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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Science of an Insane Hitting Streak - The Daily Beast

“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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, sabermetrics, streaks

Phillies to introduce Matt Klentak on Monday

The Phillies and new club president Andy MacPhail will introduce Matt Klentak as their new general manager on Monday in an 11 a.m. press conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, phillies

Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki never quite felt at home in Toronto this season after shocking trade left him feeling betrayed

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. ...

EvilBoWeevil Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:06 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki, whining, wtf

NY Magazine: California Congressman Forced to Despairingly Sing ‘Meet the Mets’ on House Floor

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.


bobm Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: congress, dodgers, mets

In Surprise Move, Mets Pick Matt Harvey to Start in Game 1 of World Series

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 ...

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, matt harvey, mets, royals, world series

Theo Epstein: Free Agent Soothsayer | FanGraphs Baseball

If winning were easy, everybody would be doing it.

If you don’t really have a truly unique viewpoint, of course you follow the success of others. Don’t get me wrong. We all should strive to learn new things. The difference, though, between people who truly understand the lessons of Moneyball and those who don’t is, the enlightened ones get that it’s easier to chart your course in a different direction from everybody else. If they zig, you zag. If everybody is ignoring OBP, you get OBP guys. If ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, team building, theo epstein

Sunday Notes: Mets, Cubs, Mounds, Manager Musings, more | FanGraphs Baseball

An interesting note.

Earlier this week, I asked Kris Bryant how he evolved as a hitter throughout the course of this season. The rookie sensation told me that he got more comfortable facing big league pitching – “the sharpness of the sliders, the movement on the fastballs” – but that’s about it. He elaborated that he’ll “look back at some things” in the offseason and “learn from what worked for me, and what didn’t work for me.”

Needless to say, a lot worked. Bryant put up ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, notes

Inside Baseball: Ins and outs of Mattingly’s exit; plus more MLB notes -

As always some good tidbits from Heyman. I love this one.

As was mentioned in this space a week ago, the former outfielder/former broadcaster Gabe Kapler is beloved by the Dodgers brass as future saber star. (Kapler was put in charge of Dodgers spring nutrition for obvious reasons – he looks like a bodybuilder – and he is said to have taken a sabermetrician’s bent to even that; he was caught counting fruit in spring training.)

See, sabermetricians are counters. How can a seemingly smart ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, notes

Next top Cuban pitcher shines « Jesse Sanchez at the Park

Most scouts believe Sierra can help a Major League team next season. He could command a contract comparable to the seven-year, $27 million deal the Reds awarded Cuban starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias last summer and the four-year, $32 million deal starter Jose Contreras signed with the Yankees in 2002.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international players, yaisel sierra

Red Sox hire Ruben Amaro, Jr. a first base coach.

Former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will be making a rare transition in 2016, when he returns to the playing field as the Boston Red Sox’s new first-base coach.

A baseball source confirmed the pending hiring, which was first reported Saturday by the Boston Globe.

CraigK Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:46 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, ruben amaro jr.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dodgers looking for a manager open to collaboration — like Gabe Kapler? - LA Times

Several hours after the Dodgers confirmed Don Mattingly wouldn’t return to their dugout next season, Gabe Kapler was asked if he was ready to take over as the team’s manager.

“I have to go work out,” Kapler said.

He smiled, politely declined to comment further and slipped into an elevator.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 02:02 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gabe kapler, managers

Royals fan nearly interferes with Mike Moustakas home run in ALCS Game 6

The catch guaranteed a run, nearly incited an international incident and made the bearded Humpreys — a 19-year-old community college student who works a part-time job at a nearby Gasmart — into a Kansas City cult hero — a Midwestern Jeffery Maier, with a little more facial hair.

“I wasn’t going to bring it,” Wilson would say, peering down at his Wilson glove.

Zach Posted: October 24, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jeffrey maier, replay, royals

Homework got Lorenzo Cain home from first on single

As Cain approached third, he didn’t slow down but was surprised to see Jirschele continuing to windmill his arms.

“I was definitely confused,” Cain said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

But Jirschele did. He saw Bautista field the ball, turn and throw to second base. Hosmer had made a wide turn at first and Bautista’s throw was an attempt to hold Hosmer.

Jirschele knew Bautista’s tendencies.

“I knew if I had somebody that could run coming into third base, we were going ...

Zach Posted: October 24, 2015 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: base coaches, baserunning, royals

NY Post: Sherman: Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders

At one last get-together with the main decision-makers — with the clock now nearing the 4 p.m. deadline — Alderson let all in the room know what would be heard if this trade were not made and the team did not win a championship: “We had a chance to do this and didn’t do it.”

