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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cardinals pitcher John Lackey called Caleb Joseph’s home run a “Baltimore home run”

Doesn’t Lackey know by now that Caleb Joseph has more pop than Caleb Bradham!

John Lackey does not take losing to Baltimore well.

On Saturday, the Cardinals pitcher and uber-heel needled Baltimore again after yesterday’s 10-3 blowout, this time putting catcher Caleb Joseph in his sights.

According to MLB.com, Lackey called the Orioles catcher’s Caleb Joseph’s two-run, second-inning home run a “Baltimore home run,” as in he doesn’t think it was a real home run. It pretty much ...

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Repoz Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, orioles

OMNICHATTER 8-10

Yo, OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Hollywood Reporter: ESPN Suspends Host for Domestic Abuse Story

The sports network has suspended host Max Kellerman after he admitted Monday on ESPN-LA Radio show Mason & Ireland that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, several years ago. Max and Erin have now been married for 20 years.

“Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday,” ESPN said in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter.

Max explained in the story that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. Max said that Erin slapped him, and so he ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, domestic violence, espn, suspensions, talk radio

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Coco Crisp’s New Haircut is Interesting

Oakland A’s centerfield Coco Crisp’s afro is famous. Why it even has its own blog.

We regret to inform you that Coco Crisp no longer has an afro. Instead, he has this:

The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:01 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, coco crisp, fashion

Marlins calling up Brad Penny to start tonight against the Reds

We heard earlier this week that the Marlins were thinking about calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny to fill the rotation spot of 23-year-old Jacob Turner, who was recently designated for assignment and swapped to the Cubs. The speculation is now confirmed, as the team has announced that Penny will start tonight against the Reds.

Penny signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in June before posting a 3.05 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings across five starts between Double-A ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:57 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brad penny, marlins, transactions

Posnanski: It’s been a trying year for Bryce Harper

I deduce that Poz started off writing about Strasburg and couldn’t find a new angle, but I dunno, you tell me.

the Washington Nationals are in first place. It is easy to miss that when you’re inside the beltway. More than that, at this moment the Nationals are in first place by 4 ½ games, which is the biggest lead in the National League. More than that, the Nationals have the best run differential in the National League… The Nationals have the best record in baseball when scoring four or more ...

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Pirates Designate Ernesto Frieri For Assignment

Ernesto riles Pittsburgh fans…

The Pirates have designated reliever Ernesto Frieri for assignment, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Twitter. Frieri, 29, came to Pittsburgh in a swap of struggling closers at the end of June.

While his trade counterpart, Jason Grilli, has thrived in his new environs, Frieri has continued to struggle since the swap…

Frieri is earning $3.8MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This likely means two things: First, he seems ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:24 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ernesto frieri, pirates, transactions

Bud Selig issues statement on reported tiff with Jerry Reinsdorf

“I want to send the message that I’m not sending any messages!”

In light of reports that there was a bit of a tiff between commissioner Bud Selig and his longtime compadre, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, regarding the succession committee naming a new commissioner, Selig issued the following statement Friday:

Since discussions began in January about formulating an orderly process for selecting the next Commissioner, I have stated both privately and publicly that my desire was to conduct a ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:46 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, business, commissioner, jerry reinsdorf, rob manfred

Bartolo Colon earns 200th career win

Who you callin’ “round”?

Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today’s world of advanced stats and metrics, it’s still kinda cool to see a pitcher reach a round win total that only 111 pitchers before him have reached. In this case, we’re talking about 41-year-old Bartolo Colon, who on Friday night notched career win No. 200 in the New York Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies…

With the victory, Colon becomes the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, history, mets

OMNICHATTER 8-9-2014

The OMNICHATTER makes lame Hunter Pence signs.

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Kernan: Derek Jeter’s greatness about much more than milestones

If there’s a formula for turning obvious errors into hits…Derek Jeter has discovered it.

