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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ron Washington Acknowledges Infidelity, Doesn’t Explain Why He Resigned

At a press conference today, Washington offered the tiniest sliver of explanation—and a big red flag that something worse is hanging over his head.

“I made a mistake, and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” said Washington, who was accompanied by his wife Geraldine.

“When you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the type of things my wife always says to me, I was not true to my wife after 42 years, I broke that trust.

“I’m here today to own ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 18, 2014 at 08:46 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Keri: How Washington Built a World Series Favorite

Or: How I Learned To Love Them Even Though They Stole My Team

The Washington Nationals became the first team to clinch their division this season…. Throughout the 2014 campaign, the Nats have conjured late-inning heroics and convincing blowouts alike while building the best record in the National League, and at 87-64, they’ve still got a shot at matching the 98-win 2012 Nationals for the best record in franchise history.1

That’s a damn miracle, considering that just five years ago this ...

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boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 18, 2014 at 05:25 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, grantland, jonah keri, nationals

It’s quite the turnaround for Angels and General Manager Jerry Dipoto

“Last year was not a great year. From a roster-building standpoint, I made a lot of mistakes. From a quality-of-product-on-the-field standpoint, the first five months of the season were awful.”

That the Angels emerged as the team with the best record in the major leagues this season — and that Moreno picked up Dipoto’s 2015 option two months ago — is yet another reminder to ignore the headlines at the winter meetings. Winning the winter wins you nothing.

The inspiring story of how ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2014

(Syndicated columnist) Hal Sheridan via the Toledo News-Bee, September 18, 1914:

Another afternoon with the Reds and the Giants will have the Cubs on their hands at the Polo grounds to distract their attention from the watchful waiting for reports of an explosion in Boston, indicating that the Braves have scattered themselves over the landscape.

The McGrawites have now won two games in a row from the Reds, which adds nothing to their glory, but has prevented the Braves from adding anything to ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

RASMUS OPENS UP ABOUT JAYS TENURE, FUTURE, PAST

TSN.ca: Baseball has been such a huge part of your life. The Little League World Series tape is famous. There you are doing your thing, playing way back in the day and you worked so hard at it even at a younger age. How would you describe your relationship with the sport? How do you feel about baseball?

RASMUS: It’s a love-hate relationship, no doubt. A lot of times I just feel like I want to be able to enjoy it but it’s so hard for me now to just flip that switch. I don’t know how to. ...

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Paul D(uda) Posted: September 18, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

McCarthy’s immaculate inning highlights Yankees win

It’s called the “immaculate Inning,” and it stands for complete and utter dominance… New York Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy became the sixth different pitcher to throw one this season. That’s a new single-season major-league record.

“I actually didn’t realize what it was until I got inside and I saw what it was on the broadcast,” McCarthy said. “I was just happy it was three strikeouts, but I didn’t realize what kind of an inning it was.”

“It’s something ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 18, 2014 at 04:26 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

The Jake Peavy-Dee Gordon rivalry seems to be, um, heating up

Peavy: “I’m not going to lie to you. I was just in the shower thinking about Dee Gordon. #outofcontextTuesday
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 17, 2014

Dee Gordon has a great sense of humor, texted Peavy a picture of him in towel holding shampoo.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 17, 2014

Ok then.

Dee Gordon has surpassed all my expectations.  .330 OBP with 62 steals, he’s a fun guy to have around.  The price paid to rent Peavy was steep but he’s been ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 18, 2014 at 02:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, please make it stop

OMNICHATTER 9-18-2014

11 game days remain (including today)!

Gamingboy Posted: September 18, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jays pitcher Stroman suspended 6 games

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games for throwing behind the head of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph on Monday night.

The rookie right-hander is appealing the suspension and with the Jays headed to New York for a four-game weekend set against the Yankees, it is expected that the hearing will be at major league baseball headquarters on Thursday or Friday. Stroman’s next scheduled start is Saturday in the Bronx. The 23-year-old Long Island native was ...

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Paul D(uda) Posted: September 17, 2014 at 07:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, suspensions

Joe Girardi put Derek Jeter’s farewell tour ahead of the team

Jon Heyman raining on Derek Jeter’s parade, oh my:

“In Cal Ripken’s final season at age 40, when he had a .637 OPS (a bit higher than Jeter), he started at 42 times at No. 7 in lineup, 37 times at No. 6, 44 times at No. 5, and twice at cleanup in 2001. The Orioles were also-rans with 63-98 record that year, but there was nothing sentimental about his placement in batting order by manager Mike Hargrove, who made the tough calls.

