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Baseball Tonight [01 May 2008|02:00pm]

Help me solve my conundrum here...

1. I want to watch Baseball Tonight, but
2. I don't have cable
3. I don't care if it's live. I'll watch it the day after and be just fine, but
4. I can't find torrents of the show anywhere

Any suggestions? :(
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S-Pod [03 Apr 2008|10:33am]

Hang on...

Why was it so easy for the Rox to pick up Scott Podsednik? Is he injury prone or something?

His AVG isn't the greatest (he's almost always sub-.300), but he's hella fast and I thought he was going to be a decent player for a long time. I think he can still contribute to a team, anyway.
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Hall of Fame sideshow... [31 Mar 2007|12:09pm]

...here's a question for you baseball fans out there, and one that isn't related to steroid era players bulking up and blasting the ball out of the park.

I'll give you 2 players, and their resumes. You tell me if either one, both, or neither belong in the Hall. They play(ed) the same position. These are 'as of today' numbers

Candidate 1:

15 time All-Star. 13 Gold Gloves. 1 Silver Slugger. 2460 career hits; 1257 R; Less than 30 career HR; less than 800 career RBI; 580 SBs; .262/.337/.328 (BA/OBP/SLG) ; 1 LCS MVP; 1 WS Championship

Candidate 2:
3 time All-Star; 11 Gold Gloves; 2472 career hits; 1283 R; 73 career HR; 818 RBI; 366 SB, .276/.342/.360

Candidate 2, if he plays the 2 more years he plans to, is likely to pick up at least one more Gold Glove, and an additional 300-350 hits, 80-100 RBI, and his career BA should not dip below .275 if the last 6 years trends are even vaguely followed.

Current career numbers for 3Bs and 2Bs are virtually identical.

Both are well-liked, and well respected by fans.

Is either a clear-cut Hall of Famer?
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How to get in contact with MLB ... [22 Jan 2007|10:26am]

[ mood | gloomy ]

I've already left my message with TPTB over there regarding the move of Extra Innings off of cable ....

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167
Phone: (212) 931-7800

Next up .... time to call my Congress rep regarding MLB's anti-trust exemption status
(and yes ... I know MLB is a "business" ... but this is a monopoly with "total disregard for fans" economics policies)

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MLB screws with its fans again [20 Jan 2007|03:23pm]

[ mood | aggravated ]

Bye Bye Extra Innings

"Major League Baseball is close to announcing a deal that will place its Extra Innings package of out-of-market games exclusively on DirecTV, which will also become the only carrier of a long-planned 24-hour baseball channel.

Extra Innings has been available to 75 million cable households and the two satellite services, DirecTV and the Dish Network. But the new agreement will take it off cable and Dish because DirecTV has agreed to pay $700 million over seven years, according to three executives briefed on the details of the contract but not authorized to speak about them publicly.

InDemand, which has distributed Extra Innings to the cable television industry since 2002, made an estimated $70 million bid to renew its rights, more than triple what it has been paying. Part of its offer included the right to carry the new baseball channel, but not exclusively. The baseball channel is scheduled to start in 2009. M.L.B., DirecTV and InDemand officials declined to comment.

DirecTV is also the exclusive outlet for the N.F.L.’s Sunday Ticket package, for which it pays $700 million annually. Sunday Ticket has about 2 million subscribers; Extra Innings about 750,000, according to The Sports Business Journal. Extra Innings lets subscribers, for a fee, watch about 60 games a week from other local markets except their own.

The only other way that fans without DirecTV will be able to see Extra Innings will be on MLB.com’s mlb.tv service, but they must have high-speed broadband service. About 28 million homes have high-speed service, less than half the number of cable homes in the country. The picture quality of streamed games is not as good as what is available on cable or satellite. DirecTV is available to about 15 million subscribers.

Last month, Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, who was then the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cited DirecTV’s exclusivity with Sunday Ticket as a reason to strip the N.F.L. of an antitrust exemption to negotiate all TV contracts for its teams. Comcast, which has complained that it cannot carry Sunday Ticket, is a Philadelphia-based company."


So if you are like me, in that you live in a residence that doesn't allow satellite dishes .... you are SCREWED. MLB chases the big bucks again, and alienates its fan base ... again. MLB.TV is nice, but its no substitute for being able to enjoy watching many games on a nice big TV. Thanks Bud!

