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Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Adam Dunn, 34, calls it a career

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Adam Dunn trekked 14 seasons and 2,001 games just to get to the postseason. But when his one and only playoff chance arrived Tuesday, he never got off the bench, and afterward he said he will retire.

The Oakland Athletics designated hitter, 34, told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez that he has played his final game.

“I guess the computer got me,” Dunn said, referring to the A’s “Moneyball” tactics.


The Players’ Tribune

Jeter’s got a brand new bag.

I do think fans deserve more than “no comments” or “I don’t knows.” Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, any opinion or detail, might be distorted. I have a unique perspective. Many of you saw me after that final home game, when the enormity of the moment hit me. I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable. We all have emotions. We just need to be sure our ...

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Fat Al Posted: October 01, 2014 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


Why the Nats will win the World Series - ESPN

I predict the Red Sox will not win the World Series this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2014 at 08:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Dayton Moore’s vision for Kansas Royals validated - ESPN

For now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2014 at 08:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-1-2014

Milwaukee Journal, October 1, 1914:

Dr. John Lavan, who is shortstopping for the Browns, has set one world’s record anyway. He is the only ball player who ever took the degree of doctor of medicine after participating in a world’s series. Lavan belonged to the Browns last year but was traded to Connie Mack with the agreement that he should be returned to the Browns this season. So Johnny drew $3,000 for being on the Athletics’ pay roll, though he did no playing against the Giants in the ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 01, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: doc lavan, dugout, history

OT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies

Closer to home, the “three strikes” policy in California attracted a wave of support by appealing to Americans’ sporting ideals and love of baseball. The measure, which mandated that repeat criminal offenders be imprisoned for life, drained state coffers while cramming jails with shoplifters and petty thieves. “Confronted with a hard question like how to deal with the complexities and challenges of prison policy,” Pollack told me over the phone, “most of us would prefer to swap in ...

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Bitter Mouse Posted: October 01, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 2898 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

NL WILD CARD 2014 OMNICHATTER

MORE BASEBALL!


Giants (Bumgarner) at Pirates (Volquez), 8 PM Eastern, ESPN

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 01, 2014 at 01:08 AM | 284 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

LinkedIn: 10 Sales Lessons From “The Captain”

LinkedIn??? Yeah, it was only a matter of time.

2. Be modest in success. The word “I” struggled to find its way into the Derek Jeter Vocabulary Book. Every action and every word has been for the greater good of the team or his audience. When fans serenaded him at Yankee Stadium during his final game with chants of “Thank You Derek,” the reaction wasn’t “you’re welcome,” but rather, “no, thank you.” Jeter’s success has always been attributed to someone else’s ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 01, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, grit, teamwork, yankees

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WSJ: Playoff Hateability Index

For the second straight year, the New York Yankees have missed the playoffs, abdicating one of their most important social responsibilities: giving America an obvious team to root against in October.

So, as a public service to fans looking for pleasure in the misery of others, The Wall Street Journal has assembled its second-annual Major League Baseball Hateability Index, ranking this year’s 10 playoff teams in order of general loathsomeness. The rankings are based on how many points teams ...

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Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 30, 2014 at 05:16 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, playoffs

Spector: Stats incredible! Numbers from the 2014 MLB season will amaze you

John Davidson just keeps following Jesse around.

Victor Martinez finished second in the majors in all three slash-line categories…

Major league strikeout leader Ryan Howard and Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd became the first pair of teammates to each strike out 185 times in a single season…

Reds rookie Billy Hamilton stole 56 bases, but was caught 23 times, the most in the majors since Scott Podsednik stole 59 and was caught 23 times for the 2005 White Sox…

A.J. Burnett finished the season ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 30, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

The Economist: The new market inefficiencies

An explanation of how the A’s, Royals, and Orioles used outstanding bullpens and fielders to make the playoffs despite lacking stars in their lineups and starting rotations.

for the Royals and Orioles to have much hope of winning, they will need to leverage their strength in the bullpen to an unprecedented degree. A typical relief pitcher throws around 4% of his team’s innings in the regular season, but can be used three times as often in short playoff stretches with the season on the ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: September 30, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-30-2014

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, September 30, 1914:

The guy in the silly pointy helmet lost this war too.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 30, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brown: Winners And Losers: MLB Attendance In 2014, Nearly 74 Million Through The Gate

Major League Baseball’s regular season ended on Sunday and with it, paid attendance for the league (the number of tickets sold) came in at 73,739,622 with average attendance per game at 30,346. Year-over-year attendance was ostensibly flat, down 0.3 percent from the 2013 season when average attendance was 30,442. Overall, it ranks as the seventh most-attended season ever behind 2007 (79,503,175), 2008 (78,588,004), 2006 (76,042,787), 2012 (74,859,268), 2005 (74,702,034), and 2013 ...

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Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 30, 2014 at 07:38 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, economics

AL WILD CARD GAME 2014 OMNICHATTER

HERE WE GO!

