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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

Updated 10:25 ~ 47 Full Ballots ~ (8.2% of vote ~ based on last year) ~ As usual…BBWAA ballot digging is welcome!

100. - P. Martinez
97.9 - R. Johnson
89.4 - Smoltz
83.0 - Biggio
80.9 - Piazza
————————————
72.3 - Bagwell
68.1 - Raines
55.3 - Schilling
40.4 - Mussina
40.4 - Bonds
38.3 - Clemens
25.5 - E. Martinez
23.4 - Trammell
19.1 - McGriff
14.9 - Lee Smith
12.8 - Kent
10.6 - McGwire
10.6 - Sheffield
  8.5 - L. Walker
————————————-
  4.3 - Sosa
  2.1 - Garciaparra
  2.1 - Pete Rose (McWrite-In)

Big thanks to Ryan Thibs, Ilychs Morales & Butch for all their help! And check here for Thibs’ excellent HoF Ballot spreadsheet.

Took their ballot and went home - Buster Olney and Lynn Henning.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2014 at 07:31 PM | 217 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Monday, December 22, 2014

Turner Situation Could Lead To Sea Change In Draft Pick Trades - BaseballAmerica.com

Get rid of this rule and the rule that keeps teams from trading draft picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 02:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, padres, rules, trea turner

Pirates Win Bidding For Jung-ho Kang

The Pirates have won the bidding for Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The amount of the winning bid has yet to be reported, but Kang’s former club, the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization, will reportedly accept the bid.

The Heroes, you say???

The District Attorney Posted: December 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: international, jung-ho kang, korea, pirates, transactions

Jonah Keri’s Hypothetical Hall of Fame Ballot; Plus a Randy Johnson Appreciation

Those who challenge the notion that Johnson is the best lefty of all time commonly invoke Sandy Koufax’s name. While even the most ardent Koufax proponents have to concede that their man wasn’t all that great until the final six years of his career, those six seasons have taken on mythic proportions and are often held up as the greatest peak years by any pitcher.

Well, it turns out that Johnson’s best six-year run compares favorably with Koufax’s: The Big Unit won four consecutive Cy Youngs from 1999 through 2002 and added a second-place finish in 2004… If we take ERA and adjust it for both park factors and league norms, Johnson, who pitched in the height of the PED era and whose six-year numbers came at the hitter-friendly Kingdome and Chase Field, actually tops Koufax, whose raw ERA numbers look incredible but who accomplished those feats at a time when mounds were roughly 80 feet high, middle infielders weighed about a buck-forty, and you needed a rocket launcher to hit the ball out of Dodger Stadium.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: December 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, randy johnson

The Downside of the Recent Padres Acquisitions | Articles | Bill James Online

What the bats giveth, the gloves taketh away.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, padres, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-22-2014

Omaha Daily Bee, December 22, 1914:

Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago Federals, [yesterday] announced that he had submitted to his counsel the case of Walter Johnson, star pitcher, who Saturday signed up with his old team, the Washington Americans, after having recently accepted a contract with the Chicago Federals.

“Walter Johnson will play with the Chicago Federals next year or not at all,” said Weeghman. “I have laid the case before counsel, and we will fight it to the United States supreme court before we will give up.

“The highest legal talent in the country has declared that our contract with Johnson is binding, and we will certainly enforce it to the limit of our ability.”

Weeghman was wrong. The Big Train went back to D.C. in 1915 and did what he did all the time: Led the American League in wins, games started, complete games, shutouts, innings pitched, strikeouts, batters faced, ERA+, FIP, WHIP, K/BB ratio, and fewest walks per nine innings.

He was pretty good.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

Tulo focusing on rehab, not trade rumors | rockies.com

Isn’t Tulo always focusing on rehab?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Yankees will pay for education of children of NYPD cop Ramos - NY Daily News

Yankee owner George Steinbrenner died in 2010, but his appreciation for the men and women in blue who protect New York City lives on.

For 32 years, Steinbrenner’s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has provided for the education of the children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who died in the line of duty, and will do so for the family of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, gunned down by a cold-blooded killer Saturday along with his partner, Wenjian Liu.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, yankees

Free Agent Spending By Division – MLB Trade Rumors

The difference between the AL East and NL East is striking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Getting ready to gamble on Jung-Ho Kang | FOX Sports

Nobody is sure what to expect of Kang. We’ll find out soon enough.

