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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Phils’ philospophy beginning to evolve | phillies.com

It’s about time.

“My job is to try to make the improvements,” Amaro said. “If we’ve decided we’re going to improve long term rather than short term then that’s what we’ll do. That’s what we’re championed to do. And that’s what we feel is necessary to get us back on track. Our job is to try to be a perennial contender. We made the assessment that with the group we have right now there are changes that have to be made to get there. And so that’s our job at hand. As Pat said, we are keeping all of our options open and we’re not going to limit ourselves with the options that might be out there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Dave Dombrowski: Injury worse than expected, Miguel Cabrera ‘is as tough as you can possibly be’ | MLive.com

The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day.

But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be.

“He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They cannot even believe once they went in there and looked at it that he could play with the ankle that he had. It’s worse than what we ever would have anticipated.”

Cabrera underwent surgery to have bone spurs in his right ankle removed Wednesday, but he also had two screws inserted to help repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

MLB - Royals’ Ned Yost keeps managing to win - ESPN

Ned Yost doesn’t care what you think. Got that?

He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series because he’s the second coming of John McGraw. He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series in spite of his never-ending bumbleheadedness.

He. Doesn’t. Care. Are we clear on that?

“I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m stupid,” the perpetually embattled manager of those Kansas City Royals said this week. “And I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m smart—because I’m neither. I’m not a dope, but I’m not the smartest guy on the face of the earth either. So I just let all that go. I don’t pay any attention to it. I don’t read about it. I just want our team to win.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Gambling Bochy creature of habit when it comes to pitchers | CSN Bay Area

Ratto cracks me up.

In the two Giants losses, the San Francisco is 1-for-24 with nine strikeouts against Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and late entry Brandon Finnegan. In fact, Kansas City manager Ned Yost ran afoul of the Mezzanine Constabulary again by:

(a) Letting starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had been brilliant for five innings, start the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, a single to Brandon Crawford and an RBI double by Michael Morse.

(b) Bringing Herrera on to stanch the bleeding, which he did after walking Gregor Blanco and giving up three routine groundouts, one of which scored Morse.

(c) Letting Herrera bat for himself in the seventh with two outs and Jarrod Dyson at first. He became the 15th American League reliever to bat in the last 20 years, and the 15th to fail. He then started the seventh, walked Hunter Pence and was pulled for Finnegan, making the idea of letting him hit seem particularly daft.

But Yost has his ways, and he will be second-guessed until the cows come home, get their GEDs and head off to college without bother. He’s the one up, 2-1. Savage away, o fevered intelligentsia.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Yost’s managerial decisions make for extra-entertaining World Series | FOX Sports

In defense of Yost.

We’re welcome to disagree with Yost, as I rather enjoy doing. But he deserves our respect — and admiration. He knows things about his players that we don’t. He also knows how to lead underdogs to a 10-1 record in the postseason, two wins from a champagne-soaked legacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Boston Red Sox prospect Deven Marrero enjoying turnaround in Arizona Fall League | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

If Marrero can just hit like an average shortstop, he’ll be a very, very good player.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Ned Yost’s team won despite his managing in Game 3 | FOX Sports

Micro analysis in real time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series

Yankees Arizona Fall League overview | yankees.com

Aaron Judge is one big outfielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Wainwright has surgery to address elbow irritation : Sports

Wainwright had a surgical procedure done Friday on the backside of his pitching elbow, multiple sources have confirmed. Wainwright was said to have had the “ligament trimmed” in his right elbow, a Cardinals official said. The exact description was cartilage trimmed to avoid irritation in that area, subsequent reporting on the surgery by The Post-Dispatch confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Royals seize control of Series, edge Giants in Game 3 | MLB.com

Guthrie became the first starter in World Series history to win without at least one strikeout or walk. Only four pitchers had previously earned a World Series victory without the aid of at least one strikeout. It last happened in 1960 with Bob Turley of the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 4 OMNICHATTER

Will the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong ensure this series goes at least six, or will the Royals and Jason Vargas move themselves to just one win away from eternal glory?

CHATTER Up!

Gamingboy Posted: October 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, October 24, 2014

Curt Schilling not hiding his scars - ESPN Boston

None of us are invincible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, phillies, red sox, sad


How top World Series players ranked as prospects. | SportsonEarth.com : Jim Callis Article

Which World Series participants were the most highly regarded? Glad you asked. Here’s a ranking of the top 15 players in the World Series based on how they were perceived as prospects when they made their MLB debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, world series

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow captures Starting Pitcher MiLBY Award | MiLB.com

It takes more than talent to get to the big leagues. Warning: TINSTAAPP.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects, tyler glasnow

Beaneball | Gold Gloves and Coco Crisp’s Terrible 2014 Defense

This is interesting. I’ve been looking at this stuff lately to decipher some of the season-to-season changes in DRS for players. To properly compare the defensive skillsets of players, opportunity differences need to addressed, just prorating DRS to innings is not enough.

