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Monday, August 25, 2014

Fenway Park: How many (bleeping) dents are in The Wall?

Random Frequent Flyer Dents!

Ask any Red Sox player past or present how many dents there are in The Wall and the numbers vary wildly from 850 (Jonny Gomes) to 10 million (Dustin Pedroia).

Nobody knows. Nobody has tried to accurately count the dents — until now.

While the team was on the road, The Globe rented a two-man telescopic boom lift and attempted to hand-count the entire 231-foot-long wall.

The Globe also shot a series of photos and sent them to ImageGraphicsVideo, a Silicon Valley ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

FG: Joe Maddon’s Bunting Identity Crisis

I also thought the graph of “league wide WPA on sac bunts” was extremely interesting.

Since he began leading the Rays in 2006, Joe Maddon has been known as one of the more progressive MLB managers… He’s even spoke out publicly against sac bunting in the past… [yet] The Tampa Bay Rays have attempted 58 non-pitcher sacrifice bunts this season, by far the highest mark in the major leagues. No other team has even 50… Just 35 of those 58 attempts have turned into “successful” sacrifice bunts… ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:31 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, indians, joe maddon, rays, strategy, terry francona

Gleeman: Oscar Taveras is hitting and Mike Matheny is happy

Trading veterans because your dumbo manager refuses to stop playing them? John Mabry?? I’ve seen this movie before!!

Oscar Taveras is playing and playing well lately, easing Cardinals fans’ concerns about manager Mike Matheny frequently benching the 22-year-old rookie for lesser talents, and now Matheny is full of praise for the work Taveras has put in to get better.

Matheny told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Taveras has made “huge adjustments” since a slow start to his ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:23 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Pirates send Gregory Polanco back down to Triple-A

Nice to see Snider finally contributing, anyway.

The Pirates have sent top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco down to Triple-A Indianapolis… Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported…

Polanco, 22, hit .241/.308/.349 (86 OPS+) with nine doubles, six home runs and 12 stolen bases in 64 games after being called up in June. He is currently mired in a 1-for-30 (.033) slump, hence the demotion.

The emergence of Travis Snider—the ex-Blue Jays outfielder is hitting .268/.336/.435 (116 OPS+) overall ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, minor leagues, pirates, travis snider

Boston Herald: Stanton not only choice

Gammo said they’re not trading the guy anyway. Then again, it was in the middle of claiming Loria was great for baseball in Florida, so.

[Giancarlo] Stanton… isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season. With ace Jose Fernandez due to return next year from elbow surgery and an emerging group of young hitters, including outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, it makes more sense for the Marlins to take one shot at the division crown in a winnable NL East before unloading ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, giancarlo stanton, jason heyward, marlins, red sox

Neyer: Alex Gordon, Royal for Life? Let’s just hope for 2016.

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Look, I admire fans who have stuck with the Royals throughout the last 30 years. I mean, really stuck with them. Based on the Royals’ attendance over that span, there really can’t have been many of you. But if you’re one of them, I do admire you. I’m just not exactly like you.

My obsessive passions might have been able to survive my relocation from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest. They might have been able to survive my profession. They might even have been ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, fair-weather fans, portland, rob neyer, royals

Morgantown lands NY-Penn League baseball team

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The Jamestown [N.Y.] Jammers minor league baseball team is relocating to Morgantown and will play in Monongalia County’s new baseball stadium, according to WVU athletic director Oliver Luck.

The new stadium, which is still being built, will also be home to West Virginia University’s baseball team.

“We’re very excited about having a professional sports franchise in north-central West Virginia,” said Luck. “It’s another example of how baseball is catching on ...

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John Gibbons rips Jose Bautista for getting ejected in yesterday’s game

This is a sinking ship.

Bautista was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Nolan Reimold took his place. Reimold dropped a fly ball in the tenth inning which set up the Rays winning run and he struck out to end the game. Gibbons not only said that Bautista should’ve been in those spots, he took issue with Bautista’s taking issue with the strike zone:

  “The bottom line is we needed him in the game,” Gibbons said of Bautista. “Say your piece and get the hell ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 03:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, john gibbons, jose bautista

MLBAM Chief Says Local Broadcasts May Be Available On Mobile

Soon, you can watch Twins-White Sox on your Google Glasses. These are exciting times.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman told the Associated Press this week that some baseball fans may be able to stream local broadcasts to their desktops and mobile devices by as early as next season. The changes would apply only to fans who already subscribe to the regional sports network that broadcasts their team’s games. For example, a San Francisco Giants fan who already pays for Comcast ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 03:07 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout restrictions, fangraphs, mlbam

Fivethirtyeight: Four Strikes And You’re Out

Hey, its Enrico Palazzo!

