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Monday, October 31, 2016
An Indians-Cubs World Series is more than a meeting of two franchises in the midst of long title droughts—it’s also the first meeting in the Fall Classic of three ballplayers born in Puerto Rico, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and the Indians’ Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez. Lindor and Baez are two of the brightest young players in the game—Lindor was an All Star this year, and Baez has been the postseason’s breakout star—and both credit Perez as a role model (at 27, he’s the elder statesman; Baez ...
Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Journal reports that Game Five of the World Series between the Indians and Cubs beat the regular-season Eagles-Cowboys Sunday Night Football game in the ratings. Pretty decisively too: the Cubs and Indians generated a 15.3 rating. The Eagles-Cowboys: 11.6. It’s the first time a World Series game has beat the Sunday Night Football rating head-to-head since 2011.
There are a lot of people who have sent me this info and have asked me to write a “Hey, maybe ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1916:
Larry McLean is now an actor. The once sky-scraping catcher has been filmed as the high priest in a Chinese drama. Larry says every time the director tells him to put a stern look on his face he thinks of the National League umpires, and the pictures show him sad enough to make an audience weep.
Whatever film it was, it appears to have been lost to the ages as McLean isn’t listed in IMDB.
Just to the left of the McLean story is an article about Elmer ...Read More...
South of the United States, players like Bobby Avila, Aurelio Lopez, Raul Mondesi, Magglio Ordonez and Melido Perez became involved in politics in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. It’s a similar story for several Japanese baseball players too.
But success in the baseball stadium does not guarantee victory in the political arena. Walter “Big Train” Johnson, the Hall-of-Fame pitcher for the Washington Senators, lost a race for U.S. Congress for the GOP in 1940 when he ...
Position Winner Points
First Base Anthony Rizzo 113
Second Base Dustin Pedroia 114
Third Base Nolan Arenado 119
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons 106
Left Field Starling Marte 119
Center Field Kevin Pillar 109
Right Field Mookie Betts 116
Catcher Buster Posey 120
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel 103
Multi-Position Javier Baez 105
Posted: October 31, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
This was a shocker.
“Lester gets rid of the ball quickly. Rossy has a quick release, a strong, accurate arm. Baez is the best guy I’ve ever seen putting quick tag on a guy,” said Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones, who works with the team’s infielders. “It’s a combination of everything coming together. If all three of those things don’t happen, we don’t get him. They work in tandem, and that’s the result you get.”
Posted: October 31, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 48 comment(s)
The bright side for the Indians.
The last century of Cleveland sports has produced only a handful of major professional championships.
Only the 1920 Indians and the 1964 Browns secured the title with Lake Erie nearby. And in a year in which Cleveland sports have morphed from sorry to spectacular—the Browns and their unrelenting futility aside—it would be appropriate for the Indians to cap 2016 with an in-town celebration for the ages.
Posted: October 31, 2016 at 05:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
Sunday, October 30, 2016
President Theo? (I can’t wait for this election to be over.)
Those who have known Epstein a long time have suggested him as a future Democratic US Senator from Illinois or Massachusetts. Epstein has never publicly stated any political aspirations, but some Democrats have said that Epstein would make an outstanding politician, one who could even consider a presidential run at some point.
“There’s no doubt that Theo probably has a few other things he’d like to do with his life other than ...
Posted: October 30, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
Jason Heyward got his hits in Game 3.
The first step on the road back, to quote Miguel Montero, could be a seeing-eye single delivered at the right time in Game 5. No team that has hit like this Cubs team stays cold forever.
“They’re all trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on,’’ Montero said of the Cubs’ young hitters. “It’s not going to happen. We need to take our walks. We need to be a little bit more patient at the plate. We need to play small ball. … We’re all trying to launch the ball ...
Posted: October 30, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
The Indians could win their first World Series since 1948.
Indians (Bauer) at Cubs (Lester). 8. FOX.
Posted: October 30, 2016 at 12:44 AM | 628 comment(s)
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Though we’re all conditioned to expect a barrage of ads following the third out of any frame, Fox is experimenting with a new model. During Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, the network declined to go to a break in the middle of the third inning, instead cutting to its studio team….
If a sponsored studio hit allows Fox to recover anywhere close to the income it loses from forgoing a commercial break, this is a win for everyone.
Commercial breaks invite viewers to change the channel, ...
Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system when he died in a boat crash off South Beach last month, according to a toxicology report released Saturday.
While his two companions had alcohol in their systems, neither was legally drunk, the reports show. However, one of them, Eduardo Rivero, also had cocaine in his blood, the reports show.
Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above the legal limit of .08. Other fluids in his body ...Read More...
Does this make him a traitor to his people?
So all of a sudden, the Indians are in perfect position to do to the Cubs what they’ve been doing throughout this entire month of October, first to Red Sox Nation, then to an actual nation (i.e., Canada). Yes, they’re poised once again to break millions of hearts.
Cubs fans expecting only joy in their first World Series since 1945 were rudely awakened by Game 3’s sobering 1-0 loss to the Tribe. Scott Olson/Getty Images
“I love it,” said Indians second ...
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
Days after San Jose band Smashmouth used its Twitter account to defend 49ers general manager Trent Baalke from criticism, the band was back at it again Friday — and this time, the target of the band’s ire, the Oakland A’s, fired back.
Before it was over, A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle had jumped in to try to keep the peace, but the “All Star” performers and the 1989 World Series champions were too busy taking their swings to back down.
The tweet tiff began with a fairly innocent ...
“I think people lose sight of the fact that you’ve got to win four,” offered Francona. “You’re not trying to prolong the series. So, you try to take stock of where you are. I try not to fall in, ever, to relenting to, ‘Well, we’re losing, so let’s move everybody up.”
Here was Joe Maddon’s take on Tomlin, including his hitters’ inability to attack him optimally:
“His MO is to start early with the breaking ball strike and then not to throw a breaking ball strike ...
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
It’s difficult when a king has to abdicate his
Hernandez was throwing the bulk of his pitches low and away, off the plate in hopes of hitters chasing and avoiding solid contact. When he was able to command his pitches to the corners of the plate, that approach was effective. But the mechanical issues and meandering command from start to start wouldn’t allow him to maintain that success. Hitters recognized it.
“He pigeon-holed himself to one spot of the strike zone much more ...
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
It’s the same, only different.
“The last time was first time on short rest, so I didn’t know what to expect about how I was going to feel,” said Kluber. “Now that I do know I felt fine, it’s just a matter of using those three days to recover.”
Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 in the postseason. He struck out 29 and allowed two runs in 24 1/3 innings. In Game 1 of the World Series, he struck out nine in six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Cubs.
“It’s basically doing the same stuff in one less ...
Coco Crisp plays the hero.
“It obviously feels good,” said Crisp, who hit an AL-high .392 (31-for-79) with runners in scoring position during the regular season. “No matter if you get the big hit or lay the bunt down, you want to do something that can possibly help the team. Fortunately enough for me today, it was a hit.”
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 28 comment(s)
Friday, October 28, 2016
Three times a week, Roberto Perez retreats to a back room at Progressive Field, eases himself off his feet and gets needles jabbed into his face. Sometimes, they are juiced with an electrical pulse to stimulate his facial muscles, too. Usually it’s eight or so – one in the Pupil Bone Hole, another in the Welcome Fragrance, and can’t forget about the Earth Granary. Perez is here at the World Series because of these acupuncture points. Without them, he may not be playing baseball period. ...
Fairmont West Virginian, October 28, 2016:
The winter of 1916 may see the end of the spitball!
Rumors in baseball circles indicate magnates of the major leagues will place a ban on the moistened delivery similar to that which put the emery ball out of business two years ago and resulted in the retirement from big league circles of two great pitchers, Russell Ford and Cy Falkenberg.
Barring the spitball from baseball probably would effect [sic] few pitchers. The number of men using this ball ...
This doesn’t seem like the best idea.
19 long years.
Thanks to some good fortune and the fact that my employer, FOX, has held Major League Baseball rights for most of my adult life, I have broadcast 19 World Series. I have never seen the kind of fervor for a team and a venue like I have for the Cubs and Wrigley in 2016. It’s national front-page news, and it should be. For many of us, it is the sports story of a lifetime.
It was just a “misunderstanding.”
Preller stressed that there was never an intent by the Padres to deceive the Red Sox—or any other organization they’ve dealt with. He acknowledged that the club didn’t enter all necessary data into the league’s injury information system, saying it was a “misunderstanding” as to how the information was recorded.
“[Major League Baseball] felt like our medical record keeping wasn’t in line with some guidelines, from an administrative standpoint,” Preller said. ...
Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
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