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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CENTRAL PARK - JULY 1, 2017 10 AM - BBTF ANNUAL SOFTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

I think this year we should make t-shirts.

The Central Park field for 10 AM on July 1st has been submitted for approval to the Parks Department, but not yet assigned.  We’re waiting to hear back.  It’s never been a problem as yet, so hopefully it won’t be this year as well. UPDATE: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Great Lawn, Field #2. -vi

Note: This is the same weekend as the massive SABR extravaganza in NYC.  I would expect all connections and all favors to be called in to get some retired MLB players or broadcast and basement-dwelling notables to come by.  Rob Neyer, Tommy Lasorda, Benny Agbayani, Robothal, Pete Rose, no target too high.  Or too low.  So maybe Calcaterra could make it.

Let’s hear it, who’s coming?

Lassus Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 271 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jorge Mas To Offer $1.1 Billion For Miami Marlins

The latest bidder is Jorge Mas, as first reported by the Miami Herald. My sources tell me that Mas is going to offer somewhere close to $1.1 billion for the MLB team, $500 million less than the handshake agreement Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had in February to sell the franchise he bought for $158 million in 2002.

Bloomberg reported yesterday that Jeb Bush has joined forces with Tagg Romney and Wayne Rothbaum to make a bid of more than $1.1 billion for the Marlins. Bush and Derek Jeter had been part of a group trying to buy the Marlins for $1.3 billion but withdrew their bid at the end of last month when they couldn’t come up with the money. Romney’s group was also reportedly willing to pay $1.3 billion originally. But now the combined Romney-Bush group has chopped their price by $200 million—and they still don’t have the dough.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2017 at 04:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tim Tebow moves up a level, proving Mets only care about one thing

The New York Mets seem determined to make this Tim Tebow thing work. Despite a .222/.311/.340 slash line, the organization announced Tebow will be promoted to St. Lucie following Sunday’s game.

It’s a step forward for the 29-year-old, though not a huge one. Tebow began the season with the Columbia Fireflies. They are considered a Class A organization. The St. Lucie Mets are Class A Advanced. It is a legitimate promotion, but Tebow still remains far from the majors.

That last part might be in question, however. While news of a summertime promotion has floated around for weeks, Tebow hasn’t done much to justify the move. You could argue his batting line is impressive for a player who hasn’t faced strong competition in over a decade, but it’s tough to say he’s been good enough to warrant a promotion.

The move seems to add more evidence to the idea that the Mets are using Tebow as a sideshow. His promotion to a new club means there will be more Tebow merchandise for fans to purchase. More merchandise means more money to the organization.



Creeping Coachism

In 1972, the Rangers’ inaugural season, the team had five coaches: Joe Camacho, Nellie Fox, Sid Hudson, George Susce and Wayne Terwilliger. This was not unusual. During that season, some teams had five and some had four. A cursory examination of major league teams during the nadir of the Depression reveals that the number varied from one to three.

In 2017 the Rangers’ on-line roster contains 12 — count ‘em, twelve – names listed under the Manager & Coaches category. Aside from manager Jeff Bannister, the others are:

Tony Beasley, Third Base Coach
Josh Bonifay, Field Coordinator
Doug Brocail, Pitching Coach
Steve Buechele, Bench Coach
Mark Connor, Special Assistant, Pitching
Josh Frasier, Bullpen Catcher
Brad Holman, Bullpen Coach
Anthony Iapoce, Hitting Coach
Bob Jones, Replay Coordinator
Justin Mashore, Assistant Hitting Coach
Hector Ortiz, First Base Coach
Admittedly, only seven of these men have the formal “coach” appellation. But all of them save one (Mark Connor, a former pitching coach) are shown wearing Ranger caps. I can only assume that they also wear uniforms and are therefore eligible to appear in the dugout and on the field on game days.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2017 at 01:19 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching staffs

Tangotiger Blog: Statcast Lab: Is playing CF about opportunities or degree of difficulty or both?

