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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Keri: Cleveland’s band of worm burners

In adding Lowe to a rotation that also includes Justin Masterson and Fausto Carmona, the Indians will feature three of this year’s top eight ground-ball-inducing starters. Throw in Ubaldo Jimenez and his above-average ground-ball rate and the Indians will field a staff unlike any other in the game. In a perennially weak division where little edges can mean a lot, the Indians may have found a new path to success, and just maybe a 2012 playoff berth.

To understand how extreme the Indians’ staff ...

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Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 08, 2011 at 07:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, sabermetrics

Red Sox Targeting Carlos Beltran

Target worth: You’ll be paralyzed with fear!

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly targeted outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman. A baseball executive reportedly told Heyman that the All-Star free-agent could get a two-year deal.

Beltran, 34, just finished a seven-year $119 million contract which he signed with the New York Mets in 2005. The slugging outfielder played seven seasons with New York before being traded mid-way through 2011 to the San Francisco ...

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Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 06:58 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, red sox

Singer: Ballplayers fear induction into ‘Get Smart Club’

Which is the chief reason for reaching platteaus.

Baseball is a sport in love with round numbers, and none inspire more reverence than the zeroes that follow any other integer. As for crooked numbers, nothing is as criminal as a “nine” at the end of a significant statistic.

Win 20 games, jack 30 homers, drive in 100 runs or hit .300 and you are put on a pedestal. But come only close, and no cigar.

In 2011, Albert Pujols became the latest to be slighted by the slightest of margins. The St. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 05:57 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, sabermetrics

Twenty-five years later, John McNamara opens up

Bout time…I’ve been sitting outside the bar just as long.

But McNamara opened up in a retrospective on the 1986 postseason that airs Wednesday night on MLB Network. He explains his rationale for removing Roger Clemens after seven innings, with Boston leading, 3-2, and for leaving a hobbling Bill Buckner on the field for the fateful 10th inning, which ended when Buckner’s error gave the New York Mets a 6-5 victory.

McNamara had used Dave Stapleton at first base at the end of every postseason ...

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Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 02:20 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, red sox, television

Petti: Bringing Objective Analysis to TV: An Interview with MLB Network’s Brian Kenny

Which brings us to a new show, Clubhouse Confidential, set to debut tonight on MLB Network. The show will be hosted by former ESPN anchor Brian Kenny. The show bills itself as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research and value projection. While not explicitly “saber”, the show puts advanced statistics and analysis front and center.

...BK: I just approach each subject in a logical progression of thought. And there isn’t one magic number ...

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Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 10:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, projections, sabermetrics, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2011

Toledo News-Bee, November 8, 1911:

Shortly after the big fire at the Polo Grounds, which burned up all the bats of the Giants, [Red] Ames...sent a negro boy down to a sporting goods store for a new bat.

...

“What weight and length do you want?” asked the clerk.

“I don’t know, sir,” replied the boy as he scratched his head.

“I’ll have to know the length and weight before I can get you a bat. What about it?”

The boy looked perplexed.

“Well, sir,” he finally decided, “I guess it don’t make no ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2011 at 10:23 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kevin Goldstein: Twins Top 11 Prospects

Five-Star Prospects
1. Miguel Sano, 3B
Four-Star Prospects
2. Eddie Rosario, OF/2B
3. Joe Benson, OF
Three-Star Prospects
4. Aaron Hicks, OF
5. Oswaldo Arcia, OF
6. Levi Michael, SS
7. Alex Wimmers, RHP
8. Travis Harrison, 3B
9. Brian Dozier, SS/2B
10. Kyle Gibson, RHP
11. Max Kepler, OF

Nine More:
12. Hudson Boyd, RHP: This 2011 supplemental first-round pick is a big-bodied power arm who needs refinement.
13. Liam Hendriks, RHP: Many scouts feel Hendriks’ extreme command ways caught up to ...

