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Monday, November 14, 2011

THT: Jaffe: Ten greatest career-ending performances of all time

Completing his trilogy…Jaffe adds, “Having previously looked at the worst and weirdest career-ending performances, today I cover the “Ten best career-ending performances.”

4. Sept. 28, 1974: Don Wilson: It’s more enjoyable if you don’t know the story about why this was his last game

I checked God only knows how many starting pitchers but found only one man who tossed a complete-game shutout in his finale.

It was Houston’s Don Wilson, who tossed a two-hit shutout despite fanning zero ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 03:17 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-1911

Mansfield Daily Shield, November 14, 1911:

Connie Mack has said that you can go back as far as you like and it would be hard to find a better infield than McInnis, Collins, Barry and Baker.  Up to the present writing Connie hasn’t had any one to debate the subject.

The 1908 Cubs (Chance, Evers, Tinker, Steinfeldt) are the only team that would have had a legitimate argument.

100 years later, we still haven’t seen an infield that was inarguably better than the 1911 Athletics.  There have been ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: November 14, 2011 at 02:10 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

NYBD: Silva: Stop Overrating Jose Reyes

But, but…what’s to come of my 2001 Bowman Chrome Jose Reyes refractor rookie card?!

The final question you have to ask yourself is do you put your job on the line for Jose Reyes? Most teams live in the $100 to $110 million dollar payroll range or less. Paying Reyes $20+ million AAV on a contract means you are dedicating a quarter of your payroll to his legs, attitude, and durability. Does his track record outside of ’06-’08 make you feel good about that risk? You could argue the Mets ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 01:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: general

VEB: Why the St. Louis Cardinals Should Rid Themselves of Theriot & Schumaker

The Riot On The Number 3…and 55.

The greatest baseball skill possessed by both Theriot and Schumaker is the ability to hit for average—and they are not even exceptional at it. Therein lies the problem. Neither draws many walks, hits for power, or plays good defense. They bring nothing to the table except the ability to make contact. If they don’t hit .300, both make too many outs. This creates a drag on a lineup while simultaneously unduly taxing the pitching staff due to their defensive ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 01:26 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, projections, sabermetrics

Passan: From Another Era And Another Sport, A Sex Abuse Scandal Still Inflicting Pain Today

Before Jerry Sandusky—before he allegedly used the Penn State football complex to commit sex crimes with young boys and before the university spent more than a decade covering up his sins and before the grand-jury report revealed the appalling details of his abuse and before the campus rioted over legendary coach Joe Paterno losing his job amid it all—there was Donald Fitzpatrick, the longtime Red Sox clubhouse manager who lured Ogletree and at least a dozen other young, African-American boys ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox

HHS: Projecting Albert Pujols’ Career

Been having a knockdown-drugout bargument with a guy that contends Pujols is still the best in the game and will be moving forward.

Let’s see what the other guys did in their careers after the age of 31:

    Willie McCovey: played until his Age 42 season, accumulating 4,467 more plate appearances with a 134 OPS+
    Frank Robinson: played until his Age 40 season, accumulating 4,091 more plate appearances with a 149 OPS+
    Stan Musial: played until his Age 42 season, accumulating 5,966 more ...
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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, projections, sabermetrics

Dodd: On Hosmer, the Rookie of the Year and why age matters

Intermocking NY Yankee fan that threw Hosmer’s 1st career HR back…begins now!

In just his third full year of professional baseball, Hosmer batted .293/.334/.465 with 19 homers and 27 doubles in 128 major-league games. His adjusted on-base percentage plus slugging (OPS+) was 118. And if you want to put all these numbers in historical context, here we go:

Here is the list* of players that batted at least .290/.330/.465 with a 118 OPS+ at the age of 21 (with a couple qualifiers):

*During their ...

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Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 06:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, projections, royals, sabermetrics

Arizona Diamondbacks Agree To Terms With Second Baseman Aaron Hill

Can’t slick talk on the day of judgment
Your movement’s similar to a serpent

According to beat writer Nick Piecoro, the Arizona Diamondbacks have come to terms with second baseman Aaron Hill.

