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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pedro seems talented in everything he tries. | SportsonEarth.com : Matthew Leach Article

For a neutral observer, it’s great to see the Royals in the World Series. But it’s really a shame that the American League Championship Series is over. Not just because the ball was so good—though it was—but because of Pedro Martinez.

Pedro was the breakout star of the 2013 postseason, and he topped himself in 2014. And now we have to do without Pedro on our television screens until 2015.

This is a significant loss. Pedro is as good as it gets in the broadcast booth, much as he was as good ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, pedro martinez

Friday, October 17, 2014

Schoenfield: Welcome to the worst World Series ever

Shorter Schoenfield: Don’t confuse “fun” with “awesome.”

So these aren’t great teams. So this is arguably the worst World Series matchup ever, as far as quality of teams. Giants fans can disagree, but if this was a great team, why did the Giants put themselves in the dice roll of a wild-card game? Why couldn’t they beat out the Dodgers for the division title? Royals fans can point out that their team has won eight postseason games in a row, but if the Royals are a great team, why ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:01 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city royals, san francisco giants, wild card, world series

Giants, Ishikawa suspend belief in pennant-clinching win

Neshek hung a 1-1 slider, Morse was on it. And …

“It was absolutely pure elation,” said Hunter Pence, Morse’s best friend on the team. “I literally lost 30 seconds of my life. I blacked out. It was chaos.”

Morse raised long gorilla arms and flailed and bounced around the bases, barely touching each one. The crowd noise melted eardrums. When Morse descended into the madness of the Giants dugout, Bruce Bochy had legitimate concerns that hands might be broken.

“It fired us up,” ...

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Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: October 17, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nlcs, supervillains

Brisbee: The 5 worst commercials of the MLB postseason

Whose father this year is the district attorney? Is this our country?

If you take this pill, there is a gorgeous woman on a beach in front of a sailboat and three random flags (quidditch? idk) just begging to have sex with you. She can wait. She can wait all year. She doesn’t even know how to sail, so she’s hanging out indefinitely. Just get ... that ... taken care of.

 

Greg Franklin Posted: October 17, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 173 comment(s)
  Beats: commercials, media, postseason, television, viagra

Al Oliver on the 1985 ALCS & the Canadian National Anthem

We’re down 2-1 in Game 7 of the 1985 American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals. Willie Upshaw just smashed a double to right field off left-hander Charlie Leibrandt, scoring our second baseman Damaso Garcia. I’m standing in the on-deck circle. I have a career .303 average and almost 2750 hits in the major leagues, plus three more in this series, including two game-winners – and I’m not looking toward my manager, because I know what’s coming.


The end of my ...

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djordan Posted: October 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: al oliver, alcs, blue jays, mlb

Tim Sommer: OCTOBER, 1969: THE NEW YORK METS INVENT ME

Back in 1969, a Mets pal of mine tried to start a “Rank and Pfeil Fan Club”...low membership etc, etc.

Before we believed in Beatles, before we believed in Kinks, before girls made us damp with tears or uselessly electric with desire, before we even dreamed of The City and its’ promise of midnight diners and the perfect glamour of sun-gleamed Pan Am buildings, we had baseball.

Before we were swept away by every passion that would occasionally or eternally define us, we were defined by our ...

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Repoz Posted: October 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets

Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance | cardinals.com

Remember last week when the Cardinals were the model franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:33 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Bernie Miklasz on Twitter: Matheny, when asked about not using closer T. Rosenthal in 9th

“We can’t bring him in, in a tie-game situation. We’re on the road.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Surprise heroes, tough ‘pens, gritty clubs make Series tough to predict | FOX Sports

Anyone who claims to have any idea about which club actually will prevail needs to utter the names, “Travis Ishikawa” and “Mike Moustakas” for an hour straight, as fast as humanly possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ken rosenthal, world series

Is Jason Heyward the Red Sox’ biggest trade target? - Over the Monster

Heyward is a great defensive rightfielder. Although he hit OK vs. LHP in 2013, for his career he’s been a much better hitter against RHP (.281/.374/.466) than LHP (.221/.301/.349). He would definitely fit the line-up which is getting far too right-handed dominant.

