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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Joe Maddon: Any potential ban on beer ‘asinine’

Oh, some bozo from Brooklyn was skunked on beer playin’ backyard bombardier…

“I’m not into knee-jerk reactions,” the Rays’ manager told WEEI.com. “If somebody had all of these wonderful thoughts prior to this happening I may be more on board with it, or more empathetic to it. But all of this knee-jerk stuff that occurs in our game absolutely drives me crazy. If you want to be proactive about some thoughts, go ahead be proactive and I’m all for that. But to say a grown-up can’t have a beer ...

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Repoz Posted: October 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, special topics

Thomason:  Keltner List: Joe Torre

15. Did the player uphold the standards of sportsmanship and character that the Hall of Fame, in its written guidelines, instructs us to consider?

Yes, other than an embarrassing stint managing the Yankees.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, hall of fame, mets, yankees

De Luca: Hey, Cubs fans, baseball execs aren’t rock stars

Yeah, right…like Roy Hamey didn’t have that whole suave-de-frump Crocus Behemoth look going on.

So before we start plotting Cubs championship parade routes, let’s step back and take a deep breath.

Epstein just arrived. He’s wrapping up his first week on the job in a cramped, decaying office at Clark and Addison, and we’ve seen no real change. For all of his talk at the news conference and press stops, he really hasn’t said anything of substance. His new partners — executive vice ...

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Repoz Posted: October 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, red sox, sabermetrics, scouting

La Russa no fan of ‘Moneyball’

Look, just because Hollywood didn’t come through with that Richard Harrow mask during your shingles mingle is no reason to…

As for “Moneyball,’’ La Russa said he went once already and walked out on it.

“It’s our tribute to all the scouts and baseball people that were dissed by ‘Moneyball,’ ’’ he said. “That’s why I walked out of ‘Moneyball.’ ’’

Why is he down on the concept?

“On-base percentage is one of the most dangerous concepts of the last seven, eight ...

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Repoz Posted: October 27, 2011 at 09:31 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, sabermetrics, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2011

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, October 27, 1961:

Joe Cambria, a baseball scout who has signed more than 500 youngsters to professional contracts, wishes he had latched on to just one more.
...

Fidel Castro, a right-handed pitcher who since has been accused of left-handed political leanings, was rejected by Cambria in the mid-1940s.

“Castro had a good curve ball, but not much of a fast ball” Cambria told Bill Tanton of the Baltimore Evening Sun.

In retrospect, as a fringy right-handed soft tosser, ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 27, 2011 at 09:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, dugout, history, international

NYT (G.  Vecsey):  Pujols Won’t Find Unconditional Love Anywhere Else

The legion of elders who saw Musial play from 1941 to 1963 maintain that he would have higher recognition today as a career .331 hitter if he had played in a coastal city like New York, Boston or Los Angeles. What is overlooked is that the East Coast media hectored Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams in ways large and small — in a kinder and gentler time before the 24-hour gnawing of the carpenter ants of blog land and Twitter land.

Srul Itza Posted: October 27, 2011 at 02:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Taiwan “All-Star Series” will be on MLB Network

Good news, everyone! There will be more live baseball being shown on TV! Even if it’s just the barnstorming “All-Star” (although it’s really a “Three to Five All-Stars and then some other guys” team) series in Taiwan…..

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2011 at 11:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Angell:  EXPLAINING TONY

In an informal press conference early this morning, while feeding the clustering denizens of his Himalayan Marmot ranch in Alton, Illinois, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa offered further explanation of his notorious relief-pitcher mixup in the late innings of Monday’s Game Five of the World Series, which may have led to a go-ahead late two-run rally by the Texas Rangers, and their 4-2 victory. “Probably you won’t believe this,” La Russa said, “but just listen.” He then allowed ...

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Fat Al Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:43 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

MLB: Davey Johnson expected to remain Nats manager

The Nationals are expected to retain Davey Johnson as their manager, according to a baseball source. An announcement would be made after the World Series ends.

Johnson took over the position on an interim basis on June 26, three days after Jim Riggleman resigned. Washington went 40-43 under Johnson, finishing third in the National League East—their highest finish since the team moved from Montreal after the 2004 season.

Teams are asked by Major League Baseball not to make major announcements ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Dewan: Andrus and Kinsler

I haven’t seen teamwork like this… since Elvis and Larry Geller!

These plays [in Game 5 of the 2011 World Series] are an extension of what [Elvis] Andrus and [Ian] Kinsler have been doing all season. Defensively, they are the best double play combination in the game. And on the base paths they were baseball’s two best baserunners in 2011.

Here are the Defensive Runs Saved totals for the top five shortstop-second base combos in 2011:

Combo            Team      2B Runs Saved SS Runs Saved ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 26, 2011 at 08:27 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

CBS: Bernstein: Time For Cubs Fans To Grow Up

New Chicago language? This is so sharp…I thought it was written by the other Dan Bernstein!

