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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Did Manny Machado say goodbye to Dodgers with ‘thank you’ Instagram post?

Four-time All-Star Manny Machado is ready to strike it rich in free agency this winter. The only question is which team will be willing to pony up perhaps as much as $300 million to sign him.

One team that certainly has the money is the Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s where Machado finished the 2018 season after being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in July. But many are wondering if Machado’s already closed the door on a Hollywood return based on this “thank you” Instagram post he ...

QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: instagram, manny machado

Willie McCovey: Giants great remembered as ‘Hall of Fame human being’

As soon as Willie McCovey’s physical ailments began to prevent him from joining baseball’s greats in Cooperstown every July for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they started coming to him.

Bob Gibson, Frank Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Joe Torre, Vin Scully and many more would ride the elevator to the third floor at AT&T Park to visit McCovey, who watched every game from a booth when his health allowed.

They felt that no visit to San Francisco was complete without saying hi to Mac. And ...

QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, willie mccovey

OT - November* 2018 College Football thread

* As is tradition, the November thread runs through Championship Week before giving way to the Bowl Spectacular.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 202 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SportsRadioPD: Barrett: Divorce Was Inevitable For The A’s and 95.7 The Game

The problems with selling Green and Gold in a sea of Orange. Or: why the A’s were never going to get A-grade radio coverage in the Bay Area, and never accepted it.

There was also a public perception that the team wouldn’t spend money to retain key players, the stadium they played in was a mess, and ownership made it worse by continuing to tell the public they wanted no part of being in Oakland. The vibe all the way around was negative. Meanwhile, the teams across the street seemed to have ...

Greg Franklin Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasting, giants, media, radio

The Dodgers have become baseball’s version of the 1990s Buffalo Bills

“The makeup of the teams is even similar. The Bills were loaded with stars and future Hall of Famers in quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas and defensive end Bruce Smith. Is that much different than the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner?”

Lest we forget Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo bills, dodgers

Reverse Platoon Splits – Before and After | RotoValue

So overall, it seems that even players who show a pronounced reverse platoon split tend to show a more normal platoon split over the rest of their careers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 10:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2018

New York Tribune, October 31, 1918:

[Red Sox owner Harry Frazee and Braves Field owner James Gaffney] spent most of the day at [Braves] field, looking over the big plant and discussing the proposition to have the games of both clubs played there in the future.
Five years ago, when he built Braves’ Field at a cost of more than half a million dollars, Gaffney turned down a chance to hire Fenway Park for $20,000 a year. Fenway Park is now almost too valuable real estate to be used for baseball ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fenway park, history

Charlie Brown | Society for American Baseball Research

Good stuff.

Much of Charlie Brown’s home life also remains shrouded in mystery. What is known is that his father is a barber and his mother is a homemaker. He also has a younger sister, Sally, and the aforementioned pet, Snoopy. His exact place of residence is unknown, but the climate is cold enough for there to be heavy snow in winter. Charlie Brown has been known to stand upon his snow-blanketed pitcher’s mound while dreaming of future glory, only to be rudely brought back to reality by ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie brown

For Orioles, let history be your guide, hire a general manager first – The Athletic

It’s tough to grade Duquette. Peter Angelos wasn’t the kind of owner who gives his GM any real autonomy.

The Duquette era was always about making marginal moves and hoping they turned into gold under Showalter’s direction–and in fairness, sometimes they did. But a lot of this team was built on the structure of what came before — both the 2012 and 2014 teams were stocked with guys acquired by Andy MacPhail, Duquette’s predecessor — and eventually when those guys started getting long in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pay site

Ignite the Hot Stove: A complete list of MLB free agents

With the World Series in the books, the Hot Stove is about to get switched on for the winter.

Baseball’s free-agency period begins this weekend, and there are a whole bunch of players out there for teams looking to make an upgrade or two this offseason. The list includes a few of the game’s biggest stars, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who could fetch two of the biggest contracts in baseball history.

Here’s a list of the game’s free agents, guys who could end up at a stadium near ...

