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Monday, October 05, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court closed the door Monday on San Jose’s bid for the Oakland A’s, turning aside the South Bay city’s claim that Major League Baseball has used illegal monopoly powers to block the relocation.Read More...
The court said without comment that it would not take up the case on appeal. The decision ended San Jose’s attempt to lure the A’s away from Oakland by challenging baseball’s unique exemption from federal antitrust laws, which restrict monopolies and encourage competition. ...
Bernanke loves baseball for the same reason he chose economics as his profession: the power and clarity of numbers.
“The numbers are so concrete,” he says in a conversation in the Nats press box before a game against the Miami Marlins on a sunny afternoon last month. “In baseball, you’ve got all the data going back to the 1880s for all the players, and if you understand how to use numbers, it makes it come alive.”
It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.
Posted: October 05, 2015 at 01:19 PM | 71 comment(s)
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had the best-selling jersey in all of Major League Baseball during the regular season, according to sales on the league’s official website.
The 23-year-old Bryant is the youngest player to lead the top-20 list, though youth is a theme among those that come off the racks the quickest.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who is 26, is No. 2, followed by his catcher Buster Posey (28), Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (27), Los Angeles ...
So it would make sense, as the Nationals look for Williams’ replacement following his inevitable firing Monday, that they would veer the opposite direction, that they would hire someone with experience. It’s a typical response in sports: The defensive coach in football failed? Hire an offensive guy. Davey Johnson was too laissez faire with his players? Bring in the Big Marine.
Yeah, yeah, the Nats finally fired Matty. Now what??
I wonder if he has lost the clubhouse now.
The Washington Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams after two seasons, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
The Nationals were projected by many to be World Series contenders in 2015, but failed to make the postseason, going just 83–79 and ceding the NL East to the New York Mets.
Williams took the job in 2014 as a first-time skipper and led the Nationals to a 96–66 record, earning NL Manager of the Year honors. Washington was ...
Quick, trade someone for John Mabry!
Manager Bob Melvin has a reputation for getting through to guys, and it’s clear the A’s don’t fault Melvin for the unfortunate mix; he recently received a two-year contract extension. Oakland’s front office, not a big proponent of the “chemistry” theory, recognizes that this particular group simply didn’t click.
“Anytime you have so many new players, getting the clubhouse to come together is going to be a challenge,” assistant general ...
Pittsburgh Press, October 5, 1915:
The baseball scores by innings carried to him from the ball grounds by carrier pigeons is the latest “wireless” stunt of Justice W. H. Crum, of Conemaugh [Pennsylvania]. Squire Crum is a cripple. He is unable to get around like other rabid fans.
When Cleveland and Conemaugh met in Johnstown, Oct. 2, in the world’s amateur championship series, the ‘squire conceived of the idea of getting returns direct from the grounds. He gave his son, J.A. Crum, nine ...
The Red Sox bring back Farrell and lock up Lovullo as well.
And so, Dombrowski came up with what he called a “fallback plan.” He asked ownership to offer Lovullo a two-year contract that would pay him a salary that Dombrowski described as being in the “upper echelon” of bench coaches. In turn, Lovullo would forfeit any managerial opportunities that figured to come his way.
Dombrowski approached Lovullo during the Red Sox’ final homestand, and after thinking about it for several days, ...
As for Murphy, who spent six seasons managing in the Padres’ system at various levels, he talked late last week about this experience and the biggest regret that he had.
“I don’t think I got a chance to be me,” Murphy said. “I didn’t get to set the tone the way that I wanted to do it. I found out that my inner self isn’t great unless I really get to put my mark on it.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have experienced this, but at the same time, the competitor in me wishes that I could ...
Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 20 comment(s)
Although it may be true for teams with bad front offices people, for 99.9% of the teams there is no way the manager and coaching staff should know the players better than the General Manager.
“There are some very tangible things that need to be done,” Scioscia said after Sunday’s game. “I’m looking forward to sharing our insights with whoever is in that position, because like most baseball teams, I don’t think there’s a manager or coaching staff that doesn’t know the players better than anyone ...
Phillies lock down the first pick.
