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Friday, September 02, 2011

Kansas City Star: Francoeur reaches 1,000 hits in style

DETROIT | It wasn’t quite a called shot, but Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur, after entering Thursday with 999 career hits, vowed to get No. 1,000 in his first at-bat against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Francoeur fulfilled his pledge driving an 0-1 pitch from Detroit rookie Jacob Turner just fair over the left-field wall for a two-run homer in the second inning. It was the first salvo in the Royals’ 11-8 victory over the Tigers.

“It was exciting to do it on a home run,” Francoeur ...

Tripon Posted: September 02, 2011 at 06:47 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

AL West race: September 1, 2011

Going by the usual 5 game cutoff (and ignoring the NY/BOS playoff seeding race for now), slim pickings at the moment.

TEX 78-60 [1-0 in SEPT]
LAA 74-63 [1-0 in SEPT] (3.5 GB) Amply supported Wilson flirts with perfection

Starter C.J. Wilson helped the Rangers take their second consecutive series with a 7-2 win over the Rays at Ballpark in Arlington on Thursday.

Wilson retired the first 15 Rays he faced, but the 16th, first baseman Casey Kotchman, chopped a ball that appeared to ...

NTNgod Posted: September 02, 2011 at 03:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

MLB: Mickelson takes BP, throws out first pitch

Fore Eyes!


Phil Mickelson was swinging lefty, as he always does on the golf course, but this time, the professional golfer had a baseball bat in his hand.

The winner of four major PGA championships, Mickelson had the thrill of taking batting practice at Fenway Park before Thursday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game.

“To be at Fenway Park and take BP is a really cool experience,” Mickelson said. “I’m very appreciative that the organization let me do this. This is a lot of fun.”

...Mickelson ...

Repoz Posted: September 02, 2011 at 03:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, special topics

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Megdal: Einhorn exits, while the Mets owners wait around for a happy ending

The Unicorndog Killer…

It’s easy to see why the Wilpons may have done this. From their perspective, Einhorn was the distasteful little guy they were compelled to do business with to get through what they were hoping would be a rough patch. Yes, they’d made a deal with him that would let him take the Mets from them if things failed to pick up in the next couple of years, but that was a technicality. It was an affront that Einhorn was so openly, humiliatingly, betting on them to fail.

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 09:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Biz of Baseball: How Did Jim Crane Slip By?

“An Astro-nomical slip up!”

But, the media, and possibly MLB, slipped on Crane’s background. After all, he was on the precipice of owning the Astros in 2008 when he backed out of the deal with McLane. He was part of number of suitors for the Chicago Cubs in 2009. And, last year, he quickly married up with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to be part of the bankruptcy auction process that had them pitted against a group assembled by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg to own the Texas Rangers.

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 09:02 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, business, media

Keith Hernandez Harassed For Crossing Picket Line

KEITH: [mindless] I’m Keith Hernandez.

The former Met (and current broadcaster) was eating at the Central Park Boathouse with a female friend when he received some harsh criticism on his way out of the establishment.

Hernandez, who helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series, left through a side door and walked right past striking workers from the restaurant.

One Boathouse worker, after berating Hernandez for crossing the picket line to have his meal, shouted, “Mark Teixeira is a better ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 08:39 PM | 464 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, mets

L.A. Times: Frank McCourt is offered $1.2 billion for Dodgers

Frank McCourt has been offered $1.2 billion to sell the Dodgers, The Times has learned.

The bid is headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke and funded in part by Chinese investors, according to a letter sent to McCourt on Tuesday. The letter was disclosed to The Times by two people familiar with its content but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The proposed sale price would set a record for a Major League Baseball team.

In a brief telephone interview, Burke declined to discuss ...

Tripon Posted: September 01, 2011 at 08:18 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rumors

OT: The Soccer Thread: September 2011

Are You Ready for Some Football!

Notable European Matches:

Barcelona vs. Milan (Sept. 13)
Birmingham City vs. Braga (Sept. 15)*
Bayern Munich vs. Man City (Sept. 27)

*This notable for being, I think, the first team a Championship side has played in Europe since Millwall in 2004-05

And of course, let’s not forget that West Ham looks to continue their strong start to the season, hosting Portsmouth (Sept. 10), Peterborough (Sept. 24) and Ipswich Town (Sept. 27). Hammers should be hoping for ...

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 01, 2011 at 04:02 PM | 991 comment(s)
  Beats: general

David Einhorn Reacts To Dissolution Of Potential Mets Ownership Deal

“I am disappointed to announce that I will not be purchasing an ownership interest in the New York Mets baseball team at this time. It is clear that it will not be possible for me to consummate the transaction on the terms that the Sterling-Mets organization and I originally agreed to several months ago. The extensive nature of changes that were proposed to me at the last minute has made a successful transaction impossible.

