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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Slumping Cubs looking at shattered dreams | FOX Sports

“It ain’t over till it’s over”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs


4: Indians (Merritt!?!?) at Blue Jays (Estrada). Cleveland leads 3-1. TBS.
8: Cubs (Lackey) at Dodgers (Urias). Dodgers lead 2-1. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 538 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Blue Jays defeat Indians in Game 4 of ALCS |

That didn’t really work out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 08:09 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians

Red Sox staffers open up at Saberseminar

Tippett said the Red Sox are about a half-game behind their own 2016 projection, which he shared as a graph in a slideshow. The team appears headed for right around 90 wins, based on the graph.

Tippett sees a connection to the 2011 club that fell apart in the final month.

“I predicted to myself as I was putting the slides together that somebody would think I’m predicting a September collapse,” Tippett said. “I am not predicting another collapse in September.”

Tippett felt in the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:38 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, saberseminar, tom tippett

Pop culture has always treated a Cubs championship like a far-out fantasy

The thought of the Cubs getting to—let alone winning—the World Series, had entered the realm of outlandish fantasy. After all, the team’s current 107-year championship drought is the longest in not only professional baseball but also football, hockey, and basketball. The Cubs taking the pennant seemed like a sure sign of the apocalypse, as when W.P. Kinsella, in his short story collection The Thrill Of The Grass, has the Cubs finally triumphing… right before Armageddon. The team ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pop culture

The Oral History of Baseball on ‘Seinfeld’ | Complex

This is right in my sweet spot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 01:28 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Cubs’ curse is alive and well at the Billy Goat Tavern

Primate reviews?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Cubs’ defense delivering at elite level |

Chicago also boasted the NL’s DRS leader at four individual positions—first base (Anthony Rizzo, 11), second base (Javier Baez, 11), shortstop (Addison Russell, 19) and right field (Jason Heyward, 14). That defensive core should be together for some time, too, as all are 27 years old or younger.

“That’s, I think, kind of a scary part for the rest of our league,” starter Jon Lester said. “For the next however many years, before these guys get to free agency and all this other stuff, we have got ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, defense, statcast

How NLCS spotlights the depth required in MLB’s new age | New York Post

“Having star players and depth should not be mutually exclusive,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

WFAA finds millions in additional giveaways for proposed Arlington stadium |

Misleading numbers? Not shocking. MLB is constantly looking to screw over taxpayers.

A WFAA-TV analysis has determined the actual costs and possible giveaways for the proposed $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers may be much higher than the “50-50” private-public partnership touted by City of Arlington officials.

WFAA-TV became the only media outlet to challenge the “50-50” claim four months ago, with City of Arlington officials and other media disputing the News ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-18-2016

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 18, 1916:

It is [Yankees manager Bill Donovan’s] opinion that if pitchers continue to invent schemes which require something other than a natural delivery of the ball it is going to result soon in legislation which will force the pitcher to work without a glove, thus depriving him of his best means for practicing deception.

“That is the only way they will ever successfully curb the illegal and freak deliveries that are complained about,” says Bill, “for, to a ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Corey Kluber to start Game 4 for Indians |

They are up 3-0. They aren’t down 0-3. This makes no sense to me.

Kluber has 136 Major League starts to his name. His 137th will be his first on short rest.

“I wouldn’t put anything past Corey,” Indians president Chris Antonetti said. “He does a great job of conditioning his body and putting himself in a spot, in a position, to do that. Exactly what that will be, who knows? We’ll have to leave that up to the game. The one thing I have great confidence in is Tito knowing when it’s the right time ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Possible activity on the 40-man roster - School of Roch

A look at some Orioles 40-Man options.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

How Trevor Bauer’s gory finger led to Terry Francona’s piece de resistance

In the days leading up to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, when Trevor Bauer sat in the Cleveland Indians’ trainer’s room getting treatment on his mangled right pinky, he kept asking the medical staff to use a soldering iron and burn shut the wound he suffered at a hotel when a drone he was repairing went haywire and sliced his finger from the nail to second knuckle. They laughed, even though they understood Bauer was dead serious and regretted not cauterizing it himself ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trevor bauer

Indians take 3-0 ALCS lead vs. Blue Jays |

A weird bullpen game. The Indians are one win away from the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

The Postseason’s True Revelation Is a Two-Way Mystery Man

The best player in the world? We won’t know until he comes to MLB.

