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Monday, August 15, 2011

Jorge Posada loves Yankees fans, but would consider playing for a new team

Play Ball! (elsewhere)

Jorge Posada wearing anything but Yankees pinstripes? That would have seemed impossible a few months ago.

Not anymore.

Posada, a career-long Yankee who is celebrating his 20th year with the organization, said he would consider playing for another team once his contract is up at the end of this season.

“It could [happen],” Posada told The Post yesterday. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after this year. But we’ll see.”

...Nevertheless, Posada would consider ...

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Repoz Posted: August 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Newhouse: C’mon, Selig, let’s tour Oakland

“Cars don’t behave. They are behaved upon.”

Dear Bud Selig:...

And so I’m contacting you now with a generous offer. I’m inviting you as my guest to take a personal tour of Oakland, with me as your chauffeur.

It won’t be a limo, just a Toyota Camry. But all I’m asking is that you give me a day, or a half-day, to show you around the Oakland you’ve yet to see.

...Now, Buddy boy, let me show you Oakland’s friendly neighborhoods, its waterfront, its lakes, all its new restaurants and its lovely ...

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Repoz Posted: August 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, giants, history, media

N.Y. Times: For Branca, an Asterisk of a Different Kind

[Ralph] Branca folded his bare arms and looked out onto the golf course. I asked if he had mentioned to anyone the reason for our lunch — the second revelation I had recently told him. He said he had told his wife, Ann.

“I said,” recalled Branca, “‘do you know you married a Jew?’”

Branca’s mother, Kati, immigrated to the United States in 1901 from Sandorf, Hungary. (The town is now Prievaly, Slovakia.) Her maiden name was Berger. I had included this fact in the book I ...

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bobm Posted: August 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2011

Toledo News-Bee, August 15, 1911:

Outfielder Ten Million of the Victoria Northwestern league team has been sold to the Cleveland club.  He will report at the end of the Northwestern league season.

I haven’t been able to find much information on Ten Million, but I’m pretty sure he’s ten times better than One Million.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 15, 2011 at 08:32 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

PIT Tribune-Review: Kovacevic - Patience with [Pedro] Alvarez will pay off

In the summer-long category, though, I’ll put watching Pedro Alvarez atop my torment list.

The Pirates’ best power-hitting prospect in a decade has become utterly cringe-worthy, whether a pitch or a grounder is headed his way. His average is down to .197 after again going hitless in the Pirates’ 2-1 loss Sunday, and his three home runs and 15 RBI seem frozen in time next to those 66-and-counting strikeouts.

Since returning to the Pirates on July 25, he is batting .176 and astoundingly has hit ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 15, 2011 at 04:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Denver Post: Rockies’ Sunday losing streak reaches MLB-record 17 games

In their one and only appearance on ESPN, the Rockies became the first modern team to lose 17 consecutive games on Sunday, falling 6-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The Phillies had cornered the market on Sunday misery, their 1927, 1928 and 1960 teams all dropping 16 straight. The indignity now belongs solely to Colorado.
...
Looking nervous and hesitant, starter Esmil Rogers nibbled at the strike zone, hardly resembling the pitcher who beat the Reds last week. Pressure found ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 15, 2011 at 04:04 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, rockies

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rany on the Royals: Of Moose and Men

“What you want of a dead moose, anyways?”

“I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along.”

I decided to make a list of every third baseman who, in the year he debuted in the major leagues, batted 175 or more times with an OBP of under .250 and a slugging average of under .250.

Mike Moustakas is the first name on that list. He is also the last name on that list. No third baseman has ever debuted as poorly as Moustakas has in so many at-bats.

So I decided to expand the list to look at ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 14, 2011 at 11:58 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Arizona Republic: Arizona Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis likely out for season

Trade deadline acquisition Jason Marquis’ time with the Diamondbacks already appears to have come to an end. The Diamondbacks right-hander left Sunday’s start against the Mets in the fourth inning with a fractured right fibula, an injury that likely will end his season.

