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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ESPN: Rubin: What to do with David Wright?

Love, then tragedy strikes the town!

In one respect, losing Reyes would seem to all but cement Wright remaining a Met in 2012. After all, with the Mets starving for revenue, the double hit of losing Reyes and Wright—even with the promise of building for a better future—would lead to a more desolate Citi Field in 2012, a further revenue drain, and losses Fred Wilpon and family seemingly could not withstand.

But if the Mets had owners with deep enough pockets to absorb a short-term revenue ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 06:06 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Full Count—So about that Starbucks sighting of Theo Epstein…

Mystery solved.

“When I’m somewhere when I don’t want to be recognized and someone recognizes me, I have a couple standard lines I always go to,” he acknowledged. “‘Oh, no, that’s not me, but I guess I kind of look like him. I get that a lot.’ Or, I say, ‘Theo Epstein, who’s that?’ I was so excited to be in Chicago, and so surprised to be recognized, that I dropped both lines on this guy without stopping to think that they really don’t work very well in concert with one ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2011 at 05:23 PM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Bruce Jenkins: La Russa should see humor in situation he made

Captain Jenks phones one in…

With Game 6 of the World Series tonight in St. Louis, I’d suggest that Tony La Russa arrive as a telephone repairman, complete with the proper outfit, a nifty hat and a set of tools. Anything to lighten the mood around a club that suddenly appears dismantled.

If humor is the proper tonic, this will be quite a trick. La Russa’s reputation is that of a man wound too tight, a bit strong on the rage and paranoia. Although he has won two World Series, there were 12 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 04:41 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

NYT: Baseball’s Game of Telephone

In Atlanta, there are televisions in the dugouts to help the manager monitor the action in his team’s bullpen - who is warming up, and how ready a pitcher might be to enter the game.

Another National League team, in an effort to improve communications between the dugout and the bullpen, experimented with specially designed mobile telephones in recent years. That ended because the team’s coaches weren’t happy with them, although it didn’t help, either, that players had run up $70,000 in ...

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bobm Posted: October 26, 2011 at 02:19 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, history

RB Mewelde Moore Still Has Baseball Dreams

Mewelde two sports (insert aging longitudinal crack).

LL: Looking back on your college career, was it tough balancing both training for the college football season and playing professional baseball in the summers?

Mewelde Moore: Baseball players train? I didn’t know that (laughs) … No, I played football and then played baseball; that was pretty much my deal. It was really one of those things where in baseball I used to over-train, and I think that may have hindered my game a little bit. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:59 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Nusbaum: Of Bad Mechanics And Torn Testicles; Or, Why I Love Adrian Beltre

Just don’t touch his hair follicle-stimulating hormones!

Whether or not the Rangers win the World Series, I hope this postseason finally marks the settling of Adrian Beltre into our collective consciousness as what he is: something remarkable. Before his offensive outburst in Boston last season, the Beltre narrative was defined by grumbling—grumbling about his big contract year in 2004, about whether he was using PEDs, about why he couldn’t hit in Seattle.

...I don’t mean to suggest Beltre ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:31 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rangers, sabermetrics

Futterman (WSJ): Retaining Pujols Could Add Fat to Cards’ Payroll

Clayton Skaggs, who has worked with Pujols and several other members of the Cardinals as the team’s injury and performance consultant, said Pujols still has great strength and stability, especially through his core. “You shake his hand and you know immediately this is a person with some strength,” Dr. Skaggs said.

But he also compared Pujols’ strength and stability to that of a sumo wrestler. Certainly the Cardinals don’t want Yokozuna Asashoryu manning first base for them in a few years.

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:01 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

In Media Res: Mediating Baseball

In Media Res is a weekly online publication about different roles media play in culture; they take up a different theme each week—this week is Mediating Baseball!

Mediating Baseball [October 24-28, 2011]

Monday October 24, 2011 – Elizabeth Rawitsch (University of East Anglia) presents: Melting Pot or Multiculturalism? Mediating Ethnicity in Baseball

Tuesday October 25, 2011 –  Pellom McDaniels III (University of Missouri-Kansas City) presents: “I is Unruffable”: Rereading African ...

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formerly dp Posted: October 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: media, negro leagues, online

Rogers: Theo Epstein has open mind on roster

Yeehaa!..More expansive than any ultra-MK-ULTRA neurotransmittin’ experiment!

While first Jim Hendry and then Bush declined to trade first baseman Carlos Pena, some baseball analysts feel that the unsung (Bryan) LaHair is a better alternative for 2012. He batted .331 with 38 home runs last season and has hit .308 with six homers in 10 games in Venezuela.

“I have a soft spot for guys who hit everywhere they’ve ever been – hit, hit, hit and continue to hit,’’ Epstein said. “There’s this myth ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, sabermetrics

At 63, Johnny Bench still not on the bench

Bah, the Blender Era was just so lame. (freebie Coldplay issue did come in handy to yank out me mutt’s hanging strudel)

Q. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, baseball has just come through the era of performance enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using steroids, and it’s widely assumed Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens were users as well. Do you consider those guys Hall of Fame worthy?

