Throughout the film, Pitt’s Billy Beane argues with his old-school scouts. The disagreements over players grow intense. Berra, who managed the Yankees and Mets and coached for the Houston Astros, once sat in similar scouting conclaves.
“You remember those things?” Carmen asks her husband.
“Yeah,” Yogi says, chuckling.
Berra’s only issue with “Moneyball” is its rendering of manager Art Howe, who is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and comes off ...
He happens to be the only Cardinal with a retired number who is not in the Hall of Fame. Boyer should be in the Hall, not solely to clear that historical footnote, but because he was really good.
How good was Ken Boyer? He finished in the MVP top 20 every year from 1958 through 1964. Four of those years (1959-1961, 1964) he finished in the top ten, and won the MVP in 1964. Boyer’s 119 OPS+ from 1955 to 1965 is seventh best among me with at least 5500 at bats during those years, and ...
Santo vs. La Invasion de Los Marcianos! (re: the 3B that have come after him)
Nonetheless, Santo’s candidacy and potential election raises some interesting questions about third baseman and the Hall of Fame. There are several active or recently retired third basemen such as Chipper Jones or Alex Rodriguez, who by the time he retires will have played more games at third base than shortstop, who should easily be elected to the Hall of Fame. Others such as Scott Rolen are building ...
Word continues to circulate in baseball circles that the Mets will be willing to discuss David Wright in trades this offseason as part of a complete facelift/rebuild away from Wright and Jose Reyes.
“We will listen on Wright for sure,” a Mets official told me during the week. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in 2013-14, and we have to figure out ways to speed the process to get there.” ...Read More...
As five-star general turned general no-star, Omar Daal Bradley, once noted…“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no toolsy ballplayer ever designed can replace it.”
How Milton Bradley get so far? Carlos Zambrano? Why is Bryce Harper so awesome? They’re all less than desirable personalities, but they’ve succeeded more than 99.9% of the other players who have tried. Why do they get to succeed? The first answer is that life isn’t fair, and people often get more or less than they deserve, ...
and then it’s time for El Lolich, and then El Pappas, and then…
We are here to beg and plead with the members of the Hall of Fame’s 16-member Golden Era committee to right a terrible wrong and punch Tiant’s ticket to Cooperstown.
...Tiant? You’ve probably heard this argument 3,486 times, which is the number of innings Tiant pitched in his big league career, but here we go again: If Jim “Catfish” Hunter is in the Hall, Tiant should be in the Hall.
Drew Stubbs probably has never heard of Walker or Alou. They’re both dead now, which complicates things. Alou died Thursday at age 72, of diabetes. Walker died 12 summers ago. Each could be linked to Stubbs’ future.
...Drew Stubbs has a whole lot more ability than Matty Alou ever did. If Stubbs weren’t playing baseball, he’d make a good wide receiver. If Alou hadn’t played baseball, he’d have made a fine bellman.
But Alou had something Stubbs is seeking. He understood ...
Uh-oh. Nehru straightjacket must be too tight…Hawk’s mystischism has tantrickled down to this magical poop.
Q: What are your thoughts on Adam Dunn?
A: I think he’s going to give us two shocks. One shock was in 2011 and the next shock is going to be in 2012. I think he’s going to come back and have a (heck) of a year. The last day of the season, we talked for a little bit and after that conversation I told my wife, she asked me: ‘Do you think he can come back?’
Will WFB be going to California, or over the hills and far away?
Versatile infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist is drawing “a lot of interest” on the free agent market, agent Scott Boras said, adding that his client could land with a team that views him as more than a utility player.
But it’s a possibility that job won’t be with the Diamondbacks, and there is disagreement between the team and Boras as to who’s to blame for the communication breakdown that got them here.
It wasn’t exactly that he put a ring and tickets on the table and told me to pick one. We’ve been together for several years now and are pretty confident that marriage is in the cards, but he is definitely not in a hurry. Every once in a while, I’ll give him a hard time about it and he’s always quick to change the subject. A week or two before this game (I think we were still playing the Brewers) I brought it up again and he changed the subject to World ...
Strong-arm and bookies I’m familiar with. Armstrong and bookies, not so much.
A sports-betting operation described as one of the largest in Colorado catered to well-known Denver-area sports, business and entertainment figures, some of whom had weekly betting limits as high as $50,000, according to a grand jury indictment and recently released search warrants.
