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Monday, August 18, 2014

WaPo, Boswell: Nationals’ success during stars’ down years shows team will contend for years to come

All fans want a team that might, somehow, win a World Series. But there is another baseball gift to a city, one that keeps giving cumulative pleasure, that competes with titles in its satisfaction. It’s the kind of sustainability that provides winning or contending teams for a decade, or in a few lucky cases, 20 years or more. Such marvels don’t just appear in New York or Los Angeles. Fans in St. Louis, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Oakland, Baltimore and others can tell about it, even if ...

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TerpNats Posted: August 18, 2014 at 01:48 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Nationals Sign Nate Schierholtz

Schier curation.

The Nationals have inked outfielder Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal, the club announced on Twitter. The left-handed-swinging 30-year-old was recently released by the Cubs, who will owe him the remainder of his $5MM salary — less whatever he earns in Washington (presumably, at the league-minimum rate).

Schierholtz has had a tough year thus far, posting a meager .192/.240/.300 line with six home runs over 341 plate appearances. But he entered the offseason coming off a ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 18, 2014 at 01:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: nate schierholtz, nationals, transactions

Ringolsby: Helton’s numbers stack up against the best

Percy Helton having a visor is one thing…Todd Helton having an adviser is another.

Hall of Fame type numbers?

“Obviously, that would be a great honor, but there’s nothing I can do about that,” he said. “You have the vote.”

Just one, he was told.

“Well,” he said with a smile, “put in a good word for me.”

...And here’s something else to consider.

As dominant as he was at Coors Field, Helton outplayed the bulk of Hall of Famers on the road.

There are 116 position players in the Hall of Fame ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, rockies

Steve Sax: “Nothing Wrong With Pedro Alvarez”

Sax - Alvarez: Soul to Soul.

“There’s nothing wrong with Pedro Alvarez. There’s nothing wrong his arm, there’s nothing wrong with his mind. He does not have a mental block,” Sax said. “What it is, it’s a confidence issue. Once he gets over that and gains his confidence back, he’ll be 100 percent outstanding like he was before.”

Pompeani asked Sax how he was able to fix things.

“I made every ground ball in practice like it was a game. So what I did was essentially I ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pirates

Lucroy drives in five runs as Brewers sweep Dodgers

The season series finale was a 7-2 Brewers rout on a sun-splashed Sunday at Dodger Stadium, with Lucroy logging five RBIs in the first two innings and Peralta working six scoreless innings to tie for the Major League lead with his 15th victory.

The National League Central-leading Brewers defeated the NL West-leading Dodgers five times in six games over a span of 10 days, with Dodgers aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke starting four of the games for Los Angeles. The Brewers took two of three ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 18, 2014 at 08:01 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan lucroy, los angeles dodgers, milwaukee

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-18-2014

[New York] Evening World, August 18, 1914:

After yesterday’s accident it is likely that spectators will stop the very dangerous practice of throwing balls from the stand directly to the plate. Some one threw a ball from the stand during the latter part of the second game that struck Catcher Nunamaker on the head, while his back was turned, and knocked him senseless. The ball was thrown with great force too. It is believed that the shot was intended for Umpire Chill, who had the fans “on him” all ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 18, 2014 at 07:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, les nunamaker, ollie chill

OMNICHATTER 8-18-2014

The blown-save OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 18, 2014 at 12:52 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gammons Notes - 8/17/14

PLEASE, please, please tell me Selig didn’t make people watch him poop.

There is no question Rob Manfred can be a very good commissioner, as Tim Brosnan would have been, and so would Bob Iger had baseball been willing to look outside their house…

Manfred is not going to have the hammer [Bud] Selig held over owners, and utilized like Lyndon Baines Johnson. Which is why, as the storm fronts collide between now and 2016, he needs Bill DeWitt to hold together the center. DeWitt was approached early ...

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Xander Bogaerts’ growing pains at shortstop proving costly

I guess it could be worse. He could have gangrene on his face.

Much was made after the Red Sox‘ 8-1 loss to the Astros Sunday over a single ruling at second base that proved to be a game-changer.

With two on and one out in the top of the second inning, Marwin Gonzalez hit a ground ball that was fielded by Xander Bogaerts at short for what appeared to be a routine double play.

Bogaerts ran to second [and] threw to first… Astros manager Bo Porter challenged that the ball left Bogaerts’ ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Jedd Gyorko sets a very sad Padres record

The Padres have never thrown a no-hitter. Not a single Padres hitter in history has ever hit for the cycle. They’ve gone to two World Series, had one MVP winner (Tony Gwynn never won an MVP award, for the record) and yet they’ve never had a second baseman hit over 30 home runs. In an entire San Diego CAREER.

