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Friday, November 04, 2011

Graham: In Defense Of Dan Duquette

Setting the groundwork for his Oriole GM interview today…Duquette linked to this article twice on FB!

Many people credit Theo Epstein for having helped build the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship team. He may have a big part in it, but one man pretty much goes unnoticed. Dan Duquette.

Dan Duquette was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1994 to 2002 when new management came in and cleaned house. Duquette had a gift of developing some great players. Players like Nomar ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 10:08 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, orioles, red sox, sabermetrics

Morosi: Is Giants’ best hope trading Lincecum?

So if the Giants wish to maximize their odds of returning to the World Series, they have two choices.

1. Spend big for Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes or at the very least Carlos Beltran.

2. Trade one of those prized starters for impact bats, because the day is fast approaching when the Giants won’t be able to afford them all.

And if the Giants blanch at the going rates in free agency, the most practical move might be to trade Mr. Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner himself.

Yes. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 10:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants

Baffoe: Hey Cardinals, Have Sandberg, Please

Sandberg sir. I put him hard-a-starboard and reversed the engines, but he was too close!

Another reason that Sandberg joining the Red State is something I’m rooting for is to get this Cubs fan base concerned strictly with the Cubs and their vision of moving forward. The Cardinals are the competition, of course, but you have to mow your own lawn first before worrying about your neighbor’s.

Most of all, though, I’m pushing for this out of spite, my contempt for the idiot Cubs fan. That ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 4, 1911:

After Joe Cox of Springfield, Mo., known as the Missouri “hope,” was fouled in the second round of a scheduled ten round bout with Eddie Fields of Joplin, Mo., here Friday night, Charlie Schmidt, the American league baseball catcher for the Detroit team last season, took Cox’ place and won a six round decision over Fields.

It’s not entirely clear whether Schmidt went to the match intending to box, or whether he volunteered after Cox was injured.  Regardless, ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brookover: Dick Allen gets snubbed by Hall of Fame ballot

Past HOF votes over HOF value…gawd.

I do not think Dick Allen belongs in the baseball Hall of Fame.

I’m quite sure, however, that the Wampum Walloper belongs among the candidates listed on the Golden Era ballot that was released Thursday by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

...At a Phillies function during the team’s alumni weekend this summer, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning became testy when asked about whether Allen, 69, belonged in the Hall of Fame.

“Don’t talk to me about the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, phillies, projections, sabermetrics

UEFL: 2011 Ejections of the Year: Ed Rapuano and Alfonso Marquez

On July 2, Marquez ruled Phillies baserunner Chase Utley safe on a routine play at the plate. Rauch had been unhappy with what he perceived was an unfair strike zone and promptly was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Though his strike zone came into question, many commenters marveled at the sheer visual spectacle of a very angry 6’11” Rauch being restrained by three Blue Jays personnel, all the while ripping off his jersey and vehemently yelling at a calm and unflinching Marquez, who is ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: November 04, 2011 at 03:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays, fantasy baseball, phillies, tigers

Former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens on the comeback trail?

Oh, my good goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I’ve ever seen. Roger Clemens standing right in Greg Maddux’s 8th place for career wins!

According to Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia newspaper, Clemens “wants to pitch” for the same Indios de Mayaguez team that his son Koby is playing for this winter.

But Koby Clemens said in a separate Nuevo Dia interview that he doesn’t “know how much interest (his dad) has in playing.” And a source told the Daily News that although the 49-year-old ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 02:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hall of fame, history, red sox, yankees

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Cardboard appreciation: 1976 Topps Mickey Scott

Remembering Mickey Scott...

Scott continued to live in Binghamton after his career. He opened a bar, called “Mickey’s Mound,” which I remember driving by when I was a teenager, having no idea that it was Mickey SCOTT’s Mound. I wonder how the conversation would have went if I asked my folks if we could just pop into a bar to see if a former major leaguer was there. (Mickey’s Mound is now The Brass Lantern Tavern).

Scott pitched for a Yankees farm team, the Binghamton Triplets, during the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 11:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, expos, history, obituaries, orioles

High Heat Stats: Picking Up for the Late, Lamented B-R Blog

There is life after the Baseball-Reference.com blog…

After nearly 4 and a half years, that blog has run its course so I’m moving things over here. What can you expect? More of the same, for the most part. At least initially we will be running the same sort of content you saw on the B-R blog.

Best of luck, gents.

Don Malcolm Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcements

POSTPONEMENT OF 2011-12 ABL OPENING DAY

Please be advised that at 6:45pm AEDT (3:45pm AWST) on Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Australian Baseball League made the decision to officially postpone the start of the 2011-12 ABL season by postponing the game between the Perth Heat and Adelaide Bite.

