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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-7-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 7, 1916:

Federal league magnates will come to bury Caesar and collect his life insurance next Wednesday when they cluster again in New York for their final meeting as Federal magnates.
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Formal obsequies over the league are expected to include the signing of a joint pact by all the club-owners agreeing to the withdrawal of their suit against organized baseball and the signing of certain agreements by the organized owners to protect their brethren now that the outlaw ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Predicting the next four HOF Classes (SportsOnEarth/Mack)

A clear-eyed look at the next four years of Hall of Fame voting.


Rangers continue quest for pitching depth | The Star-Telegram

But the Rangers also believe that Darvish is in the same class as elite pitchers who have returned from Tommy John and had fewer issues.

The performances of Matt Harvey, Adam Wainwright, Jose Fernandez and even John Smoltz in their first season after Tommy John have buoyed the Rangers’ hopes for Darvish, who will resume his throwing program next week.

“The No. 1 priority is to get him back to full health, and we’re on a good path toward that,” Daniels said. “I look at upper echelon ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Wednesday, January 06, 2016


Junior and Piazza elected to Hall of Fame

The first pick of the 1990 draft and the 1390th pick of the 1988 draft are going to Cooperstown. Griffey Jr. is the first #1 overall pick to be selected and Piazza is the lowest round pick (62cnd) ever selected and they go into together.


Moskovitz: Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman Sue Al Jazeera America Over Doping Report

Ryans unite!

Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have each sued Al Jazeera America, reporter Deborah Davies, and hurdler Liam James Collins today in federal court for Al Jazeera’s report on athletes and doping, which included both baseball players. In their lawsuits, Zimmerman and Howard both claim one count of libel and one count of false light invasion of privacy while laying out similar issues.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 06, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: lawsuit, peds, ryan howard, ryan zimmerman, steroids

Baseball Hall of Fame selections: The Daily News ballots - NY Daily News

Three more ballots.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Alex Gordon signs four-year deal with Royals

As you can tell, I am happy.

Alex Gordon has re-signed with the Royals according to Jeffrey Flanagan. Buster Olney reports the deal is a four year, $72 million contract.

At the outset of free agency, it was thought Gordon could command a deal as large as $100 million. The Royals had been said to “lowballing” Gordon with a four-year offer worth $12-13 million per year. Reports surfaced that the Royals had “no chance” to re-sign Gordon with what they were offering. Gordon refuted that report, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 6, 1916:

Pitcher “King” Cole, aged 30, of the New York Yankees, died at his home [in Bay City, Michigan] today. He had been ill for some time with cancer of the lungs.
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He was fairly effective in 1914, but last year was ill nearly the entire season. Toward the end of the season he showed signs of recovery and finished strong.

Man, that’s rough. The article is correct, though: In his last three MLB appearances, presumably while suffering from terminal cancer, Cole ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 06, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, king cole, obituaries

Evaluating the Prospects - Boston Red Sox (FanGraphs)

Long-term, the cupboard is still well stocked with young talent, and the Red Sox should have enough in the pipeline to contend not only in 2016 but beyond as well…

(Andrew) Benintendi’s combination of a high ceiling and low risk makes him the top prospect in the organization. Look for him to move quickly through the system, with his power likely being the last tool to fully develop as he hits his way into the upper minors.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Baseball’s Hall Of Fame Is Stuck In The ’60s | FiveThirtyEight

The game is better than ever but recent players don’t get the Hall of Fame love.

Read an article that would get Murray Chass’ blood boiling!!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Junior’s achievements: 24 of Ken Griffey Jr.‘s most remarkable feats

Griffey was a great player. He wasn’t the best center fielder to ever play the game.

“I would say he’s the best center fielder who ever played the game,’’ said Jay Buhner, Griffey’s good friend and former teammate. “He had the sweetest swing, the biggest smile and the hat-on-backward thing. His energy was infectious and contagious. You talk about guys who could carry a team for a week or a month, well, Junior could carry it for a year.

