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Thursday, October 31, 2013
As I noted yesterday: Bill James, 3 World Series rings…Seymour Siwoff, none.
And the biggest omission of them all: Boston Red Sox senior advisor Bill James, baseball’s original sabremetrician who has been extolling the virtues of on-base percentage over batting average since the 1970s. Written off by the establishment as a kook back then, James analytical methods are now fully mainstream since being popularized over a decade ago by Oakland’s Billy Beane. His research has fundamentally ...
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM | 84 comment(s)
Baseball, transported to England with Kirkup.
Ed Miliband likes baseball. In particular, he supports the Boston Red Sox. He got into the game during a year at Harvard. Mr Miliband is so keen on the Sox that he appears to have stayed up until the early hours following their last World Series game, offering a Twitter commentary on the match from around 1am until after 3am, when the Sox won.
Some Conservatives are keen to make political capital out of this stuff. CCHQ itself tweeted this week:
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 08:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday authorized the Astros to negotiate with third parties on a new business plan for Houston Regional Sports Network, the troubled Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership that owns Comcast SportsNet Houston…It names the Astros as lead negotiator with authority to “investigate and negotiate the terms of carriage agreements, broadcast agreements, management agreements, lease agreements, equipment agreements, purchase and sale agreements and debt and equity ...Read More...
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 08:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
I like Heyman’s tweetlead better…“How boston won by importing tough guys victorino, napoli & gomes who wanted top play in a tough town”
Shane Victorino can take a pitch to the ribs, or probably a punch, not to mention Philadelphia.
Mike Napoli once caught most of a World Series on a crushed ankle.
Jonny Gomes nearly died five times (you can google it).
Presenting exhibits A, B and C, three perfect free-agent fits for Boston, a lovely city which isn’t for everyone. These three guys worked ...
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 07:59 AM | 52 comment(s)
“The 2013 Red Sox team is great,” Cherington said. “It doesn’t mean the work stops. Obviously there are still things we need to do to get better. There are ways I can be better and ways the organization can get stronger. But they won their last game of the postseason, so this team was great for 2013.”
The Red Sox do face an offseason with several question marks, given the pending free agency of four position players: Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli, shortstop Stephen Drew and catcher ...
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 05:53 AM | 14 comment(s)
Druncle to me yesterday: “If I’m the Cards (‘blurpp’)...I walk Ploppi every (‘glergg’) time up!”
Me to druncle: “If you walk Ortiz 5 times, he’ll probably score once/twice and the Red Sox will win”
Adam Wainwright wanted to pitch to David Ortiz, and Mike Matheny let him. That pitch, a 91-mph cutter that didn’t get in on Ortiz’s hands, put the Red Sox ahead en route to their Game 5 victory. It was the beginning of the end for the Cardinals.
At some point between the Matheny-Wainwright meeting ...
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 05:33 AM | 21 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1913:
Manager Joe Tinker of the Cincinnati National League Club, [yesterday] signed a contract to manage the team for the season of 1914. The signing followed a lengthy conference between Tinker and [Reds president Gerry] Herrmann at which the policy of the club for next year was being discussed.
[This past summer] Tinker insisted that he could not build up a good team when President Herrmann continued to make trades without consulting him.
Meanwhile, it ...Read More...
Oh Baby, I Loved It!
Video: McCarver signs off after calling final World Series
We’re not big fans of Tim McCarver as a broadcaster. In fact, we were turned off by most of his analysis. But we do respect the career he had as both a player and broadcaster and recognize that he has been a big part of baseball over the past several decades.
Wednesday night marked McCarver’s final night calling games for FOX as their lead MLB analyst alongside play-by-play partner Joe Buck. His final ...
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 05:12 AM | 78 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
For the entire month of October, the Red Sox kept grinding with the type of tunnel vision that allowed them to prevail in every big situation imaginable.
But during the final chapter—the one that solidified that their season will be remembered forever—they finally had a chance to soak it all in.
And ditto for their rabid fan base, which was able to cheer on a World Series clincher at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.
In winning the World Series with a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM | 71 comment(s)
Please pass this along to professional Wacha-watcher, Tim McCarver.
