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Thursday, October 23, 2014


MLB - Ned Yost wins chess match over Bruce Bochy - ESPN

Chess match? Oh, it’s humor.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

‘Marlins Man’ puts Miami front and center at World Series | The Miami Herald

That explains it.

Leavy paid $8,000 for that prime seat to see Royals vs. Giants, and he wasn’t about to give it up.
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Marlins Man has been buying the best seats to major sporting events for years. By his count, he’s gone to 27 Super Bowls, more than 200 NBA playoff games, and at least 85 World Series games, and many Triple Crown horse races.

He’s been a Marlins season-ticket holder since the team’s first year in 1993, is a rabid Florida State fan (he was on hand for the FSU-Notre ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2014

Toledo News-Bee, October 23, 1914:

Bill Murray was on the bench managing the Philadelphia team and Coveleskie, now Detroit’s star was pitching for Murray. A batter reached first. Coveleskie took a long wind-up, and almost before he pitched the runner raced to second…
...
When Coveleskie reached the bench, Billy demanded:

“Why didn’t you catch that fellow on first base?”

“What fellow on first?” inquired Covy.

“That guy that stole second.”

“No one told me there was a runner on first,” replied ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry coveleski, history

Martino: Michael Cuddyer is a perfect free agent fit for NY Mets, who like him

The Mets have a Cuddyer need for an outfield bat:

So where do they find a bat? Well, here’s an idea, one that that’s already been floated in the blogosphere, and turns out to be a concrete possibility: Free agent Michael Cuddyer, the exact sort of piece that fits the offense the Mets hope to construct.

Here’s what we mean by that: While Sandy Alderson has long checked in on the Giancarlo Stantons and Carlos Gonzalezes of the world, he and his staff consider it more likely that the Mets ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mets, michael cuddyer, rockies

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

McSweeneys: NEW BASEBALL STATISTICS.

G Fact (Good Factor)

This number is 0 if the player is bad at baseball and 1 if the player is good at baseball. Useful in determining whether a player is good at baseball.

ARM# (Arm Number)

How many arms a player has. Anything above a 2.00 is considered very advantageous.

kthejoker Posted: October 22, 2014 at 07:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: humor

Ad Week: What Is Madeleine Albright Doing on the Wheaties Box?

In case you missed it, Wheaties made a commemorative box with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on it. For the General Mills cereal, known as the “breakfast of champions,” a one-shot box with Albright is part of an effort to redefine what kind of champions the brand will be touting.

eddieot Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:28 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: madeleine albright, wheaties, rick-rolling

How Wall Street Strangled the Life out of Sabermetrics | VICE Sports

It’s the way of things.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:25 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Statcast: Posey out at the plate

Posey is faster than Sandoval.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, pablo sandoval, statcast, world series

Jay set for surgery — and for CF in 2015 : Sports

No, the Cardinals haven’t disbanded. A lot of good Cardinals info in this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Fields of Fear’

No pithy intro from me, but a really good short film while we wait for Game Two.

deputydrew Posted: October 22, 2014 at 03:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, throwing, video

Royals are not the future of baseball | FOX Sports

The Kansas City Royals might very well win the World Series. That would certainly be wonderful for them, but of course, it will come at a price for the rest of us. There are already pieces about how everyone should be like the Royals, and a World Series win would mean that we’€™d all be treated to another 50 or so of those pieces. There are many commendable things about how the Royals were built and how they play ball, but let’€™s take a look at the evidence and ask the question: Are the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Hunter Pence responds to Royals fan signs with monster Game 1 | MLB.com

These are still funny. My opinion might change over the next week.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:05 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, October 22, 1914:

When the Athletics take the field next year, it is reported, Connie Mack will not be on the bench directing the attack of the former world’s champions. The veteran, it is said, has obtained control of the Athletic club’s stock, and will soon be elected president instead of Benjamin F. Shibe.
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The tall manager is 51 years old and is beginning to show the wear and tear of his long career as a team leader. He has made a fortune out of the national game ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history

2014 MiLBYs | MiLB.com

It’s the MiLBYs!

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry.Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, minor league baseball

Pace-Of-Play Initiatives Get Mixed Reviews In AFL - BaseballAmerica.com

Of course, if these rules end up in place, routines will change.

“It’s tough,” Seager said. “You almost feel rushed. It’s not your normal (routine) where you can take your time, get your rhythm. It’s kind of on somebody else’s rhythm. It was a little rushed … getting on and off the field, getting your stuff done in the dugout and in the box mainly because you only have 20 seconds between pitches. You swing and then get right back in—it’s a little weird.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: minors, rule changes

San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 21, 2014 - ESPN

Giants draw first blood.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 2 OMNICHATTER

The Royals send Yordano Ventura to the hill to try and avoid a 0-2 deficit in the World Series against the Giants, who send Jake Peavy to start. That entire last sentence would not have made sense not that long ago.

