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Friday, October 31, 2014

MLB—It’s time to back off on manager bashing - ESPN

“You’re always going to have those questions,” Bochy said of managerial criticism. “‘Well, you could have done this or done that or it may not work out.’ It’s part of the game now, more so now than ever. You understand that, but hey, it’s great people are watching the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, world series

Deadline: World Series Ratings: Game 7 Scores Home Run For Fox

the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.

By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last World Series Game 7 back on October 28, 2011. That fall classic between the victorious St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers got a 16.2/28 in MM ratings – just a 6% difference with this year in a very different TV landscape. The only other times that the World Series has gone seven games in the 13 years that Fox has exclusively had the diamond battles was in 2001 and 2002. That latter game between the Giants and the winning Anaheim Angels saw a now almost unimaginable 19.8/28 MM rating.

After the lowest rated World Series on record so far, Fox really needed last night’s unexpected Game 7 to turn things around and have America’s pastime grab America’s eyeballs. With smaller market and wild card teams making up the match-up and most of the games’ blowouts, the series and Fox distinctly suffered. Not only was it down from the sturdy numbers of 2013 but this year’s World Series also dipped from the 4-game series of 2012, which had been a record low.

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Game 7 only drew 50% more viewers than the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.

By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last World Series Game 7 back on October 28, 2011. That fall classic between the victorious St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers got a 16.2/28 in MM ratings – just a 6% difference with this year in a very different TV landscape. The only other times that the World Series has gone seven games in the 13 years that Fox has exclusively had the diamond battles was in 2001 and 2002. That latter game between the Giants and the winning Anaheim Angels saw a now almost unimaginable 19.8/28 MM rating.

After the lowest rated World Series on record so far, Fox really needed last night’s unexpected Game 7 to turn things around and have America’s pastime grab America’s eyeballs. With smaller market and wild card teams making up the match-up and most of the games’ blowouts, the series and Fox distinctly suffered. Not only was it down from the sturdy numbers of 2013 but this year’s World Series also dipped from the 4-game series of 2012, which had been a record low.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tv ratings, world seres

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 31, 1914:

A sensation was sprung in baseball circles on Saturday when Connie Mack, manager of the Athletics, announced that he had asked waivers on Pitchers Bender, Plank and Coombs. These three men were the mainstay of the Philadelphia machine when it was at the height of its power.

There were unconfirmed reports [in Philadelphia] on Saturday that the three famous pitchers had been negotiating with the Feds and that this influenced Mack in his decision to dispose of them. As a result of Mack’s asking for waivers, any club may obtain any one of the trio for $1,500, the waiver price.

Bender and Plank both wound up in the Federal League, Coombs landed with the Franchise Eventually Known As The Dodgers, and the Athletics went 43-109 in 1915.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 31, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: chief bender, dugout, eddie plank, history, jack coombs

The Players’ Tribune: Jeter: The Clean Up

Now that we’ve got that World Series thing out of the way, we can turn our attention to important baseball developments, like Derek Jeter cleaning out his locker:

There were a few special items I knew I wanted to take home: The two bats I used for my last hits in Yankee Stadium and last hit at Fenway Park, the bases the Red Sox gave me from my final game. There were other items, too. But more than any one thing, I know what I’ll miss most of all is the people. So after spending way too long trying to figure out what to take, I just decided to box it all up and ship it to my house in Tampa. I wanted to spend my last afternoon hanging out with the clubhouse guys.

Photos at link.


NY Times: In Rare Film, White Sox Before They Were Black Sox

The second segment is a series of “close-ups” of [1917 NL pennant winning] Giants filmed at the Polo Grounds. McGraw looked grimly at the camera and doffed his cap. Pitcher Ferdie Schupp was described on-screen as “the best twirler in the game;” right fielder Dave Robertson was said to “cover as much territory as a three-ring circus;” and the multisport star Jim Thorpe was introduced as the “Indian all-’round world champ.”