THAT ALL CHANGED YESTERDAY, THANKS TO SECOND-YEAR PLAYER HAMMERIN’ JEDD GYORKO.

NattyBoh Posted: August 17, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jedd gyorko, offense, padres, records

Can Wilmer Flores turn out to be a success story at shortstop for Mets?

Oh, I love it when we sign pricey, big-bopping outfielders! Great track record.

[Wilmer] Flores will never be a great defensive shortstop, but the Mets hope the 23-year-old will hit enough for his bat to carry his glove.

Or, as manager Terry Collins put it Saturday night: “You’re not going to make Wilmer Flores into [Andrelton] Simmons. He’s not going to be that kind of player.”... But he’s younger and can come cheaper than… potential free agents. He is a lot cheaper than Troy Tulowitzki, who ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 17, 2014 at 07:07 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Here’s Derek Jeter’s face in a 5-acre N.J. corn maze

There are two different paths you can take through the Jeter maze. The first is shorter, and includes an anti-bullying message from Spookley the pumpkin. The longer route is for the more adventurous types, and it might take an hour to get through the words “THANKS CAPTAIN CLUTCH” or Jeter’s No. 2 on a pinstripe background.

NattyBoh Posted: August 17, 2014 at 04:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, retirement tour, yankees

Bill James Mailbag - 8/8/14 - 8/17/14

Could we get Elway wrestling, Eisenhower playing quarterback, and Randy Savage as Supreme Allied Commander?

Is there any systematic account available of the changes over the years in player movement and roster utilization, both team to team and majors to minors, both the rules governing this stuff and the actual practices? I know in general terms that things have changed immensely since I was a newbie baseball fan about the same time you were. The tipping point for me came in 2010 when I ...

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OT August 2014:  Wrassle Mania I

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about wrasslin’, but with their own thread, they won’t detract from what this site is really about:  the demographic appeal of Swisher Sweets and Grant Brisbee’s taste in porn.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 17, 2014 at 01:15 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: off-topic, wrasslin', wrestling

Chris Sale integrating ‘word of the start’ into each postgame media session

“At first, we were trying to get the whole team in on it,” Sale said. “That seemed to be kind of hard. I was the only one who stuck with it.”

Adam Dunn and John Danks actually were in on that first word, which was “indubitably,” for the record, coming after his start on April 6 in Kansas City. But from that point on, Johnson has become the “brains of the operation,” and Sale stands as the “puppet.”

Good cripple hitter Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, humour, white sox

Jerry Lumpe Dies

RIP, Jerry Lumpe, KC A’s stalwart.

Vrhovnik Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, history, kansas city, tigers, yankees

Mike Lupica: Time for Mets ace Matt Harvey to grow up

Dude, share the Increlex.

One of these days, Matt Harvey needs to remember — and that probably means before he hurts his arm again — that his job is to be a star young baseball pitcher, not some sort of needy celebrity who acts as if he gets the bends when he is out of the spotlight for very long.

Understand something: The Mets need Harvey a lot more than he needs them, as long as he comes all the way back from Tommy John surgery and pitches for them the way Stephen Strasburg is now ...

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Repoz Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tom Werner On State Of MLB: ‘You Wouldn’t Make A 3 1/2 Hour Movie’

Werner Brother: The Longest Most Meaningless Game in the World.

Among the many changes that Werner has in mind, he stressed the importance of pace when talking about the current state of baseball.

“Too many people are leaving games in the sixth and seventh innings because they can’t watch 3½-hour games, so they’re leaving the game at the point where the game should be getting exciting,” Werner told reporters, via the Boston Globe. “You wouldn’t make a 3 1/2-hour movie.”

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Repoz Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, red sox

OMNICHATTER 8-17-2014

Omnichatter is not recommended for children under 5.

Gamingboy Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:29 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yankees Fans to Pass Through Metal Detectors Before MLB Mandate

“...Starting with a homestand next week, fans at select Yankee Stadium entrances will go through metal detectors, according to an e-mailed statement. The team is asking fans to budget extra time for the added security…”

NattyBoh Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, yankees

Joe Maddon rips Rays fans for cheering Derek Jeter

Far from the Maddon crowd.

Everybody at Tropicana Field seemed to love cheering for Derek Jeter. Except Rays’ manager Joe Maddon.

