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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-12-2020

Pittsburgh Press, May 12, 1920:


In the Yankees’ recent series in Washington, Ruth, for whom the Gotham “kernels” are reported to have paid $125,000 or more, amassed a magnificent batting average of .167 for five games. He didn’t make a single home run, and got only three bingles in 18 times at bat.
One Capitol City scribe remarks that, unless Babe shows some improvement, opposing pitchers will be passing ordinary batsmen in the pinches to bring him to the plate.

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 12, 1920:

Ruth’s spectacular hitting featured New York’s 6-5 victory over Chicago [in New York yesterday]. In four times up, Ruth hit two home runs, a triple and drew a base on balls. One of Ruth’s home runs went into the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 12, 2020 at 10:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, May 11, 2020

MLB owners approve historic revenue-sharing plan amid coronavirus pandemic

Major League Baseball owners approved a proposal Monday requiring teams to share 50% of their revenue with the Major League Baseball Players Association should plans to play this year proceed, three people with direct knowledge of the proposal told USA TODAY Sports.

The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were unauthorized to discuss details, said the historic revenue-sharing plan is integral in order to to address revenue losses with an 82-game season being played without fans beginning in July. MLB officials say that teams are expected to lose about 40% of their gross revenue from ticket sales, concessions and parking.

The proposal is expected to be rejected by the players, who are fearful owners would then ...

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 11, 2020 at 10:27 PM | 172 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, revenue sharing

How Matt Harvey is trying to fight off the baseball end he fears

After working out for the Blue Jays in Connecticut in February, Harvey wasn’t offered a contract. He’s still looking for a new team — a challenge that’s been heightened by the sport being shut down by COVID-19.

Although he’s only 31 years old and is injury-free, the former ace admits he’s considered the possibility he may not get another chance.

“I have thought about it here and there,” Harvey told The Post by phone in a recent interview. “I haven’t not had a job in 10 years. It’s definitely different, but it’s exciting at the same time because I feel so good mechanically.

“I hope somebody gives me a shot. I feel like I have many more years in me.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2020 at 10:27 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey

Why Matt Williams left the A’s to manage a team in Korea

The desire to manage again ate at him. But the outlook for him was not promising.

“I think that anytime you don’t accomplish what you want to accomplish you feel a little bit of an empty belly,” Williams said last week by phone from Deagu, South Korea, where his team was preparing to play the Samsung Lions. “I wanted to give it another try. And it didn’t seem as if there would be an opportunity in the U.S. to do so immediately. anyway.”

Williams talked it over with his wife and children. He talked it over with Melvin and A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane. Beane told him a managerial job in Korea wouldn’t guarantee the same back home.

“I’m fully aware of that,” Williams said. “But ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2020 at 10:27 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: kbo

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-11-2020

Pittsburgh Press, May 11, 1920:


While it is true that Babe Ruth last season set a new world’s record for home runs in a single season, the Yankee slugger still has a long distance to go before he will equal the lifetime record of Gavvy Cravath, manager of the Phillies, who has been hitting homers and other extra drives since away back in 1903.

His biggest season was 1911 with Minneapolis, when he clouted 29 circuit smashes. With the Phillies in 1915 he made 24…Ruth has been playing professional ball for five seasons, and in that time he has made 49 circuit smashes, including his record, 29 last season. His record was not particularly impressive until 1919, and it remains to be seen just what he will do this ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 11, 2020 at 10:05 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Former Cardinals translator Eugene Koo is talking a different game | St. Louis Cardinals |

Three ways of wearing (or not) wearing a mask.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kbo, matt williams

The Chances of a Drafted Baseball Player Making the Major Leagues: A Quantitative Study | Society for American Baseball Research

This study is a few years old but relevant based on the five-round draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

JMLB 2020 season threatened by compensation, DH rule possible

Joel Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:28 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

Bowden: How each National League team would fare with a universal DH for 2020 – The Athletic

Team by team looks, starting with the D’Backs.

Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have good competition at first base with Christian Walker coming off his best year after slashing .259/.348/.476 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs that led to a 3.0 WAR and 111 OPS+. Jake Lamb is finally healthy and the left-handed hitter is looking to get back to his 2016-17 form where he averaged 29.5 home runs and 98 runs batted in. However, add the DH rule and suddenly both players have spots in the D-Backs’ lineup and the lineup gets lengthened instantly with better left-right hitting balance.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:26 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, pay site

Will issue of players’ salaries cancel MLB season? | Newsday

As for the debate over a revised salary structure, the genesis of that can be found in the March 26 agreement struck between MLB and the Players Association, which granted a full year’s credit of service time — even if the season is canceled — and a $170 million advance on salaries through the end of May. The latter was critical because of the fact that players’ contracts were suspended once President Trump declared a national emergency.

The agreement also called for players to be paid on a prorated basis depending on the number of games played once the season did resume. Given that MLB’s current proposal calls for roughly 81 games, for example, that would mean a player signed to a $10 million deal for this season would earn $5 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

Saturday, May 09, 2020

We Can Show Baseball Reruns, Too

Many old threads have gone into the site archives. They’re so deep in there that even Google can’t find them. Some of them were fantastic, and it’s a shame that we can’t see them any more… Or can we?

