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Friday, October 16, 2015

Kyle Schwarber was once a show-choir stud

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.)

Spahn Insane: once again (still?) a filthy whore. Posted: October 16, 2015 at 12:24 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle schwarber

How Kyle Schwarber, Jake Arrieta and Addison Russell transformed Chicago Cubs

“Luck is the residue of design.” ~ Branch Rickey

On Jan. 22, 2003, just eight weeks after he became the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, Theo Epstein scooped a guy out of baseball’s bargain bin who became slightly more than he (or anyone) bargained. His name was David Ortiz. He almost won an MVP award two years later.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, jake arrieta, kyle schwarber

Astros weigh options with free-agents-to-be - Ultimate Astros

Winning can be expensive.

A half hour after the Astros’ season ended Wednesday, reliever Tony Sipp, who pitched in every postseason game, said he hadn’t considered that when he walked out of the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, he might not wear an Astros uniform again.

A 32-year-old lefty, Sipp wasn’t playing dumb. Just like outfielder Colby Rasmus and starter Scott Kazmir and veteran relievers Chad Qualls and Joe Thatcher, Sipp knew he was on his way to becoming a free agent at ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2015 at 10:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agency

Los Angeles Dodgers Don Mattingly can’t take all the | FOX Sports

I can’t see how Mattingly survives.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Grantland’s ALCS preview

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 ...

Paul D(uda) Posted: October 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, blue jays, royals

Plaschke: Large payroll isn’t enough to get Dodgers further in postseason

Plaschke is up to his “old-fashioned” tricks, this time pretending never to have heard of Ted Williams.

For $300 million, you would also think the Dodgers would always be covering third base — there’s only four bases to watch, right? — yet in the fourth inning they inexplicably left it open after Zack Greinke walked Lucas Duda with the infield shifted to right. Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled and jogged to second on the walk, saw the free base and sprinted to it. Moments later, Murphy ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 16, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, bill plaschke, dodgers, don mattingly, old school, shifts

Mattingly, Ethier downplay screaming match in Dodgers dugout | New York Post

This didn’t look good.

“There was nothing there other than he was mad about the ump’s call that he missed the call in there, and I was trying to settle him down,” Mattingly said. “I didn’t want him thrown out of the game, and Andre’s pretty emotional. It was nothing more than trying to settle him down.

“He’s maybe yelling at me because I’m trying to settle him down, but it was nothing between us.”

Ethier concurred.

“We weren’t arguing. … There’s a certain sequence, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-16-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 16, 1915:

Miss Minnie Kneeter, pretty Omaha society girl, rolled a peanut around the block with a toothpick, starting at Omaha’s busiest corner. “I bet on the Phillies,” said Miss Kneeter. “Let ‘em call me crazy, but I’m no piker.”

You’re crazy, Minnie, but you’re definitely not a piker.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 16, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, dugout, history

Mets defeat Dodgers in Game 5, advance to NLCS |

“For the entire ballclub, this is unbelievable,” Murphy said. “This is such a lot of hard work. From the top of the organization to the bottom, from what [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] was able to give us at the Trade Deadline to the way guys have played, everybody has gotten a piece of this at some point. That’s what makes it so special.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 149 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, playoffs


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!

Gamingboy Posted: October 16, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 185 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Japan Times: Time for NPB to rethink senseless playoff format

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…

Where else but Japanese baseball can a team lose Game 1 of a playoff series and show up at the ...

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 16, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, playoffs

Billy Beane among East Bay’s biggest water users

Guess his #### doesnt work during a drought either.

spanx for the memories Posted: October 16, 2015 at 12:41 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane

Salvador Perez takes a beating but keeps on ticking

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 ...

Zach Posted: October 16, 2015 at 12:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: food poisoning, royals, salvador perez

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Flipping Out

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 ...

