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Friday, November 17, 2017

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Yankees Still Looking To Shed Salary

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

The story of Alex Anthopoulos: From tragedy to prodigy to Braves GM

“Pursue things that you have a passion for,” he said. “Then have humility. That’s the two things I think, in any walk of life, will take you incredibly far. Having a passion for what you’re going to go after, having that humility to get better, to learn, to want to work with people and have people want to work with you. Those are the two most important things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, braves, general managers

Rosenthal on latest with Ohtani | MLB.com

At least this is better than getting behind the pay wall.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani, video

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2017

El Paso Herald, November 17, 1917:

Chubby Chawles Murphy, reputed to have run a shoestring into a fortune as owner or part owner of the Cubs, is threatening to throw some of his dough away, if recent reports from the windy city can be credited.

Murphy, it is said, has a deep, dark plot in the hatching for the formation of a third big league, and he doesn’t give a continental whether or not his league is recognized by the powers that be.

I had no idea there were so many plans to start a third major league. That seems crazy to me, but I guess the American League was less than 20 years old at this point. The order of baseball as we know it was still pretty fluid in 1917.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 17, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Fangraphs: Let’s Make One Thing Absolutely Clear About Aaron Judge

Click the link for a rather compelling graphic beyond my ability to embed, as well as additional data, but the conclusion is:

Judge hits the ball the hardest. The point that’s less obvious: That means Judge gets to play by his own rules. Strikeouts don’t mean for him what they would for someone else, because Judge doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be good. He doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be terrific. He doesn’t even need a low strikeout rate to be a deserving league MVP. Statcast has revealed the whole truth of Aaron Judge, and the truth is that, at least in the American League, he is one of a kind. That might make it harder to see the future, but then, maybe, it doesn’t make it harder at all.

And he just might cut down on those strikeouts.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:34 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, exit velocity, home runs, new york yankees, statcast

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stanton, Altuve capture first MVP Awards | MVP

Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Jose Altuve of the Astros couldn’t be more different in stature, but they both spent last season producing at elite levels en route to Major League Baseball’s highest individual award.

Stanton and Altuve were unveiled as the National League and American League Most Valuable Player Award winners, respectively, by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Thursday.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 16, 2017 at 08:05 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, jose altuve, mvp

The Eric Hosmer Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball

He seems like a great guy in the clubhouse. He’s a good player. I hope the Red Sox don’t pursue him.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer

Yankees Aiming Lower on the Payroll, but Higher on the Field - The New York Times

“I’ve been saying you can have a world-championship-caliber team and not have a $200-plus-million payroll,” Steinbrenner said shortly after arriving here for two days of owners’ meetings. “And I think we’re finally getting to a point where that’s coming true for us.”

The Yankees, who had a $209 million payroll last season, have a number of big contracts coming off the books: those of C. C. Sabathia ($25 million), Alex Rodriguez ($21 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million) and Michael Pineda ($7.4 million). But don’t expect that to lead to the type of binge that ensued four years ago, when the Yankees let Robinson Cano leave for Seattle only to go on a nearly $450 million free-agent bender that brought in Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


This is how you actually spell the name of Japan’s Babe Ruth | New York Post

One problem is finally out of the way.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Jim Palmer on Mark Belanger and Omar Vizquel: The Hardball Times

“In 1969, the great Charley Lau became the Orioles’ hitting coach. He insisted that Belanger take extra batting practice all the time. He cut his strikeouts in half from ‘68, he hit .287, the highest mark of his career. Sometimes I think if Lau hadn’t taken that extra $5,000 to go to Kansas City after the season ended, maybe Blade hits enough to be in the Hall of Fame.”

djordan Posted: November 16, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: omar vizquel

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-16-2017

South Bend News-Times, November 16, 1917:

Branch Rickey, president of the St. Louis Cardinals and one time coach at Ohio Wesleyan university, will return the latter part of this week to help Coach McCoy put the finishing touches on the team that will meet Denison [in Delaware, Ohio] in the annual homecoming football game on Saturday. Rickey graduated from Wesleyan in 1904 and after graduation came [to Delaware] to coach football and baseball.

Beating Denison is the residue of design.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 16, 2017 at 07:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Scott Boras: Loaded Mets are too cheap to live in ‘Playoffville’ | New York Post

At least this swipe made me chuckle a little. Boras takes a swipe at regular people. Getting a raise shouldn’t require a family to move to gated community. Or should it?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, scott boras

Rosenthal: Pirates dismiss Latin American scouting director after he took improper payment (Subscription)

The investigation showed that the Mexican team paid Gayo a form of a kickback several years ago for the sale of at least one player to the Pirates, sources said. The Pirates, after learning the results of baseball’s probe, informed Gayo on Monday that they would not renew his contract. Gayo, 55, still faces possible discipline from MLB.

Well, that sucks.


Heyman | Union Challenge Means Otani Status On Hold

Maybe the Players Union shouldn’t have agreed to the 25 year-old threshold in the first place.

Discouraging him to wait another two years may be good for the Union but it might not be for Otani. He clearly dreams of playing in the MLB. What if he blows out his arm between now and then?

The union actually challenged the future terms covering 2018-2020, but with complaints heard on the player side regarding current rules that calls for Nippon Ham cashing in with a $20 million posting fee windfall while Otani is limited to a signing bonus of somewhere between $300,000 and $3.53 million, management people wonder if the bigger union concern is over that perceived inequity.

