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Thursday, October 29, 2015
The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks only needed five games to win the Japan Series and show everyone they were the best team in NPB last season.
Almost exactly one year to the day, Softbank proved that nothing had changed.
Lee Dae-ho capped his outstanding series with a two-run home run (which required a replay review) and the Hawks won their second consecutive Japan Series title with a 5-0 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Game 5 on Thursday night at Jingu Stadium.
Posted: October 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
So, blessed with a bit of nepotism, a set of good pipes, a fine jawline, and the sort of seriousness of purpose that says, ‘Sport is of import’, Joe Buck has been tapped to be the lead Fox announcer for both baseball and the NFL. Joe Buck had his own HBO show where they tried to capitalize on his Midwestern everyman charm. Joe Buck starred in a line of Holiday Inn commercials trading on his everyman appeal. . .
Joe Buck’s a regular guy, a good sport, he’s approachable, but here’s the thing ...
Having too much talent is not a problem, not when the talent is tradable. Ramirez’s stop at first base will most likely be a short one. Ortiz can’t play forever. If they can get Park at the right price, they get him.
Posted: October 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
Are they worn down or is it too much rest? It seems to me they aren’t as sharp with the extra rest. But that’s just me.
Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, October 29, 1915:
There is little or no chance of peace on the baseball horizon, a talk with the two Pittsburgh magnates proving the fact, and the published rumors and statements of Charles Weeghman, notwithstanding.
[Pirates] President Barney Dreyfuss will not discuss reported plans to deal with the invaders and he stands firm with Messrs. Hempstead, Ebbetts [sic] and others for a stand-pat policy.
President Dreyfuss is on record as saying that he would dynamite ...
Don Mattingly, long eyed as the choice of owner Jeffrey Loria to revive the Marlins, has agreed to take the Miami managing job, sources confirm.
Mattingly has seemd to be a fait accompli in Miami since he and the Dodgers parted ways late last week. Loria has been targeting him as the replacement for Dan Jennings since late summer, and the sides made it happen after what was described as a very positive meeting Monday.
Mattingly, the Dodgers manager the past five years, agreed to a four-year ...
Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 20 comment(s)
The Nationals intend to hire former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black to become the sixth manager in the team history, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. The Nationals have not announced Black’s expected hiring as Major League Baseball frowns upon teams making major announcements during the World Series.
Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
This comes out of nowhere.
Four people are at least two people too many.
The network uses three other analysts (Raul Ibanez, Pete Rose, Frank Thomas) on its pre and postgame shows but through the first two tilts only A-Rod has made half-inning appearances during the games, making it a four-mouth booth with Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci.
In an alternative universe, part two.
In an alternative universe, part two.
In an alternative universe, part one.
Here comes the Paine…
During the regular season, the group of pitchers that the Mets have thus far used in the World Series struck out 23 percent of opposing batters,1 while the particular group of hitters the Royals have used struck out in 15.2 percent of their plate appearances. Doing a little cross-multiplication using the 2015 MLB-wide average strikeout rate of 20.4 percent, we would have expected New York’s pitchers to set down 17.2 percent of Kansas City batters on strikes in the World ...
Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
I’m in the middle of Moore’s book right now. As often happens analysts oversimplify the approaches of the people they write about. Moore is much more complex than the caricatures he’s drawn as.
While Moore may not be a sabermetric expert (though he is very proud of the Royals’ saber department, which includes an MIT man, a Columbia man and a Vanderbilt/Notre Dame man, and they’re taking them all out to fields to make them more well-rounded), he may well be the best leader in the game. The entire ...
Jacob deGrom started for the Mets and breezed through three no-hit innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but got hit around in Kansas City’s four-run fifth. The right-hander exited after five innings having given up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out two.
“They did exactly what people said, and they put the ball in play,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of the Royals, who finished with 10 hits. “I told Jake, ‘Not everything has to be a strike. ...
Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
For the next six days, much of Los Angeles was set ablaze and looted in a paroxysm of protest against racism and police brutality. Liquor stores and pawnshops were ransacked, 200 buildings were burned to the ground, and snipers on rooftops took aim at the firefighters who came to help. One young Dodgers fan, then-10-year-old Ozzie Smith, later recounted the harrowing experience to The New York Times.
