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Monday, September 26, 2011

THT: Jaffe: Ten worst career-ending performances of all time

Chris explains…“Ten worst career ending performances” in which I looked at every retired player with at least 35 WAR from 1919-2011 (about 360 guys in all) and see which prominent players had the worst career ending games.  Plus I tossed in Cy Young because he deserved it.”

7. Worst Game Score in a finale: Orel Hershiser

Game Score is one of the better Bill James stats. It’s not the most advanced stat, but it does what it’s supposed to do, turn a starting pitcher’s line (IP, H, R, ER, ...

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Repoz Posted: September 26, 2011 at 06:15 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-26-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, September 25, 1911:

Umpire William Evans hit one man, beat up another, and was himself handled roughly following the Cleveland-Philadelphia baseball game [in Cleveland] Sunday afternoon.

...

When the game was over and Evans walked towards the clubhouse, a man jeered him, with an oath, Evans says, and Evans struck him.  Evans again started for the clubhouse and in front of the entrance another man is said to have cursed him.  Evans resented this with his fists, and soon ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 26, 2011 at 01:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Red Sox Pitcher John Lackey Divorcing Wife Battling Cancer, Report Says

Lackey filed on August 30, according to court docs in Texas, claiming “the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities.”

Krista and John got married in November, 2008.

Sources close to the family tell TMZ that Krista underwent a double mastectomy in March and underwent chemotherapy as recently as June.

The divorce petition says John and Krista had a prenup. It also says Lackey has “separate property” he wants to keep for himself.

Have at it… ...Read More...

Posted: September 26, 2011 at 01:09 PM | 427 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Concerns heat up at hot corner for Brewers

Casey stinks.  Craig can play defense but cannot hit the ball out of the infield.  Green is exactly that.  My guess is Ron goes with Jerry in that he does less harm to the team than the other options.

McGehee is in the midst of a 1-for-31 skid in which he’s struggled to even hit the ball hard in many of his at-bats.

His lone hit in that stretch was a solo home run Sept. 19.

Going back even further, McGehee has gone 4 for 52 and has seen his average drop to .224 with 13 homers and 67 runs ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Keith Olbermann: For MVP: Justin Verlander and Matt Kemp (No…Ryan Braun)

He’s been a little over the top lately. Vote taken. Sorry.

If you accept the premise that Felix Hernandez really was the American League Cy Young Award Winner in 2010, then the conundrum is solved as to who is the American League MVP in 2011.

The premise of a pitcher with a won-loss record of 13-12, who led his league in only one standard category, is that the Cy Young goes not to the most valuable pitcher, but to some kind of statistically “best” one. We can argue forever about whether ...

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Repoz Posted: September 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, awards, media, projections, sabermetrics, television

Miklasz: Cards fans’ plea to Pujols: Stay

Pujols insisted a week ago that he saw little benefit in addressing Sunday’s significance with the team embroiled in its chase for the wild card. His manager and advocate, Tony La Russa, likewise has held his tongue. Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak acknowledge they have little idea where the next two to three months will take the relationship with a player who next year almost certainly would surpass Stan Musial as the franchise’s home run leader. Pujols’ ...

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Repoz Posted: September 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media

Fanatic Fans Put On Evening Of Jeter-Themed Plays

“Derek, I’ve got a screw loose for you…” (cue Jaye P. Morgan gongflash)

As organizers of “The Derek Jeter Plays” can attest, not just theatrical characters find “El Capitan” inspiring.

“Basically, [actor] Wende O’Reilly came up with this fantastic idea to promote Derek Jeter by way of plays. So she wanted an evening of plays, actually she would be the only one, with her and Derek Jeter to be with her in it,” says producer-actor Joan Pelzer. “But we decided, let’s make it a big evening and ...

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Repoz Posted: September 26, 2011 at 09:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: media, music, yankees

Baker: Mariners’ nearly invisible owners stand firmly behind struggling team

Here’s a souvenir for you, and one for you!

