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Monday, October 25, 2021

Major League Baseball work stoppage almost certain on Dec. 2

Baseball’s ninth work stoppage and first in 26 years appears almost certain to start Dec. 2, freezing the free-agent market and threatening the start of spring training in February.

Negotiations have been taking place since last spring, and each side thinks the other has not made proposals that will lead toward an agreement replacing the five-year contract that expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 1.

The luxury tax system that started with the 2003 season sunsets with the expiration of the labor contract, with the exception of completing accounting and payments for the 2021 tax year. Uncertainty over the 2022 season probably will cause high-spending clubs to delay reaching pricier player agreements.

Free agents can start signing with any ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 25, 2021 at 04:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues

Boston Red Sox fire first base coach Tom Goodwin, say it’s unrelated to vaccination status: ‘It was a baseball decision’

Red Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin won’t return to the organization in 2022, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom announced Monday.

Goodwin, who played for six teams in parts of 14 major-league seasons as an outfielder, had been a member of Boston’s staff since Nov. 2017. Most recently, he was not allowed to be with the Red Sox for the postseason because unvaccinated individuals were not allowed to access the playing field. Quality control coach Ramon Vazquez coached first base in Goodwin’s place for the final week of the regular season and playoffs.

Bloom said the decision to fire Goodwin was strictly based on performance—and not his decision to remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.

“His vaccination status had nothing to do ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 25, 2021 at 02:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Report: Yankees’ Cole, Gardner had altercation after clubhouse prank

New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole wasn’t pleased with a prank teammate Brett Gardner pulled earlier this season, causing the pair to get into an altercation.

Cole got in Gardner’s face after the veteran outfielder paraded around the Yankees’ locker room with pine tar on his hat, a source told NJ.com’s Bob Klapisch.

Gardner was apparently trying to get a laugh out of Cole after MLB prohibited the use of sticky substances in June. The Yankees pitcher had been accused of using substances to aid his pitching before and after the ban.

It took a full day for Cole to calm down and apologize, but the matter was dropped, according to Klapisch’s sources.

Along with the incident involving Cole and Gardner, Klapisch also reported on ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 25, 2021 at 10:10 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, gerrit cole, yankees

Sunday, October 24, 2021

St. Louis Cardinals to hire bench coach Oliver Marmol, 35, as next manager, sources say

The St. Louis Cardinals plan to hire Oliver Marmol as their new manager, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Sunday night, confirming an earlier report.

Marmol, 35, served as St. Louis’ bench coach last season and is extremely well regarded within the organization. He was the favorite from the start of the search.

Despite a team-record 17-game winning streak that carried St. Louis to an MLB wild-card berth, Mike Shildt was fired as manager earlier this month.

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak cited “philosophical differences” to explain Shildt’s dismissal. He declined to expand on those differences, saying the move was “something that popped up recently.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 09:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oliver marmol

Was This Red Sox Season a Sign of Things to Come, or Just a Surprising One-off?

The question is whether the current standard of play is sustainable. Do the Red Sox feel like a good bet to make the playoffs in a division that the Rays have won two years running, with the Yankees on equal footing and the Blue Jays improving at a frightening rate? Between salary commitments, projected arbitration awards, the dead salary on Price’s deal, and other odds and ends, Boston could end up with a payroll near $190 million without even dipping into free agency; will they keep free-agent-to-be Eduardo Rodriguez? If not, how will they replace him? And where else can they upgrade without running a Dombrowskovian payroll, if that’s still off the table?

Look at this offseason, and look back at the winter of 2018. Do the Red Sox ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 07:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Opinion: Atlanta Braves make unfortunate anti-vaccine statement with Travis Tritt as NLCS national anthem singer

Stick to sports? Not when you’re inviting country artist Travis Tritt to sing the national anthem before Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday at Truist Park, as a tweet from Tritt himself confirmed.

Normally, the choice of national anthem singer or who throws the first pitch is a trivial honor that suggests little about what any sports organization values. And Tritt, who grew up in the nearby suburb of Marietta, is a lifelong Braves fan who has sung the national anthem there many times going back to the 1990s.

