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Monday, November 14, 2016

Best Statistical Non-MVP seasons – The Hardball Times

Number one.

1941 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox LF: 11.0 WAR; 143 G; 135 R; 37 HR; 2 SB; .406 AVG; .553 OBP; .735 SLG; .568 wOBA; 221 wRC+; -8.8 DEF
Williams’ 1941 campaign was one of the greatest in baseball history. Seventy-five years later, Williams is still the last player ever to hit .400 in a full season. He cemented the feat by going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader on the last day of the season. Aside from batting average, he also led the majors in WAR, runs, home runs, walks, on-base ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, mvp

Baseball’s qualifying offer system as we know it needs to end | FOX Sports

So, let me get this straight, 10 players received qualifying offers this year. 10. So Kenny thinks it’s much better to screw over all international free agents in order to help 10 players? That doesn’t seem like a nice big-picture solution. Wouldn’t it be better for the players to concede on another issue to get this changed?

The owners will want significant concessions from the players to effectively grant them unrestricted free agency, something that never has existed in baseball. Well, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Why Gary Sanchez has real shot to be named Rookie of the Year | New York Post

I would have voted for Fulmer.

The Baseball Writers Association of America’s “Awards Week” kicks off with the announcement of the Rookies of the Year. Whereas the National League honor figures to go unanimously to Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the American League trophy is up for grabs between Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, whom the Mets traded to Detroit for Yoenis Cespedes on July 31, 2015.

Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin is the third finalist for the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gary sanchez, rookie of the year, yankees

Carlos Beltrán Reaches a Bunch of Milestones, Chris Archer and James Shields Just Miss Losing 20, Chase Utley Goes the Entire Season Without Grounding into a Double Play and Other Statistical Tidbits of 2016

Beltrán’s strong hitting in 2016 was key for the veteran as achieving 400 home runs, 2,500 hits, 1,500 RBI, and 1,500 runs will help him garner votes with the more traditional/old school Hall of Fame electorate who favor round milestones over analytical value.  Moreover, at season’s end, Beltrán sat at an impressive 70.4 Wins Above Replacement and 36.4 Wins Above Average for his career, so he will undoubtedly draw strong support from younger, more sabermetrically-inclined voters as well.  ...

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Saunders: Bud Black certain he can work, thrive with Rockies’ front office

Given that history, I pulled Black aside after his introductory news conference. I asked: “The last two managers left with hard feelings between them and the front office. I assume you would not have taken this job if you were not in concert with Jeff Bridich, correct?”

Black answered: “I had not met Jeff before. I hadn’t met with (assistant GM of player personnel) Jon Weil, (owner) Dick Monfort or (assistant GM of baseball operations) Zack Rosenthal. But it was a great dialogue, it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks’ winter spending could be limited

A team can’t sign expensive free agents every year?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

For Red Sox, extending young stars now could prove fruitful down the road

I’d rather have the Sox spend money locking up their young core than pick up a pricey new DH.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB award winners: Previewing the week ahead | MLB.com

Interesting week of award announcement coming. Will Mike Trout win the AL MVP?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

MLB Hot Stove: Here are the hot-button items during ongoing CBA talks - CBSSports.com

I can’t see how a deal doesn’t get done. I’m sure the deal will screw over international players.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Sunday, November 13, 2016


The Undefeated: Marannis: No Gentle Saint—Roberto Clemente Was a Fierce Critic of Both Baseball and American Society

Marannis:

In its effort to adjust to the times, baseball is being shaped today by two trends that sometimes work at cross-purposes.  One is the demand by many ballplayers that they be allowed to express their individuality and not be forced to conform to old-school baseball conventions…

The other trend is the evangelism of analytics. I’m an agnostic when it comes to this religion. I have nothing against using statistical analysis to figure out the best way to win, for each at-bat and over ...

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Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: November 13, 2016 at 09:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Braves sign Jordan Walden to a minor league deal; possibly predicted by Henry David Thoreau.

“Whether he finally survived that combat, and spent the remainder of his days in some Hotel des Invalides, I do not know; but I thought that his industry would not be worth much thereafter.“

While I’m excited about Walden’s return to the Atlanta organization, the last place he had considerable success, I urge caution. Shoulder strains and injuries can be bad news, and they often portend the beginning of the end of a career. While none of us want that for Jordan, it can’t be ruled out ...

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Jervis Posted: November 13, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, jordan walden

Cody Bellinger continues power display in AFL - True Blue LA

I’m a big believer in Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, dodgers, prospects

Nick Cafardo: CBA stalemate could hinder MLB’s big-ticket free agents

GMs need to know what the the luxury tax threshold is going to be. This, Cubs stuff, and a bunch of tidbits.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, notes

Sunday Notes: Awards Voting, Benintendi, Beresford, Kuhl, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Every draft contains decisions gone awry. Some prospects flop. Others simply fail to attain the same level of success as players taken with subsequent picks. Mike Trout was famously bypassed by 21 teams in 2009, with the Nationals and Diamondbacks each missing a pair opportunities to grab the future superstar.

