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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Difference of opinion on baseball stats as Derek Jeter climbs all-time hits list

I listen to more soulless Jonathan Elias synth-pap than I do The Elias Sports Bureau. Oh, and B-Ref’s Explaining the Honus Wagner Career Hits Discrepancy...

Steve Hirdt, executive vice president of Elias, said, “Major League Baseball for as far back as I know has dated its origins to 1876, the first year of the National League. The National Association is regarded as the first professional league but not major league.” As for statistical differences related to Wagner, Hirdt said, “As good a job and as clean cut and as beyond reproach as the statistics are today, when the whole enterprise started back then they weren’t kept with the same type of precision.”

Sean Forman, founder of Baseball-Reference.com, said Anson’s hits in the National Association should count.

“Our view is that the number of players who continued from the National Association into the National League in 1876 was significant,” he said. “The level of play, based on how those players did, moving from the National Association to the National League, indicates that it was at a high level of play.” Five players from the National Association are in Cooperstown.

“People expect to have solidity in these numbers and high confidence in these numbers and from 1970 on that’s essentially true,” Forman said. “Previously these were clerical workers working with pen and paper inserting everything in large ledger books every day. Mistakes were made. It’s part and parcel of the business. We’re 100 percent confident in Jeter’s hit total, but people like Anson and Wagner, their hit totals were calculated retroactively in a lot of cases 30, 40, 50, 60 years after the fact. We’re looking as carefully as we can.”

Hall of Fame spokesman Craig Muder said, “The Hall of Fame does not endorse any singular set of historical statistics. Official stats are kept by MLB and as such the Hall of Fame recognizes them. As a museum and library research center the Hall and the museum consults a variety of sources. We provide equal access to all these sources for our patrons. Baseball-Reference would be one of the varieties of sources that we use.”

A spokesman for MLB said, “We recognize Elias as the official stats.”

Repoz Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eric Chavez Retires

Eric Chavez. Including 123 OPS+ from 2012-2014! (648 PA)

Third baseman Eric Chavez has retired, effective immediately, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link)...

He’s battled knee trouble this season and also has a long history of back issues as well.

The District Attorney Posted: July 30, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, diamondbacks, eric chavez, transactions, yankees

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An Idiot in Exile

An 83 OPS+ in that critical, oh-so-formative year in Oakland.

Traderdave Posted: July 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mark Teixeira says blame aging for extended absences

The afternoon bat around knows what the morning never suspected.

“I was injured plenty, I just played through it,” Teixeira said. “I had major ankle surgery in college, a major quad tear in Texas in ‘07, knee surgery in ‘07. Hurt my wrist in ‘09. I’ve played through so many things . . . I can’t play through them anymore.”

It is, he said, the inevitable impact of aging.

“Guys ask me, ‘How did you play in Texas for five years? It’s 100 degrees every day,’ ” said Teixeira, who played 162 games in 2005 and 2006 with the Rangers. “I was young, I was a kid. I played through everything. You foul a pitch off your leg, go get ‘em; you strain something in your back, go get ‘em. That’s just the way it is when you’re young. I can’t play through those things [now]. I don’t think I would have had to miss games with back spasms, I don’t think I would miss games with a little tweak of my hamstring earlier in the season, but now I just can’t get through those anymore.”

Yes, he said when asked, it is a concession to age.

“Father Time is undefeated,” Teixeira smiled wearily.

Regardless, the Yankees need Teixeira if they’re to make a second-half push. Though he played in 76 of the club’s 104 games entering last night, Teixeira led an offensively challenged club with 17 homers and 48 RBIs. And with his backup, Kelly Johnson, on the DL, Teixeira’s absence in the field has been felt, most recently Saturday when fill-in Brian McCann misplayed a ball in the seventh inning that led to the Blue Jays scoring the tiebreaking run in a 6-4 Yankees’ loss.

“I was really healthy for a long time, and I was very lucky that I could play through those things and stayed on the field as much as anybody,” Teixeira said. “But at a certain point, sometimes you hit a wall. I hit a wall last year. Hopefully, I won’t have a lot of these but if they do pop up, they’re just tougher to play through.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

O’Connor: Tulo looks more A-Rod than Jeter

Now if only the Yankees had a Nolan Ryan to give up for Tulofregosi…

Tulowitzki happens to wear No. 2 in Jeter’s honor. Tulowitzki also happens to play shortstop for the last-place Colorado Rockies, who happened to be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday while their disabled star was sitting nine rows behind home plate inside Yankee Stadium—one day after those Colorado Rockies misspelled Tulowitzki’s name (they forgot the “t” between the “i” and the “z”) on 15,000 jerseys in a giveaway promotion at Coors Field, of course.

