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Monday, October 23, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 23, 1917:

Though Ed Barrow is saying little about the proposed merger of the International League and American Association, the association promoters anxious for the consolidation are not letting the grass grow under their feet. Nor are they hiding their intentions.

The Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo clubs already have served notice on President Hickey of the association that they intend to secede from the association and affiliate with International clubs.

Reports from the West say an International club will be placed in the West Side of Chicago, the district vacated when the Cubs moved to Weighman’s [sic] old Federal League plant on the North Side and in Detroit.

This didn’t happen, probably because it was crazy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Scioscia says ‘88 World Series team was special — and so are these Dodgers - LA Times

The 1988 Dodgers shocked the world. Nobody will be shocked to see this year’s Dodgers team win.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, world series

World Series 2017: The inside story of how the Houston Astros won the American League

The plan included its bumps. All paths to a championship do. The Astros whiffed on draft picks. They let go of players who blossomed elsewhere. The baseball establishment clowned them for titles – the brilliant Sig Mejdal, Luhnow’s consigliere, was named “director of decision sciences” – and for their reticence to part with the prospects they had hoarded and for believing they could use the mountain of data available to tell them the things traditionally in the purview of scouts. If nothing else, Game 7 served as validation that the Astros had some something right. A lot of somethings.

This winter, for example, as the emergence of Altuve and Correa and Springer and Bregman coalesced around a deep pitching staff, the Astros dipped into a traditional baseball maneuver: load up on veteran presence. Hinch, a former player whose front-office experience gave him gravitas among executives and in the clubhouse, believed the Astros needed players who could guide the young core while complementing it. In came Carlos Beltran, the future Hall of Famer, and Josh Reddick, the gritty outfielder, and on Aug. 31, with the trade deadline fast approaching, Hinch pushed for the Astros to acquire Verlander, and owner Jim Crane agreed to front the bump in salary, and Luhnow decided to give up the prospects, and in came the eventual ALCS MVP who threw an immaculate 13-strikeout gem in Game 2 and saved the season with seven shutout innings in Game 6.

Then there was Brian McCann. The Yankees, whose own development system had churned out a cache of phenomenal young talent, had seen catcher Gary Sanchez grow into a star. McCann, whom they had signed to a five-year deal, no longer was needed as an everyday catcher. The Yankees tossed in $5.5 million to help cover the remaining $34 million of McCann’s contract. They paid, in part, for their own Game 7 downfall.

“I was appreciated in New York,” he said. “I just wasn’t going to start anymore. Gary is one of the best catchers in baseball. I’m so proud of him. I knew I had more years behind the plate left, and I wasn’t ready to DH against right-handers and catch once a week. I wasn’t ready for that role. When the season was over, I looked around, and it was either come here or go to Atlanta, go home and play for the Braves. I knew this was one of the best teams in baseball, and this would give me the best chance to win a ring.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, world series

OTP 23 October 2017: Dave Zirin discusses how race, politics, culture impact sports

“There was a mammoth gap between what I thought about sports history and what actually was sports history,” Zirin said.

Zirin used examples of figureheads of the civil rights movement to demonstrate how there has always been a connection between sports and politics. He spoke about athletes like Jackie Robinson who, in addition to becoming the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, was an important figure in the civil rights movement alongside Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and others.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Yankees’ next youth revolution is already in motion | New York Post

In the moments after the Yankees’ season came to a crashing end in Houston on Saturday night, one win away from the World Series, general manager Brian Cashman had a blunt assessment of where the loss in the ALCS left them.

“We’re like 28 other clubs,” Cashman said. “We’re in that pile of ‘What’s next?’ ”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

World Series 2017 Dodgers Astros breakdown | MLB.com

Catcher
With all due respect to the quality Houston pair of Brian McCann and Evan Gattis, Dodgers backstops Austin Barnes and Yasmani Grandal have the edge. The Dodgers’ catchers (.261/.343/.468, 30 homers, 116 wRC+) outhit their Astros counterparts (.251/.318/.445, 30 homers, 104 wRC+). They were better at catching runners, putting up a slightly above-average 29-percent caught-stealing rate compared to Houston’s Major League-worst 12 percent. And they were far better at pitch framing, topping the big leagues with +34 framing runs, well above Houston’s -6.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Looking Back At Five Great Baseball Moments At RFK Stadium

Sunday night was quiet around the baseball world in anticipation of the World Series, but it was also quietly the end of a small era connected to the sport’s history. Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, which was previously home to the Nationals and the second iteration of the Washington Senators, bid farewell to its last tenant, Major League Soccer’s D.C. United club.

And the movable left field stands were a-bouncin!

