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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mets hire Allard Baird as VP of scouting and player development

For those of us interested in blasts from the past….

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: allard baird, mets, scouting directors

Why MLB buying Fox regional sports networks would make sense

Ever since Disney got provisional approval in June from the U.S. Department of Justice to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for $71.3 billion, the fate of 22 regional sports networks has been up in the air.

The DOJ told Disney it could not keep the RSNs, and would have to sell them off within 90 days of the Disney-Fox deal closing. That restriction launched a parlor game for sports media folks: Who will buy the RSNs?

Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Discovery all looked ...

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fox sports, mlb, regional sports networks, television

Prized hitting guru Robert Van Scoyoc, 3 others join Dodgers coaching staff for 2019

LOS ANGELES—Robert Van Scoyoc, the 32-year-old cutting-edge hitting instructor who helped turn J.D. Martinez into a superstar, was announced as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new hitting coach on Wednesday.

The Dodgers have hired four new coaches to work under manager Dave Roberts, who is currently under contract for only the 2019 season. Dino Ebel will be the new third-base coach, a role he handled with the crosstown Los Angeles Angels for nine seasons. Chris Gimenez, fresh off a 10-year career as ...

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching staffs, dodgers, robert van scoyoc

Tickets for Yanks-Red Sox in London in June cost $38-$493

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.

Premium seats at London’s Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on June 29 and 30. The top non-premium seats near the infield cost 320 pounds ($410).

Seats in the outfield corners go for 270 ($346) and 220 pounds ($282), according to a chart on Ticketmaster’s website. The ones behind the outfield fences go ...

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, greed, london, neutral site games, red sox, yankees tickets

The 2018-19 Ultimate MLB Free-Agent Tracker

Here is the Ultimate Free-Agent Tracker for the class of 2018-19, ranked from Nos. 1 to 197. The rankings are based on a number of variables, including each player’s history, opening-day age and potential, and provide a general outline as free agency unfolds between now and spring training.

Bookmark this page in your browser or favorite it on Twitter – and return frequently. As the offseason progresses, Yahoo Sports will update it with news of signings and their impact on other free ...

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, tracking

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New Oakland Ballpark plans released

Our ballpark at Howard Terminal, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), returns the baseball experience to the roots of the sport, while reimagining the ballpark anew. A “ballpark within a park,” the intimate stadium is nestled carefully into its urban surroundings.

To create the most intimate experience in baseball, plans call for a total capacity of around 34,000 - including fixed seats and general admission experience areas - to be arranged in the closest configuration possible to home ...


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2018

Washington Times, November 28, 1918:

[Retired Browns pitcher] Barney Pelty, who lays no claim to being a football player, made a sensational dash on a gridiron at Farmington, Mo. Pelty recovered a headgear thrown in the stand by a player on the St. Louis University team, and was slow about returning it. The player made insulting remarks to Pelty, who drew a knife, it was said, and chased the grid star down behind his goal line before friends interfered.

And that’s how the safety was invented in ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 28, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Get To Know a New Manager: The Reds Look to David Bell to Help Escape Their Interminable Rebuild

The belief is that, while the Reds all leap over a pommel horse, he will be digging a tunnel, from which the Reds can eventually follow him to freedom.

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

Former Phillie Tommy Joseph is headed to Korea

A 22-home run season doesn’t mean what it used to.

Former Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph, who hit 21 homers in 2016 and 22 in 2017, has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal to play in Korea, according to Jeff Passan.

This just isn’t the era for a major-leaguer whose lone defining skill is power, especially if first base is the only position you can play. It seems like everyone has power these days. There were exactly 100 players with 20+ home runs this past season. Just five years ago, ...

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: korean baseball, tommy joseph

Granderson voted Man of the Year for 3rd time by players

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson became the first three-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, part of the players’ association’s Players Choice Awards.

The 37-year-old Granderson, the winner in 2009 and 2016, split last season between Toronto and Milwaukee. He was followed in the voting by Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The award is given annually to a player for on-field performance and ...

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, man of the year, players choice

MLB officially gets into the gambling business and now thinks its slow pace is a selling point

The biggest revelation in baseball Tuesday wasn’t that Major League Baseball was partnering with MGM to officially get into the gambling business — that was only a matter of time since the Supreme Court decision in May that opened the doors to legalize sports betting.

