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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cubs sign Manny Ramirez to be player-coach at Triple-A Iowa | MLB.com

Oh that Manny!!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Morning Edition: Wrigley Field, the Much-Imitated, Never Duplicated Ballpark.

SCOTT SIMON: Speaking of ancient times, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since Roosevelt was president, Theodore Roosevelt, in 1908. We’re outside of the park in front of the marquee, and you know, when my mother did last summer, the Cubs were kind enough to put her name up here. My grandfather, my father, my stepfather, my mother died without ever seeing the Cubs win a World Series here. And you know what, now they’re coming for me.

Includes a chat with Ernie Banks. Let’s play two.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, cubs, history

Shoe Box owner gets Kenosha Kingfish ready for first baseball season

I can’t wait for A League of Their Own tribute night.

The 2,200 seats came out of Camden Yards in Baltimore. The paving stones in the walkways were once part of Kenosha’s city streets.

And out in left field, one of the more bizarre fences in baseball was taking shape as a 43-foot fishing boat named Bambino was anchored to the ground with cement.

. . . the city-owned field that was opened in 1920 and was home to the Simmons Bedding Co. baseball team. During the stadium’s inaugural ...

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The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indy leagues

Anft: The New Balance For MLB Executives, Fans

As Triandos of Clap said…“The WAR ain’t ovah!”

Among front-office types, it’s not just the numbers, but also how you balance them that is important. If, for example, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a high RF (range factor: a formula that is nine times a player’s putouts and assists divided by innings played) and UZR (ultimate zone rating), showing that he saves runs with his defense, how important is it to watch him play? Do those numbers make him more valuable than, say, former ...

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Repoz Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, sabermetrics

Kepner: The true Melky Cabrera, so the Blue Jays hope

As Billy Welu and his yellow-speckled jawline used to say…“Trust is a must, or your game is a bust!”

This is old news, and all parties swiftly moved on: The Giants won the World Series without Cabrera; Major League Baseball, at Cabrera’s request, removed him from consideration for a batting title he otherwise would have won; and the Blue Jays signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract — theoretically more than he would have made without cheating, but less than he would have made had he ...

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Repoz Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jays, steroids

Madden: MLB commissioner Bud Selig has earned right to choose his replacement

...and he also invented The Steering Wheel of Death for the ‘54 Cadillac Eldorado! So let’s hear it for…..

Although Selig has deliberately and steadfastly avoided endorsing any candidate for his successor, it has stood to reason his No. 2 man, MLB COO Rob Manfred, would naturally evolve to the position by virtue of having been the point man for much of Selig’s legacy — as the chief labor negotiator for three collective bargaining agreements that were completed without a work stoppage; the ...

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Repoz Posted: May 25, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb

OMNICHATTER 5-25-14

If the Red Sox played Samardzija right now, would anybody come out with a win?

I’m sorry, that was mean. Here’s the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Players union keeping watchful eye on Cubs’ spending

Sources said the union is concerned about how the Cubs’ business practices are affecting player markets. At least one agent met with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts this year, according to sources, to make the case for investing in the major-league team even as the club overhauls the scouting and player development system.

SteveM. Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: broke ass, chicago cubs

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Miguel Cabrera messes with Adrian Beltre’s Head

Not really news, but every time someone messes with Beltre’s head, the result is pretty awesome.

SoCalDemon Posted: May 24, 2014 at 01:51 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Klapisch: A-Rod’s Yankees return inevitable

Wouldn’t you return if you were only 1 career Out Made behind Barry Bonds?!

Given his need for attention and the narrative friends say he’s already scripted – disgraced PED-user rises from the ashes to win over the fans – news of A-Rod’s homecoming isn’t entirely unexpected. What’s more surprising, though, is ownership’s willingness to let Rodriguez walk through the open door.

The whole notion of buying out the remainder of A-Rod’s contract seems dead for now. One major league ...

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Repoz Posted: May 24, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Nolan Arenado breaks finger on slide

ATLANTA— Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Friday night’s game against the Braves after fracturing his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base.

Arenado led off the second inning with a double to left field. Arenado’s slide beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ tag. The play stood following a review that lasted 3 minutes, 48 seconds.

