• Goodbye Tim

    Posted by on October 31st, 2013 · Comments (7)

    Congrats To The World Champion Red Sox

    Posted by on October 30th, 2013 · Comments (37)

    You can make a case that the only times the Cardinals won in this series is when the Red Sox made sloppy throws.

    Think about this:  In the last 35 years, the Yankees have 5 rings and now the Red Sox have three.  So much for the hammer and the nail…

    Now, the count-down begins…until someone in Beantown does something totally unclassy in their celebration of this win in Fenway.

     

    Adios Adrian Cardenas

    Posted by on October 30th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I remember reading about Adrian Cardenas in Baseball America when he was selected as their High School Player Of The Year. The very next year, he was doing great, not far from me, down in Lakewood. (Well, great compared to his teammate, the former Yankees first rounder, C.J. Henry.)

    I was surprised when the Phillies traded him. But, I was not shocked when the Cubs picked him up off waivers.

    He’s now hanging them up at age twenty-six. And, he has his reasons for doing it.

    With a little better glove, he could have been another Marco Scutaro. At the worst, maybe another Jayson Nix. Shoot, split the difference and say he could have been another Tony Graffanino.

    It really seems like a crime to waste his baseball talent. But, then again, this is coming from a guy who wishes that he had one-quarter of his talent. So, what do I know?

    Greatest Post-Seasons Ever By A Starting Pitcher

    Posted by on October 30th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Mr. Wacha has a chance to put himself in a nice class tonight:

    Rk Player Year #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS CG IP ER HR SO WHIP
    1 Curt Schilling 2001 5 Ind. Games 4 0 1.000 0.88 5 3 41.0 4 2 47 0.61
    2 John Smoltz 1996 4 Ind. Games 3 1 .750 0.60 4 0 30.0 2 0 27 0.93
    3 Cliff Lee 2009 4 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.54 4 2 33.1 2 0 30 0.69
    4 Burt Hooton 1981 4 Ind. Games 3 1 .750 0.33 4 0 27.2 1 1 10 1.08
    5 Orel Hershiser 1995 4 Ind. Games 4 0 1.000 0.92 4 0 29.1 3 2 28 0.78
    6 Michael Wacha 2013 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.43 3 0 21.0 1 1 22 0.57
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/30/2013.

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    Debby Wong Caught Chimping & Worse

    Posted by on October 30th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I just saw this story which I thought was sort of interesting-

    Any professional photographer who’s been working long enough has experienced the humiliation of missing the big shot, so it wasn’t that big a story when two sports photographers missed Ichiro Suzuki’s landmark 4,000th base hit at a recent New York Yankees game.

    It’s what happened afterward, when USA Today Sports Images photographer Debby Wong passed off a photo of another Suzuki swing as the iconic moment, that turned the incident into a significant photojournalism ethics fail.

    Wong and New York Daily News Andrew Theodorakis were covering the Aug. 21 game from neighboring positions when Suzuki scored the big hit. Wong missed the shot due to apparent chimping, Theodorakis because Wong’s lens blocked his view.

    The latter was enough to start a ruckus in the pit, with a Yankees representative eventually intervening and reminding Wong that she was outside her assigned spot.

    It also made the miss widespread news, at least in the world of New York sports photographers, so numerous eyebrows were raised when a Wong photo of Suzuki swinging later appeared on the USA Today site with the caption: ”New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki singles to left field to record his 4,000th career hit…”

    Photographers started talking, noticing the batter’s body position in Wong’s photo didn’t match other shots of the moment. The conversation hit a new level of urgency a few days later, when Reuters announced it was dropping all freelance sports photographers in favor of images from USA Today Sports Images, which provides for sports photo for USA Today and other Gannett publications, along with a growing roster of subscribers.

    Five days after the game, UTSI issued a kill notice for Wong’s photo, explaining only that it “was not correctly identified.” UTSI President Bruce Odle later confirmed that Wong’s contract with the agency had been terminated.

    Hopefully nothing like this will happen when A-Rod breaks Barry Bonds career home run record.

