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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Barry Bonds among athletes who flee “crazy” Wine Country fire scene

Former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds wound up shuttling guests who did not have rides away from Mayacama when the villas at the course were evacuated. Longtime Kansas City pitcher Bret Saberhagen left his golf clubs in the parking lot in order to fit Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen and his wife into his rental car. And onetime Dodgers closer Eric Gagne raised the alarm at a second hotel to which the celebrities were sent, pounding on doors to make sure occupants were out.

esseff Posted: October 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, bret saberhagen, eric gagne

MLB Trade Rumors: Projected 2018 Arbitration Salaries

Some large sums (service time estimate in parentheses):

Manny Machado (5.056) – $17.3MM
.  .  .
Jose Abreu (4.000) – $17.9MM

Details on methodology & estimate info on all players available at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 10, 2017 at 02:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is awash in money, finances, money, salary arbitration


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-10-2017

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, October 10, 1917:

Big Rube Benton turned the tide of the Giants’ luck in the third game of the world’s series [in New York] this afternoon when he beat Chicago, 2 to 0. The big southerner worked in superb form, outpitching the wizard, Eddie Cicotte, who was believed unbeatable. The series now stands two to one in Chicago’s favor…

The home team had won the first three games of the series at this point. Game four was in New York on the afternoon of October 11. ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 10, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Dodgers are dominant in sweep of Diamondbacks - LA Times

Yes they were.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 09, 2017

Baseball legend Jim Landis passes away at 83

Landis learned to play outfield while in the minor leagues. He went on to win five consecutive Gold Gloves in eight seasons with the Chicago White Sox as a center fielder. He helped them win the 1959 American League pennant with a 94-60 record and reach the World Series, which they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
Jim Landis was voted by fans to Chicago’s 27-player “Team of the Century” in 2000.

DanG Posted: October 09, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, gold glove, jim landis, obituaries

Two-sport Wichita State great, Don Lock, dies at 81

Lock was a 6-foot-2, 195-pound center fielder. He finished sixth in the American League with 27 home runs in 1963, then followed it up with 28 home runs the next season. He led the American League in outfield assists and putouts in 1963, as well. Lock played for the Senators, Phillies and Red Sox in his eight-year career.

 

DanG Posted: October 09, 2017 at 10:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: don lock, obituaries, washington senators, wichita state

Dade County Wants Its Cut of Marlins Sale

Accountants: sharpen your pencils!

Loria’s 2008 deal with Miami and Miami-Dade included payout provisions if he sold the team within six years of the 2012 opening of a county-owned ballpark built with more than $400 million in public dollars and about $150 million from the team. The deal requires the Marlins to pay the two governments 5 percent of the proceeds of a sale.

Five years and six months later, the bill may be coming due. But with Loria able to deduct both debt and taxes paid on ...

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Bote Man Posted: October 09, 2017 at 09:37 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, miami, money, taxpayers, team sales

Minnesota Twins, Paul Molitor agree to 3-year extension

After guiding the Twins to a record-setting turnaround, Paul Molitor has agreed to a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: paul molitor, twins

SNY Mets to buy Syracuse Chiefs, move Triple-A team from Las Vegas to Syracuse

The Mets will buy the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and move their Triple-A affiliate from Las Vegas, NV to Syracuse, NY, reports Mark Weiner of Syracuse.com. The move will occur after the 2018 season.

The Chiefs are currently the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals, while the Mets’ current affiliate—the 51s—is located in Las Vegas.

Once the sale—which was approved on Monday morning—is final, the Mets will own and operate the Chiefs, according to Weiner.

The Mets’ Triple-A ...

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Lassus Posted: October 09, 2017 at 06:49 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, snowplow baseball


Mountcastle Readies For Hot-Corner Trial In AFL | BaseballAmerica.com

Where’s Manny going to end up?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, prospects, ryan mountcastle

Bird HR, Yankees top Indians in Game 3 of ALDS | MLB.com

This is a nice homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, indians, yankees

D-backs’ Zack Greinke doesn’t reveal strategy | MLB.com

The Poz tells some Zack Greinke stories.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, zack greinke

Rookie monster HR, Boston ‘pen stop ‘Stros | MLB.com

Not a big day for throwing slow roller to first, however.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Sunday Notes: The Astros Changed Alex Bregman for the Good | FanGraphs Baseball

Earlier this week we ran a Players’ View that asked the question: Are Today’s Analytically-Inclined Players tomorrow’s GMs? Recently-retired outfielder Sam Fuld wasn’t among the people quoted, but he does have an opinion on the subject. Fuld shared the following shortly after the article went up:

