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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-30-2014

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, September 30, 1914:

The guy in the silly pointy helmet lost this war too.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 30, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

AL WILD CARD GAME 2014 OMNICHATTER

HERE WE GO!

Oakland Athletics (Lester) at Kansas City Royals (James Shields), 8 PM Eastern, TBS.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2014 at 01:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Fangraphs/Cistulli: Post-trade WAR for deadline trades

What follows is a list of all those same players, sorted by their WAR totals from August and September combined — which is to say, the two-month period since the trade deadline:

Small sample sizes alert!

But interesting.  The A’s acquisitions (Samardzija, Lester, Fuld, Hammel, Gomes) added 4.3 WAR so even if you deduct the full 1.3 WAR that Cespedes gave Boston, that’s a 3 win improvement.  The M’s acquisitions (Denorfia, Morales, Jackson) put up -1.1 WAR.  I wonder if they’d ...

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Walt Davis Posted: September 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, deadline trades, mariners, tigers, yankees

Monday, September 29, 2014

MLB’s Biggest Star Is 40 (And He Just Retired). That Could Be A Problem.

 

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“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.

I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, promotion, superstars, yankees

Remembering George ‘Shotgun’ Shuba, 1924-2014

The 1955 Dodgers were my father’s team. There aren’t many of them left.

HowardMegdal Posted: September 29, 2014 at 09:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn dodgers

RBI Baseball, 2014 Playoff Edition

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RBI Baseball NES mod for the 2014 playoff teams.

DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: September 29, 2014 at 06:08 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: games, video games

ESPN: Ron Gardenhire out after 13 Seasons with Twins

Gardenhire joined the organization in 1987 and was added to Kelly’s staff in 1991. His record as Twins manager was 1,068-1,039. He won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2010, the last time the Twins not only made the playoffs but had a winning record.

kthejoker Posted: September 29, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: minnesota twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2014

Pittsburgh Press, September 29, 1914:

C.L. Herzog, manager of the Cincinnati Nationals, was indefinitely suspended by [National League] President Tener because of an “insulting telegram” received at the office of the league in New York from the Cincinnati manager.
...
Gov. Tener…stated that Herzog would remain under suspension until he has made a suitable apology.

“Governor Tener. Stop. You’re a big stinky poopy head. Stop. Your mother wears army boots. Stop.”

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 29, 2014 at 09:57 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: buck herzog, dugout, history

The Calm-Before-The-Storm and Postseason Prediction OMNICHATTER, 2014

So, what do you think is written in the stars this year?

Gamingboy Posted: September 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mets close season optimistic for next year

It was more than a year ago that Harvey emerged from an MRI tube in Manhattan, setting the Mets on their current path. Testing that day revealed a partially torn ligament in Harvey’s right elbow. He underwent surgery. The Mets lost their best pitcher and—though they shied away from admitting it at the time—their greatest chance at a quick return to playoff glory.

They fought anyway. They propped themselves up by signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon at the Winter Meetings, ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 28, 2014 at 09:30 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Marlins extend manager Redmond through 2017

The team also announced the entire coaching staff will be back. That includes bench coach Rob Leary, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, hitting coach Frank Menechino, infield/first-base coach Perry Hill, outfield/third-base coach Brett Butler, bullpen coach Reid Cornelius, bullpen coordinator Jeff Urgelles and Major League administrative coach Pat Shine.

Good cripple hitter Posted: September 28, 2014 at 06:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: florida marlins, frank menechino, mike redmond

Jordan Zimmermann Throws Nats First No-Hitter

Have the Nats peaked too soon???

After having his final regular season start pushed back due to a bruised shoulder – an injury suffered on a line drive that bounced off his arm eight days prior – Jordan Zimmermann took the mound Sunday hoping to dispel any doubts about his health before the playoffs. Boy, did he.

The Nationals right-hander tossed the first no-hitter in club history, a one-walk performance of pure beauty that began with 4 2/3 perfect innings and featured 10 strikeouts…

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, no-hitters

Attanasio discusses Brewers collapse, changes coming for 2015

the brewers owner had some frank things to say over the weekend

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 28, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee

The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets

Yes, the New York Yankees legend will go down as one of the greatest players in baseball history, but he’s also hit it out of the park when it comes to women.

Derek Jeter’s last professional at-bat is sure to elicit love, admiration, and decades of treasured memories for baseball fans across the country. The 40-year-old Yankee living legend has compiled 3,463 hits (and counting)—ranking sixth all-time—and has contributed too many iconic moments to mention. “The Flip.” “The ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

As Jeter Ends Farewell Tour, Yanks Plan a Welcome Party

BOSTON — Even before Derek Jeter plays his final game for the Yankees, which is scheduled to take place here Sunday, the focus has turned from Jeter to Alex Rodriguez — from a cherished star to a tarnished one….

With Rodriguez, there never seems to be a question of whether he is working hard. Cashman said Rodriguez had been working out diligently on his own in Miami and at U.C.L.A. and was eager to return. He said Rodriguez did not express an interest in playing winter ball, although ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: general, yankees

The implications of Game No. 162 - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

This year’s playoff race is like a game of hot potato.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Yoenis Cespedes unsure about long-term extension

Unlike earlier this year, the Red Sox have a lot of good outfield options going into the off-season.

Asked about the possibility of a long-term future in Boston, Cespedes for his part said he hadn’t thought much about it yet.
“I’m still not sure if I want to sign an extension or if I want to be a free agent,” Cespedes said through interpreter Adrian Lorenzo. “It’s still too soon.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2014 at 08:44 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoenis cespedes

Joe Girardi criticized New York Yankees in pregame tirade before Derek Jeter’s Yankee Stadium finale - ESPN New York

OK, Joe Girardi said it was all Jeter’s fault and he’s glad Derek will be gone next year.