The biggest revelation in baseball came during the announcement of the MLB-MGM deal and it was this: Pace-of-play isn’t that bad after all.

Yes, you read that right. Baseball’s slow pace is being propped up as a good ...

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, mgm, mlb, pace of play

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

All-Arizona Fall League Team in 2018

There are a few names you might not recognize, including this one.

RP: Darwinzon Hernandez (Red Sox’s No. 7)
A starter throughout his Minor League career, there had been questions about his ability to stay in that role because of his command. Now the Red Sox know what it looks like coming out of the bullpen and it’s very good. The lefty struck out 24 in 11 1/3 innings, allowing only eight hits (.195 batting average against), more than enough to land him a spot on the 40-man roster.
Runner-up: ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2018 at 12:42 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, pythag

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-27-2018

Washington Times, November 27, 1918:

[National Commission President] Garry Herrmann will put no stumbling block in the way of William Howard Taft if the ex-President consents to accept the appointment as a “one-man national baseball commission.” Herrmann…said he would step down if the league authorities thought best.
Herrmann expressed the opinion that Taft would not want to assume the mass of detail work that now devolved upon the commission.

“He is too big a man to take upon him the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 27, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB hot stove: Examining baseball’s biggest offseason trade targets

A lot of good stuff, including this gem.

Syndergaard has made just 32 starts over the past two seasons (Sale had 57 in his last two Chicago years), so teams are going to have to be at peace about health. Plus, there is at least the perception of Syndergaard as high maintenance, though around the Mets his work ethic is well regarded. As one executive said, “The first act of Noah Syndergaard’s former agent when he becomes Mets GM is to look to trade Noah Syndergaard. It would give me pause to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2018 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors

Kyler Murray still plans to give up football for baseball after Oklahoma season

NORMAN, Okla.—Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said Monday that even though he thinks he could play in the NFL, he’s still preparing to move on with his baseball career and give up football after this season.

“As of now, that’s the plan,” Murray said.

This summer, Murray was the ninth overall pick of the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft. He agreed to a deal with the A’s that included a $4.66 million signing bonus.

So, how do we interpret this decision?

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: football, kyler murray, making up your mind

Dave Dombrowski earns Baseball America’s Executive Of the Year honors

The 2018 Red Sox keep on racking up the accolades.

Dave Dombrowski has been named MLB Executive Of the Year by Baseball America. It’s his second time earning the award, his first being in 2006 while serving as general manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Dombrowski made several moves in 2018 that paid off during the Sox’ World Series run, including but certainly not limited to signing J.D. Martinez, trading for Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi, and re-signing Mitch Moreland.


QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball america, dave dombrowski, executive of the year

Jim Riggleman hired as Mets bench coach under Callaway

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Riggleman, a 66-year-old veteran of 13 seasons as a major league manager, has been hired by the New York Mets as bench coach for Mickey Callaway.

Riggleman was Cincinnati’s bench coach from 2016 until he became interim manager for 5½ months last season, and he led the Reds to a 64-80 record after the team’s 3-15 start under Bryan Price. David Bell was hired by the Reds on Oct. 21.

Riggleman, a native of Fort Dix, New Jersey, also managed the Chicago Cubs (1995-99), ...

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bench coaches, jim riggleman, mets, mickey callaway

Joe Maddon plans to manage beyond 2019, thinks of himself as a free agent to be rather than lame duck

Joe Maddon was back in the Tampa Bay area for a charity event in St. Petersburg, Fla., and talked to the Tampa Bay Times about a variety of topics. There were some intriguing Cubs-related nuggets included.

For starters, Maddon said he plans to be “a little more hands-on” in terms of on-field coaching work in 2019.

“I’ve always kind of stayed free of coaching because I really want to stay out of coaches’ way so they can do their job,” Maddon told Marc Topkin in the article. “I’ve always felt ...

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, joe maddon, manager

The Yankees trading for Robinson Cano would be colossally dumb

The reshaping of the Seattle Mariners roster that has started this offseason would reportedly include a trade of star infielder Robinson Cano if general manager Jerry Dipoto gets his way.

While that may not be a surprise to anyone who has already seen the Mariners trade ace James Paxton and catcher Mike Zunino, this part may be surprising: According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners have tried to trade Cano back to the New York Yankees, where he played his first nine seasons and ...