Zach Posted: October 15, 2015 at 02:06 PM | 163 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

1971 Orioles: A Record That Will Never Be Broken - The InscriberMag

I remember that season. Too bad it’s impossible for pitchers to go on four-days rest now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2015

El Paso Herald, October 15, 1915:

The greatest ambition of Grover Alexander’s life is to pitch a no-hit game. Six times he has seemed about to realize it—yet every time some one batter has ruined his chance.

The closest he ever came was on May 5 [note: it was actually June 5] of this year. Art Butler, of the Cardinals, singled with two out in the ninth.
In 1911 Alexander pitched a one-hit game against the Braves and in 1913 he let the Giants down with a single bingle.

The word “bingle” is ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 15, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history, no-hitters

Ugly scene at Rogers Centre in Game 5 can’t happen again | FOX Sports

Get control of yourselves, you rowdy Canadians!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2015 at 06:04 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers



New York Mets (deGrom) at Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke). 8 PM. TBS.


Gamingboy Posted: October 15, 2015 at 05:59 AM | 848 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saskatchewan going berserk as Toronto Blue Jays advance to ALCS

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.

BrianBrianson Posted: October 15, 2015 at 04:48 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: best fans in baseball, blue jays, sasketchewan

Fraley: The 53 minutes that changed the Rangers’ destiny

“We won the West when nobody thought we would do anything. I’m more proud of how those guys played all year long.”

Banister backed up his words. In the somber post-game clubhouse, he hugged each player, thanking him for his contributions and speaking of bigger days to come.

For the moment, Banister admitted, “it hurts.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NY Mag: Mets Fan Beaten Outside Dodger Stadium by Mother and Son Diehards

I didn’t realize Chase Utley’s mom was at Game 1.

Following the Dodgers 3-1 loss in game one of the National League Division Series, a mother-and-son duo reportedly set upon a Mets fan in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. The attack took place after the Mets fan got into some kind of verbal spat with the pair. One witness told the L.A. Times that the assault came amid a larger brawl. The son hit the victim “so hard he was just knocked out immediately,” said Sean Gould, also a Mets fan. He ...

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 14, 2015 at 11:27 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fan violence, mets

NY Magazine: Mother and Son beat Mets fan outside Dodger Stadium

Following the Dodgers 3-1 loss in game one of the National League Division Series, a mother-and-son duo reportedly set upon a Mets fan in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. The attack took place after the Mets fan got into some kind of verbal spat with the pair. One witness told the L.A. Times that the assault came amid a larger brawl. The son hit the victim “so hard he was just knocked out immediately,” said Sean Gould, also a Mets fan. He added, “You heard his skull hitting the concrete.”

...
The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fan violence, mets

Cubs leaning toward Lester for Game 1 start

Interesting.  Arrieta’s command was definitely off on Monday, so maybe they figure an extra day’s rest’ll do him some good…

Brewers name Tampa Bay’s Matt Arnold as assistant GM

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.

...

Which Yankees contract would you most like to move?

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 ...

EvilBoWeevil Posted: October 14, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, money, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 14, 1915:

That peace between the National and American leagues and the Federal league is a certainly [sic] is the opinion expressed by leading baseball men who attended the world’s series games between the Phillies and Red Sox.
The presence of Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Federal league club, and Phil Ball, the majority stockholder, when neither had made plans to see the series until the last minute, would indicate that they were asked east to talk over ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 14, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

The Accidental Godfather of Fantasy Sports

What about the key question that big league teams/leagues and media partners avoid? Does the man who invented fantasy think it is really gambling?

“Of course it is,’’ said (Dan) Okrent. “The distinction people are making . . . ‘it’s a game of skill.’ Well, poker is a game of skill. Blackjack in a casino is a game of skill. Picking horses is a true game of skill, and nobody would pretend that that’s not gambling.

“I’m sure when Congress exempted fantasy sports, they were ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 14, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy

Mets Insider: Harvey won’t be available out of pen in Game 5 - NY Daily News

A Dark Knight relegated to pom-pom shaker. DeGrom becomes the ace.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, coaches

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