What makes it that much more impressive is that Jason Heyward turned 25 in August. As it stands, Heyward is a fine player, just maybe not the best fit for a Red Sox team with Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo lined up to play the more ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2014

Pittsburgh Press, October 17, 1914:

Reuben N. Oldring, left fielder of the Philadelphia American League baseball team, and Miss Hannah A. Thomas of Bridgeton, N.J., were married by a magistrate [in Philadelphia] today. Oldring is under bail to answer charges of desertion and non-support preferred against him by a Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) girl shortly before the opening of the world’s series games with the Boston Nationals. He denied a prior marriage to the license clerk.

I know it’s gossipy and has ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 17, 2014 at 06:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rube oldring

Thursday, October 16, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants - October 16, 2014 | MLB.com Wrap

Congrats to the Giants and their fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

red sox - In defense of Royalty: Why Red Sox may want to follow Kansas City’s run prevention model - WEEI | Alex Speier

They already are.

The Red Sox already have the makings of an excellent defense in 2015. Napoli is a good defender at first. Pedroia is fantastic at second. Xander Bogaerts will probably never be much better than average (which is OK considering his offensive potential). Middlebrooks’ defense looks OK at times but seems to be regressing rather than improving. Christian Vazquez is a beast behind the plate. (Their longterm catcher Blake Swihart gets good marks too.) Their outfield already has ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 08:56 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Dan Duquette and Avoiding the Awful | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s a great article by Fangraph’s Jeff Sullivan who proves there is more than one way to improve your team.

Clearly, the Orioles have gotten contributions from enough other people to make up for the missing or underperforming stars. Clearly, the Orioles assembled some depth. This all got me thinking about Dan Duquette, and a certain principle. One way to improve a roster is by adding more good players. Another way to improve a roster is by eliminating the bad players. Of course, you want to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Breaking down how Royals fought way to American League pennant - MLB - SI.com

The number one team in OF DRS in 2014? The Royals with 45 (Alex Gordon with 27, Lorenzo Cain with 24, and Jarrod Dyson with 14). The number 2 team? The Red Sox with 41 (Jackie Bradley with 14 and Daniel Nava with 17).

As the highlight reels have reminded us throughout this month, a key facet of the Royals’ run prevention was their glovework. The team’s .693 defensive efficiency ranked sixth in the league, their 41 Defensive Runs Saved second. Their infield was actually below average via ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 07:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, sabermetrics

The Survivor’s Guide to Beating Kansas City’s Ultimate Outfield

Royals outfielders collectively led the league in both DRS and UZR this season, and Gordon, Cain, and Dyson ranked third, fourth, and ninth, respectively, among individual outfielders in DRS. The Royals outfielders’ arms account for some of the strength of their defensive ratings, but they nearly doubled the closest club in UZR Range Runs, which measures only how good they were at getting to balls. “We’re not just talking about a good outfield, or a great outfield,” wrote Baseball ...

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Zach Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: death to flying things, defense, royals

VIDEO: Pete Rose tells CBS News that he thinks he’ll get in the Hall - CBSSports.com

Baseball Rule 21

(d) BETTING ON BALL GAMES.  Any player, umpire, or club official or
employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in
connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform shall be declared
ineligible for one year.

  Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall
bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which
the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.

He admitted to violating ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pete rose

The Brain Drain … And how to fix the wild-card round | Bucco Blog

I have a fix for the Wild-Card. LEAVE IT ALONE! Want a guaranteed home game? Win your division! Don’t want your whole season ending because the other team’s one good starter kills your offense? Win your division!

HOW TO FIX THE WILD-CARD
I like many folks, like the second wild card. It’s made winning the division paramount, it has brought more teams – and fans – into being involved with September baseball, which is a good thing, and any one-game elimination events makes for good ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 03:38 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Pirates coach Bannister tabbed as new Texas Rangers manager - CBSSports.com

The Rangers have made their choice.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff bannister, managerial search, rangers

How the Royals reached the World Series after 29 years of angst - Yahoo Sports

In early December 2012, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Moore called a meeting for the Royals’ braintrust. Scouts and development guys and transaction specialists and sabermetricians filled Moore’s suite and started to argue.

