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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

STLToday: Overdone stakes? Latest mayoral baseball bet lacks sizzle

Money to charity? BORRRRINGG!!! Mayor Giulani is a man who knows how to wager on the playoffs.

In the division series, Slay placed some Budwesier on the line against a collection of indigenous Philadelphia brews, a respectful if not necessarily inspired wager.
A case of cold, frosty ones would have made the perfect purse for this week’s League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, who play in Miller Park.

But instead of building on the already acrimonious rivalry between ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 12, 2011 at 04:00 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Theo Epstein in Chicago: Can he break a second curse? | HardballTalk

It will be interesting to see who joins Theo in Chicago. The Red Sox have a very effective front office staff. Who jumps ship and who stays?

The first thing most people thought when the rumors of Theo Epstein possibly joining the Chicago Cubs began to circulate was “can he do it again?”  Can the man credited with ending baseball’s most famous world championship drought end baseball’s longest?  Now that Epstein and the Cubs have a deal, it’s worth taking a look at the challenge facing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2011 at 03:13 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

red sox - Heir apparent: How Ben Cherington emerged as Theo Epstein’s likely successor - WEEI | Alex Speier

Cherington fit right into the mold. He was named video advance scout—a role previously held by Byrnes and DePodesta—in which he was solely responsible for breakdown of the opposing teams whom the Indians were preparing to face.

The hours were long, the work all-consuming but immensely rewarding.

“I still go back to that time as a pretty important and fundamental experience for me in my career. … In some ways it was the Moneyball theory looked at through a different lens,” Cherington ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2011 at 02:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Nyjer Morgan: from clubhouse cancer to cult hero

It started, as such things often do when Nyjer Morgan is involved, with an angry confrontation. But unlike some of the others, this one took place out of the public’s eye. It was early March, in Viera, Fla., near the start of the Washington Nationals’ Grapefruit League schedule. Jayson Werth, the Nationals’ new $126 million right fielder — who was brought in, in part, to give the Nationals a strong clubhouse presence — felt Morgan was short-cutting some wind sprints in the outfield, ...

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boteman is not here 'til October Posted: October 12, 2011 at 02:13 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, nationals

ALCS Game 4 and NLCS Game 3 CHATTERS

A double-dose of baseball fun!

Rangers (Harrison) at Tigers (Porcello), 4:19 PM on FOX
Brewers (Gallardo) at Cardinals (Carpenter), 8:05 PM on TBS

Gamingboy Posted: October 12, 2011 at 01:20 PM | 593 comment(s)
  Beats: general

BPP: Daly: Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Harry Dalton

GGC educates us on the Dalton plan…to get him in the HOF.

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Baseball is a general manager’s game and has been for some time. Right now, Moneyball is in the theaters. Yet, there are only a handful of general managers enshrined in Cooperstown; Branch Rickey, Ed Barrow, George Weiss, and this year’s inductee Pat Gillick.

A lot of credit for the Nixon-era success of the Orioles goes to Earl Weaver, and rightly so. When Weaver and Dalton worked in the Oriole ...

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Repoz Posted: October 12, 2011 at 01:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history

Klapisch: Yankees’ killer instinct appears to have vanished

And it seems…only Count Von Saberwolf and his flaming bats can find it!

Unless, of course, you believe there’s no such thing as clutch, a first cousin to the theory that players are prone to the same slumps in October as they are in July. That’s what Girardi was selling at his postmortem news conference at the Stadium. The essence of the manager’s reactions to the upset loss to Detroit were, in no particular order: We never got the big hit. We did our best. Oh well.

He could’ve just ...

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Repoz Posted: October 12, 2011 at 09:38 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

Hagen: Phillies GM wants smarter, more productive at-bats

Amaro! Amaro!
I love ya, Amaro!
You’re always
A productive out
Away!

“I think we have to go about it a little differently. And that’s something I’ve talked to GG [hitting coach Greg Gross] and also to Charlie [Manuel] about. I think we just have to have a different mindset, maybe a different approach offensively than maybe we would have had in ‘08 or ‘09.

“I think it’s a different ballclub. In that regard, I don’t think we have nearly as much power. I think we’re going to have to rely on ...

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Repoz Posted: October 12, 2011 at 09:23 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2011

25 years ago today:

California’s Donnie Moore on allowing Dave Henderson’s two-out, two-strike ninth inning home run that tied Game Five of the ‘86 ALCS:

“My job’s not an easy job. I gotta make the pitches. When you’re bad, you’re bad. I can handle bad. I’ve had a roller-coaster career. Things have never come easy for me. I can handle it.

“I got a tired arm now, but I can’t blame my arm. If my arm felt that bad, I wouldn’t have gone out there today. I was (horsebleep), no other excuses, I was ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2011 at 09:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dugout, history, obituaries, red sox

Boston Globe: Hohler: Inside the collapse.

With their team in peril and their manager losing his authority, three Red Sox pitchers last month were uniquely positioned to prevent the greatest September collapse in major league history. All the Sox needed was Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey to apply the skills and commitment that previously made them World Series champions.

