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Friday, November 06, 2015

Gonezo: The Mets and Baseball Give Way to Fall (Roger Angell)

None of this works, of course, because now it’s the Knicks, for the love of God, and Thanksgiving-recipe thoughts, and no more baseball. No more Gary Keith and Ron in the next room, not even Michael Kay’s mild little “There’s a strike,” to the sunlit-afternoon accompaniment of a lawnmower up the street; and so on now into winter.

Davo Posted: November 06, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: roger angell

Q&A with Neftalie Williams, Research Director of The African American Experience in Major League Baseball Project

An editor over at Sport in American History just published an interview with Neftalie Williams, the Research Director of the African Americans in MLB Project. This project is aimed at gathering oral history interviews from African Americans who played pro baseball, especially those who played in the MLB. In the interview, Williams explains his role in the project, goals for the future, and some excellent bits of interviews he’s conducted in the past year with former ballplayers and managers ...

joshtothemaxx Posted: November 06, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, history, interview, oral history, project

Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

More hitters are on the way, from Double-A Southern League batting champion Willson Contreras and Tennessee teammates Albert Almora and Billy McKinney to shortstop Gleyber Torres. The team took Ian Happ, another advanced hitter, at the top of the 2015 draft.

zonk Posted: November 06, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 6, 1915:

Miller James Huggins, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, has passed up an opportunity to sign the greatest pitcher the world has ever known. All Huggins would have had to do to get this wonderful “phenom” is to buy 250 shares of mining stock from a Dubuque, Ia., lawyer, and the lawyer in turn would get the pitcher to sign a Cardinal contract.
The gentleman claims to have discovered a semi-pro pitcher who is so good that even the Feds have been ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 06, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, miller huggins

Bill James Online: Fleming: Royal Revolution

The higher the strikeout rate goes, the more the pendulum of value swings away from the quality of contact, and towards just making contact.

This is what the Royals are capitalizing on. What makes the pitchers on a team like the Mets so good is that they can count on getting a lot of strikeouts. The Royals took that away from the Mets: they didn’t give the Mets pitchers easy punch-outs. They said: “If you want to get out of this jam, you better make plays.” The Mets didn’t, and they lost ...

bobm Posted: November 06, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals

Arizona Fall League - MLB Network |

ICYMI Peoria Javelinas at Surprise Saguaros on at 2:30 PM today. Click the link for the AFL telecast schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, television

Milwaukee - Baseball Prospectus: NL CENTRAL’S TOP-50 PROSPECTS

Baseball Prospectus breaks down the Top 50 by division.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, pirates, prospects, reds

The Mets Were a Bad Defensive Club | FanGraphs Baseball

No, your eyes weren’t lying to you.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics

Rays and Mariners Get Hot Stove Fired Up Early | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron talks about the deal. I bet Karns ends up in Seattle’s pen.

Edit: Baseball America’s breakdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brad miller, logan morrison, mariners, nate karns, rays, trades

MiLBY: Houston Astros grow into best farm system | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

The Astros are clearly doing something right.

“The most important measure of a system is, ‘How does it graduate its players?’” Luhnow said. “We were able to do that pretty well this year, especially in the case of Correa. The guys who came up were much accomplished, and we think that’s because they had the experience of winning in the Minor Leagues. We’re always walking the fine line between winning and development, though, and when we can do both, it’s a reflection on the scouts and coaches we ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 05:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, prospects

Lee Smith: Here Comes Dusty Baker

Ok, it’s true the Nats made something of a hash of the hiring process. A week before the club announced that Dusty had the job, news leaked that they were going to name Bud Black, a former big league pitcher who managed the San Diego Padres for eight years until he was fired midway through the 2015 campaign. Reportedly, the sticking point was that Black felt Nationals’ owner Ted Lerner low-balled him, with an initial offer of $1.6 million for one year. Eventually, Lerner offered Black three ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 06, 2015 at 04:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, dusty baker, managerial search, managers, nationals

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Mariners Make Six-Player Trade with Rays.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell in exchange for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.

LoMo is a spare part and Farquhar is less than that, but I ...

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:16 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, rays, transactions

Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games

Tigers shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Detroit acquired Jones from Pittsburgh in the midseason trade for reliever Joakim Soria and he finished the year at Double-A. Picked in the third round of the 2013 draft, Jones hit .257 with 16 homers, 25 steals, and a .737 OPS in 133 total games between Single-A and Double-A this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 05:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: drug of abuse, jacoby jones, prospects, suspensions, tigers

Dusty Baker wins the press conference with one terrific quote after another - The Washington Post

The quotable Dusty Baker.

Dusty Baker on existential voids

“I had a burning desire to succeed in my heart that wasn’t filled in my life [without baseball]. You’re going to have voids in your life. I mean, you can live without them. But I’d rather not.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managers, nationals

‘World Series’ Ratings Hit 12-Year Game 5 Viewership High

People must have tuned in to see Joe Buck’s beard!

