Monday, February 3, 2014

JAL’s Midnight Black Morning Links





 Midnight Black by The Temperance Movement


GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet



4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker


BLOGS and such

 

5—Pirates Prospects


Pirates Add Five Minor League Players


6 Rumbunter

Jameson Taillon on 93.7 The Fan Talks Bucs, Gregory Polanco, A.J. Burnett



7 Rant Sports

Top 10 MLB Bullpens to Watch for in 2014


8 Saber Bucs

I Still Don’t Care about Payroll . . . BUT!



9 Green Weenie

> 2/2: Honus, Burleigh, Schoolboy, Freddie Lindstrom, Ronny and Travis...


10 Redbird Rants

The 2013 Cardinals and Baseball Economics


11 Three Rivers Burgh Blog

...and A.J. Burnett



NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

12 USA Today
                                   
Baseball memorabilia from 1862 at auction in Maine


13 MLB

So long, Super Bowl, it's baseball's turn again



14 Cleveland Plain Dealer

Baseball's new replay system won't correct every bad call in 2014, but it's a start


15 Federal Baseball

Nationals' Starter Ross Ohlendorf: Old-Timey Delivery + Increased Velocity


16 Fangraphs

The Tale of the Forgotten Moose


17 Rising Apple

Innovative Thinking In Baseball


18 Cincinnati Enquirer

Fay tackles the answers Twitter can't handle


19 Baseball Prospectus

The Week In Quotes



20 NBC Sports

A.J. Burnett bidding reportedly “a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff”


161 comments:

  1. Super Bowl a dud. Football over....
    It's BASEBALL time!!!!

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  2. Number 16 brought back memories of going to the game in 1988 and seeing one of those patented Sunday lineups, which included Randy Milligan and probably Felix Fermin, but I do remember Milligan.

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  3. Snow day, home with the kids.


    How many days until Pitchers and Catchers report ?

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  4. Football in February is unnatural.

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  5. I usually don't post on the persistent debate around payroll, but today I will.


    This team may see consistent improvement over the next couple of years as we see more talented prospects hit PNC, and the team releases veterans who have played out their contracts. For example, we can likely see . . .


    Francisco and Wandy will be replaced by Taillon and Kingham (or someone else, perhaps Pimental, Compton, Locke, et al). Grilli will likely be gone after this year. Barmas willl be gone. Martin will be replaced by Sanchez.


    Someone more familiar (or more concerned) with the payroll can roll-out the figures on these savings.


    In the future, we will see Hanson, Bell, Glasnow, Meadows, Heredia and others. Perhaps in the winter of 2015, Pedro will be shipped out for several high-end prospects (with more return than the Bay trade).


    It's quite laughable to think that the "genius team", known as the Genius Firm of Nutting, Connelly and Huntington, may actually decrease the annual payroll as the team plays deeper into October. Try to wrap your mind around that notion.


    hey, I actually like that, "The Genius Firm" !


    :)

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  6. Don't know what it's like where everyone is at, but it is atrocious in Johnstown today. The slightly less than 8 mile drive form work to UPJ's campus took me 43 minutes this morning. These are the worst driving conditions of the winter so far, at least in Somerset and Cambria Counties it's that way. Stay safe folks.

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  7. Buster Olney said that Northeastern Schools should just start announcing when they're open than when they're closed.

    This is a heavy, wet snow. Snowblowers don't care much for heavy, wet snows!

    Then on Wednesday, more snow and ice.

    Gosh, I wish I could talk Wendy into moving to Florida.

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  8. I thought Milligan was gonna be a thumper. I remember reading in BA that some thought he was lazy.

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  9. Commercials were a dud, too, although I DID enjoy the Tebow ones.

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  10. I would HOPE we get more for Pedro than we go for Bay!!

    :) :). :). :)

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  11. You, too. One of the perks of retirement is that I don't have to go anywhere when it is like this.

    Luckily, Wendy can work from home, too.

    Winter SUCKS!

