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Monday, December 09, 2013
I once assisted rookie Thad Tillotson get coffee for the Yankees. Didn’t help.
TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Gary Sanchez, c
2. Slade Heathcott, of
3. Mason Williams, of
4. J.R. Murphy, c
5. Eric Jagielo, 3b
6. Aaron Judge, of
7. Ian Clarkin, lhp
8. Greg Bird, 1b
9. Luis Severino, rhp
10. Gosuke Katoh, 2b
As if that weren’t maddening enough, nearly all of the Yankees’ potential impact prospects took a step back. Outfielder Mason Williams struggled with weight gain and poor performance. Outfielder ...
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 05:13 PM | 18 comment(s)
Lost in the flood…of candidates. (oh-oh…oh-oh…repeat ad nauseam)
“I think it was a mistake,” Levine told ESPN New York by telephone. “I congratulate Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. All of them were thoroughly deserving but I think there is no doubt that George Steinbrenner was one of the greatest figures in the history of baseball. He, more than anybody, deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I fully expect he will be one day.”
Steinbrenner’s credentials will be re-evaluated in three ...
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 04:06 PM | 28 comment(s)
Just one year ago, the Detroit Tigers were raving about the job that Harrah had done after joining the team in mid-season. In the first month after Harrah joined the staff, the Tigers improved their offensive output by a full run per game. Now, Harrah has been cut loose, as new manager Brad Ausmus decided not to retain him as part of his staff.
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 12:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
Greatest Blue Jays pitcher: Roy Halladay or Dave Stieb?
For the first time in a long time we have living, breathing inductees for the Hall of Fame. The Veteran’s Committee has elected Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, . They will be inducted next July 27th in Cooperstown.
...Left on the outside looking in: Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons and George Steinbrenner, all of whom failed to gain more than six votes. Twelve votes were required for induction.
Thanks to Butch.
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 10:18 AM | 125 comment(s)
Low helmet alert!
The Doosan Bears announced on Monday they’ve acquired former Major League Baseball (MLB) slugger Jorge Cantu.
The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said they signed the 31-year-old infielder for US$250,000 for next season, along with a signing bonus of $50,000.
Cantu becomes the first position player from overseas to join a KBO club since 2011. Teams here are allowed two foreign players each—with an exception for the expansion team the NC Dinos, who can ...
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 09:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
Must check out Just Another ####### #5…to see if “Krucky Bring to the Table” had a no-wave cut on it.
Curt Schilling knows criticism is coming. He expects it.
The former All-Star pitcher and three-time World Series champ (twice with the Boston Red Sox) is replacing Orel Hershiser on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast crew next season, giving him a wider audience for his opinions.
“No matter how you phrase it, if you don’t compliment a player, that player’s team, that’s ...
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 09:00 AM | 41 comment(s)
El Paso Herald, December 9, 1913:
Members of the Philadelphia Athletics are said to have refused to subscribe their names to 17 demands made by the Baseball Players’ fraternity which is seeking numerous concessions from major and minor leagues. The Philadelphia players are said to have declared that they had no grievances and that to sign would be unfair to manager Connie Mack.
It’s the Players’ Disunion.
Danny Salazardoz (Dan Lee)
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 05:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
Rip Hunter: Challenge of the known.
The top defensive right fielders in the majors in 2013 according to these measures were Shane Victorino of the Red Sox (+39 RSAA) and Gerardo Parra of the Diamondbacks (+28). Both outfielders excelled at making plays outside the right field zone (+42 OOZAA for Victorino, +28 for Parra).
Veteran right fielder Torii Hunter of the Tigers was last in MLB with -21 RSAA. Hunter was bad on plays inside the zone (-10) and outside (-15). He also was rated well ...
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 05:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
Why should Hahn trade Sale now? A few reasons:
• It isn’t every offseason that a general manager can start a negotiation by saying, “Chris Sale was the best left-handed starter in baseball (not named Clayton Kershaw) over the past two seasons. And you can have him for the next six seasons at a little more than $55 million — total.”
• The class of free-agent pitchers isn’t especially strong — and will be weakened further if Masahiro Tanaka remains in Japan.
