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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What if the Expos won the 1994 World Series?

I don’t want to live in a world where Loria’s glorious home run machine in Miami doesn’t exist.

World Series champions always experience an attendance craze in the following season, sometimes several seasons. With the revenue increase down the stretch in 1994 with postseason games and everything, isn’t it possible the Expos kept the core together?

If so, the Expos don’t alienate their fan base and finish last in 1995. That’s a whole different ballgame now.

It was obvious the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, expos, strike, work stoppage

BP (Carleton): I Believe In Clutch Hitting

I assume he means for the next two months, and then Jeter retires.

I examined how, for each player, the leverage of a situation affected his tendencies to swing at the first pitch… I then… calculated the chances that each player would swing at a first pitch when the leverage index was 1 (average) and 2 (a situation twice as important as the average situation)... What I found is that for hitters who show more of an effect on swing difference (leverage makes them swing at the first pitch more), ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:24 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

FG: Xander Bogaerts’ Rookie Struggles

I think we’ve learned that “trouble with the curve” is no good for anybody…

[Xander] Bogaerts… has a wRC+ of 82, which combined with mediocre defense has left him hovering around replacement level…

Bogaerts is actually hitting pretty well against fastballs and changeups. The crux of his issues this year have been against breaking balls. And there’s really no way to sugarcoat it. He’s been terrible against any and all spin, hitting just .143 and slugging .167. Unfortunately, opposing ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:06 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics, xander bogaerts

Gleeman: Domingo Santana is 0-for-17 with 14 strikeouts and “just panicked” defensively

No biggie; there’s this guy in San Francisco who’s Panik all the time.

Astros prospect Domingo Santana hit .292 with 14 homers and an .844 OPS in 104 games at Triple-A to earn his first call-up to the big leagues, but the 21-year-old outfielder has been an absolute mess so far in Houston.

Santana has begun his MLB career by going 0-for-17 with 14 strikeouts at the plate… Santana also made a bone-headed defensive play in left field last night, lackadaisically fielding Joe Mauer‘s go-ahead ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:53 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, domingo santana

Twins Triple-A team completes the oddest no-hitter you’ll see this season

Shore ‘nuff!

The Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, completed a no-hitter Monday against the Durham Bulls that was started in a different month, in a different state, by a pitcher who is now in the big leagues.

The no-hitter started on July 24 in Durham, where weather caused the game to be suspended until Monday in Rochester… Trevor May, who made his MLB debut for the Twins on Saturday night, started the game in July for Rochester, throwing three no-hit innings. ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, logan darnell, minor leagues, trevor may, twins

Sean Doolittle: Life as a player for the Oakland ‘Mathletics’

The 1940s Yankees had good wOPS…

Baseball is a game of numbers, and we at the Oakland Athletics keep track of everything… So exactly which metrics do the A’s value most when assessing potential players? I think I’ve finally figured it out…

wOPS (weighted overhead press): This gem calculates how strong a player is to determine whether he can carry a team. In Oakland, no one player carries our team. We all have very similar wOPS numbers.

BABIP: That’s batting average on balls in play, right? ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sabermetrics, sean doolittle

Goldman: Derek Jeter is far better than Honus Wagner, and that’s final

Writing back in the 1990s, I posed the question of how the great 1906 Cubs (116-36) would have done if they had had a chance to play against a team composed of the likes of Mark McGwire.  My hyperbolic supposition was that the question would have remained unanswered because their first reaction would have been to scream, “Agh! Giant!” and run like hell. The same goes for Jeter. As the title of Laurence Ritter’s classic oral history of the Deadball era tells us, Wagner and his contemporaries ...

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Repoz Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Sun News Network: Old dude at Cubs game makes off-balance catch, sneakily tosses other ball back

Actually, the “old coot” is 65-year old Mike Pullin, a retired professional bowler. In any event, he’s no Bartman.

The aged dude is apparently as quick with his mind as he is with his glove.

Immediately following the snag, he grabbed a ball resting on his seat and tossed it back into play.

The broadcast team was even fooled by the subtle trick: ”He throws the ball back into play, but the Brewers will take that home run…”

JE (Jason) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fans, old coot, wrigley field

Byron Buxton promoted to Double-A

Last night, the Twins promoted Buxton to Double-A New Britain. It has to be more off of feel for his development than performance, as a recent slump has saw his numbers dip to .240/.313/.405 in 134 plate appearances for the Fort Myers Miracle. A slower start might be expected for any player whose season was as start-stop-start-stop-start as Buxton’s has been, but it doesn’t sound like that’s a concern for the Twins’ brass.

