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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Kyler Murray remains awkwardly silent on the football/baseball question

ATLANTA — It took five days and innumerable interviews across hundreds of media outlets, but Super Bowl LIII finally has its first legitimately weird moment.

Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, Heisman Trophy winner, former Oklahoma quarterback, current Oakland A’s minor-leaguer, and possible future NFL draft pick Kyler Murray got the only question anyone would possibly want to know about him right now — football or baseball? — and fumbled it or let it go right between his legs, choose ...

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QLE Posted: February 02, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: interview, kyler murray, super bowl

The Rangers are trying to turn this free agent into their own version of Shohei Ohtani

Last offseason, the Texas Rangers were among the seven finalists for Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. But despite having the most money to offer, Ohtani chose to sign with their division rival Los Angeles Angels.

One year later, the Rangers are trying again to add another two-way player, although this one comes with much less upside: former Chicago White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson, who they reportedly signed to a minor league deal Friday.

Davidson may not be a household name since ...

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QLE Posted: February 02, 2019 at 04:09 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt davidson, rangers, two-way players

Report: Gabe Kapler Failed To Report Underage Girl’s Assault At Dodgers Spring Training Hotel In 2015

The police took a report, and the girl told them she’d been sexually assaulted by one of the players:

As the girl described the events of the night, as set forth in the police report, she added details she hadn’t mentioned to her grandmother. At one point, she said she began to feel sick and decided to lie down on the bed. While the two women and one of the players were in the bathroom, the other lay down next to her and slid his hand under her bra, and then down the front of her pants, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 02, 2019 at 01:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

37-Year-Old Pitcher Luke Hagerty’s Improbable Comeback

Longish article about a 2002 1st round pick whose career was derailed by a severe case of the yips years ago while still in the low minors, now attempting a comeback:

At 11:01 a.m., Hagerty ascended the mound at Driveline. He wore a trucker hat, a gray T-shirt, black shorts and black cross-trainers. His first throw, filmed in slow motion from the side, sizzled in at 96.3148491 mph. He threw 26 more pitches: 16 fastballs, five sliders, three curveballs and two changeups. Hagerty grunted ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 02, 2019 at 01:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, comebacks, luke hagerty, yips

Friday, February 01, 2019

Ranking the worst current contracts on all 30 teams

No Megyn Kelly?

1. Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis (4 years, $92 million)

Davis’ 2018 season goes beyond description and the historic nature of it—and the four years remaining on his contract—put him in the top spot. Davis hit .168, struck out 192 times in 522 plate appearances, and Baseball-Reference pegged his value at minus-2.8 WAR, which somehow ranks only seventh worst among position players since 1950. Given that his OPS has declined from .923 to .792 to .732 to .539 the past four ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2019 at 05:01 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: contract

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-1-2019

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 1, 1919:

Heinie Zimmerman, the doughty third baseman, dropped into the Giants’ office yesterday to show he was all ready to take up the task of covering the stuffed canvas. The “Great Zim” appeared to be in first-class physical condition.

As to the story he wasn’t going to be flitting around his old station, Heinie wouldn’t discuss it. “All I gotta say,” remarked Zim, “is that it won’t be healthy for any other guy to plant himself permanently at that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 01, 2019 at 10:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (February 2019)

Having sold out at event screenings since December, They Shall Not Grow Old, which opens for a full run this week, is poised to become the only blockbuster this year that was filmed from 1914 to 1918, on location on the Western Front. Commissioned to make a movie for the centennial of the Armistice, using original footage, Peter Jackson has taken a mass of World War I archival clips from Britain’s Imperial War Museum and fashioned it into a brisk, absorbing and moving experience.

How he has ...

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Rangers’ new stadium will have synthetic turf, not grass

ARLINGTON, Texas—The Texas Rangers will use specially designed synthetic playing surface rather than grass in their new retractable-roof stadium that opens in 2020.

Texas’ decision will make it the fourth of the 30 major league teams to use artificial turf. Toronto’s Rogers Centre and Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field have had artificial turf since they opened, and Arizona’s Chase Field is switching from grass to turf this season.

MLB has a high of 10 artificial surfaces, in 1977-78 and again from ...

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QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium issues, turf

With loads of MLB free agents still unsigned, how will it impact their season?

There are stars, bargains, and talent that’s in-between still remaining on baseball’s free agent market, even though it sometimes seems the pilot light has gone out on the Hot Stove season.

But does waiting too long to sign with a team negatively impact the kind of season a player figures to have? Neil Walker thinks so and has “the worst month-and-a-half of my entire career last year” to offer as evidence.

