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Friday, October 09, 2015
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won’t be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure.
There’s not much more to the article, except a few related tweets that might have scrolled off by the time you read it. This news makes me sad.
The purge in Seattle continues.
Lloyd McClendon won’t return as manager for the 2016 season, according to sources.
McClendon moves on after compiling records of 87-75 in 2014 and 76-86 in 2015. His first season as manager produced the Mariners’ first winning season since 2009. But this season’s team began with lofty playoff expectations and the Mariners never met them, struggling to play with any consistency. When general manager Jack Zduriencik, the man who hired him, was fired Aug. 28, McClendon’s future became ...
“We didn’t do what we did as a team all year,” Alex Gordon said.
“Tomorrow is another day,” Alcides Escobar said.
“We have to come back out tomorrow, even it up and go back to their place,” Eric Hosmer said.
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
Time is a construct. Its ALWAYS OCTOBER
Major League Baseball’s attempt to speed up the pace of play shaved, on average, six minutes off the length of regular-season games. But don’t expect the time of games to drop well into the playoffs.
MLB has elected not to warn players for any pace-of-play violations for the postseason due to the importance of the games.
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Even as commercial breaks in the postseason have ...
How does this impact companies which do a lot of analysis based on video?
Look at Arrieta’s front foot and his glove in this progression. Yes, Jake Arrieta is an amazing pitcher. He combines a plus-plus fastball with a wear-you-out slider and impeccable command. But even more impressively, Arrieta has managed to figure out a way to bend the laws of time and space. How do you hit a pitcher who manages to reverse time in the middle of his delivery?
OK, maybe that’s not the best explanation. ...
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
Home plate used to be located right behind the roadside bus stop in this tiny town more than 400 miles southeast of Havana. This is where a young Yoenis Cespedes would step into the batter’s box (cajon del bateador) across the street from a vast mango tree grove and routinely blast baseballs into the distant thick grass, earning him the nickname La Potencia — The Power — from his neighborhood peers.
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
If only more players wanted to win.
“They didn’t make a mistake when we signed him to be our leader of our staff,” said Dempster, a 2013 teammate of Lester who recruited him to the Cubs after becoming a special assistant to general manager Jed Hoyer.
“He has pushed Jake Arrieta to be better. He has pushed other guys in the rotation to be better. I just watched him (with the Red Sox) and saw how much he wanted it, how hard he worked for it. It’s so much fun to see a guy work that hard and see ...
Grand Forks Daily Herald, October 9, 1915:
The Boston Americans evened things up today by winning the second game of the world’s series from the Philadelphia Nationals by the score of 2 to 1.
Foster, in addition to pitching a masterly game for the visitors, allowing but three hits, won his own game in the ninth inning by driving out a single that sent Gardner home with the winning run. It was Foster’s third hit of the day, having previously gotten a double.
Mayer pitched well for Philadelphia, ...
This idea is insane. The same worst/best case can be used to support any person on the planet.
What’s the worst case for hiring Urkel as the next Nationals’ manager? The team stinks. The best case is the Nationals win World Series after World Series. As an added benefit we’d get to hear him explain away every mistake with “Did I do that?” How wouldn’t that endear him to the fans and players?
And look, the team wouldn’t even have to buy him a shirt!
What’s the worst case? You hire Ripken ...
What’s he going to do differently than other GMs?
“Having a specified plan going into an offseason is always a little bit challenging because the dynamics of the offseason change consistently,” Stearns said. “With every trade, every team’s needs change somewhat. With every signing, the market can change a little bit. But heading into the GM Meetings [in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 9-12] we should have a rough outline of what we’re looking to do as an organization. And then the period between the ...
“Boy, oh boy,” Caray would cackle with that slight gargle in his voice. “The Cubs and Cardinals playing meaningful games in October? This must be heaven, right?”
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
Kershaw, the National League’s most valuable player in 2014, felt he did not lack for extra motivation after the Dodgers’ early exit from the playoffs in 2013 and again last year.
