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Sunday, October 28, 2018



Names to consider for Twins manager

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine likely will end up with a surprise choice as the next Twins manager. In the past two years, they have added virtual unknowns to the team’s coaching staff.

Falvey — who suggested the search would take “multiple weeks” — and Levine are likely not hung up on experience, and will be more in favor of a manager who relates well to young players, values analytics, promotes healthy nutrition and cutting-edge workouts for players, and is bilingual.

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QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

MLB awards: Brewers’ Josh Hader, Mariners’ Edwin Diaz win Reliever of the Year Awards

Any thoughts as to the merits of these awards?

QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, josh hader, relievers

Here’s what it’s like to umpire the longest postseason game in MLB history

LOS ANGELES – Moments after he’d put one last baseball into play, watched that fly, then stayed just long enough to ensure Max Muncy completed his journey, Ted Barrett, the plate umpire for Game 3 of the World Series, was offered for his first meal in many hours the choice of steak or fish.

“I had both,” he said.

Not 15 hours later, he was again in a room behind the Dodgers dugout with his five crewmates.

In case you’re curious to know what it feels like to umpire a seven-hour ...

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QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, umpires, world series

Dave Roberts ripped for pulling Rich Hill in Game 4, but turns out he had a good reason for it

The problem with such second-guessing from parties not in the know is they are, um, not in the know. After the game, Roberts provided the context:

“Before the top of the seventh was going on, it was a long sixth for us,” Roberts said. “I had a conversation with Rich, and we talked about it. He said, ‘Keep an eye on me. I’m going to give it everything I have. Let’s go hitter to hitter and just keep an eye on me.’ So right there, I know Rich did everything he could, competed, left everything out ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 28, 2018 at 02:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers, rich hill, world series

Saturday, October 27, 2018

WSJ: Our Insane Ideas To Save Baseball

Wall Street Journal sports writers “bullpen” a rules change article:

The one way to fix baseball involves changing one of the most sacred aspects of the game. Are you ready for Strike Four? Here’s why baseball needs a fourth strike: Batters have never been worse at making contact. Sure, they hit tons of homers—but they’re striking out more than ever, which means you can wait in line to get beer and never miss the ball even going in play. Three strikes just isn’t enough anymore. Four ...

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Japan Series opener ends in 12-inning tie

So…Game 1 of the Japan Series between Hiroshima and SoftBank ends in a 2-2 tie after 12 innings. After the 18 inning WS game, of course it would…

It used to be that NPB post-season games would go 15 innings, and then end in a tie if needed, but it was decided yesterday in the two team’s pre-Series meeting to change the rule to 12 innings. I really don’t see MLB making changes like that the day before the World Series starts…

On the same day the MLB saw its longest-ever World Series game end ...

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vortex of dissipation Posted: October 27, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, ties

Texas Rangers: The next Rangers GM? Meet the man with a World Series ring who could one day replace Jon Daniels | SportsDay

The Rangers, too, are trying to expand their scope. Daniels’ master stroke remains the trade of Mark Teixeira in 2007, in which he read the market perfectly, maximized trade value and gave the organization the foundation for a long-term window of contention. It just so happened to coincide with the time that the use of advanced metrics—analytics—were warping to hyper speed. While the Rangers tried to prop their window open, other clubs invested more time and effort in advanced window-opening ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Dodgers walk off in World Series Game 3 | MLB.com

My rally nap did not work. Woke up for two more hours of baseball. Eovaldi was awesome. Muncy’s Cinderella story gets pushed way past midnight.

Now, today, looks like a bullpen game with Rodriguez. Red Sox must regret putting Pomeranz on the roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Athletics reportedly will extend manager Bob Melvin, VP Billy Beane, GM David Forst

The Athletics were the most surprising MLB team this year, leading general manager Billy Beane to say the club wanted to extend manager Bob Melvin’s contract earlier this month.

It turns out Beane and executive vice president David Forst will also reportedly receive extensions, too.

The Athletic reported Friday the team is set to announce Melvin, Beane and Forst will get new contracts, possibly right after the World Series. Their contracts were all set to expire after the 2019 season.

So, ...

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QLE Posted: October 27, 2018 at 12:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, bob melvin, contract extensions, david forst

Here’s the latest on Hanley Ramirez’s future in baseball

Hanley Ramirez isn’t in the World Series with the Red Sox, but there was baseball news about on Friday anyway.

