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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tony Bennett Sings Wrong Words To ‘God Bless America’ At Giants Game (Video) | MLB | NESN.com

It was like watching Willie Mays at the end. Please MLB, don’t do it again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - Recap - October 06, 2014 - ESPN

The error was not pretty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals, playoffs

Cardinals Ride John Lackey and Two Home Runs to Win Over Dodgers - NYTimes.com

The veteran right-hander John Lackey wore a different shade of red last October when he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title in Game 6. His opponent that night in New England was the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that traded for him this summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fangraphs (Sullivan): What Happened to Clayton Kershaw?

Another great Jeff Sullivan article breaking down, visually, how Clayton Kershaw suffered his historic meltdown versus the Cardinals:

In Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, Kershaw was provided with a 6-1 lead. He left a 7-6 deficit, and shortly thereafter he was charged with run number eight. You already understand that the game was insane…ut Clayton Kershaw allowed eight runs. I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to try to figure out how something like that can ...

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Fox Sports (Robothal): Sick of Red Sox-Yankees? Then watch the Orioles-Royals ALCS

Well, SugarBear Blanks begs to differ, for one:

I mean, this is what many of you want, right? People tell me all the time, “The networks need to show teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox.” Well, thanks to the outcomes of the two American League Division Series, fans no longer will be bound and gagged and forced to watch the despicable Northeast monsters against their collective will.

So, will you be glued to your televisions? I mean, it’s put up or shut up time, right? The Orioles and ...

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KHSB: Royals Players Celebrate Sweep By Inviting Fans to Party With Them in Downtown KC

They’re making it impossible not to like them.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was an especially late night for some of the Kansas City Royals. They spent the night celebrating with fans after sweeping the American League Division Series.

After the game, some of the players invited fans to celebrate the victory with them at McFadden’s Bar in Kansas City’s Power & Light District.

Eric Hosmer announced the after-party on Twitter. He thanked fans for their love this season, and to return the favor he ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: October 06, 2014 at 02:53 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city, playoffs, royals

James: The Greatest Bench Players of All Time (membership req.)

Johnny Bench called.

this is my list of the ten best bench seasons ever; I’m actually happy with eight of the ten listed seasons.

First   Last     YEAR	G	AB	HR	RBI	Avg	OBA	SPct	OPS	
Oscar   Gamble	 1979	100	274	19	64	.358	.456	.609	1.065	
Mark    McGwire  2000	89	236	32	73	.305	.483	.746	1.229	
Gavy    Cravath	 1919	83	214	12	45	.341	.438	.640	1.078	
Elmer   Valo     1955	112	283	3	37	.364	.460	.484	 .944	
Ted     Williams 1953	37      91      13      34      .407    .509	.901    1.410	
Babe ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 06, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics

Royals catcher Salvador Perez was ‘foggy’ after blow to head in Game 2

Royals catcher Salvador Perez said he felt ‘‘dizzy’’ and “foggy’’ after taking a blow to the head during Game 2 of the American League Division Series, even though he remained in the game.

Speaking before Game 3 on Sunday night, Perez said Royals manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney asked him a series of questions and made sure he was OK before letting him to continue. The Royals won 4-1 in 11 innings, putting them on the brink of sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, concussions, royals, salvador perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2014

Pittsburgh Press, October 6, 1914:

When you applaud a ball player who has just made a great catch and yell “Good boy, Jones!” maybe you are applauding a man named Bascom. There are now 32 players in the major and minor leagues known to be playing under assumed names. How many others are using nom de bats is hard to tell. Many of them are college boys who started professional careers under false names and kept them after becoming well known.

The principal reason for the change of name is family ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Orioles sweep sends Tigers into a Yankees-like winter | New York Post

Are the Tigers really as bad as the Yankees? Except for their bullpen, I say no.

The Tigers have a lot of Yankees in them. In its owner’s obsession for a title, Detroit has grown expensive, star-laden and old.
...
There was a period when Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were simultaneously the best pitcher and hitter on the planet, and last year Cabrera won the MVP and Max Scherzer the Cy Young. Yet, the Tigers were unable to win it all in their primes together, and now have to contemplate ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Deadline duds: Big-ticket trades yield October sorrow

Sometimes making the right move doesn’t matter in the playoff dice game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, tigers, trades

Fernando Tatis has officially retired

I thought he retired long ago…

WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: October 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: retirements

What Bud Selig Hath Wrought—NYMag

I usually like Will Leitch’s stuff. I don’t like this piece. Commissioners aren’t all-knowing, omnipotent deities.They are men managing complicated, high-profile *businesses*. In Selig’s case, despite some errors along the away, he’s done a tremendous job juggling the business and PR sides of his job. He’s been able to do so because he holds real power. To strip his replacement of such power would not be an improvement.

