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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BP: Moonshot: The Analytic Value of the Crack of the Bat

What’s the frequency, Robert?

I collected several games worth of audio, saving individual audio files for each contact event, and noting the result of that contact in broad terms (fly out, groundout, home run, etc.).

The result of that work was a small sample (5-10) of each event variety…

 

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 20, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball prospectus, sabermetrics

Prado at second base not how Yanks Drew it up

Jeter 267/316/321, Ichiro 276/325/323. (Also, Jeter 8-1 SB-CS, Ichiro 10-2!)

Stephen Drew was back on the bench Tuesday night. And no, Joe Girardi said, there was nothing physically wrong with the player who is supposed to be the Yankees’ starting second baseman.

That was the plan anyway when Brian Cashman acquired Drew in the extremely rare trade with the Red Sox minutes before the nonwaiver deadline on July 31… [but] The Yankees are running out of time, and Girardi can’t afford to be patient. ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: martin prado, stephen drew, yankees

Giants plan to protest bizarre loss at Wrigley

A light rain began in the top of the fifth inning, with the Cubs leading 2-0… Then the drizzle turned violent… The Cubs grounds crew had to act swiftly. In their haste, they rolled out the tarp at a bad angle, causing large portions of the infield to be as poorly covered as Jane Fonda in “Barbarella.”...

It rained all of 15 minutes but the damage was done. The next four hours involved more activity than an ant farm, with several dozen bags of clay dumped and spread over the infield to no ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, rain delays

Tarp troubles lead to long delay, shortened game

Can’t say I blame the Giants and their fans for being frustrated by this…

Spahn Insane Posted: August 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants

The Shift Episode 14: Saberseminar - August 19, 2014 - Beyond the Box Score

More info about the Saberseminar. I really wanted to attend. I had tickets this year. The venue was 45 minutes away. Unfortunately family responsibilities kept me away. Sometimes being responsible really, really sucks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Sabermetrics Gets Soft «

Good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

OMNICHATTER 8-20-2014

Bride of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-20-2014

New York Evening World, August 20, 1914:

The attention of fans the country over appears to be pretty nearly evenly divided between watching the war bulletins and observing how the Giants and Braves make out each day. The Boston Climbers have cut down still another game from the fifteen-game lead the Champions had on them a few weeks ago.

On July 4, 1914, the Braves were in last place at 26-40, fifteen games behind the first-place Giants. If you include the World Series, Boston went 72-19 over ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 20, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Plenty of Pete Rose ahead on ESPN

You can’t spell Ass To Cobb without Bob Costas.

Last week, for example, Mike Greenberg of the “Mike & Mike” ESPN national radio show said that one of the four things he would do on the first day of coming into office would be to “reinstate Pete Rose.” Greenberg then asked his guest, broadcaster Bob Costas, “What do you think?”

“Yes, I think that’s something that should be done,” Costas answered. “And maybe a new commissioner could do it. Maybe Selig felt as if it would have been disrespectful ...

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Repoz Posted: August 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

John Torres: MLB’s new boss better not whiff on sport’s future

Whiff-a-ree, an-a whiff-a-rye
Gotta keep on whiffin’ until baseball die

Corporations are in it to make money. That’s no big revelation and nothing to be ashamed of.

Baseball, as a corporation, makes money hand over catcher’s mitt for the 30 owners, and newly-elected commissioner Rob Manfred’s main responsibility will be to make sure that continues. But here’s hoping that he turns out to be just a little bit more than just Bud Selig’s hand-groomed protégé.

Let’s hope that despite the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 20, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: falling, sky

Iwakuma gives Mariners a second true ace

Good idea from KLaw: “Have the Wilson sisters re-recorded ‘Barracuda’ with new lyrics that say ‘Iwakuma’ yet?”

the degree to which [Hisashi] Iwakuma is underrated is almost a crime.

He is easily the most anonymous ace in baseball, and all the proof you need is in this list of qualified American League starters that have a lower ERA than Iwakuma (2.63) since his first MLB start on July 2, 2012:

Yup, that would be no one…

[his] rate of 0.73 walks per nine innings easily leads all major-league ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 20, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hisashi iwakuma, mariners

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Looking past the stat line: Noah Syndergaard

These things considered, there are many positives in Syndergaard’s stat line this season. Most importantly, he is a hard thrower who has stayed healthy and logged 118.1 innings this season. He will get a few more starts before the end of the season and is on track for close to a full MLB starters’ workload next season, assuming he makes the club. Syndergaard also has struck out more than a batter per inning, which suggests his stuff is fine, and has walked a reasonable 3.04 hitters per ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Kepner (NYT): Astros’ Jose Altuve Doesn’t Let Height Be a Disadvantage

Yes, today is the 63rd anniversary of Eddie Gaedel’s appearance. WHAT ARE YOU IMPLYING.

