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Friday, August 15, 2014

Sullivan: Going inside Michael Brantley’s dramatic, MVP-like improvement

On the other hand, Matt LaPorta is opening up a pizza place, so I think the Brewers are ok with it.

Used to be, in terms of performance, [Michael] Brantley was consistently, exactly average. Now, take a trip through the Wins Above Replacement leaderboard. You see Mike Trout at the top, naturally. Then there’s Alex Gordon, and Josh Donaldson, a previous breakthrough. Hanging out with the likes of Giancarlo Stanton is Brantley, who this year has become a fringe MVP candidate…

Brantley is pulling ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jeff sullivan, michael brantley, sabermetrics

The Drafts That Exceeded Expectations

The Angels hooked a good one.

he leading 2006 Rays draft managed to produce three productive major leaguers: Evan Longoria (1st Round, 3rd pick, 38.5 career rWAR, 5.81 WAR/Season), Alex Cobb (4th Round, 3rd Pick, 7.1 career rWAR, 1.94 WAR/Season), and Desmond Jennings (10th Round, 3rd Pick, 11.7 rWAR, 3.02 WAR/Season). However, the 2009 Angels drafted Mike Trout, Tyler Skaggs, and Garrett Richards, so they may be on the way to passing the 2006 Rays. In addition, the Angels’s total includes ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 02:26 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout, phillies, rays

Brisbee: Is Buck Farmer the best baseball adult movie name in recent history?

Max St. Pierre gets extra credit from me because I feel like it could be a female star’s name as well.

Buck Farmer made his major league debut for the Tigers on Wednesday. This means it’s time to plow through the best adult-film names in baseball over the past 25 years, separate the wheat from the chaff, and see where Farmer ranks…

10. Paul Swingle (1993)
9. Jumbo Diaz (2014)
8. Jeff Manship (2013-14)
7. Max St. Pierre (2010)
6. Scott Service (1992-2004)
5. Jeff Bronkey (1993-94)
4. Buck Farmer ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: buck farmer, grant brisbee, movies, tigers

How Bullpens Took Over Modern Baseball

The broader trend that goes back half a century is clear. In 1964 (four years after the save rule first came to baseball), teams used an average of 2.58 pitchers per game, including the starter; today, they’re using 3.92 pitchers per game. In ’64, relievers tossed an average of 2.64 innings per game; today, they’re throwing an eyelash more than three innings per game.
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As a result, managers choose a few relievers from a phalanx of fireballers, then go get a few more if some of them ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 15, 2014 at 01:03 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: jonah keri, relief pitching

Kernan: Imagine Jeter going from The Flip to The Flop

Flip, flop & fly…I don’t care if Jeter’s playoff chances die. So long as…JONES FLIES INTO THE STANDS!

The Flip was made on Oct. 13, 2001. No play better exemplifies Jeter’s winning approach, his creativeness and his ability to be in the right place at the right time.

Instead of The Flip, here in 2014, the Yankees are giving us The Flop.

They can’t stand up to the challenge.

At the age of 40, Jeter was supposed to go out the right way, playing October baseball and letting the chips ...

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Repoz Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Chass: LISTEN TO REINSDORF SING HIS SWAN SONG

This blogger has some good info.

“Jerry was so over the top on this one,” a high-ranking official said after the owners’ meeting. “He had no chance. There was never a race here.”

This is Reinsdorf’s swan song, I suggested, his last hurrah. “Yes, it is,” the official replied.

No controlling owner has been around as long as Reinsdorf. If he ever had any usefulness, he has outlived it. If he succeeded at anything with his Werner initiative, it was in conning The New York Times ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, jerry reinsdorf, murray chass, rob manfred

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-15-2014

...in which either the record books have a phantom player, or someone’s fibbing.

Chicago Eagle, August 15, 1914:

J.A. Brown, Jr., a Union Stockyards meat expert, holds the world’s record with the shortest professional baseball career of any player who has yet broken into the major leagues, writes I.E. Sanborn in Chicago Tribune.
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Encountering Acting Secretary Grabiner at the Sox offices, our hero asked for Comiskey, saying “My name’s Brown,” and offering the letter of introduction. Without ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: delos brown, dugout, history, phantom players

Carlos Gonzalez shut down for the season for surgery

CarGone. (Sorry.)

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, whose sweet swing was soured by a string of injuries this year, resigned himself Thursday to an early end of his season because of a nagging knee ailment… The Rockies, after consulting with Gonzalez and several doctors, decided their star slugger needs season-ending surgery to repair a left patella tendon tear…

Gonzalez has suffered through knee tendinitis since last season, and an MRI on Wednesday showed his injury grew worse in recent ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:53 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, injuries, rockies

Diamondbacks Acquire Brett Jackson From Cubs

Yes, the wrong Cubs’ Jackson had “swing-and-miss tendencies”...

The Diamondbacks have acquired former first-round pick and top prospect Brett Jackson from the Cubs in exchange for minor league reliever Blake Cooper… Jackson had been claimed off waivers prior to the trade’s completion.

