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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Diamondbacks, Las Vegas had secret talks about relocation | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed a nondisclosure agreement with the city of Las Vegas more than a year ago, suggesting that Nevada’s largest city might have followed the city of Henderson in discussing the Major League Baseball team’s potential relocation from Phoenix.

It is unclear exactly how far discussions have advanced between Las Vegas and the Diamondbacks or whether those talks are ongoing. The nondisclosure agreement indicated both parties were evaluating or pursuing “certain mutually beneficial opportunities.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Here are baseball’s top 20 free agents to be

If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively.

But it won’t be very long until we fire up free agency yet again, and, despite some rumors to the contrary, there’s a ton of talent on the table after the 2019 World Series wraps.

Here, we’ll take a look at some early free-agent power rankings (20 players for 2020). But like so much of life, it gets complicated. The market will be drastically affected by what happens with various opt-outs and option clauses. For this list, we’re going to leave off guys whose options are likely to be exercised or whose ...

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Red Sox on track for $13M luxury tax despite mediocre record

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are on track to pay a $13.05 million luxury tax for a season in which they are likely to miss the playoffs.

The World Series champions’ payroll for purposes of the tax increased from $239.7 million on opening day to $242.8 million on Aug. 31, according to calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. That is well over the $206 million threshold where the tax begins.

As of opening day, the Red Sox were projected for an $11.76 million tax.

Boston entered Saturday with a 77-70 record, 8½ games out for the second AL wild card with 15 games remaining. The Red Sox fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski last weekend.

Sometimes, it’s nice to have a ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: luxury tax, red sox

David Glass reflects on 20 years as Royals owner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — David Glass leaned on the Royals dugout rail, talking earnestly with third-base coach Mike Jirschele and clutching a baseball in his hand. It was mid-afternoon, 88 degrees and humid.

“But I’m here because where else would you want to be on a Saturday evening but the ballpark?” Glass said with a smile. “I’m not going to stop enjoying baseball. I went to my first game in 1946 and I’ve been a baseball junkie ever since.”

The current Kansas City franchise owner was in his element. Ahead was the impending sale of the Royals to a group headed by Kansas City businessman John Sherman, but Glass was savoring a day in the dugout and on the field.

With the front-running Houston Astros in town, Glass watched ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david glass, royals

Braves clinch playoff spot behind Acuña Jr.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves celebrated another playoff berth with heavy hearts.

Ronald Acuña Jr. ignited the decisive four-run rally with the go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning, as the NL East leading Braves wrapped up a playoff berth with a 10-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The victory also eliminated the Phillies from winning the NL East.

But there was no celebrating in the postgame clubhouse, as the team remained concerned about utility man Charlie Culberson, who was struck directly on the right cheekbone by a 91 mph fastball in the seventh on the first pitch by Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney.

“He was good when he went to the hospital. I mean, he was alert and all of that stuff,” ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, charlie culberson, pennant race

Mets vs. Noah Syndergaard: The disagreement that could cost them a playoff spot

NEW YORK – Noah Syndergaard and Mickey Callaway aren’t on the same page regarding the value of pairing Syndergaard with his preferred catcher, Tomas Nido.

And it was made clear again Friday.

Syndergaard would rather throw to Nido than the Mets’ starting catcher, Wilson Ramos. There’s a certain comfort level with Nido. Syndergaard also benefits from Nido’s ability to better frame the low ball.

The Mets’ dilemma is that to appease Syndergaard and start Nido, it would leave Ramos, the NL’s hottest second-half hitter entering Friday, on the bench.

So, is this Peak Metsness, or can this be topped?

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway, noah syndergaard, tomas nido, wilson ramos

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Is Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen the latest star sent packing by Derek Jeter’s Marlins?

NEW YORK — Zac Gallen had just moved into his Miami apartment.

Two weeks later, he needed to move out.

A day after making his seventh career start with the Marlins and lowering his ERA to 2.72 with seven innings of two-run, eight-strikeout ball, the rookie right-hander was summoned to manager Don Mattingly’s office.

Gallen, who was just beginning to get acclimated to his new surroundings, initially assumed the coaching staff wanted to go over his last outing. But the Marlins had other plans on July 31 — and they weren’t sending Gallen back down to the minors.

