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Steve C
OYO minifigures | Los Angeles Angels - http://www.oyosports.com/Basebal...
OYO minifigures | Los Angeles Angels
OYO minifigures | Los Angeles Angels
Team lego sets of players on current team. - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Steve C
Mike Trout on Cespedes (one of best arms in baseball) going to Red Sox "When he plays left field in Boston," Trout said, "he's probably going to be throwing people out on singles."
Steve C
Yoenis Cespedes trade: The A's now have 10,000 worthless "La Potencia" t-shirts - Extra Mustard - SI.com - http://www.si.com/extra-m...
"The A's and Red Sox made the first major move of the MLB trade deadline when Yoenis Cespedes was traded to Boston for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. There's just one problem: Oakland was supposed to give away Cespedes-themed t-shirts on Saturday." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Kristin
Is anyone else watching the NYY v TOR game? It's goooood!
Joe
Even though I'm a Rockies fan, this feels like a no hitter for Kershaw. Perfect game? He is perfect through 5.
Through 6. - Joe
Still no hitter. Throwing error on SS Ramirez. - Joe
Through 8. No hitter. - Joe
1 out away. - Joe
And my dvr isn't working all night. - Joe
No hitter. I was thinking it after 3, but I waited till 5. - Joe
Joe
Wow. Just saw my first ever live triple play. By Cards on Blue Jays.
Joe
Joe
Let's no hit the Phillies again.
Joe
Joe
You don't see this everyday in baseball. "Alex Guerrero's ear partially bitten off" http://espn.go.com/los-ang...
By a teammate. - Joe
Joe
I want to say that the Mendoza line is .190 without googling. Or is it .200?
below .200, but .190 is also about right as well - Sir Shuping is just sir
Bob Ueker played his baseball career at the Mendoza line. Average .200 on the dot. - Joe
Steve C
Baseball brings new tech to the plate - Fortune Tech - http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014...
Baseball brings new tech to the plate - Fortune Tech
"MLB Advanced Media, the tech outfit owned by baseball's 30 clubs, is rolling out a new tracking technology that yields insights about the entire field of play -- not just the pitch or the hit. Through a combination of cameras, radar, and proprietary software, the new system provides data on a base runner's jump and speed and the angle of his path while trying to, say, steal second base. It can also capture information on the catcher, fielders, and more." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Joe
Joe
This Astros / rangers game is interesting. 0-0 going into the 12th. 2 hitter against the stros.
Rangers finally win 1-0 bottom of the 12th. - Joe
Joe
Joe
Pitcher hits Grand slam and has 5/6 of the rbis. SF against the Rockies. Jeez.
Kristin
Houston Astros get 0.0 television rating for game against Los Angeles Angels | The Strike Zone - SI.com - http://mlb.si.com/2014...
Houston Astros get 0.0 television rating for game against Los Angeles Angels | The Strike Zone - SI.com
"No one watched the Astros’ loss to the Angels on Monday. No, really. According to Nielsen Company ratings, the Astros’ Monday afternoon game against the Angels, aired on Comcast SportsNet Houston, received a 0.0 rating in the Houston area. In other words, not one of the 579 TV set-top meters set up by Nielsen in the city to measure local ratings was tuned to the game, a 9-1 Houston loss. Ratings-wise, the game lost to its own pregame show, which got a 0.2, or roughly 4,600 viewers. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the Astros didn’t have any viewers Monday; CSN Houston reaches 500,000 households in the area, so the odds are that at least one of those TVs was tuned to the game. But it’s still a bad sign for both the team and the network, which is currently in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"The bad ratings are nothing new for Houston, either; last September, a day game against the Indians got a 0.0 rating, though that one aired opposite a Houston Texans regular-season game. But that 0.0 came at the tail end of a 15-game losing streak in the aforementioned 111-loss season. For the Astros to draw such miserable viewing numbers after only a week of action—when fan interest is usually at a high point—doesn’t bode well for the franchise." - Kristin
"What’s even more worrisome, however, is the continued struggles of the team’s cable network. CSN Houston, which also broadcasts Houston Rockets games, does not have carrier deals with DirecTV, DIsh Network, AT&T U-verse, and other TV providers, thus cutting out a sizable chunk of Astros fans both in Houston and across the country. On top of that, the network recently filed for Chapter... more... - Kristin
sup - Akiva
Akiva. - Kristin
Steve C
Well the Angels suck just as hard this year as the last two only the stadium's gotten worse with no gluten free food offerings anymore and big ass lines for everything else. They changed vendors who apparently didn't realize the season has started.
