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Saturday, January 05, 2019

Mets trade for outfielder Keon Broxton | MLB.com

The Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton for reliever Bobby Wahl and two prospects, right-hander Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio, on Saturday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2019 at 02:31 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets

Friday, January 04, 2019

How dancing on Cheney Stadium’s roof could cost the Rainiers nearly $60,000

Climbing the long ladder leading up to Cheney Stadium’s roof last summer, I had a lot running through my mind.

I was thinking about the next performance I’d be a part of, tasked with introducing the beloved Epic Sax Gorilla to the crowd.

I was thinking about how the Rainiers mascot, Rhubarb, made climbing the metal ladder look easy – which it wasn’t – even with the reindeer’s oversized feet.

And I was thinking about how on earth I’d put all of this into words the next day for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league

Rays reducing seating capacity at Tropicana Field to create more ‘intimate’ experience

Seating capacity at Tropicana Field will be reduced to about 25,000 to 26,000 under a renovation plan aimed at improving fans’ experience.

The team on Friday announced plans to create a more “intimate” atmosphere, including the creation of the Left Field Ledge in the lower level featuring premium seating for small groups, and the elimination of the upper-deck 300 level.

The capacity at the Trop previously was 31,042.

“These renovations mark our continued commitment to providing a first-rate ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2019

Pittsburgh Press, January 4, 1919:

William “Kid” Gleason, appointed manager of the Chicago Whitesox, said last night that he had accepted the position offered him by Charles Comiskey.

“I don’t know exactly what I am going to do in my new position, but I am going to New York on Jan. 16 for a conference, and will know about it then. Every man on the team will get a square deal. How I will succeed no one can tell, but I am going to do my best to see that the Whitesox finish the season with flying ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2019 at 10:18 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Willians Astudillo Is an MVP Candidate | FanGraphs Baseball

Willians Astudillo fascinates me.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, willians astudillo

Marcus Semien to honor A’s mentor Ron Washington, who overhauled his defense - SFChronicle.com

This is great.

When Ron Washington began working with Marcus Semien in 2015, the A’s shortstop lacked some of the basics at the position.

“I wasn’t even holding my glove correctly,” Semien said. “Wash had to tell me to spread my hand to give the glove the widest surface, and then give the glove a push through the ball to eliminate any funky hops.”

The pairing of Washington, the longtime A’s coach and the winningest manager in Rangers’ history, and Semien, an everyday big-league ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 08:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Chicago White Sox 2019 Top 50 Prospects | Prospects1500

A lot of effort going into this prospect site. I wish they would use the standard 20/80 scale instead of tiering prospects. If I have time I’ll add them to my prospects rankings sheet. It’s always interesting to me to see where there is consensus and to find outliers. Anyway, take a look.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Posnanski: How the lack of Hall of Fame unanimity became A Thing, and why it should end with Mariano Rivera – The Athletic

The Hall of Fame voting process has far bigger problems than worrying whether isolated voters don’t vote for a guy with enough support to get voted in anyway.

One answer to that question is no, of course he shouldn’t be first. As stated: Ty Cobb should have been first. Joe DiMaggio should have been first. Ted Williams … Stan Musial … Willie Mays … Henry Aaron … Jackie Robinson … Tom Seaver … Cal Ripken … Greg Maddux … Ken Griffey … all of those guys and more should have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:21 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pay site

What does it take for a new advanced stat to go mainstream? – The Athletic

One month ago, Baseball​ Prospectus​ introduced​ a new total-offense statistic​ called Deserved Runs​ Created Plus​​ (DRC+). Although the site’s related pitching statistic, Deserved Run Average (DRA), has appeared in my Awards Watch columns since 2016 — at times with behind-the-scenes assistance from the statistic’s co-creator, Jonathan Judge — the launch of DRC+ caught me by surprise.

The introduction of DRA in early 2015 addressed a need. Sabermetrics continued, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, statistics

David Robertson signed with the Phillies with no agent and saved $1.15 million

Is this really true as long as the player is knowledgeable about the market, knows the CBA, and has a good lawyer?

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports condemned Robertson’s choice, saying his “savings” might only be short term:

“Very likely cost himself much more than that,” Heyman tweeted. “He is a smart guy but not a trained agent. And he probably understands this isn’t a do-it-yourself project. Last time, with a qualifying offer (and an agent), he got exactly twice as much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:11 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, david robertson, free agents

High Heat: 2019 HOF Ballots | 01/03/2019 | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Deadspin: It’s Time For Some Bryce Harper Game Theory

Is the news of a meeting with the Nationals evidence that the Nationals are still interested in Harper? Or is it evidence that they are trying to make his price higher for the Phillies?


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-3-2019

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, January 3, 1919:

President Heydler, of the National League, yesterday announced the appointment of William L. Veeck, vice president of the Chicago club, as a member of the rules committee of the league. President Heydler said that Veeck’s long experience as a baseball reporter qualified him for this duty.

This appointment seems appropriate because his son Bill Junior ruled.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago, former Braves infielder Ed Fitzpatrick appears to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 03, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Rumors swirl but Bryce Harper’s market remains far blurrier than Manny Machado’s - The Washington Post

Five hours?

According to a person with direct knowledge of Harper’s process, the 26-year-old and his agent, Scott Boras, met with Nationals owner Ted Lerner for five hours on the Saturday before Christmas. Asked to confirm that this meeting happened, multiple people with the club refused to do so, a departure from their relative openness about their status with Harper this winter. On the record and off it, club officials have been willing to discuss the Harper situation because it seemed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 03:27 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

10 MLB Prospects We Hope Have A Healthy 2019 After Struggling With Injuries

Huge question mark.

1. Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Phillies

After Astros righthander Forrest Whitley, Sanchez has a compelling argument as the next best pitching prospect in baseball. He sits in the mid- to upper 90s and can break triple-digits, doing it without much effort and while filling the strike zone.

Yet Sanchez threw just 46.2 innings last year, with his final outing coming on June 3 before he went on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. The Phillies say Sanchez is healthy and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 11:27 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

New Starting Pitcher Endurance Ratings For 2018 Season

Strat-O-Matic embraces the opener.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 10:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: strat-o-matic

Passan: Why the baseball world is waiting on Manny and Bryce

Jeff Passan’s first ESPN column.

Harper has met multiple times with representatives of the Washington Nationals, according to a club source, and the possibility of a return to the place he spent the first seven years of his career persists, despite Nationals owner Mark Lerner’s insistence that Washington would not stretch beyond the $300 million offer Harper rejected near season’s end. The Phillies and White Sox are the other two teams known to be willing to guarantee Harper the decade-plus-long ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 10:16 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-2-2019

Toledo News-Bee, January 2, 1919:

Fred Toney, Cincinnati pitcher, is having his fill of federal courts. Toney was sentenced to four months on Monday on a white slave charge. On Tuesday he was hauled before the Federal Court of Nashville, Tenn., on a charge of trying to evade the selective service law. This case is now in progress.

Toney had been convicted of violating the Mann Act by traveling across state lines with a woman for an “immoral purpose”. Later in 1919, Toney married his ‘slave’ and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 02, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Stark: The Strangest But Truest Feats of 2018 — bizarre injuries, time-traveling rookies, once-in-a lifetime box score phenomena and much, much more – The Athletic

Jason Stark’s annual column.

The five Strangest but Truest injuries of the year

First prize – Our favorite catching iron man, Salvador Pérez, has now squatted his way through 7,400 innings in the big leagues. His knees have survived all 7.400 of them. So you’d think they would have made it through a routine trip up the stairs in his house – but nope! He was lugging his suitcase up those stairs in March after arriving home from spring training, missed a step and tore his MCL. I hope the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, trivia

Elias’ 2019 Orioles could resemble the 2012 Astros - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The Orioles have a long way to go.

Elias said his goal for this season is to beef up the Orioles’ talent base with smart drafting, international signings and perhaps some trades.

The Orioles must nail the first pick in June’s draft and be aggressive when the international signing season begins on July 2. If the team signs some free agents from the huge number remaining on the market, the Orioles could perhaps flip them in July for prospects.

No, we don’t know what the Orioles will look ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

New Excel Tool – Automated SGP Rankings and Dollar Values

Player valuations always interest me. Although I most enjoy simulation leagues because of their truer representation of real MLB, I’ve been dabbling more and more into Fantasy Baseball. This tool looks like it might be interesting thing to check out.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy

Yankees to sign shortstop Troy Tulowitzki | MLB.com

Over/under on games he will actually play?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: troy tulowitzki, yankees

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Ray Butler’s 2018 December Top 100 Prospects:

Top prospects rankings are dropping all over. Happy New Year!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2019 at 09:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects, prospects reports

Yusei Kikuchi agrees to deal with Mariners | MLB.com

We have a winner!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2019 at 08:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yusei kikuchi

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (January 2019)

The 2018-19 TV season is at the midway point, so here’s our annual list of midseason premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through early May and includes shows that were on hiatus.


Monday, December 31, 2018

FanGraphs Q&A and Sunday Notes: The Best Quotes of 2018

“My agent called to say, ‘Hey, the Reds picked you up in the Rule 5.’ I hung up the phone, called my parents, called my brother, and as soon as I hung up my agent called again. ‘Hey, you just got traded to the Royals.’ Then I had to pick up the phone and call everybody back.” — Brad Keller, Kansas City Royals pitcher, May 2018

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2018 at 11:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: quotes

As of today, Phillies have 4th-best roster in NL East

Prior to the arrival of new GM Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets largely operated like a mid-market team these last few years. It didn’t help the Phillies much in their head-to-head matchup, with the Phillies going 50-82 against the Mets the last seven seasons.

It did, however, make the Mets less of a threat in the division race. The same can’t be said now after the Mets added Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos, brought back Jeurys Familia and watched Zack Wheeler transform in the second ...

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QLE Posted: December 31, 2018 at 10:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, nationals, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-31-2018

New York Sun, December 31, 1918:

Heydler Declines to Name Official Batting Champion of League

Who really is the 1918 batting champion of the National League? The official figures printed in adjoining columns show that Southworth, the young outfielder who came to the Pirates from the Southern League in time to play in 64 National League games, compiled the best average, with .341. Zack Wheat of Brooklyn hit .335 for 105 games, but Eddie Roush of the Reds batted only two points worse in 113 ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 31, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Trump administration aims to stop professional baseball deal with Cuba

The Trump administration is expected to take steps to block a historic agreement that would allow Cuban baseball players from joining Major League Baseball in the United States without having to defect, according to an official familiar with the discussions.

The administration wants to reverse an Obama-era ruling that says the Cuban government doesn’t run the island’s professional baseball league. Such a position gave MLB space to negotiate and reach the deal with Cuban baseball and ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 31, 2018 at 08:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents

Saturday, December 29, 2018

In court documents, Mariners allege that Lorena Martin was dishonest and misrepresented herself | The Seattle Times

Martin’s lawyer, Phillips, argued in court documents filed Friday that any arbitration provisions in her client’s employment agreement with the Mariners are void under Washington law because the discrimination complaints require the case to be heard in open court. Phillips wrote that having the lawsuit and arbitration cases proceed concurrently could lead to “inconsistent results’’ and potentially undermine her client’s rights.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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