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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
When the Mets needed money after their owners were fleeced by Bernard L. Madoff, they turned to Steven A. Cohen, a hedge-fund billionaire. Their first request to him to invest came in 2010. A year later, Cohen emerged again as a possible financial lifeline before the Mets agreed to sell 33 percent of the team for $200 million to David Einhorn, another hedge-fund wizard. But that deal eventually collapsed.
Ultimately, Cohen paid $20 million for one of the 12 minority partnerships that Fred ...
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 08:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
Rich kids: Ghosts of princes in Washington towers.
In a series of bitter lawsuits that have transfixed Washington’s private-school crowd, the former teammates are feuding over Headfirst Baseball, the District company they built into a multimillion-dollar enterprise of pricey baseball showcases for high school players that college coaches attend and $425-a-week summer sports camps held at St. Albans in Northwest Washington and Mater Dei School in Bethesda.
Sullivan, whose father is famed ...
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 08:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 5, 1913:
The Federal League has come out openly with the declaration that it will disregard the reserve clause and will sign players whose contracts have expired regardless of whether they are on the reserve list of clubs in the National and American leagues.
Such a move would promptly result in competitive bidding for players…The team of today would be a different aggregation tomorrow. Contracts would be binding for one, two or three years, or as high as ...
“This time, it counts.”...adds Maury.
We can quibble whether Miller now would be a throwback. The union’s relationship with Major League Baseball is far different. While they are far from seeing eye-to-eye on every matter, baseball has enjoyed unheralded labor peace. When the current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2016, there will have been 21 years without a strike or a lockout. Under Miller, that caustic environment occurred almost every time a labor agreement ended. ...
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 12:13 AM | 76 comment(s)
Monday, November 04, 2013
As the “Play Skrable!” chant fades into the past…
TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Maikel Franco, 3b
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp
3. J.P. Crawford, ss
4. Miguel Gonzalez, rhp
5. Roman Quinn, ss
6. Carlos Tocci, of
7. Ethan Martin, rhp
8. Cesar Hernandez, 2b/of
9. Aaron Altherr, of
10. Severino Gonzalez, rhp
The farm system can’t be counted on to provide immediate help for 2014, particularly on the mound, where the system’s futility cost pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller his job. Phillies full-season ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 06:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
The future is highly uncertain for outfielder Gustavo Cabrera, the Giants’ prized signee from last year’s international free-agent class, after he sustained a horrific right wrist injury in the Dominican Republic.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler broke the story and saw pictures of the injury, which he described as “gruesome” and “graphic.”
“Cabrera appeared to nearly lose his right hand,” Badler wrote.
Braun: Clean & Renew System.
Ryan Braun’s blockbuster suspension ended quietly Oct. 31, when he was formally reinstated from the restricted list and returned to the Brewers’ 40-man roster.
Braun was banned from the Brewers’ final 65 games for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention Program and baseball’s Basic Agreement that were uncovered during Major League Baseball’s investigation into Biogenesis, the shuttered South Florida firm that allegedly supplied banned substances to a number of ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 04:09 PM | 8 comment(s)
What was a good idea before expansion, before the 162-game schedule, before playoffs, before World Series games ended after midnight and the Series itself had the potential to end in November, is certainly a good idea after those things have come about. Your postseason is way too long, rendering the World Series anticlimactic. (Quick, name all ten teams that made the post-season.) If we can’t shorten the playoffs (or, as you think of them, playoff$), then we can certainly shorten the regular ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 01:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
Former Cardinals managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, who also starred for the Cardinals, and former All-Star catcher Ted Simmons were announced today as among 12 candidates on the Expansion Era ballot for election to the baseball Hall of Fame.
The other candidates are former managers Bobby Cox and Billy Martin, former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former players’ association head Marvin Miller and former players Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Dave Parker, Dan ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 12:40 PM | 147 comment(s)
hall of fame
Some of the remaining big games this month:
November 4th: Aberdeen vs Partick Thistle!Read More...
November 5th: Champions League group games highlighted by Juventus vs Real Madrid. Evil will win.
November 6th: More Champions League. A much better slate of games than Tuesday. Good luck deciding what to watch. At night, the MLS playoffs continue with NY vs Houston and SKC vs New England.
