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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Group Calls “Foul” on Major League Baseball’s Partnership with Radical Environmental Activists

(grumble) Just soup up some of those old Ed Koch Talking Broom street sweeper trucks and move ‘em around a bit! (end nitwitted grumble)

Major League Baseball’s relationship with a group of environmental extremists is drawing criticism from experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research who believe that taking good care of the environment, like baseball, should be a uniting factor, instead of a divisive one.

“MLB’s partnership with the radical Natural Resources Defense Council ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 08:32 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, special topics

Biz of Baseball: Despite Dodgers, Rays, Astros, and Rain, MLB Sees Attendance Increase

Adds Maury…“Yeah, well you’re going to need a lot more than the “extra 2%” on that attendance figure.”

Despite the wettest season that resulted in the most rainouts since 1997, Major League Baseball saw a slight increase in paid attendance from 2010 for the 2011 regular season. Baseball saw an increase of under 1 percent (0.71%) with a total attendance of 73,451,522 over 2,420 games, or just shy of 400,000 more tickets sold than last year (397,715) when the league drew 73,053,807 over 2,424 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 08:07 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media

Jordan Schafer arrested on drug charge

TAMPA, Fla.—Houston Astros’ outfielder Jordan Schafer has been arrested in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana.

According to an arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, Schafer was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa after a traffic stop and was released on a $2,000 cash bond. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.

A police report says that a black Land Rover driven by Schafer with its windows open pulled up next to a police car. Police say officers ...

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Rants Mulliniks Posted: October 04, 2011 at 07:26 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: general

CNBC: Tampa Bay Rays: ‘Moneyball’ the Post Season

Darren Rovell: Former Goldman Sachs Partner Stuart Sternberg became owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. He hired a junior investment banker from Goldman Sachs to be his partner. Stuart, what—is there something about Wall Street that allows you to be this Moneyball-type team?

Stuart Sternberg: The anti-Moneyball, I guess you’d call it. If we had the money. Yeah, we took a business person’s approach, an analytical approach to getting this done and I think it served us well.

Rovell: Your team was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2011 at 06:57 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Sequel to Moneyball Receives Green Light

The story of the New York Yankees and their strategy for success.

NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: October 04, 2011 at 05:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Angels need a new vision from next general manager

...in the aftermath of the debacle that was the trade in which Vernon Wells was imported and Mike Napoli was exported, Mike Scioscia said he was just the manager.

The way Scioscia explained the trade last week, Napoli was coming off an injury that might have restricted him to first base, where the Angels expected Kendrys Morales to play.

“We needed to get better in the outfield,” Scioscia told reporters, “so some decisions were made by Tony and Arte as to what the team would look like.”

That ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 04, 2011 at 05:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels


O’Connor: CC Sabathia was to blame for New York Yankees’ Game 3 loss

He’s also paid to honor the franchise mission statement, which makes no mention of a first-round exit. But Sabathia put the Yanks on the brink of elimination by failing to protect the 2-0 lead handed him in the first inning, and by failing to honor his $161 million contract—or the pending opt-out from that contract—on a night when his teammates somehow managed to score four runs on Verlander.

...CC didn’t blame the weird run-up to this game, thanks to Friday night’s weather, and he didn’t ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 04:41 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

Megdal: The Price of Loyalty

Howard adds…“As Dave (Cameron) wrote on Twitter, “We don’t really disagree.” If only I’d told him to get his head out of a spreadsheet…”

With two championships on his resume, and a commensurate contract, the Cubs wouldn’t be likely to give him just two years, the way the Dodgers did with Paul DePodesta. And make no mistake, any Moneyball-inspired GM is still facing an anti-stats clique in the media that is significant- precisely what helped to bring DePodesta down.  To the extent that any ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 04:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets, sabermetrics

ESPN: Szymborski : Playoff experience doesn’t matter (INSIDER)

Last week, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon made a surprising decision when he announced that rookie left-hander Matt Moore would start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers. Moore wasn’t just a rookie, but a rookie with one major league start under his belt who spent more than half the year with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. The decision worked out well, as Moore shut down the 96-win Rangers on their home turf for seven innings.

In this case, ability trumped experience, and the ...

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Dan Szymborski Posted: October 04, 2011 at 03:36 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

ALDS and NLDS ELIMINATION DAY QUADRUPLE HEADER CHATTER

Rangers-Rays 2 pm
Phillies-Cardinals 5:00
Yankees-Burnett (Er, I mean Yankees-Tigers) 8:30
Brewers-Dbacks 9:30

The Yankees, DBacks and Rays fight for survival, the Phillies and Cards fight for a edge.

(And the Yankees-Burnett was originally a typo, but as soon as I saw that I decided to keep it, since I bet the Yankee fans agree with it)

Gamingboy Posted: October 04, 2011 at 02:49 PM | 872 comment(s)
  Beats: general

What Is Theo Epstein Worth? | FanGraphs Baseball

I am positive this is the case.

