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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-10-2016

New York Evening World, February 10, 1916:

Last night [William Howard] Taft was the chief speaker at the dinner at the Waldorf, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the organization of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs…Taft asserted that he was for the umpire, first and last. He advocated giving the arbiters even more power than they now have. “I would stop all the chattering on the coaching lines and in the players’ benches. It is unfair for a player to try to unnerve his ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 10, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, william howard taft

Mets catcher Plawecki opens up about sinus surgery, d’Arnaud - NY Daily News

They like each other. They really like each other.

“I’m sure it’s something that’s going to be entertained,” he added. “Me and Trav are open for anything. We both just want to win. That’s who we are.”

Though they play the same position and therefore compete for playing time, Plawecki and d’Arnaud are big pals. Last year, when d’Arnaud was hurt, they sat together on the bench, dissecting situations. D’Arnaud, the more experienced player, sometimes would proffer ideas — ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, mets, travis d'arnaud

Wilmer Flores ignores another slight: ‘I want to be a Met forever’ | New York Post

It’s easy to like this kid.

Here is how he practices for his multi-position gig.

“Every day I will work one position and work the whole day there,” Flores said. “Today I worked at third base. One day at third. One day at second. One day at short. One day at first.’’

The uniform remains the same and that is the bottom line. He’s been a Met since he was 16.

“I want to accept this role. I have to accept this role,’’ Flores said. “When I play, I’m going to play like I am an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Giancarlo Stanton most extreme home runs | MLB.com

Who doesn’t enjoy watching homers?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Gattis to miss 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery | MLB.com

I wonder whether this injury will impact the Astros plan to get him back behind the plate for some games this season.

Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis told MLB.com on Tuesday that he will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.

Gattis said via text message that he is optimistic he will be ready for the start of the regular season or shortly thereafter, and he hopes to start getting some at-bats in mid- to late March. Astros position players are scheduled to work ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, evan gattis

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Kevin Maitan is Braves’ primary target, compared to Chipper | www.myajc.com

Sixteen is a long way from the majors but Braves fans can still dream.

“My comparison when I talked to our people was Chipper Jones,” said Blakeley, an international scout for 30 years who previously worked for the Yankees. “Chipper until he hurt his legs could play short, could play third, could have played center. Chipper could have done anything Chipper wanted to do. Maitan reminds me a lot of Chipper Jones.

“Big time power from both sides, and does it easy. Bat whip. Loves to play, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 03:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, fantasy, international players

The Crack in the Defensive Spectrum

Smart and logical as always from Carleton at BP.  Would love to see this topic expanded to cover outfielders and ‘full’ utility players.

“I think there’s a very flawed assumption behind that logic. It implicitly conceptualizes defensive ability as a single dimension. A spectrum, if you will. You’re either good at “defense” or you are not. It’s like saying that “intelligence” is a single thing, but then mumbling when asked to define what that thing is. Instead, I propose that we ...

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Brett "The Hitman" Gardner Posted: February 09, 2016 at 03:25 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The Uncertain Timetable for Cord-Cutting in Baseball’s Future

The most recent discussions about a sports-rights bubble surfaced three years ago when the Los Angeles Dodgers signed their $8 billion television deal with Time Warner. While those in the industry had been hearing about a bubble for two decades and dismissed its existence, recent developments have provided ammunition for both sides. The Dodgers deal has proved to be a disaster up to this point, but teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals have all ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, cord-cutting

Darren O’Day deserved top free-agent contract | MLB.com

Darren O’Day is unique.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 01:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: darren o'day, orioles, sabermetrics

MLB’s top five smartest offseason moves | MLB.com

2. Rays acquire OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo from the Rockies for LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez
The Rays’ offense has struggled to score runs—particularly against right-handed pitching—across the past two seasons, but Tampa Bay’s president of baseball operations, Matt Silverman, has done diligent work to reverse that trend.

This offseason, Silverman has added the likes of Brad Miller, Logan Morrison and, of course, Dickerson, three left-handed bats that fare best versus ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 11:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: off-season

School of Roch: Brady Anderson on Hyun Soo Kim: “He hits line drive after line drive”

How much playing time will Kim get this season?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun-soo kim, orioles

Be A Baseball America Intern - BaseballAmerica.com

Looking for a cool place to intern?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: internships

Mets’ d’Arnaud cranks up hopes for ‘hell of a year’ after hell of a trip | New York Post

Health is his biggest question mark.

“That’s how you learn, from your failures,’’ said d’Arnaud, who hit .268 during the season with 12 home runs, drove in 41 runs and posted an .825 OPS but only played in 67 games because of injuries. He bounced back, crushing three home runs in the first two rounds of the postseason.

Most of all he wants to stay healthy for his pitchers, whom he raved about.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-9-2016

Milwaukee Sentinel, February 9, 1916:

Fred Moore, who two years ago was clubhouse boy for the Athletics, today is a member of the Detroit Tigers, having been signed as a second baseman by Hugh Jennings.

When the Athletics were winding up the series with Washington in 1914 some one suggested that Moore be given a chance to get into the game against Griffith’s team. It started as a joke, but the kid, who was only 18 then, played in three games. He batted against Bentley, Shaw, Ayers and Harper ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 09, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, ferdie moore, history

Diamondbacks, A.J. Pollock Agree To Two-Year Extension - MLB Trade Rumors

The Diamondbacks have struck a two-year deal to avoid arbitration with outfielder A.J. Pollock, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports on Twitter. He’ll receive $10.25MM in the contract, Buster Olney of ESPN adds (Twitter link).

