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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Bissinger: The Strange Genius of Tony La Russa

Buzz La Bissinger returns! (checks Sequel-Buzz for further info)

Whether you loved Tony La Russa, as many millions of fans did, or hated him, as far too many millions of fans did, the verdict on him is simple. In the aftermath of Monday’s surprising announcement, three days after his St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, that he was retiring after a 33-year managerial career, we might as well get the boilerplate of his legacy out of the way so there is no confusion:

Over the past ...

Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 09:34 AM | 294 comment(s)
  Beats: books, cardinals, history, sabermetrics

David Eckstein: Oquendo should succeed La Russa; would help sway Pujols

Haven’t heard Jose Oquendo spoken about this eloquently since Bob Murphy used to sweetly caramelize it.

David Eckstein, the World Series MVP when the St. Louis Cardinals won it all in 2006, says the club should promote third-base coach Jose Oquendo to succeed retired manager Tony La Russa.

One big reason: An Oquendo hiring would improve the odds of Albert Pujols re-signing with the team.

“Albert would stay if Oquendo got the job,” Eckstein told on Monday.

Oquendo also is a ...

Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 09:21 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history

Monday, October 31, 2011

CC Sabathia Agrees to Contract Extension With Yankees

NESN ~ snork.

CC Sabathia isn’t going anywhere after all, not even to test the free-agent waters.

The Yankees ace announced personally Monday that he has agreed to a contract extension with the Yankees, and he will remain in New York. The terms of the deal are unknown at this point.

Many thought that Sabathia would at least excercise the opt-out clause he had in his contract that would let the big left-hander become a free agent this winter. Sabathia was set to make $92 million over the ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 11:42 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, yankees

The 2011 Fielding Bible Awards

The Statistical Revolution Will NOT Be Televised.

A panel of ten analysts, listed below—including John Dewan, Peter Gammons, and Bill James—examined the 2011 seasons of every defensive player in Major League Baseball and then used the same voting technique as the Major League Baseball MVP voting. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 100.

Despite already having a ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 11:28 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting

ESPN2 to Televise First-Ever Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show

ESPN2 will televise the first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show – emanating from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight studio in Bristol – Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The one-hour telecast, hosted by Baseball Tonight’s Karl Ravech with analysts John Kruk and Barry Larkin (a three-time Gold Glove winner – 1994, 1995, 1996), will include the announcement of the 2011 Gold Glove Award winners and extensive highlights and analysis of the best defensive performers and plays during the MLB regular ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2011 at 08:49 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Van Riper: Yanks Should Let Sabathia Walk

Yes, Van Riper, but how do you propose to stuff a wild extra-large pinstriped bikini bottom?

But really, does it make sense to overpay for a 31-year-old with a weight problem when the money could be invested better elsewhere? The pickings for pitchers are a bit slim on this year’s free agent market, with the Rangers’ C.J. Wilson and the White Sox Mark Buehrle,  a pair of borderline aces,  the best available.

By next winter, though, things get more interesting. Scheduled to hit the free ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 07:48 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, yankees

NY Times: Mets Make It Official: Citi Field to Shrink

The walls will be uniformly lowered to eight feet, with a new wall of that height being placed in front of the current 15-foot wall in left field, which some people have come to call the Great Wall of Flushing. About 100 seats will be placed in the gap between the walls in a design that would seem to mimic the several rows of seats that now sit atop the Green Monster in left field in Fenway Park.

In right-center field, the fences will be moved in so the distance from home plate will be 398 ...

The District Attorney Posted: October 31, 2011 at 07:35 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

MLBTR: Official Elias Rankings

Once the regular season ended, the Elias Sports Bureau took all players over the 2010-11 period, divided them into five groups for each league, and ranked them based on various statistics.  Each player was labeled a Type A, B, or none.  Those designations and the possible accompanying arbitration offers determine draft pick compensation.  If a Type A free agent turns down an arbitration offer and signs a Major League deal elsewhere the losing team gets two draft picks, one of them coming from ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2011 at 06:41 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business

HOF Gets Donation of Freese Jersey as Auction Sells NL Doc Alleged Stolen from Hall

The Hall officials somehow tracked down pieces of the jersey that was torn by Freese’s teammates as he crossed home plate and, thanks to a generous donation by the Cardinal hero, its next destination is a display case in Cooperstown.

But just as one artifact is added to the Hall’s impressive collection, another is apparently hitting the auction block in the Texas Rangers’ own backyard, at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.  Slated for sale in its November auction is yet another rare ...

Pop Snyder Posted: October 31, 2011 at 05:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Theo Epstein meets Mike Quade

“I’m the punk in the gutter
I’m the new president”

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met with manager Mike Quade in a lengthy meeting at the end of last week to discuss his status with the team, according to sources familiar with the situation.

In a get-to-know-you meeting, Epstein flew to Bradenton, Fla., along with general manager Jed Hoyer to talk to Quade.

