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Sunday, September 14, 2014

WaPo | The ol’ bull game. Players don’t stink, they scuffle. A bit.

from Gene Weingarten:

As America’s foremost connoisseur of the misuse of the English language, I get sad around this time of the year. That’s because the baseball season is almost over.

Baseball plays itself to physical and emotional exhaustion, with games nearly every day. Therefore, players and managers are wary of saying anything that might dampen morale, which could in turn affect momentum. Momentum, like a dog, is something you definitely don’t want to dampen, lest you stink up the ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 14, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: crash davis

Dave Kreiger: New Baseball Hall of Fame voting rules

A mighty adventure when the HOF’s destiny rides in the saddle bags of the…PONY EXPRESS!

The process is brought into the electronic age with online registration and research materials but remains in the Pony Express days with actual submission of ballots by snail mail. The Heisman Trophy has had electronic voting for some time now, so I assume Ernst & Young will ultimately employ this innovation as well. But not yet.

From the standpoint of voters, the new procedure offers the innovation of ...

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Repoz Posted: September 14, 2014 at 04:41 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Sports Bog: Fans Switch From Skins to Nats

Dan Steinberg’s Sports Bog takes an off-beat look at sports and whatever else strikes his fancy at any given moment.

#FTTR Fail To The Redskins

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: funny, media, nationals, radio

Kapler: Baseball’s next big competitive edge

Really terrific piece. No snark.

However, we are now more than a decade past the publication of Moneyball, and, to put it bluntly, the days of simply adding an analytical genius to the front office and expecting him to tip the scales are over. There’s simply too much information-sharing in today’s world for any club to gain a lasting structural informational edge over their competitors. Proprietary information is becoming harder and harder to come by. While there are certainly frontiers of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, just a bit outside, sabermetrics

Fraley: Millions in lost revenue from ticket sales will impact Rangers payroll | Dallas Morning News

Not in Fenway.

The rule of thumb is that, conservatively, each ticket sold is equivalent to $35 in revenue. That means the Rangers will lose about $13 million in revenue over last season because of the decline in attendance. That will impact the payroll.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Do base stealers disrupt the pitcher/defense or the batter? | MGL on Baseball

Digging into the details.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Massive Tie Scenarios : baseballmusings.com

If MLB wanted more teams in the playoff hunt, the extra wild card spot seems to be doing the trick. All they need is another playoff team or two and just about every team will be in the hunt, just like hockey.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs


OMNICHATTER 9-14-2014

I’m back, and so is MM-DD-YYYY format!

There are 15 game days remaining (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 14, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 122 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, September 13, 2014

OMNICHATTER Saturday 2014.09.13

Give us this day our daily OMNICHATTER, hopefully while there are still games being played.

Now with ISO8601 date formatting in the title! YAY STANDARDS!!

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 13, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter, pennant race

Frank Torre dies at 82

Brother of Joe Torre. R.I.P.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 13, 2014 at 02:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: death

Caple: Batting practice: Swings and misses

Swing Away Cologne, by Joe Maddon. Available at Macy*s.

Is all the additional time players spend on BP and working in the cage as beneficial as it is expected to be? Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, who led the way in utilizing defensive shifts, said no.

“What we’re doing differently is we’re not taking as much of [BP],” Maddon said of his Rays. “I’m not a big believer in it. I think it’s very overrated. Because No. 1, I think too many guys go out there just trying to hit homers. No. ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: September 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: batting practice, joe maddon

Nitkowski: The other side of a batter getting hit in the face

There is a second side to this story though, one that is often overlooked. After the game when Fiers spoke with the media he was visibly upset about the incident. To the point of near tears, Fiers expressed his sympathy and sorrow for the unintentional pitch that struck Stanton in the face. His concerns were with Stanton and his emotions could not have been any more sincere.

For Fiers there will be a recovery process as well, one not nearly as daunting as what Stanton will likely go through, ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: September 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, c.j. nitkowski, hit batsmen

Baseball Caught Looking as Fouls Injure 1,750 Fans a Year

“...It was just a little kid, man,” Johnson said. “It happens every game—somebody gets hit. Whether it’s a bad one or not, somebody gets hit in the stands every single game.”

