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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Designs Imagine A Classier Wrigleyville

But the dank, Moe! The dank!

Major changes are in the works for Wrigleyville, the North Side neighborhood directly surrounding Wrigley Field.
From the looks of new renderings of the project, the neighborhood is slated for a makeover that could turn it from douche-vortex epicenter into a classed-up retail destination. Or it could become douchier than ever.
The mixed-use retail destination and $100 million hotel planned for the corner of Clark and Addison streets, known as Addison Park, is over ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigleyville

Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds out of Fox’s baseball booth, John Smoltz to be lead game analyst

After two years, Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds are out of the Fox broadcast booth, and John Smoltz will the network’s lead game analyst, two people familiar with the plans told the Daily News. Smoltz and play-by-play man Joe Buck will be the new World Series team.

A Fox Sports spokesperson confirmed the change. An official announcement is expected later on Tuesday.

Following the departure of longtime analyst Tim McCarver after the 2013 World Series, Fox tapped Verducci, a highly ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2015 at 12:36 PM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, harold reynolds, john smoltz, media, television, tom verducci

The New York Mets Operate Like A Ponzi Scheme

How can the Mets hope to contend while operating on the cheap?

Back in 2008, the team’s investments with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff were discovered to be a fraud. More than $500 million in assets Wilpon and Katz thought they had—and had borrowed against—vanished. Accordingly, just to stay afloat, they needed to take out a $430 million loan against the team and $450 million against their majority ownership stake in SNY (a network started with a loan from Madoff, incidentally).

Ever ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilpons

Cardinals reach deal with Mike Leake | MLB.com

Sources confirmed that Leake was in town for a physical and that the Cardinals are planning a 2 p.m. CT news conference on Tuesday to announce the signing. According to a report from FOX Sports, the contract includes a full no-trade clause and is for $80 million over five years with a mutual option that could increase the value of the deal to $94 million. The club has not confirmed it.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, free agent, mike leake

Mets sign Alejandro De Aza to 1-year deal - MLB Daily Dish

De Aza is a decent corner outfielder. He’s not so good in center.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alejandro de aza, mets

2015 Disabled List Information and a Little More – The Hardball Times

Jeff Zimmerman updates comprehensive look at the disabled list. What’s up with Texas?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 11:04 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, sabermetrics

red sox - From Bagwell to Trammell (Bonds, Roger, too): Defending my Hall of Fame Ballot - WEEI | John Tomase

John Tomase has a pretty good ballot. In my mind, this year there are more worthy candidates than writers are allowed to choose.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 10:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

HOF Voter on the 10-Player Limit and that HOF “Certain Something”

HOF voter David Borges’ view on Mike Mussina- “Mussina had a terrific career, but it was one of almost greatness — almost winning a World Series, almost throwing a no-hitter, almost winning 20 games (which he did in his final season). He’s almost a Hall of Famer.”

My view on HOF voter David Borges- “He almost knows what he’s talking about.”

TJ Posted: December 22, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Yoenis Cespedes’ 5 most likely landing spots | MLB.com

I’m not sure this is a promising list.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

All-or-nothing approach defines draftee Bregman - Houston Chronicle

Meet Alex Bregman.

Frank Anderson, father of big league pitcher Brett Anderson and a University of Houston assistant coach, has put on clinics at the Albuquerque Baseball Academy and also has seen Bregman since he was about 10 years old. He never worked as closely with Bregman as Brewer did, but even from afar, the same qualities were apparent. The Astros have a dirty-uniform, non-stop, get-it-done player - with talent to boot.

“The motor that he has that other people don’t have, and the drive ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Megdal:  The New York Mets Operate Like a Ponzi Scheme

When Megdal’s right, he’s right.  And nothing will ever change.  Depressing.

Adam Starblind Posted: December 22, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-22-2015

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, December 22, 1915:

The delegates from the National, American and Federal Leagues will sign the peace agreement tonight, according to a magnate who left the meeting room for a few minutes late this afternoon.

The article goes on to detail the major pieces of the deal: Nobody who jumped will be blacklisted, all claims to contract jumpers are withdrawn, teams who had players jump will have to pay to get them back, Charles Weeghman gets the Cubs, Phil Ball gets ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 22, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Brandon Phillips’ future with Reds uncertain | MLB.com

If the Reds didn’t want the complications of negotiating with Phillips to make a deal, they should have traded him before he earned his 10/5 rights. Sheldon’s talk about releasing him or threatening his playing time is just silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds


Monday, December 21, 2015

DSPN: The Yankees Want To Know If Their Fans Are Down With Fire Pits

With a third straight disappointing season in the books, the Yankees are hoping to improve—on the field of course, but also off the field. To that end they’ve “engaged a third party” to conduct a fan survey. This is pretty standard stuff, but because of the questions asked, and because it’s the Yankees, some of it is delightful.

For instance, the Yankees would like to know which single company comes to mind when Yankees fans think about the Yankees. I’m not sure why thinking about ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: good clean fun, yankees

Red Sox to retire Wade Boggs’ No. 26 next May

#26 is also the number of beers Wade Boggs can consumer in a 30 minute ceremony.

