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Sunday, November 20, 2011

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

SF Gate: Q&A With Tony LaRussa

Cool! Just as Liz Cronin’s vibrating “Quack” came on!

Q: Your take on the ‘Moneyball’ movie?

A: “It might’ve been entertaining some. But if you’re trying to get some credibility on how the A’s won 20 in a row and went to the playoffs, the movie says it’s because (Scott) Hatteberg moved to first base and a couple of trades. No, they won because of three great starting pitchers (Tim Hudson, Mike Mulder and Barry Zito) and two franchise players, (Eric) Chavez and (Miguel) Tejada. The movie ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 04:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics

Rosenthal: New push in A’s San Jose quest

“Weeks turn into years. How quick they pass”

Finally, there is movement toward solving one of baseball’s most vexing problems.

Baseball is trying to accelerate a decision on whether to allow the Oakland Athletics to relocate to San Jose, according to major league sources.

Commissioner Bud Selig met with top A’s officials earlier this month and plans to meet with San Francisco Giants executives within two weeks, sources say.

The meetings represent the biggest step toward a resolution of ...

Repoz Posted: November 20, 2011 at 12:05 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, giants, media

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mike Matheny lost his home in legal fight with bank over business debt

The house must have had great intangibles.

During his playing days with the Cardinals in the early 2000s, Matheny built a 17-room sportsman’s paradise on 11 secluded acres in suburban Wildwood, complete with an indoor batting cage, home theater, pool with a water slide and a treehouse wired for electricity. The home even has its own golf challenge: a floating island green in the middle of a private lake.

Matheny was forced to sell the estate last year amid the business deal gone bad. Like ...

Greg Franklin Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM | 494 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals

NYTimes: New Contract Will Enable Baseball to Test Blood for H.G.H.

Major League Baseball’s owners and players are close to completing a new collective bargaining agreement that for the first time will include blood testing for human growth hormone, according to two people in baseball briefed on the matter. The testing will be a significant step for baseball, allowing it to move ahead of other professional sports leagues, including the N.F.L., in confronting the troublesome issue of a drug that has long evaded detection.

The bargaining agreement, which could ...

bobm Posted: November 19, 2011 at 08:32 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

Baker: When Comic Book Characters Field and Pitch

Emulating an established star pitcher is not a bad idea in itself. The problems can come if you pick the wrong one. For better or worse, Dot has clearly chosen Dock Ellis.

Also included: Richie Rich, Andy Panda, Wonder Woman, Elmer Fudd, Woody Woodpecker, Homer the Happy Ghost, Heckle & Jeckle, Jimmy Olsen, Mighty Mouse, Blackie Bear, Popeye, Dennis the Menace, Beetle Bailey, Robin, Batman, Superman, Blue Bolt, Georgie and Nancy

The District Attorney Posted: November 19, 2011 at 04:31 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Fangraphs: Slowinski: Projecting Park Effects: The Marlins’ New Stadium

Sheeet…this place looks big enough to store all of Mr. Finch’s non-terrorist, spittle-fueled computer data.

Based on these dimensions, it seems likely that the new Miami stadium will still favor doubles for lefties; that deep right-centerfield alley is impressive. Also, bringing the right field wall in closer should increase lefty home run production slightly. As for right-handed hitters, I’d expect their home run rate to remain below average; despite the fact that the wall has been lowered, ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 04:25 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, miami

Cleared of murder charges, Angel Villalona added to Giants’ 40-man roster

the Giants have added former top prospect Angel Villalona to their 40-man roster.

Villalona, who received a club-record $2.1 million signing bonus as a 16-year-old in 2006, hasn’t played professionally in over two years after being accused of killing a 25-year-old man in a Dominican Republic nightclub in September of 2009. Charges were eventually dismissed as part of a $139,000 settlement with the victim’s family, but Villalona sued the Giants for $5 million earlier this summer claiming ...

The District Attorney Posted: November 19, 2011 at 03:23 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, minor leagues

Bud Selig Suddenly, Surprisingly Has Become Best Commissioner of Four Major Pro Sports

This is sorta like saying Coldplay won a Battle of Bands over Nickelback, Creed and U2.

There’s a new reality settling in over the landscape of professional sports this winter. Bud Selig has emerged as the best commissioner of the four major pro sports.

That’s not to say that Selig doesn’t have his faults—an egregious lack of instant replay looms largest—but the painless, almost silent manner in which Major League Baseball re-upped on its labor deal this offseason underscores the value of ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 03:23 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, history, media

Sandomir: Re-evaluating a Gruff, Tough Yankee

TORN FROM THE TOMB TO TERRIFY THE BASEBALL WORLD!...Huh, oh…it’s yet another look at (ugh) Allie Reynolds’ HOF chances.


