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Friday, August 05, 2011

Hannibal Courier-Post: Genetti: Gone, but not forgotten

Celebrating Jake Beckley’s birthday…as only the locals can.

So with a decorative wreath from a Hannibal flower shop, I stopped and wished the local baseball hero a happy birthday.

I wonder what an early ballplayer like Beckley would think of the game today? What would he have to say about these enormous ballparks that can hold more people than there are in his hometown of Hannibal? The color barrier was broken long after he died. I’m curious what he would have to say about such a diverse ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 12:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, pirates, reds

Lupica: Spotlight is off Alex Rodriguez and his poker games as Yankees, Red Sox battle for first

Lupica would make a great saber-dude because he certainly doesn’t watch the games. Oh…plus some choice Larry Lucchino-no’s.

When asked about the money the Red Sox spent this winter, Larry Lucchino, the president and CEO of the Red Sox and the guy who sets the tone there, said this:

“Every once in a while, you’ve got to prime the pump.”

Then Lucchino said, “We don’t spend money on free agents with any sort of frequency or regularity the way some East teams do. We rely primarily on homegrown ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 11:18 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox, yankees

Daily Racing Form: Hersh: How speed figures evolved into a tool for insiders

Calumet farm burials be damned! A swift look at sabermetric use in the racing game.

But things have changed in racing, just as they have changed in other sports. The sabermetrics movement, defined by objective analysis, especially statistics, shunned the insider perspective in baseball and has altered the way the sport is run. In professional basketball, “stat geeks” use mathematical formulas in an attempt to assess a player’s contribution in more meaningful ways than a scoring average ...

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Repoz Posted: August 05, 2011 at 10:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2011

Pittsburgh Press, August 5, 1911:

Ambrose McConnell, of the White Sox, has a queer hobby.  He picks up pins of every description, never passing one by without stopping to gather it in.  Amby has a theory that every pin picked up means a base hit for him…His specialty is hairpins.

It appears he found a total of 398 pins during his MLB career.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2011 at 08:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Yahoo: Cards C Molina suspended 5 games for umpire run-in

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina decided not to appeal a five-game suspension for bumping an umpire and spraying him with spittle, saying the punishment was fair.

The Cardinals’ schedule and Molina’s sore hand made the decision easier to sit out now… Molina will return from his suspension Wednesday.

“I was looking at it like, take it right away,” he said. “You want to be part of the race. It’s better to do it now and get it done with and move on.”

Another factor in the decision ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 04, 2011 at 09:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Minn. man nabbed for fake A-Rod, Pujols jerseys

‘phew’...Good thing Fake Ichiro cornered the market on fake Ichiro jerseys!

The head of a sports memorabilia company in Minnesota is charged with orchestrating a scheme to sell fraudulent merchandise, including jerseys said to be worn during games by baseball players like Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols.

Forty-year-old Steven Jensen of Osseo was arrested Thursday at a sports collectors’ convention outside Chicago. He is charged in federal court in New York with mail fraud and ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 09:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, memorabilia

The Messiah is coming

Brett Lawrie has been called up by the Jays.

Travis Snider is headed back to Las Vegas.

Carlos Villanueva is headed to the DL.

Luis Perez is recalled but will pitch out of the bullpen.

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 04, 2011 at 09:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, minor leagues

Grantland (Jones): The End of Barry Zito?

Boras then had those numbers printed out on crisp white paper and tucked inside blue binders. Each of them was stamped with silver foil: BARRY ZITO, FREE AGENT PRESENTATION. That binder eventually won Boras and Zito a seven-year, $126 million contract from the San Francisco Giants, then the largest ever for a pitcher. But on that afternoon it was a just a binder, science’s rigid attempt to define the abstract. Boras gave one of them to Zito, who took it back to his house in Hollywood. He put ...

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My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 04, 2011 at 08:20 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Gleeman: Rob Dibble will not shut up about Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals

There’s absolutely no reason, other than to sell tickets and to put butts in the seats, to bring Stephen Strasburg back to make a few starts at the end of the season. He’s too valuable. He’s too talented to even think about stuff like that. But in their case, you know, having worked with those people, the only thing I can say is that there are some people there that think they invented the game of baseball. Which they did not.

  And so they think they can do things differently than 29 ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 05:42 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, nationals, television

FanGraphs: Dan Szymborski Chat, 12 PM EDT

Doing a FanGraphs chat at noon today.
Dan Szymborski Posted: August 04, 2011 at 03:41 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Megdal: Jon Niese Reality Check

The Niese

is

was nice?