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Tripon Posted: November 08, 2011 at 04:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting, twins

Kevin Goldstein: Astros Top 11 Prospects

Four-Star Prospects
1. Jarred Cosart, RHP
2. George Springer, OF
3. Jonathan Singleton, 1B
Three-Star Prospects
4. Brett Oberholtzer, LHP
5. Jonathan Villar, SS
6. Domingo Santana, OF
7. Telvin Nash, 1B
Two-Star Prospects
8. Delino DeShields, 2B
9. Jack Armstrong, RHP
10. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
11. Paul Clemens, RHP

Nine More:
12. Ariel Ovando, OF: This high-priced Dominican signee showed huge raw power and huge holes in swing during his stateside debut.
13. Austin Wates, OF: He’s a plus ...

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Tripon Posted: November 08, 2011 at 04:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

L.A. Times: McCourt might still try selling Dodgers’ TV rights

Frank McCourt soon could ask the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to let him sell the Dodgers’ television rights along with the team, a strategy that could violate his sale agreement with Major League Baseball and revive his dormant litigation with Fox Sports.

“The Dodgers plan to file in the near future with the bankruptcy court an amended media rights procurement motion,” according to a club statement late Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the league had agreed that McCourt could ...

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Tripon Posted: November 08, 2011 at 03:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

Joura: Examining Gil Hodges’ Hall of Fame case

And the joura is not out when it comes to Jim Rice either!

All I know is that I no longer think of 1978 when someone mentions Jim Rice. Instead I think of how his election to Cooperstown is a “mistake.” Rice should be remembered for being one of the best in baseball for a three-year period. Instead, he’ll be remembered as the player that writers who are too lazy to look at anything beyond Triple Crown numbers made a last stand for and voted into the Hall despite all evidence to the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 02:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, history, mets, sabermetrics

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: New York Mets:

Oneee Wheeler: Too Hot To Handle!

1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
2. Matt Harvey, rhp
3. Brandon Nimmo, of
4. Jeurys Familia, rhp
5. Cesar Puello, of
6. Jenrry Mejia, rhp
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of
8. Michael Fullmer, rhp
9. Reese Havens, 2b
10. Wilmer Flores, ss

The organization may be able to address its pitching woes from within because its top prospects are righthanders Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, the sixth (2009) and seventh (2010) overall picks in their respective drafts. Both enjoyed ...

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Repoz Posted: November 08, 2011 at 01:04 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

The Miami Herald: Marlins Talking to Jose Reyes

  The Marlins are so enamored with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes that they were in contact with the player at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the moment the free agent signing period could begin. A contingent of high-ranking front office executives for the Marlins were spotted at Miami International Airport on Wednesday headed for New York, where Reyes’ agent, Peter Greenberg, keeps his offices.

    If the Marlins were able to sign the Mets shortstop, it would necessitate a position change for Hanley ...

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Arbitol Dijaler Posted: November 08, 2011 at 01:04 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

Monday, November 07, 2011

Twins dismiss GM Bill Smith

Meet the new boss…same as the old boss…..

The Minnesota Twins made a major change in their front office Monday: Bill Smith is out as the team’s general manager.

Smith, who took over as the Twins’ GM at the end of the 2007 season, will be replaced on an interim basis by Terry Ryan. Ryan has been in the Twins’ organization for more than 28 years, including 13 seasons as the team’s GM from 1994-2007.

Smith was a member of the Twins organization since 1986 and took over as GM in October of 2007. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 09:40 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Massarotti: Dan Duquette deserves this new chance as Orioles GM

Duke the Lost Engine That Could…almost.

Maybe Duquette wasn’t the best general manager in the game or even in Red Sox history. But he wasn’t the worst, either, and his subsequent absence from the game had far more to do with the fact that he can be an introvert more than it did with professional ineptitude.

