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Saturday, November 05, 2011

IE: An Interview With Michael Lewis & Billy Beane: Data in Baseball & Business

Todd Watson: So this question is some red meat for my baseball buddies. Is, in fact, on-base percentage a better metric now for a player’s contribution to advancing scoring than runs batted in? And if so, could you talk a little bit about how you arrived at realizing that?

Billy Beane: Well, that’s interesting, I don’t think we’ve ever taken ownership of inventing anything. I mean, there were some academics there outside the industry…

Todd Watson: Sure. But it’s a different way of viewing the ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 10:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, history, media, sabermetrics

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies

And STILL no Sammye Welborn.

1. Trevor May, rhp
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp
3. Sebastian Valle, c
4. Jonathan Pettibone, rhp
5. Phillippe Aumont, rhp
6. Freddy Galvis, ss
7. Justin DeFratus, rhp
8. Brody Colvin, rhp
9. Jiwan James, of
10. Maikel Franco, 3b

In an effort to replenish the system, scouting director Marti Wolever took several projectable, high-ceiling athletes in the 2011 draft, including outfielders Larry and Tyler Greene (no relation) and shortstops Roman Quinn and Mitch ...

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, phillies, prospect reports, scouting

Friday, November 04, 2011 Thome, Phillies agree to one-year deal

I was at Citizens Bank Park a few days after Thome’s 600th career home run. The Jumbotron in left field replayed the moment and the Phils fans’ lengthy ovation was genuine. Welcome home.

Sources said Friday evening that the Phillies and Thome have agreed on a one-year contract, pending Thome passing a physical. Terms of the deal were unknown, although it seems likely to be a low-risk signing.

It is not a surprising move, but it is an interesting one. Both parties hoped to reunite during the ...

AndrewJ Posted: November 04, 2011 at 11:51 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, phillies, twins

BD (Healey): Are MLB GMs ignoring African-American Manager Candidates?

Well, are they?

Of the names we have heard so far in the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals managerial searches, there have been several Latino candidates mentioned as potential hires, but not a single qualified African-American managerial candidate — with one exception — has been identified. DeMarlo Hale of the Red Sox has been classified as someone who could be in the mix, but no interview has yet been scheduled.


there have been reports that Theo Epstein could ...

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, cardinals, cubs, red sox, white sox

Brian Cashman: Yankees will not pursue Albert Pujols

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joined the show to talk about the offseason and more.

Dan asked if the Yankees are interested in Albert Pujols. Cashman said no.

“Despite him being fantastic, it’s not an efficient way to allocate our resources,” Cashman said.

Cashman said they won’t go after much on the offensive side of the ball. “Offense is not an issue here,” Cashman said. “Our priority this offseason is pitching?

Dan asked if they were interested in Rangers ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:16 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, yankees

Cubs fan finds autographed Cardinals hat on I-74

Get that fella’s number! Get his number!.

Somewhere out there, someone is missing a baseball cap.

A 2011 World Series championship baseball cap apparently autographed by Series MVP David Freese, All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, relief pitcher Jason Motte and a few more St. Louis Cardinals.

Joe Couri found the cap on an off-ramp along Interstate 74, and he’d like to return it to the original owner. That’s if the original owner can prove ownership.

“He better have a picture of himself ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, memorabilia

Barry Bloom: Some thoughts on La Russa, Moneyball, statistics

Bloom in love: There’s no such thing as a perfect baseball marriage.

Cliff Lee had a WAR of 6.9 this past season pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. But that doesn’t account for the fact that he’s been terrible in his three most recent important starts: Games 1 and 5 of the 2010 World Series for Texas and Game 2 of this year’s National League Division Series. In the latter, he blew an early 4-0 lead to the Cards, who won the series in five games. Certainly, that one game alone is why ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 07:56 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

NY Post: Mets Settle Suit With Woman Injured By Falling Fat Man

This may cut into the funds available for Reyes and Wright:

Ellen Massey blamed the team for her injuries, contending they knew or should have known the drunken 300-pound fan five rows above her was a problem, and they did nothing to stop him from tormenting the other people in her section.

That fan, Timothy Cassidy, denies he was drunk, but witnesses said he was so sloshed, he couldn’t even complete the “Let’s go Mets!” chant.

The incident happened on opening day of 2007, when Massey had ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 04, 2011 at 07:30 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mets

Megdal: None of Our Business? Come Again?

As Howard says…“Always fun with this team.”

That’s the same thing that is now none of our business? Can’t be.

And one other thing to consider. Jeff Wilpon claimed the following: “Some of the people don’t want to be public,” Wilpon said. “Some of the people might never be public.”

So what is the motivation of these would-be owners? The team is losing a ton of money, and prospects for that to change aren’t very good in the near future. The team itself faces legal exposure from ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 05:28 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Buttry: If journalists were objective, Roger Maris would be in the Baseball Hall of Fame

All the Hesitant Men: It would be nice if they were right.

Next time someone tells me that objectivity is a journalism tradition, my answer will be: Roger Maris.

