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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
It’s not quite as good as Batgirl’s Legovision, but the reenactment of Ortiz’s grand slam is well done.
Looks like I met the wrong Harwell brother…
Ernie, who loved trivia, always enjoyed bringing up the nugget that he had once been Margaret Mitchell’s paper boy. But that was before the Atlanta author had gained worldwide fame for writing Gone With the Wind, a fame so suffocating that she never wrote an-other book. Rick, active in the same literary and historical circles as Mitchell, knew the writer intimately. In fact, she inscribed the very first copy of her bestseller to him. On Aug. 11, ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 07:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
Connect any two NBA, NFL, and MLB athletes in history—even if they played different sports.
Silly but fun—it’s more interesting because it crosses sports. So Deion, Bo Knows, and Drew Henson are important nodes for football-baseball crossover, and Gene Conley and DeBuscherre for NBA-MLB
JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL) played on the 1965 Cleveland Browns with ...Read More...
Walter Johnson, who played on the 1977 Cincinnati Bengals with ...
Chris Bahr, who played on the 1987 Los Angeles Raiders with ...
From the beginning of his days in Toronto, John Farrell was wary. Low-grade paranoia was coming off him like heat. So who’s the guy smiling and laughing with the Boston Red Sox?
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 05:41 PM | 8 comment(s)
Uhh…because Pigasus the Immortal is always hogging up the ballot?
Did you smoke pot when you played for the Sox?
According to High Times I didn’t smoke it, but I ingested it other ways. What I said was that I put it on my buckwheat pancakes in the morning, which made me impervious to the bus fumes.
Did you smoke weed on days that you pitched, and did it help your performance on the mound?
You know, I did perform with it. I had good games. I had bad games. I never used it as a crutch. It ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
You cheer for the guys on your team because they’re on your team, not because you can assign them roles in whatever anxious moral drama keeps you up at night. Baseball isn’t a metaphor for the decline of society, or for our pastoral heritage, or for the idea of fair play. It isn’t a side you can take in a culture war. It is itself, and only itself. And it definitely isn’t here to teach us lessons.
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 03:08 PM | 70 comment(s)
The Dodgers fired bench coach Trey Hillman and advance scout Wade Taylor, sources say.
The pair are seen as two of manager Don Mattingly’s closest friends with the team.
While the firings came only one day after Mattingly expressed unhappiness with managing as a lame duck this past season (and potentially next season), it’s quite possible that the timing could be coincidence. In any case, it is clear that the Dodgers weren’t the happiest of qualifiers for the NL Championship Series. ...
Just don’t blame him for Manny Ortez, that was Kerry.
In what could be the final sports blunder of his administration, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told reporters on Tuesday morning he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win “the World Series Cup.”
It’s presumed Menino was referencing the Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the upcoming World Series between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals…
Menino’s most infamous reference came in 2010, when dedicating a ...
“Pete Palmer and John Thorn, two of the legendary figures in baseball research, explain why they joined SABR — and why you should, too.”
I joined pretty early; I think I was #27. If I had realized that Cooperstown was only a four-hour drive, I would have been at the kickoff meeting [on August 10, 1971].
Bob Davids was familiar with me since we both contributed to The Sporting News, and the fact that the editors decided to pretty much dispense with fan contributions encouraged ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM | 8 comment(s)
See, that’s the difference between you and me. You’d like to mock the pitchers for throwing these pitches. I’d like to commend the umpires for getting every call right.
Before we get to the top five, or the bottom five, whichever, it seems prudent to identify the five runners-up:
•Alfredo Figaro to Brandon Barnes on June 18
•Alfredo Simon to Matt Dominguez on September 18
•Rick Porcello to Ryan Doumit on June 14
•Phillippe Aumont to Travis Snider on July 2
•Ian Kennedy to Pablo ...
To be Lee, or not to be Lee: that is the question.