The game, scheduled to commence at Barbagallo Ballpark at 7:20pm local Perth time, was forced to be postponed due to persistent rain and ongoing weather forecasts for the remainder of the evening.

While regrettable, the ABL was left with no ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:27 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: international

MLB All-Stars earn hard-fought win in Taiwan

As expected, the MLB All-Stars won Game 2 of the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series in Taichung Intercontinental Stadium, but it didn’t come easy. They eked out a 5-3 victory over the Chinese Taipei national team in a game that was in question for most of the contest, and also was tinged with worry and concern because of a serious injury to a Chinese Taipei player.

After taking an early 2-0 lead, MLB gave up three unanswered runs to face its first deficit of the five-game exhibition series, but tied ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international

ESPN.com: Theo Epstein, Terry Francona talking

The new Cubs president of baseball operations said he spoke with the former Red Sox manager on Thursday and will speak again to gauge whether Francona is the right fit to be Cubs manager.

“Tito and I have spoken regularly since the end of the season,” Epstein said. “We actually spoke today. We are going to sit down together and see if it’s a fit.

“Clearly he would be at the top of anyone’s list as available managers. That’s probably true of any organization looking for a manager with ...

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Andere Richtingen Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:53 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

Chicago Sun-Times: Mike Maddux, Dale Sveum take center stage in Cubs’ search

Two names at or near the top of the list, according to sources, are Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux and one-time Milwaukee interim manager Dale Sveum, who interviewed for the Boston Red Sox vacancy on Wednesday.

It is worth noting that these two have 12 games of major league managing experience between them.  All 12 being Sveum’s.

Andere Richtingen Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs

Granillo: Player Rankings for Type A/B Calculations, 1982-1984

Larry splains…“For the first 3 yrs of the Type A/Type B free agent classifications, Baseball Digest published lists of how Elias ranked each player in baseball (since a FA needs to be in the top 20% or 30% at his position, all players must be ranked). For example, RP Doug Corbett was considered the #1 player in the AL in 1982 because of how he ranked compared to other RPs. Here’s a look at some of the lists…”

For at least three years, though, the formula was not only publicly available, but ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Goldwater faults Cubs ballpark deal, won’t directly sue Mesa

But if you think that I’ll let the Chicago Cubs
Move in next door…

The Goldwater Institute watchdog group probably won’t sue the city of Mesa over its $99 million deal with the Chicago Cubs to build the baseball franchise a new Cactus League ballpark.

However, Phoenix-based Goldwater doesn’t like the Mesa-Cubs deal, and says its may violate the Arizona Constitution’s ban on government financial gifts to businesses.

Goldwater attorney Carrie Ann Sitren said her group would like to see ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:33 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, media

Dodgers for sale! Price: $1 billion and up!

Everything is so much clearer now.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:15 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media, online

Jim Crane’s purchase of Astros appears to be two weeks away

Jim Crane’s $680 million purchase of the Astros appears headed for approval when baseball owners meet Nov. 17 in Milwaukee, according to officials with knowledge of the process.

Officials caution the deal could still fall apart, and that there are still multiple moving parts in play. One of those moving parts is MLB and Crane continuing to negotiate a price for which the Astros would move to the American League in 2013.

In addition, some owners have expressed discomfort with parts of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2011 at 07:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business

Source: Juan Rivera, Dodgers agree

Rivera will make $4 million in 2012, and the deal has a $500,000 buyout, so the total guaranteed is $4.5 million.

The Dodgers have a $4 million option for 2013. If they exercise it, the deal would cover two years and be worth $8 million.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 03, 2011 at 07:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Ron Santo, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, LuisTiant among Hall of Fame candidates

(Minnie)The Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame is here (Minoso)!

Ten candidates, including Ron Santo, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, (Minnie Minoso) and Luis Tiant , are joined by former executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi on this year’s Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 16-member Golden Era Committee will vote Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas. An individual (Minnie Minoso) receiving at least 75 % of the vote on ballots cast will earn election ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 04:35 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history

Pomes: Wilpon Is Right, Minority Owners None Of Mets Fans Business

The bottom line is that Jeff Wilpon is right. The minority owners who have invested in the Mets are none of the fans’ business. I know in today’s information age we want to know everything, but this is a non-issue and I’ll tell you why.

This has nothing to do with what happens on the field. These minority owners are being brought in to infuse more cash into the team overall and not just the roster which is our business. The renovations that are being made to Citi Field are a prime ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 03, 2011 at 03:41 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

Baseball great Matty Alou dies in Miami

Farewell…Matty Alou. I’m crushed.

Santo Domingo.- One of the most inconic Major League Baseball greats from the Dominican Republic, Mateo Rojas Alou (Matty Alou) died early Thursday in Miami of unspecified ailment.