1. Phillies 63-99
2. Reds 64-98
3. Braves 67-95
4. Rockies 68-94
5. Brewers 68-94
6. Athletics 68-94
7. Marlins 71-91
8. Padres 74-88
9. Tigers 74-88
10. White Sox 76-86
Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 6 comment(s)
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Break out the Bushmills!
Bench coach Larry Bowa, hitting coach Steve Henderson, first base coach Juan Samuel and pitching coach Bob McClure were all offered contracts for 2016. Henderson and McClure are expected to accept the offers, but Bowa and Samuel could move on for other opportunities.
According to sources, the Phillies have granted the Miami Marlins permission to speak with Bowa about their manager’s job. The Marlins have already interviewed Bo Porter and Manny Acta for that job.
Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle will pitch two innings on Sunday, then retire. He is not expected to be included on the Blue Jays’ post-season roster.
Two more innings would bring Buehrle to 200 innings for a 15th consecutive season. The 36-year-old has vastly outpaced the competition in this category, as his closest competitor since 2001 is James Shields, with nine 200-inning seasons.
Dumbest idea ever.
Here’s an idea from a longtime baseball executive: invert the current format. In other words, have the wild card teams battle it out over five or seven games.
This would reward teams for fighting so hard for the wild-card spots. The feeling is that by the trade deadline wild-card teams have given up, in many cases, top young talent to compete for one game.
The Division Series and Championship Series would be seven games, according to this plan, and the World Series? It ...
Posted: October 04, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
Only one detail has ever been leaked about his contract: that it covered five years and that it expires on Oct. 31. Even that much information is too much for his taste. He understands why players’ salaries are public, but he sees no reason why contract details of other club employees should be revealed.
Dee Gordon got his 200th hit of the season in the opener, and Christian Yelich tied a club record with hits in eight straight at-bats as the Miami Marlins won the nightcap 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday.
Yelich was 5 for 5 in the first game, a 7-6 victory, then hit safely in his first three at-bats in the second. In the first game, Gordon became the first Marlins player since Hanley Ramirez in 2007 to record 200 hits with a sixth-inning single.
Considering that this season he’ll end up with negative WAR for the first time in his career, 50 seems pretty unlikely, but someone will probably offer him a job as a fourth outfielder next year.
Posted: October 04, 2015 at 02:24 AM | 165 comment(s)
Everything about that game felt flat, lifeless, colorless, like the whole scene had degenerated into black and white. I was sitting in the scout section with the Royals’ general manager at the time, Allard Baird, and we were talking about family and life and anything that came to mind to distract us from the dullness of the game itself.
And then Jeremy Affeldt entered.
Posted: October 04, 2015 at 01:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
ALL GAMES (except the STL/ATL DH) START AT 3:05 EASTERN
If Astros and Angels win, then there is an AL West tie between the Rangers and Astros and they will play (at Arlington) to determine who goes to ALDS and who faces Yankees (who will host WC game if they win against Orioles) in WC game.
If Astros lose and Angels win, then Angels and Astros face off (in HOU) for Wild Card spot at Yankees.
If Astros win and Angels lose, then Rangers are AL West champs and Astros are in WC game
Posted: October 04, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 260 comment(s)
Saturday, October 03, 2015
*asleep at the switch*
Sporting News is picking them to win it all in 2015
The real reason to be excited, though, is the Cubs’ bountiful farm system, coupled with savvy trades, is starting to bear fruit for the lineup. First baseman Anthony Rizzo (acquired from the Padres when he was 22) and home-grown shortstop Starlin Castro are the cornerstones of the lineup, both legitimate stars entering their age-25 seasons. The fact that the Cubs were able to get significant action in the major leagues last year for ...
Posted: October 03, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 21 comment(s)
NEWMAN: June 14, 1987…. Mets Phillies. We’re enjoying a beautiful afternoon
in the right field stands when a crucial Hernandez error to a five run Phillies
ninth. Cost the Mets the game.
KRAMER: Our day was ruined. There was a lot of people, you know, they were
waiting by the player’s parking lot. Now we’re coming down the ramp ... [cut
to film of the day - like the Zabruter film - with the Umbrella man and
everything - Oh so brilliant parody!!!] ... Newman was in front of me. Keith
Posted: October 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
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