“He was around the game all his life. He grew up around ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ken griffey, jr.

Los Angeles Dodgers hire former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos for front office

The smartest front office just got smarter. Now they just need to actually win something more than their division.

Former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has been hired to play an unspecified role in the Dodgers’ front office, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, dodgers

Dave Dombrowski has one more offseason issue to deal with - The Boston Globe

It wasn’t just last year.

If last winter taught us anything, it’s that selecting which major league teams are the offseason winners or losers is a pointless exercise. The Red Sox were among the big “winners” a year ago, then finished in last place, 15 games out.

I wish the Boston writers would get off this bandwagon. The Red Sox didn’t sign Hanley for his fielding. Ramirez was hitting last season before he ran into the wall and hurt his shoulder. I fully expect him to hit again. Selling ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Buckley: Time for Hall voters to show it or lose it | Boston Herald

I agree 100%.

To take this a step further, I’m calling out the BBWAA: Public ballots should be mandatory.

While I remain firm in my belief the BBWAA does a mostly phenomenal job of determining Cooperstown worthiness, I’m also firm in my belief that baseball fans should be invited into the smoked-filled room to see how it all plays out.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Playing the right way? | FOX Sports

There is no right way. As the article points out, there is a cultural aspect to how the game is played. If culture is truly something to be respected, respect needs to go both ways.

I learned about baseball from my dad. A former professional player himself, with a degree in Psychology from Stanford, my father hammered one nail of an idea into my brain over and over again: “Son, it takes NO talent to hustle.” And so I hustled. I never flipped bats, celebrated excessively, or anything else. I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game etiquette

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

FIVE THINGS LEARNED TALKING HALL OF FAME WITH MIKE LOWELL

“The Tim Raines thing really baffles me. I don’€™t think anybody would argue that Rickey Henderson isn’€™t a Hall of Famer. He’€™s absolultely a Hall of Famer, first ballot. I look at what Tim Raines did for a good 8-10 years in the National League and he’€™s basically Rickey Henderson.

“Schll’€™s another one. If you did something extraordinary in the postseason, you get bonus time. For me Curt was so outstanding, and had some moments, especially in ‘€™04 with the ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 06:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins, red sox

WATCH: Mickey Mantle flips his bat and it is awesome

Good stuff. Of course, this was an out.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, mickey mantle, yankees

Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth for $100,000 Cash

Johnny Igoe, Ruth’s business manager, who is in Boston, having recently returned from the Pacific Coast, notified Ruth last evening by telegraph of his sale to the New York club, and at 11:30 received the following telegram from “Babe”:

“Will not play anywhere but Boston. Will leave for the East Monday.”

Igoe gave as a reason for Ruth’s objection to playing with any club other than the Red Sox, that the big fellow had invested his money in the cigar business in Boston and that he ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 05:01 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, transactions, yankees

First BSOHL of 2016 - Bartolo Colon

On Tuesday, the former Cy Young award winner and three-time All-Star took to the streets of his native Dominican Republic for an intense morning workout, putting his physical gifts on display for some locals.

bbmck Posted: January 05, 2016 at 02:58 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, bsohl, legend, mets

OT: 2016 NFL Playoffs Thread

To allow those of us without the moral fiber to quit following the NFL the space to talk about it for one month per year.

jmurph Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 2292 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl

Sherman: DePodesta to the Browns

Whoa. Did anyone see this coming? Will the Mets get Ricardo Rincon in return?

I have learned Paul DePodesta leaving #Mets to run the NFL Cleveland Browns as executive VP, answerable only to team owner/pres.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: browns, cleveland, executives, mets, moneyball, paul depodesta

Are Curt Schilling’s GOP Politics Keeping Him Out of the Hall of Fame? - Bloomberg Politics

We’ll see what the vote is tomorrow.

