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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Old Cuban stars don’t begrudge ballplayers who defect - The Boston Globe

Speaking of power, Chavez laughed when he describing playing with Cuba’s Maximum Leader.

“Fidel was a good pitcher,” he said. “He threw the ball in different styles. A fastball, screwball, everything.

“It was funny because when we were younger, the Cuban national team sometimes played with Fidel. They’d mix the team up and play together. But it was difficult because if Fidel was losing the game, the game wasn’t ended.

“Fidel would say, ‘We have to continue playing.’ We ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-23-2014

New York Tribune, September 23, 1914:

The dauntless Cincinnati Reds go about their task of playing baseball with a grim determination worthy of a better cause. It took ten innings, brimful of action, for them to lose to the Brooklyn Superbas at Ebbets Field yesterday afternoon. The score was 5 to 4.

It was their eighteenth consecutive defeat, and their slogan is, “Twenty-six or bust.” To all appearances, the Reds are out to break the National League record of twenty-six straight defeats, ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 23, 2014 at 08:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

VIDEO: Jose Altuve leaves his feet to hit a high fastball

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve came into Monday leading all of baseball with 220 hits. No one else had more than 193, so he’s way ahead of the pack.

Altuve is also 5-foot-6, so sometimes getting to a high pitch can be a challenge. On Monday night, he literally left his feet trying to reach a high fastball.

Weird.  I assume this was part of a hit and run attempt, but since this was an Astros-Rangers game surely no one was watching so I guess we’ll never know for sure.

This is also ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 23, 2014 at 05:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

Calcaterra: If Bobby Cox has anything to say about it, Fredi Gonzalez will manage the Braves for a long time

It’s possible Cox has the ulterior motive of boosting his own legacy as Braves manager by ensuring that an underwhelming successor stays in place for a long time. It worked for Casey Stengel. It’s also possible that Cox has been brainwashed, Manchurian Candidate-style, by the Nationals. Because all I know is that the Nats fans in my Twitter feed were thrilled to hear this.

I guess we’ll see how much juice Bobby has these days.  Braves fans, yea or nay on showing Fredi the door?

I vote ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 23, 2014 at 05:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby cox, braves, please make it stop

OMNICHATTER 9-23-2014

6 gamedays remain (including today). Today is the final Tuesday of the regular season.

CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions)
Orioles (AL East Champions)
Nationals (NL East Champions)
Dodgers (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Cardinals (Clinched Playoff Spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mets near extension with GM Alderson

The Daily News was first to report that the Mets plan to give Alderson a three-year extension on his current deal, which expires after this season. Alderson and manager Terry Collins, who is under a guaranteed contract next season, both came aboard before the 2011 campaign.

Alderson, 66, has guided the Mets to a 301-341 record over his first four seasons in the front office. Best known for his work with the A’s of the 1980s and ‘90s, Alderson has reduced the Mets’ payroll from more than $140 ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 22, 2014 at 07:52 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

MLB creates pace of game committee

Next they’ll need a committee to examine the pace of committees designed to study the pace of the game.

Baseball games are too slow and take too long. They’re still enjoyable and we’re all going to watch them, but they could be sped up and improved. The fact that even Major League Baseball commissioner (for now) Bud Selig has recognized this is the greatest proof that we know. Selig, in what will likely be one of his last major acts as commissioner, has set up a committee to figure out ...

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ESPN (Crasnick): Free-agent missteps led to demise of Atlanta’s Frank Wren

Wheels within wheels, my friend…

Speculation around Wren’s future had been swirling since Aug. 23, when Braves CEO Terry McGuirk told Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “everyone is accountable” for the team’s performance. If McGuirk was looking to provide stability or inspiration, the message failed to resonate. The Braves had just won seven of eight games when McGuirk gave his state of the team address. Since then, they’ve gone 8-18 and averaged a feeble 2.31 ...

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Esoteric Posted: September 22, 2014 at 04:04 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves

Jeter Denies Gift Basket Rumors

BTF needs a new meme.

The 2011 rumor claimed that any female lucky enough to end up staying the night at Jeter’s Trump Tower apartment would be greeted the following morning with a gift basket stuffed with sports memorabilia and a ride home.

Jeter roundly denied this to New York.

“Like I’m giving [women] signed baseballs and pictures of myself on the way out! Who comes up with a story like that?” Jeter said. “It said the reason people found out was because I gave the same girl ...