The Cubs manager has one year and $1 million remaining on his two-year deal that he signed November, 2010.

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 05:05 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, sabermetrics

Twitter: Indians acquire Derek Lowe

The offseason moves start?

Creditable sources inform me that #Braves P Derek Lowe is being informed as we speak that he has been traded to the #Indians

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 31, 2011 at 04:47 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, indians

Cardinals manager La Russa retires

As carsdfanboy just said…“Best manager in my lifetime and probably the past fifty years.”

The Cardinals announced this morning that manager Tony La Russa has retired after 16 seasons with the Cardinals.

“Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be rememered as one of the most successful eras in Cardinals history,” chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at the announcement. “I knew this day would come. I just hoped that it wouldn’t.”

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:14 PM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Budweiser Clydesdale named after Tony La Russa

Hi-yo, Shingles! Away!

A “world famous” Budweiser Clydesdale has a new name: Tony La Russa.

Anheuser-Busch announced on Sunday the naming of one of its famous horses after La Russa, the longtime St. Louis Cardinals manager who led his team through an epic playoff run this fall.

“Tony is one of the great managers in the long and rich history of Major League Baseball,” said Dave Peacock, president, Anheuser-Busch. “He’s delivered two championships and countless memories to an entire generation ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:01 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, memorabilia

Larry Lucchino: “...You guys might want to live in September 2011 forever, but we don’t.”

and remember, my friends, past events such as these will effect YOU in the past!

Larry Lucchino joined WEEI in Boston with Dennis & Callahan to discuss why he personally believes the media is at fault for over-publicizing the Red Sox’s clubhouse problems…

Did he just say it was the media’s fault for publicizing the Red Sox clubhouse discord?

“Yeah, Callahan, I think for example it led you into a pathetically petulant and misleading article about John Henry. [Callahan: What was ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 01:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, red sox

Agent: Aramis Ramirez to be free agent

Down to the wire. Throws chairs. Aramissing.

The Chicago Cubs have picked up the one-year, $16 million option on Aramis Ramirez’s contract, but Ramirez will turn down the option and declare for free agency, according to his agent Paul Kinzer.

“We are very sorry that this era is coming to the end for Aramis and the Cubs,” Kinzer said. “He loves Chicago and the fans. They’ve been great to him, but at this point it’s better that we check out the market and address free agency.

“(The percentage ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 01:16 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, sabermetrics

THT: Jaffe: Ranking postseasons: 1995-2011

Full Stop, say Ranking Full Stop.

12. 2000: 259.8 points. 61.3 World Series points, 66 LCS points, 132.5 LDS points.

Forty times, a best-of-seven postseason series has lasted exactly five games. Of those, the 2000 Fall Classic scores as the second-best, trailing only the 1988 World Series. Each game in the 2000 World Series was decided by two runs or fewer. It even had a ninth-inning comeback leading to a walk-off win in extra innings.

The LCS were 2000’s weak points. They weren’t bad, ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 01:04 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Littlefield: Houston Astros To The AL?

Richard Justice, who covers the Astros for the Houston Chronicle, understands the dismay of fans like Mickey Marvins.

“Houston fans are comfortable with the National League,” says Justice. “They see the Reds and the Cubs and the Cardinals as their rivals, and they don’t want that to change.”

Those sound like sentimental objections, but in part – as Marvins suggests – they are based on a love of the game as it’s only played in the National League, without the designated hitter. ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM | 170 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sabermetrics

Sickels: Detroit Tigers Top 20 Prospects for 2012

Fields, Below, about says it all.

1) Jacob Turner, RHP, Grade A-: I think he could use some additional Triple-A exposure, but the Tigers may have different ideas. I don’t see him as a number one Verlander-like ace, but more like a durable workhorse number two.

2) Nick Castellanos, 3B, Grade B+:  I’d like to see his strikeout rate come down, but overall he had a successful season after the rough first month. Will he develop more home run power at the expense of batting average?

3) Casey ...

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1911:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30.—At a meeting of the board of directors of the Washington American League Baseball Club today Clark Griffith, manager of the Cincinnati National League team, was unanimously selected as manager of the Washington team to succeed James McAleer, now part owner of the Boston Americans.

There was a slight possibility of Griffith also becoming president of the Washington baseball organization. It is well known that he had sought to ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2011 at 09:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hall of fame, history, twins

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sabathia to opt out of Yankees contract, become free agent

Left-hander CC Sabathia plans to opt out of his long-term contract with the Yankees by the Monday night deadline and become a free agent, has learned.

Sabathia, 31, has four years worth $92 million left on his current seven-year, $161 million deal but has the option—until midnight Monday—of voiding the final four years.

The Yankees have already made a new contract offer to Sabathia and remain the favorites to keep him, although the Cubs, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays and Cubs are also ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: business, yankees

[Javier] Lopez, Giants agree to two-year contract

Hey, that’s more than Javy Lopez got for 57 homers and two All-Star games!

