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Monday, September 08, 2014

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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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) 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 | 340 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

OMNICHATTER 9-8-2014

21 game-days remain (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 08, 2014 at 12:21 AM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, September 07, 2014

[Freddie] Freeman Finishes At .135 Against Marlins

MIAMI — Freddie Freeman had a hit in each of his last five games against the Marlins, but the Braves All-Star first baseman still finished with an almost unfathomable .135 average (10-for-74) against them this season….

He has hit a combined .314 with 57 extra-base hits (16 homers) and 64 RBIs in 124 games against everyone else….

Probably not of interest to anyone who isn’t a Braves or Marlins fan, but falls under that always interesting category of “Curious Baseball Stats.”

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 07, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, marlins

NY Post: Stars and fans embrace Jeter in Yankee Stadium ceremony

Jeter received numerous gifts from the Yankees, including a massage machine — since he’s old and retiring, get it? — a commemorative crystal, a trip to Italy and a donation of $222,222.22 to his Turn 2 Foundation.

First 20,000 Women (18 and over) received a gift basket including an autographed ball. :)

bobm Posted: September 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, yankees

OMNICHATTER 9-7-2014

22 days remain (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 07, 2014 at 12:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Baer: Jonathan Lucroy has broken the doubles record for catchers

With a first-inning double in tonight’s game against the Cardinals, his 48th of the season, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy broke the doubles record for catchers, per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter. Ivan Rodriguez held the record previously, doubling 47 times in 1996 though two of those doubles were hit as a DH. 41 of Lucroy’s 48 doubles have been hit when he has been in the lineup as a catcher (six at first base, one at DH)...

he entered the night with a .299/.366/.476 slash line along ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 06, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, catchers, history, ivan rodriguez, jonathan lucroy, records

Young fan’s nice gesture

The kid has skills.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2014 at 10:54 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, video

Telebrands founder interested in Newark ball team

The man who persuaded Americans to buy millions of Hurricane Mops, Slice-O-Matics, Pocket Hoses and other household gadgets advertised in infomercials thinks he can do something other New Jersey entrepreneurs have failed to do - sell tickets to baseball games at Newark’s Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

NattyBoh Posted: September 06, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: can-am league, independent leagues, newark

Cards, Brewers Exchange Words After Last Out

This Unlikable Catcher Brushed Up Against This Fiery Closer While Walking Off The Field.  You Won’t Believe What Happens Next.

Guapo Posted: September 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: aj pierogi, brawls, brewers, cardinals, francisco rodriguez

NY Times: The Man Who Spins Pinstripes Into Gold

Brandon Steiner’s mind was churning as he watched the groundskeepers carrying their rakes off the Yankee Stadium infield.

“I can sell those,” he said. “I can put a plaque on them and have Derek sign them.”

What Yankees fan, he asked, wouldn’t want to gather fallen leaves or clear a garden with the rakes that once smoothed the dirt on which Derek Jeter roamed?...

“Pre-Steiner, we had two sets of bases for the season, and we’d repaint them and put them back on the field,” ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 06, 2014 at 07:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: business, yankees

Melky Cabrera will have season-ending surgery on broken pinkie finger

Free agent this offseason, which will be interesting.

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a broken pinkie finger sliding back into first base when Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez made a snap throw to first base in the third inning of tonight’s game at Fenway Park… Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports that Cabrera will undergo season-ending surgery to fix the broken finger. It’s a big loss for the Blue Jays, who are still within striking distance for either of the two ...
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The District Attorney Posted: September 06, 2014 at 01:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, melky cabrera

OMNICHATTER 9-6-2014

23 game days remain (including today). Do YOU know what YOUR magic number is?

Gamingboy Posted: September 06, 2014 at 12:17 AM | 191 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, September 05, 2014

Gammons: Looking ahead at the Indians’ Big Four power arms

“Danny Baseball”? Nah, never mind.

as [Indians manager Terry] Francona., his coaches and special aides de camp like Jason Giambi have built a unique culture, so, too, they have put together what looking forward is arguably the biggest power rotation in the American League. When Danny Salazar shut out the Tigers Wednesday night, averaging more than 96.7, hitting 99.4, running his scoreless streak to 17 innings, it culminated a 22 game skein in which the Cleveland starters threw 131 1/3 innings, ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, corey kluber, danny salazar, indians, trevor bauer

Everth Cabrera arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana

Man, we’re trying to get it legalized, don’t be a dummy!

Padres infielder Everth Cabrera was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of marijuana. TMZ reports...

Cabrera has spent a lot of time on the disabled list this season, playing in only 90 games and posting a line of .232/.272/.300.

