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Saturday, October 08, 2011

ALCS Game 1 Chatter

Tigers (Verlander) at Rangers (Wilson), 8:05, FOX

Gamingboy Posted: October 08, 2011 at 03:06 PM | 239 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Zeigler: A Gay Night Out at the Ballpark

In 2004 I organized a “gay night” with the New York Mets. It wasn’t easy. When I first approached them, they were very reticent; one team executive even wondered aloud in a meeting with me, “What do we do if a guy dressed as a woman tries to use the women’s restroom?” There was some twisting of arms back then, and I felt I had to let them know that “of course, if you don’t make this happen, I’ll have to call my friends at the New York Daily News and let them know.”

On Monday, Sept. 26, the New ...

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Repoz Posted: October 08, 2011 at 12:23 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, mets

Hirsch: ‘Moneyball’ is Entertaining, and Not Accurate

Hirsch: Without a Clue.

All told, there is zero evidence to support one of Moneyball’s pillars: Beane’s unique ability to identify and draft undervalued prospective stars. Indeed, Beane’s weak track record drafting players clearly contributed to the team’s disastrous performance in 2011. Many low-budget teams fared better – not just this year but over the past several years.

In Lewis’s telling, the A’s use of advanced statistics also produced superior game management. The team ...

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Repoz Posted: October 08, 2011 at 10:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, media, reviews, sabermetrics

Mark Teixeira’s struggles are becoming a big concern

Pufferfish will not last long outside their temperate zone!

All might have been forgotten in Game 5, as he came to bat against Joaquin Benoit with the bases loaded and the Yankees trailing by two runs in the seventh. Teixeira drew a walk, cutting the deficit to one, but the Yankees were unable to get the big hit they needed to complete the comeback.

“It’s tough; I felt really good about my at-bat,” Teixeira said. “It was 3-1 and I said, ‘I’m going to get a pitch to crush right here.’ You ...

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Repoz Posted: October 08, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

MGL: Worst Managing Ever?

Many of you know how much I hate TLR’s in-game managing.  I think he is atrocious and today he did not disappoint.  I said before the game started to my son and someone I know in the Cards front office that Tony would do something dumb just to show how “smart” he is.  It didn’t take long.  Even before the game, he inserted Nick Punto into the lineup in place of John Jay. Now Punto is probably the better defender than Schumaker at second, but Punto has no bat whatsoever.  My sim ...

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Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: October 08, 2011 at 05:59 AM | 219 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, cardinals, phillies, sabermetrics

Philly.com: Ryan Howard: Achilles ‘felt like it was on fire’

The early prognosis on Ryan Howard is not good.

He’s being told that he might have a torn left Achilles’ tendon. An MRI is scheduled for later today.
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“I was trying to run and I felt this pop and the whole thing went numb, like it was on fire,” he said. “It literally felt like I had a flat tire. I tried to get up and I just couldn’t go.”
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“They think it might be torn, so we’ll see what happens; get the MRI to confirm it,” said Howard, who has had bursitis in the troubled ankle all ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 08, 2011 at 05:08 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

W.P. Kinsella back in the game with Butterfly Winter

The Further Adventures of Slugger Kinsella…

So Butterfly Winter should be a very big deal in Canadian publishing. The author of Shoeless Joe is back. He’s writing about baseball. He’s including hallmark elements of magic realism.

...Nevertheless, Butterfly Winter should appeal to his core audience. It’s the story of twins Julio and Esteban, baseball players from the fictional Caribbean country of Courteguay who aim for the big leagues while being controlled by a mysterious man in a ...

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Repoz Posted: October 08, 2011 at 04:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history

Report: Andy MacPhail leaving Orioles

No joy division. He’s lost control.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is moving on after running the front office of his childhood team for four-plus seasons.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press about MacPhail’s departure. The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the Orioles hadn’t announced the move.

Baltimore went 69-93 during its 14th consecutive losing season, and MacPhail’s contract expires on Oct. 31.

...Andy ...

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Repoz Posted: October 08, 2011 at 04:14 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

MLB.com: Carpenter’s gem sends Cardinals into NLCS

The Cardinals secured their first postseason series win since the 2006 World Series with a sensational 1-0 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. The win gave them a 3-2 National League Division Series triumph over the league’s best regular-season team, and moved them into the NL Championship Series for a delicious matchup with their Central Division rivals, the Brewers.

Rafael Furcal and Skip Schumaker teamed up to get a single run for the Redbirds before the game’s ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 08, 2011 at 03:20 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, phillies

MLB.com: Royal Plush: Morgan’s hit lands Crew in NLCS

A hysteria-inducing 3-2 win over the D-backs in Game 5 clinched the NL Division Series, a win-or-go-home game decided in the bottom of the 10 inning on Nyjer Morgan’s single after John Axford’s first blown save since mid-April.

Carlos Gomez, at second after a single and a stolen base, raced home on Morgan’s hit to give Milwaukee’s its first postseason series win in 29 years.

