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Thursday, August 04, 2011

FanGraphs: Dan Szymborski Chat, 12 PM EDT

Doing a FanGraphs chat at noon today.
Dan Szymborski Posted: August 04, 2011 at 03:41 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Megdal: Jon Niese Reality Check

The Niese is

was nice?

“The foursome of [Zack] Wheeler, the pitching prospect acquired in the Carlos Beltran trade, [Jeurys] Familia, [Matt] Harvey, and Jenrry Mejia, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, form a nice future nucleus. Throw in Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, perhaps even Mike Pelfrey, and the Mets should have the type of pitching around which to build a contender.” John Harper, NY Daily News

This is not to criticize Harper for this piece, which illustrates nicely the extent ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 03:23 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, projections, sabermetrics

MLB: San Francisco Giants: Grateful Dead Night

From “Doin’ That Rags” to “John Cumberland Blues”...all shitz, no hitz!

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Come to the ballpark to celebrate the lives and times of one of the most legendary and coveted groups associated with the San Francisco music scene, The Grateful Dead! Your special event ticket package includes a seat in the “Dead Head” tribute section and a very special limited-edition “Dancing Bears” collectible statue. Grateful Dead tribute bands will perform prior to the game, and members of the Garcia family and the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 01:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, music

Matthews: Paycheck, not performance, saves A.J. Burnett

Or as Michael the Kay condimented last night…“A.J. looks like a cross between Kramer and Lyle Lovett!”

On the same week that Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, two young, talented and hungry pitchers, are locked in a one-on-one struggle for one spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation, A.J. Burnett seems to have the ultimate Get Out of Jail Free card.

“A.J.‘s starting for us on Wednesday,” Joe Girardi said.

So that’s that.

...And there’s no way anyone else is going to relieve the Yankees of that ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 12:36 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: business, game recaps, media, white sox, yankees

McGehee’s three home runs power Brewers over Cards

Three Long Retaliaters!

This is how you respond to a challenge from a fierce divisional rival that wants to see if you’re up to it.

You don’t intentionally throw at the opposing hitters. You don’t woof about their fans or insist your particular brand of justice is the gospel according to baseball. You don’t accuse them of cheating.

You go out and beat that team, soundly if you can.

“We don’t have time for fighting and talking,” said Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee. “We’ve got ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Schoenfield: Time to start figuring out the MVP races

When the baseball writers hand out their annual league MVP awards, what is the trophy supposed to symbolize? It’s called the Most Valuable Player, but does that mean most valuable to his team, sort of an ambiguous definition used mostly to suggest players on non-playoff teams have no value? Or does it mean the best player in the league, regardless of where that player’s team finishes in the standings?

Now, to me, it’s not that complicated of a debate: Doesn’t “best” imply most ...

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jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 04, 2011 at 11:35 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Wood: Should Nationals retire a number for Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson?

Long Live Walter Johnson!

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I know what you’re thinking: “What’s wrong with you? Surely you know that Johnson never wore a number as a player.“True. But he did wear a number - in fact two numbers - as a manager, 23 and 25. One of those would do the trick.

I’ve heard some fans insist that the Twins should be the team to retire his number, since the Minnesota franchise is the original Washington American League ballclub. Johnson, though, never played for the Twins; I’m not altogether certain he ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 11:32 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia, nationals, twins

Guthrie absorbs major league-leading 15th loss

Roll On, Norfolkie, Roll On.

Whenever Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound, the Baltimore batters seem to take the day off.

That held true again Wednesday night when the Orioles managed just four hits in a 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Guthrie is receiving just 3.3 runs per game, the sixth-lowest support in the American League. In his past 15 starts, the Orioles have scored 47 runs when he was in the game.

“We didn’t mount much offense,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 11:21 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, orioles, royals

ESPN LA: Jackson: James Loney’s future in L.A. at risk

Loney are the Brave…or who ever else will take him.

During a pregame media session with Mattingly, I asked him whether, when he thinks about what he wants this team to accomplish over the next few years, he still sees Loney as a part of it. Mattingly’s answer was even less committal than I anticipated.

“I don’t know,” he said. “This probably isn’t the right time to even talk about it. We’re just trying to win a game every day.”

...Throughout his career, Loney has been a stand-up guy, the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 10:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, projections, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2011

Milwaukee Journal, August 4, 1911:

HE WAS THE WRONG O’TOOLE.

PITTSBURG, Aug. 4.—“Marty O’Toole, the $22,500 beauty, will be here at 4 p.m.”, read the sign in front of a pool room on Wylie-av Wednesday.  When Marty O’Toole, policeman, appeared, he almost was mobbed.

