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Saturday, October 29, 2011

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

‘American Idol’ alum Chris Daughtry tackling National Anthem at World Series

Ugh, more crapthetic tie-in crap…meanwhile Shiitty/Awesome gets passed over again!

Game 7 of the World Series is slated to air on Friday night, and for the second time during the baseball classic we are going to have an “American Idol” alum performing the National Anthem.

Who is it going to be? According to reports, Chris Daughtry is going to be taking to the field in order to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” just a week or so after season 10 champ Scotty McCreery performed the same song. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 05:17 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, media, music, rangers

Don Mincher retiring as Southern League president

Sheds teardrop glasses...

After battling health issues for several years, Don Mincher is retiring as president of the Class AA Southern League, effective immediately.

Mincher conveyed the news to Southern League owners at the league’s meetings in Pensacola.

...Mincher was elected president of the league in 2000. Before becoming president, he was general manager of the Southern League’s Huntsville Stars from 1984 until he assembled a group of local owners who purchased the team in 1994. He ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 05:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history, minor leagues

Sabbath Dilemma: Should Jews Watch Game 7?

I’d ask my old HS pal Waxy Waxberg about this…but he hasn’t followed baseball since the Mets dealt Shamsky.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ miraculous, epic 10-9 win over the Texas Rangers last night is already being called one of the greatest baseball games ever played. But within minutes of the win, it provoked one of those soul-searching conflicts for St. Louis’ Orthodox Jews: to watch or not to watch the game on Friday night.

Baseball is a religion for fans in St. Louis, and Facebook and ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers, special topics

Jerry DiPoto to be Angels GM

It’s delovely, it’s dynamic, it’s…DiPoto?

Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto will be the next general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, according to multiple media reports.

DiPoto has been senior vice president of scouting and player development for Arizona. He replaces Tony Reagins, who resigned in September.

MLB executive Kim Ng, Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, New York Yankees executive Damon Oppenheimer and Texas Rangers assistant ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Posnanski: Game Six

First Boz, and now Poz:

I have spent more or less my whole life rooting for comebacks. Maybe you have too? ... My non-Cleveland heroes were the masters of those comebacks. I despised the Dallas Cowboys, but could not but love the ways Roger Staubach seemed to emerge in the final two minutes, like the cardboard shapes that emerge from pop-up books. I loathed Larry Bird except when the clocked ticked to oblivion when I wanted him to hit the game-tying shot and extend the game. I could not abide ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: October 28, 2011 at 02:57 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

WaPo - Boswell: Theater of the Absurd

Boz with the local angle.  A long, fun ramble of an article:

From the Rangers’ bitter perspective, this wild night seemed to replay all the stages of their baseball evolution, starting with their grotesque days of last-place finishes in Washington to their current status as back-to-back American League champions.

Yeah, yeah, “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.” But this is ridiculous. The Rangers have to go all the way back to the embryonic humiliations of the old expansion Senators, then ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: October 28, 2011 at 02:41 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, nationals, rangers

Burt: No doubt about it, Larry Lucchino is back in charge

Heaven help us all. Can’t wait for an unbendable auxiliary scoreboard to be built in RF!

Larry Lucchino is back.

While his name and title never technically left the Red Sox masthead — Larry Lucchino, president and CEO — there’s no doubt who’s back in the driver’s seat of your favorite baseball club.

And we’re not talking about new signage, expansion of concessions stands or additional seating. We’re talking about the baseball team, soup to nuts.

We’re talking about baseball decisions, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox

Caldera: Reggie Jackson says Billy Martin was a bigot

To Reggie Jackson, this is fact – not opinion – that Billy Martin engaged in bigoted and anti-Semitic behavior during his tumultuous tenure as Yankees manager.

“I didn’t say it as accusatory … I said it with feeling and empathy,” Jackson said in a phone conversation Thursday, seeking to clarify comments he made in a soon-to-be-televised interview. “I said it as to what went on.”

During a chat with Bob Costas, to be aired Monday on MLB Network, Mr. October provided frank commentary on ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Bill Conlin: The Cubs’ new Theocracy

Another wondrous trip aboard the Conlin accidental time machine…

With his expensive team favored to win the 2011 pennant, Terry presided over the most precipitous final month collapse in baseball history. Francona, reportedly too zonked on pain pills for a knee gone bad to exercise proper command and control, was relieved of his job. Theo, himself in clandestine negotiations with the Cubs, was ordered to ditch a manager who had won him two rings.

