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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Somebody was playing Mario Kart on Kauffman Stadium’s Crown Vision

Everyone loves a good Mario Kart session. That is, until the blue shells come out and someone drops from first place to last place faster than you can say “dibs on Yoshi.” Regardless, it seems like someone at Kauffman Stadium loves Mario Kart enough that they wanted to play it on Crown Vision.

So, how long before we see this happening mid-game?

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: kauffman stadium, royals, video games

Barry Bonds now has the No. 1 Black Miniature Schnauzer in America

There are a bunch of numbers associated with Barry Bonds. Like 25—his uniform number—or 762, the number of homers he hit in his career. It’s time a learn a new one: No. 1, the ranking that the American Kennel Club gave Bonds’ Black Miniature Schnauzer, Apollo. Oh yeah, and Bonds has the No. 3-ranked Black Miniature Schnauzer in Apollo’s sister, Bonnie.

Those are some really good looking dogs.  But the headline has one thing wrong, he doesn’t have it all yet because he’s still not inducted ...

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A warning about Major League Baseball’s Record Revenues

Today’s report that Major League Baseball has, yet again, set a record for revenues is certainly good news for some. It’s good news for the owners of the 30 clubs. It’s good news for Rob Manfred and everyone at the league office whose job depends upon keeping the owners of the 30 clubs happy. It’s good for various stakeholders of Major League Baseball, most of whose ships rise with MLB’s financial tide.

But that report about record revenues is also problematic for a few reasons: ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business

White Sox reportedly agree to deal with Jay

Jay joins first baseman/designated hitter Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, who was acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Indians.


Each of the three players wrote about training together in Miami during the offseason in a 2017 piece for the Players’ Tribune.

“The three of us all come from the similar backgrounds. I’ve known Yonder since he was 10,” Jay wrote at the time. “And we’ve both known Manny since he was a young kid coming up. We’re from the same neighborhoods, the same ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-8-2019

Pittsburgh Press, January 8, 1919:

Waite Hoyt, the schoolboy star, who has been the property of the Giants for nearly four years and who was included in the deal with the Rochester club by which Earl Smith comes to New York, announces his retirement from baseball [at age 19]. Hoyt, who called at the offices of the club yesterday, was not at all pleased when he read of his transfer to Rochester, and declared that he would abandon baseball to accept a position in the mercantile business.

“When I ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 08, 2019 at 09:47 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kelvin Herrera, White Sox agree to 2-year, $18 million deal

Zero Degrees of Kelvin Herrera…

Free-agent reliever Kelvin Herrera and the Chicago White Sox agreed on a two-year, $18 million contract that includes a vesting option for a third season, league sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.

The two-time All-Star, who was part of the dominant Kansas City Royals bullpens that led them to back-to-back World Series, could serve as closer for the White Sox upon his return from surgery to repair a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. The 28-year-old ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2019 at 08:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: kelvin herrera

Monday, January 07, 2019

Deep in Winter, Let’s Discuss the Stifling of Starting Pitchers

Can we talk starting pitchers or, more to the point, their ritual sacrifice on the altar of Major League Baseball analytics?

I put this question to Leo Mazzone, the former pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves and the custodian of one of baseball’s greatest rotations of starting pitchers: Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, Hall of Famers all.

The 2018 playoffs and World Series offered a parade of twitchy managers yanking their starting pitchers after four innings, summoning a parade ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2019 at 03:47 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-7-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, January 7, 1919:

Fred Anderson, New York National league pitcher, has announced he would quit baseball permanently to practice dentistry here.

Anderson has threatened several times to forsake the bat for the forceps. This time his decision seems final.

Fred was popular with the Gotham fans and well liked around the circuit.

Unlike most of the guys who retired from baseball to take other jobs, Anderson wasn’t bluffing to get more money. He really retired to become a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 07, 2019 at 10:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A creative way to construct Bryce Harper, Manny Machado mega-deals

Joel Sherman has some ideas on how Harper and Machado could maximize their contract hauls.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado

Tulowitzki to play shortstop for Yanks until Didi returns

NEW YORK (AP)—The Yankees view Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.

