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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Some of baseball’s best teams fell short of title

The 2011 Pirates just missed the cut.

The ’73 Reds lie in contrast with the 2001 Seattle Mariners, whose 116 wins tied for the most ever in a season. The Mariners lost to the Yankees in the ALCS that year, assuring them of a high spot on the list of top non-champions. But they still didn’t impress quite as much as the Reds did. The unbalanced American League produced four teams (29 percent of the league) with 96 or more losses that year (there was only one such NL team in 1973), giving the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 23, 2011 at 03:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, orioles, reds

Posnanski: To DH or Not To DH

Since 1986, the DH World Series rule has been tied to home park. When the game is in an American League park, they use the DH. When it is in a National League park, pitchers hit for themselves.

Brilliant Tweeter CashMoneyMark asked an interesting question: From what we can see in the limited number of games which league has had the advantage?... There is no definitive answer to this, I think, because of the small sample size mentioned above. But it seems to me—and this is surprising to me—that ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 23, 2011 at 02:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Baxter: Angels may be interested in Omar Minaya for general manager

Add Omar Minaya’s name to the growing list of candidates who will interview for the Angels’ vacant general manager post.

Minaya, the former GM of the Montreal Expos, held the same post with the New York Mets from 2005 to 2010. The Dominican-born Minaya was baseball’s first Latino general manager, and Angels owner Arte Moreno was baseball’s first Latino owner.

An Angels spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the team’s interest in Minaya.

Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, fantasy baseball, history

Slusser in line to become 1st woman to head BBWAA

Congrats, Susan!

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has been elected vice president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, putting her in line to become the first woman to head the organization in its century-plus history.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times was elected president at the BBWAA’s World Series meeting on Saturday, succeeding Ken Davidoff of Newsday, and Slusser was voted vice president. The vice president traditionally serves one year before becoming ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, media

Jim Bowden to Cubs Fans: Temper Your Enthusiasm

Stay connected with the Segway Patroller team!

ESPN’s Jim Bowden knows the expectations are sky high and warns that Epstein and Co. face significant challenges that may take some time to overcome.  Here are Bowden’s main points:

  -Advertising inventory is maxed out - The Cubs don’t have the luxury of reaping in revenue by plastering ads all over their ballpark the way most other teams do.  Many parts of Wrigley Field have been designated as historical landmarks which prevents them from ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 07:37 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

Murray Chass: THESE ARE RYAN’S RANGERS IN THE WORLD SERIES

But even [former Texas Rangers owner Tom] Hicks eventually, if belatedly, recognized the errors of his ways, and in February 2008 he hired Nolan Ryan as the Rangers’ president.


The unanswered question, now that the Rangers are in the World Series for the second successive season, is to what extent is Ryan responsible for the dramatic change in the Rangers’ fortunes.


I am prepared to give him all of the credit; it can’t be coincidence that Ryan arrives and suddenly the Rangers are ...

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bobm Posted: October 22, 2011 at 05:11 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

WS GAME 3 CHATTER

Cardinals (Lohse) at Rangers (Harrison). 8:05, FOX.

Series tied at 1-1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 22, 2011 at 01:40 PM | 538 comment(s)
  Beats: general

AJC: O’Brien: Braves hire Greg Walker as hitting coach

Determined to get more from their hitters in 2012, the Braves didn’t just hire Greg Walker as their new hitting coach but also got him an assistant.

Ex-White Sox hitting coach Walker was hired to replace fired Braves hitting coach Larry Parrish, and Scott Fletcher was hired for a hybrid role as assistant hitting coach — a new position for the Braves — and advance scout.

Braves general manager Wren said he and manager Fredi Gonzalez agreed the Walker-Fletcher partnership would give the ...

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Rickey! is just here so he don't get fined Posted: October 22, 2011 at 01:02 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Joe Posnanski: A Postseason Record

Break out the dreaded astefrick*s!...Or why I don’t give a slingin’ schatzeder about postseason stats.

Fox, the other day, was showing a list of the most “postseason” hits by a catcher. The answer is Jorge Posada with 97, and behind him is Yogi Berra with 60 (not far behind, with 46, is Yadier Molina, which is why the list was being shown). To Fox’s credit, both Tim McCarver and Joe Buck made reference to the fact that Yogi Berra’s 60 hits were all in the World Series (only 21 of Posada’s ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Strauss: Cardinals criticized for not speaking to media after Game 2

Another “prickly enough/La Russa” same sentence alert!

A lack of availability by veterans Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina following Thursday’s 2-1 loss generated criticism from media who perceived the team was willing to make spokesmen of its younger players while its veterans made a run for the parking lot.

The matter was significant enough for Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak to discuss it with Berkman during Friday’s workout at Rangers Park and prickly ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Baseball America: 2011 Major League Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hellickson

Avon

Nova not calling. (ready the smelling salts for O’Connell) ~ Full 2011 Rookie Team here.

The BA Minor League Player of the Year in 2010 turned major league Rookie of the Year this season, Hellickson led all rookies in innings (189) and ERA (2.95) and even ranked second among AL starters with a .210 opponent average.

