Very good article, with different people’s perspectives on what it’s like to play in such a homer-suppressing environment. I had been unaware of the “marine layer”.
Petco Park has one of the coldest average game-time temperatures in the Major Leagues as well as one of the highest game-time humidity levels in the game. And that marine layer that rolls in off the Pacific Ocean, which sits outside the doorstep of the ballpark, makes it tough to elevate a ball at night.
Outfielder Mason Williams, who’s generally regarded as the top prospect in the Yankees’ farm system, was arrested in Florida early Thursday morning on charges of DUI. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweets further details:
Mason Williams arrested in Tampa early Thursday for DUI. Breath tests were under legal limit of .08, but he failed field sobriety tests.
And you thought the Twins were living under a rock.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who signs off on every major baseball decision the organization faces, leans back in his chair recently in the Target Field press dining room and tells a packed table of media that it was “just happenstance” that led to those ground-ball machines landing here.
“If you look at that statistical stuff, historically those guys throw ground balls,” Ryan says. “It’s part of the equation. You could talk to Jack a ...
BS: Do you have to be a stat freak to be a member of SABR?
ST: No, because I’m not one myself. I know a lot of them. I was a stat freak growing up and going into the box scores and all that. My interest is history, ballparks, minor leagues. A big part of our membership is people into statistical analysis.
BS: What is your favorite statistic?
ST: I can tell you some of my least favorite. Batting average is one of my least favorite. If there’s going ...
Baseball Info Solutions has timed pitcher deliveries and catcher pops for the last few seasons. When you combine the pitcher’s time to the plate and the catcher’s pop time, you can see the strength of that relationship:
My sense is that the guys in charge needed a non-embarrassing season to keep their jobs, to keep organizational faith in the process, and show that there were positive steps in the right direction, even if those steps didn’t result in a winning season just yet. They needed Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, and Justin Smoak to hit. They needed Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, and James Paxton to pitch well enough in the minors to justify the hype. They ...
Relatives of Harry Coveleskie [sic]...received a message that he had been badly injured at Chattanooga, Tenn. While warming up preliminary to a game a bat slipped from the hands of another player and struck him on the head, rendering him unconscious.
Coveleski was fine. He was back in the big leagues in 1914 and won 20 games each year from 1914-1916.
Back in the 70’s a drunko friend of mine sent a perfume-soused love letter to Ava Gardner…and asked her why her face went crooked.
In many ways, Gardner doesn’t fit in with the New Yankees. I had to seek out video of him speaking to hear his voice. He has a gentle, South Carolinian drawl. There really isn’t much else to say about him as a person, because I don’t know much else and because no one has cared to ask him any such questions, or at least to write about the answers. If ...
But no team has committed to the committee as a full-season endeavor, even in theory, since those ‘03 Red Sox. Even the Tigers this time around seemingly viewed the strategy as a stop-gap measure following Rondon’s struggles.
“It’s just a balancing act,” Epstein said. “If you have a manager who buys into it and relievers who buy into it, the way Jim Leyland does at times, finds the right matchup. If you have a great left-handed set-up guy and ...
The Omnichatter. Sometimes, we have serious discussions about the games in process. Other times, we make bad jokes. Still other times, we go off-topic and talk about cult TV series. But no matter what, never forget the number one rule of Omnichatter: Nobody cares about your fantasy team.
In 2011, Strasburg threw first-pitch strikes 71.6 percent of the time, the highest in baseball. He carried over his “challenge” mentality from college and put fear of shame into hitters. Last year, he threw 62.3 percent, 34th among starters. Wednesday, he was down to 56.2 for the season, an awful 84th among 107 starters.
Until he gets his 0-0 phobia fixed, until he reverses the balance of terror between him and hitters, getting back to the level of confidence he showed when he arrived ...
I haven’t seen a Victor mail it in this bad since Victor Mature in “Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood”.
With two outs in the bottom of the third in Detroit, Tigers infielder Jhonny Peralta sent a line drive single to right field, scoring Prince Fielder from third. Victor Martinez—who had previously doubled—attempted to score from second on the play.
