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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Castillo, Chatwood among 2018 breakout arms

More good Statcast stuff. I’m all aboard the Statcast train.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Monday, January 01, 2018

Stark | Strange But True 2017

Our favorite Chevy Chase look-alike puts on his Twilight Zone lens and looks back at the wonderful, wacky 2017 season.  Baseball card totals may be great, but it’s things like this that make baseball such a fun sport to follow.

Got any other oddball observations?  Do share!

Peter Farted Again Posted: January 01, 2018 at 06:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: recap, trivia, weird

OTP 1 January 2018 - Athlete boycotts of White House didn’t start with Donald Trump — but he sure helped

Amateur teams began going to the White House as far back as the mid-1860s, while the first championship winning pro baseball team attended in 1925. That was the Washington Senators, winners of the previous year’s World Series. They were hosted by then-president Calvin Coolidge.

Teams that later followed include the Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers. The squad was on hand for the same ceremony in 1980 with then-president Jimmy Carter as baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. In June 1991, the ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: January 01, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 1771 comment(s)
  Beats: champions, politics

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Astros Targeting Long-Term Catcher

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2017 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Heyman | 5 Reasons Why MLB Free-Agent Market Is So Slow

Reason 6: agents and players are asking for too much money. More money than current evaluations support.

1. Math-odical GMs (and patient owners). The gunslinger GMs like Omar Minaya (who is back with the Mets, but as a special assistant) and Kevin Malone are no longer in those roles, and the win-at-all-costs owners George Steinbrenner and Mike Ilitch have passed on. What’s left are a lot of cautious young Ivy Leaguers who are heavy into analytics, study them from all angles, don’t want to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2017 at 09:12 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Heyman | Here’s How Much It’ll Cost Stanton To Be A Yankee

How much will it cost him to say at a Motel 6?

It isn’t an exact calculation, but noted tax expert Josh Rossman of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., says that if Stanton chooses to live in New York City, he will have to pay an additional $29 million in taxes on the $295 million remaining in his record $325 million contract.

Stanton benefited by being a Florida resident the first three years of his contract, but his backloaded part will be heavily taxed as a Yankee. Rossman estimated he could save ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2017 at 06:14 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, yankees

CBS Sports:  Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has some strong thoughts on Barry Bonds’ candidacy

“Guys took things ever since baseball existed. It may not have been steroids, but guys took things like those greenies and stuff so they could play the next day. You’re telling me everybody is clean as a whistle? You played against guys who were doing the same thing he was doing, so what the heck?”

Stretch’s response to Joe Morgan’s broadside.

Srul Itza Posted: December 30, 2017 at 04:40 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, peds

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wade Davis signs 3-year deal with Rockies | MLB.com

The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan. But Davis has passed a physical, per Harding, so the deal could be announced at any time.

Davis’ deal is for three years and worth $52 million, making it the highest per-year salary ever for a reliever. It also includes a $15 million vesting option for 2021 that would make it a four-year, $66 million deal if Davis finishes 30 games in ‘20; otherwise, the option becomes a mutual option with a $1 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rockies, wade davis

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-29-2017

Richmond [Indiana] Palladium, December 29, 1917:

Baseball Players Sought by British

For grenade throwing on the menaced west front in France baseball players are wanted by the Chicago office of the British-Canadian recruiting mission.
...
“Baseball players can do better at grenade throwing than other men, of course,” said a bulletin of the recruiting mission. “They have the strength of arm necessary to throw far and accurately.

Cricket bowlers probably wouldn’t work as well. Bouncing a grenade ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 29, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Heyman | Yankees Eyeing Yu Darvish

The “reasonable” part might not be reasonable to Darvish.

New York Yankees people do like Yu Darvish, and at a reasonable price, he will be seriously considered. It seems everyone’s strategy this year is to wait for the price to drop.

The Yankees are intent on adding a fine starting pitcher and have had trade discussions regarding Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer and Michael Fulmer, and are looking at free agent Alex Cobb, and possibly some others. Cole is probably the most likely fit in terms of a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yu darvish

Yankees warn everyone: We’re not done yet | New York Post

Why would they be done?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 07:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Have these megadeals scared MLB into hot-stove freeze? | New York Post

If it doesn’t give them pause, they aren’t paying attention.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Betsy on Twitter: “This is not easy for me to share, but I feel I need to share it. This is my story.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2017 at 03:00 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Jayson Stark: STRANGE BUT TRUE 2017 EDITION

The Yankees played a game June 15 in which they scored in the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings. And if you think that was tough, here’s what was even tougher: They scored in all those innings and still LOST. Only four other teams have done that in the last 99 years!..

