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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yoenis Cespedes’ Future With Red Sox Not As Complicated As It Sounds | NESN.com

The Red Sox lineup needs power. The Red Sox want to compete in 2015. Cespedes is in his walk year and has a swing that should produce some good numbers in Fenway. Methinks this will all work out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 08:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoenis cespedes

Second-guessing ends for managers in World Series Game 7 | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch

Although I agree that process is important, the critiquing of every managerial move has gotten out of hand.

Jim Caple of ESPN thinks so, arguing earlier this week that all we’re doing when we’re yelling at Ned Yost or Mike Matheny is creating senseless noise, that it’s the players who decide this, not the managers. As he put it: “Can we please have a moratorium on ripping every single managerial move, including the ones that work out?” The opposing argument, nicely elucidated by Joe Sheehan in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Game 7 fitting end to perfectly strange World Series | CSN Bay Area

I have become a bigger fan of Ray Ratto this postseason. He’s a funny guy.

“There’s a lot of managers out there, and I understand that,” official manager Bruce Bochy said when asked a circuitous question about the Twitteratii, “but this guy just pitched. He’s going to be on two days’ rest. He just threw a complete game. Our confidence in Huddy. But you know, this guy is human. I mean, you can’t push him that much . . . so when they Tweet you, just tell them that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Road maps to pitching success in Game 7 | FOX Sports

Three innings for Hudson seems like a low bar. Why don’t we wait and see what kind of stuff he has before getting those bullpen guys up?

But if Hudson can get through three innings, and Bumgarner can give the Giants two behind Hudson, then the Giants will be setup well to have their four main relievers pitch the final four innings in some fashion. The Royals probably shouldn’t set things up as traditionally. The Royals should get to Herrera, Davis, and Holland as quickly as possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Royal flush turns World Series into 7-game stud | MLB.com

What’s the over/under on how many innings Herrera, Davis, and Holland pitch tonight?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 05:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

mlb.com: Video: Who will be next the champion? [sic]

Here you go- the last 49 World Series-clinching plays. With one five minute video, you can get excited for tonight and relive your entire baseball existence.

Guapo Posted: October 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: history, video, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 7 OMNICHATTER

CAPS LOCK ON!

WINNER IS CHAMPION. LOSER HAS TO LIVE WITH WONDERING “WHAT IF?’

GUTHRIE VS. HUDSON FOR ALL THE MARBLES, JUST AS WE ALL PREDICTED ON OPENING DAY.

8. FOX. GET HYPE.

Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM | 1442 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ESPN: Jose Canseco shoots self in hand

ormer major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Reddon says Canseco told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand.

it’s….it’s…just wow

I’ve handled firearms before (mostly long guns) but ferChrissakes, doesn’t one unload the bastard before cleaning it???

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: gunnutters, idiot, jesus christ

Vanguard after the Revolution | NBC SportsWorld

“Bullshit has tremendous advantages over knowledge. Bullshit can be created as needed, on demand, without limit. Anything that happens, you can make up an explanation for why it happened. 

“There was a Kansas football game a year ago; some Texas-based football team, much better than Kansas, came to Lawrence and struggled through the first quarter — KU with, like, a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. The rest of the game, KU lost, like, 37-0, or something. The announcer had an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 05:56 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics

Angell: Giants Near Crown

These have been fun games, though. Watching Bumgarner, whose amazingly extended lefty delivery begins with the held ball detouring toward short center field, I decided that his great stuff is equalled by the calm and the air of mournful apology with which it’s delivered: Sorry, guys, but you’ve got no chance. It’s quiet when he’s pitching, with little to note beyond the flow of strikeouts or pop-ups or ground balls, delivered without gesture or a change of expression, and the click of ...

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Frankovich: Keith Olbermann, Traditionalist

FYI: Nick was an editor at SABR back in the day.

So said Keith Olbermann. He too has taken to calling the World Series, disparagingly, “the MLB Finals.” Hard left in his politics, the ESPN2 commentator is, mirabile dictu, a hardcore traditionalist in matters baseball. I just came across this video from last Tuesday:

JE (Jason) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, keith olbermann, postseason, world series

The Economist: Gone too soon (Oscar Taveras)

Don’t blame bad roads for Oscar Taveras’s death.  Lax enforcement of driving laws and a culture that celebrates speeding are at fault.

