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Friday, October 14, 2011

Brogna On Baseball: The 0-2 And 3-0 Count Myths

Hitting: The .320 OBROGNAP way.

Stubbornly, baseball again practices an offensive theory that I would change without blinking. The old “automatic strike” pitch is what we identify with when a hitter has a 3-0 count. When I played for Terry Francona in Philadelphia, each hitter had the “Green” Light to swing away on any 3-0 count. The only reason a hitter would take there is if the “must take” sign was put on or if the hitter was not comfortable swinging at that particular 3-0 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 02:15 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

FOX Sports: Wolf Gives Brewers Much-Needed Win

But after solo homers put St. Louis up 2-0 through three innings Thursday, the Cardinals couldn’t put anything together. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and failed twice to get a man home from third with less than two outs.

Wolf baffled them with a changeup clocked consistently around 65 mph.

‘‘We had a couple of chances to add a run and Wolf made outstanding pitches,’’ Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. ‘‘These are productive guys. He just made really good pitches.’‘

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Lassus Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Robothal: Justin Verlander Delivers Superhuman Effort in Game 5 of ALCS

But Verlander, after an efficient, 10-pitch seventh, was in no mood for conversation. The Tigers, trailing three games to one, had a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead in Game 5 of the ALCS. But Verlander knew that the Tigers’ pitching staff, in the words of Leyland, was down to, “Verlander and Verlander and Verlander . . . and maybe (Phil) Coke.”

“I didn’t even talk to, ‘Skip,’ I didn’t even look at him,” Verlander told me in the postgame interview on FOX after the Tigers’ 7-5 ...

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Lassus Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:02 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Edes: Solutions for the Sox

Sweep away the chicken bones, recycle the beer cans and fire up the treadmill. Bid adieu to Tito and Theo, make way for Ben Cherington and a TBA manager, relocate John Lackey in the witness protection program, and tell the “team sources” in the executive suite to put away the sharp knives and clean up the blood they’ve left behind.

The next time Sox players are invited onto John Henry’s yacht, it will be a victory cruise (headphones optional).

jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

NLCS Game 5 chatter

Brewers (Greinke) at Cardinals (Garcia). 8:05. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Schilling: ‘This is what happens when you piss people off that are really rich and powerful

Mega feldgrau langhosen load alert!

We know they’re looking at trading Lackey, but that’s going to be a tough pill to swallow.

I don’t know that they have a choice. I can’t envision a scenario where he’s back here.

Who’s more disappointing: the leader, Josh Beckett or the follower, Jon Lester?

That’s the one that I think probably makes me bend over and double-clutch more than anything. I wanted so bad to believe that that September late-season swoon by him was just something ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Harper: Prince Fielder may become Big Apple of Yankees’ eye if Sabathia decides to sign elsewhere

And I thought once seeing John Wockenfuss trip over the 2B bag was the high point of clogging up the DH spot.

Would that lead the Yankees to Fielder? The potential of the lineup would be tantalizing and, who knows? Maybe Fielder would actually hit in October as well as his father Cecil did with the Bombers in 1996

On the other hand, Cashman probably wouldn’t want to lock himself into still another long-term deal. And though Fielder could play first base at times to spell Mark Teixeira, the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, media, yankees

Glauber: Dear Prince and Albert, please stay

Says Bill Glauber of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…who has also worked for The Baltimore Sun and The Chicago Tribune.

Dear Prince and Albert:

Stay right where you are.

Don’t mess up the best thing you’re ever going to have in baseball.

Think twice before taking the money and running out of town. In fact, think about taking what money you can and remaining in Milwaukee and St. Louis.

...But in a lot of cases, switching teams provides just a boost in pay and a lot of heartache. Seriously, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 09:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, cardinals, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2011

Pittsburgh Press, October 14, 1911:

Before what is conceded to be the largest crowd that ever witnessed a baseball game, the opening contest in the world’s series is now on, the gladiators of McGraw and Mack straining every effort to capture the initial game of the series and thus gain the advantage in the battle for honors.

Toledo News-Bee, October 14, 1911:

George Petroleseus, a Greek baseball fan, found a ticket to the world’s series.  To celebrate he imbibed too much and will receive hospital ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: October 14, 2011 at 08:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Move over, LeBron: Other sports stars have NFL potential, too

Pretty good, but I don’t think they know who Miguel Cabrera is.

we polled Sporting News’ team of writers and editors on athletes in other sports who would transition well to the physical NFL.

Quarterbacks

Carl Crawford, OF, Boston Red Sox (6-2, 215)...

Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit Tigers (6-5, 225)...

Wide receivers

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3, 215)...

Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees (6-1, 185)...

Tight end

Mike Stanton, OF, Florida Marlins (6-5, 235)...