“The foursome of [Zack] Wheeler, the pitching prospect acquired in the Carlos Beltran trade, [Jeurys] Familia, [Matt] Harvey, and Jenrry Mejia, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, form a nice future nucleus. Throw in Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, perhaps even Mike Pelfrey, and the Mets should have the type of pitching around which to build a contender.” John Harper, NY Daily News

This is not to criticize Harper for this piece, which illustrates nicely the extent ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 03:23 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, projections, sabermetrics

MLB: San Francisco Giants: Grateful Dead Night

From “Doin’ That Rags” to “John Cumberland Blues”...all shitz, no hitz!

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Come to the ballpark to celebrate the lives and times of one of the most legendary and coveted groups associated with the San Francisco music scene, The Grateful Dead! Your special event ticket package includes a seat in the “Dead Head” tribute section and a very special limited-edition “Dancing Bears” collectible statue. Grateful Dead tribute bands will perform prior to the game, and members of the Garcia family and the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 01:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, music

Matthews: Paycheck, not performance, saves A.J. Burnett

Or as Michael the Kay condimented last night…“A.J. looks like a cross between Kramer and Lyle Lovett!”

On the same week that Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, two young, talented and hungry pitchers, are locked in a one-on-one struggle for one spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation, A.J. Burnett seems to have the ultimate Get Out of Jail Free card.

“A.J.‘s starting for us on Wednesday,” Joe Girardi said.

So that’s that.

...And there’s no way anyone else is going to relieve the Yankees of that ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 12:36 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: business, game recaps, media, white sox, yankees

McGehee’s three home runs power Brewers over Cards

Three Long Retaliaters!

This is how you respond to a challenge from a fierce divisional rival that wants to see if you’re up to it.

You don’t intentionally throw at the opposing hitters. You don’t woof about their fans or insist your particular brand of justice is the gospel according to baseball. You don’t accuse them of cheating.

You go out and beat that team, soundly if you can.

“We don’t have time for fighting and talking,” said Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee. “We’ve got ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Schoenfield: Time to start figuring out the MVP races

When the baseball writers hand out their annual league MVP awards, what is the trophy supposed to symbolize? It’s called the Most Valuable Player, but does that mean most valuable to his team, sort of an ambiguous definition used mostly to suggest players on non-playoff teams have no value? Or does it mean the best player in the league, regardless of where that player’s team finishes in the standings?

Now, to me, it’s not that complicated of a debate: Doesn’t “best” imply most ...

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jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 04, 2011 at 11:35 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Wood: Should Nationals retire a number for Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson?

Long Live Walter Johnson!

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I know what you’re thinking: “What’s wrong with you? Surely you know that Johnson never wore a number as a player.“True. But he did wear a number - in fact two numbers - as a manager, 23 and 25. One of those would do the trick.

I’ve heard some fans insist that the Twins should be the team to retire his number, since the Minnesota franchise is the original Washington American League ballclub. Johnson, though, never played for the Twins; I’m not altogether certain he ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 11:32 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, memorabilia, nationals, twins

Guthrie absorbs major league-leading 15th loss

Roll On, Norfolkie, Roll On.

Whenever Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound, the Baltimore batters seem to take the day off.

That held true again Wednesday night when the Orioles managed just four hits in a 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Guthrie is receiving just 3.3 runs per game, the sixth-lowest support in the American League. In his past 15 starts, the Orioles have scored 47 runs when he was in the game.

“We didn’t mount much offense,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 11:21 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, orioles, royals

ESPN LA: Jackson: James Loney’s future in L.A. at risk

Loney are the Brave…or who ever else will take him.

During a pregame media session with Mattingly, I asked him whether, when he thinks about what he wants this team to accomplish over the next few years, he still sees Loney as a part of it. Mattingly’s answer was even less committal than I anticipated.

“I don’t know,” he said. “This probably isn’t the right time to even talk about it. We’re just trying to win a game every day.”

...Throughout his career, Loney has been a stand-up guy, the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 04, 2011 at 10:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, projections, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-4-2011

Milwaukee Journal, August 4, 1911:

HE WAS THE WRONG O’TOOLE.

PITTSBURG, Aug. 4.—“Marty O’Toole, the $22,500 beauty, will be here at 4 p.m.”, read the sign in front of a pool room on Wylie-av Wednesday.  When Marty O’Toole, policeman, appeared, he almost was mobbed.

