Philadelphia Evening Ledger, September 30, 1914:
The guy in the silly pointy helmet lost this war too.
HERE WE GO!
Oakland Athletics (Lester) at Kansas City Royals (James Shields), 8 PM Eastern, TBS.
What follows is a list of all those same players, sorted by their WAR totals from August and September combined — which is to say, the two-month period since the trade deadline:
Small sample sizes alert!
But interesting. The A’s acquisitions (Samardzija, Lester, Fuld, Hammel, Gomes) added 4.3 WAR so even if you deduct the full 1.3 WAR that Cespedes gave Boston, that’s a 3 win improvement. The M’s acquisitions (Denorfia, Morales, Jackson) put up -1.1 WAR. I wonder if they’d ...Read More...
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“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.
I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only ...
The 1955 Dodgers were my father’s team. There aren’t many of them left.
RBI Baseball NES mod for the 2014 playoff teams.
Gardenhire joined the organization in 1987 and was added to Kelly’s staff in 1991. His record as Twins manager was 1,068-1,039. He won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2010, the last time the Twins not only made the playoffs but had a winning record.
Pittsburgh Press, September 29, 1914:
C.L. Herzog, manager of the Cincinnati Nationals, was indefinitely suspended by [National League] President Tener because of an “insulting telegram” received at the office of the league in New York from the Cincinnati manager.
Gov. Tener…stated that Herzog would remain under suspension until he has made a suitable apology.
“Governor Tener. Stop. You’re a big stinky poopy head. Stop. Your mother wears army boots. Stop.”
So, what do you think is written in the stars this year?
It was more than a year ago that Harvey emerged from an MRI tube in Manhattan, setting the Mets on their current path. Testing that day revealed a partially torn ligament in Harvey’s right elbow. He underwent surgery. The Mets lost their best pitcher and—though they shied away from admitting it at the time—their greatest chance at a quick return to playoff glory.
They fought anyway. They propped themselves up by signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon at the Winter Meetings, ...Read More...
The team also announced the entire coaching staff will be back. That includes bench coach Rob Leary, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, hitting coach Frank Menechino, infield/first-base coach Perry Hill, outfield/third-base coach Brett Butler, bullpen coach Reid Cornelius, bullpen coordinator Jeff Urgelles and Major League administrative coach Pat Shine.
Have the Nats peaked too soon???
After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he.
The Nationals right-hander tossed the first no-hitter in club history, a one-walk performance of pure beauty that began with 4 2/3 perfect innings and featured 10 strikeouts…
the brewers owner had some frank things to say over the weekend
Yes, the New York Yankees legend will go down as one of the greatest players in baseball history, but he’s also hit it out of the park when it comes to women.
Derek Jeter’s last professional at-bat is sure to elicit love, admiration, and decades of treasured memories for baseball fans across the country. The 40-year-old Yankee living legend has compiled 3,463 hits (and counting)—ranking sixth all-time—and has contributed too many iconic moments to mention. “The Flip.” “The ...
BOSTON — Even before Derek Jeter plays his final game for the Yankees, which is scheduled to take place here Sunday, the focus has turned from Jeter to Alex Rodriguez — from a cherished star to a tarnished one….
With Rodriguez, there never seems to be a question of whether he is working hard. Cashman said Rodriguez had been working out diligently on his own in Miami and at U.C.L.A. and was eager to return. He said Rodriguez did not express an interest in playing winter ball, although ...Read More...
This year’s playoff race is like a game of hot potato.
Unlike earlier this year, the Red Sox have a lot of good outfield options going into the off-season.
Asked about the possibility of a long-term future in Boston, Cespedes for his part said he hadn’t thought much about it yet.
“I’m still not sure if I want to sign an extension or if I want to be a free agent,” Cespedes said through interpreter Adrian Lorenzo. “It’s still too soon.”
OK, Joe Girardi said it was all Jeter’s fault and he’s glad Derek will be gone next year.
“I’m not going to go into what I talked about,” Girardi said. “Write whatever you want.”
And how dare the post-punk crowd and others try to diminish Joe “Fingers” Carr’s “Portuguese Washerwoman” greatness!
We never get to know Derek Jeter’s innermost feelings, but we know his pride, and that is why it is not hard to imagine, as he slapped that game-winning base hit to right field in his final Yankee Stadium act Thursday night, it was, in his mind, a middle-finger salute to all his Johnny-come-lately critics among the analytics bunch who have deemed his WAR credentials vastly ...
THE REGULAR SEASON ENDS TODAY!*
*Unless there is one or more Game 163, which will still technically be regular season.
I think of a time when a genial man named Herk Robinson, as general manager, wanted to hire an artist to paint the Royals players in action in order to help the scouts. When told that the scouts already had something called video, which rather precisely transferred reality to a television screen, Robinson said yes, but art, true art, can transcend reality…
The drought wasn’t the thing. Yes, it had been 29 years since the Royals last reached the postseason — and baseball has completely ...
Well, I would try and make an argument…but I’m having trouble with that Baseball-Statistics.com jernt. Jeez…
For the few who doubt Jeter deserves a place in baseball’s Olympus on a statistical basis, don’t use the stats. Use the eyes. The catches, the smart plays, the timely hits, and the way his teammates reacted to him all combine to put him among the handful of dominant players of his era. He never had the power of Albert Pujols, but he wasn’t supposed to. Shortstops outside of the ...
As his career comes to a close, nearly everyone who covers baseball has weighed in on Jeter’s legacy, and unfortunately, part of that legacy is his status as a poster boy for disagreements between the traditional media and the statistically inclined crowd, especially regarding his defensive value. Jeter’s poor ratings at shortstop have made him the subject of numerous articles on defensive performance, and that has created the perception that Jeter has been a poor defender; a ...
2 gamedays remain (including today). Today is the final Saturday of the regular season.
Angels (AL West Champions, best record in AL)
Orioles (AL East Champions, home-field in ALDS)
Nationals (NL East Champions, best record in NL)
Dodgers (NL West Champions, home-field in NLDS)
Cardinals (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Pirates (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Tigers (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Giants (Clinched a NL Wild Card spot)
Royals (Clinched playoff spot)
“I feel so full of . . . what’s the opposite of shame?”
“No, not that far from shame.”
The ball hovered in the air for only a few moments. For the diehards, perhaps, it felt like a lifetime. At last, at 9:51 p.m. on Friday, the final out of a 3-1 victory over the White Sox landed in the glove of Royals catcher Salvador Perez, and a generation of waiting was over.
A teeming mass of humanity emerged from the visitors’ dugout, ...
We thank Jim Wisinski for his generous support.
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