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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Astros beat Yankees to force Game 7 in ALCS | MLB.com

The Verlander trade has worked out well for the Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yankees

Friday, October 20, 2017

Angell: Bringing the Yankees Home?

Wednesday’s game, at the Stadium, allowed me to continue work on my monograph about Keuchel’s whiskers. Mr. Weirdbeard shows a dense mid-chest curtain of hair depending from spaghetti-strap sideburns that might actually hook over his ears. Further observations offer a different possibility. His long, pale neck is smooth-shaven and stretches up to a high haircut trim close to his cap. The effect, seen from a slight angle astern, suggests a silken Dolce & Gabbana evening bag or, more likely, ...

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OT: Winter Soccer Thread

November 4 Borussia Dortmund v. Bayern Munich
November 5 Chelsea v. ManU
November 9 & 12 - Northern Ireland v. Switzerland/Croatia v. Greece
November 10 &  13 - Sweden v. Italy
November 11 & 14 - Denmark v. Ireland
November 10 & 15 - Honduras v. Australia
November 11 & 15 - New Zealand v. Peru
November 14 - Portugal v. USA (friendly #&!^#&)
December 1 - Napoli v. Juventus
December 10 - ManU v. ManCity
December 11 - Champions League Round of 16 draw
December 20 - Real Madrid v. Barcelona (how ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:27 PM | 288 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Theo Epstein: Joe Maddon has taken enough heat, don’t blame NLCS on Cubs manager | NBC Sports Chicago

“It’s not manager against manager,” Epstein said. “That stuff just gets under the microscope so much this time of year. It’s players performing. And when you get a lead in the series – and when you’ve got a bunch of relievers throwing well – you can make tactically aggressive decisions. Your strategies tend to work.

“When you’re in a tough spot late in the game – and you’re searching for consistency in the ‘pen – it just puts all managers in tough spots.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

ALCS Game 6 OMNICHATTER, for October 20, 2017

Yankees lead the Astros, 3-2.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:27 PM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Dusty Baker Will Not Be Back as Manager

The Nationals on Friday announced that Dusty Baker would not return as the team’s manager in 2018. Baker this past season led the Nationals to 97 wins a second-straight NL East title. However, the team once again failed to advance past the division series in the playoffs. In two seasons on the job in Washington, the Nationals on Baker’s watch posted a winning percentage of .593.
Baker’s now managed for 22 seasons, and over that span his teams have gone 1,863-1,636. Those 1,863 wins rank 14th ...

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Greg Pope Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dusty baker, giants, nationals, reds

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988 - LA Times

I’m not a fan of the Dodgers but I am a fan of the best teams getting to the World Series. The Dodgers were clearly the best team in the NL.

“I’ve always felt like part of the job for the front office of this organization was being the caretaker of the greatest pitcher of this generation,” Zaidi said. “I really believe that’s what he is. Sometimes we all forget he’s 29 years old, because he’s been around for so long, and carried such a burden for this franchise for so long. To be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Astros have plans for Ric Flair if Yankees series goes to Game 7 - Houston Chronicle

The Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series gets to a Game 7, the Astros will have pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair call out “Play Ball!” before the game in a video message.
Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is a huge wrestling fan and uses Flair’s entrance music every time he steps to the plate at Minute Maid Park. Fans also have adopted the wrestler’s “Woo!” yell throughout the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yankees

Severino, Verlander ready for G6 in Houston | MLB.com

Must watch. Hopefully I can stay awake for the whole thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yankees

Baseball News, Scores, Analysis, Schedules

But there is a corollary consideration to such status: the game’s talent is being consolidated increasingly in the teams that are in their championship windows. The distinction between have- and have-not status seems more extreme than it has in some time – at least since the start of this decade, and perhaps beyond – with teams appearing increasingly willing to define themselves in one of those two camps. Zach Kram of The Ringer explored the phenomenon earlier in the month.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: superteams

Heyman | Tigers To Hire Ron Gardenhire

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to hire Ron Gardenhire to fill their vacant manager position, a source tells FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, ron gardenhire, tigers

Must C: Hernandez’s trio of HRs | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, kiki hernandez, playoffs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2017

Richmond [Indiana] Palladium, October 20, 1917:

Byron Bancroft Johnson, president of the American league, is preparing today to leave for Washington, D.C., where he will offer his services to the government in any capacity. Johnson will not express preference for any branch of the service, leaving that matter entirely to the government.

Because of the probability that Johnson will be in the service of the country within a short time, the annual American league meeting scheduled for December in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988 | LA Times

On a night when a 28-season drought ended, Kershaw reaped the benefits of an offensive bounty. Enrique Hernandez supplied a trio of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning that transformed Wrigley Field into a tomb and a two-run blast in the ninth that turned the Dodgers dugout into a mosh pit. The Dodgers led by seven runs after three innings and by nine midway through four. Kershaw responded to the largess with six innings of one-run baseball. He will be ready to start Game 1 of ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:07 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, world series

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NLCS Game 5 OMNICHATTER, for October 19, 2017

Dodgers lead the Cubs, 3-1.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 19, 2017 at 02:20 PM | 275 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

TBO: Trop Flop Brings Hillsborough Hunt

The devil is always lost in the details.

But broadening the hunt at this point — 22 months after St. Petersburg allowed the Rays to search for a new home away from Tropicana Field — can only be seen as a step backward for an effort many hoped would have been wrapped up by now.