Shame on us. Shame on all of baseball. We put more stock in the wrapping paper than what was in the box. If Duquette had a personable assistant GM like say, JP Ricciardi, many of his ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 09:06 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, red sox

Jonathan Sanchez Traded for Melky Cabrera

The Kansas City Royals have announced that the club has acquired left-handed pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 07, 2011 at 06:19 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals

Bronx Banter: Color By Numbers: Silver and Gold

Since the Gold Glove was first awarded in 1957, the Yankees have had the second most honorees, behind only the St. Louis Cardinals, who enjoy a comfortable lead over the field with an impressive 83 trophies. At the other end of the spectrum is the Milwaukee Brewers, which makes the team’s traditional ball-in-glove logo somewhat ironic. Since joining the majors as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the Brewers have had only nine Gold Glove winners, all coming while the franchise was in the American ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 06:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, yankees

Rangers investigating clubhouse leak

LA RUSSA UNABLE TO FIND PRESS BOX BATHROOM, MR. PRESIDENT.

The Texas Rangers are investigating who recorded and then leaked manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series.

“It’s unacceptable for this type of thing to be out there,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. “It was a private moment for the team, not meant for anyone else’s ears. We’re looking into it, probably won’t have additional comments until we’ve finished that process.”

The speech, which also ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 05:52 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: media, rangers

Fangraphs: Seidman: The Jock Tax

A tax here, a tax there, and soon you’re talking real moneyball.

Stories that marry together my careers — accountant and baseball analyst — are always intriguing. But I’ve noticed errors in these analyses. Primarily, the new-wave tax articles were ignoring the fact that [Cliff] Lee gets taxed in every city and in every state in which he plays.

This concept is nicknamed “the jock tax,” where states and cities tax non-resident athletes who earn income in their territories. This tax ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: November 07, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, sabermetrics

The New Standard in Prospect-Hyping Video Has Arrived

[Yoenis Cespedes] a tremendous talent—arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation. He’s a legitimate centerfielder with plus power and speed and is in his prime. Much like Aroldis Chapman was the best pitcher from the island, Cespedes is the best position player, and Mercedes will be expecting (and likely getting) a Chapman-like deal in the neighborhood of $30 million.

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 05:19 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Viva El Birdos: What Are the St. Louis Cardinals Looking For in a Manager?

The article contains this from Derrick Goold:

The Cardinals want to more closely integrate their next manager into a top-down organizational chain of command and philosophy. Since being named general manager in October 2007, Mozeliak has tried to create a more linear chain of command that brings the major-league clubhouse in line with the front office and player development.

as well as this:

Matheny’s comments seem to jibe with the characterization of what the Cardinals are looking for in ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: November 07, 2011 at 04:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Talented Cuban defector Cespedes is an odd sight

Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who defected mid-summer and expects soon to be cleared for free agency, is being billed by his agents as the hitting version of Aroldis Chapman and is seeking a contract similar to the $30 million the left-handed pitcher received in 2010, according to two sources familiar with the asking price.

The New York Yankees are particularly hot for the right-handed Cespedes, according to one source who attended an open workout Friday in the Dominican Republic, ...

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Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 03:32 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: international, prospect reports

More Evidence of HOF Thefts; Bill James on HOF Scandal in ‘83

James described the scandal in more detail:

“With the collectors market burgeoning, the Hall of Fame was already finding it more difficult to get people to donate items of historic significance.  The scandal increased those difficulties sevenfold.  The officials at the Hall of Fame were desperate to put the whole thing behind them; the Commissioner, after the public revelations promised a vigorous in-house investigation.”

James reported that in February, 1983, Hall officials “were able ...

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Pop Snyder Posted: November 07, 2011 at 03:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Streets’ use a sweet deal for Red Sox - The Boston Globe

I am undecided about whether the increased taxes make up for the small lease payment. However, before the Sox took over the street on game days, it’s not like the city was getting a lot of revenue from the area.

Over the last nine years, the Boston Red Sox have increased their revenue by an estimated $45 million through the use of two streets that city officials handed over for a relative pittance: an average of $186,000 a year in lease fees.

