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Monday, December 21, 2015

Ten most notable MLB storylines to watch in 2016

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

The current deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association expires in 347 days, and there are plenty of issues that must be resolved by the time the current deal runs out next Dec. 1, including the length of the schedule, draft-pick compensation and qualifying offers, and roster size.

The players are making more than ever and so are the owners, apparently, so for now, there is little indication that a work ...

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ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Returns for 27th Season as Exclusive National MLB Game of the Week

Hope you like Red Sox vs. Yankees!

Sunday Night Baseball to document Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz’s final season across four early appearances;
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry three times, including back-to-back weeks (May 1, May 8, July 17);
NL West rivals: Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will square off twice (April 17, June 12);
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen to appear on Sunday Night Baseball for third consecutive season (June ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, mets, red sox, royals, sunday night baseball, yankees

Peter Gammons: Reconstructing Gillickism in Boston - GammonsDaily.com

Peter Gammons says nice things about Dave Dombrowski.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox

The Economist: Cuban baseball crisis

The next day a big game is scheduled in the domestic baseball league, at Havana’s rickety 55,000-seat Latin American Stadium. It pits the hometown Industriales, Cuba’s answer to the New York Yankees, against a visiting club from nearby Matanzas. A few years ago the stands would have been packed. But today the outfield bleachers are empty, and only the rows of seats closest to the action appear even half-full. Bored-looking police drag on cigarettes. A group of hometown fans tries to rouse ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba

MLB final payroll figures released by Commissioner’s office

Final 2015 payrolls for 40-man rosters

1. Los Angeles. Dodgers; $291,056,310

2. New York Yankees: $223,589,947

3. Boston Red Sox: $185,568,958

4. San Francisco Giants: $180,726,826

5. Washington Nationals: $169,277,370

6. Detroit Tigers: $164,010,992

7. Texas Rangers: $156,283,670

8. Los Angeles Angels: $149,686,871

9. Philadelphia Phillies: $145,656,077

10. Toronto Blue Jays: $135,728,804

11. Chicago Cubs: $133,051,389

12. St. Louis Cardinals: $132,638,936

13. Kansas City Royals: ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: payroll

OTP - 2015 December 21: 5 takeaways - Sanders swung, Clinton hit, and Raddatz was a star.

The press filing center at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, resembled the parking lot of a baseball stadium whose team had been eliminated from the playoffs. By the reality-TV standards of the Trump-headlined Republican mud-fights, the substance-heavy, we-all-agree-on-the-basics discourse of the third Democratic debate was a narcoleptic’s dream.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: December 21, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 1275 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-21-2015

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, December 21, 1915:

Early trains arriving in Cincinnati on Tuesday brought many baseball magnates for the big peace pow-wow which is almost certain to end the three-year war which has been waged in organized baseball by the Federal league.
...
[National Commission] Chairman Herrmann said today that only the details of the peace plan remain to be worked out, but that there are so many of them he does not expect the conference to be concluded before Wednesday.

I ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Frank’s Place: A Christmas Eve meeting that made an impression

How could I not not link to a story about Phillies’ Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies

AFL Team Review: Scottsdale Scorpions | 2080 Baseball

Joe Hamrahi’s new web site is worth bookmarking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, scouting

Harper: Picturing Yanks, Mets after 2019 free-agent class - NY Daily News

John Harper fantasizes about the Yankees and Mets future. He didn’t say it but I bet it also includes a pony and a unicorn.

Between the ever-rising cost of free agents this winter, the potential availability of so many bright young stars three years from now, and the Yankees’ wait for bad contracts to expire, the winter of 2018-19 is already the talk of baseball.

After all, imagine the bidding for free agents such as Bryce Harper, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yankees

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Sapient Global Markets is bringing risk management to major sports - The Boston Globe

Again, scouting information is usable data.

