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Friday, February 10, 2017

Sanders Commings wants to pull a Tim Tebow, and he might have the talent

Three swings, and Jerry Hairston Jr. believed.

“I was blown away,” the former major leaguer said, recalling the first time he saw Sanders Commings hit.

Hairston had not known what to expect from Commings, a former defensive back at the University of Georgia and for the Kansas City Chiefs.


But Commings, who turns 27 on March 8, wanted to return to baseball, a sport he played well enough at Westside H.S. in Augusta, Ga., to be selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: football, sanders commings, tim tebow

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-10-2017

Chicago Eagle, February 10, 1917:

[Tacoma infielder] Fred McMullin came in from third on the dead run and slid for the plate. McMullin knew he didn’t touch it, but he was afraid to slide back as the catcher had the ball in his hand.
...
“He wasn’t safe, was he?” demanded Cadman, who was catching for Seattle. The umpire shook his head. At this, Cadman, holding the ball in his hand, dashed over to the Tacoma bench to tag McMullin. Fred waited until he all but reached his end of the bench, and then ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Vegas win total for defending champ Cubs set at 95.5; totals for all 30 teams released

For the 11th straight year, the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada, is the first sportsbook with MLB season win totals, and it set the Cubs’ number at 95.5 for betting that began Friday morning.

After opening the Cubs at 89 wins last year—second in the National League behind the San Francisco Giants—head oddsmaker and Atlantis sportsbook director Steve Mikkelson is now a believer….

In the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers (91.5), Washington Nationals (90.5), New York Mets (89.5), St. Louis Cardinals ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: casinos, cubs, gambling, odds, vegas

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Hey Bill: Dick Allen, Terrell Owens, & the 2011 Red Sox Collapse

Dick Allen did all the things that TO did, but was much worse than TO. I know I have mentioned this, but I met TO a couple of times at a convention in Portugal. He was just absolutely charming—as Dick Allen was, to many people—and I certainly don’t want to knock him or to dwell on his past mistakes. I also don’t know enough about Terrell to engage in that discussion. 

But off-the-field conduct is very, very relevant to the success of teams. When teams fall apart at the center—that is, when ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, collapse, dick allen, red sox

Byung Ho Park clears waivers, will battle for spot with Twins - StarTribune.com

I thought someone would take a flyer on him.

Designated hitter Byung Ho Park has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Class AAA Rochester.

Park was designated for assignment last week as the Twins made room to add free agent righthander Matt Belisle. It was a gamble that no team would claim Park, considering he batted .191 in 62 games for the Twins last season

Any team that claimed him would have to pick up the $9 million remaining on his contract. And, at this time of year, most teams ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 02:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, twins

Miami Marlins Claim To Have $1.6 Billion Handshake Agreement For Team

Two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Miami Marlins president David Samson has said that there is a $1.6 billion “handshake agreement” for the MLB team. Jeffrey Loria paid $158 million for the baseball team in 2002.
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My sources would not say who the $1.6 billion handshake agreement was with other than he is a real estate developer based in New York City. The problem, according to these sources, is the potential buyer is not liquid, meaning he does not have the cash to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 01:54 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: franchise sale, marlins

Ask BA: How Does Hunter Greene Compare To HS Righthanders? | BaseballAmerica.com

Now we have Greene. Greene touched 97-98 mph on occasion last summer on the showcase circuit, but after an offseason of rest and workouts, it will be a surprise if he doesn’t tickle triple digits this spring. Scouts have already seen him touch 101 mph in games this month and he isn’t even fully stretched out yet.

Pint’s velocity came with effort in his delivery. Greene’s is easy. It makes it easier for scouts to project him to consistently locate his fastball, something he’s already ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hunter greene

Cabrera, Gregorius seemed solid — but these metrics say otherwise - NY Daily News

Although I’m sure the missing plays in Statcast will need to be address, I’m looking forward to seeing better data for infielders.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, didi gregorius, fielding, mets, yankees

Report: Marlins have ‘handshake agreement’to sell team

The Miami Marlins have a “handshake agreement” to sell the team for $1.6 billion, according to Forbes.

