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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Locking Up Brian Dozier | FanGraphs Baseball

This doesn’t paint an optimistic view of Dozier’s future.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-5-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 5, 1915:

They are counting 10 on Hunter Hill, the Texan who startled by St. Louis by carrying a gun in his back pocket even on the playing field. Hunter has grown fat and can’t pick them up any more.

A gun in your pocket on the field? That seems ill-advised. Tim Raines’s cocaine vials are no longer the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of an MLB player keeping in his back pocket during a game.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, hunter hill

Mike Norris and the Moral Winter – The Hardball Times

Here’s a nice article about Mike Norris.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mike norris

How Kevin Long is helping to rebuild Granderson’s swing | New York Post

“The comfort of knowing someone who knows their swing is so important,’’ Ricciardi said. “They can always go back to that guy and he can get them to the foundation. That’s really important. You can see that comfort level and it’s great for us, I think it’s going to reap a lot of benefits.

“When a player is struggling they have to have someone that they feel confident with so that when they say something, they get it immediately. Sometimes, working with someone new, you just don’t have that. There are certain buzz words that they hit on and certain catch phrases that get him back.’’

There is the baseball and human connection.

“Kevin is a friend outside the game,’’ Granderson said. “He is going to be confident, he is going to be your biggest supporter and he is going to work with you and what you have. He is not going to make me hit like David Wright.’’
This is not cookie-cutter coaching.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets

Ethier must prove his worth in crowded outfield | MLB.com

When was this?

Eighteen veteran outfielders with salaries of more than $5 million changed teams in the offseason, going to 16 different teams, and that list doesn’t include the likes of Wil Myers, Jonny Gomes, Ichiro Suzuki, Seth Smith, Matt Joyce and Heisey. Yet there was no market for Ethier, who not so long ago was viewed as a possible free-agent prize for teams like the Red Sox and Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers

Quartet of Arizona hurlers twirl scoreless outings | dbacks.com

Catching prospect Peter O’Brien rapped out a pair of hits in three at-bats and also played well behind the plate.

“The most important thing for us—we know he is going to swing the bat and do some damage—we’re really watching that catching,” Hale said. “I asked the umpire at one point how he felt with him in front of him and he said he did a good job and was showing him the ball well. He did a good job with the pitchers. This guy has really, really improved behind the plate. He’s bilingual, which is great with our staff, he helps out a lot of guys. He’s a really, really good teammate.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien

Mariners’ Walker poised to turn potential into production | mariners.com

“You know what potential means?” said McClendon. “It means you haven’t done anything yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, taijuan walker

Taillon ready to shed top prospect label - Timesonline.com: Pirates/MLB

“What I’m seeing (is) that he’s feeling real good, the ball is coming out of his hand very nice,” Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage said after a recent spring training workout. “He looks free and easy. You don’t have to watch him long to understand why he is so highly regarded.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, pirates

Bryan Price wants Reds to run like Pete Rose

If I were a betting man, I’d bet that all managers feel the same way.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Utah company making a style statement with bat grip tape in baseball - The Globe and Mail

I was never a fan of bat tape.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, equipment

Alex Rodriguez Mocked, Ridiculed On Front Page Of New York Post (Photo) | NESN.com

That’s a harsh headline. (Click through to the article.)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Cactus League will help determine roles - ESPN Chicago

Cubs questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

ESPN: Diamondbacks Offering Churro Dog

For the foodies:

The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to top the success of last year’s 18-inch bacon-and-cheese-stuffed corn dog by offering a dessert. Team president and CEO Derrick Hall told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the team’s star concession item this year will be a Churro Dog.

The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon churro sitting inside a Long John chocolate-glazed donut, which is then topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauces. Its estimated calorie count is 1,117.

“We’ve found that desserts work really well in the heat we have here,” Hall said. So team chef Michael Snoke got together a focus group of eaters and tested out his Churro Dog idea, and it was immediately loved.

The item, which will be available at two stands on the main concourse at Chase Field, will cost $8.50.
.  .  .
Last year’s specialty, the D-Bat Dog, a huge corn dog that came with a side of fries, cost $25. Despite the price, the team sold 9,517 of them last year. The team will offer the item again this year, Hall said.

Did we get a Primate review on the D-Bat Dog?

The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 05, 2015 at 12:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, concessions, food, grub, snacks

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Economist: Spring forward

A summary of a Sloan Sports Analytics Conference presentation demonstrating that properly deployed spring training statistics can indeed improve preseason projections.

Incorporating spring training improved the correlation between preseason projections and final results from .578 to .593 for hitters (using OPS) and from .354 to .387 for pitchers (using ERA)...

