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Friday, November 10, 2017

Detroit News: Gardenhire’s Unenviable Situation

Chance will play a big role for as long as the roots are not severed, all is well.

So where does that leave manager Ron Gardenhire and his newly-assembled staff? Is he going to play the role of former Astros manager Bo Porter? The guy who takes all the requisite lumps and losses, and then gets brushed aside when the club is ready to compete?

Guaranteed that is not how he views it. He said as much at his introductory press conference.

 

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rebuilding, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2017

Boise Evening Capital News, November 10, 1917:

M.E. Cantillon, president of the Minneapolis Baseball club and one of the real powers in the American association, issued the following statement today:

“The fact that the Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo clubs may withdraw from the circuit, will not disrupt the American association…[the remaining league owners] will see to it that clubs are placed in Louisville, Indianapolis and Toledo, thereby keeping the circuit intact…In regard to Toledo, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Heyman | Hall Of Fame Historical Overview Committee Got It Right

Steve Garvey?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


Thursday, November 09, 2017

HOF committee: Whitaker’s case discussed, fell short this time

“There was no decision not to include Lou Whitaker,” said Jack O’Connell, a longtime Hartford (Conn.) Courant writer and longtime secretary/treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“His career was discussed along with many others, but he did not get sufficient support to make the ballot. There were quite a few other players from that era who might have been worthy of inclusion, but we were limited to 10. This does not mean Whitaker or anyone else who did not make the ballot ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: November 09, 2017 at 04:14 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, lou whitaker, veterans committee

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2017

El Paso Herald, November 9, 1917:

Miller James Huggins, the new manager of the Yankees, is a midget with a big baseball intellect. There are few more interesting men connected with the national game. Urged by his father to become a grocer, Huggins studied law, but while in school became so engrossed in baseball that he adopted it as a profession.

Huggins is a firm believer in the science of phrenology. He has been “shown.” Fowler, a celebrated Cincinnati phrenologist, examined Huggins’ skull ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2017 at 12:00 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

BA: Minor League Free Agents 2017

572 players, with a mix of names you know, names you knew, and unknown unknowns.


SF Chronicle: A’s Interest in Yelich, Ozuna

One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed payroll, the A’s have interest in Marcell Ozuna and, though their preference is for a right-handed hitter, possibly Christian Yelich.

Oakland will have money to spend after trading many of its higher-priced players in July. Plus, Billy Butler’s contract is now off the books. Though the A’s ...

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fra paolo Posted: November 09, 2017 at 10:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, hot stove, marlins

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks expected to pursue J.D. Martinez, agent Scott Boras says

As for the why the Diamondbacks might not be involved, it likely will come down to money. They enter the offseason with a roster projected to earn around $115 million when factoring in guaranteed contracts, arbitration raises and minimum salaried players. Trades and/or non-tenders could free up cash, but it likely would take a big increase in spending or a major trade or two for the club to afford what Martinez seems likely to command on the open market.

Also:
Jerry Crasnick
@jcrasnick
Teams ...

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shoewizard Posted: November 08, 2017 at 07:25 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agency, j.d. martinez, scott boras

Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores, 17, dies of cancer

Terrible news. This must be devastating to his family.

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died Wednesday of complications from cancer at the age of 17, the team announced. He had been hospitalized in Boston, receiving treatment.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel flores, red sox

How Bad Was Amed Rosario’s Debut, Exactly? | FanGraphs Baseball

Not exactly an optimistic view of Rosario’s future. Of course, it’s not exactly based on a lot of data.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:42 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Pitch-Framing Data Is Going Insane | FanGraphs Baseball

What about the umpires? Aren’t they learning as well? Might some of the *tricks* of being a good pitch framer not fooling the umpires as much? It would be interesting to see whether umpires are more consistently calling the strike zone and whether that consistency has improved over this timeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:38 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing

These starting pitchers won the most World Series titles

Only two starting pitchers have won four World Series titles while having never pitched for the Yankees, and both won a World Series for their hometown teams. Can you name them? (Without looking at the article)


Rowland’s Office: Braves Looking at Retreads for GM

Apparently not very brave thinking in Atlanta.

At a time when the game is skewing young, the Braves remain stuck in the past. The fact that Jim Hendry is a candidate for GM or president of baseball ops or whatever says it all. The other five retreads vying for the job don’t inspire much confidence, either, with one possible exception.

fra paolo Posted: November 08, 2017 at 12:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general manager

SI: How Are Teams Compensated for Losing a Free Agent?