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: bad trade ideas, robinson cano, trade talk, yankees

Monday, November 26, 2018

Brian McCann heads home to play for Braves |

Brian McCann had his wish to return to the Braves granted, as the club announced on Monday afternoon that it signed the veteran catcher to a one-year, $2 million contract. McCann’s desire to once again play for his hometown team led him to decline a couple of more financially lucrative offers made by other teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian mccann

Jed Hoyer Reiterates That Cubs’ Offensive Focus is on Their Current Players

That said, of course I can see a plausible future where, despite not making an impact addition, the Cubs have a great offense in 2019. Heck, it wouldn’t even take much more than a healthy Kris Bryant, a standard Anthony Rizzo, a bounce-back from Willson Contreras, and another step forward from Kyle Schwarber.

It feels to me like most of these Theo/Jed quotes are part of an elaborate negotiation with Boras/Harper, but maybe they are content to sit the major free agent market this year?

  ...

Red Voodooin Posted: November 26, 2018 at 07:48 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Ken Rosenthal: Donaldson in agreement with #Braves on one-year, $23M free-agent contract


Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, josh donaldson

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-26-2018

Washington Herald, November 26, 1918:

That former President William Howard Taft would not accept the position of sole member of the National Commission on baseball seems assured by a statement issued by him yesterday.

Yesterday Chairman Herrmann, of the National Commission, issued a statement at Cincinnati, ridiculing the proposition. Also at Philadelphia Connie Mack, of the Philadelphia Americans, protested against the proposition.
[Taft:} “I said to [Giants owner Harry Hempstead and Red ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 26, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Kuenster: A Vote For The Hall Of Fame

For new age baseball fans, Halladay’s career 65.5 WAR is tied for 41stall-time with Bob Feller and is ahead of notable mounds men Clayton Kershaw (62.1), Juan Marichal (61.9), Whitey Ford (53.5), Sandy Koufax (53.2), and Max Scherzer (52.9).

His 61.2 WAR reading is higher than other Hall of Fame first basemen Harmon Killebrew (60.4), Hank Greenberg (57.6), Bill Terry (54.2), Tony Perez (54.0), George Sisler (54.0), and Orlando Cepeda (50.2) among others.

His overall WAR of 72.7 is higher ...

Baldrick Posted: November 25, 2018 at 02:46 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pinata, roy halladay

Patrick Corbin Rumors

Here’s a great rundown on Patrick Corbin’s market.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 11:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, patrick corbin

Tangotiger Blog: Prospect Valuation

Although the discussion gets a little off track when they discuss future value unrelated to risk, I nevertheless found the discussion about Craig Edwards’ recent article on prospect value very interesting.

BTW, I agree with Matt Swartz’ opinion about the discount rate being nearer the 10% rate. I also believe Edwards’ surplus values are a little too high because they don’t account for team scouting and player development costs.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, prospect value

Tangotiger Blog: Stacast Lab: The Good, The Bad, and The Relevant of Outfield Fielding

Tangotiger looks at Harper’s defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 09:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

The Problem With Bryce Harper’s Defense - The Ringer

Harper has great talent. To this point, except for one fantastic season, he hasn’t been a great player. Not coincidentally he’s had some injury issues. If I’m a front office guy I know I’m probably going to eat some mediocre/bad years at the end of a 10+ year, $300+ million contract. What I need to do the deal is some certainty I’m going to get a bunch of MVP quality years at the front end of the deal. I can’t see how any team has that with Harper.

I’d be a hard pass on such a contract. Don’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:46 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

Braves owner not in ‘exit mode’ as team makes money at ‘serious clip’

Thanks taxpayers!

The Braves are making money “at a pretty serious clip,” and team owner Liberty Media plans to stick around for a while.

That was the message from company executives during an investment conference in New York on Wednesday.

“Look, I think there is a lot of good stuff that is going to go on at the Braves that we’d like to remain involved with for a period,” Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said. “That includes for the buildout of The Battery, all of the development ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

The Income Tax Implications of Bryce Harper’s Choice of Next Team | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

That said, it is worth noting that the difference in local income taxes to be paid by Harper next year would vary widely depending on which team he chooses. And when I say “widely”, I’m talking a difference of millions. Mo’ money, mo’ taxes. Nice problem to have, amirite?

What follows is my attempt to quantify just what this difference might be, by team. Before diving in, two points.

The first point is to dispel any lingering notion that, if Bryce Harper were to choose the Texas ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency

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