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Saturday, November 19, 2016

MLB Catchers’ Workloads Keep Decreasing | BaseballAmerica.com

Rewind to the 1960s and 1970s and ironmen such Randy Hundley and Ted Simmons would regularly catch 150-plus games in a season. Hundley even caught a hard-to-comprehend, MLB-record 160 games in 1968. By the 1980s and 1990s, it was more common to see Jason Kendall or other league leaders top 140 games, although Todd Hundley (son of Randy) did live up to his lineage with 150 games caught in 1996 and Brad Ausmus caught 150 in 2000.

That 150 games caught in the final year of the 20th century did ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, prospects

Astros’ deal with Josh Reddick makes Nori Aoki a non-tender candidate - Houston Chronicle

If the Astros are ramping up, $6.8 million isn’t a lot to pay for Aoki as a depth option.

Thursday’s four-year, $52 million agreement with free agent corner outfielder Josh Reddick makes it less of a certainty the team tenders Aoki a contract in arbitration before the Dec. 2 deadline. The 34-year-old from Japan stands to make about $6.8 million through the arbitration process, according to MLB Trade Rumors’ projection, a lot for a player who now most likely projects as a fourth outfielder.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, josh reddick, nori aoki

Mariners trade for Shaffer, Motter, Pazos | MLB.com

Mariners prospecting for gold.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trades

Top prospects pack Fall League’s championship | MLB.com

Baseball!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

Friday, November 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-18-2016

Washington Times, November 18, 1916:

Following the action of the minor leagues in refusing tho consider several demands filed with them by the Baseball Players Fraternity, comes the hint that there many be a general strike by the men who drew salaries for displaying their skill on the diamond.
...
“If the players decide to go on strike we will not try to stop them,” said a big baseball man yesterday. “The ball parks will be kept closed next spring if a majority of the players do not sign ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 18, 2016 at 01:12 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, labor relations

Toolshed: Yankees’ Gleyber Torres, Reds’ Zach Vincej top list of AFL standouts | MiLB.com

Yankees SS Gleyber Torres, Scottsdale: New York’s No. 2 prospect began his first offseason in the Yankees system in the Fall League as a 19-year-old who hasn’t played above Class A Advanced. He’s performed beyond his years over the past six weeks, finishing with a league-best .403 average, .513 on-base percentage and 1.158 OPS—not to mention an impressive 8/14 K/BB ratio. After entering 2016 with five career homers, Torres broke out in the power department with 11 long balls over the summer and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

If We Had a 2017 HOF Vote (Pt 2)

“The swagger, the malice in the ‘bat wag,’ the quickest, most violent swing in the game. He was a hitting machine. How bad was he with the glove? Put Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield in the same outfield, and you’re hoping they hit it to Manny.”


“MVP voters hate second basemen like an underemployed son-in-law (only 10 MVP selections out of the 173 awarded since 1931). Jeff Kent captured one of those awards in 2000 (though it should have went to Bonds).”


“...Guerrero was far more selective, ...

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MLB tenders status checks on 6 free agents in S. Korea

Major League Baseball (MLB) has tendered status checks on six South Korean players, officials here said Friday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said MLB inquired about the status of six players—Kim Kwang-hyun, Cha Woo-chan, Yang Hyun-jong, Woo Kyu-min, Hwang Jae-gyun and Choi Hyoung-woo. The KBO informed its counterpart that all six players are free agents and are eligible to sign with any club, domestic or foreign.

Under an agreement between MLB and the KBO, a major league team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: korean league

‘Awful, stinks, ugly’: Scouts hammer Tim Tebow as season winds down | New York Post

Awful,” said one AL scout.

“Stinks,” said one from the NL.

“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”

The adjectives shouldn’t have been too surprising considering they described someone who hadn’t played organized baseball in over a decade and whose pro baseball career is in its infancy.
Others, though — including Mets general manager Sandy Alderson — insist the 29-year-old has a future in the sport after the Mets signed him ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Drellich: Red Sox, Yankees may battle over Carlos Beltran | Boston Herald

There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.

Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, free agents, red sox, yankees

Thursday, November 17, 2016

MLB is investigating an alleged sexual assault at Rangers’ Dominican academy

Both Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers are investigating a possible case of sexual assault that allegedly involved multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic.

Metro, a news outlet in the D.R., reported that three members of the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League team were arrested several months ago. Baseball sources said that four players allegedly were involved, and that charges have yet to be filed.

The players were placed on administrative leave under ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:07 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: domincian republic, rangers, sexual assault

All Signs Point To Matt Wieters Getting Overpaid In Free Agency

OK, he’s not as good as Boras’ sales pitch but he’s worth more than two years at $12 million.

“I wouldn’t go more than two years and $12 million but someone will give him more,” an executive from an American League team said. “But he’s got the name recognition, the right agent and he proved he was healthy this year. He’s going to get paid by someone and they will probably live to regret it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, matt wieters, scott boras

New A’s president Dave Kaval focused on stadium, community - San Francisco Chronicle

What’s he willing to sacrifice to get this photo removed from the internet?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:32 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ownership

Nightengale: MLB finds diversity it seeks elusive

“The idea is that it’s not uncommon in business for people who have a job title that’s important to them to try to determine exactly what qualifications and traits are predictive of success. It’s something we haven’t done on an industry basis and I just think it might be a useful experiment for us.”

