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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Toolshed: Detroit Tigers’ Matt Manning happy away from hoops | MiLB.com

Those major growth spurts can be a thing of wonder. I’m still waiting for mine.

By his own admission, the right-hander didn’t take pitching seriously until the summer before his junior year in high school. Then he hit a major growth spurt, and while he didn’t reach the heights of his 6-foot-11 father, the added inches did wonders for his velocity as he started to hit the upper-80’s with his fastball. That winter, he verbally committed to Loyola Marymount, but by the spring of his senior season, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt manning, tigers

World Baseball Classic team visits Israel | MLB.com

Team Israel visits Israel.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: wbc

Friday, January 06, 2017

Active Starting Pitchers Have Virtually No Shot at Hall

Kershaw is four good seasons from Pedro territory, and while injuries do happen, the only active player on a Hall of Fame trajectory and a realistic shot at meeting the standards set by the current writers is Kershaw. He’ll need to add a few more seasons to even be eligible, but it is difficult to imagine a reasonably healthy Kershaw for even just five more MLB seasons failing to gain entry into the Hall of Fame….

Given the absurd demands required of the pitchers here to make a plausible ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 10:26 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, hall of fame

Royals trade Jarrod Dyson to Mariners for Nathan Karns

That’s what speed….did.

Kansas City got the starting rotation help is so desperately needed.

The Mariners got the speed they sought on the base paths.

“As so often times is the case, once teams know there is a mutual interest in a player — in their case Jarrod, in our case Nate — we just stayed in touch and the timing was right,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “The deal was obviously attractive for us.”...

Dyson, a former 50th-round draft pick, became a fan favorite ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 08:00 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jarrod dyson, mariners, nate karns, royals

Mariners acquire Yovani Gallardo from Orioles | MLB.com

After weeks of pursuing available options, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto moved to bolster the team’s rotation on Friday by acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles in a trade for outfielder Seth Smith.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade

17 MOST INTRIGUING MLB PEOPLE FOR ‘17

12. Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees

He’s a 24-year-old catcher with just 55 games under his belt, and yet it feels fair to call him the face of the New York Yankees. Sanchez hit 20 bombs in only 201 at-bats, a pace that would put him in position to become just the third Yankee ever to log 60 in a single season (hopefully you know the names of the other two). Don’t hold your breath there, but do expect Sanchez’s sophomore adjustment to go a long way toward determining whether the Yanks can rebuild ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 11:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: lists, people, things

The Other Side of Baseball’s Success Story

Last year’s phenomenal Game Seven ratings might mask some deeper truths about the game’s long-term prospects.

“Selig’s annual statements about the health of the game were not pulled out of the air but reflected in the financial data and products being offered to fans. His successor, Rob Manfred, will almost certainly continue to report on the financial health of baseball. While these reports may be factual, they do not quite represent the entire truth.”

gehrig97 Posted: January 06, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, ratings, revenues, rob manfred, television contracts

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2017

Bridgeport Farmer, January 6, 1917:

While there is little, if any, possibility of a readjustment of the professional baseball diamond as recently suggested by President Percy D. Haughton, of the Boston National league club, the proposed changes…offer a wide field for speculation as to what would be the result if such alterations were made.
...
Haughton suggests that in order to equalize the offensive and defensive strength of the pitcher and batter it might be found advisable, upon ...

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The Pirates and Their Continuing Search for Velocity | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m generally not interested on what a pitcher “touches” in velocity. It’s where he sits that’s generally what matters. There are a lot of pitchers referenced in this article. Adding Kuhl seems a stretch.

Chad Kuhl is another success story from later in the draft, a ninth-rounder out of Delaware in 2013 who was touching 97 mph at the major-league level last summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Why didn’t the Red Sox pursue Edwin Encarnacion?

By “resetting” this year, however, the team would be able to sign free agents in the solid but less-impressive 2017-18 free-agent classes while incurring the more modest penalties on amateur talent acquisition. For instance, if the team wants to make a run at Eric Hosmer – assuming he spends all year with the Royals and receives a qualifying offer from them – or Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, their ability to land amateur talent would be less severely impacted.

That said, if the team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 07:32 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Earl Weaver and the Greatest Baseball Game of All-Time

This was an early favorite that stole some Strat-O-Matic time.

Earl Weaver Baseball, the first version of the game, was released in 1987. It was designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower. Those two developers created Intellivision World Series Baseball. That game was revolutionary for 1983, but EWB was a proper updated baseball game. It helped Electronic Arts pioneer it’s reputation for sports simulation games (John Madden Football being released in 1988).

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: games, simulations

Heyman: MLB Winter Winners And Non-Winners

Pedro Alvarez isn’t a better player than Keith Moreland.

