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Monday, November 07, 2022

Cubs Matt Mervis named Fall Stars Game MVP

Watching the game now. Do we really need so many in-game interviews? For a lot of people, it’s their first chance to see a lot of these players. Ignoring the action and the chance to promote players seems like a poor choice.

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 08:29 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, matt mervis

LIDOM on Twitter: QUE-PA-LO ¡HOMERUN de Jerar Encarnación

Baseball is such a tough sport that you have to enjoy the wins when you can. This is wonderful!

10 MLB offseason storylines to watch 

Shohei on the move?
There are plenty of questions hovering around the Angels this offseason, starting with the potential sale of the club. But the biggest is the status of Shohei Ohtani, who is slated to become a free agent a year from now after agreeing to a one-year, $30 million deal for 2023 to avoid arbitration. If the Angels don’t think they can sign Ohtani to an extension or come to terms on a new deal after he becomes a free agent, then trading him this winter should be one of the considerations given how much he would potentially bring back.

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: offseason

Law: The Mets fail to learn from history. Will the Edwin Díaz deal doom them to repeat it? - The Athletic

This century, there have been, by my count, 20 contracts of four or five years handed to free-agent relievers, not counting the new deal for Díaz. Jansen, Chapman and B.J. Ryan received five-year deals, and the remainder were all for four years. One of the deals, Raisel Iglesias’, is still underway with 1.6 WAR in year one — although most of that came after the team that signed him, the Angels, dumped him and the contract on Atlanta midway through year one. Jansen’s and Chapman’s immediately followed the ends of those five-year periods I mentioned above.

Of the other 19, nine of them resulted in 4 WAR or less from the pitcher over the course of the deal, regardless of teams. That includes Brett Cecil (minus-0.5), Justin Speier ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 07:46 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mets, pay site

Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten backs Andrew Friedman, Dave Roberts - Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers don’t need to change; their fans need to chill out.

Kasten emphasized that the team would spend whatever it deemed necessary to improve but noted that this offseason could be a little different.

“If money is what is needed, we’ll certainly do that, as we’ve shown time and time again,” he said. “[But] if we think we have kids who need time to play up here, I’m sure we’ll do that as well.”
He strongly supported the two most visible — and criticized — people in that championship effort, manager Dave Roberts and baseball president Andrew Friedman.

“Everyone who is a sports fans think they could a) run a bar and b,) be a manager, and it’s just not true,” he said. “It’s hard, man, it is hard. Every ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 07:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, stan kasten

131 Players Become XX(B) Free Agents

List of new free agents.

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

2022 World Series- How Dusty Baker’s Astros beat the Phillies

The Astros and Chicago Cubs were in agreement on a trade to send star catcher Willson Contreras to the Astros for starter Jose Urquidy, four sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. The straight-up trade was agreed upon, pending owner approval. That approval never came.

During the 2022 season, as the Astros churned toward a regular-season win total one shy of their franchise record, relationships outside the clubhouse soured, according to sources. Owner Jim Crane, who paid a record $5 million fine levied by commissioner Rob Manfred for the cheating scandal, took a more hands-on role in baseball operations. New voices, such as Astros Hall of Fame first baseman Jeff Bagwell, grew in prominence. And when Click tried to execute the trade for ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 05:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies

Sunday, November 06, 2022

Hot Stove OMNICHATTER 2022

Hombre Brotani Posted: November 06, 2022 at 01:29 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Dynasty! Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, Astros are an all-time team | ESPN

That part was novel, but much else looked familiar. For the third time in four seasons, the Major League Baseball season has ended in Houston. The Astros’ two titles have come in a six-season span, with the first the infamous championship of 2017. In each season between that title and this one, the Astros advanced to at least the ALCS, pushing their streak of appearances in that round to an amazing six.

Given these simple facts, one obvious question springs to mind: Are we watching baseball’s newest dynasty?

Hombre Brotani Posted: November 05, 2022 at 11:31 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, world series

Sad Yankees media session shows need for free-agent urgency

Heyman often makes me chuckle on MLB Now. He often breaks signings. His baseball analysis should never be implemented.

jimfurtado Posted: November 05, 2022 at 09:12 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Bomb threats and prank calls: ‘All hell broke loose’ for Philadelphia restaurants in World Series food fiasco

It’s not often that the citizens of Philly are the victims of pro sports-related abuse, rather than the perps.

