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Monday, October 03, 2016

Diamondbacks fire GM Dave Stewart, manager Chip Hale

Fresh off a very disappointing 2016 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Hopes were high for Arizona entering the spring of 2016. They were coming off a 79-83 season in 2015 and added ace pitcher Zack Greinke via free agency in addition to trading for 2015 All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller.

Instead, the second year with both Stewart and Hale couldn’t have been more of a disaster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, dave stewart, diamondbacks

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional sports network, beating the Yankees’ YES Network, according to a statement Monday. The results mark the first time Mets games have drawn more local TV viewers than Yankees games since SNY and YES started competing against each other in 2006.

Mets games on SNY averaged 263,850 viewers, compared with about 218,000 for the Yankees on YES, according to the statement from SNY. A YES spokesman said the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, television ratings, yankees

Hall of Fame voters exhibit a clear anti-recency bias. | Sports on Earth

Hall of Famers are better when you haven’t seen them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 03:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


Five former big league players, three executives and two managers comprise the 10-name Today’s Game Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md.

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Mark McGwire, Lou Piniella, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner are the candidates the Today’s Game Era Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2017. Baines,

reech Posted: October 03, 2016 at 02:46 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Comeuppance - Review Your Pre-Season Predictions

You made your predictions in the linked thread at the start of the season. How did you do??

Let’s go to the videotape…

Bote Man Posted: October 03, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, predictions

Postseason Prediction 2016 Thread

Speak now or forever hold your hot take.

Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2016

John McGraw discusses the upcoming World Series, published in the New York World, October 3, 1916:

[Red Sox manager Bill] Carrigan will win the series on his pitchers if he wins at all. Outside of the box it is not a wonderful ball club. But American Leaguers tell me Carrigan carries the greatest pitching you could look at. I guess he does. Good pitching always results in a ball club looking better, because it makes the other team look like a slightly worn second hand piece of cheese.

The Red ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ryan Howard’s emotional last day: ‘It will be with me forever’ | PhillyVoice

The final day of the 2016 regular season was Howard’s moment at Citizens Bank Park.

It was his final game in a Phillies uniform. It was a recognition of his iconic 13-year stay in Philadelphia.

It was an emotional goodbye for the 36-year-old Howard, who is set to file for free agency for the first time in his professional career next month.

“Today is a day I’ll definitely remember,” he told the crowd of 36,935 inside the ballpark after the game’s final out. “Philadelphia will ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Why the best player in baseball won’t win MVP

Jeff Passan discusses his award choices.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mike trout, mvp

OTP 2016 Oct 3: Tossing around a little politics, baseball

The next debate, a vice-presidential one between Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and his Republican counterpart, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4. The next two presidential showdowns are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 03, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 3767 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Heyman - Tony La Russa To Meet Monday With Diamondbacks Owner

They can’t fire another leadership team again? Can they?

Arizona Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is expected to meet Monday with team owner Ken Kendrick, sources say, with a decision expected soon regarding the fates of La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart.

The decisions may even come at the high-powered pow-wow. If not, then they should come soon after.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Bret Saberhagen could soon get another Hall of Fame look

While injuries curtailed the career of the former Royals ace, limiting him to 167 lifetime wins, Saberhagen ranks by other measures as one of the best pitchers in baseball history not in the Hall of Fame. His 36.8 Wins Above Average are seventh-best among all pitchers retired since 2010 who aren’t enshrined. Saberhagen’s 59.1 WAR ranks 14th among unenshrined pitchers retired since 2010.

In November, Saberhagen will be eligible for Cooperstown for the first time with the newly-created ...


Buchanan: Joey Votto happy with 2016 performance, team’s direction

“Personally, until (Mike) Trout came into the league, I thought every year that I would be in the conversation for best player in the game and he f——-d that up for everybody,” Votto said. “Babe Ruth and Ted Williams included. He’s ruining it for everyone.”

FactCheck: AWESOME.

Renegade JE (((Jason))), Fermenting Violence Posted: October 02, 2016 at 06:09 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joey votto, mike trout, reds

Drellich: Replacing David Ortiz? It’s a tall task for Red Sox | Boston Herald

The Red Sox don’t need a dedicated DH when Big Papi leaves.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

White Sox expected to replace Robin Ventura with Rick Renteria | Chicago Sun-Times

I guess Ventura isn’t going to last after all.