Question- what do we do when Betteridge’s Law points to one answer to a question and what we’ve seen of the Marlins in action points to another?

 


DOES DAVE STIEB DESERVE ANOTHER CHANCE AT THE HALL OF FAME?

Stieb appeared on one BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) ballot, in 2004. A total of 506 ballots were cast. Stieb received a measly 7 votes. With a 1.4% tally, Stieb was wiped away from future BBWAA ballots, having failed to meet the minimum threshold of 5%. Did Stieb get a raw deal? Did he deserve a longer look? And, does he deserve another look this fall by the “Modern Baseball” Eras Committee, the second chance balloting process that used to be called the Veterans Committee?

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 14, 2019 at 07:07 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dave stieb, hall of fame, veterans committee

Justin Upton Done For Season | MLBT

Already eliminated from American League playoff contention, the Angels don’t have much left to play for this season. They’ll go through their final meaningless couple weeks of the year without left fielder Justin Upton, who’s dealing with patella tendinitis in his right knee

No Trout, no Ohtani, no Upton.

Anyone want my tickets to tonight’s game?

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 14, 2019 at 03:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin upton


What really goes into a mound visit with Max Scherzer?

WASHINGTON—Max Scherzer provided the unforgettable visual on June 2, camera squared on his face and a single effective word launched from his mouth. “No!”

Davey Martinez was approaching from the dugout. Scherzer had struck out a batter for the 14th time before Martinez began his advance. It took nine pitches, including a final slider. His pitch count hit 117. Joey Votto was coming up. Martinez stepped on to the dirt of the mound while greeted by a sneer.

This scenario is one for lore. Angry, ornery ace refuses to leave his mound. Manager absorbs kickback. It fits Scherzer’s personality and the narrative developed by it. In fact, he was doing this as far back as college at Missouri. Top of the ninth, Tigers lead 2-1, two outs, ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, mound visits

As Giants say bye to Bruce Bochy, uncertainty surrounds coaching staff

SAN FRANCISCO—The Madison Bumgarner sign outside the Second Street entrance at Oracle Park has been replaced by an even bigger one honoring his longtime manager. On the left field wall, there’s a picture of Bochy tipping his cap with a message—“Thank you Boch!”—that’s popping up all around the ballpark.

The next two homestands for the Giants largely will be about honoring Bochy, and for good reason. But there are others who are possibly coming to the end of the line, too.

The Giants on Tuesday let go of eight pro scouts, including a few men who had been with the organization for a long time. Farhan Zaidi is assessing the amateur scouting staff and the front office he inherited, and when the season ends, he will sit down with members of ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, coaching staffs

Report: Las Vegas also inquired about Arizona Diamondbacks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A report says Las Vegas followed neighboring Henderson in talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, possibly about moving the Major League Baseball team from Phoenix to southern Nevada.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports it obtained documents showing the team and Las Vegas signed a nondisclosure agreement in August 2018, two weeks after signing a similar pact with Henderson.

The Review-Journal reported the Henderson contact last month, but said discussions stalled.

My apologies for this being the link- the Review-Journal article is pay-walled for me.

Turning to the actual content- is it just me, or is the moving of a MLB team to Las Vegas a bit alarming, given how close MLB has gotten with gambling interests ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, las vegas, relocations

At 43, Lew Ford’s Never-Ending Career Keeps Rolling as Player-Coach

The first time Lew Ford thought his professional baseball career had reached its end came 1,911 games, 11 teams, five leagues, three countries and 18 years ago. Back then, he was a 24-year-old outfielder buried in the Minnesota Twins’ farm system, frustrated that his first taste of Double A had gone so poorly in 2001. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science and living in Austin, Tx., he figured he could get a good-paying job with one of the local tech companies—one that would allow him to settle down and raise a family instead of playing for pennies. But before he gave up on the big leagues, he talked to his wife, Corri, about what the future might hold. They agreed that he’d give baseball one more shot.

“I ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: independent leagues, lew ford, long island ducks

Reports: Diamondbacks agree to extension with GM Mike Hazen

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports the extension had been discussed for the past 10 days. The length of the extension has not been reported.

The timing of the extension is notable given the potential threat of Hazen being swooped away by his former employer, the Boston Red Sox.