Maddon blasted Rays fans for rooting for the retiring 40-year-old captain after the Yankees beat them, 3-2, on Saturday. Jeter also came up with the game-winning hit, a top-of-the-ninth RBI single that put New York ahead for good.

“Yeah it’s great,” Maddon said. “It’s great that it’s sold out. And I understand that the people like Derek Jeter. But you’ve got to ...

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Repoz Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:19 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, yankees

A Mound Becomes a Summit:  Mo’ne Davis Dominates at Little League World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An unmistakable electricity ran through Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Friday as a team from Pennsylvania faced a team from Tennessee on the second day of the Little League World Series.

Outside the stadium, fans and family members were enjoying a pleasant afternoon. But inside, there was the energy of championship Sunday, a sense of expectation that went beyond partisan cheering. Something special was happening.

Mo’ne Davis was on the mound for the first time since ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general, little league

Retrosheet: Soper-Understanding The Value of the Next Run. Why Sabermetricians Are Wrong and Traditional Baseball is Right

By focusing solely on runs scored and not on winning baseball games sabermetricians miss the impact the context of scoring has on the value of a run.

“A hitter’s job is to create runs for his team” The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Bill James is wrong. He is wrong on a fundamental concept of baseball.

For example, if the lead-off hitter in an inning reaches 1st the team is expected to score .941 runs that inning. If he steals 2nd the expected run total increases to 1.17. If he ...

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McCoy Posted: August 16, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Replay can’t help Padres after confusing play at plate against Cardinals

But that’s what replay is for — to sort it all out. After a review lasting 4 minutes and 9 seconds, Davidson relayed the news: Amarista was still out. Black couldn’t believe it.

So this is where replay has led us.  Davidson barely makes a call.  He seemingly has no idea what happened and is pretty much on his way to the headset as soon as the play is over.  Everyone stands around while they watch replays that can’t definitively settle the issue.  So they stick with the original ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 16, 2014 at 04:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: like really sucks, replay sucks

Rays’ surge continues, grab a bit of history in the process

With a 5-0 shutout win over the Yankees tonight, the Rays at long last returned to .500 at 61-61. As the Rays’ Twitter notes, they have become the fourth team in baseball history to reach .500 after falling at least 18 games below .500, joining the 1899 Louisville Colonels, the 2004 Devil Rays, and the 2006 Marlins.

I guess I’m not sure what to make of this not happening for 105 years and then happening three times since.  And all with the no budget Florida teams.  Maybe playing around ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 16, 2014 at 03:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: joe maddon, rays, records

There’s cause for concern with A’s, but let’s not go overboard

So is it time to worry? Probably. Panic? Nah.
...
Here are the slash lines, followed by runs per game by month:

March/April: .261/.351/.412; 5.26 RPG
May: .239/.326/.421; 5.07
June: .261/.326/.383; 5.08
July: .251/.307/.403; 4.52
August: .229/.301/.333; 3.73

In this age of screaming clickbate at every turn, I admire an article that has the courage to announce: ‘Y’know, it’s probably nothing’.

The Angels are within one.  Their game with the Rangers tonight was a good example of ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 16, 2014 at 03:47 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, offense counts too

Wheeler continues impressive run as Campbell’s HR pushes Mets past Cubs

Wheeler went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out 10. It was his third career game with 10 or more strikeouts and first since notching 10 against the Marlins on April 25.

Wheeler came out with the 3-2 lead after issuing a two-out walk to Chris Coghlan in the seventh, yielding after 120 pitches to Black who fanned Javier Baez for the last out in the frame.

Over his last nine starts, Wheeler is 5-0 and has pitched 58 innings to a 2.02 ERA.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

OMNICHATTER 8-16-14

The Royals-Are-Still-In-First-Place OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, August 15, 2014

Yasiel Puig accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness and challenges Carlos Gomez of the Brewers

Uh oh, Brian McCann might block Gomez’ path to the ice water.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gomez, yasiel puig

Corey Kluber has rain to thank for rise to game’s elite

I bless the rain down in… Columbus???

Rain showers had washed away Triple-A Columbus’ pregame plan, and Corey Kluber retreated to the confines of a cage to complete his workout. With rain falling and nothing but time on his hands, the pitcher decided to have some fun with the mound session.

Kluber fired his customary four-seam fastball, but he then started working in a two-seam sinker every few pitches. Ruben Niebla, who was Columbus’ pitching coach during that 2011 season, liked what he saw ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 06:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

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