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Thursday, October 13, 2011

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

Louisville Slugger Museum unveils Jeter statue

And the sculptor never once had to tell him to stand still.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory added another superstar to its roster Wednesday as it unveiled a lifelike sculpture of Derek Jeter, team captain of the New York Yankees and future baseball Hall of Famer.

To welcome the new sculpture, the museum will celebrate “Derek Jeter Day” this Saturday, honoring the Yankee Captain. As part of the celebration, a game used Derek Jeter bat will be added to the museum’s Hold a Piece of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: history, memorabilia, yankees

The 5.5 Hole: Closers in Non-Save Situations

Writers and baseball analysts assume that a pitcher is a pitcher. If they make their pitches, the scenario shouldn’t matter. That’s sound logic too. Forget the inning. Forget the score. Any pitcher, at any time can succeed as long as he makes the right pitches. Yet, is it really that simple? The mental aspect to playing baseball is fascinating and often overlooked.

Let’s take Jose Valverde for example. As of August 18, 2011, Jose Valverde’s stats in save situations looked like this:

35/35 in ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-13-2011

Double play poetry in the Meriden Daily Journal, October 13, 1911:

I can read it all now, the tale of their woes,
The excuses and wails that are in it,
How “the Giants kept slamming the ball on the nose,
And the Athletics were lucky to win it.”
When we stop their base running we won’t get the praise,
It won’t be the merit that’s in us,
‘Twill be their “hard luck” hitting into those plays,
From Barry to Collins to McInnis.

Tinker to Evers to Chance, it ain’t. ...Read More...

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout

Bronx Banter Interview: Glenn Stout

Belth catches up with Glenn Stout, author of Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year.

BB: One of the incredible things about Fenway Park is that it has changed over 100 years, and although it may seem antiquated, the current Red Sox ownership has done a lot to add modern touches without tearing the place down. Can you talk about some of the most significant alterations the place has seen and why it continues to last.

GS: Fenway Park has ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, history, media, red sox

Claiborne: Where are the black baseball broadcasters?

“Thank you, Whitey.”

With all the technology and internet involvement in how sports is covered, it is amazing that with there being more jobs African Americans continue to be passed over for whatever reason that may happen to be convenient.

There have been some that have broken through on the national level, but he is normally in-studio and a former player, as if all former players and managers are really that sharp. I get the experience factor, but there are some who just don’t deliver the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 09:13 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, television

Collier: Can’t take the art out of baseball

Brother Collier takes in Moneyball at a junk palace…sorts through mess.

Perhaps the Ivy League kid is right, but I’ve never seen anyone stretch a walk into a double, nor have I ever seen a walk go through an outfielder’s legs for a triple. Baseball is thick with Jonah Hill types today, and even teams who don’t have to play moneyball have been persuaded to employ them.

That’s why the Red Sox and Yankees can’t seem to play a game that doesn’t run to four hours as they work the count and try to ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 08:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, media, pirates, reviews, sabermetrics

MLB.com: Carpenter, Cards eke out win, take 2-1 lead

It was more than a little bit scary—terrifying at times, to be perfectly honest—but it still counts. The Cardinals took control of the National League Championship Series with an agonizing 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. St. Louis is now two wins from its third trip to the World Series in eight years.
...
While Carpenter was the winning pitcher, he was also the least effective man to take the mound for the Redbirds in an ulcer-inducing victory. Five Cardinals relievers combined ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 13, 2011 at 03:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, game recaps

MLB.com: Rangers flex in 11th, inching closer to Series

The Rangers, after another heart-stopping game, are one win away from returning to the World Series for the second time in as many years.

Texas put itself in that position with four runs in the top of the 11th inning off All-Star closer Jose Valverde on Wednesday, setting up a 7-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park. Mike Napoli put the Rangers ahead with an RBI single, and Nelson Cruz, who also made the defensive play of the night, ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 13, 2011 at 03:04 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rangers, tigers

ESPN: David Ortiz talks free agency, Sox mess

Longtime Boston Red Sox slugger and free-agent-to-be David Ortiz spoke about the possibility of signing with the AL East rival New York Yankees during an interview Wednesday with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, after expressing frustration with the state of the Red Sox, who’ve seen manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein leave in the wake of the team’s September collapse.

“There’s too much drama, man,” Ortiz told Dominguez in reference to the Red Sox. “There’s too much drama. I have ...

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Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 03:03 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

HBT: McKeon locked FLA clubhouse door to keep Josh Beckett out during games

Here’s more from McKeon:

“In between innings they’d go to the clubhouse to get a drink or hang out. I said, ‘Hey, I got no rule against going up if you have to go to the bathroom or something, but get back.’ A couple of times I looked down the bench to talk to somebody and they weren’t there. They were in the clubhouse. So I went up and got them out and said, “OK, boys that’s it. We’ll lock the door.”

