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Friday, July 21, 2017

Do Teams Still Overpay for Free Agents from Other Teams?

Fascinatingly, the OPP Premium for pitchers has completely disappeared and reversed itself, while the OPP Premium for hitters has increased. I suspect that this is just a function of limited sample sizes, but it could also be a case of the market overcorrecting for the risk of signing other team’s pitchers.]

I think the best evidence is that teams have gotten smarter about signing free agents from other teams, and the market has become more efficient as a result. While it is difficult to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

The Pirates and Cardinals will play in “The Little League Classic” on August 20

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA just announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will play a special regular season game during the 2017 Little League World Series on Sunday, August 2. It will be called “The Little League Classic” and will be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Pirates will be the home team.

The game, which takes place during the Little League World Series, will air nationally on ESPN at 7pm that night. ESPN, of course, broadcasts the Little ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, little league, pirates

The 10 best Cardinals blockbuster trades in the DeWitt era | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

It’s time for the Cardinals to pack it in.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tap-In Question: Should the Orioles be sellers no matter how they fare against the Astros? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

It’s pretty amazing how well Duquette has done in Baltimore working under the constraints of Angelos.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Yankees’ Luis Severino handcuffs Mariners | MLB.com

Severino is looking more and more like an ace.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2017

Chicago Eagle, July 21, 1917:

Bob Veach of the Tigers wants to know if hitting a ball over the bull sign entitles a batter to $50 the same as actually hitting the sign. In one of the games Detroit played in Washington Veach sent the ball clear over the sign for one of the longest drives ever seen in Washington. It is some trick to hit the sign there, let alone clear it.

Elsewhere on the same newspaper page, former big league catcher Ted Easterly is released on probation after a conviction for ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ken Rosenthal - Posts

Ken Rosenthal’s Facebook column. (Let me know if you can’t view it.) Would someone please help him set up a Wordpress account??

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Watch Brendan McKay crush his first homerun in the Rays system - DRaysBay

Brendan McKay is slated to pitch his first outing this weekend, and will be on a 30-inning limit this summer after heavy use on the mound at Louisville in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Cleveland Indians can’t waste a chance to keep fans engaged—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

If a World Series appearance didn’t bring them back…

Northeast Ohio is waiting to fall back in love with baseball.

I’m not talking about the hardcore Indians fans. The are a loyal Tribe, celebrating and agonizing with their favorite team for 162 games.

I’m talking about the casual sports fan ... or perhaps, the fan who gave up on the Indians during the grim days of trading Cy Young Award winners and slashing payroll.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

SF Giants on NBCS on Twitter: “This guy dropped a foul ball. Then Kuip came along and made his day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants


Statcast takes a look at top trade candidates | MLB.com

More, more, more Statcast, please.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, trades

Cashman: Yankees will ‘send Frazier out’ when Hicks returns | New York Post

Nobody knows when Aaron Hicks will come off the disabled list. But when all the Yankees outfielders are healthy, Clint Frazier will be the odd man out.

“Send Frazier out,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said via phone Thursday when asked how the outfield picture will unfold when Hicks returns. “But Hicks isn’t doing anything yet, so that is down the road.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron hicks, clint frazier, yankees

Thursday, July 20, 2017

America Has Spoken: The Yankees Are The Worst

That’s according to a FiveThirtyEight-commissioned SurveyMonkey Audience poll of 989 self-described baseball fans, conducted June 30 to July 8.1 The poll does provide the Yankees with one talking point: They received more votes as people’s favorite team than any other franchise. But a deeper look at the results reveals that the Cubs are a much better fit for the title of America’s best-liked team (if such a thing even exists)....

Sixty-seven percent of baseball fans nationally had a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 05:37 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, poll, yankees

The Last Cowboy: Joe West Is On A Quest To Preserve The Sanctity Of Umpiring

You have no choice. If you don’t greet him before your first plate appearance, West will hold up the game. He is the only umpire who does this, but so what? He is the only umpire who does a lot of things, like moonlight as a country-music singer, which has made him the only umpire with three nicknames: Country Joe, Cowboy Joe and the Blue Cowboy. He has a website, umpirejoewest.com, where he sells umpiring equipment, including a chest protector he invented, the WestVest. There is a reason ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 05:35 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, umpires

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-20-2017

Pittsburgh Press, July 20, 1917:

McKee, of the San Francisco team, in a game against Salt Lake city recently started from second for third as the opposing pitcher wound up, the bases being full at the time. The runner on third frantically waved the man back. But the runner kept on and the pitcher who had begun his motion committed the error of turning and throwing the ball to second. As a result of the balk the man on third was permitted to walk home and the erratic McKees took third.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Should Washington celebrate Ryan Zimmerman’s franchise HR record? It’s complicated.

