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Thursday, September 24, 2015

30 for 30 Shorts: The Pittsburgh Drug Trials

Cocaine is a helluva drug.

Pittsburgh was the center of the sports world in 1979, home to the Super Bowl champion Steelers and the World Series champion Pirates. The Pirates and their rallying cry of “We Are Family” brought a renewed sense of pride to the city. But as it turned out, the family was dangerously dysfunctional, with many members succumbing to the temptation of cocaine and dragging baseball into a nationwide scandal. This film revisits that era and paints a picture of how, by ...


Grantland (Keri): The Big Three: Hudson, Mulder & Zito

A look back at the big three pitchers of the Oakland A’s.

Chris Fluit Posted: September 24, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, jonah keri, mark mulder, oakland a's, tim hudson


The OMNICHATTER isn’t over until it’s over.

Gamingboy Posted: September 24, 2015 at 12:18 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Angell: Matt’s Case

It was 11–2 Yankees in the end, by which time I was snug in bed with the lights out, reviewing the debacle. There in the dark, I suddenly found myself thinking of Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain,” a bygone, not-always-read-all-the-way-through classic that offers many heavyweight causeries among weakened but gallant TB patients and attending staff in a mountain sanatorium. Action, as I recall (I was seventeen when I first read the book), is outweighed by long-winded—no: ...


Detroit Tigers send Bruce Rondon home for season due to ‘effort level’

Maybe the whole team should just pack it in for the year.

Bruce Rondon is long gone.

Rondon went from the closer to the Detroit Tigers to being banished for the remainder of the season due to lack of effort.

“Bruce Rondon, because of his effort level, has been sent home,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Tuesday afternoon at the start of his pregame session with media members. “Other than saying that (general manager) Al Avila and myself completely agreed on it, there will be no other ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce rondon, tigers

Does It Matter Who You Beat On the Way to the Playoffs? | FanGraphs Baseball

I can’t stress enough how rough this study is. The .500 line is somewhat arbitrary, and this says nothing about the timing of playing those .500+ teams and sub-.500 teams. And, record isn’t always the best indicator of performance. On, and on. I know where most of the flaws are in here. I also know this quick study in no way encourages me to dig deeper, because I’m not convinced there’s anything there. It’s true that the Mets have played a soft schedule. It’s true that the Jays have ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, sabermetrics

NY Times:  Late Rally for Doc Adams, a Jeter Before There Were Mitts 

Before Derek Jeter made his mark as New York’s most illustrious shortstop, there was another player, popularly known as Doc Adams, who in the mid-1800s invented the position while playing for a different local powerhouse, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club.

Daniel Lucius Adams (that was his formal name) was a pioneering figure in the sport’s early years, when mitts were unheard-of, balls were spongy, pitches were thrown underhand and the game’s rules were far from standardized — ...

bobm Posted: September 23, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: doc adams, history

Full Count » Scott Boras won’t rule out extension talks for Xander Bogaerts

Ugh, I didn’t know Boras is Bogaerts agent.

According to Boras, the breakout year shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

“From an evaluation standpoint, two years, three years ago, four years ago, when we first saw Xander play when he was just an entry-level player, we felt he was going to be a superstar,” the agent noted. “He had the ability. Then the question was getting the durability, the strength, and then getting the performance acumen that you can only learn at the major league ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Mariners notebook: Felix Hernandez expects to make his next start on schedule | The News Tribune

The final word on whether Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will make his next start on schedule will hinge on how his elbow feels after playing catch on Wednesday.

But Hernandez still harbors no doubt he’ll stay on schedule. He had no problems Tuesday in playing catch and foresees nothing preventing him from starting Friday against the Angels in Anaheim.

“It ain’t happening,” he said dismissively.

Hernandez exited Sunday’s 9-2 victory at Texas as a precaution in the sixth inning ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Yogi Berra quotes |

My favorite.

About a St. Louis restaurant: “No one goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Edit: More great quotes at USA Today.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, yankees, yogi berra

2015 Scouting Report - By the Fans, For the Fans

It’s that time of year again.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Editorial: PawSox fiasco - Opinion - - Providence, RI

This is the oldest ownership ploy in the book. You can’t extort a community without an option, whether the option is truly viable or not.

The new owners — several of whom have Rhode Island connections — have made plain they will not keep the franchise at McCoy Stadium, an outmoded park in a gritty industrial neighborhood of Pawtucket. Are Worcester or Springfield, medium-sized cities in Massachusetts, options? We have our doubts. Greater Providence remains one of AAA baseball’s best ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, stadium deals, stadiums

Once Phillies get a GM, new prez expects to be active in free agency

“I’m going to give you a Dwight Eisenhower quote,” MacPhail said. “He found when he went to battle that plans were useless, but planning was indispensable. So we do plan. We have our planning, and our planning at this point is recognizing where we are. There is some talent that we have we think is viable talent, but it needs to come percolate and demonstrate that it’s real. And after that period, you might go forward.

“But do you really want to commit after you’ve just been in that pool and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy macphail, general managers, phillies

Yogi Berra, Hall of Famer and Yankees great, dies at 90

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours”

Yogi Berra’s baseball exploits as a New York Yankees catching great spoke for themselves. He spoke for himself in a charmingly fractured way that introduced “Yogi-isms” such as “It’s déjà vu all over again” into the American lexicon.

The Hall of Famer died at the of 90 on Tuesday evening, the Yogi Berra Museum announced. He undoubtedly would be reminding people of what he once said: “You should always go to other ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, obituary, yankees, yogi berra


The Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra Memorial OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Yogi Berra, Master Yankee Catcher With Goofy Wit, Dies at 90

Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90.

