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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cameron: The Stealth MVP Candidacy of Hunter Pence

But while using win probability goes a little too far for my tastes in determining a player’s contribution to a win — the walk-off in the ninth was only possible because of the runs scored earlier — I’m personally okay with giving hitters credit for distributing their hits into on base/RISP situations. RE24 isn’t giving them sole credit for the value of those runs like RBIs does, and it takes into account the opportunities they were given. Pence has been exceptionally good with the opportunities he’s been given. To me, it seems like that’s worth accounting for on an MVP ballot.

Is there any chance we’ll see a context adjusted version of WAR become available full time? It’d certainly be a valuable position player counterpoint, the way RA9 or rWAR serve against fWAR.

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 21, 2014 at 03:53 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: leverage, sabermetrics, wpa

OMNICHATTER 9-21-2014

Only 8 game days remain (including today)! This is the second-to-last Sunday of the Regular Season!


CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions)
Orioles (AL East Champions)
Nationals (NL East Champions)
Dodgers (Clinched Playoff Spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Royals encounter problem with online sale of playoff tickets

Fans would be given an opportunity to purchase tickets only to have the system time out, their credit card supposedly not validated or just completely get an error message. Some fans watch prime seats time out due to the errors.

And some fans who got error messages still saw pending transactions on their credit cards.

KCTV5 digital content manager DeAnn Smith has two pending transactions on her credit card sales, but wasn’t able to successfully buy tickets. But Tickets.com, which handles the ticket transactions for Major League Baseball, said that none of the transactions processed and the pending charges will drop off.

Courtney Wilson was excited about the opportunity to buy tickets, but said her money is now in limbo. She has email confirmation for one purchase, but pending charges for two.

Alicia Marie said on Twitter that her bank account was charged four times and her account was drained.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

OMNICHATTER 9-20-2014

Only 9 game days remain (including today)!

Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, September 19, 2014

John Thorn: Fame & Fandom

Baseball Fan Hall Of Fame debates? (cough) (cough) (cough) (cough) Thorn offers lists for celebrity and non-celebrity wings of the BBFHOF.

Dedicated in 1939, baseball’s shrine was not the nation’s first Hall of Fame, despite the nearly universal impression that it was: Its inspiration was the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, created on a New York University campus in 1901 to honor men and women who had achieved greatness in any of 16 categories. Yet in the media age ushered in by radio and the talkies, missionaries and explorers were no longer our idols. Athletes were, but they couldn’t enter the Hall of Fame unless they bought a ticket. While Hilda Chester’s cowbell, which assaulted tender ears and sensibilities at Ebbets Field, or Freddy Schuman’s frying pan, which has had a similar effect at Yankee Stadium in recent years, might make it into a Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit, neither Hilda nor Freddy would ever be inducted. They have been denied the 21st century’s inalienable right to immortality, just as athletes once were. If in the metastasizing spread of celebrity there are halls of fame for policemen (Miami Beach), businessmen (Chicago), and clowns (Delavan, Wisc.), why not a shrine for fans?

Greg Franklin Posted: September 19, 2014 at 06:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrities, fans, hall of fame, history, mets

Lindbergh: Dellin Betances’s Season & Bullpen Strategy

Dellin goes electric?

Despite being a setup man with only one save on the season, Betances has been lights-out enough to lead the majors in WPA — the first time a setup man has done so since Tyler Clippard in 2011. On the post-’88 leaderboard, though, the closers rise to the top, and Betances has to settle for a spot just inside the top 60.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 19, 2014 at 05:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: grantland, relief pitching, yankees

Pennant Race OMNICHATTER for 2014-09-19

This is gettin GOOOOOD!

(Posted in lieu of Gamingboy’s OMNICHATTER, in case he is on assignment today. The scheduling web site is down.)

