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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Matt Harvey, Prince Fielder Comeback Players |

ARod left out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2015

Virginia (Minnesota) Enterprise, November 5, 1915:

Today the Federal league exists in name only, and unless all signs fail next Tuesday will see the formal dissolution of one of the most remarkablke organizations in the history of promoting, says the [Chicago] Examiner today.
Not a wheel is being turned in the Federal league today and the present expectation is that nothing remains but the completion of the innumerable transactions that will effectually wind up James A. Gilmore’s ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history, obituaries

FanGraphs Crowd: The Top 82 Free Agents | FanGraphs Baseball

Players are ranked by total median projected contract value — and then, in such cases where players have received the same median contract estimate, by the total average contract value. A spreadsheet containing the results is available here. Statistics are from 2015. Offensive and defensive value are expressed relative to league average. Defensive value accounts both for defensive runs and positional adjustment. One can read more about both metrics here.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Peter Gammons: Value High on Gray, Scouting Cuban Legend Gourriel, and Hector Olivera -

Beane says “trading Gray is not something I think we could do. We have to put a representative product on the field, and continue to dream we get a ballpark. We should have good pitching, with Gray, Jarrod Parker, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, maybe Sean Manaea during the season. I just cannot see us trading Gray or (Josh) Reddick.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sonny gray

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Royals’ remarkable run rewards fans beyond belief

Rany, they are all good.

So here’s to the 2015 Royals, for taking us there. For being the team I’ve waited my entire life to root for. For dominating the regular season from start to finish. For being the most unkillable baseball team October has ever seen. For finishing the season with a Game 5 that so perfectly embodied their season that it’s as if they had planned it all along.

If I live another 50 years, I may never see another Royals championship. Even if I do, I will probably never see ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

Reds Promote Dick Williams to GM

My first thought was that Walt Jocketty had brought THE Dick Williams back from the beyond, just so he could get fired in season a record fifth time.

severian Posted: November 04, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dick williams, reds, walt jocketty

Judge rules in favor of Orioles in MASN Court Case

Nearly six months after the trial hearing, and three years after the dispute began between MASN and the Nationals, the verdict is in on the court case involving tens of millions of dollars of rights fees. The thirty-page decision provides the immediate conclusion that the court has thrown out the ruling made by baseball’s panel - a victory for the Orioles - but offers no other resolution to the case.

Page 27 of the ruling is particularly interesting.

Under the circumstances, the Court ...

birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: November 04, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles

OT: McCain, Flake slam ‘paid patriotism’ at sporting events

God blesses America, but it comes at a price!

A new report from two Republican senators slams the Pentagon for paying $6.8 million to the NFL and other sports leagues for patriotic events.

Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake slam the activities as “paid patriotism.”

The pair examined 122 contracts between the Pentagon and various sports leagues, including $49,000 for the Wisconsin Army National Guard to sponsor performances of “God Bless America” at Milwaukee Brewers games; ...


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2015

Rock Island Argus, November 4, 1915:

Plans are nearing consummation to terminate the baseball war by absorbing into the National league the men who hold the federal league’s bank roll.
The scheme as outlined is for [Harry] Sinclair to become part owner of the Giants, [Phil] Ball to purchase the Britton equity in the St. Louis Cards, [PittFeds owner Edward] Gwinner to be bought out by Dreyfuss or to be allowed to buy into the Pirates, and the Whales and Cubs to be consolidated and play on the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 04, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Dodgers, with proud history of diversity, could pick Dave Roberts as manager | FOX Sports

A team should hire the best candidate. The Dodgers have an established track record of doing that. So, if Roberts is the best candidate, they will hire him; if he isn’t, they won’t. And that should be that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers

Jonny Gomes wins un-politically correct MVP of Royals parade | CSN Bay Area

Where will the good luck charm land?