According to baseball reporter Jon Heyman, Ramirez – who played in Boston in multiple stints – is working out in the Dominican Republic, and remains intent on a comeback in 2019.

The 34-year-old slugger played 44 games with the Red Sox in 2018, hitting .254 with six home runs.

So, what chance do we think he’ll have with this?

 

QLE Posted: October 27, 2018 at 12:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, hanley ramirez

Friday, October 26, 2018

Red Sox Pitching Coach Thinks Dodgers’ Manny Machado Stole Signs in World Series

The Boston Red Sox reportedly claim that they caught the Los Angeles Dodgers stealing and relaying signs from second base to batters during Game 2 of the World Series, according to Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller.

The incident that prompted speculation occurred during the fourth inning of the contest when Los Angeles shortstop Manny Machado was on second base as Boston southpaw David Price faced Yasiel Puig. Puig, who hit .209 against left-handed pitching during the regular season, knocked an ...

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QLE Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, sign-stealing

Brodie Van Wagenen reportedly favorite for Mets’ GM position

According to Jeff Passan, CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen has emerged as the favorite for the vacant general manager position and he is reportedly expected to accept the position. It was reported yesterday that Doug Melvin was out of the running which narrowed down the field to Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom, and now it seems as though the position is Van Wagenen’s although nothing official has been announced.

This would be an unconventional hire for the Mets who have become stubbornly risk averse ...

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QLE Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, general manager, mets

Hank Aaron on the increase in strikeouts in MLB: ‘It’s embarrassing’

Former home run king Hank Aaron offered his opinion on the increase in strikeouts around Major League Baseball. Let’s just say it wasn’t a sparkling defense of players willingly sacrificing consistent contact for added power numbers.

The Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves legend was on hand before Game 3 of the World Series to present the prestigious award named in his honor, which recognizes the best hitter in each league as voted by the fans and media. This year the award went to J.D. Martinez ...

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QLE Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: hank aaron, strikeouts

The Dodgers Are One Win Away From Triggering The Super Sports Equinox In LA

The city is only one Dodgers win from making another kind of history: The super sports equinox. If the Dodgers win just one of the next two games at home and force a Game 5, teams representing the city in all four major North American sports will be playing on the same day. And although World Series titles come and go, the super equinox has only happened once before in all of sports history — and LA’s super equinox would come with all its teams at home, which has never happened before.

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Greg Pope Posted: October 26, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: 4 major sports, clippers, dodgers, ducks, kings, rams

Did Baseball Great Christy Mathewson Die of Chemical Warfare?

Was the death of baseball great Christy Mathewson at age 45 partly a result of exposure to poisonous gas in October or November 1918 in France, while serving in the same Chemical Warfare Service unit of future fellow Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Branch Rickey?

Two months after (Mathewson’s) death, Maj. Gen. Amos A. Fries, the second head of the CWS, was said by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to be “of the opinion that war gas did not cause or hasten tuberculosis but in fact actually prevented ...

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Mike Webber Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: christy mathewson, hall of fame, military service, sabr, ty cobb

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-26-2018

Washington Times, October 26, 1918:

Jimmy Archer, in his day the greatest throwing catcher in baseball, has passed up the sport. Jeems is now engaged in the prosaic occupation of purchasing hogs at the Chicago stock yards.

“It is an interesting business,” the veteran backstop says, “and I’m going to stick to it, even if major league baseball is resumed next spring.”

The people for whom he works say he is doing well, so everybody should be satisfied.

Archer was no dummy - he was going to turn ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Second-Guessing World Series Matchup Decisions Isn’t Always the Right Call - The Ringer

Ben Lindbergh sheds a little light on stuff we don’t know. The gap between team proprietary data and what public analysts have is only getting bigger. In the short term it’s good for smart teams when it helps them win. When they lose, however, front offices will then have to fend off even bigger, angrier mobs calling for their heads.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Mookie Betts lauded for feeding homeless after World Series Game 2 win

Hours after Betts and the Red Sox took a 2-0 World Series lead on Wednesday and with temperatures dipping into the 30s overnight, the generous star reportedly provided hot meals from trays of food to the city’s homeless outside the Boston Public Library.

Former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni, who hosts a show on Boston sports radio WEEI, tweeted Thursday night to share a photo and bring light to Betts’ Good Samaritan gesture.

Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: October 26, 2018 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, charity

NFL reportedly fires down judge in middle of season

In an unprecedented move, the NFL has let one of its game officials go in the middle of the season.

First reported by FootballZebras.com, NFL down judge Hugo Cruz has been fired for performance reasons.

Cruz was responsible for a big mistake in Week 6 when he missed an obvious false start by Chargers left tackle Russell Okung on a scoring play against the Browns. He didn’t work in Week 7 and according to ESPN, there was no indication Cruz was involved in any off-field incidents or that his ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 26, 2018 at 09:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, umpires

The story behind Mookie Betts’ late-night food delivery to Boston’s homeless

Mike Winter, a VIP host for area clubs, was just coming out of “Storyville” at about 1:45 a.m.—a few hours after the Red Sox’ locked up Game 2 of the World Series—when he saw two men in hoodies executing a unique show of good faith. The pair had about 10 trays of food in a shopping cart which they were distributing to the line of homeless folks who were lined up along Boston Public Library.

As Winter got closer he recognized one of the men: Betts.

“I didn’t know who they were at first. They ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 26, 2018 at 08:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: good people, red sox

Samurai Slices A 100 Mph Baseball in Half

This latest clip is done in one continuous take so you can see that Machii doesn’t need camera trickery.

But can he defeat internet nerds?  Have at it, boys!

Lassus Posted: October 26, 2018 at 06:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets mets mets

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Remember That Guy? José Macías

Whether he was number one in your hearts is up to you.  He was number one on the scorecard for the Cubs in 2004-05.  That was his uniform number.

The Panamanian utility man played seven MLB seasons, making stops in Detroit & Montreal before playing his final two MLB seasons on the North Side.

As a Major Leaguer, he played every position except pitcher, catcher and first base.  However if asked what Macías’ true position was, one might say the answer is pinch hitter.  He played in 210 games ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:47 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jose macias

Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman hasn’t let Hollywood go to his head or a bigger payroll change his winning formula

LOS ANGELES — Four years in, he still doesn’t show any signs of going Hollywood.

Clearly hasn’t upgraded from Gap chic to designer threads. Isn’t hobnobbing with the TV and movie stars who come to see his team, or at least to be seen. Still puts the job first and hours in, colleagues saying his claims of reduced intensity and increased maturity are a relative subject.

But the most impressive, and probably most important, thing that hasn’t changed about Andrew Friedman as he moved from ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general manager, hollywood

World Series glory has never felt so far away for the Texas Rangers

After two nights (and a solid seven hours) of World Series viewing, several realizations come to mind. But, first and foremost, there is this one:

The Rangers aren’t going to win this.

Maybe ever.

Tim Cowlishaw looks at the sky and gets increasingly concerned that it is falling.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoff implications, rangers


New Twins hire Rocco Baldelli becomes baseball’s youngest manager; other things to know about current managerial class

A few general notes on managers, in consideration of a new hire.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins named Rocco Baldelli the 14th manager in franchise history. Baldelli joins David Bell (Cincinnati Reds) and Brad Ausmus (Los Angeles Angels) as skippers installed this week around the World Series hush periods. Three teams—the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers—still have to appoint a field general. But halfway through the hiring cycle let’s look at four things you need to know about managerial ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:13 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, rocco baldelli, twins

Ratings for Red Sox-Dodgers World Series fall to four-year low

It seems like this World Series matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t the ratings draw MLB was hoping it would be. The ratings for both Games 1 and 2 are down from their 2017 counterparts, and represent the lowest ratings for those games in at least three years.

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According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday’s Game 1, played at 8 p.m. ET local time at Fenway Park, came in at an 8.2 rating and 13.76 million viewers. That’s a 6 percent drop in ratings and an 8 ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:06 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: television ratings, world series

Blue Jays hire Charlie Montoyo as new manager

TORONTO – Impressed by the way the Tampa Bay Rays use data in their decision-making on and off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays hired Charlie Montoyo away from their American League East rivals to be their new manager.

Montoyo agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for the 2022 season.

The decision, perhaps the most important made in Ross Atkins’ three years as GM thus far, comes on the same day Rocco Baldelli, another finalist from the analytically advanced club, was hired by ...

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QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:02 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, charlie montoyo, manager

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