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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Meet the new geek in charge. He’s going to need some luck. As Baseball America’s John Manual commented on Twitter “Friedman left at right time. Several years of rough drafts have left farm system thin. Dodgers have several more high-end prospects.” The Rays could have tough times on the horizon.
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, October 15, 1914:
More than $100,000 was lost and won by local [New York] sporting men through the failure of the Giants to win the National league pennant, and the subsequent failure of the Athletics to win the world’s series. The heaviest loser locally was Arnold Rothstein, who is said to have dropped $75,000. He bet heavily on the Giants to win the pennant, and then laid against the Braves in the world series.
I imagine he won that money back betting on the World Series ...Read More...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 10 comment(s)
Mark Saxon’s excellent take on why this happened.
Two trade deadlines ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers got deep into discussions with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire second baseman Howie Kendrick.
The Angels were foundering and looking to deal expensive veterans for talent that could help replenish their bereft farm system. The Dodgers, living with aging Mark Ellis as their primary second baseman, felt in need of an upgrade. In the end, the Dodgers passed on the deal because they didn’t want to ...
Besides falling short of expectations, I bet this has as much to do with Colletti’s departure.
The team spent over $26 million on the foursome of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, and Chris Perez this year, hoping that group would form a strong setup core in front of cheap-and-dominant closer Kenley Jansen. No other team spent $26 million on their entire bullpen, closer included, so this was the most expensive collection of middle relievers baseball has ever seen.
And as a group, they ...
Ironically, sources say the Dodgers’ failed pursuit of a trade for Price this past summer only heightened their admiration of Friedman. Said one source: “They always asked for the right prospects. Not just the guys everybody knows, either.”
Who isn’t a potential Yankees target?
Although I’m already a walking zombie from watching late-night playoff games, I still wish some AFL game were available on television.
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
In the wake of the Dodgers’ acquisition of Andrew Friedman, an argument that teams should never pay up for a general manager no matter how brilliant they are.
Informed decisionmaking in baseball is now essentially a commodity. If given the proper support staff and training, any writer for Baseball Prospectus or Fangraphs with the appropriate organisational and people-management skills could probably do a competent job…
The reason GMs make less money than players do isn’t because owners are ...
At 4 PM: The Orioles fight for their lives while the Royals attempt to make the World Series for the first time since 1985 on TBS!
At 8 PM: The Giants go for the 3-1 advantage while the Cardinals aim to tie it up on FS1!
Posted: October 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 783 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
“The problem is that most of the guys who were commissioner, I think, really don’t want to say anything because they’re inhibited,” he says. “Because I’m older and I don’t really give a damn, I am willing to take a point of view on it and tell you what I think. I’m not running for office, and I don’t particularly care what people say about me in the papers anymore.”
Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, October 14, 1914:
Mrs. Ed Konetchy, wife of the Pittsburg Pirate first baseman, on Wednesday admitted that she engineered the deal by which Koney transferred his affections from the Pirates to the Pittsburg Feds. Koney, she said, is to receive $7,500 a year on a three-year contract. The Pittsburg Feds gave her $1,000 for persuading Konetchy to jump, she said. Hans Wagner will play first in Koney’s place next year.
Konetchy isn’t famous, but he was one of the better first basemen ...Read More...
“Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.
Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.
“You have to protect those guys like Quiz from the grind they face,” Howser said. “They wear down, too.”
Much is made about starting pitchers and what the impact of the extra demands of a postseason can have on them. Relievers, however, face the same type of strain. They may ...
Posted: October 14, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
This will be the second time the Mets have moved in the fences since the stadium opened in 2009. After the 2011 season, the Mets brought in the left field wall from 371 feet to 358 feet, right-center from 415 feet to 390 feet, and right field from 378 feet to 375 feet. While details of the upcoming changes aren’t yet known, they will be specific to the right field and right-center field fences.
I would hate the idea that my front office is spending time worrying about the dimensions of the ...Read More...
It’s not clear what role he would fill, but Boland notes that VP of baseball operations Mark Newman recently retired while longtime Yankee scout Gordon Blakeley left for a job with the Braves.
He certainly has done all he could do in his three seasons with the Padres. I assume. I mean, who knows? If you told me with conviction that the Padres folded five years ago, I would probably believe you.
The procedure, called bimaxillary advancement surgery, separates the front portions of the lower and upper jaw and moves them forward to allow for more room behind the tongue, reducing the chances of obstruction.
To combat sleep apnea. This sounds deeply unpleasent. And I certainly hope it does a little better than ‘reducing the chances’ for him continuing to have the issue.
Duo of Game 3s because of the rain!
4 PM: Cardinals (Lackey) at Giants (Hudson), series tied 1-1. FS1.
8 PM: Orioles (Chen) at Royals (Guthrie), KC leads series 2-0. TBS.
Posted: October 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 406 comment(s)
Monday, October 13, 2014
“The goal each and every season,” MLB spokesman Mike Teevan told me via email, “is to have the most deserving Umpires working Postseason games.”
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
country joe west
He was known to most as “Ralph the Programme Guy”. If you ever attended a sporting event in Toronto, you know who I’m talking about. He was at nearly every game. He was a fixture selling programmes at Jays games for years. Ditto for the Leafs, Raptors, Argos and thousands of concerts, from The Beatles in 1964 to Black Eyed Peas last year. If it was a big event, Ralph was there. And now, he’s dead at the age of 67.
Trying to calculate the number of events Ralph ...
Jonah Keri breaks down a bunch of game situations by the numbers.
SITUATION: Top of the sixth, runner on second, two outs, Hunter Pence up, Cardinals lead 2-1. Who should pitch?
DECISION: Matheny leaves Lynn in to pitch to Pence.
THE MATH SAYS: This was also a judgment call. You’ve got those numbers in Lynn’s favor as a pitcher who often fares better as he gets deeper into games. The only reason the Giants had a runner on second is because, after Lynn fanned the first two batters of the ...
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 33 comment(s)
Just like the title says.
Read the article.
The central thesis of Keating’s article was that teams that have success in the playoffs generally do well against the better teams during the regular season, and those who don’t perform as well against better teams make early exits. He used this year’s Angels as an example, citing that forty percent of their wins came against the worst teams in the AL (Red Sox, Astros, Twins and Rangers) but were only 9-11 against the other division leaders. We already know how that turned ...
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
El Paso Herald, October 13, 1914:
BOSTON WINS WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP
BRAVES CAPTURE FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME BY 3 TO 1
The Boston Braves are the world’s baseball champions of 1914. The defeat of the Philadelphia Athletics today by the score of 3 to 1, gave Boston the series with four straight games, the champions of the American league not capturing a contest.
A new world’s record for world’s series games was established, as Boston won four straight games. In 1907 the Chicago Cubs beat the ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
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