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Monday, November 26, 2018

Thibs’ Hall of Fame Tracker

Primate Thibs’ indispensable Hall of Fame tool is back for another year.

SoSH U at work Posted: November 26, 2018 at 03:02 PM | 1102 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, son of gizmo

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Best Ever to Never Claim an MVP Award

[He would…] #### his lead leg, suspending his knee waist-high while dropping his hands (and the bat handle) well below his belt-line as the ball made its way to the plate (if he wasn’t holding a bat in his hands, he might be mistaken for a pitcher in his wind-up).

gehrig97 Posted: January 16, 2019 at 02:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter,, john mcgraw, mel ott, mvp, ny giants, polo grounds

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-16-2019

New York Sun, January 16, 1919:

Eleven thousand dollars a month for each club! That was the players’ salary limit for next season adopted by the National League at its meeting in the Waldorf-Astoria yesterday afternoon. The sum named is not to include the manager’s salary. The league’s announcement of this radical legislation immediately set baseball circles agog, and it is expected to develop an upheaval that is likely to include the biggest players’ strike in the history of the game.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2019 at 10:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

2019 Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects

Highest Ceiling: Luzardo
As a 20-year-old pitching for the first time since Tommy John, Luzardo showed all the ingredients needed to become a frontline starter in the big leagues—and possibly very soon. He has a premium arsenal in a fastball, curveball and changeup that all grade as above-average or better, as well as control and command that allow him to execute each pitch. If it all comes together for him, Luzardo could be one of the game’s best left-handed pitchers and a perennial Cy Young ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

White Sox announce minor league managers and staffs for 2019 season

The White Sox minor league coaching staffs are in place for the 2019 season.

The most notable move on this front is something Our Chuck Garfien reported last month during the Winter Meetings. Omar Vizuqel was promoted from the manager of Class A Winston-Salem and is now the skipper at Double-A Birmingham.

Vizquel won the Carolina League’s Manager of the Year honors after leading the Dash to an 84-54 record in 2018. He managed Dylan Cease, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, Luis ...

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QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, omar vizquel, white sox

How Giants’ park dimensions, location can help free agent recruiting

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Giants officials have grumbled about the impact their home ballpark has on negotiations with free agents.

It’s no secret that sluggers do not want to play 81 games at Oracle Park, and the Giants have been kept from large portions of the position player market over the past decade.

Farhan Zaidi will have to figure out a way to build an offense for his new park, but when it comes to another set of free agents, he’s not shying away from the dimensions at Third ...

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QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: china basin, giants, park effects

Melvin Upton explains why he’s changing his name back to B.J. Upton

Veteran outfielder Melvin Upton, formerly known as B.J. Upton, is once again B.J. Upton.

Upton’s change of heart comes nearly four years after he initially made the change back to his birth name. B.J. stands for Bossman Junior, a nod to his father’s Bossman nickname.

 

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: b.j. upton, what's in a name

Pirates great Steve Blass to stop broadcasting after 2019 season

A journalistic cardinal sin was committed and pardoned on Tuesday. No cheering in the press box is a rule that’s typically never broken. Unless its Pirates color commentator and 1971 World Series hero Steve Blass telling a packed press conference room that his 34th season will be last behind the mic.

“It’s time for me to stop and smell the roses. I’ve driven by the roses many times over the last 60 years, but now it’s time to stop and smell them,” Blass said. “It’s been a ...

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QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, pirates, retirement, steve blass

Bartolo Colon wants to keep pitching

Clearly, hoping for the days where he can join Julio Franco and Jamie Moyer in popular mythology.

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon

The Phillies are very much in on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado but won’t sign both

The Philadelphia Phillies remain the most fascinating team in the sweepstakes for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado because they’ve said they’re going to spend “stupid money” this offseason and, as far as we know, are in on both Machado and Harper.

But now there’s this: They’re making it clear they won’t sign Machado and Harper.

Which, of course, increases the odds that they will make the wrong choice, being the Phillies and all….

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, phillies, rumors

Deion Sanders advises Kyler Murray to choose baseball

After declaring for the NFL draft on Monday, Kyler Murray must choose between football and baseball. One man who’s been in Murray’s position before, two-sport legend Deion Sanders, knows which decision he’d make if he was in the Heisman Trophy winner’s shoes.