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, lists

Moose is loose from Brewers; Soria also elects free agency

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas is becoming a free agent again, and so is reliever Joakim Soria.

In addition, the Brewers exercised a $3,175,000 option on All-Star right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who would have been eligible for salary arbitration if it had been declined.

Moustakas declined a $15 million mutual option Tuesday.

So, will he have any better luck than he did last year?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mike moustakas

MLB Rumors: Giants Interested in Farhan Zaidi for President of Baseball Ops.

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly expanded their search for a president of baseball operations to their archrivals.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, San Francisco is “interested” in Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi for the role. While Morosi cautioned it is “unclear if the scenario is viable,” he noted the interest could be the reason San Francisco’s search has been somewhat slow.

This comes after Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported the Giants interviewed ...

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

Agent Jeff Berry expects J.T. Realmuto to be traded by spring training

So, what third-rate prospects will the Yankees give up for Realmuto?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, marlins, trade rumors

As expected, Giants exercise options on Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval

In moves that were expected, the Giants on Monday exercised their 2019 contract options on pitcher Madison Bumgarner and infielder Pablo Sandoval.

Bumgarner will earn at least $12 million in the final year of the long-term deal he signed in 2012. That is the listed salary, but it likely has grown some through escalators based on performance milestones.

The Giants again will pay Sandoval the major-league minimum, around $545,000, in the final year of the five-year deal he signed with Boston ...

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, pablo sandoval

In early World Series odds for 2019, Tigers near the bottom

The Boston Red Sox exercised the contract option for ace starter Chris Sale on Tuesday, their first offseason move as 2018 World Series champions.

They’re also favorites to do it again.

Las Vegas says the Red Sox have the best odds to win the 2019 World Series. Bovada puts the Sox at 13:2, just above the Houston Astros (7:1), Los Angeles Dodgers (8:1) and New York Yankees (8:1).

Because it is never too early to speculate on these matters….

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: future, odds, world series

Gerardo Parra’s $12.5 million option declined by Rockies

Truth be told, the fact that he had an option that big might be the bigger surprise….

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gerardo parra, options

Ratings for Red Sox-Dodgers World Series down 23 percent from 2017

A World Series featuring the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers was expected to pull in major ratings numbers for Fox, but it didn’t turn out that way.

According to Variety, an average of 14.3 million viewers watched over five World Series games, a 23 percent drop from the 18.7 million that watched the 2017 World Series. And 2018’s numbers are a staggering 38 percent decrease from the 2016 World Series, which averaged 22.9 million viewers and was the most watched since series 2005. Out ...

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, world series

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

MLB hot stove: Should Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw opt out of his contract and test free agency?

It has been two days since Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers fell to the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series. The Dodgers have now lost back-to-back World Series and Kershaw has allowed 16 runs in 26 2/3 career innings in the Fall Classic. Not great.

Offseason deadlines come quickly, so although the World Series just ended, Kershaw has to make an important contract decision this week. Specifically, he has to decide whether to opt out of the remaining two years and $65 million on his contract. The ...

QLE Posted: October 30, 2018 at 11:05 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, free agency, opt-outs

Red Sox’ Dave Dombrowski basks in culmination of hard work | Boston Herald

“It’s hard to win,” Dombrowski said. “I think we were talking about it, seven out of the last eight years, been in the postseason and won divisions, and never got the world championship. It just shows you how hard it is. A lot of good players, a lot of great players, and it’s just something special when it winds up happening. It’s hard to put into words. People spend so many hours working, and you fall short a lot of times, and sometimes all of a sudden it comes together for you and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2018 at 02:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2018

El Paso Herald, October 30, 1918:

To obtain baseball supplies for the soldiers in his brigade, the Rev. Fr. William Munster, of Pittsburg, Pa., chaplain and athletic director of an artillery regiment, rode 60 miles on a motorcycle at night recently.

