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Saturday, August 20, 2011

McClelland: Clean or not, Thome belongs in Hall of Fame

McClelland…and?...and?...and?...and?...and…just ####### say it!

Even so, I find this widespread attempted canonization of Thome somewhat laughable, as if there’s no way he could ever have been involved with performance-enhancing drugs.

Maybe he used HGH. There was no testing. Or maybe, unlike dopey Manny Ramirez, he was just smart enough not to get caught. And maybe, because he was such a “nice guy,” some who cover baseball for a living are giving him a free pass.

Because that’s the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, hall of fame, history, projections, rumors, steroids

MiLB.com: Harper likely to be shut down by Nats

Bryce Harper likely will not play again this season, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday.

Harper, the Nationals’ top prospect, was carried off the field on Thursday night in Akron after suffering a strained right hamstring while running from first to third base.

“He probably won’t play the rest of the year, as far as I know,” Johnson told MASN. “There’s only a few days left. You take a chance of aggravating it and it becomes more of a serious injury.”

Takes the pressure off the Nats ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:23 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tony Jackson:Ned Colletti deflects Cubs GM talk

“I have a contract and a commitment to the Dodgers,” Colletti said. “Until somebody tells me otherwise, that is where my focus is and where my efforts will be.”

Colletti, who has been the Dodgers GM since November 2005, signed a long-term contract extension in October 2009. The actual length of that extension has never been made public, and while Colletti does have an escape clause, it doesn’t kick in until after next season.

However, with the Dodgers presently in bankruptcy and a question of ...

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Tripon Posted: August 19, 2011 at 11:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

ESPN: Source: Pirates extend Jose Tabata

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata has signed a contract extension for six years, a source close to the negotiations told ESPNdeportes.com on Friday.

Tabata’s new deal with the Pirates is guaranteed through the 2016 season and includes a restructuring of his contract for 2011. The team has options for 2017, 2018 and 2019 for a total of $37.25 million.

His salary increases to $500,000 this season, along with a $1 million signing bonus in 2011. Tabata will make $750,000 in 2012, $1 ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 19, 2011 at 11:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Mikie Mahtook Unplugged

No idea how to embed this.

Diamond Research Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:47 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Babe leads five legends into Hall

Ruth’s name appeared on 75.6 percent of the 55,834 fan ballots cast from Aug. 8-18. DiMaggio garnered 46 percent of the vote to finish second, Gehrig was third at 43.4 percent and Mantle fourth with 42.8 percent.

Robinson, the only non-Yankee inductee, got 41.2 percent of the vote to easily outdistance Lawrence Taylor, Willie Mays and Joe Namath for the fifth and final spot.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, yankees

The Gun Nut: Joe DiMaggio’s Shotgun Up for Auction In October

Looks like an Engelberg 930 Autopantsload special to me.

Fortunately for me I am not a baseball fan, or I would be digging deep in my pockets for Joe DiMaggio’s shotgun, which will be auctioned at James D. Julia’s in Maine this October. See, it’s a Winchester Model 21, which is the American double I yearn for – although I’m not sure why I want a 21 instead of a Fox or a Parker. I just do.

But there’s more: this isn’t just any Winchester Model 21 belonging to Joe DiMaggio. It’s ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 07:28 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia

NYBD: The Softer Side of Kevin Mitchell

Mike Silva catches up with Kevin Mitchell…

Mitchell doesn’t express many regrets about what happened on the ball field. When I asked him one of his favorite memories it wasn’t the World Series, winning the MVP, or the barehanded catch; it was playing shortstop, a position he manned 24 times in his career.  Looking back he does wish he went to college, and understands and accepts what happened throughout his career. He is involved with a charity called Athletes for Education, which assists ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 07:19 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Chris Drury Retires

Not exactly baseball related but I’m guessing I’m not the only one who remembers him as a 12 year old baseball player.

While playing for Trumbull, Conn., Drury pitched a complete-game five-hitter and drove in two runs to lead his hometown team to the 1989 Little League World Series title. It seems only fitting that he announced the end of his athletic career while this year’s Little League World Series is being played in Williamsport, Pa.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 19, 2011 at 05:47 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur

Barry Bonds to Confront Fan Who Hates Him on Reality Show ‘H8R’

All this and Snooki too! (so ‘H8R’ doesn’t stand for ‘He Ate Ruth’)

Barry Bonds will try to rehabilitate his tarnished image by confronting a fan who hates him on the upcoming reality show “H8R.”

On the show, the MLB home-run king will watch a tape of one of his biggest detractors chewing him out, and then confront his “H8R”—who won’t know the slugger has been watching him—face-to-face.

It’ll be up to Bonds to convince the guy that he isn’t so bad, after all.

...“H8R” host ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 04:33 PM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, history, media, pirates, steroids, television

Source: Cubs fire Jim Hendry

The Chicago Cubs relieved Jim Hendry of his duties as vice president and general manager on Friday, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Hendry was hired in 1996 as director of player development. He was promoted to scouting director the next season. The 55-year-old Florida native was promoted to general manager in 2002 after serving as assistant to then-president Andy MacPhail.

