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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-23-2019

Washington Herald, October 23, 1919:

An offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the Boston Red Sox team in the American League, by a combination of business men, Representative James A. Gallivan, Massachusetts, stated yesterday.
...
“All I can say is that an offer of more than $1,000,000 has been made for the team,” he said. “Harry Frazee, present owner, is interested in the combination and if the offer is accepted I have agreed to accept the presidency of the club. Frazee is a close personal friend of mine, as is Ban Johnson, president of the American League.”

Right above that article is this:

“I have received no such offer, and that price wouldn’t interest me, anyhow,” Frazee said. “I am not thinking of selling the team to anyone, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

How Popular Is Baseball, Really?

Major League Baseball and its fans have raised alarms in recent years over a perceived decline in the popularity of baseball in the United States. Falling attendance, poor World Series ratings and a lack of nationally recognized stars are often cited as evidence of the sport’s impending collapse.

However, if viewed through the lens of total tickets sold and local television ratings, a somewhat more optimistic picture emerges: one of strong, local fan bases — and a national following that could have a lot more room to grow.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 23, 2019 at 06:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general

MLB.com: Who Will Make Hall of Fame From 2019 World Series

.  .  . the most Hall of Famers to play in any World Series was way back in 1932, when 13 eventual inductees played for the Yankees (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing and Joe Sewell) and the Cubs (Kiki Cuyler, Burleigh Grimes, Gabby Hartnett and Billy Herman). Three other Hall of Famers—Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, Cubs manager Rogers Hornsby (in the Hall as a player) and umpire Bill Klem—were also involved in that Series.

Probably fewer this year, but some worthies.


Nationals haven’t played in a week. Is that a problem?

You’ll hear the question posed in the headline a lot in early going of tonight’s Game 1. If the Astros jump out to a lead and/or go on to win the game, it’ll likely transform from a question to an assertion. The “[Team] had too many days off between games” thing is often cited by commentators and fans as a reason for the team with a lot of time off after the LCS woofin’ it in the World Series.

Does more rest hurt a World Series team compared to a team that played more recently? Yes, at least in recent years.

The team with less time off before Game 1 of the World Series has won nine of the past ten World Series, with last year’s Red Sox team — which had four days off to the Dodgers’ three before Game 1 — being the ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jim leyland, nationals, time off, world series

Cubs reportedly had second interview with David Ross

The Cubs’ managerial search is in full swing as they continue to line up intriguing candidates to replace Joe Maddon. In recent weeks, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada’s name has been floated out as a strong candidate, with reports stating that the Cubs had already scheduled their second interview with the much sought after coach.

While the fact that Espada is such a strong candidate in the midst of a World Series run has led many to believe he is the runaway favorite right now, it is still very much so a wide-open race.

It was reported that while not extremely publicized, former Cub David Ross is believed to have had his second interview with the Cubs organization this week.

Ross, who was extremely clutch in the Cubs 2016 World ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, managerial search

Juan Soto blasts historic home run - just as his hitting coach guaranteed

Juan Soto was the best teenage hitter in Major League Baseball history, and he might be the best 20-year old hitter in MLB history, too.

His exploits at the plate over the past two seasons have ranged from impressive to historic, and everything in between.

He grew his legend even more Tuesday evening, launching a jaw-dropping home run to the train tracks in Houston.

This is a flat-out bomb. Left-handed hitters just don’t hit home runs to this part of Minute Maid Park.

 

QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, home runs, juan soto, kevin long, predictions, world series

Phillies hire Yankees’ Barber as amateur scouting director

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have hired Brian Barber to be director of amateur scouting.

Barber spent the last 18 seasons with the New York Yankees. He was an area scout (2002-06), East Coast crosschecker (2007-09) and national crosschecker (2010-19). Crosscheckers are scouts who provide second opinions.

The Phillies announced the hiring Tuesday. The 46-year-old Barber replaced Johnny Almaraz, who stepped down but will remain with the organization.

And, if you don’t trust the crosschecker’s opinion, who do you contact for a third opinion?

 

QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian barber, phillies, scouting

Left Out: Astros 1st WS team minus lefty pitcher since 1903

HOUSTON (AP) — Something was left out when the Houston Astros submitted their World Series roster.

Namely, left-handed pitchers.

For the first time since the very first World Series in 1903, a team has no lefties on its Fall Classic staff.

Instead, Houston has 12 pitchers, all right-handers.

A surprising accomplishment, especially given how many pitchers are on the modern roster.

