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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

Friday, June 26, 2015

Before Bryant and Joc: The Five Best Rookie of the Year Races in MLB History «

Pederson vs. Bryant, with a little history thrown in.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2015 at 12:03 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joc pederson, kris bryant, rookie of the year

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Video: Must C: Bryant rips two homers | MLB.com

Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, kris bryant

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Video: Statcast: Bryant’s 477-foot shot | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Video: Bryant homers into new bleachers | MLB.com

He’s been waiting for the bleacher fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Deadspin: Starlin Castro Mimics Kris Bryant’s Throw, Confuses Anthony Rizzo

Teamwork, Starlin Style…

Starlin Castro messed around with teammate Kris Bryant on a routine grounder in last night’s game. The shortstop pretended to field the ground ball behind Bryant, who actually fielded it. Aw, they’re in perfect harmony. Castro actually confused first baseman Anthony Rizzo for a second, there.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, crazy video, cubs, goofy, kris bryant, silly, starlin castro

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kris Bryant is starting in center field for the Cubs

A weird, but not necessarily wussy, decision.

No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant, who played exclusively third base in the minors and made his long-awaited big-league debut at third base last week, is starting in center field for the Cubs today.

Bryant got his feet wet in center field Wednesday night, shifting to the outfield from third base when Dexter Fowler left the game with a groin injury.

Fowler remains out of the lineup this afternoon against the Pirates, so manager Joe Maddon has Kris Bryant starting in center field and 30-year-old journeyman Jonathan Herrera playing third base.

The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Kris Bryant’s height is a perk, not a problem | FOX Sports

It also helps him reach stuff on the top of his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Friday, April 17, 2015

Statcast breaks down Jones’ homer off CC | MLB.com

Bryant went hitless with three k’s in his first game. He did make some nice plays in the field and cured cancer during infield warm-ups in the 5th inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Kris Bryant and Floor Versus Ceiling | FanGraphs Baseball

Here are some realistic expectations.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

The future is now: Bryant gets callup to big leagues | MLB.com

I will surely watch the game. Just so I don’t miss it, which inning will he walk on water?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cubs To Promote Kris Bryant

Even bigger than the Addison Russell news!

The Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant to the Major Leagues for tomorrow’s game against the Padres, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (on Twitter)...

the Cubs opted to delay Bryant’s promotion by 12 days in order to extend their control over the phenom for an additional season.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, minor leagues

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rise to top a family affair for Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant, Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo | MiLB.com

Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo have more in common than their prodigious power.

“The biggest piece of advice, especially as a kid, is just to enjoy it,” Gallo said. “I know it’s cliché, but just to have fun. Growing up—when you start getting that pressure that you’re going to get drafted and colleges—you kind of lose the fun in the game and why you played it in the first place. I’ve gotten it back now and I really enjoy playing it. But in high school, it was tough having scouts at every game. I think that’s one of the main things that I’d even tell young kids that are growing up right now—just have fun. Enjoy it and never take it for granted. I wish I could go back and play with some of my friends from high school again and play with Bryce Harper on the same team. We never really knew how special it was until it was over, until right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey gallo, kris bryant, rangers

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Bad call by Cubs in sending Kris Bryant to minors - Sports - The Boston Globe

Lost of good stuff in Cafardo’s notes columns. This tidbit is a little silly.

And Swihart might not be the catcher long term.

There are whispers about changing his position because he’s so athletic.

Whispers by who? Why would the Red Sox move Swihart?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, cubs, kris bryant, red sox, sunday notes

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Adidas takes shot at Chicago Cubs with Kris Bryant ‘Worth The Wait’ billboard across from Wrigley Field

On Friday, Adidas unveiled a billboard across from the famous Wrigley marquee featuring the 23-year-old third baseman with the text “Worth The Wait.”

Aaron Kahn, director of baseball for Adidas, played down the tension that the sign might create with the tenants on the other side of Addison Street.

“We just wanted to make sure to tell the folks in Chicago that they have a great thing coming,” Kahn told ESPN.com.

Kahn said his team had long decided to buy a billboard and feature Bryant on it, though he admitted the text changed going into this week. Kahn said Adidas did not have any conversations with the Cubs about it.