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 19, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter, pennant race

Lindbergh: Where Dellin Betances’s Season Ranks Historically, and What It Teaches Us About Bullpen Strategy

Despite being a setup man with only one save on the season, Betances has been lights-out enough to lead the majors in WPA — the first time a setup man has done so since Tyler Clippard in 2011. On the post-’88 leaderboard, though, the closers rise to the top, and Betances has to settle for a spot just inside the top 60.3

The Goldilocks stat we’re seeking — a counting stat that doesn’t discriminate based on leverage — is Run Expectancy Wins, or REW. Using a framework similar to WPA’s, REW calculates the difference between the number of runs a team is expected to score in the inning at the start and the end of each play, credits/debits the batter/pitcher accordingly, and then compiles the differences to arrive at a full-season total of wins added or subtracted. But because it’s not sensitive to inning or score — a two-out, bases-loaded strikeout counts the same in the seventh inning of a six-run game as it does in a ninth-inning tie — it’s closer to context-neutral than WPA, allowing us to pit Betances against guys who got the chance to finish more games.


En Banc Court May Call Foul on Bonds Conviction

As the Corporal’s head explodes:

SAN FRANCISCO — An en banc appellate panel reviewing the criminal case of Barry Bonds on Thursday afternoon seemed poised to reverse the former baseball slugger’s 2011 obstruction of justice conviction.

[...]

But on Thursday afternoon, an 11-judge en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit directed a flurry of pointed questions at Assistant U.S. Attorney Merry Jean Chan, arguing on behalf of the government.

Circuit Judge William Fletcher asked Chan how the government’s position that the obstruction of justice statute applies to truthful but evasive testimony might apply to lawyers in civil cases. When Chan answered that the obstruction statute could apply to a lawyer who intentionally misled an opponent in hopes that the opponent might not follow up, Judge Fletcher asked, “So how many San Francisco lawyers do you intend to put in jail?”

For those who care, the oral argument can be watched here; it wasn’t entirely one-sided, but the panel seemed pretty skeptical about the government’s theory.

David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: September 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, steroids

Kauffman Stadium ‘should be rocking’ as Royals face most important series in decades Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2157217.html#storylink=cpy

“The place should be rocking,” Stewart said. “Rocking!”

The front office has waited eight years for this. The owner has waited 20. The fans have waited almost three decades without a playoff appearance, a generation of rooters exposed only to slapstick performances and 90-loss campaigns, a group wracked by anxiety during the final weeks of this season.

With one triumphant weekend in their glistening stadium, the Royals can, at last, reward this city and this region for their faith

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2157217.html#storylink=cpy

Weekly Journalist_ Posted: September 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, royals, tigers

HBT: Talking head says Jeter is “a fraud” and “you are all suckers”

More Carlin: “He’s paying tribute ... to himself!!!”

JE (Jason) Posted: September 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: class, derek jeter, yankees

C.J. Edwards: The legend of the String Bean Slinger

This is from a few days back, but a great read on the Cubs’ top pitching prospect.

You cannot help but notice. His Mid-Carolina High coach first saw it. So, too, did the Spartanburg Methodist assistant coach who later hooked on with the Texas Rangers and scouted him in bush league games near Newberry. All along the way, his minor-league coaches shook their heads in disbelief. Once, in major league camp, Josh Hamilton, upon seeing him shirtless, questioned if the Rangers were properly feeding their minor-leaguers.

C.J. Edwards is skinny.

Not normal skinny. Rail-thin skinny. Icabod Crane-skinny. Twiggy-like. Mick Jagger-esque. Standing on a pitcher’s mound, Edwards gives the appearance of a broomstick with a hat resting on top.

Moses Taylor World Re-Tour 2.0: Warszawa Posted: September 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fat pitchers, prospects, rangers

Araton: The Other Side of a Derek Jeter Hustle Play

Huckaby is not Huckabeelzebub…that’s that other guy.

The young man from the Lansing Lugnuts’ front office offered an email address for Ken Huckaby. “You’re welcome to try, but I should tell you that someone did a story recently on the Derek Jeter thing and Ken kind of regretted it,” said Ben Owen, the team’s digital media and marketing manager.

Late last month, SportsNet, a Canadian network, published the article on its website with the headline “Huckaby Had Lasting Impact on Jays, Jeter.” According to Owen, Huckaby, who is a hitting coach with Toronto’s Class A team, climbed aboard the bus that night and was immediately chagrined that several players, on their digital devices, were transfixed by his brush with fame — or infamy — 11 years ago on opening night in Toronto.

