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Sunday, March 08, 2015

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.


Steven Matz impresses everyone in exhibition debut, including Ichiro Suzuki - Newsday

The next big thing in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects, steven matz

Silverman consulting with Rays players on key decisions | Tampa Bay Times

Much of what Matt Silverman has done since taking over as head of Rays baseball operations is similar to what Andrew Friedman did before him.

But one thing he has done differently — and interestingly — is soliciting opinions from a small group of key players before making decisions on hiring manager Kevin Cash and other moves and changes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Yu Darvish injury continues shocking collapse of Rangers franchise | FOX Sports

A rival executive posed an interesting question Saturday morning upon hearing the news that Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish likely will require Tommy John surgery:
Has any team in recent memory crumbled as quickly — and as surprisingly — as Texas?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 04:14 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Jim Harbaugh Suits Up For Oakland A’s

The man who brought the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII and fled to Michigan after last season amid a falling out with his bosses is in camp with the Oakland A’s today.

In a green and gold uniform. Wearing stirrups – “That’s old school,” he said. With a No. 4 jersey. And planning to coach first base for a couple of innings when the A’s host the Angels at Hohokam Stadium.

#6bid rescued Ichiro the carpenter! Posted: March 07, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jim harbaugh

NY Times: Beschloss: Game Over For The Astrodome, ‘Stadium of The Future’

[ Astros owner Roy ]Hofheinz told reporters that if the Astrodome had turned out to look “like a tobacco-spitting venture,” it would have failed; he said that no one who saw his stadium could ever again dismiss Houston as merely “Indian Territory.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called the park “a glorious victory” for “all of Texas.”

With its Jetsons-like design, the Astrodome was a gargantuan symbol of the glittering possibilities of American technology, crowned by the biggest ...

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bobm Posted: March 07, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, stadiums

Why A-Rod must shelve fielding hopes and ace job No. 1 | New York Post

Whatever? “Hey, A-Rod, would you mind retiring?”

“Whatever Joe wants me to do I’ll do,’’ Rodriguez told The Post before the game. “Whatever’s best for the team. I’m just happy to be playing baseball. I’m fortunate to be playing the game I love so much. I feel like a rookie again.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Bryce Harper says ‘people want to see us fail’ - The Washington Post

“You know, I say the things I say because I have confidence in my team,” Harper said. “I have confidence in their ability to go out there and play every single night. And some people don’t have confidence in us, so we’ve got to have all the confidence in the world. We’ve got to have that chip on our shoulder going out there, because people want to see us fail. Other teams want to see us fail. And that’s just baseball. That’s just how it is.

“And I want to go out there, I want ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Rasmus looks back at time with Cards

Colby Rasmus talks about his issues with Tony La Russa.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, colby rasmus

Cubs to pay funeral home for Ernie Banks’ services - Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Cubs will pay for services for Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks after the funeral home that handled the arrangements jumped into the legal battle over the estate of the Hall of Famer with a claim for more than $35,000 it says it has not been paid.

The funeral home that handled services for Cubs Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks says they’re owed $35,000 that hasn’t been paid.

The claim by Donnellan Family Funeral Services was filed Wednesday. It comes amid a legal challenge by Banks’ widow, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ernie banks

Michael Gordon plays private but powerful role with Red Sox - The Boston Globe

The Red Sox house organ explains Michael Gordon’s role in great detail.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ownership, red sox

Ned Colletti is enjoying his new, purer baseball role with the Dodgers - LA Times

Just don’t let him sign players to long-term contracts.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ned colletti

MLB trades: Everything you wanted to know but were too nervous to ask - Beyond the Box Score

NEWSFLASH: Billy Beane and Alex Anthopoulos like to make deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, trades

Crashburn Alley – Odubel Herrera Could Prove Dynamic to the Phillies

This Rule 5 guy could stick.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies, rule 5 draft


Is this Minor League pitcher actually Andrew Cashner’s clone? | MLB.com

He’s just like him, without the talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, padres

Softball Game 2015

It’s about time to reserve a field again in Central Park but, do to some family issues I’m dealing with, I won’t be able to organize this year. Time for a fellow New Yorker to step up! Hopefully we can use this thread to discuss.

Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: blood, guts, hilarity

Olivera declared a free agent; signing could come soon | MLB.com

What’s up with his elbow, though?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, hector olivera

Friday, March 06, 2015

CBS News | MLB player lives in a van behind Florida Wal-Mart

It’s March and that can only mean one thing for baseball fans - a scouting report on the eye-popping cars that players take to spring training. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has a golden truck. Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon drives a chrome car. And Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris opts for a 1978 Volkswagon van ... that he lives in.



Sean Forman: Where Do These Stats Come From Anyways?

As they say: Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a Dennis Lamp post…or something.

Paul Erdős was one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century (famous enough to originate Erdős Numbers), along with being one of its most eccentric. He loved beautiful, simple proofs and talked about God having a book of proofs with all of the best and most direct proofs.

I left math nine years ago, so I probably wouldn’t understand any proofs in THE BOOK, but I would love to see God’s Baseball ...

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Repoz Posted: March 06, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: sabrmetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-6-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 6, 1915:

One of the Cub rookies spiked himself in the knee. It was not exactly his fault, however, as he slipped on the soggy field and in some manner managed to get his spikes entangled in his left knee. He will be out of the game for several days.

You’ve gotta be ridiculously flexible to spike yourself in the knee. I don’t even think I could do that in QWOP.

Elsewhere in the Pittsburgh Press 100 years ago, mentions of two strange young pitchers (Carmen Hill and Lee ...

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Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: March 06, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Why Masahiro Tanaka isn’t worried about the health of his elbow - Yahoo Sports

Mechanics? What did he change?

And for Tanaka, the latter begins with something so fundamental to success in his native Japan: pitching mechanics, something he believes led to his injury in 2014.

“I don’t think they were solid,” Tanaka told Yahoo Sports through interpreter Shingo Horie recently. “With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you’re able to throw a solid pitch. It’s not about how much power you can put on the throw. It’s more about the mechanics. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Jackie Bradley Jr. keeps chin up and swing level - Sports - The Boston Globe

As he piled up hits during spring training in 2013, there was a heated debate about whether the Red Sox should put Jackie Bradley Jr. on the roster for Opening Day or wait until later in the season to delay his becoming eligible for free agency.

The assumption was that Bradley would be so good that the Red Sox should do everything possible to hold onto him.


“It’s funny how things change,” Bradley said Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr, red sox


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