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Monday, January 13, 2020

Slate: “You Guys Are Scaring Me”

A re-examination of the allegations of rape against three Mets during 1992 spring training. Not an easy read, but worth it.

The alleged gang rape at spring training was an enormous scandal. The police in Port St. Lucie said they’d fielded 200 calls from reporters in the 24 hours after Gooden’s name had been linked to the case. The New York tabloids covered it exhaustively, as did sports-talk radio and shock-jock morning shows. The New York Times alone ran two dozen pieces on the investigation.

After four weeks of leering coverage, a Florida prosecutor announced that Dwight Gooden, Vince Coleman, and Daryl Boston would not be charged with any crimes. The odds of getting a conviction, he said, would be too low to warrant moving ...

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AndrewJ Posted: January 13, 2020 at 10:53 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: 1992, allegations, crime, mets, rape, spring training

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-13-2020

New York Sun, January 13, 1920:

Samuel Breadom [sic], an automobile dealer of [St. Louis], in all probability will be the next president of the St. Louis National League Baseball Club. Branch Rickey announced [yesterday] that he would resign as president [today] when he signs as manager for the coming season. He will recommend that Breadom be chosen president.

Six pennants and four World Series titles say the Rickey-Breadon partnership worked out pretty well, although Rickey got bounced to the front office before things really began to click.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 13, 2020 at 09:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Celebrations firmly behind them, Nationals’ prep for 2020 is under way

WASHINGTON—Stephen Strasburg trudged through the lower hall of Nationals Park with a stream of fans in his wake. He was wading through the second day of Nationals WinterFest, filled with interviews, autograph sessions and an escort to guide him from station to station.

Trea Turner pivoted to head up an external ramp on the concourse. A security guard pulled a temporary gate closed to allow him separation between fans and his path. The concourse, in general, was less populated than Saturday as the event wound down. Two stellar days of weather and a World Series title put the event in a space it lacked last year when it was cold and raining after a flop of a season.

It’s mid-January. Max Scherzer and Adam Eaton are already at the ...

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QLE Posted: January 13, 2020 at 12:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, that championship season

J.T. Realmuto carries the ball for all catchers in groundbreaking arbitration case

Any way you slice it, Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is headed for a historic contract in 2020.

Realmuto and the Phillies began the salary arbitration process with an exchange of proposals on Friday.

The Phillies filed at $10 million.

Realmuto’s camp came in at $12.4 million.

A consideration of catcher value across the board- purely financial here, but something of broader interest given the complexities of assessing them.

 

QLE Posted: January 13, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, catchers, j.t. realmuto

Sunday, January 12, 2020

John Henry says Red Sox focused on competitiveness not salary cutting

About that whole Red Sox cutting payroll thing?

Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy that the team is focused more on being competitive rather than getting under baseball’s luxury tax - a.k.a. competitive balance tax - threshold of $208 million.

“But this focus on CBT [competitive balance tax] resides with the media far more than it does within the Sox,” Henry, who also owns the Globe, wrote to Shaughnessy in an email. “I think every team probably wants to reset at least once every three years — that’s sort of been the history — but just this week…I reminded baseball ops that we are focused on competitiveness over the next 5 years over and above resetting to which they said, ‘That’s exactly how ...

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QLE Posted: January 12, 2020 at 01:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: chb, dollah dollah bills, y'all, john henry, red sox

Kiszla: With trade of Nolan Arenado feeling inevitable, are Rockies also messing up beautiful thing

The only people the Colorado Rockies take for granted more than their players are all you fans.

What’s the definition of heaping insult on top of injury to loyal customers?

At a time when our lovable losers in LoDo are threatening to push future Hall of Famer Nolan Arenado out the door, the Rockies are also quibbling over $750,000 with shortstop Trevor Story in arbitration.

Instead of heading to spring training with high hopes, your local baseball team will be packing headaches for the trip to Arizona.

 

QLE Posted: January 12, 2020 at 01:12 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies, trevor story

Nationals’ Max Scherzer ‘good,’ ‘strong’ and rarin’ to go

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a “2019 World Series Champions” patch stitched onto the right sleeve of his white Washington Nationals jersey, and his eyes—one brown, one blue—open wide, Max Scherzer made it clear as clear can be Saturday that his neck is just fine and his preseason routine is same as ever.

“I played catch probably two weeks after the World Series and I was playing catch OK, so I knew that there was no long-term damage. I did the whole MRI thing and that came away clean, too. Everybody wanted to dot their I’s and cross their T’s and everybody did,” Scherzer said with a chuckle at the club’s annual fan festival at Nationals Park.

“I’m good. I’m strong. I’m good,” he added, as if to emphasize the point. ...

