Monday, October 20, 2014

JAL’s Dream Weaver Morning Links






Dream Weaver  Gary Wright 1975   Wright’s music career started with the band Spooky Tooth.   

GENERAL UPDATED BASEBALL SITES


1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet



4 Cot’s Baseball Contracts

Potential 2015 Free Agents


BLOGS and such


5—Pirates Prospects



Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut


6 Bucs Dugout

Arizona Fall League update: Tyler Glasnow turning heads



7 Green Weenie

10/19: Tom McCreery, Don Leppert, Harry the Hat, Joey Bats & J-Mac...



8 Rumbunter


How Did 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Win 88 Games?




Alen Hanson Makes Big Impact for Toros del Este


9 Call to the Pen

San Francisco Giants likely won't re-sign Ryan Vogelsong


NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media


10 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Royals, Giants show importance of making MLB's postseason dance


11 Charleston Gazette

> Power Park field replacement underway, will cost $250,000


12 SB Nation

James Shields will start Game 1 of World Series for Royals


13 Cincinnati Enquirer

Eric Davis' NLCS throw stands the test of time


14 SF Gate        

Royals’ top-to-bottom change in 2006 made Series possible


15 CBS Sports

World Series X-Factor: When pitchers hit


16 KC Royals Site

Quick on feet and to speak, Dyson helping Royals zoom


17 San Jose Mercury News

World Series: Kansas City, here we come!


18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Hummel: Wong may be key to Cards' growth


19 Baseball Prospectus

The Best Teams Should Make The World Series; A Defense of Bud Selig


20 Fangraphs

The DH and the Essence of the Game


21 Sports on Earth

THE ODD COUPLE


22 Just a Bit Outside

JUST SIT BACK AND ENJOY THIS WILD CARD WORLD SERIES
                                                                 

23 Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pirates experiment with outfield prospect Josh Bell at first base


Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAL’s Dream a Little Dream of Me Morning Links






Dream a Littler Dream of Me  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong 1956.  Song was written in 1931 and first recorded by Ozzie Nelson.  The Mamas and Papas also had a hit with the song in 1968 

GENERAL UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet


4 Cot’s Baseball Contracts

Potential 2015 Free Agents


BLOGS and such

5—Pirates Prospects



AFL: Three Pirates Pitchers Combine For Six Shutout Innings


Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Makes Season Debut, Allie Extends Hit Streak to Six Games


Pirates Re-Sign Felipe Gonzalez


6 Bucs Dugout

Marlins possibly interested in Ike Davis



7 Green Weenie

10/18: Phil Morrison, Bucs Lose Cup Finale, Cash-for-Brett...


8 City of Champions

Pittsburgh Pirates Report Card: Middle Infielders


9 From Forbes to Federal

Russell Martin & The Aging Curve for Catchers


NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media


10 Observer-Reporter

The Royals should give Pittsburgh fans hope


11 Dallas Morning News

> Jeff Banister's rise to Rangers' manager a product of his 'internal fire'


12 SB Nation

Waiting for Hank Greenberg: A conversation about heroes


13 Cincinnati Enquirer

Bullpens separate Royals and Reds



14 SF Gate        

S.F. Giants’ Travis Ishikawa can’t believe he hit clinching homer


15 CBS Sports

World Series X-Factor: Giants' Mike Morse as pinch hitter


16 KC Royals Site

Royals tab Shields, Ventura for Games 1 and 2


17 San Jose Mercury News

Kawakami: These Giants play country hardball


18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Strauss: Decisions by Matheny have fans red-faced


Expect change but Matheny certainly will stay put


19 Baseball Prospectus

Pitching Backward: First-Pitching to the Situation


20 Fangraphs

Madison Bumgarner: Elite Fastball Pitcher


21 Sports on Earth

WHO TO ROOT FOR IN THE WORLD SERIES


22 Just a Bit Outside

TAKEAWAY FROM THIS MONTH? THE ROYALS HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD.
                                                                 

23 Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The Next Page / Fleeting opportunity


Saturday, October 18, 2014

JAL’s When You Close Your Eyes Morning Links

 

When You Close Your Eyes  Night Ranger  1984

GENERAL UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet


4 Cot’s Baseball Contracts

Potential 2015 Free Agents


BLOGS and such

5—Pirates Prospects



AFL: Pirates Prospects Face Off Against Wei-Chung Wang


2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco


Gage Hinsz Named Top Late-Round Draft Pick By Baseball America


6 Bucs Dugout

Pirates 2014 arbitration eligibles: Bucs face tough calls with Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez



7 Green Weenie

10/17: Bucs Win 1971 & 1979 WS, Lose 1991 NLCS...


