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Sunday, November 06, 2011

D-Backs-Bloomquist communication breakdown: Who’s to blame?

Will WFB be going to California, or over the hills and far away?

Versatile infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist is drawing “a lot of interest” on the free agent market, agent Scott Boras said, adding that his client could land with a team that views him as more than a utility player.

But it’s a possibility that job won’t be with the Diamondbacks, and there is disagreement between the team and Boras as to who’s to blame for the communication breakdown that got them here.

A few days after ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:30 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, rumors

SI.com: The story behind the photo: almost-engaged Cardinals fan

Remember this girl?  Here’s the story.

It wasn’t exactly that he put a ring and tickets on the table and told me to pick one. We’ve been together for several years now and are pretty confident that marriage is in the cards, but he is definitely not in a hurry. Every once in a while, I’ll give him a hard time about it and he’s always quick to change the subject. A week or two before this game (I think we were still playing the Brewers) I brought it up again and he changed the subject to World ...

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Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:21 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, online

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Denver-area sports-betting operation took high-end clients and bets, indictment says

Strong-arm and bookies I’m familiar with. Armstrong and bookies, not so much.

A sports-betting operation described as one of the largest in Colorado catered to well-known Denver-area sports, business and entertainment figures, some of whom had weekly betting limits as high as $50,000, according to a grand jury indictment and recently released search warrants.

Among those identified in court documents as placing bets “on a continual basis for several years” are Steve Sander, Denver’s director ...

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Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 09:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rockies

Bill Conlin: Dr. Conlin’s Rx for the Phillies

Curule rulz! Pearls from One Chair.

I will start with two no-brainers: Jimmy Rollins must be signed, not at all costs, but through creative thinking that will give the face of this franchise the chance to wet his beak economically but will protect the Phillies against major slippage as the years pile up on him. He is shopping for 5 years? Fine. Give him the chance to make a base $10 million-a-year guaranteed with the chance to earn another $3 million or so by realizing fairly realistic goals. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 09:12 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies, sabermetrics

NY Post: Mets will pay 3 percent interest to investors

From the (None of Your) Business section of the Post:

People will be able, after a half-dozen years, to cash in their small stakes and get their money back—with a 3 percent annual kicker tacked onto their principal, sources close to the situation said.

Additionally, the Mets are guaranteeing that the minority owners will not be called on to fund the money-losing team during their investment, three sources close to the situation said.

The $20 million stakes value the Mets at roughly $950 ...

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bobm Posted: November 05, 2011 at 07:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

OT: The Soccer Thread: November 2011

Unlike those spoiled jerks in the NBA, our heroes continue to play! Let’s talk about it here.

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: November 05, 2011 at 06:48 PM | 746 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN: Kurkjian: O’s, Dan Duquette near deal

The Baltimore Orioles are close to officially naming Dan Duquette as their next general manager, two sources confirmed Saturday.

Duquette, formerly a GM for the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, interviewed in Baltimore Friday and was traveling to Baltimore Saturday to finalize a contract.

The twilight’s last gleaming?

villageidiom Posted: November 05, 2011 at 06:21 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, expos, international, orioles, red sox, rumors

Yankees ‘certainly will talk to’ C.J. Wilson despite postseason problems

Small Junior Samples alert!

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C.J. Wilson has won 31 games in his two seasons as a starter for the Rangers, becoming one of the best lefties in the game and perhaps the most sought-after free-agent pitcher this offseason.

But those may not be the numbers the Yankees will focus on when it comes to deciding how heavily they will pursue Wilson.

Instead, the fact he’s 1-5 in the postseason and could cost more than they are willing to spend—because there is a lack of top-tier starters on the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 01:47 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, rangers, yankees

MLB: A statistical review of Minnie Minoso’s career and HOF candidacy

Neat overview by Ben Jedlovec and Don Zminda.

Other Sabermetric statistics

Most AL Wins Above Replacement (WAR), 1951-61

90.7 - Mickey Mantle* 	
54.6 - Minnie Minoso 	
47.9 - Yogi Berra* 	
45.6 - Ted Williams* 	
42.7 - Al Kaline* 	
42.2 - Nellie Fox* 	
* = Hall of Famer


Minoso’s value is also apparent utilizing some of the more commonly-used Sabermetric statistics that have gained credibility in baseball analysis in recent years. As with a review of the American League leaders from ...

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Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, white sox

Jeff Manto Doesn’t Want Walks?

Walking Dead: Horse’s Ass.

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It’s a new way of baseball that is translating into success. The idea is simple: if you take more pitches, you tire out the pitcher, creating more at-bats, ultimately leading to more runs.

New White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto has a different view when it comes to taking pitches. telling The Mully and Hanley Show that walks set up double-play balls.

“Do we want Adam Dunn taking a ball (when it is) off the plate with a man on third and the infield back and ...

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Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 11:11 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, white sox

IE: An Interview With Michael Lewis & Billy Beane: Data in Baseball & Business

Todd Watson: So this question is some red meat for my baseball buddies. Is, in fact, on-base percentage a better metric now for a player’s contribution to advancing scoring than runs batted in? And if so, could you talk a little bit about how you arrived at realizing that?

