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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Walder: Yankees - Red Sox series at Fenway a reminder of Bombers’ painfully slow pace

Maybe if Newsweekian wild-eyed David Cone didn’t mention FanGraphs so damn often…we wouldn’t even know of this problem!

Last season, Fangraphs.com, a baseball analysis website, reported the average time between pitches league-wide as 21.5 seconds. The numbers count pickoff attempts as a pitch, but do include timeouts taken by the batter or pitcher in the middle of an at-bat.

“We have a situation in this day and age (where) I’m hard-pressed to (name) any batters that really stay in the box,” ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, site news, yankees

Roy Halladay gets NL-leading 7th complete game, 15th win as Phillies top Dodgers

Not as bad as that old “Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge” headline, but…..

Shane Victorino kept playing, Roy Halladay kept winning and Ryan Howard kept driving in runs.

Halladay became the NL’s first 15-game winner and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Monday night.

...Halladay (15-4) allowed a run and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings and struck out four. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA since his 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field on July 18, when he was forced out after ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:38 AM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies

Lake County Fielders accused of providing subpar baseballs

Ha! More proof of a deadball conspiracy!

Just when Lake County Fielders officials thought their troubled season couldn’t get any worse, they are left trying to explain the early-inning suspension of a home game over claims they provided inferior baseballs for the players.

Friday night’s suspended game against the Calgary Vipers prompted an angry response from Fielders owner Richard Ehrenreich.

Ehrenreich said Monday the baseball-quality gripe originated with the Vipers’ starting pitcher, and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, special topics

Posnanski: Guessing About Stamps

I got an interesting email the other day from the United States Postal Service… they’re unveiling a four-stamp series they’re calling “Major League Baseball All-Star Stamps.”... In the email, they announced the first player is Joe DiMaggio. The other three will be announced at a later date…

it turns out there are limitations when it comes to postage stamps…. No living person shall be honored by portrayal on U.S. Postage… No stamp shall be considered for issuance if one treating the same ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2011 at 11:13 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-9-2011

Regina Morning Leader, August 9, 1911:

Fandom includes all classes of citizens, and in order to keep them in check the following warnings have been framed by a person who knows something about the unbridled enthusiasm of those who follow the fortunes of their favorite teams:

Don’t shout words of advice to the players.

Don’t roast players for making errors.

...

Don’t put the lighted end of a cigar into your mouth when your favorite knocks out a four-bagger.

Don’t elbow your neighbor and step ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 09, 2011 at 09:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, dugout, history

LA Times: Angels’ Mark Trumbo has chip on his shoulder, thunder in his bat

How soon we forget the demonic swagger stare of Hammer Hamelin!

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“You can see his swagger,” veteran right fielder Torii Hunter said of the 25-year-old rookie who is hitting .261 with a team-leading 22 home runs and 63 runs batted in entering Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees. He walks with a chip on his shoulder. He stares with a chip on his shoulder. It’s a little smirk like, ‘I told you.’

...Trumbo has had his share of critics even though they have been silenced this season as ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Monday, August 08, 2011

Victorino receives three-game suspension for role in brawl

Even though Brown is no longer with us…Stop The Phussing And Phighting! (I know…I hate that too)

ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball has suspended Shane Victorino three games for his role in Friday night’s bench-clearing brawl between the Phillies and Giants in San Francisco. A source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that Victorino plans to appeal.

No word yet if Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez, whose apparent intentional drilling of Victorino triggered the altercation, and Giants catcher ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 09:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, phillies

The history and mystery of the high five

Tommy Lasorda is dumber than ten dogs high-fiving.

It was the last day of the regular season, and Dodgers leftfielder Dusty Baker had just gone deep off the Astros’ J.R. Richard. It was Baker’s 30th home run, making the Dodgers the first team in history to have four sluggers—Baker, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith—with at least 30 homers each. It was a wild, triumphant moment and a good omen as the Dodgers headed to the playoffs. Burke, waiting on deck, thrust his hand enthusiastically ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2011 at 09:10 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers

Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry is Dead

The Red Sox/Yankees rivalry is dead and baseball has helped kill it: Eighteen meetings a year at four hours each has watered down the product to the point of overkill and taken the starch out of things. These games have become overdone and overblown, almost meaningless.

Where’s the angst, the bitterness, the brushbacks? Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez don’t square off at home plate anymore. The days of Don Zimmer sprinting out of the dugout and bull rushing Pedro Martinez are over…

Stop ...

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Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 08, 2011 at 08:35 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Hypnotist helps Bochy and staff quit dipping

They’ve reached this point because of hypnotherapist Dr. AlVera Paxson, who is developing quite the reputation for helping the reigning World Series champion Giants kick some nasty, decades-old habits.

Bochy hasn’t touched chewing tobacco since April 14, the night before seeing Paxson during his team’s first road trip to Arizona. Hayes has gone without since Jan. 26. It’s two years down for Murphy. No carrying around those little tobacco cans for these three any longer.

