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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Senators from World Series locales urge MLB to ban tobacco

WASHINGTON—Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.

The senators, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.

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Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 18, 2011 at 06:22 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: general

SF Gate: A’s close to buying land in San Jose?

Shady Acres...are GO!

t’s been a seemingly endless saga for the A’s, but they may finally be closing in on actually buying land for a new stadium in San Jose.

San Jose city officials are meeting today in a closed session to discuss selling a few plots by the Diridon station to A’s co-owner Lew Wolff. City mayor Chuck Reed estimated that the cost would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $24 million but, like everything else on the market these days, the final price could actually be a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 05:30 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business

Father Gabe Costa: The Best I Ever Saw …

I once Goodwilled the The Don Costa Concept LP for a nickel…within a week we were de-seeding our weed on it. Since purged with great relish.

With this in mind, I thought that I would use this episode of By The Numbers to present a list of the “best…” I ever saw. In a sense, it is almost a “wish” list.

By the way, the years in question range from 1958 to 2011.

So here we go:

Best fielding second baseman: Admittedly, a bit pre-mature, but I’m picking Robinson Cano.

Strongest ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 05:05 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Baseball Think Factory Quizbowl Questions

BBTF is now a worthy topic for pop culture quizbowl. The entire tournament is here.

18. Answer the following related to various running jokes at the Baseball ThinkFactory website, for 10 points each:
[10] One recurring poster uses this name of the protagonist from Ring Lardner’s You Know Me Al. The poster imitates this character’s semi-literate style to comment on the baseball issues of the day.
[10] A hilarious running joke involved the phrase, “Sure, I’d listen if [blank] called,” ...

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OsunaSakata Posted: October 18, 2011 at 04:17 PM | 274 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, baseball geeks, cardinals, community, red sox

MLB: Cashman expects new deal by end of October

“It’ll get done between now and Oct. 31st, I’m sure,” Cashman said. “I can’t promise, but I think that’s what everybody expects. I know it’s something that everybody has to follow. But that’s not a pressing circumstance, as far as something I’m worried about right now.”

Cashman said that he is also keeping an eye on the Angels’ unsettled GM situation, with lieutenants Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer both having been granted permission to interview for the vacancy.

Will Cashman have to ...

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Shoeless Swedish Chef Posted: October 18, 2011 at 04:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, yankees

Finally, a mayoral bet with some real ‘steaks’

This time…the calories count!

After two rounds of tepid wagers with his counterparts in opposing cities — beer, a Rotary fellowship —Slay has upped the ante in a big way as the Cardinals prepare to take on the Texas Rangers in the World Series.
After all, the Lone Star State is not the type of place that revels in small stakes.
For his friendly bet with Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, Slay has placed the following on the table:
Pi pizza
Schlafly beer
Pappy’s BBQ
Gooey butter cake from Park ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2011 at 04:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media, rangers

ESPN.com: Lester calls clubhouse backlash a ‘witch hunt’

Were the inmates running the asylum, as some have suggested?

“That’s not the case at all,” Lester said. “This was not a frat party. This was not mayhem with guys going every which way, not answering to anybody. That was not the case at all.

“When all is said and done, none of this was Tito’s fault, or Theo (Epstein)‘s fault, or the fault of Larry Lucchino or John Henry or Tom Werner. It was not the trainer, Mike Reinold, or (assistant trainers) Greg Barajas or Masai (Takahashi) or (strength ...

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Mattbert Posted: October 18, 2011 at 03:07 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rumors

Bad outfield defense or a bad fielding metric?

Something is happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Adam Jones?

Playing in Camden Yards in any position in the outfield decreases your defensive metrics.  This means that as useful as UZR might be, it appears to do a poor job characterizing what normal means for Camden Yards.

escabeche Posted: October 18, 2011 at 02:10 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Bradley: Texas Rangers’ Michael Young shows Derek Jeter-like qualities

Just as Captain of the Stone Men shows Dag Wentim-like qualities!

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In many ways, Young is the Jeter of Texas. So many similarities when it comes to demeanor and, as Young has said, the approach to the game they share. Play to win. Do what is asked. Don’t make excuses.

However, because we are provincial, because we live and work in the New York market, and focus so hard on “our” players, we probably never thought of Michael Young as a player who should be mentioned in the same sentence ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 01:02 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yankees

Fla. man captures record for most signed baseballs

Schrader: Obsession (plunks needle down on some swirling Bernie Herrmann).

Assembling more than 4,000 autographed baseballs, it turns out, may not have been as tough a task for Dennis Schrader as proving the collection was a world record.

The Guinness Book of World Records originally rejected Schrader’s claim because the signatures on all 4,020 balls couldn’t be authenticated. About a year ago, he started up his campaign again in earnest. He made copies of authenticity documents for the balls ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia

Reds’ former majority owner Carl Lindner Jr. dies at 92

Financier Carl Lindner Jr., who used his experience running the family dairy store to build a business empire whose reach included baseball, banks and bananas, died Monday night. He was 92.

A person close to Lindner’s family but not authorized to speak until a statement had been issued confirmed his death. Lindner had been taken to the hospital gravely ill on Monday morning.

