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Saturday, September 24, 2011

MLB.com: D-backs take NL West title with late rally

For the fifth time in franchise history, the Arizona Diamondbacks are National League West champions.

The D-backs completed the worst-to-first transformation with a 3-1 win over the defending World Series champion Giants on Friday night at Chase Field.

Fittingly, the D-backs had to come from behind to pick up the win. It was the team’s Major League-leading 46th comeback win.
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After winning the division in 2007, the D-backs finished second in 2008 before bottoming out with back-to-back ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 24, 2011 at 04:22 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona

Mets: Ex-Reds GM Krivsky, Lambe out

Well, that’s one dimension changed.

Two holdovers from former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya’s regime were let go by the organization Friday, major league sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

Former Minaya deputies Wayne Krivsky and Bryan Lambe are out, the sources said. Krivsky is the former general manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He was influential in bringing rookie infielder Justin Turner to the Mets as a waiver claim.

The departures were expected as their contracts expire and GM ...

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Repoz Posted: September 24, 2011 at 03:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mets

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Braun’s homer helps Brewers clinch NL Central Division title

Ryan Braun hit a three-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 4-1 on Friday night to win their first division title since 1982.

Prince Fielder also homered for Milwaukee, which clinched the NL Central and reached the postseason at the earliest date in team history after waiting for 20 minutes the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-1.

With most of sellout crowd still in its seats, fireworks went off again after the Cardinals lost and fans were showered with ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 24, 2011 at 03:11 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

S.I.: Sheehan: The Moneyball revolution from someone who helped it happen

Given that, we were taken aback when Federal Express delivered a letter…

The revolution is over. Well, that one, anyway. The new ideas earned a place at the table on merit, by being good ideas that contribute to winning baseball games. While I’m no capital-S stathead, I was fortunate enough to work at Baseball Prospectus for a dozen years alongside some of the best in the field, from Clay Davenport and Gary Huckabay, through Rany Jazayerli and Keith Woolner, through Dan Fox and Nate Silver.

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Repoz Posted: September 24, 2011 at 03:10 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: books, community, history, media, sabermetrics, site news

NL Wildcard race: September 23, 2011

ATL 89-68 [9-13 in SEPT]
STL 86-71 [14-7 in SEPT] (3 GB)

MLB.com: Gutsy Huddy, Braves cut magic number to 3
MLB.com: Cards dealt major blow to playoff aspirations

 

NTNgod Posted: September 24, 2011 at 03:04 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, game recaps

AL Wildcard race: September 23, 2011

BOS 88-68 [5-16 in SEPT]
TBR 86-71 [12-10 in SEPT] (2.5 GB)
LAA 85-72 [12-9 in SEPT] (3.5 GB)

MLB.com: Rain sets up Sox-Yanks twin bill on Sunday
MLB.com: Price’s miscues cost Rays in playoff chase
MLB.com: A’s 3, Angels 1

 

NTNgod Posted: September 24, 2011 at 02:18 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rays, red sox

Jocketty re-ups to be Reds GM through 2014

There’s some work to do over yonder…

The Reds announced Friday that general manager Walt Jocketty has been given a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season. Jocketty’s original four-year contract was to expire at the end of this season.

Terms were not revealed by the club…

The Reds have a 319-323 record since Jocketty joined the organization, and the club won the National League Central division title last season with 91 victories. It was the franchise’s first postseason berth ...

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The District Attorney Posted: September 24, 2011 at 02:07 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

THOME HONORED BY INDIANS, WHO PLAN STATUE FOR HIM

THANKS FOR WRITING IN CAPS ABOUT JIM THOME

On Friday night, [Jim] Thome experienced another emotional moment in a season overflowing with them as the Cleveland Indians, the team that will always mean more to him than any other, honored the gentlemanly slugger before opening a three-game series with Minnesota.

