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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Orioles close to announcing deal with Chong Tae-Hyon

Good… I miss Korean submariners.

The Orioles are on the verge of reaching an agreement with Korean pitcher Chong Tae-Hyon… Chong, 33, is a submarine-style right-hander who would work out of the bullpen for the Orioles.

“He’s a clutch pitcher who was on the mound when Korea beat Cuba for the WBC championship and again when Korea won the gold medal in China,” [GM Dan] Duquette said. “He has a unique delivery that would be an interesting addition to any major league bullpen, according to Buck ...

The District Attorney Posted: November 22, 2011 at 03:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: international, orioles

Bobby Valentine Formally Interviews for Red Sox Job

Even Agent Van Alden loves the switch!

Asked for his philosophy of discipline, Valentine said he learned from his time in Japan that players appreciate having rules that are enforced because it helps them stay in line.

“Discipline is not 30 whacks with a whip these days,” Valentine said. “But I think everyone likes discipline. I think everyone likes structure. Everyone likes to be acknowledged when they do things properly. Discipline and rules and things like that - it’s just about right and ...

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2011 at 02:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Report: Rangers sign Joe Nathan to two-year contract

Then again, since Evan Grant is reporting it, maybe not.

In a move that likely indicates Neftali Feliz is headed to the starting rotation next season, T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers have signed Joe Nathan. Full details aren’t yet known, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that he will receive a two-year contract.

The District Attorney Posted: November 22, 2011 at 01:20 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Baseball Prospectus: Internet Baseball Awards

AL summary, NL summary, and the main link is to the super-complete voting results.  But, to get to the nitty-grit:

AL MVP: Jose Bautista, TOR
NL MVP: Matt Kemp, LA
AL Cy: Justin Verlander, DET
NL Cy: Clayton Kershaw, LA
AL Rookie: Michael Pineda, SEA
NL Rookie: Craig “Casey” Kimbrel, ATL
AL Manager: Joe Maddon, TB
NL Manager: Kirk Gibson, AZ

The District Attorney Posted: November 22, 2011 at 12:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rogers: MLB players seem to favor testing for HGH

Marvin Miller just fell off his chass lounge!

Did the union go along with blood testing simply to get those kind of concessions?

That seems doubtful. I’d bet Curtis Granderson and other members of the players association board led their leaders to drop their opposition to testing, for reasons similar to the ones behind the one-day White Sox revolt in 2003.

Players want the game to be clean. They want to be respected for their skills, not dismissed with suspicions, when they succeed on the ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 09:42 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, steroids

MLB, players set to announce labor deal

MLB has labor peace. Finally, someone in the 1% catches a break!

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a preliminary agreement on a new five-year Basic Agreement and are expected to announce it on Tuesday afternoon at 1 ET in a news conference that will air live on and MLB Network.

The current deal, which was signed without any rancor in 2006, is set to expire on Dec. 11. The new deal will ensure at least 21 years of labor peace through the 2016 season….. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2011 at 09:38 PM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Baseball Nation: How Old is Albert Pujols?

Jason: Let’s debate.

Resolved: Albert Pujols is not 31 years old.

Rob: I’m not sure who you would debate with!

Jason: Well, let’s kick it around, anyway. I’ll argue the affirmative, and you play Devil’s Advocate. (Literally, Satan’s lawyer!) Okay?

Rob: Sure.

Before the trees were trees and the rocks were rocks, Albert was Albert.

Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: November 21, 2011 at 08:53 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, online, rumors

Peter Abraham: Explaining my MVP ballot

that had Zobrist 5th and Miggy 9th.

I do not put much stock in general character, disposition or loyalty as it’s impossible for me to get an accurate gauge of these qualities. These guys are what they are on the field, unless they’re proven cheaters.

In making my vote, I relied heavily on the statistics at, particularly WAR. I also spoke to players, managers, coaches or executives of 11 AL teams, other writers whose opinion I valued and many fans.

My personal opinion, and ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 08:49 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, media

The Rise of Fred Wilpon

By the time that late 2001 rolled around, Wilpon and Doubleday were reportedly closing in on a deal for Wilpon to purchase Doubleday’s share of the team.  According to sources, Wilpon had already previously scuttled a deal whereby Doubleday and Wilpon would have sold 80% of the team to Cablevision in a deal valuing the Mets at $500 million.  However, Wilpon wanted to retain control of the team and talks continued.

With no resolution in sight, Doubleday chose to invoke a clause in his contract ...

thetailor (Brian) Posted: November 21, 2011 at 06:59 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, mets

Tigers’ Justin Verlander adds AL MVP to his award haul

Justin Verlander is the American League’s Most Valuable Player.

Verlander is first starting pitcher to win the award in 25 years.

..Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, who led the league in home runs (43), slugging (.608), on-base plus slugging (1.056) and walks (132), received five first-place votes and placed third overall in the balloting with 231 points, behind Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.321, 32 HR, 105 RBI, 119 R, 83 XBH, 39 SB), who had four first-place votes ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 06:38 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, tigers

Construction began Monday at Citi Field in New York

Second from the right…is that Police Lt. John Pike spraying the wall?


