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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Brian Bannister and the art of making pitchers better - The Boston Globe

“I’m not afraid to break out of the norms of pitching theory,” he said. “Just because everyone has a unique body, everyone has a different arm action, their pitches break different ways. When you try to put everyone in a box, it only works for the guys who fit in that box.

“The most exciting part of pitching to me is figuring out how to maximize every guy. I believe so many guys can be big leaguers if they’re just given the right information and the right approach.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, pitching, red sox

A wild pitch from Montreal: Split the Rays with Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times

This is not a great idea. Why not just give Rays fans money to stop following the team?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, montreal, rays, stadium, tampa

Nolan Ryan predicts who will pitch no-hitter | MLB.com

Dallas Keuchel?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: no-hitters, nolan ryan

Dusty Baker survived ruin and humiliation. With the Nationals, he can go out on top. | The Washington Post

He seems like a likable guy. He shouldn’t talk about things which he doesn’t know much about, however.

“He’s like everybody ought to be,” said Bishop, the songwriter and blues guitarist who befriended Baker after they met years ago at John Lee Hooker’s house. “He treats everybody with respect and an open mind. He’s just a beautiful person. If the Martians ever land here, this is the guy I want to send to go talk to them — to represent the human race.”
(snip)
“My biggest [role] ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

These teams are talking trades later than usual this offseason | FOX Sports

The latest Rosenthal.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Red Sox should be better than last year ... but are we sure they’re going to be good? - Red Sox - Boston.com

There is a reason they play the games.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

CC Sabathia: Alcohol rehab couldn’t wait until after postseason | Newsday

Let’s hope he’s successful in his battle.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Friday, February 12, 2016

Top 100 Prospects - BaseballAmerica.com

Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect List.

Rank, Player, Position, Organization
1. Corey Seager, ss/3b, Dodgers
Hit: 70. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60. ETA: 2016. Age: 21
2. Byron Buxton, of, Twins
Hit: 70. Power: 60. Speed: 80. Fielding: 70. Arm: 70. ETA: 2016. Age: 22
3. Yoan Moncada, 2b, Red Sox
Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 65. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55. ETA: 2017. Age: 20
4. Julio Urias, lhp, Dodgers
Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 60. Control: 70. ETA: 2017. Age: 19
5. Lucas ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 10:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Athletics acquire Khris Davis from Brewers | MLB.com

The A’s have acquired outfielder Khris Davis from the Brewers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Bubba Derby and Minor League catcher Jacob Nottingham, the team announced Friday.

To clear a spot for Davis on the 40-man roster, left-hander Sean Nolin was designated for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 08:18 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brewers, khris davis, trades

Jennry Mejia permanently banned by MLB for third PED test

He won’t be on my Hall of Fame ballot.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2016 at 04:50 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jennry mejia, mets, peds, suspensions

MLB, players’ association work together to develop more protective pitching hat

It doesn’t look comfortable.

Early in spring training, 20 big league pitchers are expected to receive newly designed protective headwear resulting from a collaboration between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

“A hybrid of a cap and a helmet” is how MLB vice president Patrick Houlihan describes the customized hats that weigh 10 to 12 ounces, depending on head size, have a carbon fiber shell and roughly resemble sun visors with extended forehead and temple coverage and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment, pitchers

Deadspin: Kansas City Star Baseball Writer Publishes Same Column He Wrote A Year Ago

Jonathan Papelbon should have choked Lee Judge instead.

Just what the hell is this?

On May 27, 2015, the Kansas City Star’s Lee Judge wrote a column headlined “Are RBIs a worthless statistic? Ask Rusty Kuntz.” It is a spirited defense of the RBI as a statistic, and it’s just as bad as you’re imagining it is. But we’re not here to discuss the content of an old and bad baseball column; we’re here to talk about how Lee Judge is the laziest ############ on earth.