So I don’t know. Coco caught fewer balls this year. That part is indubitable because we register one entirely objective statistic: putouts. He caught balls. He didn’t catch balls. (That, incidentally, forms a large basis of FRAA.) On the other hand, how many air balls did the A’s allow?

Year	TBF	In-play %	In-play	Air%	Air balls	IFFB%	IFFB	OFFB
2013	6069	70%	4248	59.9%	2544	16%	407	2137
2014	5971	69%	4120	53.8%	2215	14%	310	1905

(These stats are from Baseball Reference. If I knew off the top of my head where to get the raw stats, I’d just use those. Instead I have to work backward from the percentages.)

That’s not an insubstantial difference. It’s about 1.4 fewer outfield chances per game, which means 140 fewer chances to Crisp and his outfield mates in his 900 innings in center field. Breaking down the league range factors (there’s probably a better way to do this), about 40 percent of those chances would go to center, so Crisp probably saw something like 55 fewer chances over the course of the year than he did in 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The ‘Little Things’ – The Hardball Times

Inside Edge tries tracking the “little things”.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 24, 1914:

It has been learned that there were two sad faced young ballplayers who attended the banquet given by Mayor Curley at the Copley Plaza in honor of the Boston Braves last Thursday night. One is little Billy Martin, the Washington lad who joined the world’s champions on Aug. 1.

The other player to be disappointed is Cottrell, a pitcher, who became a member of the Braves’ outfit in July. Neither one of these players received anywhere near the full amount of $2,708.86.
...
Martin was handed a check for $500, drawn personally by the Braves’ manager. Cottrell likewise received the same amount…Martin and Cottrell, for some unknown reason, were cut out of the big divvy by a committee of the veteran players of the club.

A huge thumbs up to George Stallings for digging into his own pocket to reward the players that the rest of the team hosed.

You can sort of see what the other players were thinking, though: Martin went 0-for-3 with an error in his one and only MLB appearance, and Cottrell in 1914 allowed five baserunners and two runs in one inning.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george stallings, history

Royals get four AL Gold Glove finalists, but not Lorenzo Cain | The Kansas City Star

Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was passed over for Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., Chicago’s Adam Eaton and Baltimore’s Adam Jones. In the four-game sweep of Baltimore, Cain won the AL Championship Series MVP award.

He’s correct that Cain led all outfielders with 2.7 dWAR.

He does seem to be an oversight by the voters. I’m not sure how much his time spent in RF impacted his being left off the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves, lorenzo cain, royals

Wall Street didn’t kill sabermetrics - Beyond the Box Score

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come”. – Victor Hugo

Sabermetrics won! Sabermetrics won!

In other words, for the blogger class, Andrew Friedman is the everyman, not the “working class” player on the field. The goal, dare I say it, was for the “nerd class” to take over the decision making aspect of the sport. They could obviously never compete on the field with world class athletes, but when it comes to determining which players are best and how to put them together into sets of 25, the sabermetric class could beat the house by counting cards.

The world Moore is describing is a success story. Sabermetrics won and as a result, it’s a totally normal thing that a guy with a sharp mind and no ability to hit a slider can make a name for himself (or herself!) in the game they love. Wall Street didn’t suck the life out of sabermetrics, Wall Street made sabermetrics the norm. Moore says as much, but he says it like it’s a bad thing.

OK, I liked the article overall. The whole “sabermetrics won” idea is a little silly, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: navel gazing, sabermetrics

John McGrath: The Giants have become the Yankees — obnoxious | The News Tribune

Hunter Strickland is ruining baseball for everyone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series


MLB - San Francisco Giants still confident in their bullpen - ESPN

Well, everybody but Hunter Strickland.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Team Chemistry in Major League Baseball | Psychology Today

Oh dear.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: team chemistry

Did Adam Dunn Ruin Baseball? – The Hardball Times

Adam Dunn didn’t invent this approach. It wasn’t a good approach. I followed Dunn throughout his career. Dunn could have been a better hitter if he was more aggressive within the strikezone. I witnessed countless at bats where Dunn passed up a perfectly good pitch and ended up either taking a called strike or whiffed on a worse pitch later in the at bat. Dunn’s method sucked.

Adam Dunn didn’t do a lot of things well, but he controlled the strike zone. He didn’t expand the zone and when pitchers made a mistake he crushed it. That might not be the kind of thing that everyone can agree is exciting, but it also isn’t selfish or uninteresting.

Putting the ball in play is better than striking out, but by shortening your swing, you’re likely decreasing the odds of a good outcome. That’s why the strikeout isn’t toxic for batters anymore. The 2014 Royals lived with the magic of the ball in play, but there are other ways to live.

Dunn’s method is no better or worse than any others and it’s a particular approach that highlights what many consider the game’s most challenging task. The ball is traveling towards the hitter at 95 mph. Should you swing or should you take? If your default is to swing, the game will move faster and the fielders will play a bigger role. But I’m not so sure that’s baseball’s ideal arrangement.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, three true outcomes

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