    And, yes, I am kidding…

    Very Few Home Teams Lose Game Six Of World Series

    Posted by on October 29th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    There have been 63 “Game Six” contests in baseball history.

    And, the home team has won 40 of those 63 games. For those scoring at home, that’s 64% of the time.

    Further, since 1982, there have been 15 “Game Six” match-ups in the Fall Classic. And, the home team has won 12 of those 15 games. That’s a winning percentage of 80%.

    Sorry Cardinals fans.

    Greatest Baseball YouTube Clip That You Will Ever See!

    Posted by on October 29th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    It really is a kids game!

    Mu$cle

    Posted by on October 29th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Andy McCullough writes about one of the all-time must read, and greatest, baseball books ever.

    Red Sox Sitting Pretty

    Posted by on October 28th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Your back is now against the wall St. Louis. And, it’s a big, tall, green wall.

    Three rings in ten years for the Red Sox? That will offset all the talk of chicken and beer. Ugh.

    Jonny Gomes

    Posted by on October 28th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    I know that the guy murders left-handed pitching. (That’s overall. I know that he didn’t tattoo lefties this season.) But, in terms of fielding…well, let’s just say the guy was born to DH.

    In any event, is it just me, or, does anyone else find him to be extremely annoying?

    Or, is this just one of those cases where you love him on your team and hate him on the other team?

    2013 World Series Format Change (Again)

    Posted by on October 28th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    This World Series started out being best of seven with Boston having the home field. Then, it became a best of five with St. Louis having the home field. Now, it’s a best of three with Boston again having the home field.

    Must win game for the Cardinals this evening. You don’t want to have to go into Fenway having to win two games in a row.

    Jon Lester against Adam Wainwright. And, both teams had to really use their bullpens in the two prior games. Should be a fun one tonight. I wonder if Boston will punt, if the game gets out of hand early, and save their pen, since they have two more home games in their pocket? That would be risky…to say the least.

    Wild Finish To Game 3 Of The 2013 World Series

    Posted by on October 27th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Red Sox must be thinking “First Ed Armbrister and now this?” But, a rule is a rule…

    St. Louis will win the whole thing now. No way the Red Sox are going to win three of the next four.

    Mike Francesa Vs. Michael O’Keeffe On A-Rod

    Posted by on October 25th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Must listen entertainment!

    Big Mike admitting that he’s A-Rod’s puppet?

    Bud Black, Terry Francona, John Farrell & Ron Washington

    Posted by on October 25th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Doc Edwards taught them well in 1988.

    2013 World Series Format Change

    Posted by on October 25th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Instead of it being best of seven with Boston having the home field; now, it’s best of five with St. Louis having the home field.

    Here’s a wild prediction: Whomever wins Game 3 will win the entire World Series.

    I just don’t see someone winning three of the last four here.

    This could be the biggest “swing” Game 3 in the World Series since 2003.

    Teams Who Win Game 1 Of The World Series At Home Since 1987

    Posted by on October 24th, 2013 · Comments (11)

    Here they are:

    Rk Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt
    1 2013-10-23 WS 1 BOS STL W 8-1
    2 2012-10-24 WS 1 SFG DET W 8-3
    3 2011-10-19 WS 1 STL TEX W 3-2
    4 2010-10-27 WS 1 SFG TEX W 11-7
    5 2007-10-24 WS 1 BOS COL W 13-1
    6 2005-10-22 WS 1 CHW HOU W 5-3
    7 2004-10-23 WS 1 BOS STL W 11-9
    8 2001-10-27 WS 1 ARI NYY W 9-1
    9 2000-10-21 WS 1 NYY NYM W 4-3
    10 1998-10-17 WS 1 NYY SDP W 9-6
    11 1997-10-18 WS 1 FLA CLE W 7-4
    12 1995-10-21 WS 1 ATL CLE W 3-2
    13 1993-10-16 WS 1 TOR PHI W 8-5
    14 1992-10-17 WS 1 ATL TOR W 3-1
    15 1991-10-19 WS 1 MIN ATL W 5-2
    16 1990-10-16 WS 1 CIN OAK W 7-0
    17 1989-10-14 WS 1 OAK SFG W 5-0
    18 1988-10-15 WS 1 LAD OAK W 5-4
    19 1987-10-17 WS 1 MIN STL W 10-1
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/24/2013.

