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Monday, October 03, 2011

Vernon Wells Trade Analysis

A statistical analysis breaking down the trade that may have eventually cost Reagins his job after the first season utilizing advanced statistics.

Why did Tony Reagins “resign”? Well in this trade, he gave up almost 5 wins while adding $7 million in salary for the 2011 season. He also added $69 million in future salaries…however it is important to note that his team did finish 10 wins above .500 and 2nd in their division. The Rangers ended up the big winner with a player who added over 5 ...

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danjulien Posted: October 03, 2011 at 01:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, rangers, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-3-2011

Providence Evening Tribune, October 3, 1911:

Work On Detroit’s New Ball Park Starts To-Day.

President Navin of the Detroit baseball club yesterday awarded the contract for the construction of a new ball park to the Hunkin, Conkey Construction Company of Cleveland.

...

The contract calls for the construction of the new park by April 1.  The plant will be one of the finest in the country.

And it was. The new ballpark was the home of the Tigers for 88 seasons.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: October 03, 2011 at 11:03 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tigers

Gonzo: Easy to dislike Cardinals’ La Russa

Gonzo fist pump…for the last man standing.

The Phillies lost on Sunday Night. That was the bad news. On a positive note, and as a byproduct, you get to hate Tony La Russa for at least two more games.

La Russa was booed when he complained about the strike zone. He was booed when he took trips to the mound to give his bullpen time to warm up. He was booed when he argued with the umpires and when he made double switches (plural) each time he brought in a new pitcher.

He was booed nearly every ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 10:42 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, phillies

Brad Pitt does not play gay Billy Bean in “Moneyball,” he plays straight Billy Beane

By the one and only Billy Bean..

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At the time, as I was becoming more and more recognized as a member of the LGBT community, I was sure that Billy was getting the short end of the stick. It was OK for me to be confused with a general manager of a Major League Baseball team, but I wasn’t so sure how he felt about people thinking that he was “the gay baseball player.” He’s a straight Republican, who’s married with kids, and I’m a gay Democrat with two Jack Russell Terriers. To make ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 10:23 AM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, history, media

Yankee Stadium beerman suspended after joking with Red Sox player

“You get a smile every time-
With the heads up taste of a Ballantine!”

So the Bronx native and lifelong Yankee fan decided to have a little fun with Aceves, a former Bronx Bomber.

He walked over and playfully called out, “Hey, you got ID?”

Without missing a beat, Aceves grabbed his crotch and shot back, “I got your ID right here.”

Everyone roared with laughter ... except for the team suits.

Lazarus, 53, who’s been hawking cold ones since he was 19, was summoned by a supervisor ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 10:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox, yankees

Fox to give A.J. Pierzynski playoff shot

Fox will formally announce Monday that the active baseball player who will be able to build a video résumé by appearing on the network’s World Series coverage will be A.J. Pierzynski.

The Chicago White Sox catcher, says Fox spokesman Dan Bell, will join host Chris Rose and analyst Eric Karros in on-site pregame and postgame shows. Pierzynski, who has appeared in pro wrestling shows and has played 14 big-league seasons, is opinionated and sometimes an agitator.

Guapo Posted: October 03, 2011 at 04:42 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: media, television, white sox

October 3 ALDS Game Chatter

I’m submitting this reallllllly early in the morning:

Rangers (Lewis) at Rays (Price) at 5
Yankees (Sabathia) at Tigers (Verlander) at 8:30

Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2011 at 04:25 AM | 439 comment(s)
  Beats: general

MLB.com: Lee lets lead slip away as Cards even NLDS

The Phillies entered the 2011 postseason with high hopes behind the strength of their four aces.

The Cardinals got to one of them Sunday in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. Cliff Lee, who was a postseason hero for the Phils in 2009, tied a career high by allowing 12 hits and gave up five runs in six-plus innings in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis, evening the best-of-five series at 1.
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The Phils’ offense went into hibernation after the second. Carpenter retired the last four batters ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 03, 2011 at 04:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, phillies

Jose Valverde guarantees series win

Speaking of Justin Wilson…

How’s this for a guarantee?