Among those identified in court documents as placing bets “on a continual basis for several years” are Steve Sander, Denver’s director ...
I will start with two no-brainers: Jimmy Rollins must be signed, not at all costs, but through creative thinking that will give the face of this franchise the chance to wet his beak economically but will protect the Phillies against major slippage as the years pile up on him. He is shopping for 5 years? Fine. Give him the chance to make a base $10 million-a-year guaranteed with the chance to earn another $3 million or so by realizing fairly realistic goals. ...
Most AL Wins Above Replacement (WAR), 1951-61
90.7 - Mickey Mantle*
54.6 - Minnie Minoso
47.9 - Yogi Berra*
45.6 - Ted Williams*
42.7 - Al Kaline*
42.2 - Nellie Fox*
* = Hall of Famer
Minoso’s value is also apparent utilizing some of the more commonly-used Sabermetric statistics that have gained credibility in baseball analysis in recent years. As with a review of the American League leaders from ...
Todd Watson: So this question is some red meat for my baseball buddies. Is, in fact, on-base percentage a better metric now for a player’s contribution to advancing scoring than runs batted in? And if so, could you talk a little bit about how you arrived at realizing that?
Billy Beane: Well, that’s interesting, I don’t think we’ve ever taken ownership of inventing anything. I mean, there were some academics there outside the industry…
Todd Watson: Sure. But it’s a different way of viewing the ...
1. Trevor May, rhp
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp
3. Sebastian Valle, c
4. Jonathan Pettibone, rhp
5. Phillippe Aumont, rhp
6. Freddy Galvis, ss
7. Justin DeFratus, rhp
8. Brody Colvin, rhp
9. Jiwan James, of
10. Maikel Franco, 3b
In an effort to replenish the system, scouting director Marti Wolever took several projectable, high-ceiling athletes in the 2011 draft, including outfielders Larry and Tyler Greene (no relation) and shortstops Roman Quinn and Mitch ...
I was at Citizens Bank Park a few days after Thome’s 600th career home run. The Jumbotron in left field replayed the moment and the Phils fans’ lengthy ovation was genuine. Welcome home.
Sources said Friday evening that the Phillies and Thome have agreed on a one-year contract, pending Thome passing a physical. Terms of the deal were unknown, although it seems likely to be a low-risk signing.
It is not a surprising move, but it is an interesting one. Both parties hoped to reunite during the ...
Of the names we have heard so far in the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals managerial searches, there have been several Latino candidates mentioned as potential hires, but not a single qualified African-American managerial candidate — with one exception — has been identified. DeMarlo Hale of the Red Sox has been classified as someone who could be in the mix, but no interview has yet been scheduled.
there have been reports that Theo Epstein could ...
Bloom in love: There’s no such thing as a perfect baseball marriage.
Cliff Lee had a WAR of 6.9 this past season pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. But that doesn’t account for the fact that he’s been terrible in his three most recent important starts: Games 1 and 5 of the 2010 World Series for Texas and Game 2 of this year’s National League Division Series. In the latter, he blew an early 4-0 lead to the Cards, who won the series in five games. Certainly, that one game alone is why ...
This may cut into the funds available for Reyes and Wright:
Ellen Massey blamed the team for her injuries, contending they knew or should have known the drunken 300-pound fan five rows above her was a problem, and they did nothing to stop him from tormenting the other people in her section.
That fan, Timothy Cassidy, denies he was drunk, but witnesses said he was so sloshed, he couldn’t even complete the “Let’s go Mets!” chant.
The incident happened on opening day of 2007, when Massey had ...
That’s the same thing that is now none of our business? Can’t be.
And one other thing to consider. Jeff Wilpon claimed the following: “Some of the people don’t want to be public,” Wilpon said. “Some of the people might never be public.”
So what is the motivation of these would-be owners? The team is losing a ton of money, and prospects for that to change aren’t very good in the near future. The team itself faces legal exposure from ...
All the Hesitant Men: It would be nice if they were right.
Next time someone tells me that objectivity is a journalism tradition, my answer will be: Roger Maris.
Again Thursday, baseball writers blocked Maris’ entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame because of their biases and personal feelings. The Golden Era ballot of eight players and two executives to be considered for entry to the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee, announced Thursday, included no one as famous as Maris.