The first organization to outlaw head first slides by their players wins a gold star from me.  And that review time is obscene.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 24, 2014 at 01:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies, stop sliding head first

Braves 3B pulled from game after tantrum

The veteran third baseman threw a tantrum in the tunnel leading into the Braves clubhouse following a second-inning strikeout against the Colorado Rockies, forcing manager Fredi Gonzalez to remove him for Ramiro Pena in the top of the third.

A 73 OPS+, leads the league in GIDP, sorta nuts, and a three year extension that hasn’t even kicked in yet.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 24, 2014 at 01:24 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, grow up already

The short shelf life of the Tip-Tops, the Brooklyn baseball team named for bread

For a brief shining moment between 1914 and 1915, Brooklyn had two major league baseball teams—the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers and the not-so-legendary Brooklyn Tip-Tops.

Within the New York area, one franchise was awarded to Brooklyn, owned by a baker named Robert Ward…  The baker, with his brother George S. Ward, sunk more than $250,000 into the new concrete-and-steel ballpark, situated so near the Gowanus that fans got a good whiff of its toxic odors on summer days.

An owner paying for ...

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Gonfalon B. Posted: May 24, 2014 at 12:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn, federal league, history

OMNICHATTER 5-24

Omnichatter? No… OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: May 24, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hadricourt: Bullpen mixup a lowlight in Brewers’ loss

Roenicke then went to plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth to make a double-switch and pointed to the bullpen for a lefty. There was no lefty warming up so Duke volunteered to come out, but Roenicke told Culbreth he wanted Smith.

The rules state that a new pitcher can throw no more than eight pitches after taking the mound. Because Culbreth was informed Smith had not been up in the bullpen, he asked Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez if he would agree to more pitches and Gonzalez said no.

Two things I ...

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spike Posted: May 23, 2014 at 04:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, umpiring

NYT: Suzuki Would Relish a Chance to Pitch One More Time

But if the game had continued longer, it could have been the second time this year Manager Joe Girardi had to call upon a position player to pitch. If the situation comes up again, Ichiro Suzuki may be the man. A former high school pitcher who has thrown in an All-Star Game, the 40-year-old Suzuki has ambitions to get back on the mound at least one more time before he retires.

“I would be happy to help if they need me,” he said, his eyes brightening at the prospect of it.

Suzuki pitched ...

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie says he’d love to be the Mets’ GM

Time for some traffic problems on Shea Bridge.

Many believe New Jersey governor Chris Christie is eying a 2016 presidential campaign, but the lifelong Mets fan admitted Friday that he has another dream job in mind.

“I would love to be general manager of the Mets,” he told WFAN radio’s Boomer and Carton show. “If Sandy (Alderson) would put his crap in boxes and get out of there now, I’d be happy to go there now.”

...The team is 21-25 on the season after losing six of their last eight games. ...

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Repoz Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:10 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Jack O’Connell: Shortstop = Derek Jeter

Touched toned = Jack O’Connell

Some years ago I got into a chat with Derek Jeter about playing shortstop. I mentioned to him that in doing some research for a story I was doing on Luis Aparicio, the Hall of Famer, I discovered that he only played shortstop in the major leagues. All 2,583 games of “Little Looie’s” career were at that position, which I thought was pretty interesting.

So did Jeter. We had been talking around the time Cal Ripken Jr. had moved from shortstop to third base ...

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Repoz Posted: May 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: history

NY Times: Baseball Lords Vexed by Plan for New King.

Jerry Reinsdorf ain’t sitting down for this one.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

OMNICHATTER 5-23-2014

Full slate of games!

Gamingboy Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Fangraphs: Pedro Martinez on the Art and Science of Pitching

Pitching is feel. Your hand and the ball is a marriage that should never end. The pitcher and the ball should be married forever. Hands, fingers, the ball – they should be married forever. It’s like caressing your wife. It’s touching and getting that feel to know her, alone.

