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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Houston Chronicle: Astros send Happ to minors

The Astros on Saturday optioned lefthander J.A. Happ to Class AAA Oklahoma City and placed righthanded reliever Enerio Del Rosario (shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list. To fill those roster spots, the Astros recalled righthanded reliever Jeff Fulchino and lefthanded reliever Wesley Wright from Oklahoma City.

Happ is 4-14 with a National League-high 6.26 ERA in 22 starts. In an 8-1 loss to Milwaukee on Friday, Happ became the first pitcher in franchise history to allow five or more ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 07, 2011 at 02:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

MLB.com: Bucs fall to Padres, drop ninth straight

The Pirates lost their ninth straight game Saturday night in a 13-2 thumping by the Padres at PNC Park.

Paul Maholm took the loss after allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. It was the most earned runs he’d allowed this season.
...
The Padres, who averaged 3.46 runs per game entering the series, have scored 28 runs in the past two games against the Pirates.

The Pirates’ pitching staff appears to have all suddenly turned into pumpkins, despite Halloween being over 2 1/2 months ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 07, 2011 at 02:31 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, pirates

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Kaplan: Cubs need to change fundamental mindset

Ira might have it…but David certainly doesn’t.

The Cubs need to increase the accountability of their players and they have to convey a message of enough is enough to their fan base to reverse a trend of empty seats and apathy that has been evident for much of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Players who don’t want to do whatever it takes to win can no longer be allowed to enjoy a comfortable environment at Wrigley Field. A player who doesn’t want to play hard can’t be allowed to have a secure ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 10:51 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Robothal: Full Count: Bautista is a bargain

Summary:

? It’s unclear whether there was anything to the “Jose Bautista for Joey Votto trade rumor” (the what now?)

? (according to this and Robo’s recent tweets) Rockies wanted Josh Reddick, Felix Doubront, Will Middlebrooks, Kyle Weiland and Ryan Lavarnway for Ubaldo Jimenez and Seth Smith

? Mets wanted one of Robbie Erlin or Joe Wieland from Rangers for Carlos Beltran; Rangers declined and later put them in the Mike Adams trade

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=650fe100-37dd-45bc-8723-306e071fc7e1" target="_new" title="">Full Count: Bautista is a bargain</a><p>

The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2011 at 10:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, blue jays, giants, indians, mets, rangers, red sox, reds, rockies, rumors

Gallay: Letter to a Toronto Blue Jays Fan: Resurrect the Original Logo

Aulternate logos are go!

We can make this happen. Bring back the old logo, not as a third jersey, sometimes-on-a-Friday type deal. We have to send a message. With a change to the post-season structure, a deep pool of emerging talent and a general manager in Alex Anthopoulos who is as impressive and trusted as his last name is tough to spell, we have our opening. We need the logo back for next year. Spring training. Pride back.

If you’re with me, please treat the comment section below like a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 03:34 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, memorabilia

Mullen: David Ortiz was really 10 for 31 v Rivera not 8 for 25 going into Friday at bat

I tuned to the YES Network to make sure it was still an ESPN/Bud Selig clone and it was. Michael Kay announced David Ortiz’ stats v Mariano Rivera going into the 9th inning match up on Friday, August 5, 2011 in Boston. Kay says Ortiz does well against Rivera and

  is 8 for 25.

Ortiz does well against Rivera but the stat deliberately omits 6 meaningful at bats in the two players’ careers and cheats the baseball consumer out of a larger sample size, ie the post season, stats for which are ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:51 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, media, projections, red sox, sabermetrics, television, yankees

Bondy: Citi Field is certainly no Shea Stadium, longtime Mets killer Chipper Jones laments

Or as that brave humorist, Helen Rowland-Office, once wrote…“Home is any four walls that enclose the right ballplayer.”

David Wright’s scorching drive in the first inning Friday night struck halfway up that infernal left-field wall at Citi Field for a one-run double instead of a two-run homer, just as Chipper Jones knew it would.