After closing out the Detroit Tigers’ win over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday, closer Jose Valverde believes the Tigers are a lock to win the series.

“I think the series will finish in our house,” Valverde told ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas and other outlets. “They have a good team, but the series is not (coming) back to New York.”

...“We have a big advantage,” Valverde said. “We have Verlander ready for tomorrow. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 03:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

MLB.com: Sixth sense: Crew takes 2-0 lead with big frame

Greinke served up three home runs, but the Brewers stayed perfect in his home starts, taking command of the National League Division Series with a flurry of sixth-inning small ball that included catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s go-ahead squeeze bunt. It led to a 9-4 win over the D-backs in Game 2 and a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
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On Sunday, Ryan Braun had three more hits, including his first career postseason home run, a first-inning shot that accounted for two of his three ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 03, 2011 at 01:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, brewers, game recaps

Shaughnessy: Fallout from Red Sox downfall just beginning with Francona’s firing

It happens to all of them, especially in 2011. There are no more Walter Alstons. You won’t find a Bobby Cox anymore. Joe Torre had his magical run in New York, and it ended badly. Now Tony LaRussa looks like he’s near the end in St. Louis. Even while he’s in the playoffs.

I doubt there’ll ever be another eight-year manager in Boston. The corner office at Fenway Park is a combustible space. The Sox field boss has to deal with interference from the front office. Owner John Henry is a notorious ...

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Repoz Posted: October 03, 2011 at 12:48 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Bon Appétit: Food Pics of the Well Known: Texas Rangers Pitcher CJ Wilson

I gar-on-t-bone!

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While the opening round of the MLB Playoffs has most of his attention these days, Texas Rangers’ starting pitcher CJ Wilson is also admittedly “kind of obsessed” with food, but it’s a vice he’s comfortable with. “I don’t drink; I don’t do drugs; I do food.” But the All Star and soon-to-be $10 million free agent takes his food seriously. “I think I have a sophisticated palate because I’m adventurous. I try to find a spot in every city we visit to satisfy any craving from ...

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Repoz Posted: October 02, 2011 at 11:58 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

MLB.com: Overpowered by Scherzer, Yanks fall into tie

The Yankees were overmatched by Max Scherzer’s high-octane arsenal on Sunday, as the right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and helped the Tigers post a 5-3 victory in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, evening the series at 1-1.

Miguel Cabrera slugged a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who got to New York starter Freddy Garcia for four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

NTNgod Posted: October 02, 2011 at 10:52 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, tigers, yankees

Davidoff: Baseball Insider: Awards Show

Drew Butera obviously takes the belly-scratcher.

Just as we’re settling into the postseason, let’s divulge our annual end-of-the-regular-season awards.

AL Most Valuable Player: Jose Bautista, TOR
AL Least Valuable Player: Carl Crawford, BOS
NL Most Valuable Player: Matt Kemp, LAD
NL Least Valuable Player: Aubrey Huff, SF
AL Cy Young Award: Justin Verlander, DET
AL Belly-Itcher: John Lackey, BOS
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay, PHI
NL Belly-Itcher: Derek Lowe, ATL
AL Rookie of the Year: Michael ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 02, 2011 at 08:05 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Murray Chass: FRANCONA IS FIRST FALLOUT FROM DOWNFALL

They should be erecting a statue of Terry Francona in front of Fenway Park, not shoving him out the back door. Francona, after all, won two World Series with a franchise the World Series had forgotten, two, in fact, only three years apart, the first in 2004 that ended an 86-year drought. ...

In his comments, Francona said he left because he felt the players needed to hear a different voice. Perhaps his view can be linked to the substance of reports that Francona had “lost” the clubhouse, ...

