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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
PECOTA wasn’t the first projection system. Bill James introduced his BROCK2 system in the 1985 Baseball Abstract.
Fascinating that Scott Boras had his own advanced projection system, three years before Nate Silver debuted PECOTA here at BP. More impressive, Boras’ system not only projects a few years into the future, but 16 years into the future. Most impressive of all: Look at those numbers! Why, Rodriguez would not only break the all-time home run record, but the doubles record, too! And ...
Posted: April 28, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
I wonder how much other players with drug problems will be impacted by this whole mess.
“I worked my butt off to be that guy this year going into this season with the Angels,’’ Hamilton said Monday. “They just didn’t want that to happen for some reason.’‘
Hamilton also challenge Moreno’s assertion that he was not accountable, saying, “I have no clue what he’s talking about. I showed up every day and played hard when I was there.’‘
He added: “[Moreno] knew what the deal was when he ...
Posted: April 28, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, April 28, 1915:
Ray Schalk, the former Brewer catcher, has started out to play such wonderful ball for the White Sox this season that he promises to be the sensation of the baseball world before the season has advanced much further. Ray, who has been recognized as one of the leading catchers of the game for the last two seasons, has shown up his rival paddists to such an extent this spring that baseball critics declare he will occupy the pedestal of Kingpin Maskman of the ...
A lot of my friends are panicking about the way the Red Sox starters are pitching. As an article graphic makes note, this group has historically been slow starters. It’s surely an issue to keep an eye on but, really, they aren’t this bad. This is clearly not a great rotation but I still believe it’s a decent one. So, at this point, I’d keep doing what the Red Sox are doing. In another month, swap out the starters who haven’t stabilized with one or two of their young starters in Pawtucket and ...Read More...
Posted: April 28, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
Monday, April 27, 2015
The Miami Marlins’ free-agent deal with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be remembered as a bust. They are optimistic that his rookie replacement will fare much better.
Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment Monday, even though he has nearly two seasons left on the $21 million, three-year contract he signed before the 2014 season. He played poorly last year and lost his starting job early this season to top prospect J.T. Realmuto….
The Marlins will try to trade Saltalamacchia but ...
Nick Johnson thinks Brandon McCarthy is injury-prone.
Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy got bad news with the results of his MRI on Monday. The right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and is out for the season.
The club placed McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He is still talking though his options with doctors, but it seems unavoidable that Tommy John surgery in in McCarthy’s future.
“It certainly looks one direction and I don’t want to be one of ...
Far, far, FAR down on the list of priorities of what is happening in Baltimore now, but…
Monday night’s Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards was postponed due to escalating unrest throughout the city stemming from the death of Freddie Gray last week, and new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred suggested the series could be played elsewhere.
Manfred, who was visiting Camden Yards by coincidence while making the rounds to visit to all 30 teams, acknowledged that Nationals ...
Posted: April 27, 2015 at 09:42 PM | 48 comment(s)
Marvin Miller became executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1966 because for 20 years prior, things got progressively worse for players.
Consider that in 1967, the minimum salary in the majors was $6,000. The first minimum salary in 1946 was $5,000, and, accounting for inflation, minimum-salaried MLB players got 29.8% less in 1967 than they did in 1946….
But it’s only been a recent development that minimum-salaried players get several multiples more than they ...Read More...
Watching pitchers hit is like watching the bathing suit competition in a senior citizen beauty pageant.
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 27, 1915:
[Mysterious] Walker is making one grand kick against the Federal League. The former Brooklyn pitcher is in the sad plight of being out in the cold after taking a one-year flyer at the Federal League game.
The portals of organized ball are closed to him; the Feds are overstocked with players. The minor leagues being part and parcel of organized ball can offer the big pitcher no relief.
“Here I am in first-class shape and I spend $350 of my own ...
A-Rod hits number 659. He’s getting closer to Willie Mays. This is a big deal; it’s Marketing 101.
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Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 46 comment(s)
This is an impressive catch.
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“When a guy’s swinging the bat, you’re going to find playing time for him,” Mattingly said. “That’s just the way this game is.”
The Washington Nationals, everybody’s favorites before the season started, are playing miserably.
So miserably in fact that the detractors are starting to surface with pointed criticisms. According to two scouts who have seen them this year, the Nats appear “lifeless” and/or “flat.” (One voted flat, the other lifeless.)
And, if they are flat or lifeless on the field, you should see them in the clubhouse, where some of them appear moribund. The room is close to dead, too dead for ...
Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 39 comment(s)
“If you look at it from the macro side, who’d people rather see hit: Big Papi or me?” Scherzer told the website. “Who would people rather see, a real hitter hitting home runs or a pitcher swinging a wet newspaper? Both leagues need to be on the same set of rules.”
Sunday, April 26, 2015
“The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the bill of rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor ...Read More...
Posted: April 26, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
Players that strikeout more than league average still peak earlier than players that strike out less than league average, but in this more current population of players, players that strikeout more than league average peak very early—their age 21 season. This information would reciprocate the sentiment that has been conveyed through recent work that suggests that the aging curve has changed to the point that players peak almost as soon as when they enter the league.
Enjoy your Kris Bryant ...Read More...
This is very bad news for the Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is believed to have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during Saturday’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday morning.
Wainwright was injured while batting in the top of the fifth inning and had to be helped off the field. The team said afterward that Wainwright would have an MRI and be further examined when the Cardinals return home. They wrap up a six-game road ...
“He can’t pick up a ball until he’s completely pain-free and no fluid in the area,” manager Brad Ausmus said.
And until the soreness in his strained right triceps subsides, Ausmus said, he will be sidelined. There is no timetable for him to throw a ball again.
The fluid in the area, Ausmus explained, is inflammation, which was found by an MRI last week.
“My understanding is that it wasn’t fully recovered which is why it became sore again,” Ausmus said. “We have to have him completely free of ...
Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
Have you ever wondered who was responsible for keeping Longoria’s
jock socks clean? Jim Furtado
Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Brittle Bunch wasn’t even an option?
The newest nicknamed bunch, the “Coors Shield,” plays in the dirt in LoDo. The name, nominated by a fan, Drew Baker, in an online poll at the fan website Purple Row, beat out two other finalists. The infielders, though, might not be ready for a nickname. They’re more focused on groundballs than on brand names.
Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
Iwakuma informed club officials after his start last Monday that his shoulder felt “fatigued.” He then began taking anti-inflammatories in hopes of alleviating the problem prior to his scheduled Friday bullpen workout.
When Iwakuma reported the same symptoms in that workout, the Mariners moved quickly by placing him in the disabled list for what they characterized as a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle in his back.
Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
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