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Monday, August 01, 2011

Sullivan: Carlos Pena believes Cubs’ chemistry could be better

It’s Quaderupolarizin’!

While the Cubs’ clubhouse is relatively calm and quiet compared to years past, Carlos Pena surprised the media on Sunday by expressing a desire to improve the team chemistry.

“When you have the right kind of chemistry, it’s just magical,” he said. “That’s exactly what we’re trying to build toward — that chemistry that really just makes incredible things happen. … It’s not something you can just turn on a switch. I know that for a fact. But it does happen. It’s a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 01, 2011 at 02:41 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, July 31, 2011

MLB.com: Pirates trade for Ludwick

A day after adding Derrek Lee, the Pirates acquired Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick just minutes before Sunday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline for a player to be named.

Ryan Ludwick, like Derrek Lee, is a person who plays professional baseball.  They didn’t cost the Pirates anything, though, and the Pirates have some big holes in the lineup that professional below-average players can fill.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, padres, pirates

RedSox.com: Red Sox acquire Bedard in three-team deal

The Red Sox traded four Minor Leaguers in the deal, three of whom—catcher Tim Federowicz, pitcher Stephen Fife and righty Juan Rodriguez—went to the Dodgers for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. The Red Sox then dealt Robinson and outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang to the Mariners to complete the exchange for Bedard. Boston also acquired Minor League reliever Josh Fields, a right-hander, from the Mariners in the deal.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, minor leagues, red sox

Rangers get Mike Adams from Padres

Nolan, you’re just encouraging these pampered modern starting pitchers to only go six!

A day after acquiring Koji Uehara from the Orioles, the Rangers added to their bullpen again Sunday by acquiring Mike Adams from the Padres.

Adams, the most sought-after setup man on the market, has a 1.13 ERA in 48 appearances this year for San Diego. He has held opponents to a .453 OPS.

The Rangers paid a steep price for Adams, giving up both Joe Wieland, the pitcher who threw a no-hitter last week for ...

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The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2011 at 06:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rangers

Diamondbacks add Ziegler, Marquis

Feeling they have an even better one on the way, the Diamondbacks traded their starting first baseman to the A’s for a setup man on Sunday.  The three-player deal sent Brad Ziegler to Arizona in return for Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto.

Allen had… a .213/.325/.404 line in 178 at-bats with the Diamondbacks over the last three years.  He’s not a surprising A’s target, in that his game is much more about power and walks than batting average.  Unfortunately, he does strike ...

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The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2011 at 05:59 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, athletics, nationals

Braves acquire Bourn from Astros

Parturition is such sweet sorrow…

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have acquired Michael Bourn from the Astros in exchange for four minor leaguers.

The Braves have been wanting an outfielder for a while now, preferably one that hits right-handed, but they’ve instead just grabbed the best one that’s available. Bourn leads all of baseball in stolen bases with 39, has had a great year at the plate (.303/.363/.403) and will give Atlanta a dynamite defensive center fielder. ...

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Repoz Posted: July 31, 2011 at 02:03 PM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves

Murray Chass on Baseball: JOURNALISM AT ITS WORST

PORTRAIT OF THE BLOGGER AS A HOOD, MR. PRESIDENT

But here is Peter Nash accusing (Barry) Halper of fraud when he himself was found to have defrauded a memorabilia dealer. Yet the Post ignored that fact, identifying Nash simply as a blogger who writes for haulsofshame.com and is working on a book titled “Hauls of Shame: The Cooperstown Conspiracy and the Madoff of Memorabilia.”

“My article wasn’t about me; it was about an article I wrote on my Web site,” Nash said in a telephone ...

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Repoz Posted: July 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: business, hall of fame, history, media, memorabilia, site news

STLToday: Van Slyke critical of Rasmus

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“According to what I read, he’s never been happier (being traded) since he’s been a Cardinal,” Van Slyke said. “How can you be happy being traded from the St Louis Cardinals? It’s the most nonsensical thing I could ever imagine.

