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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Secrets of Baseball Management | FOX Sports

Earl Weaver took over the managing job after spending years in the Orioles farm system. If you read his books, he was most proud of his ability to evaluate players. This helps explain his level of comfort making some of the moves that he did.

Rob: Reading about the moves Earl Weaver made, immediately upon taking over as manager of the Orioles—making Don Buford an every-day player and using Elrod Hendricks more often—led me to wonder, how many times have new managers made big decisions that paid off so handsomely? Seems like the sort of thing that would separate a great manager from everyone else.

Mark: I agree. Normally when a guy takes over a club in mid-season he seems reluctant to change things too dramatically right away—why call attention to the fact that you thought the other guy (in this case Hank Bauer, who had won a World Series two years earlier) was wrong? Weaver, who had never worn a big league uniform until becoming first base coach that season, really took command. Buford had been a little-used infielder, but in Weaver’s very first game he moved Buford to the outfield, installed him as the leadoff hitter, and started him every day the rest of the year.  That takes confidence, and Weaver managed his entire career with an extreme belief that he knew which players should play.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books, general managers

‘Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!’ «

I remember seeing these guys outside of Fenway. I didn’t realize so many of them were connected.

They were sold outside Fenway Park for $10 a shirt, and they sold very, very well. Wilson and LeMoine contend they had more money than they knew what to do with, and all of it was cash in hand. Looking to diversify his portfolio and grow his bankroll, Wilson began to spend some of his share in low-level drug deals. But this one was different; by his usual standards, this one was ambitious.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 2, 1915:

The sale of J. Franklin Baker, former third baseman of the Athletics and “Home Run King” of the American league, will be announced today unless Connie Mack refuses to go through with the deal discussed yesterday.
...
The sale of Baker is part of the plan devised by American league magnates to strengthen the Yankees and boost the game in New York, where interest has fallen off, due to the poor showing of the Giants and the tumbling fortunes of the Yankees. More than one American league club will continue to the upbuilding of the Yankees, but Baker is the only player known to have been settled upon for transfer so far.

I’m sick of these hopeless welfare clubs like the Yankees demanding handouts from more successful, better-run organizations.

Anyway, the Baker sale didn’t actually happen until February 1916, and it was for a reported $37,500 instead of the $15,000 mentioned in this article.


Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios infected as chickenpox hits Royals’ clubhouse

The Royals defense is so great they catch everything - even chicken pox!

Outfielder Alex Rios and All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera both have been infected with the virus and could miss at least two weeks of action, as The Star first reported on Tuesday.

An examination on Monday of both players confirmed the diagnosis. Each man has been quarantined at his home in the area. The team spent the weekend conducting “damage control,” in the words of trainer Nick Kenney, making sure the rest of their players and staffers are inoculated against the virus….

The Royals believe the infections are limited to Herrera and Rios. The most at-risk players are those from countries in Latin America, where the chances of childhood inoculation are lower, experts say. Though the scenario sounds more amusing than worrisome — a World Series contender stricken by a children’s illness — the reality is far more insidious, given the severity of the virus when adults catch it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 12:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rios, infectious diseases, jonny gomes, kelvin herrera, royals

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

HardballTalk: Unknown Cuban ballplayer sleeps outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping for a tryout

It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents

OMNICHATTER 9-2-15

The Roadside OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 01, 2015 at 11:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Braves activate Banuelos, promote Olivera | MLB.com

You probably won’t remember what you were doing today.

The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

red sox - Seventy-one pages that helped define Dave Dombrowski - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Who wouldn’t like college work spread throughout the Internet almost 40 years later?

“This answer is not known at this time, but it appears that baseball is moving head-on toward the answer. If tickets reach a price level of ten dollars per person, it will cost a family of four at least fifty dollars to attend a game, which would seem to push the game out of the price level of the average family. Attending a game would become a novelty, and the average fan who is the true supporter of the team would no longer be able to afford the pleasure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers

Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren’t voters buying it?

Graham Womack makes the case for Mike Mussina.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mike mussina

Jonny Gomes headed to Royals in trade from Braves

The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night.

Fox Sports first reported the Royals’ acquisition of Gomes, who was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.

The Royals also acquired cash from Atlanta in the deal and traded minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, 22, who was hitting .339 in 47 games for Class A Lexington in 2015.

Zach Posted: September 01, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jonny gomes, royals, trade

Kevin Kiermaier channeled his inner Mike Trout to scale Camden Yards wall and steal a home run | MLB.com

I say Kiermaier’s catch was just a little better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kevin kiermaier, mike trout


Schoenfield: Williams’ time running short with Nationals after loss - SweetSpot - ESPN

Matt Williams time in D.C. might not last longer than the rest of the season.

There’s a time to recognize that baseball is a long, six-month grind and as a manager you have to be aware not to burn out your bullpen. Then there’s a time to play with a little more urgency. That time is now for the Washington Nationals.

Somebody wake up Matt Williams and tell him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: matt williams, nationals

SNY Kidcaster calls play-by-play for the Mets

This 11 year old kid is at least as good as a number of actual MLB play-by-play guys.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: better than hawk harrelson, cute kid, mets

Don’t let Bird’s bad night jump-start terrible A-Rod experiment | New York Post

ARod, team player.

“I am going to ask [Rodriguez] to take some groundballs, to see if he would be comfortable,” Girardi said before the game. “We have a lefty on Wednesday, and I am not sure what I will do.”

