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Wednesday, August 24, 2011


“Haute Living is targeted towards those who desire—and have the means to experience—the finest things in life.” And this includes that Teixeira pan?

“It’s so much grander, so much more impressive, so much more special than anywhere I’ve been, and I’ve played in some great places,” he said. “But when you come to New York and you see 27 championships, you see Monument Park and all the great players that have played there, when you [put on] the pinstripes, it’s just grander and ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 09:47 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, media, yankees

TYA Interview With Marc Carig

Found this part interesting…and somewhat familiar.

TYA: Bloggers and twitter users, myself included, often criticize the mainstream media. How do writers tend to take that sort of criticism? Do you think any of it is useful in terms of honing your craft? Do you think it might be more effective and useful if the tone was less acerbic? What would you say to the argument that just as players are public figures who are open to criticism from the MSM, writers put their work product into the public ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 08:37 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: media, sabermetrics, site news, yankees

Neyer: Brad Mills Pulls ‘Waxahachie Swap’ Tuesday Night

Stock swap!  Let’s swap some stock!

Tuesday night in Denver, Astros manager Brad Mills made one of the most unusual moves a manager will occasionally make, sending his relief pitcher to right field for one batter, then bringing him back to the mound…

As near as I’ve been able to tell, this sort of move disappeared from 1909 until perhaps the late 1940s, when minor-league manager Paul Richards deployed the scheme in an International League game. Richards did it again in 1951, by which time he ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2011 at 07:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rockies

S.I.: Jenkins: Strange Brew (but It’s Working)

Ronnie’s Wallbangers are this week’s cover boys. Yep, they’re jinxed.

Happy hour in the Brewers’ clubhouse starts early, with Morgan flexing in two coats of baby oil, Axford scanning the room for the putters used in naked golf, and the team listening to a head-rattling mash-up of music ranging from Marilyn Manson to Lil Wayne. In the dugout the starting pitchers recline in their personal cushioned chairs, including one they claim has supernatural powers to improve changeups. Batters ...

Greg Franklin Posted: August 24, 2011 at 04:47 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, music

The Art of Scouting: How to Compile a Professional Scouting Report

Step one - chomp on cigar!

The problem with scouting is that while the general public think “OMG, if I become a scout I get to watch the best prospects in baseball play every, single day!” Well, maybe not the entire general public, but some. When a scout watches a team for several days at a time (which is usually the case) he has to file a report on either every player he’s assigned to (at times everyone who plays while the scout is in attendance) or just a handful. Not every team has top ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2011 at 03:56 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Royals bullpen could provide needed starters

All well and good so long as you don’t mess with THE PROVEN CLOSER!

Occasionally, you’ll hear somebody dismiss the chances of a dynamite reliever making a conversion to the rotation with this statement: “He’s a max effort guy. That’s just the way he pitches – max effort.”

The supposed logic in that statement is that a reliever who has a “max effort” style needs to throw every pitch as though it’s the last of his life – and therefore couldn’t learn to pace himself to go deep into games as ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2011 at 02:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, sabermetrics

Bullpens have changed, Duane Ward says

Well sure…after they cleaned up the David Cone mess, MLB had to.

Ward, now 47, played nine seasons in the major leagues, including the final eight years of his career with the Jays. His 45 saves during the ‘93 season stands as the franchise’s single-season record. It’s an accomplishment the 6-foot-4 right-handed former pitcher is still proud of.

“I don’t think I blew more than three saves (dickish editor’s note: make that six) that season, so I had a pretty good conversion rate,” Ward said. ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, sabermetrics

Hummel: Cards attendance down almost 3,000 a game

Don’t #### with the Pedro Feliz Fan Club!

The Cardinals have the fourth highest attendance decline in the major leagues at nearly 171,000, or 2,843 a game, before Tuesday night’s game here. The troubled Los Angeles franchise leads with a dropoff of more than half a million fans from this time last year.

But, with four weekend series remaining — with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Chicago — and Willie McGee and Holliday bobblehead promotions this Friday and Sunday, Joe Strohm, vice ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 12:04 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media

Kilgore: The case for bringing back Ivan Rodriguez

Every Good Boy Deserves Pudge: Check-Out Time.

As his two-year, $6 million contract is coming to an end, Ivan Rodriguez wants to play for the Nationals next season. Rodriguez has maintained all year he wants to finish out his career in Washington, and he reiterated that desire last week. “I would love to play here,” he said.

The Nationals and Rodriguez haven’t yet discussed next season, Rodriguez said, but there are certainly reasons why the Nationals would benefit having him around ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, nationals

Simers: He really hopes this Vin Scully guy makes the grade

I once thought I received a Bob Gamere opinion survey….but it turned out to be just some dated Silentlambs literature.

I cannot make this stuff up, so you know I’m writing about the Dodgers.

John Richards, a season-ticket holder from Yorba Linda, e-mailed Tuesday to let me know the Dodgers have asked him to fill out a survey.

