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Monday, August 08, 2011

South Side Sox: The Five Sides of Hawk Harrelson

He Was Expendable.

The John Wayne Side: This is the most debatable side of Hawk Harrelson. I was in attendance for Hawk Harrelson Night during his 25th anniversary celebration and one thing became apparent to me; people love The Hawk. It’s hard to understand but it’s true. There is something endearing about him. Maybe it’s his folksy charm? Or his deep passion for the White Sox? Or perhaps the silver comb-over thing on his head? I don’t know. But he is the kind of guy you will tell ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 11:59 AM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, white sox

Kovacevic: What happened to Pirates’ pitching?

I’d say bring in Joel Hanrahan and ask him…but it’s not a save the organization situation.

Some of that simply must be fatigue, as others in the organization will attest. But dig deeper with some advanced metrics, and it’s easy to see there is an element of the Pirates’ pitchers having been due some serious comeuppance:

• Through July 25, opponents had a .289 batting average on all balls put in play (BABIP), a statistic that distinguishes how much help a pitcher gets from his defense or ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, sabermetrics

Sherman: History all that keeps Posada from release

Posaday-to-day…

For now, the Yankees are holding off on summoning Jesus Montero. He is hot at Triple-A (.333 with seven extra-base hits in his past 13 games). However, there remains infighting among Yankees decision-makers if it is the wrong message to promote Montero when he has not dominated Triple-A and at times projects indifference about being there. Nevertheless, if the new DH structure does not work, Montero will be called up; yet another sign the Yankees are in a DH phase of anyone but ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 10:58 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: history, prospect reports, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-8-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 8, 1911:

From all accounts the baseball game between Glassport and Coal Valley, played on the grounds of the latter team last Saturday afternoon, will long be remembered in the Monongahela valley.  Some people declare it wasn’t a baseball game but a battle royal on a large scale.

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[Constable Houseman] made a valiant effort to stop the fight, but not having 400 or 500 pairs of handcuffs and a machine gun with him, gave up the job and took to cover.

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The ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 08, 2011 at 08:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Sports Poscast with SI’s Joe Posnanski: Michael Schur

Two, two, two drafts in one!  (Because I missed the last one.)

Most Exciting Plays in Sports Draft: (August 2 Poscast)

Joe Posnanski: Tag plays at home plate
Michael Schur: Walk-off HR when team is behind
Poz: Behind-the-back pass in basketball
Schur: Long snapper snaps the ball over the punter’s head
Poz: Blind-side sack
Schur: Flea-flicker
Poz: Breakaway in hockey
Schur: Soccer goal
Poz: “Turning the corner” in 200m or 400m track race
Schur: Championship point in tennis

Best Balls in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2011 at 01:39 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks

Sunday, August 07, 2011

ESPN Chicago: Quade dismisses no-pressure theory

Pounds Old Style per square inch is wrong?

Is the Cubs’ seven-game winning streak a result of not having to worry about the pressure of a pennant race?

Cubs manager Mike Quade credits other reasons for the Cubs’ recent stretch of good baseball.

“I don’t buy any of that [pressure] stuff,” Quade said. “I think we play better when we are healthy. I also think we played better defense and I hope that we’ve gotten better hopefully from hard work. Pressure? Was there pressure in May ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 11:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Batboy: Jeter’s ‘rituals,’ ‘high-maintenance’ A-Rod and more Yankees secrets

I don’t have time to wade through these excerpts. On Sunday…Brother Claude Ely must come first!!

A-Rod irritated the other players because he was so high-maintenance. He required his personal assistant to position his toothbrush on a certain part of the sink, specifically the edge near the right-hand cold water tap, leaning with bristles up over the basin. The first time he ordered me to do this, I couldn’t believe my ears when he said, “And put some toothpaste on it.”

Probably the strangest ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 08:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history, yankees

Juan Nicasio had surgery to fix a fractured vertebrae in his neck

Juan Nicasio is resting comfortably at a Denver hospital following surgery early this morning to stabilize a fracture to the C-1 vertebrae in his neck. Juan will remain hospitalized as he recovers from the surgery.

The aftermath of the line drive to his head.

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Radio host’s tweet on SF Giants stirs uproar

A sports radio talk show host’s short-lived Twitter posting that called Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez an illegal alien after his errant pitch Friday night started a baseball brawl had the Internet world in an uproar Saturday.

...Tony Bruno, whose nationally syndicated show is broadcast on KNBR, posted his comment on Twitter during his show about Ramirez hitting the Phillies’ Shane Victorino with a pitch Friday night, a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing brawl.

“gutless #!@%*# Giants,” he ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, giants, media, phillies

Virginia man campaigning for Roger Maris

Jay Smith, who grew up in Boston and is now the CEO of a public relations firm in Virginia, is 61 years old.

Oh, sweet synergy.

“I’m just a guy who happened to be a fan through all these years, and I thought Roger was shortchanged and deserved to be in the Hall of Fame for a variety of reasons,” said Smith, who served as the press secretary for former House Republican Leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona from 1973-77.

...“I dug deep and went into all the stats,” Smith said.

“He ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 11:59 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, yankees

Fay Vincent: What Happened to the Great Sports Writer?

THEY WENT THAT-A-WAY!

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There was a time when the New York Times was a carefully edited and well written newspaper. But here is a sentence I noticed the other day in a Times baseball news story: “Rivera, as he often does, did not allow a base runner.” What? Just pause a minute and try to parse that one. Maybe Yogi Berra wrote that line. Or maybe the person—I will not name him—who wrote that stunner cannot write or even think. Yogi once said, “No one goes to that restaurant anymore. ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 10:26 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media

Topkin: Joe Maddon doesn’t believe umpires have it in for David Price

So it is D.J. Reyburn and not Rayburn…

If you want to believe in a conspiracy, that the diverse umpiring crews throughout MLB have somehow banded together to doom Price, the difference could be just a few borderline pitches a game going against him.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said that though he knows the umpires compare notes, he does not think they are working against Price.

“Honestly, I haven’t seen anything different,” Maddon said. “Of course they talk. That’s undeniable. They’ll be the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 10:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Trentonian: From Fantasy to reality, Joe Kelly is 100 percent baseball

The Daniel Okrent for the Hall of Fame movement starts now!

But it wasn’t that ball, or the collection of autographed Time magazine covers of baseball luminaries, or even the Allen & Ginter’s binder holding even more Hall of Famers autographs that I came to see.

It was the autograph of Daniel Okrent that got me into this Bordentown basement.

Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 09:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, hall of fame, history, memorabilia

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.
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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

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