It doesn't help when it's freezing and drizzling. (Please note freezing for So Cal is 52 degrees) - Steve C
Joe
Joe
Starts in earnest. Not games in Australia. Not that there is anything wrong with that Country.
Joe
Joe
Is back.
Kristin
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/Sports...
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News
"The 39-year-old New York captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his final year. A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," he wrote. "I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets," he said." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner. Added up, his numbers put him among the greats in Yankees history, with fans often invoking the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and... more... - Kristin
He might squeak into the HoF. If only he was a lifetime .338 hitter like Tony Gwynn, then it would be a sure thing. - Joe
So, the Yankees have to play 2014 without a shortstop, then, eh? ZING! - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Naah. By that time, Kevin, A-Rod will be back. - Hot Bubba. 114F Hot.
Seeing as this is 2014 and A-Roid is banned...I'm guess my joke needs some work. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I don't care how much a person might hate the Yankees, if s/he doesn't like Jeter (even grudgingly), s/he doesn't really like baseball. - Bren from iPhone
I hate the Yankees, and I like Jeter, kinda. - Joe
Incorrect, Bren. One can respect Jeter and hate him whole-heartedly (as I do) and still love baseball. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Respect is a better word, Kevin. Point conceded. - Bren from iPhone
Bren
Major League Baseball's War On Drugs Is An Immoral Shitshow - http://deadspin.com/major-l...
Major League Baseball's War On Drugs Is An Immoral Shitshow
"If you think of drug testing merely as a technical matter—as a way of regulating the chemical properties of individual bodies, so as to prevent athletes from gaining unfair advantages—this is fundamentally insane, something like convicting someone for cocaine possession on the say-so of a dealer who may have been selling baby powder, and may not have been selling anything at all. That isn't what drug testing is about, though, and it never has been. It's a moral regime, dedicated to the purification of the body as a way of purifying the mind." - Bren from Bookmarklet
Interesting view. - Kristin
I thought so. - Bren from iPhone
Steve C
The Cubs Revealed Their New Mascot and It’s as Bad as You Think | Extra Mustard - SI.com - http://extramustard.si.com/2014...
The Cubs Revealed Their New Mascot and It’s as Bad as You Think | Extra Mustard - SI.com
"Why? Just… why? First things first, this is not a joke. It’s a real thing. The Cubs have unveiled their first mascot in modern history, and by most objective standards, it’s awful." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
I clicked through all the links to see if it went back to The Onion. :/ - Kristin
this is why we can't have nice things. - Bren
Aww, so cute and not intimidating at all, just like the baseball team. - Glen Campbell
Perfect for Little League. - April Russo
Kristin
Alex Rodriguez Suspension Reduced To 162 Games By Arbitrator But Fight Isn't Over - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Alex Rodriguez Suspension Reduced To 162 Games By Arbitrator But Fight Isn't Over
"A-Rod won't be back any time soon but he still may be eligible to return to the field a bit earlier than Major League Baseball intended. Independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz notified Alex Rodriguez, MLB and the players' union on Saturday that he had reduced the three-time American League MVP's suspension from 211 games to 162. Horowitz's ruling will also will keep Rodriguez from participating in the 2014 postseason should the New York Yankees qualify. Rodriguez had been hit with the historic 211-game ban in August for violations of MLBs drug agreement and labor contract related to his involvement with Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami accused of dispensing performance-enhancing drugs to several players. The 38-year-old third baseman was among 13 players disciplined in the Biogenesis scandal but the only one to file an appeal. In a statement released on Saturday, Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs and vowed to continue fighting his suspension in federal court." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Kristin
Ultimate Astros » Craig Biggio falls two votes short of Hall of Fame - http://blog.chron.com/ultimat...
