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Monday, October 21, 2019

Nationals to host World Series watch parties at stadium for Games 1 and 2

The Nationals will open the World Series on the road, traveling to Houston to take on the Astros for the first two games before heading back to the District. But the team is intent on packing Nationals Park anyway, as the stadium will host viewing parties for each of the Nats’ road games so that fans can watch their team on the jumbotron.

Admission into the park is free, but tickets must be reserved ahead of time. Parking passes will also be available.

For those of you in the area who don’t want to just stay at home and aren’t a fan of bars…..

 

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, viewing parties, world series

Could Madison Bumgarner’s bad road stats hurt him in MLB free agency?

Madison Bumgarner is entering free agency at a curious time in his career. The longtime Giants ace has built a legendary reputation, but plenty of question marks also surround the 30-year-old.

Bumgarner proved he’s still a workhorse after missing time the previous two seasons with freak injuries. His 34 starts were tied for the MLB lead, and his 207 2/3 innings pitched ranked second in the NL.

But while looking at Bumgarner’s stats from this past season, one thing stands out that could hurt him in free agency and actually help the Giants if they want to bring back the left-hander.

MadBum’s home-road splits were staggering in 2019. He was a completely different pitcher in front of the home crowd at Oracle Park, compared to pitching away ...

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, home-road splits, madison bumgarner, statistics

Raines recalls Montreal, roots for Nats; others, maybe not

MONTREAL (AP) — Tim Raines started wearing the tricolor cap as a teen and proudly sported the Montreal Expos logo for years, all the way onto his Hall of Fame plaque.

So no wonder who he’ll cheer for when his old team — albeit now in Washington — plays in its first World Series, a half-century after the franchise debuted far away.

“I’m happy,” Raines said in a phone conversation from Arizona. “Actually, I’m happy, even though it’s not Montreal it’s still a part of the Montreal franchise. Even though they’re not the Expos — they are the Nationals, but they wouldn’t have been the Nationals without the Expos.”

“So even though I never played there, I wasn’t a part of the Nationals logo, but in actual ...

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, nationals, tim raines

Yankees’ Season Blows Up With Starting Pitcher Void Never Filled

HOUSTON — Twenty minutes after José Altuve hit the walk-off home run that sent the Astros to the World Series and the Yankees back to the Bronx, Minute Maid Park continued to roar. The field echoed with cheers as Altuve accepted the ALCS MVP trophy. The concourses reverberated as orange-clad fans congratulated one another and floated into the night. The parking lots buzzed.

The only quiet place in the ballpark could be found in the bowels below the third-base dugout, where the Yankees gathered in their clubhouse, silent but for the sounds of hands clapping shoulders as they said their goodbyes.

Eyes red, reliever Zack Britton contemplated what had just slipped away. The Astros’ 6–4 win had seemed almost unfathomable just 35 ...

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, pitching, yankees

Yankees go decade without a World Series trip for first time in 100 years

The New York Yankees are synonymous with the Fall Classic.

Just not this decade.

The Bronx Bombers have reached the World Series 40 times in their history, winning 27 titles, by far more than any other major league team.

But in the 2010s, even a trip to the World Series has eluded the iconic franchise.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pennant, streaks, yankees

Astros enter World Series against Nationals as heaviest favorites since 2007

Mere hours after clinching their second pennant in three years, the Houston Astros were conferred the best World Series odds in over a decade.

Westgate deemed the Astros as -220 favorites with Caesars Sportsbook opening at -235. Even at the lower figure, that’s largest odds for a favorite since the 2007 Boston Red Sox were -240 favorites over the Colorado Rockies.

For the uninitiated, lines bigger than -200 are rarely seen at this level because people don’t often think things will be so lopsided. The implied odds from a -220 line is that the Astros will win 68.8 percent of the time — 70.1 percent if you use the Caesars line. And given how talented the Washington Nationals are, that seems very high.

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, odds, world series

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Why did Jeff Bridich give Nolan Arenado an opt-out clause?:The Athletic (paywall):Groke

It was assumed that the opt-out clause was the price of doing business, a stipulation that Arenado demanded in order to make him comfortable, an extra bait to lure him into signing before free agency.

Turns out, the idea was Bridich’s — not Arenado’s.

