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Friday, October 23, 2015

Shaikin: Don Mattingly makes a decision, and Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman gets to make his choice

There are Dodger fans clamoring for Scioscia?

In Los Angeles, ownership deflected the decision on Don Mattingly to Andrew Friedman. There was talk of Mattingly staying another year, maybe more, but not for the kind of tenure that would make the manager feel he was Friedman’s guy. So Mattingly took it upon himself to make the decision. He left. He ought to be better off for it, and so too the Dodgers, without the constant backdrop of when Friedman might bring in his own guy.

Friedman should have ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, don mattingly, manager

Out of tragedy, Red Sox scout Chuck Koney leaves cherished legacy - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Art Stewart and others talk about Chuck Koney.

“There are a lot of good baseball scouts,” Stewart remembers Rickey saying, “but the great baseball scouts? They are like the great musicians who have a special ear for music and the intangibles you can’t define.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts

Pitchers as Efficiency Experts – The Hardball Times

The smallest pitch counts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch counts, pitching

Pursuing free-agent starters more complicated than some believe for Cubs - Chicago Tribune

“Free-agent pitching is a necessary evil at times, and it’s only evil because it’s inherently risky,” Epstein said Thursday at Wrigley Field. “It’s necessary because you can make such an impact with your starting staff right away. We did it last year. We’re glad we did. We’ll take a hard look at all the free agent starters, and we’ll have to balance our short-term interests, our long-term interests, our financial picture, and our roster and payroll strategy.

“I won’t rule anything out. I won’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency


Never mind Shake Shack, chop shop prices have jumped too.

The World Series, like baseball itself, is much more local. If the World Series comes to town, that means your team is in the World Series. (And apparently, in a pinch, this can work even for two-team towns!) It becomes a collective experience for your city, something for everyone to commiserate about at the water cooler or the playground, a thickness in the air that keeps everyone light on their feet. It’s something you’ll always ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: citi field, mets, stadium, world series


A look at how the final NLCS game would have been written up in 1908.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, parody

Louis Armstrong’s Secret Nine: A Baseball Story

Louis’ passion for America’s pastime was so intense that, in the early ’30s, he owned his own team, the Secret Nine, in his hometown of New Orleans, even decking the players out in the finest, whitest uniforms ever seen on the sandlots of the Big Easy.

Too bad they sucked.

eddieot Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: louis armstrong, new orleans, old school

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2015

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 23, 1915:

A brand new one in baseball was pulled in the Western League the day before the season closed. Wichita and Topeka were playing a double-header, and Topeka had the second game clinched in the early innings, when the Wichita players requested the umpire to call the game early, because, they said, “they were tired out.” Realizing that the game would develop into a farce, the umpire complied with their wishes and the game was stopped after six ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Toronto’s continued misuse of David Price puts the ace in a difficult ALCS position - Yahoo Sports

I didn’t agree with his use in that game either. Although it’s true that they needed to win that game, it’s also true they need to win all the other games as well. So, using your best starter in relief with a six run lead isn’t the best use of your ace. The best thing Price can do for Gibbons is a dominant performance today.

Instead, the continued misuse of Price stood front and center as the series shifted back to Kansas City. There was Price, again, in a repeat of the division series, when ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david price, playoffs, royals


2015 ALCS



Blue Jays (Price) at Royals (Ventura), 8 PM, FS1.

Will we have a Game 7, or will the WS be KC-NYM? CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 23, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 612 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NY Times: For the Mets, Pennies Saved Add Up to a Pennant Earned

[ Alderson’s ] opening day payroll for 2011 included $18.25 million for players released in spring training (Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez), $22.5 million for an injured pitching star (Johan Santana), and almost $40 million for two veteran outfielders — one a severe disappointment (Jason Bay), and the other, Carlos Beltran, a player who would be traded that summer.


All around, there is evidence of extravagant spending working poorly for the Mets’ rivals. Six of the teams among the ...

bobm Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:45 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

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

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