Billy Beane: Well, that’s interesting, I don’t think we’ve ever taken ownership of inventing anything. I mean, there were some academics there outside the industry…

Todd Watson: Sure. But it’s a different way of viewing the ...

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Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 10:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, history, media, sabermetrics

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies

And STILL no Sammye Welborn.

1. Trevor May, rhp
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp
3. Sebastian Valle, c
4. Jonathan Pettibone, rhp
5. Phillippe Aumont, rhp
6. Freddy Galvis, ss
7. Justin DeFratus, rhp
8. Brody Colvin, rhp
9. Jiwan James, of
10. Maikel Franco, 3b

In an effort to replenish the system, scouting director Marti Wolever took several projectable, high-ceiling athletes in the 2011 draft, including outfielders Larry and Tyler Greene (no relation) and shortstops Roman Quinn and Mitch ...

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Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, phillies, prospect reports, scouting

Friday, November 04, 2011

Mlb.com: Thome, Phillies agree to one-year deal

I was at Citizens Bank Park a few days after Thome’s 600th career home run. The Jumbotron in left field replayed the moment and the Phils fans’ lengthy ovation was genuine. Welcome home.

Sources said Friday evening that the Phillies and Thome have agreed on a one-year contract, pending Thome passing a physical. Terms of the deal were unknown, although it seems likely to be a low-risk signing.

It is not a surprising move, but it is an interesting one. Both parties hoped to reunite during the ...

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AndrewJ Posted: November 04, 2011 at 11:51 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, phillies, twins

BD (Healey): Are MLB GMs ignoring African-American Manager Candidates?

Well, are they?

Of the names we have heard so far in the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals managerial searches, there have been several Latino candidates mentioned as potential hires, but not a single qualified African-American managerial candidate — with one exception — has been identified. DeMarlo Hale of the Red Sox has been classified as someone who could be in the mix, but no interview has yet been scheduled.

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there have been reports that Theo Epstein could ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, cardinals, cubs, red sox, white sox

Brian Cashman: Yankees will not pursue Albert Pujols

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joined the show to talk about the offseason and more.

Dan asked if the Yankees are interested in Albert Pujols. Cashman said no.

“Despite him being fantastic, it’s not an efficient way to allocate our resources,” Cashman said.

Cashman said they won’t go after much on the offensive side of the ball. “Offense is not an issue here,” Cashman said. “Our priority this offseason is pitching?

Dan asked if they were interested in Rangers ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:16 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, yankees

Cubs fan finds autographed Cardinals hat on I-74

Get that fella’s number! Get his number!.

Somewhere out there, someone is missing a baseball cap.

A 2011 World Series championship baseball cap apparently autographed by Series MVP David Freese, All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, relief pitcher Jason Motte and a few more St. Louis Cardinals.

Joe Couri found the cap on an off-ramp along Interstate 74, and he’d like to return it to the original owner. That’s if the original owner can prove ownership.

“He better have a picture of himself ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, memorabilia

Barry Bloom: Some thoughts on La Russa, Moneyball, statistics

Bloom in love: There’s no such thing as a perfect baseball marriage.

Cliff Lee had a WAR of 6.9 this past season pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. But that doesn’t account for the fact that he’s been terrible in his three most recent important starts: Games 1 and 5 of the 2010 World Series for Texas and Game 2 of this year’s National League Division Series. In the latter, he blew an early 4-0 lead to the Cards, who won the series in five games. Certainly, that one game alone is why ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 07:56 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

NY Post: Mets Settle Suit With Woman Injured By Falling Fat Man

This may cut into the funds available for Reyes and Wright:

Ellen Massey blamed the team for her injuries, contending they knew or should have known the drunken 300-pound fan five rows above her was a problem, and they did nothing to stop him from tormenting the other people in her section.

That fan, Timothy Cassidy, denies he was drunk, but witnesses said he was so sloshed, he couldn’t even complete the “Let’s go Mets!” chant.

The incident happened on opening day of 2007, when Massey had ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 04, 2011 at 07:30 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mets

Megdal: None of Our Business? Come Again?

As Howard says…“Always fun with this team.”

That’s the same thing that is now none of our business? Can’t be.

And one other thing to consider. Jeff Wilpon claimed the following: “Some of the people don’t want to be public,” Wilpon said. “Some of the people might never be public.”

So what is the motivation of these would-be owners? The team is losing a ton of money, and prospects for that to change aren’t very good in the near future. The team itself faces legal exposure from ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 05:28 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Buttry: If journalists were objective, Roger Maris would be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

All the Hesitant Men: It would be nice if they were right.

Next time someone tells me that objectivity is a journalism tradition, my answer will be: Roger Maris.

Again Thursday, baseball writers blocked Maris’ entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame because of their biases and personal feelings. The Golden Era ballot of eight players and two executives to be considered for entry to the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee, announced Thursday, included no one as famous as Maris.

