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Monday, November 05, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Chicago White Sox

The latest ballpark to undergo a name change, dumping the harmless U.S. Cellular (which did provide a pretty good nickname, the Cell) to the ridiculous Guaranteed Rate Field, complete with its downward trending arrow. G-Rate Field, as absolutely nobody calls it, is the closest thing to a home park in MLB I have now, though I’d actually tab the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary as my true local diamond.

Whatever you call this field, it’s one of the odd ducks of major league stadia. It’s of similar ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium names, white sox

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Manny Machado reflects on hustle comments | MLB.com

Right, running hard to first in a World Series game is just showing off.

“When I was asked that question, I was definitely on the defensive, and I was wrong to answer it the way that I did, because looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it,” Machado said. “For me, I was trying to talk about how I’m not the guy who is eye wash. There’s a difference between fake hustle for show and being someone who tries hard to win. I’ve always been the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2018 at 02:41 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, manny machado

Braves owner not in ‘exit mode’ as team makes money at ‘serious clip’

During the day-long investors event, which was broadcast on Liberty’s website, Braves executives provided details on how much money the team is making.

In the first nine months of this year, through Sept. 30, the Braves posted an operating profit before depreciation and amortization of $105 million (up more than 100 percent from $49 million at the same point in 2017) and revenue of $410 million (up from $366 million at the same point in 2017).

The Braves’ strong financial results have ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: November 21, 2018 at 01:49 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Orioles name Mejdal to head analytics department

As expected, new Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias’ first move was to add longtime aide Sig Mejdal to head the team’s analytics department.

Mejdal, who worked with Elias in Houston will have the title, Assistant General Manager, Analytics.

He replaces Sarah Gelles, who left the Orioles to join the Astros.

According to the Orioles, “Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club’s growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: November 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

The Braves’ Profits Provide a Glimpse into Baseball’s Books

With average attendance and ticket prices, a $130 million payroll, and a terrible local television deal, the Braves turned a $100 million profit last season.

Teams are swimming in money.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 21, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Rogers: Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs pitching coach

Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey has resigned his position with the team, citing personal reasons, after one year on the job, the team announced Tuesday.

“Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons,” the Cub said in a news release. “We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support, and we all wish him well.”

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McCoy Posted: November 21, 2018 at 10:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2018

Memphis News Scimitar, November 21, 1918:

TORONTO SEEKS BERTH IN A.L.

Washington Franchise May Be Transferred Next Month

That Toronto is attempting to get the Washington franchise in the American league became known here last night, and it is said the matter will be discussed at the annual meeting of members of the league in Chicago next month.

James McCaffrey, owner of the Toronto club of the International league, it is said, is the man who wants to transfer the Senators to Canada.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees Now Have a Second Ace | FanGraphs Baseball

He’s has ace stuff but can a guy who can’t be counted on to throw even 160 innings really be an ace?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2018 at 05:49 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, yankees

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Funhouse Mirrors, Colorado Peaks, and Looking the Part: A 2019 HOF Ballot

Forget saves. When it comes to assessing value, saves are about as accurate as a fun-house mirror.


Deadline to set 40-man rosters tonight (11-20)

The Rule 5 Draft will take place on the final day of next month’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 13) and allow clubs with open space on the 40-man roster to select certain players not on the 40-man roster out of other organizations.

Let’s discuss all of our favorite potential 8th relievers and 5th outfielders! (Or Orioles opening day starters.)

Dr. Vaux Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:02 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: 40 man rosters, front office, options, rule 5 draft, rumors, trades, transactions

Breaking Down the New Players on This Year’s Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

JUAN PIERRE Here was a career of extremes. Pierre had no arm, no power and very little plate discipline. But the things he did well, he did really well. He was durable (five consecutive seasons of 162 games). He was fast (614 stolen bases, ranking 10th in the integration era). He could bunt (he’s the last nonpitcher with 20 sacrifice hits in a season). And he was an extreme contact hitter (an average of 39 strikeouts a season). Bonus fun fact: Pierre was named for his father’s favorite ...

