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Friday, October 16, 2015
OK, this is pretty great. The missus (who’s not such a baseball fan, but is a show choir veteran/enthusiast) passed it along. (To her credit, she attended Game 4 of the LDS with me, and was in awe of Schwarber’s moonshot.)
“Luck is the residue of design.” ~ Branch Rickey
Winning can be expensive.
I can’t see how Mattingly survives.
There was an October’s worth of weirdness along the way: Kansas City’s five-run eighth in Game 4, the never-to-be-topped seventh inning that sealed Toronto’s Game 5 win, 6-foot-10 Chris Young facing 5-foot-6 Jose Altuve. But by the final outs on Wednesday, both up-and-down division series had led to the likeliest outcome: a best-of-seven matchup between the American League’s top two teams, the dominant-run-differential Blue Jays and the ALCS-regular Royals. For once in a season of ...Read More...
Plaschke is up to his “old-fashioned” tricks, this time pretending never to have heard of Ted Williams.
This didn’t look good.
Pittsburgh Press, October 16, 1915:
You’re crazy, Minnie, but you’re definitely not a piker.
First to four goes to the World Series. Get hype.
Toronto Blue Jays (Estrada) at Kansas City Royals (Volquez). 7:30 PM. FOX (as in, basic FOX)
Bat-Flips vs. Speed. The unstoppable lineup vs. the un-breachable bullpen. CHATTER UP!
For those not familiar with Japanese baseball, the second and third place teams in each league play a series for the right to then play the regular season winner to decide the league representative in the Japan Series. But the regular season winner gets a) a one game advantage before the series starts, and b) gets to play all the games at home. Something tells me this wouldn’t go down well in the US…
Guess his #### doesnt work during a drought either.
The most accurate description of how Salvador Perez felt while playing much of the Royals’ last playoff series is too graphic for this newspaper or any website you’d visit around polite company.
The worst came the night after Game 1. He thinks it was something he ate, though he can’t be sure. Whatever it was, his body reacted wickedly. He lost track of how many times he threw up, and the diarrhea was worse. His stomach turned so much and he had to run to the toilet so often that he could ...Read More...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Joe Posnanski: The craziest, silliest, weirdest, wildest, angriest, dumbest and funniest inning in the history of baseball began with a single by a guy named Rougned Odor.
I’m pretty sure that’s how my novel would start. Comedy is the field of my co-writer, Michael Schur, but I honestly cannot imagine a more perfect name to start this madness than Rougned Odor. It’s like Ignatius J. Reilly or Bugs Bunny or Michael Dukakis. I mean, Rougned Odor is a guy who had stories written about the ...Read More...
I remember that season. Too bad it’s impossible for pitchers to go on four-days rest now.
El Paso Herald, October 15, 1915:
The word “bingle” is ...Read More...
Get control of yourselves, you rowdy Canadians!
NLDS GAME 5. WINNER TO NLCS TO FACE CUBS:
New York Mets (deGrom) at Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke). 8 PM. TBS.
People young and old skipped work, skipped school, or just gathered around their TVs, computers, or phones to see their beloved Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I didn’t realize Chase Utley’s mom was at Game 1.
Interesting. Arrieta’s command was definitely off on Monday, so maybe they figure an extra day’s rest’ll do him some good…
Arnold, 36, replaces Gord Ash, who served in that role for the Brewers since November 2002. Stearns is talking with Ash about assuming another role in the front office.
Arnold previously worked as pro scouting director for the Rays and recently was interviewed by the Miami Marlins for a front office position with that club. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for the Brewers’ GM job but it was Tampa Bay assistant GM Chaim Bloom who actually was interviewed before Stearns was hired....Read More...
The Yankees can see the finish line on a number of long and expensive deals that have worked out with varying degrees of success. Lots of fans clamor for the team to move these bad deals all the time, dreaming of a team to come along and bail the Yankees out the way the Dodgers did for the Red Sox a few years ago. Deals like that aren’t commonplace, though, and expecting the Yankees to be able to shed undesirable contracts is usually a pipe dream. If a team did come along, however, wanting to ...Read More...
Pittsburgh Press, October 14, 1915:
A Dark Knight relegated to pom-pom shaker. DeGrom becomes the ace.
Angels cut ties with pitching coach Mike Butcher, hitting coach Don Baylor - The Orange County Register
Angels get rid of their pitching and hitting coaches.
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