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Friday, July 31, 2015

Trade Chatter - 2015 Deadline

Linked to MLB.com transaction page.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 609 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, trades

Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 395 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

David Wright’s return in sight — and Collins knows where he’ll hit | New York Post

Why does Collins want Wright batting second?

“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

The Process Report » To Pull Or Not To Pull

A look at the results.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics

Mending the Sox: Scouting has let team down time and again - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

It’s premature to write off Porcello, Kelly, Sandoval, and Ramirez. Having said that, when combined with the team’s top picks in the last few free agent drafts, it’s clear the U.S. scouting decision-making process has some serious problems.

How to assign credit and responsibility for each of Boston’s missteps in recent years generally is an exercise in futility. Cherington bears significant responsibility, naturally, and both John Henry and Larry Lucchino have signed off at least on the most significant transactions. Which executive pushed hardest for Kelly or Porcello is unknown.

It was no secret, on the other hand, that Cherington lieutenant and former big-league general manager Allard Baird was the point person in evaluations of Castillo and failed free agent Carl Crawford before him.

“We’re accountable for our decisions, accountable for performance,” Cherington said. “When it’s not going nearly the way it should be or is expected to, then you have to look for reasons for that. There’s all sorts of stuff that goes into acquiring a player and ultimately putting a team out there. It’s not as simple as saying, ‘Who wrote the scouting report on this guy?’ We know in baseball that you’re not going to get every decision right. We’ve got to find ways to improve—whether it’s in process, whether it’s in execution or everything in-between.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rays clobber Chris Sale, hand White Sox fifth loss in last six

A human Chris Sale won’t get the White Sox into the Wild Card game.

So what’s wrong with Sale, the AL strikeout leader who was 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA over 12 starts before this recent run of three losses in four starts?

“I don’t know,’’ Flowers said. “For a couple innings there he was locked in — command, executing pitches, then the next inning a couple mistakes where they took advantage, walking guys, pretty uncharacteristic of him. I’m not entirely sure, I didn’t see anything different aside from just missing spots.

“We all just expect him being an ace and how talented he is to just dominate every time and the reality is he’s human.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Source: Al Avila received five-year contract to be Detroit Tigers general manager | MLive.com

it’s not a short-term gig.

Al Avila did not go into specifics regarding his new contract Tuesday afternoon after taking over as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.

But a source told MLive.com on Tuesday evening that the deal is for five seasons beyond the current one.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, tigers

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2015

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA and that probably declined by 34.2% during August, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Game of Thrones and DOTA 2 The International

RollingWave Posted: August 05, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

OMNICHATTER 8-5-15

Step right up and OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

538: Paine & Silver: Did Your Team Blow It At The Trade Deadline?

The Blue Jays bought, the Tigers sold and the Mets couldn’t make up their mind. Baseball’s trade deadline, which passed last Friday afternoon, is all about balancing the present against the future. Whether they’re buyers or sellers (or just renters), all deadline-dealers have to evaluate both their World Series chances for the current season and where they will be in the “success cycle” going forward. Blunders in either type of assessment can haunt a franchise for years.

It’s a lot to deal with, and not every team manages the process perfectly. To help model these deadline decisions, we developed a metric we’ve nicknamed the “Doyle Number.” It’s named after the infamous 1987 trade in which the Detroit Tigers sent future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, then a 20-year-old prospect, to the Atlanta Braves for 36-year-old Doyle Alexander.

