Try to think about something other than Ohtani.
Try to think about something other than Ohtani …
- Back in September, we found out that the Oakland A’s had decided on a location for their new ball park, a site near Laney College on a piece of land owned by Peralta Community College, and the A’s seemed pretty excited about it:
— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) September 13, 2017
- But on Tuesday, the Peralta Community College District board of trustees directed their Chancellor to end the talks with the A’s and instead focus on what’s best for the college and its students/faculty. The A’s, understandably, were a bit bummed:
A's STATEMENT: We are shocked by Peralta’s decision to not move forward. All we wanted to do was enter into a conversation about how to make this work for all of Oakland, Laney, & the Peralta Community College District. We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity.
— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) December 6, 2017
- According to Craig Calcaterra at NBC Sports, there are a couple of other sites in mind, but they are either less convenient or less compelling than the Peralta site. And, yes, this does actually matter quite a bit. If you remember back to our conversations about MLB expansion, the commissioner made it clear that he would not press forward with any of those plans until the A’s and Tampa Bay Rays new stadium projects were settled. This may have just knocked those talks back.
- Here’s a real life title at The Athletic right now: Rosenthal: He’s 53 and hasn’t played in the majors since 2005, but Rafael Palmeiro is eyeing a comeback, and redemption. Palmeiro ended his career as one of five players to reach both 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, but also, as I’m sure you know, as a somewhat-shunned user of performance enhancing drugs. But now, he’s legitimately trying to make his way back to the Majors and even says he won’t try to first prove himself in an international or independent league first, “If I go to spring training with a legitimate chance to make the team, I won’t have to go to the minors.”
- According to Ken Rosenthal, one anonymous GM said he wouldn’t even look at Palmeiro, but Orioles GM Dan Duquette wouldn’t rule it out, adding that it would be an interesting story and “If you can hit, then you can hit.” LOL. Okay, man. Let’s see what you got. Plenty more at The Athletic.
- This is a very interesting look at the evolution of the trade market in recent years:
Chris Antonetti, Indians president of baseball operations, with some insight on how MLB's trade market has evolved in recent seasons… pic.twitter.com/h1yfjIhilB
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) December 5, 2017
- Basically, with more improving and widely-accepted methodologies for evaluating players than ever before, teams are struggling to find different value for players in other organizations (which means deals are more difficult to pull off). So now, trades only happen when one team is “selling,” has a surplus of talent, and/or is looking to the future more than the present. It’s an interesting distinction and not one of which I’ve previously considered.
- Earlier today, the Yankees introduced their 33rd manager in franchise history at Yankee Stadium, and he’s thrilled to be there:
Welcome back to Yankee Stadium, Aaron. ✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/INvLtPjwnr
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 6, 2017
- I couldn’t begin to comment fairly on Boone’s strategic or philosophic baseball beliefs – I simply don’t know enough about them – but I will say he doesn’t strike me as a better option than Joe Girardi.
- He did do an AMA on Twitter earlier today though, but all of the questions/answers were mostly food (hotdog =/= sandwich) or movie (Die Hard = Christmas movie) related. Since I agree with him on both of those calls, I’m guessing we’ll see eye-to-eye on bunting too.
- The 2018 ZiPS projections for the Texas Rangers have come out, and Shohei Ohtani is not on the list! Damn it, Michael, that doesn’t mean anything yet. Former Cubs free agent target and recently signed Ranger Mike Minor is projected though, and it looks pretty good (even if he’s not nearly as dominant as last season): 66.0 IP, 26.4 K%, 8.6 BB%, 3.68 ERA, 3.69 FIP. Of course, all signs point to him starting, not relieving, so this might all change soon.
- And finally, I think Ben Affleck’s stock as a baseball fan rose ever so slightly in my book today:
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) December 6, 2017