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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pirates’ voluntary minicamp opens up without Pedro Alvarez | TribLIVE

I sounds like the Pirates don’t love Pedro’s choice not to attend their minicamp.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: pedro alvarez, pirates

Red Sox create new behavioral health department - The Boston Globe

The staff plans to place an emphasis on the emerging field of “mindfulness,” in which individuals consciously identify and take stock of the circumstances surrounding them to avoid getting overwhelmed or distracted. So, rather than getting distracted by a hostile crowd while batting in the ninth inning of a tie game, a player is trained through mindfulness to recognize that crowd prior to the at-bat and implement behaviors such as controlled breathing to manage his response to it.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Jayson Stark on Ryan Howard

Now they are getting desperate.

Teams in touch w #Phillies say they’re talking up what a great person Ryan Howard is. That’s true. But still sounds like they have no takers

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

The all-time all-underrated team - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Some good names on this list.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Ace Hamels still on Padres’ radar; Wil Myers not involved in talks - CBSSports.com

Can the Padres trade away every good prospect this off-season?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, padres, phillies, trade rumors

More cerebral LA development camp features top prospects | dodgers.com

This is Kapler’s debut camp and it is intentionally being run differently than previous ones. He said instead of splitting time on the field and in the classroom, this year’s camp will be overwhelmingly cerebral.

“We don’t want them ramping up in the middle of winter to impress physically,” he said. “We want them to be open-minded, nimble of thought and share experiences with a ton of interpersonal back-and-forth and talk shop.”

Kapler said player participants for the development camp were ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?

After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice ...

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Bill James and Brian Kenny discuss the significance of the Hall of Fame

Bill n’ Bri talk about how childhood heroes linger, and just for fun, STEROIDS.


Ranking the Top 25 GMs in history

From TFA: “A couple of notes on eligibility.  The GM role was created about 1920 — before then the players were signed or acquired either by the owner or manager.  For the purposes of this exercise, we are not considering GMs who were also owners or managers of the team.  If we did, John McGraw (a manager in charge of the New York Giants roster for 30 years) and Barney Dreyfuss (who owned the Pirates for 32 years and built several champions himself) would each be in the top 10.  Also, note ...

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Blastin Posted: January 12, 2015 at 05:00 PM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings, slow news day

Oakland’s Ben Zobrist Deal Erases Any Doubt About Billy Beane’s Strategy «

Ben Lindbergh takes a look at the A’s moves.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 04:09 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

How To Improve the User Experience – The Hardball Times

This is the first in a 10-part series commemorating baseball’s new commissioner with advice for his tenure.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

2015 ZiPS Projections: New York Mets

thetailor Posted: January 12, 2015 at 11:20 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: zips

Morosi: Selfie-analysis: MLB could stand to be more social

As I watched the scene at Stadio Olimpico from a continent away, my thoughts wandered back to the sport I cover: Baseball should do something like this.

The idea isn’t that farfetched — at least, it shouldn’t be.

Major League Baseball could place one portable camera near the instant-replay module in every ballpark. (Outside the dugout, to guard against sign-stealing and the like.) But a player who isn’t in the game — the designated tweeter, if you will — could leave the dugout and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: selfies, social media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-12-2015

Toledo News-Bee, January 12, 1915:

That in two instances baseball managers traded players in exchange for dogs was one of the many allegations contained in affidavits filed in federal court [in Chicago] on Monday in support of the Federal league suit to have organized baseball, the national commission and the American and National leagues declared a trust.

It was in an affidavit by Mordecai Brown that the above charges were made.
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Brown’s affidavit in brief says: “Your affiant is informed ...

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Which Players Participated In The Highest Percentage of Their Teams’ Runs?

If you guessed Matt Holliday, you’d be right!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


‘Percival’s Lonesome Foursome’ heard - The Orange County Register

I heard the interview with Stern and Bowden. It’s wasn’t flattering to any of the participants.

No, my vote wasn’t an attention-getting ploy, nor a protest over the 10-man ballot. It was simply a sincere expression that a guy who finished his career with 358 saves and a World Series ring and was a lockdown closer in his prime with the Angels deserved to at least remain in the conversation.

