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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jon Lester has plenty of options in addition to Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo runs down what is currently known about the Lester sweepstakes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

What’s cooking? MLB shares Turkey Day recipes | MLB.com

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about baseball from members of the site. I’ve also shared a lot of laughs. Thanks for being part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Baseball Prospectus | Moonshot: A New View of Plate Discipline, Part 3

Interesting stuff. I hope the next step is specifically looking at areas within the strikezone.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

[Cricketer NOT baseball player] Phil Hughes dies after “pitch” to the head

Thought this would be of interest.  I’m sure you can find video of it somewhere.  Basically, from the photo I saw, it managed to catch him below/behind the ear where the cricket helmet offers no protection.  The estimate I saw had the ball clocked at about 85 MPH (not sure at what point that measurement is taken) and it of course bounced before it got to him.

Walt Davis Posted: November 27, 2014 at 02:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cricket

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Source: Tomas agrees to six-year deal with D-backs | MLB.com

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.

The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 06:21 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Baseball’s Teen-Age Twitter Reporters - The New Yorker

He’s got to be kidding.

After working to confirm the scoops by Fink and Murray, Rosenthal said that he was overwhelmed by similar requests. “I’m getting tons of tweets every day from young kids: ‘Hey, I’ve got a story, can you confirm it?’ It’s funny in one way, but it’s getting to be a little much in another.” Rosenthal may traffic in the flow of information, but he nonetheless marvelled at the success of some of these neophytes. “I am frankly surprised that these guys have done this well,” he said. “They’re working hard and they deserve to be recognized, but, I mean, who are these execs that are willing to reveal sensitive details to teen-agers?”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 06:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: online, reporters, twitter

Dave Cameron: A proposed three-way swap for Red Sox, Mariners, Nationals

So, we have Cespedes and Napoli going to Seattle, with the Mariners sending Miller and Hultzen to Washington. What do the Red Sox receive from the Nationals to make the trade work for everyone? Zimmermann is the key piece, obviously, but the Sox are dealing two sluggers and watching the Nationals acquire a potential 11 years of young talent in exchange, so they might not settle for just the one year of Zimmermann’s services and the draft pick they’d get if he left next winter. To even things out, the Nationals probably need to add one more piece to the Red Sox side of things, and it should probably be an arm.

Specifically, the Sox could use a high quality reliever to help pitch the innings in front of closer Koji Uehara, and the Nationals happen to have a strong depth of bullpen arms. Clippard would seem to fit well in Boston, especially given that he’s under contract for only one more season; the Red Sox like short-term commitments to pitchers. And, coincidentally, Zimmermann and Clippard are likely to make about $25 million between them next season, almost exactly the same amount that the Red Sox are currently due to pay Napoli and Cespedes. This would be a payroll neutral deal for Boston, with Seattle absorbing the costs that Washington is cutting.

No Jose Lopez?


Should the Red Sox Be Afraid of Hanley Ramirez Being Hanley Ramirez? - Red Sox - Boston.com

Steve Silva runs down the list of Hanley Ramirez’s missteps.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Five things to watch leading up to Winter Meetings | marlins.com

One writer’s suggested to-do list for the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

2015 Potential Hall of Fame Ballot | Baseball-Reference.com

Jay Jaffe and Sean Forman came up with a good list to help Hall of Fame voters.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-26-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 26, 1914:

The baseball series for the championship of the world will consist of 11 games next year instead of seven and prices will be lower, according to B.B. Johnson, president of the American League, when he made public tonight a letter he had received from August Herrmann, chairman of the National Baseball Commission.

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 26, 1914:

Chairman August Herrmann of the national baseball commission Wednesday night denied that he had ever written to President Ban Johnson of the American league advocating that the number of games in the world’s series be changed from seven to eleven, and the prices reduced.

“I certainly wrote no such letter,” Herrmann said.

Bummer. More baseball > Less baseball.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 26, 2014 at 09:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sandy Alderson says Mets can move quickly if a shortstop becomes available - NY Daily News

You have to like the off-season posturing teams do.

The Mets would be happy going into spring training “with what we have,” Alderson said. He praised Flores’ work and potential to improve defensively at shortstop, but also admitted that there is a possibility that Matt Reynolds could be the Mets shortstop at some point next year

“It’s a possibility,” Alderson said. “The interesting thing about Reynolds is that he didn’t play shortstop in college, he played third base. One reason we were able to sign him so quickly was promising him he would get a chance to play shortstop.