The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they will retire Wade Boggs’ No. 26 number in a ceremony on May 26.
Boggs, who wears a Red Sox cap on his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y., will have his number placed on the right-field roof facade at Fenway Park in a May 26 (get it?) ceremony next year.
The Red Sox’ criterion for placing uniform numbers on the right field facade have shifted in recent ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wade boggs

Ten most notable MLB storylines to watch in 2016

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

The current deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association expires in 347 days, and there are plenty of issues that must be resolved by the time the current deal runs out next Dec. 1, including the length of the schedule, draft-pick compensation and qualifying offers, and roster size.

The players are making more than ever and so are the owners, apparently, so for now, there is little indication that a work ...

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ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Returns for 27th Season as Exclusive National MLB Game of the Week

Hope you like Red Sox vs. Yankees!

Sunday Night Baseball to document Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz’s final season across four early appearances;
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry three times, including back-to-back weeks (May 1, May 8, July 17);
NL West rivals: Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will square off twice (April 17, June 12);
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen to appear on Sunday Night Baseball for third consecutive season (June ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, mets, red sox, royals, sunday night baseball, yankees

Peter Gammons: Reconstructing Gillickism in Boston - GammonsDaily.com

Peter Gammons says nice things about Dave Dombrowski.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox

The Economist: Cuban baseball crisis

The next day a big game is scheduled in the domestic baseball league, at Havana’s rickety 55,000-seat Latin American Stadium. It pits the hometown Industriales, Cuba’s answer to the New York Yankees, against a visiting club from nearby Matanzas. A few years ago the stands would have been packed. But today the outfield bleachers are empty, and only the rows of seats closest to the action appear even half-full. Bored-looking police drag on cigarettes. A group of hometown fans tries to rouse ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba

MLB final payroll figures released by Commissioner’s office

Final 2015 payrolls for 40-man rosters

1. Los Angeles. Dodgers; $291,056,310

2. New York Yankees: $223,589,947

3. Boston Red Sox: $185,568,958

4. San Francisco Giants: $180,726,826

5. Washington Nationals: $169,277,370

6. Detroit Tigers: $164,010,992

7. Texas Rangers: $156,283,670

8. Los Angeles Angels: $149,686,871

9. Philadelphia Phillies: $145,656,077

10. Toronto Blue Jays: $135,728,804

11. Chicago Cubs: $133,051,389

12. St. Louis Cardinals: $132,638,936

13. Kansas City Royals: ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: payroll

OTP - 2015 December 21: 5 takeaways - Sanders swung, Clinton hit, and Raddatz was a star.

The press filing center at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, resembled the parking lot of a baseball stadium whose team had been eliminated from the playoffs. By the reality-TV standards of the Trump-headlined Republican mud-fights, the substance-heavy, we-all-agree-on-the-basics discourse of the third Democratic debate was a narcoleptic’s dream.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: December 21, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 1275 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-21-2015

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, December 21, 1915:

Early trains arriving in Cincinnati on Tuesday brought many baseball magnates for the big peace pow-wow which is almost certain to end the three-year war which has been waged in organized baseball by the Federal league.
...
[National Commission] Chairman Herrmann said today that only the details of the peace plan remain to be worked out, but that there are so many of them he does not expect the conference to be concluded before Wednesday.

I ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Frank’s Place: A Christmas Eve meeting that made an impression

How could I not not link to a story about Phillies’ Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies

AFL Team Review: Scottsdale Scorpions | 2080 Baseball

Joe Hamrahi’s new web site is worth bookmarking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, scouting

Harper: Picturing Yanks, Mets after 2019 free-agent class - NY Daily News

John Harper fantasizes about the Yankees and Mets future. He didn’t say it but I bet it also includes a pony and a unicorn.

Between the ever-rising cost of free agents this winter, the potential availability of so many bright young stars three years from now, and the Yankees’ wait for bad contracts to expire, the winter of 2018-19 is already the talk of baseball.

After all, imagine the bidding for free agents such as Bryce Harper, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yankees

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Sapient Global Markets is bringing risk management to major sports - The Boston Globe

Again, scouting information is usable data.

Donovan also talks about “artificial intelligence,” which he defines as “basically machines taking data sets and then predicting the future. Banks will look at a person’s credit card history and they’ll use artificial intelligence to understand that person and then market specific things to that person.”

Artificial intelligence can take data — such as comparing the statistics of David Price with Zack Greinke — and make an objective ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Executive Viewpoints: Structural Change with Regime Change | FanGraphs Baseball

“What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes is just how complex this industry can be. It’s a large infrastructure that branches out quickly. It’s almost like an iceberg with the GM on top. When you get below the water line, there is a lot going on and a lot of people involved. When you consider all the different facets of an organization – scouting, development, the business side, the major league club – there are a lot of moving parts. It’s not surprising different teams can take ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Sunday Notes: Fife, Guerrieri, Braves, Brewers, Twins, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Whicker: Dodgers’ Friedman is becoming a divisive figure in LA sports

Build long-term and go for it at the same time! Sign those high-cost free agents and maintain flexibility in future years!

Win the winter NOW, or else!!

Friedman envisions the Dodgers growing their own, with a harvest that will contend for years. That destination is fine. It’s the journey that’s losing us.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

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