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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Homework got Lorenzo Cain home from first on single

As Cain approached third, he didn’t slow down but was surprised to see Jirschele continuing to windmill his arms.

“I was definitely confused,” Cain said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

But Jirschele did. He saw Bautista field the ball, turn and throw to second base. Hosmer had made a wide turn at first and Bautista’s throw was an attempt to hold Hosmer.

Jirschele knew Bautista’s tendencies.

“I knew if I had somebody that could run coming into third base, we were going ...

Zach Posted: October 24, 2015 at 01:11 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: base coaches, baserunning, royals

NY Post: Sherman: Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders

At one last get-together with the main decision-makers — with the clock now nearing the 4 p.m. deadline — Alderson let all in the room know what would be heard if this trade were not made and the team did not win a championship: “We had a chance to do this and didn’t do it.”

Said Alderson: “That is a form of conversation that would make it as stark and dramatic as possible, another way of articulating what we all thought we should do. There were people in this organization saying ...

bobm Posted: October 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tigers, yoenis cespedes

Pete Rose videobombs, swivels during rain delay

If there is a worse analyst than Pete Rose, I haven’t seen him. Who picks the studio hosts on FS1?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Expect arms race for Cubs in the hunt for more Octobers | Chicago Sun-Times

It’s already next year at Wrigley.

Specifically, it’s on the front office to – as Theo Epstein has repeatedly said – “not screw it up.”

And mostly that’s about building enough starting pitching depth to keep climbing the NL Central ladder and to better withstand a team like the Mets next time they see October.

It’s the obvious, highest priority of the offseason for a front office that already was far down the road in planning and targets even before Jason Hammel was shelled in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Core Royals players overcame challenges, carried their team and swept away doubts | The Kansas City Star

The Royals’ 25-man postseason roster has 12 changes on it from last season, and without the makeover they probably wouldn’t have won their second straight American League Championship Series on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

That was particularly true with the additions of Kendrys Morales, Chris Young, Ryan Madson, the postseason version of Alex Rios and Ben Zobrist, whose first-inning home run stirred Kauffman Stadium to a life it never lost in the Royals’ 4-3 victory over Toronto in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals, world series

Cassavell/Sports on Earth: Postseason MVPs

It’s more than the World Series, it’s all the games that got you there.

Chris Fluit Posted: October 24, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, david freese, david ortiz, jeter, postseason

Dodgers looking for a manager open to collaboration — like Gabe Kapler?

From the time Kapler became the Dodgers’ farm director, there were rumblings within the organization that he might be the front office’s handpicked manager-in-waiting. True or not, this perception could present an obstacle for Kapler if he is selected to manage the team. If players see him as an extension of the front office, they could view him with suspicion.

Already, Kapler has raised some eyebrows with the Dodgers.

He was responsible for introducing organic food and eliminating soda in ...


Roger Angell - B. M. W. D.

In which Roger Angell provides a broader audience with their own Official Mets Fan Self-Immolation Thread despite heading to the World Series.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: October 24, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fandom, mets, self-immolation, world series

Friday, October 23, 2015

Kansas City and Toronto Libraries Exchange Literary Insults on Twitter

Team pride is running so high in both cities that even the local librarians are getting in on the trash talk. The Kansas City public library instigated the feud following their Tuesday night win by tweeting an image of some snarky book spine poetry. As you can see from the exchange below, things got pretty heated from there—or at least as heated as a battle between Midwestern and Canadian librarians can get.

Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 23, 2015 at 03:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Unraveling the mystery of Marlins Man: The fan who is everywhere |

The guy really is everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Big Bad Bautista

Reimagining this “disrespectful” and “arrogant” Bautista caricature as firmly on the side of good is an excellent exercise. He’s confident, loyal, defends and supports his teammates, and patently refuses to let anyone speak for him.

mathesond Posted: October 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Royals fans can’t get enough of hometown team |

As well that they should. Enjoy the run!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Gothamist - Carlson: Behold, The 1950s Baseball Dome That Would Have Kept The Dodgers In Brooklyn

In the mid-1950s, there was a proposal for a new home for the Brooklyn Dodgers, dubbed: the Dodger Dome, which would have sat where the Atlantic Terminal Mall is today, right near Barclays Center. The design came from dome-loving architect Buckminster Fuller, who four years later proposed putting a geodesic dome over much of Manhattan. According to a 1955 article in the NY Times, the Dodgers camp asked Fuller to build them a new home.

Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley wrote a letter to Fuller on ...

Lassus Posted: October 23, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodger stadium

Mariners promote Allison to oversee all scouting operations | The News Tribune

Changes in Seattle continue, including a new manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, scott servais

Shaikin: Don Mattingly makes a decision, and Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman gets to make his choice

There are Dodger fans clamoring for Scioscia?

In Los Angeles, ownership deflected the decision on Don Mattingly to Andrew Friedman. There was talk of Mattingly staying another year, maybe more, but not for the kind of tenure that would make the manager feel he was Friedman’s guy. So Mattingly took it upon himself to make the decision. He left. He ought to be better off for it, and so too the Dodgers, without the constant backdrop of when Friedman might bring in his own guy.

