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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mets’ successful challenge helps shift momentum - NY Daily News

Take two. “Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

This wasn’t the performance the Royals needed from Ventura in Queens, but it’s just one game | The Kansas City Star

The Royals pitchers made a few fielding gaffs that hurt them.

In the next inning, the mental gaffe was even worse. With runners on second and third, Michael Conforto hit a chopper to the right side of the infield. The first day of spring training this year, all 30 teams worked on pitchers covering first base in this situation. They did the same the year before, the year before that, and the year before that. They will do this again next spring.

Ventura, in the noise and chaos of a World Series ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Syndergaard says he deliberately threw up and in to Alcides Escobar

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard told reporters he had “a few tricks” up his sleeve prior to his start in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, and it turned out he wasn’t kidding.

Edit: Here’s the pitch. It’s smart pitching. Jim.

spanx for the memories Posted: October 31, 2015 at 02:08 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city royals, new york mets


The Mets look to tie up the series at two, while the Royals look to get within just one win of World Series glory.

Royals (Chris Young) at Mets (Matz), 8, FOX. Happy Halloween!

Gamingboy Posted: October 31, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 596 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 30, 2015

The 2015 Fielding Bible Awards

How on earth did Rafael Palmeiro win this?

Unsurprisingly, Simmons also won a Fielding Bible Award this season. Both were unanimous winners, as was Jason Heyward in right field.

Simmons and Heyward were two of the four total repeat winners this season. Simmons has unanimously won the Award in each of his three full seasons in the majors and is the best defensive player in baseball today. Former teammate Heyward won his third Award in right field, though this year it was as a member of the ...


Padres introduce Andy Green as their full-time manager |

Sorry, missed this yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 04:19 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, padres

World Series Weekend: Five Questions for Three (or Two) Royals-Mets Games «

Get yer last Ben Lindbergh Grantland article. Get yer last Ben Lindbergh Grantland article, heeeeeeeeeeere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

CNN: ESPN ‘suspending’ publication of Grantland, effective immediately

It’s high time Grantland was killed off; aside from a few pieces here and there, Bill Simmons’ vanity project will emphatically not be missed.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise,” the sports network said in a statement.

It praised Grantland for having “quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun” and singled out Simmons for being ...

Esoteric Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 201 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries

Rays reject counter-offer to leave Tropicana Field, hire Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen

Originally negotiated last year by St. Pete’s mayor Rick Kriseman, the Rays offer would have likely paid the city $20M with an anticipated move in 2019, though exact numbers fluctuated based on when the stadium was vacated. The counter proposal from the Council offered the same basic permissions, but with a payout escalating significantly.

The new deal, which included the cost of demolishing Tropicana Field, would have cost $41M for the Rays to move to Hillsborough County in 2019, or $33M for ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium issues

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2015

Inexplicably 27 person made a prediction for this season in the pre-season thread, but now that’s outta the way I estimate only 15-20 primates who care about the NBA on a regular basis, but with our own thread we won’t derail this site from what it is mainly about….. The war in Syria

RollingWave Posted: October 30, 2015 at 01:10 PM | 1369 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, October 30, 1915:

Long Tom Hughes is believed to be one of the few players in the history of the game to resign.
When the Angels started on their last trip, so the story runs, the players, as is their custom, flipped coins to decide which of them should be sentenced to upper berths or occupy the roomy ground floor. Hughes showed up too late for the lottery and found Scotty Finley occupying the only extra lower berth. That the club trainer should be in a lower and a ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, long tom hughes

Harper: Mets great Bob Ojeda says bring the heat in Game 3 - NY Daily News

“You throw 100 mph, and I know everybody needs to throw the offspeed stuff, but be who you are, pitch to your strengths. Be ready to go to Plan B, even Plan C if they force you to. But don’t start with Plan B.

“It’s an old saying but it’s true: The best pitch in baseball is a well-located fastball.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby ojeda, mets, royals, world series

The Fastest Pitchers in Baseball - The New York Times

Speed kills, sometimes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Blue Jays ownership responsible for this ridiculous ending: Arthur | Toronto Star

Ed didn’t mention the terms, though. Anthopoulos wasn’t going to accept being anything less than the general manager of this team. Would you? He built a top-four team in baseball, so of course that’s how he felt. That’s why he left.

Shapiro, meanwhile, wanted control. Wouldn’t you? The consensus in baseball was that Shapiro had been pushed upstairs from the GM job in Cleveland after 65- and 69-win seasons. Running the business operations of the Cleveland Indians — 29th, 29th, 28th, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers

Wrigley rooftop owners want judge to reconsider case against Cubs - Chicago Tribune

Does this claim have any merit?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 06:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Cuomo’s World Series scalping scam is outrageous and hypocritical | New York Post

A self-serving politician? I hope this doesn’t become a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, world series

Red Sox emerge as crafty contender for Alex Gordon | New York Post

So, some guy who doesn’t work for the Red Sox floats this idea and it’s a story?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 06:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, red sox


The World Series heads to Citi Field for the first time in history, as the Royals look to take a 3-0 lead and the Mets try to ensure this series goes at least five.

