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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Summer of Bill Murray

If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t believe it all happened in the space of about five weeks in the summer of 1978. But it did happen. In those five weeks, Bill Murray played professional baseball and established himself as a bona fide movie star and the Grays Harbor Loggers – representing the twin cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, Washington – posted the best winning percentage in America and won the Harbor’s only professional sports championship in living memory.

Fun oral ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: February 16, 2015 at 08:50 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, bill murray, milb

ESPN: Maier’s Glove Is Up For Auction

Unique memorabilia opportunity:

The glove Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter’s tying home run against Baltimore in the eighth inning of the 1996 American League Championship Series opener at the original Yankee Stadium will be auctioned. Heritage Auctions said Monday the glove will be put up for bids on Saturday in New York. The company did not identify the current owner, who it said had purchased the glove from Maier.

 

 


Top 200 Prospects: The Process and Introduction | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel is doing some good prospect work over at Fangraphs. In this article he discusses his process of building Fangraphs’ Top 200 list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 02:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Munenori Kawasaki on mission in Blue Jays return

The always quotable Munenori Kawasaki had an interview in the Star today.  Highlights:

“I’ve been really working on my lower body — not my butt, but the area around my hips and hip joints. The idea is to increase the range of motion so I have the foundation to make better plays on defence and take better at-bats. The result might be a bigger looking butt, but you should stop looking there and watch the way I am moving now.”

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“No one in Japan has ever heard of Indianapolis, but ...

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With 2017 All-Star Game in Miami, Baltimore’s conspiracy theories need re-examining

...So I’m not buying what MLB is selling: the idea that the Orioles’ legal entanglement over Mid-Atlantic Sports Network TV-rights fees with the Washington Nationals and MLB is not at least a contributing factor to their wait to host the All-Star Game again. That just doesn’t ring completely true to me…

 

NattyBoh Posted: February 16, 2015 at 12:49 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, masn, mlb, orioles

The full meaning of signing a minor-league deal | FOX Sports

CJ Nitkowski talks about what a minor-league deal really means.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 11:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, human interest story, people

Yankees should get behind their biggest star | FOX Sports

There is one way for A-Rod to save face…hit. I know it’s not likely but, if he does, Yankees fans memories will be short.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Playing with ‘Moncada money’ | FOX Sports

While I agree $20-$30 million is where Moncada’s value should be, all it takes is one team to go big.

Just the other day, an executive told me that he expected Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada to receive a signing bonus of $40 million to $50 million—€“ meaning that the total outlay, including a 100 percent tax, would be $80 million to $100 million.

Other executives, however, doubt the numbers will go that high. And when you do the math, a $40 million bonus does sound like a stretch for a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 10:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, yoan moncada

Derek Jeter won’t attend Yankees’ Opening Day

Because he will be attending Bob Sheppard’s funeral instead.

The captain won’t be tossing this year’s ceremonial first pitch. Derek Jeter plans to be far away from the Bronx when the Yankees begin the regular season against the Blue Jays on April 6.

“I think actually I’ll be out of the country,” Jeter told SiriusXM on Saturday, when asked where he’d be for the Yanks’ opener.

In an interview launching a new weekly satellite radio show dedicated to his venture, “The Players’ Tribune,” Jeter ...

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Repoz Posted: February 16, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-16-2015

New York Tribune, February 16, 1915:

“Don’t look any further, for I am the mascot you want,” wrote Babe Shiels, of The Bronx. The committee appointed by Damon Runyon, of “The American,” took the advice and Shiels was chosen yesterday to help Bill Donovan revive the Yankees.

There will be no trouble in distinguising the players from the mascot next season. Shiels is very small. He is shorter than [5 foot 7] Fritz Maisel.
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[Third place finisher Joseph] Livingston’s statement of his ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 16, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, mascots

Ranking Major League Baseball’s managers entering 2015 season - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo ranks the managers.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 07:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

Vote now for 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners | SABR

Tonight is the deadline. Last chance to vote!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

ESPN: Yankees To Retire Andy Pettitte’s Number

Some Core Four ceremonies coming up:

Andy Pettitte will have his No. 46 retired by the New York Yankees and receive a plaque in Monument Park, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. Pettitte will become the 18th member of the Yankees to have his number retired. Pettitte was known for his big-game performance, helping the Yankees win five championships during his career.
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Pettitte finished his career with a 256-153 record and 3.85 ERA. With the help of the expanded playoff format, he has won more ...

