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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How the Pirates stole Roberto Clemente from the Dodgers

Holy cow, Clemente next to Willie Mays in the outfield?

The Dodgers signed Clemente 15 months after Campanis first saw him. By then, the Giants, Braves, Red Sox and Cardinals had also expressed interest, according to David Maraniss’ biography “Clemente.” The Braves were serious bidders, reportedly offering the largest bonus ($25,000 to $35,000). But Maraniss writes that Clemente wanted to play in New York, where he had friends and relatives in the growing Puerto Rican community there. From ...


Daily News Luipica out as Zuckerman swings ax.

The bloodbath has begun at the Daily News.

Long-time columnist Mike Lupica is among those who are heading out the door, as owner Mort Zuckerman desperately swings his cost-cutting ax, The Post has learned.

spanx for the memories Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: new york

A’s Call Up Barry Zito

So the A’s on Wednesday called up Barry Zito, their former ace and Cy Young winner, from Triple-A Nashville. Zito, 37, had hoped for an MLB comeback this season when he signed a minor-league deal with the A’s, the team that drafted him in the first round in 1999.

Instead, Zito spent the year in the minors. He was 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA, a solid contributor but not sparkling enough to warrant a big-league call-up. Until now, that is.

This is likely an MLB farewell for Zito. The A’s — with ...

Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, moneyball

Ward Melville grad Steven Matz putting in extra work to get ready for Yankees | Newsday

How simple of an adjustment is it?

Warthen is trying to fix a flaw in Matz’s delivery that is causing his elbow to drop, resulting in stress on the joint as well as his shoulder. Warthen said it’s a byproduct of trying to throw too hard—Zack Wheeler has the same issue—and because both pitchers have had Tommy John surgery, the less strain on the repaired elbow, the better.

“It puts an incredible amount of torque on your elbow or shoulder,” Warthen said. “So we worry about that.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 02:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

FiveThirtyEight: Jake Arrieta Is Not Your Normal Ace

An interesting observation on Arrieta as he takes a shot at being the first to win 20 this year.

Andere Richtingen Posted: September 16, 2015 at 12:12 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Mets Juggle Their Pitchers, and Warily Eye the Dodgers’ Strong Arms - The New York Times

“My #### doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. What happens after that is ####### luck.” — Billy Beane

“The one thing we cannot forget is we are in the pennant race,” Collins said. “We are at the end of the season. We do not need to be getting rid of our best pitchers and letting them sit on the side for a while. We need to get him rested up a little bit and get him ready for whatever happens.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, playoffs

5 MLB teams with offseason holes and in-season jackpots -

Getting lucky doesn’t hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, diamondbacks, giants, pirates, rangers

Esurance MLB Awards

Best Major Leaguer: Jake Arrieta, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel, Andrew McCutchen, David Price, Mike Trout, Joey Votto

Other votes, only first 3 of these and vote above are active atm: Best Everyday Player, Best Starting Pitcher, Best Rookie, Best Defensive Player, Best Breakout Player, Best Bounceback Player, Best Manager, Best Executive, Best Social Media Personality, Best Play Offense, Best Play Defense, Best ...

bbmck Posted: September 16, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, great baseball players, voting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-16-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 16, 1915:

Third baseman Red Smith of the Boston Braves ran into a pair of wallops on the jaw yesterday when he tangled with Umpire Byron at Chicago. Red had been riding the judge of play all during the afternoon and received a right and left to the jaw at the end of the battle. Byron has been in hot water all season, and a few weeks ago at St. Louis he had about 500 pop bottles tossed at him.

It’s not entirely clear those punches actually connected with Smith’s face, ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 16, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpshow

The Physics of Wind at the Remodeled Wrigley Field – The Hardball Times


In summary, the winds within Wrigley are far too fickle to address the question of changes in wind pattern due to the remodel. We can get an estimate of the effect of the left field video board from our knowledge of the aerodynamics of the flight of a baseball making the unrealistic assumption that the new board completely blocks the wind.

The maximum effect is about a 10 foot change in home run distance for winds directed in from or out to left field. It will be less for other wind ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, physics

Greg Holland battles declining velocity spin |

Mike Petriello has access that a lot of us would enjoy having. This article shows the value of the new age stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, royals

The New Kid | The Players’ Tribune

The original Matt Duffy describes his introduction to the major leagues. Casey McGehee sounds like a really great guy.

Before long, I realized that this — all of this — wasn’t just guys “being nice.” Instead, it was one of the very real secrets to the Giants’ success: That their young players adjust quickly to life in the big leagues. From rookie Buster Posey taking over the starting catcher’s job on the 2010 World Series team, to rookie Joe Panik playing unbelievably at second ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt duffy

Statcast examines Tuesday’s top plays |

That rare 9-3 groundout.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates

This land is Moreland: Texas overtakes Astros in West |

It’s a Texas-sized pennant race.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rangers

A’s tag Samardzija for 10 runs, trounce White Sox | Chicago Sun-Times

This is not the way to pitch for a big free agent payday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, white sox


From OMNICHATTER with Love

Gamingboy Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 245 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

West Palm Approves Site Plan for NatStros Spring Training Complex

Tom McNicholas, a representative for the teams, told the city commission the teams could not accept the conditions that city staff wanted. He said it will cost the teams $20 million to clear and prepare the 160-acre site, a former landfill south of 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Military Trail. “When we tell you we are having budget issues and we are running into problems, we really mean it,’’ he said.

