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Saturday, November 03, 2018

Indians make puzzling decision to make veterans available in trades after winning 91 games

The Cleveland Indians must feel confident about their ability to contend in the American League Central in the near future. Despite winning 91 games last season, Cleveland will reportedly make its veteran players available for trade during the winter, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The news comes as a massive surprise considering Cleveland made the postseason in 2018. With a few additions on the free-agent market, the team had a chance to head into the 2019 season as one of the top World ...

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QLE Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fire sale, indians

Sources: Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward hired as next Rangers manager

Finally, the Rangers apparently have a manager.

More than six weeks after firing Jeff Banister and after interviewing more than a dozen candidates near and far, the Rangers have chosen Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, according to three industry sources.

General manager Jon Daniels, who earlier in the day addressed the team’s roster manipulations, did not respond to text requests for comment. Woodward is the third manager Daniels has hired in his 13 years with the Rangers; ...

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QLE Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, managers, rangers

Former Marlin Justin Wayne Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Con Involving Drug Addicts’ Urine

Justin Wayne was a bust. The fifth overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft, Wayne appeared in just 26 games over three seasons with the Florida Marlins, putting up an ERA over 6 (but earning a World Series ring along the way). Wayne’s post-baseball career was more successful, and more lucrative, at least right until he got busted for a bizarre insurance fraud which involved purchasing the urine of drug addicts.

Thursday in federal court West Palm Beach, Fla., Wayne was sentenced to 46 months in ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Friday, November 02, 2018

World Series trophy broken by flying beer can, now fixed

We wrote yesterday about how Mookie Betts had a bit of trouble catching an inbound beer can during the Red Sox’ World Series parade. That can, it seems, was not the biggest problem.

Other fans on the parade route threw cans at players and Red Sox officials, with at least six getting arrested for disorderly conduct. One of them was nabbed after hitting a team photographer, Jason Varitek’s wife and Alex Cora’s daughter. None of them were hurt.

The same cannot be said for the World Series ...

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QLE Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:52 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: detectives believe alcohol was involved, parade, world series trophy

Clayton Kershaw contract news

Clayton Kershaw reached a three-year, $93 million contract extension with no opt-outs with the Dodgers on Friday shortly before he was eligible to end his current deal, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:51 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Cuban P Sandy Gaston finalizes contract with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a minor league contract with 16-year-old Cuban pitcher Sandy Gaston that includes a $2.61 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-hander ranked among the top international prospects eligible to sign with major league teams this year.

Gaston is from Matanzas, Cuba, and will turn 17 on Dec. 16.

 

QLE Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:50 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, rays, sandy gaston

Texas Rangers reportedly hire Matt Blood as farm director

From director of the U18 National Team to farm director- wondering if there is any broader meaning to consider….

QLE Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farm system, matt blood, rangers

Will Freeze or Frenzy Face 2018 Free Agent Class?

The flame of baseball’s Hot Stove League turns to “high” when the sun comes up Saturday. That’s when free agents are free to sign with any team.

But neither players nor teams are in any rush to sign.

The hundred-or-so players whose contracts have expired are just the first wave in a periodic deluge of athletes who can sell themselves to any team at any price.

A general discussion of free agency for this off-season, and this thread is as good a place for us to have that discussion as ...

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QLE Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:50 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, off-season

DSPN: Carlos Beltran And His Family Dressed Up As Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran, his wife Jessica, and his three kids pulled off a stellar group costume for Halloween this year by going as ... Carlos Beltran on all his former baseball teams. Even the cat, dog, and fish participated.

Photos and other very good to nigh excellent athlete Halloween costumes at the link.  Jessica Beltran looks more like Carlos Beltran than Carlos Beltran.  I think it’s the beard.


Pitching coach Derek Johnson leaves Brewers to join Cincinnati Reds

From article:  The Brewers suffered their second defection in a week on Wednesday when general manager David Stearns announced pitching coach Derek Johnson was leaving to pursue another opportunity. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Johnson was leaving to become pitching coach of the Cincinnati Reds under new manager David Bell.


OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (November 2018)

Before she arrived on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 in mid-August 2017, Joi Harris had never performed a stunt. She’d never been anywhere near a movie or TV set, for that matter. Producers and studio 20th Century Fox wanted an African-American double for Zazie Beetz, who’d been cast in the role of Domino. They hired Harris, 40, who had done some motorcycle racing, and flew her in a couple of days before the shoot. The sequence was pretty straightforward. It called for a rider, sitting astride ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-2-2018

Washington Times, November 2, 1918:

Larry Chappelle [sic], hard-hitting outfielder, for whom Charley Comiskey of the Chicago White Sox paid $10,000 several years ago, is seriously ill with Spanish influenza at the Letterman Service Hospital [in San Francisco] today.

If it weren’t for horrible luck, Larry Chappell wouldn’t have had any luck at all. He hit .305 with Milwaukee in the American Association from 1912-1913, so Comiskey went out and spent a truckload of cash (I’ve seen at least three ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 02, 2018 at 11:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2018

Jackson County [North Carolina] Journal, November 1, 1918:

“You don’t hear so much about these motor transport drivers [in World War I],” said the [anonymous] captain, “but don’t forget they are part of the big job, and a big part.
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“I’ll give you an example of their spirit. After a recent hard push we had an afternoon off, so the men arranged a ball game just back of the front with a rival outfit…Then the fun started.

“Two big German shells lit in the outfield. The rival pitcher turned ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees sign Brett Gardner to one-year deal

According to a source, Gardner will earn $9.5 million next season—a $7.5 million base salary, plus a $2 million buyout payable as the Yankees did not pick up his $12.5 million option.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2018 at 08:57 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, yankees

MLB free agency: Athletics exercise option on Fernando Rodney, who could be baseball’s oldest player in 2019

Somewhere, Bartolo Colon hears this and decides “Challenge accepted!”

QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, fernando rodney

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. And Other Top Prospects On Display At Fall Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League has been a breeding ground for some of baseball’s most prized prospects since its inaugural 1992 season, a showcase that plays out for approximately six weeks in half a dozen Phoenix-area stadiums each year. Every August it’s decided who will play in the AFL, with six minor leaguers from each organization making the initial cut.

Historically, over half of the youngsters that participate in the AFL end up on a Major League roster at some point, with many developing into ...

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QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, fall stars game, vladimir guerrero jr.

Did Manny Machado say goodbye to Dodgers with ‘thank you’ Instagram post?

Four-time All-Star Manny Machado is ready to strike it rich in free agency this winter. The only question is which team will be willing to pony up perhaps as much as $300 million to sign him.

One team that certainly has the money is the Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s where Machado finished the 2018 season after being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in July. But many are wondering if Machado’s already closed the door on a Hollywood return based on this “thank you” Instagram post he ...

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QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: instagram, manny machado

Willie McCovey: Giants great remembered as ‘Hall of Fame human being’

As soon as Willie McCovey’s physical ailments began to prevent him from joining baseball’s greats in Cooperstown every July for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they started coming to him.

Bob Gibson, Frank Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Joe Torre, Vin Scully and many more would ride the elevator to the third floor at AT&T Park to visit McCovey, who watched every game from a booth when his health allowed.

They felt that no visit to San Francisco was complete without saying hi to Mac. And ...

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QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, willie mccovey

OT - November* 2018 College Football thread

* As is tradition, the November thread runs through Championship Week before giving way to the Bowl Spectacular.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 176 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SportsRadioPD: Barrett: Divorce Was Inevitable For The A’s and 95.7 The Game

The problems with selling Green and Gold in a sea of Orange. Or: why the A’s were never going to get A-grade radio coverage in the Bay Area, and never accepted it.

There was also a public perception that the team wouldn’t spend money to retain key players, the stadium they played in was a mess, and ownership made it worse by continuing to tell the public they wanted no part of being in Oakland. The vibe all the way around was negative. Meanwhile, the teams across the street seemed to have ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasting, giants, media, radio

The Dodgers have become baseball’s version of the 1990s Buffalo Bills

“The makeup of the teams is even similar. The Bills were loaded with stars and future Hall of Famers in quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas and defensive end Bruce Smith. Is that much different than the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner?”

Lest we forget Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo bills, dodgers

Reverse Platoon Splits – Before and After | RotoValue

So overall, it seems that even players who show a pronounced reverse platoon split tend to show a more normal platoon split over the rest of their careers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 10:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2018

New York Tribune, October 31, 1918:

[Red Sox owner Harry Frazee and Braves Field owner James Gaffney] spent most of the day at [Braves] field, looking over the big plant and discussing the proposition to have the games of both clubs played there in the future.
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Five years ago, when he built Braves’ Field at a cost of more than half a million dollars, Gaffney turned down a chance to hire Fenway Park for $20,000 a year. Fenway Park is now almost too valuable real estate to be used for baseball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fenway park, history

Charlie Brown | Society for American Baseball Research

Good stuff.

Much of Charlie Brown’s home life also remains shrouded in mystery. What is known is that his father is a barber and his mother is a homemaker. He also has a younger sister, Sally, and the aforementioned pet, Snoopy. His exact place of residence is unknown, but the climate is cold enough for there to be heavy snow in winter. Charlie Brown has been known to stand upon his snow-blanketed pitcher’s mound while dreaming of future glory, only to be rudely brought back to reality by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie brown

For Orioles, let history be your guide, hire a general manager first – The Athletic

It’s tough to grade Duquette. Peter Angelos wasn’t the kind of owner who gives his GM any real autonomy.

The Duquette era was always about making marginal moves and hoping they turned into gold under Showalter’s direction–and in fairness, sometimes they did. But a lot of this team was built on the structure of what came before — both the 2012 and 2014 teams were stocked with guys acquired by Andy MacPhail, Duquette’s predecessor — and eventually when those guys started getting long in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pay site


Ignite the Hot Stove: A complete list of MLB free agents

With the World Series in the books, the Hot Stove is about to get switched on for the winter.

Baseball’s free-agency period begins this weekend, and there are a whole bunch of players out there for teams looking to make an upgrade or two this offseason. The list includes a few of the game’s biggest stars, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who could fetch two of the biggest contracts in baseball history.

Here’s a list of the game’s free agents, guys who could end up at a stadium near ...

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QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, lists

Moose is loose from Brewers; Soria also elects free agency

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas is becoming a free agent again, and so is reliever Joakim Soria.

In addition, the Brewers exercised a $3,175,000 option on All-Star right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who would have been eligible for salary arbitration if it had been declined.

Moustakas declined a $15 million mutual option Tuesday.

So, will he have any better luck than he did last year?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mike moustakas

MLB Rumors: Giants Interested in Farhan Zaidi for President of Baseball Ops.

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly expanded their search for a president of baseball operations to their archrivals.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, San Francisco is “interested” in Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi for the role. While Morosi cautioned it is “unclear if the scenario is viable,” he noted the interest could be the reason San Francisco’s search has been somewhat slow.

This comes after Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported the Giants interviewed ...

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QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

Agent Jeff Berry expects J.T. Realmuto to be traded by spring training

So, what third-rate prospects will the Yankees give up for Realmuto?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, marlins, trade rumors

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