Then he went out and earned another curtain call, hitting his 604th career homer, a towering two-run shot to straightaway center, in the direction where he will soon be immortalized.

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The District Attorney Posted: September 24, 2011 at 01:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians

Span and Valencia shaken up in fender bender en route to airport

Denard Span and Danny Valencia are not in tonight’s lineup because they had a fender bender Thursday on the way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport from Target Field.

Valencia was sitting as the passenger in his Range Rover Sport, with his fiancee driving. Span was following them in his Range Rover. The accident happened after they turned from I-35 onto Hwy 62 East.

“You’re on 35, you make a left onto 62,” Valencia said. “It was bumper-to-bumper traffic, so it was stop and go. I stopped, ...

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Craig in MN Posted: September 24, 2011 at 01:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Friday, September 23, 2011

USA TODAY Nightengale: Baseball teams limit consumption of energy drinks by players

PHOENIX – Major League Baseball, which banned illegal performance-enhancing drugs and amphetamines, now has several teams restricting the use of energy drinks.

On this, the players say, teams are going too far.

“It’s asinine,” said Arizona Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz, who typically consumes one Red Bull drink in the seventh inning. “What are they going to ban next, coffee? Soft drinks? It’s so bizarre.”

The Diamondbacks and Houston Astros have stopped providing energy drinks in their ...

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shoewizard Posted: September 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, astros, steroids

LA Times: MLB asks judge to order sale of Dodgers

Major League Baseball on Friday asked a federal bankruptcy judge to order the sale of the Dodgers, arguing in court papers that Frank McCourt’s plan to retain ownership of the team is “dead on arrival.”

MLB does not intend to approve any sale of television rights that would help McCourt maintain ownership of the Dodgers, according to the filing, and the league could enforce its ability to strip McCourt of the team once it emerged from bankruptcy protection.
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In Friday’s filing, the league ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 23, 2011 at 11:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Kriegel: Red Sox are anything but ‘Money’

Money: (Marty) Barrett Strong ~ (Mark) Kriegel Weak.

Going into Friday night’s three-game set with the Yankees, the Red Sox have dropped 14 of their past 18 games. Still, despite what you think, what you feel, what you know deep in your bones, they are not — repeat not — choking.

Choking, like clutch-hitting, is an archaic expression. They are really counterintuitive notions rendered obsolete with the advent of sabermetrics. It’s worth reminding you that the Red Sox have for years ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 09:15 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: books, media, red sox

Boudway: Watching ‘Moneyball’ With Bill James

Personally, I’d rather watch The Town That Dreaded Sundown with Bill…but there is some choice biz here.

Bill James stands in the atrium at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland, surveying the crush of people who have arrived for the world premiere of Moneyball. He looks pleased and a little overwhelmed. His wife, Susan, is on his arm. A Hollywood movie premiere is a first for both. “We usually get our movies from Redbox,” he says as he maneuvers his broad, 6-foot-4-inch frame by the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 07:35 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, media, red sox, sabermetrics

Tiger great Denny McLain arrested again

Former Detroit Tigers pitching great Denny McLain was arrested Thursday and is in the process of being extradited to Louisiana on a theft charge.

McLain got turned around in construction near the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron and wound up at a toll booth, U.S. Customs Chief Ron Smith said.

A customs agent ran McLain’s identification and found a warrant charging McLain with theft of more than $1,500, Smith said. He didn’t think McLain or a passenger in his vehicle was trying to flee the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 04:50 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, tigers

Phil Wood, MASN: Not obsessing about .500

Dreaming in the District…

Today, on the heels of a four-game road sweep of the Phillies—coming just a week after a four-game road sweep of the Mets—the 76-win Nationals still have a shot at finishing above .500 should they go 5-1 in their final six games. That would be terrific, no?

Of course it would. But does it really matter that much?

The immediate future is there for all to see. The pitching staff looks well-stocked for 2012 and beyond. The club looks pretty strong up the middle, though ...