8 Rumbunter

Jeff Banister Thanks Pittsburgh on 93.7 Fan


9 City of Chmpions

Tough For This Pirates Fan To Enjoy Royals' Run To World Series


NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media


10 Rant Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates Need Travis Snider’s Spark


11 Dallas Morning News

> Grant: What it means to hire Jeff Banister as Rangers manager


12 SB Nation

Searching for a defense of Mike Matheny


13 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

25 years ago, the World Series shook



14 SF Gate        

Killion: Ishikawa went from nearly quitting to hitting it big


15 CBS Sports

Anatomy of a 2014 World Series team: Kansas City Royals


16 KC Royals Site

Davis rewrites story, becomes potent force from 'pen


17 San Jose Mercury News

Brandon Crawford a most indispensable Giant


18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Bernie: Losing the NLCS was a team effort


Cards can point to many reasons for defeat


19 Baseball Prospectus

An Agent's Take:  The Losses You Never Get Over


20 Fangraphs

Where I Was Wrong About the Royals


21 Sports on Earth

THE ART OF MATHENAGING


22 Just a Bit Outside

BREAKING UP FIVE COMMON BASEBALL MYTHS
                                                                 

Friday, October 17, 2014

JAL’s Sound-A-Sleep Morning Links






Sound-A-Sleep  Blondie  1979

GENERAL UPDATED BASEBALL SITES


1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet



4 Cot’s Baseball Contracts

Potential 2015 Free Agents


BLOGS and such


5—Pirates Prospects



First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success


2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball


AFL: Thomas Harlan Throws Three Strong Innings


6 Bucs Dugout

Former Pirate Travis Ishikawa (?) hits walk-off homer as Giants advance to World Series



7 Green Weenie

10/16: Pirates Win First Title in 1909, '71, '79 WS, '91 NCS, Cutch Baseball America RoY & More...


8 Rumbunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Paying For Success


9 WHYGAVS

THE ROYALS ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES (AND YES, I’M A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS)


NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media


10 Pirates Site

Hurdle, Huntington praise departing Banister


11 Dallas Morning News

> Banister's journey to the big leagues proves he's more than Hurdle's 'protégé'


12 SB Nation

NLCS 2014 ends as Giants defeat both Cardinals, Joe Buck


13 Wall Street Journal

The San Francisco Giants Roll On; Next Stop, Kansas City



14 SF Gate        

Bumgarner gets mad at misfires, then shuts down Cardinals


15 CBS Sports

R.I.P., St. Louis Cardinals 2014 season


16 KC Royals Site

Wild Card Game comeback spurred Royals' run


17 San Jose Mercury News

Morse's home run sets stage for Giants


18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Bernie: Cards can't match the Giants' toughness


Strauss: Waino gave it his all, has nothing to show


19 Baseball Prospectus

A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5


20 Fangraphs

How Did Anyone Ever Beat The Royals Bullpen?


21 Sports on Earth

NLCS: EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER


22 Just a Bit Outside

WHEN MIKE MATHENY REMEMBERED MICHAEL WACHA
                                                                 

23 Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Storytelling: Can a sports hero be a role model? Yes, thankfully


Thursday, October 16, 2014

NLCS Cardinals at Giants Game 5








AT&T Park    8 PM EDT

Gametime Forecast: 64°F • Mostly Cloudy • 0% PoP

Series stands Giants 3 wins Cardinals 1 win

Pitchers: Cardinals  Adam Wainwright (R)   Giants  Madison Bumgarner (L)


Cardinals


1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
2. Jon Jay (L) CF
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Randal Grichuk (R) RF
7. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
8. Tony Cruz (R) C
9. Adam Wainwright (R) P

Giants

1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Travis Ishikawa (L) LF
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

JAL’s Wake Up Little Susie Morning Links


 


Wake Up little Susie Everly Brothers 1957

GENERAL UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet


4 Cot’s Baseball Contracts

Potential 2015 Free Agents


BLOGS and such

5—Pirates Prospects



First Pitch: Sorting Out the Mixed Reviews For Nick Kinghamb>


2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer


AFL: Angel Sanchez Added to Scottsdale Roster, Strikes Out Three in First Inning


6 Bucs Dugout

Did Dayton Moore and Neal Huntington improve at their jobs?



7 Green Weenie

10/15: Pirates Whip Big Train To Win '25 Series, Bucs Lose Silver Cup, Alleghenys Join AA, Carlos B-Day...


8 From Forbes to Federal

2014’s Best Pitch Framers


9 Pirates Site

Catching prospect Diaz could be in Pirates' plans for 2015


NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media


10 KDKA

The Inaugural Pirates Hot Stove Report With Colin Dunlap


11 The Daily Free Press

> A Fan’s Perspective: Are the MLB playoffs what the fans want to see?


12 SB Nation

Giants win ugly, the only way they know how


The Royals have swept the Orioles and everything you know is wrong


13 Wall Street Journal

Think the Kansas City Royals Are Named for Kings? That’s a Bunch of Bull



14 SF Gate        

Giants comeback leaves them 1 win from the World Series


15 CBS Sports

World Series bound: For eight glorious games, Royals did it their way


Giants beat Cardinals in Game 4, take 3-1 NLCS lead: Quick hits


16 KC Kingdom

Kansas City Royals Sweep their Way to the WORLD SERIES!!!

17 San Jose Mercury News

Thompson: Cardinals buckle under Giants pressure


18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Bernie: Matheny too slow with the hook for Miller


Defensive blunders doom Cards again


19 Baseball Prospectus

Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-bender


20 Fangraphs

Defense Needed the Royals


21 Sports on Earth

NED YOST HAS EARNED HIS MOMENT


22 Just a Bit Outside

REMEMBERING THE ROYALS' LAST ALCS
                                                                 

23 Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Glasnow works on curveball in Arizona Fall League


24 Tribune Review

Pirates will implement 9 percent price increase for 2015 tickets


Wednesday, October 15, 2014