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    Most times, that team goes on to win the World Series…I’m just saying…

    “The Amazing Mazer” Passes

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2013 · Comments (2)

    He passed away today. Almost 93.

    I stumped him in the early ’80′s and won a bumper sticker.

    Yanks Start Playing Blame Game, Cashman Exempt

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Via Pete Caldera

    In just their second season in the last 19 without a playoff appearance, the 2013 Yankees established a club record by using 56 players due to a host of various physical issues.

    Twenty-one of those players spent a total of 28 stints on the disabled list.

    Many of those players were over age 30 and suffered the types of injuries – such as broken bones – that could not have been prevented. But it didn’t prevent the Yanks from sacking their strength and conditioning coordinator.

    Dana Cavalea was let go by the club, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. He’d spent the last seven seasons as strength coach, replacing Marty Miller – dismissed in May 2007 after a spate of team hamstring injuries.

    Earlier this month, the Yankees eliminated the position of well-liked advance scout/head video coordinator Charlie Wonsowicz, who had been in the organization for 21 years.

    Personnel changes may yet be coming to the player development side, where baseball operations senior VP Mark Newman and amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer have come under increased scrutiny.

    “We’ve got some concerns [about the farm system operation],” managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told ESPN Radio two weeks ago. “We’re going to get to the bottom of it, believe me. Because everybody knows it’s unacceptable.”

    Yes, it was all Charlie Wonsowicz’ fault…

    …oh, my, god…

    Rotational V. Linear Swing

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2013 · Comments (0)

    This webpage sums it up, very nicely.

    2014 Mint Coins Honoring Hall Of Fame 75th Anniversary

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I just saw this news from a couple of months ago:

    President Barack Obama signed into law the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, culminating an exceptional bi-partisan initiative, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and U.S. Congressman Richard Hanna, whose 24th District includes Cooperstown. This bi-partisan team secured the passage of The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act with the support of every member of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act will celebrate and honor the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame in 2014, directing the Secretary of the Treasury to mint not more than 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins and 750,000 half dollar coins in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum during a one-year period commencing on January 1, 2014. Surcharges from the sale of these coins, as much as 9.5 million dollars, will be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to assist in financing its operations. This measure is in compliance with the Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and results in no cost to the U.S. Treasury or U.S. taxpayer.

    “For 75 years, Americans have been visiting our very own Cooperstown to honor the legends of America’s favorite pastime,” Senator Gillibrand said. “The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act will build on the recognition Cooperstown deserves, honor its history, and help draw more Americans to visit this truly magical place in upstate New York. And there’s no better place to mint these coins than West Point.”

    “I am privileged to represent Cooperstown and, as a past 10-year resident, sponsoring this bill in the House was especially meaningful for me,” Representative Hanna said. “This cost-free legislation help preserve our National Pastime and the non-profit museum in Cooperstown. I encourage everyone to visit Cooperstown at least once to take in its history and natural beauty. You won’t be disappointed.”

    “The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is so appreciative of the support of the U.S. House, Senate and President Obama for providing awareness, exposure and the potential for a significant infusion of tourism and revenue to Cooperstown with the Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are grateful to Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Hanna, and everyone who worked on this bill to deliver a program all Americans can enjoy and treasure as a symbol of the enduring spirit of our National Pastime.”

    These look so cool.

    Jim Leyland Resigns As Manager

    Posted by on October 21st, 2013 · Comments (2)

    The details.

    The dude is 68, after all.

    Yanks Brass To Huddle In Tampa

    Posted by on October 21st, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Via George King

    While the Red Sox prepare to face the Cardinals in the World Series the Yankees will hold organizational meetings this week intended to lay a floor plan for filling many needs so they don’t spend a second straight October watching the postseason.

    Hal and Hank Steinbrenner and executive vice president Felix Lopez will be joined in Tampa by, among others, club president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman.

