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Friday, November 18, 2011

Terence Moore: Dale Murphy can’t make Cooperstown on support alone

The House That Murphy Sold.

Examples are plentiful, but I’ll leave you with just one.

It occurred in 1996—three years after Murphy’s retirement—when I was trying to buy my current house. The couple who previously owned the place was charming throughout the initial process, but when we got close to closing, they became cold and distant.

At one point, when I was checking out the house for the last time during an inspection, the husband blurted out with a frown, “Is it true that you hate Dale ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 08:18 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, history

MLB: Blue Jays unveil new logo for 2012 season

No snark. These are just plain great. May those black and grey atrocities never again darken our doors.

The Blue Jays dipped into their past when looking for inspiration for the club’s new logo that was revealed at Rogers Centre on Friday afternoon.

The new look is a modernized version of the franchise’s first logo that was used from 1977-97. It features a sleeker-looking Blue Jay bird head with a prominent red maple leaf to showcase Toronto’s standing as the only Major League Baseball team in ...

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Mattbert Posted: November 18, 2011 at 08:02 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, business

SABR: Gillette and Spatz: Not Chiseled in Stone: Baseball’s Enduring Records and the SABR Era

SABR…continually proving my old HS teacher’s (Mr. McToiletry) quote “One thing you can’t dick around with is history!” wrong.

When Pete Rose hustled down to first base after rapping out base hit No. 4,192 on September 11, 1985, neither he nor the adoring crowd at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium knew that their hero had already passed Ty Cobb’s revised total of 4,189 career hits. Many baseball records are erroneously regarded as sacrosanct: these historic numbers may be burned into our ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 07:59 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Laird headed back to Tigers

Gerald Laird is headed back to Detroit.

The Tigers announced Friday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Laird to be their backup catcher.

Terms were not disclosed, but FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports, according to an unidentified source, that it’s $1 million contract.

Laird hit .232 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 95 at-bats for the World Series Champion Cardinals last season.

“Gerald is a veteran catcher that is familiar with both our pitching staff and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2011 at 04:52 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Shaikin: So who didn’t vote for Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw?

The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award on Thursday, getting 27 of 32 first-place votes.

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies got four first-place votes. Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks got the remaining first-place vote. You can see the complete voting here.

The Baseball Writers Assn. of America selects two voters to represent each National League market. The logical suspicion among Dodgers fans: Did the Philadelphia voters go with their hometown guy, ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 04:20 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, dodgers, sabermetrics

King’s Ransom: Autograph of 19th Century Baseball Icon could fetch 100k

Kelly was the first larger-than-life pro baseball player, and many of the Elks had him autograph their programs as the evening progressed, whiskey flowed and toasts became grandiose…

One of the programs surfaced 124 years later, and it’s in mint condition. Kelly’s autograph is a rarity, and this one is perhaps the most valuable ever for a baseball player.

Many of the programs never even left the building that night. Thoroughly soused, Kelly was loaded into his carriage, normally horse-drawn. ...

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Bourbon Samurai Posted: November 18, 2011 at 02:18 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds

Another year…and still no sign of Eski Viltz.

1. Devin Mesoraco, c
2. Billy Hamilton, ss
3. Yonder Alonso, 1b/of
4. Yasmani Grandal, c
5. Zack Cozart, ss
6. Daniel Corcino, rhp
7. Robert Stephenson, rhp
8. DiDi Gregorius, ss
9. Todd Frazier, 3b/1b/of
10. Brad Boxberger, rhp

By contrast, Cincinnati has more big league-ready position prospects than it has open spots in the lineup. Devin Mesoraco is ready to take over as the team’s primary catcher with Ramon Hernandez departing via ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, reds, scouting

Yankees GM Brian Cashman sleeps in Times Square to raise awareness for homeless kids

Mic check ~ MIC CHECK!...Angry loser ~ ANGRY LOSER..Living in own feces and urine ~ LIVING IN OWN FECES AND URINE!

A cold wind blew through the alley outside the Covenant House Crisis Shelter on 41st St. Thursday night as Brian Cashman stood near his gray sleeping bag, pulling on a pair of black gloves. Cashman was preparing for a night on the street, unthinkable for a man who runs one of the most famous franchises in sports.

But Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 11:49 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tulsa World: Allie Reynolds deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Maybe if he had more Wins and less Saverins!

If I had a vote, Reynolds would be my No. 1 selection. He should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago.

Reynolds was dominant in a relatively short career from 1942-54. He helped the Yankees win six World Series in his nine seasons with them. Reynolds had a 182-107 career record and sacrificed a chance for more wins by willing to be used as a reliever to help the Yankees win world titles.

...I had a chance to speak recently to his ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, indians, sabermetrics, yankees

Plaschke: Clayton Kershaw’s Cy Young is a connection to Dodgers tradition

Plaschke…as useful as Jonah Hill during that Bob Costas Beane/Pitt/Lewis interview.

