There is life after the Baseball-Reference.com blog…
After nearly 4 and a half years, that blog has run its course so I’m moving things over here. What can you expect? More of the same, for the most part. At least initially we will be running the same sort of content you saw on the B-R blog.
Please be advised that at 6:45pm AEDT (3:45pm AWST) on Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Australian Baseball League made the decision to officially postpone the start of the 2011-12 ABL season by postponing the game between the Perth Heat and Adelaide Bite.
The game, scheduled to commence at Barbagallo Ballpark at 7:20pm local Perth time, was forced to be postponed due to persistent rain and ongoing weather forecasts for the remainder of the evening.
As expected, the MLB All-Stars won Game 2 of the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series in Taichung Intercontinental Stadium, but it didn’t come easy. They eked out a 5-3 victory over the Chinese Taipei national team in a game that was in question for most of the contest, and also was tinged with worry and concern because of a serious injury to a Chinese Taipei player.
After taking an early 2-0 lead, MLB gave up three unanswered runs to face its first deficit of the five-game exhibition series, but tied ...
Two names at or near the top of the list, according to sources, are Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux and one-time Milwaukee interim manager Dale Sveum, who interviewed for the Boston Red Sox vacancy on Wednesday.
It is worth noting that these two have 12 games of major league managing experience between them. All 12 being Sveum’s.
Larry splains…“For the first 3 yrs of the Type A/Type B free agent classifications, Baseball Digest published lists of how Elias ranked each player in baseball (since a FA needs to be in the top 20% or 30% at his position, all players must be ranked). For example, RP Doug Corbett was considered the #1 player in the AL in 1982 because of how he ranked compared to other RPs. Here’s a look at some of the lists…”
For at least three years, though, the formula was not only publicly available, but ...
Jim Crane’s $680 million purchase of the Astros appears headed for approval when baseball owners meet Nov. 17 in Milwaukee, according to officials with knowledge of the process.
Officials caution the deal could still fall apart, and that there are still multiple moving parts in play. One of those moving parts is MLB and Crane continuing to negotiate a price for which the Astros would move to the American League in 2013.
In addition, some owners have expressed discomfort with parts of ...
(Minnie)The Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame is here (Minoso)!
Ten candidates, including Ron Santo, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, (Minnie Minoso) and Luis Tiant , are joined by former executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi on this year’s Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The 16-member Golden Era Committee will vote Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas. An individual (Minnie Minoso) receiving at least 75 % of the vote on ballots cast will earn election ...
The bottom line is that Jeff Wilpon is right. The minority owners who have invested in the Mets are none of the fans’ business. I know in today’s information age we want to know everything, but this is a non-issue and I’ll tell you why.
This has nothing to do with what happens on the field. These minority owners are being brought in to infuse more cash into the team overall and not just the roster which is our business. The renovations that are being made to Citi Field are a prime ...
Santo Domingo.- One of the most inconic Major League Baseball greats from the Dominican Republic, Mateo Rojas Alou (Matty Alou) died early Thursday in Miami of unspecified ailment.
Alou, one of the famous brothers Jesus and Felipe, who all started with the San Francisco Giants in the 1060s, crowned his career while playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969, when he won that National League Batting title with an average of .342.
Jumpin’ jodidos! They lost to the Demon Deacons also?!
The United States government has—once again—thumbed its nose at the will of the international community and the embargo remains solidly in place, making life more difficult for Cubans and serving as the excuse for everything that goes wrong in the country.
We didn’t think we would edge out the USA’s continental domination in the Pan American Games (except for the historic exception of 1991, when the event took place in Havana). ...
1B Adrian Gonzalez BOS
2B Robinson Cano NYY
SS Asdrubral Cabrera CLE
3B Adrian Beltre TEX
OF Curtis Granderson NYY
OF Jose Bautista TOR
OF Jacoby Ellsbury BOS
C Alex Avila DET
DH David Ortiz BOS
1B Prince Fielder MIL
2B Brandon Phillips CIN
SS Troy Tulowitzki COL
3B Aramis Ramirez CHC
OF Ryan Braun MIL
OF Matt Kemp LAD ...
After the Cleveland Indians declined to exercise their 2012 option on him this weekend, free agent center fielder Grady Sizemore has received interest from several teams and is willing to play anywhere, his agent Joe Urbon said.
“He’s open to anything,” said Urbon, who is part of CAA Sports. “He’s not limiting his choices at all.”
