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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Quantifying a catcher’s ability to steal strikes is one of the great sabermetric advances over the last ten years.
But what I have established here is that the effect of a good receiver extends beyond the pitches that batters let go by. A good framer, by changing the probability of a strike at the edge, causes the opposing hitter to modify his own behavior, causing him to swing at pitches a little bit further from the center of the zone. In addition to harming the batter’s chances directly, ...
Posted: February 12, 2015 at 12:19 PM | 8 comment(s)
Is it really that difficult to come up with ideas of things to write about?
So when Jones gets into pitchers counts, he’s not being patient enough to get his pitch.
Last season, Jones offered at 73.9% of all pitches thrown to him in three-ball counts, which was third-highest in baseball. His ability to remain deliberate within the boundaries of the strike zone was even more appalling, as his 62.7% chase rate with three balls in the count led all of baseball in 2014. The result: Jones got on base much less frequently than he should have, posting a .400 on-base percentage ...
Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
OK, that makes two people.
It will be interesting to see how he’s used by the Mariners. The question at this point is, did he cost himself some money this year by refusing to play the outfield last season?
The Brewers talked of using the right-handed-hitting Weeks in the outfield last season. He balked at that idea, but could presumably be used as a corner outfielder or utility infielder by Seattle. The Mariners have Dustin Ackley returning in left field and acquired veterans Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano this winter to ...
Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
I’m just the messenger: Just pointing out that Lester had a 4.82 ERA in 2012 and 3.75 in 2013. Yes, big 2014, new league, no DH and more cutters instead of four-seamers and he could be even better. But you never know. He may not be as good as he was last year. And then there’s Jake Arrieta, former faded prospect turned rotation anchor. He looks like the real deal but ... again ... you never know. Hey, I’m trying. I like the Cubs! I have them ranked 13th!
The final word: If I had more guts I’d ...
“Hurry up and lose so we can all get home!”
The Indians are trying something new this season, with six weeknight games in April and May being designated with 6:10 p.m. start times. Those games fall on the following dates:
• Tuesday, April 14 vs. Chicago
• Monday, April 27 vs. Kansas City
• Tuesday, April 28 vs. Kansas City
• Wednesday, April 29 vs. Kansas City
• Tuesday, May 12 vs. St. Louis
• Wednesday, May 13 vs. St. Louis
When asked about the reasoning behind the 6:10 p.m. ...
Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
Quite the thunderous ensemble.
“In a September 1972 issue of The Sporting News this picture appeared with the headline “Quartet of Spare Parts Give Yanks New Zip.” I confess to looking upon this photo with great hilarity. It features Johnny Callison, Bernie Allen, Ron Swoboda and Hal Lanier. Ever was there a more fearsome quartet of sluggers, I think not. They all appear grinning and happy. Their team unity is quite evident as they throw their arms about each other. Confidence leaps ...Read More...
Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
Washington Times, February 12, 1915:
President Joseph A. Lannin, of the Boston Red Sox, predicted two-dollar baseball in the near future unless the controversy between [organized baseball] and the Federals comes to an early termination, at the “Home Night” annual dinner of Boston College last night.
“I know personally that the Federal League has already lost more than $1,000,000, one backer alone dropping $650,000.” This cannot continue if the sport of baseball is to live, he said.
According ...Read More...
Catching up on the GM series today with the Ed Barrow, Bob Howsam, George Weiss, and John Schuerholz. The work of GMs is a topic that fascinates me. Since Mark Armour and Dan Levitt are excellent baseball researchers I am counting the days to the book’s release.
Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
Ken Rosenthal covers the impact of state taxes on offers to James Shields.
Ruben Amaro is what I call a “deal winner”. A “deal winner” doesn’t try to make a fair trade. He only makes deal when it is 100% clear that he won the exchange.
Posted: February 12, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Ruben sounds like the guy in your fantasy league who everybody only deals with when they have to.
“If there was an offer commensurate to what we believe is [Hamels’] value we would strongly consider it,” was all Amaro would say.
Posted: February 11, 2015 at 08:43 PM | 99 comment(s)
Jim Callis grades out the next big thing from Cuba.
Little League International has stripped Jackie Robinson West of the national title that the Chicago team won last summer after an investigation revealed it had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players.
Posted: February 11, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 93 comment(s)
The 2017 All-Star Game will be played at Marlins Park.
Officials are expected to announce within the week that Miami has been awarded the Midsummer Classic for the first time, multiple sources with knowledge of the agreement confirmed Tuesday to the Miami Herald.
Marlins and Major League Baseball officials refused to comment.
The awarding of the 2017 event will mark the end of a long and bumpy road to bring the All-Star Game to South Florida.
The Marlins tried — and failed — in their bid ...
Barkley, of course, has long experience in not winning championships.
The Naismith Hall of Famer and TNT analyst then disavowed the widespread use of [advanced stats] in sports, saying its proponents were “a bunch of guys who have never played the game, and they never got the girls in high school.” [...] “They say that same crap in baseball, and they put these little lightweight teams together and they never win,” Barkley said. “They’re always competitive to a certain degree and they don’t ...
Posted: February 11, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
Harrisburg Star-Independent, February 11, 1915:
Manager Bill Donovan, of the New York American League baseball team, was unsuccessful yesterday in his attempt to sign Hugh High and Walter Pipp, members of the Detroit club. Each player asked Donovan for a higher salary than he was willing to offer.
President Navin, of the Detroit club, said he is willing to release the two players to New York provided they and Donovan agree on terms.
So I guess they’re saying Wally Pipp was being…a headache. ...Read More...
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
1) Luis Severino, RHP, Grade B+/Borderline A-
2) Aaron Judge, OF, Grade B+/Borderline A-
3) Greg Bird, 1B, Grade B+/Borderline B
4) Rob Refsnyder, 2B, Grade B
5) Gary Sanchez, C, Grade B
6) Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Grade B
7) Ian Clarkin, LHP, Grade B/Borderline B-
8) Luis Torrens, C, Grade B-/Borderline B
9) Miguel Andujar, 3B, Grade B-
10) Jorge Mateo, SS, Grade B-
Win Big Stein's Money
Posted: February 10, 2015 at 07:15 PM | 11 comment(s)
Can the Yankees compete with the large market teams?
Due for a better year: Rodriguez? CC Sabathia? Carlos Beltran? Take your old, injured veteran and project better numbers. And then go buy a lottery ticket.
Due for a worse year: Did Miller turn the corner in 2014? After averaging 5.3 walks per nine innings over his career, he lowered that to 2.5 while striking out a dominant 14.9 per nine. The Yankees forked over a lot of money to get the big lefty and now he and Betances could make for ...
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