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While the novelty of knowing how high, far and fast every home run is hit might wear off, the defensive metrics Statcast reveals are, at least, entertaining—and probably useful for scouting purposes. But is the fan experience improved if baseball can quantify exactly how a player makes a great play, or is it more fun just to see it done? (MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how Statcast will affect fan experience or viewership.)
Watch these five Statcast videos and ...
Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
[Yankee president Randy] Levine presented the [milestone bonus] plan to [MLB Executive Vice President of Labor Relations Dan] Halem, who represented MLB, and Michael Weiner, the late executive director of the Players Association, to hammer out the separate agreement, which included the Yankees and A-Rod sharing any profits.
According to Halem, Orza, who CNN described as having “helped craft the MLB marketing agreement,” was in fact not a part of the direct negotiations nor present at any ...
Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 8 comment(s)
Here is a legitimate “you’ve never seen this before” play…because it has never, in the recorded history of Major League Baseball, happened before.
On the first pitch from Vance Worley, Yadier Molina ripped a line drive over second baseman Neil Walker’s head. Peralta and Heyward both expected the ball to clear Walker’s head, and thus took off.
But Walker leaped to snare the liner, and his throw to third baseman Jung Ho Kang doubled up Peralta. Heyward started back to second, but Kang’s toss to ...
If the early returns this season represent a conscious change and not just a streak of luck, then Lincecum may have successfully re-invented himself. His FIP is at its lowest value since 2011 (his most recent valuable season), and he’s cut his HR/9 rate by 72.72%.
These positive results likely stem from Lincecum’s new ability to induce ground balls. Up until this season, his career GB% was 46.7%, just above the league average of 44%. In 2015 however, Lincecum has raised his GB% to a career ...
Posted: May 09, 2015 at 09:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
You are transported back in time to, say, 1960. You have none of your money or possessions. Assume you luck your way in to an assistant GM position in an MLB front office as a way of making a living. There is no Baseball-Reference. There is no Fangraphs. There is no Excel. How do you go about using your present knowledge of advanced baseball statistics to your advantage? How do you go about getting the GM to heed your advice?
Jeff Sullivan: Well, let’s see. Shifts would be easy enough. Very ...
Mays beats A-Rod by nine lengths.
An easy way to measure Mays’ dominance over A-Rod is to look at the all-time wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboard1. By total WAR, Mays ranks as the fifth most-productive player in major-league history, trailing only Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and pitchers Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Mays also ranks as the third-best non-pitcher ever, according to JAWS, which attempts to balance a player’s aggregate WAR compilation against the brilliance of his peak. Among ...
Posted: May 09, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 171 comment(s)
A wretched start to the season keeps getting worse for the A’s. In a matchup for last place in the division with the Mariners, Oakland succumbed 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday when Logan Morrison hit the first pitch of the inning from Dan Otero out to center. It was yet another one-run loss — the A’s major-league-leading ninth — and the ninth loss charged to the bullpen, which also wasted the lead in the seventh.
“This is the time in the process when I’d get a little more excited and start to focus on maybe a mid-June-ish or what part of June (to return),” Moore said. “It feels good. It’s nice to come to the park and have days like this.”
Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
I am as big a baseball fan as anyone. I’ve also followed the way sports teams have strong-armed and hoodwinked local and state governments to extort money to the detriment of taxpayers. The Pawsox owners don’t need public financing to make money. They only need it to make more money.
A fair deal can get made. The initial proposal is not a fair deal.
It’s better to have too many good players than not enough. Eventually, though, a deal should get made.
Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
It does not seem Pete O’Brien wants to catch.
Friday, May 08, 2015
With the news that Dillon Gee’s groin strain is bad enough to force a DL stint, the Mets will call-up prized right-handed prospect Noah Syndergaard.
The Ballpark Pass was a chance to watch weekday baseball during April and May this season for merely $2.64 per game.
The Sox, under an agreement with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the public agency that owns The Cell, are required to pay a fee on each ticket sold beyond 1,930,000 in paid attendance. But that “ticket threshold,” according to the agreement, excludes tickets that are given to sponsors or sold for less than $3.
it wasn’t until 2008 the Sox even paid an annual fee to ...
So far this year, Gausman hasn’t taken the step to the next level that many, including me, expected. Maybe it’s physical.
“That’s a really driving force in a decision like this,” Showalter said. “That’s why I talk about the nine or 10 guys between Double- and Triple-A that we are excited about—Kevin is one of those guys. You never know what you are going to have next year. These are assets that you can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to ...
Posted: May 08, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
Says he owes it all to Torii Hunter, of all people. (Also, does it surprise anyone that his dad is a high school coach?)
“I owe so much to him,’’ Carpenter told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s has been a huge part of my success. He was the one to show me what it was like to be a big leaguer. Really, he taught me everything.
“I’ll never forget what he did for me.’‘
Posted: May 08, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
Are the 2015 Indians the worst-fielding team in modern major league history? There’s a lot of season left before they can claim that dubious distinction, but with the first month in the books, their play in the field has been poor enough to argue that they very well could.
Fielding is, of course, extremely difficult to measure, but it’s a bit simpler to sort out on a team level than it is to figure out the value of one fielder from the man next to him on the field. The blunt instrument ...
Posted: May 08, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 38 comment(s)
Third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained hamstring and recent reports had his recovery going slower than expected. And now we know why, as the Mets announced that Wright suffered a back injury earlier this week.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wright has had lower back pain for several days, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. However, his rehab has been put on hold and there’s no timetable for it resuming.
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Kukuk and four other defendants were accused of invading a home in Lawrence on November 8th, 2014, attacking the residents and stealing cash and marijuana.
Kukuk, Yusef Kindell (age 21) Driskell Alan Johnson (age 20), Zachary Pence (age 21) and Gabriel Patterson (age 21) all of Lawrence, agreed to rob “these people who sold weed” according to Pence’s testimony against the other defendants. Kukuk came to the crime scene prepared with a backward hoodie with eye slits cut into the hood to ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 8, 1915:
Arlie Latham, after being connected with the national pastime for thirty-odd years, has given up the sport…Arlie is keeping a delicatessen store.
Arlie’s place of business is in New York city. He declares that as a delicatessener he is batting only .106 at present, but that when he gets properly warmed up and learns how to shave 15 1/2 ounces of ham for a pound he will hit with the best of them in the delicatessen league.
If I learn that his slogan wasn’t “The ...Read More...
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