On a scale of 1 to 5, “They wanted my opinion of Vin Scully in the following eight areas: 1. Knowledge of baseball; 2. Knowledge of Dodgers organization; 3. ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-24-2011

St. Joseph News-Press, August 24, 1911:

[Long] Tom Hughes, pitcher of the Washington baseball team in the American League, and Edward Johnson, a Chicago artist, fought in an alley back of a downtown hotel last night until arrested.  Both men took a severe drubbing and were bleeding freely.

Johnson criticized Hughes’ pitching in Tuesday’s game against the Chicago team…Hughes is said to have suggested that he and Johnson settle their differences by a fisticuff.  “You’re on,” Johnson replied.  “If ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 24, 2011 at 09:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Goldman: Why Did Joe Girardi Play for One Run in a Two-Run Game?

Uhh…because he bought the obsolete “Fritz Weaver on Strategy” book by mistake?

In the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the A’s at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees trailed 6-3 entering the frame. Jorge Posada led off with a solo home run off of A’s closer Andrew Bailey, closing the deficit to 6-4. Russell Martin followed with a double, and Brett Gardner reached on third baseman Scott Sizemore’s error, putting runners on first and second with no outs and bringing ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 05:59 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, game recaps, projections, sabermetrics, yankees Burroughs, Kennedy make perfect tag team

It was not as unlikely as the earthquake that rocked the D.C. area Tuesday, but a rare home run by Sean Burroughs helped power the D-backs past the Nationals, 2-0, in front of 17,029 at Nationals Park.

The win snapped Arizona’s six-game losing streak and capped a wild day that saw a 5.8-magnitude earthquake snarl traffic and prevent the team bus from arriving at the ballpark until about 1 hour, 45 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.
“I was basically looking dead red fastball, ...

NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 04:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, game recaps, nationals

ESPN: Streaking Rockies hand Astros third straight loss

The old “stick the pitcher in the outfield for one batter” move!  Wright went to…err, right.

Wesley Wright pitching for Houston
W Wright relieved F Rodriguez.
C Gonzalez fouled out to catcher
D Carpenter relieved W Wright
W Wright in right field
T Tulowitzki grounded out to shortstop
J Shuck in right field
W Wright relieved D Carpenter
T Helton struck out looking.

NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 03:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, game recaps, rockies

Yahoo: Kershaw wins 16th, Dodgers rip Cardinals 13-2

“Position player on the mound” alert: Skip Schumaker pitched the ninth: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HR (to Aaron Miles, TLR’s former mopup man)

Clayton Kershaw won his National League-leading 16th game and Rod Barajas homered twice in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 13-2 victory over the fast-fading St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Kyle Lohse (11-8) was rocked for a season-worst eight runs in three innings, an impossible deficit against the 23-year-old Kershaw, who struck out eight in six ...

NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 03:26 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, game recaps

Yankees’ Prior shut down in minors

Lost time horizon…

Yankees right-hander Mark Prior has been scratched from his scheduled minor league appearance because of shoulder discomfort.

The converted reliever was slated to pitch in a Gulf Coast League game on Tuesday.

Prior has struggled with shoulder injuries and his last major league appearance came in August 2006. The 30-year-old went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 30 starts for the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs in 2003.

Prior has made six appearance with the Yankees’ ...

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 02:40 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, yankees

Pie designated for assignment; Angle recalled

Pie: victim of MILKAMANIA.

The Felix Pie era in Baltimore appears to be officially over.

The talented but mistake-prone outfielder was designated for assignment today and replaced on the Orioles’ 25-man roster by Matt Angle.

Pie, 26, was batting just .220 with seven RBIs in 85 games, while also struggling defensively… In 268 games for the Orioles over the past three seasons, Pie has batted .259 (182-for-704) with 14 homers and 67 RBIs…

Angle will assume the fourth outfielder role. The ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NYT: Did Newark Bet on the Wrong Sport?

After a promising start to the return of minor league baseball here 13 years ago, a persistent dark cloud has settled over the Bears and their cozy ballpark near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In recent years, the team has changed ownership several times, gone into bankruptcy and emerged to an almost nonexistent fan base and grim financial reality.

The Bears are more than $800,000 in arrears on rent to Essex County and have provided little in ticket and sponsorship revenue due the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:08 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor leagues

NYBD: Silva: R.A. Dickey and the Human Narrative

“Let me say one more time, loudly…R…A…....Dickeee!

R.A. Dickey was holding court before Friday night’s Mets- Brewers games at Citi Field. He was talking about why he recently joined Twitter, his upcoming climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the manuscript for his memoir that is due out next April, and how throwing the knuckleball is about relationship and perfection. I asked Dickey if he could have imagined two years ago his position in the game today. “The human narrative is just a neat ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, projections, sabermetrics

A’s trade Kouzmanoff to Colorado Rockies

Kouz. Kouz. Kouz. Come here.

...The Oakland A’s announced today that they have sent third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and cash to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Kouzmanoff, who was supposed to be a steadying presence at third base and provide power to Oakland’s light-hitting lineup, was traded to Colorado Tuesday after spending much of the 2011 season at Triple-A Sacramento.

