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Friday, October 14, 2011

Gleeman: Red Sox owner John Henry: “I personally opposed” signing Carl Crawford

During an appearance on CBS Radio in Boston this afternoon Red Sox owner John Henry explained that he “personally opposed” the team’s decision to sign free agent Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract last offseason.

Henry said that he ultimately deferred to general manager Theo Epstein and the front office decision-makers…

at the time of the Crawford signing Epstein did say that he had to talk ownership into the move and Henry also said during the same interview today ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 07:30 PM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, red sox

Jazayerli: Doctoring the Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part Two

Part One here (although I’m wondering, given this article, why we needed a “5 oldest vs. 5 youngest” article at all.)

Rather than simply looking at the youngest and oldest players in each draft year, I’ve taken all 846 players in the draft study and separated them by age into five roughly equal bins: Very Young, Young, Average, Old, and Very Old. I then calculated the combined expected value of the players in each bin based on where they were drafted and the combined Discounted WARP that they ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 07:08 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

SBN: Yellon: Do-It-Yourself Theo Epstein Compensation Speculation

Tired of all the endless speculation about Theo Epstein and what compensation the Cubs will owe the Red Sox for him? Now you can make up your own!

I like interaction.  Except with the people at Time-Warner, who I call to complain that my 56 dBmV upstream power level is too high and they ask me if my modem is on and plugged in.

Dan Szymborski Posted: October 14, 2011 at 07:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

NYT: Mahler: It’s All ‘Moneyball’ Now

Hicks failed to buy a World Series, but he nearly went broke trying. Guess what happened when he started belatedly slashing expenses in a vain attempt to prevent the team from going under? Jon Daniels, who was 28 when he became the Rangers’ general manager, had the chance to take a different, more cost-effective approach . He restocked the team’s depleted farm system, refocused on pitching and made a few big trades that created the nucleus of the team that is now on the brink of its second ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 05:27 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, projections, sabermetrics

Kubatko: Orioles: The fluid list

Jerry Dipoto on the fluid list? Mr. Blameshifter now with orange and black glove?!

Here’s what I know: Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto will interview with the Orioles.

...It’s possible that the interview will take place Monday. The date also is fluid. But the important point here is that Dipoto is a leading candidate and the Diamondbacks granted permission for the Orioles to contact him.

The Orioles don’t want a whiz kid who still gets carded in bars, and they don’t want a mid-60s ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 04:55 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Gleeman: Frustrated Twins fans want to know: Is this the real Delmon Young?

Gleeman informs the sensible-sweater soiree at MinnPost about a recent athlete of note.

Remember when Mark Lemke was terrorizing the Twins with a .417 batting average in the 1991 World Series? Or how about when Adam Kennedy knocked the Twins out of the 2002 ALCS with a three-homer Game 5? Or what about last October, when Cody Ross’ heroics propelled the Giants to a championship?

None of those guys were more than role players before their postseason breakouts, and none of those guys were more ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 14, 2011 at 03:50 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tigers, twins

Angels—not Dodgers—close to new TV deal with Fox?

Well they need some way to pay Vernon Wells’ contract.

However, Fox and the Angels have had dialogue about a new deal for an extended period of time, according to parties familiar with the conversations but not authorized to discuss them. No deal is imminent, the parties said.

With Fox losing the Lakers and potentially losing the Dodgers, the Angels have the leverage to command a deal in excess of the 20-year, $1.6-billion contract to which Fox and the Rangers agreed last year.

That deal ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2011 at 03:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, international

Brogna On Baseball: The 0-2 And 3-0 Count Myths

Hitting: The .320 OBROGNAP way.

Stubbornly, baseball again practices an offensive theory that I would change without blinking. The old “automatic strike” pitch is what we identify with when a hitter has a 3-0 count. When I played for Terry Francona in Philadelphia, each hitter had the “Green” Light to swing away on any 3-0 count. The only reason a hitter would take there is if the “must take” sign was put on or if the hitter was not comfortable swinging at that particular 3-0 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 02:15 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

FOX Sports: Wolf Gives Brewers Much-Needed Win

But after solo homers put St. Louis up 2-0 through three innings Thursday, the Cardinals couldn’t put anything together. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and failed twice to get a man home from third with less than two outs.

Wolf baffled them with a changeup clocked consistently around 65 mph.

‘‘We had a couple of chances to add a run and Wolf made outstanding pitches,’’ Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. ‘‘These are productive guys. He just made really good pitches.’‘

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Lassus Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Robothal: Justin Verlander Delivers Superhuman Effort in Game 5 of ALCS

But Verlander, after an efficient, 10-pitch seventh, was in no mood for conversation. The Tigers, trailing three games to one, had a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead in Game 5 of the ALCS. But Verlander knew that the Tigers’ pitching staff, in the words of Leyland, was down to, “Verlander and Verlander and Verlander . . . and maybe (Phil) Coke.”

