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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rangers Beat Cardinals 4-2 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Bring in the intentional walk specialist!

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Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.

Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth off Chris Carpenter sparked the Texas comeback. Michael Young doubled off loser Octavio Dotel leading off the eighth.

Darren Oliver got the win ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 03:53 AM | 227 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, rangers

David Maraniss: ‘Moneyball’ the movie is a big swing and a miss

David Maraniss: The Prince of Cannotsee.

But I absolutely hate the movie “Moneyball” and everything it stands for. I think it is a fraud, one that people I respect bought into, for what they thought were noble reasons having to do with the little guys vs. the big bullies. I also dislike the philosophy of moneyball as it is applied to sports. My problem with the movie is a matter of truth. My problem with the philosophy is a question of art and beauty.

...The thrill of baseball has ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 02:51 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, media, reviews

Cubs standout Roy Smalley Jr. dies at 85

RIP, Roy Smalley Jr....

Roy Smalley Jr., who was signed as a free agent at 17 and went on to play for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies during baseball’s Golden Era, died Saturday. He was 85.

Smalley, father of baseball great Roy Smalley III, hit 21 homers and drove in 85 runs in 1950. But it was his marriage that year to Jolene Mauch — sister of Braves player Gene Mauch — that made headlines as they walked down the aisle when the Cubs were in town for a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 02:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, phillies

Padres minor leaguer eats a lizard

This is Mike Mikolas. And he eats lizards. With Mountain Dew.


PETA is going to be so pissed.

Gamingboy Posted: October 25, 2011 at 01:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, padres, prospect reports

Monday, October 24, 2011

LA Times: Friedman may be unwilling to leave Tampa Bay for Angels

He could have a chance to follow the Theo Epstein career path:

If the Angels are able to land Friedman, he would be offered a position as club president, with the team likely hiring one of its other finalists as GM, a hierarchy similar to the one the Chicago Cubs used to lure GM Theo Epstein from the Boston Red Sox.

 

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 24, 2011 at 11:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, rays

Yankee Analysts: Is time running out for A-Rod to become the Home Run king?

Thesis Defeats Centaur?

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Therefore, if Alex is going to stand any meaningful chance of breaking the all time home run record he will need to be extremely productive the next two or three seasons, at least as productive as he was from 2008 to 2010, and realistically more so. This will be difficult. Alex’s defenders may point out that he’s been injured his last few seasons, limiting his potential, but Aaron was injured often during the three seasons in question as well. He never played more ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 09:04 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

NYT: Pig Farmer’s True Prizewinner is His Fantasy Team

Only a fantasy article, but I wish I could be the Assistant Pig-Keeper…

The National Fantasy Baseball Championship, a contest paying a top prize of $100,000, draws an elite collection of contestants — computer geniuses, deep-pocketed stockbrokers and money managers, maybe the odd young man or woman looking to be the next Billy Beane or Theo Epstein.

But the contest over the years has produced only one two-time champion: Lindy Hinkelman, a 59-year-old pig farmer from Greencreek, Idaho.

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thranduil Posted: October 24, 2011 at 08:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, fantasy baseball

Ruben Amaro: ‘I still think we’re the best team in baseball’

Yeah…and I still think Turn-On deserved another

year

episode.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was a guest on Mike and Ike’s midday show on 94 WIP this afternoon to wax poetic on the 2011 season and look ahead to 2012. RAJ didn’t break any news about his plans, keeping his cards close to his chest per usual, but he didn’t hide the fact that he’s open to change. As for the 2011 World Series though? He can’t bare to watch much of it.

“I can’t watch it either. I do not watch. I watched a little bit of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 07:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Game 4 beats out Sunday Night Football

For the first time I can recall since we began the site in 2007, NBC and Sunday Night Football looks like it will not win the night overall with adults 18-49 and instead that honor will go to Fox which had the World Series Game 4. We’ll post the adjusted fast affiliate and final ratings for the World Series Game 4 (perhaps today) and Sunday Night Football (likely tomorrow) as soon as they are available.

Game 4-15.2 million viewers
SNF-Looking like 12 or so million viewers.

McCoy Posted: October 24, 2011 at 05:32 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, media, rangers, television

Joe Posnanski: Baseball on FOX

“OK you think you got a pretty face
But the rest of you is out of place”

For instance, I have now heard FOX announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver repeatedly refer to the Rangers comeback in Game 2 as the inning where “Josh Hamilton and Michael Young hit sacrifice fly balls.”* I know that baseball announcers have a long history of loving the RBI, praising the RBI, worshiping the RBI, I get that, but how do you make Hamilton and Young the heroes of that inning? Ian Kinsler hit that pop-up ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 05:11 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, media, rangers, sabermetrics, television

NYT: Kepner: The Inescapable Pressure on the Big-Game Pitcher

Big Game! Big Spot!! Big Pile of Chicken Parmesanitary Landfill!!!