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eddieot Posted: September 22, 2014 at 03:49 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter,, el capitan, gift baskets, new york yankees

Gene Collier: No shame in staying home for Pirates

The very best baseball summer in the history of PNC Park ended pretty much the way it began here Sunday, with a tense 1-0 victory against a divisional opponent, the first on an extra-inning home run by Neil Walker way back on March 31, the last when Andrew McCutchen caught Aramis Ramirez’s lazy fly to push the Milwaukee Brewers to the absolute edge of further relevance.

In between, the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates packed 49 additional home victories of every conceivable dimension: wins in 16 ...

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Rays missing out shows how tough it is to consistently reach playoffs

The majority of the 2014 squad won 92 games in 2013, won the AL wild card before getting bounced by the Boston Red Sox in the AL Division Series.

The Red Sox won the World Series. Now they are last in the AL East. The Rays are fourth in the five-team division. The teams meet this week in Boston for what most everyone expected to be a huge late-September series between the defending World Series champions and the team ready to take them down.

That won’t happen, which illustrates just how ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 22, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Chad | Have a heart! Root for the Royals

Kansas City is sometimes called “Paris of the Plains.” Shouldn’t these down-home, Midwestern Parisians be rewarded with a Royals postseason trip in 2014?

Before we chronicle the Royals’ miserable past and promising present, let’s celebrate Kansas City itself.

Any town that produces Calvin Trillin and Big Joe Turner is all right by Couch Slouch. It is the birthplace of Robert Altman, Edward Asner, Burt Bacharach, Don Cheadle, Jean Harlow — and Casey Stengel. Walt Disney and Walter ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jean harlow, royals

Svrluga: Baseball’s Relentless Grind - The Glue

“I tell people that if someone came in here naked, they could go out and play baseball fully equipped outside in front of a crowd,” Wallace said.

Jake Peavy was showering and unavailable for comment.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: clubhouse, nationals, travel

MLB: Braves fire GM Frank Wren; John Hart to take over interim position

Nobody is surprised.

ATLANTA—Nearing the end of their most disappointing season in more than two decades, the Braves have decided to begin altering the organization’s culture by relieving general manager Frank Wren of his duties. Wren learned of his termination on Monday morning.

John Hart, former GM of the Indians and Rangers who is one of Braves president John Schuerholz’s closest friends, was named interim GM, but he has made it known that he enjoys his work as a MLB Network analyst ...

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Esoteric Posted: September 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, obituaries

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-22-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, September 22, 1914:

George Stallings, manager of the Braves, is no neutral. During the series between the Braves and the Cardinals Charlie Schmidt, Boston’s big first baseman, made a fearfully stupid play. Stallings, fuming on the bench, blurted out: “I ought to fine that man a hundred dollars.”

Nobody made any reply, but after a few seconds of silence the manager thought better of his remark.

“I was wrong,” he confessed. “I ought not to fine him, but I ought to fine myself ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 22, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: butch schmidt, dugout, george stallings, history

OMNICHATTER 9-22-2014

Only 7 game days remain (including today)! This is the last Monday of the regular season!


CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions)
Orioles (AL East Champions)
Nationals (NL East Champions)
Dodgers (Clinched Playoff Spot)
Cardinals (Clinched Playoff Spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 22, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Young fan throws back Jeter foul

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 21, 2014 at 08:02 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: wise beyond their years, yankees

Calcaterra | The Padres are going to keep Bud Black as their manager for 2015

The Padres are not, historically speaking, quick to change managers. Bruce Bochy preceded Black and held the job for 12 years. Black is finishing his eighth year as Padres manager. None of Black’s years have ended with a playoff appearance, however, and he’s 613-676 at the helm. Though, to be fair the Padres have very rarely given him a lot to work with.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 21, 2014 at 07:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, padres

Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in second straight start

Corey Kluber and the Indians did what they had to do Sunday at Target Field.

Kluber struck out 14 for the second consecutive game and the reborn offense recorded 14 hits in a 7-2 victory over the Twins. The Indians, who entered Sunday trailing Kansas City for the second AL wild-card spot by 3½ games, return home for the final seven games of the season.

