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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

It’s Come To This: Lenny Dykstra And Jose Canseco Will Fight A Celebrity Boxing Match

Just two weeks ago, Dykstra pleaded no contest to three counts of grand theft auto and filing a false statement, which allowed him to remain free until his January sentencing. And now we learn Nails will be opposite Jose Canseco on a pay-per-view fight card Saturday that includes such other notable celebrity has-beens as Kato Kaelin, Michael Lohan, Joey Buttafucco, Coolio, Amy Fisher, Octo Mom, Bombshell McGee, and Tila Tequila. And that Dykstra (wink wink) “begged” Canseco’s originally ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:58 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Harnett: Hybrid System Needed To Determine MLB’s Best Fielders

Doom patrol awaits!...As Harnett introduces his hybrid Rawlings-SABR Gold Glove Award.

-      Keep the Gold Gloves.  They’re beautiful looking trophies.

-      Only allow everyday players (non-pitchers) who have played 100 games or more at a single position to be included on the ballot.

-      Separate the American and National League players.

-      Allow 4 groups to vote (1. Fielding Bible Panel & Additional Sabermetric Scholars, 2. Current MLB Managers & Coaches, 3. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:05 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, sabermetrics

Brisbee: Vernon Wells Does Not Opt Out Of Contract

“What did I do to deserve this?”
“We don’t deserve half the things we get.”

Angels outfielder Vernon Wells also didn’t notify Los Angeles he would leave. Wells, who hit .218 with 25 homers and 66 RBIs, is owed $21 million in each of the next three seasons.
Wells had an opt-out in his contract, but instead of chasing the money, he stayed right where he is, showing a loyalty to his team that most players aren’t capable of these days.

Wells’ 25 home runs and 66 RBI last year were more than ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: November 02, 2011 at 04:24 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays

B-ref Blog: End of the Season

Chairman Sean sez:

One of the tough parts of running a business is deciding when to put more effort into something and when to not. After a lot of internal debate, we’ve decided to stop posting editorial content on the B-R blog.

Site bloggers Andy and Steve say their farewells individually.

Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: November 02, 2011 at 02:35 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Greta Van Susteren: Sell the LA Dodgers to the people – like the Green Bay Packers!

And give them a complete orthognathiccup makeover while you’re at it!

The LA Dodgers are for sale – the victims of a rich guy’s messy finances and even messier divorce. So? How about offering them first to the community rather than have some rich guy scooping them up? The Green Bay Packers don’t have a single owner but instead millions of us. Shares cost $200 and all you get are bragging rights but it sure is fun to brag and say “I am an owner.” When I cheer for the Packers, I ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 01:40 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, dodgers, media, television

BPP: Vote: The 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame, 2011 edition

Bobby Womack released “Poet II”...Graham Womack releases “The 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame II”.

With the 2011 baseball officially in the books, it is my pleasure to announce the second year of my project on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame.

I debuted this project last year (here’s how it came out) with a simple goal. Rather than have my rankings based on some all-powerful stat or my opinion, I decided to go in a different direction and determine the picks ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 01:13 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics

NoMaas offseason idea #2: Free range white meat

If I were Repoz, I would be able to make a clever joke about elminating the infield area between second and third.

NoMaas Offseason Idea #2: Move LF Back

Is it an unorthodox idea? Maybe. But it happens more than you might think. The Mets are doing it RIGHT NOW to Citi Field. The right-center field wall at Petco was altered about 6 years ago. The Phillies moved back their left-field wall at around the same time. Before the 2003 season, the Tigers moved in the left-center field wall at ...

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Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: November 02, 2011 at 12:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-2-2011

Montreal Gazette, November 2, 1911:

Did any one ever tell you what Connie Mack paid for that magnificent infield of the Athletics—the one that did so much toward winning the world’s championship for that club?  Of course not!  Well, it actually cost the clever manager of the Philadelphia team just $10.85.
...

Mack captured [Eddie Collins, Jack Barry, and Home Run Baker] for the price of their railroad fares, and the three tickets totalled exactly $10.85.  He had [Harry] Davis for first when he ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 02, 2011 at 10:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hall of fame, history, scouting

Kirkpatrick: MLB Should Stop Using All-Star Game to Decide World Series Home-field Advantage

This time it’s Count Vertigo’s Effect!

If Selig’s rule had been in effect in 1986 when the American League won the All-Star Game, the Red Sox, not the Mets, would have had home field, and we would have been denied that classic Game 6 ending at Shea Stadium. And if the rule had been in effect in 1975 when the National League won the All-Star Game, Cincinnati would’ve had home field, and fans would have been denied the indelible image of Carlton Fisk’s wave-it-fair walk-off at Fenway in that ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 10:20 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

TTF Baseball: Chat with Rockies owner Dick Monfort

Not often you get a “Call me Dick” email from a ML owner.

I reaffirmed that it was still beyond me that they could raise prices after such a bad season. This is where Dick helped me understand the increase was not about making more money. The club needs more money as the expenses have been rising, and ticket prices have stayed the same. While the club is “… 19th out of 30 in market size, we are 10th in attendance and 29th in ticket prices.” He restated that the organization is ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 10:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, minor leagues, prospect reports, rockies, scouting

Ex-Cub battles dementia, criminal charges

Tough times for Bob “Shorty” Raudman...