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  12. My neighbor's kid lives in Charlotte. I always thought it'd be nice to move there.

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  13. Pls note that I did not mention'his' name.

    ;). :). :)

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  14. Andrew McCutchen's pay will rise above the $10M mark, Pedro and Neil will be getting close to $10M in arbitration, Marte will become arbitration eligible, Charlie's pay will jump to $8M...


    I don't really see it going down anytime soon but rather shifted to other areas. The question is do they extend other players or do they end up with more gaps to fill with $5M to $10M deals via free agency?

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  15. Charlotte is alright. Best friend lives north of and brother lives just across the border to the south so I spend a good bit of time in the area. Too big and sprawling for me but I get the appeal.

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  16. I actually use a shovel (and broom) to pick up the leaves; I'm still shovelin'


    :)

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  17. I ain't callin' em "The Genius Firm" for Nuttin'


    :) :) :) "boing and GONG!"

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  18. On BFFL's spreadsheet (#3), is Yellow Home or Away?

    Also, are these Central Times?

    And, one final note....I see we're playing an 11:35 PM game on April 3 vs Chicago. AWESOME! Will it like one of those Midnight movies where you throw Toilet Paper at the screen?

    Time Warped Foo

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  19. UNLESS, it's dem Stillers playin'

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  20. And number 11 has this:

    "
    This is basically what we know.
    A.J. Burnett was not extended a Qualifying Offer.
    A.J. Burnett is talking to other teams."



    We don't even know he's been talking to other teams. We only know that other teams have talked to his agent. BIG difference!

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  21. I'm not really sure I see the difference. If he wasn't interested then why is his agent wasting time talking to teams?

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  22. If anyone knows JAL's email, could you let me know, or if he prefers, send it to me @ drkfj@aol.com

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  23. I'm looking out at 4 inches of snow already

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  24. Boy no. 17 was a poorly written piece. Way to throw out a random thought as fact with no actual data to back it up.

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  25. Bad in Pittsburgh today, but great sitting on my sofa reading this blog as I took today off.....

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  26. I never should have brought Simon back into the light :)

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  27. I think I would part way before I would pay 10 mil to Walker. Unless of course, he starts hitting closer to .300 and maintains the 15 HR pace. He also needs to up the rbi pace a bit. I just remember when he was new that he was a tough out when runners were on base.

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  28. My wife's brother lives in Mesa. My wife graduated from Mesa High.

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  29. His offensive stats rank him in the top 10 in MLB among 2nd basemen and his WAR last year rated 7th. His numbers are in line with Howie Kendrick who makes about $10M a year and he signed it about three years ago so under what you'd expect a younger version of him to make today.


    So "close to" $10M is still cheaper than he'd go on the open market so probably worth it as long as injuries don't take more of a toll.

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  30. A story about Ross Ohlendorf's delivery?


    I hope Nage doesn't check in today. :)

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  31. I'll take your word and not read it.

    :)

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  32. Slow morn...Stupor Bore hangover?

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  33. The difference is that the teams called the agent, not the other way around.

    Foo

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  34. Here is the rundown:


    Duda or Eric Young JR to lead off for the Mets... People who think Duda should lead off because he has a higher OBP are wrong because Young is fast.


    The debate of "who should lead off for the Mets" should have made me stop reading after the first couple sentences.

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  35. Agent still took the calls. He didn't say "nope, AJ's retiring or going to the Pirates".

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  36. And I understand what you're saying, but I think it's clear that AJ (or his agent) are considering all his options.

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  37. Wow was that a terrible game.

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  38. I kinda enjoyed it....:)

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  39. It definitely had exciting moments but we had flipped to a TV show by about 9 PM.

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  40. Why is it 'clear'? Nothing, and I mean nothing has come out stating that, other than unconfirmed sources.

    He may very well be doing that, but he could just as easily be just hanging out at home.

    That " pitching in 2014" rumor was never confirmed by anyone was it? Or did someone's source confirm it.

