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Monday, October 06, 2014

Orioles sweep sends Tigers into a Yankees-like winter | New York Post

Are the Tigers really as bad as the Yankees? Except for their bullpen, I say no.

The Tigers have a lot of Yankees in them. In its owner’s obsession for a title, Detroit has grown expensive, star-laden and old.
...
There was a period when Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were simultaneously the best pitcher and hitter on the planet, and last year Cabrera won the MVP and Max Scherzer the Cy Young. Yet, the Tigers were unable to win it all in their primes together, and now have to contemplate ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Deadline duds: Big-ticket trades yield October sorrow

Sometimes making the right move doesn’t matter in the playoff dice game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, tigers, trades

Fernando Tatis has officially retired

I thought he retired long ago…

WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: October 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: retirements

What Bud Selig Hath Wrought—NYMag

I usually like Will Leitch’s stuff. I don’t like this piece. Commissioners aren’t all-knowing, omnipotent deities.They are men managing complicated, high-profile *businesses*. In Selig’s case, despite some errors along the away, he’s done a tremendous job juggling the business and PR sides of his job. He’s been able to do so because he holds real power. To strip his replacement of such power would not be an improvement.

So maybe it’s time to think about changing the job description? Joe ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

Dave Wallace thrives with the Orioles - Sports - The Boston Globe

It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody.

That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave wallace, general, orioles, pitching coaches

Trout troubled by Royals’ high heat - The Orange County Register

Mike Trout is the definitive best player in baseball and has been for at least two full seasons now, probably three. There is no reasonable rebut to that.
But, for the first time since he announced himself as such, Trout enters an offseason with an obvious flaw: He can’t hit the high fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Appreciative Royals revel in celebration with fans | MLB.com

Royals win, despite the burning hate of all sabermetricians.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, playoffs, royals

Rany on the Royals: 1985.

Rany is so happy he wrote a song.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals

Cruz, Orioles Beat Tigers 2-1 for ALDS Sweep - NYTimes.com

O’s sweep and close the Tigers playoff window.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, tigers

DIVISION SERIES DAY 5 OMNICHATTER 2014

The ALDSes are settled, but the NL still remains!

Washington (Fister) at San Francisco (Bumgarner), 5 PM Eastern, Giants lead series 2-0, advance to NLCS with win

Dodgers (Ryu) at Cardinals (Lackey), 9 PM Eastern, series tied 1-1.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2014 at 12:21 AM | 426 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Kansas City abuzz with excitement over Royals’ postseason games - ESPN

That’s nothing. People paid more to not see Derek Jeter play in his last series in Fenway.

The average price for Game 3 is even higher at $440, or well more than double the next-highest price tag for a team’s opening home game ($181 for the Giants).

After a 29-year drought, the Royals have won three postseason games—all in extra innings.
The average price for division series tickets across Missouri, in St. Louis, meanwhile, was roughly $90, the lowest tab among the postseason teams, according ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals


Who are the 2014 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I) | Articles | Bill James Online

Here’s some early insight into the Gold Glove race.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, defense, gold gloves, sabermetrics

Dodgers get off mat, even NLDS on Kemp’s blast | MLB.com

Kemp makes a big impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs


DIVISION SERIES DAY 4 OMNICHATTER 2014

Orioles (Norris) at Tigers (Price), 3:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Orioles lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.

Angels (CJ Wilson) at Royals (Shields), 7:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Royals lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 05, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 460 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, October 04, 2014

DIVISION SERIES DAY THREE OMNICHATTER, 2014

Today’s slate:

Giants (Hudson) at Nationals (Zimmermann), Game 2, 5:30 PM (Eastern), FS1 (Giants lead 1-0)

Cardinals (Lynn) at Dodgers (Greinke), Game 2, 9:30 PM (Eastern), MLB Network (Cardinals lead 1-0)


CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 04, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 739 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Royalty learns to catch Trout

I wasn’t able to see Game 2 of the Royals/Angels series nor have I had a chance to see a lot of Angels games.  When I have watched the Angels, I haven’t noticed this and Trout seems to rake.  But that is a small sample.  So, Angels watchers, is there anything to this idea?

bunyon Posted: October 04, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, fastballs, fishing, royals

Giants’ Unlikely Strategy Leads to Game 1 Victory

“It seems to be a formula that works,” Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. “That was our approach. Not to be too big. Not to try to do too much. Just put the ball in play and see what happens.”

