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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Lee Judge: What if we didn’t keep stats?

Imagine there’s no baseball stats
It’s easy if you try
No WAR below us
Above us only RBI
Imagine all the players
Bunting for today…

What if we didn’t keep stats?

What if the only stats recorded were team wins and team losses?

And then — as long as we’re fantasizing — what if all the money were put in a pool and players were paid based on how many wins their team had?

How would the game be played then?

Right now, players play to put up numbers. That’s how you get paid. And ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:39 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: lee judge, royals, stats, teamwork

Ichiro Talks Shit In Spanish, And Latin Players Love Him For It

Ah, mierda!

   Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena remembered one of his frequent encounters with Ichiro. He was defending first for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ichiro had just arrived on one of his patented infield hits. Ichiro peered over at Pena and asked, “Que coño tu mira?,” or, “What the hell are you looking at?” Pena clamped his lips together to prevent the laughter from bursting through.

Ichiro’s apparently been doing stuff like this for years, and it seems to have made a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:13 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, latino players, profanity, spanish, trash-talking, yankees

Buck Showalter Orders On-Deck Circle Mats Removed

The animated .gif in the article explains why.

Chasing a foul ball off the bat of Ryan Ludwick in the fifth inning, Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph slipped on the rubber on-deck circle and skidded into the camera well next to the Baltimore dugout.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, orioles, safety

Steinbog - Wacky Nats Dodgers Game In 19 Tweets

A fun recollection of fan reactions to the craziness that was the Nationals at Dodgers 14 inning topsy-turvy marathon yesterday.

If you watched Wednesday afternoon’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — which eventually became Wednesday evening’s Dodgers-Nats marathon, and then Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — you already know that it was one of this season’s wackiest games. The fact that it involved perhaps the National League’s two best teams — who might well be on a collision ...

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boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, funny, nationals, twitter

The Simple Technology That Accidentally Ruined Baseball

I thought Barry Bonds ruined baseball?

Rather than deem the cameras a threat to league integrity, baseball embraced them. For years, Major League Baseball had been pressuring umpires to submit to performance standards. With the introduction of Pitch f/x, MLB finally had cameras in every stadium to umpire the umpires. In 2009, the league implemented a policy called Zone Evaluation (ZE), which tracked missed calls after each game and judged umpires by their accuracy. After ZE’s first year, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch fx, tv ratings, umpiring

Anthony Bosch, Biogenesis Founder, to Plead Guilty

Meanwhile, all over south Florida billboards can be seen hawking testosterone as the fountain of youth.

Anthony Bosch, the founder of anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, has reached a deal with the government that will require him to fully cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA, attorney Guy Lewis said.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:12 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, bosch, drugs in sports, legal, peds

The Dodgers-Nats 14-inning marathon, in 19 wacky tweets

If you watched Wednesday afternoon’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — which eventually became Wednesday evening’s Dodgers-Nats marathon, and then Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — you already know that it was one of this season’s wackiest games. The fact that it involved perhaps the National League’s two best teams — who might well be on a collision course for October — made it both wacky and compelling. The fact that it also included about 700 players, and multiple improbable ...

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Chris Needham Posted: September 04, 2014 at 11:27 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals

STATS acquires Bloomberg Sports

Just please don’t use it to do that “what if the pitcher had thrown a different pitch?” thing. That really sounded horrible.

STATS, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, and Bloomberg, the leading global provider in data analytics, announced today that STATS has acquired Bloomberg Sports (BSports) and its sophisticated system of data analysis, predictive modelling and integrated data systems.

By combining BSports with its Sports Solutions Group, STATS becomes the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bloomberg sports, business, stats, inc.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2014

Toledo News-Bee, September 4, 1914:

Tom Loftus, the lamented baseball leader and owner, once made $2,800 because he had hay fever.
...
[Red Sox president John I.] Taylor offered Tom $2,500 for [a] player. As he made the offer he glanced at Tom’s face and saw signs of woe. Tears were rolling down his cheeks.

