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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Posnanski: ERA, FIP and Kershaw

Bryce Harper’s RBI against him last night was the first this season by a lefty batter. His second-worst Game Score this year is this game (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K). etc. etc. etc.

[Clayton] Kershaw is on pace to become just the fifth pitcher since Deadball to have a sub-2.00 ERA and FIP. The previous four are all-time seasons:

1946: Hal Newhouser, 1.94 ERA; 1.97 FIP
1963: Sandy Koufax, 1.88 ERA, 1.85 FIP
1968: Bob Gibson, 1.12 ERA, 1.77 FIP
1971: Tom Seaver, 1.76 ERA, 1.93 FIP.
2014: Clayton ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, history, joe posnanski

Jackie Bradley’s ‘stubbornness’ got him sent back to minors

They’re throwing Bradley under the bus in Boston. Must mean he’s on his way out for Giancarlo Stanton.

According to two league sources, there was a growing sense of frustration within the Red Sox clubhouse—both coaches and players—with Bradley due to his perceived “stubbornness with the coaching staff.” One source added that Bradley was unwilling to work with coaches to fix his swing. Both sources said Bradley’s attitude was one of the main reasons he was sent to the minors.

Manager John ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:52 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., john farrell, red sox

Gleeman: John Holdzkom goes from anonymous podcast caller to the big leagues

Tremendous!

Two years ago (October 16, 2012 to be exact) I was listening to Chelsea Peretti’s podcast when an anonymous 24-year-old caller named “John” told her the story of how his once-promising baseball career went downhill and he blew through his $210,000 signing bonus after being drafted by the Mets out of high school… I did a little internet detective work and discovered the caller was 24-year-old right-hander John Holdzkom, a former Mets fourth-round draft pick who at the time was ...

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Speier: Two’s a crowd: Can Red Sox find room for Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo?

And Jackie Bradley Jr. is "stubborn". Don’t they need to trade him before starting with that stuff?

At a time when the Red Sox are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to see Rusney Castillo in games to figure out what, exactly, they have in their newly wealthy outfielder, they are enjoying a dazzling display from Mookie Betts in the very position that Castillo is expected to occupy next year… In 15 games since taking over everyday center field duties from Jackie Bradley Jr., Betts is hitting ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:32 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., mookie betts, red sox, rusney castillo

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-3-2014

Toledo News-Bee, September 3, 1914:

There is only one instance on record of an umpire putting a man out of a game who was asleep. An umpire did put Dummy Hoy out of a game for calling him names, but Vic Willis was the victim of the even more remarkable case. Vic was with the Boston team and the players on the bench were warbling at Emslie every instant. Bob was listening hard, striving to identify the culprits and keeping an eye toward the bench. Finally he whirled and called out:

“Willis—off ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bob emslie, dugout, history, vic willis

WaPo: Drew Storen got to meet Vin Scully

Tuesday afternoon, before batting practice, Drew Storen felt nervous as he ascended an escalator inside Dodger Stadium, headed toward a place he rarely visits. Storen hopped off and walked into the press box, where one of his favorite people in baseball awaited. Storen was going to meet Vin Scully.


OMNICHATTER 9-3-2014

26 Days Remain (including today). And then…

OCTOOOOBBBEEERRR.

Gamingboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:53 AM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Spector: Negative run differential doesn’t tell whole story for first-place Cardinals

Didn’t realize Boras took Jesse on as a client! (Kidding, kidding.)

the Cardinals have been outscored for the season, 532-526. That means St. Louis’ Pythagorean record — where the Cardinals could expect to be, based on their runs scored and allowed — is 68-69, six games worse than their actual mark of 74-63…

St. Louis has gone through this season with a highly stratified starting rotation. The Cardinals have gotten 70 starts from Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and the injured Michael Wacha, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 03:53 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Expanded Rosters Exacerbate Baseball’s Biggest Issue

It’s generally a good thing that the latest iteration of the MLB schedule attempts to put so many intra-divisional games late in the season, but that just means that so many of these extremely important games are played with wildly over-inflated rosters. Worse, it’s not the same for every team. Tampa Bay, for example, added only three new players, plus brought back David DeJesus from the disabled list. It’s valid to say that there’s no reason that the Rays couldn’t also have activated ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: expanded rosters, length of games, pace of the game

Passan: 10 Degrees: Cole Hamels’ trade value might be Phillies’ lone bright spot

I assume a ‘shop of Amaro looking like Derpy Hooves already exists, what with this being the Internet.

BTW, Harrison also leads the NL in Chadwick Ratio.

