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Thursday, February 19, 2015


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-19-2015


From a mini-biography of Clark Griffith in the Tacoma Times, February 19, 1915:

The strain of managing appears to have rasped his nerves. His hair turned gray in one season at Cincinnati, and he holds the record of taking 28 drinks of water in four minutes in a crisis of a game.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: clark griffith, dugout, history

Veterans can be just as risky as prospects | FOX Sports

And veterans cost a hell of a lot more than prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics, veterans

As Luke Hochevar returns from Tommy John surgery, Royals could experiment with eight-man bullpen | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

An eight-man bullpen is crazy.

To hear manager Ned Yost tell it, the Royals could open the season with an eight-man bullpen, one more than the usual number of relievers. The extra pitcher would provide insurance if Hochevar needs extra time to ready himself for extended duty.

“It depends on where Hoch is at,” Yost said. “If we need to protect Hoch, then, probably. If we don’t need to protect Hoch, then probably not.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Lackey aiming for World Series trifecta : Sports

Remember when people said Lackey would never pitch for the minimum. Good times.

Lackey, working out at a Cardinals camp for the first time Wednesday, said he would be amenable to a contract extension although he quickly added that there was “nothing close.

“If it’s something that works for both sides. I would like it,” said the 36-year-old Lackey, who very much likes what he’s seen with the Cardinals in just the two-plus months he spent with them last August through October.

“This ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john lackey


The New York Base Ball Club (a.k.a. Washington BBC, Gotham BBC) « Our Game

I love this stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Increase in arbitration hearings doesn’t equal labor problems | FOX Sports

Arbitration…where every player wins!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, economics

‘Better Call Saul’ starts turf war between Albuquerque Isotopes and Omaha Storm Chasers | MLB.com

The Omaha Storm Chasers and the Albuquerque Isotopes appreciate Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions, minor leagues

SABR co-founder Joe Simenic was “one of the true giants” of baseball research | cleveland.com

A nice story about one of the founders of SABR.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr

Colorado Rockies first-rounder Tyler Matzek had to mature to find himself | MiLB.com

The story of Matzek’s winding road to the big leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rockies, tyler matzek

Arizona Republic: Diamondbacks Ink Billion Dollar TV Deal

MLB is awash in dough:

The Diamondbacks became the latest team to cash in on baseball’s exploding local television market, agreeing to remain with Fox Sports Arizona under a contract that’s believed to be worth in excess of $1 billion. Sources would not provide details of the agreement, such as specific financial terms or even the length of the contract, but there are indications the deal is in line with expectations based on previous comments from club officials.

For months, team officials ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 19, 2015 at 12:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, money, tv rights

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Alex Rodriguez’s return to the New York Yankees

Here’s a lot of words about A-Rod.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez

SBNation: Brisbee: 5 other letters of apology from around Major League Baseball

Think of something clever Repoz/Jim, I’m out!  But this is a terrific piece.

DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 18, 2015 at 04:41 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: apologies, arod

ESPN ranks Phillies dead last among professional sports teams for their use of analytics

...ESPN The Magazine took a look at analytics’ place in sports in its “Great Analytics Ranking” issue, which attempts to assess how every team in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB utilizes advanced metrics.

Out of the 122 ranked teams, the Phillies finished dead last: 122nd…

The New York Knicks and Washington Redskins ranked just ahead of the Phillies in use of analytics, at 121st and 120th, respectively.

NattyBoh Posted: February 18, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, phillies

The Physics of Fielding – The Hardball Times

It’s science!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 01:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, statcast

Braves have acquired best prospects this offseason | braves.com

Jim Callis really likes the prospects haul the Braves obtained this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects


Andy Pettitte: ‘I don’t really believe I tried to enhance my performance’

Moote point…Andy Pettitte, just another Unhung Hero.

Here’s what he told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York recently:

  “People are going to say what they want to, believe what they want to. When you say PEDs to me, man, I just can’t even comprehend that with me just because I don’t really believe I tried to enhance my performance on the field,” Pettitte said. “If I would have, I would have told y’all that. Man, my story has been an open book. When it all came out [in the Mitchell report in ...

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Repoz Posted: February 18, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-18-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 18, 1915:

[League President] Ed Barrow says that while the International league will adhere to a roster limit of 17, it will not be compulsory for clubs to carry playing managers. Bench managers will be considered as players, however.

16-17 man rosters? How are they supposed to run a pitching staff with less than 12 pitchers?

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 18, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT FOR 2015 SPRING TRAINING!

Wednesday: Giants, Indians, Phillies, Pirates and Reds.

Thursday: Angels, Athletics, Cardinals, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Rockies, Royals and Tigers.

Friday: Astros, Braves, Brewers, Mariners, Marlins, Rangers, Red Sox, White Sox and Yankees

Saturday: Rays.

Sunday: Twins

Monday: Blue Jays.

GET HYPE!

Gamingboy Posted: February 18, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training

Pitch-framing in olden times | FOX Sports

We have data for that now.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, defense, pitch framing

Why Is Julio Urias So Awesome? - Minor League Ball

What’s the fuss about Julio Urias?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias


Alex Rodriguez Is Not Going Away. Sorry.

We get it. Alex Rodriguez is worse than Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin combined.

Hank G. Posted: February 18, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, arod, beating a dead centaur, steroids

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A-Rod issues hand-written apology letter to fans

Alex Rodriguez released an apology letter Tuesday addressed to fans, in which he says he takes “full responsibility for the mistakes” that led to his yearlong drug ban.
The humiliated slugger goes on to say he regrets his antagonistic stance toward Major League Baseball and his Yankees bosses, though he said he would decline their invitation to use Yankee Stadium for an apology press conference.
“I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 02:51 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, apologies, peds, yankees

Stark: Best and worst of an active off-season

Great trade, who’d we get?

BEST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS
Russell Martin (Blue Jays)—11
James Shields (Padres)—11
Jon Lester (Cubs)—8
Adam LaRoche (White Sox)—7
Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox)—6
Andrew Miller (Yankees)—5

Russell Martin
Martin
The votes in this sector of the survey zigzagged in all directions, with 33 different players collecting at least one vote—including two Cubans (Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera) who haven’t even signed yet. Oh, and one fellow who isn’t a player at all—Joe Maddon—got ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, offseason, trades

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim dies at 64

RIP Windmill.

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim died Sunday near his home in suburban Phoenix after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 64.

Kim’s widow, Natasha, confirmed her husband’s death on Monday.

Kim was a major league coach for 15 seasons with four teams — the Giants (1989-1996), the Red Sox (1997-2000), the Expos (2002) and the Cubs (2003-04). Kim was known for his aggressive style as the Cubs’ third-base coach and was dubbed ‘Wavin’ Wendell.”

Although Kim’s tactics ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 11:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, cubs, expos, giants, red sox, wendell kim

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-17-2015

Washington Times, February 17, 1915:

Fans [in Philadelphia] stand amazed at the official announcement from Connie Mack that J. Franklin Baker, the famous home run slugger, hero of every world’s series he has played in except the last, has quit baseball.
...
[Connie Mack says] “There has been no disagreement over salary terms with Baker. He has just simply decided to quit, that’s all.”
...
Baker’s real reason for quitting baseball is that he prefers to remain on his big farm at Trappe, Md. Mrs. ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history, home run baker

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