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Friday, December 01, 2017

Bryce Harper is hanging with Kris Bryant at a Vegas Golden Knights game, so feel free to speculate wildly

Harper, scheduled for free agency after the upcoming 2018 season, is batting 1.000 when it comes to getting fans to read into each and every move he makes, hoping that everything he does has some sort of hidden clue about where he wants to sign his next gargantuan contract.

And of course Cubs fans are hoping it all means he’s coming to the North Side.

His most recent activity? Hanging with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant at Tuesday night’s Vegas Golden Knights game.

I’m starting to think the ...

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Greg Pope Posted: December 01, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, hockey, kris bryant

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2017

Oklahoma City Times, November 30, 1917:

Frank B. Gilbreth, an efficiency expert of Providence, R.I., recently made some tests as to the speed of a thrown ball. The results of these tests show that the average speed attained by a fast pitcher is about 2.4 miles per minute.
...
Gilbreth found some exceptionally fast pitchers, who delivered a ball at the rate of 2.88 miles per minute.

Yes, 172.8 MPH is indeed exceptionally fast.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Star Statcast pitchers who debuted in 2017 | MLB.com

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


Tangotiger Blog

I agree 100% with Tangotiger. The quest for one true number is foolhardy. Let’s try to get the best answers for the different questions with metrics specifically designed to answer those questions.

The true answer is ENTIRELY dependent on YOUR question.  You ask the question, then a solution will present itself.  But very few people think like that.

They want “the” number. And so, that’s what we are left with.  We are left with choosing the number.  And once we choose the number, meaning ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war

Four reasons why MLB’s Hot Stove is lukewarm

Jeff Passan, former Hall of Fame voter, gives some reasons for the slow start to the free agent period.

“Shohei Ohtani,” one agent said, “is like the baseball version of the new Amazon headquarters.”

He is, according to people around the game, a lot of things. A staggering talent, capable of throwing a ball 102 mph from the right side and hitting it like a leviathan from the left side and running with the speed of Mike Trout despite standing 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. A complete mystery, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Agree or Disagree, Morgan Has Right to Express Himself – Inside the Seams

I know having respect for differences of opinion isn’t in vogue. Although I disagree strongly and find flaws in his logic, I don’t have a problem with the expression of his opinion.

Morgan’s letter was polite, but to the point. Agree or disagree, it was Morgan’s right to speak his mind, just like anyone else. Will his presentation impact the voting? It could, particularly if a voter is uncertain of his stance on the issue.

Is that any sillier than the recently cast ballot where a voter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 06:27 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan

xStats

Andrew Perpetua has been doing some interesting stuff with Statcast data. Check it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mike Rizzo feels Bryce Harper will stay in DC | MLB.com

“I think we have as good a chance to sign him long-term as anybody in baseball,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on MLB Network this week. “He’s the type of iconic, historic type of player that would love to be with the same organization throughout his whole career, such as [Derek] Jeter and that group of guys. I think he wants to be here. We want him here. I think there’s an opportunity for him to make history here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2017 at 05:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

An unpleasant alternative if Giancarlo Stanton refuses trade | Miami Herald

There are worse things than living in Miami and making millions of dollars playing baseball. I’d say Stanton has hand, not the Marlins.

According to two sources with knowledge of discussions, the Marlins informed Stanton in October that if he refused to waive his no-trade rights and accept a trade, he would remain a Marlin and team officials would look to trade off other top players to reduce payroll.

While it wasn’t presented to Stanton as an ultimatum, one source said, it shows that the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2017 at 03:25 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-29-2017

El Paso Herald, November 29, 1917:

The frequently made statement that president Weeghman of the Cubs is “about to close a deal for Rogers Hornsby of the Cardinals,” is repeated [in Chicago] and this time with more definite detail. In exchange for Hornsby and catcher Snyder, so the statement goes, Larry Doyle is to go to St. Louis as manager and Fred Merkle will be sent along to play the outfield for the Cardinals.

The deal didn’t happen. This was perhaps because Branch Rickey wasn’t the sort of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB Pace Has Never Been Slower. Who’s to Blame? | FanGraphs Baseball

Get the pitchers on the rubber. Get the batters in the box. Enforce the existing rules. Stop the catchers from going to the mound so much. Have managers make pitching changes from the dugout. Limit the amount of visits to the mound by coaches and managers per game. Shorten the break between innings by going to split screen a little more often. Limit instant replay.

Fixed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2017 at 11:52 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play

Aaron Judge, José Altuve, and the Next Battle in the War Over WAR - The Ringer

Maybe we should stop calling different systems by the same name. We have different abbreviations for BABIP and AVG because, although they are both measuring a player’s ability to get on base by hitting the ball, they are calculated differently and are different metrics. Fangraph’s WAR and Baseball Reference’s WAR are two different calculations. At least Baseball Prospectus calls their version WARP to differentiate their version.

