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Thursday, October 16, 2014

“The Kansas City Royals Are the Future of Baseball” — someone actually said that. | HardballTalk

A bunch of good Royals links and commentary from Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk. It’s worth reading his take and clicking though on the articles he linked.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

New Rays president Auld steps into middle of stadium talks | TBO.com

I hope St. Petersburg is smarter than other communities.

[Brian] Auld, 37, now finds himself not only running a major-league team and implementing owner Stuart Sternberg’s organizational vision, but he also has moved to the forefront of the team’s effort to land a new stadium.

“I’ve ridden side-car, if you will, on the stadium situation since 2006 when we got started,” Auld said.

Auld said he will rely heavily on Melanie Lenz, the Rays’ vice president of development, during what he hopes ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Boswell: October baseball is a different game: May the winning team be the best

There’s no moping in October. Say “wait ’til next year,” pick a team to root for, join the fun and, above all, don’t say, “It’s not fair.” Baseball has been giving out rings since 1903 based on head-to-head series. The autumn game is every bit as central to the sport as the summer game. But it sure is different….

There’s a tendency for the sport’s best regular season teams — and their fans (and media) — to moan about insufficient reward for six months of superior ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: general, postseason

Sherrington: Why Rangers seem to be headed for a bold choice in manager hunt | Dallas Morning News

Jeff Banister and Kevin Cash look like frontrunners in a surprising turn of events. I say surprising because it’s not like they’re Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland. Going outside for a proven winner is one thing. Hiring a guy with less managerial experience than the candidate in hand is a scary, bold proposition.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rangers

Schuerholz on report of Hart declining GM job: “Not accurate” | www.ajc.com

Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position.
“At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions,” Schuerholz said in an email to the AJC on Wednesday in response to a question about the report, which cited unnamed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Small missteps for Cards, 1 Giant leap from NL title | MLB.com

Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October—even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

2014 LCS ROUND DAY 7 OMNICHATTER

Wainwright vs. Bumgarner. FS1. 8 PM. Game 5. Giants advance to WS with win, Cardinals force series back to STL with win.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 459 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Morosi: Could Cain’s story make baseball king of sports world again?

Seriously thinking of changing my handle to Lorenzo Cain’s #1 Fan. Dude is fun to root for.

McCullough wrote that Cain was cut from the freshman basketball team, and his mother wouldn’t allow him to play football.

“If I would have made the basketball team, there’s no chance I would have played baseball,” Cain told McCullough. “I know that for sure. There’s no chance.”

Cain, 28, came from football country — Madison County High School in northern Florida and Tallahassee ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, basketball, football, lorenzo cain, royals

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Investigator: I Warned Major League Baseball Not to Buy Stolen Records

Will Rob Manfred get indicted for lying under oath?

ReggieThomasLives Posted: October 15, 2014 at 09:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, biogenesis, rob manfred

Fangraphs (Sullivan): Defense Needed The Royals

It’s Jeff Sullivan, with GIFs, talking about defense on Fangraphs. Read it.

The Royals feel like an exaggeration of what defense can do. In this way I can only speak for myself, but when, say, Miguel Cabrera goes on one of his tears, I see him at the plate and I feel like he could hit a dinger at a moment’s notice. I can sense the threat of a slugger, because I’m aware of the range of possible outcomes. The Royals have made me sense a defense. The feeling I get is that every ball in play ...

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Royals sweep Orioles to earn shot at crown | MLB.com

Congratulations to the Royals and their fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 07:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

NBC - Posnanski: Better Off Ned

Joe Posnanski ponders Ned Yost and, inter alia, the recent history of Royals managers:

The players, though, keep on winning for him. “We all know, Ned’s got our backs,” pitcher James Shields says. The Royals best overall player, Alex Gordon, talks at length about how big a role Yost played in his emergence after he was sent to the minors to learn how to play the outfield. “I know that his belief in me has been a big part of my story,” Gordon says. Ibanez, who was brought in more for ...