 

QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, left-handed pitchers, world series

Zimmerman full circle with HR trot for Nats in World Series

HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman has come full circle, with a trot around the bases for the Washington Nationals.

The first amateur player ever drafted by the Nationals in 2005, and the only person to wear their jersey during all 15 seasons the team has existed, Zimmerman hit their first World Series home run.

With his deep blast to center field with two outs in the second inning Tuesday night — with Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole immediately throwing his right arm up knowing the ball was long gone — the 35-year-old Zimmerman also scored the team’s first-ever run in the World Series.

Washington trailed when Zimmerman homered but 20-year-old Juan Soto tied the game with an impressive homer of his own leading off the fourth and ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, nationals, ryan zimmerman, world series

MLB umpire Joe West suing former All-Star Paul Lo Duca for claiming he took bribes

Major League Baseball umpire Joe West is suing Paul Lo Duca for defamation over comments the former catcher made on a podcast in May, asserting that a teammate used to bribe the umpire by letting him borrow his vintage car.

Lo Duca told a story about a game during his time with the Mets in 2006 or 2007, when after an easy ninth inning, closer Billy Wagner told Lo Duca that he would lend West his 1957 Chevrolet to get a more favorable strike zone.

Lo Duca recalled Wagner saying: “Joe loves antique cars so every time he comes into town I lend him my ’57 Chevy so he can drive it around so then he opens up the strike zone for me.”

The complaint, filed Tuesday in New York, denies that Wagner ever lent West a car and points out that no such ...

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QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:14 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: billy wagner, bribery, joe west, paul lo duca

Astros fan pelted with beer at Yankee Stadium gets free tickets, celebrity treatment at World Series

HOUSTON — Cruz Arcia Jr. took a sip of his beer and was mid-sentence when another Astros fan came his way.

He looked at Arcia like many people already had before Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park.

“Are you the guy?” he asked Arcia.

He was the guy — the guy who got pelted with beer and food at Yankee Stadium in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, the guy who police had to escort out of his seats, the guy who then taunted the Yankees fans with a 3-1 hand gesture, the guy who immediately became a Houston legend in that moment.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, world series

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2019

El Paso Herald, October 22, 1919:

Carl Mays having shown the way, Babe Ruth now threatens to put on a similar stunt. He is quoted as saying he’s going to turn in his contract which calls for $9000 or so a season to president Harry Frazee and demand one for not less than $20,000. The Babe figures he is the biggest drawing card in baseball and that as such he’s entitled to the money, even if he has to declare his present contract a scrap of paper to get it. Why not? Didn’t Carl Mays set an example and didn’t Mr. Frazee condone it? It’s either Boston pay Ruth his price or sell him to come club that will. Doubtless New York will buy.

Pay the man, Harry. I know it’s expensive. I know it’s a pain. I know you’re frustrated. Trust me, though: PAY ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 22, 2019 at 10:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, seriously, terrible ideas

Astros Staffer’s Outburst at Female Reporters Illustrates MLB’s Forgive-and-Forget Attitude Toward Domestic Violence

More than an hour after José Altuve won the Astros the pennant, the party in the Houston clubhouse still raged. Rightfielder Josh Reddick was crushing vodka Red Bulls. Starter Gerrit Cole smoked a cigar. Shortstop Carlos Correa gazed lovingly at the American League championship trophy.

And in the center of the room, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f———glad we got Osuna!”

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another Houston staffer apologized. The Astros declined to comment. They also declined to make Taubman available for an ...

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St. Louis therapy dog makes good on NLCS wager, reps Nationals gear

Friendly wagers are one of the best parts of sports. They’re even more fun when they involve two very good boys.

Thor, a black lab therapy dog from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, challenged Tabby, a German Shepherd therapy dog at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., to a friendly bet on the Nats-Cardinals NLCS best of seven series. The bet was settled not too long after it began.

Since the Nationals swept the Cardinals, Thor had to wear a Nationals’ bandana to work, courtesy of Tabby.

Sports bets gone haywire- they’re not just for humans!

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bets, dogs, jerseys, nationals, nlcs, st. louis

Javy Baez named ‘MLB The Show 20’ cover athlete

CHICAGO —Javier Baez has been named the cover athlete for “MLB The Show 20.”

The game announced the cover Monday in a series of tweets.

Any thoughts from the video game fans among us?

 

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: javy baez, mlb the show, video games

MLB rumors: Mark Kotsay entered Giants manager interviews as favorite

As the Giants watch the World Series from home, their search for a new manager continues. Replacing a legend like Bruce Bochy won’t be easy, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi can’t wait forever.

