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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

MLB.com: MONEYBALL movie premiere sweepstakes

Because if a Primate wins this, the world will be a slightly less terrible place.

THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND ONE (1) LUCKY GUEST WILL RECEIVE:

- Two (2) tickets to attend the Moneyball movie premiere in Oakland, CA
- Two (2) Oakland A’s regular-season home-game tickets
- A three (3) day/two (2) night trip including roundtrip air transportation and hotel accommodations.

MONEYBALL
A new motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, and Jonah Hill. Based on the true ...

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Lassus Posted: September 06, 2011 at 11:42 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Fox Sports Houston - Sources: Crane’s stance on AL holding Astros sale

There are strong indications that the stumbling block in the Astros’ sale to Jim Crane is Crane’s reluctance to move the team to the American League.

We have been wondering out loud about this issue in this space from the start. Now we hear that is, in fact, the case.

...

More than one source has indicated to FoxSportsHouston.com that Crane’s stance on the club switching leagues is a hurdle in the approval process. When asked about the topic last week, McLane firmly denied that the league ...

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Joe Kehoskie Posted: September 06, 2011 at 10:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, rumors

Passan: Rethinking the five-man starting rotation

The Tigers could’ve done something opening day to save at least a few of those miserable outings from even happening.

It would have been wild. Unconventional. Part of the evolution back to the proper usage of pitchers instead of the anxiety that pervades the game today.

A four-man rotation.

How very novel.

And how very rational.

“That,” Dombrowski said, “is a long conversation.”

It’s one, in fact, that happens annually in major league front offices. Even in the most ...

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still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: September 06, 2011 at 08:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tigers

Post Game: Yankees Fans Fighting Moammar Gadhafi?

PLEASE SAVE ME A COPY OF THE GREEN BOOK, MR. PRESIDENT

A baseball cap can make a powerful statement, even in a war zone.

Nearly 5,000 miles from the Bronx, a rebel fighter showed his loyalty to Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees.

...Rebel fighter Anas Ahmed El Houderi, wearing a New York Yankees cap, spoke with ABC’s Kofman on the front line over the weekend. Fifty seconds into the story, speaking near-perfect English, El Houderi said, “We want a peaceful resolution to this ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 07:50 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia, yankees

Empire Invades AT&T Park for San Francisco Giants’ Star Wars Day

Its a trap!

And the team went all-out. Fans got a pre-game costume contest, a post-game screening of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in the stadium, Stormtroopers guarding the field during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” giveaway statues of Giants closing pitcher Brian Wilson — frozen in carbonite, Han Solo-style — and the opportunity to generally geek out throughout the game.

“We don’t even know what the score is,” said 33-year-old Ryan Flores, above right, who came in a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2011 at 05:25 PM | 1033 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, giants

IATM: Is WAR the new RBI?

Give me OBP, give me OPS, give me IPO, give me WPA, give me K/BB; just don’t give me RBI!  If you’re going to give me RBI, Mr. McCarver, I’d rather you gave me nothing.

And then came WAR.

The concept was ratified by the sabremetric Godfather, Bill James, who’d created Win Shares according to a similar ideology in 2002.  It was a neoclassical economist’s wet dream, like baseball GDP: an elegant equation which accounted for all the sport’s diverse variables and yielded a single ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 03:18 PM | 164 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

Knapp: S.F. Giants fan Billy seems to have vanished

Which way you goin’ Billy? (maybe The Lincecum Family knows…)

Copies of an old photo of pitcher Matt Cain, in his baby-faced years, and one of the Giants’ most devoted fans have taken up prime real estate in the team’s park. One has been taped to the wall of the team’s batting cage, one in the clubhouse and another below the water jug in the dugout.

The fan in the picture, known to most of the team only as Billy, has been a fixture waiting to greet players and coaches at their parking lot for ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 02:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Silva: HoJo on Moneyball

Add Howard Johnson to the list of people that doesn’t see value in Moneyball.

saw ad for Moneyball the movie. Sorry, you can’t win with a computer program. one of those theories that looks good, but doesn’t play well

Howard Johnson
20Hojo

Thanks to CV.

Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 02:07 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history, media

Brett Lawrie jumps off top rope, elbows Red Sox in 11

Lawrie! Wrestling!! Ker Plunk!!!

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1. Kid can play, eh?: What a great Labour Day for the Toronto Blue Jays. They got manager John Farrell back after he was out 10 games because of pneumonia and they beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 in 11 innings on another home run by British Columbia’s Brett Lawrie.

He circled the bases with his tongue out, like a puppy who couldn’t wait to get pet at home plate. Then he did a big Kendrys Morales jump off the top turnbuckle — but survived the leap of faith ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 01:27 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox

Strauss: Cards lose as they struggle to see the ball

The hell with the new tornado sirens…get to work on this problem!

Minutes after absorbing a dull-looking loss that put them 10½ games behind the division-leading Brewers, first baseman Albert Pujols and left fielder Matt Holliday spoke for numerous teammates as well as themselves when criticizing a 3:15 p.m. starting time that left hitters wincing through shadows for most of the game.

