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Friday, December 05, 2014

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth convicted of reckless driving

I wonder if he has one of those absurdly loud exhaust systems, too…

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was found guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in prison.

Werth, 35, was pulled over on July 6 while driving 105 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 193 in Fairfax County, according to court records. Werth was driving a two-door Porsche at the time of the offense, which occurred around 9:40 a.m. on a Sunday.

Werth’s attorney said he plans to appeal the ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: December 05, 2014 at 02:08 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, nationals

Rays To Hire Kevin Cash As Manager

The Rays will hire former big league catcher Kevin Cash as their next manager, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Cash was reportedly one of three finalists with Raul Ibanez and former Mariners manager/current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Ibanez had reportedly withdrawn himself from consideration earlier this week…

Cash, who turns 37 tomorrow, served as the Indians’ bullpen coach in 2013-14 after a brief stop in the Blue Jays’ scouting department following his ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 05, 2014 at 01:26 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin cash, managers, rays

Yankees To Acquire Didi Gregorius In Three-Team Deal With D-Backs, Tigers

Didi has big shoes to fill, although those shoes don’t necessarily have to cover much ground.

Tigers, whether or not this works out, most likely got FISTERED!

The Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers have completed a three-team trade that will send Didi Gregorius to the Yankees, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Rosenthal adds that Robbie Ray will indeed go from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks and Shane Greene will be heading to the Tigers.


The Weirdest Cuban Baseball Defection Story You’ll Ever Read

But even executives who have spent years in the international player market are marveling at the mystery and innuendo surrounding 19-year-old Cuban phenom shortstop Yoan Moncada: his legal exit from Cuba, his subsequent romantic pairing with a player agent, and his representation by an accountant who has never had an athlete client in any capacity. Nobody has seen a Cuban defection story quite like this.

“It doesn’t make it comfortable for me, but in a way, we sort of have come to expect it ...

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Gamingboy Posted: December 05, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, defection, international, yoan moncada

Kepner: In Hall Vote, Tainted Candidates And Split Tickets

So unless the Hall of Fame repeals the arbitrary limit of 10 names, voters could face still more years of a ballot logjam, with Clemens and Bonds taking up just enough space on just enough ballots to squeeze other strong candidates from remaining there.

Perhaps, then, it is time to face this reality: Vote for Bonds and Clemens, and you are throwing those votes away. The veterans’ committee, not the writers, is destined to be their final arbiter. The writers should focus on the candidates who ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: December 05, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 5, 1914:

Charlie Swain, outfielder for the Seattle club of the Northwestern league, never will play ball again. His right leg was amputated on Friday. Since the season closed, Swain has been working [in San Francisco] as a telephone lineman. Last week he fell off a truck and it ran over him, crushing his leg so badly as to necessitate an operation. He was to have played in 1915 with the Minneapolis team of the American Association.

Swain was a pretty good ballplayer ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 05, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cy swain, dugout, history

A’s discusssing minor leaguer for Brandon Moss - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

The A’s are in discussions that could net them a minor-league infielder from the Indians in exchange for outfielder Brandon Moss. Among the A’s targets, according to big league sources, is Double-A second baseman Joe Wendle, a strong prospect whose 2014 season was shortened by a broken hamate bone.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brandon moss, indians, trade rumors


Andre Ethier to Dodgers: I want to start here or somewhere else - LA Times

I’m sure the Dodgers want him starting somewhere else too. Since he signed a contract and is still owed $56 million, I’m not particularly sympathetic to his complaints, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2014 at 07:21 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in ...

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Rich Allen and the Ebonistics

While “The Wampum Walloper” — who was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1964, and the American League’s MVP in 1972 — is best-known for his prodigious fence-clearing blasts and his often-fractious relationship with the press, [Dick] Allen was also a genuinely talented singer. Unfortunately, the only remaining evidence we have of his abilities on the mic is “Echo’s of November,” the 1968 single he cut as Rich Allen with the Ebonistics, his fabulously named vocal ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 04:56 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, history, music, phillies

Neyer: The Hall of Fame and the meaning of forever

we should at least be allowed to discuss what removing a few people from the Hall of Fame would look like. All of which I bring up only because the very idea of such a thing seems so difficult for some to even consider.