Jackson, 26, rated as one of the game’s top 100 prospects from 2010-12, according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus (he topped out at No. 32 on BA’s list and No. 44 on BP’s list)... However, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blake cooper, brett jackson, cubs, diamondbacks, trades, transactions

OMNICHATTER 8-15-2014

OMNICHATTER HERE. GET YOUR OMNICHATTER HERE!

Gamingboy Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How Japan Finds American Baseball Talent

Now, Lopez’s job is to find current Triple-A players who look capable of clicking the same way. He sees every Independent League team at least twice over the course of a season. He completes his first circuit before July, attempting to see everyone in case the BayStars need midseason reinforcements. In the second half, he starts cherry-picking players at the positions that he, Kakazu, Yates, and GM Shigeru Takada expect to have to fill the following season. Eventually, Lopez becomes a quasi ...

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Rob Manfred one vote short on 1st ballot

Rob Manfred fell one vote short of the required three-quarters majority on the first ballot Thursday to become the new baseball commissioner, a person familiar with the balloting told The Associated Press.

Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, received 22 votes and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner got eight, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The third candidate, MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan, dropped out ...

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Pirates Acquire John Axford

One day, the Ax just fell…

The Pirates have acquired righty John Axford from the Indians, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Axford, 31, joined Cleveland on a one-year, $4.5MM free agent contract after being non-tendered by the Cardinals…

On the year, Axford has posted a 3.92 ERA with 10.5 K/9 but a troubling 6.5 BB/9 over 43 2/3 innings… Axford opened the season as the Cleveland closer, and picking up ten saves in the process, but lost the job with inconsistent performance…

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The District Attorney Posted: August 14, 2014 at 04:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, john axford, pirates, transactions

Q&A: Jerry Seinfeld, Mets superfan

Jerry is a Mets fan. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Let’s end with this: What do you like best about baseball?

I learn something every time I watch it. Sometimes it’s about baseball, sometimes it’s about life. But it’s always something.

There is no other game that is so shockingly correct in its original form. You look at the fact that a shortstop bobbles the ball and the runner can run much faster. It still works out that they still have to do what they do as best as they can, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2014 at 03:47 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry seinfeld, mets

The Managerial Meddling Index

And I would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling managers!

To determine how much each manager has meddled — or, to use a more neutral term, tinkered — I identified 10 areas in which a manager might try to make an in-game impact: changing the lineup; calling for an intentional walk, a pitchout, or a hit-and-run attempt; ordering a sacrifice bunt attempt by a position player (sac bunts by pitchers are par for the course); pinch hitting for a position player; pinch ...

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Alex Reyes takes different road with Peoria Chiefs | MiLB.com

Not the classic route.

Playing the percentages is a proven baseball strategy, whether looking at pitcher/batter matchups, calling for an intentional walk or determining the batting order.

Playing the percentages also helped St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes kick off his baseball career.

Reyes, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Cardinals system, decided to leave his Elizabeth, New Jersey, home his senior year of high school and move to the Dominican ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2014 at 01:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

Top prospect Buxton sustains concussion in collision

Center fielder Byron Buxton, baseball’s top prospect, was hospitalized Wednesday night with a concussion after colliding with Double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka in right-center field.

The collision occurred on a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning, when Kvasnicka’s knee appeared to hit Buxton near his left shoulder. Buxton was playing in his first game at New Britain after being promoted on Monday.

Play was suspended for more than 30 minutes as Buxton was stabilized on a ...

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kthejoker Posted: August 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, minnesota twins

Girardi pushes panic button, costs Yanks

BALTIMORE—Joe Girardi seemed more upset about losing the argument than losing the game.

That, my friends, pretty much says it all about Wednesday night’s crushing loss to the Baltimore Orioles and about the true state of the manager of the New York Yankees’ confidence in his team’s postseason chances.

And it says an awful lot about the way he managed this game, which went a long way toward insuring his team would lose it.

 

DKDC Posted: August 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: girardi, orioles, yankees

King of Blackouts: Why one candidate for MLB commissioner keeps fans from watching games

When the lords of baseball take to a Baltimore boardroom today to vote on a new commissioner, the least-heralded candidate will carry into the election a most unbecoming title: King of the Blackouts. Much of Tim Brosnan’s candidacy, in fact, rests on his turning baseball into a $9 billion-a-year monolith as executive VP of business on the back of fat television contracts that leave fans all over the country unable to watch the very sport he’s in charge of selling to the public.

The fact ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, media, television, tim brosnan

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2014

Kenna [New Mexico] Record, August 14, 1914:

Claude Rossman, once a Nap, once a Tiger and now a Miller in the American association, won a game the other day for Minneapolis in the American association.

Claude won it in the third inning of a contest with Cleveland and the winning was sweet because—

“Hey, you big boob, back to the Old Soldiers’ home.”
“Whenja see Elmer Flick last?”
“You’as a good hitter back in 1906,” were only a part—a very small part—of the remarks flung at him…

And the people ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2014 at 09:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: claude rossman, dugout, history

Searching for Racial Earnings Differentials in Major League Baseball

This never would have happened if baseball adopted a racial salary cap.