“I couldn’t have been more upset than when I got traded (to Pittsburgh). It took me a month to get over it.”

...“No wonder he’s never performed the way he should have.

“Then his father says the Cardinals have changed his game. Well, I would hope so,” Van Slyke ...

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Repoz Posted: July 31, 2011 at 11:06 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cardinals, history

Red Sox back out of Harden deal

Not so fast on that trade for Rich Harden.

Hours after agreeing late last night on a deal to acquire Harden from the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox backed out after reviewing the right-hander’s recent medical information, a baseball source confirmed early this morning. Harden, meanwhile, told reporters in Oakland that he expects to start Tuesday night for the Athletics.

Harden, 29, has been on the disabled list 10 times in his career, most recently during the first three months of this ...

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Repoz Posted: July 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox

Lupica: The Mets have never had an MVP, but Jose Reyes is certainly deserving of award this season

“Mr.” check, “Gooden/Strawberry” check, “batting average” check…can’t seem to find “a player named” in here. I’ll keep searching.

But Monday is Aug. 1, and for now, Reyes is not just still the best player in town this season, he is the MVP of his league. He has the second highest batting average in baseball, after Adrian Gonzalez, who is the MVP for the American League so far. He has scored 78 runs, even though you know what the rest of the Mets batting order has looked like for so much of ...

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Repoz Posted: July 31, 2011 at 10:43 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mets

Report: Giants to get Orlando Cabrera from Indians

2011 World Series MVP?

The Indians are definitely doing more adding than subtracting at the moment, but they’ve decided Orlando Cabrera is expendable and they’re about to trade him to the Giants for outfielder Thomas Neal.

Cabrera had hit just .244/.277/.321 while serving as the Indians’ primary second baseman for most of the first four months… The Giants will likely shift Cabrera back to his natural position of shortstop.  He probably won’t be an everyday guy, but he should be able to ...

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The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2011 at 03:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, indians

Report: O’s expected to ship Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh

Pirates pick up a righty-hitting, aging former star named “Derrek”.  How could this possibly fail?

A source told the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly that it’s “very likely” Derrek Lee ends up with the Pirates, though only after Pittsburgh takes a close look at his medicals.  Connolly reports that the Orioles will likely pick up part of Lee’s salary and get an A-ball prospect in return.

... [Baltimore will] likely give [Chris] Davis a long look at third base, with Mark Reynolds making the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2011 at 02:25 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pirates

Jim Duquette: Some scouts amazed at the haul the Orioles brought back in Uehara deal

And from the Melewskian comments…(Chris) “Davis has an Adrian Gonzalez skill set.”

“I think the value is great,” Duquette said. “I was surprised. I have called a couple of scouts in the industry checking on what they are hearing (about deadline deals) and it was three different scouts I spoke with and they too were amazed at the haul that the Orioles brought back.

“You are talking about an eighth-inning guy in Koji and I think the Rangers are counting on his option vesting for next year. But, ...

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Repoz Posted: July 31, 2011 at 02:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, projections, rangers, sabermetrics

Rafael Furcal approves trade to Cardinals

But Tony said that Corey Patterson has “the talent to be a No. 1 hitter”!

As expected, shortstop Rafael Furcal has agreed to a trade to the Cardinals. This according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

No word yet on what the Dodgers will be getting in return.

Furcal has been plagued by injuries for most of the 2011 season and has hit just .197/.272/.248 in 37 games, but the Cardinals are optimistic that he’ll be able to get back to his career norms with a change of scenery.

The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2011 at 02:16 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers

A’s send Rich Harden to Red Sox

With Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez coming off the trade block Saturday, the Red Sox had to resort to a lesser addition. They got it in the injury-prone yet very talented Rich Harden, from the A’s. The Red Sox are sending Lars Anderson and a player to be named later to Oakland (Kevin Goldstein via Twitter).