Royals (Ventura) at Mets (Syndergaard), 8 PM. FOX.


Gamingboy Posted: October 30, 2015 at 05:45 AM | 577 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mlb, omnichatter, royals, world series

Royals’ Volquez doesn’t know when he’ll be ready to play

Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez said Wednesday that he didn’t know whether he would be ready to play in the World Series once he returns to the U.S. following his father’s funeral in the Dominican Republic.

Volquez said he was in a lot of pain as his eyes welled with tears while he attended his father’s memorial service a day before the funeral.

“Losing a loved one is hard,” he said. “My father was everything to me, and he supported me in everything throughout my career. We won the game, but I ...

Davo Posted: October 30, 2015 at 01:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

NY Magazine: Looking Past the World Series, Are the Mets Still Broke?

To get a sense of the financial challenges still facing the team, earlier this week Daily Intelligencer emailed Howard Megdal, a journalist and author of the book Wilpon’s Folly, about whether they’re truly moving past Madoff, how much this World Series appearance might help, and whether they’ll be able to afford to bring back Yoenis Céspedes. [...]

“Has anything Mets-related since the day Wilmer Flores wasn’t traded happened the way it used to? It’s why you’re seeing so many Wilpon stories ...

bobm Posted: October 30, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, mets

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Costa: Yoenis Cespedes: Baseball’s Most Improbable Golf Prodigy

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former left fielder, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac ... It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

Cespedes, 30, spent the first 25 years of his life in Cuba, an island with only two golf courses. He had virtually no exposure to the sport until early last year, when he tried it at a charity event in Florida. Now, he plays often before night games, smashing monster drives and posting scores that range from the low 70s ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:31 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, golf, mets, yoenis cespedes

How A Lifelong Obsession With Bret Saberhagen Rapping Wound Up On The Tonight Show

Have you ever had a memory from your childhood that no one else remembers, to the point you start questioning if this memory ever happened? This, for me, had been a local Kansas City Ford commercial from 1986 featuring Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagen rapping about trucks.

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: October 29, 2015 at 08:41 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: bret saberhagen, jimmy fallon, kansas city royals

Marlins dismiss general manager Dan Jennings |

Take one for the team. Now get out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:44 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, general managers, managers, marlins

Astros’ Prospect Reed Named MiLB Offensive Player of the Year

A.J. Reed, the No. 5 prospect in the Houston system and No. 91 in all of baseball, went on to win the Joe Bauman Award with 34 home runs, 113 runs scored and hit .340/.432/.612 across 135 games between Class A Advanced and Double-A ball. On top of his home run title, he led all Minor Leaguers with 127 RBIs and 320 total bases and all full-season players with the .612 slugging percentage and a 1.044 OPS. For all of these reasons, Reed was the unanimous staff choice for the Top Offensive Player ...

GrumpyFan Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, prospects

Kansas City Royals look like unstoppable October force

Unstoppable? “Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 01:15 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Win 2015 Japan Series

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks only needed five games to win the Japan Series and show everyone they were the best team in NPB last season.

Almost exactly one year to the day, Softbank proved that nothing had changed.

Lee Dae-ho capped his outstanding series with a two-run home run (which required a replay review) and the Hawks won their second consecutive Japan Series title with a 5-0 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Game 5 on Thursday night at Jingu Stadium.

Davo Posted: October 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, npb

The Gist: Everybody Hates Joe Buck (audio, begins at 14.43)

So, blessed with a bit of nepotism, a set of good pipes, a fine jawline, and the sort of seriousness of purpose that says, ‘Sport is of import’, Joe Buck has been tapped to be the lead Fox announcer for both baseball and the NFL. Joe Buck had his own HBO show where they tried to capitalize on his Midwestern everyman charm. Joe Buck starred in a line of Holiday Inn commercials trading on his everyman appeal. . .

Joe Buck’s a regular guy, a good sport, he’s approachable, but here’s the thing ...

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 29, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, broadcaster, mets, royals, world series

Be wary of Byung-ho Park to Boston rumors - Over the Monster

Having too much talent is not a problem, not when the talent is tradable. Ramirez’s stop at first base will most likely be a short one. Ortiz can’t play forever. If they can get Park at the right price, they get him.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho park, red sox

New York Mets’ young starters simply might be wearing down | FOX Sports

Are they worn down or is it too much rest? It seems to me they aren’t as sharp with the extra rest. But that’s just me.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, matt harvey, mets, world series

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