November 7th: The Intertoto Cup, as David Pleat still calls it. Tottenham faces Sheriff at the Lane. MLS playoffs ...
Shooty is in the Trust Tree
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 10:24 AM | 593 comment(s)
These unholy creations hold the strings to your baseball life!
My theory: This is another step in the long-term erosion of managerial power and authority.
In Mack’s heyday, managers were in charge of everything. Managers made the trades for established players, decided which minor leaguers to acquire, established the lineups and called the shots.
It was too much for most men. Certain aspects of the job were delegated out. General managers first took over the job of finding new talent, then ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 06:53 AM | 48 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, November 4, 1913:
From Cleveland comes a rumor that the American league men will discuss a proposition from the American association to place clubs in Cleveland and Pittsburg [sic] for the purpose of killing off the Federals in those cities. It is understood that the American association men are anxious to use Forbes Field in the Smoky City and the Naps’ park in Cleveland, with the consent of Owners Dreyfuss and Somers, respectively. But if such a plan should be permitted, the ...
Massivo season wrap-up by Patriot.
Runs Created is actually Paul Johnson’s ERP, more or less. Ideally, I would use a custom linear weights formula for the given league, but ERP is just so darn simple and close to the mark that it’s hard to pass up. I still use the term “RC” partially as a homage to Bill James (seriously, I really like and respect him even if I’ve said negative things about RC and Win Shares), and also because it is just a good term. I like the thought put in your head ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 05:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
Okay, start at the left and tell me what letters you see GOBBLEDYGOOP.
In his introductory press conference Friday, Williams sure sounded the part of a 21st-century major league manager, as forward-thinking and embracing of the advanced metrics now frequently used to dissect baseball as he was respectful of the game he loves and true to his deep, traditional roots.
On his philosophy on analytics:
“It’s interesting how all of this is part of the game now. It used to be we’d go out and throw ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 05:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
Bobby Murcer ain’t gonna like this one bit…oh, wait…and wait again.
Major League Baseball would help the Oakland A’s move across the bay and play at rival Giants’ AT&T Park in San Francisco if Coliseum officials don’t come to terms on a new short-term lease for the team, sources tell us.
The A’s two-year home stint at AT&T Park, which would start next season, would probably be the first step toward moving the team out of the Bay Area.
The league’s hardball warning was passed on to Coliseum ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 04:35 AM | 85 comment(s)
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Ms. Moon said that in the affidavit, Ms. Delgadillo recounted visits by M.L.B. investigators to her Miami home in February. On Valentine’s Day, Mr. Mullin, the investigations unit chief who had interviewed Ms. Delgadillo, sent a bouquet of flowers to her home with a note thanking her for her help. When Ms. Delgadillo called Mr. Mullin to thank him, he offered to take her to dinner during his next visit.
Over the following weeks, Ms. Moon said, Mr. Mullin met with Ms. Delgadillo three times, ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 11:40 PM | 27 comment(s)
The Rangers and Joe Nathan are almost certain to part ways after two seasons, general manager Jon Daniels said Friday, after the club exercised its option and Nathan, in turn, declined the player portion and became a free agent.
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 09:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
The ninth inning of Game 7 belonged to Masahiro Tanaka. The moment belonged to all of Tohoku.
One day after throwing 160 pitches in a complete-game loss, Tanaka recorded the final three outs of the Japan Series, and Tohoku finally got a chance to celebrate as their Eagles held off the defending champion Yomiuri Giants 3-0 in Game 7 on Sunday in Kleenex Stadium.
Tanaka finally lost one this season after winning 26 straight, and he did it in Game Six of the Japan Series in a game where they ...Read More...
Bill, are there any teams that don’t make use of the newaadvanced metrics. Ifn not, which teams were the last holdout?
I think the Royals are the last holdout.
I am wondering if you are aware of a review written by Dorothy Rabinowitz in today’s Wall Street Journal of a TV docudrama called “JFK: The Smoking Gun”. The film is somewhat based on the book “Mortal Error”, which you describe in “Popular Crime” as one of the two best books on the assassination. Check out what ...
