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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Cubs take the Joe Maddon way to National League Division Series - Chicago Tribune

The bench clearing get-together during the game was just plain stupid.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, joe maddon, playoffs, wild card


3:30 ET- Rangers (Gallardo) at Blue Jays (Price), FS1

7:30 ET- Astros (McHugh) at Royals (Ventura), FS1

And remember: it’s not the Gatorade cooler’s fault. CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 08, 2015 at 05:47 AM | 295 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Angell: The Yankees Bow Out of the Playoffs

This is the fourth year of the double-wild-card system, and, for the losing players and fans alike, these harsh sudden endings impose a quietus upon the pleasures and recollections of a season, and cast the winning pitchers as executioners. Nothing will be done about this—the arrangement is there to disguise too many teams competing for too few slots in October—but the gimmick makes for harsh feelings not common to the pastime. I unhappily recall an undue coolness or amused hauteur in my ...


Cashman confirms Yanks rejected Refsnyder and Warren for Zobrist at trade deadline

Brian Cashman was asked about the trade deadline following last night’s game, specifically whether he regretted not making more moves. Of course he said no, but he did drop this interesting nugget. From George King:

“The only second baseman was [Ben] Zobrist and [Oakland] wanted a combo of [Adam] Warren and [Rob] Refsnyder,’’ said Cashman, who declined the offer, while Zobrist went to the Royals. “We tried to improve the bullpen and made a significant offer [to San Diego for Craig ...


Fans want Rays pitcher Chris Archer calling rest of the playoffs

Chris Archer may only be 27 years old, but from the looks of it, he could have a secondary career if he ever decided to stop pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Tuesday, Archer joined the ESPN broadcast of the American League wild-card game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. And, generally, he stole the spotlight.

Rafael Bellylard wants a Mets-Cubs NLCS. Posted: October 07, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer

A Father, a Son and a Dream

Tom Duffy’s son Matt is a third baseman for the San Francisco Giants. Throughout the years, Tom has documented his son’s rise through baseball, from his Little League days to this past season when he became a Rookie of the Year candidate. Here’s a look through Tom’s lens.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: October 07, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fatherhood, matt duffy, photography

Cardinals explain the Molina factor : Sports

That is because he is many things for the Cardinals. Simmons told the Cardinals’ Gameday Magazine that Molina “could be the pitching coach, he could be the hitting coach and he could be the manager … (and) still be the catcher.” Molina is the “added brainpower out there for us,” general manager John Mozeliak said. For pitchers, Molina is a confidence reservoir. Young pitchers, like Michael Wacha, have described how Molina comes to the mound to recharge them, relax them or redirect ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 12:36 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, playoffs, yadier molina

Bill Plaschke: It might be World Series or bust for Don Mattingly - LA Times

Is this a repeat from last season?

Mattingly has led the Dodgers to three consecutive NL West championships, but the guess here is that if he can’t lead this team to a World Series his locker will be empty by Halloween.

Somebody is going to have to take the fall if baseball’s richest team still can’t find the Fall Classic after 27 years of classic falls, and Mattingly is the one wearing the target.

Management demoted Ned Colletti, traded Matt Kemp, let Hanley Ramirez walk. The Dodgers have rid ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, managers

Reports: CC Sabathia’s drinking spilled over into Yankees clubhouse

Reports have now surfaced indicating a weekend of heavy drinking in Baltimore led to Sabathia checking into rehab. The Yankees finished the season with three games on the road against the Orioles, and Sabathia was not scheduled to pitch. Emily Smith, Danika Fears and Frank Rosario of the New York Post has some details:

The last straw for Sabathia came during the team’s final regular-season series in Baltimore, where he spent most of his time pounding drinks at a hotel, the source said….

By ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: alcoholism, c.c. sabathia, clubhouse chemistry, yankees


Baseball continues to die.

Baseball brought big ratings to Fox Sports this season. MLB telecasts drew higher numbers on both Fox and FS1, while several Fox Sports regional networks finished No. 1 in primetime ratings in their respective markets.

Here’s the breakdown: MLB on Fox telecasts enjoyed a 22 percent boost in viewership, with an average audience of 2.2 million compared to last season’s 1.9 million. Baseball broadcasts on FS1 increased by 22 percent, jumping to an average of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, media, regional sports networks, television, tv ratings

Matt Harvey on missing playoff workout: ‘I just screwed up’ | Newsday

How big of a deal is this? I get that he should have been there. He seems to get that he should have been there. Collins didn’t actually refute that this “[expletive] up” isn’t related to other “[expletive] up”, so I’m not sure what to make of it.

