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Friday, September 05, 2014

Oakland A’s’ Billy Beane talks wheeling and dealing and his team’s playoff hopes

Somehow, I get the feeling this article was basically finished at least a couple of weeks ago…

Twelve years after the Moneyball season of 2002, any move GM Billy Beane makes is viewed through a kaleidoscopic haze of fiction and fact. His life can sometimes feel as if it’s based on a true story. Perhaps that’s why Beane, the object of so many conspiratorial whisperings, has largely retreated from public view. He turns down most interview requests and often escapes, in season, to his home on ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane

Baseball’s New Parity: A Myth

Interviewed at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, retiring commissioner Bud Selig was asked what part of his legacy he’s most proud of. Selig cited a new age of “competitive balance,” commonly referred to as parity—meaning that teams who spent large portions of the previous two decades as also-rans now have a chance to not only make the postseason, but make deep runs into October.

It’s a nice thought. There are 30 MLB teams, and for the most part recently, playoff success has been limited to ...

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Speier: Middlebrooks on winter ball decision: ‘It’s not like I’m going against [the Red Sox]‘

I think the brass legitimately still thinks Middlebrooks has the most to offer the team at 3B of the available options. I disagree.

Ultimately, Will Middlebrooks and the Red Sox want the same thing. Both the player and his team want to see the soon-to-be-26-year-old put in the best possible position to succeed on the field in 2015. Both parties want Middlebrooks to shed the desperate struggles that, after Thursday’s 0-for-3 performance that included a pair of strikeouts, see the third baseman ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, will middlebrooks

No No: A Dockumentary - Rotten Tomatoes

No No: A Dockumentary, a portrait of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis and the no-hitter he threw while on acid, is at 100 percent.

Movie Info

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 137 years of organized professional baseball, it’s the only no-hitter tossed while the pitcher was on LSD. Dock was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field. While professional baseball hadn’t fully embraced racial equality, he was an outspoken leader who ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dock ellis, mets, movies, no no a dockumentary, pirates, rangers, yankees

Tim Sommer: Jeter Will Rise Again! The Truth Behind His So-Called “Retirement.”

Past a divining Jeter…re-kill yr. idol.

A true rumor defies the post-space age hum of the Internet. A true rumor is like a summer rain: it may come on suddenly or it may not come at all, it may be sensed as a lithium lightness in the air when it is an eighth of a mile or a way or it may not even be believed after it has already occurred.

The gravest keepers of baseball’s most somber secrets, those who hover around (and above) the game at a Templar-like level of secrecy and power, are ...

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

http://www.azsnakepit.com/2014/9/5/6109413/kevin-towers-fired-as-diamondbacks-gm

Towers’ tenure has been marked by a slew of trades and player personnel moves that left many in the game scratching their heads. His most significant trade, the deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves, was widely questioned when it was made in January 2013 and looks lopsided nearly two seasons later.

But scratching one’s head has been about the only fun to be had in Phoenix for years now…

frannyzoo Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general managers, grit

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-5-2014

Milwaukee Journal, September 5, 1914:

After striking out in the fourth inning yesterday, “Babe” Borton threw his bat at the Venice pit, narrowly missing [his teammate] Pitcher Clarence Smith. The pitcher immediately attacked Borton, landing a vicious right over the latter’s left eye, which made it necessary for him to leave the game. The affair was the outcropping of bad blood that has existed in the team for some time. Borton and Smith came to Venice from the Chicago White Sox.

It’s probably a ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: babe borton, dugout, history, pop-boy smith

OMNICHATTER 9-5-2014

24 game days remain (including today). Competitors in the mirror are closer than the standings appear.

Gamingboy Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Barry Bonds joins Twitter

Barry L Bonds
@BarryBonds

Just setting up my Twitter. #myfirstTweet

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:51 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, giants, pirates, social media

Castrovince: The Brewers are fighting against a free fall

The mediocrity of the rotation surprises me more than the bullpen, not that the bullpen should be third-worst-in-baseball bad either.

The Brewers became just the fourth team in the wild card era to win 20 games in the season’s first month… Francisco Rodriguez, Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith, Zach Duke and Brandon Kintzler combined to give up just five runs in 62 1/3 innings of work in that opening sequence. It was never going to be that good again for the Brewers bullpen… the Brewers have the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

After 10 years, Erik Cordier arrives in the big leagues throwing 101-mph heat

Erik Cordier arrived in the big leagues Wednesday, overrun by adrenaline and armed with a triple-digit fastball. He entered the game for the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning, making his MLB debut doing mop up duty in a 9-2 Giants loss. But mop-up duty quickly turned into a radar-gun wowing performance… He threw 16 pitches that were 100 mph or faster, which, according to Eye on Baseball, ranks Cordier fifth in MLB this season for number of pitches topping 100 mph. And he did it in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: erik cordier, giants

Homer Bailey To Undergo Forearm Surgery

D’OH!

