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Monday, August 29, 2011

Ruff going at Citi

Deadspin brought this to my attention: Stray dogs around CitiField are “menacing” fans as they leave the ballpark. If only I had a Silver Age comic book cover that could show this adequately…

~~~edit zzzap~~~


Gamingboy Posted: August 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Billy Crystal Making (Another) Sports Movie

View at Your Own Asterisk.

A near-capacity crowd packed a minor league ballpark in Fresno, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to see Crystal in his latest project. The veteran actor plays Artie Decker, the radio voice of the Fresno Grizzlies.

The Fresno Bee reports the film “Us & Them” spent one day filming in the California city. In the film, Crystal and his wife travel to Atlanta to take care of their grandchildren while their daughter is on vacation.

Most of the film will be shot in ...

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 10:08 PM | 194 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, minor leagues

Yahoo: Rangers’ [Nelson] Cruz expected out 3 weeks with hamstring

Texas slugger Nelson Cruz is expected to miss about three weeks with another hamstring injury.

The AL West-leading Rangers say an MRI exam on Monday revealed a grade 1 strain of Cruz’s left hamstring. He is expected to get an injection from team physician Dr. Keith Meister that is intended to stimulate the healing process.

Cruz got hurt when running out a double in Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angles.

Dallas Morning News: Lance Berkman among Rangers’ options while Nelson ...

NTNgod Posted: August 29, 2011 at 09:53 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

Heyman: Curtis Granderson and Ryan Braun are my MVP picks

Stats are most assuredly a major part of the equation. But they shouldn’t be completely determinative. Otherwise, let’s just run the numbers through a computer. And rename the award Most Outstanding player. Because there’s no way to put a number on the value of leading a team into the postseason, which should be everyone’s goal.

Like people, stats are imperfect. Even WAR, which I agree is a very useful stat, is imperfect because it depends on the value placed on other statistics by the person ...

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 05:14 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fantasy baseball, projections, sabermetrics

Dusty Baker talks about his Reds lineups

Baker, 62, does not do Twitter or other social media. But Baker knows the critics are out there because, for one thing, he hears them during games. Batting orders, pitching changes, you name it. Everyone is an expert.

“Nothing works all the time, I don’t care how you do it,” Baker said. “This game is basically about matchups and the odds.”

Making a lineup can take several hours, Baker said. Reams of scouting reports are available, and Baker well knows the strengths and weaknesses of ...

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 05:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, reds, sabermetrics

Huntington Beach Ocean View wins Little League World Series in dramatic fashion

Reporting from South Williamsport, Pa.—Bases loaded, two outs, a 12-year-old boy digs his foot into the batter’s box and there it is, a moment youngsters from all over the world dream about.

The scene might have taken place in the mind of any kid standing in a backyard or on a sandlot field, but on Sunday it played out before a national television audience and a crowd of 11,950 at Lamade Stadium, youth baseball’s Mecca.

And Nick Pratto, the confident son of a coach, delivered in a very real ...

Gamingboy Posted: August 29, 2011 at 02:51 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, international, japan

THT: Jaffe: 10 things I didn’t know about managerial match-ups

Chris explains..."The hook: going by the numbers at Baseball-Reference, this Saturday's Reds-Cards game will be the 200th time LaRussa and Baker face off. They'll be only the 2nd pair of managers in the entire divisional era to do it."
1. Tony LaRussa and Dusty Baker are the greatest managerial rivals of our time ...Last, but certainly not least, Baker and LaRussa don’t seem to like each very much. Not at all, in fact. They have very different styles. Baker is the nice guy, and LaRussa ...
Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 01:31 PM | 10 comment(s)

Steven: Baseball in Washington During the Civil War

The Civil War helped facilitate the spread of the “New York game” as soldiers idled away time in camp, prisons, and even the front lines. Just as other social organizations, such as fireman units, enlisted together, so to did some baseball clubs.  On April 5, 1861 the Jefferson Base Ball Club demonstrated their dedication to the Union by erecting a flag pole at their regular Franklin Square playing grounds at 14th and I Streets NW.

