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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Will Clark has a complicated Baseball Hall of Fame case

Playing nine years in Candlestick did Clark few favors. “The wind switched around all the time,” he said. “One minute it was blowing in from left, the other it was blowing in from right. One minute, it’s blowing out to right-center.”

Clark had to look for other strategies as a hitter in San Francisco, between the wind and his manager his first seven seasons, Roger Craig, deliberately having the infield grass cut high to encourage more double-play balls.

“Playing in Candlestick, it didn’t matter if you had a golf ball out there,” Clark said. “When that wind was going, you better hit it good, and you better hit it on a line. Otherwise it ain’t going nowhere.”

When told he rated better by advanced metrics than several other Hall of Fame first basemen, Clark replied, “I can tell you this right now: If you take some Hall of Fame first basemen and put them in Candlestick Park, I guarantee we’d have about the same stats.”

Clark estimated that Candlestick cost him “eight to 10 home runs a year and at least 20 to 25 RBIs a year.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: October 12, 2016 at 03:05 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee, will clark

The Cubs changed the whole script with one exhilarating inning | FOX Sports

I fell asleep and missed the epic ending.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Cubs rally to defeat Giants, advance to NLCS |

After every game, the Cubs’ mantra is “We never quit.” They yell it together, like a college cheer, and repeat it, “We never quit!” On Tuesday night, that no-quit attitude carried the Cubs into the National League Championship Series for the second straight year, and they got there by toppling the team dubbed the “October giant.”

After being shut down by Matt Moore for eight innings, the Cubs rallied against San Francisco’s beleaguered bullpen for an historic four-run ninth inning and posted a 6-5 victory over the Giants to take the best-of-five series, 3-1. Next up will be Game 1 of the NLCS, set for Saturday at Wrigley Field against either the Nationals or Dodgers on FOX/FS1 with game time TBD.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bruce Bochy: ‘One of the best, most exciting games I’ve ever been involved in’ - San Francisco Chronicle

Too bad I live in the East Coast and have a job. I had to tap out at 12:30 AM and missed the ending.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Giants rally, beat Cubs to stay alive in NLDS |

The Giants did not go quietly into the good night.

Maybe this was supposed to happen in a game pitting the Major Leagues’ winningest team of the season against the most successful one of the past decade. Neither would yield easily.

Joe Panik’s double scored Brandon Crawford to snap a 13th-inning tie and lift the Giants to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. When the thoroughly entertained AT&T Park audience of 43,571 finally departed, slack-jawed from amazement, the Giants had trimmed the Cubs’ lead in the best-of-five series to 2-1.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Must C: Pitchers spark offense |

It’s tough to avoid thinking the Cubs are a “team of destiny” when you see them win like this. Yet…

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Buster Posey’s Giants remain realistic: ‘We’ve got our work cut out for us’

It’s the same story all over the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants

Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood provide offensive spark in 5-2 victory - Chicago Tribune

Cubs inch a little closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Giants-Cubs Game 1: What tracking NL’s best shortstops from press box taught us

I kept my eyes where shortstops roam.
Game 1 of the the NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field ( CHC 1, SF 0) provided one the opportunity to admire the craftsmanship of the best defensive shortstops in the National League—Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Addison Russell of the Cubs.
Defensive evaluations are uncertain things, but when the numbers, the eye test, and reputation coalesce, you have something. So it is with Crawford and Russell. Having them both ply their trade in a high-stakes affair? Baseball fans like us are privileged to witness it.

fun reading from Dayn.

Meatwad Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, brandon crawford, cubs, defense, giants, short stops

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Will HOF Voters Have the Audacity to Vote Selig in While Keeping McGwire Out?

Selig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. McGwire deserves to share the stage with him on induction day.

gehrig97 Posted: October 06, 2016 at 01:28 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame, mark mcgwire

Giants vs. Mets 2016 final score: Madison Bumgarner shuts out New York to advance to NLDS -

His run as really been incredible. Can he keep it going?

Madison Bumgarner remains untouchable in winner-take-all games
Madison Bumgarner hasn’t allowed a run in his last 23 innings in the playoffs. He’s started the Wild Card Game twice and thrown a shutout each time, with the previous one coming in 2014.

