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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Sonny Gray and the Collective Bargaining Agreement

tl;dr Changes in rules force changes in behavior of the bottom-dwelling Oakland Athletics.

Here’s why: in previous CBAs, teams shared 20-34% of local revenues with each other equally. In the 2011, CBA, they decided to only distribute revenue sharing to the smallest 15 markets. But an exception was made for the A’s, because Oakland is actually one of the 15 largest markets. The 2011 CBA lets the A’s to collect revenue sharing as long as they were still in the Coliseum. In the latest CBA ...

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Bote Man Posted: August 03, 2017 at 10:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cba, finances, sonny gray, stadium issues

Presidential bid didn’t work out, but how about Ambassador Jamie McCourt?

Jaime McCourt and her ex-husband leveraged the Dodgers, splitting the team ownership into multiple legal entities for the purpose of drawing money out of the team for personal use. They then used bankruptcy to clear liabilities and sold the team for a huge personal profit. She’ll fit right in with this administration.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 03, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, donald trump, mccourt

Report: Red Sox ownership forbade Dombrowski from trading top prospects at deadline | WEEI

Two teams that dealt with the Red Sox leading up to the deadline got the distinct impression Dombrowski was not in a position to include any of the Red Sox’ top prospects in any deals. And, indeed, another industry source confirmed Red Sox’ upper management and ownership made it clear to Dombrowski the organization’s premier prospects were not to be dealt.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 02:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox


Aaron Judge’s simple explanation for slump | New York Post

He’s human?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

OT - August/September 2017 College Football thread

In the first week of August a sports information director’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of polls.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 03, 2017 at 01:05 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Heyman: Winners and non-winners from MLB trade deadline

The Houston Astros are getting considerable heat for doing next to nothing at the deadline, and according to sources it’s true that a deadline-day agreement they had with just the sort of left-handed bullpen star they need – with Baltimore for star closer Zach Britton – was cancelled by the Orioles, as is their right.

While Orioles higherups are staying quiet and making no alibis about their quirky calls to buy rather than sell when they don’t appear to be a clear contender, Astros ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 12:32 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, orioles, zach britton

Joey Gallo hit homers over the batter’s eye in Texas on back-to-back nights | MLB.com

Joey Gallo is one freaky dude. Check out this stat line:

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 12:30 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Dodgers, Astros redefining starter use—and winning

Why? Because as we saw last October, when the games really begin to matter, the traditional roles go out the window. “Starters” and “relievers” don’t matter nearly so much as “pitchers” do, because it’s simply about getting 27 outs as effectively as possible. More and more, that means starters leaving early and relievers coming in often, rather than having one pitcher turn over a lineup several times—because such a strategy no longer correlates as well to actually winning games as well as it ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, starter usage, third time through the order

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-3-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 3, 1917:

George Kelly, the 21-year-old utility player of the New York Giants, was purchased by the Pirates last night, according to an announcement made by Pittsburgh officials.

Kelly will probably get a chance today to play first base for Bezdek’s club…The rangy player had little chance of landing a regular job with the Giants on account of the surplus of high-grade talent which surrounds John J. McGraw.

High Pockets got into eight games with the Pirates, who ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Dan Duquette explains the Orioles’ frequent trades of interational signing bonus slots

“We’ve been utilizing the international slot money to help us acquire some pitching to help our team,” Duquette said. “A lot of the other clubs will invest it in pitching to help us in the future or players to help us in the future. We use it to try to strengthen our pitching staff now while we have a window of opportunity with the position players we have here. That’s just utilizing a trade resource to impact your team now rather than three, four, five years down the road.” ...Read More...


Fangraphs: Lars Anderson Discovers Japan

I loved everything about this article. The umpires, the practice players, Manny Ramirez givin’ out nicknames.

“What is lacking in profanity between umpires and players is made up for by the music that is played during batting practice and the game. Apparently, all of the music with English lyrics is unedited.
 
“The other day, they played Eminem’s seminal hit, ‘My Name Is.’ This track was pre-sobriety Eminem, when his work delighted the kids while horrifying the parents. The song ...