Alou, one of the famous brothers Jesus and Felipe, who all started with the San Francisco Giants in the 1060s, crowned his career while playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969, when he won that National League Batting title with an average of .342.

Dominican Olympic Committee ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, giants, obituaries, padres, pirates, yankees

LA Times:  Peter O’Malley joins list of potential bidders for Dodgers

O’Malley, 73, spoke out last fall, urging McCourt to sell. At the time, O’Malley said he had no interest in returning as owner or president of the team.

He has changed his mind about that.

“The health of the organization has deteriorated in the last 12 months,” O’Malley said. “The standing of the organization in the community has deteriorated.

“I am confident I can restore it to respectability quicker, sooner and probably better than, or at least as well as, anyone else.”

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Andere Richtingen Posted: November 03, 2011 at 01:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Havana Times: Cuba’s Baseball in the Wake of Defeat

Jumpin’ jodidos! They lost to the Demon Deacons also?!

The United States government has—once again—thumbed its nose at the will of the international community and the embargo remains solidly in place, making life more difficult for Cubans and serving as the excuse for everything that goes wrong in the country.

We didn’t think we would edge out the USA’s continental domination in the Pan American Games (except for the historic exception of 1991, when the event took place in Havana).  ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 01:47 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international, media

Top boppers earn Silver Slugger Awards

American League
1B   Adrian Gonzalez   BOS  
2B   Robinson Cano   NYY  
SS   Asdrubral Cabrera   CLE  
3B   Adrian Beltre   TEX  
OF   Curtis Granderson   NYY  
OF   Jose Bautista   TOR  
OF   Jacoby Ellsbury   BOS  
C   Alex Avila   DET  
DH   David Ortiz   BOS  

National League
1B   Prince Fielder   MIL  
2B   Brandon Phillips   CIN  
SS   Troy Tulowitzki   COL  
3B   Aramis Ramirez   CHC  
OF   Ryan Braun   MIL  
OF   Matt Kemp   LAD ...

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HGM Posted: November 03, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Albert Pujols statue unveiled

The 10-foot statue was constructed outside the Pujols 5 Westport Grill.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: November 03, 2011 at 12:57 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Kilgore: Grady Sizemore ‘not limiting his choices’ in free agency

After the Cleveland Indians declined to exercise their 2012 option on him this weekend, free agent center fielder Grady Sizemore has received interest from several teams and is willing to play anywhere, his agent Joe Urbon said.

“He’s open to anything,” said Urbon, who is part of CAA Sports. “He’s not limiting his choices at all.”

...In choosing his next team, Sizemore wants a place he can prove himself again. He would prefer center field – the Nationals’ greatest area of need ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, indians, nationals

MetsBlog: Gammons on Jose Reyes, David Wright, and the Hot Stove

Some campylobacterrific Chicken Gammogiana served up from Francesspool’s hot stove. Dem’s eats!

This afternoon, Peter Gammons was a guest of Mike Francesa on WFAN and said he believes there is a strong possibility the Mets will look to trade David Wright this winter regardless of whether or not they retain Jose Reyes.

In addition, Gammons said:

  - It’s good for the Mets that the Dodgers aren’t in the mix for Reyes, since he’d be the kind of a player a new owner would likely want to ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:00 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Brown: Greta Van Susteren begs Donald Trump to buy Dodgers

Hey…someone has to stewart this sinking ship!

Van Susteren has been fixated on this topic for the past 48 hours or so, earlier putting forth the noble, if far-fetched idea of having the Los Angeles community buy the Dodgers — like Green Bay owning the Packers. Well, short of that, how about Trump? He’s got money, a high profile, chutzpah and owning experience in sports — in the USFL, namely.

To start, Trump gave a long-winded response, saying there’s “always interest” because “honestly, ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:41 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, dodgers, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-3-2011

Toledo News-Bee, November 3, 1911:

A radical change in the present system of determining the world’s baseball championship will be advocated at the meeting of the national commission on November 14.
...

August Herrmann, chairman of the commission, has gone on record as favoring a change which will revolutionize baseball methods. Herrmann plans to do away with the present world’s championship struggle of seven games and substitute a schedule of sixty contests with the sixteen teams of the two ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Loverro: Nationals’ Johnson could manage to make the Hall

Harrumph. For Davey to catch the goliaths of managing he’d need a clokey device.

In 2014, Cooperstown likely will play host to a Mount Rushmore of recent baseball managers: Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and now the retired Tony La Russa, who stepped down after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title.

All three become eligible that year, according to National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson, and probably will go into the Hall arm in arm.

Arguably, they are the greatest ...

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Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 08:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, nationals

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