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Monday, November 02, 2015

Royals Run to a Crown No Longer Out of Reach - The New York Times

Congrats to the Royals fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

OTP - 2015 November 2: During the World Series, Politics Makes Strange Bet Fellows

Her gibe, though, raises a question: What are these things on which the dysfunctional Congress supposedly agrees?

Their wager is just one of several that have been made between various elected officials from the two regions, in keeping with a familiar World Series tradition as cheesy as whatever is failing to be sneaked past hungry vermin.

For example, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri have also agreed to wear the winning team’s jersey for a full day if their team ...

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 1742 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, off topic, politics

Metstradamus: Dead and Lucky

Well-said remarks in a rare snark-free post:

The Mets played a baseball game that started on November 1st and stretched into the wee hours of November 2nd. In a season that started with a roster that was … maybe … good enough to win 83 games, that’s pretty damn good. They just ran into a buzzsaw at the end. A buzzsaw that has been waiting for this after Salvador Perez popped out to Pablo Sandoval last season. They absolutely deserved it, even as the Mets handed it to them. I knew defense ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 2015, good news, lolmets, mets, postseason, world series

Posnanski: Royals, Flush: How Kansas City built a team to be envied

How did the Royals reach the playoffs in 2013, win the World Series in ‘15 and then dominate the latter part of the decade? Well, it was that minor league system ... that amazing Kansas City Royals minor league system.

Congratulations, Kansas City.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Inside Baseball: No chance Pete Rose is reinstated; plus more MLB news -

I’m happy Rose isn’t part of the broadcast crew because he was dreadful. That he left to sign autographs says everything you need to know about Pete.

Word is, he thinks he has a very good chance to be reinstated by Major League Baseball, and thinks he might even manage again at the big-league level. In reality, reinstatement is the biggest long shot Pete’s ever backed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 10:14 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pete rose

Goold elected president of the BBWAA

Congrats to Derrick Goold (who I don’t know from Adam) but the big news is that nerds are no longer on the outside as Jonah Keri was named to the board.

We have met the enemy and they is us.

Walt Davis Posted: November 01, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, signs of the apocalypse

Hard times for the Mets

Baseball is not sweet. Baseball is not a good guy. Baseball is judgmental, a tough dad. Baseball is tougher than manganese molybdenum. Those who ignore this and want to cling to its sweetness—a sixty-six-year-old manager getting into the World Series for the first time after more than forty years in the game, a beloved team captain hitting a home run in a winning cause after painful struggles with physical disability, a local kid pitching in front of his mom and dad—will get their heads ...

Zach Posted: November 01, 2015 at 06:48 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets, royals, world series

Joe Buck has many critics, but does he deserve them?

Found him! The guy who likes Joe Buck.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 04:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, joe buck

OT - November* 2015 College Football thread

Click to behold the majesty of the Miami-Duke finish represented by dotted lines.

* As it did last year, the November thread will run through Championship Week before being replaced by the Bowl Spectacular thread.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2015 at 12:16 PM | 1280 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Matt Harvey is the Mets last hope to keep World Series dream alive | Politi |

Of course, if the team doesn’t player better defense and the bullpen continues to misfire, even a great performance by Harvey won’t be enough.

“It seems like when he has a below-average Matt Harvey start, he comes back the next start a lot better,” Mets captain David Wright said. “He’s seen this lineup, he has seen kind of what they’re all about. And I know he’s one of the best at making adjustments, so I’m sure he’s gonna go in with a good game plan and go pitch like Matt Harvey can pitch.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, royals, world series

Jeurys Familia blew the Mets’ lead, but he had lots of help | New York Post

How much will Murphy get in free agency?

“For me, in my mind, it’s still the same. Every time I go in to pitch I just want to get the hitter to hit a ground ball with the first pitch I throw,” Familia said. “That’s what I tried tonight, every time I pitch. It doesn’t matter if I have men on base. I don’t try to put pressure on myself. I just want to believe in myself. I know I can do it.”

He got the grounder. Murphy made an error. Tie game. Familia got another grounder. That ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Sleight of hand works for Royals, too, as they capitalize on Mets’ goofs for 3-1 Series lead | The Kansas City Star

Trailing 3-2 on Saturday, a Royals team that for 13 months has thrived on the sorcery of the comeback conjured yet another on decidedly slim pickings:

Walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain; a tame grounder by Eric Hosmer that magically bypassed the glove of second baseman Daniel Murphy; and a Mike Moustakas single to right just past the groping Murphy.

Sal Perez made it 5-3 with the only emphatic hit of the inning, and, shazam, the Royals’ comeback recipe was punctuated by a six-out ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Royals’ aggressive offense hits home with Rays | Tampa Bay Times

“Several years ago it seemed like there was a reward to patience at the plate, especially in knocking out a starting pitching and getting to a team’s bullpen earlier,” Silverman said. “Today bullpens are incredibly formidable, and a number of teams are adjusting and taking a more aggressive approach throughout and trying to hit the strikes they see. It’s a different ballgame.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, royals

Rogers: Anthopoulos’s job would have been the same under Shapiro -

Did Anthopoulos jump the gun?

Asked if Anthopoulos, named Sporting News Executive of the Year on Thursday in a vote of his peers, would have had full autonomy and final say on baseball decisions, Rogers quipped: “If you meet a person that in their life has full autonomy I’d love to meet them, I’m not sure that exists.”

Then, turning serious, he replied: “There are two things there. One is the premise that Paul Beeston was some sort of shrinking violet, that he wasn’t fully engaged, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers


Could this be the last game of the 2015 MLB Season? Will the Royals win it all? Or will the Mets live to fight another day?