Kouzmanoff, acquired in a trade in January 2010, began this season as ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rockies

Diamondbacks trade Johnson to Blue Jays for Hill and McDonald

The D-backs sent second baseman Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald.

This seems sort of pointless on all fronts, but hey, baseball news.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 23, 2011 at 07:42 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, blue jays

Earthquake felt during Indians-Mariners game

Shock waves from an earthquake on the East Coast made the press box sway slightly and sent some fans toward the exits during the first game of a doubleheader between the Indians and Seattle Mariners.

As the Mariners were batting in the fourth inning Tuesday, the press box high above home plate and the third-base line moved left and right and continued for nearly 30 seconds. Fans sitting in the upper deck at Progressive Field noticed the unusual movement, and weren’t sure what was happening.

Gamingboy Posted: August 23, 2011 at 07:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general

JSOnline: Sports Illustrated has Brewers covered

Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Nyjer Morgan are on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, the first time since 1987 the magazine has featured an all-Brewers cover.

The story by Lee Jenkins is headlined “Living the High Life,” with the subhead “How T-Plush and Two Wallbanging MVP Candidates Are Mixing a Strange Brew in Milwaukee.”

Great… now we’re gonna lose 2/3 of our outfield and our first baseman. Just in time for the playoff run, too!

whoisalhedges Posted: August 23, 2011 at 04:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Jose Bautista - Also Good at Internetting

It’s from fangraphs and I can’t get a cut and paste, but basically some kid call Bautista a slur, and Bautista tells the kid to stop hating, and that he’s a douche.

Speaking of Bautista, here’s something to smile about:

June 5, 2000: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed May 19, 2001.
December 15, 2003: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2003 rule 5 draft.
June 3, 2004: Selected off waivers by the Tampa ...

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, online

ESPN: Szymborski: The Yankees’ off-speed problem (INSIDER)

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the 2011 New York Yankees knows they have one of the best offensive attacks in the league. They are edging out the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers for the most runs scored in baseball this season, and it’s hard to find a true weakness in the lineup to exploit. The Yankees hit at home and on the road, against lefties and righties, against fly-ball pitchers and ground-ball pitchers. With apologies to the late great Dr. Seuss, this team would score ...

Dan Szymborski Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

ESPN: Schoenfield: 10 reasons to keep on watching

Me? I’m following Aaron Harang’s 12 - 3 season…just to see if he returns that potion to Throckmorton’s Curio Shop on time!

September is around the corner, that time of year when baseball fans pretend to care about that little sport called football. The pennant races and wild-card chases don’t look too dramatic right now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to remain excited about the final five-plus weeks.

5. Michael Young’s pursuit of his second batting title.

Young ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 02:08 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

Feinsand: Granderson makes case for AL MVP, one voter calls Yankees CF ‘the front-runner’

Bautista Bite! Bautista Bomb!

With five weeks remaining in the season, Granderson hasn’t just worked his way into the MVP conversation, he’s emerged as the favorite.

“With five weeks to go, I’d say he’s the front-runner,” one voter said. “But it’s a very close race.”

Granderson leads the league in runs, RBI, total bases, triples and extra-base hits, is second in home runs and slugging percentage and third in OPS. He also ranks in the top 12 in stolen bases, walks and on-base percentage, ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:37 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

NY Daily News: Angel Pagan delayed in bathroom while on deck, New York Mets lose 10-0 laugher to Ph

The one where a New York Met successfully does not take a poop on the field.

After Evans walked, and no batter appeared, home plate umpire Mike DiMuro strolled toward the bench. The crowd began to boo. The public address announcer waited.

Where was Pagan?

“I told the trainer, I have to go to the bathroom,” Pagan said.

Turns out, the center fielder felt a rumble at the end of the fourth. It arrived suddenly, and with great force. Pagan said he informed trainer Ray Ramirez, and ran to the ...

Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:28 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: memorabilia, mets

ajc: Bradley: What’s wrong with Jason Heyward? It’s a blip in his BABIP

Although BVWAJ (Bobby Valentine Who’s A Jerk) is certainly no blip.

We’ve noted before that Heyward is swinging more and accomplishing less. (His batting average and on-base percentage tell us that much.) We’ve also noted that this is the truly baffling part. Unlike, say, Jordan Schafer, who has struck out a lot at every level, Heyward arrived in the majors bearing the stamp of a young player who knew the strike zone and could work a count.

Many observers — from Bobby Valentine, ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:14 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, projections, sabermetrics

Brew Beat: Roenicke urges care with ‘beast mode’

They scare because they care.

In recent weeks, the Brewers have been celebrating big hits by raising both arms in the air, a gesture that Prince Fielder says it began with his kids imitating characters from the animated movie, “Monsters, Inc.” Fielder did it after driving in both of his runs in Sunday’s win over the Mets.

Lately, even some routine singles have become cause for celebration. Is Roenicke OK with that? Not really.

But before going to players with a request to tone things ...

Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, history, media

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