“He’s done well. He’s gotten all the way to Triple-A without having to come off that position,” Alderson continued.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Yankees won’t get into bidding war for Chase Headley: source - NY Daily News

Why would they? They are already paying third baseman Alex Rodriguez $22 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, free agents, yankees

Notable Players Available In The Rule 5 Draft - BaseballAmerica.com

he Rule 5 draft is fascinating because of its timing and its format. Positioned right in the middle of the baseball offseason, it gives everyone a chance to scour rosters and dream on talented players with flaws.

In reality, the change of eligibility rules in 2007 that gave teams an extra year of protection before players become eligible for the Rule 5 draft reduced the importance of the Rule 5 draft significantly. That extra year has made it easier for teams to make decisions on players, and since then, fewer impact players have been nabbed.

But teams will continue to scour rosters in hopes of finding another Joakim Soria, Dan Uggla or Josh Hamilton. Or at least another Ryan Flaherty or T.J. McFarland.

With that in mind, here’s an initial list of 10 of the top names to keep in mind for the Dec. 11 Rule 5 draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry hopeful on re-signing Jon Lester, says team willing to exceed luxury tax - ESPN Boston

The Red Sox aren’t restricted by the luxury tax.

“The way it’s structured, you can blow through [the threshold] one year,’’ Henry said. “Again, for next year we have tremendous flexibility, so we could go through for one year. It would not overly affect us [trying to re-sign Lester], but we’re hopeful.’‘

The Sox owner left no doubt that the homegrown Lester remains the team’s No. 1 target.

Red Sox owner John Henry, seen here saying goodbye after Jon Lester was traded to the A’s, said a large part of the team’s presentation to the free agent focused on “finishing that legacy he started.”
“Obviously we’re doing everything we can to sign a top-tier pitcher, Jon Lester,’’ he said. “And hopefully he’ll come back.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

Hanley, Panda and the Monster | FanGraphs Baseball

An interesting look at park adjustments by Tony Blengino. I have always preferred park adjustments by BIP rather than AB or PA. I would have liked to have seen their 2014 numbers translated to Fenway rather than just adjusted rate stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 01:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox, sabermetrics

Boston Red Sox prove (once again) that competitive balance in baseball will never exist | cleveland.com

The way the Yankees and Dodgers have dominated the last few years proves that topping the payroll list guarantees World Series appearances and championships. There is no way teams like the Royals, Rays, A’s, and the Cardinals can compete.

There is never going to be competitive balance in baseball. In a game where the players have proven time and time again that they will strike to prevent it, perhaps it was never meant to be.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 01:34 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Darvish cleared to throw « Postcards From Elysian Fields

Yu Darvish underwent an MRI and a subsequent examination of his right elbow by Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday in Arlington. Dr. Meister reported that the MRI looked fine, and he has cleared Darvish to begin throwing on his normal schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 06:24 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Kap: Cubs have made ‘significant’ offer to Jon Lester | CSN Chicago

“What I’m hearing is the Chicago Cubs have made a significant offer - significant north of $135 million,” Kaplan said.

Kap also said he’s hearing the Cubs’ offer would be for six years.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 06:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents, jon lester

Wendy Thurm on Twitter: “What the hell kinda panda is that?”

That’s a creepy looking Panda costume. Keep the kids away.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: panda, red sox

ESPN’s Dan Szymborski: Modeling Moneyball Data for Long-Term Value | Blue Hill Research (PODCAST)

Dan talks about ZiPS.

In this episode of the Enterprise Tech Cast, Blue Hill Chief Research Officer Hyoun Park and ESPN’s Dan Szymborski discuss how Dan got started in building statistical models and built the ZiPS player projection system. Anybody who wants to learn to develop an ongoing projection and forecasting system, and wants practical insights and how-to’s should listen to this podcast. Also, we stray off the enterprise path and discuss baseball free agency, including whether Pablo Sandoval is actually the right choice for the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: projection models, sabermetrics

Oz: Mike Trout Q&A: His workouts, goals & what he’s thankful for

How to be like Mike (Trout) this offseason:

MO: You’re home in New Jersey, right? What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

MT: I usually go to two dinners. At my parents’ house, then my girlfriend’s house. They have a dinner too. Nothing too crazy.

MO: Since you’re the youngest of three kids, do you think having an MVP will give you extra clout at Thanksgiving this year? Biggest piece of pie? You get to eat the last roll?

MT: It’s first come and first serve in my house and in my family. That’s why I love ‘em. They stay the same. They’re always joking with me. ...

MO: Since I know you’re training for next season already and you said you have two Thanksgiving dinners, how do you balance that out in the gym?

