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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Why one moonshot can matter more than years of past performance: applying Bill James’s concept of “signature significance” to home run distance.
The group of 22 players who have hit at least one 477-foot homer over the past eight seasons…features Mike Trout…Giancarlo Stanton…Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz, Nelson Cruz, Justin Upton, Edwin Encarnación and Mark Teixeira…
For each foot beyond the distance of a league-average longball (usually just under 400 feet) that ...
He was also working on his defense.
The White Sox will promote left-hander Carlos Rodon, the third overall selection in last year’s draft, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rodon will join the team tomorrow and will initially pitch out of the bullpen, according to Rosenthal.
Brett Lawrie, the voice of reason?
Lawrie said first-base umpire Greg Gibson commended him on how he handled himself, and Lawrie said, with a little grin, “He hits you with one, and there’s two things I can do. I can blow up right here, or I can just take it and walk to first base and let him get in trouble and let it get the better of him.
“What’s the crowd want me to do right there? They want me to blow up and create a huge scene, but why fuel the fire? Why dump another thing of ...
It’s on my reading list but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Has anyone read the book? If you have, I’m interested in your thoughts on Sherman’s take.
Beleaguered? First, the season is just about two weeks old. Second, the team isn’t very good. It has a lot of old high-priced players. The team needs to take a step back for a season or two.
Maybe 11 days on the road, far away from the media glare of New York and the growing “De-rek Je-ter!” fan derision at Yankee Stadium, will cure Didi Gregorius of the yips and help cleanse his brain before he returns home to a three-game series against ... gulp ... the Mets! And at least perhaps Brian ...
Posted: April 19, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Put your HD channels on parent block…
[Pete] Rose will serve FOX as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show on FOX and FOX Sports 1 and will also appear on “MLB Whiparound,” “America’s Pregame” and “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1…
FOX officials say they are hiring Rose for his on-air presence and that he will make for compelling television regardless of how one views his controversial past.
The network’s move comes at a time when Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader with 4,256, has ...
[A.J.] Ellis has ranked among the worst framers (catchers who get fewer strike calls than they should as measured by, again, Pitch f/x) in the majors the past few seasons. That put him in an uncomfortable situation this past winter with the Dodgers’ front office now in the hands of a coterie of highly sophisticated, analytically inclined decision-makers who believe strongly in the value of the pitch-framing metrics.
“I’ll be honest – I was motivated by the realization that that ...
Do dead centaurs bounce?
In other all-time HR list news, Trout passes Drew.
Although I play Dynasty League Baseball now, I still think the same way when I watch a good (or bad) defensive play.
Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 46 comment(s)
Will Colon move to the AL to DH when his pitching days are over? He’s clearly a winner at the plate.
Bartolo Colon’s teams are 11-1 whenever he collects a hit. They’re an unblemished 6-0 when he drives in a run. Nobody’s perfect. But Colon’s teams are close to perfect whenever he puts on a batting clinic, even if that clinic has been closed most of the time.
Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
Everyone was in a tizzy!!!
There was no hypothetical man in the bleachers with binoculars causing controversy in the White Sox game against the Tigers on Friday at Comerica Park.
It was a hypothetical challenge that had everyone in a tizzy after a 2-1 Sox loss to the Tigers.
Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 15 comment(s)
He has 2,849 hits in the majors and is closing in on 3,000. He probably needs another season to do it, but Suzuki is exceptionally fit, and motivated. Asked how badly he wants to reach 3,000, he responded this way:
“That question is really similar to ‘Do you want to get a hit this at-bat?’ or ‘Do you want to go to the World Series?’ ” said Suzuki, who is 5 for 21 this season. “You want to get a hit every time you get up there, and everybody would love to go to the World Series. ...
Jon Heyman covers a bunch of different things.
Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
If he’s physically ready to play, I would think his agent would be pushing to have him activated. If he is, it looks like the Angels need to either activate him or release him.
Posted: April 18, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
Friday, April 17, 2015
The job of sabermetricians is done.
This unconventional strategy is emblematic of the cutting edge of modern, in-game sabermetrics. With every team from the small-market Rays to the moneyed Dodgers now employing a host of analysts, all the obviously beneficial tactical techniques are already in use. All that remains are the scraps. So even as the tactics have become unconventional, the margins have become thin and the advantages minute. For clever front offices like the Rays, negotiating the ...
Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
Bryant went hitless with three k’s in his first game. He did make some nice plays in the field and cured cancer during infield warm-ups in the 5th inning.
Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
When it comes to producing MLB stars and Hall of Famers, in particular, some states have a leg up. So just which of the best ball player-producing states could claim the best fantasy lineups of all time?
Well done, Mariners.
Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)
Some of the craft beers available:
Ninkasi Vanilla Oatis Stout
Northwest Brewing Joker Amber Ale
Black Raven Trickster IPA
Black Raven Session IPA
Fremont Interurban IPA
Iron Horse Brewing Irish Death
Spire Dark & Dry cider
Stone Brewing Company IPA
Schooner Exact King Street Brown
Pike 5X Stout
Pike Kilt Lifter
Pike Naughty Nellie
21st Amendment Watermelon wheat
7 Seas Port Royal stout
Full Sail Amber
Victory Prima Pils
Bale Breaker Top ...
Posted: April 17, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 36 comment(s)
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