Again Thursday, baseball writers blocked Maris’ entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame because of their biases and personal feelings. The Golden Era ballot of eight players and two executives to be considered for entry to the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee, announced Thursday, included no one as famous as Maris.

...Maris ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, hall of fame, history, yankees

AZ Republic: ASU baseball ruled ineligible for 2012 postseason

Other penalties, some self-imposed by ASU in a case under investigation since January 2008, include scholarship reductions, vacating wins and the 2007 Pac-10 title, coaching limitations during practice and restricted recruiting.


ASU continues to dispute that some players being minimally overpaid for working in the Sandlot program, created by former coach Pat Murphy to promote youth baseball, and that certain work by student managers including throwing batting practice are major ...

Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: November 04, 2011 at 05:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college

Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch dies at age 61

RIP, Bob Forsch...

Bob Forsch, one of a handful of pitchers to have two no-hit games and the third winningest pitcher in Cardinals history, collapsed at his home near Tampa Fla., and died suddenly Thursday night.

Early reports from his wife, Jan, were that Forsch, 61, had suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest.

Forsch, who spent 15 seasons with the Cardinals from 1974-88, won 163 games for the club, ranking him third behind Bob Gibson (251) and Jesse “Pop” Haines (210). Employed as a minor ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 04:35 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

NYT: Schwarz: At Moneyball U, What Are the Odds?

Good stuff from Alan Schwarz…including a Father Gabe Costa sighting!

Watching a baseball telecast may not be the best way to learn basic probability.

Let’s say Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and his .313 career batting average stride to the plate after 20 straight at-bats without a hit. Sports Announcer No. 1 will invariably discuss how Jeter is in a slump, suggesting that, because of some problem either physical or mental, his chance of getting a hit is somewhere less than his usual ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: college, history, sabermetrics

FOX: Robo/Morosi - Moyer primed for comeback at 49

Moyer, who turns 49 later this month, is a free agent and has thrown for scouts twice recently, including Thursday in San Diego.

So far, the left-hander is getting rave reviews.

“Same as he’s been for the past 15 years — as incredible as that may sound,” one veteran scout said. “He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues as a fifth starter and win 10 or 12 games. He’s throwing 81 to 83 miles an hour, but he still knows how to make you look like an idiot. He doesn’t need the ...

Lassus Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:35 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Sullivan: Cubs manager interviews out of ordinary

Milk duds, Epstein…milk those duds. Locate hard to find products!

Once the Cubs managerial candidates settle into their seat for an interview, they will be put through an unconventional interview that’s a bit more complicated than asking “What do you know about Wrigley Field wind currents in April and May?”

One part of the process is game simulations, in which the candidate is handed lineup cards, statistics, a history of the relievers’ workloads and other relevant facts. A candidate will ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:33 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, sabermetrics

DeNA buys BayStars, awaits OK to add its name to team’s

Mobile social gaming company DeNA Co. announced Friday it has purchased the cash-strapped Yokohama BayStars baseball club.

The team will be renamed the Yokohama DeNA BayStars if the deal is approved at an owners meeting set for Dec. 1. Nine of the 12 owners in Nippon Professional Baseball have to OK the deal.

Reports said TBS has been trying to sell its stake in the team for nearly two years. The BayStars have been losing around ¥2 billion a year and have been cellar dwellers in the ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 04, 2011 at 01:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan

Graham: In Defense Of Dan Duquette

Setting the groundwork for his Oriole GM interview today…Duquette linked to this article twice on FB!

Many people credit Theo Epstein for having helped build the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship team. He may have a big part in it, but one man pretty much goes unnoticed. Dan Duquette.

Dan Duquette was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1994 to 2002 when new management came in and cleaned house. Duquette had a gift of developing some great players. Players like Nomar ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 10:08 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, orioles, red sox, sabermetrics

Morosi: Is Giants’ best hope trading Lincecum?

So if the Giants wish to maximize their odds of returning to the World Series, they have two choices.

1. Spend big for Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes or at the very least Carlos Beltran.

2. Trade one of those prized starters for impact bats, because the day is fast approaching when the Giants won’t be able to afford them all.

And if the Giants blanch at the going rates in free agency, the most practical move might be to trade Mr. Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner himself.

Yes. ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 10:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants

Baffoe: Hey Cardinals, Have Sandberg, Please

Sandberg sir. I put him hard-a-starboard and reversed the engines, but he was too close!

Another reason that Sandberg joining the Red State is something I’m rooting for is to get this Cubs fan base concerned strictly with the Cubs and their vision of moving forward. The Cardinals are the competition, of course, but you have to mow your own lawn first before worrying about your neighbor’s.

Most of all, though, I’m pushing for this out of spite, my contempt for the idiot Cubs fan. That ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2011

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 4, 1911:

After Joe Cox of Springfield, Mo., known as the Missouri “hope,” was fouled in the second round of a scheduled ten round bout with Eddie Fields of Joplin, Mo., here Friday night, Charlie Schmidt, the American league baseball catcher for the Detroit team last season, took Cox’ place and won a six round decision over Fields.

