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Friday, December 19, 2014

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter: “Jake Peavy has agreed on 2 yr deal with

Peavy will make $7M in 2015 and $13M in 2016. $4M signing bonus and full no trade clause.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jake peavy

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 4 surprisingly quiet teams of the MLB offseason

Perhaps the best move is….not to play.

Baltimore Orioles

Dammit, Orioles.

For the third straight offseason—and I didn’t really check the offseasons before that, either—the Orioles made it through the Winter Meetings without a major move. So far, it’s Wesley Wright and only Wesley Wright, and that just happened. Nick Markakis is gone. Delmon Young is gone. Cruz is with the Mariners. As of now, the top first baseman on their depth chart is Christian Walker, who had a .335 on-base percentage in Triple-A last year. The Orioles thought they were going to bring Markakis back on a four-year deal. Instead, they’re looking at Steve Pearce, everyday right fielder, and Alejandro De Aza, leadoff hitter.

Their needs are obvious: At least one more corner player. Could be a left fielder, right fielder, or a first baseman. If the Orioles want to keep Chris Davis in the field, their options are wide open for a DH. If they start the season with this permutation, it will be stunning. There just aren’t as many options as there once were, of course. Michael Morse is gone, Melky Cabrera was never a serious consideration, Billy Butler signed early, the White Sox scooped up Adam LaRoche ... it’s starting to look like it’s trade or bust for the Orioles.

Bringing Delmon back and waiting for March wouldn’t be much of an offseason plan. That isn’t what the Orioles are going to do, right?

Right?

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 18, 2014 at 05:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hot stove, nationals, orioles, rangers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cooperstown vote: The Ron Chimelis ballot

Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza.

Chimelis also voted last year. Piazza picked up spots on his ballot along with the three new guys, taking the spots of Morris and the three guys who were elected last year. Last year I emailed Chimelis presenting the case of Piazza and he wrote a response to me, so he may take fan emails into consideration (he mentioned in his response that he had received a lot of other emails supporting Piazza).

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 16, 2014 at 07:57 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Giants notebook: Barry Zito will attempt a comeback

Zito, who stepped away from the game after the 2013 season, has been working out at a facility in Houston since September and is said to be encouraged by the mechanical adjustments he has made. The 36-year-old is working with Ron Wolforth, a rather unorthodox trainer who helped A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir return to form.

“He’s been working hard on his mechanics,” Boras said of Zito. “He doesn’t cup the ball anymore, and his drive to home plate is a little bit different than it was. He’s got kind of new mechanical evolutions

Traderdave Posted: December 11, 2014 at 09:59 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Detroit News’ Tom Gage voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Gage has covered countless Hall of Famers in his career, and next summer in Cooperstown, New York, Gage will be joining them on stage as the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

“We’re thrilled for Tom to win this honor,” said Jonathan Wolman, publisher and editor of The Detroit News. “He’s been a master storyteller from the ballparks of America and he’s made the Tigers come alive for our readers. We tip our Olde English D to his terrific coverage, and to the others who were on the ballot. Tom was in strong company from the day of his nomination to the day of his election.”

Gage, 66, won in the closest vote since 2002 — a result that was the product of some good company. He received 167 votes to 161 for the late Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, the biggest name nationally among the three, finished with 134.

WHAT????

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 02:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tigers, tom gage

Full Count » Source: Cubs, Jon Lester agree to six-year, $155 million deal

OK, who is going to higher to get Scherzer? I hope it’s the Yankees.

Almost a year after his proclaimed interest in returning to the Red Sox on a hometown discount, left-hander Jon Lester rejected his former team’s free-agent overtures, and instead chose to make his baseball home in Chicago with the Cubs, according to an industry source.

Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal, the largest average annual value ($25.83 million) ever given to a pitcher on a multi-year deal in free agency. His deal with the Cubs includes a vesting option for a seventh year. The Sox’ final offer, according to another industry source, was for a six-year, $135 million deal with no seventh-year vesting option.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Goold: A modest proposal to improve Hall of Fame voting

I demand a hexidecimal ballot!