    As i've stated repeatedly, Nothing has ever been officially confirmed.

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  41. And if he isn't looking at other options why wouldn't he just say that? Instead he just lets fake rumors persist?


    Yes, I'm making an assumption but sure seems pretty logical.

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  42. Hinter...and you know that how?

    Could that be the reason Dan Duquette is not in on AJ? I've not read anything in the Philly paper confirming or denying that Amaro talked to him, other than one blogger opining that AJ was 'too young for them'. :!

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  43. I missed on Ohlendorf, thought he would be a solid 3 or 4 starter

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  44. Well, AJ did post that tweet on his 'wall'.

    And, since when do fans and sports writers take a 'i'm not looking around' quote seriously, anyway.

    Up until Travis' source, it was Retirement or Pgh. Now, because of Travis' supposed source, something changed? You would think an offer or two would've come out by now.

    Instead teams are dropping out or staying quiet.

    I guess its how you look at things?

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  45. Same here...reading that story, I'm wondering if he might become another Vogelsong.

    It's unusual that a pitcher gets his velocity back at 31.

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  46. My Bronco-loving wife went to bed early.

    I walked that fine line between rooting for the Seahawk and sympathizing with her.

    After Smith's interception for a Td she left. She was still awake when Harvin had that KRet for a TD but I decided not to tell her.lol

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  47. 55 Years ago today...
    The day the Music died..
    RIP Big Bopper Ritchie Valens..Buddy Holly

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  48. Yellow is home. Times are central. I do it that way because I am in central time.

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  49. I was looking forward to big offense versus big defense. The star QB on the field was a two year player. Wilson looked like the real deal, putting RG3 to shame. I loved the physical play of the defense. Sort of reminds you of New England taking Peyton right out of his game. If I was Omaha, I would say ----- take us out of the signal calling.

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  50. Bye, Bye, American Pie.....

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  51. I thought that the Super Bowl was the perfect answer to people who claim that baseball isn't interesting because the games take too long.

    After the first quarter I was pretty just watching because we had company and for the commercials -- thought the commercials were off this years, too.

    And for the record, I am a football fan.

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  52. Trivia question : What country music legend was bumped from the plane at the last second?

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  53. IMAGINE, watching a football game for the commercials!

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  54. I honestly never heard of Merle Owens. Was Buck Owens related to him?

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  55. You know, I would have turned it off if it was just me.

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  56. Hint: He was pretty unknown at the time; a member of Buddy Holly's band

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  57. Nine more days, inmates.....nine more days......sigh.

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  58. Tim....had to look it up....never knew that.

    I won't give the answer, but I'll give a Highwayman Hint.

    :)

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  59. Foo: Duquette did not say he was interested in AJ. He simply denied reports that he was "all in" on AJ.

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  60. The music didn't really die... the seeds grew.


    BTW -- I get over to Clear Lake every now and again. There's still quite a Buddy Holly industry over there. The Surf has become a rock and roll landmark and rightly so, but the reality of the place was that it was a typical small town ballroom. I remember seeing posters in the barbershop when I was a kid -- acts like Big Tiny Little Junior, Erv Reutzel and His Hoolerie Bohemians, mostly C&W and Polka, a few big bands -- and then of course the reunion every year.

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  61. The days are long, but the years are short.

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  62. He was related to Buck Hazard . . . or were they the same guy?


    WELL, they're music sounded THE SAME


    :)

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  63. I'm a Gemini, so I know of what you're both sayin'


    :)

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  64. Snowing here in Massachusetts. Long hard winter. Can't wait for spring. And, can wait for spring raining.

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  65. You mean "Clear Lake" near Mt St Helena ? !
    I call it "Meth Lake" ehhh

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  66. abs...again, he may be interested (who wouldn't), but is there anything out there that said AJ is, other than that 'source'?


    THAT is my point.


    Besides...what exactly was meant by 'all-in?". They had talked contract? He had called the agent 6 times? AJ had dinner with him?


    ?????

