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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five toughest roster dilemmas this spring | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd has been providing some great analysis on MLB Network this off-season. He’s spot on in this article.


Lagares batting ninth? Why Mets think it’ll work | New York Post

It was the kind of power-speed combo that intrigues and enthuses the Mets about having Lagares bat first. Later in the game, he hit a two-run homer off Dellin Betances and Lagares is batting .395 this spring.

Yet, the Mets are toying with having him — wait for it — hit last.

Manager Terry Collins told me that as early as Friday against the Cardinals — when Curtis Granderson and David Wright return to the lineup — the Mets might experiment once again with the pitcher hitting eighth.

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, mets

Twins parody Star Wars trailer to promote Phil Hughes bobblehead

the Twins are giving away possibly the best bobblehead introduced thus far this season. The bobblehead will feature pitcher Phil Hughes dressed in jedi robes and holding a green lightsaber. The best part of the whole thing is that the team is using the hashtag #HughesTheForce to promote the event.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, star wars, twins

Pablo Sandoval says weight regimen contributed to him leaving Giants

Pablo Sandoval’s departure from the San Francisco Giants continues to get ugly. Sandoval has already made waves this spring, saying he felt disrespected by his former club, and never intended to re-sign with them. Well, he’s doubled down on those comments, telling USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz that he changed his cell phone number and doesn’t really communicate with his old teammates. He also revealed that the team’s insistence that he remain on a weight regimen was one of the reasons he decided ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: fat panda, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rafael Montero has earned roster spot

Montero officially remains in a competition with Dillon Gee for the fifth starter’s job. However, Mets officials acknowledge Gee is highly likely to get the rotation nod, and Montero likely is ticketed for relief at the major league level to begin the season.

Asked where Montero fits in, Collins said Wednesday: “On the team—somewhere.”

Montero suggested he is fine with any role.

“Minor leagues I was a starting pitcher,” Montero said through an interpreter. “Now, in the big leagues, I’m ready ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 25, 2015 at 11:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rafael montero

USA Today: ANDREW McCUTCHEN GETS 1ST HAIRCUT IN 8 YEARS

BREAKING NEWS:

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is a four-time All-Star, National League MVP, Golden Glove winner, and a three-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. He also led the Pirates to their first winning season in 1992.

Despite all of these notable achievements, McCutchen is most famous for being the guy wit the hair. “It’s good to have an image,” McCutchen said of that hair to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review back in 2014. “I have the hair, but eventually ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 25, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, cuts, pittsburgh pirates, sampson

Kurijian: What if Alex Gordon had tried to score?

I know this play has been beaten to death, but Kurkjian does a nice job breaking the play down and getting quotes from all the players involved.

Juan Perez: “When I got to the ball, I tried to pick it up with my bare hand instead of using my glove. That was another mistake. Then I kind of kicked the ball and I thought, ‘Oh my God, he might score!’ I wasn’t sure how fast he really was, and I thought there was a chance he would score.”

Jirschele: “I know Gordo is going to get to third, and I’m ...

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MLB Worth $36 Billion As Team Values Hit Record $1.2 Billion Average

Baseball is dying, man.

If Major League Baseball traded on a stock exchange it would be worth $36 billion. The average baseball team TISI +0.62% is now worth $1.2 billion, 48% more than a year ago, the biggest year-over-year increase since we began tracking team values in 1998. A record 15 MLB teams are now worth at least $1 billion, up from five in 2014.

The New York Yankees are worth the most, $3.2 billion, and are tied with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable U.S. sports teams ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: forbes, franchise valuation, revenues, television

Tony Blengino: Danny Santana’s Upcoming Offensive Collapse.

Santana’s actual production on each BIP type is indicated in the AVG and SLG columns, and it’s converted to run values and compared to MLB average in the REL PRD column. That figure then is adjusted for context, such as home park, luck, etc., in the ADJ PRD column. For the purposes of this exercise, SH and SF are included as outs and HBP are excluded from the OBP calculation.