This rule has been in place since 1936. But never has the ballot been this backloaded with qualified but controversial candidates, and the clock is ticking on each player and his eligibility. If a voter believes there are 11 deserving candidates, then that voter must choose what 10 he or she will vote for. The voter can decide to, say, leave Randy Johnson off the ballot because he’s a shoo-in and doesn’t need the added vote. That would allow that voter to cast a ballot that, say, includes Tim Raines and keeps his candidacy alive. But then, as a pal just said, you’re the voter who didn’t vote for Randy Johnson. Curse you. With the 10-player limit, the ballot isn’t a vote it’s an exercise in game theory.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 04:19 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Sportsman of the Year: Madison Bumgarner

Kevin Bumgarner lives across the street from the Center Grove Baptist Church on Deal Mill Road in Hudson. In the cemetery adjacent to the church is buried an Adam Bumgarner. And a Barbara Bumgarner. And a Calvin Bumgarner, and a Delia Bumgarner, and on and on and on. Of the 305 interments in Center Grove Baptist Cemetery, 55 are Bumgarners, beginning chronologically with Michael Lee Davidson Bumgarner, who was born in 1832. His father, Thomas, was born in 1810 and is buried in nearby Granite Falls, one of 192 Bumgarners buried in Caldwell County. So many Bumgarners took root here that this stretch of Deal Mill Road came to be known about a hundred years ago as Bumtown. In addition to the Madison Bumgarner he dated at South Caldwell High, there is another girl named Madison Bumgarner enrolled now in the school.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, giants

The Veterans Committee can’t seem to get it right. | SportsonEarth.com : Brian Kenny

There wasn’t one single bad call on this ballot. I might not be as big on Tony Oliva (batting average driven) or Gil Hodges (aura driven), but the Hall would not be diminished by any one of those great players getting inducted. Dick Allen and Minnie Minoso are both locks for me, and I’m easily swayed by any decent pitch for Jim Kaat or Ken Boyer. A deeper look at Billy Pierce reveals a great pitching career in a hitter’s era. Luis Tiant was both great and legendary. Bob Howsam built the Big Red Machine? I’m listenting. What I’m saying is YOU CAN’T MISS UNLESS YOU DON’T BOTHER TO VOTE ANYONE IN.

And they completely whiffed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Once Lester picks team, rest of desired arms will fall into place | FOX Sports

Robothal reports.

Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he prefers.
Lester’s offers all are in the six-year, $150 million range, sources said. One team — it is known which one — indicated it would go to the seven-year, $175 million range. But Lester would not necessarily choose that team even at that level, one source said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, winter meetings

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “Sources: Barring late change, Lester choosing between Cubs and Giants

The Red Sox have nobody to blame but themselves. If some of the other reports are true, Lester might be getting seven years.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, jon lester, red sox

CBSSports: Mets, Giants, A’s, other clubs eye top Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Kang has consistently put up huge numbers in Korea and posted an amazing .364/.457/.733 slash line in 2014 for the Nexen Heores, hitting 39 home runs in 116 games. The big question is how those numbers translate, which is why he could be viewed as a bargain by some.

Yes, that is the question.  Any speculation on how this fellow’s skills translate?

Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 08, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, international, korean baseball, mets

Snyder: Veterans committee doesn’t elect anyone to Hall of Fame

Olbermann: Here’s a suggestion to the Veterans’ Committee: if you can’t vote anybody into the #BBHOF, at least vote yourself out of existence.

The Veterans Committee for the Baseball Hall of Fame has elected no one from the Golden Era ballot, MLB announced in a press conference Monday at the annual Winter Meetings.

The committee chose from a ballot of nine players—Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills—and one executive, Bob Howsam. For a breakdown of the candidates, click here.

The committee consisted of 16 members, and 12 votes were needed to gain enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. Allen and Oliva were the top vote-getters, each coming just one vote shy with 11.

This vote is totally different than the BBWAA vote, from which the results will be revealed in the middle of January.