But while Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Yamauchi has not been to the United States since becoming the team’s controlling shareholder in 1992, smaller owners can be found at games. Former Microsoft executive Chris Larson owns a 30 percent stake and has been seen giving friends and acquaintances field-level visits during batting practice, where they get to meet players and coaches.

Other minority owners, like Raymond “Buck” Ferguson, another ...

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Repoz Posted: September 26, 2011 at 09:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners, media

One To Remember and Forget

12 Million bucks- Another 40 million coming.

483   Adam Dunn*  -2.6 bWAR

72BB   170k   .162   .293   .283   .575   58 OPS

Buzzkill Posted: September 26, 2011 at 07:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Smithsonian.com:  Charles Conlon: The Unheralded Baseball Photographer

The action photo of Ty Cobb is simply amazing.

“Born in 1868, Charles M. Conlon was a proofreader at the New York Telegram when he began shooting pictures as a hobby. He started to frequent baseball stadiums in the first decade of the 1900s at the prompting of an editor. Using a Graflex camera, he soon filled the pages of the Telegram, as well as prestigious baseball publications including the Sporting News and the Spalding Guide, with evocative, intimate portraits. By the time he snapped his ...

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The Wilpons Must Go (Tom D) Posted: September 26, 2011 at 03:31 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: general

‘Lion King’ Holds Box-Office Lead, Topping ‘Moneyball’

Right on the tail of “Lion King” were baseball drama “Moneyball” from Sony Corp.‘s Sony Pictures and the family film “Dolphin Tale” from Time Warner Inc.‘s Warner Bros. Pictures. According to early studio estimates, the former grossed $20.6 million from 2,993 theaters while the latter grossed $20.3 million from 3,507 theaters.

An adaptation of the non-fiction book by Michael Lewis, “Moneyball” stars Brad Pitt as Oakland As general manager Billy Beane and appealed primarily to older audiences. ...

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Banta Posted: September 26, 2011 at 02:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: books, business, media, sabermetrics

Sunday, September 25, 2011

MLB.com: Kershaw wins No. 21 as LA tops San Diego

Clayton Kershaw put the finishing touches on his Cy Young Award resume Sunday by pitching the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over the Padres, concluding his remarkable season with a likely pitching Triple Crown (leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts).

At 21-5, Kershaw tied Arizona’s Ian Kennedy for a share of the victory title and finished the season with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts. Kershaw would still be credited for the Triple Crown even if he tied for the victory lead. Kershaw would be ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 25, 2011 at 11:14 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, game recaps

Gammons: Kemp most valuable in trying times for Dodgers

Without him, the Dodgers would be .ladamad Anna v v V V V V v v v V V V V V V v nv In buns ee V Petty’s Freefallin’...

Start with the consideration that on July 6 [the Dodgers] were 14 games under .500 and had been outscored by 44 runs. When [Matt] Kemp homered Friday night, it meant the Dodgers were 42-26 since that night and had outscored their opponents by 72 runs, with a mass of injuries, including the knee that hobbled Andre Ethier and forced an operation…

at the risk of setting off yet ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 25, 2011 at 10:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, dodgers

AL Wildcard race: September 25, 2011

BOS 89-70 [6-18 in SEPT]
TBR 88-71 [14-10 in SEPT] (1 GB)
LAA 86-73 [13-10 in SEPT] (3 GB)

MLB.com: Ellsbury gives Sox room with homer in 14th
MLB.com: Sox’s grip on Wild Card slips to a half-game

MLB.com: Four homers help Rays gain ground
MLB.com: Halos’ WC chances take hit in crushing loss

NTNgod Posted: September 25, 2011 at 10:39 PM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rays, red sox

Brian Matusz breaks Roy Halladay’s major league record

I bet most people here can guess which one.

Starting against the Tigers, [Brian] Matusz gave up six runs in five innings on Sunday, just slightly increasing his ERA from 10.68 to 10.69.  It’s the worst ERA ever for a pitcher who made at least 10 starts in a season.

