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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
How to be like Mike (Trout) this offseason:
MO: You’re home in New Jersey, right? What are you doing for Thanksgiving?
MT: I usually go to two dinners. At my parents’ house, then my girlfriend’s house. They have a dinner too. Nothing too crazy.
MO: Since you’re the youngest of three kids, do you think having an MVP will give you extra clout at Thanksgiving this year? Biggest piece of pie? You get to eat the last roll?
MT: It’s first come and first serve in my house and in my family. ...
Posted: November 25, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 14 comment(s)
Comparing conventional baseball coverage to how reporting functions on Twitter is like comparing a raw but hard-throwing pitcher to a cagey veteran. The new kid might be faster, but its command isn’t as good. The immediacy of twitter inevitably leads to inaccuracy.
““It’s a great tool for getting information and a great tool for dispensing information,’’ said Olney. “You have to remember that and not the five percent frustrating level between the tone of Twitter – it’s the ...
Don’t let recent success blind you to an ample history deserving of scorn. After running arguably the worst non-arms-manufacturing company in the world, Walmart, Glass became sole owner of the Royals in 2000 and immediately treated baseball the way Walmart treats people.
Amid a jackal pack of ownership that included a (future) commissioner guilty of collusion to fix player salaries, Glass – then the team’s president and CEO – stood out as an anti-labor hardliner during the 1994 strike, ...
Rubin’s near perfect HOF Ballot: (10) - Bonds, Clemens, Bagwell, Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Smoltz, Piazza, Schilling, Raines.
Here is my Hall of Fame ballot. I used all 10 slots I was allotted, and still was unable to fit Lee Smith (whom I voted for two years ago, but now do not have room to include).
First-year candidates Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz get my vote. So does Mike Piazza, the ex-Met who garnered 62.2 percent of the vote a year ago—within striking ...
Posted: November 25, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, November 25, 1914:
Connie Mack opines the reason he did not congratulate George Stallings after the world’s series was fear that Stallings would hit him on the nose. His fears were useless. Stallings hit a more vital spot—the pocketbook.
Stallings did threaten to punch Mack in the nose before the series.
Can anyone make a case for Markakis getting more money from a team other than the Orioles?
So how do you feel about Melky Cabrera?
I’m just curious, since I’ve heard from multiple people that he’s a “fallback option” for the Orioles if they can’t re-sign Nick Markakis. His name has been discussed. He’s on the radar, as the kids say.
Monday, November 24, 2014
What about Jake Taylor’s Indians?
Here’s another way to frame the season we just witnessed: Imagine that you could pick any team in the history of major league baseball to root for, but with the caveat that they could not have won the world championship. Would you pick the 2014 Royals?...
You could rank these teams in any number of ways, but to me there’s a pretty clear first tier, which I’ll do my best to rank here. (Feel free to debate this in the comments.) Remember, the criteria ...
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM | 42 comment(s)
I wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility that Ramirez ends up at shortstop. It depends on the team’s internal evaluation of Deven Marrero. He’s considered a potential Gold Glove winning shortstop. The question is, will he hit? If the Red Sox think he will, it will open the possibility of trading Xander Bogaerts for a young, top-notch pitcher (or Hamels if they strike out with Lester). That could set up a timeline with Ramirez at shortstop in 2015. In 2016, when Napoli becomes a free ...Read More...
A nice in-depth study which confirms something we already know.
Through this study I’ve convinced myself that there is value for pitchers in being able to throw back-to-back pitches of different types that have almost identical trajectories during the initial stage of flight up to the point where the batter must make a decision of whether to commit to a swing. In both seasons studied, consecutive pitches that were close to overlapping at the swing commit point but that crossed the plate in ...
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 05:40 PM | 4 comment(s)
The latest dose of inside info from the heart of Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s operation this week came from a most unlikely and precocious outlet.
Thirteen-year-old Devan Fink, a middle schooler from Northern Virginia, was the first to report the A’s were close to signing free agent Billy Butler.
Then 18-year-old Robert Murray, a college freshman from Wisconsin and with Fink the co-proprietor of MLBDailyRumors.com, was the first to report the details of Butler’s pact.
“It wasn’t a ...
I looked at Sandoval in the postseason, and if you ignore power results — and you should, because power becomes stable only in really large samples — there’s no difference between Regular Season Pablo and Postseason Pablo. Maybe he swings at a few more fastballs. But really you should probably bet on Pablo to be more like his 3533 regular season plate appearances than his 167 postseason ones.
Because the biggest, broadest definition of Pablo Sandoval is that of a three-to-four win third ...
There are three players with 100 bWAR and seven with 75 bWAR on the ballot this year. And Tim Raines ranks 10th with 69.1.
And then there are these guys…
Carlos Delgado, who totaled 473 home runs among his 2,038 career hits, is also on the ballot for the first time, along with fellow first baseman Tony Clark, outfielder-first baseman Darin Erstad, pitchers Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Troy Percival and Jason Schmidt, infielders Rich Aurilia and Aaron Boone and outfielders Jermaine Dye, Cliff ...
The Ham is no longer Willing. Josh retires with a line of .253/.358/.465 with 988 hits and 195 home runs.