Under Hendry, the Cubs hired two high-profile managers in Dusty Baker in the fall of 2002 and Lou ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 03:21 PM | 170 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Miklasz: Who are the Pujols ‘critics’?

Dunno, but as soon as I finally find out who are the mystery girls...I’ll get on it!

*After Tuesday’s loss, La Russa spoke of the 30th home run and gave a sarcastic take to Rick Hummel of the Post-Dispatch: “He’s definitely had a (lousy) year. I wonder where all the experts are now?” And after Wednesday’s win, Pujols told Hummel:  “Sometimes, it’s easier to write a story than it is to go out there and hit a baseball. Most (critics) probably never even played the game. They probably never threw ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 02:12 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, media, projections, sabermetrics

OC Register - Miller: Six* Reasons the Angels Are Still In It

Another entertaining piece from Sam Miller

It is a legitimate possibility that the Rangers could lose either one of those guys at any moment, and while losing one player for six weeks isn’t usually enough to blow a six-game lead, Hamilton and Cruz are fairly irreplaceable and it would help. The Angels, meanwhile, have had quite a run of health this year, with, basically, only Kendrys Morales on the DL right now. But even if they did lose a player to an injury, you almost wouldn’t notice. ...

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Shredder Posted: August 19, 2011 at 02:09 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Josh Beckett speaks his mind on the schedule

But Beckett says what he wants to say how he wants to say it. He doesn’t care and and it’s beautiful. For example:

Question: “What did (Alex) Gordon hit in his first two at-bats?

Beckett: “Why would I want to talk about those? We just won the game. Why would I want to talk about a home run that I gave up?”

And right on schedule…

“This travel has been horrible. I don’t know who the [expletive] made that doubleheader that day. They [the Rays] come back one more time. We haven’t exactly been ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 01:22 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, special topics

Angels win on Trumbo’s walkoff home run

Angels Stadium is The Devils Playground.

But it was one game that had a fatal feel to it when former Angel Mike Napoli broke a scoreless duel between Angels ace Jered Weaver and Rangers starter Colby Lewis with a solo home run leading off the seventh inning. Napoli crushed the high fastball from Weaver 400 feet over the center field wall and seemed to crush his former teammates’ hopes in the dirt around home plate as he stood and admired it briefly—but long enough to draw an icy stare from ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history, rangers

Selig gets a room at Baseball Hall

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has created the Allan H. “Bud” Selig Center for the Archives of Major League Baseball Commissioners, Hall Chairman Jane Forbes Clark announced Wednesday night at a dinner with Commissioner Selig and representatives from the 30 MLB teams.

The center houses documents and photos of MLB’s nine commissioners and features a conference center and workspace for research and archival study. Wednesday’s dinner capped the first day of the quarterly Owners’ Meetings, ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia

Bears manager Tim Raines waiting for Hall call

It’s never too 20

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2012…early!

Raines has been on the Hall of Fame ballot since 2008, receiving 37.5 percent of the vote this year — well short of the 75 percent needed to get elected. Raines will remain eligible for the next 11 years as long as he gets 5 percent of the vote. Raines said his numbers over a 23-year career — a .294 batting average, 2,605 hits, 980 RBIs and 808 stolen bases (fifth all-time) as well as the status of one of the best leadoff hitters to play ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-19-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 19, 1911:

Tom Jones, the Brewers’ great first baseman, had a close call in the fifth inning of today’s game when he was hit just below the right temple by a terrific shoot thrown by Peters.

Dugout flashback!  Pittsburgh Press, January 10, 1911:

Milwaukee needs a first baseman, but players are rather shy of offers.  That Milwaukee first base job seems to be hoodooed.  Dan McGann suicided; Pat Hynes, who was there before him, was murdered, and Quate Bateman, who was ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 19, 2011 at 08:39 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB.com: Mauer makes first career start in right field

Joe Mauer can now add right field to his list of positions he’s played in his big league career.

Mauer, who also made his debut at first base earlier this year, made his first-ever start in right field on Thursday against the Yankees.

Mauer was forced to play in the outfield for the first time in his professional career, as the club has been hit by a recent rash of injuries, including Michael Cuddyer (neck herniation), Matt Tolbert (sprained left wrist) and Denard Span (migraines). ...

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Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: August 19, 2011 at 02:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ex-congressman: Roger Clemens has ‘suffered enough’

Bob Stanley was brought in to save the defense? Who knew!

A former U.S. representative who prodded the Justice Department investigation that led to charges against Roger Clemens for lying to Congress said the pitcher has paid his dues, and he doesn’t see a reason to continue putting him on trial.

“I think he’s suffered enough,” said former Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, who was the top Republican on the committee in 2008, when Mr. Clemens testified he had not used steroids.

Mr. Davis, ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, history, red sox, special topics, steroids, yankees

Torre: Ump misunderstood ground rules on HR

Soon after…Joe Torre, Steve Palermo, Joe Girardi and Bob Lorenz got together and re-voted Phil Rizzuto into the HOF.

