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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Edinson Volquez father dies before WS Game 1 |

“This is a family, and we respect each other’s families,” Moustakas said. “This is one huge family, this organization, and when someone loses a family member, that takes priority over everything that happens. Baseball’s baseball. But family, things that happen like that, that’s something that is more important than baseball.”

Before the game, Yost conferred with bench coach Don Wakamatsu and catching coach Pedro Grifol about how to handle the situation. They all agreed to honor the family’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:04 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, human interest story, royals, world series


Jacob deGrom will look to even up the series for the Mets while Johnny Cueto will try to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. And hopefully we can go to bed at a reasonable hour. Maybe.


Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2015 at 05:50 AM | 435 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mlb, omnichatter, royals, world series

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra says he spent $500,000 on private investigators to blackmail umpires for smaller strike zone

The former Mets and Phillies center fielder told Colin Cowherd on “The Herd” Tuesday that, for $500,000, he hired private investigators to follow umpires to gather dirt on them. Dykstra then used the information to make sure he received favorable calls at the plate.

“Their blood’s just as red as ours,” said Dykstra, who spent 12 years in the majors. “Some of them like women, some of them like men, some of them gamble, some of them do whatever.”

Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 27, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

‘Pull of the dugout’ lures Ruben Amaro Jr. to Boston Red Sox

dmittedly, going from being a major-league general manager to becoming a first-base coach is far from a typical career path.

But Ruben Amaro Jr., who served as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for eight seasons before being named first-base coach and outfield instructor by the Red Sox Monday, wasn’t interested in convention.

“I guess it is unusual,’’ allowed Amaro in a conference call with reporters. “But for me, I’ve always had kind of an itch to be back on the field. Clearly, I ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 03:29 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, red sox, ruben amaro jr.

Sabermetrics: Baseball Analytics and the Science of Winning [Infographic] - Blog

Just in time for the World Series, MBA@Syracuse is taking a closer look at baseball’s predictive analytics.  The article features three compelling graphics, including a brief history, sabermetrician’s tool kit, and side-by-side comparison of the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes and Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: education, sabermetrics

The worst commercials of the 2015 MLB postseason -

Merkle’s Boner would be a great tie in.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: advertising, television

Is It Time For Robot Managers? | VICE Sports

Great idea. Next up, sportswriters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

MLB Scorecard / Program: New York Mets (1969) |

Very cool.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: memorabilia

The 15 Biggest Plays in Baseball History

Which plays caused the widest swings in a team’s numerical chances at winning the World Series?

Davo Posted: October 27, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: history, wpa

Royals or Mets? Flip a Coin. No, Really: Go Ahead and Flip a Coin.

So, my numbers say the Mets and Royals are really, really evenly matched. Of course, those same numbers shat the bed in the LCS, so take them with your preferred quantity of sodium chloride.

J-Doug Posted: October 27, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, playoffs, projections, royals, world series

Scout signed many future big-leaguers | The Sacramento Bee

Toni King said her father passed away peacefully at 87 in his Land Park area home. He was visited regularly by friends and former players whose careers he touched during a 41-year career as a regional scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.

“He was like a second father to me,” said Sax, a former Dodgers second baseman. “He was a tutor to a lot of players, an unbelieveable man. He would work all of us out tirelessly to make sure we did things ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, scouts

Cobb County to spend $1.2m a year on shuttle buses to Braves stadium, says this is mere coincidence

If you’re still wondering how the Atlanta Braves are going to get fans to their new stadium way out on the outskirts of town — no, not how to get fans from their cars to the ballpark across a forbidding highway, but how to get fans there who don’t use cars at all — a partial answer may come today, when the Cobb County Commission is set to vote on buying buses for a $1.2-million-a-year shuttle bus system that is totally not just for the Braves, how could you even think that?

Episode 75: You Lyin’ So Much | CESPEDES FAMILY BARBECUE

Good stuff here.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, podcasts, sabermetrics

Massive ratings boost in Canada for Blue Jays playoff games.

Though their unforgettable season came to a close on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays remain ratings winners. Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals delivered Sportsnet’s largest audience in network history with an average audience of 5.12 million viewers tuning in on October 23 to cheer on Canada’s team in their last game of the 2015 postseason. Overall, more than 12 million people watched some part of Friday’s broadcast – more ...


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 27, 1915:

George Foster, Bogus, Dined by Cincy Fans

A man who the police charge represented himself as George Foster, Boston American pitcher, did not go to the Latonia races last week with a jolly party as planned. The police held him, claiming that he had obtained money under false pretense.
Several fans and other sports, believing he was the noted ball player, arranged a party in his honor at the races. The man has been in the city several days, stopping at ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 27, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Baseball Prospectus | Events | Internet Baseball Awards

The Greg Spira Memorial Internet Baseball Awards are dedicated to their creator, our friend Greg Spira.

