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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Minor league umpires get hotel upgrade, family leave, raises

The minimum monthly salary for rookie and short-season Class A umpires, which had started at $1,900 under the previous five-year agreement, will rise to $2,000 under the new deal and increase to as much as $2,300 for a fourth-year umpire.

For full-season Class A, the minimum rises from $2,000 to $2,100 and increases to $2,600 by a seventh season. At Double-A, the minimum goes up from $2,300 to $2,500 and rises to $3,100 by a ninth season. At Triple-A, it goes up from $2,600 to $2,900 and rises ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 10, 2017 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labor relations, umpires

Grading the projections: 2016

ZiPS didn’t have a good year. ZiPS was the least accurate of the three systems in each of the five categories, and never by a particularly small margin. You don’t want to conclude too much based on a single season of results, but ZiPS didn’t perform very well in last year’s review, either. (I should also note that this is Steamer’s second straight year of leading the pack in convincing fashion.)

Marcel does its job. Marcel wasn’t great, but it was almost always in the neighborhood ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marcel, pecota, steamer, zips

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-10-2017

Topeka State Journal, January 10, 1917:

Joe Wood’s claim that he is a free agent, under the operation of the reserve clause in his contract, since he signed no contract last year, may furnish an interesting test of the theory advanced by the lawyers of organized ball in the famous suit before Judge Landis. The Boston club claims Wood under reserve and says he will be sent a contract, whereupon Wood, if reports are correct, will repudiate it and demand his unconditional release.

The Sox sold ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 10, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe wood, reserve clause

The Selig Years, Part Three: Baseball’s Current Position

MLB is an increasingly dominant hegemon on the American and the global baseball scene. That hegemony affects almost every pitch that is thrown in the United States, from youth baseball all the way up to the World Series. It is a product of a confluence of events largely outside the realm of baseball, including such developments as the civil rights movement and population shifts following World War II. MLB’s domination of the sport was not inevitable, but that is what has happened over the ...

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gehrig97 Posted: January 10, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, major league, minor leagues, nba, nfl, rob manfred, selig, wbc

Twins haggling with Dodgers over potential Brian Dozier trade | FOX Sports

The never-ending trade discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, dodgers, notes, twins

Monday, January 09, 2017


Where will the Yankees play Gleyber Torres? | MLB.com

Bryan Hoch thinks Torres will end up at second base.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:39 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Manager Pat Kelly fired by Licey after reliever gaffe in Dominican winter league

No, no, no, I was waving to someone in the stands.

There was no relief for a manager in the Dominican winter baseball league who signaled for a relief pitcher when nobody was warming up.

Manager Pat Kelly, whose animated arguments with umpires have made for popular YouTube videos, was fired by Licey on Friday, a day after his gaffe in a game against big rival Aguilas.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican baseball

Minors, umpires union reach agreement | MiLB.com

Minor League Baseball announced today that Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, one of its subsidiaries, has reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU).

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, umpires

The Mariners finally are close to the team their GM envisioned

Ken Rosenthal breaks down the Mariners off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 08:09 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Clickhole: The Greatest Of All Time: A Statistical Portrait Of Babe Ruth

Really makes you think.

Ruth began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, where he was arguably one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. The retired, dead baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “Babe Ruth is good at pitching.” This is correct. Babe Ruth was an extraordinary pitcher. At a time when most pitchers were throwing their pitches in the wrong direction, such as over the outfield wall or directly at their own head, Babe Ruth became known for throwing his pitches in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, clickbait, stats

Former Rangers pitcher, coach Jackie Brown has died

Brown was the Rangers’ pitching coach for managers Pat Corrales, Don Zimmer and Darrell Johnson from 1979-82. He also coached for the White Sox (1992-95) and Rays (2002).

Taps Posted: January 09, 2017 at 03:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, tampa bay rays, texas rangers

Can New Technology Bring Baseball’s Data Revolution to Fielding? - NYTimes.com

Great article on Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 01:45 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Is Home-Field Advantage Becoming Endangered? | FanGraphs Baseball

Ahmed found the minor leaguers he was studying were slightly less effective on the the road after traveling, and in returning home, because they were less likely to be at full recovery.

“There was a direct correlation between the higher your recovery and the faster your exit [batted ball] velocity. We found the same correlation with pitchers and fastballs,” Ahmed said. “I didn’t know for sure we were going to see such strong correlations with travel, recovery and performance. Those ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 11:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: home field advantage, sabermetrics

Q&A: Former scout Johnson on discovering Pudge

MLB.com: How did you come across Rodriguez?
Johnson: We were going down to the Latin countries. Melvin Nieves was the hot prospect in Puerto Rico, so we were going to work him out and then to go the Virgin Islands to see Midre Cummings, who was another hot item. Our Latin scout, Luis Rosa, had 11 or 13 guys at the workout in Puerto Rico. After awhile, I’m in the dugout, talking with Nieves, and [scout] Doug Gassaway comes running in from the outfield, yelling, ‘That little guy just threw 93 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ivan rodriguez, scouts

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-9-2017

The Daily Missoulian, January 9, 1917:

Harry Sinclair, Oklahoma oil magnate, who was prominent in the Federal league in its last days, is the clubless owner, and Tom Seaton, the pitcher, is his property.
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When the Federal league ceased its existence Sinclair was in possession of several star players. He sold them here and he disposed of them there, and when the time came to close his books Seaton was the only man left. One of the reasons that he couldn’t sell Tom, who had been a star with the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

(Not so) Big City slims down during Cardinals’ offseason | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Will “Big City” really need to be called “Small Town” next year?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Dan Duquette says Jose Bautista comments “got blown out of proportion” - Camden Chat

Do you mean an offhand joke shouldn’t be taken seriously?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

The home run derby is finally watchable again | New York Post

I doubt it.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Manny Ramirez signs with the Kochi Fighting Dogs in Japan

The Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan announced on Monday that the club signed former major leaguer Manny Ramirez. The SILP is independent baseball and not associated with Nippon Professional Baseball.

Ramirez, 44, hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 and hasn’t played professional baseball since 2014. In 2014, Ramirez served as a player-coach for the Cubs at Triple-A Iowa. The next year, he served as a batting consultant for the major league club and Iowa.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, kochi fighting dogs, manny ramirez

Dodgers near deal with Jose Miguel Fernandez | MLB.com

Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez is nearing a Minor League deal with the Dodgers, sources told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Sunday.

The club has not confirmed the report.

Per Sanchez, Fernandez’s signing bonus is worth around $200,000.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 10:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose miguel fernandez

OTP 9 Jan. 2017: What’s next for sports, politics, and TV in 2017?

Cyclical trends may obscure the connection at times, but you can’t permanently disentangle sport from politics:

“Sport in 2017 will con­tinue to be a resur­gent and resounding plat­form for athlete-​​led social activism,” says Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of Northeastern’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. “If his­tory repeats itself, 2017 will be this generation’s 1967, a year in which promi­nent ath­letes held a social jus­tice summit to call out ...

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BDC Posted: January 08, 2017 at 09:10 PM | 1952 comment(s)
  Beats: activism, kaepernick, politics, social justice

Meet Rafael Devers, the last star prospect in Boston Red Sox’s system - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Would anyone reading this at ESPN.com not know what a seeing-eye single is?

“All of a sudden, he started getting some seeing-eye singles [one that goes right between two infielders] and some broken-bat hits that weren’t falling for him the first month, and you could see, here comes the confidence,” Oliver said. “Once he got a little more comfortable and started feeling like he belonged at that level and he could hit that pitching, he just took off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

MLB Hot Stove, free agent and rumor roundup | MLB.com

Chock full of rumors.

The San Francisco Giants have showed continued interest in Korean free-agent infielder Jae-gyun Hwang, sources told Morosi on Tuesday.

Hwang, who has spent the majority of his career with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization, is an unrestricted free agent and will not require a posting fee.

The 29-year-old hit .330/.391/.558 with 26 home runs and 104 RBIs in 118 games last season and has batted .285 with 114 homers over 10 seasons in the KBO.

The Giants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors

Nick Cafardo: Why sluggers aren’t hitting it big in free agency

A glut of right-handed bats are on the market and people wonder why there isn’t a great urgency to get right-handed, free-agent bats?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 03:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Who will be the next Hall of Famer for each team?

Four teams are still not represented in Cooperstown—at least not by the caps worn on players’ Hall of Fame plaques. Three of those are expansion teams from the 1990s: the Rockies, Marlins and Rays. The fourth is the Angels, born in 1961. Nolan Ryan spent eight years with the Angels and nine with the Astros, but he wears a Rangers cap on his plaque, which leaves the Angels without a Hall of Famer. The franchise will likely have to wait for Mike Trout, assuming Vladimir Guerrero eventually goes ...

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cardsfanboy Posted: January 08, 2017 at 02:34 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, hall of fame

Murray Chass On Baseball » BARRY AND ROGER, THIS BUD’S FOR YOU

Every time someone passes along a link to Mr. Chass’ most recent column, I’m conflicted. Should I post a link or ignore him?

He was once among the best reporters around. (Notice I said reporters, not analysts.) There are some very interesting reporters who regularly generate interesting information but are terrible analysts. When they stick to reporting news, they are great. We can overlook their analytical shortcoming because, on balance, their overall product is interesting and useful. Mr. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 12:42 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

10 potential free-agent bargains on the market | MLB.com

Might.

It will happen again this year, but that claim comes with a caveat. In picking through the so-called bargain barrel at this stage, you’re bound to turn up more duds than studs. Some of the names on this list will admittedly look ridiculous come September (if they don’t look ridiculous already), but here’s a look at 10 remaining free agents* that might turn out to be diamonds in the rough.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 12:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Metrics show Mark Trumbo valuable at 1B | MLB.com

While I agree Mark Trumbo is a much more valuable player at first base (assuming you don’t already have a first baseman and no better OF candidate), it’s also true that his offense will most likely regress next season. Of course, the reason Trumbo isn’t already signed is most teams seem to accept that regression and are valuing his future play lower than he’s pricing himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo

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