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Monday, August 08, 2011

LAT: Frank McCourt suing his lawyers

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on Monday will ask a judge in Boston to clear the way for him to pursue a malpractice claim against his former law firm that his attorneys say could be worth “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

As McCourt wages legal battles in California and Delaware in an effort to keep control of the Dodgers, his court fight in Massachusetts is aimed at preserving his right to sue for a nine-figure damage award if he loses the team.

You can’t make this stuff up. They sued him ...

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The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 08, 2011 at 05:59 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Brisbee: The Only Red Sox-Yankees Article You’ll Ever Need (If That’s What You Want)

In praise of the two greatest teams in the universe, and the media explosion which allows the rest of us to ignore them.

People who complain about Red Sox/Yankees games are my new pet peeve:

Oh, great, look: the front page of ESPN.com is all Yankees and Red Sox.

Of course MLB Network is showing Yankees/Red Sox. I wanted to watch [other game].

Yeah, went to read some stories about Craig Counsell’s hitless streak, but everything is all Boston this and New York that. Totally annoying.


The ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: August 08, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, online, red sox, television, yankees

Tough News For Beloved Yankee Player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXlUS5-ag_g

Sitting on the bench can’t be the way anyone wanted to see Posada’s 17-year career with the Yankees end. But he’s not being released, presumably to avoid clubhouse drama. And there’s plenty more baseball to be played, including the postseason. Posada was hitting decently against right-handers, with a .263/.340/.438 average and all nine of his home runs. Maybe he has some contributions left to make this season.

Dale Sams Posted: August 08, 2011 at 04:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general

THT: Jaffe: 10 things I didn’t know about winning 200 games

And 200+ congrats to Chris on his 200th article for THT!

6. Best/worst after win No. 200

Remember how Marichal’s record fell off after winning No. 200? That brings up some questions. Who did the best/worst after winning 200? Who had the biggest fall off? Did anyone actually get better in terms of winning percentage?

Let’s limit this to people with more than 50 decisions after their 200th win, or else the answer will be someone like Charlie Root, who went 1-0 between his 200th win and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 03:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, site news

Daniel Murphy out for the season after Mets infielder suffers Grade 2 tear of MCL in his left knee

Now, with all due sensitivity and discretion, bearing in mind the scope of the situation… I can’t help but think the Hospital for Special Surgery bears some responsibility to compensate the other, still living “victim” of this horrendous, horrendous tragedy.

Hobbling, and then writhing, in pain on the outfield grass just beyond second base, Daniel Murphy just wanted someone to help him get off the field.

Murphy was beyond upset after suffering what a source confirmed Sunday night is a Grade 2 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2011 at 03:34 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Losing $30M in annual fees shows city whiffed big-time on new Yankee Stadium, Citi Field

Juan gone to the Money Store!

If you want to know why more than 450 city park workers are about to be laid off or why the Parks Department has imposed outrageous fee increases, just take a look at the new Mets and Yankees ballparks… Deals the Bloomberg administration negotiated in 2006 have stripped some $30 million in annual revenue the Parks Department once generated from Shea Stadium and the old Yankee Stadium…

Shea and the old Yankee Stadium - both of which sat on park land and were owned ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2011 at 03:22 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets, yankees

NYT: Swallowed by a Shift

Long said the team’s research had shown that Teixeira was losing 15 to 20 points off his average because of would-be hits that were swallowed up by the shift, making it a primary reason for Teixeira’s declining average (he hit .256 in 2010)....

Teixeira is an unusual case, too, in that he is a switch-hitter who does not have nearly the same tendencies batting right-handed as he does from the left side….

As a right-handed hitter, Teixeira has a more even distribution in terms of the ...

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The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 08, 2011 at 02:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

OT: The Soccer Thread: August 2011

West Ham begins its journey back to the Premiership with their opening fixture vs. Cardiff! Currently listed at 6/4 for promotion, 9/2 to win the league. Go On Boys!

