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Friday, September 16, 2011

LSU baseball: Former LSU baseball player Terry Belle killed in car accident

Former LSU baseball player Terry Belle, twin brother of former Tiger Albert “Joey” [Belle] died in a car accident last Saturday in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Belle, 45, earned three letters from 1985-88 and played on LSU’s first two College World Series teams. He batted .276 in 135 career games with 11 homers and 65 RBI.

Belle’s two children were in the car with him at the time of the accident, but were apparently unharmed. RIP.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 16, 2011 at 03:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: college, obituaries


Plunkett: Angels’ Abreu endures his toughest season

No need to call Nomar…Bobby Abreu is not under water!

“There’s not a player that’s 37 that has the same skill set they had 10 years ago,” Scioscia said. “Everybody in that room, as you play major league seasons, there’s a wear and tear on your body that will erode some things that you did easier 10 years ago.

“Every player that comes up gets better to a certain point and then there are diminishing returns. … There are guys whose skill sets are in decline that are off the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 16, 2011 at 03:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history, projections, sabermetrics

AL Wildcard race: September 15, 2011

BOS 86-63 [3-11 in SEPT]
TBR 83-66 [9-5 in SEPT] (3 GB)
LAA 82-67 [9-4 in SEPT] (4 GB)

Angels back in for the moment (4 games without any HTH matchups is really about as far out as I want to take it at this stage)

MLB.com: Rays ride three homers to trim Wild Card deficit

A broken-bat single got the karma moving in the Rays’ direction Thursday night in a 9-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

By winning, Tampa Bay (83-66) whittled Boston’s (86-63) lead for the American League Wild Card spot ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 16, 2011 at 02:09 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rays, red sox

Cue the ‘Sandman’: Mariano, song synonymous

Attending the Padres’ run to the World Series in San Diego back in 1998, members of the Yankees’ upper brass saw how enthusiastically the crowd reacted when Hoffman entered to AC/DC’s “Hells Bells.”

“The Yankees executives who were there saw the great entrance and said, ‘Wow, we need something like that for Mo,’” Bonner said.

Bonner started with the team in 1999, so among the first orders issued to him and scoreboard assistant Joe Pullia were to find a suitable song that would accompany ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 16, 2011 at 02:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Catching up with ... Barry Bonnell

11:11! The universe is made of vibrating double B, double R, double N, double L energy!.....I can’t wait to disappear!

These days, writing is Bonnell’s iron in the fire. He has several projects either completed or in some stage of development. “I kind of work on what is yanking my chain at the moment,” he said via an email interview this week.

Bonnell said he’s about midway through a book he believes “will revolutionize hitting instruction.” But he’s spending most of his time on ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 11:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: books, fantasy baseball, history

Marlins player cut after flight attendant incident

The Marlins cut outfielder Mike Cameron late Monday night for conduct detrimental to the team. Two sources on Wednesday gave the reason: Cameron got into a verbal altercation with a flight attendant on the team’s charter flight from Pittsburgh to Atlanta on Sunday.

The altercation did not turn physical, but the charter company filed a complaint. The Marlins’ front office believed it could not keep Cameron after the incident.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 15, 2011 at 09:35 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

Team USA World Cup and PanAm squad announced

The Full Roster, which is made up entirely of people from AAA and AA, can be seen here.

Gamingboy Posted: September 15, 2011 at 09:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: international

DJF: Keith Law on Scouts, Ricciardi and his Departure

This prompted an email to Baseball Today from The Common Man, whose great work you’ve surely seen at Getting Blanked, asking how Law’s opinion of scouting had evolved from his years in the business as the Jays’ stats guy to now. Here is what he said:

When Michael interviewed me for Moneyball—there was one long interview in particular in my office in Toronto; I can still picture where he sat, where I sat—this was 2002. I was 28 or 29, less than a year into my job with the Blue Jays, which was ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 09:06 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, sabermetrics, scouting

Logan Morrison files grievance

NEW YORK—Florida Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison has filed a grievance against his team for what he believes was a wrongful demotion last month.

Morrison, 24, was sent to the minors Aug. 13, shortly after hitting third in the batting order in a game that night. At the time, the Marlins told Morrison the demotion was for baseball reasons—citing his “.240s” batting average as the reason for the demotion.

But hours before the game, Morrison had skipped a team meet-and-greet with ...

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shoewizard Posted: September 15, 2011 at 08:27 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

Rosenthal: Ozzie: Going, going . . .

How rapidly is Ozzie Guillen’s situation deteriorating with the White Sox?

Two weeks ago, a source with knowledge of Guillen’s thinking estimated that the manager was 95 percent certain to return to the White Sox next season.

Over the weekend, the source dropped the odds to 50-50. And on Thursday, he reduced them further, to 10 percent.

The White Sox have not acted on Guillen’s desire for a contract extension. Guillen, meanwhile, was sharply critical of his players after a 6-5 loss to ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 05:22 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Kernan: Move Rivera ahead of Mantle on Yankees’ all-time list

GOINK! I haven’t laughed this hard since Curly Joe DeRita said The New 3 Stooges (w/ Mousie Garner and Frank Mitchell) were better than the original 3 Stooges!