So maybe it’s time to think about changing the job description? Joe ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

Dave Wallace thrives with the Orioles - Sports - The Boston Globe

It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody.

That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave wallace, general, orioles, pitching coaches

Trout troubled by Royals’ high heat - The Orange County Register

Mike Trout is the definitive best player in baseball and has been for at least two full seasons now, probably three. There is no reasonable rebut to that.
But, for the first time since he announced himself as such, Trout enters an offseason with an obvious flaw: He can’t hit the high fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Appreciative Royals revel in celebration with fans | MLB.com

Royals win, despite the burning hate of all sabermetricians.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, playoffs, royals

Rany on the Royals: 1985.

Rany is so happy he wrote a song.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals

Cruz, Orioles Beat Tigers 2-1 for ALDS Sweep - NYTimes.com

O’s sweep and close the Tigers playoff window.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, tigers

DIVISION SERIES DAY 5 OMNICHATTER 2014

The ALDSes are settled, but the NL still remains!

Washington (Fister) at San Francisco (Bumgarner), 5 PM Eastern, Giants lead series 2-0, advance to NLCS with win

Dodgers (Ryu) at Cardinals (Lackey), 9 PM Eastern, series tied 1-1.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2014 at 12:21 AM | 426 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Kansas City abuzz with excitement over Royals’ postseason games - ESPN

That’s nothing. People paid more to not see Derek Jeter play in his last series in Fenway.

The average price for Game 3 is even higher at $440, or well more than double the next-highest price tag for a team’s opening home game ($181 for the Giants).

After a 29-year drought, the Royals have won three postseason games—all in extra innings.
The average price for division series tickets across Missouri, in St. Louis, meanwhile, was roughly $90, the lowest tab among the postseason teams, according ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals


Who are the 2014 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I) | Articles | Bill James Online

Here’s some early insight into the Gold Glove race.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, defense, gold gloves, sabermetrics

Dodgers get off mat, even NLDS on Kemp’s blast | MLB.com

Kemp makes a big impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs


DIVISION SERIES DAY 4 OMNICHATTER 2014

Orioles (Norris) at Tigers (Price), 3:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Orioles lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.

Angels (CJ Wilson) at Royals (Shields), 7:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Royals lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 05, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 460 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, October 04, 2014

DIVISION SERIES DAY THREE OMNICHATTER, 2014

Today’s slate:

Giants (Hudson) at Nationals (Zimmermann), Game 2, 5:30 PM (Eastern), FS1 (Giants lead 1-0)

Cardinals (Lynn) at Dodgers (Greinke), Game 2, 9:30 PM (Eastern), MLB Network (Cardinals lead 1-0)


CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 04, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 739 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Royalty learns to catch Trout

I wasn’t able to see Game 2 of the Royals/Angels series nor have I had a chance to see a lot of Angels games.  When I have watched the Angels, I haven’t noticed this and Trout seems to rake.  But that is a small sample.  So, Angels watchers, is there anything to this idea?

bunyon Posted: October 04, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, fastballs, fishing, royals

Giants’ Unlikely Strategy Leads to Game 1 Victory

“It seems to be a formula that works,” Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. “That was our approach. Not to be too big. Not to try to do too much. Just put the ball in play and see what happens.”

I guess a guy who struck out in 30% of his big-league at-bats would know.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 04, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals, nlds

Friday, October 03, 2014

Poz: Royals continue to confound baseball logic

It’s worth talking for a second about Aoki, because he so thoroughly symbolizes this team. As a young man, he was a major star in his home country of Japan, a whirlwind of a hitter a sort of a second Ichiro. At 29 he somewhat inexplicably fell off. He then found himself in Milwaukee, and this past offseason, he came to Kansas City. He was thoroughly disappointing until late September when, for no apparent reason, he briefly proved impossible to get out. He hit .458 the last two weeks of the ...

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Passan: Orioles’ ALDS win shows why Buck Showalter is the playoffs’ best manager

It’ll be hilarious if Yost or McClendon wins the award.

Perhaps the worst trend of modern relief pitching is the intractability of bullpen roles. Their very existence is manicured. At some point, when baseball recognized that, yeah, it probably is a good idea to exploit platoon splits, managers started slotting relievers in specific situations. Seventh inning for one guy, eighth for another, ninth and only ninth for the closer. And even if the heart of the order was up in the eighth and Scrub ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 03, 2014 at 11:49 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles, strategy

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