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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Giants To Sign Lucius Fox

“Prospect”? I think he should be running the organization!

The Giants have agreed to sign shortstop Lucius Fox to an approximately [$6 million] bonus, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Fox, who’ll officially sign out of the Bahamas, entered the July 2 period as a consensus top-five prospect.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

PCL 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game Roster Announced

Royals fans couldn’t get Omar Infante into this game.

The PCL All-Star Starters include two players from Oklahoma City, Reno and Tacoma, with Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and second baseman Darnell Sweeney, Reno outfielder Peter O’Brien and former Storm Chasers third baseman Jamie Romak for the Aces, and first baseman Jesus Montero and shortstop Ketel Marte for the Rainiers. Fresno outfielder L.J. Hoes, Albuquerque outfielder Matt McBride and El Paso designated hitter Cody Decker round out positions players, while New Orleans starter Adam Conley and relievers Jon Edwards of Round Rock and Sam Tuivailala of Memphis are the other pitching starters.

The PCL All-Star Reserves are headlined by Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager, one of the top prospects in all of Major League Baseball. Other notables PCL Reserves include infielder Arismendy Alcantara from Iowa and first baseman slugger Adam Duvall from Sacramento.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rookie League manager leaves bullpen off lineup card, has to use position players in relief

Rivera sent out left-hander Seth Davis to take over in the fifth. Before Davis could face his first batter, plate ump Jeb Bennett called a halt to the proceedings…

“I saw that (Davis) wasn’t listed on the lineup card ... the number ... I don’t know their players’ names,” said Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg.

“It’s a tough situation, but the umpire caught it. I looked at my lineup card and said ‘What’s his number?’ But he would have caught it anyhow. That’s their job,” he said.

Swedish Chef Posted: June 28, 2015 at 03:39 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, position players pitching

Sean Conroy becomes baseball’s first ever openly gay professional player

Who’s next?

Sean Conroy has become baseball’s first ever professional to come out as gay.

The 23-year-old pitcher, who plays for minor league Californian team Sonoma Stompers, has said he wants to be an example for other players.

‘It’s not that I wanted it to go public, but I didn’t care if it was open information. It’s who I am,’ he said.

 

eddieot Posted: June 28, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Angels’ rookie league team is holding a “Caucasian Heritage Night”

The real outrage should be the spelling of their team name.

This is a thing happening in minor league baseball in the year 2015. I screencapped it because I predict it will be canceled by the end of the day, but as of right now, this is still a promotion on the Orem Owlz’ schedule:...

I suspect that this is born out of a benign yet ignorant impulse. Someone said “you know, it’d be way cheaper for us to combine Italian Heritage Night and Irish Heritage Night and [insert predominantly European country] Heritage Night into just one night.” But by calling it “Caucasian Heritage Night” you sort of change the entire tenor of the thing, ya know? Because there are some seriously different connotations involved once you go with that — which basically mans “white” — over any specific nationality.

But please spare me your “hey, they have Latino Heritage Night” and “Black Heritage Night” and all of that rebop. The idea behind those sorts of things are to correct an imbalance in cultural celebration and appreciation. When you’re part of the majority — especially if you are a historically hegemonic majority — you don’t get special celebrations and things like this. That’s sort of the entire point.


Tampa’s Wilson does it all in marathon win -  Backstop catches 15 innings, hurls two frames, slugs first pro homer

Officially, Yankees prospect Wes Wilson is listed as a catcher. Unofficially, he’s an iron man two-way player, a lights-out closer, a jokester, and after his late-innings exploits Thursday, somewhat of a Tampa hero.

Wilson caught 15 innings behind the plate before tossing two perfect innings of relief and capping his mammoth night with a go-ahead homer in the 17th frame as the Class A Advanced Yankees outlasted the host Bradenton Marauders, 5-4.

It’s not every day that you see a 17-inning game where a position player who’s in the game as a pitcher gives up a game-winning home run to another position player who’s in the game as a pitcher (and throwing knuckleballs, no less).


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Sonoma Stompers Give Writers a Chance to Run Team

The Sonoma Stompers, they’re an independent professional baseball team in California’s wine country. Think grape stomping. Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller do a weekly podcast where they said they would love to run a team, and the owners of the Stompers heard this and decided to take them up on it. The two writers are passionate about sabermetrics, the kind of baseball number-crunching made famous in the movie “Moneyball.”
...
And so, they have more freedom in terms of what they can do, and that’s what appealed to us. Sonoma plays as part of the Pacific Association, which is a California league, relatively new, relatively small. So we’re hoping it’s the perfect place to kind of be a testing ground for some things that might not work as well in the majors.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, sabrmetrics

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oak Mountain’s David Dahl suffers lacerated spleen in collision in minor league baseball game | AL.com

What an awful injury.