“I do see an increasing role for former players in front offices. Over the last five to ten years, most teams have embraced the role of advanced metrics/big data/creativity, but this change ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

OTP 9 October 2017: Trump Tells Pence to Leave N.F.L. Game as Players Kneel During Anthem

Mr. Pence lavishly documented his early departure in a series of tweets and an official statement issued by his office. On Twitter, he declared, “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

While the vice president portrayed his decision as a gesture of patriotic principle, it had the distinct appearance of a well-planned, if costly, political stunt. He doubled back from a trip to the West ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 09, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 2170 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, politics

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Not challenging hit-by-pitch only start of Joe Girardi’s problems

In Game 2 on Friday, Sanchez immediately pointed out the ball hit the knob of the bat, not Chisenhall’s hand. He told reporters after the game he yelled “Foul! Foul!” and replays show him looking and pointing toward the dugout, the universal sign for “challenge this.” Girardi did not challenge it. And after the game, Girardi said this:

“There was nothing that told us he was not hit on the pitch.”

Oops.

Wahoo Sam Posted: October 08, 2017 at 05:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, yankees

Baseball Joe Girardi, Upon Review, Offers a Rare Mea Culpa: ‘I Screwed Up’

Given a night of restless sleep — and after perhaps letting an excoriation from the news media (including from commentators on the YES Network, which is partly owned by the Yankees) sink in — Girardi ventured to the Bronx on Saturday, disassembled his standard defensive armor and offered up something unusual: a mea culpa.

“I screwed up,” he said.

“In hindsight, yeah,” he added. “I wish I would have challenged it.”

“Again, I screwed up,” he went on. “And it’s hard. ...

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ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 08, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, managers

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen credits predecessors for playoff foundation

Byrnes praised Hazen’s ability to “thread the needle” by assembling a playoff team in a scenario complicated by a potentially narrowing window to win along with a challenging payroll situation.

“As much turnover as there is in the business, every new regime goes about assessing the assets they have and being smart about it, with players and otherwise,” Byrnes said. “It’s critical. It’s easy to repeal and replace everything, but you have to know when you have some good stuff ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Nick Cafardo: Torey Lovullo brought love — yes, love — to the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse

“I wasn’t afraid to talk about the word ‘love,’ ” Lovullo said before the NL wild-card game on Wednesday. “You know, in baseball and sports we’re very macho people. We’re afraid to talk about it. So you’ve heard me say the word ‘love.’ I think that the guys use the word ‘love,’ and I think that we’ve developed a really special bond. So that was the first thing that I set out to do through my own actions and my own relationships, and I think that the guys caught on. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

This Yasiel Puig at-bat had everything from a batter’s box dance to a bat flip | MLB.com

More personality and enjoyment of success is not a bad thing. Flip ‘em if you can.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Once the broom, Arizona Diamondbacks in danger of getting swept

My preseason wager is in real danger.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Real Bryce Harper shows he’s on his way back in a big way - Chicago Tribune

Doing the bat flip thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, nationals

Michael Brantley becomes ‘common sense’ option at DH for Cleveland Indians after Edwin Encarnacion injury | cleveland.com

Brantley, whose inclusion on the 25-man postseason roster was a bit unexpected, says he feels comfortable already, despite playing in only two regular season games before Friday.

“I’ve been doing a lot before the series even started,” Brantley said. “Just making sure what I could handle and what I couldn’t. Make sure we had our limitations. Everything’s been going great, I’m very happy where I’m at right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Astros’ ability to get two-strike hits causing fits for Red Sox in ALDS - Houston Chronicle

Back to the future. Is a better two strike approach the big new thing?

Hinch would not share exactly how the Astros teach pitch-recognition: “Some stuff we do behind the scenes to be able to recognize the difference between a fastball and a breaking ball, breaking ball and a changeup. So that’s about as far as I’ll go with you.”
...
“All of it,” Betts said. “They don’t strike out much. They put it in play a lot. One to nine, they can just bang. The way their lineup is built, I’m sure it’s tough ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Dodgers have learned, ‘you don’t ever want to disappoint Chase’

“At this point, I get it,” Utley said. “I hear jokes pretty much on a daily basis. We’ll be watching an old game from the ‘80s and guys will say, ‘Hey Chase, are you playing in that game?’ I take it in stride, but I can dish it back for sure—especially to guys that I’m in better shape than.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers

Joe Girardi takes blame, ‘feels horrible’ for Yanks’ Game 2 loss

It really sucked when he gave up the grand slam.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees


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