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Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Why the Nats will win the World Series - ESPN

I predict the Red Sox will not win the World Series this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2014 at 08:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Dayton Moore’s vision for Kansas Royals validated - ESPN

For now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2014 at 08:31 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-1-2014

Milwaukee Journal, October 1, 1914:

Dr. John Lavan, who is shortstopping for the Browns, has set one world’s record anyway. He is the only ball player who ever took the degree of doctor of medicine after participating in a world’s series. Lavan belonged to the Browns last year but was traded to Connie Mack with the agreement that he should be returned to the Browns this season. So Johnny drew $3,000 for being on the Athletics’ pay roll, though he did no playing against the Giants in the championship contests. Then he returned to the University of Michigan and got his diploma as a doctor.
...
He is 24 years old and can play the piano with skill. When he gets through shortstopping he expects to become a regular sawbones.

Lavan wasn’t much of a hitter (.245/.288/.308, 74 OPS+ career in 1163 games) but was a good defensive shortstop. He appeared on the league dWAR leaderboard five times in his seven seasons as a regular (90+ appearances) SS.

I’m not sure how he was as a physician.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 01, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: doc lavan, dugout, history

OT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies

Closer to home, the “three strikes” policy in California attracted a wave of support by appealing to Americans’ sporting ideals and love of baseball. The measure, which mandated that repeat criminal offenders be imprisoned for life, drained state coffers while cramming jails with shoplifters and petty thieves. “Confronted with a hard question like how to deal with the complexities and challenges of prison policy,” Pollack told me over the phone, “most of us would prefer to swap in an easy question: Is baseball fair?” The Golden State legislature decided that yes, baseball was fair. Eight years after “three strikes” passed, that analogic reasoning had racked up a 1.2 billion dollar, 3,000 prisoner price tag.

Bitter Mouse Posted: October 01, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

NL WILD CARD 2014 OMNICHATTER

MORE BASEBALL!


Giants (Bumgarner) at Pirates (Volquez), 8 PM Eastern, ESPN

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 01, 2014 at 01:08 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

LinkedIn: 10 Sales Lessons From “The Captain”

LinkedIn??? Yeah, it was only a matter of time.

2. Be modest in success. The word “I” struggled to find its way into the Derek Jeter Vocabulary Book. Every action and every word has been for the greater good of the team or his audience. When fans serenaded him at Yankee Stadium during his final game with chants of “Thank You Derek,” the reaction wasn’t “you’re welcome,” but rather, “no, thank you.” Jeter’s success has always been attributed to someone else’s contributions, and success was never about “him.” It’s important to remember those who have helped pave success in your career—the managers who gave you an opportunity, the colleagues who shared their secrets, the teammates who supported your roles. Everyone plays a part, and no one can do it alone.

3. Have and maintain grit. In Jeter’s post-game press conference after his final home game, he acknowledged that there were better players, but that “no one works harder” than him. Jeter ran out every ball. He made every dive—even if it meant knowing that was the only way to stop. He played hurt, and never complained. If you attack your job with the grit that he did every day, there’s nothing that should stop you from succeeding. And conversely, if that grit seems to fade, it may be time to do what Jeter did—walk away, or take a break. When asked if he thought he could keep playing, his response was, “I think I can, I just don’t want to.” If you can’t look forward to going to the office, the only thing you’ll look forward to is being home.

5. Be on the top step of the dugout. Jeter’s head was always in the game—always. He was focused on the task at hand, even when it wasn’t his turn at the plate—can you picture him leaning over the rail and the screen guarding the steps to the dugout clapping right now? He was always the first to congratulate success or serve as a “pick-me-up” after a rough outing. He led by example. Even on days where he was 0-4 with a few strikeouts, another teammate’s success was top of mind. You may not always be the top performer on your team every month, but it’s important to recognize the value in others’ achievements. Equally important is supporting colleagues in times of need or demanding excellence for satisfactory efforts.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 01, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, grit, teamwork, yankees

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WSJ: Playoff Hateability Index

For the second straight year, the New York Yankees have missed the playoffs, abdicating one of their most important social responsibilities: giving America an obvious team to root against in October.

So, as a public service to fans looking for pleasure in the misery of others, The Wall Street Journal has assembled its second-annual Major League Baseball Hateability Index, ranking this year’s 10 playoff teams in order of general loathsomeness. The rankings are based on how many points teams racked up in 10 contempt-worthy categories, such as drug suspensions, ridiculous beards and winning too much. (As with driver’s licenses, points are bad here.)

