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Thursday, October 27, 2016

MLB Succeeding Where the NBA is Failing

The best team in the American League was swept. The favorite to win the AL Pennant was swept. Oh, the best team in baseball escaped a possible elimination game in the first round. Now, we’ve got a Cleveland/Chicago World Series.

And that’s where the NBA is failing.

The NBA season is already chalked full of headlines. Old faces in different places: Dwyane Wade to the Bulls; Derrick Rose to the Knicks; Al Horford to the Celtics. Struggling teams like the Timberwolves, Magic and Jazz are now ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, parity, playoffs

Sullivan - Corey Kluber’s Outing Reflected the Times

I don’t think anyone would’ve hit Corey Kluber on Tuesday. Good pitchers look their best when they constantly execute, and Kluber seemed to make fewer mistakes than normal. He was on top of his game, in other words, so the Cubs shouldn’t get too down on themselves. But in another year, perhaps the inside edge wouldn’t have been so forgiving. Those have always been rule-book strikes. Only more recently have they become more common actual strikes. Corey Kluber just pitched a game of the ...

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Baldrick Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, corey kluber, world series

Cubs top Indians to even World Series | MLB.com

The Cubs get it done in 4 hours and 4 minutes. Without a rain delay. Sorry, that’s way too long for a nine inning game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

David Ortiz, Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards for best hitter in each league.

Wednesday evening at Progressive Field, Red Sox icon David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the players deemed the best hitters in their league.

Yeah, okay.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 12:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cubs, red sox

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Racist ‘Data Study’ Says You Need A Dad To Be Good At Baseball

“It takes a father to make a professional baseball player,” the study’s introduction says. “This is perhaps not a novel insight–anyone who has seen baseball movies from ‘The Sandlot’ to ‘Field of Dreams’ will instantly recognize the deep connection baseball has to father-son relationships in America. What is new is having the data and analysis to show that the effects are more than anecdotes or nostalgia.”...

The institute’s “study” on parentage and professional ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2016 at 01:38 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dads, racism

The Human Splinter

The last time the Cubs won the World Series, second base was defended by John Evers—a man with the metabolism of a hummingbird, the temperament of a wolverine, and a near-pathological need to win baseball games.

gehrig97 Posted: October 26, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, frank chance, fred merkle, joe tinker, johnny evers

Cubs-Indians World Series Game 1 draws best game 1 overnight rating since 2009

The Cleveland Indians win over the Chicago Cubs in game 1 of the 2016 drew a 12.6 overnight rating (on average 12.6 percent of the TVs in the largest 56 markets were tuned-in) per Sports Business Journal’s Austin Karp.

That’s the best World Series first game number since 2009 when the Phillies versus Yankees drew a 13.8 overnight rating. Per Karp the game was up 20% from last year’s 10.5 overnight (Royals-Mets) and up 58% 2014 (Giants Royals).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, tv ratings, world series

MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League Baseball’s push to implement an international draft.

The kicker: Major League Baseball explored bringing in lesser prospects to serve as replacement players for the showcase

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: international draft, latin america

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-26-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 26, 1916:

Manager Donovan, of the Yankees, will advocate a new rule this winter. “Wild” William says the measure requiring a change pitcher to pitch until the batter facing him has been either put out or has reached first base is one sided. Not that he thinks it is not all right to impose that condition on a relief pitcher, but why not subject a relief batter to the same requirements?

Wild Bill had a point. I’ve always have thought it was sort of weird that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 26, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Harry Caray Surprises Jimmy Kimmel - YouTube

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, harry caray

Indians shut out Cubs in World Series Game 1 | MLB.com

Kluber did his job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

OMNICHATTER WORLD SERIES GAME 2

DUE TO THE THREAT OF RAIN, GAME 2 WILL START AROUND 7 PM.

GAME 2: CUBS (Arrieta) AT INDIANS (Bauer).

FOX.

BEST OF 7. INDIANS LEAD 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2016 at 12:36 AM | 749 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A ‘Major League’ interview with director David S. Ward

Ward: Well, part of the setup in the third movie is that they did make it to the World Series but lost when “Wild Thing” gave up a walk-off homer in the seventh game and he just retires from baseball. Even though he’s older, he’s coming back to mentor this young fire-balling reliever they have. They also need a set-up man and Eddie Harris (played by Chelcie Ross) teaches “Wild Thing” to throw junk because he doesn’t have the heater anymore. He does set-up work while he’s mentoring the ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-25-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 25, 1916:

One of the tragedies of baseball is the passing from the limelight’s glare of “Smoky Joe” Wood. The rival of Johnson for the American league twirling honors a few years ago, he has now passed into the discard.
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It was a pitching duel at Hot Springs, Ark., [in the spring of 1913] that ruined Joe’s career. The Red Sox were pitted against the Pirates in a workout game…[Wood] put everything he had on the pellet. The next day Wood was unable to lift his ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 25, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Big League Prospect Who Became a Mob Hit Man - The New York Times

Well, this is different.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Arizona Diamondbacks land Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye

The exodus of talent leaving the Red Sox over the last year does not fill me with hope.

The Diamondbacks’ new-look front office continued to take shape Monday with the addition of Red Sox executive Amiel Sawdaye, who will become the club’s senior vice president and assistant general manager, a source said Monday night.

Sawdaye, who has been with the Red Sox since 2002, will be the second in command to new General Manager Mike Hazen. The two overlapped in Boston for 11 years.

