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Thursday, October 04, 2018

ALDS: This isn’t the Yankees-Red Sox of 2004

Does Passan have early onset Maury Chassism?

Baseball in 2018 is a rigid set of facts delivered, interpreted, distilled, tweaked and applied in hopes that the next set will have produced an outcome likelier to succeed. It is a multivariable math problem masquerading as a game. It is, in other words, the homo sapien to baseball in 2004’s homo erectus.

The comparison of those two years is no accident. Those were the days of mystique and aura, the time when it was cool to be a bunch of idiots. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Theo Epstein End-of-Season Press Conference: Everything – Dude Touches on *EVERYTHING*

Facebook Live feed of the press conference.

On the offense, Epstein’s tone and comments can not be misconstrued. He was clearly extremely disappointed and offered some sobering thoughts: “I mean this with no disrespect to any of our players (and coaches and front office and everyone involved): part of getting better is facing the problem. Our offense broke somewhere along the line.” Indeed, it did. According to Epstein, after a good first-half, almost every single indicator (a.k.a. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:31 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

This year, Red Sox had resting players down to a science

It’s tough to keep secret sauce all to yourself when some of your chefs move on to other jobs.

As Houston’s bench coach, Cora saw the fruits of how the Astros had sought extra opportunities to rest players. Moreover, he was struck by the information-based decision-making employed in planning for a seven-month season.

“I learned last year that [workload management] is very important,” said Cora. “Coming into this situation, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do with the roster ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Brian Snitker had long journey to postseason |

As the Braves prepare to open the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Thursday night, it’s incredible to think about where Snitker was from a mental perspective just more than a year ago, when his battles with Atlanta’s former general manager, John Coppolella, and former president of baseball operations, John Hart, had brought Snitker to the brink of giving up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I didn’t want to leave,” Snitker said. “I thought for a while, ‘Well, I might ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bravesway, brian snitker

Yankees beat A’s in AL Wild Card Game |

It’s been a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Former Royals pitcher/Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at age of 75

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Marty Pattin, a major league All-Star in 1971 who won 114 games in a career that spanned 13 seasons, died Wednesday at the age of 75.

Pattin pitched for the Royals from 1974 to ’80 and also the California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox. He had lived in Lawrence since 1982 when he accepted a job as head baseball coach at the University of Kansas where he led the Jayhawks from ’82 to ’87.

According to a source close to the ...

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marty pattin, rip

Epstein: Maddon to return for fifth season as Cubs manager

The Chicago Cubs expect to make changes after an early playoff exit. Just not in the manager’s office.

Joe Maddon will return as skipper for a fifth season, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday.

“He’s the manager of this team and I’m very happy about that,” Epstein said.

“And, if I end up not being so, I know some people in Boston who know exactly how to drive a guy away”, he later said off-the-record.

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Cincinnati Reds to interview at least 3 more managerial candidates

The Cincinnati Reds are moving to the next phase of their managerial search and have started interviewing candidates outside the organization.

Joe Girardi, David Bell and Brad Ausmus will receive interviews, a club source confirmed Wednesday. There could be more candidates interviewed throughout the upcoming weeks.

The Reds had five internal candidates interview for manager: interim manager Jim Riggleman, special adviser John Farrell, third-base coach Billy Hatcher, interim bench coach Pat ...

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, david bell, joe girardi, reds

Cubs fan loses bet with internet, writes 1,000-word apology for doubting Brewers

Every Chicago Cubs fan lost a little something when the team completed its disappointing season with back-to-back losses at Wrigley Field this week, but one fan lost a little more.

Once the Cubs lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in a National League Central division tiebreaker and the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild card game, it was official: Nathan Marzion had lost his very viral bet.

Back in May when the Brewers were looking hot and held a 3.5 game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central, a ...

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: apologies, bets, brewers, cubs, fans

UGA baseball player Adam Sasser dismissed from team amid allegations of racial slurs

A Georgia Bulldogs baseball player who allegedly shouted racist remarks during Saturday’s Georgia football game has been dismissed from the team, the school announced Wednesday.

