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Monday, October 05, 2015

A’s look for reasons behind disappointing season

Quick, trade someone for John Mabry!

Manager Bob Melvin has a reputation for getting through to guys, and it’s clear the A’s don’t fault Melvin for the unfortunate mix; he recently received a two-year contract extension. Oakland’s front office, not a big proponent of the “chemistry” theory, recognizes that this particular group simply didn’t click.

“Anytime you have so many new players, getting the clubhouse to come together is going to be a challenge,” assistant general ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bob melvin, clubhouse chemistry

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 5, 1915:

The baseball scores by innings carried to him from the ball grounds by carrier pigeons is the latest “wireless” stunt of Justice W. H. Crum, of Conemaugh [Pennsylvania]. Squire Crum is a cripple. He is unable to get around like other rabid fans.
When Cleveland and Conemaugh met in Johnstown, Oct. 2, in the world’s amateur championship series, the ‘squire conceived of the idea of getting returns direct from the grounds. He gave his son, J.A. Crum, nine ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Lauber: Keeping John Farrell, Torey Lovullo benefits individuals, team | Boston Herald

The Red Sox bring back Farrell and lock up Lovullo as well.

And so, Dombrowski came up with what he called a “fallback plan.” He asked ownership to offer Lovullo a two-year contract that would pay him a salary that Dombrowski described as being in the “upper echelon” of bench coaches. In turn, Lovullo would forfeit any managerial opportunities that figured to come his way.

Dombrowski approached Lovullo during the Red Sox’ final homestand, and after thinking about it for several days, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox, torey lovullo

Pat Murphy won’t return as Padres’ manager |

As for Murphy, who spent six seasons managing in the Padres’ system at various levels, he talked late last week about this experience and the biggest regret that he had.

“I don’t think I got a chance to be me,” Murphy said. “I didn’t get to set the tone the way that I wanted to do it. I found out that my inner self isn’t great unless I really get to put my mark on it.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have experienced this, but at the same time, the competitor in me wishes that I could ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, padres, pat murphy

Angels hire Billy Eppler as general manager |

Although it may be true for teams with bad front offices people, for 99.9% of the teams there is no way the manager and coaching staff should know the players better than the General Manager.

“There are some very tangible things that need to be done,” Scioscia said after Sunday’s game. “I’m looking forward to sharing our insights with whoever is in that position, because like most baseball teams, I don’t think there’s a manager or coaching staff that doesn’t know the players better than anyone ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:16 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, general managers

2016 MLB Draft Order - MLB Trade Rumors

Phillies lock down the first pick.

1. Phillies 63-99
2. Reds 64-98
3. Braves 67-95
4. Rockies 68-94
5. Brewers 68-94
6. Athletics 68-94
7. Marlins 71-91
8. Padres 74-88
9. Tigers 74-88
10. White Sox 76-86

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: draft


‘Nuff said.

Gamingboy Posted: October 05, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Marlins express interest in Bowa as Phils make coaching changes

Break out the Bushmills!

Bench coach Larry Bowa, hitting coach Steve Henderson, first base coach Juan Samuel and pitching coach Bob McClure were all offered contracts for 2016. Henderson and McClure are expected to accept the offers, but Bowa and Samuel could move on for other opportunities.

According to sources, the Phillies have granted the Miami Marlins permission to speak with Bowa about their manager’s job. The Marlins have already interviewed Bo Porter and Manny Acta for that job.

Bowa ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2015 at 10:01 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: bushmills, larry bowa, managerial openings, marlins, phillies

Rangers win sixth AL West; Angels’ season over |

Congrats to the Rangers and Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, playoffs, rangers

Mark Buehrle to throw two innings on Sunday, then retire

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle will pitch two innings on Sunday, then retire. He is not expected to be included on the Blue Jays’ post-season roster.

Two more innings would bring Buehrle to 200 innings for a 15th consecutive season. The 36-year-old has vastly outpaced the competition in this category, as his closest competitor since 2001 is James Shields, with nine 200-inning seasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2015 at 03:06 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mark buehrle, marlins, retirement, white sox

Sunday Notes: Badenhop’s Reds, Twins, Pirates, Papelbon, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: For baseball’s wild-card format, changes could be on the horizon - The Boston Globe

Dumbest idea ever.

Here’s an idea from a longtime baseball executive: invert the current format. In other words, have the wild card teams battle it out over five or seven games.

This would reward teams for fighting so hard for the wild-card spots. The feeling is that by the trade deadline wild-card teams have given up, in many cases, top young talent to compete for one game.

The Division Series and Championship Series would be seven games, according to this plan, and the World Series? It ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, playoffs

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos wants to remain with Toronto next year but he’d prefer his contract not be ‘a story’ | National Post

Smart guy.

Only one detail has ever been leaked about his contract: that it covered five years and that it expires on Oct. 31. Even that much information is too much for his taste. He understands why players’ salaries are public, but he sees no reason why contract details of other club employees should be revealed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers

Yelich, Gordon Have Special Days as Marlins Sweep Phillies - The New York Times

Dee Gordon got his 200th hit of the season in the opener, and Christian Yelich tied a club record with hits in eight straight at-bats as the Miami Marlins won the nightcap 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday.