Our favorite quote regarding Buxton is Terry Ryan saying that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, prospects, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2014

El Paso Herald, August 12, 1914:

If John McGraw isn’t careful he’ll wake up some morning to find that “Big Jeff” Tesreau has jumped the Giants and taken a job in the “White Hope” league.
...
But fate so far has ruled against Tesreau becoming a pugilist and it seems that fate will continue so to rule, assisted by Mrs. Tesreau, who is very much opposed to “Jeff’s” pugilistic ideas.

“Jeff” yearns to bring back to the white race the crown that Jack Johnson snatched from Jeffries.

He didn’t, ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jeff tesreau

FG: The Best and Worst Benches So Far

not groundbreaking stuff, but i think it’s somewhat interesting. 

In a perfect world, a bench wouldn’t need to contribute much at all, because in a perfect world, all nine (or eight) starters would be so productive and so consistent that a bench would barely be needed. But that’s not how it works. People get hurt, people go through slumps and people simply need a rest now and then, so the luxury of having not only depth, but productive depth, becomes a pretty important and easily ...

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steagles Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: sabrmetrics

OMNICHATTER 8-12-14

Nanu Nanu

Gamingboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, August 11, 2014

Royals Acquire Josh Willingham

Hopefully not sharing too much time with Ibanez…

The Royals have acquired Josh Willingham from the Twins, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). The Twins will receive right-hander Jason Adam, per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (Twitter link).

Willingham was claimed by Kansas City off revocable waivers, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press… 

The right-handed hitter, 35, is set to reach free agency following the season and will therefore be a pure ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jason adam, josh willingham, royals, trades, transactions, twins

CAN CLAYTON KERSHAW WIN THE MVP?

Since Clayton Kershaw came back from the disabled list in May, he has been pitching even better than ever. His 2014 ERA (1.78) is even better than his 2013 ERA. He also hasn’t allowed an un-earned run, so his RA9 is also 1.78. Kershaw’s 1.76 FIP is the best of his career by over half a run. Johnny Cueto is still relatively close to Kershaw in adjusted ERA, and he has more innings. He might still win over voters in the Cy Young voting, based on how they have voted in the past (let’s face ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

With division lead dwindling, injuries to Sanchez, Soria could cost Tigers

Soria: double agent?

A little over two weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers were flying high. Enjoying a seven-game lead in the AL Central, Detroit seemed assured of winning its fourth straight American League Central title. But since July 24, when Detroit beat the Angels to create that seven-game advantage, things have narrowed considerably in the division, with the Tigers’ lead now down to a mere 1 1/2 games entering Sunday thanks to a combination of a tough 6-9 stretch and a red-hot run by Kansas ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:45 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, injuries, joakim soria, tigers

J. Jaffe: Young pitchers Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia sidelined for Mets

####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?

the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.

The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… ...

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SABR Defensive Index rankings released through August 3, 2014

Atlanta’s Jason Heyward tops the NL’s SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through games of August 3, 2014, while Alex Gordon leads a trio of Kansas City outfielders who all rank in the top 10 of the AL SDI rankings.

The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.

cardsfanboy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, gold glove

Padres Designate Jeff Francoeur For Assignment

Frenchy wasn’t really pitching well enough at El Paso (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 HBP) to justify a hitter/pitcher platoon with Jason Lane, but hell, I’d still like to see it.

The Padres have designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment to clear room for top prospect Rymer Liriano‘s promotion, tweets Marty Caswell of 1090 radio in San Diego.

The 30-year-old Francoeur recently joined the Friars’ big league club after spending much of the season with Triple-A El Paso, but he ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff francoeur, padres, transactions

The Best Beer in Baseball

Several years ago, craft beer started taking off at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. From 2011-2012, sales went up by 20 percent. From 2012-2013, they were up 47 percent.

So when it came time to create a new hangout in a highly trafficked spot on the third-base concourse, the ballpark went all-in on craft-style beers. The new Reds Brewery District – an 84-foot-long bar with more than 50 taps – included more than 20 craft offerings when it opened this spring. There were local beers ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, mariners, reds, stadium fare

To Sung Woo, Thanks For Everything! Rany Jazayerli

Hey, I’m a Korean Royals fan too!

