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Thursday, October 25, 2018

College students line up for a shot at $9 World Series tickets

The cold and rain never bothered college students anyways — especially if there’s a World Series ticket in it for them.

Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox partnered this postseason, offering 100 student tickets for every postseason game for a measly $9.

The catch?

Why were my students never this ambitious?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college students, fans, the things we do for tickets, tickets

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina wins Roberto Clemente Award

For his relief work after the Puerto Rican hurricane, still ongoing.

“I hope this award raises awareness that there are many people in Puerto Rico who still need help. There are many houses without roofs. There are many people who lost their homes. There are many people without water. We still need a lot of help, and at Foundation 4 we are focused on getting that help.”

Perry Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, clemente award, yadier molina

Dodgers Pitching Coach Complains About Fenway Park Bullpens Being Too Close To Fans

“Brutal. Pretty brutal,” Honeycutt said of the Fenway Park bullpens, that allow fans to get up close and personal with pitchers are they warm up. “What I don’t understand is why baseball allows it. You’ve got the rubber right there and people literally standing over you.”

He may have wanted to wait until after Game 2 before informing fans that it might bother them.

Nasty Nate Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

World Series 2018: John Smoltz makes the MLB postseason worse - SBNation.com

He does seem to complain a lot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 12:02 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, john smoltz, world series

Baseball Therapy: The Openers Are Coming, The Starters Are Fine - Baseball Prospectus

The reason we’ll have a glut of openers soon is the same reason we’ve had any sort of strategic breakthrough in the game. There are ways we’ve been trained to think of the game that aren’t actually true. Over 50 years of pitcher usage, we slowly grew to believe there was only one sort of starting pitcher, and we were taught things about when and how long they could pitch. We were lulled into thinking things had always been this way. They hadn’t.

And yes, there will be plenty of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

World Series 2018: How the Red Sox got back to being likeable

Marc Tomkin likes them, he really likes them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:37 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Still in mourning, Brewers have reason to feel good about next season

“Whenever they tell you to go home and whenever you can’t play anymore, it hurts,” Stearns said. “The longer you play in the season and you’re not the team that wins the final game, it hurts a little more. But, from an organizational perspective, I’m incredibly proud of how our organization presented itself throughout the season and particularly on a national stage in October.


Brewers General Manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell address the media in their season-ending ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2018

Memphis News Scimitar, October 24, 1918:

MADE FIVE ERRORS ON ONE GROUNDER

Mike Grady Holds Unique Record in Booting.
...
It was in Chicago, at the old Cub park, and Mike was then a member of the Giants—just a catcher without pretensions otherwise…[After third baseman Bill Joyce was ejected,] Mike Grady…volunteered and went to the tertiary cushion…At this juncture a nice little roller was hit right at Mike Grady.

Mr. Grady rushed in, and fumbled it profusely. Picking it up, he whirled, ball in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 24, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Do the Cubs still have the foundation to support another World Series team? – The Athletic

“We have a lot of work to do in our farm system to continue building it back up to where it was,” Epstein said. “It’s not close to where it was. That’s the goal – to get it back there – especially by the time that this generation of players is transitioning or potentially transitioning.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pay site

Alex Cora, the manager who can seemingly do no wrong – The Athletic

His players’ performances are making Alex Cora look like a genius.

“I know every time he puts me in the game, it’s because he trusts me, you know?” Rodriguez said. “No matter what the situation is, he trusts you’re going to go out there and get people out. So, that was my goal today. Go out there and get that guy out, and I know he trusts me because he put me in the game, in that big situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 07:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, pay site, red sox, world series

Red Sox victory in Game 1 of World Series is a long strategic nightmare for the Dodgers

Tom Boswell used to be one of my favorites.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Longtime Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald dies at 83

Hank Greenwald, among the most beloved of all San Francisco Giants broadcasters, died at California Pacific Medical Center Monday afternoon. He was 83.

Greenwald had been suffering from heart issues and kidney failure in recent months, and after an onset of bronchitis, he was taken to the hospital Saturday.

“He’d just been feeling rotten for a long time,” said his wife, Carla. “He died after valiant efforts by a fabulous medical staff.”

RIP- you will be missed by those of us who ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 05:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, giants, hank greenwald, rip

Should Baseball Pitchers Choose Their Pitches at Random? | Immodest proposal | OZY

This was my favorite part of pitching, which I haven’t done for 35 years now. I still think along with MLB pitchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2018 at 04:54 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch sequencing

The 2018 Dodgers Are the Most Positionally Fluid Team of All Time - The Ringer

How can you pass a good César Tovar reference?

It wasn’t uncommon for teams to carry super-utility types in the decade or two preceding the DH. The highest single-season Flex Scores of all time belong to César Tovar, who posted totals of 115 and 130, respectively, for the 1967 and 1968 Twins. Tovar’s versatility was so prized (and unprecedented) that he received MVP votes for five consecutive seasons from 1967 to 1971, and he hit well over that span, particularly for a player who could, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2018 at 02:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2018

Memphis News Scimitar, October 23, 1918:

At least six more gold stars are to be added to baseball’s service flag, according to reports received during the past week. Four of the deaths of former players who entered the service were in camps on this side and from pneumonia following influenza, the other two were in France. Two of the departed heroes were former major catchers, Harry M. Glenn and John C. Cooper.

Capt. Eddie Grant, former New York Giant third sacker, was killed in action a few ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

World Series preview: Dodgers vs. Red Sox is more than 100 years in the making

Two of Major League Baseball’s most famous franchises meet in a World Series that we haven’t seen in the last 100 years — the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

It’s Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Sale, Yasiel Puig vs. Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger vs. J.D. Martinez, Justin Turner’s beard vs. Craig Kimbrel’s beard and Manny Machado vs. all of Boston if he keeps his villain act up.

