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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pie designated for assignment; Angle recalled

Pie: victim of MILKAMANIA.

The Felix Pie era in Baltimore appears to be officially over.

The talented but mistake-prone outfielder was designated for assignment today and replaced on the Orioles’ 25-man roster by Matt Angle.

Pie, 26, was batting just .220 with seven RBIs in 85 games, while also struggling defensively… In 268 games for the Orioles over the past three seasons, Pie has batted .259 (182-for-704) with 14 homers and 67 RBIs…

Angle will assume the fourth outfielder role. The ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NYT: Did Newark Bet on the Wrong Sport?

After a promising start to the return of minor league baseball here 13 years ago, a persistent dark cloud has settled over the Bears and their cozy ballpark near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In recent years, the team has changed ownership several times, gone into bankruptcy and emerged to an almost nonexistent fan base and grim financial reality.

The Bears are more than $800,000 in arrears on rent to Essex County and have provided little in ticket and sponsorship revenue due the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:08 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor leagues

NYBD: Silva: R.A. Dickey and the Human Narrative

“Let me say one more time, loudly…R…A…....Dickeee!

R.A. Dickey was holding court before Friday night’s Mets- Brewers games at Citi Field. He was talking about why he recently joined Twitter, his upcoming climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the manuscript for his memoir that is due out next April, and how throwing the knuckleball is about relationship and perfection. I asked Dickey if he could have imagined two years ago his position in the game today. “The human narrative is just a neat ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, projections, sabermetrics

A’s trade Kouzmanoff to Colorado Rockies

Kouz. Kouz. Kouz. Come here.

...The Oakland A’s announced today that they have sent third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and cash to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Kouzmanoff, who was supposed to be a steadying presence at third base and provide power to Oakland’s light-hitting lineup, was traded to Colorado Tuesday after spending much of the 2011 season at Triple-A Sacramento.

Kouzmanoff, acquired in a trade in January 2010, began this season as ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rockies

Diamondbacks trade Johnson to Blue Jays for Hill and McDonald

The D-backs sent second baseman Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald.

This seems sort of pointless on all fronts, but hey, baseball news.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 23, 2011 at 07:42 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, blue jays

Earthquake felt during Indians-Mariners game

Shock waves from an earthquake on the East Coast made the press box sway slightly and sent some fans toward the exits during the first game of a doubleheader between the Indians and Seattle Mariners.

As the Mariners were batting in the fourth inning Tuesday, the press box high above home plate and the third-base line moved left and right and continued for nearly 30 seconds. Fans sitting in the upper deck at Progressive Field noticed the unusual movement, and weren’t sure what was happening.

Gamingboy Posted: August 23, 2011 at 07:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general

JSOnline: Sports Illustrated has Brewers covered

Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Nyjer Morgan are on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, the first time since 1987 the magazine has featured an all-Brewers cover.

The story by Lee Jenkins is headlined “Living the High Life,” with the subhead “How T-Plush and Two Wallbanging MVP Candidates Are Mixing a Strange Brew in Milwaukee.”

Great… now we’re gonna lose 2/3 of our outfield and our first baseman. Just in time for the playoff run, too!

whoisalhedges Posted: August 23, 2011 at 04:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Jose Bautista - Also Good at Internetting

It’s from fangraphs and I can’t get a cut and paste, but basically some kid call Bautista a slur, and Bautista tells the kid to stop hating, and that he’s a douche.

Speaking of Bautista, here’s something to smile about:

June 5, 2000: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed May 19, 2001.
December 15, 2003: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2003 rule 5 draft.
June 3, 2004: Selected off waivers by the Tampa ...

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, online

ESPN: Szymborski: The Yankees’ off-speed problem (INSIDER)

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the 2011 New York Yankees knows they have one of the best offensive attacks in the league. They are edging out the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers for the most runs scored in baseball this season, and it’s hard to find a true weakness in the lineup to exploit. The Yankees hit at home and on the road, against lefties and righties, against fly-ball pitchers and ground-ball pitchers. With apologies to the late great Dr. Seuss, this team would score ...

Dan Szymborski Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

ESPN: Schoenfield: 10 reasons to keep on watching

Me? I’m following Aaron Harang’s 12 - 3 season…just to see if he returns that potion to Throckmorton’s Curio Shop on time!

September is around the corner, that time of year when baseball fans pretend to care about that little sport called football. The pennant races and wild-card chases don’t look too dramatic right now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to remain excited about the final five-plus weeks.

5. Michael Young’s pursuit of his second batting title.

Young ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 02:08 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

Feinsand: Granderson makes case for AL MVP, one voter calls Yankees CF ‘the front-runner’

Bautista Bite! Bautista Bomb!

With five weeks remaining in the season, Granderson hasn’t just worked his way into the MVP conversation, he’s emerged as the favorite.

“With five weeks to go, I’d say he’s the front-runner,” one voter said. “But it’s a very close race.”

