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Saturday, January 04, 2014
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about:
You can call them Rays or you can call them A’s, but don’t call them helpless. If there’s a team that should instill confidence in their fans, the Braves are up there. Baseball players are cheap for the first six years of their big-league lives; find the good young players and you don’t need money. The Braves are adept at finding the good young players. They have been for a couple decades.
But the money from the Phillies deal shows just how far behind the Braves are in television ...
FORE (skins game)...The Golfers West vote is in!
Before I get into my 2014 Hall of Fame ballot, let’s clear up a few assumptions I’ve been hearing lately about baseball writers.
We’re not all a bunch of old fogies who pull our sans-a-belt slacks (Google it, kids) somewhere between our belly button and armpits. I favor front-pleated Dockers — brown, of course.
We don’t all live in the dark ages of entertainment and technology. Mixed in with my Benny Goodman 78s (Google that, too) ...
Posted: January 04, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 32 comment(s)
...Is Albert Pujols The Most Overrated?
This approach is not perfect. Some players might have long careers and so they compile a high career WAR. But if they never have any great seasons, they might not get many MVP votes. Plus, it helps to play on contenders. But Mays had plenty of great seasons and played on many contenders. There is also the possibility that if there are other great players around compiling high WAR seasons, you won’t do as well in the voting.
Now here are the players who ...
Posted: January 04, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 95 comment(s)
Friday, January 03, 2014
A large fire caused extensive damage to the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday morning as firefighters from five departments battled the blaze for more than three hours in Comstock Park, Mich.
The fire appeared to have destroyed close to 40 percent of the stadium, including the clubhouse on the first-base side and approximately 11 suites. Firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading into the center of the stadium, which likely saved the press box and front ...
Yahoo released a new version of its Sports app today that has been redesigned for iOS 7 with a heavy emphasis on GIFs. Yahoo Sports’ GIFs, which it calls Loops, take short clips from game highlights and allow users to overlay text. They can then share their creations with the community, with the GIF appearing inside a feed on the main game results page.
So, do we need a GIF thread?
Update: Link added, Jim.
Posted: January 03, 2014 at 02:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
The Hall of Great Americans used to be a big deal… it can happen!
There is a temptation to play games with the Hall of Fame voting. For instance, I’m a big supporter of Alan Trammell’s Hall of Fame case. So I could have, reasonably, left off a worthy player I know will get elected — someone like Tom Glavine — to give support to Trammell, who needs it more.
I didn’t do that. I decided that was not voting in the spirit of the Hall. I don’t believe i bring much expertise to the table ...
Chaz suspects the usual.
How ironic would it be if Tom Glavine, one of the primary forces behind the elimination of PEDs from baseball, were to be tainted with the same broad brush used to tar the abusers and be passed over when the voting for the Hall of Fame is announced on Jan. 8?
How ironic and how unfair.
It could very well happen, however, even though the Billerica-bred lefthander’s pitching credentials merit enshrinement in his first year of eligibility. Last year, in spite of being ...
Posted: January 03, 2014 at 01:25 PM | 31 comment(s)
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenaed the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation in December for information related to its $75 million loan guarantee to 38 Studios, The Providence Journal reports.
A pair of attorneys confirmed the subpoenas, which requested “depositions and exhibits related to the state’s lawsuit against former ballplayer Curt Schilling,” according to the publication. Shechtman Halperin Savage’s Thomas E. Carlotto, general counsel for the RICC, said that the ...
Posted: January 03, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Toledo News-Bee, January 3, 1914:
When the major league rule makers get together in a few weeks they will be asked to give serious consideration to a plan for doing away with the blocking of runners at home plate. So many base runners have been injured at the pan by the gigantically booted backstops that the magnates are anxious to do something to prevent future accidents.
They’ll probably still be having this discussion in 2114.
Some days you just have to roll out of bed and play a little RBI. Today was such a day.
Encyclopedia Bombastica is Giant Bomb’s version of a quick play for retro games. Today’s entry is about RBI Baseball. Watch Jeff Gerstmann(Former editor in chief of Gamespot and founder of Giant Bomb) give out some history of RBI baseball, Tengen’s sordid past, and why RBI baseball is still great to play today.
Posted: January 03, 2014 at 02:18 AM | 32 comment(s)
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But baseball hasn’t had a general manager fired since 2011 — or it has had only one if you count the changes in Miami, where Larry Beinfest was fired as president of baseball operations….....
Another factor is probably tied to the backgrounds of modern GMs, many of whom are business savvy and/or Ivy League trained. Being able to speak the same language as their owners, to rationalize their decision-making based on more quantifiable factors rather than on scouting hunches or gut instincts, ...
Thursday, January 02, 2014
I’d rather Bill James talk about Heidnik’s house of horrors...but what can you do.
