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Friday, December 02, 2016

Arlington, Rangers unveil timeline for $1 billion stadium project

I was certain everyone would want to learn about the massive efforts being devoted to #keepBDCcool. 

Aiming to open the Texas Rangers’ new stadium in April 2020, team and city officials now have a timeline for planning and building the $1 billion project.

In addition to hiring an architect, the Rangers expect to be interviewing structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultants by Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the city will start assembling its financial team, City Manager Trey Yelverton ...

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BDC Posted: December 02, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rangers, stadiums

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2016

Chicago Eagle, December 2, 1916:

Hub Purdue [sic] will no more add to the gayety of baseball. Hub announces from his home in Gallatin, Tenn., that he has quit and will devote himself to his business in Gallatin. He has a restaurant and confectionery there that is prospering and a farm near Gallatin besides. Hub did some good work for Louisville the past season, but admits he can’t keep the flesh off, try as he will, and that he has to give it up. Purdue’s trouble is that of many ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fat pitchers, history

Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Gammons | BaseballAmerica.com

Much to my dismay, I’ve never met Peter. That’s saying a lot because I’m not particularly moved when I meet famous people. As a matter of fact, the only people I’ve genuinely been excited to meet have been Bill James and Pete Palmer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed meeting a bunch of other people but only those two had me pretty much speechless when I met them.

I’ve been following, reading, and learning about baseball from Peter for over thirty years. What has always struck me is, not just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: peter gammons, writers

Hall of Fame: Bud Selig lock for election on Today’s Game ballot | SI.com

Jay Jaffe puts Bud Selig.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

How the new CBA is helping the Yankees | New York Post

Some reports have suggested some parts of the new CBA will hurt big market teams. Maybe some of those drags on payroll will be offset by changes like this one. We’ll see how it all plays out.

Yet, two factors in the new CBA help the Yankees regarding the luxury tax, which moves from $189 million to $195 million for the 2017 season. It will be $197 million in 2018, $206 million in 2019, $208 million in 2020 and $210 million in 2021, the final year of the deal.

First, the previous CBA had a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, yankees

The inside details from baseball’s fascinating new CBA

Jeff Passan provides some details on what looks to be a much more complicated deal.

If a revenue-sharing payee loses a player it gave a qualifying offer to a contract for $50 million-plus, that team receives a pick right after the first round and for under $50 million after the second. Teams over the luxury tax don’t get a pick until after the fourth round. The rest of the teams are given picks after the second or third rounds. If a team receiving revenue sharing signs a qualifying-offer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Hearing from Duquette and Showalter leading into Winter Meetings - School of Roch

Duquette repeated the shopping list, though he downplayed the need for a designated hitter.

“We’re still looking for catching depth,” he said. “We’re looking for left-handed hitters, we’re looking for outfielders and we’re looking for pitching depth. And potential DH. We’ve got a good candidate in Trey Mancini in-house. Mancini should be able to hit. He’s got a proven hitting record in the minors. He’s got good fundamentals. I don’t know that we’re spending a lot of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Report: Jung Ho Kang Charged With Fleeing Scene Of DUI Crash

According to reports from Yonhap News’ Jeeho Yoo and Korean outlet Naver, Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang has been charged with leaving the scene of a DUI crash in Seoul. It’s Friday in South Korea, and Kang was reportedly arrested at 2:48 a.m. local time with a blood alcohol level of 0.084 percent. That’s a shade over the legal limit in the United States, but it’s well above the 0.05 percent limit in South Korea….

According to Naver, Kang ran into a guardrail then left the scene of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2016 at 09:50 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dui, jung-ho kang, pirates, police blotter

Nightengale: MLB kills ‘this time it counts’ for stronger All-Star Game incentive

The idea was ridiculed from the outset, and the slogan mocked.

This time it counts.

Really, no one liked the idea that the All-Star Game winner determined home-field advantage in the World Series.

But you know what?

It actually worked.

The All-Star Game was immeasurably better after the 7-7 tie in the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.

Players actually stuck around until the end of the game. Managers managed the game as if it were a game that meant something. There were players even picked ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 01, 2016 at 08:01 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Why baseball’s new CBA could ultimately hurt the players | FOX Sports

It’s tough to feel bad about major leaguers when international players and minor leaguers aren’t considered.

