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Ed Kasputis interviews Sam Zygner about his outstanding book, Baseball Under the Palms: The History of Miami Minor League Baseball – The Early Years, 1892 – 1960.
19 October 2019The fantasy season may have ended weeks ago, but we're wrapping up the year alongside the playoffs to name our fantasy award winners and more importantly, give a look ahead to who our favorite sleepers and targets are in 2020. Dan Harris, host of the Leading Off Podcast is teaming up with Bobby for the final show of the year. We start off with all the award winners beginning with our Mike Trout award (0:44) before we move onto the 2020 preview (34:56).
19 October 2019
It's a bombshell news day at Baseball America. J.J. Cooper joins Carlos Collazo on the podcast to discuss his story, which details MLBs proposal -- and we stress its still a proposal -- to dramatically change Minor League Baseball as we know it. The proposal includes eliminating more than 40 teams, reclassifying many others, moving the draft to August, increasing the salary of remaining players in the league, and so much more. J.J. explains it all and discusses what challenges await both MLB and MiLB as contentious PBA negotiations continue.
17 October 2019
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17 October 2019Carney Lansford played third base for the California Angels (1978–80), Boston Red Sox (1981–82) and Oakland Athletics (1983–92). He batted and threw right-handed. He was also a hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies.
Originally drafted by the California Angels in the 3rd round of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft, Lansford was the Angels' most successful rookie in 1978 and finished third in the overall AL Rookie of the Year vote. The Angels dealt Lansford to the Red Sox after the 1980 season. In 1981, he won the American League batting title in the strike-shortened season, becoming the league's first right-handed hitter to do so in 11 years. However, the emergence of Wade Boggs resulted in the Red Sox sending Lansford to Oakland in a trade involving Tony Armas during the 1982 off-season. Lansford became the A's regular third baseman and was there for their 1988 through 1992 dynasty, typically hitting second behind Rickey Henderson. Lansford narrowly missed winning his second batting title in 1989 with a .336 average (Minnesota's Kirby Puckett finished with a .339 average). Although his power numbers dropped off during those years, and he missed almost all the 1991 season with an injury, Lansford's speed and solid hitting made him a significant contributor to the A's dynasty. He played in three World Series with the A's, losing in 1988 and 1990 and winning in 1989.
In his 15-year career, Lansford was a .290 hitter with 151 home runs, 874 RBI, and 224 stolen bases in 1862 games. In five American League Championship Series and three World Series covering 33 games, he hit .305 (39-for-128) with two home runs and 18 RBI.
17 October 2019Harold Peter Henry "Pee Wee" Reese is a baseball legend. He played in the Major Leagues as a shortstop for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1940 to 1958. A ten-time All Star, Reese contributed to seven National League championships for the Dodgers and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. Reese is also famous for his support of his teammate Jackie Robinson, the first modern African American player in the major leagues, especially in Robinson's difficult first years.
17 October 2019
During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Larry Day, Manager of the Arizona League Indians Red for the Cleveland Indians. Larry shares a wealth of information regarding how he goes about balancing the development of players with winning, how he establishes the team culture with players that are from all over and may not speak English as their first language. Larry Day also provides advice from mentors like Coach Tim Corbin from Vanderbilt University that has been very beneficial to him.
- How did Larry Day get involved in baseball and as a coach?
- What set’s Coach Tim Corbin apart as a coach?
- What is the reason for the fist bump touches among the players?
- What did his process look like when he began his position?
- Larry discusses the importance of communication.
- What does the process look like for balancing the development of players with winning?
- What does a typical day of training look like?
- How do they go about culture-building and transitioning players from all over to be ready to be a professional baseball player?
- What are some different things that Larry helps grow the coaches he is around every day?
- What are some things Larry does to build relationships with his players from different backgrounds?
- What are some of the latest things that Larry has learned that he is excited about?
- How do we relay complicated details with data for players that don’t naturally speak English?
- What is something that he does in practice that his players love?
- Is there anything that Larry Day believes that other coaches might disagree with?
- What are some of his favorite books and resources?
3 Key Points:
- Embracing the diversity of different races, cultures, and ages of players helps to establish culture-building.
- Dan Coyle, the author of the book “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” works with Larry Day’s players.
- Players don’t care what you know until they know that you care.
