Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Not Thurman Newsbeat

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #14 — Brian Sabean

Sabean won his first pennant by building around an aging but still potent Barry Bonds and then three World Series championships by restructuring his team around a young core with undervalued pickups.  As much as any modern GM, he represents a successful bridge between the old and new approaches.

bobm Posted: January 27, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, general managers, giants

WAR Index for hitters: 2014 - Beyond the Box Score

Warring fractions.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Ranking baseball’s greatest dynasties - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

How to rank these nine dynasties? I’d go like this:

1. 1949-1953 Yankees—Hey, five titles is five titles.
2. 1996-2000 Yankees—Dominant postseason winning percentage, star power, hitting and pitching balance.
3. 1935-1939 Yankees—Statistically, better than the 1949-53 teams.
4. 1910-1914 A’s—If only Mack hadn’t broken them up.
5. 1971-1975 A’s—Only team with three straight titles in 1960s, ‘70s or ‘80s.
6. 1942-1946 Cardinals—History’s most underrated dynasty.
7. 2010-2014 Giants—Unbeatable in the postseason.
8. 1958-1962 Yankees—Lack of pitching depth downgrades them.
9. 1914-1918 Red Sox—Let’s make a time machine and go watch Ruth pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dynasties, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-27-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, January 27, 1915:

“Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Detroit will make the fight for the 1915 pennant,” declared Bill Carrigan, the Red Sox manager today. “It’s hard telling which of the four will win, though I think Boston and Philadelphia will be the more formidable and less dependent upon breaks in the luck.
...
“Getting Larry Lajoie has put Connie Mack in the race. Bender and Plank were slipping and realy not necessary. I look for our stiffest competition from the Athletics.

Carrigan was mostly right. Boston won the World Series, Detroit won 100 games and finished second, Washington went 85-68, and…well…the Athletics finished 43-109, 58.5 games out of first.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 27, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

White ‘invigorated’ by move to Padres’ front office | padres.com

Do any other teams assign their scouts by organization?

The Padres, at the insistence of former assistant general manager A.J. Hinch, added to their pro scouting department before the 2011 season—adding eight scouts to give the team 13 on the pro side, to more than adequately cover all levels of Minor League Baseball. Hinch is now the manager of the Astros.

White said that the current ownership group has committed to provide blanket coverage throughout baseball. One change, White said, is that instead of covering by league or demographic, scouts will be charged with covering an entire organization for better continuity and breadth of coverage.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: logan white, padres

Evaluating the Prospects: New York Yankees | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel looks at the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects

Angels still ‘optimistic’ about Garrett Richards’ rehab- Angels Blog: Orange County Register

This report is more optimistic about his timeline than others I have read.

The Angels remain hopeful that Richards will be ready for opening day. If Richards is not ready by the April 6 opener, the Angels expect him to be active sometime in April.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Cleveland Indians want Michael Bourn to “wreak havoc” on bases in 2015 | cleveland.com

“We’ve talked to Bournie a lot,” said Francona. “He’s one of the most conscientious and nicest kids you’ll ever meet. But quite frankly, whether it’s because of injuries or not, he hasn’t been the kind of guy who wreaks the havoc that we kind of envisioned when we signed him when it comes to stolen bases.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael bourn

Reds Extend Devin Mesoraco – MLB Trade Rumors

Mesoraco will receive a $28MM guarantee, MLBTR has learned. He receives a $500K signing bonus and will earn $2.4MM in 2015, $4.9MM in 2016, $7.2MM in 2017 and $13MM in 2018.  The contract also contains an additional $2MM worth of performance bonuses for a max of $30MM over the four-year term.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: devin mesoraco, reds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Beloved “Monbo” Dies at Age 78

Bill Monbouquette was a joy to be around, a wonderful storyteller and a mentor to so many young pitchers.

Bruce Markusen Posted: January 26, 2015 at 09:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, workhorse pitchers

An Audience With the ‘Sports Pope’ at FrancesaCon

The most recent hootenanny to be held at New York City’s Irving Plaza, meanwhile, took place this past Saturday. There were no mandolins or folk ballads at FrancesaCon 2.0, a wild-eyed yet winking celebration of Mike Francesa, New York’s most popular and polarizing sports radio host. But there was a cover band from Long Island playing sports-radio jingles and ’90s hits. The sold-out audience wasn’t quite so demographically balanced as the “men, women, and children (some also with guitars)” that Time had described in 1946 — as the guest of honor himself put it on Saturday as he scanned the adoring crowd, “I don’t see any girls.” In lieu of musical instruments, attendees toted pontiff hats and stethoscopes. There was definitely chanting, though, and much of it was competitive. “Num-bah one! Num-bah one!”