Oh, and I suppose there’s some other stuff as well…new US National Team coach, EPL season starting, etc. etc

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 08, 2011 at 02:41 PM | 1138 comment(s)
  Beats: general

FanGraphs: Cameron: Zobrist vs Fielder: A Position Adjustment Primer

Wrong HOL, Buster!

Yesterday on Twitter, Buster Olney had some thoughts on WAR, and specifically, the way it values middle-of-the-diamond players compared to first baseman. A few selections from his comments:

  #1: “Love advanced metrics,but anybody find something a little skewed to 2B/SS/CF? Ben Zobrist No. 6 overall, ahead of all first basemen, McCann?”

  #2: “Zobrist, Victorino, Howie Kendrick and Yunel Escobar all ahead of Prince Fielder in WAR. You do wonder if positional ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 12:19 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, sabermetrics, site news, television

South Side Sox: The Five Sides of Hawk Harrelson

He Was Expendable.

The John Wayne Side: This is the most debatable side of Hawk Harrelson. I was in attendance for Hawk Harrelson Night during his 25th anniversary celebration and one thing became apparent to me; people love The Hawk. It’s hard to understand but it’s true. There is something endearing about him. Maybe it’s his folksy charm? Or his deep passion for the White Sox? Or perhaps the silver comb-over thing on his head? I don’t know. But he is the kind of guy you will tell ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 11:59 AM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, white sox

Kovacevic: What happened to Pirates’ pitching?

I’d say bring in Joel Hanrahan and ask him…but it’s not a save the organization situation.

Some of that simply must be fatigue, as others in the organization will attest. But dig deeper with some advanced metrics, and it’s easy to see there is an element of the Pirates’ pitchers having been due some serious comeuppance:

• Through July 25, opponents had a .289 batting average on all balls put in play (BABIP), a statistic that distinguishes how much help a pitcher gets from his defense or ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, sabermetrics

Sherman: History all that keeps Posada from release

Posaday-to-day…

For now, the Yankees are holding off on summoning Jesus Montero. He is hot at Triple-A (.333 with seven extra-base hits in his past 13 games). However, there remains infighting among Yankees decision-makers if it is the wrong message to promote Montero when he has not dominated Triple-A and at times projects indifference about being there. Nevertheless, if the new DH structure does not work, Montero will be called up; yet another sign the Yankees are in a DH phase of anyone but ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 10:58 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: history, prospect reports, yankees

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

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 8, 1911:

From all accounts the baseball game between Glassport and Coal Valley, played on the grounds of the latter team last Saturday afternoon, will long be remembered in the Monongahela valley.  Some people declare it wasn’t a baseball game but a battle royal on a large scale.

...

[Constable Houseman] made a valiant effort to stop the fight, but not having 400 or 500 pairs of handcuffs and a machine gun with him, gave up the job and took to cover.

...

The ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 08, 2011 at 08:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Sports Poscast with SI’s Joe Posnanski: Michael Schur

Two, two, two drafts in one!  (Because I missed the last one.)

Most Exciting Plays in Sports Draft: (August 2 Poscast)

Joe Posnanski: Tag plays at home plate
Michael Schur: Walk-off HR when team is behind
Poz: Behind-the-back pass in basketball
Schur: Long snapper snaps the ball over the punter’s head
Poz: Blind-side sack
Schur: Flea-flicker
Poz: Breakaway in hockey
Schur: Soccer goal
Poz: “Turning the corner” in 200m or 400m track race
Schur: Championship point in tennis

Best Balls in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2011 at 01:39 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks

Sunday, August 07, 2011

ESPN Chicago: Quade dismisses no-pressure theory

Pounds Old Style per square inch is wrong?

Is the Cubs’ seven-game winning streak a result of not having to worry about the pressure of a pennant race?

Cubs manager Mike Quade credits other reasons for the Cubs’ recent stretch of good baseball.