The last thing Huckaby intended was to cast himself as an extra in another Jeter extravaganza, his impending retirement, after how his first cameo worked out.

...Actually, Huckaby had a pretty good notion on opening night in 2003, and presumably is trying to teach young players with greater skills than he had to use Jeter as their role model: Play every day as if your day’s pay is at stake. That should be the reverberating message over the next 10 days as Jeter, saluted all season, receives his final, deserved rewards.

But he also might consider giving one thing back — or taking back — a rare misstep made across nearly two decades of brilliance. Call up the Lansing Lugnuts, get a contact for the old catcher who 11 years ago landed on him with his tools of ignorance. Tell Ken Huckaby that he gets it now, he respects the effort, and leave it at that.

Repoz Posted: September 19, 2014 at 09:09 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-19-2014

Toledo News-Bee, September 19, 1914:

Bert Briggs, who at two stages of his career was with the Chicago Cubs, never kicked on a ball or strike…He might shake his head and look sad, but he never kicked. That was because the first day he broke in as a National league pitcher Tim Hurst was umpiring.

The first batter came up and Briggs sent a fast ball whizzing through the heart of the plate, waist high. As the ball thudded into the catcher’s mitt Briggs yelled: “How’s that?”

Hurst walked down toward him, eyed him for an instand and then remarked quietly:

“Under the circumstances that is a ball. Had you not asked me it would have been a strike.”

Cue the sad trombone.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 19, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: buttons briggs, dugout, history, tim hurst

Athletics out of top wild-card spot, Texas sweeps

The latest loss to the team with the worst record in the majors dropped the A’s a half-game behind idle Kansas City for the first wild-spot slot. Oakland owned the best record in the big leagues as recently as Aug. 15.

The Phillies are up next which might be comforting if they had not just watched the Rangers eat their lunch. 

Royals/Tigers fans have to praying the A’s can right the ship.  A one game playoff against King Felix is a tall order.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 19, 2014 at 02:31 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, offense counts too

OMNICHATTER 9-19-14

Only 10 game days remain (including today)!

Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, September 18, 2014

System failures frustrate Royals fans seeking playoff tickets

Fans eager to purchase tickets for the first possible Royals playoff in 30 years were confronted with frustrations from the purchasing system. Fans would be given an opportunity to purchase tickets only to have the system time out, their credit card supposedly not validated or just completely get an error message. Some fans watch prime seats time out due to the errors.  And some fans who got error messages still saw pending transactions on their credit cards.

KCTV5 digital content manager DeAnn Smith has two pending transactions on her credit card sales, but wasn’t able to successfully buy tickets. But Tickets.com, which handles the ticket transactions for Major League Baseball, said that none of the transactions processed and the pending charges will drop off.

Courtney Wilson was excited about the opportunity to buy tickets, but said her money is now in limbo. She has email confirmation for one purchase, but pending charges for two.

Alicia Marie said on Twitter that her bank account was charged four times and her account was drained.

Thanks, Sung Woo!

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 18, 2014 at 11:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Ron Washington Acknowledges Infidelity, Doesn’t Explain Why He Resigned

At a press conference today, Washington offered the tiniest sliver of explanation—and a big red flag that something worse is hanging over his head.

“I made a mistake, and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” said Washington, who was accompanied by his wife Geraldine.

“When you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the type of things my wife always says to me, I was not true to my wife after 42 years, I broke that trust.

“I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed and those who trusted in me, and I let them down.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 18, 2014 at 08:46 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Keri: How Washington Built a World Series Favorite

Or: How I Learned To Love Them Even Though They Stole My Team

The Washington Nationals became the first team to clinch their division this season…. Throughout the 2014 campaign, the Nats have conjured late-inning heroics and convincing blowouts alike while building the best record in the National League, and at 87-64, they’ve still got a shot at matching the 98-win 2012 Nationals for the best record in franchise history.1

That’s a damn miracle, considering that just five years ago this was the worst franchise in baseball, and a way station for the damned.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 18, 2014 at 05:25 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, grantland, jonah keri, nationals

It’s quite the turnaround for Angels and General Manager Jerry Dipoto

“Last year was not a great year. From a roster-building standpoint, I made a lot of mistakes. From a quality-of-product-on-the-field standpoint, the first five months of the season were awful.”

