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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Francoeur throws batter out at first from right field

OAKLAND, Calif. | Sure, the Royals lead the majors with 48 outfield assists, but Oakland rookie Michael Taylor learned Wednesday that there are times when you need to run on those arms — and run hard.

Taylor drove a two-out pitch to right field in the second inning for what appeared to be a sure single until Jeff Francoeur came up gunning. The result was an out at first — a rare 9-3 play in baseball’s statistical shorthand.

Zach Posted: September 08, 2011 at 06:51 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, royals

AL West race: September 7, 2011

TEX 81-63 [4-3 in SEPT]
LAA 78-65 [5-2 in SEPT] (2.5 GB)

MLB.com: Rangers fall despite Kinsler’s homers

But despite Ian Kinsler making things interesting when he hit his second solo homer of the game in the ninth inning off Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth to give the Rangers life, Mark Lowe could not keep Desmond Jennings from ending things, as the rookie outfielder hit a walk-off homer in the 10th on the first pitch he saw to give Texas a 5-4 loss.

MLB.com: [Maicer] Izturis’ late double sparks ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 08, 2011 at 04:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

Yahoo: Brown: Mayberry and the Mermaid

John Mayberry(notes) will apparently do anything for a date with a mermaid.

Yes, somebody has playfully betrayed the young Philadelphia Phillies outfielder and leaked a series of emails that expose his diabolical plan to have his agent set him up with actress and model Antoinette Nikprelaj, who played an underwater seductress in the most recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

Unfortunately for Mayberry, this mermaid is taken, as she is already married and has a daughter.

Another reason ...

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Don Malcolm Posted: September 08, 2011 at 02:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Saxon: Trout named Minor League Player of the Year

The best minor-leaguer is no longer a minor-leaguer, which is not surprising when you think about it.

Baseball America named Angels outfielder Mike Trout its Minor League Player of the Year after he batted .326 with a .414 on-base percentage, 18 doubles, 13 triples, 11 home runs and 33 steals for Double-A Arkansas.

Trout, 20, is the first Angels prospect to win BA’s award since Tim Salmon in 1992. The following season, Salmon won the Rookie of the Year award. This has been a good season ...

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Philly.com: LeMar, Phillies Part Ways

Talk on Chicago sports radio is that LeMar might end up as the new Cub GM, as recent moves by Chicago owner Tom Ricketts make it harder to get anyone really high profile. (Plus people don’t think much of Ricketts in general).

Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: September 07, 2011 at 10:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Mariners Blog | Coming soon to a theatre near you: the Steve Delabar story

Delabar was a 29th round draft pick of the Padres in 2003 who’d played five seasons of pro ball and topped out at Class A.

He then pitched in the independent leagues in 2008 and 2009. His arm was tiring in 2009, but his coach, despite Delabar’s protests, insisted he was needed to finish off a game. He heard his elbow pop while throwing a pitch, then saw the bone jutting out from his skin as he stared at the painful fracture.

“There was a point when I first went to the High A team…I’d given ...

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i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated Posted: September 07, 2011 at 09:06 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Tango: The 2011 Scouting Report - By the Fans, For the Fans

Break out those Spooners and stogies…it’s that time of year again!

Welcome to the Eighth Annual Fans’ Scouting Report. For those looking for past results, go here (2008 and prior) and here for 2009, for 2010.

Baseball’s fans are very perceptive. Take a large group of them, and they can pick out the final standings with the best of them. They can forecast the performance of players as well as those guys with rather sophisticated forecasting engines. Bill James, in one of his later Abstracts, ...

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Repoz Posted: September 07, 2011 at 08:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: media, scouting, site news, special topics

Bill James Online: Mr. Pederson’s Legacy

How would a greenie feel, Mr. Pederson?

Disortes, Nebraska, population 416, although a few years ago we were up close to 500… it is a thriving town, unlike so many around us, and this is Mr. Pederson’s Legacy.  Sterling Pederson came here to teach in 1958…

On the first day of school in the fall of 1965, Mr. Pederson announced to his classes that students who did well in his class would be rewarded with small amounts of cash… It wasn’t much money, but Pederson was surprised at how much ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 07, 2011 at 06:18 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: steroids

TFT: Donatiello: Derek Jeter, the Yankees, and the Death of Sabermetrics

Son, you’re gonna’ drive me to drinkin’
If you don’t stop and bring back that Faster Times Lincoln!