ZiPS projected the 2% of hitters whose forecasts were most helped by spring training for a combined .709 OPS, while they actually posted a .746 as a group; conversely, ZiPS projected the 2% of batters whose forecasts were most hurt by spring training for an aggregate .764 OPS, only to see them compile a .739. The story is no different for pitchers. ZiPS expected the 2% of hurlers whose projections were most aided by their springs to produce a 4.35 ERA, and in fact they generated a 4.01 (lower is better); it thought the 2% whose projections were most damaged by spring training would have a 3.96 ERA, while their final mark was 4.21.


Crane Kenney: Cubs Considered Playing A Season In Milwaukee

The Chicago Cubs of Milwaukee?

Crane Kenney’s statement indicates that they had considered playing an entire season—perhaps 2015?—at Miller Park, which would have given them from September 2014 to April 2016 to do significant work at Wrigley Field.

Logistically, this would have created significant issues for Cubs season-ticket holders who live, say, anywhere south of the Lake/Cook county line in Illinois. Even that line is about 70 miles from Miller Park; those season-ticket holders who live in the city of Chicago would be faced with a 90-mile drive to every game. The Bears did something like this when they played a year in Champaign while Soldier Field was being redone—but that was just eight games, once a week, mostly on Sundays. Baseball is a daily commitment. Further, since the Cubs and Brewers are in the same division and are often home at the same time, scheduling might have been difficult.

The Cell would have been, in my view, a better answer if the Cubs wanted to vacate Wrigley for a year to complete the project. At least it’s in the city of Chicago and accessible by public transit. There is a small subset of Cubs fans who refuse to go there. I know some of these people personally and I simply don’t understand that position. It’s a major-league ballpark with (mostly) good sightlines and natural grass.


Opening up about Mets visit, Murphy comments | MLB.com

MLB picked the right man for this job.

When I took this job at MLB, I knew it was going to take time for many to embrace my message of inclusion. Expecting everyone to be supportive right away is simply not realistic. If you asked anyone who has competed in high-level men’s professional sports, I believe they would agree with me. This doesn’t change the way I go about my business, or my belief in what I am doing, but it’s reality.

After reading his comments, I appreciate that Daniel spoke his truth. I really do. I was visiting his team, and a reporter asked his opinion about me. He was brave to share his feelings, and it made me want to work harder and be a better example that someday might allow him to view things from my perspective, if only for just a moment.

I respect him, and I want everyone to know that he was respectful of me. We have baseball in common, and for now, that might be the only thing. But it’s a start.

The silver lining in his comments are that he would be open to investing in a relationship with a teammate, even if he “disagrees” with the lifestyle. It may not be perfect, but I do see him making an effort to reconcile his religious beliefs with his interpretation of the word lifestyle. It took me 32 years to fully accept my sexual orientation, so it would be hypocritical of me to not be patient with others.

Inclusion means everyone, plain and simple. Daniel is part of that group. A Major League clubhouse is now one of the most diverse places in sports. It wasn’t always that way, but we can thank No. 42 for that. So in his honor, with a little patience, compassion and hard work, we’ll get there.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: billy bean, inclusion, social issues

MLBAM Player-Tracking System Is Set for Coming-Out Party This Year : Sports Video Group

I’m really looking forward to this.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tracking, video

Velocity is not Mike Trout’s problem - Beyond the Box Score

Talking about Trout’s “problem” hitting a fastball is like complaining about the ugly feet of a supermodel.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, sabermetrics


Klapisch: It’s time to give Alex Rodriguez a chance - Sports - NorthJersey.com

♬ All we are saying is…give A-Rod a chance. ♫

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-4-2015

Grantland Rice in the Pittsburgh Press, March 4, 1915:

Dear sir—

In your opinion could a ball club be picked from those who live in the south good enough to beat or make an even fight against a club picked from northern players?  E.H.K.

The north would have a decided margin in pitchers, catchers and infielders. The south’s big edge would come in the outfield play, where Cobb, Speaker, Jackson and Milan would close out the debate.

I’ll give this a shot in the comments. My border will follow the Mason-Dixon Line, Ohio River, and the Missouri Compromise line. Players will be classified by birthplace and starters will be determined by Career WAR.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: March 04, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rosenthal wants to avoid creating jams : Sports

Rosenthal has a plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, trevor rosenthal

Braves’ T-shirts: ‘Hello, my name is ...’ - Spring Training Blog - ESPN

You can’t know the players without a program t-shirt.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves


Cubs strike out twice in bid for extended Wrigley construction hours | Chicago

At the least, I hope they will be able to work though the games.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, stadium renovations

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