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Thursday, August 28, 2014

McCoy: Bryan Price sees throwback style in current state of baseball

You haven’t lived…until you live through a Sonny Ruberto Era.

Price then became philosophic about the way the game is being played these days—much less offense, fewer home runs, fewer runs scored.

“It’s interesting in that the game seems to be trending back towards what we saw in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. We no longer have these grandiose offensive numbers. When I was in Seattle for my second year (as pitching coach) we were second in the league in earned run average with a 4.50. What is ...

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Repoz Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

Ringolsby: Pete Incaviglia paying dues as independent league manager

Hopefully Laredo has some sidearmers. (And hopefully the Lemurs have guys named Joey.)

Twenty-eight years ago, Pete Incaviglia went straight from the campus of Oklahoma State University into the cleanup spot in the Rangers’ Opening Day lineup. He never spent a day in instructional league. Incaviglia never rode the buses. He never caught the 5:30 a.m. connecting flights to get from one Minor League city to another.

Now look at him. Incaviglia knows all about bus rides, and meal money that can ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 03:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: independent leagues, laredo lemurs, pete incaviglia

Markusen: Seinfeld, Sabermetrics and Ken Phelps

Bruce, Bill James made me love Phelps also, but c’mon, they already had Don Mattingly and Jack Clark, it was never gonna work.

this year marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of Seinfeld, arguably the most successful sitcom in the history of American television. This month (August) also marks the 60th birthday of Ken Phelps, one of the poster children for Bill James’ Sabermetric movement of the 1980s…

Phelps had had drawn the Yankees’ interest since 1985, when Billy Martin had instructed ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 02:36 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, ken phelps, mariners, sabermetrics, television, yankees

Padres, City of San Diego pay homage to Selig

Maybe he has a literal fetish for new architecture? Anyone ever think of that?

By the time Padres president and CEO Mike Dee caught wind of Bud Selig’s farewell tour of Major League ballparks, the wheels were already turning as to how the team was going to pay tribute to the outgoing Commissioner… the Padres honored Selig with a dedication ceremony of the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza at Petco Park, which sits behind the Western Metal Supply Building, next to 13 palm trees, waving gently in the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 02:25 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, padres

Fangraphs: Sullivan: Anatomy of a Disaster.

Numbers are the easy part, so let’s start with some numbers. David Price got thrashed by the Yankees, ending with twice as many hits allowed as outs recorded. He was charged with eight runs, all of them scoring in the top of the third, which Price began, but which Price was removed from without getting an out. That third inning saw Price allow nine consecutive hits, the first time that’s happened to a pitcher since 1989. The all-time record for consecutive hits in an inning by a team is 11, ...

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Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: comedy, david price, tigers, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-28-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1914:

If the Venice Tigers bring home the bacon next season the Maier ball park will be exempt from taxation, is the conclusion of the board of equalization, which was reached today when Eddie Maier, owner of the park, appeared before the board and requested the exemption. On the other hand, the board said that if the Tigers failed to come home with the pennant next year, the tax would be raised, instead of suspended.

Ouch. Anyway, Venice/Vernon didn’t win the PCL ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 8-28-2014

In which a OMNICHATTER occurs…

Gamingboy Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Passan: How macho baseball culture wants to ruin Yu Darvish’s arm

It’s Texas. Even the "baseball writer" is the Cowboys beat guy.

Earlier in the month, [Yu] Darvish’s right elbow hurt. An MRI showed inflammation, which was about the best-case scenario. The Rangers should celebrate the fact that one of baseball’s five best pitchers isn’t so myopic to think he alone can solve the woes of an injury-destroyed team that owns the game’s worst record at 52-80. Pride has killed too many arms to count.

And yet it’s still one of the prevailing currencies in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rangers, ron washington, yu darvish

Simmons’ run-saving stop

On the other hand, Fredi Gonzalez says Juan Lagares is the best center fielder in the league, so… we’re even, right?

Andrelton Simmons fields a grounder in the outfield grass, jumping and throwing to first to end the 8th and keep the Braves ahead

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, braves

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

C.J. Wilson on Spin Rate, Arm Angles and Exploiting Weaknesses

Man, the Diamondbacks would trade him for talking all this crap.

