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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

KC’s Baseball Writing Royalty

But Neyer didn’t just turn me on to baseball writing. He turned me onto the Kansas City Royals.

Now, I am not a Royals fan: I am a Cardinals fan, which is not quite the opposite of a Royals fan, but it’s close. But Neyer was a fan of the Royals, which was something else that was new. I hadn’t read many sportswriters who openly admitted they were cheering for a particular team; my college journalism professors had told me that was against the rules. (They were wrong, by the way.) But ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2014 at 11:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, joe posnanski, rany jazayerli, rob neyer, royals

BP: 2014 Internet Baseball Awards

This year’s Internet Baseball Awards voting is open.

Last year’s winners: AL Player of the Year - Mike Trout; AL Pitcher of the Year - Max Scherzer; AL Rookie of the Year - Wil Myers; AL Manager of the Year - John Farrell; NL Player of the Year - Andrew McCutchen; NL Pitcher of the Year - Clayton Kershaw; NL Rookie of the Year - Jose Fernandez; NL Manager of the Year - Clint Hurdle

The District Attorney Posted: October 01, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, baseball prospectus, internet baseball awards

The Baseball Show with Rany Jazayerli and Joe Sheehan - 9/29/14

Missed (understandably, I think).that this has been posted. It also seems to have all sorts of audio issues, including eventually becoming totally unsynced. I don’t think even Rany and Joe talk over each other that much. Anyway.

  • Unsurprisingly, the two discuss Rany’s team, the Royals. They go over the strange set of circumstances—expanded playoffs, exceptional parity, and second-half swoons—that helped the Royals advance to the postseason with 89 wins. They move on to the squad itself, and ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 01, 2014 at 07:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: joe sheehan, ned yost, podcasts, postseason, rany jazayerli, royals

How Jarrod Dyson stole the biggest base of his life

Aggressiveness was part of the Royals’ game plan, as they tied a playoff record with seven steals. There’s blame going the way of Derek Norris, who replaced an injured Geovany Soto, and to be sure, Norris could’ve had a better game. But something we’ve really come to understand in the past few years is that steals are more off of pitchers than catchers, and this wasn’t so much the Royals taking advantage of Norris as it was the Royals taking advantage of the batteries. The Royals read ...

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Zach Posted: October 01, 2014 at 07:41 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, baserunning, detectives believe speed was involved, royals, wpa

Posnanski: The Beauty of Belief [Royals win Wild Card, headed to ALDS]

The Royals really are the closest baseball thing to a Coen Brothers movie. With two outs, the Royals tried some sort of double-steal with Billy Butler at first and Eric Hosmer at third. If I got the play right, and can write this without breaking down in convulsions, Butler was supposed to get hung up between first and second, distracting the A’s long enough to allow Hosmer to steal home. This, of course, ended in humiliation, with Hosmer being thrown out at the plate by 800 million steps, ...

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OT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: JETER

The District Attorney Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:32 PM | 385 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Fangraphs (Sullivan): How Jarrod Dyson Stole The Biggest Base Of His Life

An absolute must-read from Jeff Sullivan, with illustrative .GIFs showing exactly how Jarrod Dyson, a veteran basestealer, marked his man in Sean Doolittle, learned his “tell,” and took advantage. There’s more explanatory insight into the in-game situational awareness required to be a great basestealer than anything else I’ve ever read.

I want to talk about the biggest steal of the game. Maybe the biggest steal of the season? When Jarrod Dyson stole third base in the bottom of the ninth, ...

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Baseball Will Test Out Six New Rules To Speed Up The Game

1. Hitters must keep at least one foot inside the batter’s box at all times, barring exceptions like foul balls, wild pitches, or if the umpire grants him time out.
2. Pitchers must throw a pitch within 20 seconds of receiving the ball. Clocks posted in each dugout will count down the 20 seconds.
3. There will be a maximum break between innings of 2:05, with a clock keeping track. Hitters must be in the batter’s box by 1:45. If the hitter’s not ready, the umpire can call a strike. If the ...

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Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Peter Gammons: Royals steal A’s thunder, giving baseball its first taste of the postseason

Vintage Gammons.