Things didn’t go much better for Arizona the next two years. In 2010, they took Barrett Loux with the sixth pick when they could have had Matt Harvey, Chris Sale or Christian Yelich. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, notes

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tom Grieve on analytics in the 80s. | MLB.com

MLB.com: You had an analytics guy in your front office in the 1980s.
Grieve: Yes, Craig Wright. He really was the trailblazer. Actually, he was hired in 1981, when Eddie Robinson was the general manager, Joe Klein was the farm director, and I was the assistant farm director. It was before anyone knew what sabermetrics [were]. Craig was well accepted by our manager, Bobby Valentine, and the pitching coach, Tom House.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabermetrics

Low-cost alternatives to high-cost free agents | MLB.com

You might want that Lexus but how about this used Yugo instead?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

A History of the MLBPA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement: Part 3 – The Hardball Times

Mark and Dan finish up. You can read part 1 and part 2.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Friday, November 11, 2016

Phillies acquire Howie Kendrick in trade | MLB.com

They believe they found one Friday. The team announced it had traded Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney to the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick. Kendrick, 33, will be the team’s everyday left fielder, although he spent the majority of his 11-year career at second base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 09:18 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, howie kendrick, phillies, trades

International Draft Is About Money, Not Balance Or Transparency | BaseballAmerica.com

Truth. I can’t help but think baseball will get some negative unintended consequences from the change.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: international draft

Rich Hill leads return of curveball pitchers | MLB.com

Curving pitchers into quality hurlers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, statcast

Theo Epstein has ‘no doubt’ Jason Heyward will fix offense in offseason - Chicago Tribune

Epstein said at the general managers meetings this week he has “no doubt (Heyward) will address it” and praised the way he handled the season-long slump.

“He never backed down from his struggles, and a lot of players with the performance he had after signing a big contract would have found their way to the disabled list or found their way to avoid the big moment,” Epstein said. “Instead, he was fully engaged with his teammates and even assumed the leadership position at the very end. So that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:02 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward, theo epstein

Blue Jays To Sign Kendrys Morales

The Blue Jays have struck a deal to sign free agent DH Kendrys Morales, as first reported on Twitter by Chris Meola and as Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. The contract will reportedly cover three years and guarantee Morales $33MM.

Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone Posted: November 11, 2016 at 04:55 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, kendrys morales, royals

Braves reportedly sign former Mets hurler Bartolo Colon

40-year olds are the new market inefficiency!

The Atlanta Braves are wasting no time in filling the openings they have in their starting rotation. Just one day after they signed veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the Braves have reportedly done the same thing with veteran New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon, pending a physical….

Colon made 33 starts in 2016, pitching to a 3.43 ERA and coming just short of 200 innings. Jon Heyman says the Mets are “disappointed” they couldn’t reach a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 11, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves

Report: Blue Jays sign Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., to a multi-year deal, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the deal is for seven years and $22 million.

The 23-year-old Gurriel Jr., who stands at six-foot-four, 205 lbs., can play middle infield as well as the outfield. He practised in those spots during a September showcase in front of scouts in Panama.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 11, 2016 at 02:11 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cuban free agents, lourdes gurriel

Joe Buck on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (click to 27:00 for the segment)

Slow baseball news week, so let’s chat with Joe Buck.  He’s on the show to plug a book, but I found this interesting to watch.  I’ve never really seen Buck outside of his solemn game announcing duty mode.  He’s actually quite a bit more lively and personable and wisecracking than you might expect.  (His voice is still grating, though.)

Karl from NY Posted: November 11, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, fox, joe buck, nbc

Baseball’s new breed of GM: Young, analytical, Ivy-bred

What’s the next zag?

“When people begin to value players much more similarly across the industry, the ability to find value disappears or greatly decreases,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “There’s no question that teams are looking at player evaluation much more similarly than they were five years ago.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

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

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 11, 1916:

Fritz Maizel [sic], third sacker of the New York Yankees, while out gunning today for rabbits…with his brothers, Ernest and George, the latter of the Montreal team of the International League, accidentally shot Ernest in the face. Ernest fell to the ground at the crack of the gun, and when Fritz and George reached his side, they found that a dozen or more shots had been imbedded [sic] in his cheek. Shot penetrated the lower eyelid and it is feared ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 11, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The 2016 Ultimate MLB Free-Agent Tracker

It’s the ultimate.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Military benefited Seaver, Bumbry, Gleason | MLB.com

Thanks to all the vets for making the commitment to something bigger than themselves. Your commitment and sacrifices are very much appreciated.

Playing Major League Baseball isn’t the only thing Tom Seaver, Al Bumbry and Roy Gleason have in common. The trio also served in the military.

With Veterans Day upon us, not only do we pay homage to these ballplayers for their service, but to all veterans, such as Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra and Ted Williams to name a few, who served in the military.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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