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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OMNICHATTER LCS DAY 5 2014

Duo of Game 3s because of the rain!


4 PM: Cardinals (Lackey) at Giants (Hudson), series tied 1-1. FS1.

8 PM: Orioles (Chen) at Royals (Guthrie), KC leads series 2-0. TBS.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 406 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, October 13, 2014

Grantland - Rung Up: Are Postseason Umpires Actually Baseball’s Most Accurate?

“The goal each and every season,” MLB spokesman Mike Teevan told me via email, “is to have the most deserving Umpires working Postseason games.”

Mission accomplished!

boteman Posted: October 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: country joe west, postseason, umpires

Toronto’s Witness To Sports History Is Dead

He was known to most as “Ralph the Programme Guy”.  If you ever attended a sporting event in Toronto, you know who I’m talking about.  He was at nearly every game.  He was a fixture selling programmes at Jays games for years.  Ditto for the Leafs, Raptors, Argos and thousands of concerts, from The Beatles in 1964 to Black Eyed Peas last year.  If it was a big event,  Ralph was there.  And now, he’s dead at the age of 67.

[...]

Trying to calculate the number of events Ralph ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: October 13, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, skydome, toronto blue jays

Nine Managerial Decisions That Helped Decide Game 2 Of The NLCS | FiveThirtyEight

Jonah Keri breaks down a bunch of game situations by the numbers.

SITUATION: Top of the sixth, runner on second, two outs, Hunter Pence up, Cardinals lead 2-1. Who should pitch?

DECISION: Matheny leaves Lynn in to pitch to Pence.

THE MATH SAYS: This was also a judgment call. You’ve got those numbers in Lynn’s favor as a pitcher who often fares better as he gets deeper into games. The only reason the Giants had a runner on second is because, after Lynn fanned the first two batters of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, sabermetrics

Can sabermetrics thrive on television broadcasts? - Beyond the Box Score

More good constructive criticism of the JABO FS1 broadcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: jabo, television


Baseball Prospectus | Fox’s Fresh Format

Some very good constructive criticism of the first JABO FS1 telecast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jabo, television

The difference between playoff champs and chumps - Beyond the Box Score

Read the article.

The central thesis of Keating’s article was that teams that have success in the playoffs generally do well against the better teams during the regular season, and those who don’t perform as well against better teams make early exits. He used this year’s Angels as an example, citing that forty percent of their wins came against the worst teams in the AL (Red Sox, Astros, Twins and Rangers) but were only 9-11 against the other division leaders. We already know how that turned ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The Strike Zone Expansion is Out of Control – The Hardball Times

Where has all the offense gone? It’s disappeared into an expanding strike zone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 157 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-13-2014

El Paso Herald, October 13, 1914:

BOSTON WINS WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP

BRAVES CAPTURE FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME BY 3 TO 1

The Boston Braves are the world’s baseball champions of 1914. The defeat of the Philadelphia Athletics today by the score of 3 to 1, gave Boston the series with four straight games, the champions of the American league not capturing a contest.
...
A new world’s record for world’s series games was established, as Boston won four straight games. In 1907 the Chicago Cubs beat the ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Bernie: Cards rally around Molina : Sports

The three homers merely were opening acts. In terms of delivering a heart-pumping moment, Wong struck the most timely and powerful blow of them all.

Wong’s memorable, instant-classic swing shattered a 4-4 tie and gave the Cards a 5-4 victory that cleared the debris of a Trevor Rosenthal blown save, set off a red-draped celebration and ended an evening of swerving, unnerving, dramatic turns.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 07:46 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, kolten wong, playoffs

2014 LCS DAY 4 OMNICHATTER

8 PM: ALCS Game 3, Baltimore (Chen) at Kansas City (Guthrie), TBS. Kansas City leads best-of-7 series 2-0.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NY Magazine: How Pro Sports’ Biggest Losers Became World Series Contenders

1. They started spending.
Royals owner David Glass had developed a reputation as a cheapskate, and for good reason. In 2011, the Royals had a payroll of just $38 million — less than a fifth of what the Yankees spent that year. (The Royals record in 2011? A weak 71–91.) In the seasons since, though, they’ve steadily raised that figure: from $64 million in 2012 to nearly $82 million in 2013 to $92 million this year. In 2014, their Opening Day payroll was a middle-of-the-pack 19th, ahead of ...

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bobm Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:15 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Adam LaRoche accepts that he must step aside to make room for Ryan Zimmerman

Adam Kilgore in the Washington Post-

... this October was likely LaRoche’s last ride with the Nationals — the last time the beloved teammate, dependable first baseman, genial outdoorsman and charitable man will wear a Nationals uniform. If the decision was his to make, in a vacuum, LaRoche would finish his career in Washington. He knows it is not, and he is okay with that.


Grant: Two role models for new Texas Rangers manager | Dallas Morning News

In the case of the Rangers’ managerial search, which is likely to be pared down to three finalists this week, the mentors — particularly Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle — loom very big. Both are models for what the Rangers want in their next manager. Both have taken two different organizations to the postseason. Both have been to the World Series.
Most importantly, they both have commanding presence, yet manage by inclusion.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, managerial search, managers, terry francona, texas

Pair in Greinke trade coming up Royal in ballclub’s turnaround | FOX Sports

Hearing “hitterish” makes me wince.