Harden, 29, has long been one of the more talented pitchers in the majors, but his arm has deteriorated over the years due to many injuries. He went 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 89 ...

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Repoz Posted: July 31, 2011 at 02:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox

Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez traded to Indians

McBride goes westbound and up.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have agreed to trade right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians for pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, and 26-year-old minor league first baseman Matt McBride.

The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2011 at 12:02 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, rockies

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Joe Girardi thinks double headers ruin the quality of baseball

We’re set for a split doubleheader. Joe Girardi is not high on the concept, or on straight doubleheaders for that matter.

“I don’t like either one,” Girardi said. “I would vote for two seven-inning games, or you increase the roster for doubleheaders, just because it’s so hard on your team physically. It’s one thing if you have a day off after a doubleheader, but if you don’t, it’s really hard on you physically. I think it takes away from the quality of the game sometimes in ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: July 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, yankees

Rangers acquire Uehara for [Chris] Davis, [Tommy] Hunter

And Jeffrey Hunter was traded for a package including Uhura.

Right-hander Koji Uehara of the Orioles have reportedly been traded to the Rangers in exchange for corner infielder Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter (Baltimore Sun via Twitter)...

Uehara, 36, is pretty underrated—likely due to playing for the non-contending Orioles. He has a 1.72 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 47 innings this season. He’ll fit quite nicely in Texas as an eighth-inning bridge to Neftali Feliz.

Davis, 25, has ...

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The District Attorney Posted: July 30, 2011 at 09:50 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rangers

Neyer: Moves at Trade Deadline Can Be Great Deal of Trouble

The most important thing to know about baseball trades made in July is that most of them do not amount to much. Few of the stars traded to contenders will be the difference between winning and losing, and few of the young prospects traded for stars will become stars. Still, we have had a flurry of activity leading to Sunday’s deadline for nonwaiver trades (don’t ask), with stars like Carlos Beltran, and numerous lesser lights changing teams and kindling hope among their new teams’ fans. ...Read More...

bobm Posted: July 30, 2011 at 08:22 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, cardinals, cubs, history, mariners, mets, nationals, rangers, red sox, twins

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

Yamaico no problem!

Mike Aviles might have just talked his way into first place.

The Royals traded Aviles to Boston Red Sox on Saturday for utilityman Yamaico Navarro and minor-league pitcher Kendal Volz. The move came one day after Aviles publicly expressed his displeasure at being a utility player…

Aviles, 30, was the Royals’ player of the year as a rookie in 2008 and batted .304 last season after returning from major elbow surgery… He departs with a .222 average, five homers and 31 RBIs in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: July 30, 2011 at 08:09 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, royals

Tigers acquire Fister, Pauley from Mariners

Fister? Furbush? WTF…

The Tigers, in need of fortifying their starting rotation, acquired starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley from the Seattle Mariners Saturday, a high-ranking Tigers’ official confirmed. The official was not authorized to speak publicly.

The Mariners will receive left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush, minor league third baseman Francisco Martinez, minor-league outfielder Casper Wells and a player to be named, according to the official.

Fister, 27, has been a ...

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Repoz Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:52 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, tigers

Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain slighted by Phils’ Manuel

If Alvin Cash were still around…I’m sure we’d have a The Philly Freak-ish follow-up.

In an out-of-left-field comment following Thursday night’s 4-1 Giants victory, Manuel put down winning pitcher Tim Lincecum (and Matt Cain), correcting a reporter who suggested the Phillies struggled against these “great” pitchers, who together held them to one unearned run in 13 innings in the series.

“They’re good pitchers. You say they’re great pitchers? To me, I don’t know how great they are,” Manuel ...

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Repoz Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:32 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, phillies

Smith: Yankees should think again if pursuing Ubaldo Jimenez trade, they have his type in Burnett

Yes, all those 130 ERA+ seasons start to look the same after a while…

When Burnett signed his five-year, $82.5 million contract, the Yankees didn’t expect his record to be below .500 (31-33) in the first three years.

