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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-19-2017

Grand Forks Herald, July 19, 1917:

It was reported recently on the highest authority in administration circles that the government would draft no major league baseball players for the war.

...the main reason for not interfering with baseball is because of the big part taken by big league baseball owners in urging recruiting and helping in army and Red Cross charities. The drilling of the baseball players has served to gain recruits for all branches of the service.

Moreover the government does ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 19, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

FTW: Chris Christie roasted by announcer and booed after catching foul ball at Mets game

Clearly, the fans mistook him for Bryce Harper.

Chris Christie caught a foul ball with one hand from his seat at Citi Field during the Mets-Cardinals game on Tuesday night. If an ordinary fan did that, some of the crowd probably would’ve cheered, but the New Jersey governor didn’t get an applause. He was booed at the stadium.

Then, the broadcasters poked fun at Christie on the air.

“Nice to see him get from the beach here to the ballpark,” one said as the other laughed.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 19, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, foul balls, mets

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tigers OF J.D. Martinez traded to Diamondbacks for prospects

Detroit received Double-A third baseman Dawel Lugo, switch-hitting infield prospect Sergio Alcantara and shortstop Jose King in the deal Tuesday. Lugo, a sterling defensive third baseman with a solid bat, is regarded as the Diamondbacks’ No. 2 overall prospect. Avila said he wanted to bolster the Tigers’ farm system with position prospects and jumped at the chance to add three infielders.

As for Martinez, the Tigers hope that one day he’ll return to Detroit.

Martinez said the feeling is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, j.d. martinez, tigers

Heyman | Yankees Nearing Deal To Acquire Todd Frazier From White Sox

What are they giving up?

Update: Yankees acquired Ps David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle and 3B Todd Frazier for P Tyler Clippard,  and minor league OFs Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo and P Ian Clarkin.

BA’s take on the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, white sox, yankees

Carlos Correa to undergo surgery for torn thumb ligament, expected to miss six to eight weeks

The Astros announced on Tuesday that shortstop Carlos Correa has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks. Ken Rosenthal reports that Correa will undergo surgery and notes that Mike Trout missed seven and a half weeks after undergoing the same procedure.

Correa, 22, suffered the injury during Monday’s game against the Mariners, specifically in the fourth inning on a swing. He suffered a thumb injury initially ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 04:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa

Mas weighing options amid Marlins’ refusal to grant exclusive window

Miami businessman Jorge Mas is considering whether to continue a pursuit of the Miami Marlins because he and the team haven’t agreed on multiple key issues, according to a source close to Mas.

Though Mas has continued his pursuit of the Marlins in recent days, the source said Mas is now “weighing all options” in the wake of the Marlins’ continued unwillingness to give him an exclusive negotiating window.

Mas and the Marlins also haven’t been able to agree on a price. The Marlins want at least ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 03:59 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Players’ View: Who Can Handle the Ninth?

Larry Andersen, Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster, and former reliever: “I don’t know if you can actually tell prior to guys doing it. I use an analogy. If you put a tightrope from the top of the foul pole in right field to the top of the foul pole in left field, and you put a net there, anybody will try it. That’s a setup guy or a middle guy. The closer has to do it without the net. You feel the tension — your whole body tightens up — because one mistake and it’s over. You have to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: closers

Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

The Brewers may be the most aggressive team pursuing Gray, who pitched three years for Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson at Vanderbilt. The Brewers, whose rebuild has suddenly been accelerated by their first-place status in the NL Central, not only have the prospects, but also a fiery owner wanting to land him….

The Astros, 62-30, actually may be the team that most needs Gray. Sure, they’ll cruise to the AL West title with or without him, but with the way the Astros have dominated this ...

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Weighing Yankees’ 1st-base trades, which are crucial for Matt Holliday

In theory, they could acquire someone such as Atlanta’s Matt Adams, Texas’ Mike Napoli or Toronto’s Kendrys Morales with the idea that they are the first basemen the rest of this year and then become the DH next year, providing also a better security blanket for Bird, who so far has shown a penchant for both injuries and slow healing. But that would mean not bringing back Matt Holliday, who has proven an asset as both a hitter and a clubhouse sage, particularly for Aaron Judge.

Anyway, ...

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Could Mike Trout and Bryce Harper become baseball’s all-time greatest superstar duo?

We’ve noted that Trout is on a best-ever kind of pace. What, then, does it mean if Harper emerges as an equal? What if we don’t just have Superman, but Batman too?

Would that mean we are seeing the best tandem of hitters we’ve ever seen in the game at the same time?

Using Bad Math to Get The Result You Want 101:

For Trout and Harper in 2017, I prorated the numbers for the full season. Then I made one fantastical leap: I assumed Harper’s 2016 numbers were an injury-caused fluke and gave him the ...

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: July 18, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mike trout, stars

Apologetic Starling Marte returns, vows to ‘regain trust’ | TribLIVE

It will be interesting to see how he plays.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, starling marte

Mexico City Would Be MLB’s Highest Home Run Haven

Mexico City makes sense as a site for a few reasons, so it’s only logical for Manfred to keep the option alive. First, it’s enormous, with the largest metropolitan population (roughly 21 million) of any North American city, with the possible exception (according to some sources) of New York. Second, it’s a largely untapped market. As Manfred told Jayson Stark in an ESPN story last year, “a team in Mexico opens up the Mexican television market, which is significant in ways that are much ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, mexico city

Amid maddening inconsistency, Herrera’s flashes for Phillies can’t be ignored | David Murphy

From the last part of 2015 through the first part of 2016, Herrera put together the near-equivalent of an entire season in which he drew 62 walks in 667 plate appearances, or 9.3 percent. During that stretch, he tallied 45 extra-base hits. He then put together a nearly yearlong stretch in which his walk rate plummeted (to 6.2 percent), but his extra-base-hit rate remained steady (7.0 percent). Over the last 37 games, his walk rate has undergone another proportionate drop (to 3.9 percent), but ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: odubel herrera, phillies

Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey resume throwing | MLB.com

This is very sad.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, noah syndergaard

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-18-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, July 18, 1917:

J. Franklin Baker of the Yankees was yesterday exonerated of blame for the alleged tampering with a player to influence him in jumping his contract with the St. Louis Browns. The exoneration followed the receipt of a letter from Baker in which he denied that he had approached Allen Sothoron, pitcher, to induce him to leave the Browns and join the Upland club of the Delaware County league in Pennsylvania.

