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Friday, October 10, 2014

ESPN: MLB players want ‘voice’ in changes

In an offseason in which baseball has committed itself to speeding up the pace of games, several players told ESPN.com this week that players want “a voice” in this process and they’re concerned that, so far at least, no one except the players’ union has asked them what they thought.

“Players are very interested in being involved in these discussions,” veteran pitcher Kevin Slowey said. “We just want to be part of a collaborative effort to address these issues. And we want to ...

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kthejoker Posted: October 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Evaluating the Prospects: Houston Astros | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraphs has begun their prospect reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, prospects

Recap: Survivor: “Actions vs. Accusations”

Anyway, he’s still in good shape.

“It was well played,” John Rocker says, walking down the steps with the Idol in his pocket. “I enjoyed myself and was happy to have the opportunity,” John says…

I just can’t see voting John Rocker out at this stage in the season, other than to avoid awkward moments at mixed tribe social events. If you go along with John, he’s always a bigger target than you are, no matter who you happen to be. He’s always the person who will be viewed as the bigger threat or ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, indians, john rocker, rangers, rays, television

IG eyes Red Sox land deal | Boston Herald

The public always gets screwed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

Royals legends are relieved to see this team create 1985-like memories | The Kansas City Star

“I’m tired of talking about 1985, I really am,” he says. “I am sick and tired of it. You know? You can only look in the past for so long.”

George Brett is awesome.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, playoffs, royals

Buck Showalter and Ned Yost will be under intense scrutiny - ESPN

Major League Baseball’s division series action proved that big payrolls and star power can be overrated, while leaving plenty of managerial roadkill in its wake. Judging from the always measured and thoughtful public sentiment on Twitter, Brad Ausmus has no clue how to run a bullpen, Don Mattingly’s ability to make bad decisions knows no bounds, and Matt Williams isn’t equipped to run a convenience store, never mind a team with World Series aspirations.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, ned yost, playoffs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-10-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 10, 1914:

Continuing their whirlwind play, George Stallings’ Boston Braves annexed the second game of the world’s series from Connie Mack’s Athletics.
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The Braves had dug up an additional mascot. A young man dressed in a brilliant red costume, such as picture books and stage Inians wear, was on the job at the Boston bench. He was adorned with war feathers and what appeared to be some unfortunate horse’s tail, hung down over his shoulders.
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A ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 10, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

There’s a report that the Dodgers are shopping Yasiel Puig. It makes no sense. | HardballTalk

Sorry, the idea that the Dodgers might be entertaining trading Puig isn’t as crazy as some people are suggesting. Everybody knows the Dodgers have extra outfielders. Last year the Dodgers juggled Kemp/Puig/Crawford/Ethier. They also had Scott Van Slyke contributing nicely. In the minors they have Joc Pederson seemingly ready. On top of that Alex Guerrero put up a .978 OPS in the minors last year. They clearly have an logjam in the outfield. Now, I’m sure they would much rather trade one of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 07:35 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trade rumors

Puig’s Game 4 benching likely for more than just plate struggles | FOX Sports

Maybe Don Mattingly isn’t a big poopy head.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, playoffs, yasiel puig

OMNICHATTER 2014 LCS ROUND DAY 1

4 wins to the World Series!

American League Championship Series, Game 1 (Best of 7)

Kansas City Royals (Shields) at Baltimore Orioles (Tillman), 8 PM, TBS

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 855 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Joe West named ALCS crew chief

“Hi everyone. I’m Major League Umpire, Joe West.”

Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: October 09, 2014 at 09:58 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, umpires

Q&A: Dan Kantrovitz, St. Louis Cardinals Scouting Director

Some good info on their methods and philosophies.

On methodology and valuation: “When you talk about our methodology, it’s not rocket science. It’s more, ‘Find a reliable metric; see what’s worked in the past and use it as a guide going forward.’ As a scouting director, I need to be disciplined to implement it and sell it to our department of scouts, who might not always agree with what we think the optimal decision is.

“Basically, we translate every piece of available ...

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Perry Posted: October 09, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting, st. louis cardinals

Orioles Reach Extension with J.J. Hardy

Today’s workout at Camden Yards will include an announcement that the Orioles have reached agreement with shortstop J.J. Hardy on a contract extension, according to an industry source.

Hardy, 32, was a pending free agent. Expected negotiations weren’t held during spring training and the sides agreed to hold off discussions during the regular season.

Hardy’s extension covers the next three seasons. FOX Sports is reporting that the value is north of $40 million.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles

WaPo: For D.C. sports, a familiar refrain

BY [EXHAUSTED POST SPORTS BEAT WRITER]

Amid the spent cups and discarded [PIECES OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT] strewn around the [WASHINGTON SPORTS TEAM] locker room were a pile of fractured hopes, attempts at rationalization and general bewilderment.

Another promising [SPORT] season came to a premature end last night as the [WASHINGTON SPORTS FRANCHISE] fell to the [TEAM WITH A WORSE REGULAR SEASON RECORD], eliminating them from the playoffs.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 09, 2014 at 11:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: natinals, putative humor

Is Bruce Bochy One of the Best Managers in Baseball History? (Yes. Here’s Why.) «

“The players make the manager, it’s never the other way.” ~ Sparky Anderson

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 11:16 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants, managers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 9, 1914:

George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, appeased his desire for punching some one’s head today, when a fan became overserious in expressing his praise of the Athletics in Stallings’ presence. The unlucky fan was P.J. Callahan, who wore a tourist badge.