Reds starter Homer Bailey will undergo surgery tomorrow on his right forearm to repair a flexor mass tendon tear, the club announced on Twitter. He is expected to be ready in time for the spring, according to a report from C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer...

Needless to say, this is not how the 28-year-old — and, even less so, his team — hoped to see this season end. Bailey inked a six-year, $105MM extension before the 2014 campaign, a significant investment for a ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, injuries, reds

Brisbee: Finding baseball’s most hopeless franchise

The included tweet should guarantee the honor just on principle.

Old teams in large markets with thin farm systems

This is where the Phillies are. This is where the Yankees are. Here be the White Sox… None of these teams will ever qualify for most-screwed status, though… their large-market status will always guarantee that there’s someone in a worse spot.

Older teams in small markets

The Reds might really be screwed… A lot of what makes the Reds a sorta-contender now, though, could still be ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, padres, phillies, reds, rockies, white sox, yankees

Lee Judge: What if we didn’t keep stats?

Imagine there’s no baseball stats
It’s easy if you try
No WAR below us
Above us only RBI
Imagine all the players
Bunting for today…

What if we didn’t keep stats?

What if the only stats recorded were team wins and team losses?

And then — as long as we’re fantasizing — what if all the money were put in a pool and players were paid based on how many wins their team had?

How would the game be played then?

Right now, players play to put up numbers. That’s how you get paid. And ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:39 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: lee judge, royals, stats, teamwork

Ichiro Talks Shit In Spanish, And Latin Players Love Him For It

Ah, mierda!

   Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena remembered one of his frequent encounters with Ichiro. He was defending first for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ichiro had just arrived on one of his patented infield hits. Ichiro peered over at Pena and asked, “Que coño tu mira?,” or, “What the hell are you looking at?” Pena clamped his lips together to prevent the laughter from bursting through.

Ichiro’s apparently been doing stuff like this for years, and it seems to have made a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:13 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, latino players, profanity, spanish, trash-talking, yankees

Buck Showalter Orders On-Deck Circle Mats Removed

The animated .gif in the article explains why.

Chasing a foul ball off the bat of Ryan Ludwick in the fifth inning, Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph slipped on the rubber on-deck circle and skidded into the camera well next to the Baltimore dugout.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, orioles, safety

Steinbog - Wacky Nats Dodgers Game In 19 Tweets

A fun recollection of fan reactions to the craziness that was the Nationals at Dodgers 14 inning topsy-turvy marathon yesterday.

If you watched Wednesday afternoon’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — which eventually became Wednesday evening’s Dodgers-Nats marathon, and then Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — you already know that it was one of this season’s wackiest games. The fact that it involved perhaps the National League’s two best teams — who might well be on a collision ...

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boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, funny, nationals, twitter

The Simple Technology That Accidentally Ruined Baseball

I thought Barry Bonds ruined baseball?

Rather than deem the cameras a threat to league integrity, baseball embraced them. For years, Major League Baseball had been pressuring umpires to submit to performance standards. With the introduction of Pitch f/x, MLB finally had cameras in every stadium to umpire the umpires. In 2009, the league implemented a policy called Zone Evaluation (ZE), which tracked missed calls after each game and judged umpires by their accuracy. After ZE’s first year, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch fx, tv ratings, umpiring

Anthony Bosch, Biogenesis Founder, to Plead Guilty

Meanwhile, all over south Florida billboards can be seen hawking testosterone as the fountain of youth.

Anthony Bosch, the founder of anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, has reached a deal with the government that will require him to fully cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA, attorney Guy Lewis said.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:12 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, bosch, drugs in sports, legal, peds

The Dodgers-Nats 14-inning marathon, in 19 wacky tweets

If you watched Wednesday afternoon’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — which eventually became Wednesday evening’s Dodgers-Nats marathon, and then Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — you already know that it was one of this season’s wackiest games. The fact that it involved perhaps the National League’s two best teams — who might well be on a collision course for October — made it both wacky and compelling. The fact that it also included about 700 players, and multiple improbable ...

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Chris Needham Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:27 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals

STATS acquires Bloomberg Sports

Just please don’t use it to do that “what if the pitcher had thrown a different pitch?” thing. That really sounded horrible.