Jeter then cut to the chase, explaining something that is lost a bit in today’s game.

“I’ve always tried to do everything on the field to help the team try to win,’’ Jeter told The Post. “In all different ways, offensively, defensively, moving runners up to score a run. That’s how you win games. You can take all these formulas and stuff and throw it out the window.’’

Jeter moved the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, yankees

Friday, August 08, 2014

Chris Young dumped by Mets

Commodore Dekker joins Captain Kirk!

Chris Young has been designated for assignment by the Mets.

Matt den Dekker will be promoted.

Den Dekker will serve as the regular left fielder, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis rotating around the outfield and Eric Young Jr. facing some left-handed pitching.

The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:46 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, matt den dekker, mets, transactions

Orioles-Nationals MASN Dispute: The case that Major League Baseball has cheated the Orioles

It’s not just conjecture by MASN that the RSDC ignored the Bortz methodology. The Managing Director of Bortz stated in an affidavit that the RSDC “improperly ignored facts and intentionally ignored other applicable reports that applied the established methodology” - all in order to find in favor of the Nationals, which, as far as MASN/the Orioles are concerned, it had planned to do for years, going back to when MLB was selling the Nationals franchise.

One way that the RSDC juked numbers ...

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birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: August 08, 2014 at 12:36 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, masn, nationals, orioles

Mike Schmidt: Today’s hitters don’t want much help

One of the most telling stories was shared by George. He said when he was hitting instructor last year, there were two indoor cages, and he would be in one flipping balls and the assistant coach in the other. The young Royals hitters were lined up to hit in the cage with the assistant, and none to hit in George’s cage.

I find that hard to believe, but at the same time know why. George, one of the greatest hitters ever, was there to coach, to offer his expertise, to suggest mechanics that might ...

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Bill James Mailbag - 8/6/14 - 8/8/14

But Jeff Bagwell’s son won’t pass for a while…

... do you think that baseball is best served if Felix and Kershaw et al are there pitching the whole game, and if their bodies can’t handle it, then the structure of baseball should adapt to allow for it?...

... I think it would be desirable to have cleaner matchup. “Conceptual clarity” sounds like an esoteric concept, but it is fundamental to the success of any esthetic medium. You go to a movie, you want to know what the movie is about. If you ...

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Atlanta tops Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s most miserable sports cities

The Atlanta Braves just continue to do what they do. In the thick of the National League playoff race, they’re in position to make a run to the postseason. But few will be picking the Braves to do a lot of damage if they get there. What’s shaping up is a possible repeat of last season — when the Braves took the National League East before bowing out to the Dodgers in the first round — as well as many seasons past.

That kind of outcome would be more tack-on points to a history of sports ...

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Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-8-2014

Pittsburgh Press, August 8, 1914:

“Dolly” Grey [sic], a catcher, was more or less forcibly taken from his home in Hastings [Michigan] and brought to Kalamazoo to catch for the local South Michigan club yesterday. Kalamazoo was without a catcher, and Grey did not want to come. He was rushed [to Kalamazoo] by an auto and consented to catch.

Pretty sure it’s illegal to kidnap catchers, even when you really need one.


Jennings takes liner off head in Marlins loss to Pirates

In one seventh-inning instant, the game became secondary.

The Marlins and Pirates played through a horrific episode that saw lefty reliever Dan Jennings take a Jordy Mercer liner off the left side of his head. The ball went straight up and into the glove of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

A shocked and disoriented Jennings went down and got up immediately. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia arrived and helped him down to a knee. PNC Park went silent. Jennings’ teammates gathered and Mercer in a ...

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Decline of the Curve

The fans laughed at the batter as he slunk back to the dugout, where he was greeted with his own teammates’ laughter and derision. Steineke shouted toward the opposing team’s bench, “That’s all right, Sonny. It ain’t over for you yet. You still got time to call Daddy, tell him you’ll be home in time for bailing hay, because, #######, Daddy, I ain’t never gonna be able to hit that f—-ing pitch.”
[...]
In early March, I drove down to Orlando, Fla., on an expedition to discover how, why and when ...