Well, that answers the question I posed yesterday ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Fangraphs: 2017 Trade Value: #1 to #10

Yeah, it finally happened. For the first time since 2011, Mike Trout is not atop this list… by the slimmest of margins, Carlos Correa is our new most valuable player in baseball when contracts are included in the discussion.

Would you trade Trout straight up for Correa?

 

PreservedFish Posted: July 18, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs

Tomase: Steroids kept Red Sox great Dwight Evans out of Hall of Fame—advanced stats could’ve put him in

Evans is a prime example of a player whose career would be viewed very differently if he played today. He led the league in on base percentage once, OPS twice, and walks three times. As one of the game’s more unconventional leadoff hitters in 1985—he never stole more than eight bases in a season—he walked 114 times and scored 110 runs. Drop him to fifth or sixth, as the Red Sox did during the rabbit-ball year of 1987, and he responded with the best power numbers of his career, hitting .305 with ...

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Dodgers asking $12 million a year for naming rights to field

Now, America’s third-oldest MLB venue is looking to defy MLB’s legacy as the most traditional sport even more aggressively by selling naming rights to the field in Chavez Ravine, home to the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1962. Numerous industry sources tell us that Dodger Stadium’s field — thus, it would be X Corp. Field at Dodger Stadium — has been on the market since early spring with an asking price of $12 million per season.

Sources tell us Entitle, the joint-venture naming-rights ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dodger stadium, dodgers, naming rights

Despite largest first half ratings drop, Royals still lead MLB in average local rating

But according to John Ourand and David Broughton of the Sports Business Journal, the sport’s local ratings have not been great this season. Per SBD, 18 of the 29 U.S.-based MLB teams have seen ratings fall, with the defending champion Chicago Cubs the most surprising of the laggards.

With a drop of 37%, the Royals have the largest negative ratings change of any team in baseball this season, though they still possess the highest local rating at 7.69. The White Sox, Marlins, Giants, and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2017 at 04:54 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: television ratings

This baseball-themed baby gender reveal didn’t quite go as planned | MLB.com

I knew the gender before the ball exploded. Throwing like a girl was a dead giveaway.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 03:16 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: news

Cornering (and) the international market. | Texas Rangers Blog | The Newberg Report

Playing with the international bonus pool.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 02:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international signings, rangers

Mets should let a Jacob deGrom trade offer blow them away

Now, say you have Jacob deGrom. If you are the Mets, you love deGrom. He is a keeper, the one you planned to stick with throughout his prime.

But you are Sandy Alderson, and you notice the supply for top starters is thin and the demand great. Do you stick with the original strategy and ignore the market place? Or do you see what he is worth?

Because you have an idea of the value, but say a desperate team is willing to double that value, better positioning your team for years to come. And, lo ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2017 at 02:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets


How Aaron Judge Built Baseball’s Mightiest Swing - The New York Times

Approach or mechanics?

The Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn, who struck Judge out twice and walked him once, said that Judge’s newfound ability to lay off pitches out of the strike zone is “a very superstar-like quality; very few guys can do that at that young of an age.”

As he patrolled center field last weekend at Yankee Stadium, the Brewers’ Broxton had a clear view of just how together Judge looked at the plate. Broxton said that when he faced Judge in the minors last year, he was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 12:20 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

One year removed from his first start, Dylan Bundy still building identity in starting rotation - Baltimore Sun

Aces don’t usually throw 92 MPH.

In 32 starts since joining the rotation this time last year, Bundy is 16-13 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.269 WHIP while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. This year, 12 of his 18 starts qualify as quality ones, and his 4.33 ERA leads the team. His peripheral stats indicate the 4.41 ERA could be flattering — his fielding-independent pitching (FIP), which calculates ERA based on factors in a pitcher’s control, is 5.02 as a starter.
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When he worked as a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 12:18 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

How the Colorado Rockies learned to (somewhat) tame Coors Field | SI.com

On the riddle that is Coors Field.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 12:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Are Red Sox bidding against themselves for Todd Frazier? | WEEI

I don’t see the Red Sox giving up a really good prospect for him. Their prospect depth isn’t fantastic right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 12:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, todd frazier, white sox

Too early to tell If Aaron Judge has been hit by Derby jinx

People here often defend Davidoff apparently because he references stats that they like.  But this column definitively shows he is just another hack.  The notion that Judge was tired on Friday through Sunday afternoon, but ‘fresher’ Sunday night is particularly piquant.

Captain Supporter Posted: July 17, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, ken davidoff, media, new york yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-17-2017

Pittsburgh Press, July 17, 1917:

If agents of a mysterious independent club in the east have been dickering with George Sisler by mail, telegraph or phone, trying to get Sis to quit the Browns, their efforts have not beein received by Sisler.
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Not only Sisler but Allan Sothoron, Tom Rogers and Earl Hamilton—these four members of the eighth-placers have received attractive offers to quit the Browns and join this mysterious independent organization in the east.
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[Sisler:] “No one has come to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 17, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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