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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mailbag: Brandon McCarthy

What was Tommy John surgery like?  – Andrew

I was asleep, so I don’t know. I assume it was gross….

If you could go back in time and take back one pitch you threw, which would it be and why?  – Sal

Probably the one that was hit back at my head and required lifesaving brain surgery. If you still need to know why, please reread the previous sentence.

I’m a big Dodger fan. Have you had a chance to sit down and talk with Sandy Koufax at all since joining the team? What can you share ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, players tribune, tommy john surgery

Lawyer: More than 1,100 current and former minor-leaguers have signed onto lawsuit - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

I can’t see how these players will win this suit. Would any of our lawyers like to comment?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, minors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-12-2016

Milwaukee Journal, January 12, 1916:

Harry Sinclair, angel of the Federal league, apparently expects to recuperate his losses by selling his baseball flesh at fancy prices. Here is what he asks for some of the athletes.

Benny Kauff: $85,000
Lee Magee: $60,000
Gene Packard: $25,000

Sinclair has about as much chance of getting that kind of money for his players as the Kaiser’s son would have in Paris.

Interestingly, all of the baseball people named in this story were either jailed, banned, or ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Pirates notebook: Kang at minicamp, making progress | TribLIVE

Jung Ho Kang appears to have mended.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, pirates

Yoenis Cespedes wants $150 million and no one wants to give it to him - SBNation.com

As my father used to say, “It’s nice to want.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 263 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yoenis cespedes

LOOK: White Sox giving away Chris Sale bobblehead with K-counter

We have a leader in the clubhouse for the best bobblehead giveaway of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. The Chicago White Sox are giving away these Chris Sale bobbleheads on May 7

This is pretty awesome.

Meatwad wont hit were you tell him Posted: January 12, 2016 at 01:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, chris sale, white sox

Trammell, Whitaker (and Morris) could be elected by veterans committee fairly soon

“I’m hoping that maybe someday my partner Lou Whitaker and I will start to get a little momentum in the Veterans Committee down the road… That would be my dream if I ever was to be so lucky to be elected: I would go in with my partner.” - Alan Trammell


Monday, January 11, 2016

The Impending Battle Over the Future of Televised Baseball

The case — Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball — may not be the highest-profile lawsuit currently proceeding against MLB. But from the league’s perspective, it’s almost certainly the most important.

Long-time Fangraphs readers are probably already familiar with the Garber suit, as we’ve previously covered the case on a number of different occasions. By way of a brief recap, though, the lawsuit essentially alleges that MLB violates federal antitrust law by assigning its ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout, legal, media, television, territorial rights

Cardinals close to acquiring Korean reliever

Oh has an agreement in place with the Cardinals, according to multiple reports out of Korea, and the righthander is expected to finalize a new contract as early as Monday, when he’s scheduled to take a physical in St. Louis. The 33-year-old righthander had 41 saves this past season for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, and he has not only 357 career saves but also two of the best nicknames for a ninth-inning reliever in the world: “Stone Buddha” and “The Final Boss.”

The Cardinals have ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, final boss, korean free agents, seung-hwan oh

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-11-2016

Pittsburgh Press, January 11, 1916:

Slugger Joe Jackson May Warm Bench

All plans for the personnel of the team as it will line up for the getaway in April must be predicated on the premise that Eddie Collins will be at second base and Felsch in center field, says [White Sox Manager Pants] Rowland.

Inasmuch as it is Rowland’s intention to use Fournier in the outfield and Murphy is considered a fixture, the Sox outer garden probably will be Murphy, Felsch, and Fournier. Jackson and Leibold, both ...

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OTP - 2016 Jaunary 11: Political playoffs set to begin

These excessively long seasons and postseasons are not only the province of professional football, or presidential election cycles. Major League Baseball, the onetime spring and summer sport, now plays its World Series into November, while professional basketball, formerly a winter sport, plays out a season that routinely stretches into June.