MLB introduced the qualifying offer back in 2012 to replace its old free-agent compensation system in which teams were gifted draft picks based on a calculus that divided players into two pools, Type A (the top 20% available) and Type B (the top 21–40%). But in the latest CBA, the qualifying offer was overhauled. Before, signing teams would have to forfeit their highest draft pick (unless they were in the top 10 of the draft) to the player’s old club. Now, things are a little more ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2017

South Bend News-Times, November 8, 1917:

“The Pacific Coast league will fight tooth and nail for its rights. If the new Union league is to be exempt from the draft, then the Pacific Coast league also must be exempt.” Allen T. Baum, president of the Coast league, made this statement today, commenting on the proposed merger of clubs of the International league and American association into the Union league.

I guess I hadn’t considered it before, but yeah - the PCL probably would have been seething ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2017 at 10:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Offseason Outlook: Chicago Cubs - MLB Trade Rumors

I can’t see Otani fitting into a NL club. If his goal is to remain a two-way player, it will be much easier for an AL team to get him ABs.

The ideal candidate for the Cubs’ rotation, of course, is 23-year-old righty Shohei Otani.  If MLB, the players’ union, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Nippon Ham Fighters are able to reach an agreement, Otani may make the leap to MLB despite being subject to international bonus pool restrictions.  While Cubs fans are surely dreaming of Otani ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Year Three of xStats–A Review | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

This is interesting work.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, statistics

Nick Cafardo: Can Alex Cora’s analytics plan take the Red Sox to the next level?

This.

“Not everybody has to take pitches. I get it, working the count. Is it worth it to work the count? Guys are throwing 98-99, you hunt for a pitch to do damage with, that’s going to help us out.”

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, analytics, red sox

Toolshed: Behind the BABIPs of top prospects | MiLB.com News

If you are a fan of BABIP, Sam Dykstra has your minor league fix.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, prospects reports

2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced

AL WINNERS
P Marcus Stroman, TOR
C Martin Maldonado, LAA
1B Eric Hosmer, KC
2B Brian Dozier, MIN
SS Andrelton Simmons, LAA
3B Evan Longoria, TB
LF Alex Gordon, KC
CF Byron Buxton, MIN
RF Mookie Betts, BOS

NL WINNERS
P Zach Greinke, ARI
C Tucker Barnhart, CIN
1B Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
2B D.J. LeMahieu, COL
SS Brandon Crawford, SF
3B Nolan Arenado, COL
LF Marcell Ozuna, MIA
CF Ender Inciarte, ATL
RF Jason Heyward, CHC

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 08, 2017 at 04:53 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: gold gloves

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Roy Halladay, 40, dies in plane crash in Gulf of Mexico

Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago, has died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. He was 40.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a small single-engine aircraft piloted by Halladay was reported down in the Gulf of Mexico earlier Tuesday afternoon.

I have no words for this.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 07, 2017 at 04:36 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: roy halladay

Red Sox Won’t Avoid Going Over Luxury Tax Threshold « CBS Boston

Break open the piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Hall of Fame announces Modern Baseball Era ballot | SI.com

A whole smattering of MLB greats from the 1970s and 80s who missed out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the writers’ ballots will get a second chance at a bronze plaque in Cooperstown. On Monday, the Hall of Fame announced the 10 men—nine players and one executive—who will be on the Modern Baseball Era ballot as part of the institution’s Era Committee vote, to be held at the Baseball Winter Meetings on Dec. 10. Among those who will be up for consideration: Jack Morris, Don ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2017

Bridgeport Farmer, November 7, 1917:

According to reports from New York, Newark, Baltimore, Buffalo, Toronto, Columbus, Louisville, and Indianapolis have been selected to form the new baseball league which will bear the name of the Union League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The organization of this league will be ratified at a special meeting of the club owners to be held in New York within the next two or three weeks.
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The promoters of the new circuit have no desire to masquerade as a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Minnesota Twins Top 20 prospects for 2018 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels starts his off-season with the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, twins

Amed Rosario’s Plate Discipline Lacking - MetsMind

A nice breakdown of Amed Rosario’s free-swinging ways.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 05:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

TALENT ON DISPLAY AND MORE ON THE WAY - Clubhouse Corner

I couldn’t copy and paste a link from the article. Is it just me?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 05:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Cliff Panezich: A fake sports memorabilia ringleader’s rise | Longform - SI.com

Although I don’t buy much stuff now, I do have quite a few autographs. Other than the ones I got myself, I always worry I’m getting fleeced when I buy something from a dealer.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 05:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: collectables, collecting

Track qualifying offers for MLB free agents | MLB.com

Major League Baseball’s free-agent signing period has officially begun, and teams had until 5 p.m. ET on Monday to extend their prospective free agents a qualifying offer. For 2018, the qualifying offer is a one-year contract worth $17.4 million (the amount is the mean salary of MLB’s 125 highest-paid players). Players who received a qualifying offer have 10 days—until Nov. 16—to accept or reject the offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 04:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: qualifying offers

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