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Friday, July 31, 2015

Former Tigers pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, has died at the age of 88.

His family and the White Sox said Pierce died today, after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

RIP Billy. Led the league in ERA once and in complete games 3 times.  And 2 WS victories

A friend of mine at Princeton remembered him as a color man for the Chisox. He claimed he introduced himself as “Billy Pierth”

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 31, 2015 at 07:13 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pretty fair country pitcher, white sox

Twitter: Giants get Leake

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mike leake, reds, trade rumors, trades

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Buster Posey’s Pitch Framing Makes Him A Potential MVP | FiveThirtyEight

Sounds like WAR needs to be tweaked.

No current version of WAR accounts for framing, a catcher’s art of carefully receiving the pitch in such a way as to cause the umpire to call it a strike. That happens to be Posey’s most important defensive talent. Good framers turn pitches outside of the zone into strikes and keep pitches within the zone from being called incorrectly as balls. This ability, in turn, scares opposing batters into swinging at less-optimal pitches, making the impact of good framing significant. Our best estimates put a good framer as worth up to three or four wins per year.

So far this season, Posey has racked up 11.8 runs in value from his framing, more than an entire win’s worth to add to his total and putting him within a win of Trout. Catchers who consistently earn strikes where umps usually call balls are clearly good at manipulating the umpires, but there’s some mystery as to how good framers like Posey get those calls. I wanted to understand not just what Posey does when a pitch comes in, but also what he does that other catchers don’t do.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catchers, defense, giants, pitch framing, sabermetrics, war

Dodgers To Acquire Latos, Wood, Jim Johnson In 3-Team Deal; Olivera To Braves - MLB Trade Rumors

Another interesting late night deal.

JULY 30: The Dodgers will indeed pay the final two installments of Olivera’s signing bonus, tweets David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That means the Braves are essentially taking on Olivera on a six-year, $32.5MM contract that began this season. He’s earning $2MM in 2015, of which about $754K remains, so their total financial commitment to him will be about $31.25MM over the course of five and a half years.

JULY 29: The Dodgers, Marlins and Braves have reportedly swung what appears to be one of the most complex three-team trades in recent history, though nothing will become official tonight. The “basic” structure of the deal (though there’s nothing basic about this move) is as follows: the Dodgers will receive right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse from the Marlins. They’ll also add top prospect Jose Peraza and pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves. Atlanta, in turn, will receive Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and minor leaguer Zachary Bird from the Dodgers. The Braves are also picking up Miami’s Competitive Balance Round A pick in next year’s draft (No. 35 overall). The Marlins will come out of this deal with three minor league pitchers — Kevin Guzman, Jeff Brigham and Victor Araujo — plus the financial relief of shedding the remaining $14.3MM that is owed to Latos and Morse.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, giants

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For Randy Johnson, Dominance didn’t come easy

“On the bright Sunday afternoon of March 18, 1984, Randy Johnson took the mound for the University of Southern California at Arizona State University’s Packard Stadium.

He was among the most interesting collection of sports figures ever assembled on a college baseball field.

The game featured two players who would break the major leagues’ single-season home run record (one still holds it). One would become an NFL linebacker and head coach, another would eventually be a major-league manager. Then there was a center fielder deemed the best player of all of them, a seeming Hall of Famer in waiting.

Oh, and the umpires included a Phoenix resident who would become the first (and still only) woman to rise to the ranks of Class AAA baseball, one notch below the big leagues.”

Plus ASU’s 4th outfielder, a kid named Mike Devereaux who was the only team-member not to vote the starting left fielder off the team, because he didn’t want to get his starting job that way.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 29, 2015 at 07:14 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, asu, barry bonds, big unit, hall of fame, hof, randy johnson, usc

Giants miss out on first place — lose 5-2 - San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s a lot of baseball left, and there’s no point in looking at the standings because they don’t mean anything right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “The game goes on through September, and there’s a lot of work to do. We’ve been through this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Baseball Hall of Fame to eliminate some inactive voters

BOOM!

Until now, the electorate has included people who have been active members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for 10 consecutive years at any point.

The Hall says in a statement “BBWAA members previously holding Hall of Fame voting privileges who are no longer active in the game and are more than 10 years removed from active status will have the opportunity for annual reinstatement, based on their coverage of the game in the preceding year.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2015 at 04:37 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, July 27, 2015


Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio inducted | MLB.com

ICYMI, this article contains all the players’ speeches.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Reggie Drops F-Bomb on Fan - NYDAILYNEWS

NSFW.

[Edit: moved embedded video to the thread so it wouldn’t annoy everyone. Jim.]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph seeker

I can’t (expletive) believe someone would (expletive) (expletive) another (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) from Reggie.

Daily News reported that Jackson yelled at the fan: “I already signed one, and you go back to the (expletive) line and come up again. That’s (expletive) up. Now, it’s my time to eat dinner with people I seldom see. It’s (expletive) up. Pay for them like everybody else.’’

Jackson did not deny the exchange, but repeatedly said he did not shove or push the fan.

“Maybe these people were a little pushy,’’ Jackson said, “but at the same time, I was upset because it was kind of an over-and-over thing. It’s 10 o’clock at night. It’s time to go home. Leave us alone.

“And so the words got heated, but as far as anybody touching someone, that did not come from me.

“I don’t touch people in public. You can’t do it. It’s not what you do.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:09 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ready for the Weekend | Baseball Hall of Fame

Four great players who provided some awesome memories.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Considering Hall of Fame chances for Ortiz, Beltran, Molina, more

Bring out the Keltner tests!

