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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
“The Buffalo Bills????”
“I think owning the Buffalo Bills is pretty good.”
“Well explain to me why it isn’t.”
“You just don’t understand football, Marge.”
Two sources have informed me that Jeter, while playing his farewell season with the Yankees, explored purchasing the Bills when they were for sale last year.
Uncertain is whether Jeter wanted to lead a group or be a minority partner. But given the Bills eventual, record-breaking sale price of $1.4 billion, he likely would ...
The one where Obama and the Koch Brothers are on the same side.
President Barack Obama is using his budget to take on some of the most loathed people in sports — team owners threatening to bolt town if taxpayers don’t help build a new stadium — and it could put Republicans in a tough spot.
The budget proposal released on Monday would eliminate tax benefits that make it easier for cities to raise money for new, luxurious sports facilities.
Posted: February 04, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 36 comment(s)
Jim Callis runs down the prospects who didn’t make the cut.
We released the MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, and as always, there wasn’t enough room to include everyone I like. With that in mind, I’ve listed below (alphabetically) 20 more prospects who have caught my eye, some of whom made my personal Top 100 but couldn’t crack the official list once I combined my choices with Jonathan Mayo’s and we got feedback from industry sources.
Posted: February 04, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, February 4, 1915:
Baseball devotees of Murphysboro [Illinois] have introduced an innovation in the world of sport by converting a frozen lake into a diamond, where regulation nine-inning games will be played the remainder of the winter. The members of the opposing teams wear skates, and the agility with which they cavort around is truly amazing. In the first game the Federals defeated the Unions by a score of 11 to 8 in the presence of a crowd nearly as large as the attendance ...
Jeff Sullivan puts Billy Hamilton under the microscope.
How do you make Billy Hamilton better at the plate? It’s easy to notice the strikeouts being a little high. It’s easy to notice the bunts that didn’t go for hits. But Price touches on something pretty basic. Hamilton is a burner, and he’s not known for his strength. Never will be. Your classic leadoff-hitting burner slaps the ball onto the ground. Hamilton hit too many into the air, and no mathematical gymnastics are required to see ...
Posted: February 04, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 64 comment(s)
Nonetheless, a scout for a major league team who has long followed Cuban baseball believes there is still plenty of talent left. He points to Gourriel as a player who would make an impact in the majors right now, and accomplished hitters like Cepeda and Despaigne as possible big-league DHs. Gourriel’s brother, infielder Lourdes Gourriel, is among a group of youngsters who would be high-level major-league prospects, among them pitchers Hector Mendoza and Norge Luis Ruiz.
Posted: February 04, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
But I draw the line on voting for the COBRA!
Jim Bunning spent the first weekend in December in San Diego, a member of a 16-man committee voting on Golden Era players to be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Dick Allen needed 12 votes. He got 11.
“I felt useless,” Bunning seethed the other day, his voice crackling with anger. “It was the most disappointing 3 days I’ve ever spent in my life!”
...Let’s back up. The voters, who included baseball writers, gathered in San Diego. Did they meet ...
Posted: February 04, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
ANAHEIM—The Angels announced Tuesday that Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, a procedure that is expected to keep him out for six to eight weeks and makes him doubtful for Opening Day.
Hamilton’s AC joint was considered the main culprit of a slew of ailments that plagued his right side throughout September, a month in which he played in just one of the Angels’ last 23 regular-season games before going 0-for-13 in the American League Division ...
The Red Sox should not trade Swihart for Hamels.
Another great class of recipients.
David Block: In 2005, his early research was published as Baseball Before We Knew It, the 2006 Seymour Medal winner. It was a study of references to games called some variant of Base Ball which were published long before Cartwright and the Knickerbocker rules. His research continued, using dictionaries, novels and diaries that contained references to the game from 18th- and early 19th-century England
Dick Cramer: Cramer has been doing sabermetrics for just ...Read More...