Stop getting over-attached to individual players to the point where you overvalue them. Players are people, but they are property: assets to be cultivated, and promoted or traded as needed. Just because you like a guy, it doesn’t mean anybody really thinks he’s any good, or that your team wouldn’t be better served flipping him for someone better. Your Ryan Theriot jersey-shirt makes you look ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 08:19 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, media, red sox, sabermetrics

Cronin: Did Topps turn down a deal on Maury Wills because he was such a bad prospect?

Send Me No Five Dollars. (obligatory Kappelhoffonian riff)

It was during this tryout that Topps employee Turk Karam was visiting the Tigers training camp signing new players to Topps contracts (which, again, were $5 for any minor leaguer who looked like he had a chance at the Majors). Karam did not offer Wills a contract. Sy Berger, the Topps executive in charge of player relations, questioned Karam as to why he did not sign Wills. After all, Wills was in the Tigers’ Major League training ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 07:51 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, history, media, memorabilia

ESPN: Rubin: What to do with David Wright?

Love, then tragedy strikes the town!

In one respect, losing Reyes would seem to all but cement Wright remaining a Met in 2012. After all, with the Mets starving for revenue, the double hit of losing Reyes and Wright—even with the promise of building for a better future—would lead to a more desolate Citi Field in 2012, a further revenue drain, and losses Fred Wilpon and family seemingly could not withstand.

But if the Mets had owners with deep enough pockets to absorb a short-term revenue ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 06:06 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Full Count—So about that Starbucks sighting of Theo Epstein…

Mystery solved.

“When I’m somewhere when I don’t want to be recognized and someone recognizes me, I have a couple standard lines I always go to,” he acknowledged. “‘Oh, no, that’s not me, but I guess I kind of look like him. I get that a lot.’ Or, I say, ‘Theo Epstein, who’s that?’ I was so excited to be in Chicago, and so surprised to be recognized, that I dropped both lines on this guy without stopping to think that they really don’t work very well in concert with one ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2011 at 05:23 PM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Bruce Jenkins: La Russa should see humor in situation he made

Captain Jenks phones one in…

With Game 6 of the World Series tonight in St. Louis, I’d suggest that Tony La Russa arrive as a telephone repairman, complete with the proper outfit, a nifty hat and a set of tools. Anything to lighten the mood around a club that suddenly appears dismantled.

If humor is the proper tonic, this will be quite a trick. La Russa’s reputation is that of a man wound too tight, a bit strong on the rage and paranoia. Although he has won two World Series, there were 12 ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 04:41 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rangers

NYT: Baseball’s Game of Telephone

In Atlanta, there are televisions in the dugouts to help the manager monitor the action in his team’s bullpen - who is warming up, and how ready a pitcher might be to enter the game.

Another National League team, in an effort to improve communications between the dugout and the bullpen, experimented with specially designed mobile telephones in recent years. That ended because the team’s coaches weren’t happy with them, although it didn’t help, either, that players had run up $70,000 in ...

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bobm Posted: October 26, 2011 at 02:19 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, history

RB Mewelde Moore Still Has Baseball Dreams

Mewelde two sports (insert aging longitudinal crack).

LL: Looking back on your college career, was it tough balancing both training for the college football season and playing professional baseball in the summers?

Mewelde Moore: Baseball players train? I didn’t know that (laughs) … No, I played football and then played baseball; that was pretty much my deal. It was really one of those things where in baseball I used to over-train, and I think that may have hindered my game a little bit. ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:59 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

Nusbaum: Of Bad Mechanics And Torn Testicles; Or, Why I Love Adrian Beltre

Just don’t touch his hair follicle-stimulating hormones!

Whether or not the Rangers win the World Series, I hope this postseason finally marks the settling of Adrian Beltre into our collective consciousness as what he is: something remarkable. Before his offensive outburst in Boston last season, the Beltre narrative was defined by grumbling—grumbling about his big contract year in 2004, about whether he was using PEDs, about why he couldn’t hit in Seattle.

...I don’t mean to suggest Beltre ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:31 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rangers, sabermetrics

Futterman (WSJ): Retaining Pujols Could Add Fat to Cards’ Payroll

Clayton Skaggs, who has worked with Pujols and several other members of the Cardinals as the team’s injury and performance consultant, said Pujols still has great strength and stability, especially through his core. “You shake his hand and you know immediately this is a person with some strength,” Dr. Skaggs said.

But he also compared Pujols’ strength and stability to that of a sumo wrestler. Certainly the Cardinals don’t want Yokozuna Asashoryu manning first base for them in a few years.

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JE (Jason) Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:01 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

In Media Res: Mediating Baseball

In Media Res is a weekly online publication about different roles media play in culture; they take up a different theme each week—this week is Mediating Baseball!

Mediating Baseball [October 24-28, 2011]

Monday October 24, 2011 – Elizabeth Rawitsch (University of East Anglia) presents: Melting Pot or Multiculturalism? Mediating Ethnicity in Baseball

Tuesday October 25, 2011 –  Pellom McDaniels III (University of Missouri-Kansas City) presents: “I is Unruffable”: Rereading African ...