In principle, the definition of the Doyle Number is simple. It represents the rate at which, at the trade deadline, teams should be willing to trade talent in the future for talent in the current season in order to maximize the total number of World Series that it wins. For instance, if a team has a Doyle Number of 2, that means buying a win’s worth of talent in the current season at the trade deadline is worth giving up two wins in the future. By contrast, a team with a Doyle Number of 0.25 should only be willing to give up one-quarter of a future win for a win now. Not only should such a team not buy wins at that price — it should probably sell veteran talent at the deadline instead, in exchange for prospects.

bobm Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, doyle alexander, mets, tigers, trade deadline

First-Place Mets Have Baseball’s Easiest Schedule From Here Out - WSJ

General manager Sandy Alderson chose to believe in his team and made moves that reflect his confidence. Now the Mets have a golden opportunity in front of them and a chance to amend some recent history. Ricco recalled the Mets’ collapse in 2007, when they dropped two of three at home to the last-place Marlins with the playoffs on the line in the season’s final weekend.

Still, Ricco said, “It’s better than the opposite.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tigers release Dombrowski, promote Avila to GM

Next stop, Toronto?

The Detroit Tigers today announced that assistant general manager Al Avila has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, replacing Dave Dombrowski in a stunning move this afternoon.

Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and will report directly to team owner Mike Ilitch.

“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a released statement. “Together, we’ve enjoyed some success, but we’re still in aggressive pursuit of our ultimate goal: to bring a World Series title to Detroit and Michigan. I’ve decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities. I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership.”

asinwreck Posted: August 04, 2015 at 04:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Beltre crafting rock-solid Hall resume

His career Wins Above Replacement, according to BaseballReference.com, is 36th all time at 80.7. That places him fifth among all third basemen. Only Hall of Famers are ahead of him: Mike Schmidt (106.5), Eddie Mathews (96.4), Wade Boggs (91) and Brooks Robinson (88.4).

His career WAR is higher than a long list of Hall of Famers, including Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.

Counting the players who spent most of their time at third base, Beltre is fifth all-time in hits, home runs and RBIs.

Defense? Those metrics are sometimes trickier, but his defensive WAR is second all-time among third basemen, trailing only Robinson.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:59 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, hall of fame

Time for MLB to waive goodbye to August trade format for new system

The wrinkle in the waiver system is that a team with no intention of acquiring a player can put in a waiver claim, forcing his team to pull him back and ending the possibility of him being traded. The waiving team can simply let the player go for nothing – the Devil Rays stuck the Yankees with Jose Canseco this way in 2000 — but most often, it’s used as a blocking tool.

As a result, the players who get through waivers tend to be ones with unmanageable contracts. With the way the market has changed, with such an emphasis on teams being able to get some kind of return for pending free agents, it’s time for the game to change with the times.

What Major League Baseball should do is institute a new system, mixing the old waivers system with something resembling the posting agreement that MLB has with Japan.

Here’s how it would work, using Padres outfielder Will Venable as an example so as not to have to refer to “Player X” repeatedly.

The Padres were unable to make a deal before the deadline to offload Venable, a free agent this winter who does not figure to command a qualifying offer, and thus will leave for nothing if the Padres do not re-sign him, unlike Justin Upton, who will get a qualifying offer and would bring a compensatory draft pick to San Diego if he leaves. So, at some point in August, the Padres would post Venable.

Teams interested in Venable would get 24 hours to contact the Padres and find out what San Diego would want in return. Teams would have until 48 hours after the posting to submit their best offers to the Padres. Such offers could be specific or they could be in the form of a list of prospects from which San Diego would have its choice, the way that player-to-be-named-later deals often work.

Upon receiving each team’s bid, the Padres would review their options, and have 24 hours to review medical reports and decide whether to accept an offer, or not be able to trade Venable for the remainder of the season. After 72 total hours, Venable’s situation would be resolved.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, waiver trades

Yes, the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline Was As Insane As It Seemed. Here’s Proof. «

Ben Lindbergh take on the trade deadline deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, trades

Ruben Amaro, Phillies deal for 12 prospects | phillies.com

Does this make Ruben a tenth level or eleventh level genius?

“This was as well prepared as we’ve been,” Amaro said. “There were no shortage of suitors, and when you’re talking about five or six teams to cover all those players and all those prospects … we started to target some of those guys during the offseason. The scouting and the addition of the analytics portion of these evaluations put us in the best position to be ready to make the trades.”