Hey, the current system certainly isn’t working, so why not try something different?

Manfred even stepped into Kansas City last weekend, conveying his plan to the Buck O’Neil ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:25 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: minority hiring

Astros acquire Brian McCann from Yankees | MLB.com

Brian McCann seemed like a perfect fit for the Astros, a left-handed-hitting catcher who could still provide some offensive punch while giving them some veteran leadership. The Astros pulled off a deal on Thursday to acquire McCann, sending Minor League pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brian mccann, trade, yankees

Astros sign free-agent Josh Reddick | MLB.com

The Astros on Thursday reached an agreement on a four-year, $52-million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, a source confirmed for MLB.com, on the same day the club announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents

MVP Award winners unveiled | MLB.com

Two for two.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout earned his second career AL Most Valuable Player Award, while in the NL, Cubs slugger Kris Bryant became the fourth player to win the MVP Award a year after being the Rookie of the Year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:08 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mvp

Dock Ellis Biopic in Development With David Permut

“Hacksaw Ridge” producer David Permut is developing a movie about the life of the late Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis.

He moved pretty good (for a guy on acid).

Bote Man Posted: November 17, 2016 at 04:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dock ellis, movies, pirates

MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes | FOX Sports

A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you.

The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations.

Under the current rules, teams on Sept. 1 increase their 25-man active roster to the entire 40-man roster. The new limit likely would be 28, and the rules would permit teams to swap out players, though not on a daily basis, one ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 03:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

A Roadmap for a Potential MLB Work Stoppage | FanGraphs Baseball

The Walking Dead version of the current labor negotiations.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Will Angels’ Mike Trout be AL MVP runner-up again despite another stellar season? - The Orange County Register

I hope not. I love Mookie Betts, who had a great year. I’d vote for Trout.

National Troutrage Day is upon us.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awards, mike trout, mvp

Heyman: Top 56 free agents with best contract guesses

1. Yoenis Cespedes, $110 million, 4 years. The best player on the market shouldn’t have trouble topping three years this time after betting on himself and winning with a Mets deal that contained an opt out following a year in which he was the highest paid position player in the NL ($27.5M). The Nats could return to the derby after missing out on him and (fortunately) Jason Heyward, too. Plus, the Dodgers and Giants are interested, raising the stakes.

2. Edwin Encarnacion, $92 million, 4 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 12:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon heyman

Lew Wolff out as A’s managing partner

I guess he doesn’t know the way to San Jose….

Traderdave Posted: November 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Listen to Vin Scully find out he’s a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

You’d be hard-pressed to find a single person who’d have qualms with Scully’s honor … except for Scully, himself, of course.

When White House press secretary Josh Earnest called to tell Scully the news, the Dodgers’ legend responded:

“Are you sure? I’m just an old baseball announcer.”

eddieot Posted: November 17, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: barack obama, dodgers, vin scully

Hurdle taking McCutchen’s future with Pirates ‘one day at a time’ | TribLIVE Mobile

“I’ll take it one day at a time,” Hurdle said. “I think any general manager that’s in a market similar to the one we’re in has to explore the possibility of (trading) players who have one or two years left on their contracts. You have to see what value is there to keep or to move.

“That’s the way we’re going to need to continue to operate. It’s the hard part of what we get to do.”

McCutchen, who’s on vacation in Hawaii, was unavailable for comment.

“Andrew has been very black and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 11:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, pirates

Kate Upton has a point: Writers must do better with baseball awards voting | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s take.

No, Kate, I can’t explain it, either.

Judging voters too harshly is a slippery slope: I vehemently oppose penalizing anyone for holding an unpopular or even mistaken opinion. At the same time, it is the obligation of every voter to develop a sound rationale for his or her choices. Different answers are acceptable; it’s the process that matters.

The Tampa Bay voters, Bill Chastain of MLB.com and Fred Goodall of the Associated Press, cannot be held solely responsible ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award

Prospects added to 40-man or exposed to Rule 5 | MLB.com

MLB.com lists the top 30 prospects from each team who are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if not added to a 40-Man Roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Hal Steinbrenner’s plan should put a smile on Chapman’s face | New York Post

No, he did not say, “I plan to make Aroldis Chapman the highest paid reliever in baseball!”

“For me, the bullpen is my priority,” Steinbrenner said, emphasizing “my.” He proceeded: “Because I think we’re probably going to have a young pitching staff, and I think if we can shorten the game for them by really strengthening the bullpen, that’s going to be to our advantage.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2016

Tacoma Times, November 17, 1916:

There was great interest among baseball men today in the action of the minor league board in adopting a resolution which would abolish the drafting rule. The resolution would stop drafting from the American Association, International league, and the Pacific Coast league.

Should the move be adopted by the majors, the three minors in question would be elevated to the rank of major leagues.

I know I’m looking at this from the perspective of a hundred years later, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Rick Porcello Doesn’t Care What Kate Upton Thinks About Cy Young Win « CBS Boston

However, Upton and Verlander do have a legitimate gripe, here … it’s mind-boggling that two writers felt Verlander didn’t belong on the ballot at all – which means they didn’t have him in their top-five – when 18 others voted him for first place. A player getting the most first-place votes and losing is sort of an indictment of the voting system – or the ones casting the ballots in the first place. However, Goodall and Chastain do not deserve to lose their jobs over having an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young, rick porcello

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