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Monday, March 09, 2015

MLB union chief: Designated hitter in NL still a ‘topic of discussion’

I’ll take “‘80s sports talk topics” for $800, Alex.

For more than 40 years, the National League has remained free of the designated hitter, but that could change in the future, according to MLB players’ union chief Tony Clark.

“That topic has come up independently of us bringing it up,” Clark said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It has been a topic, as I’m sure you know, a topic of discussion going back the last two bargaining agreements. Nothing has changed at this point in time. But I am ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 138 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitter, mlbpa, national league

There’s nothing new in preferring the old

F.C. Lane was a baseball writer who in 1907 founded Baseball Magazine and dedicated himself to challenging conventional wisdom about the game. Besides publishing traditional baseball stories and interviews with players of the day, he delved deep into statistical analysis at a time when the lack of computers made such a pursuit fiendishly difficult.

In 1916, Lane published an article headlined, “Why the System of Batting Averages Should Be Changed.” The article can (and should) be read in its ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: stats

R.I. Native Covers All The Bases for Red Sox Players

Take it from three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, who met Ferreira more than a decade ago when he was an 18-year-old Red Sox prospect coming out of the Dominican Republic to play in the United States for the first time.
“She (Raquel Ferreira) was everything for us,” Ramirez said. “She helped us with everything we needed. She always was there for us. She was like family to us. She has always been.”
Everything? Really? There’s no way to narrow it down?
Ramirez opened his mouth wide to ...

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A’s facing a major power outage in 2015 - Spring Training Blog - ESPN

The A’s certainly won’t be a powerhouse on the position player side. If you look at BB-Ref’s Positional Comparisons it looks like the rebuilt A’s have the potential to put at least similar WAA on the position player side as they did last year. Ben Zobrist (5.0 bWAR) is a big upgrade at 2B (Oakland -1.4 bWAR last year). This one pick-up can have a big impact. The keys, however, are Marcus Semien and Brett Lawrie. If Semien can provide slightly above average play at SS and Lawrie can stay on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

BP liner hits Iglesias in shin, knocks him out of lineup | tigers.com

Why do the baseball gods hate Jose Iglesias’ shins?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jose iglesias, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-9-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 9, 1915:

The testimony of several big league ball players will be heard in the Spokane [Washington] county Superior court when the suit brought by M.B. Martin, a local photographer, for damages of $2,540 against “Cozy” Dolan, noted outfielder and baseball comedian, comes to trial.

Martin alleges that Dolan grabbed the crank of his motion picture machine during an exhibition game [in Spokane] last October, between the all-National and all-American baseball teams, and ...

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Video: Gallo’s solo homer | MLB.com

ICYMI.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Baseball Ops: Welcome to the Evolution « Our Game

Beane is still a step or two ahead.

Twelve years later, the debate is mainly over. The specific arguments raised by Moneyball have appropriately been adopted or rejected, the best run teams today are using both traditional scouting and evidence-based analytics, and the two schools are working together. Whatever advantage Beane held over his contemporaries in 2003 he holds no longer. Market inefficiencies last only as long as the market stands still, and baseball teams are constantly searching ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, general managers, history

Major league teams wrestle with personal catchers | www.daytondailynews.com

Managers have to home some type of plan to rest catchers. Personal catchers are as good a way to manage playing time as any.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, cubs, reds

BCB: Let’s Talk About Ballpark Food

Cubs decide to ban outside food from their spring training ballpark.  It was apparently an overnight decision.  Key bit:

I heard from a large number of people angry that they couldn’t bring peanuts or sunflower seeds into the ballpark. Really, Cubs? Really? REALLY? This sort of thing has been a time-honored tradition for decades—you buy a bag of peanuts outside the park from one of the street vendors and bring it inside. Or bring a sandwich from home, as I was going to today.

Beyond the ...

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Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Tanaka slated for first spring start Thursday | yankees.com

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. ET start in Tampa, Fla., and will air on MLB.TV, YES and MLB Network.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Drew Smyly injury a blow to Rays’ pitching depth | Tampa Bay Times

Having No. 3 starter Drew Smyly sidelined indefinitely, with his availability to start the season in question due to shoulder tendinitis, is bad enough news for the Rays.