Oakland Athletics (Lester) at Kansas City Royals (James Shields), 8 PM Eastern, TBS.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2014 at 01:28 AM | 1136 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Fangraphs/Cistulli: Post-trade WAR for deadline trades

What follows is a list of all those same players, sorted by their WAR totals from August and September combined — which is to say, the two-month period since the trade deadline:

Small sample sizes alert!

But interesting.  The A’s acquisitions (Samardzija, Lester, Fuld, Hammel, Gomes) added 4.3 WAR so even if you deduct the full 1.3 WAR that Cespedes gave Boston, that’s a 3 win improvement.  The M’s acquisitions (Denorfia, Morales, Jackson) put up -1.1 WAR.  I wonder if they’d ...

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Walt Davis Posted: September 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, deadline trades, mariners, tigers, yankees

Monday, September 29, 2014

MLB’s Biggest Star Is 40 (And He Just Retired). That Could Be A Problem.

“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.

I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only about as famous as Henrik ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, promotion, superstars, yankees

Remembering George ‘Shotgun’ Shuba, 1924-2014

The 1955 Dodgers were my father’s team. There aren’t many of them left.

HowardMegdal Posted: September 29, 2014 at 09:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn dodgers

RBI Baseball, 2014 Playoff Edition

http://postimg.org/image/id46mtw9n/

RBI Baseball NES mod for the 2014 playoff teams.

DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: September 29, 2014 at 06:08 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: games, video games

ESPN: Ron Gardenhire out after 13 Seasons with Twins

Gardenhire joined the organization in 1987 and was added to Kelly’s staff in 1991. His record as Twins manager was 1,068-1,039. He won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2010, the last time the Twins not only made the playoffs but had a winning record.

kthejoker Posted: September 29, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: minnesota twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2014

Pittsburgh Press, September 29, 1914:

C.L. Herzog, manager of the Cincinnati Nationals, was indefinitely suspended by [National League] President Tener because of an “insulting telegram” received at the office of the league in New York from the Cincinnati manager.
...
Gov. Tener…stated that Herzog would remain under suspension until he has made a suitable apology.

“Governor Tener. Stop. You’re a big stinky poopy head. Stop. Your mother wears army boots. Stop.”

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 29, 2014 at 09:57 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: buck herzog, dugout, history

The Calm-Before-The-Storm and Postseason Prediction OMNICHATTER, 2014

So, what do you think is written in the stars this year?

Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mets close season optimistic for next year

It was more than a year ago that Harvey emerged from an MRI tube in Manhattan, setting the Mets on their current path. Testing that day revealed a partially torn ligament in Harvey’s right elbow. He underwent surgery. The Mets lost their best pitcher and—though they shied away from admitting it at the time—their greatest chance at a quick return to playoff glory.

They fought anyway. They propped themselves up by signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon at the Winter Meetings, ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 28, 2014 at 09:30 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Marlins extend manager Redmond through 2017

The team also announced the entire coaching staff will be back. That includes bench coach Rob Leary, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, hitting coach Frank Menechino, infield/first-base coach Perry Hill, outfield/third-base coach Brett Butler, bullpen coach Reid Cornelius, bullpen coordinator Jeff Urgelles and Major League administrative coach Pat Shine.

Good cripple hitter Posted: September 28, 2014 at 06:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: florida marlins, frank menechino, mike redmond

Jordan Zimmermann Throws Nats First No-Hitter

Have the Nats peaked too soon???

After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he.

The Nationals right-hander tossed the first no-hitter in club history, a one-walk performance of pure beauty that began with 4 2/3 perfect innings and featured 10 strikeouts…

boteman Posted: September 28, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, no-hitters

Attanasio discusses Brewers collapse, changes coming for 2015

the brewers owner had some frank things to say over the weekend

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 28, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee

The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets

Yes, the New York Yankees legend will go down as one of the greatest players in baseball history, but he’s also hit it out of the park when it comes to women.

Derek Jeter’s last professional at-bat is sure to elicit love, admiration, and decades of treasured memories for baseball fans across the country. The 40-year-old Yankee living legend has compiled 3,463 hits (and counting)—ranking sixth all-time—and has contributed too many iconic moments to mention. “The Flip.” “The ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

As Jeter Ends Farewell Tour, Yanks Plan a Welcome Party

BOSTON — Even before Derek Jeter plays his final game for the Yankees, which is scheduled to take place here Sunday, the focus has turned from Jeter to Alex Rodriguez — from a cherished star to a tarnished one….

With Rodriguez, there never seems to be a question of whether he is working hard. Cashman said Rodriguez had been working out diligently on his own in Miami and at U.C.L.A. and was eager to return. He said Rodriguez did not express an interest in playing winter ball, although ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general, yankees

The implications of Game No. 162 - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

This year’s playoff race is like a game of hot potato.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

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