That the Angels emerged as the team with the best record in the major leagues this season — and that Moreno picked up Dipoto’s 2015 option two months ago — is yet another reminder to ignore the headlines at the winter meetings. Winning the winter wins you nothing.

The inspiring story of how one man spent millions of another man’s money, then spent even more to correct the mistakes he spent money on before.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2014

(Syndicated columnist) Hal Sheridan via the Toledo News-Bee, September 18, 1914:

Another afternoon with the Reds and the Giants will have the Cubs on their hands at the Polo grounds to distract their attention from the watchful waiting for reports of an explosion in Boston, indicating that the Braves have scattered themselves over the landscape.

The McGrawites have now won two games in a row from the Reds, which adds nothing to their glory, but has prevented the Braves from adding anything to their lead while they have been tearing into the Cards.
...
The consistent winning of the Braves has gotten on the nerves of the New York gang and the harder they watch for the cracking and the break, the further it seems away.

Don’t bother waiting. It’s not coming. Including the World Series, Boston finished the season with 25 wins in 29 games.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

RASMUS OPENS UP ABOUT JAYS TENURE, FUTURE, PAST

TSN.ca: Baseball has been such a huge part of your life. The Little League World Series tape is famous. There you are doing your thing, playing way back in the day and you worked so hard at it even at a younger age. How would you describe your relationship with the sport? How do you feel about baseball?

RASMUS: It’s a love-hate relationship, no doubt. A lot of times I just feel like I want to be able to enjoy it but it’s so hard for me now to just flip that switch. I don’t know how to. Last year I started getting back into that feeling like I was having fun and enjoying it but man, some people who have done this longer than me and there are better players than me and I realize that but it’s been a crazy ride as far as the game goes and just the countless hours of working and trying to get better. I like to say that I worked out harder than most people because when I was growing up my focus was I know there are guys working out in wherever, all over the world trying to get better. My focus was always to be as good as those guys and make sure I did the extra reps, the extra swings in the cage. You know, taking 300, 350 swings a day in the cage. Working out on top of that, running, running hills, sleds, just all the workouts that we did were some crazy workouts. My dad on us all the time to be better, drinking four protein shakes a day filled with the nastiest stuff just bubbling and at the top, you know raw eggs and things like that. It was just crazy. Fifteen-hundred calorie shakes, four times a day and all that stuff trying to get better.

Paul D(uda) Posted: September 18, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

McCarthy’s immaculate inning highlights Yankees win

It’s called the “immaculate Inning,” and it stands for complete and utter dominance… New York Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy became the sixth different pitcher to throw one this season. That’s a new single-season major-league record.

“I actually didn’t realize what it was until I got inside and I saw what it was on the broadcast,” McCarthy said. “I was just happy it was three strikeouts, but I didn’t realize what kind of an inning it was.”

“It’s something else you can add to your resume when you’re done, and a story you can tell someone that they won’t care about later on,” McCarthy joked. “But at least in the meantime it’s something cool.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 18, 2014 at 04:26 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

The Jake Peavy-Dee Gordon rivalry seems to be, um, heating up

Peavy: “I’m not going to lie to you. I was just in the shower thinking about Dee Gordon. #outofcontextTuesday
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 17, 2014

Dee Gordon has a great sense of humor, texted Peavy a picture of him in towel holding shampoo.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 17, 2014

Ok then.

Dee Gordon has surpassed all my expectations.  .330 OBP with 62 steals, he’s a fun guy to have around.  The price paid to rent Peavy was steep but he’s been everything they could have asked for.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 18, 2014 at 02:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, please make it stop

OMNICHATTER 9-18-2014

11 game days remain (including today)!

Gamingboy Posted: September 18, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 170 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

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