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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Q&A: Dodgers president Stan Kasten values flexibility

Stan Kasten is a very smart guy.

Some people seem stumped as to why a team with your revenue wouldn’t guarantee a sixth year for a pitcher that good. Can you explain?

Kasten: We evaluate stuff very carefully, from performance to contracts to physical conditions to the arc of performance over various ages. We value productivity levels in free-agent contracts. All things factored in, we could not get to a point we felt hamstrung down the road. Having said that, we went beyond what we felt was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

NESN: Dave Henderson, Who Hit Memorable Home Run For Red Sox, Dies At Age 57

RIP. Thank heavens he’ll be remembered for the home run in the Championship Series and not the one he hit in the World Series.

Henderson spent 14 seasons split between five organizations (Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants). He slugged 197 home runs in 1,538 career regular-season games and earned an All-Star selection with the A’s in 1991.

The man known as “Hendu” will be remembered as much for his infectious personality as his ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 27, 2015 at 01:18 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: 1986, alcs, athletics, obituary, red sox

Sunday Notes: Reliever Innings, Second Basemen, Chapman, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

It’s a Bartolo Colon Christmas at Noah Syndergaard’s house - NY Daily News

Noah is happy to have Big Sexy back.

The "Big Sexy" shirts were quite the hit. Glad to have the big man back this year. Merry Christmas to all! #bartolo

A photo posted by Noah Syndergaard (@nsyndergaard) on

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets, noah syndergaard

Silverman: Clemens, Bonds get my vote | Boston Herald

Michael Silverman’s ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Explosive Documentary Links Peyton Manning, Major Athletes To Doping Ring

This will never go away.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: steriods

Rosecrans: Griffey an easy vote, rest of the Hall ballot is tough

C. Trent Rosecrans’ ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Meet Lazaro Armenteros, the next Cuban baseball star

A 16 year-old with these comparisons? O.K., you have my attention.

One veteran American League international scout called him young and raw, but a rare talent with signs of Willie Mays and Bo Jackson, due to his combination of speed and power.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, lazaro armenteros

Where does New York Mets’ Asdrubal Cabrera rank among shortstops? - Mets Blog- ESPN

Mark Simon takes a look at the Mets new shortstop.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, mets

Gordo: To remain a power, Cards need power : Sports

Jeff Gordon tells the Cardinals what they are doing wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Why won’t Phillips accept a trade? | The Real McCoy - daytondailynews

Maybe the guy likes Cincy and doesn’t want to move his family.

TO TURN DOWN TWO trades is a selfish move. The team doesn’t want him. Yes, he is within his contractural rights. But does he want to win? He could have played next year in Washington for the same salary he will make from the Reds in 2016 and have a chance to win.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds


Friday, December 25, 2015

MLB Christmas wish list for all 30 teams | MLB.com

There might be some returns.

Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate this time of year! Thanks for continuing to make this a great place to keep up and discuss the great game we call love.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2015 at 03:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Local Mentally Ill Man Owns The Title to Petco Park And Nobody Knows How To Get It Back | VICE Sports

Petco brings out the crazy.

Two years ago, a man named Derris Devon McQuaig walked into the San Diego County Recorder’s Office and transferred the deed for Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, to himself. For the past two years, he has owned the deed, and nobody can get it back.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has the whole story, which you should absolutely read because it’s a hilarious set of legal loopholes coinciding to leave some dude with the deed to the Padres’ downtown ballpark. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: petco park

Buckley: Here’s my ball for Baseball Hall of Fame | Boston Herald

This was not an enjoyable read. Apparently Buckley takes the criticism of his ballot a little too much to heart.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, December 24, 2015

ESPNFL: Source: Nats, ex-Met Daniel Murphy agree to 3-year deal

No airing of grievances in the Murphy household.

Former New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has agreed to a three-year deal with the Washington Nationals, a club source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

Murphy set a major league record with homers in six straight postseason games and earned National League Championship Series MVP honors.

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 24, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, free agent, mets, nats

Optimizing the Swing, Part Deux: Paying Homage to Teddy Ballgame – The Hardball Times

So what’s a poor batter to do. It depends on what the batter is trying to do. If getting on base is the primary goal, then swinging level would appear to the best strategy. You’ll still hit a lot of home runs if the bat speed is high and the aim is good. Indeed that is exactly the approach advocated by Ted Williams, as written in his classic book The Science of Hitting. Someone who hit 521 career home run with a 0.482 lifetime on-base percentage must surely know whereof he speaks.