Marquis was struck on the right leg by an Angel Pagan line drive in the third inning. He remained in the game and finished the inning, then pitched to three batters before going down in pain in the fourth.

He lost control of a ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 14, 2011 at 11:00 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona

MLB.com: Uggla’s streak ends as Braves fall

Braves pitchers had 18 strikeouts, 0 walks, and lose.

But three unearned runs weren’t enough as Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer off Eric O’Flaherty in the seventh inning to cap a meltdown by the Atlanta bullpen and give Chicago a 6-5 victory. In the process, Braves second baseman Dan Uggla’s hitting streak was snapped at 33 games.
....
With Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson sidelined, and Derek Lowe scuffling, the Braves have needed rookie starter Brandon Beachy to pitch well, and he has done ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 14, 2011 at 09:48 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs, game recaps

Forman: An R.B.I. Leader, but Not an Elite Hitter

If we combine hitting, defense and base running, WAR (wins above replacement) rated him as the seventh-best player on the Phillies this year. ...

Howard benefits significantly from the quality of the hitters ahead of him in the batting order. Chase Utley, Shane Victorino and, to a lesser extent, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco all have strong on-base percentages. Through Wednesday, the Phillies’ 1-3 hitters reached base 547 times, the eighth most in the majors. But as a group, they ranked ...

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bobm Posted: August 14, 2011 at 07:32 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, red sox

Press-Telegram: GETTING INTO NED’S HEAD: Q&A with Dodgers GM Colletti

Instead of losing a sleeve of balls on a golf course or taking a long mud bath during a spa day, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti admits that he has recently allowed himself a guilty pleasure.

About once a month, he’s been going to dinner with “five or six guys who are well-versed in life,” he says. “We talk about whatever comes up. If we’re there three hours, I hope the baseball conversation is only 15 minutes.”

The other night, the group included Tom Sherak, the president of the Academy ...

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Tripon Posted: August 14, 2011 at 07:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, media

Local legend subject of one cool baseball card

Lowell Palmer: Or as we used to watergatingly call him “Lowell Wackier, Jr.”

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Palmer has one of the coolest baseball cards of all time. In 1970, he refused to remove his sunglasses for his Topps baseball card photo shoot. He refused again in 1971 and his major league claim to fame was etched in baseball history.

Palmer’s Wikipedia entry reads, “Palmer was renowned for wearing dark sunglasses while pitching and his baseball cards are considered classics.”

Palmer, however, did not have a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 14, 2011 at 05:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, indians, memorabilia, phillies

Mariano Rivera’s problem is the Yankees’ closer is always being compared to himself, not his peers

Bill Madden writes:

Rivera has five blown saves this season, which equals his total for last year and is the second-most failures in his career.

Mariano Rivera - Top Blown Save Seasons

9 - 1997
7 - 2001
6 - 2003
5 - 1998
5 - 2000
5 - 2010
5 - 2011

Thanks to Carlos on FB.

Repoz Posted: August 14, 2011 at 04:49 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, media, yankees

Flip Flop Fly Ball: Field of Erroneous Scorekeeping

Field of Dreams opened in cinemas on April 21, 1989.
During the film, as you know, Kevin Costner’s character goes to Fenway Park with James Earl Jones’ character to watch the Red Sox play the Athletics.

We can assume that the film was shot in 1988.

There is a brief shot of Kevin Costner (or a hand pretending to be Kevin Costner) keeping score.
The camera shows the following, mostly-incomplete names on the scorecard:
EED
RRETT
BOGGS
ANS
WELL

I checked Baseball-Reference.com to see which game ...

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bobm Posted: August 14, 2011 at 04:28 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox

Posnanski: The Uggla Duckling

or…Why Hitting Streaks Continue To Matter (Sort Of).

Many people have asked: What’s statistically less likely — DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak or Ted Williams’ 84-game on-base streak?

Williams reached base 84 straight games in 1949. He also reached base every game from July 20, 1941 to the end of the season. That guy was pretty good at getting on base.

So to figure the 84-game on-base streak … one more time, we need to figure out the odds of Williams reaching base in a game. ...

