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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Don Mattingly couldn’t take Barry Bonds anymore | New York Post

I guess Mattingly didn’t like him.

The 52-year-old Bonds publicly said he wanted to return in August, but apparently the Marlins didn’t want him back. SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that Bonds’ “commitment level dwindled” during the summer, and manager Don Mattingly called him out for the lack of effort.

According to The Post’s Kevin Kernan, who spoke with an MLB coach, Mattingly would have gone so far as to step down as manager if Bonds returned for another season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 07:37 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, don mattingly, marlins

Hall of Fame ‘Eras Committee’ to vote on these 10 names for 2017

This week, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced 10 names that will be considered for induction in 2017. For this round, the Eras Committee is tasked with considering the Hall merits of Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, John Schuerholz, Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella, Harold Baines, Mark McGwire, Albert Belle, Orel Hershiser, and Will Clark.

I can see Selig, Schuerholz and maybe Von Steingrabber making it.  I doubt any of the players will

Srul Itza Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Idiots Argue Modern Ballplayers Are Fat In Stupid USA Today Op-Ed

The op-ed makes two main points. The first is that in the last 25 years there has been a drastic change in the body composition of baseball players—70 percent of today’s players are overweight and 10 percent are obese, according to the authors—and the second is that, for the sake of both their own health and that of the greater public to which they are role models, baseball players have a duty to lose weight.

The first point is scientific hogwash; the second is disingenuous ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 04:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: health, weight

The Art of Letting Go: Bat Flips in Korea

As Major League Baseball struggles to overcome its staid image and lure younger fans—according to Nielsen, most of the sport’s TV viewers are over 50—the simple bat flip has come to symbolize the culture war being waged within its ranks. It’s a conflict between those who believe the game should embrace the traditions of other countries and flashier elements of other sports, and those who, as Bautista wrote in The Players’ Tribune, are “old-school, my-way-or-the-highway type of people who never ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 11:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, korea, korean league

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-4-2016

New York Sun, October 4, 1916:


New York Leader Hints Collusion After Defeat by Dodgers
Indifferent Playing Arouses Manager
Leaves Game in Fifth Inning and Declares He Is Through

McGraw, angry at rebellion among his subordinates, attacked the supreme honesty of the national pastime and practically made charges against his hirelings, which aroused more than a breath of scandal to rest upon the heretofore carefully guarded, virtuous sport.

American League ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A’s wish list: turnaround for Sonny Gray; adding outfielders - San Francisco Chronicle

Valencia has some talent. If the A’s get rid of him, it’s tough not to believe he’s a world-class jerk.

The offense in general is an issue after the A’s finished last in runs and on-base percentage. “Let’s be frank, we have a lot of ground to make up,” Beane said.

The A’s have numerous roster questions to iron out before Nov. 18, when they must finalize their 40-man roster to protect minor-leaguers from the Rule-5 draft, and the non-tender deadline in early December. Outfielder Danny ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, danny valencia

Baseball Stadium Workers Not Owed Overtime

A baseball stadium concessions operator in Maryland is exempt from paying overtime, a federal appeals court ruled ( Hill v. Del. N. Cos. Sportservice, Inc. , 2d Cir., No. 15-2109, 10/3/16 ).

Delaware North Companies Sportservice Inc., which sells food, beverages and merchandise inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, is covered by a Fair Labor Standards Act exemption for businesses engaged in amusement or recreational activities on a seasonal basis, Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote Oct. 3 for the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: concession workers, labor, legal, orioles

OT: October-November 2016 Soccer Thread

I’m too lazy to pick out matches of note, so you’ll have to keep track of schedules all by yourself.

The Marksist Posted: October 04, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Texas Rangers: Why investments in the right people—not just analytics or scouting—is key to Rangers’ success | SportsDay

Of course, the Royals talked about the same thing the last few years. Did the Royals have less quality “people” this season?

You can’t grade people on a 20-80 scale and you can’t distill them down to just a spin rate or an exit velocity. There is no metric. It’s the sixth tool, impossible to quantify, but idiotic to ignore. If the Rangers have an identity, this is it. They pride themselves on investing in people. And their second consecutive AL West title sparkles with those investments.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Dave Stewart ‘relieved’ to be fired by Diamondbacks: ‘I’ve got better things to do’ | MLB | Sporting News

I don’t have anything bad to say about Ken Kendrick,’’ Stewart said. “I’m not mad at this guy. He’s different. I’m different. Really, we were oil and water.

He added: “When I left Toronto, I was angry. I’m not angry this time. It’s just different. Almost a relief. I just got to figure out what to do next, but really, I’ll be just fine.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks

Revisiting preseason MLB predictions

ZIP-pity doo dah!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 05:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions, projections

Barry Bonds Fired As Marlins Hitting Coach

Third base coach Lenny Harris also not retained. Barry’s La-Z-Boy has never looked more comfy.