The latest reminder that the Philadelphia Phillies are an actual major league ballclub, as opposed to a Ruben Amaro Jr. fever dream in which he endeavors to lavish old, older and oldest ballplayers with contracts bad, worse and what were you thinking, came Monday afternoon. Four Phillies pitchers combined to no-hit the Atlanta Braves. It was a ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cole hamels, josh harrison, matt shoemaker, phillies, pirates

Gleeman: Twins ask fans which brand of luxury car they are

Okay, now I know this data is useless.

Below you’ll find a question included in a “brand survey” the Minnesota Twins’ marketing department just sent out to their fans via e-mail.

The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: marketing, twins

The indisputable selfishness of Derek Jeter

The indisputable selfishness of Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is often portrayed as the perfect team player, but the inevitably poor production of his age-40 season is putting the Yankees in a bind from which only he can free it. The reason so many people get annoyed with Derek

EvilBoWeevil Posted: September 02, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Newsweek: Can Baseball Get More Interesting to Watch With Big Data?

I love stats. I think the broadcasting of baseball games could be much better and more interesting than it currently is. This nonetheless doesn’t describe anything I have the slightest desire to see. But, you tell me.

h/t Sean Lahman, known to data some data in his day

The top task for Major League Baseball’s incoming commissioner, Rob Manfred, is to try to make a lullaby-paced sport that takes three hours per game relevant to the Snapchat generation. This season the league began installing ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: media, sabermetrics, television

OT: September 2014 College Football thread

Link is to Ian Boyd’s piece at SBNation on the evolution of the zone read:

{I}f you were to ask a longtime defensive coach like Manny Diaz where the sport is heading, he’d point you to a signature moment in the most thrilling game in recent memory: Auburn’s victory in the 2013 Iron Bowl over mighty Alabama.

But Diaz wasn’t as struck by the “Kick Six” touchdown that sealed the deal for the Tigers, nor the budding Saban-vs.-spread rivalry. Instead Diaz zeroes in on a play by Auburn ...

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Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: September 02, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 323 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Giants to promote Brett Bochy

Gleeman is not a fan.

The Giants are rolling a family reunion into their September call-ups.

The team plans to purchase the contract of right-hander Brett Bochy, son of manager Bruce Bochy, along with four other additions after Triple-A Fresno plays its season finale on Monday.

The younger Bochy, a 20th-round pick in 2010 out of Kansas, posted a 3.57 ERA in 34 games (two starts), striking out 47 and walking 24 in 53 innings… The 27-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after the Giants ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 12:50 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brett bochy, bruce bochy, giants, minor leagues

Rule change means more players to choose from for postseason roster

In the past, players on the 25-man roster as of Aug. 31 were eligible, along with players on the disabled list. The overall restriction was not that severe, however; any player in the organization could replace an injured player.

The difference now is that all players on the 40-man roster as of Aug. 31 are eligible. The Pirates, for example, can name outfielder Gregory Polanco to their postseason roster even though they will not recall him from the minors until Tuesday.

Polanco also was ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: ken rosenthal, post-season roster

Brewers prospect plays every position, all in one game

Nathan Orf plays for the Brevard County Manatees, the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and he might just be the most versatile player in all of baseball. Normally we’d need to show you a series of charts and supporting claims to prove that point. Instead just look at the box score from Sunday night….

That’s right. Orf played all nine positions for the Manatees, and you know, he didn’t completely suck. He drew a walk, then forced a ground out in the ninth inning as a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, nathan orf, playing all nine positions

Klapisch: Yanks need Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira to lead way to postseason

Mark sends a Tex message! (okay…who pressed the new Invisible Tex app?)

September will require more than a better winning percentage, it means a full makeover for Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, who combined to hit .201 with 14 RBI in August. The two were part of a much larger problem for the Yankees, who rank 13th in the American League in runs and have a minus-27 run differential. ESPN.com says it’s practically hopeless, giving the Bombers a mere 5 percent chance of getting to the playoffs. ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Doc Daugherty: Aroldis Chapman not necessary for Reds

Hell, even Doc Sportello is right once in a while (Fabian Fazzo).

Not that I dislike Aroldis Chapman. I like a good strikeout as much as the next guy. I think it’s great every time he throws a pitch 100 mph, every broadcaster has to tell us about it. It’s cool when he runs in from the bullpen and the GASP crowd cheers. His role in feeding pizza to the masses cannot not be underestimated.

But the fact is, Chapman is useful here, not necessary.

Should we list the reasons again, kids?

