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Monday, November 09, 2015

When Judging World Series, Context Is Paramount

In 1975 Cincinnati defeated Boston in a seven-game epic, still cited as one of the greatest World Series ever played.  That World Series averaged a 28.7 rating and would have ranked No. 2 among primetime programs that season.  The rating itself was over three times as high as this year’s series, but the rank of the series among primetime hits wasn’t much different.

In 1985 Kansas City topped St. Louis in seven games, giving the Royals their first and, until this weekend, only world championship.  That series averaged a 25.3 rating and would have ranked No. 3 in the primetime top 10.

In 1995 Atlanta beat Cleveland in six games, averaged a 19.5 rating and would also have ranked No. 3 among primetime hits.

In 2005 the Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to earn their first title in 88 years.  The four-game sweep clearly impacted viewership, as the series averaged an 11.1 rating and would have ranked ninth in prime time, a relatively low ranking for the World Series by historic standards.

...This year’s series went five games and would rank third for the season-to-date.  Everything and nothing has changed.

In 1967, 78 million viewers saw the fugitive Richard Kimble confront the one-armed man.  In 2015, 17 million viewers saw the one-armed man playing second base.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, world series

Friday, November 06, 2015

Were the Mets Ever Really in It?

A look at the World Series from a probability-added perspective raises some questions:

  1. Did the Mets *really* contend?
  2. Was Sally Perez the best choice for MVP?
  3. How big a deal was Murphy’s game four error?

Quick answers, in reverse order: big deal but not the biggest; i’m leaning “no” but remain open-minded; not as well as they seemed to at the time.

J-Doug Posted: November 06, 2015 at 03:53 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, sabermetrics, world series

Thursday, November 05, 2015

‘World Series’ Ratings Hit 12-Year Game 5 Viewership High

People must have tuned in to see Joe Buck’s beard!

The final scores are in, at least for one of the big games last night, and you have to call it a home run for Fox. With an audience of 17.2 million watching the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, the net saw the highest Game 5 viewership since 2003. That Game 5 between the New York Yankees and the Florida Marlins snagged a crowd of 19.9 million. Let’s add some more history to that and note that the victory brought the Royals their first World Series since 1985.

Compared to last year’s World Series Game 5 between the Royals and the San Francisco Giants (a series the Bay Area team won), last night’s game was up 37% in total viewers. In the adults 18-49 demographic, Sunday’s winning game got a 5.1 rating, which was up 55% over last year’s October 26 game. The 2014 World Series went to seven games, with the final match-up getting a 6.6 rating on October 29 after what had been a record-low series. Up against the seven games of 2014, this year’s World Series bopped up 6% in total viewership — even with two fewer games.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dead, fox, mets, royals, television ratings, world series

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Royals’ remarkable run rewards fans beyond belief

Rany, they are all good.

So here’s to the 2015 Royals, for taking us there. For being the team I’ve waited my entire life to root for. For dominating the regular season from start to finish. For being the most unkillable baseball team October has ever seen. For finishing the season with a Game 5 that so perfectly embodied their season that it’s as if they had planned it all along.

If I live another 50 years, I may never see another Royals championship. Even if I do, I will probably never see another championship as gratifying as this one. And you know what? That’s okay. This was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of season. This was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of team. Sports are pain. And then, suddenly, they are perfection.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

Jonny Gomes wins un-politically correct MVP of Royals parade | CSN Bay Area

Where will the good luck charm land?

This is what Jonny Gomes said at the Kansas City Royals World Series parade (attended by twice as many people as actually live in Kansas City, meaning that for the first time ever there was no lunch line at Oklahoma Joe’s) while holding an American flag for those revelers who thought they had been transplanted overnight by alien whim to Belgium:

“It’s unbelievable what those boys did,” Gomes said. “It’s unbelievable what they did! It’s unbelievable what they did! They stole bases, they hit homers. Hey guess what, Cy Young winner, not on our team, beat him. Rookie of the year, not on our team, we beat him. MVP of the whole league, (turns around) sorry guys, not on our team. But we beat that guy too! You know why we beat them. Because all of you all people had our backs. And Dayton Moore put this team together and (Ned) Yost delivered it by being the captain of the ship. You all want to be politically correct, I’m the un-politically correct person. We whooped their ass!”

