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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The Greg Spira Memorial Internet Baseball Awards are dedicated to their creator, our friend Greg Spira.
Greg was a friend and a long-time Primate. If you haven’t voted yet you still have a few days.
Posted: October 27, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
Raul Adalberto Mondesi has never appeared in a major-league game. In fact, he has not yet played above Double-A. But the Royals are strongly considering adding him to their World Series roster, major-league sources say.
Mondesi, a switch-hitting middle infielder who turned 20 on July 27, presumably would replace outfielder Terrance Gore, who did not bat in either of the first two rounds and has only three at-bats since rejoining the Royals on Sept. 1.
Posted: October 27, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 50 comment(s)
In this corner, the NL Champions, starting Matt “Dark Knight” Harvey, the Amazin’ NY Mets!
And in this corner, having defended their AL title, starting Edinson Volquez, holding Home Field advantage, the Kansas City Royals!
8 PM, FOX. World Series. Game 1. Tell your friends and CHATTER UP!
Posted: October 27, 2015 at 05:46 AM | 1671 comment(s)
Monday, October 26, 2015
Hunter, taken by the Twins with the No. 20 overall pick in the 1993 Draft, finishes his career a .277/.331/.461 hitter with 353 homers, 195 stolen bases and 1,391 RBIs in 2,372 games.
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:26 PM | 58 comment(s)
Any owner with the patience of the owners in Houston or Kansas City couldn’t do better than having Ben Cherington in charge of baseball operations.
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 02:25 PM | 3 comment(s)
It’s a war on all those newfangled whippersnappers. If only those stupid kids knew as much as sports writers, every team would be in the World Series.
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM | 35 comment(s)
The premise sounds good. The intro is a little depressing.
In the next 10 days, we will crown the 16th World Series champion of the Aughts. (Note that this is not the 16th champion of the century; we must pedantically remind you that the new century did not start until January 1, 2001.)
This means four things:
1) You are old.
2) Life is passing you by at a pace that will grow more rapid and more depressing as the years go by.
3) Your existence is thus finite and should be savored at every ...
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 48 comment(s)
If only the Mets could move to a bigger market, they could increase payroll.
Forget, for a moment, the skyscrapers in the background of their iconic logo: The New York Mets, newly minted champions of the National League, are a quintessential mid-market success story.
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
Meet the Phillies new
Assistant General Manager. Matt Klentak
More good stuff from Jeff Sullivan.
His fastball breaks a good deal arm-side. His changeup breaks a good deal arm-side. His slider breaks a good deal glove-side, with more than seven inches of run. Based on movement, it’s actually a fair comparison for Jose Fernandez‘s breaking ball. And Herrera has figured out his delivery and control. As a consequence, the majority of Herrera’s postseason sliders have been strikes, and the majority of the swings at the slider have missed. I don’t even ...
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
“I have to believe Terry will do everything he can to avoid giving the ball to (Addison) Reed and (Tyler) Clippard,” says a scout who followed the Mets during the postseason.
“Clippard especially. If you’re Terry you’re holding your breath every time he throws his changeup because he’s hanging so many. He’s either tired or hurt, because it’s always been his out pitch, and he has no command of it. You can’t take that kind of chance in the World Series.”
Team building is an incredibly interesting topic. It’s why I’ve loved playing in intricate sim leagues for so long. Who do you sign? Who do you get? How do you balance out long-term vs. short-term?
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
Mike Petriello is lucky to be able to dabble in StatCast.
LET THE DATA GO!! SET IT FREE!
By name alone, the edge here easily goes to Lagares, who finished third among all outfielders in Defensive Runs Saved in 2013 (+28) and second in 2014 (+28 again). However, he fell off in 2015 to just +2 DRS, in part due to multiple injuries, primarily an injured right arm that often prevented him from wreaking as much havoc on opposing base runners as usual—though we did see him get it up to 95.6 mph in ...
Everybody knows not to mess with people from Kansas City.
Ned Yost refused Sunday to give the order of the Royals’ starting rotation for the World Series, which opens Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium against the Mets, who posted theirs Saturday.
