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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Ups and downs of bullpenning on display as Brewers take Game 1

A lengthy consideration of pitcher usage- the crux of the argument is probably here:

It was the perfect example of not just how the roles of pitchers are changing before our eyes, but why it’s happening. Kershaw is the practitioner of an art that is still vital and hopefully always will be, but sometimes, the masters of that art will be overtaken by the collective. Of course, here we’re not talking about Woodruff’s hitting, but the thing he’s actually on the team to do: get hitters out.

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QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, bullpenning

Brewers relief pitcher Woodruff homers off Kershaw in NLCS

It’s always an entertaining thing to see a pitcher hit a home run, and it gets even better in its broader context….

QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon woodruff, clayton kershaw, home run

Friday, October 12, 2018

Yankees Will Shop Sonny Gray This Offseason

Sonny Gray’s tenure with the Yankees hasn’t panned out nearly as well as the organization had hoped, and general manager Brian Cashman candidly told reporters Friday that he plans to explore trade scenarios this offseason (Twitter link via Newsday’s David Lennon). “We’re entering the winter open-minded to relocation,” Cashman said of Gray. “…It’s probably best to try somewhere else.”

It’s highly atypical to see a baseball executive display that level of candor when ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: sonny gray, that was fast, trade rumors, yankees

Where Are All the Women in Play-by-Play Broadcasting?

She scrambled to come up with a signature home run call, eventually deciding to play on the fountains at Coors Field. The night before her debut, her husband played an MLB: The Show video game between the Rockies and the Padres and she practiced her call whenever an animated Rockie hit the ball out of the park.

She didn’t have to wait long to try it out; the next night, in the bottom of the first inning, Nolan Arenado got ahold of a Bryan Mitchell pitch.

“In my mind I’m going, ‘Oh my ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:13 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, women in baseball

Szymborski: Elegy for ‘18 - Toronto Blue Jays

Faced with a lot of things that went wrong and few that went right, Toronto took the risk of neither rebuilding not retooling, but rather simply hoping that enough things going right in 2018, combined with improving the team’s depth, would preserve just enough oomph on the roster to be competitive. Then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette would arrive, like Blücher and Zieten at Waterloo and the Jays could…uh…exile Brian Cashman and Dave Dombrowski to Elba? I need to work on that ...

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The Run Fairy Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:09 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dan szymborski, toronto blue jays, vladimir guerrero jr., zips

Didi Gregorius to have Tommy John surgery | MLB.com

Didi Gregorius will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the Yankees announced on Friday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius injured his elbow in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:21 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injuries, yankees

HBT - Rebuilding the Orioles in Peabody Heights

The Terrapins, they called them. Their home field appeared on the north side of East 29th Street, where Peabody Heights now serves its flagship beer, an American lager called Old Oriole Park Bohemian; the name came with the permission of Peter Angelos and the Orioles, of course.

“At the beginning we asked [to use the Orioles’ name],” O’Keefe recalls, “and Mr. Angelos said, ‘All right, I probably won’t sue you.’”

The Terrapins spent the spring of 1914 warming up in North ...

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Bote Man Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore, beer, federal league, history, orioles

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2018

Chicago Eagle, October 12, 1918:

There is now some talk in England, where baseball is invading the sport domain, of a sort of compromise game which should embody some features of cricket and baseball…The two pastimes would mix about as well as oil and water.

But English critics of baseball continue to offer suggestions, and one of them in a recent issue of an English periodical bewails the fact that the baseball “foul” is not allowed to figure in the run getting. He thinks it should be as ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Now quietly watching as adviser, former GM Doug Melvin got ball rolling in Brewers’ rebuild

Thinking of Harvey Wallbanger as the Brewers start the NLCS.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Here’s what happened in Thursday’s AFL action

I wish more of the games were available on TV.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

BenFred: Harper would make the Cardinals must-see TV

Bryce Harper sure loves his shows.

It turns out he spends his off nights like Cardinals fans during the past three postseasons — on the couch, clicker in hand, trying to dodge the sting of watching other teams’ champagne celebrations.

A recent Washington Post column named the TV series the Nationals star is into these days. “Suits,” “Yellowstone” and even some old-school “Gray’s Anatomy.”

So, how would you react if Harper became a Cardinal?

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 03:43 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Dodgers’ impressive run needs that final exclamation point

The Dodgers came within a victory of a winning the World Series last season.

That wasn’t much of a consolation, was it?

The Buffalo Bills once came within a Scott Norwood field goal of claiming a Super Bowl and that didn’t earn them a piece of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Championships are all or nothing and the Bills still have an empty trophy cabinet. The four consecutive Super Bowl appearances they made are remembered less as an achievement and more as a failure for their inability to ...

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QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bad analysis, dodgers, winning

Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long, who can be a ‘game changer,’ is working on his consistency

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – A few hours before Shed Long made his debut in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday, Barry Larkin gave a scouting report of the 23-year-old second baseman.

He can hit for power. He can steal bases. He plays strong defense.

Batting leadoff for his Fall League team, Long showcased all of it. He went 1-for-4 with three RBI, two walks and one stolen base. The No. 8-ranked prospect in the Reds’ farm system by MLB.com, he’s trying to make the leap to the Majors.

Wonderful ...

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QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, prospects, reds, shed long

The seven managerial decisions that could decide the NLCS

MILWAUKEE – The challenge is to guess right, and then hope a line drive finds a glove for no reason other than good fortune, and that’s the whole job. That, and keeping 25 men with little in common but their work clothing from inflicting permanent harm on each other. That, and agreeing with mostly everything sent down from your boss’ office. That, and appearing tranquil and not panic-stricken for the TV cameras.