Adam Sasser, who played first base and was one of the Bulldogs’ top hitters, was alleged to have shouted racist remarks at Georgia quarterback Justin Fields, according to a Facebook post made by another student, Klarissa Gulebian, a third-year animal science major from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Addison Russell suspended 40 games for violating MLB domestic abuse policy

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was suspended 40 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.

Russell’s suspension is retroactive to Sept. 21 and the league said in a statement says he has agreed to not appeal the ban.

The statement says Russell “will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board.” Russell’s suspension will be unpaid.

It’s a bad week for the ...

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 03, 2018 at 05:44 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, domestic abuse policy

‘Cold Hard Cash’: How Brian Cashman played the long game and used analytics to transform the Yankees’ culture – The Athletic

Some great stuff about the Yankees, including a mention of an old Usenet baseball legend.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 05:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, brian cashman, yankees

Year-end MLB Top 100 Prospects list

The next big thing.

Wander Franco, SS, Rays (No. 40 to No. 14)
Signed in July 2017, Franco had one of the most stirring professional, and United States, debuts in recent memory, making the Rookie-level Appalachian League look easy with a .351/.418/.587 line with 11 homers and 57 RBIs in 61 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 03:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings

How Alex Rodriguez whiffed in his ESPN playoff showcase

I wish I had known about the alternative broadcast on ESPN 2. I could have avoided talking to my TV and getting odd looks from my wife. The teams’ poor analysis of Freeland was especially irritating when compared to some spot on analysis of Freeland on MLB Network earlier in the day. And again, someone needs to tell the team they don’t have to fill every moment with uninteresting chatter. Please.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 03:25 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, broadcasting

Onetime A’s phenom Claudell Washington, fighting cancer,  take stock of a long career, one game in particular.

Charlie Finley had an idea. Charlie Finley always had an idea. This one was audacious even by his standards. The A’s owner called manager Alvin Dark and instructed him to put the 19-year-old phenom into the lineup. The kid who grew up in Berkeley. The kid who had only one major league at-bat under his belt.The move appealed to Finley’s theatrical inclinations. The game was one of the A’s Family Nights on which tickets were half-price. A crowd of 45,000 was expected. The opposing pitcher ...


Texas Rangers: Why the remaking of the Rangers’ pitching staff has to start by trading Nomar Mazara | SportsDay

Development is not linear. Trading Mazara doesn’t sound like a good idea. Putting Choo at DH, moving Mazara to left, and installing Gallo in right seems like good moves to me. I have no idea what to do with Calhoun. Neither did the Dodgers, of course, which is why they dumped him on the Rangers.

What the Rangers have to hope is that someone else agrees with James and believes in the potential of a hitter who has three years in the bigs, yet doesn’t turn 24 until April.

Daniels needs to make a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Cubs’ long-term trajectory in question

I was disappointed by the Cubs end last night. Despite that, the sky is not falling in Wrigley.

Year   CHC
2018   95
2017   92
2016   103
2015   97
2014   73
2013   66

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Mets kicking off GM search with longtime baseball exec Doug Melvin

Is this a zig or a zag?

Doug Melvin, the former Rangers and Brewers GM, has been contacted by the Mets and will interview with club officials either this week or next, according to an industry source.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Here are five candidates to replace Mike Scioscia as Angels manager - Los Angeles Times

Dino Ebel, 52, Angels third base coach

After 14 seasons in the organization, Ebel may finally get a crack at managing.

Ebel just completed his ninth season as the Angels’ third base coach. He managed the final three innings of the season-finale triumph over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

He has served as bench coach and third base coach since joining Scioscia’s staff in November 2005. He also oversaw the outfield from 2011 to 2015 and this season.

With Ebel back as the Angels’ ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

NL wild card: Where do Chicago Cubs go from here?


