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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mariners Extend GM Jack Zduriencik

“Aim low. Aim so low no one will even care if you succeed.”

The Mariners have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with general manager Jack Zduriencik, the club announced via press release.

The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 05:47 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

Former Blue Jays draft pick Phil Bickford heading to independent ball

When the Toronto Blue Jays opted to utilize their first round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft on Phil Bickford, it was a curious selection that turned out to be a mistake. Seen as a long-shot to sign due to his commitment to Cal State Fullerton, the Blue Jays were unable to sway the right-hander away from school and had to wait an additional year to receive a compensation pick.

If only Phil Bickford could have seen just one year into the future.

According to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA, ...

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Posnanski: Money money money

You probably know that one of Bud Selig’s big objectives as commissioner of baseball was to even the playing field – that is, to give the small-market teams a chance to contend… Funny thing: Here at the end of his tenure, baseball is closer to Selig’s nirvana than perhaps ever before. As Brian McPherson writes in the Providence Journal, the correlation between money spent and winning is at its lowest point in a long, long time. McPherson writes that the correlation right now between ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 03:15 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, economics, joe posnanski

Neyer: Over the hill but still strong on the hill

Hamburger Hill, in Colon’s case.

When the Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins and said he’€™d be their highest-leverage reliever, we were all like, “Hey, what could go wrong? He’€™s only 41 and hasn’€™t done this job since 2004. And he’€™s got only two seasons in his whole career with more than 14 saves.”

Well, Monday night Hawkins collected his 21st save this season… How does Hawkins do it? Just like [Bartolo] Colon, with lots and lots of fastballs, although Hawkins does throw significantly ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 02:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, latroy hawkins, mets, rob neyer, rockies

Fangraphs: Cameron | Tim Lincecum: Now a Reliever, Maybe Needs to Close

Dave Cameron suggests that Lincecum should close because he pitches better with the bases empty.

*facepalm*

Lincecum’s splits suggest that perhaps the best way to “fix” him is to let him pitch with the bases empty as often as possible, which means starting the inning and not cleaning up after others. And there’s only one role in the bullpen that is generally afforded that luxury; the closer.

Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Carlos Quentin’s season likely over

Man, this guy’s career makes me want to cry.

Carlos Quentin’s ailing left knee won’t require surgery. It will, however, likely sideline the Padres’ beleaguered left fielder the rest of the year.

A second opinion on the bone bruise reiterated that rest is the best course of action to heal an injury that Quentin sustained while diving for a ball in spring training. The 31-year-old outfielder missed 39 games to start the year and has been limited to 50 games in his third season in this ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos quentin, padres

Yankees undefeated with relief pitcher wearing horse’s head

How about naming it after Legolas’s horse?

At the bottom of Shawn Kelley’s locker sat 1.1 pounds of horror. It had giant nostrils and a full set of teeth and frightened brown eyes and a lovely mane. It is the New York Yankees’ new good-luck charm… Since he debuted the horse head during the Yankees’ pregame stretch Thursday, they are 5-0…

Kelley tries to make the performance all his own. He ran around the clubhouse wearing the head after Monday’s win and high-fived teammates. He’ll bring it on ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: shawn kelley, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-26-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 26, 1914:

Milton F. Stock, Giant third sacker, is now the author of the first infield home run ever perpetrated on the Polo grounds. In a game there recently Stock propelled the ball at Niehoff of the Reds with such force that when it struck the third baseman’s leg it shot off toward the grandstand and dropped into a box.

This is the sort of thing that could have only happened in a stadium that was 279 feet down the left field line. And even then, I’m having a tough time ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bert niehoff, dugout, history, milt stock

Fan puts Derek Jeter’s head on the Mona Lisa, terrifies the world

Are you warm, are you real, Derek Jeter
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art sculpture

llo

With Derek Jeter’s retirement coming at the end of the year, people are falling all over themselves to pay tribute to the surefire Hall of Famer. Teams are giving him gifts. Fans are making him signs and corn mazes. And then—AHHHHHHHHH

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: art shamsky, royals, yankees

OMNICHATTER 8-26-14

It’s time for…. OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:00 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, August 25, 2014

Report: Cubs calling up top prospect outfielder Jorge Soler

“Soler power” could be the “WAR, what is it good for?” joke of a new generation…

Another big piece of the Cubs’ future is on the way to the majors, as David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that top prospect outfielder Jorge Soler will be promoted from Triple-A Iowa tomorrow…

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Soler defected from Cuba in 2011 and joined the Cubs in June of 2012 with a nine-year, $30 million contract. The 22-year-old was limited to just 55 games last season due to a fractured ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 11:44 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jorge soler, minor leagues

Why did Bryce Harper use Yasiel Puig’s bat? Because he uses everyone’s bat.