At 3:15 p.m. CDT Thursday, Mike Dahl said his son was in surgery.

“They’re trying to save the spleen,” Dahl said. “There was a collision between him and the second baseman, and he took a knee to the spleen. They’re just trying to save it now. He got hit in the face, the nose, the spleen, a bunch of different places, but that’s the main thing right now. He probably has a minor concussion, I would imagine, because he doesn’t remember much about what happened. No broken bones or nothing—all the CT scans were negative.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injury, minor leagues, rockies

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Braves minor leaguer Elmer Reyes charged with rape, kidnapping in Ohio

Yikes.

man met Reyes after Friday night’s Gwinnett Braves-Columbus Clippers game and agreed to go to a bar with him.

The woman said Reyes then paid for a hotel room because he didn’t want the women to drive after they had been drinking. One of the women fell asleep upon entering the room, and Reyes allegedly pinned the other to the bed and forced her to have intercourse.

The woman later called 911 and reported the incident. Court records show rape and kidnapping charges were filed Saturday.

Reyes, 24, is out on bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 2.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 03:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kidnapping, legal, minor leagues, police blotter, rape

Saturday, May 16, 2015

MLB, Atlantic League Sign Player Transfer Agreement

It’s one small step for baseball, one giant leap for the Atlantic League.

Very quietly this January, the Atlantic League signed a formal agreement with Major League Baseball to put on paper the league’s rules for transferring player contracts to Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates.

In practical terms, very little has changed. The Atlantic League has been selling the contracts of hundreds of players to affiliated ball in past years. The new formalized agreement doesn’t change that. Just this week, three players were sold to affiliated teams.

But at the same time the agreement is a watershed moment for the Atlantic League. It is the first time that there has been any sort of official agreement or even an official acknowledgement of an independent league by affiliated baseball.

“It signifies that we occupy a place within the professional baseball hierarchy. That’s meaningful to the league,” Atlantic League president Rick White said.

“It begins to help us frame the internal and the public perception for the league and its importance in terms of players and their careers. And it helps all concerned recognize that our leagues, teams owners and directors that we’re viable. It all leads back to enterprise value and community value.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2015 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league, independent leagues, minor leagues

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Jeffrey Deckman: PawSox owners’ woes a win for R.I. - Opinion - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

I am as big a baseball fan as anyone. I’ve also followed the way sports teams have strong-armed and hoodwinked local and state governments to extort money to the detriment of taxpayers. The Pawsox owners don’t need public financing to make money. They only need it to make more money.

A fair deal can get made. The initial proposal is not a fair deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, stadium financing

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Big League Chew: An Oral History

Rob Nelson: Eventually the Mavericks signed me in August. It’s not like they needed left-handed pitching. It’s just that I think Bing Russell kind of rewarded me for hanging around, selling tickets and throwing BP. I went back in ’76 and ’77. As my brother Harry described my Maverick career, I pitched briefly and ineffectively for three years. It’s hard to believe.

Todd Field: Rob lived a very austere life. He had not a stick of furniture. The sum total of what he owned consisted of three pairs of blue jeans, three work shirts and dozens of black, blue, red, and green flare-tip pens, and a trove of graphic-ruled bound notebooks. All of this he stored in empty, industrial-size plastic pickle buckets that he’d catch from the obliging counter girl at the McDonald’s on Burnside. He was an idea guy. He was always writing. He was filling those notebooks all the time; he’d always have these ideas.

Maclain Way: Todd would cut up black vine licorice and he would chew it. I think Rob saw that.

Todd Field: Rob never spoke to me like I was a kid. He made it clear that he cared about what I thought about things, and he was like that with all the kids. Rob was the first grown-up I had ever met who asked me questions. One of them was: what was the source of the black juice streaming out of my mouth? I pulled out a pouch of Redman and showed him that instead of tobacco, I had filled it with black licorice. He got it, immediately.  I wanted it to look like I was chewing tobacco. He asked me if I’d do the same thing if it was gum and I said, “sure—so long as I could still spit the black juice.”

Maclain Way: I don’t think it clicked then, but it might have been an idea for Rob.

 


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tyler Tumminia Has Baseball In Her Blood

Growing up, little Ty wasn’t allowed to watch TV. But she got to hang out with big league ballplayers.

