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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The outfielders who threw 100 mph (FanGraphs)

Occasionally, an outfielder will get a running head start, whether on a single or a sac fly, and throw a bullet to home plate, just like a pitcher, and it elicits a response. We can see with our eyes that the ball was thrown exceptionally hard, but we don’t see it on the radar gun, so these throws go unrecognized. You’ll hear about “pitchers who can throw 100,” but you never hear outfielders regarded in the same light. The pitchers who can throw 100 have their own exclusive, little ...

Davo Posted: November 11, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron hicks, carlos gomez, defense, jake marisnick, kevin kiermaier

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-11-2015

Toledo News-Bee, November 11, 1915:

One day several years ago Lewis Rober, a retired fireman of Minneapolis, Minn., made a soft ball for a few firemen to play with.

Out of that simple act there has grown an outdoor game so popular it has spread to other cities and an industry with such bright prospects a big sporting goods concern has taken to making the same kind of ball.

The firemen invented a game like indoor baseball…Officials of city playgrounds heard of the ball, tested it, ordered a lot ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 11, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, softball

Japan Times: [Yomiuri] Giants pitchers to be banned from baseball for betting on games

None of these players is a star (they only threw 19 innings in 2015 between the three of them), but having members of Japan’s most famous team banned for gambling is a big deal. Oh, and they were gambling not only on NPB games, but MLB ones. They can apply for reinstatement in five years - they avoided permanent banishment because they weren’t found to have fixed any games.

Nippon Professional Baseball will ban three Yomiuri Giants pitchers indefinitely for their involvement in a gambling ...

vortex of dissipation Posted: November 11, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, japanese baseball

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gold Glove winners announced |

Buster Posey and Andrelton Simmons got jobbed.

Here is the complete list of Gold Glove winners:
NL: Yadier Molina, Cardinals (eighth straight win)
AL: Salvador Perez, Royals (third straight)
NL: Brandon Crawford, Giants (first)
AL: Alcides Escobar, Royals (first)
First base
NL: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs (second)
AL: Eric Hosmer, Royals (third straight)
Second base
NL: Dee Gordon, Marlins (first)
AL: Jose Altuve, Astros (first)
Third base
NL: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (third ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:08 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, gold gloves

Lance Lynn injured, has Tommy John surgery |

Well, this explains it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, lance lynn, tommy john surgery

Big free-agent contracts not worth it long-term.

Some of the players who sign for $20 million or more will be worth it in 2016, and some even in 2017. And who knows? Maybe they’ll sustain their value for a half-decade to come. But they’ll be bucking history if they do. So much of baseball analysis and analytics in the past few years has been focused on maximizing the efficiency of one’s payroll dollar, down to the most granular level. If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that little is less inefficient than buying free agents on the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:40 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Full Count » Red Sox hire former ESPN, Globe reporter Gordon Edes as historian

The Red Sox on Tuesday announced that they’ve hired sportswriter Gordon Edes, formerly of ESPN and the Boston Globe, to work as a strategic communications advisor and team historian.

Edes, a native of Lunenberg, has worked in journalism for 35 years, most recently at ESPNBoston. In his new role, he’ll report directly to principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon.

Edes attended North Park University in Chicago, leaving to start his ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Baseball Prospectus | Winning By Design

OK, I’m going to read up a little more about “design thinking.” From what I’ve read so far “a method of meeting people’s needs and desires in a technologically feasible and strategically viable way” is really just a business speak definition of thinking differently. I’m going to keep an open mind on the topic but, at first blush, it just seems like a new fangled name for an old concept.

Design thinking, according to Harvard Business Review, is “a method of meeting people’s needs and desires in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, team building

Hot stove survey—Offseason questions for baseball execs

In conjunction with an annual fall tradition, polled 34 general managers, assistant GMs, scouting directors and other baseball evaluators on seven questions that will help dictate the course of the Hot Stove season.
3. Which free-agent power hitter would you rather invest in for the long haul—Chris Davis or Yoenis Cespedes?

Responses: Cespedes 17. Davis 15. Two respondents said they would pass on both.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, gm meetings

MLB execs: Why best chance to upgrade starts at GM meetings -

Ben Nicholson-Smith assesses the market.

