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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Carlos Beltran finally gets his World Series ring | FTW

While his teammates sprayed beer and champagne around a cramped visitors clubhouse at Dodger Stadium following their 5-1 Game 7 win, Beltran, who saw only three at-bats in the series and did not record a hit, suggested he will consider retirement.

“My decision is going to be difficult — playing one more year, or deciding to stay home,” he told For The Win. “But staying home won’t mean staying at home. Staying home would still mean being able to be around the game of baseball. I love ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 02, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos beltran, count the ringz, retirement


Astros beat Dodgers to win first World Series | MLB.com

Congratulations to the Houston Astros organization and the team’s fans. You did it!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

World Series Game 7 OMNICHATTER! for November 1, 2017

There’s no better American sporting event than a World Series Game 7.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 01, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 754 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-1-2017

Washington Herald, November 1, 2017:

According to reports in local baseball circles yesterday, Ban B. Johnson’s application to fight in the trenches in France has been pigeonholed in the archives of the appointment clerk’s office in the War Department.
...
It seems that the government officials at Uncle Sammy’s army factory could find no jobs which would fit the qualifications of the American League boss.

If Johnson literally asked to fight in the trenches, I can’t imagine the response was ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 01, 2017 at 01:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodger Stadium will host a World Series Game 7 for the first time | LAT

Dodger Stadium has staged concerts, soccer games, a Papal mass, even a bullfight.

But Wednesday will mark the first time baseball’s third-oldest ballpark will play host to Game 7 of a World Series.

Game 7!

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 01, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dodger stadium, world series

OT - November* 2017 College Football thread

The longest month.


* 30 days hath November, except in the college football thread where it runs through Championship Week.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 01, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 195 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2017

Washington Times, October 31, 1917:

The plan for the formation of a new league of near-major caliber will be realized or exploded within the coming two weeks.
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Baseball men of the two big minor leagues have had several meetings of late, and it is admitted that they expect to withdraw from their respective leagues and form a new organization if they can get the moral support of the two big leagues.
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It is whispered [in New York] that the Baltimore people will be perfectly willing to forget ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 31, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, October 30, 2017

On-Topic Politics: Angelos Scraps Nats Naval Academy Baseball Classic

The Naval Academy Baseball Classic was slated to be held yearly through 2019, but due to a territorial issue with the Baltimore Orioles, the event will no longer take place, according to multiple sources.

Because the Nationals playing in the Orioles’ domain violates the MLB Constitution, Baltimore could have canceled last spring’s game. The Orioles instead agreed to allow the 2017 game to go on as scheduled, given its nature.

Bote Man Posted: October 30, 2017 at 09:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: exhibitions, nationals, orioles, peter angelos, scumbags

Phillies name Gabe Kapler manager | MLB.com

Kapler was named the 54th manager in franchise history on Monday afternoon, after returning to Philadelphia on Friday for a second round of interviews. He impressed, cementing his status at the time as the favorite for the job. Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dusty Wathan and former Red Sox manager John Farrell also had second interviews late last week. An introductory news conference will be held later this week, following the conclusion of the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2017 at 06:15 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Miami Herald: A Fall Plan for Marlins’ Payroll Cuts

According to two sources, the Marlins will look to trade outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who’s due $25 million next season, and also will try to trade second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Martin Prado.

It’s worth a throw, I suppose.

fra paolo Posted: October 30, 2017 at 04:49 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, trade rumors

Giants’ Hunter Pence wore ashes of Dodgers fan in necklace

In a game at Dodger Stadium last month, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence carried some ashes of a deceased Dodgers fan with him in a necklace on the field.

According to a documentary commissioned by UNINTERRUPTED, the Dodgers turned down a request to spread some of the ashes of Henry Janiszewski, who died in 2010, at the ballpark. Filmmaker Matt Liston of the digital series “Mr. Impossible” said he contacted Pence, who agreed to help Janiszewski’s daughter.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 30, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: ashes, dodger stadium, hunter pence

AFL announces Fall Stars Game rosters | MiLB.com News

Two of MLB.com’s top five prospects, Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (No. 2) and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna (No. 5), lead a group of 10 top-100 prospects set to battle Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET at Salt River Fields.

That group also includes top Astros prospect (No. 7 overall) Kyle Tucker, another five-tool outfielder. While Tucker is struggling with a .217/.333/.326 batting line in 54 plate appearances and Robles has played just four games after being on Washington’s roster for the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2017 at 03:52 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

s Nationals agree to three-year deal to make Dave Martinez their next manager | WaPo

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to become their next manager. The team is finalizing a three-year contract with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Martinez has served as Joe Maddon’s bench coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay for a decade but will be a first-time manager.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 30, 2017 at 01:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave martinez, nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 30, 1917:

Reports that three or four clubs of the American Association intend to withdraw and merge with certain clubs in the International League caused Thomas J. Hickey, president of the American Association, to issue a call for a conference of the club owners to be held in Milwaukee next Sunday.

“If Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo club owners have decided to secede it is only proper that we should know about it,” Mr. Hickey said. “I know nothing ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2017 at 09:43 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Historic World Series Home Run Rate may be Result of Slicker Baseballs

Pitchers and coaches from both the Dodgers and Astros complained Saturday night about the World Series baseballs—and this time the controversy is not just about liveliness. They say there is a new problem: the baseballs used in the World Series are slicker than the ones used in the regular season because of a difference in the grain of the leather. The slicker World Series balls particularly make it hard to throw a good slider, they claim.