But for the Braves to choose Tritt as the performer for this particular game, after this particular week, can only be interpreted as a middle finger to the segment of its fan base that stands on the side of science and an endorsement ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 06:52 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, vaccines

Rangers omit LGBTQ acknowledgment during MLB-wide Spirit Day initiative, frustrating advocates

The Rangers on Thursday tried to participate in an MLB-sponsored social-media initiative against bullying of LGBTQ teens without actually acknowledging the specific group Spirit Day was designed to support.

The club’s decision and continued official stance of not acknowledging the community publicly left the Rangers as a flashpoint on sports Twitter for a day, frustrating some of the team’s fans inside the LGBTQ community.

The day, observed on the third Thursday of October for the last decade, was initially started by Canadian teen Brittany McMillan as a response to a rash of bullying-related suicides of LBGTQ teens in 2010. McMillan wanted Spirit Day “to make one person feel a little bit better about his or herself and to feel ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 06:51 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: lgbt, rangers

Perth Heat ‘heartbroken’ as Australian Baseball League cancels upcoming season

Perth Heat say they have been blindsided after the Australian Baseball League cancelled the 2021-22 season.

The ABL has announced the upcoming season, previously slated to begin in December, will not go ahead, blaming the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19.

Perth Heat general manager Steve Nelkovski said the club was heartbroken by the news and as recently as last week, they were still expecting the season to do ahead.

“It’s a really tough pill to swallow. We were presented a couple of options late last week, in regards to an updated schedule and this week, the season has been cancelled,” he said.

“We were confident the season was going ahead a week ago. We had dinner with our players, we told them to be ready for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 06:46 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: australian baseball, coronavirus

Atlanta Braves back in World Series for first time since 1999 after upsetting Dodgers in NLCS

For the first time since 1999, the Braves are going back to the World Series.

Eddie Rosario continued a torrid postseason with a three-run homer just inside the foul pole in the fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 deadlock and propelling Atlanta to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. One season after the Braves lost to the Dodgers in a seven-game National League Championship Series, Atlanta knocked off the defending champions in six.

The Dodgers got the tying runs on base with no one out in the seventh, but lefty reliever Tyler Matzek came on and struck out three straight to electrify a thundering Truist Park gathering. The last of the three was former MVP Mookie Betts.

Rosario, who was named NLCS MVP, went 2-for-4 with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 06:39 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, world series

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Padres’ managerial search going a lot of different ways; experience might not be required

Mike Shildt will interview with the team this weekend after being let go by the St. Louis Cardinals last week, two sources with knowledge of the situation said Friday. The Cardinals went to the postseason in each of Shildt’s three full seasons as their manager. He was fired Oct. 15 with team President John Mozeliak citing “a philosophical difference” in how the team should move forward….

The Padres are also said by people familiar with internal discussions to have interest in former Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus. He interviewed for the job in 2019 before Jayce Tingler was hired, and people inside the organization said Preller and Ausmus share some common beliefs about how teams should be run.

Among the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 23, 2021 at 03:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, mike scioscia, mike shildt, padres

How Dusty Baker, Brent Strom and Martín Maldonado Seized the ALCS From the Red Sox

It was during that game that Strom, the chief navigator of pitching, decided to tack to the starboard side. The change Cora referenced was a decision by Strom to have his pitchers attack the Red Sox with fastballs.

“Yeah, very much so,” Strom said. “Basically, the Red Sox were spitting on so many non-competitive breaking balls in the first couple of games. We were falling behind [counts]. I basically told the group, ‘If you’re going to get beat, throw your best stuff over the plate, then you can sleep at night. Rather than dancing around the strike zone.’ Young pitchers start dancing, and you can’t do that.”...

Baker has evolved and adapted, which is why this time he quickly yanked Garcia, who is notoriously shaky the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 23, 2021 at 03:00 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dusty baker

Friday, October 22, 2021

Mets should be all-in on Brian Sabean, winning Giants executive, to run front office

As the Mets’ search for a chief of baseball operations continues, the latest name to surface is Brian Sabean.

The 65-year-old is currently acting as a special assistant for the Giants after being their winning GM for 18 seasons from 1997 to 2014. Under his leadership, the Giants won three World Series titles and had a winning record in 13 of the 18 seasons he spent as San Francisco’s GM. Before he landed on the West Coast, Sabean began his professional career as a scout for the Yankees. He was an architect of the Yankees farm system that ultimately produced champions in Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Andy Petitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.

