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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

red sox - Money in the ninth: Ryan Madson deal raises bar for Jonathan Papelbon, closer market - WEEI | Alex Speier

Wow!! If there is another team foolish enough to give away that much money over that many years…I wish Papelbon success with his new team!

The starter’s pistol for free agent closers went off on Tuesday, and teams in the market for free agent closers were floored when it did so. The Phillies and closer Ryan Madson were reportedly nearing a four-year, $44 million deal that also included a $13 million vesting option for a fifth year.

Word of such a contract arrived as the equivalent of nails on ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Korean star pitcher Yoon could be in MLB in 2012

Right-hander Suk-Min Yoon, the 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization who starred in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, could play in the major leagues as soon as next season, his agent said Tuesday.

Scott Boras, whom Yoon and another WBC standout, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, hired recently, said he would speak with Yoon in the near future about entering the posting system, in which major league teams bid to win exclusive negotiating rights with a player. If Yoon, 25, chooses against ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 09, 2011 at 04:20 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Cybermetrics: The Pirates were lucky to win the 1971 World Series, but how lucky?

A friend of mine stopped following baseball after the O’s disaster, but then again…he stopped following music after Conrad Schnitzler left Kluster. He’s one lonely dude.

Their OPS differential for the whole season was .073. That translates into a winning pct of .592 using my equation Pct = .5 + 1.26*OPSDIFF. The Orioles had a differential of .096, good for a pct of .621. That means that the Orioles would have 53% chance of winning any given game using Bill James’ Log 5 method. I came up with ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 11:14 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, pirates

Sullivan: Learning To Appreciate Willie Bloomquist

“A good job and now this!
Someday we’ll recall
The greatest day of all
Jeff, I love you!
Jeff Sullivan”... (from Bye Bye Bloomquist Jokes)

It’s all the same crap as always. Very little about Willie Bloomquist has changed. But I’ve changed. Through my recent experiences watching terrible Mariners teams, I’ve come to realize that Bloomquist isn’t some walking joke. He’s a moderately useful baseball player who is not out of his element in the major leagues.

It makes sense that the Giants would ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 10:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2011

AP via Meriden Journal, November 9, 1961:

The athletes Uncle Sam pulled into the Army because of the Berlin crisis aren’t yelling “foul!”

“This,” said Pvt. Tony Kubek, star shortstop of the World Champion New York Yankees, “is a much bigger thing than any baseball game.”

Three other prominent soldier-athletes of the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division expressed similar sentiment…They are Pvts. Bob Taylor, Milwaukee Braves outfielder; George Thomas, Los Angeles Angels outfielder; and Doug ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2011 at 10:26 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

Tony Reagins Reportedly Knew Blue Jays Would Trade Mike Napoli to Rangers

I don’t even have words to explain how much I’m fuming right now. We’ve already been over how Mike Napoli’s unbelievable season cost former Angels GM Tony Reagins his job more than Vernon Wells’ failures in Anaheim. Now I have to hear that Reagins not only gave up Napoli in an awful trade with Toronto, but that he had a good idea they would flip him to Texas.

In a column published on Sunday evening, Peter Gammons says “former general manager Tony Reagins confided that he ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 10:18 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, rangers

Souhan: Old-school Ryan stays relevant in ‘Moneyball’ world

Don’t fold up that stained BOLLÖ roundtable just yet!

When Ryan resigned in 2007, Twitter was a rumor, and deep statistical analysis was more a subject of debate than reverence. Ryan grew up in baseball as the kind of behind-the-backstop scout ridiculed in the book and movie “Moneyball.”

As he begins the work of restoring the Twins’ good name at the age of 58, Ryan could be called “old school” by those who want to praise, or bury, him.

“It certainly wouldn’t be an insult,” he said. “I’m not ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 04:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, twins

Megdal: As the Mets shed low-level employees, the Wilpons cast about for high-level help

Howard’s “Wilpon Duck Soup piece”...

