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Thursday, January 15, 2015

MLB’s Bud Selig is in position to give parting gift to scouts charity - LA Times

“The scouts are among the most underappreciated part of the game of baseball, so what Dennis has done with his foundation and dinner is just so right. That’s why I come,” Selig said. “What Dennis has done for them is remarkable.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, scouts

The Infinite Baseball Card Set: Mysterious Mitchell: His Name Says It All

The man stated that he was a professional pitcher and wanted to play for the Seals. It was quickly evident that this was not going to be an ordinary contract negotiation. When pressed on his credentials, the man stated that his name and previous occupation wasn’t anyone’s business. As long as he made good on the mound he need not reveal anything about himself…..The new-comer pitched 5 innings before leaving the game with a 6-2 lead and the victory. Six days later he faced the Tigers again and ...

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Mike Webber Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: art, baseball cards, baseball history

Deal of a lifetime, or Milwaukee marketing ploy?

PreservedFish asked, “What would have to occur in order to make this a good investment?” Well…

The Brewers are offering, for the (perhaps) low, low price of $1,000, a Timeless Ticket, redeemable for any Brewers regular season or postseason game in 2015 or any year beyond…

the ticket that you bought for $1,000 is worth $723 if you have 30 years to use it. It’€™s worth $923 if you have 50 years. Or maybe it’€™s $537 if you have 15 years… What’€™s in the fine print appears to be where the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business


Zobrist in Oakland | Articles | Bill James Online

Dave Fleming looks at the A’s and Ben Zobrist.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2015 at 02:40 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ben zobrist, sabermetrics

Wait — the Mets are charging players to attend offseason workouts? Really?

If this is true — and given that Barwis himself is telling people that minor leaguers are paying him, there’s a good chance it is — it’s simply awful. As we’ve discussed an awful lot around here, minor leaguers make peanuts for the most part. And yet the Mets are, allegedly, requiring them to shell out for their own training and, subtly or otherwise, communicating that there is a penalty for not attending the sessions.


Murray Chass on Baseball: BONDS YES, CLEMENS NO; BONDS NO, CLEMENS YES

MURRAY YES, CHASS NO; MURRAY NO, CHASS YES.

To give Clemens a four-vote margin over Bonds there had to be at least five other ballots with Clemens checked but not Bonds. As of early Thursday morning, 230 ballots had been published, meaning the other “split” ballots were among the 319 non-published ballots.

Alan Robinson, formerly of the Associated Press in Pittsburgh, where I began my career, and Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill., voted for Bonds but not Clemens. ...

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Repoz Posted: January 15, 2015 at 10:17 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 15, 1915:

Cleveland sporting writers gathered with officials of the local American league club to decide on a new name for the Naps. The sale of “Nap” Lajoie to the Athletics necessitates the move. Suggested names are: “Colts,” “Black Sox,” “Bucks,” “Hustlers,” and “Grays.”

All of the above would have been fine by me. One wonders what the Black Sox scandal would have been called if that name had already been taken. ...Read More...

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

The win-now and win-later windows around baseball - SBNation.com

To recap, this is a plot with two axes. The x axis runs from “likely not contending” to “almost certainly contending.” The y axis runs from “lots of young talent” to “aging.” The definition of young talent is weighted more toward players in the upper minors and (especially) on the active roster, but organizational rankings are included, too. The definition of “contending” is based on a complicated formula that I’ve used for years:

[(BT) + .(3 * sV) + (.03 * ab)] * 6 or 7, idk

In which “BT” ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: not sabermetrics

Pitching Grandpa Tries Out With Orioles

They say he’s in the best shape of his life!

Hendrickson, 40, may be getting up there in years — as evidenced by the fact that he became a grandfather last fall — but after the left-hander put up some pretty decent numbers in the Independent Atlantic League with the York Revolution last year (1.54 ERA in 55 appearances), he wants to give it yet another go.

boteman Posted: January 15, 2015 at 02:19 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Nationals To Acquire Yunel Escobar

Not a Bay Area guy, I guess…

The Nationals have reached an agreement to acquire shortstop Yunel Escobar from the A’s, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). He speculates that a swap of Escobar and Tyler Clippard was a possibility.

Escobar, of course, had only just been acquired by the Athletics this past weekend…

As for the Nationals, the acquisition opens a number of avenues. First and foremost is that Escobar simply supplants Danny Espinosa as the team’s second baseman… ...

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Hal Steinbrenner has his payroll limits for Yankees - Newsday

Derek Jeter is not coming through that door! But Arod is!

“There’s just a certain amount I’m going to go,” the Yankees’ managing general partner said Wednesday at the MLB owners meetings. “You all know my opinions about payroll. Where you should be and where you really don’t need to be to win championships.”

Where the Yankees are now is at roughly $209 million, behind only the Dodgers ($264 million) for the biggest payroll in baseball. And Steinbrenner is the latest—not to mention the highest ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

MLB trying to pick up pace of play - ESPN

Baloney.

“The thing that gets me about all this,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, “is that there are only two groups of people I hear consistently complain about the pace of games, and that’s the umpires and the media, people who are at the game 162 times a year. But that family of four in the stands, those people who come to three games a year, I don’t hear them complaining about the length or the pace of games. So what’s the endgame we’re trying to get to? ... What are we basing this on?” ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 05:46 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play


Astros To Acquire Evan Gattis

Oh, Rio, Rio, dance away from the Rio Grande.

