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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Okay, what the hell is actually going on here?
In a stunning twist, the Nationals manager job isn’t completely settled, and word is, the club has reached out to Dusty Baker, and will offer him the job.
While it has been widely reported that Black was the guy, Baker is now very likely to be the one to succeed Matt Williams as Nats manager.
Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
Monday, November 02, 2015
A few batters later, Hosmer had his own choice, and he decided to go home. Third baseman David Wright fielded a groundball with one out, looked at Hosmer, but with third base unoccupied (Wilmer Flores somewhat sheepishly ran over to cover, but he was going to be far too late to matter) Hosmer was able to hold his pretty-good lead off the bag and leave as soon as Wright fired to first. It was going to be close. Lucas Duda misfired. The throw wasn’t caught. Hosmer scored. “Brilliant ...
Poz weighs in as only Poz can.
This will be a story about luck and magic and the Kansas City Royals, but why don’t we start with Art Stewart? That’s him over there by the wall, yes, the little guy, the scout with tears in his eyes. He’s 88 now, and he has been in this game long enough that he timed a young Mickey Mantle running to first base. Positive? Nobody has ever been more positive. One time, after the Kansas City Royals drafted a young outfielder named Chris Lubanski, the Royals ...
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
This is a real article that was actually written by someone.
“I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.” [...]
Of course, Murphy has every right to hold these beliefs, which earned him praise from such luminaries as the Westboro Baptist Church. He does not have a right to expand on them ...
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:13 PM | 84 comment(s)
“The Steroid Hunt” by Bryan Curtis
It’s easy to go through my Grantland favorites; roughly 60 percent of my brother’s emails to me are links from the site. I loved this story on how baseball reporters tiptoed around the steroid crisis, trying to figure out exactly how far they could go with their questions. Should be required reading for journalists on any beat.
–Leah Libresco, news writer
A good collection of stories new and old from Grantland’s short, sometimes glorious run. I ...Read More...
Infinite Yost (Voxter)
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
“Make [Lucas] Duda throw the ball. Make [Travis] d’Arnaud throw the ball,’’ was presented to every Royals player.
Alex Skillin does a great job identifying why the Royals are winning. Of course, you don’t have to believe him. You could just believe what Dayton Moore said himself in his book, More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture. I’ve been reading the book which has some interesting insight into Dayton Moore. I recommend it.
Grand Forks Daily Herald, November 2, 1915:
There is just the suggestion of a “batting scandal” in the National league similar to that which caused the row in the American when Lajoie was allowed to get his eight hits on the final day in St. Louis. The intimation is that they were overly kind to Larry Doyle at Braves field on the final day of the National league race when he registered four hits and thus took the lead in batting for the year.
I had never heard this accusation before. It’s a lot ...Read More...
Every championship is sacred.
Every champion is remembered fondly, but this one is different even by that high standard. Some of that is in wiping away two decades of losing, and some of that is in the way they attacked every day, every game, every inning, every pitch. Kansas Citians bought more tickets than ever before, and spent more time watching on TV than ever before. Following this team became more than a pastime, and more than a habit. It is now an addiction.
Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
Her gibe, though, raises a question: What are these things on which the dysfunctional Congress supposedly agrees?
Their wager is just one of several that have been made between various elected officials from the two regions, in keeping with a familiar World Series tradition as cheesy as whatever is failing to be sneaked past hungry vermin.
For example, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri have also agreed to wear the winning team’s jersey for a full day if their team ...Read More...
Well-said remarks in a rare snark-free post:
The Mets played a baseball game that started on November 1st and stretched into the wee hours of November 2nd. In a season that started with a roster that was … maybe … good enough to win 83 games, that’s pretty damn good. They just ran into a buzzsaw at the end. A buzzsaw that has been waiting for this after Salvador Perez popped out to Pablo Sandoval last season. They absolutely deserved it, even as the Mets handed it to them. I knew defense ...
How did the Royals reach the playoffs in 2013, win the World Series in ‘15 and then dominate the latter part of the decade? Well, it was that minor league system ... that amazing Kansas City Royals minor league system.
Congratulations, Kansas City.
Sunday, November 01, 2015
I’m happy Rose isn’t part of the broadcast crew because he was dreadful. That he left to sign autographs says everything you need to know about Pete.
Word is, he thinks he has a very good chance to be reinstated by Major League Baseball, and thinks he might even manage again at the big-league level. In reality, reinstatement is the biggest long shot Pete’s ever backed.
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 10:14 PM | 31 comment(s)
Congrats to Derrick Goold (who I don’t know from Adam) but the big news is that nerds are no longer on the outside as Jonah Keri was named to the board.
We have met the enemy and they is us.