Johnson isn’t far off. About 1,750 spectators get hurt each year by batted balls, mostly fouls, at major-league games, or at least twice every three games, a first-of-its-kind analysis by Bloomberg News has found. That’s more often than a batter is hit by a pitch, which happened 1,536 times last season, ...

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NattyBoh Posted: September 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM | 154 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, injuries, lawsuits

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chris Sale’s Season for the Ages

0.920. Sale’s WHIP. Only three lefties have finished a season with a lower mark, and Sale is not old enough to remember any of them: Dave McNally (0.842) in 1968, Dutch Leonard (0.886) in 1914 and Doc White (0.903) in 1906.

30.28. This is Sale’s strikeout percentage, the best in the AL. He’s striking out almost every third batter he faces. Only one other lefty did it better in a full season, and that was Randy Johnson—twice. The Big Unit had a 34.24 mark in 1997 and a 33.95 percentage ...

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madvillain Posted: September 12, 2014 at 11:19 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, cy young award, white sox

Has Expanded Replay Worked Well In Baseball? Here’s Our Call

Nice article. It shows when mangers use challenges, how often they’re correct, etc. I’m really curious about their data on which umpires have the most overturned calls, rather than just stating that Guccione has only one and Cedarstrom has twelve.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 12, 2014 at 05:28 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: replay

Miami man charged with smuggling Cuban baseball star to U.S.

Gilberto Suarez, 40, allegedly paid $250,000 to smugglers tied to the Los Zetas drug cartel to bring Puig to America in exchange for a cut of his expected Major League Baseball contract.

Federal prosecutors are seeking to get back the money Suarez allegedly earned from the operation, according to the indictment, as well as almost $3 million in real estate and luxury cars.

Also mentioned in the article is a Cuban boxer named Yunior Despaigne, of whom it’s unclear if he’s related to the ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 12, 2014 at 04:15 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alien smuggling, cuban free agents, yaisel puig

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamine Use

Wow, really committing to this “Maris has the real record” bit.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis‘ season is over as he has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun… The suspension will cover eight postseason games, should Baltimore advance that far, as the team has 17 regular season contests remaining.

The District Attorney Posted: September 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles, ped, suspensions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-12-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel (page four), September 12, 1914:

PITCHER BURNS ARRESTED AND LOUISVILLE LOSES

...In the fifth inning Umpire Johnstone called Metz safe at the plate on a close play. Louisville players protested and it is said, witnesses say [sic], Burns threw a handful of dirt in Johnstone’s face and then hit the umpire in the nose. Players held Burns and Johnstone until the police arrived. Burns was taken to jail charged with assault and battery.

More from the Milwaukee Journal:

This makes the ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 12, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, sleepy bill burns

OMNICHATTER 9-12-2014

17 game days remain (including today). Let’s hope Stanton ends up okay, too.

Gamingboy Posted: September 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to be posted; should the Yankees pursue him?

However, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, there might be a new name to enter the ring: 27-year-old Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang (or Jeong-ho Kang). Don’t let his age deceive you—Kang appears to be someone who could start playing in the majors leagues as soon as he’s signed, without needing time in the minors. Cafardo says that Kang’s team, the Nexen Heroes, plan to post him this off-season:

   Kang is going to get posted for a major league job. The righthanded power ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jung-ho kang, korean baseball, yankees

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch

Stanton immediately fell to the ground in the batter’s box at Milwaukee’s Miller Park and never stood back up as medical personnel tended to him and ultimately placed him into an ambulance while on a stretcher.

Scary stuff in Milwaukee. Also:

Umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch as his body spun in an attempt to get out the way of the ball. Reed Johnson then took Stanton’s at-bat over, and Fiers then hit Johnson in the hand with a pitch high and inside.

Hopefully, this will ...

