But, I’m starting to feel like the idea of Justin Verlander is becoming larger than the reality of Justin Verlander. He’s a great pitcher who had a great year, but it’s not like he did anything this season that was historically unprecedented. In fact, there’s a pitcher that performs at something close to this level nearly every season.
...If we set a 220 inning minimum (which eliminates a few amazing seasons by guys like Pedro ...
Gather round ye sunshineless stat geeks and rise up against…..
Bingo. Henry has had Francona in his crosshairs for a couple of years. Ultimately, Francona was not enough of a numbers guy to satisfy Boston’s Moneyball boss.
...Francona represented a nice blend of old school and Moneyball. He always had a computer on his desk, but had reverence and respect for the baseball lifers who played when his dad played in the 1950s and ’60s. But it was hard to deal with daily lineup suggestions ...
As Gary “Sarge” Matthews lid-flippingly said the other day…“With the dimensions here at Citizens Bank Park…Mike Schmidt would average 50 HR’s a year!”
Watch a game today and count the number of hittable fastballs the run producers watch go by in those counts. Again, in a perfect world, the get-on-base guys would only swing with two strikes, but the thumpers need to remove the safety and pull the trigger. I wish there was a stat that told this story, what a hitter would have done had he swung ...
This is all an inexact science and very subjective, and if someone values pitchers slightly less than I do (or more for that matter), I understand it. And if someone wants to make the case that players on also rans should be given greater consideration, I understand that, too. There are voters more numbers-oriented and less wins-oriented who will tell me my votes are idiotic, that Kemp and Bautista should be higher than third and fifth, respectively. That’s OK, the individual numbers have ...
Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Friday night was suspended because of rain and will resume on Saturday at 8:37 p.m. ET in the bottom of the second inning with the score tied at 1.
Game 2, weather permitting, has been rescheduled from Saturday night to Sunday at 3:07 p.m. Ivan Nova—originally scheduled to pitch Game 2—will be on the hill for the Yankees when Game 1 resumes, and Doug Fister will pitch for the Tigers. New York will ...
ESPN Boston baseball analyst Curt Schilling was on ESPN Boston Radio with Adam Jones on Friday afternoon…
[Schilling said,] “The days of the manager running through the clubhouse and turning stuff over and fearing guys into performing is gone in baseball. It’s been gone for a long time. The smarter managers understood it before a lot of the other managers did: You need players that will police themselves and police each other. We always had that ...
Currently, the players and their agents are in charge. They decide when to play, when to train, when to seek medical advice and how to rehab an injury. The inmates are running the asylum. And it flat-out didn’t work in 2011.
It simply never occurred to anyone that a player as spectacular as Jose Reyes would end up leaving New York for a bigger paycheck elsewhere. New York teams aren’t supposed to let popular, homegrown stars go.
Which is why the Mets’ season finale at Citi Field on Wednesday—and quite likely Reyes’ final game in a Mets uniform—was so shocking.
...Finally, in 2011, Reyes became the star everyone expected him to be. He won a batting title, ...
Tony Reagins has resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels after the team failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season.
Reagins took over for Bill Stoneman after the 2007 season. The Angels won the AL West in his first two seasons, losing to Boston in the 2008 division series and the New York Yankees in the 2009 AL championship series.
Despite starting this season with baseball’s fourth-highest payroll at $139 million, Los ...
After the Mets vetoed Newark as a temporary home, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are going to be barnstorming in 2012:
While the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees permanent home at PNC Field undergoes a $40 million dollar rebuilding project during 2012, the organization has announced the team will play its home games in the upcoming International League season in a combination of six venues: Frontier Field in Rochester, New York, Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York, Alliance Bank Stadium in ...
Whats your worst part of a relationship ending?
1. That feeling you get first thing when u wake up in the morning, remembering it really is over
2. Seeing things/places that remind u of them
3. Seeing them
4. Feeling like you wasn’t good enough
5. Thinking of things u shouldn’t or should have said or done
6. Thinking of the good memories?
On the morning of Aug. 26, the Braves were up 9 ½ games in the National League wild card race and 10 ½ games on the Cardinals, who were a game behind the ...
