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Sunday, September 28, 2014

OMNICHATTER 9-28-2014 (GAME 162)

THE REGULAR SEASON ENDS TODAY!*


*Unless there is one or more Game 163, which will still technically be regular season.

Gamingboy Posted: September 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Posnanski: A Royals Toast

I think of a time when a genial man named Herk Robinson, as general manager, wanted to hire an artist to paint the Royals players in action in order to help the scouts. When told that the scouts already had something called video, which rather precisely transferred reality to a television screen, Robinson said yes, but art, true art, can transcend reality…

The drought wasn’t the thing. Yes, it had been 29 years since the Royals last reached the postseason — and baseball has completely ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: history, joe posnanski, postseason, royals

Palladino: Derek Jeter, First-Ballot Hall Of Famer? There’s No Argument

Well, I would try and make an argument…but I’m having trouble with that Baseball-Statistics.com jernt. Jeez…

For the few who doubt Jeter deserves a place in baseball’s Olympus on a statistical basis, don’t use the stats. Use the eyes. The catches, the smart plays, the timely hits, and the way his teammates reacted to him all combine to put him among the handful of dominant players of his era. He never had the power of Albert Pujols, but he wasn’t supposed to. Shortstops outside of the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Cameron: Derek Jeter: Not Just a Good Hitter for a Shortstop

Number 2ix?

As his career comes to a close, nearly everyone who covers baseball has weighed in on Jeter’s legacy, and unfortunately, part of that legacy is his status as a poster boy for disagreements between the traditional media and the statistically inclined crowd, especially regarding his defensive value. Jeter’s poor ratings at shortstop have made him the subject of numerous articles on defensive performance, and that has created the perception that Jeter has been a poor defender; a ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: September 27, 2014 at 09:09 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hitting, shortstop, yankees

OMNICHATTER 9-27-2014

2 gamedays remain (including today). Today is the final Saturday of the regular season.

CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions, best record in AL)
Orioles (AL East Champions, home-field in ALDS)
Nationals (NL East Champions, best record in NL)
Dodgers (NL West Champions, home-field in NLDS)
Cardinals (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Pirates (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Tigers (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Giants (Clinched a NL Wild Card spot)
Royals (Clinched playoff spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Royals clinch first postseason berth since 1985 with 3-1 victory over White Sox

“I feel so full of . . . what’s the opposite of shame?”
“Pride?” 
“No, not that far from shame.” 
“Less shame?” 
“Yeah.” 

The ball hovered in the air for only a few moments. For the diehards, perhaps, it felt like a lifetime. At last, at 9:51 p.m. on Friday, the final out of a 3-1 victory over the White Sox landed in the glove of Royals catcher Salvador Perez, and a generation of waiting was over.

A teeming mass of humanity emerged from the visitors’ dugout, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2014 at 12:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mets outfielder Bobby Abreu, former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, retires

I wonder what Kevin Stocker is doing now?

Bobby Abreu’s illustrious 18 year career is coming to an end. The Mets outfielder announced today that he will retire.

Over the course of his career, Abreu was one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s hit .291 in his career with a .395 on-base percentage. This season, only Victor Martinez, Andrew McCutchen and Jose Bautista have posted an OBP higher than that.

Abreu signed with the Mets in April and has had two stints with them this season—his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, bobby abreu, dodgers, mets, phillies, rays, yankees

Arizona Diamondbacks fire Kirk Gibson

Only 15 minutes before a press conference set to announce their new leadership team in baseball operations, the Diamondbacks announced they have fired Kirk Gibson and will immediately begin a search for a new manager.

Bench coach Alan Trammell also has been fired.

Gibson was the National League’s manager of the year in 2011, the year the Diamondbacks won 94 games and the National League West. The club went 81-81 each of the following two seasons. This year, they have the worst record in the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kirk gibson, managers

Angels end stadium negotiations with Anaheim; Tustin on deck?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by way of Tustin?

The Angels on Friday ended negotiations with the city of Anaheim over a new Angel Stadium lease, frustrated by the inability to finalize a deal more than a year after the parties had ratified the framework of an agreement.