“It’s funny to see them hit the ball off the wall and look at me like, ‘God-damned, what do I got to do?’” Jones said Friday, before that 16-foot wall and Tim ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, mets, projections

Samuelsen: Some Jim Leyland lineups too weak to stomach

But, but that’s unpossible…Inge is in Toledo.

There is no issue with keeping guys on the bench engaged and keeping the starters fresh. Every team does it. And the Tigers do it, too.

But four guys in the same game? Does Leyland really fill out his lineup card on Thursday with Don Kelly batting second and playing first base (his first start there all season) and think that it gives his team the best chance to win? I doubt it. He looks at the fact that Alexi Ogando is pitching, the Tigers are ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, tigers

Bob Ryan: The numbers speak well of Granderson

Adjust onion, adjust belt…some good old-fashioned Bob Ryan.

The AL MVP award is shaping up as a Boston-New York battle, with Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury, and, if his August and September rival his July, Dustin Pedroia all legit candidates, and Granderson very much in the hunt.

People who favor pitchers are also throwing in the name of CC Sabathia, who will take the mound this afternoon with a 13-2 record in his last 15 decisions, not to mention having surrendered just seven earned runs ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 12:13 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, red sox, sabermetrics, yankees

700 Level: Friday Night Fights - Phils Beat Down Giants (Video)

Back in 2008 Shane Victorino made it clear to Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda that you do not throw at his head. Tonight, he made it clear to Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez that it is not ok to throw at his back simply because you’re the defending the World Series Champions, down 8-2, and in the midst of getting embarrassed at home.

Shane was mad as hell and he wasn’t going to take it anymore. He tossed his bat aside, started towards the mound, and was temporarily restrained by home plate umpire ...

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Repoz Posted: August 06, 2011 at 11:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, phillies

ESPN: Dodgers, MLB agree on financing

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball have agreed on a bankruptcy financing plan for the team.

A court filing Friday in Delaware outlines a plan for the league to provide unsecured financing of up to $150 million for the Dodgers

Last month, a judge rejected the Dodgers’ financing arrangement with a hedge fund and ordered the club to negotiate with the league, which had offered better loan terms.

LA Times blog: Dodgers, MLB submit loan agreement to bankruptcy court

NTNgod Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers

Friday, August 05, 2011

New York Yankees 2011 Top 20 PRE-SEASON Prospects in Review

6) Andrew “The Scranton Horror” Brackman, RHP, Grade B-:  7.26 ERA with 58/69 K/BB in 76 innings for Scranton, 71 hits allowed. He is hounded by abominable, eldritch control problems, like insane flute music pulsating with a mind-bending disharmony of universal, ultimate chaos. Those who ruminate overmuch on the chthonic mysteries of Andrew Brackman’s career put their sanity at risk, as their mental boundaries melt under the hideous assault of such an unspeakable waste of talent and money. ...

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The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: August 05, 2011 at 10:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Yahoo: Campana helps surging Cubs top Reds

Tony Campana drove in a pair of runs with an inside-the-park homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory.

It was the first professional homer for Campana, who also singled, doubled and made a nice catch in center field. Campana became the first Cub ever to hit an inside-the-park shot at Wrigley Field for his first major league homer.
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Campana, among the fastest players in baseball, zipped around the bases and scored standing up ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 05, 2011 at 10:29 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, game recaps

Verducci: MLB trying to curtail use of deer antler spray as steroid alternative

They can’t take their eyes off of you…

Baseball sent a warning to its major and minor league players last week that may sound odd, if not comical, but is a sign of these drug-testing times: stop ingesting deer antler spray.

Until the warning went out, baseball players, taking their cues from the body-building and NFL cultures, felt safe using a deer antler spray as an alternative to steroids with almost no risk of flunking a drug test.

Deer antlers? Yes, chemists have figured out that the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 10:22 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, special topics, steroids

Rouse: Dayton Moore Some Shocking Things To Say About Team’s Chances of Getting Better

You will be shocked at what this GM… (Beware of Porn Spam Bots on Facebook!)