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Gamingboy Posted: August 08, 2011 at 06:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

LAT: Frank McCourt suing his lawyers

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on Monday will ask a judge in Boston to clear the way for him to pursue a malpractice claim against his former law firm that his attorneys say could be worth “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

As McCourt wages legal battles in California and Delaware in an effort to keep control of the Dodgers, his court fight in Massachusetts is aimed at preserving his right to sue for a nine-figure damage award if he loses the team.

You can’t make this stuff up. They sued him ...

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The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 08, 2011 at 05:59 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Brisbee: The Only Red Sox-Yankees Article You’ll Ever Need (If That’s What You Want)

In praise of the two greatest teams in the universe, and the media explosion which allows the rest of us to ignore them.

People who complain about Red Sox/Yankees games are my new pet peeve:

Oh, great, look: the front page of ESPN.com is all Yankees and Red Sox.

Of course MLB Network is showing Yankees/Red Sox. I wanted to watch [other game].

Yeah, went to read some stories about Craig Counsell’s hitless streak, but everything is all Boston this and New York that. Totally annoying.


The ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: August 08, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, online, red sox, television, yankees

Tough News For Beloved Yankee Player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXlUS5-ag_g

Sitting on the bench can’t be the way anyone wanted to see Posada’s 17-year career with the Yankees end. But he’s not being released, presumably to avoid clubhouse drama. And there’s plenty more baseball to be played, including the postseason. Posada was hitting decently against right-handers, with a .263/.340/.438 average and all nine of his home runs. Maybe he has some contributions left to make this season.

Dale Sams Posted: August 08, 2011 at 04:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general

THT: Jaffe: 10 things I didn’t know about winning 200 games

And 200+ congrats to Chris on his 200th article for THT!

6. Best/worst after win No. 200

Remember how Marichal’s record fell off after winning No. 200? That brings up some questions. Who did the best/worst after winning 200? Who had the biggest fall off? Did anyone actually get better in terms of winning percentage?

Let’s limit this to people with more than 50 decisions after their 200th win, or else the answer will be someone like Charlie Root, who went 1-0 between his 200th win and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 03:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, site news

Daniel Murphy out for the season after Mets infielder suffers Grade 2 tear of MCL in his left knee

Now, with all due sensitivity and discretion, bearing in mind the scope of the situation… I can’t help but think the Hospital for Special Surgery bears some responsibility to compensate the other, still living “victim” of this horrendous, horrendous tragedy.

Hobbling, and then writhing, in pain on the outfield grass just beyond second base, Daniel Murphy just wanted someone to help him get off the field.

Murphy was beyond upset after suffering what a source confirmed Sunday night is a Grade 2 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2011 at 03:34 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Losing $30M in annual fees shows city whiffed big-time on new Yankee Stadium, Citi Field

Juan gone to the Money Store!

If you want to know why more than 450 city park workers are about to be laid off or why the Parks Department has imposed outrageous fee increases, just take a look at the new Mets and Yankees ballparks… Deals the Bloomberg administration negotiated in 2006 have stripped some $30 million in annual revenue the Parks Department once generated from Shea Stadium and the old Yankee Stadium…

Shea and the old Yankee Stadium - both of which sat on park land and were owned ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2011 at 03:22 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets, yankees

NYT: Swallowed by a Shift

Long said the team’s research had shown that Teixeira was losing 15 to 20 points off his average because of would-be hits that were swallowed up by the shift, making it a primary reason for Teixeira’s declining average (he hit .256 in 2010)....

Teixeira is an unusual case, too, in that he is a switch-hitter who does not have nearly the same tendencies batting right-handed as he does from the left side….

As a right-handed hitter, Teixeira has a more even distribution in terms of the ...

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The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 08, 2011 at 02:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

OT: The Soccer Thread: August 2011

West Ham begins its journey back to the Premiership with their opening fixture vs. Cardiff! Currently listed at 6/4 for promotion, 9/2 to win the league. Go On Boys!

Oh, and I suppose there’s some other stuff as well…new US National Team coach, EPL season starting, etc. etc

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 08, 2011 at 02:41 PM | 1138 comment(s)
  Beats: general

FanGraphs: Cameron: Zobrist vs Fielder: A Position Adjustment Primer

Wrong HOL, Buster!

Yesterday on Twitter, Buster Olney had some thoughts on WAR, and specifically, the way it values middle-of-the-diamond players compared to first baseman. A few selections from his comments:

  #1: “Love advanced metrics,but anybody find something a little skewed to 2B/SS/CF? Ben Zobrist No. 6 overall, ahead of all first basemen, McCann?”

  #2: “Zobrist, Victorino, Howie Kendrick and Yunel Escobar all ahead of Prince Fielder in WAR. You do wonder if positional ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 12:19 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, sabermetrics, site news, television

South Side Sox: The Five Sides of Hawk Harrelson

He Was Expendable.

The John Wayne Side: This is the most debatable side of Hawk Harrelson. I was in attendance for Hawk Harrelson Night during his 25th anniversary celebration and one thing became apparent to me; people love The Hawk. It’s hard to understand but it’s true. There is something endearing about him. Maybe it’s his folksy charm? Or his deep passion for the White Sox? Or perhaps the silver comb-over thing on his head? I don’t know. But he is the kind of guy you will tell ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 11:59 AM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, white sox

Kovacevic: What happened to Pirates’ pitching?

