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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Rule 5 Draft Drops The Double-A Phase

When Thursday’s Rule 5 draft begins, it will have a major league phase and a minor league phase, but for the first time that minor league phase will not be divided between Triple-A and Double-A.

That division dates back to the beginning of the Rule 5 draft, back to 1903 when it was logically just known as the draft. After all, the first first-year player draft was still 62 years away. Back then, with major league teams prohibited from “farming out” players to the minors, the draft was established to create an orderly flow of talented players from the lower minors to the high minors and eventually to the big leagues. Class B league teams could draft players from Class C and below. Class A league teams could draft players from B and below and so forth.

But that distinction between the Triple-A phase and the Double-A phase has been archaic for years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2016 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

GM’s joke shows Mets making right call on Tebow’s spring training | New York Post

Well, that’s not a ringing endorsement.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Rays agree to deal with All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos, pending physical | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays made a surprising strike to land a potential major impact player, agreeing late Tuesday on a two-year deal with All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos, who will be sidelined until midseason while recovering from major right knee surgery.

The deal, for a guaranteed $12.5 million with another $5.75 million in incentives, is pending a physical and won’t be finalized for a few days.

Ramos, 29, is not expected to play in the majors until June or July as the former National had surgery Oct. 14 to repair his anterior cruciate ligament plus medial and lateral meniscus. It was the second ACL surgery on his right knee, the first being in 2012.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rays, wilson ramos

Orioles quietly embark on search for a veteran catcher - Baltimore Sun

“We have a good left-handed hitting prospect in Chance Sisco,’’ Duquette said. “A lot of clubs would like to have Chance Sisco and we’re glad we have him. I’m not sure he’s going to be ready to start the season. We have some other depth behind him, but I would like to see us add another catcher to our club ... another veteran catcher.”

Though Duquette seemed to leave open the possibility that Sisco might be ready at some point next season, that seems unlikely, and he said later that a two-year deal for a decent veteran is not out of the question.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Red Sox Reportedly Agree To Deal With Mitch Moreland « CBS Boston

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are signing Mitch Moreland on one-year deal, pending physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 06:16 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, mitch moreland, red sox

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Sale to #RedSox. Moncada,  Kopech and two other prospects to #WhiteSox.

I will update this when more info becomes available.

UPDATE 6:12 PM:

The Red Sox will also send highly touted pitching prospect Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz to Chicago. Moncada is the top-ranked prospect in the game, according to MLBPipeline.com. The deal marks the first time in at least 25 years that baseball’s No. 1 prospect has been traded, based on the rankings done by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.ine and Baseball America.

UPDATE 2:56 PM:

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 06:12 PM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trades, white sox

Yankees To Retire Derek Jeter’s Number On May 14

The ultimate honor:

Derek Jeter’s No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees’ single digits. The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother’s Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter’s number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465. Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358).

Going to be tough for Gleyber Torres to top that.


Brian Dozier makes most of power by pulling | MLB.com

Wherever Dozier ends up, he’s not going to be the strongest player in the lineup. But he may just be the hitter who has learned how to maximise the power he does have more efficiently than most others. It’s good to hit the ball in the air. It’s a lot better to find the parts of the park that are much more conducive to the distance you have. That’s how Dozier become a slugger—and that’s why he’s so valuable.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 03:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, statcast

DRUNK HISTORY WILL EXPLORE DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT

Tonight’s episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History is going to look at one of the more infamous promotions in MLB history. Disco Demolition Night at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago happened on July 12, 1979 and was the brainchild of DJ Steve Dahl and the Chicago White Sox’s promotions director Mike Veeck. It happened in between the doubleheader between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers when a bunch of disco records were blown up on the field.

It led to a bunch of fans emptying the stands, storming the field, tearing up the turf and the result left the field in such bad shape that the White Sox had to forfeit the second game. The whole thing was witnessed by Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall and aired on WSNS TV. It was televised throughout Chicago and surrounding areas through the White Sox Television Network.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 03:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in television, bill veeck, comedy, disco demo, white sox

A record $1 billion bet on MLB in 2016

Putting Pete Rose in the pre-game studio is paying off.

Through October, $1.0 billion was bet on baseball at Nevada’s regulated sportsbooks, an all-time record, according to gaming control, and nearly double the amount that was bet in 2010. By comparison, $1.6 billion was bet on football (NFL and college) in 2015.

