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Monday, November 21, 2011

Construction began Monday at Citi Field in New York

Second from the right…is that Police Lt. John Pike spraying the wall?


A busy Monday morning at Citi Field as construction is underway on the outfield walls.

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, projections, sabermetrics

Miller Lite Major League Baseball-themed beer labels approved

Sure, sure…13-years after I stopped drinking (makes healthy aspartate transamayonnaise sandwich).

MillerCoors has received TTB label approval for several Miller Lite cans donning Major League Baseball team logos. These 16 oz. aluminum cans are presumably for the 2012 baseball season.

Anheuser-Busch remains the official beer sponsor of the MLB despite a lawsuit filed after MLB allegedly reneged on an agreement to renew AB’s sponsorship.

MillerCoors is still able to sponsor individual teams. ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 05:50 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, memorabilia

TFT: Mitchell: More Wild Cards, Fewer Pennant Races

Weeeee! And let’s throw even more meaningless playoff stats into a shiit-rimmed Vac-Con® debris tank!

As the number of teams in the big leagues has grown, determining how many teams should be in the playoffs, and what the playoff structure should be has been an evolving challenge. It is apparent that with thirty teams, it is no longer appropriate to simply award a World Series spot to the winner of each league as was done until 1969. It should be equally apparent that making it too easy to ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 02:25 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, history

Daily Mail: Seattle Mariners’ Halman [fatally] stabbed

Ugh.  Just ugh.

Seattle Mariners baseball star Gregory Halman has been killed in a stabbing in Rotterdam.

Dutch national TV station NOS-TV said the family of Halman, 24, had confirmed his death.

Yes, we can all agree that he’s not a star.  That makes this no less horrific.  RIP, Greg.

Update: Reuters reports Halman’s brother has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: international, mariners, obituaries

Peterson: Late Bloomers & Imports: The Best Players To Debut At 28 Or Older

Whatever you think of the Twins’ signing of Jamey Carroll (I like it), you have to admit that he’s had a remarkable career. He was 28 when he made his MLB debut and 29 before he played semi-regularly. He’s played really well since then, though, earning over 15 Baseball-Reference WAR.

Part 1 features players (like Carroll) who played only in the minor leagues before reaching MLB. These players were generally kept out of MLB for talent or organizational reasons, though discrimination played a ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Vernon history museum honors Danny Murtaugh

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis, known to Phillies fans for his statues of Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts at Citizens Bank Park, said Murtaugh’s face reminded him of some of the men he met as a child in Gary, Ind.

“I grew up in a steel town and the men who worked in the mills were like the men who worked in the mines,” he said. “They had strong faces — faces with strong features.

“This subject had a lot of character and integrity. It’s not exactly a pretty ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia, pirates

Bisher Unleashed: On Closers

Can You Take Another Dose of PERCEPTO?...for Furman Bisher Has Been Unleashed Once Again!

This is, of course, a reflection of my vintage, but it strikes me as being totally sinful that the Rookie of the Year in the National League is a pitcher who played only one inning at a time. True indeed, that Casey Kimbrel played his part in the Braves’ charge toward the National League pennant, but consider where they might have finished without Freddie Freeman’s daily appearance at first base. ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, braves, hall of fame, history

Former Arizona Diamondback, Eric Byrnes Finishes Ironman Arizona

All those who chose to oppose his field must yield!

Among the nearly 3,000 athletes who participated in the 2011 Ford Ironman Arizona triathlon on Sunday in Tempe, Arizona was former Major League Baseball star Eric Brynes.  Byrnes is now an on air analyst for the MLB Network after 12 years in the big leagues with multiple MLB teams including the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Byrnes was no where close to being in Ironman shape only 11 months ago but now he’s an Ironman athlete who just finished ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, arizona, athletics, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 21, 1911:

The proposed deal which is said to involve the transfer of the Boston Rustlers to a company headed by Henry Killilea of Milwaukee and Charles Baird of Kansas City is off.

Should the present owners of the Rustlers come down a little in the price quoted there many be some chance of the deal going through.

That seems unlikely, because…

Boston Evening Transcript, November 21, 1911:

William Hepburn Russell, president and chief owner of the Boston Baseball ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2011 at 09:51 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dugout, history, obituaries

Phillies trade for utility man Ty Wigginton

Clubbin’ Clarisonics! What makeup!

The Phillies continued to change the look of their bench by acquiring versatile Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash on Sunday.

Wigginton, 34, bats right-handed and plays infield and outfield. He joins Jim Thome as additions to the bench this off-season.

“I like three things about him,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I like his makeup. I like that he fits our club in that he can play first base and ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 03:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, rockies

How One Man Played ‘Moneyball’ With ‘Jeopardy!’

My buzzer doesn’t work in the Double Jeopardy!

“It wasn’t even about the money,” Craig says. “I felt that my systems and my methods were sort of validated.”

That system? A computer program unlike any other, custom-built to study Jeopardy! for patterns.

Craig says it works like Moneyball — a reference to the book and movie about the statistical techniques used by legendary Oakland Athletics coach Billy Beane to build a winning baseball team. Craig’s system also relied heavily on statistics. ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, sabermetrics, television

Le Batard: Marlins’ expensive experiment: Will MLB work here?

