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Sunday, October 13, 2019

MLB rumors: Giants to interview ex-Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler for open managerial position

For the first time in more than a decade, the San Francisco Giants are on the hunt for a new manager. Future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy retired at season’s end, vacating a position he had occupied since 2007. Over the interim period, he won three World Series titles and finished with a 1,052-1,054 regular-season mark.

It’s unclear who Farhan Zaidi, now in his first full offseason as the Giants’ main decision maker, will hire when all is said and done. But we are gaining insight into who Zaidi intends to consider.

On Saturday, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that Zaidi and the Giants will interview former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. Kapler, dismissed earlier in the week, is familiar with Zaidi from their shared time ...

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QLE Posted: October 13, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, giants, managerial search, rumors

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The ‘purge’ Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen, other GMs should fear

“This year the managers, next year the GM purge.”

These were the words of a top official from an AL team shortly after learning Gabe Kapler had been fired by the Phillies. Eight teams are pursuing a new manager, more than one-quarter of the league.

Just the Red Sox are looking to fill their head of baseball operations department after the dismissal of Dave Dombrowski less than a year after Boston won the World Series. The Giants could hire a GM, but that title no longer assures authority over the baseball department. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will have the final say on the hire and personnel decisions.

So who is on the hot seat clock as the offseason begins for the baseball version of “The Purge?”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2019 at 05:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Los Angeles Angels employee details team’s knowledge of Tyler Skaggs’ drug use to federal DEA investigators—ESPN

Kay has sought treatment for substance abuse twice this year, according to his mother and his wife, Camela. While recovering in the hospital from an overdose on April 22, Kay received a text from Skaggs seeking drugs, they said. Sandy was visiting her son in the hospital at the time, alongside his wife and Tim Mead, the former Angels vice president of communications and Kay’s supervisor. Sandy told Outside the Lines she saw the texts and told Mead that the team needed to get Skaggs “off his back.”

Mead, who left the Angels in June to become president of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, told Outside the Lines no one mentioned Skaggs’ name in that conversation, or that Skaggs was an opioid user at any other ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2019 at 05:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler skaggs

Here are Saturday’s Fall Stars Game rosters

Does MLB plan on having this game on MLB Network?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2019 at 05:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

The Ringer:  Ranking the Worst MLB Playoff Losses of the Decade

In the entirety of MLB history, not just this decade, only three teams have lost a series after holding a 99 percent chance to win. The 1986 Angels led Boston three games to one, then surrendered a three-run ninth-inning lead in Game 5 before dropping games 6 and 7. The 1986 Red Sox led the Mets three games to two and held a two-run lead in the 10th inning of Game 6, with two outs and no men on, before losing in evidently cursed fashion.  And the…

You’ll have to click the link to find out who. 

It’s probably the week’s best article to include Archie Bradley, Tony Wolters, Kolten Wong, Nyjer Morgan, Trent Grisham, Ryan Hanigan, and Wei-Yin Chen.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 12, 2019 at 04:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: help, ouch, pain, why

Phils’ Middleton overruled MacPhail, Klentak to fire Kapler

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Middleton runs the show in Philadelphia.

The Phillies managing partner made that clear Friday, a day after manager Gabe Kapler was fired despite resistance from Team President Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak.

“A CEO’s responsibility is to ensure an organization achieves its strategic objectives, and everything I do every day is working toward that end,” Middleton said.

Philadelphia’s front office spent weeks deliberating Kapler’s fate before Middleton decided to remove him. Kapler went 161-163 in two seasons.

Type-A owner, Type-A most prominent player, Type-A fan base- this could get rather entertaining…..

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: andy macphail, john middleton, matt klentak, phillies

Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we?

With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining playoff teams being even close to likely to can their current skipper — we seem to be locked in at eight openings: Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Royals, and Angels.

Which one is the most desirable? My take on the pros and cons of each gig

So, which of these jobs would you take if you had the choice?

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, giants, mets, padres, phillies, pirates, royals

MLB Rumors: Curt Schilling Interested in Phillies Manager, Red Sox Coaching Job

Former MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is reportedly interested in interviewing to become the Philadelphia Phillies manager or Boston Red Sox pitching coach.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the three-time World Series champion would “love” to get involved in the game again, according to friends close to Schilling.

