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  1. MLB Network has a new sabermetrics show

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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    MLB Network is launching a new show called “Clubhouse Confidential” that they say “aspires to serve as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research.” In the past various mainstream attempts to integrate sabermetrics into the usual televised baseball talk has failed on multiple levels, but I’m…

  2. Welcome to the Michael Young-hater club, Joe Posnanski!

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    Michael Young

    I’ve gotten a lot of crap over the past week or so for daring to suggest that Michael Young may be less than Hall-of-Fame-worthy and may be less of the leader that his fan club down in the Metroplex make him out to be.  Saying you want to work someplace else every time someone asks…

  3. Tony La Russa is on pace for the most pitching changes in playoff history

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    The fact that Tony La Russa makes an incredible number of pitching changes is a surprise to no one, but Matthew Leach of MLB.com crunched the numbers and found that the Cardinals are on pace to set the all-time record for relievers used in the playoffs. With at least two and possibly three games remaining…

  4. Dueling quotes of the day: Joe Torre and Dirk Hayhurst on replay

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Joyce blown call

    Joe Torre was asked about replay yesterday. As usual, he worried about how it might affect the pace of the game: “To me, it’s more the flow as opposed to how long it takes,” Torre said. “The game has a certain rhythm to it that you don’t really want to disrupt on a regular basis.”…

  5. Brewers GM thinks Yuniesky Betancourt is underrated

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt was horrible this season, batting .252 with a .271 on-base percentage and .381 slugging percentage to go along with his increasingly range-less defense at shortstop. Alex Gonzalez was the only player in baseball to accumulate more plate appearances than Betancourt with a lower on-base percentage and only five players batted more often with…

  6. Thanks, Red Sox! MLB to consider a ban on alcohol in the clubhouse

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

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    This is why we can’t have nice things: Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, told reporters before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses and that he plans to look deeper into the Sox’s drinking on the job. Allow me to say this: I don’t have…

  7. Seven walks by Edwin Jackson? Big deal, Nolan Ryan did that all time

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 4 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Edwin Jackson walked seven batters last night before being pulled from Game 4 in the sixth inning, marking the third time in his career the 28-year-old right-hander has issued seven or more walks in a game. And one of those three was a no-hitter. It was the first time a pitcher had walked seven batters…

  8. What did Ron Washington say to Derek Holland last night?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Ron Washington and Derek Holland provided two of my favorite moments from last night’s game. The first came when Washington took Holland by the shoulders and gave him a dugout pep talk moments before taking the mound in the first inning, trying to motivate the young left-hander who’d struggled in his previous two starts. Holland…

  9. Last night’s game beat the NFL in the ratings

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

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    There is much surprise and discussion among the commetariat that Game 4 of the World Series topped Sunday Night Football last night. Preliminary results have baseball drawing a 10.1 in the ratings, the Saints-Colts an 8.2.* But before we get lost in jocularity, let me just say that if the ratings didn’t matter when baseball…

  10. Ryan Franklin began season as Cardinals closer, but now leaning toward retirement

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    ryan franklin posing

    It seems like a decade ago, but Ryan Franklin actually began this season as the Cardinals’ closer. He blew four of his first five save chances to quickly lose the job and then spent two months pitching sparingly in a mop-up role before the Cardinals released the 38-year-old veteran in late June. Franklin never latched…

  11. How might we measure how great a series is?

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    JONES

    I said last night that this World Series is shaping up to be a classic. But how do I know? In my case, my gut. At some point while watching Derek Holland make the Cardinals look more foolish than he does with his mustache, it just struck me that I’ve been watching something special.  But…

  12. The most inevitable thing in the history of things

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    Obvious

    I wasn’t online tweeting last night, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it that I called this headline by the fifth inning. This one is from the Daily News, but I’ll bet it was used in a good dozen papers this morning: (photo taken by Ted Berg; a man who…

  13. So who pitches Game 7?

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    Kyle Lohse

    Game 3 on Saturday night will always be remembered for Albert Pujols‘ ridiculous performance, but in the short term, it may be more significant for what it meant for the starting pitchers — Kyle Lohse and Matt Harrison — each of whom was terrible. It’s significant because this series has all of the hallmarks of a…

  14. There will be no word on Theo-compensation for a few days

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will not discuss compensation for Theo Epstein until at least after Tuesday.  That’s the day each team will hold a press conference, the Cubs to introduce Epstein and Jed Hoyer, the Red Sox to announce the promotion of Ben Cherington to the GM chair.…

  15. A reporter’s suggestion of umpire bias was way out of line

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 3 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We finally have a situation in which I feel that an umpire and Joe Torre are worthy of being defended after an on-field screwup and in which I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. First base umpire Ron Kulpa screwed up on Saturday night. There’s no mistaking that. Rangers…

  16. We have a classic on our hands

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:25 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 4 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    When do you know that a classic World Series is afoot? We certainly know it when it’s over. But at what point as it’s happening can one safely say that, yes, we’re seeing something special? The kind of series that only comes along once or twice a decade? Something memorable? I’m prepared to say that…

  17. World Series Game 4 Live Blog: Cardinals vs. Rangers

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:14 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 4

    11:14: Feliz gets Holliday swinging to end it. The Rangers top the Cardinals 4-0 and tie the series at two games apiece. C.J. Wilson will take on Chris Carpenter in Game 5 tomorrow night. We have one heckuva World Series on our hands here, people. 11:11: Pujols skies one to Craig Gentry in center field for…

  18. World Series Game 4 lineups: Cardinals vs. Rangers

    Oct 23, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

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    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers, set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET in Arlington, Texas: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TEXAS RANGERS 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Allen Craig, RF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Josh Hamilton,…

  19. Fish unlikely to trade for Big Z, might try James Shields

    Oct 23, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    There’s been quite a bit of talk about the Marlins having interest in bringing aboard troubled Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano. One report even stated that new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had contacted Big Z directly about a potential trade. But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the…

  20. Rangers’ bullpen suddenly looking fatigued, punchless

    Oct 23, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 3 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Rangers’ talented bullpen corps helped guide the team to convincing series wins in the ALDS against the Rays and the ALCS versus Detroit, but it’s now showing serious signs of fatigue three games into this 2011 Fall Classic. And it might only get worse. Alexi Ogando, who yielded just four hits and one earned…

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