That brings up a pretty interesting question – what is a Major League General Manager worth? As Buster Olney wrote over the weekend, GMs draw salaries in the range of $800,000 to $2.5 million per season, and their supporting staff make significantly less than that. Olney quoted a “high ranking executive” as saying that “you could fund an unbelievable front office for what it takes to pay a couple of utility infielders.” And he’s right – the cost of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2011 at 02:00 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, red sox, rumors, sabermetrics

Rico Brogna: Mets Should Say Goodbye To Jose Reyes

Rico Act Offenses: Pro-Met Life Activists.

Personally, after scouting Reyes and the Mets for many recent years, I would let Jose go and let him hit the market. I have my own personal criteria and value chart that I have put together through the years (mainly shaped from teams that I gave worked with and learned from) and in this particular player’s case, the value is not a fit for me.

Too many inconsistencies and unpredictability with this player to sign long term — and probably have to ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 10:31 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, mets

Hofmann: Home sweet OPS for Ryan Howard

Until this day, I’d always thought there was only one real reality!

“It’s just being home, playing against my hometown team,” Howard said. “I don’t know. I think it’s when guys get a chance to play in front of their hometown team, where it all began, family and friends, it’s something different. It’s just, I guess, maybe a little bit more natural.”

This, of course, is just one more thing about Howard that will make the sabermetricians cringe. There is no number, after all, that can ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 09:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, phillies

The Real McCoy: Moneyball the Movie: Yawn, yawn, yawn

they came to stay in sunny Oakland, Cal-i-for-ni-ay.

Wasted $7.75 Saturday night (senior citizens half-price ticket - age has its privileges) to view Moneyball. While it is a nice baseball movie, there isn’t much substance to it.

Right up front, I am not a Moneyball guy. I don’t subscribe to many of the Bill James theories on which Moneyball is based. He doesn’t believe in sacrifice bunts (a waste of an out) and puts no value into stolen bases (one of baseball’s exciting plays).

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 09:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, history, media, sabermetrics

Ron Washington says he could have made A’s winners

“I paid the cost to be the boss.”

The Rangers are making another World Series bid, and A’s fans might wonder what might have happened had Ron Washington managed in Oakland.

Washington has an idea.

“If I took this team over when I went to Texas, I believe the same thing we did in Texas, we’d be doing here,” said Washington, referring to Oakland. “Billy (Beane) had that chance. I’m not saying he didn’t want me, but he went in another direction, and another team wanted me.”

Washington, whose ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 08:53 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-4-2011

Pittsburgh Press, October 4, 1911:

Tub Spencer, former Philly backstop, who was sold to Louisville a few weeks ago by the Phillies, announced today he had retired from baseball…Spencer’s father, who is a millionaire presented Eddie with a check for $50,000 as soon as he made his decision.

The Toledo News-Bee adds:

Tubby Spencer, ex-Saint, given $50,000 by a fond papa for retiring from the Phillies, immediately tried to become a financier by betting $5,000 to $4,200 on the Athletics [in the ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: October 04, 2011 at 08:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB.com: Gutsy Verlander puts Tigers a win from ALCS

And after eight innings from [Verlander] in a 5-4 win, the Tigers are a win away from taking this AL Division Series with a 2-1 lead.

Minutes after Brett Gardner’s game-tying two-run double in the seventh inning brought a Verlander gem to a halt, Delmon Young’s second home run of the series gave him the lead back. Verlander didn’t waste it, working through the middle of the Yankees order. He had another two-out walk, the flaw that began New York’s tying rally an inning earlier, yet recovered ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 04, 2011 at 04:39 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, tigers, yankees

WSJ: Salfino: A 5.15 ERA Meets a 4.75 ERA. It Must Be October

A.J. Burnett ERA+ 86 vs Rick Porcello ERA+ 86 ~ Loser gets 86’d!

The pitching matchup on Tuesday between A.J. Burnett and Rick Porcello shapes up as one of the worst in postseason history—unless, of course, you’re a hitter.

The Yankees’ Burnett and the Tigers’ Porcello meet in Game 4 of the American League Division Series with a combined regular season ERA of 9.90—the sixth highest in baseball history. Porcello finished 2011 with a 4.75 ERA. Burnett’s was even worse at an unfortunate ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 04:27 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, tigers, yankees

Rafael Palmeiro maintains he didn’t take steroids

Rafael Advanced Defense System now fully functional.

“You know that 3,000th hit, going through that was a nightmare,” Palmeiro said now, signing baseballs in a side room at the Hilton. “‘Cause I was going through the issues I was having with the commissioner’s office (with his failed steroid test). I don’t look back on 3,000 hits as a celebration. I look back on that as a nightmare.”

After the season, Palmeiro went back to Texas in disgrace. He more or less dropped out of sight after that. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 01:49 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, orioles, steroids

MLB.com: Trop notch: Rangers on cusp of ALCS return

The Rangers scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning Monday and are now one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series after holding on to 4-3 victory over the Rays.