Maybe you agree with Curt Schilling’s politics, and maybe you don’t. Maybe you think he’s obnoxious and should be a little quieter about his off-field beliefs to stop distracting people from what he did off the field, or maybe you think he should scream his views from the nearest mountaintop. What appears undeniable, a year after his comments, is that he was exactly right: His right-wing views have cost him votes. The proof is right there in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

This year will feature plenty of international intrigue for MLB

This much is clear: 2016 can be a watershed year for baseball’s international growth, if MLB and the MLBPA partner effectively amid collective bargaining negotiations scheduled to begin this spring.

A synopsis of the packed schedule:

● MLB/MLBPA-operated World Baseball Classic qualifying tournaments in Australia, Mexico and Panama in February and March, followed by another in Brooklyn in September.

● a possible trip by the Tampa Bay Rays to Cuba for two exhibition games in March.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, international, london, mexico, puerto rico

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2016

Washington Times, January 5, 1916:

Charlie Weeghman, the Chicago Federal League magnate, is expected to close his deal for the Cubs today, paying in the neighborhood of $500,000 for the club.
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“It’s up to Weeghman now to pay his money and take the club,” said [Newark Pepper owner Harry] Sinclair, when asked for a statement.

The Chicago restaurateur is expected to return home tomorrow or Saturday in possession of the controlling interest in the Cubs.

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 5, 1916:

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: browns, cubs, dugout, federal league, history

Dave Stewart: D-backs want to keep Draft pick | dbacks.com

I’ve read some criticism of Stewart for not wanting to give up the pick to sign Kendrick. Since the D’Backs are rumored to be talking to Kendrick, it seems he made the statement to lower Kendrick’s asking price. I doubt the difference between Kendrick and the other second base options would be worth losing the pick anyway.

“We’re not going to give up the pick,” Stewart said of the D-backs, who have the 37th selection (Competitive Balance Round A). “It’s just tough after we’ve already given up ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Hall of Fame’s purging of voters might help Bagwell - Houston Chronicle

The backlog won’t be cleared.

“It’s probably going to help to skew the electorate younger, maybe with a bit more sympathy toward advanced metrics, maybe with a bit more tolerance toward the PED question, just generally a bit more liberal in terms of their voting tendencies,” Jaffe said. “Maybe fewer single- or two- or three-candidate ballots. Although we’ve seen more of those the last few days. On the whole, it’s going to help accelerate the progress of a lot of these guys toward the Hall.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 06:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

538 / Ben Lindbergh: Mike Piazza Was More than Just a Big Bat

Next week, Baseball Prospectus will release its latest catcher defense ratings, derived from a mixed model that apportions credit for certain outcomes — called strikes, passed balls, stolen bases — to all the participants in a play, controlling for factors like count and batter/pitcher handedness. These stats will allow previously off-limits assessments to be mined from pre-PITCHf/x eras. BP’s new arm ratings, for example, go back to 1950, while estimated blocking and framing ratings, ...

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Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Monday, January 04, 2016

How MLB.com writers voted in Hall of Fame balloting | MLB.com

A bunch of good ballots and some not so good ones. This one is awful.

MARTY NOBLE, national reporter
Griffey, Kent

No need to explain a vote for Griffey. He could be the first unanimous inductee, but he won’t be, which means we can look forward to someone’s outside-the-box—outside-the-universe—reasoning for omitting Junior.

I’d like to have a loop video of his swing—it was perfect.

Kent is the Babe Ruth of second basemen. His run production dwarfs that of others at his position. If Kent was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 09:22 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Morgan Ensberg now Astros Minors mindset coach | astros.com

Ensberg says it’s all about supporting the players and doing everything the organization can from an analytical side to figure out the best way to teach them the game. But, he warns, he’s not a psychologist.
“It’s something the players, coaches and managers can trust that will stick with them when things go bad,” he said.

And Ensberg admits he could have used a mindset coach when he played. It was sink or swim.

“I always ended up being that guy for other guys, and it’s really because I care,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

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