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Friday, September 02, 2011

Judge sets new trial for Clemens in April

A U.S. district court judge granted federal prosecutors a new trial for former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens on Friday, setting a start date of April 17.

Clemens is accused of lying to Congress when lawmakers investigated the illicit use of steroids in professional baseball.

...U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton blasted prosecutors Friday, declaring, “I would hate to believe they just blatantly disregarded rulings that I made, but it’s hard for me to reach any other conclusion.”

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 08:31 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN: Szymborski: Yanks can’t afford to lose CC (INSIDER)

While most of the early winter speculation involves the possible new homes for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, they could be joined by another superstar, CC Sabathia.

The Yankees ace, signed to a seven-year, $161 million contract, has the right to opt out this winter after the first three seasons of his deal. While the attrition rate for pitchers often results in buyer’s remorse for teams that sign hurlers to big contracts, the Yankees have had nothing to complain about in Sabathia’s ...

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Dan Szymborski Posted: September 02, 2011 at 04:24 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

WSJ: Six Innings and 89 Hand Licks Later

How many licks does it take?

So why is Pelfrey’s habit more noticeable than anyone else’s? For one thing, few pitchers lick their fingers as often as he does. And no one does it with such vigor. “Mike is a little bit over the top,” Dickey said.

Earlier this season, Dickey said he saw Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez mock Pelfrey by imitating his lick from the opposing dugout. Last week, when a fan was heckling Pelfrey as he warmed up in Philadelphia, the first thing Pelfrey said ...

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Posted: September 02, 2011 at 03:50 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

ESPN: Simon: Is Granderson good, bad or ugly in CF?

Or as we used to call it…Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Mossi.

Human judgement

We surveyed Yankees fans on Twitter, at work, and even in got into a thorough discussion with one at a local sandwich shop. Opinions varied. We heard from those who thought he was good, who thought he was average, and who thought he was bad. Defense is tough to measure.

BIS also tracks what it calls Good Fielding Plays and Defensive Misplays & Errors, in which it tags plays into approximately 30 positive (GFPs) and 50 ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 03:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Keri: Would losing Albert Pujols really be a terrible thing?

Of course! How soon we forget the supreme outrage St. Louis felt back in ‘77…when The Moldy Dogs took off for L.A.!!

But ownership has thrown around the term “dry powder” several times, referring to the money they’d have to spend if Pujols leaves and the will to do so. Shortstop has been a problem position for years in St. Louis, with Brendan Ryan’s 2009 breakout the only bright spot since David Eckstein left town. What if the Cardinals went after Jose Reyes? It’s entirely possible that Reyes ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 01:50 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, history, media, projections, sabermetrics

Goold: All you need is glove: Furcal’s impact on Cards

Breaking down the Cards D…as only the Great Goold can.

One of the subplots to the Cardinals 2011 season has been their willingness to sacrifice defense for offense at several key positions. The Cardinals have not been a good defensive team this season. Forget the numbers, use your eyes and you’ll see that. Many games have been lost because of plays not made (PNMs*) and extra bases given (XBGs*) and other faulty fundamentals (OOPS+*).

* Not real stats, though I really wish we had tracked PNMs ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 12:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, projections, sabermetrics

Knapp: Now’s the time to give Lincecum some real support

Support Your Local Shereef!

In some fashion this offseason, the Giants will probably make Tim Lincecum the first pitcher ever to receive a multi-million-dollar premium because he couldn’t win 20 games. They owe him that much, and Matt Cain, as well. Someday, they may have to pay the same compensatory damages to Madison Bumgarner.

But for the moment, Lincecum’s concerns take precedence. The look of resignation that briefly crossed his face late in Monday’s 7-0 loss to the Cubs was both ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 12:04 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants, history, sabermetrics

Mushnick: Not every HR pose gets same critique

Singy misses…not married to home plate-posing baseball.

The audience insult factor within Yankees TV and radio broadcasts remains tough to endure.

