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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 | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, phillies, red sox, sad


How top World Series players ranked as prospects. | SportsonEarth.com : Jim Callis Article

Which World Series participants were the most highly regarded? Glad you asked. Here’s a ranking of the top 15 players in the World Series based on how they were perceived as prospects when they made their MLB debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, world series

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow captures Starting Pitcher MiLBY Award | MiLB.com

It takes more than talent to get to the big leagues. Warning: TINSTAAPP.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects, tyler glasnow

Beaneball | Gold Gloves and Coco Crisp’s Terrible 2014 Defense

This is interesting. I’ve been looking at this stuff lately to decipher some of the season-to-season changes in DRS for players. To properly compare the defensive skillsets of players, opportunity differences need to addressed, just prorating DRS to innings is not enough.

So I don’t know. Coco caught fewer balls this year. That part is indubitable because we register one entirely objective statistic: putouts. He caught balls. He didn’t catch balls. (That, incidentally, forms a large basis of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The ‘Little Things’ – The Hardball Times

Inside Edge tries tracking the “little things”.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 24, 1914:

It has been learned that there were two sad faced young ballplayers who attended the banquet given by Mayor Curley at the Copley Plaza in honor of the Boston Braves last Thursday night. One is little Billy Martin, the Washington lad who joined the world’s champions on Aug. 1.

The other player to be disappointed is Cottrell, a pitcher, who became a member of the Braves’ outfit in July. Neither one of these players received anywhere near the full amount of ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george stallings, history

Royals get four AL Gold Glove finalists, but not Lorenzo Cain | The Kansas City Star

Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was passed over for Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., Chicago’s Adam Eaton and Baltimore’s Adam Jones. In the four-game sweep of Baltimore, Cain won the AL Championship Series MVP award.

He’s correct that Cain led all outfielders with 2.7 dWAR.

He does seem to be an oversight by the voters. I’m not sure how much his time spent in RF impacted his being left off the ballot.

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves, lorenzo cain, royals

Wall Street didn’t kill sabermetrics - Beyond the Box Score

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come”. – Victor Hugo

Sabermetrics won! Sabermetrics won!

In other words, for the blogger class, Andrew Friedman is the everyman, not the “working class” player on the field. The goal, dare I say it, was for the “nerd class” to take over the decision making aspect of the sport. They could obviously never compete on the field with world class athletes, but when it comes to determining which players are best and how to put ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: navel gazing, sabermetrics

John McGrath: The Giants have become the Yankees — obnoxious | The News Tribune

Hunter Strickland is ruining baseball for everyone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series


MLB - San Francisco Giants still confident in their bullpen - ESPN

Well, everybody but Hunter Strickland.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Team Chemistry in Major League Baseball | Psychology Today

Oh dear.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: team chemistry

Did Adam Dunn Ruin Baseball? – The Hardball Times

Adam Dunn didn’t invent this approach. It wasn’t a good approach. I followed Dunn throughout his career. Dunn could have been a better hitter if he was more aggressive within the strikezone. I witnessed countless at bats where Dunn passed up a perfectly good pitch and ended up either taking a called strike or whiffed on a worse pitch later in the at bat. Dunn’s method sucked.

Adam Dunn didn’t do a lot of things well, but he controlled the strike zone. He didn’t expand the zone and when ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, three true outcomes

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 3 OMNICHATTER

The Series turns to San Francisco in Game 3. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie, the Giants send Tim Hudson. 8 PM. FOX.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 180 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What’s Buster Posey’s best trait as a catcher? Here’s what his pitchers had to say - Giants Extra

He’s dreamy!

To fully appreciate Posey’s talent, his pitchers say, you need to look into his eyes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, world series

Lincecum upbeat, “feels normal” after playing catch | CSN Bay Area

The Freak is feeling better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tim lincecum, world series

Gleeman: Royals may bench Norichika Aoki for Game 3

Aoki-dokey.

Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.

So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:01 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: norichika aoki, royals, world series

9 reasons Hunter Pence is the most interesting man in the World (Series) | For The Win

Knowing Hunter Pence is loving Hunter Pence.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, world series

Giants’ Tim Lincecum needs MRI on lower back/side after leaving Game 2 - CBSSports.com

I was wondering when we’d see The Freak. I guess that’s all we are going to get.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 04:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tim lincecum, world series

Gold Glove Awards finalists revealed | MLB.com

Not many surprises, but Yoenis Cespedes?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves

AJC: Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations

Hart, 66, was named Thursday to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Braves, signing a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season, which would be the Braves’ first season in their new ballpark just under construction in Cobb County.

The team will still presumably replace fired general manager Frank Wren with another person who’ll report to Hart. Current assistant general manager John Coppolella, 36, is believed to be a frontrunner for that ...

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Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gm meetings

NY Times: The Strike-Zone Revolution

In his paper, Mills attributes between 25 percent and 40 percent of the scoring decline stems from the larger strike zone, and he said that he considered that estimate conservative.  The zone may have begun growing about a decade ago, when Major League Baseball began using video to evaluate umpires’ calls behind home plate. But the 2009-10 off-season, when the league put a more comprehensive system into place, seems to have been a turning point. Umpires now receive a report after each game ...

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bobm Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone

I hope this doesn’t get me fired. | FOX Sports

A game can go badly pretty quickly. Last night I was watching the game. With the score tied 2-2 the game channel went out on my television.(There was a power outage at the local affiliate.) By the time the picture came back on, the score was 7-2.

We don’t know what will happen in game 3. The Giants could jump out to a 10-run lead in the first. You close out the wins in World Series games as best you can. Herrera just had six days rest. He has another day off today. Using your three best ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usuage, giants, royals, world series

Salvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF) | MLB | NESN.com

Serenity now, Hunter Strickland, serenity now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Key question GMs have to weigh with top World Series free agents | New York Post

There is a lot of money on the line for a few of these players.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, james shields, pablo sandoval, royals, world series

No, Ned Yost didn’t “out-manage” Bruce Bochy. His players played better | HardballTalk

“I don’t think I can ever live up to matching a wit with Tony La Russa,” quipped Washington. “What I will try to do is put my players in the right position. If my players perform, I don’t have to worry about matching wits; they’ll take care of things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series


MLB - Ned Yost wins chess match over Bruce Bochy - ESPN

Chess match? Oh, it’s humor.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

‘Marlins Man’ puts Miami front and center at World Series | The Miami Herald

That explains it.

Leavy paid $8,000 for that prime seat to see Royals vs. Giants, and he wasn’t about to give it up.
.....
Marlins Man has been buying the best seats to major sporting events for years. By his count, he’s gone to 27 Super Bowls, more than 200 NBA playoff games, and at least 85 World Series games, and many Triple Crown horse races.

He’s been a Marlins season-ticket holder since the team’s first year in 1993, is a rabid Florida State fan (he was on hand for the FSU-Notre ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

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