“I’m not going to go into what I talked about,” Girardi said. “Write whatever you want.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

Madden: How dare the sabermetrics crowd and others try to diminish Derek Jeter’s greatness

And how dare the post-punk crowd and others try to diminish Joe “Fingers” Carr’s “Portuguese Washerwoman” greatness!

We never get to know Derek Jeter’s innermost feelings, but we know his pride, and that is why it is not hard to imagine, as he slapped that game-winning base hit to right field in his final Yankee Stadium act Thursday night, it was, in his mind, a middle-finger salute to all his Johnny-come-lately critics among the analytics bunch who have deemed his WAR credentials vastly ...

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Repoz Posted: September 28, 2014 at 07:42 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

OMNICHATTER 9-28-2014 (GAME 162)

THE REGULAR SEASON ENDS TODAY!*


*Unless there is one or more Game 163, which will still technically be regular season.

Gamingboy Posted: September 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Posnanski: A Royals Toast

I think of a time when a genial man named Herk Robinson, as general manager, wanted to hire an artist to paint the Royals players in action in order to help the scouts. When told that the scouts already had something called video, which rather precisely transferred reality to a television screen, Robinson said yes, but art, true art, can transcend reality…

The drought wasn’t the thing. Yes, it had been 29 years since the Royals last reached the postseason — and baseball has completely ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: history, joe posnanski, postseason, royals

Palladino: Derek Jeter, First-Ballot Hall Of Famer? There’s No Argument

Well, I would try and make an argument…but I’m having trouble with that Baseball-Statistics.com jernt. Jeez…

For the few who doubt Jeter deserves a place in baseball’s Olympus on a statistical basis, don’t use the stats. Use the eyes. The catches, the smart plays, the timely hits, and the way his teammates reacted to him all combine to put him among the handful of dominant players of his era. He never had the power of Albert Pujols, but he wasn’t supposed to. Shortstops outside of the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Cameron: Derek Jeter: Not Just a Good Hitter for a Shortstop

Number 2ix?

As his career comes to a close, nearly everyone who covers baseball has weighed in on Jeter’s legacy, and unfortunately, part of that legacy is his status as a poster boy for disagreements between the traditional media and the statistically inclined crowd, especially regarding his defensive value. Jeter’s poor ratings at shortstop have made him the subject of numerous articles on defensive performance, and that has created the perception that Jeter has been a poor defender; a ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: September 27, 2014 at 09:09 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hitting, shortstop, yankees

OMNICHATTER 9-27-2014

2 gamedays remain (including today). Today is the final Saturday of the regular season.

CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions, best record in AL)
Orioles (AL East Champions, home-field in ALDS)
Nationals (NL East Champions, best record in NL)
Dodgers (NL West Champions, home-field in NLDS)
Cardinals (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Pirates (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Tigers (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Giants (Clinched a NL Wild Card spot)
Royals (Clinched playoff spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 27, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Royals clinch first postseason berth since 1985 with 3-1 victory over White Sox

“I feel so full of . . . what’s the opposite of shame?”
“Pride?” 
“No, not that far from shame.” 
“Less shame?” 
“Yeah.” 

The ball hovered in the air for only a few moments. For the diehards, perhaps, it felt like a lifetime. At last, at 9:51 p.m. on Friday, the final out of a 3-1 victory over the White Sox landed in the glove of Royals catcher Salvador Perez, and a generation of waiting was over.

A teeming mass of humanity emerged from the visitors’ dugout, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2014 at 12:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mets outfielder Bobby Abreu, former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, retires

I wonder what Kevin Stocker is doing now?

Bobby Abreu’s illustrious 18 year career is coming to an end. The Mets outfielder announced today that he will retire.

Over the course of his career, Abreu was one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s hit .291 in his career with a .395 on-base percentage. This season, only Victor Martinez, Andrew McCutchen and Jose Bautista have posted an OBP higher than that.

Abreu signed with the Mets in April and has had two stints with them this season—his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, bobby abreu, dodgers, mets, phillies, rays, yankees

Arizona Diamondbacks fire Kirk Gibson

Only 15 minutes before a press conference set to announce their new leadership team in baseball operations, the Diamondbacks announced they have fired Kirk Gibson and will immediately begin a search for a new manager.

Bench coach Alan Trammell also has been fired.

Gibson was the National League’s manager of the year in 2011, the year the Diamondbacks won 94 games and the National League West. The club went 81-81 each of the following two seasons. This year, they have the worst record in the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kirk gibson, managers

Angels end stadium negotiations with Anaheim; Tustin on deck?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by way of Tustin?

The Angels on Friday ended negotiations with the city of Anaheim over a new Angel Stadium lease, frustrated by the inability to finalize a deal more than a year after the parties had ratified the framework of an agreement.

The Angels have held extensive discussions with the city of Tustin about a possible new ballpark there. The Tustin City Council scheduled a special closed session Tuesday to discuss a deal with the Angels.

Angels ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 03:27 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: anaheim, angels, stadium deals, tustin

Brewers Eliminated; Fans Left With Sheets Of Useless Playoff Tickets

The rare article I post because of a comment: “This is different from years ago, when Sheets was left with useless Brewers.”

The Milwaukee Brewers spent 150 days in first place this season, but they did not make the playoffs: the team was officially eliminated after yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Reds. Milwaukee’s collapse provided us with Brewers fans taking sad photos of their now-meaningless postseason tickets. It’s not your fault, Hank the dog.

The District Attorney Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Josh Willingham plans to retire at season’s end, source says

The Ham is no longer Willing.

Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future.

However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends.

Willingham, one of just three players in Twins history to hit at least 35 home runs in a season, disputed that version in a text message to the Pioneer Press.

“I haven’t made a decision ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

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