This summer, Sung Woo finally decided to take the plunge. Taking advantage of a job change, he was able to carve out ten days from his schedule to come to Kansas City, watch the Royals play, and maybe do a little sight-seeing and barbecue-eating while he was in town. He emailed Kamler and fellow Royals fan Dave Darby that he was buying his plane ticket and reserving his hotel room; they told him not to worry about transportation, that they’d pick him up and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, korea, rany jazayerli, royals

Rockies’ Brett Anderson likely done for season with bulging disc

Anderson is the pitcher version of Nick Johnson.

Colorado Rockies starter Brett Anderson has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told reporters Sunday.

Anderson will see a specialist Monday to determine the next step in his treatment.

The left-hander was forced to leave his start last Tuesday after just three innings when his back locked up, at which point the Rockies said Anderson was likely headed to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, pitcher injuries, rockies

Girls power Little League contenders

Mo’ne Davis and Kayla Roncin almost couldn’t help but run into each other last week in Bristol, Connecticut.

As the only two girls among the hundreds of kids on the 52 U.S. teams remaining in the race to the Little League World Series, Davis, 13, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and Roncin, 12, from Toms River, New Jersey, are both competing in the Mid-Atlantic regional. Sunday’s final will send the winner to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“We said ‘Hi’ and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, little league

Jack O’Connell: Cashman: Retire captaincy with Jeter

Captain Francesco Schetino Martinez…we salute you. (glug-glug-glug)

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believes that once Derek Jeter retires, the captaincy of the Yankees should retire as well.

Speaking to the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s fifth annual “Give A Hoot” benefit in a luxury suite at Yankee Stadium Sunday, Cash was asked who should succeed Jeter as team captain after his retirement.

Cashman’s response was “I’m not that big on captains myself. More than one player can ...

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Repoz Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Matinale: Nolan Ryan, power pitcher into his 40s. Did he use steroids?

As lefty Zangara once said: “You is Kruk man too!”

John Kruk said Nolan Ryan was the fastest pitcher he faced.  Faster than Rob Dibble and Dwight Gooden, whom Kruk also named.  But Kruk was emphatic when asked: Nolan he replied multiple times.  This was during the ESPN Sunday night game in Boston between the Yankees and Red Sox Aug. 3, 2014.

I wasn’t sure when Kruk would have faced Ryan so I looked it up: 1986, 1987, 1988.  But here’s the thing.  Nolan Ryan was born January 31, 1947 in ...

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Repoz Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-11-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 11, 1914:

SEMI-PRO FLINGER HAS GREAT RECORD

Rube Foster, the Christy Mathewson of colored baseball stars, has pitched 23 games for the American Giants, a colored semi-professional team, and won them all, according to the team’s official record. These games include contests with the Portland, Ore., and Spokane team of the Northwestern league.

And he’s only a semi-pro? Man, someone should really sign him.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rube foster

Female pitcher leads Philly’s Taney Dragons to Little League World Series

Mo’Ne has played baseball with the Anderson Monarchs, a travel team based out of the Marion Anderson Recreational Center in South Philly, since the age of seven. “A lot of the time opposing players don’t realize it’s a girl; they assume it’s a boy with long hair,” says her longtime coach Steve Bandura.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: feel good story, little league, weird first names

Bryce Harper drawing heat for scuffing Braves logo at Turner Field

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.

Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:37 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, douchebag, nats

OMNICHATTER 8-11-2014

It’s Monday, and here’s the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Powers: Twins need fewer smiles, more snarls

Super Powers! Move over Franklin Richards here’s some real reality warping!

The Twins are loaded with this type of player: Nice guys who take losing in stride. Sweethearts with “big smiles on their faces” who appear to be just happy to be here.

If the Twins were a hockey team, they’d be considered soft. If they were a college football team, they would be the scheduled foe for every homecoming game in their conference. They are docile. And this has to change.

Yes, they need clutch hitters and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Townsend: Kate Upton says Yankees wouldn’t let her wear Tigers’ gear at Yankee Stadium

Life imitates Seinfeld yet again.

As you’ve probably seen or heard by now, Upton was seated directly behind the Tigers’ dugout to watch Verlander’s Tigers play against the Yankees on Tuesday night. At one point, they even had a fun exchange where Upton finally convinced Verlander to toss her a souvenir baseball. It was a light-hearted and fun moment, but apparently that’s as far as the Yankees were willing to let her go to show her support for Detroit.

While filling in for Kelly Ripa on ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:48 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, justin verlander, seinfeld, tigers, yankees

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