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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rushin: Watching a baseball game has become a marathon

_ _ _ (Where Angels Fear to Tread).

But chances are your leisure time is finite, and so is the patience of your family, and you might be forced to choose between watching a four-hour Sox-Yankees game or doing something that doesn’t take nearly as long, like writing She Loves You (as Lennon and McCartney did in three hours) or performing a kidney transplant (which can be done in two to three hours).

Yes, you and I are unlikely to save a life—or create an enduring work of art—in lieu of ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox, television, yankees

Petti: Sabermetrics isn’t a tool, it’s a mindset

Whoa, thought that read “Sabermetrician is a tool”...and that they were dredging the statistically-polluted East River for an old quote from John Sterling about Rob Neyer!

It isn’t often that I disagree with Tango, but I would (albeit slightly) with this statement:

  Sabermetrics is a process, a tool.  It is not an ideology.  Sabermetrics would say that a player’s RBI adds no new information, once you know all these other things.  Sabermetrics would say that a pitcher’s wins, losses and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, sabermetrics, site news, special topics

Cincinnati: Official Opening Day holiday looks doomed

“I wanna be classified
I wanna be a statistic
I wanna be a clone
I want a suburban home”

A proposal to declare Opening Day a ceremonial holiday in Cincinnati - an idea supporters felt was a sure hit in the birthplace of professional baseball - appears unlikely to qualify for the November ballot.

With thousands of petition signatures having been thrown out, the chance of Cincinnatians voting this fall on the initiative looks about as promising as the 10-games-out-and-dropping-fast Reds making ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, reds, special topics

L.A. Times: Former Angels Scouting Director Eddie Bane Goes Public

The Angels had four of the first 42 picks [in 2009]. Mike Trout, the outfielder considered one of the two best prospects in baseball, was one. Tyler Skaggs, the pitcher who was the key to the Dan Haren trade, was another. So was [Garrett] Richards.

Eddie Bane, the scouting director at the time, was fired last winter by General Manager Tony Reagins. The Angels did not publicly explain the decision.

Bane said he does not accept the reason Reagins gave him — that the Angels’ recent drafts ...

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still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: August 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2011

Youngstown Vindicator, August 10, 1911:

A fine deal was put through by [Youngstown] Manager Phillips Wednesday when he sold Scott, Sheer and Tate to Washington on an optional agreement with the understanding that if they make good the Steelmen are to receive a neat figure for the fast trio.

And elsewhere on the same page...

East Liverpool, Aug. 10.—Hugh Tate, first baseman for the Youngstown ball team playing here Wednesday afternoon, had his right wrist shattered by being struck with a fast ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 10, 2011 at 09:33 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Milwaukee J-S blog: Freak accident shelves Narveson

Another addition to the “Dumb Injury Hall of Fame”.

A freak accident in the clubhouse during their 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night has knocked one the Milwaukee Brewers’ starters out of his next turn in the rotation.

Left-hander Chris Narveson was trying to fix some laces on his glove with a pair of scissors when his hand somehow slipped. He sliced the tip of his left thumb deeply enough that he had to have eight stitches, and left Busch Stadium with his digit bandaged ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 10, 2011 at 05:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

MLB.com: Wang stifles Cubs for first win since 2009

After two shaky starts, Chien-Ming Wang showed on Tuesday night that he still has life in his right arm as the Nationals beat the Cubs, 3-1, at Wrigley Field.

How good was Wang on this day? He looked like the pitcher who won a combined 38 games for the Yankees in 2006 and ‘07. In fact, he had a no-hitter after five innings, broken up in the sixth, when pinch-hitter Tony Campana led off the inning with an infield single.
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It was Wang’s first victory since June 28, 2009, against the Mets.

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NTNgod Posted: August 10, 2011 at 04:25 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, nationals

NYT: Angels Tag Rivera and Granderson, Handing Yanks Third Straight Loss

“It’s the old Jeff Nelson move that never works!” (pops fistful of unopened Waldorf’s Sweet Relish packets)

But the result was just as shocking, as Bobby Abreu, the former Yankee who left as a free agent after the 2008 season, ripped his second home run of the night, a towering two-run shot to right field with two outs in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels won, 6-4, to send the Yankees to their third consecutive defeat.

The two home runs for Abreu, who also homered in the Angels four-run ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2011 at 04:22 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, yankees

NOT A BASEBALL FAN? JONAH HILL SAYS YOU’LL STILL LIKE ‘MONEYBALL’

DePoseur…

The other is the movie “Moneyball,” which finds Hill co-starring with Brad Pitt.  The film tells the true story of the Oakland A’s baseball franchise and their unusual system of using statistics to build winning teams while spending very little money.

Although the film is set in the world of baseball, Hill told us that you don’t have to be a fan of America’s pastime to understand or enjoy it.

Repoz Posted: August 10, 2011 at 03:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, media, projections, sabermetrics

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

TSN: Clint Hurdle confident Pirates can take punch and bounce back

and still end up looking like Pittsburgh Fritzie Zivic.

