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Thursday, October 22, 2015

NYTimes: Mets-Cubs Game 4 Recap

This is a non-pareil recap by a fine gent from the second oldest surviving newspaper in the city so nice they named it twice.

The New York Metropolitans claimed decisive possession of the National League base-ball pennant on enemy turf here at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night, sweeping the Sisyphean Chicago Cubs in four games to earn their ducats to next week’s World Series championship.

The Metropolitans — also known as the “Mets” — sent six safely across the plate before the ...

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 22, 2015 at 09:21 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, nlcs, ye olde past-time

John Farrell’s cancer in remission |

Good news!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox


To make this list as Murphy-esque as possible, this is what we’re looking at:

1. Players who had a sub-2.0 Wins Above Replacement mark in-season (per Baseball Reference), as Murphy (1.4) did.
2. Pre-World Series postseason numbers. This is all about getting to that round, not what happened within it (sorry, Gene Tenace).
3. A somewhat sustained run of impact—not a single, signature moment (such as the Francisco Cabrera hit or the Dave Roberts steal).

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 03:31 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, playoffs

Confessions of a Former Diehard «


I’m so far out that I don’t feel right about coming back in. The enjoyment would feel phony. Real fans draw the deepest satisfaction from living and growing with the players: forgiving their failures, watching their growth, rejoicing in small achievements that only the diehards notice during a random game in June, and finally basking in it with them — very much with them — when it all clicks. One of my best friends from college is a Royals fan, and we made grandiose plans 15 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 02:45 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mets

Boston Red Sox Will Pursue Jordan Zimmermann

Is this report just wishful thinking by the writer?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jordan zimmermann, red sox

Matt Silverman the GM: Evaluating the first year - DRaysBay

So how did the front office perform last season? A poor finish in 2015 reveals the wounds of more than 30 injured players on the depth chart more than anything else. This is a franchise well positioned for the future with its talent acquired and its salary maintained, and one that stayed near to contention for the majority of 2015 despite horrid circumstances.

And I say “front office” because it isn’t all Matt Silverman. Surely he has leaned heavily on his two VP’s to accomplish the GM tasks ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, matt silverman, rays

Editorial: Last chance to cut Rays stadium deal | Tampa Bay Times

Partner, ha.

The clock is ticking, and the city is losing more leverage. Pinellas needs to decide how best to spend the resort tax. St. Petersburg needs to focus on exploring redevelopment opportunities at the Trop site that could bring in thousands of new jobs, millions of tax dollars and billions of dollars of new spending. And Tampa Bay needs to secure the future of its Major League franchise by partnering with the Rays to build a new stadium in the best location.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2015

Milwaukee Journal, October 22, 1915:

The athletes competing in the 1915 world’s series undoubtedly will wisely invest their earnings. Participants in other title series of past years did this. Here is what some of them did:

Joe Tinker bought an apple orchard in Oregon.
Jimmy Sheckard bought a tobacco plantation in Pennsylvania.
Johnny Evers bought a shoe store in Troy, N.Y.
Orvall [sic] Overall invested in a gold mine in California.
Mordecai Brown invested in the same mine.

I’d like to ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 22, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sources: Mattingly, Dodgers part ways -

No shock here.

Don Mattingly and the Dodgers will part ways, sources tell CBS Sports.

The decision is being described as mutual.

Dodgers higherups like Mattingly very much, but it was apparent there wasn’t support for the long-term. Word is Mattingly felt he was treated very well by baseball president Andrew Friedman and others, but the sides ultimately decided it was better to move on.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, managers

Inside Baseball: How Minaya and Alderson built these Mets, plus notes -

See, Mets fans were wrong about Minaya. Or not.

Minaya was a much better general manager than most understood at the time, and an extraordinary procurer of talent, which is really the most important thing a GM does. In the end, does it matter if Willie Randolph shouldn’t have been fired at midnight West Coast time? Not when the Mets’ system contained so many gems, many more than publications credited them for at the time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Did ‘Cub-Fan, Bud-Man’ Harry Caray really drink all those beers?

Unfortunately, Harry would still have to wait.

“People assumed that Harry was still drinking, because what he would do was he’d put a real Budweiser bottle in front and then we’d put non-alcoholic O’Doul’s into his glass,” Dutchie Caray told USA TODAY Sports. “He didn’t want people to know that he wasn’t still drinking Bud, because that didn’t fit his image.”

As the Cubs face a 2-0 deficit in the National League Championship Series, it might be exactly what the long-suffering fan base needs to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, harry caray

Murphy to get qualifying offer, but Mets future murky as ever | New York Post

Well, that’s settled.

The Mets intend to make the qualifying offer of $15.8 million to Daniel Murphy.

But that is mostly about guaranteeing a draft pick next June and remaining in play to sign the second baseman, even if the odds to keep him long-term remain — at best — iffy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Posnanski: Upon Further Review

But what I realized during those Rios and Gore overturns — and have thought about time and again while NFL people debate grand philosophical question like “What constitutes a catch?” — is that this whole notion of “getting the calls right” is a bottomless pit. We like to think of sports as beings solid, like baseballs. But they are not solid. Slow them down enough and they compress. They are smooshed.

Zach Posted: October 22, 2015 at 02:14 AM | 176 comment(s)
  Beats: instant replay

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SI | Dusty Baker smoked a joint with Jimi Hendrix, because it was the 60s, man

Former MLB outfielder and manager Dusty Baker has a new book coming out, but it’s not about what you’d think.

