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Saturday, December 03, 2011

NYBD: Silva: The Wild Ride of Bobby Valentine and Steve Phillips

Another…Greatest Sports Argument Of All Time!

Steve Phillips and Bobby Valentine were reunited yesterday on the “Evan and Phillips Show” on Mad Dog Radio. It was a reunion of two men that appeared would never mend the fence after a tumultuous six years as the Mets GM/field manager combo. For as much criticism both Phillips and Valentine receive after the fact, they have the second best run in franchise history.

...Many point to Phillips firing Valentine’s coaches in June of 1999 as to ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 03:39 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, mets, red sox, television

Royals Review: Royals Fired Frank White For Being Too Critical?

I wasn’t pitch-fork ready when I heard that Frank White was not returning to Royals broadcasts in 2012. However, Jeff Passan has made the discussion a little more interesting:

I’m told the Royals fired Frank White because team thought he was too critical. To fire him is bad. To fire him for that is unconscionable.

...The Royals are in a tough spot here. The team/FSKC has every right to go in another direction, and in the past White has been fairly prickly about being denied or removed from ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, royals, television

Brookover: Freddy Galvis remains an option at shortstop for Phillies

Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ new director of player development, recently watched the 22-year-old Galvis play for Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League and turned in a favorable scouting report to Amaro.

“I really liked the reports I have gotten from Joe Jordan on Galvis,” Amaro said. “The reports were good on how he has progressed offensively.”

...Amaro said he was still in discussions with Rollins and other free-agent shortstops. He also conceded that there would be some risk in starting a ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 12:12 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, phillies

Mike Schmidt: Kaat deserves Hall of Fame induction

Kaater’s skill falls into Schmidt’s lap. How novel.

I knew Jim was considered by the system as borderline for Hall membership, but what I didn’t know was that he has more wins than seven current members. That he played for 25 years, third-longest career in history, won 16 Gold Gloves, had a career 3.45 ERA and a World Series championship to go along with those 283 wins.

Add in some modern research, he had 365 starts of six innings with three or fewer runs allowed. By today’s standards, his ...

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 11:31 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Friday, December 02, 2011

When A Team Leaves Its Stadium, What Do You Do With the Building?

Back in February, an architecture conference focused on “concrete modernism” met in Houston. Included on the agenda: a tour of the famed Astrodome. The 65,000-seat domed stadium, the first of its kind when it opened in 1965, was the perfect destination for the group. But the visitors’ path through the venue had to be changed when, just hours before the event, an electrical fire broke out in the facility. The blaze wasn’t major, but it illustrated the extent to which the facility, once ...

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 02, 2011 at 09:47 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, memorabilia

Bill Deane thinks former Barry Larkin will get 79 percent of the HOF vote

Hep up…former preeminent expert on Baseball Hall of Fame voting patterns, Chris Jaffe!

Bill Deane, the preeminent expert on Baseball Hall of Fame voting patterns, predicts that former Reds great Barry Larkin will be elected to Cooperstown in 2012 with 79 percent of the vote.

...The way Deane does his analysis is to look at how many votes are freed up by a previous year’s election – Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were elected in 2010 – and then estimating how that might impact the ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 09:18 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, reds

Omar Minaya hired by San Diego Padres for undisclosed front office position

I get my Naval Base Percentage from San Diego!

A year after seeing his five-year stint as Mets general manager end with a thud, Omar Minaya is back in the baseball biz after being hired by the San Diego Padres to an undisclosed front office position.

The move, first reported by, will most likely see Minaya in an advisory role to Padres GM Josh Byrnes and deal with scouting – particularly in Latin America – and trades.

Minaya, 53, who was fired by the Mets in October 2010, was the ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, mets, padres, sabermetrics

LA Times: Dodgers sign Chris Capuano; Hiroki Kuroda looks gone

Lean to the left:

The addition of the fragile Capuano all but ends right-hander Hiroki Kuroda’s four-year career with the Dodgers, and leaves the Dodgers with three left-handers in their rotation — Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly and Capuano. Chad Billingsley is their only certain right-handed starter. Right-hander Nate Eovaldi is currently in line to be the team’s No.3 starter.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 02, 2011 at 08:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

BASN: Gray: Baseball Does Not Get It

A friend of mine once got wicked bombed, took a header, split his head open, popped up and announced…“I GOT A SPLOSION IN MY HEAD!”

How many more times will Americans read the headlines that tell of another baseball player being suspended for the alleged use of steroids. Somehow the sport of baseball does not get it. That’s just baseball being baseball and losing fans with each passing year.

Black Movie Director Spike Lee stated many times “DO THE RIGHT THING”, which is what baseball ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 06:39 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, history, media

Borges: Tony Conigliaro’s 25 a very good first step

That’s the fat Jack!

“Well, there was a group of numbers available,’’ Valentine explained when asked how he ended up choosing Tony C’s number out of all those available on hooks down in the clubhouse.