MLB to cut amateur draft from 40 rounds to five in cost-saving measure

Major League Baseball will cuts its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million.

Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because no decision was announced.

There will be just 160 players drafted, and the combined value of their signing bonus pools is $235,906,800. The amount of signing bonus pool money eliminated is $29,578,100.

The MLBPA continues to think only of themselves, and sell out the futures of those who come behind ...

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 09, 2020 at 10:08 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cheap owners

“My Wide World” by Dave Parker

After I became a major leaguer for good with the Pirates in 1973, Saturday afternoon always involved ABC Sports. Before a night game or a quick-pitched nine innings, me and the boys would be at our lockers in the clubhouse at Three Rivers or on the road while auto racing played on the TV. I can almost hear that Scottish dude now — Jackie Stewart, the color commentator for racing. Watching a clip of him today brings me right back to being with the fellas — post-game beers with Willie Stargell, Dock Ellis and Larry Demery, Manny Sanguillen, Rennie Stennett, my manager Danny Murtaugh. Jackie Stewart’s voice is like a damn portal to my past, a glorious Miller Time gone by.

djordan Posted: May 09, 2020 at 09:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

Friday, May 08, 2020

Sources: MLB shortens 2020 draft from 40 rounds to 5

Major League Baseball will cut its 2020 draft to five rounds, as owners looking to save costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic pushed for fewer rounds over the objection of front-office officials, sources told ESPN.

Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 08, 2020 at 07:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, minor leagues

Lets Build the Ultimate MLB Career

They took the highest-WAR season at each age from among active players, and stitched them together, Frankenstein-like, into an MLB career.  And they still couldn’t match Ty Cobb.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: May 08, 2020 at 04:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cabrera, pujols, trout

Introducing KBO Stats on Fangraphs

Lots of new information.  They’ve got something like wRC+ (although not park adjusted).  Someone who knows about these things, who are the Korean stars that we should be paying attention to?

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: May 08, 2020 at 04:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, korean league

RiverDogs Release Plan To Modify Ballpark Experience In Age Of COVID-19

On Friday morning, the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees’ low Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, released a document detailing exactly how they plan to modify operations at Joseph P. Riley Park for the new version of normal created by COVID-19.

There will still be three outs in an inning, three strikes to an out and four balls to a walk, but just about everything else at the park will look and feel markedly different.

Buying tickets, food and merchandise will be an entirely cashless operation. Doing so limits contact between employees and fans, and thus limits one potential avenue for the virus to spread.

The team will also close select ticket windows to help maintain social distancing requirements. These new guidelines ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2020 at 02:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: covid-19

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2020

Some grade A snark in the New York Evening World, May 7, 1920:

The reason the Braves aren’t so bad as we thought they’d be is because we thought they’d be terribly bad.

Hughie Jennings of baseball and William Jennings Bryan of politics hold the world’s record for consecutive beatings.

The Tigers would have a better chance of winning if they were playing roulette.

On the evening of May 7, 1920, the Braves were 8-5 and the Tigers were 3-15.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2020 at 10:06 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley confirms minimum game delivery requirements, which are resolved at the end of a season or calendar year

Here’s the relevant wall of text from Seeking Alpha’s transcript of the call, which includes Ripley saying that Sinclair has continued to pay the teams and distributors have kept paying Sinclair the carriage fees.

The sports rights agreements entered into between our RSNs and the professional sports teams typically include a minimum game delivery obligation. Adjustment provisions in those agreements address shortfalls by teams including rebates tied to the number of games actually deliver. Commercially, certain of our affiliation agreements with distributors also include game delivery minimum.

We can — if we cannot deliver the minimum number of games under the agreements, there is a mechanism for distributors to recoup a portion of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2020 at 10:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: regional sports networks

Pete Rose had bats corked in ‘84, former Expos groundskeeper says

“A former groundskeeper for the Montreal Expos recently told the Montreal Gazette that Rose routinely had an Olympic Stadium staffer cork his bats in 1984. Rose played most of the 1984 season for the Expos before he was traded back to his original club, the Cincinnati Reds, that August.

Joe Jammer, then an Expos groundskeeper and now a musician in London, told the Gazette in a telephone interview, “Pete Rose would have his bats corked in the visitors’ clubhouse at Olympic Stadium. I found out he was corking bats.

“Pete was too smart to deal with Expos equipment manager John Silverman [to cork his bats in the Expos’ clubhouse]. So Bryan Greenberg, who worked in the visitors’ clubhouse, did it. He took me into a room, a door to the left, ...

majorflaw Posted: May 06, 2020 at 03:33 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose

Baseball is bracing for an economic hit. The only question is how bad it will be.

..“We’re going to lose billions of dollars this year, no matter what,” said one high-ranking baseball official, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss internal matters. “People don’t realize the magnitude of the losses, but they’re huge.”..