The final homestand starts with a four-game series against the Royals.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 21, 2014 at 07:41 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Stephen Strasburg pitching like the Nationals’ Game 1 starter

Stephen Strasburg is not quite a finished product yet, but the past month has revealed the contours of what he will look like when he is. Strasburg has selected the right pitches, located them where he wants and thrown with wicked velocity and vicious movement. In the face of arduous situations, he has stayed cool in the saddle. Whatever the Nationals envisioned for Strasburg when they drafted him first overall in 2009, that is how he’s pitched for the past month.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 21, 2014 at 07:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

10 teams that will soon face Jeter-like consquences with stars

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2. Red Sox

On truth serum, do you think the Red Sox would rather have Dustin Pedroia or Mookie Betts play second base from now until 2021?

Uhm…Pedroia?

 

 

Dale Sams Posted: September 21, 2014 at 05:31 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jeter, yankees

Philly Sports: Chico Ruiz’s dash for home began the 1964 Phillies’ unraveling

50 years ago today, the Phillies began their 10 game losing streak to go from 6.5 up with 12 games left to 2.5 down with 2 games left (Cards had 3 left).  For my 13 year old self, it was a big of a heart break as my 7th grade girl friend breaking up with me.  I got over the Phillies’ swoon during the 2008 parade; I felt the weight of 1964 just lift away from my body.  Some of my contemporaries still suffer the torment.

This story is actually about Chico Ruiz and his sad and early demise.

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chico ruiz, doom, losing streak, phillies

Cameron: The Stealth MVP Candidacy of Hunter Pence

But while using win probability goes a little too far for my tastes in determining a player’s contribution to a win — the walk-off in the ninth was only possible because of the runs scored earlier — I’m personally okay with giving hitters credit for distributing their hits into on base/RISP situations. RE24 isn’t giving them sole credit for the value of those runs like RBIs does, and it takes into account the opportunities they were given. Pence has been exceptionally good with the ...

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Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 21, 2014 at 03:53 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: leverage, sabermetrics, wpa

OMNICHATTER 9-21-2014

Only 8 game days remain (including today)! This is the second-to-last Sunday of the Regular Season!


CLINCHED TEAMS:
Angels (AL West Champions)
Orioles (AL East Champions)
Nationals (NL East Champions)
Dodgers (Clinched Playoff Spot)

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Royals encounter problem with online sale of playoff tickets

Fans would be given an opportunity to purchase tickets only to have the system time out, their credit card supposedly not validated or just completely get an error message. Some fans watch prime seats time out due to the errors.

And some fans who got error messages still saw pending transactions on their credit cards.

KCTV5 digital content manager DeAnn Smith has two pending transactions on her credit card sales, but wasn’t able to successfully buy tickets. But Tickets.com, which handles ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

OMNICHATTER 9-20-2014

Only 9 game days remain (including today)!

Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Friday, September 19, 2014

John Thorn: Fame & Fandom

Baseball Fan Hall Of Fame debates? (cough) (cough) (cough) (cough) Thorn offers lists for celebrity and non-celebrity wings of the BBFHOF.

Dedicated in 1939, baseball’s shrine was not the nation’s first Hall of Fame, despite the nearly universal impression that it was: Its inspiration was the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, created on a New York University campus in 1901 to honor men and women who had achieved greatness in any of 16 categories. Yet in the media age ushered in by radio ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: September 19, 2014 at 06:41 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrities, fans, hall of fame, history, mets

Lindbergh: Dellin Betances’s Season & Bullpen Strategy

Dellin goes electric?

Despite being a setup man with only one save on the season, Betances has been lights-out enough to lead the majors in WPA — the first time a setup man has done so since Tyler Clippard in 2011. On the post-’88 leaderboard, though, the closers rise to the top, and Betances has to settle for a spot just inside the top 60.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 19, 2014 at 05:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: grantland, relief pitching, yankees

Pennant Race OMNICHATTER for 2014-09-19

This is gettin GOOOOOD!

(Posted in lieu of Gamingboy’s OMNICHATTER, in case he is on assignment today. The scheduling web site is down.)

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 19, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter, pennant race

Lindbergh: Where Dellin Betances’s Season Ranks Historically, and What It Teaches Us About Bullpen Strategy

Despite being a setup man with only one save on the season, Betances has been lights-out enough to lead the majors in WPA — the first time a setup man has done so since Tyler Clippard in 2011. On the post-’88 leaderboard, though, the closers rise to the top, and Betances has to settle for a spot just inside the top 60.3

The Goldilocks stat we’re seeking — a counting stat that doesn’t discriminate based on leverage — is Run Expectancy Wins, or REW. Using a framework similar to ...

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