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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Advice from Pujols, Cano pushing Yasiel Puig in right direction - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

“It’s more of a mental thing,” Puig said through an interpreter about the advice he received. “Things that you have to fix yourself. Nobody can do it for you. You have to leave the bad things in the past and continue to work toward the future to get better. Continue to do your job.

“You just have to focus on what you have to do, and if you focus, things get easier,” Puig explained, his eyes wide open, his thinner faced relaxed. “That’s the reason great ballplayers have been successful, like Harper, Trout, Robinson Cano and Pujols. They have seen results because they focus, and that’s what I’m trying to do now.

“I think this year I’m going to play, not to put up stats, but rather to pay them back and to make sure that I follow their advice and make them feel like I was listening. I know that I can be a better person like they are, on and off the field. Not just batting, but being an overall good person.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Sunday, February 19, 2017

OTP 20 Feb. 2017: Baseball in a Time of Politics

Unitarian Universalist minister Elz Curtiss offers sage advice on how we might use sports as a lightning rod for our political emotions:

As the pitchers and catchers settle in, I’m looking for a team to hate as much as I hated the Dodgers. I need it. Someone to wish into a baseball gutter, to jeer with ugly, dripping sneers when they take the field. I need them because I refuse to stoop to that level in discussing our president, his party, nor the people who put them in office. If this country is to have any future, someone has got to take the first step in modeling an admirable minority position. It doesn’t mean staying quiet on issues, it doesn’t mean keeping calm in the face of outrage. It just means remembering that most of these people are honorable, patriotic, decent in many ways, and, frankly, probably just as confused as the rest of us about what the future holds.

But if I’m going to keep this cool in what looks to be a long, hot summer, it’s going to take a scapegoat from major league baseball to keep me stable.

(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: February 19, 2017 at 08:35 PM | 1787 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, politics

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dodgers agree to bring back Chase Utley | MLB.com

The Dodgers continued a flurry of late free-agent additions Friday night by agreeing to a one-year contract with veteran Chase Utley. Earlier in the day, they agreed to a deal with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the heels of an agreement for reliever Sergio Romo.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2017 at 03:40 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers, free agents

Kershaw, Koufax, and the Fallacy of Orthodoxy

Part of the Koufax orthodoxy, of course, is his legend: Retired at 30, at the height of his game, the height of his fame. And then, gone. He never hawked a book, lent his name, or became an autograph factory. Never sat in the booth, or grabbed a mike. Never a hint of scandal, a suggestion of bad behavior. He’d make his Spring Training visits to the Mets or the Dodgers, to see old friends and talk to the kids, and the press covered these casual afternoons like matters of state. Then he’d disappear again, go back to his life. Fifty years of repose; fifty years of grace; fifty years of dignity. Five decades, essentially, of silence. Baseball’s Garbo.

——-

For a team with such a long and storied tenure (the Dodgers can trace their lineage to 1884, when they were founded in the shadows of Brooklyn shipyards as the Atlantics), you’d think the competition for “Best Ever” would be varied and fierce. But it’s not. Not really.

gehrig97 Posted: February 11, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dazzy vance, dodgers, don drysdale, don sutton, sandy koufax

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Want to own a share of the Dodgers? This could be your chance - LA Times

Time to break open those piggy banks.

The Dodgers’ owners are interested in selling a small share of the team and have retained an investment banker to solicit bids.

There is no timetable for a possible sale, said the banker, Sal Galatioto. He added that Mark Walter would remain the Dodgers’ controlling owner, with his partners from Guggenheim Baseball Management.

Galatioto also represented the owners of the Chicago Cubs last year, when they sold minority shares for a total of about $300 million. That deal is believed to have valued the Cubs and related assets in excess of the $2.15 billion Walter and his partners paid in 2012 to buy the Dodgers, their stadium and half-ownership of the stadium parking lot.

Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly said later that year that he believed the franchise value had reached $3 billion.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Is this the year that Mike Zunino can put it all together for Mariners? | The Seattle Times

Being able to adjust is a necessity in MLB.