More abstruse analysis of stats nobody has ever adequately explained from the #6 numbers guy in baseball.


Top-Selling Throwback Unis by State

Not just baseball, obviously, but it’s an interesting look at what the most popular throwbacks are state-by-state.

Gamingboy Posted: March 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jerseys, uniforms

MLB invetigating claims tying Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart to gambling

I still think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Cosart’s troubles started last night with a gambling expert on Twitter alleging he’d direct messaged a colleague asking for betting advice. Cosart later deleted his own account as tweets piled up accusing him of gambling and speculating whether he’d ever bet on baseball, which would be a serious violation of the game’s rules.

Before jumping into the tale, it’s worth noting: The entire firestorm stems from essentially anonymous Tweets from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, jarred cosart, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-25-2015

Milwaukee Journal, March 25, 1915:

“CUBS A FRIGHTFUL BUNCH WITH WHICH TO WIN PENNANT, BUT—” it depends on which team gets their GOAT.

I don’t have any idea what this is talking about, unless someone from 1945 invented a time machine and went back 30 years. That’s a weirdly prescient obscure reference.

Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: March 25, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, goats, history

Yankees Insider: Alex Rodriguez a hit at DH for Girardi - NY Daily News

He likes him. He really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Javy Baez told he’ll make Cubs’ roster despite strikeout woes | Chicago

I’d say the biggest thing he needs to do is stop swinging at breaking pitches in the dirt.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javy baez

Crashburn Alley: David Buchanan is Putting Together an Impressive Spring

With 16 innings under his belt in the 2015 Grapefruit League, Buchanan is sporting a 1.69 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP and 11 strikeouts. But perhaps his most impressive statistical feat is this: the next walk he surrenders will be his first of the season. We preach loudly and often here at Crashburn about the irrelevance of spring training stat lines for perfectly valid reasons ranging from inconsistent quality of competition to extraordinarily small sample sizes to the emphasis on season preparation ...

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eddieot Posted: March 25, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david buchanan, phillies, spring training, starting rotation

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Brewers to unleash the ultimate Wisconsin brat, nachos this season

Thank goodness for the Milwaukee Brewers, who are set to unleash two new food items this season. First up, it’s the ‘Down Wisconsin Avenue’ Brat. This brat has everything: fries, gravy, cheese curds and sauerkraut are placed on the dog. That gets covered with cheese sauce, fried jalapenos, sour cream and chives.

On top of that, the club has also announced the ‘Inside the Park Nachos.’ These are not your typical nachos. Nachos are great, but they are a difficult item to eat on the go. And, if ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:05 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, fatass

Astros makes 2017 World Series rings

The replica ring is a staple ballpark giveaway these days, one that fans will line up hours to get. We’ve seen plenty of teams giving away recent World Series replica rings, even World Series replica rings from 50 years ago. But we’ve never seen a future World Series ring.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:01 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, pot

Yankees recreate famous Babe Ruth scene from ‘The Sandlot’

What you’ll find above is a wonderful little skit where current Yanks players recreate the famous Babe Ruth scene from the movie. It stars Brett Gardner as Smalls, learning that he just offered up a ball autographed by Ruth to Hercules, the feared ball-chomping dog that lives beyond the sandlot’s fence. Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, C.C. Sabathia and Didi Gregorius play members of “The Sandlot” crew, but perhaps most notable is Brian McCann, who’s in the Ham Porter role and actually seems ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 24, 2015 at 06:56 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, the sandlot, yankees

Nitkowski: The Anxiety of Cut DAy

Good practice, kids. Now it’s time for the easiest part of any coach’s job. The cuts. Although I wasn’t able to cut everyone I wanted to, I have cut a lot of you. Wendell is cut. Rudy is cut. Janey, you’re gone. Steven, I like your hustle….That’s why it was so hard to cut you

There is a chance you’™re gone today, off to a meal money-less life of soup and sandwiches. I would sit in front of my locker for a few minutes to see if a coach was waiting for me to arrive to deliver the news. Some ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2015 at 03:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. nitkowski, cuts, demotions, releases

How MLB Profits from Players with Addiction

Intentional or not, MLB’s steroid policy has been a massive money-saver for owners. In the Biogenesis case alone, $31 million in salaries were saved by teams. MLB even went so far as to threaten Alex Rodriguez with a lifetime suspension from the game, which would have saved the Yankees at least another $60 million on top of the $22 million the club retained in 2014—all before potential eight-figure luxury tax savings are accounted for. While suspensions without pay are far easier to justify ...