Since the Giants had to use Bumgarner for the Wild Card Game, he won’t be able to get two starts against the Cubs if the NLDS goes a full five games. However, Johnny Cueto exists and the two of them should be able to start three of the games combined. That’s not a bad consolation prize, as now Bumgarner won’t have to try to do it all by himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Hall of Fame ‘Eras Committee’ to vote on these 10 names for 2017

This week, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced 10 names that will be considered for induction in 2017. For this round, the Eras Committee is tasked with considering the Hall merits of Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, John Schuerholz, Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella, Harold Baines, Mark McGwire, Albert Belle, Orel Hershiser, and Will Clark.

I can see Selig, Schuerholz and maybe Von Steingrabber making it.  I doubt any of the players will

Srul Itza Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, October 03, 2016

Hall of Fame voters exhibit a clear anti-recency bias. | Sports on Earth

Hall of Famers are better when you haven’t seen them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


Five former big league players, three executives and two managers comprise the 10-name Today’s Game Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md.

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Mark McGwire, Lou Piniella, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner are the candidates the Today’s Game Era Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2017. Baines,

reech Posted: October 03, 2016 at 02:46 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Bret Saberhagen could soon get another Hall of Fame look

While injuries curtailed the career of the former Royals ace, limiting him to 167 lifetime wins, Saberhagen ranks by other measures as one of the best pitchers in baseball history not in the Hall of Fame. His 36.8 Wins Above Average are seventh-best among all pitchers retired since 2010 who aren’t enshrined. Saberhagen’s 59.1 WAR ranks 14th among unenshrined pitchers retired since 2010.

In November, Saberhagen will be eligible for Cooperstown for the first time with the newly-created Today’s Game Committee, which will review players who made their greatest contribution to the game between 1988 and 2001. There’s a chance Saberhagen could be the best pitcher on the ballot, though his eligibility and strong sabermetric case were news to him when reached this week by Sporting News.

“Was it created after my last name?” Saberhagen said of sabermetrics.

He isn’t expecting much from Cooperstown this year.

“I’ve never really dug deep into why I wasn’t on the ballot anymore after one year and only getting [one] percent, what it takes to get into the Hall of Fame,” Saberhagen said. “Would the Veteran Committee look at my numbers and possibly think about putting me in? Don’t have any idea.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pete Rose petitions Hall of Fame for inclusion on ballots in lengthy letter

This is tiresome.

Disgraced hit king Pete Rose has asked National Baseball Hall of Fame officials to reconsider the bylaw that blocks his candidacy for enshrinement, petitioning Hall president Jeff Idelson in a seven-page letter that argues for his inclusion on future ballots.

The letter, obtained by Yahoo Sports, contends the terms of Rose’s lifetime ban for gambling – drawn by then-commissioner Bart Giamatti – intentionally excluded language that would have barred Rose from Cooperstown and that, 27 years later, Rose has been unjustly kept from consideration.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pete rose

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Carlos Beltran might struggle to make the Hall of Fame

The players who got in relatively quickly to the Hall of Fame with the writers, for the most part, hit antiquated statistical milestones such as 3,000 hits or 500 home runs, or they had images that suggested more value than they had sabermetrically. That’s not Beltran, who’s built much of his Hall of Fame case around consistency and longevity.
Will Beltran be the next Dwight Evans for Hall of Fame candidates? The two are close in WAR, JAWS, and Hall Rating, with Beltran enjoying a slight edge in all three. The two players share fairly similar narratives, as solid, unsung contributors to many winning teams. They even share some of the same deficiencies, ranking as two of the best defensive outfielders in baseball in their early seasons before declining steeply in their 30s. The key differentiator could be that Beltran played in an offensive era that inflated his peak stats somewhat. This should help him a little with voters.
Beltran could also be the next Larry Walker, the Colorado Rockies legend and former National League MVP who at last check was struggling to stay above 10 percent in the writers’ vote for Cooperstown. Walker actually rates far above Beltran by Hall Rating and is roughly comparable by JAWS, though if he gets in the Hall of Fame, it seems likely to come via committee. Former Rockies seem to fall into their own special class of candidates.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:55 PM | 140 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, dwight evans, hall of fame, larry walker

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yasiel Puig sends Madison Bumgarner “Don’t Look At Me” t-shirt


“That don’t make a difference to me, really,” Bumgarner told reporters after hearing about the shirt but before receiving it. “If it were turned around, I’m sure we’d do the same.”

