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Monday, November 04, 2013
Pittsburgh Press, November 4, 1913:
From Cleveland comes a rumor that the American league men will discuss a proposition from the American association to place clubs in Cleveland and Pittsburg [sic] for the purpose of killing off the Federals in those cities. It is understood that the American association men are anxious to use Forbes Field in the Smoky City and the Naps’ park in Cleveland, with the consent of Owners Dreyfuss and Somers, respectively. But if such a plan should be permitted, the ...
Massivo season wrap-up by Patriot.
Runs Created is actually Paul Johnson’s ERP, more or less. Ideally, I would use a custom linear weights formula for the given league, but ERP is just so darn simple and close to the mark that it’s hard to pass up. I still use the term “RC” partially as a homage to Bill James (seriously, I really like and respect him even if I’ve said negative things about RC and Win Shares), and also because it is just a good term. I like the thought put in your head ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 05:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
Okay, start at the left and tell me what letters you see GOBBLEDYGOOP.
In his introductory press conference Friday, Williams sure sounded the part of a 21st-century major league manager, as forward-thinking and embracing of the advanced metrics now frequently used to dissect baseball as he was respectful of the game he loves and true to his deep, traditional roots.
On his philosophy on analytics:
“It’s interesting how all of this is part of the game now. It used to be we’d go out and throw ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 05:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
Bobby Murcer ain’t gonna like this one bit…oh, wait…and wait again.
Major League Baseball would help the Oakland A’s move across the bay and play at rival Giants’ AT&T Park in San Francisco if Coliseum officials don’t come to terms on a new short-term lease for the team, sources tell us.
The A’s two-year home stint at AT&T Park, which would start next season, would probably be the first step toward moving the team out of the Bay Area.
The league’s hardball warning was passed on to Coliseum ...
Posted: November 04, 2013 at 04:35 AM | 85 comment(s)
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Ms. Moon said that in the affidavit, Ms. Delgadillo recounted visits by M.L.B. investigators to her Miami home in February. On Valentine’s Day, Mr. Mullin, the investigations unit chief who had interviewed Ms. Delgadillo, sent a bouquet of flowers to her home with a note thanking her for her help. When Ms. Delgadillo called Mr. Mullin to thank him, he offered to take her to dinner during his next visit.
Over the following weeks, Ms. Moon said, Mr. Mullin met with Ms. Delgadillo three times, ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 11:40 PM | 27 comment(s)
The Rangers and Joe Nathan are almost certain to part ways after two seasons, general manager Jon Daniels said Friday, after the club exercised its option and Nathan, in turn, declined the player portion and became a free agent.
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 09:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
The ninth inning of Game 7 belonged to Masahiro Tanaka. The moment belonged to all of Tohoku.
One day after throwing 160 pitches in a complete-game loss, Tanaka recorded the final three outs of the Japan Series, and Tohoku finally got a chance to celebrate as their Eagles held off the defending champion Yomiuri Giants 3-0 in Game 7 on Sunday in Kleenex Stadium.
Tanaka finally lost one this season after winning 26 straight, and he did it in Game Six of the Japan Series in a game where they ...Read More...
Bill, are there any teams that don’t make use of the newaadvanced metrics. Ifn not, which teams were the last holdout?
I think the Royals are the last holdout.
I am wondering if you are aware of a review written by Dorothy Rabinowitz in today’s Wall Street Journal of a TV docudrama called “JFK: The Smoking Gun”. The film is somewhat based on the book “Mortal Error”, which you describe in “Popular Crime” as one of the two best books on the assassination. Check out what ...
Not me. Let him play out next season and go from there.
There’s no telling how many more seasons Ortiz has left in him.
There’s also no doubt they are going to erect his statue outside of Fenway Park someday.
While he’s still playing though, might as well not wait to start extending his contract so he’s here until he’s done playing.
Anyone care to second that emotion?
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM | 40 comment(s)
DIAL NO MAN OF GOBBLEDY GOOP, MR. PRESIDENT
Since 1957 the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company has awarded Gold Gloves to the players voted by major league managers and coaches as the best at their positions. Two years ago Rawlings added a Platinum Glove award in each league.
