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Thursday, November 03, 2016
If the BIS scorers are working off game video, that’s a problem. One of my complaints about watching games on TV is that they rarely show defensive alignment. UZR “stringers” can’t include where a player started if those stringers aren’t actually at the games; like everybody else, they’re at the mercy of what TV chooses to show them.
Ask the people in uniform about Hosmer’s range and you’ll hear his range to his glove-side is about average, while his range to his arm-side is ...
Players are ranked based on how I expect teams will view them, not on how I view them myself. Essentially, they’re ranked from predicted biggest contract to smallest, not accounting for options.
All ages are as of April 1, 2017.
1. Yoenis Cespedes (31, OF, Mets): It couldn’t have been a very difficult call; Cespedes will opt out of the final two years of his three-year, $75 million contract and seek a longer contract after striking out on getting a five- or six-year deal in a crowded ...
Posted: November 03, 2016 at 03:39 PM | 47 comment(s)
”Vin and I made plans in the spring of ’66 to have dinner when we later had the Dodgers on our broadcast schedule,” Gowdy remembered pensively. “As our date approached, I called Vin to finalize details and he abruptly told me that dinner was off. He had apparently found out that if the Dodgers win, his television role would be reduced. He was obviously not happy about the decision.
“I was surprised by Vin’s reaction but understood it. Heck, the World Series was then sports’ ...
It’s a tradition like no other. OK, maybe not at the level of The Masters, but this is certainly very cool.
After the Royals won last year’s World Series, the San Francisco Giants sent 25 pizzas to the Royals. The Giants were the defending World Series champions and they had received pizzas the year before from the Boston Red Sox, who won the title in 2013.
So the Royals are paying it forward.
Toby Cook, the Royals’ vice president of publicity said the team is sending Giordano’s deep ...Read More...
Posted: November 03, 2016 at 11:58 AM | 28 comment(s)
The Cubs bats picked Maddon up. They turned his decision to pitch Chapman in the previous game a footnote.
Maddon called on closer Aroldis Chapman with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning with a three-run lead, but Chapman - who had thrown four innings and 62 pitches in two previous games - surrendered three consecutive hits, including a game-tying home run by Rajai Davis.
“Chappy is our guy in that moment,” Maddon explained. “We narrowed it down to four outs. If you want to really ...
Posted: November 03, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 69 comment(s)
Harrisburg Telegraph, November 3, 1916:
Federal Judge Landis is declared by a morning newspaper to-day to be the choice of several major league baseball magnates for chairman of the national commission in case that position should be vacated by August Herrmann. The attitude of Judge Landis on the subject, however, was not stated, the jurist apparently not having been advised that his name was to be brought into the list of possibilities for the position.
I had no idea people were positioning ...Read More...
When he took the pitch off his mask and stumbled around, I thought he had suffered a concussion. It was surprising when they didn’t come out to check on him. Then he hit a home run.
“Win a World Series in your last year when you know you’re going out and you’re a backup catcher,’’ Ross said, “and these guys treat me the way they do and the city shows me the love it has shown me and you’re a part of one of the greatest games in the history of baseball and breaking ...
Posted: November 03, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 19 comment(s)
Theo has brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.
“I’m truly just honored to be part of Major League Baseball,” Epstein said after the hug broke up. “I grew up a fan, loving the game, and not being good enough to play, so to be part of a Major League Baseball is incredible. To have the privilege of working with two organizations like this is something I never thought I’d have, and to be a part of winning World Series in both places is something I will always treasure and won’t take for granted. ...
Posted: November 03, 2016 at 06:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
The Indians made it tough, erasing a 5-1 lead in Game 7 and tying it on Rajai Davis’ eighth-inning home run. A 17-minute rain delay before the 10th inning saved the day. Outfielder Jason Heyward called the Cubs hitters into the weight room, and general manager Jed Hoyer watched as the players regrouped.
“I think the rain delay was the best thing that ever happened to us, to be honest,” Hoyer said. “We went down to the rain room, talked a little bit. [Cubs president of baseball operations Theo ...