...Hellickson’s 2011 performance was certainly a good indicator of the future—especially a .210 opponents average that was better than all but Cy Young favorites Justin ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, prospect reports, rays

Bruce Jenkins: Not every move that fails in World Series is boneheaded

Yeah, only because Jeff Torborg never got there.

So what’s the deal, La Russa is the dummy now? Knock off this nonsense. Just as in Game 1, when Washington’s moves didn’t work, it’s part of the deal. Nobody screwed up and missed a spot in the batting order. Nobody called for a sacrifice bunt with two outs. These guys know more about their players than we do, every time, so it’s best to just appreciate the thought process.

...I’d love to see La Russa completely ignore the DH tonight as the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Theo Epstein Officially Resgns

Dear Mr. Woodman,

Theo Epstein has resigned from the Red Sox in order to become the new President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs. The clubs also have reached an agreement regarding a process by which appropriate compensation will be determined for the Red Sox and that issue will be resolved in the near term.

Signed,

Epstein’s Mom (and a joint press release from the Sox and Cubs)

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 22, 2011 at 02:17 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, padres, red sox

Adam Rubin: Source: Citi Field changes on tap

“We’re not looking for an advantage with respect to home runs versus visitors’ home runs,” Alderson said last month. “At the same time, I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there as opposed to a team that comes in for three games and doesn’t really have to alter an approach or think about it too much and leaves.”

The 16-foot wall in left field will remain because it is structural, but a new 8-foot wall will be erected in ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 22, 2011 at 02:10 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, special topics

ESPN: George Thorogood talks baseball, blues

George Thorogood is no Doug Sahm.

Who would you rather party with—the 1969 Mets or the 1986 Mets?

Oh, the ‘86 Mets. They’re closer in age to me. ... My idea of partying is sitting at a bar and nursing a beer for two hours and talking baseball. I did that in Pittsburgh once. I was with Ed Lynch and Keith Hernandez, and for about three hours we went through two beers and 50 years of baseball. That’s my idea of partying.

Keith Hernandez is great to talk to. He’s my favorite announcer. He’s ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 01:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, music

Ballplayers and reporters: can’t we just all get along?

Adam Everett, a young player with very little time in the big leagues, happened to walk over to this locker. And the media pounced. Bagwell soon walked into the locker room and saw Everett, cameras and lights in his face, attempting to speak on a subject he was not particularly equipped to handle.

When the media had cleared, Bagwell went over to Everett and said, “I promise you that will never happen again.” And it didn’t. There was never a time, at any point, where the veteran players ...

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OsunaSakata Posted: October 22, 2011 at 01:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, media

Blair: Mark McGwire: softening around the edges

More head-spinning regurgies from Blair.

This is less about a quest for forgiveness than it is a softening of the edges. Time might be on McGwire’s side, because who knows what else we’ll know about the Steroid Era in another five years? Who knows who will be voting for the Hall of Fame then? Baseball writing isn’t exactly a growth industry these days.

The Hall of Fame is about to tread into the jaws of the steroid scandal, because in 2013 Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are up for their ...

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Repoz Posted: October 22, 2011 at 01:41 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, steroids

Friday, October 21, 2011

Berg: Broadcasters neglect to mention steroids for first time ever

Ted: Mac’s Original Amateur 3-Hour?

Basically every time anyone who was involved in baseball in any way from roughly 1995-2003 appears on camera, McCarver and Buck are obligated to explain his connection to the rampant steroid abuse that heaped shame upon a once-pure industry. Guys from the 70s are exempt even if they sweated amphetamines through their powder-blue road unis, and no need to even mention if a guy from the 80s got a bloody nose every time he laid down a bunt.

These things are ...

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Repoz Posted: October 21, 2011 at 07:58 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, cardinals, media, rangers, rumors, steroids, television

No Matter What You Hear, That’s No Error On Albert Pujols

(pant-pant) I’ve been arguing all morning about this. (pant-pant)

TIM McCARVER SPEAKS; EVERYBODY LISTENS

As soon as the play happened, expert analyst Tim McCarver decided that Albert Pujols should be given an error.  After all, according to McCarver, Pujols touched the throw and, thus, should be given an error.  McCarver later expanded, stating that the fact that Pujols touched the ball hurt the chances of Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina to throw out Andrus at second.

An interesting analysis, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 21, 2011 at 04:54 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Young remains Rangers’ heartbeat … but could have been a Royal

Argh! The Royals could have been enjoying 75 win seasons this entire time!

It nearly happened before the 2003 season when, coincidentally, the Royals and Rangers became co-tenants at their new spring home in Surprise, Ariz.

Those were the Royals’ grim penny-pinching days, and they were already fretting at maximizing their return when inevitably forced to trade outfielder Carlos Beltran, who had just completed his third season of at least 100 runs and 100 RBIs in four years.