Unfortunately, Brandt Andersen didn’t get the memo.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 04, 2011 at 08:38 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

NY Times: The Mets’ Latest Problem: Finding a Position in the Field for [Daniel] Murphy

[Daniel] Murphy’s consistency at the plate, his onslaught of singles and doubles, has buoyed the Mets while they have tried to cope with numerous injuries and several high-profile departures. Entering play on Wednesday, he was fifth in the National League in batting with a .319 average. The fact that he started the season as a role player — and that he missed all of last season with injuries — has made his ascent all the more impressive.

At the same time, he is presenting the Mets with ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 04, 2011 at 04:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

MLB.com: McGehee satisfies fan’s wish with three homers

Well, at least the kid wasn’t asking Craig Counsell; that would REALLY have been setting himself up for disappointment.

“I’ve got to tell you guys a story before you go,” [Casey] McGehee told reporters. “It was pretty cool.”
...
“This morning, I got to meet a little kid. His name’s Clayton,” McGehee said. “Clayton was being pretty shy, and I kept asking him, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’ He wouldn’t ask me anything. Finally, jokingly, his dad asks me, ‘Why don’t you hit a home run for ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 04, 2011 at 01:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Lookout Landing: An Incredible Discovery About Position Players Pitching

Over those 200+ innings, the position players have posted a 7.64 ERA, and a 7.82 RA/9. That ERA is supported by the peripherals, as the position players have generated 77 strikeouts, 157 walks, and 33 home runs. The home runs aren’t laugh-out-loud horrible, but they’re bad, and the strikeout-to-walk ratio is ghastly. Predictably ghastly, sure, but ghastly nonetheless, as position players possess neither command nor putaway pitches.

But there was one statistic that blew me away. One statistic ...

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Yahoo News: Ozzie Guillen: Harsh words for actor Sean Penn

Plus his thoughts on Urbina, and the Arizona immigration law.

Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 03, 2011 at 10:37 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN NY: Source: MLB investigates A-Rod

“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB executive who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition of anonymity. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.”

The allegations, first published by RadarOnline.com, are that the New York Yankees third baseman played in at least two of the games, one of which took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive at ...

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Srul Itza Posted: August 03, 2011 at 07:48 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Matt Stairs retires from MLB

Matt Stairs, New Brunswick’s biggest baseball star, is ready to retire after almost two decades playing in Major League Baseball.

Stairs, 43, hasn’t made the official announcement yet but he told CBC News in an interview on Wednesday that his playing days are now done.

And he’s buying the Stairsway to Retirement….

Gamingboy Posted: August 03, 2011 at 07:02 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: general

3 from Williamsport Crosscutters injured in bus crash

Three members of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Short-Season Class A team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, suffered minor injuries when their bus was involved in an accident on Staten Island.

Police say the accident happened at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, but had few other details.

Gamingboy Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:59 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Legends of the Fuld

At the top, is the head of Sam Fuld, followed by Chuck Norris and the “Dos Equis Guy.”

Diamond Research Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:13 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Jilted by the Cubs, Ryne Sandberg has moved on

Who’ll Be The Next In Line…Or The One After That, Or The One After That, Or The One…

‘‘[Cubs general manager] Jim Hendry called me on a Tuesday to say I did not get the job in Chicago,’’ Sandberg said last week before his IronPigs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox. ‘‘Which, later on, I was not surprised about. Because later on, he mentioned I wasn’t even the third or fourth guy in line. There was no other job offering other than, ‘We’d like you to come to spring training, hit a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history

SI: A firsthand experience with stem cell treatment in pitching arm

CJ could become a stem-cell innovator, but we’ll all still blame him for being all the Tigers could get for David Wells!

Certainly I hope this procedure gives me the results I’m looking for and a chance to do what I love again. But bigger than that is the future of stem cells in sports medicine. I’m fascinated when I think about what’s going on in my shoulder right now.

I asked Jeremy if he thought this therapy could be used proactively. After a few years of professional baseball, all ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2011 at 05:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business, steroids

MLB.com: Ryan’s Hustle Leads to Unique Basepath Jaunt

The rare “infield triple”:

Ryan beat out a grounder to shortstop Eric Sogard and was behind first baseman Conor Jackson as Jackson held the ball while facing the pitching mound. When Ryan saw no one covering second, with Jemile Weeks having gone over to back up first base, he took off and slid in safely at second without even drawing a throw.

Ryan then popped up and headed for third, seeing third baseman Scott Sizemore had run over toward second and no one was near the bag at third, either, ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2011 at 05:33 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, athletics, game recaps, mariners

Boston Globe: Magnetic Field - MIT program teaches science through physics of baseball

Boston youth resist The Charm of the Highway Strip and don’t Get Lost on The Wayward Bus en route to The House of Tomorrow.