Although he said he received a substantial offer from a contending club this offseason, he ultimately decided against returning in 2015.
“After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,’’ Willingham said.
“I felt like it wouldn’t be fair to ...
Third baseman Kyle Seager and the Seattle Mariners are nearing a seven-year, $100 million contract extension, major league sources told Yahoo Sports, marking the third consecutive offseason in which Seattle would sign a player to a nine-figure deal as it attempts to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM | 36 comment(s)
Mr. Grate was born Aug. 27, 1923 in Greenfield and was a star athlete at McClain High School and The Ohio State University.
He played Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945-46, making his MLB debut on July 6, 1945. He had a 1-1 Major League record.
Heyman is reporting the deal is done. Other media reports say the deal isn’t.
Pablo Sandoval has agreed to to a Red Sox deal, completing what appears to be a stunning free agent double play.
Sandoval will receive close to $100 million for five years, people familiar with the deal say, following news Hanley Ramirez is close to a deal with Boston, as well. The Red Sox were reported by the Boston Globe to have originally offered $95 million, but they may have gone up a bit from there.
WAR isn’t perfect. It never will be. As long as analysts acknowledge its flaws and limitations, it’s a very valuable tool.
Everything should be questioned. Without that, we remain stagnant in whatever it is we are dealing with. Dissent is how we get better, and expand our knowledge. But that dissent has to be intelligent and informed in nature, or it just becomes a pointless back-and-forth. The fact is, these numbers are a part of the game now. Every team utilizes them to some degree, and it ...
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
El Paso Herald, November 24, 1914:
A letter from [Texas] league headquarters to the [San Antonio] boss is to the effect that abbreviated games cut short through any agency than the elements of nature—meaning rain—are illegal under baseball law and should not be counted as championship contests.
It was by the throwing out of [seven inning] games that honors in the pennant race were even between the [Waco] Navigators and [Houston] Guffs, whereas had they been counted Houston would have been ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
The Miami Marlins outfielder two days ago signed a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest in North American sports history. Federal, state, city and payroll taxes will eat about $141 million, or 43.3 percent of the total, according to Robert Raiola, a certified public accountant who specializes in sports and entertainment. That brings Stanton’s haul to about $184.1 million. Florida has no state income tax.
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 93 comment(s)
Overall, signing positional players to 5+ year deals has not worked out well, and teams have generally overpaid compared to market rates for Wins. Teams would be better off signing mid-tier players to fewer than five years, or spending the money on the pitching market instead. A long-term deal with a positional player free agent is unlikely to be the significant value teams hope it will be—buyer beware.
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
Some possible end games for the Red Sox. I wouldn’t rule out Ramirez as a longterm solution at 1B. Napoli has only one year left on his contract. Their young players still have options available. They can trade some of their surplus and option some of their young players for at least part of next season. In 2016, Napoli leaves, Ramirez moves to 1B, and one of the youngsters slots in.
Posted: November 24, 2014 at 06:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
Get ready for the trades.
The Boston Red Sox, not content to wait for third baseman Pablo Sandoval’s decision as to whether he will sign with the club, reportedly have come to terms with Hanley Ramirez on what is expected to be in the range of a five-year, $90 million agreement, FoxSports.com reported Sunday.
Ramirez was set to arrive in Boston on Monday to finalize terms of the deal, according to the report.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
The Boston Red Sox are trying hard for a huge free agent double play, as they are involved with not only Pablo Sandoval but also Hanley Ramirez, according to sources.
The Red Sox are known to be in the middle of talks for star third baseman Sandoval, and after remaining in contact with Ramirez since as far back as the GM meetings, they are believed to be possibly moving toward an agreement with the star shortstop.
The Red Sox could even make it a triple play if they are able to lure ...
Posted: November 23, 2014 at 06:29 PM | 180 comment(s)
David Lauria’s Sunday column.
ESPN’s Mark Simon saved me some effort a few days ago. I’d been thinking of looking up which of this year’s pitchers had the highest swing-and-miss rate on pitches in the strike zone, and lo and behold, there it was on Twitter. (If you don’t follow Mark and read his work, you’re missing out on some great stuff.)
Here is the top half of the list:
Chris Sale 23.2%
Max Scherzer 21.8%
Marco Estrada 21.7%
R.A. Dickey 21.1%
Yusmeiro Petit 20.5%
Jacob deGrom ...
That’s a lot of coin for a closer.
Whether the Astros are willing to go hard enough to give Robertson the four-year contract he desires, for roughly $13 million per season, is unclear. What is clear is Houston has expressed a willingness, through its actions this offseason, to elevate its payroll after fielding some bargain-basement squads, and it also desperately needs relief help if it is to climb back into relevance.
As much as the Yankees like Robertson both personally and ...
Posted: November 23, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 18 comment(s)
I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The lengths some people will go to to keep their name in the papers…
Want a good one to start your day? We are at Logan getting ready to fly. Heading through security when one of my sons looks at me in panic….“DAD!”.....OMG I THINK I LEFT MY FAKE GRENADE IN MY BAG!!!
Posted: November 22, 2014 at 01:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
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