Yost has been skewered for bringing Yordano Ventura into that sixth inning situation, and with the depth of his bullpen and the fact it was not a clean situation, it might well have been a questionable move, a move Buck Showalter may well make against the Tigers with Kevin Gausman, just as Brad Ausmus will use Anibal Sanchez for the third relief appearance of his career before the end of the ALDS.

These are no computer rotisserie games. They are now October games played ...

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Guapo Posted: October 01, 2014 at 03:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, royals

WSJ: Scoring in Baseball Is Down. Blame the Umpires A Study Found That Umpires Have Expanded Their Strike Zone in Recent Years

The rate of correct strike calls has increased 9% from 2007 to 2013, Mills found, while the correct ball rate has increased 2.63%. According to Mills’s analysis, these shifts can account for as much as 40% in the decrease in ERA over that span. And it isn’t just that umpires are calling more strikes; they’re doing it more accurately. In particular, umpires have been calling lower strikes, by the batter’s knees. The odds of getting a hit on one of those pitches, Mills said, are 27% lower ...

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bobm Posted: October 01, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, umpires

A’s wild swing of a season ends in wild-card loss to Royals

Dunn, playing for a postseason team for the first time in his 14-year career, did not come to the plate. He was still fully dressed at 1 a.m. Central time as the A’s clubhouse had all but emptied out.

At the age of 34 and with 462 career homers, Dunn said he still plans to retire.

“This is probably it,” he said.

Dunn waited 14 years and 2,001 career games to get to the playoffs, longer than any other active players, and then he did not make it into the game.

“It’s not ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: October 01, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, bob melvin, oakland a's

UNR study: Temperature affects baseball scores

“It could be beneficial for managers of MLB teams to take game day temperature into account when setting their lineups,” Koch said.

“For instance, if a manager is having difficulty choosing between two players for his starting lineup, and one player is a more patient hitter and tends to draw more walks than the other player, the manager might benefit from starting the patient hitter in cold temperatures,” Koch said.

Link to the full study here: http://bit.ly/YJceAp

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 01, 2014 at 12:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general, research, stadia, weather

Dog eats baseball playoff tickets

the Royals’ ticket delivery system.

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“I went outside and I found basically this, scattered all over the place,” he said holing up shredded cardboard and papers.

Breslaw’s seven-month-old 80 pound Burmese mountain dog names Fezzik got to the tickets first, chewing at them like they were a T-bone steak.

“I guess when that friendly man in the blue shirt put this new toy over the railing, it was irresistible,” Bredlaw said.

On the bright side, it’s still better ...

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New manager should have Mauer catch again

What will the Twins’ next manager do about Joe Mauer?

Here’s a thought: Let him catch again.

The reason he was told to pack away his catcher’s mitt was because he kept getting hurt and there was a belief sticking him at first and having him DH would mean fewer injuries and more games played.

Well …

Mauer played in 113 games and had 445 at bats while still a catcher in 2013. This season, no longer catching, he played in 120 games and had 455 at bats. Yep, a difference of seven games ...

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OT:  October 2014 - College Football thread

Georgia Institute of Technology will be the first university in the world to integrate bitcoin payments into its stadium concession sales and student dining and shopping credit system, announced Wednesday by BitPay, the world’s leading bitcoin payment processor.

Bitcoin point-of-sale devices will be located in the student section of Bobby Dodd Stadium, and the Barnes & Noble store in Tech Square will be home to a bitcoin-enabled point purchase terminal for student credit BuzzCards. Students ...

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Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 01, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 447 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

FOX (Rosenthal): Kansas City Royals exorcise city’s three decades’ worth of demons

Worth clicking on for nothing more than the video of a thoroughly endearing clubhouse interview with Cristian Colon and basestealing hero Jarrod Dyson:

Players and former players texted me that Yost should be fired after he pulled right-hander “Big Game” James Shields in favor of rookie righty Yordano Ventura in the sixth inning. Yost chose Ventura, a starting pitcher, over a bullpen full of accomplished relievers. Moss hit a three-run homer, his second of the game, triggering a five-run ...

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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 | 3736 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

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