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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Dowling v. United States Baseball Fans (copywrong laws)
But, back to Biggio and those two votes.
One of the guys who failed to think of the seven-time All-Star as Hall of Fame material…Jerry Dowling. Dowling used to draw cartoons for both The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati City Beat.
Oh, and why didn’t he vote for Biggio? Simply put, Dowling thinks Biggio is a cheater.
Craig Biggio, the Houston Astro second baseman, fell two votes short. One of those could have been mine. I refuse ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
“Frenchy for Governor of Brohio”
“Delta flies to Columbus but not Cleveland. I think this is an omen.”
The Indians just announced that they have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training…
Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, hit rock bottom last season by batting just .204/.238/.298 with three home runs and 17 RBI over 81 games between the Royals and Giants. His .536 OPS was third-lowest in MLB among players with ...
Some guys never get a shot at the big leagues. Or if they do, it’s far too short a shot and they are overlooked for the rest of their careers, exiled to Triple-A or worse. You gotta make the best of that shot. You may never get another one.
Unless you’re Dontrelle Willis, of course, in which case you seemingly get a couple dozen shots and will until you just don’t fell like trying anymore:
I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the #sfgiants
— John Shea ...
The District Attorney
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 18 comment(s)
Well, this certainly trumps my signed Sir Douglas Quintet LP…“To Dee Jay Dickwiggle…” that I got Goodwillingly.
In the summer of 2000, I was living in Woodstock, NY, a sleepy hamlet an hour north of New York City. The town library was having a used book sale and I spotted a first edition of Summer Game in a box marked “one dollar.” I picked it up, even though I already owned at least one copy, figuring I could share it with a friend and maybe introduce them to Angell’s writing for the ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 04:02 PM | 19 comment(s)
Left-handed starter Derek Holland underwent left knee surgery Friday morning after falling at his home earlier this week and will probably be out until midseason.
Rangers physician Keith Meister performed the arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in Holland’s knee. No ligaments were injured.
“I’m devastated by this injury,” Holland said in a statement. “It was a freak accident at home that resulted in a hard fall on my knee. As upsetting as this is, my goal is to begin rehab ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 6 comment(s)
I have been wondering whether Lenny Harris would only vote for pinch-hitters.
OK, so I’d like to throw out a new Hall of Fame voting system. It is based a little bit on the current system, a lot on old Bill James idea and a little bit more of something new…
We have four different groups vote on the ballot.
Group 1: The BBWAA. This election can be much like it is now.
Group 2: The living Hall of Famers. I’d actually be for expanding this group so that it is the living Hall of Famers AND ...
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, a ruling in Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing is imminent and expected today. Steven Marcus of Newsday adds that arbitrator Frederic Horowitz’s decision appears to be favorable to MLB.
Rodriguez, 38, was suspended a record 211 games in early August for his ties to Biogenesis. The 211 games is essentially broken down into the standard 50-game ban for first-time performance-enhancing drug offenders plus another 161 games for allegedly interfering with ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 215 comment(s)
Now pitching for the Beta-Alanine…Frank Catalanotto.
But there is now finally someone in the game of baseball with a plan to rid it of PEDs and clean up the game we all love. That guy is Frank Cattalanotto.
Catalanotto was a career .291 hitter for 14 years with the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets. He wasn’t with the Mets for long, but long enough become a New York Jets fan.
After retirement, he wrote his own memoir, “Heart ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 13 comment(s)
Jeter and Young…side by side, just imagine! Plus he’s only 625 hits shy of 3000!
As the baseball world waits for “Decision 2014” on Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have thought about alternatives if Rodriguez’s ban for this season is upheld.
Besides Mark Reynolds, the Yankees will consider Michael Young, a source told ESPN New York.
Reynolds could form a pretty powerful platoon with Kelly Johnson, though their defense would be lacking. (When you think about it, how much different at third base ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
This week’s Hall of Fame results have set in motion the annual tradition of griping about who got robbed, which voters stink, and whether some butt injections and a bad attitude are really enough to justify blacklisting Barry Bonds forever.
The voting process is indeed flawed, but not only because of the players it has kept out of Cooperstown. It’s also screwed up because of the players it has allowed in.
The list below spotlights the worst players at each position, per JAWS, who are already ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM | 46 comment(s)
“Joe Guzzardi is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America.” No wonder I only hang out with the Totie Fields Appreciation Consortium.
This week the Hall of Fame announced its three newest inductees, pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and designated hitter/first baseman Frank Thomas. Even though they’re worthy candidates, my reaction to news was to yawn. Although I’m a lifelong fan, I’m pretty much done with modern day ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 09:28 AM | 37 comment(s)
Friday, January 10, 2014
Looking at such a scenario — which would come in the final year before I myself have a vote — I can take heart in the fact that it’s not too hard to envision paths to election for the likes of Piazza, Bagwell, Raines and eventually Schilling, with others such as Mussina and Martinez to follow further on down the line. I don’t see much resolution on Bonds or Clemens, and expect Sheffield and Rodriguez to move along more slowly than their stats would suggest.
With this week’s announcement of the new inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame came renewed calls to change the way the Baseball Writers Association of America makes its selections. The discussion became more heated when it was revealed that a voter — Dan Le Batard — secretly turned over his vote to readers at Deadspin. Le Batard was promptly stripped of his vote.
Does the voting process need to change?Read More...
Responses by Christina Kahrl, Joe Posnanski, Ed Sherman, Rob Neyer, and Trent ...
