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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Champs! The best Dodgers team ever ends L.A.‘s 32-year title drought | ESPN

On Tuesday night, in a neutral stadium 1,400 miles away, at the conclusion of a bizarre season played amid a global health crisis, these Dodgers finally made their mark. Their 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series won them their first championship since Gibson famously hobbled to the batter’s box in 1988, a fitting coronation for a dominant franchise.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 27, 2020 at 11:50 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, world series

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Clayton Kershaw repairs his playoff legacy with Game 5 win

The acceptance phase is the hardest, and that’s where Kershaw, he of the worst October reputation this side of the house that gives out Mounds on Halloween, lives today. He isn’t what he once was, and he doesn’t need to be because what he is impelled the Dodgers to a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. The win left the Dodgers one victory shy of their first championship since 1988 and Kershaw oh so close to getting sized for the ring that has eluded none of his pitching peers.

Here’s what Kershaw is: good enough, which is, when one is surrounded by the talent the Dodgers possess, good enough. He is capable of excellence, and he is prone to failure, and he is usually closer to the former than the latter. He is not a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character: Kershaw and October Kershaw, transmogrifying into a fateful creature when the calendar turns. He is flawed, in need of careful handling, prone more to reliability than anything.

He is, in other words, a dad. Every October, it seems, reminds us of that because Kershaw is the sort of father who brings his kids to the podium after good days. In 2017, when he still possessed the blessed arm that flung lightning bolts, Cali first sat alongside him at a postgame news conference. In 2018, Charley joined them. Neither was anywhere to be seen in 2019 because Kershaw wouldn’t dare expose them to the frailty of baseball, which last year damn near broke him. He’d blown a lead, blown a series, and he said: “Everything people say is true right now about the postseason.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 25, 2020 at 12:57 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rays, world series

Thursday, October 22, 2020

How Wrigley Field got lights, night games in 1988 |

What few know is that, had the Cubs managed to make that history in 1985, not 2016, the long-anticipated final out still would have been recorded on the road, no matter which game they clinched the title. The Cubs could have been the “home” team in this ’85 scenario and, regardless, been playing in a ballpark other than Wrigley.

... This letter [by Cubs GM Dallas Green] to Cubs season-ticket holders—dated July 19, 1985—goes on to explain the financial limitations of Wrigley, the national television contract that allowed the networks to insist on night World Series games and the warning the Cubs had received from the new Commissioner, Peter Ueberroth, that MLB was prepared to take the drastic action in ‘85 (moving the Cubs’ home [playoff] games away from their home park)

... with the Cubs in the midst of a court battle over the ban on night games that had reached the Illinois Supreme Court, and with MLB and the networks pushing hard for the lights situation to get settled, a greater sense of urgency was in the air.

The Cubs had conversations with MLB about at least two possible postseason “home” sites—Milwaukee County Stadium and St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.

Snowboy Posted: October 22, 2020 at 06:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, television, world series

Should a Neutral-Site World Series Become Baseball’s New Normal?

Even so, the first five games of the 2019 World Series helped Fox to the most-watched week for any network since the Super Bowl eight months earlier. Networks still crave postseason baseball, especially the World Series, and M.L.B. has no plans to alter it by moving future games to a neutral site.

In Boras’s opinion, though, M.L.B. should think bigger. But is it really worth sacrificing home crowds for a neutral-site spectacle, just to revive interest nationally in a sport that now thrives more locally?

“Not nationally, internationally,” Boras said. “You have the ability to attract people to our national pastime worldwide, because they know where it’s going to be, and they can plan.”

Boras emphasized the word pageantry, envisioning a weeklong extravaganza that encompasses an awards ceremony, a home run derby, entertainment and elaborate viewing parties throughout the host city.

“We attract a gala for seven days where people can attend one game out of six or seven and still feel involved,” he said. “They can watch at forums, corporate parties, sponsorship — you can really create a World Series week.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2020 at 10:13 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The World Series has framed my life. After 44 straight, I’m sitting this one out.

Since 1975, I’ve covered every World Series game for The Washington Post. My streak will end Tuesday at 252 games. Including travel days, I’ve spent more than a year covering the World Series.

Last month, I decided not to go to this World Series, because I don’t think it’s smart for a 72-year-old man in a pandemic. But I still hated making that call.