Mike’s BBQ and Angelo’s Pizza, two popular South Philly businesses that often provide food to the city’s professional teams, even engaged in social media posts joking about not accommodating the opposing team.

Danny DiGiampietro, the owner of Angelo’s Pizzeria on 9th Street, told The Post that Houston fans have been prank-calling his eatery nonstop — with some hecklers even tracking down his license plate and his home address to share online.

On Tuesday, an individual claiming to be a cousin of an Angelo’s staffer tweeted that Astros fans “threatening to bomb his store.” They explained the pizzeria closed at 7 ...

cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: November 05, 2022 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, fans, food, philadelphia, phillies

Friday, November 04, 2022

Previewing Upcoming Qualifying Offer Decisions

Draft pick compensation and forfeiture differs depending on a team’s revenue sharing status and whether they exceeded the luxury tax threshold this year. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes looked yesterday at what picks each team would lose were they to sign a qualified free agent; conversely, Mark Polishuk covered the draft pick compensation clubs would land if one of their qualified free agents departed.


Chris Bassitt (Mets)
Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
Willson Contreras (Cubs)
Jacob deGrom (Mets)
Edwin Díaz (Mets)
Aaron Judge (Yankees)
Brandon Nimmo (Mets)
Carlos Rodón (Giants)
Dansby Swanson (Braves)
Trea Turner (Dodgers)
There’s not a whole lot to say about this group. These are 10 of the best impending free agents. Bogaerts, deGrom, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2022 at 05:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: qualifying offers

The sacrifice bunt and intentional walk are vanishing from baseball

Even before 2022, the use of the sacrifice had begun to decline. There are, I think, a couple of reasons:

Managers had discovered that giving up an out wasn’t really increasing run expectancy, and
Pitchers were getting fewer plate appearances, since starters were not going as deep into games. In 2010, the first year I have in that chart, MLB pitchers had 6,002 PA. In 2021, the last year pitchers batted, they had just 4,829, a decline of about 20 percent.
Pitchers accounted for 421 of the 766 sacrifices in 2021, leaving 345 for position players. That means position player sacrifices actually went up a bit in 2022, but I will predict now that this figure will continue to drop.


Because about half the teams have essentially stopped ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2022 at 02:25 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: intentional walks, sacrifice bunts

Heyman: Ranking top 30 free agents in Major League baseball

1. Aaron Judge: The Yankees are feeling more confident this week. One reason I’d guess he will stay is that he shows great loyalty sticking with his longtime, very small-time agent. Teams: Yankees, Giants, Dodgers. Expert’s prediction: $330M, 9 years.

2. Jacob deGrom: Zack Wheeler told The Post’s Mike Puma deGrom likes being a Met. Teams: Rangers, Mets, Dodgers. Expert: $125M, 3 years.

3. Carlos Correa: Great defense, postseason pedigree and still 28, but interest last winter was disappointing. Teams: Dodgers, Giants, Braves, Twins, Cubs, Phillies. Expert: $275M, 9 years.

4. Trea Turner: Some think he prefers to go east, but he has said he liked Los Angeles and will consider all. Folks love him. Teams: Dodgers, Phillies, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2022 at 11:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Thursday, November 03, 2022

NYT: These Guys Are Nasty’: Houston Thrives With Unexpected Stars [$]

Javier switched from outfielder to pitcher at 16, the age when many prospects from the Dominican Republic turn pro. He signed just before his 18th birthday for $10,000, the same bonus the Astros had given Framber Valdez, a Dominican left-hander, in 2015. The team gave a $100,000 bonus that year to José Urquidy, a right-hander from Mexico, and $20,000 in 2017 to Luis Garcia, a right-hander from Venezuela.

Add it all up and the Astros spent $140,000 to sign four pitchers from Latin America who combined to make 112 starts this season. None of the four were ever listed among the top 100 prospects by

“When I got here, I only knew what I’d read, that the system is a little empty,” said reliever Ryne Stanek, who signed with ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2022 at 10:59 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Javier, bullpen combine on no-hitter as Astros tie Series

Looking forward to hearing all the hot takes tomorrow about the Astros having momentum.

Earl Weaver had it right.

jimfurtado Posted: November 02, 2022 at 11:37 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, no hitters, phillies, world series

What Moneyball-for-Everything Has Done to American Culture

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“The analytics revolution, which began with the movement known as Moneyball, led to a series of offensive and defensive adjustments that were, let’s say, catastrophically successful. Seeking strikeouts, managers increased the number of pitchers per game and pushed up the average velocity and spin rate per pitcher. Hitters responded by increasing the launch angles of their swings, raising the odds of a home run, but making strikeouts more likely as well. These decisions were all legal, and more important, they were all correct from an analytical and strategic standpoint.”

