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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Milwaukee Sentinel, December 30, 1914:
A Federal league official stated on Tuesday that the reason the new organization did not persist in its efforts to sign Eddie Collins, formerly of the Athletics and now of the White Sox, was because his demands were so great that the officials were dumfounded. ...
To their great astonishment Collins demanded $80,000 for a three year contract. Not only that, but he wanted $20,000 in cash and demanded that the other $60,000 be deposited in the bank for him.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?
9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from ...
Posted: December 29, 2014 at 03:39 PM | 32 comment(s)
WHAT ABOUT JETER’S WALK OFF?
Among all the moments on this list, none has a higher WPA than Davis’ June 30 grand slam against Oakland. The Tigers had a win expectancy of 20 percent entering the at-bat. (And that presumes each moment occurs in a vacuum. It didn’t take into account that the light-hitting Davis has never hit more than eight home runs in a season and that Davis had never hit a walk-off shot.)
With one smooth swing, Davis crushed a hanging curveball over the left-field wall, one ...
Okay, so there is one small holdup with the public owning sports teams in the U.S., which is that the major pro sports leagues here have dedicated themselves to blocking it at every turn. McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc once tried to give the Padres to the city of San Diego as a charitable donation, but was overruled by MLB; a similar league edict later prevented the city of Pittsburgh from getting a share of the Pirates in exchange for a $20 million “loan” that was never repaid. The NFL was so ...
Will the Byrd fly the coop?
The Phillies are in clear rebuild mode, having dealt Jimmy Rollins and Antonio Bastardo this offseason, and they appear to have had a third trade in the works before it fell through. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Phillies and Reds were close to a trade that would’ve sent Marlon Byrd to Cincinnati before talks broke down (Twitter link). The other players in the trade are unclear at this point, though Morosi notes that the Reds and Phils could still ...
Some interesting info from Neil Paine.
It also bears noting that, because of MLB’s economic structure, the market price for hot stove players is higher than the average amount that teams generally pay per win. When we hear about the cost of a win in these contexts, it generally refers to a player’s value on the open (free agent) market, and when teams are bidding against each other, this framework does a good job of predicting what free agents will be paid for the WAR they’re expected to ...
Posted: December 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
We heard a couple of weeks ago that Petco Park in San Diego was likely to host the 2016 All-Star Game. This conflicted with an earlier report that Camden Yards in Baltimore would play host.
Today Roch Kubatko of MASN confirms that, no, Camden Yards will not be the site and cryptically adds that “Major League Baseball doesn’t seem to have much desire to do the Orioles any favors these days.”
It has to be cryptic, I assume, because Kubtako’s employer is at the center of the reason why ...
As a Red Sox fan, I’d love to see the Yankees get Scherzer. In the short run it will help them but in the long run the odds are they will end up with another Sabathia-type contract.
Regardless of what you’ve heard so far this offseason, and however much the teams downplay their needs to the media, the fact remains: 2014 was the first season in more than two decades during which both the Red Sox and Yankees missed the playoffs. They’re due for an old-fashioned bidding war with Boras in the ...
Posted: December 29, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, December 29, 1914:
Cyril Slapnicka, the Brewer pitcher, is up in arms these days.
According to the official pitching averages of the American association, issued last week by President Chivington, Slap is credited with eight victories and is charged with nine defeats. According to his record he lost only eight games, giving him an average of .500 for the season. As Slap had a bonus of $200 coming, in the event of his winning half his games, naturally he is quite interested ...
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Bauer detailed one of the setups that he uses in the offseason. He will have a camera in each batter’s box mounted at eye level, so he can see the hitter’s perspective. Bauer also has a camera mounted from the center-field view in order to track the flight of the ball. He then films his pitches at 240 or 480 frames per second, and he can overlay the pitches on video to see variances in the movement.
“So, then I can tailor-fit what pitches I throw and where to make them all appear the same, ...
Posted: December 28, 2014 at 06:33 PM | 3 comment(s)
No excuse? How about if the price tags on the available starters are unreasonable? Don’t get me wrong. Getting an ace would be great. Getting an ace at the expense of too much talent, though, is a price they shouldn’t be willing to pay. That’s especially true if you believe having the ace will only get the team to 84-88 wins.
