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Sunday, October 30, 2011

ESPN: Neumann: Predicting next 25 World Series champs

or…Neumann: What, your team worry?

2013: Texas Rangers

Rangers def. Chicago Cubs, 4-3
Albert Pujols, in the second season of a 10-year, $365 million contract, enjoys a career year with 59 homers and 155 RBIs and carries the Cubs to their first Fall Classic appearance in 68 years. However, after three consecutive postseason disappointments, it’s Texas that rewards the loyalty of its fans with a championship. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton power a balanced Texas offense, but ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, projections, prospect reports

Bill Madden: In Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series, it’s a field of screams

You’re discounting what scouts have done for 150 years. Age. ####### age slowly.

“There just aren’t great teams in baseball anymore,” the second scout said. “It all goes back to the expansion where the owners got so greedy and watered down the talent. What you have now is 50-60 ‘Four A’ players in the big leagues, many of them with starting jobs or in starting rotations. (Commissioner Bud) Selig talks about parity but what it is is inequity. I felt all year the Phillies were ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 04:24 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, rangers, sabermetrics, scouting

Knopf: Is Dustin Pedroia already starting to decline?

The Red Sox Analysts: Is Dustin Pedroia … overrated? (always hated answer records)

But Pedroia’s problems are even more than fewer line drive, less extra-base hits and a few too many infield hits. He was lucky on not just infield grounders, but all grounders in 2011, posting a .319 BAbip. For some perspective, baseball had a .237 BAbip on groundballs in 2011 and Pedroia has a .276 career BAbip on groundballs. In addition, Pedroia’s contact rate went down from 91% from 2006 to 2010 to 85% ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Plunkett: Angels appear to give new GM a power boost

“At no time can I ever say it became a sticking point for me or even a question I would raise,” Dipoto said. “I’ve worked in this business my entire adult life. This next year will be my 24th year in professional baseball. My life has been spent around baseball people. So what might look unusual or sound unusual outside the walls of baseball is very common to me.

“I love the opinion of baseball people. I love talking with strong-minded people and I’ve had the extraordinary pleasure of playing ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Saturday, October 29, 2011

LaRussa - Should His Hall of Fame Candidacy Suffer Due to “The Steroid Era?”

Dunno (holds stained wighat down), but Tufts takes a look…

By virtue of winning his third World Series title (1989 in Oakland, 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis), a career managerial record of 2728-2365 (third in victories behind John McGraw – who he would pass next season for second place – and Connie Mack) and four manager of the year selections, Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa is certain to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility.

Or is he?

Will ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 08:52 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, steroids

Dallas Morning News - Adrian Beltre: “We all know we lost the Series yesterday.”

Interesting bit of post-mortem from AB:

“We all know we lost the Series yesterday. We shouldn’t have let it slip away. We came back today to try to win it, but the momentum just took them and they won it. It’s not a nice feeling.

“We had in our mind that we were going to win the World Series. We were one strike away, but it didn’t happen. It would be easier if you lose four games in a row than having the thought that you were one strike away. It’s not easy. That game [on Thursday] will be hard ...

Esoteric Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, obituaries, rangers

All-Stars eager for upcoming Taiwan Series

After a light Friday workout under the supervision of manager Bruce Bochy, whose regular gig is skipper of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, the MLB team gathered at a nearby hotel to rest up for a long Saturday morning flight to Taipei, where the team will get ready for the first of five games played between Nov. 1-6 in three different cities—New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on Nov. 1, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on Nov. 3 and 4 and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake ...

Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Rangers: What’s next for free agent C.J. Wilson?

And it’s falling, it’s crashing! Watch it! Watch it, folks!

Here is Wilson, after Game 7 of the World Series, in his own words:

Do you have a sense of how things will progress?

C.J.: It’s foreign to me. I don’t know how it’s going to work. I don’t know if I’m going to get a text message saying, ‘X-amount of years; are you in or out?’ I have no clue. I don’t know if someone is going to be like, ‘we’re going to get you your own blimp; no matter how bad traffic is we will ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 03:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rangers

The Yankee Analysts: Is Robinson Cano … overrated?

As Yankee fans across the land zobristle at the mere suggestion!

2011 tells a similar story. Once again, Robbie had a great season. He posted 5.6 fWAR with a .375 wOBA, 28 homers, a .533 SLG and a .349 OBP. That was an All Star caliber season, but it wasn’t one of the top seasons in all of baseball. In 2010 he came close to having one of the top seasons in baseball. He didn’t come close in 2011. His fWAR ranked 22nd in the entire game while his wOBA was 27th in all of baseball. He placed ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:42 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

David Freese’s shredded jersey going to Hall of Fame

David Freese’s jersey is heading to the Hall of Fame. Well, what’s left of it. After the third baseman’s epic game-winning home run in the 11th inning, Freese’s teammates were at home plate waiting for him. Freese’s fellow Cardinals were there to “shred” him in what has become a St. Louis post-season tradition. Shortly afterwards, National Baseball Hall of Fame representatives took the remains of the jersey and are bringing it to Cooperstown.

