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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Telebrands founder interested in Newark ball team

The man who persuaded Americans to buy millions of Hurricane Mops, Slice-O-Matics, Pocket Hoses and other household gadgets advertised in infomercials thinks he can do something other New Jersey entrepreneurs have failed to do - sell tickets to baseball games at Newark’s Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

NattyBoh Posted: September 06, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: can-am league, independent leagues, newark

Cards, Brewers Exchange Words After Last Out

This Unlikable Catcher Brushed Up Against This Fiery Closer While Walking Off The Field.  You Won’t Believe What Happens Next.

Guapo Posted: September 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: aj pierogi, brawls, brewers, cardinals, francisco rodriguez

NY Times: The Man Who Spins Pinstripes Into Gold

Brandon Steiner’s mind was churning as he watched the groundskeepers carrying their rakes off the Yankee Stadium infield.

“I can sell those,” he said. “I can put a plaque on them and have Derek sign them.”

What Yankees fan, he asked, wouldn’t want to gather fallen leaves or clear a garden with the rakes that once smoothed the dirt on which Derek Jeter roamed?...

“Pre-Steiner, we had two sets of bases for the season, and we’d repaint them and put them back on the field,” ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 06, 2014 at 07:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: business, yankees

Melky Cabrera will have season-ending surgery on broken pinkie finger

Free agent this offseason, which will be interesting.

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a broken pinkie finger sliding back into first base when Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez made a snap throw to first base in the third inning of tonight’s game at Fenway Park… Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports that Cabrera will undergo season-ending surgery to fix the broken finger. It’s a big loss for the Blue Jays, who are still within striking distance for either of the two ...
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The District Attorney Posted: September 06, 2014 at 01:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, melky cabrera

OMNICHATTER 9-6-2014

23 game days remain (including today). Do YOU know what YOUR magic number is?

Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, September 05, 2014

Gammons: Looking ahead at the Indians’ Big Four power arms

“Danny Baseball”? Nah, never mind.

as [Indians manager Terry] Francona., his coaches and special aides de camp like Jason Giambi have built a unique culture, so, too, they have put together what looking forward is arguably the biggest power rotation in the American League. When Danny Salazar shut out the Tigers Wednesday night, averaging more than 96.7, hitting 99.4, running his scoreless streak to 17 innings, it culminated a 22 game skein in which the Cleveland starters threw 131 1/3 innings, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, corey kluber, danny salazar, indians, trevor bauer

Everth Cabrera arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana

Man, we’re trying to get it legalized, don’t be a dummy!

Padres infielder Everth Cabrera was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of marijuana. TMZ reports...

Cabrera has spent a lot of time on the disabled list this season, playing in only 90 games and posting a line of .232/.272/.300.

The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 04:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: everth cabrera, padres

Ron Washington resigns

Bogar’s name often comes up for other jobs, so he might be more than interim.

Best of luck to Ron.

Ron Washington issued the following statement regarding his resignation today as manager of the Texas Rangers: 

 
“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love – managing the Rangers – in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter.   As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family…

Bench coach Tim ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 03:58 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, ron washington, tim bogar

Rickey at the Mic

Earl Robinson.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise that Rickey Henderson, baseball’s most prolific base stealer, stole the show at his 2009 Hall of Fame induction, but the way he did it was…  there was a conspicuous lack of crazy. The anecdotes he told were eloquent and funny. The gratitude he expressed was heartfelt and gracious…

how did he pull it off? I found the unlikely answer in a San Jose Mercury News article one month after the ceremony: Leading up to his induction, Rickey had enrolled ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 01:42 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: earl robinson, hall of fame, rickey henderson

OT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014

Let’s see if I did this right.

Sep. 6: Mexico v. Chile (Friendly), Flamengo v. Gremio (Brasileiro)

Sep. 7: Germany v. Scotland (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 8: Switzerland v. England (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 9: Czech Republic v. Netherlands (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 10: River Plate v. Godoy Cruz de Mendoza (Copa Sudamericana)

Sep. 11: Boca Juniors v. Rosario Central (Copa Sudamericana), Cruzeiro v. Bahia (Brasileiro)

Sep. 12: Lyon v. Monaco (Ligue 1),  Seattle Sounders v. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

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The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 455 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

NY Daily News: Terry Collins’ future with NY Mets has become tough to read

Also, Matt Harvey will throw a few more bullpen sessions and then be shut down, and some Grim LeRogue wannabe can’t talk to Justin Turner.