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  67. Rob Biertempfel ‏@BiertempfelTrib 20m
    http://SI.com says #Pirates "have very clearly failed to hold up their end of the bargain this winter." http://bit.ly/1fGoiGS


    Ouch. Of course it fails to mention Polanco, Taillon, or Kingham. Also when discussing 1st base Lambo's name is nowhere to be seen (not saying he's a savior) which leads me to believe there was not exactly a lot of follow up with what the Pirates plans for 2014 actually are.

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  68. From below, esp in response to Hunter's 'naive' response about AJ. Here is what we 'know' so far.


    1) AJ said "It's Pgh or retire".
    2) As of John Perotto's 'lowball' article, nothing had changed. After that article, all kinds of "Pirates are cheap" stuff came out, yet this rumor was never denied or confirm.
    3) As of Travis Sawchik's 'source' saying AJ was going to play in 2014, nothing had changed.
    4) AJ's reposts tweet saying "Sources, schmources, don't believe anything until you hear it from (me)". Was this AJ denying the rumor?
    5) After that, all kinds of rumors start flying around, yet none have been substantiated.


    AJ may indeed be leaving, but I still think it is us or retirement and I am thinking retirement.


    Foo

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  69. I'm not telling you what to think. I'm just saying what I think.


    I think they're seriously listening to offers from teams other than the Pirates.

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  70. Hunter..actually, his only 'comment' has been the retweet.

    Nothing else has been said.

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  71. And, the only thing since then has been two 'sources' and an AJ Retweet.

    Other than that, just innuendo and guessing, imho.

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  72. Reese McGwire tweet: Sehawks score in first 12 seconds of each half.

    SeaFoo

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  73. "Sources" may have an agenda one way or the other but there is typically truth behind those types of reports.

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  74. You mean like those infamous FBW sources?

    :)

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  75. Actually yes. There was truth behind what he said he just spun it.

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  76. Ohhhhhhhhhhh...my bad...oh well...too late to retract now.

    I saw that RB tweeted it and assumed.

    I hate when that happens.

    :)

    On that note, time to snow blow. Hopefully, I won't screw that up, too.
    :)

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  77. And, boy did he 'spin' it....

    :)

    Off to snow blow.

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  78. SO, what is the answer to today's country music quizzz?

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  79. http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post?id=8776

    Insider article from Bowden so take it for what it's worth. Seems like informed info as opposed to made up stuff.

    "Based on my conversations with front-office executives, here are where most of the other free agents should likely land:

    A.J. Burnett: Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies or Pittsburgh Pirates"

    Now hard to say if that's the feel of other front office folks or just him speculating like others have. I did find this bit interesting:

    "Why are so many players still on the market? Well, the agents and union have their theory, while the clubs have a different view. Multiple agents representing free agents who are still on the market told me over the weekend that they, as well as the players' union, are concerned that social networking and the media’s advanced coverage of the sport are hurting the market value of their clients.

    Some even went so far as to suggest that teams are possibly violating the clause in the collective bargaining agreement that prevents clubs from influencing a free agent's market value by relaying to the media the offers they’ve made to free agents, and whether clubs plan to make an offer or decline to make an offer."



    Would the Pirates go so far to leak what they offered Burnett to hope they keep his price down or would AJ's folks leak it so he'd have an out to sign elsewhere? Who knows.

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  80. JAL is right, at least according to Wikipedia.

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  81. Isn't it possible that middle level FAs just aren't getting offers because the big-spending teams have set the market price way too high with the spending on the high end players? You can say, if Kershaw is getting a quadrillion dollars, then this midlevel pitcher should get a third of a quadrillion. But the remaining teams just don't have the budget room or the gambling room to tie up cash on guys that might be replaced by low cost AAA or AAAA guys. A lot of 'experts' say we should have offered AJ 14 mill, but what if he'd taken it? Then the Bucs would've tied up a huge percentage of their resources on a volatile 37-year-old.