David Freese’s incredible walk off solo home run ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:35 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, memorabilia

NYP: Queens law student freed from Egyptian jail was told Mets won World Series

No offense to the Egyptian prison scene, but it doesn’t get much crueler than this.

Grapel, expected to fly home to Queens today from Israel, was celebrating his release at a press conference in Tel Aviv, flanked by his mother Irene and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), when he was pranked.

He said it would be hard to express his deep appreciation to everyone who helped free him.

“There’s so many people to thank,” he said, “and after being cut off for the past five months ...”

Renegade JE (((Jason))), Fermenting Violence Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, special topics

NY Times: Sports Medicine Said to Overuse a Popular Scan

Dr. James Andrews, a widely known sports medicine orthopedist in Gulf Breeze, Fla., wanted to test his suspicion that M.R.I.’s, the scans given to almost every injured athlete or casual exerciser, might be a bit misleading. So he scanned the shoulders of 31 perfectly healthy professional baseball pitchers.

The pitchers were not injured and had no pain. But the M.R.I.’s found abnormal shoulder cartilage in 90 percent of them and abnormal rotator cuff tendons in 87 percent. “If you want an ...

Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: October 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Bob Gibson knows about pitching on short rest

Well…at least Tim McCarver will next be biitching on 158 days’ rest.

But Tim McCarver, the longtime Fox television baseball analyst, begs to differ. McCarver, who caught all 81 of those innings that Gibson pitched in World Series play for the Cardinals, laughed and said: “Here it is. I’m still disagreeing with him 50 years later.”

For the most part, McCarver thought Gibson was just as strong in a Game 7 as he had been earlier in the Series, with the exception of the Game 7 he pitched on two ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, history, media, television

Griffin: Jays to explore possibility of David Ortiz

Project Griffin: Investigating all extremist activity!

Jays’ general manager Alex Anthopoulos calls it “doing his due diligence” and it’s the important process of exploring all available avenues for improving the baseball team that, this winter, according to one source, will include at least discussing the possibility of signing free agent designated hitter David Ortiz, after Big Papi declares his free agency with this year’s class in the second week of November.

...Ortiz has talked about ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox

Ex-Angel, Montclair standout Ricky Adams dies

Ricky Adams…

Ricky Adams, whose Major League Baseball career featured being a member of the Angels’ 1982 Western Division championship team, died early Friday following a lengthy bout with cancer.

Adams was 52.

“The Angels organization and their alumni are deeply saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing,” said Tim Mead, Angels vice-president of communications. “There is always a special bond with any member of the Angels family.

...At the age of 23, Adams made his major-league debut with the ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, history, obituaries

Tony La Russa: Yadier Molina greatest catcher ever

Just as the Château Le Pinhead starts to kick in…

But any true fan of Baseball should be offended by the nonsense that came spewing out of Tony La Russa’s mouth during the post-game interview Friday night. And I may never get over that.

“The game has never seen a better catcher than YADIER MOLINA.”

And the Earth officially became flat again.

...Yadier Molina? Yawwddy Molina?

He may not even be the best catcher is his family.

The only appropriate quote La Russa could have made here ...

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, fantasy baseball, history, reds

Redbirds finish magic Carp-et ride to 11th title

Congrats to all the Cardinals fans! Enjoy!!

Edit: Title updated. Jim

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2011 at 03:25 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Friday, October 28, 2011

John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will return to the radio booth.

Attention All Primates!: We have Repoz’s ear. If we don’t get some money within 10 days, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits. ~ Thank you, General Citi Field Marshal Bridges Cinque.

The New York Yankees today announced that the organization has extended their current radio agreement with WCBS 880 through the 2012 season. The Yankees retain the option to extend the agreement for another year; however the parties intend to continue discussions about a ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 07:52 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, yankees

Josh Hamilton: God called homer

“[God] told me, ‘You haven’t hit one in a while, and this is the time you’re going to,’ ” said Hamilton, who had gone 65 at-bats in the postseason without a home run. “You know what? I probably had the most relaxed, peaceful at-bat I’ve had of the whole series at that moment. It’s pretty cool. You ought to try it sometime.”

As Hamilton recalled the sequence of events in the Texas clubhouse after Game 6, he ruefully took note of the missing piece in the discussion: God promised him a ...

kirkhead Posted: October 28, 2011 at 06:41 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, fantasy baseball, rangers

‘American Idol’ alum Chris Daughtry tackling National Anthem at World Series

Ugh, more crapthetic tie-in crap…meanwhile Shiitty/Awesome gets passed over again!

Game 7 of the World Series is slated to air on Friday night, and for the second time during the baseball classic we are going to have an “American Idol” alum performing the National Anthem.

Who is it going to be? According to reports, Chris Daughtry is going to be taking to the field in order to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” just a week or so after season 10 champ Scotty McCreery performed the same song. ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 05:17 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, media, music, rangers

Don Mincher retiring as Southern League president

Sheds teardrop glasses...

