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Monday, November 07, 2011

Rangers investigating clubhouse leak


The Texas Rangers are investigating who recorded and then leaked manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series.

“It’s unacceptable for this type of thing to be out there,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. “It was a private moment for the team, not meant for anyone else’s ears. We’re looking into it, probably won’t have additional comments until we’ve finished that process.”

The speech, which also ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 05:52 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: media, rangers

Fangraphs: Seidman: The Jock Tax

A tax here, a tax there, and soon you’re talking real moneyball.

Stories that marry together my careers — accountant and baseball analyst — are always intriguing. But I’ve noticed errors in these analyses. Primarily, the new-wave tax articles were ignoring the fact that [Cliff] Lee gets taxed in every city and in every state in which he plays.

This concept is nicknamed “the jock tax,” where states and cities tax non-resident athletes who earn income in their territories. This tax ...

Greg Franklin Posted: November 07, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, sabermetrics

The New Standard in Prospect-Hyping Video Has Arrived

[Yoenis Cespedes] a tremendous talent—arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation. He’s a legitimate centerfielder with plus power and speed and is in his prime. Much like Aroldis Chapman was the best pitcher from the island, Cespedes is the best position player, and Mercedes will be expecting (and likely getting) a Chapman-like deal in the neighborhood of $30 million.

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 05:19 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Viva El Birdos: What Are the St. Louis Cardinals Looking For in a Manager?

The article contains this from Derrick Goold:

The Cardinals want to more closely integrate their next manager into a top-down organizational chain of command and philosophy. Since being named general manager in October 2007, Mozeliak has tried to create a more linear chain of command that brings the major-league clubhouse in line with the front office and player development.

as well as this:

Matheny’s comments seem to jibe with the characterization of what the Cardinals are looking for in ...

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 07, 2011 at 04:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Talented Cuban defector Cespedes is an odd sight

Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who defected mid-summer and expects soon to be cleared for free agency, is being billed by his agents as the hitting version of Aroldis Chapman and is seeking a contract similar to the $30 million the left-handed pitcher received in 2010, according to two sources familiar with the asking price.

The New York Yankees are particularly hot for the right-handed Cespedes, according to one source who attended an open workout Friday in the Dominican Republic, ...

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 03:32 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: international, prospect reports

More Evidence of HOF Thefts; Bill James on HOF Scandal in ‘83

James described the scandal in more detail:

“With the collectors market burgeoning, the Hall of Fame was already finding it more difficult to get people to donate items of historic significance.  The scandal increased those difficulties sevenfold.  The officials at the Hall of Fame were desperate to put the whole thing behind them; the Commissioner, after the public revelations promised a vigorous in-house investigation.”

James reported that in February, 1983, Hall officials “were able ...

Pop Snyder Posted: November 07, 2011 at 03:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Streets’ use a sweet deal for Red Sox - The Boston Globe

I am undecided about whether the increased taxes make up for the small lease payment. However, before the Sox took over the street on game days, it’s not like the city was getting a lot of revenue from the area.

Over the last nine years, the Boston Red Sox have increased their revenue by an estimated $45 million through the use of two streets that city officials handed over for a relative pittance: an average of $186,000 a year in lease fees.


As for Yawkey Way, the appraiser recommended ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2011 at 02:00 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

THT: Jaffe: Ten things I didn’t know about Tony La Russa

Ten Long Riffs.

5. Oakland’s bullpen: more rise of the modern than the actual modern

If there’s one tendency La Russa is noted for, it’s his willingness to change pitchers in mid-inning. On the one hand, it’s silly to associate that with him, because literally every manager does it nowadays. On the other hand, it was La Russa’s tenure in Oakland most closely that is associated with the hyper-specialization of the bullpen.

There’s something to it, but too much can be made of it. ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 11:20 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics

O’s Tommy Hunter pitches in as HBO’s “Veep” shoots at Camden Yards



Hunter: Big Benes fan…and it ain’t Alan/Andy.

“I got a phone call asking me if I wanted to come to Baltimore (to film),” said Hunter, who was acquired with infielder Chris Davis by the Orioles in the July 30 trade that sent reliever Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers. “I didn’t really know a whole lot about the show or anything, so I did it pretty much on a whim. But it turned out to be a whole lot more than I expected.”

As a longtime fan of “Seinfeld,” Hunter was intrigued by the ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 11:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: media, orioles, television

The Yankee Analysts: Just how bad was AJ in 2011?

Same garbage as usual, I’d assume. I’m Facebook friends with Weberman, so I’ll ask him.

In digging through the Fangraphs 2011 MLB pitching leader boards for another piece, one name kept popping up at or near the bottom of the page over and over again. That’s right, one Allan James Burnett. Brian Cashman can talk all he wants about the problem of having to replace his innings, but the fact of the matter is just about every other pitcher in the game who pitched a similar amount of frames did ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 10:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

Brown: Royals reportedly set to corporately rename Kauffman Stadium

Arvest: With the promise of a man…

For perhaps $3-6 million annually over the next 21 years, the Kansas City Royals reportedly are willing to sell out their founder, the late Ewing Kauffman, and rename their ballpark after a bank. Or maybe they’ll just marginalize Kauffman a little bit and call the place “Whichever Bank Field at Kauffman Stadium.”