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  82. I give this offseason an F too. They've done nothing to make the 2014 Pirates better. Only move they made that really imapcts the 2014 Pirates was sign Volquez, which makes them worse.

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  83. And that is why I am glad they didn't offer him $14 million, had he taken it that could have been very bad for the Bucs.

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  84. That is one thing I was thinking. It is actually one reason I think you might see the player's union start to give in on a salary cap as long as a floor is put in place as well.

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  85. I can't give them an 'F', partly because I can think of half a dozen moves that they were rumored to make, that would have been worse than doing nothing. I got no problem giving them a 'C' right now, which can go up if Volquez gives us a number 4/5 quality pitching. If Lambo gives you Jones-like production for nothing and Mercer progresses, their holding pat looks good.

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  86. Yeah, I mean you are punishing them for having a solid RF option in AAA. I would think the best organizations would not HAVE to make that many off-season moves.

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  87. "Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in...."


    Foo: If we are going to be hyper technical on what was said by whom....please remember that AJ's "Pittsburgh or retire" in October was conditioned on the that phrase "as of right now"

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  88. That makes a lot of sense...

    I've noticed that when I talk about a player's value it routinely gets taken as his value as a cash investment to the club's bottom line instead of his value to the way the team performs. I usually mean the latter, though.

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  89. From Perotto:

    "If you don’t believe this corner’s opinion on the potential worth of Polanco and Taillon then consider that both players were choices to be National League Rookie of the Year in USA Today’s Baseball 2014 Preview.

    Gabe Lacques, USA Today’s baseball editor, made Polanco his RoY pick. Taillon was the choice of national baseball writer Paul White."

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  90. Since the Bucs usually bring guys up around June, it's going to be hard for them to win ROY.

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  91. I did not know this about Jonathan Mayo:

    "Who do you prefer long term: Tyler Glasnow, Kyle Crick or Kyle Zimmer?

    -- James B., Manorville, N.Y. (@PirateNation79)

    James, you're really testing my hometown affinities (I'm from Pittsburgh) . If you go according to our rankings, it would be Zimmer (raked No. 25), Glasnow (27) and then Crick (32)."

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  92. "Who in the second 50 do you see moving up into the 2015 top 50. Also guys ranked at 101 or above who you see as moving into the 2015 Top 100?

    -- Neil B., Philadelphia (@nbaumgarten0243)

    There are several of the 51-100 prospects I could see jumping into the top half of the list. On the mound, young Dodgers lefty Julio Urias (No. 64) should continue to improve, and I could easily see Braves right-hander Lucas Sims (No. 60) hitting the Top 50, as well as 2013 first-round pick Braden Shipley (No. 79) of the D-backs in his first full season. Hitters like outfielders David Dahl (71) of the Rockies and the Pirates' Josh Bell (74) and perhaps Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart (61) could join those pitchers in the upper echelons on the list.

    Some of the guys at No. 101 and higher could make this list as the year goes on, and we'll update the list as players surpass rookie status. We'll also do a re-rank in the summer. Potential guys who could move into the Top 100 are Pirates catching prospect Reese McGuire and right-hander Nick Kingham , Yankees right-hander Rafael De Paula and outfielders Jesse Winker of the Reds andDomingo Santana from the Astros."

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  93. I don't care. :)


    The fact that they were even mentioned was good enough for me.


    Foo of the Year

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  94. Who was answering the question?

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  95. I put in with you.

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  96. I am still in with you

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  97. Because he has no obligation to become involved with hearsay.

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  98. abs...and then, even THAT can be spun....what else would you have him say?


    "As of right now, I really feel like retiring. If I change my mind, then, I'll let you know."



    To date, HE hasn't let us know, has he? And NH has been in constant contact with him. And, NH couldn't confirm those rumors about playing in 2014. Why wouldn't AJ TELL him he wanted to play in 2014? Makes NO sense. IF AJ wanted more money, wouldn't he tell NH?


    But...if AJ wants to leave, go for it. Good luck in the AL East (Balt) or a bandbox (Phil). If he wants to come back for $8.5 mil, we'll think about it.