One thing is clear: The union agreed to greater spending limits, for both major leaguers and international amateurs, than ever before. It’s reasonable for some agents to be concerned about where this CBA will lead. We just don’t know the full impact yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 07:58 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Report: Verlander, Upton purchase $5.5M Beverly Hills house

I’m glad he’s putting his Cy Young disappointment behind him.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 07:40 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

MLB analytics guru who could be the next Nate Silver has a revolutionary new stat - CBSSports.com

“HE FREAKS US OUT.” ~ Harry Pavlidis

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 04:43 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Atlanta Braves sought Dobbins runway access for team charter flights

The Atlanta Braves explored using the runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta earlier this year for the team’s charter flights, a spokesperson for the base confirmed.

Landing at Dobbins would have spared the team having to commute between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to SunTrust Park on game days, when traffic could be worse than usual.

“The Atlanta Braves made an initial inquiry into the feasibility of airfield use at Dobbins Air Reserve Base earlier this year,” ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2016 at 04:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

If Mets can’t get reliever, Wheeler could strengthen bullpen - NY Daily News

If the Mets can’t get a lockdown reliever in a trade for Jay Bruce — or Curtis Granderson — and some baseball people feel that will prove to be the case, their best option for significantly strengthening their bullpen just might be Zack Wheeler.

The Mets don’t know what to expect from their one-time phenom now that Wheeler has missed two full seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 10:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-1-2016

Washington Times, December 1, 1916:

“I have decided not to sell my stock in the Brooklyn Club,” said President C.H. Ebbets today before leading for Atlantic City. “My health was poor last summer, and I did think seriously of retiring from baseball. I feel batter now and have changed my mind. I think I’ll stay in the game.

Ebbets held on to the team for the rest of his life, dying of a heart attack in April 1925. His successor, Ed McKeever, died of influenza eleven days later.

Needless to say, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 01, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: charles ebbets, dodgers, dugout, history

MLB owners, players’ union reach agreement on new 5-year labor contract

Jayson Stark has more details on the deal.

Update from Stark:

Teams that lose a free agent who rejects a qualifying offer will still get a draft pick. The details: For most teams, that pick would be a sandwich pick immediately following the competitive-balance picks that are awarded after the second round. However, if that team comes from the 15 smallest markets and is receiving revenue-sharing money, and it loses a free agent who signs a contract worth at least $50 million, that pick would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MLB, players union agree to new CBA in time to avoid lockout, reports say

As negotiations intensified leading up to the deadline, various reports indicated most of the items up for discussion had been settled, with one key provision still up in the air: the luxury tax imposed on teams that break the $189 million player-payroll threshold.

Though several teams have exceeded that number since it was imposed and duly paid the financial penalty, the players have increasingly viewed the figure as a de facto salary cap. The New York Post reported the limit will be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2016 at 09:38 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, labor

Henning: Nine players on my Hall of Fame baseball ballot

“Consider these three names that will arrive on next year’s docket: Chipper Jones. Jim Thome. Omar Vizquel. They’re automatics. Here, at least.”

Lynn Henning jumps back into the fray after a two-year hiatus. You can decide whether anyone who considers Omar Vizquel to be “automatic” should jump back in.

TJ Posted: November 30, 2016 at 03:56 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Cubs’ Theo Epstein’s Draft strategy paying off | MLB.com

Missing with the very top picks gets you fired.

Having acquired pitchers Sean Newcomb and Touki Toussaint in previous trades, Atlanta now has three of the first 16 players taken in the 2014 Draft. That’s impressive. But I’m pretty sure every executive would rather have Trea Turner (drafted 13th from North Carolina State, by the Padres), Schwarber or Conforto.

One of Joe Maddon’s operating principles is “Do Simple Better.” Epstein did that when he went with Bryant and Schwarber over college arms ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, draft, theo epstein

Why trading Andrew McCutchen is a real possibility for the Pirates | FOX Sports

Not wanting to be moved from center is an issue better left for a new club to sort out.