A busy Monday morning at Citi Field as construction is underway on the outfield walls.

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, projections, sabermetrics

Miller Lite Major League Baseball-themed beer labels approved

Sure, sure…13-years after I stopped drinking (makes healthy aspartate transamayonnaise sandwich).

MillerCoors has received TTB label approval for several Miller Lite cans donning Major League Baseball team logos. These 16 oz. aluminum cans are presumably for the 2012 baseball season.

Anheuser-Busch remains the official beer sponsor of the MLB despite a lawsuit filed after MLB allegedly reneged on an agreement to renew AB’s sponsorship.

MillerCoors is still able to sponsor individual teams. ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 05:50 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, memorabilia

TFT: Mitchell: More Wild Cards, Fewer Pennant Races

Weeeee! And let’s throw even more meaningless playoff stats into a shiit-rimmed Vac-Con® debris tank!

As the number of teams in the big leagues has grown, determining how many teams should be in the playoffs, and what the playoff structure should be has been an evolving challenge. It is apparent that with thirty teams, it is no longer appropriate to simply award a World Series spot to the winner of each league as was done until 1969. It should be equally apparent that making it too easy to ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 02:25 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, history

Daily Mail: Seattle Mariners’ Halman [fatally] stabbed

Ugh.  Just ugh.

Seattle Mariners baseball star Gregory Halman has been killed in a stabbing in Rotterdam.

Dutch national TV station NOS-TV said the family of Halman, 24, had confirmed his death.

Yes, we can all agree that he’s not a star.  That makes this no less horrific.  RIP, Greg.

Update: Reuters reports Halman’s brother has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: international, mariners, obituaries

Peterson: Late Bloomers & Imports: The Best Players To Debut At 28 Or Older

Whatever you think of the Twins’ signing of Jamey Carroll (I like it), you have to admit that he’s had a remarkable career. He was 28 when he made his MLB debut and 29 before he played semi-regularly. He’s played really well since then, though, earning over 15 Baseball-Reference WAR.

Part 1 features players (like Carroll) who played only in the minor leagues before reaching MLB. These players were generally kept out of MLB for talent or organizational reasons, though discrimination played a ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Vernon history museum honors Danny Murtaugh

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis, known to Phillies fans for his statues of Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts at Citizens Bank Park, said Murtaugh’s face reminded him of some of the men he met as a child in Gary, Ind.

“I grew up in a steel town and the men who worked in the mills were like the men who worked in the mines,” he said. “They had strong faces — faces with strong features.

“This subject had a lot of character and integrity. It’s not exactly a pretty ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia, pirates

Bisher Unleashed: On Closers

Can You Take Another Dose of PERCEPTO?...for Furman Bisher Has Been Unleashed Once Again!

This is, of course, a reflection of my vintage, but it strikes me as being totally sinful that the Rookie of the Year in the National League is a pitcher who played only one inning at a time. True indeed, that Casey Kimbrel played his part in the Braves’ charge toward the National League pennant, but consider where they might have finished without Freddie Freeman’s daily appearance at first base. ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, braves, hall of fame, history

Former Arizona Diamondback, Eric Byrnes Finishes Ironman Arizona

All those who chose to oppose his field must yield!

Among the nearly 3,000 athletes who participated in the 2011 Ford Ironman Arizona triathlon on Sunday in Tempe, Arizona was former Major League Baseball star Eric Brynes.  Byrnes is now an on air analyst for the MLB Network after 12 years in the big leagues with multiple MLB teams including the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Byrnes was no where close to being in Ironman shape only 11 months ago but now he’s an Ironman athlete who just finished ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, arizona, athletics, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 21, 1911:

The proposed deal which is said to involve the transfer of the Boston Rustlers to a company headed by Henry Killilea of Milwaukee and Charles Baird of Kansas City is off.

Should the present owners of the Rustlers come down a little in the price quoted there many be some chance of the deal going through.

That seems unlikely, because…

Boston Evening Transcript, November 21, 1911:

William Hepburn Russell, president and chief owner of the Boston Baseball ...

Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2011 at 09:51 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dugout, history, obituaries

Phillies trade for utility man Ty Wigginton

Clubbin’ Clarisonics! What makeup!

The Phillies continued to change the look of their bench by acquiring versatile Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash on Sunday.

Wigginton, 34, bats right-handed and plays infield and outfield. He joins Jim Thome as additions to the bench this off-season.

“I like three things about him,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I like his makeup. I like that he fits our club in that he can play first base and ...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 03:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, rockies

How One Man Played ‘Moneyball’ With ‘Jeopardy!’

My buzzer doesn’t work in the Double Jeopardy!

“It wasn’t even about the money,” Craig says. “I felt that my systems and my methods were sort of validated.”