Walker signed with the Yankees on March 12 and had a lousy start to a subpar season, ...

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QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, neil walker

Padres Meet With Bryce Harper

At what point in this will people start to be thrown into the Spanish Announcers’ Table?

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, padres

Shohei Ohtani won’t be ready for Angels’ opening day

NEW YORK - AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani has been medically cleared to resume full-strength training on his right arm following Tommy John surgery, although he will not be ready to hit for the Los Angeles Angels by opening day.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler provided a positive update Thursday on the recovery of his two-way star, who had surgery Oct. 1.

The Angels expect Ohtani to be their designated hitter at some point in 2019, but he will not be active when the Angels open the ...

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QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, opening day, shohei ohtani

Report: Rockies’ Nolan Arenado Signs Record $26M Deal to Avoid Arbitration

The Rockies avoided arbitration with All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado after agreeing to a deal on Thursday, the club announced.

Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Arenado and Colorado settled at $26 million, setting a record for an arbitration-eligible player. He initially reported that Arenado requested for $30 million and the Rockies countered with $24 million.

The previous record was set last year, when Josh Donaldson agreed to a one-year, $23 million with the Blue Jays.

So, what do ...

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QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, nolan arenado, rockies

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-31-2019

Pittsburgh Press, January 31, 1919:

Happy Felsch will not play ball in Chicago this year unless he gets $1,700 back pay which he claims is due him, according to his best and closest local confidant, Jake Litza, manager of a team in the Lake Shore league.

Litza has been with Felsch on a hunting trip, and says he knows that Felsch will not come to Chicago unless he gets the money that he claims is due…“Happy claims this money is due him from the time he left the club until the last of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 31, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Where do the Nats fit in first win total projections?

Maybe it’s just me, but the under feels more likely to me than the over.

QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, projections, wins

Former White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar dreaming of making big league return and pitching on South Side

Unthinkable. Unimaginable.

Ask anyone nine months ago if Danny Farquhar would not only be back on a pitcher’s mound today, but would sign a minor league deal this season with the New York Yankees, that’s likely how they would have responded.

It’s a comeback story straight out of Hollywood. Farquhar’s life continues to write a script we haven’t seen before.

Here’s hoping that he accomplishes this dream.

QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, danny farquhar, yankees

Puig leaves LA, warms to wintery new home with Reds

Yasiel Puig boarded a jet in Los Angeles, flew all night and arrived in his new home just before sunrise. The temperature was still falling toward zero, and the wind chill was enough to cause frostbite in a few minutes.

That first blast of cold as he left the plane was another reminder: You’re not in LA anymore, Yasiel.

The former Dodgers outfielder who was part of a seven-player deal with Cincinnati in December decided to explore his new town Wednesday. He did just about every Cincinnati ...

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QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cincinnati, leaving on a jet plane, yasiel puig

WATCH: Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen challenges other GMs to Home Run Derby

There is only two weeks left before pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie to begin the new Mets season. Every player has been working diligently to get ready to compete during the long grind this year, as everyone in the organization looks to secure the coveted World Series trophy.

And that includes Mets new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Van Wagenen showed off his sweet swing with a nice blue and orange bat, as he got his own reps in before spring training. Just as he has all offseason, ...

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QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, home run derby, mets being mets

Dingers in Paradise: How Bo Bichette wound up the Bahamas’ home run king

When you ask a baseball player about what they’ve done in the offseason, you tend to hear a narrow band of possible answers.

Spending time with family, working out, and playing winter ball are frequently mentioned, with some hunting and fishing potentially mixed in depending on geography. That’s not to say ballplayers are uniform in their interests, but there’s no doubting that there are some common threads – at least in terms of what they’re putting out there publicly.

A less ...

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QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bahamas, bo bichette, prospect

Marlins coach has had an accomplished MLB career, but something was missing from his life

He was having Thanksgiving dinner when, as looked around the table, it suddenly dawned on him that everyone — everyone except himself, Fredi Gonzalez — was attending college or held a degree from one.

The family gathering included his wife and her daughters.

“I’m sitting there thinking that I’ve been pretty successful,” said Gonzalez, who managed the Marlins and Braves at one time and is now a Marlins coach. “But I don’t have a degree.”

 

QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 03:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: college, fredi gonzalez, marlins

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Miami Marlins, Neil Walker agree to one-year contract

The Miami Marlins and veteran infielder Neil Walker have agreed to a one-year contract.

