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Monday, October 31, 2011

MLBTR: Official Elias Rankings

Once the regular season ended, the Elias Sports Bureau took all players over the 2010-11 period, divided them into five groups for each league, and ranked them based on various statistics.  Each player was labeled a Type A, B, or none.  Those designations and the possible accompanying arbitration offers determine draft pick compensation.  If a Type A free agent turns down an arbitration offer and signs a Major League deal elsewhere the losing team gets two draft picks, one of them coming from ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2011 at 06:41 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business

HOF Gets Donation of Freese Jersey as Auction Sells NL Doc Alleged Stolen from Hall

The Hall officials somehow tracked down pieces of the jersey that was torn by Freese’s teammates as he crossed home plate and, thanks to a generous donation by the Cardinal hero, its next destination is a display case in Cooperstown.

But just as one artifact is added to the Hall’s impressive collection, another is apparently hitting the auction block in the Texas Rangers’ own backyard, at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.  Slated for sale in its November auction is yet another rare ...

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Pop Snyder Posted: October 31, 2011 at 05:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Theo Epstein meets Mike Quade

“I’m the punk in the gutter
I’m the new president”

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met with manager Mike Quade in a lengthy meeting at the end of last week to discuss his status with the team, according to sources familiar with the situation.

In a get-to-know-you meeting, Epstein flew to Bradenton, Fla., along with general manager Jed Hoyer to talk to Quade.

The Cubs manager has one year and $1 million remaining on his two-year deal that he signed November, 2010.

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Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 05:05 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, sabermetrics

Twitter: Indians acquire Derek Lowe

The offseason moves start?

Creditable sources inform me that #Braves P Derek Lowe is being informed as we speak that he has been traded to the #Indians

Mike Emeigh Posted: October 31, 2011 at 04:47 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, indians

Cardinals manager La Russa retires

As carsdfanboy just said…“Best manager in my lifetime and probably the past fifty years.”

The Cardinals announced this morning that manager Tony La Russa has retired after 16 seasons with the Cardinals.

“Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be rememered as one of the most successful eras in Cardinals history,” chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at the announcement. “I knew this day would come. I just hoped that it wouldn’t.”

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:14 PM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Budweiser Clydesdale named after Tony La Russa

Hi-yo, Shingles! Away!

A “world famous” Budweiser Clydesdale has a new name: Tony La Russa.

Anheuser-Busch announced on Sunday the naming of one of its famous horses after La Russa, the longtime St. Louis Cardinals manager who led his team through an epic playoff run this fall.

“Tony is one of the great managers in the long and rich history of Major League Baseball,” said Dave Peacock, president, Anheuser-Busch. “He’s delivered two championships and countless memories to an entire generation ...

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Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:01 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, memorabilia

Larry Lucchino: “...You guys might want to live in September 2011 forever, but we don’t.”

and remember, my friends, past events such as these will effect YOU in the past!

Larry Lucchino joined WEEI in Boston with Dennis & Callahan to discuss why he personally believes the media is at fault for over-publicizing the Red Sox’s clubhouse problems…

Did he just say it was the media’s fault for publicizing the Red Sox clubhouse discord?

“Yeah, Callahan, I think for example it led you into a pathetically petulant and misleading article about John Henry. [Callahan: What was ...

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Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 01:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, red sox

Agent: Aramis Ramirez to be free agent

Down to the wire. Throws chairs. Aramissing.

The Chicago Cubs have picked up the one-year, $16 million option on Aramis Ramirez’s contract, but Ramirez will turn down the option and declare for free agency, according to his agent Paul Kinzer.

“We are very sorry that this era is coming to the end for Aramis and the Cubs,” Kinzer said. “He loves Chicago and the fans. They’ve been great to him, but at this point it’s better that we check out the market and address free agency.

“(The percentage ...

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Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 01:16 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, sabermetrics

THT: Jaffe: Ranking postseasons: 1995-2011

Full Stop, say Ranking Full Stop.

12. 2000: 259.8 points. 61.3 World Series points, 66 LCS points, 132.5 LDS points.

Forty times, a best-of-seven postseason series has lasted exactly five games. Of those, the 2000 Fall Classic scores as the second-best, trailing only the 1988 World Series. Each game in the 2000 World Series was decided by two runs or fewer. It even had a ninth-inning comeback leading to a walk-off win in extra innings.

The LCS were 2000’s weak points. They weren’t bad, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 01:04 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Littlefield: Houston Astros To The AL?

Richard Justice, who covers the Astros for the Houston Chronicle, understands the dismay of fans like Mickey Marvins.

“Houston fans are comfortable with the National League,” says Justice. “They see the Reds and the Cubs and the Cardinals as their rivals, and they don’t want that to change.”

Those sound like sentimental objections, but in part – as Marvins suggests – they are based on a love of the game as it’s only played in the National League, without the designated hitter. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM | 170 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sabermetrics

Sickels: Detroit Tigers Top 20 Prospects for 2012

Fields, Below, about says it all.

1) Jacob Turner, RHP, Grade A-: I think he could use some additional Triple-A exposure, but the Tigers may have different ideas. I don’t see him as a number one Verlander-like ace, but more like a durable workhorse number two.

2) Nick Castellanos, 3B, Grade B+:  I’d like to see his strikeout rate come down, but overall he had a successful season after the rough first month. Will he develop more home run power at the expense of batting average?

3) Casey ...

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Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 31, 1911:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30.—At a meeting of the board of directors of the Washington American League Baseball Club today Clark Griffith, manager of the Cincinnati National League team, was unanimously selected as manager of the Washington team to succeed James McAleer, now part owner of the Boston Americans.
...

There was a slight possibility of Griffith also becoming president of the Washington baseball organization. It is well known that he had sought to ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: October 31, 2011 at 09:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, hall of fame, history, twins

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sabathia to opt out of Yankees contract, become free agent

Left-hander CC Sabathia plans to opt out of his long-term contract with the Yankees by the Monday night deadline and become a free agent, SI.com has learned.

Sabathia, 31, has four years worth $92 million left on his current seven-year, $161 million deal but has the option—until midnight Monday—of voiding the final four years.

The Yankees have already made a new contract offer to Sabathia and remain the favorites to keep him, although the Cubs, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays and Cubs are also ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: business, yankees

[Javier] Lopez, Giants agree to two-year contract

Hey, that’s more than Javy Lopez got for 57 homers and two All-Star games!

The Giants have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with reliever Javier Lopez, who will receive $4.25 million per in 2012 and ‘13.

The deal, first reported by The Associated Press on Sunday afternoon, has yet to be officially announced by the team.

Since coming to San Francisco via a trade from the Pirates during the Giants’ 2010 World Series championship run, Lopez has posted a 7-2 record and a 2.38 ERA in 97 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

‘Field of Dreams’ property in eastern Iowa sold

The sprawling eastern Iowa cornfields made famous by the movie “Field of Dreams” are being sold to a company that will preserve the site’s baseball legacy, the owners announced Sunday.

Don and Becky Lansing said they have accepted an offer from Mike and Denise Stillman and their company, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will develop the site near Dyersville as a baseball and softball complex. A purchase price was not disclosed.

“We worked hard to maintain its wholesome allure, and our ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media

Face The Nation: Bob Schieffer: Baseball is the greatest game of all

Hey, unlike Bill Madden…at least Bob Schieffer still loves baseball.

I love college football (especially TCU football), and I like golf. But when people start talking about golf as if it were some religious experience I say, not quite: That’s why we have baseball.

And the just-ended World Series is the latest proof that baseball is the greatest game of all.

...One game like a picture painted by an old Master, all beauty, skill and perfection. The next like an old Abbott and Costello movie - ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 07:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, special topics, television

Padres hire Phil Plantier as hitting coach

Asked by a reporter to name the top home run hitting team of the 2010s, I offered the Padres.  Granting that it was a capricious choice, it has as good a chance of being right as anybody else I can think of.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have hired Phil Plantier as hitting coach.

Plantier, 42, had been serving as manager at the Padres’ single [sic] affiliate in Lake Elsinore, California.

He was a big league outfielder from 1990-1997, batting .243/.332/.439 with 91 home ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Dewan: Flat Bat Award 2011

Rafael Palmeiro could help you out with that…

Here are the top batting averages on bunt hits for players with 10 or more successful bunt hits:

2011 Bunt Hit Leaders
Player                      Bunt Hit Results         Batting Average
Brett Gardner, NYY          11 for 18                .611
Emilio Bonifacio, Fla       16 for 27                .593
Peter Bourjos, LAA          17 for 29                .586
Corey Patterson, Tor/StL    10 for 19                .526
Alexi Casilla, Min          10 for ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 30, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

148 players file for free agency

They didn’t waste any time, did they?

Boston Red Sox
Bedard, Erik
Drew, J.D.
Jackson, Conor
Miller, Trever
Ortiz, David
Papelbon, Jon
Varitek, Jason
Wakefield, Tim

Milwaukee Brewers
Betancourt, Yuniesky
Counsell, Craig
Fielder, Prince
Hairston Jr, Jerry
Hawkins, LaTroy
Kotsay, Mark S.
Rodriguez, Francisco
Saito, Takashi

New York Mets
Batista, Miguel
Capuano, Chris
Hairston, Scott
Harris, Willie
Isringhausen, Jason
Reyes, Jose
Young, Chris

New York Yankees
Ayala, Luis
Chavez, Eric
Colon, ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: October 30, 2011 at 05:40 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Curt Schilling Questions if Albert Pujols is Worth $25-30 Million a Year

Dreckig! That’s an awful lot of Pfeffer porcelain notgeld coins!

“I’m not sure if eight years … you’re talking about a $200-$250 million deal if the numbers are to be believed. They’re some questions in my mind if this is a 25 or 30 million dollar [player],” Schilling said after the World Series ended. “[He’s the] best offensive player in the game — not for a second do I question that. But if I’m going to pay a guy $25-$30 million, I need everything.

“I need that clubhouse ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:06 PM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, cardinals, media, television

Knapp: ‘Moneyball’ statistics in surprising World Series

Lai Zhide shouldn’t have written that yin and yang book!