 

Bote Man Posted: October 23, 2017 at 03:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, senators, stadiums, washington

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WaPo: d MLB’s newest managers are Red Sox’s Alex Cora and Mets’ Mickey Callaway

The World Series has yet to get underway, but a pair of MLB teams have already found new managers for the 2018 season. On Sunday, the New York Mets reportedly tabbed former Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to fill their vacancy, while the Boston Red Sox went with Alex Cora, who is a bit tied up at the moment as the World Series-bound Astros’ bench coach.

Boston will have to wait until Houston finishes battling for a championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers before it can formally introduce the 42-year-old Cora, who has spent the past year with the Astros after being an ESPN analyst for several years following his final MLB season in 2011.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 22, 2017 at 11:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mets, red sox

Petriello: Bregman’s split-second call preserves shutout

With apologies to Judge, this is the defensive play everyone not named Sterling and Suzyn will remember.

...Given the risk involved, and the fact that Bregman was already facing home plate and would have needed to turn his body to throw back to second, he made the right decision.

That’s in part because of past experience. Speaking to FS1’s postgame show, Bregman referenced a similar opportunity against the Angels on Sept. 24, except that time, he did try for two. It didn’t go well, as he got the runner at second but not the hitter, and the run scored. The Astros lost that game, 7-5.

“Ten games before the end of the regular season, we had a similar play, and I tried to turn a double play and we didn’t get the guy at first base,” Bregman said. “I told myself, and I talked to [manager A.J. Hinch and bench coach Alex Cora], we thought in the playoffs in a close game, it would be smart to try and get the lead runner. We were fortunate enough to put it on the cash, and McCann made a great tag.”

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 22, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, alex bregman, astros, great grab, great throw, yankees

Astros’ Justin Verlander named ALCS MVP after two dominant starts vs. Yankees

The Astros are the American League pennant winner, thanks in part to a 4-0 (box score) Game 7 ALCS win over the Yankees on Saturday night. Among the post-game housekeeping items is naming an MVP and MLB has done so, with starting pitcher Justin Verlander taking the honors.

In two starts in the series, Verlander was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings.


Saturday, October 21, 2017


Cubs Fire Bosio

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The #Cubs have fired respected pitching coach Chris Bosio, and now could reach out to Jim Hickey,who’s a top candidate for #STLCards opening

I don’t know if firing a pitching coach is worth a posting here, but Bosio seems to get credit for Arrieta and Hendricks. Those are some pretty big feathers in his cap.

 

Greg Pope Posted: October 21, 2017 at 01:22 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: chris bosio, cubs, joe maddon

Astros beat Yankees to force Game 7 in ALCS | MLB.com

The Verlander trade has worked out well for the Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yankees

Friday, October 20, 2017

Angell: Bringing the Yankees Home?

Wednesday’s game, at the Stadium, allowed me to continue work on my monograph about Keuchel’s whiskers. Mr. Weirdbeard shows a dense mid-chest curtain of hair depending from spaghetti-strap sideburns that might actually hook over his ears. Further observations offer a different possibility. His long, pale neck is smooth-shaven and stretches up to a high haircut trim close to his cap. The effect, seen from a slight angle astern, suggests a silken Dolce & Gabbana evening bag or, more likely, a black chemise or bit of underwear hanging on the far side of your closet door.

The box score shows that the Yankees struck out thirteen times in Game Five, contributing to their forty-nine strikeouts in the games to date. Shifting to the other league and the other side of the ledger, we come upon the Cubs’ 3–2 win in Game Four, at Wrigley Field, in which all five runs came on solo homers. Amazingly, these were also half of the hits in the game. Totals like this should no longer startle us. Baseball has irremediably altered, accumulating homers and strikeouts in ever-ascending numbers. Aaron Judge’s new rookie record of fifty-two home runs comes along with his record two hundred and eight whiffs. Major-league players hit more home runs this season than ever before, and more of them struck out as well. It’s all about size. At six feet seven and a tautly proportioned two hundred and eighty pounds, Judge is the avatar for this new generation of towering sluggers, while the pitchers, in their leaner and longer fashion, are also stronger than ever before. Launching has replaced hitting, and the batters walk away unflustered when they swing and miss at another hundred-mile-an-hour heater. This altered game is here to stay, and may even suit the distractible, phone-attached modern audience. Almost no one keeps score nowadays, and folks in the seats rise in numbers, shouting for the coming K or wowing for the departing dinger. I’m not a yearner for the past by nature, but maintain a secret fondness for a different baseball moment—a hard single up the right-field side with a man aboard, the baserunner and the relayed white ball now converging on third, and the fractional moment in which we await the call.