Cardinals pip Dodgers.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 30, 2014 at 05:16 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, playoffs

Spector: Stats incredible! Numbers from the 2014 MLB season will amaze you

John Davidson just keeps following Jesse around.

Victor Martinez finished second in the majors in all three slash-line categories…

Major league strikeout leader Ryan Howard and Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd became the first pair of teammates to each strike out 185 times in a single season…

Reds rookie Billy Hamilton stole 56 bases, but was caught 23 times, the most in the majors since Scott Podsednik stole 59 and was caught 23 times for the 2005 White Sox…

A.J. Burnett finished the season with a major league-high 96 walks, the fourth time in five years that nobody has walked 100 batters. The last time that happened was 1871-81, when far fewer games were played per season…

Yankees outfielder and Hank Aaron Award nominee Brett Gardner, Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller, and Indians infielder Jose Ramirez shared the major league lead with 13 sacrifice bunts. That is the lowest total to lead the majors ever, including strike-shortened seasons…

Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada led the majors with 29 home runs allowed, making this the first time since 1981 that no major league pitcher served up 30 gopherballs, and the first time in a non-strike season since 1976…

The San Diego Padres finished last in the majors in all three slash-line categories, at .226/.292/.342… The Padres did do better than the average hitter facing Clayton Kershaw: .196/.231/.289, but worse than the average hitter facing Cole Hamles: .235/.296/.345.

The District Attorney Posted: September 30, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

The Economist: The new market inefficiencies

An explanation of how the A’s, Royals, and Orioles used outstanding bullpens and fielders to make the playoffs despite lacking stars in their lineups and starting rotations.

for the Royals and Orioles to have much hope of winning, they will need to leverage their strength in the bullpen to an unprecedented degree. A typical relief pitcher throws around 4% of his team’s innings in the regular season, but can be used three times as often in short playoff stretches with the season on the line. As converted starters, Mr Davis, Mr Britton and Baltimore’s Andrew Miller might be able to exceed even that workload, and take on a long relief role like the one Tim Lincecum occupied during the San Francisco Giants’ victorious playoff run in 2012. The Chris Tillmans and Jason Vargases of the world are all well and good, but their managers should be ready with a very quick hook if they struggle early.

David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: September 30, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-30-2014

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, September 30, 1914:

The guy in the silly pointy helmet lost this war too.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 30, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brown: Winners And Losers: MLB Attendance In 2014, Nearly 74 Million Through The Gate

Major League Baseball’s regular season ended on Sunday and with it, paid attendance for the league (the number of tickets sold) came in at 73,739,622 with average attendance per game at 30,346. Year-over-year attendance was ostensibly flat, down 0.3 percent from the 2013 season when average attendance was 30,442. Overall, it ranks as the seventh most-attended season ever behind 2007 (79,503,175), 2008 (78,588,004), 2006 (76,042,787), 2012 (74,859,268), 2005 (74,702,034), and 2013 (74,026,895). This season marks the second consecutive year that attendance has dropped, albeit only slightly since then. Total attendance has dropped 1.5 percent since 2012.

That’s a lot of peanuts and crackerjack.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 30, 2014 at 07:38 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, economics

AL WILD CARD GAME 2014 OMNICHATTER

HERE WE GO!

Oakland Athletics (Lester) at Kansas City Royals (James Shields), 8 PM Eastern, TBS.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2014 at 01:28 AM | 1135 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Fangraphs/Cistulli: Post-trade WAR for deadline trades

What follows is a list of all those same players, sorted by their WAR totals from August and September combined — which is to say, the two-month period since the trade deadline:

Small sample sizes alert!

But interesting.  The A’s acquisitions (Samardzija, Lester, Fuld, Hammel, Gomes) added 4.3 WAR so even if you deduct the full 1.3 WAR that Cespedes gave Boston, that’s a 3 win improvement.  The M’s acquisitions (Denorfia, Morales, Jackson) put up -1.1 WAR.  I wonder if they’d like that win back.

The Yanks also did very well despite Drew—he, Headley, Prado and McCarthy totaled 4 WAR.  Price was the other big prize and Peavy and Andrew Miller were good additions.