Instead, Boston’s three elite starters went soft, their pitching as anemic as their work ethic. The indifference of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey in a ...

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Dale Sams Posted: October 12, 2011 at 06:01 AM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB.com: Bruising retort: Tigers roar in Game 3 victory

Though Victor Martinez’s game-tying home run came at a price with a strained oblique that left him hobbling around the bases, it sparked an outburst of five unanswered runs for the Tigers in what shaped up as a must-win Game 3 in their American League Championship Series showdown with Texas. Doug Fister’s 7 1/3 quality innings took care of the rest for a 5-2 victory.
...
Detroit still trails in the series, two games to one, but looked like a different team than the club that dropped two close ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 12, 2011 at 03:42 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rangers, tigers

Giants Get Sued Over Team’s “San Francisco” Logo

The Gogo Sux.

It was a deeply dissatisfying year on the diamond for the World Champion San Francisco Giants, who seemingly gave up hits and runs for Lent and toppled right out of playoff contention. So it was eerily symbolic — if no less frustrating — when the team was actually barred from trademarking its ubiquitous script “San Francisco” logo.

The trademark instead went to Gogo Sports of Hayward, which creates the “San Francisco”-emblazoned jackets and fleeces snapped up by tourists who ...

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Repoz Posted: October 12, 2011 at 01:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants, media, memorabilia

Williams considered Konerko for Sox manager

Sounds a little unbelievable, right? Well, it wasn’t too far out there for White Sox general manager Ken Williams to briefly consider the idea of Konerko as a replacement for Ozzie Guillen.

“The report is not false,” said Williams with a wry smile, confirming a story originally coming from the New York Daily News on Konerko’s immediate managerial future. “It was considered long enough for me to realize that Paul is a very cerebral person, and he would probably drive himself nuts right now ...

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Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 12, 2011 at 12:29 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Buckley: Theo Epstein on brink of joining Cubs

Theonooooooooooooooooo!

Two baseball sources have confirmed that Theo Epstein is on the cusp of leaving his job as general manager of the Red Sox to accept a position with the Chicago Cubs that is believed to include powers greater than he has in Boston, with an announcement expected to be made “within the next 24 to 48 hours.”

The hangup in the negotiations has been twofold. One of them is that Red Sox ownership was still hoping to have Epstein remain with the team. The other is ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 10:41 PM | 438 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Sources: Orioles set GM candidates

Peter Brand Angelos.

The Orioles have assembled a list of six baseball executives as candidates to succeed Andy MacPhail as the team’s next general manager, sources told ESPN The Magazine senior baseball writer Buster Olney.

The candidates include current San Diego Padres vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes, who was formerly GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and former Houston Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker, who is currently the Tampa Bay Rays’ senior vice president of baseball ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Deitsch: Terry Francona shines for Fox

My goodness, a Fox analyst who isn’t detestable?

Terry Francona woke up on Tuesday morning to something rare in baseball broadcasting circles: Glowing reviews from critics and viewers. TERRY FRANCONA HAS STAR TV POTENTIAL, proclaimed Newsday. Suggested New York Times sports media reporter Richard Sandomir: “Idea: keep Francona in booth when [Tim] McCarver returns for Game 3. Rare to have a mgr and a catcher in booth. “Yahoo! baseball writer Jeff Passan injected history. “Is Terry Francona ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 11, 2011 at 09:55 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox, reviews, television

Posnanski: The Worst Contracts In Baseball

After that, I think of the guys we saw in the playoffs. There’s nothing especially surprising left to say about Alex Rodriguez. He’s 36 years old, and he played a lot of innings at shortstop, and his body’s beat up, and there’s no compelling reason to believe he can ever play 150 games in a season, much less be a dominant player. And he has SIX YEARS left on that deal. The thing about sports it that when a player starts regressing, the way A-Rod did two or three years ago, people ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 08:46 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, projections, sabermetrics

To the delight of the Mets owners and everyone like them, Judge Rakoff doesn’t like what

Irving Picard is selling.....Megdal, with the Rakoff walk-off.

And as the appeal makes clear, this is a process that will be multiplied many times over, in the vast number of Picard cases currently pending. So getting direction from the Second Circuit will eliminate a ton of potential litigation.

But Rakoff seems to assign blame on Picard for the sheer volume of litigation arising out of this complicated matter. Never mind that in his role as trustee, Picard would actually be derelict in his ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 08:32 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Baseball Prospectus | BP Unfiltered: Internet Baseball Awards Are Here

Balloting concludes Friday, October 21 at 11:00PM PST.

DCW3 Posted: October 11, 2011 at 07:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

HBT/Gleeman:  Jimmy Rollins wants to re-sign with the Phillies

… as long as they give him a five-year contract! 

During a press conference this morning Rollins made it clear that he wants to re-sign with the Phillies and spend his entire career in Philadelphia, but “I’m looking to get five years … if it’s going to be shorter, there’d have to be a fifth-year option, my option.”