Greg was a friend and a long-time Primate. If you haven’t voted yet you still have a few days.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Stolen Base Times | Bill James Online

Something new to spend time on.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, stolen bases

Kansas City Royals Raul Mondesi Jr could be first major leaguer to debut in World Series | FOX Sports

Raul Adalberto Mondesi has never appeared in a major-league game. In fact, he has not yet played above Double-A. But the Royals are strongly considering adding him to their World Series roster, major-league sources say.

Mondesi, a switch-hitting middle infielder who turned 20 on July 27, presumably would replace outfielder Terrance Gore, who did not bat in either of the first two rounds and has only three at-bats since rejoining the Royals on Sept. 1.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series


In this corner, the NL Champions, starting Matt “Dark Knight” Harvey, the Amazin’ NY Mets!

And in this corner, having defended their AL title, starting Edinson Volquez, holding Home Field advantage, the Kansas City Royals!

8 PM, FOX. World Series. Game 1. Tell your friends and CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 27, 2015 at 05:46 AM | 1671 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 26, 2015

Torii Hunter announces retirement |

Hunter, taken by the Twins with the No. 20 overall pick in the 1993 Draft, finishes his career a .277/.331/.461 hitter with 353 homers, 195 stolen bases and 1,391 RBIs in 2,372 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:26 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: torii hunter, twins

Ben Cherington accepts position at Columbia University - Over the Monster

Any owner with the patience of the owners in Houston or Kansas City couldn’t do better than having Ben Cherington in charge of baseball operations.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 02:25 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, red sox

MLB teams keep hiring inexperienced managers. It’s not working. - The Washington Post

It’s a war on all those newfangled whippersnappers. If only those stupid kids knew as much as sports writers, every team would be in the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, world series

Every World Series winner since 2000 battles it out.

The premise sounds good. The intro is a little depressing.

In the next 10 days, we will crown the 16th World Series champion of the Aughts. (Note that this is not the 16th champion of the century; we must pedantically remind you that the new century did not start until January 1, 2001.)

This means four things:
1) You are old.
2) Life is passing you by at a pace that will grow more rapid and more depressing as the years go by.
3) Your existence is thus finite and should be savored at every ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: simulation, world series

New York Mets made World Series investing in homegrown talent like David Murphy, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom | FOX Sports

If only the Mets could move to a bigger market, they could increase payroll.

Forget, for a moment, the skyscrapers in the background of their iconic logo: The New York Mets, newly minted champions of the National League, are a quintessential mid-market success story.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Phils’ new GM comes highly recommended

Meet the Phillies new Assistant General Manager. Matt Klentak

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, matt klentak, phillies

Kelvin Herrera’s New Twist | FanGraphs Baseball

More good stuff from Jeff Sullivan.

His fastball breaks a good deal arm-side. His changeup breaks a good deal arm-side. His slider breaks a good deal glove-side, with more than seven inches of run. Based on movement, it’s actually a fair comparison for Jose Fernandez‘s breaking ball. And Herrera has figured out his delivery and control. As a consequence, the majority of Herrera’s postseason sliders have been strikes, and the majority of the swings at the slider have missed. I don’t even ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kelvin herrera, sabermetrics

Harper: Mets success rides on Jeurys Familia - NY Daily News

“I have to believe Terry will do everything he can to avoid giving the ball to (Addison) Reed and (Tyler) Clippard,” says a scout who followed the Mets during the postseason.

“Clippard especially. If you’re Terry you’re holding your breath every time he throws his changeup because he’s hanging so many. He’s either tired or hurt, because it’s always been his out pitch, and he has no command of it. You can’t take that kind of chance in the World Series.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets, royals, world series

The complicated legacy of Oscar Taveras : Sports

It’s been a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Orioles free agents will be free after World Series - Baltimore Sun

Team building is an incredibly interesting topic. It’s why I’ve loved playing in intricate sim leagues for so long. Who do you sign? Who do you get? How do you balance out long-term vs. short-term?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, orioles

Mets to choose Cespedes or Lagares in Game 1 |

Mike Petriello is lucky to be able to dabble in StatCast.


By name alone, the edge here easily goes to Lagares, who finished third among all outfielders in Defensive Runs Saved in 2013 (+28) and second in 2014 (+28 again). However, he fell off in 2015 to just +2 DRS, in part due to multiple injuries, primarily an injured right arm that often prevented him from wreaking as much havoc on opposing base runners as usual—though we did see him get it up to 95.6 mph in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets, statcast, yoenis cespedes

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