- (Coach Tim Corbin) “He certainly is elite as it comes to coaching and teaching and that is what he truly is. He is a teacher.” – Larry Day (03:45)
- “Everything that is executed within that program (Vanderbilt) is 100% intentional. Planned, thought out. prepared.” – Larry Day (06:51)
- “It comes down to having the ability to pre-plan and pre-communicate.” – Larry Day (10:04)
- “You have anywhere between 4 to 6 fields with games on potentially 4 to 6 fields. You have morning workouts, and you know how baseball workouts go.There is the defense component, there is the throwing component.” – Larry Day (11:12)
- “You put that time in 8 days out of a 7-day week to be able to run a clean, productive workout.” – Larry Day (20:29)
- “The last thing that we want our players to do is be confused, or our coaches to be confused on what the objective is, what we are trying to accomplish, what the objective is for the day or the drill.” – Larry Day (20:42)
- “We have a learning and development component of our organization that solely targets the continued development of staff.” – Larry Day (25:39)
- “The smile is international. The ability to non-verbally connect and to have a sense of where your players are at from an emotional, mental, standpoint. You can see the physical.” – Larry Day (30:04)
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- Book: “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle
- Book: “Legacy” by James Kerr
17 October 2019
Ed Kasputis interviews author, Tim Wendel about his book, High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time.
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Lindor, Bregman and Story lead the pack, but how far back is Trea Turner? Scott and Chris debate that spot for Turner, look at one shortstop who will go in the top eight at the position that fell deep in Scott's rankings, the best values, the young and up-and-coming bats and more.
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Mike Matheny has already become a polarizing figure.
Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2019
Lynn Worthy looks at why Mike Matheny is such a polarizing managerial candidate.
Yost felt that his year off provided perspective and a chance to re-examine which helped him become a better manager in his second stint. Moore may find it intriguing to hire Matheny in similar circumstances.
“This isn’t a troll when I say this, when Dayton makes the call to hire the new guy, that’s enough for me,” Royals pitcher Danny Duffy said after the season finale. “That’s all I need. Dayton’s endorsement means everything to all of us. That’s really all that matters. A guy Dayton calls manager is who I want to be manager.”
Will Leitch looks at the best player on each team who never won a World Series.
Royals -- Amos Otis, CF (1970-83): Otis just missed out, leaving the Royals in 1983, two years before they finally got one. His Royals won a pennant but lost to the Phillies in six in ‘80.
Michael Huckins at Kings of Kauffman thinks Greg Bird may be an interesting option at first base for the Royals.
His career .725 OPS is not sensational. He has never hit more than 11 home runs in a season. And he really struggled to hit the ball in injury-shortened seasons in both 2017 and 2018. But he has played hurt and he has worked his way back from each of his many injuries.
Bird is also only 26 years old. He was also deemed “by far the best hitter” in the organization by Brian Cashman just a few years back. A Yankees minor league organization that, at the time, included Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy considers the proposed overhaul of the minor league system.
Keith Law (INSIDER) also gives his thoughts.
How moving the draft will impact college baseball.
Jose Altuve delivered a postseason moment worthy of his stature in baseball.
A Nationals/Astros World Series is the perfect redemption for a bizarre baseball season.
The Astros are everything the Dodgers and Yankees wish they were.
The Cubs have a second interview for the managerial opening with Astros bench coach Joe Espada.
The Mets will seek a second interview with Carlos Beltran.
The Padres will hire either Jayce Tingler or Ron Washington to be their manager.
Umpire Eric Cooper dies at age 52.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery.
The controversy over the ball threatens to overshadow the game.
Why is there even such thing as the three-inning save?
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100 questions that will determine the NBA season.
Huawei wants to license its 5G tech to U.S. telecoms.
The Watchmen pilot is as violent, thought-provoking, and humorous as the graphic novel.
Your song of the day is Johnny Cash with One Piece at a Time.
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A thorn in the side of the Baltimore Orioles for many, many years, CC Sabathia’s career is now complete. We take a look back at how he performed against the O’s during his 19 seasons. While watching the Houston Astros dismantle the New York Yankees gave many Baltimore Orioles fans great joy, there was a […]
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What a season it was!
All things live to die.