NattyBoh Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: thomas boswell, world series

Monday, October 19, 2020

The Rays and Dodgers Are No. 1 Seeds—but This World Series Matchup Is an Anomaly

Thus, the two top seeds will meet in the World Series for only the second time this century, joining the 2013 matchup between the Red Sox and Cardinals. I’ve criticized expanded playoffs for their potential for chaos and devaluing of great teams, arguing—among other reasons—that the best clubs would no longer be as likely to advance as far. This first dabble with a 16-team bracket would seem to dampen any such concerns.

But a sample size of one is not actually sufficient to disprove that possibility, and in fact, analyzing just how unlikely this Rays-Dodgers matchup is provides cause for even more appreciation of both teams’ feats in navigating the tricky playoff field.

According to FanGraphs’ odds before the playoffs began, the Dodgers were the favorite to reach the World Series this year—but only with a 29.1 percent chance. The Rays, meanwhile, were down at 13.8 percent because the projection system thought they were no better than potential opponents like the Yankees and Twins. Multiply those two percentages together, and FanGraphs gave this particular World Series matchup just a 4 percent chance of occuring.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2020 at 11:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Monday, October 12, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2020

Seattle Star, October 12, 1920:

The Cleveland Indians are champions of the baseball world. They were crowned on League Park field this afternoon, when they took the fourth straight game on their home grounds, beating the Brooklyn National by a score of 3 to 0, making the series count five games to two in their favor.
When the game was over thousands of fans swarmed to the front of the grandstand and staged one of the most remarkable demonstrations ever seen in baseball. The moment that Sewell and Wamby retired the last Brooklyn player for the final out of the series, Manager Tris Speaker dashed to the stands from his place in the center field and embraced his gray-haired mother, who occupied a box. Mrs. Speaker threw her arms around the neck of her stalwart son and they kissed each other while the thousands of fans who had swarmed in his wake broke into a frenzied cheering.

I just wish there were video of this.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2020 at 10:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, holy crap, world series

Friday, October 09, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2020

Memphis News Scimitar, Octobeer 9, 1920:



The Cleveland Indians, fighting on their own reservation, scalped the Brooklyn Dodgers in the fourth game of the world series and thereby evened the count. Each club now has two victories to its credit.

All Cleveland came to League park today or tried to. Those that did not come stayed home to welcome the hundreds that surged into town from all over Ohio and other Central West states to see Cleveland take its world’s series baptism. Mayor Fitzgerald issued an official proclamation on his best office paper, for everybody to get out and root today for Speaker and his men. All factory whistles blew at noon and flags were flown where flags never flew before.

“No flags for us in Brooklyn,” said Jimmy Johnston, the Dodger third sacker, “except at the weather bureau.”

The imagery at the top of the story makes me wince, but it’s nice to see Indian Fever catching fire with everyone.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 09, 2020 at 10:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-8-2020

Pittsburgh Press, October 8, 1920:


The big world series show was being shifted today from Brooklyn to Cleveland. Various and assorted players, umpires, scribes and a few faithful fans are due here today to look over the new battlefield and prepare for resumption of hostilities tomorrow.

Cleveland, disappointed some by the setback of her Indians, but thrilled nevertheless with the novelty of a world’s series in her own yard, anxiously awaited the arrival of Tris Speaker and his tribe to show the valiants that the home town is still behind them.

Unlike the fans of Flatbush, who failed to work up a thrill over the classic, the fans of the Forest City were talking baseball. General interest was very much more in evidence.

I don’t know that there’s ever been a time that I, as a Cleveland fan, have been confident. Interested yes. Confident? Man, I lived through Red Right 88 and the Fumble and the Drive and Jordan’s shot over Ehlo and on and on. Ain’t no confidence here.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 08, 2020 at 10:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2020

Washington Evening Star, October 7, 1920:


Another reel of the autumn world series thriller, entitled “Taking the Third Game,” was thrown this afternoon on the base ball screen with the gonfalon winners of the National and American leagues—Brooklyn and Cleveland—in the leading roles. Some 20,000 or more fans saw the Dodgers and Indians come to grips in the odd game on the Brooklyn’s ball lot before taking the trail westward tonight to engage in a four-ply affair on the Indians’ reservation in Cleveland.

The Dodgers knocked Cleveland starter Ray Caldwell out of the game with two runs in the first inning and made that lead stand. Duster Mails threw 6.2 innings of scoreless relief for Cleveland in a heroic if futile effort.