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villageidiom Posted: August 02, 2017 at 04:49 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball, japan, japanese baseball, lars anderson

The Kid Who Didn’t Die At Riverfront Stadium

On April 22, 1981, an Ohio teenager named Randy Kobman skipped school to go to Riverfront Stadium to see the Cincinnati Reds play the Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Reds slugger George Foster fouled a pitch from Gaylord Perry into the grandstands behind home plate. The ball caromed off the the press box and headed back toward the field. Kobman, sitting in the front row of seats in the stadium’s second deck, moved toward the aisle to make a play for the bouncing ball. He ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2017 at 04:35 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Bill James: Career Won-Lost Record

The purpose of this research is to try to get a clear answer to this question:  Over the course of a substantial career, does a pitcher’s won-lost record become a reasonably reliable measurement of how good he really was?  In other words, we know that in a single season, a pitcher can pitch extremely well and be stuck with a won-lost record of 12-15, just because his team doesn’t score runs for him, while another pitcher—a teammate even—might pitch not as well, but might wind up with ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 02, 2017 at 01:54 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, kill-the-win


Pudge’s induction, voting debates and more: A Q&A with National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson

“Writers have done a very good and discerning job of making sure those that are in that gallery of plaques belong there. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anybody in that gallery that doesn’t belong, but you surely can find people on the outside for whom you can make the case.”

DanG Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, jeff idelson, pudge rodriguez

A-Rod Donates $25 Million To Be Displayed In Glass Case In Baseball Hall Of Fame

the authentic cashed game checks will be displayed inside a protective glass case within the museum’s Baseball Timeline Wing beside an interactive screen that lets guests compare the size of Rodriguez’s salary to their own.

DanG Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, hall of fame, the onion

The Complicated Life and Death of Hideki Irabu

No one had noticed anybody come or go for days when, just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, a man emerged from a tidy three-bedroom house near the end of a cul-de-sac in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. His screams pierced the suburban idyll of the affluent neighborhood, with its hilltop homes and panoramic views up toward Los Angeles and out over the Pacific. Deputies from the L.A. County sheriff’s department arrived quickly. In one of the bedrooms, they found the friend the man had come ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: death, hideki irabu, japanese baseball, yankees

Sports talk host Michael Felger is brash and cranky, but we can’t stop listening - The Boston Globe

Ah, some of us can. This show is all that is bad about sports talk radio.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: radio, red sox

Roster maneuvering would give Yankees ideal rotation setup | New York Post

Six starters isn’t a good idea.

Because these Yankees, as they try to capture their first American League East title since 2012, will be best served with a six-man rotation as long as all six of their current options remain healthy. Actually, going with six represents the Yankees’ optimal likelihood of keeping all six guys, not a one of whom lacks concern about either health or innings limits, active and productive.

“In theory, it sounds great,” Girardi said before the Yankees fell short ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Andrew Benintendi, one year later: How Boston Red Sox stud OF has managed peaks and valleys since MLB debut | masslive.com

Since April, Benintendi has been a first-hand witness to the growing pains of the majors.

The 23-year-old hasn’t been able to find a groove at the plate all season, hitting .204 in May, .295 in June, then .222 in July.

“I feel like this year especially it’s been more frustrating because obviously these pitchers have got a scouting report on me and I’ve got one on them and it’s just this game of going back and forth,” Benintendi said. “Definitely still learning how people try to pitch me and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Texas Rangers: Does road the Rangers appear to be heading down lead to the eventual departure of Adrian Beltre? | SportsDay

“Yes, it absolutely would change my mind,” Beltre said Tuesday before the Rangers hit three long home runs and still lost 8-7 to Seattle. “At this stage of my career, I’m not here for a rebuild. But I don’t think it will be. I think there is a possibility of this team playing better this year. I’m still focused on this year and don’t want to think about it right now, but it would change things for me.”

General manager Jon Daniels said bluntly Tuesday that Beltre need not worry.

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 09:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-2-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 2, 1917:

Dr. Richard C. Hoblitzel, first baseman of the Boston American League baseball team, has volunteered and undergone examination for a commission in the dental reserve corps, it was announced today. Dr. Hoblitzel said he was uncertain when he was likely to be called.

Just your everyday “quality starting first baseman in his late 20s going to France to be a military dentist” story.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 02, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Must C: Jackson robs homer | MLB.com

They don’t get better than this.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 09:29 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: austin jackson, indians, red sox, video

Mariners hang on in Texas to win 4th straight | MLB.com

The first home does seem understated at 465 feet.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, videos

Jeff Passan Interview with Doug Gottlieb | FOX Sports Radio

Don’t look into the light. Things were not good between them on Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: trolling

Tuesday, August 01, 2017



Hochman: Molina posts another Instagram message, Internet responds | Benjamin Hochman | stltoday.com

Tell me again about Matheny being secure in his position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 01:53 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2017

Pittsburgh Press, August 1, 1917:

Ping Bodie says he was chatting with [Walter] Johnson one day and remarked that if Johnson would fire one every now and then close to the batter’s skull, few would stay up to the plate and try to get a hit. This is what Johnson said:

“No, Ping; I never tried to hit any batter, and I never will. The minute any manager tries to get me to hurl one at a batter’s head, that quick I will cut that team. If I cannot beat them honestly, I will lose.”

Between Johnson and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 01, 2017 at 12:03 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dugout, history, walter johnson

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