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Saturday, October 11, 2014
The total package is here for a #2 starter. An efficient delivery from a brick wall of a human being, two plus or better pitches and a third average pitch with signs of Major League pitchability. Unless the control hiccups are a harbinger of things to come (something that I’ll be on the lookout for the rest of the month here) I think he’ll be just fine.
The sources would not identify the three candidates, but a report by USA Today listed four finalists for the position: Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale, Cleveland first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Diamondbacks Triple-A manager Phil Nevin and former major-league manager Jim Tracy. Sources would not confirm nor deny the names in the report.
The personification of this Royals team is a busted prospect who made himself into a star turning a fastball that catches too much of the plate into a trophy for the right-field seats.
LCS DAY 2: Electric Boogaloo.
4 PM: ALCS GAME 2, Royals (Ventura) at Orioles (Not Available At Submission Time Due To Showalter Secrecy), TBS, Royals lead 1-0
8 PM: NLCS GAME 1, Giants (Bumgarner) at Cardinals (Wainwright), FOX (w/“Just a Bit Outside” simulcast on FS1). Series, obviously, tied at 0.
May the Baby Walrus watch over you and provide comfort during your angst.
Posted: October 11, 2014 at 01:02 AM | 536 comment(s)
Friday, October 10, 2014
In an offseason in which baseball has committed itself to speeding up the pace of games, several players told ESPN.com this week that players want “a voice” in this process and they’re concerned that, so far at least, no one except the players’ union has asked them what they thought.
“Players are very interested in being involved in these discussions,” veteran pitcher Kevin Slowey said. “We just want to be part of a collaborative effort to address these issues. And we want to ...
Posted: October 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM | 80 comment(s)
Anyway, he’s still in good shape.
“It was well played,” John Rocker says, walking down the steps with the Idol in his pocket. “I enjoyed myself and was happy to have the opportunity,” John says…
I just can’t see voting John Rocker out at this stage in the season, other than to avoid awkward moments at mixed tribe social events. If you go along with John, he’s always a bigger target than you are, no matter who you happen to be. He’s always the person who will be viewed as the bigger threat or ...
“I’m tired of talking about 1985, I really am,” he says. “I am sick and tired of it. You know? You can only look in the past for so long.”
George Brett is awesome.
Posted: October 10, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
Major League Baseball’s division series action proved that big payrolls and star power can be overrated, while leaving plenty of managerial roadkill in its wake. Judging from the always measured and thoughtful public sentiment on Twitter, Brad Ausmus has no clue how to run a bullpen, Don Mattingly’s ability to make bad decisions knows no bounds, and Matt Williams isn’t equipped to run a convenience store, never mind a team with World Series aspirations.
United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 10, 1914:
Continuing their whirlwind play, George Stallings’ Boston Braves annexed the second game of the world’s series from Connie Mack’s Athletics.
The Braves had dug up an additional mascot. A young man dressed in a brilliant red costume, such as picture books and stage Inians wear, was on the job at the Boston bench. He was adorned with war feathers and what appeared to be some unfortunate horse’s tail, hung down over his shoulders.
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: October 10, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
Sorry, the idea that the Dodgers might be entertaining trading Puig isn’t as crazy as some people are suggesting. Everybody knows the Dodgers have extra outfielders. Last year the Dodgers juggled Kemp/Puig/Crawford/Ethier. They also had Scott Van Slyke contributing nicely. In the minors they have Joc Pederson seemingly ready. On top of that Alex Guerrero put up a .978 OPS in the minors last year. They clearly have an logjam in the outfield. Now, I’m sure they would much rather trade one of ...Read More...
Posted: October 10, 2014 at 07:35 AM | 128 comment(s)
Maybe Don Mattingly isn’t a big poopy head.
4 wins to the World Series!
American League Championship Series, Game 1 (Best of 7)
Kansas City Royals (Shields) at Baltimore Orioles (Tillman), 8 PM, TBS
Posted: October 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 855 comment(s)
Thursday, October 09, 2014
“Hi everyone. I’m Major League Umpire, Joe West.”
Some good info on their methods and philosophies.
