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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers stepping into 21st century with Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Mark Saxon’s excellent take on why this happened.

Two trade deadlines ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers got deep into discussions with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire second baseman Howie Kendrick.

The Angels were foundering and looking to deal expensive veterans for talent that could help replenish their bereft farm system. The Dodgers, living with aging Mark Ellis as their primary second baseman, felt in need of an upgrade. In the end, the Dodgers passed on the deal because they didn’t want to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Moneyball Comes to LA: Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman | FanGraphs Baseball

Besides falling short of expectations, I bet this has as much to do with Colletti’s departure.

The team spent over $26 million on the foursome of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, and Chris Perez this year, hoping that group would form a strong setup core in front of cheap-and-dominant closer Kenley Jansen. No other team spent $26 million on their entire bullpen, closer included, so this was the most expensive collection of middle relievers baseball has ever seen.

And as a group, they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Los Angeles Dodgers hire ex-Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Ironically, sources say the Dodgers’ failed pursuit of a trade for Price this past summer only heightened their admiration of Friedman. Said one source: “They always asked for the right prospects. Not just the guys everybody knows, either.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers


Winker earns AFL Player of the Week nod | reds.com

Although I’m already a walking zombie from watching late-night playoff games, I still wish some AFL game were available on television.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

The Economist: The cult of the genius GM

In the wake of the Dodgers’ acquisition of Andrew Friedman, an argument that teams should never pay up for a general manager no matter how brilliant they are.

Informed decisionmaking in baseball is now essentially a commodity. If given the proper support staff and training, any writer for Baseball Prospectus or Fangraphs with the appropriate organisational and people-management skills could probably do a competent job…
The reason GMs make less money than players do isn’t because owners are ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 15, 2014 at 04:41 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

LCS DAY 6, 2014… OMNICHATTER

At 4 PM: The Orioles fight for their lives while the Royals attempt to make the World Series for the first time since 1985 on TBS!

At 8 PM: The Giants go for the 3-1 advantage while the Cardinals aim to tie it up on FS1!

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 783 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals - October 14, 2014 | MLB.com Box

The Orioles are in deep doo-doo.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Pressure-packed 10th leads Giants to walk-off win | MLB.com

Can it get much weirder?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 08:49 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs


Fay Vincent Gets The Last Word | FOX Sports

“The problem is that most of the guys who were commissioner, I think, really don’t want to say anything because they’re inhibited,” he says. “Because I’m older and I don’t really give a damn, I am willing to take a point of view on it and tell you what I think. I’m not running for office, and I don’t particularly care what people say about me in the papers anymore.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, interviews

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2014

Toledo News-Bee, October 14, 1914:

Mrs. Ed Konetchy, wife of the Pittsburg Pirate first baseman, on Wednesday admitted that she engineered the deal by which Koney transferred his affections from the Pirates to the Pittsburg Feds. Koney, she said, is to receive $7,500 a year on a three-year contract. The Pittsburg Feds gave her $1,000 for persuading Konetchy to jump, she said. Hans Wagner will play first in Koney’s place next year.

Konetchy isn’t famous, but he was one of the better first basemen ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, ed konetchy, history

Postseason spotlight shines bright on bullpen arms | MLB.com

“Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.

Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.
“You have to protect those guys like Quiz from the grind they face,” Howser said. “They wear down, too.”
Much is made about starting pitchers and what the impact of the extra demands of a postseason can have on them. Relievers, however, face the same type of strain. They may ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen, playoffs

Report: Mets moving in fences at Citi Field again

This will be the second time the Mets have moved in the fences since the stadium opened in 2009. After the 2011 season, the Mets brought in the left field wall from 371 feet to 358 feet, right-center from 415 feet to 390 feet, and right field from 378 feet to 375 feet. While details of the upcoming changes aren’t yet known, they will be specific to the right field and right-center field fences.

I would hate the idea that my front office is spending time worrying about the dimensions of the ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 14, 2014 at 04:13 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

Return to New York? Yankees considering Omar Minaya for front office position

It’s not clear what role he would fill, but Boland notes that VP of baseball operations Mark Newman recently retired while longtime Yankee scout Gordon Blakeley left for a job with the Braves.

He certainly has done all he could do in his three seasons with the Padres.  I assume.  I mean, who knows?  If you told me with conviction that the Padres folded five years ago, I would probably believe you.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 14, 2014 at 04:07 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, omar minaya, they did what now, yankees

Mike Napoli to undergo facial surgery

The procedure, called bimaxillary advancement surgery, separates the front portions of the lower and upper jaw and moves them forward to allow for more room behind the tongue, reducing the chances of obstruction.

To combat sleep apnea.  This sounds deeply unpleasent.  And I certainly hope it does a little better than ‘reducing the chances’ for him continuing to have the issue.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 14, 2014 at 03:57 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, ouch, red sox

OMNICHATTER LCS DAY 5 2014

Duo of Game 3s because of the rain!