In addressing the bloggers during last night’s Royal’s game with Baltimore, Moore said, “We’re not gonna out-talent anybody here. We’ve got one of the smallest markets in all of sports, period. Our owner is a terrific owner, but he’s not going to go out and spend a $100 million payroll when we can only sustain a $55 million or $60 million payroll in this market.”

Moore said there was a lot of criticism about why the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 09:42 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, prospect reports, royals, sabermetrics

Duke Snider’s #4 @ Center Field Grass in Dodger Stadium

No, the Dodgers haven’t installed a newfangled attendance counter in CF…it’s a neat Duke Snider tribute!

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Great tribute from the Dodgers.

#4 in center field to honor Hall of famer Duke Snider who wore #4 and played center field.

Duke Snider Bobblehead night is this Tuesday, August 9. You will also be able to see Duke’s Hall of fame plaque!

Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 09:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, memorabilia

Tribune: Ricketts in Peoria: Cubs ‘doing everything we can’

Asked what changes the team might undertake this upcoming offseason, Ricketts was noncommittal.

“I don’t know just yet,” he said. “It’s something we’ll decide at the right time.”

“A lot of players on our team are from the Dominican Republic,” said Ricketts. “We thought perhaps if we had a little better facility down there we could give our guys more resources to attract and develop the right players.”

Ricketts’ youngest brother, Todd, was featured on the CBS program “Undercover Boss.” He ...

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McCoy Posted: August 05, 2011 at 09:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

The Colbert Report: Sport Report

The Tek Jansen author discusses Craig Counsell, Adam Dunn and Bill Bergen. 

Also, he is in charge of MLB’s Twitter feed today.

The District Attorney Posted: August 05, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Mahler (NYT): When Baseball Imitates Congress, and Not in a Good Way

What a spectacle of undignified behavior, of hypocrisy, of extremism, of civility abandoned, of epic brattiness. Could a despoiled city possibly have proved itself more worthy of its tarnished reputation?

I’m talking, of course, about last Sunday’s Tigers-Angels game at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Fargo Posted: August 05, 2011 at 07:58 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Angry Papi: David Ortiz seethes after ridiculous RBI reversal

Either get Krabbenhoft on the phone or have Bill James sit Papi down and explain RBI to him.

Despite a fantastic statistical season, the cranky side of David Ortiz surfaced again on Thursday night.

In a year that has seen the Boston Red Sox slugger battle pitchers from the Orioles and blame the media for being hit by the Yankees, Ortiz didn’t try to hide his emotions after Fenway Park’s official scorer removed a RBI that was Ortiz was initially given after an opposite-field single during ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 04:48 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Tough day for Hensley, who was caught speeding on way to ballpark and was wild in a loss

Clay Hensley got off with only a warning when pulled over for speeding while on his way to the ballpark Thursday night. The Cardinals were less kind to him than the cops.

It was a lousy day all around for the Florida Marlins pitcher, who walked three, hit two batters and gave up a home run in a matter of 2 1/3 innings as St. Louis prevailed, 7-4.

...“The outing was absolute (garbage),” Hensley said afterward. “I didn’t have any idea where the ball was going (Thursday night). It was hands down ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 03:40 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, miami

Hudson : Baseball Player’s Miraculous Comeback

One night near the end of the 2008 season, we played the first-place Phillies, in Philadelphia. Well, my teammates played. I watched from home. We lost the game, the fourth straight time they’d beat us. I flicked off the TV. If only I could have pitched tonight, I thought. I carefully flexed my elbow. It wasn’t coming around like I thought it would. My surgeon had warned me there’d be days like this, that every rehab had its peaks and valleys. But this particular valley had lasted too ...

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Honkie Kong Posted: August 05, 2011 at 03:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves

South Side Sox: Margalus: The walkless wonders

I also noticed when Morel, Pierre and Vizquel came up, they had toothlessly raked (hold on to your worthy Kenworthy jersey)...30 extra base hits in 800 AB’s.