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QLE Posted: January 12, 2020 at 01:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, max scherzer

Tim Lincecum once flaunted his Cy Young Awards to win arbitration case

Friday was an important day for many of Major League Baseball’s top stars. The deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures passed at 1 p.m. ET.

Some of those stars, such as Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, avoided arbitration by agreeing to massive one-year deals. Others, like George Springer, failed to settle. That means he could end up having his case decided by a judge next month.

Once upon a time, that was the scenario Tim Lincecum faced after failing to reach an agreement with the San Francisco Giants. As former teammate Kevin Frandsen revealed in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Saturday, Lincecum planned a spectacular pitch that forced the Giants to fold before any words needed ...

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QLE Posted: January 12, 2020 at 12:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, cy young award, tim lincecum

‘Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time’ is getting higher ratings than 2019 NBA Finals and World Series

“Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” has been a total home run with viewers.

The program, a competition between the three most successful winners in “Jeopardy” history, has aired three installments on ABC so far, and is averaging nearly 15 million viewers in same-day ratings. With today’s fractured viewing habits and the decline of traditional network programming, that’s a pretty big deal.

What’s even more impressive is that “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” has bested some of network TV’s most stalwart programming: sports. From The Hollywood Reporter”

“Each episode of The Greatest of All Time has also outdrawn the first four games of the 2019 NBA Finals, the first five games of the 2019 World Series, all but one of ...

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QLE Posted: January 12, 2020 at 12:49 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, off-topic, ratings, sports television, world series

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Reds’ Bauer skirts arbitration after sour ’19 hearing vs CLE

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Bauer agreed to a $17.5 million, one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, bypassing salary arbitration after the All-Star pitcher had a contentious hearing with Cleveland last offseason.

Bauer, acquired from the Indians in July, relished beating Cleveland in arbitration the past two offseasons but complained after last winter’s hearing that Major League Baseball labor relations staff attempted “character assassination” against him.

The right-hander was awarded $13 million over the Indians’ $11 million offer in 2019, a year after winning a raise to $6,525,000 against Cleveland’s $5.3 million offer. Bauer donated his extra winnings in 2018 to charity in what he called “69 days of giving” ...

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QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:40 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trevor bauer

George Nicolau dies at 94, arbitrator in MLB collusion cases

NEW YORK (AP) — George Nicolau, who ruled against baseball owners in two collusion cases and served as president of the National Academy of Arbitrators, has died. He was 94.

Nicolau died Jan. 2 at Lenox Hill Hospital, Gene Orza, the former chief operating officer of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said Friday.

Nicolau took over as the independent chairman of Major League Baseball’s arbitration panel in 1986 after owners fired Thomas Roberts, who ruled teams acted in concert against free agents after the 1985 season. Nicolau decided teams acted in concert against free agents after the 1986 and 1987 seasons. The cases were settled in 1990 when management agreed with the players’ union to pay those players affected $280 ...

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QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, george nicolau, obituaries, rip

Sources: Kris Bryant, Cubs reach 1-year, $18.6M deal

Third baseman Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have avoided arbitration, settling on a one-year, $18.6 million deal, it was announced Friday.

Bryant, whose name had surfaced in trade rumors this offseason, had a .282 batting average with 31 home runs and 77 RBIs last season. He was eighth in the NL with 108 runs scored and drew enough walks to post a .382 on-base percentage, 16th best in the majors.

He missed the final week of the regular season after spraining his right ankle when he landed awkwardly on a wet first-base bag while trying to beat out a double play.

There also is the matter of a service time grievance against the Cubs that was filed on Bryant’s behalf by the MLBPA. That grievance is expected to be resolved in the next two ...

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QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, cubs, kris bryant

Miguel Sano agrees to three-year contract; five other Twins avoid arbitration

The Twins finally agreed to a long-term contract with a slugging All-Star third baseman on Friday, but it wasn’t the one they’ve been pursuing for the past month.

Miguel Sano, who figures to move across the diamond to first base if Josh Donaldson accepts the Twins’ month-old free-agent offer, signaled his apparently willingness to do so by agreeing to a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the deal.

Sano is guaranteed $30 million over the next three seasons, pending a physical, the sources confirmed, a number that jumps to $41 million over four years if the Twins pick up his option for the 2023 season. The deal capped a day in which the Twins also agreed to spend ...

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QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, miguel sano, twins

Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge are both getting 1000% raises for next year

Friday marked another key date on the Major League Baseball offseason calendar. It’s the final day in which players and teams can exchange figures in their on-going arbitration negotiations.