Instead, Sirius/XM talk-show hosts Casey Stern and Jim Bowden challenged me to explain why I felt ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, troy percival

Ian Desmond, Ben Zobrist were part of Nationals-Mets-Rays trade discussion | FOX Sports

The Nationals would have sent Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Escobar, the two players the Rays traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays then would have flipped Desmond to the Mets.

The roadblock was the Rays’ request for two top Mets prospects from a list of three – a price the Mets considered too steep for Desmond, who is entering his free-agent year.

The Rays’ wish list included right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, rays, trade rumors


Phillies should be able to find a taker for Ryan Howard | FOX Sports

Would the Phillies really kick in that much?

So, let’s say fair market value for Howard is somewhere in the $7 million to $10 million range annually. That means the Phillies would need to kick in between $40 million and $46 million in any trade – an exorbitant sum. Still, as GM Ruben Amaro Jr. repeated Saturday, “We know that we have to subsidize this. We know the level of prospect or the level of player we get back will be limited. We haven’t been unrealistic on it. We’ve been very ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Ex-Red Sox setup man Daniel Bard healthy, ready to bounce back - Sports - The Boston Globe

Rose knew the consequences of his gambling should he get caught. He got caught.

More than 25 years have passed since Pete Rose was banned from baseball by commissioner Bart Giamatti for betting on baseball games.

The all-time hits leader never got on the Hall of Fame ballot.

I’ve always agreed with Giamatti’s decision of the lifetime ban, and with his decision to allow Rose to apply for reinstatement at some point. After all, gambling on baseball games while you’re uniformed personnel is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel bard, pete rose, red sox, sunday notes

Sling TV to Launch Live, Over-the-Top Service for $20 Per Month; Watch on TVs, Tablets, Computers, Smartphones, Game Consoles

Sorry about the lame, week-old press release, but the ever-so-slight move towards a la carte programming seems like a big deal:

Priced at $20 per month, “The Best of Live TV” core package includes 12 Nielsen-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN.

My understanding of baseball economics is that teams make large sums of money effectively by charging every ...

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greenback calls it soccer Posted: January 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, television

Sunday Notes: Archer’s Innings, Boston’s Backstops, much more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Lauria’s Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Padres ownership deserves major credit | UTSanDiego.com

Like the Diamondbacks, the Padres ownership seems impatient. They want results now, but don’t have an overriding philosophy themselves. Although Preller has been very creative, he hasn’t won anything yet. So, if this plan fails to live up to expectations, don’t be shocked if Preller’s time as a GM in San Diego is short-lived.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

More GM fingerprints on this Yanks’ offseason than years past | New York Post

Brian Cashman has a plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Red Sox payroll on track to be larger than ever to start season

Even before the addition of Craig Breslow to the roster this week on a $2-million contract, the Red Sox already appeared to have pushed past the luxury-tax threshold of $189 million. Their payroll as constituted has pushed past $193 million, which would be an all-time high for Opening Day — well beyond the $175 million with which they started the season in 2012.

(Bolstered by the signing of Carl Crawford, Boston’s payroll wound up at $189 million for luxury-tax purposes in 2011, earning ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Herzog calls 1985 team his best as Cards manager

Whitey Herzog talks about the 1985 World Series team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, whitey herzog

More moves must be made by Rockies before spring training - The Denver Post

Brittle talent.

“It would be easy for somebody in my shoes, a brand-new GM, a young GM, to want to come in and make a splash, do something sexy,” Bridich said this winter. “I fought that urge, but I’m not going to say it wasn’t there.

“We’ve been close-ish to a few things. But it hasn’t happened, hasn’t worked out. We’re not going to panic. ... We have to remember the type of talent that we have here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A look at the A’s deal for Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

Another slow news day and BOOM!

With the additions of Ben Zobrist, who will become Oakland’s primary second baseman, and shortstop Yunel Escobar, the A’s are likely done assembling their 2015 team – and there is little doubt they plan to contend.

Zobrist was hotly pursued by numerous teams this winter, including the Giants, but the fact that Oakland could also find a spot for Escobar probably helped the A’s complete the deal.  The A’s will send catcher John Jaso to the Rays along with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 01:35 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, boog powell, daniel robertson, john jaso, rays, yunel escobar

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