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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gold Glove Awards finalists revealed | MLB.com

Not many surprises, but Yoenis Cespedes?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves

AJC: Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations

Hart, 66, was named Thursday to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Braves, signing a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season, which would be the Braves’ first season in their new ballpark just under construction in Cobb County.

The team will still presumably replace fired general manager Frank Wren with another person who’ll report to Hart. Current assistant general manager John Coppolella, 36, is believed to be a frontrunner for that position, an arrangement that would allow “Coppy” to, in effect, be groomed on the job while Hart is there to oversee operations.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gm meetings

NY Times: The Strike-Zone Revolution

In his paper, Mills attributes between 25 percent and 40 percent of the scoring decline stems from the larger strike zone, and he said that he considered that estimate conservative.  The zone may have begun growing about a decade ago, when Major League Baseball began using video to evaluate umpires’ calls behind home plate. But the 2009-10 off-season, when the league put a more comprehensive system into place, seems to have been a turning point. Umpires now receive a report after each game breaking down their performance.  The result seems to be a strike zone that is both more accurate, as far as the rule book is concerned, and more consistent. A third recent analysis, by Jeff Sullivan of Fan Graphs, found that the variation in umpire calls on low pitches has declined in the last five seasons. A strike (or ball) for one umpire is more often a strike (or ball) for another.

bobm Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone

I hope this doesn’t get me fired. | FOX Sports

A game can go badly pretty quickly. Last night I was watching the game. With the score tied 2-2 the game channel went out on my television.(There was a power outage at the local affiliate.) By the time the picture came back on, the score was 7-2.

We don’t know what will happen in game 3. The Giants could jump out to a 10-run lead in the first. You close out the wins in World Series games as best you can. Herrera just had six days rest. He has another day off today. Using your three best pitchers to close out the last 3.2 innings, especially when they have had so much rest, is using your head.

During Game 2 of the World Series, Rob penned this Baseball Joe questioning Ned Yost’s decision to leave Kelvin Herrera in to pitch the seventh inning with the Royals leading the Giants 7-2. Rob’s suggestion was to remove Herrera in order to save his arm after throwing just nine pitches to finish off the sixth inning. Jason Frasor was the suggested replacement.

In my opinion, Frasor has been underappreciated this postseason and is more than capable of holding that lead. But this is the postseason. A five-run lead when you’re down one game to none is the equivalent of a two-run lead when running your bullpen. Especially when you consider the day off on Thursday.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usuage, giants, royals, world series

Salvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF) | MLB | NESN.com

Serenity now, Hunter Strickland, serenity now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Salvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF) | MLB | NESN.com

Serenity now, Hunter Strickland, serenity now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Key question GMs have to weigh with top World Series free agents | New York Post

There is a lot of money on the line for a few of these players.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, james shields, pablo sandoval, royals, world series

No, Ned Yost didn’t “out-manage” Bruce Bochy. His players played better | HardballTalk

“I don’t think I can ever live up to matching a wit with Tony La Russa,” quipped Washington. “What I will try to do is put my players in the right position. If my players perform, I don’t have to worry about matching wits; they’ll take care of things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series


MLB - Ned Yost wins chess match over Bruce Bochy - ESPN

Chess match? Oh, it’s humor.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

‘Marlins Man’ puts Miami front and center at World Series | The Miami Herald

That explains it.

Leavy paid $8,000 for that prime seat to see Royals vs. Giants, and he wasn’t about to give it up.
.....
Marlins Man has been buying the best seats to major sporting events for years. By his count, he’s gone to 27 Super Bowls, more than 200 NBA playoff games, and at least 85 World Series games, and many Triple Crown horse races.

He’s been a Marlins season-ticket holder since the team’s first year in 1993, is a rabid Florida State fan (he was on hand for the FSU-Notre Dame showdown in Tallahassee on Saturday before heading off to Kansas City), owns more than 100 thoroughbreds, and rarely misses a Miami Heat or Dolphins game.

“I never had any kids, nor have any wife,” Leavy said. “You don’t have to pay for a wife and kids, so you have money in the bank.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2014

Toledo News-Bee, October 23, 1914:

Bill Murray was on the bench managing the Philadelphia team and Coveleskie, now Detroit’s star was pitching for Murray. A batter reached first. Coveleskie took a long wind-up, and almost before he pitched the runner raced to second…
...
When Coveleskie reached the bench, Billy demanded:

“Why didn’t you catch that fellow on first base?”

“What fellow on first?” inquired Covy.

“That guy that stole second.”

“No one told me there was a runner on first,” replied the pitcher.

Billy was dazed for an instant. Then, turning, he shouted angrily:

“Here you, Knabe, Doolan, Bransfield—all of you. There’s one thing I want understood right now. Whenever hereafter a base runner reaches first or second or third bases you fellows tell Covy about it. I won’t have any more of these secrets of this club.”