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
signs of the apocalypse
Baseball is not sweet. Baseball is not a good guy. Baseball is judgmental, a tough dad. Baseball is tougher than manganese molybdenum. Those who ignore this and want to cling to its sweetness—a sixty-six-year-old manager getting into the World Series for the first time after more than forty years in the game, a beloved team captain hitting a home run in a winning cause after painful struggles with physical disability, a local kid pitching in front of his mom and dad—will get their heads ...Read More...
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 06:48 PM | 20 comment(s)
mets being mets
Click to behold the majesty of the Miami-Duke finish represented by dotted lines.
* As it did last year, the November thread will run through Championship Week before being replaced by the Bowl Spectacular thread.
Of course, if the team doesn’t player better defense and the bullpen continues to misfire, even a great performance by Harvey won’t be enough.
“It seems like when he has a below-average Matt Harvey start, he comes back the next start a lot better,” Mets captain David Wright said. “He’s seen this lineup, he has seen kind of what they’re all about. And I know he’s one of the best at making adjustments, so I’m sure he’s gonna go in with a good game plan and go pitch like Matt Harvey can pitch.” ...Read More...
How much will Murphy get in free agency?
“For me, in my mind, it’s still the same. Every time I go in to pitch I just want to get the hitter to hit a ground ball with the first pitch I throw,” Familia said. “That’s what I tried tonight, every time I pitch. It doesn’t matter if I have men on base. I don’t try to put pressure on myself. I just want to believe in myself. I know I can do it.”
He got the grounder. Murphy made an error. Tie game. Familia got another grounder. That ...
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
Trailing 3-2 on Saturday, a Royals team that for 13 months has thrived on the sorcery of the comeback conjured yet another on decidedly slim pickings:
Walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain; a tame grounder by Eric Hosmer that magically bypassed the glove of second baseman Daniel Murphy; and a Mike Moustakas single to right just past the groping Murphy.
Sal Perez made it 5-3 with the only emphatic hit of the inning, and, shazam, the Royals’ comeback recipe was punctuated by a six-out ...
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Several years ago it seemed like there was a reward to patience at the plate, especially in knocking out a starting pitching and getting to a team’s bullpen earlier,” Silverman said. “Today bullpens are incredibly formidable, and a number of teams are adjusting and taking a more aggressive approach throughout and trying to hit the strikes they see. It’s a different ballgame.”
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
Did Anthopoulos jump the gun?
Asked if Anthopoulos, named Sporting News Executive of the Year on Thursday in a vote of his peers, would have had full autonomy and final say on baseball decisions, Rogers quipped: “If you meet a person that in their life has full autonomy I’d love to meet them, I’m not sure that exists.”
Then, turning serious, he replied: “There are two things there. One is the premise that Paul Beeston was some sort of shrinking violet, that he wasn’t fully engaged, ...
Could this be the last game of the 2015 MLB Season? Will the Royals win it all? Or will the Mets live to fight another day?
Royals (Volquez) at Mets (Harvey). FOX. 8.
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 1224 comment(s)
Saturday, October 31, 2015
But while everyone was surprised anyone would have the guts to turn down a guaranteed $10 million or more when all the other GM jobs are filled and nothing else comparable is available, some did wonder whether this was an odd pairing that ever made sense. Shapiro is highly structured and “all about process,” according to former co-workers, while Anthopoulos is seen as a frenetic mile-a-minute thinker and mover who can seem all over the map at times.
Anthopoulos is also all about bold moves, ...
Article from Sport in American History. Also reposted at the New Pittsburgh Courier. Somehow the Pirates got away with destroying their permanent Negro leagues exhibit for the entire 2015 season with very little push-back from the Pittsburgh or baseball community. How does this happen?
This past spring, two statues depicting Negro leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson were on the move. In Washington D.C., the Nationals quietly relocated a Gibson statue along with two others to another section of ...
He can apply for reinstatement to the FOX sports coverage team in one year.
Pete Rose is done photobombing on Fox Sports — at least until next season.
That’s right, Rose will no longer appear on Fox Sports’ pre- and postgame coverage of the World Series, host Kevin Burkhardt announced after the Mets’ 9-3 rout of the Royals in Game 3.
MORE: Best photos from the World Series
“This is the best October I’ve had since 1980 when I won my last World Series,” Rose said. “Thanks, guys. ...
No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Please no. I hate the five-man rotation. A six-man rotation would put me over the edge.
Hey, Hoynsie: Is there any possibility that the Tribe would consider going to a six-man rotation next season of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Cody Anderson? This would give each starter more overall rest during the season. Also since it’s unlikely all six starters will stay healthy all year, it would allow them to go back to a five-man ...
Posted: October 31, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
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