4 PM: Cardinals (Lackey) at Giants (Hudson), series tied 1-1. FS1.

8 PM: Orioles (Chen) at Royals (Guthrie), KC leads series 2-0. TBS.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 406 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, October 13, 2014

Grantland - Rung Up: Are Postseason Umpires Actually Baseball’s Most Accurate?

“The goal each and every season,” MLB spokesman Mike Teevan told me via email, “is to have the most deserving Umpires working Postseason games.”

Mission accomplished!

boteman Posted: October 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: country joe west, postseason, umpires

Toronto’s Witness To Sports History Is Dead

He was known to most as “Ralph the Programme Guy”.  If you ever attended a sporting event in Toronto, you know who I’m talking about.  He was at nearly every game.  He was a fixture selling programmes at Jays games for years.  Ditto for the Leafs, Raptors, Argos and thousands of concerts, from The Beatles in 1964 to Black Eyed Peas last year.  If it was a big event,  Ralph was there.  And now, he’s dead at the age of 67.

[...]

Trying to calculate the number of events Ralph ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: October 13, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, skydome, toronto blue jays

Nine Managerial Decisions That Helped Decide Game 2 Of The NLCS | FiveThirtyEight

Jonah Keri breaks down a bunch of game situations by the numbers.

SITUATION: Top of the sixth, runner on second, two outs, Hunter Pence up, Cardinals lead 2-1. Who should pitch?

DECISION: Matheny leaves Lynn in to pitch to Pence.

THE MATH SAYS: This was also a judgment call. You’ve got those numbers in Lynn’s favor as a pitcher who often fares better as he gets deeper into games. The only reason the Giants had a runner on second is because, after Lynn fanned the first two batters of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, sabermetrics

Can sabermetrics thrive on television broadcasts? - Beyond the Box Score

More good constructive criticism of the JABO FS1 broadcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: jabo, television


Baseball Prospectus | Fox’s Fresh Format

Some very good constructive criticism of the first JABO FS1 telecast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jabo, television

The difference between playoff champs and chumps - Beyond the Box Score

Read the article.

The central thesis of Keating’s article was that teams that have success in the playoffs generally do well against the better teams during the regular season, and those who don’t perform as well against better teams make early exits. He used this year’s Angels as an example, citing that forty percent of their wins came against the worst teams in the AL (Red Sox, Astros, Twins and Rangers) but were only 9-11 against the other division leaders. We already know how that turned ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The Strike Zone Expansion is Out of Control – The Hardball Times

Where has all the offense gone? It’s disappeared into an expanding strike zone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-13-2014

El Paso Herald, October 13, 1914:

BOSTON WINS WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP

BRAVES CAPTURE FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME BY 3 TO 1

The Boston Braves are the world’s baseball champions of 1914. The defeat of the Philadelphia Athletics today by the score of 3 to 1, gave Boston the series with four straight games, the champions of the American league not capturing a contest.
...
A new world’s record for world’s series games was established, as Boston won four straight games. In 1907 the Chicago Cubs beat the ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Bernie: Cards rally around Molina : Sports

The three homers merely were opening acts. In terms of delivering a heart-pumping moment, Wong struck the most timely and powerful blow of them all.

Wong’s memorable, instant-classic swing shattered a 4-4 tie and gave the Cards a 5-4 victory that cleared the debris of a Trevor Rosenthal blown save, set off a red-draped celebration and ended an evening of swerving, unnerving, dramatic turns.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 07:46 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, kolten wong, playoffs

2014 LCS DAY 4 OMNICHATTER

8 PM: ALCS Game 3, Baltimore (Chen) at Kansas City (Guthrie), TBS. Kansas City leads best-of-7 series 2-0.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NY Magazine: How Pro Sports’ Biggest Losers Became World Series Contenders

1. They started spending.
Royals owner David Glass had developed a reputation as a cheapskate, and for good reason. In 2011, the Royals had a payroll of just $38 million — less than a fifth of what the Yankees spent that year. (The Royals record in 2011? A weak 71–91.) In the seasons since, though, they’ve steadily raised that figure: from $64 million in 2012 to nearly $82 million in 2013 to $92 million this year. In 2014, their Opening Day payroll was a middle-of-the-pack 19th, ahead of ...

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bobm Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:15 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Adam LaRoche accepts that he must step aside to make room for Ryan Zimmerman

Adam Kilgore in the Washington Post-

... this October was likely LaRoche’s last ride with the Nationals — the last time the beloved teammate, dependable first baseman, genial outdoorsman and charitable man will wear a Nationals uniform. If the decision was his to make, in a vacuum, LaRoche would finish his career in Washington. He knows it is not, and he is okay with that.


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