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Friday, August 26, 2011

Breton: Giants’ Tim Lincecum deserves Cy Young consideration

Bah! Felix and these newfangled analyzing tricks have made a messmer of everything!

No matter the naysayers. No matter the haters. No matter the Philadelphia Phillies fans who whistle at him like drunken sailors eyeballing a young woman.

Tim Lincecum, baseball’s little big man, deserves to be in the Cy Young Award conversation as a leading contender – not just as an afterthought.

You’ve heard of doing more with less? Lincecum does more with almost nothing.

His 12-10 won-lost record proves ...

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 11:19 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, giants, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-26-2011

New York Times, August 27, 1991:

[Brien] Taylor’s family and the Yankees reached agreement this evening on a one-year minor league contract worth $1.55 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Although the contract exceeds by $350,000 the precedent-setting agreement reached by Todd Van Poppel and the Oakland Athletics last summer, it is not the three-year major league contract that the family had insisted upon.

Now that Brien Taylor’s in the fold, mark my words: The Yankees ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 26, 2011 at 09:19 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Phillies announcer, former All-Star Gary Matthews calls Mets ‘crybabies’ in 7-4 Mets victory

A few hours later, in the sixth inning of a horrendous baseball game, [Mike] Pelfrey hung a slider inside to Placido Polanco. Polanco wears an elbow guard, and Pelfrey thought he leaned into the pitch. He shared his feelings with Polanco.

Polanco jawed with Pelfrey and Josh Thole. Some Phillies rose to the top step of their dugout. On television, Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews - father of Gary Matthews Jr., whom the Mets released last year - called the team “crybabies.”

A while after ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2011 at 06:34 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, phillies

Gasper: The numbers game doesn’t always add up

Sports discourse has become strictly a numbers game. The only acceptable way to make a point in a sports discussion these days it seems is with a decimal point.

Whatever happened to the good, old-fashioned eye test or context? Formulating an opinion has been replaced by formulas when it comes to dissecting and discussing the games we love. Statistics have overrun sports the same way weeds spread through a deserted parking lot.

If the 1950s-‘60s-era debate about who was a better player Mickey ...

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 05:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

TMZ: Lenny Dykstra Charged with Indecent Exposure Over Craigslist Encounters

Guess Nails showed those women more than his nails:

More trouble for Lenny Dykstra—this time the troubled baseball great has been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly whipping out his dong for women he met on Craigslist.

According to the L.A. City Attorney, Lenny allegedly went to Craigslist and posted ads for a personal assistant or housekeeping services ... but when the women arrived, Dykstra would “inform the women that the job also required them to give a massage and would expose ...

AndrewJ Posted: August 26, 2011 at 12:32 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, online, phillies

Yahoo: Jim Thome traded back to Cleveland [UPDATED]

Jim Thome has swung back to the Cleveland Indians.

The slugger accepted a trade from Minnesota on Thursday night to return to the Indians, who are hoping their career leader in home runs can help them catch first-place Detroit in the AL Central.

Thome spent 12 seasons with Cleveland from 1991-2002, hitting a team-record 334 homers and helping the Indians get to two World Series.
“What If?” team president Mark Shapiro tweeted, using the team’s 2011 motto. “Jim Thome came home.”

...
NTNgod Posted: August 26, 2011 at 12:11 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, twins

Thursday, August 25, 2011 Yanks pound A’s with record three slams

Grand slams galore!  The Yankees scoring 15 unanswered runs after being down 7-1!  Jorge Posada playing second base!

Russell Martin’s sixth-inning grand slam fueled a historic Yankees rout, as the Bombers rallied to post a 22-9 victory over the Athletics on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Robinson Cano also belted a fifth-inning grand slam for New York, which avoided a series sweep by overcoming a poor start from Phil Hughes, who served up six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. Curtis Granderson’s ...

NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, game recaps, yankees

Chicago Sun Times: Friedman, Colletti, Cashman on Ricketts’ radar

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is wasting no time gathering information on potential general manager candidates, talking this week to people in and around baseball about current GMs Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays and Ned Colletti of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to sources.

