Tom Hamilton has the Best Home Run call in all of People Business.
LGT: There’s been a kind of evolution in statistical analysis and understanding of baseball. How much weight do you give to this broader statistical analysis?
TH: We get all the statistical information we need in advance of games. But I really think for my purposes, you have to be careful. You can number people to death. People will go numb if you use too many numbers. I know I do. If I hear a broadcast and they’re stuck on ...
Yesterday, Bill James wrote (subscriber-only) about Manny Machado’s chances of breaking the all-time, single-season double record. Here’s the meat, or rather the top and bottom buns; I snipped out most of the mathematical meat:
Manny Machado has hit 31 doubles through the Orioles’ first 71 games. At that pace he would hit 73 doubles this season, which would break the major league record for doubles in a season, which is 67 (Earl Webb, ...
Evan Longoria (4.3 PA/G) is currently your most consistent hitter, sitting at 28% better than league average. That’s great news for the Rays considering he has a 154 wRC+ so far in 2013. Not only is producing at an extremely high level offensively, but his performance has been quite consistent, game-to-game.
Contrast that to the Marlins’ Placido Polanco. Polanco (4.2 PA/G) has the sixth-best VOL so far this year, but he’s hitting 41% worse than league average. That means the Marlins are ...
As the indirect result of being hit in the head by a pitched ball during a game years ago, Earl Davenport, who played with Pittsburg in the National League in 1892, Wednesday was sentenced to serve three years in San Quentin prison for passing fictitious checks.
Before he was sentenced, Davenport told Judge Willis that he had been irresponsible ever since he was “beaned” during a baseball game. He asked the court to arrange for an operation on his skull.
In Milwaukee, cartoon characters dressed up like various sausages race at each Brewers’ game; in Washington, five of our beloved presidents do their own bratwurst ramble. But the character I want to appear at every baseball game –– and at a couple of other sports, too, is ...
... the crocodile from Peter Pan who swallowed a clock and shadows a terrified Capt. Hook.
In an attempt to illuminate Tuesday night during Zack Wheeler’s major league debut, SNY announcer Gary Cohen explained that the last time a pair of under-25 pitchers started both ends of a doubleheader, then went on to win at least 75 games each for that team, was when Dwight Gooden and Sid Fernandez accomplished the treat in 1986. Set the bar at 100 games, and the last duo dates back to 1969.
And collectively, I assume, Mets fans pleaded with Gary Cohen ...
Gotta check those Disabled List League numbers…had no idea Bryce Harper was slumping.
No, it’s not more ridiculous than the backhanded campaign to start Mariano Rivera in his final Summer Classic. This one is a bit premature. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s 13-game MLB career is barely older than baby Kimye and he has barely played 40 games in the minors, but that hasn’t stopped fans from charging the hype machine and pushing his All-Star candidacy.
Not only did the Angels on Tuesday night squander a rare-as-a-comet Joe Blanton gem, but they also lost at home in extras to the generally hapless Mariners. Looking for a main offender? It has to be Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton is of course struggling badly in 2013, but Tuesday’s performance may have been the worst of his career. Here’s his unfortunate line for the night: 0-for-5, 2 Ks, 3 GIDPs, 7 LOB. Sign of a bad game at the plate? When going 0-for-5 with five ...
Bronson: The Man. The Myth. The Cincinnati Celebrity.
Arroyo has pitched well enough that he could well end up in the Reds Hall of Fame some day.
“That’s something I don’t think about,” he said. “It’s just weird, man. I’ve said it a lot about other guys. You look at Brandon Phillips’ numbers, and they’re neck and neck with Joe Morgan, and you think of Joe Morgan as a god, but when you play next to Brandon Phillips for eight years, you don’t think of him as anything but ...
Playing, coaching or umpiring baseball games for a number of years should lead to knowing all the ins and outs of the rule book, right? That doesn’t seem to be the case for everyone given the amount of blown calls we’ve seen this season. ESPN’s baseball crew teamed up with a rules expert to create and administer a quiz to current MLB players, managers/coaches and the media. The results were less than impressive. Do you know the game better than the people who live ...
The injury hits just keep on coming for the Yankees, who announced that Kevin Youkilis needs surgery to repair a herniated disc and will be out for 10-12 weeks.
That puts Youkilis’ season in jeopardy, because 10 weeks would get him into September and any setbacks would leave him running out of time. Youkilis hit just .219 with two homers and a .648 OPS in 28 games for the Yankees after signing a one-year, $12 million deal as a free agent.
When Liquid Plumr failed to clear things up, the city filed suit.
The lawsuit argues MLB’s decree that the San Francisco Giants have exclusive territorial rights to San Jose, which the defending World Series champions refuse to relinquish, constitutes unlawful restraint of trade.
“For years, MLB has unlawfully conspired to control the location and relocation of major league men’s professional baseball clubs under the guise of an ‘antitrust exemption’ applied to the business of baseball,” said ...