...In choosing his next team, Sizemore wants a place he can prove himself again. He would prefer center field – the Nationals’ greatest area of need ...
Some campylobacterrific Chicken Gammogiana served up from Francesspool’s hot stove. Dem’s eats!
This afternoon, Peter Gammons was a guest of Mike Francesa on WFAN and said he believes there is a strong possibility the Mets will look to trade David Wright this winter regardless of whether or not they retain Jose Reyes.
In addition, Gammons said:
- It’s good for the Mets that the Dodgers aren’t in the mix for Reyes, since he’d be the kind of a player a new owner would likely want to ...
Van Susteren has been fixated on this topic for the past 48 hours or so, earlier putting forth the noble, if far-fetched idea of having the Los Angeles community buy the Dodgers — like Green Bay owning the Packers. Well, short of that, how about Trump? He’s got money, a high profile, chutzpah and owning experience in sports — in the USFL, namely.
To start, Trump gave a long-winded response, saying there’s “always interest” because “honestly, ...
A radical change in the present system of determining the world’s baseball championship will be advocated at the meeting of the national commission on November 14.
August Herrmann, chairman of the commission, has gone on record as favoring a change which will revolutionize baseball methods. Herrmann plans to do away with the present world’s championship struggle of seven games and substitute a schedule of sixty contests with the sixteen teams of the two ...
Harrumph. For Davey to catch the goliaths of managing he’d need a clokey device.
In 2014, Cooperstown likely will play host to a Mount Rushmore of recent baseball managers: Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and now the retired Tony La Russa, who stepped down after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title.
All three become eligible that year, according to National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson, and probably will go into the Hall arm in arm.
Garvey said he’s been working to assemble this investment group for over two years. At one point he tried to buy the team directly from embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, but was rebuffed and was later fired from his position with the club following a series of public comments he made about the team and McCourt.
Tell me when it’s over, Steve…please tell me when this is all over.
Among those rooting for the Brewers to reach the World Series may have been the band, the Baseball Project. While none of the members are Milwaukee fans (or Cardinals fans), they did have a gig lined up for the Milwaukee if the Brewers made the World Series—but you know the rest of the baseball side of the story.
The group—made up of indie rock veterans Steve Wynn (the Dream Syndicate), Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey (the ...
Trade RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Brandon League, OF Greg Halman, 3B Chone Figgins (with Seattle absorbing $16 of remaining $17 million on Figgins’ contract), and SS Carlos Triunfel to Cincinnati for 1B Joey Votto and C Yasmani Grandal.
Trade 1B Mike Carp to Milwaukee for 3B Casey McGehee and RHP Marco Estrada.
Trade OF Michael Saunders and RHP Dan Cortes to Florida for RHP Chris Volstad.
Trade LHP Cesar Jimenez to New York for OF Angel Pagan.
Fred Claire, the general manager of the Dodgers’ last World Series championship team, said Wednesday that he has joined an investment group interested in buying the team.
Claire said he has worked since July with Ben Hwang, a onetime Dodgers batboy who is the president of the investment group. Hwang is a former senior executive at Life Technologies Corp., an international biotechnology company.
The third principal in the group is Andy Dolich, ...
Now if they’ll just run those Cerrone-published Bill James bits from Baseball Magazine...
“Baseball Analyst”, a Bill James creation that he self-published from 1982 to 1989, was one of the first publications to feature articles devoted to sabermetrics — a phrase he coined in part to honor SABR. “Baseball Analyst” was a 20-page magazine compiled for most of those years by Bill and his wife, Susan McCarthy, at home in Kansas and sent out to dozens (later a hundred or so) of subscribers who ...
On Wednesday, the mayor was asked whether Epstein’s arrival in Chicago makes him any more willing to sign onto the Wrigley plan or modify the landmarking restrictions that have tied the Cubs hands.
“Do you think that by choosing a guy called Theo Epstein that this mayor, Rahm Israel Emanuel, would be more sensitive to their needs? Is that what you were asking?” said Chicago’s first Jewish mayor, referring to the Cubs’ first Jewish president of ...
The St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial search could begin with an old arch rival.
According to FOXSports.com, the team has asked the Philadelphia Phillies for permission to speak with Class AAA manager Ryne Sandberg about its managerial opening. The Phillies are expected to grant permission…..
Sandberg, a Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer, was viewed by many as the manager-in-waiting with the Cubs, but they chose to retain Mike Quade prior to the 2011 season. When that happened, Sandberg left his ...