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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
It’s still weird to see analysis like this in a newspaper.
Across the game, the correlation between outfield defense and runs shaved off a pitching staff’s predicted ERA was significantly higher than the correlation between infield and catcher defense and ERA.
In other words, while it’s possible to make an impact with either an elite infield or an elite outfield, the teams with elite outfields tended to help their pitchers more than teams with elite infields.
That’s where Bradley — ...
Posted: November 25, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
Not a ton of baseball in the newspapers of Thanksgiving Day 1915.
Topeka State Journal, November 25, 1915:
Arthur (Buck) Weaver, formerly catcher for the Denver and Wichita Western League baseball clubs, was probably fatally injured today in an explosion and fire that damaged the plant of the Mountain Motor Fuel company of which he was superintendent…An electric spark is believed to have caused the explosion.
This is not Black Sox Buck Weaver, but the Browns/Cardinals/Pirates/White Sox catcher ...Read More...
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Durso had welcomed Muñoz on to the Homers for Hope baseball team, and into his home. He and his wife, Katie, had taught Muñoz some rudimentary English. He had done all of this under the tyranny of the calendar. Whatever hope Muñoz had of remaining in the United States, restarting his pitching career, and extricating his family from the pull of the Dominican Republic’s poverty would run out come Dec.31, when his visa expired, unless a major-league organization threw him a lifeline.
If one ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 04:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
On the information beast: “I really don’t see a dichotomy between the analytics and scouting departments. I see them both as information sources where we need the absolute best of both. We’re going to build out both until we feel we have the best information we can possibly acquire. We’re always going to want more. That’s the nature of the beast. In this industry, the game is, ‘What is the next frontier in baseball and where can we get the next competitive advantage?’”
Looking for a job at the Winter Meetings is equal parts exhilarating and maddening, as hundreds of seekers vie to land a geographically and economically appropriate position. Some are content with securing an internship — anything to get that proverbial foot in the door — while others have already gone this route and are now intent on full-time employment. Some are just out of (or still in) college, while others are taking a leap of faith by trying to break into baseball after having ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 02:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
You’d think Brits might be tired of the Royals by now.
MLB is in “advanced negotiations” with the operators of Olympic Stadium to play games in London, according to a report from Ben Rumsby of The Telegraph. It’s possible games could be played in Europe as soon as 2017.
Olympic Stadium, which was built as the centerpiece of the 2012 London Olympics, is currently undergoing renovations and will re-open in 2016. It will have a seating capacity of 54,000 when renovations are complete.
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 44 comment(s)
On the night Randolph spoke with MiLB.com, his team broke through to a crucial 3-2 win over Korea in 10 innings, pushing the Americans on to the Premier 12 quarterfinals. There they handled former five-time Major League All-Star Andruw Jones and his Kingdom of the Netherlands team in a 6-1 win to earn a trip to Japan.
After a 6-1 semifinal win over an upstart world No. 12 Mexico team, the US ran out of gas in an 8-0 loss at the hands of Korea in the gold medal match. Despite the loss, the US ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
It’s a good thing he feels this way because he’s not going anywhere. Ever.
“He reached out to let me know that did not come from Robbie and that’s not at all reflective of how he felt,” said Dipoto, who replaced former GM Jack Zduriencik two months ago. “Shortly after the season ended, I sat down with Robinson in my office for two hours and we had a great talk and I think we left with a very clear understanding of who one another might be.
“Since the season ended, we’ve had a couple phone ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
Mike Petriello spits in starting pitchers’ general direction.
So, rather than looking at the first pitcher as “the starter, who has to get me through seven innings,” teams ought to simply think about 27 outs and how best to get them. If that means the best scenario is that the first pitcher gets just 10 outs, the next comes in for three, and then a third gets eight outs to get through the first seven innings, then so be it. If that reminds you of the way things work in the postseason, it ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 47 comment(s)
This year’s group of Arizona Fall League prospects couldn’t match those from 2013 and ‘14, though that’s a nearly impossible standard to live up to. The historic rookie crop that generated so much big league buzz this summer was fueled by several former AFL participants, including Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Roberto Osuna, Joc Pederson, Addison Russell and Corey Seager.
While there weren’t as many elite prospects in the Fall League this time around, there still was plenty of intriguing ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
Corey Black, rhp, Cubs (24): Black was the Cubs’ No. 16 prospect coming into the 2015 season. There was some expectation that the short (5-foot-11) righthander would end up moving to the bullpen, but the thought was that such a move would help his below-average control and allow his 92-96 mph fastball to play even better. Black did move to the bullpen, but he posted a 7.09 ERA as a reliever last season, his poor walk rate got even worse out of the bullpen, and he fared no better in the ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
rule 5 draft
“We were coming through security at [Los Angeles International Airport],” Devon says, “and the guy there asked Dad if he knew what a ‘Rod Carew’ was on Urban Dictionary.” (It’s a vulgarism that involves going from first base to third base without touching second.) Rod shakes his head in mock dismay upon hearing this, like a put-upon dad in a sitcom, which he often appears to be.
“When he’s getting ornery,” Rhonda says, “we know he’s getting back to normal.”
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 24, 1915:
The motor driven scow in which Dwight F. Mallory, one of the large backers and directors of the Baltimore Federal League club and society man, started out alone in a gale from the Magothy River at noon Friday…was found [yesterday] at Wartons Point, in the Chesapeake Bay by a dozen searching parties…There was no trace of the owner.
