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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Questions And Challenges Loom Over Derek Jeter

This is just stupid.

While it’s doubtful that another instance of Yankees vs. Red Sox will influence Jeter, it is a complication that is in place only because he’s Derek Jeter and trading Stanton to Boston will be perceived as a betrayal of the Yankees despite the reality he is no longer connected to the organization in any way other than as a franchise icon.

Jeter must take care not to let that affect him even in a subconscious way. The last thing he needs is the appearance of impropriety ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 01:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Cleveland Indians: Rumblings from GM Meetings—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

Indians notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 01:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Gabe Kapler’s only season as a manager gave hints for how he will lead Phillies

Here’s a very good read about Kapler.

Or the minor-league style just did not suit him. Kapler would bring his own organic eggs and organic peanut butter and organic whatever on the road with him. It was difficult to trust the options at rest stops and budget hotels across the South Atlantic League.

“He was so into health,” Still said. “He’s addicted to ice cream. So he would sit there and lick ice cream but have a cup and spit it into it. He would lick it just for the taste but didn’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Sunday Notes: Mike Rizzo and the Nats’ Analytical Wavelength

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 11:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: Are big-money managers being minimized?

It’s not new. What’s new is the ability to quantify the impact of a player’s mechanical adjustments.

3. Amazing that launch angle is now a popular concept. Isn’t that what Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, and countless others did? Some people make it sound like a new phenomenon.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Inside Baseball | 7 Burning Questions For The MLB Offseason

Jon Heyman asks the big questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

New CBA Tries To Stamp Out Loopholes To Sign Shohei Otani | BaseballAmerica.com

BA explains the CBA’s impact on Shohei Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Third time through the order isn’t a charm, and Mets are ready to deal with it | Newsday

The Mets could convert some of their starters to the bullpen. Why not make Lugo a 2-3 inning reliever, for example?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

More on WAR – Joe Blogs – Medium

Bill is off base here. Bill seems to want to use WAR to answer questions that WAR is not really suited to answer. He’s not alone, of course. Other people use WAR to answer the MVP question all the time. The reason it’s done is, there really isn’t a tool out there designed to specifically answer the MVP question. Bill tried to do it with Win Shares. Unfortunately the adjustment methods he chose were too broad in nature.

In any event we don’t have to throw out WAR. It’s really useful for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics, war

dWAR to end all WARs – Joe Blogs – Medium

People might not remember but I created one of the first WAR, along with G. Jay Walker. Although I leave the evaluation of real MLB players to others now, I still use an offshoot of the system to evaluate players for my simulation league. For my system I essentially agree with Mitchel Lichtman’s thoughts at the bottom of the article. (Excluding tone, of course.)

I don’t think you’re really understanding how this works. I’m not sure Sean [Forman] does either. There’s no such thing as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war

Judge and Altuve | Articles | Bill James Online

I agree with a lot of what Bill James said in this article. WAR is wonderful when it’s used to answer the right questions. “Who is the MVP?” is not one of those questions. This is not a new opinion for me. I wrote the following 18 years ago:

6.Value is context driven: ability is context neutral.

The genesis for this item is the whole MVP debate. Every season people argue about who the Most Valuable Player is. The biggest point of contention is usually whether the player was on a contender or ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 06:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Is Ohtani Really More Valuable in the AL?

But there’s a case to be made that Ohtani’s bat is actually more valuable in the NL even if he’s just limited to the plate appearances he’d earn as a starting pitcher and (between starts) pinch-hitter. It’s possible that his offensive production, relative to the average pitcher, might be more valuable than his production over the average DH performance.

Interesting article that suggests that Ohtani could produce nearly as much value in ~65 PAs as a pitcher as he would in ~400 PAs as ...

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PreservedFish Posted: November 18, 2017 at 11:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: ohtani

How an Astros player helped high-school kids have a cool World Series celebration

This is the story of a Houston Astros superfan who lives in Texas Rangers country, who teaches high school history and who promised his classes a pizza party if the Astros won the World Series — even though many of them weren’t Astros fans. But he was and he thought this was the year.

And it’s the story of one Astros player who saw a tweet about the pizza party, then answered with a few swipes on his phone and a little bit of money from his bank account to give those kids another party, ...

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TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: November 18, 2017 at 02:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Friday, November 17, 2017

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Yankees Still Looking To Shed Salary

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

The story of Alex Anthopoulos: From tragedy to prodigy to Braves GM

“Pursue things that you have a passion for,” he said. “Then have humility. That’s the two things I think, in any walk of life, will take you incredibly far. Having a passion for what you’re going to go after, having that humility to get better, to learn, to want to work with people and have people want to work with you. Those are the two most important things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, braves, general managers

Rosenthal on latest with Ohtani | MLB.com

At least this is better than getting behind the pay wall.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani, video

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2017

El Paso Herald, November 17, 1917:

Chubby Chawles Murphy, reputed to have run a shoestring into a fortune as owner or part owner of the Cubs, is threatening to throw some of his dough away, if recent reports from the windy city can be credited.