Now find the un-politically correct thing in that paragraph. I’ll give you just 63 years.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: jonny gomes, royals, world series

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

TomoNews: Kansas City Royals destroy the New York Mets to win the World Series

You have got to see this Taiwanese animated video summarizing the World Series. It’s worth the 30 second commercial.

Monday, November 02, 2015

One Inning, Two Decisions, One Champion (Baseball Prospectus)

A few batters later, Hosmer had his own choice, and he decided to go home. Third baseman David Wright fielded a groundball with one out, looked at Hosmer, but with third base unoccupied (Wilmer Flores somewhat sheepishly ran over to cover, but he was going to be far too late to matter) Hosmer was able to hold his pretty-good lead off the bag and leave as soon as Wright fired to first. It was going to be close. Lucas Duda misfired. The throw wasn’t caught. Hosmer scored. “Brilliant baserunning!” Joe Buck said.

· Was it?

· Does it matter?

Davo Posted: November 02, 2015 at 02:39 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball prospectus, mets, royals, world series

Why a Royals scouting report was start of the Mets’ demise (New York Post)

“Make [Lucas] Duda throw the ball. Make [Travis] d’Arnaud throw the ball,’’ was presented to every Royals player.

Davo Posted: November 02, 2015 at 10:42 AM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, scouting reports, world series

The Royals Are A Sabermetrics Team – The Hardball Times

Alex Skillin does a great job identifying why the Royals are winning. Of course, you don’t have to believe him. You could just believe what Dayton Moore said himself in his book, More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture. I’ve been reading the book which has some interesting insight into Dayton Moore. I recommend it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, royals, world series

Even by championship standards, this Royals team is special | The Kansas City Star

Every championship is sacred.

Every champion is remembered fondly, but this one is different even by that high standard. Some of that is in wiping away two decades of losing, and some of that is in the way they attacked every day, every game, every inning, every pitch. Kansas Citians bought more tickets than ever before, and spent more time watching on TV than ever before. Following this team became more than a pastime, and more than a habit. It is now an addiction.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Royals Run to a Crown No Longer Out of Reach - The New York Times

Congrats to the Royals fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Metstradamus: Dead and Lucky

Well-said remarks in a rare snark-free post:

The Mets played a baseball game that started on November 1st and stretched into the wee hours of November 2nd. In a season that started with a roster that was … maybe … good enough to win 83 games, that’s pretty damn good. They just ran into a buzzsaw at the end. A buzzsaw that has been waiting for this after Salvador Perez popped out to Pablo Sandoval last season. They absolutely deserved it, even as the Mets handed it to them. I knew defense would kill the team. But I didn’t think it would kill them in the World Series. It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. ...

What I’ll remember this season for most is that this is the season that my wife jumped on board. I’ve been with her for 20 years and this is the first year that baseball seduced her. There were short dances with the likes of Rico Brogna, Mike Piazza, and Todd Pratt. But this was the season that had a seat with her name on it. There has to be something special about the 2015 Mets to have convinced her to climb on board with both feet. My guess is that it was a combination of Wilmer Flores’ tears and the presence of the parakeet. (She doesn’t care much for raccoons.) She trolled a couple of Braves fans in September by asking out loud … with two outs in the ninth of a Mets loss … “Are the Braves going to even make the playoffs?” It came off as innocent curiosity, only to find out later that “yeah, they were being annoying so I decided to stick it to them.” That, along with the day that she asked me why the American League has a DH were the moments that I knew my wife was going through an autumn transformation.

