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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

1 more: Cubs beat Indians, force Series to deciding Game 7

The pressure shifts to the Indians.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Tyler Naquin makes big miscue in Game 6 | indians.com

What caused all the outfield confusion yesterday?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, tyler naquin, world series

2016 World Series GAME SEVEN OMNICHATTER

THIS IS IT. LET’S DO THIS!

Cubs (Hendricks) at Indians (Kluber).

8. FOX. Buckle up.

Gamingboy Posted: November 02, 2016 at 12:08 AM | 2977 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

OT - November* 2016 College Football thread

The committee’s rankings, conveniently one click away.


* As is tradition, the month of November runs through Championship Week.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2016 at 06:09 PM | 426 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Live in the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse: Baseball’s Most Baffling MVP Ballots

As you may have heard, some very important election results are just around the corner: The MVP will be announced in just a couple of weeks! (Wait… what did you think I meant?)

This isn’t a “news” item, per se, but wanted to alert NY/NJ-area primates to a fun event taking place Nov. 10. Stop by if you’re in the area!

gehrig97 Posted: November 01, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball books, jeremy lehrman, mvp

Scouting the Scouting Directors, Part 1

The first name that leaps off the page in the full data set is Bill Lajoie, whose draftees were collectively over 2.5 times more valuable than league average (258.9 bWAR+). Drafting Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, Kirk Gibson and an unsigned Ozzie Smith over a five-year span will do that for you. Joe McIlvaine’s draftees weren’t quite as valuable as Lajoie’s (234 bWAR+) but he produced more per year (5.8 to Lajoie’s 4.2). His highlights include Lenny Dykstra, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 03:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting directors

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia arrested on domestic violence charge

Jeurys Familia, an All-Star pitcher for the New York Mets who was featured in a new ad campaign for an anti-domestic violence organization, was arrested on a domestic violence charge this week, according to a complaint filed by authorities in Fort Lee municipal court.

Police said in the complaint that Familia caused “bodily injury to another” and that they observed a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim, whose name was redacted in the court papers provided to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 03:15 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jeurys familia, mets, police blotter

Why MLB allows players suspended for domestic violence to play in postseason

The difference is jarring, creating a surface impression that baseball takes a harsher stance against PEDs than domestic violence. But in the view of both baseball and the players’ union, the comparison is not apples to apples.

The joint PED policy is the outlier; no other suspensions in baseball include a postseason ban. The two sides agreed to the additional penalty in March 2014 after some players expressed anger that two players suspended for PEDs the previous season, Jhonny Peralta and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 01:13 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, domestic violence, suspensions

Cubs Fanatic Dan Shapiro Shares Love of Sports with His Boss, Barack Obama

Shapiro said that he and Obama both love their teams while harboring no animosity toward the other Windy City club.

When Obama tweeted congratulations to the Cubs for reaching the World Series, Shapiro retweeted it.

Still, while Shapiro said he appreciates that Obama “comes by his being a White Sox fan honestly,” he wonders if the First Fan sometimes goes too far.

“When he threw out the first pitch at a [Washington] Nationals game with a White Sox hat, I thought: Really?” ...Read More...

eddieot Posted: November 01, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: barack obama, cubs, world series

What’s your greatest memory from a series your team lost?

Fun post from Craig, reminding us that (most of the time) win or lose, it’s just fun to have your team in the playoffs.

Shredder Posted: November 01, 2016 at 01:02 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason

Posnanski - Give That Man His Roses

There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever what Buck O’Neil would say. Buck dealt with every indignity. He was denied a chance to play or manage in the Major Leagues because of the color of his skin. He knew Doby, played against him, managed against him, worked with him in various roles. He, better than any of us, understands.

And I say with 100% certainty that this is what he would say:

Bring Eddie Robinson to Cleveland. Honor him. Honor the 1948 Cleveland team. Honor history.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, world series

The Indians are one game away from a championship because they’re really good at baseball | For The Win

Only it’s silly to pretend the Indians lucked their way all the way here. The point of baseball’s 162-game regular season is to distinguish the best teams from the back, and the Indians won 94 games in the 2016 campaign. They got to this point with the help of a pair of excellent starting pitchers who have been largely absent this postseason — the injured Carlos Carrasco and the recently recovered Danny Salazar. But they also featured a spectacular bullpen, even beyond postseason heroes ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, world series

This MLB Postseason Is the Commissioner’s Nightmare

The long games aren’t well suited for hardcore fans either. If the Cubs weren’t playing this year, I’d be tapping out early or not watching at all.

