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Friday, November 07, 2014

Tohoku field of dreams: Sanriku Railway forms baseball team in disaster-hit town

More general manager news.

Sanriku Railway Co. and food giant Nestle Japan Ltd. announced Nov. 6 that they have teamed to form an amateur baseball club in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, to invigorate the region still rebounding from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake….

To be called Sanriku Tetsudo Kit Dreams, the team will be made up of 29 players from Sanriku Railway staff members and local residents living near the railway lines.

Miyako Mayor Masanori Yamamoto was named manager of the team ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: November 07, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan, mariners

Pablo Sandoval wants at least a six-year contract | HardballTalk

Six years is pretty funny. Should an agent really start off the free agent season by trying to scare off teams?

Talked to Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez. Sandoval wants at least 6 years. At 28, length of deal more important than last

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, pablo sandoval

Gaddis: The Lineup: a Father’s Baseball Talisman, a Piece of Family History

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As I scrolled through my Facebook feed early Monday, an unusual photograph stopped me cold. It was an image of four names written in pencil on a yellowed slip of paper.

These were the names:

Larry Doby. Don Newcombe.

Roy Campanella. Jackie Robinson.

Were those … autographs? Yes. Yes, they were.

Mind – blown.

What was this? Four men who helped eradicate baseball’s color barrier, all famous and accomplished, all with autographs on this one slip of paper.

Doby, the first ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2014 at 12:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Cano, Puig head Japan All-Star Series roster

Originally Harper, Pujols and Adam Jones were going to go too, but obviously they/their agents/their teams decided otherwise. All games will be on MLB.tv and MLB Network

PITCHERS (14)
Jeff Beliveau, Rays
Jerry Blevins, Nationals
Chris Capuano, free agent
Randy Choate, Cardinals
Jeremy Guthrie, Royals
Tommy Hunter, Orioles
Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
Mark Melancon, Pirates
Franklin Morales, free agent
Hector Santiago, Angels
Matt Shoemaker, Angels
Jose Veras, Astros
Tsuyoshi Wada, Cubs
Rob ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 07, 2014 at 11:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan

Padres infielder Everth Cabrera charged with resisting arrest

Stemming from his arrest this past September, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera has been charged with resisting arrest.

Nasty Nate Posted: November 07, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Minor League Free Agents 2014

Twelve players selected in the first three rounds of the 2008 draft are free for the first time to seek an opportunity with a new organization, including first-rounder Kyle Skipworth (Marlins), supplemental picks Zach Collier (Phillies) and Jeremy Bleich (Yankees), second-rounders Xavier Avery (Orioles), Destin Hood (Nationals), Kenny Wilson (Blue Jays) and Derrik Gibson (Red Sox); and third-rounders Zach Stewart (Reds), Stephen Fife (Red Sox), Kevin Eichhorn (Diamondbacks), Ryan Chaffee ...

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JJ1986 Posted: November 07, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, transactions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2014

El Paso Herald, November 7, 1914:

Jimmy Archer, the Cub catcher, is probably the most bunged [sic] up ball player in the big leagues. Even before his recent accident when he broke his arm by running into a concrete wall in Brooklyn, he had the record.

James Archer, humble employee for a cooperage shop, fell into a vat of boiling sap and scarred his good right arm nearly to the bone…his throwing arm is permanently bent and stiffened at the elbow…The forearm is deeply ridged and scarred from the ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 07, 2014 at 09:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jimmy archer

Silver Slugger Awards honor game’s top mashers | MLB.com

Position	American League	National League
Catcher	Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians	Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
First Base	Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox	Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Second Base	Jose Altuve, Houston Astros	Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Shortstop	Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox	Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Third Base	Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers	Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Outfield	Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays	Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh ...
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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Levine: Alexei Ramirez In High Demand « CBS Chicago

Alexei Ramirez is a good, all-around shortstop signed to a reasonable contract. If a team like the Mets wants him, they will have to pony up something good.

Ramirez’s contract is considered a strong selling point for the White Sox if they do entertain a deal. He’s making a modern-day bargain of $10 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Cuban native has missed just 22 games in the last five seasons out of 810 games possible (an average of 156 played per year). Ramirez made the All-Star team for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, dodgers, mets, white sox

Dodgers to hire Gabe Kapler as farm director

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers will hire former major league outfielder Gabe Kapler as their farm director.

Kapler will fill the vacancy created when De Jon Watson left the Dodgers to become the Diamondbacks senior vice president of baseball operations in late September. The hiring doesn’t come out of nowhere, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported news of the possibility last week.

Kapler has strong ties to new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: November 07, 2014 at 07:23 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fox, gabe kapler, rays

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WaPo | Max Scherzer and the risky history of $100-million contracts for pitchers

There are warning signs along the roads dating back 15 years, but this offseason will be like any other. People will drive on past and step on the gas. Max Scherzer will become the 15th pitcher to sign a $100 million contract – OK, yes, it’ll be more like $200 million – and Jon Lester will join him with a nine-figure deal, too. And the fan bases in two cities will be filled with hope, because the fans aren’t writing the checks with all those zeroes, and seven years of one of the best ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, free agency

Jason Heyward talks possible contract extension with the Braves - Talking Chop

I’m sure Braves fans would love to have him around for a few more years.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:22 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jason heyward

Five MLB execs who will shape the offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Richard Justice

We have the dynamics for a fascinating offseason in place.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:17 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, general managers, giants, red sox, yankees

Rays name 8 manager candidates, including Raul Ibanez

Joe Maddon skipped town to sign with the Cubs on a five-year, $25 million contract, so the Rays need to find a new manager. They’re going to initially try to select one from a list of eight candidates, but according to earlier reports, they are going to check out at least 12 potential managers before making a decision.

