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Monday, September 08, 2014
Do not consider the following a declaration of war on WAR as much as an invitation for its greatest adherents in the sabermetric community to practice what they preached to the mainstream media during baseball’s analytical revolution: Please do better.
During our Twitter back-and-forth, Cameron asked for a solution. The clear one seems to be wait for better data until weighing fielding numbers equally with batting ones, but WAR doesn’t exist that way, and it’s not going away. ...
Robert in Manhattan Beach
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 04:21 AM | 342 comment(s)
Among pitchers with at least 30 plate appearances this season, Cole has the third-highest OPS at .569. He trails Travis Wood (.739) and Madison Bumgarner (.726).
Got right into the home run trot. Well done.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
MIAMI — Freddie Freeman had a hit in each of his last five games against the Marlins, but the Braves All-Star first baseman still finished with an almost unfathomable .135 average (10-for-74) against them this season….
He has hit a combined .314 with 57 extra-base hits (16 homers) and 64 RBIs in 124 games against everyone else….
Probably not of interest to anyone who isn’t a Braves or Marlins fan, but falls under that always interesting category of “Curious Baseball Stats.”
Jeter received numerous gifts from the Yankees, including a massage machine — since he’s old and retiring, get it? — a commemorative crystal, a trip to Italy and a donation of $222,222.22 to his Turn 2 Foundation.
First 20,000 Women (18 and over) received a gift basket including an autographed ball. :)
Posted: September 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 43 comment(s)
Saturday, September 06, 2014
With a first-inning double in tonight’s game against the Cardinals, his 48th of the season, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy broke the doubles record for catchers, per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter. Ivan Rodriguez held the record previously, doubling 47 times in 1996 though two of those doubles were hit as a DH. 41 of Lucroy’s 48 doubles have been hit when he has been in the lineup as a catcher (six at first base, one at DH)...
he entered the night with a .299/.366/.476 slash line along ...
The man who persuaded Americans to buy millions of Hurricane Mops, Slice-O-Matics, Pocket Hoses and other household gadgets advertised in infomercials thinks he can do something other New Jersey entrepreneurs have failed to do - sell tickets to baseball games at Newark’s Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
This Unlikable Catcher Brushed Up Against This Fiery Closer While Walking Off The Field. You Won’t Believe What Happens Next.
Brandon Steiner’s mind was churning as he watched the groundskeepers carrying their rakes off the Yankee Stadium infield.
“I can sell those,” he said. “I can put a plaque on them and have Derek sign them.”
What Yankees fan, he asked, wouldn’t want to gather fallen leaves or clear a garden with the rakes that once smoothed the dirt on which Derek Jeter roamed?...
“Pre-Steiner, we had two sets of bases for the season, and we’d repaint them and put them back on the field,” ...Read More...
Free agent this offseason, which will be interesting.
Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a broken pinkie finger sliding back into first base when Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez made a snap throw to first base in the third inning of tonight’s game at Fenway Park… Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports that Cabrera will undergo season-ending surgery to fix the broken finger. It’s a big loss for the Blue Jays, who are still within striking distance for either of the two ...Read More...
Friday, September 05, 2014
“Danny Baseball”? Nah, never mind.
as [Indians manager Terry] Francona., his coaches and special aides de camp like Jason Giambi have built a unique culture, so, too, they have put together what looking forward is arguably the biggest power rotation in the American League. When Danny Salazar shut out the Tigers Wednesday night, averaging more than 96.7, hitting 99.4, running his scoreless streak to 17 innings, it culminated a 22 game skein in which the Cleveland starters threw 131 1/3 innings, ...
Man, we’re trying to get it legalized, don’t be a dummy!
Padres infielder Everth Cabrera was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of marijuana. TMZ reports...
Cabrera has spent a lot of time on the disabled list this season, playing in only 90 games and posting a line of .232/.272/.300.
Bogar’s name often comes up for other jobs, so he might be more than interim.
Best of luck to Ron.
Ron Washington issued the following statement regarding his resignation today as manager of the Texas Rangers:
“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love – managing the Rangers – in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family…
Bench coach Tim ...
It shouldn’t have been a surprise that Rickey Henderson, baseball’s most prolific base stealer, stole the show at his 2009 Hall of Fame induction, but the way he did it was… there was a conspicuous lack of crazy. The anecdotes he told were eloquent and funny. The gratitude he expressed was heartfelt and gracious…
how did he pull it off? I found the unlikely answer in a San Jose Mercury News article one month after the ceremony: Leading up to his induction, Rickey had enrolled ...