It might be more understandable, at least in Girardi’s ...

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Howie Menckel Posted: September 17, 2014 at 06:59 PM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

William Blake, Color Analyst For the Atlanta Braves

By the furnaces of Los! So mightily driven was that sphere that it made war on Heaven, Joe! But Bonifacio, lover of both Heaven & Hell, and eager to bring them into harmony, rose on beating wings into the starry bosom of Albion for a splendid catch! Attaboy Emilio!

kthejoker Posted: September 17, 2014 at 05:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves

Rudman: Clutch hitting the key to Mariners’ playoff hopes

Every team, every announcer, every fan…nuff of the Randomness In Scoring Position.

No statistic more defines the Mariners – Mike Blowers emphasizes it constantly during Root Sports telecasts – than what they do, or don’t do, with runners in scoring position. And what they do, or don’t do, with RISP over the season’s final dozen games will be the determining factor in whether they can slip past Kansas City and snatch the American League’s second wild card spot.

The past week has ...

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Repoz Posted: September 17, 2014 at 05:00 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, sabermetrics

Joe Girardi: ‘Pitch the right way’

After a loss that saw three New York Yankees ejected and the benches clear, a “pissed” Joe Girardi accused the Tampa Bay Rays of pitching inside incompetently.

What made Girardi ultimately erupt was when Derek Jeter was hit by inexperienced reliever Steven Geltz in the eighth inning.

It marked the fifth time a Yankee had been hit by a Ray in the past four games, while the Yankees have not hit any Rays. Jeter has been hit twice, and Chase Headley ended up in the hospital after being hit ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cry baby

Umpire ejects Braves fan for heckling Bryce Harper

At least one Braves fan didn’t get to enjoy the postgame concert or boo the Nationals as they celebrated their National League East title on Tuesday at Turner Field because he was ejected by the home plate umpire for shouting obscenities at Bryce Harper earlier in the game. Good job, guy.

The incident occurred in the sixth inning, when Harper came to the plate after Ian Desmond’s two-run homer to the moon gave the Nationals the lead. Harper paid no mind as a fan near the Braves dugout ...

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Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, nationals

MASNSports (Kubatko): Orioles remember Monica Barlow on the day they clinch

Basically impossible not to read this without getting choked up:

I was collecting mental snapshots in the clubhouse following last night’s clincher. Better than exposing my iPhone to the champagne being sprayed.

The moment that probably meant the most occurred when Zach Britton walked over to me with two beers, handed one to me, tapped them together and said, “This is for Monica.”

I needed a few minutes to compose myself. Just a beautiful, heartfelt gesture, and more evidence that ...

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Esoteric Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, f--k cancer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-17-2014

Toledo News-Bee, September 17, 1914:

They keep telling us how baseball improves, yet the other day at Pittsburg, Rog Bresnahan, coaching at third, yelled for the ball and Pitcher Mamaux threw it to him, Rog dodging and letting it go to the stands. Sheckardiski used to work that in the Nile Valley league during the reign of Seti I.

After the inning, back in the dugout, Mamaux fell for the “tap on the left shoulder from someone behind you on your right” trick, then got booped in the nose after ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 17, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: al mamaux, dugout, history, roger bresnahan

With 8-2 win Tuesday, Orioles clinch first American League East title since 1997

“...Even though this was the Orioles’ ninth division title in franchise history, it was a first for the city of Baltimore. In this 60th anniversary season of Orioles baseball, it marked the first time in club history that they celebrated a division title at home while needing a win to clinch. Back in 1969, the Orioles won the AL East on a day in which they won, but had already sealed the division before their game ended…

 

NattyBoh Posted: September 17, 2014 at 04:35 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: al east, orioles, playoffs

Ryan Zimmerman Watches Nats Celebrate From Afar

Most of the Nationals celebrated in Atlanta last night.

Congratulations?

“Thanks,” Zimmerman said by phone. “I guess.”

Zimmerman is rehabilitating his torn hamstring, and playing in instructional league games in Viera, Florida while his teammates commemorated the 2014 National League East championship is an annoying necessity.

“It sucks,” he said. “Hopefully, I’m helping us get to the point where we have a few more celebrations like that. But those are not just my teammates, ...