Babe Ruth’s own granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, has perhaps the most interesting perspective on the mystery of the Bambino’s hair. Says Tosetti. “I’d heard Halper had a lock of my Granddad’s hair, so whenever I saw him I asked if he wanted a sample of my DNA to test it, so he’d know for sure if his was real. He never took me up on the offer. I guess we now know why.”
DDC DNA Diagnostics Center of Fairfield, Ohio, bills itself as the “Most Trusted Name in DNA Testing” ...
Bloomberg Sports today announced that it has reached a new licensing agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason broadcasters FOX Sports and TBS to provide custom-designed enhanced statistical analysis, professional analytical tools and a data feed of in-depth pitch analysis for each game of the 2011 playoffs and World Series. TBS is the exclusive television home of all four Division Series and the National League Championship Series, with ...
Cub pitchers continue to rack up losses this season even after the season is over.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, whose future with the team is in doubt after the Cubs suspended him in August for the rest of the season, has placed one of his two Chicago-area homes on the market for $969,000.
Zambrano, 30, owns homes in River Forest and Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. He recently listed the River Forest house, which was built in 1999. He bought the six-bedroom, nearly 4,000-square-foot ...
Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin has been cited for drunken driving for the second time after a stop by Chesterfield police on Sunday. Police said McLaughlin, 37, was stopped at 10:13 p.m. on Baxter Road and Isleview Drive after he crashed his vehicle.
No other vehicle was involved, police say, but declined to elaborate.
Police also accused McLaughlin of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent driving. He was released on $750 bond.
Holy Hockenberies! Angels to get creative? (stubs toe on Albie Pearson hat rack)
Since the Angels set a club record with 883 runs scored in 2009 (and finished second in the majors), 216 runs have drained away. The devastating ankle injury to their most dangerous hitter, Kendrys Morales, in 2010 started the leak. But the Angels clearly have learned from last winter’s mistake and are looking at Morales’ comeback in 2012 as a possible bonus, not a given.
Blame to Reusse: Countless losses of Star Tribune subscribers.
The Twins went into the 2011 season as the two-time defending champions of the American League Central and talking up the strength of a lineup 1 through 9. On Wednesday night, they finished with the second-most losses (99) in the 51-year history of the franchise.
Who gets the blame for this mess? Glad you asked.
Francisco Liriano: He won 14 games in 2010. It was his best season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Twins chose ...
President Fogel says the absence of his stars cost the Phillies at least eighteen games this year. Yet almost any club would rather lose them than to have a man like Magee, who always pulls for his teammates to blunder and strike out.
Terry Francona will meet with Red Sox management on Friday morning, and the expected resolution is that he no longer will be the team’s manager, major league sources say.
While Francona’s departure is not certain, it is the likely outcome, in part because he is pressing for a resolution, sources say. He would not be fired; the Red Sox would simply decline their club options on him for 2012 and ’13.
Actually, a decent read - because Bill got out of his own way and let Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, talk.
It was max effort that will result in mad prices. I was looking for comparables for a potential Kemp contract — Carl Crawford, Alfonso Soriano? — when I finally phoned Stewart and told him I couldn’t find a neighborhood for what will be a 28-year-old MVP type with historic offensive numbers who plays a solid center field and steals crazy bases.
Bah! And Jeter was pulled after six to protect his .297 (cue unhinged Jack O’Conniption fit) batting average.
No wonder some fans booed when they realized what was happening. They were being cheated out of watching Reyes play, potentially for the final time in a Mets uniform. He is about to become a free agent, and there’s no guarantee the team will re-sign him.
For sure, it was a selfish move. Forget about helping the Mets win a game—it was about Reyes trying to win a batting crown. Fair or ...
Seriously, Deadspin? This isn’t even in the top five of NY Yankee sex scandals.
No, there are no photos of Cashman’s actual dong to show you—not that we know of—but now the story of Cash’s dong’s wayward habits is news. The Yankees general manager’s relationship with the woman in these photos has been known or suspected among New York reporters for years, but has been just too darn shady, complicated, and expensive to pursue, especially at the risk of antagonizing the Yankees.
Rookie Matt Moore’s second big league start will be a big one – Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon against the defending American League champion Rangers in their ballpark
Ballsy and totally correct. Only other starter announced is Shields in game 2 but I expect this is the plan for the series: