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Friday, August 05, 2011

Yahoo: Campana helps surging Cubs top Reds

Tony Campana drove in a pair of runs with an inside-the-park homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory.

It was the first professional homer for Campana, who also singled, doubled and made a nice catch in center field. Campana became the first Cub ever to hit an inside-the-park shot at Wrigley Field for his first major league homer.
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Campana, among the fastest players in baseball, zipped around the bases and scored standing up ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 05, 2011 at 10:29 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, game recaps

Verducci: MLB trying to curtail use of deer antler spray as steroid alternative

They can’t take their eyes off of you…

Baseball sent a warning to its major and minor league players last week that may sound odd, if not comical, but is a sign of these drug-testing times: stop ingesting deer antler spray.

Until the warning went out, baseball players, taking their cues from the body-building and NFL cultures, felt safe using a deer antler spray as an alternative to steroids with almost no risk of flunking a drug test.

Deer antlers? Yes, chemists have figured out that the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 10:22 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, special topics, steroids

Rouse: Dayton Moore Some Shocking Things To Say About Team’s Chances of Getting Better

You will be shocked at what this GM… (Beware of Porn Spam Bots on Facebook!)

In addressing the bloggers during last night’s Royal’s game with Baltimore, Moore said, “We’re not gonna out-talent anybody here. We’ve got one of the smallest markets in all of sports, period. Our owner is a terrific owner, but he’s not going to go out and spend a $100 million payroll when we can only sustain a $55 million or $60 million payroll in this market.”

Moore said there was a lot of criticism about why the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 09:42 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, prospect reports, royals, sabermetrics

Duke Snider’s #4 @ Center Field Grass in Dodger Stadium

No, the Dodgers haven’t installed a newfangled attendance counter in CF…it’s a neat Duke Snider tribute!

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Great tribute from the Dodgers.

#4 in center field to honor Hall of famer Duke Snider who wore #4 and played center field.

Duke Snider Bobblehead night is this Tuesday, August 9. You will also be able to see Duke’s Hall of fame plaque!

Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 09:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, memorabilia

Tribune: Ricketts in Peoria: Cubs ‘doing everything we can’

Asked what changes the team might undertake this upcoming offseason, Ricketts was noncommittal.

“I don’t know just yet,” he said. “It’s something we’ll decide at the right time.”

“A lot of players on our team are from the Dominican Republic,” said Ricketts. “We thought perhaps if we had a little better facility down there we could give our guys more resources to attract and develop the right players.”

Ricketts’ youngest brother, Todd, was featured on the CBS program “Undercover Boss.” He ...

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McCoy Posted: August 05, 2011 at 09:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Colbert Report: Sport Report

The Tek Jansen author discusses Craig Counsell, Adam Dunn and Bill Bergen. 

Also, he is in charge of MLB’s Twitter feed today.

The District Attorney Posted: August 05, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Mahler (NYT): When Baseball Imitates Congress, and Not in a Good Way

What a spectacle of undignified behavior, of hypocrisy, of extremism, of civility abandoned, of epic brattiness. Could a despoiled city possibly have proved itself more worthy of its tarnished reputation?

I’m talking, of course, about last Sunday’s Tigers-Angels game at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Fargo Posted: August 05, 2011 at 07:58 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Angry Papi: David Ortiz seethes after ridiculous RBI reversal

Either get Krabbenhoft on the phone or have Bill James sit Papi down and explain RBI to him.

Despite a fantastic statistical season, the cranky side of David Ortiz surfaced again on Thursday night.

In a year that has seen the Boston Red Sox slugger battle pitchers from the Orioles and blame the media for being hit by the Yankees, Ortiz didn’t try to hide his emotions after Fenway Park’s official scorer removed a RBI that was Ortiz was initially given after an opposite-field single during ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 04:48 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Tough day for Hensley, who was caught speeding on way to ballpark and was wild in a loss

Clay Hensley got off with only a warning when pulled over for speeding while on his way to the ballpark Thursday night. The Cardinals were less kind to him than the cops.

It was a lousy day all around for the Florida Marlins pitcher, who walked three, hit two batters and gave up a home run in a matter of 2 1/3 innings as St. Louis prevailed, 7-4.

...“The outing was absolute (garbage),” Hensley said afterward. “I didn’t have any idea where the ball was going (Thursday night). It was hands down ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 03:40 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, miami

Hudson : Baseball Player’s Miraculous Comeback

One night near the end of the 2008 season, we played the first-place Phillies, in Philadelphia. Well, my teammates played. I watched from home. We lost the game, the fourth straight time they’d beat us. I flicked off the TV. If only I could have pitched tonight, I thought. I carefully flexed my elbow. It wasn’t coming around like I thought it would. My surgeon had warned me there’d be days like this, that every rehab had its peaks and valleys. But this particular valley had lasted too ...