That system? A computer program unlike any other, custom-built to study Jeopardy! for patterns.

Craig says it works like Moneyball — a reference to the book and movie about the statistical techniques used by legendary Oakland Athletics coach Billy Beane to build a winning baseball team. Craig’s system also relied heavily on statistics. ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, sabermetrics, television

Le Batard: Marlins’ expensive experiment: Will MLB work here?

DLB name-checks Pitbull, proclaims team’s desire to make Albert Pujols the Latin Ichiro!.

... Keep in mind, the Marlins told popular Dan Uggla they wouldn’t ever give a player older than 30 a contract of more than four years. And now they’re offering nine to Pujols, whose age they don’t even know.

Why? Because they think he can be their LeBron James not just in this country but beyond. They think he’ll pay for his contract in the first three or four years of the deal, rendering the ...

Greg Franklin Posted: November 21, 2011 at 01:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, international, miami

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Red Sox to meet with Valentine on Monday

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, presently on his way back to Boston from a brief scouting mission in the Dominican Republic, will not waste any time resuming the club’s search for its new manager.

According to a baseball source, Cherington has a Monday meeting scheduled with Bobby Valentine, the managerial veteran who emerged as a viable candidate following last week’s hiring of Dale Sveum by the Cubs.

The Red Sox have been without a manager since a mutual parting with Terry Francona ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 09:36 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox Big Z to be examined after line drive to face

CHICAGO—Carlos Zambrano will be examined on Monday after taking a line drive off his lip, which required 10 stitches.

Zambrano had his best outing in the Venezuelan Winter League on Friday, giving up one unearned run on two hits and two walks over five innings for Caribes, but had to leave the game after being hit in the face.

Zambrano was taken to a local hospital and needed 10 stitches, according to reports. He told the Caribes manager that he intended to make his next start, which would be ...

Who Swished In Your Cornflakes? Posted: November 20, 2011 at 07:59 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, international

Cistulli: Fallacies of Which Dan Shaughnessy Is Guilty

I was going to run the latest Shaughnessy bit…but Cistulli thought better of it.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the rhetorical fallacies committed by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy in his most recent piece, in which he argues that the Red Sox are a “doofus organization” — which list is accompanied by a photo of an almost amused E.B. White. [Reference: Aaron, LB Brief (4th ed).]

• Begging the question
• Non sequitur
• Red herring
• Appeal to emotion
• Bandwagon
• ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 07:11 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Yoshimi leads charge as Dragons even Japan Series at 3-all

Kazuki Yoshimi won his much-anticipated matchup against Tsuyoshi Wada, Kazuhiro Wada had a two-run triple and the Chunichi Dragons held off the Softbank Hawks in a 2-1 victory to even the best-of-seven Japan Series at three games apiece on Saturday.

The Hawks were just one win away from clinching their first championship title in eight years, but the Dragons dug deep in their energy reserves to force a Game 7 on Sunday night at Yahoo Dome.

“Tomorrow will be the last game of 2011. I had a ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 20, 2011 at 06:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: japan

Sullivan: Epstein immersing himself in Cubs’ background

Welcome to the Nameless Island of misfit toys!

Have there been any surprises, anything that differentiates running the Cubs’ baseball operations department from his duties as the Red Sox’s general manager?

“In a way, it’s all baseball, so it’s all the same,” he said. “But there are 30 silos out there in this industry. Every organization has evolved independently. Galapagos Islands — that type of thing.”

So the Cubs are the Galapagos?

“No,” he said with a laugh. “You said that, not me. ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 02:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

MASN: Melewski: Duquette’s interview on Boston radio

Ohh those Dominicans…

Q: Could you use a 36-year-old left handed DH (reference to David Ortiz)?

Duquette: “I could use a lot of things on my ballclub. It’s just a question of affordability and value now. I don’t know, that seems to be a luxury item right now given all the other work we need to do in other areas of the team.

“We did have Vlad Guerrero last year. I’d much rather sign those Dominicans for contracts when they are coming out of the amateur market rather than pay them a lot of ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, orioles, red sox


Hey…at least one person connected to baseball still takes Murray’s calls. Good thing too.

Selig will be able to show the Congressmen who urged baseball to take this step that he delivered for them. They will not have Selig to kick around anymore, as they did at a 2005 hearing, He hated it. He didn’t necessarily say it out loud, but he vowed not to let that happen again.

And somehow he got the union to be an accessory to what Miller sees as a crime.

“I haven’t talked to anyone,” ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 12:48 PM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Bradley: Yankees may need more RBI singles to find success in postseason

The Bobby Richardson Number: Dimensionless one rules!

In short, the 2011 Yankees were an offensive wrecking ball, capable of blowing teams away, but in close games, both in the regular season and playoffs, when they needed someone to deliver a base hit, a chink in their armor was exposed.

“If you don’t have singles hitters,” said one American League advance scout, who requested anonymity, “you need hitters capable of becoming singles hitters when the situation calls for it. Against ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, scouting, yankees

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