“There’s three moments in entertainment in my life that I mark as really sad days,” a 35-year-old man with a “Mark Mongo” name tag on a custom-designed “St. Jawn’s University” sweatshirt told me. “The day Kurt Cobain died, the day James Gandolfini died, and the day Mike and the Mad Dog broke up. And I’m not kidding — I’ve given that a lot of thought.”

For a man who seems to feel about the Internet the same way he feels about the New York Jets organization — a buncha clowns — Mike Francesa may have one of the most loyal and organized online followings of any sports media personality. Twitter’s #MongoNation hums along at all hours of the day and night, collecting and dissecting video and audio — ordio — of New Yawk’s Numbah One. The unofficial leader of the pack, a 31-year-old Twitter user who goes by @OrdioMongo, has an encyclopedic command of Francesa’s history. As a tween he would record Mike and the Mad Dog clips “just to keep in my archives.” He told me that in the Twitter era, “the earliest audio clip I recorded was the one where Mike said ‘bingles.’” There are not one but two message boards devoted to the man, MikeFrancesa.com and TheMikeFrancesa.com, the latter of which was formed a few years back by a splinter faction of fans. (Every religion worth its salt needs a schism.)

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 26, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: francesacon, mike francesa

Yanks to contest ‘milestone HR’

It sounds like the Yankees aren’t horsing around.

Fridas Boss Posted: January 26, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Beyond the Box Score’s rankings of the best players for 2015: 45-11 - Beyond the Box Score

Kris Bryant at 45? That’s expecting a lot for a rookie. Of course, only one vote put him there.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #15 — Walt Jocketty

I am surprised by this choice.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Blue Jays end negotiations for Orioles’ Duquette - Sportsnet.ca

Things have to be uncomfortable in the Orioles front office right now.

Negotiations for Dan Duquette are over after the Toronto Blue Jays refused to consider the Baltimore Orioles’ demands for promising right-hander Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation for the executive.
...
Beyond Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft, the Orioles are also believed to have been seeking catcher Max Pentecost, the 11th overall pick in 2014, infielder Mitch Nay and more, demands that the Blue Jays at no point contemplated because of how steep they were.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dan duquette, orioles

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s top five priorities - ESPN

More about Manfred’s plans.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

Jon Daniels again shoots down Josh Hamilton rumors, Fan Fest crowd applauds | Dallas Morning News

Sometimes it’s a blessing when another team signs your player to a big free agent contract.

In December, Fox Sports reported that the Rangers were one of the teams that had “exploratory” talks with the Angels about trading for Josh Hamilton. Daniels quickly shot down the rumor and did so again on Saturday — much to the delight of the crowd.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Kluber collects Cy Young Award, joins Tribe Fest | MLB.com

“I’d answer that more categorically,” Shapiro told reporters on Sunday. “Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented. Then you look at contracts and you say, ‘Can we find that point where we’re both comfortable with the shared risk?’ We don’t know that right now. That’s something that we’ll have to look at.
“As prioritization of the calendar goes, it’s something we’ll probably look at over the next couple of months. ... He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-26-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 26, 1915:

Morris Farrell, son of the millionaire president of a lumber company [in Little Rock], has been signed by President Allen, of the local Southern association club. Farrell has played with Kansas City and Waco, but quit both clubs because he objected to discipline.

It would seem young Farrell’s time with Little Rock was cut short because he couldn’t play. Farrell hit .143 and slugged .196 in 15 games with the 1915 Travelers. John Henry Williams, eat your heart out.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bring Back Selig - New Commissioner Manfred is a Moron - Halos Heaven

While I agree that banning shifts and the implementation of a clock (instead of simply enforcing rules on batter and pitchers) aren’t needed, this is a little over the top.
(Edited after posting my comment too quickly. Jim)

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 05:46 PM | 352 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred

Sunday Notes: Adam Everett on D, Norris’ Notoriety, Boggs & Beer, more

Major league players are doing just fine financially under the current system. TV revenue is a huge part of the reason even mediocre players are getting big bucks. So, excuse me for thinking the players should stop whining about getting into the box or throwing pitches a little faster if it shortens an average game time that is out of hand. Returning the game to a more fan-friendly pace is an important step to keep the game growing. Somehow players from the past were able to gather their thoughts and process things; today’s players just need to undo their bad habits.

My favorite Tweet this week came from Joe Sheehan, a former colleague at Baseball Prospectus who currently writes for Sports Illustrated: “MLB wants to have its long commercial breaks, pay players 42% of the money they produce AND have the players make up for the added time.”