Today, Judge ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: February 12, 2016 at 02:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: douchebag, kansas city, lee judge, media, newspapers

Wrigleyville - What a Slutter Does, Has Done, and Might Do for Jake Arrieta

Some interesting stuff but you need to read the whole thing.

But could the very thing that helped bring about the transformation from washed-up-prospect to Cy Young winner lead to his eventual downfall? (I mean, of course, the end is inevitable for us all.) By that, I mean the usage on his best pitch; the one that Arrieta calls a slider, grips like a cutter, and manipulates like something possessed by the spirit of Dennis Eckersley. To even begin to explore that question, we would need a better ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, pitching

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-12-2016

Ogden Standard, February 12, 1916:

Jimmy Callahan, new manager of the Pittsburg Pirates, says he may have his players practice without gloves in the spring.

Callahan says some players, after a winter of rest, are too enthusiastic and cut loose before they are ready, running risk of putting their arms out of business.

If players are forced to play without gloves they will slow down, says the Pirate chieftain.

If players are forced to play with ten broken fingers, they will slow down.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 12, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

The BtBS guide to analytics tools and resources - Beyond the Box Score

More stuff to help you get your geek on in that dying area of study called sabermetrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Miguel Sano leads best MLB mistake hitters | MLB.com

RTFA.

Batting average on “mistake pitches” in 2015

1. Miguel Sano, .500
2. Eric Hosmer, .490
3. David Peralta, .486
4. Joey Butler, .480
5. Ryan Zimmerman, .476

Batting average is a flawed stat that ought to be avoided in most advanced analysis, but since we’re not really interested in walks for this exercise, it’ll do to start with. Sano had 44 plate appearances where he saw a meatball pitch as we’ve defined it, and 22 times that turned into a hit, including seven of his 18 homers. We ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Klawchat 2/11/16.- Top 100 Prospect List

Keith’s stuff just keeps getting better. Some great prospect insights in this chat, including this one.

Ed: Jon Gray (40 IP) meet service time to miss the list or he’s just fallen that far in a year?
Klaw: He’s gone backwards. Someone altered his delivery, so he’s lost a lot of power. His fastball is down, his slider went from a 70 to a 50, and he has zero deception. That’s why he got whacked around in the big leagues – hitters see the straight four-seamer and hit it. Back in college, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jacob deGrom to Mets: ‘Willing’ to do long-term deal now

Though Matt Harvey may be impossible to keep for a variety of reasons, Jacob deGrom made it clear Wednesday that he is willing to listen to a long-term contract plan.

“I’m a little bit older, so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ deGrom told The Post at Mets pre-camp. “You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It’s something I’d have to look into and make sure I agree with it.’’

There has yet to be any movement by either side on ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 11, 2016 at 05:49 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

MLB New data results show high school baseball similar to MLB

Fewer pimples in the big leagues though.

I asked GameChanger to separate the high school baseball numbers to remove it from any noise from Little League baseball or softball. The data revealed that pitchers throw a first-pitch strike 56.9% of the time. If the first pitch is a strike, the batter’s on-base percentage is .320; if it’s a ball, the OBP shoots up to .432.

How do such numbers compare to first-pitch numbers in MLB?....

While ERA is lower in high school, it’s easier to get on ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gamechanger, high school, stats

Lorenzo Cain and A.J. Pollock Sign Atypical Contracts | FanGraphs Baseball

I would think at least one of these judgments will be wrong.

For Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays are paying for an expected increase due to his MVP season this season, but in the case of the other three players, the teams are paying more in case of an even further breakout for these players. The teams did not receive the typical discount given for two-year contracts, and the only way the team ends up ahead is with an MVP-like season. Given the caliber of these players and the salaries they’re ...

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Developing The baseballr Package For R – The Hardball Times

Here’s some help to get your geek on.