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Ned Yost did something right for once - SBNation.com

FINALLY!! :/

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 09:11 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: ned yost, royals


Friedman’s best, worst moves with Rays | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

An Andrew Friedman postmortem.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, rays

Phillies continue to enjoy front row seat to the progress of everybody else

While in Philadelphia…

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Rays’ Silverman counts on innovative spirit | TBO.com

Meet the new geek in charge. He’s going to need some luck. As Baseball America’s John Manual commented on Twitter “Friedman left at right time. Several years of rough drafts have left farm system thin. Dodgers have several more high-end prospects.” The Rays could have tough times on the horizon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-15-2014

Milwaukee Journal, October 15, 1914:

More than $100,000 was lost and won by local [New York] sporting men through the failure of the Giants to win the National league pennant, and the subsequent failure of the Athletics to win the world’s series. The heaviest loser locally was Arnold Rothstein, who is said to have dropped $75,000. He bet heavily on the Giants to win the pennant, and then laid against the Braves in the world series.

I imagine he won that money back betting on the World Series ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Los Angeles Dodgers stepping into 21st century with Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Mark Saxon’s excellent take on why this happened.

Two trade deadlines ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers got deep into discussions with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire second baseman Howie Kendrick.

The Angels were foundering and looking to deal expensive veterans for talent that could help replenish their bereft farm system. The Dodgers, living with aging Mark Ellis as their primary second baseman, felt in need of an upgrade. In the end, the Dodgers passed on the deal because they didn’t want to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Moneyball Comes to LA: Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman | FanGraphs Baseball

Besides falling short of expectations, I bet this has as much to do with Colletti’s departure.

The team spent over $26 million on the foursome of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, and Chris Perez this year, hoping that group would form a strong setup core in front of cheap-and-dominant closer Kenley Jansen. No other team spent $26 million on their entire bullpen, closer included, so this was the most expensive collection of middle relievers baseball has ever seen.

And as a group, they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers

Los Angeles Dodgers hire ex-Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman - ESPN Los Angeles

Ironically, sources say the Dodgers’ failed pursuit of a trade for Price this past summer only heightened their admiration of Friedman. Said one source: “They always asked for the right prospects. Not just the guys everybody knows, either.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general managers


Winker earns AFL Player of the Week nod | reds.com

Although I’m already a walking zombie from watching late-night playoff games, I still wish some AFL game were available on television.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

The Economist: The cult of the genius GM

In the wake of the Dodgers’ acquisition of Andrew Friedman, an argument that teams should never pay up for a general manager no matter how brilliant they are.

Informed decisionmaking in baseball is now essentially a commodity. If given the proper support staff and training, any writer for Baseball Prospectus or Fangraphs with the appropriate organisational and people-management skills could probably do a competent job…
The reason GMs make less money than players do isn’t because owners are ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 15, 2014 at 04:41 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

LCS DAY 6, 2014… OMNICHATTER

At 4 PM: The Orioles fight for their lives while the Royals attempt to make the World Series for the first time since 1985 on TBS!

At 8 PM: The Giants go for the 3-1 advantage while the Cardinals aim to tie it up on FS1!

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 783 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals - October 14, 2014 | MLB.com Box

The Orioles are in deep doo-doo.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Pressure-packed 10th leads Giants to walk-off win | MLB.com

Can it get much weirder?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 08:49 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs


Fay Vincent Gets The Last Word | FOX Sports

“The problem is that most of the guys who were commissioner, I think, really don’t want to say anything because they’re inhibited,” he says. “Because I’m older and I don’t really give a damn, I am willing to take a point of view on it and tell you what I think. I’m not running for office, and I don’t particularly care what people say about me in the papers anymore.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, interviews

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2014

Toledo News-Bee, October 14, 1914:

Mrs. Ed Konetchy, wife of the Pittsburg Pirate first baseman, on Wednesday admitted that she engineered the deal by which Koney transferred his affections from the Pirates to the Pittsburg Feds. Koney, she said, is to receive $7,500 a year on a three-year contract. The Pittsburg Feds gave her $1,000 for persuading Konetchy to jump, she said. Hans Wagner will play first in Koney’s place next year.

Konetchy isn’t famous, but he was one of the better first basemen ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, ed konetchy, history

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