Ventura is also respected by players and the organization as a sound baseball man and steady leader. The players competed hard to the end despite being out of contention for all of September. In Ventura’s defense, he managed teams his last four years that were too thin on talent and depth beneath a solid core.

Perhaps Renteria can do better, although the direction the Sox will take this offseason — rebuild, go for it or somewhere in between — ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, rick renteria, robin ventura, white sox

Starting Nine: Modest proposals for Pirates offseason agenda | TribLIVE

Travis Sawchik proposes some fixes for the Pirates.

1. The following is a series of modest proposals for an offseason agenda for the Pirates. Where should the club focus? Pitching and defense. Those areas must be improved to shrink the gap in the NL Central.

2. Andrew McCutchen had his exit interview with manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington on Thursday. McCutchen was the last player to be interviewed. What to do with McCutchen? It is perhaps the first question the Pirates ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Danny Valencia optimistic about his 2017

Valencia has put up pretty good numbers the last two years. He consistently hits the ball hard. If he can’t find regular playing time, he must be the biggest jerk ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, danny valencia

Final day promises to be frenzied, fantastic |

Watch the board. You won’t be bored. Major League Baseball has never had a final day quite like the one we’re embarking upon today.

Although scoreboard-watching is a regular rite of the regular-season finale, Scoreboard Sunday is multitasking taken to the extreme. Not only will all 15 games begin within 10 minutes of one another in a range from 3:05 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET, but five teams (the Giants, Cardinals, Orioles, Blue Jays and Tigers) will go into those games still in the playoff hunt. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, wild card


GAME 162 and THE FINAL GAME OF VIN SCULLY’S CAREER. All games start at the 3 o’clock hour. Two AL Wild Cards and one NL Wild Card remain to be decided.

Gamingboy Posted: October 02, 2016 at 12:23 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Mets clinch home field in NL Wild Card Game |

It’s the era of the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 06:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mariners’ Plan For Developing Hitting Prospects Gets Early Validation

This fall, the Mariners will try to build on this year’s success by mimicking what’s already worked for them. Instead of fielding an instructional league team in Arizona, the organization will hold four week-long programs similar to the hitting summit but focused on other phases of the game such as pitching, baserunning and individual defense.

“We definitely have not outsmarted anybody with this whole thing, and that was never the goal,” McKay says. “We focused on having clear ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, player development

Heyman - Passing Out The MLB Awards

Jon Heyman’s recent notes column includes his award picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, notes

David Ortiz helps Red Sox beat Blue Jays |

David Ortiz helps out the Tigers and Mariners.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

Toolshed: Rookies meeting, underperforming their MLB projections | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

This one really surpised me.

Cody Reed: To put it bluntly, Reed probably would’ve fallen shy of just about any preseason projection, given his performance. The 23-year-old left-hander, who is on the disabled list with back spasms, struggled to a 7.36 ERA, 6.06 FIP and -0.3 WAR in 10 starts (47 2/3 innings). His biggest issue was the gopher ball; Reed averaged 2.3 home runs allowed per nine innings, well above his Minor League average of 0.5. Steamer didn’t have high expectations for the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

OT - October 2016 College Football thread

More like this, please:

At the University of Miami, what’s old is new again—at least as far as the football team’s uniforms go.

The Hurricanes will harken back to the days of the Orange Bowl as they unveiled new uniforms [September 19] at a launch party at the Rathskeller on campus.

According to Miami, the new Adidas togs are called ‘Legend of the U’ and will debut Oct. 8 when the Hurricanes play host to Florida State at Hard Rock Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens.

...
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 01, 2016 at 03:11 AM | 137 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Friday, September 30, 2016


The “Last Saturday of the Regular Season” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 30, 2016 at 11:29 PM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

The View is Much Better When You’re the Lead Dog: Mike Trout Closes in on Another Second-Place MVP Finish

Williams. Musial. Pujols. It looks like Trout is about to join some very exclusive company.

gehrig97 Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, joe dimaggio, mickey mantle, mike trout, mvp, stan musial, ted williams

What’s going on inside the Blue Jays clubhouse?

Why, for example, would the leaders on the team allow someone to put up on a wall photos of two Toronto sports writers with an ‘X’ scratched on their face and the a message written on top reading, ‘Do not grant them interviews’ (or words to that effect)?

On the surface, a pretty juvenile stunt. But also unprofessional. And it’s something, a couple of journalists pointed out to a Jays official, the New York Yankees would never allow in their clubhouse.

And it’s not just those photos. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, media

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