At least in regard to those last two sports, there are action heroes to carry the day. There is Matt Harvey throwing the fastball and Steph Curry burying ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: January 11, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 2413 comment(s)
  Beats: centaurs, politics

Sunday Notes: Tal Smith, Scouting, Padres, Orioles, Cloninger, more | FanGraphs Baseball

A nice write up about Tal Smith being ahead of his time with statistical analysis in the front office.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2016 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: The case for and against Manny Ramirez’s Hall of Fame bid - The Boston Globe

Ahh, no.

2. Another brilliant marketing move by Fenway Sports Group, introducing Tessie as Wally the Green Monster’s sister. It may lessen the appearance load for poor Wally.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2016 at 06:12 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, manny ramirez, notes, red sox

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Nationals Acquire Ben Revere From Blue Jays For Drew Storen

The Nationals and Blue Jays have officially struck a deal that will send outfielder Ben Revere to the Washington and reliever Drew Storen to Toronto, as Jon Heyman first reported on Twitter. A player to be named later will also head to D.C., and the Nats will kick in cash sufficient to offset the differences in the players’ anticipated 2016 salaries, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.

Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone Posted: January 09, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: ben revere, blue jays, drew storen, nationals

Friday, January 08, 2016

The Griffey “no” vote witchhunt is extreme.

I’m not worked up about this. Nevertheless, voter ballots should be public and voter should be expected to explain their thoughts on their ballots.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 12:44 PM | 204 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr.

Kriseman’s proposal would allow Rays to look at possible stadium sites | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

Sure it is.

Mayor Rick Kriseman sent the city council another agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in an attempt to determine whether the team stays in the city or leaves.

The new proposal adds a few twists to Kriseman’s original proposal, which would have cost the team up to $24 million to leave Tropicana Field before its lease with the city expires in 2027.

Kriseman called the deal beneficial to “taxpayers, baseball fans, and to those seeking the clarity necessary to invest in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 12:44 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals

Crooked Scoreboard: Humor and Culture In Sports | Don’t Root For The Home Team: How Major League Baseball Pushes Away Local Fans

Yes, the 15 MLB teams with Fox TV deals were reportedly in talks to lift blackout restrictions for the upcoming season, so the Padres may soon be back on my list of viewing options. But even if reports are true, a mere half of the league is not good enough. If the powers-that-be want fans to support local teams, they must make it easier to do so. Otherwise, said fans and local teams don’t win, and that’s a shame.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming, television

Former Cardinals scouting director to be indicted for hacking the Astros today

Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reports that ex-Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will be indicted today on charges arising out of the hacking of the Houston Astros’ database in 2014. Correa is expected to plead guilty to charges related to hacking the Astros.

Costa says between 5-12 charges will be filed. While the charges are yet unknown, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would cover such activities. The FBI has been investigating for months. There are serious ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2016 at 11:49 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, astros, cardinals, criminal, hacking, proprietary

Wally the Green Monster… has a sister

Her name is Tessie. She’ll be at the Winter Carnival later this month. I assume that’s not the end of it.

(Link goes to a video production at mlb.com.)

villageidiom Posted: January 08, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, please make it stop, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-8-2016

Washington Times, January 8, 1916:

ATHLETICS’ ROOKIE MAY LOSE HIS ARM

As a result of being bitten in the arm by an opposing player in what stands to reason was a very rough football game at South Bethlehem, Pa., last fall, Earl Potteiger, crack outfielder on last year’s Worcester (New England League) club, and slated to go south with Connie Mack’s Athletics in the spring, may have to have the member amputated and thus retire from baseball.
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The [football] game was rough, with much slugging, ...

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

Manny on PEDs, Hall: ‘Sometimes you think you’re doing right, but you’re not’ | Chicago Sun-Times

Why would players already talented enough to play at high levels in the majors, already capable of making millions in the game, capable of lasting a decade or longer in the majors, take performance enhancers? Take the chance?