The good news for Braves infielder Johan Camargo was: He made it onto the lineup card as the starting shortstop Aug. 8. The bad news: He never did make it out to shortstop that night. He did successfully hop out ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 28, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson

Finding the single memory that defines each baseball season since 1903

I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head who won the 1945 World Series, but I could tell you that a goat got kicked out of it. I couldn’t tell you who the best pitcher in baseball was in 1956, but I could tell you who threw a perfect game in that year’s World Series. I don’t remember who hit the most home runs in 1990, but I do remember that the Mariners’ No. 2 and 3 hitters—both of them named Griffey—hit back-to-back dingers one day that year. Most of us remember these things like we ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 28, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-28-2017

Frederick Lieb of the New York Sun, quoted in the Washington Herald, December 28, 1917:

In the event the International League does not take the field next season Toronto may be given a brief tryout as a major league city. An effort is being made by the owners of the Toronto club to have the Washington team play a sixteen game stretch at Island Stadium, the Toronto ball park, next summer….In the event major league baseball is well received the Washington franchise will be shifted to Toronto for ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 28, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Top prospects set to break out in 2018 season

Not a lot of baseball news right now. Here’s a short prospect breakdown, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-27-2017

Oklahoma City Times, December 27, 1917:

A little thing like Branch Rickey’s refusal to accept a $75,000 check for one Roger [sic] Hornsby has in no way discouraged Charles Weeghman, Cub president, who returned from St. Louis yesterday after his vain effort to talk the Cardinal management out of the star infielder.
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If Hornsby cannot be obtained to help the North Side club officials build up a pennant contender, then there is still Charley Herzog, who by his lack of admiration for McGraw has ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 27, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-26-2017

Washington Herald, December 26, 1917:

One of the interesting, though unconfirmed, rumors of the local baseball rialto is that [National League President] John K. Tener, only last week re-elected head of the National League for a one-year term, will resign within a very short time…and that Judge Kenesaw M. Landis will be asked to accept the office of acting president of the league.

Gosh, I wonder why the baseball owners liked Landis so much.

Elsewhere in the news, there’s considerable doubt ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 26, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, December 25, 2017

Here’s how you can ring in the holidays with your favorite MLB teams and stars | MLB.com

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Other Marlins Bidders Had Plans Very Different From Jeter’s

Miami businessman Jorge Mas conveyed to me this month that if his Marlins offer had been accepted, he would have had a $130 million payroll in 2018, retained Giancarlo Stanton and hired a new general manager.

Instead, the Marlins intend to have a payroll of $90 million or less – a drop from $115 million last season and much lower than the $140 million it would have taken to keep the 2017 team together.

Merry Christmas!

Bote Man Posted: December 24, 2017 at 09:09 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: finances, marlins, owners

Friday, December 22, 2017

TBL: MLB Officials Complain to Upper ESPN Management About Dan Le Batard-Rob Manfred Interview

Yeah, these were most certainly not Mike & Mike softball questions…

Le Batard, who was scheduled for time off today and all of next week, opened his radio show Thursday by saying, “It might be the last show of the year, or it might just be the last show forever, because this has been unpleasant.”

He admitted that his tone was bad and that he was too emotional — he has had an emotional week since his friend and boss John Skipper resigned abruptly Monday, citing substance addiction– and ...

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Dominican cops assaulted, robbed me: Jean Segura

“The [police] stopped me with rifles, hit me, threw me to the ground and take away my belongings, smash my car like we’re delinquents,” Segura said, as translated from Spanish into English.

“Today it’s me, tomorrow may be another player more. I’m a father with two kids and a wife and if those officials shot at me again then they wonder why we leave our country — They entered my SUV and left it a mess.”

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 01:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-22-2017

Ogden Standard, December 22, 1917:

[John B.] Sheridan’s All-America Team Selections.
E. Collins, 2b, American
Burns, l. f., National.
Cobb, r. f., American.
Speaker, c. f., American.
Chapman, s. s., American.
Sisler, 1b., American.
Groh, 3b., National.
Killifer, c., National.
Mays, p., American.
Alexander, p., National

This is really well done, based on what people knew in 1917.

Rogers Hornsby was better than Ray Chapman in ‘17, but Hornsby was still a bit of an unknown quantity at 21 years ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Owner Bob Nutting says he’s ‘extremely driven’ to make Pirates winners in Q&A session

Trib: Does it bother you that much of the fan base doubts your commitment to winning?

Nutting: To the extent that it bothers me, it bothers me because of the impact on the organization. I am an extremely competitive person. I am extremely driven to see this organization succeed, and that means bringing another championship back to Pittsburgh. A pretty simple measure of success.

I know there are building blocks that we have to go through to get there. I know there are no magic switches, no ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

As teams cut costs this winter, middle-class free agents are left out in the cold - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

An agent said that one of his players, starved for contract offers, asked him if it would be worthwhile if he sent out a tweet to remind teams he is available. “It’s a simple matter of supply and demand,” one agent said. “For a lot of these guys, it’s turning into a bloodbath.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:30 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Shopping him or not, I’m not buying that Machado stays off trade block this winter - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Will Angelos really let Duquette pull the trigger on a deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano

The Diamondbacks are close to adding another late-inning option to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano on what sources say is a two-year, $6 million deal.

Hirano, who turns 34 in March, has logged 143 saves for the Orix Buffaloes over the past five seasons. He owns a career 3.10 ERA in parts of 11 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s top league.

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Cubs Still Mulling Free Agent Pitchers

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

HOF broadcaster Dick Enberg dies at 82 | MLB.com

He was a great broadcaster.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, obituaries

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