“I think I’ll have enough,” said the five-time All-Star. “I don’t need to be fueled by too much. I definitely remember, but it’s a new team, new season, and hopefully for me a new outcome.”
12:30 ALDS Game 2 TEX at TOR (TEX leads 1-0): Hamels vs. Stroman (MLB Network)
3:30 ALDS Game 2 HOU at KC (HOU leads 1-0): Kazmir vs. Cueto (FS1)
6:30 NLDS Game 1 CHC at STL: Lester vs. Lackey (TBS)
9:30 NLDS Game 1 NYM at LAD: deGrom vs. Kershaw (TBS)
We might have 12 or more hours of baseball coming up… so CHATTER UP!
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 994 comment(s)
Thursday, October 08, 2015
If tattoos ever go out of fashion, I suppose this is where we’re headed.
The date was April 16, 2009, and when those Long Islanders talk about it, a few details remain ambiguous. Some, like Stroman’s coach Anthony Frascogna, recall it being an “overcast day, one of those early-spring baseball days,” that call for windbreakers and enough luck that the skies don’t open. Lou Petrucci, Matz’ coach at Ward Melville High, recounts it as “a beautiful day for baseball.” Unsurprisingly, Petrucci is the one that shortly afterwards adds, “and it was even more beautiful that we ...
We can use Statcast™ exit velocity to show how important getting ahead of the hitter is for Lackey. For example, the overall MLB average when hitting a 1-0 pitch was 89.9 mph. For Lackey, that was 93.1 mph, a sizable difference. When he was down 2-1, his 91.7 mph was higher than the MLB average of 90.3. He is so much better off not getting down in the count, hence the increasing number of first-pitch strikes.
Rational Pastime’s playoff simulator now projects the Cubs as 34% favorites to represent the Senior Circuit in the Fall Classic, and 5:1 to win it all… Among today’s American League contenders, the Toronto Blue Jays remain big favorites at 2:1…
Summary of projections:
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 12 comment(s)
United Press via the Pittsburgh Press, October 8, 1915:
Phillies and Redsox began the first game of the world’s premier baseball struggle this afternoon on as rotten a playing field as the annual classic was ever contested.
The infield was covered with a slimy, treacherous blanket of muck, which a small army of ground keepers labored feverishly but vainly to make firm under foot.
Shortly before 1 o’clock the diamond was flooded with gasoline and a match applied. The conflagration dried off the ...
Everything old is new again. Read the article.
“There are a lot of guys in the minor leagues with perfect mechanics, a lot of guys with very healthy arms, that can’t get anybody out,” he said. “Pitching coaches and people on Twitter are always in search of the perfect pitching mechanics, but to me, perfect pitching mechanics are the perfect mechanics for that person that leads to the best statistical results. They might not be like everybody else. You might look different. Tom Seaver ...
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
“I love numbers,” manager Joe Maddon said. “God, I love numbers, though I was horrible in math. Algebra III. Second semester of Algebra II was my Waterloo, to be honest with you. Algebra III and Trig could have been Latin or Greek, it wouldn’t matter to me. But I do love numbers.
“Beyond that I really like people and humans and what makes this guy tick? And I don’t think that because you can’t necessarily quantify it, it’s not as popular of a way to acquire a player, but it really ...
So, there is no plan.
Long, who was a regular visitor to the postseason as the Yankees’ hitting coach, said this kind of competition is business as usual in October.
“It’s the playoffs and in the playoffs you expect to face the best pitchers in baseball,” Long said. “The [Justin] Verlanders, [Anibal] Sanchezes, [Max] Scherzers, I remember facing a very good, talented pitcher every time.”
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 31 comment(s)
The bench clearing get-together during the game was just plain stupid.
3:30 ET- Rangers (Gallardo) at Blue Jays (Price), FS1
7:30 ET- Astros (McHugh) at Royals (Ventura), FS1
And remember: it’s not the Gatorade cooler’s fault. CHATTER UP!
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 05:47 AM | 295 comment(s)
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