Yogi Berra once said you can’t think and hit at the same time.

However, the New York Yankees legend never attended the MIT Science of Baseball program. It encourages eighth- and ninth-grade inner-city boys to learn baseball-related math and physics each morning and then apply those principles on the ballfield in the afternoon.

[...]

Half of the 30 students are poor ...

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Mattbert Posted: August 03, 2011 at 03:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college, high school, red sox

NESN: White Sox Slugger Adam Dunn’s Struggles Get Front-Page Treatment From The New York Times

Weak in Review.

Most baseball fans know Adam Dunn is having a really, really bad year. They found out Wednesday just how bad it was.

Dunn’s struggles ranked just below the fallout from the recent debt crisis on the front page of Wednesday’s edition of The New York Times, just below the fold on the nation’s newspaper of record.

“As Chicago’s Designated Hero, Slugger Strikes Out,” reads the headline of the story by Sam Borden.

Historians years from now will look back on Aug. 3, 2011, and come ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 03:29 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, sabermetrics, white sox

Vote Thurman Munson into the Hall of Fame

I got sent this last night…wonder why.

During his era he was one of the best catchers, Johnny Bench being the best and the other two being Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk, and all are in the Hall of Fame except Munson. An argument can be made that during the years Thurman Munson and Fisk played, Munson was a better all around catcher both offensively and defensively. Munson’s lifetime statistics also compare very favorably to Hall of Fame Catcher Roy Campanella whose career was also ended ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 02:26 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, yankees

FanGraphs: Laurila: Q&A: Ron Fairly on Dodger vs. Giants

Great stuff…including…

David Laurila: You had a productive a career that looks even better after accounting for era and park factors. Were you underrated?

Ron Fairly: I think everybody feels that maybe they weren’t appreciated as much as they [should have been] for the contributions they made to ball clubs. I think it goes without saying. A lot of players feel that way.

I think my numbers would certainly be better today. I played in an era — the 1960s — that might have been the most ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 01:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, sabermetrics

MLB: Fake Ichiro unwittingly gets in the action (Video)

A 60-point drop off in batting average, and all of a sudden you’re calling him a fake…huh, oh ####.

The Ichiro Suzuki impersonator at Safeco Field who has been posing for pictures and signing autographs for the past few home games was doing a pretty good job up until Tuesday’s night game against Oakland.

He had it all: the No. 51 jersey, the baseball pants tucked perfectly into his socks at the knee, the slightly bent bill on his Mariners hat, the Asics shoes, the light black beard and even ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 01:07 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, game recaps, mariners

Byron Kerr: Nationals’ “Beast Mode” in full effect

I, by changing into a beast, give the animals here intelligent leadership…AS ONE OF THEM!

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Maybe they call it “Beast Mode.” You have seen the Nationals’ first baseman Michael Morse and his now-famous t-shirt during MASN’s Nats Xtra postgame show interviews, haven’t you?

...Guys like Werth, Rick Ankiel, Danny Espinosa, Laynce Nix, Ian Desmond and Morse play baseball not to avoid contact, but to seek it out. This is the kind of team the Nationals are becoming. Pants are ripped up, there is mud ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 12:29 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, media, nationals

Cleveland Indians Memories: Not seeing a no-hitter? It didn’t ruin a special night

Back-door man to Bosman…

Station now closed, I offer to drive her to her East 65th apartment so she’s home safe and suggest she come back for her car later. Once there, I ask to wash up to get the dirt off my hands. She directs me to the bathroom, and while I am drying my hands, her man comes home and I hear Nita explaining the chain of events to him. As I emerge from the bathroom, here is this 6-6, 290-pound guy looking right through me.

Fortunately for me, he believes Nita that my ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 12:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, indians

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-3-2011

Toledo News-Bee, August 3, 1911:

NEW YORK, Aug. 3.—Somebody lost his wooden leg at the Broadway exit of the American league baseball park late yesterday.  A policeman found it and sent it to headquarters, where it was made the subject of a general order that every policeman in the city shall be on the lookout for the owner.

Well, he couldn’t have gotten far.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 03, 2011 at 08:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB.com: Rookie’s homer puts D-backs in tie for first

[Paul Goldschmidt] blasted a two-run homer off Tim Lincecum to lead the D-backs past the Giants, 6-1, on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

The win was the fourth in a row for the streaking D-backs, who are now tied with the Giants for first place in the National League West. Arizona has won eight of its last 10 while San Francisco has dropped five straight.
...
After popping out in his first at-bat against Lincecum, Goldschmidt, who led the Minor Leagues in homers with 30 at the time of his ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, game recaps, giants

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