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Honkie Kong Posted: August 05, 2011 at 03:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves

South Side Sox: Margalus: The walkless wonders

I also noticed when Morel, Pierre and Vizquel came up, they had toothlessly raked (hold on to your worthy Kenworthy jersey)...30 extra base hits in 800 AB’s.

Entering their start against the White Sox, here’s what their walk rates were before their respective starts:

  CC Sabathia: 2.40 walks per nine innings
  Phil Hughes: 3.69
  A.J. Burnett: 4.10
  Ivan Nova:  3.47

For comparison, all six starters used by the White Sox this season have walked fewer than three batters per nine ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 03:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, white sox, yankees

FanGraphs: Cameron: The AL MVP Debate

Why would anybody come here if they had a little pony?

Are you a traditionalist? Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .356, leads the league in RBIs, and plays for a first place team. He’s the classic model of what a league MVP has traditionally been. If you like RBIs and team win totals, you don’t have to look far to find your obvious candidate.

Did you grow up reading Bill James? Then you’re probably in the “best player should win” camp, and you prefer to reward a guy for what he did and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 02:59 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

L.A. Times: By remaining with Dodgers, Hiroki Kuroda stayed true to himself

Another look into the mindset of ballplayers from the other side of the Pacific (or at least one of those countries from the other side of the Pacific):

Kuroda said he heard that Larry Bowa, the Dodgers’ former third base coach, said on MLB Network that any player who refused to be traded from a noncontender to a contender should have his mental makeup questioned. (Bowa said in a telephone interview Thursday that his comments were directed at U.S.-born players, adding that he is aware Kuroda ...

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TerpNats Posted: August 05, 2011 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, japan

Pitchers & Poets: Broder: Athletes, Musicians, and The Number 27

As the Dumbbell Nebula rings again…

If baseball players are the pillars of one model of orderly society, art is littered with the corpses of social outcasts. Nietzsche and Van Gogh went crazy. Dostoyevsky was politically oppressed. Brian Wilson couldn’t get out of bed for a decade. But there’s a reason why A&E can get away with running low-budget shows like “Hoarders” and “Intervention” back-to-back for 24 hours at a time. Even in the baseball universe, we can’t escape the pull ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 01:11 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, media, music, obituaries, red sox

Bigger Bust: AJ Burnett or Johan Santana?

Small Candy Samples at play here…

In short, he was exactly the ace the Mets wanted and more. Since then however, Johan has spent parts of 3 seasons on the DL including likely missing the entire 2011 campaign. The Mets aren’t getting anything out of their expensive starter other than a lot of headaches, he’s not putting fans in the seats at Citi Field while he sits on the DL, and they’ve won nothing since he’s been there and are currently a below average major league team (no matter ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 12:50 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics, yankees

BPP: Any player/Any era: Vada Pinson

“quintessential role player”...The countdown to Kim Pinson begins now!

What he did:If baseball awarded the equivalent of Oscars, Pinson would have been a perennial Best Supporting Actor nominee. One of the quintessential role players of the 1960s, Pinson did many things well, hitting for average and power, stealing 305 bases lifetime, and finishing just shy of 3,000 hits. He was never really a star, overshadowed by Cincinnati Reds teammates like Frank Robinson and Pete Rose, though Pinson ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 12:15 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, reds, sabermetrics

Hannibal Courier-Post: Genetti: Gone, but not forgotten

Celebrating Jake Beckley’s birthday…as only the locals can.

So with a decorative wreath from a Hannibal flower shop, I stopped and wished the local baseball hero a happy birthday.

I wonder what an early ballplayer like Beckley would think of the game today? What would he have to say about these enormous ballparks that can hold more people than there are in his hometown of Hannibal? The color barrier was broken long after he died. I’m curious what he would have to say about such a diverse ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 12:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, pirates, reds

Lupica: Spotlight is off Alex Rodriguez and his poker games as Yankees, Red Sox battle for first

Lupica would make a great saber-dude because he certainly doesn’t watch the games. Oh…plus some choice Larry Lucchino-no’s.

When asked about the money the Red Sox spent this winter, Larry Lucchino, the president and CEO of the Red Sox and the guy who sets the tone there, said this:

“Every once in a while, you’ve got to prime the pump.”

Then Lucchino said, “We don’t spend money on free agents with any sort of frequency or regularity the way some East teams do. We rely primarily on homegrown ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 11:18 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox, yankees

Daily Racing Form: Hersh: How speed figures evolved into a tool for insiders

Calumet farm burials be damned! A swift look at sabermetric use in the racing game.

But things have changed in racing, just as they have changed in other sports. The sabermetrics movement, defined by objective analysis, especially statistics, shunned the insider perspective in baseball and has altered the way the sport is run. In professional basketball, “stat geeks” use mathematical formulas in an attempt to assess a player’s contribution in more meaningful ways than a scoring average ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 10:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2011

Pittsburgh Press, August 5, 1911:

Ambrose McConnell, of the White Sox, has a queer hobby.  He picks up pins of every description, never passing one by without stopping to gather it in.  Amby has a theory that every pin picked up means a base hit for him…His specialty is hairpins.