Four years with a fifth-year player option is basically just five years anyway.

He turns 33 next month; good luck with that!

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: October 11, 2011 at 06:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Dodgers change logo, nobody notices

If you didn’t catch this change don’t feel bad, nobody did. Nobody noticed. Maybe nobody cared…..

The major minor-changes involve:

the leading script into the ‘o’ of ‘Dodgers’, it’s there in 2010, it’s gone in 2012.
the ‘D’ in ‘Dodgers’ also had a slight change, specifically the curl in the 9-o’clock region of the logo, it’s much shorter in the 2012 edition.
the flight lines of the baseball have been corrected.

Tommy Lasorda must be rolling over in his baked ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2011 at 05:50 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

NJIT math professor calls Rangers and Brewers solid favorites for championships

Wanna see something majestic? Try the Bukiet list…

The Major League Baseball Division Series is underway and NJIT math professor Bruce Bukiet has once again analyzed the probability of each team advancing to the World Series. “Now that the Texas Rangers have won the opening game against the Detroit Tigers, the probability of this team winning the American League Pennant has jumped from 64 to 76 percent,” he said. “In the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers have upped their chances of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 05:02 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

SNL: Tinyballs

SNL with another timely and hilarious parody….NOT!

Saturday Night Live isn’t always on the cutting edge of comedy and “baseball = steroids” isn’t the most creative joke, but I couldn’t help but enjoy this Moneyball parody from Saturday’s show. It features exaggerated muscle suits, Jay Pharoah eating a baseball and a wistful young daughter so wistful she can’t help but Wist when she hears the A’s are cheating. The only real downside is Ben Stiller still thinking “nervous, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2011 at 03:59 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: media, steroids

Grantland: Jazayerli: Can Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder Carry the Brewers to the World Series?

Rany on the royal Brewers.

As consistently excellent as Braun and Fielder have been since joining the Brewers, this was probably their best year as a duo. Braun hit .332/.397/.597, leading the NL in slugging while setting a career high in walks (58) and a career low in strikeouts (93). He even stole 33 bases to go along with his 33 homers, becoming just the second 30/30 player in Brewers history. Fielder hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 homers without missing a single game. (In addition to their ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 01:51 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Backman could leave Mets for Nationals

Wally Backman, a candidate for the Mets’ managerial opening last offseason, could soon leave the organization, according to a team source.

The fiery Backman, 52, is considering the possibility of joining Davey Johnson’s coaching staff with the Nationals—likely as the third-base coach. The Nationals have not yet officially announced Johnson will return next season, but that is considered a formality.

The source said 68-year-old Johnson may look to groom Backman for the managerial job, much in ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 01:21 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals

ALCS GAME 3 CHATTER

Rangers (Lewis) vs. Tigers (Fister). 8:05. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2011 at 12:53 PM | 178 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-11-2011

As the World’s Series approaches, Giants catcher Chief Meyers does some 1911-style trash talkin’:

Thomas and Lapp of the Athletics must find some way to stop such fast men as Devore, Doyle, Murray, Merkle, Snodgrass and Herzog, who have stolen 50 or more bases each, against the strongest catchers in the National league.
...

I am unable to say what Thomas and others on Mack’s team can do, as they have never faced such a fast baserunning team as we have.

Philadelphia catcher Ira Thomas, however, ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: October 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

FanGraphs: Carruth: Ron Hunt Got Hit Like Nobody Else

In contrast, consider Ron Hunt. A second baseman during the expansion era, Hunt made a couple All Star games but otherwise made little dent in baseball history, except in being hit by pitches. Ron Hunt was hit 50 times in 1971, which destroyed the previous record by a whopping 19. That number is made more interesting to me by Hunt’s 58 walks and his 41 strikeouts. He was hit more often than he struck out! That’s an incredibly rare, if not, unprecedented achievement over a full season. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, expos, giants, history, mets

Bud Norris: Does Brian Wilson Play Baseball or Work in Hollywood?

Think outside the fun.

The nation’s obsession with Brian Wilson is something I will never understand. He’s funny, he’s weird, and he’s quirky, but people act like he’s the first dude in sports to ever wear a beard. It’s simply not true. I have hard evidence saying that he’s the second. Anyway, he stars in a Taco Bell ad that has been playing quite a bit lately.

I don’t really understand the ad, and apparently I’m not the only one who’s unimpressed. Astros pitcher Bud ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 09:46 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, giants, media

Plunkett: Moreno is not being impulsive, just hoping for a change

Impulse! The house that Moreno built.

Speaking publicly for the first time since dismissing his GM in the first of a handful of moves that promise to reshape the front office, Angels owner Arte Moreno said “it’s not a purge” or a knee-jerk reaction to a second consecutive year of missing out on the playoffs and losing money.

“I just felt we weren’t going in the direction we needed to go in and we needed a change,” Moreno said, emphasizing that he had come to that realization “over a period of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2011 at 09:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, media, sabermetrics

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