I don’t care if you are Pedro Martinez, stay away from my wife.

villageidiom Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, fangraphs, pedro martinez, pitching, pitching mechanics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-23-2014

Toledo News-Bee, May 23, 1914:

Steve Evans, the comedian of the Brooklyn Feds is unique in his humor. During the baseball trip around the world Steve had fun with a lot of people, some of whom do not know yet what he was doing.

In a London hotel lobby two English gentlemen of the most pronounced type occupied a sofa, earnestly discussing some business or political question. Steve..strolled over…and remarked:

“I beg pardon, gentlemen. Am I intruding upon a private conversation?”

“Not at all, ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, steve evans

Thursday, May 22, 2014

MLB.com: Rangers’ Prince Fielder out for rest of season; Jurickson Profar likely out for season too

The little-known eleventh plague of Yahweh was the Plague of Season-Ending Injuries

DETROIT—Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck and miss the rest of the season. Second baseman Jurickson Profar could also miss the rest of the season as the Rangers were hit with another double dose of bad injury news on Thursday.

Fielder, who was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett on Thursday, is seeking a second opinion but has told the ...

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Depressoteric Posted: May 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: biblical plague of injuries, texas rangers

Ruben Amaro Jr., Joe Torre among possible candidates for MLB commissioner, report says

“... Other potential candidates include MLB execs such as COO Rob Manfred as well as Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr….”

NattyBoh Posted: May 22, 2014 at 07:11 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, commissioner, ruben amaro jr.

ESPN: Yankees Hooked On Japanese Candy

The New York Yankees’ hoarding of a foreign candy started in spring training. One minute there would be boxes of the colorful sweets in the Tampa clubhouse; the next, they would be gone.

Since then, the epidemic has grown. The candy is now showing up in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium and on the road, most recently at Wrigley Field. The candy is called Hi-Chew. “It is kind of a mix between bubble gum and a Starburst,” said David Phelps, who might pop one or two before his start against the ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 22, 2014 at 06:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: addiction, food, hiroki kuroda, japan, team chemistry, yankees

SI.com: Rangers’ 1B Fielder ‘seriously considering’ season-ending surgery.

Oof. 

Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is “seriously considering” season-ending surgery, according to a report on Thursday from Jeff Wilson of The Star-Telegram.

Fielder would undergo the surgery to correct a herniated disc in his neck. He had a nerve-root injection over the weekend to help alleviate the pain, but as Wilson points out, “the shot doesn’t remove the chunk of disc from the nerve that is pinched and is causing weakness in Fielder’s left arm.” Because of ...

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Depressoteric Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers, texas rangers

Royals send Mike Moustakas down to Class AAA Omaha

The discussions had stretched for days, long enough for Mike Moustakas to make peace with his fate. On Wednesday night, shortly after the Royals completed a nine-game home stand, general manager Dayton Moore informed Moustakas he was being demoted.

Zach Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Keidel: Mets’ Matt Harvey Needs To Be Quiet — Now

I’ve never heard Harvey say a word against Akron New York.

Harvey is already wearing us out. Between the middle-digit tweet, the talk of no Tommy John when they first found the torn ligament in his golden arm, posing for nude photos for ESPN and the perfunctory, courtside Barbie doll on his arm at every game, he’s making way more noise in the stands than on the diamond.

Harvey sparkles on the diamond — where he belongs — but not in the media, the front row or the operating table.

Do ...

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Repoz Posted: May 22, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Keri: The [Dave] Duncan Way

Now if only he could come and take fear from bats…

Pujols Shot Ya Posted: May 22, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Chappell: Rockwell’s Baseball Painting ‘The Rookie’ Sells For $20 Million (NPR)

Norman Rockwell’s “The Rookie” has sold for $20 million at auction Thursday. The 1957 painting of baseball players in a locker room was sold by Christie’s auction house — heady heights for a work that first appeared on a magazine that sold for 15 cents.

A painting I’ve always admired, a popular subject for jigsaw puzzles and the like.  #8 in the painting is catcher Sammy White, not Frank Sullivan as the article suggests.  The focus of the picture is Jackie Jensen looking up in quizzical ...

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BDC Posted: May 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: americana, art, jackie jensen, media, red sox, sammy white, ted williams

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