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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Survey: Athletes making $17.94 billion on 333 top teams

Baseball players are paid too much! Argle-bargle!

But it’s the NBA that has the highest average per-player salary. At $4.6 million, the NBA ranks just ahead of India’s IPL cricket ($4.3 million) and MLB ($4.2 million).

The top three NBA teams are the Brooklyn Nets ($6.2 million per player), New York Knicks ($5.9 million) and Los Angeles Clippers ($5.3 million). The Los Angeles Dodgers ($8.0 million) lead baseball and the Royal Challengers Bangalore ($4.5 million) head the IPL list. Wondering how NFL teams fare? The football team with the highest average salary, the Miami Dolphins ($2.3 million), doesn’t crack the list until No. 124.

The survey reveals which teams spend the most on their players, including an analysis of 333 teams in 17 major pro leagues, covering seven sports, 13 countries and 9,731 athletes who are making a combined $17.94 billion.

Some of those big spenders have help. Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), for example, sponsors Real Madrid. Billionaire Sheikh Mansour owns Manchester City, which held the top spot in the survey the previous two years. Mansour is a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a man whose wealth is derived from oil. Mansour also co-owns, with the Steinbrenner family (the Yankees’ principal owners), the newly minted MLS franchise New York City Football Club—so baseball royalty meets actual royalty.

The amount of wealth in the sports landscape can be staggering. The Yankees are spending an average of $7.3 million per player—yet dropped from second to ninth on the overall list this year.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletes, dodgers, money, nfl, salaries, soccer, yankees

Dodgers could trade an infielder for a starter - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report - ESPN

I’d say the clause in his contract which makes him a free agent in the event he’s traded hurts Guerrero’s trade value. Of course, more money has a way fixing such problems.

It’s just not the most efficient allocation of resources, which is why Friedman and his team figure to dangle at least one or two of those players—Guerrero will probably draw the most interest and Uribe is probably the most palatable to move—as part of the push to land a starting pitcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Royals minor-leaguer Rafael Furcal, former NL top rookie, announces retirement | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

Veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal, who played seven games in the Royals’ minor-league system this year, announced Tuesday that he’s retiring from the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, rafael furcal, royals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cubs Trade Wellington Castillo to Mariners

Castillo will join the Mariners, where No. 1 catcher Mike Zunino has hit .179/.241/.358 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 106 at-bats. Backup Jesus Sucre is just 1 for 15 in six games.

No word yet what the Cubs will be getting in return.

VoodooR Posted: May 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Set for return to Baltimore, Nelson Cruz fondly recalls his one big season with O’s - Baltimore Sun

Exceeding all expectations while passing all PED tests. Who’da thunk it?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, mariners, nelson cruz

They’ve become the no-go Dodgers - LA Times

Tim Raines was such a weapon, but his skill isn’t appreciated enough.

“If they’re successful 70-something-percent, 80-something-percent,” Lopes said, “that’s a hell of a weapon to have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, stolen bases

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Boston skipper regrets pitching to Cruz | redsox.com

If Farrell could do it over again, he would have had Layne intentionally walk Cruz. And then the southpaw could have faced left-handed batter Kyle Seager.

Instead, Farrell called on Tazawa, daring Cruz to beat the Red Sox. And that he did.

“Yeah, we’ve got it set up, two outs, [can] easily take the bat out of his hand, walk him, then you get a left on left with Layne and Seager. As we sit here in this moment after the walk-off, that’s the move to make,” said Farrell. “Like I said, terrible decision on my part.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nelson cruz, red sox

Friday, May 15, 2015

Report: Mariners turned down Red Sox’s trade offer for Jackie Bradley Jr.

Maybe because the return for Bradley was NSFW?

As a 25-year-old former top prospect who has struggled in the majors what is Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s value at this point?

Well, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston the Red Sox offered Bradley to the Mariners for left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush during spring training and Seattle turned it down.

Since then Bradley has been playing at Triple-A, hitting .343 in 24 games, and now he’s back in Boston for another call-up. Furbush has a 1.80 ERA for the Mariners, but he’s thrown just 10 innings in a left-handed specialist role and his 7/3 K/BB ratio is nothing special.

 


Video: CarGo’s go-ahead homer | MLB.com

Down two, two outs, Carlos Gonzalez puts the Rockies ahead in the 9th.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Thursday, May 14, 2015

There’s Nothing At All Like the Dodgers’ Offense

But, wait a second, the Royals play in the American League! That’s hardly fair. The Dodgers, pitchers and all, have that 131 wRC+. The second-highest National League mark belongs to the Cardinals, at 104. Enormous gap, almost twice the size of the first. Here, the difference between first and second place is the same as the difference between second and 14th.