8 PM (7:30 pre-game). FOX.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 534 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jerome Williams re-signs with Phils

I don’t mean what I’m about to write to be a swipe at Williams or the Phils.  Here we have a pitcher with 422 IP and an 82 ERA+ from 2012-14.  Sure, the FIP is a bit better, probably close to 90.  The main thing he has going for him is MLB experience (but not any recent success), a willingness to take the mound whenever the manager wants and, after a lot of ups and downs, some durability. 

That’s worth $2.5 M it seems.  Not an obvious overpay as b-r lists his salaries the last two ...

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Walt Davis Posted: October 21, 2014 at 09:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jerome williams, phillies, the value of a healthy pitcher

Mike Scioscia, Matt Williams voted top managers

Mike Scioscia of the Angels and Matt Williams of the Nationals are Sporting News’ 2014 American League and National League Managers of the Year, respectively, as selected by a panel of 22 major league managers. SN has given Manager of the Year awards since 1936.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 21, 2014 at 02:36 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awards and honors, nationals

As Focus Faded and Losses Piled Up, Royals Change Their Game

When Kuntz walked inside the room, he saw a scene that had become all too familiar in recent weeks: a collection of Royals with their heads down, eyes locked on their iPads. The game was called “Clash of Clans,” and for a period of time this summer, its excessive usage by members of this club exasperated the coaching staff.

“At that time, in that situation, it’s really disappointing,” said Kuntz, the team’s first-base coach. He added, “You just got to a point where you go, ...

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Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 21, 2014 at 01:55 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, video games

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium

Swinging rally towels? Tsk, tsk.

FYI, BP is free this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

So You’re About to Pitch to Pablo Sandoval | FanGraphs Baseball

Essentially there is no one good place to pitch him but a bunch of good places to get him out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2014

Washington Times, October 21, 1914:

Leslie Mann, of the Boston Braves, returned to [Springfield, Massachusetts] Saturday. Mann has forsaken baseball for the class room. This morning he got out his textbooks and wended his way with other students of Springfield Training School to the recitation room.
...
It is understood that the college boys are planning a formal welcome home for their hero. Next week Mann, with that other brilliant Springfield contribution to the sensational ball club, Walter ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 21, 2014 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, les mann

DeWitt expects ‘significant’ rise in payroll in coming years : Sports

“We have forecasted increases over the next three to five years that will accommodate what we need to do with the young players we have,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt told The Post-Dispatch this past week. “We knew as younger players matured at the major-league level they would get to arbitration and into free agency. We wouldn’t be able to retain them at the current payroll level, so we’re forecasting fairly significant increases in the next three to five years.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, economics


Baseball’s hardest throwing bullpen - Beyond the Box Score

Giddy up!

The Kansas City Royals trio of relievers has received a lot of attention this postseason. Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland all throw some serious cheddar. Also, they have been dominant. All three posted ERAs below 1.50 during the regular season, and in the playoffs they’ve allowed just three runs in 25.2 innings. Herrera owned baseball’s second fastest average fastball at 98.1 miles per hour, and Holland and Davis both fell in the top 15, averaging just under 96 miles per ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2014 at 07:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: relievers, sabermetrics

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 OMNICHATTER

IN THIS CORNER, THE VISITING TEAM, REPRESENTING THE NATIONAL LEAGUE AND STARTING MADISON BUMGARNER, PLAYING IN THEIR 20TH WORLD SERIES AND THEIR SIXTH IN THE CITY BY THE BAY, THE GUARDIANS OF THE GOLDEN GATE, THE SAN FRANCISCO GIIIIIAAAAAANNNNTS!

AND, IN THIS CORNER, THE HOME TEAM, REPRESENTING THE AL AND STARTING JAMES SHIELDS, PLAYING IN THEIR THIRD WORLD SERIES AND THEIR FIRST IN 29 YEARS, THE FASTEST TEAM ALIVE, AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS, THE KANSAS CITY ROOOOYYYYAAALLLLLS!

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 21, 2014 at 12:07 AM | 603 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sabermetrics in Broadcasting

The Fox Sports 1 alternate broadcast from Game 1 of the NLCS was enjoyable, but had its issues.  This article takes a look at the usage of sabermetrics in broadcasting and tries to establish their proper place in a broadcast.  Mitchel Lichtman and Jon Chelesnik, the CEO of the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America, weigh in on the topic.

Joe Vasile Posted: October 20, 2014 at 07:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, fox sports 1, jabo, mets, sabermetrics

Hitting coaches blamed for lack of offense - Sports - The Boston Globe

Magadan believes batting averages will continue to plummet because hitters won’t make adjustments.

“I tell my guys all the time, you can continue trying to hit into the shift and come back and complain how much the shift is hurting you,” said Magadan, “or you stay inside a slider and take a shot the other way and get on base more.”

Valentin also thinks pitching is getting better. The power arms have made it tough on hitters. He emphasizes swinging at fastballs early in the count so ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, hitting, hitting coaches

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