Even building an elite team offers few guarantees. Just as lesser teams can advance, top teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t even assured of a Division Series appearance in some years.

“It drives teams to the middle,” an AL executive said. ” The main thing is teams are less likely to rebuild because 86 can get you in, and then anything can happen.”

The first steps to sneaking in typically take place during the winter. As baseball’s middle ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 01:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, gm meetings

RootMetrics Review of Network Performance at US Baseball Parks

My buddy who works for [a major U.S. cell carrier] told me about RootMetrics to see crowdsourced coverage data. The first thing staring me in the face was this article from late October. Serendipity?

You have to dig into the site to get more specific info and there’s an app you can run on your phone that reports back to the Mother Ship so that they can tabulate these coverage maps.

When you’re at a game, you might want to check the scores of other games with your phone, manage your fantasy ...

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: November 10, 2015 at 12:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Breakout Candidates for 2016: Cincinnati Reds - Minor League Ball

I’m very high on Iglesias as well.

Top Candidate:  Raisel Iglesias. In his October report on Cincinnati’s rookie starters, John highlighted many of the reasons to be excited about Iglesias heading into 2016.  In 95.1 innings during his rookie campaign, the Cuban import registered impressive peripheral markers including 9.82 K/9, 2.64 BB/9, and a 3.28 xFIP.  His mediocre 4.15 ERA obscures his overall talent level.  Given all of the challenges he faced in his transition to pro-ball in the U.S., I ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, reds

Astros could strike a balance with offseason moves - Houston Chronicle

“Playoffs, everything is intensely scrutinized because every play matters so much more,” Luhnow said. “But if you’re good enough to get to the playoffs, you’re probably good enough to win in the playoffs. We certainly think about how our team would stack in a short series even as we’re constructing a team from right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Rangers notes: Yu Darvish headed home to Japan during ‘no-throw’ rehab | The Star-Telegram

With Darvish penciled in for a return around May and pitchers like Gonzalez and Martinez seemingly ready to contribute, do the Rangers really need anything more than depth signs?

The Rangers are looking to add one starting pitcher this off-season and hope to find a fifth rotation member during a spring training competition among a slew of candidates, including Chi Chi Gonzalez, Nick Martinez, Nick Tepesch, Anthony Ranaudo, and Phil Klein.

The rotation currently consists of left-handers Cole ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Will Dipoto continue his dealing this week at the GM Meetings? | The News Tribune

Having already pulled off the off-season’s first major trade, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is now in a setting that he believes facilitates deal-making.

The general managers are holding their annual meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla.

“To me, the market is always moving,” Dipoto said. “The general managers’ meetings, years ago, used to be where everything got set up for the Winter Meetings.

“Now, quite frankly, the general managers’ meetings are where we generally ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, jerry dipoto, mariners

Analyzing the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot: Ken Griffey Jr. is the only lock | FOX Sports

Rob Neyer looks at the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Full Count » GM meetings notes: Talks already heating up for Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox

Will this off-season top last year’s off-season?

Still, it sure seems like things are trending toward something happening in the coming days.

“I do,” said Dombrowski when asked if he believed there was more activity than normal at this young stage of the offseason. “People have asked me why, and I’€™m not really sure of that answer, but I do find that.

“We had some of our guys, I asked them to fly in this afternoon to sort of sit down. A couple of our guys said, ‘€˜Wow, we just ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombroski, general managers, gm meetings, red sox

Minor League Free Agents 2015

Time to go dumpster diving!

Ten players selected in the first three rounds of the 2009 draft are free for the first time to choose their next employer after becoming minor league free agents on Nov. 6.

The group includes (with original drafting organization in parentheses) first-rounders Donavan Tate (Padres), Matt Hobgood (Orioles), Jio Mier (Astros) and Tim Wheeler (Rockies); supplemental first-rounder Vic Black (Pirates); second-rounders Garrett Gould (Dodgers), David Holmberg (White Sox) ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league free agents

U-M baseball recruit dies in Illinois

Because the last 24 hours haven’t been depressing enough:

Charlie Donovan, the Gatorade Illinois baseball player of the year last spring and a Michigan recruit, died early Friday morning. The cause of death has not been determined.

