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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Baseball and Brotherly Love

Recapping the confusing claims, Philadelphia’s polygonal version of town ball employed four bases plus a striker’s point, resembled the New England Game of round ball, and both could be stripped down to cat ball when not enough players were present to play the game for which the clubs had been formed. The Philadelphia Game was regarded as baseball of an infant sort, yet it was “simply … rounders,” … which in the west of England was the name for a game played in the east of England ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Abreu on witness list in Cuban smuggling case

New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes and Chicago White Sox star Jose Abreu are among the Major League Baseball figures on a U.S. witness list for an upcoming Cuban ballplayer smuggling trial….

A grand jury indictment says Cuban baseball players paid the smuggling ring more than $15 million to leave the communist-run island in secretive ventures that included surreptitious boat voyages.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2016 at 10:51 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, jose abreu, yoenis cespedes

Mariners’ top draft pick Kyle Lewis is ‘right on track’ in his recovery from major knee surgery | The Seattle Times

“You can feel the pop and the not normal feeling you would get from a tweak or sprain,” he said. “It was a definitely a different kind of feeling, a different kind of pain.”

At the time, he was playing outstanding baseball with a slash line of .299/.385/.538 with eight doubles, five triples, three homers and 26 RBI in 30 games. After a slow start, he was hitting .364 with a 1.114 OPS over his final 20 games.

“I started to really to turn it on and get back to feeling how I am ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

BBWAA AL and NL Managers of the Year announced | MLB.com

Terry Francona, who led a depleted Indians roster to the franchise’s first division title since 2007, has been named American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, while first-year skipper Dave Roberts of the Dodgers won the honor in the National League.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 07:02 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, managers

Three teams showing early interest in Derek Holland | The Star-Telegram

Free-agent left-hander Derek Holland confirmed on Monday that the Pittsburgh Pirates have contacted his agent, Michael Martini, and baseball sources said that the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees have also shown some early interest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 12:21 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2016

Pittsburgh Press, November 15, 1916:

From a trustworthy source was learned one of the reasons why Organized Baseball is trying to form a third major league comprising Buffalo, Newark, Toronto, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Toledo.

It appears that several backers of the defunct Federal league who have not yet received a dollar from Organized Baseball as part of the peace settlement arranged last winter, are threatening to make more trouble.

Organized Baseball was refusing ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Sox prospect Michael Kopech believes controversies are behind him

The next big thing in Boston?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, red sox

Next move for Braves in busy offseason? | MLB.com

More Braves info.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

BenFred: Add a shortstop? Makes no sense for Cardinals | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

“We’re going to require a strategy to allow (Diaz) to improve,” Mozeliak told reporters, including Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch. “If he does that, he could be average, to maybe a plus-defender at short who has an impact bat. We definitely would like to see that happen.”

That doesn’t sound like a general manager who is in the market for a starting shortstop. Why would he be?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

Too much for two old pitchers? The Braves actually got a bargain | Mark Bradley blog

How long can Bartolo keep going?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves, r.a. dickey

Heyman - Braves Join Sale Derby White Sox Seem Serious This Time

They have the pieces. Will they want to pull the trigger to get it done?

he Braves’ top young player is shortstop Dansby Swanson, but the White Sox have a very good young shortstop in Tim Anderson, and the Braves have many more good young players, so perhaps they could do it without Swanson. The Braves have other fine infield prospects (Ozzie Albies, Rio Ruiz, Austin Riley, Kevin Maitan and Travis Demeritte) plus a stash of young pitchers (Sean Newcomb, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson, Touki ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, chris sale, white sox

MLB: CBA Negotiation Overview, Revenue, Schedule and the Qualifying Offer | FOX Sports

I didn’t realize the players’ share of revenue has dropped that low. According to the article, MLBAM is a big reason. Anyway, read the whole thing.

