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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


When drama of World Series intersects with drama of Oscar Taveras and real life, we are reminded it truly is just a game | FOX Sports

I love prospects, the excitement and mystery they generate, the potential for them to develop into superstars — or not.
Oscar Taveras was such a talent, the Cardinals’ best position prospect since Albert Pujols. He had a gorgeous finish to his left-handed swing. He hit a big home run in the NLCS.
And on Sunday night, in the middle of Game 5 of the World Series, we learned that he was gone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: oscar taveras, tragedy

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 6 OMNICHATTER

The Giants can win a Championship. The Royals can force a Game 7.

It’s Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Venture.

8 Eastern. FOX.

CHATTER UP for what may be the last OMNICHATTER of 2014!

Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 578 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, October 27, 2014

OT:  Soccer (the Round, True Football), November 2014

There are some games, and some more, followed by the odd fixture and result.

frannyzoo Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: football

Royals employees gifted a trip to World Series

Section 334: It is a tiny blue pie slice among 40,000 fans. But in games three, four and five of 2014 World Series, the faces of its 185 or so Kansas City occupants — both elated and glum, broadcast on national television — became the faces of Royals fandom in AT&T Park.

Nicole Bruce, 45, of Independence was seen on TV by her brother-in-law who was watching in Texas. Bob and Kathy Butler of Kansas City said their son and grandson back home saw them.

Throughout the ballpark, people could ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: david glass, royals, world series

OT: Wrestling Thread November 2014

Given that the old wrestling thread got shut down, here is a new one that shamelessly links to my Hell in a Cell review!

andrewberg Posted: October 27, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: wrestling

Former Tigers pitcher Jeff Robinson, 52, dies

This sucks. Always liked him as a prospect. Never fully panned out but put together a really nice 1988 season for a good Tigers team that would have made the playoffs had they not collapsed.

Jeff Robinson, a promising pitching prospect in the early 1980s who went on to pitch in nearly 100 games for the Tigers, passed away Sunday afternoon after a seven-month battle with undisclosed health issues. He was 52.

Mike Henneman, Robinson’s roommate in the minors and major leagues, confirmed his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff robinson, obituaries, tigers

Report: Rays owner has discussed moving team to Montreal

Put the Rays in Montreal, the Bobcats in Seattle, the Coyotes in Hartford, and the Jaguars back in Decatur!

Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has had discussions about moving the franchise to Montreal, reports the New York Daily News.

According to the report, Sternberg has spoken about the possibility with “wealthy Wall Street associates.” Sternberg resides in Rye, New York, and worked in finance in New York City before buying into the Rays in 2004….
  
Rays owner Stuart ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, stu sternberg

SF Giants head groundskeeper: ‘no gamesmanship,’ denies flooding the basepaths - John Shea

Elliott said the composition of the dirt includes 59 percent lava cinders and sand, 21 percent clay and 19 percent silt. Plus, conditioner is added “to keep the moisture on the soil so the footing’s right.”

“You can’t get caught up in it,” Elliott said of talk his crew goes overboard with watering. “The worst thing I could do, from my standpoint, is change the field on them without them knowing it. Then they’re playing in unexpected and unfamiliar territory.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 27, 1914:

[Denver catcher Larry] Spahr talked interestingly of Daisy [sic] Vance, a strapping big pitcher secured from St. Joe. Vance is a right-hander and, according to Spahr, he works a good bit on the order of Alexander of the Phillies.

“He has only been in the game two years,” explained Spahr, “but he has learned fast and was the toughest pitcher in the Western League to beat this year. Pittsburgh certainly got the best young pitcher in the West when they ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 27, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: dazzy vance, dugout, history

Juan Perez delivers key hit after learning his good friend Oscar Taveras died - Yahoo Sports

None of this was ordinary, of course. The idea of playing in tribute to someone is cliché. Using sports, these stupid games we play, to honor their memory is equally trite. It’s also a canvas for something greater. What Juan Perez did Sunday wasn’t just play for his friend Oscar, for the whole baseball world that grieved at his loss. Perez played for himself, and on an awful night for the sport, nothing was more redeeming than that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan perez, oscar taveras, world series

Legend of the fall: MadBum’s CG gives SF Game 5 win | MLB.com

Bumgarner takes charge of the series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, royals, world series

Giants celebration $69 beer bottle from NLCS

Just in time for Christmas! Wonder how they came up with $69 as a figure?

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: October 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: san francisco giants

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Tim McCarver still analyzing World Series, now from home

Well, at least we know this quarantine worked.

But this October, McCarver is experiencing the Series just like millions of other viewers by watching back home in Florida instead of his usual spot in the broadcast booth.

“When you’re working you’re so immersed in your work that you’re trying to put on a telecast or add to it without getting in the way of it and all the things that are involved in the business of baseball on television,” McCarver said.

“On the other hand, you pick up part of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2014 at 04:01 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: media, world series

Sunday Notes: Maddon, Cherington, Fixing the Reds, Trusting Buck, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Another great column by David Laurila .