Quality is key. Some folks considered the Phillies’ farm system to be among the bottom third in baseball before this season. Following the 2015 Draft and the prospects they received from Texas, Washington and Toronto, some believe they have catapulted into the top half, if not the top third.

But quantity is key, too.

“They always say to get five if you need 10,” Gillick said. “It’s a numbers game. We think we got the numbers, and we think we got the quality. Hopefully out of that group, we’ll get four or five of them that’ll be able to perform in the Major Leagues.”

“You want to dream as much as you possibly can, but you also have to be realistic about the players,” Amaro said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr., trade deadline

Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez gets 3-game suspension | MLB.com

The three games for hitting a guy in the leg?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:36 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays, royals, suspensions

Deadspin: Kelby Tomlinson gets his first MLB hit in front of his wife and dad.

Despite the loss, Tiffany was still overjoyed. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Tiffany, who said she wanted to barf from excitement:

“I tried to keep it together the best I could. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I believed it until he got on deck and got ready to hit. Then it was, ‘My goodness, it’s actually going to happen.’

“I’m still in disbelief. It was all the emotions all at once. It was so exciting. I wanted to throw up. I’m just so proud of him.”

Baseball is awesome.


How baseball’s tech team built the future of television | The Verge

BAM, BAM…BAM, BAM, BAM!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbbam, technology

Cards can bank on Lackey

Even with incentives added, Lackey is pitching for about one-tenth of the $15.25 million he made last year because of a contract option clause that said he would play for the minimum if he ever missed a season because of injury.

That clause was exercised this year, and Lackey is a potential free agent after the season, having stated he wants to play two more years.

I thought he was going to retire?

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minimum wage


A.J. Pierzynski tried to convince ump that this bounced pitch was a strike

When Atlanta Braves pitcher David Aardsma hopped a ball to the plate in the eighth inning Monday night, Pierzynski turned in one of the most shameless sell jobs you’ll ever see from a catcher. He framed up the pitch like it were a strike, held it there to show the ump and looked at him like, “come on, this is totally a strike.”

Rickey! is all out of bubblegum Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing

Adrian Beltre becomes fourth player to hit for the cycle three times

The Rangers third baseman hit for the third cycle of his career, becoming just the fourth major leaguer ever to do it that many times, and the first since Babe Herman in 1933.

The other players to get a single, double, triple and home run in one MLB game on three occasions were Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Don’t let it go to his head.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre

Leigh Steinberg an agent for change

So, you want to be a sports agent. Really?

The session in Steinberg’s hometown was so well received that they added sessions in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Miami for this year.

“There is no programs in college that focus on preparing you to be a sports agent,” said Cabott, who graduated from La Salle and then got his J.D. from the Widener School of Law in 2005. “These people will learn more about being an agent in one day with [Steinberg] than in an entire semester in a sports management program in college.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, leigh steinberg

Our Game « Our Game

You can read part one at the link! Part 2 is also online.

This little book was issued in 1995 as part of the Penguin 60s series–celebrating Penguin’s 60th anniversary with 60 titles by its authors over the years. The 60 for the UK were somewhat different (a book about baseball would have made little sense across the pond, even though the Brits were first to play the game). I was pleased to be included among the 60 for North America, however, as it placed me in the company of my betters, from Melville and Poe to Emerson and the Pope. I got some cocktail-party mileage out of saying that Stephen King and I received the same fee for our work ($200). Anyway, this little book began its life as part of a book I wrote for The Sporting News in 1988, The Game for All America. Revised and republished over the years, the essay is presented here, at the blog named for it, with a tip of the cap to Whitman (“… well—it’s our game: that’s the chief fact in connection with it: America’s game: has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere—belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly, as our constitutions, laws: is just as important in the sum total of our historic life”)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history

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