Offensive ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 12:35 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Posnanski: The Cubs

“F———goat,” comedian and Cubs fan Jeff Garlin is saying, and I must admit that the quotes that follow are not as precise as I might like because it’s hard to take notes when Diet Coke is spurting out of your nose. “A goat? OK, let’s get something straight. It is not a curse to not want a goat at a baseball game, all right? That is not a curse… You know, this was a time when people dressed up. I mean nobody would let a goat into a game now, and people dress like pigs. Back then people wore suits ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, cubs, history

Jazayerli: Doctoring the Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part One

But you doctored the numbers!  You admitted it right there!

This is, all modesty aside, quite possibly the most impressive and significant finding of my career. When it comes to the drafting of high school hitters, even slight differences in age matter. At least when it comes to high school hitters, young draft picks are a MASSIVE market inefficiency.

In The 1985 Bill James Abstract, James published the results of his study which showed that “The rate of return on players drafted out of ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:34 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Dewan: Chase Utley: Best Baserunner in MLB

Don’t ask me +77 what.  I assume bases?

Baserunning Gain is a measure of how often a player advances the extra base, or is thrown out trying to do so, as compared with what would have been expected based on league averages.  The top ten baserunners by this metric over the last three years combined are shown below.

Player          Baserunning Gain (3-Year)
Chase Utley     +77
Elvis Andrus    
+76
Shane Victorino 
+64
Ben Zobrist     
+57
Ian Kinsler     
+51
Michael Bourn   
+50
Ryan Braun      
+50 ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 09:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Leyland says Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit unavailable for Tigers today

We Are The Tigers…we need separate trainer rooms.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland just held his pregame session with the media. He discussed his lineup, the team’s health and the mood in the clubhouse.

Here are the highlights:

• On the lineup: “We got (Austin) Jackson, (Ryan) Raburn, (Miguel) Cabrera, (Victor) Martinez and (Delmon) Young, (Jhonny) Peralta, (Brandon) Inge, (Alex) Avila and (Ramon) Santiago.”

• On whether Jose Valverde is available: “He will not pitch ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:52 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, tigers

Davidoff: Just a few suggestions for the Yankees

Re-sign Brian Cashman

This is happening. Cashman likely will meet with Hal Steinbrenner in Tampa later this week or early next week to complete the deal.

Extend CC Sabathia’s contract...

What’s reasonable? How about keeping the current deal as is and then throwing on an additional two years and $52 million for 2016 and 2017? That matches Cliff Lee ‘s annual average value of $24 million…

Pick up the 2012 options on Robinson Cano ($14 million) and Nick Swisher ($10.25 million)...

Trade ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Onion Sports Network: Yankees, Phillies Playing Sad Little World Series Of Their Own

Also featuring Nyjer Morgan’s brain centipede.

The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, phillies, yankees

Berkman, Ellsbury earn Comeback awards

All-Star outfielders Lance Berkman of the Cardinals and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox were named the winners of the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year Awards on Thursday, as the annual rollout of Major League Baseball’s individual hardware got under way.

Berkman, 35, recaptured the form he showed for many seasons in Houston, and he is a key reason why St. Louis is in the midst of a National League Championship Series battle against Milwaukee. He hit .301 with 31 home runs and 94 RBIs, a .412 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 07:49 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cardinals, red sox

Jack Nicholson Might Do Actual Acting In The Jackie Robinson Biopic 42

The King of Marvin Rackley’s Garden Returns!

But for whatever reason, Nicholson has apparently gotten sick of sitting courtside at Lakers games and hanging out with his old buddies, and is considering taking an actual acting job, one that might force him to remove his sunglasses. Vulture reports that Nicholson is considering a starring role in 42, the new title for the Jackie Robinson biopic that’s been in the works since the summer. It’s also apparently a different project than the one Robert ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 05:12 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: business, hall of fame, history, media

Popper: David Wright ponders his future

Hello, my name is David and this is effed up…as the other cleat is about to drop.

If the Mets were to deal him, Wright could void the option year.

“Obviously, when I signed my contract, there was not a no-trade, nothing in there that stipulates I have any control over that,” Wright said. “If they trade me, obviously you want to be somewhere where you’re wanted. Like I said, it’s not something where – if it happens it happens. I’m not trying to be boring or blunt about it, but I have ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 04:36 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Barra: Yankee Post-Mortem, Part 2: Too-Much-Moneyball and the Crapshoot Factor

Barra: Clearing the Clogged Bases.

As the postseason hits full swing, it’s amusing watching the three richest teams in baseball scramble frantically to figure out why they lost despite their enormous resources. Well, it’s amusing if you’re not a fan of those teams.