Pittsburgh probably won’t make the playoffs considering their current standing, but how they play over these final seven or so weeks will tell a lot about their clubhouse and could go a long way into next season’s outlook. Finish strong and it’s plenty of momentum for 2012. Finish meek and a deflated feeling is inevitable.

“This is an opportunity to have a great learning experience for all of us, especially for our team as we go ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 10:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Montreal Gazette: Diamond dream alive in Quebec City

Keri est toujours sur le qui-vive.

Playing host to ALS Quebec’s sixth annual Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, Municipal Stadium in Quebec City - home to the independent Can-Am League’s Quebec Capitales - couldn’t have been a more ideal setting. On hand to lend their support for the cause were former Expos Tim Raines, Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou and Denis Boucher. Former Canadiens captain Vincent Damphousse, a spokesperson for ALS Quebec, also suited up for the game.

This marked the first ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: August 09, 2011 at 08:58 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, history, memorabilia

Rob Neyer: Don’t Worry: We Know Michael Young Is Really Good At Baseball

Jimmy Collins Was Truly Chump Change, points out the Aaron Gleeman, Brandon McCarthy, C.J. Nitkowski, Michael Young 2,000 hits ain’t 3,000 to-do.

Still, that simple numbers-based post brought a cascade of tweets from Brandon McCarthy, a one-time teammate of Young’s. Here they are, all put together for your reading convenience:

  I read A LOT of nonsense on a daily basis, but this tops the charts today.

  “Young is the 234th player to reach 2,000 hits, which isn’t exactly exclusive ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 08:34 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, rangers, sabermetrics

Mitch Williams: Why was Victorino singled out for scuffle?

Shape it, shape it, Wild Thing…

Back to my original question: Why was Victorino the only player suspended? Whiteside and Ramirez were fined; Ramirez instigated the entire thing, and Whiteside made the first physical contact—yet they were fined, not suspended. I don’t understand how they weren’t both suspended as well or why Victorino simply wasn’t fined, as they were.

It sends a bad message—if you are a pitcher, making bad pitches, and the opposing team is hitting those pitches hard, it is OK ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 08:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, giants, media, phillies, television


Sheinin: Adam Dunn can’t escape from vicious, season-long slump

There’s nowhere to hide in baseball. Your batting average is displayed in three-foot-high digits on the scoreboard before each at-bat. The scouts behind home plate hone in on your every weakness. Each flailing swing is just a few clicks of the Internet away for anyone to see.

When you’re Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, and you’re hitting .165 with 142 strikeouts on August 9, and you’re in the first year of a four-year $56 million contract, you are past the point of being unable to ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 05:57 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, white sox

In Which Two Canadians Fight About A Sport That Is Not Hockey

Chris Jones and Jonah Keri debate the intersection of advanced statistics and sportwriting and whether there is tension between the two.

The question is, can we marry great storytelling with analysis? Yes, I think we can. You talk to people, get to know them, get them to open up about their hopes and dreams and fears. You get them to reveal an injury no one else knew they had, or a messy divorce they kept quiet from the public, or a personal tragedy that threw their world off its axis. There ...

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Fourth True Outcome Posted: August 09, 2011 at 05:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, giants, media, sabermetrics

Neyer: Red Sox Rich In MVP Candidates

And good luck to ya, Woody Rich!

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Which is how the Red Sox list looks like this:

Pedroia: 6.7 fWAR
Ellsbury: 5.9
Gonzalez: 5.1

...Pedroia doesn’t have Gonzalez’s power, or for that matter his batting average.

Pedroia doesn’t have Ellsbury’s power, either. Not this season, anyway.

What Pedroia does have is almost Ellsbury’s power, plus a better stolen-base percentage, other baserunning skills, and a fantastic glove at second base.

The numbers really aren’t precise enough to tell us which ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 02:20 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Barra: C.C. Sabathia: Just How Big a Problem?

Getting past the vast…some good Ralph Kiner-speak.

Kiner also loves to shoot holes in perceived baseball wisdom. “These stolen base hot shots,” he remarked, referring to the fastest runners on both the Braves and Mets. “If they’re so good at stealing bases, just let them steal. I never figured out why it was considered smart for a batter to swing at a pitch he didn’t like in order to ‘protect’ the runner? If the runner is good enough to steal, why does he have to be ‘protected’? They always ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:50 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, mets, sabermetrics, television

Kevin Youkilis: If I were to go anywhere, I would want to go to Cincinnati

New Pete Rose Records!

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Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com talked with Youkilis about his future in Boston. McDonald writes, “Since teammate Adrian Gonzalez is locked up as the club’s first baseman until 2018, and there’s a highly touted third base prospect in the organization, Will Middlebrooks, Youkilis doesn’t know what his future holds in Boston. His contract expires at the end of 2012 with a club option for 2013, and no matter if he re-signs with Boston or ends up playing for another ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, reds

Crashburn Alley: Roy Oswalt, Murderer?

(Quickly puts in call to Texarkana Moonlight Murders cold case tipline)

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While hanging out in the dugout during last night’s Phillies-Dodgers game, it appears that Roy Oswalt was teaching Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee how to murder someone in a gruesome fashion. Or, something.