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[08 Aug 2006|05:35pm]

the best play i have seen in baseball..better than game 7 of 2001 world series...is when steve finley hit a walk off grand slam to put the dodgers in the 2004 playoffs...yeah...that was sweet
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[09 May 2006|11:40pm]

anyone else find this amusing?

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[28 Feb 2006|01:21pm]

It's being analyzed all over the baseball blogging world and the math and means of getting there are still being questioned, but this is a fun little toy. You enter the names, SLG, and OBP of 9 players and it tells you how many runs per game that line up would score. It also gives you the 20 best and 20 worst line ups with those 20 players. here is another version. It doesn't give you results that are as detailed, but it allowed you to simply click on any 9 players in the majors and click a button to see what the best line up of those 9 players would produce.

Some of the uber-statheads are taking it a bit too serious, but anyone with an interest in baseball and numbers should be able to have a little fun with it.
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New Community [13 Dec 2005|06:09pm]
I have created a new community, that i hope to be somewhat similar to this one, except it is basicly about baseball's history...like pre 1965....please take some time to check it out, it could be a lot of fun, and very educational. it is called true_baseball.
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Curse of the what?? [09 Dec 2005|12:58pm]
I have a theory I would like to share with everyone here......and I value the opinion of baseball fans with some intelligence, so hear me out and share your thoughts.
First and foremost......I never believed in "The Curse of the Bambino". Come to that I am not sure the Red Sox were ever cursed at all, BUT....if there was a curse, I think it would be a curse of a far more intriguing nature. I submit that, if there was a curse on the Boston Red Sox, then it was The Curse of Jackie Robinson. Let me explain.
As we all know, the Boston Red Sox (pre 2004) had last won the world series in 1918. The fact of the matter is, that the Red Sox never even got INTO the world series again until 1946....they barely made it to the playoff either. So it would seem that, would a curse to exist on the Red Sox, causing them to never win the World Series, and choke at the worst possible moment....it would have to have been sometime in the mid-40's.....say perhaps 1945. So what could possibly have happened in 1945 to cause the Red Sox to be cursed?
In the final months of 1945, four black men tried out for the Red Sox brass, and they were summarily turned down flat. Eddie Collins and Tom Yawkey, refused to give in to the "Gentleman's" Agreement that pervaded baseball at the time, disallowing black ballplayers. They could have been the first Major League basball theam to integrate, but instead, because of thier horrible ignorance, and bigotry they were the last. The Yawkey Trust was cursed to suffer for thier ignorance, and so were the Sox. It wasn't until 2005, (the first time the Red Sox 40-man roster was predominently minorities) that the Sox finally "broke the curse".
Oh....incidently.....one of those four black men that tried out for the Red Sox, was one Jack Roosevelt Robinson, and Boston was the FIRST team he ever tried out for in the major leagues.
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[20 Oct 2005|05:24pm]

Alex Belth from Bronx Banter had an interesting thought regarding Joe Girardi’s hiring that I thought people might be interested in:

While I’m pleased for Girardi, who has always been a favorite, I couldn’t help but think about Willie Randolph yesterday. For the longest time I refused to buy the race card when it came to Randolph repeatedly being passed over for managerial positions. He had never managed before, I reasoned. If he was willing to go down to the minors for a year or two and then still couldn’t get a big league job that would be different. But here comes Girardi, also with no prior experience as a manager, and just one season as a coach, and not one, but two teams were aggresively[sic] persuing[sic] him. Again, I’m excited for Giardi[sic], something feels fishy about the whole thing.

Obviously there’s nothing overt at play here, but to me it does seem like evidence of the institutional racism present in baseball (and, for that matter, most professional sports (and, for that matter, America in general))). Agree with me or not, but the fact remains that the higher up the ladder you go, the fewer people of color you see.

Edit: Enough people seem to have misinterpreted what I was saying (admittedly this is probably because I didn’t explain myself as fully as I should have), to merit a two bits of additional clarification.

1. I’m not commenting on the state of African Americans in baseball, but that of people in color in general, including African Americans, Latinos, Afro-Latinos, and Asians, which, together, form a much larger portion of baseball players than they do coaches and front-office staff.

