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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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

Cubs standout Roy Smalley Jr. dies at 85

RIP, Roy Smalley Jr....

Roy Smalley Jr., who was signed as a free agent at 17 and went on to play for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies during baseball’s Golden Era, died Saturday. He was 85.

Smalley, father of baseball great Roy Smalley III, hit 21 homers and drove in 85 runs in 1950. But it was his marriage that year to Jolene Mauch — sister of Braves player Gene Mauch — that made headlines as they walked down the aisle when the Cubs were in town for a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 02:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, phillies

Padres minor leaguer eats a lizard

This is Mike Mikolas. And he eats lizards. With Mountain Dew.


PETA is going to be so pissed.

Gamingboy Posted: October 25, 2011 at 01:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, padres, prospect reports

Monday, October 24, 2011

LA Times: Friedman may be unwilling to leave Tampa Bay for Angels

He could have a chance to follow the Theo Epstein career path:

If the Angels are able to land Friedman, he would be offered a position as club president, with the team likely hiring one of its other finalists as GM, a hierarchy similar to the one the Chicago Cubs used to lure GM Theo Epstein from the Boston Red Sox.

 

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 24, 2011 at 11:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, rays

Yankee Analysts: Is time running out for A-Rod to become the Home Run king?

Thesis Defeats Centaur?

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Therefore, if Alex is going to stand any meaningful chance of breaking the all time home run record he will need to be extremely productive the next two or three seasons, at least as productive as he was from 2008 to 2010, and realistically more so. This will be difficult. Alex’s defenders may point out that he’s been injured his last few seasons, limiting his potential, but Aaron was injured often during the three seasons in question as well. He never played more ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 09:04 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

NYT: Pig Farmer’s True Prizewinner is His Fantasy Team

Only a fantasy article, but I wish I could be the Assistant Pig-Keeper…

The National Fantasy Baseball Championship, a contest paying a top prize of $100,000, draws an elite collection of contestants — computer geniuses, deep-pocketed stockbrokers and money managers, maybe the odd young man or woman looking to be the next Billy Beane or Theo Epstein.

But the contest over the years has produced only one two-time champion: Lindy Hinkelman, a 59-year-old pig farmer from Greencreek, Idaho.

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thranduil Posted: October 24, 2011 at 08:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, fantasy baseball

Ruben Amaro: ‘I still think we’re the best team in baseball’

Yeah…and I still think Turn-On deserved another

year

episode.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was a guest on Mike and Ike’s midday show on 94 WIP this afternoon to wax poetic on the 2011 season and look ahead to 2012. RAJ didn’t break any news about his plans, keeping his cards close to his chest per usual, but he didn’t hide the fact that he’s open to change. As for the 2011 World Series though? He can’t bare to watch much of it.

“I can’t watch it either. I do not watch. I watched a little bit of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 07:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Game 4 beats out Sunday Night Football

For the first time I can recall since we began the site in 2007, NBC and Sunday Night Football looks like it will not win the night overall with adults 18-49 and instead that honor will go to Fox which had the World Series Game 4. We’ll post the adjusted fast affiliate and final ratings for the World Series Game 4 (perhaps today) and Sunday Night Football (likely tomorrow) as soon as they are available.

Game 4-15.2 million viewers
SNF-Looking like 12 or so million viewers.

McCoy Posted: October 24, 2011 at 05:32 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, media, rangers, television

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