“I don’t buy any of that [pressure] stuff,” Quade said. “I think we play better when we are healthy. I also think we played better defense and I hope that we’ve gotten better hopefully from hard work. Pressure? Was there pressure in May ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 11:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Batboy: Jeter’s ‘rituals,’ ‘high-maintenance’ A-Rod and more Yankees secrets

I don’t have time to wade through these excerpts. On Sunday…Brother Claude Ely must come first!!

A-Rod irritated the other players because he was so high-maintenance. He required his personal assistant to position his toothbrush on a certain part of the sink, specifically the edge near the right-hand cold water tap, leaning with bristles up over the basin. The first time he ordered me to do this, I couldn’t believe my ears when he said, “And put some toothpaste on it.”

Probably the strangest ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 08:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history, yankees

Juan Nicasio had surgery to fix a fractured vertebrae in his neck

Juan Nicasio is resting comfortably at a Denver hospital following surgery early this morning to stabilize a fracture to the C-1 vertebrae in his neck. Juan will remain hospitalized as he recovers from the surgery.

The aftermath of the line drive to his head.

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Radio host’s tweet on SF Giants stirs uproar

A sports radio talk show host’s short-lived Twitter posting that called Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez an illegal alien after his errant pitch Friday night started a baseball brawl had the Internet world in an uproar Saturday.

...Tony Bruno, whose nationally syndicated show is broadcast on KNBR, posted his comment on Twitter during his show about Ramirez hitting the Phillies’ Shane Victorino with a pitch Friday night, a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing brawl.

“gutless #!@%*# Giants,” he ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, giants, media, phillies

Virginia man campaigning for Roger Maris

Jay Smith, who grew up in Boston and is now the CEO of a public relations firm in Virginia, is 61 years old.

Oh, sweet synergy.

“I’m just a guy who happened to be a fan through all these years, and I thought Roger was shortchanged and deserved to be in the Hall of Fame for a variety of reasons,” said Smith, who served as the press secretary for former House Republican Leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona from 1973-77.

...“I dug deep and went into all the stats,” Smith said.

“He ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 11:59 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, yankees

Fay Vincent: What Happened to the Great Sports Writer?

THEY WENT THAT-A-WAY!

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There was a time when the New York Times was a carefully edited and well written newspaper. But here is a sentence I noticed the other day in a Times baseball news story: “Rivera, as he often does, did not allow a base runner.” What? Just pause a minute and try to parse that one. Maybe Yogi Berra wrote that line. Or maybe the person—I will not name him—who wrote that stunner cannot write or even think. Yogi once said, “No one goes to that restaurant anymore. ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 10:26 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media

Topkin: Joe Maddon doesn’t believe umpires have it in for David Price

So it is D.J. Reyburn and not Rayburn…

If you want to believe in a conspiracy, that the diverse umpiring crews throughout MLB have somehow banded together to doom Price, the difference could be just a few borderline pitches a game going against him.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said that though he knows the umpires compare notes, he does not think they are working against Price.

“Honestly, I haven’t seen anything different,” Maddon said. “Of course they talk. That’s undeniable. They’ll be the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 10:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Trentonian: From Fantasy to reality, Joe Kelly is 100 percent baseball

The Daniel Okrent for the Hall of Fame movement starts now!

But it wasn’t that ball, or the collection of autographed Time magazine covers of baseball luminaries, or even the Allen & Ginter’s binder holding even more Hall of Famers autographs that I came to see.

It was the autograph of Daniel Okrent that got me into this Bordentown basement.

Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 09:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, hall of fame, history, memorabilia

Houston Chronicle: Astros send Happ to minors

The Astros on Saturday optioned lefthander J.A. Happ to Class AAA Oklahoma City and placed righthanded reliever Enerio Del Rosario (shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list. To fill those roster spots, the Astros recalled righthanded reliever Jeff Fulchino and lefthanded reliever Wesley Wright from Oklahoma City.

Happ is 4-14 with a National League-high 6.26 ERA in 22 starts. In an 8-1 loss to Milwaukee on Friday, Happ became the first pitcher in franchise history to allow five or more ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 07, 2011 at 02:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

MLB.com: Bucs fall to Padres, drop ninth straight

The Pirates lost their ninth straight game Saturday night in a 13-2 thumping by the Padres at PNC Park.

