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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

Updated 6:20 ~ 90 Full Ballots ~ (15.8% of vote ~ based on last year) ~ As usual…BBWAA ballot digging is welcome!

98.9 - P. Martinez
98.9 - R. Johnson
87.8 - Smoltz
82.2 - Biggio
78.9 - Piazza
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73.3 - Bagwell
64.4 - Raines
57.8 - Schilling
45.6 - Bonds
44.4 - Clemens
41.1 - Mussina
28.9 - E. Martinez
22.2 - Trammell
17.8 - Lee Smith
16.7 - McGriff
13.3 - Kent
  6.7 - L. Walker
  6.7 - McGwire
  5.6 - Sheffield
  5.6 - Sosa
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  1.1 ...

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Repoz Posted: December 17, 2014 at 07:31 PM | 441 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In Africa, Out of Nowhere, There Is Baseball - WSJ

It’s baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Peter Gammons: If traded, will Hamels reap the desired return? - GammonsDaily.com

If your GM is not listening to Pat Gillick, your GM has big problems.

The Red Sox made it clear when they opened talks about Hamels that they will not deal Mookie Betts, who is clearly a regular and he who wills the vital role of leadoff hitter (check Bill James’ 2015 projection on Betts, over .400 OBP, 500 slug, just 22 years old); in 37 games, Betts’ WAR was 2.1, in 175 Myers’ was 0.9. They will also not trade catcher Blake Swihart. Now, Charlie Manuel saw more games in the Boston ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday Notes: Starting vs Relieving, Trade Dialogue and Much, Much More | FanGraphs Baseball

David Lauria’s Sunday Notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Blue Jays await Takashi Toritani decision | Toronto Star

[Takashi] Toritani, who hired notorious baseball agent Scott Boras to guide his transition to the big leagues, is currently mulling offers from the Jays and San Diego Padres, according to Japanese news reports. The Padres are believed to be offering a chance to play shortstop, while in Toronto Toritani would be moved to second, where he played at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Given his age, Toritani is likely to sign a short-term deal of just one or two years. Since he is a free agent, no ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, japanese baseball, padres, rumors, takashi toritani

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Starlin Casto Arrested in Shooting Incident

And tweet from: @Enrique_Rojas1

#Cubs SS Starlin Castro arrested Saturday by authorities for questioning by a shooting that left 6 injured by bullets, police said.

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 27, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

2014 Organization All-Stars | MiLB.com

Since this is such a slow baseball news period, here’s a link to MiLB’s organizational reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

The Economist: The baseball-card bubble

A nice short history of the baseball card bubble:

Several years of caustic negotiations between team owners and the players’ union culminated in a work stoppage in 1994 and the cancellation of the World Series for the first time since 1904. The strike cost Major League Baseball dearly—attendance and revenues fell sharply when play finally resumed—and spelled doom for the card traders and dealers whose success depended on unbroken good fortune.

Just a few years after the bitter collapse ...

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The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: December 27, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bubbles, cards, finance, memorabilia

Friday, December 26, 2014

MLBTradeRumors: Twins Extend Phil Hughes to 2019

If anyone thought there would be hard feelings about that missed $500,000 bonus from last season, this puts paid to that…literally.

The Twins have locked up a key rotation cog going forward, as the team today announced that they have restructured and extended the contract of Phil Hughes. Originally owed $16MM through 2016, Hughes receives an additional three years and $42MM under his new deal. [...]

The 28-year-old Hughes enjoyed an excellent season with Minnesota in 2014 — the first of a ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: December 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minnesota twins

Hiroki Kuroda Plans To Return To Hiroshima Carp – MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees need another starter.

Veteran righty Hiroki Kuroda is planning to return to the place where he made his name, the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Japanese media outlets Nippon and Chugoku Shimbun reported the news earlier today, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting via Twitter that Kuroda was in fact headed back to Japan.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 07:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hiroki kuroda, japanese baseball, yankees

Ammenheuser: Picking the next Baseball Hall of Fame class

It took Ammenheuser longer to sign his name on the ballot… “After a lot of statistical examination and careful review of their careers, I chose to include Raines and Schilling to join Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Smoltz.”

The holdover list is much more enticing. The debate rages whether Bonds, Clemens, McGwire and Sosa belong in the Hall. Alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs will likely keep them out. And that’s too bad. Bonds and Clemens, specifically, were among the game’s elite ...

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Repoz Posted: December 26, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Dave Annebheuser’s HOF Ballot

His choices- Pedro, Unit, Smoltz, Raines, and Schilling. FTFA…

“I can make very good cases for Biggio, Piazza, Bagwell, Raines, Smith, Mussina and Schilling. After a lot of statistical examination and careful review of their careers, I chose to include Raines and Schilling to join Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Smoltz.

Who do you think I should have included?”

I don’t know, maybe the other five guys you considered…

TJ Posted: December 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Rob McMillin: Transparency In The Hall: An Appreciation Of Repoz’s Gizmo

Or as I told Rob…“I think the MLB Network should have a 3-hr show of all HOF ballots being opened…with a Sammy Petrillo-type host using a magic wall.”

It is probably not too strong to suggest that Darren Viola’s Hall of Fame Ballot Collecting Gizmo — an annual event for a number of years now — has sparked a dialogue about transparency in BBWAA voting that is vastly overdue. That it must be crowdsourced is understandable (at least for a while), as is the humble and necessarily incomplete ...

