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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 24, 1913:
“We’ll either have major league baseball next season or we’ll quit,” was the emphatic declaration made by a stockholder in the St. Louis Federal League club Tuesday…“We aim to start a war.” ...
“We realize that it will require a lot of money to start a third major league. What we must do is to take the players from the National and American Leagues and to do that we realize we must have money—about $300,000 in each city. Well, we’ve got that much.
Roll out the Small Sample Hypothesis Test!
As an organization, the St. Louis Cardinals embrace statistical analysis. But when you live by the numbers, sometimes you die by them—or at least by the trends they reveal.
One of the biggest advantages in this seemingly classic, extremely even World Series is that only one of the two teams is really strong in the field—and that’s not the one that was fifth in the Majors in fielding percentage.
These Cardinals aren’t nearly as solid defensively as ...
Posted: October 24, 2013 at 04:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
With men on first and second and one out in the bottom of the first inning, David Ortiz hit a weak grounder to second base that looked like a potential double play ball. Matt Carpenter flipped to Pete Kozma for the first out ... then this happened:
Second base umpire Dana Demuth called Dustin Pedroia out at second base, saying Kozma bobbled the transfer. Obviously that was not the case. Kozma just flat out missed the ball.
It looked like the Cardinals got a big break, but the umpiring crew ...
Posted: October 24, 2013 at 04:31 AM | 62 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
GAME 2! Will Wacha help the Cards tie this up, or will the Red Sox send this to St. Louis with a 2-0 lead?
Cardinals (Wacha) at Red Sox (Lackey), 7:30 on FOX (but actual game is around 8)
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM | 537 comment(s)
I should have posted these earlier today. Still, the post is good for reference.
David Cameron has an interesting take on the Lincecum contract.
The A-Maz-In Bill Mazer…signing off.
Bill Mazer, who was a voice and face of sports coverage in New York for decades, pioneering sports-talk radio and becoming a television fixture while earning the nickname the Amazin’ for his encyclopedic recall of sports facts and figures, died on Wednesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 92.
His son, the actor Arnie Mazer, confirmed the death, at Danbury Hospital. The elder Mr. Mazer had lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., until moving to an assisted-living facility in ...
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 03:31 PM | 11 comment(s)
Missed multiple minor league Triple Crowns tracer alert!
J.P.: I’m gonna say something, and please don’t be insulted: I was a kid when you played with the Yankees, and I always sorta thought of you as a swing-and-miss-or-swing-and-hit-it-a-long-way lug, a la Dave Kingman or Mike Laga. Was I, in hindsight, off on this? How would you break down your game, looking back? And are you satisfied with your Major League career?
R.K.: Of course I am not satisfied with my career, but despite coming ...
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
Jim Berkland, geologist: I said the World Series quake was coming. I said it would be a 6.5 to 7. I had 6.5 to 7 because that’s what happened in 1865, and the conditions were very similar. I had all of these conjecture-y things: the tides, the whales, the homing pigeons, the hot springs, the geyser. I had all of that. The Mercury News no longer wanted to carry my predictions because they told me they were bad for business. So the Gilroy Dispatch printed it on Friday, the 13th of October.
Anything BUT “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
So how did “Sweet Caroline” get out of the doghouse?
After the Marathon bombings, teams across baseball, looking to show solidarity, played “Sweet Caroline.” “You scored a home run in my heart,” Diamond tweeted after hearing it played at Yankee Stadium.
Then, Diamond took an overnight flight to Boston and showed up, unannounced, at Fenway. He performed for the crowd. Inspired generosity or marketing genius? You decide. But ...
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 09:17 AM | 43 comment(s)
I asked Bryan Price if he was an Sabermetrics guy or an old-school guy:
“I got a chance to watch a lot of good managers. You have to use statistically analysis to understand certain themes and certain percentages. It’s a growing part of game. In the same respect you have to understand your team and the guys that you’re using in those situations. Is it something they can do well? I’ll say this of all the things I don’t like doing and didn’t like doing is a lot situational pitchers, ...
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 08:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
Charlie says “Hate that Good & Plenty”.
Five years ago to the day, Charlie Manuel led the Philadelphia Phillies into the World Series, eventually beating the Tampa Bay Rays roughly a week later. Yesterday, Manuel was talking about job openings around baseball.
Charlie Manuel popped up on a Detroit sports radio station, 105.1, and spoke with The Diesel show, expressing interest in the Tigers managerial opening. Manuel said he is getting himself in shape and hoping to score one of the vacant ...
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 08:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
Some of the photographs in Spalding’s collection are on display through March 16 in the exhibition “Play Things” at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the New York Public Library. The image collection is also available online through the library’s website.
Thanks to Los.
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 06:28 AM | 14 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 23, 1913:
Because a story appeared in a Chicago paper to the effect that when the White Sox and Giants arrived [in Fort Smith, Arkansas] to play an exhibition game…local fans intended presenting Managers Comiskey and McGraw with watch charms made out of nails taken from the old Federal gallows, on which nearly 100 men were executed, the game has been called off.
According to President Comiskey any souvenir that includes a suggestion of death is as popular with ...
Well said, Luis…until the Alexei Ramírez is a good player misfire, that is.
Luis Tiant has a message for Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig: Don’t ever change.
