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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Unbearable Lightness of Beane: Why Won’t the A’s GM Give Up?

Being the general manager of a baseball team is an extraordinarily difficult job. A GM must have a near-preternatural understanding of baseball, the patience to deal with the Bond-villain egos of owners, and the administrative capacity to manage a diverse and often combative set of employees. A GM must earn the trust of his (or, someday — we hope — soon, her) coaches, staff, and players in order to get them to operate like a unit, while maintaining the emotional distance to view them as ...

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The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: March 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane

Reds prospect arrested, charged with hitting girlfriend with rock

A Reds minor-league prospect was arrested early Saturday morning in Glendale, Ariz., after he was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious with a giant rock, azcentral.com reported.

Tanner Rahier, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure, according to police reports. He was later released.

Rahier told investigators he did not know the woman and didn’t throw rocks at her. However, police say he got into an argument with a bartender ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, police blotter, prospects, reds

‘D’-Listers: Byron Buxton among Minor Leagues’ best defensive center fielders | MiLB.com

MiLB’s top defensive minor league center fielders.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Room with a Stew: Towers lives with man who replaced him

This a an Odd Couple pairing that I’d actually watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, kevin towers

Global buzz surrounds debut of Team Europe against No. 1 Japan Tuesday in Tokyo

The international stage is set for Tuesday’s opening of the historic two-game series where newly established “Team Europe” will make its world premiere against the top-ranked Japanese National Team at the iconic Tokyo Dome on 10-11 March.

There will be a live broadcast of the two-game series (Game times: 18:00 Japanese Standard Time). The games will be televised free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). In Europe, Eurosport 2 will broadcast the games live ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-10-2015

Tigers infielder George Moriarty quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, March 10, 1915:

The funniest thing I ever saw on a ball field wasn’t a darned bit funny to me when it happened and it was at least two years before I could see how funny it was.
...
It happened in our world’s series with the Chicago Cubs—the first one.
...
[Tigers pitcher Wild Bill Donovan] caught a curve and drive the ball hard on the line to right field. He had the happiest brand of his smile all over his face when he hit that ...

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Denard Span out at least 4-6 weeks

Washington is the favorite for the pennant? Nat so fast.

Washington center fielder Denard Span had surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the Nationals’ opener next month.

Manager Matt Williams said the projected time for Span’s return is uncertain and added “you’re looking at four-to-six weeks before he can start doing baseball activity again.”

Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury in December and reported discomfort at the start of spring training, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 10:51 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, injuries, nationals

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

MLB.com is releasing their team top 30’s. I just wish the release dates were more exact.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports

Net Yost pro-Bee

“All you have to do is get some smoke out there and, trust me, I’m from the country, I live in the country. You take some smoke out there and you smoke the hive, ‘cause the queen’s in there somewhere, then you get a ShopVac and you suck ‘em all in, take ‘em outside the park and let ‘em all go.”

John Northey Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bee genocide, ned yost, royals

MLB union chief: Designated hitter in NL still a ‘topic of discussion’

I’ll take “‘80s sports talk topics” for $800, Alex.

For more than 40 years, the National League has remained free of the designated hitter, but that could change in the future, according to MLB players’ union chief Tony Clark.

“That topic has come up independently of us bringing it up,” Clark said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It has been a topic, as I’m sure you know, a topic of discussion going back the last two bargaining agreements. Nothing has changed at this point in time. But I am ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitter, mlbpa, national league

There’s nothing new in preferring the old

F.C. Lane was a baseball writer who in 1907 founded Baseball Magazine and dedicated himself to challenging conventional wisdom about the game. Besides publishing traditional baseball stories and interviews with players of the day, he delved deep into statistical analysis at a time when the lack of computers made such a pursuit fiendishly difficult.

In 1916, Lane published an article headlined, “Why the System of Batting Averages Should Be Changed.” The article can (and should) be read in its ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: stats

R.I. Native Covers All The Bases for Red Sox Players

Take it from three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, who met Ferreira more than a decade ago when he was an 18-year-old Red Sox prospect coming out of the Dominican Republic to play in the United States for the first time.
“She (Raquel Ferreira) was everything for us,” Ramirez said. “She helped us with everything we needed. She always was there for us. She was like family to us. She has always been.”
Everything? Really? There’s no way to narrow it down?
Ramirez opened his mouth wide to ...