If Epstein thought Boston had become an ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 09:58 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, phillies

Verducci: Nelson Cruz’s unforgiveable defensive gaffe proves costly to Rangers

Verducci knows all…and let’s everyone know about it.

With one more Rangers loss, Nelson Cruz is the Bill Buckner of Texas.

...There is a universal rule in baseball about playing the outfield with a lead, especially a two-run lead, and three outs or fewer from victory. Under no circumstance can the ball be hit over an outfielder’s head—not unless it’s flying all the way out of the ballpark. It’s called no-doubles defense. The outfielders have to station themselves deep enough to make sure the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 09:43 AM | 186 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, history, media, rangers, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2011

St. Joseph News-Press, October 28, 1911:

TALK ABOUT TOUGH LUCK! Chick Lathers, the benedict infielder of the Detroit Tigers sure has had his share for awhile. When the season closed Chick took unto himself a better half and his father presented him with a fine suburban home at Detroit. Chick and his bride beat it away on a honeymoon and returned the other day to find that the home had been burned.

That’s the second worst thing that happened to him. The worst was being named Chick Lathers.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 28, 2011 at 09:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

fangraphs: Hong-Chih Kuo and His Tale of Perserverance

Plenty of things seem unique about Kuo at first. He won’t hit free agency ever if he retires this year — next year would be his last arbitration year. But Andres Torres debuted in 2002 and won’t be a free agent until 2014 if he’s still in the bigs, so we’ve seen something like that before. And Kuo has had two Tommy Johns, yes, but here’s a short list of other pitchers that have suffered the same fate twice: Brian Anderson, Chad Fox, Doug Brocail, Lance Davis, Darren Dreifort, Tim ...

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Tripon Posted: October 28, 2011 at 05:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

2011 WORLD SERIES GAME 7 CHATTER

Rangers (Harrison) at Cardinals (Probably Carpenter). 8:05 PM. FOX.


Game 7. Such a occasion can only be celebrated with epic trailer music. Or maybe some John Williams.

IT’S GAME SEVEN, PRIMATES! GAME SEVEN!

Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2011 at 05:07 AM | 1512 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Freese homer lifts Cardinals to victory in 11 innings

12:38, 11th inning: David Freese ends the four-hour, 33-minute classic with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th.

12:36, 11th inning: Mark Lowe becomes the eighth Rangers pitcher of the night. Nelson Cruz comes out of the game while pinch-hitter Esteban German stays in the game, playing left field. The Rangers only have their two backup catchers—Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor—on the bench. In the bullpen, they have Mike Gonzalez, Game 5 starter C.J. Wilson and presumed Game 7 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2011 at 04:46 AM | 209 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Cake Wrecks: Whirled Series

Get a brain morans!

On this day in the year 1900, St. Louis chose a new name for its baseball team: the St. Louis Cardinals. This was a vast improvement over their last name, the St. Louis Perfectos, which I am totally not making up.

Little did the St. Louisianites know that “Cardinals” was nearly impossible for most bakers to spell.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 28, 2011 at 01:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, October 27, 2011

BPP: Any player/Any era: Don Drysdale

Well, didn’t Bill James say that having Don Drysdale could mean more than 400 pennants in 8,000 years…or some such?

Era he might have thrived in: Men like Drysdale ruled baseball in the late 19th century, Bob Caruthers, Guy Hecker, and others able to dominate both on the mound and at the plate. Official MLB historian and longtime baseball writer John Thorn explained to me awhile back, when I did one of these columns on Josh Hamilton, that the overall talent level was lower in the early days of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fantasy baseball, history, sabermetrics

Longtime Rangers fan dies with team one win from title

The 76-year-old from Red Oak, Texas, was a big Rangers fan who had been battling cancer for several months. She was recently profiled in the Dallas Morning News and was quoted by the paper when telling her doctors that she had only one dying wish:

“I only want to live long enough to see the Rangers win the World Series,” she said.

Unfortunately, the paper reports that Short passed away on Wednesday night, when the Rangers might have clinched their first title had it not been for the rain ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, rangers

Matthews: Robinson Cano deal unlikely

That’s because he’s no Dustin Pedroia (ducks flying leftover Melky disco shoe).

Robinson Cano wants a new deal, but the New York Yankees say the All-Star second baseman will have to wait his turn.

“Highly, highly unlikely,” is how a baseball official with knowledge of the situation termed the chances of the Yankees tearing up Cano’s contract—which calls for team options at $15 million for 2012 and $14 million for 2013—and negotiating a new long-term deal.

Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, has been ...

