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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
If the Reds didn’t want the complications of negotiating with Phillips to make a deal, they should have traded him before he earned his 10/5 rights. Sheldon’s talk about releasing him or threatening his playing time is just silly.
Posted: December 22, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
Monday, December 21, 2015
With a third straight disappointing season in the books, the Yankees are hoping to improve—on the field of course, but also off the field. To that end they’ve “engaged a third party” to conduct a fan survey. This is pretty standard stuff, but because of the questions asked, and because it’s the Yankees, some of it is delightful.
For instance, the Yankees would like to know which single company comes to mind when Yankees fans think about the Yankees. I’m not sure why thinking about ...
#26 is also the number of beers Wade Boggs can consumer in a 30 minute ceremony.
The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they will retire Wade Boggs’ No. 26 number in a ceremony on May 26.
Boggs, who wears a Red Sox cap on his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y., will have his number placed on the right-field roof facade at Fenway Park in a May 26 (get it?) ceremony next year.
The Red Sox’ criterion for placing uniform numbers on the right field facade have shifted in recent ...
Posted: December 21, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 18 comment(s)
This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.
The current deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association expires in 347 days, and there are plenty of issues that must be resolved by the time the current deal runs out next Dec. 1, including the length of the schedule, draft-pick compensation and qualifying offers, and roster size.
The players are making more than ever and so are the owners, apparently, so for now, there is little indication that a work ...
Hope you like Red Sox vs. Yankees!
Sunday Night Baseball to document Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz’s final season across four early appearances;
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry three times, including back-to-back weeks (May 1, May 8, July 17);
NL West rivals: Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will square off twice (April 17, June 12);
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen to appear on Sunday Night Baseball for third consecutive season (June ...
Peter Gammons says nice things about Dave Dombrowski.
The next day a big game is scheduled in the domestic baseball league, at Havana’s rickety 55,000-seat Latin American Stadium. It pits the hometown Industriales, Cuba’s answer to the New York Yankees, against a visiting club from nearby Matanzas. A few years ago the stands would have been packed. But today the outfield bleachers are empty, and only the rows of seats closest to the action appear even half-full. Bored-looking police drag on cigarettes. A group of hometown fans tries to rouse ...
Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)
Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
Final 2015 payrolls for 40-man rosters
1. Los Angeles. Dodgers; $291,056,310
2. New York Yankees: $223,589,947
3. Boston Red Sox: $185,568,958
4. San Francisco Giants: $180,726,826
5. Washington Nationals: $169,277,370
6. Detroit Tigers: $164,010,992
7. Texas Rangers: $156,283,670
8. Los Angeles Angels: $149,686,871
9. Philadelphia Phillies: $145,656,077
10. Toronto Blue Jays: $135,728,804
11. Chicago Cubs: $133,051,389
12. St. Louis Cardinals: $132,638,936
13. Kansas City Royals: ...
Posted: December 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
The press filing center at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, resembled the parking lot of a baseball stadium whose team had been eliminated from the playoffs. By the reality-TV standards of the Trump-headlined Republican mud-fights, the substance-heavy, we-all-agree-on-the-basics discourse of the third Democratic debate was a narcoleptic’s dream.
Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant
Posted: December 21, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 1275 comment(s)
United Press via Toledo News-Bee, December 21, 1915:
Early trains arriving in Cincinnati on Tuesday brought many baseball magnates for the big peace pow-wow which is almost certain to end the three-year war which has been waged in organized baseball by the Federal league.
[National Commission] Chairman Herrmann said today that only the details of the peace plan remain to be worked out, but that there are so many of them he does not expect the conference to be concluded before Wednesday.
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John Harper fantasizes about the Yankees and Mets future. He didn’t say it but I bet it also includes a pony and a unicorn.
Between the ever-rising cost of free agents this winter, the potential availability of so many bright young stars three years from now, and the Yankees’ wait for bad contracts to expire, the winter of 2018-19 is already the talk of baseball.
After all, imagine the bidding for free agents such as Bryce Harper, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, ...
Posted: December 21, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Again, scouting information is usable data.
Donovan also talks about “artificial intelligence,” which he defines as “basically machines taking data sets and then predicting the future. Banks will look at a person’s credit card history and they’ll use artificial intelligence to understand that person and then market specific things to that person.”
Artificial intelligence can take data — such as comparing the statistics of David Price with Zack Greinke — and make an objective ...