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Repoz Posted: August 14, 2011 at 04:17 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics, yankees

Murray Chass on Baseball: NEO-NUMBERS MAY HAVE TO BE OLD NUMBERS

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Maybe much could change in the last six weeks of the season to change this outlook, but from the looks of things now, the neo-number guys are going to have a tough time pulling an American League Cy Young award winner out of their computerized hat.

Last year they came up with Felix Hernandez, whose 13-12 record belied everything the award had ever meant. The neo-number guys told us that wins don’t mean anything, that it’s the last thing on which to judge a pitcher. Forget Tom Seaver, ...

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Repoz Posted: August 14, 2011 at 03:40 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, projections, sabermetrics

Cohn: Pirates manager Hurdle is guided by history

But before trying to reinvent the Pirates, Hurdle had to reinvent himself.

“I’ve gone through an obstacle course and come out the other side bigger, stronger and better,” he said. “I’ve learned and lived, on and off the field.

“Usually behind leadership you hope to have good judgment,” Hurdle said, sitting at his desk inside PNC Park. “And good judgment’s needed in times of adversity. How do you get good judgment? Through experience. And how do you get the experience? Through bad judgment.” ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: August 14, 2011 at 03:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pirates

Guzzardi: Paul Fagan: The Owner Who Banned Peanuts From the Ball Park

During the 1950s, San Francisco Seals were the most fortunate players in baseball. Paul Fagan, their generous owner, spared no expense to make his squad comfortable….

One of the most innovative minds in baseball, Fagan introduced concession stands, upgraded the Seals Stadium ladies room with a million dollar investment and built a spring training facility on Maui. Fagan, whose personal fortune came from his family’s banking businesses and Hawaii real estate made sure his players always ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 14, 2011 at 02:15 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Topps Sues Leaf Over Mickey Mantle Card

Yeah, like the unnerving 1960 Leaf Mass Card Set has no history of its own!

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The Topps Company has filed a lawsuit in NY against Leaf Trading Cards—claiming Leaf is using ICONIC Topps baseball cards—including the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card—to promote a new Leaf product.

It’s sorta weird—Leaf has a new line of cards called “2011 Best of Baseball” ... and in every pack, collectors will get 1 new, original Leaf card and 1 bonus card which, depending on your luck, could be a pre-1970 ...

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Repoz Posted: August 14, 2011 at 01:49 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia

MLB.com: Reds blast seven homers in fourth straight win

Bruce hit another homer. The two-run shot was his 25th of the season and second in as many nights. But the barrage didn’t end there. The Reds hit a season-high seven homers in an 13-1 victory, their fourth straight. It’s the first time the Reds have won that many in a row since they had a five-game winning streak from May 13 to May 17.

Five of the homers came early and often against Padres starter Tim Stauffer, who left with the loss after three innings, having allowed nine runs on seven hits. ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 14, 2011 at 03:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, padres, reds

Sun-Sentinel: Marlins option Morrison, release Helms after loss to Giants

I think the Brewers should pick up Helms for another go-around, just for Harveys’ sake…

The clubhouse door stayed shut for several minutes after the Marlins’ 3-0 loss to the Giants on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. The aftermath? Veteran Wes Helms was released and left fielder Logan Morrison was shipped to Triple-A New Orleans.

Helms, 35, was batting .191. Morrison 23, was hitting .249 with 17 homers and 60 RBI, the third most among the regulars.
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Vazquez (7-10), the Marlins’ most ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 14, 2011 at 02:57 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

Yahoo: Mariners place 1B Justin Smoak on disabled list

Wily Mo playing OF in Safeco probably would be quite comical, although unlikely to occur.

Justin Smoak was placed on the disabled list by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday for a non-displaced fracture of his nose.

Taking his place on the roster is much-traveled OF/DH Wily Mo Pena. He was selected from Triple-A Tacoma and was in uniform for Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, one of four teams Pena has played for in his career.