It’s not a hard deadline for an agreement to be reached, but for a lot of players it means the first truly big payday of their baseball careers. Among those players this year are sluggers Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

The respective 2017 Rookie of the Year winners were arbitration eligible for the first time this winter, and both ended up receiving a raise of over 1000% from their 2019 salaries.

In Bellinger’s case, he agreed to a $11.5 million salary, which breaks the record for a ...

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QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, arbitration, cody bellinger

Hal Smith, author of his own huge home run in 1960, dies

Bill Mazeroski has always balked when asked if he’d hit the biggest home run in baseball history.

“Heck,” Maz would respond anytime I’d bring this up in Bradenton, “I didn’t even hit the biggest homer in that game”

Hal Smith, whose three-run home run for the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series against the Yankees would be overshadowed an inning later by Maz’s legendary shot, died Thursday at age 89 in Columbus, Texas, a small town near Houston.

And yes, it was Mr. Smith’s home run that set the stage and, very nearly, stole it, on that magical fall day at Forbes Field half a century ago.

 

 

QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:11 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: hal smith, obituaries, pirates, rip, world series

Friday, January 10, 2020

Red Sox, Mookie Betts avoid arbitration with a 1-year, $27 million deal

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 10, 2020 at 02:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: c.r.e.a.m., mookie betts, red sox, wu-tang 4ever

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-10-2020

Babe Ruth, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, January 10, 1920:

[Red Sox owner Harry] Frazee is through in Boston and he knows it…Frazee cares nothing for the Boston baseball public and his actions show it.

I have always given the best I had. Frazee tries to alibi by saying that as a star I would be an obstacle to the club winning pennants. I have been with the Redsox six years, and in that time we won three pennants…I have always played for the interests of the [ballclub and Frazee] knows it. Take the Ruth day in Boston for instance, the Knights of Columbus, of which order I am a member turned out in a body to honor me and what did he do? He raised the price of the grandstand seats and held them up. After the game he called me into the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 10, 2020 at 10:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history, terrible owners

Cardinals Acquire Matt Liberatore

6:16PM: Harrison Bader and Lane Thomas aren’t expected to be part of the trade, Passan reports.  Fowler also isn’t thought to be part of this deal, though he could eventually be on the move elsewhere since the Cardinals have been discussing him in other trade negotiations.

5:37PM: The trade is shaping up as a multi-player blockbuster, as The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter links) reports that the Cardinals and Rays are each sending three “pieces” to the other in the deal.  “At least two of those pieces are draft picks,” Rosenthal notes, indicating that Competitive Balance Round selections (the only type of draft picks that can be traded) are in play.  The Cards are slated to pick in Competitive Balance Round A following ...

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QLE Posted: January 10, 2020 at 01:34 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jose martinez, matt liberatore, trades

Mets extend spring training invite to Tim Tebow

The New York Mets just can’t quit Tim Tebow.

Despite hitting just .163 with four home runs in 77 games at Triple-A Syracuse in 2019, the Mets have extended a spring training invitation to the 32-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner. He’s one of eight non-roster invitees the club announced on Thursday.

Tebow begins his fourth full season in the Mets organization and owns a career batting line of .223/.299/.338 with 18 home runs and 327 strikeouts in 287 games. His 2019 season ended on July 21 with a laceration to his pinkie on his left hand. His 2018 season also ended early when he missed the final two months with a broken bone in his right hand.

Tebow, who works for the SEC Network as a football analyst during his baseball offseason, ...

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In bizarre lawsuit, Yankees’ failed prospect says Derek Jeter ruined his career

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day:

In a rambling, conspiracy-laced lawsuit, a failed prospect, who never played above High-A and had a career batting average of .244, sued the Yankees for $34 million and blamed Yankees legend Derek Jeter for derailing his career as a shortstop, presumably because the soon-to-be Hall of Famer was afraid of the competition.

It was a wild swing and a miss.

In the lawsuit, dismissed by a judge in May, Garrison Lassiter used letters, newspaper clippings and scouting reports to weave a strange tale of conspiracy that he said was launched against him “to protect the career of Derek Jeter.” He alleged that it was “blantanly (sic) obvious” that Jeter controlled the Yankees organization, and ...

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QLE Posted: January 10, 2020 at 01:26 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, garrison lassiter, lawsuits, yankees

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-9-2020

Pittsburgh Press, January 9, 1920:

Swede Risberg, star shortstop of the Chicago Whitesox, announced his retirement from the game yesterday. He has gone into the restaurant business [in San Francisco]. Risberg was one of the mainstays of the Sox in the last world’s series.