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:04 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, managerial search, phillies, red sox

Baseball’s top salaries are declining, as evidenced by smaller qualifying offer

Last offseason was marred by a lack of spending and perceived interest in several of the sport’s biggest stars.

Even beyond the fact that teams weren’t pursuing once-in-a-generation stars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the league’s biggest spenders like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees were actively trying to get under the competitive balance tax rather than improve their team to win a title.

Now the fruits of the ownerships’ labor to suppress salaries is truly showing, as The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reported on Friday that the qualifying offer will drop — from $17.9 million to $17.8 million — for the first time in its eight years of existence.

Exhibit #591-B in the ongoing trend.

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, qualifying offers, salaries

Friday, October 11, 2019

Championship Series OMNICHATTER!

This thread is here to fill all your LCS needs.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 11, 2019 at 02:26 PM | 762 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-11-2019

New York Sun, October 11, 1919:

President Comiskey of the White Sox [yesterday] declared he would give $20,000 for a single clue to lead to evidence that any of his players had deliberately attempted to throw any of the world series games to the Cincinnati Reds, for, the owner declared, he was sure of the fidelity of his players. Some of the players had taken to heart rumors given considerable circulation that a few of their number may have acted for a monetary consideration during the series.

“There is always scandal of some kind following a big sporting event like the world’s series,” said President Comiskey in denouncing the rumors. “These yarns are manufactured out of whole cloth and grow out of bitterness due to losing wagers.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

The perfect Red Sox GM candidate just became a free agent—Dodgers boss Andrew Friedman

The shocking elimination of the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday creates an opening for the Red Sox to pursue their white whale—Andrew Friedman.

L.A.‘s president of baseball operations is widely considered the shrewdest executive in the game, and he has built a juggernaut out west, with the Dodgers simultaneously cutting payroll and competing for World Series titles on an annual basis.

His contract happens to be up, and there’s some unease about why he hasn’t yet agreed to an extension. A couple of weeks ago, all involved expressed optimism to the L.A. Times that Friedman would return, albeit in less than absolute terms; president Stan Kasten said he was “pretty confident” Friedman would be back.

And if he’s not? Expect the ...

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:58 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, general managers, red sox

USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named its roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ on Thursday. The 28-man roster is made up of 15 pitchers and 13 position players currently not on an MLB 40-man roster, and features six former national team alumni and seven of the MLB Pipeline top-100 prospects.

The U.S. will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and ...

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: olympic baseball

Nationals vs. Cardinals: Washington or St. Louis? How each city stacks up

The Nationals finally won a postseason series. The Cardinals are vying for their 20th World Series appearance in franchise history.

The only other time these two teams have faced off in the postseason, the Nationals blew a 6-0 third-inning lead and the Cardinals used a four-run ninth inning to end Washington’s season.

But that was 2012, and this Nationals team has already overcome major adversity and advanced further into the postseason than any before it. As the teams get ready to decide National League supremacy, let’s take a look at the tale of the tape.

Unfortunately, I’ve never been to St. Louis and have nothing to say involving the quality of conditions there- anyone familiar enough with both of these cities to pass judgment?

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:51 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: comparisons, st. louis, washington

Cards manager apologizes after curse-filled rant goes viral

A curse-filled clubhouse victory speech by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt that went viral after a player posted it on social media showed a different side to the usually mild-mannered skipper — and while he was sorry Thursday that his colorful language got leaked, he did not feel bad about the gist of his message.

“It’s regretful that that was able to get out,” Shildt said, speaking to reporters a day before the NL Central champion Cardinals host the wild-card Washington Nationals for Game 1 of the best-of-seven NL Championship Series. “I will not apologize for having passion about how I feel about our team and the accomplishments of our team.”

Shildt called the clubhouse “a sanctuary that is very sacred” and ...

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:39 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cursing, mike shildt, rants

The Nationals’ Drought Is Finally Over. Now They Have to Keep Playing

The drought is meant to end with a moment of catharsis—resolution, release, refreshment. It’s meant to be clear-cut. There’s no question of what has to come next: It’s over. The rain has come.