Bob “Shorty” Raudman achieved something most men and boys just dream of — he made it to the major leagues of baseball as an outfielder and wore the red, white and blue colors of the Chicago Cubs in 1966 and 1967.

But Raudman, 69, was in an orange St. Louis County Jail jumpsuit Tuesday, living a nightmare as a victim of dementia. He was jailed for allegedly striking his wife on Sept. 24.

A mental health evaluation was ordered after he was jailed. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 09:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history

L.A. Times: Frank McCourt agrees to sell Dodgers

Frank McCourt agreed Tuesday to sell the Dodgers, abruptly surrendering the team after fighting to retain it over two years and in two courts.

McCourt and Major League Baseball have agreed to seek approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for an auction of the Dodgers. The sale is expected to include the team, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots, a package bought by McCourt for $421 million in 2004 and likely to sell for two to three times as much now.

The league hopes a new Dodgers ...

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Tripon Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:01 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

2011 Gold Glove Awards: Dodgers, Red Sox boast 6 Gold Glovers

Attention Yankee Fans: Bus tickets for the Occupy Rawlings Sporting Goods Company trip to St. Louis have been sold out.

MLB Major League Baseball and Rawlings unveiled the 2011 Gold Glove winners on Tuesday night:

American League

P—Mark Buehrle, CHW
C—Matt Wieters, BAL
1B—Adrian Gonzalez, BOS
2B—Dustin Pedroia, BOS
SS—Erick Aybar, LAA
3B—Adrian Beltre, TEX
LF—Alex Gordon, KC
CF—Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS
RF—Nick Markakis, BAL

National League

P—Clayton Kershaw, LAD
C—Yadier Molina, STL
1B—Joey ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2011 at 03:25 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, sabermetrics, special topics, television

Dodgers hire Sue Falsone as first female trainer in majors

Boldly going where no major professional sports team has gone before:

The Dodgers Monday named Sue Falsone their head athletic trainer, making her the first female to hold that position for any team in the four major professional sports leagues.

Falsone, 37, was the first female physical therapist in the majors when she was hired by the Dodgers. She served in that role from 2008-10 and was a consultant to the team last season.

Falsone and assistant trainer Nancy Patterson also give the ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: November 02, 2011 at 01:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

L.A. Times: Mark Cuban offered to buy Dodgers, but price was too high

Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, said he offered to buy the Dodgers several months ago but declined to enter negotiations when owner Frank McCourt said the price would be in the range of $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

“At that price, I wasn’t interested,” Cuban said Tuesday.

Cuban, who has lost out in bidding for the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, said he remains interested in buying the Dodgers should that price come down.

Cuban said he could not recall exactly when ...

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Tripon Posted: November 02, 2011 at 01:29 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

MJS: Former Brewers pitcher Sanders helps sell ‘Field of Dreams’

Nobody give this guy’s number to McCourt.

On Sunday, the Lansings announced that an offer had been signed for the property. Mike and Denise Stillman, operating as Go the Distance Baseball LLC, plan to preserve the site. A purchase price was not disclosed.

On other acreage, however, the Stillmans say they plan to develop “All-Star Ballpark Heaven,” a baseball and softball tournament facility.

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: November 02, 2011 at 12:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Matthews: Cashman saying a whole lot of nothing

I believe it was Marcus Aurelios Rodríguez that said…“In baseball, nothing proceeds from nothingness and nothing passes away into non-existence.”

Asked at the end of the conference call to explain how and why the Yankee season ended so poorly, and what could be done to rectify it in 2012, here is what Brian Cashman said:

“I don’t think we played to the best of our abilities—part of that is our control, and part of that is obviously controlled by what the (Detroit) Tigers put forth. Our ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 11:54 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Brunell: Blue Jays’ Tony LaCava turns down Orioles GM job

My Man LaCava…not to be remade.

The Orioles’ search for a general manager will continue after Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava declined an offer to take over the Orioles.

“I’m working in a great place, a job that I love. It’s just as simple as that,” LaCava told the Baltimore Sun by way of explanation.“I really, really treasure my relationship with [Toronto] general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, and I really want to see this through with him.”

This is a surprise, as Toronto was readying ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 11:37 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Rob Dibble: Time with Nats was worst two years of his life

“Dibble Sings Again” (Episode #28)

During his new Fox Sports Radio show on Monday night, he rectified that. After first suggesting that Jim Riggleman was a better Xs and Os coach than Davey Johnson,

... “He still loves the National organization,” said co-host Mike North, who seemed anxious to move on. “There’s no doubt, you still wear a little bit of the Nats on your sleeve.”

“You’re out of your mind, Mike,” Dibble said. “No, I don’t. Absolutely not. That was the worst ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:38 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, nationals, television

Worcester Telegram: Turns out, package contained baseball cards

Head for the park and greet the Metesky…

A package that drew the attention of the state police bomb squad this morning was determined to contain an unwanted collection of baseball cards. Initial suspicions of the sealed box, left atop a newspaper box outside the post office branch on Chandler Street, prompted police to close off the area.