Tulowitzki has made it fairly clear he wants to play Jeter’s position, in Jeter’s house, in 2015, and by taking in Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4 among 45,062 fellow fans, he all but rented a plane and put it in writing across the Bronx sky.

“Wow,” one baseball official said when notified Tulo was in the crowd for Paul O’Neill’s bobblehead day. “It’s not many times when someone in the stands is better than what is on the field for both teams.”

....But really, Tulowitzki should’ve known better. He should’ve known he’d come across looking a lot more like Alex Rodriguez than Derek Jeter.

Everyone around baseball knows Tulowitzki respects Jeter above all peers—“He once bought my cologne for all his teammates,” the Yankees captain said—and would love nothing more than to find himself on the fortuitous end of an offseason trade that allows him to earn the final $118 million guaranteed on his deal in pinstripes.

Tulowitzki said so himself at the All-Star Game, where he was reminded the Yankees would be in the market for a shortstop worthy of replacing Jeter.

“No doubt—I think everybody knows that,” he said. “Everybody wants that perfect story, whoever it may be. Whether it’s me or somebody else who took over for Derek, no doubt, it makes for a great story. But for right now, it’s just talk until it gets closer to happening in the offseason.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, yankees

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Is It True That Some Players Can’t Hack It in New York?

Like many 538 articles, the conclusion is “maybe, there could be something there, but there’s not enough evidence to really say.”

Also, I’m sick and tired of players like Albert Belle being on top of the leader board for RAA below projected RAA.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yankees push home streak over Jays to 17

Toronto’s Yankee Stadium skid, which started in September 2012, is the longest for a team at one opponent since Tampa Bay lost 18 in a row in Cleveland from September 2005 to July 2010, according to STATS.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 26, 2014 at 05:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, streaks, yankees

Friday, July 25, 2014

SoE: AN IDIOT IN EXILE

Johnny Damon was a major league baseball player for 18 years. He won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and another one with the Yankees in 2009, which is why he once said, “Being a baseball player is so great.” He said the game “was fun,” and winning championships was even more “fun.” He learned how to have “fun” with the A’s and then taught his teammates with the Red Sox and Yankees how to have “fun.” His concept of “fun” was mostly that of a young boy. “I could buy different toys,” he said. “Jet Skis, boats, motorcycles, all the stuff that baseball affords you the privilege to buy.” His first wife, Angie Vannice, explained that her husband “plays better when he’s buying things. He likes to shop more than anybody.”

The Peter Pan of baseball, it would seem….


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ex-MLB star Chuck Knoblauch accused of assaulting ex-wife

And yet, still no justice for him hitting Keith Olberman’s mom.

Former Major League Baseball star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday night and accused of assaulting his ex-wife.

Knoblauch, 46, is charged with assault of a family member after allegedly hitting Cheri Knoblauch.
They divorced in 2012.

Memorial Village police officers arrested Knoblauch and he was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

This isn’t the Knoblauch’s first brush with the law. He was convicted of hitting Stacey Stelmach, who he was married to at the time, in 2010. He was sentenced to one year of probation in that case.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 24, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: chuck knoblauch, domestic violence, royals, twins, yankees

MLB: Tarp problems at Yankee Stadium

It’s a…

 

Repoz Posted: July 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yankees

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chase Headley traded to New York Yankees from San Diego Padres - ESPN New York

The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley in a trade Tuesday with the San Diego Padres.

The Yankees dealt infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego in exchange for Headley, who could boost New York’s struggling lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trades, yankees

FSAZ: D-backs cut off McCarthy’s cutter controversy

McCarthy [digs] in.

Brandon McCarthy has two quality starts since joining the New York Yankees and he credits a return to the cut fastball, a pitch he said the Diamondbacks did not want him to throw.

After a 7-1 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday, McCarthy said his expanded arsenal made the difference. He threw about 20 cutters while giving up one run and six hits in six innings.

“It’s something I know that I need to be successful,” McCarthy said. “It was something I didn’t totally agree with.”

The D-backs would not be drawn into the discussion.

“Yeah, well, I wish him well,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said when McCarthy’s comments were relayed Monday. “People handle things different ways. The way I’ll handle it, let’s just say it was all my fault, OK?”

