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Friday, June 23, 2017

For My Compadre, Big Papi

Where we come from, we had to hustle just for the 50 pesos it cost to take the bus to the Olympic stadium to play baseball. It was 25 pesos each way. If you happened to lose 25 pesos at the ballpark, you were walking back home.

No waters. No Gatorade. No food. Nothing. If you were lucky, somebody would find a hose. That’s how we made it. We are raised by our families to be survivors.

From the time you are a baby, you learn to eat whatever is on the table. You don’t get to pick. You bless those meals and eat them no matter how bad they look. That’s what allows you to go from the Dominican to Wisconsin to Minnesota to Boston and adapt to whatever is in front of you.

The door was closing on David and his family, and he had the power, the will, the soul, to stick his foot in that doorway and say, “Hell no. I’m kicking open this door. I’m going to be great.”


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beyond the Box Score: On the lack of interest in Albert Pujols’s 600 HR and Adrián Beltré’s pursuit of 3,000 hits

Had Biggio retired a year early, it would be interesting to see how it would have affected his Hall of Fame entry. He had to wait too long for entry as it was, because voters have historically struggled with all-around players such as Biggio. There are likely still voters who can’t be bothered to look beyond whether a player got 3,000 hits or not, but the electorate is gaining a higher percentage of voters who actually know how to evaluate players’ careers with nuance.

DanG Posted: June 21, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, albert pujols, hall of fame, milestones

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame reaffirms Pete Rose ban

National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson told Outside the Lines on Thursday that in December, the Hall’s board of directors decided to uphold its rule that has effectively prevented consideration of Pete Rose, the career leader in hits, for induction.

According to a statement from the Hall regarding its board’s decision, “After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the BBWAA’s election rules. As such, anyone deemed permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball, including Pete Rose, may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.”

The Los Angeles Times was first to report the story, in advance of a Dodgers series in Cincinnati this weekend during which the Reds are to unveil a statue honoring Rose on Saturday.

The board’s meeting via conference call was prompted, said Idelson, by a letter from Rose’s attorney seeking reconsideration. Rose, when he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was placed on the ineligible list in 1989 by commissioner Bart Giamatti after Rose signed an agreement with MLB accepting a lifetime ban.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 12:43 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ban, hall of fame, pete rose

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Posnanski: Almost Hall of Famers

1980: Here’s a fun trivia question: Before Ken Griffey was drafted in 1987, there had been 22 drafts meaning their had been 22 first overall picks.
Which first overall pick had the most WAR in his career?
If you are like me (which I know you are not) you immediately thought of Harold Baines, the first overall pick in the 1977 draft. Rick Monday had a terrific career. Both are good guesses.
But the answer (somewhat shockingly) is Darryl Strawberry in 1980.
Strawberry is, of course, one of the great what-if stories in baseball history. He had that big and glorious swing, he had this wonderful grace about him, the force just flowed from him. And it didn’t turn out.
But the truth is: He had a good career. too. He hit 335 homers and drove in 1,000 RBIs in his career. He won Rookie of the Year, was an eight-time All-Star and almost won the 1988 MVP award, the year he led the league with 39 homers.
His life went off the rails after he turned 30 and so we look back and think how good he might have been. But he was a wonderful even with all that went wrong. He still had more career WAR than Harold Baines.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 11:59 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, hall of fame, joe posnanski

Friday, June 09, 2017

Sherman: How will next 5 years treat these borderline baseball legacies?

An anachronistic system with no transparency or accountability:

A six-member screening committee looks at every player who has been retired five years and who played at least 10 seasons. It takes two votes to be placed on the ballot, which the larger voting body receives each December.

DanG Posted: June 09, 2017 at 11:23 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: 2022 ballot, alex rodriguez, david ortiz, hall of fame

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Giants acquire Sam Dyson from Rangers - MLB Daily Dish

Giants roll the dice.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rangers, sam dyson

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Chicago Tribune: Why Not Hawk Harrelson for the Hall of Fame?

