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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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

Sullivan: Going inside Michael Brantley’s dramatic, MVP-like improvement

On the other hand, Matt LaPorta is opening up a pizza place, so I think the Brewers are ok with it.

Used to be, in terms of performance, [Michael] Brantley was consistently, exactly average. Now, take a trip through the Wins Above Replacement leaderboard. You see Mike Trout at the top, naturally. Then there’s Alex Gordon, and Josh Donaldson, a previous breakthrough. Hanging out with the likes of Giancarlo Stanton is Brantley, who this year has become a fringe MVP candidate…

Brantley is pulling ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jeff sullivan, michael brantley, sabermetrics

The Drafts That Exceeded Expectations

The Angels hooked a good one.

he leading 2006 Rays draft managed to produce three productive major leaguers: Evan Longoria (1st Round, 3rd pick, 38.5 career rWAR, 5.81 WAR/Season), Alex Cobb (4th Round, 3rd Pick, 7.1 career rWAR, 1.94 WAR/Season), and Desmond Jennings (10th Round, 3rd Pick, 11.7 rWAR, 3.02 WAR/Season). However, the 2009 Angels drafted Mike Trout, Tyler Skaggs, and Garrett Richards, so they may be on the way to passing the 2006 Rays. In addition, the Angels’s total includes ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 02:26 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout, phillies, rays

Brisbee: Is Buck Farmer the best baseball adult movie name in recent history?

Max St. Pierre gets extra credit from me because I feel like it could be a female star’s name as well.

Buck Farmer made his major league debut for the Tigers on Wednesday. This means it’s time to plow through the best adult-film names in baseball over the past 25 years, separate the wheat from the chaff, and see where Farmer ranks…

10. Paul Swingle (1993)
9. Jumbo Diaz (2014)
8. Jeff Manship (2013-14)
7. Max St. Pierre (2010)
6. Scott Service (1992-2004)
5. Jeff Bronkey (1993-94)
4. Buck Farmer ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: buck farmer, grant brisbee, movies, tigers

How Bullpens Took Over Modern Baseball

The broader trend that goes back half a century is clear. In 1964 (four years after the save rule first came to baseball), teams used an average of 2.58 pitchers per game, including the starter; today, they’re using 3.92 pitchers per game. In ’64, relievers tossed an average of 2.64 innings per game; today, they’re throwing an eyelash more than three innings per game.
...
As a result, managers choose a few relievers from a phalanx of fireballers, then go get a few more if some of them ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 15, 2014 at 01:03 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: jonah keri, relief pitching

Kernan: Imagine Jeter going from The Flip to The Flop

Flip, flop & fly…I don’t care if Jeter’s playoff chances die. So long as…JONES FLIES INTO THE STANDS!

The Flip was made on Oct. 13, 2001. No play better exemplifies Jeter’s winning approach, his creativeness and his ability to be in the right place at the right time.

Instead of The Flip, here in 2014, the Yankees are giving us The Flop.

They can’t stand up to the challenge.

At the age of 40, Jeter was supposed to go out the right way, playing October baseball and letting the chips ...

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Repoz Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Chass: LISTEN TO REINSDORF SING HIS SWAN SONG

This blogger has some good info.

“Jerry was so over the top on this one,” a high-ranking official said after the owners’ meeting. “He had no chance. There was never a race here.”

This is Reinsdorf’s swan song, I suggested, his last hurrah. “Yes, it is,” the official replied.

No controlling owner has been around as long as Reinsdorf. If he ever had any usefulness, he has outlived it. If he succeeded at anything with his Werner initiative, it was in conning The New York Times ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, jerry reinsdorf, murray chass, rob manfred

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2014

...in which either the record books have a phantom player, or someone’s fibbing.

Chicago Eagle, August 15, 1914:

J.A. Brown, Jr., a Union Stockyards meat expert, holds the world’s record with the shortest professional baseball career of any player who has yet broken into the major leagues, writes I.E. Sanborn in Chicago Tribune.
...
Encountering Acting Secretary Grabiner at the Sox offices, our hero asked for Comiskey, saying “My name’s Brown,” and offering the letter of introduction. Without ...

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Carlos Gonzalez shut down for the season for surgery

CarGone. (Sorry.)

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, whose sweet swing was soured by a string of injuries this year, resigned himself Thursday to an early end of his season because of a nagging knee ailment… The Rockies, after consulting with Gonzalez and several doctors, decided their star slugger needs season-ending surgery to repair a left patella tendon tear…

Gonzalez has suffered through knee tendinitis since last season, and an MRI on Wednesday showed his injury grew worse in recent ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:53 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, injuries, rockies

Diamondbacks Acquire Brett Jackson From Cubs

Yes, the wrong Cubs’ Jackson had “swing-and-miss tendencies”...

The Diamondbacks have acquired former first-round pick and top prospect Brett Jackson from the Cubs in exchange for minor league reliever Blake Cooper… Jackson had been claimed off waivers prior to the trade’s completion.