They are also Jason Heyward for five more years and Yu Darvish for five more years and Tyler Chatwood for two more years. The three will make more than $50 million next season alone. They are a team that preaches culture – and still has a player in the middle of a must-win game sitting in the clubhouse and scrolling through an iPad, much to the chagrin of others in the dugout who were living and dying with every pitch. They are in that awkward place where they need to start considering ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:01 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler gets into fiery exchange with WIP’s Angelo Cataldi over ‘disrespectful’ remarks

“Basically, Matt Klentak in the three years that he’s been here has put two people on the roster that are true building blocks … Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola,” Cataldi said, turning his criticism toward Kapler’s coaching.

“You’ve got Rhys Hoskins playing in left field when he has a terrible WAR (wins above replacement), should be at first base. You’re putting [Carlos Santana] who was originally a catcher as your third baseman, showing a complete contempt for defense,” Cataldi said. “When I ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 01:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Showalter out as Orioles manager -

“The only way to make money as a manager is to win in one place, get fired and hired somewhere else.” ~ Whitey Herzog

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 01:43 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2018

Fulton County [Pennsylvania] News, October 3, 1918:

While we have been hearing so much about the advance of baseball in England, France and Italy, don’t forget that another one of the allied countries is also booming it. A newspaper man recently arrived in this country from China says thousands of Chinese are playing the game and that the contests put on in Shanghai often draw more than 5,000 persons. If there’s ever to be an international world’s series this newspaper man, whose name is Graham ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 03, 2018 at 10:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: china, dugout, history, taiwan

Tony Wolters’ big hit sends Rockies to NLDS |

So it begins. Tough time of year for me. First I have to deal with withdrawals from the end of the season. Next I have to deal with little sleep as I **try** to stay awake until the end of playoff games. On the bright side, I get to play around with the end of season data to scout players for next year’s sim and fantasy leagues. TINO!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 08:28 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rockies, wild card

Hendriks fired to become first Australian starter in playoff

(Reuters) - Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks will become Australia’s first pitcher to start a major league playoff when the A’s take on the New York Yankees in a wild card game and is thrilled to put baseball on the map in his home country.

The Perth-born 29-year-old gets his start as the A’s take a “bullpenning” strategy into Wednesday’s American League wild card playoff game at Yankee Stadium after a string of injuries to their starters.

Hendriks is unlikely to pitch more than one or two ...

QLE Posted: October 03, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, liam hendriks, wild card

A college baseball team outdrew the Marlins in 2018

It wasn’t a great year for the Miami Marlins. The team traded away some of its best assets in the offseason, went 63-98 in the regular season and will watch likely National League MVP Christian Yelich mash for the Milwaukee Brewers in the postseason.

While all of that is bad, one thing stands out as much more embarrassing. A college baseball team actually drew more fans per game than the Marlins in 2018.

That team would be LSU. The university’s baseball team averaged 10,786 fans per game ...

QLE Posted: October 03, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, college baseball, lsu, marlins

Paul Molitor fired as Twins manager

It wasn’t the 78-84 record, and it wasn’t missing the playoffs. It wasn’t implementing all the new analytics, and it wasn’t his knowledge of the game. It certainly wasn’t a personal conflict, because everyone involved testified at length about what a tremendous human being Paul Molitor is.

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine on Tuesday fired Molitor, the manager whom they inherited when taking over the team two autumns ago, and in doing so, recited a list of factors they said played no part ...

QLE Posted: October 03, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fired, managerial firings, paul molitor, twins

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

How Much of a Role Did Steroids Play in the Steroid Era?

is the suddenness of the change: a large step jump from one stable, self-consistent era to another such over a single season,” Walker says. “There is no other possible explanation than a change in the baseball.” It’s certainly suggestive that the seasons with the largest year-over-year increases in home run rate on contact are, in order, 1977 (when MLB changed ball manufacturers, from Spalding to Rawlings); 1969 (when the mound was lowered and the strike zone shrunk); 2016 (the first ...

eric Posted: October 02, 2018 at 02:51 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, steroids

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