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Saturday, October 15, 2011

An angry detour for Sox owner John Henry

Here’s a very interesting interview of Red Sox owner John Henry. The interview is very contentious and provides insight into the perspective of the Sox owner. Whether you agree or disagree with him, Henry certainly should be applauded for addressing *all* the issues floating around.

Listen to the audio yourself.

Hat tip to villageidiom for finding the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2011 at 02:41 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Nelson Cruz has become Tigers’ reoccurring problem

I haven’t seen such mutilatin’ flamboyance by a Nelson…since welt-to-do, Nelson Van Alden first removed his shirt!

Cruz has announced his presence on a national stage by hitting five homers in this series (fifth player to do so in the postseason)—and ticked off Tigers fans in the process.

And it’s not just his talent—he was booed every time he came to the plate while the series was in Detroit. There is a perception that he is grandstanding a bit. He might have lingered a bit after crushing ...

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Repoz Posted: October 15, 2011 at 01:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, tigers

Pitchers & Poets: Jose Valverde, Ritual, and Performance

Don’t you know you’ll stain the carpet…

Yesterday morning I drove across the Mississippi River, the Velvet Underground playing on the stereo, and thought about Jose Valverde.

Like Lou Reed, Jose Valverde understands performance. He understands, on some stratum beneath consciousness, that his job is to channel and deliver, on stage, the passions that we common folks are advised against during group outings at work and with family. The gestures of Papa Grande–stiffened hands slicing the air ...

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Repoz Posted: October 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, tigers

Kernan: Yankees’ target CJ Wilson comes up small for Rangers

Or as Francesspool parmed out…“Yogi Berra went 7 for 50..7 fer 50!..in his first 3 WS…and then went on to be the greatest clutch post season player ever!” Uh, no.

Things were only going to get worse for Wilson, likely Future Yankee. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera wound up with a go-ahead RBI double. Then the real carnage started.

If Wilson is going to be the answer to the Yankees pitching prayers as a free agent, what’s the question? Can C.J. be better than A.J.?

Wilson must pick up his ...

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Repoz Posted: October 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rangers, yankees

BPP: Any player/Any era: Ted Williams

Polo Grounds Fans Bid Kid Adieu…

Era he might have thrived in: For all their struggles, including a historically bad 40-120 in their inaugural 1962 season (which the demo won’t let me play), the expansion-era Mets were largely a veteran club. Their debut team featured the likes of elder baseball statesmen such as Gil Hodges, Richie Ashburn, and Frank Thomas among others, and at 43 on Opening Day that year, Williams wouldn’t have been terribly older. He might also have been a threat for the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, projections, red sox, sabermetrics

Flip Flop Fly Ball - Organizations 2011

Link to an infographic showing “Total [2011] wins and losses throughout each team’s organization.”

By this measure, the 6th ranked organization is… the Yankees:


ALE—-W——-L———Pct—Rank
NYY 509 482 .514 (6)
TOR 511 486 .513 (7)
-TB 541 526 .507 (11)
BOS 466 464 .501 (15)
BAL 443 487 .476 (27)
...

bobm Posted: October 15, 2011 at 05:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Willie Randolph talks about leaving Orioles

Boots Randolph. Falls to pieces.

Orioles third base/infielders coach Willie Randolph acknowledged he was “a little disappointed” when he learned Thursday night in a telephone conversation with Orioles manager Buck Showalter that he would not be back with the club next season, “but I am always going to move forward.”

...Not renewing Randolph did not come as a surprise to club observers – and, in fact, was expected to be the primary change to Showalter’s coaching staff this ...

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Repoz Posted: October 15, 2011 at 03:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Friday, October 14, 2011

Taking bets on the next Red Sox manager? Hinch the favorite

Bodog.net has posted odds on who will be the next Red Sox manager and the field is led by former Diamondbacks skipper A.J. Hinch, followed closely by ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine.

The latest Bodog odds

A.J. Hinch—5:2
Bobby Valentine—3:1
Joe Torre—4:1
Pete Mackanin—5:1
Dave Martinez—11:2
Ryne Sandberg—6:1
Alan Trammell—15:2

This is just nutty. Joe Torre is more likely to agree to manage an IGA in Houghton, Michigan, than he is to take the reins of the Red Sox. ...Read More...

Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:58 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Brew Crew Ball: Top Ten NLCS Quotes From Russian Play-By-Play Announcers

I figured maybe I can help to lighten up the mood by introducing some commentary that I get to hear during the Brewers playoff games from Russian announcers.

I happen to reside in Armenia and my satellite channel is ESPN America, which transmits games over the territory of the former Soviet Union. Thus, the announcers are Russian, commenting on the game in Russian for all the people who happen to tune in for these games in the former Soviet republics.

With all that said, here’s the countdown… ...Read More...

The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, brewers, international, media

RAB: The Yankees don’t want the Yankees to be called the Yankees anymore

...the Yankees have informed their minor league affiliates in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Tampa, and Staten Island that they want them to drop “Yankees” as their nickname. “There’s only one team they want as the Yankees,” said Jim Timlin, chairman of the Lackawanna County Stadium Authority board in Northeast Pennsylvania. “And they live in the Bronx.”

