Darren Rovell: Former Goldman Sachs Partner Stuart Sternberg became owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. He hired a junior investment banker from Goldman Sachs to be his partner. Stuart, what—is there something about Wall Street that allows you to be this Moneyball-type team?
Stuart Sternberg: The anti-Moneyball, I guess you’d call it. If we had the money. Yeah, we took a business person’s approach, an analytical approach to getting this done and I think it served us well.
He’s also paid to honor the franchise mission statement, which makes no mention of a first-round exit. But Sabathia put the Yanks on the brink of elimination by failing to protect the 2-0 lead handed him in the first inning, and by failing to honor his $161 million contract—or the pending opt-out from that contract—on a night when his teammates somehow managed to score four runs on Verlander.
...CC didn’t blame the weird run-up to this game, thanks to Friday night’s weather, and he didn’t ...
Howard adds…“As Dave (Cameron) wrote on Twitter, “We don’t really disagree.” If only I’d told him to get his head out of a spreadsheet…”
With two championships on his resume, and a commensurate contract, the Cubs wouldn’t be likely to give him just two years, the way the Dodgers did with Paul DePodesta. And make no mistake, any Moneyball-inspired GM is still facing an anti-stats clique in the media that is significant- precisely what helped to bring DePodesta down. To the extent that any ...
Last week, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon made a surprising decision when he announced that rookie left-hander Matt Moore would start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers. Moore wasn’t just a rookie, but a rookie with one major league start under his belt who spent more than half the year with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. The decision worked out well, as Moore shut down the 96-win Rangers on their home turf for seven innings.
In this case, ability trumped experience, and the ...
That brings up a pretty interesting question – what is a Major League General Manager worth? As Buster Olney wrote over the weekend, GMs draw salaries in the range of $800,000 to $2.5 million per season, and their supporting staff make significantly less than that. Olney quoted a “high ranking executive” as saying that “you could fund an unbelievable front office for what it takes to pay a couple of utility infielders.” And he’s right – the cost of ...
Personally, after scouting Reyes and the Mets for many recent years, I would let Jose go and let him hit the market. I have my own personal criteria and value chart that I have put together through the years (mainly shaped from teams that I gave worked with and learned from) and in this particular player’s case, the value is not a fit for me.
Too many inconsistencies and unpredictability with this player to sign long term — and probably have to ...
Until this day, I’d always thought there was only one real reality!
“It’s just being home, playing against my hometown team,” Howard said. “I don’t know. I think it’s when guys get a chance to play in front of their hometown team, where it all began, family and friends, it’s something different. It’s just, I guess, maybe a little bit more natural.”
This, of course, is just one more thing about Howard that will make the sabermetricians cringe. There is no number, after all, that can ...
Wasted $7.75 Saturday night (senior citizens half-price ticket - age has its privileges) to view Moneyball. While it is a nice baseball movie, there isn’t much substance to it.
Right up front, I am not a Moneyball guy. I don’t subscribe to many of the Bill James theories on which Moneyball is based. He doesn’t believe in sacrifice bunts (a waste of an out) and puts no value into stolen bases (one of baseball’s exciting plays).
The Rangers are making another World Series bid, and A’s fans might wonder what might have happened had Ron Washington managed in Oakland.
Washington has an idea.
“If I took this team over when I went to Texas, I believe the same thing we did in Texas, we’d be doing here,” said Washington, referring to Oakland. “Billy (Beane) had that chance. I’m not saying he didn’t want me, but he went in another direction, and another team wanted me.”
Tub Spencer, former Philly backstop, who was sold to Louisville a few weeks ago by the Phillies, announced today he had retired from baseball…Spencer’s father, who is a millionaire presented Eddie with a check for $50,000 as soon as he made his decision.
And after eight innings from [Verlander] in a 5-4 win, the Tigers are a win away from taking this AL Division Series with a 2-1 lead.
Minutes after Brett Gardner’s game-tying two-run double in the seventh inning brought a Verlander gem to a halt, Delmon Young’s second home run of the series gave him the lead back. Verlander didn’t waste it, working through the middle of the Yankees order. He had another two-out walk, the flaw that began New York’s tying rally an inning earlier, yet recovered ...
