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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Posnanski: Baseball Vintages

Back from playing high-stakes pinochle with Elizabeth Anna Duke...Poz returns!

Thing is, if we look back on baseball vintages, we see that there really is a big difference between different years. Look at 1931:

January 31, 1931: Ernie Banks was born in Dallas, Texas.

May 6, 1931: Willie Mays was born in Westfield, Alabama.

October 13, 1931: Eddie Mathews was born in Texarkana, Texas

October 20, 1931: Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma

October 23, 1931: Jim Bunning was born in ...

Repoz Posted: November 26, 2011 at 04:59 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Thurm: Whither LoMoMarlins? What Will The New MLB Social Media Policy Say?

The Social Media Police
They come to me in my mother’s basement

Tucked at the end of the outline of MLB’s new labor agreement is section X “Other,” subsection b, which reads: “All players will be subject to a policy governing the use of Social Media.” That’s it. It doesn’t say what the policy is, whether it already exists, is yet to be drafted, or how it will be enforced.

...It’s easy to point to Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) and Nyjer Morgan (@TheRealTPlush) as the poster children for a ...

Repoz Posted: November 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media

STL Today: Dan McLaughlin to return?

Everybody deserves a third



It appears that Dan McLaughlin will find out if he’ll be back in the Cardinals’ TV booth in the next week or so. And while his return looked like a long shot in the weeks shortly after he was arrested in late September on his second drunken driving charge in 13 months, all indications now are that he has a good chance of being retained.

Fox Sports Midwest general manager Jack Donovan was extremely angry when he found out about the latest of those arrests ...

Repoz Posted: November 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, media

WSJ: Futterman: New Rules Your Tax Lawyer Will Love

el jefe points out this…“WSJ article on CBA that has assertions I haven’t seen elsewhere…?”

If there’s any bad news, it’s this: Fans who haven’t pursued coursework in theoretical mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may have a hard time understanding what’s going on half the time.

Let’s say that next season, under the new rules, your team wants to trade its veteran centerfielder for draft picks. In a bid to rein in excessive spending on unproven talent, baseball’s new ...

Repoz Posted: November 26, 2011 at 12:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Rays: Good News, Reds Want Pitching For Yonder Alonso!

Look over Yonder what do you see
The Rays are a-risin’ most definitely

The Reds are in need of pitching, and the Rays have about 7 or 8 major league pitchers on the 40-man roster. Tampa Bay is likely to trade at least one this off season, so they are ready to meet Cincinnati’s needs. And the spark to this powder keg? According to Yahoo’s Tim Brown, Alonso is available if Cincinnati can land a No. 2 starter, naming Tampa Bay, Oakland, Toronto and Cleveland as suitors.

The Reds are likely ...

Repoz Posted: November 26, 2011 at 12:23 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, reds

Friday, November 25, 2011

Former Twins pitcher Jim Kaat on his ‘squabble’ with Calvin Griffith

“Golden Era” Hall of Fame candidate Jim Kaat, the former Minnesota Twins pitcher, makes for an entertaining hour-long interview Monday evening on “Studio 42 with Bob Costas” on the Major League Baseball Network.

Kaat, who won 283 career games and 16 Gold Gloves, chats about his relationship with penurious late Twins’ owner Calvin Griffith.

“I had a contract squabble with Calvin every year,” Kaat said. “Calvin one day said, ‘Can you go downtown and earn 18,000 dollars a year working at any ...

Repoz Posted: November 25, 2011 at 11:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, twins

Bill James Online Mailbag

More Bill James! This is a better find than that Angelo Buono Car Upholstery business card I came across!

In your three recent articles about MVP vote bias, you give “wins” or “losses for guys being better or worse in a category when someone worse or equal wins an MVP, and the amount of “wins” is based on the win share difference, but shouldn’t it also be based on the difference in that statistic? In 2006 Derek Jeter had 97 RBI’s and morneau had 130, a difference of 33, they had a difference ...

Repoz Posted: November 25, 2011 at 06:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Wilpons To Face Jury Trial?

The trustee suing New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and family in an attempt to recover alleged profits from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme scored a modest victory Wednesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff granted trustee Irving Picard’s request to have the trial, which is set for March 19, heard before a jury. Attorneys for Wilpon and brother-in-law Saul Katz argued the judge ought to decide the case if it goes unsettled beforehand.

Pretty funny if Wilpon seeks to exclude ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 25, 2011 at 02:26 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

Lenny Dykstra holds first sit-down interview since plea in grand theft auto case

I don’t need no fancy foods like beans, ketchup and a $28,000 bottle of wine!

“I really for the first time understand humility,” he said Thursday while smoking a cigarette on the patio of his private bungalow at The Hills rehab center. “It’s not everybody else’s fault. It’s not a coincidence that I’m here. It happened because I was using drugs and alcohol. It was a reality check.”

Wearing a fleece sweatshirt and a court-ordered ankle monitor, Dykstra said his demons were wine, ...

