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Friday, October 18, 2013
The group bought the team and the lease to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 2010 for $593 million when they beat out Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in a court supervised auction. The new owners used $225 million of equity in the purchase, placing a value of about $13 million on Ryan’s approximately 6% interest.
The equity in the Rangers is currently worth about $700 million, according to people familiar with the team’s finances. The increase in the value of the equity is largely the ...Read More...
TDF, situational idiot
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
Stock up, Flannery’s! The future of Easy Ed Coleman is up in the air!
MLB sources said the team has reached an agreement in principle with Clear Channel Media, owner of WOR, on a multi-year package. An announcement of the deal could come next week.
Clear Channel will have the right to select the announcers. Sources said the only decision already made on that front is to bring Howie Rose, the veteran play-by-play voice, back to the booth.
“It’s really too early to start thinking about ...
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 03:27 PM | 21 comment(s)
I have heard this is a fun and rewarding part-time gig.
MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2014 and beyond:
Chicago (both teams)
Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from the MLB ballparks, which provides the data used in the live content applications on MLB.com, including At-Bat, Gameday and MLB.TV, real-time ...
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 02:45 PM | 15 comment(s)
Yesterday was GLAAD Spirit Day, and most teams in Major League Baseball participated by tweeting and changing their logos to reflect their support for kids who are being bullied because of their sexuality (or their perceived sexuality):
.@MLB stands up against bullying and sticks up for LGBT youth by going purple for #SpiritDay: http://t.co/TwkBaTIgq2 pic.twitter.com/ChWcwPffQV
— MLB (@MLB) October 17, 2013
It was a small act on baseball’s part, but a meaningful one. And given ...
Abbott’s indomitable spirit has helped her rebound from the physical and emotional swings of losing part of her leg. She has three prosthetic devices and is in the process of acclimating to a fourth—an Oscar Pistorius blade-like attachment that will allow her to return to running.
During her time in the hospital, Abbott met a young boy from Rhode Island who was suffering from epilepsy. She encountered the boy’s mother at a baseball game in Newport, R.I., later in the summer when she was ...
Wait, don’t you go to Disneyland when you WIN the World Series? Self-righteousness was never so self-defeating.
“Yet here, where Clydesdales still trot the field, the Cardinals are trying to preserve tradition.
The Dodgers are a personal affront to the Cardinals’ value system, and they’re going to do everything in their power to assure that style isn’t celebrated in the World Series.”
“The Cardinals’ mission is clear:
Beat the Dodgers, and send them back to Disneyland, where their ...Read More...
“Whenever the team was behind, Bobby would go through a couple Winston cigarettes between innings down there, he was so wound up about losing. He couldn’t take it – it got him so frustrated. Today, he was especially tight. No, scratch that – he was pissed, marching through the dugout, declaring ‘We’re not losing today,’ to all of us, ‘Not today.’”
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 09:44 AM | 29 comment(s)
Michael Shur, ex-Fire Joe Morgan resident and Parks and Recreation creator snuck in an easter egg in last night’s episode.
The fact is, however, that words don’t stand still. They evolve.
Fifty years ago the preferred, most respectful term for African Americans was Negro. The word appears 15 times in Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Negro replaced a long list of insulting words in common use during decades of public and legal discrimination.
And then, for complicated historical reasons (having to do with the black power and “black is beautiful” movements), usage changed. The preferred ...
Baseball fans have found myriad ways to display affection for their teams, on placards and bedsheets — and the occasional body part.
As opposed to Murray Chass On Baseball, of course.
I sometimes think the only person in the world who would take out a starter who is throwing a shutout, say, after 5 or 6 innings when facing the order for the 3rd or even 4th time, is me. For example, in the NLCS game 4, Lynn, the Cardinals starter, came out to pitch the 5th inning in a close game. No one thought anything of it; however he was facing the batting order for the 3rd time, and he wasn’t even pitching a shutout. He had allowed 2 ...
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 05:27 AM | 26 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, October 18, 1913:
Too much is being made of the world’s champions, the Philadelphia Americans, in the opinion of Adrian C. Anson, who declared today that his old Chicago pennant winning team of a quarter century ago could easily have defeated the present title holders.
“None of the pitchers of today can equal such men as Clarkson, Goldsmith, Larry Cochran [sic] and Charley Ferguson.”
Former Captain Anson likewise declined to acknowledge that such fielders as Cobb or ...
Danny Salazardoz (Dan Lee)
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 05:26 AM | 12 comment(s)
Weee! I’m reminded of the old “Sacramental Phlegmbread” vs. “The Cyril Delevanti Scattarang” punk zine war!
The area has proved a perfect breeding ground for independent fan-based publications.
Boston Baseball has reigned supreme on the streets surrounding Fenway Park as the most-read independent Boston Red Sox program of the last two decades. Challengers as high and mighty as The Boston Globe have tried to dethrone publisher Mike Rutstein’s operation, but none have succeeded.
This season, a ...
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 04:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
“It looked like a cirtcus ole act!”
All David Ortiz could do was smile and clap his hands. Max Scherzer laughed. The legend of Jose Iglesias’ defensive mastery seems to grow with each game.
After making some of the best defensive plays in the Majors throughout the regular season, Iglesias, the Tigers’ shortstop, added to his reputation by taking away a third-inning single from Ortiz with a remarkable over-the-shoulder grab in shallow left field.
“That was a tough play,” Ortiz said. “But I’ve ...
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 04:24 AM | 93 comment(s)
And it’s not fit for our baseball society!
It’s now an even 10 years since Michael Lewis’ book made Moneyball a big item on the sports pages and gave Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, its chief exponent, what may become a permanent place in baseball history.