Jackson, 26, rated as one of the game’s top 100 prospects from 2010-12, according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus (he topped out at No. 32 on BA’s list and No. 44 on BP’s list)... However, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blake cooper, brett jackson, cubs, diamondbacks, trades, transactions

OMNICHATTER 8-15-2014

OMNICHATTER HERE. GET YOUR OMNICHATTER HERE!

Gamingboy Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How Japan Finds American Baseball Talent

Now, Lopez’s job is to find current Triple-A players who look capable of clicking the same way. He sees every Independent League team at least twice over the course of a season. He completes his first circuit before July, attempting to see everyone in case the BayStars need midseason reinforcements. In the second half, he starts cherry-picking players at the positions that he, Kakazu, Yates, and GM Shigeru Takada expect to have to fill the following season. Eventually, Lopez becomes a quasi ...

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Rob Manfred one vote short on 1st ballot

Rob Manfred fell one vote short of the required three-quarters majority on the first ballot Thursday to become the new baseball commissioner, a person familiar with the balloting told The Associated Press.

Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, received 22 votes and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner got eight, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The third candidate, MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan, dropped out ...

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Pirates Acquire John Axford

One day, the Ax just fell…

The Pirates have acquired righty John Axford from the Indians, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Axford, 31, joined Cleveland on a one-year, $4.5MM free agent contract after being non-tendered by the Cardinals…

On the year, Axford has posted a 3.92 ERA with 10.5 K/9 but a troubling 6.5 BB/9 over 43 2/3 innings… Axford opened the season as the Cleveland closer, and picking up ten saves in the process, but lost the job with inconsistent performance…

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The District Attorney Posted: August 14, 2014 at 04:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, john axford, pirates, transactions

Q&A: Jerry Seinfeld, Mets superfan

Jerry is a Mets fan. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Let’s end with this: What do you like best about baseball?

I learn something every time I watch it. Sometimes it’s about baseball, sometimes it’s about life. But it’s always something.

There is no other game that is so shockingly correct in its original form. You look at the fact that a shortstop bobbles the ball and the runner can run much faster. It still works out that they still have to do what they do as best as they can, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2014 at 03:47 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry seinfeld, mets

The Managerial Meddling Index

And I would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling managers!

To determine how much each manager has meddled — or, to use a more neutral term, tinkered — I identified 10 areas in which a manager might try to make an in-game impact: changing the lineup; calling for an intentional walk, a pitchout, or a hit-and-run attempt; ordering a sacrifice bunt attempt by a position player (sac bunts by pitchers are par for the course); pinch hitting for a position player; pinch ...

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Alex Reyes takes different road with Peoria Chiefs | MiLB.com

Not the classic route.

Playing the percentages is a proven baseball strategy, whether looking at pitcher/batter matchups, calling for an intentional walk or determining the batting order.

Playing the percentages also helped St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes kick off his baseball career.

Reyes, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Cardinals system, decided to leave his Elizabeth, New Jersey, home his senior year of high school and move to the Dominican ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2014 at 01:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Top prospect Buxton sustains concussion in collision

Center fielder Byron Buxton, baseball’s top prospect, was hospitalized Wednesday night with a concussion after colliding with Double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka in right-center field.

The collision occurred on a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning, when Kvasnicka’s knee appeared to hit Buxton near his left shoulder. Buxton was playing in his first game at New Britain after being promoted on Monday.

Play was suspended for more than 30 minutes as Buxton was stabilized on a ...

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kthejoker Posted: August 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, minnesota twins

Girardi pushes panic button, costs Yanks

BALTIMORE—Joe Girardi seemed more upset about losing the argument than losing the game.

That, my friends, pretty much says it all about Wednesday night’s crushing loss to the Baltimore Orioles and about the true state of the manager of the New York Yankees’ confidence in his team’s postseason chances.

And it says an awful lot about the way he managed this game, which went a long way toward insuring his team would lose it.

 

DKDC Posted: August 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: girardi, orioles, yankees

King of Blackouts: Why one candidate for MLB commissioner keeps fans from watching games

When the lords of baseball take to a Baltimore boardroom today to vote on a new commissioner, the least-heralded candidate will carry into the election a most unbecoming title: King of the Blackouts. Much of Tim Brosnan’s candidacy, in fact, rests on his turning baseball into a $9 billion-a-year monolith as executive VP of business on the back of fat television contracts that leave fans all over the country unable to watch the very sport he’s in charge of selling to the public.

The fact ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, media, television, tim brosnan

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2014

Kenna [New Mexico] Record, August 14, 1914:

Claude Rossman, once a Nap, once a Tiger and now a Miller in the American association, won a game the other day for Minneapolis in the American association.

Claude won it in the third inning of a contest with Cleveland and the winning was sweet because—

“Hey, you big boob, back to the Old Soldiers’ home.”
“Whenja see Elmer Flick last?”
“You’as a good hitter back in 1906,” were only a part—a very small part—of the remarks flung at him…

And the people ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2014 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: claude rossman, dugout, history

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