Posted: November 03, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
I grew up in Jacksonville, and have fond memories of going to the Jacksonville Expos (later the Suns) games at old Wolfson Park. I’ve made it to their new park last year, and it’s a nice enough place. As for the name change, honestly I’m more irritated by the stupid logo than I am the unwieldy name.
For his part, team owner Ken Babby offers some particularly egregious corporate speak by way of explanation:
“This is a high-energy, impactful, bold move,” Babby said Tuesday. “There’s ...
Sometimes patience is required when you are ripping off taxpayers.
Those officials argue that the A’s aren’t sitting on their hands and raking in revenue sharing, but prudently ensuring a lower-cost stadium in an ideal spot.
“If you don’t have to do it, you’re not going to,” Dolich said. “The A’s have a brilliant business plan, and I’m not saying that cynically. The value of the franchise is $800 million, the profits are significant and they don’t have to be a ...
Posted: November 02, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 76 comment(s)
1The Glory of Their Times, by Lawrence Ritter
In the mid-1960s, Columbia University professor Lawrence Ritter put 75,000 miles on his car driving around the United States, interviewing aging ballplayers. The result was the finest baseball book and one of the best oral histories for any subject. Long before ESPN or MLB Network, Ritter helped give a group of largely forgotten players new life. It’s valuable, historically important work. Oft imitated in the 50 years since publication, the ...
The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of suing AT&T, alleging that its DirecTV television unit orchestrated an illegal campaign to block wide carriage of the television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles, the Justice Department accused DirecTV of being a ringleader in an effort to make sure that three other pay-TV companies — Cox Communications, Charter Communications and AT&T (which was then ...
I don’t like the purge at Fenway.
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 2, 1916:
The world champion Boston American baseball team was sold [yesterday] to Harry H. Frazee of New York and Hugh Ward of Philadelphia.
Mr. Frazee and Mr. Ward are both identified with theatricals, the former being the present owner of the Cort Theater of Chicago and the Longacre Theater of New York. The new owners gave few details as to definite plans for the club, but said:
“When we went into the thing we did not buy a cheap team, we bought ...
Somebody is losing hard tonight.
“We wanted to make them use pitching, even in a loss. Hang around. At least Chapman had to pitch,” Manager Terry Francona said.
The whole package is tied together by perhaps the best manager of this period, Terry Francona, who is driven himself, to the point where his health has often been worrisome, while still “managing” — there’s that word again — to convince everyone that baseball is just a blast.
If the Cubs win Game 7, this Tribe team ...
Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 30 comment(s)
Hope in Philly?
These deals were a considerable factor, though not the only one, in improving the Philadelphia system to the point where, two years after finishing at the bottom, it finished 482-348 for the best winning percentage (.581) among National League organizations and second in all of baseball. (Seattle had a .590 winning percentage.) For that overall performance, which netted five domestic affiliates a trip to the playoffs, and for their depth of quality prospects, the Phillies earned ...
Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
Dave Cameron’s take.
So Aroldis Chapman got five outs that the other Cubs relievers probably could have gotten. Those outs may well have been borrowed from Game 7, in a situation where the Cubs might really be able to use a full-strength Chapman on the mound. But they won’t have that, because when push came to shove, Joe Maddon only trusts one of his relievers right now.
For his sake, I hope he doesn’t need that one reliever to bail him out tomorrow.
I still don’t like the move. The team still needed to win two. He should have had someone else up and ready. It’s all about the odds.
“It’s the middle of their batting order,” Maddon said. “There is no other way to look at that and feel good. Lindor, he could hit a home run at any time, but it’s much more difficult to hit it against Chapman’s velocity.
“For me, the game could have been lost right there, and he’s by far our most dynamic relief pitcher. I talked to him before the ...
What caused all the outfield confusion yesterday?
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
The committee’s rankings, conveniently one click away.
* As is tradition, the month of November runs through Championship Week.
As you may have heard, some very important election results are just around the corner: The MVP will be announced in just a couple of weeks! (Wait… what did you think I meant?)
This isn’t a “news” item, per se, but wanted to alert NY/NJ-area primates to a fun event taking place Nov. 10. Stop by if you’re in the area!
Posted: November 01, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
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