Carlos Beltran, Yankees (38 years old)
Career WAR/Peak WAR/JAWS: 67.0/44.3/55.6
Average HOF CF: 70.4/44.0/57.2

Two years ago, Beltran was amid his second strong season in a row with the Cardinals, one that would finally take him to the World Series; along the way, he added two more homers to a postseason resumé (.333/.445/.683 with 16 homers) to rival that of Big Papi. Ninth among centerfielders in JAWS and closing in on 400 homers, he seemed even more likely to make tracks towards Cooperstown when he signed a three-year deal with the Yankees in December 2013. The short rightfield porch, the big spotlight of a New York homecoming … it all fit together.

by Tom Verducci Alas, Beltran has bombed in the Bronx thus far due to age and injuries, namely a bone spur in his right elbow that required surgery last fall and then an oblique injury that sidelined him earlier this month. He’s hit a combined .245/.307/.414 with 22 homers and -0.7 WAR (including -16 Defensive Runs Saved) in 177 games in pinstripes, and while he still ranks ninth in JAWS, he’s 1.6 points below the average Hall of Fame centerfielder (statistically, a top-heavy bunch), and he’s no lock to close the gap with another 3–4 WAR before his contract runs out. Adding insult to the injury from which he just returned this week, he’s now sitting against lefties in favor of Chris Young. A strong rebound that pushes him to 400 homers (he’s at 380) and 2,500 hits (he has 2,380) would almost certainly help the perception of his candidacy in the same way it has for the once-disappointing Beltre.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Giants’ Madison Bumgarner leads jersey sales at halfway point

No RE2PECT, smh.

Three Giants—Bumgarner, Buster Posey (No. 3) and Hunter Pence (No. 6)—have their jerseys ranked in the top 10.

In less than three months in the league, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant ranks second. In fact, since making his debut, 15 signed cards of Bryant, who signed a memorabilia deal with Fanatics last week, have sold for more than $5,000 each.
PLAYER TEAM
1. Madison Bumgarner Giants
2. Kris Bryant Cubs
3. Buster Posey Giants
4. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
5. Bryce Harper Nationals
6. Hunter Pence Giants
7. Mike Trout Angels
8. Matt Harvey Mets
9. David Ortiz Red Sox
10. Anthony Rizzo Cubsv

Youth continues to be a theme as six of the top 10-selling jerseys belong to players who are 26 or younger: Bumgarner (25), Bryant (23), No. 5 Bryce Harper (22), No. 7 Mike Trout (23), No. 8 Matt Harvey (26) and No. 10 Anthony Rizzo (25).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, kris bryant, madison bumgarner, merchandise

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jeff Bagwell makes a great grab at the ballgame

Lars6788 Posted: July 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, great grab, hall of fame

Pedro Martinez excited about Hall of Fame | MLB.com

It was a real pleasure watching him pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pedro martinez, red sox

Benches clear in San Diego thanks to a Padres pitcher throwing his gum at Hector Sanchez | HardballTalk

These guys clearly don’t like each other’s gum.

Some serious “Play The Game The Right Way Theatre” going on in San Diego last night, as benches cleared in the ninth inning of the Giants win over the Padres. The reason? These two teams like to throw gum at each other.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, padres

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons talks a little about the upcoming Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jacob degrom, mets, red sox

Handful of teams a trade from winning it all | MLB.com

Is Cueto hurt?

But even with so many teams still in contention, there will be impact players changing teams, possibly several of them. Reds ace Johnny Cueto could be the best, but there is a long list of others, including Cueto’s teammate Mike Leake.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, mets, orioles, trade deadline, trade rumors, yankees

Monday, July 20, 2015

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But Cueto’s six-walk performance on Sunday likely renewed concerns for teams already worried about his elbow; his average fastball velocity of 92.68 mph was his second-lowest of the season, according to Brooksbaseball.net (the only game in which Cueto’s velocity was lower was on May 19, after which he missed a start due to stiffness in his elbow).


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cafardo: Isn’t it time to forgive Pete Rose and put him in Hall of Fame?

Rose has had a tough time convincing the powers that be that the 26-year sentence is enough. There are hard-liners who believe Rose committed the most mortal sin of all, and that redemption should never come.

The high-horsers won’t relent. Deep down, Rose can’t possibly think anything’s going to change. That the mind-boggling 4,256 hits he got in major league baseball will never make him a Hall of Famer.

Shouldn’t the BBWAA, or the Veterans Committee, have the opportunity to decide whether Rose should enter the Hall of Fame as the player with the most hits, the most plate appearances, the most games in the history of the sport?

“He’s paid the price, let him free,” said Steve, a 35-year-old Cincinnatian and father of four, all of whom were dressed in Reds garb in the downtown area Monday morning. “We’ve lived here all of our lives, and nobody is more loved than Pete. I would like to teach my kids this: that Pete Rose did something bad. He broke the rules and he suffered the consequences. But he also did great things in his life and he should be remembered for them.”

It seems like a good lesson. Forgiveness. We talk about it. It sounds great. But when you actually come down to doing it, well, things get in the way.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, hall of fame, pete rose

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ostler: Duffy’s surprise first half makes Sandoval a distant memory - SFGate

“The general manager’s job isn’t easy,” Duffy said, “and if you try to play GM, you’re going to go nuts.”

Last year Duffy was a shortstop in Double-A and, “I didn’t even expect to be called up last year. I thought I was capable of playing third and stepping in, but it wasn’t really on my mind at the time. I was just focused on being the best player I could be at Richmond, and whatever the organization saw fit for me next, my mind was always on the next level, Triple-A.”

Pause.

“But it has worked out well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt duffy

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Giants To Sign Lucius Fox

“Prospect”? I think he should be running the organization!

The Giants have agreed to sign shortstop Lucius Fox to an approximately [$6 million] bonus, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Fox, who’ll officially sign out of the Bahamas, entered the July 2 period as a consensus top-five prospect.


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