    Foo

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  99. What? Can't you read?????


    (did I mention how much I love the editing feature of this blog)?


    Perry White Foo

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  100. Me as well. It was that time he went back to school or some such thing that lowered his killer instinct.

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  101. and, as I mentioned below, if AJ wanted more money why wouldn't he just tell NH that he is marketing his services? Why would he let a 'source' say it? Hasn't NH been in contact with him?


    And, on the off chance AJ is lying to NH, I wouldn't sign him with a 10 foot pole!

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  102. Mr FooBlower, on last nights thread I brought up the power needed in a snow blower story you were involved in several weeks ago, if you would, please read and respond.

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  103. The stability of what they did off season was what they did during the season.

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  104. I continue to be in with you on this topic. I will add this short caveat: if A J does sign with another team without first in front of public's eye making a statement rectifying his prior statement then he is a scoundrel.

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  105. Oh me Oh my Oh you

    http://youtu.be/KBmW37ZJlso

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  106. Jersey...if you want me to answer a post from yesterday's blog, you're going to have to copy and paste it here. I ain't gonna go looking for it.

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  107. Please, tell, what did he say from a source that was correct just spun?

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  108. Polanco DID sprain his foot or knee or whatever it was. And there were the usual team building emails, etc.

    After that, it was all spin.

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  109. More from Bowden:

    "The Reds have not made an offer to Arroyo and don’t plan to. Instead they are preparing for a rotation of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and rookie Tony Cingrani, who has spent a lot of time this offseason improving his slider, which can be a difference-maker for this high-ceiling left-hander."

    "The Angels might end up with Chris Capuano or Paul Maholm instead of Arroyo, which would be a mistake."

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  110. But Foo wouldn't you rather have SS sensation Manny Machodo for the next 5 years rather the Tallion?

    If NH had the crystal ball and knew that Glasnow and Kingham were going to look like studs he would have taken your boy Machado.

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  111. Btw, we (I?) give Pedro a lot of grief. But, (in the 'count your blessings' department) which #2 pick would you rather have:
    Pedro
    Dustin Ackley (#2 in '09)
    Mike Moustakas (#2 in '07)

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  112. Abs...yes, I'd rather have Machado....still.


    But, since we have JT, I am going to root like heck for him. Even if he 'only' becomes one of the top 30-40 pitchers in MLB.


    Foo

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  113. Pedro might not have been the best pick there but it was a fine pick. Hopefully he reaches his ceiling someday but even as he is now I'll take a 3 to 4 WAR each year.

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  114. No I would rather have Buster Posey......

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  115. Reading about the severity of his injury I might hold that thought.

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  116. I acknowledge that he wasn't the best pick in '08, still, out of that 3 year period of #2 picks, I think we got the best one taken in that slot.


    Don't you?

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  117. With his Hoka Hey training that injury would never have happened with the PBC....

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  118. Abs...I was just comparing actual # 2 picks over a 3 year period.


    This wasn't about who we should've taken in 2009. That horse died awhile ago. :) :) :)

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  119. Sure but never been a fan of comparing specific picks. Who cares if they were all no. 2 picks or if they were no. 5 picks? I don't get the point.

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  120. I know. I really miss the emoticoms

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  121. which goes to show that even the 'slam dunk' picks get missed. Hunter has brought this up a time or two, that even those "can't miss" picks, miss.


    I remember hoping Ackley would slide to us in '09.

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  122. just use the colon/parentheses combo.


    :) :) or the cliched 'lol', which lets us know you're smiling.

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  123. I was just counting our blessings that, despite all of his warts, Pedro was the best of the three taken over that 3 year period at #2.


    And all of them were 'ballyhooed' at the time.


    And, besides, who cares what you're naive little butt thinks anyway.

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  124. Yeah and that's why I think getting a 3 to 4 WAR guy there is still fine.

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  125. preach it, brother Abs....