Paul Maholm took the loss after allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. It was the most earned runs he’d allowed this season.
...
The Padres, who averaged 3.46 runs per game entering the series, have scored 28 runs in the past two games against the Pirates.

The Pirates’ pitching staff appears to have all suddenly turned into pumpkins, despite Halloween being over 2 1/2 months ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 07, 2011 at 02:31 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, pirates

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Kaplan: Cubs need to change fundamental mindset

Ira might have it…but David certainly doesn’t.

The Cubs need to increase the accountability of their players and they have to convey a message of enough is enough to their fan base to reverse a trend of empty seats and apathy that has been evident for much of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Players who don’t want to do whatever it takes to win can no longer be allowed to enjoy a comfortable environment at Wrigley Field. A player who doesn’t want to play hard can’t be allowed to have a secure ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 10:51 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Robothal: Full Count: Bautista is a bargain

Summary:

? It’s unclear whether there was anything to the “Jose Bautista for Joey Votto trade rumor” (the what now?)

? (according to this and Robo’s recent tweets) Rockies wanted Josh Reddick, Felix Doubront, Will Middlebrooks, Kyle Weiland and Ryan Lavarnway for Ubaldo Jimenez and Seth Smith

? Mets wanted one of Robbie Erlin or Joe Wieland from Rangers for Carlos Beltran; Rangers declined and later put them in the Mike Adams trade

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=650fe100-37dd-45bc-8723-306e071fc7e1" target="_new" title="">Full Count: Bautista is a bargain</a><p>

The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2011 at 10:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, blue jays, giants, indians, mets, rangers, red sox, reds, rockies, rumors

Gallay: Letter to a Toronto Blue Jays Fan: Resurrect the Original Logo

Aulternate logos are go!

We can make this happen. Bring back the old logo, not as a third jersey, sometimes-on-a-Friday type deal. We have to send a message. With a change to the post-season structure, a deep pool of emerging talent and a general manager in Alex Anthopoulos who is as impressive and trusted as his last name is tough to spell, we have our opening. We need the logo back for next year. Spring training. Pride back.

If you’re with me, please treat the comment section below like a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 03:34 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, memorabilia

Mullen: David Ortiz was really 10 for 31 v Rivera not 8 for 25 going into Friday at bat

I tuned to the YES Network to make sure it was still an ESPN/Bud Selig clone and it was. Michael Kay announced David Ortiz’ stats v Mariano Rivera going into the 9th inning match up on Friday, August 5, 2011 in Boston. Kay says Ortiz does well against Rivera and

  is 8 for 25.

Ortiz does well against Rivera but the stat deliberately omits 6 meaningful at bats in the two players’ careers and cheats the baseball consumer out of a larger sample size, ie the post season, stats for which are ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:51 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, media, projections, red sox, sabermetrics, television, yankees

Bondy: Citi Field is certainly no Shea Stadium, longtime Mets killer Chipper Jones laments

Or as that brave humorist, Helen Rowland-Office, once wrote…“Home is any four walls that enclose the right ballplayer.”

David Wright’s scorching drive in the first inning Friday night struck halfway up that infernal left-field wall at Citi Field for a one-run double instead of a two-run homer, just as Chipper Jones knew it would.

“It’s funny to see them hit the ball off the wall and look at me like, ‘God-damned, what do I got to do?’” Jones said Friday, before that 16-foot wall and Tim ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, mets, projections

Samuelsen: Some Jim Leyland lineups too weak to stomach

But, but that’s unpossible…Inge is in Toledo.

There is no issue with keeping guys on the bench engaged and keeping the starters fresh. Every team does it. And the Tigers do it, too.

But four guys in the same game? Does Leyland really fill out his lineup card on Thursday with Don Kelly batting second and playing first base (his first start there all season) and think that it gives his team the best chance to win? I doubt it. He looks at the fact that Alexi Ogando is pitching, the Tigers are ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, tigers

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