A. We know a lot of the guys who took some of the juice. You see, I blame it on the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:55 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, reds, steroids

Arizona Daily Star: After baseball career, DeWald peaked

Sufferin’ Zurbriggen’s! I don’t recall Terry DeWald.

DeWald played for the Durham Bulls in 1968. “The shower scene in the movie is the same shower we used,” he remembers. A year later he was shipped to Visalia, a Mets affiliate, whereupon he hit .307, smacked 10 homers, stole 18 bases and made the California League All-Star team.

His baseball career came crashing down when (a) he tore up his right knee during spring training, and (b) his comeback was scuttled when a bad-hop ground ball ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, minor leagues

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-26-2011

AP via Spartanburg Herald, October 27, 1911:

Philadelphia, Oct. 26—Hail! Philadelphia Athletics, Champions of the world for the second successive year.

In an exhibition of batting seldom seen in a premier baseball series, the American league team this afternoon defeated New York in the sixth game of the set by the overwhelming score of 13 to 2…It was more than a mere defeat for the giants [sic], it was a rout.

...

When the game was over that part of the crowd which did not leave the ground ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dugout, game recaps, history

2011 WS Game 6…. CHATTER (Weather Permitting)

Rangers (Lewis) at Cardinals (Garcia). FOX. 8:05.

80% chance of Rain.

Rangers lead 3-2.

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2011 at 04:12 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN: Mike Scioscia talks Mike Napoli trade

Interesting comments by Napoli on his time with the Angels, I don’t recall seeing anything about them when he made them

In August, Napoli told the Dallas Morning News he felt constrained by Scioscia’s high demands on his catchers.

“I always felt like I was looking over my shoulder to see if I was doing things right,” Napoli said. “I had ‘bad hands.’ I was so worried about my setup and the mechanics all the time. I learned a lot. I learned a lot of what I do there, but playing there just ...

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Jim Wisinski Posted: October 26, 2011 at 02:03 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arizona, rays, yankees

Darryl Strawberry says ‘86 New York Mets would defeat ‘98 New York Yankees

Darryl Strawberry has no doubts that the 1986 New York Mets would beat the 1998 New York Yankees.

And if there’s anyone who should know, it’s Strawberry, who played on both championship teams.

“There’s no question. You cannot beat the ‘86 Mets,” Strawberry said Tuesday while appearing on ESPN New York 1050’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “The Yankees teams I played on were great teams with great personalities, but they were good guys. The ‘86 Mets would’ve been drilling those guys; I just know how ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:38 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, mets, yankees

Whiting: Attitude, lifestyle contributed to Irabu’s demise

There’s some interesting background on his relationship with his biological dad. It’s, of course, a very sad story. I’m quoting the following the section only because I’m a little surprised by the Stottlemyre line. Even when he was going well, I never got the impression that he had incredibly nasty stuff. It makes me wonder, given his poor conditioning and issues with focusing, if Irabu would have had a better career in the majors as a reliever.

The Yankees won their division all three years ...

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Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, yankees

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Allen Barra: Exonerating Bill Buckner

Red Sox fans cried “Curse of the Bambino”—the punishment Boston supposedly merited for selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919—but the focus of the curse that season was Buckner. Yet Buckner did not put the tying runs on base. He didn’t throw the wild pitch that made it 5-5. He did not make the decision to keep his defensive replacement on the bench. Had he made the play, the Red Sox could have lost the game anyway.

When so many others contributed as much or more to the Red Sox ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 08:40 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, history, media, red sox

Posnanski: Bullpen phones

I cannot text you with a drink in my hand, eh?

Here’s what we know happened. In the eighth inning, with the score tied, Tony La Russa picked up the phone and asked for Marc Rzepczynski to begin warming up. But here’s where it gets tricky. That’s all bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist heard. But La Russa would say afterward that what he actually SAID was that to get Rzepczynski AND Jason Motte working… he then noticed that only Rzepczynski was warming up. He then picked up the phone and called ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 25, 2011 at 08:03 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, cardinals, rangers

John Lackey to have Tommy John surgery

And when he comes back he’ll throw even uglier!

New Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that pitcher John Lackey will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2012 season.

Lackey had elbow soreness during the season, and recently saw a specialist, Dr. Lewis Yocum.

“John Lackey will go ahead and have Tommy John surgery,” Cherington said during the news conference at which he was introduced as the successor to Theo Epstein, who has left to become president of baseball operations for ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 08:00 PM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Robothal: La Russa’s Explanations are Baffling

Pay no attention to the manager behind the curtain…

Bizarre phone activity. Possible cover-ups. Everything but La Russa kneeling in front of a portrait of Connie Mack and praying as his team crumbled.

I’m not about to call La Russa a liar over Bullpen-gate, because I honestly don’t know what the heck happened.