In 2016, Major League Baseball’s gross revenues nearly reached the $10 billion dollar mark, and according to Kevin Hisey of Field of Greens, Nathaniel Grow of Fangraphs reported that in 2014 the MLBPA received just 38 percent of the league’s gross revenues, the lowest share it has ever received. By comparison, in the early 2000s the MLBPA was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Full Count » Source: Red Sox among most aggressive in pursuit of Greg Holland

I see Holland as a great fit for the Red Sox (and a lot of other teams). He’ll get paid but he won’t be getting anything close to $20 million a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, greg holland, red sox

Jose Abreu Opts Into Arbitration - MLB Trade Rumors

As Tim also noted in that exploration of Abreu’s unique contract situation, though, Abreu also can’t be given a standard raise on top of that base. Abreu’s numbers to date compare favorably to Giancarlo Stanton’s first three years, but Stanton earned $6.5MM in his first trip through arbitration. Abreu is already north of that and wouldn’t be boosted an additional $6.5MM on top of his current salary, but he also isn’t in line for a cut to that mark either. More realistically, he’ll ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, white sox

Scouting Lourdes Gurriel and Three Other Cuban Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

The reports I’ve gotten from international scouts regarding Gurriel are solid, if unspectacular. Scouts see the physical talent to play at second, third, or the corner outfield and one source with whom I spoke thought he’d have a chance of playing center field with reps. His arm is plus and he’s an average runner (above-average underway) with passable defensive actions on the infield.

Offensively, it’s been a while since scouts have seen Gurriel in an in-game setting and his timing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lourdes gurriel, prospects

Rookie of the Year? Who cares? Gary Sanchez is face of Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The face of the Yankees? What happens when he regresses next year?

Gary Sanchez didn’t win the American League Rookie of the Year award, but he already took home a far more prestigious honor due to his amazing debut in 2016: He is undoubtedly the new face of the New York Yankees.

Just 55 games into his major league career, Sanchez is the supermoon in the Yankees’ universe.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hellickson, Walker accept offers; 8 decline | MLB.com

The free-agent market became a bit clearer today, as Phillies righty Jeremy Hellickson accepted a qualifying offer and Mets second baseman Neil Walker followed suit on Monday. The other eight eligible players declined, keeping them as free agents.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:15 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, qualifying offers

BBWAA Rookie of the Year Awards announced | MLB.com

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was unanimously named the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year Award winner in the National League, while Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer earned the top honor in the American League.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 07:47 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, rookie of the year

Twins’ catching prospect Mitch Garver makes his case

With the Twins’ new regime in place, pitch framing should play a larger role than ever in the club’s evaluation of catchers. Here, again, Garver believes he’s making progress.

“I have a heat chart of pitches I missed or pitches I caught well and I stole,” he said. “That’s getting bigger and bigger. I like the heat maps more than percentages. I think those help me out a lot. It’s been a process because the strike zone’s changing.”

With Alford at the plate, Garver was able ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch garver, twins

If We Had a 2017 HOF Vote…

“One of the 20-25 greatest hitters to ever step in the box. When he played the outfield, he looked like a man trying to remember where he left his keys.”

“The HOF is populated by cheaters, gamblers, racists, drunks, and abusers of women. It’s also filled with kind, decent, generous men. One’s view on where Schilling lands on this character spectrum is irrelevant when assessing his qualifications as a player.”


The Plate Coverage take on some of the names we’ll see on the 2017 ballot. ...Read More...


OTP 14 November 2016: Curt Schilling Mocks Matt Damon

Curt Schilling was giddy following the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

The former Red Sox pitcher and possible future Senate candidate chatted with TMZ Sports on Wednesday to express his joy over the results and to mock Hollywood stars who supported Hillary Clinton. In particular, Schilling singled out Matt Damon, saying that he and other celebrity supporters should “go away” now that America has decided it’s next president.

(As always, views ...

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BDC Posted: November 14, 2016 at 04:45 PM | 1616 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, red sox

MINOR LEAGUE FREE AGENTS 2016

Sorry if this was posted already, I missed it if it was.