Background: THE WRONG STUFF is the adaptation of the bestselling book by former Red Sox and Expos lefty and counterculture icon Bill “Spaceman” Lee.
This is a 1982 period film so we are looking for actors who can grow or already have hairstyles or facial hair of the era.
Filming Location: These scenes will be shot from 11/18 to 12/1 in Pittsfield, MA in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. About 2 hours from either NYC or Boston.
This casting ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 08:03 AM | 21 comment(s)
Talk about a steal. Thanks to what I can only assume was a massive screw up, a fan was able to purchase a ticket to Game 1 of the World Series for only $6 on StubHub on Monday. The buyer sent Deadspin a copy of his email confirmation for proof
Good stuff in part 1.
I’d love to take a look at the manual. Would anyone be willing to let me borrow their book? Message me. Thanks in advance!
Known more formally as the Scout Development Program, Scout School is a 12-day course designed to teach the basics of baseball scouting. It takes place in Phoenix each fall, and it’s run by the Major League Scouting Bureau, an organization (now under the domain of Major League Baseball) that has supplemented the scouting efforts of MLB clubs since ...
Toledo News-Bee, October 22, 1913:
Christy Mathewson is booked to play a series of checker matches with Fielder Jones when the world’s tourists reach Portland.
Matty’s love of checkers is weird, cool, and keeps popping up in the newspapers of his day.
The “Tazawa (and Uehara) Problem” is now the Cards (ha!) problem.
Major league teams started to scout Tazawa, straining relations between the professional leagues in Japan and the U.S. Japanese teams had already seen their talent pool diminished by established players heading to the U.S. They were furious at the prospect that amateurs would start making the jump too, hurting the pipeline for future talent. The situation became known as the “Tazawa Problem.”
His signing seemed to skirt ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 05:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
Pitching coach Bryan Price will be named the 61st manager of the Reds at a press conference Tuesday.
Price and general manager Walt Jocketty did not return phone calls Monday evening.
Price replaces Dusty Baker, who was fired after six seasons on the job.
Price and Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman were the only confirmed candidates for the job.
Price has been the Reds’ pitching coach since the 2010 season. Before coming to the Reds, he spent 10 years as a big league pitching coach—first with ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 04:23 AM | 37 comment(s)
The old holes-were-drilled-for-handrail-brackets trick.
The sports memorabilia expert who earlier this year claimed Mickey Mantle used a corked bat has changed his pitch, saying new evidence has emerged that casts doubts on his earlier opinion.
Bat authenticator John Taube said comments about the bat made by former Major League Baseball pitcher Milt Pappas — who said Mantle gave him the bat in the early 1960s — changed his mind.
“As with anything involved in the authentication ...
Posted: October 22, 2013 at 04:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
Monday, October 21, 2013
Summary of a Dodger’s press conference today that led to Don Mattingly admit he may not be back next year…among other issues.
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM | 25 comment(s)
Noble’s world…where Walternate is Cronkite.
My personal odometer reads 65 years and four months. There is good in that; with age comes a sense of self-satisfaction that I’ve been watching long enough to have seen a substantial amount that younger folks in my midst have missed—Cronkite, Carson and Andy Rooney, Elvis, Sinatra and the Kramdens and the three center fielders who graced New York in the 50’s. And I spent an unimaginable hour, one on one, with Casey.
...I lament the passing of the ...
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 09:14 PM | 19 comment(s)
A new TV deal should give the Phillies the money to aggressively pursue free agents around existing contracts like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. (USA TODAY Sports)
It’s been known for some time that the Philadelphia Phillies, on a below-market local television deal, could see their financial circumstances change dramatically once a new deal is signed.
According to a source with knowledge of the talks, the deal is expected to be completed within the next 30 days. That’s going to matter a ...
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 08:36 PM | 18 comment(s)
The Zeman Effect: Selective rules.
Benjamin Zeman is a prominent criminal defense attorney in New York City. He is a lifelong baseball fan, a lifelong Yankees fan and a recently converted A-Rod fan.
