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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2016 Baseball Prospect Book PDF released - Minor League Ball

John Sickels recently released the pdf version of his 2016 Baseball Prospect Book. After buying the book for 20 years this is the first year I won’t be purchasing it. Because of health issues the last two years, the release date of the book has gotten later and later. Last year, even though it was released too late to be useful to me, I still purchased it. This year I just can’t justify buying the book just for that reason again.

I wish John well and hope, if he decides to keep publishing, he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 01:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: books, prospects

Baseball needs more money. Jersey sponsorships could fix that.

It worked for the Bad News Bears!

According to a recent report by Forbes, European revenue from jersey sponsorship will reached nearly $1 billion in 2016. The same should be true in the United States, but American Sports have long eschewed the same monetization of advertising on jerseys, with the exception of Major League Soccer.

That will no longer be the case in the very near future, with the NBA being the first of the big-four sports to take a leap into adding jersey logos in 2017:....

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: advertising, rays

Cuba trip baseball’s power to effect change | MLB.com

Hopefully human rights in Cuba will be impacted.

“That’s the power of Baseball,” Obama told ESPN. “That’s the power of sports. It can change attitudes sometimes in ways a politician can never change [them], a speech can’t change. All those kids who started growing up rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and suddenly they’re rooting for a black man on the field, and how that affects their attitudes laying the groundwork for the civil rights movement, that’s a legacy we all have benefited from, black ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-23-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 23, 1916:

John Collins was nursing a bum nose today. He biffed himself with a bat when he missed one of Bob Russell’s curves in a practice game. Rowland played doctor by grasping John’s nose in clothespin fashion, this putting broken bones back into place.

That must have been…something.

When I was a kid, maybe 10 years old, I swung a bat as hard as I could and somehow my arms wrapped around my body and I smashed myself in the side of the head with the bat. I’ve never ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, injuries

Terry Collins uses Steven Matz’s struggles to warn rest of Mets | New York Post

It’s just spring training.

Now, he’s heading into his first full regular season in the majors and is still adjusting.

“You try to work on stuff, but at the same time, you’re facing the New York Yankees,” Matz said. “I’m pretty happy with how I bounced back there and got some results over the last few batters.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Harris hire part of Pirates’ continuing search for outside-the-box thinking | TribLIVE

According to the Washington Post, under Kelly and Harris, Eagles players’ morning routines included “soreness and mood surveys,” urine tests and results from heart rate readings. Some saw the practices as too intrusive. Players also were lectured on the importance of sleep and hydration, and the adverse effects of alcohol and marijuana.

“To us, success is all about the preparation,” Kelly wrote. “James was an integral part of what we were able to accomplish at both Oregon and in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nutrition, pirates

Daniel Norris to undergo tests on injured back, unlikely to make Tigers opening day roster | MLive.com

This isn’t ideal.

Norris was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to back stiffness after first tweaking his back while working out in the weight room. His start was pushed back to Tuesday, but his back issue flared up while he was pitching in the top of the first inning.

At this point, it would be a surprise if Norris were to make the opening day roster for the Tigers.

“It doesn’t help him even just from a pitch count perspective,” Ausmus said of Norris’ outing Tuesday.

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers

Cleveland Indians Scribbles from Goodyear, where Joba Chamberlain, Tyler Naquin are close to making team—Terry Pluto (photos) | cleveland.com

The Indians could not have asked for a better spring performance from rookie Tyler Naquin. At the start of training camp, the Indians challenged the players to give the team a reason to notice them. The rookie has done just that and is on track to start in center field once the season the opens. Naquin is hitting .400 (1.090 OPS) with two doubles and three triples.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Dodgers await injury update on Yasmani Grandal - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

The Dodgers catcher suggested that his soreness is the result of overcompensating in other areas as he returns from offseason shoulder surgery, portraying it as nothing out of the ordinary.

“Now we haven’t been swinging as much so we’re taking it slow,” Grandal said. “We will be in the game on Thursday. I’m scheduled to play Thursday. We will be smart about it.”

President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman also downplayed the potential severity of an injury.

“It’s just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasmani grandal

Dodgers’ focus on future could waste Clayton Kershaw’s best years - LA Times

What a shame. We might not ever see him in the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

The Surprise Five: Thoughts from Monday at Rangers camp | The Star-Telegram

Some good Rangers news.

Ian Desmond was back on the highlight reel Monday with a sizzling one-hop throw to the plate to easily get Nolan Arenado early on. Arenado should have never been sent, but he was and Desmond’s throw was what manager Jeff Banister was talking about last week when he said that Desmond already has one of the best arms in left field in the game.

The Rangers continue to be infatuated with Desmond’s defense, which continues to be a work in progress. It seems as though the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

‘Historic’ game in Cuba ignores the pain so many people endured

Not everybody is giddy about the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Strat-O-Matic: Dungeons & Dragons For The Rotisserie Set

I play Dynasty League Baseball now but played Strat for years. I even made the trek to Glen Head more than once.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: simulations

Dwight Evans on the Baseball Hall of Fame: “I just don’t understand the mentality of the voting”

It’s not that Dwight Evans was a unique hitter. His 352.7 (Baseball-Reference) WAR Batting Runs have been matched by 89 other players. His fielding skills weren’t very unique, either. 194 players have more WAR Fielding Runs than Evans’ 66.3. But only 18 players in the history of the game have surpassed him in both categories.

