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Monday, January 18, 2016

How to Survive Until Spring Training – The Hardball Times

My simulation league helps bridge the gap. Scouting for the free agent auction occupies my early off-season; playing games occupies me now. Otherwise, I’d be climbing the walls.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: offseason

Jays must show commitment to free agents-to-be: Griffin | Toronto Star

Will the Blue Jays sign both Bautista or Encarnacion? I don’t see it.

When he was still in charge, Anthopoulos indicated he would be interested in extending key players like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. He had an obsessive desire to win, as he showed in dealing 13 prospects last summer for a chance to win the 2015 World Series. Ownership hasn’t shown the same will.

Free agency will be a big issue. The eight pending free agents at the end of 2016 include Bautista, Encarnacion, Michael ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 07:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

DeWitt gives views of hacking episode : Sports

Those concerned about the potential precedent the Cardinals’ hacking of the Houston Astros established received Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.’s answer during a wide-ranging interview at Winter Warm-Up on Sunday.

He used the phrases “outlier”, “rogue element” and “one-off situation” when referring to the federal investigation that stems from former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to five counts of illegal entry into a protected database ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Strat-O-Matic Builds Out Its Digital Game Roster - The New York Times

A new real-time projection set is in the works.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 06:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: simulations, strat-o-matic

Guilty plea just the beginning in Astros hacking case - Houston Chronicle

Federal judges have recommended - but not mandatory - sentencing guidelines to follow on a points system. The amount of loss greatly increases the number of points - and therefore, likely prison time.

To Toren, that may explain how the plea agreement came together.

“They don’t want to include the full amount of damages or loss,” he said. “Since he pleaded guilty, the only way he may have pled guilty, they don’t want to have to send him to jail for 50 years. Because that is a lot of loss.

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 05:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Would a shorter Major League Baseball season work? - The Boston Globe

The Globe’s Sunday notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday Notes: Orioles Analytics, Kyle Freeland, Expos, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

High School Draftees Permitted To Have Agent - BaseballAmerica.com

I guess they won’t need advisers any longer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cardinals GM says support is increasing for DH in National League

I have heard that having the pitcher hit creates more strategy. Yaaaawwwwwn.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:45 PM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Royals sign Ian Kennedy to five-year, $70 million contract

How can teams compete with big money clubs like the Royals?

The Royals have signed right-handed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year contract worth $70 million, according to Jon Heyman. Ken Rosenthal reports Kennedy can opt out of the contract after two years.

Kennedy is a 31-year old right-handed pitcher who has won 75 games in parts of nine Major Leagues seasons with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He was 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA and 4.51 FIP with 0.8 fWAR last season, but was a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kennedy, royals

Javier Baez embracing switch to center field | MLB.com

What are the Cubs planning?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Jon Heyman Breaks Two Big Signs

Big contracts for Ian Kennedy and Chris Davis. Davis back to the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, ian kennedy

Jake Arrieta and Cubs Have Biggest Gap in Arbitration - The New York Times

MLB Trade Rumors projected Arrieta at $10.4 million.

After going 22-6 and helping the Cubs reach the NL Championship Series, Arrieta asked Friday for a raise from $3.63 million to $13 million. Chicago offered $7.5 million, leaving the sides $5.5 million apart.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, cubs, jake arrieta

red sox - Dustin Pedroia has no use for defensive metrics, or another season like last one - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Some good points by Pedroia. Of course, the defensive numbers aren’t perfect. Despite this quote, if you read the rest of the article, it’s clear he knows there is some truth in the numbers.

To be honest with you, I don’t read into defensive metric stuff because that’s not what I believe in defensively,” he said. “If you’re in the middle of the field, you have to know what pitch is going to try and be executed and it’s my job to try and position myself. If the hitter stays inside the ball, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

The Physics of Broken-Bat Homers – The Hardball Times

Good stuff.

The ball doesn’t even know or really care that it broke the bat. It behaves just as if the bat didn’t break and flies off without a care in the world. However, a ball directly responsible for breaking the bat near the handle slinks off as if it has a guilty conscience.

So, next time you see a broken bat result in a weak dribbler, check out the replay. It will most likely show the batter hit an inside pitch near the handle. On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to see a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: science

Friday, January 15, 2016

Chaz Scoggins on his HOF Vote for David Eckstein

1. HOF voters are supposed to vote for players to induct into the Hall of Fame.
2. Chaz Scoggins is a HOF voter.
3. Chaz Scoggins himself admits that David Eckstein is not a Hall of Famer.
4. Chaz Scoggins voted for David Eckstein.