• The White Sox ...
Posted: December 09, 2013 at 04:51 AM | 34 comment(s)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
During Nelson Mandela’s triumphant visit to New York in June 1990, shortly after he was released from a South African prison, one of his most memorable stops was a rally and concert at Yankee Stadium, where he donned a cap and jacket and proclaimed, “I am a Yankee.”
To commemorate that moment and the life of Mandela, the South African leader who died last week at age 95, the Yankees will place a plaque in Monument Park to be unveiled on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, when the Yankees ...
Posted: December 08, 2013 at 06:30 PM | 63 comment(s)
Hey, Tony Blengino here. You might remember me from such Mariner classics as “MMIX – Negative Run Differential Theater” , or “2010 – A Spaced Odyssey”. For some years, I was a scout with the Brewers, and in more recent years I was an assistant to the GM with the Mariners. While I’m between baseball adventures, I’ve been given the privilege of writing on the storied pages of FanGraphs. I know the bar is high here, and I’ll do my best to reach it.
Alas, I am no longer a ...
Posted: December 08, 2013 at 04:47 PM | 19 comment(s)
Johnnie ain’t the only Temple hollerin’.
Baptist pastor Russell Conwell began Temple College, which we know as Temple University today, in the basement of his north Philadelphia church in 1884 to give working men (and later women) the opportunity to better themselves through education.
Friday’s announcement by the university’s bean counters to eliminate seven sports – but, oh, no, it’s not because of football – must have the good pastor rolling in his grave.
Athletic director Kevin ...
Posted: December 08, 2013 at 11:06 AM | 108 comment(s)
But in the end, Napoli knew with certainty that he wanted to return to the Sox, and valued that above the possibility of a larger guarantee in terms of absolute dollars or even more years—a significant concession for a player who a year ago discovered that he had a potentially career-ending hip condition. He elected to take a straight two-year deal from the Sox (one that did indeed feature the highest average annual salary of any of the offers he received), to stay with a team and a city that ...
Posted: December 08, 2013 at 08:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
Where the #### (####) is Jack (Jack) Morris?!
Who are the best starting pitchers of the past 60+ years? One way to answer that question is using RE24, the measure of how much a pitcher reduces his opponent’s’ run expectancy with each batter faced.
Starting from each of the 24 base-out states (ranging from nobody on, nobody out to to bases loaded, two out), there is an expected number of runs a team will score in the remainder of that inning, based on average hitters facing average ...
Posted: December 08, 2013 at 08:34 AM | 61 comment(s)
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The Mariners’ front office is plagued by “total dysfunction and a lack of leadership,” according to former manager Eric Wedge. Wedge and other former and current team employees describe problems at the top of the organization.
The Aroldis Chapman situation…
The logical thing, or the Sabermatical thing, to do is to move Aroldis Chapman to the rotation.
Anyone who knows WAR from ERA+ will tell you that. A No. 1 starter is probably the biggest commodity in baseball. Chapman has the stuff to be a No. 1. The Reds have three or four guys on the roster who likely could convert saves at the rate Chapman does.
New manager Bryan Price knows that Chapman’s value is greater as a starter. He espoused moving Chapman to the ...
Posted: December 07, 2013 at 09:24 PM | 13 comment(s)
Don’t know what’s funnier…Juan Vené‘s HOF ballot babelfished or Juan Vené‘s HOF ballot! (Maddux, Glavine, Morris, Smith)
This is the month of the year when I not only get more calls from my colleagues in the Major League Baseball Writers Association, but also more times I call them. Comment, we consulted, we discuss about how voting for the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
Some ask me this time why not vote for Mike Mussina. Do not think that it deserves my vote, and less in their first year… * ...
Posted: December 07, 2013 at 08:42 PM | 22 comment(s)
It’s just a picture of Willie Davis sliding into second base at Dodger Stadium in 1965. Which, gulp, was almost 50 years ago.
Pap guidelines: Recommendations and Rationale.
“SOURCES: Phillies trying to trade Papelbon.”
