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Friday, November 24, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-24-2017

Chicago Eagle, November 24, 1917:

“It is just like listening to a drum corps when you come to bat with Ray Schalk catching,” writes Oscar Vitt. “He is always whistling. He uses a trill note and occasionally bursts into song. A batter has to be on his guard all the time to keep his mind on the game, for this boy Schalk is always chatting or doing something behind the bat.

Distraction is the new market inefficiency.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 24, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ortiz: Plea to consider ‘character’ alters Hall of Fame vote | Jose de Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com

Why are so many people actively working to make the Hall of Fame completely irrelevant?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Who, me?! Why your team’s next closer will probably be a total surprise—even to him

It’s hard, looking at that group now, to appreciate how weird a list of names it is. Of course, Hector Neris and Corey Knebel look like closers now, now that we’ve seen them do it and carried them for months on our fantasy rosters. But 12 months ago, Neris and Knebel had two career saves apiece. So let’s try this: I’m going to predict the 30 pitchers who will be closers in September 2018, and you’re going to look at me like I’m insane:

Cody Allen, Henderson Alvarez. Jacob Barnes, Cam ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 08:04 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: closers

Top 25 prospects from 2017 Arizona Fall League | MLB.com

Nothing shocking.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

The fault in Dipoto’s (prospective) stars - Lookout Landing

Dipoto is chasing a closing window.

Which brings us back to today, and the recent trade of Juan Then (17-year-old 2016 international signee) and JP Sears (21-year-old drafted in 2017) for Nick Rumbelow (26 years old, 15 2⁄3 innings of major league experiences). In an article in the Seattle Times, prior to this trade, Dipoto said, in discussing his moves over the last season “‘We got younger and we didn’t get younger at the A level. We got younger at the big-league level.’” It’s true; Dipoto ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at the end of the 2015 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Favorite Thanksgiving recipes from MLB | MLB.com

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thanks for making this site a good place to talk about baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hall makes room for an “idiot” on the ballot

If this were Dave Borges, I’d assume he’s talking about Schilling again.  But instead, it’s just a basic HOF summary article, with the strangest headline I’ve seen so far.  The identity of the “idiot” is not stated anywhere.  Any guesses?

Peter Farted Again Posted: November 22, 2017 at 10:00 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Ryan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!

Ryan has received his first official ballot, courtesy of Adam Rubib. Ten votes, including Vizquel.

So who gets a higher percentage of vote this year, Trammell with the VC or Vizquel with the BBWAA? (Only partly a tongue-in-cheek question…)

TJ Posted: November 22, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2017

Boise Capital News, November 22, 1917:

Ban Johnson, president of the American league will ask the war department to grant exemption from military service to 18 men on each of the 16 major league clubs, in order that baseball may continue during the war.

That Ban Johnson’s suggestion for exemption of big league baseball players should be the beginning of his end was the official view expressed at the provost marshal general’s office today.

[National League]President Tener today told the United ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 22, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

What’s next for Maitan and other former Braves | MLB.com

Maitan’s stock has clearly dropped. It will be interesting to see whether teams will wait for Otani to sign

By going back into the international amateur free agent pool, teams will have to use their bonus pools for such players to sign Maitan or any of the others. Since the signing period began back in July, millions of dollars have already been spent, so teams will be somewhat limited. The top five teams in terms of remaining pools, as of Tuesday, are:
Texas Rangers, $3.535 million
New York ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2017 at 06:19 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Shohei Ohtani MLB posting deal reached | MLB.com

As first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and subsequently confirmed by MLB.com with multiple sources, the MLBPA wanted MLB and NPB officials to change certain aspects of the agreement, including a shorter window for players to be posted that would be less disruptive to the pace of the domestic free-agent market, as well as a rule that would prevent NPB teams from keeping a player if teams are unsatisfied with the size of the MLB contract (and, in turn, the amount of “commission” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 08:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani

Sources: MLB hammers Atlanta Braves, declaring 12 minor league players free agents

More like sledgehammers the Braves. I was going to excerpt the punishments but I’d have to include too much of the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, international free agents

A Discussion of WAR Wherein I Ardently Attempt to Avoid any WAR-Related Puns | Sports-Reference.com

It’s really tough to have a debate on Twitter. Comments, posts, and replies get so disjointed. I’m not sure Bill is actually as “steadfast” in the absolute certainty of his position. Now, he may have been at the beginning of this debate but, as the discussion has evolved, his comments, IMO, have softened as he’s heard/read other people’s comments. Again, my opinion.

In any event, Sean makes his case.

Now through years of arguing and debate, I have come to the conclusion that these two ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Prospectus Feature: Bill James vs. The Noise - Baseball Prospectus

I am a big fan of WAR and even have my own WAR system. Although I don’t agree that we *need* a better value system for use during MVP discussions, I also believe having alternative statistical views helps us find better answers to very complex questions.