Click through for film excerpt.

bobm Posted: October 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: film, giants, history, white sox

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AP: Sandoval, Shields Among 121 Free Agents

Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Approximately 28 more players can become eligible, depending on contract options. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Among the top hitters are shortstop Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Nelson Cruz and designated hitter Victor Martinez. The first big deadline is Monday, when teams must decide whether to make $15.3 million qualifying offers to their eligible players who became free agents. An offer can only be made to a free agent who was with the team for the entire season, and players have until Nov. 10 to accept.

bobm Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Statcast: Gordon stops 90 feet from tying Game 7

Gordon should have stayed at third. And so much more!

Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, world series

Boston.com: Youk Retires

We all knew this day was coming, he played this past season in Japan, but it’s still sad to see Youk go. At his peak he was one of the very best players in baseball, and a deserving member of two world series champion teams.

‘‘The Greek God of Walks’’ is walking away from the game.

Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and ‘07. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and then played an injury-shortened year with the New York Yankees before spending last season in Japan.

In his career, Youkilis had a .281 batting average with 150 homers and 618 RBIs. He also walked 539 times, a skill that earned him the nickname ‘‘Euclis, the Greek God of Walks’’ in the book ‘‘Moneyball.’’

Youkilis was a member of three all-star teams and received the 2008 Hank Aaron Award as the best hitter in the AL.


AFL Saguaros at Rafters

Watch AFL Saguaros at Rafters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 09:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

Full Count » Red Sox sign Koji Uehara to 2-year contract

Big payday for Koji.

The Red Sox have signed reliever Koji Uehara to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $18 million total, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: koji uehara, red sox

Fielding Bible

The Cain award seems a little hoke.

The 2014 Fielding Bible Award winners are:

Multi-Position – Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
First Base – Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Second Base – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Third Base – Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Left Field – Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Center Field – Juan Lagares, New York Mets
Right Field – Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Pitcher – Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

No, Alex Gordon wouldn’t have scored an inside the park home run

No, Alex Gordon should not have been sent.

Perhaps a decision to run would have forced a poor throw home, but with a good throw Gordon would have been out easily. Regardless, that was a tremendous Game 7.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Send Alex Gordon! | FiveThirtyEight

Nate Silver thinks Alex Gordon should have been sent home.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Angell: The Best

I missed Christy Mathewson somehow but caught almost everyone else, down the years—Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson—but here was the best. Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ left-handed ace, coming on in relief last night in the fifth inning of the deciding seventh game of this vibrant World Series, gave up a little opening single, then retired fourteen straight Kansas City batters, gave up another hit, and then closed the deal. The Giants won, 3–2, claiming their third World Championship in five years. It was almost his third victory of this Series—the scorers had it that way for a time, then gave the W back to Jeremy Affeldt, the left-handed reliever who was still the pitcher of record when the Giants went ahead in the fourth. Bumgarner, who lost a game along the way, in the Divisionals, on a little throwing error of his own, winds up at 4-1 for his October. He had won a game in each of the Giants’ World Championships, in 2012 and 2010, and now, at twenty-five, stands at 4-0 in the classic, with an earned-run average of 0.25. He was pitching on two days’ rest but also on manna: possibly the best October pitcher of them all.

Sure, we can talk about this: we’ve got all winter. Christy Mathewson threw three shutout victories for the Giants in the 1905 World Series, and won two more games (while losing five) in the Series of 1910, 1911, and 1912, but, as Matty would point out if he were here—he was famous for his fairness—even at his best he would not fare well against the enormous, toned-up athletes of our day.

[...]

I don’t know what it felt like watching Mathewson pitch, but watching Bumgarner is like feeling an expertly administered epidural nip in between a couple of vertebrae and deliver bliss: it’s a gliding, almost eventless slide through the innings, with accumulating fly-ball outs and low-count K’s marking the passing scenery. It’s twilight sleep; an Ambien catnap; an evening voyage on a Watteau barge. Bumgarner is composed out there, his expression mournful, almost apologetic, even while delivering his wide-wing, slinging stuff. Sorry, guys: this is how it goes. Over soon.

[...]

I don’t know how to bring this up, but attention must be paid, as Mrs. Willy Loman used to say. In the last line of my pre-World Series post here, I startled myself with a prediction: the Giants, because of their bullpen, would win this in seven. Yes, exactly so— and who now wants to step up with a wayd-a-minnit objection, claiming that Madison Bumgarner, though he actually emerged from there —we saw him— did not exactly represent the Giants’ bullpen last night? Eat my shorts.