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  126. Yep...that's why I quoted that yesterday. But then that brings up the 'would that have happened had he been a Pirate' argument which would make my head dizzier than it already is....lol

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  127. I usually look at individual drafts. Just not sure the point of saying randomly comparing guys from previous or future drafts. Like saying the no. 9 pick is never successful but the no. 10 pick is... so are you going to willingly drop a spot? Comparing guys within the same draft class seems to make a lot more sense.

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  128. agree...I wish Pedro would hit for a higher avg with less K's, but if this is all he is, well, then, I can live with it.

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  129. And I'm not saying don't do it... to each their own. I just don't get the comparisons.

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  130. Out for dinner....see yinz

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  131. Well, with some football game of some type tonight it looks like the
    place has dried up just when I have something important I need to know.

    Several weeks ago someones brought up their snow blowers were clogging up and not getting the job done.

    Sir Foo among at least one other one explained that they owned a snow
    blower with not enough horse power to do the job if memory serves me
    correctly.

    So our cloths dryer went down this past week I bought it from a
    reconditioning store with a one year warranty with the machine lasting
    six years with no breakdowns. The motor went bad.

    My options were to get the same fellow to come out and put a used
    motor in for $80.00 or buy from him another used with a one year
    warranty for another $180.00 which I bought this one that just broke
    down and for sure I got my money worth from it or go and buy a new one.

    So this year we both turn 60 and I tell my wife to think about this, we buy a good new one and it should last us 20 years.

    That sounded good to her so thinking we were on our way to home depoe
    to track foo to get his employee discount the wife says she thinks
    sears has a good sale going on so of course we stopped there first.

    While the wife was picking out a samsung dryer and making the deal I
    wandered over to the snow blowers ans told king snow blower the blog
    tale mentioned at the beginning of this story.

    He said he thinks any snowblower with 3 H.P. should do the trick.

    But I got to tell you those ones with 5 or 5.5 H.P. with those razor
    serrated blades and that chimney of a shoot that he says will break up
    any ice jam sure do catch a fellows eye.

    The kicker is my neighbor Gerome who is as good as man ever born but
    also as cheap as one ever born often complains that his snowblower only
    works if the snow is not too wet or too deep or any ice.

    I sure could used to become well informed cause I think 60 and over is time to stop hauling snow by the shovel full.

    I enjoy cutting the lawn and cleaning the sidewalk of snow but the
    lawn is now done with this nifty self propelled baby that is pretty hard
    to keep up with at full speed.

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  132. foo its here so far still above

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  133. I am quite happy with things going as they are, 36 homeruns are sweet and on the rise each year.

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  134. If he just cuts the K's back to 20% and get the BB's up we have quite the slugger in Pedro.

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  135. Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN 1m
    Agents and GMs predicted last week that the dam would break on the last offseason signings after the Super Bowl; they were right.


    I'm waiting...

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  136. Me too, in anxious anticipation..

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  137. Remember the words of Steve Blass, in his opinion very few minor league ball players spend enough time in the minors.

    I think Pedro is just beginning as a major league hitter!!

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  138. I have a 5.5 HP one....it usually does the trick.

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  139. ..

    Latest news from The Wild, Wild West . . .

    Denver today is officially in mourning.

    Personally, however, I shall *always* remain convinced that the Broncos' could have won last night's football game -- if only they had started Andrew Lambo at QB.

    Oh well . . .

    We have friends who went to NYC/NJ for the game. And now they're stuck down there in the eastern lowlands until further notice because of all the airports that have closed.

    And throw in the world's equity markets currently tanking. So far 2014 has NOT been an auspicious year. Bummer.

    Speaking of the cold, I had to stop in at our local Home Depot this morning. Was talking to one of my pals over there. Our HD has a small group of birds that lives there year-round out in the garden section of the store. Talk about adapting to mankind and to changing environments. It seems that earlier this winter, our Home Depot birds have finally wised up. They have learned how to flock tightly together just outside the sliding glass doors that lead to the (heated) vast bulk of the indoor store. By doing that, they have come to realize that such a manouver will trigger the "electric eye" and make the doors slide open -- thereby granting them access to warmth when things get *rilly* cold. (The HIGH temp here in Denver this coming Wednesday is only forecast to be five degrees above zero.)