“I didn’t even talk to, ‘Skip,’ I didn’t even look at him,” Verlander told me in the postgame interview on FOX after the Tigers’ 7-5 ...

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Lassus Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:02 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Edes: Solutions for the Sox

Sweep away the chicken bones, recycle the beer cans and fire up the treadmill. Bid adieu to Tito and Theo, make way for Ben Cherington and a TBA manager, relocate John Lackey in the witness protection program, and tell the “team sources” in the executive suite to put away the sharp knives and clean up the blood they’ve left behind.

The next time Sox players are invited onto John Henry’s yacht, it will be a victory cruise (headphones optional).

jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

NLCS Game 5 chatter

Brewers (Greinke) at Cardinals (Garcia). 8:05. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Schilling: ‘This is what happens when you piss people off that are really rich and powerful

Mega feldgrau langhosen load alert!

We know they’re looking at trading Lackey, but that’s going to be a tough pill to swallow.

I don’t know that they have a choice. I can’t envision a scenario where he’s back here.

Who’s more disappointing: the leader, Josh Beckett or the follower, Jon Lester?

That’s the one that I think probably makes me bend over and double-clutch more than anything. I wanted so bad to believe that that September late-season swoon by him was just something ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Harper: Prince Fielder may become Big Apple of Yankees’ eye if Sabathia decides to sign elsewhere

And I thought once seeing John Wockenfuss trip over the 2B bag was the high point of clogging up the DH spot.

Would that lead the Yankees to Fielder? The potential of the lineup would be tantalizing and, who knows? Maybe Fielder would actually hit in October as well as his father Cecil did with the Bombers in 1996

On the other hand, Cashman probably wouldn’t want to lock himself into still another long-term deal. And though Fielder could play first base at times to spell Mark Teixeira, the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, media, yankees

Glauber: Dear Prince and Albert, please stay

Says Bill Glauber of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…who has also worked for The Baltimore Sun and The Chicago Tribune.

Dear Prince and Albert:

Stay right where you are.

Don’t mess up the best thing you’re ever going to have in baseball.

Think twice before taking the money and running out of town. In fact, think about taking what money you can and remaining in Milwaukee and St. Louis.

...But in a lot of cases, switching teams provides just a boost in pay and a lot of heartache. Seriously, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 09:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, cardinals, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2011

Pittsburgh Press, October 14, 1911:

Before what is conceded to be the largest crowd that ever witnessed a baseball game, the opening contest in the world’s series is now on, the gladiators of McGraw and Mack straining every effort to capture the initial game of the series and thus gain the advantage in the battle for honors.

Toledo News-Bee, October 14, 1911:

George Petroleseus, a Greek baseball fan, found a ticket to the world’s series.  To celebrate he imbibed too much and will receive hospital ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 14, 2011 at 08:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Move over, LeBron: Other sports stars have NFL potential, too

Pretty good, but I don’t think they know who Miguel Cabrera is.

we polled Sporting News’ team of writers and editors on athletes in other sports who would transition well to the physical NFL.

Quarterbacks

Carl Crawford, OF, Boston Red Sox (6-2, 215)...

Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit Tigers (6-5, 225)...

Wide receivers

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3, 215)...

Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees (6-1, 185)...

Tight end

Mike Stanton, OF, Florida Marlins (6-5, 235)...

Offensive ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 12:35 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Posnanski: The Cubs

“F———goat,” comedian and Cubs fan Jeff Garlin is saying, and I must admit that the quotes that follow are not as precise as I might like because it’s hard to take notes when Diet Coke is spurting out of your nose. “A goat? OK, let’s get something straight. It is not a curse to not want a goat at a baseball game, all right? That is not a curse… You know, this was a time when people dressed up. I mean nobody would let a goat into a game now, and people dress like pigs. Back then people wore suits ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, cubs, history

Jazayerli: Doctoring the Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part One

But you doctored the numbers!  You admitted it right there!

This is, all modesty aside, quite possibly the most impressive and significant finding of my career. When it comes to the drafting of high school hitters, even slight differences in age matter. At least when it comes to high school hitters, young draft picks are a MASSIVE market inefficiency.

In The 1985 Bill James Abstract, James published the results of his study which showed that “The rate of return on players drafted out of ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:34 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Dewan: Chase Utley: Best Baserunner in MLB

Don’t ask me +77 what.  I assume bases?

Baserunning Gain is a measure of how often a player advances the extra base, or is thrown out trying to do so, as compared with what would have been expected based on league averages.  The top ten baserunners by this metric over the last three years combined are shown below.