“In those negotiations, I was the one who actually pushed for that opt-out,” Bridich said this month. “To Nolan’s credit, he didn’t have a ton of interest in that initially being in there. It wasn’t a priority of his for it to be in there. I was the one who thought it might be a good idea.”

“...Just trying to learn lessons from years and years and years, and contracts over contracts over contracts, not just in this organization, but in the industry,” Bridich said. ...

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puck Posted: October 20, 2019 at 06:01 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brain surgery, nolan arenado, rockies, wtf

Eric Cooper, MLB umpire for 21 years, dies at age 52

Condolences to the Cooper family

Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2019 at 05:47 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

How to neutralize a rookie sensation: Fangraphs: Mailhot

Can Yordan Alvarez make adjustments to the steady diet of fastballs up and in?

He’s also seen an increase in the number of fastballs thrown against him, up to 64.8% in the postseason. And it looks like both the Rays and Yankees have a common approach with their heaters.

...In the GIF above, Luis Severino busts Alvarez up and in with a 95 mph fastball. Alvarez can’t get his powerful arms extended and pops up harmlessly to left. In a September article examining his outstanding year, Ben Clemens wrote about Alvarez’s ability to pull the ball with power:

  “Here’s a random, tossed-off statistic for you. When Alvarez pulls the ball in the air, he bats .868 with a 2.421 slugging percentage. … Your mind will logically go to small ...

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puck Posted: October 20, 2019 at 04:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: houston astros, yordan alvarez

Capital hill: Astros, Nats put World Series eyes on pitching

Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer and a slew of aces get the World Series started in Houston, then the scene shifts to Capitol Hill.

But with Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg and all these electric arms, might as well call it capital hill.

Because in this Year of the Home Run, the focus of the 2019 Fall Classic is on the mound.

A throw-down for the ages, maybe. With a neat twist, too: The Astros and Washington Nationals share a spring training complex — they met in the exhibition opener, and Scherzer gave up a homer to the first batter of the game.

A consideration of the World Series to come, and an item that could end up being very important about it.


Savages in the box go bust with slew of strikeouts

HOUSTON (AP) — A record-setting season by Savages in the Box ended with a slew of strikeouts and another October bust for the New York Yankees.

For the first time since the 1910s, the 27-time champions have gone through an entire calendar decade without even making it to a World Series.

An AL Championship Series of missed opportunities ended when Aroldis Chapman allowed José Altuve’s pennant-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday night that gave the Houston Astros a 6-4 win and the pennant in six games.

“It will serve us well going forward when we get to the top of the mountain,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

I’d like to think that Boone would feel embarrassed about his puffery after how it ended, but he ...

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QLE Posted: October 20, 2019 at 12:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, strikeouts, yankees

Clinching heroics net Altuve ALCS MVP honors

José Altuve was in the running for the ALCS MVP Award entering Game 6 on Saturday night, but his pennant-clinching walk-off homer in the ninth inning of a 6-4 win over the Yankees sealed it.

Altuve finished the series with six runs scored, a .348/.444/.652 line and two homers, including the biggest hit of the series.

Altuve became the first second baseman ever to win both a regular-season MVP and a postseason-round MVP Award.

Congratulations to both Altuve and the Astros.

 

QLE Posted: October 20, 2019 at 12:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs mvp, astros, jose altuve

Waiting game: Nationals get 6 days off before World Series

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doing a little research ahead of the World Series, Washington Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier came across some numbers that made him feel OK about his team’s long layoff.

“I saw a stat today where there’s been 12 times where teams have had five or more days off going into the World Series. And you know what the record was? 6-6,” Dozier said. “So it’s not that big a deal.”

Baseball is a sport that is more of a daily grind than any other, with game followed by game followed by game for six months, so this stretch is rather unusual for the Nationals: They haven’t played since finishing off a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series at home last Tuesday — and they won’t play ...

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QLE Posted: October 20, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, time off, world series

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright’s Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it’ll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI’s Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

“I’m fully committed to rehab and making a comeback,” Wright told Bradford. “I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven’t been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused.”

Rumors that he injured his arm trying to hold a revolving door open cannot be confirmed at the present time….

 

QLE Posted: October 19, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: steven wright, tommy john surgery

CC Sabathia has a case for Cooperstown

I’m sure it was not how CC Sabathia wanted to go out: injured, in a Yankees loss, with his final “pitch” being a warmup toss that revealed that he was too injured to go on. But bad endings to long, illustrious careers tend to wash out of people’s memories in pretty short order. When a great player’s time in the game is over, we almost always remember the greatness, and that will be the same with CC Sabathia.

