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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brew Beat: Roenicke urges care with ‘beast mode’

They scare because they care.

In recent weeks, the Brewers have been celebrating big hits by raising both arms in the air, a gesture that Prince Fielder says it began with his kids imitating characters from the animated movie, “Monsters, Inc.” Fielder did it after driving in both of his runs in Sunday’s win over the Mets.

Lately, even some routine singles have become cause for celebration. Is Roenicke OK with that? Not really.

But before going to players with a request to tone things ...

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Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, history, media

Hughson: The Use Of Sabermetric Stats Makes Me Uncomfortable

“accuracy - not flakiness” Handles for sale! Get your red hot handles!

Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average (SIERA)

Skill-Interactive Earned Run Average estimates ERA through walk rate, strikeout rate and ground ball rate, eliminating the effects of park, defense and luck.  How is it calculated you ask?

SIERA = 6.145 – 16.986*(SO/PA) + 11.434*(BB/PA) – 1.858*((GB-FB-PU)/PA) + 7.653*((SO/PA)^2) +/– 6.664*(((GB-FB-PU)/PA)^2) + 10.130*(SO/PA)*((GB-FB-PU)/PA) – ...

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Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: community, fantasy baseball, history, projections, sabermetrics, site news, special topics

WTOP.com | Center fielder uses his head for crazy triple play

Check out this crazy play.

Logan Schafer, a center fielder for the AAA Nashville sounds, makes an amazing grab…after the ball bounces off his glove, then his noggin.

The use of his head is so confusing the runners that the infield turns it into a triple play.

Here’s the footage of the comical out:

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-23-2011

22 years ago today:

                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9  10 11 12  13 14 15  16 17 18  19 20 21  22    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -    -  -  -
Dodgers         0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   1    1 20  1
Expos           0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0    0 13  1


AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette, August 25, 1989:

The score was 0-0 in the top of ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dugout, expos, game recaps, history

Posnanski: The Ball-Strike Machine

Your ball’s got a little machine
You’re the ball-strike machine.

Jorge Posada stepped up. And this was the at-bat that sparked this blog post. [Joakim] Soria’s first pitch was way off for a ball. His second looked to be about three or four inches outside—and the umpire called it a strike… Soria then threw a nifty little pitch—MLB defined it as a slider, but it looked more like a very tight curveball—at the knees on the outside corner for strike two. That was one heck of a pitch.

And then, Soria ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 23, 2011 at 06:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, braves, royals, yankees

Rany on the Royals: Francoeur Forever

In the name of the crappiest team that has ever trod this earth…

I come to the conclusion that it’s a fair deal for both sides. The Royals paid [Jeff] Francoeur his market value, more or less.

And with all that, I don’t like the deal.

The first reason for my skepticism is this: why now? Why hand out a multi-year deal in the middle of the season? This wouldn’t bother me so much if the Royals didn’t have an official policy of not negotiating contracts during the season. I mean, just ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 23, 2011 at 06:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Yahoo: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday gets moth stuck in ear

Once upon a time, it was the killer bees that were going to get us all.  Moths?  Not so scary.

A moth got stuck deep in Holliday’s right ear Monday night, forcing the St. Louis Cardinals slugger out of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Holliday walked off the field holding his ear. Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg tried to assist the All-Star left fielder as he headed toward the dugout.

“He had a moth fly into his ear, deep into his ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 23, 2011 at 04:22 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps

MLB.com: After leadoff homer, Verlander sails to 19th win

And with the Tigers’ 5-2 win over the Rays, Verlander (19-5) reached the cusp of becoming Detroit’s first 20-game winner in 20 years.

The Tigers, meanwhile, maintained their command atop the AL Central. They improved their lead over the just-swept Indians to 5 1/2 games after Cleveland lost to Seattle on Monday night.

Verlander gave up his lone run on his fourth pitch of the night, a 95 mph fastball tagged by his former Tigers teammate Matt Joyce for his 17th home run of the year. From there, ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rays, tigers

Britton: Pedroia’s stalwart defense helps his MVP chances

Don’t Bogar that joint venture, my friend!

At Fangraphs, Pedroia ranks second in all of baseball in WAR, behind only Toronto’s Jose Bautista. That high standing is due to how loftily Fangraphs rates Pedroia’s defense at second base, since he ranks ninth in the offensive component of WAR, behind teammates Ellsbury and David Ortiz.

Not only is he listed as the best in the game at his position, Pedroia is also credited with saving more runs defensively than all but one player in baseball. ...

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Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 03:00 AM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

MLB.com: Schelling: Work with Old Coach Helped Jeter Find Swing

At the time, the right calf strain that sent Derek Jeter to the disabled list on June 14 appeared as though it would simply delay his chase for 3,000 hits by three weeks.

Two months later, the time off looks like a blessing in disguise.

In addition to getting healthy, Jeter used the time off to work on his swing with instructor Gary Denbo at the Yankees’ training complex in Tampa, Fla.
. . .
Since coming off the disabled list on July 4, Jeter has batted .339, reaching base at a .392 clip ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, yankees

Yahoo: Nationals beat punchless Diamondbacks 4-1

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer, Ross Detwiler took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat Arizona 4-1 Monday night to extend the Diamondbacks’ losing streak to a season-high six games.

Henry Blanco homered for the Diamondbacks, who have scored only seven runs in their last six games. Mired in its longest skid since a seven-game run in July 2010, Arizona now leads second-place San Francisco by just one game in the NL West.
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Nationals RHP Stephen ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, game recaps, nationals

Monday, August 22, 2011

ESPN New York: A.J. Burnett spot in question

Cashman takes a hit from the objectivity pipe:

“We have six guys who can pitch in a pennant race, period,” Cashman said. “A.J. Burnett is having his typical terrible August. For whatever reason, he can’t pitch in August, I don’t know why. It is what it is. August is obviously not an effective month for him.”...Cashman added that Burnett “is not our No. 2 starter,” but hasn’t pitched poorly enough to be treated like “Oliver Perez.”

NJ in DC (Now with Wife!) Posted: August 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, obituaries, yankees

Brian Kenny leaving ESPN, heading to MLB Network?

Brian jonesin’? The Amsinger, not the song.

Anchor Brian Kenny is leaving ESPN and becoming a TV free agent.

Kenny will host his final SportsCenter in early September, confirmed ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys. “Brian did great work for us. His contract was up and he found a new opportunity,” Soltys said Monday night.

Given his experience covering Major League Baseball, the veteran anchor/host could be a good fit with rival MLB Network, which has been competing with ESPN for TV talent and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television

ESPN NY: Best closer ever? Try Trevor Hoffman

SVs - BSv - Pct.

601 - 76 - 88.7740 - Hoffman
592 - 72 - 89.1566 - Mariano

Isn’t it obvious by now!

Yankees fans like to think of Mariano Rivera as the greatest closer in baseball history.

They couldn’t be more wrong—at least according to San Diego Padres radio announcer Ted Leitner.

In a ceremony retiring Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 at Petco Park on Sunday, Leitner told the 40,000-plus in attendance that there is no question: The best closer of all time ... is Hoffman.

“And I know, baseball ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 09:10 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, media, padres, sabermetrics, yankees

Brown: Online Outlet Bleacher Report Adds 5 Lead Writers to Solidify Reputation

Maury adds…“Thrusting the front end to meet the back end.”

As a matter of commentary, I have seen Bleacher Report and have been drawn to its allure while also being repelled by it. When King Kaufman was brought on – a highly respectable writer – one had to wonder, what was in the works? Recently, John Thorn penned work for BR, someone that’s incredibly respected and now MLB’s Official Historian.

The media landscape is changing. The fall of newspapers. The fall of AOL Fanhouse. The ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 08:10 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, site news, special topics

‘Duk: Starlin Castro’s space cadet routine draws Bobby V’s ire

Well…so much for not throwing the ball until your infielders are set.