Collins often says that in baseball, “perception is reality.” The incident follows Harvey’s innings-limits controversy, when he was criticized by some for appearing to place himself above the team when he did not commit to pitching in the postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 180 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Arrieta-Cole, Objectively One of Best Playoff Matchups Ever | FanGraphs Baseball

It’s a big game. As much as I respect what the Pirates have accomplished, I must admit that I’m rooting for the Cubs.

The Arrieta-Cole matchup still sits comfortably in the top ten of dueling aces in winner-take-all games. Arrieta does have the edge in the matchup between the two pitchers, but the team with the better pitcher does not always win. In the 75 games in which one pitcher had at least a one-win WAR advantage, the better pitcher’s team posted a 44-31 record. It is probably a little ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, gerrit cole, jake arrieta, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2015

Pittsburgh Press, October 7, 1915:

Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago club of the Federal league, received a reply to his telegram challenging the winners of the American and National league pennants for a series to settle the world’s championship title in major league baseball. August Herrmann, chairman of the National commission, in replying to the challenge, said he had sent a copy of it to his colleagues “for their information and consideration.”

This is much more polite than ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

One Game, One Night: Winner Take All | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Yes, yes, I would. These games are must watch affairs. How often can you say that about the first round of the playoffs?

“You hope that the best teams wind up in the playoffs in a series that is fair, that people would deem fair, just as a fan,” starter Charlie Morton said shortly after the Pirates lost to the Cardinals, the definitive stroke in their relegation to a third consecutive wild-card game. “Do you really want to see two of the top three or four teams in all of baseball play a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates, playoffs, wild card

Joe Maddon is everything you want in a manager — and a person | Chicago Sun-Times

But is he nice to dogs and little kids? I bet he is.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managers

Ichiro Suzuki signs with Miami Marlins |

Will Ichiro get the the 300 AB he’ll need to reach the milestone?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: chasing 3000, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Marlins’ president Samson regrets unorthodox move of GM as manager - Sun Sentinel

Who could have predicted this result?

“Do I regret doing what we did? I think it’s hard to say that I don’t because it did not have the desired result on the field, it did not accomplish what we expected it to accomplish,” Samson said. “So, do I regret coming to that conclusion? Yes, I do. I regret everything that doesn’t work.

“I think he did the best he could given the fact that he was put in a less than ideal situation.”

As to why Jennings didn’t succeed in turning the season around, Samson ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, managers, marlins

The Best 2015 MLB Teams, According To Our New Ratings | FiveThirtyEight

FiveThirtyEight like the Blue Jays. They really like them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, rankings

OTP October 2015 II: Religion, Politics, Baseball - America’s Favorite Pastimes Come Under the Microscope in Shaking the Tree’s Gorgeous PASSION PLAY PART III

PASSION PLAY PART III centers on a group of actors who have been performing the Passion together in small-town North Dakota for years. This isn’t just a group of actors, it’s a family. The actor who plays Pontius Pilate is both the husband of the actress who plays Mary and the brother of the actor who plays Jesus. And he’s about to leave for the Vietnam War. The play holds up a microscope to the things we as a society hold most dear—religion, politics, even baseball—and asks us to consider the ...

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 07, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 716 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, religion

Dallas Keuchel efficient in Wild Card start |

Congrats to the Astros!

“Incredible pitcher,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He showed a lot of resiliency. He wasn’t at his best, but six innings scoreless at Yankee Stadium, in the biggest moment. If that’s not his best, we can take anything he can give us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, wild card, yankees

2015 NL Wild Card Game OMNICHATTER

8 Eastern: Cubs (Arrieta) at Pirates (Cole), FS1

Winner to NLDS against Cardinals


Gamingboy Posted: October 07, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 922 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I Love Wrigley Field, But as a Wheelchair User, I Sure Wish It Was Easier to Navigate

Were we all actually expected to sit completely in the main aisle and become an obstacle course for drunken fans on hotdog and beer runs? Wasn’t that a fire code hazard? An emergency exit violation?