Last Friday on YES, Ken Singleton, during a replay, took a shot at the Orioles’ Robert Andino for jogging through what Andino thought would be a home run, finishing with a double instead of what Singleton said should have been a triple. As noted in this space on Sunday morning, a good on Singleton.

That night, just two days later, Yankee Nick ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 11:29 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, yankees

Matt Kemp should win the MVP award and Clayton Kershaw the Cy Young Award

and Bill Plaschke should win the…

This may sound odd coming from a writer who supported Kirk Gibson’s 76-RBI MVP award for the champion Dodgers in 1988, but unless a player is clearly the one difference-maker on a playoff team, I believe the MVP should go to the best guy, period. In fact, instructions on the baseball writers’ MVP ballot read, “The MVP need not come from a division winner or other player qualifiers.”

...I can already hear the Philadelphia Phillies fans crying that Roy Halladay ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 11:16 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, dodgers, history

Dale Murphy: Yes on Romney for President, No on Steroids Users in Hall of Fame

Yeah, but setting up the “I Won’t Cheat…On My Numerous Wives!” foundation is taking things a little too far!

Asked if known steroids users should be allowed in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Murphy said no.

“It looks like the voters have made that decision in a lot of ways. It seems like if you’re connected to it, whether it’s proven or not, it looks like they’ve made a pretty strong statement,” Murphy said.

“It’s going to be a tough decision,” he added. “For me ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 10:44 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, history, media, projections, sabermetrics, steroids, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2011

Calgary Daily Herald, September 2, 1911:

[Germany] Schaefer rolled a slow one down the first base line to Hal Chase.  The latter was about to tag Schaefer out, but “Germany” had an inspiration.  He put on the reverse and turned back towards home, with Chase after him.  “Germany” touched home, but didn’t stop.  He set sail for third, Chase still in pursuit.  After rounding third and aiming towards second, the situation proved too much for him.  Holding his aching sides, he stumbled and fell to ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 02, 2011 at 08:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kansas City Star: Francoeur reaches 1,000 hits in style

DETROIT | It wasn’t quite a called shot, but Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur, after entering Thursday with 999 career hits, vowed to get No. 1,000 in his first at-bat against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Francoeur fulfilled his pledge driving an 0-1 pitch from Detroit rookie Jacob Turner just fair over the left-field wall for a two-run homer in the second inning. It was the first salvo in the Royals’ 11-8 victory over the Tigers.

“It was exciting to do it on a home run,” Francoeur ...

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Tripon Posted: September 02, 2011 at 06:47 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

AL West race: September 1, 2011

Going by the usual 5 game cutoff (and ignoring the NY/BOS playoff seeding race for now), slim pickings at the moment.

TEX 78-60 [1-0 in SEPT]
LAA 74-63 [1-0 in SEPT] (3.5 GB)

MLB.com: Amply supported Wilson flirts with perfection

Starter C.J. Wilson helped the Rangers take their second consecutive series with a 7-2 win over the Rays at Ballpark in Arlington on Thursday.

Wilson retired the first 15 Rays he faced, but the 16th, first baseman Casey Kotchman, chopped a ball that appeared to ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 02, 2011 at 03:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

MLB: Mickelson takes BP, throws out first pitch

Fore Eyes!

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Phil Mickelson was swinging lefty, as he always does on the golf course, but this time, the professional golfer had a baseball bat in his hand.

The winner of four major PGA championships, Mickelson had the thrill of taking batting practice at Fenway Park before Thursday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game.

“To be at Fenway Park and take BP is a really cool experience,” Mickelson said. “I’m very appreciative that the organization let me do this. This is a lot of fun.”

...Mickelson ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 03:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, special topics

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Megdal: Einhorn exits, while the Mets owners wait around for a happy ending

The Unicorndog Killer…

It’s easy to see why the Wilpons may have done this. From their perspective, Einhorn was the distasteful little guy they were compelled to do business with to get through what they were hoping would be a rough patch. Yes, they’d made a deal with him that would let him take the Mets from them if things failed to pick up in the next couple of years, but that was a technicality. It was an affront that Einhorn was so openly, humiliatingly, betting on them to fail.