Greg Franklin Posted: July 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yankees

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sports Reference Blog: 1901-02 Orioles Removed from Yankees History

Baseball-Reference has made the move to dissociate the New York Yankees franchise from the 1901 & 1902 Baltimore Orioles (not connected to the current Baltimore Orioles franchise). [...] This move was precipitated by the BAL/NYY joint record approaching the milestone of 10,000 wins, which caused a reassessment of how we approach this move.

bobm Posted: July 21, 2014 at 08:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Misremembering Mantle’s Final Season

Derek Jeter had a great career. He isn’t great any more. That’s just how it works.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, mickey mantle, yankees

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mike Lupica: Once Derek Jeter retires, everything the Yankees dynasty era represents goes with him

Better shake a leg on those little boy pants, Mikey…there’s a mighty load coming.

The Yankees had Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, and for a time it was as storied a five as the Knicks once had in the old days. One by one they all left, and now it is only Jeter left. And when he is gone at the end of this season, the Yankees will go on, the brand of the Yankees will go on, the big business of the Yankees sure will. But more than Jeter’s extraordinary career ends when he goes. The extraordinary culture that he and his own storied teammates helped create — or recreate with the Yankees — goes with him.

Oh, we will continue to hear about how the pinstripes and the uniform and the place will transform the new hired guns they bring in. That will happen just by hype and old glory, like the kind we get about Madison Square Garden still being a mecca of basketball after one victory in a playoff series in the past 14 years.

The Yankees have only had one World Series title over those same 14 years, even as they are constantly treated and covered like some sort of sleeping baseball giant about to rise up and roar again. But across that time, they have mostly made the playoffs, even as their old stars have left one by one, and more hired guns have been brought in to replace them.

But once Jeter is gone, there is no one who connects to any of that. There really is no one. It is why the notion that Jeter got too much money in that last contract scrum he had with the Yankees a few years ago was always so chowderheaded, and short-sighted. Or it was just people just thinking and saying what the people running the Yankees wanted them to think and say. You could never properly quantify what Jeter has meant to the brand, and still means.

...The current manager of the team is a good guy. CC Sabathia seemed to embrace the culture before he broke down this way, and the back end of his contract became the pitching version of Alex Rodriguez’s. We will never know how Robinson Cano’s presence and excellence — and the fact that he was actually the first star, homegrown position player since Jeter — would have factored into all of this, because the Yankees chose not to give him 10 years at a time when they gave Jacoby Ellsbury seven.

...The Yankees will go on, and will win again. It just won’t be like the winning they got from Jeter and Bernie and Mo, Pettitte and Posada. And Paul O’Neill. There will never again be a time like this. Jeter takes that with him. They can buy a lot at Yankee Stadium, maybe even one more postseason for Derek Jeter.

But when he goes, in all the ways that matter at the Stadium, there is no one.

Repoz Posted: July 20, 2014 at 05:46 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Derek Jeter’s retirement: Ticket prices soar for September 7 ceremony at Yankee Stadium

...The average list price for the home game against the Kansas City Royals went from $139 before the announcement to $497 by Saturday, according to TiqIQ, a ticket resale market aggregator.

The cheapest seat for sale that day skyrocketed from $16 to $211, TiqiQ said. Bleacher seats are now selling for $223 and more, and outfield field box seats with a $175 face value are priced at $575 and more…

NattyBoh Posted: July 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: jeter, yankees

Padres’ Offense May Go Down as Worst Ever

“Because of baseball’s long history, there is usually comfort in knowing that as bad as it gets for your team, there is almost always some other club that was worse. But the 2014 San Diego Padres might not have that consolation. At this point, their awful offense is about as bad as any in history, and there are still more than 60 games to be played.”

NattyBoh Posted: July 20, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, offense, padres, yankees

Friday, July 18, 2014

Davidoff: Sabathia shut down for knee surgery — and it might get worse

Here comes debridement.

CC Sabathia will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair his right knee, Brian Cashman said Friday. The Yankees general manager made clear that the big left-hander is not yet out of the woods in terms of needing the more invasive microfracture procedure that would jeopardize his career…

As Cashman put it, Sabathia, who last pitched for the Yankees on May 10, tried the path of least resistance by rehabilitating the knee, a process that failed when Sabathia woke up the morning of July 3 (after pitching the night before for the Yankees’ Double-A Trenton affiliate) with pain.