The sealed box had the word “Free” on the outside. It was heavily taped, and authorities could not easily determine its contents.

Upon further review, the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:08 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia

Mid (To Late) 70’s Baseball Dudes

Radio City Matinee just had to go and give Jon Gnagy’s Beard a show.

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As a kid I was into reading biographies of athletes that were before my time. I was too young to have seen them play, but pictures of giant fro’s and mangy beards caused me to build them up in my head as awesome, wild legends.

Mid (To Late) 70’s Baseball Dudes is an ongoing drawing project. It’ll probably be complete once I have enough to make a cool zine or when I can’t think of anymore dudes to draw.

Thanks to Peter ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 05:08 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia

Brian Cashman signs three-year deal to remain Yankees GM

Cashman flow statement as follows…

Brian Cashman has agreed to a three-year deal to remain the general manager of the Yankees, the team announced today. Cashman is expected to address reporters later this afternoon.

The news comes one day after the Yankees accomplished perhaps their most important goal of the offseason by retaining ace pitcher CC Sabathia.

Cashman, 44, has been the team’s general manager since 1998. The team has won four World Series during that span.

Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 04:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, yankees

Granderson leads MLB All-Stars to win in Taiwan

Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam to lead a team of major league stars to a 7-0 win over Taiwan’s national team on Tuesday night.

The Yankees slugger went deep off Yao-Hsun Yang in the third inning, electrifying the crowd at the suburban Taipei stadium before the game was called in the sixth inning because of rain.

The five-game series between MLB stars including Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval and Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie resumes on ...

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GIBBYs give fans a chance to be heard

Let the balloting begin in the 10th year of involving you. Major League Baseball’s A-listers will take home GIBBYs trophies—the ultimate honors of baseball’s awards season—based on votes by you the fans at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel and MLB alumni.

The 2011 GIBBYs feature nominees in 19 categories, representing all 30 clubs. That’s one of the things that make these awards so unique. No matter what team you follow, and no matter how your year went, there is at least someone ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2011 at 02:40 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, business, media

CC Sabathia Willing To Lose Weight, Says Deal With Yankees Not About Money

And he’s worth his weight in Feingold Diets!

For CC Sabathia, there’s no better place to pitch than Yankee Stadium.

He’ll do whatever it takes to stay on the mound as the Bombers’ ace — even if it means trimming down.

“It’s something I do regardless, and be proactive,” Sabathia said during a conference call after agreeing to a new five-year, $122 million deal with the Yankees. “I just need to go out and be healthy and try to do what I can to be up there for every start for ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 01:18 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: business, yankees

Jeff Wilpon: Sale not fans’ business

Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said Monday that the sale of small blocks of the team to minority investors is “going very well,” but he declined to offer any specifics about the progress.

The Wilpons are seeking multiple small shareholders to offset the loss of the planned $200 million minority investment from David Einhorn, which fell through Sept. 1.


Team sources previously told ESPNNewYork.com the Mets were looking to sell shares in varying amounts in the neighborhood of $15 ...

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HowardMegdal Posted: November 01, 2011 at 01:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, mets, rumors

Boston Red Sox - In Red Sox lineup, he’s the toughest out - The Boston Globe

“It’s hard to be in baseball for 30-plus years and not have clashed with people,’’ says Lucchino. “But it’s one thing to be a forceful advocate for your franchise and it’s another to be a guy who accumulates enemies while doing that. I’m sure there are people with whom I disagree on a variety of issues, but I can’t think of too many personal enemies.’’

Lucchino clashes with many but CHB, longtime Globe hatchet man, is not one of them. The way he fawns over Lucchino is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2011 at 12:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Shaikin: Frank McCourt appears close to agreeing he’ll sell Dodgers

After a two-year battle to keep the Dodgers through a bruising divorce and a bankruptcy filing, owner Frank McCourt appears close to agreement with Major League Baseball on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the team.

McCourt would get some control over the sale, people familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The purchase probably would include Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots in a package that could command a record price of $1 billion or more.

The ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 10:11 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2011

Pittsburgh Press, November 1, 1911:

JAMES THORPE, OF CARLISLE, GREAT ALL-ROUND ATHLETE

Football this season has brought into the public eye a young Indian student at the Carlisle school, who promises to become the greatest athlete the world has ever seen.
...

James Thorpe has broken all traditions by approaching world records in so many lines of activity that physical trainers are at a loss to account for his skillful feats of strength and endurance.

Puh-leeze. Greatest athlete the world has ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2011 at 10:03 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: college, dugout, hall of fame, history

Mills & Salaga: Using Tree Ensembles to Analyze Hall of Fame Voting Patterns

I’m sure Ed Wade will be on top of this.

Abstract

We predict the induction of Major League Baseball hitters and pitchers into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. We employ a Random Forest algorithm for binary classification, improving upon past models with a simplistic input approach. Our results suggest that the random forest technique is a fruitful line of research with prediction in the sports world. We find an error rate as low as 0.91% in ...

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Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 09:46 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics

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