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bobm Posted: October 02, 2011 at 06:12 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

Royals’ goal for next season: Find front-line starter

I understand Damian Moss is available.

the Royals figure to take a run at [free agent] Edwin Jackson. But club officials say any impact acquisition is likely to come through a trade…

[James] Shields seems the best fit — if the Rays are indeed willing to deal him after their surprising run to postseason — because his salary is about to jump from $4.25 million to $7 million in 2012, $9 million in 2013 and $12 million in 2014.

That might be more than the frugal Rays can afford, but it fits ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 02, 2011 at 05:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, rumors

N.Y. Times: Rosenheck: Did the Tigers Have the Right Man at Second Base?

An ode to Ramón Santiago.

Fortunately for Detroit, the punchless Gardner pulled the meatball on the ground to the right side of second base. Unfortunately for Detroit, Ryan Raburn was playing second. He took a few choppy steps to his right and didn’t even try to get his glove down, as the ball had clearly beaten him. Teixeira and Posada came around to score, and Detroit’s likelihood of winning the game fell to 10 percent from 25 percent. Had Raburn made the play, the Tigers’ probability ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: October 02, 2011 at 05:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Zambrano to Marlins?

Weird, I read about it in El Pollo Loco.

With Ozzie Guillen leaving the White Sox to manage the Marlins, there has been speculation that Carlos Zambrano will join him in Florida. The two Venezuelans are close and have helped each other’s charities…

According to a report in Venezuela’s El Nacional by reporter Ignacio Serrano, Guillen has reached out to Zambrano and wants to bring him to Miami. Zambrano is owed $18 million next season on his contract, and the report says the Marlins would pay ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 02, 2011 at 05:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, miami, rumors

Noble: Jeter always in right place at right time

Even when he’s not! (scratches head feverishly with engraved trephine blade)

Before pitching coach Larry Rothschild could express concern above the effect working from the stretch had on Nova’s pitches, Peralta struck, Granderson waited for the sinking line drive to reach him, and Jeter prepared himself to not lose. The primary cutoff man was to be Mark Teixeira at the mound. Infield coach Mick Kelleher said Jeter, the cutoff man on a throw to third, was out of position when he put himself in ...

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Repoz Posted: October 02, 2011 at 12:43 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, history, tigers, yankees

AL and NLDS Day 3 Game Chatters

Tigers (Scherzer) vs. Yankees (Garcia) 3:00 PM TNT
D-Backs (Dan Hudson) vs. Brewers (Greinke) 5:00 PM TBS
Cardinals (Carpenter) vs. Phillies (Cliff Lee) 8:30 PM TBS

Gamingboy Posted: October 02, 2011 at 12:38 PM | 593 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Klaassen: Should Arizona Have Pitched Around Fielder?

Let’s let Kapitan Kirk Gibson answer that…”“I left him in; it was a bad decision on my part, obviously,”

This is not to say that these are the only considerations to take into account. Perhaps Arizona manager Kirk Gibson or his coaches could have seen something in Kennedy at that point that would have indicated he should be pulled (I don’t know). Maybe Gibson would have been better served to bring in an appropriate lefty-killing reliever to get Fielder out.

It is easy to speak with the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 02, 2011 at 12:14 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, brewers, history, projections, sabermetrics

Jim Leyland says numbers were on his side with Al Alburquerque

And he’s got time to roll a number…Oh, Alburquerque.

Why did he bring Al Alburquerque, a right-hander, into Game 1 of the Division Series on Saturday night instead of a left-hander to face Robinson Cano with the bases loaded in the sixth inning?

Cano made it a hot topic because he hit a grand slam off Alburquerque in the Tigers’ 9-3 loss to the Yankees, the first home run Alburquerque has allowed as a Tiger.

“To me,” Leyland said, “that’s one for everyone else to second guess. Obviously, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 02, 2011 at 11:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tigers, yankees

Engel: Michael Young quietly remains most valuable Ranger

Branded! The anti-anti-anti Moneyball is in full swing!