Last year, Adidas won the right to Bryant by paying him a deal that sources say is worth about $30,000 a year, which is the money typically paid to a perennial All-Star. So, in a sense, Adidas is waiting for Bryant to dig in Chicago as well. The company already made him the first player to wear its new Energy Boost Icon cleat.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 04, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: chastity, cubs, kris bryant

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cubs send Bryant to minors

The Chicago Cubs have reassigned top prospect Kris Bryant, who leads the majors with nine spring training home runs, to their minor league camp. The Cubs made the move Monday, less than a week before they open their season against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“We entered camp with the presumptive move being to send him to Triple-A,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “It’s always the presumptive [move] for us move with young players that haven’t played in the big leagues yet.”

Bryant, 23, led the minor leagues with 43 homers last season and was having an outstanding spring with the Cubs, batting .425 (17-for-40) with 15 RBIs in 14 games.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, shenanigans

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NY Post: Sherman: Commish, Boras And Cubs: Shut Up About Hopeless Phenom Debate

It’s time for everyone involved in the current Kris Bryant saga to shut up. For the good of the kid and — more vitally — the good of the game.

Everyone has had their say now, even the new commissioner. Everyone has staked their position. This should be the feel-good story of the spring. Instead, the rarest commodity in the sport — a young position player with the talent and charisma to attract fans — has been soiled.

It would be worthwhile if this were a debate in which the outcome could be swayed. But that just is not the case.

The Cubs say they still have not made a decision whether they are sending Bryant down. Stop. If Bryant is sent to the minors for even just 12 days, Chicago can — by rule — control him for seven years before free agency rather than six. It is a no-brainer and anyone who has been around the Cubs executives would not describe that intelligent lot as brainless.

bobm Posted: March 28, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, scott boras, theo epstein

Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant and the service-time game | FOX Sports

As you may have noticed, there are a few Kris Bryant discussions on the site. One area of some contention is how the CBA actually works. I’ve seen one poster unequivocally state that keeping Bryant down won’t give the Cubs another year of Bryant’s play, even going so far as to say “I am so ####### tired of reading this. It is not about what years the Cubs have Bryant it is about how much they pay him in those years.” Debating such topics without factual information only makes the discussions more difficult and more acrimonious than they need to be. Luckily, CJ Nitkowski’s timely and informative article popped up in my Google search. FYI.

In an average year there are 183 service days in a major-league season, 162 games and 21 off days. If you accrue 172 days in any season, it is considered a full year. Six full years gets you to free agency. Five years and 170 days—like Rick Porcello currently has—does not.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 208 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boras: Cubs using business, not baseball, if Bryant stays in minors - CBSSports.com

I get that he’s trying to help his client become a free agent sooner but it’s also within the Cubs purview to send him down to the minors to gain another year and use Bryant’s defense as a reason to do so. If Boras really wants to get rid of the contract issue, he can agree to a contract which supersedes this issue. That won’t happen, of course. You don’t squeeze every penny out of a team signing such a contract. In the meantime, Scott, spare us the sanctimonious pontifications about “integrity and brand”.

The opiate of player control cannot supersede the greater importance of MLB’s integrity and brand, which says that this is where the best players play. You can’t have that,” Boras said in a phone interview with CBSSports.com. “Clearly, there’s an obligation to put the best players in the big leagues.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM | 212 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, scott boras, theo epstein

Bill James Mailbag - 3/24/15 - 3/26/15

I need to see Bill’s high school stat line.

Hey Bill, on the Tommy John surgery boom, a couple of questions: 1) I’m pretty sure you’ve answered this in detail before, but is the proliferation mostly the result of Little League and high school kids throwing curveballs long before they should? And/or: 2) Were there a larger number of early-career burnouts before Tommy John? When I was in Little League (early ‘60s), our best pitcher threw a nasty curve. We dominated the league when he pitched, which was pretty much all the time because we only played a couple times a week. But I remember him asking the coach to take him out of a close game toward the end of the season because his arm was so sore. This may not have anything to do with TJ surgery, but I bring it up just because the curve has been a holy grail for pitchers for a long time.

Well, I’m not any kind of athlete, but I was on a high school baseball team that played for the state championship; I didn’t really play, but anybody who wanted to be was on the team in theory, and the other guys were pretty good. When we played in the state championship, the coach allowed our best pitcher to pitch a 7-inning complete game on Saturday and another on Sunday. Some of the questions you are asking don’t really have answers. In my view the increase in the number of surgeries is driven mostly by the lack of fear of the surgery. People aren’t really afraid of that surgery any more; we figure that almost everybody comes back from it, so if there are indications that there is going to be a problem, we’d rather get it taken care of at the start of a young player’s career, rather than when he is ready to move to the major leagues. There are probably other factors driving the frequency of the surgery as well, but exactly what they are is poorly understood, I think.

