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Friday, December 08, 2017

For Ex-Big Leaguers in Japan, Ohtani A Special But Not Invincible Talent | BaseballAmerica.com

OK, we’ve all seen a lot of coverage on Ohtani. One option I haven’t seen mentioned is, why not have him work out of the bullpen for the next year or two while giving your team some time to make a decision about the long-term value of his bat? I know there might be some issues getting him warmed up but, with his limited innings last year, it might be a workable idea that appeals to him in his quest to be a true two-way player.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

2017 Rule 5 Draft Preview V 1.1 | BaseballAmerica.com

1. Burch Smith, RHP, Rays
Smith missed all of 2015 and 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery but came back looking like the player who was once an intriguing prospect. Both at the end of the season at Triple-A Durham and in the Arizona Fall League, Smith sat 94-96 mph with his fastball, flashed a knee-buckling 74-76 mph curveball and showed a swing-and-miss 79-81 mph changeup. Though he’s 27 and has had serious arm health issues, Smith is major league ready and has the stuff to help a team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Report: Stanton trade list includes 4 teams | MLB.com

Maybe this info should have leaked out sooner. Maybe Jeter should have included Stanton in the process from the beginning.

On Thursday night, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Stanton is electing not to accept proposed deals to those two teams, both of which had previously worked out trade frameworks with Miami.

The report added Stanton would consider trades to the Dodgers or Yankees. Another report, from Craig Mish of SiriusXM, added the Cubs and Astros to the list of Stanton’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Why the Indians Need to Abolish the Word ‘Rebuild’

Is now really a time to be complaining about the Indians’ management?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2017

Washington Times, December 8, 1917:

Branch Rickey, president of the St. Louis Cardinals, through President Tener, of the National League, today issued a denial of a story…that he would suggest to the National League magnates that all their profits in 1918 should be given to the Government. Rickey says such action would be foolish, and that he is not yet a fool.

I wonder if that story was planted by Cubs owner Charles Weeghman, who (from what I can tell) absolutely did not get along with Rickey. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Heyman | The Upshot Of The Braves Penalties

A good rundown by Heyman.

2. THE 13 PLAYERS LET GO
All of these players will receive a fresh start and some an undeserved monetary boost since presumably at least a few were complicit in the shenanigans. Some are highly regarded and will turn out to be pretty good, so this definitely hurt the franchise (as do future penalties). Many believe infielder Kevin Maitan might need just that, as he didn’t perform to the level of his $4.25 million bonus.

The allegation was that the Braves agreed with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Here Are the Complete Front-Office Ratings | FanGraphs Baseball

Dan Duquette gets hosed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, polls

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mariners Acquire Gordon As Marlins Pick Up Trio Of Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Mariners acquire:

Dee Gordon, 2B/CF

Age: 29

A two-time all-star with the Dodgers and Marlins, Gordon will move to the outfield for the first time in his eight-year big league career in 2018. Gordon’s plus speed, which helped him to a major league-best 60 stolen bases last season, should help ease the transition, however. As long as Gordon proves he is capable of playing an average centerfield, his bat should help the Mariners immediately. Last season, the Mariners’ primary centerfielder ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2017 at 07:55 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, mariners, marlins, trades

If Sandy Koufax is a Hall of Famer, Johan Santana Is Too

Perhaps most importantly, enshrinement of Johan Santana would not open the floodgates for a parade of less-qualified players to enter. There are very few players who can argue that they fit the “Koufax Exception” to the Hall of Fame — let’s call it 50+ WAR, multiple Cy Young awards, and a career cut short by injury — who don’t probably otherwise deserve to be in the Hall of Fame anyway (looking at you, Curt Schilling and Kevin Brown). It wouldn’t apply to Orel Hershiser or ...

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thetailor (Brian) Posted: December 07, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Bill Liningston’s HOF Article

Last year Livingston sent in a blank ballot. As pointed out by Ryan Thibs, that is not abstaining…It’s voters like this who really diminish the professionalism of the vote.

