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Monday, October 27, 2014
Put the Rays in Montreal, the Bobcats in Seattle, the Coyotes in Hartford, and the Jaguars back in Decatur!
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has had discussions about moving the franchise to Montreal, reports the New York Daily News.
According to the report, Sternberg has spoken about the possibility with “wealthy Wall Street associates.” Sternberg resides in Rye, New York, and worked in finance in New York City before buying into the Rays in 2004….
Rays owner Stuart ...
Elliott said the composition of the dirt includes 59 percent lava cinders and sand, 21 percent clay and 19 percent silt. Plus, conditioner is added “to keep the moisture on the soil so the footing’s right.”
“You can’t get caught up in it,” Elliott said of talk his crew goes overboard with watering. “The worst thing I could do, from my standpoint, is change the field on them without them knowing it. Then they’re playing in unexpected and unfamiliar territory.”
Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 27, 1914:
[Denver catcher Larry] Spahr talked interestingly of Daisy [sic] Vance, a strapping big pitcher secured from St. Joe. Vance is a right-hander and, according to Spahr, he works a good bit on the order of Alexander of the Phillies.
“He has only been in the game two years,” explained Spahr, “but he has learned fast and was the toughest pitcher in the Western League to beat this year. Pittsburgh certainly got the best young pitcher in the West when they ...
None of this was ordinary, of course. The idea of playing in tribute to someone is cliché. Using sports, these stupid games we play, to honor their memory is equally trite. It’s also a canvas for something greater. What Juan Perez did Sunday wasn’t just play for his friend Oscar, for the whole baseball world that grieved at his loss. Perez played for himself, and on an awful night for the sport, nothing was more redeeming than that.
Bumgarner takes charge of the series.
Just in time for Christmas! Wonder how they came up with $69 as a figure?
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Well, at least we know this quarantine worked.
But this October, McCarver is experiencing the Series just like millions of other viewers by watching back home in Florida instead of his usual spot in the broadcast booth.
“When you’re working you’re so immersed in your work that you’re trying to put on a telecast or add to it without getting in the way of it and all the things that are involved in the business of baseball on television,” McCarver said.
“On the other hand, you pick up part of ...
Posted: October 26, 2014 at 04:01 PM | 30 comment(s)
Another great column by David Laurila .
There are a lot of ways to look at how you might augment your offense, but it can’t just be nine guys working a pitching staff over,” said Maddon. “If your goal is to get a starter out of a game, that might be the last thing you want to do. You see a lot of 95-plus out of the pen now, and some of those guys have quality secondary pitches. I think it’s become easier to build bullpens, and it’s rare a team has a bad one.”
The Kansas City Royals ...
“In close games, managers can sway and make a move that may turn the tide,” San Francisco’s Jake Peavy said. “That said, the majority of the games are going to be decided by the guys who put the uniform on between the white lines. Your manager has a big thing to do with the way he’s got his guys ready to play and the way they believe in him as far as the game management. And whatever he says, guys believe it’s going to work. It’s just the way it works, especially after you’ve had some success.” ...Read More...
Since Silverman is giving voice to the players, what do they want?
“Most important thing for me is a manager that the players can relate to and feel comfortable,” third baseman Evan Longoria texted Saturday. “Don’t think that the environment in the clubhouse needs a complete overhaul. I welcome a new manager’s enthusiasm. Joe was pretty tough to rival on that front, so we will see what the new plans are.”
Top starter Alex Cobb said personality and leadership skills — preferably as a ...
Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
You’ll have to click through to see the picture of Verducci, Reynolds, and Buck’s scorebooks. In Harold’s defense, he is the color man. Maybe he just didn’t have his crayons handy.
Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
As a sometime hat tosser, I encourage Bochy to use the hat toss to reduce stress during crucial game moments.
That is what happened to Bochy’s hat in the third inning Saturday night, as out of place as the stars and stripes amid gum wads and seed husks. It arrived there on a frustrated flick of the wrist from the manager following a chopper to the right side and an awkward angle to first base and a blind, backwards stab with a foot where Ryan Vogelsong found flat-earth disappointment instead ...
Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
Some team will get very stupid this off-season with Russell Martin.
“We’re in an interesting era for age curves because of the skew of performance-enhancing drugs,” Huntington said. “We are trying to re-evaluate aging curves because they were taken way out of whack because of the influence of performance-enhancing drugs.”
Yusmeiro Petit had a very good year and is having a tremendous off-season. Will it be good enough to get him a starting spot next year?
Jim Duquette remembers the debates in the Mets’ front office. Yusmeiro Petit was dominating minor league hitters, but doing it with stuff that did not overwhelm.
“We couldn’t get a consensus,” Duquette said recalling his days as the Mets’ assistant general manager. “He is getting everyone out, but doing it with an 88-90 mph fastball. We called it an ...
Some good stuff in Bill Madden’s Sunday column.
This can’t be a fun week for Rick Renteria.
“There’s a sensitivity to this. Everybody being talked about has a manager,” said Nero of the fact that only the Minnesota Twins (and now the Rays) have a managerial vacancy. “All speculation does is create harm. Rick Renteria is the Cubs’ manager until something else happens that changes that.”
The scrutiny of every managerial decision has been over the top this series. Every decision shouldn’t be made based on the Win Expectancy Table.
As always, you will find a lot of good sense from Rany Jazayerli in this postgame write-up after Game 4.
Someone – I believe it may have been Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus – wrote earlier this month something to the effect that we’ve reached the point with baseball analysis where players no longer are blamed for failure: it’s either the ...
A sick panda was a quick panda.
A lot of numbers in this one.
BABIPf/x correlates well to long term BABIP, better than does league average results. BABIPf/x is more predictive of next year BABIP than is previous year’s BABIP. Because batted ball results (GB, LD and FB rates) are an independent data source than is PITCHf/x categories (i.e, location, movement , etc.) these data sources could be combined to form a multi-source predictive BABIP model of better quality than either source alone. Additional work could be done to ...
Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
Good stuff from Steven Goldman.
Yet the potential for competitive advantage, La Russa insists, does not motivate such moves. Strategies, he said, are similar everywhere. When he talks about leadership, La Russa said, he emphasizes the importance of personal relationships.
“There’s a lot of smart baseball people around,” La Russa said. “Nowadays, with all the distractions, you better get kids that care for your message. And how do you get them to care? You care for them as people.”
The winner of tonight’s game will be one win away from being champion of Major League Baseball.
Bumgarner vs. Shields.
Posted: October 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM | 569 comment(s)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
It’s about time.
“My job is to try to make the improvements,” Amaro said. “If we’ve decided we’re going to improve long term rather than short term then that’s what we’ll do. That’s what we’re championed to do. And that’s what we feel is necessary to get us back on track. Our job is to try to be a perennial contender. We made the assessment that with the group we have right now there are changes that have to be made to get there. And so that’s our job at hand. As Pat said, we are keeping all of ...
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day.
But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be.
“He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They ...
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 67 comment(s)
Ned Yost doesn’t care what you think. Got that?
He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series because he’s the second coming of John McGraw. He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series in spite of his never-ending bumbleheadedness.
He. Doesn’t. Care. Are we clear on that?
“I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m stupid,” the perpetually embattled manager of those Kansas City Royals said this week. “And I don’t really pay attention to ...
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
Ratto cracks me up.
In the two Giants losses, the San Francisco is 1-for-24 with nine strikeouts against Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and late entry Brandon Finnegan. In fact, Kansas City manager Ned Yost ran afoul of the Mezzanine Constabulary again by:
(a) Letting starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had been brilliant for five innings, start the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, a single to Brandon Crawford and an RBI double by Michael Morse.
(b) Bringing Herrera on to stanch the bleeding, ...
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
In defense of Yost.
We’re welcome to disagree with Yost, as I rather enjoy doing. But he deserves our respect — and admiration. He knows things about his players that we don’t. He also knows how to lead underdogs to a 10-1 record in the postseason, two wins from a champagne-soaked legacy.
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
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