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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Twinsights: Twins still have made no manager offers, source says - Twins Now

Joe Maddon certainly won’t end up with the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Statcast: Butler chugs home

Statcast isn’t just for the burners.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, statcast, world series

Bumgarner extraordinary as Giants claim decade | CSN Bay Area

“You know what?” he said with that knowing smile. “I can’t lie to you anymore. I’m a little tired now.”

Hell to the yes, he is. So he’ll wave with his right hand at the parade. So he’ll skip a few chores back home. So he’ll ease into spring training. The extraordinary comes with a price, and he cheerfully paid full retail for a moment this sport hasn’t seen since Catfish Hunter, Mickey Lolich, Koufax and Bob Gibson. He thought he might be a bridge from Jeremy Affeldt to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series

Old shortstop, fireman help Giants get critical out in Game 7 | CSN Bay Area

Dunston and Chop had several angles on the play in the third inning. Second baseman Joe Panik stretched every fiber while diving to knock down Eric Hosmer’s hard grounder, he flipped with his glove to Brandon Crawford and first baseman Brandon Belt made the stretch. The replays were extremely close, but one angle showed a bulge in Belt’s glove from where the baseball made contact while Hosmer’s fingers were millimeters from touching the base.

“I said, ‘OK, OK, he’s out. Let’s go ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals - October 29, 2014 | MLB.com Box

When he first came out of the pen I thought things were going to go into the crapper. I was wrong. Bumgarner was awesome. Congrats to the Giants and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Rozner: Cubs’ pursuit of Maddon strictly business - DailyHerald.com

It’s strictly business.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 09:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

On a wild ride to Game 7, these Royals super fans are the cat’s meow - Yahoo Sports

I hate it when fans get catty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 09:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Joe Maddon is to become Cubs manager, sources say

Shocking!

Edit: Updated link. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 05:37 PM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

Angell: The World Series is Almost Over

O.K., a blowout, but who knew? Every year along about this time, friends start asking me, “Who’s going to win tonight? Whadda you think?” But of course I have no clue. Baseball’s absolute unpredictability makes amateurs of us all, and after the Royals’ wholly unexpected 10–0 shellacking of the Giants in last night’s Game Six we can all get ready for the finale tonight with cheerful idiocy. Both starting pitchers—the Giants’ Tim Hudson and the Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie—are ...

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Japan Times: Nakamura belts three-run homer in 10th to put Hawks one win away from Japan Series title

“I didn’t expect we’d win with just one swing like that,” Akiyama said. “We had a runner on second and their outfielders were positioned shallow, so we were hoping he hit it over the outfielders, but never expected he’d hit a home run.”

Nakamura has hit over .300 the past two seasons, but considering that he hit exactly four home runs in 638 PA this season, and has hit nine in his career, that’s not an unreasonable quote…

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 29, 2014 at 03:35 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Nobody knows anything about Game 7 | FOX Sports

The most insightful, accurate pregame prediction that I’ve read all day. Great job, Rob!

Later today, I’m sure I’ll be overcome by the impulse to cogitate, to calculate, and finally to prognosticate. But while we know an immense amount of things about these teams, literally more than we’ve ever known about any two sports teams before athe biggest of games, nobody knows anything the actual Biggest Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Heyman: Pablo Sandoval is on Boston’s 3B wish list, but so is Chase Headley

Wouldya believe none of ‘em are Boras!

The Red Sox, in need of third base production, are prioritizing Giants postseason hero Pablo Sandoval as well as Chase Headley, according to people in the know.

Boston may also take a look at Aramis Ramirez, if he become a free agent, though he is said to fit below Sandoval and Headley. Ramirez is believed to prefer a return to Milwaukee…

The Giants have made no secret about wanting to keep Sandoval… The Yankees are said to want to re-sign Headley in ...

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Cardinals Leave RF Lights on at Busch Stadium

I don’t know how to embed a photo but here is the link to the Twitter page with the photo.  I thought this was very touching.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 29, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Yoenis Cespedes’ Future With Red Sox Not As Complicated As It Sounds | NESN.com

The Red Sox lineup needs power. The Red Sox want to compete in 2015. Cespedes is in his walk year and has a swing that should produce some good numbers in Fenway. Methinks this will all work out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 08:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoenis cespedes

Second-guessing ends for managers in World Series Game 7 | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch

Although I agree that process is important, the critiquing of every managerial move has gotten out of hand.

Jim Caple of ESPN thinks so, arguing earlier this week that all we’re doing when we’re yelling at Ned Yost or Mike Matheny is creating senseless noise, that it’s the players who decide this, not the managers. As he put it: “Can we please have a moratorium on ripping every single managerial move, including the ones that work out?” The opposing argument, nicely elucidated by Joe Sheehan in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Game 7 fitting end to perfectly strange World Series | CSN Bay Area

I have become a bigger fan of Ray Ratto this postseason. He’s a funny guy.