On Monday, Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run in the first inning in Cincinnati that was the 235th of his career. Depending on your vantage point, it was historic or trivial, momentous or meaningless. That blast gave Zimmerman one more home run than Vladimir Guerrero hit over his entire career with the Montreal Expos.

Wait. Montreal? Canada again? Man, baseball’s been back in these parts for a dozen years. Can’t we sever ourselves from their history — for once and forever?

Let’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:52 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, nationals, ryan zimmerman

Marlins trade David Phelps to Mariners

The Marlins have traded reliever David Phelps to the Mariners, as first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Miami will receive four prospects in the deal, with outfielder Brayan Hernandez the main piece involved.

Seattle was known to be in talks to acquire a reliever late last night, with Phelps emerging as a candidate then. The 30-year old righty is one of a few relievers Miami were known to be shopping on the market, along with A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough, and is the first Marlin to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david phelps, mariners, marlins

Former MLB pitcher John Rheinecker dies

Former major league pitcher John Rheinecker, who starred at Waterloo’s Gibault High and made stops at Belleville Area College (Southwestern Illinois) and Southwest Missouri State (Missouri State) as he worked his way to becoming a first-round draft pick in 2001, died Tuesday (July 18, 2017)  in St. Louis.

He was 38.

The 6-foot-2 lefty from small-town Hecker made 20 starts and 44 total appearances for the Texas Rangers between 2006 and 2007. He finished with an 8-9 record and a 5.65 ERA. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: john rheinecker, obituaries


NYDN: Todd Frazier hopes to talk to Paul O’Neill about wearing No. 21 with Yankees

Still too soon?

The last guy who wore “The Warrior’s” old number got booed.

Now, Todd Frazier wants his shot at wearing Paul O’Neill’s No. 21.

“I was a big Paul O’Neill fan (growing up), that’s why I wear the No. 21,” said Frazier, who also reportedly grew up rooting for the Red Sox at the same time. “Hopefully I can talk to him, and maybe I can get the number before I get home.”

LaTroy Hawkins briefly wore No. 21 in 2008 before getting booed by Yankees fans and ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: latroy hawkins, todd frazier, uniforms, yankees

Kevin Maitan Thrilled To Be Finally Be Out In The Field | BaseballAmerica.com

The next, next big thing in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kevin maitan, prospects

‘John Schiffner is Cape Cod League baseball’ - The Boston Globe

I haven’t made it to see a Cape League game this year. I hope I can change that.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball

THT: A Joyful Celebration of Baseball

Good reporting by Sarah Wexler on the 19th annual induction day for the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals.

The first honor bestowed was the 2017 Hilda Award, named, of course, for Hilda Chester, and intended to especially honor noteworthy fans.

This year’s recipient was Cam Perron, a 22-year-old Tulane University business management graduate. Perron’s life’s passion is the preservation of Negro League history. At the age of 12, he began writing retired ballplayers for ...

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Pablo Sandoval signing with Giants | MLB.com

Low risk move for the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval

Nolan Arenado’s 3 homers leads Rockies’ rout | MLB.com

Best third baseman in baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-19-2017

Grand Forks Herald, July 19, 1917:

It was reported recently on the highest authority in administration circles that the government would draft no major league baseball players for the war.

...the main reason for not interfering with baseball is because of the big part taken by big league baseball owners in urging recruiting and helping in army and Red Cross charities. The drilling of the baseball players has served to gain recruits for all branches of the service.

Moreover the government does ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

FTW: Chris Christie roasted by announcer and booed after catching foul ball at Mets game

Clearly, the fans mistook him for Bryce Harper.

Chris Christie caught a foul ball with one hand from his seat at Citi Field during the Mets-Cardinals game on Tuesday night. If an ordinary fan did that, some of the crowd probably would’ve cheered, but the New Jersey governor didn’t get an applause. He was booed at the stadium.

Then, the broadcasters poked fun at Christie on the air.

“Nice to see him get from the beach here to the ballpark,” one said as the other laughed.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 19, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, foul balls, mets

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tigers OF J.D. Martinez traded to Diamondbacks for prospects

Detroit received Double-A third baseman Dawel Lugo, switch-hitting infield prospect Sergio Alcantara and shortstop Jose King in the deal Tuesday. Lugo, a sterling defensive third baseman with a solid bat, is regarded as the Diamondbacks’ No. 2 overall prospect. Avila said he wanted to bolster the Tigers’ farm system with position prospects and jumped at the chance to add three infielders.

As for Martinez, the Tigers hope that one day he’ll return to Detroit.

Martinez said the feeling is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, j.d. martinez, tigers

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