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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Slusser: Speculation about A’s GM Billy Beane

Beane to the Cubs? Well…at least he won’t have to worry about his #### not working in the playoffs. (zi~ducks chair~ng)

There is increasing thought among baseball people, including some who know him well, that A’s general manager Billy Beane might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy, as expected.

It’s no secret that the A’s higher-ups are frustrated about the glacial pace of Major League Baseball’s panel looking at a potential Oakland move. Within the A’s ...

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Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cubs, rumors, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-25-2011

Pittsburgh Press, August 25, 1911:

Just before the game yesterday a telegram was handed to Rube Marquard, and after reading it he started on a still hunt for the Marquis of Queensberry.  The message was intended for the titled Englishman…It got into Rube’s hands because an absent-minded telegraph operator, whose thoughts still lingered on Monday’s game, had addressed it to the Marquis of Marquard.

It’s a good thing Jason Marquis wasn’t around back then.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 25, 2011 at 08:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, dugout, history

Seattle Times: Wily Mo Pena’s big day starts with something rare — a walk

East coast earthquakes, Sean Burroughs home runs, Wily Mo Pena walks…. what’s next?

Pena is known for his aversion to walks. It was his first free pass in 68 plate appearances this season between Arizona and Seattle.

“I felt so good after I took the first walk,” Pena said. “They tried to give me a lot of inside stuff, and I just let those pitches go. That’s why I had such a good game, because I let those bad pitches go.”

Pena is notorious for one other thing — his ability to hit the ball a ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 06:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

STL Post-Dispatch: Fading Cards are willing to deal

After a 9-4 whipping by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, general manager John Mozeliak didn’t necessarily reject that [St. Louis might be sellers] but didn’t anticipate major trade action and said that interest in his players had been marginal.

“Right now, we would consider anything,” Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch. “If somebody has interest in our players, definitely we would listen. But, as far as potential trades, I don’t feel like we’re likely to be engaged in that.

“A lot of times ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 05:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Gage: Justin Verlander’s dominance is shades of Denny McLain

Swore that read shady Denny McLain.

That’s because, at 210 innings, which is where Verlander is now — they are virtually the same pitcher. If anything, Verlander has the edge.

Verlander is 19-5 at 2092/3 innings. McLain was 20-3 at 2101/3.

Verlander has a 2.28 ERA. McLain had a 2.10 ERA.

Verlander has a .185 opponents’ batting average. McLain had a .197.

Verlander has allowed 139 hits. McLain had allowed 148.

Here’s the difference: Verlander has only seven starts left. When McLain ...

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Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 05:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, tigers

Yahoo: Weaver, Angels rout WSox 8-0 in 6th straight win

Since the AL Central seems to have fizzled out lately, at least the AL West is picking up steam as an actual old-school, win-or-go-home pennant race.

Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in his first start since signing an $85 million contract extension, and Erick Aybar drove in three runs in the Los Angeles Angels’ sixth straight victory, 8-0 over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
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Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, and Jeff Mathis had a two-run double during a ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 04:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, white sox

WBAL: Sources: Mike Flanagan Found Dead

MONKTON, Md. -- Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and general manager Mike Flanagan was found dead on his Baltimore County property, WBAL-TV 11 Sports Director Gerry Sandusky has confirmed through multiple sources. Baltimore County police and fire spokeswoman Elise Armacost told WBAL-TV 11 News that police officers discovered a man's body alongside a trail in Monkton late Wednesday afternoon. Armacost did not identify the man.
Dan Szymborski Posted: August 25, 2011 at 01:08 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

MLB.com: [Red] Sox preparing Hurricane Irene contingencies

With Hurricane Irene possibly touching down in New England at some point this weekend, the Red Sox are trying to figure out how to best play the entirety of their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics.