The Nationals’ drought has ended. They have—at last, after a collection of tortured and accursed tries—won a postseason series. (Sure, they won the wild-card game, but that’s a round, rather than a series; it was its own demon.) Yet there’s hardly space for catharsis here: There’s still plenty of work in front of them.

The 2019 Nationals’ path to the NLCS did not require flipping the script so much as it did picking up the pages of the script and gleefully shredding them before tossing the result into a wind machine calibrated ...

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoff drought

Braves loss vs. Dodgers loss: which was worse?

The Braves got shellacked in the first inning last night and lost. The Dodgers took a lead late into the game only to see their manager’s choices and their relief pitchers woof it, sending them to defeat as well.

Which was worse?

Both modes of defeat bring with it a certain form of misery.

For my part I sat, as a Braves fan, and watched my team cough up ten runs in the first inning, secure in the dreadful knowledge that the game was already lost. Most people could just turn it off, I suppose, but I felt it necessary both out of professional obligation and out of a certain sense of, I dunno, mourning, that I had to keep the game on for the next three hours. Because I’m also perpetually online it led to a rather extreme sort of ...

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, the agony of defeat

Angry Dodgers fans run over Clayton Kershaw jersey after NLDS loss

Los Angeles Dodgers fans did not handle their shocking National League Division Series loss well. Following the game, some fans thought it would be appropriate to run over a Clayton Kershaw jersey in the parking lot.

The moment was captured on video by LZ Granderson of the Los Angeles Times, who decided to run over the jersey.

Kershaw was one of many Dodgers scapegoats from Wednesday’s game. The 31-year-old Kershaw came on in relief with the Dodgers up 3-1 late in the game and gave up back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning that tied the game. The Dodgers went on to lose 7-3 in the 10th inning.

Kershaw wasn’t the only person responsible for the loss. Reliever Joe Kelly gave up a grand slam to Howie Kendrick in the 10th that gave ...

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, fans, jerseys

Rays’ Tyler Glasnow admits he was tipping pitches in ALDS Game 5

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow gave the Astros an advantage they didn’t need in Game 5 of the American League Division Series. He was tipping his pitches.

Houston scored three runs before Tampa Bay recorded an out in the first inning, and after Jose Altuve drove in a run with a single, he clearly looked to the dugout and was trying to communicate something.

A few minutes later after Alex Bregman doubled and scored on a Yuli Gurriel single, he was seen telling Carlos Correa something in the on-deck circle.

It’s unclear if Altuve saw something in Glasnow’s delivery or if Bregman caught something in the signals at second base, but clearly the Astros were tuned into what the righty was doing.

Well, that’s one way to lose the ALDS…..

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: tipping, tyler glasnow

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will return next season despite playoff failures

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was heavily criticized in the aftermath of the club’s stunning season-ending loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, will return next season, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Roberts, 47, has three years remaining on his contract after agreeing to a new deal in December. The Dodgers are 393-256 (.606) during the regular season and 25-22 (.532) in the playoffs with him at the helm.

An outfielder for five teams during a 10-year major league playing career, Roberts has managed for the Dodgers for four seasons, beginning in 2016 when he was named National League manager of the year. He has guided the team to the National League West title each season, extending the ...

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QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers

Thursday, October 10, 2019

This Year’s Super Two Cutoff Is Abnormally Low

This year’s cutoff point to determine Super Two status will be unusually low, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com (via Twitter). While an exact cutoff point is yet unclear, McCalvy reports that Josh Hader, who has two years and 115 days of MLB service time (abbreviated as 2.115) will be eligible for arbitration this winter. In essence, that means that Hader is about to become a very well-compensated reliever. That would’ve been the case in the 2020-21 offseason anyway, but he’ll now tap into that earning power a year early. It’s also worth noting that this cutoff point will place Miami’s JT Riddle, who finished the season at 2.118 years of service, into arbitration eligibility as well.