Yelich was 5 for 5 in the first game, a 7-6 victory, then hit safely in his first three at-bats in the second. In the first game, Gordon became the first Marlins player since Hanley Ramirez in 2007 to record 200 hits with a sixth-inning single.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, dee gordon, marlins

Phillies secure top pick in draft after losing doubleheader sweep

The Phillies are number one!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, draft picks, phillies

Ichiro Suzuki Aiming at Age 50

Considering that this season he’ll end up with negative WAR for the first time in his career, 50 seems pretty unlikely, but someone will probably offer him a job as a fourth outfielder next year.

Hank G. Posted: October 04, 2015 at 02:24 AM | 165 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy, ichiro, marlins

Ode to Affeldt

Everything about that game felt flat, lifeless, colorless, like the whole scene had degenerated into black and white. I was sitting in the scout section with the Royals’ general manager at the time, Allard Baird, and we were talking about family and life and anything that came to mind to distract us from the dullness of the game itself.

And then Jeremy Affeldt entered.

Zach Posted: October 04, 2015 at 01:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeremy affeldt, retirement, royals



If Astros and Angels win, then there is an AL West tie between the Rangers and Astros and they will play (at Arlington) to determine who goes to ALDS and who faces Yankees (who will host WC game if they win against Orioles) in WC game.

If Astros lose and Angels win, then Angels and Astros face off (in HOU) for Wild Card spot at Yankees.

If Astros win and Angels lose, then Rangers are AL West champs and Astros are in WC game


Gamingboy Posted: October 04, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 260 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Max Scherzer pitches second no-hitter of 2015 |

Max Scherzer hasn’t been the problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 10:13 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

OT - October 2015 College Football thread

*asleep at the switch*

*wakes up*

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 03, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Why we picked the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series

Sporting News is picking them to win it all in 2015
The real reason to be excited, though, is the Cubs’ bountiful farm system, coupled with savvy trades, is starting to bear fruit for the lineup. First baseman Anthony Rizzo (acquired from the Padres when he was 22) and home-grown shortstop Starlin Castro are the cornerstones of the lineup, both legitimate stars entering their age-25 seasons. The fact that the Cubs were able to get significant action in the major leagues last year for ...

McCoy Posted: October 03, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, recap

Jerry Seinfeld to join Mets’ broadcast booth Saturday night | For The Win

NEWMAN: June 14, 1987…. Mets Phillies. We’re enjoying a beautiful afternoon
in the right field stands when a crucial Hernandez error to a five run Phillies
ninth. Cost the Mets the game.

KRAMER: Our day was ruined. There was a lot of people, you know, they were
waiting by the player’s parking lot. Now we’re coming down the ramp ... [cut
to film of the day - like the Zabruter film - with the Umbrella man and
everything - Oh so brilliant parody!!!] ... Newman was in front of me. Keith
was ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Chris Sale sets franchise strikeout record in White Sox win over Tigers | Chicago Sun-Times

Ed Walsh’s record for strikeouts stood for 107 years. It finally came down Friday night.

White Sox strikeout whiz Chris Sale did the honor by striking out Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann in the second inning of a 2-1 victory. Sale’s third of the night and the one that passed Walsh’s mark of 269 set in 1908.

McCann took a called strike on back-door slider on the outside corner from Sale, who received a standing ovation from a paid crowd of 18,030 before finishing with seven ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

The Managerial Meddling Index, 2015 Edition «

The overall index doesn’t mean much but the components are very interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, sabermetrics

So, Uh, What Happened to the Astros? «

They didn’t play well in September.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: astros


Do not go quietly into that good night.

OMNICHATTER, OMNICHATTER against the dying of the light!

Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 214 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter Video: Pillar’s outstanding diving grab

Who’ve you got for the catch of the year: Kiermaier, Trout, or Pillar?

JE (Jason) Posted: October 03, 2015 at 12:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, centerfielders, kevin pillar

Friday, October 02, 2015

Japan Times: [Yakult] Swallows claim first CL pennant since 2001

From worst to first. It’s always good when anybody other than the Giants wins the Central League…

The Swallows fans packed into the stands at Jingu Stadium had already been cheering about as loud as they had all season for the past four hours

But when Yuhei Takai hit a ball that squirted past the first-base bag and into right field, they found the strength to kick it up another notch.

Takai hit a sayonara single in the 11th and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows captured the Central League pennant ...

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 02, 2015 at 10:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Grantland: Loving the Pirates Come Hell or High Water (or Arrieta)

We’ve known the likely outcome for weeks ... the Pirates have to play a one-game wild-card playoff against the Cubs, which means facing Jake Arrieta, which means certain and sudden death. Arrieta, who one-hit the Pirates last Sunday. Arrieta, who has given up four earned runs in the past nine weeks. Arrieta, whose name is wielded against Pirates fans like a curse. Arrieta, a synonym for cyanide ...

You don’t have to be a Pirates fan to think there’s something a little unfair about this.

...
Voodoo... Posted: October 02, 2015 at 06:11 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, cy young award, doom and gloom, pirates

Jose Fernandez Playfully Teases Evan Longoria After Giving Up A Home Run

Consider this friendly exchange between Jose Fernandez and Evan Longoria a change of pace from Jonathan Papelbon’s Fightin’ Around The League tour. The Rays third baseman absolutely socked an offering from the Marlins pitcher in the first inning of Thursday’s game, and in the next inning, Fernandez joked about it.

From the dugout, Fernandez called out to Longoria and told him that he doesn’t have to hit home runs that far.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: October 02, 2015 at 06:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: playing the game the right way

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