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Dodgers land Cuban second baseman Olivera for six years | MLB.com

The Dodgers pool all the spare change in their office. There is a lot of risk with Olivera. It will be interesting to see how this works out. Does this also mean Alex Guerrero is gone?

Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera has agreed to a $62.5 million deal with the Dodgers, according to an industry source.

The club has not confirmed the agreement, which includes a $28 million signing bonus.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 02:52 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, dodgers, hector olivera

Nats fan gets ‘Nationals World Series Champs 2015? tattoo

Bryce Harper is confident in his ability to help bring a World Series title to D.C., but the Nationals outfielder isn’t as, um, bold as 29-year-old fan Pete Johnson.

Johnson, a lawyer in the D.C. area, was taking a post-lunch stroll in Silver Spring with a friend on Sunday when his friend stopped, opened the door to Ambrotos Tattoo and said, ‘Why don’t we do something dumb?’

For Johnson, something dumb meant getting ‘Nationals World Series Champs 2015′ in his handwriting tattooed ...

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Jacob Posted: March 24, 2015 at 01:23 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Irish People Watch Baseball for the First Time. [video]

What is this baseball thing?

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 24, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: comedy, kansas city royals, san francisco giants

SI cover: 2015 MLB Preview: It’s anyone’s year

The last time Sports Illustrated anointed the Cleveland Indians as favorites to win the World Series was 1987.
With Joe Carter (who would have his own World Series moment years later) and Cory Snyder on the cover, SI declared that “Cleveland is the Best Team in the American League.”

No, this is not the script of the movie “Major League,” as the previous five seasons before 1987 Cleveland finished 5th, 7th, 6th, 7th and 6th in the American League East.

Well, 1987 was no different as ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2015 at 11:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mariners, nationals, royals, sports illustrated

Cooperstown Confidential: The Enigmatic Life of Alex Johnson – The Hardball Times

The recent death of Alex Johnson brings to an end one of the most controversial and enigmatic chapters in baseball history. Even as we try to put the many conflicts of Johnson into proper perspective, I’m not sure whether to characterize him as a sympathetic victim of circumstances or as an antisocial figure who unnecessarily made life miserable for those around him. Or maybe, it’s a matter of both.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex johnson, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-24-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 24, 1915:

The break has finally come, and it looks as if the Cincinnati club will have to release Manager [Buck] Herzog or accept the resignation of Secretary Harry Stephens. These two officials of the club had a big row at Covington…

The Reds’ training field in Covington, Louisiana was frozen and unplayable, so Herzog wanted the players in New Orleans, where the players could train. The problem was that the Reds were supposed to play an exhibition game against New ...

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Mariners feel pieces are in place for special ‘15 | MLB.com

Expectations are high in Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Harper: Signs of friction between Collins and Alderson - NY Daily News

This relationship seems headed to a breakup.

In the end, though, someone who knows the GM well said he believes Alderson thought “it wouldn’t have been fair” to Collins not to give him a chance to manage a team that finally has enough talent to contend.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, terry collins

Spring training lets umpires sharpen their game too | Toronto Star

Umpires are people too.

The hardest part of the job, Iassogna says, is moving on after you know you missed a call. He admits he struggles to follow the advice he gives to minor-league umpires about not taking the job home at night. “It eats you up, it really does. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a good way of dealing with that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training, umpires

Minor, Upton not likely to return before May | www.ajc.com

How much longer will Upton play for the Braves anyway?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, melvin upton, mike minor

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