The D-backs’ GM for the past three seasons, Hazen had previously spent time in the Red Sox organization, who fired their president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday. While no interest or meetings had been reported, Hazen was naturally being linked to the position.

Mind you, given recent practices in Boston, I’d rather ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, general managers, mike hazen

Friday, September 13, 2019

How many bad teams would it take to beat the Astros, Dodgers or Yankees?

A more complicated way is to ask this: How many of these bad teams would it take to make up one of these great teams? Would a playoff superteam of the Royals, Orioles, Tigers and Marlins be able to hang with the super playoff teams in Houston, New York and Los Angeles? In an era of total teardowns on the bleak side of the standings and insatiable depth hoarding on the bright side of them, is there room for any good players on a last-place roster?

To answer this question took 17 tabs in a spreadsheet.

Here were the rules: We built 25-man rosters for the Astros, Yankees, Dodgers and Tigeroyiolins—on second thought, that’s the only time we’ll attempt to call them that. Henceforth, they will be the Superteam—based entirely on 2019 stats: a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2019 at 06:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Zack Greinke’s 8 pitch types keeps ‘em guessing

Greinke is a weird duck.  He throws a ton of different pitches (four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker, split finger, cutter, and eephus), and he throws them really slowly.  No kidding on the slow thing, some of his curve balls come in below 70mph.  It’s legal to drive as fast as some of his pitches.  But he’s really good.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: September 13, 2019 at 02:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, eephus, pitches, zack greinke


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-13-2019

Pittsburgh Press, September 13, 1919:

Gene McCann, scout of the Cincinnati Reds and one of Baseball’s wise men, believes that the whole weight of the coming world’s series rests upon the shoulders of Eddie Cicotte, the Whitesox shine ball pitcher.

“Cicotte will go in for the first game against the Reds,” says McCann. “If he wins, the Sox, a great ball club, and full of nerve, must be given an even chance against the Reds. But if the Reds thrash Cicotte in that opening contest, the stuff is off—the Reds can be set down as future champions of the world.”

That was so much more true than McCann could know.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 13, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Q&A with John Mozeliak

In early August, you all collectively made the decision to fire popular assistant hitting coach Mark Budaska. At the time, everyone said it was related to philosophical differences with hitting coach Jeff Albert. How much do you think the mixed messaging for the first few months may have contributed to the offense underperforming?

Mozeliak: I think, simply put, you’re always looking for consistent messaging. You can have diverse opinions, but you have to have ways of solving problems, because ultimately you don’t want to confuse the players or your team. I think we needed to find some clarity on that. It forced us to make a change and now I feel like the messaging the players here is much more consistent, and I feel that’s been a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2019 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak, pay site

Cleveland’s Luke Carlin on Organizational Leadership and Collaborative Culture | FanGraphs Baseball

“Here with the Indians, it’s a team-first approach and a growth mindset. There is language we use that gets our players to understand the standards we set. We have very high standards of excellence, and we need to consistently message that. We need to model that as a staff. There is going to be developmental feedback that is done more privately. There is going to be psychological safety. We want an environment where the players aren’t afraid to make mistakes. We’re equipping them with a ton of great content, and we’re using our experience to weave everything they need into a language that allows them to apply it.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2019 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, minor leagues, player development

Kyle Lewis homers in each of first three games | MLB.com

This is unexpected.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle lewis, mariners

In era of analytics, Astros aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole are keeping it old-school

And in this age of analytics, Verlander insists, it’s time to quantify the amount of innings a starter provides. He has pitched at least 200 innings in all but one season since his rookie year, leading the major leagues three times and once again this season.

“You can’t put a number on it because people can’t quantify how valuable it is,’’ Verlander says. “But the second they can put a number on an inning, and how valuable it is, it would be dramatic. Just saving the bullpen, the impact those extra innings have, and what that means, I don’t think anybody has ever tried to tackle that, I think it’s valuable. Extremely valuable.’’...

This is why it’s mind-boggling that in this era, it’s not so much the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, justin verlander

Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole put on the greatest pitching show in baseball

“What they are doing is amazing, probably the best duo in baseball history,” Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said.


Koufax/Drysdale
Spahn/Sain
Mathewson/McGinnity
Johnson/Schilling

Others in the conversation?  Altuve just might be correct.

And how does Verlander’s loss yesterday impact the CY race?

