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Thursday, October 16, 2014
There’s no moping in October. Say “wait ’til next year,” pick a team to root for, join the fun and, above all, don’t say, “It’s not fair.” Baseball has been giving out rings since 1903 based on head-to-head series. The autumn game is every bit as central to the sport as the summer game. But it sure is different….
There’s a tendency for the sport’s best regular season teams — and their fans (and media) — to moan about insufficient reward for six months of superior ...Read More...
Jeff Banister and Kevin Cash look like frontrunners in a surprising turn of events. I say surprising because it’s not like they’re Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland. Going outside for a proven winner is one thing. Hiring a guy with less managerial experience than the candidate in hand is a scary, bold proposition.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position.
“At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions,” Schuerholz said in an email to the AJC on Wednesday in response to a question about the report, which cited unnamed ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October—even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wainwright vs. Bumgarner. FS1. 8 PM. Game 5. Giants advance to WS with win, Cardinals force series back to STL with win.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 459 comment(s)
Seriously thinking of changing my handle to Lorenzo Cain’s #1 Fan. Dude is fun to root for.
McCullough wrote that Cain was cut from the freshman basketball team, and his mother wouldn’t allow him to play football.
“If I would have made the basketball team, there’s no chance I would have played baseball,” Cain told McCullough. “I know that for sure. There’s no chance.”
Cain, 28, came from football country — Madison County High School in northern Florida and Tallahassee ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Will Rob Manfred get indicted for lying under oath?
It’s Jeff Sullivan, with GIFs, talking about defense on Fangraphs. Read it.
The Royals feel like an exaggeration of what defense can do. In this way I can only speak for myself, but when, say, Miguel Cabrera goes on one of his tears, I see him at the plate and I feel like he could hit a dinger at a moment’s notice. I can sense the threat of a slugger, because I’m aware of the range of possible outcomes. The Royals have made me sense a defense. The feeling I get is that every ball in play ...
Joe Posnanski ponders Ned Yost and, inter alia, the recent history of Royals managers:
The players, though, keep on winning for him. “We all know, Ned’s got our backs,” pitcher James Shields says. The Royals best overall player, Alex Gordon, talks at length about how big a role Yost played in his emergence after he was sent to the minors to learn how to play the outfield. “I know that his belief in me has been a big part of my story,” Gordon says. Ibanez, who was brought in more for ...
Meet the new geek in charge. He’s going to need some luck. As Baseball America’s John Manual commented on Twitter “Friedman left at right time. Several years of rough drafts have left farm system thin. Dodgers have several more high-end prospects.” The Rays could have tough times on the horizon.
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, October 15, 1914:
More than $100,000 was lost and won by local [New York] sporting men through the failure of the Giants to win the National league pennant, and the subsequent failure of the Athletics to win the world’s series. The heaviest loser locally was Arnold Rothstein, who is said to have dropped $75,000. He bet heavily on the Giants to win the pennant, and then laid against the Braves in the world series.
I imagine he won that money back betting on the World Series ...Read More...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 10 comment(s)
Mark Saxon’s excellent take on why this happened.
Two trade deadlines ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers got deep into discussions with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire second baseman Howie Kendrick.
The Angels were foundering and looking to deal expensive veterans for talent that could help replenish their bereft farm system. The Dodgers, living with aging Mark Ellis as their primary second baseman, felt in need of an upgrade. In the end, the Dodgers passed on the deal because they didn’t want to ...
Besides falling short of expectations, I bet this has as much to do with Colletti’s departure.
The team spent over $26 million on the foursome of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, and Chris Perez this year, hoping that group would form a strong setup core in front of cheap-and-dominant closer Kenley Jansen. No other team spent $26 million on their entire bullpen, closer included, so this was the most expensive collection of middle relievers baseball has ever seen.
And as a group, they ...
Ironically, sources say the Dodgers’ failed pursuit of a trade for Price this past summer only heightened their admiration of Friedman. Said one source: “They always asked for the right prospects. Not just the guys everybody knows, either.”
Who isn’t a potential Yankees target?
Although I’m already a walking zombie from watching late-night playoff games, I still wish some AFL game were available on television.
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
In the wake of the Dodgers’ acquisition of Andrew Friedman, an argument that teams should never pay up for a general manager no matter how brilliant they are.
Informed decisionmaking in baseball is now essentially a commodity. If given the proper support staff and training, any writer for Baseball Prospectus or Fangraphs with the appropriate organisational and people-management skills could probably do a competent job…
The reason GMs make less money than players do isn’t because owners are ...
At 4 PM: The Orioles fight for their lives while the Royals attempt to make the World Series for the first time since 1985 on TBS!
At 8 PM: The Giants go for the 3-1 advantage while the Cardinals aim to tie it up on FS1!
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 783 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
“The problem is that most of the guys who were commissioner, I think, really don’t want to say anything because they’re inhibited,” he says. “Because I’m older and I don’t really give a damn, I am willing to take a point of view on it and tell you what I think. I’m not running for office, and I don’t particularly care what people say about me in the papers anymore.”
Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, October 14, 1914:
Mrs. Ed Konetchy, wife of the Pittsburg Pirate first baseman, on Wednesday admitted that she engineered the deal by which Koney transferred his affections from the Pirates to the Pittsburg Feds. Koney, she said, is to receive $7,500 a year on a three-year contract. The Pittsburg Feds gave her $1,000 for persuading Konetchy to jump, she said. Hans Wagner will play first in Koney’s place next year.
Konetchy isn’t famous, but he was one of the better first basemen ...Read More...
“Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.
Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.
“You have to protect those guys like Quiz from the grind they face,” Howser said. “They wear down, too.”
Much is made about starting pitchers and what the impact of the extra demands of a postseason can have on them. Relievers, however, face the same type of strain. They may ...
Posted: October 14, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
This will be the second time the Mets have moved in the fences since the stadium opened in 2009. After the 2011 season, the Mets brought in the left field wall from 371 feet to 358 feet, right-center from 415 feet to 390 feet, and right field from 378 feet to 375 feet. While details of the upcoming changes aren’t yet known, they will be specific to the right field and right-center field fences.
I would hate the idea that my front office is spending time worrying about the dimensions of the ...Read More...
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