Yeah, I know it’s early, but this has been the most enjoyable lineup I’ve ever gotten to watch (or listen to on the radio as it often turns out).

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 14, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Mattingly: Puig out ‘at least a couple weeks’ | dodgers.com

Manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Yasiel Puig will be sidelined “at least a couple weeks,” the closest the Dodgers have come to providing a timetable for Puig’s return.

Puig has been troubled by a strained left hamstring since April 13. He missed four of the next five games, then went on the disabled list April 26.

He was eligible to be activated Sunday, but reinjured the leg playing for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the strain is not healed.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Dilbeck: Sorry, Giancarlo Stanton homer was not hit out of Dodger Stadium

But let’s be clear about something – Stanton’s 467-foot homer did not clear the ballpark. He hit the awning or the canopy or whatever you want to call that corrugated metal roof covering the left-field pavilion and then it bounced over.

It’s where it hits, not where it ultimately comes to rest.

Now not everyone agrees with this viewpoint, including my colleague Dylan Hernandez, who never lets the facts get in the way of an easy story. Not my immediate supervisor. Not several veteran scribes in the press box.

Which doesn’t mean they’re not wrong.

If a ball bounces once, twice, eight times, and then goes out of the ballpark, that’s not hitting it out of the ballpark. If it rolls 80 feet and then ends up out of the ballpark, that’s not the same as hitting it out.

Also, Santa Claus isn’t real.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giancarlo stanton, home runs, marlins, steve dilbeck

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

‘Wild Child, I will take that’: Vin Scully on Satchel Paige « Dodger Insider

Good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, satchel paige, vin scully


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sources: Olivera receives visa, headed to LA | MLB.com

Olivera, 30, who signed a six-year, $62.5 million deal in March, is expected in Los Angeles on Friday to finalize the contract by completing his physical, according to industry sources. Additionally, the timeline for Olivera’s introductory news conference is being finalized, and he could be begin working out at Camelback Ranch, the club’s Spring Training facility in Glendale, Ariz., sometime next week.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hector olivera

Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Do the Dodgers have a three-headed third baseman? - LA Times

It’s better to have too many good players than not enough. Eventually, though, a deal should get made.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, May 08, 2015

Roll The Die | U.S.S. Mariner

Here’s an entertaining post by Jeff Sullivan.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Dodgers’ Puig set to start rehab assignment, but Ryu’s recovery slows - The Orange County Register

This doesn’t sound good.

Ryu was supposed to begin throwing to hitters this week but did not make the trip with the Dodgers. Instead, he stayed behind to work out at Dodger Stadium and the training staff “decided to give him a couple days off” after his velocity decreased during his most recent bullpen session.

Mattingly said Ryu was clocked at only 82-83 mph during his throwing session Friday at Dodger Stadium, “a couple ticks below” what he had thrown in his previous workout. The lost velocity is suspected to be a result of “that tired-arm thing” pitchers often go through during spring training, the manager said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, yasiel puig

Monday, May 04, 2015

Two Dudes Smooch On Dodgers’ Kiss Cam, To Hearty Applause

Its Koufax and Drysdale, not Adam and Steve!

Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing. The team and the world have changed since then. Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. (It’s at the 0:28 mark.)

It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude. It’s also cool that the reaction from the crowd was a genuine cheer. Reader Steven, who was in the ballpark (but didn’t film this video), says he was “proud of the loud, enthusiastic response from the crowd. Not one person around me groaned or made derogatory remarks, and seemed genuinely pleased with the moment.”

The Dodgers have held LGBT nights in recent years, and while it’s great to publicly announce that everyone’s welcome, there’s nothing quite like being normalized by dorky in-stadium entertainment to make everyone feel included.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gay rights, kiss cam


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Blitz to 13 homers puts Cruz in elite company | MLB.com

Where was the Statcast on Nelson Cruz’s second homer?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 01:04 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, nelson cruz

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Joc Pederson homers in fourth straight game as Dodgers beat Arizona, 6-4 - LA Times

Another Dodger Rookie of the Year?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Friday, May 01, 2015

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the Braves ate his entire $8 million salary in releasing him.

Quentin retires as a career .252 hitter whose power, plate discipline, and ability to get plunked by tons of pitches helped him post a strong .831 OPS. When healthy he was a middle-of-the-order asset, posting an OPS above .800 in six of his nine seasons, but constant injuries limited him to fewer than 130 games in all but two of those years.

 


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