Ultimate Astros » Craig Biggio falls two votes short of Hall of Fame
"Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, who defined the Astros way for two decades, fell two votes short of the Baseball Hall of Fame and must wait at least another year to join the baseball immortals. Jeff Bagwell and Roger Clemens also fell short of the required 75 percent. Biggio finished with 74.8 percent of the vote, two votes shy.  Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff point of 429, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
74.8%! - Kristin
From Wikipedia about the 3000 Club: "Reaching 3,000 hits is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. All eligible club members, with the exception of Palmeiro, Rose, and Biggio, have been elected to the Hall, and since 1962 all club members who have been inducted were elected on the first ballot. Rose was declared permanently ineligible for the Hall of Fame when he was banned from baseball." - Kristin
That's too bad. Those guys were pretty good. - Steven Perez
I'm more disappointed about Biggio. It's his second year on the ballot and he missed by 0.2%! He was such a class act on and off the field. He deserves it. - Kristin
Both Biggio and Bagwell seem deserving, and Biggio really should have been elected last year. - John (bird whisperer)
Yes! - Kristin
Biggio should have already been in. And I really wanted to smack the writer that implied that Biggio used steroids. Bagwell should also be in. He never had a trace of steroids on him, and together those two were awesome. I loved watching the astros play just because of them. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Some writers will refuse to vote in anybody in the steroid era. Plus, there's no proof confirming or denying Biggio used PEDs. I just assumed everyone used them. - Rodfather
Biggio is one of those players for me ... if it was ever confirmed that he used PEDs, I'd stop watching baseball. He played the game with such class and often spoke about how he had a great respect for the game and for the way it used to be played. If there is any player in the league that I would put money on not being involved with PEDs, it would be him. I would hope the same of... more... - Kristin
What Kristin said. If ever confirmed for Biggio that would do me in. It would be like Maddux or Glavine or McGriff being accused of the same. For me, I don't assume that all of them used it... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Biggio's response: "Congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. Obviously, I’m disappointed to come that close. I feel for my family, the organization and the fans. Hopefully, next year." Class act. - Kristin
John (bird whisperer)
Two votes short: who killed Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame candidacy? | HardballTalk - http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014...
Two votes short: who killed Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame candidacy? | HardballTalk
"Craig Biggio not making the Hall of Fame — missing by just two votes — is, by no stretch of the imagination, as serious as a boxer dying in the ring. But the blame dynamic is the same. You want to blame someone or point a finger but, in reality, many people’s mistakes and ignorance and the simple unfortunate arrangements of rules and incentives worked against him. If I were Llewyn Davis or someone I feel like I could write a similar, albeit far, far worse, song about it than Dylan did about Moore. Who killed Craig Biggio’s chances at a Hall of Fame induction this year? A year in which he fell two votes short?" - John (bird whisperer) from Bookmarklet
"The one voter, according to the BBWAA website, who submitted a blank ballot has some responsibility. Not submitting a ballot at all doesn’t hurt candidates, as the ballot is not added to the denominator when percentages are figured. But a blank ballot does. Someone out there, in the interests of making a point, made the hurdle for Biggio higher." - John (bird whisperer)
Ken Gurnick and Murray Chass helped. The former’s “Jack Morris and no one else” ballot and Chass’ belief that everyone besides Morris, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine took roids worked as votes against Biggio too. Obviously, it’s possible that these guys would not have voted for Biggio even if they weren’t tilting at their particular windmills. Maybe they do not think Biggio took PEDs... more... - John (bird whisperer)
"The ten-vote limit: this is a bigger thing, of course. There are many voters who filled out ballots, 1-10 but would have but Biggio on it if they had, say, 11 or 15 votes to give. There really is no rational reason for a ten-vote limit, and the fact that there is one does nothing to elevate the Hall of Fame and everything to do harm." - John (bird whisperer)
"No one wants to screw Craig Biggio, I presume. But the rules, the vendettas, the ignorance that is encouraged and in some cases venerated and many other factors lead us to a situation in which a player who stands head and shoulders above many others already in the Hall of Fame must stand on the outside looking in for at least another year." - John (bird whisperer)
Joe
Rockies got Justin Morneau to kinda replace Helton. Hope he stays healthy. Rockies also traded Fowler for a young starting arm (Lyles) and a utility outfielder.
