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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Matt Williams and the Great Bullpen Screw-Up | FOX Sports

Ouch.

As an outsider, we can’t know about the internal dynamics of the clubhouse and how well Williams might or might not have handled the aspects of his job that we never see. But part of his job is also to make decisions during the games that give his team the best chance to win, and in the biggest game of his managerial career, he made a series of poor decisions that directly led to the run that eliminated his team from the postseason. The Nationals’ offense didn’t do Williams any favors in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt williams, nationals, playoffs, sabermetrics

Josh Beckett Says He’s Retiring After 14 Seasons In Major Leagues | MLB | NESN.com

The prickly right-handed pitcher is walking away from baseball, as he announced his retirement Tuesday night after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, josh beckett, marlins, red sox, retirements


Qualifying offer for MLB free agents set at $15.3M - ESPN

That’s a lot of coin to turn down and then get saddled with draft pick compensation.

The price of qualifying offers for eligible free agents has risen to $15.3 million from $14.1 million.

James Shields, who has led the Royals into the ALCS, is one of several big-name players who likely will turn down a $15.3 million qualifying offer and instead elect free agency.
The 8.5 percent increase was finalized Tuesday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. It is up from $13.3 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Back pain pulls prospect Butler out of AFL | rockies.com

Butler missed time midseason because of a strained right rotator cuff, which showed up after his Major League debut on June 6. Butler rehabbed, then finished the season at Double-A Tulsa before returning to the Majors for two late-season starts—a six-inning, one-run effort in a win over the D-backs on Sept. 20, and a 4 2/3-inning struggle in a loss to the Dodgers on Sept. 27.
After his final start, Butler reported unusual soreness in his upper back/shoulder area. The Rockies made the decision ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie butler, rockies

Slumping Puig Benched by Dodgers for NLDS Game 4 - NYTimes.com

Puig benched. Statheads outraged!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, playoffs, yasiel puig

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Up and Adams: Cards mold NLCS berth out of Clayton

Shocking!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs


The Dead Ball Century

At this rate baseball won’t last another two hundred years.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 05:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Matt Kemp and the Problem With the Umpire Strike Zone | FanGraphs Baseball

How often exactly is that pitch called a ball? It seems to me Kemp could have easily been called out on strikes on the first pitch but wasn’t. When talking about a 0.2 inch difference, I get that two nearly identical pitches were called differently, two nearly identical pitches which, in isolation, could easily be accepted as either a ball or a strike. Matt Kemp should have swung at one of them.

The setting for you: 3-1 Cardinals, top 9, Kemp leading off against Trevor Rosenthal. With the count ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 05:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, playoffs, umpires

AJC:O’Brien: Braves bringing back former scouting chief Roy Clark

An aggressive reshaping of the Braves front office continues with the return of longtime former scouting chief Roy Clark and the promotion of highly regarded scout Brian Bridges to scouting director.

O’Brien also tweeted that Dave Tremblay has been made Director Of Player Development, and Jonathan Schuerholz named Assistant Director Of Player Development.  I am not particularly sanguine that the on-field results of putting the band back together will be nearly as satisfying as the first ...

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spike Posted: October 07, 2014 at 04:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Cardinals Fans Get Ugly In Clash With Ferguson Protesters

·We start off with a bang. At about the 22-second mark, an old white Cardinals fan begins telling the protesters—all of whom appear to be black—that they need to get jobs. He looks right in the camera, proudly, and says, “That’s right! If they’d be working, we wouldn’t have this problem!”
·At the 2:40 mark, they start saying much worse things. The “Let’s go Cardinals!” chant has turned into a “Let’s go Darren (police officer who killed Mike Brown)!” chant. Cool. ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: October 07, 2014 at 03:36 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sportsnet: Davidi: Lack of trust impacted 2014 Blue Jays all season

A lack of talent also didn’t help.

While some [players] would have been content with Prado and a reliever, others were angry that the Blue Jays couldn’t pull off a bigger deal for someone like David Price, Jeff Samardzija or Jon Lester. When told of the asking prices – it started at Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison for the first two, and Bautista for option three – a few players balked, refusing to believe the acquisition cost was so high. “If they didn’t get that, how can they ask ...

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Boileryard Posted: October 07, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Neyer: You can take the boy out of the country ...

“You know, I’ve been working out, eating better. Just wondering if you wanted to get a cup of coffee, Royals. Thinking maybe we should get back together.”

Which of course is the last little piece of this: The Kansas City Royals, for almost exactly as long as I’ve had any sort of opinion about how baseball teams should be run, have been run in almost exactly the opposite way. And the unhappy (for me) truth is that if the Royals win the World Series, it will be taken as absolute proof in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2014 at 12:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fandom, rob neyer, royals

Glavineland and Quisenberria

On Monday, I wrote a piece in which I divided the United States into 50 states of equal population. Today, I’m dividing the country up in order to evenly distribute a small segment of its population: professional athletes.

Thanks to the sports-reference.com family of websites (and ESPN player profiles, league sites, and Wikipedia), I was able to find the birthplace of every American player currently in any one of the four major sports. Click on the buttons below for an animated look at where ...

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BrianBrianson Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: americana

Imperfect Caminiti still terribly missed

They found Ken Caminiti 10 years ago this week, found him in a boarded-up, rat-infested hellhole in the decayed Hunts Point section of the Bronx, found him dead at 41, found him dead from a drug overdose, found him after he got busted by Houston cops a month earlier in Houston, found a legend finally put to God-awful rest by his demons.

