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Monday, October 31, 2011

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1911:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30.—At a meeting of the board of directors of the Washington American League Baseball Club today Clark Griffith, manager of the Cincinnati National League team, was unanimously selected as manager of the Washington team to succeed James McAleer, now part owner of the Boston Americans.
...

There was a slight possibility of Griffith also becoming president of the Washington baseball organization. It is well known that he had sought to ...

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sabathia to opt out of Yankees contract, become free agent

Left-hander CC Sabathia plans to opt out of his long-term contract with the Yankees by the Monday night deadline and become a free agent, SI.com has learned.

Sabathia, 31, has four years worth $92 million left on his current seven-year, $161 million deal but has the option—until midnight Monday—of voiding the final four years.

The Yankees have already made a new contract offer to Sabathia and remain the favorites to keep him, although the Cubs, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays and Cubs are also ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: business, yankees

[Javier] Lopez, Giants agree to two-year contract

Hey, that’s more than Javy Lopez got for 57 homers and two All-Star games!

The Giants have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with reliever Javier Lopez, who will receive $4.25 million per in 2012 and ‘13.

The deal, first reported by The Associated Press on Sunday afternoon, has yet to be officially announced by the team.

Since coming to San Francisco via a trade from the Pirates during the Giants’ 2010 World Series championship run, Lopez has posted a 7-2 record and a 2.38 ERA in 97 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

‘Field of Dreams’ property in eastern Iowa sold

The sprawling eastern Iowa cornfields made famous by the movie “Field of Dreams” are being sold to a company that will preserve the site’s baseball legacy, the owners announced Sunday.

Don and Becky Lansing said they have accepted an offer from Mike and Denise Stillman and their company, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will develop the site near Dyersville as a baseball and softball complex. A purchase price was not disclosed.

“We worked hard to maintain its wholesome allure, and our ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Face The Nation: Bob Schieffer: Baseball is the greatest game of all

Hey, unlike Bill Madden…at least Bob Schieffer still loves baseball.

I love college football (especially TCU football), and I like golf. But when people start talking about golf as if it were some religious experience I say, not quite: That’s why we have baseball.

And the just-ended World Series is the latest proof that baseball is the greatest game of all.

...One game like a picture painted by an old Master, all beauty, skill and perfection. The next like an old Abbott and Costello movie - ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 07:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, special topics, television

Padres hire Phil Plantier as hitting coach

Asked by a reporter to name the top home run hitting team of the 2010s, I offered the Padres.  Granting that it was a capricious choice, it has as good a chance of being right as anybody else I can think of.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have hired Phil Plantier as hitting coach.

Plantier, 42, had been serving as manager at the Padres’ single [sic] affiliate in Lake Elsinore, California.

He was a big league outfielder from 1990-1997, batting .243/.332/.439 with 91 home ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Dewan: Flat Bat Award 2011

Rafael Palmeiro could help you out with that…

Here are the top batting averages on bunt hits for players with 10 or more successful bunt hits:

2011 Bunt Hit Leaders
Player                      Bunt Hit Results         Batting Average
Brett Gardner, NYY          11 for 18                .611
Emilio Bonifacio, Fla       16 for 27                .593
Peter Bourjos, LAA          17 for 29                .586
Corey Patterson, Tor/StL    10 for 19                .526
Alexi Casilla, Min          10 for ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

148 players file for free agency

They didn’t waste any time, did they?

Boston Red Sox
Bedard, Erik
Drew, J.D.
Jackson, Conor
Miller, Trever
Ortiz, David
Papelbon, Jon
Varitek, Jason
Wakefield, Tim

Milwaukee Brewers
Betancourt, Yuniesky
Counsell, Craig
Fielder, Prince
Hairston Jr, Jerry
Hawkins, LaTroy
Kotsay, Mark S.
Rodriguez, Francisco
Saito, Takashi

New York Mets
Batista, Miguel
Capuano, Chris
Hairston, Scott
Harris, Willie
Isringhausen, Jason
Reyes, Jose
Young, Chris

New York Yankees
Ayala, Luis
Chavez, Eric
Colon, ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: October 30, 2011 at 05:40 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Curt Schilling Questions if Albert Pujols is Worth $25-30 Million a Year

Dreckig! That’s an awful lot of Pfeffer porcelain notgeld coins!

“I’m not sure if eight years … you’re talking about a $200-$250 million deal if the numbers are to be believed. They’re some questions in my mind if this is a 25 or 30 million dollar [player],” Schilling said after the World Series ended. “[He’s the] best offensive player in the game — not for a second do I question that. But if I’m going to pay a guy $25-$30 million, I need everything.

“I need that clubhouse ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:06 PM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, cardinals, media, television

Knapp: ‘Moneyball’ statistics in surprising World Series

Lai Zhide shouldn’t have written that yin and yang book!

Better yet, we could declare a truce in the baseball orthodoxy war.

Joe Morgan and Bill James can throw out the first pitch of the 2012 season together. The A’s lineup can lead off with a speedy youngster, as it did for much of 2011, when Jemile Weeks’ presence emphasized Beane’s detachment from dogma. Pitch-count zealots simply can promise not to invoke Dusty Baker’s name for 48 hours.

