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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WAR Index for hitters: 2014 - Beyond the Box Score

Warring fractions.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Ranking baseball’s greatest dynasties - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

How to rank these nine dynasties? I’d go like this:

1. 1949-1953 Yankees—Hey, five titles is five titles.
2. 1996-2000 Yankees—Dominant postseason winning percentage, star power, hitting and pitching balance.
3. 1935-1939 Yankees—Statistically, better than the 1949-53 teams.
4. 1910-1914 A’s—If only Mack hadn’t broken them up.
5. 1971-1975 A’s—Only team with three straight titles in 1960s, ‘70s or ‘80s.
6. 1942-1946 Cardinals—History’s most underrated dynasty.
7. 2010-2014 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 11:19 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dynasties, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-27-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, January 27, 1915:

“Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Detroit will make the fight for the 1915 pennant,” declared Bill Carrigan, the Red Sox manager today. “It’s hard telling which of the four will win, though I think Boston and Philadelphia will be the more formidable and less dependent upon breaks in the luck.
...
“Getting Larry Lajoie has put Connie Mack in the race. Bender and Plank were slipping and realy not necessary. I look for our stiffest competition from ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 27, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

White ‘invigorated’ by move to Padres’ front office | padres.com

Do any other teams assign their scouts by organization?

The Padres, at the insistence of former assistant general manager A.J. Hinch, added to their pro scouting department before the 2011 season—adding eight scouts to give the team 13 on the pro side, to more than adequately cover all levels of Minor League Baseball. Hinch is now the manager of the Astros.

White said that the current ownership group has committed to provide blanket coverage throughout baseball. One change, White said, is that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: logan white, padres

Evaluating the Prospects: New York Yankees | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel looks at the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects

Angels still ‘optimistic’ about Garrett Richards’ rehab- Angels Blog: Orange County Register

This report is more optimistic about his timeline than others I have read.

The Angels remain hopeful that Richards will be ready for opening day. If Richards is not ready by the April 6 opener, the Angels expect him to be active sometime in April.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Cleveland Indians want Michael Bourn to “wreak havoc” on bases in 2015 | cleveland.com

“We’ve talked to Bournie a lot,” said Francona. “He’s one of the most conscientious and nicest kids you’ll ever meet. But quite frankly, whether it’s because of injuries or not, he hasn’t been the kind of guy who wreaks the havoc that we kind of envisioned when we signed him when it comes to stolen bases.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael bourn

Reds Extend Devin Mesoraco – MLB Trade Rumors

Mesoraco will receive a $28MM guarantee, MLBTR has learned. He receives a $500K signing bonus and will earn $2.4MM in 2015, $4.9MM in 2016, $7.2MM in 2017 and $13MM in 2018.  The contract also contains an additional $2MM worth of performance bonuses for a max of $30MM over the four-year term.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: devin mesoraco, reds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Beloved “Monbo” Dies at Age 78

Bill Monbouquette was a joy to be around, a wonderful storyteller and a mentor to so many young pitchers.

Bruce Markusen Posted: January 26, 2015 at 09:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, workhorse pitchers

An Audience With the ‘Sports Pope’ at FrancesaCon

The most recent hootenanny to be held at New York City’s Irving Plaza, meanwhile, took place this past Saturday. There were no mandolins or folk ballads at FrancesaCon 2.0, a wild-eyed yet winking celebration of Mike Francesa, New York’s most popular and polarizing sports radio host. But there was a cover band from Long Island playing sports-radio jingles and ’90s hits. The sold-out audience wasn’t quite so demographically balanced as the “men, women, and children (some also with ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 26, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: francesacon, mike francesa

Yanks to contest ‘milestone HR’

It sounds like the Yankees aren’t horsing around.

Fridas Boss Posted: January 26, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Beyond the Box Score’s rankings of the best players for 2015: 45-11 - Beyond the Box Score

Kris Bryant at 45? That’s expecting a lot for a rookie. Of course, only one vote put him there.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #15 — Walt Jocketty

I am surprised by this choice.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 12:32 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history

Blue Jays end negotiations for Orioles’ Duquette - Sportsnet.ca

Things have to be uncomfortable in the Orioles front office right now.

Negotiations for Dan Duquette are over after the Toronto Blue Jays refused to consider the Baltimore Orioles’ demands for promising right-hander Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation for the executive.
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Beyond Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft, the Orioles are also believed to have been seeking catcher Max Pentecost, the 11th overall pick in 2014, infielder Mitch Nay and more, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dan duquette, orioles

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s top five priorities - ESPN

More about Manfred’s plans.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

Jon Daniels again shoots down Josh Hamilton rumors, Fan Fest crowd applauds | Dallas Morning News

Sometimes it’s a blessing when another team signs your player to a big free agent contract.

