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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Bryce Harper Wins Hank Aaron Award

Bryce Harper *IS* your 2015 Most Offensive Player.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, bryce harper, nationals

Washington Post: Bud Black, Nationals Have Contract Issues; Dusty Baker Reportedly Being Reconsidered

If your hire isn’t worth market rate, maybe something needs to be reevaluated:

Five days after the Washington Nationals picked veteran Bud Black to be their next manager, the team did not announce a hiring Monday because contract talks crumbled over the weekend, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal wasn’t expected to be announced until after a contract was signed and after the World Series. But the playoffs ended Sunday and there was still no public word from the team ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, dusty baker, managers, mike rizzo, snafu, washington nationals

CBS (Heyman): In Twist, Washington Nationals Turn to Dusty Baker, Who May Get Managing Job Now

Okay, what the hell is actually going on here?

In a stunning twist, the Nationals manager job isn’t completely settled, and word is, the club has reached out to Dusty Baker, and will offer him the job.

While it has been widely reported that Black was the guy, Baker is now very likely to be the one to succeed Matt Williams as Nats manager.

Esoteric Posted: November 03, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: washington nationals, wtf

Monday, November 02, 2015

One Inning, Two Decisions, One Champion (Baseball Prospectus)

A few batters later, Hosmer had his own choice, and he decided to go home. Third baseman David Wright fielded a groundball with one out, looked at Hosmer, but with third base unoccupied (Wilmer Flores somewhat sheepishly ran over to cover, but he was going to be far too late to matter) Hosmer was able to hold his pretty-good lead off the bag and leave as soon as Wright fired to first. It was going to be close. Lucas Duda misfired. The throw wasn’t caught. Hosmer scored. “Brilliant ...

Davo Posted: November 02, 2015 at 02:39 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball prospectus, mets, royals, world series

OT: Soccer in November 2015

I’m too lazy map out the schedule, but I know that USA starts their qualifying vs the Concacaf minnows.

Sean Forman Posted: November 02, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: football, off-topic, soccer

Long May They Reign

Poz weighs in as only Poz can.

This will be a story about luck and magic and the Kansas City Royals, but why don’t we start with Art Stewart? That’s him over there by the wall, yes, the little guy, the scout with tears in his eyes. He’s 88 now, and he has been in this game long enough that he timed a young Mickey Mantle running to first base. Positive? Nobody has ever been more positive. One time, after the Kansas City Royals drafted a young outfielder named Chris Lubanski, the Royals ...

Perry Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: posnanski, royals

Slate: The Mets’ Anti-Gay Daniel Murphy Lost His Team The World Series. Good

This is a real article that was actually written by someone.

“I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.” [...]

Of course, Murphy has every right to hold these beliefs, which earned him praise from such luminaries as the Westboro Baptist Church. He does not have a right to expand on them ...

Esoteric Posted: November 02, 2015 at 01:13 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, wtf

538: The Grantland Articles We Loved the Most.

“The Steroid Hunt” by Bryan Curtis

It’s easy to go through my Grantland favorites; roughly 60 percent of my brother’s emails to me are links from the site. I loved this story on how baseball reporters tiptoed around the steroid crisis, trying to figure out exactly how far they could go with their questions. Should be required reading for journalists on any beat.

–Leah Libresco, news writer

A good collection of stories new and old from Grantland’s short, sometimes glorious run. I ...

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 02, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Why a Royals scouting report was start of the Mets’ demise (New York Post)

“Make [Lucas] Duda throw the ball. Make [Travis] d’Arnaud throw the ball,’’ was presented to every Royals player.

Davo Posted: November 02, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, scouting reports, world series

The Royals Are A Sabermetrics Team – The Hardball Times

Alex Skillin does a great job identifying why the Royals are winning. Of course, you don’t have to believe him. You could just believe what Dayton Moore said himself in his book, More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture. I’ve been reading the book which has some interesting insight into Dayton Moore. I recommend it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, royals, world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-2-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, November 2, 1915:

There is just the suggestion of a “batting scandal” in the National league similar to that which caused the row in the American when Lajoie was allowed to get his eight hits on the final day in St. Louis. The intimation is that they were overly kind to Larry Doyle at Braves field on the final day of the National league race when he registered four hits and thus took the lead in batting for the year.