Any other big deals or trades out there? - Joe
Lots of moves for the Rockies already. - Eric
Though they have not fully done so yet, the Yankees need to replace their infield. - Julian
I'm sure the Yankees can buy a new infield. How Is the lawsuit with A.Rod? - Joe
Bren
2002 Oakland Athletics season - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
watching "Moneyball" (because Brad Pitt), and the thing I always think about when I watch this movie... Yes, they had the incredible streak. Yes they proved the sabermetric system could be effective for a small-market team, but they lost in the ALDS to another small-market team (Minnesota). - Bren from Bookmarklet
The average payroll for World Series winners 2002-2013 (the Sabermetrics era) is $92.75mil. The A's over the same period have averaged $57.5mil. They've made the playoffs 5 times, losing in the ALDS 4 of those, the ALCS in the other. - Bren
Brad Pitt has an exchange with Jonah Hill that sums it up (about the streak): "this is good for the fans, it sells tickets, sells hot dogs; but what does it mean? ...if we don't win the last game of the Series, they'll dismiss us." And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with Sabermetrics as practiced in Oakland. - Bren
Sabermetrics + a real payroll = winning (ask the Red Sox). - Bren
I was with you until you had to use the Red Sox as an example. ;) - Kristin
3 WS championships in 12 years using sabermetric principles is no joke. - Bren from iPhone
Shhhhhhh... - Kristin from iPhone
Joe
Joe
Was telling Justin that this might be the last baseball game of the year. Until next year.
Joe
Verlander pitching a no hitter into the 7th.
jinx - Steve C
7.2 - Joe
Kristin
Ultimate Astros » Jim Crane says he will spend on players in 2014 - http://blog.chron.com/ultimat...
Ultimate Astros » Jim Crane says he will spend on players in 2014
"After watching the 2013 Astros set a franchise record with 111 losses, Astros owner Jim Crane is adamant that his club will start picking it up in 2014. Moreover, he promises to open up the purse strings this winter. “Don’t lose the faith,” Crane said before the Astros Foundation’s Golf Tournament at Shadow Hawk Country Club on Monday. “We hit the bottom yesterday.”" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"“We will spend some money, not only here (at the fundraiser) but on the team next year,” he said. “And you will see us on TV.” Crane echoes the frustration of his team’s fans, acknowledging he was not pleased with his 51-111 record. Moreover, it’s clear he realizes the bullpen must be upgraded next season. “I think nobody’s happy with the way we ended up,” Crane said. “We lost a lot of... more... - Kristin
I'll believe it when I see it. - Akiva
Hey, it's the first time he's admitted it since he bought the team. I'm not holding my breath though. - Kristin
Maybe that's a good first step. But every year, every owner/GM/manager of every team with a lopsided record in the red always talks tough about how changes are going to happen in the off-season. I guess I'm cynical. Big surprise, natch. - Akiva
Kristin
Mariano Rivera Won't Play vs. Astros: 'I Have Nothing Left' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013...
