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Friday, October 28, 2011
St. Joseph News-Press, October 28, 1911:
TALK ABOUT TOUGH LUCK! Chick Lathers, the benedict infielder of the Detroit Tigers sure has had his share for awhile. When the season closed Chick took unto himself a better half and his father presented him with a fine suburban home at Detroit. Chick and his bride beat it away on a honeymoon and returned the other day to find that the home had been burned.
That’s the second worst thing that happened to him. The worst was being named Chick Lathers.
Plenty of things seem unique about Kuo at first. He won’t hit free agency ever if he retires this year — next year would be his last arbitration year. But Andres Torres debuted in 2002 and won’t be a free agent until 2014 if he’s still in the bigs, so we’ve seen something like that before. And Kuo has had two Tommy Johns, yes, but here’s a short list of other pitchers that have suffered the same fate twice: Brian Anderson, Chad Fox, Doug Brocail, Lance Davis, Darren Dreifort, Tim ...
Posted: October 28, 2011 at 05:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
12:38, 11th inning: David Freese ends the four-hour, 33-minute classic with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th.
12:36, 11th inning: Mark Lowe becomes the eighth Rangers pitcher of the night. Nelson Cruz comes out of the game while pinch-hitter Esteban German stays in the game, playing left field. The Rangers only have their two backup catchers—Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor—on the bench. In the bullpen, they have Mike Gonzalez, Game 5 starter C.J. Wilson and presumed Game 7 ...
Posted: October 28, 2011 at 04:46 AM | 209 comment(s)
Get a brain morans!
On this day in the year 1900, St. Louis chose a new name for its baseball team: the St. Louis Cardinals. This was a vast improvement over their last name, the St. Louis Perfectos, which I am totally not making up.
Little did the St. Louisianites know that “Cardinals” was nearly impossible for most bakers to spell.
Posted: October 28, 2011 at 01:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Well, didn’t Bill James say that having Don Drysdale could mean more than 400 pennants in 8,000 years…or some such?
Era he might have thrived in: Men like Drysdale ruled baseball in the late 19th century, Bob Caruthers, Guy Hecker, and others able to dominate both on the mound and at the plate. Official MLB historian and longtime baseball writer John Thorn explained to me awhile back, when I did one of these columns on Josh Hamilton, that the overall talent level was lower in the early days of ...
The 76-year-old from Red Oak, Texas, was a big Rangers fan who had been battling cancer for several months. She was recently profiled in the Dallas Morning News and was quoted by the paper when telling her doctors that she had only one dying wish:
“I only want to live long enough to see the Rangers win the World Series,” she said.
Unfortunately, the paper reports that Short passed away on Wednesday night, when the Rangers might have clinched their first title had it not been for the rain ...
That’s because he’s no Dustin Pedroia (ducks flying leftover Melky disco shoe).
Robinson Cano wants a new deal, but the New York Yankees say the All-Star second baseman will have to wait his turn.
“Highly, highly unlikely,” is how a baseball official with knowledge of the situation termed the chances of the Yankees tearing up Cano’s contract—which calls for team options at $15 million for 2012 and $14 million for 2013—and negotiating a new long-term deal.
Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, has been ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 09:12 PM | 31 comment(s)
For the rest of his life, he would go back and forth about taking responsibility for the loss. He did admit in the clubhouse that same afternoon, “Every time I throw, my arm hurts,” but—realizing he had broken the ballplayers’ unwritten code—adding, “that’s not why I lost the game. I was horseshit.”
“I’ll shoulder the blame. Somebody’s got to take the blame, so I’ll take it…I threw that pitch. I lost that game,” he said after the final loss in Boston. Later he pointed out: “I don’t believe ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 08:48 PM | 16 comment(s)
I had a mega-bargument over Eric Hosmer’s 1st HR being tossed back by an interlocking interloper at Yankee Stadium.
The baseball gods gave Jordan Hartsell a piece of history during Game 3 of the World Series. And due to the worst tradition in baseball, she threw it back in their faces.
Or more accurately, she threw it onto the field.
