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Thursday, October 06, 2011

MLB.com: Freese ‘birds: Cards extend NLDS stay

The Cards spotted Roy Oswalt a first-inning lead, but it didn’t matter as the irrepressible Redbirds pulled out yet another comeback win. This time it was hometown hero David Freese leading the charge with four RBIs in a 5-3 win at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals evened their National League Division Series with the Phillies at two games apiece, with a deciding fifth game in Philadelphia on Friday.
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The St. Louis native drilled a two-run double to put the Cardinals ahead in the fourth inning, ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 06, 2011 at 02:03 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, phillies

Brennan: Baseball still takes back seat to NFL

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig went to the Milwaukee Brewers playoff game Sunday, which should come as no surprise since he once owned the team. While there, he also found himself doing what most other sports fans were doing over the weekend: keeping an eye on an NFL game.

“We were head to head,” Selig said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I was watching our game at Miller Park, and the Packers game was on all over so I knew what was going on. I was also watching the Yankee-Detroit game. But, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:45 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, television

Globe: Cubs are asking to talk to Epstein

The Chicago Cubs , meanwhile, have filed the forms with Major League Baseball seeking permission to speak to the Red Sox general manager about the vacant position in their front office, according to a major league source.

Channel 5’s Mike Lynch reported that Red Sox ownership, in internal discussions yesterday, were considering asking MLB for compensation from the Cubs merely to speak to Epstein. Normally, compensation is contingent on the inquiring team acquiring the person from the other ...

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McCoy Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:42 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

L.A. Times: Dodgers’ argument fails to move bankruptcy judge

The Dodgers failed again Wednesday to convince U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross that they need documents about other Major League Baseball teams.

“To open this up at this point to all of baseball, to the other 29 teams, would be more burdensome than is appropriate,” Gross said, “and perhaps not even relevant to the issue of bad faith.”

Gross said he would issue a formal ruling in a day or two but said he did not anticipate reversing his previous order denying the Dodgers access to ...

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Tripon Posted: October 06, 2011 at 12:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media, television

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

HOF: 2012 Ford C. Frick Award Ballot Finalized

The 10 finalists for the 2012 Frick Award are: Skip Caray, Rene Cardenas, Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Bill King, Tim McCarver, Graham McNamee, Eric Nadel and Mike Shannon. The winner of the 2012 Frick Award will be announced on December 6 at the Baseball Winter Meetings and honored during Hall of Fame Weekend, July 20-23, 2012 in Cooperstown.

Here’s hoping Bill King or Tom Cheek finally gets his due.


Howard Bryant: Missing: Accountability for Theo Epstein

Missing: When an idealistic writer disappears during the…wait…“None of Beane’s vaunted Moneyball prospects ever made the major leagues…” WTF?

Epstein and the Red Sox have been aided tremendously by a press and fan base that fell completely for the false perception that Boston is somehow baseball’s virtuous non-pollutant, simply because it spends less than the Yankees. The truth, of course, is that the Red Sox spend more than everybody but the Yankees.

Without the assistance of players such as ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:03 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, history, red sox, sabermetrics

Make no mistake, Mike Scioscia is the Angels’ real GM

A strong-willed GM, with the ability to tell Moreno his emotions are getting the best of him and that Scioscia’s stubbornness needs to chill, is probably just what the Angels need to get on track.

But who is everyone kidding? It’s not going to happen.

Scioscia has an 11-year head start on any new GM and seven years remaining on his contract as the voice of the Angels. As much as Moreno likes to think it’s his team, it’s really Scioscia’s team.

More fallout from the Wells/Napoli trade and ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 05, 2011 at 08:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Francesa Thinks He’s Being Prank Called, Doesn’t Know “Al Alburquerque” Is A Real Baseball Player

Do You Know the Way to Alburquerque?

Francesa, a staple of New York sports talk radio and noted ice cream enthusiast, thought he was being prank-called by a listener when the oddly-named Detroit Tiger was brought up. So he hung up on the caller.

This would mean that Mike Francesa, who prides himself on his encyclopedic knowledge of New York sports, wasn’t paying attention to a key moment in Tuesday night’s Yankee game. Alburquerque was brought in in the eighth inning, just as New York was ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 07:49 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television, tigers, yankees

Syracuse.com: N.Y. Mets to cut some ticket prices (again)

My Met fan aunt in Endicott will be interested, but how many other upstaters?

The team said Tuesday it will introduce what is known as “dynamic” pricing for individual tickets - meaning the cost of seats may fluctuate based on demand.

The Mets, beset by financial and attendance problems, said Tuesday they are cutting the cost of season tickets by up to 39 percent. Prices were lowered by 10-20 percent after Citi Field’s first season, then by an average of 14 percent following 2010.

New York ...

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TerpNats Posted: October 05, 2011 at 06:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Petti: Dear ESPN, A.J. Burnett Was Not “Good” Last Night

Just because I can’t take another pro-A.J. caller on Francesspool…

First, Burnett gave up four hits and walked four batters in 5 2/3 innings. That means he finished the game with a 1.50 walks plus hits per inning pitched last night. His seasonal WHIP? 1.43. So he actually allowed more baserunners per inning than during his regular season, which most would characterize as far from “good”.