But to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, physics

A lifelong mission to tell Connie Mack’s story - philly-archives

I wish I had noticed this article earlier because I would have added the books to my Christmas list.

Macht’s original proposal envisioned a 300-page book. Then he traveled to Mack’s East Brookfield, Mass., birthplace and knew immediately he would need more to tell the story of a man whose life and career spanned much of baseball and American history.

“The town had all the records - birth, death, voting, school,” Macht said from his Escondido, Calif., home. “I wrote it chronologically. I was up ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: books, connie mack

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-24-2015

Here’s a picture of Ty Cobb, John Philip Sousa Jr., and one of Cobb’s hunting dogs, published in the Milwaukee Journal 100 years ago today:

I don’t really know why, but I love the idea that Ty Cobb hung out with John Philip Sousa’s son.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 24, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb

One of the saddest moments in Reds’ history, 40 years later

Here’s a nice story about the very short life of the Reds Jim McGlothlin.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jim mcglothlin, reds

In time for Festivus, Ian Desmond airs his grievances: Bunting and ketchup juice - The Washington Post

Ian Desmond embraced one part of Festivus. No word on his success or failure in the tests of strength.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: festivus, ian desmond

Free agency was born 40 years ago today | HardballTalk

O.K., so this is what Craig Calcaterra is writing about now. Actually he was writing this yesterday. I don’t really know what he’s writing about now, although he’s probably just sleeping at the moment.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 05:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Royals told they have ‘no chance’ to re-sign Gordon as things stand - CBSSports.com

It doesn’t appear Alex Gordon will be walking through that door, Royals fans.

The Royals have been told by Alex Gordon’s camp that, as things currently stand, they have “no chance” to retain star left fielder Alex Gordon, sources said. Things obviously can change in free agency, but it’s clear at this point that there’s at least a wide gap in talks regarding the longtime Royals outfielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 05:25 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, royals

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cubs Project To Have Top Pitching Staff in Baseball According To Steamer

1. Cubs
Projected rotation: Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendricks
Projected combined WAR: 17.4

2. Mets 3. Nationals 4. Indians 5. Dodgers

Voodoo... Posted: December 23, 2015 at 12:01 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, projections

Venezuelan baseball player bat flips into the stratosphere following grand slam

Eat your heart out, Jose Bautista. There’s a new sheriff in town. Jesús Guzmán plays for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela, and after his moonshot he decided to send his bat into space along with the ball. This bat flip is a solid 15 feet in the air, maybe more.

Now we wait to see how angry Venezuelan baseball purists get.


Game changers: A shift in keeping score

“That’s 6-4-3 if you’re scoring at home, or even if you’re by yourself.”

In 2015, according to Baseball Info Solutions, the shift was applied in some form nearly 18,000 times in Major League Baseball. That’s up from 2,400 times in 2010. Which means, countless times, that 5-3 was completed by a third baseman, standing to the first-base side of the second-base bag, who fielded a ground ball up the middle. Yes, the man designated as the “5” made the play. But his designated position was far, far ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive shifts, official scorers

I’m getting out of the Mocking-Hall-of-Fame-Ballots Business

What will Craig write about now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 23, 1915:

Probably the most disastrous war that baseball has ever experienced came to a close [in Cincinnati last night] when a treaty of peace between the Federal League and both parties to the National baseball agreement, known as organized baseball, was signed.

...and elsewhere on the same page, this headline:

Baltimore Stockholders Not Pleased With Peace Treaty
Declare Gilmore and Weeghman Failed to Act in Good Faith. Would Sue.

Yeah, I see what they mean. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 23, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

mlb.com Barry Bonds discusses becoming a hitting coach

I didn’t ever think this was something I wanted to do. You know me, when [Loria] asked me, it was like I wanted to click on the phone and say, “Hello? Are you serious?” But Jeffrey Loria was very kind about it. He told me, “Barry, when you think about it, you have so much to give the game, you have so much to offer to baseball, and you can teach these kids.”

The more I talked to my mom about it, the more she encouraged me. I told her, “I don’t know if I want to go back and do it every day.” ...

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bbmck Posted: December 22, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hitting coaches, marlins

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