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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mets Merized Online: Fred Wilpon Named Chairman of MLB Finance Committee

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Bill Madden of the Daily News reports there was a lot more happening at last week’s owners meeting in Arizona than just a farewell party for Bud Selig.

New head honcho Rob Manfred announced a complete overhaul of major league baseball’s hierarchy and among the new restructuring he named Mets owner Fred Wilpon the new chairman and head of the MLB Finance Committee… Wilpon, who allegedly lost about $700 million in the largest Ponzi scheme in American History – the second time he was ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 18, 2015 at 07:10 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fred wilpon, mets, wtf

Mercer welcomes confident Kang in position battle

I think we missed this one…?

[Jordy] Mercer… might be the player most directly affected by the Pirates’ impending signing of Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang, who took things a step further by essentially stating his intent to be the Pirates’ regular shortstop…

“It’s nice to see [Kang’s] confidence, for sure. I’m not going to come back at him. There’s no reason for that,” Mercer said. “I think we can settle on the field. All that will take care of itself, really. There’s no reason for me to come ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 18, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jordy mercer, jung-ho kang, pirates

ESPN: Wrigley Field Bleachers Not Ready Until May

Visiting hitters won’t have their home runs thrown back onto Wrigley Field until May 11, at least, as the Cubs announced the stadium’s famous bleachers won’t be open for the first month of the 2015 season.

The target date is May 11 for the left field bleachers and late May for the right field bleachers, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said at the team’s convention Saturday. The bleacher reconstruction is part of the first phase of a $375 million renovation of the famous ...

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Roberto Alomar goes to bat for Jack Morris and Larry Walker

I guess Alomar doesn’t get smart, fun baseball writing delivered to his inbox.

Alomar on Morris: “Jack’s a winner, he pitched to the score. If Jack was winning 6-0 he threw strikes, he didn’t want to walk anyone. If the game was close he’d pitch guys away. Jack loved big games (Morris made 13 starts in seven different post-season series, starting Game 1 six times).”

Morris was named on 61.5% on the Baseball Writers of America Association ballots, shy of the required 75% in 2014, his ...

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Repoz Posted: January 18, 2015 at 12:24 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bloop Hits: Terry Forster’s musical feast

I saw someone here refer to Forster’s batting average champ status, so, why not.

Though he was never an All-Star, never won any awards, Terry Forster — who turned 63 this week — had a pretty interesting big-league career. In addition to leading the American League in saves with the ’74 White Sox, winning a championship ring with the ’81 Dodgers, and making 614 appearances (most of them in relief) over the course of 16 years in the majors, the left-hander was also the last A.L. pitcher to ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 03:52 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, music, terry forster

Giants, Nori Aoki Agree To One-Year Deal

It’s the best way to replicate Travis Ishikawa’s defense, without the inelegance of constantly falling down.

The Giants and outfielder Nori Aoki have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for the 2016 season, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links). Aoki, a client of CAA Sports, receives a $4.7MM guarantee plus performance bonuses, via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter links). He’ll earn $4MM in 2015, and his 2016 option contains a $700K buyout, according ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, nori aoki, transactions

Calcaterra: Petco Park is getting the 2016 All-Star Game

It worked.

Baltimore was supposed to get the 2016 All-Star Game. This is what happens when you mess with the king, Baltimore…

Here are the details behind Baltimore getting shut out of their All-Star Game.

The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, padres

Norichika Aoki signs with Giants

Norichika Aoki signed a one-year, $4.7 million contract with the Giants on Friday.

The deal is for 2015 plus a club option for 2016, a relatively short-term contract for someone reportedly seeking a multi-year pact. Aoki will earn $4 million in 2015, per Shea, plus a $5.5 million option, plus up to $1.5 million annually in performance bonuses. The 2016 option comes with a $700,000 buyout.