You’re trying to create the illusion of a white baseball. The faster it spins, the whiter it’s going to look. Most hitters assume that if it’s white, it’s a fastball. Therefore they’re going to swing at the very top of where that ball is going to go – in their mind, where they think the ball is going to go. A perfect curveball is going to have exactly the opposite spin of a fastball, but if it comes out white the hitter ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:35 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. wilson, rangers

Jury awards Jose Offerman’s bat attack victim $940,000

Ugh, I’d rather reminisce about “underrated OBP guy” than “nearly killed someone”, but, here we are.

You may remember when former major league infielder Jose Offerman attacked two players with a bat while he was a member of the independent Long Island Ducks back in 2007. One of the victims was catcher Johnathan Nathans of the Bridgeport Bluefish, who was hit on the side of his head by Offerman. Nathans sued and the result is in today:

The jury in the two-week-long bat-attack trial of Jose ...

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FG (Sullivan): The Tigers and the Angels Needn’t Scramble for Help

September roster expansion is weird, if you think about it.

recently, of course, the Angels lost Garrett Richards for the year. Meanwhile, Anibal Sanchez experienced a setback in his injury rehab, and now it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to return in the regular season…

This year, replacement-level starting pitchers have averaged an ERA close to 5, and an FIP close to 5. Meanwhile, replacement-level relief pitchers have averaged an ERA a little under 4, and an FIP a little under 4. This ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, strategy, tigers

Kapler: Pinstriped Yarmulkes

“the day we proclaim the King of the Universe”... wait, that’s what I thought Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium was.

This year, Derek Jeter dons his stripes at Yankee Stadium for the final time on one of the holier days of the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah. It also gives me a chance to pose a question to all of the media members. The tables have turned, punks. For those of you who are also members of the tribe, will you be covering this game?...

Granted, I’m not Sandy Koufax. I’m not ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 06:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, religion, yankees

Yankees To Sign Chris Young

Met mojo… Yankee mojo… we know how this turns out, right?

The Yankees have agreed to terms with outfielder Chris Young on a minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter)...

after signing a one-year, $7.25MM contract… The former Diamondback batted just .205/.283/.346 in 287 plate appearances with the Mets before being designated for assignment and ultimately released earlier this month…

With Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury locked into left and center field, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 06:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris b. young, transactions, yankees

Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon take in a Seattle Mariners game

I have a sudden urge to play The Jam’s “Thick As Thieves”.

mbd

Not since Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Edgar Martinez were lighting up pitchers in the 1990s has Seattle seen this much star power at its ballpark. Three generations of rock royalty, Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon attended today’s Mariners-Rangers game at Safeco Field.

White just finished up a two-night residency at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. During night two, he dedicated his performance of “Steady As She ...

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Repoz Posted: August 27, 2014 at 06:32 PM | 200 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Reports: The Astros may still be able to sign top pick Brady Aiken

All they really need is a time machine.

Then John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune followed up with his:

  The July 18 deadline to sign draft picks has come and gone, with Aiken rejecting the Astros’ last-minute offer. But the team could still sign the No. 1 overall draft pick under a clause at Major League Baseball’s discretion.

  The other 29 major league clubs have signed off on that clause, industry sources said. The Aikens, however, would insist on a sign-and-trade deal before ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 04:01 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brady aiken, draft

Cameron: Next year really might be THE year, Cubs fans

Wait til next year. Forever.

And here’s where Cubs fans should find optimism; by BaseRuns expected record, the Cubs have played like a .500 team this year. Their expected record is actually better than that of the first-place Kansas City Royals, in fact, and is not far off from what the teams contending for the NL wild cards are putting up….

This isn’t a great team, of course, but the only reason the Cubs are in the mix for a top pick again next summer is because they’re 28th in both ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 01:33 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: baseruns, clutch, cubs, dave cameron, projection models

FG: A Good Reason To Watch Yusmeiro Petit Pitch

All he needs is two Petit fours!

[Yusmeiro] Petit has appeared in 33 games for the Giants in 2014, which is one more major league game than he’d seen in the past five seasons combined.

Petit was once a top-100 prospect, and he has been around for so long that he was part of the 2005 trade that sent Carlos Delgado from the Marlins to the Mets, but he’s also been DFA’d at least twice, including by the Giants last year, and lost on waivers from Arizona to Seattle another time. For a three ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, yusmeiro petit

OMNICHATTER 8-27-2014

OMNICHATTER would be an okay name for a band.

Gamingboy Posted: August 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Posnanski: Blaming the fans

Ehh, they’re in a pennant race, it’s about time to fire him anyway.