...“I don’t want anybody to read it wrong. I don’t want to disrespect the job (Wolf) did. He did a pretty ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 12:29 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Alex Liddi about to become first Italian-born player in majors in almost 50 years

The third-base prospect will become the first Italian-born major-leaguer since Remo Bertoia in 1962 once the Mariners officially add Liddi to their expanded major-league roster. Seattle plans to add Liddi, along with outfielder Michael Saunders and relief pitcher Steve Delabar before Tuesday night’s game here against the Angels.

Liddi, 23, will also be the first graduate of the MLB European Academy to play in the majors as well as the first Italian born and raised player to do it. Bertoia’s ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2011 at 11:47 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: international, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-6-2011

Toledo News-Bee, September 6, 1911:

Umpires Can Players For Thinking Things

“Fielder Jones and Tim Hurst pulled a funny one,” said Doc White, the great southpaw pitcher of the Sox.  “I was pitching and Fielder was not agreeing with Tim’s ruling.  As was his habit, he would rush in from center to dispute the point with Tim.

“Finally this foot race and argument got on Tim’s nerves and he decided to stop it.  As Jones started in for the steenth time, Hurst hurried from behind the bat to meet ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 06, 2011 at 08:28 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB.com: [Zach] Stewart nearly perfect for White Sox

[Zach] Stewart wasn’t perfect against the Twins, but came close as he delivered what was easily the best start of his career.

Tossing a career-high 114 pitches, Stewart blanked the Twins, retiring 27 of 28 batters as the White Sox swept the doubleheader with the 4-0 victory in the nightcap after a 2-1 win in the afternoon.
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Stewart struck out a career-high nine while allowing only the one baserunner in the 62nd one-hitter in White Sox history and the first since Freddy Garcia on Aug. 23, ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 06, 2011 at 04:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, white sox

AL West: September 5, 2011

TEX 80-62 [3-2 in SEPT]
LAA 77-64 [4-1 in SEPT] (2.5 GB)

MLB.com: Walks haunt Feldman as Rangers fall to TB

Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman could not duplicate the results from last Tuesday, when he earned his first win as a starter in more than a year. Facing the Rays for the second consecutive time, Feldman allowed four runs on Monday in the Rangers’ 5-1 loss at Tropicana Field.

MLB.com: Angels top Mariners to gain ground in West

With a 7-3 victory powered by Mark Trumbo and the middle third ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 06, 2011 at 04:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

Ozzie: Embarrassment should spark Dunn, Rios

Fresh Sounds For Middle America!

“They did this to themselves,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said when asked if he thought both players could turn dismal seasons around next year. “Everybody learns from mistakes. Now they have to work. … I’m not going to say Rios. Rios works hard every day. But I think the stuff they need to do in the offseason, when you get older, you’ve got to work a little bit more, a little bit harder. They owe it to themselves.

“I don’t think they should ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 04:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, white sox


Neyer: Adrian Beltré Sets Record Of Sorts; Is He Heading For Cooperstown?

Only if he’s motivated by election years!

Then again, we can overstate the case. Beltré‘s got a lot of hits because a) he got an exceptionally early start, debuting in the majors when he was 19, and b) he’s never walked much, averaging only 45 walks per 162 games. Because Beltré doesn’t walk, his career on-base percentage is just .328. And because Beltré‘s career on-base percentage is just .328, his career value does not place him squarely in a group of Hall of Fame third basemen.

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 03:35 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, rangers

Josh Beckett sprains ankle

There was no immediate word as to severity of the sprain and, if there’s any good news in the matter, it’s that it did not involve his left knee—a problem that derailed Beckett’s scheduled appearance in the All-Star Game.
...
Francona had also mentioned before the game he wanted to find Beckett some extra rest.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 06, 2011 at 01:51 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, September 05, 2011

New York Times: Viera: Montero Leads Yankees’ Display of Power

Montero’s first and second career homers ended up overshadowing his teammates’ output, which included a grand slam by Robinson Cano in the second inning and a solo homer by Mark Teixeira in the first.
. . .
Montero hit his first career home run in the fifth inning, sending an 0-1 fastball from Jim Johnson over the right-field wall. It was an impressive show of opposite-field power from the right-handed Montero.

In the seventh, Montero followed a single by Russell Martin with a two-run ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 05, 2011 at 11:38 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, yankees

The time the Giants called Jerome Williams the wrong name for two entire years

Brief story from Jerome Williams’ time with the Giants.

“Yeah. They called me Jeremy. I just rolled with it.”

They just called you Jeremy? Were you called Jerome growing up?

“Yes.”

So.

“I don’t know. In the minors, they didn’t call me Jeremy. When I got to the big leagues they called me Jeremy for two years.”

The GIANTS did?

“Yes.”

Were they screwing with you?

“No, they just called me that. I just rolled with it. I was a rookie and I didn’t want to tell anybody ...

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Sweatpants Posted: September 05, 2011 at 08:11 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants

Posnanski: In Praise Of Wins (Sort Of)

This could very easily be called In Praise Of Pip (Sort Of) uhh…as in Pipgras not Klugmann.