Finally, I thought “hitterish” was a newfangled term created by baseball scouts. Nope. When I talked with Hall of Famer Brett in the Royals clubhouse after Game 2, he invoked the term in reference to the emergence of Mike Moustakas. He said the iconic hitting coach Charley Lau used the word during Brett’s playing career to describe batters who look like they’re going to get a hit every time they’re at the plate — even though we know that’s not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball lexicon, royals


What a strange trip it’s been for the Royals and their fans | The Kansas City Star

The Royals are definitely on a roll. How long will it last?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals

ESPN MLB Chaotic week for new father Britton

That’s the Monarch Notes version of Britton’s game; he relied on a sinking fastball and a slider to induce a staggeringly high ground-ball percentage of 75.3 percent during the regular season. But when the games are this big and the ground balls lead to baserunners, ill-fated timing and BABIP woes can smell suspiciously like failure on a grand stage. Fans and the media tend to see it that way, although pitchers try to keep the phenomenon in context.

“One of the biggest things for us as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

The complicated case of the next Red Sox ace - Over the Monster

I hate the idea that the Red Sox will pay one of these guys the going rate in free agency. I know big pickups help sell tickets in the short run but I’d much rather see them work out a deal from their prospect surplus than get locked into a big money deal for guys on the wrong side of thirty.

But ideally the Red Sox will simply be looking at this from a slightly more dynamic perspective. Where a high price point isn’t just a high price point that shouldn’t be met, but is taken in the context of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, red sox

Live chat: JABO crew takes your questions during NLCS Game 1 | FOX Sports

The alternative broadcast of the NLCS was a mixed bag last night. Some of it went very well; some of it pushed me back to the regular broadcast. The biggest complaint I have is the split screen format. Although the producers went to more full-screen game action as the game wore on, after complaints on Twitter, there were still too many shots of the guys talking about the game. As I mentioned on Facebook, I don’t really want to see them. Sure, if you have some analysis during a break in action, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 08:57 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: jabo, television

Sox in ‘15: Three options at second base - Chicago White Sox Blog - ESPN Chicago

This is the kind of problem a team wants. Both Micah Johnson and Marcus Semien look like good options at 2B.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 08:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

How a Disgruntled Ace Gave the Royals a Full House - NYTimes.com

Moore and Melvin liked dealing with each other. Each had a scouting background and tended to trust traditional scouting methods more than advanced analytics.

“I have nothing against numbers, but everybody has the same numbers,” Melvin said. “When you’re talking about scouting and player development, that’s risk-taking. If Escobar’s hitting .170, that’s probably not a good deal for them. Same with Cain. But they did a nice job in the last years of their development.”

The teams ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 08:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alcides escobar, lorenzo cain, playoffs, royals, zack greinke

Lo and behold: Cain a threat in all phases | MLB.com

Lorenzo Cain is this year’s playoff darling.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lorenzo cain, playoffs, royals

2014 LCS DAY 3 OMNICHATTER

NLCS Game 2: Giants (Peavy) at Cardinals (Lynn), 8 PM, FS1. Giants lead Best-Of-7 series 1-0.


CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM | 511 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Theo says Cubs’ goal is to win division in ‘15 | cubs.com

Meeting with reporters after the fan session, Epstein joked they can go ahead and write columns criticizing the Cubs for missing out on some big-name free agents this offseason.
“To be the organization that we want to be—to be a world-class organization—you can’t be afraid of perception,” said Epstein. “You have to put yourself out there and look stupid at times. We’re going to miss on players by not signing them, we’re going to sign players who don’t work out. But we’re also going to sign ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 260 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Poz: Going all the way back to 1977

Jack Brett raged at his nice boy son. And George Brett learned to fear failure. He learned to fear embarrassment. He learned to fear that voice, the rumbling voice of his father, tearing him apart over an error he made in the third or a swing out of the strike zone. After one such conversation, George tore the phone off the wall in the clubhouse. After more than one, he headed out into the night to find relief.

George Brett did not grow up to be a nice boy. He took a bat to the toilets in ...

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Borowsky: The Cardinals need to reclaim spirit of ‘64 to heal St Louis’ racial tensions

Viva Larry Borowsky.

The Cardinals unite the city of St Louis as no other civic institution can. As the rest of the country has noted (with growing irritation), St Louisans take tremendous satisfaction in the success of our baseball team. Michael Brown was no exception; like almost every local kid, he identified as a proud member of Cardinal Nation. (The Cardinals hat he was wearing when he was shot rested atop his casket on the day of his funeral.) So, no doubt, do most of the officers who ...

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Repoz Posted: October 11, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Contact, Speed, and the 2014 Royals | Articles | Bill James Online

Some interesting breakdowns.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 02:13 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Video: Statcast: Dyson caught stealing | MLB.com

This is nice stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jarrod dyson, playoffs

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