It appears he found a total of 398 pins during his MLB career.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 05, 2011 at 08:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Yahoo: Cards C Molina suspended 5 games for umpire run-in

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina decided not to appeal a five-game suspension for bumping an umpire and spraying him with spittle, saying the punishment was fair.

The Cardinals’ schedule and Molina’s sore hand made the decision easier to sit out now… Molina will return from his suspension Wednesday.

“I was looking at it like, take it right away,” he said. “You want to be part of the race. It’s better to do it now and get it done with and move on.”

Another factor in the decision ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 04, 2011 at 09:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Minn. man nabbed for fake A-Rod, Pujols jerseys

‘phew’...Good thing Fake Ichiro cornered the market on fake Ichiro jerseys!

The head of a sports memorabilia company in Minnesota is charged with orchestrating a scheme to sell fraudulent merchandise, including jerseys said to be worn during games by baseball players like Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols.

Forty-year-old Steven Jensen of Osseo was arrested Thursday at a sports collectors’ convention outside Chicago. He is charged in federal court in New York with mail fraud and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 09:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, memorabilia

The Messiah is coming

Brett Lawrie has been called up by the Jays.

Travis Snider is headed back to Las Vegas.

Carlos Villanueva is headed to the DL.

Luis Perez is recalled but will pitch out of the bullpen.

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 04, 2011 at 09:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, minor leagues

Grantland (Jones): The End of Barry Zito?

Boras then had those numbers printed out on crisp white paper and tucked inside blue binders. Each of them was stamped with silver foil: BARRY ZITO, FREE AGENT PRESENTATION. That binder eventually won Boras and Zito a seven-year, $126 million contract from the San Francisco Giants, then the largest ever for a pitcher. But on that afternoon it was a just a binder, science’s rigid attempt to define the abstract. Boras gave one of them to Zito, who took it back to his house in Hollywood. He put ...

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My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 04, 2011 at 08:20 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Gleeman: Rob Dibble will not shut up about Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals

There’s absolutely no reason, other than to sell tickets and to put butts in the seats, to bring Stephen Strasburg back to make a few starts at the end of the season. He’s too valuable. He’s too talented to even think about stuff like that. But in their case, you know, having worked with those people, the only thing I can say is that there are some people there that think they invented the game of baseball. Which they did not.

  And so they think they can do things differently than 29 ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 05:42 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, nationals, television

FanGraphs: Dan Szymborski Chat, 12 PM EDT

Doing a FanGraphs chat at noon today.
Dan Szymborski Posted: August 04, 2011 at 03:41 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Megdal: Jon Niese Reality Check

The Niese

is

was nice?

“The foursome of [Zack] Wheeler, the pitching prospect acquired in the Carlos Beltran trade, [Jeurys] Familia, [Matt] Harvey, and Jenrry Mejia, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, form a nice future nucleus. Throw in Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, perhaps even Mike Pelfrey, and the Mets should have the type of pitching around which to build a contender.” John Harper, NY Daily News

This is not to criticize Harper for this piece, which illustrates nicely the extent ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 03:23 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, projections, sabermetrics

MLB: San Francisco Giants: Grateful Dead Night

From “Doin’ That Rags” to “John Cumberland Blues”...all shitz, no hitz!

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Come to the ballpark to celebrate the lives and times of one of the most legendary and coveted groups associated with the San Francisco music scene, The Grateful Dead! Your special event ticket package includes a seat in the “Dead Head” tribute section and a very special limited-edition “Dancing Bears” collectible statue. Grateful Dead tribute bands will perform prior to the game, and members of the Garcia family and the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 01:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, music

Matthews: Paycheck, not performance, saves A.J. Burnett

Or as Michael the Kay condimented last night…“A.J. looks like a cross between Kramer and Lyle Lovett!”

On the same week that Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, two young, talented and hungry pitchers, are locked in a one-on-one struggle for one spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation, A.J. Burnett seems to have the ultimate Get Out of Jail Free card.

“A.J.‘s starting for us on Wednesday,” Joe Girardi said.

So that’s that.

...And there’s no way anyone else is going to relieve the Yankees of that ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 12:36 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: business, game recaps, media, white sox, yankees

McGehee’s three home runs power Brewers over Cards

Three Long Retaliaters!

This is how you respond to a challenge from a fierce divisional rival that wants to see if you’re up to it.

You don’t intentionally throw at the opposing hitters. You don’t woof about their fans or insist your particular brand of justice is the gospel according to baseball. You don’t accuse them of cheating.

You go out and beat that team, soundly if you can.

“We don’t have time for fighting and talking,” said Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee. “We’ve got ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

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