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boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 17, 2014 at 01:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, nationals, rehab, ryan zimmerman

The Numbers Behind the Nationals’ Division Title Celebration

You won’t find these numbers on B-Ref.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 17, 2014 at 01:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, nl east

Chris Davis Rescues Man Pinned Under Truck

Chris Davis was on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, heading toward the airport, when a pickup truck ahead of him overturned. One passenger was thrown from the truck, but another was stuck underneath the vehicle. Davis pulled over and, with the help of some other Good Samaritans, was able to lift up the truck, enabling the rescue of the accident victim.

Word has it that he was really planning his route for the upcoming Baltimore-Washington World Series run.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 17, 2014 at 01:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, heroes, orioles

Barry Svrluga, WaPo: Washington Nationals can celebrate the present — and their future

Maybe this is a good time to remind everyone that 10 years ago this very night, Washington did not yet have a baseball team. And that in the winter of 2004-05, the franchise had its accounting operations in Montreal, its baseball operations in Florida, its upper management at a Georgetown law firm and the guts of a fly-by-night, do-everything staff in trailers in the parking lots of RFK Stadium. Until now, the idea of sustained baseball success in Washington was somewhere between a blind hope ...

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TerpNats Posted: September 17, 2014 at 01:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, washington

OMNICHATTER 9-17-2014

12 game days remain (including today)!

Gamingboy Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pedro pens a letter to Clayton Kershaw

It can’t be easy to train your whole life to compete against baseball’s best, only to show up at the ballpark, look at the opposing lineup, and see Alexi Amarista again. Yet you still find a way to stay focused.

Lars6788 Posted: September 16, 2014 at 06:26 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw

Bryan Cranston’s One-Man Baseball Play Inspired By ‘Looney Tunes’ Is Incredible

This is friggin’ brilliant.

As a pitiful Mets fan, I’ve long since stopped caring about baseball. Sammy Sosa could have returned from the dead and started manning right field for the…wait, he’s not? I don’t believe you. Anyway, I do know the MLB regular season is wrapping up soon, but only because Bryan Cranston told me in a fantastic commercial for the playoffs. It’s more inspiring than a million Derek Jeter speeches.

 


New approach on offense has Pirates in playoff contention this season

Can the Pirates get over the final Hurdle?

In this spartan space, first-year hitting coach Jeff Branson summoned the Pirates’ batters early this spring for a meeting…

Branson outlined parameters he and manager Clint Hurdle wanted universally accepted. They wanted more competitive at-bats, better two-strike approaches and competence against off-speed pitches.

The Pirates won 94 games last season because their defense turned an extra 2 percent of batted balls into outs. But despite the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 16, 2014 at 05:25 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, hitting philosophies, jeff branson, pirates

Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman gets no defence from his manager after nearly hitting a batter in the head

Gibbons is like school on Saturday: no class.

Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles

Terrance Gore scores from second on Lorenzo Cain’s walk-off infield single as Royals beat White Sox 4-3

Gore scored on a walkoff infield single by Lorenzo Cain. He raced all the way home from second base. In a way, he replicated the path blazed by Jarrod Dyson, his pint-sized, elder counterpart.

The final sequences were hard to fathom. Catatonic for most of the evening, the Royals came to life in the final frame. Gore and Dyson catalyzed the scoring. Dyson replaced Mike Moustakas at second base after an opposite-field double with one out. With two outs, Dyson swiped third base and raced home on ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-16-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, September 16, 1914:

How to raise revenue to run the government without putting a war stamp on baseball tickets:

1 - Tax the Braves every time they wallop the Giants.
2 - Tax Eddie Collins every time he makes a base hit.
3 - Tax Cravath every time he hits a home run.
4 - Tax the Cubs every time they sign a new manager.
5 - Tax Marty O’Toole every time he loses a game.
6 - Tax Heine Zimmerman every time he is bounced from the field.
7 - Tax Charles Ebbets every time he ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 16, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 9-16-2014

13 game days remain including today.

Orioles can clinch AL East title today if they defeat Toronto.

Nationals can clinch NL East title today if they defeat Atlanta.

Wow, awfully nice how those series lined up…

Gamingboy Posted: September 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lonestarball: Jonathan Papelbon suspended for 7 games

Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for seven games for his actions last night, which included grabbing his crotch as he was being booed while being removed from the game, an action that resulted in him being ejected by umpire Joe West.

Well, that escalated quickly.

spike Posted: September 15, 2014 at 09:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan papelbon

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