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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
And what a ballot!
■ Jeff Bagwell
■ Craig Biggio
■ Barry Bonds
■ Roger Clemens
■ Tom Glavine
■ Greg Maddux
■ Mike Piazza
■ Tim Raines
■ Frank Thomas
■ Alan Trammell
So, what to do about 11 names for a 10-spot Cooperstown roster?
I’m going to do something cruel, and counter-productive, which in this context is what the restricted ballot is.
I’ll leave off a great hitter, Martinez, who, because of bad knees was forced to perform most of his career as a designated ...
Posted: December 18, 2013 at 07:44 PM | 17 comment(s)
I gave Weiner this title, along with Forde, last year because of the way he conducted himself upon learning of his diagnosis in August 2012, and he just kept going in his final calendar year of life. The A-Rod/Biogenesis mess kept Weiner plenty busy and in the spotlight, and he worked for the players until he had nothing left to give.
It became evident Weiner didn’t believe that A-Rod was fully innocent, just as he worked with the other 13 Biogenesis players to find punishments that worked. ...
Posted: December 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
Koko the Clown and his inkwell dried up years ago…
Why is it presumed to be different for us? Why do readers expect — and in some cases, demand — that sports reporters be fans of the team they cover? This amazes me. Are we supposed to suspend all rules of journalism because we cover sports?
I had this discussion with a very smart woman at a dinner party some years ago. She was from a family of newspaper publishers. And she was astounded to learn I was not rooting for the Red Sox while I ...
Posted: December 18, 2013 at 02:22 PM | 41 comment(s)
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo rejected a seven-year, $140 million contract offer from the Yankees not too long ago. The offer was made after the team signed Jacoby Ellsbury and once it was was declined, they moved on and signed Carlos Beltran.
Choo, 31, has multiple standing offers according to Passan. The Astros, Rangers, Mariners and Diamondbacks have been most connected to him recently, but Arizona’s interest subsided following the Mark ...
Posted: December 18, 2013 at 02:10 PM | 39 comment(s)
Per G.G., CHIEF OF ORDNANCE
Hey Bill, any writers you’d like to share who helped shape your voice as a writer? Maybe not everybody does, but I think of you as a writer first.
Jim Murray, LA Times sportswriter of the 1950s/1960s, who was syndicated nationally. Ed McBain, mystery writer. Michel de Montaigne, essayist of the French renaissance. Al Silverman and Arnold Hano, 1950s/1960s sportswriters. There were certain books that I read and re-read often during my childhood; I suspect this is ...
Big Hurt’s chances and some Gizmo love.
However, if history is any indication, Thomas is going to have to hold that line, even though it’s considerably above 75 percent. It’s probably some form of selection bias, but the Repoz tally tends to overestimate vote counts for many players—perhaps because the voters who make their ballots public are the ones who put the most thought into it.
(Plus, the Chicago Tribune makes all their ballots public, and I’d be really surprised if Thomas didn’t get ...
Posted: December 18, 2013 at 09:01 AM | 36 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, December 18, 1913:
Vean Gregg, pride of the Cleveland pitching corps, is wearing rubber heels and prowling around one big department store in Cleveland, doing the “Sherlock Holmes” act, to see that none of the fans do Christmas shopping early without paying for the goods.
From the perspective of 2013, it’s easy to think that Gregg, as a three-time 20 game winner, pitching ace of a good MLB team, and guy who once finished in the top ten in the balloting for the Chalmers Award, ...Read More...
The New York Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003.
According to Major League Baseball calculations sent to teams Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. Boston finished just under for the second straight year, coming in $225,666 shy of the $178 million mark.
Figures include average annual values of contracts for ...
Posted: December 18, 2013 at 05:23 AM | 54 comment(s)
Okay, got your alcohol, benzos, and opiates lined up? Go.
Dave Perkins & Bob Elliot, Former Toronto Star Sports Columnist and Current Toronto Sun Baseball Columnist, joined Bob McCown & Stephen Brunt in studio on Prime Time Sports to fill out their Baseball Hall of Fame ballots and share their thinking process towards how they form their ballot.
Thanks to Leo Kitty.
Posted: December 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I would imagine they have already ruled out the title Life and Time of a Baseball Playing Centaur.
Alex Rodriguez is about to seal a multimillion dollar deal for a tell-all book about his legal battle with MLB, with which he plans to lift the lid on the “full dirt of Major League Baseball’s tactics” he claims have been used against him.
The deal is reportedly for $14 million with an additional $500,000 in deferred money each year, according to multiple reports.
Not only is he a closer, he can Grant Balfour.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:43 PM | 17 comment(s)
Australian opener David Warner has attracted the attention of American baseball scouts and was considering it, The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday. Warner has been in superb form throughout the Ashes and scored his second century in the third Test and his sixth this season.
Warner has endorsement deals with Gray Nicolls, Asics and ANZ Stadium and could sign deals to the tune of $5 million based on his current form. He is also expected to fetch $2 million at the next IPL auction. “His ...
Cody Koback, 23, of Stevens Point was arrested Friday on charges of battery, false imprisonment and strangulation and suffocation after a former girlfriend told deputies about a domestic abuse incident at his house the previous day.
Koback, a tenth-round pick in 2011, is a member of the Red Sox’s minor league system.
As tempting as it might be to label 2013 a fluke and say the Yankees will soon return to winning 94 games every year, as they did in 11 of the previous 12 seasons, the evidence points in a different direction. Last season wasn’t a fluke; it was the new normal for the Yankees, and nothing they’ve done this offseason changes that. If anything, the moves the Yankees have made this offseason seem guaranteed to perpetuate that reality.