1. Brian Matusz (Bal, 2011): 10.69 ERA in 49 2/3 IP
2. Roy Halladay (Tor, 2000): 10.64 ERA in 67 2/3 IP

The District Attorney Posted: September 25, 2011 at 10:27 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Jim Thome made what could be his last appearance at Progressive Field—as a third baseman

hellodes adds…“Fantastic news for people who have Jim Thome in leagues with a “one appearance” eligibility rule:”

The crowd got a big surprise when Jim Thome made what could be his last appearance at Progressive Field—as a third baseman. The 41-year-old slugger took the position for one pitch in the ninth.

Thome got a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. When he walked, the crowd booed Twins pitcher Glen Perkins. Moments later, they cheered again as Thome went to third—where he ...

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Repoz Posted: September 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, indians, twins

NL Wildcard race: September 25, 2011

ATL 89-70 [9-15 in SEPT]
STL 88-71 [16-7 in SEPT] (1 GB)

MLB.com: Braves blanked by Nats; WC lead down to 1

MLB.com: One giant leap: Cards a game back in Wild Card

Upcoming: PHI vs. ATL, STL @ HOU

NTNgod Posted: September 25, 2011 at 09:01 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, game recaps

BB-REF:Brandow Morrow Finally Gets a Ground-ball Double Play

We should probably just have an RSS feed of Baseball Reference’s blog around here:

The other night Brandon Morrow finally registered his first ground-ball double play of the season. It came against Desmond Jennings of all people, in a game against Tampa Bay.

Morrow has pitched 173.1 innings!

According to Baseball Reference, Morrow now has induced 1 GIDP in 137 opportunities.

puck Posted: September 25, 2011 at 07:15 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

MLB.com:200,000th MLB game: Colorado at Houston

It seems like BBTF should mark this occasion even if the participants in the historic game were underwhelming representatives:

The 200,000th regular-season game in Major League Baseball history was recognized Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, where the milestone was announced after the Rockies-Astros game became official.

At about 8:45 p.m. ET, Colorado and Houston were tied at 2 after five innings. MLB officials then checked with Elias Sports Bureau for a final authentication, ...

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puck Posted: September 25, 2011 at 06:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, astros, history, rockies

Mets’ Mike Pelfrey still searching for a new pitch after disappointing season

Seems like he needs the Weaver-Dalkowski “throw the ball over the white thing” treatment.  (And has for five years.  Hello?)

In five major-league seasons, [Mike Pelfrey] has attempted to utilize a curveball, a changeup, a slider and a splitter. None have proved useful…

After Pelfrey failed to build on a 15-win campaign in 2010, the Mets must consider how much he is worth. It appears likely they will tender him a contract, which figures to include a raise to around $5 million to $6 million. ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 25, 2011 at 06:24 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

‘Duk: Art Howe isn’t happy about his portrayal in ‘Moneyball’

We didn’t get it today, but we battled and we will be back at the Oscars next year!

Former Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe (above, right)  hasn’t seen ‘Moneyball’ yet, but he’s talked with people who have and he says he isn’t thrilled with the way he’s portrayed in the film.

Here’s Howe on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio:

  “Considering the book wasn’t real favorable to me to start with I figured it would be something like this but to be honest with you it is very disappointing to know that ...

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Repoz Posted: September 25, 2011 at 04:31 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, awards, books, media, reviews

SoSD: A swan song for Cox’s Channel 4 and Padres baseball

Lucky Lucchino…instrumental in the development of the “Local Cable Syndicate”.

On March 13, 1997, Cox Communications Channel 4 wrapped up its first live broadcast of Padres spring training baseball when Dan Novak’s cellphone rang.

It was Padres then-President Larry Lucchino, a tough East Coast lawyer known for scathing critiques. Novak, who at the time ran Cox’s fledgling effort to produce Padres games, didn’t know what to expect. Cox’s local cable system had acquired the Padres’ TV ...