The deal is reportedly worth just over $10 million for two years and shores up the D-backs infield for 2012.

The District Attorney Posted: November 14, 2011 at 03:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Freakonomics: Boo . . . Who?

The newest Freakonomics podcast explores the why of booing, including an interview with Johnnie “Boo” LeMaster that begins at about 23 minutes and 45 seconds.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: November 13, 2011 at 11:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

The Cardinals name Mike Matheny their new manager

UPDATE:  The Cardinals have hired Matheny.  Wow.  Between him and Robin Ventura in Chicago, no managerial experience is the new thing for 2012.

The Cards are going to formally announce Matheny tomorrow.

Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 11:20 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

SCD: Program from First World Series Sells for $241,500

As Chris Treadway points out…“Only 2 known and one is at the Hall of Fame? Maybe they should check to be sure they still have it.”

One of only two known surviving copies of the first World Series program sold at auction Saturday for a record-setting price of $241,500, the highest price ever paid for a World Series program.  The only other program seen in public resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The winner, whose name hasn’t been revealed, placed the winning bid of $210,00 over the phone ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 11:18 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, memorabilia

Megdal: Report: Jose Reyes to Marlins Done Deal

Joe Capozzi is Tweeting no…but…

Both Dino Costa of Sirius/XM Radio and Business of Baseball’s Maury Brown are reporting that Jose Reyes to the Marlins is complete. Terms still unknown, and each has a caveat (Costa says Hanley Ramirez needs to sign off on a move to third base, MLB Network Radio says it pending a physical).

I’ve made no secret here and in my other reporting how this seemed to be a near-certainty, given ownership’s financial situation. But my only reaction right now is ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

ESPN: Q&A with new GM Jerry Dipoto

Bowden: Mike Scioscia used a platoon behind the plate with Hank Conger, Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson in 2011. How do you see the catching position for 2012?

Dipoto: We are going to continue to try and sort it out. Catching, as you know, is a tough position to fill, and we will continue to search for more depth of major league-caliber catchers.

Bowden: Hank Conger hasn’t been given a chance to be the everyday catcher despite many baseball people feeling that he could be the long-term answer. ...

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Tripon Posted: November 13, 2011 at 10:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

CNN: Tablet computers are a game-changer in professional sports

With 11 million iPads recently sold, according to Apple’s financial report, app developers are scrambling to get the attention of young professional athletes who are accustomed to Apple products.

One of those developers, Bloomberg Sports, decided to give iPads to professional baseball players so they could review its newly developed app, “Pitch Review,” created exclusively for professional baseball players.

“We didn’t have to,” said Bill Squadron with Bloomberg Sports. “Because every player ...

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Tripon Posted: November 13, 2011 at 06:16 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, media, rumors, special topics

Sherman: A-Rod determined to rebound for Yankees

As Victor Hugo Bezdek once said…“37 is the old age of youth; 41 the the youth of old age”

“The Yankees made two big moves this offseason,” Rodriguez told The Post by phone. “Keeping CC, and I expect to be who I have been in the past.”

...“I know Yankees fans were disappointed last year, but [they] won’t be next year,” Rodriguez said.

To that end, what is going on in Miami is more vital to the Yankees than what is going on in The Bronx executive offices. Rodriguez has returned ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 03:55 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, yankees

Murray Chass: A GOOD POLICY IN NEED OF REVISION

Selig gets and takes credit for the [minority interviewing and hiring] program, and I suppose he deserves it because he was the commissioner who implemented it, and he did it before the National Football League instituted a similar program, the Rooney Rule. ...


This off-season clubs created openings for six general managers and five managers. A total of seven members of minorities were interviewed. White male interviewees numbered at least three times that number.


Clubs don’t always ...