Unsure about the Mets leadership situation? Join the club. As someone whose job is to report on these things, I’d like to relay that the signs emanating from the organization are foggier than in recent years, and that in itself is interesting.

It’s not just reporters who are unsure. There seems to be genuine internal debate and uncertainty over what the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: justin turner, matt harvey, mets, terry collins

The New York Daily News will no longer print images of Chief Wahoo

There is a move afoot for newspapers and other news organizations to refer to the Washington Redskins as “Washington,” or to otherwise avoid using the name of the team which many people consider to be epithet. Now at least one newspaper is extending that practice to racist imagery as well. The New York Daily News:

  Yesterday, the News published this great editorial about the Washington team name. Today, we can also tell you that the paper will no longer use the Cleveland Indians’ ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: chief wahoo, indians, new york mets, offensive logos

MLB-backed Stand Up To Cancer hosts fourth telethon

Stand Up To Cancer, backed from the outset in 2008 by founding donor Major League Baseball and supported year-round by MLB and its 30 clubs, will stage its fourth biennial fundraising telethon live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles from 8-9 p.m. ET on Friday.

As somebody who knows people who have or had cancer, I’d like to say that this (and the related promotions done during the All-Star Game and World Series) is probably the classiest thing baseball does every year.

 

Gamingboy Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, mlb, screw cancer

Oakland A’s’ Billy Beane talks wheeling and dealing and his team’s playoff hopes

Somehow, I get the feeling this article was basically finished at least a couple of weeks ago…

Twelve years after the Moneyball season of 2002, any move GM Billy Beane makes is viewed through a kaleidoscopic haze of fiction and fact. His life can sometimes feel as if it’s based on a true story. Perhaps that’s why Beane, the object of so many conspiratorial whisperings, has largely retreated from public view. He turns down most interview requests and often escapes, in season, to his home on ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane

Baseball’s New Parity: A Myth

Interviewed at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, retiring commissioner Bud Selig was asked what part of his legacy he’s most proud of. Selig cited a new age of “competitive balance,” commonly referred to as parity—meaning that teams who spent large portions of the previous two decades as also-rans now have a chance to not only make the postseason, but make deep runs into October.

It’s a nice thought. There are 30 MLB teams, and for the most part recently, playoff success has been limited to ...

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Speier: Middlebrooks on winter ball decision: ‘It’s not like I’m going against [the Red Sox]‘

I think the brass legitimately still thinks Middlebrooks has the most to offer the team at 3B of the available options. I disagree.

Ultimately, Will Middlebrooks and the Red Sox want the same thing. Both the player and his team want to see the soon-to-be-26-year-old put in the best possible position to succeed on the field in 2015. Both parties want Middlebrooks to shed the desperate struggles that, after Thursday’s 0-for-3 performance that included a pair of strikeouts, see the third baseman ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, will middlebrooks

No No: A Dockumentary - Rotten Tomatoes

No No: A Dockumentary, a portrait of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis and the no-hitter he threw while on acid, is at 100 percent.

Movie Info

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 137 years of organized professional baseball, it’s the only no-hitter tossed while the pitcher was on LSD. Dock was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field. While professional baseball hadn’t fully embraced racial equality, he was an outspoken leader who ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dock ellis, mets, movies, no no a dockumentary, pirates, rangers, yankees

Tim Sommer: Jeter Will Rise Again! The Truth Behind His So-Called “Retirement.”

Past a divining Jeter…re-kill yr. idol.

A true rumor defies the post-space age hum of the Internet. A true rumor is like a summer rain: it may come on suddenly or it may not come at all, it may be sensed as a lithium lightness in the air when it is an eighth of a mile or a way or it may not even be believed after it has already occurred.

The gravest keepers of baseball’s most somber secrets, those who hover around (and above) the game at a Templar-like level of secrecy and power, are ...

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Repoz Posted: September 05, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

http://www.azsnakepit.com/2014/9/5/6109413/kevin-towers-fired-as-diamondbacks-gm

Towers’ tenure has been marked by a slew of trades and player personnel moves that left many in the game scratching their heads. His most significant trade, the deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves, was widely questioned when it was made in January 2013 and looks lopsided nearly two seasons later.

But scratching one’s head has been about the only fun to be had in Phoenix for years now…

frannyzoo Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general managers, grit

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-5-2014

Milwaukee Journal, September 5, 1914:

After striking out in the fourth inning yesterday, “Babe” Borton threw his bat at the Venice pit, narrowly missing [his teammate] Pitcher Clarence Smith. The pitcher immediately attacked Borton, landing a vicious right over the latter’s left eye, which made it necessary for him to leave the game. The affair was the outcropping of bad blood that has existed in the team for some time. Borton and Smith came to Venice from the Chicago White Sox.