Let’s ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, sabermetrics

Sharp: Yankees chasing history down the stretch

This: “If the Yankees maintain their current season pace, they would become the first team in major-league history to post back-to-back winning seasons while being outscored by at least 20 runs in each year.”

The reasons for the Yankees outperforming their expected record in 2013 and 2014 are pretty clear.

The team has played extremely well in close games, going a combined 92-60 (.605) in games decided by two runs or fewer since last year, which is easily the best such record in MLB over the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

BPP: Why do people still think Jack Morris pitched to the score?

When I was involved with the AMVETS for many years I saw a lot of Veterans Committee’s. They were usually drunk. So beware.

Every so often, I see tweets or articles from reputable sources repeating a long-since debunked myth. This one was posted about a week ago:

“Lyle Spencer: Games like Jered Weaver’s tonight, pitching to score, cost Jack Morris the Hall of Fame. Not good for ERA.”

Lyle Spencer, a writer for MLB.com, is no different than a lot of other veteran reporters or fans who keep ...

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Repoz Posted: September 02, 2014 at 08:34 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2014

Pittsburgh Press, September 2, 1914:

According to a letter received by Mrs. “Rebel” Oakes, from Mrs. Arnold Hauser, Hauser, the former shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, who has been ill for almost two years, has greatly improved and has great hopes of re-entering the game next season.

Hauser has been in a sanitarium near St. Louis for some time, not having played ball since 1912. The former Card weighed but 99 pounds when he went to the sanitarium but since that time his weight has ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 02, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: arnold hauser, dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 9-2-2014

27 Game Days left! (including today)

Gamingboy Posted: September 02, 2014 at 12:09 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, September 01, 2014

Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame induction seems inevitable

Hoffman is eligible for the Class of 2016 and Yankees great Mariano Rivera, who saved a record 652 regular season games and 42 more in the postseason, will complete the cast in 2019.

“I think Mo is a slam dunk for sure,” Hoffman said. “We can say our careers paralleled each other a little bit, but when you’re talking about the greatest closer of all time, that sets him apart.”

Comparatively, though, Hoffman certainly is the greatest closer in NL history.

“I don’t know if that’s a ticket to ...

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Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:13 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, padres, trevor hoffman

HBT: Jorge Soler with an extra-base hit in each of his first five games

Middlebrooks could be a Hall of Famer too. You don’t know.

Jorge Soler made his Wrigley Field debut this afternoon and the Cubs faithful were happy with what they saw… Soler poked an opposite-field double and eventually came around to score on a bloop single from Welington Castillo. The 22-year-old was later credited with another double in the sixth, this time after hitting the ball off the right-center field wall. He managed to advance to third on the play due to an error by center fielder ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 09:26 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jorge soler

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - September 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: college football, hockey, soccer, and wrestling.

The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 300 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

No-hitter! Four Phillies pitchers combine to blank the Braves

Jesse Spector
@jessespector

Congratulations to the Phillies on filling 58 minutes of their hour-long season highlight video!

The Phillies have no-hit the Braves. It was a combined effort, with Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combining on the effort. Hamels took the first six innings and each of the relievers handled an inning. They combined to strike out 12 Braves hitters… it was the 12th no-hitter in franchise history. And the first ever combined no-no for Philly… ...Read More...


Robothal: Changed [Manny] Ramirez enjoyed helping Cubs prospects grow

I mean, if Rasheed Wallace can be on a coaching staff…

[Manny] Ramirez, 42, certainly stunned [Cubs president Theo] Epstein, who grew as exasperated as anyone with the player’s fits of immaturity and selfishness during their years together with the Red Sox.

But Epstein believed Ramirez deserved another chance and that he could impart his vast knowledge of hitting to the Cubs’ prospects… By all accounts, Ramirez positively influenced top prospects such as infielder Javier Baez, outfielder ...

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Nitkowski: Wanted: Major League manager…sort of.

Right after Bo Porter was hired [as Astros manager] I was told he was the only candidate who answered “yes”€™ to the question, “€œare you OK with influence from the front office in every day decisions like setting the lineup?”€ There was a reason he was the only one who said yes, no one wants to manage a major league team where they are told what to do by someone who has never played the game or even done the job.

There is balance here. Influences from front offices are part of the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bo porter, clint hurdle, managers, pirates

Astros Fire Bo Porter

The Astros have fired manager Bo Porter, according to a team press release.  Bench coach Dave Trembley has also been relieved of his duties.  Tom Lawless will be the club’s interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season.

The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:19 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bo porter, dave trembley, managers, tom lawless

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