Him was Wil Myers. Him was Jake Odorizzi. Him was Mike Montgomery. Him was Patrick Leonard. They were four prospects in the Royals’ farm system. Myers was one of the best in baseball, Odorizzi another high-reward sort, Montgomery and Leonard each with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

Cuban Second Baseman Jose Fernandez Defects – MLB Trade Rumors

As Badler wrote back in August, Fernandez is among the three best Cuban ballplayers who are currently unavailable to MLB teams. According to Badler, Fernandez is an on-base machine who hits from the left side with an advanced approach and contact skills. (Remarkably, he struck out only ten times in 314 trips to the plate last year.) You’ll want to read Badler’s full report, of course, for a detailed account. Though a highly developed player, Fernandez does come with some warts, including an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose fernandez

Jose Abreu, Queller of All Concerns | FanGraphs

Speaking of batted ball distribution, his fly ball rate was just 31.2%. That’s quite low for a monstrous power hitter. So the bad news is that I would project that to rise next year, which is going to take another bite out of his BABIP, all else being equal. The good news is that there’s your home run upside. Yes, even though he hit 36 homers this season, his relatively low fly ball rate suggests that a 40+ homer season is easily within his grasp.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, sabermetrics, white sox

A look at some qualified GM candidates for the Los Angeles Dodgers - ESPN Los Angeles

It might take a little while for new Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to hire a general manager. For one thing, there’s no rush. Free agency doesn’t start until after the World Series ends and the real action tends to center around the winter meetings in early December. The Dodgers have plenty of front office people, including outgoing GM Ned Colletti, to hold down the position until Friedman gets his feet on the ground in L.A.

Friedman is also going to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-16-2014

Pittsburgh Press, October 16, 1914:

MACKMEN DUE FOR SHAKEUP

Plank, Bender, Oldring and Coombs Are Likely to Be Dropped from Athletics’ Roster

...And now it can be set down indisputably that changes in Connie Mack’s team are coming. The lineup of 1915 will most likely miss the burly form of big Rube Oldring, of the veteran Eddie Plank and some few of their teammates.
...
Early in the present season it is alleged that Mack stated that he wished neither Plank, Coombs nor Bender was connected with ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chief bender, connie mack, dugout, eddie plank, history

“The Kansas City Royals Are the Future of Baseball” — someone actually said that. | HardballTalk

A bunch of good Royals links and commentary from Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk. It’s worth reading his take and clicking though on the articles he linked.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

New Rays president Auld steps into middle of stadium talks | TBO.com

I hope St. Petersburg is smarter than other communities.

[Brian] Auld, 37, now finds himself not only running a major-league team and implementing owner Stuart Sternberg’s organizational vision, but he also has moved to the forefront of the team’s effort to land a new stadium.

“I’ve ridden side-car, if you will, on the stadium situation since 2006 when we got started,” Auld said.

Auld said he will rely heavily on Melanie Lenz, the Rays’ vice president of development, during what he hopes ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Boswell: October baseball is a different game: May the winning team be the best

There’s no moping in October. Say “wait ’til next year,” pick a team to root for, join the fun and, above all, don’t say, “It’s not fair.” Baseball has been giving out rings since 1903 based on head-to-head series. The autumn game is every bit as central to the sport as the summer game. But it sure is different….

There’s a tendency for the sport’s best regular season teams — and their fans (and media) — to moan about insufficient reward for six months of superior ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: general, postseason

Sherrington: Why Rangers seem to be headed for a bold choice in manager hunt | Dallas Morning News

Jeff Banister and Kevin Cash look like frontrunners in a surprising turn of events. I say surprising because it’s not like they’re Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland. Going outside for a proven winner is one thing. Hiring a guy with less managerial experience than the candidate in hand is a scary, bold proposition.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rangers

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