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Thursday, December 22, 2016

A’s outlook: Options at second base ‘a concern’ for 2017 season | CSN Bay Area

Yeah, not having a short-term and long-term answer is a real problem.

Shortstop Franklin Barreto, Oakland’s top overall prospect, has logged some time on the right side of the bag in the minors and most recently in the Arizona Fall League. The 20-year-old Barreto figures to begin this season with Triple-A Nashville but will likely make his big league debut sometime in 2017.

Unlike center field — where the A’s lack both a short and long-term answer — team officials at least like their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

MLB Has A Problem If Orioles Feel Need To Trade Machado

Won’t be great when a teardown never turns into a rebuild.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:56 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, tanking

Why MLB’s Attempt to Curb Hazing Is Misguided | VICE Sports

Dirk Hayhurst weighs in.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hazing

Washington Nationals top prospect Victor Robles, Juan Soto look to rule in Washington | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Victor Robles, GCL Nationals (five games), Hagerstown (64 games), Potomac (41 games): The Nationals’ new top prospect showed off his many talents in his first full season. Robles was a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star after hitting .305 in 64 games with the Suns. MLB.com’s No. 10 overall prospect was promoted to the Carolina League on June 27 and finished the year hitting .280/.376/.423 with 75 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.

“Victor amazes us with the tools he has,” Scialabba said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects, victor robles

Jonny Gomes Intends To Play In 2017 - MLB Trade Rumors

Can he get a GM to agree?

Outfielder Jonny Gomes says he intends to make a comeback, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports on Twitter. The lefty masher, who is now 36, last played in the majors in 2015 and appeared briefly in 2016 in Japan.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jonny gomes

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How the Cubs’ $184 million man Jason Heyward is fixing himself

With the offseason underway, Heyward is looking to get his swing back on track. The 27-year-old showed off some of the changes he’s been working on thus far, and it looks like Heyward could feature a much different stance next year.
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Will it work? We have no idea. The offseason is a time for optimism. You always want to believe a player is in the best shape of their life, or that a new pitch will help that questionable starter turn into an ace.

It’s the same thing here. We won’t know ...

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Greg Pope Posted: December 21, 2016 at 06:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward, vortex of suck

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-21-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 21, 1916:

PITCHER RUTH OF RED SOX INJURED AS AUTOS CRASH

Word reached [Baltimore] last night of a serious automobile smash-up in Boston in which Babe Ruth, the left hander whose sensational pitching for the Red Sox won him great renown, and his wife figured. While the big fellow escaped with a few cuts and bruises, Mrs. Ruth had to be removed to a Boston hospital.
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Babe and his wife were enjoying the comforts of a recently purchased machine in a suburb of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Klapisch: Time for baseball to pick up the pace

Most of his suggestions are less practical than watching a game on time shift with the fast-forward button at the ready.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of the game

Silverman: Red Sox trade of Buchholz nothing more than a salary dump | Boston Herald

$13 million is way too much to pay for rotation depth.

Tobias doesn’t make the Sox better now.

And now the Red Sox’ rotation depth is just two, rather than three, tweaked obliques from having to turn to Roenis Elias, Henry Owens or Brian Johnson as a spot-starting savior. The old adage that you can never have enough starting pitching is one that not-new-anymore president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has not sworn allegiance to.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, phillies, red sox

Kevin Costner is open to a ‘Bull Durham’ sequel with him as a manager | MLB.com

Who wouldn’t want to see the 70 year-old Susan Sarandon hitting on an 18 year-old minor leaguer?

Manager Crash Davis? Is Nuke his veteran pitcher, back in the Minors after a long stint in the big leagues? Do Annie and Crash have a kid that’s a young, up-and-coming catcher also on said MiLB team? The possibilities are endless. What do you say, Ron Shelton?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: movies

Don’t put Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame - Beyond the Box Score

Henry Druschel judges Curt Schilling’s character. Who appointed him the Church Lady of the Church of Baseball?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, hall of fame

Top 2000 Prospects for 2015

We had a thread about this guy’s weird list of 2000 prospects in 2010, then forgot about it. He’s still at it! But it seems that his most recent list was in March 2015. It remains unclear what his definition of “prospect” is. It may be all a strange joke (check out who the last name on the list is).