The final scores are in, at least for one of the big games last night, and you have to call it a home run for Fox. With an audience of 17.2 million watching the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, the net saw the highest Game 5 viewership since 2003. That Game 5 between the New York Yankees and the Florida Marlins snagged a crowd of 19.9 million. Let’s add some more history to that and note that ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dead, fox, mets, royals, television ratings, world series

Matt Harvey, Prince Fielder Comeback Players |

ARod left out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2015

Virginia (Minnesota) Enterprise, November 5, 1915:

Today the Federal league exists in name only, and unless all signs fail next Tuesday will see the formal dissolution of one of the most remarkablke organizations in the history of promoting, says the [Chicago] Examiner today.
Not a wheel is being turned in the Federal league today and the present expectation is that nothing remains but the completion of the innumerable transactions that will effectually wind up James A. Gilmore’s ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, obituaries

FanGraphs Crowd: The Top 82 Free Agents | FanGraphs Baseball

Players are ranked by total median projected contract value — and then, in such cases where players have received the same median contract estimate, by the total average contract value. A spreadsheet containing the results is available here. Statistics are from 2015. Offensive and defensive value are expressed relative to league average. Defensive value accounts both for defensive runs and positional adjustment. One can read more about both metrics here.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Peter Gammons: Value High on Gray, Scouting Cuban Legend Gourriel, and Hector Olivera -

Beane says “trading Gray is not something I think we could do. We have to put a representative product on the field, and continue to dream we get a ballpark. We should have good pitching, with Gray, Jarrod Parker, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, maybe Sean Manaea during the season. I just cannot see us trading Gray or (Josh) Reddick.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sonny gray

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Royals’ remarkable run rewards fans beyond belief

Rany, they are all good.

So here’s to the 2015 Royals, for taking us there. For being the team I’ve waited my entire life to root for. For dominating the regular season from start to finish. For being the most unkillable baseball team October has ever seen. For finishing the season with a Game 5 that so perfectly embodied their season that it’s as if they had planned it all along.

If I live another 50 years, I may never see another Royals championship. Even if I do, I will probably never see ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

Reds Promote Dick Williams to GM

My first thought was that Walt Jocketty had brought THE Dick Williams back from the beyond, just so he could get fired in season a record fifth time.

severian Posted: November 04, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dick williams, reds, walt jocketty

Judge rules in favor of Orioles in MASN Court Case

Nearly six months after the trial hearing, and three years after the dispute began between MASN and the Nationals, the verdict is in on the court case involving tens of millions of dollars of rights fees. The thirty-page decision provides the immediate conclusion that the court has thrown out the ruling made by baseball’s panel - a victory for the Orioles - but offers no other resolution to the case.

Page 27 of the ruling is particularly interesting.

Under the circumstances, the Court ...

birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: November 04, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles

OT: McCain, Flake slam ‘paid patriotism’ at sporting events

God blesses America, but it comes at a price!

A new report from two Republican senators slams the Pentagon for paying $6.8 million to the NFL and other sports leagues for patriotic events.

Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake slam the activities as “paid patriotism.”

The pair examined 122 contracts between the Pentagon and various sports leagues, including $49,000 for the Wisconsin Army National Guard to sponsor performances of “God Bless America” at Milwaukee Brewers games; ...


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2015

Rock Island Argus, November 4, 1915:

Plans are nearing consummation to terminate the baseball war by absorbing into the National league the men who hold the federal league’s bank roll.
The scheme as outlined is for [Harry] Sinclair to become part owner of the Giants, [Phil] Ball to purchase the Britton equity in the St. Louis Cards, [PittFeds owner Edward] Gwinner to be bought out by Dreyfuss or to be allowed to buy into the Pirates, and the Whales and Cubs to be consolidated and play on the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 04, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Dodgers, with proud history of diversity, could pick Dave Roberts as manager | FOX Sports

A team should hire the best candidate. The Dodgers have an established track record of doing that. So, if Roberts is the best candidate, they will hire him; if he isn’t, they won’t. And that should be that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers

Jonny Gomes wins un-politically correct MVP of Royals parade | CSN Bay Area

Where will the good luck charm land?

This is what Jonny Gomes said at the Kansas City Royals World Series parade (attended by twice as many people as actually live in Kansas City, meaning that for the first time ever there was no lunch line at Oklahoma Joe’s) while holding an American flag for those revelers who thought they had been transplanted overnight by alien whim to Belgium:

“It’s unbelievable what those boys did,” Gomes said. “It’s unbelievable what they did! It’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: jonny gomes, royals, world series

ONE World Sports :: Lee Dae Ho to pursue Major League Baseball

I don’t need to see the translation of his stats to know he profiles as a bench guy at best.

The 33-year-old DH/corner infielder, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, has been a productive player in Japan over two years with the Orix Buffaloes and the past two seasons with SoftBank.

He is a .293 hitter in Nippon Pro Baseball and is coming off a season in which he hit .282 with 31 longballs—his highest power total during his time in Japan.

His upside includes his ability to get around on fastballs, and he ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, japanese baseball, lee dae ho

In final analysis, the best choice as Dodgers manager would be ... Dave Roberts - LA Times

Bill Plaschke likes Dave Roberts. He really likes him!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers, manager

Clay Buchholz could be a useful trade chip for Red Sox - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo wishcasting a Clay Buchholz deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trades

Terry Collins, Mets agree on two-year extension, sources say | Newsday

Collins is not a good tactical manager. I’m still shocked that he let Harvey talk him into staying in the game. I’m even more shocked that he also left him in after he served up a leadoff walk.

Now, Collins has been given the opportunity to chase another championship, and to do so on his own terms. Sources told Newsday on Tuesday that Collins, 66, agreed to a new two-year contract that will keep him in the Mets’ dugout through the 2017 season.

The deal officially will be announced Wednesday at ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 05:39 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mets, terry collins

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