And a mandatory refresher on the player the Giants are acquiring.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 17, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, norichika aoki

MLB to use pitch clock in Double-A, Triple-A games - ESPN

Do they really need a clock? Can’t the umpires just speed up the pace by making the batters get in the box quicker and making the pitcher deliver the ball as soon as the batter is in the box? The Rules of Play already cover this. Rule 6 (The Batter) and Rule 8 (The Pitcher) already place time limits on the batter and pitcher. So, they don’t need to change the rules; they just need to enforce them.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Hart says he will not trade Kimbrel « Bowman’s Blog

Kimbrel was a topic of conversation for some of the MLB Radio shows yesterday. In the morning Steve Phillips insisted he had to go. In the afternoon a host insisted he shouldn’t go anywhere. IMHO, it depends on their timeline. If they truly believe they can be competitive when the new park opens, they should hold onto him. If their timeline is longer than it makes sense to send him away for more prospects. John Hart has stated that he believes the Braves can be competitive for a playoff spot in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, craig kimbrel

Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal ‘not happening’ | rockies.com

I guess it wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Friday, January 16, 2015

Arthur Rhodes officially retires

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.

Rhodes hasn’t pitched since 2011, but I think he still deserves a proper sendoff. 20 years, 900 games, 1,152 strikeouts, one All-Star berth, and two of the biggest earrings you ever saw.


Cardinals fans voted most insufferable.

St. Louis Cardinals fans – enduring a month of voting by readers of Ball Eight – were chosen as the “Most Insufferable Fans” in baseball. After easily advancing to the finals, Cardinals fans dismantled Yankees fans 77 percent to 23 percent – a bigger margin of victory even than the semifinals against Braves fans.

cardsfanboy Posted: January 16, 2015 at 07:03 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, bfib, boston red sox, new york yankees, st louis cardinals

Countdown of the Best 25 GMs - #21

Still just 47, Cashman likely has a long career ahead of him.

Let the gnashing of teeth begin…

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: January 16, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-16-2015

Topeka State Journal, January 16, 1915:

The fame of Caruso is safe. Ivy Wingo, catcher of the St. Louis Cardinals, indorses [sic] him. In writing to a friend in St. Louis the near Cincinnati Red said:

“I have just bought a phonograph and bunch of records and a lot of them are by this Caruso. He is there. I would rather be Caruso than anybody in the world but Ty Cobb. At that, I’d like to be Cobb in summer time and Caruso in the winter. I have never seen the big [1915-era Italian racial slur ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ivey wingo

Congrats to Hank the Ballpark Pup, your 2014 Dog of the Year award winner

Beat out Paris Hilton, I gather.

One year ago, Hank was cold and alone—a stray pup who had wandered into the Brewers’ Spring Training facility looking for a place to sleep. Days later, Hank not only had found a family in the Brewers organization, but he had become an Internet sensation who was loved all around the world…

By the end of the year, he had helped raise over $130,000 for the Humane Society… On Thursday night, the pup finished his magical year with the airing of the World Dog Awards… ...Read More...

The District Attorney Posted: January 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

red sox - Red Sox banking clubhouse culture won’t go south - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Here’s a pretty good article about chemistry with an interesting perspective on the clubhouse dynamic between Spanish and English speaking players.

“With non-English-speaking players, they try to learn English as quickly as possible or shy away from it immediately,” he said. “The American players either really see an effort that they are trying to endear themselves, or they feel the Hispanics are sticking together and they feel they are alienating themselves. So the dynamic can be tricky. When ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chemistry, red sox

Appeals Court Rejects San Jose’s Anti-Trust Suit Against MLB

In a unanimous ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected San Jose’s claims that baseball’s refusal to allow the A’s to move to a downtown ballpark violates federal antitrust laws. The appeals court concluded that baseball’s nearly century-old exemption from antitrust laws forecloses San Jose’s legal case.

“Like Casey,” 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski wrote, “San Jose has struck out here.”

San Jose says it will appeal to the Supreme Court. ...Read More...


ESPN: Jonathan Lucroy To Washington

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is making an unexpected road trip to Washington. It has nothing to do with playing the Nationals. It’s not often that a ballplayer gets to attend a State of the Union address to Congress as the guest of a U.S. senator.

So when the office of Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin called with an invite to sit in on President Barack Obama’s speech next week as recognition for the All-Star’s charitable work, Lucroy accepted the opportunity.
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A fan favorite ...

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Boswell | Washington Nationals got a second baseman in Yunel Escobar, but did they get better?