James’ Win Shares is/was a decent concept but its construction ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Having room on the 40-man roster is great, but some of the reasons why are concerning - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Because there are going to be several more Brugman types joining the Orioles in the next few weeks, maybe few months. For variety-sake, that can be a good thing, I suppose.

It’s also a bad thing – or at least it points to a bad thing: The Orioles’ lack of minor league talent, especially at the upper levels of the farm system.

The Orioles were able to land Brugman, a left-handed hitting outfielder who’s had some solid success in his pro career so far, because they only had 33 players ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 12:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Impact of stadiums on Giancarlo Stanton | MLB.com

The future (or present for some teams) of adjusting for parks. Of course, it doesn’t factor in changes of approach, but this is interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, statcast

BA: Most Players Skipped MLB’s Workout For Former Braves Prospects

Of the 12 players, just three—outfielders Antonio Sucre and Brandol Mezquita and shortstop Angel Rojas—were at the workout, which was at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. According to multiple sources, several players did not show up to the workout because they are in the middle of their offseason and felt that MLB did not give them sufficient time to prepare themselves to be showcased for clubs.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2017

New York Sun, November 28, 1917:

[Ban Johnson on scheduled doubleheaders:] “Playing two games for one admission cheapens the sport and creates in the minds of the fans the belief that they are not getting their money’s worth out of a single game of nine innings. Double headers have done more to injure professional baseball than any other one thing.

Some of the minor leagues have played the double header card to the limit and owe much of their financial trouble to that fact.”

Johnson was trying ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Scouting top contenders to sign Shohei Ohtani | MLB.com

A nice look at the teams with the best chances of landing Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Hall of Stats: The Hall of Fame Case for Scott Rolen

Positional Adjustment: +34 runs

If you’re not familiar with WAR’s positional adjustment, I recommend you dig more into it on Baseball-Reference. But the gist is this—an average player at shortstop (or catcher, etc.) is more valuable than an average player at first base (or a corner outfield spot) because players who fill those roles are harder to find. I don’t think that’s rocket science, but if it is you can probably feel free to stop reading now.

Baseball-Reference says that third ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, scott rolen

Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons gets his digs in defense of Joe Morgan.

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers had been.

I worked with Joe Morgan for years. We disagreed, sometimes heartily, always with respect. I get his recent letter to Hall of Fame voters, I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe morgan, notes

Milwaukee - BP - GMS AND REBUILDING TIME

Dan Duquette gets some love.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2018 - MLB Trade Rumors

Possible non-tender candidates.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, non-tenders

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday Notes: Dick Williams is Bullish on Cincinnati Pitching | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s Sunday Notes, one day late.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2017 at 02:44 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-27-2017

New York Tribune, November 27, 1917:

Secretary John B. Foster of the Giants may be able to start a smart baseball man into a profitable business. John has been forced to turn down two offers which would have given play to his executive abilities. Both the British and French governments were anxious for him to look over the field in those countries with a view to opening professional baseball leagues. Baseball, it seems, is catching on abroad.

I think that, if the British and French governments ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 27, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international, world war i

OTP 27 Nov 2017: Will Supreme Court open a ‘dam burst’ of legalized sports betting?

But only one thing can prompt him to stop what he’s doing and look up: a loud cheer from the throng of bettors gathered at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, which houses the largest sports betting operation in the world.

“Usually,” he says, “cheering is not good for us.”

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 27, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 2792 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, politics

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shohei Ohtani’s agent asks MLB teams for written answers | AP

NEW YORK — Major league teams were given homework this weekend by Shohei Ohtani.

The agent for the star pitcher and outfielder asked for written explanations in English and Japanese on how Ohtani would fit into each organization intending to bid and what makes the team attractive, according to details obtained by The Associated Press.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 26, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: didntyougetthememo, shohei ohtani

Friday, November 24, 2017

Sportsnet.ca: What’s the toughest-to-find skill?

Perpetual power machines plentiful; now what’s in short supply?

“It’s hard to answer,” says Cardinals GM Michael Girsch. “We try to think of players as a combination of skills and what those skills ultimately do. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking, ‘How hard is it to find X?’

“I can’t shop for a skill,” Girsch continues. “I have to shop for a player and so I don’t think of the world in terms of skills very often.”

fra paolo Posted: November 24, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, hitters, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-24-2017

Chicago Eagle, November 24, 1917:

“It is just like listening to a drum corps when you come to bat with Ray Schalk catching,” writes Oscar Vitt. “He is always whistling. He uses a trill note and occasionally bursts into song. A batter has to be on his guard all the time to keep his mind on the game, for this boy Schalk is always chatting or doing something behind the bat.

Distraction is the new market inefficiency.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 24, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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