Tuesday night, Royals manager Ned Yost – in the moments after what was perhaps Kansas City’s signature baseball victory in 20 years – decided to unload on Royals fans for not showing up.  You can go to the most excellent Sam Mellinger to get a full recap of Yost’s blundering nonsense, but I think the essence can be condensed into his sarcastic, “I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?” opening shot… ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: joe posnanski, ned yost, royals

Brooklyn Cyclones, Nickelodeon to host ‘90s night

Kelly Kapowski or GTFO

The Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, and Nickelodeon are hosting a “The ‘90s Are All That” night Wednesday at MCU Park.

Kel Mitchell, who co-starred in “All That,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Good Burger,” will throw out the first pitch before the Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees.

Angelica Pickles, Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster from “Rugrats” are scheduled to make appearances, and the concession stand employees will be wearing “Good Burger” ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, promotions

Royals Walk Off; Ned Yost Complains About Attendance

Pretty disappointing crowd, but perhaps this walk-off will wake Kansas City up.

Alex Gordon’s ninth-inning, two-run homer was all the Royals needed in a spectacular 2-1 win over the Twins that preserved a 1.5-game lead in the division. But after the game, Yost took issue with the fact that only 13,847 fans were there to see it. The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger has the full text of what he calls Yost’s “rant.” Some highlights:

   “I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, ned yost, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-27-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 27, 1914:

New Britain, Conn., Aug. 27.—Just four persons paid admittance to the base ball grounds to see a game scheduled between the New Britain and Waterbury teams, of the Eastern association. The management paid back the money to the faithful four and called off the game.

The local team is financially embarrassed, besides being hopelessly in last place, and some doubt is expressed as to whether or not it will finish out the season.

I think I went to some Cleveland ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


AJC: O’Brien: Expect B.J. Upton trade talks to be revisited

This is what I’m told about where it stands going forward: The Braves will try to trade Upton this offseason – personally, I think it’s just about a fait accompli that he’s gone before spring training – and that they might do it by including Minor in a package. In other words, they’d tell a team, you can have three years of contractual control of Minor before free agency, but you’re going to have to take B.J. Upton in the deal.
The Braves would surely have to take back a bad ...

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Daily Orange: Beyond the box score—SU club uses statistics to further baseball knowledge

There’s a newhouse for number-crunchers at my alma mater Syracuse, as welcoming as a Whitman sampler and good to the last Maxwell drop:

Over the past few months, the club gave a presentation at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the largest conferences in the sports analytics field. Their work was also featured in ESPN The Magazine in July.

During the 2013–14 academic year, the club worked to come up with a topic to cover in hopes of ...

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AndrewJ Posted: August 26, 2014 at 05:50 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, syracuse university, these kids today

Mariners Extend GM Jack Zduriencik

“Aim low. Aim so low no one will even care if you succeed.”

The Mariners have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with general manager Jack Zduriencik, the club announced via press release.

The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 05:47 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jack zduriencik, mariners

Former Blue Jays draft pick Phil Bickford heading to independent ball

When the Toronto Blue Jays opted to utilize their first round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft on Phil Bickford, it was a curious selection that turned out to be a mistake. Seen as a long-shot to sign due to his commitment to Cal State Fullerton, the Blue Jays were unable to sway the right-hander away from school and had to wait an additional year to receive a compensation pick.

If only Phil Bickford could have seen just one year into the future.

According to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA, ...

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Posnanski: Money money money

You probably know that one of Bud Selig’s big objectives as commissioner of baseball was to even the playing field – that is, to give the small-market teams a chance to contend… Funny thing: Here at the end of his tenure, baseball is closer to Selig’s nirvana than perhaps ever before. As Brian McPherson writes in the Providence Journal, the correlation between money spent and winning is at its lowest point in a long, long time. McPherson writes that the correlation right now between ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 03:15 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, economics, joe posnanski

Neyer: Over the hill but still strong on the hill

Hamburger Hill, in Colon’s case.

When the Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins and said he’€™d be their highest-leverage reliever, we were all like, “Hey, what could go wrong? He’€™s only 41 and hasn’€™t done this job since 2004. And he’€™s got only two seasons in his whole career with more than 14 saves.”

Well, Monday night Hawkins collected his 21st save this season… How does Hawkins do it? Just like [Bartolo] Colon, with lots and lots of fastballs, although Hawkins does throw significantly ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 02:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, latroy hawkins, mets, rob neyer, rockies

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