All I know is that I have never heard a more mind-boggling explanation from a manager, and this one came after Game 5 of the World Series, for goodness’ sake.

The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 25, 2011 at 07:41 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Genetti: Tim McCarver needs to stop talking

And get back to serious warblin’!

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For as long as he’s been teamed up with Joe Buck broadcasting baseball games, he’s been nothing but negative toward the St. Louis Cardinals.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a regular-season game, a postseason matchup or the World Series, McCarver does nothing but point out the faults and errors of the Cardinals and give all the praise to the opposing teams. If the Cardinals do something good or spectacular, he keeps his comments short and still allows a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 04:51 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, media, rangers, television

Epstein:  Farewell, Red Sox Nation

This is an impressive piece, and that’s coming from a Yankees fan. 

For the last decade, I gave everything I had to the Red Sox and received even more in return. I grew enormously as a person, had some successes, and made a lot of mistakes, too. I still love the organization, enjoy close relationships with owners John Henry and Tom Werner - as well as a complicated but ultimately productive and rewarding relationship with Larry Lucchino - and count many of my co-workers among my dearest ...

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Fat Al Posted: October 25, 2011 at 01:48 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB accuses Frank McCourt of ‘looting’ $189 million from Dodgers

For the first time, Major League Baseball put a specific number on the amount it alleges Dodgers owner Frank McCourt took out of the team—$189.16 million—and described the distributions as “looting.”

However, amid the legal and financial fine points of the Dodgers’ bankruptcy, Bryan Stow could emerge as a pivotal face in the case at a critical hearing next week.

Stow won’t be there, of course. But, with his representatives sitting on the official committee of creditors, attorneys for the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 01:24 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

Doyel: In Moneyball world, Michael Young’s legacy has become fuzzy

In Doy-El’s world…Black Zero Sum Game’s legacy has become even fuzzier!

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The older baseball guys love Michael Young. The mainstream media, the grizzled vets, the baseball lifers. They love him. To them, he’s a great player, a clubhouse leader, a potential Hall of Famer.

The younger baseball guys don’t love Michael Young. They don’t hate him, but they don’t love him. They esteem him, nothing more or less. To them—the bloggers, the hipsters, the sabermetricians—Young is a good player, maybe ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 09:48 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, hall of fame, history, mariners, media, rangers, sabermetrics

Selig tells Dallas radio station league plans to expand replay

I believe it was medievalist turned roster survivalist, C.S. Leius, that said…“The safest road to NFL hell is the gradual one.”

Commissioner Bud Selig tells a Dallas radio station baseball plans to expand its use of replay, but he says reviewing every close call would hurt the game.

Umpire Ron Kulpa blew a call at first base during St. Louis’ 16-7 victory at Texas in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, kickstarting the replay debate once again. Baseball currently limits replay use ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 09:34 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media

River Ave Blues: Jesus Montero and ZiPS

And from the comments…“Cano will hit over .299. I’ll bet my life savings on that.” Way over…like this season’s .302!

You might have seen this earlier, but Dan Szymborski posted his 2012 Yankees ZiPS Projections early Monday afternoon, the first team of the offseason. You can click the link and peruse all of the projections at your leisure, but I’m going to spend some time focusing on everyone’s favorite player, Jesus Montero. We’ll discuss the other guys at some point this offseason ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 09:25 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, yankees, zips

MLB: Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp Win the 2011 Hank Aaron Award

Major League Baseball announced today that Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been selected as the winners of the 2011 Hank Aaron Award. This is the second consecutive year Bautista has won the award. Established in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, the Hank Aaron Award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and recognizes the most outstanding offensive performers in each ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 09:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-25-2011

Toledo News-Bee, October 25, 1911:

When it comes to owning bonehead fans, Philadelphia leads the world. [Chief] Bender, it so happened used his fast ball overtime during the latter part of Tuesday’s game. As a result fully a dozen balls were fouled into the grand stand, and what did those persons do who recovered them but stick them in their pockets. This forced Bender to practically pitch the entire last three innings with balls right out of the tin foil, balls with all the gloss on.

I’d say it ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 25, 2011 at 08:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rangers Beat Cardinals 4-2 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Bring in the intentional walk specialist!

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Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.

Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth off Chris Carpenter sparked the Texas comeback. Michael Young doubled off loser Octavio Dotel leading off the eighth.

Darren Oliver got the win ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 03:53 AM | 227 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, rangers

David Maraniss: ‘Moneyball’ the movie is a big swing and a miss

David Maraniss: The Prince of Cannotsee.

But I absolutely hate the movie “Moneyball” and everything it stands for. I think it is a fraud, one that people I respect bought into, for what they thought were noble reasons having to do with the little guys vs. the big bullies. I also dislike the philosophy of moneyball as it is applied to sports. My problem with the movie is a matter of truth. My problem with the philosophy is a question of art and beauty.

...The thrill of baseball has ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 02:51 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, media, reviews

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