Now he’ll try the path of middle resistance, with the most drastic option still looming in the microfracture surgery.

If the debridement accomplishes its mission, Sabathia should be fully rehabilitated for spring training next year.

The District Attorney Posted: July 18, 2014 at 05:55 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, injuries, yankees

Jim Bouton Still As Opinionated As Ever

“Ball Four: The Final Pitch,” which will soon be released in trade paperback, he says. Told that the book has already been updated numerous times, Bouton laughs.

“I promise this will be the last time,” he says.

As commissioner, Bouton also would cut down the times of games.

“I would eliminate Velcro — that would eliminate 45 minutes right there,” he says.

He’d also make batters stay in the box.

“Get into the batter’s box for Chrissakes and stay there,” he says. “If you want to step out, fine, but the pitcher can pitch the ball. If the batter chooses not to step in, that’s his problem.”

He’d curtail ballpark noise.

“They’re pounding you with advertising from the moment you walk in the stadium,” he says. “You can’t even think anymore. When I went to ballparks like the Polo Grounds, it was like a holy place. Quiet. You could hear the crack of the bat at batting practice.”

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: July 18, 2014 at 02:46 PM | 149 comment(s)
  Beats: ball four, not thurman, pilots, yankees

Vaccaro: Yankees greats have stumbled from where Jeter now stands

Jeter: I can’t OPS+ any more.

Sixty-eight games to stick the landing.

You don’t have to wander very far to know how challenging that can be. Mickey Mantle long regretted how it ended for him, a 1968 season in which he could barely walk, in which he hit .237 and knocked four points off his career average, leaving him at .298.

...Jeter, of course, is equipped with certain unique elements that will steel him from such problems. For one thing, he would have to go 0-for-428 to drop his career average to .2994. So that’s safe. He has long been exposed to unflattering reports — whether from statheads or a vocal anti-Yankees faction that has forever targeted him as overrated and overvalued — that would make what the Brooklyn scout said of DiMaggio read like a Hallmark card. That won’t affect him.

Could he have a skid like the one that nearly obliterated Mattingly’s last go-round? He could. He’s had stretches of ineffectiveness this year. But again, when you’ve watched Jeter as long as you have, you understand something: There’s no way he will allow himself to become a burden. It seems he’s come to peace with who he is at age 40: a contributor, a leader, a captain, a player you’d certainly rather have on your team than not, a star by reputation rather than repetition. Reliably reliable.

That probably explains why he knew this year would be it, because that’s not a function he could long be comfortable with. But it allows an image far more satisfying than the one we would’ve been left with this time last year – or the one we’d likely have this time next year. He has a chance to stick the landing. Who’s betting that he won’t?

Repoz Posted: July 18, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fivethirtyeight: Derek Jeter And the Other Worst All-Star Starters of the Past 40 Years

Wait Mark Loretta was an All-Star? Mark Loretta was an All-Star STARTER?????

Forty-year-old Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2001 All-Star Game start was awarded purely out of legacy, and it’s been frequently compared to Jeter’s this week. Ripken, however, had the worst first half of any All-Star Game starter from the past four decades, having played much worse than Jeter has thus far in 2014. Ripken’s first-half triple-slash line in 2001 was .240/.270/.324 (good for a 56 Weighted Runs Created Plus); Jeter’s 2014 line is .272/.324/.322 (80 wRC+), despite playing in a more difficult offensive environment. Jeter may not be playing like a typical All-Star, but he hasn’t been as bad as Ripken was at the same age.

Perhaps more interesting is the fact not all – or even most — ill-advised All-Star starting picks went to sentimental selections. Of the 50 worst starters listed above, there are more players under age 30 (18) than 35-or-older (16). For most of the prime-aged players who started the All-Star Game despite poor first halves, though, their presence can be explained by a good season the year prior. This phenomenon is fueled by baseball’s long-standing confusion over whether the All-Star Game is supposed to honor the players who played best in the first half of the season in question, those who played best since the previous All-Star Game, or simply the best players in general.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 05:44 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star, derek jeter, nate silver, yankees

SB Nation: The Many Crimes of Mel Hall

So if you thought the Chad Curtis story wasn’t creepy enough, there is the Mel Hall story.

“Mel Hall loved sex. Sex is what drove him,” said McMillan. According to a high school teammate, Hall impregnated two girls by the time he was a high school senior. The best guess of Texas authorities for the number of children he eventually sired is eight.