Rob Neyer, the national baseball editor for, said that Reynolds was “probably as good” as Hall of Fame inductees like Jesse Haines, Lefty Gomez and Waite Hoyt, but added in an interview, “They’re all marginals.” In an analysis on SBNation, he called Reynolds “sort of a terrible candidate,” who benefited from his time with the Indians during World ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 02:33 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Fired Yomiuri Giants GM says his troubles strike at heart of sports management

Fire up the glorious Mark Read bat-signal!

Just before his dismissal as representative and general manager of the Yomiuri Giants, Hidetoshi Kiyotake spoke to the Mainichi at the team’s Tokyo office, saying he hoped his dispute with Yomiuri Shimbun Group Chairman Tsuneo Watanabe would be seen as not just about pro baseball, “but about all sports, and what a general manager is meant to be.”

When he was appointed Giants representative in 2004, the club was being run “like a small business, ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, international, japan, media

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers

Stares at stack of mint J.M. Gold RC’s.

1. Wily Peralta, rhp
2. Taylor Jungmann, rhp
3. Jed Bradley, lhp
4. Tyler Thornburg, rhp
5. Scooter Gennett, 2b
6. Logan Schafer, of
7. Cody Scarpetta, rhp
8. Taylor Green, 3b/2b
9. Jorge Lopez, rhp
10. Jimmy Nelson, rhp

After dropping to 30th in Baseball America’s rankings following the Greinke and Marcum deals, the farm system rallied in 2011 and showed some promise for the future.

The Brewers won’t necessarily have openings for them, but ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Larry Dierker Says Astros Fans Will Get Used To New League

Dierker isn’t generatin’ that Texan’s are stupid or something, but…

Many Houston Astros fans are up in arms about the team’s impending move to the American League. But one person who isn’t is a former player, manager and broadcaster.

As an Astro, Larry Dierker has seen it all. He debuted for the then Colt .45’s as an 18-year-old pitcher in 1964, spending most of his 14-year career with the team. Later he managed the Astros and also spent a number of years calling games from the broadcast ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 01:56 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, astros, media

Rozner: For Cubs’ Sveum, stats are help not law

Didn’t even know Keith was involved. Congrats Klaw…huh? ohhh…

“When you’re talking about the ‘Moneyball’ thing, I’ve never seen (the movie). I’ve never read the book,” Sveum said Friday morning when he was officially introduced as the newest Cubs victim. “There’s times you have to create runs.

“If you have a lineup that just hits home runs and you have great hitters, then of course you don’t want to run into outs and give up outs. But sometimes when you have lineups and ...

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2011 at 01:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fantasy baseball, sabermetrics

Friday, November 18, 2011

MLB and Union Reach Handshake Deal on CBA

Under the agreement, there will be a new restraint on the amount of money a team spends each year to sign selections from the amateur draft, with teams going over a threshold being penalized with a type of luxury tax.

In addition, there will be a separate restraint on the amount of money spent to sign international amateur free agents from nations such as the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba. There also will be a committee established to review the system for international signings, ...

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: November 18, 2011 at 11:31 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Heyman: Why Bobby Valentine is getting a look in Red Sox managerial search

BMark Buehrle presumably no relation to B’wana Beast, or for that matter, sveunm.

The Red Sox say first-list [managerial] candidates Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo and Gene Lamont are still in play (curiously, the Phillies’ respected bench coach, Pete Mackanin, was the one called on Tuesday and told that he is out of the running; “I was a little bit surprised. Maybe I didn’t have what they were looking for ... I didn’t insult them,’’ Mackanin said by phone ). None of them looks particularly ...

The District Attorney Posted: November 18, 2011 at 11:14 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, dodgers, giants, mariners, miami, red sox, white sox, yankees

FOX Sports: Jose Molina close to joining Rays

Molina, where you goin’ to?

Free-agent catcher Jose Molina is close to signing a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays that includes an option for the 2013 season, major-league sources told

A deal could be completed within the next several days.

vortex of dissipation Posted: November 18, 2011 at 09:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Houston Astros

Clemens! Singleton! Santana! DeShields! Springer! Nash! They’re loaded (or I must be)!

1. Jonathan Singleton, 1b/of
2. Jarred Cosart, rhp
3. George Springer, of
4. Jonathan Villar, ss
5. Paul Clemens, rhp
6. Domingo Santana, of
7. Brett Oberholtzer, lhp
8. Delino DeShields Jr., 2b
9. Mike Foltynewicz, rhp
10. Telvin Nash, 1b/of

The added depth should allow the Astros to slow down the development of young prospects such as shortstop Jonathan Villar, second baseman Delino DeShields ...