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Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: November 20, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Calcaterra - Adrián Beltré Retires, is a Slam Dunk Hall of Famer

Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending months of speculation about his future. The 39-year-old put together one of the greatest careers we have ever seen, spending time with the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers across 21 seasons.

Beltré will be eligible for the Hall of Fame five years from now. Given how much more analytically-literate the electorate has become in recent years, Beltré will very likely get the requisite 75 percent ...

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Bote Man Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:22 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, hall of fame, retirements

Amazon bids for Disney’s 22 regional sports networks, including YES Network, sources say

Amazon is bidding for all of the 22 regional sports TV networks that Disney acquired from 21st Century Fox.

The e-commerce giant’s bid includes the New York-based YES Network, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. An unknown sovereign wealth fund, along with the Yankees, are also bidding for the New York network.

To clarify, I believe these are mainly the various regional Fox Sports networks that Disney just acquired from Fox.

jmurph Posted: November 20, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: tv rights

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2018

New York Tribune, November 20, 1918:

Jake Daubert, first baseman of the Brooklyn Nationals, has gone to the civil courts with a case which the National Commission denied…the Brooklyn idol has entered in the Supreme Court of New York County a claim for $2,150 against the Brooklyn baseball club of the National League.
...
His alleged claim is based upon what is known as an “ironclad” contract of organized baseball. During the days of the Federal League the Brooklyn club signed Daubert to a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 20, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

The Sky Is Falling, Baseball Is Dying, and the Roof May Leak

Some perspective from John Thorn.

Let’s focus for a moment on the elephant in the room: the commercial breaks that come with completed half innings or pitcher replacements. In the 2018 World Series each such instance consumed 2 minutes and 50 seconds. For easy mental computation let’s call it 3 minutes … multiplied by 17 in a nine-inning game won by the home team. 51 minutes. Let’s say that the two clubs combine to use nine pitchers, thus making seven changes. Add 21 minutes. Commercial ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2018 at 06:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pace of play

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech threw 90 mph at age 14, 94 mph at 17, 99 mph at 21 and now not at all at age 22. The rookie right-hander blew out his elbow and will miss virtually all of next year while trying to come back from Tommy John surgery.

If you are even a little bit surprised, you haven’t paid attention to what’s happening with high school pitchers over the past decade. They keep throwing harder and harder—and in more competition. And major league teams keep wasting first ...

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QLE Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, high school, pitching, tommy john surgery, velocity

Opening Day possible for Pedroia, who doesn’t need offseason surgery

BOSTON — Dustin Pedroia is not planning on having surgery on his left knee and could be ready for Opening Day, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday.

Pedroia was limited to just three big league games in 2018 and had an arthroscopic procedure on the knee in July. That was after he underwent major surgery on the knee in October 2017.

“He has continued rehab and therapy. And that’s what he is going to continue to do,” Dombrowski said on a conference call. ...

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QLE Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, dustin pedroia, knees

Griffin Conine, Jeff’s son, banned 50 games for drug test

NEW YORK- Toronto outfielder Griffin Conine, a son of former major league outfielder Jeff Conine, has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season under the minor league drug program for a positive test for the banned stimulant ritalinic acid.

New York Yankees pitcher Daniel Marten was suspended for the first 25 games for a violation of the drug program; 25-game suspensions are assessed for use or possession of a syringe of an injectable substance, the commissioner’s office said ...

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QLE Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff conine, peds, prospect

2019 BBWAA HALL OF FAME BALLOT

Well, folk, here’s the chief topic we’ll be discussing for the next two months.

Most pertinent of the information in this official press release:

Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera are among several players who will make their BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot debut in 2019.

Also debuting this year are Rick Ankiel, Jason Bay, Lance Berkman, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Travis Hafner, Ted Lilly, Derek Lowe, Darren Oliver, Roy Oswalt, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Miguel ...

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QLE Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: ballot, hall of fame

Drafting high school pitchers is a suckers game

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

SI article with a look at the diminishing success over time of pitchers drafted out of high school

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, high school baseball, prospects

The art of the BIG deal: An inside look from the GMs who signed the largest free-agent contracts in MLB history – The Athletic

Very interesting article about big ticket free agents.