Otani’s 2016 performance produced the most climax-worthy stats page since late-career Barry Bonds. In 140 innings, he struck out 174 and allowed only four home runs, finishing with a 1.86 ERA — an improvement on his 2015 performance, when he’d been one of the top three contenders for the Sawamura Award, Japan’s equivalent of the Cy Young. While he was at it, he hit .322/.416/.588 in 382 plate appearances, launching 22 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei otani

Goold: Changes to coaching staff, roster still ahead for Cardinals | Derrick Goold: Bird Land |

Derrick Goold covers some of the Cardinals 40-Man Roster decisions.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals


4: Indians (Kluber) at Blue Jays (Sanchez), Indians lead 3-0. TBS.
8: Cubs (Arrieta) at Dodgers (Hill), tied 1-1. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2016 at 12:17 AM | 373 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 17, 2016

Report: Tony La Russa opts to remain with D-backs in advisory role

He gets to keep his red stapler and can listen to the radio at a reasonable volume.

Former Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has decided to remain with the franchise in an advisory role under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen.’s Steve Gilbert reported the news Sunday as the team announced the hiring of Hazen, the former Red Sox general manager.

The decision follows the D-backs’ firing of general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony larussa

Major League Baseball pushes for international draft in new CBA

Corruption or cost?

Under the terms of MLB’s initial concept, the new international draft system would start in March of 2018, with a 10-round draft held over two days. As the new structure evolved, with terms grandfathered into the process, the minimum age for draft-eligible players would be 18 years old by 2021.

As part of baseball’s proposal, MLB would operate facilities in the Dominican Republic, where international draft prospects would be invited to live to develop their skills and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Red Sox may well hire next GM from within

General Manager or Assistant General Manager?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, red sox

Cleveland Indians team name, Chief Wahoo logo targeted in Canadian lawsuit |

An activist for indigenous cultures has asked an Ontario court to block the Cleveland Indians from using their team name and logo on uniforms in today’s playoff game in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

Douglas Cardinal, a Canadian architect who designed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is a member of the Blackfoot tribe. His request will be heard by the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto this afternoon.

Cardinal argues that the team name and mascot logo of Chief ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: logos

The Definitive History of the MVP Award

The auto magnate launches one hell of a marketing campaign; shenanigans and scandal involving the sport’s two biggest stars; the birth of the MVP award.

gehrig97 Posted: October 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 17, 1916:

Suit has been filed against the Pacific Coast Baseball League for damages amounting to $10,000, by Miss Alice Butler, who charges that sufficient protection is not afforded baseball fans in the Oakland Park and that as a result her ward, ten-year-old Beatrice Silva, was struck with a foul ball which broke her nose.

The charge is made that one of the Pacific Coast League players did “carelessly, negligently and unnecessarily strike one of the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the ‘League of Legends’ World Championship

The closer eSports comes to mirroring real world sports, the more we’ll see the truly political components of eSports. Traditional sports have long and complex ties with politics of all sorts, and you can already see these strands in their digital counterparts.

Baseball, perhaps the most American sport, traces close connections to the US military—at least going back as far as World War II. The home plate has also been the home of culture wars. If you’ve been to any baseball games that ...

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 17, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 1922 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, video games, yankees

Nobody promised Dodgers would be easy, but it’s not time to panic | Chicago Sun-Times

I’ve been there. Deep breaths and keep the faith.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Kenley Jansen finds relief in role as Dodgers’ closer | FOX Sports

Free agent about to get very, very rich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenley jansen, playoffs

Why is it so hard to watch MLB playoff games? - Pinstripe Alley

MLB doesn’t like cord-cutters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, television

Trevor Bauer reveals questionable taste in Star Wars movies

Bauer said his relationship with the drone (which he brought with him to the press conference), is like a good marriage. “We argue all the time.” He also explained that his interest in drones grew out of his love for Star Wars, because drones reminded him of the speeder bikes used by the Empire (and then by Luke, Leia, and at least one Ewok) on the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi.

That led to what will undoubtedly be the most controversial moment of the session, when Bauer revealed ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 185 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, star wars, trevor bauer

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