JE (Jason) Posted: December 08, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: golden era, hall of fame

Saturday, December 06, 2014


Friday, December 05, 2014

Kepner: In Hall Vote, Tainted Candidates And Split Tickets

So unless the Hall of Fame repeals the arbitrary limit of 10 names, voters could face still more years of a ballot logjam, with Clemens and Bonds taking up just enough space on just enough ballots to squeeze other strong candidates from remaining there.

Perhaps, then, it is time to face this reality: Vote for Bonds and Clemens, and you are throwing those votes away. The veterans’ committee, not the writers, is destined to be their final arbiter. The writers should focus on the candidates who actually have a chance….

Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: December 05, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Neyer: The Hall of Fame and the meaning of forever

we should at least be allowed to discuss what removing a few people from the Hall of Fame would look like. All of which I bring up only because the very idea of such a thing seems so difficult for some to even consider.

Why so difficult? I don’t think it’s about fairness. Nearly everyone who’s actually studied the question believes that electing Chick Hafey to the Hall of Fame was a mistake; a mistake, I would argue, that’s actually unfair to the Hall of Famers who deserve to be there, on the merits.

No, I think it’s difficult to consider excising Hall of Famers because the idea touches a deep, dark reality that we prefer to ignore: Nothing lasts forever… But what if we acknowledge the inevitability of change, perhaps even embrace that inevitability? Suddenly all sort of possibilities appear… Once you’ve got a list, then you can ask some smart people to review the list with a great deal of care.

Oh, and by the way? Nobody’s on the list while they’re still living. So don’t worry, Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers, and Bruce Sutter: Nobody even thinks about questioning your legacy until you’ve been gone for five years. Or 10. Or 20. Hell, I don’t really care. Make it 50 if you want, so even your children don’t have to worry about it.

Your children’s children, though? Apologies, but at some point the grandchildren have to find their own ways, without any help from those plaques in Cooperstown.

 

The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, rob neyer

Deadspin: Buster Olney Is Fed Up With Hall Of Fame Voting

Right hole, Buster!

[Mussina’s] chances for induction will improve slightly this year because I’m abstaining from the voting for the first time, and won’t submit a ballot. The same is true for Curt Schilling, and Tim Raines, and at least two others who I think should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

To repeat: I think Mussina, Schilling and Raines and others are Hall of Famers, but it’s better for their candidacy if I don’t cast a ballot.


Full Count » Sources: Dodgers have serious interest in Jon Lester, poised for potential late negotiating push

One industry source was under the impression that the Dodgers had already entered the bidding with an offer to Lester, while another characterized the Dodgers as poised to play a role similar to the one made by the Yankees in December 2008, when New York swooped in late to sign Mark Teixeira away from other interested bidders with a high bid of eight years and $180 million. A third noted of the Dodgers’ potential interest that Lester, “could help any team looking to win championships,” the unquestioned bar for a Los Angeles team that is after its first title since 1988.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, yankees

Posnanski: Shakedown 1968

Cool kids never have the time… but we do!

1968

In the Hall: Frank Thomas, Robbie Alomar
Talked about: Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa, Gary Sheffield, Jeff Kent, Bernie Williams.
Best of the rest: John Olerud…

Based on the way the BBWAA has voted, there was not a single Hall of Fame hitter born in 1961 ([Don] Mattingly cannot get any traction), 1962, 1963 (maybe Edgar Martinez gets some love over time), 1966 or 1967.

But in 1968, there are EIGHT viable Hall of Fame candidates (nine if you consider Olerud, whose career does demand consideration).

And then, before you say, “Well, that’s just the steroids,” go on to the next year, 1969, only Ken Griffey will get elected. In 1970, there were two Hall of Fame candidates born, and I’m not sure either [Jim] Thome or [Jim] Edmonds will get the support I think they deserve. Go to the next year, 1971, only Pudge Rodriguez will get elected from that group…

I do wonder if this is crazy boom of super players has a subtle impact on voters’ mentality… a historic rush of talent like what happened in 1968 doesn’t compute easily. It just doesn’t FEEL right…

I suspect four of the nine will get elected to the Hall by the BBWAA, though Bagwell’s support did take a dip last year. Four Hall of Famers in one birth year is still a lot, but I don’t think it quite captures just how remarkable a year that was.