Royals (Volquez) at Mets (Harvey). FOX. 8.

Gamingboy Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 1224 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Inside Baseball: Personality clash led to Anthopoulos’ gutsy call; more notes -

But while everyone was surprised anyone would have the guts to turn down a guaranteed $10 million or more when all the other GM jobs are filled and nothing else comparable is available, some did wonder whether this was an odd pairing that ever made sense. Shapiro is highly structured and “all about process,” according to former co-workers, while Anthopoulos is seen as a frenetic mile-a-minute thinker and mover who can seem all over the map at times.

Anthopoulos is also all about bold moves, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 11:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general managers, notes

Disappointment in Pittsburgh: How the Pirates Ditched Pittsburgh’s Negro Leagues Past

Article from Sport in American History. Also reposted at the New Pittsburgh Courier. Somehow the Pirates got away with destroying their permanent Negro leagues exhibit for the entire 2015 season with very little push-back from the Pittsburgh or baseball community. How does this happen?

This past spring, two statues depicting Negro leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson were on the move. In Washington D.C., the Nationals quietly relocated a Gibson statue along with two others to another section of ...

joshtothemaxx Posted: October 31, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: museum, negro leagues, pirates, pittsburgh pirates

Pete Rose no longer part of Fox Sports’ coverage team

He can apply for reinstatement to the FOX sports coverage team in one year.

Pete Rose is done photobombing on Fox Sports — at least until next season.

That’s right, Rose will no longer appear on Fox Sports’ pre- and postgame coverage of the World Series, host Kevin Burkhardt announced after the Mets’ 9-3 rout of the Royals in Game 3.

MORE: Best photos from the World Series

“This is the best October I’ve had since 1980 when I won my last World Series,” Rose said. “Thanks, guys. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, media, pete rose, television, world series

Will Cleveland Indians use six-man starting rotation in 2016? Hey, Hoynsie |

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Please no. I hate the five-man rotation. A six-man rotation would put me over the edge.

Hey, Hoynsie: Is there any possibility that the Tribe would consider going to a six-man rotation next season of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Cody Anderson? This would give each starter more overall rest during the season. Also since it’s unlikely all six starters will stay healthy all year, it would allow them to go back to a five-man ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Mets’ successful challenge helps shift momentum - NY Daily News

Take two. “Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

This wasn’t the performance the Royals needed from Ventura in Queens, but it’s just one game | The Kansas City Star

The Royals pitchers made a few fielding gaffs that hurt them.

In the next inning, the mental gaffe was even worse. With runners on second and third, Michael Conforto hit a chopper to the right side of the infield. The first day of spring training this year, all 30 teams worked on pitchers covering first base in this situation. They did the same the year before, the year before that, and the year before that. They will do this again next spring.

Ventura, in the noise and chaos of a World Series ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Syndergaard says he deliberately threw up and in to Alcides Escobar

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard told reporters he had “a few tricks” up his sleeve prior to his start in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, and it turned out he wasn’t kidding.

Edit: Here’s the pitch. It’s smart pitching. Jim.

spanx for the memories Posted: October 31, 2015 at 02:08 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city royals, new york mets


The Mets look to tie up the series at two, while the Royals look to get within just one win of World Series glory.

Royals (Chris Young) at Mets (Matz), 8, FOX. Happy Halloween!

Gamingboy Posted: October 31, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 596 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 30, 2015

The 2015 Fielding Bible Awards

How on earth did Rafael Palmeiro win this?

Unsurprisingly, Simmons also won a Fielding Bible Award this season. Both were unanimous winners, as was Jason Heyward in right field.

Simmons and Heyward were two of the four total repeat winners this season. Simmons has unanimously won the Award in each of his three full seasons in the majors and is the best defensive player in baseball today. Former teammate Heyward won his third Award in right field, though this year it was as a member of the ...


Padres introduce Andy Green as their full-time manager |

Sorry, missed this yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 04:19 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, padres

World Series Weekend: Five Questions for Three (or Two) Royals-Mets Games «

Get yer last Ben Lindbergh Grantland article. Get yer last Ben Lindbergh Grantland article, heeeeeeeeeeere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

CNN: ESPN ‘suspending’ publication of Grantland, effective immediately

It’s high time Grantland was killed off; aside from a few pieces here and there, Bill Simmons’ vanity project will emphatically not be missed.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise,” the sports network said in a statement.

It praised Grantland for having “quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun” and singled out Simmons for being ...

Esoteric Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 201 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries

Rays reject counter-offer to leave Tropicana Field, hire Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen

Originally negotiated last year by St. Pete’s mayor Rick Kriseman, the Rays offer would have likely paid the city $20M with an anticipated move in 2019, though exact numbers fluctuated based on when the stadium was vacated. The counter proposal from the Council offered the same basic permissions, but with a payout escalating significantly.

The new deal, which included the cost of demolishing Tropicana Field, would have cost $41M for the Rays to move to Hillsborough County in 2019, or $33M for ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium issues

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2015

Inexplicably 27 person made a prediction for this season in the pre-season thread, but now that’s outta the way I estimate only 15-20 primates who care about the NBA on a regular basis, but with our own thread we won’t derail this site from what it is mainly about….. The war in Syria

RollingWave Posted: October 30, 2015 at 01:10 PM | 1465 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, October 30, 1915:

Long Tom Hughes is believed to be one of the few players in the history of the game to resign.
When the Angels started on their last trip, so the story runs, the players, as is their custom, flipped coins to decide which of them should be sentenced to upper berths or occupy the roomy ground floor. Hughes showed up too late for the lottery and found Scotty Finley occupying the only extra lower berth. That the club trainer should be in a lower and a ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, long tom hughes

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