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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #14 — Brian Sabean

Sabean won his first pennant by building around an aging but still potent Barry Bonds and then three World Series championships by restructuring his team around a young core with undervalued pickups.  As much as any modern GM, he represents a successful bridge between the old and new approaches.

bobm Posted: January 27, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, general managers, giants

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Marco Scutaro designated for assignment by San Francisco Giants - ESPN

Second baseman Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery.

The Giants said they plan to retain Scutaro and continue working with him through his rehabilitation following back surgery that could end his career. Dr. Michael Wang performed a fusion last month in Miami to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of Scutaro’s spine. It will be four to six months before doctors determine whether Scutaro can play baseball again.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, marco scutaro

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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 to Heyman, who adds that the contract can max out at $12.5MM over two years… Shea tweets that Aoki’s option is valued at $5.5MM, adding that he can earn up to $1.5MM worth of incentives in each year of the deal…

Aoki gives the Giants additional outfield depth and should slot into their starting left field spot, shifting Gregor Blanco into a fourth outfield role, although the two do have relatively similar skill sets… In his lone season with Kansas City, Aoki batted .285/.349/.360 with 17 steals but just one home run.

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

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Still no Angels in the Baseball Hall of Fame

“We don’t lose sleep over it,” said Mead, vice president for communications and a former assistant general manager. “But it would be nice to go to Cooperstown and see the A. That day will come.”

The day came for another early 1960s expansion team, the Houston Astros, when Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Biggio will be the first player to wear an Astros cap on his plaque, a long wait for a team that joined the majors in 1962, as the Colt .45s.

The Angels are a year older than the Astros, having joined the American League as an expansion team in 1961. Other current teams not represented on a plaque are much newer, including Arizona (1998), Colorado (1993), Miami (1993), Seattle (1977), Tampa Bay (1998) and Washington (2005).

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: January 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby grich, hall of fame, mike trout, vladimir guerrero

Monday, January 12, 2015

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.


‘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 Percival should be in the Hall ahead of Piazza. As I said, nuance tends to be drowned out.

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

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Delgado deserved far better in HOF voting - Jayson Stark - ESPN

1B: Carlos Delgado
2B: Lou Whitaker
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Matt Williams
LF: Brian Giles
CF: Kenny Lofton
RF: Moises Alou
C: Ted Simmons
DH: Andres Galarraga
Pinch-hit specialist: Julio Franco
Opening Day starter: David Cone
Closer: Jesse Orosco
Beat writer: Jose Canseco

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Fans come out to celebrate Biggio | astros.com

The video is worth watching.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, nolan ryan

Friday, January 09, 2015

Brandon McCarthy: PED users shouldn’t be kept out of Hall

The pitcher admits that he’s struggled with what side of the issue he falls on, calling it a “mess,” but writes that ultimately the Hall is better off creating a “comprehensive, all-encompassing look at the history of baseball,” one that includes PED users if they deserve to be enshrined on the merits of their play.

  From a historical perspective, both the good and the bad of the sport should be acknowledged. The rich tapestry of ups and downs, heroes and villains, scandals and rebirths gives baseball a depth unlike any other sport we have in this country. Because of this, writers should leave Hall of Fame voting to on-the-field accomplishments and let their words shape the stories and reputations we pass down to the next generation.

McCarthy also gave his picks for who should’ve been inducted to this year’s Hall of Fame class. In addition to those who were chosen (John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio), McCarthy says he would’ve voted for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Mike Piazza.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, hall of fame, peds

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Pedro Martinez on Mets fans: They settle for what they have

But don’t we have to settle for settling? Oh, I’m doing it, aren’t I.

Yankee Stadium felt like a modern-day Roman Colosseum when [Pedro] Martinez took the mound. Love him or hate him, you always were entertained.

Across the RFK Bridge, wearing a Mets uniform, Martinez acknowledged that life was different. He spent four years in Flushing, a tenure that began with great promise and ended in ashes—both for the crumbling Mets and the fading embers of his Hall of Fame career.

Asked Wednesday about those two sides of New York, during a news conference at the Waldorf-Astoria, Martinez described the contrast as only he could, with a response that triggered loud laughter.

“I would say Queens is a little bit different than the Yankees fans,” Martinez said. “In Queens, they’re wild. They’re happy. They settle for what they have. Yankees fans cannot. It’s win or nothing.”

Ouch.

The District Attorney Posted: January 08, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mets, pedro martinez, yankees

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Curt Schilling says he lost Hall of Fame votes because he’s a Republican

THANKS OBAMA

Schilling appeared Wednesday on Boston radio station WEEI, telling the Dennis and Callahan show that he thinks his political leanings certainly didn’t help. Asked why Smoltz did so much better than him on the ballot, Schilling said:

  “The fact that [the Braves] won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss Army knife versatility,’ which is what somebody said yesterday. I think he got a lot of accolades for that. I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer. The other big thing is, I think he’s a Democrat. I know that as a Republican that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”

Lest you think Schilling was just joking or being goofy, he was asked in a follow-up whether he thought he would have gotten at least 100 more votes if weren’t an “outspoken Republican.” His response:

  “Absolutely. When human beings do something, anything, there’s bias and prejudice,” Schilling said. “Listen, nine percent of the voters did not vote for Pedro. There’s something wrong with the process and some of the people in the process when that happens. I don’t think that it kept me out or anything like that but I do know there are guys who probably will never vote for me because of the things I said or did. That’s the way it works.”