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Terence Moore: Dale Murphy can’t make Cooperstown on support alone

The House That Murphy Sold.

Examples are plentiful, but I’ll leave you with just one.

It occurred in 1996—three years after Murphy’s retirement—when I was trying to buy my current house. The couple who previously owned the place was charming throughout the initial process, but when we got close to closing, they became cold and distant.

At one point, when I was checking out the house for the last time during an inspection, the husband blurted out with a frown, “Is it true that you hate Dale ...

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 08:18 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, history

MLB: Blue Jays unveil new logo for 2012 season

No snark. These are just plain great. May those black and grey atrocities never again darken our doors.

The Blue Jays dipped into their past when looking for inspiration for the club’s new logo that was revealed at Rogers Centre on Friday afternoon.

The new look is a modernized version of the franchise’s first logo that was used from 1977-97. It features a sleeker-looking Blue Jay bird head with a prominent red maple leaf to showcase Toronto’s standing as the only Major League Baseball team in ...

Mattbert Posted: November 18, 2011 at 08:02 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, business

SABR: Gillette and Spatz: Not Chiseled in Stone: Baseball’s Enduring Records and the SABR Era

SABR…continually proving my old HS teacher’s (Mr. McToiletry) quote “One thing you can’t dick around with is history!” wrong.

When Pete Rose hustled down to first base after rapping out base hit No. 4,192 on September 11, 1985, neither he nor the adoring crowd at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium knew that their hero had already passed Ty Cobb’s revised total of 4,189 career hits. Many baseball records are erroneously regarded as sacrosanct: these historic numbers may be burned into our ...

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 07:59 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Laird headed back to Tigers

Gerald Laird is headed back to Detroit.

The Tigers announced Friday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Laird to be their backup catcher.

Terms were not disclosed, but’s Jon Paul Morosi reports, according to an unidentified source, that it’s $1 million contract.

Laird hit .232 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 95 at-bats for the World Series Champion Cardinals last season.

“Gerald is a veteran catcher that is familiar with both our pitching staff and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2011 at 04:52 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Shaikin: So who didn’t vote for Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw?

The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award on Thursday, getting 27 of 32 first-place votes.

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies got four first-place votes. Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks got the remaining first-place vote. You can see the complete voting here.

The Baseball Writers Assn. of America selects two voters to represent each National League market. The logical suspicion among Dodgers fans: Did the Philadelphia voters go with their hometown guy, ...

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 04:20 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, dodgers, sabermetrics

King’s Ransom: Autograph of 19th Century Baseball Icon could fetch 100k

Kelly was the first larger-than-life pro baseball player, and many of the Elks had him autograph their programs as the evening progressed, whiskey flowed and toasts became grandiose…

One of the programs surfaced 124 years later, and it’s in mint condition. Kelly’s autograph is a rarity, and this one is perhaps the most valuable ever for a baseball player.

Many of the programs never even left the building that night. Thoroughly soused, Kelly was loaded into his carriage, normally horse-drawn. ...

Bourbon Samurai Posted: November 18, 2011 at 02:18 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds

Another year…and still no sign of Eski Viltz.

1. Devin Mesoraco, c
2. Billy Hamilton, ss
3. Yonder Alonso, 1b/of
4. Yasmani Grandal, c
5. Zack Cozart, ss
6. Daniel Corcino, rhp
7. Robert Stephenson, rhp
8. DiDi Gregorius, ss
9. Todd Frazier, 3b/1b/of
10. Brad Boxberger, rhp

By contrast, Cincinnati has more big league-ready position prospects than it has open spots in the lineup. Devin Mesoraco is ready to take over as the team’s primary catcher with Ramon Hernandez departing via ...

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, reds, scouting

Yankees GM Brian Cashman sleeps in Times Square to raise awareness for homeless kids

Mic check ~ MIC CHECK!...Angry loser ~ ANGRY LOSER..Living in own feces and urine ~ LIVING IN OWN FECES AND URINE!

A cold wind blew through the alley outside the Covenant House Crisis Shelter on 41st St. Thursday night as Brian Cashman stood near his gray sleeping bag, pulling on a pair of black gloves. Cashman was preparing for a night on the street, unthinkable for a man who runs one of the most famous franchises in sports.

But Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business ...

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 11:49 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tulsa World: Allie Reynolds deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Maybe if he had more Wins and less Saverins!

If I had a vote, Reynolds would be my No. 1 selection. He should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago.

Reynolds was dominant in a relatively short career from 1942-54. He helped the Yankees win six World Series in his nine seasons with them. Reynolds had a 182-107 career record and sacrificed a chance for more wins by willing to be used as a reliever to help the Yankees win world titles.

...I had a chance to speak recently to his ...

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, indians, sabermetrics, yankees

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