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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

How Can MLB Create Excitement Around the Winter Meetings?

The landmark event of the offseason is about to begin, but the landmark deals of the offseason don’t seem likely to take place during it. With the Winter Meetings kicking off in San Diego this Sunday, SI’s MLB crew takes a look at what the league could do to generate more excitement around the wintry baseball convention.

Wait- should we really have excitement break out during the Winter Meetings?

 

QLE Posted: December 04, 2019 at 10:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, winter meetings

Friday, November 22, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2019

Pittsburgh Press, November 22, 1919:

St. Louis Cardinals recently approached Cincinnati men, and proposed a deal whereby the Reds would get Outfielder [Jack] Smith, a player much admired by Pat Moran, in exchange for Pitcher Jimmy Ring. The deal sounded fine to Moran, but now it has been intimated that the Cards do not want Ring for their own use, but, if they secure him, plan to trade him, McHenry and Hornsby to the New York Giants for Benny Kauff, Art Fletcher, Heine Zimmerman and four other players, for whom McGraw figures he has no further use.

It didn’t happen, but that would have been a catastrophic deal for the Cardinals. Zimmerman’s career was over at this point as a result of gambling and game-fixing allegations that hadn’t yet blown up into a big story, Kauff was a few months away from the auto theft indictment that ended his career, and Fletcher was 35 years old. If they had traded Rogers F. Hornsby, a talented young pitcher, and a talented young outfielder for those three, it could have destroyed the organization for years and years.

In fairness, the Cardinals organization was already a trainwreck at this point, but they were only a few years away from winning five pennants in nine seasons. Also, weirdly, when the Cardinals finally did trade Rajah, it was a deal with the Giants involving Jimmy Ring.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 22, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2019

Ogden Standard, November 14, 1919:

George Tyler, southpaw pitcher for the Cubs, had an early appointment with a dentist today and before the end of the day he expected to have only two teeth left in his mouth. The pitcher, who did little work for his team last season because of pains in his arm, spent several days of the present week at a hospital at Rochester, Minn., where practically every expert at the institution examined him. All except one pronounced his condition as “almost perfect.”

The expert who made the unfavorable report examined Tyler’s teeth and declared that the lameness in his arm came from “pus sacks” which had formed on his gums. After removal of his teeth, the expert declared that Tyler would be in better condition than he ever was.

Dude. Stop. Don’t.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2019 at 10:37 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2019

Washington Herald, October 23, 1919:

An offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the Boston Red Sox team in the American League, by a combination of business men, Representative James A. Gallivan, Massachusetts, stated yesterday.
...
“All I can say is that an offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the team,” he said. “Harry Frazee, present owner, is interested in the combination and if the offer is accepted I have agreed to accept the presidency of the club. Frazee is a close personal friend of mine, as is Ban Johnson, president of the American League.”

Right above that article is this:

“I have received no such offer, and that price wouldn’t interest me, anyhow,” Frazee said. “I am not thinking of selling the team to anyone, at any time or at any price. That’s absolutely the truth.”

There was way too much damage left for Frazee to do: Sell the greatest player in the history of the sport, stop making payments on Fenway Park, get a lien slapped on the franchise, borrow $300,000 from the Yankees, put a second mortgage on Fenway, and sell half of his roster to the Yankees to pay off the loan.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2019

El Paso Herald, October 22, 1919:

Carl Mays having shown the way, Babe Ruth now threatens to put on a similar stunt. He is quoted as saying he’s going to turn in his contract which calls for $9000 or so a season to president Harry Frazee and demand one for not less than $20,000. The Babe figures he is the biggest drawing card in baseball and that as such he’s entitled to the money, even if he has to declare his present contract a scrap of paper to get it. Why not? Didn’t Carl Mays set an example and didn’t Mr. Frazee condone it? It’s either Boston pay Ruth his price or sell him to come club that will. Doubtless New York will buy.

Pay the man, Harry. I know it’s expensive. I know it’s a pain. I know you’re frustrated. Trust me, though: PAY THE MAN.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 22, 2019 at 10:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, seriously, terrible ideas

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Several errors led Phillies to this point, and one excuse Friday doesn’t hold up

One of the key points made by John Middleton, Andy MacPhail and Matt Klentak at Friday’s press conference was that most of the Phillies’ additions performed but many of the players who were on the 2018 team either did not improve or were worse in 2019.

That’s not news to any Phillies fan. They saw the product. They watched a team they thought last winter was on the brink of contention add a superstar in Bryce Harper, a star-level catcher in J.T. Realmuto and a very good, multi-dimensional vet in Andrew McCutchen and win just one more game.

It really is staggering to look at how few players on the 2019 team sustained or increased their 2018 production. Rhys Hoskins was worse. Odubel Herrera was worse before his season-ending suspension. Maikel Franco was worse. Roman Quinn was worse (and dealt with a slew of injuries again). Nick Williams was substantially worse.

Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Seranthony Dominguez, Edubray Ramos, all worse.

A postmortem on a season that didn’t go as the management was expecting….

 

 

QLE Posted: October 13, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, phillies

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In a different time, it was an attractive little two-bedroom home, constructed in the early 1940s out of red brick and owned by one of the greatest players ever to grace the diamond, a towering yet tragic figure who lived the last half of his life and went to his grave as a pariah, shunned and scorned by the national pastime.

Now it’s a museum, right across the street from Greenville’s retro minor league ballpark, dedicated to preserving the memory of the man who once lived within its walls.

Shoeless Joe Jackson.