I didn’t want to have to write this post. After all, I didn’t have a specific rooting interest outside of my lousy hometown team, and like many fans, I fell a little bit in love with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their rise to prominence this past season after years of misery and losing. Who doesn’t enjoy a good underdog story? …
Every playoff team believes it will return the next season. Maybe it changes the roster; maybe it goes with the same group. Either way, it will be back. …
The 2013 ...
JE (Jason Epstein)
Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, December 17, 1913:
Jack Slattery, the backstop, who worked in the A.A. several years ago, will introduce a bamboo bat into the game next year. The light war club is the idea of a Boston man and is said to be “just the thing” by Slattery.
I don’t know if it was a rule in 1913, but today, Rule 1.10 (A) prohibits the use of bamboo bats because they aren’t “one piece of solid wood”, but instead are made of multiple bamboo stalks.
Don’t have time to read this now (squeezing Pool Holograph onto my list is proving quite problematic!).
So as they gain a more significant foothold, sabermetricians continue to get the word out and convince people to change their thinking.
“I don’t think that sabermetrics really needs to fight that fight, because the fight is over and sabermetrics has won,” Pomrenke said, not seeing a reason to argue with people who insist that sabermetrics don’t work.
“It is pretty easy to ...
Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
The Yankees are reportedly on the verge of signing free agent second baseman Brian Roberts, according to Ken Rosenthal. Roberts hasn’t played a full season since 2009, totaling 77 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season. If this is the move to fill the vacancy left by Robinson Cano, it leaves a lot to be desired. The Yankees would be trusting a guy who has proven incapable of staying on the field for multiple consecutive years.
Options are running low for the Yankees to find an everyday ...
Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:39 AM | 103 comment(s)
Monday, December 16, 2013
But can they take pictures of the gift baskets when they leave?
Derek Jeter has a strict “no camera or phones” rule when it comes to his sprawling Florida mansion.
We’re told the famously private Yankee has a basket in the foyer of his 30,875-square-foot, multimillion dollar Davis Island home, dubbed by locals “St. Jetersburg.” All guests are expected to plunk down their camera phones before entering his castle.
“He points and says, ‘Phones go there,’ so no one can take pictures ...
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 06:28 PM | 97 comment(s)
The Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) announced today that it has agreed to terms with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) on revised protocols for the posting system shared by the leagues. MLB’s Executive Council approved the new agreement today.
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 05:30 PM | 56 comment(s)
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn continued to make bold moves in remaking the team Monday, dealing closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks for Triple-A third baseman Matt Davidson.
I was just like Marty Appel…until Bobby Richardson single-handedly ruined my Challenge the Yankees and Strat-O-Matic teams which sent me straight into the loving harms of morotgara.
In 1962, the fan club held a contest asking members “in which game would Bobby get his 100th hit of the season?” By then I was a little SABRmatician, and of course I said, “the 81st game,” and of course I won. (He would get 209 hits that season, and, trust me, I am not pausing to double-check this on ...
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 04:26 PM | 20 comment(s)
Free-agent pitcher Gavin Floyd and the Atlanta Braves came to a deal Monday on a one-year contract that a baseball source said was worth $4 million.
The deal, which includes $4.5 million more in potential performance and roster bonuses, was completed after Floyd passed a physical, the source said.
So 1 year for somewhere between 4 and 8.5 million.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 02:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Xander Bogaerts, ss/3b
2. Henry Owens, lhp
3. Jackie Bradley, of
4. Allen Webster, rhp
5. Blake Swihart, c
6. Garin Cecchini, 3b
7. Mookie Betts, 2b
8. Brandon Workman, rhp
9. Matt Barnes, rhp
10. Trey Ball, lhp
The emergence of Bogaerts (with 2012 first-rounder Deven Marrero not far behind) rendered Jose Iglesias expendable at the trade deadline. Third baseman Garin Cecchini led the minors with a .443 on-base percentage, giving the Red Sox a depth of talent on the left ...
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 01:17 PM | 18 comment(s)
Interesting mix of players… “Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, Biggio, Piazza, Schilling, Edgar, Morris, Lee Smith, Trammell”...at least he used all 10 slots.
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM | 27 comment(s)
hall of fame
After working his way up from the Workshop Summer League and the Arctic League, Rudolph proved to be a vital component in the Reindeers’ 2013 playoff run.
Gavin Floyd has passed physical and agreed to deal with #braves. He’ll make $4M base and can earn $4.5M more in incentives.
While I disagree on a few…it sure beats Pigskin Pete Predicts!
This is my 33rd year predicting Hall of Fame elections. I think the acid test of prognostication performance lies in guessing the fate of men who finish within 10% either way of being elected (i.e., who receive between 65-85% of the vote). Among such candidates, I have gone 50-12 (.806) in correctly predicting who would or would not make it over the years. I was one of the few who correctly, publicly forecast the 2013 shutout. ...
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 09:05 AM | 38 comment(s)
The Cardinals’ search for a second baseman to complement and challenge rookie Kolten Wong ended swifter than they expected but landed the infielder they coveted.
Mark Ellis and the Cardinals have agreed on a one-year contract that will be finalized and announced early this week after the veteran passes a physical. A source confirmed the agreement to the Post-Dispatch, which was first to report the deal Sunday morning on STLtoday.com.
Ellis, 36, hit .270 in 126 games with the Los Angeles ...
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 07:04 AM | 38 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, December 16, 1913:
August Herrmann, chairman of the National commission, denied a report…that he would resign as president of the Cincinnati baseball club, following the action of the board of directors in refusing to sanction the…sale of the deposed manager, Joseph B. Tinker, to the Brooklyn club for $25,000.
A great many Cincinnati fans are inclined to laugh at “Garry” these days. Until the past few days everyone thought he was the real owner of the Reds, but the action ...
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