As much as the Mets’ owners need someone to take them up on their offer, it’s hard to see what anyone would, on anything like the terms they’re talking about. While making payroll isn’t currently a consideration, since it is the off-season, the Mets have a revenue-sharing payment due to Major League Baseball by the end of November of between $15-20 million, and owe around $26 million in their twice-annual debt payments on Citi Field to the city of New York ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 01:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

ESPNLA:  Patrick Soon-Shiong in Dodgers mix?

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who purchased Magic Johnson’s minority stake in the Los Angeles Lakers last year, has been approached by at least one group attempting to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I’ve been approached,” he said without getting into specifics. “Let me just say I’ve been approached, but I haven’t made any decisions on that.”

Soon-Shiong is the richest man in Los Angeles, according to Forbes and the Los Angeles Business Journal, with a net worth of over $7 billion. The 59-year-old ...

Tripon Posted: November 09, 2011 at 12:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, rumors

Berkman calls Astros potential move to AL ‘a travesty’

Travesty Generator.

As for his pronoun malfunction, one moment of telling weakness in a broad and mostly jovial 20-minute press conference, he quickly corrected himself. But he did come off with a typical fan’s enthusiasm about the Astros when asked about a potential move to the American League that could accompany the sale of the franchise.

“I think it’s a travesty,” Berkman said. “It’s a National League franchise. I think if they were going to do something like that, ...

Repoz Posted: November 09, 2011 at 12:37 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, cardinals

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

SB Nation: Marlins Logo is No Longer the Worst Thing Ever

The Marlins are planning a structure beyond the center-field wall of their new ballpark. This structure will light up and make a fancy hullabaloo whenever a Marlin hits a home run…

Ooooh, I like those.  This could be fun!

Now close your eyes, and think about what this structure might look like. Go ahead. Let your imagination run wild…

Oh.  OK, if I must….

Have a pretty good guess?

I think so…fishes, fireworks, smoke.  Am I on the right track?

Okay, you’ll need to try again. No, I know ...

JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: November 08, 2011 at 11:54 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

Mariners install electric-car charging stations at Safeco Field

Wow! Back in 1969, Seattle wouldn’t even give you a decent Oyler change!

Well, this isn’t something you see every day: the Seattle Mariners are installing four electric vehicle charging stations available for public use at Safeco Field.

The four Blink Pedestal Charging Stations are located on the plaza next to the Safeco Field parking garage. The stations are part of The EV Project, which will install approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 09:15 PM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners

HBT:  The Johnson behind the Johnson Effect

couple years ago I heard from Bryan Johnson, one of the earliest mainstream journalists to write about sabermetrics, in Toronto’s Globe and Mail in the early-to-mid-1980s, in the way of his comments on some excerpts from those columns that I’d posted on my baseball history blog.

Johnson is credited by Bill James with discovering the Johnson Effect: the tendency of a team to revert back to the win-loss total one would expect from its ratio of runs scored to runs allowed. Here’s James’ ...

Paul D(uda) Posted: November 08, 2011 at 09:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, sabermetrics

NASCAR: Arthur Rhodes appreciates physical aspect of NASCAR

5. You got to take a pace-car ride prior to last Sunday’s race. What was that experience like for you?

Rhodes: I know [pace-car driver] Brett Bodine. I know he’s been a Cup driver and he’s been driving a long time, so I trusted him. But I’ll tell you right now: the right side of my head was stuck to the window [during the ride]. My stomach hurt. My back hurt. I tried to force myself to come back to the middle of the seat—but he was driving so fast through some of those turns, I was stuck to ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 08:57 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

Keri: Cleveland’s band of worm burners

In adding Lowe to a rotation that also includes Justin Masterson and Fausto Carmona, the Indians will feature three of this year’s top eight ground-ball-inducing starters. Throw in Ubaldo Jimenez and his above-average ground-ball rate and the Indians will field a staff unlike any other in the game. In a perennially weak division where little edges can mean a lot, the Indians may have found a new path to success, and just maybe a 2012 playoff berth.