The group includes (with original drafting organization) first-rounders Michael Choice (Athletics), Alex Wimmers (Twins), Kellin Deglan (Rangers) and Cito Culver (Yankees); supplemental first-rounders Matt Lipka (Braves), Taylor Lindsey (Angels), Asher Wojciechowski (Blue Jays), Drew Vettleson (Rays) and Peter Tago (Rockies); second-rounder Stetson Allie (Pirates); and third-rounders Rob Brantly (Tigers), Pat Dean (Twins), Leon Landry ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 14, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league free agents

Desired dollars—Should we care what free agents are seeking?

It may not hurt to ask but it can sometimes be funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 02:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Anthony Rizzo Wins Platinum Glove as *THE* Best Defender in the NL

Anthony Rizzo did lead all MLB first basemen in defensive runs saved (11) and was third in UZR, but obviously doesn’t come close to any of the leaders in overall defensive runs saved or other metrics … after all, that’s why he’s playing first base. To be certain, each of his teammates Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist were higher rated overall defensive players in 2016.

What a dumb award.

Voodoo Posted: November 14, 2016 at 12:19 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, gold gloves

Myriad O’s thoughts: Trumbo’s QO; Peterson’s departure; coaching vacancies; awards talk - BaltimoreBaseball.com

He’s one of the most interesting free agents out there. Is anyone really going to pay him full value on his 2016 season? I doubt it but sometimes teams surprise.

It would be absolutely, positively shocking if he accepted the one-year, $17.2 million deal from the Orioles. It just doesn’t make sense for him. And though I’ve heard from some optimistic fans who aren’t giving up hope until they hear official word, Trumbo’s not going to settle for a one-year pact. That’s the obvious reality. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo, orioles

2017 Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Staumont at #1 in Baseball America?

MLB Pipeline ranks him 10th. The biggest issue is clearly his control.
MLB Pipeline’s Scouting grades: Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

Here’s what they had to say about him.

Staumont can maintain a mid-90s fastball into the late innings as starter, work in the upper 90s as a reliever and hit 102 mph with riding life. He also can run a two-seamer into the high 90s with heavy sink. He has ace-caliber stuff when he can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, royals

MLB Network Breaks Several Viewership Records At End Of 2016 Season

I’m just waiting for the MLB Network to introduce a streaming option which isn’t tied to cable television to cut the cord. Right now it’s the only channel keeping me with cable TV.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2016

Seattle Star, November 14, 1916:

Prepare to shed a tear or two, ye baseball fans.

“Germany” Schaeffer [sic], the village cutup who has kept fans in the American and Federal leagues in chuckles of mirth during more than one contest on the diamond, has decided to leave the diamond forever.
...
Bill Donovan gave him a chance with the Yanks, but playing was needed, and not comedy, and “Germany” failed to deliver.

In fairness to Schaefer, the “chance” that he got with the 1916 Yankees consisted of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Best Statistical Non-MVP seasons – The Hardball Times

Number one.

1941 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox LF: 11.0 WAR; 143 G; 135 R; 37 HR; 2 SB; .406 AVG; .553 OBP; .735 SLG; .568 wOBA; 221 wRC+; -8.8 DEF
Williams’ 1941 campaign was one of the greatest in baseball history. Seventy-five years later, Williams is still the last player ever to hit .400 in a full season. He cemented the feat by going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader on the last day of the season. Aside from batting average, he also led the majors in WAR, runs, home runs, walks, on-base ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, mvp

Baseball’s qualifying offer system as we know it needs to end | FOX Sports

So, let me get this straight, 10 players received qualifying offers this year. 10. So Kenny thinks it’s much better to screw over all international free agents in order to help 10 players? That doesn’t seem like a nice big-picture solution. Wouldn’t it be better for the players to concede on another issue to get this changed?

The owners will want significant concessions from the players to effectively grant them unrestricted free agency, something that never has existed in baseball. Well, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

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