Less than 10% of tickets issued for vehicular infractions ever get paid, and the prevalence of drive-through liquor stores and alcohol sales at petrol stations expose drivers to constant temptation…
Many Dominicans looking for work have responded by scraping out a living ferrying passengers on motoconchos, or motorcycle taxis, which are extremely ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican

Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards dazzles early; Twins prospect Byron Buxton hurt late | MiLB.com

Buxton is hurt again.

Two notable players who fit that profile appeared in Monday’s 3-3 tie between Mesa and Salt River, with each experiencing starkly different outcomes. C.J. Edwards—the Cubs’ No. 5 prospect and No. 51 overall prospect—fired three perfect innings for Solar Sox, while the Rafters’ Byron Buxton—a Twins prospect ranked the best in baseball—sustained yet another injury.

Buxton was taken to a hospital after the game for X-rays on his left middle finger, which he hurt while diving ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, prospects


Is Yordano Ventura the hardest-throwing starting pitcher ever? - Beyond the Box Score

Nolan Ryan was very, very, very fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, royals

Bry: The decline of interest in baseball is a harbinger of waning American power

Dave Bry once compared Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” to Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page”. So there’s that.

Long considered the country’s “national pastime”, baseball reflects the very best qualities of the American spirit, the higher values upon which our society was (theoretically, at least) founded: freedom, independence, tolerance. Football is a violent, territorial sport that rewards brute strength over everything else and symbolises, at its base level, imperialism, bloodlust, and ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent | orioles.com

I can’t wait. This is one of the off-season highlights.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, television

Evan Longoria: A Bust and Not a Bust | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Is batted ball distance available online anywhere?

Furthermore, Longoria chased pitches outside the zone like never before. His O-Swing% jumped above 30% for the first time, and he’s been below average at making contact with those types of pitches. That might explain what led to the higher SwStk%.

So Longoria got a little swing happy at pitches outside the strike zone. But what about his power? Well, his batted ball distance which had sat in the 287 to 294 foot range over the last four ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, rays, sabermetrics

Supreme Court sets hearings for stadium challengers | www.myajc.com

Just say no to tax dollars for sports stadiums.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium financing, stadiums


Braves hire disciplined Seitzer as new hitting coach | braves.com

“In talking to him a few times, [Seitzer] came across as a guy who had a good plan,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s organized and detailed. He’s worked with different kinds of hitters. He has his own mindset or skill, and that’s that he wants to keep the ball in the middle of the diamond. I think he was the perfect fit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hitting coaches

No place like home for the Royals | New York Post

The Royals only have one game to worry about.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Citi Field will be more ‘symmetrical,’ less ‘gimmicky’ | Metsblog

I’m sure David Wright supports this move.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, stadium renovations, stadiums

Bombing in the Bronx: The Babe Ruth Story – The Hardball Times

The not so greatest baseball movie ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, movies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 28, 1914:

Fielder Jones, manager of the St. Louis Federal League club, has been given a big bank roll and told to “go after Walter Johnson,” star of the Washington American League club.

At the headquarters of the local Feds it was said to-day that if Jones can land the speed wonder, Catcher Ainsmith and Clyde Milan will also follow.

Johnson is wintering at his home in Coffeyville, Kan., and Fielder Jones will make every effort to land him. He left here with a wad ...

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The story behind ‘Marlins Man’ - JSOnline

A little more info about Marlin Man.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, world series

Jake Peavy, Jon Lester have eye on Cubs as package deal

“No, I’m not offering a package to the Cubs,” the San Francisco Giants pitcher said, clarifying the impression he made while talking about himself, the Cubs and his pal Lester. “There’s a package deal out there for any team.”

zonk Posted: October 28, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency, jake peavy, jon lester


When drama of World Series intersects with drama of Oscar Taveras and real life, we are reminded it truly is just a game | FOX Sports

I love prospects, the excitement and mystery they generate, the potential for them to develop into superstars — or not.
Oscar Taveras was such a talent, the Cardinals’ best position prospect since Albert Pujols. He had a gorgeous finish to his left-handed swing. He hit a big home run in the NLCS.
And on Sunday night, in the middle of Game 5 of the World Series, we learned that he was gone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: oscar taveras, tragedy

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 6 OMNICHATTER

The Giants can win a Championship. The Royals can force a Game 7.

It’s Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Venture.

8 Eastern. FOX.

CHATTER UP for what may be the last OMNICHATTER of 2014!

Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 578 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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