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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Fadeaway: Episode 7: The Big Drabowski

This is a few months old, published around the World Series, but still a good listen. The latest from Primate Eric Enders’  baseball history podcast.

Born in Ozanna, Poland, at the start of the Third Reich, Moe Drabowsky escaped from Hitler and came to America as a toddler. He embraced life in America, becoming first the hardest-throwing young prospect in baseball, then its most notorious prankster. And in 1966, after arm injuries had caused everyone to write him off for good, he resurrected his career and authored the most spectacular relief pitching performance in World Series history.

Also features some comments from Gene Larkin about this moment.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cubs honored by President Obama at White House | MLB.com

It was a true love fest.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, world series

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Selig Years

Allan “Bud” Selig, HOF class of 2017. His impact on the game was monumental; his legacy is mixed. Did he ultimately leave the game better than he found it? Part One of a detailed post-mortem of the Selig era.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Masterpiece Fall Classic

We’re supposed to see a gassed reliever on the mound, and so that’s what we see. If the velocity readings are 100 and 101, then we look for something else. “Here’s the thing,” Alex Rodriguez said later during the rain delay. “When you’re fatigued, you don’t lose miles per hour, per se. But what you do lose is command and movement.” But Chapman didn’t lose movement. He didn’t lose command (arguably, he doesn’t need command anyway). If you didn’t see Guyer’s ball split the gap and you didn’t know you were supposed to see a gassed reliever on the mound, you’d never guess Chapman was anything less than dominant.

So why did Rajai Davis homer?

Look again at the velocities of Chapman’s first 13 pitches. None of them starts with an 8. He threw 13 consecutive fastballs. Guyer finally caught up to the seventh, and Davis finally caught up to his seventh. Chapman’s fastball is so dominant that he can throw it right down the middle, but only when there is the threat of a slider to keep hitters at least somewhat surprised. “When Chapman is ahead in a count and he throws a pitch down the middle, batters’ isolated power—slugging percentage minus batting average—is .036. When batters are ahead, it’s .300,” we wrote before the Series, and with his refusal to throw a slider, Chapman was giving hitters the same predictable pattern. Chapman’s fastball here, so hard, so historic, so dominant, might have been more effective if he had been gassed and recognized it—and if he had therefore been forced to act like a normal pitcher and mix in a breaking ball.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 28, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pat Hughes CD Commemorates 2016 Cubs World Series March

Makes a great gift!

CHICAGO CUBS radio play-by-play voice PAT HUGHES has released a CD with the story of the CUBS’ 2016 championship season.  “THE CHICAGO CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES” is available online through the team’s flagship, CBS RADIO Sports WSCR-A (670 THE SCORE)/CHICAGO, at cbschicago.com/cubscd or via HUGHES’ baseballvoices.com.

The CD includes over 70 minutes of material, including clips from the regular season through the Series.  HUGHES is releasing the CD as a special edition of his “BASEBALL VOICES” CD series, which has included 14 editions on 15 legendary baseball announcers thus far.

Bote Man Posted: December 19, 2016 at 11:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: audio, cubs, world series

Friday, December 16, 2016

ESPN: Aroldis Chapman: Joe Maddon misused me during the playoffs

“There were couple of games, but the one I can point to is Game 6,” Chapman said when asked for specifics for his criticism. “The game was open and I don’t think he needed to [leave] me in the ninth. The important game was going to be Game 7 because we had that game almost won. The next day I came in tired.”

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: December 16, 2016 at 02:53 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, joe maddon, world series

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-6-2016

Washington Herald, December 6, 1916:

Rules governing the world’s series soon will be revised by the National Commission, backed by the rival major leagues. Several important suggestions will be considered. They include a reduction of admission fees, an increase of the games to nine instead of seven, a curtailment of the players’ share of the money and a plan to give a cash bonus to every player in each circuit, tailenders to receive the smallest sums.

More games, more tickets sold (albeit at a lower per-ticket price), and less income for the players. What could possibly go wrong in the World Series if the players are upset and want more money?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Monday, November 07, 2016

OTP 2016 November 7: How baseball bridged the political divide

A World Series game seven for the ages offered some rare relief from the most bitter presidential election in recent memory.
The Chicago Cubs, in carrying off their first title since 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, finally proved that no curse is forever and offered a few moments of hope fulfilled and optimism — two qualities badly lacking from this grimmest of presidential races.

