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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Is Bruce Bochy One of the Best Managers in Baseball History? (Yes. Here’s Why.) «

“The players make the manager, it’s never the other way.” ~ Sparky Anderson

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 11:16 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants, managers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 9, 1914:

George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, appeased his desire for punching some one’s head today, when a fan became overserious in expressing his praise of the Athletics in Stallings’ presence. The unlucky fan was P.J. Callahan, who wore a tourist badge.

“We’ll show them,” chortled Callahan, kidding the Brave players in the lobby of the Majestic hotel. Then he ambled over to Stallings and repeated. Stallings grabbed Callahan and threw him ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 09, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george stallings, history

How will Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals seize what is left of their championship windows? - NY Daily News

If they are looking for good chemistry in the clubhouse, maybe the Dodgers should exchange Colletti for Kevin Towers.

Good luck trying to get a solid read on the mood of the current team, or Mattingly’s ability to manage the egos. During the season, Dodgers people spoke of a deep disconnect among the players, the old “25 cabs for 25 guys” syndrome and a lack of chemistry.

“I don’t think that’s how you win a championship,” said one Dodgers person.

But team chemistry is highly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers, ned colletti

Cards are back in NLCS | FOX Sports

Good luck to the Giants in the World Series!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 07:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Heyman: Royals to make run at Shields as free agent; playoff run helps

The Royals were originally believed only to have a shot to keep Shields if they went far in the playoffs, but sources say the team informed Shields’ agent Page Odle way back around the trade deadline—well before their amazing postseason run, which will bolster their revenues big-time—that they would indeed make an effort to keep him with a multiyear deal.

Seeing the headline and the byline I would have bet anything that Shields was a Boras client but apparently not. 

Anyway, Shields ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 09, 2014 at 01:47 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, royals

Report: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti may be on the hot seat

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Feeling among number of #Dodgers people is that GM Colletti is on hot seat, and that ownership has softer spot for Mattingly. We shall see.

After watching that Cardinal series, Ned isn’t the one I’d be leaning toward firing.  Although he is largely responsible for constructing what turned out to be a pretty useless bullpen.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 09, 2014 at 01:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, ned colletti

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-8-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 8, 1914:

Things began to move rapidly Wednesday in preparation for the opening game of the series for the baseball championship of the world.
...
The so called tuning up process Wednesday of the present world’s champions and the winners of the National league pennant was of a mild character. Neither Connie Mack nor Manager Stallings premitted his men to do any extended work.
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Some of the rooters of the world’s champions are becoming anxious over McInnis, the first ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 08, 2014 at 09:49 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stuffy mcinnis


How the Cardinals became baseball’s best franchise | New York Post

I’d say we should wait until the end of this year’s postseason to make that determination.

No, the Dodgers don’t rank second behind St. Louis in the “Model franchise” standings, and neither do the Yankees. Maybe it’s the Giants, with their third NLCS appearance in five years, though they haven’t qualified for two straight postseasons since 2002-03. It certainly isn’t the Red Sox, who have registered two last-place finishes in the last three seasons.
You could make a case for the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs, tigers

Roger Clemens: Time for Astros to start winning

harrrumpphh! (BBC, drop me a line please)

Roger Clemens said it’s time for the Astros to start winning.

“They’re not kids anymore and the learning process is over, it’s time to win,” the former Astros pitcher and current special assistant said at the team’s charity golf event on Monday. “I was in the World Series at 23, 24 years old. I had maybe a Cy Young or two under my belt. It’s time to take the kid gloves off. It’s time for these guys to win. They should beat Pittsburgh ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, in my day, roger clemens

Matt Williams and the Great Bullpen Screw-Up | FOX Sports

Ouch.

As an outsider, we can’t know about the internal dynamics of the clubhouse and how well Williams might or might not have handled the aspects of his job that we never see. But part of his job is also to make decisions during the games that give his team the best chance to win, and in the biggest game of his managerial career, he made a series of poor decisions that directly led to the run that eliminated his team from the postseason. The Nationals’ offense didn’t do Williams any favors in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt williams, nationals, playoffs, sabermetrics

Josh Beckett Says He’s Retiring After 14 Seasons In Major Leagues | MLB | NESN.com

The prickly right-handed pitcher is walking away from baseball, as he announced his retirement Tuesday night after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, josh beckett, marlins, red sox, retirements


Qualifying offer for MLB free agents set at $15.3M - ESPN

That’s a lot of coin to turn down and then get saddled with draft pick compensation.

The price of qualifying offers for eligible free agents has risen to $15.3 million from $14.1 million.