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Repoz Posted: October 27, 2011 at 09:12 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, yankees

Baker (The Atlantic): The Myth of the Home Run That Drove an Angels Pitcher to Suicide

For the rest of his life, he would go back and forth about taking responsibility for the loss. He did admit in the clubhouse that same afternoon, “Every time I throw, my arm hurts,” but—realizing he had broken the ballplayers’ unwritten code—adding, “that’s not why I lost the game. I was horseshit.”

“I’ll shoulder the blame. Somebody’s got to take the blame, so I’ll take it…I threw that pitch. I lost that game,” he said after the final loss in Boston. Later he pointed out: “I don’t believe ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 27, 2011 at 08:48 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, special topics

ESPN: Caple: Don’t throw that home run ball back!

I had a mega-bargument over Eric Hosmer’s 1st HR being tossed back by an interlocking interloper at Yankee Stadium.

The baseball gods gave Jordan Hartsell a piece of history during Game 3 of the World Series. And due to the worst tradition in baseball, she threw it back in their faces.

Or more accurately, she threw it onto the field.

Off Base

Hartsell was sitting in the stands in left-center at Rangers Ballpark during the ninth inning Saturday night when Albert Pujols hit his record-tying ...

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Repoz Posted: October 27, 2011 at 08:05 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Strauss: Pujols defends hit-and-run play

This article just cost Pujols…

“I don’t have a problem with that play,” Pujols said during an impromptu news conference at his locker. “I know there was a lot of discussion about ‘If he put the play on why didn’t he swing?’ Look at the pitch. It was high and away and I wouldn’t have been able to touch it. If I would have been able to put the bat on it, I would have swung at the ball.’‘

Pujols called the play on an 0-1 pitch and recognized that flailing at it would have left him in an inferior ...

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Repoz Posted: October 27, 2011 at 07:42 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics

New player in Yanks RF derby: Beltran

Not long ago, it was considered a slam-dunk that the Yankees would pick up Nick Swisher’s $10.25 million option for 2012, despite another miserable postseason performance.

Now, it’s not so clear.

The reason? Carlos Beltran, a free agent after seven up-and-down, and mostly down, seasons with the Mets. Beltran is being shopped hard by his agent, Scott Boras, and his name came up in discussions at the Yankees organizational meeting in Tampa on Wednesday… it seems as if the Yankees front office ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 27, 2011 at 07:26 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors, yankees

Alvaro Aristy Faked Age, Identity For $1 Million Bonus

The Padres signed the player known as Aristy out of the Dominican Republic when the international signing period opened on July 2, 2008, believing he was 16. In reality, his name is Jorge Leandro Guzman, and he’s nearly two and a half years older than he said—two weeks away from his 19th birthday when he signed.

Dan Mullin, the vice president of Major League Baseball’s department of investigations, said MLB got a tip about Aristy’s identity in January 2010. Investigators brought Guzman into ...

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NPR: Noe: Baseball Umpires Aren’t Perfect, OK?

Phew! I haven’t seen this much over-thinking since…okay, since whenever the Cardinals last played.

What interests us is whether players succeed or fail, whether they achieve or get lucky. The judgment that a ball is a strike is, really, the judgment that a pitcher delivered a a pitch that the batter ought to have hit. This is not so much a judgment about where the pitch was located, as it is a judgment about whether the pitcher or the batter deserves credit. It is, in the original sense of the ...

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Mattbert Posted: October 27, 2011 at 07:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks

Deadspin: The Last Act Of The Notorious Howie Spira

Reminds me of the time Howie was in that barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois….

He should have realized flacking for Winfield was a rotten deal when Frohman refused to pay him for his work. (The Daily News reported Howie’s hiring as a publicist, but Winfield and his lawyer said later that Howie was never an actual employee.) Or when he heard Frohman talk about fudging the charity’s finances. Or on the flight back from Los Angeles during the 1981 World Series. The Yankees were losing to the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

ESPN/Shelburne - Dodgers: Bryan Stow shares blame

if you wondered how low Frank McCourt can go, wonder no more..

“One of the things the jury will be asked to do is to determine what percentage of fault various individuals have for this event,” McCourt’s attorney Jerome Jackson told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“You’re saying to the jury, ‘They (the Stow family) are saying we’re 100 percent liable. But does that mean (Marvin) Norwood and (Louis) Sanchez, who beat this guy up, have no liability? And, does it mean Mr. Stow himself has no liability?’ “

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The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: October 27, 2011 at 05:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

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