... in thinking about Brooks [Robinson] at 3B—or, say, Mariano Rivera at “closer—do you find yourself thinking “was this historically great player played out of position?” Should Brooks, really, have been playing shortstop? And would that have further boosted Brooks’ potential value in an overall historical perspective?...

Regarding Mariano as a starter. . ..one year the Red Sox beat up Mariano pretty badly toward end of the year, and I suggested to Terry Francona that maybe the Yankees had over-exposed him to us, let us see him too many times. Part of what made Mariano magic was that he pitched so few innings every year that he only faced each opposing hitter two to three times per year, on average, if the opponent was a regular. One year he pitched about 10 times against us, and we started to hit him really hard. I suggested to Terry that maybe we just saw him too much, but Terry didn’t buy it at all; he said, “No, we just happened to catch him two or three times when he didn’t have his best stuff.” I was never sure whether that was a “true” reaction or a politically correct-this-is-what-us-professionals-say-about-that type of reaction. . . .Regarding Brooks as a shortstop, Brooks didn’t have quick enough feet to be a shortstop. What made him wondrous was that, like John McDonald, he had that wondrous ability to put his glove in front of the ball in exactly the right position at exactly the right moment; of course, he had other skills that McDonald didn’t have. But his feet weren’t quick enough to have been a shortstop, I don’t think. But your point is a good one; there probably are Hall of Fame players who were sort of miscast. I always though Fisk probably should have played third, and might have been Mike Schmidt if he had.

Topical question: as a fan, it sort of bothers me when a young super-talent is indisputably one of a team’s 25 best for Opening Day, but gets sent down for three weeks to retain an extra year of club control. Is this an ethical issue, in your judgment, or perhaps the rules should be re-written to avoid this annual controversy?...

If the player uses the rules negotiated between the union and MLB to maximize his income, is that unethical? Of course it is not. Why, then, would it be unethical for the team to use those rules so as to maximize their return? It would raise an ethical issue if the young player was being exploited in some way, not given value for his contribution. But a player who has a STARTING salary of $500,000 a year cannot reasonably be seen to be exploited.

Reading about Darrel Evans made me wonder, have any players ever thanked you for what you wrote about them in the old abstracts? I remember for some of them, it seemed like you were the only guy who realised how good someone like Brian Downing, Ken Phelps or Ron Roenicke was, or could be. IF they got a chance.

Yes. . . .actually, a good many times. I have heard from Darrell Evans, not thanking me exactly, but I think he’s aware of what I have written about him; seemed to be. But we definitely hear from athletes who appreciate things that are said about them. . .not only me, but those I work with. One of the players who received a Fielding Bible Award, a lesser-known player, wrote to Baseball Info Solutions in February to thank them for the award.


Five toughest roster dilemmas this spring | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd has been providing some great analysis on MLB Network this off-season. He’s spot on in this article.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Robothal: Players union must fight again as familiar story unfolds in Chicago

If Kris Bryant starts the season at Triple-A, the union should file a grievance, even though it would stand little chance of winning. New union chief Tony Clark should embrace the pending Bryant absurdity as the perfect opportunity to take a stand, knowing that bigger fights lie ahead with the collective-bargaining agreement expiring in 2016.

Why won’t Epstein simply acknowledge service-time considerations with Bryant? Presumably for the same reason that other executives follow the same script when dealing with the same situation: Concern that the union would use such remarks as grounds for a grievance.

So, the explanation for the act might trigger a grievance, but the actual act wouldn’t?

Makes no sense.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 23, 2015 at 01:41 AM | 154 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kris Bryant making strong case for Cubs call-up, but is the brass even listening? - Yahoo Sports

This kid is a freak.

Kris Bryant, 23 years old, smiled and looked out over the tops of the heads around him. He’d hit two more home runs Saturday afternoon, one of them against Felix Hernandez, was batting .480, had played a capable third base and had all of Chicago Cubs fandom rallying behind him. The spring in which he’d been dared to play himself onto the team was going handsomely.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2015 at 07:37 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bryant responds to talk of starting in Minors | MLB.com

Bryant plays this perfectly.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

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