“We had to stay in the house for a week, maybe two weeks,” Smith said. “My dad would go down ...
Not long ago, a mild-mannered former mathematics professor named Sean Forman met Cal Ripken at a Baseball Hall of Fame gathering. This is the sort of thing that Forman could never have imagined he’d be doing 16 years ago, before he created a website, Baseball-Reference.com, that completely altered the way Internet-savvy fans consume the sport. In fact, this is the sort of thing that still blows Forman’s mind, especially when Ripken said to him, “I emailed you guys the other day. ...Read More...
A mini-controversy appears to be brewing after Fox cameras caught Royals catcher Salvador Perez with some kind of brown substance on his shinguards.
Perez didn’t speak to reporters after the game and manager Ned Yost didn’t shine much light on the issue, either.
“It’s not illegal,” Yost said. “I don’t know what it was. It was brown. It’s not illegal for a catcher to have it on his shinguard. It’s illegal for a pitcher.”
I declare the Mets the winners of Game 1.
Posted: October 28, 2015 at 12:43 PM | 13 comment(s)
Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Oct. 27, 2015), it’s a very stats-y World Series special. We discuss Daniel Murphy’s incredible postseason and which team is the “team of destiny,” and then feature a special intra-FiveThirtyEight showdown between our biggest Mets fan and biggest Royals fan. Plus, a Significant Digit on Abby Wambach’s ...
Pittsburgh Press, October 28, 1915:
Christy Mathewson, probably the most famous baseball player in the history of the national pastime, and mainstay of the Giants for the past 11 years, may never don a uniform again. In a story published under his own signature today, the great pitcher says there is not much chance of the doctors ever getting his arm in shape again and it is very likely that he will accept the position offered him to coach the baseball team at Harvard.
Mathewson pitched again in ...Read More...
Meet the latest member of your Oakland Ashkenazis.
This month, the 40-year-old Siegal, who lives in Southern California, got even closer to the action than those box seats: She worked as a coach for the Oakland Athletics’ Instructional League team in Arizona.
In doing so, Siegal became the first female to serve as a coach for a Major League Baseball club and joined the ever-growing list of women blazing new paths in the game.
“I was only able to stand in an A’s uniform because of the ...
Familia had not suffered a blown save since July 30.
Why does Fangraphs hate the Mets?
Few players looked less like themselves against the high heat than Yoenis Cespedes this season. It’s always been something of a problem for Cespedes, but this year, that problem was exacerbated. Cespedes’ weakness appears almost identical to Mike Trout’s, and we know how the league responded to that. The league, maybe surprisingly, hasn’t responded quite the same way to Cespedes, but then again no two players are the same. Cespedes has another problem ...
Who are his best options?
Now, Utley’s case could impact if he misses two games next regular season. The Dodgers will decline his $15 million 2016 option, making Utley a free agent. However, he turns 37 in December and is coming off his worst season in which he hit .212 for the Phillies and Dodgers with just a .629 OPS.
The Dodgers could conceivably want him back at decreased pay, but as opposed to what would have been in his prime, Utley will not have a robust market.
Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:10 AM | 26 comment(s)
In the future they should continue playing and put the radio broadcast on. To stop play isn’t fair to the players.
With the teams tied 1-1 in the fourth inning, an electronics failure cut the power to the primary and backup generators inside Fox Sports’ production compound, Fox Sports said.
The result: a four-minute outage in the game broadcast and a lot of confused baseball fans.
“The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time ...
Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:08 AM | 73 comment(s)
“This is a family, and we respect each other’s families,” Moustakas said. “This is one huge family, this organization, and when someone loses a family member, that takes priority over everything that happens. Baseball’s baseball. But family, things that happen like that, that’s something that is more important than baseball.”
Before the game, Yost conferred with bench coach Don Wakamatsu and catching coach Pedro Grifol about how to handle the situation. They all agreed to honor the family’s ...
Jacob deGrom will look to even up the series for the Mets while Johnny Cueto will try to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. And hopefully we can go to bed at a reasonable hour. Maybe.
8 PM. FOX. CHATTER UP!
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