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Friday, March 31, 2017

Heyman: Boras Disputes Chipper Jones’ Story About Their Meeting

Another good read.

Jones was a great player, but he didn’t prioritize top dollar or even fair value at the start, and just wanted to stay in Atlanta (though another Hall of Fame Boras client, Greg Maddux, got his wish to stay in Atlanta a long time, as well — though not quite forever). We’ll never know if Jones recalled the story of meeting Boras precisely, but judging by how he handled things later, the conclusion that they weren’t a perfect fit for each other was probably right on.

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chipper jones, scott boras

Inside Baseball — NL: Will Happ make Schwarber expendable?

They can’t play every young player.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Born To Be A VandyBoy | BaseballAmerica.com

Well worth your time.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Byung Ho Park is a Red Wing, Not a Twin (at Least For Now) | FanGraphs Baseball

The Twins wanted 8 relievers. Eight. 8. Relievers. One catcher. Two back up position players.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, twins

Cleveland Indians go with offense over defense in picking Yandy Diaz for third base | cleveland.com

“There are a few things that need to happen for a player to make it to the major leagues,” said Antonetti. “First there has to be an opportunity and second he has to prepare for that opportunity.

“We had an opportunity on the infield and Yandy did an extraordinary job of taking advantage of that opportunity.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yandy diaz

Bruce Bochy announces how Giants will start season in left field | KNBR-AM

Chris Marrero will get some of the AB vs. LHP. Marrero played in Pawtucket last year. I’m not sure how he’ll fare in left but his bat will be a plus.

“You’re looking more at a platoon (in left field) to start with,” Bochy told reporters. “With (Jarrett) Parker, his splits are significant with him and lefties. I know it’s hard to get better at that unless you face them. But with a couple of right-handed bats and options we have here, we’re probably gonna…not going to. We WILL ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Baseball’s next Moneyball concept: Turning internet writers into prospect scouts

That Victor Wang was a hardcore baseball fan as a 16-year-old sounds like standard teenage fare. Except, unlike the normal teen, he was profiled in the New York Times due to his predilection for baseball—specifically, his skills for examining and writing about the sport with an analytical bent. Wang peaked as a writer later on, producing his seminal works (studies concerning draft pick and prospect valuations) before he had finished his freshman year at Northwestern University. Both articles ...

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Meatwad needs baseball Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts, the hardball times

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Heyman: Power Ranking All 30 MLB Teams

The nice part about all the rankings at the start of the year is they are always completely wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2017 at 07:23 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Inside Baseball—AL: Lindor Has Little Incentive For Extension

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2017 at 07:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

How two horses helped the Rangers seal a 6-year deal with Rougned Odor ... no, seriously

It may have taken a dog-and-pony show, but the Rangers have their second baseman of the future officially locked up.
Scratch that. It just took ponies.
Rougned Odor has signed a six-year contract extension, the club announced Thursday.
And according to SportsDay’s Evan Grant, a pair of horses helped the Rangers seal the deal with Odor.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 04:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rougned odor

The D-Backs Could Have a New Pitching Approach

The Diamondbacks have thrown low at a greater rate than average every year since 2009. Over the past three years in particular, they’ve exceeded the average by six, five, and six percentage points. In the spring-training data that’s been recorded, they’re lower than the average by two percentage points. No other team has seen so great a shift, which is what makes this notable.

Last year, the Diamondbacks had the highest rate, out of 30 teams. This spring, the Diamondbacks have the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 03:19 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Nats tab Treinen for Opening Day closer

At least for now.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Elevator pitch: HR hitters share power points

The most popular theory, unsurprisingly, posited that something had changed with the composition of the ball itself, an interesting thought given that the home run surge seemed to start somewhat suddenly in 2015. A study by FiveThirtyEight went so far as to have a laboratory fire balls out of a cannon to test them, but the results were inconclusive. And not only did Commissioner Rob Manfred tell ESPN that nothing had been changed with the ball, but a well-respected college physics professor ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs

Ichiro can’t fathom retirement: ‘I think I’ll just die’

Most players head home or travel the world to unwind the moment the season ends. But Ichiro is back in the cages, practicing his swing, within days after the last game has been played.

“I’m telling you,” Turner said, “there’s nobody in the world that takes more swings over the course of a year than this guy. Guaranteed.”

As the iconic outfielder for the Marlins prepares to embark on his 25th season in professional baseball — the past 16 of them in the U.S. majors — Ichiro is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 11:15 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-30-2017

Ogden Standard, March 30, 1917:

[A famous bat maker says Benny Kauff] “buys more bats—has them made to order too—than all the rest of the club put together. He doesn’t order just one bat or maybe two, as others do. He orders from one dozen to two dozen at a clip. And he goes right down the line, trying one at a time, until he gets a good stick. He then sticks to that one until he has a bad slump in hitting. Then he destroys the whole lot and buys a new set.”

Benny Kauff was a strange guy. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 10:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rockies strike deal “in the 11th hour” to keep Coors Field as long-term home

“This was difficult and long, but we’re going to have baseball in Colorado for three more decades,” said Matt Sugar, spokesman for the district. “The greatest benefit will be that the taxpayer won’t have to pay a dime.”