Player          Baserunning Gain (3-Year)
Chase Utley     +77
Elvis Andrus    
+76
Shane Victorino 
+64
Ben Zobrist     
+57
Ian Kinsler     
+51
Michael Bourn   
+50
Ryan Braun      
+50 ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 09:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Leyland says Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit unavailable for Tigers today

We Are The Tigers…we need separate trainer rooms.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland just held his pregame session with the media. He discussed his lineup, the team’s health and the mood in the clubhouse.

Here are the highlights:

• On the lineup: “We got (Austin) Jackson, (Ryan) Raburn, (Miguel) Cabrera, (Victor) Martinez and (Delmon) Young, (Jhonny) Peralta, (Brandon) Inge, (Alex) Avila and (Ramon) Santiago.”

• On whether Jose Valverde is available: “He will not pitch ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:52 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, tigers

Davidoff: Just a few suggestions for the Yankees

Re-sign Brian Cashman

This is happening. Cashman likely will meet with Hal Steinbrenner in Tampa later this week or early next week to complete the deal.

Extend CC Sabathia’s contract...

What’s reasonable? How about keeping the current deal as is and then throwing on an additional two years and $52 million for 2016 and 2017? That matches Cliff Lee ‘s annual average value of $24 million…

Pick up the 2012 options on Robinson Cano ($14 million) and Nick Swisher ($10.25 million)...

Trade ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Onion Sports Network: Yankees, Phillies Playing Sad Little World Series Of Their Own

Also featuring Nyjer Morgan’s brain centipede.

The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, phillies, yankees

Berkman, Ellsbury earn Comeback awards

All-Star outfielders Lance Berkman of the Cardinals and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox were named the winners of the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year Awards on Thursday, as the annual rollout of Major League Baseball’s individual hardware got under way.

Berkman, 35, recaptured the form he showed for many seasons in Houston, and he is a key reason why St. Louis is in the midst of a National League Championship Series battle against Milwaukee. He hit .301 with 31 home runs and 94 RBIs, a .412 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 07:49 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cardinals, red sox

Jack Nicholson Might Do Actual Acting In The Jackie Robinson Biopic 42

The King of Marvin Rackley’s Garden Returns!

But for whatever reason, Nicholson has apparently gotten sick of sitting courtside at Lakers games and hanging out with his old buddies, and is considering taking an actual acting job, one that might force him to remove his sunglasses. Vulture reports that Nicholson is considering a starring role in 42, the new title for the Jackie Robinson biopic that’s been in the works since the summer. It’s also apparently a different project than the one Robert ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 05:12 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: business, hall of fame, history, media

Popper: David Wright ponders his future

Hello, my name is David and this is effed up…as the other cleat is about to drop.

If the Mets were to deal him, Wright could void the option year.

“Obviously, when I signed my contract, there was not a no-trade, nothing in there that stipulates I have any control over that,” Wright said. “If they trade me, obviously you want to be somewhere where you’re wanted. Like I said, it’s not something where – if it happens it happens. I’m not trying to be boring or blunt about it, but I have ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 04:36 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Barra: Yankee Post-Mortem, Part 2: Too-Much-Moneyball and the Crapshoot Factor

Barra: Clearing the Clogged Bases.

As the postseason hits full swing, it’s amusing watching the three richest teams in baseball scramble frantically to figure out why they lost despite their enormous resources. Well, it’s amusing if you’re not a fan of those teams.

Articles about what the Yankees need to do to win in the postseason next year are practically a light industry. Among the suggestions: “Replace Nick Swisher with Delmon Young” (because Young hit .333 in last year’s postseason, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, phillies, red sox, sabermetrics, yankees

CSNNE: Giardi: Sox clubhouse became a poison control center

I don’t think the headline actually makes any sense, but who wants more gossip??

Carl Crawford kept more and more to himself as the season progressed, largely because the clubhouse culture here was unlike any he’d experienced during his decade with Tampa Bay. A consummate pro, Crawford had once grabbed Pat Burrell and thrown him up against a wall, angrily telling Burrell that his unprofessional ways were not accepted in the Rays’ clubhouse. Tampa Bay management had their speedy outfielder’s ...

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Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, red sox

ALCS Game 5 and NLCS Game 4 CHATTERS

Rangers (Wilson) at Tigers (Verlander). 4:19. FOX
Brewers (Wolf) at Cardinals (Lohse). 8:05. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM | 499 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Olbermann: The Curse Of The Lucchino

Francona and Epstein were not merely scapegoated in the story. The newspaper essentially printed an ownership implication that Francona had a prescription drug problem, that he was distracted by worry over the safety of his son and son-in-law, serving overseas, and that he lost focus because of marital problems. With the caveat that I consider both Francona and Epstein friends – and my assurance that neither has been a source for what I write here – the story is one of the more remarkable ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, red sox, television

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