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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jessica Mendoza joins ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ full-time

ESPN announced Wednesday that the 35-year-old Mendoza is now a permanent fixture in the Sunday prime-time booth. She’ll join another new analyst, Aaron Boone, alongside returning play-by-play voice Dan Shulman.

They replace Curt Schilling, who moves to Monday, and John Kruk, who returns to “Baseball Tonight.”

“It’s just crazy when I look back, and literally less than six months ago I had no idea what was going to happen after the Monday night games,” Mendoza says.

Just like that, she’s the ...

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White Sox to name Jason Benetti as Hawk Harrelson’s half-season replacement

Good news for anyone with ear drums and a brain:

Ken Harrelson will be working a reduced schedule. With a few exceptions, the 74-year-old announcer will be calling the Sox road games, saving him the 180-mile, round-trip grind of commuting to games at U.S. Cellular Field from his home in South Bend, Ind. Analyst Steve Stone will be back, working with Harrelson and Benetti.

That’s from the Trib article (registration), so I’ve linked to a blog post that quotes the story extensively.  Benetti ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-13-2016

New York Tribune, January 13, 1916:

Europe is clutched in the frenzied grip of Mars at present, but, even while hostile guns batter down the defences of cities and ruthless armies sweep on in a march of destruction, the French have taken to baseball with the enthusiasm that is characteristic of the race.
...
“The French people,” said [Cuban journalist Ralph] Conte, yesterday, “are taking up baseball with even greater enthusiasm than we Cubans embraced it.”

Unfortunately, things would get much, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 13, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Koo: Raiders will remain at Oakland Coliseum in 2016, get additional NFL loan money for new stadium

So A’s fans will have to put up with the Silver and Blah for a little while longer…

The Oakland Raiders have lost their bid to move to Los Angeles and will remain at the Oakland Coliseum for the 2016-17 NFL season, according to multiple reports from the NFL owners’ meetings in Houston.

National Football League owners will soon vote to approve a proposal that the St. Louis Rams will be permitted to move immediately to Los Angeles, taking up temporary residence at the Los Angeles Coliseum pending ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 08:50 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, football, nfl, oakland coliseum

Hall of Famer Monte Irvin dies at 96

Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball’s exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96.

The Hall of Fame said Irvin died Monday night of natural causes at his Houston home.

Irvin was 30 when he joined the Giants in 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Irvin spent seven of his eight big league seasons with the Giants and one year with the Chicago Cubs in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 04:59 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: monte irvin, obituary

Dodgers, Yaisel Sierra agree to 6-year deal

The deal, which is either six or seven years for around $30 million is fairly remarkable. At first glance, it seems to resemble the deal that the Dodgers agreed to with Kenta Maeda. That being said, no incentives have been announced yet. At the very least, the deal’s annual average value is worth $4.3 million. Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman could be finding the next market inefficiency, and found a new way to flex the Dodgers’ wealth-muscle.

Most recently, Sierra spent 2012-2014 with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 02:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, dodgers, yasiel sierra

Gerardo Parra agrees to deal with Rockies, joins crowded Colorado outfield

The Rockies on Tuesday agreed to terms on a three-year, $27.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to his agent. The deal includes a fourth-year option for $12 million.

Parra who played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles last season, hit .291 with a .328 on-base percentage, a .452 slugging percentage and had 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. He can play all three outfield positions and won Gold Glove awards for his play in left field (2011) and right field ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 01:59 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: gerardo parra, rockies

Sources: Wei-Yin Chen, Marlins agree to five-year deal

The Miami Marlins and free agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen have agreed to a five-year deal that includes a sixth-year player option, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The five-year deal is worth $80 million and could be worth up to $96 million with the option, according to the MLB Network.

Chen, 30, was one of the top remaining free agent pitchers available. He went 11-8 with a 3.34 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles last season.

BREAKING: The rumor now is the Marlins might look to trade Wei-Yin ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 01:18 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, wei-yin chen

Strat-O-Matic Celebrity Q & A with Ben Bernanke

Question: Do you think playing Strat-O-Matic improved your math skills at all? If so, how?

Ben Bernanke:  Yes. For example, I “reverse engineered” Strat-O-Matic to figure out the relationship between the cards and the players’ statistics.  I also got good at figuring batting averages in my head.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2016 at 12:58 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: simulations, strat-o-matic

Richmond Should Rebuild Ballpark, Build Train Station

Just a free-for-all of ideas from a tranny. If you like baseball and trains, you’ll LOVE this thinkpiecebrainstormgonemad.

Finally, there is the baseball ballpark itself. I have always urged that baseball continue to be located there. In 2006, in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, I wrote that “the Braves — or any other professional baseball franchise — should stay right at The Diamond. It doesn’t matter whether it is a new or renovated stadium. The current location is perfect if one looks ...

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Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: January 12, 2016 at 11:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, richmond, stadium renovations

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

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