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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Tim McCarver still analyzing World Series, now from home

Well, at least we know this quarantine worked.

But this October, McCarver is experiencing the Series just like millions of other viewers by watching back home in Florida instead of his usual spot in the broadcast booth.

“When you’re working you’re so immersed in your work that you’re trying to put on a telecast or add to it without getting in the way of it and all the things that are involved in the business of baseball on television,” McCarver said.

“On the other hand, you pick up part of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2014 at 04:01 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: media, world series

Sunday Notes: Maddon, Cherington, Fixing the Reds, Trusting Buck, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Another great column by David Laurila .

There are a lot of ways to look at how you might augment your offense, but it can’t just be nine guys working a pitching staff over,” said Maddon. “If your goal is to get a starter out of a game, that might be the last thing you want to do. You see a lot of 95-plus out of the pen now, and some of those guys have quality secondary pitches. I think it’s become easier to build bullpens, and it’s rare a team has a bad one.”

The Kansas City Royals ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, general, joe maddon, orioles, red sox, reds, tigers

MLB—It’s time to back off on manager bashing - ESPN

“In close games, managers can sway and make a move that may turn the tide,” San Francisco’s Jake Peavy said. “That said, the majority of the games are going to be decided by the guys who put the uniform on between the white lines. Your manager has a big thing to do with the way he’s got his guys ready to play and the way they believe in him as far as the game management. And whatever he says, guys believe it’s going to work. It’s just the way it works, especially after you’ve had some success.” ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, jake peavy, ned yost, world series

Players, staff to be consulted in Rays manager search | Tampa Bay Times

Since Silverman is giving voice to the players, what do they want?

“Most important thing for me is a manager that the players can relate to and feel comfortable,” third baseman Evan Longoria texted Saturday. “Don’t think that the environment in the clubhouse needs a complete overhaul. I welcome a new manager’s enthusiasm. Joe was pretty tough to rival on that front, so we will see what the new plans are.”

Top starter Alex Cobb said personality and leadership skills — preferably as a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rays

Lana Berry on Twitter: “this is the most harold reynolds picture that exists”

You’ll have to click through to see the picture of Verducci, Reynolds, and Buck’s scorebooks. In Harold’s defense, he is the color man. Maybe he just didn’t have his crayons handy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Rewind: Giants burn up base paths to overwhelm Royals in Game 4 | CSN Bay Area

As a sometime hat tosser, I encourage Bochy to use the hat toss to reduce stress during crucial game moments.

That is what happened to Bochy’s hat in the third inning Saturday night, as out of place as the stars and stripes amid gum wads and seed husks. It arrived there on a frustrated flick of the wrist from the manager following a chopper to the right side and an awkward angle to first base and a blind, backwards stab with a foot where Ryan Vogelsong found flat-earth disappointment instead ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, world series

Pirates must weigh risk, reward in attempt to sign Martin | TribLIVE

Some team will get very stupid this off-season with Russell Martin.

“We’re in an interesting era for age curves because of the skew of performance-enhancing drugs,” Huntington said. “We are trying to re-evaluate aging curves because they were taken way out of whack because of the influence of performance-enhancing drugs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher aging, pirates, russell martin, sabermetrics

Former Mets farmhand Petit unsung hero for Giants | New York Post

Yusmeiro Petit had a very good year and is having a tremendous off-season. Will it be good enough to get him a starting spot next year?

Jim Duquette remembers the debates in the Mets’ front office. Yusmeiro Petit was dominating minor league hitters, but doing it with stuff that did not overwhelm.
“We couldn’t get a consensus,” Duquette said recalling his days as the Mets’ assistant general manager. “He is getting everyone out, but doing it with an 88-90 mph fastball. We called it an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series, yusmeiro petit

Roc Nation ties have Red Sox looking to deal Yoenis Cespedes - NY Daily News

Some good stuff in Bill Madden’s Sunday column.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: raul ibanez, red sox, rickey henderson, yoenis cespedes

Cubs tone down Joe Maddon talk fearful of upstaging World Series - Chicago Sun-Times

This can’t be a fun week for Rick Renteria.

“There’s a sensitivity to this. Everybody being talked about has a manager,” said Nero of the fact that only the Minnesota Twins (and now the Rays) have a managerial vacancy. “All speculation does is create harm. Rick Renteria is the Cubs’ manager until something else happens that changes that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

Rany on the Royals: Royals Today: World Series, Game 4.

The scrutiny of every managerial decision has been over the top this series. Every decision shouldn’t be made based on the Win Expectancy Table.

As always, you will find a lot of good sense from Rany Jazayerli in this postgame write-up after Game 4.