“But, if contribution to baseball is the main criterion for election, Harrelson belongs in the Hall of Fame because he changed the game by popularizing a revolutionary piece of equipment. Today virtually every major-leaguer uses it, as do kids at every level down to Little League, and most girls use it in softball as well.”

DanG Posted: June 06, 2017 at 12:29 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, hall of fame, ken harrelson

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Posnanski—How Many More Years: Dale Murphy

So how many more good years would Dale Murphy have needed to convince those voters that he was a Hall of Famer? Well, one more good year would have pushed him well over 400 home runs; that is something that might have pushed a few more votes in his corner. But I think, if we’re being honest, I think Murphy’s best bet would have been FIVE hundred home runs. With 500 homers he would have been a first ballot, slam dunk Hall of Famer.

In 1990, when Murphy was traded from the Braves to Philadelphia, he was 34 years old. At the end of that season, he needed 122 homers. How likely was he to get that? Well, it would have been hard but not impossible; 38 players have done it. Dave Parker did it. Harold Baines did it. Dave Winfield, Fred McGriff, Graig Nettles, Eddie Murray, Carlton Fisk, and Brian Downing all did it. Murphy in his prime was as good as any of them.

And Murphy probably wouldn’t have needed 500 homers to be elected over time — 450 homers would have probably gotten the job done.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hunter Strickland, Bryce Harper suspended | MLB.com

Major League Baseball announced disciplinary measures for Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Tuesday following their fracas on Monday afternoon in San Francisco. Strickland has been suspended for six games and was fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Harper, the Nationals star who was suspended for four games and also fined for charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Strickland.

Both players have elected to appeal their suspensions, and their respective punishments will be held in abeyance until the appeal process is completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, giants, hunter strickland, nationals

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Homer Simpson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Clearly deserving ... but near as I can tell Bugs Bunny is not there which is a travesty!

Walt Davis Posted: May 27, 2017 at 06:57 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, homer at the bat, simpsons

Friday, May 26, 2017

Rachel Robinson To Join Husband In Hall Of Fame

“Rachel Robinson has worked tirelessly to raise the level of equality not only in baseball, but throughout society,” Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark aid in a statement. “Through her grace, dignity and unsurpassed spirit, she continues to show the value, decency and importance of inclusiveness.”


Thursday, May 25, 2017

San Francisco Giants: Analyzing Jeff Samardzija’s bad luck | SI.com

Everything is crumbling around Samardzija in San Francisco, but he’s in the midst of his best season since that 2013 campaign. The 32-year-old righty has made nine starts this season, and while his ERA sits at 4.57, the rest of his numbers suggest that’s nothing more than the product of bad luck. He has a 2.89 FIP, 1.13 WHIP and 71 strikeouts against 10 walks in 61 innings. Samardzija has the third highest spread between his ERA and WHIP in the majors, trailing Trevor Bauer and Bartolo Colon. Those two, however, have ERAs well north of 6.00, placing their FIPs in the mid-4.00s. Samardzija is the only pitcher in the majors with a difference of at least 0.6 runs between his ERA and FIP who also has a FIP below 3.00. In other words, his ERA-to-FIP spread actually means something.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How Many More Years? – Joe Blogs – Medium

Before the 2001 season, Nomah’s agent Scott Boras did a statistical study on his client. The study estimated that Garciaparra would hit .336 for his career and finish with more than 3,500 hits and 500 home runs. Yes, it’s true, that statistical study had an excel column for “wishful thinking,” and another labeled “hard to keep a straight face.” But it was true that Garciaparra at that point was a lifetime .333 hitter and that he had more than 800 hits. Big numbers were in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, nomar garciaparra

Monday, May 22, 2017

Focus on Jeter should inspire memories of Garciaparra’s peak

“it’s as if Jeter stands alone as the shortstop talent for a generation.

It’s too bad, considering that Garciaparra was every bit the player Jeter was. And in his prime, he was better.