Still, general manager Brian Cashman won’t rule out trying to sign Manny Machado, one of the top free agents on the market.

And, in his first question-and-answer session of the year, Cashman revealed he has dragged talks to trade Sonny Gray until the Yankees know CC Sabathia will be ready to pitch following surgery to implant a stent in an artery from ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, troy tulowitzki, yankees

Rangers get former manager’s son on waiver claim from Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels.

Texas also Friday signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training

So, if he’s formerly a manager’s son, whose son is he now?

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, luke farrell, rangers, waivers

WATCH: Jim Duquette says Mets almost landed Ken Griffey Jr. via trade

The Mets came close to landing Ken Griffey Jr. in a blockbuster trade back in 2000, but the haul of players that would have been sent in Griffey’s place could have altered how well the Mets would have fared during their incredible 2000 season.

According to former Mets Assistant GM Jim Duquette, they offered a package of Armando Benitez, Octavio Dotel and Roger Cedeno, but Grifffey’s no trade clause was in the way and at that time he stated he only wanted to go to Cincinatti.

“There was an ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: jim duquette, ken griffey jr., mets being mets

Report: Justin Wilson drawing interest from multiple teams

Not as a pitcher- they’ve heard he makes a fine rice and gravy dish, and they’re all feeling rather peckish….

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, justin wilson

MLB rumors: Red Sox didn’t find Jackie Bradley Jr. trade to their liking

The Boston Red Sox need to figure out which of their upcoming free agents in 2019 and 2020 to pay long-term, and that’s going to create a lot of tough decisions.

The Sox could get ahead of those decisions by trading one or more of their veterans who are up for free agency in the near future. One of those players with free agency on the horizon is outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that Boston looked at trading the 2018 American League Championship ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox, trade talk

Wanted but not needed, this MLB pitcher has redefined the term ‘journeyman’

The biggest stars get all of the attention. That’s why we’re all waiting with anticipation to see where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will play baseball for the next decade, and how much money they’ll make doing it.

In doing that though, we tend to lose sight of the players whose futures are anything but stable or certain. The players who are always one phone call from being forced to pick up and move on.

One such player is veteran pitcher and now certified journeyman Oliver Drake.

A ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: journeyman, oliver drake, travel

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto Expects Ichiro Will Be on 2019 Opening Day Roster

Ichiro Suzuki, who has been playing professional baseball since his Pacific League debut in Japan as an 18-year-old in 1992, could have a spot on the Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day roster in March.

Per Greg Johns of MLB.com, M’s general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday that “Ichi will be on our team when we go to Tokyo. He’ll be an active player.”   

The 45-year-old Suzuki is a baseball legend who took the league by storm when he joined the Mariners in 2001. He won the American League’s ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japan, jerry dipoto, retirement tour

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Mets get infielder J.D. Davis from Astros

The Mets continued their active offseason on Sunday with a pair of transactions that addressed their infield. The club acquired infielder J.D. Davis from the Astros and traded catcher Kevin Plawecki to the Indians, and the club’s return included a throng of Minor Leaguers.

The Astros sent Minor League infielder Cody Bohanek along with Davis. To Houston, the Mets sent outfielder Ross Adolph, infielder Luis Santana and catcher Scott Manea.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2019 at 08:23 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. davis, mets

Zach Britton agrees to deal with Yankees | MLB.com

Britton’s new pact with the Bombers is a three-year deal that will average $13 million each season, with an opt-out clause after 2020 if the team does not exercise its option for the 2022 campaign. If Britton departs after two years, he would have earned $26 million; completing the full four years would net him $53 million. The signing has not been announced by the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2019 at 06:35 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, zach britton

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Harold Staub and Rusty Baines | Articles | Bill James Online

The Hall of Fame selection process undermines the credibility of the Hall.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2019 at 11:00 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harold baines, rusty baines

Mets trade for outfielder Keon Broxton | MLB.com

The Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton for reliever Bobby Wahl and two prospects, right-hander Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio, on Saturday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2019 at 02:31 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets

Friday, January 04, 2019

How dancing on Cheney Stadium’s roof could cost the Rainiers nearly $60,000

Climbing the long ladder leading up to Cheney Stadium’s roof last summer, I had a lot running through my mind.