Better yet, we could declare a truce in the baseball orthodoxy war.

Joe Morgan and Bill James can throw out the first pitch of the 2012 season together. The A’s lineup can lead off with a speedy youngster, as it did for much of 2011, when Jemile Weeks’ presence emphasized Beane’s detachment from dogma. Pitch-count zealots simply can promise not to invoke Dusty Baker’s name for 48 hours.

...Does living on the edge through September ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 01:16 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, history, rangers, sabermetrics

Guilfoyle: Bryce Harper: Washington Nationals Opening Day Right Fielder?

Just peel and (maybe) stick.

MLB.com’s Nationals beat writer Bill Ladsen wrote an article titled “Free Agency a Building Block for Nationals” where he posed this question when analyzing the Nationals areas of need this offseason:

  Center fielder: Jayson Werth could start the season in center field, while the Nationals would be searching for a corner outfielder. Could Bryce Harper be that guy?

First of all, the Nationals would not really have to search for a corner outfielder if they feel ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, scouting

ESPN: Neumann: Predicting next 25 World Series champs

or…Neumann: What, your team worry?

2013: Texas Rangers

Rangers def. Chicago Cubs, 4-3
Albert Pujols, in the second season of a 10-year, $365 million contract, enjoys a career year with 59 homers and 155 RBIs and carries the Cubs to their first Fall Classic appearance in 68 years. However, after three consecutive postseason disappointments, it’s Texas that rewards the loyalty of its fans with a championship. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton power a balanced Texas offense, but ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, projections, prospect reports

Bill Madden: In Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series, it’s a field of screams

You’re discounting what scouts have done for 150 years. Age. ####### age slowly.

“There just aren’t great teams in baseball anymore,” the second scout said. “It all goes back to the expansion where the owners got so greedy and watered down the talent. What you have now is 50-60 ‘Four A’ players in the big leagues, many of them with starting jobs or in starting rotations. (Commissioner Bud) Selig talks about parity but what it is is inequity. I felt all year the Phillies were ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 04:24 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, rangers, sabermetrics, scouting

Knopf: Is Dustin Pedroia already starting to decline?

The Red Sox Analysts: Is Dustin Pedroia … overrated? (always hated answer records)

But Pedroia’s problems are even more than fewer line drive, less extra-base hits and a few too many infield hits. He was lucky on not just infield grounders, but all grounders in 2011, posting a .319 BAbip. For some perspective, baseball had a .237 BAbip on groundballs in 2011 and Pedroia has a .276 career BAbip on groundballs. In addition, Pedroia’s contact rate went down from 91% from 2006 to 2010 to 85% ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Plunkett: Angels appear to give new GM a power boost

“At no time can I ever say it became a sticking point for me or even a question I would raise,” Dipoto said. “I’ve worked in this business my entire adult life. This next year will be my 24th year in professional baseball. My life has been spent around baseball people. So what might look unusual or sound unusual outside the walls of baseball is very common to me.

“I love the opinion of baseball people. I love talking with strong-minded people and I’ve had the extraordinary pleasure of playing ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Saturday, October 29, 2011

LaRussa - Should His Hall of Fame Candidacy Suffer Due to “The Steroid Era?”

Dunno (holds stained wighat down), but Tufts takes a look…

By virtue of winning his third World Series title (1989 in Oakland, 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis), a career managerial record of 2728-2365 (third in victories behind John McGraw – who he would pass next season for second place – and Connie Mack) and four manager of the year selections, Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa is certain to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility.

Or is he?

Will ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 08:52 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, steroids

Dallas Morning News - Adrian Beltre: “We all know we lost the Series yesterday.”

Interesting bit of post-mortem from AB:

“We all know we lost the Series yesterday. We shouldn’t have let it slip away. We came back today to try to win it, but the momentum just took them and they won it. It’s not a nice feeling.

“We had in our mind that we were going to win the World Series. We were one strike away, but it didn’t happen. It would be easier if you lose four games in a row than having the thought that you were one strike away. It’s not easy. That game [on Thursday] will be hard ...

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Esoteric Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, obituaries, rangers

All-Stars eager for upcoming Taiwan Series

After a light Friday workout under the supervision of manager Bruce Bochy, whose regular gig is skipper of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, the MLB team gathered at a nearby hotel to rest up for a long Saturday morning flight to Taipei, where the team will get ready for the first of five games played between Nov. 1-6 in three different cities—New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on Nov. 1, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on Nov. 3 and 4 and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake ...

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Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Rangers: What’s next for free agent C.J. Wilson?

And it’s falling, it’s crashing! Watch it! Watch it, folks!

Here is Wilson, after Game 7 of the World Series, in his own words:

Do you have a sense of how things will progress?

C.J.: It’s foreign to me. I don’t know how it’s going to work. I don’t know if I’m going to get a text message saying, ‘X-amount of years; are you in or out?’ I have no clue. I don’t know if someone is going to be like, ‘we’re going to get you your own blimp; no matter how bad traffic is we will ...

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Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 03:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rangers

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