Trading McCutchen, however, would enable the Pirates to re-allocate payroll to other areas. It also would enable them to move Starling Marte from left field to center without conflict; McCutchen does not want to switch to an outfield corner, sources say.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 02:03 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Yankees Mailbag: Manny Machado at third base in 2019? - NY Daily News

This is a free agent signing I can see for the Yankees. Of course, the Orioles will have a chance to prevent it.

What does the 2018 Yankees infield look like? — Adam G. @adamGobj

We’re still 18 months away from that, but my guess would be Gary Sanchez behind the plate, Greg Bird at first base, Gleyber Torres at second base, Didi Gregorius at shortstop and Starlin Castro at third base. Castro could remain at second and Torres could move to third, but I think the Yankees envision Torres playing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, yankees

Top Prospects Voice Opposition To International Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

MLB will contain costs for international players. It’s going to happen. The draft, however, seems like a really bad way of doing it.

“The focus is on that next generation of players,” Rosario said. “Just like we benefitted from having the opportunity, we feel that the next generation deserves to have the same opportunity that we did.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball, international draft

Boston - Baseball Prospectus: COULD CHRIS CARTER SERVE AS A PLACEHOLDER DH?

No thank you.

I fear I’m belaboring the point here, so let’s cut to it. Carter’s bat has value, and with their DH position wide open, the Red Sox are in a unique position to extract it. But what Carter also brings to the proverbial table is flexibility. The Red Sox don’t want to commit $100 million and five years to Encarnacion, they don’t want to sacrifice a draft pick to sign him or Bautista, and they don’t want to give a 40-year-old Beltran a multi-year contract. They have some ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chris carter, red sox

Mariners making a push for Edgar Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy | The Seattle Times

If you are undecided, Ryan Divish’s contains a bunch of links the team provided to make its case.

Here’s his voting results since being put on the ballot. He needs 75 percent of the vote to get in.

2010 — (36.2%)
2011 — (32.9%)
2012 — (36.5%)
2013 — (35.9%)
2014 — (25.2%)
2015 — (27.0%)
2016 — (43.4%)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, hall of fame, mariners

Royals using Statcast as coaching tool | MLB.com

Good stuff. Read the whole thing.

Previously, baseball has relied on the highly subjective statistic of Defensive Runs Saved used by the sabermetrics community to evaluate defenders. Statcast™, through its tracking devices, can replace that with an objective measure of route efficiency based on the flight of the ball and the defender’s route to it.

“To be able to determine whether or not [Jarrod] Dyson or anyone else took the proper route,” Wakamatsu said, “is something we as coaches can use ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, statcast

Athletics sign Matt Joyce to 2-year, $11 million deal - MLB Daily Dish

The Athletics have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract with outfielder Matt Joyce, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal is pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt joyce

FAQ: What’s at stake as MLB’s labor deal approaches midnight - Jayson Stark Blog- ESPN

Jayson Stark’s take. A hard cap on international signings would seem to be a reasonable giveback for the players. The luxury tax threshold, although contentious, seems to be a solvable problem.

I will remain optimistic that both sides will see the value of being sensible.

What are the big issues standing in the way of a deal?

The players have pushed for an end to the system that forces teams to give up a No. 1 draft pick if they sign a free agent who has turned down a qualifying offer. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Winter meetings would go on if MLB teams do not attend | Boston Herald

It will be just as popular as a Christmas without Santa Claus.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

8 MLB teams that should target the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen | FOX Sports

Do writers just reflexively add the Yankees to every big contract acquisition?

Yankees
In order to fit McCutchen into the lineup, New York would have to trade left fielder Brett Gardner (and there have been rumors of that) or scrap the plans to start rookie Aaron Judge in right field. The former seems more likely, and the Yankees have the farm system (and finances) to pull off a McCutchen deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

MLB players, owners continue labor negotiation | MLB.com

The proposed international draft has been taken off the table. The rest of this stuff should be resolvable with a little give and take.

Both sides said they were optimistic a deal could be reached even though several significant issues remain unresolved.
Among them:
• Luxury-tax threshold
• Draft-pick compensation tied to the signing of free agents
• A proposed international draft
• Roster sizes and days off
• Changes in the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
• Pace-of-play ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

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