“There’s a lot of managers out there, and I understand that,” official manager Bruce Bochy said when asked a circuitous question about the Twitteratii, “but this guy just pitched. He’s going to be on two days’ rest. He just threw a complete game. Our confidence in Huddy. But you know, this guy is human. I mean, you can’t push him that much . . . so when they Tweet you, just tell them that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Road maps to pitching success in Game 7 | FOX Sports

Three innings for Hudson seems like a low bar. Why don’t we wait and see what kind of stuff he has before getting those bullpen guys up?

But if Hudson can get through three innings, and Bumgarner can give the Giants two behind Hudson, then the Giants will be setup well to have their four main relievers pitch the final four innings in some fashion. The Royals probably shouldn’t set things up as traditionally. The Royals should get to Herrera, Davis, and Holland as quickly as possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Royal flush turns World Series into 7-game stud | MLB.com

What’s the over/under on how many innings Herrera, Davis, and Holland pitch tonight?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 05:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

mlb.com: Video: Who will be next the champion? [sic]

Here you go- the last 49 World Series-clinching plays. With one five minute video, you can get excited for tonight and relive your entire baseball existence.

Guapo Posted: October 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: history, video, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 7 OMNICHATTER

CAPS LOCK ON!

WINNER IS CHAMPION. LOSER HAS TO LIVE WITH WONDERING “WHAT IF?’

GUTHRIE VS. HUDSON FOR ALL THE MARBLES, JUST AS WE ALL PREDICTED ON OPENING DAY.

8. FOX. GET HYPE.

Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM | 1442 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ESPN: Jose Canseco shoots self in hand

ormer major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Reddon says Canseco told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand.

it’s….it’s…just wow

I’ve handled firearms before (mostly long guns) but ferChrissakes, doesn’t one unload the bastard before cleaning it???

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: gunnutters, idiot, jesus christ

Vanguard after the Revolution | NBC SportsWorld

“Bullshit has tremendous advantages over knowledge. Bullshit can be created as needed, on demand, without limit. Anything that happens, you can make up an explanation for why it happened. 

“There was a Kansas football game a year ago; some Texas-based football team, much better than Kansas, came to Lawrence and struggled through the first quarter — KU with, like, a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. The rest of the game, KU lost, like, 37-0, or something. The announcer had an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 05:56 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics

Angell: Giants Near Crown

These have been fun games, though. Watching Bumgarner, whose amazingly extended lefty delivery begins with the held ball detouring toward short center field, I decided that his great stuff is equalled by the calm and the air of mournful apology with which it’s delivered: Sorry, guys, but you’ve got no chance. It’s quiet when he’s pitching, with little to note beyond the flow of strikeouts or pop-ups or ground balls, delivered without gesture or a change of expression, and the click of ...

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Frankovich: Keith Olbermann, Traditionalist

FYI: Nick was an editor at SABR back in the day.

So said Keith Olbermann. He too has taken to calling the World Series, disparagingly, “the MLB Finals.” Hard left in his politics, the ESPN2 commentator is, mirabile dictu, a hardcore traditionalist in matters baseball. I just came across this video from last Tuesday:

JE (Jason) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, keith olbermann, postseason, world series

The Economist: Gone too soon (Oscar Taveras)

Don’t blame bad roads for Oscar Taveras’s death.  Lax enforcement of driving laws and a culture that celebrates speeding are at fault.

Less than 10% of tickets issued for vehicular infractions ever get paid, and the prevalence of drive-through liquor stores and alcohol sales at petrol stations expose drivers to constant temptation…
Many Dominicans looking for work have responded by scraping out a living ferrying passengers on motoconchos, or motorcycle taxis, which are extremely ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican

Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards dazzles early; Twins prospect Byron Buxton hurt late | MiLB.com

Buxton is hurt again.

Two notable players who fit that profile appeared in Monday’s 3-3 tie between Mesa and Salt River, with each experiencing starkly different outcomes. C.J. Edwards—the Cubs’ No. 5 prospect and No. 51 overall prospect—fired three perfect innings for Solar Sox, while the Rafters’ Byron Buxton—a Twins prospect ranked the best in baseball—sustained yet another injury.

Buxton was taken to a hospital after the game for X-rays on his left middle finger, which he hurt while diving ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, prospects


Is Yordano Ventura the hardest-throwing starting pitcher ever? - Beyond the Box Score

Nolan Ryan was very, very, very fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, royals

Bry: The decline of interest in baseball is a harbinger of waning American power

Dave Bry once compared Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” to Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page”. So there’s that.

Long considered the country’s “national pastime”, baseball reflects the very best qualities of the American spirit, the higher values upon which our society was (theoretically, at least) founded: freedom, independence, tolerance. Football is a violent, territorial sport that rewards brute strength over everything else and symbolises, at its base level, imperialism, bloodlust, and ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent | orioles.com

I can’t wait. This is one of the off-season highlights.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, television

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