It’s not a great thing that baseball gets slower and less eventful at the point in the season when the most people are paying attention. Serious fans who logged six months of steady viewing along the path to the postseason might not mind what they perceive as protracted suspense, but drawn-out, uneventful ordeals such as World Series Game 2 (4:04) ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:03 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: world series


Why is it so difficult for the best MLB teams to win it all?

Depth doesn’t matter much in the playoffs. **Short series.** **Randomness.**

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: world war i

FiveThirtyEight:  Every franchise’s relative strength after every game

Elo ratings are FiveThirtyEight’s favorite method for comparing teams across different eras — we’ve previously used them to explore the history of the NBA and NFL. The ratings are an intentionally simple measure of team strength based on the final score, location and date of a team’s games. Now we’ve calculated them for 89 franchises across 146 years of baseball history — more than 400,000 ratings in total.

Elo is calibrated so that an average MLB team has a rating of around 1500, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight

Give Epstein credit for seamlessly integrating Baez, Contreras

Theo or Joe Maddon?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

Yankees fans should cheer for Cubs if they want Chapman back - NY Daily News

It’s always all about the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, yankees

Lifelong Cubs fan Bob Newhart hopes for Game 7 | cubs.com

My favorite celebrity Cubs fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

The Mismatch That Game Six Improbably Isn’t | FanGraphs Baseball

“Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2016

Washington Herald, November 1, 1916:

A score or more of America’s baseball players called on the President at Shadow Lawn on “Wilson Day” to inform him that they had organized the Woodrow Wilson Club of professional ball players.

“This fellow has been up against it, and we’ve got to stand by him,” declared Ty Cobb yesterday.
...
Hans Lobert, of the Giants, is chairman of the new Wilson Club; Jake Daubert, of the Dodgers, is first vice chairman; Grover Hartley, of the Browns, is second vice ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross says goodbye to Wrigley Field

Goodbye to the catcher. Hello to the future manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross

Here’s the logo for Guaranteed Rate Field

A commitment to branding is why the signs going up this week around the 25-year-old stadium look virtually the same as the company’s logo, except for the word “field” at the end.

Ciardelli said the design was a joint effort between the company’s in-house creative team and the Sox, who suggested replacing the arrow with an image of home plate. “But I told the White Sox that it’s our company logo, and they were respectful of the decision” to keep the arrow after all, Ciardelli said.

The ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: naming rights, white sox


Heyman - Rangers Open To Trading Derek Holland This Offseason

Jon Heyman working overtime during the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

2016 WORLD SERIES Game 6 OMNICHATTER

Best of 7. Cleveland leads 3-2.

Cubs (Arrieta) at Indians (Tomlin). 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:02 AM | 890 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 31, 2016

Major League Baseball retaliates with surprise drug tests for protesting Dominican prospects

Last week, in protest of Major League Baseball’s plan to implement an international amateur draft, Dominican prospects and their trainers boycotted an annual MLB showcase event. This forced Major League Baseball to cancel the workout, after briefly considering bringing in replacement players (because idiots will never learn).

This week, just by coincidence, Baseball America’s Ben Badler (who is all over this story, and who you should follow) reports that Major League Baseball has called ...

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Tech me out to the ballgame: Replay, ‘K-Zones’ causing major league headaches

The philosophy of replay was ostensibly simple: Get the call right. Yet during a season in which time of game is a priority, baseball is dealing with an unintended consequence of replay: the spirit of replay on second-base tag plays. Former managers Joe Torre and Jim Leyland, both of whom work in the commissioner’s office, are vexed that replay has resulted in nitpicking.

“I think this is an example of where the technology is too good,” Leyland said, “Where, in this case, we’re kind of victims ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 10:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: k-zone, replay, technology, umpires

With or without Cubs clinching Series, Ricketts family has $2B ballclub

Its about time the Ricketts family caught a break.

And now, as if on cue, the team’s breakthrough into the World Series after a 71-year drought promises to pump up those revenues and boost the franchise’s value beyond the already stunning $2.2 billion that Forbes estimated this year. And that estimate, for those counting, does not include Wrigley Field and other assets tied to the 2009 purchase price.

Regardless of what happens in the World Series, experts say, the Ricketts family has won ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 04:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, regional sports network, tom ricketts

Maddon, Francona punching tickets to Cooperstown?

One of the subplots of this World Series that has a million of them is the legacies of Terry Francona and Joe Maddon. They are regarded as two of the best managers in the game today, and both have fun personalities in an era when many managers are look-alike, think-alike robots who rarely say anything too interesting and avoid controversy like those brussels sprouts sitting in your fridge for the past four months.

reech Posted: October 31, 2016 at 04:09 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, managers

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