That, and bearing the responsibility if any of the above happens to go ...

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QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: craig counsell, dave roberts, nlcs

Yankees believe Luis Severino was tipping his pitches in ALDS, though there’s more to his struggles

Friday afternoon, one day before the Red Sox and Astros open the ALCS at Fenway Park, Yankees manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman will hold their annual end-of-season press conferences at Yankee Stadium. New York won 100 games this year, but a four-game ouster in the ALDS qualifies as a disappointing season.

Among the topics Boone and Cashman will surely be asked about: Luis Severino. The staff ace finished the regular season with a 3.39 ERA (129 ERA+) in 191 1/3 innings, ...

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QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:41 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, luis severino, tipping

Chili Davis Reportedly Fired as Cubs Hitting Coach After 1 Season

The Chicago Cubs fired hitting coach Chili Davis after one season, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM.

Davis, 58, was a three-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion during his playing career for the San Francisco Giants (1981-87), California Angels (1998-90, 1993-96), Minnesota Twins (1991-92), Kansas City Royals (1997) and New York Yankees (1998-99).

He hit .274 in his career with 350 home runs and 1,372 RBI.

So, who do they blame if the same thing happens next year?

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: chili davis, cubs, fired, hitting coaches

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A modest proposal to save baseball - NY Daily News

This article won’t be a springboard into a career in comedy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:11 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: ugh

LEAGUE CHAMPION SERIES OMNICHATTER! for the 2018 Playoffs!

HOUSTON! BOSTON!
BREWERS! DODGERS!

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 11, 2018 at 02:51 PM | 1389 comment(s)
  Beats: we talkin' 'bout playoffs


Using Fly Ball Distance to Find Sleeper Prospects | The Hardball Times

Interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Texas Rangers: Decline in single-game ticket sales has cost the Rangers an estimated $54 million in revenue since 2012 | SportsDay

Some people should NOT be allowed anywhere near a calculator.

In 2012, coming off a second consecutive World Series appearance, the Rangers set a club record with 3,460,280 tickets sold. They followed that with 3,178,273 tickets sold in 2013.

The drop from 2012 to this season is 1,353,173. That is the 10th-largest decrease within a seven-season window in baseball history.

Using the $40-per-ticket estimate, that also translates to a revenue shortfall of $54 million.

Edited by Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, rangers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-11-2018

Washington Herald, October 11, 1918:

James E. Gaffney, former owner of the [Braves]...said he would take back the franchise next Monday unless the present owners of the club met their obligations. There is a considerable sum due Gaffney for rental of Braves Field, while the present owners also are behind in the payment of interest on bonds held by Gaffney and associates.
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Percy Haughton resigned as president off the club to accept a commission as a major in the chemical warfare service. The ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Biggest Problem With Bullpenning - The Ringer

In his 1970 treatise on punishing pitchers, The Science of Hitting, Ted Williams advised aspiring sluggers that their first time at bat in a given game is “a key to effective hitting, a key to the day you are going to have and therefore a key to your baseball life.” For Williams, the primacy of the first plate appearance was simple. “You figure to face a pitcher three or four times in a game,” he wrote. “The more information you log the first time up, the better your chances the next ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 06:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpenning, strategy

Why MLB players don’t bunt against the shift – Dodger Thoughts

It depends on the player.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 06:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, strategy

Indians GM Mike Chernoff in play for Mets’ top job

In case you’re curious to know who would want to take over as the Mets GM, here’s a brief account of the search.

QLE Posted: October 11, 2018 at 12:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, mets, mike chernoff

Red Sox-Yankees provide ratings boost for TBS

A few brief comments concerning television ratings for the ALDS- some of which better explain the logic of the programmers, and one detail that I find truly depressing.

QLE Posted: October 11, 2018 at 12:04 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, ratings, tbs

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Decline in single-game ticket sales has cost the Rangers an estimated $54 million in revenue since 2012

In May, when fan interest had gone into a nosedive, the Rangers issued a statement to The Dallas Morning News in which the club said another decline in attendance would not impact the long-term payroll and baseball-operations budget.

That resolve is about to be tested.

The final numbers have been posted. For the Rangers, it was a bloodbath that will put a strain on finances and raise a question as to whether a disenchanted segment of the fan base can be retrieved.

Some interesting ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, revenues, tickets

Sources: Rangers have done significant due diligence on at least 7 managerial candidates, including Sandy Alomar Jr. and Mark DeRosa

The Rangers have yet to finalize their list of interviews for their vacant managerial spot, but have done significant due diligence on at least five external candidates, two sources confirmed Wednesday.

The Rangers are also giving strong consideration to internal candidates Don Wakamatsu, who finished the season as the interim manager, and assistant general manager Jayce Tingler, who finished the season as the bench coach, the sources confirmed.

From outside the organization, the Rangers have ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: don wakamatsu, jayce tingler, managerial search, mark derosa, rangers, sandy alomar jr.

MLB Wants Casinos to Pay It a Cut from Wagers Placed on the Sport

Kenny Gersh, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of gaming, said the league is seeking a fee from casinos if sportsbooks are going to profit off legalized sports gambling.

According to the Associated Press’ Regina Garcia Cano, Gersh told a panel at a Las Vegas trade show on Wednesday that MLB wants a 0.25 percent cut of betting handles in the spirit of “fairness.”

“The state is going to designate these three, four, five very specific licensed entities: You guys get the right to ...

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