“It was a recommendation,” added Timlin. “We don’t have to listen to them. But it would be a good idea to go along with them. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 09:19 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor leagues, yankees

MLB announces All-Star roster for Taiwan trip

Center fielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Robinson Cano, two of the Bronx Bombers who rank among baseball’s top run producers, are on the roster that will play five games against the Chinese Taipei national team.

....

Another major offensive threat who has tentatively agreed to join the team—subject to how he feels after participating in the postseason—is Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, this year’s AL batting champion with a .344 average.

The Major League team also includes ...

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Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2011 at 09:17 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Adam Dunn: Not easy being a one percenter

I hear the OccupyChi people are now forming an OccupyJackass group.

“It’s tougher than people think, being a one percenter,” Adam Dunn told us this morning. “For starters, you gotta figure out what to do with all that dough, which is stressful.”

The White Sox designated hitter is a bona fide one percenter, and we’re not talking about his batting average. Dunn made $14 million this season, and his contract guarantees him three more years at that rate. “But that’s not net, it’s whachacallit,” ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 08:25 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur, white sox

Rockies rookie Drew Pomeranz arrested for disturbing the peace

Occupy Oxford!

Rockies rookie pitcher Drew Pomeranz was arrested early this morning in Oxford, Miss. and charged with disturbing the peace.

Pomeranz, a left-hander who was considered the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was arrested at 1:25 a.m. after leaving a bar with friends, according to the Oxford (Miss.) Eagle. He was released on cash bond at 4:40 a.m.

The Rockies issued a statement this afternoon, saying they were aware of the “unfortunate incident” involving Pomeranz.

“We ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 08:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Gleeman: Red Sox owner John Henry: “I personally opposed” signing Carl Crawford

During an appearance on CBS Radio in Boston this afternoon Red Sox owner John Henry explained that he “personally opposed” the team’s decision to sign free agent Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract last offseason.

Henry said that he ultimately deferred to general manager Theo Epstein and the front office decision-makers…

at the time of the Crawford signing Epstein did say that he had to talk ownership into the move and Henry also said during the same interview today ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 07:30 PM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, red sox

Jazayerli: Doctoring the Numbers: Starting Them Young, Part Two

Part One here (although I’m wondering, given this article, why we needed a “5 oldest vs. 5 youngest” article at all.)

Rather than simply looking at the youngest and oldest players in each draft year, I’ve taken all 846 players in the draft study and separated them by age into five roughly equal bins: Very Young, Young, Average, Old, and Very Old. I then calculated the combined expected value of the players in each bin based on where they were drafted and the combined Discounted WARP that they ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 07:08 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

SBN: Yellon: Do-It-Yourself Theo Epstein Compensation Speculation

Tired of all the endless speculation about Theo Epstein and what compensation the Cubs will owe the Red Sox for him? Now you can make up your own!

I like interaction.  Except with the people at Time-Warner, who I call to complain that my 56 dBmV upstream power level is too high and they ask me if my modem is on and plugged in.

Dan Szymborski Posted: October 14, 2011 at 07:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox

NYT: Mahler: It’s All ‘Moneyball’ Now

Hicks failed to buy a World Series, but he nearly went broke trying. Guess what happened when he started belatedly slashing expenses in a vain attempt to prevent the team from going under? Jon Daniels, who was 28 when he became the Rangers’ general manager, had the chance to take a different, more cost-effective approach . He restocked the team’s depleted farm system, refocused on pitching and made a few big trades that created the nucleus of the team that is now on the brink of its second ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 05:27 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, projections, sabermetrics

Kubatko: Orioles: The fluid list

Jerry Dipoto on the fluid list? Mr. Blameshifter now with orange and black glove?!

Here’s what I know: Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto will interview with the Orioles.

...It’s possible that the interview will take place Monday. The date also is fluid. But the important point here is that Dipoto is a leading candidate and the Diamondbacks granted permission for the Orioles to contact him.

The Orioles don’t want a whiz kid who still gets carded in bars, and they don’t want a mid-60s ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 04:55 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Gleeman: Frustrated Twins fans want to know: Is this the real Delmon Young?

Gleeman informs the sensible-sweater soiree at MinnPost about a recent athlete of note.

Remember when Mark Lemke was terrorizing the Twins with a .417 batting average in the 1991 World Series? Or how about when Adam Kennedy knocked the Twins out of the 2002 ALCS with a three-homer Game 5? Or what about last October, when Cody Ross’ heroics propelled the Giants to a championship?

None of those guys were more than role players before their postseason breakouts, and none of those guys were more ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: October 14, 2011 at 03:50 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, tigers, twins

Angels—not Dodgers—close to new TV deal with Fox?

Well they need some way to pay Vernon Wells’ contract.

However, Fox and the Angels have had dialogue about a new deal for an extended period of time, according to parties familiar with the conversations but not authorized to discuss them. No deal is imminent, the parties said.

