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Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Jays to play Reds in Olympic Stadium on April 3 and 4

Youppi!

Since a report from Montreal’s 98.5 FM’s Jeremy Filosa way back in mid-August that the Blue Jays were playing two spring training exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, there have been multiple confirmations by both Toronto (Shi Davidi) and national (Jon Morosi) reporters. Now we have a semi-official confirmation of the event: the two games now appear on both the Blue Jays’ and the Reds’ April schedules, as noticed by the eagle-eyed Rob Silver:

As of time of writing, event ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, montreal, olympic stadium, reds

Statcast: Dissecting Gordon’s odds of scoring | MLB.com

One more time with Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 04:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, world series

2014-2015 MLB free agent power ranking

Where will they all sign?

4. Hanley Ramirez

With Derek Jeter gone, we have a new why-is-he-still-playing-shortstop champion. If Ramirez still insists on playing short wherever he goes, feel free to slide him one down on this list. Ramirez isn’t the average-fueled monster who hit .345 with 20 homers in a half-season in 2013, but he’s still an excellent power hitter in a free agent market that isn’t flush with them. And, okay, technically he can still play up the middle.

If Shin-Soo ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Relix: Watch the Exact Moment the Phish Crowd Found Out the Giants Won the World Series

This is a pretty remarkable video, one that will surely give you chills if you have any connection to a sports team. During the first set of Phish’s show at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the San Francisco Giants were on the verge of clinching their third World Series in five years, cementing themselves as a modern-era dynasty.

As “The Moma Dance” kicked in, Pablo Sandoval caught the final out in foul territory, setting off the celebration. In the age of social media, ...

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Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: music, san francisco, san francisco giants

Gabe Kapler to the LA Dodgers Front Office? Misadventures in Twitter Direct Messages

So Gabe Kapler tweeted and deleted this tweet… #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/ee94pEUzuw

— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) October 31, 2014 ” cols=“100” rows=“20”

Gabe Kapler, who has been a baseball analyst with Fox Sports 1 and appeared on the MLB whip around coverage, may be going to the Los Angeles Dodgers in some front office capacity, if his apparently accidental tweet is an indicator. Kapler sent out (and has since deleted) the following, that may have been intended as another direct message to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, gabe kapler, social media

MLB.com - In pursuit of Maddon, Cubs dismiss Renteria

The money quote:

“Rick deserved to come back for another season as Cubs manager, and we said as much when we announced that he would be returning in 2015. We met with Rick two weeks ago for a long end-of-season evaluation and discussed plans for next season. We praised Rick to the media and to our season-ticket holders. These actions were made in good faith.

“Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon—who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ...

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The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 03:15 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, rick renteria

Sending Gordon | Joe Blogs

I will say this, though: If the Jirsch HAD sent Gordon home and Gordon HAD been thrown out by something comical like 30 or 40 feet, that would have created one hundred times the second-guessing that’s going on now. It would have been one of the greatest blunders in sports history. And people would still be wondering what was behind those other curtains, the ones that would never be opened.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Talking Ball with Jeffrey Radice – The Hardball Times

Few people ever have been more complicated—or controversial—than the late Dock Ellis. One moment, he could have been complaining publicly about something as trivial as the length of his hotel bed in San Francisco; the next, he might be visiting hardened criminals in the state penitentiary, doing his best to advise them on a straighter and narrower path.
It’s only natural that someone like Ellis would become the subject of a full-length documentary. Directed by Jeffrey Radice, No No: A ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 01:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dock ellis, documentaries, pirates

Free Agency Contract Calculator - Beyond the Box Score

I don’t have time to read this too closely but on a quick read it looks interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, sabermetrics

MLB—It’s time to back off on manager bashing - ESPN

“You’re always going to have those questions,” Bochy said of managerial criticism. “‘Well, you could have done this or done that or it may not work out.’ It’s part of the game now, more so now than ever. You understand that, but hey, it’s great people are watching the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, world series

Deadline: World Series Ratings: Game 7 Scores Home Run For Fox

the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.

By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tv ratings, world seres

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 31, 1914:

A sensation was sprung in baseball circles on Saturday when Connie Mack, manager of the Athletics, announced that he had asked waivers on Pitchers Bender, Plank and Coombs. These three men were the mainstay of the Philadelphia machine when it was at the height of its power.