Hall of Fame Reset: A Very Early Look at MLB Induction Possibilities for the Next Five Years

This is one of the best Hall of Fame classes in decades, and the July 26 induction in Cooperstown should be one of the liveliest Hall celebrations of all time.

Of course, several other deserving candidates failed to earn the requisite 75 percent of the vote, leaving a backlog of worthy names heading into 2016 and beyond. So let’s hit the reset button and consider what the next five years of Hall voting might bring.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 07, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Hoynes: Why I didn’t vote for Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez

And that Randy Johnson, I don’t know him very well, but I bet he’s a jerk as well.

I didn’t vote for this year’s Hall of Fame class that will be enshrined in Cooperstown in July 26. It’s the first time I’ve missed since I became eligible to vote in 1994.

It wasn’t a protest over steroid era players or a desire to see the ballot go from 10 to 12 votes per writer. No, it was a screw up on my part. People who know me are really going to be surprised over that one.

Somehow, someway the ballot never got from my mailbox to my eager fingers. Between the curb and my desk, the ballot took a powder. By the time I realized it was really lost, there wasn’t time to get a new one.

Deep down, however, I think there was some Freudian thing at work.

Well before the ballots were released, I was wrestling with the idea of voting for Pedro Martinez. As great a pitcher as he was, I thought he was punk on the mound.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, paul hoynes, pedro martinez

Hall of Fame voters still let personal bias get in the way. | SportsonEarth.com

Will Leitch’s take on the HOF process.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

SF Giants’ pitcher Hudson undergoes ankle surgery - San Francisco Chronicle

It’s not easy repeating.

The Giants revealed Tuesday that Hudson underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from the ankle Friday. Recovery time is eight weeks, which means Hudson is expected to be on restricted duty and behind the other starters when pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 18.

However, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said in a note forwarded to reporters, “We expect Tim to be ready to go Opening Day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim hudson

Who’s in, who’s out, who’s next: Historic Hall class’ huge effect on future ones - Yahoo Sports

Take that ANGER MONKEYS!!

Now that the nonsense that has pervaded the Hall of Fame voting is out of the way, let’s get practical – novel concept – and try to understand what the results of Tuesday’s announcement mean.
Most notably: This is the largest class chosen by the Baseball Writers Association of America since 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Ted Lyons, Dazzy Vance and Gabby Hartnett got the requisite 75 percent. DiMaggio, by the way, was not a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He failed to get elected in his initial year while Rabbit Maranville, he of the career .258/.318/.340 line, appeared on more than 82 percent of the ballots. Which ought to serve as a reminder to the anger monkeys: Compared to how things used to be, it ain’t that bad today.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:43 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Bill James Mailbag - 1/4/15 - 1/6/15

But what does this have to do with… oh.

Bill, I saw an early return on a few (under 100) HOF ballots online, and Smoltz has over 75% needed to get in. Schilling has under 75%. Would it surprise you to see Smoltz get in ahead of Schilling?...

Well, I would certainly vote for Smoltz over Schilling. If you compare them as starting pitchers Schilling is ahead, but he wins by an NBA score. . . .98 to 93, or 102 to 97, something like that. If you put Smoltz’ three seasons of top-shelf relief pitching into the equation, I think he beats Schilling. In overtime.

What are the parameters in estimating improvement in MLB play over decades? For example, in sports that are measured quantitatively (track, swimming, weight-lifting, etc.) we know that runners have not improved their times in the 400 meter dash by 200% over the last few decades but that new records have been set, and we can eyeball what that improvement has been. Can we use a variety of comparative measures, not necessarily from these sports but including them, to estimate the ranges of improvement in MLB, or is it all just guesswork and BS and bias?

It’s not easy. The problem with the “parallel track” assumption is that the time line doesn’t match. The improvements that have taken place in track and field from 1960 to 2010 may have occurred in baseball from 1876 to 1920. (Certainly it is obvious that there was vast improvement in skills in baseball from 1876 to 1920. . .less obvious what the improvements have been since then.) Also, improvement in a complex set of skills is not parallel to improvement in a simple, direct skill such as runnin’ real fast or picking up something heavy. Baseball requires a mix of 100 or more highly refined skills. All of those improve at different speeds, and improvement in one waits on improvement in the others. One cannot learn to hit a 92 MPH breaking pitch until a significant number of people are around who can THROW a 92 MPH breaking pitch in the strike zone. We can work on the problem and gain some insight, but I’m not confident that we can measure improvement in baseball skills relative to other activities.

