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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Of course, if these rules end up in place, routines will change.
“It’s tough,” Seager said. “You almost feel rushed. It’s not your normal (routine) where you can take your time, get your rhythm. It’s kind of on somebody else’s rhythm. It was a little rushed … getting on and off the field, getting your stuff done in the dugout and in the box mainly because you only have 20 seconds between pitches. You swing and then get right back in—it’s a little weird.”
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 26 comment(s)
The Royals send Yordano Ventura to the hill to try and avoid a 0-2 deficit in the World Series against the Giants, who send Jake Peavy to start. That entire last sentence would not have made sense not that long ago.
8 PM (7:30 pre-game). FOX.
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 534 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I don’t mean what I’m about to write to be a swipe at Williams or the Phils. Here we have a pitcher with 422 IP and an 82 ERA+ from 2012-14. Sure, the FIP is a bit better, probably close to 90. The main thing he has going for him is MLB experience (but not any recent success), a willingness to take the mound whenever the manager wants and, after a lot of ups and downs, some durability.
That’s worth $2.5 M it seems. Not an obvious overpay as b-r lists his salaries the last two ...Read More...
Mike Scioscia of the Angels and Matt Williams of the Nationals are Sporting News’ 2014 American League and National League Managers of the Year, respectively, as selected by a panel of 22 major league managers. SN has given Manager of the Year awards since 1936.
When Kuntz walked inside the room, he saw a scene that had become all too familiar in recent weeks: a collection of Royals with their heads down, eyes locked on their iPads. The game was called “Clash of Clans,” and for a period of time this summer, its excessive usage by members of this club exasperated the coaching staff.
“At that time, in that situation, it’s really disappointing,” said Kuntz, the team’s first-base coach. He added, “You just got to a point where you go, ...Read More...
Posted: October 21, 2014 at 01:55 PM | 12 comment(s)
Washington Times, October 21, 1914:
Leslie Mann, of the Boston Braves, returned to [Springfield, Massachusetts] Saturday. Mann has forsaken baseball for the class room. This morning he got out his textbooks and wended his way with other students of Springfield Training School to the recitation room.
It is understood that the college boys are planning a formal welcome home for their hero. Next week Mann, with that other brilliant Springfield contribution to the sensational ball club, Walter ...
“We have forecasted increases over the next three to five years that will accommodate what we need to do with the young players we have,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt told The Post-Dispatch this past week. “We knew as younger players matured at the major-league level they would get to arbitration and into free agency. We wouldn’t be able to retain them at the current payroll level, so we’re forecasting fairly significant increases in the next three to five years.”
Posted: October 21, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Kansas City Royals trio of relievers has received a lot of attention this postseason. Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland all throw some serious cheddar. Also, they have been dominant. All three posted ERAs below 1.50 during the regular season, and in the playoffs they’ve allowed just three runs in 25.2 innings. Herrera owned baseball’s second fastest average fastball at 98.1 miles per hour, and Holland and Davis both fell in the top 15, averaging just under 96 miles per ...
Posted: October 21, 2014 at 07:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
IN THIS CORNER, THE VISITING TEAM, REPRESENTING THE NATIONAL LEAGUE AND STARTING MADISON BUMGARNER, PLAYING IN THEIR 20TH WORLD SERIES AND THEIR SIXTH IN THE CITY BY THE BAY, THE GUARDIANS OF THE GOLDEN GATE, THE SAN FRANCISCO GIIIIIAAAAAANNNNTS!
AND, IN THIS CORNER, THE HOME TEAM, REPRESENTING THE AL AND STARTING JAMES SHIELDS, PLAYING IN THEIR THIRD WORLD SERIES AND THEIR FIRST IN 29 YEARS, THE FASTEST TEAM ALIVE, AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS, THE KANSAS CITY ROOOOYYYYAAALLLLLS!
Posted: October 21, 2014 at 12:07 AM | 603 comment(s)
Monday, October 20, 2014
The Fox Sports 1 alternate broadcast from Game 1 of the NLCS was enjoyable, but had its issues. This article takes a look at the usage of sabermetrics in broadcasting and tries to establish their proper place in a broadcast. Mitchel Lichtman and Jon Chelesnik, the CEO of the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America, weigh in on the topic.
Magadan believes batting averages will continue to plummet because hitters won’t make adjustments.