A.J. Burnett ERA+ 86 vs Rick Porcello ERA+ 86 ~ Loser gets 86’d!
The pitching matchup on Tuesday between A.J. Burnett and Rick Porcello shapes up as one of the worst in postseason history—unless, of course, you’re a hitter.
The Yankees’ Burnett and the Tigers’ Porcello meet in Game 4 of the American League Division Series with a combined regular season ERA of 9.90—the sixth highest in baseball history. Porcello finished 2011 with a 4.75 ERA. Burnett’s was even worse at an unfortunate ...
Rafael Advanced Defense System now fully functional.
“You know that 3,000th hit, going through that was a nightmare,” Palmeiro said now, signing baseballs in a side room at the Hilton. “‘Cause I was going through the issues I was having with the commissioner’s office (with his failed steroid test). I don’t look back on 3,000 hits as a celebration. I look back on that as a nightmare.”
After the season, Palmeiro went back to Texas in disgrace. He more or less dropped out of sight after that. ...
The Rangers scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning Monday and are now one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series after holding on to 4-3 victory over the Rays.
Mike Napoli, with the Rangers down, 1-0, in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, hit a two-run home run off of Rays starter David Price to put his team ahead, and Josh Hamilton later added a two-run single.
Colby Lewis earned the victory by allowing one hit—a home run to Desmond Jennings in the ...
I posted this news a few weeks ago but here’s new video from AM 570, the new radio home for the Dodgers.
Now they will be at a all sports radio station. I’m hoping better and longer coverage for the Dodgers. How about a longer pre-game show? What’s up with only 30 minutes? I know the Angels have about a 2 hour show before the first pitch.
Or to quote blowfishin’ Mark Teixeira...“All of the hoopla surrounding the game, from the roll call to God Bless America in the seventh inning, it’s all a part of reminding you that we’re the Yankees.”
Welcome to Sabathia-Verlander II, which ought to be much more compelling than Sabathia-Verlader I, which was shortened by rain. But first, some old business.
In his pregame session with the media today, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was asked about Jose Valverde’s declaration that the American ...
There’s also the case of the disappearing bats. Max Scherzer made 33 starts in the regular season, and the fewest hits he gave up in a game were four. Again, that was his lowest total. Yesterday, pitching against the best offense in baseball in their house, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and left the game with just two hits conceded.
This, too, is becoming a common Yankee phenomenon. Aside from his brilliance during the 2009 World ...
Media drinking? What was it Nucky Thompson said about there being any sober reporters at the
Youkilis was asked about a published report that singled him out as a potential problem in the clubhouse.
“Jackie MacMullan, I’ve always respected and every time she comes in the clubhouse, which this year was maybe three times, that one really irked me,” Youkilis said. “It really irked me for two things. One, she comes around three times a year, so she really ...
Some usual, and some not so usual, managerial suspects from John Perrotto.
They call it the Silly Season in NASCAR. It is that time right after the stock car season ends, in which drivers and pit crews began jumping from one team to another, the sport’s version of free agency.
What happened last week could be described as Major League Baseball’s version of the Silly Season for managers.
A statistical analysis breaking down the trade that may have eventually cost Reagins his job after the first season utilizing advanced statistics.
Why did Tony Reagins “resign”? Well in this trade, he gave up almost 5 wins while adding $7 million in salary for the 2011 season. He also added $69 million in future salaries…however it is important to note that his team did finish 10 wins above .500 and 2nd in their division. The Rangers ended up the big winner with a player who added over 5 ...
The Phillies lost on Sunday Night. That was the bad news. On a positive note, and as a byproduct, you get to hate Tony La Russa for at least two more games.
La Russa was booed when he complained about the strike zone. He was booed when he took trips to the mound to give his bullpen time to warm up. He was booed when he argued with the umpires and when he made double switches (plural) each time he brought in a new pitcher.
At the time, as I was becoming more and more recognized as a member of the LGBT community, I was sure that Billy was getting the short end of the stick. It was OK for me to be confused with a general manager of a Major League Baseball team, but I wasn’t so sure how he felt about people thinking that he was “the gay baseball player.” He’s a straight Republican, who’s married with kids, and I’m a gay Democrat with two Jack Russell Terriers. To make ...