I guess a guy who struck out in 30% of his big-league at-bats would know.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 04, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals, nlds

Friday, October 03, 2014

Poz: Royals continue to confound baseball logic

It’s worth talking for a second about Aoki, because he so thoroughly symbolizes this team. As a young man, he was a major star in his home country of Japan, a whirlwind of a hitter a sort of a second Ichiro. At 29 he somewhat inexplicably fell off. He then found himself in Milwaukee, and this past offseason, he came to Kansas City. He was thoroughly disappointing until late September when, for no apparent reason, he briefly proved impossible to get out. He hit .458 the last two weeks of the ...

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Passan: Orioles’ ALDS win shows why Buck Showalter is the playoffs’ best manager

It’ll be hilarious if Yost or McClendon wins the award.

Perhaps the worst trend of modern relief pitching is the intractability of bullpen roles. Their very existence is manicured. At some point, when baseball recognized that, yeah, it probably is a good idea to exploit platoon splits, managers started slotting relievers in specific situations. Seventh inning for one guy, eighth for another, ninth and only ninth for the closer. And even if the heart of the order was up in the eighth and Scrub ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 03, 2014 at 11:49 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles, strategy

News Report: Derek Jeter’s Hush-Hush Bash Could Be A Wedding

Feels like forever since we had a Jeter thread…

There’s a “buzz” that baseball’s most famous bachelor will be off the market for good by Monday, TMZ reported. But the site acknowledged not all of its sources believed the bash — with “several high-end party vendors” at the ready — was wedding-related.

The 40-year-old Jeter, who played the final game of his Hall of Fame-worthy career on Sunday, has said he’d like to start a family in retirement.

“I look forward to doing ...

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eddieot Posted: October 03, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, the captain, yankees

SBNation: (Satire) Sansevere: Douse Mauer in Gasoline and Chase Him with Matches

Since this blog originally posted, there have been a slew of tweets asking if I’m some kind of maniac for suggesting Mauer be set on fire. News flash: You can catch fire anywhere.  Your kitchen, a forest fire, a place where they make flamethrowers.

Richard Pryor set himself on fire freebasing cocaine in his home. It. Can. Happen. Anywhere.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2014

Pittsburgh Press, October 3, 1914:

As soon as all the glamor and stress of the world’s series is over, Bob Shawkey, Connie Mack’s esteemed slab artist with the Athletics, is going to marry H. Mason Clapp, who became known as “The Tiger Lady” four years ago when, ere a tempestuous honeymoon was scarcely over, she was arrested for shooting her husband in the neck during an argument about whether one’s bedroom windows should be kept open or closed.
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Mrs. Clapp, like her husband, was well known ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 03, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bob shawkey, dugout, history

Not buying Cubs, Theo’s song and dance - Chicago Sun-Times

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” ~ Albert Einstein

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2014 at 07:30 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Moustakas’ HR in 11th Lifts Royals Over Angels 3-2 - NYTimes.com

MLB is making me lose sleep.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, playoffs, royals

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux

It’s 2014. I’m thirty-seven. My wife and daughter are both asleep. I’m a thousand miles from the stadium-turned-parking-lot. On YouTube, Kenny Lofton of the American League Champion Cleveland Indians looks at the first pitch for a ball. Inside, low. I don’t remember the call. I remember all of us standing, holding our breath. Then I remember light. Thousands of lights. Waves of tiny diamonds. The whole stadium flashing and Jason, who would die five months later on the side of a south ...

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Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 03, 2014 at 02:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, greg maddux, world series

A Giant Friendship

Krukow sat in the waiting room, terrified, surrounded by terminal patients with various stages of ALS. “I’m sitting there thinking to myself: Is this gonna be me?” he said. “I’m sitting there for a while. Your mind goes crazy.”

Katz looked at him and said: “I can tell you what you have. You’ve got a muscle disease. It’s not life-threatening.”

“I thought I had won the lottery,” Krukow said.

The diagnosis was something called inclusion-body myositis, or IBM, a blandly ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: October 03, 2014 at 12:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

OMNICHATTER LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES DAY 2, 2014

(All times eastern)


O’s (Chen) vs. Tigers (Verlander) G2, Noon, TBS- Orioles lead 1-0

Nationals (Strasburg) vs. Giants (Peavy) G1, 3 PM, FS1

Dodgers (Kershaw) vs. Cardinals (Wainwright) G1, 6:30 PM, FS1

Angels (Shoemaker) vs. Royals (Ventura) G2, 9 PM, TBS- Game was still going on when I submitted this

Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2014 at 12:40 AM | 956 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, October 02, 2014


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