“If you feel that way, Tom,” said John I., “I’ll make it $3,500.”

Not a word did Loftus reply. The tears gathered and rolled and his face was distorted as if in great grief. Taylor hastily ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kevin Frandsen doesn’t need ‘all the sabermetric-whatever-crap’

Frandsen lovers. Reach out of the darkness.

This came when Grant Paulsen asked how the Nats managed to drop three in Philadelphia and then go to Seattle and absolutely hammer Felix Hernandez. Is that just baseball, Paulsen asked?

“I am SO glad you said that, because it is true,” Frandsen said. “It’s baseball. It’s what the best part about it is. All the sabermetric-whatever-crap that you guys, [that] people talk about, you can throw that out the window, because it’s baseball. ...

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Repoz Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sabermetrics

An interview with the ‘Hit King,’ Pete Rose

Don’t let the fear of making outs hold you back!

Mark: You’ve also got the record for the most at bats.

Pete: And I’ve got the record for the most games and I’ve got the record for the most wins.

Mark: The most outs too? Comment on that.

Pete: That’s okay, I mean, that’s okay. The guy second now is pretty good, his name is Carl Yastrzemski. I batted fourteen thousand and some times. I got four thousand and some hits. It was fun making the outs and having the opportunity to try to ...

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Repoz Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

OMNICHATTER 9-4-2014

25 game days remain (including today) until October.

Gamingboy Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:07 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Scott Boras thinks Cubs should call Kris Bryant up

“But if this is a performance-driven industry as it should be, Bryant deserves the callup, based on performance,” said Boras. “What’s best for the player, what’s best for the team in 2015? The goal here is trying to make the team the best it can be in 2015. And what can you do to ready him for that?”

From Boras’ point of view, he’s just trying to get his client to the ultimate stage for baseball players. And one does wonder if Bryant isn’t at least a bit irked he won’t get ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:43 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, opinions are like, scott boras

Adam LaRoche joins Harold Baines with historically-rare achievement

LaRoche took his third at-bat in the 14th inning with runners on the corners and one out. The 34-year-old hit into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play, but hustled down the line and beat out Dee Gordon‘s throw to first base and the Nationals took a 6-5 lead. LaRoche had driven in his fifth run. Asdrubal Cabrera then homered and the Nats hung on to win 8-5 in 14 innings.

How often has a player entered the game in the ninth inning or later and accrued five RBI? Just one other ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, dodgers, nats

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Rockies, De La Rosa Agree To Two-Year Extension

My heart tells me to snark, but my head tells me not to. He’s no Cy Young candidate, but he’s been pretty good… (Whoops, it slipped in.)

The Rockies announced (via Twitter) that they have agreed to terms with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa on a two-year extension… The deal guarantees De La Rosa $25MM and contains no options, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

De La Rosa, 33, has fared well in this, his seventh season with the Rockies, pitching to a 4.26 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and a 51.9 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge de la rosa, rockies

Colby Rasmus says he has been benched in favour of ‘rookies’

Colby Rasmus has been benched.

The signs started last week, when he missed a couple of games with an alleged illness. And on Tuesday, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called Rasmus into his office and made it official.

“I’ll be playing whenever they think I should play and I’m just going to be sitting around watching these rookies play,” Rasmus said in an interview in the visitors’ clubhouse Wednesday.

Rasmus has been Toronto’s regular centre-fielder for the past three ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:49 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, colby rasmus

Keri: Giancarlo Stanton’s Historic Season, Crazy Comps, and Big Payday

What, is Loria funding a You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown revival?

[Giancarlo] Stanton is on pace to set career highs in batting average, OBP, slugging, and park-adjusted offense. He’s already topped his career highs in walks, total bases, and Wins Above Replacement… Stanton might be the best position player in the NL this year, ranking second in park-adjusted offense and, depending on the source, either first or second among NL hitters in WAR…

There are a couple reasons for Stanton’s ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

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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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) 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

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