Repoz Posted: November 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, mets, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-25-2011

Milwaukee Journal, November 25, 1944:

Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, commissioner of baseball since 1921, died at St. Luke’s hospital Saturday morning at 5:35.  He was 78 years old.

Landis, a gruff speaking old man with shaggy white hair, battered hat and keen wit, became a legend in his lifetime.  He was noted for his fairness and as a man who always gave the underdog a break.

Unless they had too much melanin.  In which case they were screwed.

In all seriousness, though, the linked ...

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: November 25, 2011 at 09:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, obituaries

Sullivan: Could some of the Cubs’ culture bite the dust?

Now that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has been summoned by Ricketts to change the Cubs’ “culture,” could “Go, Cubs, Go” and other Wrigley staples bite the dust? Epstein calls himself a “traditionalist,” but if he changes his mind, here are some examples of Cubs culture that may have jumped the shark:

...Cubbies: When Dallas Green took over in 1982, the new general manager reportedly forbade Cubs broadcasters from using the word “Cubbies” when referring to the ballclub. It ...

Repoz Posted: November 25, 2011 at 03:12 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, history, media

Blue Jays wanted Buchholz for John Farrell

CLAY?!...I’d alert Sons of Anarchy before Sons of Sam Horn!

According to a tweet from David Waldstein from the New York Times, the Blue Jays asked for Clay Buchholz as compensation if the Red Sox were going to hire away John Farrell to become their manager. originally reported that the Red Sox had identified Farrell as a potential candidate for their managerial opening, but, as Ken Rosenthal wrote, “never considered it likely the Jays would engage in serious discussions about ...

Repoz Posted: November 25, 2011 at 02:57 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox

Sources: Yanks, Freddy Garcia agree

The deal is worth between $4 million and $5 million, according to the New York Daily News.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 25, 2011 at 12:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Platoon Advantage: The War of Statistical Aggression

It’’s…it’s as if frontotemporal lower-the-bar degeneration never affected Charles Beaumont!

Somewhere in the lung of Texas, the Traditionalists have met in order to subvert the growing power of the Saberists forces. With Bill James’ armies bearing down in their insurrection, Murray Chass has convened his loyal commanders to repel the rebels as his propaganda campaign has largely resulted in failure and has led to the unfortunate nickname “Blogger Chass”. Gathered together for this ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 06:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-24-2011

New York Times, November 24, 1886:


There will be a game of baseball on the Polo Grounds to-morrow between nines composed of prominent professionals living in New York and Brooklyn.  The contest will be under the new rules recently adopted at Chicago.  Following are the names of the men who are to compose the nines: Gerhardt, Hanlon, Crane, Connor, Deasley, Roseman, Nelson, Kennedy, Lynch, Burdock, Hankinson, Troy, Hayes, Force, Orr, Forster, Corcoran, and Wheeler.

  ...

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: November 24, 2011 at 02:33 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Goold: Pujols sticking with Lozano as his agent

Free agent first baseman Albert Pujols told The Post-Dispatch late Wednesday night that Dan Lozano will remain his agent and that he will not change representation in response to an online report that used unnamed sources to allege his agent was involved in sordid activities.

“I am absolutely staying with Danny as my agent,” Pujols said when reached in Hawaii while on a family vacation. “And he will continue to negotiate my free agent contract. I am embarrassed for the people who are behind ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 01:27 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media

Bill James Online Mailbag

Popular Crime: Utley, Grich, & the HOF.

Seeing the question about Chase Utley’s Hall of Fame chances made me think of Kevin Youkilis. ...He didn’t have a full season until 2006, when he was 27, has never played more than 147 games in a season due to injury, and is now 33. He has only 23 Hall of Fame points, but I want to hold out some hope for him. Could he play long enough and well enough to make it to the Hall?

I also think he is just a fun player to root for, but honestly, it’s quite ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM | 592 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Jim Kaat: All deserving of the awards

Please, this is not to be meant as a condescending comment — Kaat has never won a Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

I’m happy for all the winners and the ones who didn’t win should feel good about being in the discussion, because they had to have very good seasons to be in consideration. Justin Verlander winning the AL MVP may have been somewhat of a surprise to some because you have certain voters — and there was at least one again this year — who don’t even give a ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, tigers

Report: Bruce Chen, Royals agree

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract with left-hander Bruce Chen on Wednesday, solidifying their starting rotation heading into next season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

They call him Bruce.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: November 24, 2011 at 05:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Lucas: Eliminating the DH could cheer up Astros fans

Greg Lucas: Father of the DPH! (checks old 70’s desk drawer for possible floating mandie pills)

There IS a compromise rule available that would allow aging hitters to still get some extra at bats but keep much of the strategic moves available in games at the same time.

It is called the DPH…or designated pinch hitter.  In recent years I have read similar concepts, but I will allow that the original idea for the DPH may every well have been conceived by yours truly as far back as 1979 in ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 01:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, history

Jacobs: Bobby Valentine Will Be Fun With Red Sox, But It Won’t End Well

O ye men who dwell in the streets of broad Lansdowne!