Mike Napoli, with the Rangers down, 1-0, in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, hit a two-run home run off of Rays starter David Price to put his team ahead, and Josh Hamilton later added a two-run single.

Colby Lewis earned the victory by allowing one hit—a home run to Desmond Jennings in the ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 04, 2011 at 01:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rangers, rays

Monday, October 03, 2011

AM 570 & Vic “The Brick” a message from the new radio home of the Dodgers.

I told you not to be stupid, you moron!

I posted this news a few weeks ago but here’s new video from AM 570, the new radio home for the Dodgers.

Now they will be at a all sports radio station. I’m hoping better and longer coverage for the Dodgers. How about a longer pre-game show? What’s up with only 30 minutes? I know the Angels have about a 2 hour show before the first pitch.

 

 

Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 09:58 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

Tigers vs. Yankees: Jim Leyland takes swipe at Yankee Stadium pregame videos

Or to quote blowfishin’ Mark Teixeira...“All of the hoopla surrounding the game, from the roll call to God Bless America in the seventh inning, it’s all a part of reminding you that we’re the Yankees.”

Welcome to Sabathia-Verlander II, which ought to be much more compelling than Sabathia-Verlader I, which was shortened by rain. But first, some old business.

In his pregame session with the media today, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was asked about Jose Valverde’s declaration that the American ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 09:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: media, tigers, yankees

Grantland: Ryan: Yankee Desperation and the Everything Game

and then comes the A.J. Bürnett game, when…

There’s also the case of the disappearing bats. Max Scherzer made 33 starts in the regular season, and the fewest hits he gave up in a game were four. Again, that was his lowest total. Yesterday, pitching against the best offense in baseball in their house, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and left the game with just two hits conceded.

This, too, is becoming a common Yankee phenomenon. Aside from his brilliance during the 2009 World ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 08:45 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, tigers, yankees

Kevin Youkilis on media, drinking, conditioning, and the Red Sox collapse

Media drinking? What was it Nucky Thompson said about there being any sober reporters at the

Philadelphia Inquirer

Boston Globe?

Youkilis was asked about a published report that singled him out as a potential problem in the clubhouse.

“Jackie MacMullan, I’ve always respected and every time she comes in the clubhouse, which this year was maybe three times, that one really irked me,” Youkilis said. “It really irked me for two things. One, she comes around three times a year, so she really ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 07:41 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Rosenthal: Epstein twists in the wind with Red Sox

A few weeks ago, Epstein was the subject of a glowing Sports Illustrated profile that portrayed the Red Sox as the leading practitioners of the new Moneyball.

Now, after one month of horrid baseball, culminating in a historic collapse, the entire operation needs to be torpedoed?

Enough.

...Staying the course. What a concept.

The Red Sox should have told Francona: “Terry, you are part of the solution. We want you to take control of the clubhouse. We want you to lead us to another World ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 06:06 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, media, red sox, sabermetrics

Baseball Prospectus: On The Beat—The next managers

Some usual, and some not so usual, managerial suspects from John Perrotto.

They call it the Silly Season in NASCAR. It is that time right after the stock car season ends, in which drivers and pit crews began jumping from one team to another, the sport’s version of free agency.

What happened last week could be described as Major League Baseball’s version of the Silly Season for managers.

TerpNats Posted: October 03, 2011 at 02:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs, giants, indians, miami, nationals, phillies, rays, red sox, white sox

Batters Box: MVP’s We Have Known

Magpie at Batters Box covers the last 80 years of MVP’s and explains which categories can get you the award, which positions win most often, and how players on contending teams fare.

It’s commonplace to say that the MVP will (or should) come from a contender. Are you wondering just how often it does?

Wonder no more.

How often? Well…pretty much all the time, essentially.

The modern MVP award begins in 1931. There have been 80 seasons since then, and 161 MVP awards handed out (the NL had a ...

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The_Ex Posted: October 03, 2011 at 02:19 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays, history, sabermetrics

Vernon Wells Trade Analysis

A statistical analysis breaking down the trade that may have eventually cost Reagins his job after the first season utilizing advanced statistics.

Why did Tony Reagins “resign”? Well in this trade, he gave up almost 5 wins while adding $7 million in salary for the 2011 season. He also added $69 million in future salaries…however it is important to note that his team did finish 10 wins above .500 and 2nd in their division. The Rangers ended up the big winner with a player who added over 5 ...

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danjulien Posted: October 03, 2011 at 01:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, rangers, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2011

Providence Evening Tribune, October 3, 1911:

Work On Detroit’s New Ball Park Starts To-Day.

President Navin of the Detroit baseball club yesterday awarded the contract for the construction of a new ball park to the Hunkin, Conkey Construction Company of Cleveland.

...

The contract calls for the construction of the new park by April 1.  The plant will be one of the finest in the country.

And it was. The new ballpark was the home of the Tigers for 88 seasons.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: October 03, 2011 at 11:03 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tigers

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