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Monday, November 07, 2011

THT: Jaffe: Ten things I didn’t know about Tony La Russa

Ten Long Riffs.

5. Oakland’s bullpen: more rise of the modern than the actual modern

If there’s one tendency La Russa is noted for, it’s his willingness to change pitchers in mid-inning. On the one hand, it’s silly to associate that with him, because literally every manager does it nowadays. On the other hand, it was La Russa’s tenure in Oakland most closely that is associated with the hyper-specialization of the bullpen.

There’s something to it, but too much can be made of it. ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 11:20 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics

O’s Tommy Hunter pitches in as HBO’s “Veep” shoots at Camden Yards



Hunter: Big Benes fan…and it ain’t Alan/Andy.

“I got a phone call asking me if I wanted to come to Baltimore (to film),” said Hunter, who was acquired with infielder Chris Davis by the Orioles in the July 30 trade that sent reliever Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers. “I didn’t really know a whole lot about the show or anything, so I did it pretty much on a whim. But it turned out to be a whole lot more than I expected.”

As a longtime fan of “Seinfeld,” Hunter was intrigued by the ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 11:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: media, orioles, television

The Yankee Analysts: Just how bad was AJ in 2011?

Same garbage as usual, I’d assume. I’m Facebook friends with Weberman, so I’ll ask him.

In digging through the Fangraphs 2011 MLB pitching leader boards for another piece, one name kept popping up at or near the bottom of the page over and over again. That’s right, one Allan James Burnett. Brian Cashman can talk all he wants about the problem of having to replace his innings, but the fact of the matter is just about every other pitcher in the game who pitched a similar amount of frames did ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 10:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

Brown: Royals reportedly set to corporately rename Kauffman Stadium

Arvest: With the promise of a man…

For perhaps $3-6 million annually over the next 21 years, the Kansas City Royals reportedly are willing to sell out their founder, the late Ewing Kauffman, and rename their ballpark after a bank. Or maybe they’ll just marginalize Kauffman a little bit and call the place “Whichever Bank Field at Kauffman Stadium.”

...KHSB-TV, the NBC station in K.C., reports that the Royals home park might go corporate as soon as Monday:

  Sources close to the Royals say ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, November 7, 1911:

NEW YORK, Nov. 6—Supreme Court Justice Blackmar today refused to grant a certificare of incorporation to a new Brooklyn baseball and sporting club because it had chosen the name “Reno.”

“The word Reno in the public mind,” said the justice in disapproving the club’s application, “is associated with divorce easily granted for causes not recognized as sufficient in this state, and with prize fights.”

And Mike Crudale. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 09:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nails bails: Lenny Dykstra a no show for fight against Canseco

It turns out that you and I weren’t the only ones who forgot about the Lenny Dykstra-Jose Canseco fight on Saturday night after gaping at the car wreck of a headline earlier this week.

Also suffering a memory lapse? Ol’ Nails himself as Dykstra failed to show up for his whuppin’ at the pay-per view event.


As Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the answer naturally rivals the mess that Dykstra and Canseco have made of their lives. Fight promoter Damon Feldman says Dykstra was ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 07, 2011 at 02:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: general

WSJ: Taking Yogi Berra to ‘Moneyball’


Throughout the film, Pitt’s Billy Beane argues with his old-school scouts. The disagreements over players grow intense. Berra, who managed the Yankees and Mets and coached for the Houston Astros, once sat in similar scouting conclaves.

“You remember those things?” Carmen asks her husband.

“Yeah,” Yogi says, chuckling.

Berra’s only issue with “Moneyball” is its rendering of manager Art Howe, who is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and comes off ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 01:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, yankees

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Dilbeck: Rockies are interested in signing Jamey Carroll; are Dodgers?

Carroll & gaff: Published.