The NL Championship Series opponent still awaited as the Brewers celebrated with 44,028 deliriously towel-waving fans, ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 08, 2011 at 01:00 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, brewers, game recaps

Friday, October 07, 2011

Inside the Padres: Lackey

For starters, every Red Sox fan I know would celebrate if Lackey is sent to the Better Coast, more so if he’s deposited near Alcatraz or off the coast of Tijuana. The righty not only had a 6.41 ERA last season, he is still owed $45.75 million over the next three years, and if the Boston press is to be believed, Lackey was one of the clubhouse skunks who fouled the team’s chemistry.

Clearly Lackey must leave Boston, and clearly the best place for him to revive his career is San Diego.

Petco ...

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Tripon Posted: October 07, 2011 at 11:27 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, red sox

Steinberg: Bryce Harper is still cheering for the Yankees

Do the eye black gouge, you turkey neck!

Since the awful gnawing fear of D.C. baseball fans includes something about homegrown superstars fleeing to big markets, plus since rooting for the Yankees is like watching downhill skiing and rooting for the mountain, this didn’t go over super well among Nats fans.

But that was a year ago, and since then Harper has actually become teammates with real live Nationals, so maybe you’d think he would no longer actively cheer for another Major League ...

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Repoz Posted: October 07, 2011 at 10:43 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, yankees

Key owner’s fortunes sink along with M’s

The McCourts aren’t the only owners in divorce court.

Word of his struggles comes at a time the Mariners had another losing season with declining attendance, while rivals increased spending. A significant payroll hike appears needed, but Mariners owners haven’t added any new money — through what is known as a capital call — in more than a decade.

Larson would be on the hook for just more than 30 percent of any capital call, but the team instead has cut payroll since 2008 without saying why ...

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The Ghost is getting a Woody Posted: October 07, 2011 at 09:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, japan, mariners

Barra: Yankee Post-Mortem: A-Rod Not the Only Cause of Death

And Barra breaks it down to putrefractions too!

Mike Lupica wrote a whole column about how it is A-Rod’s fault, three days after writing a whole column about how if they lost, it would be A-Rod’s fault. You get the feeling that if he did not play and the Yankees lost, Lupica would switch to soccer or something.

On ESPN.com, Buster Olney tells us that “A-Rod Doesn’t Get The Job Done.” Well, there’s no argument there. He didn’t get the job done, though it might have been charitable if someone ...

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Repoz Posted: October 07, 2011 at 09:14 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, tigers, yankees

Squirrel traps set at Busch Stadium

The Busch Stadium “Rally Squirrel” may need to find a new home.

A squirrel ran onto the field during both games of the National League Division Series in St. Louis this week, including the game Wednesday when the animal ran across home plate as Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker was hitting…

“We just started seeing them,” said head groundskeeper Bill Findley, who is unsure whether it is just one squirrel or several. “The first sighting we saw was Monday, and we didn’t think anything of ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 07, 2011 at 07:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Brisbee: The New Miami Marlins Logo Is No Longer The Worst Thing Ever

If Carnival and Las Vegas had a baby, this would be the placenta. If Charlton Heston ever lands on Planet of the Fish, this will be their version of the “It’s a Small World” ride. This is what would happen if Vikings attacked a Gloria Estefan concert by catapulting flamingos and marlins into the pyrotechnics display.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 07, 2011 at 03:21 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, reviews

NLDS GAME 5s GAME CHATTERS

D-Backs (Kennedy) vs. Brewers (Gallardo) at 5
Cardinals (Carpenter) vs. Phillies (Halladay) at 8:30

This should be fun.

Gamingboy Posted: October 07, 2011 at 01:21 PM | 1063 comment(s)
  Beats: general

A holy dilemma: Phillies playoff on Yom Kippur

Today is the Day of Judgment:

“I have this customer,” begins Zeisler. “He calls his Rabbi and says, ‘Rabbi? I have a problem. I have tickets to the Phillies/St. Louis game and it’s Yom Kippur. What should I do?’”

“No problem,” says the Rabbi. “You can record it!”

“Oh!” the customer cries. “That’s great! I didn’t know you could record Kol Nidre!”

Forgive us, pardon us, grant us a slot in the League Championship Series. ...Read More...

Adam B. Posted: October 07, 2011 at 12:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2011

Providence Evening News, October 7, 1911:

Seats For First Game [of World Series] Completely Sold Out

New York, Oct. 7—Applications for seats to date, 100,000; fans who will try to get in, 250,000…total seats, 55,000.  Income from first game, $90,000; money to be returned because seats can’t be supplied, $150,000; police to handle crowd, 1000.

...

One hundred thousand applications for seats at the greatest gladiatorial combat of the greatest show on earth, accompanied by certified checks and ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 07, 2011 at 11:24 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

O’Connor: ALDS failures hint we may have seen the last of A-Rod as a dynamic offensive force

O’Connor: Everything That Rises Must Confute.

Only the Yankee fan base shouldn’t come away from this series wondering whether Rodriguez choked (he didn’t), or whether he is doomed to keep treating the postseason the way Greg Norman used to treat Sundays at Augusta National (he won’t).