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 08, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: general, history, pitches, pitching

Did The Enquirer Take Down a Castellini Arrest Story?

Robert S. Castellini, the 46-year-old son of Reds owner Bob Castellini, and his wife Deanna were arrested and charged with domestic violence for fighting in front of their children.

Crime reporter Kimball Perry was all over the story, as he has a long history of detailing the crayist of the cray in Hamilton County courtrooms, reporting on Monday that both Robert and Deanna went in front of a judge that morning and how court documents described “visible scratch marks around the neck of Ms. ...

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

OMNICHATTER 8-8-14

It’s not a Unichatter, it’s a OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 07, 2014 at 11:33 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Was Chrissy Teigen drunk during first pitch?

Chrissy Teigen was worried she’d throw a first pitch worse than 50 Cent before Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium, but as usual, she wound up looking pretty good.

Balkroth Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:47 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, first pitch

McCoy: Reds HOF inductee Oester about more than numbers

Plenty of Oestertag jazz.

Oester was more known in his playing and coaching days for things he did behind the scenes, his leadership in the clubhouse and for his ability to do things on the field to win games that didn’t relate to personal numbers.

...There was a day in the mid-1980s when outfielder and teammate Cesar Cedeon spent considerable time on the disabled list and was still on the disabled list when the Reds were playing the Houston Astros. Oster, known for playing hurt, was not in ...

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Repoz Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:08 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Toronto Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie on DL with third oblique strain in two years

Brett Lawrie is back on the disabled list, this time with a left oblique strain that could force him to miss roughly a month of action with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lawrie’s latest injury comes at a critical time for the Jays, who are battling for a playoff spot with three of their key offensive players on the disabled list.

The club announced Thursday that Lawrie was back on the DL, just two days after returning to the lineup after missing 36 games with a broken right index finger. It was ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brett lawrie, injuries

Ohio state senator urges Cleveland Indians to change team name, mascot

Ohio state senator Eric Kearney introduced legislation Wednesday urging the Cleveland Indians to change the team’s name and mascot…

Kearney, a democrat from North Avondale, introduced the legislation while the Indians are playing a series against the Cincinnati Reds, who play near Kearney’s district.

In the resolution, Kearney urges the team to change the name and remove Chief Wahoo, the team’s mascot:

  “A team named the Indians, or one that carries a mascot of a stereotypical Native ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, legislation, mascots, native americans, ohio, politics

Calcaterra - First Salvo Launched In MASN Rights Battle

The upshot of the arguments, for those who do not wish to read: MASN is asking that the arbitration be set aside for conflict of interest for the most part.

Read the temporary restraining order at Craig’s link.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: August 07, 2014 at 04:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles, peter angelos, rights

Joe Kelly Notches Hit Against Friend Shelby Miller, Wins ‘Bet’

That alibi is Nickolay Lame!

Joe Kelly came out on the winning end of his faceoff with Shelby Miller in more ways than one.

Though neither pitcher earned a decision Wednesday night in the Boston Red Sox’s 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the two best friends had a chance to step into the batter’s box against each other for the first time in their major league careers.

Kelly, who was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, shared earlier in the week a wager he ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 07, 2014 at 03:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, gambling, joe kelly, red sox, shelby miller

Dodgers Acquire Roberto Hernandez

The second white flag trade Hernandez has been involved in! (Wait, what?)

The Phillies announce that they have traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later or cash considerations…

The Phillies signed Hernandez to a one-year, $4.5MM deal last winter, and he posted a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 121 innings for them, with a strong 52.0% ground ball rate. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has played parts of nine seasons, also spending time with the ...

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Indians announce major changes for Progressive Field in 2015

I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.

There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, progressive field, stadium renovations

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