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Monday, June 22, 2015

A New Way to Look at Sample Size

Our aim in this project is to extend the understanding of reliability and show a more complete picture of how additional plate appearances affect the reliability value of everyday stats for both batters and pitchers. We want to reinforce the idea that reliability is a spectrum, not a single point. There is no single point at which you can say a stat has stabilized. We also want to use the concept of reliability to regress toward the mean and to make confidence bands that give a better idea of a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2015 at 11:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sample size

Female French teen is first woman added to international registration list

Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop on the French U-18 junior national team, became the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB’s international registration list, which means she will be eligible to be signed by a Major League club on July 2.
International prospects, Mayeux included, are typically added to the international registration list at MLB-sanctioned events after verifying their dates of birth and citizenship; while anyone can technically be added to the list, only those who have ...

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Baseball, softball among finalist sports to be added for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Baseball and softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were named finalist sports to be considered to be added for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Games organizers said Monday.

The sports are expected to make presentations in Tokyo in early August. Tokyo 2020 organizers are expected to recommend which sports to add, if any at all, by Sept. 30, with the International Olympic Committee making a final decision in August 2016.

Baseball and softball, part of the ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, olympics, softball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2015

Milwaukee Journal, June 22, 1915:

Jack Holland, owner of the St. Joseph baseball club, and Second Baseman Page of the same club were rushed by a mob of 300 fans yesterday after Page assaulted Umpire Vansickle, striking him behind the ear and felling him against a turnstile. A squad of police rescued Holland and Page, taking them to the police station for safety. The trouble started when Page was ordered out of the game for disputing a decision. Holland objected to the ruling and he also was ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, riots

JOE KELLY, THE BULLPEN, TWO BIRDS AND ONE STONE - Boston - Baseball Prospectus

I’ve been in favor of putting Kelly in the bullpen for a little while. I’d replace him in the rotation with Steven Wright.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Rusney Castillo disappointing | Boston Herald

I would option him to Pawtucket and recall Jackie Bradley.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rusney castillo

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: 10 steps to fix the broken Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

I am glad most baseball writers aren’t in charge of teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Team president Pat Gillick says his replacement likely will be hired soon

Pat Gillick on the state of the Phillies.

“It’s sort of like what they do at private schools,” Gillick told the Inquirer. “They hire a headmaster a year ahead of time. I’m working with ownership and we’ve got some people under consideration. I think probably it’s going to happen somewhere in the not-too-distant future.”

Gillick said the intent is to give his eventual replacement time to observe the remainder of the season and then make decisions concerning general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: pat gillick, phillies

Giant manager Bruce Bochy left behind by team bus | FOX Sports

That will teach him!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants

WATCH: King Felix’s kid owns this first pitch

Prior to Sunday’s Astros-Mariners game, the son of M’s ace Felix Hernandez was among those tasked with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch(es). As it turns out, the young scion of King Felix attacked and then demolished these obligations with a powerful sense of mission. Please witness ...

you mess with the meat you get the wada Posted: June 22, 2015 at 03:43 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, future star

OMNICHATTER 6-22-2015

The “Gordon Beckham Must Really Love His Parents” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 12:44 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Braves See Value In High-Risk Acquisitions - BaseballAmerica.com

The Braves think injured pitchers are the new market inefficiency.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, tommy john

The Brewers are sellers. Will anyone buy?

Testing the limits of supply-side economics:

For years, Melvin put together slugging lineups to take advantage of hitter-friendly Miller Park. But the Brewers no longer hit home runs with regularity, and with a terrible OBP they don’t get enough runners on base to sustain rallies.

....

Obvious trade candidates are veterans on the last years of their contracts with big salaries, such as third baseman Aramis Ramirez ($14 million), Lohse ($11 million) and reliever Jonathan Broxton ($9 ...

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The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: June 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, trade rumors

Video: Correa’s leaping catch | MLB.com

Great catch!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, video


Analytics at heart of Cards’ success, federal probe : Sports

A history of the Cardinals’ Baseball Development department

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics

Why 2016 Is The Year To Break Your International Bonus Pool - BaseballAmerica.com

Here’s a good read about the international bonus pool.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international players

OMNICHATTER 6-21-2015

Nearly-perfect OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Influx of Cuban players to MLB could increase steadily - LA Times

I would think Cuba would be able to produce as many major league players as the Dominican Republic.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, cuban free agents

D-backs trade Arroyo, Toussaint to Braves | MLB.com

Another nice trade for John Hart.

The D-backs announced on Saturday that they have traded right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bronson arroyo, diamondbacks, phil gosselin, touki toussaint, trades

Lookout Landing: Mariners reassign Howard Johnson, name Edgar Martinez hitting coach

The greatest hitter in franchise history is now charged with turning around the team’s struggling offense.


Yankees Surprise Mel Stottlemyre With Plaque

Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, a day like no other:

Stottlemyre, who had to convince his oncologist to let him fly to New York, sat in the Yankees’ dugout as Randolph received his Monument Park plaque. He watched as his fellow Old-Timers were introduced, a history of the club unfurling in front of him. He waited for his name to be called until he was the last one left. “I was sitting there by myself, and I actually thought they forgot me,” he said.

As Stottlemyre sat in the dugout, he saw ...

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Madden: Recapping a baseball week to forget - NY Daily News

Why isn’t Madden writing a blog with three readers?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bad analysis

Ford: Utley’s berating a death knell for Sandberg’s tenure

What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored. Outside the walls, it might have been just another blip on a downward arc. Within them, it was a sea change that not a player, coach, nor management official failed to recognize. Fair or not, Sandberg lost his job ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, ryne sandberg

Mets MGR Terry Collins on life and his Dad

if you read only one Father’s Day sports story this weekend, make it this one

“Terry Collins moved his father to Florida last winter, but as spring training approached, the old man’s compass pointed back to Midland, Michigan. It’s freezing up there, said Terry. But Loren “Bud” Collins was 95, and knew where he wanted to rest.

“I just think it’s time to go home,” he said.”

Howie Menckel Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general, mets

OMNICHATTER 6-20-15

The “A-Rod Had His 3000th Hit” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 20, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 219 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Robothal: Rays’ will to win overcomes any obstacle in their path

Robothal is hitting .500 in yesterday afternoon’s columns.

The point is, Tampa Bay is competing, as Tampa Bay always competes, even as Rays owner Stuart Sternberg describes the team’s current run as “beyond improbable.”

Sternberg, in speaking to reporters, was referring to all of the injuries, all of the rookies. But really, the Rays expected to be good last season, when many of us picked them to win the division, if not reach the World Series. Injuries and poor performance in ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: first place, injuries, ken rosenthal, rays, small market, trades

Sale ties mark with 12-plus K’s in 5th straight | MLB.com

The White Sox have some problems but Chris Sale isn’t one of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Red Sox need to dump Sandoval, Ramirez, like, now | FOX Sports

Although I agree that Hanley has been a horror show in left field, dumping them would be silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

Holding On to a Special Ball, With No Apology

Two security officials led the way through the Yankee Stadium crowd on Friday, and a group of reporters followed, as Zack Hample clutched the ball that was Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit so tightly that his knuckles were white….

Hample was not exactly awe-struck. He had, to a degree, planned this all out. He had bought a season ticket in right field knowing that it would be a prime location for home runs. The Yankees described him as a professional home run catcher, and the whole scene felt ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 20, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, yankees

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