Not only would Sabean be a home-run hire for the Mets, but he’s apparently willing and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 04:33 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, mets

Red Sox’s explanation for center field light during Astros’ Game 5 win

Game 5 of the Astros-Red Sox American League Championship Series had a slight delay Wednesday when umpires noticed a light against the outfield wall with the Astros leading big in the sixth inning.

Because the Red Sox have been busted illegally stealing signs before and Red Sox manager Alex Cora was part of the 2017 Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, people immediately jumped to conclusions that something nefarious was going on.

Although FS1 cameras showed what appeared to be a flashlight moving around behind the outfield wall, that’s not what the umpires and managers were talking about at all. Astros manager Dusty Baker said it actually was a piece of reflective tape on the outfield wall and Cora is the one who pointed it out to him.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 03:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox, sign-stealing

Chris Taylor hits 3 home runs, leads Dodgers to huge NLCS Game 5 win over Braves

The Los Angeles Dodgers, thanks to a wild night from Chris Taylor, aren’t done just yet.

The Dodgers, facing elimination in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, flew past the Atlanta Braves 11-2 behind three home runs from Taylor to keep their World Series hopes alive.


The Dodgers now trail the Braves 3-2 in the NLCS heading into Game 6 in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Taylor is just the 11th player in MLB history to have a three-homer game in the postseason, and the first since Kiké Hernández did so for the Dodgers in 2017 against the Chicago Cubs.

“It’s just a cool night, definitely surreal,” Taylor said on SportsNet. “The biggest thing was that we were able to get the win and answer, and now we get to go to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 10:14 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: chris taylor

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-22-2021

Pittsburgh Press, October 22, 1921:

Babe Ruth is a repentant fence-buster today. The home-run king has given up his barnstorming tour and is expected to go to Chicago in a few days to see Judge Landis and try to explain matters.

Ruth quit his tour at Scranton, Pa., after a long conference with Col. Til Houston of the Yankees. He is said to have admitted to Huston that he saw his error in openly defying the baseball rules and baseball’s high commissioner.

If he was headed to Chicago anyway, maybe he could have stopped off to play some exhibition games in Toledo and Fort Wayne.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 08:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Carlton Fisk kept it fair, but Keith Olbermann’s attempt to sell historic ball is foul

The best thing about Olbermann is his obsession with getting dogs adopted and saving them from death. The former SportsCenter anchor also is a passionate baseball memorabilia collector, and he’s selling the ball from Carlton Fisk’s 1975 World Series home run to raise money to help dogs. That’s great!

What’s not great is Olbermann’s choice of how to sell the Fisk ball, on a “fractional investing platform” called Collectable.

What does that mean? According to Collectable’s website, “fractional ownership allows many people to share ownership in one item. With Collectable, users can purchase ownership shares of high-end sports memorabilia, giving them fractional ownership of that item.”

You may have tried something like ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 12:56 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: keith olbermann, memorabilia

MLB Just Tried a Bunch of Experimental Rules in the Minors. How Well Did They Work?

No experimental rule generated more trepidation this year than the Atlantic League’s MLB-driven decision to move the mound back by a foot from the strangely sacrosanct distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. There were real reasons to think this change would reduce strikeouts and that the decision was long overdue: It’s worked at various points in the past, in the majors and elsewhere, and pitchers are much bigger and harder-throwing than they were when the current pitching distance was set in 1893. There were also some suggestions that pitchers might benefit from increased pitch movement over a farther flight. Finally, there were fears that the change in distance would cause a spike in injuries, a concern that scuttled a plan to push the mound ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 12:06 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive shifts, mound distance, pitch clocks, robo ump

It’s time for the city of Chicago to repeal the Wrigley Field night game ordinance

The Los Angeles Times reported essentially the same thing:

But the vote left irate residents of the Wrigleyville area surrounding the ballpark crying “foul.” They say night games will rob residents of scarce on-street parking spaces and turn the peaceful, tree-lined neighborhood into a summertime haven for drunks staggering out of the ballpark and nearby bars.

“Lights will mean total chaos,” moaned Dennis Kowal, who has lived less than a block from the park for 43 years. “We wouldn’t have no rest, no peace.”