Why so difficult? I don’t think it’s about fairness. Nearly everyone who’s actually studied the question believes that electing Chick Hafey to the Hall of Fame was a mistake; a mistake, I would argue, that’s actually unfair to the Hall of Famers who deserve to be ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, rob neyer

Deadspin: Buster Olney Is Fed Up With Hall Of Fame Voting

Right hole, Buster!

[Mussina’s] chances for induction will improve slightly this year because I’m abstaining from the voting for the first time, and won’t submit a ballot. The same is true for Curt Schilling, and Tim Raines, and at least two others who I think should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

To repeat: I think Mussina, Schilling and Raines and others are Hall of Famers, but it’s better for their candidacy if I don’t cast a ballot.


Astros’ coaching staff excited about coming season | astros.com

But can they all calculate WAR in their heads?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Report: Cubs change Wrigley Field plans for possible tax credit

The catch is, they must build a home run sign with a rotating dolphin display.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will consider several changes Thursday that the Chicago Cubs made to their Wrigley Field renovation plan in exchange for possible federal tax credit worth up to $75 million.

The deal with the National Park Service would alter the dimensions and placement of video boards and other signs in order to not encroach on the historic manual center-field scoreboard and the ballpark’s ...

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Twinsights: Terry Ryan on defensive metrics and why the Twins ignore them - Twins Now

Hunter has to be better than Arcia and Willingham.

Just like I do all the time: As soon as you get somebody to explain (advanced metrics) …” said Ryan, who has Jack Goin on his staff for just that purpose. “When you look at the rankings of the defensive side of the game, you shake your head many times. I’m not saying a lot of them aren’t accurate, because some of them are, but a lot of them aren’t accurate either.

“You can use the metrics or you can use the eye, and you should use ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, twins

Full Count » Sources: Dodgers have serious interest in Jon Lester, poised for potential late negotiating push

One industry source was under the impression that the Dodgers had already entered the bidding with an offer to Lester, while another characterized the Dodgers as poised to play a role similar to the one made by the Yankees in December 2008, when New York swooped in late to sign Mark Teixeira away from other interested bidders with a high bid of eight years and $180 million. A third noted of the Dodgers’ potential interest that Lester, “could help any team looking to win championships,” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-4-2014

Chicago Tribune, December 4, 1914:

CHICAGO FEDS SIGN WALTER JOHNSON FOR TWO YEARS

JOHNSON SIGNS WITH “FEDS”; TO PLAY WITH TINX

Manager Joe Tinker of the Chifeds landed the biggest fish yet drawn out of organized baseball in a Federal league net when he signed Walter Johnson, former leading pitcher of the American league, to a two year contract yesterday at the home of the tall blonde pitcher in Coffeyville, Kan.

Announcement of the successful completion of the deal was made by President ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

Posnanski: Shakedown 1968

Cool kids never have the time… but we do!

1968

In the Hall: Frank Thomas, Robbie Alomar
Talked about: Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa, Gary Sheffield, Jeff Kent, Bernie Williams.
Best of the rest: John Olerud…

Based on the way the BBWAA has voted, there was not a single Hall of Fame hitter born in 1961 ([Don] Mattingly cannot get any traction), 1962, 1963 (maybe Edgar Martinez gets some love over time), 1966 or 1967.

But in 1968, there are EIGHT viable Hall of Fame candidates (nine if ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 01:11 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe posnanski

Posnanski: The 5% rule

Supreme Mathematics!

Here’s one version of what the BBWAA and Hall [of Fame] could do: Create a Hall of Fame nominating committee… The finaly ballot would have a limit — 15 players on it, 20 at the most. The committee would have to work very hard to limit it that much. But that’s good. What they would end up with is a ballot of legitimate Hall of Fame players who deserve real Hall of Fame consideration. It would be a REAL honor to be on that ballot.

And — this is important — the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 12:56 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe posnanski

Is Right Handed Power Really so Rare?

I’m think this was already debunked, but Cameron has more in depth analysis showing it’s a recent uptick in % of total PA given to lefties, combined with this year’s FA crop lacking much pop from the right side, that’s led to a (probably) temporary shortage.  The more interesting thing is how bad lefties have been recently.  LOOGYS man.  As a fellow lefty that once struck out against GLIAC DIII lefty legend (and 7th round pick of the Cleveland Indians turned AA flameout) Jim Deters on 9 or 10 ...

