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Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The veteran right-hander John Lackey wore a different shade of red last October when he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title in Game 6. His opponent that night in New England was the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that traded for him this summer.
Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
Monday, October 06, 2014
Another great Jeff Sullivan article breaking down, visually, how Clayton Kershaw suffered his historic meltdown versus the Cardinals:
In Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, Kershaw was provided with a 6-1 lead. He left a 7-6 deficit, and shortly thereafter he was charged with run number eight. You already understand that the game was insane…ut Clayton Kershaw allowed eight runs. I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to try to figure out how something like that can ...
Well, SugarBear Blanks begs to differ, for one:
I mean, this is what many of you want, right? People tell me all the time, “The networks need to show teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox.” Well, thanks to the outcomes of the two American League Division Series, fans no longer will be bound and gagged and forced to watch the despicable Northeast monsters against their collective will.
So, will you be glued to your televisions? I mean, it’s put up or shut up time, right? The Orioles and ...
They’re making it impossible not to like them.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was an especially late night for some of the Kansas City Royals. They spent the night celebrating with fans after sweeping the American League Division Series.
After the game, some of the players invited fans to celebrate the victory with them at McFadden’s Bar in Kansas City’s Power & Light District.
Eric Hosmer announced the after-party on Twitter. He thanked fans for their love this season, and to return the favor he ...
Johnny Bench called.
this is my list of the ten best bench seasons ever; I’m actually happy with eight of the ten listed seasons.
First Last YEAR G AB HR RBI Avg OBA SPct OPS
Oscar Gamble 1979 100 274 19 64 .358 .456 .609 1.065
Mark McGwire 2000 89 236 32 73 .305 .483 .746 1.229
Gavy Cravath 1919 83 214 12 45 .341 .438 .640 1.078
Elmer Valo 1955 112 283 3 37 .364 .460 .484 .944
Ted Williams 1953 37 91 13 34 .407 .509 .901 1.410
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Royals catcher Salvador Perez said he felt ‘‘dizzy’’ and “foggy’’ after taking a blow to the head during Game 2 of the American League Division Series, even though he remained in the game.
Speaking before Game 3 on Sunday night, Perez said Royals manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney asked him a series of questions and made sure he was OK before letting him to continue. The Royals won 4-1 in 11 innings, putting them on the brink of sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in their ...
Pittsburgh Press, October 6, 1914:
When you applaud a ball player who has just made a great catch and yell “Good boy, Jones!” maybe you are applauding a man named Bascom. There are now 32 players in the major and minor leagues known to be playing under assumed names. How many others are using nom de bats is hard to tell. Many of them are college boys who started professional careers under false names and kept them after becoming well known.
The principal reason for the change of name is family ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
Are the Tigers really as bad as the Yankees? Except for their bullpen, I say no.
The Tigers have a lot of Yankees in them. In its owner’s obsession for a title, Detroit has grown expensive, star-laden and old.
There was a period when Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were simultaneously the best pitcher and hitter on the planet, and last year Cabrera won the MVP and Max Scherzer the Cy Young. Yet, the Tigers were unable to win it all in their primes together, and now have to contemplate ...
Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 73 comment(s)
I usually like Will Leitch’s stuff. I don’t like this piece. Commissioners aren’t all-knowing, omnipotent deities.They are men managing complicated, high-profile *businesses*. In Selig’s case, despite some errors along the away, he’s done a tremendous job juggling the business and PR sides of his job. He’s been able to do so because he holds real power. To strip his replacement of such power would not be an improvement.
So maybe it’s time to think about changing the job description? Joe ...
Posted: October 06, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 28 comment(s)
It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody.
That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts.
Mike Trout is the definitive best player in baseball and has been for at least two full seasons now, probably three. There is no reasonable rebut to that.
But, for the first time since he announced himself as such, Trout enters an offseason with an obvious flaw: He can’t hit the high fastball.
Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 90 comment(s)
The ALDSes are settled, but the NL still remains!
Washington (Fister) at San Francisco (Bumgarner), 5 PM Eastern, Giants lead series 2-0, advance to NLCS with win
Dodgers (Ryu) at Cardinals (Lackey), 9 PM Eastern, series tied 1-1.
Posted: October 06, 2014 at 12:21 AM | 426 comment(s)
Sunday, October 05, 2014
That’s nothing. People paid more to not see Derek Jeter play in his last series in Fenway.
The average price for Game 3 is even higher at $440, or well more than double the next-highest price tag for a team’s opening home game ($181 for the Giants).
After a 29-year drought, the Royals have won three postseason games—all in extra innings.
The average price for division series tickets across Missouri, in St. Louis, meanwhile, was roughly $90, the lowest tab among the postseason teams, according ...
Posted: October 05, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 146 comment(s)
A lot of good stuff in David Laurila’s latest.
Here’s some early insight into the Gold Glove race.
Orioles (Norris) at Tigers (Price), 3:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Orioles lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.
Angels (CJ Wilson) at Royals (Shields), 7:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Royals lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.
Posted: October 05, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 460 comment(s)
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Giants (Hudson) at Nationals (Zimmermann), Game 2, 5:30 PM (Eastern), FS1 (Giants lead 1-0)
Cardinals (Lynn) at Dodgers (Greinke), Game 2, 9:30 PM (Eastern), MLB Network (Cardinals lead 1-0)
Posted: October 04, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 739 comment(s)
I wasn’t able to see Game 2 of the Royals/Angels series nor have I had a chance to see a lot of Angels games. When I have watched the Angels, I haven’t noticed this and Trout seems to rake. But that is a small sample. So, Angels watchers, is there anything to this idea?
Posted: October 04, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
“It seems to be a formula that works,” Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. “That was our approach. Not to be too big. Not to try to do too much. Just put the ball in play and see what happens.”
I guess a guy who struck out in 30% of his big-league at-bats would know.
Friday, October 03, 2014
It’s worth talking for a second about Aoki, because he so thoroughly symbolizes this team. As a young man, he was a major star in his home country of Japan, a whirlwind of a hitter a sort of a second Ichiro. At 29 he somewhat inexplicably fell off. He then found himself in Milwaukee, and this past offseason, he came to Kansas City. He was thoroughly disappointing until late September when, for no apparent reason, he briefly proved impossible to get out. He hit .458 the last two weeks of the ...
It’ll be hilarious if Yost or McClendon wins the award.
Perhaps the worst trend of modern relief pitching is the intractability of bullpen roles. Their very existence is manicured. At some point, when baseball recognized that, yeah, it probably is a good idea to exploit platoon splits, managers started slotting relievers in specific situations. Seventh inning for one guy, eighth for another, ninth and only ninth for the closer. And even if the heart of the order was up in the eighth and Scrub ...
Feels like forever since we had a Jeter thread…
There’s a “buzz” that baseball’s most famous bachelor will be off the market for good by Monday, TMZ reported. But the site acknowledged not all of its sources believed the bash — with “several high-end party vendors” at the ready — was wedding-related.
The 40-year-old Jeter, who played the final game of his Hall of Fame-worthy career on Sunday, has said he’d like to start a family in retirement.
“I look forward to doing ...
Posted: October 03, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
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