Just a couple quibbles: Pedro Alvarez would have been a slightly better choice than Moreland at quite possibly a fairly similar price, and why not add some third base insurance (Trevor Plouffe, Luis Valbuena?).

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Former Rockies exec Bill Geivett writes book | MLB.com

This looks interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 06:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: books

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Byron Buxton Player Page | baseballsavant.com

OK, this is crazy great.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, statcast

Mike Mussina Should Be in the Hall of Fame | FanGraphs Baseball

This is head scratcher for me.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:38 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mike mussina

Baseball Prospectus | Dynasty Prospect Rankings

Here are your top 50 players for first-year dynasty drafts:

1) Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

There’s not a ton of debating who the top pick is this year, even if he doesn’t have the type of upside you might truly desire from your first-overall pick. He’s a five-category third baseman who could move quickly enough to at least warrant a cup of coffee in 2017—though with the Reds comfortably out of contention, 2018 is much more likely.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Brandon Phillips blocked a trade from Cincinnati to Atlanta, sources say

Why even bother?

Yet, the relationship between Phillips and the club will only grow more uncomfortable if he continues balking at proposed trades.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, reds

3 years later, Yankees letting Robinson Cano go a mistake - NY Daily News

Three years in. Jumping to a conclusion is very premature.

Cano is now three seasons into his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners. And so far — with the exception of the first three months of 2015, when he battled a reported stomach illness and struggled as a result — it’s worked out very well for Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, yankees

Black MLB players get little Hall of Fame help from Veterans Committee | MLB | Sporting News

Is it really race keeping these players out?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Why this ‘scumbag’ (me) will never give Curt Schilling another Hall of Fame vote | NJ.com

In this fight it’s kinda tough to tell which pig is which.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, hall of fame

New Stat for a Slugger: Back Page Appearances - The New York Times

From all this — which Van Wagenen and Thousand presented in a 100-page book — they came up with a bottom line: Cespedes was worth $34.7 million to the Mets in 2016, or $7.1 million more than the team had paid him.

The message was clear. The Mets, who play in a big market but are restrained in their spending, could afford an expensive — at least for them — new multiyear contract for Cespedes, arguably the most dynamic baseball player in New York. They would make it back, and more.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Travis d’Arnaud must show Mets are right to pass on Matt Wieters - NY Daily News

To recover that power, however, he has to avoid last year’s return to his bad habit of wrapping his bat around his head so dramatically in his stance, which may have been the result of his early-season shoulder injury .

“It just makes his swing way too long to put the barrel on the ball with any consistency,’’ an NL scout said Wednesday. “The Mets know it. I talked to Terry Collins at the winter meetings and he said they tried to fix it but he’d keep going back to it under the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Back behind the plate is where Blake Swihart feels he belongs

Swihart will be the last man standing.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Hardball Times Q&A With John D’Acquisto

Markusen: How much of a factor was Bonds’ lifestyle of “living in the fast lane” in contributing to his early decline as a ballplayer?

D’Acquisto: It was his demise. You can see that on the back of the baseball card or his baseball-reference page. It hurt his game tremendously. He was a world-class athlete and probably one of the top 175-200 offensive players of all time. If he would have left the booze alone, that number probably goes to 75-100 easy. He had all the tools.

djordan Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: john d'acquisto, mlb


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2017

Butte Post, January 5, 1917:

[National commission chairman August “Garry” Herrmann] told how he had the nickname tacked on him.

“I had just been made ‘devil’ in a printing place in Cincinnati,” he explained, “when the newspapers were full of news about Garibaldi, the famous Italian patriot, who was fighting to put Italy in the sun.

“I was short, broad-shouldered and extremely green. The printers at once nicknamed me Garibaldi; in time they shortened it to Garry.”

Thing that doesn’t happen in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 05, 2017 at 07:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Selig Years

Allan “Bud” Selig, HOF class of 2017. His impact on the game was monumental; his legacy is mixed. Did he ultimately leave the game better than he found it? Part One of a detailed post-mortem of the Selig era.


Where will we see Matt Adams in 2017? - Viva El Birdos

This guy should be playing every day for somebody.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 03:11 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Here’s a vote for getting sports writers out of the balloting process - The Washington Post

Isn’t that convenient?

The Washington Post has a long-running policy preventing its writers from voting on any and all awards. Other organizations — including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun — have similar policies. So while these decisions were taken out of my hands for me, let’s follow a couple of examples of why we all need to pull ourselves out of these processes.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 03:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

How Mike Trout Could Legally Become a Free Agent

Considering that Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million contract extension back in 2014 – an agreement that runs through 2020 – this is just an interesting, but hypothetical, thought experiment, right?

Not necessarily. A relatively obscure provision under California law — specifically, Section 2855 of the California Labor Code — limits all personal services contracts (i.e., employment contracts) in the state to a maximum length of seven years. In other words, this means that if an ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, free agency, legal, mike trout

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