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 09:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Biz of Baseball: How Did Jim Crane Slip By?

“An Astro-nomical slip up!”

But, the media, and possibly MLB, slipped on Crane’s background. After all, he was on the precipice of owning the Astros in 2008 when he backed out of the deal with McLane. He was part of number of suitors for the Chicago Cubs in 2009. And, last year, he quickly married up with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to be part of the bankruptcy auction process that had them pitted against a group assembled by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg to own the Texas Rangers.

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 09:02 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, media

Keith Hernandez Harassed For Crossing Picket Line

KEITH: [mindless] I’m Keith Hernandez.

The former Met (and current broadcaster) was eating at the Central Park Boathouse with a female friend when he received some harsh criticism on his way out of the establishment.

Hernandez, who helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series, left through a side door and walked right past striking workers from the restaurant.

One Boathouse worker, after berating Hernandez for crossing the picket line to have his meal, shouted, “Mark Teixeira is a better ...

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 08:39 PM | 464 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, mets

L.A. Times: Frank McCourt is offered $1.2 billion for Dodgers

Frank McCourt has been offered $1.2 billion to sell the Dodgers, The Times has learned.

The bid is headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke and funded in part by Chinese investors, according to a letter sent to McCourt on Tuesday. The letter was disclosed to The Times by two people familiar with its content but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The proposed sale price would set a record for a Major League Baseball team.

In a brief telephone interview, Burke declined to discuss ...

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Tripon Posted: September 01, 2011 at 08:18 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rumors

OT: The Soccer Thread: September 2011

Are You Ready for Some Football!

Notable European Matches:

Barcelona vs. Milan (Sept. 13)
Birmingham City vs. Braga (Sept. 15)*
Bayern Munich vs. Man City (Sept. 27)

*This notable for being, I think, the first team a Championship side has played in Europe since Millwall in 2004-05

And of course, let’s not forget that West Ham looks to continue their strong start to the season, hosting Portsmouth (Sept. 10), Peterborough (Sept. 24) and Ipswich Town (Sept. 27). Hammers should be hoping for ...

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RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 01, 2011 at 04:02 PM | 991 comment(s)
  Beats: general

David Einhorn Reacts To Dissolution Of Potential Mets Ownership Deal

“I am disappointed to announce that I will not be purchasing an ownership interest in the New York Mets baseball team at this time. It is clear that it will not be possible for me to consummate the transaction on the terms that the Sterling-Mets organization and I originally agreed to several months ago. The extensive nature of changes that were proposed to me at the last minute has made a successful transaction impossible.

  “I want to thank the entire Mets organization and Major League ...

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 03:00 PM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Pitchers & Poets: In Defense of Outliers

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”

But was Brady Anderson’s 1996 a miracle?  Is Jose Bautista’s ascension?  Voltaire wrote on the subject of miracles in his Dictionnaire Philosophique, defining a miracle as “the violation of those divine and eternal laws.  If there is an eclipse of the sun at full moon, or if a dead man walks two leagues carrying his head in his arms, we call that a miracle.”  This is the ultimate condemnation of Brady Anderson and Jose ...

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 01:11 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, sabermetrics, steroids

Malcolm: FIXING THE AL MVP RACE

Co-starring Don Malcolm as Grantland Rice!

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Bautista (home runs, OBP, SLG, OPS+)
Gonzalez (RBI, batting average, doubles, OBP, playoff team)
Granderson (home runs, triples, XBH, runs scored, RBI, stolen bases, playoff team)

...At this moment, they are each MVPs.

The best thing we can tell the writers to do is to rig the vote. That’s right, rig it.