Let’s see if I did this right.
Sep. 6: Mexico v. Chile (Friendly), Flamengo v. Gremio (Brasileiro)
Sep. 7: Germany v. Scotland (Euro Qualifying)
Sep. 8: Switzerland v. England (Euro Qualifying)
Sep. 9: Czech Republic v. Netherlands (Euro Qualifying)
Sep. 10: River Plate v. Godoy Cruz de Mendoza (Copa Sudamericana)
Sep. 11: Boca Juniors v. Rosario Central (Copa Sudamericana), Cruzeiro v. Bahia (Brasileiro)
Sep. 12: Lyon v. Monaco (Ligue 1), Seattle Sounders v. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
There is a move afoot for newspapers and other news organizations to refer to the Washington Redskins as “Washington,” or to otherwise avoid using the name of the team which many people consider to be epithet. Now at least one newspaper is extending that practice to racist imagery as well. The New York Daily News:
Yesterday, the News published this great editorial about the Washington team name. Today, we can also tell you that the paper will no longer use the Cleveland Indians’ ...
Stand Up To Cancer, backed from the outset in 2008 by founding donor Major League Baseball and supported year-round by MLB and its 30 clubs, will stage its fourth biennial fundraising telethon live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles from 8-9 p.m. ET on Friday.
As somebody who knows people who have or had cancer, I’d like to say that this (and the related promotions done during the All-Star Game and World Series) is probably the classiest thing baseball does every year.
Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
Somehow, I get the feeling this article was basically finished at least a couple of weeks ago…
Twelve years after the Moneyball season of 2002, any move GM Billy Beane makes is viewed through a kaleidoscopic haze of fiction and fact. His life can sometimes feel as if it’s based on a true story. Perhaps that’s why Beane, the object of so many conspiratorial whisperings, has largely retreated from public view. He turns down most interview requests and often escapes, in season, to his home on ...
Interviewed at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, retiring commissioner Bud Selig was asked what part of his legacy he’s most proud of. Selig cited a new age of “competitive balance,” commonly referred to as parity—meaning that teams who spent large portions of the previous two decades as also-rans now have a chance to not only make the postseason, but make deep runs into October.
It’s a nice thought. There are 30 MLB teams, and for the most part recently, playoff success has been limited to ...
I think the brass legitimately still thinks Middlebrooks has the most to offer the team at 3B of the available options. I disagree.
Ultimately, Will Middlebrooks and the Red Sox want the same thing. Both the player and his team want to see the soon-to-be-26-year-old put in the best possible position to succeed on the field in 2015. Both parties want Middlebrooks to shed the desperate struggles that, after Thursday’s 0-for-3 performance that included a pair of strikeouts, see the third baseman ...
No No: A Dockumentary, a portrait of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis and the no-hitter he threw while on acid, is at 100 percent.
On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 137 years of organized professional baseball, it’s the only no-hitter tossed while the pitcher was on LSD. Dock was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field. While professional baseball hadn’t fully embraced racial equality, he was an outspoken leader who ...
Past a divining Jeter…re-kill yr. idol.
A true rumor defies the post-space age hum of the Internet. A true rumor is like a summer rain: it may come on suddenly or it may not come at all, it may be sensed as a lithium lightness in the air when it is an eighth of a mile or a way or it may not even be believed after it has already occurred.
The gravest keepers of baseball’s most somber secrets, those who hover around (and above) the game at a Templar-like level of secrecy and power, are ...
Posted: September 05, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
Towers’ tenure has been marked by a slew of trades and player personnel moves that left many in the game scratching their heads. His most significant trade, the deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves, was widely questioned when it was made in January 2013 and looks lopsided nearly two seasons later.
But scratching one’s head has been about the only fun to be had in Phoenix for years now…
Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 50 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, September 5, 1914:
After striking out in the fourth inning yesterday, “Babe” Borton threw his bat at the Venice pit, narrowly missing [his teammate] Pitcher Clarence Smith. The pitcher immediately attacked Borton, landing a vicious right over the latter’s left eye, which made it necessary for him to leave the game. The affair was the outcropping of bad blood that has existed in the team for some time. Borton and Smith came to Venice from the Chicago White Sox.
It’s probably a ...Read More...
24 game days remain (including today). Competitors in the mirror are closer than the standings appear.
Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 94 comment(s)
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Barry L Bonds
Just setting up my Twitter. #myfirstTweet
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