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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tommy Hutton out as Miami Marlins TV analyst after 19 years | Miami Herald

The Marlins and Fox Sports Florida dropped TV analyst Tommy Hutton on Monday, a move that elicited a flood of Marlins-bashing on Twitter.

Hutton — whose lively personality, candor and willingness to criticize made him popular with viewers — was the team’s TV analyst for the past 19 seasons. He said the Marlins and Fox gave him no explanation for why they aren’t renewing his contract.

“All I got was, ‘We’ve made a decision to go in another direction,’ ” he said. “They ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, marlins, tommy hutton

School of Roch: This, that and the other

A lot of good Orioles info in this article.

Showalter also preached the importance of kids playing more than one sport. He sees no value in sticking only to baseball.

“I had a pitcher who was a high draft pick,” Showalter recalled, “and I said, ‘What did you play when you weren’t pitching? Did you play first base, did you play the outfield? What did you play?’ And he goes, ‘I didn’t play.’ I said, ‘What? You didn’t hit? You didn’t play another position? You didn’t play another sport?’ And it ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Top 10 prospects: Cardinals still rich with pitching : Sports

Power “is one of the bigger problems in the system,” Manuel wrote in the chat. “We list (Paul) DeJong (as) ‘best power’ in the system currently.”

I advocated for DeJong to be in the Top 10 for that reason. He’s one of the few in the “best tools” section of the rankings not to crack the Top 10. But that “best tools” also illustrates the Cardinals’ situation with position players why and it’s the free-agent market for them this winter: Nick Plummer, just drafted, is ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

Angels aren’t ruling out pursuit of Heyward | FOX Sports

They won’t rule him out. With interest like that, I’m just going to put him on their roster.

The Angels aren’t ruling out a pursuit of free agent Jason Heyward, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and me. And if the Angels sign Heyward, they’d likely move Kole Calhoun from right field to left.

It’s important to note the Angels are only in the preliminary stages of their search for an everyday outfielder. But Heyward is among the many possibilities for new general manager Billy Eppler.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, free agents, jason heyward

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ken Johnson, Only Loser of 9-Inning No-Hitter, Dies at 82

His son Kenneth Jr. said that his father had been bedridden with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and that he died after contracting a kidney infection.

For three seasons in the heart of his career, 1965-67, pitching for the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (the franchise moved after the 1965 season), Johnson was an effective starter, going 43-27 with 26 complete games. It was earlier, however, on April 23, 1964, that while pitching for Houston (then known as the ...


Figuring Out What To Pay Ben Zobrist | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave is really stretching it.

And then there’s me. I’m the outlier in the group, putting down an estimate of 4 years, $76 million, almost doubling the total guarantee that the crowd expects. Of the publicly available free agent prognosticators, I was the high man on both the years and the annual average value, which is quite likely informed by the fact that I put more stock in the statistical analysis than most others do. The fact that I’m so far off the consensus likely says more about me ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, free agents, sabermetrics

Sullivan: Quick Study: The Effect of Defense on a Low-Strikeout Staff

One area I have not seen quantified is the effect a good defense (such as that possessed by the Royals) might have when combined with a low-strikeout pitching staff. Would a good defensive team’s pitchers and defense record more outs and post lower ERAs than FIPs? Probably some, but also how much of difference would it actually make? I decided to perform a quick study to see if there was anything to my little theory.

JE (Jason) Posted: November 23, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, fip, royals

Robinson Cano reportedly unhappy in Seattle, would like to go back to New York

Last week Andy Van Slyke made the news for, among other things, ripping Robinson Cano in a radio interview, claiming that he was lazy, loafed and ended up getting coaches fired in Seattle. There has been a ton of criticism of Van Slyke for saying that, and today John Harper in the Daily News offers several quotes from the Mariners’ former third base coach, Rich Donnelly, defending Cano and his work ethic.

Buried deep in that story, however, is this bit:

So maybe Van Slyke is just so bitter ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2015 at 11:43 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, yankees

Steven Van Zandt teams up with Yankees adviser for TV show

While Negron’s back story has been well-documented — as a teenager, he was nabbed by George Steinbrenner outside the old Yankee Stadium in 1973 for spray painting graffiti on its walls, only to have The Boss take Negron under his wing and steer him on a path away from trouble — Van Zandt was deeply moved by the story of the years-long friendship that developed between Steinbrenner and Negron.

“That whole thing is such a good example of what can happen. One person can make a difference ...

eddieot Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-23-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 23, 1915:

It has been almost forgotten that Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis has a decision of moment to baseball in his hands, writes J.B. Sherian in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
It has been said that if Judge Landis’ decision declares Organized Baseball is a trust within the meaning of the Sherman anti-trust law that all contracts made by players with Organized Baseball clubs will be voided.
Good lawyers say that the judge’s decision will not have any ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: antitrust exemption, dugout, history


As a political science major in college, I had thoughts of getting into writing about politics. Baseball, however, grabbed hold of me and never let go. How was I to know that at this late date I would find a reason to combine the two interests?

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:28 AM | 838 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Dombrowski & Co. will go against form in exploring free agent market

I’m not a fan of spending big bucks on 30+ free agent pitchers. It’s not my money, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Major League Baseball 40-man roster additions roundup | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Friday is deadline day, and for some prospects, it could be a very big day.

Friday marks the day on which Rule 5-eligible players must be added to their organization’s 40-man rosters in order to be protected from this year’s Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.

Players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they have not been added to a 40-man roster within five seasons of signing (if they were 18 or younger at time of signing) or ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rosters

Sunday, November 22, 2015

LA Times: Dave Roberts new Dodger manager

Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn’t been officially announced….Like Mattingly before him, the new manager probably will receive guidance from the front office on everything from lineup to bullpen decisions.