That would be a serious raise for free-agent Carroll, who turns 38 in February. He is coming off a two-year, $3.85-million deal with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers, of course, also need a starting second baseman. Carroll hit .290 with a .368 on-base percentage and .344 slugging percentage the last two seasons for the Dodgers.

But with the Dodgers, Carroll played the role of the super utility infielder, filling in plenty at shortstop during Rafael Furcal’s frequent ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 10:16 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, projections, rockies, sabermetrics


And you thought the Piazza/Bacne story was bizarre?

My favorite Tony La Russa story has nothing to do with his managing. It’s more personal.

It happened during a World Series. I don’t remember which one it was. I just know it wasn’t one in which La Russa was managing. It was one he was attending as a fan, sitting in the stands.

During whatever game it was, I heard my name over the press box loudspeaker system. I was being paged. That seldom happened, and I was puzzled by the page. ...

bobm Posted: November 06, 2011 at 06:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history

I-70baseball: The Case For Ken Boyer

He happens to be the only Cardinal with a retired number who is not in the Hall of Fame.  Boyer should be in the Hall, not solely to clear that historical footnote, but because he was really good.

How good was Ken Boyer?  He finished in the MVP top 20 every year from 1958 through 1964.  Four of those years (1959-1961, 1964) he finished in the top ten, and won the MVP in 1964.  Boyer’s 119 OPS+ from 1955 to 1965 is seventh best among me with at least 5500 at bats during those years, and ...

bobm Posted: November 06, 2011 at 05:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame

TFT: Mitchell: Ron Santo’s Evolving Hall of Fame Candidacy

Santo vs. La Invasion de Los Marcianos! (re: the 3B that have come after him)


Nonetheless, Santo’s candidacy and potential election raises some interesting questions about third baseman and the Hall of Fame.  There are several active or recently retired third basemen such as Chipper Jones or Alex Rodriguez, who by the time he retires will have played more games at third base than shortstop, who should easily be elected to the Hall of Fame.  Others such as Scott Rolen are building ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 02:33 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics

Sherman: Source: Mets open to Wright deal

Word continues to circulate in baseball circles that the Mets will be willing to discuss David Wright in trades this offseason as part of a complete facelift/rebuild away from Wright and Jose Reyes.

“We will listen on Wright for sure,” a Mets official told me during the week. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in 2013-14, and we have to figure out ways to speed the process to get there.” ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 02:10 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mets

Mark Smith: Where Do Intangibles Fit In?

As five-star general turned general no-star, Omar Daal Bradley, once noted…“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no toolsy ballplayer ever designed can replace it.”

How Milton Bradley get so far? Carlos Zambrano? Why is Bryce Harper so awesome? They’re all less than desirable personalities, but they’ve succeeded more than 99.9% of the other players who have tried. Why do they get to succeed? The first answer is that life isn’t fair, and people often get more or less than they deserve, ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 12:15 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, sabermetrics

Buckley: It’s time for El Tiante

and then it’s time for El Lolich, and then El Pappas, and then…

We are here to beg and plead with the members of the Hall of Fame’s 16-member Golden Era committee to right a terrible wrong and punch Tiant’s ticket to Cooperstown.

...Tiant? You’ve probably heard this argument 3,486 times, which is the number of innings Tiant pitched in his big league career, but here we go again: If Jim “Catfish” Hunter is in the Hall, Tiant should be in the Hall.

...Tiant had four seasons with 20 ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 10:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, red sox, sabermetrics

Daughtery: Drew Stubbs could learn a thing or two from Matty and ‘The Hat’

Drew Alou?

Drew Stubbs probably has never heard of Walker or Alou. They’re both dead now, which complicates things. Alou died Thursday at age 72, of diabetes. Walker died 12 summers ago. Each could be linked to Stubbs’ future.

...Drew Stubbs has a whole lot more ability than Matty Alou ever did. If Stubbs weren’t playing baseball, he’d make a good wide receiver. If Alou hadn’t played baseball, he’d have made a fine bellman.