Sanders suggested that Murray, an Oakland Athletics draft pick who’s already agreed to a signing bonus with the team, forego life in the NFL and stick to baseball.

“If I was in his shoes, I’m picking up the baseball bat and I’m not ...

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QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: choose baseball, deion sanders, kyler murray

Bob Costas Says He’s Done With NBC After 40 Years

The Peacock quietly is losing one of its most colorful, popular and sometimes controversial broadcasters. Forty years after he joined NBC, Bob Costas quietly confirmed today that he’ll no longer work there.

“It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas told The New York Post, which confirmed the news with the network. The broadcaster also told the paper that he will continue to work for MLB Network, where he’s set to take part in its Hall of Fame inductee ...

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QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bob costas, broadcasting, nbc

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested Monday on a child sex abuse charge.

Wetteland, 52, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody the same day as his arrest.

A long-time born-again Christian, he has coached baseball and taught Bible studies at Liberty Christian School in Argyle after retiring from baseball, but apparently ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 15, 2019 at 01:34 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: john wetteland

Cleveland Indians have talked to Padres, Reds about 3-team trade involving Corey Kluber | cleveland.com

Senzel to the Padres, Padres OF to Cleveland, and Kluber to the Reds. I can see the Reds also putting in an outfielder to get this to work. To get Kluber, the Reds are going to have to pony up.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2019 at 08:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, padres, reds, trade rumors

2019 Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects

Prospect ranking season is upon us.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2019 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, scouting reports

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Frontrunners To Sign Bryce Harper

With a little more than a month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the two biggest free agents of this offseason still have yet to sign deals.

The Phillies and White Sox are the Manny Machado frontrunners, while Harper met with the Phillies brass in his hometown of Las Vegas this weekend, and could command a contract worth $300 million.

There are still plenty of quality free agents to be signed, but the freeze on the Hot Stove probably won’t thaw until Harper and Machado ...

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QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies, rumors

Two Mets ranked on MLB Network’s Top 10 Second Basemen list

In one offseason, the Mets went from having none of the Top 10 second basemen in baseball to having two of them—at least according to MLB Network’s Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now! show.

But the order might surprise you.

Jed Lowrie, who the Mets signed to a two-year deal last week, comes in at No. 2 on the list, behind Jose Altuve of the Astros. Robinson Cano, who the Mets acquired along with Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in December, checks in at No. 4.

And, with the Mets being what they ...

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QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jed lowrie, mets, robinson cano, second base

Cubs hire former MLB pitcher Craig Breslow as front office strategist

A fellow Yale graduate has joined Cubs president and Yale product Theo Epstein in the team’s front office.

Monday, the Cubs announced that they have named former MLB pitcher Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations. Breslow, 38, is a 2002 Yale graduate with a molecular biophysics and biochemistry degree.

In his role with the Cubs, Breslow will “help to evaluate and implement data-based processes throughout all facets of Baseball Operations. He will also ...

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QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: craig breslow, cubs, front office, yale

Source: White Sox offer to Manny Machado ‘was for less than 8 years’

Despite reports that the White Sox have made an eight-year offer to Manny Machado, their offer to the free agent infielder “was for less than 8 years and less money than has been reported,” a source has told NBC Sports Chicago.

The financial details of that offer are not completely known, but I’m told the White Sox have not changed their stance on either money or terms since making their initial offer, thought to be around $200 million.

Although it has often been projected that Machado ...

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QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, manny machado, white sox

Barry Bonds’ former agent says MLB owners are colluding against players to suppress salaries

Major League Baseball’s owners are colluding against the sport’s players, long-time agent Jeff Borris charged when he joined The Jonah Keri Podcast.

“When you look at the revenues coming into the game ... it broke an all-time record and over $10 billion, the cost of labor should hand-in-hand go up as well,” said Borris, who’s represented the likes of Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, and Rickey Henderson, and currently serves as general council for Ballengee Group.

“When that doesn’t happen, I think ...

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QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: collusion, jeff borris, owners, salaries

Rod Allen: Incident with Mario Impemba more like a baseball brawl

Former Fox Sports Detroit analyst and Detroit Tigers announcer Rod Allen spoke with Free Press business columnist Carol Cain on the “Michigan Matters” program on Sunday morning on WWJ-TV (Channel 62).

