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Monday, November 06, 2017

How Alex Cora’s stint as an ESPN analyst helped prep him to be a manager

I missed Cora’s time at ESPN because, frankly, MLB Network’s coverage of the game is far superior. Nevertheless, I’m sure his media time will serve him well in Boston.

“I think it served him well in that sense,” said ESPN’s Eduardo Perez, a former big leaguer who has known Cora and his family for decades. “Watching the game from a media standpoint, you’re paying attention to every team and seeing all the angles. It slows the game down for you once you go back to the field.

“Being ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Sunday Notes: Tigers Prospect Isaac Paredes Loves to Hit | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

OTP 6 November 2017: Remembering Baseball’s Right-Wing Rotation

“Capitalist nations will crumble and die from the inside — not the outside,” one of the pitchers said.

“Communism is not the end in itself,” another pitcher said. “It’s only a way to socialize the entire world, so special-interest groups will be the master. And we? We will be the slaves. If, that is, we even live.”

A third pitcher nodded at these ideas and said: “Before, I was just one of those people ignorant of what really goes on.”

The pitchers were Eric Show, Mark ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 1984 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, san diego padres

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

The Dodgers bid farewell to outfielder Andre Ethier on Sunday, declining his 2018 option and casting the longest-tenured member of their roster into free agency.
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In his 12 major league seasons — all with the Dodgers — he made two All-Star teams and batted .285 with 162 home runs. His 303 doubles rank second to Willie Davis in the franchise’s Los Angeles history.

Drafted by Oakland, but acquired for the low, low price of one Milton Bradley!!!


Saturday, November 04, 2017

Miami Herald: Marlins Decline Ichiro’s Option

They couldn’t pick up the option, if he wanted them to.

In what was the first significant roster decision for new ownership, the Marlins on Friday declined their $2 million club option to retain Ichiro, who now becomes a free agent. Suzuki will receive a $500,000 buyout.

fra paolo Posted: November 04, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins

New York mayor calls Cubs owner ‘a coward’ over closing news site DNAinfo, but Emanuel won’t go there

The owner of the Cubs shut down two of his news outlets because his employees unionized. Makes me wonder what he thinks of his players.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 04, 2017 at 01:03 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, November 03, 2017

How the Out of the Park Baseball team plans to expand with live services

“[We want you to be] able to compete in a league with other people in ladders, moving up the ladder and being able to differentiate yourself that way,” he said.

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So OOTP is experimenting and thinking up ways for people to engage with its two sports sims without requiring a download. It isn’t announcing any specifics about how that might work for now, but the company is looking around at what other games are doing. At the same time, the studio doesn’t want to screw up something good ...

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Voodoo Posted: November 03, 2017 at 07:15 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: out of the park baseball

The Houston Astros’ World Series Win Wasn’t Guaranteed - The Ringer

Funny things happen on the way to becoming a dynasty.

According to Neifi, a player evaluation and projection system that’s licensed to major league teams, the combined value of the Astros’ players under team control, at both the major- and minor-league levels, dwarfs that of any other team, exceeding the second-place Indians’ total by $244 million. (The Dodgers rank third.) Most of that value comes from homegrown guys—draftees and international signees—some of whom predate the current ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2017 at 02:21 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dynasties

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-3-2017

Washington Times, November 3, 1917:

William Saier, uncle of Vic Saier, first baseman of the Chicago Cubs, one of the best known men of Lansing, is divesting himself of a coat of tar and feathers today. The coat was applied by a delegation of citizens who claim Saier is a pro-German.

The tar and feathering of Saier was given after a mock trial by a jury of twenty white-robed vigilants. He is said to have admitted he was a pro-German, that he subscribed to the Liberty loan under pressure, and to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 03, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Inside Baseball | Critics Divided On All-Or-Nothing Kapler Hire By Phillies

If you like rumor and innuendo, here’s an article for you.

Kapler may turn out to be ahead of his time, and a great hire — he has some very great strengths. But it wasn’t a small number of people he had trouble with during his time in L.A. Some see Philly as a team that is also thinking outside the box in making the surprise hire. Others wonder if the Phillies simply have a tin ear.

They took a month to make the hire, stepping outside their rep as a conservative organization. They view ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Could Yankees Restructure With Tanaka?

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Thursday, November 02, 2017

ESPN: Tony La Russa joins Red Sox front office

Dave Dombrowski has known Tony La Russa for nearly 40 years, since they worked together with the Chicago White Sox. Given the chance to reunite, Dombrowski created a front-office position for La Russa—vice president and special assistant to the president of baseball operations—in which the Hall of Fame manager will assist with player development and serve as a consultant to the major and minor league coaching staffs, including rookie manager Alex Cora…..Although La Russa was careful to say he ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 02, 2017 at 08:16 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: a-hole, hypocrite, phony old school

Angell: Long Wait, Great Win

As happens so often in a long series, the joys and triumphs of the winners and their rooters remain pure, while the rest of us, and not only the Dodger fans, try not to think about several inexorable but excruciating failures and pains. We must put aside, for instance, what today must look like for Yu Darvish, last night’s Dodger starter, who was gone after those two innings, and who had lasted for a bare five outs in his Game One start, while coughing up six hits and four runs. Dodger first ...

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Clayton Kershaw on World Series loss: ‘Maybe one of these days I won’t fail’ | CBS Sports

“Maybe one of these days I won’t fail, we won’t fail and we’ll win one of these things,’’ Kershaw said, finding little consolation in the team’s 104 regular-season victories. “…There’s only one team that can succeed. There’s only one team that wins the last game, so that’s tough.

