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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2019

Pittsburgh Press, November 5, 1919:

PROBING SERIOUS CHARGES

Owner Charles A. Comiskey, of the Chicago Whitesox, and the members of the National commission, are quietly investigating scandalous stories involving the American league champions in the recent world’s series. A Chicago sporting writer the other day published a bitter attack on several members of the Whitesox who were mentioned by name.
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No accusations reflecting on the honesty of the Chicago players appeared in this, but the sporting paper threatened to make further disclosures that would compel the governors of the sport to take drastic action.

Meh. It’s probably nothing.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 05, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Yankees fail to make qualifying offer to Gregorius

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees failed to make a $17.8 million qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius and will not receive draft-pick compensation if the free-agent shortstop signs with another team.

Gregorius, who turns 30 in February, came back from Tommy John surgery in early June and hit .238 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 82 games.

If New York doesn’t re-sign Gregorius, it could move Gleyber Torres from second to shortstop, make DJ LeMahieu the regular second baseman and allocate more payroll to starting pitching.

Tyler Lyons, who earned a spot on the Yankees’ postseason roster as a left-handed reliever, refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and elected to become a free agent.

Mind you, would you make such ...

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QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, qualifying offers, yankees

Beltrán: Need to be “best friend” to Mets’ GM as manager

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán was back in familiar blue pinstripes Monday, buttoning up a New York Mets uniform while standing next to his new boss, Brodie Van Wagenen.

The first-time manager is taking over following a tenuous season at Citi Field, and his plan to calm the clubhouse works from the top down. That means Van Wagenen isn’t just getting a new employee.

“When you’re a manager, literally, your GM has to be your best friend,” he said.

Beltrán was introduced as Mets manager by Van Wagenen and Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon during a news conference in Queens. Beltrán, who spent seven of his 20 seasons as a player with the Mets, identified inconsistency as the culprit for New York’s rocky and ...

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QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, carlos beltran, mets being mets

10 players receive qualifying offers

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that 10 players have received qualifying offers worth $17.8 million each: Josh Donaldson, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, José Abreu, Jake Odorizzi, Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler, Will Smith, and Marcell Ozuna.

The players have 10 days to accept or reject the qualifying offer. Accepting means they are back under contract with the offering team for the 2020 season; rejecting means they become a free agent with draft pick compensation attached to them.

We have talked in the past about how the QO system has hampered free agency. Teams that sign a player who rejected a QO must forfeit at least one draft pick. Teams losing a player who rejected their QO receive at least one draft ...

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Braves re-sign outfielder Nick Markakis to one-year deal

The Braves retained outfielder Nick Markakis on a one-year, $4 million deal Monday, the deadline for the team to decide on his $6 million club option.

Markakis was paid his $2 million buyout and signed for $4 million, giving him equal earnings he would’ve received if his option was picked up.

The move, which mirrors how the Braves handled catcher Tyler Flowers’ option earlier in the day, saves $2 million on payroll. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal was the first to report Markakis’ new deal.

Markakis, who turns 36 this month, has patrolled the Braves outfield since 2015. He handled both corner spots in 2019.

The Bill Buckner of our times keeps rolling along….

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nick markakis

Yoenis Cespedes Still Rehabbing Ankle Injury, Status for 2020 Season Unknown

After missing the entire 2019 season due to injuries, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes could miss all of 2020 as well.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday the team is unsure if he will play next year, per Tim Healey of Newsday.

“I don’t have enough information to predict when he’s going to be back,” Van Wagenen said, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The GM noted the All-Star is rehabbing but it’s “too early to tell” if he will return for the 2020 season.

Well, Brodie Van Wagenen has only one person to blame for being caught in this contractual situation….

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, yoenis cespedes

Orioles’ Chris Davis sets record with $3M donation to University of Maryland Children’s Hospital

Baltimore Orioles fans should give first baseman Chris Davis some more slack in 2020. Davis — who is derided in Baltimore for his lucrative contract — made a record-breaking donation to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital on Monday.