This is what Jonny Gomes said at the Kansas City Royals World Series parade (attended by twice as many people as actually live in Kansas City, meaning that for the first time ever there was no lunch line at Oklahoma Joe’s) while holding an American flag for those revelers who thought they had been transplanted overnight by alien whim to Belgium:

“It’s unbelievable what those boys did,” Gomes said. “It’s unbelievable what they did! It’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: jonny gomes, royals, world series

ONE World Sports :: Lee Dae Ho to pursue Major League Baseball

I don’t need to see the translation of his stats to know he profiles as a bench guy at best.

The 33-year-old DH/corner infielder, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, has been a productive player in Japan over two years with the Orix Buffaloes and the past two seasons with SoftBank.

He is a .293 hitter in Nippon Pro Baseball and is coming off a season in which he hit .282 with 31 longballs—his highest power total during his time in Japan.

His upside includes his ability to get around on fastballs, and he ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, japanese baseball, lee dae ho

In final analysis, the best choice as Dodgers manager would be ... Dave Roberts - LA Times

Bill Plaschke likes Dave Roberts. He really likes him!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers, manager

Clay Buchholz could be a useful trade chip for Red Sox - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo wishcasting a Clay Buchholz deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trades

Terry Collins, Mets agree on two-year extension, sources say | Newsday

Collins is not a good tactical manager. I’m still shocked that he let Harvey talk him into staying in the game. I’m even more shocked that he also left him in after he served up a leadoff walk.

Now, Collins has been given the opportunity to chase another championship, and to do so on his own terms. Sources told Newsday on Tuesday that Collins, 66, agreed to a new two-year contract that will keep him in the Mets’ dugout through the 2017 season.

The deal officially will be announced Wednesday at ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 05:39 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mets, terry collins

Bowden: Lerner Wouldn’t Pay For Joe Girardi, so Nats got Manny Acta

“None of us should be surprised at this,” said Bowden, who resigned as Nationals GM in 2009 amid an FBI investigation of illegal scouting practices in Latin America. “The Lerner families have a history of this. When I was the GM there, Joe Girardi was the selection of the baseball people there, a recommendation by me. The ownership was not willing to pay Joe Girardi what was fair, so Manny Acta was the manager, and that was the guy who ended up running the team. Joe Girardi went on to the ...

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: November 04, 2015 at 01:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cheap owners, jim bowden, managerial search, nationals, owners

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Svrluga: View of Nats Organization Not Entirely Pleasant

Executive summary: teh Lerners are CHEEEEEEEP!

The Lerners already had shown, in their dealing with previous managers, that they don’t put much value in the position. They have never paid a premium for a manager, even as they developed a roster that was good enough to win a World Series. This, people familiar with the franchise’s structure said, is typical of how the club operates.

Let’s build a Scouting Report on Lucas Duda’s arm

You’ve got an opinion on the Eric Hosmer play. Y’know, the one where he broke from third on a ground ball that didn’t get out of the infield grass and scored the tying run in the ninth inning of the World Series? Y’know, the one where if he would have been out, the game would have been over but he wasn’t and now the Royals are world champions? That’s the one. You’ve got an opinion on the Hosmer play, I’ve got an opinion on the Hosmer play, and even if you say you don’t have an ...

Zach Posted: November 03, 2015 at 07:34 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, lucas duda, mets, royals

TomoNews: Kansas City Royals destroy the New York Mets to win the World Series

You have got to see this Taiwanese animated video summarizing the World Series. It’s worth the 30 second commercial.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-3-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 3, 1915:

If Charley Comiskey has his way, Chic [sic] Gandil will be playing first base for the White Sox next season.
Griffith has made it known that he intends to have Judge, a youngster of only 20 years, at the bag when the season opens, and it is not a secret that with this in view he intends to make some sort of a disposition of Gandil. Gandil would come pretty near to making the Chicago team, which is sadly in need of both a first and third baseman.