TJ Posted: December 07, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Pioneer Press: Twins use international bonus money to acquire two minor-league prospects

The Twins were unable to make it to the final round in the competition for Shohei Ohtani, but they still found a way to capitalize on the mania surrounding the two-way Japanese sensation.

In separate trades announced Wednesday night, the Twins shipped $1 million of their remaining 2017-18 international bonus money to both the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels in exchange for promising 2017 June draftees.

Surprised more of the runners-up haven’t tried this.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-7-2017

New York Tribune, December 7, 1917:

Jack Dunn, president of the Baltimore International League club, is the first victim of a new baseball law which withholds the payment for minor league players till the time such actually report to major league purchasers.

Last fall the Red Sox purchased Bentley for a big price…Bentley has been caught in Uncle Sam’s draft, so that Dunn will lose both player and payment.

Aw, man, that sucks.

Anyway, Jack Bentley had a weird career. He came up as an ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 07, 2017 at 10:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Stanton…

Evans confirmed the Giants came to terms with the Marlins on a trade for Stanton that has contingencies, including the right fielder approving it. The Giants and Cardinals have been the most aggressive pursuers, though it’s believed Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, is holding out for his hometown Dodgers to engage in serious talks.

No details on what would be going to the Marlins.

Greg Pope Posted: December 06, 2017 at 05:33 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, giants, ohtani

Fan front office approval ratings are higher than ever. | Sports on Earth

And fans have noticed. On Tuesday, Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan wrote a post asking his readers to vote on whether or not they thought their favorite team’s front office was “very good,” “good,” “average,” “bad” or “very bad.” I don’t have any data from polls 20 years ago, but there is no way such a poll would have been nearly as positive as this one. Let’s go under the presumption that any team that has 51 percent or more of its fans at least calling its front office “average” or better is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Rosenthal: He’s 53 and hasn’t played in the majors since 2005, but Rafael Palmeiro is eyeing a comeback, and redemption – The Athletic

You don’t need to get beyond the payroll.

As crazy as it sounds, Palmeiro is thinking about trying to return to the majors. Part of his motivation stems from his belief that he can still help a club. Part of it stems from the way his career ended in disgrace, with teams shunning him after he was suspended in August 2005 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

“There’s no doubt in my mind I can do it,” says Palmeiro, who ended his career as one of five players to reach both ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 11:52 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, rafael palmeiro

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-6-2017

Wsahington Times, December 6, 1917:

Enraged at constantly recurring stories from Chicago that have Charlie Weeghman, the Cubs’ president, buying this Cardinal and that one, President Rickey slammed Weeghman right on the beezer today.

“I’m tired of this chatter about buying my players,” said Rickey, frothing at the mouth, “and especially tired of Mr. Weeghman’s hot air. He did make a conditional offer for Hornsby, but it was so ridiculous that I gave it no attention. He can’t buy Hornsby from ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 06, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees would be wise to acquire Kyle Schwarber to fill DH role - NY Daily News

Wishcasting.

So how about Dellin Betances and Chance Adams for Schwarber?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, yankees

Alex Cora’s outburst with broadcaster a footnote or an omen?

Why is this coming out now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, astros, red sox

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

THT - A Special Revenge for Luis Tiant

Alfonso Tusa shares fond memories from winter ball in 1971.

Between the remote scents of the sea breeze and the countryside freshness coming from the oaks and wild flowers, Dad insisted to know what a no-hit, no-run game was about. I tried with all my efforts to find a situation related to Dad’s everyday routine to make the explanation easier. He pressed his cigarette against the ashtray and raised the radio’s volume. “After eight complete frames this game is still 3-0. Now Tiant stops by ...

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villageidiom Posted: December 05, 2017 at 05:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, boston red sox, cuban players, luis tiant, red sox, winter leagues

The 2018 Hall of Fame Election Forecast - Bill Deane

Bill Deane’s annual predictions. He picks three - RTFA to find out who.