Some of the most interesting work being done right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 25, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna dealing with anxiety issue

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna said he is dealing with an anxiety issue and is unsure when he will be available to pitch again.

Osuna disclosed his situation to reporters on Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after not pitching in a save situation for the Blue Jays. The hard-throwing right-hander did not pitch again Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, although Toronto was not faced with a save situation in the 3-2 loss.

Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.
“I really don’t know how to explain it. I just feel anxious. I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now,” Osuna, who is from Mexico, said through a translator before the game. “I’m just a little bit lost right now.

“This has nothing to do with me being on the field. I feel great out there. It’s just when I’m out of baseball, when I’m not on the field, that I feel just weird and a little bit lost.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:01 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: anxiety, blue jays, mental issues, roberto osuna


Kenley Jansen vs Craig Kimbrel as top reliever | MLB.com

I dig expected wOBA. If you look over the list of Top 400, who’s the first guy you don’t recognize? Asking for a friend.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dodgers, kenley jansen

Column | Freddie Freeman Shouldn’t Play 3B To Accommodate Adams

What’s the downside to trying Freeman at third? I guess he could get hurt but he’s been hurt as a first baseman. If he can’t play there, they move him back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, matt adams

OMNICHATTER 6-24-17

Gorgeous Ladies of OMNICHATTER*

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: June 24, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Yankees designate Chris Carter for assignment, call up Tyler Austin from Triple-A

It’s over for Chris Carter.

The struggling first baseman was designated for assignment after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s game. Tyler Austin will be called up to take his place and ostensibly will get the lions share of the first base time for now.

Carter was signed to a one year deal for $3.5 million.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 01:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: chris carter, yankees

Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday’s 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.

Ramos, signed in December to a two-year, $12.5 million, has been out since late September after suffering a right knee injury while playing for the Nationals.

“I feel so comfortable, really good moving behind the plate,” Ramos said. “Right now I feel very good and ready to play, ready to get activated.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 01:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, rays, wilson ramos

Friday, June 23, 2017

Royals sign former Brewers closer Neftalí Feliz and drop Chris Young

“Neftali has a power arm, and he’s healthy,” Moore said. “He also had a lot of success last year. It was pretty easy for us to move forward with this.”

Feliz’s struggles have stemmed from giving up the long ball. In just 27 innings for the Brewers, he allowed eight home runs, which is tied for second most in the MLB by a reliever in 2017. In 2016 with the Pirates, Feliz gave up 10 home runs in 53 2/3 innings.

In contrast, during Feliz’s two best seasons (2010 and 2011) in Texas, he allowed just nine home runs over 131 2/3 innings.

Royals manager Ned Yost said for now he plans to use Feliz out of the bullpen in low-leverage situations.

“It’s a low-risk, high-reward move,” Yost said. “We know that he still has the good arm. It’s fluid, and it’s effortless. (Pitching coach) Dave (Eiland) has seen a couple of things that are small, minor things that he thinks will help (Neftalí) quite a bit.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 11:09 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, neftali feliz, royals

Asdrubal Cabrera to Mets: Trade me

Asdrubal Cabrera, unhappy with the Mets’ decision to move him to second base on short notice, said Friday he wants to be traded.

The veteran infielder, who was activated from the disabled list, was in the lineup at second base against the Giants at AT&T Park and vowed to give “100 percent,” but he made it clear he is unhappy with his situation.

“If they don’t have a plan for me, I think it’s time to make a move,” Cabrera said, noting he has told his agent to facilitate a trade. “What I saw the last couple of weeks, I don’t think they have any plan for me.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 11:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, mets

Dodgers’ Julio Urias to have shoulder surgery; he’s out for the season

Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will undergo major shoulder surgery next week and will not pitch again in 2017.

Team doctor Neal ElAttrache will repair the anterior capsule in Urias’ left shoulder on Tuesday. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, expects Urias to require 12 to 14 months of rehabilitation.