...“He’s good, and you know what, that hot dog thing, that’s what we bring from our place,” Tiant, 72, said with some pride Tuesday at the Boston Children’s Hospital, where he helped MLB and the Red Sox donate a Starlight Fun Center system for use by sick and recovering kids.
“You watch [Tigers shortstop Jose] Iglesias, he does the same ...
Posted: October 23, 2013 at 05:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
THE 109TH WORLD SERIES! There are no other games going on, this series is it!
Cardinals (Wainwright) at Red Sox (Lester). 8 PM…ish. FOX.
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM | 726 comment(s)
Colby Rasmus swung at this pitch, and he swung with the full, uninterrupted confidence of a man who couldn’t believe pitches could do that and go there. All Colby Rasmus might ever see, in his head, are fastballs over the plate. All he saw here was a fastball over the plate, even though he was behind in the count against a same-handed pitcher. He got a breaking ball outside in the dirt. Maybe Colby Rasmus is also blind. Are both Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis blind? I think I might have an idea ...
It’s not quite as good as Batgirl’s Legovision, but the reenactment of Ortiz’s grand slam is well done.
Looks like I met the wrong Harwell brother…
Ernie, who loved trivia, always enjoyed bringing up the nugget that he had once been Margaret Mitchell’s paper boy. But that was before the Atlanta author had gained worldwide fame for writing Gone With the Wind, a fame so suffocating that she never wrote an-other book. Rick, active in the same literary and historical circles as Mitchell, knew the writer intimately. In fact, she inscribed the very first copy of her bestseller to him. On Aug. 11, ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 07:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
Connect any two NBA, NFL, and MLB athletes in history—even if they played different sports.
Silly but fun—it’s more interesting because it crosses sports. So Deion, Bo Knows, and Drew Henson are important nodes for football-baseball crossover, and Gene Conley and DeBuscherre for NBA-MLB
JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL) played on the 1965 Cleveland Browns with ...Read More...
Walter Johnson, who played on the 1977 Cincinnati Bengals with ...
Chris Bahr, who played on the 1987 Los Angeles Raiders with ...
From the beginning of his days in Toronto, John Farrell was wary. Low-grade paranoia was coming off him like heat. So who’s the guy smiling and laughing with the Boston Red Sox?
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 05:41 PM | 8 comment(s)
Uhh…because Pigasus the Immortal is always hogging up the ballot?
Did you smoke pot when you played for the Sox?
According to High Times I didn’t smoke it, but I ingested it other ways. What I said was that I put it on my buckwheat pancakes in the morning, which made me impervious to the bus fumes.
Did you smoke weed on days that you pitched, and did it help your performance on the mound?
You know, I did perform with it. I had good games. I had bad games. I never used it as a crutch. It ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
You cheer for the guys on your team because they’re on your team, not because you can assign them roles in whatever anxious moral drama keeps you up at night. Baseball isn’t a metaphor for the decline of society, or for our pastoral heritage, or for the idea of fair play. It isn’t a side you can take in a culture war. It is itself, and only itself. And it definitely isn’t here to teach us lessons.
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 03:08 PM | 70 comment(s)
The Dodgers fired bench coach Trey Hillman and advance scout Wade Taylor, sources say.
The pair are seen as two of manager Don Mattingly’s closest friends with the team.
While the firings came only one day after Mattingly expressed unhappiness with managing as a lame duck this past season (and potentially next season), it’s quite possible that the timing could be coincidence. In any case, it is clear that the Dodgers weren’t the happiest of qualifiers for the NL Championship Series. ...
Just don’t blame him for Manny Ortez, that was Kerry.
In what could be the final sports blunder of his administration, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told reporters on Tuesday morning he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win “the World Series Cup.”
It’s presumed Menino was referencing the Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the upcoming World Series between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals…
Menino’s most infamous reference came in 2010, when dedicating a ...
“Pete Palmer and John Thorn, two of the legendary figures in baseball research, explain why they joined SABR — and why you should, too.”
I joined pretty early; I think I was #27. If I had realized that Cooperstown was only a four-hour drive, I would have been at the kickoff meeting [on August 10, 1971].
Bob Davids was familiar with me since we both contributed to The Sporting News, and the fact that the editors decided to pretty much dispense with fan contributions encouraged ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM | 8 comment(s)
See, that’s the difference between you and me. You’d like to mock the pitchers for throwing these pitches. I’d like to commend the umpires for getting every call right.
Before we get to the top five, or the bottom five, whichever, it seems prudent to identify the five runners-up:
•Alfredo Figaro to Brandon Barnes on June 18
•Alfredo Simon to Matt Dominguez on September 18
•Rick Porcello to Ryan Doumit on June 14
•Phillippe Aumont to Travis Snider on July 2
•Ian Kennedy to Pablo ...
To be Lee, or not to be Lee: that is the question.
Background: THE WRONG STUFF is the adaptation of the bestselling book by former Red Sox and Expos lefty and counterculture icon Bill “Spaceman” Lee.
This is a 1982 period film so we are looking for actors who can grow or already have hairstyles or facial hair of the era.
Filming Location: These scenes will be shot from 11/18 to 12/1 in Pittsfield, MA in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. About 2 hours from either NYC or Boston.
This casting ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 08:03 AM | 21 comment(s)
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