Donovan also talks about “artificial intelligence,” which he defines as “basically machines taking data sets and then predicting the future. Banks will look at a person’s credit card history and they’ll use artificial intelligence to understand that person and then market specific things to that person.”

Artificial intelligence can take data — such as comparing the statistics of David Price with Zack Greinke — and make an objective ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Executive Viewpoints: Structural Change with Regime Change | FanGraphs Baseball

“What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes is just how complex this industry can be. It’s a large infrastructure that branches out quickly. It’s almost like an iceberg with the GM on top. When you get below the water line, there is a lot going on and a lot of people involved. When you consider all the different facets of an organization – scouting, development, the business side, the major league club – there are a lot of moving parts. It’s not surprising different teams can take ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Sunday Notes: Fife, Guerrieri, Braves, Brewers, Twins, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Whicker: Dodgers’ Friedman is becoming a divisive figure in LA sports

Build long-term and go for it at the same time! Sign those high-cost free agents and maintain flexibility in future years!

Win the winter NOW, or else!!

Friedman envisions the Dodgers growing their own, with a harvest that will contend for years. That destination is fine. It’s the journey that’s losing us.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Heyward’s reason for leaving Cards agitates Matheny : Sports

Heyward’s perception of his ex-teammates.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

The Jays’ Joe Sheehan is living life by the numbers | Toronto Star

He won’t be on the comedy circuit any time soon.

Asked to describe The BEEST to a layman, Sheehan betrays a sense of humour for the first time in the half-hour interview.

“It’s approaching self-awareness,” he deadpans, completely straight faced. “It might launch the nukes next year, judgment day.”

After letting his joke sink in, Sheehan explains that the database functions as a one-stop shop for all of the organization’s analytical tools, consolidating scouting and health reports ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, sabermetrics

Cuban baseball crisis | The Economist

Manfred and Castro are two peas in a pod. Or not.

Yet for all the Cuban government’s rhetoric about America’s athletic imperialism, it may have an unlikely ally in MLB on the issues that concern it most. Despite MLB’s reputation as a fiercely capitalist industry worth $9 billion a year, the game’s economic model has much in common with Cuban-style socialist principles. To maintain fans’ interest, MLB needs a competitive balance between its rich and poor clubs. It accomplishes this by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Dodgers hit with record $43.6 million luxury tax bill

Not that the Dodgers seem to mind. According to calculations by MLB, Los Angeles had a record payroll of $297.6 million this year — benefts included — which far exceeds the $189 million threshold. Any way you slice it, that’s a lot of money to have tied up in a baseball team, and a good chunk of that turned out to be dead money. As we noted after the Dodgers activity at the trade deadline, the team owed $87.5 million just to players who were no longer on the team. Another good chunk was ...

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McCoy Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, luxury tax, yankees

Levine: Theo Epstein Putting Stock In Jorge Soler’s Future

Unless the very best pitcher or center fielder in the game becomes available, Jorge Soler will be the Chicago Cubs’ starting right fielder next April. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein admitted the interest in Soler on the open market place, but stressed his value to the Cubs as a guest on The 670 Score.

McCoy Posted: December 20, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, soler

Inside the backstage drama at the MLB Winter Meetings - NY Daily News

Andy Martino opens the curtain.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

5 big free agents who won’t sign for a while | MLB.com

This generation’s Jody Reed.

Ian Desmond, SS, 30
Do you evaluate a player in his walk year or his track record? That’s the question with Desmond.

As I see it, this is a good player who had a bad year (.674 OPS), but he will be a difference-maker again, and he could wind up being a relative bargain. Desmond and his agent just need to understand his market and know that certain clubs won’t be able to see past his 2015 performance. He likely won’t get an offer as good as the seven-year, $107 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 05:51 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, daniel murphy, free agents, howie kendrick, ian desmond, ian kennedy

Chances of deal for Brandon Phillips appear to be fading - The Washington Post

Phillips is staying in Cincy through 2018 if he wants to stay there.