4)Even though A-Rod has made few friends and lost many of his fans, further marginalizing himself and damaging his reputation over the last few months, he was completely sold out by MLB and the Players Association when they leaked the suspension details prior to the start of the appeals process. ...
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 05:23 PM | 31 comment(s)
Between Guererro and Puig, Nick Punto could find himself in the middle of a Cuban sandwich.
The Dodgers and Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero have agreed to a four-year contract worth $28 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal includes a $10 million signing bonus and another $4 million in performance bonuses.
Guerrero, 26, defected to the Dominican Republic earlier this year. Here is a snippet of a scouting report from Baseball America’s Ben Badler:
Guerrero’s best tool is his ...
[Carlos Beltran’s] 2000 season was a nightmare. He couldn’t hit. He looked disinterested in the field. He got hurt. When the Royals tried to send him to Florida for rehab, he refused to go. Nobody was entirely sure why — it seemed like a language clash — but it seemed that Beltran was worried that once he went to Florida the Royals wouldn’t bring him back. His confidence was crushed. The language barrier still overwhelmed him. Teammates would talk about how miserable he seemed… A ...
“Cardinal Way” isn’t the name of a city street near Busch Stadium, but it does represent a path that the 2013 team followed from the beginning of spring training. It was their gateway to a division title, the postseason triumphs, and the ultimate destination — the World Series.
The Cardinal Way is an organizational model for success. Scouting players, drafting players, developing players and shaping their personalities to fit into a winning environment. But the Cardinal Way is also an ...
Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Tigers, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the news. The team has a news conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.
Leyland, 68, reportedly told his players it was time for someone younger to step in and do the job at the end of the ALCS. GM Dave Dombrowski told Heyman it was “not the time” to discuss Leyland’s future immediately following ALCS Game 6 on Saturday, but did say they would “sit down in ...
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 09:59 AM | 148 comment(s)
Sappenfield? Without a doubt.
After spending more than a decade trying chase the success of the Evil Empire (a.k.a. Yankees), this seemed as close to capitulation as the Red Sox could get. Gone was the obsession with OPS and WHIP and WAR – stats known only to baseball geeks and venerated by the previous regime. Instead, the 2013 Red Sox did something that, by the measure of the advanced stats revolution ushered in by “Moneyball,” was extraordinary.
They built a team based on character. They ...
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 06:18 AM | 71 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, October 21, 1913:
The “Cincinnati base hit” is doomed. The scoring rule framed last winter to legalize this play will be wiped out in December.
The absurdity of the “Cincinnati base hit” ever was more clearly illustrated than in the final game of the world’s series. With Eddie Murphy of the Athletics on third, Frank Baker rolled a grounder along the first base line. Merkle, the Giant’s [sic] first baseman, picked up the ball and prepared to tag Baker before throwing to the ...
Morty, the last remaining member of the Al Weis Fan Club, starts to stir. Sorta.
Case study: Jim Rice versus Bernie Williams
Rice: 382 HR, 1451 RBIs, .298/.352/.502, 47.2 WAR
Williams: 287 HR, 1257 RBIs, .297/.381/.477, 49.5 WAR
After a long and heated debate, Rice finally made it on his 15th and final year on the ballot. Despite similar career value, Williams fell off the ballot after one year. Williams was a key performer on four World Series champions, hitting .275/.371/.480 in his ...
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 04:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
hall of fame
As Howard Cosell once said…“NOT the best of sights.”
THERE IS NO doubt that there is a ‘Make Best Offer’ sign dangling around the neck of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips. The ‘Welcome’ mat in front of his locker in Great American Ball Park is worn out.
The reason is twofold: By dealing Phillips the Reds rid themselves of a contract worth $50 million over the next four years and they rid themselves of a troublesome personality in the clubhouse.
Phillips became persona ...
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 04:12 AM | 52 comment(s)
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