MT: Thanksgiving, it’s a day you can cheat a little bit. You don’t want to be sitting at dinner and not eating anything. To me, it’s not that bad the next day, working out. I think the biggest thing is in the morning, waking up, you can tell when you ate too much the day before. But it’s only one day. ...

MO: In general, what’s your training schedule like during the offseason? Do you give yourself a break at all?

MT: I played something like 158 games, so I like to take two or three weeks off to let my muscles relax.

MO: From a training standpoint, are you focusing on anything particular this offseason?

MT: There are always things you can improve on. Obviously speed is part of my game. You want to get quicker feet. I’m just working on my agility and trying to get stronger.

MO: When you’re trying to improve, are your goals numbers, like “I want to hit five more homers,” or is it all feeling, like “I want to feel stronger or faster?”

MT: There are a lot of things you can put into it, but for me it’s just wanting to feel faster and stronger. It’s just preparing my body for next season.

JE (Jason) Posted: November 25, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, training

How Twitter Has Changed Baseball Coverage For Better or Worse

Comparing conventional baseball coverage to how reporting functions on Twitter is like comparing a raw but hard-throwing pitcher to a cagey veteran. The new kid might be faster, but its command isn’t as good. The immediacy of twitter inevitably leads to inaccuracy.

““It’s a great tool for getting information and a great tool for dispensing information,’’ said Olney. “You have to remember that and not the five percent frustrating level between the tone of Twitter – it’s the twin of anger in a lot of cases – and certainly over time you can’t worry about how everyone uses it, because you’ll drive yourself crazy…

“I (Rosenthal) don’t want to give you the specific example because I don’t want to embarrass the writer, but there was a situation recently that began when something was reported and it was as strongly denied as it could be,’’ he said. “And I was talking to some younger writers, and I said, ‘Guys, when this happened when I was younger, when I was starting out … I don’t know if you’d get fired over it, but you’d certainly get in trouble. And now it’s just, eh, another day, let’s go. It’s just different. It’s different.”

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 25, 2014 at 02:17 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: media, those meddling kids, twitter

Rolling Stone: The 15 Worst Owners in Sports

Don’t let recent success blind you to an ample history deserving of scorn. After running arguably the worst non-arms-manufacturing company in the world, Walmart, Glass became sole owner of the Royals in 2000 and immediately treated baseball the way Walmart treats people.

Amid a jackal pack of ownership that included a (future) commissioner guilty of collusion to fix player salaries, Glass – then the team’s president and CEO – stood out as an anti-labor hardliner during the 1994 strike, wanting to bring in scab players for a monstrously un-telegenic spectacle summarizing the kind of ####-you tactics Glass learned at the Bentonville, Arkansas smile-time sociopathy juggernaut. He simultaneously advocated a hard salary cap in baseball, not to create an even playing field with large-market teams but to have a paper excuse to wave in doubters’ faces explaining why he didn’t spend anything on his team. Glass went ahead without one, with team payrolls routinely languishing in the bottom half of the league during his tenure, with notable years like 2000 (28th), 2003 (29th), 2005 (29th) and 2011 (30th). That’s out of 30. The last two years, Royals payroll has leapt to 19th in the league, but don’t let the 2014 World Series run fool you. Fans have every reason to expect them to regress, and every expectation that Glass won’t spend to correct that (Goodbye, Billy Butler.) After all, four seasons of 100 losses and an average of 92 losses per season under his tenure is a much bigger sample size.

Last, in 2006, Glass was all about that entrepreneurial spirit when renovations to Kauffman Stadium were furnished by a countywide sales tax, in exchange for discounts at certain games. Rolling back prices every day!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david glass, fred wilpon, jeffrey loria, marlins, mets, owners, ricketts, royals

Adam Rubin: My Hall of Fame ballot

Rubin’s near perfect HOF Ballot: (10) - Bonds, Clemens, Bagwell, Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Smoltz, Piazza, Schilling, Raines.

Here is my Hall of Fame ballot. I used all 10 slots I was allotted, and still was unable to fit Lee Smith (whom I voted for two years ago, but now do not have room to include).

First-year candidates Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz get my vote. So does Mike Piazza, the ex-Met who garnered 62.2 percent of the vote a year ago—within striking distance of the 75-percent threshold. The others: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Tim Raines and Curt Schilling.

Raines reappears on my ballot this year. Like Smith, I voted for him two years ago, but could not fit him last year, when the class included players such as now-elected Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas.

Other notable players I omitted (for now, at least), include: Jeff Kent, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Trammell.

Repoz Posted: November 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

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