While I’m fully behind efforts to speed up the pace – I attended 17 nine-inning games at Fenway Park last year that lasted 3:30 or longer – I understand his quibble. Hitters stepping out to gather their thoughts, and pitchers pausing to process, are understandable. What irks me is seeing the umpire looking up at the TV booth for the signal that allows him to start an inning. Everyone else is ready, but the erectile-dysfunction ad isn’t done running.

It’s hard for me to understand why TV money has as much pull as it does.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Red Sox notebook: Following surgery, Mike Napoli feels refreshed and ready - Sports - The Boston Globe

This does not sound like a fun way to spend an off-season.

“I couldn’t do it anymore, feeling the way I was feeling,” he said. “I was like, ‘I need to have the surgery or I’m not going play anymore.’ That’s how bad it was.”

Dr. Leonard Kaban, the chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, broke Napoli’s upper and lower jaw and moved them forward. That doubled the space in his airway.

Kaban inserted a titanium plate and several screws to reconnect Napoli’s jaw. Napoli spent two days in intensive care and experienced “10 days of pain.” Then came six weeks of a liquid diet. Nearly three months later, Napoli doesn’t have feeling in his lips and chin because of nerve damage that may not heal for up to a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, red sox

Yankees reject A-Rod’s mea culpa meeting request - NY Daily News

Relations between Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees became so heated in late 2013 and early 2014 that baseball executives and team officials hired extra security for protection, going so far as to have their homes and offices swept for bugging devices and employing bodyguards to accompany them, according to sources.

“He put everyone through a lot of undue grief and unnecessary expense,” said one baseball source.
...
It is hard to imagine the frayed relations between A-Rod and the Yankees – who still owe Rodriguez $61 million through 2017 — can ever be fully mended, given the legal attacks and media assault he and his lawyers unleashed throughout the Biogenesis saga. Rodriguez’s status as a key government witness in the government’s prosecution of his cousin, Yuri Sucart, will be a painful reminder of those hard feelings. Sucart’s trial is scheduled to begin on April 6 – the same day the Yankees open at home against Toronto.

The next battle looming, according to sources, will be over the performance clauses in A-Rod’s contract, part of a separate marketing contract between the slugger and the Yankees.

Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, needs to hit just six more to tie Willie Mays’ 660 and receive a $6 million bonus. The deal also calls for him to receive $6 million if he ties Babe Ruth (714), another $6 million if he ties Hank Aaron (755) and yet another $6 million if surpasses Barry Bonds (762) to become baseball’s all-time home run king.

But with A-Rod’s pursuit of the records discredited by his steroid admissions the Yankees will argue that those milestones are no longer valid in terms of marketing deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Seitzer encouraged by workouts with Upton

“Any hitter that has a tendency to be long [with their swing], where their hands get away from the body, is going to have a tough time catching up to fastballs,” Seitzer said. “They will also be vulnerable to offspeed pitches and inside pitches.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: b.j. upton, braves


Page {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dcurrent_page} of {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dtotal_pages} pages {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dpagination_links} | Site Archive

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sheer Tim Foli
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(3757 - 8:24pm, Jan 27)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogIN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #14 — Brian Sabean
(1 - 8:24pm, Jan 27)
Last: CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck

NewsblogPitchfork: Jack White Gets His Own Baseball Card
(162 - 8:16pm, Jan 27)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(11683 - 8:11pm, Jan 27)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(445 - 8:06pm, Jan 27)
Last: Chokeland Bill

NewsblogOT: Soccer January 2015
(323 - 7:54pm, Jan 27)
Last: Richard

NewsblogWAR Index for hitters: 2014 - Beyond the Box Score
(1 - 7:49pm, Jan 27)
Last: Rickey! trades in sheep and threats

NewsblogRanking baseball's greatest dynasties - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
(45 - 7:41pm, Jan 27)
Last: jdennis

NewsblogCleveland Indians want Michael Bourn to "wreak havoc" on bases in 2015 | cleveland.com
(28 - 7:18pm, Jan 27)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogBring Back Selig - New Commissioner Manfred is a Moron - Halos Heaven
(352 - 6:53pm, Jan 27)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(1009 - 6:06pm, Jan 27)
Last: starving to death with a full STEAGLES

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1490 - 5:58pm, Jan 27)
Last: starving to death with a full STEAGLES

NewsblogBeyond the Box Score's rankings of the best players for 2015: 45-11 - Beyond the Box Score
(12 - 4:37pm, Jan 27)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogReds Extend Devin Mesoraco – MLB Trade Rumors
(2 - 4:32pm, Jan 27)
Last: zonk

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-27-2015
(15 - 4:22pm, Jan 27)
Last: vortex of dissipation

Page rendered in 9.3313 seconds
167 querie(s) executed