Why this year? Why not 2000 or 2006? Why was this the year that my wife dove in and washed herself in blue and orange? Well if you believe in the mantra of “things happen for a reason”, then maybe it was because her support was more needed now than ever before. It’s been a trying month for me for many reasons. Reasons that made it impossible for me to enjoy this playoff run as much as I should have, or would have. But those things … those reasons will eventually, hopefully, wash away with the tide of life. What will stay with me always is my wife staying awake for the late innings. Spending her work days exhausted in the name of baseball and, of course, in support of me and my lunacy. Making sure my N.L. East Champions shirt was washed frequently as it was 7-0 to start the playoffs (so of course I had to ride it until the end). Scouring the city for Mets cupcakes to buy for me. Taking a pitcure of a Mets bear in the window with an apple for a nose and a crutch to match the one Ruben Tejada has in the name of cheering me up. (It worked.)

JE (Jason) Posted: November 02, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 2015, good news, lolmets, mets, postseason, world series

Posnanski: Royals, Flush: How Kansas City built a team to be envied

How did the Royals reach the playoffs in 2013, win the World Series in ‘15 and then dominate the latter part of the decade? Well, it was that minor league system ... that amazing Kansas City Royals minor league system.

Congratulations, Kansas City.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Hard times for the Mets

Baseball is not sweet. Baseball is not a good guy. Baseball is judgmental, a tough dad. Baseball is tougher than manganese molybdenum. Those who ignore this and want to cling to its sweetness—a sixty-six-year-old manager getting into the World Series for the first time after more than forty years in the game, a beloved team captain hitting a home run in a winning cause after painful struggles with physical disability, a local kid pitching in front of his mom and dad—will get their heads handed to them later in the evening. Never mind what’s happened, baseball says, Go and be perfect again tonight.

Zach Posted: November 01, 2015 at 06:48 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mets being mets, royals, world series

Matt Harvey is the Mets last hope to keep World Series dream alive | Politi |

Of course, if the team doesn’t player better defense and the bullpen continues to misfire, even a great performance by Harvey won’t be enough.

“It seems like when he has a below-average Matt Harvey start, he comes back the next start a lot better,” Mets captain David Wright said. “He’s seen this lineup, he has seen kind of what they’re all about. And I know he’s one of the best at making adjustments, so I’m sure he’s gonna go in with a good game plan and go pitch like Matt Harvey can pitch.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, royals, world series

Jeurys Familia blew the Mets’ lead, but he had lots of help | New York Post

How much will Murphy get in free agency?

“For me, in my mind, it’s still the same. Every time I go in to pitch I just want to get the hitter to hit a ground ball with the first pitch I throw,” Familia said. “That’s what I tried tonight, every time I pitch. It doesn’t matter if I have men on base. I don’t try to put pressure on myself. I just want to believe in myself. I know I can do it.”

He got the grounder. Murphy made an error. Tie game. Familia got another grounder. That one, by Mike Moustakas, got through to right field cleanly. Royals up, 4-3. Salvador Perez went line drive to right, 5-3 Royals. Finally, the horror inning ended with an Alex Gordon double play.

“For me, I just try to forget and move forward,” said Familia, who tied the Mets record with 43 regular-season saves and then racked up five more in the postseason before blowing saves in Games 1 and 4. “It doesn’t matter what happened. I tried to forget, move forward.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Sleight of hand works for Royals, too, as they capitalize on Mets’ goofs for 3-1 Series lead | The Kansas City Star

Trailing 3-2 on Saturday, a Royals team that for 13 months has thrived on the sorcery of the comeback conjured yet another on decidedly slim pickings:

Walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain; a tame grounder by Eric Hosmer that magically bypassed the glove of second baseman Daniel Murphy; and a Mike Moustakas single to right just past the groping Murphy.

Sal Perez made it 5-3 with the only emphatic hit of the inning, and, shazam, the Royals’ comeback recipe was punctuated by a six-out shutdown from closer Wade Davis.