It’s a team looking to win its first World Series in exactly 30 years vs. a team trying to win ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, preview, red sox, world series

Rangers’ manager search still has no end in sight, and that might be the best thing for the organization

SURPRISE, Ariz.—The Rangers’ managerial search marched into its second month over the weekend. There is no end in sight.

This is likely to take at least another week, since Major League Baseball all but forbids teams from making major announcements during the World Series so as not to divert attention from the game’s diamond event.

Besides, what’s the hurry?

If need be, I’ll take the job- can I manage in suit and tie?

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rangers

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

Something to follow for the coming off-season, with regards to both Beltre and the Rangers.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, qualifying offers, rangers

Orioles’ Davis, Wright discuss team’s offseason changes at charity event

It was a quick diaspora from Baltimore for many of the Orioles’ players after their nightmare 115-loss season ended, but a pair who have sought through their ups and downs on the field to be more than uniformed presences in the city were back in town Monday for a charity event.

First baseman Chris Davis and right-hander Mike Wright Jr. represented the Orioles at the second annual Beltway Brews and Boards Celebrity Cornhole Tournament at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, an event featuring ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, chris davis, mike wright, orioles

Years of using an average of 50 players have littered major leagues with former Twins

The Twins used a franchise-record 49 players in 2016, broke that record a year later by suiting up 52 players, then outdid themselves once more by fielding 54 players in 2018. In fact, eight of the top biggest rosters utilized by the Twins have been active in the past eight seasons.

With more Twins than ever, it follows that there are more former Twins around the majors than ever before.

A record 45 players who once played for Minnesota wore a different major league uniform in 2018. That’s ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, where are they now

The manager gets the spotlight, but the front office runs the show now

It’s worth noting that the World Series, which opens Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston, features two managers who had never held the position until they accepted the jobs they currently have. Dave Roberts was a coach with the San Diego Padres when the Los Angeles Dodgers hired him the winter before the 2016 season. His performance thus far: three division titles, back-to-back National League pennants - with a world championship still a possibility.


Alex Cora was a coach when the Houston ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, dave roberts, managers

Oldest living MLB player, at 99, lives in Charlotte. And he has a great story to tell.

Happy 100th birthday to the last living person to play in MLB before the Pearl Harbor attack!

DanG Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fred caligiuri, oldest living former player, philadelphia a's, ted williams

Escobar, D-backs agree to three-year deal

The D-backs made their first move of the offseason Monday by signing Eduardo Escobar to a three-year contract worth $21 million.

The deal puts a quality player under contract for a reasonable price. What it does not do, however, is answer the question of whether the D-backs plan on competing in 2019 or if they instead will trade some of their veterans and retool.

“I would ask and caution not to read into either side of those things, as much as I know fans are definitely going to want to do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, eduardo escobar

THE 2018 WORLD SERIES OMNICHATTER!

This thread will serve as the chatter for the entire World Series.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 23, 2018 at 03:50 AM | 2409 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, October 22, 2018

Mets narrow GM search down to three: Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom

I say Melvin gets it.

On Monday, the Mets eliminated MLB executive Kim Ng and Tigers VP of player development Dave Littlefield from consideration, according to sources, leaving Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom as the remaining known candidates for the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets

Do the Nationals need to go modern and develop a hybrid reliever? - The Washington Post

It’s not new. Teams have used multi-inning relievers in the past. I’m just waiting until they move to four-man rotations with guys throwing 75-85 pitches per start.

But as the Nationals consider potential improvements to their pitching staff next season, might it make sense to try to develop a Josh Hader-esque reliever, the kind that can go multiple shutdown innings in big spots, the kind that mollifies the pain of a short start? Might they have the arms to fill such a role on their roster ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 01:49 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Davidson Aiming To Be Legitimate Bullpen Option

White Sox infielder/designated hitter Matt Davidson has added serious pitching work to his training this winter, with the goal of becoming the next two-way player in baseball. The White Sox have given Davidson the freedom to embark on this endeavor and plan to assess the situation throughout the offseason, as Davidson is headquartered near their complex in Arizona.


“I grew up as a pitcher,” Davidson said. “I didn’t really play a position full time until my junior year. I was a ...

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Greg Pope Posted: October 22, 2018 at 01:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: two-way players, white sox

Hochman: In new baseball world, money still has loudest voice | Benjamin Hochman | stltoday.com

“We’re deep, we’re versatile, and more and more in the modern era, that’s real important,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten told The New York Times after Game 7. “The last couple of years, that’s how we’ve worked, depth and versatility, using not just the 25-man roster but the 40-man roster. A lot of teams do the same thing, but a lot of breaks went our way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 11:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, economics

Yankees mull Manny Machado, free agents, more

Starting pitching
Cashman said that seeking starting pitching will be a “focus point.” There are vacancies to be filled, with J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia eligible for free agency, and the club open-minded toward moving Sonny Gray in a trade. Patrick Corbin is believed to be among the Yankees’ top targets and has made no secret of his desire to wear pinstripes. The left-hander would probably fall behind Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka as a solid mid-rotation starter, albeit one who could be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 11:16 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

OTP 2018 OCT 22: Meet the New York Teenager Who Created the ‘Mets Are a Good Team’ Super PAC

The FEC’s paperwork made it appear like the work of one person, someone named Ben Aybar. He’d listed himself as the chairman, treasurer, and custodian of records. The headquarters was a residential address in the suburbs of New York City, and the organization’s listed preferred bank was nearby. There weren’t any of the typical signs of organized activity—there weren’t multiple people involved, there weren’t any office buildings or P.O. Boxes, the headquarters and bank were in the ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 22, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 2143 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, off topic, politics

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