Amongst the thousands of New York troops arriving in ...

JE (Jason) Posted: August 29, 2011 at 01:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, history

Crashburn Alley: What the Phillies and Rays Learned About BABIP

...and the rest of my Fantasy League has not. HA!...take that Absecon Arse-To-Gobbers!

As strange as it may sound, Cole Hamels and James Shields have a lot in common. While one earned a championship ring and World Series MVP honors in 2008 and the other did not, both have strongly benefited and suffered from the effect of BABIP. BABIP is a stat that many analysts use to infer how much of a pitcher’s successes and failures are due to factors outside of his control, such as randomness and ...

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, phillies, projections, rays, sabermetrics

Stan Isaacs: A Time of Mickey Mantle, Me and J. Edgar Hoover

or…Daily Pafkos at the Wall.

In the summer of 1998 CBS’ Channel 2 in New York broke the story that the FBI had investigated Mantle. It cited some 1969 correspondence between President Nixon’s domestic adviser, John Erlichman, and the FBI. New York Times sports media columnist Richard Sandomir noted that I was listed along with Mantle, Billy Martin and Mrs. Branch Rickey.

It turned out to be in connection with the 1969 baseball All Star Game in Washington. Nixon invited a large group of ...

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 11:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, yankees

McGrath: With Hendry Gone, the Next Step Is Clear

Which, hopefully…will be more successful than The Next Step Beyond.

Thus did Mike Quade become a big-league manager. The Milton Bradley signing was reason to question Hendry’s sanity; the Quade hire raised doubts about his judgment.

That said, firing Hendry was not an easy call for Ricketts. He liked him — hard worker, down-to-earth guy, clearly loves baseball — and as he spoke of “recommending” that some top aides be retained, Ricketts seemed to be softening the impact of the ...

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, history, projections

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-29-2011

Pittsburgh Press, August 29, 1911:

[Larry] McLean, the eminent tragedian, was sleeping soundly up in his room, when the sinners of the team told the night clerk that Lary (sic) had a bunch of Indians up in the apartment, playing poker.  The clerk fell for the stuff, went up, and pounded on Lary’s door.


Then the joshers routed the Eminent Dodo [Clark Griffith?] from his sleep, and gave him the same story.  The Eminent Dodo, justly enraged at such a breech of training rules, thereupon ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

ESPN: Schoenfield: Where Chipper ranks among all-time 3B

Frank Malzone Ratings sees things differently!

I would hope everyone recognizes by now that Jones is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Last week, I exchanged Twitter messages with readers on where Jones ranks among the greatest third basemen of all time. Six names came up in that discussion, and with apologies to Home Run Baker and Ron Santo, here is my ranking of them.


...Chipper’s game was consistent excellence over a long time. His peak seasons may not quite match those ...

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2011 at 04:01 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, sabermetrics Hill, Cowgill back Kennedy’s NL-best 17th win

Sunday afternoon, 5,000 kids walked into Chase Field and were handed Ian Kennedy Growth Charts. Three hours later, 27,564 fans walked out of Chase Field after Kennedy and the D-backs handed the Padres a series sweep in a 6-1 victory.
Kennedy’s seven innings of one-run baseball propelled the D-backs to their sixth straight win, their largest division lead all season—four games—and Kennedy to the top of the NL with 17 wins.
Tied with the Phillies’ Roy Halladay and the Dodgers’ Clayton ...

NTNgod Posted: August 29, 2011 at 02:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, game recaps

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Salvador Perez `hard to take out of the lineup,’ Yost says

Salvador Daily…natch.

Rookie catcher Salvador Perez didn’t play Sunday in the series final against the Indians after starting 15 of the 17 previous games since arriving from Class AAA Omaha.

This is how it figures to be for Perez over the next several years: Days off will be rare.