But Alou had something Stubbs is seeking. He understood ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 04:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds, sabermetrics

Hawk Harrelson: Dunn will be 2012 Comeback Player of the Year

Uh-oh. Nehru straightjacket must be too tight…Hawk’s mystischism has tantrickled down to this magical poop.

Q: What are your thoughts on Adam Dunn?

A: I think he’s going to give us two shocks. One shock was in 2011 and the next shock is going to be in 2012. I think he’s going to come back and have a (heck) of a year. The last day of the season, we talked for a little bit and after that conversation I told my wife, she asked me: ‘Do you think he can come back?’

I said, ‘Honey, I’ll tell ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:57 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, white sox

D-Backs-Bloomquist communication breakdown: Who’s to blame?

Will WFB be going to California, or over the hills and far away?

Versatile infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist is drawing “a lot of interest” on the free agent market, agent Scott Boras said, adding that his client could land with a team that views him as more than a utility player.

But it’s a possibility that job won’t be with the Diamondbacks, and there is disagreement between the team and Boras as to who’s to blame for the communication breakdown that got them here.

A few days after ...

Greg Franklin Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:30 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, rumors The story behind the photo: almost-engaged Cardinals fan

Remember this girl?  Here’s the story.

It wasn’t exactly that he put a ring and tickets on the table and told me to pick one. We’ve been together for several years now and are pretty confident that marriage is in the cards, but he is definitely not in a hurry. Every once in a while, I’ll give him a hard time about it and he’s always quick to change the subject. A week or two before this game (I think we were still playing the Brewers) I brought it up again and he changed the subject to World ...

Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:21 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, online

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Denver-area sports-betting operation took high-end clients and bets, indictment says

Strong-arm and bookies I’m familiar with. Armstrong and bookies, not so much.

A sports-betting operation described as one of the largest in Colorado catered to well-known Denver-area sports, business and entertainment figures, some of whom had weekly betting limits as high as $50,000, according to a grand jury indictment and recently released search warrants.

Among those identified in court documents as placing bets “on a continual basis for several years” are Steve Sander, Denver’s director ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 09:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rockies

Bill Conlin: Dr. Conlin’s Rx for the Phillies

Curule rulz! Pearls from One Chair.

I will start with two no-brainers: Jimmy Rollins must be signed, not at all costs, but through creative thinking that will give the face of this franchise the chance to wet his beak economically but will protect the Phillies against major slippage as the years pile up on him. He is shopping for 5 years? Fine. Give him the chance to make a base $10 million-a-year guaranteed with the chance to earn another $3 million or so by realizing fairly realistic goals. ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 09:12 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies, sabermetrics

NY Post: Mets will pay 3 percent interest to investors

From the (None of Your) Business section of the Post:

People will be able, after a half-dozen years, to cash in their small stakes and get their money back—with a 3 percent annual kicker tacked onto their principal, sources close to the situation said.

Additionally, the Mets are guaranteeing that the minority owners will not be called on to fund the money-losing team during their investment, three sources close to the situation said.

The $20 million stakes value the Mets at roughly $950 ...

bobm Posted: November 05, 2011 at 07:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

OT: The Soccer Thread: November 2011

Unlike those spoiled jerks in the NBA, our heroes continue to play! Let’s talk about it here.

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: November 05, 2011 at 06:48 PM | 746 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN: Kurkjian: O’s, Dan Duquette near deal

The Baltimore Orioles are close to officially naming Dan Duquette as their next general manager, two sources confirmed Saturday.

Duquette, formerly a GM for the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, interviewed in Baltimore Friday and was traveling to Baltimore Saturday to finalize a contract.

The twilight’s last gleaming?

villageidiom Posted: November 05, 2011 at 06:21 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, expos, international, orioles, red sox, rumors

Yankees ‘certainly will talk to’ C.J. Wilson despite postseason problems

Small Junior Samples alert!