Those initial eight candidates, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin:

   Dave Martinez
   Charlie Montoyo
   Manny Acta
   Ron Wotus
   Don Wakamatsu
   ...

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Two Unrecognized Hall of Fame Shortstops

In the next part of this article, we’ll walk through the latest DRA estimate, showing Derek Jeter made approximately 450 fewer successful fielding plays that an average-fielding shortstop playing in his place would have fielded and converted into outs. Jeter played 2,674 defensive games at short. A player playing nearly every game per season, say, 150 games, plays 6 games a week, so Jeter played close to 450 “weeks” at short.

The easiest way, then, to put Derek Jeter’s defense into ...

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Michael A. Humphreys Posted: November 06, 2014 at 04:48 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

red sox - Addition by subtraction: Time to trade Clay Buchholz is now - WEEI | Chris Villani

I get that Buchholz isn’t reliable. Right now, the Sox only have unreliable starters. I don’t see how getting rid of the only one with *any* track record of being a quality starter improves their situation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 03:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Padres poised to begin renovation plan at Petco | padres.com

Big changes in left field.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, stadium renovations

JOE MADDON—AND MAYBE, FINALLY, THE CUBS—HAVE ARRIVED

This doesn’t sound that crazy. I’ve heard about other teams having something similar. I expect it’s a value system where a GM can quickly call up a number with the current estimated value for every player in baseball. 

(Perhaps a little buried in all of the Maddon love over the past few days was that there appeared to be some sort of Dr. Frankenstein experiment going on in Tampa right before he departed.

“I think you need to balance it between the human being and the number,” Maddon said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2014

New York Evening World, November 6, 1914:

Another problem confronts the owners of the Yankees. Arrangements have not yet been made with the Giants for the use of the Polo Grounds next year, and inasmuch as the club’s new grounds at Kingsbridge have not yet been completed, President Farrell is likely to be up against it for a ball park in 1915.

The Yankees’ new grounds weren’t completed until 1923. The new ballpark was in the Bronx, but it wasn’t in Kingsbridge.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, yankees

Alfonso Soriano retires from baseball

And, therefore, is not available.

Alfonso Soriano announced his retirement from baseball in a radio interview with Hector Gomez of Z101 in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old spent 16 seasons with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270/.319/.500 with 412 home runs in more than 8,000 plate appearances. The Dominican native finished his career where it started—in the Bronx—and struggled through his worst offensive season since 2000 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: alfonso soriano, cubs, nationals, rangers, retirements, yankees

Michael Kay hammers ‘lying’ Francesa in epic tirade | New York Post

Cat fight!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: radio

Cubs’ Edwards works on offerings in Fall ball | cubs.com

Will Edwards really be more than a back-ender of a rotation?

The Cubs’ best hope for a front-line starter from their farm system is right-hander C.J. Edwards, whose prospect status has surged dramatically since the Rangers signed him as a 48th-round Draft pick from a South Carolina high school in 2011. Edwards came to Chicago in the Matt Garza trade during a 2013 season in which he led the Minors by averaging 12 strikeouts per nine innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

Sources: A’s adamant about keeping Donaldson, will listen on pitchers | FOX Sports

Here’s another team “not shopping” but “willing to listen”. (Wink, wink.)

First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources.
The A’s would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant about keeping Donaldson, who is under club control for four more years, sources say.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jeff samardzija, josh donaldson, scott kazmir

Hank Conger’s suspect framing numbers - Beyond the Box Score

Tangotiger’s Fan Scouting Report gives him below average numbers for his defense. Are the Astros overestimating Conger’s defense? I haven’t watched Conger closely enough to form an opinion. What do our Angels fans think?

The moderately-misleading quote rings true, as does most everything on FanGraphs. So how does it apply to Conger? Well, in his two most recent seasons — the ones in which, you’ll recall, he framed phenomenally — he racked up a combined…1172.1 innings. That’s barely a full ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hank conger

Making the case for a Yoenis Cespedes-Johnny Cueto trade | FOX Sports

I get where Cameron is coming from. I don’t see, however, how opening up a hole at the top of the Reds rotation really offsets what they’d be getting in his proposed deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, reds

Source: Mets leaning toward trade for outfield bat rather than free agents - Newsday

You have to give up something to get something. What will the Mets be willing to give up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Cubs looking again at Cole Hamels, plus top free-agent pitchers - CBSSports.com

If the Red Sox and Cubs are in the mix for Hamels, the Phillies should be able to make a nice deal?

The Cubs, already connected heavily in speculative reports about top free-agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, are also interested in Cole Hamels, according to sources, and are expecting to talk to the Phillies about him.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Cubs will look into Hamels, who’s comparable to the top two free-agent pitchers, and also available.

It isn’t known how the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:30 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs

Rockies willing to listen to offers for Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki | FOX Sports

They aren’t shopping them; they are just keeping their “eyes and ear open” for potential deals. (Wink, wink.)

For the first time, the Colorado Rockies sound willing to trade shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and/or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their “eyes and ears open” for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources.
The mere willingness to discuss Tulowitzki and Gonzalez is a departure for Colorado, which previously ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Brad Halsey dies in climbing accident

Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.

In 2004, Halsey dueled Boston ace Pedro Martinez into the middle innings in a game highlighted by Derek Jeter’s diving catch into the stands at Yankee Stadium.  In 2006, Halsey gave up Barry Bonds’ 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 05, 2014 at 09:53 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, yankees

Los Angeles Angels pick up Nick Tropeano, Carlos Perez for Hank Conger | MiLB.com

What does this mean for Jason Castro?

The Angels sent catcher Hank Conger to Houston for a pair of 24-year-old prospects in right-hander Nick Tropeano and catcher Carlos Perez, the teams announced Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros

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