DLB name-checks Pitbull, proclaims team’s desire to make Albert Pujols the Latin Ichiro!.

... Keep in mind, the Marlins told popular Dan Uggla they wouldn’t ever give a player older than 30 a contract of more than four years. And now they’re offering nine to Pujols, whose age they don’t even know.

Why? Because they think he can be their LeBron James not just in this country but beyond. They think he’ll pay for his contract in the first three or four years of the deal, rendering the ...

Greg Franklin Posted: November 21, 2011 at 01:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, international, miami

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Red Sox to meet with Valentine on Monday

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, presently on his way back to Boston from a brief scouting mission in the Dominican Republic, will not waste any time resuming the club’s search for its new manager.

According to a baseball source, Cherington has a Monday meeting scheduled with Bobby Valentine, the managerial veteran who emerged as a viable candidate following last week’s hiring of Dale Sveum by the Cubs.

The Red Sox have been without a manager since a mutual parting with Terry Francona ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 09:36 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox Big Z to be examined after line drive to face

CHICAGO—Carlos Zambrano will be examined on Monday after taking a line drive off his lip, which required 10 stitches.

Zambrano had his best outing in the Venezuelan Winter League on Friday, giving up one unearned run on two hits and two walks over five innings for Caribes, but had to leave the game after being hit in the face.

Zambrano was taken to a local hospital and needed 10 stitches, according to reports. He told the Caribes manager that he intended to make his next start, which would be ...

Who Swished In Your Cornflakes? Posted: November 20, 2011 at 07:59 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, international

Cistulli: Fallacies of Which Dan Shaughnessy Is Guilty

I was going to run the latest Shaughnessy bit…but Cistulli thought better of it.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the rhetorical fallacies committed by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy in his most recent piece, in which he argues that the Red Sox are a “doofus organization” — which list is accompanied by a photo of an almost amused E.B. White. [Reference: Aaron, LB Brief (4th ed).]

• Begging the question
• Non sequitur
• Red herring
• Appeal to emotion
• Bandwagon
• ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 07:11 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Yoshimi leads charge as Dragons even Japan Series at 3-all

Kazuki Yoshimi won his much-anticipated matchup against Tsuyoshi Wada, Kazuhiro Wada had a two-run triple and the Chunichi Dragons held off the Softbank Hawks in a 2-1 victory to even the best-of-seven Japan Series at three games apiece on Saturday.

The Hawks were just one win away from clinching their first championship title in eight years, but the Dragons dug deep in their energy reserves to force a Game 7 on Sunday night at Yahoo Dome.

“Tomorrow will be the last game of 2011. I had a ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 20, 2011 at 06:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: japan

Sullivan: Epstein immersing himself in Cubs’ background

Welcome to the Nameless Island of misfit toys!

Have there been any surprises, anything that differentiates running the Cubs’ baseball operations department from his duties as the Red Sox’s general manager?

“In a way, it’s all baseball, so it’s all the same,” he said. “But there are 30 silos out there in this industry. Every organization has evolved independently. Galapagos Islands — that type of thing.”

So the Cubs are the Galapagos?

“No,” he said with a laugh. “You said that, not me. ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 02:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

MASN: Melewski: Duquette’s interview on Boston radio

Ohh those Dominicans…

Q: Could you use a 36-year-old left handed DH (reference to David Ortiz)?

Duquette: “I could use a lot of things on my ballclub. It’s just a question of affordability and value now. I don’t know, that seems to be a luxury item right now given all the other work we need to do in other areas of the team.

“We did have Vlad Guerrero last year. I’d much rather sign those Dominicans for contracts when they are coming out of the amateur market rather than pay them a lot of ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, orioles, red sox


Hey…at least one person connected to baseball still takes Murray’s calls. Good thing too.

Selig will be able to show the Congressmen who urged baseball to take this step that he delivered for them. They will not have Selig to kick around anymore, as they did at a 2005 hearing, He hated it. He didn’t necessarily say it out loud, but he vowed not to let that happen again.

And somehow he got the union to be an accessory to what Miller sees as a crime.

“I haven’t talked to anyone,” ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 12:48 PM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Bradley: Yankees may need more RBI singles to find success in postseason

The Bobby Richardson Number: Dimensionless one rules!

In short, the 2011 Yankees were an offensive wrecking ball, capable of blowing teams away, but in close games, both in the regular season and playoffs, when they needed someone to deliver a base hit, a chink in their armor was exposed.

“If you don’t have singles hitters,” said one American League advance scout, who requested anonymity, “you need hitters capable of becoming singles hitters when the situation calls for it. Against ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting, yankees

SF Gate: Q&A With Tony LaRussa

Cool! Just as Liz Cronin’s vibrating “Quack” came on!

Q: Your take on the ‘Moneyball’ movie?