The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 04:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: everth cabrera, padres

Ron Washington resigns

Bogar’s name often comes up for other jobs, so he might be more than interim.

Best of luck to Ron.

Ron Washington issued the following statement regarding his resignation today as manager of the Texas Rangers: 

 
“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love – managing the Rangers – in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter.   As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family…

Bench coach Tim ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 03:58 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, ron washington, tim bogar

Rickey at the Mic

Earl Robinson.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise that Rickey Henderson, baseball’s most prolific base stealer, stole the show at his 2009 Hall of Fame induction, but the way he did it was…  there was a conspicuous lack of crazy. The anecdotes he told were eloquent and funny. The gratitude he expressed was heartfelt and gracious…

how did he pull it off? I found the unlikely answer in a San Jose Mercury News article one month after the ceremony: Leading up to his induction, Rickey had enrolled ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 01:42 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: earl robinson, hall of fame, rickey henderson

OT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014

Let’s see if I did this right.

Sep. 6: Mexico v. Chile (Friendly), Flamengo v. Gremio (Brasileiro)

Sep. 7: Germany v. Scotland (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 8: Switzerland v. England (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 9: Czech Republic v. Netherlands (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 10: River Plate v. Godoy Cruz de Mendoza (Copa Sudamericana)

Sep. 11: Boca Juniors v. Rosario Central (Copa Sudamericana), Cruzeiro v. Bahia (Brasileiro)

Sep. 12: Lyon v. Monaco (Ligue 1),  Seattle Sounders v. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

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The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 264 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

NY Daily News: Terry Collins’ future with NY Mets has become tough to read

Also, Matt Harvey will throw a few more bullpen sessions and then be shut down, and some Grim LeRogue wannabe can’t talk to Justin Turner.

Unsure about the Mets leadership situation? Join the club. As someone whose job is to report on these things, I’d like to relay that the signs emanating from the organization are foggier than in recent years, and that in itself is interesting.

It’s not just reporters who are unsure. There seems to be genuine internal debate and uncertainty over what the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: justin turner, matt harvey, mets, terry collins

The New York Daily News will no longer print images of Chief Wahoo

There is a move afoot for newspapers and other news organizations to refer to the Washington Redskins as “Washington,” or to otherwise avoid using the name of the team which many people consider to be epithet. Now at least one newspaper is extending that practice to racist imagery as well. The New York Daily News:

  Yesterday, the News published this great editorial about the Washington team name. Today, we can also tell you that the paper will no longer use the Cleveland Indians’ ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:07 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: chief wahoo, indians, new york mets, offensive logos

MLB-backed Stand Up To Cancer hosts fourth telethon

Stand Up To Cancer, backed from the outset in 2008 by founding donor Major League Baseball and supported year-round by MLB and its 30 clubs, will stage its fourth biennial fundraising telethon live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles from 8-9 p.m. ET on Friday.

As somebody who knows people who have or had cancer, I’d like to say that this (and the related promotions done during the All-Star Game and World Series) is probably the classiest thing baseball does every year.

 

Gamingboy Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, mlb, screw cancer

Oakland A’s’ Billy Beane talks wheeling and dealing and his team’s playoff hopes

Somehow, I get the feeling this article was basically finished at least a couple of weeks ago…

Twelve years after the Moneyball season of 2002, any move GM Billy Beane makes is viewed through a kaleidoscopic haze of fiction and fact. His life can sometimes feel as if it’s based on a true story. Perhaps that’s why Beane, the object of so many conspiratorial whisperings, has largely retreated from public view. He turns down most interview requests and often escapes, in season, to his home on ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:44 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane

Baseball’s New Parity: A Myth

Interviewed at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, retiring commissioner Bud Selig was asked what part of his legacy he’s most proud of. Selig cited a new age of “competitive balance,” commonly referred to as parity—meaning that teams who spent large portions of the previous two decades as also-rans now have a chance to not only make the postseason, but make deep runs into October.

It’s a nice thought. There are 30 MLB teams, and for the most part recently, playoff success has been limited to ...

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Speier: Middlebrooks on winter ball decision: ‘It’s not like I’m going against [the Red Sox]‘

I think the brass legitimately still thinks Middlebrooks has the most to offer the team at 3B of the available options. I disagree.

Ultimately, Will Middlebrooks and the Red Sox want the same thing. Both the player and his team want to see the soon-to-be-26-year-old put in the best possible position to succeed on the field in 2015. Both parties want Middlebrooks to shed the desperate struggles that, after Thursday’s 0-for-3 performance that included a pair of strikeouts, see the third baseman ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, will middlebrooks

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