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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 11, 1914:

Taking two games from Philadelphia yesterday while New York and Brooklyn were breaking even gives the Braves a lead of two and a half games. The pennant is not cinched by any means. The season does not end until October 7 and indications are that the fight may continue up to the last day. Chicago and St. Louis are still factors.

Washington Times, September 11, 1914:

[Boston] Manager Stallings says that in ten days more the gap will be so wide that New ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

South Side Salute:  For White Sox’ Paul Konerko, 16 Years of Earning His Keep Is an Ample Farewell

...the White Sox are not an ivy-covered afternoon party, the way it is at Wrigley Field for the hapless Chicago Cubs. The White Sox work harder for the hearts of fans, and they never doubt the sincerity of those who support them.

Konerko, a serious slugger who never left the South Side, has been their perfect representative. The farewell of the Yankees’ captain, Derek Jeter, has been a backdrop to the entire major league season. Konerko, the White Sox’ captain, has been honored at just two ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 11, 2014 at 08:43 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: general, white sox

Time has come for Dodgers to sit Yasiel Puig and play Andre Ethier

Now I know what many of you are going to say. You watch Ethier play this year? Looked at his numbers?

And, sure, he has career-lows going in almost every offensive category. But at least he has a history. He’s been through the playoff wars. He’s responded under pressure.

Puig .293/.381/.476 141 OPS+
Ethier .248/.319/.368 94 OPS+

oh but wait!

But the Dodgers just can’t keep waiting and hoping for Puig to get it going. He’s batting .151 (10 for 66) in his last 18 games.

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One day in, the new “clarification” on the collision rule seems to have already been messed up

How that isn’t a plate block I have no idea. This was not one of those “the runner is out by 20 feet” plays the clarification is aimed at changing. This was going to be a close play if Drew had a chance to slide into the plate. But where was Stephen Drew supposed to go?

After the game, Joe Girardi said that, if the calls are going to be like that, his instructions to his base runners would be “Run him over. Bottom line: Run him over.”

I watched this a few times, I have no idea what ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: clusterf, rules

Skunked Brew: The Bizarre Implosion of Milwaukee’s Playoff Hopes

That is what the Brewers looked like over the weekend, and what they’ve looked like over the past month. They look as though they are outside themselves, watching their play deteriorate and feeling that they are somehow responsible, but not able to quite figure out why and how. “We’re not doing good,” said Milwaukee All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez, who on Sunday got his first at-bat in a week after injuring his wrist. “That’s no excuse, you know. We’re not playing like a team. We ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

OMNICHATTER (9-11-2014)

18 game days remain (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ex-top Mets Executive Sues Team Over Firing

so the wilpons cannot manage a competitive team, finances nor people.  it’s the trifecta!

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:27 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: discrimination, mets, wilpon

The Brewers as an Inning

an interesting view of the brewers last several weeks.  two games stick out.  the 3-2 loss in san diego where the brewers were looking squeak one out only to have the bullpen throw it away.  and then the 9-1 blowout against the cards where the crew looked like they were in a daze the entire game.

i know most figure milwaukee are just finding their ‘true talent level’.  that is one possibly true

but if you actually watched the games you didn’t see anything but a group of players who not only ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:08 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee, ron roenicke

MLB.com - DiComo: Mets considering changes to Citi Field’s dimensions

The team is in internal discussions to move in portions of the outfield wall in right- and right-center field, after three full seasons of Citi’s current dimensions. Though the Mets have internally calculated that such a move would have added seven home runs to Curtis Granderson’s total this year, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that, “it’s not about tailoring the ballpark to a particular player or a particular composition of team.”

Since Citi Field opened in 2009, the Mets have ...

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Lassus Posted: September 10, 2014 at 05:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

Giancarlo Stanton awaits MVP fate, huge offer from Marlins

The Marlins plan to offer MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton the most lucrative contract in franchise history. Even if they can’t reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension this winter, the Marlins insist they will keep Stanton through at least the 2015 season, vowing to build a championship club around him.

They have control of Stanton through the 2016 season. After that, free agency could make him could make him baseball’s first $300 million player.