    A recent meeting of the Yankees’ pro scouting department included discussions of free agents and potential trade candidates.

    Among the free agents on the Yankees’ radar are Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, Reds outfielder Sin-Soo Choo, Braves left-hander Paul Maholm, Braves catcher Brian McCann and Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew.

    Of that group, the Yankees have targeted Tanaka as a priority. The posting process can’t begin until after Nov. 1. Though Tanaka, considered the best pitcher in Japan, could command a contract in the neighborhood of $60 million for five years, the posting fee — which will likely cost upwards of $60 million — does not count against the salary cap.

    Clouding the issue of what the Yankees can do in the free-agent market is what Robinson Cano will do and how long will Alex Rodriguez be suspended.

    Until the Yankees learn those answers, they won’t know how much money they have to spend as they attempt to keep next year’s payroll under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold.

    Cano has asked for a 10-year, $310 million deal, something the Yankees aren’t interested in. Rodriguez is facing a 211-game suspension for being involved in the Biogenesis scandal. He is currently appealing and the hearing won’t be concluded until at least late-November. A final ruling could take another 25 days.

    The Yankees are expected to offer free-agent Curtis Granderson a $14.1 million qualifying offer. If he accepts it, that could start the process of looking for a team to take Ichiro Suzuki out of The Bronx because retaining Granderson would give the Yankees an outfield of Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner and Granderson.

    Even if Granderson leaves, that doesn’t mean Suzuki stays. The Yankees could sign Choo, which would make Suzuki expendable.

    Sin-Soo Choo, Brian McCann and Stephen Drew? Really? I guess the farm system really is that bad…if they need to go out and get an outfielder, catcher and shortstop. But, what else is new? This has been the Cashman M.O. for years – screw up player development and trades and then just go out and buy hitters.

    Madden: Yankees Need To Study Red Sox, Cardinals

    Posted by on October 20th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    An early Christmas card to Brian Cashman.

    $305,000 > $125,000

    Posted by on October 20th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Do dollars indicate who wants it more?

    Via Ken Davidoff:

    As Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing against Major League Baseball reached its halftime, The Post has unearthed details from what has transpired in the first eight days.

    According to one source familiar with the proceedings, MLB COO Rob Manfred testified on Thursday, while being cross-examined by A-Rod’s attorney, Joseph Tacopina, that he authorized the payment of $125,000 in cash in return for documents from the shuttered South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis.

    A second source told The Post that A-Rod’s side testified to paying $305,000 for Biogenesis evidence, which would considerably boost MLB’s contention Rodriguez obstructed the league’s investigation.

    At some point, do the Feds (IRS?) want to get involved with this since people are paying out this money?

    Personal Plea To Mike Trout

    Posted by on October 20th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Please stay away from drinking, drugs, gambling, conniving and/or slut women, and, of course, PEDs. If you do that, you will be the king of baseball for a very, very, long time.

    1946, 1967, 2004 and now 2013

    Posted by on October 20th, 2013 · Comments (27)

    Let’s go Cards!

    Man, the Tigers bullpen is a dung heap.

    10/18/13 Baseball Trivia Question

    Posted by on October 18th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    What do Willie Mays, Robinson Cano and Enrique Wilson have in common?

    Jose Dariel Abreu To Wear White Sox

    Posted by on October 18th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Via MLB Trade Rumors

    The White Sox will sign Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu for six years and $68MM, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports (on Twitter). The deal is pending a physical. Abreu is represented by Praver Shapiro Sports Management.

    The Red Sox, Astros, Rangers, Marlins and Giants all reportedly showed interest in Abreu. The White Sox, however, were able to lure him with a contract that’s the biggest ever for an international free agent. The contract easily tops the seven-year, $42MM contract Yasiel Puig received from the Dodgers last year.

    Thanks for the memories, Paul Konerko.

    If The Tigers Lose The 2013 ALCS

    Posted by on October 18th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    They really have no one to blame but themselves.  They’ve lost three games so far – and they should have/could have won all three of them.

    Supportarod13.com

    Posted by on October 17th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    This is a hoot.

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