In December, Fox Sports reported that the Rangers were one of the teams that had “exploratory” talks with the Angels about trading for Josh Hamilton. Daniels quickly shot down the rumor and did so again on Saturday — much to the delight of the crowd.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Kluber collects Cy Young Award, joins Tribe Fest | MLB.com

“I’d answer that more categorically,” Shapiro told reporters on Sunday. “Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented. Then you look at contracts and you say, ‘Can we find that point where we’re both comfortable with the shared risk?’ We don’t know that right now. That’s something that we’ll have to look at.
“As prioritization of the calendar goes, it’s something we’ll probably look at over the next couple of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-26-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 26, 1915:

Morris Farrell, son of the millionaire president of a lumber company [in Little Rock], has been signed by President Allen, of the local Southern association club. Farrell has played with Kansas City and Waco, but quit both clubs because he objected to discipline.

It would seem young Farrell’s time with Little Rock was cut short because he couldn’t play. Farrell hit .143 and slugged .196 in 15 games with the 1915 Travelers. John Henry Williams, eat your heart ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bring Back Selig - New Commissioner Manfred is a Moron - Halos Heaven

While I agree that banning shifts and the implementation of a clock (instead of simply enforcing rules on batter and pitchers) aren’t needed, this is a little over the top.
(Edited after posting my comment too quickly. Jim)

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 05:46 PM | 342 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred

Sunday Notes: Adam Everett on D, Norris’ Notoriety, Boggs & Beer, more

Major league players are doing just fine financially under the current system. TV revenue is a huge part of the reason even mediocre players are getting big bucks. So, excuse me for thinking the players should stop whining about getting into the box or throwing pitches a little faster if it shortens an average game time that is out of hand. Returning the game to a more fan-friendly pace is an important step to keep the game growing. Somehow players from the past were able to gather their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Red Sox notebook: Following surgery, Mike Napoli feels refreshed and ready - Sports - The Boston Globe

This does not sound like a fun way to spend an off-season.

“I couldn’t do it anymore, feeling the way I was feeling,” he said. “I was like, ‘I need to have the surgery or I’m not going play anymore.’ That’s how bad it was.”

Dr. Leonard Kaban, the chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, broke Napoli’s upper and lower jaw and moved them forward. That doubled the space in his airway.

Kaban inserted a titanium plate and several screws to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, red sox

Yankees reject A-Rod’s mea culpa meeting request - NY Daily News

Relations between Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees became so heated in late 2013 and early 2014 that baseball executives and team officials hired extra security for protection, going so far as to have their homes and offices swept for bugging devices and employing bodyguards to accompany them, according to sources.

“He put everyone through a lot of undue grief and unnecessary expense,” said one baseball source.
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It is hard to imagine the frayed relations between A-Rod and the Yankees – ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Seitzer encouraged by workouts with Upton

“Any hitter that has a tendency to be long [with their swing], where their hands get away from the body, is going to have a tough time catching up to fastballs,” Seitzer said. “They will also be vulnerable to offspeed pitches and inside pitches.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: b.j. upton, braves


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ted Lilly Charged With Felony Insurance Fraud

Flo from Progressive is not going to like this.

The Tribune in San Luis Obispo (Ca.) reports that Lilly was charged back in October with three felony counts of “filing a false insurance claim, filing a false statement in connection with an insurance claim, and concealing a material fact in connection with an insurance claim,” and faces five years in jail.

According to the Department of Insurance, the uninsured Lilly got an estimate for damage on his motor home, bought insurance five days ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, police blotter, ted lilly

Pedroia ‘ready to go,’ sees Sox rebounding | MLB.com

In case you were worried.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2015 at 07:00 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Toronto Sun: The inside story on how Ed Rogers tried to replace Jays President Paul Beeston

If this is all true, Ed Rogers (Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays) has an enormous amount to answer for, both in the court of public opinion AND to Major League Baseball.

We’re not sure if this is the way Harvard Business School teaches Forbes 500 companies on how to make upper management changes.

Or the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, for that matter.

Yet, here is how Rogers Communications went about the dirty business of ...

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Esoteric Posted: January 24, 2015 at 12:45 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, chicago white sox, tampering, toronto blue jays


DallasNews: Prince Fielder in best shape of his life

Fielder, speaking before the club’s annual pep-rally awards banquet at the Dallas Omni, said all is well heading into Year 2. The rehabilitation work has gone well, and he expects to be a full participant when spring training opens.

“I could play a pick-up game right now,” Fielder said. “I’m 100 percent. … Whatever it was before, it’s back.

“I feel healthy. That’s the difference. I’m feeling really good and ready to go.”

Round is a shape…

Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 24, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers

2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 catchers | redsox.com

MLB.com’s list.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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