The Rangers ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2011 at 03:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, royals

Yahoo: Passan: Pujols displays zero leadership after Game 2 loss

The kids could handle the mess. Never mind that Albert Pujols created it. This is his clubhouse, where his rules apply and where the term leader is thrown around rather liberally considering real leaders, you know, lead. They own their mistakes, like a ninth-inning error in the World Series, and they damn sure don’t let the pups in the clubhouse, the ones in their first postseason, stand and answer questions they’re not equipped to answer.

And yet there it was, an empty locker flanked by ...

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Don Malcolm Posted: October 21, 2011 at 03:48 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Anatomy of a Baseball Trade

Imagine telling a lawyer she’s been traded for two promising law students. Or a salesman that he’s moving from a software company in Seattle to a tire company in Cleveland. In sports, it happens all the time. To find out how it’s done, we asked Ed Wade, general manager of the Houston Astros, and Frank Wren, his counterpart with the Atlanta Braves—as well as some of their scouts and players—to reconstruct a swap they made just before baseball’s July 31 trading deadline. The process ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 21, 2011 at 01:50 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, business, rumors

PL teams against DeNA purchasing Yokohama BayStars

A number of teams in Japanese baseball’s Pacific League have voiced concern over mobile-phone gaming company DeNA Co. buying the Central League’s Yokohama BayStars from Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc., a senior baseball official said Thursday.

The official said three or four clubs are expressing concern about the future stability of a company that operates an online dating service and are questioning its suitability for pro baseball.

On the plus side, their Kiss Cam will be ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 21, 2011 at 01:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, japan

NY Post: Khadafy Killed By 20-Year-Old Yankees Fan

Credit, where credit is due:

Khadafy was beaten, bludgeoned and shot by a wolf pack of Libyan fighters as he made a mad dash to escape his embattled hometown of Sirte—but the Libyan tyrant was ultimately done in by Bombers cap-wearing Mohamed El Bibi, 20, who was credited with firing the fatal bullet, according to Arab media.

The photo caption:

MR. OCTOBER: Yankee fan Mohamed El Bibi triumphantly waves Moammar Khadafy’s golden gun as jubilant Libyans celebrate his shooting the dictator ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 21, 2011 at 01:04 PM | 372 comment(s)
  Beats: international, obituaries, yankees

THT: Apostoleris: Kinsler’s plate discipline

For the second year in a row, the Texas Rangers are in the World Series. A big part of their success could be attributed to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who hit for a .370 weighted on-base average and contributed in many different ways. Before we go any further, let’s take a moment to recap (and appreciate) all of the facets of Kinsler’s game in 2011:

  - A stranglehold on the strike zone (1.25 walks per strikeout—best in the majors)
  - Plenty of power (a career high 32 home runs, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, rangers, sabermetrics

Raissman: Mark McGwire receives less air-play than deserved during World Series broadcast

While Bob Raissman receives more JPEG image-play than deserves. (stacheio nuts!)

Is it possible Buck and McCarver were advised to make any discussion of McGwire’s past a low priority? Same holds true with McGwire’s connection to La Russa and the fact that he once managed several steroid abusers but saw no evil.

There’s no doubt that Seligula would not be thrilled if the voices spent a few minutes discussing McGwire’s past. The commissioner, obsessed with his legacy, doesn’t need steroid ...

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Repoz Posted: October 21, 2011 at 09:43 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, cardinals, history, media, television

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

AAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDD not-so-good afternoon everybody!!!

Bud Selig said Thursday playoff expansion could still happen as soon as 2012, and also that he is worried about the attendance in Tampa Bay, as MLB’s commissioner spoke to Christopher Russo on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio.

“I have, if we can work all the details out, as it’s part of the labor negotiations, I have hope that the wild card thing—if we can work it out—is ready for next year,” Selig said.

...As for the Rays, Selig was less ...

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Repoz Posted: October 21, 2011 at 09:23 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2011

Pittsburgh Press, October 21, 1911:

White Sox fans, who undertook to purchase a big automobile for Big Ed Walsh, Comiskey’s great iron man, are in a quandary as to the amount of money to be expected for the car. They have sufficient money to buy a duplicate of Ty Cobb’s machine, but not enough to present the Sox pitcher with a magnate’s car. The problem will be settled today.

Just get him an OctoAuto and be done with it.  Jeez.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: October 21, 2011 at 08:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

ESPN: Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, Cardinals 1

The Rangers made a memorable ninth-inning comeback, tying this World Series at one game apiece. Texas scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead and then held on in the bottom half. The Rangers manufactured the two runs to get the victory in dramatic fashion. Some quick thoughts:

Kinsler with gutsy steal: Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a bloop single and then stole second base with Andrus looking to bunt him over. Kinsler was safe on a close play, putting him in scoring ...

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Repoz Posted: October 21, 2011 at 03:23 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, rangers

PADRES: Reports indicate Hoyer, McLeod are headed to Chicago (with compensation!)

A team source confirmed on Thursday night the Padres will receive compensation if general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant GM Jason McLeod join the Chicago Cubs as expected.

Cubs might not have much of anything left on the farm.

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 21, 2011 at 01:58 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, padres

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