 


Friday, November 04, 2016

A Night To Remember

Series of fan and player photos from game seven.  I love this stuff.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 04, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, end of the world, indians, world series

At Last - The New Yorker

Roger Angell’s take.

Quieter scenes remain from this famous evening. There was an instant where we saw, amid a row of standees, Jack Epstein held in the right arm of his dad, Theo, the Cubs’ president (and the inventor and curator of this team), his arm around his dad’s neck and everyone’s eyes fixed on the doings below. Later, Manager Terry Francona’s post-season interview in the silent Cleveland clubhouse was a model of grace and generosity, but standard for him. I also caught a very late parting glimpse of Joe Maddon visiting a trio of broadcasters—with the now empty stands as backdrop—accompanied by his wife, Jaye Sousoures. He introduced her formally to each of them but kept hold of her other hand or linked arm all the while. The season was over at last.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Game 7 most watched baseball game since 1991

Game 7 was watched by 40.045 million last night on Fox — the best any baseball game has done since 1991.

Last night’s Game 7, which lasted 290 minutes including a 17-minute rain delay, also was up 70% in viewership compared with the most recent World Series Game 7 broadcast, in which the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals on October 29, 2014.

Baseball is dying.


Vin Scully Unhappy About Reduced World Series Role

Vin and I made plans in the spring of ’66 to have dinner when we later had the Dodgers on our broadcast schedule,” Gowdy remembered pensively.  “As our date approached, I called Vin to finalize details and he abruptly told me that dinner was off. He had apparently found out that if the Dodgers win, his television role would be reduced. He was obviously not happy about the decision.

I was surprised by Vin’s reaction but understood it. Heck, the World Series was then sports’ brightest stage and Scully’s role was being halved on television.”

Now that Vin has retired all the skeletons are coming out of the closet, eh?

Bote Man Posted: November 03, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, broadcasting, dodgers, poopyhead, television, vin scully, world series

Congratulations! The Royals are sending pizzas to the Chicago Cubs front office

It’s a tradition like no other. OK, maybe not at the level of The Masters, but this is certainly very cool.

After the Royals won last year’s World Series, the San Francisco Giants sent 25 pizzas to the Royals. The Giants were the defending World Series champions and they had received pizzas the year before from the Boston Red Sox, who won the title in 2013.

So the Royals are paying it forward.

Toby Cook, the Royals’ vice president of publicity said the team is sending Giordano’s deep dish pizza to the Cubs front office. It’ll be deep dish, naturally. Cook said the pizza feast will be enough to feed 150 people, but wasn’t sure how many pizzas that will be.

Zach Posted: November 03, 2016 at 11:58 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, royals, traditions, world series

Theo Epstein adds to Hall of Fame resume | MLB.com

Theo has brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.

“I’m truly just honored to be part of Major League Baseball,” Epstein said after the hug broke up. “I grew up a fan, loving the game, and not being good enough to play, so to be part of a Major League Baseball is incredible. To have the privilege of working with two organizations like this is something I never thought I’d have, and to be a part of winning World Series in both places is something I will always treasure and won’t take for granted. It means the world to me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2016 at 06:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox, world series

Cubs win World Series after 108 years waiting | MLB.com

The Indians made it tough, erasing a 5-1 lead in Game 7 and tying it on Rajai Davis’ eighth-inning home run. A 17-minute rain delay before the 10th inning saved the day. Outfielder Jason Heyward called the Cubs hitters into the weight room, and general manager Jed Hoyer watched as the players regrouped.

“I think the rain delay was the best thing that ever happened to us, to be honest,” Hoyer said. “We went down to the rain room, talked a little bit. [Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein] and I saw all the hitters were huddled in the weight room during the delay and kind of getting pumped up. I felt great and thought, ‘We were going to win this inning and we’re world champions.’ Maybe after 108 years, you get some divine intervention?”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Cubs vs. Indians Wrapup | 11/02/16

Congrats to all the Cubs fans out there! Indians fans, you deserved a victory as well. Unfortunately, only one team can win.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2016 at 12:48 AM | 182 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Indians have defied the odds all season. Who says they can’t win Game 7? - The Washington Post

Somebody is losing hard tonight.