At a time when more money is being bet on baseball than ever before, Major League Baseball is taking a new approach to how it keeps track of the betting on its games.

A two-hour workshop highlighting potential benefits of legal sports betting and the technology available to protect the integrity of the games was held Monday at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings in Washington, D.C.

Major League Baseball partnered this spring with Genius Sports, a sports integrity firm that monitors international betting markets, looking for irregularities that may indicate corruption. Headquartered in London and with office in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., Genius Sports provides MLB with market analysis, real-time alerts and other protections designed to identify betting-related corruption.

Genius Sports estimates $55 billion is bet annually on baseball throughout the world, with only a small fraction taking place in legal markets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Heyman: Yankees Remain Focused On Aroldis Chapman

Though it isn’t known exactly where the team stands, the New York Yankees remain focused on bringing back closer Aroldis Chapman, with ex-Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen their primary backup plan.

While Chapman is reportedly looking for a six-year deal, the Yankees won’t go that far; they are, however, prepared to give Chapman a deal in the range of five years and $80 million, which would break the record for relievers just set by Mark Melancon, who received a four-year, $62 million deal from the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, free agents, yankees

Mets prospects on the table as they mull 3 roads to reliever | New York Post

While the most obvious approach might be to hit the free-agent market for a dependable reliever, the club also is exploring two primary trade routes, according to industry sources.

One involves trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson — a source confirmed reports Monday the Mets have interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach — and the other centers on using “second-tier” prospects such as Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo for bullpen help.

As much as the Mets like Brach, who was an All-Star last season, there are sticking points to a potential deal. As The Post’s Joel Sherman first reported, not only do the Orioles want Granderson in the deal (the Mets would rather trade Bruce), but they also want the Mets to provide relief on the $15 million the veteran outfielder is owed for next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-6-2016

Washington Herald, December 6, 1916:

Rules governing the world’s series soon will be revised by the National Commission, backed by the rival major leagues. Several important suggestions will be considered. They include a reduction of admission fees, an increase of the games to nine instead of seven, a curtailment of the players’ share of the money and a plan to give a cash bonus to every player in each circuit, tailenders to receive the smallest sums.

More games, more tickets sold (albeit at a lower per-ticket price), and less income for the players. What could possibly go wrong in the World Series if the players are upset and want more money?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich eyes first basemen | MLB.com

This makes a lot of sense for the Rockies.

General manager Jeff Bridich said the Rockies are considering the heavy price tag for free-agent first basemen Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion. Additionally, multiple Major League sources said there have been preliminary talks about White Sox slugger Jose Abreu as the Rockies attempt to boost run production at the position.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rockies

Red Sox trade Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon to Brewers for Tyler Thornburg - Over the Monster

I’m not up on Pennington but this seems like a decent haul for a reliever. Neither Shaw or Dubon are great but they are decent players.

The Red Sox have traded Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox, trades

BBWAA to publish all HOF ballots starting in 2018

BBWAA tweet:

The BBWAA passed a measure today mandating that all Hall of Fame ballots be public starting in 2018. It remains voluntary for this election.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, voting

Baseball Hall of Fame’s View on the Steroid Era is in Flux

Today’s Game Ballot voter Andre Dawson gives some insight into how the electorate views sluggers tainted by steroids


LIVE: MLB Network Simulcast | MLB.com

In case you didn’t notice. MLB Network is streaming coverage this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, television

Monday, December 05, 2016

Seamheads.com Launches Redesigned and Updated Negro Leagues Database

Data extended thru 1943.  Similarity scores with MLB players.  Per 162 games career stat lines.  Defensive Regression Analysis for Fielding Stats.  Check it out!

KJOK Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues

Margaret Whitton Dies at 67

She played Indians owner Rachel Phelps in ‘Major League’. R.I.P.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2016 at 05:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hollywood, major league movie

Nationals Taken Aback by Bryce Harper Contract Demands

I can’t imagine that Bryce is a great singer so it’s no surprise that they balked at this record deal.

Harper, according to the executive, is asking for a record deal that will exceed 10 years in length, and likely pay him in excess of $400 million.