The problem here was three-fold:
1. Martinez was already slow.
2. He’s a season removed from having his ACL (knee) repaired.
3. Royals ...
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the United States Mint announced today the names of the judges who will help choose the image for the obverse (heads side) of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin. The judges are all Hall of Famers and represent more than half of the nine positions on the diamond: Joe Morgan (second baseman, elected 1990); Brooks Robinson (third baseman, elected 1983); Ozzie Smith (shortstop, elected 2002); Don ...
The 2011 Oakland A’s offense was, in a word, inept. As a team, the Athletics hit .244/.311/.369. They finished 20th in runs scored and 24th in home runs. Just one player on the entire roster hit higher than .265 that season: Jemile Weeks, the team’s primary second baseman, who managed just two homers all year. On the final day of the 2011 season, with the A’s out of contention, the Mariners let Oakland hitters stand on the outfield grass for all their at-bats; not a single player reached the ...
New York Mets Third Baseman David Wright has been selected as Major League Baseball’s official spokesperson for T-Mobile® All-Star FanFest, the world’s largest interactive baseball fan event, to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Center from Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16. Wright joins a distinguished list of MLB stars who have served in this role including Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton. In addition, Mets ...
I, too, am pulled in by black-and-white sports applications of deep-dive analytics. What’s not to like about the idea that any small-market business could have as much insight and reach as the massive enterprise competition? (Although, truthfully, as a fan of the lowly Buffalo Bills, another recent analytic convert, I’d consider a pact with the netherworld at this point to get my team into a meaningful late-season game.)
Quick: name the shortstop who led the major leagues in home runs last year. I’ll give you a hint: he also led in OPS+, posted an above-average defensive season per Ultimate Zone Rating, and held down the position for the team with the National League’s best record. And he’s only 27, suggesting his best days are just ahead of him.
Hopefully, you know I’m referring to Ian Desmond, shortstop for the Washington Nationals. But while serious baseball fans have heard of ...
Manager McGraw Thursday claimed a world’s record for Christy Mathewson. Big Six pitched but 67 balls in beating Philadelphia Wednesday.
Using but 67 pitched balls, Mathewson threw an average of a fraction over two balls to each man.
I didn’t mention Rod Allen’s recent riff of “you don’t need range to have a good defense.”...because my Glasgow Coma Scale numbers hadn’t come in yet.
The Tigers’ few overall weaknesses — an unimpressive bench, shaky infield defense on the right side — shouldn’t be fatal over the course of a long season. But in the first month of this season, the bullpen has been a shambles. And that is a major dilemma.
I’ll pass over the glaring lack of infield range (particularly the ...
Plus…Boof Bonser is third on his Similarity Score. (Posting Rule #1: Never pass on a Boof Bonser mention)
Some people may have forgotten, but Arrieta’s baptism in baseball was one by fire. He has pitched the O’s home opener three years in a row—not so much because he deserved it, but because he was the best option. Before making his big league debut in 2010, he pitched 336.2 innings in the minor leagues, which was enough to get his feet wet, but hardly enough to master his craft.
After tonight’s 2-0 loss to the Cardinals, the Nats have now lost eight of their last 11 games, and Johnson is starting to get fed up with what he’s seeing.
“I’m usually pretty patient, but I’m getting to my rope’s end,” Johnson said. “The effort’s there, but we’re just not getting it done. We’ve got the players who can get it done, we’re just not getting it done. It’s time to get a little mad.
Six months after the Tigers bid farewell to Jose Valverde, they welcomed him back Tuesday, signing him to a one-year Major League contract. If they take a lead into the ninth inning Wednesday night, he’ll try to close out a win.
It’s a scenario that seemed impossible entering Spring Training, and seemed improbable even after the Tigers signed Valverde to a minor-league contract on April 4. After Valverde pitched three times for Class A Lakeland the past four days, however, the Tigers were ...
Two games start at 12:35 today! Strasburg pitches today for the first time since his showdown with Harvey! Harvey pitches today for the first time since his showdown with Strasburg! Darvish and Lester are pitching today too! Oh, and… uh… it’ll probably rain or snow somewhere… since that happens sometimes.
And remember Rule #1 of Omnichatter: Nobody cares about your fantasy team.