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Repoz Posted: September 25, 2011 at 01:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, padres

JS Online: Clutch hits help Braun’s bid for MVP

And Braun promptly lined an RBI triple to right to tie the game at 1-1.

Just another night at the office for No. 8.

“The more you’re around the game, the more you see the difference in the guys that want to be out there with the game on the line,” manager Ron Roenicke said before Saturday’s game. “I’ve played with a lot of great players, and they’ve not wanted to be out there with the game on the line.

“Braunie’s one of them (that does). Prince (Fielder) is one of them. There’s not a lot of ...

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Repoz Posted: September 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brewers, history, projections, sabermetrics

YESNetwork: Yankees honor Maris’ 61 homer season

Hey…who’s minding the West Acres Mall?

Fifty years have passed and others have since broken the season home run record. To the families of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, Maris’ 61 in 1961 remains the legitimate number.

“The family feels that it’s his record, also knowing that is arguable with a lot of people,” Roger Maris Jr., said Saturday before the Yankees culminated a season-long commemoration of the Maris-Mantle home-run chase with a ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

...“I think there needs ...

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Repoz Posted: September 25, 2011 at 12:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics, yankees

Moneyball Review thread

Saw Moneyball last night. I thought it was excellent, I’ll elaborate later. Until then, how about we have a big review thread where we can all give our impressions?

Gamingboy Posted: September 25, 2011 at 11:35 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Alfonso Soriano no fan of seventh spot

“I’m not a guy that fights with people,” Soriano told ESPNChicago.com. “The way they treat me this year, I don’t like it. The way they have me hit in the No. 7, 5 and 6 spots, I have trouble concentrating on the job hitting in those different spots. But (Mike) Quade is the manager and does his best to try to make the team better.

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Asked why he didn’t go to Quade earlier in the season to voice his displeasure about his spot in the lineup, Soriano said: “I don’t think I should go to his ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 25, 2011 at 06:02 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, cubs

WEEI: Lester: ‘It’s not a good time to have this stretch’

Stretched tuning…bad pitch.

In its own right, the outing was disconcerting enough for the Red Sox. At a time when his team is trying to cling to a postseason berth, Jon Lester delivered one of the worst outings of his career.

The left-hander pitched just 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of 2011. In that brief time on the mound, he permitted as many runs (8, a season-high) and hits (8) as he recorded outs in the Sox’ 9-1 loss to the Yankees.

...The pitcher could offer no explanation for ...

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Repoz Posted: September 25, 2011 at 04:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Yahoo: Phils lose 8th straight, longest skid in 11 years

With nothing left to play for in the regular season, the Philadelphia Phillies are playing as if they have nothing left.

Hunter Pence dropped a deep fly ball for an error that led to five unearned runs, and the New York completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 victory Saturday night that handed the NL East champions their eighth straight defeat.

Having already secured homefield advantage throughout the postseason, the sluggish Phillies remained winless since clinching their fifth consecutive ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 25, 2011 at 02:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, phillies

Jayson Werth calls for a Teddy Roosevelt victory on Sunday

After trying to interfere on Teddy Roosevelt’s behalf for the second day in a row, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth made clear his intentions.

“If Teddy can’t win, no one wins,” Werth said in the postgame press conference Saturday at Nationals Park, adding “I must be the last remaining member of the Bull Moose party, I guess.”

On whether Saturday’s ambush was planned, Werth said “I can’t really comment. When you stage a coup, it’s better to keep it quiet.”

Baseball is ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 25, 2011 at 02:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

AL Wildcard race: September 24, 2011

BOS 88-69 [5-17 in SEPT]
TBR 87-71 [13-10 in SEPT] (1.5 GB)
LAA 86-72 [13-9 in SEPT] (2.5 GB)

MLB.com: Lester off as Red Sox’s progress stalls

MLB.com: [Alex] Torres rescues Rays as they gain on Red Sox
MLB.com: Hunter helps Halos gain in Wild Card race

NTNgod Posted: September 25, 2011 at 01:47 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rays, red sox

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