While Colletti is viewed by many as cut from similar old-school-GM cloth as Jim Hendry, one attraction to him, a source said, is the likelihood he would try to bring Ryne Sandberg back to the organization as the ...

Tripon Posted: August 25, 2011 at 09:40 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors

SABR: MLB Network to Air “Behind the Seams: The Stat Story” on September 18

With Bob Costas! This could be a riot…(the “Plesac Flies…And How REAL Sabermetricians Feel About Him/Them” seggy looks especially interesting!)

MLB Network will air “Behind the Seams: The Stat Story” at 10 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

The hour-long program, narrated by 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, will document the evolution of statistics in the National Pastime and the rise of sabermetrics — the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball.

“Behind the Seams: ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 09:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, projections, sabermetrics, site news, television

Keidel: The Case Against Roger Maris

Wait…I thought the Anheuser-Busch defamation lawsuit was settled?

Let’s be honest, the last time Maris was good was when Mantle was great, in 1964, the last time the Yankees went to the World Series until 1976. Maris was 29 in ’64, and should have had at least five more productive years, yet he stunk after Mantle stopped being, well, Mantle. It was the Mick’s last .300 season (.303), with 35 homers and 111 RBI. Once Mantle tanked, Maris followed. From 1965 through ’68, Maris batted ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 08:39 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, yankees

Ozzie Guillen on Peter Bourjos: “I’ve never seen a white man that can run that fast”

Oh, Lemaitre d’!  Lemaitre d’!

Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos has been one of the most underrated players in baseball this season, combining exceptional defense with surprisingly strong hitting to rank 11th among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement.

Ozzie Guillen came to appreciate Bourjos after the Angels swept a two-game series against the White Sox this week, heaping praise on the 24-year-old center fielder:

  Oh my god, he can be my favorite player. I’ve never seen a ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 08:06 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, fantasy baseball, white sox

Onion AV Club: Murray: Sunday Night Baseball, reviewed

B-: Better than Damnation Alley, worse than Beirut. Time to get out the pitchforks?

There are some fundamental aspects of the ESPN Sunday baseball broadcast that work. They look good, with minimal frippery, aside from the live K-Zone (which I could certainly do without). I do miss Jon Miller—who has a way of making even routine fly balls sound like a wondrous surprise—but Shulman has a rich, Al Michaels-like voice, and a refreshingly professional demeanor. In tonight’s game, he peppered ...

Greg Franklin Posted: August 25, 2011 at 07:20 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, reviews, television

Posnanski: Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame

in Mike Flanagan’s honor, I’ve come up with the Crafty Lefty Hall of Fame. To find my first Crafty Lefty class, I came up with what I consider the quintessential Crafty Lefty performance… I’m looking for lefties who pitched AT LEAST 7 1/3 innings, scattered AT LEAST 8 hits, gave up AT MOST 3 runs, and struck out AT MOST 3 batters. Mike Flanagan did this 11 times, tying him with other crafty lefties Bob Knepper, Ken Brett and his one-time teammate Mike Cuellar.

Here are the crafty lefties who ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2011 at 03:59 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks

Dewan: First Baseman Scoops

Whoops… forgot some of this stuff was free now!

Time and time again, announcers refer to a first baseman’s ability to save errant throws by scooping them out of the dirt, but the baseball community has had no way of objectively confirming commentators’ observations.

Bill James devised an answer to this problem and related questions with the Good Fielding Plays and Defensive Misplays systems.  Baseball Info Solutions’ video scouts now track 28 categories of Good Fielding Plays (GFP) and ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2011 at 03:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

A different approach

Being stuck in the AL East has hurt the Blue Jays for years.  It’s hard to keep up with New York and Boston’s all-star teams and the Rays have been building up to this point.  How are the Blue Jays and Orioles expected to compete?

The Blue Jays are in a tough spot; They have one of the best hitters in the game, Jose Bautista.  So if they rebuild with prospects they will be wasting Bautista’s talent.  What Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has done is target talented players that have worn out ...