The Houston Astros may be the most data-driven organization in baseball, or at least the one most willing to try new ideas. Yet there are no statistical models that would project the smallest player in the majors to be the game’s best hitter.

That is what Jose Altuve is, as measured by batting average. Before Tuesday’s game at Yankee Stadium, Altuve was leading the major leagues, at .339. He led the ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve

Posnanski: The need – the need for speed

When the Detroit Tigers traded Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals back in December for a a middling left-handed pitching prospect and some change, it was, well, baffling… There were explanations at the time… Now, with a a few months of clarity added to the picture, none of [them] makes sense.

1. [Making room for Drew] Smyly? No. The Tigers have already traded away Smyly to get David Price and make a desperate run for the playoffs with a wounded and uneven team.

2. An underappreciation of ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, drew smyly, nationals, robbie ray, tigers, trades

Derek Jeter’s historic hit that tied Honus Wagner ruled an error by MLB

Michael Kay: “And Derek Jeter no longer has a historic call for his record setting hit! Poor Derek.”

History has now even been changed in the name of Derek Jeter.

His infield single on Aug. 8 against the Indians that tied Honus Wagner for sixth-place on the all-time list was changed today to an error by Major League Baseball.

Fortunately for Jeter, he’s collected six hits since then — pushing his career total of 3,435 well past Wagner’s 3,430.

“So there’s no story,” Jeter ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:54 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

[Ubaldo] Jimenez to the bullpen

This always looked like a risky signing, and, well.

The Orioles have moved struggling starter Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen, manager Buck Showalter announced on Tuesday.

Signed to a four-year, $50 million deal this winter —the largest contact in club history for a free-agent pitcher— Jimenez has dealt with injury and ineffectiveness and gave up six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings this weekend in Cleveland. After that game, Showalter wouldn’t commit to whether Jimenez —4-9 with a 4.83 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 07:51 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel gonzalez, orioles, ubaldo jimenez

OMNICHATTER 8-19-2014

OMNICHATTER for Today…

Gamingboy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Roth: The Mets’ Matt Harvey problem is a Mets problem

Like a thunderbolt in your Cheerios, son… wake up and smell the toxic waste.

It would naturally seem strange to observers unused to the thin air and heavy gravity of Planet Wilpon that the [Mets] would go so egregiously and strangely out of its way to alienate [Matt] Harvey, who was most recently criticized by team officials and manager Terry Collins for expressing the apparently scandalous sentiment that he’d like to return to the mound this season… It’s not that all this is any less strange to ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, jeff wilpon, matt harvey, mets

Keidel: Don’t Be Fooled — The Yankees’ Season Is Over

The season is over. It’s all behind them. (team shot pissing on monument)

I was recently branded all manner of moron — and, worse, a Mets fan – for putting postmortems on the pinstripes.

We New Yorkers fancy ourselves as the most educated and sophisticated sports devotees in the union. But in truth we’re just as provincial and petty as any other faction of flyover country.

WFAN host Mike Francesa dissected his beloved Bombers on Monday. And he made the reasonable assertion that the ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2014 at 03:51 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Pirates activate Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list

Huh, I thought the prognosis was a lot worse. Pirates seem to need him in the lineup a tiny little bit.

Andrew McCutchen is off the disabled list and back in the Pirates’ lineup after missing the minimum 15 days with a fractured rib…

McCutchen was having another MVP-caliber season at the time of the injury, ranking among the NL’s top five in batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.411), slugging percentage (.536), and OPS (.947). Even after missing two weeks he still ranks second to ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 03:40 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, injuries, pirates

Jazayerli: They Might Be Royals (Royals)

And keep your gushers sealed in tight with aluminum foil (foil).

The Royals’ walk rate (6.04 percent) is the lowest in the major leagues since the strike zone was redefined in 1969. They’re on pace for 99 homers, which would be the fewest by an AL team since 1994… while they’re last in the majors in walks, they’re also last in strikeouts… All of that contact has propelled the Royals to third in the majors in batting average, meaning that despite their historic lack of plate discipline ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rany jazayerli, royals

Sam Miller: The beauty (in the eye of the beholder) of the Strikeout Era

Suspended in time and space of the noodle-hitting 60’s for a moment, your introduction to Mr. Sam Miller, who lives in a very private world of darkness, a baseball universe whose home plate dimensions are no longer the size, thickness, length of a swath of bandages that cover his face.