Bumgarner had left the clubhouse immediately after Tuesday’s game, but his gift from Puig still was hanging in his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

3-team tie atop NL Wild Card |

We could have a wild finish.

Tuesday’s Major League action saw the National League Wild Card race evened into a three-way tie between the Giants, Mets and Cardinals.

The trio has been trading places in the NL standings all month, with each club logging time in possession of a spot in the NL’s one-game playoff. But when the dust settled after Tuesday’s results, all three ended the day with an 80-71 record.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, mets, playoffs, wildcard

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Madison Bumgarner, Yasiel Puig and another epic bullpen meltdown

The chain of events:

After Puig grounded out to end the seventh, Bumgarner clearly mouthed, “Don’t look at me,” in Puig’s direction a couple times, with an added expletive in there the third time he said it. The camera panned to Puig saying, “What?” Let’s admit it: A fight makes every sporting event a little more entertaining, not just hockey. While this one didn’t see more than some pushing and shoving, it was entertaining to see all the relievers rushing in from the bullpens:

Everyone loves to criticize Puig for not containing his emotions, but what about Bumgarner? He clearly doesn’t like Puig—see this from May of 2014 or this from September of that year—but it’s not fair to criticize Puig for some of his antics and leave Bumgarner untouched just because he’s a good ol’ boy from North Carolina. Bochy removed him after the incident, and maybe he stays in the game if he keeps his cool.


Who Was George Wright? « Our Game

The Wright brothers had become infatuated with baseball, too. Both had been exposed to the American game and played with verve on fields adjoining the cricket grounds at the Elysian Fields. “There were, of course,” George recalled in 1888, “other base ball dubs in existence in Brooklyn, notably the old Atlantics, Stars, Excelsiors, Enterprise, etc., but the real center of base ball was at Hoboken. Here there were located three grounds, where from six to eight clubs would play practice games on various afternoons of the week, and it was here, while a member of the Gotham club, that I first learned to play ball.”[7]

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: george wright, hall of fame, history

Dodgers beat Giants, cut magic number to 7 |

Giants bullpen ruins pitchers duel.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Giants beat Cardinals again as Posey breaks homer drought - SFGate

Brandon Belt called Buster Posey “pretty stone-faced.” Indeed, Posey usually saves his smiles for World Series clinchings, no-hitters, all that fun stuff.

That Posey was laughing and smiling as soon as he touched home plate, to see him break every rule in the Book of Buster and flash a huge grin and a thumbs-up directly into the dugout camera, underscores how happy and relieved he was to hit his first homer in two months during Friday night’s 8-2 victory against the Cardinals at AT&T Park.

“It was a good feeling,” Posey said after the offense revved its motor again against St. Louis. “The guys gave me a hard time when I came into the dugout. I felt like the camera was on me for 10 minutes, so I decided to give them a thumbs-up and a goofy face.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Vin Scully Will Not Call Dodgers Playoff Games

Getcher Vin Scully fix in the regular season. After that, there aint no more.

Bote Man Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, giants, radio, vin scully

Friday, September 02, 2016

The 10 best MLB players, for talent, without serious Hall of Fame cases

6. Kerry Wood

The one-time Cubs ace is somehow still only 39. In a more just world, Wood’s 20-strikeout performance as a 20-year-old five games into his MLB career wouldn’t have signaled open season for his managers on his arm. Perhaps Wood would be closing in on 300 wins now.

7. Josh Hamilton

If there’s a Hall of Fame for overcoming cataclysmic life issues before finally achieving MLB stardom, the former No. 1 draft pick might command his own wing. As it stands, a .290 lifetime batting average, 200 home runs, and 1,134 hits won’t be remotely enough for Cooperstown voters, even if a few credit him for his 2010 American League MVP season.

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