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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Cubs-Indians: Game Three Notes | FanGraphs Baseball

“I think people lose sight of the fact that you’ve got to win four,” offered Francona. “You’re not trying to prolong the series. So, you try to take stock of where you are. I try not to fall in, ever, to relenting to, ‘Well, we’re losing, so let’s move everybody up.”
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Here was Joe Maddon’s take on Tomlin, including his hitters’ inability to attack him optimally:

“His MO is to start early with the breaking ball strike and then not to throw a breaking ball strike ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Why this is Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s most important offseason | The Seattle Times

It’s difficult when a king has to abdicate his thrown throne.

Hernandez was throwing the bulk of his pitches low and away, off the plate in hopes of hitters chasing and avoiding solid contact. When he was able to command his pitches to the corners of the plate, that approach was effective. But the mechanical issues and meandering command from start to start wouldn’t allow him to maintain that success. Hitters recognized it.

“He pigeon-holed himself to one spot of the strike zone much more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber says he’s OK on short rest for Game 4 of World Series | cleveland.com

It’s the same, only different.

“The last time was first time on short rest, so I didn’t know what to expect about how I was going to feel,” said Kluber. “Now that I do know I felt fine, it’s just a matter of using those three days to recover.”

Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 in the postseason. He struck out 29 and allowed two runs in 24 1/3 innings. In Game 1 of the World Series, he struck out nine in six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Cubs.

“It’s basically doing the same stuff in one less ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, cubs, indians, world series

Coco Crisp delivers once again as Cleveland Indians shut out Cubs, 1-0, in Game 3 of World Series | cleveland.com

Coco Crisp plays the hero.

“It obviously feels good,” said Crisp, who hit an AL-high .392 (31-for-79) with runners in scoring position during the regular season. “No matter if you get the big hit or lay the bunt down, you want to do something that can possibly help the team. Fortunately enough for me today, it was a hit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

2016 World Series Game 4 OMNICHATTER

Best of 7. Cleveland leads 2-1.

Indians (Kluber) at Cubs (Lackey).

8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2016 at 12:13 AM | 391 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 28, 2016

Wrigleyville bars are already packed with Cubs fans | FOX Sports

From my experience, this isn’t a great idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2016 at 11:43 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

How Roberto Perez overcame Bell’s palsy to become an unlikely World Series hero

Three times a week, Roberto Perez retreats to a back room at Progressive Field, eases himself off his feet and gets needles jabbed into his face. Sometimes, they are juiced with an electrical pulse to stimulate his facial muscles, too. Usually it’s eight or so – one in the Pupil Bone Hole, another in the Welcome Fragrance, and can’t forget about the Earth Granary. Perez is here at the World Series because of these acupuncture points. Without them, he may not be playing baseball period.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bell's palsy, indians, roberto perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2016

Fairmont West Virginian, October 28, 2016:

The winter of 1916 may see the end of the spitball!

Rumors in baseball circles indicate magnates of the major leagues will place a ban on the moistened delivery similar to that which put the emery ball out of business two years ago and resulted in the retirement from big league circles of two great pitchers, Russell Ford and Cy Falkenberg.
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Barring the spitball from baseball probably would effect [sic] few pitchers. The number of men using this ball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, spitball


Joe Buck explains why calling World Series at Wrigley will be his career highlight | FOX Sports

19 long years.

Thanks to some good fortune and the fact that my employer, FOX, has held Major League Baseball rights for most of my adult life, I have broadcast 19 World Series. I have never seen the kind of fervor for a team and a venue like I have for the Cubs and Wrigley in 2016. It’s national front-page news, and it should be. For many of us, it is the sports story of a lifetime.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, joe buck, world series

Padres GM A.J. Preller addresses suspension | padres.com

It was just a “misunderstanding.”

Preller stressed that there was never an intent by the Padres to deceive the Red Sox—or any other organization they’ve dealt with. He acknowledged that the club didn’t enter all necessary data into the league’s injury information system, saying it was a “misunderstanding” as to how the information was recorded.

“[Major League Baseball] felt like our medical record keeping wasn’t in line with some guidelines, from an administrative standpoint,” Preller said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

2016 World Series Game 3 OMNICHATTER

For the first time since WWII, World Series baseball will be played in Wrigley Field.

Indians (Tomlin) at Cubs (Hendricks). Game 3. Series tied 1-1. 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2016 at 12:06 AM | 625 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play field as World Series moves to Wrigley

Schwarber, whose amazing return from injury and subsequent success, has become the biggest individual story of this World Series. After a Game 2 performance in which he had two hits and two RBIs against the Cleveland Indians as the Cubs’ designated hitter, Chicago was clamoring to see whether Schwarber would defy the odds again and get the OK from doctors to allow his surgically reconstructed knee to patrol the outfield.

“Just too much risk associated with playing the field at this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Gold Glove Award finalists | MLB.com

Click through for the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 04:00 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold glove

Jose Altuve voted Sporting News MLB Player of the Year for 2016

Altuve may himself be on his way to Cooperstown, as through his age 26 season, he has 1,046 hits, a career line of .311/.354/.437 and 199 stolen bases. The only second basemen with more hits at such a young age were Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Bobby Doerr and Mazeroski. This award is not about Altuve’s career path, though. It’s about this season, and this season, he was spectacular.

