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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Duke Snider Passes

Another of the Boys of Summer passes, Duke Snider; of unknown causes, in Escondido, CA. He was 84.
The Duke of Flatbush, a smooth-fielding outfielder and, thanks to his prowess as a home-run hitter, a fan favorite in Ebbets Field, was a Dodger, both in Brooklyn and his native Los Angeles, for 16 of his 18 years in the major leagues. A Hall of Fame member, the eight-time All-Star helped the Dodgers to six National League championships, and Brooklyn's only World Series title, in his first 11 seasons, providing Dodger power from the left side of the plate.

Snider hit 40 or more homers in five consecutive seasons and during the decade of the '50s led all major leaguers in home runs, 326; runs batted in, 1,031; runs scored, 970; and slugging percentage, .569. He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .295 and 407 home runs, 389 of them as a Dodger, still the team record. He is the only player to have twice hit four homers in the World Series, matching his 1952 feat in '55, the year the Dodgers won the Series and he was named major league player of the year by Sporting News.

He hit the last home run in Ebbets Field and had the first hit in Dodger Stadium, a single on opening day in 1962, and was part of the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers team that beat the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

And Frank Is Alone: MLB Secretly Loans The Mets $25M

There are two things we may infer (perhaps, more strongly) from this NYT story about MLB loaning the Wilpons $25M last fall:
  1. The owners still aren't averse to helping out those they favor, and
  2. They hate Frank McCourt.
Mr. Selig’s decision to give what amounts to extraordinary assistance to one of the sport’s most prominent and highly valued teams — one owned by Mr. Wilpon, a man Mr. Selig has long regarded as a close personal friend — could anger other team owners, who might wonder why their money is being used to rescue a team with a $140 million payroll.


“The fact that the loan is coming from baseball would be a jarring event because, as with the Texas Rangers, the league is effectively a lender of last resort,” said Marc Ganis, a sports industry consultant. “It would indicate the team cannot get loans from normal commercial sources, which could be taken as a sign of very significant problems.”

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Try Under The Sofa Cushions, Frank: Bud Selig Rebuffs McCourt Loan Bid

Seriously awesome:
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has rejected a proposal under which Fox would have loaned about $200 million to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, three people familiar with the discussions told The Times.

McCourt would have used the Dodgers' cable television rights as collateral, extending the team's current contract with Fox by as many as four years if he did not repay the loan, according to the individuals, who were briefed on the proposal but who are not authorized to discuss it.

Could be the mercury fulminate under the dynamite of McCourt ownership. Best news of the offseason.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vicente Padilla To Have Surgery

Via MSTI, Vicenta Padilla will have nerve surgery in his pitching arm to "release" a nerve entrapped there. "The Dodgers have not set a timetable for his return", which sounds ominous. IIRC, Brad Penny and Eric Gagne both had similar surgeries, in both cases presaging career collapses.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dodgers Dodge A Bullet As Scott Podsednik Sends Himself To The Minors

Aaron Gleeman reports that Scott Podsednik, who turned down a $2M/1-year deal with the Dodgers, has signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays. Oops.

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Belisario May Not Be In LA For 2011

Via MSTI, the incredible story that Ronald Belisario may not be able to leave Venezuela in 2011, and thus will absent himself from his contract. I expect the Dodgers will have something to say about that.
Kinzer would not specify why Belisario was still in his native Venezuela. But asked if Belisario was having trouble securing a visa, Kinzer replied, “It goes a little deeper than that.”
Seriously? Cut him loose. There's a dozen or so guys who just got closer to making the 25-man roster out of spring training.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lakers' 20-Year TV Deal Could Heighten Frank's Leverage With Fox

The Lakers are starting their own cable TV channel, which means Fox Sports has that fewer hours of prime content to sell. That strengthens Frank McCourt's hand accordingly, though I find it curious that, even with the considerably better-heeled and abler Arte Moreno running things, the Angels have opted not to build their own cable TV network, despite multiple threats over the years.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

NFL Lockout Might Help Angels Lock Up Jake Locker

Too many locks? Whatever, Mike DiGiovanna reports that the possible NFL lockout could mean that the Angels will see Jake Locker in spring training. The University of Washington quarterback is expected to go in the first ten slots of this spring's NFL draft.