“It is one of the greatest stories,” says Michael Wallach, who leads the museum’s board of directors. “So many of the baseball players in the Hall of Fame, their story is their career. Joe has three parts to his story: before, during and after. All three are romantic stories.”

Well, this is the centennial, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that this idea would pop up again….

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, black sox, shoeless joe jackson

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Should the Red Sox Trade Mookie Betts?

With Dave Dombrowski out and a new baseball operations guru presumably on the way in, the Red Sox are approaching a critical juncture. Chief among the priorities of Boston’s revamped front office will be dealing with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, which could mean dealing Mookie Betts ahead of his contract year or trying to build one last team around him before he becomes a coveted free agent.

The question is simple, the answer is not: Should the Red Sox trade Mookie Betts this winter?

It strikes me as a lousy idea, but, if they’re being serious, the Giants have a player that (if the the Red Sox fan base offers the sort of pressure I expect) could result in the steal of the century…..

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, mookie betts, trade talk

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How Kobe Bryant is trying to bring the Mamba Mentality to baseball

If you’ve been paying attention to Kobe Bryant’s post-NBA career, he’s made it quite clear he’s not interested in just riding off into the sunset as a basketball great. He’s got his sights set much higher.

Heck, he’s already won an Emmy and an Oscar.

Now, he wants to transform the way athletes — particularly young ones — hone their craft. Even those outside of basketball. As strange as it might sound, even baseball players.

This week, Bryant’s Mamba Sports Venture Lab launched its first product. It’s called Mamba RISE. It’s a smartphone app that is part game, part mental exercise, the goal is to bring Bryant’s famous Mamba Mentality to other sports. Included in the launch of Mamba RISE are baseball, football and volleyball. A basketball version is coming later. No word on if it’ll be beta-tested by a certain youth basketball he made famous on Instagram.

Towards the end of this piece, the argument is made that Kobe Bryant could be the one to save baseball- there are things to be said about that idea, none of them positive…..

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, pete alonso, snake oil

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Alex Rodriguez got crushed for his bizarre take on even and odd leads

Alex Rodriguez was a great baseball player, even if he was juiced up for much of his career.

But he struggles as an announcer, which anyone who has watched even a little bit of a Sunday Night Baseball broadcast can attest too.

If ESPN is not forcing a wacky appearance by his girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, then A-Rod can often be found rambling on and on and on and not always making sense.

That happened during Sunday night’s Mets-Phillies game when he suggested the Phillies drop a sacrifice bunt to get a runner to third because it could help the team eventually get a two-run lead.

Clearly, he’s been taking J. Geils Band albums to heart.

 

QLE Posted: September 03, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bad ideas, leads

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Baseball fans trashed the MLB Players’ Weekend black-and-white jerseys

MLB Players’ Weekend returned for its third year on Friday, and fans are roasting the league’s decision to introduce solid black and white Players’ Weekend jerseys for every team in 2019.

In the past, teams wore special edition jerseys for Players’ Weekend, but still retained their usual team colors. This weekend, every baseball game on television will be almost indistinguishable, and you might forget which teams are playing if you aren’t paying attention to the scoreboard.

The Chicago Cubs, thankfully, wore their usual blue caps on Friday to add a splash of color to their game against the Washington Nationals. For teams wearing solid white, however, it’s nearly impossible to read the logos and nicknames on each jersey. If you’re checking out highlights from across the league, every game looks the same.

In addition to all the other insults, I’ll note that the players in white vaguely resemble cricket players, which I strongly doubt was the intent of whoever had this idea…..

 

QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 03:40 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, players weekend, uniforms

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

MLB Players’ Weekend is back with new nicknames, sleek uniforms and more social media

At the end of August, Major League Baseball players will have an opportunity to show off their personalities. Players’ Weekend is back, and it promises sleek uniforms, more social media presence than ever and entertaining player nicknames. Do you want to know which player will go by “Scoots McGoots” during the festivities? Of course you do.

But before we get into that, here are the particulars. Players’ Weekend will take place Aug. 23-25. On top of nicknames on jerseys, players will be allowed to use custom designs for various pieces of equipment, including spikes, batting gloves, bats, and catcher’s gear.

During the weekend, there will be a much more relaxed mobile device policy. Players will be able to use smart phones and tablets on the field or in the dugout up until the national anthem. Before and after games, players have the option to wear a shirt highlighting a cause or charity of their choice.

A number of MLB stars have been named Players’ Weekend Ambassadors for the festivities. They’ll be tasked with representing and leading their clubs. There will be 30 ambassadors in total, one representing each team. Ronald Acuña Jr., Pete Alonso, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Alex Bregman and Hunter Pence are among the players who will act as ambassadors during the weekend.

The more and more details I hear, the more and more the “fun” of this event feels forced.

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 03:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, nicknames, players weekend, social media, uniforms

Friday, August 02, 2019

Henderson quietly tried to lure Arizona Diamondbacks to Southern Nevada

Henderson has its eye on the big leagues.

Last year, Henderson officials quietly began a push to lure the Arizona Diamondbacks from the team’s Phoenix home to their city, records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show. Although discussions have stalled, the move signals Henderson’s desire to grow as a professional sports-caliber city.

“While a proposal for an Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark has not moved forward, the city of Henderson would welcome conversations with other major league franchises that may be considering a move to a different market,” the city said in a statement this week.

In a subsequent email, the city clarified it would be open to talking with any professional sports team looking to relocate.

For those of you wondering how the stadium shakedown racket somehow still lasts after a chorus of commentators (across the economic spectrum) have noted that it is a terrible idea….

 

QLE Posted: August 02, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, diamondbacks, las vegas

 

 

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