Donovan, drafted in the 30th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in June out of Westmont High, had turned down pro ball to attend U-M. Donovan had deferred his enrollment until at least January because of a severe bout with mono over the summer.

Gamingboy Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: college, college baseball

Vin Scully receives College Baseball HOF award |

Without a doubt Vin Scully is my favorite announcer. Thank you for all the enjoyment you’ve provided this baseball fan. Enjoy your last season.

“The game means a great deal to me,” Scully said, pronouncing himself fit and ready to go, “and I’m honored to be part of this. I went over the list of names in the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and, honestly, I’m embarrassed to even be mentioned with these great talents.”

Unlike the team he has represented for 65 years, Scully never disappoints the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, vin scully

‘Whole New Ballgame’ a game-changer | Baseball Hall of Fame

It might be time to make another trek to Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2015

Pittsburgh Press, November 10, 1915:

Word comes from Havana of the death of a well-known Cuban player. Jose Figarola, who was killed by a pitched ball thrown by Mendez in a practice game on October 22. Figarola was at bat and the ball hit him over the heart. He died almost instantly.

Rumors of Figarola’s demise were greatly exaggerated. As Gary Ashwill writes over at the wonderful Agate Type blog, Jose Figarola (also known as Rafael Figarola) was very much alive and even started at catcher for ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, obituaries

Exclusive: Lance Berkman talks about persecution, tolerance and transgender people

Have you ever noticed how it’s always the other guy who is the intolerant dope?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: lance berkman

The Kansas City Royals: the anti-Moneyball team | The Kansas City Star

How can a person who makes his living with the written word have such poor reading comprehension? Tip: Moneyball isn’t about OBP being the Holy Grail; it’s about finding undervalued assets.

Dayton Moore and the Royals organization took a beating from some critics for not emulating the Moneyball formula for success. But Dayton Moore and the Royals had a formula of their own; one that has proven to be more successful than the Moneyball approach.

Here’s one more quote from Moneyball:

“There ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, royals

Three potential trades for the Giants as GM meetings get underway - Giants Extra

–OF Angel Pagan, RHP Hunter Strickland, OF Mac Williamson and RHP Tyler Beede to the Atlanta Braves for OF Cameron Maybin and RHP Julio Teheran.

Not gonna happen.

–1B Brandon Belt to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Danny Salazar or RHP Carlos Carrasco.

Not gonna happen.

–C Andrew Susac to the Miami Marlins for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Not gonna happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tradecasting

Cardinals’ Top Prospect Alex Reyes Suspended For Drug Use -

Put down the joint, kid.

Alex Reyes, the Cardinals’ fireballing righthander who is the team’s No. 1 prospect and was the top prospect in the Florida State League, has been suspended for 50 games for drug use, MLB said Monday.

Reyes was suspended without pay for testing positive for the second time for a drug of abuse, meaning recreational drugs rather than performance-enhancing drugs.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, prospects

Dodgers want Yasiel Puig to lose weight - LA Times

Lose weight, fix your swing, and get a haircut!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

With ace and Aroldis Chapman, the Red Sox could be flying - The Boston Globe

Any player should be available in the right deal.

When Dombrowski was asked if he had untouchables, he said, “I have always tried to phrase it that I don’t try to have untouchables. I’ve also said if you have Miguel Cabrera and he’s the best hitter in the game and somebody offers you two Miguel Cabreras, you have to be open-minded about it.

“Does it usually happen? No. There are some players we have that are less apt to be dealt than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, red sox, trade rumors

Former Braves, Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson dies at 29

Former Braves and Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson has died. He was 29. Further details surrounding Hanson’s death are unknown at this time.

CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Hanson was in a coma Monday night. Zack Klein of WSB in Atlanta first reported the news.


Hanson last pitched in MLB in 2013. He went 21-15 with a 3.16 ERA (126 ERA+) for the Braves from 2009-10 before dealing with numerous arm injuries. Hanson went 28-20 with a 4.36 ERA (89 ERA+) from 2011-13.

While with ...


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