Rodriguez did win a liberating championship in 2009, and did so as a driver instead of a passenger, and that cannot be taken from him.

But the fan base should be afraid—very, very afraid—that what everyone saw ...

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Repoz Posted: October 07, 2011 at 10:16 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, yankees

MLB.com: With no late magic, Yanks’ season ends

The Yankees’ dreams of a 28th World Series championship were packed into winter hibernation on Thursday, as the Tigers defeated New York, 3-2, in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
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Manager Joe Girardi’s bullpen usage raised eyebrows after starter Ivan Nova was pulled after two innings with right forearm tightness. But the Yankees managed only two runs against four Detroit pitchers, including Doug Fister, who pitched five good innings for the win.

Nova surrendered two ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 07, 2011 at 03:53 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, tigers, yankees

Thursday, October 06, 2011

N.Y. Times: Rosenheck: In Yankees-Tigers Game 5, Best Pitchers Are Not Starting

A call for the game’s managers to turn to their bullpens quickly.

Counting the three relievers and penciling in two innings each for Sabathia and Verlander, both teams could get as many as seven innings out of their bullpens Thursday night. Every one of them is likely to be better-pitched than an inning from Nova or Fister. Whichever manager has the quicker hook is likely to have an edge in the series’ deciding game.

David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:41 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Schechter: Hall of Fame Honors Selig With Locked Door

Yet somehow it is perfectly fitting for this occasion and for this commissioner. The largest of the vacated offices will be available for meetings and conferences–but only involving VIPs. Even though the press released mentions photos (of the nine commissioners) and other items on display, it won’t be open to the public, nor will it be part of tours (except for VIPs). There is a skeletal collection of books in the “Center,” duplicates of Hall of Famer bios and so on. There’s nothing ...

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Pop Snyder Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

ChicoER: Uncertainty prompts Chico Outlaws to remove Mike Marshall from GM spot

Which Mike Marshall did the Outlaws eject? The sane one.

Mike Marshall, hired on as the team’s vice president of baseball operations and general manager in March of 2010, is out of the front office for the Outlaws per the league’s request, a statement Marshall made Thursday morning and that was confirmed Thursday afternoon by [North American League] commissioner Kevin Outcalt.

The league removed Marshall and his wife Mary, who served as the assistant general manager, from the front office ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, minor leagues

Dodger Divorce: Running out of lifelines

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the failure of Frank and Jamie McCourt to settle their differences amicably two years ago. At the heart of one of the most bitter and protracted public sagas to unfold in American sports was the simple failure of two people to realize they had more to lose by fighting than they could possibly gain.

I don’t know what was happening behind closed doors two years ago today. I do know what’s happened in the press and in the courtroom since, though, and I ...

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Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 06, 2011 at 10:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media, television

Rosenbloom: If it’s Starlin for Theo, who really makes that call?

And here I thought the discovery of a lost Jules Dassin film, Kaplan is Captain...was the find of the week.

Presuming Ricketts realizes his limitations, he makes Epstein answer the Castro question. He makes Epstein negotiate that one. He makes Epstein decide whether he thinks the Cubs win a deal in which he trades his new team’s best young player for himself.

And you know what? Epstein would be ripe for a conflict-of-interest charge himself, or at least have his judgment questioned loudly. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fantasy baseball, red sox

Lawsuit claims Giants’ Lincecum trashed San Francisco apartment

Spliff leveled apartments are all the rage! Occupy Now!

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is being sued by his former landlord, who accuses him of stealing and destroying $200,000 worth of household items earlier this year in his furnished San Francisco apartment.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court, landlord Mindy Freile alleged that shortly after Lincecum’s lease expired at 141 Hampshire St., the star pitcher illegally returned to living in the apartment and “broke, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:39 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Sullivan: The Saddest Nominees

The HAA-litics of Glory, by Bud Selig. Cameron Maybin, don’t wait by the phone.

If you don’t know what the Hank Aaron Award is, don’t fret - it’s not one of the big ones. It’s not one of the tiny, irrelevant ones, but it’s not one of the big ones. The Hank Aaron Award is given to the top hitter in each league, and it’s voted on by a panel of Hall of Famers, with some consideration given to fan input.

From what pool of players does the panel select two winners? A pool consisting of one nominee ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 06, 2011 at 09:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Robin Ventura Named White Sox Manager

Ventura looks for a different path to whipping Nolan Ryan…

The White Sox announced that they have hired Robin Ventura to be their new manager.

The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 06, 2011 at 08:51 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

The newest baseball celeb: @BuschSquirrel

Scott Van Pelt speculates: “Cousin of the Honey Badger. Busch stadium squirrel doesn’t give a $*%*”

Whether the “rally squirrel” really helped the St. Louis Cardinals rally Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the National League Division Series is up for debate. But two things are certain: The Cardinals have forced a fifth game in the series, and many Cards fans have adopted the squirrel as a new mascot.

The squirrel first appeared Tuesday night during the bottom of ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 06, 2011 at 07:26 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

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