Poor little rich kid. But it was unanimous vote so the teams have spent well ...

Bote Man Posted: September 15, 2015 at 08:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, nationals, spring training, stadium financing

Julio Franco update

The story Franco tells is that he’d like to spend the next 10 years managing in Japan, then 10 years managing in America, then three more years in a front office somewhere. At 80, he says, he’d be content to retire to a remote hillside somewhere, to grow his own food, make his own medicine and drink his matcha. The gap between that dream and this reality doesn’t seem to matter to him. He’s playing baseball.

bbmck Posted: September 15, 2015 at 05:33 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: julio franco, legend, manager

Wild West shows why it’s time for radical MLB realignment

The world should be ready, 18 years after Bud Selig put the idea forward, for baseball to have geographic realignment. Interleague play demystified the concept of every team playing against every other team, the game would benefit from adding intensity to the rivalries it has generated and, as a bonus, it would allow MLB to once and for all settle the designated hitter debate — if the majors are split into regions, there would be no more hand-wringing about ruining the sanctity of National ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 02:43 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rangers, realignment, rivalries, schedule

Tangled Up In Blue - The Jays pull away in the AL East

For most of last weekend’s four-game series between Toronto and New York, the different levels of the new plutocrat’s paradise in the Bronx were soaked pretty thoroughly in blue. There was singing and bell-ringing. Out on the field, there was a pretty decisive pounding handed out by the Jays and the likely end of the last pennant race in baseball.

Paul D(uda) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, yankees

Tossed: Court Dismisses Minor League Wage Increase

They should just play for the love of the game! Love of the game can pay the rent.

As I noted at the time the Miranda case was filed last year, the plaintiffs in the suit faced at least one major impediment in their attempt to challenge the minor league pay practices under the Sherman Act: baseball’s antitrust exemption. Indeed, soon after the case was filed, MLB filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit in light of its antitrust immunity.

Given that precedent, it should come ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 12:55 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-trust exemption, labor law, lawsuit, minor leagues

What’s a Most Valuable Player? – The Hardball Times

I agree 100% with Dave that context matters when we are talking about the MVP. As I’ve mentioned before on this site, WAR is a great overall stat. Other than a general ranking, it’s not something that people should be using in MVP arguments. Unfortunately, it’s also not perfectly suited for a “best player” arguments as well because, although it eliminates a certain amount of context, it doesn’t eliminate enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: most valuable player

Mets Fans Aren’t Imagining a Postseason Ticket Drought | VICE Sports

Oh boy. Is the team really this hard up for cash?

The Mets ticket sales department, being no dummies, have taken the team’s abrupt relevance as an opportunity to try to entice fans into putting down deposits on season plans for next year, with guaranteed 2015 postseason tickets as the carrot. In fact, they’re still doing so, helpfully telling fans who lost out in today’s NLDS ticket lottery that they can buy their way out of failure:

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, playoffs

What to watch for: Blue Jays have opportunity vs. Braves -

Right now the Braves are just dreadful. Will the Blue Jays take full advantage?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves

Stop Thinking Like a GM; Start Thinking Like a Player | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

OK, this is too long for me to read right now but a bunch of people on Twitter are saying nice things about it. A quick skim suggests they might be onto something.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Yoenis Cespedes is no one-man show, but with his flair for the bright lights, his amazing 2015 run and his ability to make everyone better, there is just something about the guy | FOX Sports

The latest Robothal.

Meanwhile, the next decision on Cespedes—the free-agent decision—will carry the biggest stakes yet.

One rival exec said he initially believed that Cespedes would command $80 million, but now believes that the outfielder’s contract will exceed $130 million.

A long, expensive deal could prove a mistake, considering that Cespedes turns 30 on Oct. 18. Then again, there is something about him, isn’t there?

Ask the 2014 Athletics. Ask the 2015 Mets.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-15-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 15, 1915:

John J. McGraw, according to a report current here today, can sign a five-year contract at $200,000, as manager of the club the Federal league proposes to install in New York next season. This sum is said to be exclusive of any stock propositions.
McGraw’s close friends are inclined to the belief, however, that the former’s two-year contract with the Giants will prove an obstacle in the path of the Feds in the event the veteran pilot agrees to talk ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, john mcgraw

Prince pulls Rangers closer to the top |

Look out, the Rangers are making their move.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, prince fielder, rangers



Gamingboy Posted: September 15, 2015 at 05:55 AM | 307 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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