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Angels Beat Jered Weaver In Arbitration

MLB Trade Rumors reports that the arbiter has awarded Jered Weaver $7.365M, meaning the team has won its arbitration claim.

Update: David Pinto breaks down Weaver's pitching: "The 78-80 MPH range is where Weaver makes his money", getting batters to swing and miss at sliders and changeups that look like his major-league-meh fastball.

Also, Tangotiger says the Weav arbiter picked correctly, comparing him to three other recent compensation cases (Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, and Josh Johnson). (Via Halos Heaven.)


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Angels To Play First Scheduled Doubleheader Since 2001

Bill Plunkett informs us that the Angels play a doubleheader on Saturday, July 16, the first such to be scheduled since 2001. Originally scheduled for the Thursday after the All-Star Game break, that date was turned into another day off by the league, and the Angels and A's had to move their game accordingly.

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The 1988 Dodgers: The Fourth-Worst World Series Winner In History

Chris Jaffe finds the worst of the "best"; that lowly winner is the 1987 Twins. But the 2006 Cardinals were darn close. The main reason, though, for the Cards' appearance there was injury; once healthy (which they were once they got to the postseason), they were able to put it together for a ring.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Proof The Vernon Wells Trade Was A Salary Dump

As if you didn't know: the Jays are looking to move Juan Rivera.

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Carlos Santana Today

Keith Law reminds us of Ned Colletti's folly:
Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland
Missed by:
10 at-bats
Would have ranked: No. 1 or 2

If Santana wrecks his knee a week sooner, he remains on the list and is either first or second on the Top 100 list depending on whether Strasburg is still eligible. If Santana doesn't hurt his knee, he grabs another 150 or so at-bats and probably ends up on most AL Rookie of the Year ballots. The injury was apparently less severe than an MCL or ACL tear, with a recovery time of 4-6 months rather than 8-12, so he should be ready to go for spring training, although I wouldn't be shocked to see Cleveland give him more days off this year than a starting catcher might ordinarily receive. Santana is a well-rounded offensive player with great plate discipline and an explosive bat; if he stays behind the plate long-term, he'll be one of the best players in the American League.

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Vlad Signs With Baltimore, Career Graveyard Of Major Leaguers

For 1 year/$8M. He might even be worth it for a month or two.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Frank McCourt Makes Deadspin's Top Ten List Of Sports Villains

Oh why am I not surprised?

The Dodgers were a great franchise once. But on the eve of the 2009 NLCS, Frank McCourt filed for divorce from his wife Jamie, who he had made CEO of the team for some reason that must seem inconceivable to him now. Not content with a simple firing, he sent her a public letter blaming her "insubordination, non-responsiveness, failure to follow procedures, and inappropriate behavior with regard to a direct subordinate." That last one: an alleged affair with her chauffeur. Oh, and he changed the locks on her office.

The weirdness was only starting. It came out the pair had hired a faith healer to watch games on TV in Boston, and send "positive vibes" their way. Jamie, refusing to accept her firing, sent her chauffeur/boyfriend as an official Dodger ambassador to Taiwan. Frank, who owns Dodger Stadium, charged his own team exorbitant rent, in order to move the money where Jamie can't touch it.

So now the Dodgers desperately slash payroll, in an attempt to horde funds in advance of a court ruling. Los Angeles, a city that's like a flame to moths for professional athletes, can't sign anyone to prevent their freefall. And we still don't know who owns the team, nor do we know why anyone would want to. The Dodgers were a great franchise. Once. (Barry Petchesky)

Also some great stuff on Tony LaRussa and Donald Sterling, too, leavened with Ben Rothlisburger hate. Suweet!

