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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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:
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 ...
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 ...
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 16 comment(s)
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 ...
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 63 comment(s)
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 ...
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
Just say no to tax dollars for sports stadiums.
“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.”
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
I’m sure David Wright supports this move.
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 ...
A little more info about Marlin Man.
“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.”
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 82 comment(s)
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.
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
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!
Posted: October 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 578 comment(s)
Monday, October 27, 2014
There are some games, and some more, followed by the odd fixture and result.
Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:37 PM | 549 comment(s)
Section 334: It is a tiny blue pie slice among 40,000 fans. But in games three, four and five of 2014 World Series, the faces of its 185 or so Kansas City occupants — both elated and glum, broadcast on national television — became the faces of Royals fandom in AT&T Park.
Nicole Bruce, 45, of Independence was seen on TV by her brother-in-law who was watching in Texas. Bob and Kathy Butler of Kansas City said their son and grandson back home saw them.
Throughout the ballpark, people could ...
Given that the old wrestling thread got shut down, here is a new one that shamelessly links to my Hell in a Cell review!
Posted: October 27, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 85 comment(s)
This sucks. Always liked him as a prospect. Never fully panned out but put together a really nice 1988 season for a good Tigers team that would have made the playoffs had they not collapsed.
Jeff Robinson, a promising pitching prospect in the early 1980s who went on to pitch in nearly 100 games for the Tigers, passed away Sunday afternoon after a seven-month battle with undisclosed health issues. He was 52.
Mike Henneman, Robinson’s roommate in the minors and major leagues, confirmed his ...
Put the Rays in Montreal, the Bobcats in Seattle, the Coyotes in Hartford, and the Jaguars back in Decatur!
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has had discussions about moving the franchise to Montreal, reports the New York Daily News.
According to the report, Sternberg has spoken about the possibility with “wealthy Wall Street associates.” Sternberg resides in Rye, New York, and worked in finance in New York City before buying into the Rays in 2004….
Rays owner Stuart ...
Elliott said the composition of the dirt includes 59 percent lava cinders and sand, 21 percent clay and 19 percent silt. Plus, conditioner is added “to keep the moisture on the soil so the footing’s right.”
“You can’t get caught up in it,” Elliott said of talk his crew goes overboard with watering. “The worst thing I could do, from my standpoint, is change the field on them without them knowing it. Then they’re playing in unexpected and unfamiliar territory.”
Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 27, 1914:
[Denver catcher Larry] Spahr talked interestingly of Daisy [sic] Vance, a strapping big pitcher secured from St. Joe. Vance is a right-hander and, according to Spahr, he works a good bit on the order of Alexander of the Phillies.
“He has only been in the game two years,” explained Spahr, “but he has learned fast and was the toughest pitcher in the Western League to beat this year. Pittsburgh certainly got the best young pitcher in the West when they ...
None of this was ordinary, of course. The idea of playing in tribute to someone is cliché. Using sports, these stupid games we play, to honor their memory is equally trite. It’s also a canvas for something greater. What Juan Perez did Sunday wasn’t just play for his friend Oscar, for the whole baseball world that grieved at his loss. Perez played for himself, and on an awful night for the sport, nothing was more redeeming than that.
Bumgarner takes charge of the series.
Just in time for Christmas! Wonder how they came up with $69 as a figure?
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