...KHSB-TV, the NBC station in K.C., reports that the Royals home park might go corporate as soon as Monday:

  Sources close to the Royals say ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-7-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, November 7, 1911:

NEW YORK, Nov. 6—Supreme Court Justice Blackmar today refused to grant a certificare of incorporation to a new Brooklyn baseball and sporting club because it had chosen the name “Reno.”

“The word Reno in the public mind,” said the justice in disapproving the club’s application, “is associated with divorce easily granted for causes not recognized as sufficient in this state, and with prize fights.”

And Mike Crudale. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 07, 2011 at 09:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nails bails: Lenny Dykstra a no show for fight against Canseco

It turns out that you and I weren’t the only ones who forgot about the Lenny Dykstra-Jose Canseco fight on Saturday night after gaping at the car wreck of a headline earlier this week.

Also suffering a memory lapse? Ol’ Nails himself as Dykstra failed to show up for his whuppin’ at the pay-per view event.


As Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the answer naturally rivals the mess that Dykstra and Canseco have made of their lives. Fight promoter Damon Feldman says Dykstra was ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 07, 2011 at 02:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: general

WSJ: Taking Yogi Berra to ‘Moneyball’


Throughout the film, Pitt’s Billy Beane argues with his old-school scouts. The disagreements over players grow intense. Berra, who managed the Yankees and Mets and coached for the Houston Astros, once sat in similar scouting conclaves.

“You remember those things?” Carmen asks her husband.

“Yeah,” Yogi says, chuckling.

Berra’s only issue with “Moneyball” is its rendering of manager Art Howe, who is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and comes off ...

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 01:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, yankees

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Dilbeck: Rockies are interested in signing Jamey Carroll; are Dodgers?

Carroll & gaff: Published.

That would be a serious raise for free-agent Carroll, who turns 38 in February. He is coming off a two-year, $3.85-million deal with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers, of course, also need a starting second baseman. Carroll hit .290 with a .368 on-base percentage and .344 slugging percentage the last two seasons for the Dodgers.

But with the Dodgers, Carroll played the role of the super utility infielder, filling in plenty at shortstop during Rafael Furcal’s frequent ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 10:16 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, projections, rockies, sabermetrics


And you thought the Piazza/Bacne story was bizarre?

My favorite Tony La Russa story has nothing to do with his managing. It’s more personal.

It happened during a World Series. I don’t remember which one it was. I just know it wasn’t one in which La Russa was managing. It was one he was attending as a fan, sitting in the stands.

During whatever game it was, I heard my name over the press box loudspeaker system. I was being paged. That seldom happened, and I was puzzled by the page. ...

bobm Posted: November 06, 2011 at 06:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history

I-70baseball: The Case For Ken Boyer

He happens to be the only Cardinal with a retired number who is not in the Hall of Fame.  Boyer should be in the Hall, not solely to clear that historical footnote, but because he was really good.

How good was Ken Boyer?  He finished in the MVP top 20 every year from 1958 through 1964.  Four of those years (1959-1961, 1964) he finished in the top ten, and won the MVP in 1964.  Boyer’s 119 OPS+ from 1955 to 1965 is seventh best among me with at least 5500 at bats during those years, and ...

bobm Posted: November 06, 2011 at 05:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame

TFT: Mitchell: Ron Santo’s Evolving Hall of Fame Candidacy

Santo vs. La Invasion de Los Marcianos! (re: the 3B that have come after him)


Nonetheless, Santo’s candidacy and potential election raises some interesting questions about third baseman and the Hall of Fame.  There are several active or recently retired third basemen such as Chipper Jones or Alex Rodriguez, who by the time he retires will have played more games at third base than shortstop, who should easily be elected to the Hall of Fame.  Others such as Scott Rolen are building ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 02:33 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, projections, sabermetrics

Sherman: Source: Mets open to Wright deal

Word continues to circulate in baseball circles that the Mets will be willing to discuss David Wright in trades this offseason as part of a complete facelift/rebuild away from Wright and Jose Reyes.

“We will listen on Wright for sure,” a Mets official told me during the week. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in 2013-14, and we have to figure out ways to speed the process to get there.” ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 02:10 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mets

Mark Smith: Where Do Intangibles Fit In?

As five-star general turned general no-star, Omar Daal Bradley, once noted…“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no toolsy ballplayer ever designed can replace it.”