    It's driving local HD management crazy. Darned birds keep opening the sliding doors, making the heating bills go right through the roof.

    So where is Alfred Hitchcock when we really need him ???

    Yikes !!!
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  140. That concurs with the information shared by the sears rep last night, its what he has.

    What brand and why?

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  141. The birds got him.

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  142. .
    Hitchcock made one *major* mistake with that movie. A tale that will live forever in movie history.


    Can someone please explain to me why he cast Rod Taylor in that movie's (male) starring role, instead of the obvious candidate for the part -- Gregory Peck.


    Oh well . . .

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  143. I have a Toro -- no problems. Also neighbor has a Cub and has no complaints. I tend to be suspicious of Sears' stuff. Of course Iowa is a lot flatter than PA, but the street guys plow the driveways in with heavy chunks.

    I think like anything else, how long they last depends on maintenance more than brand.

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  144. Most stores like that have an unheated entry way with a second set of doors to keep the heat in.



    Otherwise be very careful about chasing birds around, you'd be surprised how many species are protected.

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  145. Peck could have been under contract to someone else. He was in Captain Newman which was released the same year.

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  146. I'm thinking of finding a nice tropical country to move to after I retire... Next year :) I found working outside in 4 deree weather much too hard on me.

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  147. It was not a smart buy if it was not sears when we were kids.

    You are right, they have went way down hill.

    Tina bought a samsung dryer last night which I feel safe with. Heck its here and I hooked it up and its drying its first load, white towels of course.

    On the other hand some years back we bought a small portable dish washer from hell at sears.

    After some four years and fifteen repair calls and I lost count at $2500.00 dollars put into repairs through warranty they finally gave us a new one of our choice and then the corporation sent us another $500.00 in sears credit for lost time for all the times their dispatcher cancelled without notifying us.

    So I bought the craftsman self propelled lawn mower from hell as well.

    The first one started for fifteen minutes and because of history the manager brought a new one out.

    I mowed with this one for two years and thank God for extended warranties cause then I took it in and after it being in their care for over three weeks with no sight of a return the store manager said, bring that loaner back and I have a new one for you.

    So you can bet the snow blower purchase plan does not include the name craftsman decalled.

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  148. They also predicted it would break after Tanaka signed, it didn't

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  149. I am thinking James Cagny!!

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  150. .
    JAL,


    Nonetheless, I still think it should have been Peck. And for the female lead, instead of Tippi Hedren, obviously Hitchcock should have used Woody Allen's long-time heart-throb, Mia Sparrow.


    The Film Master was clearly off his game entirely on casting that one.
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  151. Former Pirate News

    Mets Sign Kyle Farnsworth to Minor League contract with Spring Training invite

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  152. Foo you and others keep pointing to that "Pgh. or retire line", but that's not exactly what he said. He said twice in the span of about 15 seconds, "as of right now". That was months ago. It's no longer that right now. Rumbunter had an article the other day about the same thing.


    Even if he said I guarantee I will pitch in Pittsburgh or nowhere I still wouldn't believe him or anyone. A large chink of money can make you change your thought process, no matter how much you have.

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  153. How would social media be any different than a phone call in regards to relaying to media an offer they made to a player? It's not magic. It's written word instead of spoken word. I understand anyone can post a number but why would anyone believe it without sources?

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  154. Or maybe he still would have taken Taillon. Having 4 great pitchers is better than having 3, or 2 or, 1. Not as good as having 5 though.

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  155. Took me a minute to get that. Good job. I wonder what Peter Finch was doing? Starling Marte could be in a remake.

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  156. That is just so COOL! We think we are so smart and then 100s of millions of years of evolution makes us look exactly what we are.


    P.S... a couple of hawks might do the trick.

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