Because Sunday might be a complete washout, there have been at least preliminary discussions about playing a doubleheader Saturday.
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“It sounds like it could be anything from us having trouble getting home [from Texas] to who knows,” said manager Terry Francona. “It sounds like it’s ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 12:59 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

NY Post: Nick’s far-outfield honeymoon

Don’t forget to try the Qabeli Palau…

Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher is finally taking his new wife, Joanna Garcia, on a honeymoon—to Afghanistan.

Nick and actress Joanna, a star of ABC’s “Better Without You,” plan to visit US troops in November, their first trip since they married last December.

Speaking to us at the Yankees Unite for Tornado Relief event at Southern Hospitality Hell’s Kitchen, Swisher said, “Three military officers came to the Yankee locker room and asked if ...

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vortex of dissipation Posted: August 25, 2011 at 12:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international, yankees

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ESPN: Sources: Yankees claim Carlos Pena

Likely looking for some help at designated hitter, the New York Yankees claimed Chicago Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena off trade waivers on Wednesday, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

Chicago Tribune: Carlos Pena claimed but probably going nowhere

The Yankees reportedly claimed Pena, but the Cubs don’t seem willing to move him, in part because they owe him money for next season.

ESPN: Heath Bell: Now a ‘waiting game’

The San Francisco Giants claimed San Diego Padres closer Heath ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 11:53 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, padres, twins, yankees

Yahoo: Morrison rejoins Marlins after brief demotion

Back with the Florida Marlins after an 11-day demotion to the minors, a less loquacious Logan Morrison unpacked his bags and pondered his punishment.

Will the clubhouse comedian now be more reserved? “I’ll be the same person,” Morrison said.
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“He’s a good kid, really,” manager Jack McKeon said. “He understands the situation, and I’m quite sure you’re going to see a different guy.”
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“We’ve been looking for that key hit for two weeks,” McKeon said. “Hopefully ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 10:17 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

HAUTE LIVING MAGAZINE: FEATURE : MARK TEIXEIRA

“Haute Living is targeted towards those who desire—and have the means to experience—the finest things in life.” And this includes that Teixeira pan?

“It’s so much grander, so much more impressive, so much more special than anywhere I’ve been, and I’ve played in some great places,” he said. “But when you come to New York and you see 27 championships, you see Monument Park and all the great players that have played there, when you [put on] the pinstripes, it’s just grander and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 09:47 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, media, yankees

TYA Interview With Marc Carig

Found this part interesting…and somewhat familiar.

TYA: Bloggers and twitter users, myself included, often criticize the mainstream media. How do writers tend to take that sort of criticism? Do you think any of it is useful in terms of honing your craft? Do you think it might be more effective and useful if the tone was less acerbic? What would you say to the argument that just as players are public figures who are open to criticism from the MSM, writers put their work product into the public ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 08:37 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: media, sabermetrics, site news, yankees

Neyer: Brad Mills Pulls ‘Waxahachie Swap’ Tuesday Night

Stock swap!  Let’s swap some stock!

Tuesday night in Denver, Astros manager Brad Mills made one of the most unusual moves a manager will occasionally make, sending his relief pitcher to right field for one batter, then bringing him back to the mound…

As near as I’ve been able to tell, this sort of move disappeared from 1909 until perhaps the late 1940s, when minor-league manager Paul Richards deployed the scheme in an International League game. Richards did it again in 1951, by which time he ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2011 at 07:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rockies

S.I.: Jenkins: Strange Brew (but It’s Working)

Ronnie’s Wallbangers are this week’s cover boys. Yep, they’re jinxed.

Happy hour in the Brewers’ clubhouse starts early, with Morgan flexing in two coats of baby oil, Axford scanning the room for the putters used in naked golf, and the team listening to a head-rattling mash-up of music ranging from Marilyn Manson to Lil Wayne. In the dugout the starting pitchers recline in their personal cushioned chairs, including one they claim has supernatural powers to improve changeups. Batters ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: August 24, 2011 at 04:47 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, music

The Art of Scouting: How to Compile a Professional Scouting Report

Step one - chomp on cigar!