...Maris ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, hall of fame, history, yankees

AZ Republic: ASU baseball ruled ineligible for 2012 postseason

Other penalties, some self-imposed by ASU in a case under investigation since January 2008, include scholarship reductions, vacating wins and the 2007 Pac-10 title, coaching limitations during practice and restricted recruiting.

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ASU continues to dispute that some players being minimally overpaid for working in the Sandlot program, created by former coach Pat Murphy to promote youth baseball, and that certain work by student managers including throwing batting practice are major ...

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Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: November 04, 2011 at 05:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college

Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch dies at age 61

RIP, Bob Forsch...

Bob Forsch, one of a handful of pitchers to have two no-hit games and the third winningest pitcher in Cardinals history, collapsed at his home near Tampa Fla., and died suddenly Thursday night.

Early reports from his wife, Jan, were that Forsch, 61, had suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest.

Forsch, who spent 15 seasons with the Cardinals from 1974-88, won 163 games for the club, ranking him third behind Bob Gibson (251) and Jesse “Pop” Haines (210). Employed as a minor ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 04:35 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

NYT: Schwarz: At Moneyball U, What Are the Odds?

Good stuff from Alan Schwarz…including a Father Gabe Costa sighting!

Watching a baseball telecast may not be the best way to learn basic probability.

Let’s say Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and his .313 career batting average stride to the plate after 20 straight at-bats without a hit. Sports Announcer No. 1 will invariably discuss how Jeter is in a slump, suggesting that, because of some problem either physical or mental, his chance of getting a hit is somewhere less than his usual ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: college, history, sabermetrics

FOX: Robo/Morosi - Moyer primed for comeback at 49

Moyer, who turns 49 later this month, is a free agent and has thrown for scouts twice recently, including Thursday in San Diego.

So far, the left-hander is getting rave reviews.

“Same as he’s been for the past 15 years — as incredible as that may sound,” one veteran scout said. “He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues as a fifth starter and win 10 or 12 games. He’s throwing 81 to 83 miles an hour, but he still knows how to make you look like an idiot. He doesn’t need the ...

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Lassus Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:35 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Sullivan: Cubs manager interviews out of ordinary

Milk duds, Epstein…milk those duds. Locate hard to find products!

Once the Cubs managerial candidates settle into their seat for an interview, they will be put through an unconventional interview that’s a bit more complicated than asking “What do you know about Wrigley Field wind currents in April and May?”

One part of the process is game simulations, in which the candidate is handed lineup cards, statistics, a history of the relievers’ workloads and other relevant facts. A candidate will ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:33 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, sabermetrics

DeNA buys BayStars, awaits OK to add its name to team’s

Mobile social gaming company DeNA Co. announced Friday it has purchased the cash-strapped Yokohama BayStars baseball club.

The team will be renamed the Yokohama DeNA BayStars if the deal is approved at an owners meeting set for Dec. 1. Nine of the 12 owners in Nippon Professional Baseball have to OK the deal.

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Reports said TBS has been trying to sell its stake in the team for nearly two years. The BayStars have been losing around ¥2 billion a year and have been cellar dwellers in the ...

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Gamingboy Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan

Graham: In Defense Of Dan Duquette

Setting the groundwork for his Oriole GM interview today…Duquette linked to this article twice on FB!

Many people credit Theo Epstein for having helped build the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship team. He may have a big part in it, but one man pretty much goes unnoticed. Dan Duquette.

Dan Duquette was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1994 to 2002 when new management came in and cleaned house. Duquette had a gift of developing some great players. Players like Nomar ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 10:08 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, orioles, red sox, sabermetrics

Morosi: Is Giants’ best hope trading Lincecum?

So if the Giants wish to maximize their odds of returning to the World Series, they have two choices.

1. Spend big for Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes or at the very least Carlos Beltran.

2. Trade one of those prized starters for impact bats, because the day is fast approaching when the Giants won’t be able to afford them all.

And if the Giants blanch at the going rates in free agency, the most practical move might be to trade Mr. Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner himself.

Yes. ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 10:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants

Baffoe: Hey Cardinals, Have Sandberg, Please

Sandberg sir. I put him hard-a-starboard and reversed the engines, but he was too close!

Another reason that Sandberg joining the Red State is something I’m rooting for is to get this Cubs fan base concerned strictly with the Cubs and their vision of moving forward. The Cardinals are the competition, of course, but you have to mow your own lawn first before worrying about your neighbor’s.

Most of all, though, I’m pushing for this out of spite, my contempt for the idiot Cubs fan. That ...

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Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 4, 1911:

After Joe Cox of Springfield, Mo., known as the Missouri “hope,” was fouled in the second round of a scheduled ten round bout with Eddie Fields of Joplin, Mo., here Friday night, Charlie Schmidt, the American league baseball catcher for the Detroit team last season, took Cox’ place and won a six round decision over Fields.

It’s not entirely clear whether Schmidt went to the match intending to box, or whether he volunteered after Cox was injured.  Regardless, ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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