Boston’s need to eat its baseball skippers is well documented, even if the documentation at times needs to be rinsed through the hyperbole cycle. Off-day pitchers scarfing down fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse? Child’s play compared to Valentine’s 2002 Mets. There were accusations of at least seven players smoking dope. Keith Hernandez claimed the team quit on Valentine, although he later apologized. When the owners weren’t feuding, ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 12:39 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, red sox

Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore

Even as other teams made him offers, Grady Sizemore knew there was only one that made sense for him.

He still belonged with the Indians.

“I wasn’t ready to say goodbye and move on,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Indians re-signed Sizemore to a one-year, incentive-based contract, bringing the oft-injured former All-Star outfielder back for another chance to become the electrifying player whose career has been derailed the past three seasons by injuries and surgeries.

Sizemore’s journey into ...

Repoz Posted: November 24, 2011 at 12:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, indians

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Megdal: (Mets Need) Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Megdal has the “The Seinfeld-Reyes Solution”.

I am a longtime, unabashed fan of Jerry Seinfeld. And not only am I a fan of his work, I’m a fan of how he’s lived his post-Seinfeld life- doing what he wants, calling Steve Somers and talking Mets for 45 minutes, etc. It’s pretty much exactly what I will do once I have a hit TV show that pays me a ludicrous amount of money in perpetuity.
Lately, I found another similarity: like me, Jose Reyes is Jerry Seinfeld’s favorite player. And he’s ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:53 PM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets, television

Ben Goessling, MASN: The new CBA, the Nationals and the end of signability

So what will it mean for the Nationals, now that they’re picking later in the draft than they have before? Well, in the short-term, they won’t be at as much risk of losing their first-round pick for signing a Type A free agent as they would have been under the old system. But it seemed less likely they were going to pursue a big-name free agent this year than they were last year anyway. This has been a team built on scouting and development; Rizzo constructed his entire front office around the ...

TerpNats Posted: November 23, 2011 at 05:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: business, college, high school, nationals

PADRES: Team acquires catcher Baker for LeBlanc

Will LeBlanc fare well away from his primate teammate?

The Padres have strengthened their catching situation with the acquisition of John Baker from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday in exchange for pitcher Wade LeBlanc.
Baker is two-plus years removed from reconstructive elbow surgery and was limited to 31 games between the majors and minors last season. He hit .154 with one RBI for the Marlins in 13 at-bats.

But the left-handed hitting catcher averaged seven homers and 41 RBIs with a .281 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 03:05 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, padres

Yankees Raise Bleacher Prices; ‘Bald Vinny’ Not Happy

Sy Sprawling rulz! ‘Bald Vinny’ not being happy pleases me to no end.

The Yankees are raising bleacher prices next season in an effort to cut down on resales by ticket brokers. New York said Tuesday the price of the seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5.

“The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and were bought up by ticket brokers,” chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “The folks that really wanted it for affordability couldn’t get it.”

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 02:35 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-23-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 23, 1911:

Orvie Overall, former star pitcher on the Cubs, is an outlaw, according to information which reached here on Wednesday that the big fellow had signed up with the pirate Pacific coast organization.  Five thousand is the mark which, it is reported, landed Overall.  The promoters of the league are trying to land Mordecai Brown.

Easiest $5,000 Overall ever made if this report was accurate.  He blew out his arm late in the 1911 season and was unable to pitch in ...

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: November 23, 2011 at 02:22 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

NYT: Torre Draws Inquiries From Suitors for Dodgers

Only Costello on his way to the Susquehanna Hat Company has left more damaged hats behind.

At 71, you would not expect Torre to manage again or become a general manager.

“I’m not part of any group,” he said by telephone Tuesday afternoon. “But I’ll tell you there’ve been a number of people who’ve reached out and inquired, but I’ve made no alliance, no commitment, as of this minute.”

Could his situation change in a month? “Who knows?” he said. “It’s certainly ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 11:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

Plaschke: Writers strike out not choosing Matt Kemp as MVP

Wow!...I haven’t agreed with Plaschke since he wrote that fistive tribute to Kickboy Face. Oh, wait…that was Plus Key, from “Cuddly Arsenic Convulsion” punkzine. Sorry.

Somebody tell me. Somebody show me. Use sabermetrics. Go to the video. I don’t care. If there is one piece of concrete evidence that says Kemp should not have been voted MVP over Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, I want to see it.

This is a robbery greater than a Kemp leaping catch. This is a steal more blatant than a Kemp sprint. This ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers

Kovacevic: Baseball sticks it to Pirates

Raise the Jolly Roger’s Amateur Draft Luxury Tax!

I asked Frank Coonelly, the Pirates’ president, what’s in this for them.

He cited a new draft feature that will award six bonus picks — Nos. 31-37 overall — to lower-revenue teams by way of a lottery, as well as a cap on international signings that’s staggered in inverse order of the standings. Both will be welcome.

Coonelly also was adamant that baseball wasn’t out to get his team.

“Is this everything the Pittsburgh Pirates hoped it ...

Repoz Posted: November 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, pirates, prospect reports

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