Davis and his wife, Jill, donated $3 million to the hospital. That set a record for the biggest donation ever from a Baltimore athlete.

The 33-year-old Davis signed a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Orioles prior to the 2016 season. Davis has struggled since signing that deal, posting a .198/.294/.385 slash line over the past four seasons.

 

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, chris davis

J.D. Martinez doesn’t opt out of contract with Red Sox

J.D. Martinez did not opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox.

By remaining with the Red Sox, Martinez can earn $62.5 million over the next three years: $23.75 million for 2020 and $19,375,000 for both 2021 and 2022. He also has the option to opt out after each of the next two seasons, as long as he does not spend a lengthy period on the injured list.

“J.D. has advised me that his decision is about assuring that he plays for a competitive team and wanting to continue to play in a place where he knows that he can be highly productive,” Scott Boras, Martinez’s agent, told The Boston Globe.

Over the past three seasons, Martinez leads the league in home runs with 124 and is second in RBIs at 339, batting average at .313, slugging ...

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QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, opt-outs, red sox

The MVP, Cy, Rookie, Manager finalists are ...

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America honors are the centerpiece of awards season, and the field of finalists for this hallowed hardware—the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year Awards—is now officially narrowed down to a select few.

Voting for the BBWAA Awards took place at the conclusion of the regular season (meaning postseason performance does not come into play), and the top three vote-getters for each award were announced on MLB Network on Monday night.

Here’s a rundown of who is in the running and when the award winners will be announced

So, what broader meaning can we obtain from this list of finalists?

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, cy young award, finalists, manager of the year, mvp, rookie of the year

Monday, November 04, 2019

2020 MODERN BASEBALL ERA BALLOT

Nine former big league players and one executive comprise the 10-name Modern Baseball Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 8 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker are the candidates the Modern Baseball Era Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2020. All candidates are former players except for Miller, who was the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966-82. All candidates except for Miller and Munson are living.

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Modern Baseball Era Committee will earn election ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2019

Grand Forks Herald, November 4, 1919:

[Charlie Comiskey] is in favor abolishing the freak deliver in spite of the fact one of his slabmen is credited with the perfection of the shine ball. But he admits he knows of no effective way to prevent freak pitching unless possibly the abolition of all gloves, except for the catcher, might help some. That he considers too radical, because it would compel the present generation of ballplayers to learn to field all over again.
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Out of the scores of suggestions that have been received from baseball fans nothing practical has resulted because all the good ideas are based on the belief that the umpires can tell when a freak delivery is pitched.

Elsewhere in the news, Hod Eller says he’s not worried ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 04, 2019 at 10:30 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, spitball

Castillo declines to opt out of Red Sox contract

BOSTON (AP) — To the surprise of no one, outfielder Rusney Castillo declined to opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox and will remain in their minor league system.

Castillo agreed to a $72.5 million, seven-year contract in 2014 and has not appeared in a major league game since 2016. He could have voided the final season of his deal, which calls for a $13.5 million salary, and become a free agent.

And one of baseball’s strangest games of chicken continues onward.

 

QLE Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: opt-outs, red sox, rusney castillo

Nationals’ championship parade buses appear in Philadelphia

This isn’t going to go over well.

The Nationals paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue in double-decker buses on Saturday in celebration of the franchise’s first ever World Series title. But not even 24 hours later, those same buses were seen carrying riders in the NL East rival Phillies’ hometown.

I assume the locals responded with the quiet grace and dignity associated with their city…..

 

QLE Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, parade, philadephia

Cubs pick up Anthony Rizzo’s 2020 option

Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs have picked up their 2020 club option for first baseman Anthony Rizzo at $16.5 million. The Cubs also hold a club option for the 2021 season at $16.5 million.

Rizzo, 30, had another terrific season for the Cubs in 2019, batting .293/.405/.520 with 27 home runs, 94 RBI, and 89 runs scored across 613 plate appearances. Towards the end of the season, as the Cubs went on a losing streak that pushed them out of playoff contention, Rizzo dealt with a sprained ankle. He has otherwise been quite durable in his eight seasons with the Cubs.