McMillan added, “He was a young guy who made a lot of money real fast, and he wanted to buy his way through life.”

So that was Mel Hall: a disappointment as a player, a tall tale, a caricature of a narcissistic athlete untethered from reality by sudden fame and fortune, a guy who did everything in excess. No, he probably wasn’t someone you wanted to be close with, but he filled up column space and kept things interesting over 162 games.

So when Hall started showing up to the ballpark with 15-year-old Jennifer Diaz, the most common reaction was one of amused curiosity.

The tabloid news show “A Current Affair” did a story on the odd couple. When Jennifer sat in the family section with players’ wives 10 and 20 years older than her, his teammates teased him for picking up his fiancée at Toys “R” Us. The organization, in a portion of their 1991 team yearbook devoted to players and their significant others, even included a picture of Mel and Jennifer at a school prom. No one blinked, at least publicly. It was all part of Mel Hall being Mel Hall….

The first time Hall had sex with Jennifer, her father was asleep on the sofa several feet away. After it was over, the 15-year-old cried. Decades later, she testified that Hall told her it was OK because he would marry her once she turned 18.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 360 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, indians, mel hall, sexual assault, statutory rape, yankees

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bleacher Report: Jordan Brand Rolls out Moving ‘RE2PECT’ Tribute for Derek Jeter

Where are his sexual conquests? Didn’t they enjoy the gift baskets?

The best part of this ad might be the grudging acknowledgements of Jeter’s success. Boston bros with no love for the Yankees tip their hats, and Mr. Met might have to go into witness protection after doffing his cap for Jeter.

It’s a moving tribute for a guy who made it through baseball’s most turbulent era without an arrest or a PED scandal. This is Nike’s official salute to Jeter, whose legacy with the company is second only to its titular namesake.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

Arguello: Would you rather be the Cubs or the Yankees right now?

Ensign Cottrell...reporting for double-duty.

For those that may say you never know how prospects are going to pan out, the Yankees have shown that spending money is no guarantee either.  Even when they turn out reasonably well, as it has with the Yankees, it doesn’t necessarily tranlsate to more wins overall.  Some fans want to see the Cubs sign a star player they can identify with, but be honest here.  Would you really be more willing to go to a ballgame to watch Brian McCann or even Jacoby Ellsbury?  Not to mention previous big draws like CC Sabathia and Mark Texeira, two players that are on the decline yet making a lot of money for very little production above replacement level?

So the Cubs are (probably) going to lose big this year.  So what?  And maybe they won’t overtake the Yankees in 2015, but I wouldn’t bet on that.

But that it isn’t even the main reason you should rather be a Cubs fan right now.  The main reason is that one team’s arrow is pointed upward and the other is pointed downward.  No two players symbolize the direction of the teams than their respective shortstops.  The Yankees have Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter retiring with nobody to replace him while the Cubs have a 24 year old Starlin Castro is having an all-star season—and two of the top 4 SS prospects in all of baseball right behind him.

The Yankees will have to hope for bounce back seasons from past prime players and once again add through free agency to improve next year. The Cubs will build around Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Arismendy Alcantara, Javy Baez, and Kris Bryant to go with a rising Jake Arrieta and one of the better young bullpens in baseball in 2015.

I’d trade the Cubs history for the Yankees history in a heartbeat.  But the future?  Give me the Cubs—and it starts with 2015.

Repoz Posted: July 14, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, yankees

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Calcaterra: The first Derek Jeter Publishing title is available for pre-order

Last fall we learned that Derek Jeter was starting his own publishing business in a partnership with Simon & Schuster. The first book is coming out in September. You can pre-order it now. It’s called “The Contract” and it’s for middle school readers. This is the description:

As a young boy, Derek Jeter dreams of begin [sic] the shortstop for the New York Yankees. He even imagines himself in the World Series. So when Derek is chosen for the Little League Tigers, he hopes to play shortstop. But on the day of the assignments, Derek Starts [sic] at second base. Still, he tries his best while he wishes and dreams of that shortstop spot. And to help him stay focused on school, his parents make him a contract: keep up the grades or no baseball. Derek makes sure he always plays his best game—on and off the baseball field!

Good! Kids need to learn that it’s okay to try things and fail, and that it’s natural to have limitations. You can’t necessarily expect to achieve your wildest, most unrealistic dr…

Wait, he ends up playing where?

The District Attorney Posted: July 10, 2014 at 09:00 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: books, business, derek jeter, yankees

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