In which a Reddit user discusses his theory that Mike Trout really wants to be a meteorologist.
I developed this theory by spending a day looking through all of Trout’s photos on Twitter ... and I saw a pattern start to form. I saw the Trout tweeted about weather rather often, and has been for a while.
Another user notes that on Twitter “Trout follows 17 different meteorologists and 20+ weather related accounts.”
These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.
Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher
You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a ...
The story: asking various executives which player they would choose to build a team around. Most execs chose Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw, which makes sense. Some chose Andrew McCutchen, which, sure, why not? Others went with young prospects or decided that it was most important to build around certain positions like shortstop or catcher…
But there is one exec — a general manager no less! — who made a choice and a justification therefor which is impossible to get one’s head around:
Talking about Trout’s “problem” hitting a fastball is like complaining about the ugly feet of a supermodel.
Trout Catcher Mask Replica!
Hey Bill, there’s an interesting article today about Ron Hunt on the 538 blog. It says that his feat of 50 HBP in one season is 13 standard deviations better than average, which is apparently off the charts. When people talk about unbreakable records you don’t hear much about that one. Thanks.
... since the minimum in the category is zero and there are 1,519 players [since 1900] who have had 8 or more, it is thus apparent that the distribution of this group is in no ...
“We don’t lose sleep over it,” said Mead, vice president for communications and a former assistant general manager. “But it would be nice to go to Cooperstown and see the A. That day will come.”
The day came for another early 1960s expansion team, the Houston Astros, when Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Biggio will be the first player to wear an Astros cap on his plaque, a long wait for a team that joined the majors in 1962, as the Colt .45s.
The Angels are ...
Which executives, managers and players will drive the MLB narrative in the coming season? Here’s a look at the 15 most interesting people in baseball heading into 2015:
1. Rob Manfred
After an extended run as Bud Selig’s most trusted aide, Manfred takes center stage in late January as baseball’s 10th commissioner. He’ll try to maintain the momentum that has made baseball a $9 billion industry while setting an agenda on pace of play, changes in the draft and free-agent compensation system, and ...
WHAT ABOUT JETER’S WALK OFF?
Among all the moments on this list, none has a higher WPA than Davis’ June 30 grand slam against Oakland. The Tigers had a win expectancy of 20 percent entering the at-bat. (And that presumes each moment occurs in a vacuum. It didn’t take into account that the light-hitting Davis has never hit more than eight home runs in a season and that Davis had never hit a walk-off shot.)
With one smooth swing, Davis crushed a hanging curveball over the left-field wall, one ...
How to be like Mike (Trout) this offseason:
MO: You’re home in New Jersey, right? What are you doing for Thanksgiving?
MT: I usually go to two dinners. At my parents’ house, then my girlfriend’s house. They have a dinner too. Nothing too crazy.
MO: Since you’re the youngest of three kids, do you think having an MVP will give you extra clout at Thanksgiving this year? Biggest piece of pie? You get to eat the last roll?
MT: It’s first come and first serve in my house and in my family. ...
Since the stats weren’t conclusive, I solicited opinions from scouts and scouting executives via email, asking whether “throw him high fastballs” would always be the book on Trout, or whether he’d make an adjustment that would render the strategy obsolete. The responses revealed considerable uncertainty.
“I think there are two incredibly unlikely outcomes,” a scouting director said. “One is that he suddenly starts mashing those pitches. Assuming any player, even a phenomenal ...
No surprises this year.
Mike Trout finally wins the MVP. Here are some highlights.
|Mike Trout, Angels||30||420|
|Victor Martinez, Tigers||16||4||3||3||2||1||229|
|Michael Brantley, Indians||8||6||5||3||1||1||1||1||185|
|Jose Abreu, White Sox||1||6||3||1||6||5||2||2||1||145|
|Jose Bautista, Blue Jays||1||3||9||4||1||5||3||128|
|Robinson Cano, Mariners||1||1||6||5||2||4||2||1||1||124|
|Nelson Cruz, Orioles||6||3||2||2||2||1||1||102|
|Josh Donaldson, Athletics||1||2||2||3||3||6||5||2||96|
|Miguel Cabrera, Tigers||1||2||2||2||2||1||6||5||82|
|Felix Hernandez, Mariners||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||48|
|Corey Kluber, Indians||1||1||2||3||2||2||45|
|Alex Gordon, Royals||...|
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Player SH WS BBR WAR Mike Trout 39.7 9.2 Andrew McCutchen 35.0 8.2 Matt Carpenter 37.5 6.6 Miguel Cabrera 33.2 7.2 Shin-Soo Choo 32.8 4.2 Yadier Molina 28.0 5.7 Robinson Cano 33.3 7.6 Chris Davis 32.5 6.4 Paul Goldschmidt 31.8 7.0 Joey Votto 30.4 6.4 Freddie Freeman 28.7 5.5 Josh Donaldson 31.6 8.0 Evan Longoria 27.4 6.3 David Wright 27.1 5.9 Manny Machado 20.2 6.5 Jason Kipnis 27.3 5.9 Carlos Santana 27.4 4.4 Buster Posey 26.3 5.2 Joe ...Read More...
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