There are 44 outfielders in the Hall of Fame, per Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index tool. Were Evans to be inducted tomorrow, the longtime Boston Red Sox right ...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dodgers Andre Ethier has fractured tibia | MLB.com

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has a right tibia fracture and will be sidelined 10-14 weeks.

Ethier suffered the injury fouling a pitch off his leg on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 05:53 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers, injuries

New A’s outfielder Khris Davis has power, personality - San Francisco Chronicle

Rodney Davis, like his son, is all on board with the move to the A’s. The Brewers are rebuilding, and though he is now working as the senior adviser of MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton (Los Angeles County), with his scout’s hat on, Rodney Davis believes that Oakland will be a better team than many people expect.

“It was fortuitous he went to Milwaukee, and it’s great he got to get his start in the major leagues there. But Oakland is a great city for him to grow as a player,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:25 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, khris davis

The day the direction of the Padres changed | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The story gets better.

Preller was the quirky, baseball savant who showed up for interviews with a nondescript spiral notebook that Peter Seidler, the franchise’s lead investor, described as the kind you’d pick up at a Target with “scribbles and notes at all these weird angles.”

Other finalists, by contrast, surrounded themselves with leather-bound notepads, Power Point presentations and unmistakable polish.

Preller, though, had climbed into final contention for the job with Yankees ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Trevor Story closer to starting at shortstop for Rockies - The Denver Post

This is the Story Rockies fans have been waiting for.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

City attempts to evict minor league baseball team from stadium

For all the issues the Raiders had with the city and Oakland and Alameda County, at least they were never evicted.

That’s what the High Desert Mavericks of the Class A California League are facing, with the city of Adelanto filing documents to evict the minor league baseball team from Heritage Field, The Sun News reported over the weekend.

Adelanto mayor Rich Kerr said in a release the city declared a fiscal crisis in 2013 and is ``still not in position to assume financial responsibility to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: high desert, minor leagues, stadiums

Donaldson has seen dark side of domestic violence | Toronto Star | thestar.com

His early years were drenched in violence that no little one should ever have to witness.
“I’m not going to get too colourful with it. But it wasn’t pretty. The best way I can describe it is I can still remember things from when I was from three to five years old that are very vivid in my mind to this day. And it’s not something I would want anybody else to go through.


‘Seinfeld’ and sabermetrics: A guide to the advanced stats that matter in today’s game | cleveland.com

Sabermetrics and Seinfeld, two great things that go great together.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, seinfeld

Inside David Wright’s Grueling Rebab Routine

Serious stuff.

The fact is, Wright, who in person is open-faced, generous, and disarmingly down-to-earth, will deal with back pain for the rest of his life.

Spinal stenosis generally affects men and women over 50 and is usually the result of either arthritis or the wear and tear of aging. And though unusual in younger people, it has cut short several prominent sports careers. Former New York Yankee Don Mattingly retired because of it. Former Phillies and Mets star Lenny Dykstra tried to correct ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Why Derek Jeter found himself at Cuba press conference | New York Post

In the interest of international relations I hope he brought many gift baskets.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, derek jeter

Hazelbaker could force Cardinals into tough decision | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The next J.D. Martinez or just another nice spring story?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jeremy hazelbaker


Carson Smith leaves game with forearm tightness - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

That’s not ideal.

Newly acquired Red Sox reliever Carson Smith left the game Monday with tightness and “a cramping sensation” in his right forearm, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Smith was scheduled be evaluated further after he returned to the team’s facility in Fort Myers later Monday evening.

“I’m concerned,” the reliever said. “It’s my career. Everybody, when you feel something in your forearm, you’re going to be concerned.”

“There’s always concern,” Farrell said. “At this point ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: carson smith, mariners

Jacob deGrom not alarmed by low-90s velocity in spring games | Newsday

Don’t be alarmed until you need to be alarmed. Velocity is a funny thing. Sometimes it changes. See Steve Avery for just one example.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Top outfields in baseball | MLB.com

There is a lot to quibble with in these rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte faced off against switch-hitter Antoan Richardson | MLB.com

Just kidding, there’s a rule for this exact scenario.

“A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch ... The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury.”

In other words, the batter gets the final call. As Clint Hurdle told MLB.com’s Adam Berry, “It was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, pat venditte, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-22-2016

El Paso Herald, March 22, 1916:

The Baltimore Feds would like to have [Federal League President] Jim Gilmore drop around some day—the sooner the better. When peace negotiations were entered into the Baltimore Feds were left out in the cold. Other magnates in the “outlaw” circuit were taken care of, but the Baltimore people got what it classed as “the rawest deal in baseball history.”
...
But when peace came, with Gilmore engineering the proceedings for the Feds, the $300,000 investment of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

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