The Marlins hope to strike before ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-10-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 10, 1914:

Pitcher Herbert, of the St. Louis Federal League team, was knocked unconscious during batting practice yesterday. He was pitching to his teammates when a hard hit ball struck him on the head. Doctors worked him over for ten minutes before the pitcher recovered consciousness. They found that he had concussion of the brain and ordered him removed to a hospital at once.

As you might expect, that was a season-ending injury. Could have been much, much worse ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 10, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, ernie herbert, history

Max Scherzer, Tigers close gap between Royals

Joe Nathan worked out of another jam in the ninth to earn his 30th save in 36 chances. He allowed two infield singles to start the inning before closing out the game with two strikeouts sandwiched around a picked-off runner.

Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson was the man who was picked off second.

First, what Joe Nathan does when he enters the game is pretty much the opposite of ‘saving’ it.  He jeopardizes games.  He takes games that are 99% won and puts them back in play.  I can’t imagine ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, tigers

(David) Wright to sit rest of season due to balky shoulder

NEW YORK—Back when David Wright initially jammed his left shoulder in June, sliding to second base on a routine play, he never could have envisioned the injury consuming his summer. He never could have imagined sitting at a late-night press conference in the bowels of Citi Field, as he did Tuesday, announcing that he will miss the rest of the season due to “persistent inflammation” in the joint.

“This season,” Wright said, “has left a sour taste in my mouth.”

With it now ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

OMNICHATTER 9-10-2014

19 Game-Days remaining (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sports on Earth:Delessio:Picking Up the Pace

In other news, Sports on Earth is still alive.

The Atlantic League is experimenting with rules to improve the pace of play:

In the eighth inning of a game against the York Revolution on the first weekend in August, Brendan Harris, an infielder for the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, was intentionally walked. The free pass got an ovation from Ducks fans at Bethpage Ballpark, but the cheers weren’t for the baserunner as much as for the method used to put him there.

Rather than having ...

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puck Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: length of games, mlb, rules of play

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Nationals down Braves to stretch division lead to 9, largest in DC franchise history

WASHINGTON—Mathematicians will say the Washington Nationals can’t clinch the NL East until next week. Practicality says they essentially wrapped it up Tuesday night when they sent nine hitters to the plate against Ervin Santana in the first inning of another win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Nationals beat their division nemesis for the second time in two nights, winning 6-4 to push their lead to nine games with 19 to play. Atlanta had been a thorn in Washington’s plans for about a year ...

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Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: September 09, 2014 at 11:59 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nationals

Scouting Report by the Fans

Tango’s annual scouting report by the fans is now live for fan contributions.

Paul d mobile Posted: September 09, 2014 at 04:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports, tangotiger

GIF: Dodgers make three throwing errors on one play

The Dodgers jumped all over the Padres early in Monday night’s game (GameTracker), but Los Angeles gave two runs back in the sixth inning thanks to a trio of throwing errors. On one play.

Even the final throw back to home - though not an error technically - was screwed up.  Quite a display.  The Dodgers still won despite all this nonsense.


VIDEO: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 15, is huge, destroys baseballs

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a familiar name, and the body/swing combination in the video below are pretty familiar as well. Check it out, keeping in mind that he’s only 15 years old—and if you want to zero in on just one swing to save time, I recommend jumping to the 1:25 mark:

Man, I hope he’s got the goods.  Who was more fun to have around than Vlad Guerrero?


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

Milwaukee Sentinel, September 9, 1914:

Only partly dressed, Ad Brennan, Chicago Federal pitcher, jumped from a moving train that was about to carry him through Buffalo on Tuesday. The porter forgot to call Brennan. He carried the remainder of his clothes in his flying leap from the train and used a convenient bush as a dressing room.

Man. Most people would perform feats of daring to leave Buffalo.

Anyway, the joke was on Brennan. He didn’t even pitch in that series.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 09, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: ad brennan, dugout, history

OMNICHATTER 9-9-2014

20 game-days remain (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 09, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, September 08, 2014

ESPN: Stark: Sides close on collision rule clarity

Major League Baseball and the Players Association are nearing an agreement designed to “clarify” confusion over the new home plate collision rules, sources told ESPN on Monday, with an announcement possible as soon as Tuesday. [...]

Primarily, the clarification of Rule 7:13 would remind umpires that while the intent of the rule was to protect catchers from violent collisions at the plate, the wording was not intended to be interpreted so strictly that it would allow runners to be called safe ...