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A’s facing a major power outage in 2015 - Spring Training Blog - ESPN

The A’s certainly won’t be a powerhouse on the position player side. If you look at BB-Ref’s Positional Comparisons it looks like the rebuilt A’s have the potential to put at least similar WAA on the position player side as they did last year. Ben Zobrist (5.0 bWAR) is a big upgrade at 2B (Oakland -1.4 bWAR last year). This one pick-up can have a big impact. The keys, however, are Marcus Semien and Brett Lawrie. If Semien can provide slightly above average play at SS and Lawrie can stay on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

BP liner hits Iglesias in shin, knocks him out of lineup | tigers.com

Why do the baseball gods hate Jose Iglesias’ shins?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jose iglesias, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-9-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 9, 1915:

The testimony of several big league ball players will be heard in the Spokane [Washington] county Superior court when the suit brought by M.B. Martin, a local photographer, for damages of $2,540 against “Cozy” Dolan, noted outfielder and baseball comedian, comes to trial.

Martin alleges that Dolan grabbed the crank of his motion picture machine during an exhibition game [in Spokane] last October, between the all-National and all-American baseball teams, and ...

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Video: Gallo’s solo homer | MLB.com

ICYMI.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Baseball Ops: Welcome to the Evolution « Our Game

Beane is still a step or two ahead.

Twelve years later, the debate is mainly over. The specific arguments raised by Moneyball have appropriately been adopted or rejected, the best run teams today are using both traditional scouting and evidence-based analytics, and the two schools are working together. Whatever advantage Beane held over his contemporaries in 2003 he holds no longer. Market inefficiencies last only as long as the market stands still, and baseball teams are constantly searching ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, general managers, history

Major league teams wrestle with personal catchers | www.daytondailynews.com

Managers have to home some type of plan to rest catchers. Personal catchers are as good a way to manage playing time as any.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, cubs, reds

BCB: Let’s Talk About Ballpark Food

Cubs decide to ban outside food from their spring training ballpark.  It was apparently an overnight decision.  Key bit:

I heard from a large number of people angry that they couldn’t bring peanuts or sunflower seeds into the ballpark. Really, Cubs? Really? REALLY? This sort of thing has been a time-honored tradition for decades—you buy a bag of peanuts outside the park from one of the street vendors and bring it inside. Or bring a sandwich from home, as I was going to today.

Beyond the ...

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Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Tanaka slated for first spring start Thursday | yankees.com

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. ET start in Tampa, Fla., and will air on MLB.TV, YES and MLB Network.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Drew Smyly injury a blow to Rays’ pitching depth | Tampa Bay Times

Having No. 3 starter Drew Smyly sidelined indefinitely, with his availability to start the season in question due to shoulder tendinitis, is bad enough news for the Rays.

“I think it’s fair to say there is a concern,” manager Kevin Cash said Sunday.

Worse is that the depth after their top four starters was already one of the biggest questions, and potential flaws, of several on their roster anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, injuries, rays

The Favorites For Hector Olivera - BaseballAmerica.com

It will be interesting to see how much he signs for.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents, dodgers, hector olivera, padres


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Royals sign 6-10 righty Chris Young and expect him in pitching staff this season

Young, 35, and a former National League All-Star, signed an incentive-laden, one-year major-league contract with the Royals on Saturday. Young, a 10-year career starter with four clubs, will begin the season as a middle and long reliever and provide insurance for the starting rotation.

“He will make the team out of spring training,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “Right now, if things go to script, our rotation is probably cemented with the main five guys, so his role at this point ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2015 at 10:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, royals

Lee out with renewed left elbow soreness | MLB.com

Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere for a while at least.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 03:12 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cliff lee, phillies

So what exactly does a baseball captain do? Let’s ‘C’ - Newsday

In baseball the captain doesn’t even have to go down with the ship.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 03:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

The Complications of Hector Olivera | FanGraphs Baseball

Read Kiley McDaniel’s great analysis of the Hector Olivera situation. After reading it, I wouldn’t want to be the team to take the risk unless it was for very short money.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, hector olivera

Defensive shifts leading to a shift in philosophy - Yahoo Sports

Chris Davis, bunting fool.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 02:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bunts, chris davis, orioles, shifts

Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels’ Top 20.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Sunday baseball notes: Veteran Phillies await possible trades - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.

According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.


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