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Friday, October 31, 2014
The second segment is a series of “close-ups” of [1917 NL pennant winning] Giants filmed at the Polo Grounds. McGraw looked grimly at the camera and doffed his cap. Pitcher Ferdie Schupp was described on-screen as “the best twirler in the game;” right fielder Dave Robertson was said to “cover as much territory as a three-ring circus;” and the multisport star Jim Thorpe was introduced as the “Indian all-’round world champ.”
Click through for film excerpt.
Posted: October 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Approximately 28 more players can become eligible, depending on contract options. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon ...
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM | 28 comment(s)
Gordon should have stayed at third. And so much more!
We all knew this day was coming, he played this past season in Japan, but it’s still sad to see Youk go. At his peak he was one of the very best players in baseball, and a deserving member of two world series champion teams.
‘‘The Greek God of Walks’’ is walking away from the game.
Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and ‘07. He was traded to the Chicago ...
Big payday for Koji.
The Red Sox have signed reliever Koji Uehara to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $18 million total, according to a source.
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 38 comment(s)
The Cain award seems a little hoke.
The 2014 Fielding Bible Award winners are:
Multi-Position – Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City RoyalsRead More...
First Base – Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Second Base – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Third Base – Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Left Field – Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Center Field – Juan Lagares, New York Mets
Right Field – Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy, ...
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 4 comment(s)
No, Alex Gordon should not have been sent.
Perhaps a decision to run would have forced a poor throw home, but with a good throw Gordon would have been out easily. Regardless, that was a tremendous Game 7.
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 158 comment(s)
I missed Christy Mathewson somehow but caught almost everyone else, down the years—Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson—but here was the best. Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ left-handed ace, coming on in relief last night in the fifth inning of the deciding seventh game of this vibrant World Series, gave up a little opening single, then retired fourteen straight Kansas City batters, gave up another hit, and then closed the deal. ...
Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung opened the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl.
The man, Kevin Bumgarner, trundled back into his living room, waving at me to follow. He eased into his recliner, where he’d spent the last three hours in the highest of high anxiety, watching as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals ...
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
The 10-person ballot for consideration by this year’s Golden Era Committee consists of Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.
Kaat (10 votes in 2011), Hodges (9 votes), Minoso (9 votes), Oliva (8 votes), Boyer (less than 3 votes) and Tiant (less than three votes) return to the ballot after appearing in the fall in 2011 in the first vote of the Golden Era Committee. Allen, ...
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 67 comment(s)
Hey, there was another game yesterday. Who knew?
No replay to overturn calls in Japan.
The [Missoula, MT] Daily Missoulian, October 30, 1914:
There is keen debate in eastern baseball circles over the actions of the former star of the Athletic team who, according to every bit of evidence in sight, coached and trained the Boston pitchers till they knew every point and every weakness of the Philadelphia batsmen.
[Sentimental people] point out how Connie Mack took this man when another club had dismissed him; how Mack made him rich through fat wages and world’s series coin; how ...
It’s all Madison Bumgarner.
Statcast isn’t just for the burners.
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“You know what?” he said with that knowing smile. “I can’t lie to you anymore. I’m a little tired now.”
Hell to the yes, he is. So he’ll wave with his right hand at the parade. So he’ll skip a few chores back home. So he’ll ease into spring training. The extraordinary comes with a price, and he cheerfully paid full retail for a moment this sport hasn’t seen since Catfish Hunter, Mickey Lolich, Koufax and Bob Gibson. He thought he might be a bridge from Jeremy Affeldt to ...
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
Dunston and Chop had several angles on the play in the third inning. Second baseman Joe Panik stretched every fiber while diving to knock down Eric Hosmer’s hard grounder, he flipped with his glove to Brandon Crawford and first baseman Brandon Belt made the stretch. The replays were extremely close, but one angle showed a bulge in Belt’s glove from where the baseball made contact while Hosmer’s fingers were millimeters from touching the base.
“I said, ‘OK, OK, he’s out. Let’s go ...
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
When he first came out of the pen I thought things were going to go into the crapper. I was wrong. Bumgarner was awesome. Congrats to the Giants and their fans.
Posted: October 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM | 92 comment(s)
Edit: Updated link. Jim.
O.K., a blowout, but who knew? Every year along about this time, friends start asking me, “Who’s going to win tonight? Whadda you think?” But of course I have no clue. Baseball’s absolute unpredictability makes amateurs of us all, and after the Royals’ wholly unexpected 10–0 shellacking of the Giants in last night’s Game Six we can all get ready for the finale tonight with cheerful idiocy. Both starting pitchers—the Giants’ Tim Hudson and the Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie—are ...
“I didn’t expect we’d win with just one swing like that,” Akiyama said. “We had a runner on second and their outfielders were positioned shallow, so we were hoping he hit it over the outfielders, but never expected he’d hit a home run.”
Nakamura has hit over .300 the past two seasons, but considering that he hit exactly four home runs in 638 PA this season, and has hit nine in his career, that’s not an unreasonable quote…
The most insightful, accurate pregame prediction that I’ve read all day. Great job, Rob!
Later today, I’m sure I’ll be overcome by the impulse to cogitate, to calculate, and finally to prognosticate. But while we know an immense amount of things about these teams, literally more than we’ve ever known about any two sports teams before athe biggest of games, nobody knows anything the actual Biggest Game.
Posted: October 29, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 25 comment(s)
Wouldya believe none of ‘em are Boras!
The Red Sox, in need of third base production, are prioritizing Giants postseason hero Pablo Sandoval as well as Chase Headley, according to people in the know.
Boston may also take a look at Aramis Ramirez, if he become a free agent, though he is said to fit below Sandoval and Headley. Ramirez is believed to prefer a return to Milwaukee…
The Giants have made no secret about wanting to keep Sandoval… The Yankees are said to want to re-sign Headley in ...
The Red Sox lineup needs power. The Red Sox want to compete in 2015. Cespedes is in his walk year and has a swing that should produce some good numbers in Fenway. Methinks this will all work out.
Posted: October 29, 2014 at 08:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
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