“I don’t think 2 was available. Neither was 22, which is my second thought. I knew 25 really as Tony C’s number. I might have been his last roommate. I think I was. He was trying to make a little comeback when I was with the (San Diego) Padres (in 1976). I had such admiration for ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox

Could Bill Buckner join Valentine’s coaching staff?

One name that surfaced as a potential candidate was that of former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who managed the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League last season.

“He’s been a friend for years,” Valentine said. “We played together with the Dodgers. We played together in the Dominican Republic. I’ve watched his kids grow up and I respect his every opinion in baseball and in worldly matters. Whether or not Bill Buckner would be on the staff is a decision that Ben and I will talk ...

Diamond Research Posted: December 02, 2011 at 03:26 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Orioles get Teagarden for minor leaguer Henry and a player to be named (Viola designated)

The Orioles have acquired catcher Taylor Teagarden from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named, who is also expected to be a low-level minor leaguer.
The team designated left-hander Pedro Viola for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Teagarden.

Rangers catching prospects: And then there were none.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 02, 2011 at 02:56 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rangers

NPB hopes Japan will take part in 2013 World Baseball Classic

Japanese baseball owners on Thursday said they want Japan to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

“We’ve been having peaceful and cooperative talks with WBC organizers. For Nippon Professional Baseball, we want Japan to take part,” said Rakuten Eagles owner Toru Shimada.

Shimada headed a negotiating team representing Japan’s 12 pro club owners, who were seeking a bigger share of the profits from the WBC, during talks in October with Major League Baseball, the tournament’s ...

Gamingboy Posted: December 02, 2011 at 02:32 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan

Bradley: Bobby Valentine’s history with statistics and baseball intuition

The last time Todd Zeile had a .427 OBP was in the Van Nuys Guys League.

It goes back to the 1999 season and the Mets were on their way to the NL Wild Card and a trip to the postseason. Sitting in the dugout in San Diego one afternoon, Valentine started talking about a problem he saw coming down the pike for the Mets.

“We’re going to let John Olerud walk at the end of this season,” Valentine said. “And it’s going to be a big mistake.” Paraphrasing the rest of what Valentine said, he was ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 02:21 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, red sox, sabermetrics

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Colorado Rockies

Still pulling for Chris Buglovsky! (double checks indy rosters)

1. Drew Pomeranz, rhp
2. Nolan Arenado, 3b
3. Chad Bettis, rhp
4. Wilin Rosario, c
5. Tim Wheeler, of
6. Trevor Story, ss/3b
7. Tyler Anderson, lhp
8. Kent Matthes, of
9. Kyle Parker, of
10. Josh Rutledge, ss

Fortunately for Colorado, its most recent drafts look more productive. Even if Matzek turns into a bust, the 2009 crop already has sent Rex Brothers to the big league bullpen and features three of the system’s top ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 11:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, rockies, scouting

Erardi: Behind the numbers: Dan Driessen vs. Sean Casey

Only Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. losing an election could be worse than this! (end crazed Reds fan rant)

Driessen’s sin was in coming along when he did: As a third baseman in his early 20’s who wasn’t talented enough defensively to stick at third base, and yet was stuck behind Doggy at first base…and then when he got his chance to prove he had the stuff to help the Reds win a third straight World Championship in 1977, the starting pitching fell apart… and then when he should have been coming ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 11:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, reds, sabermetrics

ESPN: Heath Bell, Marlins agree

$9 million a year…Heath Bar Crunch!

The Miami Marlins and free-agent closer Heath Bell have agreed on a three-year contract, pending a physical, sources told

The two sides have been talking about a deal that would pay Bell $9 million a year. The deal also includes a vesting option for a fourth year.

Bell is expected to take his physical Friday in Florida, the sources said.

...But with the future of their incumbent closer, Juan Oviedo (aka, Leo Nunez), a major question because of ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 10:56 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business, miami

Amazin’ Avenue: Transcript of Sandy Alderson’s Conference Call with Bloggers

...And does your front office consider Jose Reyes a franchise player?

Alderson: Let me start with your last question first: Do I consider him a franchise player? Yes. But a franchise player is only valuable as such if he is contributing to a winning franchise as opposed to simply acting as eye wash for a team that is not very good. So for me, franchise players are critically important—this goes back to the bonding that takes place with a handful of players on each team—you need those kinds of ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 10:30 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2011

Toledo News-Bee, December 2, 1911:

Hugh Jennings, manager of the Detroit American baseball club, and the Rev. P.J. Lynett, of Mount Morris, N.Y., were seriously, and Mr. and Mrs. David Holden, of Mount Morris, slightly injured at midnight Friday night, when an auto driven by Jennings crashed through the railing of a bridge crossing the Lehigh river near Gouldsboro, Pa., and plunged to the river bed, 10 feet below.

Jennings was unconscious for three hours.  Attending physicians at the state ...

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: December 02, 2011 at 10:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

NY Daily News: Brad Pitt helps console suicidal man at ‘Moneyball’ screening

One save that won’t make the boxscore…

The man publicly admitted to Pitt and “Moneyball” costar Jonah Hill that he battled suicidal thoughts alone in his car before the night’s event, the magazine said.