Murphy, it is said, has a deep, dark plot in the hatching for the formation of a third big league, and he doesn’t give a continental whether or not his league is recognized by the powers that be.

I had no idea there were so many plans to start a third ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 17, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Fangraphs: Let’s Make One Thing Absolutely Clear About Aaron Judge

Click the link for a rather compelling graphic beyond my ability to embed, as well as additional data, but the conclusion is:

Judge hits the ball the hardest. The point that’s less obvious: That means Judge gets to play by his own rules. Strikeouts don’t mean for him what they would for someone else, because Judge doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be good. He doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be terrific. He doesn’t even need a low strikeout rate to be a deserving league MVP. ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:34 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, exit velocity, home runs, new york yankees, statcast

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stanton, Altuve capture first MVP Awards | MVP

Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Jose Altuve of the Astros couldn’t be more different in stature, but they both spent last season producing at elite levels en route to Major League Baseball’s highest individual award.

Stanton and Altuve were unveiled as the National League and American League Most Valuable Player Award winners, respectively, by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Thursday.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 16, 2017 at 08:05 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, jose altuve, mvp

The Eric Hosmer Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball

He seems like a great guy in the clubhouse. He’s a good player. I hope the Red Sox don’t pursue him.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer

Yankees Aiming Lower on the Payroll, but Higher on the Field - The New York Times

“I’ve been saying you can have a world-championship-caliber team and not have a $200-plus-million payroll,” Steinbrenner said shortly after arriving here for two days of owners’ meetings. “And I think we’re finally getting to a point where that’s coming true for us.”

The Yankees, who had a $209 million payroll last season, have a number of big contracts coming off the books: those of C. C. Sabathia ($25 million), Alex Rodriguez ($21 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million) and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


This is how you actually spell the name of Japan’s Babe Ruth | New York Post

One problem is finally out of the way.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Jim Palmer on Mark Belanger and Omar Vizquel: The Hardball Times

“In 1969, the great Charley Lau became the Orioles’ hitting coach. He insisted that Belanger take extra batting practice all the time. He cut his strikeouts in half from ‘68, he hit .287, the highest mark of his career. Sometimes I think if Lau hadn’t taken that extra $5,000 to go to Kansas City after the season ended, maybe Blade hits enough to be in the Hall of Fame.”

djordan Posted: November 16, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: omar vizquel

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-16-2017

South Bend News-Times, November 16, 1917:

Branch Rickey, president of the St. Louis Cardinals and one time coach at Ohio Wesleyan university, will return the latter part of this week to help Coach McCoy put the finishing touches on the team that will meet Denison [in Delaware, Ohio] in the annual homecoming football game on Saturday. Rickey graduated from Wesleyan in 1904 and after graduation came [to Delaware] to coach football and baseball.

Beating Denison is the residue of design.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 16, 2017 at 07:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Scott Boras: Loaded Mets are too cheap to live in ‘Playoffville’ | New York Post

At least this swipe made me chuckle a little. Boras takes a swipe at regular people. Getting a raise shouldn’t require a family to move to gated community. Or should it?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, scott boras

Rosenthal: Pirates dismiss Latin American scouting director after he took improper payment (Subscription)

The investigation showed that the Mexican team paid Gayo a form of a kickback several years ago for the sale of at least one player to the Pirates, sources said. The Pirates, after learning the results of baseball’s probe, informed Gayo on Monday that they would not renew his contract. Gayo, 55, still faces possible discipline from MLB.

Well, that sucks.


Heyman | Union Challenge Means Otani Status On Hold

Maybe the Players Union shouldn’t have agreed to the 25 year-old threshold in the first place.

Discouraging him to wait another two years may be good for the Union but it might not be for Otani. He clearly dreams of playing in the MLB. What if he blows out his arm between now and then?

The union actually challenged the future terms covering 2018-2020, but with complaints heard on the player side regarding current rules that calls for Nippon Ham cashing in with a $20 million posting fee ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Derek Jeter addresses Giancarlo Stanton rumors | MLB.com

That said, Jeter noted that the club has “some financial things we have to get in order,” a process that could begin with a trade of Stanton, who is owed $295 million over the next decade.

“This is an organization that’s been losing money for quite some time, so we have to turn it around,” Jeter said. “How we do that? It’s not clear. It’s easy to point the finger at him because he makes the most money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the move that’s going to be made.

“We’re here ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Braves will lose prospects, and possibly a lot more, for violating international market rules

Stinks having Rosenthal behind the pay wall.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is still deciding the penalties the Atlanta Braves will receive for violating rules in the international market. Those penalties, however, will definitely include the loss of prospects the team signed out of Latin America, according to major-league sources.

Any players the Braves lose become free agents subject to international bonus pools, sources said. The procedure will be the same as it was for the five Latin ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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