.....

As for Yawkey Way, the appraiser recommended ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2011 at 02:00 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

THT: Jaffe: Ten things I didn’t know about Tony La Russa

Ten Long Riffs.

5. Oakland’s bullpen: more rise of the modern than the actual modern

If there’s one tendency La Russa is noted for, it’s his willingness to change pitchers in mid-inning. On the one hand, it’s silly to associate that with him, because literally every manager does it nowadays. On the other hand, it was La Russa’s tenure in Oakland most closely that is associated with the hyper-specialization of the bullpen.

There’s something to it, but too much can be made of it. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 11:20 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics

O’s Tommy Hunter pitches in as HBO’s “Veep” shoots at Camden Yards

Tommy

Stalker

Hunter: Big Benes fan…and it ain’t Alan/Andy.

“I got a phone call asking me if I wanted to come to Baltimore (to film),” said Hunter, who was acquired with infielder Chris Davis by the Orioles in the July 30 trade that sent reliever Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers. “I didn’t really know a whole lot about the show or anything, so I did it pretty much on a whim. But it turned out to be a whole lot more than I expected.”

As a longtime fan of “Seinfeld,” Hunter was intrigued by the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 11:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: media, orioles, television

The Yankee Analysts: Just how bad was AJ in 2011?

Same garbage as usual, I’d assume. I’m Facebook friends with Weberman, so I’ll ask him.

In digging through the Fangraphs 2011 MLB pitching leader boards for another piece, one name kept popping up at or near the bottom of the page over and over again. That’s right, one Allan James Burnett. Brian Cashman can talk all he wants about the problem of having to replace his innings, but the fact of the matter is just about every other pitcher in the game who pitched a similar amount of frames did ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 10:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

Brown: Royals reportedly set to corporately rename Kauffman Stadium

Arvest: With the promise of a man…

For perhaps $3-6 million annually over the next 21 years, the Kansas City Royals reportedly are willing to sell out their founder, the late Ewing Kauffman, and rename their ballpark after a bank. Or maybe they’ll just marginalize Kauffman a little bit and call the place “Whichever Bank Field at Kauffman Stadium.”

...KHSB-TV, the NBC station in K.C., reports that the Royals home park might go corporate as soon as Monday:

  Sources close to the Royals say ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, November 7, 1911:

NEW YORK, Nov. 6—Supreme Court Justice Blackmar today refused to grant a certificare of incorporation to a new Brooklyn baseball and sporting club because it had chosen the name “Reno.”

“The word Reno in the public mind,” said the justice in disapproving the club’s application, “is associated with divorce easily granted for causes not recognized as sufficient in this state, and with prize fights.”

And Mike Crudale. ...Read More...

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 09:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nails bails: Lenny Dykstra a no show for fight against Canseco

It turns out that you and I weren’t the only ones who forgot about the Lenny Dykstra-Jose Canseco fight on Saturday night after gaping at the car wreck of a headline earlier this week.

Also suffering a memory lapse? Ol’ Nails himself as Dykstra failed to show up for his whuppin’ at the pay-per view event.

...

As Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the answer naturally rivals the mess that Dykstra and Canseco have made of their lives. Fight promoter Damon Feldman says Dykstra was ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 07, 2011 at 02:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: general

WSJ: Taking Yogi Berra to ‘Moneyball’

Chapter 8: THE YOGI BERRA BLUE PLATE SPECIAL.

Throughout the film, Pitt’s Billy Beane argues with his old-school scouts. The disagreements over players grow intense. Berra, who managed the Yankees and Mets and coached for the Houston Astros, once sat in similar scouting conclaves.

“You remember those things?” Carmen asks her husband.

“Yeah,” Yogi says, chuckling.

Berra’s only issue with “Moneyball” is its rendering of manager Art Howe, who is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and comes off ...

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Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 01:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, yankees

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