The injury occurred on one pitch during a minor league outing on June 10, Friedman said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 08:01 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Detroit Tigers release struggling closer Francisco Rodriguez

The Tiger opted today to release Rodriguez, who had continued to struggle after losing the closer’s job to Justin Wilson. The Tigers announced this afternoon they have recalled right-handed pitcher Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers also announced that outfielder Alex Presley has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list and they have selected the contract of outfielder Matt den Dekker from Toledo.

Rodriguez questioned the communication skills of manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Rich Dubee last week. Rodriguez declined to talk to reporters after the giving up a grand slam in a 9-6 loss to the Mariners in Seattle on Thursday.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco rodriguez, tigers

Trout got extension but longer deal was broached

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was that rare young positional superstar who took a long-term deal with his team, and sources say the idea of a “lifetime” 14- or 15-year deal was even mentioned in talks with the Angels before he and the team settled for a straight six years that brings him to free agency at barely 29….

After Trout’s suggestion of a possible lifetime deal wasn’t immediately accepted by the Angels (word is, he preferred shorter if not very long), the sides wound up compromising on six years when he started at a deal of four or five years and they wanted something along the lines of seven, eight or most preferably nine. Again, the main issue there is wanting to be a free agent in his 20s, and he easily accomplished that with the six. Anyway, this was an exception to the trend, and that extends to the next level of great player.

George Springer was approached a couple years ago, and didn’t take the deal. And the Cubs tried multiyear deals with Willson Contreras and some other young players, and like Bryant, all of them are going year to year. It may work out for all of the stars around baseball going year to year, but one management person warns, “At least one of them will wind up regretting not taking the deal, and he’ll be stuck.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, george springer, kris bryant, mike trout

Red Sox Sign Jhonny Peralta

The Red Sox have agreed to a minors deal with veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was among those to tweet. He’ll report to Triple-A for the time being, where he’ll line up at third base and attempt to give the organization another option at that area of need.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jhonny peralta, red sox

Mets are open for a selloff: Here’s how it can work

So the Mets not only should be open-minded now, they should be open for business. In Bruce, Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker (currently on the DL), they have five walk-year players unlikely to return or receive the qualifying offer, which would guarantee a contract of more than $18 million next season if accepted and – as part of the new CBA – return only a draft pick following the second round if the free agent signs elsewhere.

Since they still control all of their best starting pitchers through at least next year, the Mets would not be trading to rebuild. Instead, the goals would be 1) to save money to reinvest for the near future, and 2) to obtain pieces that either help the 2018 team or restock a farm system heavily depleted in the past few years in go-for-it trades. The Mets should emphasize big arms that, at worse, could give them better bullpen options for the future.

The key is to be proactive. For example, if the Yankees get further bad news on first baseman Greg Bird, the Mets should initiate talks about Duda before the Yankees turn to the A’s (Yonder Alonso) or before the Royals (Eric Hosmer) or Rays (Logan Morrison) potentially fall out of the race.

They should definitely be proactive with Bruce and Granderson because it is hard to find contenders clamoring for corner outfielders. Two teams that might need them now – the Blue Jays and Royals – are dabbling with .500. Wait and they can fall out of the race, or they can stay in as other sellers join the conversation. The best the Mets are going to get for Bruce or Granderson are helpful pieces, so if they can push for that now, why risk it disappearing later? Better 75 cents on the dollar now then nothing later.

Here are my suggestions: Make both available to the Royals and Blue Jays and ask the key piece in return be Nathan Karns (from Kansas City) and Ezequiel Carrera (from Toronto). That both of those players are currently on the DL shows how difficult the Mets’ path is.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, curtis granderson, jay bruce, mets, royals

AP source: Jeter doesn’t have money needed to buy Marlins

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Derek Jeter told Major League Baseball on Thursday he doesn’t yet have the necessary money to buy the Miami Marlins and is still seeking help from other investors, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

The person described the status of the Marlins’ sale talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t discussing the negotiations publicly.