And yet just watch, everybody will skip Young’s role because, frankly, it involves intangibles, and what cannot be measured no longer matters in baseball, or so we have been told. Just do not tell Rangers manager Ron Washington unless you want him to drop an f-bomb on you and walk away talking about the fool he just talked to who does not know the first thing about baseball or how much chemistry matters.

...What Young did instead was ...

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Repoz Posted: October 02, 2011 at 11:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, rangers

Lupica: Francona saw lack of intangibles in Red Sox collapse, not lack of ‘Moneyball’ statistics

The Million-Dollar Throw-Up Challenge.

Terry Francona didn’t talk about OPS numbers on Friday after he was fired in Boston. He didn’t talk about Pythagorean winning percentages or range factors or runs created or win shares. He didn’t talk about Bill James or Billy Beane or sabermetrics, the cult that now runs baseball. Francona essentially spoke of how the men on the field playing the game for the Red Sox this past September weren’t enough of a team when their season exploded all over the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 02, 2011 at 10:45 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: books, fantasy baseball, red sox, sabermetrics

MLB.com: Cano’s slam finishes Tigers in Game 1 rout

Robinson Cano connected for his team’s first postseason grand slam in nearly 12 years and Ivan Nova fired 6 1/3 sterling innings in his postseason debut, leading the Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Saturday.

Cano’s towering blast to right field off left-hander Al Alburquerque highlighted a six-run New York sixth inning, helping the Yankees pull away after the skies cleared to permit the continuation of the contest.

NTNgod Posted: October 02, 2011 at 03:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, tigers, yankees

Plaschke: Baseball should come clean for Roger Maris

Tally Ho-oey!

Maris should be considered the all-time home-run champ, but baseball officials can’t simply change the record books, so he’s not.

Maris could be in the Hall of Fame based on that season alone, but his career numbers don’t meet Cooperstown’s standards, so he’s not.

Maris should have been honored and remembered on every field where they played major league baseball this weekend…

...The family is hurt equally by knowing that Maris will probably never receive the vote he needs ...

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Repoz Posted: October 02, 2011 at 03:11 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, memorabilia, yankees

MLB.com: Go fourth: Big inning helps Texas force ALDS tie

The Rangers scored five runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 8-6 victory over the Rays in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at the Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday night.

The victory, their first ever in a Division Series at the Ballpark, allowed the Rangers to even the series at one game each.
...
Derek Holland earned the victory despite allowing three runs in five innings.

NTNgod Posted: October 02, 2011 at 02:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: game recaps, rangers, rays

MLB.com: Phils overcome sluggish start to pound Cards

Philadelphia never blinked after falling behind early Saturday in an 11-6 comeback victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park.
...
Halladay quietly got into a groove, and by the time the Phillies scored a run in the fourth inning to make it 3-1—Shane Victorino singled in a run after Cardinals third baseman David Freese dropped a foul ball, giving Victorino new life—Halladay had retired nine consecutive batters.

Halladay had ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 02, 2011 at 12:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, game recaps, phillies

Neyer: Rumor: Theo Epstein Leaving Red Sox For Cubs

Why would Epstein leave?

Remember, he’s almost left before. Six years ago, Epstein exited the Red Sox for roughly a month before returning to the fold. Perhaps that was merely a negotiating ploy—he presumably did well, financially—but the relationship between Epstein and his bosses has not always been 100-percent highly functional.

I don’t know Theo Epstein anything like well enough to read his mind, but it’s certainly possible that he’s simply ready for a change. I’ve had two great jobs in ...

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

MLB.com: Crew’s dynamic trio brings home Game 1 win

Gallardo pitched eight inspired innings and tied Don Sutton’s postseason franchise record with nine strikeouts, and Prince Fielder belted a seventh-inning, two-run home run, the biggest hit of a 4-1 Brewers win over the D-backs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Saturday.
...
Eight innings and 106 pitches later, [Gallardo] had limited Arizona to four hits and one run to give the Brewers the series edge. Gallardo was just short of what would have been the Brewers’ first complete ...

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NTNgod Posted: October 01, 2011 at 09:05 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, brewers, game recaps

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