“Look, man, life is up and down, it’s a vicious cycle, but you have to go through it and deal with that,’” Pitt said, according to an observer who spoke to Us Weekly.

“You can be down, but then you come back up again, and every failure can lead to success,” the observer quoted Pitt ...

AndrewJ Posted: December 02, 2011 at 02:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, media

Seattle Times: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says he’s “aware” of Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki

But wouldn’t someone named Kawasaki want to play for the Swallows? And wear number 61?

Last night, Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki of the champion Softbank Hawks announced at a press conference that he was becoming a free agent. Then, in an interesting twist, he told Japanese media that he wants to play in the major leagues, but only for the Mariners so he could team with Ichiro.

Not everyday the Mariners are flat out handed a free agent with zero competition. Especially one from Japan ...

vortex of dissipation Posted: December 02, 2011 at 01:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, mariners

Valentine Plans Blending Sabermetrics With Baseball Experience to Make Decisions With Red Sox

“One of the exciting parts of this situation is that I know information is available to me,” Valentine said at his introductory news conference. “And that information has to get in, has to be digested with the other information that I get from my ears and my eyes and my experience, and hopefully it’s going to be able to [produce] some pretty good results. It’s exciting. I think it’s an every-day process and I think it’s going to be a learning process for me.”

Such a process isn’t ...

Repoz Posted: December 02, 2011 at 12:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Engaging our Splittist Tendencies - December College Basketball Thread

Provincial link for the throughly provincial College Basketball world.

Chicago Joe Posted: December 01, 2011 at 11:26 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: history


With the lockout over, I estimate that there may be more than 10-12 Primates who want to talk about the NBA, and with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: fractional reserve banking, and Tim Tebow.

rr Posted: December 01, 2011 at 11:26 PM | 3254 comment(s)
  Beats: general

OT: The Soccer Thread: December 2011

What I Want for Christmas:

Carlos Tevez: A ticket out of Manchester
Wayne Rooney: To be known from here on out as “Tintin” instead of “Shrek”
Harry Redknapp: An acquittal
Andre Villas-Boas To still be employed come Christmas
Portsmouth Fans: For their club to still exist come Christmas
Me: West Ham United, Championship leaders come Christmas
Shooty: Any Spurs gear from the years 1964-1982


RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 11:26 PM | 990 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

ajc: Schultz: Hall of Fame: Murphy thumbs up, juicers thumbs down

Fave time of the year! A couple of ballots/partials in already…Let the stupid begin!

• Jeff Bagwell: No. He has a Hall of Fame credentials (449 homers, 1,529 RBI, .297 average, MVP). But he was well short of induction last year with only 41.7 percent of the vote, at least in part because he has been suspected of using PEDs. Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci summarized the Bagwell debate nicely when he wrote: “Bagwell was an admitted Andro user who hired a competitive bodybuilder to make ...

Repoz Posted: December 01, 2011 at 10:48 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, history, steroids

Francona: ‘Someone cut my legs out’

Could Dennis Eck have pulled a Johnny Eck!?

Francona said that he was under the impression that, after talking with reporter Bob Hohler the night before the story ran, that he had corrected the record and that there would be no suggestion that he had an issue with pain medications. And so, he was caught off guard when reading the story to see that such suggestions remained.

“When I hung up with Bob, I was under the impression that he understood. I could have gotten him to talk to Dr. Ronin. I ...

Repoz Posted: December 01, 2011 at 10:19 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Salfino: Why not true contract amnesty in baseball?

Would this encourage lower-revenue teams to take more risks on the market? Dunno, but Mike makes an interesting case:

What if you allowed each team to get off the hook for one contract for the life of the labor agreement and to not have to pay the deal but instead have it paid out of a central Major League fund funded by, say, the luxury tax.

And teams that pay the luxury tax lose the right to void a contract in this way. But small market teams could take more chances, presumably, because they ...

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 01, 2011 at 10:15 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Sickels:  Toronto Blue Jays Top 20 Prospects for 2012

What can you say? This system has incredible depth, and a year from now it could look even better, depending on how Nicolino, Norris, and Syndergaard perform in full-season ball, not to mention hitters like Smith and Dean who are just getting started. Sanchez and Woj have the natural ability to zoom up the list as well.

Many of the C+ guys (and even some of the Cs) have B or even A-level physical ceilings but need to play and get some experience in, particularly pitchers like Carmona and ...

Paul D(uda) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 06:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, prospect reports

Competitive Balance Lottery Teams

MLB announces teams that will be eligible for new Competitive Balance Lottery in 2013.

The teams that will be eligible for the first lottery are the D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Royals, A’s, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Marlins, Brewers and Cardinals.

The odds of winning a Draft pick in this lottery will be based on each team’s winning percentage in the previous season. The half-dozen picks will be made at the conclusion of the first round, but after the compensation picks for free ...

Tricky Dick Posted: December 01, 2011 at 04:55 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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