General Manager Mike Rizzo always says he enters the offseason with Plan A to improve or fix the Nationals but with Plans B and C already mapped out in case his best hopes don’t materialize. Trading stellar setup man Tyler Clippard for Yunel Escobar, a 32-year-old shortstop showing signs of deterioration, in order to turn him into Washington’s next second baseman feels like Plan C.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: January 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Los Angeles man convicted of killing homeless ex-ballplayer who once played for Cleveland Indians

A 33-year-old man has been found guilty of killing former Cleveland Indians baseball player Rodney Craig when both men were homeless in downtown Los Angeles.

Jurors convicted Billy Morales on Thursday of second-degree murder and he could get 16 years to life in prison.
Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Mac said the 55-year-old Craig had been living on the streets and tried to stay at a homeless encampment in August but was kicked out by others living there.

Mac says Craig tried to kick a ...

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MLB’s Bud Selig is in position to give parting gift to scouts charity - LA Times

“The scouts are among the most underappreciated part of the game of baseball, so what Dennis has done with his foundation and dinner is just so right. That’s why I come,” Selig said. “What Dennis has done for them is remarkable.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, scouts

The Infinite Baseball Card Set: Mysterious Mitchell: His Name Says It All

The man stated that he was a professional pitcher and wanted to play for the Seals. It was quickly evident that this was not going to be an ordinary contract negotiation. When pressed on his credentials, the man stated that his name and previous occupation wasn’t anyone’s business. As long as he made good on the mound he need not reveal anything about himself…..The new-comer pitched 5 innings before leaving the game with a 6-2 lead and the victory. Six days later he faced the Tigers again and ...

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Mike Webber Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: art, baseball cards, baseball history

Deal of a lifetime, or Milwaukee marketing ploy?

PreservedFish asked, “What would have to occur in order to make this a good investment?” Well…

The Brewers are offering, for the (perhaps) low, low price of $1,000, a Timeless Ticket, redeemable for any Brewers regular season or postseason game in 2015 or any year beyond…

the ticket that you bought for $1,000 is worth $723 if you have 30 years to use it. It’€™s worth $923 if you have 50 years. Or maybe it’€™s $537 if you have 15 years… What’€™s in the fine print appears to be where the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business


Zobrist in Oakland | Articles | Bill James Online

Dave Fleming looks at the A’s and Ben Zobrist.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2015 at 02:40 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, sabermetrics

Wait — the Mets are charging players to attend offseason workouts? Really?

If this is true — and given that Barwis himself is telling people that minor leaguers are paying him, there’s a good chance it is — it’s simply awful. As we’ve discussed an awful lot around here, minor leaguers make peanuts for the most part. And yet the Mets are, allegedly, requiring them to shell out for their own training and, subtly or otherwise, communicating that there is a penalty for not attending the sessions.


Murray Chass on Baseball: BONDS YES, CLEMENS NO; BONDS NO, CLEMENS YES

MURRAY YES, CHASS NO; MURRAY NO, CHASS YES.

To give Clemens a four-vote margin over Bonds there had to be at least five other ballots with Clemens checked but not Bonds. As of early Thursday morning, 230 ballots had been published, meaning the other “split” ballots were among the 319 non-published ballots.

Alan Robinson, formerly of the Associated Press in Pittsburgh, where I began my career, and Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill., voted for Bonds but not Clemens. ...

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Repoz Posted: January 15, 2015 at 10:17 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 15, 1915:

Cleveland sporting writers gathered with officials of the local American league club to decide on a new name for the Naps. The sale of “Nap” Lajoie to the Athletics necessitates the move. Suggested names are: “Colts,” “Black Sox,” “Bucks,” “Hustlers,” and “Grays.”

All of the above would have been fine by me. One wonders what the Black Sox scandal would have been called if that name had already been taken. ...Read More...

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

The win-now and win-later windows around baseball - SBNation.com

To recap, this is a plot with two axes. The x axis runs from “likely not contending” to “almost certainly contending.” The y axis runs from “lots of young talent” to “aging.” The definition of young talent is weighted more toward players in the upper minors and (especially) on the active roster, but organizational rankings are included, too. The definition of “contending” is based on a complicated formula that I’ve used for years:

[(BT) + .(3 * sV) + (.03 * ab)] * 6 or 7, idk

In which “BT” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: not sabermetrics

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