Consider a forgotten game in April 2010 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were up a run with two outs in the eighth. Their set-up man, Matt Thornton, was on the mound, protecting a lead with a runner on first and the right-handed Jhonny Peralta at bat. Ahead in the count with one ball and two strikes, Thornton froze Peralta with a slider on the outside half of the plate, a couple inches below the belt. For a pitch like that, the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 09:47 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, umpire

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-25-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 25, 1914:

The Pittsburgh club, when it obtains a new player, sends him, along with his contract, a form-card, which he is to fill out and return.
...
One youngster, duly receiving his card-chart, filled most of it out very satisfactorily, but seemed a bit hazy as to a few questions. Appended is a section of his card:

Batting average, 1913: .322
Batting average to date, 1914: .341
Stolen bases to date: 37
Years in professional ball: Three.
First engagement: I had rather ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 8-25-14

Abbott and Costello meet the OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HardballTalk: White Sox veteran Paul Konerko gets autographed base from Yankees in final trip to Bronx

Derek Jeter has been collecting retirement gifts in every road city that the Yankees have traveled to in his farewell season, but he did the presenting Sunday afternoon in New York …


Inside the ‘Zona: Who’s Steering This Ship?

Last week, a really wonderful piece on [Tony] La Russa was published at Sports On Earth, written by John Perrotto… one little nugget, pertaining to owner Ken Kendrick, in Perrotto’s work stood out in particular:

some in the Diamondbacks’ front office believe Kendrick gets too involved in the baseball end of the operation.

Two sources — one currently in the organization and one now working for another club — confirmed that it was Kendrick who told Towers to sign outfielder Cody Ross and ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kevin towers, tony la russa

Bochy not ready to announce Lincecum decision

Opening Day thru June 20: 15 GS, 82.7 IP, 4.90 ERA
June 25 (no-hitter) thru July 22: 5 GS, 38 IP, 0.95 ERA
July 25 thru August 23: 6 GS, 24.7 IP, 9.49 ERA

I have no idea what to make of this. (Or, for that matter, of Lincecum’s pic on his B-R page.)

Who will start [for the Giants] Thursday? “TBA.” [Manager Bruce] Bochy has talked to Dave Righetti and Brian Sabean, but he won’t announce anything until after he gets a chance to talk to Tim Lincecum…

[Yusmeiro] Petit is off-limits anyway ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:16 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum, yusmeiro petit

Report: The Braves and Cubs discussed a B.J. Upton, Edwin Jackson swap

Most importantly, Nightengale also says the deal “likely will be broached once again this winter. Stay tuned.”

In today’s column for USA TODAY, Bob Nightengale writes that the Braves and Cubs nearly pulled the trigger on a swap of B.J. Upton and Edwin Jackson at the non-waiver trade deadline, but it never materialized. The Braves would have had to throw in a significant amount of cash to even out the trade, which was ostensibly what halted the deal.

Upton is in the second year of a five-year, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:01 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: b.j. upton, braves, cubs, edwin jackson, rumors

Even as his value rises, Royals’ Alex Gordon says he’ll delay free-agency

His agent has redirected all his bookmarks to FanGraphs…

[Alex Gordon] can become a free agent after next season, as long as he declines his $13.25 million player option for 2016… Gordon indicated he plans on picking up his 2016 option and delaying his free-agency…

The Star polled a group of big-league executives and talent evaluators to measure Gordon’s value. The consensus was he could command a five-year deal after 2015 worth somewhere between $75 million and $95 million…

Gordon himself ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 06:36 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, free agency, royals

Sherman: Mets’ key offseason decision will be what to do with Murphy

Perhaps this other article "Dodgers walk Murphy to face Wright" might offer some clues…

indications are the Mets are not showing much enthusiasm to have [Daniel] Murphy join David Wright and Curtis Granderson as the long-term foundational pieces of the lineup, in part, because the deals for Wright and Granderson look as if they could go rather bad.

For better or worse, this is a front office that believes in drawing walks and hitting homers, areas Murphy does not excel. Murphy’s defense at ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 06:14 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Athletics Acquire Geovany Soto

TIL Geovany Soto has played okay at times in the past six years.

The Athletics have acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Rangers, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets, confirming a tweet from Mark Madson. The Rangers will receive cash considerations for Soto, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan tweets... Soto is making $3.05MM and will be a free agent this winter.