Why has Jeter been able to defy expert opinion, including New York Yankees staff members, hitting like it’s 1999 to close the season?  Does it mean the death of sabermetrics?  I sure hope so.

As one of the all-time clutch players in baseball history, it’s hard to say the pressure of 3,000 hits got to the all-time Yankees hits leader, but maybe it did.  Perhaps Derek Jeter just needed some ...

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Repoz Posted: September 07, 2011 at 05:50 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, scouting, yankees

Fangraphs. Q&A: Ken Singleton

Ken Singleton agrees with the Internet.

DL: In the eyes of many, you were an underrated player. Who did you play with, or against, who was underrated?

KS:  One person who comes to mind is Dwight Evans. First of all, he was probably the best right fielder in the league when we played. He was an excellent fielder. His on-base percentage was good, because he drew a lot of walks. He also hit a lot of home runs, well over 300. I think he was underrated maybe because there were so many star ...

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Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: September 07, 2011 at 04:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks

Trumbo a strong candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year

Only because…Johnny Giavotella got his pop gun!

Along with his 26 bombs, Trumbo has driven in 80 runs, collected 55 extra base hits and has a .486 slugging percentage percentage, leading the team in all four categories. And he came up with probably the Angels’ biggest hit of the season against the Rangers on August 18, when he slammed a two-run homer off reliever Mike Adams to give his team a 2-1 win, and keep them within six games of the leaders. Without the shot, LA is swept by Texas, falls ...

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Repoz Posted: September 07, 2011 at 03:07 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awards, music

Brown: Yankee Stadium all wet on proper replay angle for Cervelli homer

“Well, there you have it”

A long night. A soggy night. Fun and amusing, but long and soggy. And what did we learn? That Yankee Stadium needs to get its camera angles in order, because they showed nothing conclusive about Cervelli’s homer.

The ball appeared to be interfered with by two fans reaching over the left-field fence, but would it have gone over anyway? Umpire Paul Emmel ruled that way at the time, and that was the case made by YankeeCaster Ken Singleton, and I tend to agree. ...

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Repoz Posted: September 07, 2011 at 12:44 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

Griffin: Against all odds, McGowan makes it back to pitch for Jays

This was kinda special to watch…save the Dave Cockrummy drawn sideboards.

With his wife Jillyanne looking on from a private box, McGowan climbed the hill and as he stepped onto the rubber for the first time in three years seemed to momentarily lose his balance, quickly righting himself. This had a distinct air of familiarity, but at the same time was so very different. He could look around the diamond, into the dugout and out to the bullpen and see just Adam Lind, Jesse Litsch and Shawn Camp ...

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Repoz Posted: September 07, 2011 at 12:07 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-7-2011

Toledo News-Bee, September 7, 1911:

[Silk] O’Loughlin was working the plate.  A foul tip struck his mask, near the top, sailing into the grandstand with terrific speed.

To everyone it seemed that the ball struck O’Loughlin on the top of the head and while he delayed the game momentarily to recover his wits, there came from the St. Louis bench, [Paul] Krichell’s voice: 

“Nice work, Silk.  That’s putting the wood to it, old boy.”

Zing!

Krichell, of course, became one of the greatest scouts in ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: September 07, 2011 at 09:25 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, scouting

AL West race: September 6, 2011

TEX 81-62 [4-2 in SEPT]
LAA 77-65 [4-2 in SEPT] (3.5 GB)

MLB.com: [C.J.] Wilson blanks Rays for first career shutout

The Rangers could have given a game ball to a plethora of players after Tuesday’s 8-0 win over the Rays. But the player most deserving was C.J. Wilson.

With the Rangers needing a win on Tuesday, Wilson stepped up in a big way, firing his first career shutout to help Texas maintain its slim lead over the second-place Angels in the American League West.