“The union is holding up the posting agreement,” one management source said. “The union is making demands.”
...
The union is trying to protect his interests as best it can. But management sources wonder whether the union’s complaints about the future arrangement are a “backdoor” attempt to aid Otani, or even a way to “discourage” Otani from coming over now. Just a two-year wait could boost Otani’s guarantee by as much as 100-fold, which would make a wait until 2020 the likely decision of just about anyone but one of the world’s athletes who aims to prove his two-way mastery at the MLB level.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Derek Jeter addresses Giancarlo Stanton rumors | MLB.com

That said, Jeter noted that the club has “some financial things we have to get in order,” a process that could begin with a trade of Stanton, who is owed $295 million over the next decade.

“This is an organization that’s been losing money for quite some time, so we have to turn it around,” Jeter said. “How we do that? It’s not clear. It’s easy to point the finger at him because he makes the most money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the move that’s going to be made.

“We’re here [at the General Managers Meetings] like every other team, trying to figure out how we can make this organization better. No one has come out and said that we are specifically trading Giancarlo Stanton. We’re seeing the best way to make this organization successful, and we want it to be sustainable for a long time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Braves will lose prospects, and possibly a lot more, for violating international market rules

Stinks having Rosenthal behind the pay wall.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is still deciding the penalties the Atlanta Braves will receive for violating rules in the international market. Those penalties, however, will definitely include the loss of prospects the team signed out of Latin America, according to major-league sources.

Any players the Braves lose become free agents subject to international bonus pools, sources said. The procedure will be the same as it was for the five Latin American prospects that baseball took from the Boston Red Sox on July 1, 2016, for circumventing international rules—the players kept their initial signing bonuses, each of which was $300,000, then became eligible to sign with other clubs.

Manfred has yet to decide which players the Braves will forfeit, sources said. The biggest potential loss is shortstop Kevin Maitan, whom the Braves signed for $4.25 million on July 2, 2016. Maitan, 17, is the Braves’ No. 5 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, a switch-hitter who has drawn comparisons to Chipper Jones, Miguel Cabrera, and Miguel Sano.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer win Cy Young | MLB.com

No strangers to the Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber once again proved themselves as aces among aces in 2017. Now, they’re back atop baseball’s pitching totem pole.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 07:12 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, corey kluber, cy young award, max scherzer

Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor are named NL/AL MOY by BBWAA

2007 Bob Melvin wins MOY, fired May 2009.  2011 Kirk Gibson wins MOY, Fired end of 2014. Hope this does not become trend for AZ.

shoewizard Posted: November 15, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, diamondbacks, manager of the year, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2017

Washington Herald, November 15, 1917:

“Every major league club carried too many pitchers this year,” says James C. Dunn, owner of the Indians. “Six pitchers are enough for any big league manager. A ball club gets the best results when the manager works four good pitchers in rotation and holds two in reserve.”

Dunn favors a player limit of 20 men, including six pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and possibly five outfielders. He also is prepared to cast the Cleveland club’s vote for a schedule of 140 games in 1918.

Elsewhere in the news, the murder trial of former Brewers manager Danny Shay continues. The state says he was drunk, but the defense says Shay was sober and defending himself from the waiter he shot dead.

Also, the proposed Union League has been rejected by minor league owners but there are still rumblings that it may throw caution to the wind and go outlaw.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Beltran, Cashman talked about job, but that may not be enough | New York Post

It sounds like Beltran could be a good manager some day. I expect he’ll take a year or two off. Then spend a few years coaching before becoming a manager.

Carlos Beltran wants to manage and has talked to Brian Cashman to express that desire. Is that enough to get him into the running to replace Joe Girardi?

Probably not. In a text, Beltran said Tuesday that he had yet to be asked to come in for an interview and since the Yankees are nearing the end of the first phase of interviews, that would strongly indicate Beltran is not in play to be the next manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, yankees

Callaway aims to reduce Mets’ injuries with analytics, research - NY Daily News

“One of the things that we realized is that backing off is no way to condition a pitcher to stay healthy,” Callaway said. “You have to get after it. You have to push yourself.

“You can’t go run a marathon without pushing yourself to condition yourself the right way. So we’re going to push guys to the limit to make sure that they can endure everything they’re going to have to go through in a major league season.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cardinals, other teams know Stanton ‘has all the power’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Giancarlo situation isn’t unprecedented. It’s similar to the ARod situation in Texas.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giancarlo stanton

WaPo: Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Famer and teammate of Ted Williams, dies at 99

Bobby Doerr, an all-star second baseman who was the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and who, with his friend and teammate Ted Williams, helped make the Boston Red Sox of the 1940s perennial rivals of the New York Yankees, died Nov. 13 in Junction City, Ore. He was 99.

Bobby Doerr on B-R.

Junction City on Wikipedia.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 14, 1917:

There will be no third quasi major league. This fact became evident yesterday, when the committee on the revision of the constitution in the minor leagues decided to recommend to the National association that the American association be left out of any redistricting that may take place…

[American Association clubs] Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Milwaukee refused to be frozen out, and their appeals have been recognized.

It would have been most unfair to throw these franchises in the scrap heap. And then the courts probably would have had something to say about it, for the owners in these four cities were prepared to go to the very limit for their rights.

Washington Times, November 14, 1917:

...the Union League, composed of four clubs from [each of the American Association and International League], may become an outlaw circuit with the tacit consent of Garry Herrmann, chairman of the National Commission.

I imagine that would have caused some serious blowback against Herrmann.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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