The problem with scouting is that while the general public think “OMG, if I become a scout I get to watch the best prospects in baseball play every, single day!” Well, maybe not the entire general public, but some. When a scout watches a team for several days at a time (which is usually the case) he has to file a report on either every player he’s assigned to (at times everyone who plays while the scout is in attendance) or just a handful. Not every team has top ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2011 at 03:56 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Royals bullpen could provide needed starters

All well and good so long as you don’t mess with THE PROVEN CLOSER!

Occasionally, you’ll hear somebody dismiss the chances of a dynamite reliever making a conversion to the rotation with this statement: “He’s a max effort guy. That’s just the way he pitches – max effort.”

The supposed logic in that statement is that a reliever who has a “max effort” style needs to throw every pitch as though it’s the last of his life – and therefore couldn’t learn to pace himself to go deep into games as ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2011 at 02:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, sabermetrics

Bullpens have changed, Duane Ward says

Well sure…after they cleaned up the David Cone mess, MLB had to.

Ward, now 47, played nine seasons in the major leagues, including the final eight years of his career with the Jays. His 45 saves during the ‘93 season stands as the franchise’s single-season record. It’s an accomplishment the 6-foot-4 right-handed former pitcher is still proud of.

“I don’t think I blew more than three saves (dickish editor’s note: make that six) that season, so I had a pretty good conversion rate,” Ward said. ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, sabermetrics

Hummel: Cards attendance down almost 3,000 a game

Don’t #### with the Pedro Feliz Fan Club!

The Cardinals have the fourth highest attendance decline in the major leagues at nearly 171,000, or 2,843 a game, before Tuesday night’s game here. The troubled Los Angeles franchise leads with a dropoff of more than half a million fans from this time last year.

But, with four weekend series remaining — with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Chicago — and Willie McGee and Holliday bobblehead promotions this Friday and Sunday, Joe Strohm, vice ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 12:04 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media

Kilgore: The case for bringing back Ivan Rodriguez

Every Good Boy Deserves Pudge: Check-Out Time.

As his two-year, $6 million contract is coming to an end, Ivan Rodriguez wants to play for the Nationals next season. Rodriguez has maintained all year he wants to finish out his career in Washington, and he reiterated that desire last week. “I would love to play here,” he said.

The Nationals and Rodriguez haven’t yet discussed next season, Rodriguez said, but there are certainly reasons why the Nationals would benefit having him around ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, nationals

Simers: He really hopes this Vin Scully guy makes the grade

I once thought I received a Bob Gamere opinion survey….but it turned out to be just some dated Silentlambs literature.

I cannot make this stuff up, so you know I’m writing about the Dodgers.

John Richards, a season-ticket holder from Yorba Linda, e-mailed Tuesday to let me know the Dodgers have asked him to fill out a survey.

On a scale of 1 to 5, “They wanted my opinion of Vin Scully in the following eight areas: 1. Knowledge of baseball; 2. Knowledge of Dodgers organization; 3. ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-24-2011

St. Joseph News-Press, August 24, 1911:

[Long] Tom Hughes, pitcher of the Washington baseball team in the American League, and Edward Johnson, a Chicago artist, fought in an alley back of a downtown hotel last night until arrested.  Both men took a severe drubbing and were bleeding freely.

Johnson criticized Hughes’ pitching in Tuesday’s game against the Chicago team…Hughes is said to have suggested that he and Johnson settle their differences by a fisticuff.  “You’re on,” Johnson replied.  “If ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 24, 2011 at 09:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Goldman: Why Did Joe Girardi Play for One Run in a Two-Run Game?

Uhh…because he bought the obsolete “Fritz Weaver on Strategy” book by mistake?

