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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Inside Baseball AL Notes | Royals Slow Playing Their Free Agents

Heyman’s AL notes.

NL notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2017 at 03:22 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and his influence on baseball’s competition committee

Boston Globe Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Inside Baseball NL Notes | How Stanton’s Contract Impacts Marlins

Sorry, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family the last few days. Here’s something to start getting caught up.
Inside Baseball AL Notes | Astros doing homework on starters

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

These bullpens are saving — and sinking — some seasons

Bullpenning.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 07, 2017


Friday, May 05, 2017

Inside Baseball | Are These 5 Frontrunners For Real?

Heyman’s latest.

AL Notes and NL notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Notes: Mendoza-Hendricks Nerdiness, Selsky as Dangerfield, Edwards Evoked ’86, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi benefitted from a scoring change earlier this week. It was made by the league office in New York, which routinely reviews decisions that are challenged. In this case, an official scorer at Fenway Park had charged a Pirates infielder with an error for not handling a throw. Here’s what happened.

With a runner on first base and less than two outs, Benintendi blooped a ball that fell safely in short centerfield. Wary that the ball might be caught, the runner got a late jump, and the throw from the outfielder — in the opinion of the official scorer — would have been in time to force him at second had it not been muffed.

New York thought otherwise. After reviewing the play, they erased the error and awarded a hit to Benintendi.

How does the challenge process work? It’s pretty straightforward, and according to Red Sox senior director of media relations Kevin Gregg, it’s changed for the better.

“It used to be that the team would ask the PR director to lobby for something to be changed,” said Gregg. “Now the player can go to the team to argue on his behalf — that’s the most common way it’s done — or to the Players’ Association to argue on his behalf. Either way, the plays in question need to be submitted to the league office for review within 72 hours of the game.”

The media relations/PR director does still play a part in the process. If a scoring decision is made that his, or her, team may not like, he/she will typically ask the official scorer for an interpretation. That can then be communicated to the league office (Joe Torre is the ultimate decision maker for scoring reviews) which wouldn’t otherwise receive that piece of information. Because a scoring change would affect players on both teams, the league office informs each of the two media relations directors when a review is being conducted.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Inside Baseball | Where Potential Sellers Stand Right Now

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Notes: Whitley’s Cattle, Cubs Butler, Gausman’s Analogy, Prideful Yard Goat, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Over the past several months I’ve asked a handful of high-ranking front office members about personnel decisions. More specifically, I’ve asked how they assess the relative value of acquiring a specific style of player, versus simply upgrading at a position. Bobby Evans, the general manager of the San Francisco Giants, is among those I’ve queried.

“You can do both simultaneously,” Evans told me. “They go together. You might have a guy who would clearly fit the chemistry of your team, but he’s a third baseman and you don’t need a third baseman. If it’s a power guy who strikes out a lot, and you need power, you can deal with the strikeouts, but defensively he has no position. Those are the type of factors you’re always measuring. But you can’t limit it to just one thing.

“If the guy doesn’t fit the dynamic of your clubhouse… I actually think that’s pretty rare in the game. There are a lot of interchangeable parts. For the most part you don’t look for people to be one certain way. You expect to have a dynamic clubhouse, but if for some reason you find a guy who just wouldn’t fit that dynamic, but he fits so well in other ways, that makes it a much harder decision. Sometimes you have to try things to get better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Notes: Belisle, Buck on Robots, Mancini’s Pop, Bedrosian’s Role, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Stearns went in a slightly different direction when I asked him for his thoughts on the subject. The head honcho in Milwaukee’s rebuild addressed the options in explanatory terms.

“There are two things at play there,” said Stearns. “There is style, and there is direction. Those are different. If you’re going to make an acquisition, you certainly want that player to fit your overall direction as an organization — fit the plan, fit the strategy. Style of play is a little bit different, and it’s something that can be reflective of a number of different things.

“It can be reflective of the type of players you have, It can be reflective of your managers or your coaching staff, It can be reflective of where you are in a particular baseball season. Your team could be going through a good spell where everyone is energized, or it could be going through a bad spell where everyone is a little fatigued. Style of play is a little more challenging to fit. Direction is definitely important.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Nick Cafardo: Mike Hazen wants to build the Diamondbacks like the Red Sox. But he has a lot to learn.

With the size of the contract, could the Diamondbacks really expect a lot talent back in a deal?

Hazen was asked to respond to prevalent rumors that he will eventually deal Greinke in order to stockpile young talent.

“We understand people talking about that. We haven’t tackled the long-term outlook yet,” Hazen said. “We saw the talent on this team and we really wanted to do everything we could to make this team as strong as possible. We saw strength in the starting rotation and having a No. 1 starting pitcher like Zack, someone we’re very fortunate to have. He’s throwing the ball extremely well. Velocity was made a big deal in spring training and I think we’ve seen that velocity rise. But I don’t think he needs huge velocity because that’s not what he’s about.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Friday, April 14, 2017


Sunday, April 09, 2017


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Billy Beane turned down the Red Sox 15 years ago. He has no regrets.

Bovada says the Pirates’ Clint Hurdle is the favorite to be the first manager fired, at 7/2 odds. Not sure about that one. The Reds’ Bryan Price is 4/1, the Angels’ Mike Scioscia is 5/1, the Twins’ Paul Molitor is 6/1, the Tigers’ Brad Ausmus is 13/2, and the Padres’ Andy Green is 15/2. The Red Sox’ John Farrell is 10th at 16/1.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 04:25 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Friday, April 07, 2017


Sunday, April 02, 2017


Friday, March 31, 2017

Inside Baseball — NL: Will Happ make Schwarber expendable?

They can’t play every young player.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Inside Baseball—AL: Lindor Has Little Incentive For Extension

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2017 at 07:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Will teams blow White Sox away for Jose Quintana?

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2017 at 07:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Heyman: 30 Potential Breakout Players For 2017

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Monday, March 20, 2017

“I Don’t Know is on third.”

One guy probably knows.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, notes

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nick Cafardo: A Cubs-Red Sox World Series? It’s not too early to talk about it

Other teams will have a say about that.

“That’s what sport is all about,” said Hurdle, a philosopher and motivator. “The ability to go out and play on grass. You don’t play on paper. It wasn’t a ‘monster’ until two years ago. There’s a lot of stories that were written over the winter. You’re writing about different players now. It’s a different story in Boston now.

“To compare things in life is one of the most dangerous things you can ever do. Be who you are. Know who you are and like who you are. That will get us to the place where we need to go. We know what kind of market we play in.

“We know what it takes to win baseball games. We believe we can do that against anybody. They haven’t lost that edge. In fact, three [straight] trips to the playoffs and to not make it [last year] left a bitter taste in the mouths of all those men. We have to do something about it and it starts in spring training with work and commitment and this is the only sport where you use the word ‘sacrifice.’ That’s where we are.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
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