Hartsell was sitting in the stands in left-center at Rangers Ballpark during the ninth inning Saturday night when Albert Pujols hit his record-tying ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 08:05 PM | 21 comment(s)
This article just cost Pujols…
“I don’t have a problem with that play,” Pujols said during an impromptu news conference at his locker. “I know there was a lot of discussion about ‘If he put the play on why didn’t he swing?’ Look at the pitch. It was high and away and I wouldn’t have been able to touch it. If I would have been able to put the bat on it, I would have swung at the ball.’‘
Pujols called the play on an 0-1 pitch and recognized that flailing at it would have left him in an inferior ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 07:42 PM | 3 comment(s)
Not long ago, it was considered a slam-dunk that the Yankees would pick up Nick Swisher’s $10.25 million option for 2012, despite another miserable postseason performance.
Now, it’s not so clear.
The reason? Carlos Beltran, a free agent after seven up-and-down, and mostly down, seasons with the Mets. Beltran is being shopped hard by his agent, Scott Boras, and his name came up in discussions at the Yankees organizational meeting in Tampa on Wednesday… it seems as if the Yankees front office ...
The District Attorney
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 07:26 PM | 14 comment(s)
The Padres signed the player known as Aristy out of the Dominican Republic when the international signing period opened on July 2, 2008, believing he was 16. In reality, his name is Jorge Leandro Guzman, and he’s nearly two and a half years older than he said—two weeks away from his 19th birthday when he signed.
Dan Mullin, the vice president of Major League Baseball’s department of investigations, said MLB got a tip about Aristy’s identity in January 2010. Investigators brought Guzman into ...
Phew! I haven’t seen this much over-thinking since…okay, since whenever the Cardinals last played.
What interests us is whether players succeed or fail, whether they achieve or get lucky. The judgment that a ball is a strike is, really, the judgment that a pitcher delivered a a pitch that the batter ought to have hit. This is not so much a judgment about where the pitch was located, as it is a judgment about whether the pitcher or the batter deserves credit. It is, in the original sense of the ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 07:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
Reminds me of the time Howie was in that barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois….
He should have realized flacking for Winfield was a rotten deal when Frohman refused to pay him for his work. (The Daily News reported Howie’s hiring as a publicist, but Winfield and his lawyer said later that Howie was never an actual employee.) Or when he heard Frohman talk about fudging the charity’s finances. Or on the flight back from Los Angeles during the 1981 World Series. The Yankees were losing to the ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
if you wondered how low Frank McCourt can go, wonder no more..
“One of the things the jury will be asked to do is to determine what percentage of fault various individuals have for this event,” McCourt’s attorney Jerome Jackson told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
“You’re saying to the jury, ‘They (the Stow family) are saying we’re 100 percent liable. But does that mean (Marvin) Norwood and (Louis) Sanchez, who beat this guy up, have no liability? And, does it mean Mr. Stow himself has no liability?’ “ ...Read More...
After the season the Royals fired Bob McClure, their pitching coach of six seasons. Today they’ve hired Dave Eiland, who spent this season working in the Rays’ front office after three seasons as the Yankees’ pitching coach…
the Yankees fired [Eiland] after three seasons because their pitching staff had under-performed, which looks only more true after a 2011 in which the staff’s ERA jumped from seventh in the American League to fourth.
The District Attorney
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 05:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
JC: Will players drink it in the clubhouse during games?
FT: [Laughs] I hope not until after, but trust me, it’s a great beer. .?.?. It’s got a Canadian feel to it and can sneak up on you.
Sneak up on you like moose, or sneak up on you like firemen?
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 01:43 PM | 29 comment(s)
hall of fame
Oh no! Oh no! Gold Glove Award #14 musta fallen off the shelf and konked Kitty Kaat in the head! Again.
Tim McCarver and I had a discussion recently about ‘money-ballplayers and moneyball players. There’s a difference. Yogi Berra and Kirby Puckett were money-ball players not necessarily moneyball players.
...A moneyball player may get on base more than some free swingers and score a fairly high number of runs but will they get the key hits to win close games.?? In the movie Peter Brand ...