  “I want to thank the entire Mets organization and Major League ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 03:00 PM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Pitchers & Poets: In Defense of Outliers

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”

But was Brady Anderson’s 1996 a miracle?  Is Jose Bautista’s ascension?  Voltaire wrote on the subject of miracles in his Dictionnaire Philosophique, defining a miracle as “the violation of those divine and eternal laws.  If there is an eclipse of the sun at full moon, or if a dead man walks two leagues carrying his head in his arms, we call that a miracle.”  This is the ultimate condemnation of Brady Anderson and Jose ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 01:11 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, sabermetrics, steroids


Co-starring Don Malcolm as Grantland Rice!


Bautista (home runs, OBP, SLG, OPS+)
Gonzalez (RBI, batting average, doubles, OBP, playoff team)
Granderson (home runs, triples, XBH, runs scored, RBI, stolen bases, playoff team)

...At this moment, they are each MVPs.

The best thing we can tell the writers to do is to rig the vote. That’s right, rig it.

...Anyway—we’ve grown up a lot since 1979. We know better now. So we should just agree right now that the MVP candidate pool is too big to fail ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 12:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history

Feds drop remaining charges against Bonds

3-Drop Lounge: Tejada, Rowand Bonds.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all the remaining charges against Barry Bonds, days after a judge upheld the slugger’s conviction on an obstruction of justice count.

The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco filed court papers informing U.S. District Judge Susan Illston it was dismissing the three charges of making false statements still pending against Bonds, Major League Baseball’s all-time home runs leader. A jury deadlocked on the three ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 11:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, special topics, steroids

NYT: Four-Hour Games? At Least One Yankee Sympathizes

Blowfish, blow!


If you feel guilty for falling asleep on your couch as you watch the Yankees play the Boston Red Sox, don’t. Mark Teixeira forgives you.

“It’s brutal,” said Teixeira, the Yankees’ first baseman. “I can’t stand playing a nine-inning game in four hours. It’s not baseball. I don’t even know how to describe it. If I was a fan, why would I want to come watch people sitting around and talking back and forth, going to the mound, 2-0 sliders in the dirt? Four-hour ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 11:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox, sabermetrics, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2011

New York Times, September 1, 1911:

The National Baseball Commission to-day not only rejected every demand made upon it by the American Association, but went further in stating that if the American Association decided not to operate under the rules of organized baseball teams would be placed in every city on that circuit.  While no mention of a league to do battle with the American Association was made, it was implied to an extend that could not be misunderstood.

Oh snap!

The AA wanted more ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2011 at 08:43 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fantasy baseball, history, minor leagues

D Backs Win 9th in a row, 12th straight at home

But did you hear what happens if the Diamondbacks win their 10th game in a row when they resume play Friday night to start a three-game series in San Francisco?

The last time the Diamondbacks were there, team President Derrick Hall and General Manager Kevin Towers apparently made a little pact with manager Kirk Gibson.

Hall shared it publicly with a post on his Twitter account Monday:

“KT and I promised Gibby in SF that we would shave our heads if we ever win 10-straight this year.”

Yeah, ...

shoewizard Posted: September 01, 2011 at 07:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, rockies

N.Y. Times: Humility by the Pack

In this tradition-bound sport, in which managers wear the same uniforms as the players and Cracker Jack can still be bought at concession stands, a hazing ritual that has gone on for years seems to have reached a new level of absurdity at major league ballparks: rookie relievers are being forced to wear schoolgirl backpacks — gaudy in color, utterly unmanly — to transport gear.

“Everybody laughs at me,” said Bryan Shaw, a 23-year-old rookie reliever for the Arizona Diamondbacks. ...

bobm Posted: September 01, 2011 at 06:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, braves, mets, padres, phillies

A’s trade Conor Jackson to Boston

The A’s have traded Conor Jackson and cash to Boston for Jason Rice. The team announced the move via Twitter after Wednesday night’s game against the Indians.

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 04:29 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox Former Olympic baseball player charged with making meth near Loxley school

It’s B.J. Wallace.

Billy Lyle “BJ” Wallace Jr., 40, and Amber Sheree McKenzie, 29, were being held in Baldwin County Corrections Center as of Wednesday, both charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wallace, a Monroeville native, pitched for the U.S. team in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and the Montreal Expos picked him third in that year’s amateur draft, signing the left-hander ...

Greg Franklin Posted: September 01, 2011 at 04:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: college, expos, olympics

Kimbrel becomes all-time rookie saves leader

A record they said would never be

Craig Kimbrel does not close like a rookie.

In fact, no rookie closer has ever closed like Kimbrel. Certainly none have ever done it better.

When the Braves’ 23-year-old fireballer closed out Atlanta’s 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday at Turner Field, he recorded his 41st save of the season, setting the major league rookie saves record.

The previous mark of 40 had been set only last season by the Rangers’ Neftali Feliz, coincidentally, ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 03:25 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, sabermetrics

NP: Jays looking to future with Latin American additions

Maybe even including some of those real emotional ones!

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos continued shaping the future of the franchise on Tuesday by acquiring seven international free agents from Central and South America.

“Our commitment to Latin America, our commitment to get the best available players in Latin America, has been in existence now for quite some time,” Marco Paddy, Toronto’s director of Latin America operations, said on an afternoon conference call.

The new ...