Agent Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017. Harper, who made $5 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration, and Boras seemed mystified by the Nationals’ stance.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contracts, nationals

Neyer: Today’s game! Catch it!

Neyer submitted this piece prior to Sunday’s announcement.

Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella have their cases, too.

Are there standards for managers? I suppose you could look at career wins, winning percentage, and postseason appearances and cobble together some sort of formula. But if you just eyeball those lists, it’s pretty clear that 2,000 wins or three World Championships gets you in. Piniella’s got just one of the latter, and only 1,835 of the former. Plus, his .517 career winning percentage is nothing special.

Yes, that .517 is actually a bit better than Bruce Bochy’s career percentage, but of course Bochy’s got the three rings. Which is why Bochy’s going into the Hall someday.

Piniella’s record is almost exactly the same as Jim Leyland’s, by the way. Both got just a single championship ring, both won around 1800 games, and both finished just a bit north of .500. The only obvious difference is that Leyland managed in three World Serieses, Piniella just the one. But it seems to me that if Piniella’s a Hall of Famer, then so is Leyland. And if Leyland’s a Hall of Famer, then so is Mike Scioscia. And if Scioscia’s a Hall of Famer, then so is Terry Francona. Toss in Bochy, and then you’d simply have every manager with at least 1400 wins in the Hall of Fame, except for Gene Mauch, Dusty Baker, Ralph Houk, Buck Showalter, and Jimmy Dykes. And Houk’s the only one of those five who won a World Series (so far, anyway; Baker and Showalter still have their shots).

Are we okay with all that? More to the point, does anyone really care? Sometimes I wonder. I suppose if you’re an Angels fan, you really will care if Scioscia’s in the Hall of Fame. I do worry, just a little, that the Hall’s going to wind up with so many managers that we’ll hardly be able to keep track. Especially with so many modern managers sticking around well into their sixties.

Anyway, about Davey Johnson: He does not go into the aforementioned group because he didn’t quite reach 1400 wins: 1,372, to be precise. What he does have is an outstanding .562 winning percentage – ninth best among managers with at least 2,000 games managed – and a unique history of success with four different franchises (his two years with the Dodgers were nothing special). Still, let’s be honest: If Mookie’s grounder doesn’t sneak between Buckner’s wickets, we’re probably not even talking about this. Not as seriously, anyway.

Johnson’s case is probably best compared to Hall of Famer Al Lopez’s. About the same wins, about the same percentage, and both won just one World Series.

Then again, Johnson won more games than Whitey Herzog, with a higher winning percentage. And Herzog’s in the Hall, despite winning just one championship. If you’re going to elect Herzog, it’s not clear (to me) how you don’t elect Johnson.

Personally, I think a Hall of Famer should win a lot of games with a high winning percentage or win multiple World Series. My personal preferences aside, Piniella and Johnson are both borderline candidates, but history suggests they’ll both be elected, either now or later.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, rob neyer

Dodgers sign free-agent pitcher Rich Hill | MLB.com

Three years, $48 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agency, rich hill

Giants sign free agent closer Mark Melancon | MLB.com

The contract is expected to be for four years and total of $60 million-$65 million, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported San Francisco was close to signing the free-agent closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:23 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon

Five reasons Texas Rangers could say no to Edwin Encarnacion | The Star-Telegram

So here’s a look at five reasons the Rangers could pass on Encarnacion:

▪ The Rangers don’t want to block Gallo’s path to the majors. They need to find out about him, and soon.

▪ The club doesn’t want to give up on him as it did Davis and miss out on all that power. Who is the only player in the majors the past five seasons with more homers than Encarnacion? Davis.

▪ So, Encarnacion has that kind of power, maybe a tad bit less, at 34. With a bunch of 30-somethings already on the roster, the Rangers wouldn’t be getting any younger.

▪ The qualifying offer, in its last hurrah, continues to be a factor in the Rangers’ thinking. Not to keep kicking this horse, but the Rangers have lost a lot the past two years in trades, and surrendering a first-round pick would put a dent in the farm system.

▪ Encarnacion passed on Toronto’s offer of four years and $80 million. He’s not going to come off that too terribly much, unless he falls into the same territory as Ian Desmond last year. That seems unlikely with all that power, plus the Rangers are committing their funds to pitching and center field first.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article118953613.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, rangers

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