That is the mythology of Wilson’s position. The starting pitcher probably has more control over the outcome of a game than any other position in team sports. When he completes a World Series game in dominant fashion, the way Jack Morris did in 1991 or Josh Beckett did in 2003, he is given a tag that sticks: big-game pitcher.

Morris and Beckett have failed in October, too, just like everybody who has enough chances. Bob ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 04:46 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, fantasy baseball, rangers

ESPN: Bud Selig Sets Nov. 1 Deadline for Cubs, Bosox

“They have until Nov. 1, Theo and (new Red Sox general manager) Ben (Cherington) and all the other parties involved,” Selig said before Game 4 of the World Series, according to CSNNE.com. “Hopefully they can get things done. I always encourage clubs to try to get things done between themselves. Somehow, the commissioner has enough things of controversy (to deal with).

“They’ll either get it done or they won’t. If they don’t, then I will.”

Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: October 24, 2011 at 03:16 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

NYT: Japan’s Standardized Baseballs Are Popular With Pitchers

Unlike Major League Baseball, for whom Rawlings has been the official supplier of baseballs since 1977, Japan’s top league has long used multiple manufacturers.

This season, however, for the first time in the 75-year history of Nippon Professional Baseball, every team is using the same supplier.

In any given season, as many as nine manufacturers had supplied baseballs to Japan’s 12 teams. Many clubs, in fact, contracted with multiple suppliers and freely switched the balls they used in their ...

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bobm Posted: October 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, japan

2011 World Series game 5 CHATTER

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

Series tied 2-2.

Gamingboy Posted: October 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM | 818 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Schoenfield: Is Pujols the greatest hitter of all time?

Double checks for “Rabbit” Saverine. Nope.

Here are the all-time leaders in FanGraphs’ wRC+, which compares a hitter’s runs created to an average player and is park- and league-adjusted, so a batter with a 150 wRC+ created 50 percent more runs than average:

...Here is the case against each of those eight, plus Willie Mays:

Ted Williams
Case against: The era he played in was perfect for him, a time when pitchers walked more hitters than now, amplifying Williams’ skill-set—patience the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

MLB to consider alcohol ban in clubhouses after Red Sox revelations

The Volstad Act...the cure for what ails you.

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Here comes the MLB backlash to admissions by Boston Red Sox players that they drank beer in the clubhouse during games.

Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, told reporters before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses and that he plans to look deeper into the Sox’s drinking on the job.

Currently, fewer than half of MLB’s 30 teams allow alcohol in their clubhouses, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 09:57 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox

Grange: Blue Jays: No more Mr. Nice Guy

Raise your fist and yell
You can’t have John Farrell!(?)!

If the Boston Red Sox are serious about making a run at John Farrell, the Blue Jays should tell them the bidding begins at a couple of buckets of KFC, a case of Rolling Rock and the latest version of Call of Duty. Then general manager Alex Anthopoulos should get all Clint Eastwood over the phone and tell the Red Sox: “You obnoxious, sun-shines-out-of-your-behinds New England clam chowders. Go stuff yourself.”

Finally, come April 9th, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 09:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox

Fitzpatrick: Expert poring over long-lost Philadelphia A’s records

Accounting ledgers and films from the 53 years Connie Mack’s Athletics spent in Philadelphia - items historians had long believed were gone forever - showed up on eBay earlier this year.

The material had been salvaged from an Oakland Coliseum Dumpster decades ago by a ballpark employee who had kept it all in his garage until selling it at a flea market recently for less than $200.

The flea-market purchaser quickly auctioned the lot on eBay early in 2011 and that’s where Rob Rodriguez, a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 09:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2011

Toledo News-Bee, October 24, 1911:

C. Victory Faust, the official New York Giant self-appointed mascot, was released Monday morning, Manager McGraw serving him with a written notice that his services had been dispensed with in view of the Athletics having won two games.

Faust, however, refuses to be released, just as when he first joined the Giants last summer, he declined to be left behind in St. Louis, beating the Giants to their own Polo grounds.

Thus ended one of the least probable careers ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: October 24, 2011 at 05:55 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Bloomberg: Selig Bends Rules to Fit as Baseball Attempts to Oust McCourt From Dodgers

Co-written by Lords of the Realm author John Helyar, a long and interesting overview of the McCourt v. MLB battle and other recent MLB deals ...