The publication, citing two unnamed sources, said Marlins president David Samson has said the team has an agreement to sell the franchise….

Loria paid $158 million when he bought the team in 2002.

According to Forbes, the $1.6 million handshake agreement is with a real estate developer based in New York. But the article went on to say that “the potential buyer is not liquid, meaning ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

The MLB Ace Is an Endangered Species

They must have a certain je ne sais quoi. Or not.

Although a few things made me scratch my head, overall it’s worth a read.

While those pitchers share certain statistical markers, they also share something intangible. Identifying an ace isn’t always scientific; it’s also about feel, the marriage of perception and reality brought on by sustained dominance. Certain accomplishments and thresholds help define the standing, but there are no absolute requisites. It’s as much about reputation ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

Former Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson jumps into auto racing and car sales

Why Fresno????

So apparently former Rangers and Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson has some interesting post-baseball plans lined up already.

“I’m a rookie car dealer now,” he told Fresno’s KFSN-TV on Wednesday.

He’s bought a Porche/Audi/BMW dealership in Fresno, Calif., and looks to get into auto racing as well as selling cars at his new dealership.

In his interview with the station, Wilson said that racing has always been part of him.

“I’ve been into racing since I was a kid. I started karting ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. wilson, retirement

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-9-2017

Tacoma Times, February 9, 1917:

Ban Johnson, American president, and Chas. Weeghman and Owner Comiskey of the Cubs and White Sox, respectively, approve the “preparedness plan” of Captain Houston, part owner of the Yankees.

Houston, who saw service in the Spanish-American fracas, and comes by his title honestly, plans for an hour or more each day to be devoted to military training in the federal camps. Trench digging and other military maneuvers, under the direction of an army officer, would ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Why it’s time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule | MLB | Sporting News

Let’s just keep it as it is.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 09:10 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

Want to own a share of the Dodgers? This could be your chance - LA Times

Time to break open those piggy banks.

The Dodgers’ owners are interested in selling a small share of the team and have retained an investment banker to solicit bids.

There is no timetable for a possible sale, said the banker, Sal Galatioto. He added that Mark Walter would remain the Dodgers’ controlling owner, with his partners from Guggenheim Baseball Management.

Galatioto also represented the owners of the Chicago Cubs last year, when they sold minority shares for a total of about $300 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Marlins’ Stanton looks to regain All-Star form | MLB.com

It’s tough to be an all-star player when you can’t stay on the field.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Colorado Rockies look to 2017 and beyond | MLB.com

The recent home-field success of Bettis, Gray and Anderson are why the Rockies feel comfortable with a rotation built around those three, plus Chatwood, who was inconsistent in his return from Tommy John surgery a year ago, but will be a full year removed from his return, and is 14-12 in his career at Coors Field compared to 18-19 elsewhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Why is veteran catcher Matt Wieters still on the free-agent market? | FOX Sports

Catch Rosenthal shilling for Boras.

Cue the chorus:

“Boras,” the agent’s critics will say, “is asking for too much money.”

Well, yes. That’s Boras’ job — to get the best deals he can for his players.

The case of Wieters, though, is even more curious than most.

No, Ken, I don’t think the situation is more complicated than Wieters’ asking price is higher than what teams are willing to pay him.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, matt wieters

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

2017 World Baseball Classic rosters: Posey, Stanton, McCutchen, headline Team USA

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 07:25 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic

Top 33 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies | FanGraphs Baseball

Thirty-three players make the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 06:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Brian Wilson eyeing MLB return as a knuckleball pitcher

Brian Wilson intends to resume his pitching career as a knuckleballer.

Yes that Brian Wilson, now 34 years old, beardless and having just gone a month eating nothing but guacamole, which probably isn’t quite as great as it sounds.

On a muddy mound at USC on Wednesday morning, wearing high-top spikes and a Hawaii-themed cap, Wilson threw a 30-minute bullpen session. Of those dozens of pitches, all but a handful were knuckleballs.