After all, those are the players in question when it comes to the Hall of Fame debate – exemplified most by Bonds and Clemens if you believe the timelines of their alleged uses.

“Life is like that. You make mistakes,” Ramirez said. “Everybody makes mistakes. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, manny ramirez, red sox

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Denard Span gets 3-year contract from Giants | MLB.com

The Giants and free-agent outfielder Denard Span have agreed to a three-year deal, pending a physical.

The deal is reportedly worth $31 million ($10.33 million per season) plus performance bonuses.

Span, who turns 32 in February, is coming off a season in which he played just 61 games because of various injuries. The initial thought throughout the industry was Span would seek a one-year deal to re-establish his value, but his versatility and play when healthy—posting a career-high 184 hits in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:05 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, free agents, giants

USA Today:  The 5 MLB teams without any Hall of Famers

Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg are both a long way off from securing their Hall credentials, but both players have Cooperstown-caliber talent.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 07, 2016 at 07:31 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Braves bringing back veteran Kelly Johnson

Who says the Braves aren’t committed to winning?

The Braves are bringing back versatile veteran Kelly Johnson, who agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year, $2 million contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The deal was pending a physical.

Johnson, who’ll be 34 in February, hit .265 with 14 home runs in 335 plate appearances last season with the Braves and Mets, including 13 homers in 300 PAs against right-handers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kelly johnson

Brewers sign veteran first baseman Chris Carter

The power is out there.

Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns liked the way first baseman Chris Carter handled himself during the rebuilding process in Houston, where Stearns worked the last three seasons.

“He’s a player who has gone through the type of process we’re going through now,” said Stearns, who was hired to oversee the Brewers’ massive rebuild. “He understands how quickly it can turn. That’s one of the things he and I talked about. We need his influence with that.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:52 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, chris carter

Mariotti: Hall momentum for Bonds appalling

What am I missing? Barry Bonds cheated like a fiend, loading his swollen body with performance-enhancing drugs to break what once was sports’ most celebrated individual record. His connection to the BALCO cesspool was well-documented and voluminously detailed by skilled investigative reporters. He remains a heinous example of why teen athletes shouldn’t partake in steroids, which, when not halting heartbeats or rotting a user’s insides, have been known to kill.

Yet even so, because a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, jay mariotti, millennials

Brayan Pena: The Window

Brayan is a delight.

We walked over to the bathroom and I turned to him and kind of laughed.

“I don’t think you’re going to want to be in there for this one. Come on, where am I gonna go?”

“Okay Peña, you got five minutes. Hurry up.”

The door closed behind me. The window was open.

This was real. This was really happening. I started breathing so hard I thought I might pass out. On the other side of that window might be anything. It might be my friend. It might be security. Or ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brayan pena, cuban baseball

Roger Clemens responds to Roy Halladay’s anti-PED tweet

The Blue Jays were using all these PEDs and couldn’t even win a division title????

Ahead of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s announcement of the class of 2016 on Wednesday, former pitcher Roy Halladay tweeted his stance on allowing alleged PED users into the Hall.

“When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly!” Halladay wrote. “Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!”

Halladay was referring to widespread suspicion that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:09 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, peds, roger clemens, roy halladay

The 1998 Indians had a “dream team” front office.

John Hart’s real legacy.

“It’s one of those things you get a sinking feeling,” Hart said. “But we were doing so well and people want to take your guys.”

Success affected the front office in other ways, in O’Dowd’s estimation.

“The culture changed when we got really good,” he said, “because everybody wanted something for themselves within that process, including me. It changed the dynamic of the relationships. Sometimes it’s harder to manage success than failure. When you fail, there’s this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers, indians, john hart

Piazza, Mike | Baseball Hall of Fame

It doesn’t look like Piazza will be going into the Hall as a Dodger.

Hat tip to MetsMerized.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

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