Both A-Rod and Brian Cashman are not sure, too. They’re not sure this is a good idea.

“Risk-reward, spring training is one thing,” said A-Rod, who went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first start since Wednesday. “Even earlier in the season, April, May you can do a trial-by-error kind of thing. It’s kind of a different story now.”

“My gut [feeling] in the end is I don’t think that’s something we’ll pursue,” Cashman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, joe girardi, yankees

Michael Conforto is the perfect player — just ask David Wright | New York Post

“If you were going to build a ballplayer with the right approach along with the right amount of talent, he’d be the guy,’’ David Wright told The Post.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

Babe Ruth’s Former New York Apartment Can Be Bought For Just $1.6M (Photos) | MLB | NESN.com

Time to crack open that piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 1, 1915:

GIANTS FAIL TO GET HIT OFF LAVENDER

James Lavender pitched a no-hit game for the [Cubs] in the first contest [of a doubleheader], only two men reaching base. Merkle was safe on Fisher’s fumble in the second inning, and the same player received a base on balls in the eighth. Williams saved Lavender’s perfect game in the seventh inning when he made a sensational running catch on Doyle.

It’s interesting that “perfect game” meant something different in 1915 than it does today. Also, this no-hitter appears to have been treated by the national media as not much more than mildly interesting. I guess that makes sense; the most recent no-hitter [by Alex Main in the Federal League] had been 15 days prior, and the next one [courtesy Dave Davenport, also in the FL] would come in exactly one week.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy lavender, no-hitters

OTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It’s Like Major League Baseball In August

For starters, you have to know what you are trying to “make happen” at this stage of the season.  No team is trying to win the World Series in August; instead the goal is to get in position to be one of the 10 (of 30) teams to make the playoffs where, as they say, anything can happen.  Likewise, 17 Republicans are not trying to be the final party nominee this early, they’re just trying to be one of the 3-5 candidates left standing next summer.  As in baseball, that’s really about developing momentum and finding the money to remain in the race as long as possible.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, tommy lasorda is dumber than ten dogs

Forbes: Maury Brown: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Rejects Reinstatement Of ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson

After word broke late Monday that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was considering reinstatement of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a letter sent to the president of the museum bearing his name shows that, Jackson will be remaining on the ineligible list, and with it, likely not be reinstated during Manfred’s tenure.

[...]

“The results of this work demonstrate to me that it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain enough to the truth to overrule Commissioner Landis’ determinations,” Manfred wrote.

 

bobm Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred, shoeless joe jackson

Shapiro comes to Blue Jays as well-loved individual - Sportsnet.ca

Shapiro spoke at a SABR convention in Cleveland. I remember being impressed.

“We don’t have enough time,” Francona said. “This guy is a combination of intelligent probably bordering on … he’s that smart. But he takes that intelligence and he’s very driven and organized. And you take it with the people skills … a pretty nice combination.”

Francona describes Shapiro as a dynamic speaker with the ability to make any topic interesting — even the typically tedious organizational meetings that can test coaches’ patience.

“Two minutes into it you see guys reaching for pencils because they want to take notes,” Francona said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general managers, indians

Miller’s Hard-Luck Streak Reaches 19 Starts Without a Win - The New York Times

I wonder which book he’s reading.

“Honestly I don’t know where all those stats sit,” Miller said. “I’m reading a book (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) gave me. It’s all about how stats and all that stuff (don’t) really reflect on how you perform. You can make a good pitch and give up a hit. You want to be the best you can be, but it’s all about going out there and competing. The stats are a benefit on the side.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, shelby miller

Angels seek quick resolution for GM opening - The Orange County Register

Why not just let Mike Scioscia pick the new GM?

Of the external candidates who have been interviewed so far, none has been a major league general manager before, the source said. The Angels are planning to speak to at least some candidates with experience in that position, according to a source.

The Angels will not keep interim general manager Bill Stoneman in that position beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, general managers

Monday, August 31, 2015

OMNICHATTER 9-1-2015

The final full month of the regular season begins! CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: August 31, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Appellate court sides with MLB in minimum wage lawsuit

The district court granted MLB an initial victory in the Chen case last year, determining that FanFest was not subject to the FLSA and therefore was immune from the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. Now, in a recent decision issued earlier this month, MLB has scored yet another victory with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the trial court’s finding that the FLSA does not apply to FanFest.

However, while the Chen decision certainly represents an important decision with respect to the rights of FanFest volunteers, the appellate court’s recent opinion appears unlikely to have a significant impact on the other minimum-wage lawsuits pending against the league. Therefore, the various lawsuits challenging both MLB’s minor league and scout pay practices remain very much alive despite the recent rulings in the FanFest case.

The appellate court based its recent decision in the FanFest case on a relatively obscure provision in the FLSA, Section 213(a)(3), which states that seasonal “amusement or recreational establishments” — typically those that operate seven months or less per year — are not subject to the law’s minimum wage or overtime provisions.

In particular, MLB had argued that the 2013 FanFest at issue in the case qualified as a seasonal establishment under Section 213(a)(e) since it lasted five days, and clearly provided patrons with amusement or recreational services. Thus, MLB argued, FanFest was immune from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2015 at 03:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fair pay, fanfest, labor laws, lawsuit, legal, minimum wage, minor leagues

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