White players do not seem to get paid less when they re-sign more than a year before free agency, but black players do.  Latinos take a severe discount and sign for $4.9 million per WAR when they sign early. Obviously Albert Pujols’ contract plays a role in this, but even excluding him the earnings per WAR among Latinos who re-signed more than a year before reaching free agency would be $5.3 million, far less than the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: player salaries, race

SOE: La Russa’s New Learning Curve

Well, it certainly ain’t the Beane curve.

La Russa’s thought on sabermetrics are along the lines of separation between church and state. He believes statistics have their place in player evaluation and game preparation but not so much in determining in-game strategy.

“When I started managing in the major leagues with the White Sox in 1979, I’d had a half a season managing in Double-A, a half-season managing in a Triple-A and a season of winter ball, so I was studying my butt off in order to ...

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Repoz Posted: August 14, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: d-backs, sabermetrics

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OMNICHATTER 8-14-14

OMNICHATTER on a Thursday!

Gamingboy Posted: August 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tulowitzki To Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery

How does that work… instead of a hospital bed, they use a fixed-gear bicycle?

The Rockies received more bad news on the injury front today, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com tweets that MVP candidate Troy Tulowitzki will miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip.

Tulowitzki, 29, has appeared in just 91 games this season but is hitting a hefty .340/.432/.603 with 21 homers in 375 plate appearances and elite shortstop defense.

The District Attorney Posted: August 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Here’s What Happens When A Pitcher Throws A Meatball

The batter asks for some spaghetti to go with that meatball.

But all types of meatballs hurt somehow. The off-speed ones aren’t swung at as often, but when hitters do make contact, they’re clobbering the ball. The fastball variety, meanwhile, do entice a hitter to take a swing, leading to a ball that’s more likely to find its way around the defense. And whether it’s a fastball or an off-speed pitch, meatballs are still the most homer-friendly pitch I’ve seen.

The more I looked into ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 13, 2014 at 08:08 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

NotGraphs: A Dangerous Experiment: 25 Adam Dunns.

Thus I began this mad, stupid experiment. The premise is simple: using everyone’s favorite realistic baseball simulation, Out of the Park 2015, I created teams of baseball players by cloning a single player until they filled the active roster, and set them against each other in 162 games of gory combat. The results exceeded my wildest expectations.

The four teams in the CBL (Clone Baseball League) are:

• The Adam Dunns
• The Dee Gordons
• The Bartolo Colons
• The Koji Ueharas

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Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 13, 2014 at 07:17 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, bartolo colon, dee gordon, humor, koji uehara

Amazin Avenue: Mets are right to let Jenrry Mejia continue pitching

Since moving to the bullpen, Mejia has posted a strong 2.70 ERA and 9.81 K/9. He was even better before his last seven appearances, posting a 2.10 ERA from May 12 through July 23. However, the only thing that appears to have changed between July 23 and now is Mejia’s luck. Despite posting a BABIP of .321 through July 23, Mejia’s BABIP has exploded to an impossible .565 over his last 6⅔ innings. This despite the fact that his strikeout rate over that span is an excellent 13.49 per nine ...

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thetailor Posted: August 13, 2014 at 05:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jenrry mejia, mets

Owners want a debate, not inevitability that Rob Manfred will succeed Bud Selig as MLB commissioner

Manfred, man: Why should we not?

Whether it was Peter Ueberroth in 1984, Bart Giamatti in 1988, Fay Vincent in 1989 or Selig in 1992, all the [recent] previous baseball czars ascended to the top job by unanimous vote of the owners.

You would have thought that would be the case this time as well, with Rob Manfred, Selig’s No. 2 man, waiting in the wings after having been the point man for the most impactful commissioner ever…

And apparently, for the vast majority of owners, it is.

But a few, ...

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Mets, Matt Harvey rethink Tommy John rehab plan after elbow injury to Jeremy Hefner

This is becoming uncomfortably like a parent trying to get their teenager to do something without telling them to do it…

As word leaked out of the Mets organization about Jeremy Hefner having re-injured his elbow, one official made a point of noting, off the record, that injured ace Matt Harvey had a front-row seat to see a pitcher have a major setback after Tommy John surgery.

Tuesday, Sandy Alderson was not so subtle.

The Mets general manager said Hefner’s injury, which will likely require ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 13, 2014 at 03:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jeremy hefner, matt harvey, mets

FG: Shin-Soo Choo’s Lost Season

A fan has gotten more press than him lately, never mind Hyun-jin Ryu…

The Rangers signed [Shin-soo] Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract in the offseason, expecting 4-win player for at least a couple more years. What they’ve gotten is exactly replacement level production. Choo’s WAR is currently 0.0…

Choo’s batting average on balls in play this year is .309. That’s pretty normal, even a little high compared to the league average. But Choo has never been average when it comes to ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 13, 2014 at 03:40 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabermetrics, shin-soo choo

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