STATS, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, and Bloomberg, the leading global provider in data analytics, announced today that STATS has acquired Bloomberg Sports (BSports) and its sophisticated system of data analysis, predictive modelling and integrated data systems.

By combining BSports with its Sports Solutions Group, STATS becomes the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bloomberg sports, business, stats, inc.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2014

Toledo News-Bee, September 4, 1914:

Tom Loftus, the lamented baseball leader and owner, once made $2,800 because he had hay fever.
...
[Red Sox president John I.] Taylor offered Tom $2,500 for [a] player. As he made the offer he glanced at Tom’s face and saw signs of woe. Tears were rolling down his cheeks.

“If you feel that way, Tom,” said John I., “I’ll make it $3,500.”

Not a word did Loftus reply. The tears gathered and rolled and his face was distorted as if in great grief. Taylor hastily ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kevin Frandsen doesn’t need ‘all the sabermetric-whatever-crap’

Frandsen lovers. Reach out of the darkness.

This came when Grant Paulsen asked how the Nats managed to drop three in Philadelphia and then go to Seattle and absolutely hammer Felix Hernandez. Is that just baseball, Paulsen asked?

“I am SO glad you said that, because it is true,” Frandsen said. “It’s baseball. It’s what the best part about it is. All the sabermetric-whatever-crap that you guys, [that] people talk about, you can throw that out the window, because it’s baseball. ...

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Repoz Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sabermetrics

An interview with the ‘Hit King,’ Pete Rose

Don’t let the fear of making outs hold you back!

Mark: You’ve also got the record for the most at bats.

Pete: And I’ve got the record for the most games and I’ve got the record for the most wins.

Mark: The most outs too? Comment on that.

Pete: That’s okay, I mean, that’s okay. The guy second now is pretty good, his name is Carl Yastrzemski. I batted fourteen thousand and some times. I got four thousand and some hits. It was fun making the outs and having the opportunity to try to ...

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Repoz Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

OMNICHATTER 9-4-2014

25 game days remain (including today) until October.

Gamingboy Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:07 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Scott Boras thinks Cubs should call Kris Bryant up

“But if this is a performance-driven industry as it should be, Bryant deserves the callup, based on performance,” said Boras. “What’s best for the player, what’s best for the team in 2015? The goal here is trying to make the team the best it can be in 2015. And what can you do to ready him for that?”

From Boras’ point of view, he’s just trying to get his client to the ultimate stage for baseball players. And one does wonder if Bryant isn’t at least a bit irked he won’t get ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:43 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, opinions are like, scott boras

Adam LaRoche joins Harold Baines with historically-rare achievement

LaRoche took his third at-bat in the 14th inning with runners on the corners and one out. The 34-year-old hit into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play, but hustled down the line and beat out Dee Gordon‘s throw to first base and the Nationals took a 6-5 lead. LaRoche had driven in his fifth run. Asdrubal Cabrera then homered and the Nats hung on to win 8-5 in 14 innings.

How often has a player entered the game in the ninth inning or later and accrued five RBI? Just one other ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, dodgers, nats

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Rockies, De La Rosa Agree To Two-Year Extension

My heart tells me to snark, but my head tells me not to. He’s no Cy Young candidate, but he’s been pretty good… (Whoops, it slipped in.)

The Rockies announced (via Twitter) that they have agreed to terms with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa on a two-year extension… The deal guarantees De La Rosa $25MM and contains no options, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

De La Rosa, 33, has fared well in this, his seventh season with the Rockies, pitching to a 4.26 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and a 51.9 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge de la rosa, rockies

Colby Rasmus says he has been benched in favour of ‘rookies’

Colby Rasmus has been benched.

The signs started last week, when he missed a couple of games with an alleged illness. And on Tuesday, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called Rasmus into his office and made it official.

“I’ll be playing whenever they think I should play and I’m just going to be sitting around watching these rookies play,” Rasmus said in an interview in the visitors’ clubhouse Wednesday.

Rasmus has been Toronto’s regular centre-fielder for the past three ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:49 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, colby rasmus

Keri: Giancarlo Stanton’s Historic Season, Crazy Comps, and Big Payday

What, is Loria funding a You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown revival?

[Giancarlo] Stanton is on pace to set career highs in batting average, OBP, slugging, and park-adjusted offense. He’s already topped his career highs in walks, total bases, and Wins Above Replacement… Stanton might be the best position player in the NL this year, ranking second in park-adjusted offense and, depending on the source, either first or second among NL hitters in WAR…

There are a couple reasons for Stanton’s ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

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