Second, Burnett’s K/BB ratio was .75, and out of his 81 pitches, 49 went for strikes (a strike-to-ball ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 06:04 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

Game Chatter NLDS Game 4s

Phillies at Cardinals, 6 PM
Brewers at D-Backs, 9:30 PM

Gamingboy Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:19 PM | 249 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Man calls 911 in search of missing remote, doesn’t miss Brewers game

Always worth noting when a Primate makes the news.

A 97-year-old man who wanted to watch a Milwaukee Brewers game called 911 to report someone had stolen his remote control…

The remote control was found after police responded, so the man was able to watch the Brewers game.

The District Attorney Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:12 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

NPR: Relief Pitcher Admits Living A Lie, And Then Life Gets Complicated

His name is Robert Paulsen….

“His real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo,” Miami Herald reporter Frances Robles tells NPR’s Lynn Neary. “And when he was 17, he assumed a friend’s identity, who was 16 — because the teams pay so much more money for 16-year-olds.”

Robles visited Oviedo’s Dominican hometown of Bonao, where she talked to a coach who runs a “baseball school” that nurtures young players, many of them both talented and desperate to help their families. There, Oviedo was reportedly known ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, pirates, royals

FBAL: Pedro Gomez and Steroids

Pedro Gomez: Discovering the Talent He Never Knew…Pentra-Vision!

To clear up any questions in my mind, I asked what he meant by “users.”  Here’s the dialogue that ensued.

  Pedro Gomez – Won’t vote for any “users” “@Hunt1Brian:@pedrogomezESPN One more question, I know U followed Bonds career closely, would you vote him HOF.”

  Me - Are we talking suspected users or those we have proof used steroids (i.e. a very small number of people)

  Pedro Gomez - Proof for ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 01:04 PM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hall of fame, rumors, steroids

Touring the Bases with….Craig Wright | Seamheads.com

Primate Kevin Johnson interviewed Craig Wright a little over a year ago. I missed the article then but, with all the Moneyball movie talk around here, it’s very relevant to the ongoing discussion.

Statistical analysis has very real role in most scientific inquiry, but it is quite possible to focus on statistical analysis without taking advantage of what makes scientific inquiry so effective. Left to stand alone, statistical analysis tends to limit truth and understanding only to certainties that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2011 at 11:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Johnny Schmitz, Wausau’s All-Star, dies at 90

RIP, Johnny (Bear Tracks) Schmitz.

Wausau native Johnny Schmitz, a former All-Star pitcher who faced Hall of Fame baseball legends such as Ted Williams, has died in Wausau at age 90.

Schmitz, who debuted with the Chicago Cubs, spent eight seasons in Chicago before shuffling around the major leagues. He went on to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

Known also as “Bear Tracks,” because he had large feet ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 10:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, history, nationals, obituaries, orioles, red sox, yankees

Pitchers & Poets: Why I Want the Rangers to Win the World Series

All-Natural Beef about Nolan Ryan is available online!

But wait, you say. The Rangers were once owned by the unpopular pre-presidential George W. Bush who often sits smiling in a box on the field level. Their current CEO, Nolan Ryan, is the scowliest jowliest man in all of baseball and more than likely a fascist. And the two are friends! Plus there was that whole Tom Hicks/MLB Rescue debacle. Cheering for the Rangers, you say, is basically the baseball equivalent of voting for Rick Perry in an ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 10:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, rangers

Goold: Cardinals: Pair of intentional walks cost Garcia

Has Tango put up that long promised “When to Walk Carlos Ruiz” chart yet?

The two intentional walks appear, at first, to be incongruous. The Cardinals pitched around an eighth-place hitter with a career .265 average and yet pitch into a slugger who finished third in the NL in RBIs and feasts on pitchers at Busch Stadium in his career. The strategy behind both was to gain an advantage with the matchup, La Russa and several players said. Getting the lefty Garcia against the left-handed hitting ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:46 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, phillies, projections, sabermetrics

Stagnant attendance means Rays owner Stuart Sternberg can’t buy the bats the team needs

Poof! The Elugelab test results are in…

In other words, this might be as good as it gets for Tampa Bay baseball. The crowds are probably not going to get significantly better, and the payroll isn’t going to go up, and the Rays still aren’t likely to have enough hitting. They seemed destined to be limited, doomed to be flawed.

If that disappoints you, you should see it from Sternberg’s viewpoint.

• “It won’t be my decision, or solely my decision. But eventually, major-league baseball is ...

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Repoz Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:33 AM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2011

AP via Calgary Herald, October 5, 1986:

Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Phil Niekro, who has won 311 games, added another accomplishment to his illustrious career Saturday.  The 47-year-old knuckleball pitcher stole his first base—literally.

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Niekro, in full uniform and wearing a red napkin over his face like a mask, burst out of Cleveland’s first-base dugout.  Niekro ran towards second base and dove headfirst into the bag.  Niekro looked up at second base umpire Vic Voltaggio, who gave a safe ...

