Author: Craig Calcaterra

Giancarlo Stanton

Report: Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins are discussing a $300 million deal


Whoa Nelly!  From Rosenthal:

Would Giancarlo Stanton turn down the biggest contract in professional sports history?

The Miami Marlins apparently intend to find out.

The two sides are discussing a deal that would be for at least 10 years and at least $300 million, according to major-league sources.

At the moment, Miguel Cabrera has the largest contract in baseball at ten years and $292 million. Stanton, of course, is way younger than Cabrera was when he signed that.

There is no comment from Stanton’s people. They’re probably trying to wrap their brains around this. Whether it’s in the form of an actual offer or if this is just stuff leaked to the press in order to create the perception that Stanton is the intractable one if a deal is not reached. Which, yes, is cynical of me to say, but the Marlins have created a situation over the years to where their motivations aren’t entitled to immediate deference.

Bobby Parnell is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Slow day, so we may as well kick off the season for these things.

Parnell, of course, had Tommy John surgery back in April, so he’s had a lot of time to work out since then. And, if you recall, he had been down 30 pounds following his herniated disk issues in 2013, so I guess he’s still got some weight to make up.

Yasmany Tomas signing appears “imminent”

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One of the biggest gets this offseason is about to get got:

The Phillies and the Padres have long been discussed as frontrunners for the 24-year-old outfielder, though there are no shortage of teams who have expressed interest.

Alvin Dark: 1922-2014

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Alvin Dark, who as a player was the 1948 Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Star team three times, and as a manager led both the Giants and the Athletics to the World Series, has died at age 92.

Dark was one of the best shortstops of his era, starring for the Giants but spending time with the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs and Phillies, Dark hit .289/.333/.411 over a 14-season career which spanned from 1946 through 1960. He was the Giants captain during the 1950s.

But Dark wasn’t just a baseball player. He was a star football player at LSU and Southwest Louisiana Institute before choosing baseball — he was actually drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles — and was an excellent amateur basketball player too. He served in the United States Marine Corps at the end of and right after World War II. While he didn’t see combat, he served in extremely dangerous circumstances in China right after the war during the Chinese Civil War in 1945.

As a manager, Dark was the first man to manage the All-Star Game in both leagues, by virtue of managing both the San Francisco Giants (1962) and the Oakland Athletics (1974) to pennants. He had two separate stints as A’s manager, actually, managing the club when it was in Kansas City in the 60s as well, with a few years as the Indians manager and general manager sandwiched in between. He was let go by Charlie O. Finley a second time following the 1975 season even though his A’s won 98 games. He managed the Padres for part of the 1977 season before being fired in spring training in 1978 which, no, doesn’t happen too terribly often.

Before his death, Dark was the oldest-living manager of a World Series team.

(most of the facts here were found in SABR’s thorough biography of Dark which can be read here)

Scott Boras once again stumps for a neutral site World Series. Which is dumb.

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Scott Boras, in addition to messing with the Mets again, hit one of his other favorite topics at the GM meetings yesterday: a neutral site World Series:

“If we continue to do this on a regional scale, we’re going to lose something that baseball deserves, and what it deserves is world attention,” he said. “There is a sacrifice of two, three or four (home) games for a team, but the betterment it brings to baseball on the whole far exceeds the detriment.”

Yeah, I’ve never bought this for a second.

Sure, it may be nice for the kinds of people and corporations who like to plan big boondoggle parties — gee, I wonder if Boras is one of those people? — but it makes zero sense for baseball and baseball fans and will do nothing to give the World Series “world attention” like he claims.

First of all, does he think that 40,000+ fans will fill a neutral site stadium as many as seven times for such an event? How many Royals fans would’ve made the trek to Miami in October on less than a week’s notice? And if it’s not Royals fans going to watch the Royals, who are these people going to World Series games? Contest winners and rich jackwagons like that guy in the Marlins clothes this year who will go to any BIG EVENT because they can afford it? What kind of a crowd would that be? That is, assuming there would be a crowd. Because I sort of doubt MLB could sell nearly 300,000 tickets to a neutral site World Series.

Most people watch on TV, of course. But I can’t see how a neutral site would change that for them. The game would still be on Fox, and Fox would fill the entire hour before the first pitch with the same studio stuff they do now. Great, the background would be some palm trees someplace rather than the local parks now, but it doesn’t change the fact that two teams from two specific cities would be playing each other. If baseball can’t get “the world” to watch that now, I don’t see how the event being at a neutral site changes that.

This is a great idea for corporate sponsorship and people who organize parties. It’s pretty good for the hotel industry too, which can start renting rooms a year or two in advance. But it would mean very little for baseball or for baseball fans.