The World Series will have just ended as a judicial Fall Classic may determine whether Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has complete power over the sport he has controlled for almost two decades.

In a hearing opening Oct. 31 in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross will hear arguments about whether Los Angeles ...

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Joe Kehoskie Posted: October 24, 2011 at 04:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, brewers, business, cubs, dodgers, mets, rangers, red sox, yankees

Holland pitches gem as Rangers tie Series

Derek Holland kept Albert Pujols in the ballpark and the Texas Rangers in this World Series.

In a title matchup that’s getting more interesting with every game, Holland put the emphasis back on pitching. Given a pep talk by manager Ron Washington minutes before the game, Holland allowed two hits over 8 1-3 innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday night and even things at 2-all.

Holland struck out seven, walked two and never was in trouble against a team that erupted for 16 runs ...

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Repoz Posted: October 24, 2011 at 04:02 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Justice: Jim Crane can make all the right moves for the Astros

For the first time in months, it appears Crane will end up owning the Astros. Major League Baseball officials seem to be reaching a comfort level that Crane has either learned from his past mistakes or was a victim of disgruntled or rogue employees in many of the cases involving allegations of sexism, racism or war profiteering.

I asked an MLB official this week, “Are you past the character issues with Crane?”

“Yes,” he answered quickly.

He stopped himself.

“No,” he said.

He stopped ...

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Joe Kehoskie Posted: October 24, 2011 at 02:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, rumors

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Torre irked by question for Kulpa after blown call

But Torre said he was more disturbed that a pool reporter asked Kulpa after the game if being from St. Louis had influenced the call.

“That question hinted of questioning somebody’s integrity and that was so far over the line,” Torre said. “I just want to say right now, these guys were so excited about being chosen for the World Series, and it’s all about showing how good they are. To have that question be asked, I thought was over the line.

“Everyone is out there trying to do the best job ...

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Repoz Posted: October 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Haudricourt: Will McGehee be back? Who plays first? Melvin must decide

Superior Haudricourt vs Inferior Betancourt.

While it is difficult to picture Betancourt as a $6 million player, Melvin did not sound like he was ready to send him packing. The shortstop market, assuming Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins are too expensive, certainly is unexciting.

“I thought Yuni Betancourt was a better player than what the critics said,” said Melvin.

Well, if you can stomach a .271 on-base percentage, 21 errors and a general lack of range in the field and a frustratingly high ...

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Repoz Posted: October 23, 2011 at 09:50 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, projections, sabermetrics

Dugout Phones: Last Bastion of the Landline

The NYT talks about…. Dugout Phones.

Gamingboy Posted: October 23, 2011 at 09:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Griffey to receive Historic Achievement Award

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig announced Sunday that Griffey will be awarded the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award prior to Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas.

Griffey will become just the 12th recipient of the award, which was created in 1998 to recognize achievements and contributions of historical significance to the game.

“Gentlemen, let’s give Griffey the Commissioner’s Achievement Award!”
“Why?”
“Why not!” ...Read More...

Gamingboy Posted: October 23, 2011 at 08:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

World Series Game 4 CHATTER

Cardinals (Jackson) at Rangers (Holland). 8:05. FOX.

Cardinals lead series 2-1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 23, 2011 at 02:36 PM | 374 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Seamheads: Catching Up With Tom Shopay

“He was spectacular at nothing…” (Cool! This goes directly into my personal headstone epitaph rolodeath)

What was it like to play next to your childhood hero Mantle during your first major league season?: I got called up in 1967 after the Triple-A season. My first start was in Yankee Stadium, the old Yankee Stadium. I was playing left field and Mantle was playing center. At that point in time Mantle came over to me when we were in the outfield when the game was just starting. He yelled at me ...

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Repoz Posted: October 23, 2011 at 02:17 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, yankees

Theo Epstein thanks Red Sox fans with full-page ad in Globe

Go Go Gone Gorilla…

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Repoz Posted: October 23, 2011 at 01:59 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, red sox

Johnny Bench on the 2011 World Series, Weather & the Complete Catcher

TRACER ALERT! (I looked for a spell but started to get weirdass Necco candy button dots in my eyes from all the zeros)

One bat, however, that Bench believes will be silenced in this series is Albert Pujols’. Not because he expects Pujols to falter, but because he doesn’t expect to see Pujols get a pitch to hit. As a catcher who’s called a few “four-finger salutes” in his day, Bench was adamant about how to approach Pujols.

“You never pitch right at him,” he said. “I don’t ...

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Repoz Posted: October 23, 2011 at 01:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

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