 

Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 12:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Walder: Yankees - Red Sox series at Fenway a reminder of Bombers’ painfully slow pace

Maybe if Newsweekian wild-eyed David Cone didn’t mention FanGraphs so damn often…we wouldn’t even know of this problem!

Last season, Fangraphs.com, a baseball analysis website, reported the average time between pitches league-wide as 21.5 seconds. The numbers count pickoff attempts as a pitch, but do include timeouts taken by the batter or pitcher in the middle of an at-bat.

“We have a situation in this day and age (where) I’m hard-pressed to (name) any batters that really stay in the box,” ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, site news, yankees

Roy Halladay gets NL-leading 7th complete game, 15th win as Phillies top Dodgers

Not as bad as that old “Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge” headline, but…..

Shane Victorino kept playing, Roy Halladay kept winning and Ryan Howard kept driving in runs.

Halladay became the NL’s first 15-game winner and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Monday night.

...Halladay (15-4) allowed a run and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings and struck out four. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA since his 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field on July 18, when he was forced out after ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:38 AM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies

Lake County Fielders accused of providing subpar baseballs

Ha! More proof of a deadball conspiracy!

Just when Lake County Fielders officials thought their troubled season couldn’t get any worse, they are left trying to explain the early-inning suspension of a home game over claims they provided inferior baseballs for the players.

Friday night’s suspended game against the Calgary Vipers prompted an angry response from Fielders owner Richard Ehrenreich.

Ehrenreich said Monday the baseball-quality gripe originated with the Vipers’ starting pitcher, and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, special topics

Posnanski: Guessing About Stamps

I got an interesting email the other day from the United States Postal Service… they’re unveiling a four-stamp series they’re calling “Major League Baseball All-Star Stamps.”... In the email, they announced the first player is Joe DiMaggio. The other three will be announced at a later date…

it turns out there are limitations when it comes to postage stamps…. No living person shall be honored by portrayal on U.S. Postage… No stamp shall be considered for issuance if one treating the same ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:13 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-9-2011

Regina Morning Leader, August 9, 1911:

Fandom includes all classes of citizens, and in order to keep them in check the following warnings have been framed by a person who knows something about the unbridled enthusiasm of those who follow the fortunes of their favorite teams:

Don’t shout words of advice to the players.

Don’t roast players for making errors.

...

Don’t put the lighted end of a cigar into your mouth when your favorite knocks out a four-bagger.

Don’t elbow your neighbor and step ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 09, 2011 at 09:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, dugout, history

LA Times: Angels’ Mark Trumbo has chip on his shoulder, thunder in his bat

How soon we forget the demonic swagger stare of Hammer Hamelin!

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“You can see his swagger,” veteran right fielder Torii Hunter said of the 25-year-old rookie who is hitting .261 with a team-leading 22 home runs and 63 runs batted in entering Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees. He walks with a chip on his shoulder. He stares with a chip on his shoulder. It’s a little smirk like, ‘I told you.’

...Trumbo has had his share of critics even though they have been silenced this season as ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Monday, August 08, 2011

Victorino receives three-game suspension for role in brawl

Even though Brown is no longer with us…Stop The Phussing And Phighting! (I know…I hate that too)

ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball has suspended Shane Victorino three games for his role in Friday night’s bench-clearing brawl between the Phillies and Giants in San Francisco. A source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that Victorino plans to appeal.

No word yet if Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez, whose apparent intentional drilling of Victorino triggered the altercation, and Giants catcher ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 09:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, phillies

The history and mystery of the high five

Tommy Lasorda is dumber than ten dogs high-fiving.

It was the last day of the regular season, and Dodgers leftfielder Dusty Baker had just gone deep off the Astros’ J.R. Richard. It was Baker’s 30th home run, making the Dodgers the first team in history to have four sluggers—Baker, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith—with at least 30 homers each. It was a wild, triumphant moment and a good omen as the Dodgers headed to the playoffs. Burke, waiting on deck, thrust his hand enthusiastically ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2011 at 09:10 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers

Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry is Dead

The Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is dead and baseball has helped kill it: Eighteen meetings a year at four hours each has watered down the product to the point of overkill and taken the starch out of things. These games have become overdone and overblown, almost meaningless.

Where’s the angst, the bitterness, the brushbacks? Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez don’t square off at home plate anymore. The days of Don Zimmer sprinting out of the dugout and bull rushing Pedro Martinez are over…

Stop ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 08, 2011 at 08:35 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Hypnotist helps Bochy and staff quit dipping

They’ve reached this point because of hypnotherapist Dr. AlVera Paxson, who is developing quite the reputation for helping the reigning World Series champion Giants kick some nasty, decades-old habits.

Bochy hasn’t touched chewing tobacco since April 14, the night before seeing Paxson during his team’s first road trip to Arizona. Hayes has gone without since Jan. 26. It’s two years down for Murphy. No carrying around those little tobacco cans for these three any longer.

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Gamingboy Posted: August 08, 2011 at 06:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

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