There were unconfirmed reports [in Philadelphia] on Saturday that the three famous pitchers had been negotiating with the Feds and that this influenced Mack in his decision ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 31, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: chief bender, dugout, eddie plank, history, jack coombs

The Players’ Tribune: Jeter: The Clean Up

Now that we’ve got that World Series thing out of the way, we can turn our attention to important baseball developments, like Derek Jeter cleaning out his locker:

There were a few special items I knew I wanted to take home: The two bats I used for my last hits in Yankee Stadium and last hit at Fenway Park, the bases the Red Sox gave me from my final game. There were other items, too. But more than any one thing, I know what I’ll miss most of all is the people. So after spending way too long ...

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NY Times: In Rare Film, White Sox Before They Were Black Sox

The second segment is a series of “close-ups” of [1917 NL pennant winning] Giants filmed at the Polo Grounds. McGraw looked grimly at the camera and doffed his cap. Pitcher Ferdie Schupp was described on-screen as “the best twirler in the game;” right fielder Dave Robertson was said to “cover as much territory as a three-ring circus;” and the multisport star Jim Thorpe was introduced as the “Indian all-’round world champ.”

Click through for film excerpt.

bobm Posted: October 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: film, giants, history, white sox

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AP: Sandoval, Shields Among 121 Free Agents

Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Approximately 28 more players can become eligible, depending on contract options. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon ...

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bobm Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Statcast: Gordon stops 90 feet from tying Game 7

Gordon should have stayed at third. And so much more!


Boston.com: Youk Retires

We all knew this day was coming, he played this past season in Japan, but it’s still sad to see Youk go. At his peak he was one of the very best players in baseball, and a deserving member of two world series champion teams.

‘‘The Greek God of Walks’’ is walking away from the game.

Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and ‘07. He was traded to the Chicago ...

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AFL Saguaros at Rafters

Watch AFL Saguaros at Rafters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 09:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

Full Count » Red Sox sign Koji Uehara to 2-year contract

Big payday for Koji.

The Red Sox have signed reliever Koji Uehara to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $18 million total, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: koji uehara, red sox

Fielding Bible

The Cain award seems a little hoke.

The 2014 Fielding Bible Award winners are:

Multi-Position – Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
First Base – Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Second Base – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Third Base – Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Left Field – Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Center Field – Juan Lagares, New York Mets
Right Field – Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

No, Alex Gordon wouldn’t have scored an inside the park home run

No, Alex Gordon should not have been sent.

Perhaps a decision to run would have forced a poor throw home, but with a good throw Gordon would have been out easily. Regardless, that was a tremendous Game 7.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 158 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Send Alex Gordon! | FiveThirtyEight

Nate Silver thinks Alex Gordon should have been sent home.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Angell: The Best

I missed Christy Mathewson somehow but caught almost everyone else, down the years—Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson—but here was the best. Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ left-handed ace, coming on in relief last night in the fifth inning of the deciding seventh game of this vibrant World Series, gave up a little opening single, then retired fourteen straight Kansas City batters, gave up another hit, and then closed the deal. ...

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A Visit to Madison Bumgarner Country, and a Proud Father’s Home - NYTimes.com

Read this.

Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung opened the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl.

“Wooooooooooo.”

The man, Kevin Bumgarner, trundled back into his living room, waving at me to follow. He eased into his recliner, where he’d spent the last three hours in the highest of high anxiety, watching as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Newest Hall of Fame Candidates Announced

Kappelhalloffame…Maury Wills?

The 10-person ballot for consideration by this year’s Golden Era Committee consists of Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

Kaat (10 votes in 2011), Hodges (9 votes), Minoso (9 votes), Oliva (8 votes), Boyer (less than 3 votes) and Tiant (less than three votes) return to the ballot after appearing in the fall in 2011 in the first vote of the Golden Era Committee. Allen, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 30, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: hof


2014 Japan Series ends on runner’s interference call

Hey, there was another game yesterday. Who knew?

No replay to overturn calls in Japan.

Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2014

The [Missoula, MT] Daily Missoulian, October 30, 1914:

There is keen debate in eastern baseball circles over the actions of the former star of the Athletic team who, according to every bit of evidence in sight, coached and trained the Boston pitchers till they knew every point and every weakness of the Philadelphia batsmen.
...
[Sentimental people] point out how Connie Mack took this man when another club had dismissed him; how Mack made him rich through fat wages and world’s series coin; how ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 30, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, danny murphy, dugout, history

Madison Bumgarner, World Series legend - McCovey Chronicles

It’s all Madison Bumgarner.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, world series

Twinsights: Twins still have made no manager offers, source says - Twins Now

Joe Maddon certainly won’t end up with the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

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