I was thinking about the next performance I’d be a part of, tasked with introducing the beloved Epic Sax Gorilla to the crowd.

I was thinking about how the Rainiers mascot, Rhubarb, made climbing the metal ladder look easy – which it wasn’t – even with the reindeer’s oversized feet.

And I was thinking about how on earth I’d put all of this into words the next day for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league

Rays reducing seating capacity at Tropicana Field to create more ‘intimate’ experience

Seating capacity at Tropicana Field will be reduced to about 25,000 to 26,000 under a renovation plan aimed at improving fans’ experience.

The team on Friday announced plans to create a more “intimate” atmosphere, including the creation of the Left Field Ledge in the lower level featuring premium seating for small groups, and the elimination of the upper-deck 300 level.

The capacity at the Trop previously was 31,042.

“These renovations mark our continued commitment to providing a first-rate ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2019

Pittsburgh Press, January 4, 1919:

William “Kid” Gleason, appointed manager of the Chicago Whitesox, said last night that he had accepted the position offered him by Charles Comiskey.

“I don’t know exactly what I am going to do in my new position, but I am going to New York on Jan. 16 for a conference, and will know about it then. Every man on the team will get a square deal. How I will succeed no one can tell, but I am going to do my best to see that the Whitesox finish the season with flying ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2019 at 10:18 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Willians Astudillo Is an MVP Candidate | FanGraphs Baseball

Willians Astudillo fascinates me.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, willians astudillo

Marcus Semien to honor A’s mentor Ron Washington, who overhauled his defense - SFChronicle.com

This is great.

When Ron Washington began working with Marcus Semien in 2015, the A’s shortstop lacked some of the basics at the position.

“I wasn’t even holding my glove correctly,” Semien said. “Wash had to tell me to spread my hand to give the glove the widest surface, and then give the glove a push through the ball to eliminate any funky hops.”

The pairing of Washington, the longtime A’s coach and the winningest manager in Rangers’ history, and Semien, an everyday big-league ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 08:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Chicago White Sox 2019 Top 50 Prospects | Prospects1500

A lot of effort going into this prospect site. I wish they would use the standard 20/80 scale instead of tiering prospects. If I have time I’ll add them to my prospects rankings sheet. It’s always interesting to me to see where there is consensus and to find outliers. Anyway, take a look.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Posnanski: How the lack of Hall of Fame unanimity became A Thing, and why it should end with Mariano Rivera – The Athletic

The Hall of Fame voting process has far bigger problems than worrying whether isolated voters don’t vote for a guy with enough support to get voted in anyway.

One answer to that question is no, of course he shouldn’t be first. As stated: Ty Cobb should have been first. Joe DiMaggio should have been first. Ted Williams … Stan Musial … Willie Mays … Henry Aaron … Jackie Robinson … Tom Seaver … Cal Ripken … Greg Maddux … Ken Griffey … all of those guys and more should have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:21 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pay site

What does it take for a new advanced stat to go mainstream? – The Athletic

One month ago, Baseball​ Prospectus​ introduced​ a new total-offense statistic​ called Deserved Runs​ Created Plus​​ (DRC+). Although the site’s related pitching statistic, Deserved Run Average (DRA), has appeared in my Awards Watch columns since 2016 — at times with behind-the-scenes assistance from the statistic’s co-creator, Jonathan Judge — the launch of DRC+ caught me by surprise.

The introduction of DRA in early 2015 addressed a need. Sabermetrics continued, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, statistics

David Robertson signed with the Phillies with no agent and saved $1.15 million

Is this really true as long as the player is knowledgeable about the market, knows the CBA, and has a good lawyer?

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports condemned Robertson’s choice, saying his “savings” might only be short term:

“Very likely cost himself much more than that,” Heyman tweeted. “He is a smart guy but not a trained agent. And he probably understands this isn’t a do-it-yourself project. Last time, with a qualifying offer (and an agent), he got exactly twice as much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:11 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, david robertson, free agents

High Heat: 2019 HOF Ballots | 01/03/2019 | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

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