There are a lot of ways to look at how you might augment your offense, but it can’t just be nine guys working a pitching staff over,” said Maddon. “If your goal is to get a starter out of a game, that might be the last thing you want to do. You see a lot of 95-plus out of the pen now, and some of those guys have quality secondary pitches. I think it’s become easier to build bullpens, and it’s rare a team has a bad one.”

The Kansas City Royals ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, general, joe maddon, orioles, red sox, reds, tigers

MLB—It’s time to back off on manager bashing - ESPN

“In close games, managers can sway and make a move that may turn the tide,” San Francisco’s Jake Peavy said. “That said, the majority of the games are going to be decided by the guys who put the uniform on between the white lines. Your manager has a big thing to do with the way he’s got his guys ready to play and the way they believe in him as far as the game management. And whatever he says, guys believe it’s going to work. It’s just the way it works, especially after you’ve had some success.” ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, jake peavy, ned yost, world series

Players, staff to be consulted in Rays manager search | Tampa Bay Times

Since Silverman is giving voice to the players, what do they want?

“Most important thing for me is a manager that the players can relate to and feel comfortable,” third baseman Evan Longoria texted Saturday. “Don’t think that the environment in the clubhouse needs a complete overhaul. I welcome a new manager’s enthusiasm. Joe was pretty tough to rival on that front, so we will see what the new plans are.”

Top starter Alex Cobb said personality and leadership skills — preferably as a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rays

Lana Berry on Twitter: “this is the most harold reynolds picture that exists”

You’ll have to click through to see the picture of Verducci, Reynolds, and Buck’s scorebooks. In Harold’s defense, he is the color man. Maybe he just didn’t have his crayons handy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Rewind: Giants burn up base paths to overwhelm Royals in Game 4 | CSN Bay Area

As a sometime hat tosser, I encourage Bochy to use the hat toss to reduce stress during crucial game moments.

That is what happened to Bochy’s hat in the third inning Saturday night, as out of place as the stars and stripes amid gum wads and seed husks. It arrived there on a frustrated flick of the wrist from the manager following a chopper to the right side and an awkward angle to first base and a blind, backwards stab with a foot where Ryan Vogelsong found flat-earth disappointment instead ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, world series

Pirates must weigh risk, reward in attempt to sign Martin | TribLIVE

Some team will get very stupid this off-season with Russell Martin.

“We’re in an interesting era for age curves because of the skew of performance-enhancing drugs,” Huntington said. “We are trying to re-evaluate aging curves because they were taken way out of whack because of the influence of performance-enhancing drugs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher aging, pirates, russell martin, sabermetrics

Former Mets farmhand Petit unsung hero for Giants | New York Post

Yusmeiro Petit had a very good year and is having a tremendous off-season. Will it be good enough to get him a starting spot next year?

Jim Duquette remembers the debates in the Mets’ front office. Yusmeiro Petit was dominating minor league hitters, but doing it with stuff that did not overwhelm.
“We couldn’t get a consensus,” Duquette said recalling his days as the Mets’ assistant general manager. “He is getting everyone out, but doing it with an 88-90 mph fastball. We called it an ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series, yusmeiro petit

Roc Nation ties have Red Sox looking to deal Yoenis Cespedes - NY Daily News

Some good stuff in Bill Madden’s Sunday column.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: raul ibanez, red sox, rickey henderson, yoenis cespedes

Cubs tone down Joe Maddon talk fearful of upstaging World Series - Chicago Sun-Times

This can’t be a fun week for Rick Renteria.

“There’s a sensitivity to this. Everybody being talked about has a manager,” said Nero of the fact that only the Minnesota Twins (and now the Rays) have a managerial vacancy. “All speculation does is create harm. Rick Renteria is the Cubs’ manager until something else happens that changes that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

Rany on the Royals: Royals Today: World Series, Game 4.

The scrutiny of every managerial decision has been over the top this series. Every decision shouldn’t be made based on the Win Expectancy Table.

As always, you will find a lot of good sense from Rany Jazayerli in this postgame write-up after Game 4.

Someone – I believe it may have been Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus – wrote earlier this month something to the effect that we’ve reached the point with baseball analysis where players no longer are blamed for failure: it’s either the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series


BABIPf/x: A Predictive Pitch-Based Model | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

A lot of numbers in this one.

BABIPf/x correlates well to long term BABIP, better than does league average results. BABIPf/x is more predictive of next year BABIP than is previous year’s BABIP. Because batted ball results (GB, LD and FB rates) are an independent data source than is PITCHf/x categories (i.e, location, movement , etc.) these data sources could be combined to form a multi-source predictive BABIP model of better quality than either source alone. Additional work could be done to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


La Russa’s Caring Side Shows Up in the Box Scores - NYTimes.com

Yet the potential for competitive advantage, La Russa insists, does not motivate such moves. Strategies, he said, are similar everywhere. When he talks about leadership, La Russa said, he emphasizes the importance of personal relationships.

“There’s a lot of smart baseball people around,” La Russa said. “Nowadays, with all the distractions, you better get kids that care for your message. And how do you get them to care? You care for them as people.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: todd burns, tony la russa, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 OMNICHATTER

The winner of tonight’s game will be one win away from being champion of Major League Baseball.

Bumgarner vs. Shields.

8. FOX.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM | 569 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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