitors, and when you’re talking about five or six teams to cover all those players and all those prospects … we started to target some of those guys during the offseason. The scouting and the addition of the analytics portion of these evaluations put us in the best position to be ready to make the trades.”
Quality is key. Some folks considered the ...
The three games for hitting a guy in the leg?
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Despite the loss, Tiffany was still overjoyed. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Tiffany, who said she wanted to barf from excitement:
“I tried to keep it together the best I could. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I believed it until he got on deck and got ready to hit. Then it was, ‘My goodness, it’s actually going to happen.’
“I’m still in disbelief. It was all the emotions all at once. It was so ...
Even with incentives added, Lackey is pitching for about one-tenth of the $15.25 million he made last year because of a contract option clause that said he would play for the minimum if he ever missed a season because of injury.
That clause was exercised this year, and Lackey is a potential free agent after the season, having stated he wants to play two more years.
I thought he was going to retire?
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
An interview with Bill James.
When Atlanta Braves pitcher David Aardsma hopped a ball to the plate in the eighth inning Monday night, Pierzynski turned in one of the most shameless sell jobs you’ll ever see from a catcher. He framed up the pitch like it were a strike, held it there to show the ump and looked at him like, “come on, this is totally a strike.”
The Rangers third baseman hit for the third cycle of his career, becoming just the fourth major leaguer ever to do it that many times, and the first since Babe Herman in 1933.
The other players to get a single, double, triple and home run in one MLB game on three occasions were Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Don’t let it go to his head.
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
So, you want to be a sports agent. Really?
The session in Steinberg’s hometown was so well received that they added sessions in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Miami for this year.
“There is no programs in college that focus on preparing you to be a sports agent,” said Cabott, who graduated from La Salle and then got his J.D. from the Widener School of Law in 2005. “These people will learn more about being an agent in one day with [Steinberg] than in an entire semester in a sports ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
You can read part one at the link! Part 2 is also online.
This little book was issued in 1995 as part of the Penguin 60s series–celebrating Penguin’s 60th anniversary with 60 titles by its authors over the years. The 60 for the UK were somewhat different (a book about baseball would have made little sense across the pond, even though the Brits were first to play the game). I was pleased to be included among the 60 for North America, however, as it placed me in the company of my betters, from ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
The Athletics haven’t had an All-Star second baseman since 1976. Who was it? Read the article.
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 71 comment(s)
New York is Wilmer Flores’ oyster.
Flores is now more than simply numbers on a page, he is becoming the heart of the franchise. David Wright is still the soul, but he’s never really been an overly emotional guy, except during a press conference earlier this year regarding his unknowable future dealing with spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, Flores is like the kid brother every teammate and fan never quite had. Not only did he show that he wants to be here with his emotions, but he also showed that he ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
Michael Morse had already bought a ticket to Los Angeles. His things were in transit and he was at the airport. Then he heard from his agents: His destination had changed.
“I couldn’t be more excited, especially with this clubhouse, especially with the guys, the coaching staff,” Morse said. “For me, it’s like winning the lotto.”
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
He was reduced to scrambling for a way to get out his own message Saturday after the Herald had learned Sam Kennedy will be replacing him as president of the Red Sox. None of this happened on Lucchino’s terms, and he said so himself in the statement that was released Sunday:
“We would have preferred to announce all of our transition plans at once, including my new role,” read the statement, “but I can tell you we all feel strongly that Sam Kennedy, who has been with me for 20 years, ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
There isn’t a lot of daylight between Jon Gray and Henry Owens, and neither is coming into a great situation for a pitcher. They’re also very different, in that the lefty Owens has two non-fastballs that should help his average velocity work, while Gray is a big velocity righty with a tight slider and a changeup with great fade but not much drop. Gray’s command might be better, but if you’re temped to move him ahead of Owens, you always have to remember that home park. At least Gray ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
Utilizing the five two-sample t-tests, there is evidence at the proposed α = .05 significance level, but not at α = .01, that Latino players are less disciplined hitters than are American players and swing at a higher percentage of pitches outside the strike zone. However, this undisciplined approach works for players from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as they more often successfully make contact with those outside pitches. The term ‘less ...
Pittsburgh Press, August 4, 1915:
Herb [sic] Shocker’s good pitching this season is attracting attention. Barney Dreyfuss, president of the Pittsburg club, in the National league, especially, is very keen to see Shocker in action and he has arranged to have his scouts look the youngster over. In fact, the owner of the Pirates intimates that he may have Shocker report to Manager Clarke, as the Ottawa club feels it will be able to let him go.
The “Journal” says: “Dreyfuss would like to have him, ...
Of course, if managers stopped managing for the save, the criteria for getting paid would be based more on actual performance and impact on wins than a show stat.
Matheny said Sunday it’s appealing, but the save stat cannot be ignored.
“You want to be respectful, too, to what these guys are trying to do individually,” Matheny said. “For us as a team to move forward certain things need to happen and a lot of times it’s trying to create an atmosphere where each of these guys are able to ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
Barry Svrluga was the first beat writer covering the Nationals for the Washington Post wayyyyy back in 2005.
But what we learned over the weekend is that the Nats fan base hasn’t flushed October, and if another October rolls around, the manager will be watched — and closely. Maybe it’s part of Washington becoming a baseball town again, because it clearly isn’t enough to be in first place and just turn your attention to Redskins training camp when the baseball team goes awry. And maybe ...
Maybe someone will make a movie?
Mike Hessman’s dedication to playing professional baseball never resulted in an extended stay in the major leagues, and it looks like it never will. However, that dedication paid off Monday night, as the 37-year-old broke a noteworthy minor-league record that had stood for almost 80 years. Playing for the Toledo Mud Hens, Hessman hit a grand slam for his 433rd career home run in the minors. That topped the career total of Russell “Buzz” Arlett, who played ...
Monday, August 03, 2015
At the start of the season, a player making $7 million and winning his team one more game than a replacement player would might appear to have a marginal value of $0. That is to say he’s payed exactly what he’ll likely produce, on average. But at the trade deadline, context is important. A team that knows that his one extra win might push them into the playoffs might actually value his contributions at $15 million, while a team that knows that his one extra win will push get them to 75 wins ...
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 03:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
Some trade deadline perspective from Stan Kasten, a guy who has been around forever.
“Every stock that has ever been sold in the history of the world has been sold by someone who thought it was going down to someone who thought it was going up,” Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “It’s always a function of an intersection of needs and plans.”
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 6 comment(s)
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