2. We don’t know anything about the 2012 draft. Even if Wacha does turn out to be the best player in his draft class, we won’t know for some time. In total, 1,238 players were drafted in June 2012, of which six have played in the major leagues at all. Every single one of those six came from the SEC, which is the most advanced amateur baseball league in the world, so the other 1,232 guys probably need some time to catch up. No ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 06:14 PM | 30 comment(s)
To pull an old Belz riff…
A: How the hell did Ray Herbert become 84-years old?!
2: How the hell did Ray Herbert become 84-years old?!
Herbert, who had been in the major leagues since 1950, was one of the unheralded Sox pitchers of that decade who found success with manager Al Lopez and pitching coach Ray Berres.
Ray will be celebrate his 84th birthday in December at his home in Michigan. We recently had an in-depth chat with him:
...ML: After the 1964 season you were traded to ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 04:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
Colin Turn Bull: Rethinking the Ick.
The Cardinals have not been able to get Big Papi out, and ESPN’s Colin Cowherd thinks he knows why. During the opening segment of his show on Wednesday, Cowherd basically said he believes Ortiz is currently using performance-enhancing drugs.
“David Ortiz, who was shot two years ago, is now Babe Ruth,” Cowherd said. “That’s a great story. And I don’t want to get in the way of that great story because it will make people really, really mad. … ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 03:40 PM | 49 comment(s)
BOSTON — This month, David Ortiz has probably become the first player in history to get over the hump and into the Hall of Fame by the margin of his spectacular postseason play.
If the Boston Red Sox complete their third World Series triumph in the past 10 seasons, all with Big Papi as a central offensive engine, and Ortiz continues to hold the highest career batting average in World Series history, currently an insane .465 in ’04, ’07 and ’13 combined, we can probably remove the word ...
I was only twenty-four, healthy and strong, and earning lots of money as a Chicago Cubs rookie pinch hitter, with a decent chance of becoming an everyday starter.
When I was eighteen, in 2006, I decided to bypass my college offers and play baseball professionally. I had narrowed my choices to Stanford and Florida, but the Philadelphia Phillies selected me in the first round of the draft—and gave me nearly a million dollars to join their organization and start working my way ...
Carpenter 3rd on my imaginary MVP ballot, FWIW.
During Monday’s game, St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter led off the game. They showed a graphic about Carpenter and talked about it for a few seconds. The graphic showed this:.
Matt Carpenter in first 8 postseason games: .100 average.
Matt Carpenter in last 7 postseason games: .300 average.
The idea was to point out — I guess — that Carpenter was hitting better in his last seven games than his first eight. Like a light turned on or something. But ...
Anyway, moving away from paranoid nut case theories, there’s this special coming up on Reelz…
Bill, what do you think it would take to get the Players Association to give up the dh jobs?
Asked by: manhattanhi
Is this a new paranoid nut case theory. . .the players asssociation has something to do with the DH rule? Hadn’t heard that one.
In the “Hot Hand” article there was spirited discussion about the impact of changes in skill versus randomness in streaks… Do you still feel that the skill ...
AARP cards all around!
I have to admit that I was a bit surprised when the Orioles named Dave Wallace their new pitching coach Tuesday. And it’s not because Wallace isn’t exceptionally qualified — he is. He has held the position for four other organizations and was part of a World Series-champion staff in Boston in 2004 when he was the Red Sox pitching coach.
And it’s not because he’s 66. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, 57, had a great line last night about age.
“Heck, I’m an old ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
Dollar Sign on the Muscle is one of the very best baseball books I have ever read. If you haven’t read the book, do yourself a big favor and get a copy. I can’t recommend this book enough. I own a copy but already purchased the new edition so I can reread the book on my Kindle.
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 08:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
Hopefully, not Miggy Stardust...those go to level eleven!
Team owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s affinity for Minnie Minoso prompted the team’s signing of a handful of Cuban players in the last decade, with Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez on the 2005 championship team and current players Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo. Reinsdorf authorized an aggressive pursuit of Abreu, which included firsthand scouting from former White Sox GM and current executive vice president Ken Williams.
