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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Grizzlies P Marc Kroon may retire after 21 years

Buh-buh-buh-booooo! End of the line for the Krooner?

Grizzlies manager Steve Decker, who played against Kroon in 1997, scoffs at the 38-year-old right-hander’s decision to quit.

“I’ll bet you money he doesn’t retire,” said Decker, poking a finger toward Kroon in the clubhouse before Friday’s game against Sacramento. “It will be his wife’s call.”

Kroon fired back, “I ain’t coming back,” then later added: “It would have to be a situation where I’d be in the big leagues. The last seven years, I ...

Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, japan

Vin Scully will return for 2012 season

The greatest sports broadcaster ever, back for at least one more season.

Almost coincidentally, before the game Scully had stopped by a table in the press room to visit with a few reporters, which he does almost nightly. Naturally, he told several amusing stories, spent nearly 10 minutes chatting with the local scribes.

“If I do come back next year, this will be a big reason why,” Scully said. “I love these visits.”

Maybe we should have had an inkling of what was to come when he started to ...

Repoz Posted: August 27, 2011 at 04:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, media, television

N.Y. Times: Conviction of Bonds on Obstruction Charge Is Upheld by Judge

United States District Court Judge Susan Illston, who presided over Bonds’s trial that ended in April, ruled after hearing arguments from prosecutors and Bonds’s lawyers on Thursday regarding the charge. ...

Bonds’s lawyers had argued that Bonds was improperly convicted for obstructing justice when he rambled for 75 seconds during his grand jury testimony, which was related to a federal investigation of performance-enhancing drug use among elite athletes. He also gave an evasive but not ...

bobm Posted: August 27, 2011 at 04:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, steroids Haren and Co. roughed up by Rangers

Something about the Angels brought out the beast in the slumbering Rangers on Friday night.

Nelson Cruz and David Murphy took care of the heavy lifting, and Rangers southpaw Derek Holland outshone Dan Haren in an 11-7 setback that kicked off the weekend’s American League West showdown in front of 38,256 at Rangers Ballpark.

Cruz homered twice, doubled and singled, driving in six runs. Murphy knocked home four with one swing, launching his second career grand slam to end Haren’s night during a ...

NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 03:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rangers

Yahoo: A’s top Red Sox 15-5, deny Wakefield his 200th win

Scott Sizemore and Josh Willingham each hit two-run homers during a six-run fourth inning that carried the Oakland Athletics to a 15-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday, denying Tim Wakefield’s bid for his 200th win.
Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington each had three hits, and Willingham drove in four runs for the Athletics, who won for the seventh time in nine road games after losing 30 of their previous 37 away from home.

To the important stuff:
OF Darnell McDonald - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, ...

NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 03:21 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, game recaps, red sox

ESPN: Jim Thome returns in Indians’ win vs. Royals

Jim Thome went hitless but was warmly welcomed in his Cleveland homecoming after nearly a decade away and the Indians stopped their slide in the AL Central with a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Thome went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his first game back with Cleveland since 2002, when he disappointed Cleveland fans by leaving as a free agent. The slugger waived a no-trade clause to return to Cleveland and a chance to help the Indians get back to the postseason. A ...

NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 03:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, indians, royals

Yahoo: Capuano pitches 2-hitter, Mets beat Braves 6-0

Chris Capuano pitched the game of his life, tossing a two-hitter and striking out a career-high 13 as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 Friday night in their final matchup before taking a break because of Hurricane Irene.
Capuano (10-11) slowed down the NL wild-card leaders and handed them their second loss in nine games. He had Atlanta hitters taking terrible swings all game, didn’t walk any of them and faced just one batter over the minimum.

Capuano threw 122 pitches in the ...

NTNgod Posted: August 27, 2011 at 02:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, game recaps, mets

2011 NCAA College Football Rankings - Preseason

College football open thread, anyone?

Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: August 27, 2011 at 12:56 AM | 7210 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

Friday, August 26, 2011

NYT:  Judge Still Weighing Conviction on Obstruction in Bonds Case

Dennis Riordan, a lawyer for Bonds, argued that Bonds was improperly convicted of obstructing justice when he simply rambled for 75 seconds and gave an evasive but not false statement to a question he eventually answered.

Prosecutors, who still have not decided whether to retry Bonds on the three deadlocked counts, argued that the conviction should stand. They said the jurors voted to convict him based on the entire evidence put forth at the trial.

Sounds almost as if the Prosecutors are ...

Srul Itza Posted: August 26, 2011 at 11:13 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Barra: Jorge Posada: Sentimental Favorite, But That’s About It

I believe it was James Baldwinshares that wrote…“Sentimentality,  is the mark of dishonesty, the inability to feel…the catcher’s mask of cruelty”

What are the Yankees going to do about Jorge Posada? This is a question that concerns me because I love Jorge, and I would love to see him close out his career in the Bronx.

But I’m baffled at the idea that people think that somehow this is a tough baseball decision. It isn’t, it’s a question of sentiment.

Let’s keep the argument simple: Jorge just ...

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 11:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, yankees

ESPN: Keown: Where the ‘elite’ kids shouldn’t meet

The days of simply playing ball with your friends is over. It’s a different world out there for the preteen athlete, with “Elite” and “Select” commonly turning up in the names of our youth sports teams and leagues. We’re having tryouts for 10-and-under traveling baseball teams, and we’ve got 10-and-under basketball teams traveling the country playing against other fourth-graders at God knows what cost to the parents’ bank accounts and the kids’ psyches. All in the name of … what? Trophies? ...

Jim Wisinski Posted: August 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur MLB Players Poll: Most Popular Manager

Slideshow lists the top 15 managers named in a poll of 291 players. 

AL domination in the top seven.

Dag Nabbit at Posted: August 26, 2011 at 10:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Bill James Explains New ‘Temperature Gauge’ Statistic to Determine How Hot or Cold a Hitter Is

The center of Boston, Mass coordinates.

Bill James has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to baseball statistics. In short, he’s made a life out of breaking down numbers and how they affect the game of baseball. Now, he’s back at it.

James recently explained to NESN’s Tom Caron his newest statistic, temperature gauge. The statistic, which starts at room temperature—72 degrees—goes up or down depending on what a hitter does at the plate over a period of time. For example, if a ...

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 09:27 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

The Hurricane Irene Thread

There was the Swine Flu thread, so why not the Hurricane thread. Isn’t that right, New York Mets and the rest of the Northeast teams?

The New York Mets say they have postponed Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Atlanta Braves because of Hurricane Irene.

Both games will be rescheduled as a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 8 beginning at 4:10 p.m.

Major League Baseball already had moved Sunday’s games at Philadelphia and Boston to Saturday to make them part of day-night ...

Gamingboy Posted: August 26, 2011 at 08:49 PM | 912 comment(s)
  Beats: community, special topics

Select Your Own Journey – You Be The Manager!

In a surprise move, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has unexpectedly retired and the club has hired YOU as the manager. After the thrill of being named manager of your favorite team has subsided you quickly get to the manager’s office to begin the first day on your arduous journey to turn this franchise around.

You walk into the office and see an antiquated-looking computer sitting on the desk in the corner. You approach it and are surprised to see it is still left on. It reads:

Zach Posted: August 26, 2011 at 08:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, royals

Drew Butera is chasing the wrong kind of history

Because Twins fans here demanded it!

Here are all of the players since 1961 to hit .160 or worse in at least 200 plate appearances:

1. Roy Oyler: .135 in 247 PA (1968 Tigers)
2. Brandon Wood: .146 in 243 PA (2010 Angels)
3. Bob Uecker: .150 in 221 PA (1967 Phillies & Braves)
4. Jim Mason: .152 in 251 PA (1975 Yankees)
5. Al Weis: .155 in 213 PA (1966 White Sox)
6. Nate Colbert: .156 in 260 PA (1975 Tigers & Expos)
7. Dick Tracewski: .156 in 240 PA (1968 Tigers)
8. Andruw Jones: .158 in 238 PA ...