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formerly dp Posted: October 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: media, negro leagues, online

Rogers: Theo Epstein has open mind on roster

Yeehaa!..More expansive than any ultra-MK-ULTRA neurotransmittin’ experiment!

While first Jim Hendry and then Bush declined to trade first baseman Carlos Pena, some baseball analysts feel that the unsung (Bryan) LaHair is a better alternative for 2012. He batted .331 with 38 home runs last season and has hit .308 with six homers in 10 games in Venezuela.

“I have a soft spot for guys who hit everywhere they’ve ever been – hit, hit, hit and continue to hit,’’ Epstein said. “There’s this myth ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, sabermetrics

At 63, Johnny Bench still not on the bench

Bah, the Blender Era was just so lame. (freebie Coldplay issue did come in handy to yank out me mutt’s hanging strudel)

Q. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, baseball has just come through the era of performance enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using steroids, and it’s widely assumed Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens were users as well. Do you consider those guys Hall of Fame worthy?

A. We know a lot of the guys who took some of the juice. You see, I blame it on the ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:55 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, reds, steroids

Arizona Daily Star: After baseball career, DeWald peaked

Sufferin’ Zurbriggen’s! I don’t recall Terry DeWald.

DeWald played for the Durham Bulls in 1968. “The shower scene in the movie is the same shower we used,” he remembers. A year later he was shipped to Visalia, a Mets affiliate, whereupon he hit .307, smacked 10 homers, stole 18 bases and made the California League All-Star team.

His baseball career came crashing down when (a) he tore up his right knee during spring training, and (b) his comeback was scuttled when a bad-hop ground ball ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, minor leagues

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-26-2011

AP via Spartanburg Herald, October 27, 1911:

Philadelphia, Oct. 26—Hail! Philadelphia Athletics, Champions of the world for the second successive year.

In an exhibition of batting seldom seen in a premier baseball series, the American league team this afternoon defeated New York in the sixth game of the set by the overwhelming score of 13 to 2…It was more than a mere defeat for the giants [sic], it was a rout.

...

When the game was over that part of the crowd which did not leave the ground ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 26, 2011 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dugout, game recaps, history

2011 WS Game 6…. CHATTER (Weather Permitting)

Rangers (Lewis) at Cardinals (Garcia). FOX. 8:05.

80% chance of Rain.

Rangers lead 3-2.

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2011 at 04:12 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: general

ESPN: Mike Scioscia talks Mike Napoli trade

Interesting comments by Napoli on his time with the Angels, I don’t recall seeing anything about them when he made them

In August, Napoli told the Dallas Morning News he felt constrained by Scioscia’s high demands on his catchers.

“I always felt like I was looking over my shoulder to see if I was doing things right,” Napoli said. “I had ‘bad hands.’ I was so worried about my setup and the mechanics all the time. I learned a lot. I learned a lot of what I do there, but playing there just ...

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Jim Wisinski Posted: October 26, 2011 at 02:03 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arizona, rays, yankees

Darryl Strawberry says ‘86 New York Mets would defeat ‘98 New York Yankees

Darryl Strawberry has no doubts that the 1986 New York Mets would beat the 1998 New York Yankees.

And if there’s anyone who should know, it’s Strawberry, who played on both championship teams.

“There’s no question. You cannot beat the ‘86 Mets,” Strawberry said Tuesday while appearing on ESPN New York 1050’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “The Yankees teams I played on were great teams with great personalities, but they were good guys. The ‘86 Mets would’ve been drilling those guys; I just know how ...

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Repoz Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:38 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, history, mets, yankees

Whiting: Attitude, lifestyle contributed to Irabu’s demise

There’s some interesting background on his relationship with his biological dad. It’s, of course, a very sad story. I’m quoting the following the section only because I’m a little surprised by the Stottlemyre line. Even when he was going well, I never got the impression that he had incredibly nasty stuff. It makes me wonder, given his poor conditioning and issues with focusing, if Irabu would have had a better career in the majors as a reliever.

The Yankees won their division all three years ...

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Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 26, 2011 at 01:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, yankees

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Allen Barra: Exonerating Bill Buckner

Red Sox fans cried “Curse of the Bambino”—the punishment Boston supposedly merited for selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919—but the focus of the curse that season was Buckner. Yet Buckner did not put the tying runs on base. He didn’t throw the wild pitch that made it 5-5. He did not make the decision to keep his defensive replacement on the bench. Had he made the play, the Red Sox could have lost the game anyway.

When so many others contributed as much or more to the Red Sox ...

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Repoz Posted: October 25, 2011 at 08:40 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, history, media, red sox

Posnanski: Bullpen phones

I cannot text you with a drink in my hand, eh?

Here’s what we know happened. In the eighth inning, with the score tied, Tony La Russa picked up the phone and asked for Marc Rzepczynski to begin warming up. But here’s where it gets tricky. That’s all bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist heard. But La Russa would say afterward that what he actually SAID was that to get Rzepczynski AND Jason Motte working… he then noticed that only Rzepczynski was warming up. He then picked up the phone and called ...

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The District Attorney Posted: October 25, 2011 at 08:03 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball geeks, cardinals, rangers

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