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Sunday, November 30, 2014


Minnie Miñoso - Golden Era Hall of Fame Candidate and Baseball Pioneer

Over the years, most of the key pioneer black players have been elected to the Hall of Fame:  Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella were voted in by the BBWAA during the 1960’s.  Satchel Paige and Monte Irvin were largely elected for their careers in the Negro League, each gaining induction through a special Negro League Committee which met from 1971 to 1977.  Despite being the second black player to break the color barrier and integrating the American League, Larry Doby had to wait until ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: November 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, minnie minoso, veterans committee

Franklin Barreto: The Key to the Josh Donaldson Trade | FanGraphs Baseball

Prospect reports on the three minor leaguers the A’s picked up in the Donaldson deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: franklin barreto, kendall graveman, prospects, sean nolin, trades

Sunday Notes: Brewers, Raines, Carpenter, Castro, Cuba, Reds, much more | FanGraphs Baseball

Another interesting David Lauria column. Some good tidbits.

Members of the Red Sox ownership group are reportedly purchasing their Triple-A affiliate from the estate of Ben Mondor. Mondor, who purchased the team in 1977, passed away in 2010. The Pawtucket Red Sox – one of minor league baseball’s most successful franchises – have been run by president Mike Tamburro and vice president/general manager Lou Schwechheimer.

It is unclear if Tamburro and Schwechheimer, who have been with the ...

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Mets unlikely to swing blockbuster trade | New York Post

The Mets have pitching. Lots of pitching. An NL executive was praising it recently and saying it has to help them.

There was a “but” coming, however:

“But this might be the worst time in history to be out in the trade market with pitching,” the executive said. “No free-agent starters have signed [except A.J. Burnett]. You have the potential to trade for Cole Hamels or Ian Kennedy or a bunch of other really good starters, maybe even Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann.

“And every ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 08:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Justin Masterson and nine more potential free-agent ‘bargains’ - CBSSports.com

Looking over this list, I’d say Brett Anderson is the biggest bargain. He has the most upside and some pretty big risk that should keep his contract short and inexpensive.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Springer-Fowler bond complicates Astros’ future - Houston Chronicle

The question is, how much does Houston’s management team actually buy into this claim? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 07:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dexter fowler, george springer, houston

Peter Gammons: Beane ignites Oakland rebuild with Donaldson trade - GammonsDaily.com

The Donaldson trade from the A’s perspective.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trades

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tangotiger: Who will get the Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, Morris votes?

This is a chart from 1967-2011.  It shows what happens to the voting of the returnees, based on how the voting goes for the players who were removed on the ballot the prior year and added in their first year.

There were 3.43 votes per ballot that are going to be lost from Maddux, Morris et al.

bobm Posted: November 29, 2014 at 09:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Beane not afraid to take a chance to make A’s better | MLB.com

I agree. One of the things that separates the best GMs from the mediocre ones is the confidence to trust their talent evaluators and pull the trigger on deals, even risky ones.

Beane doesn’t play scared. He’s unafraid to take a chance, to rework what already seems to be working. There’s a beauty, both in the guts to do it and in the vision to see what others can’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, josh donaldson, trades

Four teams interested in Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez « OutsidePitchMLB LLC

The San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are all in the running for Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Sanchez reports:

“Because he is under 23 and has not played in a Cuban professional league for at least five seasons, Lopez is subject to the international signing guidelines. In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team is allotted a $700,000 base and a bonus pool based on the team’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 09:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, free agents, prospects

Making sense of A’s trade of All-Star Donaldson to Blue Jays | FOX Sports

A GM should have no untouchables. Like with Donaldson, a GM might not want to deal a player but once the return gets high enough you have to pull the trigger. If his scouts and his number crunchers like the players, he makes the deal. After making the deal it’s up to the player development people and the major league coaches to get the most out of the acquired players. Granted the A’s are losing five years of Donaldson but they are potentially getting a lot years from the new guys. With the A’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, brett lawrie, josh donaldson, trades

Padres continue search for offensive upgrade | padres.com

If there is one world to describe the Padres the last few years, it’s “mediocrity”. Their lineup has been filled with nice bit actors but no stars. The various prospect reports aren’t filled with star players either.This is a franchise in need of an overhaul. 

It’s believed the Padres are still reluctant to part with either pitchers Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross in a deal, though Ian Kennedy, who is arbitration-eligible and stands to make close to $10 million, could be had in a deal.

“In an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Cards can be patient with pitching market : Sports

Reports, originating first from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, connected the Cardinals to lefty Jon Lester, who along with St. Louis native Max Scherzer are the top starting pitchers available as free agents. While Scherzer’s market is still percolating — not unusual for a headliner and Scott Boras client — Lester has drawn offers from Boston and the Chicago Cubs, according to reports. He has also made visits to teams, including the Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals, as of this week, had no ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jon lester

Number of Pitches in a Plate Appearance | Exploring Baseball Data with R

This is a few weeks old but I don’t remember seeing it posted. It’s an interesting study, more data confirmation for things we know.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

By trading Josh Donaldson, the A’s were just being themselves - Yahoo Sports

Every trade is a risk.