Smoak was hit in the face by a bad-hop grounder in the ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 14, 2011 at 02:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Chicago Tribune: Cubs banish Carlos Zambrano to disqualified list

In related news, the dugout Gatorade dispenser has just been taken off the 90-day DL.

“This was the most stringent penalty that our club could inflict without a release,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “There’s not much worse than running out on your teammates in the middle of a ballgame, unpacking your locker, announcing your retirement. I think that is a tremendous problem with the other 24 guys, and something we as an organization could not tolerate.” [...]

In a virtual reenactment of the ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: August 14, 2011 at 01:52 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, obituaries

NY Times: Posada’s Power Display and Hughes’s Solid Start Boost Yankees

For five games, Posada sat patiently and waited and his opportunity finally came Saturday when Girardi put him back into the lineup as the D.H., batting eighth. The results were nothing less than remarkable.

With the fans giving him a rousing ovation as he went to the plate for the first time in the second inning, Posada rewarded their faith with a two-run single.

But that was merely the appetizer for what would follow three innings later. In one of the memorable moments of the season — at ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 14, 2011 at 12:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, yankees

Saturday, August 13, 2011

MLB.com: Giants place [Andres] Torres on DL, recall Belt

The Giants placed outfielder Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a contusion in his lower right leg. Brandon Belt was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take Torres’ spot on the roster.
...
The 23-year-old Belt was hitting .309 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 49 games with the Grizzlies. The Giants’ top prospect has spent time at first base and the two corner outfield positions.

This marks the fourth time Belt, who was the Giants’ Opening Day first baseman, has been with San ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 13, 2011 at 11:33 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Yahoo: [Marco] Estrada, 4 relievers pitch Brewers past Bucs, 1-0

Johnny WholeStaff pitches the three-hit shutout, helped by some horrible ABs in the ninth by Andrew McCutchen and Matt Diaz.

Marco Estrada pitched five innings in a spot start, combining with four relievers on a three-hitter, and Yuniesky Betancourt homered to carry the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Takashi Saito, LaTroy Hawkins, Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford, who earned his 34th save by working around a lead off triple in ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, game recaps, pirates

Livingston: To his credit, Jim Thome approaches 600 home runs the old-fashioned way

So Thome stood both on the brink of history and of suspicion. The former he earned, the latter he did not.

As in track and field with doping, so with baseball: Awe yields to doubt. Genuine accomplishments are more tainted than they would have been had a ball-and-chain of asterisks clattered after them. It is hard to prove a negative, that Thome did not take steroids. That is particularly true because his body thickened during his first years with the Tribe.

The rebuttal is to look at a photo ...

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Repoz Posted: August 13, 2011 at 11:22 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, indians, sabermetrics, steroids, twins

MLBTR: Cubs To Retain GM Jim Hendry

The Cubs will hold onto general manager Jim Hendry, barring a change of thinking among the the team’s owners, the Ricketts family, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).

Smoke the Objective pipe for Jim Hendry.

Tripon Posted: August 13, 2011 at 10:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Baxter: Ranking baseball’s best and worst fans

Standing ‘O’

Team (average home attendance); comment

1. Boston (37,666) Red Sox Nation not only fills Fenway, where there have been 690 consecutive sellouts, but the team’s fans travel, too.

2. St. Louis (38,023) Downtown is a sea of Cardinals red on game days. The fans understand and respect the game, politely cheering good plays by the opposition.

3. New York Yankees (44,739) Old Yankee Stadium drew more than 4 million fans in each of its last four years. The crowds are large, loud and ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Yahoo: Diamondbacks sign Overbay, put Nady on 15-day DL

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent infielder Lyle Overbay and placed infielder Xavier Nady on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Arizona designated pitcher Juan Jaime for assignment.

Nady was injured Friday night when he was hit by a second-inning pitch from the New York Mets’ Dillon Gee.

The 34-year-old Overbay was released Tuesday by Pittsburgh after hitting .227 with eight homers and 37 RBIs in 103 games. Overbay was drafted by Arizona in 1999 and played ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 13, 2011 at 09:42 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, pirates

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