In February I’ll start watching baseball again on TV at my house in Lawrence, Kan. As a baseball historian and statistician, it’s part of what I do. I measure and analyze all aspects of player and pitcher performance, which occasionally provides insights into the game. Fortunately, my wife, Susan McCarthy, doesn’t mind. She’s a huge baseball fan.
We have two TVs with satellite packages that let me watch any ...
Posted: January 02, 2014 at 06:57 PM | 8 comment(s)
“He pitches like Jose Fernandez,” Valentine told the New York Post on Friday. “I think (Tanaka) has similar stuff and similar competitiveness. He is battle-proven, and there is nothing you wouldn’t like about him. He would be a credit to anybody’s staff.”
Fernandez, of course, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award this past season, pitching to a 2.19 ERA for the lowly Marlins.
Tanaka was brilliant for the Rakuten Golden Eagles last season, going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA. ...
Posted: January 02, 2014 at 05:26 PM | 23 comment(s)
Deadspin responds to Chass:
“Anyone still want to argue that the Hall of Fame election process isn’t a mockery and a farce that deserves to be subverted in every way possible?”
Posted: January 02, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Pusbutton blogger has problem with Calcaterra, Neyer…and Biggio.
Craig Calcaterra, the NBCSports.com guy, wrote last week about my view of Biggio and asked, “Who, besides Chass, ‘strongly suspects’ Craig Biggio of steroid use? I can’t for the life of me think of anyone who has made such an accusation in public.”
I feel sorry for Calcaterra. I am sure he is much younger than I am, but he is already having memory problems. Remember this headline on your column, Craig:
Jeff Pearlman ...
Posted: January 02, 2014 at 09:31 AM | 133 comment(s)
Former Indians outfielder Buddy Ryan discusses his ex-manager in the Toledo News-Bee, January 2, 1914:
“Joe Birmingham is such a joke as a manager that I would be willing to bet that he doesn’t last out next season. What he knows about baseball could be written on a postage stamp.
Birmingham is the poorest excuse for a manager in the American league. The stuff he pulled last year would have sent a blush of shame over the face of any Class C manager. He was so much of a farce that the ball ...
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Rum appears to be the most biparitsan drink. Both Bacardi and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum fall right in the middle of the political spectrum.
Trammell won’t be joining Ozzie Smith, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, or Luis Aparicio in the Hall of Fame, shortstops who were not his equal.
For Trammell, maybe the knowledge that he was considered very good is good enough. Maybe the comfort lies in knowing he was a man who didn’t have a glaring weakness on the diamond.
Ranked from best to worst, compared to how the Straight Arrow readers evaluate the careers of all these players, using a point system I posted here, and using as the source material from leokitty.
Feel free to draw a line as to what is an acceptable ballot and what is not, with respect to the Straight Arrow readers’ view. If you have a different view, create your own point system, and evaluate each ballot under that. [...]
100 Lynn Henning
100 Bob Klapisch
100 David Lennon ...
Posted: January 01, 2014 at 10:04 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Don (The Don) Malcolm looks into it.
There have been several attempts to address this thorny issue, not the least of which is related to the annoying claim of some MSM writers when pressed to justify their support for Jack Morris over the long, agonizing years of his HOF candidacy.
Most of those were a bit over-ingenious (one of the things that “non-MSM” writers increasingly fail to apologize for when they are going on the attack in order to make the world safe for over-ingeniousness).
So we ...
Posted: January 01, 2014 at 07:42 AM | 15 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Rob Parker wasn’t enough!
At first, I expected my ballot to be full this year. After spending a few days of my Christmas vacation poring over stats, watching video and reading other reporters’ opinions on the candidates, I put checkmarks next to six names:
..Speaking of Bonds … yeah, I’m in that camp of voters. Mike Piazza was a very, very tough call for me. His admission of andro use tipped the scales against him ...
Posted: December 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM | 33 comment(s)
I’m most often a full-ballot kind of voter, and this year certainly was no exception, but it wasn’t without difficult decisions. Although I’m not ready to commit to never voting for someone who has been tied to performance-enhancing drugs, for the second straight year I did leave off my ballot the five names most prominently mentioned in that regard—Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa—and had little trouble doing so, given the qualifications of at least ...Read More...
As Joseph Joubert Roberge once said…“Justice is baseball truth in action”.
Still, because Votto had just the 73 RBIs, some have argued—and Reds executives have been asked about it several times—he should expand his strike zone with runners in scoring position. It’s not like he’s failing in these situations. That .477 OBP with runners in scoring position speaks volumes. Only four NL hitters got on base more frequently in these situations.
The thinking goes that if Votto swings at more pitches ...
Posted: December 31, 2013 at 08:39 AM | 23 comment(s)
Seattle Star, December 31, 1913:
Swearing on the baseball diamond will not be tolerated in the Northwestern league next season. A ban was put on all forms of profanity by the Northwestern magnates at their recent confab in Portland, it was announced today.
Frequent outbursts on the field sickened the fans last season. A heavy penalty for the violation of this clause will be fixed.
That’s flippin’ bullpucky.
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