The same can be said for White’s staff, which has been portrayed in recent years as one of the villains of a Dodgers system that seemingly contributed little to the major league effort, either in call-ups or trades for veterans. Yet the ugly truth was that owner Frank McCourt’s money troubles handcuffed its development efforts in every distant diamond.

“We’ve been through a lot,” said White. “We’ve had to ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-18-2011

Two semi-unrelated items from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, November 18, 1911:

Betting on baseball games was scored as one of its greatest detriments before the national association of professional baseball leagues today…The attorney general of the United States, as well of the authorities of the states, would be petitioned to exercise their power to stop pool selling and other gambling devices affecting baseball.

That negotiations are under way looking to the replacing of Hal Chase as manager ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: November 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

And Then Al Michaels Said To Howard Cosell: “You’re Drunk. You’re Ruining The ####### Telecast.”

Speakeasy of Everything…an excerpt from Mark Ribowsky’s new book on Howard Cosell.

During the 1984 American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, Cosell and play-by-play man Al Michaels took to sniping at each other, though what viewers didn’t know was that Cosell had been drinking during the game. After Michaels disagreed with a point he made, believing Cosell’s explanation of a baseball strategy “made no sense,” Cosell waited until after the game ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, books, history, television

ESPNChicago: Theo Epstein ponders Steve Bartman

Epstein was doing a remote guest appearance on ESPN’s “PTI” when he was asked if he would try to contact Steve Bartman to mend fences between the team and the fan whose pursuit of a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS is the stuff of Cubs infamy.

“I haven’t talked to anyone here at the Cubs about that, but from afar, it seems like it would be an important step, maybe a cathartic moment that would allow people to move forward together,” Epstein said.

The Cubs were leading the series 3-2 ...

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Tripon Posted: November 18, 2011 at 05:38 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Griffin: Blue Jays’ chances of making playoffs just improved by 10 per cent

We are the 10%!

But for current GM Alex Anthopoulos and Rogers ownership the bar has been raised. The rebuilding is over. The new target is high 80s in wins in order to compete.

...But what this has done is amp up the adrenaline level in all middle of the pack major-league cities and their fan bases. It has raised the bar for all GMs, so that if you finished around .500 and have some young prospects coming up that could just as easily develop at the major-league level as you tell your fans ...

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Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 03:47 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, projections

Rockies sign Brandon Wood to minor league contract

Vs. Ian Stewart in…

From Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com comes word that the Rockies have signed the 26-year-old infielder to a minor league contract… Wood batted just .216/.270/.340 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 272 plate appearances this year between the Angels and Pirates. He’s never posted an OPS above .610 in a major league season.

The Rockies’ front office is likely viewing the former top prospect as organizational depth at third base.

The District Attorney Posted: November 18, 2011 at 03:32 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bobby Valentine Emerges as Candidate for Red Sox’ Managerial Job

According to multiple reports, former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is now in the running for the open Red Sox job.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, who first reported the news with Jon Paul Morosi, indicated that Valentine has already met with one member of the Red Sox ownership group, and he’s expected to meet with the others at some point.

The news seemed to come out of nowhere, especially given its proximity to the news that Sveum was headed to Chicago. However, the Boston Herald’s Michael ...

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Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, red sox, television

Sources: Dale Sveum takes Cubs’ offer

But was he spotted near a Lincoln Park Starbucks?

Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum has accepted an offer to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple league sources, with only some final details needing to be worked out before the deal is finalized.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were seen walking into Sveum’s hotel on Thursday afternoon. They emerged an hour later, walking with Sveum out of the hotel and into a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2011 at 07:39 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

2011 NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw Rides Pitching Triple Crown to Award

Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw, a Triple Crown of pitching winner with league-best totals of victories (21), earned-run average (2.28) and strikeouts (248), won the National League Cy Young Award in balloting by the BBWAA.

Kershaw, at 23 the youngest Cy Young Award winner since 20-year-old Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets in 1985, was named first on 27 of the 32 ballots, cast by two writers in each NL city.

Pitcher, Team                         1st    2nd    3rd    4th ...
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The District Attorney Posted: November 17, 2011 at 07:35 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, dodgers

MLB adds two wild cards, moves Astros to AL

The American League West has claimed the Houston Astros off waivers….

Two wild card teams will be added to Major League Baseball’s playoffs no later than 2013, the same year the Houston Astros will begin play in the American League.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball’s owners unanimously approved Jim Crane as the Houston Astros’ owner. As part of his agreement to buy the club, Crane will shift the Astros to the AL after 2012, creating two 15-team leagues.

“It’s a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2011 at 06:32 PM | 300 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business

The Bat Stands Pat: Pat Burrell Hangs It Up

Burrell was elected into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2008 and was followed two seasons later by Aubrey Huff(notes) and Jason Michaels(notes). Huff later credited Pat with helping him overcome his shyness by saying “I broke out of my shell at the University of Miami when I got around guys like Burrell.”

How did Burrell help? Well, here’s one story Huff has told:

  “After two weeks at Miami, I wanted to go home [...] So my mom flies out, trying to convince me to stay. I was living ...

