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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Former MLB star Lenny Dykstra indicted on cocaine, meth and terroristic threat charges

The continued saga of the rise and fall of Lenny Dykstra adds a new chapter.

ELIZABETH, N.J.—Former Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra has been indicted by a Union County (New Jersey) grand jury on two drug charges and allegedly threatening an Uber driver during a May incident in Linden, N.J.

Dykstra was indicted on possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine, both third-degree crimes, according to the indictment handed up Tuesday. He was also indicted on a terroristic ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:32 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cocaine, indicted, lenny dykstra, uber

Kris Bryant turned down huge multiyear deal

The Cubs made an attempt to lock up Kris Bryant to a multiyear deal in the neighborhood of $200 million, but the superstar third baseman turned down the deal in recent months, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday. ESPN’s Dave Kaplan was the first to report the offer and its rejection. The club has not confirmed such an offer.

Bryant and agent Scott Boras are inclined to proceed on a year-by-year salary increase through arbitration before Bryant becomes a free agent after the 2021 season. ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:25 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extension, cubs, dollah dollah bills, y'all, kris bryant


Arizona Diamondbacks to explore MLB trade market as offseason begins

They will have to be very creative to get a team to take on a big chunk of his contract and bring back young talent.

Right-hander Zack Greinke is a possible example. He is owed more than $31 million a year over the next three seasons, and if the Diamondbacks were to find a taker – even if it meant paying down some of his contract – they potentially could bring back young talent in a trade and free up money to be spent strategically on smaller, upside plays in free agency.

The ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 01:37 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-10-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, October 10, 1918:

The New York Giants will likely change hands before the December baseball meetings [in New York], it was learned from an authoritative source last night. Harry N. Hempstead, president of the club, is known to be eager to sell the outfit, and is at present considering a tentative offer made him by a prominent New York businessman.

Arnold Rothstein - yes, that one - brokered this deal to sell the Giants to the family that would eventually move the team to ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 10, 2018 at 12:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

John Henry praises Red Sox top to bottom, criticizes media | NBC Sports Boston

I bet he thinks the Globe’s coverage is the worst.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: john henry, red sox

Rockies Have a Blueprint for Long-term Deal With Arenado

Will Blackmon’s downturn give the Rockies cold feet with Arenado?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies

Using Swing Plane to Coach Hitters: a Deeper Look - Driveline Baseball

Science and data is helping pitchers. It can help hitters too.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting

Max Muncy’s single off a 103-mph fastball was a rare triumph for the human mind – Orange County Register

Now, some hitters will have seen this velocity even before reaching the professional ranks. The adjustment process begins sooner. As Roberts said, “95 is the new 90. That’s just what their normal is.”
What Muncy did against Hicks was not normal.

“The real separator from the highest levels to the level beneath,” Ochart said, “are the visual and the neurological ability to see and perceive and, I guess, be able to know and guess where the ball’s going to be based on a small amount ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, max muncy

Brewers look to emulate 1982 AL champions

MILWAUKEE—Cecil Cooper willed the baseball to earth and Charlie Moore greeted Jim Gantner at home plate with a hug. Marshall Edwards made a catch. Robin Yount fielded Rod Carew’s grounder and threw him out at first base.

And Dwayne Mosely, who had the radio call while Bob Uecker was poised to interview players in the wake of the Brewers’ pennant-clinching win in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, bellowed, “Milwaukee, you have a World Series!”

It all happened 36 years ago ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: 1982, brewers

Giancarlo Stanton’s first postseason with the Yankees was a disappointing dud

Giancarlo Stanton stood at the plate with a chance to rewrite the narrative of his first year with the New York Yankees. It was the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees were on the brink of postseason elimination and he represented the tying run.

A homer here? He could forget about all those boos after strikeouts in April and May, because the people in Yankee Stadium sure would. A homer here? He’d be a Yankees legend already. He’d be the guy who saved their season when it looked like the ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, yankees

Yankees manager Aaron Boone regrets slow hook of Severino

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone regrets his slow hook of Luis Severino.

Given a night to reflect on New York’s record-setting 16-1 loss to Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees’ rookie manager said he would not have let his ace take the mound for the fourth inning down 3-0 after allowing five singles and several hard-hit outs.

“Certainly in hindsight, when he doesn’t get an out, I’d like to have that back,” Boone said before Game 4 on Tuesday. “Being able to look back in ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron boone, luis severino, yankees

Chris Sale to Red Sox doubters: ‘Keep comin’ with it’

NEW YORK — Chris Sale does not mind if you doubt, have doubted, or intend to doubt the 2018 Red Sox.