After battling health issues for several years, Don Mincher is retiring as president of the Class AA Southern League, effective immediately.

Mincher conveyed the news to Southern League owners at the league’s meetings in Pensacola.

...Mincher was elected president of the league in 2000. Before becoming president, he was general manager of the Southern League’s Huntsville Stars from 1984 until he assembled a group of local owners who purchased the team in 1994. He ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 05:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, minor leagues

Sabbath Dilemma: Should Jews Watch Game 7?

I’d ask my old HS pal Waxy Waxberg about this…but he hasn’t followed baseball since the Mets dealt Shamsky.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ miraculous, epic 10-9 win over the Texas Rangers last night is already being called one of the greatest baseball games ever played. But within minutes of the win, it provoked one of those soul-searching conflicts for St. Louis’ Orthodox Jews: to watch or not to watch the game on Friday night.

Baseball is a religion for fans in St. Louis, and Facebook and ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers, special topics

Jerry DiPoto to be Angels GM

It’s delovely, it’s dynamic, it’s…DiPoto?

Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto will be the next general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, according to multiple media reports.

DiPoto has been senior vice president of scouting and player development for Arizona. He replaces Tony Reagins, who resigned in September.

MLB executive Kim Ng, Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, New York Yankees executive Damon Oppenheimer and Texas Rangers assistant ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Posnanski: Game Six

First Boz, and now Poz:

I have spent more or less my whole life rooting for comebacks. Maybe you have too? ... My non-Cleveland heroes were the masters of those comebacks. I despised the Dallas Cowboys, but could not but love the ways Roger Staubach seemed to emerge in the final two minutes, like the cardboard shapes that emerge from pop-up books. I loathed Larry Bird except when the clocked ticked to oblivion when I wanted him to hit the game-tying shot and extend the game. I could not abide ...

Esoteric Posted: October 28, 2011 at 02:57 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

WaPo - Boswell: Theater of the Absurd

Boz with the local angle.  A long, fun ramble of an article:

From the Rangers’ bitter perspective, this wild night seemed to replay all the stages of their baseball evolution, starting with their grotesque days of last-place finishes in Washington to their current status as back-to-back American League champions.

Yeah, yeah, “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.” But this is ridiculous. The Rangers have to go all the way back to the embryonic humiliations of the old expansion Senators, then ...

Esoteric Posted: October 28, 2011 at 02:41 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, nationals, rangers

Burt: No doubt about it, Larry Lucchino is back in charge

Heaven help us all. Can’t wait for an unbendable auxiliary scoreboard to be built in RF!

Larry Lucchino is back.

While his name and title never technically left the Red Sox masthead — Larry Lucchino, president and CEO — there’s no doubt who’s back in the driver’s seat of your favorite baseball club.

And we’re not talking about new signage, expansion of concessions stands or additional seating. We’re talking about the baseball team, soup to nuts.

We’re talking about baseball decisions, ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox

Caldera: Reggie Jackson says Billy Martin was a bigot

To Reggie Jackson, this is fact – not opinion – that Billy Martin engaged in bigoted and anti-Semitic behavior during his tumultuous tenure as Yankees manager.

“I didn’t say it as accusatory … I said it with feeling and empathy,” Jackson said in a phone conversation Thursday, seeking to clarify comments he made in a soon-to-be-televised interview. “I said it as to what went on.”

During a chat with Bob Costas, to be aired Monday on MLB Network, Mr. October provided frank commentary on ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Bill Conlin: The Cubs’ new Theocracy

Another wondrous trip aboard the Conlin accidental time machine…

With his expensive team favored to win the 2011 pennant, Terry presided over the most precipitous final month collapse in baseball history. Francona, reportedly too zonked on pain pills for a knee gone bad to exercise proper command and control, was relieved of his job. Theo, himself in clandestine negotiations with the Cubs, was ordered to ditch a manager who had won him two rings.

If Epstein thought Boston had become an ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 09:58 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, phillies

Verducci: Nelson Cruz’s unforgiveable defensive gaffe proves costly to Rangers

Verducci knows all…and let’s everyone know about it.

With one more Rangers loss, Nelson Cruz is the Bill Buckner of Texas.

...There is a universal rule in baseball about playing the outfield with a lead, especially a two-run lead, and three outs or fewer from victory. Under no circumstance can the ball be hit over an outfielder’s head—not unless it’s flying all the way out of the ballpark. It’s called no-doubles defense. The outfielders have to station themselves deep enough to make sure the ...

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 09:43 AM | 186 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, history, media, rangers, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2011

St. Joseph News-Press, October 28, 1911:

TALK ABOUT TOUGH LUCK! Chick Lathers, the benedict infielder of the Detroit Tigers sure has had his share for awhile. When the season closed Chick took unto himself a better half and his father presented him with a fine suburban home at Detroit. Chick and his bride beat it away on a honeymoon and returned the other day to find that the home had been burned.

That’s the second worst thing that happened to him. The worst was being named Chick Lathers.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2011 at 09:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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