On Thursday, cameras caught the unusual sight of Bryce Harper hitting with a bat that had Yasiel Puig’s name etched into the barrel. For Harper, it turned out, it was not unusual at all.
Puig had given Harper the bat, joining a long list of players Harper has borrowed lumber from. Harper said he has used bats given to him by, among others: Chase Utley, Michael Morse, Troy Tulowitzki, David Wright, Buster Posey, Todd Helton, Melky Cabrera and Miguel Cabrera.

“I mean, I swing everybody’s ...

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Choo, Darvish out for season

Capping off a disappointing first year with the Rangers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is headed for season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.

There were big expectations when the Rangers signed Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract over the winter, but he ended up posting career-worsts across the board, with a .242/.340/.374 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI over 123 games.

And previously on ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 09:05 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rangers, shin-soo choo, yu darvish

Fenway Park: How many (bleeping) dents are in The Wall?

Random Frequent Flyer Dents!

Ask any Red Sox player past or present how many dents there are in The Wall and the numbers vary wildly from 850 (Jonny Gomes) to 10 million (Dustin Pedroia).

Nobody knows. Nobody has tried to accurately count the dents — until now.

While the team was on the road, The Globe rented a two-man telescopic boom lift and attempted to hand-count the entire 231-foot-long wall.

The Globe also shot a series of photos and sent them to ImageGraphicsVideo, a Silicon Valley ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

FG: Joe Maddon’s Bunting Identity Crisis

I also thought the graph of “league wide WPA on sac bunts” was extremely interesting.

Since he began leading the Rays in 2006, Joe Maddon has been known as one of the more progressive MLB managers… He’s even spoke out publicly against sac bunting in the past… [yet] The Tampa Bay Rays have attempted 58 non-pitcher sacrifice bunts this season, by far the highest mark in the major leagues. No other team has even 50… Just 35 of those 58 attempts have turned into “successful” sacrifice bunts… ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:31 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, indians, joe maddon, rays, strategy, terry francona

Gleeman: Oscar Taveras is hitting and Mike Matheny is happy

Trading veterans because your dumbo manager refuses to stop playing them? John Mabry?? I’ve seen this movie before!!

Oscar Taveras is playing and playing well lately, easing Cardinals fans’ concerns about manager Mike Matheny frequently benching the 22-year-old rookie for lesser talents, and now Matheny is full of praise for the work Taveras has put in to get better.

Matheny told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Taveras has made “huge adjustments” since a slow start to his ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:23 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Pirates send Gregory Polanco back down to Triple-A

Nice to see Snider finally contributing, anyway.

The Pirates have sent top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco down to Triple-A Indianapolis… Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported…

Polanco, 22, hit .241/.308/.349 (86 OPS+) with nine doubles, six home runs and 12 stolen bases in 64 games after being called up in June. He is currently mired in a 1-for-30 (.033) slump, hence the demotion.

The emergence of Travis Snider—the ex-Blue Jays outfielder is hitting .268/.336/.435 (116 OPS+) overall ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, minor leagues, pirates, travis snider

Boston Herald: Stanton not only choice

Gammo said they’re not trading the guy anyway. Then again, it was in the middle of claiming Loria was great for baseball in Florida, so.

[Giancarlo] Stanton… isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season. With ace Jose Fernandez due to return next year from elbow surgery and an emerging group of young hitters, including outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, it makes more sense for the Marlins to take one shot at the division crown in a winnable NL East before unloading ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, giancarlo stanton, jason heyward, marlins, red sox

Neyer: Alex Gordon, Royal for Life? Let’s just hope for 2016.

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Look, I admire fans who have stuck with the Royals throughout the last 30 years. I mean, really stuck with them. Based on the Royals’ attendance over that span, there really can’t have been many of you. But if you’re one of them, I do admire you. I’m just not exactly like you.

My obsessive passions might have been able to survive my relocation from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest. They might have been able to survive my profession. They might even have been ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, fair-weather fans, portland, rob neyer, royals

Morgantown lands NY-Penn League baseball team

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The Jamestown [N.Y.] Jammers minor league baseball team is relocating to Morgantown and will play in Monongalia County’s new baseball stadium, according to WVU athletic director Oliver Luck.

The new stadium, which is still being built, will also be home to West Virginia University’s baseball team.

“We’re very excited about having a professional sports franchise in north-central West Virginia,” said Luck. “It’s another example of how baseball is catching on ...