Over the course of a season, I’m guessing it’s an impossible task for any player outside of the battery to be 100 percent dialed into every pitch of a 162-game season. The mind can wander, the mind can zone out, the mind can see something without seeing anything. It’s human nature.

But for the love of pete, you’d like to think that your defenders would at least be facing the right way each time the pitcher winds up and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 06:14 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, history

Grantland: ‘Psychic Benefits’ and the NBA Lockout

“The Boston Red Sox signed their first black player in 1959, a utility infielder named “Pumpsie” Green.1 This was 12 years after the Brooklyn Dodgers broke the color line with Jackie Robinson. No other team in baseball dragged its feet on integration like the Red Sox. It wasn’t until 1965, in fact — 18 years after Robinson started at second base for the Dodgers — that Boston had its first full-time black player. Why?

The simple answer — that the Red Sox owner at the time, Tom Yawkey, was ...

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Chicago Joe Posted: August 22, 2011 at 02:49 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, red sox

Rico Brogna: MLB Needs To Take Cues From NFL

Get some knowledge here!! (and if not here…somewhere else!!)

In baseball, there are too many levels of leadership that always seems to lead to a breakdown at some point. People within an organization do not always know what their jobs are and therefore under perform or they step on other people’s toes because they try to do too much. Again, leadership is the key! If at the end of the day the team is struggling mightily and the vision is not taking hold after a period of time (often too well ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, special topics

Jack O’Connell: Ivan Nova improves Jackie Robinson Award credentials

Ooh, look..magic fire stick and shiny win total!

Ivan Nova just might be running away with the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award if he had not had to spend most of the month of July in the minor leagues because of the Yankees’ pitching logjam. Nova ran his winless streak to 10 starts with Sunday’s 3-0 victory over the Twins that completed a 5-2 trip for the Yanks, who are proving to be true road warriors.

The righthander’s 13 victories in 17 decisions are the most ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire frustrated by young players’ fundamental mistakes

Other young players who have inspired tirades from Gardenhire include infielders Trevor Plouffe and Danny Valencia.

After running some young outfielders through a relay drill Saturday, the manager said: “We’re doing all this stuff so we don’t have to tell them. We shouldn’t have to. They should learn this in the minor leagues.”

Q. It seems there’s a disconnect for some players between details and winning.

A. This stuff actually matters. But you preach it, and you talk about it enough, the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, twins

Larry Jaster: Dominating the Dodgers like no other

Catching up with Larry Jaster…including some bucketheaded quotes from McCarver.

Nothing quite like it had ever happened before, and nothing has equaled it since. A rookie and fifth starter on a Cardinals pitching staff that included Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton, along with Ray Washburn and Al Jackson, Jaster shut out the defending world champion Dodgers five consecutive times.

...“He did it almost entirely with one pitch — the fastball,” McCarver said. “I remember, ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-22-2011

AP, August 22, 1965:

San Francisco’s Juan Marichal slugged Los Angeles catcher John Roseboro over the head with a bat in the third inning of Sunday’s game, triggering a wild melee between both teams.

Before the battle ended, Marichal swung his bat at Roseboro’s head several times and the Dodger catcher, blood trickling from a cut over his left eyebrow, pumped a right hand that seemed to clip the Giants’ pitcher in the face.

Who’d have thought that ten years later, Marichal would be a Dodger? ...Read More...

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 22, 2011 at 08:42 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dugout, giants, history

Yahoo: McKeon rips Marlins after they’re swept by Padres

“You have to start using your brain and figuring out how to get hitters out,” [Jack] McKeon said after the Marlins lost 4-3 on Sunday as the San Diego Padres completed a four-game sweep.
...
The Marlins have lost 15 of 17 games.

“Some of these guys had better wake up,” McKeon said. “This is the time of the year where you’d better be a salesman and show your wares and how good you are. How bad do you want to be a major league player? This is not a picnic. You’re not on ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 22, 2011 at 02:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

Baseball America: Statistician Bill Weiss Passes Away At Age 86

Before there were computer databases and automated scorebooks assembling minor league baseball stats, there was Bill Weiss.

