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Thursday, January 05, 2017

3 years later, Yankees letting Robinson Cano go a mistake - NY Daily News

Three years in. Jumping to a conclusion is very premature.

Cano is now three seasons into his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners. And so far — with the exception of the first three months of 2015, when he battled a reported stomach illness and struggled as a result — it’s worked out very well for Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, yankees

Black MLB players get little Hall of Fame help from Veterans Committee | MLB | Sporting News

Is it really race keeping these players out?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Why this ‘scumbag’ (me) will never give Curt Schilling another Hall of Fame vote | NJ.com

In this fight it’s kinda tough to tell which pig is which.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, hall of fame

New Stat for a Slugger: Back Page Appearances - The New York Times

From all this — which Van Wagenen and Thousand presented in a 100-page book — they came up with a bottom line: Cespedes was worth $34.7 million to the Mets in 2016, or $7.1 million more than the team had paid him.

The message was clear. The Mets, who play in a big market but are restrained in their spending, could afford an expensive — at least for them — new multiyear contract for Cespedes, arguably the most dynamic baseball player in New York. They would make it back, and more.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Travis d’Arnaud must show Mets are right to pass on Matt Wieters - NY Daily News

To recover that power, however, he has to avoid last year’s return to his bad habit of wrapping his bat around his head so dramatically in his stance, which may have been the result of his early-season shoulder injury .

“It just makes his swing way too long to put the barrel on the ball with any consistency,’’ an NL scout said Wednesday. “The Mets know it. I talked to Terry Collins at the winter meetings and he said they tried to fix it but he’d keep going back to it under the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Back behind the plate is where Blake Swihart feels he belongs

Swihart will be the last man standing.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Hardball Times Q&A With John D’Acquisto

Markusen: How much of a factor was Bonds’ lifestyle of “living in the fast lane” in contributing to his early decline as a ballplayer?

D’Acquisto: It was his demise. You can see that on the back of the baseball card or his baseball-reference page. It hurt his game tremendously. He was a world-class athlete and probably one of the top 175-200 offensive players of all time. If he would have left the booze alone, that number probably goes to 75-100 easy. He had all the tools.

djordan Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: john d'acquisto, mlb


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2017

Butte Post, January 5, 1917:

[National commission chairman August “Garry” Herrmann] told how he had the nickname tacked on him.

“I had just been made ‘devil’ in a printing place in Cincinnati,” he explained, “when the newspapers were full of news about Garibaldi, the famous Italian patriot, who was fighting to put Italy in the sun.

“I was short, broad-shouldered and extremely green. The printers at once nicknamed me Garibaldi; in time they shortened it to Garry.”

Thing that doesn’t happen in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2017 at 07:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Selig Years

Allan “Bud” Selig, HOF class of 2017. His impact on the game was monumental; his legacy is mixed. Did he ultimately leave the game better than he found it? Part One of a detailed post-mortem of the Selig era.


Where will we see Matt Adams in 2017? - Viva El Birdos

This guy should be playing every day for somebody.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 03:11 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Here’s a vote for getting sports writers out of the balloting process - The Washington Post

Isn’t that convenient?

The Washington Post has a long-running policy preventing its writers from voting on any and all awards. Other organizations — including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun — have similar policies. So while these decisions were taken out of my hands for me, let’s follow a couple of examples of why we all need to pull ourselves out of these processes.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 03:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

How Mike Trout Could Legally Become a Free Agent

Considering that Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million contract extension back in 2014 – an agreement that runs through 2020 – this is just an interesting, but hypothetical, thought experiment, right?

Not necessarily. A relatively obscure provision under California law — specifically, Section 2855 of the California Labor Code — limits all personal services contracts (i.e., employment contracts) in the state to a maximum length of seven years. In other words, this means that if an ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, free agency, legal, mike trout

How Do Cubs Handle Their Catching Situation Next Season?

Kyle Schwarber, who was set to catch every fifth day with Jason Hammel last year prior to shredding his knee, could eventually be an option to take time behind the plate as well. But the Cubs have announced no official plans for Schwarber in 2017 as far as catching goes, and at this point it would be hard to imagine him doing anything more than serving as a solid third catcher that fills in when need be.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Andrew Benintendi Alex Reyes top prospect poll | MLB.com

While Reyes was the obvious winner, it wasn’t a unanimous choice. Glasnow, who got a pair of votes in last year’s poll, got three this time. Though he struggled during his brief big league time in 2016, there are those who still believe he’ll figure it all out.

“He has frontline starter stuff with swing-and-miss ability,” another scouting director said. “He’s still continuing to get better and will be a dominant No. 1.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2017

The Daily Missoulian, January 4, 1917:

UMPIRE CANS WHOLE NINE

Jimmy Murray Puts Entire Ball Team Off Field in One Game.

[After nobody heard Murray call a drive down the line foul, costing Buffalo an apparent home run,] “there was an awful demonstration. A stranger would have thought the inmates of some insane asylum had been turned loose…Before I was able to restore order I found it necessary to tag seven of those Buffalo players with tickets to the clubhouse.”
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[In the ninth inning of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires, umpshow

Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot: The All-Overlooked Team

For stat-minded fans of a certain age, Grich’s absence from Cooperstown ranks among the great injustices of the universe, making him the keystone equivalent of long-neglected, belatedly enshrined third baseman Ron Santo. From 1970 through ‘86, Grich combined good power with excellent plate discipline and outstanding defense (+71 runs) while playing on five division-winning teams in Baltimore and Anaheim. He earned All-Star honors six times, won four Gold Gloves and led the AL in homers and ...