The Angels have held extensive discussions with the city of Tustin about a possible new ballpark there. The Tustin City Council scheduled a special closed session Tuesday to discuss a deal with the Angels.

Angels ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 03:27 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: anaheim, angels, stadium deals, tustin

Brewers Eliminated; Fans Left With Sheets Of Useless Playoff Tickets

The rare article I post because of a comment: “This is different from years ago, when Sheets was left with useless Brewers.”

The Milwaukee Brewers spent 150 days in first place this season, but they did not make the playoffs: the team was officially eliminated after yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Reds. Milwaukee’s collapse provided us with Brewers fans taking sad photos of their now-meaningless postseason tickets. It’s not your fault, Hank the dog.

The District Attorney Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Josh Willingham plans to retire at season’s end, source says

The Ham is no longer Willing.

Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future.

However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends.

Willingham, one of just three players in Twins history to hit at least 35 home runs in a season, disputed that version in a text message to the Pioneer Press.

“I haven’t made a decision ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Wild card for the Royals would be nothing to complain about

I don’t even recognize the ‘85 Championship as legitimate, since the Royals would not have made the playoffs that year under a pre-1969 format!

The Royals beat the White Sox 6-3 on Thursday night, a combination of good pitching, lots of hits, a little bit of luck and a touch of speed. It was their 87th win, the club’s most since 1989. They need just one more win or Mariners loss to clinch the franchise’s first playoff spot in 29 years.

That’s the longest drought in North American ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, wild card

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-26-2014

Rock Island Argus, September 26, 1914:

Dick Rudolph has earned the title of “Big Little Man” of baseball. Not content with hurling a shutout against the Cincinnati Reds [two days ago], winning by 5 to 0, the Brave pitching star came back yesterday and chalked up nine more scoreless innings against Herzog’s men, the Braves copping by 2 to 0. With only a night’s rest after the his first effort, Rudolph came back even stronger in the second attempt, accomplishing a feat seldom equalled or even ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 26, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dick rudolph, dugout, history, ray collins

OMNICHATTER 9-26-2014

3 gamedays remain (including today). Today is the final Friday of the regular season.

CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions)
Orioles (AL East Champions)
Nationals (NL East Champions)
Dodgers (NL West Champions)
Cardinals (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Pirates (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Tigers (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Giants (Clinched a NL Wild Card spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 26, 2014 at 05:12 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MLB.com: Phil Hughes turns down offer from Twins to pitch in relief for bonus money

DETROIT—After Phil Hughes fell just one out short of reaching a $500,000 bonus for reaching 210 innings on the season because of a rain delay Wednesday, the Twins offered him an opportunity to pitch in relief this weekend, but he declined, citing the health risks involved. [...]

So, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan called Hughes into the manager’s office at Comerica Park before Thursday’s game to tell him he could pitch in relief this weekend. But Hughes ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: September 25, 2014 at 08:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: minnesota twins

Memory, Reality, and Derek Jeter

This article isn’t really about Jeter, it’s more about the things that we think we remember:

It’s Opening Day and I’m 10 years old.

I’m stuffed in the third-row seat of a brand new ‘96 Dodge Grand Caravan on the way to my grandparents’ house. The Yankees are on the radio. It’s the top of the fifth and I want to get where we’re going so I can watch the rest of the game on TV. This season, of course, is like no other — at least for me, anyway. We actually made the playoffs ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: September 25, 2014 at 07:29 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, fandom, yankees

BtBS: Paul Konerko’s Greatest Hits

About that other retiring AL player this year.

Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: September 25, 2014 at 05:44 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Brandon Moss and the anatomy of a slump

What follows is a conversation that took place in the Oakland clubhouse with Brandon Moss. There are a couple salty words — that can happen in the clubhouse — but they’ve been left in to better represent the lively tone of the interaction. Also, despite the legendary straight face, this author is mostly sure that most of what Adam Dunn interjects is in jest. There was no malice intended here.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2014

Rock Island Argus, September 25, 1914:

BOSTON WINS AGAIN AND NOW HAS A 7 GAME LEAD

The Braves had another double bill with the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. They took advantage of the occasion by winning one game and in going eight innings to a 2-to-2 the score in the second...Seven games now separate the Braves from their pursuers.

