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Friday, October 31, 2014

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.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

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 | 10 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 | 2 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 | 135 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 | 83 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 | 1 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 | 52 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

Rozner: Cubs’ pursuit of Maddon strictly business - DailyHerald.com

It’s strictly business.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 09:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

On a wild ride to Game 7, these Royals super fans are the cat’s meow - Yahoo Sports

I hate it when fans get catty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 09:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Joe Maddon is to become Cubs manager, sources say

Shocking!

Edit: Updated link. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 05:37 PM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managerial search

Angell: The World Series is Almost Over

O.K., a blowout, but who knew? Every year along about this time, friends start asking me, “Who’s going to win tonight? Whadda you think?” But of course I have no clue. Baseball’s absolute unpredictability makes amateurs of us all, and after the Royals’ wholly unexpected 10–0 shellacking of the Giants in last night’s Game Six we can all get ready for the finale tonight with cheerful idiocy. Both starting pitchers—the Giants’ Tim Hudson and the Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie—are veterans who know that they will be gone in an instant, with plenty of time ahead for duck-hunting or sleeping in or a second-grade play, at the first signs of a wobble.

[...]

Go, Royals! Stay, baseball. The players on both teams will be cheerful during B.P. tonight, with the end of their long journey in sight, but a last game is always tougher on the rest of us. Get some sleep after.


Japan Times: Nakamura belts three-run homer in 10th to put Hawks one win away from Japan Series title

“I didn’t expect we’d win with just one swing like that,” Akiyama said. “We had a runner on second and their outfielders were positioned shallow, so we were hoping he hit it over the outfielders, but never expected he’d hit a home run.”

Nakamura has hit over .300 the past two seasons, but considering that he hit exactly four home runs in 638 PA this season, and has hit nine in his career, that’s not an unreasonable quote…

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 29, 2014 at 03:35 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Nobody knows anything about Game 7 | FOX Sports

The most insightful, accurate pregame prediction that I’ve read all day. Great job, Rob!

Later today, I’m sure I’ll be overcome by the impulse to cogitate, to calculate, and finally to prognosticate. But while we know an immense amount of things about these teams, literally more than we’ve ever known about any two sports teams before athe biggest of games, nobody knows anything the actual Biggest Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Heyman: Pablo Sandoval is on Boston’s 3B wish list, but so is Chase Headley

Wouldya believe none of ‘em are Boras!

The Red Sox, in need of third base production, are prioritizing Giants postseason hero Pablo Sandoval as well as Chase Headley, according to people in the know.

Boston may also take a look at Aramis Ramirez, if he become a free agent, though he is said to fit below Sandoval and Headley. Ramirez is believed to prefer a return to Milwaukee…

The Giants have made no secret about wanting to keep Sandoval… The Yankees are said to want to re-sign Headley in what is an indication they have doubts whether Alex Rodriguez can return as a starting third baseman…

The Brewers and Ramirez have a $14-million option, and it’s been expected that since the team has to pay a $4-million buyout, they will likely exercise that option. Ramirez in that event could choose to stay for $14 million, or become a free agent. At that point, the Brewers would have to decide whether to offer A-Ram the $15.3-million qualifying offer.


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