The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2011 at 06:01 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history, twins, white sox

Grasshoppers get milestone victory ... in 19 innings

How did you spend your Thursday night? Or the wee small hours of Friday morning?

The Greensboro Grasshoppers played a 19-inning, 5-hours-and-9-minutes marathon against the West Virginia Power. On the final Thirsty Thursday of the season at NewBridge Bank Park, the beer taps were shut off for the last 11 innings.

The game ended after midnight when Christian Yelich—who sent it to extra innings with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth—lifted the Hoppers to a 5-4 victory by hitting an ...

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 26, 2011 at 03:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, minor leagues, pirates

Rice Tight End signs with Blue Jays

Willson, a power-hitting, left-handed hitter, will report to Toronto’s minor-league complex in Dunedin, Fla., at the end of the spring semester. Willson can play either first base or the corner outfield spots.

As part of his deal, Willson received a signing bonus that will be spread over three years, which allows him the flexibility to pursue a football career after college, if he chooses.

The baseball contract will not affect Willson’s remaining two years’ football eligibility.

Paul D(uda) Posted: August 26, 2011 at 02:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, college

Sansevere: Michael Cuddyer is the anti-Mauer

Born in Minnesota, owner of batting titles and an MVP award, Mauer could become the most popular athlete ever to play a sport in Minnesota. But that won’t happen if the perception continues to build that he’s soft. It might not be the case. Mauer just might be as tough as Cuddyer. But whether he wants to acknowledge it or not, titanium tough is not how he is viewed.

Mauer has missed 60 of the Twins’ 130 games this season with injuries or days off - mostly injuries. The perception is he takes ...

Cris E Posted: August 26, 2011 at 01:49 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Joe Posnanski: The Myth of Pressure

This line — that it’s easier to put up numbers without pennant pressure — is a lot like that. Nobody can possibly believe this. First of all, there’s the obvious flaw: If it was easier to put up numbers in non-pressure situations, then players would consistently and obviously have better years on lousy teams than they do on good ones. Does this ring even the slightest bell of truth? Does anyone believe Derek Jeter would have put up better numbers had he played for Kansas City? Does ...

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, projections, sabermetrics

Jeter and Minka Kelly split

It appears the days of Derek Jeter-to-Minka Kelly, one of the great sports-and-Hollywood double play combinations of this era, is no longer intact.

People reports that a representative of the Friday Night Lights actress has confirmed the split, but adds that it’s an amicable one. Jeter, 37, and Kelly, 31, had been an item for about three years.

Hide your daughters and hide your wives, the Captain has gone sailing again!

Gamingboy Posted: August 26, 2011 at 12:40 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


Ichiro!, in a tighter jammy than Shubunka’s moral storm…and that ain’t no day at the beach!

It’s no longer a record that means much to the so-called “thinking fan.” 200 hits is just an arbitrary round number, reserved for spinsters and singles hitters—who, in the post-modern world of swing-from-the-heels offense, have been made pretty much equivalent.

And let’s face it—as a total package Ichiro! Suzuki ain’t exactly Rod Carew, or Wade Boggs, or even Tony Gwynn. Despite setting baseball’s ...

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mariners, projections, sabermetrics

Kantowski: Though times change, bunting remains an art

Kantowski. Kantbuntski. Kantdotracerski (too busy).

I’m not sure Marty Barrett, the former Rancho High star who spent 10 seasons and played 941 games in the major leagues, all but 10 with the Red Sox, will see “Moneyball” before it hits cable. Barrett doesn’t seem like a Brad Pitt sort of guy. He seems more like a Willie Keeler sort of guy.

...With the Red Sox, he usually batted second, in front of good RBI guys such as Bill Buckner and, later, Wade Boggs. And with the Red Sox, he played ...

Repoz Posted: August 26, 2011 at 11:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox, sabermetrics

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

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