The 2015 list does not have as many bizarre names as the 2010 list. (Exceptions: Gage Hinsz, Tito Polo, Jiandido Tromp)
Today’s player is more likely to be named after a hunky soap opera ...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Is this the name of a Star Wars character or a professional baseball player?

Stay on target, Eric Wedge!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is, like its subtitle says, the latest movie from the Star Wars franchise. It is, according to A’s reliever and movie critic Sean Doolittle, a worthy entry in the canon. It also gives us great character names like Jyn Erso and Baze Malbus to go alongside Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett.

You know what other rich, sprawling universe has great names? Professional baseball.

Below are 10 names. The question is simple: Does the name belong to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 02:44 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: star wars

How Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria continues to outfox us all

Best regards.

Meanwhile, a clause in the contract struck between the Marlins and local government in 2009 would have forced the Marlins to share a massive 70 percent of the proceeds from a franchise sale the next year; that figure dropped all the way to 5 percent by 2014, and would amount to a fraction of that now, according to last week’s report by the Miami Herald. In essence, Loria engineered a deal that handcuffed Miami into supporting him at all costs for five years, followed by him being ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins

Report: Phillies Acquire Pitcher Clay Buchholz From Red Sox

The Phillies have reportedly acquired pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports. The Phillies will send a minor-league Josh Tobias to Boston, according to Jim Salisbury. Buchholz, 32, was 3-6 last season with a 5.86 ERA in just 66.0 innings of work and 10 starts, bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchh, phillies, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-20-2016

Washington Herald, December 20, 1916:

Pat Moran, Eddie Burns, Sherwood Magee, Chief Bender and other ball tossers who have been spending the off-season in Philadelphia have been watching football closely.
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All these stars agreed that a football player who also played baseball in the spring made the best receiver of forward passes.

There is some history of crossover between baseball players and receivers.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 11:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, football, history

Can you match these MLB stars to their Minor League scouting reports?

“Few middle infielders can match Moncada’s huge offensive ceiling, which earns him comparisons to Robinson Cano with more speed.”

Yeah, we’re excited.

But do you know what people were saying about your current favorite MLB stars when they were still just top prospects in MiLB? Using MLB Pipeline’s archives, we pulled quotes from the scouting reports of some of MLB’s top young talent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports

Tangotiger Blog: Pre-Statcast Lab: groupings or single point estimates?

More interesting stuff is coming from Tangotiger.

So, getting back to the above image: it’s likely that the information contained in the barrels will need to get more weight than in the other zones.  In order to understand the hitter, you need to know his profile.  This is true whether you want to know about his future, or simply want to know about what you have on hand as a hitter.  Knowing the profile of the hitter is better than knowing the single end point.  The profile keeps the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Jimmy Rollins signs minor-league deal with Giants | Mercury News

Rollins gets a shot to finish his career in his hometown megalopolis (the A’s must have not been interested in signing him to his real hometown).

He’ll be battling Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrienza for a backup infielder’s role with the Giants.

“Kelby”? “Ehire”? These are ballplayers? JIMMY, that’s a real ballplayer name.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 20, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, oakland, phillies

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pat Hughes CD Commemorates 2016 Cubs World Series March

Makes a great gift!

CHICAGO CUBS radio play-by-play voice PAT HUGHES has released a CD with the story of the CUBS’ 2016 championship season.  “THE CHICAGO CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES” is available online through the team’s flagship, CBS RADIO Sports WSCR-A (670 THE SCORE)/CHICAGO, at cbschicago.com/cubscd or via HUGHES’ baseballvoices.com.

The CD includes over 70 minutes of material, including clips from the regular season through the Series.  HUGHES is releasing the CD as a special edition of ...