The trade deadline clock is ticking loudly now, and Ubaldo Jimenez continues to be the name on the lips of everyone who wants Cashman to make a move. The Rockies’ asking price has been too high, even though the 27-year-old righty is supposed to have a manageable contract and ...

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Repoz Posted: July 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, rockies, sabermetrics, yankees

CornBelters’ Hal Lanier still teaching at 69

Only because he wasn’t hitting at 29! (.214/.234/.243)

Hal Lanier put the stat sheet down long enough Wednesday to explain why, at 69 years old, he’s still interested in coaching young people.

After all, independent baseball has long been about more than numbers to Lanier, a former major league coach with the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros.

“I enjoy the game. My mind is still active. I like working with the young kids,” Lanier said. “I like trying to get players that were not ...

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Repoz Posted: July 30, 2011 at 11:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, scouting

Montreal Gazette: Riding with the Spaceman

Wadda ride with Bill Lee! More fun than a mesced-up Mint 400 off-road motorbike race!

As Bill Lee often says, it’s about the journey, not the destination. And the crowning achievement of the former Expos pitcher’s rather eventful journey may very well be a planned feature film about his life.

Have Glove, will Travel is scheduled to start shooting next year. Filmmaker Brett Rapkin has already written the script, adapted from two Lee biographies.

This week, Rapkin and Lee, along with Lee’s ...

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Repoz Posted: July 30, 2011 at 10:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, history, media, red sox

Here are some more possible reunions for Mariners to orchestrate

The Mariners, ... seem to have hit on a winning formula. On their last homestand, they brought back members of the 116-game-winning 2001 M’s team for a stirring ceremony, and tonight at Safeco Field they’ll be honoring the legacy of the Seattle SuperSonics.
 
When you’ve got a team on the field fresh off a 17-game losing streak and once again buried in the basement, you need to be creative to put butts in the seats…. So in that spirit, I’ve decided to helpfully suggest a few more reunions the ...

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The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: July 30, 2011 at 06:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

10-year-old fighting cancer sings anthem at Braves’ game

Anderson was singing the anthem as part of Thursday’s “Rally Night” at the ballpark. Before the game, catcher Brian McCann met with “Rally Kids,” children who are battling cancer, and funds were raised in the fight against the disease.

According to PrayforLilyAnderson.com, Lily was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2009 and has had to go through difficult rounds of chemotherapy and surgery.

rr Posted: July 30, 2011 at 03:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

MLB: Pence pulled, reportedly traded to Phillies

Pence pulled. Sounds painful.

The Astros reached a deal to send All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence to the Phillies in exchange for four players, including Philadelphia’s top two Minor League prospects, a person close to the negotiations told MLB.com. The deal, which is subject to the approval Major League Baseball, is expected to be finalized on Friday.

Pence was pulled from the field in the middle of the fifth inning of the Astros’ game against the Brewers on Friday night at Miller Park.

The ...

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Repoz Posted: July 30, 2011 at 02:22 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bergeson: A Protestant in Cooperstown

Stone Boy is sacrificing himself!

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My first childhood baseball hero, Bert Blyleven was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., last Sunday.

I couldn’t bring myself to watch or care.

...I knew Cooperstown was supposed to be a sacred site, a religious experience, the baseball equivalent of St. Peter’s Square. I waited to be entranced.

But the baseball shrine with its statues and relics left me flat. And, I thought, who are humans to think they can determine who is ...

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Repoz Posted: July 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia, special topics

Matt Moore: Tipping Pitches? Now With Video!

Essentially, my theory is that Moore tips his pitches somewhat by pumping his hand into his glove on fastballs and keeping his hand still on off-speed pitches. I have no idea if hitters could even pick up on this from their angle, but I could see it from the CF camera.

Diamond Research Posted: July 29, 2011 at 09:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

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