After 13 pitches in a perfect eighth-inning appearance on Tuesday night in the decisive game of the ALDS, Sale was asked about the level of respect the Sox received leading into and during the series. The Sox finished off the Yanks with two consecutive wins in New York, the last one a 4-3 victory on Tuesday.

“We’re here now. Doesn’t matter. Anybody outside of this clubhouse can say ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, hubris, red soxs

Broadcasters Rod Allen, Mario Impemba won’t return to Detroit Tigers

As expected, the Detroit Tigers will have a new television broadcast team next season.

After a late-season falling out escalated to a physical altercation on Sept. 4, longtime Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters Rod Allen and Mario Impemba will not return next season, according to multiple persons with knowledge of the situation.

The end of their lengthy run is not surprising: Both Allen and Impemba did not appear on the air for the remainder of the season after the incident.

Should we all come ...

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QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, fired, tigers

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

“By now I’m entirely consumed with it, and only marginally able to do anything else”: Bill James can’t stop dreaming about baseball – The Athletic

I know exactly how he feels. I also know I wouldn’t be making this post without ever finding and reading his books.

“The more you know about the game, the more enjoyable — the more fun it becomes,” James says. “And this cycle has been running in me for 50 years, so that by now I’m entirely consumed with it, and only marginally able to do anything else.

“And I’m up in my dirty little office upstairs, just obsessively studying this and that. Not because I have to … I just can’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, pay site

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Ron Darling doesn’t have a Luis Severino regret — but he should

How quickly can Google Maps find a route from a molehill to a mountain?

When Severino failed, Darling did as well, drawing a straight line from his pregame prep to his poor outing, declaring as fact that Severino warmed up late and left early.

“That was a cute line,” Darling said in our interview. “You are going into break. You are trying to find something interesting to say. That’s a going-to-break line. But I understand what you are saying.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, ron darling, yankees

Nick Cafardo: Red Sox manager Alex Cora went against analytics in Game 3 — and the result was spectacular

Alex Cora managed it. It’s that simple.

He saw that what he had drawn up wasn’t working. As much as he loved and believed in the lineups in the first two games, he had left two of the hotter hitters of the past couple of weeks on the bench. So even though Brock Holt and Rafael Devers had horrific numbers against Luis Severino, he put them in the lineup anyway.

This was one of those nonanalytic moments. Cora simply had a feeling, a Joe Morgan hunch, that the two lefthanded hitters would do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2018 at 01:43 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, red soxs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2018

Washington Herald, October 9, 1918:

Capt. Christy Mathewson of the Chemical Warfare Service, U.S.A., has arrived in France, according to authentic information from private sources and has been sent to a training school for instructors.

It has been said and written that Capt. Mathewson and other ball players from here who joined the colors later than others will meet with cool receptions by the boys who have been on the firing line.
...
Surely, Capt. Mathewson ought not to be criticized. As soon ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 09, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, dugout, history, world war i

Astros Blast Past Cleveland Into LCS

The Astros passed their first October test as the defending World Series champions with flying colors, burying the Indians with a relentless offense and solid pitching on Monday afternoon to earn a champagne celebration they hope won’t be their last.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 09, 2018 at 09:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, indians, postseason

Rosters stacked with talent, including Vlad Guerrero Jr., as Arizona Fall League kicks off

Ronald Acuna Jr.’s grand slam on Sunday fueled the Atlanta Braves in their Game 3 win in the National League Division Series. A year ago this month, he was roaming the outfield for the Peoria Javelinas.

Acuna stands as the latest example of how the splendor of the Arizona Fall League never fully reveals itself until after the fact, by which point it becomes clear that the best players in the league are more than capable of starring at the game’s highest level.

The next wave of fall ...

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QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, vladimir guerrero jr.

Youngest Braves home-schooled on cruelty of the postseason

For the youngest Braves, Monday night at SunTrust Park was the same painful rite of passage navigated by so many of their forebears.

While it certainly was nothing new for those in the Braves’ home dugout to end a season watching someone else celebrate a postseason series victory, it hadn’t happened before in this particular ballpark. Call it another kind of SunTrust Park christening, the kind no one wants to attend. 

And it certainly never had happened to Ozzie Albies.

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, postseason

MLB playoffs: Alex Bregman says Astros belong on ‘primetime television’ after day-game relegation in ALDS

I’m inclined to be sympathetic- but, then again, my perspective is skewed by being a resident of the West Coast, which gives me a perspective on live broadcasting different from that of the denizens of the Eastern and Central Time Zones…..