Articles about what the Yankees need to do to win in the postseason next year are practically a light industry. Among the suggestions: “Replace Nick Swisher with Delmon Young” (because Young hit .333 in last year’s postseason, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, phillies, red sox, sabermetrics, yankees

CSNNE: Giardi: Sox clubhouse became a poison control center

I don’t think the headline actually makes any sense, but who wants more gossip??

Carl Crawford kept more and more to himself as the season progressed, largely because the clubhouse culture here was unlike any he’d experienced during his decade with Tampa Bay. A consummate pro, Crawford had once grabbed Pat Burrell and thrown him up against a wall, angrily telling Burrell that his unprofessional ways were not accepted in the Rays’ clubhouse. Tampa Bay management had their speedy outfielder’s ...

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Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, red sox

ALCS Game 5 and NLCS Game 4 CHATTERS

Rangers (Wilson) at Tigers (Verlander). 4:19. FOX
Brewers (Wolf) at Cardinals (Lohse). 8:05. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM | 499 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Olbermann: The Curse Of The Lucchino

Francona and Epstein were not merely scapegoated in the story. The newspaper essentially printed an ownership implication that Francona had a prescription drug problem, that he was distracted by worry over the safety of his son and son-in-law, serving overseas, and that he lost focus because of marital problems. With the caveat that I consider both Francona and Epstein friends – and my assurance that neither has been a source for what I write here – the story is one of the more remarkable ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, red sox, television

Louisville Slugger Museum unveils Jeter statue

And the sculptor never once had to tell him to stand still.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory added another superstar to its roster Wednesday as it unveiled a lifelike sculpture of Derek Jeter, team captain of the New York Yankees and future baseball Hall of Famer.

To welcome the new sculpture, the museum will celebrate “Derek Jeter Day” this Saturday, honoring the Yankee Captain. As part of the celebration, a game used Derek Jeter bat will be added to the museum’s Hold a Piece of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia, yankees

The 5.5 Hole: Closers in Non-Save Situations

Writers and baseball analysts assume that a pitcher is a pitcher. If they make their pitches, the scenario shouldn’t matter. That’s sound logic too. Forget the inning. Forget the score. Any pitcher, at any time can succeed as long as he makes the right pitches. Yet, is it really that simple? The mental aspect to playing baseball is fascinating and often overlooked.

Let’s take Jose Valverde for example. As of August 18, 2011, Jose Valverde’s stats in save situations looked like this:

35/35 in ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-13-2011

Double play poetry in the Meriden Daily Journal, October 13, 1911:

I can read it all now, the tale of their woes,
The excuses and wails that are in it,
How “the Giants kept slamming the ball on the nose,
And the Athletics were lucky to win it.”
When we stop their base running we won’t get the praise,
It won’t be the merit that’s in us,
‘Twill be their “hard luck” hitting into those plays,
From Barry to Collins to McInnis.

Tinker to Evers to Chance, it ain’t. ...Read More...

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout

Bronx Banter Interview: Glenn Stout

Belth catches up with Glenn Stout, author of Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year.

BB: One of the incredible things about Fenway Park is that it has changed over 100 years, and although it may seem antiquated, the current Red Sox ownership has done a lot to add modern touches without tearing the place down. Can you talk about some of the most significant alterations the place has seen and why it continues to last.

GS: Fenway Park has ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history, media, red sox

Claiborne: Where are the black baseball broadcasters?

“Thank you, Whitey.”

With all the technology and internet involvement in how sports is covered, it is amazing that with there being more jobs African Americans continue to be passed over for whatever reason that may happen to be convenient.

There have been some that have broken through on the national level, but he is normally in-studio and a former player, as if all former players and managers are really that sharp. I get the experience factor, but there are some who just don’t deliver the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 09:13 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, television

Collier: Can’t take the art out of baseball

Brother Collier takes in Moneyball at a junk palace…sorts through mess.

Perhaps the Ivy League kid is right, but I’ve never seen anyone stretch a walk into a double, nor have I ever seen a walk go through an outfielder’s legs for a triple. Baseball is thick with Jonah Hill types today, and even teams who don’t have to play moneyball have been persuaded to employ them.

That’s why the Red Sox and Yankees can’t seem to play a game that doesn’t run to four hours as they work the count and try to ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, media, pirates, reviews, sabermetrics

MLB.com: Carpenter, Cards eke out win, take 2-1 lead

It was more than a little bit scary—terrifying at times, to be perfectly honest—but it still counts. The Cardinals took control of the National League Championship Series with an agonizing 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. St. Louis is now two wins from its third trip to the World Series in eight years.
...
While Carpenter was the winning pitcher, he was also the least effective man to take the mound for the Redbirds in an ulcer-inducing victory. Five Cardinals relievers combined ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 13, 2011 at 03:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, game recaps

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