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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Frankovich: Keith Olbermann, Traditionalist

FYI: Nick was an editor at SABR back in the day.

So said Keith Olbermann. He too has taken to calling the World Series, disparagingly, “the MLB Finals.” Hard left in his politics, the ESPN2 commentator is, mirabile dictu, a hardcore traditionalist in matters baseball. I just came across this video from last Tuesday:

JE (Jason) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, keith olbermann, postseason, world series

The Economist: Gone too soon (Oscar Taveras)

Don’t blame bad roads for Oscar Taveras’s death.  Lax enforcement of driving laws and a culture that celebrates speeding are at fault.

Less than 10% of tickets issued for vehicular infractions ever get paid, and the prevalence of drive-through liquor stores and alcohol sales at petrol stations expose drivers to constant temptation…
Many Dominicans looking for work have responded by scraping out a living ferrying passengers on motoconchos, or motorcycle taxis, which are extremely ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican

Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards dazzles early; Twins prospect Byron Buxton hurt late | MiLB.com

Buxton is hurt again.

Two notable players who fit that profile appeared in Monday’s 3-3 tie between Mesa and Salt River, with each experiencing starkly different outcomes. C.J. Edwards—the Cubs’ No. 5 prospect and No. 51 overall prospect—fired three perfect innings for Solar Sox, while the Rafters’ Byron Buxton—a Twins prospect ranked the best in baseball—sustained yet another injury.

Buxton was taken to a hospital after the game for X-rays on his left middle finger, which he hurt while diving ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, prospects


Is Yordano Ventura the hardest-throwing starting pitcher ever? - Beyond the Box Score

Nolan Ryan was very, very, very fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, royals

Bry: The decline of interest in baseball is a harbinger of waning American power

Dave Bry once compared Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” to Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page”. So there’s that.

Long considered the country’s “national pastime”, baseball reflects the very best qualities of the American spirit, the higher values upon which our society was (theoretically, at least) founded: freedom, independence, tolerance. Football is a violent, territorial sport that rewards brute strength over everything else and symbolises, at its base level, imperialism, bloodlust, and ...

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Repoz Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent | orioles.com

I can’t wait. This is one of the off-season highlights.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, television

Evan Longoria: A Bust and Not a Bust | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Is batted ball distance available online anywhere?

Furthermore, Longoria chased pitches outside the zone like never before. His O-Swing% jumped above 30% for the first time, and he’s been below average at making contact with those types of pitches. That might explain what led to the higher SwStk%.

So Longoria got a little swing happy at pitches outside the strike zone. But what about his power? Well, his batted ball distance which had sat in the 287 to 294 foot range over the last four ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, rays, sabermetrics

Supreme Court sets hearings for stadium challengers | www.myajc.com

Just say no to tax dollars for sports stadiums.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium financing, stadiums


Braves hire disciplined Seitzer as new hitting coach | braves.com

“In talking to him a few times, [Seitzer] came across as a guy who had a good plan,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s organized and detailed. He’s worked with different kinds of hitters. He has his own mindset or skill, and that’s that he wants to keep the ball in the middle of the diamond. I think he was the perfect fit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hitting coaches

No place like home for the Royals | New York Post

The Royals only have one game to worry about.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Citi Field will be more ‘symmetrical,’ less ‘gimmicky’ | Metsblog

I’m sure David Wright supports this move.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, stadium renovations, stadiums

Bombing in the Bronx: The Babe Ruth Story – The Hardball Times

The not so greatest baseball movie ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, movies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 28, 1914:

Fielder Jones, manager of the St. Louis Federal League club, has been given a big bank roll and told to “go after Walter Johnson,” star of the Washington American League club.

At the headquarters of the local Feds it was said to-day that if Jones can land the speed wonder, Catcher Ainsmith and Clyde Milan will also follow.

Johnson is wintering at his home in Coffeyville, Kan., and Fielder Jones will make every effort to land him. He left here with a wad ...