There’s no question that Jeter brings the superior career to a debate between the two. Injuries derailed what Garciaparra could become from a legacy standpoint, and cost him the Hall of Fame”

Shortstops with most seasons of 6+ WAR, debuting 1969+:

Name            Yrs From   To   Age
Cal Ripken        6 1983 1991 22
-30
Alan Trammell     6 1983 1990 25
-32
Alex Rodriguez    6 1996 2003 20
-27
Nomar Garciaparra 6 1997 2003 23
-29
Ozzie Smith       4 1985 1989 30
-34
Troy Tulowitzki   4 2007 2011 22
-26
Robin Yount       3 1980 1983 24
-27
Barry Larkin      3 1988 1996 24
-32
Derek Jeter       3 1998 2009 24
-35 

 

DanG Posted: May 22, 2017 at 12:50 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hall of fame, nomar garciaparra, red sox, yankees

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10 good Hall of Fame candidates most MLB fans have never heard of

Another good one from Graham Womack.

Home Run Johnson

Most underrated player in baseball history? Every player mentioned here might have a case, though Johnson could lay the most claim.

DanG Posted: May 17, 2017 at 12:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hall of merit, home run johnson, negro leagues

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Giants might be the worst team in baseball, but they’ll never rebuild

This is a franchise that is claiming a sellout streak of more than 500 games. And while they didn’t really have a completely full ballpark for all of those games, they’re certainly drawing extremely well, and here’s what they can sell to their fans, even in a season like this: Come cheer Buster Posey. Come watch Brandon Crawford. Come watch the entirely homegrown infield that you’ve grown incredibly fond of.

Right now, that sales pitch still works. They can sell that to their fans. They absolutely cannot sell, “Remember those guys? We miss them. Now buy tickets to watch random minor leaguers.” Fans are fickle, and they won’t put up with losing for long, but the Giants are in a special place. They’ve had so much success over the last decade with these players, they still hold the attention of the ticket-buying masses.

And if you want evidence that they’ll think like this, consider the 2013 season, when the Giants had troubles baseballing and limped into the trade deadline well under .500. They were expected to trade Hunter Pence, Javier Lopez, and Tim Lincecum, all pending free agents, and reload for 2014. Instead they re-signed all three. The chance to keep their players together was worth more to them than whatever prospects were dangled in front of them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fred Lynn might’ve been a Hall of Famer if he’d stayed healthy — or in Boston

Lynn’s sabermetric numbers — 50 WAR, 44.1 JAWS and 94 Hall Rating — all paint him as a very good, though not great player who fell just short of Cooperstown.

But if he’d played a full career in Boston, Lynn might have long since been in the Hall of Fame. To some extent, his career is one of the great what-ifs in baseball history.

.....

Asked whether he considered himself a Hall of Famer, Lynn said “Talent-wise, yes. Numbers-wise, no.”

He noted, “If you want to make the Hall, you’ve got to play games and get numbers,” Lynn said.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Giants Place Madison Bumgarner On 10-Day DL After Dirt Bike Accident

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is headed to the 10-day DL after injuring himself in a dirt bike accident, the team announced. He is said to have suffered bruised ribs along with “a grade one or two left shoulder AC sprain.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 04:42 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injuries, madison bumgarner

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sporting News: Luis Tiant on Hall of Fame: “I think it’s wrong what they do.”

“I already told my family, ‘They put me after I die, don’t go anywhere. Don’t go to the Hall of Fame, don’t go to Cooperstown, don’t go no god— place,’” Tiant said. “‘Cause I think it’s wrong what they do.”

Tiant doesn’t see the benefit of posthumous induction.

“What good is that they put you after you die?” Tiant said, adding, “You can’t do nothing with your family and your friends.”

Tiant went 229-172 with a 3.30 ERA, which sounds fairly pedestrian, especially for the years he pitched.

But his Hall of Fame case benefits with some contextualizing.