Yost said he will wait until Monday to name the order of his starters. When asked why, Yost said, “I am just being a little bit of a punk.’’
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
So what did the Mets actually offer?
But the options were disappearing. The Reds — even with Wheeler in play — took Jay Bruce off the table the morning of the deadline. The Padres kept telling the Mets if they would overpay — namely including shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, pitcher Michael Fulmer and others — they would consider dealing Justin Upton.
Posted: October 26, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, October 26, 1915:
While Babe Ruth was pitching his old team, the St. Mary’s Industrial School, to victory, one of the brothers of the institution to whom Ruth had intrusted [sic] his 2 1/2 carat solitaire ring lost the jewel while working to keep the big crowd from encroaching on the infield.
Ruth paid $500 for the ring, which contained the first diamond he had ever owned. He had bought it from the proceeds of his share of the world’s series games.
Well, it’s not a few hundred ...Read More...
Happy Murphy Day!
With Murphy’s new stance, his ISO has increased dramatically, as well as his batted ball distances. From 2010-2014, the average distance on Murphy’s HR’s, fly balls, and line drives was 254.39 feet; this season, though, it rose to 269.95 feet.
It would seem that not only is Murphy deserving of a multi-year deal, but that the initial estimates of a contract worth $30 to $40 million might be shortchanging the second baseman. Over the last three years, he’s produced fWAR’s of ...
Throughout the long and glorious history of America’s national pastime, an undeniable relationship seems to have formed between baseball and American political culture. From the president throwing the first pitch on opening day to presidential mascots competing in races at Washington National’s games, the political and sporting traditions of our nation seem to come together in baseball.
The very origins of the sport are integrally connected to American politics. Although variations of ...Read More...
Sunday, October 25, 2015
It’s a universal sports fan moment: the first time you realize that you’re older than the player you’re watching. Of course, as time goes on, the ratio flips. Eventually, its more of a surprise when you realize a player is older than you are. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, our newest tool will almost certainly make you feel old.
We’ve added a page that shows players born before and after whatever date you pick. You can also see their WAR and, thanks to the numbers in the left-most ...
Posted: October 25, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 76 comment(s)
A nice story about a terrible tragedy.
I don’t mean to call this bullshit. If only those old-school baseball men weren’t being discriminated against, there would be be more diversity.
I don’t mean to disparage new Mariners manager Scott Servais, who has never managed or coached at any level, or new Phillies GM Matt Klentak, whose résumé actually is quite sufficient for his new position.
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.
“If you’re in the zone, your ideation is positive. You’re not thinking about the bad things. And thinking positively has been shown to have an effect on outcomes,” he wrote. “Honestly, I don’t know why it doesn’t turn up in the research. I think it’s the adjustments again. You get hot, you get more scrutiny, and they look closer at how to get you out.”
Troy Tulowitzki has never felt at home as a Blue Jay.
Blue Jays’ season ends with Game 6 heartbreaker in Kansas City
Home, for a decade, was in Colorado. Tulowitzki felt secure there, immersed in the Denver community. In 2011, shortly after the Rockies gave him a 10-year contract extension, he bought a bigger house there.
“Knowing this is where I am going to be, possibly the rest of my career, I was able to buy a home with more space,” Tulowitzki told the Denver Post early in 2011. ...
On Friday morning, representative and Los Angeles Dodgers fan Adam Schiff entered the House chambers wearing a Mets tie.
He and New York representative Steve Israel had made a bet about baseball playoffs earlier this month — if the Dodgers won, Israel would have to wear a Dodgers tie and give his colleague bagels. If the Mets won, Schiff would have to give Israel gourmet popcorn and also have to make an undesirable sartorial choice.
Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
Early Saturday, Mets Manager Terry Collins settled on his World Series starting rotation. He explained to his pitchers the reasoning behind his decision, then pulled his Game 1 starter in for a gut check.
Collins asked, “Are you ready for it?”
Matt Harvey replied, “Damn right.”
In a surprising move, Harvey will take the mound Tuesday night at Kansas City, followed by Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Collins said the rotation would stay on course for a second turn if ...
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