And wouldn’t all of them benefit from a touch less work? And wouldn’t the entire operation be better served if the organizational approach to stocking the bullpen consisted of one word: more?
Bullpens in baseball are like defensemen in hockey. In the NHL, come playoff time, you want to have so many defensemen available that they are sleeping on cots in the hallway - because you never know, and you can’t do without them. It is the same with bullpens. Relief pitchers defy predictability, and so ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 01:03 PM | 16 comment(s)
Let’s try this again:
Rangers (Lewis) at Cardinals (Garcia). 8:05. FOX.
Rangers lead series 3-2.
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 12:48 PM | 1811 comment(s)
Oh, some bozo from Brooklyn was skunked on beer playin’ backyard bombardier…
“I’m not into knee-jerk reactions,” the Rays’ manager told WEEI.com. “If somebody had all of these wonderful thoughts prior to this happening I may be more on board with it, or more empathetic to it. But all of this knee-jerk stuff that occurs in our game absolutely drives me crazy. If you want to be proactive about some thoughts, go ahead be proactive and I’m all for that. But to say a grown-up can’t have a beer ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM | 76 comment(s)
15. Did the player uphold the standards of sportsmanship and character that the Hall of Fame, in its written guidelines, instructs us to consider?
Yes, other than an embarrassing stint managing the Yankees.
Yeah, right…like Roy Hamey didn’t have that whole suave-de-frump Crocus Behemoth look going on.
So before we start plotting Cubs championship parade routes, let’s step back and take a deep breath.
Epstein just arrived. He’s wrapping up his first week on the job in a cramped, decaying office at Clark and Addison, and we’ve seen no real change. For all of his talk at the news conference and press stops, he really hasn’t said anything of substance. His new partners — executive vice ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
Look, just because Hollywood didn’t come through with that Richard Harrow mask during your shingles mingle is no reason to…
As for “Moneyball,’’ La Russa said he went once already and walked out on it.
“It’s our tribute to all the scouts and baseball people that were dissed by ‘Moneyball,’ ’’ he said. “That’s why I walked out of ‘Moneyball.’ ’’
Why is he down on the concept?
“On-base percentage is one of the most dangerous concepts of the last seven, eight ...
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 09:31 AM | 56 comment(s)
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, October 27, 1961:
Joe Cambria, a baseball scout who has signed more than 500 youngsters to professional contracts, wishes he had latched on to just one more.
Fidel Castro, a right-handed pitcher who since has been accused of left-handed political leanings, was rejected by Cambria in the mid-1940s.
“Castro had a good curve ball, but not much of a fast ball” Cambria told Bill Tanton of the Baltimore Evening Sun.
In retrospect, as a fringy right-handed soft tosser, ...Read More...
The legion of elders who saw Musial play from 1941 to 1963 maintain that he would have higher recognition today as a career .331 hitter if he had played in a coastal city like New York, Boston or Los Angeles. What is overlooked is that the East Coast media hectored Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams in ways large and small — in a kinder and gentler time before the 24-hour gnawing of the carpenter ants of blog land and Twitter land.
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 02:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Good news, everyone! There will be more live baseball being shown on TV! Even if it’s just the barnstorming “All-Star” (although it’s really a “Three to Five All-Stars and then some other guys” team) series in Taiwan…..
Posted: October 26, 2011 at 11:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
In an informal press conference early this morning, while feeding the clustering denizens of his Himalayan Marmot ranch in Alton, Illinois, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa offered further explanation of his notorious relief-pitcher mixup in the late innings of Monday’s Game Five of the World Series, which may have led to a go-ahead late two-run rally by the Texas Rangers, and their 4-2 victory. “Probably you won’t believe this,” La Russa said, “but just listen.” He then allowed ...
Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:43 PM | 46 comment(s)
The Nationals are expected to retain Davey Johnson as their manager, according to a baseball source. An announcement would be made after the World Series ends.
Johnson took over the position on an interim basis on June 26, three days after Jim Riggleman resigned. Washington went 40-43 under Johnson, finishing third in the National League East—their highest finish since the team moved from Montreal after the 2004 season.
Teams are asked by Major League Baseball not to make major announcements ...
Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
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