The Astros have reportedly agreed to acquire Braves catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis. In return, Atlanta will acquire a trio of prospects: righties Michael Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman as well as third baseman Rio Ruiz.

For Houston, it is not entirely clear how the team would use Gattis… Gattis stepped things up with a .263/.317/.493 line and 22 long balls last year in 401 turns at bat.

Of course, Gattis also comes with an attractive contractual ...

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Royals, Ned Yost agree to one-year contract extension: ‘That’s all I wanted,’ he says

The longest-tenured manager in Kansas City Royals history wound through the terrain of Georgia on Tuesday afternoon, headed for a familiar destination. Earlier in the day, the Royals solidified his standing in the organization in the form of a contract extension through 2016. Now he was bound for his friend Jeff Foxworthy’s property to indulge in the final days of deer-hunting season.

Zach Posted: January 14, 2015 at 02:29 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extensions, royals

Hollywood Reporter: TV Broadcaster Challenges MLB’s Secret $25 Million Deal With Washington Nationals

The motion to vacate the arbitration ruling is largely premised on the role that Proskauer Rose played. The law firm represented the Nationals during the arbitration, but allegedly has conflicts — it has been involved in many MLB matters including the antitrust lawsuit over TV deals that is about to be presented to the 2nd Circuit. It represented the Mets in the Bernie Madoff affair, the Tampa Bay Rays in salary disputes with players, and much more.

In fact, on Monday, MASN told the judge ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: January 14, 2015 at 01:39 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: lawsuit, masn, nationals, orioles, peter angelos, tv rights

Countdown of the best 25 GMs - #23

For the 32 seasons before John Hart was promoted to general manager in September 1991, the Cleveland Indians never finished closer than 11 games from first in a full season.  And they certainly didn’t appear to be making progress; in 1991 the team lost 105 games, finished last in the league in runs and ninth in runs allowed, and drew the fewest fans in the league for the third year in row.  Hart had his work cut out for him.

 

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: January 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: history, indians

The ‘Parks and Recreation’ premiere had another baseball-themed Easter egg

Last season, Parks and Recreation tickled baseball nerds by introducing the law firm of Babip, Pecota, Vorp, and Eckstein. This season, it has grown:

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david eckstein, fwar, grit, michael shur, parks and rec, vorp

Wright vows to make up for last season during intense training program | New York Post

He’s in the best shape of his life!™

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Pace of game on agenda at this week’s baseball owners’ meetings - Newsday

I hope nobody gets arrested at the party.

This week’s quarterly meetings for the 30 MLB owners will double as a retirement party for Bud Selig, whose 23-year tenure as commissioner officially ends Jan. 25.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball owners, bud selig, commissioner


Hey Duda. The death spiral of relative values. | Rotoman’s Guide

This article is making me tier up.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, rankings


New Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh expects big year from Chris Davis - Baltimore Sun

Chris Davis is a good buy-low candidate.

“There were times when he hit [a bunch of] home runs in a month and hit .360, and it was like, this guy’s like Babe Ruth compared to Triple-A. I know it’s the minor leagues, but I’ve seen it on the baseball field, so when he hit 50-plus home runs, it wasn’t like, ‘Wow.’ And I don’t expect it every time, either, but at the same time, it’s something he’s capable of doing.”


While he understands that his connection with Davis will be a storyline, Coolbaugh ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: buy low candidates, chris davis, orioles

Document from ‘45 for sale, dismisses black baseball players - NY Daily News

The document, submitted by Yankee president Larry MacPhail to a committee appointed by New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1945 to study baseball’s color line, said black athletes simply didn’t have what it takes to play in the big leagues.

“There are few, if any, negro players who could qualify for play in the major leagues at this time. A major league player must have something besides natural ability,” MacPhail’s report said just two years before Robinson led the Dodgers to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-14-2015

Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, January 14, 1915:

“If Rube [Waddell] were living, he could go on the [witness] stand and swear that he was once traded for a Pittsburg stogie. Yes, it’s true.

“Rube was with the Pirates at the time, and we were tired of him. Clarke gave him to Chicago, and he came to the office to see me about it. He said he was perfectly willing to go to the Windy City, but he wanted half of the purchase money.

“‘Here, take it all, Rube,’ said I, ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 14, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rube waddell

Changes coming to MLBPA agent certification | FOX Sports

I am not sure I get the bachelor degree requirement. What if a former player, who has MLBPA and CBA knowledge and experience, decides he wants to be an agent? He can’t? Does Dave Stewart have a degree?

But policing these rules has been a difficulty. Despite clearly stated rules that a bachelor degree is required for certification, there’s a high-profile agent that has recently been outed as lacking that all-important section on his resume. Perhaps he has demonstrated “sufficient knowledge” to be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, mlbpa

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart says he won’t add a catcher

From what I saw in AFL games, O’Brien has a long way to go to become a major league catcher.

After saying last week the Diamondbacks would be comfortable going into the season with their current catchers if a better option didn’t present itself, General Manager Dave Stewart took it a step further Tuesday, saying the club will not make an addition, in large part because of the development of prospect Peter O’Brien.

“I’ve decided that I’m not going to pursue another catcher,” Stewart said. “I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, peter o'brien

2015 FAN Projections! | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s your chance to join the Fangraph’s human projection system and find out how it feels to be part of the machine.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

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