Mariano Rivera Won't Play vs. Astros: 'I Have Nothing Left'
"Mariano Rivera's baseball career is No Mo. Two days after his emotional Yankee Stadium farewell, Rivera said he won't pitch this weekend during New York's season-ending series at Houston and that his mound days are over. "I'm done, guys," Rivera told reporters before Saturday's game. "I'm done." The 43-year-old closer announced in March that he'd retire at the end of this season and he said he wanted give all he had before leaving the game. He feels like he did that this season. "I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel that I had in my tank, and it's empty," Rivera said. "I have nothing left. I gave everything that I had." Rivera's 1,115th and final regular season appearance came Thursday, when he entered with one out in the eighth inning against Tampa Bay and retired four straight batters before longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to the mound to remove their friend from his home finale. "I know that was the perfect moment to leave the game," Rivera said Saturday." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
Bummer - Rodfather
I'm guessing the people who paid $150-$250 for tickets that are normally $30-$50 are going to be a little letdown. - Kristin
I'm no fan of the Yankees but I'm a fan of players and old boy went out solid and honestly. Good on him. - Akiva
Yeah, and the Astros have a chance of not ending the season with a 15 game losing streak and a franchise high of 111 losses in one season. They're in the 11th right now 1-1. - Kristin
The way he left the mound during his last game it's understandable. That's the way any player would want to go out. It's just too bad for fans hoping to see him against the Astros. - Rodfather
Agreed. - Kristin
Ouch. As a childhood Astros fan, that hurts. Yow. - Akiva
5-1 in the top of the 14th :/ - Rodfather
.... And 111 losses this year. 11 more than the second worst team in MLB. - Kristin
Nolan Ryan must be shaking his head. - Akiva
His son, Reid, is the president of the Astros. - Kristin
They need to do something. As we discussed, what they're (not necessarily the Ryans) doing to the franchise is simply deplorable. - Akiva
I think this speaks for itself http://deadspin.com/2013-pa... - Rodfather
Yep. They won't spend money and they trade any talent they do find (coughHunterPencecough). - Kristin
Pence just signed a 5 year 90 million dollar contract. 18 million a year. That's almost the entire team salary for the Astros. A Rod makes 30 million a year. - Rodfather
I know, but he came up with the Astros. They traded him as soon as he started getting successful. Makes. No. Sense. - Kristin
This is why I despise the Yankees so much. They're not a baseball team. They're basically an All-Stars team. They treat the rest of the MLB like its their own private farm league. It drives me crazy. - Akiva
Kristin
Ultimate Astros » Rangers send Astros to record 108th loss - http://blog.chron.com/ultimat...
Ultimate Astros » Rangers send Astros to record 108th loss
"It wasn’t quite the 1962 Mets, but the stigma will stick forever. Bo Porter knows that. Brandon Barnes knows it, and so does every member of the 2013 Astros, a team that until further notice will go down as the worst in franchise history. One hundred eight losses." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
But hey, they're making profit :p http://www.forbes.com/sites... - Rodfather
Kristin
New York Yankees retire Mariano Rivera's No. 42 on special day in Bronx | MLB.com: News - http://mlb.mlb.com/news...
New York Yankees retire Mariano Rivera's No. 42 on special day in Bronx | MLB.com: News
"Major League Baseball universally retired No. 42 in honor of barrier-breaking great Jackie Robinson in 1997, permitting only players who were wearing the number to continue. Rivera is the last active player to do so. Upon his introduction by announcers John Sterling and Michael Kay, Rivera earned a standing ovation that lasted more than a minute. Joined by his wife, Clara, and their sons, Mariano Jr., Jafet, and Jaziel, Rivera again waved his arms in gratitude. Moving through Monument Park, he was flanked by members of the Steinbrenner family as well as Robinson's wife, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon. Neighboring Ron Guidry's retired No. 49 in Monument Park, Rivera's pinstriped No. 42 plaque displaced Robinson's blue No. 42. Rivera helped unveil a bronze plaque in a new location to honor Robinson, a man Rivera said that he wished he could have met. "To have Rachel and the Robinson family here, it means a lot to me," Rivera said. "All the respect that I have for the family and for Mr. Jackie Robinson and all he did for us, me being the last one to wear the No. 42, I can't ask for better than that."" - Kristin from Bookmarklet
This Red Sox fan gives Mo a standing o. - Julian
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