Nerds love it, and over the years, as other teams picked it up, it’s seemed to pay off magnificently. But it’s also drained the game of color. You could even say that for the fan in the stands who doesn’t know his ...
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 03:52 AM | 64 comment(s)
Prince: Bust. Judge. Dread.
Prince Fielder’s paltry postseason offensive production in relation to his massive contract might serve as the death knell to teams committing substantial dollars over substantial time for one-dimensional power hitters.
Let these numbers fester in your head for a while: Fielder’s career postseason batting average is .199 and he has a 17-game streak without driving in a run. He’s impatiently giving away at-bats, too often swinging at the first pitch rather ...
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 03:38 AM | 37 comment(s)
One game, but it’s a big one:
Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cardinals (Wacha), 8:30 ET, TBS. Game 6, Cardinals lead 3-2, advance to World Series with win.
Posted: October 18, 2013 at 12:13 AM | 469 comment(s)
Thursday, October 17, 2013
UPDATE: Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the White Sox and Abreu have a deal, pending a physical. He’ll receive a six-year, $68 million deal, confirming Rosenthal’s original report.
10:36 p.m. ET: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the Rangers will not sign Abreu. He also hears that the White Sox are the favorites.
9:32 p.m. ET: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that despite the Rangers’ interest, the White Sox are still expected to land Abreu.
9:15 p.m. ET: ...
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM | 25 comment(s)
Which superhero would most dominate sports? Who would be best suited for which positions? These hotly-debated questions have existed since Batman, Superman, and Robin played various sports on the covers of World’s Finest Comics throughout World War II.
The debate becomes intractable, though, on a number of questions: Would Superman be able to throw out the Flash on a close play second? Is turning green and ripping out of shorts a side effect of PEDs? Would regulation equipment cause a “Man ...
The old OT College Football thread got closed without anybody making a replacement. Figured I’d do that before the big games started.
Link is to an LA Times preview of the biggest game of the weekend, UCLA at Stanford.
This issue of the Digest arrived in a 12-pack with the rest of the 1972 issues, and the way statistics were generally treated throughout the volume is similar to what I’ve seen in other baseball publications from the 1970s and 1980s. For hitters, three statistics and three statistics only were necessary: batting average, home runs and RBI. For example, in team previews, players were often mentioned with their previous season statistics in parenthesis like so: “the highly talented but ...
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 05:11 PM | 12 comment(s)
So much for going the length…
The Texas Rangers have announced that Nolan Ryan will be retiring as the team’s CEO, effective October 31, 2013.
This does not, I suspect, come as a shock to those who followed the drama from earlier this year, when word came out that Jon Daniels had been made president of baseball operations for the Rangers, and would have final authority on all baseball matters.
Stories at the time indicated that Ryan was unhappy over losing his title of president of baseball ...
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 03:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred is on the witness list for Alex Rodriguez’s appeal of his 211-game suspension in the Biogenesis probe, a person familiar with the process said Wednesday.
Manfred is the league’s representative on the three-person panel overseeing the arbitration process, but he has no say in the final decision made by chief arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who can uphold the suspension, overturn it or reduce it…
Rodriguez’s attorneys are likely to ...
“Baseball-reference.com rates Jim Piersall as the most similar player to Dave Martinez. He would need to be equally crazy to take the Cubs Manager gig.”
Someone is going to accept the position as manager of the Chicago Cubs because team president Theo Epstein is going to offer enough money to make it difficult to refuse, but that person should know walking through the door that a promising career as a big league manager will end two years from now when the Cubs feel they are ready to compete. ...
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM | 43 comment(s)
With talented 21-year-old Xander Bogaerts on the bench, Farrell has one card he can play. He acknowledged last night that Bogaerts was under consideration but didn’t say for what position…
Then the question is which player to bench, Drew or Middlebrooks? Drew is 3 for 28 in the postseason and Middlebrooks 4 for 23. Facing Anibal Sanchez, Drew is 5 for 22 and Middlebrooks 0 for 2. Neither one of them did much against him in Game 1, although Drew did walk. Middlebrooks has more power but ...
heat was on?
As a St. Louis Cardinals fan, I don’t even have a decent response for this. I mean, I love fan-made sports team anthems in an ironic way, because 99% of songs and/or videos recorded for the sake of “supportin’ the team, bro” are typically unintentionally hilarious, but this one? I have no clue what was supposed to come of “The Chase is On.”
Maybe this was just intended to be an art house comedy viral video or something so terrible that people would spread it just as ...
Freedom For The Centaur!
Hispanics Across America has launched a petition site aimed at “stopping the injustice” with respect to the 211-game suspension given to New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s supporters — led by HAA president Fernando Mateo — have come out in force for Rodriguez’s grievance hearing in Manhattan as the third baseman fights the ban related to Major League Baseball’s latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal. The new site, ...
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 09:27 AM | 23 comment(s)
There is some very interesting stuff here, including the comments. If this kind of stuff interests you as much as it interests me, I highly recommend you read the article. I also recommend the discussion on Tangotiger.net.
It’s a near-truism of sabermetrics that a marginal win costs around $5 million. If you get a two-win player for $8 million, that’s a bargain. If you get a one-win player for $6 million, that’s an overpay. In most corners of the analytical baseball world, player ...
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 09:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
value of a win
Lordy, why did Sammy Petrillo have to leave us so early…
We know what you’re wondering and, yes, he did manage to work in a chupacabra joke.
Though not shown in the video below, Ferrell introduced starting pitcher Zack Greinke as “today’s winning pitcher.” Granted, Greinke was the winning pitcher, but it sadly appears Ferrell still believes the pitcher win has value. SABR members everywhere who love “Anchorman” shed a tear and wept silently.
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 08:27 AM | 69 comment(s)
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