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OT: January 2016 Soccer Thread

Who will end Chelsea’s run? Will Real Madrid’s brand of super-star-driven conventional football keep the rest of La Liga at bay? Is this the year Big Sam finally gets relegated? Do Bundesliga fans prefer their corporate overlords Razenballsport or T-Mobile flavored? Whither Swansea? Does Pep need a pick-me-up?

These and other important questions answered in the second half of the season!

The Marksist Posted: January 04, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Blue Jays’ identity crisis could lead to end of short-lived Toronto renaissance - CBSSports.com

Jonah Keri talks about the Blue Jays being caught between a rock and a hard place.

If Shapiro and Atkins truly wanted to build the team their way, they could have shopped all-world third baseman Josh Donaldson at the height of his value, rather than waiting until, say, the end of the 2017 season, when he’ll be one year from free agency. They could have shopped Happ and Estrada coming off big seasons, offering suitors strong and inexpensive starting pitching alternatives at a time when the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Phillies are perfectly positioned to take advantage of crowded market for hitters | FOX Sports

Moss does seem like a great fit.

A hitter such as Bautista or Bruce could thrive at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Moss, because of his left-handed bat and ability to play first base, also could provide support for Tommy Joseph, who slugged 21 homers in 315 at-bats last season but was better when he had the platoon advantage against left-handed pitching.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

OF Rajai Davis to join Oakland on 1-year, $6 million contract

The Oakland Athletics said they have agreed to a deal with former Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis on a contract a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden was for one year and $6 million.

Davis, who revived his career in his first season with Cleveland, was one of the crucial players who helped get the AL champions to the World Series. The 36-year-old led the AL with 43 steals and helped solidify the outfield when All-Star Michael Brantley wasn’t able to come back from shoulder surgery.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:21 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rajai davis

Reds sign relief pitcher Drew Storen

Right-hander Drew Storen and catcher Tucker Barnhart go way back to their high school days near Indianapolis. So do Storen and the Cincinnati Reds. That’s why the 29-year-old reliever signing with Reds for one year and $3 million guaranteed on Tuesday feels a bit like a homecoming.

“For Halloween, I was Chris Sabo multiple times,” Storen said. “It’s kind of nice to have my own name on a jersey.”

The addition of Storen is the first major offseason move by the Reds this winter, who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, reds

Royals acquire outfielder/catcher Peter O’Brien in trade with Arizona

“We’ve always liked his ability to hit with power,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said of O’Brien. “He’s got a couple of options remaining as well. So it fits in line with what we’re trying to do going forward.”

The options mean O’Brien can be stashed in the minor leagues for the next two seasons. A former catcher who has transitioned to the outfield, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound slugger lacks a natural defensive position. But the Royals also view him as a potential flier in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien, royals

Arizona Diamondbacks sue Maricopa County to explore leaving Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County on Tuesday, seeking to break the team’s lease at Chase Field so that it can seek financiers to build a new stadium or renovate the 19-year-old ballpark.

The Diamondbacks’ lease with the county, which owns the stadium, prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024, and requires the team to play in its current home until 2028.

The Maricopa County Superior Court lawsuit is the latest twist in a long-running conflict over which party ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, legal, stadiums

What Statcast spin rate means for fastballs | MLB.com

Although I’d don’t believe it’s possible with the current technology, one stat which would be great to see for pitchers is something that measures the time a hitter gets a clear look at the ball during the pitcher’s delivery. Everybody who has played knows batters get better looks at some pitchers more than others. To me this is the last important piece of the pitching puzzle that needs to be measured to quantify a pitcher’s stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 04:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-3-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, January 3, 1917:

That certain baseball magnates are considering a plan to utilize their ball parks for professional football and to back financially a league of national proportions next fall is the report brought here from Detroit.
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The plan involves the organization of a league along the lines of professional baseball…Among the cities mentioned as prospective members of the new league are Chicago, New York, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, football, history

Phillies Nation: The Carson Wentz-Mike Trout friendship means …

... absolutely nothing. But, hey, a fandom can dream… and it was a very cool moment.

Okay. Calm down. Trout was, again, at the Eagles game on Sunday (they beat the Cowboys … yay). And Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to give the Birds the lead. And then, after throwing that pass, Wentz handed the ball to … oh boy … yup … to Mike Trout.

eddieot Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, phillies, carson wentz

Charlie Comiskey

This story by Harvey T. Woodruff, originally headed “Comiskey Plans World Tour,” ran in the Chicago Tribune in 1913. It is of less interest for its headline event than for its profile of one of the most revered, later reviled, and most recently revised life stories in baseball history, that of Charles A. Comiskey, founding owner of today’s Chicago White Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie comiskey, history

Starting pitching key to success over bullpen | MLB.com

You can’t win in the playoffs if you don’t get there.

And durable rotations have been a key to success.

In the past 21 years, 74 of the 178 teams that advance to the postseason had at least four starting pitchers work at least 162 innings, including nine World Series champions and 21 of the 42 teams that reached the World Series.

The Cubs quintet of Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel reinforced that over the course of the 2016 regular season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: strategy

Gray, Paxton among 2017 breakout pitchers | MLB.com

Mark these names down for your drafts.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers

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