C.J. Wilson has won 31 games in his two seasons as a starter for the Rangers, becoming one of the best lefties in the game and perhaps the most sought-after free-agent pitcher this offseason.

But those may not be the numbers the Yankees will focus on when it comes to deciding how heavily they will pursue Wilson.

Instead, the fact he’s 1-5 in the postseason and could cost more than they are willing to spend—because there is a lack of top-tier starters on the ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 01:47 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, rangers, yankees

MLB: A statistical review of Minnie Minoso’s career and HOF candidacy

Neat overview by Ben Jedlovec and Don Zminda.

Other Sabermetric statistics

Most AL Wins Above Replacement (WAR), 1951-61

90.7 - Mickey Mantle* 	
54.6 - Minnie Minoso 	
47.9 - Yogi Berra* 	
45.6 - Ted Williams* 	
42.7 - Al Kaline* 	
42.2 - Nellie Fox* 	
* = Hall of Famer

Minoso’s value is also apparent utilizing some of the more commonly-used Sabermetric statistics that have gained credibility in baseball analysis in recent years. As with a review of the American League leaders from ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, white sox

Jeff Manto Doesn’t Want Walks?

Walking Dead: Horse’s Ass.


It’s a new way of baseball that is translating into success. The idea is simple: if you take more pitches, you tire out the pitcher, creating more at-bats, ultimately leading to more runs.

New White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto has a different view when it comes to taking pitches. telling The Mully and Hanley Show that walks set up double-play balls.

“Do we want Adam Dunn taking a ball (when it is) off the plate with a man on third and the infield back and ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 11:11 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, white sox

IE: An Interview With Michael Lewis & Billy Beane: Data in Baseball & Business

Todd Watson: So this question is some red meat for my baseball buddies. Is, in fact, on-base percentage a better metric now for a player’s contribution to advancing scoring than runs batted in? And if so, could you talk a little bit about how you arrived at realizing that?

Billy Beane: Well, that’s interesting, I don’t think we’ve ever taken ownership of inventing anything. I mean, there were some academics there outside the industry…

Todd Watson: Sure. But it’s a different way of viewing the ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 10:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, history, media, sabermetrics

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies

And STILL no Sammye Welborn.

1. Trevor May, rhp
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp
3. Sebastian Valle, c
4. Jonathan Pettibone, rhp
5. Phillippe Aumont, rhp
6. Freddy Galvis, ss
7. Justin DeFratus, rhp
8. Brody Colvin, rhp
9. Jiwan James, of
10. Maikel Franco, 3b

In an effort to replenish the system, scouting director Marti Wolever took several projectable, high-ceiling athletes in the 2011 draft, including outfielders Larry and Tyler Greene (no relation) and shortstops Roman Quinn and Mitch ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, phillies, prospect reports, scouting

Friday, November 04, 2011 Thome, Phillies agree to one-year deal

I was at Citizens Bank Park a few days after Thome’s 600th career home run. The Jumbotron in left field replayed the moment and the Phils fans’ lengthy ovation was genuine. Welcome home.

Sources said Friday evening that the Phillies and Thome have agreed on a one-year contract, pending Thome passing a physical. Terms of the deal were unknown, although it seems likely to be a low-risk signing.

It is not a surprising move, but it is an interesting one. Both parties hoped to reunite during the ...

AndrewJ Posted: November 04, 2011 at 11:51 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, phillies, twins

BD (Healey): Are MLB GMs ignoring African-American Manager Candidates?

Well, are they?

Of the names we have heard so far in the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals managerial searches, there have been several Latino candidates mentioned as potential hires, but not a single qualified African-American managerial candidate — with one exception — has been identified. DeMarlo Hale of the Red Sox has been classified as someone who could be in the mix, but no interview has yet been scheduled.


there have been reports that Theo Epstein could ...

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, cardinals, cubs, red sox, white sox

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