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Johnny Cueto shuts down the Cardinals, lowers ERA to 2.15

Cincinnati is out of contention, but that didn’t stop Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman from combining on a three-hit shutout of St. Louis as the Reds took three of four games from the Cardinals.

Cueto did the heavy lifting with eight shutout innings and then Chapman did his usual thing in the ninth inning, striking out two batters for his 33rd save.

Cueto’s excellence has gotten somewhat overlooked just because Clayton Kershaw has been so ridiculously amazing for the Dodgers, but the Reds ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:54 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Yo Joe! Unanimity, Stadium Names, Field Goals

From Brilliant Reader Melody:

Yo Joe! I’m assuming you’re not a fan of teams selling their stadium names to large corporations. It’s sad for many reasons, including a disconnect between the stadium name and the local area, as stadiums were often named for physical features of the area or important local individuals.
I know you’ve been to far more ballparks than I have– if you could re-name each one that’s sold its name, what would you choose?

Joe:

All right, Melody, I’ll bite. ...

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Baldrick Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general, joe posnanski, stadiums

Ron Washington Departed Over Legal Issues

Did Roger Goodell cover this up too?

I have learned this evening through a source with knowledge of the situation that long-time Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington’s sudden departure from the club was due to impending legal issues stemming from an alleged sexual assault of a reporter. I have cross-checked this information and feel confident in going forward with what I know, and am currently reaching out to obtain more details of the situation. Please follow our official Twitter account at ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, ron washington

Sternberg: Rays’ payroll likely to go down

They can’t afford big stars like Grant Balfour anymore.

Stu Sternberg spoke to reporters prior to Wednesday night’s game at Yankee Stadium, and the Rays’ principal owner made it clear that he expects a payroll reduction for 2015.

“It’s clearly going to be lower,” Sternberg said. “This year was an enormous aberration. Look, having said that, if the greatest thing since sliced bread shows up, and it costs us money, anything is possible. We never say no to anything, but the default ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 01:44 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: payrolls, rays, stuart sternberg

Cuban Pitcher Jorge Despaigne Declared Free Agent

The rain on Despaigne falls mainly on the plain.

Righthander Jorge Despaigne, the next Cuban pitcher who’s expected to draw interest from major league teams, has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.

Despaigne, a 23-year-old cousin of Padres righthander Odrisamer Despaigne, is now listed at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and was one of the more intriguing up-and-coming pitchers in Cuba before he left the island, though he was more notable for his arm strength than his polish. Despaigne ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 01:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jorge despaigne

James Shields is the perfect pitcher at the perfect time

The trade has been everything the Royals could have wanted and Moore.

This is who and what the Royals wanted when they gave up Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, two pieces of their future, because they wanted to succeed in the present. They didn’t go far enough in 2013 to justify the move, because they left the back-end of their rotation a Bruce Chen-like mess, and Wade Davis, who came over with Shields, was expected to fix that even though he had been spending his time in Tampa Bay proving he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 01:28 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jake odorizzi, james shields, rays, royals, trades, wade davis, wil myers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 11, 1914:

Taking two games from Philadelphia yesterday while New York and Brooklyn were breaking even gives the Braves a lead of two and a half games. The pennant is not cinched by any means. The season does not end until October 7 and indications are that the fight may continue up to the last day. Chicago and St. Louis are still factors.

Washington Times, September 11, 1914:

[Boston] Manager Stallings says that in ten days more the gap will be so wide that New ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

South Side Salute:  For White Sox’ Paul Konerko, 16 Years of Earning His Keep Is an Ample Farewell

...the White Sox are not an ivy-covered afternoon party, the way it is at Wrigley Field for the hapless Chicago Cubs. The White Sox work harder for the hearts of fans, and they never doubt the sincerity of those who support them.

Konerko, a serious slugger who never left the South Side, has been their perfect representative. The farewell of the Yankees’ captain, Derek Jeter, has been a backdrop to the entire major league season. Konerko, the White Sox’ captain, has been honored at just two ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 11, 2014 at 08:43 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: general, white sox

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