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Bote Man Posted: December 19, 2016 at 11:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, cubs, world series

The market for Edwin Encarnacion is getting interesting. | Sports on Earth

No.

Rockies. Signing Desmond for five years and $70 million to make the move to first base seems like a waste, but signing Encarnacion as a full-time first baseman, given his recent games played history, moving Desmond to the outfield and dealing Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez in a trade market flooded with outfielders is kinda complicated. I’m not sure how much sense any of this makes for a franchise with a new-record payroll that ought to maybe consider throwing some cash at Nolan Arenado ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2016 at 12:02 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents

Phillies payroll fell to 26th in MLB last season

2015: 9th highest payroll
2016: 26th highest payroll
2017: 30th?

When the Phillies agreed last week to pay $30.5 million for Odubel Herrera, it represented the largest guaranteed sum issued by the team in more than four years. Not since Cole Hamels signed for $144 million in July 2012 had the Phillies guaranteed a player more, and that feels like forever ago. The last position player to receive higher than a $30.5 million guarantee was Jimmy Rollins when he signed for $38 million in December ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2016

New York World, December 19, 1916:

Not only is there a chance of [the Schedule Committee] shortening the playing season to 140 games, but it is within their power—such authority having been given to them—to arrange an interleague series of games beginning the latter part of August.
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The plan contemplates having all eight clubs in the National League play all eight clubs in the American League three or more games. The winner, under one of the arrangements, is to be considered the champion of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are going to be Hall of Famers: Here’s what it means

If you vote for Bonds and Clemens (and it’s really hard not to), how can you not vote for everyone else who has the numbers but has been linked to steroids?

It’s happening. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are getting in to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It won’t be this year, and it probably won’t be next year, either, but it’s very possible by 2019, and if not then, they will ascend the Cooperstown stage in 2020 or 2021.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, roger clemens

My Hall of Fame ballot revealed | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2016 at 10:03 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

New York Mets should trade for center fielder | MLB.com

Of course, the Mets could just make Lagares the starter, fill in with Granderson in tough match-ups, and dump Bruce.

Jarrod Dyson, Royals
This would be a slightly different approach, because while Dyson isn’t close to the hitter that Cain is, he’s a better fielder, and he’d also add an element of speed. He has stolen 26 or more bases in each of the past five seasons, despite never playing more than 120 games in a year. Though a lefty hitter isn’t as good a fit as a righty for New York, that’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets

Is there any hope for baseball’s basement dwellers?

We know there’s hope for the teams that just finished in first place. But is there hope for the teams that just finished in last place?

We’ve spent the past week asking that question to people all over baseball, especially in the wake of this sport’s new labor deal. We exempted the Atlanta Braves, a team moving into a new ballpark. We also exempted the Minnesota Twins, a franchise that just installed what is essentially a whole new group at the top of its baseball operations department.

But ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, padres, rays, reds, tanking

OTP: 19 December 2016: The book about baseball that explains Donald Trump’s win

If there’s anything that the political market is full of, it’s inefficiencies. And the Trump team, to its credit, understood just that. The easy story to tell about Trump is one of a billionaire bully who preyed on prejudice to push the first female president out of the White House. But there’s another story to be told, one about an underdog campaign that raised about half as much money as its opponent and managed to win anyway, in part by disregarding common campaigning strategies and ...

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BDC Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 1445 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, never shouldda written, politics

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Players Honor Clemente at Puerto Rican Baseball Clinic

Hundreds of Puerto Rican children were given a rare chance to meet their baseball idols this week. Some of MLB’s biggest names were hard at work conducting a clinic on the tiny Caribbean island as part of a goodwill tour that ended with a gala Saturday.

Puerto Rico is tiny??

Bote Man Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:41 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: caribbean, clemente, puerto rico

Joe Buck Hints At Retirement

Who will set up the countdown clock?

Bote Man Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:34 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, joe buck, retirements

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