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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NY Magazine: Mother and Son beat Mets fan outside Dodger Stadium

Following the Dodgers 3-1 loss in game one of the National League Division Series, a mother-and-son duo reportedly set upon a Mets fan in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. The attack took place after the Mets fan got into some kind of verbal spat with the pair. One witness told the L.A. Times that the assault came amid a larger brawl. The son hit the victim “so hard he was just knocked out immediately,” said Sean Gould, also a Mets fan. He added, “You heard his skull hitting the concrete.”

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The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fan violence, mets

Cubs leaning toward Lester for Game 1 start

Interesting.  Arrieta’s command was definitely off on Monday, so maybe they figure an extra day’s rest’ll do him some good…

Brewers name Tampa Bay’s Matt Arnold as assistant GM

Arnold, 36, replaces Gord Ash, who served in that role for the Brewers since November 2002. Stearns is talking with Ash about assuming another role in the front office.

Arnold previously worked as pro scouting director for the Rays and recently was interviewed by the Miami Marlins for a front office position with that club. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for the Brewers’ GM job but it was Tampa Bay assistant GM Chaim Bloom who actually was interviewed before Stearns was hired.

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Which Yankees contract would you most like to move?

The Yankees can see the finish line on a number of long and expensive deals that have worked out with varying degrees of success. Lots of fans clamor for the team to move these bad deals all the time, dreaming of a team to come along and bail the Yankees out the way the Dodgers did for the Red Sox a few years ago. Deals like that aren’t commonplace, though, and expecting the Yankees to be able to shed undesirable contracts is usually a pipe dream. If a team did come along, however, wanting to ...

EvilBoWeevil Posted: October 14, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, money, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 14, 1915:

That peace between the National and American leagues and the Federal league is a certainly [sic] is the opinion expressed by leading baseball men who attended the world’s series games between the Phillies and Red Sox.
The presence of Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Federal league club, and Phil Ball, the majority stockholder, when neither had made plans to see the series until the last minute, would indicate that they were asked east to talk over ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 14, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

The Accidental Godfather of Fantasy Sports

What about the key question that big league teams/leagues and media partners avoid? Does the man who invented fantasy think it is really gambling?

“Of course it is,’’ said (Dan) Okrent. “The distinction people are making . . . ‘it’s a game of skill.’ Well, poker is a game of skill. Blackjack in a casino is a game of skill. Picking horses is a true game of skill, and nobody would pretend that that’s not gambling.

“I’m sure when Congress exempted fantasy sports, they were ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 14, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy

Mets Insider: Harvey won’t be available out of pen in Game 5 - NY Daily News

A Dark Knight relegated to pom-pom shaker. DeGrom becomes the ace.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Angels cut ties with pitching coach Mike Butcher, hitting coach Don Baylor - The Orange County Register

Angels get rid of their pitching and hitting coaches.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, coaches

Red Sox notebook: Farrell meets with Dombrowski - The Boston Globe

Red Sox notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

How do you describe Johnny Cueto’s relationship with Kansas City? It’s complicated | The Kansas City Star

There is a lot of money riding on this start. Johnny Cueto’s next contract, I mean.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, royals

Siegrest, platoon splits, and Joe Maddon | MGL on Baseball

MGL on platoon splits. He followed up with this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Scouts buzz about Cespedes demonstration of power and speed -

Shouldn’t a guy with this much speed be better in centerfield?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Kim Ng is best choice for Phillies GM

“I know she’s as knowledgeable as a lot of people who are in GM jobs right now,” Bowa said. “Being a woman is not going to be a problem for her. She is well respected in the game of baseball because of how smart she is and how well she listens.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, kim ng

Jays’ Marcus Stroman on Game 5: ‘I’m extremely confident’

“It’s got the makings of a really, really good story here if it plays out the way we want it to,” Gibbons said on Tuesday prior to the team’s off-day workout. “I don’t think it really surprises anybody that knows him, that’s been around him. He’s got a great arm, he’s got great stuff — whatever you want to call it.

“But there’s something different about him, too. He’s smart, he’s intelligent. He’s one of those guys that everybody gravitates to because he makes you ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Every eye in the Mets universe turns to Jacob deGrom | New York Post

Matt who?

“We’ve got our horse going,” Lucas Duda said of deGrom.

Travis d’Arnaud, who will catch deGrom Thursday, sounded extremely confident in the right-hander.