Someone – I believe it may have been Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus – wrote earlier this month something to the effect that we’ve reached the point with baseball analysis where players no longer are blamed for failure: it’s either the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series


BABIPf/x: A Predictive Pitch-Based Model | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

A lot of numbers in this one.

BABIPf/x correlates well to long term BABIP, better than does league average results. BABIPf/x is more predictive of next year BABIP than is previous year’s BABIP. Because batted ball results (GB, LD and FB rates) are an independent data source than is PITCHf/x categories (i.e, location, movement , etc.) these data sources could be combined to form a multi-source predictive BABIP model of better quality than either source alone. Additional work could be done to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


La Russa’s Caring Side Shows Up in the Box Scores - NYTimes.com

Yet the potential for competitive advantage, La Russa insists, does not motivate such moves. Strategies, he said, are similar everywhere. When he talks about leadership, La Russa said, he emphasizes the importance of personal relationships.

“There’s a lot of smart baseball people around,” La Russa said. “Nowadays, with all the distractions, you better get kids that care for your message. And how do you get them to care? You care for them as people.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: todd burns, tony la russa, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 OMNICHATTER

The winner of tonight’s game will be one win away from being champion of Major League Baseball.

Bumgarner vs. Shields.

8. FOX.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM | 569 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, October 25, 2014

At the heart of A.J. Hinch, a baseball player’s drive - Houston Chronicle

Who is the Astros new manager?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 04:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. hinch, astros

Phils’ philospophy beginning to evolve | phillies.com

It’s about time.

“My job is to try to make the improvements,” Amaro said. “If we’ve decided we’re going to improve long term rather than short term then that’s what we’ll do. That’s what we’re championed to do. And that’s what we feel is necessary to get us back on track. Our job is to try to be a perennial contender. We made the assessment that with the group we have right now there are changes that have to be made to get there. And so that’s our job at hand. As Pat said, we are keeping all of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Dave Dombrowski: Injury worse than expected, Miguel Cabrera ‘is as tough as you can possibly be’ | MLive.com

The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day.

But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be.

“He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

MLB - Royals’ Ned Yost keeps managing to win - ESPN

Ned Yost doesn’t care what you think. Got that?

He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series because he’s the second coming of John McGraw. He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series in spite of his never-ending bumbleheadedness.

He. Doesn’t. Care. Are we clear on that?

“I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m stupid,” the perpetually embattled manager of those Kansas City Royals said this week. “And I don’t really pay attention to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Gambling Bochy creature of habit when it comes to pitchers | CSN Bay Area

Ratto cracks me up.

In the two Giants losses, the San Francisco is 1-for-24 with nine strikeouts against Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and late entry Brandon Finnegan. In fact, Kansas City manager Ned Yost ran afoul of the Mezzanine Constabulary again by:

(a) Letting starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had been brilliant for five innings, start the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, a single to Brandon Crawford and an RBI double by Michael Morse.

(b) Bringing Herrera on to stanch the bleeding, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Yost’s managerial decisions make for extra-entertaining World Series | FOX Sports

In defense of Yost.

We’re welcome to disagree with Yost, as I rather enjoy doing. But he deserves our respect — and admiration. He knows things about his players that we don’t. He also knows how to lead underdogs to a 10-1 record in the postseason, two wins from a champagne-soaked legacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Boston Red Sox prospect Deven Marrero enjoying turnaround in Arizona Fall League | MiLB.com

If Marrero can just hit like an average shortstop, he’ll be a very, very good player.

Edit: Link fixed, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Ned Yost’s team won despite his managing in Game 3 | FOX Sports

Micro analysis in real time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series

Yankees Arizona Fall League overview | yankees.com

Aaron Judge is one big outfielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Wainwright has surgery to address elbow irritation : Sports

Wainwright had a surgical procedure done Friday on the backside of his pitching elbow, multiple sources have confirmed. Wainwright was said to have had the “ligament trimmed” in his right elbow, a Cardinals official said. The exact description was cartilage trimmed to avoid irritation in that area, subsequent reporting on the surgery by The Post-Dispatch confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Royals seize control of Series, edge Giants in Game 3 | MLB.com

Guthrie became the first starter in World Series history to win without at least one strikeout or walk. Only four pitchers had previously earned a World Series victory without the aid of at least one strikeout. It last happened in 1960 with Bob Turley of the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 4 OMNICHATTER

Will the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong ensure this series goes at least six, or will the Royals and Jason Vargas move themselves to just one win away from eternal glory?

CHATTER Up!

Gamingboy Posted: October 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 874 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, October 24, 2014

Curt Schilling not hiding his scars - ESPN Boston

None of us are invincible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, phillies, red sox, sad

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