Weiss, one of the most significant statisticians in baseball history, died on Aug. 16 at his home in San Mateo, Calif. He was 86.

Few have loved stats more than Weiss. Back at a time where compiling statistics was a labor intensive job done by hand, Weiss compiled the official stats for numerous leagues around the West. Before he joined Howe Sportsdata in 1988, Weiss was ...

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Repoz Posted: August 22, 2011 at 01:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia, obituaries

OC Register: Angels, Weaver agree on multi-year extension

The Angels have reached agreement on a multi-year contract extension with ace right-hander Jered Weaver.

The agreement will be made official at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. But the agreement is reportedly for five years and $85 million.

That would take Weaver through the final year of his arbitration eligibility (2012) and buy out the first four years of free agency as well.

SI.com: Heyman - Angels, Weaver sign five-year, $85M extension

NTNgod Posted: August 22, 2011 at 01:26 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, August 21, 2011

MLB.com: Bautista’s shot backs [Luis] Perez’s stellar first start

Rookie left-hander Luis Perez took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Jose Bautista homered, as the Blue Jays salvaged a series split with a 1-0 victory over the A’s on Sunday afternoon.

Perez, who was making his first career start, was dominant on the mound for Toronto. He retired the first 15 batters that he faced while utilizing a low-to-mid 90s fastball mixed in with an effective changeup and occasional slider.

The 26-year-old spent the previous three weeks working out of the ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 21, 2011 at 11:16 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, game recaps

Yahoo: Angels’ [Jerome] Williams beats Orioles 7-1

Jerome Williams pitched seven stellar innings to get his first major league victory in almost six years, Peter Bourjos homered for the third straight game and Howie Kendrick also went deep, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-1 victory over the bumbling Baltimore Orioles on Sunday and a sweep of the three-game series.
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Williams (1-0) posted his first victory in the majors since Sept. 25, 2005 with the Chicago Cubs, after losing his previous eight decisions. The 29-year-old Hawaiian-born ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 21, 2011 at 11:06 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Washington Post: Jonny Gomes takes one for team to drive in winning run in 10th inning

When play resumed after a 71-minute rain delay, the Nationals didn’t have to face Halladay, could turn to its steady bullpen and potentially pull out a win. The Nationals took advantage of the situation, after clawing back twice, to pull out a 5-4 walkoff win when a pitch hit Jonny Gomes in the bottom of the 10th inning before a crowd of 41,727.

With the bases loaded and only one out, Phillies reliever Brad Lidge hit Gomes on his left arm to score Ryan Zimmerman, the winning run.
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The ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 21, 2011 at 10:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, nationals, phillies

Vecsey: 50 Years Later, Maris’s 61-Homer Season Looks Even Better

Blah-blah, blah-blah-blah-blah
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Blah-blah-blah-blah-blah-blah-blah
Tracy Stallard, never, never, ever let me go!

Some Maris supporters say that anybody who beat Ruth’s record and won two Most Valuable Player awards and the most pennants of any player in the 1960s (seven) deserves to be in the Hall. Writers at The New York Times are not allowed to vote for awards, but (and this always angers friends of mine from Maris’s home town of Fargo, N.D.) I do not think Maris had ...

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Repoz Posted: August 21, 2011 at 10:55 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, steroids, yankees

Yahoo: Sandoval’s two-run homer lifts Giants over Astros

A week’s worth of Giants offense, all in one day!

Pablo Sandoval hit a tie-breaking two-run homer with two out in the 11th inning to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros Sunday.

The score had been tied at 4-4 since the fourth inning and the Giants missed several chances to take the lead until Sandoval’s 15th homer off Mark Melancon (6-4).
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The Giants left 12 base runners stranded, including seven over the final five innings. The loss snapped a four-game ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 21, 2011 at 10:09 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, game recaps, giants

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