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bobm Posted: November 13, 2011 at 03:34 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arizona, business, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, indians, mets, miami, nationals, orioles, padres, rays, red sox, tigers, twins, white sox

Slate: Michael Lewis and Billy Beane talk Moneyball

Don’t have time to thumb through all of it (flood of Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands EP’s take precedent!), but this…

However, the people who make this objection don’t seem to grasp the basic principles of imitation and catch-up. Once all teams are playing Moneyball, then playing Moneyball no longer gives you an edge. Indeed, the richer clubs have the means to play it smarter. The New York Yankees recently hired 21 statisticians, Beane marvels.

...Lewis breaks in: “To be totally fair ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 02:34 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, business, history, media, sabermetrics

Don Malcolm: LAST PLAY AT SHEA

Billy Joel? Elton John? Paul McCartney? Screw the wrecking ball…bring in the mofo Wrecking Crew to tear these MOR (Middle Of the yellow brick Road) ####-tinklers down!

Combining the life stories of Billy Joel and Shea Stadium with a minor-key glimpse at the relentless, Robert Moses-driven suburbanization of Long Island, Last Play at Shea captures a moment of bittersweet transition that valiantly attempts to valorize a world that is falling apart. (In the case of Shea Stadium, of course, this ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 01:41 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, music

Jim Kaat: WOW! ANOTHER OH WHAT A NIGHT!

Too bad Sid Melton just died. Such talent, he would have loved it.

A little over a week ago I blogged about a great night I experienced at the MLBPAA [ baseball alumni] dinner in New York. Last friday courtesy of Rawlings Sporting Goods I think I had an even better one. I’ll give you the overview first. The theme was Gold glove awards. The emcees were Joe Piscopo with help from Dennis Haysbert.

...I’ll fast forward to the final events of the program. Jerry Seinfeld performed 30 minutes of ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 01:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, media

Ron Kaplan: The end of The Sporting News as we know it?

Even long lost members of Spinks family look to the heavens for an answer!

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The memory was brought to mind by a piece by Samir Husni, aka “Mr. Magazine” about TSN‘s decision to move from a bi-weekly to a monthly publication. He’s mostly concerned with the ethics of subscription fulfillment (or the lack thereof) as the magazine undergoes the transition. Seems TSN is trying to shortchange their readers by cutting back on the remainder of issues they’re allowing based on how much of ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, business, history, media, memorabilia

Shaughnessy: Red Sox managerial search raises questions

Shaughnessy: Nanny…on Primer is now on duty.

We know the Sox emphasized the “organizational approach’’ in the eight years that Terry Francona managed the team. Francona had a computer on his desk, and Theo Epstein’s minions were in and out of his office all the time.

But only in the days after Francona was fired did we get a grasp of the extent of the interference from above. If you saw Philip Seymour Hoffman’s depiction of an emasculated Art Howe in “Moneyball,’’ you know ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Japan Times: Dragons’ Koike smacks game-winning blast in 10th

Baseball season isn’t over yet…

Masaaki Koike didn’t get all of Takahiro Mahara’s forkball in the 10th inning, but he got enough of it. And that’s all the Chunichi Dragons needed.

Dragons starter Chen Wei-yin had one of his best outings of the year, Kazuhiro Wada backed him with a game-tying solo homer in the fourth, and Koike provided the difference in the 10th to give the Dragons a 2-1 win over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Game 1 of the Japan Series on Saturday at Yahoo Dome.

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vortex of dissipation Posted: November 13, 2011 at 07:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan

Mooney: The plan of attack for Epstein and Hoyer

It rips open the hot hell behind the sabermetric glory!

Epstein has talked about the “parallel fronts” the Cubs will be working on, improving the big-league team you pay a lot of money to see while assembling the scouting and player development “machine.”

So the Cubs won’t be the Miami Marlins, who seem to be wooing almost every free agent of consequence, hoping they take their talents to South Beach. They won’t cut corners in the amateur draft or the international market, ...