Why Wrigley’s Ballhawks Are an Endangered Species - WSJ

“That goofy message board,” said Buhrke, a 69-year-old ballhawk who has collected around 1,800 balls in 55 years of waiting for them to clear the top of the bleachers. He pointed to the video board above left center field. “That monstrosity. All the hitters seem to be aiming at it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Royals’ anti-Moneyball approach has them on brink of another pennant

Verducci cleverly omits other two highest pitch per PA teams this year: Cubs and Mets. Plate discipline is so 2002.

The four teams in the league still playing Moneyball—the teams with the most pitches per plate appearance—combined for zero postseason wins (Red Sox, Yankees, Indians, Mariners).

bigcpa Posted: October 21, 2015 at 07:48 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, blue jays, ignorant writers, royals, sabermetrics

Injuries could cost David Wright a Baseball Hall of Fame plaque

The New York Times recently chronicled everything Wright has to do before a game to ease his aching back, bringing to mind the routines of Sandy Koufax for his arthritic elbow near the end of his career. At 32, Wright looks like a long shot to return to being a regular All Star. And barring a miracle, it looks as though Wright will fall just short of Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, hall of fame

Still mourning father’s death, pitcher Chris Young gives his all for Royals | The Kansas City Star

How can you not pull for Chris Young after reading this story?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, human interest story, royals

Daniel Murphy homers in fifth straight game |

As crazy as this is, someone might actually pay him for this timely hot streak.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Spokane Indians Change Jersey to Squalish Language

The partnership between Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Short Season Class A minor league baseball team called the Spokane Indians is coming up on its 10-year anniversary. It’s been a work in progress, but the foundation has been laid for a new era. In 2014, the baseball organization honored the original inhabitants of the land by changing the name across the front of their home uniforms to read Sp’q’n’i, the Salish word for Spokane, and made it its primary jersey, beginning with ...

Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: americana, indians, minors

Derek Holland not a fan of Jose Bautista on the field, and ‘personally, I don’t like him, either’ | Dallas Morning News

The Bautista bat flip - have you ever seen a bat flip like that?

Holland: He’s the most animated player I’ve ever seen. After watching him in the outfield cry about every single thing, it’s unbelievable. I don’t care if he hits a home run off me, that’s fine, I give up home runs, I’ve struck people out, I do all that stuff, it’s how baseball goes. But the way you do it - is he better than the game? Yeah, you lived in the moment, that’s great. You hit a home run? Yeah, you can pimp it. That’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, derek holland, jose bautista, rangers

A bright new world out there for me | The Real McCoy - daytondailynews

Here’s some great news about Hal McCoy.

Thanks to eye surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, most of the vision in my left eye is back. It is a new, bright, wonderful world for me.
Over the last few years I had developed cataracts on top of the strokes of my optic nerves that left me legally blind for the past dozen years.

The cataracts became so bad over the last year that I thought I might have to fully retire. I couldn’t recognize neighbors across the street. My son, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: beat writers, human interest story, reds

This year, youth is served in baseball postseason - The Boston Globe

I didn’t remember Brown being so high on a prospect list so I looked it up. Yep, Baseball America had him as the 4th best prospect in baseball in 2011. He was also 15th in 2010. Shocking.

On Monday, the Phillies announced that they’ve outrighted outfielder Domonic Brown off their 40-man roster. The move wasn’t shocking – in his age 27 season, Brown hit .228/.284/.349 with just five homers in 63 games. Yet in another context, the decision to give Brown the right to declare free agency ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, phillies, red sox, youth

Stroman and Price to be members of the Gibbons all-hands brigade in Game 5 -

The sad side of the playoffs. Somebody has to lose.

I’ve been a defender of Gibbons, particularly his bullpen use, and will continue to be – especially since I realized going into the postseason that the one pitcher whose absence would completely change the way Gibbons manages a game was Brett Cecil, who hasn’t been available since Game 2 of the AL Division Series.

But, yeah, he lost me there a bit when with the score 5-2 he replaced Hendriks with Hawkins, who hasn’t looked healthy or ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, royals

Klapisch: Mets’ magical ride almost complete - Sports -

Maddon knows he’s hoping for a miracle. If the Cubs can rough up Matz, they can turn the rotation over with Jon Lester in Game 5 and Jake Arrieta waiting in Game 6. Maddon says, “I like those odds” but he knows the Cubs will have to make history to get there.

How can they? They can’t even keep Murphy in the park. He slugged his fifth HR in the last five post-season games, too tough for any scouting report. Not even Murphy’s teammates are able to understand it.

“The guys in the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, playoffs

Role players boost Royals’ World Series hopes |

One of the best things about the playoffs is seeing secondary players take over center stage.

General manager Dayton Moore might not have grabbed offseason headlines, but he took care of business, finding the right pieces to fill the right holes, and then came up with Ben Zobrist ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Zobrist is a switch-hitter who they acquired to provide depth, but he played himself into the role of Kansas City’s everyday second baseman and No. 2 hitter. Zobrist got ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, royals

Cubs season comes down to Jason Hammel’s start | Chicago Sun-Times

As they say, it’s one game at a time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, playoffs

Red Sox will consider Johnny Cueto, but mystery remains after ALCS performance | Boston Herald

The Red Sox picked up a 30 year-old pitcher with a somewhat similar style almost 35 45 years ago. Are they ready to do it again?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, red sox

Masahiro Tanaka Has Bone Spur Removed - MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka underwent a procedure today to have a bone spur removed from his right elbow. The spur was present before Tanaka joined the Yankees in advance of the 2014 season, the team said.

Importantly, it appears that there has been no change in the status of Tanaka’s right ulnar collateral ligament. Tanaka has been pitching through a partially torn UCL for some time now, but still has yet to require Tommy John surgery.

New York says in its announcement that the Japanese ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

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