Late in 2015 I wrote a piece here at The Hardball Times that walked through some of my favorite R packages for gathering and analyzing baseball data. Like all things, no single package has everything I need, nor should it. Following that article, I started collecting various functions that I’ve written and routinely use and decided to compile them in a formal package that anyone can easily load and use.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Keith Law: 2016 ranking of all 30 farm systems (INSIDER)

1. Atlanta Braves
2015 rank: 6
Players in top 100 (2016): 7

This system was among the bottom five just two years ago after several bad drafts and questionable player development, but a series of trades—including several fleecings of the Diamondbacks—has stocked the system with pitching depth that is the envy of the industry. They tied for the most players in my top 100 and had a couple of other players who could make cases for inclusion, and their 11th- to 20th-ranked prospects still include a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: keith law, minor leagues, prospects, rankings

Prospects Bell, Guerrero have MLB pedigrees | MLB.com

Another great article by Jesse Sanchez. Nobody touches him on the international free agent market.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, international players

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-11-2016

Washington Times, February 11, 1916:

The [Baltimore] fans, or, at least, many of the more determined, have set their hearts on a major league team and insist they will not be happy with anything else. In an effort to get what they demand cards are being spread broadcast calling on all lovers of the game to boycott the International League team as representing “tank town baseball.”

Here’s the card:
STAND UP FOR BALTIMORE!
We want BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL or nothing.
...
We can’t compel the moguls to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 11, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore, dugout, history

Tim Flannery is fed up with Padres fans, writes lengthy statement

For a quick history lesson, Flannery spent the entirety of his 11-year playing career in San Diego, even playing on their first World Series team back in 1984. Flannery was also a part of Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff in San Diego from 1996-2002. After Bochy was allowed to leave San Diego for the managerial job in San Francisco, Flannery rejoined him on the coaching staff until his retirement in 2014.

Based on Flannery’s rant, it’s apparent there are some fans who feel he turned his back on ...

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Meatwad wont hit were you tell him Posted: February 11, 2016 at 02:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, giants, padres, tim flannery

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MLB.com loses beloved reporter Tom Singer | MLB.com

Condolences to his friends and family.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2016 at 08:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries

Brian Kenny: HALL OF FAME’S ANTI-RECENCY BIAS

Another part of the dynamic is the recent Veterans Committees shutdowns. It began when the Veterans Committee vote went to the Hall of Famers themselves. Those already in the club took Hall of Fame exclusivity to another level, failing to vote in a single new player during three votes over five years. Following that, the Hall Board of Directors changed the process to one with smaller voting panels, dividing the committee into three different segments that each voted on a different era. That ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: February 10, 2016 at 04:06 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, hall of fame, veterans committee

World Baseball Classic Qualifier (Sydney) Day 1 OMNICHATTER

It’s in the middle of the night, but it’s baseball dang-nabbit. All games will stream on worldbaseballclassic.com, with some games on MLB Network (usually those involving Australia). In addition, they will be on ESPN networks in Oceania, from what I understand.


All times Eastern:

9:00 PM Wednesday
South Africa vs. New Zealand (WorldBaseballClassic.com and ESPN Pac-Rim)

3:30 AM Thursday
Philippines vs. Australia (MLB Network, WorldBaseballClassic.com, ESPN Pac-Rim)

Gamingboy Posted: February 10, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: international, omnichatter, wbc, world baseball classic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-10-2016

New York Evening World, February 10, 1916:

Last night [William Howard] Taft was the chief speaker at the dinner at the Waldorf, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the organization of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs…Taft asserted that he was for the umpire, first and last. He advocated giving the arbiters even more power than they now have. “I would stop all the chattering on the coaching lines and in the players’ benches. It is unfair for a player to try to unnerve his ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 10, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, william howard taft

Ex-MLB commissioner Bud Selig to teach at Arizona State’s law school

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig will teach sports law and business at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

The university said Tuesday that Selig, 81, had been appointed the O’Connor distinguished professor of sports in America. In addition to teaching, he will become founding president of the sports law and business advisory board.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, law school

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