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Thursday, April 09, 2015
The Hidden Game of Fetch
Christopher Russo is joined by legendary baseball historian John Thorn to discuss how fans will be voting for each Franchise Four
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Posted: April 09, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
Opa Hyun-jin Style?
Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu is a big star in his native Korea, which is why he stars in goofy commercials like this one.
Last fall, Ryu starred in an ad for ramen that also featured a fake Clayton Kershaw. Now he’s rapping to promote credit cards for a Korean bank. His outfit is spot-on and the Mission Impossible theme makes for a pretty good beat.
Ryu is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He’ll be back soon enough, but it’s nice to know that he ...
During the time you read this, Adrian Gonzalez may have hit another home run.
Pirates (Burnett) at Reds (DeSciafani), 12:35Read More...
Mets (one “Matthew Harvey”) at Nationals (one “Stephen Strasburg”), 1:05
Twins (Gibson) at Tigers (Greene), 1:08
White Sox (Danks) at Royals (Volquez), 2:10
Indians (Bauer) at Astros (Wojciechowski- and, yes, I copy-pasted that name), 2:10
Rangers (N. Martinez) at A’s (Graveman), 3:35
Giants (Hudson) at Padres (Kennedy), 6:40
Red Sox (Masterson) at Phillies (Buchanan), ...
Posted: April 09, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 168 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
I just posted, on my website, the RPA screen shots from my software for every MLB hitter in 2014 with at least 200 computed plate appearances. These screen shots contain the data and RPA ratings against each of the 6 types of pitchers faced. You will need an adequate sized screen to see the detail.
Also: the team ratings (including every player and pitcher) on every American league Team from 1901 - 1980 and EVERY National League team from 1900 - 1970 can also be viewed.
The URL I listed will ...Read More...
Posted: April 08, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
Voting for Top 4 players by franchise, from Negro Leagues, Pioneers and all Living Players.
I’m sold on Curtis Granderson this year. First, as the article mentions, he made some adjustments in his pitch selection last year. Second, he’s tweaked his swing this off-season, cutting out most of the hitch he had in his swing.
Good stuff from Dave Cameron.
Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1915:
Manager Bill Carrigan of the Red Sox expects to depend largely upon his left-handed pitchers during the first months of the season. He has Leonard, Collins and Ruth ready to do their share of the work, and Foster, Shore, and Mays to help them.
Ruth? Ruth is going to make the team? There’s no way that kid’s ready. He has flop written all over him.
This should be good for an argument…
Rather than ranking the 50 greatest nonfiction baseball books, I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by author. Scroll down the list and find books that will entertain and educate. And if some of your favorite baseball books are missing, post a comment and let the rest of us know.
Posted: April 08, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
Too tired to play? Major League players need to embrace the napping lifestyle.
“I think we’re getting more analytical about this and asking ourselves how we can preserve these players over the course of a season,” says long-time Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. “If a guy does great playing four games in a row but doesn’t do well on the fifth day, why are we playing him when we have a fresh guy on the bench who could be better? I think we definitely see a decrease in performance when people get ...
Posted: April 08, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 36 comment(s)
I hope Barry Zito gets back.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
One July 10, 1962, a minor miracle happened — though only a few people witnessed it. That was the day that Andy Warhol unveiled his odd Campbell Soup Cans work of art, though that wasn’t the miracle. A company called Telstar launched into space the first privately owned satellite. That wasn’t the miracle either.
No, that day, a somewhat clunky and generally unimposing young man with thick glasses took the mound for a minor-league baseball game in Elmira, N.Y. There were, by official ...
Soon-to-be-enshrined Hall of Famer Randy Johnson joined the Arizona Diamondbacks for opening day, taking the mound to throw out the first pitch.
Johnson stood taller than everyone around him on the field, them calmly walked out to the mound and zoomed his first pitch over the plate like he wasn’t even trying, like he was doing these things yesterday. Johnson, 51, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009 but obviously isn’t out of practice, even though he devotes his time to photography ...
Baseball season is under way, folks. To celebrate Opening Day, we polled Pitchfork staffers on the song they would choose if they were stepping up to the plate. Here are their responses.
I’d probably go with Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”, but then I’m way too unhip to write for Pitchfork.
Hey, Bill! Long-time Braves fan here (through some good years, and some VERY bad ones) and it really hurts to see the Braves trade away Craig Kimbrel. I know they claim to be “rebuilding,” but Kimbrel has been one of the best relievers in the game over the last couple of years, and he’s only 26. Wouldn’t you consider…that position, at least…to be already “built?”
It’s Upton. The signing of BJ Upton was utterly inexplicable, for reasons I should probably be polite enough not to outline, but ...
Jeff Sullivan also tries to talk Yankees fans off the ledge.
And then, let’s think about Tanaka saying he’s changing his approach. The natural assumption is that Tanaka is trying to protect his own arm, and that’s sensible enough. Maybe he’s just trying to power down a little bit so as to reduce the stress on his elbow. But, alternatively, maybe Tanaka is just trying to be a little better? Dozens or hundreds of pitchers make adjustments in between seasons. When there aren’t injury ...
Posted: April 07, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 13 comment(s)
I did pretty well last year, although Travis Ishikawa didn’t end up getting the Pirates’ job and that hurt.
HACKING MASS, our competition to pick the least dangerous hitters and least effective pitchers in the majors, returns for the 2015 season!... You’ll have a full week to enter (the deadline is April 13, 2015, at midnight PST), but it’s easy to change players, so feel free to go all in on Freddy Galvis on the entry form today, then switch to Adeiny Hechavarria Monday morning…
Simply pick ...
Bismarck Daily Tribune, April 7, 1915:
The oldest man connected with baseball has never seen a game.
He is David Riblet of Cleveland…If Riblet lives until March 13 he will be ninety years old. For the last four years he has been the watchman in the club rooms of the Naps.
“But I don’t ever expect to see a ball game,” adds Riblet. “You see, I’m one of those kind of men who always stick at their post, no matter what is happening near by them.”
For 18 years Riblet operated the turnstiles at ...
The Giants also will need to scramble for a Game 3 starter because Matt Cain had an MRI exam after feeling right-forearm tightness and was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon.
Cain’s symptoms put a big scare into the Giants because they can reflect the most devastating pitching injury, a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which requires Tommy John surgery. Bochy said Cain has nothing like that and termed his injury “more like a two-week thing.”
“The trainers seem positive about ...
Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
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