“There are a lot of smart people in the league and in the game and scouting and look at video and how they’re going to approach you,” Servais said. “So they made an adjustment on him based on the fact that he wasn’t casing the breaking ball anymore and now he’s got to continue make an adjustment back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 12:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Fadeaway: Episode 7: The Big Drabowski

This is a few months old, published around the World Series, but still a good listen. The latest from Primate Eric Enders’  baseball history podcast.

Born in Ozanna, Poland, at the start of the Third Reich, Moe Drabowsky escaped from Hitler and came to America as a toddler. He embraced life in America, becoming first the hardest-throwing young prospect in baseball, then its most notorious prankster. And in 1966, after arm injuries had caused everyone to write him off for good, he resurrected his career and authored the most spectacular relief pitching performance in World Series history.

Also features some comments from Gene Larkin about this moment.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill goes by no-failure, no-progress credo - LA Times

“In a way, I’m a role model for failure,” Hill said. “My first suggestion for 2017 is to go out and fail — but fail at something you have passion for. I’m standing here today because I’ve failed more often than I’ve succeeded.

“Without struggle, there is no progress. Without failure there is no progress.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2017 at 03:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rich hill

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FanGraphs: No ordinary Joe

For those not keeping up with Fat Joe’s career post-Terror Squad, he has reinvented himself as the master of the slider and death to all RHB.

Blanton was effective in the Royals’ bullpen, and when he was traded to the Pirates at the trade deadline, he was again successful in a relief role. During the following offseason, he signed a modest one-year, $4 million deal with the Dodgers and was, again, successful pitching out of the bullpen.

Since 2015, Blanton has appeared in 107 games, all as a reliever. In that time he ranks 11th in ERA (2.29) among all relievers, 24th in FIP (3.02) and 26th in K-BB% (19.1 points).

So what’s strange — in an era during which we hear more interest and talk about teams relying more heavily on their bullpens, when we saw inspired bullpen usage by the Cleveland Indians and other clubs in the postseason — what’s strange is Blanton remains available in free agency.


Just a Few Words About Jake Daubert

The forgotten MVP, few players were easier to root for than Jake Daubert.

gehrig97 Posted: January 25, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, jake daubert, most valuable player

Dodgers left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin claims to be pain-free, ready for new season

“Right now, I’d say I am in better shape than I normally would be at the start of spring training,” Ryu told reporters at Incheon International Airport. “I threw four bullpen sessions a day while training in Japan. I have no pain at the moment.”

Ryu, who made his big league debut in 2013, missed the entire 2015 season after a shoulder surgery in May that year. He returned to action on July 7 last year against the San Diego Padres but was touched for six earned runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. That would be the only start he’d make in 2016, as lingering pain sidelined him again.

Ryu then underwent a left elbow debridement procedure in September, with hopes of joining the Dodgers’ spring training at 100 percent.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ryu hyun-jin

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Dodgers’ Decision To Be Intentionally Inefficient | FanGraphs Baseball

One of the best things about baseball is we’ll eventually find out the answer.

De Leon could make this deal a disaster from LA’s perspective, but if Forsythe provides enough short-term value that they can get past the Cubs in either of the next two years, they’ll comfort themselves with the warmth of a World Series appearance, and maybe a big shiny trophy. Deals that require postseason success to work out are the worst kinds of trades to make, but the best kind of trades to have to make. The Dodgers have already built a winner; with this kind of trade, they’re trying to build a champion.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 06:39 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rays

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jerry Dipoto’s Trade Activity, in Context | FanGraphs Baseball

I don’t recall him making a lot of trades with the Angels.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bearing the Glory: Jackie Robinson’s 1949 MVP Award

After twenty years of singular focus and desire, twenty years of getting knocked down and picking yourself up, twenty years of eating ####, twenty years of crawling over broken glass, twenty years of getting on a crowded bus to brave that goddamned commute, twenty years of bearing it, you are finally and publicly acknowledged as the very best in your chosen profession.

You’ve MADE it. You’ve reached the goal you’ve been chasing every day for the last twenty years. It should be the very best day of your professional life.

And all you’re thinking about, because of the way you’ve been treated along the way, all you’re thinking about is getting out. Leaving it behind. All you’re thinking is “I can’t take it anymore. This is going to kill me.”