...A high-ranking baseball official confirmed the Marlins are “behind the 8-ball” due largely to their debt but predicted all 30 teams “should be okay.” Some teams, the official said, are “maxing out” credit lines and taking on more debt. Forbes reported Friday that MLB “modestly” increased its leaguewide lending capacity for individual teams…

NattyBoh Posted: May 06, 2020 at 02:33 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, covid-19, finances

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Royals’ luckiest play vs. 2015 Astros in Game 4? Maybe it wasn’t so lucky after all

Morales’ moment still has always been a bit unsettling. KC deserves so much credit for its comeback, yet the game’s most important sequence — the Royals’ odds of winning the game went from 44% to 78% because of that one play, according to FanGraphs (and would have been at 24% had Correa fielded it cleanly to turn two) — has mostly been attributed to the Royals getting fortunate at the most opportune of times.

And yet ... after further review, I don’t think that’s what happened here at all.

Zach Posted: May 05, 2020 at 11:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos correa, comeback, kendrys morales, playoffs, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-5-2020

[Juneau] Alaska Daily Empire, May 5, 1920:


A sightless fan sat in the press box listening to the crack of wood on leather as Sacramento won from Vernon, 14 to 4. About the seventh inning he muttered, “thank heaven, I’m blind,” and tapped his way to the outer world.

The only feature of the game was the nerve of Mollwitz, Sacramento first baseman, who was knocked unconscious by a pitched ball but revived and trotted to first, scoring before he retired from the game.

If you can’t see what’s happening, the thunk of a ball against a skull and the resulting groan from the crowd must be incredibly unnerving.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 05, 2020 at 10:40 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Biggest pop culture moments for all 30 teams

Orioles—Veep: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer threw out the first pitch of an Orioles game, and a bunch of the players posed with her and, awkwardly, said “Orioles.” (And Louis-Dreyfus also played an Orioles fan on Seinfeld, where she got in trouble for wearing an O’s cap in comped seats.)

Rays—The Rookie: The heartwarming story of Jim Morris ended with him making his debut in a Rays uniform, and it’s the big climactic moment of this stirring movie.

Red Sox—Good Will Hunting: Lots to choose from here, including that heist scene at Fenway Park in The Town, but a whole generation knows Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair from watching Robin Williams and Matt Damon.

Yankees—Pride of the Yankees: You can also choose Jay-Z rapping ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2020 at 06:22 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: pop culture

Monday, May 04, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-4-2020

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 4, 1920:

Boston and Brooklyn went into the nineteenth inning [yesterday] before Boeckel’s single scored Sullivan with the run which gave Boston a 2 to 1 victory. Fillingim and Smith pitched all the way and honors were practically even until Smith weakened in the nineteenth.

[Yesterday’s] game, following the 26-inning tie between Brooklyn and Boston on Saturday and Brooklyn’s 13-inning game with Philadelphia yesterday gave Brooklyn the new major league record of 58 innings played in three successive games. The previous record was 45 innings played by Pittsburgh and Brooklyn in 1917.

I guess I knew the Dodgers had set this record, but I was today years old when I learned that there was a one-game series against ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 04, 2020 at 10:44 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, May 03, 2020

How Shortened Seasons Affect Future Projections

It’s interesting, surprising, and a bit discouraging.  Go read the article and give Fangraphs some traffic.  Click on an ad while you’re there.

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (May 2020)

The shutdown has lasted for less than two months, but in that short time the fallout from the pandemic has brought the film, television, music and theater businesses to their knees. It’s the greatest economic calamity to ever hit Hollywood, Broadway and other entertainment business hubs, dwarfing the wreckage left by such recent catastrophes as 9/11 and the Great Recession. And it’s being felt most acutely by production designers, camera operators, makeup artists, grips, stagehands, ticket takers, casting directors and character actors, whose names may not adorn cinema marquees but whose work forms the backbone of the business.

In February, the Motion Picture Assn. estimated that the film and TV industry directly employs 892,000 ...


Former A’s pitcher, executive Matt Keough dies at 64

Former major league pitcher Matt Keough, a special assistant with the Oakland Athletics, has died, the team announced on Saturday. He was 64.

The A’s did not disclose details on the cause of death.

Keough spent parts of seven seasons with Oakland as a player, ending in 1983, and was named an All-Star as a rookie in 1978. He was also was honored with the American League Comeback Player of the Year award in 1980, and pitched for the Yankees, Cardinals, Cubs and Astros as well.

“Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A,” executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in a statement. “He had an incredible passion for the game and we were lucky to have him and his wealth of knowledge alongside us for the years he ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2020 at 03:21 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt keough

Ex-Mlb Star Andre Dawson is now a mortician

Dawson, 65, has owned and operated the Paradise Memorial Funeral Home in his hometown of Miami, since 2008. Having retired as a baseball player in 1996, he joined a group of investors his brother organized a few years later to buy a different funeral home, then took an even bigger step into the business.

Dawson did not expect to actually run Paradise Memorial, but “that role sort of fell into my lap,” he told AARP last year. With the same dedication to his craft that enabled a 21-year major league career, Dawson “threw myself into it, body and soul,” despite the unlikely nature of his new line of work.

“Growing up I could have never envisioned this,” he told the AP. “I was actually afraid of the dead when I was a kid.

...
Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: May 03, 2020 at 03:21 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, expos, life after baseball

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