“We’ll show them,” chortled Callahan, kidding the Brave players in the lobby of the Majestic hotel. Then he ambled over to Stallings and repeated. Stallings grabbed Callahan and threw him ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 09, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george stallings, history

How will Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals seize what is left of their championship windows? - NY Daily News

If they are looking for good chemistry in the clubhouse, maybe the Dodgers should exchange Colletti for Kevin Towers.

Good luck trying to get a solid read on the mood of the current team, or Mattingly’s ability to manage the egos. During the season, Dodgers people spoke of a deep disconnect among the players, the old “25 cabs for 25 guys” syndrome and a lack of chemistry.

“I don’t think that’s how you win a championship,” said one Dodgers person.

But team chemistry is highly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers, ned colletti

Cards are back in NLCS | FOX Sports

Good luck to the Giants in the World Series!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 07:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Heyman: Royals to make run at Shields as free agent; playoff run helps

The Royals were originally believed only to have a shot to keep Shields if they went far in the playoffs, but sources say the team informed Shields’ agent Page Odle way back around the trade deadline—well before their amazing postseason run, which will bolster their revenues big-time—that they would indeed make an effort to keep him with a multiyear deal.

Seeing the headline and the byline I would have bet anything that Shields was a Boras client but apparently not. 

Anyway, Shields ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 09, 2014 at 01:47 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, royals

Report: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti may be on the hot seat

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Feeling among number of #Dodgers people is that GM Colletti is on hot seat, and that ownership has softer spot for Mattingly. We shall see.

After watching that Cardinal series, Ned isn’t the one I’d be leaning toward firing.  Although he is largely responsible for constructing what turned out to be a pretty useless bullpen.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 09, 2014 at 01:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, ned colletti

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-8-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 8, 1914:

Things began to move rapidly Wednesday in preparation for the opening game of the series for the baseball championship of the world.
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The so called tuning up process Wednesday of the present world’s champions and the winners of the National league pennant was of a mild character. Neither Connie Mack nor Manager Stallings premitted his men to do any extended work.
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Some of the rooters of the world’s champions are becoming anxious over McInnis, the first ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 08, 2014 at 09:49 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stuffy mcinnis


How the Cardinals became baseball’s best franchise | New York Post

I’d say we should wait until the end of this year’s postseason to make that determination.

No, the Dodgers don’t rank second behind St. Louis in the “Model franchise” standings, and neither do the Yankees. Maybe it’s the Giants, with their third NLCS appearance in five years, though they haven’t qualified for two straight postseasons since 2002-03. It certainly isn’t the Red Sox, who have registered two last-place finishes in the last three seasons.
You could make a case for the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs, tigers

Roger Clemens: Time for Astros to start winning

harrrumpphh! (BBC, drop me a line please)

Roger Clemens said it’s time for the Astros to start winning.

“They’re not kids anymore and the learning process is over, it’s time to win,” the former Astros pitcher and current special assistant said at the team’s charity golf event on Monday. “I was in the World Series at 23, 24 years old. I had maybe a Cy Young or two under my belt. It’s time to take the kid gloves off. It’s time for these guys to win. They should beat Pittsburgh ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, in my day, roger clemens

Matt Williams and the Great Bullpen Screw-Up | FOX Sports

Ouch.

As an outsider, we can’t know about the internal dynamics of the clubhouse and how well Williams might or might not have handled the aspects of his job that we never see. But part of his job is also to make decisions during the games that give his team the best chance to win, and in the biggest game of his managerial career, he made a series of poor decisions that directly led to the run that eliminated his team from the postseason. The Nationals’ offense didn’t do Williams any favors in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt williams, nationals, playoffs, sabermetrics

Josh Beckett Says He’s Retiring After 14 Seasons In Major Leagues | MLB | NESN.com

The prickly right-handed pitcher is walking away from baseball, as he announced his retirement Tuesday night after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, josh beckett, marlins, red sox, retirements


Qualifying offer for MLB free agents set at $15.3M - ESPN

That’s a lot of coin to turn down and then get saddled with draft pick compensation.

The price of qualifying offers for eligible free agents has risen to $15.3 million from $14.1 million.

James Shields, who has led the Royals into the ALCS, is one of several big-name players who likely will turn down a $15.3 million qualifying offer and instead elect free agency.
The 8.5 percent increase was finalized Tuesday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. It is up from $13.3 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Back pain pulls prospect Butler out of AFL | rockies.com

Butler missed time midseason because of a strained right rotator cuff, which showed up after his Major League debut on June 6. Butler rehabbed, then finished the season at Double-A Tulsa before returning to the Majors for two late-season starts—a six-inning, one-run effort in a win over the D-backs on Sept. 20, and a 4 2/3-inning struggle in a loss to the Dodgers on Sept. 27.
After his final start, Butler reported unusual soreness in his upper back/shoulder area. The Rockies made the decision ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie butler, rockies

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