A 2.115 cutoff would already be the lowest Super ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 10, 2019 at 09:32 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration

Moonshot: The Rocket Ball Has Disappeared In October - Baseball ProspectusBaseball Prospectus

But this change is very different. Almost overnight within the same season, the ball has been replaced by one with wholly distinct characteristics, ranging from the speed with which it leaves the bat to the distance it travels. It’s hard to believe that MLB, which owns the company that produces the baseballs, would consciously approve a change to their manufacturing on the eve of the most important month of the season, but it’s also hard to believe that this would happen by accident.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2019 at 03:49 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseballs, pay site



Clayton Kershaw Will Never Get Over It

How can this keep happening? How can Clayton Kershaw, who even if he is no longer quite Clayton Kershaw is still Clayton Kershaw, keep going to pieces in October? Could it just be some Powerball-odds-level run of bad luck, with no greater cause? After all, every pitcher has bad days, and maybe one of them just happens to have his bad days in fall after fall. Or could it be something genuinely pathological but eminently understandable, a weakness for pressure? That doesn’t make a ton of sense, given that pitching is by definition a pressure situation and Kershaw’s one of the best ever to take the mound in this sport’s history, but logic clearly has very little to do with it. Or maybe it—the streak, the curse, the choke, ...

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Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:27 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, postseason

Gabe Kapler dismissed as Phillies manager | MLB.com

I’m not a fan of the way the Phillies do things.

The Phillies have parted ways with manager Gabe Kapler, a source tells MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. The team has not commented.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2019 at 10:41 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Hiring 2005 White Sox is the hottest managerial trend in Japan

In Major League Baseball, the hottest managerial trend is hiring guys with no experience, grabbing them out of the front office or broadcast booth to helm World Series contenders.

In Japan, the hottest managerial trend is hiring members of the 2005 White Sox.

Last week, the Yakult Swallows named former White Sox reliever Shingo Takatsu their latest skipper. He joins Tadahito Iguchi as a manager in Japan’s NPB. The former White Sox second baseman managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in each of the last two seasons.

All kidding about White Sox connections aside, obviously these guys have every reason to be managing in their home country. Takatsu pitched for the Swallows for 13 seasons before coming to the U.S. to pitch for the White Sox and ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 01:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 2005, japanese baseball, white sox

Misery Index: Play-by-Play Breakdown of Braves’ Brutal First Inning in NLDS Game 5

Every baseball disaster has its own particular terroir. But, generally, they fall into one of two genres. There is the sudden individual moment: the walk-off, the disastrous error, the grand slam. This draws a clear line in a game of before and after; it is one instance of sensational pain, so that the entire endeavor implodes, and then it is over. There is no space for bargaining or strategizing or rationalizing. It is one play that remakes the game in its likeness. And then there is the slow decline: the frame that holds a thousand deaths, and so, too, a thousand missed chances to live. This one unravels gradually and then suddenly and, always, painfully. This one is the first inning of Game 5 between the Braves and the Cardinals.

It ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:51 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, nlds

Braves’ [stuff] doesn’t work in the playoffs, either

The Athletics have been something of a punching bag over the years because executive vice president and president of baseball operations Billy Beane was famously quoted in Moneyball saying, “My [stuff] doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. What happens after that is […] luck.”

Since 2000, the A’s have reached the playoffs 10 times. They have advanced into the ALCS just once, in 2006, when they were swept out by the Tigers. They’re 1-6 in the Division Series and 0-3 in the AL Wild Card game, accounting for their last three playoff losses (2014, ’18-19). To call their performance in the playoffs disappointing would be an understatement.

The A’s, however, are not the only team whose [stuff] ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, nationals, playoff streak, playoffs, the agony of defeat, twins

Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In a different time, it was an attractive little two-bedroom home, constructed in the early 1940s out of red brick and owned by one of the greatest players ever to grace the diamond, a towering yet tragic figure who lived the last half of his life and went to his grave as a pariah, shunned and scorned by the national pastime.

Now it’s a museum, right across the street from Greenville’s retro minor league ballpark, dedicated to preserving the memory of the man who once lived within its walls.

Shoeless Joe Jackson.

“It is one of the greatest stories,” says Michael Wallach, who leads the museum’s board of directors. “So many of the baseball players in the Hall of Fame, their story is their career. Joe ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, black sox, shoeless joe jackson

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