Don’t do ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 03, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: chick gandil, dugout, history

Bryce Harper Wins Hank Aaron Award

Bryce Harper *IS* your 2015 Most Offensive Player.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, bryce harper, nationals

Washington Post: Bud Black, Nationals Have Contract Issues; Dusty Baker Reportedly Being Reconsidered

If your hire isn’t worth market rate, maybe something needs to be reevaluated:

Five days after the Washington Nationals picked veteran Bud Black to be their next manager, the team did not announce a hiring Monday because contract talks crumbled over the weekend, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal wasn’t expected to be announced until after a contract was signed and after the World Series. But the playoffs ended Sunday and there was still no public word from the team ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, dusty baker, managers, mike rizzo, snafu, washington nationals

CBS (Heyman): In Twist, Washington Nationals Turn to Dusty Baker, Who May Get Managing Job Now

Okay, what the hell is actually going on here?

In a stunning twist, the Nationals manager job isn’t completely settled, and word is, the club has reached out to Dusty Baker, and will offer him the job.

While it has been widely reported that Black was the guy, Baker is now very likely to be the one to succeed Matt Williams as Nats manager.

Esoteric Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: washington nationals, wtf

Monday, November 02, 2015

One Inning, Two Decisions, One Champion (Baseball Prospectus)

A few batters later, Hosmer had his own choice, and he decided to go home. Third baseman David Wright fielded a groundball with one out, looked at Hosmer, but with third base unoccupied (Wilmer Flores somewhat sheepishly ran over to cover, but he was going to be far too late to matter) Hosmer was able to hold his pretty-good lead off the bag and leave as soon as Wright fired to first. It was going to be close. Lucas Duda misfired. The throw wasn’t caught. Hosmer scored. “Brilliant ...

Davo Posted: November 02, 2015 at 02:39 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball prospectus, mets, royals, world series

OT: Soccer in November 2015

I’m too lazy map out the schedule, but I know that USA starts their qualifying vs the Concacaf minnows.

Sean Forman Posted: November 02, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off-topic, soccer

Long May They Reign

Poz weighs in as only Poz can.

This will be a story about luck and magic and the Kansas City Royals, but why don’t we start with Art Stewart? That’s him over there by the wall, yes, the little guy, the scout with tears in his eyes. He’s 88 now, and he has been in this game long enough that he timed a young Mickey Mantle running to first base. Positive? Nobody has ever been more positive. One time, after the Kansas City Royals drafted a young outfielder named Chris Lubanski, the Royals ...

Perry Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: posnanski, royals

Slate: The Mets’ Anti-Gay Daniel Murphy Lost His Team The World Series. Good

This is a real article that was actually written by someone.

“I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.” [...]

Of course, Murphy has every right to hold these beliefs, which earned him praise from such luminaries as the Westboro Baptist Church. He does not have a right to expand on them ...

Esoteric Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:13 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, wtf

538: The Grantland Articles We Loved the Most.

“The Steroid Hunt” by Bryan Curtis

It’s easy to go through my Grantland favorites; roughly 60 percent of my brother’s emails to me are links from the site. I loved this story on how baseball reporters tiptoed around the steroid crisis, trying to figure out exactly how far they could go with their questions. Should be required reading for journalists on any beat.

–Leah Libresco, news writer

A good collection of stories new and old from Grantland’s short, sometimes glorious run. I ...

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Why a Royals scouting report was start of the Mets’ demise (New York Post)

“Make [Lucas] Duda throw the ball. Make [Travis] d’Arnaud throw the ball,’’ was presented to every Royals player.

Davo Posted: November 02, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, scouting reports, world series

The Royals Are A Sabermetrics Team – The Hardball Times

Alex Skillin does a great job identifying why the Royals are winning. Of course, you don’t have to believe him. You could just believe what Dayton Moore said himself in his book, More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture. I’ve been reading the book which has some interesting insight into Dayton Moore. I recommend it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, royals, world series

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