A divisional baseball championship was slated to be settled when Fr. Munster discovered that the truck containing the balls, bats and other equipment was on the missing list.
Without saying a word to any of the soldiers he jumped on the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Fangraphs:Ring: The Mets, Brodie Van Wagenen, and When Agents Join Front Offices

Did the Mets Mets this one up?

In theory, if his clients on the Mets don’t sign off on the addition of Van Wagenen to the front office, they have a legal right to stop it — and they stand a good chance of winning whatever suit they file.

Under a case called Detroit Lions v. Argovitz, a breach of an agent’s fiduciary duty can actually result in rescission (a court undoing) of the acts that breached the duty. An agent’s fiduciary duty under Argovitz is multifaceted. First, the agent ...

puck Posted: October 30, 2018 at 05:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Sox homer their way past Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for World Series title – Orange County Register

Just listened to Bill Plunkett on with the Mad Dog. Dodgers fans are lucky neither of these two guys are running the Dodgers.

My favorite part of the interview was Russo asking, “Will the Dodgers, upstairs in their front office, will they recalculate a little bit, realizing that this interchangeable two-team match-up approach may not necessarily be the best way to go if you want to win the whole thing? Will this loss make them look at that?”

Plunkett replied, “I doubt it. I’ll put this ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

An overreliance on analytics did not determine the outcome of the World Series – The Athletic

Somewhere​ along the line, the word​ analytics​ became​ a boogeyman, ready to​ be blamed for​ all that​ ails baseball.​​ In this World Series in particular, there’s the idea that the Dodgers made too many decisions by the binder instead of the gut. It’s a weird idea.

“Throw away the numbers and let your eyes tell you everything you need to know,” said broadcaster John Smoltz during Game 5. Smoltz, in particular, has been talking about problems he sees in the sport ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 11:31 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, pay site

Why Steve Pearce’s heroics meant something more to his Boston sports-loving family | WEEI

Considering how the Red Sox had been infused in the Pearce family for more than 50 years, witnessing Pearce serve as the offensive hero for the newly-crowned World Series champs was the kind of punctuation few could have ever imagined. And the disbelief didn’t end with the family’s patriarch.

In among the Pearce family’s on-field celebration was Steve Jr.‘s younger brother, Chad. One look at his wallet allowed for a glimpse into the family’s passion for Boston sports, with “Patriots” ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 11:28 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steve pearce

Fielding Bible - 2018 Winners

You can see the rest of the winners at the link.

Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels

Six straight Fielding Bible Awards says it all for Mr. Defense. That’s the most consecutive awards in the history of the awards; no one else has won more than four in a row. Simmons tied Nick Ahmed for the lead among shortstops with 21 Defensive Runs Saved. Simmons posted positive range numbers on balls hit to his left, right, and straight-on, doing so in all three in the same season for the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding bible

MLB’s crackdown on sign stealing has already begun

I can’t see how a catcher could chat with the pitcher.

MLB recognizes it is going to have to make a significant expenditure to come up with technology to counter at least some of the thievery, likely with either communication systems that would allow the catcher, pitcher and middle infielders to speak and hear each other — like what an NFL quarterback has in his helmet — or a watch that multiple players could look at to get what the signs are without the catcher having to put down fingers. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 10:44 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: rules, sign stealing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-29-2018

An odd play from a “game played in New England” described in the Perth Amboy Evening News, October 29, 1918:

It was in the fifth inning, three runners on the bases and none out when a batter stepped to the plate. Right at his heels came the next player entitled to bat, who took a position just a step or two away from the batter’s box. The batter hit a sharp bounder directly at the pitcher and dashed for first base, while all the other runners raced around the bases toward home.

It appeared to ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 October 29: Baseball team’s name makes a stink, takes off like a rocket

Meet the Madison-based Rocket City Trash Pandas. reports the team held an event Saturday to unveil their new logo and start merchandise sales. They will begin playing in 2020.
“The name has gone viral,” said managing partner Ralph Nelson. Nelson told the newspaper they had already received merchandise requests from 30 countries around the world.

The team’s logo features a raccoon lifting off in a trash-can like rocket.


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