The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 01:11 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe posnanski

Posnanski: The 5% rule

Supreme Mathematics!

Here’s one version of what the BBWAA and Hall [of Fame] could do: Create a Hall of Fame nominating committee… The finaly ballot would have a limit — 15 players on it, 20 at the most. The committee would have to work very hard to limit it that much. But that’s good. What they would end up with is a ballot of legitimate Hall of Fame players who deserve real Hall of Fame consideration. It would be a REAL honor to be on that ballot.

And — this is important — the committee would have the opportunity to put ANYONE on the Hall of Fame ballot who deserves to have his case heard, even those who might not have received five percent of the vote the first time around. Let’s face it: Don Mattingly’s case has been heard clearly. He has been on the ballot for TWELVE YEARS. I love Mattingly, he’s one of my all-time favorite players, but how many times do the voters have to say no? Meanwhile, Lou Whitaker never really got his case heard.

The 5% rule [for elimination from the ballot] is ineffective and arbitrary. It’s a poor way to build a ballot. It gives us cacophonous ballots stuffed with cronies who the voters have already dismissed time and again. It encourages a kind of strategic voting that shouldn’t be a part of a an upright Hall of Fame process. It also creates the same conversations every year. Even I was getting tired of the Jack Morris arguments.

There are many things the Hall of Fame and BBWAA could do, I think, to make the process better. But I would begin here: Create a real nominating committee with the power to create a compelling and changing ballot.

The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 12:56 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, joe posnanski

Sunday, November 30, 2014

No excuse for Hall of Fame voters to pass over Pedro Martinez - The Boston Globe

Bob Ryan on the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 09:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Minnie Miñoso - Golden Era Hall of Fame Candidate and Baseball Pioneer

Over the years, most of the key pioneer black players have been elected to the Hall of Fame:  Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella were voted in by the BBWAA during the 1960’s.  Satchel Paige and Monte Irvin were largely elected for their careers in the Negro League, each gaining induction through a special Negro League Committee which met from 1971 to 1977.  Despite being the second black player to break the color barrier and integrating the American League, Larry Doby had to wait until 1998 to be voted in.  Doby’s long overdue election came through the Veterans Committee, the predecessor to the Golden Era Committee which will judge Miñoso’s Hall of Fame candidacy.  With each of those deserving pioneers elected, Miñoso looms as the Hall of Fame’s most glaring omission from the early days of integration.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: November 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, minnie minoso, veterans committee

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tangotiger: Who will get the Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, Morris votes?

This is a chart from 1967-2011.  It shows what happens to the voting of the returnees, based on how the voting goes for the players who were removed on the ballot the prior year and added in their first year.

There were 3.43 votes per ballot that are going to be lost from Maddux, Morris et al.

bobm Posted: November 29, 2014 at 09:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Friday, November 28, 2014

Baseball’s most underrated Hall of Fame candidates. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Sure, it is a veritable given that Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will get in on their first try, as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas did this past year. John Smoltz also has a strong shot in his “rookie” year. Meanwhile, Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of induction in 2014, and Mike Piazza, who missed it by 74 votes, could see an increase that gets them over the hump. This is a similarly important year for Jeff Bagwell (54.3 percent of a required 75 percent last year) and Tim Raines (46.1) to at least creep closer, lest they lose any “momentum.” And it will again be interesting to see if the likes of Roger Clemens (34.4) and Barry Bonds (34.7) see a drop in support, as they did between 2013 and ‘14, or an uptick.

But what follows is a list of five guys—their underrated cases ranging from strong to quite strong—who are and will be most affected by the jam-packed nature of the ballot or the BBWAA’s sometimes overly stiff standards.

None of these guys, it must be noted, have any reported or documented association with PEDs. They’re merely victims of a cramped circumstance.


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