Not sure whether this actually happened or it’s a proto-Polish joke. I’m assuming it’s apocryphal, but either way it’s amusing.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, harry coveleski, history

Martino: Michael Cuddyer is a perfect free agent fit for NY Mets, who like him

The Mets have a Cuddyer need for an outfield bat:

So where do they find a bat? Well, here’s an idea, one that that’s already been floated in the blogosphere, and turns out to be a concrete possibility: Free agent Michael Cuddyer, the exact sort of piece that fits the offense the Mets hope to construct.

Here’s what we mean by that: While Sandy Alderson has long checked in on the Giancarlo Stantons and Carlos Gonzalezes of the world, he and his staff consider it more likely that the Mets will surround their core of pitchers with a lineup filled veteran, versatile or otherwise interchangeable pieces. Think Tampa Bay Rays, during their good years.

Cuddyer is just such a piece. Thirty-five years old, he was injured much of this season, but hit 10 home runs in 49 games, while batting .332. People familiar with the Mets’ thinking say that the team considers him attractive on a two-year deal.

It is hard to imagine Cuddyer getting more than that, but as one major league executive notes about the Mets’ top free agent target last year, “No one thought Jhonny Peralta was going to get four years, either.” The Cardinals shocked the Mets, and most of baseball, by giving Peralta a four-year, $52 million deal.

If Cuddyer’s market does not inflate in a similar way, he could provide much-needed power for the Mets, a tremendous clubhouse presence to assume some of the leadership burden from his friend David Wright—and all at a commitment that does not require excessive years, or the loss of a pitching prospect.

It’s not that the Mets refuse to trade any of their pitchers not named Gee, Niese or Colon; it’s just that they are highly reluctant. Over the past 12 months, Wheeler went from sort of available, with some in the organization pushing hard to move him, to virtually untouchable. Syndergaard had a disappointing year at Triple-A, but remains young and promising. DeGrom is about to win the National League rookie of the year award, so he isn’t going anywhere.

Scouts rate Montero a notch below the others, but sources say that the Mets are reluctant to part with him, too. He could be had in the right deal (Yoenis Cespedes, perhaps, who the Mets are monitoring?), but is far from on the market.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mets, michael cuddyer, rockies

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

McSweeneys: NEW BASEBALL STATISTICS.

G Fact (Good Factor)

This number is 0 if the player is bad at baseball and 1 if the player is good at baseball. Useful in determining whether a player is good at baseball.

ARM# (Arm Number)

How many arms a player has. Anything above a 2.00 is considered very advantageous.

kthejoker Posted: October 22, 2014 at 07:49 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: humor

Ad Week: What Is Madeleine Albright Doing on the Wheaties Box?

In case you missed it, Wheaties made a commemorative box with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on it. For the General Mills cereal, known as the “breakfast of champions,” a one-shot box with Albright is part of an effort to redefine what kind of champions the brand will be touting.

eddieot Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:28 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: madeleine albright, wheaties, rick-rolling

How Wall Street Strangled the Life out of Sabermetrics | VICE Sports

It’s the way of things.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:25 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Statcast: Posey out at the plate

Posey is faster than Sandoval.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:03 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, pablo sandoval, statcast, world series

Jay set for surgery — and for CF in 2015 : Sports

No, the Cardinals haven’t disbanded. A lot of good Cardinals info in this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Fields of Fear’

No pithy intro from me, but a really good short film while we wait for Game Two.

deputydrew Posted: October 22, 2014 at 03:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, throwing, video

Royals are not the future of baseball | FOX Sports

The Kansas City Royals might very well win the World Series. That would certainly be wonderful for them, but of course, it will come at a price for the rest of us. There are already pieces about how everyone should be like the Royals, and a World Series win would mean that we’€™d all be treated to another 50 or so of those pieces. There are many commendable things about how the Royals were built and how they play ball, but let’€™s take a look at the evidence and ask the question: Are the Royals the future of baseball?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Hunter Pence responds to Royals fan signs with monster Game 1 | MLB.com

These are still funny. My opinion might change over the next week.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:05 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, October 22, 1914:

When the Athletics take the field next year, it is reported, Connie Mack will not be on the bench directing the attack of the former world’s champions. The veteran, it is said, has obtained control of the Athletic club’s stock, and will soon be elected president instead of Benjamin F. Shibe.
...
The tall manager is 51 years old and is beginning to show the wear and tear of his long career as a team leader. He has made a fortune out of the national game and can well afford to take a rest.
...
Harry Davis, it is reported, will be the actual manager on the bench, with Ira Thomas as his right hand adviser.

Mr. Mack wasn’t quite done managing in 1914. He ran the show for another 36 seasons.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history

2014 MiLBYs | MiLB.com

It’s the MiLBYs!

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry.Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, minor league baseball

Pace-Of-Play Initiatives Get Mixed Reviews In AFL - BaseballAmerica.com

Of course, if these rules end up in place, routines will change.

“It’s tough,” Seager said. “You almost feel rushed. It’s not your normal (routine) where you can take your time, get your rhythm. It’s kind of on somebody else’s rhythm. It was a little rushed … getting on and off the field, getting your stuff done in the dugout and in the box mainly because you only have 20 seconds between pitches. You swing and then get right back in—it’s a little weird.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: minors, rule changes

San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 21, 2014 - ESPN

Giants draw first blood.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

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