To do: Find an ace. The Red Sox have no excuse for leaving themselves short in this area. They have player and financial resources to obtain free agents such as Max ...
If your GM is not listening to Pat Gillick, your GM has big problems.
The Red Sox made it clear when they opened talks about Hamels that they will not deal Mookie Betts, who is clearly a regular and he who wills the vital role of leadoff hitter (check Bill James’ 2015 projection on Betts, over .400 OBP, 500 slug, just 22 years old); in 37 games, Betts’ WAR was 2.1, in 175 Myers’ was 0.9. They will also not trade catcher Blake Swihart. Now, Charlie Manuel saw more games in the Boston system ...
Posted: December 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
[Takashi] Toritani, who hired notorious baseball agent Scott Boras to guide his transition to the big leagues, is currently mulling offers from the Jays and San Diego Padres, according to Japanese news reports. The Padres are believed to be offering a chance to play shortstop, while in Toronto Toritani would be moved to second, where he played at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Given his age, Toritani is likely to sign a short-term deal of just one or two years. Since he is a free agent, no ...
Saturday, December 27, 2014
And tweet from: @Enrique_Rojas1
#Cubs SS Starlin Castro arrested Saturday by authorities for questioning by a shooting that left 6 injured by bullets, police said.
Dock Ellis on Acid
Posted: December 27, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 43 comment(s)
Since this is such a slow baseball news period, here’s a link to MiLB’s organizational reports.
Posted: December 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
A nice short history of the baseball card bubble:
Several years of caustic negotiations between team owners and the players’ union culminated in a work stoppage in 1994 and the cancellation of the World Series for the first time since 1904. The strike cost Major League Baseball dearly—attendance and revenues fell sharply when play finally resumed—and spelled doom for the card traders and dealers whose success depended on unbroken good fortune.
Just a few years after the bitter collapse ...
Friday, December 26, 2014
If anyone thought there would be hard feelings about that missed $500,000 bonus from last season, this puts paid to that…literally.
The Twins have locked up a key rotation cog going forward, as the team today announced that they have restructured and extended the contract of Phil Hughes. Originally owed $16MM through 2016, Hughes receives an additional three years and $42MM under his new deal. [...]
The 28-year-old Hughes enjoyed an excellent season with Minnesota in 2014 — the first of a ...
Posted: December 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM | 6 comment(s)
Yankees need another starter.
Veteran righty Hiroki Kuroda is planning to return to the place where he made his name, the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Japanese media outlets Nippon and Chugoku Shimbun reported the news earlier today, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting via Twitter that Kuroda was in fact headed back to Japan.
It took Ammenheuser longer to sign his name on the ballot… “After a lot of statistical examination and careful review of their careers, I chose to include Raines and Schilling to join Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Smoltz.”
The holdover list is much more enticing. The debate rages whether Bonds, Clemens, McGwire and Sosa belong in the Hall. Alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs will likely keep them out. And that’s too bad. Bonds and Clemens, specifically, were among the game’s elite ...
Posted: December 26, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 39 comment(s)
His choices- Pedro, Unit, Smoltz, Raines, and Schilling. FTFA…
“I can make very good cases for Biggio, Piazza, Bagwell, Raines, Smith, Mussina and Schilling. After a lot of statistical examination and careful review of their careers, I chose to include Raines and Schilling to join Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Smoltz.
Who do you think I should have included?”
I don’t know, maybe the other five guys you considered…
Posted: December 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
Or as I told Rob…“I think the MLB Network should have a 3-hr show of all HOF ballots being opened…with a Sammy Petrillo-type host using a magic wall.”
It is probably not too strong to suggest that Darren Viola’s Hall of Fame Ballot Collecting Gizmo — an annual event for a number of years now — has sparked a dialogue about transparency in BBWAA voting that is vastly overdue. That it must be crowdsourced is understandable (at least for a while), as is the humble and necessarily incomplete ...
Posted: December 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
From what I have read and heard from the Rays front office, they aren’t throwing in the towel on competing in 2015. I don’t see them trading Zobrist unless they start off next season poorly.
Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 63 comment(s)
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