Not particularly surprising, is it?

 

QLE Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs, options

Nationals’ World Series celebration takes over Capitals game

It was a party at Capital One Arena on Sunday evening for the World Series-champion Washington Nationals. After a rocking championship parade on Saturday — the first in franchise history — the club continued its victory lap as the Capitals played host to the Calgary Flames.

If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about marinating in the afterglow of a championship, it’s Alex Ovechkin and his teammates – and they were happy to offer some tips and share in the celebration.

Let’s walk through the gems of the evening, shall we?

 

 

QLE Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrations, hockey, nationals

Sunday, November 03, 2019

2019 Gold Glove winners | MLB.com

Lindor wins over Simmons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2019 at 08:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: gold gloves

Murray Chass criticized baseball analytics. His grandson, Zach Kram, relies on them. - The Washington Post

People actually wished death on Murray Chass? Pitiful.

“My mother didn’t want me to see people wishing death upon my grandfather,” Kram said.

Kram didn’t plan to be a sportswriter, but when he went to college at Washington University in St. Louis and got a laptop for the first time, he began reading websites such as FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2019 at 11:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: murray chass

Dalbec’s slam leads US over Netherlands 9-0 in qualifier

Drew Waters homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning, Bobby Dalbec hit a grand slam in the fifth and Jo Adell and Brent Rooker also went deep, leading the United States over the Netherlands 9-0 Saturday at Guadalajara, Mexico, in the Americans’ opening qualifier for next year’s Olympic baseball tournament.

Cody Ponce (1-0) and four relievers combined on a two-hitter to get a win in the Group A game at the Premier12 tournament.

The top two nations in the group, which includes the Dominica Republic and Mexico, advance to the super round in Japan. The top finisher from the Americas qualifies for next year’s Olympic baseball tournament in Japan.

Japan has an automatic berth, and the top nation from Asia/Oceania other ...

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QLE Posted: November 03, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: olympic baseball

MLB hot stove: Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg opts out of contract, becomes free agent, per report

As expected, Washington Nationals right-hander and reigning World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has opted out of his contract, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The Nationals have not yet confirmed the news. Strasburg is walking away from four years and $100 million. Saturday was the deadline to opt out.

Strasburg, 31, threw a National League leading 209 innings during the regular season, and finished with 3.32 ERA and 251 strikeouts. He then threw another 36 1/3 innings with a 1.98 ERA during Washington’s postseason run, including 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball with the season on the line in World Series Game 6.

The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year extension worth $175 million in May 2016. The contract included heavy deferrals, ...

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QLE Posted: November 03, 2019 at 12:08 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, opt-outs, stephen strasburg

Saturday, November 02, 2019

McCarthy: the nerds cost the Astros the World Series and it was glorious to watch

Speaking of dumb narratives…

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2019 at 08:59 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, world series

MLB rumors: Longtime Giants coach Hensley Meulens could join Marlins

SAN FRANCISCO—Hensley Meulens was one of the first two people to interview for Bruce Bochy’s old job, but now it’s looking like Meulens won’t be with the Giants at all next season.

Meulens is not one of the finalists for the manager job and now appears headed for Miami. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Meulens and the Marlins are discussing a position on the coaching staff. Meulens and Marlins manager Don Mattingly played together with the Yankees in the early 1990s.

Wait- that’s a job one would volunteer to take?

 

QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hensley meulens, marlins

World Series champs Washington Nationals get their parade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are getting a hero’s welcome home from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected for a parade Saturday honoring the Nationals, who won a nail-biting, come-from-behind victory against the Houston Astros in Game 7 to clinch the World Series.

“When they tell you dreams come true, point them toward our @Nationals,” Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Thursday. “Tell them they do.”

She included the hashtag SportsCapital, a reference, too, to the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship in 2018 and the Washington Mystics’ WNBA championship this year.

So, any of you planning to line the parade route?

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QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, parade

Braves decline Billy Hamilton’s option

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves declined their part of Billy Hamilton’s mutual option for 2020, allowing the speedy outfielder to become a free agent.