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, broadcasting, primetime

Yankees Endure Their Worst Postseason Loss Ever as Red Sox Win 16-1 in Game 3

Behind a seven-run fourth inning, a cycle from Brock Holt and a slew of questionable decisions by Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the Red Sox took control of their Division Series against New York with an impressive 16–1 demolition in Game 3. Boston can finish the series on Tuesday night in the Bronx, but before we look ahead to that one, here are three thoughts from a wild rout at Yankee Stadium.

Things looked good for Boston early in Game 1, when the lineup put up five runs in the first three ...

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QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the agony of defeat, yankees

Red Sox’s Brock Holt hits first cycle in MLB playoff history

Brock Holt stands alone in baseball history.

The Boston Red Sox infielder became the first player in MLB history to hit for the cycle in a postseason game.

He completed the feat in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’s 16-1 Game 3 rout of the rival New York Yankees, hitting a two-run homer off Austin Romine – a catcher who was called on to throw the final inning of the blowout.

Congratulations- it’s always impressive to be a first at something like this.

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, hitting for the cycle

Red Sox vs. Yankees: Angel Hernandez has three calls overturned by replay in first four innings

Veteran umpire Angel Hernandez doesn’t have a good reputation among fans and we can probably loop in the players and managers, too, given his history of quick ejections. Last season, Ian Kinsler suggested Hernandez find another line of work. I’d say after Joe West, Hernandez is probably the umpire fans most know, and that’s not a good sign. A good umpire is pretty anonymous and that makes perfect sense: We notice when you mess up or make the game about you.

Hernandez didn’t have any issues ...

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QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angel hernandez, overturned, umpiring

Monday, October 08, 2018

Fangraphs: The Dodgers Might Be in Actual Legal Trouble

...the Dodgers are evidently a prime target of the probe.

One particularly remarkable document shows that Dodgers executives in 2015 went so far as to develop a database that measured the perceived “level of egregious behavior” displayed by 15 of their own employees in Latin America. That is, using a scale of 1 to 5—“innocent bystander” to “criminal”—front-office executives assessed their own staff’s level of corruption. Five employees garnered a “criminal” rating.

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manchestermets Posted: October 08, 2018 at 03:07 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, international signings, mafia

The MLB Network broadcast (and Rockies scoreboard) struggled with some Brewers names and facts Sunday night

Jim Kaat will be 80 in a few weeks so he can point to age. But Costas is supposed to be awesome doing baseball and on Sunday he was kind of an embarrassment.

Master of the Horse Posted: October 08, 2018 at 12:56 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bob costas, colorado rockies, milwaukee brewers, mlb network

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-8-2018

Pittsburgh Press, October 8, 1918:

Indignant at the slight put upon the Boston Redsox through Ban Johnson’s scheme for investigating the disbursement of the 10 per cent of winnings from the world’s series, John (Stuffy) McInnis, first baseman of the Boston team, has come forward to the defense of his teammates, insisting that it will be found that the money was properly expended.
...
“[Johnson] had better go carefully. He is getting in deep water. We have some rights that are to be considered ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 08, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 October 8: Hugh Jackman’s ‘The Front Runner’ Confronts The Political Conundrum Of Our Time

The picture drops us into the thick of the 1984 campaign right as Hart (a low-key and weather Jackman, oddly eschewing his usual star charisma) conceding the nomination to Walter Mondale. As you know, Mondale got slaughtered by Ronald Regan in the general election, losing all but one state in the electoral college (despite still winning 41% of the popular vote). So, four years later, Hart is back in the thick of it, as he argues that the failed 1984 campaign was partially to introduce himself ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 08, 2018 at 09:00 AM | 1559 comment(s)
  Beats: movie, off topic, politics

Sunday, October 07, 2018

End Of An Era For Dodgers And Clayton Kershaw, Win Or Lose

It’s not that Clayton Kershaw isn’t the ace anymore. Not necessarily. It’ just that now he’s a little closer to being one of 25 Dodgers than he was before. Which isn’t to say he isn’t a team player. Not at all. It’s just that now, in his 11th season in Los Angeles, he doesn’t have to be the center of his team’s universe. All that matters is 11 postseason wins, no matter how you get them.

Which means, I’d argue, it’s the end of an era for the Dodgers and Mr. Kershaw. A sunset, if you will. ...

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QLE Posted: October 07, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, end of an era

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