Knowing what I know about Caldwell, I kind of wonder if he was drunk - that was his one and only appearance in the series. Maybe Speaker was just skittish about pitchers unexpectedly falling apart with the Black Sox story breaking at the time. Or maybe Tris didn’t have faith that Caldwell could get people out. I don’t know. Just wondering aloud because it seems like a really quick hook to pull a starter after five batters.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 07, 2020 at 10:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2020

Grand Forks Herald, October 6, 1920:

Burleigh Grimes fitted a fine coat of whitewash on the backs of the Cleveland Indians today and the Brooklyns, champions of the National League, walked off the field with a 3 to 0 victory in the second game of the World’s Series. Grimes’ spitball tied the backs of the Clevelanders in knots, while Brooklyn’s hitting was timely, the National Leaguers getting their hits in clusters which meant runs.
“A wind blown fly was the cause of our downfall yesterday,” said Manager Robinson of the Brooklyns today. “With an even break on luck my club will show the way to victory.”
“We have looked the Brooklyns over and my men feel they can take the majority of the games,” said [Cleveland manager] Speaker today. “Brooklyn has a fine ball club, make no mistake, and I have my troubles to find pitchers to beat them in a long series.”

*Duster Mails has entered the chat*

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 06, 2020 at 10:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Monday, October 05, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2020

Rock Island Argus, October 5, 1920:


The Clevelands, champions of the American league, topples over the Brooklyns by a score of 3 to 1, today in the first game of the world series. The National league champions were helpless before the mystifying slants of the big spit-ball pitcher, Coveleskie. He was given sterling support by the Clevelands, especially Speaker who ranged far and near, robbing the hapless Brooklyns of seeming hits. O’Neill starred at the bat with two doubles. The official attendance was 23,984.


Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2020 at 10:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world series

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

MLB allowing limited number of fans for NLCS, World Series in Arlington, Texas

Fans can take themselves out to the ballgame for the first time this season during the National League Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game. That is about 28% of the 40,518-capacity, retractable-roof stadium of the Texas Rangers, which opened this year adjacent to old Globe Life Park, the team’s open-air home from 1994 through 2019.

The World Series is being played at a neutral site for the first time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be played at one stadium for the first time since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in 1944.

Some of the seats will be included in presales for Rangers season-ticket holders on Friday and subscribers on Monday, and others are set aside for MLB and players.
Tickets are priced at $40-250 for the NLCS and $75-450 for the World Series, and 10,550 seats in the regular sections of the ballpark and 950 in suites will be sold in “pods” of four contiguous seats.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2020 at 10:28 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, world series

Monday, September 21, 2020

Seeding, not record, will determine who bats last in this year’s neutral-site World Series

The higher seeded team reaching the World Series will have last at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and if needed Games 6 and 7, not necessarily the team with the best record.

The specification was contained in the July 23 agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association to expand the playoffs following a regular season shortened due to the novel coronavirus. A copy of the deal was obtained by The Associated Press.

This year’s change means a No. 1 seed from one league with fewer regular-season wins than a lower seed from the other league would have the ``home-field advantage’’ for the World Series should they both win pennants. In the event both pennant winners have the same seed, regular-season winning percentage would decide which team is “home” for the first two games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2020 at 10:29 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Thursday, September 17, 2020

2020 World Series matchups we’d love (or hate) to see

1. White Sox vs. Padres
Doolittle Classic Score: 20.21
Odds: 3.4%

Here are 10 reasons this is the World Series we want in 2020:

10. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Robert: Seeing the two most dynamic players in the majors on center stage would be the perfect finish to this bittersweet season. Colleague Sam Miller just ranked them as the first (Tatis) and third (Robert) most exciting players in the game (with Juan Soto squeezed in between).

9. New aces. Chicago’s Lucas Giolito has solidified himself as one of the best starters in the majors, averaging 12.2 K’s per nine innings and holding batters to a .187 average. Meanwhile, Dinelson Lamet has become perhaps San Diego’s No. 1 starter, relying on a fastball that averages 97 mph and maybe the most unhittable slider in the game. He’s averaging 12.0 K’s per nine and has lowered his ERA to 2.12.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2020 at 11:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Sources: World Series could be played in bubble at Globe Life Field in Arlington

The World Series may be coming to Arlington this year, after all.

Major League Baseball and the Players Association are discussing several “bubble” formats for the postseason that would include using the Rangers’ brand new home, Globe Life Field in Arlington, as the neutral site for the World Series three sources confirmed Wednesday. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the possibility.

MLB is considering “controlled sites” for the postseason to limit the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak. To do so and run the 16-team expanded playoff field would require multiple major league facilities. Weather is also a factor. Southern California, with MLB stadiums in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego, is one possibility. New York, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area all have two MLB stadiums, too, but weather could be more iffy there.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2020 at 04:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: world series



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