As I’ve written in this space in the past, it’s rather reductive to only reflect on such careers through the lens of “is he Hall of Fame-worthy?” There are a number of great players who had great, memorable careers which fell short of Cooperstown for some reason or another and, frankly, a whole lot of guys who are in ...

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QLE Posted: October 19, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, hall of fame

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

 

QLE Posted: October 19, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow surgery, freddie freeman

The Pen: How did the Astros wind up with baseball’s best-dressed fans?

About three hours before Game 2 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros I spotted a man outside Minute Maid Park wearing head-to-toe tequila sunrise.

For the 80-degree day in Houston he was wearing a generic throwback jersey from the ‘80s, an era when the Astros sported red, yellow and orange stripes — a colorway known as the tequila sunrise. Paired with that, tequila sunrise-striped shorts with a superimposed Astros “H.” Where those stopped, a few inches of exposed skin before picking up the pattern again in tequila sunrise knee-high socks. His shoes were the navy Astros-blue Vans with tequila sunrise panels that I saw dozens of times during a long weekend in Houston.

I was in the middle of seeking out subjects for this very ...

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QLE Posted: October 19, 2019 at 12:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, fashion

Bryce Harper opens up about Nationals making first World Series without him

The Washington Nationals are headed to their first World Series in franchise history, a much-needed development for a team that had never won a playoff series entering the season.

It’s been a long time coming since the Nationals have had little to show despite winning the second-most games in baseball since 2012 and having a bevy of stars from Max Scherzer to Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg to Anthony Rendon.

Plenty of ink has been spilled on the subject, but the Nationals were only able to break through after they opted to let Harper go in free agency. Just don’t think he’s sore over missing out on a deep October run.

“I made my decision, and that was my decision,” Harper said, via The Athletic. “You know, jealousy ...

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QLE Posted: October 19, 2019 at 12:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, world series

Friday, October 18, 2019

BA: MLB floats proposal that would eliminate 42 minor league teams.

Dramatic stuff here. Reduction of teams, moving teams/leagues around in classifications or eliminating them, moving and shrinking the draft, cost shifting from MLB to MILB, some indy teams might join the affiliated minors in the proposal… big, big changes have been proposed.

Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, draft, minors

DJ LeMahieu Is The New Derek Jeter

Among batters with at least 1000 at-bats since 2002, Jeter and LeMahieu rank second and third, respectively, in terms of the share of balls hit in the air to the opposite field. In an age of trying to pull the ball, LeMahieu is doing the opposite — just like Jeter did.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

MLB Proposal Would Eliminate 42 Minor League Teams

The proposal is described as a preliminary offering subject to alteration. But if the proposal, or some version of it, is adopted, it will lead to the most dramatic restructuring of the minor leagues in more than half a century. Under the proposal, not only would more than 25 percent of MiLB teams be eliminated, but the remaining leagues would also be dramatically reworked with some leagues getting much smaller, others getting bigger, and teams switching classification levels all around the country.

winnipegwhip Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business

The hit-by-pitch god

In the latest edition of SB Nation’s “Dorktown,” Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein statistically rhapsodize on the career of “an otherwise normal-seeming person, who, to an extent baseball has never before seen, willingly uses his own body as a human baseball bat”—Brandon Guyer. Don’t miss the graphic around 8:30 and stay for the end, with bonus videos of players failing at sliding and at running into Albert Belle.

sotapop Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon guyer, hbpgod, hit by pitch, ouch, the fourth true outcome

Thirty years ago, the Loma Prieta earthquake shook the World Series—and the world

The shaking and the apocalyptic noise began at 5:04 p.m. PST. It was 30 years ago today.

ABC was live on the air, just over four minutes into its broadcast. As the TV feed flickered out, Al Michaels could be heard saying, “I’ll tell you what! We’re having an earthquake!” Then, amid the chaos and confusion, he deadpanned, “Well, folks, that’s the greatest open in the history of television.” In the first few moments, some San Franciscans, who had experience with huge earthquakes, nervously made light of the situation. One writer, upon hearing it had registered 6.9 on the Richter scale, jokingly asked, “How did the Russian judge score it?”