“I tell my guys all the time, you can continue trying to hit into the shift and come back and complain how much the shift is hurting you,” said Magadan, “or you stay inside a slider and take a shot the other way and get on base more.”
Valentin also thinks pitching is getting better. The power arms have made it tough on hitters. He emphasizes swinging at fastballs early in the count so ...
Toledo News-Bee, October 20, 1914:
Garry Herrmann, chairman of the national baseball commission, on Tuesday confirmed reports of a peace pact between the Federals and organized baseball when he declared that negotiations are on for the sale of the Chicago Cubs to Charles Weeghman, president of the Chi-feds.
Herrmann said he knew nothing of the reported deal for the taking over of the Brooklyn National league club by Robert Ward, owner of the Brooklyn Federals.
It’s interesting that the basic ...Read More...
As I have been preaching for what seems like forever – and the data are in accordance – however a pitcher is pitching through X innings in a game, at least as measured by runs allowed, even at the extremes, has absolutely no relevance with regard to how he is expected to pitch in subsequent innings.
If you want to know the most likely result, or the mean expected result at any point in the game, you should completely ignore prior performance in that game and use a credible projection plus ...
Posted: October 20, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 69 comment(s)
Ned Yost is, objectively, not a good manager and sometimes it’s really hard to see people fall into success despite themselves. This could be mitigated against if, as he sort of did during the ALCS, he shows that he’s learning from his mistakes on the fly, but it’s also possible Yost Yosts it up, the Royals nonetheless win and we’re stuck with a winter in which we’re subjected to “Ned Yost: smarter than you think” articles.
I assume folks will tilt hard towards ...Read More...
Sunday, October 19, 2014
After posting the original articles on JAVIER, I knew I would have to update these values after the season, which would provide an opportunity to build some improvements into the system.
As a refresher, JAVIER is a minor league hitting evaluation system that uses basic statistics and finds comparable players in history. It uses each player’s minor league walk, strikeout, and isolated power numbers and compares them to the league average, turning them into z-scores. These z-scores are then ...
If this Rangers gig doesn’t work out, Jeff Banister should check with central casting to see if anyone’s making another epic about Patton. Or a John Wayne biopic. He fits the type. Tall, erect, barrel chest, lantern jaw, laser gaze. The son of a high school football coach, he used the term “men” 22 times at his introductory news conference. When it was over, I wasn’t sure whether to shake his hand or salute.
Posted: October 19, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
Their biggest acquisition this off-season already is on the team — shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Iglesias is ramping up his baseball activity, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said during the team’s end-of-the-season news conference Tuesday.
“The doctors tell me he’ll be fine,” Dombrowski said. “He’s going to be ready for spring training, he’s going to be ready to go, and he’s over all of his (injuries).”
Posted: October 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
The Yankees are sinking in the standings because they have been applying patches to a problem which requires some dry dock time. It’s not because the game has shifted to benefit fast defenders.
Posted: October 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 36 comment(s)
Like Jed Hoyer in Chicago, would Byrnes really just be an assistant GM with the GM title?
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Your dreams were to knock Bill James out.
“Bill James,” Frog said. “That’s how it all started, I think. I’d like to punch him in the face.”
The author, historian, and sabermetrician, James wrote in 1984 that Allen “did more to keep his teams from winning than anyone else who ever played major league baseball.” As far as Frog’s concerned, that single sentence, from so influential a voice, has done more to damage Allen’s chances of induction than anything else. Yet time has hardly ...
Posted: October 18, 2014 at 09:32 PM | 186 comment(s)
hall of fame
Second baseman Brian Roberts, who played all but one season of his 14-year major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, confirmed Friday that he is retiring.
Brian Roberts never played a postseason game in his 14-year career, most of which was spent as a second baseman for the Orioles. “It was just kind of my time,” Roberts told the Baltimore Sun. “There were numerous reasons that I felt like I couldn’t play at a level that I was accustomed to and wanted to play at if I continued to ...
Last night also put the quietus to that numbing “small ball” we kept hearing from the game announcers all summer, in a season dominated by enormous heat-radiating relievers and resulting low scores and shrivelled offense. You can win games like this, to be sure, as these Giants had been telling us. They’d scored the winning runs in the previous two Cardinals games without anything knocked out of the infield: on a wild peg by Cardinal reliever Randy Choate, and, a night later, two botched ...
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