Hamilton’s contract, agreed to with Kansas City last December, called for a $4.25 million salary for this year and included a $7.5 million mutual option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout. He earned an additional $200,000 this season in bonuses based on plate appearances.

So, who digs the stolen base?

QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, braves, options

Moustakas, Grandal go onto free agent market

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal declined their mutual options with the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming free agents.

Moustakas, who turned 31 in September, is a free agent for the third straight offseason after earning $18.7 million in a pair of one-year deals.

He hit .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs this year for the Brewers, earning his third All-Star selection. After starting the season at second base, he moved across the diamond to third when Travis Shaw slumped.

 

QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, free agents, mike moustakas, yasmani grandal

Why the Nationals Might Be Most Surprising World Series Champions Ever

The Nationals may be the unlikeliest World Series champions ever.

In the eighth inning of the National League wild-card game, they trailed the Brewers 3–1; their chance of winning was 13%. Capped by a Juan Soto single, they rallied off the Milwaukee bullpen to win 4–3.

Eight days later, in the NL Division Series in Los Angeles, Washington once again trailed 3–1 in the eighth in an elimination game, and now the Nats had just an 11% chance to come back. This time Anthony Rendon joined Soto in providing eighth-inning heroics: Each belted a solo homer to set up Howie Kendrick’s decisive 10th-inning grand slam.

After sweeping the Cardinals to take the pennant, the Nationals found themselves in deep trouble once again in Game 7 of the ...

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QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, world series champions

Why did those World Series games last so long?

Baseball’s regular season has the pace-of-play problem with which we’re all familiar: Many of the 2,430 games take on dead time until they are boring, lulling. It’s a good dish, watered down until you don’t love it as much.

The postseason’s pace-of-play problem is different. It’s not that games get boring, since a World Series game is almost always tense and urgent, and if you’re on a cross-country flight with cable TV access you will enjoy every moment of it. But most people aren’t on cross-country flights. Most people have full lives, and they have to squeeze in their baseball indulgences among other obligations, like family, and sleep, and moving at least once every four hours to avoid nerve damage. These postseason games are ...

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QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, world series

Here’s everything that’s happening in the 2019-2020 Offseason

Rogers Hornsby’s most famous quote goes like this: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

Rogers Hornsby, of course, died in 1963 and back then they didn’t have much of a hot stove season, so it’s understandable that he just stared out of a window. We, however, have all kinds of things to pay attention to in the baseball offseason. Awards season, new uniform unveilings, free agency — assuming teams actually try to sign free agents this year – arbitration stuff, the Hall of Fame election, and then, before you know it, pitchers and catchers are reporting.

Here’s a handy calendar for you to keep track of all of that stuff

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QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: offseason, schedule

Friday, November 01, 2019

Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson named 2020 Ford C. Frick Award finalist

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced today that legendary Chicago White Sox television play-by-play announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson is one of eight finalists for the Hall of Fame’s 2020 Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

Harrelson, 78, joins fellow broadcasters Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin, Mike Shannon and Dewayne Staats as the eight finalists for 2020 Frick Award honors.

In 2020, only major-league, team-specific broadcasters are eligible for the award, based on their commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans and recognition by peers. Candidates, active ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2019 at 03:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: ford c frick award

Fielding Bible Awards 2019

This year’s Fielding Bible Awards include four recipients who were 30 or older—Indians catcher Roberto Perez, Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain, Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta, and Astros pitcher Zack Greinke.

Greinke certainly showed his fielding off in Game 7.

Mike Webber Posted: November 01, 2019 at 02:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bellinger, fielding bible, gold glove, sports info solutions

National League Rushmore Update, 2019

The National League follow-up to Monday’s article

If you don’t happen to recall, this isn’t about the four best players in a team’s history. Rather, it’s about the four best players in history that have never played for another team. If you’re wondering where Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are, that’s where. These aren’t necessarily the “right” answers, but they’re interesting to me.

I agree with the author, it’s interesting.

Mike Webber Posted: November 01, 2019 at 02:03 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: national league, war

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