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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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 ...
I hope MLB releases FIELDf/x so we can see more interesting stuff like this, but for fielding.
Posted: October 18, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 5 comment(s)
The Royals won 89 games.
The success of the Royals has led to considerable speculation that we will see a return to the WhiteyBall style. Herzog was a meticulous master of defensive preparation, with folders of pitcher- and hitter-specific charts. But the study of defense is not new. The Athletics focused on defensive information two years after the Moneyball draft, and so were the Red Sox, Mets and several other teams. These Royals did not have the ballpark or the payroll to afford a bopper ...
Posted: October 18, 2014 at 01:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
Regardless of the talent spread of the league, it’s going to take a lot more games than there is time available before we start to see the most talented team winning the regular season. The likelihood that the best team survives the randomness of October and goes on to win the World Series Trophy is even bleaker. While all this randomness may be unsettling, I don’t think anybody is calling for a 20,000 game season, so let us enjoy this great October for what it is: exciting baseball.
Posted: October 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 34 comment(s)
Craig Wright was a pioneer. It’s not easy being a pioneer.
Please, for the love of baseball, keep the Steve Perrys and Neil Diamonds away from the game broadcasts.
Unlike Peavy, who finally got his long-awaited ring last season with Boston, starter Tim Hudson has waited a teenager’s lifetime to even sniff the World Series.
Now, at 39, he finally gets his chance.
“You go 16 years without being able to experience something like this, you wonder if it’s going to happen,” he said in the locker room. “It’s hard to put into words. It almost feels surreal, ...
Posted: October 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
OK, I watched part of this game last night before falling asleep. Is there any way to watch the game today?
Posted: October 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
For a neutral observer, it’s great to see the Royals in the World Series. But it’s really a shame that the American League Championship Series is over. Not just because the ball was so good—though it was—but because of Pedro Martinez.
Pedro was the breakout star of the 2013 postseason, and he topped himself in 2014. And now we have to do without Pedro on our television screens until 2015.
This is a significant loss. Pedro is as good as it gets in the broadcast booth, much as he was as good ...
Posted: October 18, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
Friday, October 17, 2014
Shorter Schoenfield: Don’t confuse “fun” with “awesome.”
So these aren’t great teams. So this is arguably the worst World Series matchup ever, as far as quality of teams. Giants fans can disagree, but if this was a great team, why did the Giants put themselves in the dice roll of a wild-card game? Why couldn’t they beat out the Dodgers for the division title? Royals fans can point out that their team has won eight postseason games in a row, but if the Royals are a great team, why ...
Neshek hung a 1-1 slider, Morse was on it. And …
“It was absolutely pure elation,” said Hunter Pence, Morse’s best friend on the team. “I literally lost 30 seconds of my life. I blacked out. It was chaos.”
Morse raised long gorilla arms and flailed and bounced around the bases, barely touching each one. The crowd noise melted eardrums. When Morse descended into the madness of the Giants dugout, Bruce Bochy had legitimate concerns that hands might be broken.
“It fired us up,” ...Read More...
Whose father this year is the district attorney? Is this our country?
If you take this pill, there is a gorgeous woman on a beach in front of a sailboat and three random flags (quidditch? idk) just begging to have sex with you. She can wait. She can wait all year. She doesn’t even know how to sail, so she’s hanging out indefinitely. Just get ... that ... taken care of.
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