“We wanted to make them use pitching, even in a loss. Hang around. At least Chapman had to pitch,” Manager Terry Francona said.
...
The whole package is tied together by perhaps the best manager of this period, Terry Francona, who is driven himself, to the point where his health has often been worrisome, while still “managing” — there’s that word again — to convince everyone that baseball is just a blast.

If the Cubs win Game 7, this Tribe team should not be forgotten. They were the true and remarkable underdogs in this series, even if they didn’t have “Cubs” on their jerseys. And there’s no rule that says they’re done yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Aroldis Chapman and the Cost of Risk Aversion | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron’s take.

So Aroldis Chapman got five outs that the other Cubs relievers probably could have gotten. Those outs may well have been borrowed from Game 7, in a situation where the Cubs might really be able to use a full-strength Chapman on the mound. But they won’t have that, because when push came to shove, Joe Maddon only trusts one of his relievers right now.

For his sake, I hope he doesn’t need that one reliever to bail him out tomorrow.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, joe maddon, world series

Maddon Goes With His Best To Ensure Game 7

I still don’t like the move. The team still needed to win two. He should have had someone else up and ready. It’s all about the odds.

“It’s the middle of their batting order,” Maddon said. “There is no other way to look at that and feel good. Lindor, he could hit a home run at any time, but it’s much more difficult to hit it against Chapman’s velocity.

“For me, the game could have been lost right there, and he’s by far our most dynamic relief pitcher. I talked to him before the game, and once again he was aware of the scenario.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, joe maddon, world series

1 more: Cubs beat Indians, force Series to deciding Game 7

The pressure shifts to the Indians.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Tyler Naquin makes big miscue in Game 6 | indians.com

What caused all the outfield confusion yesterday?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, tyler naquin, world series

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Cubs Fanatic Dan Shapiro Shares Love of Sports with His Boss, Barack Obama

Shapiro said that he and Obama both love their teams while harboring no animosity toward the other Windy City club.

When Obama tweeted congratulations to the Cubs for reaching the World Series, Shapiro retweeted it.

Still, while Shapiro said he appreciates that Obama “comes by his being a White Sox fan honestly,” he wonders if the First Fan sometimes goes too far.

“When he threw out the first pitch at a [Washington] Nationals game with a White Sox hat, I thought: Really?”

eddieot Posted: November 01, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: barack obama, cubs, world series

Posnanski - Give That Man His Roses

There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever what Buck O’Neil would say. Buck dealt with every indignity. He was denied a chance to play or manage in the Major Leagues because of the color of his skin. He knew Doby, played against him, managed against him, worked with him in various roles. He, better than any of us, understands.

And I say with 100% certainty that this is what he would say:

Bring Eddie Robinson to Cleveland. Honor him. Honor the 1948 Cleveland team. Honor history.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, world series

The Indians are one game away from a championship because they’re really good at baseball | For The Win

Only it’s silly to pretend the Indians lucked their way all the way here. The point of baseball’s 162-game regular season is to distinguish the best teams from the back, and the Indians won 94 games in the 2016 campaign. They got to this point with the help of a pair of excellent starting pitchers who have been largely absent this postseason — the injured Carlos Carrasco and the recently recovered Danny Salazar. But they also featured a spectacular bullpen, even beyond postseason heroes Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. Their staff as a whole finished second in the American League with a 3.84 ERA despite playing their home games at cozy Progressive Field, and they paced the circuit with a 122 ERA+.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, world series

This MLB Postseason Is the Commissioner’s Nightmare

The long games aren’t well suited for hardcore fans either. If the Cubs weren’t playing this year, I’d be tapping out early or not watching at all.

It’s not a great thing that baseball gets slower and less eventful at the point in the season when the most people are paying attention. Serious fans who logged six months of steady viewing along the path to the postseason might not mind what they perceive as protracted suspense, but drawn-out, uneventful ordeals such as World Series Game 2 (4:04) and, to a lesser degree, Game 3 (at 3:33, the second-longest nine-inning 1–0 game ever, behind only one other recent postseason contest) aren’t well suited to hooking casual fans. Throw in 8:0something start times on the East Coast, and the postseason’s long games and low scoring are perfectly calibrated to fuel the widespread perception among non-fans that baseball is boring.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:03 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

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