I’d say bring in Joel Hanrahan and ask him…but it’s not a save the organization situation.

Some of that simply must be fatigue, as others in the organization will attest. But dig deeper with some advanced metrics, and it’s easy to see there is an element of the Pirates’ pitchers having been due some serious comeuppance:

• Through July 25, opponents had a .289 batting average on all balls put in play (BABIP), a statistic that distinguishes how much help a pitcher gets from his defense or ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, sabermetrics

Sherman: History all that keeps Posada from release

Posaday-to-day…

For now, the Yankees are holding off on summoning Jesus Montero. He is hot at Triple-A (.333 with seven extra-base hits in his past 13 games). However, there remains infighting among Yankees decision-makers if it is the wrong message to promote Montero when he has not dominated Triple-A and at times projects indifference about being there. Nevertheless, if the new DH structure does not work, Montero will be called up; yet another sign the Yankees are in a DH phase of anyone but ...

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Repoz Posted: August 08, 2011 at 10:58 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: history, prospect reports, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-8-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 8, 1911:

From all accounts the baseball game between Glassport and Coal Valley, played on the grounds of the latter team last Saturday afternoon, will long be remembered in the Monongahela valley.  Some people declare it wasn’t a baseball game but a battle royal on a large scale.

...

[Constable Houseman] made a valiant effort to stop the fight, but not having 400 or 500 pairs of handcuffs and a machine gun with him, gave up the job and took to cover.

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The ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 08, 2011 at 08:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Sports Poscast with SI’s Joe Posnanski: Michael Schur

Two, two, two drafts in one!  (Because I missed the last one.)

Most Exciting Plays in Sports Draft: (August 2 Poscast)

Joe Posnanski: Tag plays at home plate
Michael Schur: Walk-off HR when team is behind
Poz: Behind-the-back pass in basketball
Schur: Long snapper snaps the ball over the punter’s head
Poz: Blind-side sack
Schur: Flea-flicker
Poz: Breakaway in hockey
Schur: Soccer goal
Poz: “Turning the corner” in 200m or 400m track race
Schur: Championship point in tennis

Best Balls in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2011 at 01:39 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks

Sunday, August 07, 2011

ESPN Chicago: Quade dismisses no-pressure theory

Pounds Old Style per square inch is wrong?

Is the Cubs’ seven-game winning streak a result of not having to worry about the pressure of a pennant race?

Cubs manager Mike Quade credits other reasons for the Cubs’ recent stretch of good baseball.

“I don’t buy any of that [pressure] stuff,” Quade said. “I think we play better when we are healthy. I also think we played better defense and I hope that we’ve gotten better hopefully from hard work. Pressure? Was there pressure in May ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 11:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Batboy: Jeter’s ‘rituals,’ ‘high-maintenance’ A-Rod and more Yankees secrets

I don’t have time to wade through these excerpts. On Sunday…Brother Claude Ely must come first!!

A-Rod irritated the other players because he was so high-maintenance. He required his personal assistant to position his toothbrush on a certain part of the sink, specifically the edge near the right-hand cold water tap, leaning with bristles up over the basin. The first time he ordered me to do this, I couldn’t believe my ears when he said, “And put some toothpaste on it.”

Probably the strangest ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 08:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history, yankees

Juan Nicasio had surgery to fix a fractured vertebrae in his neck

Juan Nicasio is resting comfortably at a Denver hospital following surgery early this morning to stabilize a fracture to the C-1 vertebrae in his neck. Juan will remain hospitalized as he recovers from the surgery.

The aftermath of the line drive to his head.

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Radio host’s tweet on SF Giants stirs uproar

A sports radio talk show host’s short-lived Twitter posting that called Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez an illegal alien after his errant pitch Friday night started a baseball brawl had the Internet world in an uproar Saturday.

...Tony Bruno, whose nationally syndicated show is broadcast on KNBR, posted his comment on Twitter during his show about Ramirez hitting the Phillies’ Shane Victorino with a pitch Friday night, a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing brawl.

“gutless #!@%*# Giants,” he ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, giants, media, phillies

Virginia man campaigning for Roger Maris

Jay Smith, who grew up in Boston and is now the CEO of a public relations firm in Virginia, is 61 years old.

Oh, sweet synergy.

“I’m just a guy who happened to be a fan through all these years, and I thought Roger was shortchanged and deserved to be in the Hall of Fame for a variety of reasons,” said Smith, who served as the press secretary for former House Republican Leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona from 1973-77.

...“I dug deep and went into all the stats,” Smith said.

“He ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 11:59 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, yankees

Fay Vincent: What Happened to the Great Sports Writer?

THEY WENT THAT-A-WAY!

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There was a time when the New York Times was a carefully edited and well written newspaper. But here is a sentence I noticed the other day in a Times baseball news story: “Rivera, as he often does, did not allow a base runner.” What? Just pause a minute and try to parse that one. Maybe Yogi Berra wrote that line. Or maybe the person—I will not name him—who wrote that stunner cannot write or even think. Yogi once said, “No one goes to that restaurant anymore. ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2011 at 10:26 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media

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