That’s from the Twitter feed of Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com’s leading baseball writer and arguably the reporter in the sport who breaks the most news on a regular basis. Rosenthal was the first to float out the idea of the Phillies’ trading Cliff Lee in order to acquire Roy Halladay 4 years ago this month.
With all due respect to Rosenthal - and perhaps there is a team out there, given that it takes ...
Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:10 PM | 7 comment(s)
Olden the way.
A day after letting Robinson Cano walk (to a team he was clearly using for leverage and DID NOT want to go to), the New York Yankees signed former Met/WWII paratrooper Carlos Beltran. He’s 36. And now he has a three-year deal worth $45 million. You can’t make this stuff up. Last year they were the oldest team in baseball by a full year (31). It’s like they’re trying to build a high end convalescent home on River Ave.
Some of you might say this is a transitional period ...
Posted: December 07, 2013 at 11:54 AM | 36 comment(s)
The Nats also have a club option for 2016 at $6.5 million on this deal but I’ll eat my topsiders if they end up exercising it.
Mike Rizzo got his experienced starter in Doug Fister earlier this week. Now he has his left-handed-hitting reserve outfielder in Nate McLouth.
The Nationals have signed McLouth to a two-year contract, a source confirms, giving the Nats their fourth outfielder, one who can play any outfield spot and has a little bit of pop from the left side of the plate.
Most likely to get traded
So which player in baseball is the best bet to get dealt next week? Ryan Hanigan was leading in the early returns, until the Reds had to go screw up our balloting by dealing him early. So here’s the rest of the voting:
• Jeff Samardzija 3 votes
• Mark Trumbo 2
• Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Logan Morrison, Billy Butler, Howie Kendrick, Didi Gregorius, Adam Lind, Jeremy Hellickson, Mitch Moreland and Ike Davis 1 each
But for every Samardzija voter, there’s a ...
Posted: December 07, 2013 at 10:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
Major League Baseball already plans to use iBeacon next year to customize fans’ experiences at its ballparks, through the At The Ballpark app. In a demo earlier this year, MLB officials showed how the app can offer special features based on users’ location in a stadium, such as coupons in the souvenir shop or a video that plays near landmarks.
Maybe MLB can improve the app by alerting umpires to pitches actually near the strike zone???
Sadists! What’s next…Branding Arch Hall?!
The Cubs received approval on the new branding arch and expanding the footprint of Wrigley Field by the City Council Zoning Committee on Thursday.
The Cubs moved closer to beginning the restoration project on Thursday when the zoning committee gave the team the approval to move the outer wall of the park 25 feet closer to Sheffield Avenue. The branding arch will stretch over Clark Street between Patterson and Addison streets and will allow the team to ...
Posted: December 07, 2013 at 08:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
Friday, December 06, 2013
The Yankees have agreed to a three-year contract with Carlos Beltran, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News .
Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:57 PM | 102 comment(s)
First baseman Mike Napoli made it clear after the World Series that he wanted to stay with the Red Sox. He liked his first season in Boston so much that he stuck around for a few weeks after the World Series.
Team officials also wanted Napoli back and on Friday night a two-year, $32 million deal was reached.
“The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn’t be happier!!” Napoli posted on Twitter at 9:09 p.m. WEEI reported first that a deal was in place.
The Red Sox had competition from ...
Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:43 PM | 35 comment(s)
From Ross Malinger to Robinson Malinger.
Jay-Z prides himself on being a hustler – a universal street handle for someone who does what he must to make money. Even people in prison have a hustle, from selling soda to cigarettes to hooch.
So it should surprise no one that his new agency arm bilked the Seattle Mariners for $240 million in the name of his new and most glittering client, Robinson Cano.
But in the process, did he also hustle Cano? Cano just tacked 3,000 miles onto his commute to ...
Posted: December 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM | 256 comment(s)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a one-year, $10 million agreement to bring back free-agent reliever Brian Wilson, sources told ESPN’s Jim Bowden.
Brian Wilson and his trademark beard will be staying in Los Angeles as the reliever agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers, a source said. Wilson can earn an additional $700,000 in performance incentives, and the deal includes a player option worth between $9 million and $10 million based on performance, according to sources.
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