“He’s like (shortstop Alcides) Escobar for me,” manager Ned Yost said. “He’s hard to take out of the lineup. So, yes, he’ll play 140 games (a year) because one, he’s young; two, he’s very ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

David Price strikes out franchise-high 14 in Rays romp

Price struck out a franchise-record 14 in seven dominant innings, Desmond Jennings hit a pair of solo home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Toronto 12-0 on Sunday.

“Hitting is hard enough already,” Rays catcher John Jaso said. “What David brought today made it pretty much impossible.”

It wasn’t just Price’s stuff, but a stiff wind blowing out to center field that made him so effective, giving his fastball extraordinary movement.

“I’ve never had that much movement before so it was pretty ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, game recaps, rays

Seattle Times: White Sox players hit the waters of Puget Sound for salmon

From the pics, it seems like a close-knit grouper.

Baseball players rarely find free time during the long season. But when they do, they take advantage of it.

That was what Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, and pitchers Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Zach Stewart did on Thursday afternoon by booking a salmon fishing charter trip on Puget Sound. ...

This isn’t the first fishing outing the White Sox have pursued on an off-day this summer. Back in July, a group went walleye fishing ...

Greg Franklin Posted: August 28, 2011 at 10:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics, white sox

Showalter says Yankees’ complaints were “disrespectful to Flanny”

Manager Buck Showalter knows that the Yankees are chafed at the Orioles for refusing to schedule a doubleheader on Friday and costing them the Sept. 8 off-day. And he really doesn’t care.

Showalter spoke calmly today, but he didn’t pull any punches while addressing the topic with reporters before Game 1. He also referenced the tragic death of former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan.

“The way I understand, I think they approached Andy (MacPhail) less than 24 hours before,” he said. “First of all, ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 09:52 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

NYT: Joe Buck’s Voice Lands on the D.L

Buck Buck…PILE ON!!!

“People say just rest your voice and don’t talk, but that doesn’t do anything,” said Buck, who first revealed his ailment to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This is a nerve issue. It’s not like I have polyps or a strained vocal cord. I’m waiting for one of the longest nerves in the body to recover. Nobody has said this is something that won’t come back, but they told me it could take 6, 9 or 12 months.”

...Buck will not work again until the N.F.L. regular ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 02:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, television

South Side Sox: Omar Vizquel’s free pass to your 2011 White Sox

“dull, conscientious, dependable, and loyal” Oh, wait…that was said about Omar Bradley not Vizquel.

I know Vizquel is a really nice guy.  I’m sure he’s awesome in the locker room.  I don’t doubt that he offers solid mentoring to the young players.  He definitely has the intangibles.  However, coaches can be in the locker room.  And they can also mentor.  Using an active roster spot on an intangibles player is a luxury for a team.  And, at some point, a sub-.500 team should realize they can’t ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 02:14 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, white sox

Walters: Twins have no more help down on the farm in Rochester

Great Garagozzo’s! What happened to the “by far, the best organization in baseball” (closes Plesac-lunch bag of tricks)...?

The Red Wings are 50-85. Last year, they finished 49-95.

“It’s a mess,” one baseball insider said. “It’s embarrassing.”

...Dave St. Peter is the Twins’ president who oversees the franchise’s operation for Jim Pohlad, who represents ownership.

...“One of the lessons for everybody to learn is that payroll in and of itself is not a prerequisite to winning. To be honest, ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 01:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

LAT (Simers): Dodgers’ treatment of Andre Ethier is baffling

Ask Ethier if he should still be playing on a right knee that will require off-season surgery, and he says, “If you’re expecting me to do what I’ve done in the past, no, there’s no possible way I can do that right now. You can say tough it out and give it your best shot, but it’s not going to happen.

“It’s only going to get worse from this point. I’ve dealt with it all season long, but as the season goes on my body wears down. That’s just the way it is — I keep getting put in the lineup, so ...

Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: August 28, 2011 at 04:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, media

SoSD: Ten questions with Ted Leitner

The Leitner system…full of spaced-out repetition.

Q: Outside of Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman, do you have a favorite all-time Padre?