James Shields, who has led the Royals into the ALCS, is one of several big-name players who likely will turn down a $15.3 million qualifying offer and instead elect free agency.
The 8.5 percent increase was finalized Tuesday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. It is up from $13.3 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Back pain pulls prospect Butler out of AFL | rockies.com

Butler missed time midseason because of a strained right rotator cuff, which showed up after his Major League debut on June 6. Butler rehabbed, then finished the season at Double-A Tulsa before returning to the Majors for two late-season starts—a six-inning, one-run effort in a win over the D-backs on Sept. 20, and a 4 2/3-inning struggle in a loss to the Dodgers on Sept. 27.
After his final start, Butler reported unusual soreness in his upper back/shoulder area. The Rockies made the decision ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie butler, rockies

Slumping Puig Benched by Dodgers for NLDS Game 4 - NYTimes.com

Puig benched. Statheads outraged!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, playoffs, yasiel puig

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Up and Adams: Cards mold NLCS berth out of Clayton

Shocking!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs


The Dead Ball Century

At this rate baseball won’t last another two hundred years.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 05:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Matt Kemp and the Problem With the Umpire Strike Zone | FanGraphs Baseball

How often exactly is that pitch called a ball? It seems to me Kemp could have easily been called out on strikes on the first pitch but wasn’t. When talking about a 0.2 inch difference, I get that two nearly identical pitches were called differently, two nearly identical pitches which, in isolation, could easily be accepted as either a ball or a strike. Matt Kemp should have swung at one of them.

The setting for you: 3-1 Cardinals, top 9, Kemp leading off against Trevor Rosenthal. With the count ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 05:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, playoffs, umpires

AJC:O’Brien: Braves bringing back former scouting chief Roy Clark

An aggressive reshaping of the Braves front office continues with the return of longtime former scouting chief Roy Clark and the promotion of highly regarded scout Brian Bridges to scouting director.

O’Brien also tweeted that Dave Tremblay has been made Director Of Player Development, and Jonathan Schuerholz named Assistant Director Of Player Development.  I am not particularly sanguine that the on-field results of putting the band back together will be nearly as satisfying as the first ...

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spike Posted: October 07, 2014 at 04:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Cardinals Fans Get Ugly In Clash With Ferguson Protesters

·We start off with a bang. At about the 22-second mark, an old white Cardinals fan begins telling the protesters—all of whom appear to be black—that they need to get jobs. He looks right in the camera, proudly, and says, “That’s right! If they’d be working, we wouldn’t have this problem!”
·At the 2:40 mark, they start saying much worse things. The “Let’s go Cardinals!” chant has turned into a “Let’s go Darren (police officer who killed Mike Brown)!” chant. Cool. ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: October 07, 2014 at 03:36 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sportsnet: Davidi: Lack of trust impacted 2014 Blue Jays all season

A lack of talent also didn’t help.

While some [players] would have been content with Prado and a reliever, others were angry that the Blue Jays couldn’t pull off a bigger deal for someone like David Price, Jeff Samardzija or Jon Lester. When told of the asking prices – it started at Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison for the first two, and Bautista for option three – a few players balked, refusing to believe the acquisition cost was so high. “If they didn’t get that, how can they ask ...

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Boileryard Posted: October 07, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Neyer: You can take the boy out of the country ...

“You know, I’ve been working out, eating better. Just wondering if you wanted to get a cup of coffee, Royals. Thinking maybe we should get back together.”

Which of course is the last little piece of this: The Kansas City Royals, for almost exactly as long as I’ve had any sort of opinion about how baseball teams should be run, have been run in almost exactly the opposite way. And the unhappy (for me) truth is that if the Royals win the World Series, it will be taken as absolute proof in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2014 at 12:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fandom, rob neyer, royals

Glavineland and Quisenberria

On Monday, I wrote a piece in which I divided the United States into 50 states of equal population. Today, I’m dividing the country up in order to evenly distribute a small segment of its population: professional athletes.

Thanks to the sports-reference.com family of websites (and ESPN player profiles, league sites, and Wikipedia), I was able to find the birthplace of every American player currently in any one of the four major sports. Click on the buttons below for an animated look at where ...

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BrianBrianson Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: americana

Imperfect Caminiti still terribly missed

They found Ken Caminiti 10 years ago this week, found him in a boarded-up, rat-infested hellhole in the decayed Hunts Point section of the Bronx, found him dead at 41, found him dead from a drug overdose, found him after he got busted by Houston cops a month earlier in Houston, found a legend finally put to God-awful rest by his demons.

I think about the former Padres third baseman every once in a while. Because I really liked him. Among all the athletes I’ve dealt with in my 43 years in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, ken caminiti, padres

LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES DAY 6 OMNICHATTER 2014

Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller), Game 4, Cardinals lead 2-1 (Advance to NLCS with win). 5 PM Eastern, FS1.

Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) at Giants (Vogelsong), Game 4, Giants lead 2-1 (Advance to NLCS with win). 9 PM Eastern, FS1.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 07, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 794 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Salvador Perez’s Disturbing Trends | FanGraphs

Right now he’s trending toward a World Series appearance.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog

The Arizona Fall League begins today. Other than the all star game, are any other games televised? I’ve looked for the info but can’t find a schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

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