How Milton Bradley get so far? Carlos Zambrano? Why is Bryce Harper so awesome? They’re all less than desirable personalities, but they’ve succeeded more than 99.9% of the other players who have tried. Why do they get to succeed? The first answer is that life isn’t fair, and people often get more or less than they deserve, ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 12:15 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, sabermetrics

Buckley: It’s time for El Tiante

and then it’s time for El Lolich, and then El Pappas, and then…

We are here to beg and plead with the members of the Hall of Fame’s 16-member Golden Era committee to right a terrible wrong and punch Tiant’s ticket to Cooperstown.

...Tiant? You’ve probably heard this argument 3,486 times, which is the number of innings Tiant pitched in his big league career, but here we go again: If Jim “Catfish” Hunter is in the Hall, Tiant should be in the Hall.

...Tiant had four seasons with 20 ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 10:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, red sox, sabermetrics

Daughtery: Drew Stubbs could learn a thing or two from Matty and ‘The Hat’

Drew Alou?

Drew Stubbs probably has never heard of Walker or Alou. They’re both dead now, which complicates things. Alou died Thursday at age 72, of diabetes. Walker died 12 summers ago. Each could be linked to Stubbs’ future.

...Drew Stubbs has a whole lot more ability than Matty Alou ever did. If Stubbs weren’t playing baseball, he’d make a good wide receiver. If Alou hadn’t played baseball, he’d have made a fine bellman.

But Alou had something Stubbs is seeking. He understood ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 04:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds, sabermetrics

Hawk Harrelson: Dunn will be 2012 Comeback Player of the Year

Uh-oh. Nehru straightjacket must be too tight…Hawk’s mystischism has tantrickled down to this magical poop.

Q: What are your thoughts on Adam Dunn?

A: I think he’s going to give us two shocks. One shock was in 2011 and the next shock is going to be in 2012. I think he’s going to come back and have a (heck) of a year. The last day of the season, we talked for a little bit and after that conversation I told my wife, she asked me: ‘Do you think he can come back?’

I said, ‘Honey, I’ll tell ...

Repoz Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:57 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, white sox

D-Backs-Bloomquist communication breakdown: Who’s to blame?

Will WFB be going to California, or over the hills and far away?

Versatile infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist is drawing “a lot of interest” on the free agent market, agent Scott Boras said, adding that his client could land with a team that views him as more than a utility player.

But it’s a possibility that job won’t be with the Diamondbacks, and there is disagreement between the team and Boras as to who’s to blame for the communication breakdown that got them here.

A few days after ...

Greg Franklin Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:30 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, rumors The story behind the photo: almost-engaged Cardinals fan

Remember this girl?  Here’s the story.

It wasn’t exactly that he put a ring and tickets on the table and told me to pick one. We’ve been together for several years now and are pretty confident that marriage is in the cards, but he is definitely not in a hurry. Every once in a while, I’ll give him a hard time about it and he’s always quick to change the subject. A week or two before this game (I think we were still playing the Brewers) I brought it up again and he changed the subject to World ...

Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: November 06, 2011 at 03:21 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, online

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Denver-area sports-betting operation took high-end clients and bets, indictment says

Strong-arm and bookies I’m familiar with. Armstrong and bookies, not so much.

A sports-betting operation described as one of the largest in Colorado catered to well-known Denver-area sports, business and entertainment figures, some of whom had weekly betting limits as high as $50,000, according to a grand jury indictment and recently released search warrants.

Among those identified in court documents as placing bets “on a continual basis for several years” are Steve Sander, Denver’s director ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 09:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rockies

Bill Conlin: Dr. Conlin’s Rx for the Phillies

Curule rulz! Pearls from One Chair.

I will start with two no-brainers: Jimmy Rollins must be signed, not at all costs, but through creative thinking that will give the face of this franchise the chance to wet his beak economically but will protect the Phillies against major slippage as the years pile up on him. He is shopping for 5 years? Fine. Give him the chance to make a base $10 million-a-year guaranteed with the chance to earn another $3 million or so by realizing fairly realistic goals. ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 09:12 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies, sabermetrics

NY Post: Mets will pay 3 percent interest to investors

From the (None of Your) Business section of the Post:

People will be able, after a half-dozen years, to cash in their small stakes and get their money back—with a 3 percent annual kicker tacked onto their principal, sources close to the situation said.

Additionally, the Mets are guaranteeing that the minority owners will not be called on to fund the money-losing team during their investment, three sources close to the situation said.

The $20 million stakes value the Mets at roughly $950 ...

bobm Posted: November 05, 2011 at 07:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

OT: The Soccer Thread: November 2011

Unlike those spoiled jerks in the NBA, our heroes continue to play! Let’s talk about it here.

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: November 05, 2011 at 06:48 PM | 746 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN: Kurkjian: O’s, Dan Duquette near deal

The Baltimore Orioles are close to officially naming Dan Duquette as their next general manager, two sources confirmed Saturday.

Duquette, formerly a GM for the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, interviewed in Baltimore Friday and was traveling to Baltimore Saturday to finalize a contract.

The twilight’s last gleaming?

villageidiom Posted: November 05, 2011 at 06:21 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, expos, international, orioles, red sox, rumors

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