“As the analytics revolution in music grew, radio playlists became more repetitive, and by ...

Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: November 02, 2022 at 05:04 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: #analytics, #moneyball

Lance McCullers Jr. disputes he was tipping pitches as Phils mash 5 HRs

McCullers denied that pitch-tipping was at fault.

“This has nothing to do with tipping,” he said, dismissing speculation that began with Harper getting in Bohm’s ear moments before he hit the first McCullers pitch he saw for a home run.

The Astros’ co-pitching coach, Joshua Miller, echoed similar thoughts.

“We didn’t identify anything specific today,” Miller said. “It’s something that we always monitor and look into.”

But McCullers nonetheless approached this outing with a very predictable trait: Through his first two postseason starts, he had thrown only one fastball to opposing left-handed hitters. Lefties were basically able to narrow their selection to either McCullers’ curveball or breaking ball, the two pitches he throws most ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 02, 2022 at 10:29 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: lance mccullers

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Passan: How velocity is ruling this postseason—and who is bringing the most heat in this World Series [$]

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Welcome to Major League Baseball, 2022 style, where if you don’t throw hard, you probably don’t throw much at all. Gone with few exceptions are the nibblers and soft-tossers, relics of a time when only the finest fastballs kissed 90 mph, replaced by live arms that reliably launch bolts. Back in 2008, the first year MLB tracked all pitch data, pitchers threw three fastballs of 100 mph or greater in the playoffs. This year, there have already been 164. And with Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park postponed because of rain in Philadelphia, the teams’ rested bullpens will only add to the list.

It’s not just the top-end arms or elite relievers. The average starter is throwing 94.9 mph this October. Relievers, even generally anonymous ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2022 at 02:34 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: velocity

Sources: White Sox to hire Royals’ Pedro Grifol as manager

Pedro Grifol is expected to be the next manager of the Chicago White Sox, an announcement that could come later this week, according to multiple sources.

Grifol, 52, has been on the staff of the Kansas City Royals since 2013, most recently as the bench coach. The Royals interviewed him recently for their managerial opening, but hired Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro to fill that spot.

Grifol was born and raised in Miami, and played collegiately at Florida State University before nine seasons in the minors, reaching Triple-A.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2022 at 11:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pedro grifol, white sox

Monday, October 31, 2022

MLB Gross Revenue Back to Nearly $11 Billion, Manfred Says

“We’re going to be just shy of $11 [billion],” Manfred said when asked if revenues would be back over $10 billion.

The figure reached $10.7 billion in 2019, the last full season played without the COVID-19 restrictions that began in in March 2020. That season was delayed four months, abbreviated to 60 games, and played without fans in the stands…

“Look, I think we’ve had a phenomenal year,” Manfred said. “In September, we saw the benefits of the new playoff format. We had weekend draws we hadn’t seen since 2014. The three-game Wild Card round performed really well on a weekend against football.”

MLB recently struck deals with streaming TV services, Apple for seven years at $85 million a season and Peacock, worth $30 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2022 at 11:30 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: rob manfred

When Cleveland Was Where Careers Went To End

Winfield was still with the Twins when play stopped on Aug. 12, 1994, for what turned out to be a lengthy players’ strike. But as long as there was a chance that there would be baseball that year, Indians GM John Hart continued to make moves, and he acquired Winfield—while he was technically on strike—just before midnight on Aug. 31, the deadline for rosters to be set for whatever postseason might be played.

“I don’t have any inside information that the strike is going to end,” Hart told the Plain Dealer the time, “but I couldn’t live with myself if we had a chance to improve and didn’t do something.”

Winfield waived a no-trade clause for the deal. Hart told the Plain Dealer that Winfield said, “I love your club and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2022 at 05:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians

NYT: A Thoroughly Modern Old-School Baseball Executive

Both old- and new-school, Dombrowski is smart, exacting, aggressive, decisive and experienced. He was working in the White Sox’ front office when Dusty Baker, the Astros’ 73-year-old manager, was still in the middle of his playing career. His résumé stretches back to when batting average was considered the most important statistic.

He was once the youngest head of baseball operations, and now he is one of the oldest; working, adapting and succeeding across more eras of baseball history than double-knit uniforms, cellphones and compact discs.