Florida won the World Series that season and a 23-year-old Beckett was named ...

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still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: October 13, 2011 at 12:29 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, miami, red sox, rumors

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bob Tufts: Law And Order: MLB SVU

Wrong

hole

hall pass, Buster.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote that former USC pitching standout and one time San Francisco Giant pitcher Bill Bordley has been named Vice President of Security and Facility Management for Major League Baseball.

Bill was a teammate of mine in Phoenix in 1980 and he graciously offered to let me live in his apartment when I played with the Giants in 1981. It is odd that we became friends, because when he signed with the Giants in a special draft in 1979 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 12, 2011 at 10:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, history

Rozner: Some advice for Epstein on his first day with Cubs

As for Theo Epstein, he’s going to need a lot a lot of help as he rescues the Cubs from themselves and their history.

And, of course, we’re here to help him get started.

So here’s a quick list of items he can get to immediately:

• Fire Mike Quade.

• Call Quade again and make sure he understands he’s fired.

• Fire a pitching coach who doesn’t challenge a manager who allows Matt Garza to average 123 pitches in the final 3 starts of the season when the team is 62 games out of ...

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Repoz Posted: October 12, 2011 at 09:34 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

Pirates will decline $9.75 million 2012 option on Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm can be added to the list of free agent starting pitchers, as the Pirates have decided not to exercise their $9.75 million team option on the left-hander for 2012 and will give him a $750,000 buyout instead.

“I’m going to test free agency and see where it goes,” Maholm told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Stupid decisions are the new market inefficiency.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 12, 2011 at 09:10 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

ESPN.com: Edes: Tito Victim of Latest Sox Smear Campaign

Edes & Nomar take offense on Francona’s behalf:

He was supposed to say the decision to end his eight-year run as Red Sox manager was all his, and leave it at that. Instead, he said that he wasn’t sure ownership had his back, suggesting that the reason he walked out the door was because it was held wide open for him.

Well, that obviously didn’t sit well with some people in the highest reaches of Sox management, for now we are told in Wednesday’s editions of the Boston Globe that not only did ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 12, 2011 at 08:31 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, red sox, rumors

Mitchell: Saying Goodbye to Posada and Placing Him Among the Yankee Greats

Can’t tell, but if Posada is better than Roy White…that makes him better than Jim Rice!

There are also a number of players who are either comparable to Posada or favorites of a particular generation.  Fans in their 30s might argue that Bernie Williams, Mike Musina or Don Mattingly were better than Posada.  Fans in their forties might raise names like Roy White, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, Dave Winfield, Ron Guidry or Graig Nettles.  Fans of the 1947-1964 Yankee Dynasty might cite Elston ...

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Repoz Posted: October 12, 2011 at 06:50 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, yankees

AZCentral: Mesa releases Chicago Cubs agreements

200 pages of documents reveal the extent of the Cubs’ proposed spring-training project. There will be no Bingo Hall in Wrigleyville, for the OUA struck it out.

The document [PDF] governing that part of the project is between Mesa and a company called Mesa Development Holdings LLC. Cubs Vice President Mike Lufrano told The Republic that MDH is an investment entity formed by the Ricketts family, that purchased the Cubs in 2009. ...

Mesa will require the company to build what it calls an ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 12, 2011 at 05:40 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs

MLBTR: Astros Expected to Complete Sale, Move to AL

Alas, poor Lisa, I knew her, Horatio.

Astros owner Drayton McLane is expected to complete the sale of the team to Jim Crane in mid-November, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network (on Twitter). The arrangement would move Houston to the American League West and even MLB into two leagues of 15 teams.

Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: October 12, 2011 at 04:30 PM | 165 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

STLToday: Overdone stakes? Latest mayoral baseball bet lacks sizzle

Money to charity? BORRRRINGG!!! Mayor Giulani is a man who knows how to wager on the playoffs.

In the division series, Slay placed some Budwesier on the line against a collection of indigenous Philadelphia brews, a respectful if not necessarily inspired wager.
A case of cold, frosty ones would have made the perfect purse for this week’s League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, who play in Miller Park.

But instead of building on the already acrimonious rivalry between ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 12, 2011 at 04:00 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals

Theo Epstein in Chicago: Can he break a second curse? | HardballTalk

It will be interesting to see who joins Theo in Chicago. The Red Sox have a very effective front office staff. Who jumps ship and who stays?

The first thing most people thought when the rumors of Theo Epstein possibly joining the Chicago Cubs began to circulate was “can he do it again?”  Can the man credited with ending baseball’s most famous world championship drought end baseball’s longest?  Now that Epstein and the Cubs have a deal, it’s worth taking a look at the challenge facing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2011 at 03:13 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

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