Posted: February 03, 2015 at 06:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
awards and honors
The Nationals and Astros made incremental progress toward a joint spring training home Monday night when the West Palm Beach City Commission approved a non-binding agreement with West Palm Beach County to swap the land to be used for the site. Progress continued Tuesday morning when the Palm Beach County Commission voted 6 to 1 to approve the term sheet, according to the Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.
The terms of the agreement include the environmental provisions required for the project ...
I’m lucky enough to have a full head of hair, so I don’t need to wear a cap all the time. Nevertheless, I agree 100% with Craig on this issue.
Posted: February 03, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 35 comment(s)
It looks like someone misjudged the market.
He insisted that Toronto’s advances did not distract him from seeking to put a better club on the field in 2015.
“It’s important for the Orioles fans to know that my focus — and my singular focus — is on improving the team,” he said. “We do that day by day, trade by trade, addition by addition. We did that this year in the offseason like we’ve done it in the past.”
Posted: February 03, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
Maikel Franco might think Asche will be an outfielder.
He’s still our third baseman,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly.com on Monday. “We view him as our opening day third baseman.
“But we have introduced him to some outfield. He’s doing some light drills out there, getting acclimated to outfield drills, rudimentary stuff.”
Posted: February 03, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, February 3, 1915:
The president of the Phillies [William Baker] was closeted with [Braves owner] James E. Gaffney and George Whitted for several hours. Whitted refused to tolerate a transfer to the Quakers.
“I appreciate,” said [Whitted], “that I am not a star. I have worked hard to advance in my chosen profession. In Boston finally I was able to establish myself in the esteem of fandom as a regular. I am not sure that I would earn kindred distinction in Philadelphia.
Monday, February 02, 2015
Who says good-fielding, light-hitting first basemen can’t help you win? Dave Bergman, who died earlier today, helped the Tigers do just that in 1984.
2014 was undoubtedly a breakout season for Hughes, and it doesn’t appear to be an anomaly. While sometimes a better-than-expected season can be explained by a fluky BABIP, that can’t be said about Hughes. Last season, his BABIP was an above-average .324, tied for the highest of his MLB career. The primary reason to believe in his future success is because of what changed in 2014. Things like movement and speed can inexplicably disappear during the course of an offseason, but pitch selection ...
Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
Michael Lewis’s 2003 book Moneyball depicted Billy Beane as the leading figure in the spread of analytics (more broadly: the use of data and evidence) in baseball management. Twelve years later all front offices combine analytics and scouting, and the dwindling number of people who decry this revolution have tended to blame Beane and like-minded GMs, while those who applaud it have treated Beane like their heroic surrogate. His ranking here would indicate that we believe the introduction of ...
Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:42 AM | 71 comment(s)
Sandy Alderson’s three pennants and one World Series championship, while a first-rate achievement, may not be quite enough to justify his ranking at number twelve. But Alderson’s place in history is enhanced by two considerations: he was the first modern GM to actively introduce analytics, though rudimentary by current standards, into a team’s decision making, and he was the first young executive of the modern era hired to run a major league team’s baseball operations without coming ...
Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
Were we to give Al Campanis credit for all his accomplishments in baseball operations, he would rank much higher than this, perhaps in the top five. Among other things, he was a legendary scout, a brilliant scouting director, and one of baseball’s most influential instructors. He did this over a two decade career with the Dodgers before assuming control of the baseball team in late 1968. For this exercise, we will ignore all of that and consider his years as GM (1969-1987) when he won four ...
Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
Frank Cashen had two stints running a big league baseball operation. In his first job he oversaw a budding great team as president and later kept it contending in the GM role as well. At his second stop he took over a long struggling franchise that needed a complete transformation. He succeeded at these two opposite challenges masterfully, meriting his status as one baseball’s best baseball ops executives.
Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, February 2, 1915:
Today is the thirty-ninth birthday anniversary of the National league. There will be no unusual activity about league headquarters here. Secretary Heydler was not even aware today was the league’s birthday until reminded of it.
Can I put an entire league on the Birthday Team?
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