Imagine having the best day of your life taken from you like that.

gehrig97 Posted: January 16, 2017 at 01:13 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, dodgers, integration, jackie robinson, racism

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Why did the Mariners trade touted pitching prospect Luiz Gohara?

Gohara followed his breakout 2016 season at Class A by indeed throwing extremely well in the AFL, striking out 19 in 11 2/3 innings. Some scouts look at his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and see a young CC Sabathia.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, luiz gohara, mariners

Mariners Add Intriguing Arm in Shae Simmons | FanGraphs Baseball

That’s a lot of walks.

The Mariners hope he can hone his delivery and command, which have been inconsistent. He walked more than six per nine during two minor-league rehab stops last season. But he’s limited opponents to 11 walks in his brief 28 innings of major-league work to date, and his stuff appears to be intact, if not improved, following his injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, shae simmons

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Okay, Now the 2017 Mariners Are Interesting | FanGraphs Baseball

I agree.

Steamer has Smyly projected for +2.5 WAR in 164 innings, while ZIPS came in at +2.0 in 143 innings, so both projections have Smyly as a quality pitcher when he’s on the mound. There are definitely durability concerns, given that he missed most of 2015 with shoulder problems and chose to rehab rather than have surgery, but a healthy Drew Smyly is a pretty good starting pitcher. And he’s replacing close-to-replacement-level arms, bumping Ariel Miranda or Chris Heston from the rotation, and hopefully reducing the team’s need to count on Yovani Gallardo, whose starts can now be skipped when off-days allow it. Swapping in Smyly for the team’s back-end arms is probably something close to a two-win upgrade.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Mariners make 2 trades to land Drew Smyly | MLB.com

Dealing Dipoto makes another one two.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 05:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners

Here’s hoping there’s more roster moves to come from Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto | The Seattle Times

Maybe for regular fans, not to us. (And that’s not the royal we.)

That’s the optimistic way to look at the additions of outfielder Jarrod Dyson and pitcher Yovani Gallardo, on top of the offseason acquisitions of infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, catcher Carlos Ruiz, outfielder Mitch Haniger and right-handed starters Rob Whalen and Max Povse.

Nothing too sexy — some of those names might not even ring a bell — but, at least theoretically, they’ve added depth, maneuverability, athleticism, speed and potential, all elements that are important parts of Dipoto’s vision for making the Mariners a sustainable contender.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Twins haggling with Dodgers over potential Brian Dozier trade | FOX Sports

The never-ending trade discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, dodgers, notes, twins

Monday, January 09, 2017


The Mariners finally are close to the team their GM envisioned

Ken Rosenthal breaks down the Mariners off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 08:09 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Friday, January 06, 2017

Royals trade Jarrod Dyson to Mariners for Nathan Karns

That’s what speed….did.

Kansas City got the starting rotation help is so desperately needed.

The Mariners got the speed they sought on the base paths.

“As so often times is the case, once teams know there is a mutual interest in a player — in their case Jarrod, in our case Nate — we just stayed in touch and the timing was right,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “The deal was obviously attractive for us.”...

Dyson, a former 50th-round draft pick, became a fan favorite in Kansas City thanks primarily to his speed on the bases. He hit .278 while stealing 30 bases a year ago.

“We’ve had many conversations about Dyson specifically,” Dipoto said, “and what a good fit he was for our team. He’s an elite-level defender. He’s dynamic on the bases, a fearless base stealer. And the combination of Jarrod Dyson, Leonys Martin and Jean Segura hitting somewhere between the bottom and top of your lineup really creates a three-player dynamic on the bases for us that is probably different than the Mariners have had in a long time and perhaps most different than most teams in our league.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 08:00 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jarrod dyson, mariners, nate karns, royals

Mariners acquire Yovani Gallardo from Orioles | MLB.com

After weeks of pursuing available options, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto moved to bolster the team’s rotation on Friday by acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles in a trade for outfielder Seth Smith.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade

Thursday, January 05, 2017

3 years later, Yankees letting Robinson Cano go a mistake - NY Daily News

Three years in. Jumping to a conclusion is very premature.

Cano is now three seasons into his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners. And so far — with the exception of the first three months of 2015, when he battled a reported stomach illness and struggled as a result — it’s worked out very well for Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, yankees

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