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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Why is it so difficult for the best MLB teams to win it all?

Depth doesn’t matter much in the playoffs. **Short series.** **Randomness.**

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: world war i

FiveThirtyEight:  Every franchise’s relative strength after every game

Elo ratings are FiveThirtyEight’s favorite method for comparing teams across different eras — we’ve previously used them to explore the history of the NBA and NFL. The ratings are an intentionally simple measure of team strength based on the final score, location and date of a team’s games. Now we’ve calculated them for 89 franchises across 146 years of baseball history — more than 400,000 ratings in total.

Elo is calibrated so that an average MLB team has a rating of around 1500, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight

Give Epstein credit for seamlessly integrating Baez, Contreras

Theo or Joe Maddon?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

Yankees fans should cheer for Cubs if they want Chapman back - NY Daily News

It’s always all about the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, yankees

Lifelong Cubs fan Bob Newhart hopes for Game 7 | cubs.com

My favorite celebrity Cubs fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

The Mismatch That Game Six Improbably Isn’t | FanGraphs Baseball

“Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2016

Washington Herald, November 1, 1916:

A score or more of America’s baseball players called on the President at Shadow Lawn on “Wilson Day” to inform him that they had organized the Woodrow Wilson Club of professional ball players.

“This fellow has been up against it, and we’ve got to stand by him,” declared Ty Cobb yesterday.
...
Hans Lobert, of the Giants, is chairman of the new Wilson Club; Jake Daubert, of the Dodgers, is first vice chairman; Grover Hartley, of the Browns, is second vice ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross says goodbye to Wrigley Field

Goodbye to the catcher. Hello to the future manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross

Here’s the logo for Guaranteed Rate Field

A commitment to branding is why the signs going up this week around the 25-year-old stadium look virtually the same as the company’s logo, except for the word “field” at the end.

Ciardelli said the design was a joint effort between the company’s in-house creative team and the Sox, who suggested replacing the arrow with an image of home plate. “But I told the White Sox that it’s our company logo, and they were respectful of the decision” to keep the arrow after all, Ciardelli said.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: naming rights, white sox


Heyman - Rangers Open To Trading Derek Holland This Offseason

Jon Heyman working overtime during the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

2016 WORLD SERIES Game 6 OMNICHATTER

Best of 7. Cleveland leads 3-2.

Cubs (Arrieta) at Indians (Tomlin). 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:02 AM | 890 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 31, 2016

Major League Baseball retaliates with surprise drug tests for protesting Dominican prospects

Last week, in protest of Major League Baseball’s plan to implement an international amateur draft, Dominican prospects and their trainers boycotted an annual MLB showcase event. This forced Major League Baseball to cancel the workout, after briefly considering bringing in replacement players (because idiots will never learn).

This week, just by coincidence, Baseball America’s Ben Badler (who is all over this story, and who you should follow) reports that Major League Baseball has called ...

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Tech me out to the ballgame: Replay, ‘K-Zones’ causing major league headaches

The philosophy of replay was ostensibly simple: Get the call right. Yet during a season in which time of game is a priority, baseball is dealing with an unintended consequence of replay: the spirit of replay on second-base tag plays. Former managers Joe Torre and Jim Leyland, both of whom work in the commissioner’s office, are vexed that replay has resulted in nitpicking.

“I think this is an example of where the technology is too good,” Leyland said, “Where, in this case, we’re kind of victims ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 10:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: k-zone, replay, technology, umpires

With or without Cubs clinching Series, Ricketts family has $2B ballclub

Its about time the Ricketts family caught a break.

And now, as if on cue, the team’s breakthrough into the World Series after a 71-year drought promises to pump up those revenues and boost the franchise’s value beyond the already stunning $2.2 billion that Forbes estimated this year. And that estimate, for those counting, does not include Wrigley Field and other assets tied to the 2009 purchase price.

Regardless of what happens in the World Series, experts say, the Ricketts family has won ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 04:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, regional sports network, tom ricketts

Maddon, Francona punching tickets to Cooperstown?

One of the subplots of this World Series that has a million of them is the legacies of Terry Francona and Joe Maddon. They are regarded as two of the best managers in the game today, and both have fun personalities in an era when many managers are look-alike, think-alike robots who rarely say anything too interesting and avoid controversy like those brussels sprouts sitting in your fridge for the past four months.

reech Posted: October 31, 2016 at 04:09 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, managers

Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game rosters | MLB.com

Set your DVRs.

The AFL’s version of the Futures Game will take place at Surprise Stadium at 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live MLB.com and once again will feature many of the game’s top prospects. A total of 16 members of MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 prospects list are on the rosters released by the league on Monday, with an additional 21 players from team Top 30s to once again make the Fall Stars Game a veritable who’s who for prospects.