Major League Baseball approved the deal Wednesday morning. Coors Field, the third-oldest stadium in the National League, will remain the Rockies’ home through 2047, when the stadium will turn 53 years old.

The Rockies get it right. Coors is a gem.

Perry Posted: March 30, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, stadium deals

Detroit Tigers release pitcher Mike Pelfrey

With three days left in spring training and their bullpen at capacity for Opening Day, the team granted Pelfrey an unconditional release today. He is owed $8 million after signing a two-year, $16-million deal before 2016.

It’s the second release of a veteran righty this week, after letting Mark Lowe go Sunday. Lowe was due $5.5 million after signing a two-year, $11-million contract before 2016.

Pelfrey, 33, went 4-10 with a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP last season. This spring, he posted a 7.94 ERA ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mike pelfrey, tigers

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Investors say they are ready to bring baseball to Montreal

A group of investors that wants to bring professional baseball to Montreal said the only thing they are waiting for is a call from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The Major League Baseball Commissioner had previously established requirements for returning a team to Montreal: a solid financial package, government support, a site and plans for a stadium.

All of these conditions have now been met by the group, a source told the Canadian Press.

Thus, the money is there, the support of two of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 03:01 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, montreal, relocation

Posnanski: Soren journeys from MTV to ‘Moneyball’ art

Billy Beane shouldn’t have taken those photos.

“Fantasy Life” is subtitled “Baseball and the American Dream,” and the idea behind it is striking ... and ambitious. In 2002, the A’s used a counterintuitive strategy, the now-famous Moneyball philosophy, to draft players. They didn’t concern themselves much with all those subjective things that had motivated scouts through the years—tools, body type, potential, etc.—and instead focused more on production and statistical analysis. Their most ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 29, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, moneyball

Report: Mets’ Jeurys Familia receives 15-game suspension

According to a Wednesday morning report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, New York Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia has finally learned his fate. After previously meeting with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday, Familia has now been handed a 15-game suspension to start the 2017 regular season…..

The 27-year-old was originally charged with simple assault back in October following an arrest at his home. Police found Familia’s wife with both scratches on her chest and a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 12:38 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jeurys familia, mets, suspensions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-29-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 29, 1917:

When the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox took the field at Red Elm Park, Memphis, yesterday, for the first road game of their spring championship series, the town folk of the Southern burg witnessed an innovation in baseball. Players of both teams wore on the sleeves of their uniforms identification numbers similar to those adopted by some of the leading universities for their bootball warriors.

Cool. I’m enjoying seeing the occasional reference to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, uniforms

The Baseball-Bowling Connection!

Peas and carrots. Burt and Ernie. Beer and sportswriters. Baseball and bowling.

Baseball and bowling? Baseball and bowling!

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[Mookie] Betts has competed in PBA-sanctioned bowling tournaments, making him the only two-sport star currently active on a major league roster. It might not be Bo Jackson tearing out of the backfield, but it’s not nothin’

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When the Baseball Hall of Fame phoned Boudreau to tell him he’d been elected, his wife had to take the call—Lou was out bowling.

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gehrig97 Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, everett scott, general, history, hodges, mookie betts, red sox

As Baseball Considers Change, It Should Look to Its Past - The New York Times

It’s not clear that early baseball’s pioneers picked the right version of base ball. In his duties as official historian, Thorn has played in re-enactments of both the old New York game and the old Massachusetts game. “To be completely honest,” he said, a bit resignedly, “the Massachusetts game was a lot more fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:14 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history

MLB’s all 25-and-under team: Who are the best young players in baseball? | For The Win

He had to get creative for first base.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:14 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: lists


Why baseball games are so damned long | 2017 MLB Season Preview

Grant Brisbee looks for answers.

Time between pitches is the primary villain. I tallied up all the pitches in both games that we’ll call inaction pitches — pitches that resulted in a ball, called strike, or swinging strike, but didn’t result in the end of an at-bat or the advancement of a runner. These are the pitches where the catcher caught the ball and threw it back to the pitcher, whose next step was to throw it back to the catcher. Foul balls didn’t count. The fourth ball of a plate ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: game times

One year later, ByungHo Park settles in as DH for Twins - StarTribune.com

How to lose a job.

Park slugged a cut fastball from Tampa Bay righthander Austin Pruitt several rows deep into the seats in right-center at Hammond Field during the seventh inning, providing all the offense Minnesota would need to win for the first time since last Thursday. It was Park’s fifth home run of the spring, two more than any teammate, and an effective punctuation mark on a solid bounce-back spring.

It also drained any drama out of the battle to be the Twins’ designated hitter. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho park, kennys vargas, twins

Analytics making impact on clubs | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Statcast says Miguel Cabrera may be underrated | MLB.com

More great Statcast stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, statcast

Mets’ dissecting the roster

“We came into this spring saying we basically got two bullpen jobs. Due to some injuries and everything that always complicates it, now we got some tougher decisions to make,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We’re very lucky we have some depth on our club to fill in those holes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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