Lindner became controlling partner and chief executive officer of the Cincinnati Reds in a 1999 deal that ended Marge ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, obituaries, reds

Barra: Those Glorious ‘86 Mets — Hey, Where Are the Celebrations on Their Silver Anniversary?

And let’s not forget Bruce Berenyi was Ned Garver’s nephew either!

They won 108 games, a total surpassed only by the 1975 Cincinnati Big Red Machine in the previous 77 years of baseball history. Where are the documentaries? Where are the specials? The Yankees have anniversaries about every eight months — where are the Mets’ fans when it comes to honoring their greatest team?

The 1986 New York Mets had more players than any other team who, at their peaks, were headed for the Hall of Fame and ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 09:52 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, mets

Simers: It must be asked: Is Arte Moreno the Angels’ problem?

Stymied in L.A.: It may choke Arte but it won’t choke me.

Asking Arte to be forthcoming, of course, presents a problem. When speaking in the past, Arte has let his emotions get the best of him, too often coming across as a blowhard.

...Here he is, nine years on the job as owner of the Angels, and his teams are known best for falling short of expectations and just shy of signing the best free agent.

It’s almost uncanny how the Angels have been so close and so unsuccessful, almost signing Paul ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 09:36 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-18-2011

Spartanburg Herald, October 18, 1911:

A wave of enthusiasm such as probably never before was witnessed here rolled over Philadelphia this afternoon when word of the Athletics’ second victory over the New York Giants was flashed to this city.
...

When two more runs were scored in the eleventh and when finally victory was announced their enthusiasm grew into a frenzy.  Staid business and professional men joined their office boys and ragged urchins in a snake dance around city hall similar to that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 18, 2011 at 09:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Daily Mail: Karina Smirnoff postpones her wedding to baseball star Brad Penny

How many “stars” are assigned to pitch in garbage time?

Today’s news comes as Smirnoff had previously said she would walk down the aisle ‘very soon’ shortly after announcing her engagement at the end of last year.

She had revealed that she and Penny, could be married as early as the New Year, which has now already past.

Smirnoff and Penny got engaged on October 4 last year, and kept it a secret for a month before going public with the news.

The sportsman got down on bended knee and ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 18, 2011 at 06:29 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics, tigers

L.A. Times: Divorce settlement solves one problem for Frank McCourt

If the Bankruptcy Court does not order the sale of the Dodgers, do the terms of the settlement call for a sale?

If Frank still controls the Dodgers in the spring, and if he has not paid Jamie in full by then, he must put the team up for sale.

Can Frank get $130 million without selling the team?

Frank has asked the court to let him auction the Dodgers’ television rights. He could use $130 million from those proceeds to pay Jamie.

If the court grants the auction but mandates the money be used ...

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Tripon Posted: October 18, 2011 at 03:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

Curt Schilling: Red Sox ‘have no leadership whatsoever in that clubhouse’

Wonder if Mut & Merloni could get Martha Raye to call in…

“I was more concerned that this was something that was happening around guys just because. They were going up and having a beer in the clubhouse,” Schilling said. “I think for some of these guys that’s exactly what it was. But I would bet you that when it had to do with Jon Lester, the beer he was having was after he was out of a game. And given how they pitched in September, there might have been more than one beer.”

Asked ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 01:56 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

John Thorn: The Fathers of Fantasy Baseball

And Here Was The Mother of Fantasy Baseball.

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I do not play fantasy baseball, never have. Sometimes I think it is a menace to the game, breaking down civic and regional loyalties to real teams and replacing that with a loyalty to a private team that exists nowhere except on your computer. Such fans have seemed to me straight out of the dice-baseball heaven-hell of Robert Coover’s Universal Baseball Association, J. Henry Waugh, Proprietor.

But other times I reflect on the millions of fans ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 01:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, memorabilia

Ozzie Guillen fires on White Sox

More than a tired Cooper to drive on…a tired Cooper to depend on?

Guillen said Monday that he was thrilled with the hiring of former teammate Robin Ventura as the Sox’ new manager and was happy that chairman Jerry Reinsdorf found the right guy, but what Cooper said was inexcusable in his eyes.

Higher road be damned.

“Cooper needs to look in the mirror,’’ Guillen told the Sun-Times. “He didn’t backstab me. I know who he is. He backstabbed his fellow coaches, the guys he worked ...

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Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 01:07 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, white sox

Monday, October 17, 2011

Zack Greinke’s Wife Was Not Happy with Her NLCS Seats in St. Louis

Zachary. Thanks. Won’t Come Back!

The dislike between the Cardinals and Brewers was evident throughout the season and it carried into the NLCS. One of the off-field issues between the teams involved the location of the family section seats in St. Louis. The Brewers were unhappy that the tickets for family members were spread throughout Busch Stadium. Nyjer Morgan reportedly felt it was a “bush league” move by the Cardinals. One person who agreed was Zack Greinke’s wife, who was ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2011 at 11:19 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Biz of Baseball: While No Face-To-Face With Selig, Jim Crane Has Second Meeting with MLB Execs

Not a one-leg to stand on.