Having said that, if Votto was placed on the Astros the outcome of his performance would actually help the Astros get more wins than his production buys with the Reds. That’s because the Astros overall offense would be more efficient in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: war

Joe Morgan Wants To Keep Steroid Cheats Out Of Baseball Hall Of Fame | MLB | NESN.com

Joe Morgan is serious about baseball’s standards of excellence. The Cincinatti Reds legend and Baseball Hall of Famer wrote a letter to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday in which he implores Hall of Fame voters not to induct known steroid users into the sport’s most hallowed place. Esteemed baseball writer Joe Posnanski shared Morgan’s letter on his blog, and the Baseball Hall of Fame sent it to a wider audience.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 192 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2017

Butte Post, November 21, 1917:

Smoky Joe Wood has decided to give up pitching. He took himself off the Cleveland club’s payroll on July 1 because he realized that he couldn’t earn his big salary.
...
But he will not retire from the game. Lee Fohl and Tris Speaker, who are running the Cleveland team, will try Wood in the outfield next spring. Smoky Joe is a natural hitter and a splendid all-around player, for which reason the Cleveland mentors are not yet ready to part with him.

Spoiler: The ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Finding the best spot for Giancarlo Stanton

Some fun stuff from Dan Szymborski. (The Photoshop skills in the article images are pretty, pretty good. )

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, tradecasting

Monday, November 20, 2017

Teams set 40-man rosters ahead of Rule 5 Draft

With only 40 spots on each organization’s roster, there are some very tough decisions for teams to make this time of year as to which prospects to protect.

The deadline to make those choices is Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Some moves have already been made, but that’s the timetable for all teams to figure out who lands a coveted 40-man spot and who is left unprotected. The latter group will be exposed to selection by the 29 other teams in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.

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JJ1986 Posted: November 20, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, transactions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2017

Boise Capital News, November 20, 1917:

Danny Shay will take the witness stand today and tell the story of his killing of Clarence Euell, negro waiter, in the hotel English cafe. Following Shay’s testimony, closing arguments will be made and the fate of the Milwaukee baseball manager will rest with the jury. Shay is expected to declare that he was forced to shoot in self-defense.

Forced to shoot in self defense because there wasn’t enough sugar in a bowl. Got it.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 20, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 20 November 2017: Sheriff’s official suspended 10 days over Cubs World Series sneak-in

A high-ranking official in Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office had to pay a price for allowing others to avoid having to pay the price of admission last year to a Cubs World Series game at Wrigley Field, newly obtained records show.

Mike Anton, a deputy chief with the sheriff’s police who makes about $120,000 a year, was suspended for 10 days for giving security IDs to two people so they could get in to a 2016 Cubs World Series game, the records show.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 20, 2017 at 08:01 AM | 895 comment(s)
  Beats: off-topic, politics, world series

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Questions And Challenges Loom Over Derek Jeter

This is just stupid.

While it’s doubtful that another instance of Yankees vs. Red Sox will influence Jeter, it is a complication that is in place only because he’s Derek Jeter and trading Stanton to Boston will be perceived as a betrayal of the Yankees despite the reality he is no longer connected to the organization in any way other than as a franchise icon.

Jeter must take care not to let that affect him even in a subconscious way. The last thing he needs is the appearance of impropriety ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 01:28 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Cleveland Indians: Rumblings from GM Meetings—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

Indians notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 01:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Gabe Kapler’s only season as a manager gave hints for how he will lead Phillies

Here’s a very good read about Kapler.

Or the minor-league style just did not suit him. Kapler would bring his own organic eggs and organic peanut butter and organic whatever on the road with him. It was difficult to trust the options at rest stops and budget hotels across the South Atlantic League.

“He was so into health,” Still said. “He’s addicted to ice cream. So he would sit there and lick ice cream but have a cup and spit it into it. He would lick it just for the taste but didn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Sunday Notes: Mike Rizzo and the Nats’ Analytical Wavelength

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 11:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: Are big-money managers being minimized?

It’s not new. What’s new is the ability to quantify the impact of a player’s mechanical adjustments.

3. Amazing that launch angle is now a popular concept. Isn’t that what Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, and countless others did? Some people make it sound like a new phenomenon.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Inside Baseball | 7 Burning Questions For The MLB Offseason

Jon Heyman asks the big questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

New CBA Tries To Stamp Out Loopholes To Sign Shohei Otani | BaseballAmerica.com

BA explains the CBA’s impact on Shohei Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Third time through the order isn’t a charm, and Mets are ready to deal with it | Newsday

The Mets could convert some of their starters to the bullpen. Why not make Lugo a 2-3 inning reliever, for example?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

More on WAR – Joe Blogs – Medium

Bill is off base here. Bill seems to want to use WAR to answer questions that WAR is not really suited to answer. He’s not alone, of course. Other people use WAR to answer the MVP question all the time. The reason it’s done is, there really isn’t a tool out there designed to specifically answer the MVP question. Bill tried to do it with Win Shares. Unfortunately the adjustment methods he chose were too broad in nature.

In any event we don’t have to throw out WAR. It’s really useful for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 208 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics, war

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