Many of the problems Mattingly encountered also remain, including expectations of a World Series championship. Only now, the ...

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 22, 2015 at 08:37 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Dodgers reportedly add Cuban prospects Yusniel Diaz, Omar Estevez

The Dodgers have reportedly landed a pair of Cuban teenagers, with a $15.5 million deal for outfielder Yusniel Diaz and $6 million for infielder Omar Estevez, per Jesse Sanchez of

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, dodgers

Sunday Notes: Braves, Phillies, Starling, Dombrowski, Japan, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Major league teams are closing in fast on game’s top closers - The Boston Globe

Melancon saved 51 games last season, and since the season ended, he has heard his name mentioned as a possible trade chip. Why would the Pirates trade such an important part of their team? Melancon’s performance the last three seasons should net him a sizable contract. And the Pirates just aren’t into those.

“It’s been part of my career in baseball,” said Melancon from his home in Houston. “I’ve been traded four times, so really I’ve been there and done it, and if it happens ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, notes, trade rumors

Adam Engel named Arizona Fall League MVP |

Adam Engel gets some attention in the AFL.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam engel, afl, white sox

Stanton, Chapman lead Statcast All-Star team |

Mike Petriello shares some top Statcast results.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ESPN: The Marketing of Yoenis Cespedes

As a prelude to the Hot Stove shopping season, Cespedes’ representatives at the Creative Artists Agency and Roc Nation distributed a coffee table-type book to a select list of teams. The book, titled “52 Reviews” (in honor of Cespedes’ jersey number), has a black-and-white cloth cover, runs about 100 pages and features laudatory comments and testimonials from managers, coaches, players, front-office executives and members of the media.

In a bow to technology, the book also has a video player ...

bobm Posted: November 21, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, yoenis cespedes

Thornography » Derek Jeter never gave gift baskets to women after sex

Derek Jeters thinks you are dumb.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter

Blue Jays acquire Jesse Chavez from Athletics

The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez from the Athletics in a deal that will send Liam Hendriks to Oakland, according to Ken Rosenthal of The deal is a one-for-one swap.

Chavez, 32, has drawn significant trade interest from many teams this offseason and was made expendable by Oakland’s recent signing of left-hander Rich Hill. Toronto has been known to be looking to add starting help this winter, and will add Chavez just a week after re-signing Marco Estrada to a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, jesse chavez, liam hendriks

Top 10 prospects available in Rule 5 Draft |

Corey Black, RHP, Cubs (No. 19): Black made the move to the bullpen for the first time in 2015. Though he struggles with command, he throws hard and could stick as a reliever if he throws enough strikes with his fastball-slider combination.

Onelki Garcia, LHP, White Sox (No. 22): Garcia actually made it to the big leagues in 2013 with the Dodgers. He missed nearly all of ‘14, then the White Sox claimed him off waivers. He struggled this year, but a lefty who touches 95 mph is often a popular ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ex-Mariners coach slams Robinson Cano | The Seattle Times

Worst defensive second baseman ever. That’s a tough one to backtrack on.

Host: “So what happened there, so much promise for your club after you and Lloyd McClendon joined two years ago. What happened last year?”

Van Slyke: “Well our bullpen blew up. Fernando Rodney was horrible. He blew nine of the first 18 chances. Your highest paid, supposedly best player – I mean Robbie’s not a bad guy, let me say that before I say anything bad about how he played. But Robinson Cano was the single ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: andy van slyke, interviews, mariners

Tigers get Cameron Maybin in trade with Braves |

The Tigers acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Ian Krol and pitching prospect Gabe Speier, it was announced on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tigers, trades

NY Times: Danger at the Ballpark, and in Fine Print

A baseball fan injured by a foul ball is challenging the notion that major league teams can avoid liability with their assumption of risk

bobm Posted: November 20, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: fans hit by projectiles, yankees

Rule 5 Draft Roster Deadline: Who’s Being Added

The 2014 Rule 5 draft was one of the best of all time, as 10 of the 14 players in the major league portion stuck with new teams. Two outfielders (Delino DeShields and Odubel Herrera) and one first baseman (Mark Canha) saw regular playing time and a number of pitchers (led by Sean Gilmartin and J.R. Graham) proved they were more than just players being stashed for the future. That list could eventually grow by one. Daniel Winkler spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from ...

JJ1986 Posted: November 20, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rosters, rule 5 draft

Marlins taking offers on Marcell Ozuna because Jeffrey Loria “can’t stand the guy”

I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

For months now there’s been speculation about the Marlins looking to trade 24-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna, whom they demoted to the minors and then kept there far longer than reasonable.

And now Jerry Crasnick of reports that “multiple teams” have talked to the Marlins about acquiring Ozuna, quoting one source who says:

I’d be surprised if they keep him. Loria clearly can’t stand the guy and everybody knows it.

With any other team ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marcell ozuna, marlins

Andy Van Slyke says Kershaw wants Yasiel Puig traded from Dodgers

Former big-leaguer Andy Van Slyke, who’s also the father of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke, on Thursday talked to host Frank Cusumano on CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis. On the subject of his son’s Dodger teammate Yasiel Puig, here’s what the elder Van Slyke had to say:

“This is just between you and I. When the best player—the highest paid player on the Los Angeles Dodgers—goes to the GM and ... is asked what are [the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers], this particular highest-paid player ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: andy van slyke, clayton kershaw, dodgers, yasiel puig

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