...The character Yogi Berra may even have overshadowed the Hall of ...

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, yogi berra

Zito, Hudson to square off against each other on Saturday

The Giants-A’s series at the Oakland Coliseum this weekend will be a great one for nostalgia buffs. Giants right-hander Tim Hudson will square off against A’s lefty Barry Zito on Saturday at 1:05 p.m., then Hudson, Zito and Mark Mulder—the A’s one-time fabulous Big Three—will be honored during pre-game ceremonies on Sunday before the A’s host the Giants at 1:05.



spanx for the memories Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland athletics, san francisco giants Baker, Acta candidates to be Marlins manager in ‘16

As the Marlins enter their final homestand of the season, the organization already is weighing its managerial candidates for 2016. Miami is seeking an experienced manager, and a source told that Dusty Baker is a very strong candidate.

Swedish Chef Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managerial search, managers, marlins

Pine Belt Major League Baseball player dies

Walter Young Junior played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005, and since 2011 he worked as a resource officer for the Lamar County School District.
Young was 35 years old.

Much, much too soon.

Young hit the longest home run I’ve ever seen in person. I’ll never forget him.

Sadness vs. Euphoria: Fans Script Endings to Mets’ Season

The Mets are cruising to the National League East title and their first playoff berth since 2006. The Mets are going to collapse over the final two weeks of the regular season and add another chapter of ignominy to their history.

Which way will it go?

We invited readers to look into the Mets’ future and write the first paragraph of their last game article. Should it describe a collapse that ends with the regular-season finale? Or jubilation after Game 7 of the World Series? Or something in ...

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fanfiction, lolmets, mets, mets being mets

Pete Mackanin extended, will be Phillies manager in 2016

Looks like 2016 will be a Re-Pete for Phillies fans.

When Ryne Sandberg stepped down from his post as Phillies manager earlier this season, Pete Mackanin was named as the interim manager. Tuesday, the Phillies announced that he will be the manager for the 2016 season.

“The Phillies are pleased that Pete has accepted the position of manager for the 2016 season,” said Andy MacPhail, new club president, in a statement. “We believe that Pete is the best fit for the role. Since assuming the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, pete mackanin, phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-23-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, September 23, 1915:


Bill Brennan, chief of the Federal League umpires, has chewed so much licorice this season that he hates to hear the word “licorice” mentioned…Because of President Gilmore’s edict of last spring, prohibiting players for coloring or purposely soiling new balls it has been necessary for the umpires to remove the gloss from all balls furnished the teams this season.
The indicator handlers ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

There She Is, Myth America « Our Game

John Thorn talks about a couple of classic baseball movies.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books, movies

Joey Votto on Aging | FanGraphs Baseball

Great stuff from Eno Harris.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds, sabermetrics

BP: David Stearns Continues Baseball’s Ivy Invasion

Stearns represents what David Lennon called “baseball’s new executives” at Newsday: young, highly educated white men with advanced baseball experience, but whose training prepared them for Wall Street instead of sports. It’s a new era for the Brewers, who join a seeming ever growing list of teams prioritizing education over experience in front offices.

eddieot Posted: September 22, 2015 at 12:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david stearns, general managers

Stats Can’t Tell Us Whether Mike Trout Or Josh Donaldson Should Be MVP | FiveThirtyEight

Are you ready for a WAR on confidence levels?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp, sabermetrics, war

Peter Gammons: Red Sox could use an “Alpha Dog” to fill top of rotation -

There is a long way to go in all this. Dombrowski may try to move some of the money owed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, which may not be simple propositions. Ownership may want to restrict pitching contracts. They may look at the fact that four of the top pitchers in WAR are Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, John Lackey (the ask-out fallout from the Lester offer) and Chris Archer; the work put in the last two months in developing and finding pitchers has been tireless and creative.

Alpha dogs ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, free agents, johnny cueto, pitching, red sox, zach greinke

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-22-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, September 22, 1915:

There should be a general celebration among the fans tomorrow, for this Sept. 23rd will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the adoption of the first code of rules to govern the great merican [sic] pastime. While the first baseball contest was played in Hoboken in 1846, under these rules, the code itself was promulgated by the Knickerbocker club of New York on Cept. [sic] 23, 1845.

...which makes tomorrow the 170th birthday of baseball, if ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 22, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Blue Jays’ MVP candidate Josh Donaldson features unique inner confidence | FOX Sports

Huh, I guess the new guy at work isn’t really a jackass, he’s a fledgling superstar.

“It was like Day 3, and I was like, ‘Who the heck is that?’” Gomes recalls. “He had a big old knee kick, was hitting moon shots over the scoreboard.

“The guys who had been there were like, ‘He’s kind of a jackass, kind of like in his own world. He does this. He does that.’ I thought in my head, ‘Those are all characteristics of a superstar. That’s how superstars act.’”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, josh donaldson, mvp

Cubs’ Theo Epstein supports Joe Maddon’s stand against Cardinals Way - Chicago Tribune

Most great organizations have a handbook to promote consistency within their systems. If any of you have copies of your organization’s document, I would very much like to get a copy for a project that I’m working on.

Epstein said it was not so much a knock on the Cardinals Way but an affirmation the Cubs aren’t going to back down.

“The way they run their shop and their front office, just because we hate them doesn’t mean we can’t respect the job they’ve done for almost 100 years,” he said. “But ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

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