I had never heard this accusation before. It’s a lot ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 02, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred luderus, history, larry doyle

Even by championship standards, this Royals team is special | The Kansas City Star

Every championship is sacred.

Every champion is remembered fondly, but this one is different even by that high standard. Some of that is in wiping away two decades of losing, and some of that is in the way they attacked every day, every game, every inning, every pitch. Kansas Citians bought more tickets than ever before, and spent more time watching on TV than ever before. Following this team became more than a pastime, and more than a habit. It is now an addiction.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Royals Run to a Crown No Longer Out of Reach - The New York Times

Congrats to the Royals fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

OTP - 2015 November 2: During the World Series, Politics Makes Strange Bet Fellows

Her gibe, though, raises a question: What are these things on which the dysfunctional Congress supposedly agrees?

Their wager is just one of several that have been made between various elected officials from the two regions, in keeping with a familiar World Series tradition as cheesy as whatever is failing to be sneaked past hungry vermin.

For example, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri have also agreed to wear the winning team’s jersey for a full day if their team ...

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 1742 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, off topic, politics

Metstradamus: Dead and Lucky

Well-said remarks in a rare snark-free post:

The Mets played a baseball game that started on November 1st and stretched into the wee hours of November 2nd. In a season that started with a roster that was … maybe … good enough to win 83 games, that’s pretty damn good. They just ran into a buzzsaw at the end. A buzzsaw that has been waiting for this after Salvador Perez popped out to Pablo Sandoval last season. They absolutely deserved it, even as the Mets handed it to them. I knew defense ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 2015, good news, lolmets, mets, postseason, world series

Posnanski: Royals, Flush: How Kansas City built a team to be envied

How did the Royals reach the playoffs in 2013, win the World Series in ‘15 and then dominate the latter part of the decade? Well, it was that minor league system ... that amazing Kansas City Royals minor league system.

Congratulations, Kansas City.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Inside Baseball: No chance Pete Rose is reinstated; plus more MLB news -

I’m happy Rose isn’t part of the broadcast crew because he was dreadful. That he left to sign autographs says everything you need to know about Pete.

Word is, he thinks he has a very good chance to be reinstated by Major League Baseball, and thinks he might even manage again at the big-league level. In reality, reinstatement is the biggest long shot Pete’s ever backed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 10:14 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pete rose

Goold elected president of the BBWAA

Congrats to Derrick Goold (who I don’t know from Adam) but the big news is that nerds are no longer on the outside as Jonah Keri was named to the board.

We have met the enemy and they is us.

Walt Davis Posted: November 01, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, signs of the apocalypse

Hard times for the Mets

Baseball is not sweet. Baseball is not a good guy. Baseball is judgmental, a tough dad. Baseball is tougher than manganese molybdenum. Those who ignore this and want to cling to its sweetness—a sixty-six-year-old manager getting into the World Series for the first time after more than forty years in the game, a beloved team captain hitting a home run in a winning cause after painful struggles with physical disability, a local kid pitching in front of his mom and dad—will get their heads ...

Zach Posted: November 01, 2015 at 06:48 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets, royals, world series

Joe Buck has many critics, but does he deserve them?

Found him! The guy who likes Joe Buck.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 04:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, joe buck

OT - November* 2015 College Football thread

Click to behold the majesty of the Miami-Duke finish represented by dotted lines.

* As it did last year, the November thread will run through Championship Week before being replaced by the Bowl Spectacular thread.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2015 at 12:16 PM | 1218 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Matt Harvey is the Mets last hope to keep World Series dream alive | Politi |

Of course, if the team doesn’t player better defense and the bullpen continues to misfire, even a great performance by Harvey won’t be enough.