This was Hahn’s ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 08:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
The high-end of the (Mark) Gilbert Model.
A former professional baseball player and financial high flier has been nominated ambassador to New Zealand by United States President Barack Obama.
Mark Gilbert, 57, is a director at Barclays Wealth, formerly Lehman Brothers, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The nomination was announced by the White House today.
...Before beginning his business career, Gilbert was a professional baseball player for several years, mostly in the minor leagues. ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 05:34 AM | 21 comment(s)
Previously on the Link of the Day, Phillies outfielder Dode Paskert had run over a boy with his car, doctors said the boy was mortally injured, and Paskert was being held by police pending the outcome of the boy’s injuries.
Two days later…
Toledo News-Bee, October 30, 1913:
Physicians announced Thursday that John Ferrie, 12, run down by Dode Paskert in his auto at Cleveland, Wednesday morning, would recover. The Phillies’ outfielder was held for violating the speed ordinance.
So RoyalsRetro ...Read More...
And I’m related to Faora Hu-Ul…and have the scars to prove it!
Thanks to months of research by genealogical experts, A’s general manager Billy Beane learned over the weekend that he has the ingredients for the wackiest family reunion of all-time.
His relatives include Madonna (10th cousins, one generation removed), Celine Dion (11th cousins, once removed), Hillary Clinton (10thth cousins, three times removed) and Camilla Parker-Bowles (11th cousin, two times removed).
“I wasn’t going to say ...
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 04:38 AM | 38 comment(s)
Story about how a Chevy Silverado promo scheduled for the third inning of Game 5 was cancelled after a photo of the rehearsal was released on Reddit…and “strong” negative reaction ensued.
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 12:55 AM | 15 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen, this may well be our last call for the 2013 Season, the road that started in February with pitchers and catchers may well end tonight. The only question is… will it? Will the Red Sox finish their worst-to-first story and win their first title on Boston soil since 1918? Or will the Cardinals not go gentle into that good night, and instead rage against the dying of the light?
Cardinals (Wacha) at Red Sox (Lackey), 8ish PM ET. FOX. Boston leads series 3-2.
Posted: October 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM | 937 comment(s)
Smarter picks this year. No doubt due to the influence of the many new people involved in the process. Here’s the list of the members of the research committee who helped to stir things in a more analytical direction:d
Committee chair Vince Gennaro, SABR President and author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball
Sean Forman, founder of Baseball-Reference.com
John Dewan, owner of Baseball Info Solutions
Bo Moon, executive vice president and co-founder of Bloomberg Sports ...Read More...
The penetrating strength of KMOX, a powerful radio station in St. Louis with a tradition of Hall of Fame broadcasters, has helped turn countless families into Cardinals fans since 1926, when it broadcast its first game.With a 50,000-watt signal originating from a transmitter across the Mississippi River, in Illinois, KMOX is said to be heard in 44 states and as far away as Holland, East Africa and Guam, spreading the gospel of St. Louis Cardinals baseball to the far reaches of the planet. [...] ...Read More...
Posted: October 29, 2013 at 08:07 PM | 23 comment(s)
Big Papi continued to astound, with a run-scoring double on his first pitch of the evening, two singles, and a line-drive out. He is batting .733 for the series—as against a cumulative .151 for the rest of the Boston hitters—and now sometimes gives the impression that he is stopping by to play in these little entertainments, in the manner of a dad joining his daughter’s fifth-grade softball game. When he came up to bat once again in the sixth, Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright essayed ...
It’s that time of year again! No, not the prospect biz…time to break out the whole Fabien Mang shebang!
1. Lucas Sims, rhp
2. Christian Bethancourt, c
3. J.R. Graham, rhp
4. Jason Hursh, rhp
5. Mauricio Cabrera, rhp
6. Jose Peraza, ss
7. David Hale, rhp
8. Victor Caratini, 3b/c
9. Tommy La Stella, 2b
10. Sean Gilmartin, lhp
Righthander Lucas Sims, a local product drafted in the first round in 2012, blossomed in his first full season. Former Oklahoma State righty Jason Hursh brought a power ...
Posted: October 29, 2013 at 03:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
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