“It’s just kind of how the ball bounced today,” Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas said. “It kind of rolled right for us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pete Rose no longer part of Fox Sports’ coverage team

He can apply for reinstatement to the FOX sports coverage team in one year.

Pete Rose is done photobombing on Fox Sports — at least until next season.

That’s right, Rose will no longer appear on Fox Sports’ pre- and postgame coverage of the World Series, host Kevin Burkhardt announced after the Mets’ 9-3 rout of the Royals in Game 3.

MORE: Best photos from the World Series

“This is the best October I’ve had since 1980 when I won my last World Series,” Rose said. “Thanks, guys. Thanks, Fox.”

Baseball’s all-time hits leader joined Fox Sports in May, appearing on multiple shows, including “MLB Whiparound,” “America’s Pregame” and “Fox Sports Live.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, media, pete rose, television, world series

Mets’ successful challenge helps shift momentum - NY Daily News

Take two. “Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

This wasn’t the performance the Royals needed from Ventura in Queens, but it’s just one game | The Kansas City Star

The Royals pitchers made a few fielding gaffs that hurt them.

In the next inning, the mental gaffe was even worse. With runners on second and third, Michael Conforto hit a chopper to the right side of the infield. The first day of spring training this year, all 30 teams worked on pitchers covering first base in this situation. They did the same the year before, the year before that, and the year before that. They will do this again next spring.

Ventura, in the noise and chaos of a World Series game slipping away, froze. Hosmer expected Ventura to be covering, and could not beat Conforto to the bag. The Royals trailed by two. After one more batter, Yost brought in Duffy, to face Syndergaard. The bats stayed cool, Franklin Morales bombed, and the Mets breezed.

“My instinct was to watch the ball right there and kind of just look at Hoz and see if he was going to go home or something, and just got caught watching the play,” Ventura said.

“You could tell he was starting to get a little flustered,” Yost said. “Started losing his focus and concentration at that point. That’s why we made the move.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Friday, October 30, 2015

World Series Weekend: Five Questions for Three (or Two) Royals-Mets Games «

Get yer last Ben Lindbergh Grantland article. Get yer last Ben Lindbergh Grantland article, heeeeeeeeeeere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals, world series

Harper: Mets great Bob Ojeda says bring the heat in Game 3 - NY Daily News

“You throw 100 mph, and I know everybody needs to throw the offspeed stuff, but be who you are, pitch to your strengths. Be ready to go to Plan B, even Plan C if they force you to. But don’t start with Plan B.

“It’s an old saying but it’s true: The best pitch in baseball is a well-located fastball.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby ojeda, mets, royals, world series

Cuomo’s World Series scalping scam is outrageous and hypocritical | New York Post

A self-serving politician? I hope this doesn’t become a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, world series


The World Series heads to Citi Field for the first time in history, as the Royals look to take a 3-0 lead and the Mets try to ensure this series goes at least five.

Royals (Ventura) at Mets (Syndergaard), 8 PM. FOX.


Gamingboy Posted: October 30, 2015 at 05:45 AM | 577 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mlb, omnichatter, royals, world series

Royals’ Volquez doesn’t know when he’ll be ready to play

Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez said Wednesday that he didn’t know whether he would be ready to play in the World Series once he returns to the U.S. following his father’s funeral in the Dominican Republic.

Volquez said he was in a lot of pain as his eyes welled with tears while he attended his father’s memorial service a day before the funeral.

“Losing a loved one is hard,” he said. “My father was everything to me, and he supported me in everything throughout my career. We won the game, but I would have changed that if it meant he could still be alive.”

His father, 63-year-old Daniel Volquez, died of heart failure just before the right-hander started Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Volquez said he learned about his father’s death when he stepped off the mound after allowing three runs over six innings.

Davo Posted: October 30, 2015 at 01:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

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