To understand how extreme the Indians’ staff ...

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 08, 2011 at 07:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, sabermetrics

Red Sox Targeting Carlos Beltran

Target worth: You’ll be paralyzed with fear!

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly targeted outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman. A baseball executive reportedly told Heyman that the All-Star free-agent could get a two-year deal.

Beltran, 34, just finished a seven-year $119 million contract which he signed with the New York Mets in 2005. The slugging outfielder played seven seasons with New York before being traded mid-way through 2011 to the San Francisco ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 06:58 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, red sox

Singer: Ballplayers fear induction into ‘Get Smart Club’

Which is the chief reason for reaching platteaus.

Baseball is a sport in love with round numbers, and none inspire more reverence than the zeroes that follow any other integer. As for crooked numbers, nothing is as criminal as a “nine” at the end of a significant statistic.

Win 20 games, jack 30 homers, drive in 100 runs or hit .300 and you are put on a pedestal. But come only close, and no cigar.

In 2011, Albert Pujols became the latest to be slighted by the slightest of margins. The St. ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 05:57 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, sabermetrics

Twenty-five years later, John McNamara opens up

Bout time…I’ve been sitting outside the bar just as long.

But McNamara opened up in a retrospective on the 1986 postseason that airs Wednesday night on MLB Network. He explains his rationale for removing Roger Clemens after seven innings, with Boston leading, 3-2, and for leaving a hobbling Bill Buckner on the field for the fateful 10th inning, which ended when Buckner’s error gave the New York Mets a 6-5 victory.

McNamara had used Dave Stapleton at first base at the end of every postseason ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 02:20 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, red sox, television

Petti: Bringing Objective Analysis to TV: An Interview with MLB Network’s Brian Kenny

Which brings us to a new show, Clubhouse Confidential, set to debut tonight on MLB Network. The show will be hosted by former ESPN anchor Brian Kenny. The show bills itself as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research and value projection. While not explicitly “saber”, the show puts advanced statistics and analysis front and center.

...BK: I just approach each subject in a logical progression of thought. And there isn’t one magic number ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 10:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, projections, sabermetrics, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2011

Toledo News-Bee, November 8, 1911:

Shortly after the big fire at the Polo Grounds, which burned up all the bats of the Giants, [Red] Ames...sent a negro boy down to a sporting goods store for a new bat.


“What weight and length do you want?” asked the clerk.

“I don’t know, sir,” replied the boy as he scratched his head.

“I’ll have to know the length and weight before I can get you a bat. What about it?”

The boy looked perplexed.

“Well, sir,” he finally decided, “I guess it don’t make no ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2011 at 10:23 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kevin Goldstein: Twins Top 11 Prospects

Five-Star Prospects
1. Miguel Sano, 3B
Four-Star Prospects
2. Eddie Rosario, OF/2B
3. Joe Benson, OF
Three-Star Prospects
4. Aaron Hicks, OF
5. Oswaldo Arcia, OF
6. Levi Michael, SS
7. Alex Wimmers, RHP
8. Travis Harrison, 3B
9. Brian Dozier, SS/2B
10. Kyle Gibson, RHP
11. Max Kepler, OF

Nine More:
12. Hudson Boyd, RHP: This 2011 supplemental first-round pick is a big-bodied power arm who needs refinement.
13. Liam Hendriks, RHP: Many scouts feel Hendriks’ extreme command ways caught up to ...

Tripon Posted: November 08, 2011 at 04:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting, twins

Kevin Goldstein: Astros Top 11 Prospects

Four-Star Prospects
1. Jarred Cosart, RHP
2. George Springer, OF
3. Jonathan Singleton, 1B
Three-Star Prospects
4. Brett Oberholtzer, LHP
5. Jonathan Villar, SS
6. Domingo Santana, OF
7. Telvin Nash, 1B
Two-Star Prospects
8. Delino DeShields, 2B
9. Jack Armstrong, RHP
10. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
11. Paul Clemens, RHP

Nine More:
12. Ariel Ovando, OF: This high-priced Dominican signee showed huge raw power and huge holes in swing during his stateside debut.
13. Austin Wates, OF: He’s a plus ...