We said in a story last week that Jim Crane had not met face-to-face with Commissioner Selig a second time, as CultureMap had reported. Not one, but two sources who know of the negotiations with Crane and the MLB, but not allowed to speak on the record, confirmed that to be the case.

But, over the weekend, news came to light that while Crane did not meet with Selig again, he did make a trip with a lawyer to meet with league officials, a sign that the Houston ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2011 at 09:16 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, media

Coutinho: Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About The World Series?

I guess the same reason nobody cares about the Calico Lassie vs Tressy nude doll fistimuffs in my basement anymore.

I walk around the streets of New York and nobody cares about the World Series.

It is sad to see, because if you love baseball, you have to love this series. I know the Mets had a rotten year and the Yankees made a quick exit in the first round but this Texas/St. Louis series has some juice. It is a shame New Yorkers don’t see it.

You know we all say the New York baseball fan ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2011 at 08:16 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mets, rangers, yankees

Thomason: Braves Journal: I wish I had good news.

For those of you who’ve been around for a while, you probably know Mac Thomason. He’s been blogging at Braves Journal since at least 1998.  Braves Journal is certainly the oldest Braves blog still in operation, and it’s one of the oldest of all baseball blogs. He’s been battling cancer for a while, and things have just gotten worse.

We’re not giving up. We are, if we can, going to talk to the doctor in Indianapolis with whom I talked last year, and see if he has any ideas. There is a ...

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J.C. Bradbury Posted: October 17, 2011 at 06:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Netherlands wins Baseball World Cup

Lost in the awesomeness of the postseason: The Honkballers triumphed over the Cubans to win the IBAF World Cup. It’s the first time a European team has won a major baseball tournament since 1938 (when a all-star team from the UK’s short-lived semi-pro league beat a team of Americans).
Canada took the bronze when the Bronze Medal game rained out, because they held a head-to-head tiebreaker with Team USA.

Gamingboy Posted: October 17, 2011 at 06:09 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Gelinas: A bailout brews in the Bronx

No one ever said so outright, but bondholders were plainly supposed to assume that, because Bronx Parking’s board is stacked with city officials and city officials talked up the bonds, that the city was there should the deal run into trouble.

It sure didn’t make sense on the merits. The old parking lots generated $7 million a year, but the new lots were supposed to pay twice that in annual debt costs. And Bronx Parking can’t just raise prices to fill the gap. Not many folks will pay $35 ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2011 at 06:06 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: business, special topics, yankees

ESPN.com: Jon Lester: Beer Drinking ‘Wrong’

The self-criticism sessions have begun:

“There’s a perception out there that we were up there getting hammered and that wasn’t the case,” Lester said, according to the Boston Globe. “Was it a bad habit? Yes. I should have been on the bench more than I was. But we just played bad baseball as a team in September. We stunk. To be honest, we were doing the same things all season when we had the best record in baseball.”
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Lester did tell the paper “it was the wrong thing to do,” saying “it ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2011 at 05:04 PM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rumors

NPR: Crack! Smack! Conk!: Do Home Runs Make Boring Baseball?

Desmond Doomsday approaches!

It’s an argument baseball fans have been having ... well, forever: Home Runs, Yay versus Home Runs, Boo. They’ll dress it up more than that, but that’s all it is.

Arguments in favor: a towering home run is an awfully impressive achievement, it sounds great and looks awesome (if you’ve never heard a really big hit in person, it’s weird how loud it is), and that it’s a display of raw power that baseball doesn’t otherwise necessarily offer. Moreover, in special ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2011 at 04:50 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Officer.com: Fla. Trooper’s Death Haunts Family After 50 Years

Even though Baseball-Reference has Edwin Gasque as still being alive!

The University of Tampa gave Eddie a full scholarship to play baseball. He pitched so well for two years, the Cleveland Indians drafted him and gave him a $25,000 bonus and a ticket to the minor leagues.

At 19, he won 13 games for the Daytona Beach Islanders. He met Kate at the beach and they married on Sept. 22, 1951. The next season, “The Big Q” won 20 of 27 decisions. He expected Cleveland would call him up any minute, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2011 at 02:25 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: history, indians, minor leagues, obituaries

MGL: Starters and Relievers in the 9th Inning and Score Differential

And so it shall be, MGL…so it shall be.

There has been much discussion (and research) on the relative performances of starters and relievers in the 9th inning.  Preliminary results suggest that starters perform much better in the 9th inning, relative to their overall performance, than do relievers, even considering that they are facing the opposing lineup for the 4th time through the order.  The speculation is that these starters are having “on” days, their managers and coaches can ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2011 at 02:07 PM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

NYBD: Silva: Bobby Valentine, Executive Producer, But What’s Next?

Wrappin’ with Bobby V…

When I asked him if the new “Moneyball” front office, which demands too much vertical “command and control” from the top-down, is an impediment to his reentry into baseball, he reminded me that he was practicing “Moneyball” twenty-five years ago. “In 1986 I had a sabermetrician on my staff (Craig Wright), and he was there through the time I was fired,” Valentine reminded me. “For people to think the whole world has changed because a movie came out or ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2011 at 01:31 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, sabermetrics, television

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