Not me. Let him play out next season and go from there.
There’s no telling how many more seasons Ortiz has left in him.
There’s also no doubt they are going to erect his statue outside of Fenway Park someday.
While he’s still playing though, might as well not wait to start extending his contract so he’s here until he’s done playing.
Anyone care to second that emotion?
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM | 40 comment(s)
DIAL NO MAN OF GOBBLEDY GOOP, MR. PRESIDENT
Since 1957 the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company has awarded Gold Gloves to the players voted by major league managers and coaches as the best at their positions. Two years ago Rawlings added a Platinum Glove award in each league.
Now Rawlings has gone over to the dark side. Not only that, but the company has also gone off the deep end, embracing the kind of statistics that are at the center of baseball’s fiercest debate.
Rawlings has jumped into ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 11:56 AM | 26 comment(s)
I’m only in the seventh inning on the DVR but I’ve seen a lot of impressive looking players already. I can’t find a replay on the schedule but I would hope they will show it again.
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry. Jim
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 11:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
This is ###### Up…I swear, I thought these were Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham tour shots.
I honestly wouldnt be surprised to hear Mike Napoli woke up in a hotel room Sunday morning with a lion in the bathroom and a missing tooth. This guy is the balls.
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 10:00 AM | 31 comment(s)
Additive manufacturing depends upon operator expertise!
I’m not an avid reader of the Bill James Handbook, but the 2014 edition states that the Orioles ranked 25th in manufacturing runs this season.
There are 30 teams. That’s not good. #analysis
“One of the stats developed for the handbook is called Manufactured Runs,” said Ben Jedlovec, a vice-president of Baseball Info Solutions, which produces the stats for the Handbook. “Many managers, coaches and broadcasters will tell you that teams ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
Iron Hearse and all…I’ve never heard this.
Whomever it was, an attempt was made on July 25, 1947, to steal Lou Gehrig’s ashes from Kensico Cemetery in Westchester County, N.Y.
Police reported that parties unknown appeared to have succeeded in jimmying open the bronze crypt inside of Gehrig’s headstone, but were not—so far as it was known—able to get into the urn that held his remains.
Rattled by the attempt, Eleanor Gehrig contacted the Baseball Hall of Fame about possibly accepting the ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
Sez guy that’s in the media.
Some reports linked Ripken with the Nationals job that’s gone to Matt Williams. Cincinnati has named its new manager while the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners still have unfilled jobs. Ripken insists he’s not disappointed he hasn’t received an opportunity to interview for these jobs.
“No. No because I’ve saying the exact same thing, and it probably is a little bit media-created,” Ripken said.
“It’s different phases in your life ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
As far as Red Sox-Cardinals go, that science wouldn’t include “obstruction’’ and the book also admonishes readers to embrace the theory that the team composed of nine scientific players will beat a team of “stars.’’
The theory, of course, doesn’t extrapolate the methods of big boppers/cumbersome-lumberers like Big Papi, sometimes referred by radio and television reporters as David Ortiz.
The aforementioned “science’’ should have included walking ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:32 AM | 171 comment(s)
Fawlty Torres strikes again!
I guess Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were unavailable.
If you can’t have the most high-profile cheaters, then maybe you go for the next best thing and own it. Make them first. Being first is a good thing in most cases. Here? I’m not so sure.
In any event, the Washington Nationals made Matt Williams — the steroid-infused slugger who was later exposed in the Mitchell Report — the first of the known steroid cheats to become a major league baseball manager. ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 12:41 AM | 20 comment(s)
Saturday, November 02, 2013
The Tigers will name former long-time big league catcher Brad Ausmus their new manager, reports Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610. He will travel to Detroit on Sunday to finalize a contract.
Ausmus, 44, has never managed or coached at the big league level. He served as the manager for Team Israel in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic this spring. Ausmus has worked in the Padres’ front office as a special assistant since 2010.
Despite the lack of managerial experience, Ausmus is ...
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM | 41 comment(s)
Today, Jake Peavy became the proud owner of the bright green duck boat he and World Series hero Jon Lester rode in during the Red Sox’ rolling celebration through the streets (and waterways) of Boston.
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