Reality: None of that has happened. Zone permit parking for residents has alleviated parking issues and in fact, the Cubs allow residents to park in one of their lots on non-game days. There hasn’t been vandalism; in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Out of the bargain bin, will Rangers’ willingness to spend in free agency be rewarded?

“We didn’t start on the first page the past couple of years,” Jon Daniels, president of baseball operations, said Tuesday after the second of three scheduled marathon meeting days. “We kind of flipped past it. It’s been good this year. The [scouts] have a lot of freedom to make recommendations and to really dig into players. It’s definitely been more enjoyable.”

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Rangers plan to spend money this winter. A lot of it. Perhaps not to the extent of the proverbial “drunken sailor” trope. Maybe more like a gently buzzed naval officer.

The point being there are real dollars available. In the first week after the season, Daniels said the Rangers would move back toward a payroll ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says club will ‘address’ shortstop and ‘evaluate’ catcher positions

“Shortstop is an area of need. We have to address it,” Cashman said during the press conference to officially announce Boone’s extension, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees’ primary shortstop this season was Gleyber Torres, whose defensive shortcomings make him a better fit at second base. Once the Yankees accepted that reality, moving Torres to the keystone late in the year, they turned to third baseman Gio Urshela at the six. (DJ LeMahieu and Rougned Odor took over at the hot corner.) The Yankees’ infield situation was considered to be one of the biggest unanswered questions entering this offseason.

Clearly the Yankees don’t consider that arrangement to be a tenable one heading forward, and that’s perfectly fine. The free-agent ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:31 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Justin Turner likely out for rest of postseason with hamstring injury

- His hamstring injured and his season likely over, Justin Turner got to within 25 feet of first base and tried to stop. He throttled back, hobbling at first before slowing enough to turn the hobble to a limp. Slowly, painfully, he worked his way back to the Dodgers’ dugout, wincing with every step, before Albert Pujols helped him down the stairs and through the tunnel that leads to to the clubhouse.

So now, one loss away from an inglorious end to a remarkable season, the Dodgers are faced with overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the National League Championship Series without their All-Star third baseman, who sustained a hamstring injury while hitting into a double-play in the seventh inning of the 9-2 loss against the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, justin turner

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-21-2021

Kenna [New Mexico] Record, October 21, 1921:

Col. John H. Wigmore, dean of Northwestern University School of Law, advocates the establishment of a federal department of sport with a seat in the cabinet, and would like to see Judge Landis the first secretary of baseball.
...
“The sport should be declared a public service and be taken over by the state for management…This can be done by exercising the power of eminent domain.”

This is horrible, this idea.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 08:12 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, dumb, history, stupid ideas

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Where Mets may turn next as Sandy Alderson’s role in search comes into question

Phase 2 of the Mets’ search is underway, with names such as Josh Byrnes (Dodgers), Brandon Gomes (Dodgers), Scott Harris (Giants), Matt Arnold (Brewers) and Peter Bendix (Rays) potentially on the radar, according to sources. But the odds of the big splash team owner Steve Cohen has sought have substantially subsided.

“The Mets are in a tough spot, because I don’t think fans are going to buy into them bringing in another unknown,” a rival executive said Tuesday. “I see some of those names that are mentioned, and nothing against them, but a lot of them are just new guys and you hire new guys, you are going to go through the same thing again.”

Among the questions buzzing through the industry is whether Sandy Alderson is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2021 at 05:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

New MLB CBA should include amnesty clause

In the absence of new rumors on CBA negotiations, allow us to add a new proposal: the introduction of an amnesty clause. To be clear, this is not a report, simply something that would be good for the health of the sport.

The NBA introduced an amnesty clause in December of 2011, which allowed teams to take a bad contract off their books, sort of. Whatever player the team used the amnesty clause on would still be paid the full compensation owed to them in their current contract. However, said player would no longer be part of their current team, and their often gigantic salary wouldn’t count towards the salary cap anymore.

There, of course, is no MLB salary cap, and to this point there isn’t a suggestion that one is coming. With that said, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2021 at 01:07 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement

Baseball America: If There’s A MLB Lockout In 2022, What Happens To The Minors Leagues?