With Fox losing the Lakers and potentially losing the Dodgers, the Angels have the leverage to command a deal in excess of the 20-year, $1.6-billion contract to which Fox and the Rangers agreed last year.

That deal ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2011 at 03:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, international

Brogna On Baseball: The 0-2 And 3-0 Count Myths

Hitting: The .320 OBROGNAP way.

Stubbornly, baseball again practices an offensive theory that I would change without blinking. The old “automatic strike” pitch is what we identify with when a hitter has a 3-0 count. When I played for Terry Francona in Philadelphia, each hitter had the “Green” Light to swing away on any 3-0 count. The only reason a hitter would take there is if the “must take” sign was put on or if the hitter was not comfortable swinging at that particular 3-0 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 02:15 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: history, projections, sabermetrics

FOX Sports: Wolf Gives Brewers Much-Needed Win

But after solo homers put St. Louis up 2-0 through three innings Thursday, the Cardinals couldn’t put anything together. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and failed twice to get a man home from third with less than two outs.

Wolf baffled them with a changeup clocked consistently around 65 mph.

‘‘We had a couple of chances to add a run and Wolf made outstanding pitches,’’ Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. ‘‘These are productive guys. He just made really good pitches.’‘

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Lassus Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Robothal: Justin Verlander Delivers Superhuman Effort in Game 5 of ALCS

But Verlander, after an efficient, 10-pitch seventh, was in no mood for conversation. The Tigers, trailing three games to one, had a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead in Game 5 of the ALCS. But Verlander knew that the Tigers’ pitching staff, in the words of Leyland, was down to, “Verlander and Verlander and Verlander . . . and maybe (Phil) Coke.”

“I didn’t even talk to, ‘Skip,’ I didn’t even look at him,” Verlander told me in the postgame interview on FOX after the Tigers’ 7-5 ...

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Lassus Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:02 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Edes: Solutions for the Sox

Sweep away the chicken bones, recycle the beer cans and fire up the treadmill. Bid adieu to Tito and Theo, make way for Ben Cherington and a TBA manager, relocate John Lackey in the witness protection program, and tell the “team sources” in the executive suite to put away the sharp knives and clean up the blood they’ve left behind.

The next time Sox players are invited onto John Henry’s yacht, it will be a victory cruise (headphones optional).

jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

NLCS Game 5 chatter

Brewers (Greinke) at Cardinals (Garcia). 8:05. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Schilling: ‘This is what happens when you piss people off that are really rich and powerful

Mega feldgrau langhosen load alert!

We know they’re looking at trading Lackey, but that’s going to be a tough pill to swallow.

I don’t know that they have a choice. I can’t envision a scenario where he’s back here.

Who’s more disappointing: the leader, Josh Beckett or the follower, Jon Lester?

That’s the one that I think probably makes me bend over and double-clutch more than anything. I wanted so bad to believe that that September late-season swoon by him was just something ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 145 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Harper: Prince Fielder may become Big Apple of Yankees’ eye if Sabathia decides to sign elsewhere

And I thought once seeing John Wockenfuss trip over the 2B bag was the high point of clogging up the DH spot.

Would that lead the Yankees to Fielder? The potential of the lineup would be tantalizing and, who knows? Maybe Fielder would actually hit in October as well as his father Cecil did with the Bombers in 1996

On the other hand, Cashman probably wouldn’t want to lock himself into still another long-term deal. And though Fielder could play first base at times to spell Mark Teixeira, the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, media, yankees

Glauber: Dear Prince and Albert, please stay

Says Bill Glauber of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…who has also worked for The Baltimore Sun and The Chicago Tribune.

Dear Prince and Albert:

Stay right where you are.

Don’t mess up the best thing you’re ever going to have in baseball.

Think twice before taking the money and running out of town. In fact, think about taking what money you can and remaining in Milwaukee and St. Louis.

...But in a lot of cases, switching teams provides just a boost in pay and a lot of heartache. Seriously, ...

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Repoz Posted: October 14, 2011 at 09:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, cardinals, media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-14-2011

Pittsburgh Press, October 14, 1911:

Before what is conceded to be the largest crowd that ever witnessed a baseball game, the opening contest in the world’s series is now on, the gladiators of McGraw and Mack straining every effort to capture the initial game of the series and thus gain the advantage in the battle for honors.

Toledo News-Bee, October 14, 1911:

George Petroleseus, a Greek baseball fan, found a ticket to the world’s series.  To celebrate he imbibed too much and will receive hospital ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 14, 2011 at 08:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Move over, LeBron: Other sports stars have NFL potential, too

Pretty good, but I don’t think they know who Miguel Cabrera is.

we polled Sporting News’ team of writers and editors on athletes in other sports who would transition well to the physical NFL.

Quarterbacks

Carl Crawford, OF, Boston Red Sox (6-2, 215)...

Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit Tigers (6-5, 225)...

Wide receivers

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3, 215)...

Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees (6-1, 185)...

Tight end

Mike Stanton, OF, Florida Marlins (6-5, 235)...

Offensive ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 14, 2011 at 12:35 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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