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bobm Posted: September 08, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher collisions, rules

Leake concerned with longevity, not personal win-loss record

Leake, another face of Neolution.

“I’m like Bronson Aroryo always was,” he said. “I don’t really worry about the wins and losses. I’m more impressed with longetivity numbers than the immediate numbers.”

In his five years with the Reds, after coming directly from college to the Reds rotation, he is 52-30. More importantly to him, he pitched 192 innings last season and didn’t miss a starter.

“Making every start and throwing 200 innings is what I’d rather do every year than go out and win 15 or ...

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Repoz Posted: September 08, 2014 at 05:58 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

mlb.com: 2015 regular season schedule revealed

Major League Baseball on Monday revealed the 2015 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball opener on April 5 (teams TBD) and then, by the following day, if there are no postponements, all 30 teams will have participated in traditional Opening Day games.

Cincinnati, which will host its first All-Star Game since 1988 and its record fifth overall, naturally will be one of those 15 host ballparks on that first Monday of action, when the Reds will face the ...

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TerpNats Posted: September 08, 2014 at 02:45 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, schedule

Kevin Towers’ replacement to help decide Kirk Gibson’s fate with Diamondbacks

Sabermetrically inclined general manager or entry-level student, what’s the difference?

La Russa intimated that the scouting department would get stronger if Towers were to remain and oversee it.

La Russa believes analytics and metrics can play an important role “before the game, but not during the game,” and sees it as an area the club can “beef up.” He said that might come in the form of a more sabermetrically inclined general manager. But it might not.

“It could be something that’s just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kirk gibson

David Ortiz—I’ll know when to quit - ESPN Boston

“What Derek Jeter is doing is fine because he’s Derek Jeter. What Mariano did is fine because it’s Mariano,” he said. “But I don’t know if I’m going to go through all that. I’m not going to wake up and be like, ‘I’m going to play this year and then not anymore.’ To me, it’s going to be how things go through the season and how I feel, and then I’m going to be like, ‘Mama, it’s over.’ I’m going to let her know.”

“The game is getting crazy. It’s getting tougher for a guy like myself. When you get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2014 at 08:56 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

NYP: Andy Pettitte skipped Jeter Day … to go elk hunting

For committing the unpardonable sins of hunting deer and spurning St. Jeter—obviously, the only thing worse would be to hunt The Captain while he’s on his 10-day holiday in Tuscany—we have a new History’s Greatest Monster:

Andy Pettitte was the one notable absence Sunday at Yankee Stadium for Derek Jeter Day. Jeter’s former teammate was busy elk hunting in Colorado with family, his son Josh tweeted.

Josh Pettitte tweeted a photo of him and his father, each in a hunting outfit.

“He ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: September 08, 2014 at 08:49 AM | 360 comment(s)
  Beats: andy pettitte, derek jeter, hunting, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2014

Rock Island Argus, September 8, 1914:

The relative positions of the Boston and New York National league teams underwent no change as a result of yesterday’s games at Fenway park. Boston won in the morning, 5 to 4, and New York in the afternoon, 10 to 1. The largest crowds ever recorded in Boston at two baseball games in a single day attended.

After Snodgrass was hit by a pitched ball during the sixth inning of the afternoon contest the crowd “jeered” when he went to center field. His ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 08, 2014 at 07:59 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred snodgrass, history

10 Degrees: Why WAR doesn’t always add up

Do not consider the following a declaration of war on WAR as much as an invitation for its greatest adherents in the sabermetric community to practice what they preached to the mainstream media during baseball’s analytical revolution: Please do better.

...

During our Twitter back-and-forth, Cameron asked for a solution. The clear one seems to be wait for better data until weighing fielding numbers equally with batting ones, but WAR doesn’t exist that way, and it’s not going away. ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 08, 2014 at 04:21 AM | 342 comment(s)
  Beats: war

Video: Gerrit Cole hit a no-doubt home run, the first of his career

Among pitchers with at least 30 plate appearances this season, Cole has the third-highest OPS at .569. He trails Travis Wood (.739) and Madison Bumgarner (.726).

Got right into the home run trot.  Well done.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 08, 2014 at 04:11 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, pirates, pitchers hitting

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