Where The Former Braves Prospects Are Signing | BaseballAmerica.com

Maitan signs with the Angels.

Kevin Maitan, ss – Angels, $2.2 million (Braves bonus: $4.25 million)

 

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2017 at 03:06 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2017

New York Sun, December 5, 1917:

John K. Tener, president of the National League, yesterday announced his opposition to an eighteen player limit for the duration of the war, as suggested by August Herrmann, chairman of the National Commission.
...
According to Chicago advices, President Johnson of the American League also is in favor of an eighteen player limit, and intends to recommend such a limit to his club owners next week.
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“I am against any reduction to eighteen players,” said [Tener] ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 05, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 04 December 2017: Baseball group accused of ‘united front’ tactics

New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said that the baseball association should bear the brunt of the blame for letting Taiwanese players become political tools in China’s “united front” strategy and for giving Chinese media an opportunity to promote the “both sides of the Strait are one family” view without restraint.

China is not a top-tier nation in baseball and positive effects on Taiwanese baseball from the tournament would be limited, Hsu said.

The Chinese ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: December 05, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 1746 comment(s)
  Beats: china, politics, taiwan

MLB Pipeline’s 2018 Top Draft Prospects list | MLB.com

Top 2018 DRAFT PROSPECTS
Rank Player, Pos.
1 Brady Singer, RHP
2 Ethan Hankins, RHP
3 Matthew Liberatore, LHP
4 Nolan Gorman, 3B
5 Shane McClanahan, LHP
6 Nander De Sedas, SS
7 Brice Turang, SS
8 Casey Mize, RHP
9 Ryan Rolison, LHP
10 Jackson Kowar, RHP

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, December 04, 2017

Voting panel released for Modern Baseball Era Ballot

The 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate charged with the review of the Modern Baseball Era features Hall of Fame members George Brett, Rod Carew, Bobby Cox, Dennis Eckersley, John Schuerholz, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount; major league executives Sandy Alderson (Mets), Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Bob Castellini (Reds), Bill DeWitt (Cardinals) and David Glass (Royals); and veteran media members/historians Bob Elliott, Steve Hirdt and Jayson Stark.


Cahal Kelly: Metrics Supplant Managers

The onus moved from learning the game’s codes and secret handshakes to understanding spreadsheets and numbers.

(An extreme example of this is an Azerbaijani soccer team, FC Baku. Five years ago, it hired a 21-year-old to run its player-acquisition set-up. His chief competency? Being very good at the video game Football Manager.)

The effect of metrics on hiring has been slowly (and now rapidly) trickling down. A manager is no longer a teacher. He doesn’t need an intimate knowledge of the ...

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fra paolo Posted: December 04, 2017 at 04:40 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, metrics, yankees

Heyman | Shohei Ohtani Down To 7 Teams

With the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes recently picking up some serious steam, a source close to the situation has now informed FanRag Sports that the Japanese phenom has narrowed down his list of potential suitors to seven teams. Ohtani is still considering the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2017 at 02:10 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-4-2017

Ogden Standard, December 4, 1917:

George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, attended the state fair in Macon, Ga., recently and carried off ten prizes with the Shorthorn cattle from his Haddock plantation. On the way home from the fair Stallings was arrested for speeding and was fined $25.

He must have been really mooving.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 04, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Shohei Ohtani won’t sign with New York Yankees | MLB.com

This is a shocker.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2017 at 06:32 PM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, yankees

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2017 - January 2018)

December 29   8:30 PM  Cotton Bowl            USC v. Ohio State

December 30   4:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Penn State v. Washington
              8:00 PM  Orange Bowl            Wisconsin v. Miami

January 1     1:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Central Florida v. Auburn
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Georgia v. Oklahoma
              8:45 PM  Sugar Bowl             Alabama v. Clemson

January 8     8:00 PM  Championship Game      Rose winner v. Sugar winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 03, 2017 at 03:09 PM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

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