It’s not entirely clear whether Schmidt went to the match intending to box, or whether he volunteered after Cox was injured.  Regardless, ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brookover: Dick Allen gets snubbed by Hall of Fame ballot

Past HOF votes over HOF value…gawd.

I do not think Dick Allen belongs in the baseball Hall of Fame.

I’m quite sure, however, that the Wampum Walloper belongs among the candidates listed on the Golden Era ballot that was released Thursday by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

...At a Phillies function during the team’s alumni weekend this summer, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning became testy when asked about whether Allen, 69, belonged in the Hall of Fame.

“Don’t talk to me about the ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 09:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, phillies, projections, sabermetrics

UEFL: 2011 Ejections of the Year: Ed Rapuano and Alfonso Marquez

On July 2, Marquez ruled Phillies baserunner Chase Utley safe on a routine play at the plate. Rauch had been unhappy with what he perceived was an unfair strike zone and promptly was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Though his strike zone came into question, many commenters marveled at the sheer visual spectacle of a very angry 6’11” Rauch being restrained by three Blue Jays personnel, all the while ripping off his jersey and vehemently yelling at a calm and unflinching Marquez, who is ...

Good cripple hitter Posted: November 04, 2011 at 03:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, blue jays, fantasy baseball, phillies, tigers

Former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens on the comeback trail?

Oh, my good goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I’ve ever seen. Roger Clemens standing right in Greg Maddux’s 8th place for career wins!

According to Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia newspaper, Clemens “wants to pitch” for the same Indios de Mayaguez team that his son Koby is playing for this winter.

But Koby Clemens said in a separate Nuevo Dia interview that he doesn’t “know how much interest (his dad) has in playing.” And a source told the Daily News that although the 49-year-old ...

Repoz Posted: November 04, 2011 at 02:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hall of fame, history, red sox, yankees

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Cardboard appreciation: 1976 Topps Mickey Scott

Remembering Mickey Scott...

Scott continued to live in Binghamton after his career. He opened a bar, called “Mickey’s Mound,” which I remember driving by when I was a teenager, having no idea that it was Mickey SCOTT’s Mound. I wonder how the conversation would have went if I asked my folks if we could just pop into a bar to see if a former major leaguer was there. (Mickey’s Mound is now The Brass Lantern Tavern).

Scott pitched for a Yankees farm team, the Binghamton Triplets, during the ...

Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 11:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, expos, history, obituaries, orioles

High Heat Stats: Picking Up for the Late, Lamented B-R Blog

There is life after the blog…

After nearly 4 and a half years, that blog has run its course so I’m moving things over here. What can you expect? More of the same, for the most part. At least initially we will be running the same sort of content you saw on the B-R blog.

Best of luck, gents.

Don Malcolm Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcements


Please be advised that at 6:45pm AEDT (3:45pm AWST) on Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Australian Baseball League made the decision to officially postpone the start of the 2011-12 ABL season by postponing the game between the Perth Heat and Adelaide Bite.

The game, scheduled to commence at Barbagallo Ballpark at 7:20pm local Perth time, was forced to be postponed due to persistent rain and ongoing weather forecasts for the remainder of the evening.

While regrettable, the ABL was left with no ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:27 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: international

MLB All-Stars earn hard-fought win in Taiwan

As expected, the MLB All-Stars won Game 2 of the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series in Taichung Intercontinental Stadium, but it didn’t come easy. They eked out a 5-3 victory over the Chinese Taipei national team in a game that was in question for most of the contest, and also was tinged with worry and concern because of a serious injury to a Chinese Taipei player.

After taking an early 2-0 lead, MLB gave up three unanswered runs to face its first deficit of the five-game exhibition series, but tied ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 03, 2011 at 10:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international Theo Epstein, Terry Francona talking

The new Cubs president of baseball operations said he spoke with the former Red Sox manager on Thursday and will speak again to gauge whether Francona is the right fit to be Cubs manager.

“Tito and I have spoken regularly since the end of the season,” Epstein said. “We actually spoke today. We are going to sit down together and see if it’s a fit.

“Clearly he would be at the top of anyone’s list as available managers. That’s probably true of any organization looking for a manager with ...

Andere Richtingen Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:53 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

Chicago Sun-Times: Mike Maddux, Dale Sveum take center stage in Cubs’ search

Two names at or near the top of the list, according to sources, are Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux and one-time Milwaukee interim manager Dale Sveum, who interviewed for the Boston Red Sox vacancy on Wednesday.

It is worth noting that these two have 12 games of major league managing experience between them.  All 12 being Sveum’s.

Andere Richtingen Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs

Granillo: Player Rankings for Type A/B Calculations, 1982-1984

Larry splains…“For the first 3 yrs of the Type A/Type B free agent classifications, Baseball Digest published lists of how Elias ranked each player in baseball (since a FA needs to be in the top 20% or 30% at his position, all players must be ranked). For example, RP Doug Corbett was considered the #1 player in the AL in 1982 because of how he ranked compared to other RPs. Here’s a look at some of the lists…”

For at least three years, though, the formula was not only publicly available, but ...

Repoz Posted: November 03, 2011 at 09:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

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