“That right there,” Wilson said while pulling off his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 06:08 PM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: brian wilson, knuckleballers

MLB plans to test new extra-innings rules in rookie ball, with Joe Torre’s approval

Major League Baseball plans on testing a rule change in the lowest levels of the minor leagues this season that automatically would place a runner on second base at the start of extra innings, a distinct break from the game’s orthodoxy that nonetheless has wide-ranging support at the highest levels of the league, sources familiar with the plan told Yahoo Sports.

A derivation of the rule has been used in international baseball for nearly a decade and will be implemented in the World Baseball ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 05:54 PM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, pace of play, rule changes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-8-2017

Ogden Standard, February 8, 1917:

John E. Powers, president of the Los Angeles baseball club and a patient in a hospital [in Chicago], still is ignorant that his mother died [two days ago] at the family residence, not far from the hospital.
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Early Monday morning of this week he was stricken with appendicitis. While an operation was successful, he has not been informed by his mothers’ [sic] death.

That’s messed up. I hope someone broke the news to him before the funeral, at least.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

SNY to live stream Mets games in 2017

SNY is following the trends and making Mets games available via livestream, the network announced Wednesday. The team-owned network will begin streaming games during the 2017 MLB regular season at no additional cost to subscribers. Game broadcasts, as well as pre- and postgame shows will be streamed live on SNY.tv and the NBC Sports app.

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cord-cutting, mets, mlb.tv, new york mets, streaming

The Twins should be more aggressive on waivers - Twinkie Town

When claiming Ehire Adrianza makes someone happy…

It’s still early to figure out the organizational strategy that Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are pursuing, but I feel that utilizing the waiver wire will be an easy way to cheaply improve the Twins roster. With five of the past six years being utter disasters, the Twins shouldn’t be shunning the ability to make any improvements, no matter how small they may be.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: ehire adrianza, twins

Zack Wheeler wary of bullpen Catch-22: I don’t belong here | New York Post

All he has to do is out-pitch his competition.

“I know I belong in the starting rotation, there’s no question about that,’’ Wheeler told The Post as he stood behind the cluster of practice mounds known as the six-pack. “I’m a starter. I want to be a starter.’’

There is zero doubt about that.

Wheeler, 26, is aware that he has to run the pitching gauntlet to get back home to the rotation, which probably means a bullpen stint, but there is no way Wheeler wants to fall into the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:44 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Which young MLB pitchers are most at risk for injury? | SI.com (Sound Warning)

The article is interesting *but* the SI sign autoplays video with audio when you view the page. What’s even worse is the audio is buried in a place that’s tough to find.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers

Wilmer Flores explains role-player headache — that hasn’t ended | New York Post

Wilmer Flores is cheap and crushes LHP. What’s not to like?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

An early evaluation of the Red Sox lineup, minus David Ortiz

The Red Sox offense will be just fine in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg optimistic about stadium search, team

The plan now is to whittle a list of a half-dozen potential stadium sites down to a top “pin-perfect” choice, not looking to identify Pinellas and Hillsborough options then negotiate for a better deal.

“To say this place, this place or the other place means we don’t have any place,” he said. “We need to know which is No. 1, and that’s what we need to shoot for. The idea is to get that place and make it work good.”...

• Though there have been “some” years when they have made money, and they ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2017 at 04:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: finances, rays, stadium

Joe Mauer, Buster Posey, and the Hall of Fame

Joe Mauer hasn’t squatted behind the plate since 2013. But he’ll still be a Hall of Fame catcher someday. Won’t he?

Only six catchers have been regulars on three or more World Championship teams. There’s the Yankee contingency: Yogi Berra (with eight), Bill Dickey (seven), and Jorge Posada (four); then there’s Posey, Mickey Cochrane, and Johnny Roseboro with three each. Yogi, Dickey, and Cochrane are in the Hall of Fame, and coincidentally, they (along with Buster) are the only ...

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Wahoo Sam Posted: February 07, 2017 at 04:05 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, hall of fame, joe mauer

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