The person said Jeter, a 14-time All-Star shortstop, met with MLB and Marlins officials in New York and provided an update on his efforts to raise the needed money. The person said multiple other groups remain in the mix to purchase the team.

Jeter’s group bid about $1.3 billion to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria. A similar bid was submitted by a group led by Massachusetts businessman Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Analytics haven’t ruined baseball, but that doesn’t mean they won’t

Verducci does, however, touch on an operative point. Analytics makes teams perform better than conventional wisdom. But analytics is indifferent to entertainment, a prime concern for what is an entertainment product. Teams are getting more efficient. That does not mean efficiency is better to watch.

Sports must engage fans. Inherent to fan engagement is a working understanding of what’s happening in front of them. That’s true whether it’s the child fantasizing about running his favorite team, the adult arguing over a beer, the blogger, the fantasy sports player, or the degenerate gambler. Organized sports arose to facilitate betting on them.

The danger for baseball (and other sports) is not the lack of strategy. It’s too much strategy by inscrutable mandarins behind closed doors. As Keith Law points out in his book, Smart Baseball, we’re heading toward an era (if not there already) where competitive edge comes through marginal edges in data processing. Where does that leave fans?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 01:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Baseball’s tumultuous relationship with the female fan

Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and bravely paving the way for Men’s Rights Activists, men in the ‘70s sued teams over Ladies’ Days, claiming these promotions discriminated against them, as male fans were barred entry and forced to walk over coals as punishment should they arrive at the ballpark on Ladies’ Day. The lawsuits were successful, and Ladies’ Day was no more. But women continued to press for equality, emboldened by these desperate attempts to curb their increasing power, and the Women’s Liberation Movement was born. The movement gained traction throughout the decade, leaving men scrambling to delegitimize it wherever possible.

On August 6th, 1976, the battle was taken to baseball, when the Pirates, in a game versus the Mets, hosted Men’s Night, wherein men received free admission while women had to pay. The team’s GM, Joe Brown, justified the promotion using the same circular logic inherent in sexist and racist arguments, claiming it as a “re-stimulation of an old idea” based on the notion that the “people who pay are more often men,” as well as the invention of something new. [8] This promotion produced a number of similar Men’s Night promotions spanning numerous sports and clubs across the country. It was viewed by baseball as completely rational and within the purview of the team to hold.

The dissolution of Ladies’ Day for several years signaled the end of advertising to women, and many ads in the vein of Men’s Night carried explicitly anti-women messages. Even as the popularity of the sport declined in the wake of the 1982 strike and the rise of the NFL, teams refused to consider women as a priority. Ads frequently portrayed young boys with their dads at games, passing on knowledge from one generation to the next, excluding women from this process.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 12:25 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, women in baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-23-2017

Chicago Eagle, June 23, 1917:

The force-out of a runner at the plate on a ball that dropped in the outfield is the remarkable play made in a recent game between the Phillies and Cubs. With the bases full, and one out, Mann of the Cubs poked the ball to center field…[Gavy Cravath] caught the ball on the first bounce, and, actuated by almost a sixth sense, he hurled the ball straight to Catcher Killifer and forced out Doyle, hot-footing it from third.

I’ve seen 9-3 putouts at first base before, but never an 8-2 fielder’s choice. Unfortunately, it couldn’t have happened as described. Cravath had zero assists as a center fielder during Les Mann’s big league career. Maybe there was a 9-2 fielder’s choice involving Cravath and Mann, but there certainly was not an 8-2 fielder’s choice.

Also, I should mention that there’s a doubleheader “tonight” at Fenway. Babe Ruth is pitching the first game for Boston and Walter Johnson is pitching the second game for Washington. I bet something interesting happens in at least one of the games.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 10:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fake news, history

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