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
“What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes is just how complex this industry can be. It’s a large infrastructure that branches out quickly. It’s almost like an iceberg with the GM on top. When you get below the water line, there is a lot going on and a lot of people involved. When you consider all the different facets of an organization – scouting, development, the business side, the major league club – there are a lot of moving parts. It’s not surprising different teams can take ...
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
Build long-term and go for it at the same time! Sign those high-cost free agents and maintain flexibility in future years!
Win the winter NOW, or else!!
Friedman envisions the Dodgers growing their own, with a harvest that will contend for years. That destination is fine. It’s the journey that’s losing us.
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 52 comment(s)
He won’t be on the comedy circuit any time soon.
Asked to describe The BEEST to a layman, Sheehan betrays a sense of humour for the first time in the half-hour interview.
“It’s approaching self-awareness,” he deadpans, completely straight faced. “It might launch the nukes next year, judgment day.”
After letting his joke sink in, Sheehan explains that the database functions as a one-stop shop for all of the organization’s analytical tools, consolidating scouting and health reports ...
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
Manfred and Castro are two peas in a pod. Or not.
Yet for all the Cuban government’s rhetoric about America’s athletic imperialism, it may have an unlikely ally in MLB on the issues that concern it most. Despite MLB’s reputation as a fiercely capitalist industry worth $9 billion a year, the game’s economic model has much in common with Cuban-style socialist principles. To maintain fans’ interest, MLB needs a competitive balance between its rich and poor clubs. It accomplishes this by ...
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
Not that the Dodgers seem to mind. According to calculations by MLB, Los Angeles had a record payroll of $297.6 million this year — benefts included — which far exceeds the $189 million threshold. Any way you slice it, that’s a lot of money to have tied up in a baseball team, and a good chunk of that turned out to be dead money. As we noted after the Dodgers activity at the trade deadline, the team owed $87.5 million just to players who were no longer on the team. Another good chunk was ...
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 17 comment(s)
Unless the very best pitcher or center fielder in the game becomes available, Jorge Soler will be the Chicago Cubs’ starting right fielder next April. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein admitted the interest in Soler on the open market place, but stressed his value to the Cubs as a guest on The 670 Score.
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
This generation’s Jody Reed.
Ian Desmond, SS, 30
Do you evaluate a player in his walk year or his track record? That’s the question with Desmond.
As I see it, this is a good player who had a bad year (.674 OPS), but he will be a difference-maker again, and he could wind up being a relative bargain. Desmond and his agent just need to understand his market and know that certain clubs won’t be able to see past his 2015 performance. He likely won’t get an offer as good as the seven-year, $107 ...
Phillips is staying in Cincy through 2018 if he wants to stay there.
Among the issues the Reds needed to resolve with Phillips was the question of money deferred in the six-year, $72.5 million contract extension he signed in 2012, according to that person. Phillips moved his family to Cincinnati year-round, and has played for the Reds since 2006, though some speculated he might be willing to leave the area to reunite with Dusty Baker, his former manager.
Posted: December 20, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
Saturday, December 19, 2015
There is a big difference between 2001 and 2015; we have Statcast/pitchFx on *every pitch*. If the ball was juiced in 2015, it’s something quantifiable. The data is there. Rob needs to either prove it or drop it.
And whaddayaknow, home runs were way, way up in 2015. They were up not because all those big boys were making more contact (again, they weren’t) but rather because when they did make contact, a significantly higher percentage of batted balls were flying over the outfield walls. In the ...
Posted: December 19, 2015 at 06:55 PM | 10 comment(s)
Is this the most awesome contract clause in the history of the game?
Bartolo Colon’s delightful at-bats have become must-see moments in Met games recently and now he’s got a nifty incentive to continue his recent improvement at the plate.
Colon, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com, has a $50,000 bonus clause in his new Met contract related to hitting – he collects the cash if he wins the National League Silver Slugger award for pitchers.
Preposterous, you say, based on some of the ...
Heyman’s latest. Maybe we should just say everyone is above average!
It’s somewhat dangerous to do a winner and losers column only halfway through the winter. After all, there around 100 free agents still unsigned, so by the time spring training starts exactly two months from now, this could all be reversed. Or at least wildly different. But here goes, with one minor adjustment, rather than “losers” we’ll have non-winners. That’s only fair as there’s still plenty of time to go. ...Read More...
Posted: December 19, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
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