...Does living on the edge through September ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 01:16 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, history, rangers, sabermetrics

Guilfoyle: Bryce Harper: Washington Nationals Opening Day Right Fielder?

Just peel and (maybe) stick.

MLB.com’s Nationals beat writer Bill Ladsen wrote an article titled “Free Agency a Building Block for Nationals” where he posed this question when analyzing the Nationals areas of need this offseason:

  Center fielder: Jayson Werth could start the season in center field, while the Nationals would be searching for a corner outfielder. Could Bryce Harper be that guy?

First of all, the Nationals would not really have to search for a corner outfielder if they feel ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, scouting

ESPN: Neumann: Predicting next 25 World Series champs

or…Neumann: What, your team worry?

2013: Texas Rangers

Rangers def. Chicago Cubs, 4-3
Albert Pujols, in the second season of a 10-year, $365 million contract, enjoys a career year with 59 homers and 155 RBIs and carries the Cubs to their first Fall Classic appearance in 68 years. However, after three consecutive postseason disappointments, it’s Texas that rewards the loyalty of its fans with a championship. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton power a balanced Texas offense, but ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, projections, prospect reports

Bill Madden: In Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series, it’s a field of screams

You’re discounting what scouts have done for 150 years. Age. ####### age slowly.

“There just aren’t great teams in baseball anymore,” the second scout said. “It all goes back to the expansion where the owners got so greedy and watered down the talent. What you have now is 50-60 ‘Four A’ players in the big leagues, many of them with starting jobs or in starting rotations. (Commissioner Bud) Selig talks about parity but what it is is inequity. I felt all year the Phillies were ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 04:24 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, rangers, sabermetrics, scouting

Knopf: Is Dustin Pedroia already starting to decline?

The Red Sox Analysts: Is Dustin Pedroia … overrated? (always hated answer records)

But Pedroia’s problems are even more than fewer line drive, less extra-base hits and a few too many infield hits. He was lucky on not just infield grounders, but all grounders in 2011, posting a .319 BAbip. For some perspective, baseball had a .237 BAbip on groundballs in 2011 and Pedroia has a .276 career BAbip on groundballs. In addition, Pedroia’s contact rate went down from 91% from 2006 to 2010 to 85% ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Plunkett: Angels appear to give new GM a power boost

“At no time can I ever say it became a sticking point for me or even a question I would raise,” Dipoto said. “I’ve worked in this business my entire adult life. This next year will be my 24th year in professional baseball. My life has been spent around baseball people. So what might look unusual or sound unusual outside the walls of baseball is very common to me.

“I love the opinion of baseball people. I love talking with strong-minded people and I’ve had the extraordinary pleasure of playing ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Saturday, October 29, 2011

LaRussa - Should His Hall of Fame Candidacy Suffer Due to “The Steroid Era?”

Dunno (holds stained wighat down), but Tufts takes a look…

By virtue of winning his third World Series title (1989 in Oakland, 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis), a career managerial record of 2728-2365 (third in victories behind John McGraw – who he would pass next season for second place – and Connie Mack) and four manager of the year selections, Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa is certain to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility.

Or is he?

Will ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 08:52 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, steroids

Dallas Morning News - Adrian Beltre: “We all know we lost the Series yesterday.”

Interesting bit of post-mortem from AB:

“We all know we lost the Series yesterday. We shouldn’t have let it slip away. We came back today to try to win it, but the momentum just took them and they won it. It’s not a nice feeling.

“We had in our mind that we were going to win the World Series. We were one strike away, but it didn’t happen. It would be easier if you lose four games in a row than having the thought that you were one strike away. It’s not easy. That game [on Thursday] will be hard ...

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Esoteric Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, obituaries, rangers

All-Stars eager for upcoming Taiwan Series

After a light Friday workout under the supervision of manager Bruce Bochy, whose regular gig is skipper of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, the MLB team gathered at a nearby hotel to rest up for a long Saturday morning flight to Taipei, where the team will get ready for the first of five games played between Nov. 1-6 in three different cities—New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on Nov. 1, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on Nov. 3 and 4 and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake ...

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Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Rangers: What’s next for free agent C.J. Wilson?

And it’s falling, it’s crashing! Watch it! Watch it, folks!

Here is Wilson, after Game 7 of the World Series, in his own words:

Do you have a sense of how things will progress?

C.J.: It’s foreign to me. I don’t know how it’s going to work. I don’t know if I’m going to get a text message saying, ‘X-amount of years; are you in or out?’ I have no clue. I don’t know if someone is going to be like, ‘we’re going to get you your own blimp; no matter how bad traffic is we will ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 03:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rangers

The Yankee Analysts: Is Robinson Cano … overrated?

As Yankee fans across the land zobristle at the mere suggestion!