The Athletics already have two good catchers in Derek Norris and John Jaso on their active roster, but Susan Slusser of the San ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, geovany soto, rangers, trades, transactions

Madden: After coming up aces at trade deadline, Athletics and Tigers look lost at the plate

RBI’s! Fraternization! Smith Wigglesworth’s Plumbers Guide to God! More new old world speak from Bill Madden!

Whereas the Tigers’ decline in offense can be directly traced to injury-riddled Miguel Cabrera’s power outage — three homers since July 1, and just one with eight RBI in August — and the return to earth of J.D. Martinez, who’s dropped 42 points off his batting average since July 13 and has just 10 RBI (three of them in one game) in August, there also seems little doubt the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

David Justice Says Put Barry Bonds in Baseball Hall of Fame Despite Steroid Use Late In Career

Hail Barry!

Barry Bonds is one of the players whose careers and reputations have been destroyed by Roidgate. One of the greatest baseball players of all-time, Bonds will likely never be allowed into the Hall of Fame because of his alleged use of steroids. But David Justice, one of the Atlanta Braves’ most celebrated players of all time, says that Bonds should be let in at least on the strength of his pre-juicing days. The former power hitter says that he made it on his own merits for much of ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

OMNICHATTER 8-24-2014

House of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 24, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Embarrassing loss, surging Royals add importance to doubleheader for Detroit Tigers

The Twins should be punished for cruelty to animals for what they did Friday night.

The Tigers pitched poorly and made multiple defensive gaffes Friday night in a 20-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The Tigers used eight pitchers—well, seven pitchers plus shortstop Andrew Romine—in the loss. The Tigers were charged with two errors and made at least that many additional bad defensive plays. Romine gave up more than 820 feet worth of home runs to consecutive batters.

The Tigers rallied from a ...

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OMNICHATTER 8 23 2014

OMNICHATTER meets the Wolf Man

Gamingboy Posted: August 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Looking past the stat line: Mark Appel

He still can’t be more of a disaster than The Apple...

Mark Appel’s 2014 Statistics

At High-A [Lancaster]: 44.1 IP, 9.74 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 74 Hits, 11 BB, 40 K

At Double-A [Corpus Christi]: 26.1 IP, 4.10 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 28 Hits, 9 BB, 24 K...

Ron Shah of Baseball Prospectus saw three of his starts with Lancaster this season and was very critical of the profile he displayed during those starts. Shah reported that Appel sat 92-93 with the fastball and touched 94, but “mostly just grooves the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mark appel, minor leagues

MGL: Which teams are optimizing their lineups?

New order: Everyone everywhere.

Let’s recap the mistakes that managers typically make in constructing what they think are the best possible lineups. Again, we will ignore player preferences and other “psychological factors” not because they are unimportant, but because we don’t know know when a manager might slot a player in a position that even he doesn’t think is optimal in deference to that player. The fact that managers constantly monkey with lineups anyway suggests that player ...

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Repoz Posted: August 23, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Sources:  Cubs cut grounds crew’s hours to avoid paying health benefits

Thanks a lot, Obama…

Spahn Insane Posted: August 23, 2014 at 01:45 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, August 22, 2014

Manny Machado Likely Out For Season

Pearce leads the team in WAR, have we mentioned that?

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is likely out for the rest of the season, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports tweets. He will have knee surgery at some point within the next week…

Machado’s absence will be tough for the Orioles, who currently are 73-53 and atop the AL East. Machado has hit .278/.324/.431 this season, and as usual has contributed plenty of value with his defense… The Orioles could respond by moving Chris Davis to third base and ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 06:25 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, manny machado, orioles

Reddit AMA: Thad Levine (Rangers assistant GM)

Look at your team. Now back at me. Your players are now injured.

How difficult has social media made it to keep trade or signing negotiations private? Has this impacted your approach to these things?

You identified one of our biggest challenges. This has impacted us unfortunately quite negatively. Used to be that we could tell all the players involved in trades before it became public. Now, that is extremely difficult to do. Last year, Ian Kinsler found out through the media that he had been ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 05:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, thad levine

Brisbee: Rusney Castillo reminds us how screwed amateur players can be

The Cuban guys do almost always have better names. “Rusney” is pretty good, although the “Castillo” is uninspiring. Stuff like “Erisbel Arruebarrena” and “Odrisamer Despaigne” is just incredible.

[Rusney] Castillo got just over nine times the largest bonus ever handed out in the draft, the $8 million Gerrit Cole received from the Pirates. That’s partially because the Red Sox are expecting Castillo to help the 2015 team, which makes this something of an apples/oranges comparison, but he’s getting ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 22, 2014 at 03:05 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, international, rusney castillo

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