Entering their start against the White Sox, here’s what their walk rates were before their respective starts:

  CC Sabathia: 2.40 walks per nine innings
  Phil Hughes: 3.69
  A.J. Burnett: 4.10
  Ivan Nova:  3.47

For comparison, all six starters used by the White Sox this season have walked fewer than three batters per nine ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 03:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, white sox, yankees

FanGraphs: Cameron: The AL MVP Debate

Why would anybody come here if they had a little pony?

Are you a traditionalist? Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .356, leads the league in RBIs, and plays for a first place team. He’s the classic model of what a league MVP has traditionally been. If you like RBIs and team win totals, you don’t have to look far to find your obvious candidate.

Did you grow up reading Bill James? Then you’re probably in the “best player should win” camp, and you prefer to reward a guy for what he did and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 02:59 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

L.A. Times: By remaining with Dodgers, Hiroki Kuroda stayed true to himself

Another look into the mindset of ballplayers from the other side of the Pacific (or at least one of those countries from the other side of the Pacific):

Kuroda said he heard that Larry Bowa, the Dodgers’ former third base coach, said on MLB Network that any player who refused to be traded from a noncontender to a contender should have his mental makeup questioned. (Bowa said in a telephone interview Thursday that his comments were directed at U.S.-born players, adding that he is aware Kuroda ...

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TerpNats Posted: August 05, 2011 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, japan

Pitchers & Poets: Broder: Athletes, Musicians, and The Number 27

As the Dumbbell Nebula rings again…

If baseball players are the pillars of one model of orderly society, art is littered with the corpses of social outcasts. Nietzsche and Van Gogh went crazy. Dostoyevsky was politically oppressed. Brian Wilson couldn’t get out of bed for a decade. But there’s a reason why A&E can get away with running low-budget shows like “Hoarders” and “Intervention” back-to-back for 24 hours at a time. Even in the baseball universe, we can’t escape the pull ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 01:11 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, media, music, obituaries, red sox

Bigger Bust: AJ Burnett or Johan Santana?

Small Candy Samples at play here…

In short, he was exactly the ace the Mets wanted and more. Since then however, Johan has spent parts of 3 seasons on the DL including likely missing the entire 2011 campaign. The Mets aren’t getting anything out of their expensive starter other than a lot of headaches, he’s not putting fans in the seats at Citi Field while he sits on the DL, and they’ve won nothing since he’s been there and are currently a below average major league team (no matter ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 12:50 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics, yankees

BPP: Any player/Any era: Vada Pinson

“quintessential role player”...The countdown to Kim Pinson begins now!

What he did:If baseball awarded the equivalent of Oscars, Pinson would have been a perennial Best Supporting Actor nominee. One of the quintessential role players of the 1960s, Pinson did many things well, hitting for average and power, stealing 305 bases lifetime, and finishing just shy of 3,000 hits. He was never really a star, overshadowed by Cincinnati Reds teammates like Frank Robinson and Pete Rose, though Pinson ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 12:15 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, reds, sabermetrics

Hannibal Courier-Post: Genetti: Gone, but not forgotten

Celebrating Jake Beckley’s birthday…as only the locals can.

So with a decorative wreath from a Hannibal flower shop, I stopped and wished the local baseball hero a happy birthday.

I wonder what an early ballplayer like Beckley would think of the game today? What would he have to say about these enormous ballparks that can hold more people than there are in his hometown of Hannibal? The color barrier was broken long after he died. I’m curious what he would have to say about such a diverse ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 12:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, pirates, reds

Lupica: Spotlight is off Alex Rodriguez and his poker games as Yankees, Red Sox battle for first

Lupica would make a great saber-dude because he certainly doesn’t watch the games. Oh…plus some choice Larry Lucchino-no’s.

When asked about the money the Red Sox spent this winter, Larry Lucchino, the president and CEO of the Red Sox and the guy who sets the tone there, said this:

“Every once in a while, you’ve got to prime the pump.”

Then Lucchino said, “We don’t spend money on free agents with any sort of frequency or regularity the way some East teams do. We rely primarily on homegrown ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 11:18 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox, yankees

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