Boras, who represents Harper, also negotiated Mark Teixeira’s 8-year, $180 million contract with New York, and Scherzer’s and Fielder’s contracts.

“The biggest challenge is the amount of information that comes to you and to weigh it,” Boras said. “The free-agent process is one that teams do things they never, ever expected to do at the start of things. You really realize in this process that they really change their direction ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, pay site

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mariners trade left-hander James Paxton to the Yankees for three prospects

As part of Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto’s offseason of change, which isn’t a teardown, but it’s a reimagination of the roster, Seattle has traded talented, but at times enigmatic left-handed pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees in exchange for three prospects — left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams.

PepTech, the Legendary Posted: November 19, 2018 at 06:08 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

How to Improve MLB The Show

A Negro League All-Star Team (All-Star Baseball 2004/2005)
This really should have been in The Show from the beginning, and it’s a shock and shame that it has taken this long. While the All-Star Baseball franchise might not have been as popular as other baseball video games, it brought a sentimentality and historic perspective to the game’s development and design. A product of that approach included a team consisting of the best of the best from the Negro Leagues. While outlets work to keep ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: November 19, 2018 at 05:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb the show, video games

Avid Barry Bonds Collector Has Amassed 5,000 Examples Of The Same Card

To describe Greg Mirmelli as a diehard, fanatical, or a rabid Barry Bonds fan would be an understatement. Over the past five years, he has amassed 5,000—count ’em!—1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds rookie cards.

“I’m pretty sure there is no other person in the world that has that many,” the 45-year-old, Miami Beach realtor and parking lot operator told me.

I think that is a fair assumption.

jmurph Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, baseball cards, collecting

Ichiro gave a surprise gift at Hitoki Iwase’s retirement party ... then immediately left

Ichiro could have stayed longer, if he wanted.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, loogy

Cubs in need of major overhaul? Don’t be silly

The Cubs won 95 games in 2018. To put that number into context, in the last 73 seasons, they have won more games than that exactly four times. Only one National League team won more in 2018. That would be the Brewers, who went into Wrigley Field and won their 96th in a one-game playoff that decided the NL Central.

The Cubs won 95 times despite third baseman Kris Bryant playing just 32 games after the All-Star break. Despite right-hander Yu Darvish throwing his final pitch on May 20. Despite ...

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McCoy Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, offseason

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-19-2018

New York Evening World, November 19, 1918:

John A. Heydler, secretary-treasurer of the National League and acting president since the resignation of John K. Tener, will be elected president without opposition when the league holds its annual meeting in [New York] on December 10. Many others have been mentioned for the vacancy, but it can be said that only Heydler’s name will come before the meeting. He is to become, like Ban Johnson, president-secretary-treasurer of his league.

This was an ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Q&A: Damon Minor on Giants’ Steven Duggar, Chris Shaw, Aramis Garcia

For the past two seasons — either in Triple-A Sacramento or the Arizona Fall League — Damon Minor has worked with the Giants prospects trio of Steven Duggar, Chris Shaw and Aramis Garcia. In 2018, Minor saw all three of them as the River Cats’ hitting coach before each player made their major league debuts in San Francisco.

NBC Sports Bay Area recently spoke to Minor, as the former Giants first baseman assessed each hitter’s development at the plate.

The sort of analysis one must ...

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QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: aramis garcia, chris shaw, giants, steven duggar

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies ‘Expecting to Spend Money’ in Pursuit of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

First task of the Phillies negotiators: making sure that Harper and Machado have no knowledge whatsoever about the nature of Phillies fans.

QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, phillies, trade rumors

Braves’ Braxton Davidson hits walk-off home run in AFL championship, appears to break foot on way to plate

Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League held its championship game on Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona. Atlanta Braves prospect Braxton Davidson hit a walk-off home run to give the Peoria Javelinas a 3-2 win over the Salt River Rafters.

Judging by the bat flip, he’s clearly on the highest of highs from the walk-off win. The 22-year-old ranked third in home runs (six) during the 2018 AFL season.

But after Davidson rounds the bases and as he’s about to join his teammates at home plate for ...

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