Walt Davis Posted: September 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, deadline trades, mariners, tigers, yankees

Monday, September 29, 2014

MLB’s Biggest Star Is 40 (And He Just Retired). That Could Be A Problem.

“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.

I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only about as famous as Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers goaltender. He’s one-fifth as famous as Peyton Manning — and one-twentieth as famous as LeBron James or Lionel Messi.

Trout’s also much less famous than Derek Jeter, a shortstop who hit .256, with four home runs, this year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, promotion, superstars, yankees

Remembering George ‘Shotgun’ Shuba, 1924-2014

The 1955 Dodgers were my father’s team. There aren’t many of them left.

HowardMegdal Posted: September 29, 2014 at 09:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn dodgers

RBI Baseball, 2014 Playoff Edition

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RBI Baseball NES mod for the 2014 playoff teams.

DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: September 29, 2014 at 06:08 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: games, video games

ESPN: Ron Gardenhire out after 13 Seasons with Twins

Gardenhire joined the organization in 1987 and was added to Kelly’s staff in 1991. His record as Twins manager was 1,068-1,039. He won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2010, the last time the Twins not only made the playoffs but had a winning record.

kthejoker Posted: September 29, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: minnesota twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2014

Pittsburgh Press, September 29, 1914:

C.L. Herzog, manager of the Cincinnati Nationals, was indefinitely suspended by [National League] President Tener because of an “insulting telegram” received at the office of the league in New York from the Cincinnati manager.
...
Gov. Tener…stated that Herzog would remain under suspension until he has made a suitable apology.

“Governor Tener. Stop. You’re a big stinky poopy head. Stop. Your mother wears army boots. Stop.”

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 29, 2014 at 09:57 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: buck herzog, dugout, history

The Calm-Before-The-Storm and Postseason Prediction OMNICHATTER, 2014

So, what do you think is written in the stars this year?

Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mets close season optimistic for next year

It was more than a year ago that Harvey emerged from an MRI tube in Manhattan, setting the Mets on their current path. Testing that day revealed a partially torn ligament in Harvey’s right elbow. He underwent surgery. The Mets lost their best pitcher and—though they shied away from admitting it at the time—their greatest chance at a quick return to playoff glory.

They fought anyway. They propped themselves up by signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon at the Winter Meetings, trumpeting those players as cogs in their long-awaited salvation. But the thought lingered that without Harvey, their fate had already been cast.

In reality, to pin the Mets’ sixth consecutive losing season on Harvey’s injury would be to dismiss all context. Had Harvey been healthy, the Mets might never have discovered rookie Jacob deGrom, who spent most of the summer putting up Harvey-like numbers. Even Harvey may not have been able to change the luck of New York, which finished as the league’s only sub-.500 team that scored more runs (629) than it allowed (618).

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 28, 2014 at 09:30 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Marlins extend manager Redmond through 2017

The team also announced the entire coaching staff will be back. That includes bench coach Rob Leary, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, hitting coach Frank Menechino, infield/first-base coach Perry Hill, outfield/third-base coach Brett Butler, bullpen coach Reid Cornelius, bullpen coordinator Jeff Urgelles and Major League administrative coach Pat Shine.

Good cripple hitter Posted: September 28, 2014 at 06:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: florida marlins, frank menechino, mike redmond

Jordan Zimmermann Throws Nats First No-Hitter

Have the Nats peaked too soon???

After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he.

The Nationals right-hander tossed the first no-hitter in club history, a one-walk performance of pure beauty that began with 4 2/3 perfect innings and featured 10 strikeouts…

boteman is here Posted: September 28, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, no-hitters

Attanasio discusses Brewers collapse, changes coming for 2015

the brewers owner had some frank things to say over the weekend

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 28, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee

The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets

Yes, the New York Yankees legend will go down as one of the greatest players in baseball history, but he’s also hit it out of the park when it comes to women.

Derek Jeter’s last professional at-bat is sure to elicit love, admiration, and decades of treasured memories for baseball fans across the country. The 40-year-old Yankee living legend has compiled 3,463 hits (and counting)—ranking sixth all-time—and has contributed too many iconic moments to mention. “The Flip.” “The Catch.” That amazing Seinfeld cameo.

For some of us, however, these nostalgic feelings will be more carnally driven. Baseball is losing not only one of its most revered players, but arguably its biggest heartthrob.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

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