It’s probably a ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 05, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: babe borton, dugout, history, pop-boy smith

OMNICHATTER 9-5-2014

24 game days remain (including today). Competitors in the mirror are closer than the standings appear.

Gamingboy Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Barry Bonds joins Twitter

Barry L Bonds
@BarryBonds

Just setting up my Twitter. #myfirstTweet

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:51 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, giants, pirates, social media

Castrovince: The Brewers are fighting against a free fall

The mediocrity of the rotation surprises me more than the bullpen, not that the bullpen should be third-worst-in-baseball bad either.

The Brewers became just the fourth team in the wild card era to win 20 games in the season’s first month… Francisco Rodriguez, Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith, Zach Duke and Brandon Kintzler combined to give up just five runs in 62 1/3 innings of work in that opening sequence. It was never going to be that good again for the Brewers bullpen… the Brewers have the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 08:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

After 10 years, Erik Cordier arrives in the big leagues throwing 101-mph heat

Erik Cordier arrived in the big leagues Wednesday, overrun by adrenaline and armed with a triple-digit fastball. He entered the game for the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning, making his MLB debut doing mop up duty in a 9-2 Giants loss. But mop-up duty quickly turned into a radar-gun wowing performance… He threw 16 pitches that were 100 mph or faster, which, according to Eye on Baseball, ranks Cordier fifth in MLB this season for number of pitches topping 100 mph. And he did it in ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: erik cordier, giants

Homer Bailey To Undergo Forearm Surgery

D’OH!

Reds starter Homer Bailey will undergo surgery tomorrow on his right forearm to repair a flexor mass tendon tear, the club announced on Twitter. He is expected to be ready in time for the spring, according to a report from C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer...

Needless to say, this is not how the 28-year-old — and, even less so, his team — hoped to see this season end. Bailey inked a six-year, $105MM extension before the 2014 campaign, a significant investment for a ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, injuries, reds

Brisbee: Finding baseball’s most hopeless franchise

The included tweet should guarantee the honor just on principle.

Old teams in large markets with thin farm systems

This is where the Phillies are. This is where the Yankees are. Here be the White Sox… None of these teams will ever qualify for most-screwed status, though… their large-market status will always guarantee that there’s someone in a worse spot.

Older teams in small markets

The Reds might really be screwed… A lot of what makes the Reds a sorta-contender now, though, could still be ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, padres, phillies, reds, rockies, white sox, yankees

Lee Judge: What if we didn’t keep stats?

Imagine there’s no baseball stats
It’s easy if you try
No WAR below us
Above us only RBI
Imagine all the players
Bunting for today…

What if we didn’t keep stats?

What if the only stats recorded were team wins and team losses?

And then — as long as we’re fantasizing — what if all the money were put in a pool and players were paid based on how many wins their team had?

How would the game be played then?

Right now, players play to put up numbers. That’s how you get paid. And ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:39 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: lee judge, royals, stats, teamwork

Ichiro Talks Shit In Spanish, And Latin Players Love Him For It

Ah, mierda!

   Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena remembered one of his frequent encounters with Ichiro. He was defending first for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ichiro had just arrived on one of his patented infield hits. Ichiro peered over at Pena and asked, “Que coño tu mira?,” or, “What the hell are you looking at?” Pena clamped his lips together to prevent the laughter from bursting through.

Ichiro’s apparently been doing stuff like this for years, and it seems to have made a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:13 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, latino players, profanity, spanish, trash-talking, yankees

Buck Showalter Orders On-Deck Circle Mats Removed

The animated .gif in the article explains why.

Chasing a foul ball off the bat of Ryan Ludwick in the fifth inning, Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph slipped on the rubber on-deck circle and skidded into the camera well next to the Baltimore dugout.

boteman is here Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, orioles, safety

Steinbog - Wacky Nats Dodgers Game In 19 Tweets

A fun recollection of fan reactions to the craziness that was the Nationals at Dodgers 14 inning topsy-turvy marathon yesterday.

If you watched Wednesday afternoon’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — which eventually became Wednesday evening’s Dodgers-Nats marathon, and then Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Nats marathon — you already know that it was one of this season’s wackiest games. The fact that it involved perhaps the National League’s two best teams — who might well be on a collision ...

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boteman is here Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, funny, nationals, twitter

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