New York lost the fifth straight game yesterday when it fell before St. Louis, the score being 4 to 3.

I think the Giants’ collapse is often overlooked in the story ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 9-25-2014

4 gamedays remain (including today). Today is the final Thursday of the regular season.

CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions)
Orioles (AL East Champions)
Nationals (NL East Champions)
Dodgers (NL West Champions)
Cardinals (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Pirates (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Tigers (Clinched Playoff Spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM | 253 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Hector Olivera Leaves Cuba - BaseballAmerica.com

Will Cuba have any good players left? Isn’t it time for the Cuban government to officially sanction their players coming to America?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, international free agents

Diamondbacks set to offer pitching great Dave Stewart the GM job - CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks have decided to make pitching great Dave Stewart an offer to become their next GM, sources close to the team said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2014 at 06:42 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks

Clayton Kershaw Is A Goddamn Wizard

He certainly is.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2014 at 06:18 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Clayton Kershaw ties career high with 21st win as Dodgers win NL West

LOS ANGELES—Clayton Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory, Yasiel Puig homered to highlight a four-run sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title with a 9-1 victory over the second-place San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
...
Kershaw allowed one run and eight hits in eight innings, struck out 11 and walked none in his last start of the regular season, having won his final seven starts. He became the first player to lead the major leagues in ERA (1.77) in ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 25, 2014 at 01:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mitch Williams sues MLB Network, Deadspin, Gawker for defamation

According to the complaint, MLB Network, which is owned by Major League Baseball and Comcast, threatened to terminate Williams unless he signed an amendment to his contract that would have prohibited him from attending the youth sporting events of his five children, including those of his 11-year-old autistic son. He was fired after refusing, costing him about $2 million in the balance of his contract.

The lawsuit claims MLB Network ignored both written and video evidence contradicting the ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: legal

Phil Hughes sets the all-time strikeout-to-walk ratio record

PHIL HUGHES         2014    11.63
Bret Saberhagen    1994    11.00
Cliff Lee          2010    10.28
Curt Schilling      2002      9.58
Pedro Martinez      2000      8.88
Greg Maddux         1997      8.85
Pedro Martinez      1999      8.46

Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: September 24, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, records, twins

Bill Plaschke apparently only hates acts of aggression when Yasiel Puig is involved

This morning we saw Bill Plaschke get the vapors over Yasiel Puig “clearing benches, raising tempers, risking everything” in “a first-inning plunking incident that nearly started a brawl.” This was bad, see, because the brawl could’ve injured someone or gotten someone suspended and represented an irresponsible loss of cool. Bad, Puig. BAD, BAD Puig!


Baseball Past & Present: Vote: The 25 Most Important People in Baseball History.

Organized baseball history dates more than 150 years, with more than 17,000 men having played in the majors and countless other individuals having helped in other capacities. Baseball history being what it is, a lot of people have made noteworthy contributions to the sport over the years.
Who then has been most important?
I wrote a post last week offering who I considered to be the 10 most important people in baseball history. My research for the post and subsequent reader response has led me ...

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Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 24, 2014 at 08:15 PM | 283 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball history, executives

ESPN: Phil Hughes 1 out shy of $500K bonus

Phil Hughes likely lost $500,000 because of a persistent rainstorm.

Hughes pitched eight innings Wednesday in the Minnesota Twins’ 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, a game that was delayed 66 minutes due to rain.

It was the final start of the season for Hughes, who fell one-third of an inning short of triggering a $500,000 innings bonus in his contract with the Twins. The right-hander has thrown 209 2/3 innings this season; his contract stipulates that he would receive the bonus ...

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CraigK Posted: September 24, 2014 at 07:36 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, twins

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Fields of Fear’

Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series.

Mackey Sasser was an exceptional catcher for the New York Mets in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He could hit. He could manage a pitching staff. He could nail you trying to steal second base. But one day, there was something Sasser couldn’t do. He couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher. Suddenly the most basic act for a catcher was next to impossible for Sasser. What happened? This film explores the mental side of the game and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2014 at 05:19 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, film, mackey sasser, mental issues, mets

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