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Repoz Posted: December 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: gizmo, hof

Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist can play infield and outfield, is 33 and will be a free agent after next season, so it’s time to examine potential trade partners because it makes sense that the Rays will try to move him | FOX Sports

From what I have read and heard from the Rays front office, they aren’t throwing in the towel on competing in 2015. I don’t see them trading Zobrist unless they start off next season poorly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Ace Maeda re-signs with Carp | The Japan Times

He would have gotten more than $2,492,437.04 in MLB.

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda on Wednesday re-signed with the Central League club for ¥300 million, up ¥20 million from last season.

“The club not only valued my results but also the way I played,” the 26-year-old said after signing the new deal at Mazda Stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Benjamin Hill’s Minoring in Business announces first annual Bizzies award winners | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

The CLAWlossal is not something I would order.

Therefore, what follows is my first annual “Minoring in Business” Awards—the Bizzies, if you will—culled from my extensive ballpark travels during the 2014 season. The eight inaugural honorees, each representing an arbitrarily chosen category, have all gone above and beyond in their quest to make the Minor League Baseball fan experience as memorable as possible. Congratulations to all of the winners, as being included in this article surely ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor league promotions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-26-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 26, 1914:

The superstitious idea of a “jinx” is not uncommon in baseball. The worst case was that of poor old Kid Baldwin, one of the grandest catchers of his time.
...
Pitchers began to fear to pitch to him. It was strange, but it seemed as if some misfortune happened to all the players who were his closest friends. It drove him out of the business. He tried the minors; and found them even worse.

When he left Cincinnati he gave away a pair of baseball shoes. Oddly ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, kid baldwin

Buckley: Hall of Fame voting needs transparency | Boston Herald

At some point in this column I am going to share my selections for this year’s baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

But before I do — and, sincerely, this isn’t a cheap device to hold your attention — some annual housekeeping needs to be done.

First of all, voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who do not reveal their choices are hacks, cowards and, oh, I don’t know, maybe even racists. Wouldn’t you like to know the names of the 23 press box sages who didn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, December 25, 2014

HardballTalk per MASN: Orioles Re-Sign Delmon Young

Happy Xmas Orioles fandudes—you’re getting a Delmon!

Delmon Young is staying in Baltimore, as Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the 29-year-old former No. 1 overall pick has re-signed with the Orioles on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: delmon young, orioles

Yankees’ cold-blooded A-Rod approach was missing with Jeter

The organization that talks more about winning-or-bust than any other — maybe more than all the others combined — last year prioritized Derek Jeter’s farewell tour over victories.

Let us count the ways:...

If you did not see this decaying performance, you were watching with your heart, not your eyes, and/or you get all of your baseball information from The Players’ Tribune…

NattyBoh Posted: December 25, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, derek jeter,, retirement tour, yankees

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Braves To Sign A.J. Pierzynski

Mmm, pierogi and grits.

The Braves have reached a one-year deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports on Twitter.

The District Attorney Posted: December 24, 2014 at 01:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pierzynski, braves, free agents, transactions

Rosecrans: Hall of Fame voting raises more questions than answers

Too sensible!

As for the steroid era, I believe performance-enhancing drugs work. I believe they were an unfair advantage used by many in the game — and continue to be used and abused in the game. What I don’t know is who used and who didn’t. We all have our suspicions and beliefs, but we don’t know for sure.

In the end, what I know for sure is what happened on the field. So that is the only thing I know for sure and the only basis of judgment I can make…

That means both Barry Bonds — ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hof confusion, peds

The Twins May Have Weakened a Weakness | FanGraphs Baseball

Do the Twins really need defense?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, twins

Santa Claus remembers Cleveland Indians whether they’ve been naughty or nice | cleveland.com

It’s gift time in Cleveland.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

J-Roll: John Middleton aspires to be ‘Steinbrenner South’ | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Salisbury goes on to ask what Middleton is like, suggesting a George Steinbrenner of the South type of figure who is willing to go to whatever lengths possible to put a winner on the field.

“That’s his ambition, to be Steinbrenner South,” Rollins said.

“You can feel it when you meet the guy, he wants to put a winner out there. But he wants to be in control, don’t get it wrong. But he wants to put a winner out there very badly. I know he would like to have more influence, obviously have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sports Analytics: The Extra Man

Posting this primarily for the summary at the end of the article:

The way to operationalize any sports analytics initiative would be to follow the below steps:

Data Engineering Layer – The first and critical step is to ensure there’s integration of all the available data (both internal and external) into a common database since incomplete data will yield non-optimized results/analysis.

Structured Problem Solving Platform - While most analytics products focus on complex analytical ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabermetrics

Orioles still interested in Padres’ Seth Smith and Will Venable, sources say - Baltimore Sun

Smith and Venable aren’t great but they are useful players.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, padres, trade rumors

Big gap still exists in Mets’ Tulowitzki talks—and Yankees check in on SS - CBSSports.com

Will one of the New York teams ante up?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-24-2014

Milwaukee Journal, December 24, 1914:

With the money obtained from the sale of a herd of steers, Walter Johnson, star pitcher of the Washington American league club, yesterday mailed a draft reimbursing Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago Federals, for the bonus given Johnson when he signed a Federal contract. The draft was for $6,000.
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“As far as I’m concerned the incident, which has proven an unpleasant one to me , at least, is now closed,” Johnson said. “There is nothing more I can ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 24, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, walter johnson

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