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Victor Sanchez, Mariner prospect, has been seriously injured in a boating accident

This news has also been confirmed by the Tacoma News Tribune, also by Jeff Passan via Twitter. Most sources seem agree he is in ICU and it was a head injury. Apparently he was hit by a boat while swimming in the ocean. Best wishes to Mr. Sanchez and his family.

Sunday silence Posted: February 16, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The 50 most fascinating figures in baseball | New York Post

Joel Sherman makes a list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 07:26 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: people

Could Alex Gordon have scored in the World Series? Watch our re-enactment of the play

The rewind: Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Gordon’s base hit and the ball rolled to the wall at Kauffman Stadium, where left fielder Juan Perez complicated matters by mishandling it. Gordon kept running, not always at full go, until given the stop sign by Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele.

What if Gordon had kept motoring and tried to score from third?

The answer remains forever unknown. But the wondering will never cease.

In that spirit, the Rockhurst University ...

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Zach Posted: February 15, 2015 at 11:50 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, dead duck, giants, royals, world series

A Yankees target, Cuban star Yoan Moncada nearing decision | New York Post

I will be shocked if Moncada doesn’t end up with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yoan moncada

Preller follows his own map | UTSanDiego.com

Winners never sleep.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

The strategies and secrets of a five-time fantasy baseball experts-league champ - Fantasy Baseball - ESPN

A lot of good advice for fantasy players.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Sunday Notes: Coaching Salaries on the Farm, Bullpen Scatalogy, Cards STEP, more | FanGraphs Baseball

I have a hammer. I don’t use my hammer to scramble eggs. That doesn’t mean my hammer is useless.

Colleagues sometimes agree to disagree. That happened this earlier this week, when Mike Petriello and I had a brief back-and-forth on Twitter. Referring to a Jeff Sullivan piece on Ben Revere, Mike called outfield assists “a hilariously useless stat.”

I responded that no stat is useless when taken into context. Delving into “Kill the win” territory, I said I’d rather know Denny McLain won ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

LeBreton: Forget sabermetrics, Rangers should be much-improved team

Good thing Daniel Okrent never dined at the Le Bretôn Française restaurant.

With the newsstand costs rising to $7.99, of course, most of the preseason periodicals truly are no longer worth the paper they were printed on. Yet, their popularity persists, because with the rise of fantasy baseball has come a surge of championing preseason projections, the fair-haired child of the game’s shotgun analytics marriage.

Spare me the emails. I enjoy baseball’s new math, and even agree with most of ...

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Repoz Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabrmetrics

Get ready for an awkward spring training with the Phillies

The ghosts of bad spring trainings past.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

As camp nears, Astros’ focus shifts from future to present - Houston Chronicle

They don’t know what role Gattis will play?

“There’s a few questions, but more about what specific role they’re going to play,” Luhnow said. “What role Evan Gattis is going to play, what role Chris Carter is going to play, those are two fundamental questions we need to answer because there’s only one DH position. So that’s a big piece for us.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Starlin Castro’s changes in approach - Beyond the Box Score

Breaking down Starlin Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Yankees’ big plan to harness Nathan Eovaldi’s 100-mph heat | New York Post

The article forgets to talk about one thing…the plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:22 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

How new Rangers manager beat cancer, potential paralysis; what his tattoo says | Dallas Morning News

Sean, you need to get on this.

In fact, Baseball-Reference.com and Wikipedia still incorrectly list his birthdate as Jan. 15, 1965 — a year later than his actual birthdate.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:19 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff bannister, rangers

School of Roch: Which Orioles bring the most spring curiosity?

Orioles questions that need answering.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

FanGraphs - YouTube - Top 200 Prospects

This is some good stuff from Fangraph’s Kiley McDaniel. Although it’s nice reading about prospects, it’s even better to get a glimpse of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Rankings baseball’s top 10 defenses for 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

I liked the Semien comment. A lot of people don’t think Semien has the chops to handle shortstop on a regular basis. When you look at it from this perspective, though, it doesn’t seem to be a stretch to have him stay there.

Man, so many changes to this roster in such a short time. But attention to detail on defense is a constant. Brett Lawrie, if healthy (that’s always the “if” with Lawrie), is a major defensive asset at the hot corner. Ben Zobrist can handle seemingly every position on the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, predictions

Brewers release Nick Delmonico

from article:

Delmonico, 22, is still under a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine late last July. Baseball America reported he has been signed by the Chicago White Sox.

Delmonico was acquired from Baltimore in exchange for reliever Francisco Rodriguez in late July 2013 and immediately was listed among the Brewers’ top prospects. The organization had a void at that position and it was hoped he would rise through the system and fulfill his potential.

But Delmonico missed ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

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