It’s the sort of risk the A’s always need to take because they’re the A’s. Thriving as a have-not in a sport rife with haves takes not just the gall to make moves like this but the ability to make them work when the future is as certain as the wind. Oakland took a risk by trading Josh Donaldson, the sort of risk they must take, the sort of risk a $150 million team like the Blue Jays needn’t. No one – not even those who run the A’s and love the deal – can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, trades

Friday, November 28, 2014

Royals, reliever Jason Frasor agree to one-year contract

Jason Frasor pitched in 647 games before making the playoffs for the first time last season with the Royals. He’ll get another chance to help them to the postseason in 2015.

The Royals and Frasor, a right-handed relief pitcher, agreed on a one-year free-agent contract Friday that includes a mutual option for 2016.

The contract is worth a guaranteed $1.8 million, according to The Associated Press. Frasor will receive $1.25 million next season with a $2 million option and $550,000 buyout for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason frasor, relievers, royals

Royals trade reliever Aaron Crow to Miami for two minor leaguers

You know nothing, Crow.

Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow, a Missouri grad from Topeka who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league pitchers, the club announced on Friday.

Crow, 28, was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was the Royals’ All-Star representative in 2011.

He posted a 20-11 record and 3.43 ERA with six saves in 254 games, all out of the bullpen and mostly as a setup man, over four years in Kansas City. He went 6-1 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron crow, brian flynn, marlins, royals, trade

Investigation will keep Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman in Dominican Republic

A court in the Dominican Republic has ordered Ronald Guzman, a first baseman and top prospect in the Texas Rangers’ organization, to remain in the country while his role in a fatal auto accident is investigated.

Guzman’s sports utility vehicle collided with a motorcycle at 1a.m. on Tuesday in his hometown of La Vega. The motorcyclist was killed.

Guzman, 20, was held for questioning and released after posting a $13,500 deposit. Guzman’s legal representative said he had not been drinking ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: car accidents, fatalities, prospects, rangers, ronald guzman

Blue Jays To Acquire Josh Donaldson From Athletics For Brett Lawrie, Others

A’s fans: “I Spit on Your Graveman!”

The Blue Jays have struck a deal to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Athletics, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). Infielder Brett Lawrie, righty Kendall Graveman, and shortstop Franklin Barreto are part of the package going back. Prospect Sean Nolin is also in the deal, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets...

Donaldson has racked up 15.4 rWAR and 14.1 fWAR in [the past two years]... Projected by Matt Swartz/MLBTR to earn ...

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Whatever happened to Wendell Kim? The sad story

Alzheimer’s Disease is a crushing affliction. .

Wendell Kim, 64, a long-time major and minor league coach should be spending his days playing golf near his home in Arizona, like many others in his profession. He had a long career with the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and several minor league clubs.

Instead he is in a silent world of his own—all by himself. The world of Alzheimer’s Disease. And—according to a friend of his—he’s not coming back.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:59 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, wendell kim

Cobb Comes Home - Pages from Baseball’s Past by Craig R. Wright — Kickstarter

Click the link to learn more about Craig R. Wright’s self-publishing project.

Following in the tradition of my grandfather, I have been entertaining folks with baseball stories for over 30 years. During my career working in major league baseball I had a hobby where I researched and wrote the stories for a pre-game radio show “A Page from Baseball’s Past,” which was on the air for 26 seasons. After the bottom fell out of radio advertising, in 2008 I took the story series to a subscription print ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Baseball’s most underrated Hall of Fame candidates. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Sure, it is a veritable given that Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will get in on their first try, as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas did this past year. John Smoltz also has a strong shot in his “rookie” year. Meanwhile, Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of induction in 2014, and Mike Piazza, who missed it by 74 votes, could see an increase that gets them over the hump. This is a similarly important year for Jeff Bagwell (54.3 percent of a required 75 percent last year) and Tim ...

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Marlins seek lefty balance in lineup, on mound | MLB.com

Marlins are looking to the left, for pitchers and first basemen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2014

Washington Times, November 28, 1914:

Connie Mack is said to be willing to trade this big slugger, J. FRANKLIN BAKER, because he is not working in harmony with the other members of the Athletics. Larry Gardner and a pitcher was asked from the Red Sox, but Bill Carrigan turned down the offer. A sneaking rumor has it that Baker has seen his best days, and is on the down grade.

According to Baker’s SABR bio, the third baseman wanted to renegotiate his contract as a result of Mack selling off most of ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 28, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, home run baker

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jon Lester has plenty of options in addition to Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo runs down what is currently known about the Lester sweepstakes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

What’s cooking? MLB shares Turkey Day recipes | MLB.com

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about baseball from members of the site. I’ve also shared a lot of laughs. Thanks for being part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Baseball Prospectus | Moonshot: A New View of Plate Discipline, Part 3

Interesting stuff. I hope the next step is specifically looking at areas within the strikezone.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

[Cricketer NOT baseball player] Phil Hughes dies after “pitch” to the head

Thought this would be of interest.  I’m sure you can find video of it somewhere.  Basically, from the photo I saw, it managed to catch him below/behind the ear where the cricket helmet offers no protection.  The estimate I saw had the ball clocked at about 85 MPH (not sure at what point that measurement is taken) and it of course bounced before it got to him.

Walt Davis Posted: November 27, 2014 at 01:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cricket

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Source: Tomas agrees to six-year deal with D-backs | MLB.com

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.

The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

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