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The story behind ‘Marlins Man’ - JSOnline

A little more info about Marlin Man.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, world series

Jake Peavy, Jon Lester have eye on Cubs as package deal

“No, I’m not offering a package to the Cubs,” the San Francisco Giants pitcher said, clarifying the impression he made while talking about himself, the Cubs and his pal Lester. “There’s a package deal out there for any team.”

zonk Posted: October 28, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency, jake peavy, jon lester


When drama of World Series intersects with drama of Oscar Taveras and real life, we are reminded it truly is just a game | FOX Sports

I love prospects, the excitement and mystery they generate, the potential for them to develop into superstars — or not.
Oscar Taveras was such a talent, the Cardinals’ best position prospect since Albert Pujols. He had a gorgeous finish to his left-handed swing. He hit a big home run in the NLCS.
And on Sunday night, in the middle of Game 5 of the World Series, we learned that he was gone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: oscar taveras, tragedy

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 6 OMNICHATTER

The Giants can win a Championship. The Royals can force a Game 7.

It’s Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Venture.

8 Eastern. FOX.

CHATTER UP for what may be the last OMNICHATTER of 2014!

Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 578 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, October 27, 2014

OT:  Soccer (the Round, True Football), November 2014

There are some games, and some more, followed by the odd fixture and result.

frannyzoo Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:37 PM | 549 comment(s)
  Beats: football

Royals employees gifted a trip to World Series

Section 334: It is a tiny blue pie slice among 40,000 fans. But in games three, four and five of 2014 World Series, the faces of its 185 or so Kansas City occupants — both elated and glum, broadcast on national television — became the faces of Royals fandom in AT&T Park.

Nicole Bruce, 45, of Independence was seen on TV by her brother-in-law who was watching in Texas. Bob and Kathy Butler of Kansas City said their son and grandson back home saw them.

Throughout the ballpark, people could ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: david glass, royals, world series

OT: Wrestling Thread November 2014

Given that the old wrestling thread got shut down, here is a new one that shamelessly links to my Hell in a Cell review!

andrewberg Posted: October 27, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: wrestling

Former Tigers pitcher Jeff Robinson, 52, dies

This sucks. Always liked him as a prospect. Never fully panned out but put together a really nice 1988 season for a good Tigers team that would have made the playoffs had they not collapsed.

Jeff Robinson, a promising pitching prospect in the early 1980s who went on to pitch in nearly 100 games for the Tigers, passed away Sunday afternoon after a seven-month battle with undisclosed health issues. He was 52.

Mike Henneman, Robinson’s roommate in the minors and major leagues, confirmed his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff robinson, obituaries, tigers

Report: Rays owner has discussed moving team to Montreal

Put the Rays in Montreal, the Bobcats in Seattle, the Coyotes in Hartford, and the Jaguars back in Decatur!

Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has had discussions about moving the franchise to Montreal, reports the New York Daily News.

According to the report, Sternberg has spoken about the possibility with “wealthy Wall Street associates.” Sternberg resides in Rye, New York, and worked in finance in New York City before buying into the Rays in 2004….
  
Rays owner Stuart ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, stu sternberg

SF Giants head groundskeeper: ‘no gamesmanship,’ denies flooding the basepaths - John Shea

Elliott said the composition of the dirt includes 59 percent lava cinders and sand, 21 percent clay and 19 percent silt. Plus, conditioner is added “to keep the moisture on the soil so the footing’s right.”

“You can’t get caught up in it,” Elliott said of talk his crew goes overboard with watering. “The worst thing I could do, from my standpoint, is change the field on them without them knowing it. Then they’re playing in unexpected and unfamiliar territory.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 27, 1914:

[Denver catcher Larry] Spahr talked interestingly of Daisy [sic] Vance, a strapping big pitcher secured from St. Joe. Vance is a right-hander and, according to Spahr, he works a good bit on the order of Alexander of the Phillies.

“He has only been in the game two years,” explained Spahr, “but he has learned fast and was the toughest pitcher in the Western League to beat this year. Pittsburgh certainly got the best young pitcher in the West when they ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 27, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: dazzy vance, dugout, history

Juan Perez delivers key hit after learning his good friend Oscar Taveras died - Yahoo Sports

None of this was ordinary, of course. The idea of playing in tribute to someone is cliché. Using sports, these stupid games we play, to honor their memory is equally trite. It’s also a canvas for something greater. What Juan Perez did Sunday wasn’t just play for his friend Oscar, for the whole baseball world that grieved at his loss. Perez played for himself, and on an awful night for the sport, nothing was more redeeming than that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan perez, oscar taveras, world series

Legend of the fall: MadBum’s CG gives SF Game 5 win | MLB.com

Bumgarner takes charge of the series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, royals, world series

Giants celebration $69 beer bottle from NLCS

Just in time for Christmas! Wonder how they came up with $69 as a figure?

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: October 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: san francisco giants

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