Robin Ventura gave her his spring training jersey, Ozzie Guillen an autographed picture. She has had dinner with baseball royalty such as Earl Weaver, Rocky Colavito, Jim Palmer, and Bob Feller. She even got up the nerve to talk to Rapid Robert, telling him he had really big feet.

“He put them up next to mine and said, ‘Well, I guess, kid, I do,’ ” she says.

Tumminia yearned to play catch with her father, but he’d usually come home after dark. One night she cried after a ball clocked her in the face. Her father told her to suck it up.

“You want to be able to catch, you catch in the dark,” he said.

He launched another night fly ball, and she fearlessly squeezed it in her mitt.

“She caught that one ball in the dark and that was it,” says John Tumminia. “We’re connected. She’s a four-tool daughter.”


Friday, May 01, 2015

Minor League Ball Gameday - Friday, May 1st - Minor League Ball

I have all of John’s books. He’s had a tough couple of years physically. If you’ve enjoyed his books in the past, help keep them coming by purchasing this year’s book. It may be too late to use the info in fantasy draft but it’s still a good reference.

One last thing before we get to the goodies. If you happened to peruse the comments section of the Gameday (highly, highly recommended if you don’t already), John passed along an update of The 2015 Baseball Prospect Book. To quote Mr. Sickels from yesterday -

OK guys, for obvious reasons I am not going to make a main screen post on this just yet, but I really need to sell some books here. I haven’t even broken even this year with the book yet, and without more sales soon I cannot justify writing the book in 2016. My family cannot afford to take a loss on this project or even just break even.

I realize that sales are down because the book was late again due to the health issues. Hopefully that will not be an issue next year. But the book represents the majority of my family income and for there to be a next year in the first place, I need to sell books now.

If you have already bought the book, THANK YOU. Suggest it to a friend if you can. If you have NOT bought the book, please do so at JohnSickels.net. You can order the PDFor the paper edition (which includes the PDF!).

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, minor leagues, prospect reports

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Watch Munenori Kawasaki do ‘body fat gymnastics’

From the translated Japanese description on this video:

Made a “fun chants reduce” concept, body fat gymnastics.
Immediately, Kawasaki Munenori’s to professional baseball players, we have to practice. The Kawasaki ish players, riding to Latin rhythms, I was dancing in cheerful! Choreography: South truly supervision: Kuno Fu也Graduate School professor also other, such people have to practice. Q’ulle Manako’s https:? //www.youtube.com/watch v = jJ1rc ... fruit punch Murakami Takeshi’s https:? //www.youtube.com/watch v = EnZg3 ... remember everyone , feel free to fun, let’s reduce the body fat. Containing the description of the south truly and Mr. Kuno teacher “reduce how and dance how Hen” is here https:? //www.youtube.com/watch v = miq4O ... In the web site, how to move the body of each part in public as well. http: //www.suntory.co.jp/softdrink/iy ... Please try. The decrement will, Japan of body fat! Suntory green tea Iemon Tokucha

That should clear things up!

Out of my way, all of you. This is no place for loafers! Join me or die! Can you do any less?


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cubs To Promote Addison Russell

Meh, we just got told Carlos Correa is a better version of A-Rod.

The Cubs will promote top infield prospect Addison Russell to the Majors, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes. It appears Russell, usually a shortstop, will play second base, where the Cubs have struggled this season.

Russell, 21, had been hitting .297/.308/.432 for Triple-A Iowa. He hit a combined .295/.350/.508 at the Class A+ and Double-A levels in 2014, spending part of the year in the Athletics’ system before they shipped him to Chicago as the key to the Cubs’ side of the Jeff Samardzija trade. Baseball Prospectus ranked Russell the No. 2 prospect in the game heading into the 2015 season, while Baseball America ranked him No. 3. MLB.com placed him at No. 5, praising his offensive game and noting that he’s received comparisons to Barry Larkin and Miguel Tejada.

The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

Sunday, April 19, 2015

White Sox To Promote Carlos Rodon

He was also working on his defense.

The White Sox will promote left-hander Carlos Rodon, the third overall selection in last year’s draft, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rodon will join the team tomorrow and will initially pitch out of the bullpen, according to Rosenthal.

The District Attorney Posted: April 19, 2015 at 05:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, minor leagues, white sox

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bryan Stow tosses first pitch for San Jose Giants home opener

SAN JOSE—With a simple toss from about 15 feet away, Bryan Stow brought a huge roar from the crowd Thursday night before the San Jose Giants home opener. Stow, the Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death four years ago outside Dodger Stadium, reached a major milestone in his recovery when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did so while enjoying every minute of his special night.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: April 17, 2015 at 02:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, minor leagues, san jose

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

Report: Addison Russell to play 2B for the first time

Because La Stella is putting them through hell-a.