The Giants have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with reliever Javier Lopez, who will receive $4.25 million per in 2012 and ‘13.

The deal, first reported by The Associated Press on Sunday afternoon, has yet to be officially announced by the team.

Since coming to San Francisco via a trade from the Pirates during the Giants’ 2010 World Series championship run, Lopez has posted a 7-2 record and a 2.38 ERA in 97 ...

The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

‘Field of Dreams’ property in eastern Iowa sold

The sprawling eastern Iowa cornfields made famous by the movie “Field of Dreams” are being sold to a company that will preserve the site’s baseball legacy, the owners announced Sunday.

Don and Becky Lansing said they have accepted an offer from Mike and Denise Stillman and their company, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will develop the site near Dyersville as a baseball and softball complex. A purchase price was not disclosed.

“We worked hard to maintain its wholesome allure, and our ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Face The Nation: Bob Schieffer: Baseball is the greatest game of all

Hey, unlike Bill Madden…at least Bob Schieffer still loves baseball.

I love college football (especially TCU football), and I like golf. But when people start talking about golf as if it were some religious experience I say, not quite: That’s why we have baseball.

And the just-ended World Series is the latest proof that baseball is the greatest game of all.

...One game like a picture painted by an old Master, all beauty, skill and perfection. The next like an old Abbott and Costello movie - ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 07:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, special topics, television

Padres hire Phil Plantier as hitting coach

Asked by a reporter to name the top home run hitting team of the 2010s, I offered the Padres.  Granting that it was a capricious choice, it has as good a chance of being right as anybody else I can think of.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have hired Phil Plantier as hitting coach.

Plantier, 42, had been serving as manager at the Padres’ single [sic] affiliate in Lake Elsinore, California.

He was a big league outfielder from 1990-1997, batting .243/.332/.439 with 91 home ...

The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Dewan: Flat Bat Award 2011

Rafael Palmeiro could help you out with that…

Here are the top batting averages on bunt hits for players with 10 or more successful bunt hits:

2011 Bunt Hit Leaders
Player                      Bunt Hit Results         Batting Average
Brett Gardner, NYY          11 for 18                .611
Emilio Bonifacio, Fla       16 for 27                .593
Peter Bourjos, LAA          17 for 29                .586
Corey Patterson, Tor/StL    10 for 19                .526
Alexi Casilla, Min          10 for ...
The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

148 players file for free agency

They didn’t waste any time, did they?

Boston Red Sox
Bedard, Erik
Drew, J.D.
Jackson, Conor
Miller, Trever
Ortiz, David
Papelbon, Jon
Varitek, Jason
Wakefield, Tim

Milwaukee Brewers
Betancourt, Yuniesky
Counsell, Craig
Fielder, Prince
Hairston Jr, Jerry
Hawkins, LaTroy
Kotsay, Mark S.
Rodriguez, Francisco
Saito, Takashi

New York Mets
Batista, Miguel
Capuano, Chris
Hairston, Scott
Harris, Willie
Isringhausen, Jason
Reyes, Jose
Young, Chris

New York Yankees
Ayala, Luis
Chavez, Eric
Colon, ...

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 30, 2011 at 05:40 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Curt Schilling Questions if Albert Pujols is Worth $25-30 Million a Year

Dreckig! That’s an awful lot of Pfeffer porcelain notgeld coins!

“I’m not sure if eight years … you’re talking about a $200-$250 million deal if the numbers are to be believed. They’re some questions in my mind if this is a 25 or 30 million dollar [player],” Schilling said after the World Series ended. “[He’s the] best offensive player in the game — not for a second do I question that. But if I’m going to pay a guy $25-$30 million, I need everything.

“I need that clubhouse ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:06 PM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, cardinals, media, television

Knapp: ‘Moneyball’ statistics in surprising World Series

Lai Zhide shouldn’t have written that yin and yang book!

Better yet, we could declare a truce in the baseball orthodoxy war.

Joe Morgan and Bill James can throw out the first pitch of the 2012 season together. The A’s lineup can lead off with a speedy youngster, as it did for much of 2011, when Jemile Weeks’ presence emphasized Beane’s detachment from dogma. Pitch-count zealots simply can promise not to invoke Dusty Baker’s name for 48 hours.

...Does living on the edge through September ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 01:16 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, history, rangers, sabermetrics

Guilfoyle: Bryce Harper: Washington Nationals Opening Day Right Fielder?

Just peel and (maybe) stick.’s Nationals beat writer Bill Ladsen wrote an article titled “Free Agency a Building Block for Nationals” where he posed this question when analyzing the Nationals areas of need this offseason:

  Center fielder: Jayson Werth could start the season in center field, while the Nationals would be searching for a corner outfielder. Could Bryce Harper be that guy?

First of all, the Nationals would not really have to search for a corner outfielder if they feel ...

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, scouting

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

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