MLB.com: Angels see ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 07, 2011 at 05:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

MLB.com: Strasburg tosses five scoreless in return

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg didn’t miss a beat on Tuesday night. After more than a year of rehabbing his surgically repaired elbow, Strasburg pitched the way he always has—like the ace of the Nationals.

He pitched five shutout innings and allowed two hits before leaving the game with a 3-0 lead over the Dodgers. Los Angeles rallied off the Washington bullpen for a 7-3 victory.

Strasburg struck out four hitters and walked none. He threw 56 pitches, 40 strikes. His fastball was clocked as ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 07, 2011 at 04:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, nationals

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

MLB.com: MONEYBALL movie premiere sweepstakes

Because if a Primate wins this, the world will be a slightly less terrible place.

THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND ONE (1) LUCKY GUEST WILL RECEIVE:

- Two (2) tickets to attend the Moneyball movie premiere in Oakland, CA
- Two (2) Oakland A’s regular-season home-game tickets
- A three (3) day/two (2) night trip including roundtrip air transportation and hotel accommodations.

MONEYBALL
A new motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, and Jonah Hill. Based on the true ...

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Lassus Posted: September 06, 2011 at 11:42 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Fox Sports Houston - Sources: Crane’s stance on AL holding Astros sale

There are strong indications that the stumbling block in the Astros’ sale to Jim Crane is Crane’s reluctance to move the team to the American League.

We have been wondering out loud about this issue in this space from the start. Now we hear that is, in fact, the case.

...

More than one source has indicated to FoxSportsHouston.com that Crane’s stance on the club switching leagues is a hurdle in the approval process. When asked about the topic last week, McLane firmly denied that the league ...

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Joe Kehoskie Posted: September 06, 2011 at 10:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, rumors

Passan: Rethinking the five-man starting rotation

The Tigers could’ve done something opening day to save at least a few of those miserable outings from even happening.

It would have been wild. Unconventional. Part of the evolution back to the proper usage of pitchers instead of the anxiety that pervades the game today.

A four-man rotation.

How very novel.

And how very rational.

“That,” Dombrowski said, “is a long conversation.”

It’s one, in fact, that happens annually in major league front offices. Even in the most ...

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still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: September 06, 2011 at 08:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tigers

Post Game: Yankees Fans Fighting Moammar Gadhafi?

PLEASE SAVE ME A COPY OF THE GREEN BOOK, MR. PRESIDENT

A baseball cap can make a powerful statement, even in a war zone.

Nearly 5,000 miles from the Bronx, a rebel fighter showed his loyalty to Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees.

...Rebel fighter Anas Ahmed El Houderi, wearing a New York Yankees cap, spoke with ABC’s Kofman on the front line over the weekend. Fifty seconds into the story, speaking near-perfect English, El Houderi said, “We want a peaceful resolution to this ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 07:50 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia, yankees

Empire Invades AT&T Park for San Francisco Giants’ Star Wars Day

Its a trap!

And the team went all-out. Fans got a pre-game costume contest, a post-game screening of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in the stadium, Stormtroopers guarding the field during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” giveaway statues of Giants closing pitcher Brian Wilson — frozen in carbonite, Han Solo-style — and the opportunity to generally geek out throughout the game.

“We don’t even know what the score is,” said 33-year-old Ryan Flores, above right, who came in a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2011 at 05:25 PM | 1033 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, giants

IATM: Is WAR the new RBI?

Give me OBP, give me OPS, give me IPO, give me WPA, give me K/BB; just don’t give me RBI!  If you’re going to give me RBI, Mr. McCarver, I’d rather you gave me nothing.

And then came WAR.

The concept was ratified by the sabremetric Godfather, Bill James, who’d created Win Shares according to a similar ideology in 2002.  It was a neoclassical economist’s wet dream, like baseball GDP: an elegant equation which accounted for all the sport’s diverse variables and yielded a single ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 03:18 PM | 164 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

Knapp: S.F. Giants fan Billy seems to have vanished

Which way you goin’ Billy? (maybe The Lincecum Family knows…)

Copies of an old photo of pitcher Matt Cain, in his baby-faced years, and one of the Giants’ most devoted fans have taken up prime real estate in the team’s park. One has been taped to the wall of the team’s batting cage, one in the clubhouse and another below the water jug in the dugout.