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Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 03:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, media

Baker: Hitting Approaches of Comic Book Characters

The fan makes an excellent point in the specific (that Superman is no Mantle) and an even better point in general: A good physique is not going to overcome poor mechanics. Superman’s ass is halfway to the dugout while taking this swing. You can’t drive anything that way, even with the above-average strength he possesses. Clearly, the curve ball has joined Kryptonite on the short list of holes in Supes’ game…

Also included: Felix the Cat, Winnie the Pooh, Daisy Duck, Frosty the Snowman, Porky ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 13, 2011 at 12:24 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Kevin Goldstein: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects

System in 20 Words or Less: As enviable a trio of starters as any team, but system leans on hopes of exceedingly young talent from there.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Taijuan Walker, RHP
2. Danny Hultzen, LHP
Four-Star Prospects
3. James Paxton, LHP
4. Nick Franklin, SS
Three-Star Prospects
5. Jose Campos, RHP
6. Guillermo Pimentel, OF
7. Francisco Martinez, 3B
8. Vinnie Catricala, 3B/1B/OF
9. Chih-Hsien Chiang, OF
10. Chance Ruffin, RHP
11. Phillips Castillo, OF

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12. Alex Liddi, 3B: ...

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Tripon Posted: November 13, 2011 at 12:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Corcoran: Awards week preview: Top honors ahead for best moundsmen

AL Rookie of the Year

Expected Winner: Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Rays (13-10, 2.95 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 5.6 K/9, 1.63 K/BB, 2 CG, 1 SHO)

Deserving Winner: Hellickson

O’Connell refuses to pay phone bill.

There’s an argument to be made that Mariners righty Michael Pineda pitched better than Hellickson this year. Pineda had a huge advantage in strikeout rate (9.1 K/9 to Hellickson’s 5.6) as well as a superior walk rate (2.9 to 3.4). Both allowed home runs and hits at comparable rates, but because he ...

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Repoz Posted: November 12, 2011 at 10:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, special topics

Bill Madden: What’s old is new again at GM meetings ?

Much like the music industry’s recent rediscovering of Ken Delo’s smoldyering talent!

Baseball’s movers and shakers converge in Bud Selig’s Milwaukee this week where the stalled collective bargaining agreement negotiations and the long-awaited approval of businessman Jim Crane as owner of the soon-to-be American League Houston Astros head up the beer-and-bratwurst agenda.

For the general managers, who begin the meetings on Tuesday before the owners come in the next night, it’ll be a ...

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Repoz Posted: November 12, 2011 at 09:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Edes: “The guess here is that” Boston GM “has settled on” Dale Sveum as manager

After talking about the departure of Jon Papelbon, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston drops this on us.

The guess here is that [Boston GM Ben] Cherington has settled on a manager—team sources say he is extremely high on Dale Sveum—and is just going through the process, making sure his judgment is sound.

(More predictions: Mike Maddux to be hired by the Cubs, Terry Francona by the Cardinals.)

Hell, let’s throw this in here while we’re at it.

It is now up to Cherington & Co. to make that calculation… ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2011 at 09:30 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, red sox, rumors

NYTimes: CHICAGO NEWS COOPERATIVE | SPORTS What to Know When Interviewing With Cubs

Eschewing such timeworn staples as “So tell me about yourself” and “Where do you hope to be in five years?” Theo Epstein and his cronies are employing a real-life baseball quiz designed to assess a skipper’s aptitude for decision-making at game speed: two-run deficit, seventh inning, runners at first and second, nobody out, sixth-place hitter up - are you bunting? Opponent switches to a left-handed reliever - are you pinch-hitting? With whom? ...

Yet there was an obvious “I didn’t know there ...

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bobm Posted: November 12, 2011 at 06:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, phillies

River Avenue Blues: Questioning Batting Average, 96 Years Ago

And you thought that

Tom Tango

Bill James

Pete Palmer

Branch Rickey was the godfather of sabermetrics:

Lane opens his discussion with a question: “Suppose you asked a close personal friend how much change he had in his pocket and he replied, ‘Twelve coins,’ would you think you had learned much about the precise state of his exchequer?” He goes on to compare two mens’ respective financial situations: Man A, with “twelve coins” consisting of a combination of quarters, nickels, and ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: November 12, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

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