The humor didn’t last.


Cubs shake up player-development operation

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs shook up their player-development operation, with Matt Dorey taking over as senior vice president of player development and directors of pitching and hitting being appointed.

Dorey, Chicago’s director of amateur scouting the past six years, was previously a scout for the Boston Red Sox and a college coach.

Any thoughts, either from the Cubs perspective or that of considering the field of player development generally?

 

QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, player development

Report: Yankees fans taunted Zack Greinke about his mother, battles with anxiety and depression

This postseason hasn’t been the best look for the Yankees or their fans. Astros outfielder Josh Reddick was upset after Yankees fans hurled bottles and souvenir baseballs onto the field following a replay review that didn’t go in the Yankees’ favor. Astros skipper A.J. Hinch warned that if that behavior was repeated, he would pull his players from the field until order is restored. The Yankees even had to remind fans, via a message and a video featuring manger Aaron Boone, not to throw objects on the field.

Despite the warnings, Yankees fans continued to act crudely. NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty reports that at least one Yankees fan was ejected from the stadium on Thursday night as fans hurled insults towards Game 4 starter Zack Greinke ...

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QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: anxiety, fans, zack greinke

MLB rumors: Phillies narrow manager search to Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter

Only a week has passed since the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Gabe Kapler after two so-so seasons, yet the organization is already closing in on naming a successor. According to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies are down to three finalists: Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, and Buck Showalter. The Phillies will interview all three again in the coming days, and could make a final decision on their choice as soon as next week.

The old rule of thumb is that teams tend to hire the opposite of whomever they just fired. That appears to be the guiding principle here. Whereas Kapler was a rookie manager with iconoclastic aspirations, the trio above are all known quantities who have combined to manage 51 seasons’ worth of ...

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QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dusty baker, joe girardi, managerial search, phillies

CC Sabathia leaves possible last appearance with injury

CC Sabathia was taken out of the game in the eighth inning of ALCS Game 4 after suffering an apparent shoulder injury throwing to George Springer. He relieved struggling setup man Adam Ottavino and recorded two outs before being checked on by the team’s training staff.

If the injury is serious and the Astros, who are up 2-1, win the series, it may be Sabathia’s last pitch in pinstripes. The lefty, who won 251 games over the course of his career and went 134-88 in the Bronx, announced his retirement before the season began.

Astros stars Gerrit Cole and George Springer, who slammed a three-run home run against starter Masahiro Tanaka, came to the top step to applaud alongside the Yankee Stadium faithful, who sent him off with a ...

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QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:08 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, shoulder

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Former Pirate Bobby Del Greco remembered as ‘hero,’ ‘bigger than life’

About 30 years ago, Bobby Del Greco Jr. was working out at a health spa with a friend when he heard a disturbing report.

“It came over the news that former Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Del Greco was missing and, possibly, dead,” his son remembers.

(After he retired from baseball, Del Greco Sr. drove a newspaper delivery truck, a job he held part-time during his player career while raising eight children with his wife, Catherine.)

The news report was sparked after his truck was found tipped over in the river.

“I ran down and called him and he said, ‘Hello,’ Del Greco Jr. said.

“Dad? Is it you?

“Yeah.”

“What are you doing?”

“I’m eating fried bologna on pita bread, watching the Stooges.”

“Are you sure.”

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-17-2019

The [Fairmont] West Virginian, October 17, 1919:

The baseball contest is over and many of us are heartily glad of it. That it was interesting few are grouchy enough to deny, but why should it deserve headlines six inches high while news of the President’s health was given in much smaller type? That, passeth understanding.

I’ll give them this: The West Virginian did spend the first part of October 1919 running non-baseball news on the front page. There was more about Woodrow Wilson than Kid Gleason.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 17, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Five reasons the Nationals are going to their first World Series

Has it sunk in yet, Washington Nationals fans?

For the first time in franchise history, your favorite team is going to the World Series after completing an impressive sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

Dare we ask the same question of those who supported the Montreal Expos for 36 seasons? To see the franchise you once called your own not only win a postseason series for the first time, but also a National League pennant, has to be surreal on many levels.

To say this outcome has stirred some emotions would be an understatement, but the focus belongs on the here and now. The 2019 Nationals have already made history, and are poised to continue making history when they play either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros in the ...

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QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, world series

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