Apparently not. Cubs spokesman Julian Green told me later that our assigned seating was perfectly legal. Sitting completely out in a main aisle without any protective barriers? It’s a go, if the aisle is considered wide enough.

I fought back tears of frustration. I was already in pain because ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2015 at 10:27 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: ada, cubs, handicapped, wheelchair access, wrigley field

The Cubs Might Have Screwed Themselves By Screwing Kris Bryant

Can’t resist. . .

And that makes tomorrow night’s game a vivid example of how a team’s micromanaging cheapness can bite it in the ass.

To be fair, it’s a small bite. In baseball, home-field advantage means the host wins roughly 54 percent of the time. The thing here is how obvious the counterfactual is to work out. The most basic illustrator is WAR—Wins Above Replacement, which offers an estimate of how many wins an individual player creates. We’ll use Fangraphs’ version of the ...

McCoy Posted: October 06, 2015 at 10:21 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Brewers fire numerous coaches

from the article

One day after finishing a dismal 2015 season with a 68-94 record, the Brewers did some major house cleaning on their coaching staff, firing everyone except hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar.

Pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bench coach Jerry Narron, first base coach Mike Guerrero, bullpen coach Lee Tunnell and assistant hitting coach John Shelby did not have their contracts renewed. Kranitz, Narron and Shelby had been on the staff since former manager Ron ...

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: October 06, 2015 at 07:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, craig counsell, firings, milwaukee, ron roenicke

Toronto Blue Jays Big Favorites as 2015 MLB Postseason Begins

It begins again: Rational Pastime projections for the 2015 postseason. Tonight, the RP model has the Houston Astros as slight favorites over the New York Yankees. Were these teams evenly matched, the Yanks would be favored 54-46, thanks to home field advantage. However, my RP Score system believes that the Astros are a better team.

As for the rest of the playoffs, the model—which relies on the Log 5 equation and Matt Swarz’s numbers for home field advantage—picks the Toronto Blue Jays to ...

J-Doug Posted: October 06, 2015 at 04:19 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, pirates, playoffs, projections, rangers, royals, yankees

How Pittsburgh Pirates built playoff roster |

There is a line of thinking, probably prevalent among most baseball fans, that the Pittsburgh Pirates are a strictly homegrown operation. While there is an important core of players signed and developed entirely by the organization that has been vital to this extended stretch of success, the truth is if it weren’t for the trade market, the Pirates wouldn’t be headed to the postseason for the third year in a row.

“The reality of a small market is you have to be creative in finding talent ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, playoffs

After 1,691 games, Royals outfielder Alex Rios will finally get to experience postseason

For all Rios has observed and encountered in the game, though, he’ll witness something else he’s never seen before when the Royals begin postseason play Thursday at Kauffman Stadium against the winner of the American League Wild Card Game between Houston and the New York Yankees.

That would be himself as part of a playoff game, thus ending the longest drought among active players.

The closest he’s come before was playing for the Rangers in a Game 163 as they tried and failed to sneak ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2015 at 02:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rios, post-season experience, royals

Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2016

As explained here, Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors have developed an accurate model to project arbitration salaries.  Many MLB teams and agencies reference our projections in their work.  You won’t find anything else like this on the Internet!  Click here to download an Excel spreadsheet with all the projected salaries.  The number in parentheses next to each player is his Major League service time (Years.Days) through 2015 (172 days constitutes a full year of Major League service, per the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2015 at 02:12 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, mlb trade rumors

Pennants Pursued – The Hardball Times

The playoff teams though the GM lens.

Several years ago, Hall of Fame GM Pat Gillick named the Rangers’ Jon Daniels, a New York born and raised Ivy Leaguer, as the general manager who most reminded him of himself, despite their different backgrounds: “I always kind of considered myself a little bit adventurous, (willing) to try out new ideas and I think … he’s got a lot of the (new) nuances that you have in baseball,” Gillick said. Like Gillick, Daniels has proven adept at finding ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, playoffs

At 21, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is a true student of the game - Chicago Tribune

I am still shocked the A’s traded Russell.

“(PNC’s infield) may be different than the last time,” Russell said. “You’ve got to take all those things into consideration, and I test the dirt to see how it plays. That’s being game-cautious and being aware.”

Although Russell doesn’t possess the same arm strength as Javier Baez or Castro, he frequently puts himself in position to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible with proper footwork.

“I’m not going to be as flashy, but I’ll get the job ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs

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