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 02:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2017 - MLB Trade Rumors

As explained here, Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors have developed an accurate model to project arbitration salaries.  This is the sixth year we’ve done these projections, and I’m proud to present the results for 2017.  The number in parentheses next to each player is his Major League service time (Years.Days) through 2016 (172 days constitutes a full year of Major League service, per the collective bargaining agreement).

The Super Two cutoff will be 2.131. Service time data in this post ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration

How Indians envision their hurt superstar fitting in to future | New York Post

The Indians did not handle Michael Brantley’s injury well.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, indians, michael brantley

Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians stars repping Puerto Rico in World Series

An Indians-Cubs World Series is more than a meeting of two franchises in the midst of long title droughts—it’s also the first meeting in the Fall Classic of three ballplayers born in Puerto Rico, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and the Indians’ Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez. Lindor and Baez are two of the brightest young players in the game—Lindor was an All Star this year, and Baez has been the postseason’s breakout star—and both credit Perez as a role model (at 27, he’s the elder statesman; Baez ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, puerto rico, world series

The World Series beat the NFL in the ratings last night

Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Journal reports that Game Five of the World Series between the Indians and Cubs beat the regular-season Eagles-Cowboys Sunday Night Football game in the ratings. Pretty decisively too: the Cubs and Indians generated a 15.3 rating. The Eagles-Cowboys: 11.6. It’s the first time a World Series game has beat the Sunday Night Football rating head-to-head since 2011.

There are a lot of people who have sent me this info and have asked me to write a “Hey, maybe ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, television ratings, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1916:

Larry McLean is now an actor. The once sky-scraping catcher has been filmed as the high priest in a Chinese drama. Larry says every time the director tells him to put a stern look on his face he thinks of the National League umpires, and the pictures show him sad enough to make an audience weep.

Whatever film it was, it appears to have been lost to the ages as McLean isn’t listed in IMDB.

Just to the left of the McLean story is an article about Elmer ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2016 October 31: Stepping Up to the Plate: A Brief History of Baseball Players in Politics

South of the United States, players like Bobby Avila, Aurelio Lopez, Raul Mondesi, Magglio Ordonez and Melido Perez became involved in politics in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. It’s a similar story for several Japanese baseball players too.

But success in the baseball stadium does not guarantee victory in the political arena. Walter “Big Train” Johnson, the Hall-of-Fame pitcher for the Washington Senators, lost a race for U.S. Congress for the GOP in 1940 when he ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 31, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 1544 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

The 2016 Fielding Bible Awards - ACTA Sports

Position Winner Points
First Base Anthony Rizzo 113
Second Base Dustin Pedroia 114
Third Base Nolan Arenado 119
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons 106
Left Field Starling Marte 119
Center Field Kevin Pillar 109
Right Field Mookie Betts 116
Catcher Buster Posey 120
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel 103
Multi-Position Javier Baez 105

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding bible

The perfect play that helped save the Cubs’ season took only 3 seconds

This was a shocker.

“Lester gets rid of the ball quickly. Rossy has a quick release, a strong, accurate arm. Baez is the best guy I’ve ever seen putting quick tag on a guy,” said Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones, who works with the team’s infielders. “It’s a combination of everything coming together. If all three of those things don’t happen, we don’t get him. They work in tandem, and that’s the result you get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

If the Indians are to pop champagne again in 2016, they’ll do so from Cleveland’s friendly confines | cleveland.com

The bright side for the Indians.

The last century of Cleveland sports has produced only a handful of major professional championships.

Only the 1920 Indians and the 1964 Browns secured the title with Lake Erie nearby. And in a year in which Cleveland sports have morphed from sorry to spectacular—the Browns and their unrelenting futility aside—it would be appropriate for the Indians to cap 2016 with an in-town celebration for the ages.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 05:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Cubs edge Indians to keep title hopes alive | MLB.com

Cubs live another day. East Coasters get to go to bed tonight at a decent hour.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Theo Epstein’s not finished building his legacy

President Theo? (I can’t wait for this election to be over.)

Those who have known Epstein a long time have suggested him as a future Democratic US Senator from Illinois or Massachusetts. Epstein has never publicly stated any political aspirations, but some Democrats have said that Epstein would make an outstanding politician, one who could even consider a presidential run at some point.

“There’s no doubt that Theo probably has a few other things he’d like to do with his life other than ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, world series

Sunday Notes: Cubs-Indians Game 4, Bogaerts, McHugh, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest is World Series heavy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, notes, world series


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