Hagan once expressed optimism he could announce Tampa’s preferred stadium location at the start of 2017. Now it’s unclear if anything will be formalized by the end of this year.

The window for the Rays search ...

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fra paolo Posted: October 19, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, ballparks, rays, stadium deals, stadiums

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-19-2017

New York Sun, October 19, 1917:

That Urban Faber, who pitched the White Sox to victory over the Giants in the deciding game of the world’s series at New York on Monday, collapsed in the clubhouse immediately after the contest was the statement made by Mel Wolfgang, one of the Chicago pitchers, [yesterday].
...
“Faber, who pitched that last game for us, walked off the field as cool and composed as though he were going to church, but just as soon as he got in the clubhouse he collapsed. His jaw ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 19, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees Thumbs Down Guy is now getting his own bobblehead

Of course he’s a Mets fan.

Blastin Posted: October 19, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Deadspin: Please Enjoy(?) 21 Years Of Joe Buck Hyping Forgotten Fox Shows

Matthew Callan deserves hazard pay for compiling this video of the last 21 seasons of Joe Buck doing postseason promo reads for Fox’s fall lineups.


Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka take 3-2 ALCS lead | MLB.com

How quickly things can change in the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yankees

Cubs hold off Dodgers in Game 4 of NLCS | MLB.com

These 9 PM East Coast starts are a killer. I fell asleep around the third inning. It looks like I missed a good game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TV Simpsons documentary about ‘Homer at the Bat’ episode to air Sunday

Twenty-five years ago, with the sum of one million dollars on the line, Mr. Burns ordered Smithers to assemble the greatest softball team ever seen so he could beat a rival nuclear power plant’s squad. (“Scour the professional ranks! The American League, the National League, the Negro League!”) Enter: Ken Griffey, Jr., Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Don Mattingly, and other MLB studs, though it would be Homer’s head that proved to be the championship game’s MVP. Today, season 3’s ...

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Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB) Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: simpsons

How the mob, politics, a burlesque dancer and The Babe shaped the ‘32 World Series

There’s a story here. This building used to be the Sheffield House Hotel, and before that it was the Hotel Carlos, as the baroque carvings on the entryway still announce. All of that, though, was before a reported 53 code violations ended the building’s days as a single-room occupancy hotel. It’s now luxury condos.
Back in the 1930s, the Hotel Carlos was a popular choice for Cubs players seeking a place to live during the season. Shortstop Billy Jurges, who toiled for the Cubs from 1931 through ...

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Meatwad Posted: October 18, 2017 at 06:59 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, corruption, cubs, wrigley field, yankees

Angell: Yanks Get Even

C. C. will become a free agent this year, and it’s not a certainty that the Yankees will come through with an expensive new contract. He’s a different pitcher these days from what he was when he arrived, in 2009, as a high-strikeout star from the Brewers, and now thrives on angles and corners and a commanding elder presence. He went 14–5 in the regular season, but, like others, I most want to hold onto the look of him out there: the tent-like uni top, the billowing pajama pants. His cap ...

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The story behind Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor’s unbelievable season

Adding to the mystery, I’d been told that spectral forces outside the big league ecosystem are responsible for transforming Taylor, 27, from a 4A—too good for Triple-A, not good enough for the majors—player with the Mariners into a revelation. It’s a little dicey; big league coaches are proprietary and for the most part conventional. There’s an ongoing jiu-jitsu between them and the growing number of individual gurus whose teachings often begin on the margins and stray from there.

My search ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 02:20 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris taylor, dodgers

ALCS Notebook: Cashman on Yankee Analytics, Luhnow on Hiring Hinch | FanGraphs Baseball

He might actually be the perfect fit in Boston after all.

On Monday, Hinch called Alex Cora (a former infielder) “the hottest managerial candidate on the planet and deservedly so.” Shortly before he shared that hard-to-argue-with opinion, Carlos Beltran weighed in on the Astros’ bench coach:

“Alex brings a lot to the table. He’s a guy that always is looking for information that he could use against the opposite team [and] he provides that information to the players. He has good ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 01:29 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yankees

LCS OMNICHATTER for October 18, 2017

Astros and Yankees are tied, 2-2.
Dodgers lead the Cubs, 3-0.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 18, 2017 at 12:27 PM | 464 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Do the Cubs realize how badly the Dodgers insulted them on national TV? - Chicago Tribune

It’s not the end of Snarktober, but you can see it from here:

Do the Cubs know enough to be insulted by what the Dodgers pulled in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series?

Do the Cubs know they got pantsed on their home field on national TV?

Do the Cubs realize the Dodgers have so little respect for their offense that starting pitcher Yu Darvish batted with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of a two-run game?

The Cubs certainly didn’t respond as if they knew they were ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Dodgers Dugout: Andre Ethier is there when the Dodgers need him - LA Times

He does?

—TBS analyst Ron Darling seems to have an intense dislike of the Dodgers. I wonder why? Maybe someone still remembers Game 7 of the 1988 NLCS? The mighty New York Mets were favored to slaughter the Dodgers. But what happened in Game 7. Oh, yeah, the Dodgers won. Who was the losing pitcher…. Let me check ….. Oh yeah, it was Ron Darling.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Dallas Keuchel embraces the ‘calmness’ of being Yankees killer | New York Post

The Astros will have the right starter on the mound to kill the Yankees’ momentum.

Three years after knocking them from the playoffs — and less than a week removed from dominating them again — Astros ace Dallas Keuchel will be asked to stop the Yankees from inching closer to another improbable playoff comeback Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yankees

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