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TerpNats Posted: September 23, 2011 at 03:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

‘Buy Me Some Pinot and Cracker Jack,’ Fans Say

¡Viva No! The Aaron Boone’s Farm System throws up…..arms.

Maybe beer is the more traditional beverage for baseball fans, but as the World Series approaches, wine enthusiasts have more choices than ever, including some high-end vintages on tap to wash down those hot dogs and Cracker Jack.

“You certainly find more wine in a ballpark than you used to, at least the upscale ballparks,” says Kevin Reichard, publisher of Web site Ballpark Digest.

Sixth-generation grape-grower Tim Carl of Huge ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:47 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: special topics

Baseball America: A’s Have Struggled To Live Up To ‘Moneyball’s’ Promises

Squareheads Of The Round Table Discussion

The A’s quietly stepped away from the mantras of “Moneyball.” By 2006, they used their top pick on high school pitcher Trevor Cahill, a refutation of the principles that dictated that premium picks should not be squandered on prep pitchers. Fuson returned to the organization before the 2010 season as a special adviser.

The draft strategy that Lewis touted simply did not work. The A’s elevated on-base ability to the level of the most coveted tool, ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:32 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, history, media, sabermetrics

JFMB: Stat-Geeks are ruining Sports and taking over Mariners Blogosphere

Please Pardon Our Noise, It Is the Sound of Freedom!

I started this Mariners Blog last season as a way to express and share my love for the game of Baseball. Sadly the Mariners have had two terrible seasons despite employing sabermetrics types in the front office,which has made this team tough to follow but my passion for the game seems to drive me on. I guess there is no known advanced metrics formula to measure committment to this game but I suppose I have a high WAR in that area and I have ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:10 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, media, projections, sabermetrics, site news

ESPN: Manny Ramirez seeks reinstatement

Manny Ramirez, upon learning he will not be able to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he’s on MLB’s inactive list, told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday that he will formally request reinstatement.

Ramirez said that upon reentry, he would serve his 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB’s drug policy.

“I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas via telephone from Miami. “I ...

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SG Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rumors, steroids

NY Times: Belson: From Cruise Control, a Shift to Panic Mode in Boston and Atlanta

The recent twists of fate are especially cruel in Boston. Fans thought the Red Sox had vanquished their loser label in 2004 when they won their first World Series in 86 years, in part by rallying from a three-games-to-none deficit against the hated Yankees in the American League Championship Series. For good measure, they won the World Series again in 2007.

The ghosts were supposed to be exiled, the curses broken.

But if the Red Sox fail to make the playoffs, and in historic fashion, those ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Mitch Albom: Tigers Justin Verlander undoubtedly most ‘valuable’ player

What if our beliefs in the meaning of Valuable were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? (Re: over-hyperion)

Let’s just focus on the word “valuable.” The “V” in MVP. That is what the award is supposed to signify, right? Not biggest bat, niftiest glove or flashiest numbers.

Valuable? Is there any question that, if you took Verlander off this Tigers team, it would not be making the playoffs? Valuable? Is there any question that Verlander was a human tourniquet for nearly every ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, tigers

Brennaman mum on Nuxhall but not by choice

Marty loved Joe, so why hasn’t Marty Brennaman urged Reds radio listeners to vote for Nuxhall’s nomination for the Ford C. Frick Award?

Because he can’t.

“If I mention it on the radio, they’ll take away my voting rights,” said Brennaman, who was presented the Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

“I can’t promote him on the radio,” he said. “They alert all of us every year.”

...To me, the Facebook vote is inherently unfair to guys like ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, awards, business, hall of fame, media, reds, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-23-2011

Pittsburgh Press, September 23, 1911:

Clarksville, Tenn., Sept. 23.—There is gloom all over this place today because the supply of baseballs was exhausted in the seventh inning and Clarksville had to forfeit the game to Cairo yesterday, which was the last day of the “Kitty” league season and only a few balls were provided.