Miami announced the move Tuesday, adding a 33-year-old switch-hitter who could give the team some infield flexibility and another good bat in the lineup in 2019.

The deal is worth $2 million, The Athletic reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2019 at 07:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, neil walker

OT Soccer Thread, v.2019

Looks like the last thread is closed, so onto the new!

Upcoming Matches of Interest
2/3 Madrid Derby
2/4 Manchester City v. Arsenal
2/10 Manchester City v. Chelsea
2/12 Manchester United v. PSG
2/13 Tottenham v. Dortmund
2/19 Liverpool v. Bayern Munich
2/24 Manchester United v. Liverpool
2/28 Chelsea v. Tottenham
3/2 North London Derby, Merseyside Derby, & El Classico
3/5 Dortmund v. Tottenham
3/9 Arsenal v. Manchester United
3/13 Bayern Munich v. Liverpool
3/16 Manchester Derby
3/30 ...

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 30, 2019 at 07:08 PM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Contrary to popular conjecture, Baseball Tonight will not be coming back as a daily program

MLB Network killed ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

1. MLB has opted to let ESPN slide on a contractual obligation to have a certain amount of studio shows during each season. MLB gave ground here in part due to some horse trading with ESPN, who agreed to allow Sunday Night Baseball to start an hour earlier and have a consistent start time of 7 PM ET.  While ratings experts internally at ESPN believe this may actually lead to a decline in viewership, the extra hour adds a bit of relief to the already ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Dale Murphy: Four suggestions for baseball’s next collective bargaining agreement – The Athletic

Guaranteeing a certain percentage of income seems like a reasonable ask for the players. A spending floor on player contracts isn’t. though. Instead, set the floor on spending floor but let teams directly pay the MLBPA for any shortage. Teams won’t be forced into signing bad contracts. The MLBPA can then take responsibility for divvying up the balance.

The idea that spending more for free agents will increase attendance is silly. Signing players for more money doesn’t increase attendance. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2019 at 05:55 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, pay site

Sarris: Recent trends have flipped baseball’s conventional wisdom on first base and short - Athletic

Another interesting article by Eno. He looks at shortstop and first base trends. He also looks at the changing aging curve.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aging, defensive spectrum

MLB Dream Team: Constructing the perfect lineup from the past 30 years

A photo found on Baseball Reddit has been making its way around Twitter where it’s instructing people to make a dream team from the past 30 years, with $33 of “fake money.”

There are some pretty legendary options.

NBC Sports California’s own Dallas Braden constructed his version of this dream team, so I decided to create my own that had a really good chance of beating his. Or one that could just beat his team altogether.

The full post includes a link to the available players and the rules- ...

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QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:26 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dream team, lineups

Phillies Hire Rollins As Special Advisor

You’d think they would have hired Chase Utley for the job- he has a certain skill set that is especially fitting for Philadelphia.

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, phillies

Sandy Alderson returns to the Oakland Athletics

When asked why he’d want to return, Alderson pointed out that, unlike his protege, his [Gong Show oops] actually worked in the playoffs.

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, moneyball, sandy alderson

The Nats just hired 88-year-old Jack McKeon as senior advisor

One interesting non-Bryce Harper note came out of Tuesday: The Nationals have a new senior advisor to general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo.

Washington has hired former Miami Marlins manager Jack McKeon, NBC Sports Washington confirmed, to be Rizzo’s senior advisor. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the hire.

McKeon’s son, Kasey, was already part of the organization. He works as the Nationals director of player procurement, a job he has held since ...

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QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: advisor, jack mckeon, nationals

Lovullo’s contract extended 2 years by D-Backs through 2021

PHOENIX- The Arizona Diamondbacks have given manager Torey Lovullo a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.

Lovullo, 53, was a coach for manager John Farrell in Toronto and Boston, then was hired as Arizona’s manager in October 2016.

He was voted NL Manager of the Year in his first season after the Diamondbacks went 93-69. Arizona beat Colorado in the NL wild card game, then was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

Well, it seems the manager job market is ...

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QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extension, diamondbacks, torey lovullo

Mariners finally get chance to honor Edgar’s election

SEATTLE-Edgar Martinez spent last week on the East Coast, being honored among the latest electees to the Baseball Hall of Fame thousands of miles from the place he called home for his entire career.

The Seattle Mariners couldn’t wait to celebrate Martinez in the Pacific Northwest.

“Today is a great day,” Mariners’ chairman emeritus John Ellis said. “We finally have him here.”

A city salutes a longtime hero.

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, seattle

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