In the past, when MLB has either locked out the players or the players have struck, Minor League Baseball continued to play. The vast majority of minor league players are not members of the MLB Players Association, and there is no collective bargaining agreement in the minors—rules are simply decreed by MLB without any negotiations with the players.

So any work stoppage at the MLB level does not impact the minor leagues—with one big exception. Players on the MLB 40-man roster are part of the MLBPA, and as such are expected to honor a picket line (in case of a strike) or are part of the group that is locked out by owners….

The timing of the CBA expiration (Dec. 1) means that tendering contracts and 40-man roster protection decisions ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2021 at 10:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues, minor league, rule 5 draft

Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox take issue with pivotal ball-strike call in loss to Houston Astros

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi took two steps toward the dugout when his 1-2 curveball against Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro landed in the glove of catcher Christian Vazquez close to the top-right corner of the strike zone. With two outs already in the ninth inning, Eovaldi momentarily believed he had stranded Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on second base and first baseman Yuli Gurriel on first, but plate umpire Laz Diaz never signaled the punchout that would have left the score tied at 2 heading into the home half of the inning.

Instead, the at-bat continued, with Castro eventually singling to center field, scoring Correa to give Houston a 3-2 lead in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Soon, the wheels fell off for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2021 at 10:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, umpires

Baseball Games Are Still Too Long—and Getting Longer

The extreme game length that caused this overlap and prevented fans from devoting full attention to both crucial contests is not an aberration, however, but the new postseason norm. The average playoff game this postseason has lasted a gobsmacking three hours and 42 minutes.

Remove the 13-inning, five-hour-and-14-minute battle between the Red Sox and Rays, and the average for nine-inning contests is still an absurd 3:38, the highest ever. This graph shows how the average nine-inning playoff game length has changed since 1969, the first season with intraleague playoffs before the World Series.

Game length has almost always increased, but now that increase is accelerating, too. From 1991 to 2001, the average playoff game increased by eight ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2021 at 10:12 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

A Slugger Leading Off? ‘It’s Not Analytics, It’s Not a Hunch.’

At 6 feet tall and 229 pounds, Schwarber is built more for the home run derby than the Boston Marathon. He has never stolen a base for the Red Sox. Originally a catcher and mostly a left fielder, he was so clumsy around first base in the division series that he raised his arms in triumph after making a routine play.

Schwarber does have a high on-base percentage — .343 for his career, one point better than Ellsbury’s — but that is not the reason the Red Sox bat him first.

“It’s not analytics, it’s not a hunch,” Manager Alex Cora said after Game 3, when Schwarber’s grand slam powered Boston to a two-games-to-one series lead. “It’s just out of necessity, to be honest with you. It feels really good right now with this ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2021 at 01:49 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle schwarber

‘All-in’ Dodgers stealing at will in October

The Dodgers, simply put, are gambling in such a way that the odds are hugely in their favor every time they attempt a steal. Through eight postseason games, the Dodgers are 11-for-11 on stolen-base attempts, including six in two National League Championship Series games. They’re the first team to steal multiple bases in three consecutive postseason games since 1999.

It’s not just one player, either. Those 11 steals have come via five Dodgers. As a team, they’re capitalizing on opposing pitchers by getting elite jumps. Against Atlanta, they’ve taken advantage of slower pop times from catcher Travis d’Arnaud.

With those statistical advantages tilted in their favor, the philosophy is more or less the same as it was for Roberts when he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2021 at 12:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, stolen bases

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez mimics Carlos Correa’s watch gesture, drawing rebuke from Boston manager Alex Cora

The new- and old-school ways of baseball etiquette clashed during the Boston Red Sox’s 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night when Carlos Correa grounded out to second baseman Christian Arroyo to end the sixth inning.

As Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez walked off the mound, he pointed to his wrist, a reference to Correa’s celebration in Game 1 after the shortstop hit a home run off reliever Hansel Robles. The celebration drew an immediate reaction from Boston manager Alex Cora, who screamed, “Hey, no!”

Upon Rodriguez’s return to the dugout, Cora hugged the pitcher and pulled him in for a conversation.

“Don’t do that,” Cora told Rodriguez.

Cora said he did not want Rodriguez to show up Correa for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2021 at 10:49 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, carlos correa, eduardo rodriguez

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