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 25, 2011 at 03:03 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Joe Maddon calls Detroit Tigers’ barking over Sean Rodriguez’s hustle ‘insane’

Ooooooooooooooooooooo….Do The Continental Catwalk!

As odd as the ending to Wednesday’s game was, manager Joe Maddon said it couldn’t have been more fitting that Sean Rodriguez’s extreme hustle was the key to the Rays’ win.

That’s because Tuesday, Rodriguez was getting yelled at by Detroit starter Brad Penny and possibly some other Tigers for hustling too much running hard on an infield pop out.

“For anybody to bark at another player for … hustling is absolutely insane, ludicrous,’’ Maddon ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 02:17 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, tigers

Hurricane Irene, or poor baseball? Fan counts people in stands at Florida Marlins game, gets 347

Reminds me of the time I went to see the Yankees play and I…was…the…only…one…there! ( it was Jon Tiven’s Yankees)


Marlins fan Justin Cohen noticed a few empty seats at Sun Life Stadium -not exactly a rarity - on a sunny Wednesday afternoon for Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds.

He decided he would count the number of fans in attendance.

By hand.

He then posted his unofficial findings on Twitter…347 die-hards in the building.

Just in case you were wondering, Sun ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 01:29 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: business, game recaps, media, miami

BtB: Q&A with SaberWizard Tom Tango

On the other hand, if there is one misconception that the average saberguy doesn’t quite understand, what would it be?

That there’s uncertainty in whatever we do, so only defend what you do as far as the numbers allow.

Other than the coming Field F/x, what territory is most ripe for analytical improvement?

Any of the SportVision or Trackman data, really, as its the one place where you will get convergence on performance analysis and scouting observations.  And that will be the pinnacle of ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, projections, sabermetrics, site news

Hartnett: Yankees Deserve Better From Teixeira

Homer in the groanin’...

His numbers as a whole have taken a slide each year as a Yankee.  While still putting up terrific power statistics, Teixeira’s batting average and on-base percentage have fallen steadily in each of the past two years.  In 2010, his average dropped to .256 and OBP fell to .365.  This year, those statistics have again taken a nosedive as Teixeira is batting .248 with a diminished OBP of .346.

This isn’t what the Yankees expected from a player that they’re paying ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, projections, red sox, sabermetrics, yankees

Pete Rose expects Ichiro to fall short of 200-hit record

and Pachinko payout systems bite!

The all-time hits leader Pete Rose does not think Ichiro Suzuki will take the title for the most 200-hit seasons in major league history anytime soon.

“I don’t think he’s going to make it this year,” said Rose. “He’s put himself into a corner this year. He’s just not hitting.”

...Rose said he was not aware of the record when he achieved the feat during his playing days.

“When I got that record, I didn’t realize that it was going to be a record some day,” he ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan, mariners, projections, sabermetrics

Kelly Johnson disappointed to leave Diamondbacks

See…now I’m tempted to pull out my repulsive Amphetamine Reptile Thrown Ups biz.

Johnson says he’ll be following his old team from afar, but he’s also looking forward to a new start in Toronto and playing in the American League East. In reference to his new division, former teammate Mark Reynolds, who now plays for the Baltimore Orioles, sent Johnson a text that read: “Welcome to the big leagues.”

He expects his new club to be a little more welcoming to his style of play compared to the ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, blue jays

Slusser: Speculation about A’s GM Billy Beane

Beane to the Cubs? Well…at least he won’t have to worry about his #### not working in the playoffs. (zi~ducks chair~ng)

There is increasing thought among baseball people, including some who know him well, that A’s general manager Billy Beane might consider an offer if the Cubs do approach him about their GM vacancy, as expected.

It’s no secret that the A’s higher-ups are frustrated about the glacial pace of Major League Baseball’s panel looking at a potential Oakland move. Within the A’s ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cubs, rumors, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-25-2011

Pittsburgh Press, August 25, 1911:

Just before the game yesterday a telegram was handed to Rube Marquard, and after reading it he started on a still hunt for the Marquis of Queensberry.  The message was intended for the titled Englishman…It got into Rube’s hands because an absent-minded telegraph operator, whose thoughts still lingered on Monday’s game, had addressed it to the Marquis of Marquard.