A Visit to Madison Bumgarner Country, and a Proud Father’s Home - NYTimes.com

Read this.

Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung opened the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl.

“Wooooooooooo.”

The man, Kevin Bumgarner, trundled back into his living room, waving at me to follow. He eased into his recliner, where he’d spent the last three hours in the highest of high anxiety, watching as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals and claimed the World Series title.

He had more than a normal rooting interest. His son, Madison, the best postseason pitcher on the planet, plays for the Giants. And this night Madison had pitched five innings and earned the save.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Newest Hall of Fame Candidates Announced

Kappelhalloffame…Maury Wills?

The 10-person ballot for consideration by this year’s Golden Era Committee consists of Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

Kaat (10 votes in 2011), Hodges (9 votes), Minoso (9 votes), Oliva (8 votes), Boyer (less than 3 votes) and Tiant (less than three votes) return to the ballot after appearing in the fall in 2011 in the first vote of the Golden Era Committee. Allen, Howsam, Pierce and Wills will be considered by the Golden Era Committee for the first time.

The 16-person Golden Era Committee, which is reconstituted each time it meets, consists of Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Pat Gillick, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton; baseball executives Jim Frey, David Glass, Roland Hemond and Bob Watson; and veteran media members Steve Hirdt, Dick Kaegel, Phil Pepe and Tracy Ringolsby.

Repoz Posted: October 30, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: hof


2014 Japan Series ends on runner’s interference call

Hey, there was another game yesterday. Who knew?

No replay to overturn calls in Japan.

Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2014

The [Missoula, MT] Daily Missoulian, October 30, 1914:

There is keen debate in eastern baseball circles over the actions of the former star of the Athletic team who, according to every bit of evidence in sight, coached and trained the Boston pitchers till they knew every point and every weakness of the Philadelphia batsmen.
...
[Sentimental people] point out how Connie Mack took this man when another club had dismissed him; how Mack made him rich through fat wages and world’s series coin; how Connie carried him in recent years…

Any idea who this is referencing? Danny Murphy, maybe?

Murphy seems to tick all the boxes: He started his career fairly unsuccessfully with the Giants, was one of the best second baseman in the game during his 12-year run in Philadelphia, spent the last two seasons of his Athletics career as a benchwarmer, and jumped to the Feds after Mack sold him to Baltimore (IL) before the 1914 season.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 30, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, danny murphy, dugout, history

Madison Bumgarner, World Series legend - McCovey Chronicles

It’s all Madison Bumgarner.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, world series

Twinsights: Twins still have made no manager offers, source says - Twins Now

Joe Maddon certainly won’t end up with the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Statcast: Butler chugs home

Statcast isn’t just for the burners.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, statcast, world series

Bumgarner extraordinary as Giants claim decade | CSN Bay Area

“You know what?” he said with that knowing smile. “I can’t lie to you anymore. I’m a little tired now.”

Hell to the yes, he is. So he’ll wave with his right hand at the parade. So he’ll skip a few chores back home. So he’ll ease into spring training. The extraordinary comes with a price, and he cheerfully paid full retail for a moment this sport hasn’t seen since Catfish Hunter, Mickey Lolich, Koufax and Bob Gibson. He thought he might be a bridge from Jeremy Affeldt to Santiago Casilla Wednesday night. Instead, he is a bridge between eras, and a monument in a town that knows how to surround its ballpark with them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series

Old shortstop, fireman help Giants get critical out in Game 7 | CSN Bay Area

Dunston and Chop had several angles on the play in the third inning. Second baseman Joe Panik stretched every fiber while diving to knock down Eric Hosmer’s hard grounder, he flipped with his glove to Brandon Crawford and first baseman Brandon Belt made the stretch. The replays were extremely close, but one angle showed a bulge in Belt’s glove from where the baseball made contact while Hosmer’s fingers were millimeters from touching the base.

“I said, ‘OK, OK, he’s out. Let’s go for it,’” Dunston said. “And we did that together.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals - October 29, 2014 | MLB.com Box

When he first came out of the pen I thought things were going to go into the crapper. I was wrong. Bumgarner was awesome. Congrats to the Giants and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

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