...Anyway—we’ve grown up a lot since 1979. We know better now. So we should just agree right now that the MVP candidate pool is too big to fail ...

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 12:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history

Feds drop remaining charges against Bonds

3-Drop Lounge: Tejada, Rowand Bonds.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all the remaining charges against Barry Bonds, days after a judge upheld the slugger’s conviction on an obstruction of justice count.

The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco filed court papers informing U.S. District Judge Susan Illston it was dismissing the three charges of making false statements still pending against Bonds, Major League Baseball’s all-time home runs leader. A jury deadlocked on the three ...

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 11:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, special topics, steroids

NYT: Four-Hour Games? At Least One Yankee Sympathizes

Blowfish, blow!

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If you feel guilty for falling asleep on your couch as you watch the Yankees play the Boston Red Sox, don’t. Mark Teixeira forgives you.

“It’s brutal,” said Teixeira, the Yankees’ first baseman. “I can’t stand playing a nine-inning game in four hours. It’s not baseball. I don’t even know how to describe it. If I was a fan, why would I want to come watch people sitting around and talking back and forth, going to the mound, 2-0 sliders in the dirt? Four-hour ...

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 11:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox, sabermetrics, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2011

New York Times, September 1, 1911:

The National Baseball Commission to-day not only rejected every demand made upon it by the American Association, but went further in stating that if the American Association decided not to operate under the rules of organized baseball teams would be placed in every city on that circuit.  While no mention of a league to do battle with the American Association was made, it was implied to an extend that could not be misunderstood.

Oh snap!

The AA wanted more ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 01, 2011 at 08:43 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fantasy baseball, history, minor leagues

D Backs Win 9th in a row, 12th straight at home

But did you hear what happens if the Diamondbacks win their 10th game in a row when they resume play Friday night to start a three-game series in San Francisco?

The last time the Diamondbacks were there, team President Derrick Hall and General Manager Kevin Towers apparently made a little pact with manager Kirk Gibson.

Hall shared it publicly with a post on his Twitter account Monday:

“KT and I promised Gibby in SF that we would shave our heads if we ever win 10-straight this year.”

Yeah, ...

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shoewizard Posted: September 01, 2011 at 07:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, rockies

N.Y. Times: Humility by the Pack

In this tradition-bound sport, in which managers wear the same uniforms as the players and Cracker Jack can still be bought at concession stands, a hazing ritual that has gone on for years seems to have reached a new level of absurdity at major league ballparks: rookie relievers are being forced to wear schoolgirl backpacks — gaudy in color, utterly unmanly — to transport gear.

“Everybody laughs at me,” said Bryan Shaw, a 23-year-old rookie reliever for the Arizona Diamondbacks. ...

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bobm Posted: September 01, 2011 at 06:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, braves, mets, padres, phillies

A’s trade Conor Jackson to Boston

The A’s have traded Conor Jackson and cash to Boston for Jason Rice. The team announced the move via Twitter after Wednesday night’s game against the Indians.

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 04:29 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox

al.com: Former Olympic baseball player charged with making meth near Loxley school

It’s B.J. Wallace.

Billy Lyle “BJ” Wallace Jr., 40, and Amber Sheree McKenzie, 29, were being held in Baldwin County Corrections Center as of Wednesday, both charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wallace, a Monroeville native, pitched for the U.S. team in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and the Montreal Expos picked him third in that year’s amateur draft, signing the left-hander ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: September 01, 2011 at 04:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: college, expos, olympics

Kimbrel becomes all-time rookie saves leader

A record they said would never be

Craig Kimbrel does not close like a rookie.

In fact, no rookie closer has ever closed like Kimbrel. Certainly none have ever done it better.

When the Braves’ 23-year-old fireballer closed out Atlanta’s 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday at Turner Field, he recorded his 41st save of the season, setting the major league rookie saves record.

The previous mark of 40 had been set only last season by the Rangers’ Neftali Feliz, coincidentally, ...

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Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 03:25 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, sabermetrics

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