OT: Winter Soccer Thread

November 4 Borussia Dortmund v. Bayern Munich
November 5 Chelsea v. ManU
November 9 & 12 - Northern Ireland v. Switzerland/Croatia v. Greece
November 10 &  13 - Sweden v. Italy
November 11 & 14 - Denmark v. Ireland
November 10 & 15 - Honduras v. Australia
November 11 & 15 - New Zealand v. Peru
November 14 - Portugal v. USA (friendly #&!^#&)
December 1 - Napoli v. Juventus
December 10 - ManU v. ManCity
December 11 - Champions League Round of 16 draw
December 20 - Real Madrid v. Barcelona (how contentious will this be given the political climate?)

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:27 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Theo Epstein: Joe Maddon has taken enough heat, don’t blame NLCS on Cubs manager | NBC Sports Chicago

“It’s not manager against manager,” Epstein said. “That stuff just gets under the microscope so much this time of year. It’s players performing. And when you get a lead in the series – and when you’ve got a bunch of relievers throwing well – you can make tactically aggressive decisions. Your strategies tend to work.

“When you’re in a tough spot late in the game – and you’re searching for consistency in the ‘pen – it just puts all managers in tough spots.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

ALCS Game 6 OMNICHATTER, for October 20, 2017

Yankees lead the Astros, 3-2.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:27 PM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Dusty Baker Will Not Be Back as Manager

The Nationals on Friday announced that Dusty Baker would not return as the team’s manager in 2018. Baker this past season led the Nationals to 97 wins a second-straight NL East title. However, the team once again failed to advance past the division series in the playoffs. In two seasons on the job in Washington, the Nationals on Baker’s watch posted a winning percentage of .593.
Baker’s now managed for 22 seasons, and over that span his teams have gone 1,863-1,636. Those 1,863 wins rank 14th all-time, and Baker’s also led four different teams to the playoffs. As well, he’s been named NL Manager of the Year three times. It’s possible, though, that his never winning a World Series will keep him out of the Hall of Fame. At age 68, Baker may also have managed his last big-league game.

Not fired, just simply let him go at the end of his contract. That seems really rare to me, but it’s the third time out of his four stints where the team has simply let him go at the end of his contract.

Greg Pope Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dusty baker, giants, nationals, reds

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988 - LA Times

I’m not a fan of the Dodgers but I am a fan of the best teams getting to the World Series. The Dodgers were clearly the best team in the NL.

“I’ve always felt like part of the job for the front office of this organization was being the caretaker of the greatest pitcher of this generation,” Zaidi said. “I really believe that’s what he is. Sometimes we all forget he’s 29 years old, because he’s been around for so long, and carried such a burden for this franchise for so long. To be able to build a team around him that’s gotten to the World Series, and for him to get a chance to pitch on that stage, yeah, it feels incredible.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Astros have plans for Ric Flair if Yankees series goes to Game 7 - Houston Chronicle

The Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series gets to a Game 7, the Astros will have pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair call out “Play Ball!” before the game in a video message.
Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is a huge wrestling fan and uses Flair’s entrance music every time he steps to the plate at Minute Maid Park. Fans also have adopted the wrestler’s “Woo!” yell throughout the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yankees

Severino, Verlander ready for G6 in Houston | MLB.com

Must watch. Hopefully I can stay awake for the whole thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yankees

Baseball News, Scores, Analysis, Schedules

But there is a corollary consideration to such status: the game’s talent is being consolidated increasingly in the teams that are in their championship windows. The distinction between have- and have-not status seems more extreme than it has in some time – at least since the start of this decade, and perhaps beyond – with teams appearing increasingly willing to define themselves in one of those two camps. Zach Kram of The Ringer explored the phenomenon earlier in the month.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: superteams

Heyman | Tigers To Hire Ron Gardenhire

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to hire Ron Gardenhire to fill their vacant manager position, a source tells FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, ron gardenhire, tigers

Must C: Hernandez’s trio of HRs | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, kiki hernandez, playoffs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2017

Richmond [Indiana] Palladium, October 20, 1917:

Byron Bancroft Johnson, president of the American league, is preparing today to leave for Washington, D.C., where he will offer his services to the government in any capacity. Johnson will not express preference for any branch of the service, leaving that matter entirely to the government.

Because of the probability that Johnson will be in the service of the country within a short time, the annual American league meeting scheduled for December in Chicago will be held early in November. Johnson said today he had been planning for some time to retire from baseball, but declined ot discuss his probable successor.

I don’t know whether Johnson changed his mind, or if Uncle Sam simply declined the offer of military service from a pudgy 50-something year old, but Johnson kept his job as the head of the American League through 1927.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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