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Monday, February 06, 2017

BBWAA website receives a much-needed upgrade

But in February 2017, the BBWAA website has finally entered the 21st century, providing a outlet and resource appropriate for one of the most influential and powerful groups of sportswriters in the country.

As you can see from the image above, articles and releases are now clearly indicated on the home page, making MLB award announcements and Baseball Hall of Fame balloting results far easier to find. It looks like a professional website, not something cobbled together on weekends and off-days ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-6-2017

The [Pendleton] East Oregonian, February 6, 1917:

[Braves owner] Percy Haughton started it when he declared the offensive side of baseball needed some changes, and then outlined a few. Now they’re all doing it.
...
One of the most recent suggestions along these lines is that a pitcher not be allowed to pitch his first two balls to the batter in the curve fashion. Each of the first two heaves should be straight and above board, it is contended.

Every time I think I’ve seen the dumbest possible ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 06, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, crazytown bananapants, dugout, history, rules

Washington Nationals’ lack of offseason moves is head-scratching | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal takes after the Nationals.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Mookie Betts tops Top 10 right fielders | MLB.com

I’ve been busy and have a few of these saved on my DVR. I look forward to watching this one soon as I find them interesting and entertaining.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 10:32 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: top ten list

New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman’s secret, exposed

Watching pitchers hit isn’t very entertaining; reading an article about a pitcher who couldn’t hit, surprisingly, is.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, robert gsellman

Andrew McCutchen to play right field in 2017 | MLB.com

More info on the Pirates outfield realignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, gregory polanco, pirates, starling marte

MLB.com 2017 Fantasy Player Preview | MLB.com

No surprise, Mike Trout is number one.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Jim Bowden quote on analytics and metrics impacting managers

Analytics and metrics are really helping MLB teams quantify defensive abilities and along with their scouting eyes are encouraging managers to align their outfielders better than ever before. This has been highlighted by the Marlins decision to move Yelich to CF and Ozina to LF & Pirates intention of moving Marte to CF and McCutchen to LF. Who else should make a similar move? The Rockies should move Dahl to CF and Blackmon to LF.

Jim Bowden, ESPN Senior Writer

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Source: Jason Hammel agrees to 2-year deal to pitch for Royals

Charlie Morton-type money!

Free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel and the Kansas City Royals reached agreement on a $16 million, two-year contract Sunday, a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden, confirming multiple reports.

The deal, pending a physical, includes a mutual option for a third year.

Hammel, 34, went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts with the Chicago Cubs last season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 05, 2017 at 11:30 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jason hammel, royals

OTP 6 Feb. 2017: Curt Schilling, Politics, and the Hall of Fame

Curt Schilling has said that his politics are costing him votes for the Hall of Fame. The other day here at NRO, Aaron Goldstein argued specifically that in the most recent balloting, earlier this winter, baseball writers backed away from Schilling because he supported Trump last year in the presidential election.

A few problems dog that theory. One is that Schilling did better in the 2017 voting than he’s done on average in his five years of eligibility.

(As always, views expressed in the ...

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BDC Posted: February 05, 2017 at 10:45 PM | 2003 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hall of fame, phillies, politics, red sox

Pleskoff: Top-50 Prospects

Only a Top 50?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2017 at 12:14 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

OT - Superbowl - Who will be the surprising hero of Super Bowl LI? - NFL.com

Not a lot of baseball stuff to post. I wonder why?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 538 comment(s)
  Beats: football, otp

Sunday Notes: Walsh’s World, Reds Best, MLB Politics, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, February 04, 2017

“Hope” the operative term as Rays prepare to report to camp | Tampa Bay Times

Wieters and Gutierrez are big bats?

One of the remaining big bats on the market — headlined by Matt Wieters, Chris Carter, Mike Napoli and, less so, Franklin Gutierrez — is willing to sign on, putting opportunity ahead of potentially more dollars elsewhere; or they make a trade, to add some needed offense after the trade of Logan Forsythe.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:53 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rays

Polanco, Correa could have healthy breakouts | MLB.com

This is a great use of Statcast data.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Nick Cafardo: Which rookies will shine in 2017? You can start with Andrew Benintendi

I guess he’s listed first because he’s a Yankee.

Here are a dozen other rookies to watch, according to our baseball people:
1. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees — He needs to cut down on his swing. At 6 feet 7 inches, he has a long swing, something a lot of tall sluggers have struggled with early in their careers, including Dave Winfield and Mark McGwire. Judge’s foray into the majors last year (.179 average, 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats) was far different than Sanchez’s, but the Yankees are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 08:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rookies

The oral history of Tom Brady and the Montreal Expos

What if…..

Doug Sisson, manager, Delmarva Shorebirds (1996)

We had a catching prospect, Michael Barrett, who was pretty good. But Brady showed up and the entire pitching staff followed him around like a mama duck after a week. I brought (Barrett) in for a chat because I didn’t want him to get discouraged, and he said, “Don’t worry about it. He’s just passing through.” And he was right. (Brady) was called up to Double-A about six weeks later….

Pedro Martinez, teammate, Montreal ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2017 at 05:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, oral history, parody, tom brady

Mike Elias on Drafting and Developing Astros Pitchers | FanGraphs Baseball

On incorporating spin rate into assessments: “We have ways of looking at it, and our scouts know how to interpret that information, as well. It’s another tool for our scouts and our decision makers. It’s almost an extension of the introduction of the radar gun. Some 40 years ago, it may have seemed unnatural to take that information when it seemed like your eyes weren’t lacking in the ability to assess the quality of a fastball. Now we take it for granted that we’re using that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, player development

Peter Gammons: Swihart and the Red Sox catching depth chart - GammonsDaily.com

I still believe Swihart will end up being the best of the Red Sox three options.