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Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 09:16 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hall of fame, history, indians

MLB.com: D-backs’ grand homecoming forces Game 4

A return home seemed to be what the Arizona Diamondbacks needed as they used an outstanding pitching performance from Josh Collmenter and a grand slam by Paul Goldschmidt to breeze past the Brewers, 8-1, in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Tuesday.

The D-backs still have a hill to climb as they trail the best-of-five series 2-1 and need a win in Wednesday’s Game 4 to force a decisive game in Milwaukee on Friday.

NTNgod Posted: October 05, 2011 at 04:46 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, brewers, game recaps

MLB.com: With plenty of help, Burnett forces Game 5

A.J. Burnett and the Yankees staved off elimination with a 10-1 victory over the Tigers in Game 4 on Tuesday at Comerica Park.

Originally slated to be in New York’s bullpen during this series, Burnett rose to the occasion, delivering 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to prolong the Yankees’ season for at least another two days.

Two terrific catches by center fielder Curtis Granderson aided the effort, as the former Tigers star patrolled his old stomping grounds with aplomb.

NTNgod Posted: October 05, 2011 at 03:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, tigers, yankees

L.A. Times: Angels send message with resignation of GM Tony Reagins

Wells struggled all year to hit .220, but fans seem to have a sense that he is a decent guy whose 2011 may have been more aberration than trend. Napoli is a different story.

Reagins traded him away and all sorts of bad things happened. He got traded again, this time to the rival Texas Rangers. Then, he had a year with Johnny Bench and Mike Piazza-like numbers, a good portion of that against the Angels. He hit several homers at the Big A that seemed to descend into the distant bleachers from ...

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Tripon Posted: October 05, 2011 at 02:50 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Jim Crane says no movement on AL as Nov. 30 deadlines looms

Prospective Astros owner Jim Crane has had increased dialogue of late about a potential move to the American League, but Crane said he has yet to receive a formal proposal from Major League Baseball for any sort of compensation for the move.

Crane also said that should the Nov. 30 expiration date of his contract with Drayton McLane lapse, he would likely walk away, but left some door open to renegotiate in what is now his fourth attempt to buy a baseball team.

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Joe Kehoskie Posted: October 05, 2011 at 01:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business

MLB.com: [Ben] Francisco’s homer puts Phillies up 2-1

[Jaime] Garcia had allowed a combined three earned runs in four career starts against the Phillies and had cruised through six innings until Ben Francisco hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the seventh in a 3-2 victory that gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Phillies can clinch a trip to their fourth consecutive NL Championship Series with a victory in Game 4 on Wednesday.

NTNgod Posted: October 05, 2011 at 12:36 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, phillies

MiLB.com: Astros prospect killed in auto accident

Sad.

Dustin Kellogg, the Astros’ 34th-round pick in this year’s Draft, was killed late Monday when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer in Porter, Texas, authorities said.
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According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Kellogg was traveling south on FM 1314 when his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and struck an 18-wheeler at 11:40 p.m. CT.

 

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 05, 2011 at 12:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, minor leagues

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

MLB.com: Belt-Trey: Three homers power Texas to ALCS

Adrian Beltre, 1-for-11 in the first three games, hit a playoff-record-tying three home runs as the Rangers advanced to the AL Championship Series with a 4-3 victory over the Rays in Game 4 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Neftali Feliz earned his third save in three games to preserve the victory for Matt Harrison and touched off another raucous ginger ale and champagne celebration in the visiting clubhouse.
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Ian Kinsler also hit a home run on the second pitch of the game from Rays starter ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 04, 2011 at 11:22 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rangers, rays

AJC/O’Brien: A year later, Heyward’s future seems less certain

I’ll say this: If the Braves even consider offering Jason Heyward in a trade, there should be 29 teams lining up to bid.

The mere fact that there was even mention of the possibility – rumored or otherwise – says something of how bad a season Heyward had, and how perception of the 22-year-old has already changed in some quarters.

Few people in baseball will be shocked if Heyward bounces back from an alarming second season – .227 average, .319 on-base percentage, 34 extra-base hits, 42 ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: October 04, 2011 at 11:10 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Timo Perez, 3 others suspended

Former big leaguer Timo Perez and three other players have been suspended 50 games for violating the minor league drug program.

Major League Baseball announced the penalties on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Perez hit .304 with Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit system this year. He is currently a free agent.

Also suspended were Oakland outfielder Mitchell LeVier, free agent catcher Oscar Rodriguez and free agent pitcher Kelvin Santana.

Thanks to Jeezo.

Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 10:02 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

Hale: Tony LaRussa Hates Brad Pitt

ARF: Anti Range Factor.

Tony LaRussa invented baseball. Everyone knows that. So when someone else gets credit for an alternative take on his game, he gets mad. Rightfully so.

And you can bet LaRussa did plunk down $12 of his hard-earned drinkin’ money to see “Moneyball” last weekend because that trash isn’t part of his game.

With that in mind, LaRussa decided to swap his corner outfielders today, moving Lance Berkman to left and Allen Craig to right. Why? Here’s his answer…

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Repoz Posted: October 04, 2011 at 09:08 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics

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