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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How’s that Wil Myers trade look now?

Here are three Wil Myers stories that might be of interest:

1.) During one spring training, there was a video made that featured Wil Myers and George Brett. The Royals Hall of Famer was going to show the Royals prospect how to put pine tar on a bat, but the Royals prospect started arguing … with George Brett … about pine tar. A small thing, but it might have indicated an attitude problem.

2.) While Myers was in the Rays minor-league system, he said he didn’t need a two-strike approach ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, royals, wil myers

Bill James Mailbag - 12/20/14 - 12/23/14

Is it time for the airing of grievances yet?

Bill, Will Myers was just trades to the Padres? Can you think of someone traded TWICE while in the minors and/or their early career and went on to become a great player? The only one I can think of is Sammy Sosa.

The Big Papi. Joe Cronin. Edd Rousch, Paul Konerko, Curt Schilling. Bobby Abreu, maybe.

Gary Sheffield was traded twice by 25.

Right, but he had a big season before the second trade.

Hey Bill, if I’m not mistaken, you referred to Herman ...

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The Cubs, the Red Sox and a Blank Check | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

An interesting idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, economics, red sox

The Magic and Mysticism of Baseball’s Projections – The Hardball Times

That’s the nature of projection. They are meant to be conservative. I usually only use them as a reality check for minor league players.

Thus far, there only seems to be one acceptable way for our projectionists to establish an authority for their method: lower the RMSE, or “root mean square error.” In an analysis of numerous projection systems at Baseball Prospectus this December, Rob Arthur found what I consider to be a shocking amount of agreement. Arthur points out that players who had ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

Fangraphs: How the Teams are Built

Looking at the A’s 40-man roster, 27 players were acquired via trade, the most in the MLB, and five more off waivers. The A’s aren’t like most teams, with regards to their payroll, and so the A’s aren’t like most teams, with regards to how they’re built.

Sean Doolittle is the longest-tenured A’s player, drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft. A.J. Griffin was a 13th-round draft pick in 2010, and Sonny Gray was a first-round pick in 2011. The fourth guy is Renato Nunez, who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 40 man rosters, athletics, free agents, homegrown, mets, trades

Here’s how MLB teams weigh injury worries. | SportsonEarth.com : Lindsay Berra

As Wade points out, overall risk has increased greatly in recent years, because with the amount of money and years involved, contracts have become virtually uninsurable; endless exclusions and high premiums make them cost-prohibitive when added to the cost of the actual contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agents, injuries, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2014

Tacoma Times, December 23, 1914:

Eddie Collins came near never being a member of the Chicago White Sox because his wife refused to believe that the biggest men in baseball wanted to see him.
...
“Hello,” said a voice [on the phone]. “This is President Johnson of the American league. I want to speak to Mr. Collins.”

“We’ve had practical jokers call us up before,” replied Mrs. Collins sweetly as she hung up the receiver.

Five minutes later the telephone rang again and a voice said: “This is ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, history

Changes coming to MLBPA agent certification | FOX Sports

This sounds like a nice set up for existing agents, especially big agencies. The college degree requirement is a curious one. So a person who gets drafted, plays twenty years, is actively involved with the union, and has knowledge of the intricacies of player contracts can’t be an agent?

But ask the industry about bad agents, and you’ll get a list of infractions that don’t necessarily focus on felonies, CBA rules, or players on the forty-man. Agents can make mistakes when it comes to handling ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, mlbpa

IRS to auction remainder of Darryl Strawberry’s salary

You can own a piece of baseball history, but it’s nothing that can be put on a shelf.
The Internal Revenue Service is putting outfielder Darryl Strawberry’s retirement annuity on the auction block next month.

The annuity, seized by the IRS because Strawberry owed back taxes, was part of a contract he signed in 1985, back when he was slugging home runs for the New York Mets.

It's a shame about Athletic Supporter Posted: December 23, 2014 at 03:54 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: darryl strawberry, mets

Monday, December 22, 2014

Padres resign Josh Johnson

This is the sort of deal I thought Brett Anderson would get. Seems like a great low-risk, high-upside signing for the Padres.

Edit: Title fixed. Jim.

SoCalDemon Posted: December 22, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, injuries, padres

Phil Hughes gets three-year contract extension from Twins


Hughes, who won 16 games in his first season in Minnesota, has been rewarded with a three-year extension that will pay him an additional $42 million, the team announced Monday. The righthander’s $8 million salary in each of the next two seasons has been increased to $9.2 million, and he will earn $13.2 million per year from 2017-2019.

That makes the Twins’ total commitment to Hughes $58 million over the next five seasons. It’s the longest commitment the Twins have ever made to a starting ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2014 at 02:42 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, twins

Turner Situation Could Lead To Sea Change In Draft Pick Trades - BaseballAmerica.com

Get rid of this rule and the rule that keeps teams from trading draft picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 02:31 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, padres, rules, trea turner

The 3-D ‘Bud Selig Experience’: A Real Thing That Is Actually Happening

So it was announced that Miller Park would now contain something called “The Selig Experience,” and this is not something I am making up, either. Neither am I making this part up:

  The exhibition space totals approximately 1,400 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. A multimedia show will include a 3-dimensional encounter with Selig inside a reproduction of his old Milwaukee County Stadium office.

