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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Was there really a consensus that Gregorius was a great fielder before the trade? I thought the opinions were mixed.
This may be an improvement over other metrics that are currently available. (I don’t have time to read the detailed breakdown, which I applaud them for providing, BTW.) I would think, though, better metrics for measuring pitchers are just around the corner due to Field F/X (whatever it’s called) data. With that data it should be possible to separate (and this is one of the Holy Grail sabermetric goals) fielding from pitching.
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 21 comment(s)
Based on things I’ve read in the past, I was surprised by the writer’s results.
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 29, 1915:
Good faith? The Yankees are getting a lot of attention based on A-Rod getting close to the record. They can choose to not push the event but their actions don’t mean the event isn’t newsworthy.
For Rodriguez, the matter is worth $6 million. For the Yankees, it is actually $9 million, according to multiple baseball officials. The reason is that the team would be taxed 50 percent on any added payment to Rodriguez because the Yankees are over the luxury-tax threshold and the figure would be added ...
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 73 comment(s)
“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone, particularly left-handed, better than him,” Amaro says. “Debate it all you want, from the sabermetrics to scout evaluations, but he is as good as there is going to be out there.
“No respect to the guy out there in Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw) or to Felix (Hernandez), but he was as good as any pitcher in baseball the second half of last season. If you match up his numbers from late May to the end of the season, he’s as good as it gets. And he tends to be ...
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey may require surgery on his pitching elbow, a significant setback to a team already struggling with its staff.
Cincinnati is considering various options for treating an injured ligament in Bailey’s right elbow, including surgery. Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that no decision had been made. The Reds could wait and see if the elbow heals with treatment.
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 21 comment(s)
Good re cap here of the event at AZ Snakepit and the comments section has updates and photos. The guy is incredibly lucky appears no fractures, but need to re cfm in the morning
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
I wonder what the win expectancy was when the Nationals were down 9-1?
Yet the comeback the Washington Nationals staged Tuesday night, capped by a three-run home run by Dan Uggla in the top of the ninth, is the kind around which seasons pivot. Down eight runs in the second inning, the Nationals fought off injuries, errors, and a month’s worth of frustration to beat the Braves, 13-12, on a deep drive to left by a former Braves second baseman whose career was left for dead. The win snapped a ...
Cool to add some veteran presence.
Yes, after 17 years of active duty in the Navy, Holcomb will pitch in an NCAA game for the first time on Tuesday night for the Jacksonville University Dolphins.
From the Jacksonville University website:
“I’m like a little freshman trying to get that spot and do some damage out there on the mound,” said Holcomb who turns 35 next week. “Where I am at in my life, I’ve surpassed a lot of my dreams. I found a role around here and stayed attached to the program ...
Ricky Romero says his release by the Toronto Blue Jays came as a surprise and the left-hander acknowledges that he has “mixed feelings” about whether he had the full support of the organization.
“It was definitely pretty weird, pretty shocking,” said Romero, who was a guest on Tuesday morning’s Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
The “ceremony” lasted just a minute and when it was over all the Phillies’ players laughed and applauded. Even Severino Gonzalez, the 22-year-old pitcher who will become a made man when he steps on a big-league mound for the first time Tuesday night.
Gonzalez will face the St. Louis Cardinals in his big-league debut and televisions all over Panama will be tuned to the event as it marks the first time two natives of the country will make up a major-league battery.
Posted: April 28, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
Just awful news.
Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.
“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While ...
What has happened to music?
Well, anyways, we figured it might be fun to rank the Rangers’ batter ditties—known to commoners as “walk-up songs” or “at-bat songs”—and I’ll tell you what, most of them are bad and the Texas Rangers have bad taste in music. It’s mostly contemporary pop hits, reggaeton or otherwise. However there are a few gems in Metallica, gritty Daddy Yankee and an Al Green song, which almost wash away the sins of Christian rock, Chris Brown and Tyga. Almost. ...Read More...
Posted: April 28, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
Although I’ve preferred the DH for years, I did not much care whether the NL had the DH or not. The daily implementation of interleague play has changed my opinion. You see, I really dislike interleague play. The current implementation of interleague, which sucks for a number of reasons, further penalizes teams which sign dedicated DHs, like the Red Sox, as they lose that bat during 10 games.
So, instead of bickering over whether MLB should get rid of the DH, maybe we can all agree to push ...Read More...
Jon Weisman picks up the torch for the “anti-DH side”.
Although the Angels should have worked to give Hamilton as much support as they could, I can’t buy into the idea it was some type of moral responsibility for them. Hamilton’s sobriety was his responsibility. As such it was on him (and his representation) to make sure he had the support system he needed. I hope, for Hamilton’s sake, that his sobriety isn’t dependent on the Rangers because, no matter how well his battle goes while he is a Ranger, he’ll have a lot of life left to live when his ...Read More...
“Oh, well, my wet newspaper is 34 ½ inches, 33 ½ ounces, and I’m waiting on some new ones right now,” said Bumgarner, asked for comment.
“What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can’t pitch anymore?” Bumgarner said. “I hate what happened to him. He works his butt off out there. But I don’t think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore?
Bumgarner is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts and a sacrifice ...
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 RBIs. ...
Posted: April 28, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 5 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 | 61 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 | 45 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 ...
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