Some creatures in the animal kingdom live a short, tortured life—existing only to be eaten— like the Baltimore Orioles. Others complete their life cycle, filled with joy and love; there’s sorrow and pain as well, but these just emphasize the good times that much more. They die of natural causes at an old age. These are were the 2019 New York Yankees. The ending was tragic, as almost all endings are, but what a life it was!
It was a season of pain, but the pain only led to greater joy. Miguel Andújar batted only 49 times, but his absence gave us Gio Urshela! Giancarlo Stanton was hobbled all season, but instead we got Mike Tauchman! Luis Severino made his season debut on September 17th, but look what Domingo Germán became! (As a pitcher, that is. As a domestic abuser, he’s despicable.) Dellin Betances faced fewer batters than Austin Romine, but that led to the reemergence of Tommy Kahnle!
No team suffered through more injuries than the Yankees. This Michael Baumann article at The Ringer about their unprecedented injury bad luck ran on April 23. It only got worse. They set the record for most injured players in a season on August 30th, then there were even more in September. Only four players qualifying for the batting title (with Luke Voit just barely clearing the 502 plate appearance bar).
This fractured, piecemeal roster of broken stars and former cast-offs somehow finished 103-59. That they won so many games isn’t the story— it’s the how that we’ll remember. They cleared the fences a mind-blowing 306 times. Fourteen players finished with double-digit home runs. (Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t even one of them!) Gleyber Torres hit 13 just against the Orioles. Brett Gardner smashed 28, setting a personal best at age-147. Gary Sánchez hit 10 against the Orioles. After averaging just seven dingers per season in Colorado— of all places— DJ LeMahieu blasted 26. Even Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run... against the Orioles!
It doesn’t matter that the Twins managed one more homer than the Yankees, and now hold a record that should last for a very long time (we hope). Nor does it matter that the rabbit ball makes this season an outlier for extreme, prolific power (we hope). The homers made every game feel like anything could happen at any moment, and that they were never out of a game. This was special— context be damned— and that’s what we’ll remember about the 2019 Yankees.Looking ahead to the offseason
Regardless of what happens in the coming winter, the Yankees should be AL East favorites in 2020. There are undoubtedly questions to be answered, but most of the important players on the roster remain under contract. Besides, they get to play the Orioles 19 more times.
They’ll have some important decisions to make on a few outgoing free agents. Didi Gregorius is more of a luxury than a necessity, but he may receive the qualifying offer nonetheless. The same goes for Brett Gardner. Even though they have a full outfield of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Mike Tauchman, Clint Frazier (for now), and uh, (don’t laugh) Jacoby Ellsbury, it’s just difficult to picture Gardy in a different uniform. They have a team option on Edwin Encarnación as well, but it’s unlikely he’ll be brought back for $20 million with Luke Voit, Mike Ford, Miguel Andújar, and something resembling Greg Bird hanging around. Austin Romine will look for a starting gig elsewhere, so they’ll need to replenish their depth at catcher.
On the pitching side, CC Sabathia departs the rotation. They will bring back a nominally complete starting five of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Domingo Germán, and J.A. Happ, but this is an area where they could spend some serious cash. The rotation would look a whole lot better by replacing Happ with Gerrit Cole, for example, and we certainly learned to expect injuries.
While most of their elite bullpen remains intact, Aroldis Chapman has an opt-out looming. He’ll be 32-years-old next season, but he still tops 100 mph, and he’s quite possibly the greatest left-handed reliever ever. However, with two years and $34.4 million remaining, he could choose not to test the increasingly deadened free agent market. Dellin Betances’ 2019 pretty much never happened, but he was one of the best relievers in baseball from 2014-18. He will probably move on from pinstripes, as he may be loathe to negotiate with their front office for good reason.
There will certainly be at least one major trade; there always is. Maybe it involves Clint Frazier for a starting pitcher, or maybe it’s something completely unexpected. Given that they are the richest, most valuable sports franchise in the hemisphere, they will hopefully spend some money.
Perhaps they win the World Series next year. Perhaps they lose another heartbreaking ALCS, or don’t even make the playoffs at all. They might even lose a few games to the Orioles (now we’re really getting ridiculous). However the 2020 Yankees meet their demise, it won’t negate what will surely be a life worth celebrating.
Daniel R. Epstein is an elementary special education teacher and president of the Somerset County Education Association. Tweets @depstein1983.