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Always The Bridesmaid: Mark Cuban Calls It Quits In His Search For An MLB Team Of His Own

I must say it's about time. He was only useful as a foil for whoever the league wanted to buy their next available franchise (cough the Mets cough the Dodgers cough). After a while, it becomes obvious that you're being used, even to guys like me. It must be embarrassing for guys like Cuban.

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Hope You Weren't Serious About Wanting That Deferred Salary, Bobby: Mets Scandal Widens As Evidence Of Madoff Influence Grows

When Fred Wilpon’s son Jeff was married at Fresh Meadow Country Club on Long Island, Bernard L. Madoff and his wife were there. When Mr. Madoff’s son Mark was married at the same country club, Mr. Wilpon, the principal owner of the Mets, was a guest as well.

When the Mets negotiated their larger contracts with star players — complex deals with signing bonuses and performance incentives — they sometimes adopted the strategy of placing deferred money owed the players with Mr. Madoff’s investment firm. They would have to pay the player, but the owners of the club would be able to make money for themselves in the meantime. There never seemed to be much doubt about that, according to several people with knowledge of the arrangements.

The Mets acted as a feeder fund to the Madoff Ponzi scheme; those whom it steered included Bobby Bonilla, whose deferred salary was parked there.

As an aside, I had been meaning to congratulate my friends at SB Nation for their "get" of ex-ESPN writer Rob Neyer, who has a few thoughts on this matter.

Update: More on the Mets:

Fred Wilpon, in August 2009, told the Times' Richard Sandomir that the Madoff scandal hadn't impacted the Mets in any way.

“But Fred Wilpon felt the need to emphasize again that the finances of the team had not been affected”, Sandomir wrote. “The resources available to him — revenue from luxury suites, club seats and a nearly 70 percent stake in the SNY network and his real estate holdings — have not been compromised by Madoff, he said.”

Around the same time, Howard called into a Fox Business Network interview with Erin Arvedlund, author of a book on Bernie Madoff. Arvedlund had asserted that the Wilpons would be forced to sell at least a part of the Mets to cover Madoff losses, something the Wilpons long denied, but acknowledged last week. Howard said, in the course of disparaging Arvedlund's reporting as“outrageous, unfounded and grossly irresponsible”: “We have said from the outset that the losses incurred from the Madoff fraud have not and will not affect the operation of the Mets.”

The reality seems to be that all three men had to have known that these statements were untrue when they uttered them. As Serge F. Kovalevski and David Waldstein wrote in Tuesday's piece: “When the Mets negotiated their larger contracts with star players—complex deals with signing bonuses and performance incentives—they sometimes adopted the strategy of placing deferred money owed the players with Mr. Madoff’s investment firm. They would have to pay the player, but the owners of the club would be able to make money for themselves in the meantime. There never seemed to be much doubt about that, according to several people with knowledge of the arrangements.

“'Bernie was part of the business plan for the Mets,' a former employee of the club said.”

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Angels & Dodgers Top 10 Prospects From BA

Late, again: Dodgers:
1. Dee Gordon, ss
2. Zach Lee, rhp
3. Rubby de la Rosa, rhp
4. Chris Withrow, rhp
5. Allen Webster, rhp
6. Jerry Sands, of/1b
7. Scott Elbert, lhp
8. Kenley Jansen, rhp
9. Ethan Martin, rhp
10. Trayvon Robinson, of
... and the Angels:
1. Mike Trout, of
2. Tyler Chatwood, rhp
3. Jean Segura, 2b
4. Hank Conger, c
5. Jordan Walden, rhp
6. Kaleb Cowart, 3b
7. Garrett Richards, rhp
8. Fabio Martinez, rhp
9. Mark Trumbo, 1b/of
10. Cam Bedrosian, rhp

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Forget Robot Umpires — I Want A Robot GM

Dan Szymborski replaces Tony Reagins with the robot GM in PS3 The Show game. Hilarity (and tragedy, from a real-world perspective) ensues.

Related: Napoli signed a 1-year, $5.8M deal with Texas.

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