“It’s because of what he’s done since the day he’s been here,” d’Arnaud said of the 2014 Rookie of the Year. “He’s got the perfect personality for this moment. He’s a simple man who likes to keep things simple and just go out there and pitch. He’s been stellar for us all year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jacob degrom, mets, playoffs, zach greinke

TBS, Please Fix Your Strike Zone Graphic | FanGraphs Baseball

David Cameron doesn’t like the TBS strike zone. He’s right.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, television, umpires

Sherrington: The only ace left in play belongs to the Rangers, and it could be enough | Dallas Morning News

If you’re fortunate enough to own an ace, you must first hope he’s available for the biggest game of the year. One way to ensure such a result is to refrain from using your ace as a long reliever a couple of days beforehand, especially with a six-run lead and a knuckleballer who could pitch until Thursday, if necessary.

John Gibbons, Toronto’s manager, can say what he wants, but it’s clear he didn’t believe in R.A. Dickey or his ace, David Price.

Jeff Banister, on the other hand, is all in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rangers

Advancing in the postseason? Suddenly, that’s so Cub - Chicago Tribune

It’s a happy day in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:07 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs




4 PM: Rangers (Hamels) at Blue Jays (Stroman), FS1

8 PM: Astros (McHugh) at Royals (Cueto), FS1


Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 724 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lindbergh: The Good, the Bad, and the Bullpens: Joe Girardi, Mike Matheny, and the Manager’s Most Dangerous Game

There’s no well-known statistic we can use to quantify bad bullpenning. But as the Grinder would say, “What if there was?” After the 2009 season, former Baseball Prospectus author and quantitative consultant Tim Kniker developed a managerial reliever-use rating system, which he dubbed Bullpen Management Above Random. BMAR’s purpose is simple: It’s a way of assessing how closely each manager lined up his best relievers with his team’s highest-leverage relief opportunities. ...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: October 13, 2015 at 10:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usage, managers, sabermetrics

Winter Leagues | Arizona Fall League |

As if playoff baseball isn’t great enough. The Arizona Fall League started play today.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 08:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

OT-NFL October 2015 thread

someone nuked the last one, so here’s a video that would be funny, except, as DSPN puts it:

If Bradley’s correct, and Pierce got lost on the field because he was so concussed that he just didn’t know where he was, then what was funny yesterday is now actually pretty terrifying.

being STEAGLES isn't the same as having a STEAGLES Posted: October 13, 2015 at 06:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl thread, ot, ot-nfl

Steven Matz prepared for NLDS Game 4 start |

I hope this doesn’t put too much stress on his grandfather’s heart.

Steven Matz might have been too young to fully appreciate what transpired when New York’s two Major League teams met in the 2000 World Series. But the Long Island native certainly has some fond memories of the 2006 postseason, when his beloved Mets fell one win shy of returning to the Fall Classic.

“I don’t really remember what I was thinking back then, but I do remember watching it and thought it was pretty awesome,” Matz ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, playoffs, steven matz

Hard works pays off for Mike Hazen | Boston Herald

Peter Gammons’ GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 03:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike hazen, red sox

ESPN The Mag’s Ultimate Standings 2015

The result: rankings that combine fan opinions with an objective measure of how well teams turn your dollars into wins. Ultimately, it all counts.

Affordability (11.3%): Price of tickets, parking and concessions 

Coaching (3.2%): Strength of on-field leadership

Fan relations (25%): Courtesy by players, coaches and front office toward fans, plus how well a team uses technology to reach fans

Ownership (13.1%): Honesty; loyalty to core players and the local community

Players (14.6%): ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2015 at 02:54 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: espn the magazine, fans, franchise rankings

Grant: Rangers turn to Cole Hamels for ALDS Game 5, who’s in a position he’s never been | Dallas Morning News

His team won all four games. You’ll have to read the article to get the specifics.

When Cole Hamels starts Game 5 of the AL Division Series on Wednesday in Toronto, it will be the fifth start of his career in which his team has a chance to close out a postseason series. It will, however, be his first win-or-go-home start. A look at Hamels’ previous performances in series-clinching opportunities:

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, rangers

Spitball Bearings: Baseball and the Unruly World - Edge Effects

Don’t have time to read this at the moment but it looks interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: science

The stories of the six men who caught the Cubs’ historic home run balls

These guys have some real special balls.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs named Asst Director of Baseball Operations - Talking Chop

This is good news for Braves fans but bad news for Fangraphs and prospect junkies like me. Good luck, Kiley!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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