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Reports: Manny Machado to the PADRES

Kevin Kinkead - February 19, 2019


Thank the Lord Jesus in Heaven that something happened:

The contract is 10 years at 300 million, according to Mark Feinsand:

Good GOD that is a lot of money. Jeff Passan says there is an opt out after the 5th season.


  1. Angelo Cataldi will be happy Machado isn’t a Phillie because he “doesn’t hustle”
  2. Machado signing will speed up the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, since Scott Boras no longer has to sit around and play the world’s dumbest staring contest with Manny’s agent, Dan Lozano. Now Boras can ask for 10 years at $301 million just to show everyone that he has the bigger weiner.
  3. Manny is not going to win anything in San Diego, but the weather is great, the fans don’t really care, and it’s a nice place to play without a ton of expectations.
  4. When the Philly electrician told Machado to “do the right thing and sign,” Manny obviously did not heed his advice. Tom, I think his name was.

So that’s that. Bryce Harper, it’s your move. We are approaching DEFCON levels that have never been realized. We are easily at DEFCON 9 or 10 right now waiting to see what happens next.

Crossed Up: Heyman, The Waiting Game, And The Unknown

JoyOnBroad - February 19, 2019

Anthony and Bob discuss Jon Heyman’s Twitter approach, fan reaction to the Harper and Machado saga, and baseball’s potential impending labor disaster.

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Major League Baseball Will Use a Pitch Clock in Spring Training

Kevin Kinkead - February 18, 2019

Rob Manfred spoke to reporters Sunday about a bunch of different things.

The MLB commissioner discussed free agency, tanking, and rule changes, and the biggest takeaway from his availability was confirmation of the implementation of a pitch clock during Spring Training.


Manfred wouldn’t commit to a pitch clock in the regular season. He’d like to come to an agreement with players, though he is able to unilaterally implement that change. 

More on that from’s Jenifer Langosch:

The 20-second clocks, which have been used in the Minors since 2015, will be phased in this spring in order to allow players and umpires to get comfortable with the system. Manfred said more details about the structure of that rollout will be announced by MLB later this week.

The purpose, Manfred said, is to “start getting ready for the possibility that we’re going to use the pitch clock on Opening Day.”

That will happen if the MLB Players Association agrees to the proposal, or if MLB chooses to use its collectively bargained right to implement it unilaterally. Under the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Commissioner has the right to impose rule changes if the MLBPA is given at least a year of notice.

This is something Manfred could have implemented last year, but the league and the MLBPA went with other pace of play tweaks instead. That included the new rules for mound visits, inning breaks, and pitching changes.

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Jake Arrieta Says He Pitched With a Torn Meniscus

Kevin Kinkead - February 14, 2019

Jake Arrieta started strong last season, then fell off.

Apparently that’s because he had a torn meniscus, according to him. He spoke with reporters about it at Spring Training today:

That doesn’t match up with what Gabe Kapler said yesterday, that Arrieta hurt his knee during an offseason weight-lifting program.

Conflicting timelines here:

For context, here’s how Arrieta began the season vs. how he ended the season, courtesy of BWanks:

  • April and May: 58.1 innings pitched, 2.16 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .224 BAA, allowed a .601 OPS
  • June onward: 114.1 innings pitched, 4.88 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .263 BAA, allowed a .783 OPS

Arrieta had a rough June, then rebounded in July, but ultimately his post 6/1 numbers were much different than what he was doing in April and May.

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Crossing Broadcast: Sixers/Celtics, Nola Extended, Stadium Series, The Market for Foles

JoyOnBroad - February 14, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Sixers loss to the Celtics, the positives from the Nuggets and Lakers games, the Brett Brown debate, Aaron Nola’s extension, prepping for the Stadium Series Flyers v. Penguins, what the Joe Flacco trade means for the Nick Foles market, and plenty more!

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The Associated Press is Expanding its Use of Artificial Intelligence

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2019

At some point in the not-so-distant future, all of us will be replaced by robots.

Some already have, like camera operators and master control technicians who work in television news. Now the cameras are controlled via joystick and everything else is automated, so why would you pay a human being a fair wage to do the job when you can just use machines instead? It’s like “Skynet” from the Terminator movies, only without the nuclear holocaust.

In 2019 we’re taking it a step further. We’re looking at automated WRITING, which seems crazy to me, but apparently the Associated Press is taking a dip in that pool, according to Sport Techie:

The Associated Press is automating all previews for NCAA Division I men’s basketball games following successful tests of the technology for MLB-affiliated minor league baseball games.

The news platform is deploying natural language generation from Automated Insights to automatically turn data from STATS into narratives, eventually without human input. While the AP has typically provided previews for all NCAA Tournament games, this marks the first time it will offer previews for over 5,000 regular-season games. Automated stories previewing the matchups will begin appearing on the wire the week of Feb. 11.

“We’re pleased to deliver significantly more content of value to our customers,” said Barry Bedlan, AP’s director of sports products. “Given the large number of college games played each season, using automation as a tool to more thoroughly cover this sport makes sense.”

The AP has been experimenting with artificial intelligence for its news coverage since 2012. In 2016, it deployed Automated Insights’ technology to expand its coverage of Minor League Baseball via automated recap stories on games not previously covered by the news organization using MLBAM data.

If the automation is for “expanded coverage” and human beings are actually still employable and/or necessary, then I guess this makes a lot of sense.

But let’s not beat around the bush. You know as well as I do that this is a slippery slope, and eventually the mechanical scribes will develop a mind of their own and break free of their bonds. There will be no override code. They will be out of control and they will begin writing their own previews and recaps of Eagles and Sixers games.

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The Phillies’ Best Path Forward Seems Obvious, But Will They Take It?

BWanksCB - February 13, 2019

I want to take a break from the Bryce Harper/Manny Machado rumor mill madness for a moment and offer some thoughts on where I’m at with this process as spring training gets underway. So indulge me.

With sports, with life, really, it’s often easy to get swept away by a moment. It’s easy to make a situation into more than it really is, or assign it more worth and importance than it actually holds. I write this to acknowledge that I’m perhaps knowingly about to commit this very mistake, but I don’t think I am.

After all, Matt Klentak has to know. John Middleton must know, too. Both men must realize that they currently exist only one move away from completing with authority the final touch of an epic offseason that could:

  • pay off with the much-anticipated return of championship-caliber baseball to this city
  • alter their legacies and raise their own profiles as two of the shrewdest and calculated negotiators in the sport

After last season’s September of baseball that looked like the game’s reenactment of Weekend at Bernie’s, the Phillies’ additions of veteran players Jean Segura and Andrew McCutchen made for good first attempts to ensure there will be no sequel. Adding reliever David Robertson was a big boost to the bullpen. The deal to acquire J.T. Realmuto last week signaled, in earnest, that the front office is aggressively looking to end the team’s seven-season playoff drought. Aaron Nola’s arbitration-avoiding four-year contract extension gives the budding ace some stability, but it’s team-friendly nonetheless. Yet another good deal.

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Report: Phillies Signing Aaron Nola to Four-Year Extension

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2019

Hey, here’s some baseball news not involving Bryce Harper or Manny Machado:

So Nola was under contract already, but this ensures they don’t have to deal with arbitration. Matt Breen at the Inquirer says Nola’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for tomorrow and notes that the club hasn’t gone to arbitration since Ryan Howard back in 2008.

It’s a raise and security for Nola, plus a bargain for the Phillies.

Next up: Bryce Harper!

Let’s get Bryce locked up.

Edit –

Here are the yearly numbers from Jeff Passan:

Play ball!