For many traditionalist fans, who disdain the modern analytical movement, Dombrowski is upheld as a kind of savior, proving that “baseball people” still know how to build teams based on ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2022 at 10:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski

Sunday, October 30, 2022

What If Major League Baseball Fielded a Team and the Players Were Duchamp, Calder, Marisol, O’Keeffe and Pollock?

Just in time for baseball season, the Archives received a collection of artist baseball cards, created and designed by conceptual artist, Don Celender (1931–2005) in 1971. Celender combined his knowledge of art and baseball with a bit of humor to create five sets of cards featuring prominent art figures of the twentieth century. Affectionately named Artball, each set includes twenty cards, complete with a trading card box. Individual cards depict the face of an artist, curator, gallerist, or collector superimposed onto a baseball player’s body and includes the player’s name, position, and team name. Team names are fictitious but are plays on actual Major League Baseball team names and include the Yankz, the Metz, the Kards, the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2022 at 11:00 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: art

Report: White Sox interviewed Guillén for manager job

The White Sox interviewed Ozzie Guillén for their managerial opening on Monday, NBC Sports Chicago’s Chuck Garfien said on Thursday’s episode of the “White Sox Talk Podcast.”

“I can tell you that Ozzie on Monday met with the White Sox front office, Rick Hahn, Chris Getz, Jeremy Haber,” Garfien reported.

The White Sox’ managerial search is nearing the one-month mark after Tony La Russa announced he was stepping down due to health concerns.

There has been much discussion around Guillén as a possible candidate for the opening. He managed the White Sox from 2004-11 and led them to their first championship in 88 years in 2005.

He led the Sox to two playoff appearances and five winning seasons before leaving the team in the final days of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2022 at 10:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ozzie guillen, white sox

Rob Manfred says it ‘just doesn’t look like’ A’s will remain in Oakland, thinks ghost runner is here to stay

During an interview with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM, Manfred expressed pessimism that the Athletics will be able to figure out a new stadium in Oakland, though he had something different to say about the Tampa Bay Rays’ situation:

“I think the mayor in Oakland [Libby Schaaf] has made a huge effort to try to get it done in Oakland. It just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen ... I’m not positive about it.”

“I think the A’s have proceeded prudently in terms of exploring the Las Vegas alternative, given the lack of pace in Oakland. I think they have to look for an alternative. I see Tampa differently. I think a properly located facility in Tampa, that Tampa’s a viable major league market. I’ve got a lot of faith in ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2022 at 10:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletic, rob manfred

Nolan Arenado won’t opt out, gets $144M through ‘27, source confirms

Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado is remaining in St. Louis as he won’t opt out of his contract, a source confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.

Arenado, 31, has five years and $144 million left on his deal, a nine-year, $275 million contract he signed in 2019 with the Colorado Rockies. Arenado was traded to the Cardinals before the 2021 season after spending eight years with the Rockies, and Colorado is paying $31 million of the deal. Arenado is set to make a base salary of $35 million next season on the contract that runs through the 2027 season.

The contract contained two opt-outs, with the second one coming after the 2022 season. Arenado has informed the Cardinals he won’t use the opt-out to become a free agent, which was first reported ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2022 at 10:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado

Royals hire Matt Quatraro as next manager

Quatraro, 48, spent the last five seasons on Kevin Cash’s staff in Tampa Bay, including one season as the third-base coach and four as the bench coach. The Rays reached the postseason in four of Quatraro’s five years on their big league staff, including a World Series appearance in 2020.

Quatraro also served as Cleveland’s assistant hitting coach from 2014-17, overlapping with Royals owner John Sherman’s minority stake there. Quatraro’s experience and success in both helped his candidacy in Kansas City, as Sherman views both Tampa Bay and Cleveland as models for small-market success.

On top of all that, Quatraro has the respect and adoration of players, coaches and executives from around the industry. He has interviewed for several ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2022 at 10:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt quatraro, royals

Rob Thomson & Framber Valdez discuss Twitter “sticky stuff” rumors.

jimfurtado Posted: October 30, 2022 at 08:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, framber valdez, phillies, rob thomson, sticky stuff, world series

Astros win World Series Game 2 2022

“It was almost a mathematical must, actually,” said manager Dusty Baker, “because it’s tough when you lose the first two games at home.”

jimfurtado Posted: October 30, 2022 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, world series

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