Among the issues the Reds needed to resolve with Phillips was the question of money deferred in the six-year, $72.5 million contract extension he signed in 2012, according to that person. Phillips moved his family to Cincinnati year-round, and has played for the Reds since 2006, though some speculated he might be willing to leave the area to reunite with Dusty Baker, his former manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Could the baseball be responsible for the surge in HRs in 2015? | FOX Sports

There is a big difference between 2001 and 2015; we have Statcast/pitchFx on *every pitch*. If the ball was juiced in 2015, it’s something quantifiable. The data is there. Rob needs to either prove it or drop it.

And whaddayaknow, home runs were way, way up in 2015. They were up not because all those big boys were making more contact (again, they weren’t) but rather because when they did make contact, a significantly higher percentage of batted balls were flying over the outfield walls. In the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2015 at 06:55 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball

McCarron: Bartolo Colon’s new Mets contract includes $50K bonus if he wins Silver Slugger award

Is this the most awesome contract clause in the history of the game?

Bartolo Colon’s delightful at-bats have become must-see moments in Met games recently and now he’s got a nifty incentive to continue his recent improvement at the plate.

Colon, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com, has a $50,000 bonus clause in his new Met contract related to hitting – he collects the cash if he wins the National League Silver Slugger award for pitchers.

Preposterous, you say, based on some of the ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 19, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, contract, mets, silver slugger

Joe Mauer Reviews Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Twinkie Town

HE LIKED IT! HE REALLY LIKED IT!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 615 comment(s)
  Beats: joe mauer, twins

Inside Baseball: Hot Stove’s mid-point winners and others; plus MLB notes - CBSSports.com

Heyman’s latest. Maybe we should just say everyone is above average!

It’s somewhat dangerous to do a winner and losers column only halfway through the winter. After all, there around 100 free agents still unsigned, so by the time spring training starts exactly two months from now, this could all be reversed. Or at least wildly different. But here goes, with one minor adjustment, rather than “losers” we’ll have non-winners. That’s only fair as there’s still plenty of time to go.

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, December 18, 2015

Why a Hall of Fame vote for Tim Raines is a vote for analytics, too

Posting an OPS 23 percent above league average with 808 stolen bases over a 23-year major league career, Raines generated 69.1 wins above replacement—which ranks ahead of 15 Hall of Fame left fielders (out of 19).

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 18, 2015 at 03:11 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: tim raines

Texas Rangers, Colby Lewis on verge of 2016 deal


Colby Lewis and the Texas Rangers have reached agreement on a one-year contract for 2016 that will pay the veteran right-hander $6 million if he and his repaired right knee can pass a physical exam.

The sides came together late Thursday, according to two sources, to extend a relationship between player and team that was first hatched in the 1999 draft but was rekindled in 2010 as Lewis was lured back from Japan….

Lewis won 17 games over 33 starts and 204 2/3 innings, and did so while ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 18, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: colby lewis, rangers

Pirates Acquire Jason Rogers From Brewers

The Pirates announced that they have acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and right-hander Trey Supak.

(...)Supak is 19 years old and rated as the Pirates’ No. 15 prospect, per MLB.com. Supak received a healthy $1MM signing bonus out of the ’14 draft but hasn’t lived up to that investment just yet, as he struggled to a dismal 6.67 ERA with a 23-to-5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings with the Pirates’ Rookie-level ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates, trade

Daily News lifts curtain on the backstage drama at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings

Some interesting stuff here on the Zobrist signing, when the Mets traded Dickey, and the twitterization of rumors.

Moments later, asked if the Mets would pursue a reunion with the star free agent Yoenis Cespedes, who became a fan favorite while slugging the team into the playoffs, Ricco says, “Right now, I would put it as unlikely that we would bring him back, but it’s still a possibility.”

A bell rings in my brain. I hear a headline. “Ricco: Mets ‘unlikely’ to sign Cespedes.” ...

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