Here we go.

Maybe the Addison Russell watch can start a little sooner than we think.  According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs “other” elite prospect will be playing 2B and batting 2nd for Iowa…

We could downplay this but in recent Cubs history under this front office, a change in position has often signaled that a promotion is at least under consideration in the near—not distant—future. Could that be the case with Russell as well?

Maybe. But let’s take it down a notch for now. The Cubs, specifically farm director Jaron Madison, have said they were going to play prospects at multiple positions and that Russell and [Javier] Baez would rotate to some extent.

Maybe it’s nothing, but it seems like a good night to catch the Iowa game and with no Cubs baseball today, it is going to be awfully hard to stop people from speculating about the team’s short term future.

And in case you are wondering, Kris Bryant is in the lineup for the first game and is playing 3B.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

A highly subjective and judgmental ranking of major league and Triple-A cities

We’re not simply ranking what Triple-A cities stink the most. That’s lame. This is a comparative exercise: is it worse to be sent from Big League City A to Minor League City B, or Big League City C to Minor League City D? This is a multi-variable poll, in which a GREAT big league city can find itself farther down this list if it’s paired with a really good minor league city. We’re ranking big gaps in desirability between affiliates, with the bigger the falloff ranking higher on the list;

Zach Posted: April 16, 2015 at 01:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blue Rocks eye move to Double-A next season

Wilmington could be the home of a Double-A Eastern League franchise as early as 2016, a possibility revealed earlier this month because of a legal matter involving the potential sale of the Binghamton Mets.

The late Matt Minker, who founded the Blue Rocks and built Frawley Stadium for their 1993 rebirth, long envisioned Wilmington’s location and metropolitan population as ideal for an Eastern League franchise. He nearly secured one for a move several years before his death in 2007.

Now his son Clark, who is Blue Rocks managing partner and minority owner, along with majority owner Main Street Baseball, seems poised to make that move.

According to an injunction filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in New York citing breach of contract, Minker and Main Street Baseball’s David Heller had an agreement with Binghamton Mets president Michael Urda to buy that franchise for $8.5 million. They then planned to move the team to Wilmington while selling their Carolina League franchise for $12.5 million to the Texas Rangers, who would relocate it.

The sale of the Carolina League franchise to Texas is conditional upon the purchase of the Binghamton club, so Wilmington will not be left without a team.


Hidden-ball trick during Triple-A game leaves broadcasters in silent confusion

You can judge the quality of a hidden-ball trick by the number of seconds of dead air it produces from the broadcast booth while everyone is trying to figure out what just happened. In this case: 16 seconds.


Sunday, April 05, 2015

The New Yorker: Ways to Stay Sane in Baseball

This offseason, a few ball clubs announced new initiatives to support their players’ mental health. The Red Sox created a new department of behavioral health, headed by Richard Ginsburg, the co-director of the PACES Institute of Sports Psychology, at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Washington Nationals began spring training with a new position known as “life skills” coördinator. The former player Rick Ankiel was hired for the job, and will work specifically with the club’s minor-league teams—where such a position is arguably needed the most. Most minor-league players earn less than two thousand dollars a month and have to cover their own housing and living expenses. Insufficient funds and relatively few days off during a five-month season—which extends well beyond that if you consider spring training and winter ball—separates players from their families and loved ones for long stretches of time. And, after you’ve dedicated your life to the game, there’s the pressure that comes from the belief that you’ve only achieved success if you make it to the majors—a dream that, even for a player in the minor leagues, will likely never be realized.

Remember how curious it seemed when McGwire admitted to seeing a sports psychologist for years?

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: April 05, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, minor leagues, nationals, red sox

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Baseballist: Most Extreme Ballpark Contexts In The Minors

WHAT ABOUT THE MOON????

1. High Class A High Desert (California)

Situated in the Mojave Desert and with an elevation pushing 3,000 feet above sea level, High Desert annually ranks as the most most hitter-friendly venue in the minors. No full-season ballpark featured more total runs per game (13.97) or home runs per game (2.94) in 2014, and that’s not an isolated incident. For the 2010-12 seasons, teams at the Mavericks’ home park in Adelanto, Calif., combined to feature 14.65 runs and 3.10 home runs per game.

High Desert’s park factors for runs (133) and home runs (150) rank just third and ninth in the full-season minors, respectively, because the Mavericks spend plenty of time in hitter’s parks while on the road. This is particularly true when they visit division foe Lancaster, which featured 12.53 runs per game in 2014, about 25 percent more than in JetHawks road games.

 


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