Astros pitching coach Brent Strom: “We had a ...

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Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 30, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: equipment

OTP 30 October 2017: Yuli Gurriel’s offensive gesture unleashes World Series debate about racism and political correctness

The episode, caught on video and repeated endlessly on television and social media, opened up a new heated conversation about race and identity in professional sports, which has already been grappling with NFL players taking knees during the national anthem.

Many found Gurriel’s antics as juvenile and insulting as they were sadly familiar.

“It just felt like, ‘Man, again?’ Like, we’re so used to this,” Jason Chu, a Chinese American rapper based in Los Angeles. “People don’t ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 30, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 1917 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

More frustration for Clayton Kershaw | LA Times

In the most important start of his career, Kershaw failed to deliver. In the franchise’s most crucial game in nearly three decades, he unraveled.

Again.

The Dodgers provided Kershaw with a four-run advantage. He couldn’t protect it. They broke the stalemate by scoring another three runs for him. He couldn’t preserve that lead, either.


Astros on verge of title after beating Dodgers in epic Game 5 | Houston Chronicle

In a back-and-forth battle between two heavyweights, the Astros overcame three deficits and countless momentum swings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-12. The final Minute Maid Park crowd of the season was treated to a game that was all sorts of crazy and ultimately left the American League champions merely one win away from their first championship.

That. Was. Awesome.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 30, 2017 at 03:48 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, game 5, world series

Sunday, October 29, 2017

AJC: Royals Say No to Braves’ GM Approach

No Moore.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed a report by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Braves were denied permission to interview Moore, who signed a Royals contract extension of undisclosed length.

But there is a belief among some observers that the Royals might be positioning themselves for possible concessions from the Braves to allow Moore to interview and/or leave. And it’s possible that Moore might also be waiting for some assurances about the Braves situation and ...

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fra paolo Posted: October 29, 2017 at 08:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general manager, general managers, royals

Japan Times: Hawks win Game 2 of Japan Series after contentious call

A close play at the plate overturned by replay leads to the deciding run in Game 2 of the Japan Series.

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks had definitely scored one run on Akira Nakamura’s hit to right to tie the game. The question was, had they actually scored two and taken a one-run lead, or had the Yokohama BayStars recorded the third out of the inning by the slimmest of margins.

After a very, very lengthy review, the verdict came in: Kenta Imamiya was safe at home, and the Hawks had a one-run ...

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vortex of dissipation Posted: October 29, 2017 at 05:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, replay

Astros closer Ken Giles falters in Game 4 of World Series, says he ‘let the team down’ | USAT

Giles was fantastic in the regular season, pitching to a 2.30 ERA and converting 34 of 38 save opportunities.

However, it’s been a different story in the playoffs. After being charged with three runs and not getting an out in Game 4, Giles’ postseason ERA rose to 11.74.

Giles has given up runs in six of his seven postseason appearances this month. That’s not good.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 29, 2017 at 04:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, combustable, ken giles


Did A.J. Hinch reveal former Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has cancer?

During a tribute to those afflicted with cancer between innings during Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch held a card with former Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers’ name on it.

Given the reaction on Twitter, Hinch may have revealed Towers has cancer.

KT is 56 years old.  :(

shoewizard Posted: October 29, 2017 at 12:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, kevin towers

WaPo: Dave Martinez to Manage Nationals

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with former Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to become their next manager, and are finalizing the details of what will be a three-year deal with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation….

Martinez gives the Nationals a different look — a fresher face than Baker or Davey Johnson, but a more relaxed leader than Williams. He is fluent in Spanish, well-versed in advanced analytics and multiple Nationals players have ...

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fra paolo Posted: October 29, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, managers, nationals, rays

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Bellinger ‘not too worried’ about 4-K Game 3 | Posnanski

This was as good a chance as you could expect—Bellinger would get his swings against a depleted right-handed starter who might have been left in to face one batter too many. True, Bellinger was hitless in the World Series, but as he would say, “It just takes one swing to get out of it.”

Bellinger knew exactly what pitch was coming, too. When McCullers faces the big moment, he almost always throws his best pitch, the curveball. He finished Game 7 of the American League Championship Series with ...

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Astros’ Yuli Gurriel Apologizes After a Racist Gesture Aimed at Yu Darvish | NYT

Gurriel said he was aware that the word Chinito was offensive. “In Cuba we call everybody who is from Asia ‘Chino,’” he said through the interpreter. “We don’t call them Japanese. We call them Chino. Plus, I know in Japan that offends them. They don’t like that, but I didn’t mean to do it.”

Darvish, 31, initially said he was angry when he learned what Gurriel had done, but later issued a statement on his verified Twitter account asking people to forgive Gurriel.

Yu Darvish is ...

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 28, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: racial stuff, yu darvish, yuli gurriel

Friday, October 27, 2017

We Need to Talk About Defense

Three whole days since this was published?? Come on, Baseball Think Factory, time to put aside your all-important OTP arguing and start thinking!

The reason that we have positional adjustments in WAR(P) is that we want to give a player credit for playing a difficult position. He might be an average defensive shortstop, but (we assume) if his team needed him to do it, he could be a somewhat above-average second baseman and a crackerjack left fielder. (Hanley Ramirez would like a word with you.) ...

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Bote Man Posted: October 27, 2017 at 03:40 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, positional adjustments, sabrmetrics

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