“I think it’s fair to say there is a concern,” manager Kevin Cash said Sunday.

Worse is that the depth after their top four starters was already one of the biggest questions, and potential flaws, of several on their roster anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, injuries, rays

The Favorites For Hector Olivera - BaseballAmerica.com

It will be interesting to see how much he signs for.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents, dodgers, hector olivera, padres


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Royals sign 6-10 righty Chris Young and expect him in pitching staff this season

Young, 35, and a former National League All-Star, signed an incentive-laden, one-year major-league contract with the Royals on Saturday. Young, a 10-year career starter with four clubs, will begin the season as a middle and long reliever and provide insurance for the starting rotation.

“He will make the team out of spring training,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “Right now, if things go to script, our rotation is probably cemented with the main five guys, so his role at this point ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2015 at 10:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, royals

Lee out with renewed left elbow soreness | MLB.com

Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere for a while at least.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 03:12 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cliff lee, phillies

So what exactly does a baseball captain do? Let’s ‘C’ - Newsday

In baseball the captain doesn’t even have to go down with the ship.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 03:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

The Complications of Hector Olivera | FanGraphs Baseball

Read Kiley McDaniel’s great analysis of the Hector Olivera situation. After reading it, I wouldn’t want to be the team to take the risk unless it was for very short money.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, hector olivera

Defensive shifts leading to a shift in philosophy - Yahoo Sports

Chris Davis, bunting fool.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 02:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bunts, chris davis, orioles, shifts

Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels’ Top 20.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Sunday baseball notes: Veteran Phillies await possible trades - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.

According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.


Steven Matz impresses everyone in exhibition debut, including Ichiro Suzuki - Newsday

The next big thing in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects, steven matz

Silverman consulting with Rays players on key decisions | Tampa Bay Times

Much of what Matt Silverman has done since taking over as head of Rays baseball operations is similar to what Andrew Friedman did before him.

But one thing he has done differently — and interestingly — is soliciting opinions from a small group of key players before making decisions on hiring manager Kevin Cash and other moves and changes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Yu Darvish injury continues shocking collapse of Rangers franchise | FOX Sports

A rival executive posed an interesting question Saturday morning upon hearing the news that Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish likely will require Tommy John surgery:
Has any team in recent memory crumbled as quickly — and as surprisingly — as Texas?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 04:14 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Jim Harbaugh Suits Up For Oakland A’s

The man who brought the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII and fled to Michigan after last season amid a falling out with his bosses is in camp with the Oakland A’s today.

In a green and gold uniform. Wearing stirrups – “That’s old school,” he said. With a No. 4 jersey. And planning to coach first base for a couple of innings when the A’s host the Angels at Hohokam Stadium.

#6bid rescued Ichiro the carpenter! Posted: March 07, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jim harbaugh

NY Times: Beschloss: Game Over For The Astrodome, ‘Stadium of The Future’

[ Astros owner Roy ]Hofheinz told reporters that if the Astrodome had turned out to look “like a tobacco-spitting venture,” it would have failed; he said that no one who saw his stadium could ever again dismiss Houston as merely “Indian Territory.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called the park “a glorious victory” for “all of Texas.”

With its Jetsons-like design, the Astrodome was a gargantuan symbol of the glittering possibilities of American technology, crowned by the biggest ...

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bobm Posted: March 07, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, stadiums

Why A-Rod must shelve fielding hopes and ace job No. 1 | New York Post

Whatever? “Hey, A-Rod, would you mind retiring?”

“Whatever Joe wants me to do I’ll do,’’ Rodriguez told The Post before the game. “Whatever’s best for the team. I’m just happy to be playing baseball. I’m fortunate to be playing the game I love so much. I feel like a rookie again.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Bryce Harper says ‘people want to see us fail’ - The Washington Post

“You know, I say the things I say because I have confidence in my team,” Harper said. “I have confidence in their ability to go out there and play every single night. And some people don’t have confidence in us, so we’ve got to have all the confidence in the world. We’ve got to have that chip on our shoulder going out there, because people want to see us fail. Other teams want to see us fail. And that’s just baseball. That’s just how it is.

“And I want to go out there, I want ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Rasmus looks back at time with Cards

Colby Rasmus talks about his issues with Tony La Russa.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, colby rasmus

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