2. I do not think that there is any overt racism involved. I don’t think that a baseball executive ever said “I don’t want to hire this guy because he’s not white.” I don’t even believe that any of them thought it, and if any did, they’re in the extreme minority. What I believe is that a less conscious form of racism is at play, wherein people believe that while people of color can be fine players, they lack the skills, either in terms of intellect or leadership, necessary for higher positions. Its a phenomenon similar to the one found in the famous “doll study” by Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark, where both black and white children when faced with dolls of the two races, would consistently identify the white doll as the “nice” one, and the black doll as the “bad” one. Its a subtle and completely subconscious form of racism, and while its certainly not the evil that outright hatred is, its impact is still considerable.
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Thoughts? [20 Oct 2005|10:36am]

Poll #594597 World Series

Your pick to win the 2005 World Series

Houston Astros
Chicago White Sox
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The Internet Baseball Awards [14 Oct 2005|12:13am]

x-posted to baseball

I’m surprised that no one else has mentioned it, but I guess we’re all focused on the playoffs. Right now there’s a little more than 24 hours left to cast your vote for the 14th Annual Internet Baseball Awards, a set of awards whose voters, in my opinion, have consistently proven to be far more intelligent than the BBWAA.

My ballots, for anyone who's interestedCollapse )
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When the Yankees are leading by 30 or more runs, A-Rod is hitting .950 with 19 HRs and 45 RBIs. [29 Sep 2005|11:24am]

[ mood | amused ]

A humorous take on the AL MVP race from Bill Simmons...

I think he makes an interesting point - nobody will care about this in ten years - but it's still fun to argue about it.

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Clutchness Quantified [22 Sep 2005|01:44pm]

[ mood | surprised ]

No sooner do I say in this forum that I'd respect a definition of "valuable" that takes into account the win-probability context of each plate appearance, even though that's a team-dependent stat, than the good folks at BP publish an article giving the data.

The AL MVP race just got more interesting, to me at least.

Stats and blather behind the cut.Collapse )

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O-Cel-O Mop Up Man of the Year [21 Sep 2005|10:53am]

[ mood | silly ]

Every role deserves its own award with corporate sponsorship, right? In that spirit, I hereby propose the O-cel-o "Mop-up Man of the Year" Award, for the pitcher who pitched the most meaningless innings during the course of the season.

This year, it's a no-brainer. In a display of irrelevance for the ages, Ryan Vogelsong of the Pirates has been called upon to pitch 76.2 innings with an overall leverage of 0.36. (Leverage is a measure of how much an extra run can be expected to affect the outcome of the game, scaled so that the first batter faced of each game is 1.0.) No other pitcher in this millenium has pitched more than 60 innings with a leverage below 0.4, so let's all hear it for Ryan. Dude, this mop's for you.

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Cy Young Standards [21 Sep 2005|10:35am]

[ mood | contemplative ]


When evaluating Cy Young Award candidates, should you base your rankings solely on pitching, or on overall value (i.e. including batting and fielding)? Is it an award for the "best pitcher", the "most valuable player among pitchers", or something else?

Discuss. (Anyone have a copy of the voter guidance?)

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More WARP1s: Rookies [19 Sep 2005|04:20pm]

[ mood | pensive ]

Through 9/16/05, top Wins Above Replacement at Position (WARP1) for rookies:


1. 6.1 Joe Mauer
2. 5.4 Gustavo Chacin
2. 5.4 Huston Street
4. 5.2 Joe Blanton
5. 4.8 Jesse Crain
6. 4.6 Scott Kazmir
7. 4.4 Robinson Cano


1. 4.8 Willy Taveras
2. 3.6 Jeff Francoeur
3. 3.1 Zach Duke
4. 3.0 Ryan Church
5. 2.9 Gary Majewski
5. 2.9 Rickie Weeks
7. 2.7 Ryan Howard

Commentary behind the cut...Collapse )

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MVP candidates through 9/16 [17 Sep 2005|01:25pm]

[ mood | mellow ]

Total Wins above replacement value at position (WARP1), through Friday's games.


1. 9.7 Alex Rodriguez
2. 9.6 Brian Roberts
3. 8.6 Miguel Tejada
4. 8.4 Derek Jeter
4. 8.4 Mark Teixeira
6. 7.6 Vladimir Guerrero
7. 7.2 David Ortiz
8. 6.8 Johan Santana
9. 6.6 Gary Sheffield
10 6.5 Richie Sexson


1. 12.0 Derrek Lee
2. 10.2 Albert Pujols
3. 10.0 Dontrelle Willis
4. 9.8 Jason Bay
5. 9.3 Roger Clemens
6. 8.7 Morgan Ensberg
6. 8.7 Andruw Jones
6. 8.7 Miguel Cabrera
9. 8.4 Brian Giles
10 8.1 Jeff Kent

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[15 Sep 2005|09:01pm]

David Ortiz is the American League MVP. Discuss.
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