Any professional who talks to the media about his area of expertise is succeptible to a certain level of contrarianism. Legend has it that even God the Creator once answered a question with the words, “I don’t know if ‘rest’ is the word I’d use to describe that seventh day, but. . .” So when the man responsible for the short and long-term success of the Phillies organization said on Monday afternoon that he doesn’t “do five-year plans,” it may have offered more of an insight into his psychology ...
Woo-hoo…I haven’t laughed at a Strauss this hard since Stanislas “Animal” Kasava danced with Harry “Sugar Lips” Shapiro! #stalaugh17
Joe Strauss @JoeStrauss
District in meltdown. Mention Natitude and it’s as if someone shook the hive. #NotMyMarketingCampaign
Now, this is funny, because apparently a few Nats fans got angry at Strauss or something. And by writing “#NotMyMarketingCampaign,” Strauss here signifies that he did not, in fact, come up with Natitude. Meaning he’s zeroing in on ...
As Thomas Carlyle Overbay once said: “Genius is an infinite capacity for taking painful cuts.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman insists he’s not angry with hitting coach Kevin Long. But Cashman didn’t too happy with him either when discussing Mark Teixeira’s wrist woes with reporters on Monday.
Long said Saturday night that he wasn’t sure if Teixeira’s right wrist “has been right” since coming off the disabled list on May 31.
The Cone of Silence can’t drop on Dan Plesac quick enough.
I still like pitcher wins, warts and blemishes and gaping scars and all. Are pitcher wins perfect? Of course not. Should they be the first recourse in evaluating a pitcher’s performance? Of course not. Should they be discarded into the trash bin of ill-advised statistics, like the game-winning RBI? Of course not.
So I think it’s pretty cool that Max Scherzer is now 10-0, the first pitcher to win his first 10 decisions to begin a ...
[Naps manager] Joe Birmingham has denied the report that Vean Gregg and outfielder Graney engaged in a fist fight on the train, the result of which Graney received a black eye. Graney admitted a black eye, but said that he bumped into the head of a Pullman porter. Gregg also denied having been implicated in an argument.
Suuuuuure, Jack. Sure. You got a black eye bumping into someone’s head.
You have something special on your hands, a true phenom, a man among boys on the baseball field, but because you’ve been around the game a long time, you know there are hundreds just like him around the country, and you understand that injuries happen and flameouts happen and life happens. So you use some perspective. You talk about needing to be realistic. You aim on the low side.
“You go out and have a good high school career,” Jeff Trout once told his son, Mike, “and you’ll have a ...
Still gobsmacked that a major league team is playing in a joint like the Oakland Coliseum, where the raw sewage flows more freely than the Bud Light. So too is A’s owner Lew Wolff, who tells Eric Fisher of SBJ that he is embarrassed by the mess but that it’s out of his control
You killed them. You killed the Mets. You killed everything. You’re a monster.
Bob Costas is often evangelical at odd times. His recent ill-timed (if not illogical) remarks about gun control felt like something reserved for the Huffington Post — not the goal post — where he was broadcasting a football game. Now his increasingly throaty, theatrical bent led him to say that the Mets’ celebration after Sunday’s victory was a sign of the “end of Western Civilization.”
To counteract the Manmohan Singh Primer… the search for objective knowledge about hitting mechanics.
I compiled a list of the top 50 hitters from the 2012 season according to Fangraphs’ Batting component of WAR. I then looked at side views of each of these hitters from highlights of the 2012 season in which each player hit a homerun. In the case of switch hitters, I used the side of the plate where they were most successful. In all but Melky Cabrera’s 2012 stats, that described their ...
In what equipment manager Steve Vucinich, a 46-year employee of the A’s, described as a first, the A’s and Mariners had to shower together in the Raiders’ second-floor locker room after today’s 10-2 Oakland win. Players from both teams trudged up and down one stairway in towels and shower shoes as both teams tried to get their flights out of town.
“It’s an unfortunate situation,” A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson said.
“Kind of a weird thing,” Oakland catcher John Jaso ...
If a great picture studs an art show, you pay a visit before the exhibit ends. If a classic car is for sale, you raid the piggy bank before your dream auto vanishes. If a popular broadcaster announces his retirement, you try as long as possible to postpone the inevitable. Tim McCarver is about to leave us. Let us bid him an affectionate farewell.
Born 52 days before Pearl Harbor, McCarver was a fine 1959-80 major-league baseball catcher — one of only seven modern ...
DENVER, Colo., June 17.—(Special.)—With two men on the bases and the star batter at the plate, an unknown minister attempted to interrupt a Sunday ball game here.
The minister stepped to the plate and, raising his hands in the air, started to sing a hymn. The umpire called for the continuance of the game. The ball sped from the pitcher’s hand, a hit was made and the runner from third slid over the home plate between the minister’s legs.
Dumb Dora/Donald doesn’t pretend to be enough of an ____________ .
If an already-signed player who hits an average of 20 home runs and 80 RBIs per year makes, say, $5 million per season, then surely a second player who is averaging 24 home runs and 86 RBIs deserves $6 million per year. It made perfect sense in those honest days, before the introduction of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs to the game.
But teams made deals based on the supposed integrity of the accumulated statistics ...