In Allen’s first public comments about the Sept. 4 incident with play-by-play broadcaster Mario Impemba, which turned physical and effectively ended the duo’s 16-plus year run calling Tigers games, he said the situation was largely blown out of proportion in media reports.

Allen said he ...

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QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, broadcasters, detroit, mario impemba, rod allen

Monday, January 14, 2019


Mel Stottlemyre, New York baseball icon, dies at 77

Mel Stottlemyre, whose work as both a Major League pitcher and pitching coach made him one of the most respected men in the game, died Sunday in Seattle after a lengthy battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 77.

Stottlemyre was a five-time All-Star, winning 20 games on three separate occasions during an 11-year career. Stottlemyre pitched his entire career (1964-74) with the Yankees, appearing in only one World Series—the seven-game 1964 Fall Classic won by the Cardinals, only two months after ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 14, 2019 at 07:26 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees


Baseball Doesn’t Need Collusion To Turn Off The Hot Stove

So while outright collusion among owners is certainly possible, it isn’t necessary to explain what’s going on. It’s far more likely that what we’re seeing in recent winters is simply the hard cold math resulting from a mismatch between how much money each team is raking in overall and how much of that revenue each individual player can lay claim to being responsible for.

“A lot of us in academia wrote about that and actually told the players’ association that that was going to be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 01:51 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, revenue sharing

MLB free agency: Swellopt is the latest victory for mlb owners | SI.com

Arrieta signed a three-year, $75 million contract before the 2018 season, with the Phillies retaining the option, after 2019, to add 2020 and 2021 to the deal. Kikuchi signed a four-year, $56 million deal earlier this month that allows the Mariners, after 2021, to tack on 2023, 2024, and 2025 for an extra $53 million total.

Scott Boras, the agent who negotiated all three deals, calls it a “swellopt.” He unpacked the etymology for Ken Rosenthal: “For the club, if the player performs well, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 11:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, free agency

Tangotiger Blog: Nola, Pivetta, Phillies, and pitcher-specific UZR

And, as expected Pivetta was hurt by the Phillies fielders more than any other Phillies pitcher.  Indeed, more than any other pitcher in the league!  The Phillies fielders gave up 24 more hits with Pivetta on the mound.

So, adding it all up:

     
  • Nola allowed 27 fewer hits than the average Phillies pitcher, and that still holds.
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  • Pivetta’s 11 MORE hits when he’s on the mound drops down by 24, so that he really should count as 13 FEWER hits than the average Phillies pitcher. 

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 11:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, defense, phillies, uzr

Farhan Zaidi On Giants’ Offseason, Bumgarner - MLB Trade Rumors

Some interesting tidbits.

From a hot-stove perspective, Zaidi noted that “we’re hopeful to have an announcement on a signing or a trade here in the next couple of days,” so some type of transaction could be imminent now that we’re more than two days removed from the interview.

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Zaidi reiterated that the Giants aren’t going into a full rebuild, saying “We’re going to do what we can within the constraints we have to put a competitive ballclub out there” in 2019.  Winning the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 11:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

2019 MLB players who have avoided arbitration

Players going to arbitration. I highlighted the most interesting cases.

Blue Jays: Ryan Tepera (Tepera’s figure: $1.8 million; TOR figure: $1.525 million, per Associated Press)

Rays: Tommy Pham (Pham’s figure: $4.1 million; TB figure: $3.5 million, per Associated Press)

Yankees: Luis Severino (Severino’s figure: $5.25 million; NYY figure: $4.4 million, per Associated Press)

Indians: Trevor Bauer (Bauer’s figure: $13 million; CLE figure: $11 million, per Associated Press)

Tigers: Michael ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 10:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration

Bryce Harper, Manny Machado mystery teams

This.

1. Giants
Things have been entirely too quiet around the Giants. Some of it is new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi putting together a front office staff and assessing his needs. Since he has not traded away Madison Bumgarner, his most valuable asset, that could be a tipoff that the Giants aren’t diving into any kind of rebuild. What they need more than anything is an impact offensive player or two, preferably an outfielder. Signing Harper would insert the Giants back into the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 10:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, manny machado

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