I think about the former Padres third baseman every once in a while. Because I really liked him. Among all the athletes I’ve dealt with in my 43 years in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, ken caminiti, padres

LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES DAY 6 OMNICHATTER 2014

Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller), Game 4, Cardinals lead 2-1 (Advance to NLCS with win). 5 PM Eastern, FS1.

Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) at Giants (Vogelsong), Game 4, Giants lead 2-1 (Advance to NLCS with win). 9 PM Eastern, FS1.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 07, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 794 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Salvador Perez’s Disturbing Trends | FanGraphs

Right now he’s trending toward a World Series appearance.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog

The Arizona Fall League begins today. Other than the all star game, are any other games televised? I’ve looked for the info but can’t find a schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 7, 1914:

J. Carlisle (Red) Smith, star third baseman of the champion Boston Nationals, is in St. Mary’s Hospital, Brooklyn, suffering from a badly fractured and dislocated right leg. He sustained his injury in the ninth inning of [yesterday’s] doubleheader at Ebbets Field. Attending physicians are hopeful that Smith’s career has not been ruined, but they are still doubtful.
...
[Dr. Herbert Casey] reported an anterior dislocation of the ankle joint of the right ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red smith

Dodgers are in big trouble, and a frustrated Kemp sounds off on ump - CBSSports.com

Ultimately, the players need to overcome whatever game conditions they face.

“You’ve got to be accountable, man,” Kemp continued. “When we do bad things, we get punished. We can get sent down. When stuff like that happens, you should be gone. There should be some type of punishment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs, umpires

Tony Bennett Sings Wrong Words To ‘God Bless America’ At Giants Game (Video) | MLB | NESN.com

It was like watching Willie Mays at the end. Please MLB, don’t do it again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - Recap - October 06, 2014 - ESPN

The error was not pretty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals, playoffs

Cardinals Ride John Lackey and Two Home Runs to Win Over Dodgers - NYTimes.com

The veteran right-hander John Lackey wore a different shade of red last October when he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title in Game 6. His opponent that night in New England was the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that traded for him this summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fangraphs (Sullivan): What Happened to Clayton Kershaw?

Another great Jeff Sullivan article breaking down, visually, how Clayton Kershaw suffered his historic meltdown versus the Cardinals:

In Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, Kershaw was provided with a 6-1 lead. He left a 7-6 deficit, and shortly thereafter he was charged with run number eight. You already understand that the game was insane…ut Clayton Kershaw allowed eight runs. I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to try to figure out how something like that can ...

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Fox Sports (Robothal): Sick of Red Sox-Yankees? Then watch the Orioles-Royals ALCS

Well, SugarBear Blanks begs to differ, for one:

I mean, this is what many of you want, right? People tell me all the time, “The networks need to show teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox.” Well, thanks to the outcomes of the two American League Division Series, fans no longer will be bound and gagged and forced to watch the despicable Northeast monsters against their collective will.

So, will you be glued to your televisions? I mean, it’s put up or shut up time, right? The Orioles and ...

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KHSB: Royals Players Celebrate Sweep By Inviting Fans to Party With Them in Downtown KC

They’re making it impossible not to like them.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was an especially late night for some of the Kansas City Royals. They spent the night celebrating with fans after sweeping the American League Division Series.

After the game, some of the players invited fans to celebrate the victory with them at McFadden’s Bar in Kansas City’s Power & Light District.

Eric Hosmer announced the after-party on Twitter. He thanked fans for their love this season, and to return the favor he ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: October 06, 2014 at 02:53 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city, playoffs, royals

James: The Greatest Bench Players of All Time (membership req.)

Johnny Bench called.

this is my list of the ten best bench seasons ever; I’m actually happy with eight of the ten listed seasons.

First   Last     YEAR	G	AB	HR	RBI	Avg	OBA	SPct	OPS	
Oscar   Gamble	 1979	100	274	19	64	.358	.456	.609	1.065	
Mark    McGwire  2000	89	236	32	73	.305	.483	.746	1.229	
Gavy    Cravath	 1919	83	214	12	45	.341	.438	.640	1.078	
Elmer   Valo     1955	112	283	3	37	.364	.460	.484	 .944	
Ted     Williams 1953	37      91      13      34      .407    .509	.901    1.410	
Babe ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 06, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics

Royals catcher Salvador Perez was ‘foggy’ after blow to head in Game 2

Royals catcher Salvador Perez said he felt ‘‘dizzy’’ and “foggy’’ after taking a blow to the head during Game 2 of the American League Division Series, even though he remained in the game.

Speaking before Game 3 on Sunday night, Perez said Royals manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney asked him a series of questions and made sure he was OK before letting him to continue. The Royals won 4-1 in 11 innings, putting them on the brink of sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, concussions, royals, salvador perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2014

Pittsburgh Press, October 6, 1914:

When you applaud a ball player who has just made a great catch and yell “Good boy, Jones!” maybe you are applauding a man named Bascom. There are now 32 players in the major and minor leagues known to be playing under assumed names. How many others are using nom de bats is hard to tell. Many of them are college boys who started professional careers under false names and kept them after becoming well known.

The principal reason for the change of name is family ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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