In the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the A’s at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees trailed 6-3 entering the frame. Jorge Posada led off with a solo home run off of A’s closer Andrew Bailey, closing the deficit to 6-4. Russell Martin followed with a double, and Brett Gardner reached on third baseman Scott Sizemore’s error, putting runners on first and second with no outs and bringing ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 05:59 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, game recaps, projections, sabermetrics, yankees

MLB.com: Burroughs, Kennedy make perfect tag team

It was not as unlikely as the earthquake that rocked the D.C. area Tuesday, but a rare home run by Sean Burroughs helped power the D-backs past the Nationals, 2-0, in front of 17,029 at Nationals Park.

The win snapped Arizona’s six-game losing streak and capped a wild day that saw a 5.8-magnitude earthquake snarl traffic and prevent the team bus from arriving at the ballpark until about 1 hour, 45 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.
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“I was basically looking dead red fastball, ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 04:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, game recaps, nationals

ESPN: Streaking Rockies hand Astros third straight loss

The old “stick the pitcher in the outfield for one batter” move!  Wright went to…err, right.

Wesley Wright pitching for Houston
W Wright relieved F Rodriguez.
C Gonzalez fouled out to catcher
D Carpenter relieved W Wright
W Wright in right field
T Tulowitzki grounded out to shortstop
J Shuck in right field
W Wright relieved D Carpenter
T Helton struck out looking.

NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 03:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, game recaps, rockies

Yahoo: Kershaw wins 16th, Dodgers rip Cardinals 13-2

“Position player on the mound” alert: Skip Schumaker pitched the ninth: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HR (to Aaron Miles, TLR’s former mopup man)

Clayton Kershaw won his National League-leading 16th game and Rod Barajas homered twice in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 13-2 victory over the fast-fading St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Kyle Lohse (11-8) was rocked for a season-worst eight runs in three innings, an impossible deficit against the 23-year-old Kershaw, who struck out eight in six ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 24, 2011 at 03:26 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, game recaps

Yankees’ Prior shut down in minors

Lost time horizon…

Yankees right-hander Mark Prior has been scratched from his scheduled minor league appearance because of shoulder discomfort.

The converted reliever was slated to pitch in a Gulf Coast League game on Tuesday.

Prior has struggled with shoulder injuries and his last major league appearance came in August 2006. The 30-year-old went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 30 starts for the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs in 2003.

Prior has made six appearance with the Yankees’ ...

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Repoz Posted: August 24, 2011 at 02:40 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, yankees

Pie designated for assignment; Angle recalled

Pie: victim of MILKAMANIA.

The Felix Pie era in Baltimore appears to be officially over.

The talented but mistake-prone outfielder was designated for assignment today and replaced on the Orioles’ 25-man roster by Matt Angle.

Pie, 26, was batting just .220 with seven RBIs in 85 games, while also struggling defensively… In 268 games for the Orioles over the past three seasons, Pie has batted .259 (182-for-704) with 14 homers and 67 RBIs…

Angle will assume the fourth outfielder role. The ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NYT: Did Newark Bet on the Wrong Sport?

After a promising start to the return of minor league baseball here 13 years ago, a persistent dark cloud has settled over the Bears and their cozy ballpark near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In recent years, the team has changed ownership several times, gone into bankruptcy and emerged to an almost nonexistent fan base and grim financial reality.

The Bears are more than $800,000 in arrears on rent to Essex County and have provided little in ticket and sponsorship revenue due the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:08 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor leagues

NYBD: Silva: R.A. Dickey and the Human Narrative

“Let me say one more time, loudly…R…A…....Dickeee!

R.A. Dickey was holding court before Friday night’s Mets- Brewers games at Citi Field. He was talking about why he recently joined Twitter, his upcoming climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the manuscript for his memoir that is due out next April, and how throwing the knuckleball is about relationship and perfection. I asked Dickey if he could have imagined two years ago his position in the game today. “The human narrative is just a neat ...

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Repoz Posted: August 23, 2011 at 09:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, projections, sabermetrics

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