Tripon Posted: November 08, 2011 at 04:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

L.A. Times: McCourt might still try selling Dodgers’ TV rights

Frank McCourt soon could ask the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to let him sell the Dodgers’ television rights along with the team, a strategy that could violate his sale agreement with Major League Baseball and revive his dormant litigation with Fox Sports.

“The Dodgers plan to file in the near future with the bankruptcy court an amended media rights procurement motion,” according to a club statement late Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the league had agreed that McCourt could ...

Tripon Posted: November 08, 2011 at 03:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

Joura: Examining Gil Hodges’ Hall of Fame case

And the joura is not out when it comes to Jim Rice either!

All I know is that I no longer think of 1978 when someone mentions Jim Rice. Instead I think of how his election to Cooperstown is a “mistake.” Rice should be remembered for being one of the best in baseball for a three-year period. Instead, he’ll be remembered as the player that writers who are too lazy to look at anything beyond Triple Crown numbers made a last stand for and voted into the Hall despite all evidence to the ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 02:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, history, mets, sabermetrics

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: New York Mets:

Oneee Wheeler: Too Hot To Handle!

1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
2. Matt Harvey, rhp
3. Brandon Nimmo, of
4. Jeurys Familia, rhp
5. Cesar Puello, of
6. Jenrry Mejia, rhp
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of
8. Michael Fullmer, rhp
9. Reese Havens, 2b
10. Wilmer Flores, ss

The organization may be able to address its pitching woes from within because its top prospects are righthanders Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, the sixth (2009) and seventh (2010) overall picks in their respective drafts. Both enjoyed ...

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 01:04 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

The Miami Herald: Marlins Talking to Jose Reyes

  The Marlins are so enamored with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes that they were in contact with the player at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the moment the free agent signing period could begin. A contingent of high-ranking front office executives for the Marlins were spotted at Miami International Airport on Wednesday headed for New York, where Reyes’ agent, Peter Greenberg, keeps his offices.

    If the Marlins were able to sign the Mets shortstop, it would necessitate a position change for Hanley ...

Adam Starblind Posted: November 08, 2011 at 01:04 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

Monday, November 07, 2011

Twins dismiss GM Bill Smith

Meet the new boss…same as the old boss…..

The Minnesota Twins made a major change in their front office Monday: Bill Smith is out as the team’s general manager.

Smith, who took over as the Twins’ GM at the end of the 2007 season, will be replaced on an interim basis by Terry Ryan. Ryan has been in the Twins’ organization for more than 28 years, including 13 seasons as the team’s GM from 1994-2007.

Smith was a member of the Twins organization since 1986 and took over as GM in October of 2007. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 09:40 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Massarotti: Dan Duquette deserves this new chance as Orioles GM

Duke the Lost Engine That Could…almost.

Maybe Duquette wasn’t the best general manager in the game or even in Red Sox history. But he wasn’t the worst, either, and his subsequent absence from the game had far more to do with the fact that he can be an introvert more than it did with professional ineptitude.

Shame on us. Shame on all of baseball. We put more stock in the wrapping paper than what was in the box. If Duquette had a personable assistant GM like say, JP Ricciardi, many of his ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 09:06 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, red sox

Jonathan Sanchez Traded for Melky Cabrera

The Kansas City Royals have announced that the club has acquired left-handed pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 07, 2011 at 06:19 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals

Bronx Banter: Color By Numbers: Silver and Gold

Since the Gold Glove was first awarded in 1957, the Yankees have had the second most honorees, behind only the St. Louis Cardinals, who enjoy a comfortable lead over the field with an impressive 83 trophies. At the other end of the spectrum is the Milwaukee Brewers, which makes the team’s traditional ball-in-glove logo somewhat ironic. Since joining the majors as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the Brewers have had only nine Gold Glove winners, all coming while the franchise was in the American ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 06:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, yankees

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