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 07:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
hall of fame
How to genuinely honor a Native American nickname, by the Spokane Indians
Unlike sports teams under fire for using American Indian names and stereotypes, the Spokane Indians baseball team is closely allied with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. When the team unveiled a new logo in 2006, it included an alternate version with “Spokane Indians Baseball Club” written in Salish, the tribe’s native language.
Now they’re making those ties more visible — the Salish logo will be the one featured ...
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 06:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
I feel in retrospect that not enough was made of Exicardo Cayones and Kramer Sneed going in the same deal.
The Yankees have designated Vernon Wells for assignment, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter)...
The Yankees need room on their 40-man roster because although they’ve agreed to deals with Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton, neither has been officially announced at this time (as noted earlier today by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports)...
Wells, 35, was acquired by the Yankees last ...
There aren’t any English-language sources on this that I’ve found, so here’s a link to El Nacional. The upshot is that former Pirates outfielder Tony Alvarez (who goes by Antonio these days) was just chosen as Venezuela’s new Minister of Sport.
I’m amused to find that a guy named Bill White wrote about Huckleberry.
(Not the Rizzuto version, of course; the version idolized by Bill James…)
How about Bill White for the Hall? Very good player, great broadcaster, NL president and baseball disciplinarian.
Maybe we should poll the allegation that he was a great broadcaster; I’m not sure that’s a winner. Intuitively, when a player of that stature later goes on to serve as the League President, that’s probably somebody that the ...
Corky Simpson can sorta relax.
Lawrence Rocca - Honorary - Morris, Nomo, Raines, Trammell
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 01:08 PM | 43 comment(s)
Heart papitations in Boston…
“Probably so,” Cherington said when asked if talks with Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, will be taking place in the coming months. “I can say that because I think there’s always dialogue with David and with Fern. That’s important to me. It’s important to ownership. It’s important to the organization to have open dialogue with our key players and David is certainly one of those. We’ve talked this winter.
“Look, David is a really ...
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
We’re talking about a totally outrageous paradigm.
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It was an unpredictable day, although that didn’t stop us from trying. Twitter user @RRepoz aggregated all the public ballots prior to the announcement, and I took a stab at projecting final vote totals based on these “exit polls.” Both proved relatively accurate on Election Day.
...I recalculated my projections using adjustment factors averaged from just the past three years of voting history and made a startling discovery: the average error dropped to 2.9 points, and the median error ...
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
A terrific extended article on baseball superstitions in the Ogden Standard, January 10, 1914:
Jack Harper, St. Louis Americans and Cincinnati Nationals always wore blue underwear. Hence the name “Blue-Sleeves” Harper.
Hans Wagner, like Woodrow Wilson, believes the number 13 is a lucky one. Hans wants “13” on the sleepers and in the hotels. It is given to him whenever possible.
Cross-eyed fans are the abomination of every ball player. But a cross-eyed woman they will run a mile from. Arthur ...
In the long run we are all Murray Chass.
It’s fun to talk about who should be in the Hall of Fame, and also, who shouldn’t, whether those currently lurking outside, or those already in, either due to voters before the day of advanced baseball analysis, or hacks on previous incarnations of the Veterans Committee. It’s especially fun when we can set aside questions about the world of roiding.
But, sabermetric pioneers and geniuses aren’t always that. Especially when they ignore what their own ...
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 05:48 AM | 29 comment(s)
Thursday, January 09, 2014
The MLB Network is now available in Canada as Rogers Communications extended its partnership with Major League Baseball on Wednesday, agreeing to an eight-year multiplatform broadcast rights extension with MLB, MLB Advanced Media and Sportsnet through 2021.
Wednesday marked the first day MLB Network was available in Canada. The 24-hour network dedicated to MLB features live games, news, highlights and some of the game’s top analysts.
MLB Network will be available to Rogers digital TV ...
Looks like The Steroid Era included at least the last 9 seasons of Jack Morris’s ...Read More...
Get an early start on the Jack Morris arguments of the future: Omar Vizquel had more defensive WAR between 1985 and 2009 than anyone else!
Statements of the form “Jack Morris won more games in the 1980s than anyone else” are fascinating. Although they’re true, they rest on cherry-picked years that may or may not illustrate a deeper truth in context… For baseball, there are thousands of statements just like the ones here that you can make about any single cumulative stat over the game’s ...
The District Attorney
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 12 comment(s)
Bill Conlin, the legendary former Philadelphia sports columnist whose career came to a crashing end 25 months ago after he was accused of molesting children as far back as the 1970s, died Thursday in a hospital near Clearwater, Fla. Conlin’s son, Pete, confirmed his father’s death in a text to NJ.com. Bill Conlin was 79.
Conlin was a longtime baseball writer and columnist for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News whose distinguished career ended just before Christmas ...
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 07:27 PM | 45 comment(s)
In the future, everyone will be famous for 50 inches. Best regards…
WPLG-TV in Florida reports that Marlins president David Samson will follow in Jeff Kent’s footsteps and appear as a contestant on the next season of “Survivor.”
According to Will Manso of WPLG the new season begins airing on CBS next month and Samson will be one of 18 players. Samson has competed in iron man events and runs marathons, so he might actually be pretty decent on the show.
Will they turn their ballots over to Deadspink?
[Dan] Le Batard is right. Reform is needed. At minimum, a redefinition of what the Hall of Fame should represent to baseball fans.
The fact his vote was turned over to Deadspin misses the point.
The best thing the BBWAA and the Hall can do is announce a plan to turn the vote over to the public or something similar on its own next year.
Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martínez, Jeff Bagwell, Curt ...
The writer sees this as a case in favor of transparency…. interesting info either way.
Extrapolating the results for anonymous voters from the full results and the Ballot Collecting Gizmo, here’s how the two groups voted on the serious candidates:
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