Lest we forget Posted: September 13, 2019 at 03:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gerrit cole, great baseball players, verlander

Theo Epstein speaks for all Cubs fans as he sums up the frustrating season to date

If you were listening to 670 The Score Thursday morning, nobody would blame you if you confused Theo Epstein for a random Cubs fan.

But that wasn’t Bob from Berwyn chatting with David Haugh and Mike Mulligan about the infuriating 2019 season the Cubs have played to date — it was the president of baseball operations for the club, who told it like it is and pulled no punches.

Like usual, Epstein was measured in his response, but his frustration was palpable, as he explained how there are simply no excuses for the way the Cubs have played this year and especially lately.

He did not point to the recent string of injuries as a reason or use any other potential excuse in the books to explain away the fact that this team woke up Thursday ...

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QLE Posted: September 13, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, cubs, theo epstein

Giants’ Buster Posey aware of his slumping numbers, lack of confidence

We all held out hope once the news sank in Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey would undergo hip surgery at the end of last season.

The hope was, finger-crossing, Posey would return to his former self. Something he also had faith in as he told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic during spring training.

“That’s the reason you do the surgery,” Posey said. “To try to get back to where you previously were before the damage.”

That didn’t happen, unfortunately. But he remains aware of that as he told MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

A crying shame, if the end is approaching for him.

 

QLE Posted: September 13, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, slump

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind

John Burns held season tickets to Xavier basketball games for more than 40 years, in three different Cincinnati arenas, his seats maturing along with him—from raucous baseline in youth, to second level near the beer stand in middle age, to wheelchair-accessible seats when his aging friends required them. They were like The Giving Tree, those tickets, which Burns shared with seven pals. “Eventually, Dad needed the disabled seats himself,” says his daughter, Mary Ann. “I can still see him sitting at the dining room table, dividing the tickets into envelopes. Dad was always The Guy in Charge of the Tickets.”

John Burns died at 78 on April 1, 2010, his spirit ascending skyward in the manner of his seat location. In his casket his family ...

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QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: going digital, physical objects, tickets

Counted out? Defying expectations would be nothing new for the Diamondbacks

NEW YORK – Torey Lovullo walked to the Citi Field mound Thursday while Mets fans celebrated a Juan Lagares grand slam that had all but ended this game. This was not a trip Lovullo planned to make in the third inning of a critical game, but the Diamondbacks, the hottest team in MLB entering the series, had just fallen behind by six runs.

He removed his starter, Alex Young, then watched another six-plus innings of uninspiring baseball in an 11-1 loss before finally escaping New York.

“This is a tough series. We came here feeling pretty good about ourselves and got socked in the face. Got our asses kicked,” Lovullo said. “Turn the page.”

Before the first pitch of this series had been thrown, the Diamondbacks had won 11 of 13. ...

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QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, nl wild card, pennant race

How the Field of Dreams MLB dream came true

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — The news broke on social media midway through the morning of Aug. 8.

Seconds later, the phone at the Field of Dreams farmhouse started ringing. News may travel fast in a small town of just 5,000 people, but not as quickly as it can travel across the world on Twitter and Facebook.

One call tuned into two. Two calls turned into four. Four calls turned into eight.

“It literally did not stop ringing from the time of the announcement until the end of the day,” said Roman Weinberg, the site’s operations manager. “When I left at night, it was still ringing.”

“If you build it, he will come see a chance to make a quick buck.”

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: field of dreams, neutral site games, stadiums

Video: Two runs score on passed ball because Dylan Bundy doesn’t cover home plate

The Dodgers defeated the Orioles 4-2 on Thursday evening in Baltimore, taking two of three in the series from one of baseball’s worst teams. The Dodgers’ third and fourth runs were a gift from Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, as he failed to cover home plate following a passed ball with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

A.J. Pollock led off the frame with a double and promptly scored on a Cody Bellinger single. Bundy then walked Corey Seager. After getting two outs, the bases became loaded on a fielding error by third baseman Rio Ruiz, bringing up Russell Martin. Martin worked a full count when Bundy fired a high fastball. Martin foul tipped it into catcher Pedro Severino‘s glove, but Severino couldn’t hang on. The loose ball ...

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QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:40 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bad fielding, coverups, dylan bundy, orioles

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