Granderson leads the league in runs, RBI, total bases, triples and extra-base hits, is second in home runs and slugging percentage and third in OPS. He also ranks in the top 12 in stolen bases, walks and on-base percentage, ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:37 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

NY Daily News: Angel Pagan delayed in bathroom while on deck, New York Mets lose 10-0 laugher to Ph

The one where a New York Met successfully does not take a poop on the field.

After Evans walked, and no batter appeared, home plate umpire Mike DiMuro strolled toward the bench. The crowd began to boo. The public address announcer waited.

Where was Pagan?

“I told the trainer, I have to go to the bathroom,” Pagan said.

Turns out, the center fielder felt a rumble at the end of the fourth. It arrived suddenly, and with great force. Pagan said he informed trainer Ray Ramirez, and ran to the ...

Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:28 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: memorabilia, mets

ajc: Bradley: What’s wrong with Jason Heyward? It’s a blip in his BABIP

Although BVWAJ (Bobby Valentine Who’s A Jerk) is certainly no blip.

We’ve noted before that Heyward is swinging more and accomplishing less. (His batting average and on-base percentage tell us that much.) We’ve also noted that this is the truly baffling part. Unlike, say, Jordan Schafer, who has struck out a lot at every level, Heyward arrived in the majors bearing the stamp of a young player who knew the strike zone and could work a count.

Many observers — from Bobby Valentine, ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:14 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, projections, sabermetrics

Brew Beat: Roenicke urges care with ‘beast mode’

They scare because they care.

In recent weeks, the Brewers have been celebrating big hits by raising both arms in the air, a gesture that Prince Fielder says it began with his kids imitating characters from the animated movie, “Monsters, Inc.” Fielder did it after driving in both of his runs in Sunday’s win over the Mets.

Lately, even some routine singles have become cause for celebration. Is Roenicke OK with that? Not really.

But before going to players with a request to tone things ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, history, media

Hughson: The Use Of Sabermetric Stats Makes Me Uncomfortable

“accuracy - not flakiness” Handles for sale! Get your red hot handles!

Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average (SIERA)

Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average estimates ERA through walk rate, strikeout rate and ground ball rate, eliminating the effects of park, defense and luck.  How is it calculated you ask?

SIERA = 6.145 – 16.986*(SO/PA) + 11.434*(BB/PA) – 1.858*((GB-FB-PU)/PA) + 7.653*((SO/PA)^2) +/– 6.664*(((GB-FB-PU)/PA)^2) + 10.130*(SO/PA)*((GB-FB-PU)/PA) – ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: community, fantasy baseball, history, projections, sabermetrics, site news, special topics | Center fielder uses his head for crazy triple play

Check out this crazy play.

Logan Schafer, a center fielder for the AAA Nashville sounds, makes an amazing grab…after the ball bounces off his glove, then his noggin.

The use of his head is so confusing the runners that the infield turns it into a triple play.

Here’s the footage of the comical out:

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-23-2011

22 years ago today:

                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9  10 11 12  13 14 15  16 17 18  19 20 21  22    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -    -  -  -
Dodgers         0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   1    1 20  1
Expos           0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0    0 13  1

AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette, August 25, 1989:

The score was 0-0 in the top of ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dugout, expos, game recaps, history

Posnanski: The Ball-Strike Machine

Your ball’s got a little machine
You’re the ball-strike machine.

Jorge Posada stepped up. And this was the at-bat that sparked this blog post. [Joakim] Soria’s first pitch was way off for a ball. His second looked to be about three or four inches outside—and the umpire called it a strike… Soria then threw a nifty little pitch—MLB defined it as a slider, but it looked more like a very tight curveball—at the knees on the outside corner for strike two. That was one heck of a pitch.

And then, Soria ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 23, 2011 at 06:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, braves, royals, yankees

Rany on the Royals: Francoeur Forever

In the name of the crappiest team that has ever trod this earth…

I come to the conclusion that it’s a fair deal for both sides. The Royals paid [Jeff] Francoeur his market value, more or less.

And with all that, I don’t like the deal.

The first reason for my skepticism is this: why now? Why hand out a multi-year deal in the middle of the season? This wouldn’t bother me so much if the Royals didn’t have an official policy of not negotiating contracts during the season. I mean, just ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 23, 2011 at 06:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Yahoo: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday gets moth stuck in ear

Once upon a time, it was the killer bees that were going to get us all.  Moths?  Not so scary.

A moth got stuck deep in Holliday’s right ear Monday night, forcing the St. Louis Cardinals slugger out of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Holliday walked off the field holding his ear. Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg tried to assist the All-Star left fielder as he headed toward the dugout.

“He had a moth fly into his ear, deep into his ...

NTNgod Posted: August 23, 2011 at 04:22 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps After leadoff homer, Verlander sails to 19th win

And with the Tigers’ 5-2 win over the Rays, Verlander (19-5) reached the cusp of becoming Detroit’s first 20-game winner in 20 years.

The Tigers, meanwhile, maintained their command atop the AL Central. They improved their lead over the just-swept Indians to 5 1/2 games after Cleveland lost to Seattle on Monday night.

Verlander gave up his lone run on his fourth pitch of the night, a 95 mph fastball tagged by his former Tigers teammate Matt Joyce for his 17th home run of the year. From there, ...