Interviews have begun, and the favorite coming into the process might be someone who would just have to switch sides in the Bay Area. The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly reported Monday that “word around the industry is that [Mark] Kotsay entered this process as a favored candidate.” One source also told Baggarly that he would be surprised if the Giants didn’t hire Kotsay.

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic first reported on Oct. 9 that the Giants would interview Kotsay, who currently serves as the A’s quality control coach.

Kotsay, ...

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QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managerial search, mark kotsay

‘The paranoia is real’: Keeping fresh signs top of mind for catcher Kurt Suzuki vs. Astros

HOUSTON — He knows they’re watching. They always watch. Then they rewind, watch again.

He knows they’re looking in from second base, from the corners in the coaches boxes, from who knows where. He knows there are rumors about everywhere, every ballpark in every league, how they do it, how they try, some of their methods fair and some perhaps not.

He knows the reputation here. Everybody knows the reputation here, at Minute Maid Park. He also knows the nature of reputations, how one man’s anxiety, one man’s suspicion, becomes the hardened truth in a league of thousands of men willing to believe the worst, which is precisely how paranoia works, and also why Kurt Suzuki wears a wristband to remind him which pitchers use which set ...

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QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, kurt suzuki, sign-stealing

Mike Schmidt: Why can’t I just accept it’s all about power?

I get it. Today the game is asking for home runs. The temptation is too great, analytics support it, and coaches coach it.

Small parks, maple bats, a new ball and shifting defenses have given hitters the green light to let it fly. Hitting into the shift is flat-out dumb.

I didn’t hit against a shift, or in a small park, or with a new ball every pitch. I faced Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richard and that Houston crew, but I didn’t hit every day against a 6-foot-5 pitcher throwing 98 mph.

OK, so why can’t I just accept that now the game is all about power?

Bit of a strange article, given who wrote it…..

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mike schmidt, power

Los Viejos—The Old Guys—help Nationals make Series

WASHINGTON —  NL MVP candidate Anthony Rendon surveyed his teammates scattered around the Nationals Park diamond, whoopin’ it up after clinching a World Series berth.

There were starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Aníbal Sánchez, each 35 — and each responsible for taking a no-hit bid into at least the seventh inning as Washington won Games 1 and 2 of the NL Championship Series. So was Howie Kendrick, 36, the second baseman who earned NLCS MVP honors with four doubles and four RBIs in the sweep. And Ryan Zimmerman, 35, the first baseman slugging .484 this postseason.

“A lot of old guys on the team,” Rendon observed. “They call themselves ‘Viejos.’”

Indeed, they do, and “Los Viejos” — Spanish for “The Old ...

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QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, howie kendrick, max scherzer, nationals, ryan zimmerman

Astros pick Verlander for Game 2, Greinke for Game 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander will follow Gerrit Cole and start Game 2 of the World Series for Houston against Washington on Wednesday.

Zack Greinke will start for the Astros on Friday when the Series resumes at Nationals Park.

“Greinke gets to hit. That’s going to be fun for him,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said Monday.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, pitchers hitting, world series, zack greinke

Opioids in Baseball: “More people are going to die if this doesn’t get fixed”

Editor’s Note: The following story contains both reporting and opinion/editorial content.

On July 1, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs asphyxiated while under the influence of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his Texas hotel room. Last weekend, ESPN reported that Eric Kay, the Los Angeles Angels’ Director of Communications, knew that Skaggs was an Oxycontin addict, is an addict himself, and purchased opioids for Skaggs and used them with him on multiple occasions. Kay has told DEA agents that, apart from Skaggs, at least five other Angels players are opioid users. He reportedly also told DEA agents that other high-ranking Angels executives were aware of Skaggs’ opioid use. The Angels have denied that the team was aware of ...

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QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: opioids

Astros Announce First Pitch Participants Ahead of World Series Game 1

Before the Astros officially kick off the final chapter of their march to a second World Series title in three years, they’re bringing back a few old friends.

As Gerrit Cole prepares to stride to the mound and take down the Nationals, he’ll have two trusted friends—and the baddest man in the NFL—to keep it warm.

Evan Gattis will squat behind the plate one more time at Minute Maid, and will surely call for a curveball from…Brian McCann.

We’ve been discussing in another thread who the National should have do this honor- here’s who the Astros are employing in Game 1 for comparative purposes.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brian mccann, evan gattis, first pitch

Monday, October 21, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, October 21, 1919:

The Reds are the baseball champions of the world and Kid Gleason manager of the White Sox, is the champion poor loser of the universe.