Bote Man Posted: October 04, 2016 at 02:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hitting coaches, marlins

Monday, October 03, 2016



Baltimore Orioles (Tillman) at Toronto Blue Jays (Stroman)

Winner to ALDS. 8 PM Eastern. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2016 at 11:36 PM | 593 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Walt Weiss out as Colorado Rockies manager

Wait, Walt Weiss was the Rockies manager?

The Rockies termed Weiss’ departure as a “resignation,” although his three-year contract expired after this season.

Weiss, 52, had a 283-365 record in four seasons as Colorado manager. The Rockies actually outperformed some expectations in 2016, posting a 75-87 record and finishing a surprising third in the National League West.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:59 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: colorado rockies, walt weiss


I thought he’d quit in the middle of the season once he reached .300.

“ESPN and John Kruk have mutually agreed to end our relationship at this time. We’re thankful to John for his memorable contributions to our baseball coverage over the years – a run which included roles on our signature MLB franchises Sunday Night Baseball and Baseball Tonight. We wish John all the best.”

Kruk joined the network in 2004. This season, he mainly served as a studio analyst, and he also contributed to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:58 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, john kruk

Hugh Hewitt Show: The Vin Scully Interview

Well worth a listen.

Back in July of 2012, Hugh had the opportunity to spend an hour with the broadcast legend who is calling it a career after 67 years today.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad 100-RBI Season

Lots of players have driven in 100 runs in a season before. Twenty-two players did so this season, Hosmer included. These players aren’t always good — RBI is more a function of who hits in front of a batter and that first player’s ability to get on base. RBI, as a counting stat, is also largely aided by the ability to stay in the lineup all season. Of course, players who (a) bat behind a talented on-base guy and (b) stay in the lineup all season — they’re usually pretty good. So ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 06:20 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, eric hosmer, rbi

Diamondbacks fire GM Dave Stewart, manager Chip Hale

Fresh off a very disappointing 2016 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Hopes were high for Arizona entering the spring of 2016. They were coming off a 79-83 season in 2015 and added ace pitcher Zack Greinke via free agency in addition to trading for 2015 All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller.

Instead, the second year with both Stewart and Hale couldn’t have been more of a disaster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, dave stewart, diamondbacks

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional sports network, beating the Yankees’ YES Network, according to a statement Monday. The results mark the first time Mets games have drawn more local TV viewers than Yankees games since SNY and YES started competing against each other in 2006.

Mets games on SNY averaged 263,850 viewers, compared with about 218,000 for the Yankees on YES, according to the statement from SNY. A YES spokesman said the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, television ratings, yankees

Hall of Fame voters exhibit a clear anti-recency bias. | Sports on Earth

Hall of Famers are better when you haven’t seen them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


Five former big league players, three executives and two managers comprise the 10-name Today’s Game Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md.

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Mark McGwire, Lou Piniella, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner are the candidates the Today’s Game Era Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2017. Baines,

reech Posted: October 03, 2016 at 02:46 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Comeuppance - Review Your Pre-Season Predictions

You made your predictions in the linked thread at the start of the season. How did you do??

Let’s go to the videotape…

Bote Man Posted: October 03, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, predictions

Postseason Prediction 2016 Thread

Speak now or forever hold your hot take.

Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2016

John McGraw discusses the upcoming World Series, published in the New York World, October 3, 1916:

[Red Sox manager Bill] Carrigan will win the series on his pitchers if he wins at all. Outside of the box it is not a wonderful ball club. But American Leaguers tell me Carrigan carries the greatest pitching you could look at. I guess he does. Good pitching always results in a ball club looking better, because it makes the other team look like a slightly worn second hand piece of cheese.

The Red ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ryan Howard’s emotional last day: ‘It will be with me forever’ | PhillyVoice

The final day of the 2016 regular season was Howard’s moment at Citizens Bank Park.

It was his final game in a Phillies uniform. It was a recognition of his iconic 13-year stay in Philadelphia.

It was an emotional goodbye for the 36-year-old Howard, who is set to file for free agency for the first time in his professional career next month.

“Today is a day I’ll definitely remember,” he told the crowd of 36,935 inside the ballpark after the game’s final out. “Philadelphia will ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Why the best player in baseball won’t win MVP

Jeff Passan discusses his award choices.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mike trout, mvp

OTP 2016 Oct 3: Tossing around a little politics, baseball

The next debate, a vice-presidential one between Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and his Republican counterpart, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4. The next two presidential showdowns are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 03, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 3767 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Heyman - Tony La Russa To Meet Monday With Diamondbacks Owner

They can’t fire another leadership team again? Can they?

Arizona Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is expected to meet Monday with team owner Ken Kendrick, sources say, with a decision expected soon regarding the fates of La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart.

The decisions may even come at the high-powered pow-wow. If not, then they should come soon after.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

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