It’s a good thing Jason Marquis wasn’t around back then.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 25, 2011 at 08:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, dugout, history

Seattle Times: Wily Mo Pena’s big day starts with something rare — a walk

East coast earthquakes, Sean Burroughs home runs, Wily Mo Pena walks…. what’s next?

Pena is known for his aversion to walks. It was his first free pass in 68 plate appearances this season between Arizona and Seattle.

“I felt so good after I took the first walk,” Pena said. “They tried to give me a lot of inside stuff, and I just let those pitches go. That’s why I had such a good game, because I let those bad pitches go.”

Pena is notorious for one other thing — his ability to hit the ball a ...

NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 06:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

STL Post-Dispatch: Fading Cards are willing to deal

After a 9-4 whipping by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, general manager John Mozeliak didn’t necessarily reject that [St. Louis might be sellers] but didn’t anticipate major trade action and said that interest in his players had been marginal.

“Right now, we would consider anything,” Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch. “If somebody has interest in our players, definitely we would listen. But, as far as potential trades, I don’t feel like we’re likely to be engaged in that.

“A lot of times ...

NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 05:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Gage: Justin Verlander’s dominance is shades of Denny McLain

Swore that read shady Denny McLain.

That’s because, at 210 innings, which is where Verlander is now — they are virtually the same pitcher. If anything, Verlander has the edge.

Verlander is 19-5 at 2092/3 innings. McLain was 20-3 at 2101/3.

Verlander has a 2.28 ERA. McLain had a 2.10 ERA.

Verlander has a .185 opponents’ batting average. McLain had a .197.

Verlander has allowed 139 hits. McLain had allowed 148.

Here’s the difference: Verlander has only seven starts left. When McLain ...

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2011 at 05:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics, tigers

Yahoo: Weaver, Angels rout WSox 8-0 in 6th straight win

Since the AL Central seems to have fizzled out lately, at least the AL West is picking up steam as an actual old-school, win-or-go-home pennant race.

Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in his first start since signing an $85 million contract extension, and Erick Aybar drove in three runs in the Los Angeles Angels’ sixth straight victory, 8-0 over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, and Jeff Mathis had a two-run double during a ...

NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 04:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, white sox

WBAL: Sources: Mike Flanagan Found Dead

MONKTON, Md. -- Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and general manager Mike Flanagan was found dead on his Baltimore County property, WBAL-TV 11 Sports Director Gerry Sandusky has confirmed through multiple sources. Baltimore County police and fire spokeswoman Elise Armacost told WBAL-TV 11 News that police officers discovered a man's body alongside a trail in Monkton late Wednesday afternoon. Armacost did not identify the man.
Dan Szymborski Posted: August 25, 2011 at 01:08 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles [Red] Sox preparing Hurricane Irene contingencies

With Hurricane Irene possibly touching down in New England at some point this weekend, the Red Sox are trying to figure out how to best play the entirety of their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics.

Because Sunday might be a complete washout, there have been at least preliminary discussions about playing a doubleheader Saturday.
“It sounds like it could be anything from us having trouble getting home [from Texas] to who knows,” said manager Terry Francona. “It sounds like it’s ...

NTNgod Posted: August 25, 2011 at 12:59 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

NY Post: Nick’s far-outfield honeymoon

Don’t forget to try the Qabeli Palau…

Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher is finally taking his new wife, Joanna Garcia, on a honeymoon—to Afghanistan.

Nick and actress Joanna, a star of ABC’s “Better Without You,” plan to visit US troops in November, their first trip since they married last December.

Speaking to us at the Yankees Unite for Tornado Relief event at Southern Hospitality Hell’s Kitchen, Swisher said, “Three military officers came to the Yankee locker room and asked if ...

vortex of dissipation Posted: August 25, 2011 at 12:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international, yankees

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