Now Rawlings has gone over to the dark side. Not only that, but the company has also gone off the deep end, embracing the kind of statistics that are at the center of baseball’s fiercest debate.
Rawlings has jumped into ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 11:56 AM | 26 comment(s)
I’m only in the seventh inning on the DVR but I’ve seen a lot of impressive looking players already. I can’t find a replay on the schedule but I would hope they will show it again.
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry. Jim
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 11:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
This is ###### Up…I swear, I thought these were Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham tour shots.
I honestly wouldnt be surprised to hear Mike Napoli woke up in a hotel room Sunday morning with a lion in the bathroom and a missing tooth. This guy is the balls.
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 10:00 AM | 31 comment(s)
Additive manufacturing depends upon operator expertise!
I’m not an avid reader of the Bill James Handbook, but the 2014 edition states that the Orioles ranked 25th in manufacturing runs this season.
There are 30 teams. That’s not good. #analysis
“One of the stats developed for the handbook is called Manufactured Runs,” said Ben Jedlovec, a vice-president of Baseball Info Solutions, which produces the stats for the Handbook. “Many managers, coaches and broadcasters will tell you that teams ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 07:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
Iron Hearse and all…I’ve never heard this.
Whomever it was, an attempt was made on July 25, 1947, to steal Lou Gehrig’s ashes from Kensico Cemetery in Westchester County, N.Y.
Police reported that parties unknown appeared to have succeeded in jimmying open the bronze crypt inside of Gehrig’s headstone, but were not—so far as it was known—able to get into the urn that held his remains.
Rattled by the attempt, Eleanor Gehrig contacted the Baseball Hall of Fame about possibly accepting the ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
Sez guy that’s in the media.
Some reports linked Ripken with the Nationals job that’s gone to Matt Williams. Cincinnati has named its new manager while the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners still have unfilled jobs. Ripken insists he’s not disappointed he hasn’t received an opportunity to interview for these jobs.
“No. No because I’ve saying the exact same thing, and it probably is a little bit media-created,” Ripken said.
“It’s different phases in your life ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
As far as Red Sox-Cardinals go, that science wouldn’t include “obstruction’’ and the book also admonishes readers to embrace the theory that the team composed of nine scientific players will beat a team of “stars.’’
The theory, of course, doesn’t extrapolate the methods of big boppers/cumbersome-lumberers like Big Papi, sometimes referred by radio and television reporters as David Ortiz.
The aforementioned “science’’ should have included walking ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 06:32 AM | 171 comment(s)
Fawlty Torres strikes again!
I guess Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were unavailable.
If you can’t have the most high-profile cheaters, then maybe you go for the next best thing and own it. Make them first. Being first is a good thing in most cases. Here? I’m not so sure.
In any event, the Washington Nationals made Matt Williams — the steroid-infused slugger who was later exposed in the Mitchell Report — the first of the known steroid cheats to become a major league baseball manager. ...
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 12:41 AM | 20 comment(s)
Saturday, November 02, 2013
The Tigers will name former long-time big league catcher Brad Ausmus their new manager, reports Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610. He will travel to Detroit on Sunday to finalize a contract.
Ausmus, 44, has never managed or coached at the big league level. He served as the manager for Team Israel in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic this spring. Ausmus has worked in the Padres’ front office as a special assistant since 2010.
Despite the lack of managerial experience, Ausmus is ...
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM | 41 comment(s)
Today, Jake Peavy became the proud owner of the bright green duck boat he and World Series hero Jon Lester rode in during the Red Sox’ rolling celebration through the streets (and waterways) of Boston.
Wonder if he used his Vibrational Energy Laser from Planet Klackgog7?
Lenny Dykstra, fresh out of prison, apparently is not committed to good behavior. Today at the Granite Run Mall, Poppel sports hosted a “Macho Row” reunion and autograph signing that included Darren Daulton, Mitch Williams, Dave Hollins and Lenny Dykstra.