2011 tells a similar story. Once again, Robbie had a great season. He posted 5.6 fWAR with a .375 wOBA, 28 homers, a .533 SLG and a .349 OBP. That was an All Star caliber season, but it wasn’t one of the top seasons in all of baseball. In 2010 he came close to having one of the top seasons in baseball. He didn’t come close in 2011. His fWAR ranked 22nd in the entire game while his wOBA was 27th in all of baseball. He placed ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:42 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

David Freese’s shredded jersey going to Hall of Fame

David Freese’s jersey is heading to the Hall of Fame. Well, what’s left of it. After the third baseman’s epic game-winning home run in the 11th inning, Freese’s teammates were at home plate waiting for him. Freese’s fellow Cardinals were there to “shred” him in what has become a St. Louis post-season tradition. Shortly afterwards, National Baseball Hall of Fame representatives took the remains of the jersey and are bringing it to Cooperstown.

David Freese’s incredible walk off solo home run ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:35 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, memorabilia

NYP: Queens law student freed from Egyptian jail was told Mets won World Series

No offense to the Egyptian prison scene, but it doesn’t get much crueler than this.

Grapel, expected to fly home to Queens today from Israel, was celebrating his release at a press conference in Tel Aviv, flanked by his mother Irene and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), when he was pranked.

He said it would be hard to express his deep appreciation to everyone who helped free him.

“There’s so many people to thank,” he said, “and after being cut off for the past five months ...”

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, special topics

NY Times: Sports Medicine Said to Overuse a Popular Scan

Dr. James Andrews, a widely known sports medicine orthopedist in Gulf Breeze, Fla., wanted to test his suspicion that M.R.I.’s, the scans given to almost every injured athlete or casual exerciser, might be a bit misleading. So he scanned the shoulders of 31 perfectly healthy professional baseball pitchers.

The pitchers were not injured and had no pain. But the M.R.I.’s found abnormal shoulder cartilage in 90 percent of them and abnormal rotator cuff tendons in 87 percent. “If you want an ...

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Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: October 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Bob Gibson knows about pitching on short rest

Well…at least Tim McCarver will next be biitching on 158 days’ rest.

But Tim McCarver, the longtime Fox television baseball analyst, begs to differ. McCarver, who caught all 81 of those innings that Gibson pitched in World Series play for the Cardinals, laughed and said: “Here it is. I’m still disagreeing with him 50 years later.”

For the most part, McCarver thought Gibson was just as strong in a Game 7 as he had been earlier in the Series, with the exception of the Game 7 he pitched on two ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, history, media, television

Griffin: Jays to explore possibility of David Ortiz

Project Griffin: Investigating all extremist activity!

Jays’ general manager Alex Anthopoulos calls it “doing his due diligence” and it’s the important process of exploring all available avenues for improving the baseball team that, this winter, according to one source, will include at least discussing the possibility of signing free agent designated hitter David Ortiz, after Big Papi declares his free agency with this year’s class in the second week of November.

...Ortiz has talked about ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox

Ex-Angel, Montclair standout Ricky Adams dies

Ricky Adams…

Ricky Adams, whose Major League Baseball career featured being a member of the Angels’ 1982 Western Division championship team, died early Friday following a lengthy bout with cancer.

Adams was 52.

“The Angels organization and their alumni are deeply saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing,” said Tim Mead, Angels vice-president of communications. “There is always a special bond with any member of the Angels family.

...At the age of 23, Adams made his major-league debut with the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, history, obituaries

Tony La Russa: Yadier Molina greatest catcher ever

Just as the Château Le Pinhead starts to kick in…

But any true fan of Baseball should be offended by the nonsense that came spewing out of Tony La Russa’s mouth during the post-game interview Friday night. And I may never get over that.

“The game has never seen a better catcher than YADIER MOLINA.”

And the Earth officially became flat again.

...Yadier Molina? Yawwddy Molina?

He may not even be the best catcher is his family.

The only appropriate quote La Russa could have made here ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, fantasy baseball, history, reds

Redbirds finish magic Carp-et ride to 11th title

Congrats to all the Cardinals fans! Enjoy!!

Edit: Title updated. Jim

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2011 at 03:25 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Friday, October 28, 2011

John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will return to the radio booth.

Attention All Primates!: We have Repoz’s ear. If we don’t get some money within 10 days, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits. ~ Thank you, General Citi Field Marshal Bridges Cinque.

The New York Yankees today announced that the organization has extended their current radio agreement with WCBS 880 through the 2012 season. The Yankees retain the option to extend the agreement for another year; however the parties intend to continue discussions about a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 07:52 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, yankees

Josh Hamilton: God called homer

“[God] told me, ‘You haven’t hit one in a while, and this is the time you’re going to,’ ” said Hamilton, who had gone 65 at-bats in the postseason without a home run. “You know what? I probably had the most relaxed, peaceful at-bat I’ve had of the whole series at that moment. It’s pretty cool. You ought to try it sometime.”

As Hamilton recalled the sequence of events in the Texas clubhouse after Game 6, he ruefully took note of the missing piece in the discussion: God promised him a ...

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kirkhead Posted: October 28, 2011 at 06:41 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, fantasy baseball, rangers

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