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Friday, January 06, 2017

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.

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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

How Do Cubs Handle Their Catching Situation Next Season?

Kyle Schwarber, who was set to catch every fifth day with Jason Hammel last year prior to shredding his knee, could eventually be an option to take time behind the plate as well. But the Cubs have announced no official plans for Schwarber in 2017 as far as catching goes, and at this point it would be hard to imagine him doing anything more than serving as a solid third catcher that fills in when need be.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Andrew Benintendi Alex Reyes top prospect poll | MLB.com

While Reyes was the obvious winner, it wasn’t a unanimous choice. Glasnow, who got a pair of votes in last year’s poll, got three this time. Though he struggled during his brief big league time in 2016, there are those who still believe he’ll figure it all out.

“He has frontline starter stuff with swing-and-miss ability,” another scouting director said. “He’s still continuing to get better and will be a dominant No. 1.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2017

The Daily Missoulian, January 4, 1917:

UMPIRE CANS WHOLE NINE

Jimmy Murray Puts Entire Ball Team Off Field in One Game.

[After nobody heard Murray call a drive down the line foul, costing Buffalo an apparent home run,] “there was an awful demonstration. A stranger would have thought the inmates of some insane asylum had been turned loose…Before I was able to restore order I found it necessary to tag seven of those Buffalo players with tickets to the clubhouse.”
...
[In the ninth inning of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires, umpshow

Jay Jaffe: JAWS and the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot: The All-Overlooked Team

For stat-minded fans of a certain age, Grich’s absence from Cooperstown ranks among the great injustices of the universe, making him the keystone equivalent of long-neglected, belatedly enshrined third baseman Ron Santo. From 1970 through ‘86, Grich combined good power with excellent plate discipline and outstanding defense (+71 runs) while playing on five division-winning teams in Baltimore and Anaheim. He earned All-Star honors six times, won four Gold Gloves and led the AL in homers and ...

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OT: January 2016 Soccer Thread

Who will end Chelsea’s run? Will Real Madrid’s brand of super-star-driven conventional football keep the rest of La Liga at bay? Is this the year Big Sam finally gets relegated? Do Bundesliga fans prefer their corporate overlords Razenballsport or T-Mobile flavored? Whither Swansea? Does Pep need a pick-me-up?

These and other important questions answered in the second half of the season!

The Marksist Posted: January 04, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Blue Jays’ identity crisis could lead to end of short-lived Toronto renaissance - CBSSports.com

Jonah Keri talks about the Blue Jays being caught between a rock and a hard place.

If Shapiro and Atkins truly wanted to build the team their way, they could have shopped all-world third baseman Josh Donaldson at the height of his value, rather than waiting until, say, the end of the 2017 season, when he’ll be one year from free agency. They could have shopped Happ and Estrada coming off big seasons, offering suitors strong and inexpensive starting pitching alternatives at a time when the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Phillies are perfectly positioned to take advantage of crowded market for hitters | FOX Sports

Moss does seem like a great fit.

A hitter such as Bautista or Bruce could thrive at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Moss, because of his left-handed bat and ability to play first base, also could provide support for Tommy Joseph, who slugged 21 homers in 315 at-bats last season but was better when he had the platoon advantage against left-handed pitching.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

OF Rajai Davis to join Oakland on 1-year, $6 million contract

The Oakland Athletics said they have agreed to a deal with former Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis on a contract a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden was for one year and $6 million.

Davis, who revived his career in his first season with Cleveland, was one of the crucial players who helped get the AL champions to the World Series. The 36-year-old led the AL with 43 steals and helped solidify the outfield when All-Star Michael Brantley wasn’t able to come back from shoulder surgery.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:21 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rajai davis

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