Mariano Rivera is much more than the greatest closer of all time. Put him right up there with the greatest Yankees of all time. This is baseball’s most hallowed ground, and Rivera is part of the Yankees’ Fantastic Five in my all-time record book.

You have to start with Babe Ruth; forever he will be No. 1. The Iron Horse Lou Gehrig, ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 02:28 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, yankees

Reds Opening Day conflicts with Good Friday

Traditions will collide in Cincinnati on April 6, 2012.

That’s Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds, a longstanding unofficial holiday here when offices empty and Reds-clad baseball fans rejoice in parades, optimism and ballpark hot dogs.

It’s also Good Friday, when the 19-county Archdiocese of Greater Cincinnati marks the solemn day when Christ was crucified by praying on the steps of Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mount Adams, going to services and fasting.

“That cuts out ballpark ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 02:25 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, reds

Polito: Yankees’ Mariano Rivera is second only to Babe Ruth in franchise history

Just when I thought O’Connell’s Hoffman’s 600-saves weren’t legit or something would top the day…along comes…

One set the standard for any home run hitter to follow. The other has done the same for the modern closer. If true greatness is the ability to separate one’s self from everyone else, then no two players in Yankees history have done that better than the slugger and the closer.

Joe DiMaggio was great. But so was Mickey Mantle, the man who replaced him in the Yankee Stadium outfield. ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 01:00 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, yankees

Daugherty: What is the vision of the Reds?

“If thine eye offends thee… pluck it out!”

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By the way, what is the vision for tomorrow?

It doesn’t involve Renteria, Hernandez and quite possibly Willis. It might involve Francisco Cordero. It might not. It could involve Alonso and Joey Votto, one or both. It might include Heisey, it might not.

It could mean Aroldis Chapman resurrecting his career as a starting pitcher, after a wasted year in 2011. It might include Scott Rolen, invaluable last year, invisible this year. Can the Reds ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, reds

MLB.com: Johnny Cueto exits early against Cubs with injury

Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto made an early exit from his outing vs. the Cubs on Wednesday with a strained right lat muscle and will be examined again [Thursday].

During the top of the fourth inning, Cueto was rubbing his right arm after retiring leadoff batter Carlos Pena on a line out to second base.

...

“He just said he felt a little something but was OK,” said Baker. “Then I saw him grimace a couple of times after he threw a couple of pitches. He threw one 94 to Soriano and then a ...

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Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2011 at 09:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, reds

Breaking Down the Struggles of Tyler Matzek

A mechanical look at the young Rockies prospect…

There are a few of noticeable differences — the hand placement at the start of the wind-up, the arm action, the stride…but the change that jumps out at me the most is how Matzek has turned from a pitcher with a fast tempo — defined as the number of frames from the top of a pitcher’s leg lift to the point of release — to one of a deliberate, slow pace — painfully slow in fact.

NoVaO Posted: September 15, 2011 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, rockies, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-15-2011

Toledo News-Bee, September 15, 1911:

Battle Creek probably for the first time in league records had not one paid admission to Thursday’s Jackson-Battle Creek game.  It was called off “on account of rain.”  It did not rain nor was the dust even dampened, but a mile and a half away, where fans waited to take the trolley cars a miniature cyclone threatened.

I think it’s safe to say it was so quiet at the ballpark you could hear Crickets chirping.

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: September 15, 2011 at 08:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, miami

Dodgers’ starter Kershaw, Mattingly ejected

Is that even parralegal?

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and manager Don Mattingly have been ejected from a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kershaw was tossed in the sixth inning Wednesday night after his inside pitch struck Arizona’s Gerardo Parra on the right elbow. Mattingly rushed out of the dugout to argue with home plate umpire Bill Welke, while Kershaw and catcher Rod Barajas joined the verbal fray.

Kershaw left the game with a 2-0 lead, having allowed one ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 03:51 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, dodgers, game recaps

Hyde: A word for the new Marlins: Pujols

Had me until “very underrated Emilio Bonifacio”...when some welcome Severe Gluteal Discomfort rose up.

And this isn’t a cry for the Marlins to sign any big star. It’s this particular star. It’s what Pujols brings to the table that no one else does. Let’s go down the list:

1. He’d anchor a lineup that would suddenly look imposing with Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison and the very underrated Emilio Bonifacio.

2. At 32 next year, he’d bring the veteran professionalism this team ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 03:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media, miami

McKeon irked with Nolasco after loss to Braves

Flips seven-day pill box hat!

He directed his more pointed comments toward starter Ricky Nolasco (10-11). He held the Braves scoreless on two hits through six innings only to watch them come back for a 4-1 victory, largely on ex-Marlin Alex Gonzalez’s three-run homer.