Repoz Posted: September 01, 2011 at 03:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, international, prospect reports, scouting

Fitch Rates MLB Club Trust Securitization Notes ‘A-’; Outlook Stable

- Fitch Ratings has assigned an ‘A-’ to Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Club Trust Securitization consisting of $70 million series 5 term notes (due 2019), $83.1 million series 6 term notes (due 2021) and $46.9 million series 7 term notes (due 2021). Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the ‘A-’ rating to the outstanding $645 million term notes (series 1 - 4) and the outstanding $200 million syndicated revolving credit facility. The Rating Outlook is Stable.


—MLB’s premier ...

Gamingboy Posted: September 01, 2011 at 03:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business

Yahoo: Braves acquire IF Jack Wilson from Seattle

The Atlanta Braves have added middle infield depth for the final month of the regular season, acquiring Jack Wilson from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night for a player to be named.

The Braves, who acquired outfielder Matt Diaz earlier Wednesday, also obtained cash from Seattle in the deal.

Wilson was hitting .249 in 62 games for Seattle and has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 19 because of a bruised left heel.

NTNgod Posted: September 01, 2011 at 02:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mariners

Girardi eager to see what [Jesus] Montero can offer

Jesus Montero could break into the big leagues with a crash course on the Yankees’ rivalry with the Red Sox, as the power-hitting catcher is expected to headline New York’s first callups from the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Montero, ranked as the No. 6 prospect in all of baseball according to, would join the Yankees as a reserve catcher and another option at designated hitter as rosters expand from 25 players to 40…

Montero is hitting .288 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs ...

The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2011 at 12:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, yankees

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Seattle Times: Mariners announce multi-year extension for GM Jack Zduriencik

The Mariners like what they’ve seen from GM Jack Zduriencik thus far and today rewarded him with a multi-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed, but it’s for more than one year—not one year plus and option as some rumors out there now have it.
“When I took this job three years ago, the thing that we said we were going to do is try to build this thing from the ground up and try to accumulate talent in every way we can. I think if you look at what’s on the field here, I think we’re ...

NTNgod Posted: August 31, 2011 at 11:55 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Francona: Won’t ‘hurry Beckett’ in games

Payback time! No-shows for Bobby Valentine’s bluster.

Red Sox manager said he isn’t about to tell Wednesday’s starting pitcher Josh Beckett to do something that will make him feel uncomfortable. Beckett was criticized by former Mets manager Bobby Valentine on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball during his start on Aug. 7 for taking as much as 45 seconds between pitches to deliver the baseball. 

“That’s not going to make me lose sleep,” Francona said of Valentine’s critique.

Francona acknowledged ...

Repoz Posted: August 31, 2011 at 10:01 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, red sox, sabermetrics, television

Grantland—Why the Philadelphia Phillies won’t be great for long

There’s never been a better time to be a Philadelphia Phillies fan.

that’s all that needs to be said.  there’s 2300+ other words in the article, but they’re mostly unnecessary.

being STEAGLES isn't the same as having a STEAGLES Posted: August 31, 2011 at 09:40 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Royals trade Treanor back to Texas

Goodbye Mr. Misty May.

The Royals have sent veteran catcher Matt Treanor back to Texas in a cash transaction.

Treanor, 35, spent the last 15 days at Class AA Northwest Arkansas on a rehab playing assignment after suffering a concussion July 30 on a collision at the plate in Cleveland. He was five for 19 with five RBIs in seven games.

The Royals acquired Treanor from the Rangers in a March 28 cash transaction after learning veteran Jason Kendall would not be sufficiently recovered from ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2011 at 07:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, royals

Giant shakeup: Tejada, Rowand sent packing by SF

Outfielder Aaron Rowand and infielder Miguel Tejada were designated for assignment Wednesday by the San Francisco Giants, a major shake-up for the stumbling defending World Series champions.

The Giants began the day trailing first-place Arizona by a season-high six games in the NL West race.

“We’re at a spot in the season where we have to do some damage control with the roster,” general manager Brian Sabean said. “A couple things played into it. In both cases, there was diminished playing ...

Repoz Posted: August 31, 2011 at 07:07 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Pirates trade Matt Diaz to Braves

The Pirates traded outfielder Matt Diaz to the Atlanta Braves Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash.

Diaz, 33, hit .259 in 100 games for the Pirates this season, mostly against left-handed pitchers. He hit .295 in 105 at-bats against lefties.

The Pirates signed Diaz to a two-year, $4.25 million contract as a free agent in the off-season. He spent the previous five seasons with the Braves.

The return of Alex Presley and Jose Tabata from the disabled list made playing time in the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2011 at 04:31 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, pirates

Netherlands to present bid to host MLB games

Just before play-off game 8 of his Hoofdklasse team Vaessen Pioniers on Monday night, acting president Ilja Schinkel of Hoofddorp Pioniers replied positively about realization and schedule of the construction of the new Pioniers stadium and complex south of Hoofddorp.

In March this year the municipality hosted a press conference about the newly to be built stadium and the ambition to open it ceremonially in 2014 with the first official MLB games in Europe. MLB delegate in Europe Clive Russell ...

Gamingboy Posted: August 31, 2011 at 04:17 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: international

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