Risberg wasn’t quite done - he did play in 126 games for the 1920 White Sox - but it was a good idea for him to have a backup plan ready in case his baseball career was about to end abruptly for some reason.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 09, 2020 at 09:58 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Explaining MLB’s luxury tax in relation to 2020 Phillies

The conversation around the Phillies last January was all Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

The conversation this January is all about the luxury tax.

The Phillies are approximately $6 million below MLB’s $208 million competitive balance tax, colloquially referred to as the luxury tax.

What is the tax? What are the harms of going over? Here’s a quick explainer

 

 

QLE Posted: January 09, 2020 at 05:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luxury tax, phillies

Giants’ submarine pitcher Tyler Rogers explains origin of delivery

The Giants’ broadcast said they “love this guy,” upon his MLB debut. A quick inning for the pitcher with the funky movement caught their attention.

Tyler Rogers’ unique submarine delivery was one thing that stood out to those watching in addition to his ability to keep the ball on the ground.

“I went to junior college in southwest Kansas at Garden City—I was struggling throwing I guess, conventionally, if that’s what you want to call it—overhand,” Rogers said on KNBR. “I was throwing with command and getting hit.”

His coach approached him and suggested he drop down his arm after Rogers maintained his velocity of 88 mph on a straight ball.

A pitcher I’ve had the luck of seeing pitch many times in the minors- never a dull moment ...

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QLE Posted: January 09, 2020 at 05:11 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, submariners, tyler rogers

MLB announces game times for 2020 season

Major League Baseball today announced the game times for its master 2020 regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Opening Day on Thursday, March 26th. Opening Day of the 2020 campaign is scheduled to mark the first time since 1968 in which every team across the Majors plays their first game of the season on the same day.

ESPN will provide Opening Day coverage that begins with the defending World Champion Washington Nationals visiting the New York Mets (1:10 p.m. ET), followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers welcoming the San Francisco Giants (4:10 p.m. ET/1:10 p.m. PT), and culminating with the 2019 American League Champion Houston Astros hosting the Los Angeles Angels (7:10 p.m. ET/4:10 p.m. PT). ...

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QLE Posted: January 09, 2020 at 05:06 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: game times

Indians more confident star Lindor begins season with them

CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor’s status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded.

Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he’s more confident the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland’s lineup to start the season after the Indians didn’t receive a trade proposal to their liking over the past few weeks.

Antonetti did not disclose any specifics about what has been offered for Lindor, a four-time All-Star and one of baseball’s best all-around players. Cleveland has him under contract through the 2021 season, but the Indians have been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign him to a long-term deal. There appears to be little chance he will re-sign.

Antonetti believes Lindor will be around for at least a little ...

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QLE Posted: January 09, 2020 at 04:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, hot stove, indians

Hitter Attacks Catcher with Bat During Wild Venezuelan Baseball Brawl

Izzy’s got nothing on this guy.

SoSH U at work Posted: January 09, 2020 at 01:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: battery battery, venezuelan league

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

A new way to measure MLB’s best infield defenders

I know what I’ll be doing the next few days.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2020 at 01:39 PM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Brewers extend manager Craig Counsell’s contract three years, through 2023 season

Counsell, who had one season remaining on his first extension, now is signed through 2023, which would put him on the job longer than any previous manager in the 50-year history of the club.

“We are pleased to extend the contract of one of the best managers in the game today,” said David Stearns, who inherited Counsell when he was named general manager of the Brewers after the 2015 season.

I don’t think this is a surprise.

Nasty Nate Posted: January 08, 2020 at 12:42 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Eric Duncan promoted to hitting coach by Miami Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — Eric Duncan has been promoted to hitting coach by the Miami Marlins, who also announced five additions to their coaching staff Tuesday.

Newcomers joining manager Don Mattingly will be bench coach James Rowson, first base-outfield coach Billy Hatcher, bullpen coach Wellington Cepeda, catching coach Eddy Rodriguez, and assistant hitting coach Robert Rodriguez.

The Marlins also finalized a $17.5 million, two-year contract with left fielder Corey Dickerson that was agreed to last month. He gets a $2 million signing bonus, half payable on Nov. 30 and half on Nov. 30, 2021, and salaries of $7 million this year and $8.5 million in 2021.

 

 


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-8-2020

Washington Times, January 8, 1920:

Sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees was another strike in the political battle against Ban Johnson, president of the league, according to rumors here.

Harry Frazee’s hold on the Red Sox was being threatened by large notes which were coming due and which, so the story runs, the Johnson faction was trying to secure to force the Hub team into other hands.

The immense sum of money which was involved in the Ruth deal will give Frazee a firm hold on the club stock and foil the efforts of the “faithful five,” his friends say.

You sure showed them, Harry. Brilliant move.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 08, 2020 at 09:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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