Tiant’s 65.9 Wins Above Replacement as a pitcher are eighth-best for the years he played, 1964 to 1982, according to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index tool. Every pitcher in front of Tiant for WAR for the years he pitched is in the Hall of Fame. Overall, Tiant has the second-best WAR behind Rick Reuschel of any pitcher since 1900 retired at least 20 years and not in the Hall of Fame

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: April 18, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

Monday, April 17, 2017

Johnny Cueto wants to finish career in American League

In a surprising answer to that question, ahead of the Giants’ visit to Kansas City, Cueto said Saturday that he wants to finish his career in the American League.

“It’s just a personal preference because I played so much in the National League,” Cueto said through translator Erwin Higueros.

Cueto was an American Leaguer for three months in 2015, when he was traded to Kansas City and helped the Royals win a World Series.

Lest Giants fans start hyperventilating, Cueto was not asked about, nor talking about, where he might sign for next year if he opts out of his Giants contract after this season.

Speaking generally, he said he would like to challenge himself against teams he rarely has faced, like the Red Sox and Yankees.

“I sometimes feel the American League is stronger than the National League,” Cueto said. “It doesn’t matter where I play. It’s baseball. But I would like to finish my career in the American League.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 02:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, johnny cueto

Sunday, April 02, 2017

OPENING DAY CHATTER

Yankees/Rays 1:10 PM Tanaka (0-0) Archer (0-0) 

Giants/D-backs 4:10 PM Bumgarner (0-0) Greinke (0-0) 

Cubs/Cardinals 8:35 PM Lester (0-0) Martinez (0-0)

 


Thank God

Lassus Posted: April 02, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, diamondbacks, giants, mlb, rays, yankees

Saturday, April 01, 2017

What’s keeping Bill James out of the Baseball Hall of Fame? | MLB | Sporting News

So long as players who retired before 1990 or so and older writers, historians and executives continue to comprise Hall of Fame committees, James will need considerable luck to even get nominated for consideration. Perhaps in 20-30 years, when the generation of players currently benefiting from the influx of advanced stats into baseball are on Hall of Fame committees, James might have a better chance.

Even then, though, don’t be too optimistic for James.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, hall of fame

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bruce Bochy announces how Giants will start season in left field | KNBR-AM

Chris Marrero will get some of the AB vs. LHP. Marrero played in Pawtucket last year. I’m not sure how he’ll fare in left but his bat will be a plus.

“You’re looking more at a platoon (in left field) to start with,” Bochy told reporters. “With (Jarrett) Parker, his splits are significant with him and lefties. I know it’s hard to get better at that unless you face them. But with a couple of right-handed bats and options we have here, we’re probably gonna…not going to. We WILL platoon there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Sunday, March 19, 2017

OTP 20 March 2017: This fighter for civil rights has baseball in her DNA

An interview with Bay Area activist and baseball fanatic Sunny Schwartz.

The S.F. Giants are gutsy and sincerely community-minded. They not only put money where their mouth is but they put their principles in action. They raised awareness of our [restorative justice] program. Graduates from our program stood shoulder-to-shoulder with survivors of violence in the ballpark before a game, saying they’d do the right thing. The Giants also took on AIDS awareness in the early ’90s. Today that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but back then it really was. They’ve also taken on domestic violence. Our first Strike Out Violence Day was in 1998 or ’99.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:58 PM | 2086 comment(s)
  Beats: activism, ballpark weddings, giants, politics

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sporting News: Collusion hurt Al Oliver’s Hall of Fame case; can he still get in?

The former National League batting champion had last played in 1985, unable to get a contract for the following season. But on Jan. 10, 1995, arbitrator Thomas Roberts ruled that collusion by Major League Baseball had cost Oliver and nine other players jobs in 1986. Roberts awarded Oliver $680,031.05.


For Oliver, the stakes were high when he lost his livelihood. Oliver stalled out at 2,743 hits and a .303 lifetime batting average. A few months past his 39th birthday heading into the 1986 season, it’s conceivable Oliver could’ve reached 3,000 hits by his early forties.

“I could easily have DH’d another four or five years without any problems at the rate that I was going and the condition I was in,” Oliver, 70, told Sporting News in a recent phone interview from his Ohio home.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: March 15, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: al oliver, collusion, dave parker, hall of fame

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