Philly INK reports:
As nice as it was to meet everyone and get some graphs, the highlight of the day was clearly Dutch stopping Mitch Williams from attacking Lenny ...
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 05:09 PM | 45 comment(s)
Matt LeCroy, the Senators’ manager in 2012 and ‘13, was named bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals Friday under new Nats manager Matt Williams.
LeCroy said he was both excited and surprised when he found out about his new position. He said he didn’t know Williams very well except for as opponents in the big leagues.
LeCroy added that he thoroughly enjoyed his two years in Harrisburg, a journey that began in spring 2012 with the birth of his twins back home in South Carolina ...
The Murton Parka! Time for another revival?
Will Matt Murton return for a fifth season with the Hanshin Tigers?
Or maybe move to another NPB team?
Or give the majors another try?
Reports indicate Murton was uncertain about where he will play next year as he left Japan for the U.S. on Oct. 22 following the expiration of his contract with Hanshin.
Given the history of foreign position players who found success in Japan and then attempted a comeback in the majors, it would seem trying to ...
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 08:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
A little more info about the Jeter signing. How could Jeter expect to take such a big pay cut after such a great year in 2013? It’s usually not pretty watching a great one end his career.
Even after the worst season of his career, Derek Jeter found a way to get a raise.
No, Jeter won’t be making more than the $17 million he earned in each of the past three seasons, but rather than triggering his $9.5 million player option, on Friday the 39-year-old captain agreed to a one-year, $12 million ...
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 07:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
Where the hell is Matt…on Sabermetrics?
But it won’t be difficult to pinpoint one facet of the Williams era that will quickly distinguish the former third base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks from his immediate predecessor, Davey Johnson. Asked to describe himself in a word, the 47-year-old Williams didn’t skip a beat.
“I think it’s aggressive - in every aspect,” William said. “We’re going to try to take advantage of the situation that presents itself to us. We’re going to try to ... If a ...
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 07:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
Want to buy an office building right under the glow of Rochester’s iconic Eastman Kodak headquarters?
How about starting a business at Sullivan County Community College to develop the next generation of baseball bats? Or use 21,000 square feet of office for a high-tech incubator at Binghamton University?
They are among nearly 100 locations recently listed by the state as potential sites for tax-free zones being pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to boost the upstate economy.
Cuomo officially ...
Posted: November 02, 2013 at 01:38 AM | 2319 comment(s)
Friday, November 01, 2013
Pearlman: The Carson Crusher crusher.
Now, I understand the argument that ballplayers who cheated shouldn’t be tarred for a lifetime. And I understand the argument that players have cheated forever and ever—dating back to the first corked bat and doctored ball. But name another profession (Doctors? Lawyers? CPAs? Truck drivers? Electricians? Journalists?) that allows people who broke its rules and the law to not only return, but return to one of its highest positions? I’ve made this ...
Posted: November 01, 2013 at 10:28 PM | 33 comment(s)
Nice collection of videos put together at AZ Snakepit. The guy was amazing all year. A defensive season for the ages, one of the best I have ever seen, and if the Fielding Bibile numbers are to be believed, it was just that.
But, suggests several general managers, the Dodgers can avoid the loss of their number one pick and the slot money if they trade for David Price and get Masahiro Tanaka from Japan. “They have the minor league talent to get Price,” says one GM. “If they would trade Corey Seager and Julio Urias (the 17-year old lefthanded pitcher) and a couple out of Zach Lee, Joc Pederson or Chris Withrow, it would get it done. Then if they post $80M for Tanaka, they could have a rotation with four number ...
Posted: November 01, 2013 at 09:09 PM | 25 comment(s)
Baseball, apple pie & oh, my eye!
If it had been a foul ball or broken bat that struck John Coomer in the eye as he watched a Kansas City Royals game, the courts likely wouldn’t force the team to pay for his surgeries and suffering. But because it was a hot dog thrown by the team mascot - behind the back, no less - he just may have a case. The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether the “baseball rule” - a legal standard that protects teams from being sued over fan injuries caused by ...
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