The easiest way to summarize the risk is this: Kang just finished second in the league in home runs. In third, with 37, was one Eric Thames. Thames also finished with a four-digit OPS, and in North American Triple-A, he slugged .506. Thames, in the majors, has slugged .431. Meanwhile, Yamaico Navarro just hit 31 homers in Korea, with an OPS of .969. He was worse than that in Triple-A, and he never did anything in the bigs. This is the evidence that the KBO is relatively low on overall talent: Thames has mashed there. Navarro has mashed there. Brett Pill, Jorge Cantu, and Felix Pie just had strong seasons. The best pitchers in Korea aren’t the best pitchers in the States, and the worst pitchers in Korea might not even be professionals in the States.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jung-ho kang, korean baseball, prospects

Determining Hall vote is no easy task | New York Post

Joel Sherman talks about his Hall of Fame ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:46 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

JUNICHI TAZAWA & CULTURE OF DENIAL

Jim Allen is back writing about Japanese baseball on his new blog.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, junichi tazawa

Someone old, someone new are Cards’ best : Sports

Who are the Cardinals prospects of the year?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

A Salute to Sy Berger, From a Card-Carrying Fan - NYTimes.com

When you grow up with a singular focus, whatever it is, you may find yourself relating to Will Ferrell’s character in “Elf.” Explaining his eating habits to his new family, the man-child from the North Pole says he sticks to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

For me, the diet was baseball, baseball games, baseball cards and pitching. That was my sustenance, and I suppose I should thank Sy Berger for his role as a vendor. I emptied my pockets of quarters and singles, and he filled my soul with baseball, one 3 ½-by-2 ½-inch slice of cardboard at a time.

Berger, the longtime Topps executive considered the father of the modern baseball card, died on Sunday at 91. I never knew him, but oh, did I know his work. No marketing vice president could ever have devised a better way to sell baseball to the masses, and bring the players closer to the fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards

Sunday Notes: Low Strikes and Winter Deals | FanGraphs Baseball

More good stuff from David Lauria.

“When I coached in Detroit, our game plan was to be patient,” said McClendon. “It was to take pitches and get to the other team’s middle relief. Well, middle relief is now throwing 98-99 mph. You’re not in such a hurry to get to it, and as a result, I think you’ll see hitters more on the attack and trying to score early.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Marty Noble’s HOF Ballot

Noble’s votes: Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz

This is without a doubt the worst HOF ballot and article I have ever seen. It would be well worth stripping the BBWAA of the vote just to get rid of this guy…

TJ Posted: December 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

The Jeff Jacobs HOF Ballot: Keep The Voting Serious And Fair

The Jeff Jacobs HOF Ballot (10) P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Smoltz, Biggio, Bagwell, Piazza, Schilling, Raines, E. Martinez and Mussina.

That means no vote for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Lee Smith, Jeff Kent, Don Mattingly, Nomar Garciaparra or Gary Sheffield.

With full disclosure, comes this, too: If Bonds or Clemens is voted into Cooperstown by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, without a loud and official designation by the Hall of their use of performance enhancing drugs, I will resign as a Hall of Fame voter.

Never before have I rooted so hard for…

Repoz Posted: December 20, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: December 20, 2014 at 03:55 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, labor, umpires

Dodgers biggest spenders in payroll

The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

RIP George Steinbrenner.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 20, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yankees

Ranking the 12 prospects the Padres dealt | padres.com

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo lays the groundwork for future complaints for Padres fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, prospects

Ruben Amaro Jr. says it would be best if Phillies move on from Ryan Howard

“We’ve talked to Ryan,” Amaro said in an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli on Friday afternoon. “And I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with him but without him. With that said if he’s with us, then we’ll work around him. We’ll hope he puts up the kind of numbers that we hope he can and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

Full audio available at http://www.975thefanatic.com/teams/phillies/2014/12/19/phillies-general-manager-ruben-amaro-jr-joins-mike-missanelli


The Yankees’ plan in case A-Rod can’t play at all

The Yankees already have said that Alex Rodriguez will not be their third baseman. But just as interesting is that if he is not healthy enough to play in 2015, the Yanks are currently planning to use the roster space to go with platoons at both second base and shortstop.

NattyBoh Posted: December 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Giants acquire McGehee to fill third-base spot

The Giants filled their third-base vacancy on Friday night, announcing they obtained Casey McGehee from the Marlins for a pair of Minor League right-handers.

Swedish Chef Posted: December 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hot stove, marlins

School of Roch: Wieters on his rehab and opening day

“Right now, it’s my goal and I want to be ready to start the season on opening day, but at the same time, we’re too early to know,” Wieters said. “This is not something where we want to set a deadline date where I need to be ready. I don’t want to rush it and have a setback.
“I think everybody’s end goal is for me to get back healthy and be full go and be ready to go. That’s my goal. I want to play as many games as I can and catch as many as I can, but at the same time I need to see what kind of reaction I’m going to have as far as fatigue that we’re going to have to push through.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Angels, Red Sox discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel - LA Times

Any experts on pension plans have a comment?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2014 at 08:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

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