This reminds me of some of the logic problems we were assigned to solve back in the 6th grade…

TJ Posted: January 15, 2016 at 04:00 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

A Modest Proposal: Making Second Base Optional

Instead, we should make second base optional. Let runners make the decision for themselves after reaching first. They can travel the 90 feet from first base to second base, or they can live a little, take a chance for once in their lives, and go straight across. The distance from first base to third base is 127 feet. That’s an additional 37 feet — or, if you prefer percentages, 141% of the regular 90-foot distance between bases. Also, there’s the pitcher’s mound to negotiate, a lump of ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 15, 2016 at 02:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: silly-season

High School Draftees Permitted To Have Agent

High school players who are drafted will now be allowed to have an agent negotiate for them with major league clubs before enrolling in college without affecting their NCAA eligibility, following a vote Friday at the NCAA Convention.

A proposal that was sponsored by the Big 12 Conference as a part of the process the Power Five conferences have to autonomously adopt legislation easily passed by a vote of 75-2 with three abstentions. The rule goes into effect immediately for the Atlantic Coast ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 15, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, amateurs, draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-15-2016

Toledo News-Bee, January 15, 1916:

Baseball on ice is a reality and a peach of a game.
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About the only difference in rules for the ice contest and summer ball concern the size of the bat and ball…the bat being thinner than the regular baseball bat and the ball larger and softer.
...
More bases are stolen in the ice game and outfielders cover more ground because players can move faster.

There is a lot of hitting because infielders are liable to be a little slower in starting for ground-hit ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 15, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sabermetrics Is Killing Bad Dugout Decisions | FiveThirtyEight

MLBAM’s records claim that the 2015 Boston Red Sox were the first team to play a full season without a single pitchout. Red Sox manager John Farrell disputed that stat, saying that the Sox threw three, according to the team’s internal numbers. But he acknowledged that Boston downplays the pitchout, although the coaching staff’s philosophy wasn’t dictated by a front-office study. “We try to put it in the hands of the pitcher and the catcher,” Farrell said. “So, varying our hold ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Brewers optimistic but realistic on 2016 ticket sales

Don’t worry. The longer the rebuild takes, the more fans will stop purchasing tickets.

“Obviously, after a very disappointing 2015 season, we budgeted for a decline in season tickets and a lower renewal rate,” said Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger. “It has been better than what we originally forecast. Right now, we’re about 7% behind last year’s pace, which isn’t bad.

“With other teams in similar situations, you’re looking at double-digit declines. So, we’re satisfied that it’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Shelby Miller hopes his luck changes with Diamondbacks

Somewhere Brian Kenny is smiling.

“It opened my eyes about how baseball really is and how wins and losses (for a pitcher) don’t really matter so much, but, at the same time, how great they are,” Miller said. “I want to win every game I pitch. It’s a crazy game and you can have a good game and still get the loss.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Jose Reyes to stand trial for domestic violence charge - NY Daily News

But will he get special treatment?

Even if the Dominican-born Reyes reaches a plea deal, however, there are potential serious ramifications to Reyes’ career if he is not a U.S. citizen. According to Michael Wildes, a former federal prosecutor and a managing partner at Wildes & Weinberg, convictions for domestic violence can lead to deportation.

“Domestic violence can see an individual get deported if he or she is not a U.S. citizen,” said Wildes. “Once punished, the government has the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

Buck Showalter bluntly addresses Chris Davis contract stalemate

What’s the problem?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, chris davis, orioles

Thursday, January 14, 2016



Major League Scouting Bureau Restructuring Under Bavasi - BaseballAmerica.com

More info about changes to the MLB Scouting Bureau.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: major league scouting bureau, scouting

Calcaterra-MLB Opens A Lobbying Office In Washington

This is not some new area into which MLB is moving. Indeed, MLB and the other sports leagues have lobbied all along. MLB, in fact, used to lobby a heck of a lot more than it does now. According to OpenSecrets.org, MLB spent between $1.5-1.6 million on lobbying efforts in 1998-99.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: January 14, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gummint, legal, lobbying

Alexei Ramirez agrees to deal with Padres | MLB.com

Who’s left on Ian Desmond’s dance card?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2016 at 05:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, padres

For MLB scouts, it’s getting harder to avoid force-out

The may have to resort to selling jeans.

Baseball’s close-knit scouting fraternity has been besieged by wholesale layoffs this winter, with many pro scouts still unemployed one month before the start of spring training.

Never before has the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation received so many formal applications for financial assistance, said executive director Cindy Picerni, with 20 scouts alone seeking help since October.

The Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, which once employed ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2016 at 04:58 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

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