Friedman should have ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, don mattingly, manager

Out of tragedy, Red Sox scout Chuck Koney leaves cherished legacy - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Art Stewart and others talk about Chuck Koney.

“There are a lot of good baseball scouts,” Stewart remembers Rickey saying, “but the great baseball scouts? They are like the great musicians who have a special ear for music and the intangibles you can’t define.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts

Pitchers as Efficiency Experts – The Hardball Times

The smallest pitch counts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch counts, pitching

Pursuing free-agent starters more complicated than some believe for Cubs - Chicago Tribune

“Free-agent pitching is a necessary evil at times, and it’s only evil because it’s inherently risky,” Epstein said Thursday at Wrigley Field. “It’s necessary because you can make such an impact with your starting staff right away. We did it last year. We’re glad we did. We’ll take a hard look at all the free agent starters, and we’ll have to balance our short-term interests, our long-term interests, our financial picture, and our roster and payroll strategy.

“I won’t rule anything out. I won’t ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency


Never mind Shake Shack, chop shop prices have jumped too.

The World Series, like baseball itself, is much more local. If the World Series comes to town, that means your team is in the World Series. (And apparently, in a pinch, this can work even for two-team towns!) It becomes a collective experience for your city, something for everyone to commiserate about at the water cooler or the playground, a thickness in the air that keeps everyone light on their feet. It’s something you’ll always ...

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: citi field, mets, stadium, world series


A look at how the final NLCS game would have been written up in 1908.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, parody

Louis Armstrong’s Secret Nine: A Baseball Story

Louis’ passion for America’s pastime was so intense that, in the early ’30s, he owned his own team, the Secret Nine, in his hometown of New Orleans, even decking the players out in the finest, whitest uniforms ever seen on the sandlots of the Big Easy.

Too bad they sucked.

eddieot Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: louis armstrong, new orleans, old school

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2015

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 23, 1915:

A brand new one in baseball was pulled in the Western League the day before the season closed. Wichita and Topeka were playing a double-header, and Topeka had the second game clinched in the early innings, when the Wichita players requested the umpire to call the game early, because, they said, “they were tired out.” Realizing that the game would develop into a farce, the umpire complied with their wishes and the game was stopped after six ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Toronto’s continued misuse of David Price puts the ace in a difficult ALCS position - Yahoo Sports

I didn’t agree with his use in that game either. Although it’s true that they needed to win that game, it’s also true they need to win all the other games as well. So, using your best starter in relief with a six run lead isn’t the best use of your ace. The best thing Price can do for Gibbons is a dominant performance today.

Instead, the continued misuse of Price stood front and center as the series shifted back to Kansas City. There was Price, again, in a repeat of the division series, when ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david price, playoffs, royals


2015 ALCS



Blue Jays (Price) at Royals (Ventura), 8 PM, FS1.

Will we have a Game 7, or will the WS be KC-NYM? CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 23, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 612 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NY Times: For the Mets, Pennies Saved Add Up to a Pennant Earned

[ Alderson’s ] opening day payroll for 2011 included $18.25 million for players released in spring training (Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez), $22.5 million for an injured pitching star (Johan Santana), and almost $40 million for two veteran outfielders — one a severe disappointment (Jason Bay), and the other, Carlos Beltran, a player who would be traded that summer.


All around, there is evidence of extravagant spending working poorly for the Mets’ rivals. Six of the teams among the ...

bobm Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:45 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

NYTimes: Mets-Cubs Game 4 Recap

This is a non-pareil recap by a fine gent from the second oldest surviving newspaper in the city so nice they named it twice.

The New York Metropolitans claimed decisive possession of the National League base-ball pennant on enemy turf here at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night, sweeping the Sisyphean Chicago Cubs in four games to earn their ducats to next week’s World Series championship.

The Metropolitans — also known as the “Mets” — sent six safely across the plate before the ...

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 22, 2015 at 09:21 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, nlcs, ye olde past-time

John Farrell’s cancer in remission |

Good news!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox


To make this list as Murphy-esque as possible, this is what we’re looking at:

1. Players who had a sub-2.0 Wins Above Replacement mark in-season (per Baseball Reference), as Murphy (1.4) did.
2. Pre-World Series postseason numbers. This is all about getting to that round, not what happened within it (sorry, Gene Tenace).
3. A somewhat sustained run of impact—not a single, signature moment (such as the Francisco Cabrera hit or the Dave Roberts steal).

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 03:31 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, playoffs

Confessions of a Former Diehard «


I’m so far out that I don’t feel right about coming back in. The enjoyment would feel phony. Real fans draw the deepest satisfaction from living and growing with the players: forgiving their failures, watching their growth, rejoicing in small achievements that only the diehards notice during a random game in June, and finally basking in it with them — very much with them — when it all clicks. One of my best friends from college is a Royals fan, and we made grandiose plans 15 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 02:45 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mets

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