“There really was a misunderstanding about what the ground rule represented,” Torre said as two days of Owners’ Meetings ended at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. “The cushion and the little screen and railing are in the ballpark. I talked to Dana DeMuth, and obviously last night from what went on, he was very sure that that ball was a home run because it hit that back fence, which he ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 09:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yankees

MiLB: It’s Teufel Vs. Teufel at Coca-Cola Field Tonight

Bigger than Kal-El Vs. Mon-El? YOU DECIDE!

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Bisons manager Tim Teufel got quite the surprise last night when he stepped up to home plate to exchange line-up cards with Toledo manager Phil Nevin.

“It kind of leaked out at home plate, Phil was kind enough to tell me when we were passing out the line-up cards that he had a pitching change,” Teufel said. “So I said, ‘well who’s the pitcher?’ and he goes, ‘some guy name Toyful or Teefull.’ And I said stop messing around with me and he told me, ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 09:35 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports

Foster: Be warned, Tigers fans: Brandon Inge is coming back—and, yes, he’s gonna play

Zero Batting Order Release (side effects minimal)

The question around town is why Betemit can’t consistently get into the starting lineup despite batting .316 since the trade? Here are some haunting numbers. Betemit has been rested the same amount of games by Leyland in 28 games as he rested Inge in 78 games. Once again, Betemit’s batting average is about 140 points higher.

Let me be the first to warn you folks who study the Tigers lineup like the back of your hand. Wear a baseball cap for ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 07:06 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, sabermetrics, tigers

CBS: Francoeur signs two year extension with Royals

Francoeur has long been a favorite of Royals general manager Dayton Moore, the Royals’ general manager who started his career in the Braves system, like Francoeur. And not only that, he’s fit in well with the Royals, who have been the darling of many for their talented minor league system, but his eventual replacement, Wil Myers, is still just 20 years old and seen his numbers drop a bit at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The best-case scenario is Myers coming up sometime in 2013 and Francoeur to ...

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spike Posted: August 18, 2011 at 05:36 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

MLBTR: GM Candidate: Thad Levine

Assistant to Rangers GM Jon Daniels, grew up rooting for the Orioles, friend of Josh B., friend of DePo, wishes he could have attended that scouts-vs-stats roundtable. What’s not to like, Baltimore?

On breaking in to the game with the help of college friend and former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes:

Josh gave me the opportunity to come on board in a very junior capacity in the Rockies front office and I actually had never spoken to or met [GM] Dan O’Dowd until my first day on the job. Dan and ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: August 18, 2011 at 04:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, orioles, rangers, rockies, sabermetrics, scouting

Mike Jacobs Tests Positive for H.G.H.

Norfolk Peptides rule!

Mike Jacobs, a first baseman with the Colorado Rockies organization who has played for the Mets, is the first baseball player to test positive for the banned drug human growth hormone and will be suspended by Major League Baseball on Thursday, according to a person briefed on the matter. 

Jacobs provided the blood sample over the past few months and that sample was sent to a drug testing lab at U.C.L.A., which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Scientists ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 02:39 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, minor leagues, prospect reports, rockies, steroids

Carig: Did the Yankees catch a bad break on disputed home run call?

Question: Were those wall-dividing pads added after the Kauffman Stadium renovations?

The Yankees believed that home run balls had to clear the chain-linked portion of the fence, essentially considering this to be the upper boundary of the outfield wall. Umpires apparently ruled that the ledge of the main fence was the upper boundary of the wall. Because Butler’s drive hit the ledge—which is what replays confirmed—umpires ruled the drive a home run.

...“I was under the understanding it had ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 02:31 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, special topics, yankees

Pirates’ Tabata yearns to honor Clemente

If only for one game, Jose Tabata would like to play right field at PNC Park wearing No. 21 on the back of his Pirates jersey.

“That’s my dream,” Tabata said Wednesday.

...As Tabata begins the process of becoming at least a part-time right fielder — playing in front of the 21-foot-high Clemente Wall at PNC Park — he wants to honor the man who was his childhood idol.

“My wish is to one day ask (the Clemente) family if I can wear that number for at least one day,” Tabata said through ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 02:02 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pirates

Hagen: Mayberry has been hot, but no reason for Phils to sit Ibanez

Not while he has a .282 OBP, by gum! (Smashes Jetking II over head)

This being the era of instant communication, even before the last out was recorded, the tweets began chirping and the chat rooms buzzed with speculation that Mayberry could or should replace Raul Ibanez as the regular leftfielder for the rest of the season.

Three words: Not. Gonna. Happen.

...Which is why the Phillies aren’t going to bury Ibanez. For one thing, Manuel has too much respect for him. For another, it’s not how ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 01:09 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies, sabermetrics

ESPN: Saxon: Angels need a youth movement

Introducing Mike Scioscia’s Future Angles: Tomorrow’s Heroes Tomorrow Or Even Later.

It’s hard to believe the Los Angeles Angels will continue to watch baseball’s worst-hitting offense since the All-Star break drag this team out of a pennant race. At some point, don’t they reach for a knife and cut the cord?

How much longer can they field a National League lineup playing in the American League? It’s as though their pitchers have to hit while other teams get the advantage of a designated ...

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Repoz Posted: August 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, minor leagues, prospect reports

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