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Monday, December 12, 2016
It’s that time of year when Andy needs an appropriate venue (read: not the College Football Bowl Spectacular) to declare the pro game’s infinite superiority.
Lance Reddick! Lance him!
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 04:36 PM | 601 comment(s)
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom are capable of submitting a monthly thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about: quoting old posts from Dilbert’s blog.
Recently, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, Tyler Glasnow, heard something pretty funny. He was at bowling event for Pirates Charities, and one fan piped up with this wisecrack, something about how it would be cool if Glasnow could throw strikes on the baseball field, too.
“Touche,” Glasnow said, laughing, as he retold the story Sunday. “It’s all right.”
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 02:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, December 12, 1916:
ANOTHER WAR THREATENED
Big Minors May Secede From Organized Baseball Unless Demands Are Granted by Commission
The National leaguers are going to find plenty of time to talk over what should be done to the [International League] which has defied precedent and Garry Herrmann in refusing to pay $9,000 for the Newark territory to Charles H. Ebbets.
According to this report, the IL, American Association, and Pacific Coast League were sick of being under the ...Read More...
Robothal points out some lingering questions not resolved during the Winter Meetings.
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
Any organization which tolerates someone with a voting philosophy such as this to cannot claim to be professionally qualified to select Hall of Famers…
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 62 comment(s)
hall of fame
The bill aims to shoot down the strict no-gun policies at stadiums like Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, which are privately owned. The stadiums are home to the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks.
The legislation would keep private owners from banning guns at public spaces, and allow people with proper license to carry firearms to be at the sporting venues with their weapons.
Gotta offer the amenities to keep Safeco the #6 fan experience in MLB.
(Views expressed in the article lede and ...Read More...
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 1884 comment(s)
Per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, Mets outfielder Juan Lagares injured his right shoulder attempting to make a diving catch in a Dominican winter league game on Saturday. He underwent and X-ray and was evaluated on Sunday. More information is expected to be known on Monday.
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
The Red Sox trio was pretty good last year. They aren’t as good as other recent trios for other teams.
Based on the most recent measurement available, 2016 performance, unless another top-flight starter switches teams before the start of the 2017 season, the Red Sox trio will rank as the best in the game. Using FanGraphs’ WAR from 2016, Porcello (5.2), Price (4.5) and Sale (5.2 with the White Sox) add up to a 14.9 WAR.
Siting atop the recent list is the 1996 Braves, whose best trio of John ...
“Trades are already difficult to complete,” Indians president Chris Antonetti said, reflecting on the trade that wasn’t. “When you have to navigate another obstacle to get something done, it creates a big challenge.”
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 17 comment(s)
Still trading starter, not Archer
Though they talked plenty about Archer, the Rays put sooooo much value in the combination of his skills, upside and contract (five years of control for $38.5 million) that there doesn’t seem to be any way they could feel they were getting enough for him. While teams are starting to recognize the high value the Rays see in Jake Odorizzi, that price isn’t likely to be met, either. That leaves the Rays pretty much where they were going into the meetings, most ...
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
Great work on the international signing rules by Ben Badler. Read the whole thing.
During the 2014-15 signing period, teams spent approximately $152 million on bonuses for players subject to the international bonus pools. That’s right in line with the aggregate bonus pool space in the new CBA.
So where do the owners save money? One, they effectively contain bonus growth. Second, the roughly $152 million is just what owners paid in signing bonuses. They also paid approximately $74 million in ...
Posted: December 12, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, December 11, 2016
The details behind the Chris Sale deal.
Neal Huntington on the Pirates defensive alignments.
“You plan for the best, you evaluate what happens, and you react and adjust accordingly,” explained the Amherst College alum. “We’re working through how we’re going to redeploy, and how we’re going to improve the model, and how we improve the execution of that.”
As is the case with defensive shifts within the infield, buy-in is essential.
“We need to make sure we educate on why we’re doing what we’re doing — why we ...
Posted: December 11, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
People need to move on. Ortiz retired. Read about Ortiz and other stuff in this week’s Globe baseball notes column.
Posted: December 11, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 31 comment(s)
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Busy day for Espinosa. He was a no-show at the team’s annual Winterfest event, angered by the Adam Eaton acquisition. Then the Nationals announced that they had non-tendered Ben Revere but offered contracts to other players including Danny Espinosa and Tanner Roark. Then they announced they had traded Espinosa for Angels prospects Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.
Richard Sandomir retires his sports media column. He’ll head over to the obit section.
I went to stadiums and arenas as I wished. I stood in production trucks, marveling at the way producers and directors turned live shots, replays and graphics into (nearly) seamless broadcasts. I was in Pat Summerall’s extraordinarily messy hotel room before the Super Bowl in 1992 when he confessed to fascinating feats of ribaldry and told me I was free to write it all.
I hung around the SNY booth at Citi ...
Posted: December 10, 2016 at 04:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
“As everybody knows, our country probably hasn’t taken it quite as seriously as some of the other countries in the past,” Leyland said. “We are trying to change that mentality.”
Posted: December 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
Buying wins at the free agent price isn’t the optimal use of resources. It’s not just about greed; it’s about smart business.
If this sounds easier than it is, well, yeah. Baseball is a remarkably trying game. A swing can disappear. The yips can attack. Guarantees vanish overnight. Elbows can blow (which makes pre-free agency pitching extensions a bit more tolerable). And yet part of the strength of the MLB Players Association is its members’ willingness to shutter those fears and chase ...
A very interesting interview of Dave Dombrowski by Rob Bradford. Dombrowski discusses the Red Sox scheduling and work during the Winter Meetings. He also talks about the Sale deal.
Posted: December 10, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
Some great insights into MLB front offices by Eno Harris.
“We were in an era where a lot of great statistical analysis was being done on the internet,” one respondent reminisced, “but now the internet is far behind right now due to the proprietary data the teams have.”
There was some brain drain, as many of yesterday’s blogging analysts now pepper front offices, such as Houston’s Mike Fast and Chicago’s Jeremy Greenhouse, among others. But if more data were available, this baseball person was ...
A lot of good stuff. Read the whole thing.
Teams in the more recent period not only had a lower average win total in the 90-win season, but suffered a bigger decline the following season, were less likely to win more games or to win 90 again and more likely to have a losing season. Winning now is more ephemeral: Winning 92 games and making the playoffs as opposed to winning 85 and falling short is often not just the residue of clever team-building, but to the vagaries of luck, injuries and ...
Friday, December 09, 2016
Five factors—not all of them under his control.
Pitch finished it’s 10 episode run, with the possibility for a second season still unclear. Have people been watching?
With our show, the concept of the first female pitcher in the major leagues, it’s not something you can do every season, so you want to be able to start the next season with a different set of obstacles for her, and that would come with an injury and trying to get back and make the team. That is something that isn’t specific to the first female athlete, it’s any athlete, ...
El Paso Herald, December 9, 1916:
Baseball fans of the Isthmus of Panama are booming that section as an excellent location for one or more big training camps. It is claimed that the sanitary conditions of the canal zone, under the care and direction of the army and canal officials, are excellent, and that with the dry season extending from December to April the major league baseball players could not find a more satisfactory location for rounding into shape for their pennant battles.
Baseball ...Read More...
“We laid some groundwork as they say,” the Mets GM said after the Rule-5 draft, which traditionally concludes the week of meetings. “We’ll have conversations continuing when we get back to New York. I think what we are pleased with, is the fact we had some dialogue and it continues. We’ll pursue things the next couple of weeks before Christmas and possibly thereafter.”
Posted: December 09, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
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