The number of people who had a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig

Pirates Win Bidding For Jung-ho Kang

The Pirates have won the bidding for Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The amount of the winning bid has yet to be reported, but Kang’s former club, the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization, will reportedly accept the bid.

The Heroes, you say???

The District Attorney Posted: December 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: international, jung-ho kang, korea, pirates, transactions

Jonah Keri’s Hypothetical Hall of Fame Ballot; Plus a Randy Johnson Appreciation

Those who challenge the notion that Johnson is the best lefty of all time commonly invoke Sandy Koufax’s name. While even the most ardent Koufax proponents have to concede that their man wasn’t all that great until the final six years of his career, those six seasons have taken on mythic proportions and are often held up as the greatest peak years by any pitcher.

Well, it turns out that Johnson’s best six-year run compares favorably with Koufax’s: The Big Unit won four consecutive Cy ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: December 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, randy johnson

The Downside of the Recent Padres Acquisitions | Articles | Bill James Online

What the bats giveth, the gloves taketh away.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, padres, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-22-2014

Omaha Daily Bee, December 22, 1914:

Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago Federals, [yesterday] announced that he had submitted to his counsel the case of Walter Johnson, star pitcher, who Saturday signed up with his old team, the Washington Americans, after having recently accepted a contract with the Chicago Federals.

“Walter Johnson will play with the Chicago Federals next year or not at all,” said Weeghman. “I have laid the case before counsel, and we will fight it to the United States ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

Tulo focusing on rehab, not trade rumors | rockies.com

Isn’t Tulo always focusing on rehab?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Yankees will pay for education of children of NYPD cop Ramos - NY Daily News

Yankee owner George Steinbrenner died in 2010, but his appreciation for the men and women in blue who protect New York City lives on.

For 32 years, Steinbrenner’s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has provided for the education of the children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who died in the line of duty, and will do so for the family of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, gunned down by a cold-blooded killer Saturday along with his partner, Wenjian Liu.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, yankees

Free Agent Spending By Division – MLB Trade Rumors

The difference between the AL East and NL East is striking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Getting ready to gamble on Jung-Ho Kang | FOX Sports

Nobody is sure what to expect of Kang. We’ll find out soon enough.

The easiest way to summarize the risk is this: Kang just finished second in the league in home runs. In third, with 37, was one Eric Thames. Thames also finished with a four-digit OPS, and in North American Triple-A, he slugged .506. Thames, in the majors, has slugged .431. Meanwhile, Yamaico Navarro just hit 31 homers in Korea, with an OPS of .969. He was worse than that in Triple-A, and he never did anything in the bigs. This ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jung-ho kang, korean baseball, prospects

Determining Hall vote is no easy task | New York Post

Joel Sherman talks about his Hall of Fame ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:46 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

JUNICHI TAZAWA & CULTURE OF DENIAL

Jim Allen is back writing about Japanese baseball on his new blog.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, junichi tazawa

Someone old, someone new are Cards’ best : Sports

Who are the Cardinals prospects of the year?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

A Salute to Sy Berger, From a Card-Carrying Fan - NYTimes.com

When you grow up with a singular focus, whatever it is, you may find yourself relating to Will Ferrell’s character in “Elf.” Explaining his eating habits to his new family, the man-child from the North Pole says he sticks to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

For me, the diet was baseball, baseball games, baseball cards and pitching. That was my sustenance, and I suppose I should thank Sy Berger for his role as a vendor. I emptied my pockets of quarters ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards

Sunday Notes: Low Strikes and Winter Deals | FanGraphs Baseball

More good stuff from David Lauria.

“When I coached in Detroit, our game plan was to be patient,” said McClendon. “It was to take pitches and get to the other team’s middle relief. Well, middle relief is now throwing 98-99 mph. You’re not in such a hurry to get to it, and as a result, I think you’ll see hitters more on the attack and trying to score early.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Marty Noble’s HOF Ballot

Noble’s votes: Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz

This is without a doubt the worst HOF ballot and article I have ever seen. It would be well worth stripping the BBWAA of the vote just to get rid of this guy…

TJ Posted: December 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

The Jeff Jacobs HOF Ballot: Keep The Voting Serious And Fair

The Jeff Jacobs HOF Ballot (10) P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Smoltz, Biggio, Bagwell, Piazza, Schilling, Raines, E. Martinez and Mussina.

That means no vote for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Lee Smith, Jeff Kent, Don Mattingly, Nomar Garciaparra or Gary Sheffield.

With full disclosure, comes this, too: If Bonds or Clemens is voted into Cooperstown by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, without a loud and official ...

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Repoz Posted: December 20, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: December 20, 2014 at 03:55 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, labor, umpires

Dodgers biggest spenders in payroll

The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

RIP George Steinbrenner.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 20, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yankees

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