On methodology and valuation: “When you talk about our methodology, it’s not rocket science. It’s more, ‘Find a reliable metric; see what’s worked in the past and use it as a guide going forward.’ As a scouting director, I need to be disciplined to implement it and sell it to our department of scouts, who might not always agree with what we think the optimal decision is.
“Basically, we translate every piece of available ...
Posted: October 09, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 5 comment(s)
st. louis cardinals
Today’s workout at Camden Yards will include an announcement that the Orioles have reached agreement with shortstop J.J. Hardy on a contract extension, according to an industry source.
Hardy, 32, was a pending free agent. Expected negotiations weren’t held during spring training and the sides agreed to hold off discussions during the regular season.
Hardy’s extension covers the next three seasons. FOX Sports is reporting that the value is north of $40 million.
BY [EXHAUSTED POST SPORTS BEAT WRITER]
Amid the spent cups and discarded [PIECES OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT] strewn around the [WASHINGTON SPORTS TEAM] locker room were a pile of fractured hopes, attempts at rationalization and general bewilderment.
Another promising [SPORT] season came to a premature end last night as the [WASHINGTON SPORTS FRANCHISE] fell to the [TEAM WITH A WORSE REGULAR SEASON RECORD], eliminating them from the playoffs.
United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 9, 1914:
George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, appeased his desire for punching some one’s head today, when a fan became overserious in expressing his praise of the Athletics in Stallings’ presence. The unlucky fan was P.J. Callahan, who wore a tourist badge.
“We’ll show them,” chortled Callahan, kidding the Brave players in the lobby of the Majestic hotel. Then he ambled over to Stallings and repeated. Stallings grabbed Callahan and threw him ...
If they are looking for good chemistry in the clubhouse, maybe the Dodgers should exchange Colletti for Kevin Towers.
Good luck trying to get a solid read on the mood of the current team, or Mattingly’s ability to manage the egos. During the season, Dodgers people spoke of a deep disconnect among the players, the old “25 cabs for 25 guys” syndrome and a lack of chemistry.
“I don’t think that’s how you win a championship,” said one Dodgers person.
But team chemistry is highly ...
The Royals were originally believed only to have a shot to keep Shields if they went far in the playoffs, but sources say the team informed Shields’ agent Page Odle way back around the trade deadline—well before their amazing postseason run, which will bolster their revenues big-time—that they would indeed make an effort to keep him with a multiyear deal.
Seeing the headline and the byline I would have bet anything that Shields was a Boras client but apparently not.
Anyway, Shields ...Read More...
Ken Rosenthal ✔ @Ken_Rosenthal
Feeling among number of #Dodgers people is that GM Colletti is on hot seat, and that ownership has softer spot for Mattingly. We shall see.
After watching that Cardinal series, Ned isn’t the one I’d be leaning toward firing. Although he is largely responsible for constructing what turned out to be a pretty useless bullpen.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Milwaukee Sentinel, October 8, 1914:
Things began to move rapidly Wednesday in preparation for the opening game of the series for the baseball championship of the world.
The so called tuning up process Wednesday of the present world’s champions and the winners of the National league pennant was of a mild character. Neither Connie Mack nor Manager Stallings premitted his men to do any extended work.
Some of the rooters of the world’s champions are becoming anxious over McInnis, the first ...
Outfielders and pitchers.
I’d say we should wait until the end of this year’s postseason to make that determination.
No, the Dodgers don’t rank second behind St. Louis in the “Model franchise” standings, and neither do the Yankees. Maybe it’s the Giants, with their third NLCS appearance in five years, though they haven’t qualified for two straight postseasons since 2002-03. It certainly isn’t the Red Sox, who have registered two last-place finishes in the last three seasons.
You could make a case for the ...
Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 82 comment(s)
harrrumpphh! (BBC, drop me a line please)
Roger Clemens said it’s time for the Astros to start winning.
“They’re not kids anymore and the learning process is over, it’s time to win,” the former Astros pitcher and current special assistant said at the team’s charity golf event on Monday. “I was in the World Series at 23, 24 years old. I had maybe a Cy Young or two under my belt. It’s time to take the kid gloves off. It’s time for these guys to win. They should beat Pittsburgh ...
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