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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Washington Herald, December 6, 1916:
Rules governing the world’s series soon will be revised by the National Commission, backed by the rival major leagues. Several important suggestions will be considered. They include a reduction of admission fees, an increase of the games to nine instead of seven, a curtailment of the players’ share of the money and a plan to give a cash bonus to every player in each circuit, tailenders to receive the smallest sums.
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This makes a lot of sense for the Rockies.
General manager Jeff Bridich said the Rockies are considering the heavy price tag for free-agent first basemen Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion. Additionally, multiple Major League sources said there have been preliminary talks about White Sox slugger Jose Abreu as the Rockies attempt to boost run production at the position.
Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
I’m not up on Pennington but this seems like a decent haul for a reliever. Neither Shaw or Dubon are great but they are decent players.
The Red Sox have traded Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg.
Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 59 comment(s)
Today’s Game Ballot voter Andre Dawson gives some insight into how the electorate views sluggers tainted by steroids
Monday, December 05, 2016
Data extended thru 1943. Similarity scores with MLB players. Per 162 games career stat lines. Defensive Regression Analysis for Fielding Stats. Check it out!
Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
I can’t imagine that Bryce is a great singer so it’s no surprise that they balked at this record deal.
Harper, according to the executive, is asking for a record deal that will exceed 10 years in length, and likely pay him in excess of $400 million.
Agent Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017. Harper, who made $5 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration, and Boras seemed mystified by the Nationals’ stance.
Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
Neyer submitted this piece prior to Sunday’s announcement.
Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella have their cases, too.
Are there standards for managers? I suppose you could look at career wins, winning percentage, and postseason appearances and cobble together some sort of formula. But if you just eyeball those lists, it’s pretty clear that 2,000 wins or three World Championships gets you in. Piniella’s got just one of the latter, and only 1,835 of the former. Plus, his .517 career winning ...
Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 20 comment(s)
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The contract is expected to be for four years and total of $60 million-$65 million, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported San Francisco was close to signing the free-agent closer.
So here’s a look at five reasons the Rangers could pass on Encarnacion:
▪ The Rangers don’t want to block Gallo’s path to the majors. They need to find out about him, and soon.
▪ The club doesn’t want to give up on him as it did Davis and miss out on all that power. Who is the only player in the majors the past five seasons with more homers than Encarnacion? Davis.
▪ So, Encarnacion has that kind of power, maybe a tad bit less, at 34. With a bunch of 30-somethings already on ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 5, 1916:
Hugh Ward, who with Harry Frazee has purchased the Boston American baseball team…is planning to give Europe some major league baseball as soon as the war ends.
“My plan is to send a couple of baseball teams over as soon as the league season here closes,” Mr. Ward, who is president, today said. “As for the expense, it will cost less than to send a team from New York to San Francisco.
Also, send food. They’ll need food too.
Rany Jazayerli explained why this isn’t true on Twitter. I’ll consolidate his tweets here because Twitter is just horrible for stuff like this.
Yes, they can. I’m getting really tired of seeing this meme everywhere. The Royals planting this story doesn’t make it true. Let me explain: No, the Royals probably can’t afford to pay $90M to 5 players next year. But that’s not what will happen. What will happen is 5 different players will each separately make a decision on whether to accept a 1 year, ...
Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
OTP articles are traditionally whimsical, but not much whimsy is abroad these days. Since labor relations are always political, here’s an actual baseball-news item for a change:
Word broke late last week of a new five-year CBA as a deadline fast approached. The luxury-tax threshold — officially called the Competitive Balance Tax — and tougher rules surrounding it quickly emerged as a central theme.
Despite those enhanced rules, what’s glaringly evident is that MLB no longer sees the ...
Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 2020 comment(s)
I can’t see how they wouldn’t be able to afford the draft picks. Each player they’d be losing makes more than the draft slot will be. I would think they’d also be tempted to make one last run.
In theory, the Royals could carry all of their potential free agents through ‘17, make each a qualifying offer and collect draft picks following the first round for every one who signs a contract above $50 million — a new stipulation under the collective-bargaining agreement.
Realistically, a ...
Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
“His defense has always been his calling card,” one major-league scout said. “His hands are excellent. His arm strength and accuracy are above average. He blocks pitches in the dirt well. He handles pitching staffs well and fulfills the pitching coach’s game plans ideally.”
The numbers back that up. Over the past nine seasons, Mathis ranks fifth among catchers in defensive runs saved. And on a per-inning basis, he rates batter than the leader—Yadier Molina.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball’s Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.
December 30 8:00 PM Orange Bowl Michigan v. Florida State
December 31 3:00 PM Peach Bowl Washington v. Alabama
7:00 PM Fiesta Bowl Ohio State v. Clemson
January 2 1:00 PM Cotton Bowl Wisconsin v. Western Michigan
5:00 PM Rose Bowl Penn State v. USC
8:30 PM Sugar Bowl Oklahoma v. Auburn
January 9 8:30 PM Championship Game Peach winner v. Fiesta winner
Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is the status quo good for the players?
Big Ed doesn’t like it when you don’t score runs for him. Please score runs for Big Ed.
Right-handed starter—Tyler Glasnow, Altoona (2 games), Indianapolis (20 games), Pittsburgh (7 games): Glasnow rang up 144 strikeouts over 116 2/3 innings in the Minors to pace the organization for the second straight year. While he compiled a 1.93 ERA and .176 opponents’ average in the Minors, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound hurler also issued 5.2 walks per nine innings. However, his command improved as the year went on, especially after making the jump to the Majors in July and September.
“I think ...
Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
No official action was taken on Friday, but Spero will continue to consider the players’ streamlined filing, which is limited only to players who spend the entirety of their seasons in a league that plays all of its games in one state. The players are seeking class-action status for the spring training, extended spring training and the instructional leagues, as well as the California League.
If successful, the players would then go forward with their effort to seek the enforcement of the ...
Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
The Cubs are among those teams heading to this week’s winter meetings shopping for free agent relievers. And how Cecil’s signing and other market factors – such as a healthy trade market and newly struck changes to revenue-sharing and luxury-tax rules – affect the prices could affect how aggressive and active the Cubs choose to be.
“I don’t think any one signing is going to have [a market-setting] impact,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Brett Cecil’s a very, very good ...
Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., said, “In the prior offseason, we went for a stronger bench, more depth and more power. And we got all that. But we sacrificed a little bit of athleticism and our defense wasn’t as good as it had been the year before.”
“Defensively, we took a step backwards,” admitted Mozeliak. And it wasn’t just the infield defense.
“If we do catch the ball better, we ultimately will pitch better,” said Mozeliak. “We put a lot of stress on our pitchers ...
Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
Nolan Ryan was a freak.
A couple of Nolan Ryan factoids, which would read as unbelievable if they weren’t about Nolan Ryan:
A total of 489 players had at least one plate appearance against Ryan without recording a hit. Gates Brown, with 31, had the most. He went 0 for 24 with seven walks against Ryan.
On June 14, 1974, Ryan had 19 strikeouts and 10 walks over 13 innings in a game against the Red Sox. Ryan reportedly threw 235 pitches. Four days later, he threw six shutout innings against the ...
Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
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