Aug 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder

Pollock filed at $3.9MM, with the team countering at $3.65MM — both of which fell below his $4.3MM projection — so there wasn’t much room for movement on his 2016 salary. But Arizona may have saved a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Blue Jays agree to two-year deal with Donaldson

The Toronto Blue Jays avoided what would have been a senseless arbitration hearing with Josh Donaldson by reaching agreement on a two-year deal worth nearly $29 million with the reigning American League MVP, a source told Sportsnet on Monday night.

Obo Posted: February 09, 2016 at 01:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, contracts

Monday, February 08, 2016

The Private World Of The Negro Ballplayer

The state of race relations in MLB in 1960.

“Occasionally, Negroes and whites will share the use of an expression. One that is shared reflects poorly on mother love, and a few years ago, a Cub — a white, by the way — used it so freely that he caused a semantic crisis. National League President Warren Giles was so distraught over the player’s use of the expression that he sent a memo to each club forbidding its use, particularly against umpires, under pain of a $500 fine. In his memo ...

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Hank G. Posted: February 08, 2016 at 07:43 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: integration, race in baseball

The time my family invited itself to Gaylord Perry’s house for lunch – HardballTalk

Craig Calcaterra shares the memory of a childhood visit to Gaylord Perry’s farm.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2016 at 06:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: gaylord perry, human interest story

OTP - 2016 February 8: There’s baseball, politics … and real problems

Instead of wasting the time and effort thinking about baseball, wouldn’t it be more productive for our elected representatives to concern them with one of this state’s biggest problems? Water quality.

How many cities and towns have problems like the lead levels found in Sebring, Ohio? And how many draw their water supplies from lakes containing massive amounts of toxic algae, like Toledo and Celina?

Conservation groups around the Great Lakes region are calling for states to become more ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: February 08, 2016 at 01:16 PM | 888 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, politics, water quality

Cops: [Delmon Young] chokes, threatens to kill valet, unleashes slur-filled tirade

Major League Baseball player Delmon Young was arrested late Sunday night in Miami, accused of choking and threatening to kill a valet attendant, and using ethnic slurs.

Young allegedly grabbed a valet attendant by the neck at the Viceroy hotel in Miami after he wouldn’t open a door with access to a club.

“Stupid Cuban, open the f—king door,” Young allegedly told the victim. After repeatedly telling Young he couldn’t open the door because the club was closed, Young said “I’m gonna f—king kill ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2016 at 12:09 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: delmon young, police blotter, slurs

Lourdes Gurriel, Yulieski Gurriel defect Cuba | MLB.com

This is going to get expensive.

Two top players from the most famous baseball family in Cuba are not expected to return to the island.

Brothers Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 22, and Yulieski Gurriel, 31, are believed to have defected from Cuba’s Ciego de Avila team following the Caribbean Series that concluded Sunday in order to seek contracts with Major League teams, according to sources. Lourdes is considered the top prospect in Cuba while his brother is considered the country’s best player.
Both ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, lourdes gurriel, yulieski gurriel

League Ownership Compliance in League Recruiting Forum

Although I understand the company’s desire to limit piracy, this is the wrong way to do it. If I used DMB for my sim league, I’d rather switch games than be put in a position of snitching on my league members.

In order to help incentivize leagues to make sure that all of their members own the DMB software, DMB is beginning a new policy to help insure compliance. Actually, this is not new, it was started by “Pat” several years ago.  Here is how it will work.

The League commissioner sends DMB a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamond mind baseball, simulations

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-8-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 8, 1916:

Baseball magnates, players and fans are elated over the dismissal of the Federal League’s suit against organized ball. Had the suit been pressed, as the Baltimore Federal Club owners threatened, and had Judge Landis finally rendered a decision, it is certain that the effect on the national game would have been great.
...
In dismissing the suit, Judge Landis said, in part:

The court’s expert knowledge of baseball, obtained by more than 30 years ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 08, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, kenesaw mountain landis

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Colorado Rockies | FanGraphs Baseball

1. Brendan Rodgers, SS
Current Level/Age: R/19.6, 6’0/180, R/R
Acquired: Drafted 3rd overall (1st round) in 2015 out of Florida HS by COL for $1.7853 million bonus, traded to CLE in July 2015
Previous : NA

Rodgers went into his spring season as a strong contender for the first-overall pick, though a slight dip in performance made him slide down two spots to the Rockies. Every aspect of his game shows promise, from his soft hands and strong arm in the field to his promise of power and average ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, scouting reports


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Here are the Red Sox storylines entering spring training - The Boston Globe

This week’s notes column centers around the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Sunday Notes: Seratelli’s Sayonara, Kaminsky’s Curve, Cards, ARod Managing, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest includes this tidbit:

I held back a few quotes when I put together this past week’s Current Players Who are Future Managers article. In most cases, it was because the respondent addressed the hiring practice itself, but didn’t name a player. Then there was this quote, which I felt merited some extra attention:

Andrew Miller: “I’ve been blown away by Alex Rodriguez. Does he have any desire to manage in the major leagues? He’s made something like $400 million in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Stick to Sports? NEVER! The Intersectionalist Manifesto – HardballTalk

I enjoy and value reading political commentary from baseball people as much I enjoy and value sports commentary from politicians.

That Manny Ortez guy sure can hit!!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 236 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The Cespedes gamble: The biggest MLB position-change risks | New York Post

Joel Sherman ranks the position switches.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: defense

Bip Roberts Was The First Bip

The link goes to the Value Over Replacement page, whose author seems to have a thing for names…...she has produced a spreadsheet with every given name (or “first” name) for every player in MLB history   AND   the date of the first appearance of that name!

Link to the spreadsheet, via Google Drive

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fsV6bR4aHIRlyZEMwHy3wAbre2hogrJ9HLyqSpVCrgo/edit#gid=0

pthomas Posted: February 07, 2016 at 01:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: history

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