Unfortunately, Brandt Andersen didn’t get the memo.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 04, 2011 at 08:38 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

NY Times: The Mets’ Latest Problem: Finding a Position in the Field for [Daniel] Murphy

[Daniel] Murphy’s consistency at the plate, his onslaught of singles and doubles, has buoyed the Mets while they have tried to cope with numerous injuries and several high-profile departures. Entering play on Wednesday, he was fifth in the National League in batting with a .319 average. The fact that he started the season as a role player — and that he missed all of last season with injuries — has made his ascent all the more impressive.

At the same time, he is presenting the Mets with ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 04, 2011 at 04:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

MLB.com: McGehee satisfies fan’s wish with three homers

Well, at least the kid wasn’t asking Craig Counsell; that would REALLY have been setting himself up for disappointment.

“I’ve got to tell you guys a story before you go,” [Casey] McGehee told reporters. “It was pretty cool.”
...
“This morning, I got to meet a little kid. His name’s Clayton,” McGehee said. “Clayton was being pretty shy, and I kept asking him, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’ He wouldn’t ask me anything. Finally, jokingly, his dad asks me, ‘Why don’t you hit a home run for ...

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NTNgod Posted: August 04, 2011 at 01:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Lookout Landing: An Incredible Discovery About Position Players Pitching

Over those 200+ innings, the position players have posted a 7.64 ERA, and a 7.82 RA/9. That ERA is supported by the peripherals, as the position players have generated 77 strikeouts, 157 walks, and 33 home runs. The home runs aren’t laugh-out-loud horrible, but they’re bad, and the strikeout-to-walk ratio is ghastly. Predictably ghastly, sure, but ghastly nonetheless, as position players possess neither command nor putaway pitches.

But there was one statistic that blew me away. One statistic ...

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Yahoo News: Ozzie Guillen: Harsh words for actor Sean Penn

Plus his thoughts on Urbina, and the Arizona immigration law.

Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 03, 2011 at 10:37 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN NY: Source: MLB investigates A-Rod

“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB executive who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition of anonymity. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.”

The allegations, first published by RadarOnline.com, are that the New York Yankees third baseman played in at least two of the games, one of which took place at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive at ...

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Srul Itza Posted: August 03, 2011 at 07:48 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Matt Stairs retires from MLB

Matt Stairs, New Brunswick’s biggest baseball star, is ready to retire after almost two decades playing in Major League Baseball.

Stairs, 43, hasn’t made the official announcement yet but he told CBC News in an interview on Wednesday that his playing days are now done.

And he’s buying the Stairsway to Retirement….

Gamingboy Posted: August 03, 2011 at 07:02 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: general

3 from Williamsport Crosscutters injured in bus crash

Three members of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Short-Season Class A team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, suffered minor injuries when their bus was involved in an accident on Staten Island.

Police say the accident happened at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, but had few other details.

Gamingboy Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:59 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Legends of the Fuld

At the top, is the head of Sam Fuld, followed by Chuck Norris and the “Dos Equis Guy.”

Diamond Research Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:13 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Jilted by the Cubs, Ryne Sandberg has moved on

Who’ll Be The Next In Line…Or The One After That, Or The One After That, Or The One…

‘‘[Cubs general manager] Jim Hendry called me on a Tuesday to say I did not get the job in Chicago,’’ Sandberg said last week before his IronPigs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox. ‘‘Which, later on, I was not surprised about. Because later on, he mentioned I wasn’t even the third or fourth guy in line. There was no other job offering other than, ‘We’d like you to come to spring training, hit a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 03, 2011 at 06:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history

SI: A firsthand experience with stem cell treatment in pitching arm

CJ could become a stem-cell innovator, but we’ll all still blame him for being all the Tigers could get for David Wells!

Certainly I hope this procedure gives me the results I’m looking for and a chance to do what I love again. But bigger than that is the future of stem cells in sports medicine. I’m fascinated when I think about what’s going on in my shoulder right now.

I asked Jeremy if he thought this therapy could be used proactively. After a few years of professional baseball, all ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2011 at 05:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business, steroids

MLB.com: Ryan’s Hustle Leads to Unique Basepath Jaunt

The rare “infield triple”:

Ryan beat out a grounder to shortstop Eric Sogard and was behind first baseman Conor Jackson as Jackson held the ball while facing the pitching mound. When Ryan saw no one covering second, with Jemile Weeks having gone over to back up first base, he took off and slid in safely at second without even drawing a throw.

Ryan then popped up and headed for third, seeing third baseman Scott Sizemore had run over toward second and no one was near the bag at third, either, ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2011 at 05:33 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, athletics, game recaps, mariners

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