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madvillain Posted: December 04, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, james deters, platoons, southpaws, dave cameron

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Jay Dunn Hall of Fame Ballot

As many homers as Lou Gehrig and 10 more RBI than Joe DiMaggio- how could anyone not vote for Fred McGriff?

TJ Posted: December 03, 2014 at 08:42 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Calcaterra: Tim Brosnan, V.P. of business, is leaving MLB

If you come at the king, you best not miss…

Major League Baseball just announced that Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Business and CEO of MLB Enterprises, will depart from MLB at the end of January.

Brosnan was a finalist for the commissioner’s job which went to Rob Manfred. He had been with Major League Baseball since 1991, and had spearheaded many of MLB’s sponsorship and business deals. Manfred is basically squeezing him out, however, by naming MLB ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: business, tim brosnan

Braves To Sign Nick Markakis

I was kidding about Kimbrel, but seriously, someone ain’t gonna make it to Cobb County.

The Braves have agreed to a four-year deal with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports on Twitter. He will be guaranteed $44MM in the pact, per Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link).

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:24 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, nick markakis, transactions

Dodgers Acquire Chris Heisey For Matt Magill

Take our advice, at any price… a pitcher like Magill is not much of a sacrifice.

The Dodgers have officially agreed to acquire outfielder Chris Heisey from the Reds, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports on Twitter. Heisey, 29, is arb eligible and is projected by MLBTR/Matt Swartz to earn $2.2MM. Righty Matt Magill is coming back to the Reds for Heisey, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter...

Soon to be 30, Heisey, has scuffled at the plate in each of the last two seasons with Cincinnati ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:17 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris heisey, dodgers, matt magill, reds, trades, transactions

Braves Sign Jim Johnson

Guess they realize they should trade Kimbrel.

The Braves announced that they have signed former Orioles closer Jim Johnson to a one-year, Major League contract (Twitter link)...

The 2012 All-Star lost his closing gig to Sean Doolittle early in the 2014 season and never appeared comfortable in green and gold. He posted a 7.14 ERA with 6.3 K/9, 5.1 BB/9 and a typically strong ground-ball rate of 56.8 percent. After being designated for assignment and ultimately released, Johnson latched on with ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, jim johnson, transactions

Mariners, Blue Jays Swap Michael Saunders, J.A. Happ

Just Adequate.

The Mariners have acquired lefty J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports on Twitter.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:05 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, j.a. happ, mariners, michael saunders, trades, transactions

Prospectus: Kusnick: Advice For The Teenaged Rumors Reporters

Thanks to Cotillo, it’s a teenage monkeyland out there.

Among the professional journalism crowd, and I suppose all baseball circles to some degree, these “kids” are a constant topic of discussion. I have seen only one of these reporters break through to the mainstream, meaning he is likely the exception, not the rule. And he didn’t get to this point by being lazy. He got his foot in the door, took advice, learned rapidly and now has a bright future. Sadly, this is not the case for many ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: December 03, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: advice, agent, journalism, media, online, rumors, transactions

Neyer: How friendly should umpires be with players?

Its “Livan and Eric Gregg” not “Adam and Steve”!

Tuesday, I spent about 20 minutes on the phone with Dave Pallone, who before Tuesday was baseball’s best-known gay umpire. I was interested in Pallone’s take on current umpire Dale Scott’s public acknowledgment of his sexual orientation, and Pallone was great; the fruits of the interview are here.

But there was something I didn’t ask Pallone about: his sexual relationships with players, during his umpiring career. In particular, ...

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Luke Hochevar returns to Royals on two-year deal as KC improves pen

ALL THE RELIEVERS

The Royals, who rode an all-time great bullpen all the way to the World Series, are enhancing that strength by re-signing free agent righthander Luke Hochevar, who missed the 2014 season after a brilliant 2013 campaign.

Hochevar has agreed to a $10-million, two-year deal with Kansas City, according to sources.

If history holds, Hochevar should be ready to pitch around the time of spring training following Tommy John surgery performed during last spring training.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2014 at 11:57 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, luke hochevar, relievers, royals

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