VOTING RESULTS

Voting by MLB players

1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros-84

2. Mookie Betts, Boston Red ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, jose altuve, mike trout, mvp, sporting news

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 27, 1916:

After almost a year of baseball peace, war again threatens. So far it is confined to personal differences between President Tener, of the National League, and President Johnson, of the American League, but unless the grievances of these two are adjusted, it is a forgone conclusion that the major leagues will be drawn into a fight.

The tl;dr version (as far as I can tell) is that John McGraw implied his team had thrown the final game of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 12:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Strange Story of Why Belize is Full of Chicago Cubs Fans

Why the Cubs—and why Belize? Like a lot of stories from this part of the world, it began with pirates. In this case, however, the outlaws were local TV impresarios, not swashbuckling Johnny Depp look-alikes. In the early ‘80s, there were no television stations in Belize, the only country in Central America whose official language is English. (Anyone with a set would use it to watch VHS tapes.) In 1981, however, Belize City business couple Arthur and Marie Hoare began transmitting the famous ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: belize, cubs

Vox.com: This is why baseball is so white

There are a lot of thoughts on how to bring more black children into baseball, like community programs that try to provide opportunities to inner-city minority children. But there is still a core group of people who talk a lot about baseball as if it’s sacred because of the vague American ideals it represents. We know they exist in baseball’s mainstream because they come out of the woodwork every time baseball doesn’t look the way they think it should. But as sportswriter Will Leitch told ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: demographics, race

Late Night Raymblings: There is a prospect that looks like Good Archer - DRaysBay

Consider this your pickled ginger of posts for the day.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays


Cutting class for the World Series is a valid excuse in Ohio

As it should be.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Andrew Miller: Girardi’s bullpen calls sometimes ‘created a mess’ | New York Post

I saw this a few times and scratched my head. When you have two guys of their caliber you warm them up once before you bring them into the game. It helps maximize their effectiveness and innings.

“I know when Chapman came back to us for the Yankees this year, Dellin and I were kind of up in the air about what order we would pitch,’’ Miller said. “And in some instances it created a mess because we were both warming up next to each other.

“I think all managers, Joe, Tito [Terry ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

You may never see a comeback like Kyle Schwarber’s ever again | New York Post

“Hey, man, I’m living the dream,” Schwarber said. “We’re playing in the World Series. What else can you ask for? I’m just going to keep riding the wave ‘til it ends.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

ESPN: Jose Fernandez, friends reportedly had strong odor of alcohol after deadly boat crash

#smdh

Miami-Dade County authorities say the strong odor of alcohol was found on Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men in a boat when they died in a crash last month, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.

The warrant, released by the Miami-Dade state attorney, alleges investigators found evidence that the boat’s driver was speeding and driving with “recklessness” that was “exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.” It does not identify who was ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alcohol, death, deaths in baseball, jose fernandez

Rob Manfred Hints At Meeting With Indians Ownership To Discuss Racist Logo

Manfred hinted to Golic that he has plans to speak with team ownership about the use of the logo during the offseason:

  Well, I understand that particular logo is offensive to some people, and I understand why. On the other side of the coin, you have a lot of fans that have history and are invested in the symbols of the Indians. I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. [Larry] Dolan and I have agreed we’ll have a conversation about what should happen with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: chief wahoo, indians, logo, racism, rob manfred

MLB Succeeding Where the NBA is Failing

The best team in the American League was swept. The favorite to win the AL Pennant was swept. Oh, the best team in baseball escaped a possible elimination game in the first round. Now, we’ve got a Cleveland/Chicago World Series.

And that’s where the NBA is failing.

The NBA season is already chalked full of headlines. Old faces in different places: Dwyane Wade to the Bulls; Derrick Rose to the Knicks; Al Horford to the Celtics. Struggling teams like the Timberwolves, Magic and Jazz are now ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, parity, playoffs

Sullivan - Corey Kluber’s Outing Reflected the Times

I don’t think anyone would’ve hit Corey Kluber on Tuesday. Good pitchers look their best when they constantly execute, and Kluber seemed to make fewer mistakes than normal. He was on top of his game, in other words, so the Cubs shouldn’t get too down on themselves. But in another year, perhaps the inside edge wouldn’t have been so forgiving. Those have always been rule-book strikes. Only more recently have they become more common actual strikes. Corey Kluber just pitched a game of the ...

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Baldrick Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, corey kluber, world series

Cubs top Indians to even World Series | MLB.com

The Cubs get it done in 4 hours and 4 minutes. Without a rain delay. Sorry, that’s way too long for a nine inning game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

David Ortiz, Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards for best hitter in each league.

Wednesday evening at Progressive Field, Red Sox icon David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the players deemed the best hitters in their league.

Yeah, okay.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 12:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cubs, red sox

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Racist ‘Data Study’ Says You Need A Dad To Be Good At Baseball

“It takes a father to make a professional baseball player,” the study’s introduction says. “This is perhaps not a novel insight–anyone who has seen baseball movies from ‘The Sandlot’ to ‘Field of Dreams’ will instantly recognize the deep connection baseball has to father-son relationships in America. What is new is having the data and analysis to show that the effects are more than anecdotes or nostalgia.”...

The institute’s “study” on parentage and professional ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2016 at 01:38 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dads, racism

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