...“You can’t let .220 hitters take care of you all the time,” said McKeon, who watched Gonzalez go 8-for-11 in the series. “That’s what’s killed us. You have to be able to close those guys out when you got two strikes. And the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 15, 2011 at 02:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, game recaps, miami

AL West race: September 14, 2011

TEX 85-64 [8-4 in SEPT]
LAA 82-67 [9-4 in SEPT] (3 GB)

MLB.com: Eight-run fourth helps Rangers maintain lead

The Rangers scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and cruised to a 9-1 win against the Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Wednesday.

MLB.com: Trumbo helps Halos keep pressure on Texas

Mark Trumbo hasn’t exactly embraced the charms of the Oakland Coliseum this season, but he vented in constructive fashion on Wednesday in steering Angels ace Jered Weaver toward a ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 15, 2011 at 01:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

AL Wildcard: September 14, 2011

BOS 86-62 [3-10 in SEPT]
TBR 82-66 [8-5 in SEPT] (4 GB)

MLB.com: Bard’s struggles continue in loss to Jays

[Daniel Bard’s] recent woes continued as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 5-4. Bard came on with a 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth, and the Jays stormed back for three runs, two of which were earned.

MLB.com: Rays miss chance to gain in Wild Card race

Chris Davis put the Orioles in front with a three-run homer off Rays starter Wade Davis in the fourth, and the O’s went on to beat the ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 15, 2011 at 01:30 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rays, red sox

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: K-Rod doesn’t back off comments

A day after telling a national baseball columnist that “he wasn’t fine” with the lack of save opportunities he’s had since the Milwaukee Brewers traded for him in July, Francisco Rodriguez didn’t back off his comments when asked about them earlier this afternoon.

“I wasn’t lying,” he said. “There’s been plenty of save opportunities, and I’ve pitched once in the ninth inning and it wasn’t a save. I’m not happy. That’s the bottom line for me. They told me one thing; they haven’t done ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 15, 2011 at 01:11 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Alfonzo suspended 100 games for PED use

Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo became the first player to receive a 100-game suspension for a second positive test under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the Commissioner’s Office announced Wednesday.

Alfonzo, 32, was suspended for 50 games on April 30, 2008, while a member of the Giants. At the time of that suspension, Alfonzo said he did not knowingly take a performance-enhancing substance, but took medicine for bronchitis in his native Venezuela.

WADA ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

Bay Area Sports Guy: Giants’ win overshadowed as executive committee forces out Bill Neukom

  Neukom’s own falling-out with the Giants’ executive committee, say the baseball sources, began over how to spend the additional millions that flowed into team coffers following the World Series championship. For example, one source says that beginning last October, the Giants’ merchandising revenue alone has increased by $1.5 million to $2 million per month over previous years. Ticket sales also boomed. The Giants have effectively sold out every game this season.

  Neukom, it is ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: September 15, 2011 at 12:26 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants

Pro baseball (in Korea) turns 30 with record 6 million fans this season

Confucius called a man aged 30 to be in “time for independence in study.” If pro baseball, which marked its 30th anniversary this year, were humans, it would be time to establish the base for independence in study.

At this juncture, the league ushered in the era of six million fans for the first time.

A cumulative 5,996,278 people went to baseball stadiums this season through Monday, just 3,722 shy of six million but the mark was expected to be set Tuesday.

This figure represents a ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 15, 2011 at 12:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Moviefone: ‘Moneyball’ Writer Michael Lewis Reviews Keith Law’s ‘Moneyball’ Pan

Why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you selected?

“Billy [Beane] called me and said Keith Law had sent him his review. I looked at it and I thought, What’s he talking about?” Lewis told Moviefone earlier on Wednesday. “It’s very weird that he’s on this. He’s intellectually dishonest, and I don’t know to what purpose.”

In his review, Law comes down hard on what the film cites as “Bill James bullsh-t” (James was the father of sabermetrics, the statical engine that drove Beane during ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: September 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM | 282 comment(s)
  Beats: reviews

Posnanski: The Meaning Of 600 Saves

Damn…just as I’ve been working on Dotel: The Meaning Of 400 Blows Saves.

I don’t think so. I really do think baseball has been dramatically altered by a statistic invented by a perturbed sportswriter. Let’s end this thing with one more thought about Rivera. He is the best relief pitcher who ever lived. But he’s also a failed starter. Baseball is such a fickle game. When I think of Rivera setting the save record, I think about how PERFECTLY he fits his era, his space, his team, his role. ...

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Repoz Posted: September 14, 2011 at 09:35 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, sabermetrics, special topics

Rays rookie dress-up - the picture is the story

As hellodes points out…“Imagine these guys snapping at your heels, their hot breath on your necks.”

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It’s hard to add any words to explain this, as the Rays had their rookies (and a few others who hadn’t spent a full year in the majors such as Sam Fuld) get dressed up in costumes for today’s trip to Baltimore. From the left, that’s Brandon Guyer, Jose Lobaton, Cesar Ramos, Russ Canzler, Jeremy Hellickson, asst. trainer Mark Vinson, advance scout Mike Calitri, Sam Fuld, Desmond Jennings, ...

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Repoz Posted: September 14, 2011 at 09:30 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, rays

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