Take Yankees rookie Ivan Nova. You might know: He is 15-4 this year. That IS interesting. You can just stop right there. Everybody understood that the Yankees came into this season with exactly one starter they could count on — the venerable C.C. — and they had to hope against hope that something else worked out. Maybe A.J. Burnett would regain form. Maybe Phil Hughes would pitch like he did at the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2011 at 02:07 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

Fangraphs: Crowdsourcing: Roger Maris’ Batting Profile

Recently it was brought to my attention that Roger Maris had a career BABIP of 0.254. This value seems low for him or any player with an extended major league career. In the video I have seen of him, he looks like a line drive hitter. With your help, I would like to find out what kind of batted ball profile Maris had over his career.

Maris’ BABIP was always low throughout his career. In his first MVP season of 1960, it was 0.255. In 1961, the season when he hit 61 home runs, it was 0.209. It ...

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2011 at 12:50 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

(Mark) Reynolds commits two more errors at third base

My name is Mark freaking Reynolds and I’m the worst fielder in baseball! Oops! I’m Mark freaking Reynolds! Oops!

The two errors gave Reynolds 26 for the season, a club record for a third baseman and the most by an Oriole at any position since Cal Ripken Jr. made 26 errors in 1985. The 26 errors are also tied for the sixth most in a season in Orioles history.

“I mean, it [stinks],” said Reynolds, who has started 111 games at third this season and 24 at first. “I have been putting in a lot of ...

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2011 at 11:56 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, projections, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-5-2011

Spokane Spokesman-Review, September 3, 1911:

A good baseball may be made at home.  You will need some soft kid.  The wrists of your mother’s old kid gloves will make fine coverings.  You also need soft wool yarn for the inside, and this must be packed very tight into the covering.  Now to get the proper shape of the ball, for a baseball should be as round as an orange. Take an orange; cut it evenly into quarters, numbering them at one end to aid in putting the parts together again.

Okay, sure, ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 05, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, dugout, history

Souhan: Shake-up needed to save Twins from complacent ways

The Ambassador Hotel of good will strikes again!

To avoid the kind of collapse that led the franchise to the brink of contraction in the 1990s, the Twins will have to break from their model of stability. They need to do some firing and hiring this winter.

...Nobody is preparing these people to play in the big leagues. The minor league teams have performed at an embarrassing level for the past two seasons, and that would be excusable only if the players they sent to the Twins were polished.

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2011 at 11:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, scouting, twins

Curb Your Enthusiasm Review: You Bucknered It!

The Redemption of Bill Buckner!

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The highlight of the episode though, had to be the Bill Buckner story.  I had just turned one year old when Buckner had that little mishap back in the World Series, but that doesn’t mean that what happened to him isn’t engrained in my mind.

Watching Larry go through a similar situation only to meet the legend later on was great, but to have them hang out, complete a minion, and then have LD cheering Bill on as the former baseball legend redeemed himself in ...

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2011 at 06:02 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, mets, red sox, television

Moneyball: Q&A with Rob Neyer

CORMACK: I read that in 2003 you referred to Moneyball as the single most influential baseball book ever. Is that right?

NEYER: I don’t think there’s any question about it. I would take that a step further and suggest that it’s been more influential than every other baseball book combined.

I should throw a caveat in there.

It’s possible that Moneyball would exist without the Bill James Baseball Abstract in the ‘80s, so maybe my statement is a little overblown, but it’s hard to ...

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2011 at 04:31 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, business, history, media, sabermetrics

Yahoo: Tigers rout White Sox 18-2 to finish sweep

Boy, this is sure shaping up to be an exciting September.  Zzzzzzzzzz….

Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers finished a three-game sweep of Chicago in emphatic fashion, routing the White Sox 18-2 on Sunday night.

Max Scherzer (14-8) allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, and Alex Avila had a career-high four hits for Detroit, which leads the AL Central by 6 1/2 games heading into a three-game series at second-place Cleveland. Chicago is 8 1/2 back. ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 05, 2011 at 03:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, indians, white sox

Country Joe splains his replay reasoning

According to West, Marlins manager Jack McKeon came out to argue Hunter Pence’s double off the right field wall should be ruled an out — the eventual call — while Phillies manager Charlie Manuel wanted West to huddle with his crew to determine whether it should have been a home run.

“Because [the Phillies] wanted me to go look to see if it was a home run, I’ve got to judge whether it went over the fence or not,” West said. “But the plate umpire [Chad Fairchild] already thought it ...

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Knock on any Iorg Posted: September 05, 2011 at 02:50 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, phillies

Sunday, September 04, 2011

MLB.com: Villavicencio - Phils play under protest after call reversed

Under instant-replay rules, video review only applies to home run calls: whether they are fair or foul, whether they have left the playing field or whether they have been subject to fan interference.

In this instance, the original call was a double, not a homer, and McKeon argued that a fan had interfered with a possible catch.

Replays showed that the fan’s cap hit the ball inside the field of play. The interference prevented Marlins right fielder Bryan Petersen from having a play on the ...

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Lassus Posted: September 04, 2011 at 11:59 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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