Bill, I dont remember if youve been asked this before? Do you support the pitch clock for pitchers? I think there should be a 30 second limit from when the pitcher receives the ball. And you?

I don’t know that a CLOCK is necessary. DIscipline is necessary. Stop calling timeout when there is no REASON to call time out. ALlow the umpire to call a “ball” when the pitcher dawdles. Skip the clock; it’s just discipline.

Hey Bill, It’s 1959 and you’re transported back to the Kansas City A’s owner’s office. You have one day to talk with him and the GM to try to impart as much as you can to them with the goal of trying to create a Kansas City A’s dynasty in the 1960s and beyond. Without naming names or saying stuff like “go trade for that young 1st baseman on the Giants”, that is, teaching them how to fish instead of giving them a fish, what are the things you would tell them to look at or to do? What are your priorities to get across to them to turn their club around?

The number one thing, certainly for THAT organization, is to get them to understand that player development is a process that takes time and requires patience. 1959 is a little bit too late to save that franchise. In 1959 they had no farm system to speak of. Connie Mack’s old farm system from Philadelphia, that moved to KC in ‘55, was way behind the time, and didn’t produce anything from 1955 to 1959. There is nothing you can do with nothing; you can’t trade your way to a pennant if you have nothing to start with, so the first thing you have to do is build a farm system. By 1959 that process was underway but slow. By 1963, with the hiring of Hank Peters, their development system started moving, and by 1967, when they left for Oakland, this was producing talent. So if you could move that process forward by 4 years, from 1963 to 1959, that would have helped, and if the organization had shown more patience with young players like Lou Klimchock, Nelson Mathews, Manny Jimenez, Bill Bryan, Fred Norman and others, that would have helped, and if you put those two things together, we could have moved the clock back to where the organization was rolling in 1964, rather than in 1968.

Hey Bill, did Brian Giles just become the best player ever to get zero Hall of Fame votes?

Frank Tanana. It was in the New York Times this morning. Same article mentioned my name. . ..thanks to whoever wrote that.


Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame

In their first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday, while Craig Biggio was elected in his third year on the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 242 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

A Proposed Petition to the Hall of Fame to Remove the BBWAA as Electors

Instead, the BBWAA, in an attempt to salvage its reputation, has denied entry to those who use, or were merely suspected of using, performance enhancing drugs. Rather than being a celebration of the careers of a generation’s most cherished and accomplished players, the BBWAA has turned the yearly Hall of Fame debate into a retroactive witch hunt, fueled by rampant speculation as to who used and who did not.

Due to the fact that the BBWAA failed to report on the steroids issue, and is therefore inextricably linked and complicit in the steroids mess, the BBWAA will never be able to provide an unbiased evaluation of the players of that era.

In light of this fact, the undersigned hereby request that the Hall of Fame revoke the authorization of the BBWAA to elect members to the Hall of Fame until such time as the BBWAA is no longer incapable of producing unbiased results.[3].

thetailor Posted: January 06, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

One Royals player has a plan to fix the Hall of Fame voting process

This year, voters have tweeted or written stories about the difficulty of choosing just 10 candidates. Among the 17 new players on the ballot are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

Among the players who are on the ballot again are Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire.

You can see the dilemma some people might have. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has a plan to help out the writers. Guthrie tweeted his idea to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Guthrie’s plan is if a player is voted in one year, that vote would carry over for as long as he’s eligible to be on the ballot.

But what if a writer wants to rescind a vote in the future? Guthrie has that covered, too.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jeremy guthrie

Why I’m boycotting the Hall of Fame vote

With his column he has a forum to rant and rail about the issue. The boycott is silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Steele Internship Program | Baseball Hall of Fame

Looking for a cool internship?

The Hall is currently looking for candidates for our internship program. Here are the details: The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers including research, photo archives, technical services, exhibit design, membership, education, archives and collections management, recorded media, development, special events, programs and events, multi-media, publications, and public relations. In addition, interns learn and work in the company of baseball’s best-known personalities during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and Induction Ceremony, held in Cooperstown each summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

MLB.com reporters reveal their Hall of Fame ballots | MLB.com

I don’t get as worked up by the Hall of Fame vote as many do. People are entitled to their opinions, even stupid ones. Some of the writers are very silly, though. Take Marty Noble, for instance. He’s proud of the idea that he doesn’t take the responsibility seriously enough to actually research and think about his vote.

MARTY NOBLE, national reporter
Johnson, P. Martinez, Smoltz
For the second year in a row, no need to study the ballot existed. I voted for the three no-brainer candidates—Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz. I never picked up a book or clicked on a website[Emphasis added.], though, as encouraged by the Hall, I did chat with guys who covered the game when I did. We had similar thoughts, and now I sense that The Unit and Pedro are definites and Smoltz is a likely. I think Biggio makes it this year, and I’ll be happy for him. But he didn’t get my support for reasons—read suspicions—stated last year. Same with Piazza and the others who have prompted greater suspicions, been caught or admitted using.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Hall of Fame | SABR

Want to read excellent HOF bios?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, sabr

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