Sawdaye ran ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general managers, red sox

Even The Data Thinks The Cubs May Have Been Cursed | FiveThirtyEight

So, he’s saying the Indians have a chance?

One of these franchises will see its championship drought end soon. If the baseball gods have any mercy, they’ll reward the Cubs for assembling what will probably go down as one of the best squads of all time. Yet, as a Cubs fan myself, I’ve been trained to believe that seasons can only end in heartbreak. But whether or not it ends this year, statistically speaking, the curse can’t persist forever. Probably.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Heyman - Kyle Schwarber Expected To Be Activated For World Series

This is an unexpected twist. It will be interesting to see whether this works out or not.

“Hit a couple of rockets,” one Cubs person said before stopping just short of confirming Schwarber is a go.

But it was suggested by sources with Cubs ties that it would take an unusual occurrence for him not to be activated. If so, he’d be expected to be in the starting lineup as the DH for Game 1 Tuesday night vs. Corey Kluber.

“Pretty sure he’s in there (Tuesday),” according to one Cubs ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, kyle schwarber, world series

WORLD SERIES GAME 1 OMNICHATTER 2016

THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL GAMES ON THE OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD. THIS IS IT.

CUBS (LESTER) AT INDIANS (KLUBER). GAME 1. BEST OF 7. 8. FOX.

GET HYPE.

Gamingboy Posted: October 25, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 804 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yankee Stadium being updated with new areas for fans

SUNRUN KIDS CLUBHOUSE: The Sunrun Kids Clubhouse will be Yankee Stadium’s first-ever children’s zone. Shaped like a mini-baseball field with a soft artificial surface, the 2,850-square-foot area will be located on the 300 Level in right field and will be outfitted with Yankees-themed playground equipment, including oversized baseballs, bases and baseball cards. The Sunrun Kids Clubhouse will be accessible to all Yankee Stadium Guests.

Children will be able to play among the colorful fixtures, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2016 at 09:40 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: kids, stadium renovations, yankee stadium

Are statheads responsible for the most exciting postseason in years

There was a time 10 years ago when it was considered normal to poison your neighbor’s cat if he (your neighbor) didn’t agree with you about statistics in baseball. It sounds absurd, but sabermetrics was the biggest issue in the 2006 mid-term elections. Activists outraged at the inclusion of VORP in school textbooks urged on massive book-burnings outside major league stadiums. The AL Central briefly seceded from the American League. Thousands of fans moved to Canada when they didn’t like the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 02:56 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Tigers analytics department now hiring, will soon unveil ‘Caesar’ | MLive.com

Ok, why Caesar?

Sartori and Avila revealed last week that they’re nearing completion of a new internal software system called “Caesar” that should be operational in January.

“We will be hiring several more people in that area that will basically just be doing the calculations, mathematics, formulas that they create to help us make better decisions, which is not in place right now, and hasn’t been,” Avila said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2016

Ogden Standard, October 24, 1916:

“Bill” O’Hara, once a star left fielder of the Toronto International league team and a former scout for the New York National league club, has been recommended for the military cross in recognition of of his bravery and skill in hurling bombs for the British army on the Somme battlefield, according to advices received [yesterday] from his home in Toronto.

When O’Hara played in the International league he was noted for his strong and accurate throwing. O’Hara, a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 24, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cleveland Indians in World Series really is bigger than game—Terry Pluto (photos) | cleveland.com

Having the Red Sox win changed on perspective on the Red Sox. The angst is gone. When they win now, great! When they lose, it no longer feels traumatically painful. Instead, it’s an “oh well” feeling.

I’m happy that at least one fan base will be able to share my feelings soon. At the same time, I already feel bad for the fans of the losing team.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, world series

Indians embrace underdog role in World Series against Cubs

There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Cleveland Indians’ Salazar throws 3-inning simulated game; next stop World Series? | cleveland.com

Well, the World Series is about as deep as you can go.

“I feel really strong right now,” said Salazar, when asked how many innings he could throw. “The way I feel right now is the way I feel when I’m 100 percent.”

Callaway wouldn’t speculate if Salazar would start or relieve. But manager Terry Francona, after announcing his first three starters for the World Series as Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin, left the door open when he said the rotation was TBA (to be announced) after that. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, danny salazar, indians, world series

Who’s cheering for the Cleveland Indians in the World Series? At least one big-name celebrity | cleveland.com

Who is in charge of tracking celebrity fans for Fox?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Chief Wahoo, Cleveland Indians’ logo, heads to the World Series. Prepare for outrage. - Chicago Tribune

On Thursday, NBC Sports lead baseball writer Craig Calcaterra called on Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to act.

“Given the Indians return to the international stage, the usual protests about Chief Wahoo will be louder than they typically are and Commissioner Manfred will be asked about the matter,” Calcaterra wrote. “I hope he does what no one else seems willing or able to do: eliminates Chief Wahoo, now and forever.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, logo

Cubs clinching pennant changed mindset that has been around far too long - Chicago Tribune

They still need to win to complete the transformation.

In five years, President Theo Epstein successfully undid decades’ worth of damage to the Cubs brand, systematically reprogramming a front office and a fan base so that gradually the recognizable red “C” has come to symbolize only success — no longer futility. Hiring manager Joe Maddon and his library of mantras before the 2015 season only reinforced the positive vibe that had begun to buzz. Nobody rolls their eyes anymore at the suggestion ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

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