Mallory was never found, and his body is presumed to have washed out to sea.
It was one of a number of catastrophic ...Read More...
In signing free-agent catcher Chris Iannetta to a one-year deal Monday, the Mariners didn’t make the move in order to acquire a caddy for one-time franchise cornerstone Mike Zunino.
“Chris is being brought in to be our primary catcher,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “We’ll see where the chips falls once we get into spring and beyond. He’s an experienced player who I feel makes us better.”
So where does that leave Zunino, a former first-round pick who spent two-plus years as the ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
The Marlins and Fox Sports Florida dropped TV analyst Tommy Hutton on Monday, a move that elicited a flood of Marlins-bashing on Twitter.
Hutton — whose lively personality, candor and willingness to criticize made him popular with viewers — was the team’s TV analyst for the past 19 seasons. He said the Marlins and Fox gave him no explanation for why they aren’t renewing his contract.
“All I got was, ‘We’ve made a decision to go in another direction,’ ” he said. “They ...
A lot of good Orioles info in this article.
Showalter also preached the importance of kids playing more than one sport. He sees no value in sticking only to baseball.
“I had a pitcher who was a high draft pick,” Showalter recalled, “and I said, ‘What did you play when you weren’t pitching? Did you play first base, did you play the outfield? What did you play?’ And he goes, ‘I didn’t play.’ I said, ‘What? You didn’t hit? You didn’t play another position? You didn’t play another sport?’ And it ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
Power “is one of the bigger problems in the system,” Manuel wrote in the chat. “We list (Paul) DeJong (as) ‘best power’ in the system currently.”
I advocated for DeJong to be in the Top 10 for that reason. He’s one of the few in the “best tools” section of the rankings not to crack the Top 10. But that “best tools” also illustrates the Cardinals’ situation with position players why and it’s the free-agent market for them this winter: Nick Plummer, just drafted, is ...
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
They won’t rule him out. With interest like that, I’m just going to put him on their roster.
The Angels aren’t ruling out a pursuit of free agent Jason Heyward, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and me. And if the Angels sign Heyward, they’d likely move Kole Calhoun from right field to left.
It’s important to note the Angels are only in the preliminary stages of their search for an everyday outfielder. But Heyward is among the many possibilities for new general manager Billy Eppler.
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
Monday, November 23, 2015
His son Kenneth Jr. said that his father had been bedridden with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and that he died after contracting a kidney infection.
For three seasons in the heart of his career, 1965-67, pitching for the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (the franchise moved after the 1965 season), Johnson was an effective starter, going 43-27 with 26 complete games. It was earlier, however, on April 23, 1964, that while pitching for Houston (then known as the ...
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)
Posted: November 23, 2015 at 09:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
Dave is really stretching it.
And then there’s me. I’m the outlier in the group, putting down an estimate of 4 years, $76 million, almost doubling the total guarantee that the crowd expects. Of the publicly available free agent prognosticators, I was the high man on both the years and the annual average value, which is quite likely informed by the fact that I put more stock in the statistical analysis than most others do. The fact that I’m so far off the consensus likely says more about me ...
One area I have not seen quantified is the effect a good defense (such as that possessed by the Royals) might have when combined with a low-strikeout pitching staff. Would a good defensive team’s pitchers and defense record more outs and post lower ERAs than FIPs? Probably some, but also how much of difference would it actually make? I decided to perform a quick study to see if there was anything to my little theory.
Posted: November 23, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
Last week Andy Van Slyke made the news for, among other things, ripping Robinson Cano in a radio interview, claiming that he was lazy, loafed and ended up getting coaches fired in Seattle. There has been a ton of criticism of Van Slyke for saying that, and today John Harper in the Daily News offers several quotes from the Mariners’ former third base coach, Rich Donnelly, defending Cano and his work ethic.
Buried deep in that story, however, is this bit:
So maybe Van Slyke is just so bitter ...
While Negron’s back story has been well-documented — as a teenager, he was nabbed by George Steinbrenner outside the old Yankee Stadium in 1973 for spray painting graffiti on its walls, only to have The Boss take Negron under his wing and steer him on a path away from trouble — Van Zandt was deeply moved by the story of the years-long friendship that developed between Steinbrenner and Negron.
“That whole thing is such a good example of what can happen. One person can make a difference ...
Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 23, 1915:
It has been almost forgotten that Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis has a decision of moment to baseball in his hands, writes J.B. Sherian in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
It has been said that if Judge Landis’ decision declares Organized Baseball is a trust within the meaning of the Sherman anti-trust law that all contracts made by players with Organized Baseball clubs will be voided.
Good lawyers say that the judge’s decision will not have any ...
As a political science major in college, I had thoughts of getting into writing about politics. Baseball, however, grabbed hold of me and never let go. How was I to know that at this late date I would find a reason to combine the two interests?
Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant
Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:28 AM | 1224 comment(s)
Friday is deadline day, and for some prospects, it could be a very big day.
Friday marks the day on which Rule 5-eligible players must be added to their organization’s 40-man rosters in order to be protected from this year’s Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.
Players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they have not been added to a 40-man roster within five seasons of signing (if they were 18 or younger at time of signing) or ...
Posted: November 23, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn’t been officially announced….Like Mattingly before him, the new manager probably will receive guidance from the front office on everything from lineup to bullpen decisions.
Many of the problems Mattingly encountered also remain, including expectations of a World Series championship. Only now, the ...
Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)
Posted: November 22, 2015 at 08:37 PM | 96 comment(s)
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