“I think once the dust settles and we go home, we can realize that we had a pretty amazing season and we finished in second place, which nobody cares about or remembers.’‘

Well, there it is, the saddest thing I’ll ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 02, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, sad trombone

Who belongs on the Houston Astros All-Time Team?

From 1962 to now: these are the greatest Astros of all-time. (Colt .45s too)

This team has very strong starting pitching, excellent speed in the lineup, and a logjam at second base (where do you play Biggio?). The Astros still haven’t had a great catcher or third baseman.


Money dispute could leave Japan’s Babe Ruth stuck there | NY Post

The MLB-NPB posting agreement expired Tuesday. The sides, though, were close to an agreement to move to a system whereby the Japanese team losing a player to MLB would receive a percentage of the deal the player signed with an MLB club — believed to be between 15 and 20 percent.

However, Otani’s team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, refused to give its needed vote to the deal unless the righty pitcher was grandfathered into the old deal, whereby the Fighters would receive the maximum $20 million ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 02, 2017 at 05:32 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, shohei ohtani

Bloomberg: Republicans Push to End Muni Bond Sales by Businesses, Stadiums

Neil deMause, to the courtesy phone…

Congressional Republicans proposed barring the sale of municipal bonds for professional sports stadiums and privately run infrastructure projects such as toll roads and airports, a step that’s at odds with President Donald Trump’s push to increase funding for public works.

The tax-cutting bill released Thursday would also eliminate advanced refundings of debt issues, a popular refinancing technique with state and local governments, as well as bonds ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: November 02, 2017 at 03:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: congress, donald trump, republicans, stadium financing, stadiums, taxpayers

Upton bypasses opt-out, signs with Angels | MLB

The Angels and outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep Upton in Los Angeles through 2022, the club announced Thursday.

Upton’s deal is worth $106 million, a source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-2-2017

Ogden Standard, November 2, 1917:

The bosses of the Pacific Coast league were still in session at the St. Francis hotel at 11 o’clock last night and each one was blaming the other fellow for calling the meeting…This gathering is only a special one and no one seems to know what it is all about.
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[Los Angeles owner Hen Berry] said there is a possibility that Vernon will be dropped. He says Los Angeles does not like continuous baseball and the game will be better there with only one club.

Berry, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 02, 2017 at 12:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sun-Sentinel: The Case for Trading Stanton

All the arguments for shopping Stanton in one place.

“Honestly, if you’re going to lose, lose a series, it’s whatever. I don’t really care,” Stanton said. “If it’s not enough to help win, then personal stuff [doesn’t matter]. I’ve had enough personal stuff. If we don’t win, it’s not that fun.”

It’s not hard to extrapolate that to the Marlins’ situation overall. Eight years into his career, Stanton has never played on a winning team. He’s had enough of the losing.

Of course, ...

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fra paolo Posted: November 02, 2017 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, marlins

Carlos Beltran finally gets his World Series ring | FTW

While his teammates sprayed beer and champagne around a cramped visitors clubhouse at Dodger Stadium following their 5-1 Game 7 win, Beltran, who saw only three at-bats in the series and did not record a hit, suggested he will consider retirement.

“My decision is going to be difficult — playing one more year, or deciding to stay home,” he told For The Win. “But staying home won’t mean staying at home. Staying home would still mean being able to be around the game of baseball. I love ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 02, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos beltran, count the ringz, retirement


Astros beat Dodgers to win first World Series | MLB.com

Congratulations to the Houston Astros organization and the team’s fans. You did it!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

World Series Game 7 OMNICHATTER! for November 1, 2017

There’s no better American sporting event than a World Series Game 7.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 01, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 754 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2017

Washington Herald, November 1, 2017:

According to reports in local baseball circles yesterday, Ban B. Johnson’s application to fight in the trenches in France has been pigeonholed in the archives of the appointment clerk’s office in the War Department.
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It seems that the government officials at Uncle Sammy’s army factory could find no jobs which would fit the qualifications of the American League boss.

If Johnson literally asked to fight in the trenches, I can’t imagine the response was ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2017 at 01:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodger Stadium will host a World Series Game 7 for the first time | LAT

Dodger Stadium has staged concerts, soccer games, a Papal mass, even a bullfight.

But Wednesday will mark the first time baseball’s third-oldest ballpark will play host to Game 7 of a World Series.

Game 7!

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 01, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dodger stadium, world series

OT - November* 2017 College Football thread

The longest month.


* 30 days hath November, except in the college football thread where it runs through Championship Week.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2017

Washington Times, October 31, 1917:

The plan for the formation of a new league of near-major caliber will be realized or exploded within the coming two weeks.
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Baseball men of the two big minor leagues have had several meetings of late, and it is admitted that they expect to withdraw from their respective leagues and form a new organization if they can get the moral support of the two big leagues.
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It is whispered [in New York] that the Baltimore people will be perfectly willing to forget ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, October 30, 2017

On-Topic Politics: Angelos Scraps Nats Naval Academy Baseball Classic

The Naval Academy Baseball Classic was slated to be held yearly through 2019, but due to a territorial issue with the Baltimore Orioles, the event will no longer take place, according to multiple sources.

Because the Nationals playing in the Orioles’ domain violates the MLB Constitution, Baltimore could have canceled last spring’s game. The Orioles instead agreed to allow the 2017 game to go on as scheduled, given its nature.

Bote Man Posted: October 30, 2017 at 09:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: exhibitions, nationals, orioles, peter angelos, scumbags

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