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John Gibbons rips Jose Bautista for getting ejected in yesterday’s game

This is a sinking ship.

Bautista was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Nolan Reimold took his place. Reimold dropped a fly ball in the tenth inning which set up the Rays winning run and he struck out to end the game. Gibbons not only said that Bautista should’ve been in those spots, he took issue with Bautista’s taking issue with the strike zone:

  “The bottom line is we needed him in the game,” Gibbons said of Bautista. “Say your piece and get the hell ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 03:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, jose bautista

MLBAM Chief Says Local Broadcasts May Be Available On Mobile

Soon, you can watch Twins-White Sox on your Google Glasses. These are exciting times.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman told the Associated Press this week that some baseball fans may be able to stream local broadcasts to their desktops and mobile devices by as early as next season. The changes would apply only to fans who already subscribe to the regional sports network that broadcasts their team’s games. For example, a San Francisco Giants fan who already pays for Comcast ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 03:07 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout restrictions, fangraphs, mlbam

Fivethirtyeight: Four Strikes And You’re Out

Hey, its Enrico Palazzo!

Consider a forgotten game in April 2010 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were up a run with two outs in the eighth. Their set-up man, Matt Thornton, was on the mound, protecting a lead with a runner on first and the right-handed Jhonny Peralta at bat. Ahead in the count with one ball and two strikes, Thornton froze Peralta with a slider on the outside half of the plate, a couple inches below the belt. For a pitch like that, the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 09:47 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, umpire

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-25-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 25, 1914:

The Pittsburgh club, when it obtains a new player, sends him, along with his contract, a form-card, which he is to fill out and return.
...
One youngster, duly receiving his card-chart, filled most of it out very satisfactorily, but seemed a bit hazy as to a few questions. Appended is a section of his card:

Batting average, 1913: .322
Batting average to date, 1914: .341
Stolen bases to date: 37
Years in professional ball: Three.
First engagement: I had rather ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 8-25-14

Abbott and Costello meet the OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HardballTalk: White Sox veteran Paul Konerko gets autographed base from Yankees in final trip to Bronx

Derek Jeter has been collecting retirement gifts in every road city that the Yankees have traveled to in his farewell season, but he did the presenting Sunday afternoon in New York …


Inside the ‘Zona: Who’s Steering This Ship?

Last week, a really wonderful piece on [Tony] La Russa was published at Sports On Earth, written by John Perrotto… one little nugget, pertaining to owner Ken Kendrick, in Perrotto’s work stood out in particular:

some in the Diamondbacks’ front office believe Kendrick gets too involved in the baseball end of the operation.

Two sources — one currently in the organization and one now working for another club — confirmed that it was Kendrick who told Towers to sign outfielder Cody Ross and ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kevin towers, tony la russa

Bochy not ready to announce Lincecum decision

Opening Day thru June 20: 15 GS, 82.7 IP, 4.90 ERA
June 25 (no-hitter) thru July 22: 5 GS, 38 IP, 0.95 ERA
July 25 thru August 23: 6 GS, 24.7 IP, 9.49 ERA

I have no idea what to make of this. (Or, for that matter, of Lincecum’s pic on his B-R page.)

Who will start [for the Giants] Thursday? “TBA.” [Manager Bruce] Bochy has talked to Dave Righetti and Brian Sabean, but he won’t announce anything until after he gets a chance to talk to Tim Lincecum…

[Yusmeiro] Petit is off-limits anyway ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:16 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum, yusmeiro petit

Report: The Braves and Cubs discussed a B.J. Upton, Edwin Jackson swap

Most importantly, Nightengale also says the deal “likely will be broached once again this winter. Stay tuned.”

In today’s column for USA TODAY, Bob Nightengale writes that the Braves and Cubs nearly pulled the trigger on a swap of B.J. Upton and Edwin Jackson at the non-waiver trade deadline, but it never materialized. The Braves would have had to throw in a significant amount of cash to even out the trade, which was ostensibly what halted the deal.

Upton is in the second year of a five-year, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:01 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: b.j. upton, braves, cubs, edwin jackson, rumors

Even as his value rises, Royals’ Alex Gordon says he’ll delay free-agency

His agent has redirected all his bookmarks to FanGraphs…

[Alex Gordon] can become a free agent after next season, as long as he declines his $13.25 million player option for 2016… Gordon indicated he plans on picking up his 2016 option and delaying his free-agency…

The Star polled a group of big-league executives and talent evaluators to measure Gordon’s value. The consensus was he could command a five-year deal after 2015 worth somewhere between $75 million and $95 million…

Gordon himself ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 06:36 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, free agency, royals

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