A: “It might’ve been entertaining some. But if you’re trying to get some credibility on how the A’s won 20 in a row and went to the playoffs, the movie says it’s because (Scott) Hatteberg moved to first base and a couple of trades. No, they won because of three great starting pitchers (Tim Hudson, Mike Mulder and Barry Zito) and two franchise players, (Eric) Chavez and (Miguel) Tejada. The movie ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 04:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics

Rosenthal: New push in A’s San Jose quest

“Weeks turn into years. How quick they pass”

Finally, there is movement toward solving one of baseball’s most vexing problems.

Baseball is trying to accelerate a decision on whether to allow the Oakland Athletics to relocate to San Jose, according to major league sources.

Commissioner Bud Selig met with top A’s officials earlier this month and plans to meet with San Francisco Giants executives within two weeks, sources say.

The meetings represent the biggest step toward a resolution of ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 12:05 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, giants, media

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mike Matheny lost his home in legal fight with bank over business debt

The house must have had great intangibles.

During his playing days with the Cardinals in the early 2000s, Matheny built a 17-room sportsman’s paradise on 11 secluded acres in suburban Wildwood, complete with an indoor batting cage, home theater, pool with a water slide and a treehouse wired for electricity. The home even has its own golf challenge: a floating island green in the middle of a private lake.

Matheny was forced to sell the estate last year amid the business deal gone bad. Like ...

Greg Franklin Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM | 494 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals

NYTimes: New Contract Will Enable Baseball to Test Blood for H.G.H.

Major League Baseball’s owners and players are close to completing a new collective bargaining agreement that for the first time will include blood testing for human growth hormone, according to two people in baseball briefed on the matter. The testing will be a significant step for baseball, allowing it to move ahead of other professional sports leagues, including the N.F.L., in confronting the troublesome issue of a drug that has long evaded detection.

The bargaining agreement, which could ...

bobm Posted: November 19, 2011 at 08:32 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

Baker: When Comic Book Characters Field and Pitch

Emulating an established star pitcher is not a bad idea in itself. The problems can come if you pick the wrong one. For better or worse, Dot has clearly chosen Dock Ellis.

Also included: Richie Rich, Andy Panda, Wonder Woman, Elmer Fudd, Woody Woodpecker, Homer the Happy Ghost, Heckle & Jeckle, Jimmy Olsen, Mighty Mouse, Blackie Bear, Popeye, Dennis the Menace, Beetle Bailey, Robin, Batman, Superman, Blue Bolt, Georgie and Nancy

The District Attorney Posted: November 19, 2011 at 04:31 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Fangraphs: Slowinski: Projecting Park Effects: The Marlins’ New Stadium

Sheeet…this place looks big enough to store all of Mr. Finch’s non-terrorist, spittle-fueled computer data.

Based on these dimensions, it seems likely that the new Miami stadium will still favor doubles for lefties; that deep right-centerfield alley is impressive. Also, bringing the right field wall in closer should increase lefty home run production slightly. As for right-handed hitters, I’d expect their home run rate to remain below average; despite the fact that the wall has been lowered, ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 04:25 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, miami

Cleared of murder charges, Angel Villalona added to Giants’ 40-man roster

the Giants have added former top prospect Angel Villalona to their 40-man roster.

Villalona, who received a club-record $2.1 million signing bonus as a 16-year-old in 2006, hasn’t played professionally in over two years after being accused of killing a 25-year-old man in a Dominican Republic nightclub in September of 2009. Charges were eventually dismissed as part of a $139,000 settlement with the victim’s family, but Villalona sued the Giants for $5 million earlier this summer claiming ...

The District Attorney Posted: November 19, 2011 at 03:23 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, minor leagues

Bud Selig Suddenly, Surprisingly Has Become Best Commissioner of Four Major Pro Sports

This is sorta like saying Coldplay won a Battle of Bands over Nickelback, Creed and U2.

There’s a new reality settling in over the landscape of professional sports this winter. Bud Selig has emerged as the best commissioner of the four major pro sports.

That’s not to say that Selig doesn’t have his faults—an egregious lack of instant replay looms largest—but the painless, almost silent manner in which Major League Baseball re-upped on its labor deal this offseason underscores the value of ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 03:23 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, history, media

Sandomir: Re-evaluating a Gruff, Tough Yankee

TORN FROM THE TOMB TO TERRIFY THE BASEBALL WORLD!...Huh, oh…it’s yet another look at (ugh) Allie Reynolds’ HOF chances.


Rob Neyer, the national baseball editor for, said that Reynolds was “probably as good” as Hall of Fame inductees like Jesse Haines, Lefty Gomez and Waite Hoyt, but added in an interview, “They’re all marginals.” In an analysis on SBNation, he called Reynolds “sort of a terrible candidate,” who benefited from his time with the Indians during World ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 02:33 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Fired Yomiuri Giants GM says his troubles strike at heart of sports management

Fire up the glorious Mark Read bat-signal!

Just before his dismissal as representative and general manager of the Yomiuri Giants, Hidetoshi Kiyotake spoke to the Mainichi at the team’s Tokyo office, saying he hoped his dispute with Yomiuri Shimbun Group Chairman Tsuneo Watanabe would be seen as not just about pro baseball, “but about all sports, and what a general manager is meant to be.”

When he was appointed Giants representative in 2004, the club was being run “like a small business, ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, international, japan, media

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