A: “It has to be, just for a selfish reason, Ken Caminiti. In his usual stalking fashion, he came up to me his first year, when I was still on Channel 8 (as the sports anchor) and said, “I really appreciate the kind things you say about me on the air.” Here’s this tough warrior, a great leader and for him to thank me? That hasn’t happened with five ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 03:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, history, media, padres, television, yankees

Joe Mauer calls criticism of his toughness ‘unfair’

He was the best player on the team…until a powerful conspiracy turned everyone against him!

“I think that’s part of why I’ve kept a lot of things to myself,” he said. “But I (also) understand that’s part of the frustration, and I think in the future, I think we all, maybe, need to be a little more honest with what’s going on. But when I stub a toe, everybody gives their two cents on it, and a lot of times the truth gets clouded.”

“I understand that me being a guy that’s been around here for a ...

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2011 at 01:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

The Sports Poscast with SI’s Joe Posnanski: Michael Schur Interview—Aug. 23, 2011

Discussion of expanding the baseball playoffs; Tiger Woods, schadenfreude, Peyton Manning, being the best; and most importantly, this week’s draft: Sports announcer cliches!

Michael Schur: Postgame interview question “What were you thinking when…”

Joe Posnanski: “He didn’t like what he saw out there” after quarterback calls timeout

Schur: “Defense wins championships”

Poz: “Perfect shot” in golf

Schur: “He’s got a good” [name of sport] “IQ”

Poz: [Team or individual] “will not quit”

...
The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, baseball geeks, media

Saturday, August 27, 2011 Verlander’s 20th victory doesn’t come easy

Justin Verlander is baseball’s first 20-game winner this season.

It won’t go down as one of his best starts, and it did not come easy, but Verlander picked up his eighth straight victory Saturday as the Tigers beat the Twins, 6-4, at Target Field.

Making his 29th start, Verlander was the first pitcher to record 20 wins before the end of August since Curt Schilling did so in 2002 with the D-backs. Verlander is the fifth pitcher to reach the 20-win mark in August over the past 20 years, joining ...

NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 11:13 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, tigers, twins

Pitch F/X Summit

Not sure how this has slipped past us.  It has a terrific webcast and solid agenda.

Alan Nathan and Greg Rybarczyk to name some names.

This presentation just went:
1:45 - 2:15 pm PITCHf/x as a Scouting Tool                   Hillary Suparak (Masters thesis at Emory Univ, I think she said).

It’s break time now, but coming up will be defensive analyses.

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: August 27, 2011 at 09:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, media, online, sabermetrics

Zrebiec: Yankees in bad mood after loss, reschedulings

I’m not taking any sides here, but I can at last provide reasoning for the Orioles’ reluctance to play a doubleheader today.

One, the Orioles were coming off an 11-day, and 10-game road trip, and they clearly didn’t want to arrive at the ballpark early today for a doubleheader after the long trip.

Two, it’s obviously been an emotional and taxing time for the organization with the death of Mike Flanagan, and I’m not sure they were too prepared or eager to spend 3/4 of the day at the ballpark. ...Read More...

Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 09:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, orioles, yankees

Jim Leyland clarifies comments on Justin Verlander for MVP

What’s he smoking??

Tigers manager Jim Leyland made some waves earlier this week when he said that pitchers shouldn’t win the MVP award. This was a very bold statement considering that one of his own starters, Justin Verlander, is quickly gaining momentum for MVP consideration in the American League.

Despite his opinion on the topic, Leyland told Chris Iott of earlier today that he would support Verlander for MVP under the current system.

“I will support Justin Verlander for the ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2011 at 08:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, tigers

Curt Schilling: Theo Epstein to Cubs ‘wouldn’t surprise me’

And others gems from the somewhat advanced squad leader.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Sports Saturday to talk baseball in advance of the Red Sox’ doubleheader with the A’s.

The Cubs have an opening at general manager, and there has been speculation that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein could have interest. Schilling said it’s a definite possibility.

“That wouldn’t surprise me. It really wouldn’t surprise me,” he said. “I think the challenge, though, is that Red Sox ...

Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 08:51 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox, sabermetrics

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