NTNgod Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rays, tigers

Britton: Pedroia’s stalwart defense helps his MVP chances

Don’t Bogar that joint venture, my friend!

At Fangraphs, Pedroia ranks second in all of baseball in WAR, behind only Toronto’s Jose Bautista. That high standing is due to how loftily Fangraphs rates Pedroia’s defense at second base, since he ranks ninth in the offensive component of WAR, behind teammates Ellsbury and David Ortiz.

Not only is he listed as the best in the game at his position, Pedroia is also credited with saving more runs defensively than all but one player in baseball. ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:00 AM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics Schelling: Work with Old Coach Helped Jeter Find Swing

At the time, the right calf strain that sent Derek Jeter to the disabled list on June 14 appeared as though it would simply delay his chase for 3,000 hits by three weeks.

Two months later, the time off looks like a blessing in disguise.

In addition to getting healthy, Jeter used the time off to work on his swing with instructor Gary Denbo at the Yankees’ training complex in Tampa, Fla.
. . .
Since coming off the disabled list on July 4, Jeter has batted .339, reaching base at a .392 clip ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, yankees

Yahoo: Nationals beat punchless Diamondbacks 4-1

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer, Ross Detwiler took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat Arizona 4-1 Monday night to extend the Diamondbacks’ losing streak to a season-high six games.

Henry Blanco homered for the Diamondbacks, who have scored only seven runs in their last six games. Mired in its longest skid since a seven-game run in July 2010, Arizona now leads second-place San Francisco by just one game in the NL West.
Nationals RHP Stephen ...

NTNgod Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, game recaps, nationals

Monday, August 22, 2011

ESPN New York: A.J. Burnett spot in question

Cashman takes a hit from the objectivity pipe:

“We have six guys who can pitch in a pennant race, period,” Cashman said. “A.J. Burnett is having his typical terrible August. For whatever reason, he can’t pitch in August, I don’t know why. It is what it is. August is obviously not an effective month for him.”...Cashman added that Burnett “is not our No. 2 starter,” but hasn’t pitched poorly enough to be treated like “Oliver Perez.”

NJ in DC (Now with Wife!) Posted: August 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, obituaries, yankees

Brian Kenny leaving ESPN, heading to MLB Network?

Brian jonesin’? The Amsinger, not the song.

Anchor Brian Kenny is leaving ESPN and becoming a TV free agent.

Kenny will host his final SportsCenter in early September, confirmed ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys. “Brian did great work for us. His contract was up and he found a new opportunity,” Soltys said Monday night.

Given his experience covering Major League Baseball, the veteran anchor/host could be a good fit with rival MLB Network, which has been competing with ESPN for TV talent and ...

Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television

ESPN NY: Best closer ever? Try Trevor Hoffman

SVs - BSv - Pct.

601 - 76 - 88.7740 - Hoffman
592 - 72 - 89.1566 - Mariano

Isn’t it obvious by now!

Yankees fans like to think of Mariano Rivera as the greatest closer in baseball history.

They couldn’t be more wrong—at least according to San Diego Padres radio announcer Ted Leitner.

In a ceremony retiring Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 at Petco Park on Sunday, Leitner told the 40,000-plus in attendance that there is no question: The best closer of all time ... is Hoffman.

“And I know, baseball ...

Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 09:10 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, media, padres, sabermetrics, yankees

Brown: Online Outlet Bleacher Report Adds 5 Lead Writers to Solidify Reputation

Maury adds…“Thrusting the front end to meet the back end.”

As a matter of commentary, I have seen Bleacher Report and have been drawn to its allure while also being repelled by it. When King Kaufman was brought on – a highly respectable writer – one had to wonder, what was in the works? Recently, John Thorn penned work for BR, someone that’s incredibly respected and now MLB’s Official Historian.

The media landscape is changing. The fall of newspapers. The fall of AOL Fanhouse. The ...

Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 08:10 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, site news, special topics

‘Duk: Starlin Castro’s space cadet routine draws Bobby V’s ire

Well…so much for not throwing the ball until your infielders are set.

Over the course of a season, I’m guessing it’s an impossible task for any player outside of the battery to be 100 percent dialed into every pitch of a 162-game season. The mind can wander, the mind can zone out, the mind can see something without seeing anything. It’s human nature.

But for the love of pete, you’d like to think that your defenders would at least be facing the right way each time the pitcher winds up and ...

Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 06:14 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, history

Grantland: ‘Psychic Benefits’ and the NBA Lockout

“The Boston Red Sox signed their first black player in 1959, a utility infielder named “Pumpsie” Green.1 This was 12 years after the Brooklyn Dodgers broke the color line with Jackie Robinson. No other team in baseball dragged its feet on integration like the Red Sox. It wasn’t until 1965, in fact — 18 years after Robinson started at second base for the Dodgers — that Boston had its first full-time black player. Why?

The simple answer — that the Red Sox owner at the time, Tom Yawkey, was ...

Chicago Joe Posted: August 22, 2011 at 02:49 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, red sox

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