The fan in the picture, known to most of the team only as Billy, has been a fixture waiting to greet players and coaches at their parking lot for ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 02:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Silva: HoJo on Moneyball

Add Howard Johnson to the list of people that doesn’t see value in Moneyball.

saw ad for Moneyball the movie. Sorry, you can’t win with a computer program. one of those theories that looks good, but doesn’t play well

Howard Johnson
20Hojo

Thanks to CV.

Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 02:07 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history, media

Brett Lawrie jumps off top rope, elbows Red Sox in 11

Lawrie! Wrestling!! Ker Plunk!!!

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1. Kid can play, eh?: What a great Labour Day for the Toronto Blue Jays. They got manager John Farrell back after he was out 10 games because of pneumonia and they beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 in 11 innings on another home run by British Columbia’s Brett Lawrie.

He circled the bases with his tongue out, like a puppy who couldn’t wait to get pet at home plate. Then he did a big Kendrys Morales jump off the top turnbuckle — but survived the leap of faith ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 01:27 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox

Strauss: Cards lose as they struggle to see the ball

The hell with the new tornado sirens…get to work on this problem!

Minutes after absorbing a dull-looking loss that put them 10½ games behind the division-leading Brewers, first baseman Albert Pujols and left fielder Matt Holliday spoke for numerous teammates as well as themselves when criticizing a 3:15 p.m. starting time that left hitters wincing through shadows for most of the game.

...“I don’t want anybody to read it wrong. I don’t want to disrespect the job (Wolf) did. He did a pretty ...

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Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 12:29 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Alex Liddi about to become first Italian-born player in majors in almost 50 years

The third-base prospect will become the first Italian-born major-leaguer since Remo Bertoia in 1962 once the Mariners officially add Liddi to their expanded major-league roster. Seattle plans to add Liddi, along with outfielder Michael Saunders and relief pitcher Steve Delabar before Tuesday night’s game here against the Angels.

Liddi, 23, will also be the first graduate of the MLB European Academy to play in the majors as well as the first Italian born and raised player to do it. Bertoia’s ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2011 at 11:47 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: international, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-6-2011

Toledo News-Bee, September 6, 1911:

Umpires Can Players For Thinking Things

“Fielder Jones and Tim Hurst pulled a funny one,” said Doc White, the great southpaw pitcher of the Sox.  “I was pitching and Fielder was not agreeing with Tim’s ruling.  As was his habit, he would rush in from center to dispute the point with Tim.

“Finally this foot race and argument got on Tim’s nerves and he decided to stop it.  As Jones started in for the steenth time, Hurst hurried from behind the bat to meet ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: September 06, 2011 at 08:28 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB.com: [Zach] Stewart nearly perfect for White Sox

[Zach] Stewart wasn’t perfect against the Twins, but came close as he delivered what was easily the best start of his career.

Tossing a career-high 114 pitches, Stewart blanked the Twins, retiring 27 of 28 batters as the White Sox swept the doubleheader with the 4-0 victory in the nightcap after a 2-1 win in the afternoon.
...
Stewart struck out a career-high nine while allowing only the one baserunner in the 62nd one-hitter in White Sox history and the first since Freddy Garcia on Aug. 23, ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 06, 2011 at 04:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, white sox

AL West: September 5, 2011

TEX 80-62 [3-2 in SEPT]
LAA 77-64 [4-1 in SEPT] (2.5 GB)

MLB.com: Walks haunt Feldman as Rangers fall to TB

Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman could not duplicate the results from last Tuesday, when he earned his first win as a starter in more than a year. Facing the Rays for the second consecutive time, Feldman allowed four runs on Monday in the Rangers’ 5-1 loss at Tropicana Field.

MLB.com: Angels top Mariners to gain ground in West

With a 7-3 victory powered by Mark Trumbo and the middle third ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 06, 2011 at 04:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

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