“Swihart has that sense, that ability to relate to and build pitchers,” says LeVangie. “He’s a really good worker. He was a good wrestler with the legs that goes with that. He’s obviously an athlete. It’s unrealistic to expect him to be a polished catcher right now. We understand that. Jason constantly reminds us, ‘do not panic.’

“So we’re working with a kid who needs to learn to get more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

The Glory Days of Baseball and Beer Marketing

Beer, is there anything it can’t do?

Anheuser-Busch led a major offensive to boost Budweiser’s presence in the Chicago market. How did they accomplish that? By being a major sponsor of Cubs broadcasts on WGN-TV and enlisting Harry Caray in the marketing efforts. When WGN-TV started broadcasts Cubs games nationally on cable, Wrigley Field was presented as a sun-drenched nirvana, paving the way for the party atmosphere that exists today. Producer Arne Harris never missed a chance to show an ...

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Friday, February 03, 2017

MOST INTRIGUING NON-ROSTER INVITEES

Wily Mo Peña, LF, Indians
Last appeared in MLB: Sept. 2011

With Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns, Peña was part of a trio of heralded outfielders called up by the Reds in the wake of their acquisition of Ken Griffey Jr. (that feels like a lifetime ago). A true one-tool player, Peña is a monster of a man with shoulders in different time zones who can send a fastball into orbit but is just as notorious for his brutal play in the outfield. In parts of eight Major League seasons spread throughout ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 03, 2017 at 10:50 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league contracts, non-roster invitees, spring training

Fred Manfra to Step Back

Sorry to read about Fred’s health problems catching up with him, but at least Orioles fans will now be able to get accurate descriptions of plays. Without waiting, to boot!

Bote Man Posted: February 03, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

John Sickel’s Top 20 MLB prospect lists for 2017- Minor League Ball

All thirty teams have been updated.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 07:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Minnesota Twins designate Byung Ho Park for assignment

To make room on their 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Matt Belisle, the Twins took the somewhat surprising step Friday of designating Park for assignment or release.

Still owed $9.25 million over the next three seasons, including a buyout on a club option for 2020, the South Korean slugger could clear waivers as he works back from August hand surgery and a disappointing debut season in the majors.

Dock Ellis Posted: February 03, 2017 at 05:02 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho park, dfa, minnesota twins, twins

Juan Lagares trade could give Mets the wiggle room they need

The former Gold Glove winner is set to make $4.5 million in his age-28 season, and is on the hook for salaries of $6.5 million and $9 million the following two years, with a $500,000 buyout on a $9.5 million club option for 2020.

The Mets could invest the salary savings from a potential Lagares trade in their bullpen, which is lacking in veteran setup men — especially a proven lefty. The Mets outfield boasts depth in Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. ...Read More...

Lassus Posted: February 03, 2017 at 01:30 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, ow my arm

Texas Rangers: Why a Valentine’s Day marriage makes sense for the Rangers flirtation with Mike Napoli | SportsDay

He makes a lot of sense.

Mind you, this is just theory. For now.

But here’s why I’m circling Feb. 14 as the day Napoli, the perpetual Bachelor, accepts millions of roses from the Rangers and comes back to play some first base, some DH and be part of the glue that holds the team together:

For insurance purposes, the Rangers must carry Prince Fielder on their 40-man roster during the offseason. In addition, Jake Diekman is out for at least the first half of the season while recovering from colon ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-3-2017

Chicago Eagle, February 3, 1917:

Bill Byron, the singing umpire, who says there hasn’t been a single kick against his decisions since October, tells a new story on himself.
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He umpired in Newark one day and in the course of the game he called a man out at the plate on a close play. The player arose, dusted off his uniform, and then pointing to the chimney which towers high over the field, he said to Byron: “Bill, I ain’t sayin’ nothin’ to you. I ain’t makin’ no kick or nothin’, but I hope ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 03, 2017 at 12:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires

Klapisch: Baseball’s 10 Most Interesting People

Pedro Martinez
No one matches Martinez for honesty and spot-on analysis on the MLB Network. The former-right-hander is the same person today as he was throughout his career. He’s still a gift to the game, even if it’s in a studio instead of the mound. In his prime, Martinez was the best big-game pitcher around – at the top of a list that included Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux.

It was more than just talent, it was ego, too. Pedro once told Sports Illustrated, “there are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Does baseball still dig the long ball?

A lot of good stuff in Jayson Stark’s latest.

What’s happening now is something that smart sim players figured out years ago. That’s because when you play a sim, it was easy enough to quantify fielding. With the Statcast stuff, it’s now possible for teams to realistically quantify defense. As expected, this development fundamentally changes the way teams value players.

Regarding the conclusion of Stark’s article, home runs are great and entertaining, nothing drives revenues more than a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 08:08 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Astros plan to use Cardinal bounty to add starting pitcher

“We’re hoping that something will break,” Crane said. “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that ... getting two picks from the Cardinals gives us more depth in the system. We’re still looking into it.

“The thing about pitching is that it keeps games under control. And you got to have someone who can slam that door.”

If the Astros land one more front-line starter, there’s nothing that should stand in their way of being perennial playoff contenders, culminating a renovation ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

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