“It seems like when he has a below-average Matt Harvey start, he comes back the next start a lot better,” Mets captain David Wright said. “He’s seen this lineup, he has seen kind of what they’re all about. And I know he’s one of the best at making adjustments, so I’m sure he’s gonna go in with a good game plan and go pitch like Matt Harvey can pitch.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, royals, world series

Jeurys Familia blew the Mets’ lead, but he had lots of help | New York Post

How much will Murphy get in free agency?

“For me, in my mind, it’s still the same. Every time I go in to pitch I just want to get the hitter to hit a ground ball with the first pitch I throw,” Familia said. “That’s what I tried tonight, every time I pitch. It doesn’t matter if I have men on base. I don’t try to put pressure on myself. I just want to believe in myself. I know I can do it.”

He got the grounder. Murphy made an error. Tie game. Familia got another grounder. That ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Sleight of hand works for Royals, too, as they capitalize on Mets’ goofs for 3-1 Series lead | The Kansas City Star

Trailing 3-2 on Saturday, a Royals team that for 13 months has thrived on the sorcery of the comeback conjured yet another on decidedly slim pickings:

Walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain; a tame grounder by Eric Hosmer that magically bypassed the glove of second baseman Daniel Murphy; and a Mike Moustakas single to right just past the groping Murphy.

Sal Perez made it 5-3 with the only emphatic hit of the inning, and, shazam, the Royals’ comeback recipe was punctuated by a six-out ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Royals’ aggressive offense hits home with Rays | Tampa Bay Times

“Several years ago it seemed like there was a reward to patience at the plate, especially in knocking out a starting pitching and getting to a team’s bullpen earlier,” Silverman said. “Today bullpens are incredibly formidable, and a number of teams are adjusting and taking a more aggressive approach throughout and trying to hit the strikes they see. It’s a different ballgame.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, royals

Rogers: Anthopoulos’s job would have been the same under Shapiro -

Did Anthopoulos jump the gun?

Asked if Anthopoulos, named Sporting News Executive of the Year on Thursday in a vote of his peers, would have had full autonomy and final say on baseball decisions, Rogers quipped: “If you meet a person that in their life has full autonomy I’d love to meet them, I’m not sure that exists.”

Then, turning serious, he replied: “There are two things there. One is the premise that Paul Beeston was some sort of shrinking violet, that he wasn’t fully engaged, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, general managers


Could this be the last game of the 2015 MLB Season? Will the Royals win it all? Or will the Mets live to fight another day?

Royals (Volquez) at Mets (Harvey). FOX. 8.

Gamingboy Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 1224 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Inside Baseball: Personality clash led to Anthopoulos’ gutsy call; more notes -

But while everyone was surprised anyone would have the guts to turn down a guaranteed $10 million or more when all the other GM jobs are filled and nothing else comparable is available, some did wonder whether this was an odd pairing that ever made sense. Shapiro is highly structured and “all about process,” according to former co-workers, while Anthopoulos is seen as a frenetic mile-a-minute thinker and mover who can seem all over the map at times.

Anthopoulos is also all about bold moves, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 11:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general managers, notes

Disappointment in Pittsburgh: How the Pirates Ditched Pittsburgh’s Negro Leagues Past

Article from Sport in American History. Also reposted at the New Pittsburgh Courier. Somehow the Pirates got away with destroying their permanent Negro leagues exhibit for the entire 2015 season with very little push-back from the Pittsburgh or baseball community. How does this happen?

This past spring, two statues depicting Negro leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson were on the move. In Washington D.C., the Nationals quietly relocated a Gibson statue along with two others to another section of ...

joshtothemaxx Posted: October 31, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: museum, negro leagues, pirates, pittsburgh pirates

Pete Rose no longer part of Fox Sports’ coverage team

He can apply for reinstatement to the FOX sports coverage team in one year.

Pete Rose is done photobombing on Fox Sports — at least until next season.

That’s right, Rose will no longer appear on Fox Sports’ pre- and postgame coverage of the World Series, host Kevin Burkhardt announced after the Mets’ 9-3 rout of the Royals in Game 3.

MORE: Best photos from the World Series

“This is the best October I’ve had since 1980 when I won my last World Series,” Rose said. “Thanks, guys. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, media, pete rose, television, world series

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