When the Reds decisively defeated the Sox, did Gleason come out and give them the credit which was their due? Did he admit that they were a great ball club and that the fine work of Pat Moran was bound to tell in the big clash? He did not.

Gleason said that the breaks all went against his team and that he still believed the Sox the stronger machine.

Elsewhere on the same page...

How do you account for the showing made by the Sox in the world’s series? President Comiskey was asked.

“I cannot account for it,” he replied. “They were a terrible disappointment to me.” ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 21, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Nationals to host World Series watch parties at stadium for Games 1 and 2

The Nationals will open the World Series on the road, traveling to Houston to take on the Astros for the first two games before heading back to the District. But the team is intent on packing Nationals Park anyway, as the stadium will host viewing parties for each of the Nats’ road games so that fans can watch their team on the jumbotron.

Admission into the park is free, but tickets must be reserved ahead of time. Parking passes will also be available.

For those of you in the area who don’t want to just stay at home and aren’t a fan of bars…..

 

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, viewing parties, world series

Could Madison Bumgarner’s bad road stats hurt him in MLB free agency?

Madison Bumgarner is entering free agency at a curious time in his career. The longtime Giants ace has built a legendary reputation, but plenty of question marks also surround the 30-year-old.

Bumgarner proved he’s still a workhorse after missing time the previous two seasons with freak injuries. His 34 starts were tied for the MLB lead, and his 207 2/3 innings pitched ranked second in the NL.

But while looking at Bumgarner’s stats from this past season, one thing stands out that could hurt him in free agency and actually help the Giants if they want to bring back the left-hander.

MadBum’s home-road splits were staggering in 2019. He was a completely different pitcher in front of the home crowd at Oracle Park, compared to pitching away ...

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, home-road splits, madison bumgarner, statistics

Raines recalls Montreal, roots for Nats; others, maybe not

MONTREAL (AP) — Tim Raines started wearing the tricolor cap as a teen and proudly sported the Montreal Expos logo for years, all the way onto his Hall of Fame plaque.

So no wonder who he’ll cheer for when his old team — albeit now in Washington — plays in its first World Series, a half-century after the franchise debuted far away.

“I’m happy,” Raines said in a phone conversation from Arizona. “Actually, I’m happy, even though it’s not Montreal it’s still a part of the Montreal franchise. Even though they’re not the Expos — they are the Nationals, but they wouldn’t have been the Nationals without the Expos.”

“So even though I never played there, I wasn’t a part of the Nationals logo, but in actual ...

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, nationals, tim raines

Yankees’ Season Blows Up With Starting Pitcher Void Never Filled

HOUSTON — Twenty minutes after José Altuve hit the walk-off home run that sent the Astros to the World Series and the Yankees back to the Bronx, Minute Maid Park continued to roar. The field echoed with cheers as Altuve accepted the ALCS MVP trophy. The concourses reverberated as orange-clad fans congratulated one another and floated into the night. The parking lots buzzed.

The only quiet place in the ballpark could be found in the bowels below the third-base dugout, where the Yankees gathered in their clubhouse, silent but for the sounds of hands clapping shoulders as they said their goodbyes.

Eyes red, reliever Zack Britton contemplated what had just slipped away. The Astros’ 6–4 win had seemed almost unfathomable just 35 ...

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, pitching, yankees

Yankees go decade without a World Series trip for first time in 100 years

The New York Yankees are synonymous with the Fall Classic.

Just not this decade.

The Bronx Bombers have reached the World Series 40 times in their history, winning 27 titles, by far more than any other major league team.

But in the 2010s, even a trip to the World Series has eluded the iconic franchise.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pennant, streaks, yankees

Astros enter World Series against Nationals as heaviest favorites since 2007

Mere hours after clinching their second pennant in three years, the Houston Astros were conferred the best World Series odds in over a decade.

Westgate deemed the Astros as -220 favorites with Caesars Sportsbook opening at -235. Even at the lower figure, that’s largest odds for a favorite since the 2007 Boston Red Sox were -240 favorites over the Colorado Rockies.

For the uninitiated, lines bigger than -200 are rarely seen at this level because people don’t often think things will be so lopsided. The implied odds from a -220 line is that the Astros will win 68.8 percent of the time — 70.1 percent if you use the Caesars line. And given how talented the Washington Nationals are, that seems very high.

Any thoughts from the gamblers ...

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QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:03 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, odds, world series

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