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Bourbon Samurai Posted: November 17, 2011 at 06:02 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: college, giants, phillies, rays

MLB.com: Key Mets introduce 50th anniversary logo

Similar to the franchise’s traditional cityscape emblem, the [Mets’] new logo sports a gold 50th anniversary banner superimposed over the New York City skyline and will be featured on the left sleeve of jerseys and hats.

Gone for the 2012 season are the black-and-blue Mets caps, as players will wear the traditional orange-and-blue hats with their pinstriped home uniforms, gray road jerseys and two alternate unis—black and solid white. The 2012 uniforms will reflect the look from the Mets’ ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 17, 2011 at 05:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Calcaterra: Koby Clemens barred from winter ball after going AWOL

According to the report by Karla Pacheco Alvarez at the Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora, Clemens left the team without providing any reason. This led his team to file paperwork which bans him from playing for any other winter league team, be it in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Here’s team owner Daniel Aquino, translated by our friend Mr. Collias:

  “The paperwork will explain that he didn’t give reasons for abandoning the team. With this document we’re ...

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Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 02:59 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Baseball Superstar David “Big Papi” Ortiz Is Now Powered by FUSE

Freakin’ Uber Steroidal Effect!

One of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars David “Big Papi” Ortiz is now “POWERED by FUSE.”

This agreement with Ortiz follows the recent announcements of partnerships with Tiger Woods, Arian Foster and a host of other athletes, and augments FUSE Science’s overall strategy of signing the most notable players from around the world of sports to spotlight FUSE’s innovative technology and products.

“I am excited to be part of the FUSE Science family which is ...

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Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 02:51 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox

[OT] Q4 NFL Thread

So as what not to annoy the people in the “no, no, the fact that we exploit our players and refuse to cut them in on the cash except for dirty booster money makes us amateur and pristine!” thread.

Rickey! isn't dirty, he just *hustles* Posted: November 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM | 2939 comment(s)
  Beats: community

MASN: O’s to honor six Hall of Famers with bronze statues inside Camden Yards

While we’re on the subject of statues…

Remember those rumblings about the Orioles doing something more concrete at Camden Yards to honor their six Hall of Famers? Turns out those plans are finally out in the open - and the finished products will be in bronze.

A club source has confirmed the Orioles will erect bronze statues of their players enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. - Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray and Cal ...

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Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

RH: Is Derek Jeter Now Underrated?

When people say dreams don’t come true, tell them about Joe Rudi.

There are three great truths about Derek Jeter that we know that tell us his skills are changing as he declines.  First, he is hitting for less power.  This much is obvious as he’s only had one year of more than 12 HR’s in the last five after averaging nearly 19 per season from 1998 to 2005.  Second, he’s hitting more and more balls on the ground as he ages.  Now, Jeter has always been a big ground ball guy—his career GB rate is ...

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Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Red Sox could bring on Omar Minaya to baseball ops staff

Well, we know where he learned obp from…ops, I’m not quite sure.

With the Red Sox considering changes in baseball operations, including in international scouting, is it possible Omar Minaya could be added to the staff? According to a source, the Sox may be interested in Minaya for a position in the organization.

...Minaya was appointed GM of the Mets on Sept. 30, 2004, a position he held until the end of the 2010 season, when he was let go with two years remaining on his contract.  He was not ...

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Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: business, expos, history, mets, red sox

Spending time with a local legend: Jim Landis

Or as we used to mockingly sing when his horrific Challenge the Yankees card would pop up…“This Landis YOUR Landis”.

Your (White Sox) teammates volunteered you to be the player rep one year and you asked on their behalf for $50 in appearance fees. Weren’t you traded pretty soon after?

Landis: Ha ha, you bugger. How did you hear about that? No, I wasn’t traded. What he’s talking about is our player rep got traded somewhere — I think it was Detroit — so they made me (player rep) and I ...

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Repoz Posted: November 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2011

Today could very easily have been the 100th anniversary of the biggest one-for-one trade in baseball history.

Toledo News-Bee, November 17, 1911:

An effort was made in Chicago Thursday by Manager Callahan of the White Sox to secure Tris Speaker from the Boston Americans.  Jimmy McAleer was willing, but wanted Ed Walsh.  This quickly stopped the deal.

The Palehose should have pulled the trigger.  Career (BB-Ref) WAR after 1911: Speaker 113.8, Walsh 11.9.  In terms of Win Shares after the trade, ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: November 17, 2011 at 09:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cubs offer manager’s gig to Brewers’ Dale Sveum

The Cubs’ search for a new skipper could be over.

According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum was offered the vacant position at some point Wednesday night…

[Sveum] was also a candidate for Boston’s managerial opening, but they’re now expected to continue that search for another couple of weeks.

Look for Sveum to make a decision on the offer soon, probably within the next 12-24 hours.

To be precise, what Heyman actually wrote was “Cubs offer sveunm ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 17, 2011 at 05:35 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, red sox, rumors

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