I would never presume that I could convince Rob Neyer that those things I find appealing should be appealing to him, too. Matters of taste are matters of taste. It won’t matter to him that I love to watch a ...

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Repoz Posted: August 19, 2014 at 01:13 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: history, sabermetrics

Malloy: Out at Home

1887 was a watershed year for both the International League and Organized Baseball, as it marked the origin of the color line. As the season opened, the black player had plenty of reasons to hope that he would be able to ply his trade in an atmosphere of relative tolerance; by the middle of the season, however, he would watch helplessly as the IL drew up a written color ban designed to deprive him of his livelihood; and by the time the league held its offseason meetings, it became obvious that ...

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BP (Levine): Will a pitcher ever be suspended for hitting a batter again?

Just saw a headline about Kirk Gibson being back, so we’ll probably find out!

In 2006, 12 players were suspended multiple games for beanballs alone… This year, beyond bat-tossin’ Manny Machado, the only players to get multiple games for anything were Martin Maldonado, Carlos Gomez, and Travis Snider for their roles in that dumb Pirates-Brewers fight. Nobody has been suspended for the hit by pitches that have sparked cultural debates and, at times, have really hurt. Only once this year has it ...

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The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball prospectus, hit batsmen, sabermetrics, suspensions

Minor League manager undresses during epic home plate tirade

Would a robot ump have vaporized him with its heat ray?

Joe Mikulik, the manager of the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans is arguably the most fiery managers in all of Minor League Baseball.

On Sunday, the bombastic skipper lost his mind, and part of his uniform during an epic tirade with the home plate umpire during his team’s game against the Salem Red Sox.

The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: ecdysiasm, joe mikulik, minor leagues, rangers

Rusney Castillo rumors: Decision imminent for Cuban outfielder

With concerns about calcium, shouldn’t he think about heading to Milwaukee?

Praise has been far from faint for Rusney Castillo, who is considered to be the latest in a long string of impact players imported from Cuba. The highly regarded 27-year-old outfielder seems to be nearing a decision on where he will play, as Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald and ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes report that Castillo is expected to “declare his intentions any day now.”...

Castillo should be in line for an ...

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Mooney: Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks aren’t showing any nerves with Cubs

With Monday’s 4-1 victory over the New York Mets, Hendricks (5-1, 1.66 ERA) became the franchise’s first rookie to put together six consecutive quality starts since Kerry Wood in 1998.

“I reserve the right to (not) pigeonhole him or compare him to anybody,” Renteria said. “I think he’s establishing himself. I know it’s a short snippet, but he’s been very, very good. He is Maddux-like, a little bit, in his execution, his approach.”

Hendricks – who’s posted a 0.97 WHIP ...

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McCoy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:49 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rookie of the year

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-19-2014

Washington Times, August 19, 1914:

Russell Ford, famous spitball artist and leading pitcher of the Federal League, may be permanently lost to baseball, owing to an injury to his spine. Bonesetter Reese has been unable to help Ford, and an operation may be undertaken later.

The injury to Ford’s spine was caused by diving into shallow water at Long Beach, California, in 1912. Recent pitching by Ford has irritated the old injury to such an extent that he has been unable to work through an entire ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, russ ford

Angels beat Red Sox and extend their AL West lead

The Halos have sole possession of first place for the first time since May 11, 2011.

“Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive RBI doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their AL West lead with a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Monday night.

With two runners on and none out in the ninth, Jepsen threw a well-executed changeup to Ortiz that moved off the plate and got Big Papi to swing and miss wildly.

‘I wanted to give him a pitch he thinks he can drive, but it fades out of the ...

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still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: August 19, 2014 at 03:24 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wired—Baseball Bat With an Axe Handle Brings More Power, Fewer Injuries

The Axe Bat is more than a Frankenstein-style meshing of an axe handle and a baseball bat barrel. The key lies in the bat’s final few inches near the handle. That’s where the design gracefully curves from the standard round shape to a asymmetrical oval before tapering to an angled knob at the end.

The results, as reported in a recent study (PDF) by UCLA engineering professor Dr. Vijay Gupta, show that the Axe Bat is more comfortable, delivers more power and speed, and reduces injuries when ...

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Zach Posted: August 18, 2014 at 03:26 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, general

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