Said Alderson: “That is a form of conversation that would make it as stark and dramatic as possible, another way of articulating what we all thought we should do. There were people in this organization saying ...

bobm Posted: October 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tigers, yoenis cespedes

Pete Rose videobombs, swivels during rain delay

If there is a worse analyst than Pete Rose, I haven’t seen him. Who picks the studio hosts on FS1?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Expect arms race for Cubs in the hunt for more Octobers | Chicago Sun-Times

It’s already next year at Wrigley.

Specifically, it’s on the front office to – as Theo Epstein has repeatedly said – “not screw it up.”

And mostly that’s about building enough starting pitching depth to keep climbing the NL Central ladder and to better withstand a team like the Mets next time they see October.

It’s the obvious, highest priority of the offseason for a front office that already was far down the road in planning and targets even before Jason Hammel was shelled in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Core Royals players overcame challenges, carried their team and swept away doubts | The Kansas City Star

The Royals’ 25-man postseason roster has 12 changes on it from last season, and without the makeover they probably wouldn’t have won their second straight American League Championship Series on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

That was particularly true with the additions of Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Ryan Madson, the postseason version of Alex Rios and Ben Zobrist, whose first-inning home run stirred Kauffman Stadium to a life it never lost in the Royals’ 4-3 victory over Toronto in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals, world series

Cassavell/Sports on Earth: Postseason MVPs

It’s more than the World Series, it’s all the games that got you there.

Chris Fluit Posted: October 24, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, david freese, david ortiz, jeter, postseason

Dodgers looking for a manager open to collaboration — like Gabe Kapler?

From the time Kapler became the Dodgers’ farm director, there were rumblings within the organization that he might be the front office’s handpicked manager-in-waiting. True or not, this perception could present an obstacle for Kapler if he is selected to manage the team. If players see him as an extension of the front office, they could view him with suspicion.

Already, Kapler has raised some eyebrows with the Dodgers.

He was responsible for introducing organic food and eliminating soda in ...


Roger Angell - B. M. W. D.

In which Roger Angell provides a broader audience with their own Official Mets Fan Self-Immolation Thread despite heading to the World Series.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: October 24, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fandom, mets, self-immolation, world series

Friday, October 23, 2015

Kansas City and Toronto Libraries Exchange Literary Insults on Twitter

Team pride is running so high in both cities that even the local librarians are getting in on the trash talk. The Kansas City public library instigated the feud following their Tuesday night win by tweeting an image of some snarky book spine poetry. As you can see from the exchange below, things got pretty heated from there—or at least as heated as a battle between Midwestern and Canadian librarians can get.

Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 23, 2015 at 03:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Unraveling the mystery of Marlins Man: The fan who is everywhere |

The guy really is everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Big Bad Bautista

Reimagining this “disrespectful” and “arrogant” Bautista caricature as firmly on the side of good is an excellent exercise. He’s confident, loyal, defends and supports his teammates, and patently refuses to let anyone speak for him.

mathesond Posted: October 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Royals fans can’t get enough of hometown team |

As well that they should. Enjoy the run!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Gothamist - Carlson: Behold, The 1950s Baseball Dome That Would Have Kept The Dodgers In Brooklyn

In the mid-1950s, there was a proposal for a new home for the Brooklyn Dodgers, dubbed: the Dodger Dome, which would have sat where the Atlantic Terminal Mall is today, right near Barclays Center. The design came from dome-loving architect Buckminster Fuller, who four years later proposed putting a geodesic dome over much of Manhattan. According to a 1955 article in the NY Times, the Dodgers camp asked Fuller to build them a new home.

Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley wrote a letter to Fuller on ...

Lassus Posted: October 23, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodger stadium

Mariners promote Allison to oversee all scouting operations | The News Tribune

Changes in Seattle continue, including a new manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, scott servais

Shaikin: Don Mattingly makes a decision, and Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman gets to make his choice

There are Dodger fans clamoring for Scioscia?

In Los Angeles, ownership deflected the decision on Don Mattingly to Andrew Friedman. There was talk of Mattingly staying another year, maybe more, but not for the kind of tenure that would make the manager feel he was Friedman’s guy. So Mattingly took it upon himself to make the decision. He left. He ought to be better off for it, and so too the Dodgers, without the constant backdrop of when Friedman might bring in his own guy.

Friedman should have ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, don mattingly, manager

Out of tragedy, Red Sox scout Chuck Koney leaves cherished legacy - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Art Stewart and others talk about Chuck Koney.

“There are a lot of good baseball scouts,” Stewart remembers Rickey saying, “but the great baseball scouts? They are like the great musicians who have a special ear for music and the intangibles you can’t define.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts

Pitchers as Efficiency Experts – The Hardball Times

The smallest pitch counts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch counts, pitching

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