They’re feelin’ low.  Oh, no, no, no!  Oh, no, no, no!  And they don’t know if they’re ever coming home.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 23, 2011 at 09:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, minor leagues

WSJ: Futterman: Baseball After Moneyball

We can’t find socks that shape to our feet, we’re sick of it. SICK OF IT!

The Baseball Geeks Become Insufferable

...“I’m O.K. until someone starts explaining to me why Bobby Abreu is better than Roberto Clemente,” says the longtime broadcaster and MLB Network host Bob Costas, an early Bill James disciple. “Then I’ve had it.”

Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent hates speaking out against statistical analysis because it makes him sound like a Luddite, which he swears he isn’t, but he says ...

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Repoz Posted: September 23, 2011 at 09:46 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, athletics, books, business, history, media, sabermetrics

AL Wildcard race: September 22, 2011

BOS 88-68 [5-16 in SEPT]
TBR 86-70 [12-9 in SEPT] (2 GB)
LAA 85-71 [12-8 in SEPT] (3 GB)

MLB.com: Moore, Rays come up big to trim WC deficit
MLB.com: Angels fall to Jays in 12, fall back in races

BOS: 3 @NYY, 3 @BAL
TBR: 3 vs. TOR, 3 vs. NYY
LAA: 3 vs. OAK, 3 vs. TEX

NTNgod Posted: September 23, 2011 at 02:44 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, game recaps, rays, red sox

Roger Ebert gives Moneyball 4 out of 4 stars

I walked in knowing what the movie was about, but unprepared for its intelligence and depth.
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“Moneyball” is not a traditional sports movie, and indeed should be just as gripping for non-sports fans. It’s not a series of Big Games. When it goes to the field, it’s for well-chosen crucial moments.

JRVJ Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:43 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: general

MLB and MLBPA will bring All-Star Series to Taiwan in November

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today announced that a team of Major Leaguers will travel to Taiwan this November to play against the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series.

The 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series will consist of five games played between November 2 - 6 in three different cities - New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on November 2, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on November 3 and 4 and Kaohsiung ...

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Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international

Thursday, September 22, 2011

NL Wildcard race: September 22, 2011

ATL 88-68 [8-13 in SEPT]
STL 86-70 [14-6 in SEPT] (2 GB)
SFG 84-72 [12-7 in SEPT] (4 GB)

MLB.com: Cards can’t put away Mets, fall two out in WC

A weary Cardinals bullpen suffered a breakdown in an extremely disheartening and costly 8-6 loss to the Mets at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Manager Tony La Russa cycled through three relievers in a six-run Mets ninth as St. Louis saw a four-game winning streak come to an end. The Cards had led, 6-1, through seven innings.

MLB: Loss puts ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:32 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, game recaps, giants

ESPN: Lance Berkman, Cardinals agree

Lance Berkman has agreed to a $12 million contract with St. Louis, giving the Cardinals a valuable bat for 2012.

The 35-year-old Berkman is completing a big comeback season with 31 home runs, 91 RBIs and a .300 average. The switch-hitter made his sixth All-Star team this summer, his first such honor since 2008.
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Berkman said he’d been aware for a few days that the deal was done. Talks accelerated recently and Berkman pointed out he probably could have gotten a two-year deal for the amount ...

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NTNgod Posted: September 22, 2011 at 09:41 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

ESPN: Robinson Cano stumps for MVP

Vote for me and I’ll set you fre…akin’ 13th in OPS+ & WAR?!

One candidate in the American League MVP race sticks out to New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

“MVP is tough right now, you got a lot of guys, but I would give my vote to myself,” Cano said. “You can see the numbers. I’m batting fifth in the lineup, I’ve been there the whole year and why not me? My numbers are there and you guys got to decide that. I hope I get your guys vote.”

The second baseman gave his opinion on the ...

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Repoz Posted: September 22, 2011 at 09:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, yankees

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