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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Publications such as Baseball America provide great information on a wealth of young players, but a significant number of those players covered never amount to anything of significance at the major league level. Consider this study from Matt Perez of Camden Depot which concluded that from 1990 through 2006, approximately 70 percent of Baseball America Top-100 prospects failed. Over at Royals Review, Scott McKinney conducted a similar study that came to a couple of conclusions: A) 70 percent of ...
Posted: January 22, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 60 comment(s)
Hopefully tomorrow they will have video of him eating lunch.
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Posted: January 22, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
Scott Boras amazes me. How any team would give Max Scherzer a contract of this length shocks me. As Stark notes, the track record for such contracts is terrible.
Posted: January 22, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 21 comment(s)
Isn’t this the crux of the question? Without knowing “why” he made the change, all the rest doesn’t really tell us much.
It’s certainly possible that Gallardo made the switch because his four-seam fastball has eroded in quality to the point where he’s not capable of generating strikeouts anymore. And perhaps asking him to go back to that style of pitching would result in a disaster. But pitchers are tinkerers, and it’s also possible that Gallardo moved more toward the bottom of the zone because ...
Posted: January 22, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wiln Rosario doesn’t look particularly athletic to me.
General manager Jeff Bridich tells me that the team is confident that catcher Wilin Rosario can make the transition from catcher to first base, and possibly even right field.
Rosario spent a full week at the team’s training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., earlier this month, working at first base and the outfield. He will also spend time at the team’s academy in the Dominican Republic before reporting for spring training around Feb. 20. ...
Posted: January 22, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
The trickle is turning into a flood.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery.
The Giants said they plan to retain Scutaro and continue working with him through his rehabilitation following back surgery that could end his career. Dr. Michael Wang performed a fusion last month in Miami to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of Scutaro’s spine. It will be four to six months before doctors determine whether Scutaro can play ...
Posted: January 22, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Rick Auerbach will now form a band and rip him off.
Jack White is getting his own baseball card, and guess what? He smiles in it! The Detroit Free Press reports (via Radio.com) that White’s card will appear in the 2015 Topps Series 1 set.
It’s unclear just how rare White’s First Pitch insert card will be. As you can see above, he wears a vintage Tigers jersey on it.
Posted: January 21, 2015 at 09:37 PM | 340 comment(s)
Major League Baseball owners and the World Umpires Association, the exclusive bargaining representative of all full-time Major League Umpires, have both officially ratified a five-year labor agreement, the parties announced today. The pact covers the 2015-2019 seasons.
Pittsburgh Press, January 21, 1915:
H.A. Jennings, a lawyer at the Lackawanna county bar in the winter time and manager of the Detroit American league baseball team in the spring and summer, has been elected a director of the Traders’ National bank, of Scranton. Hughey, as he is familiarly known throughout the baseball world, has been a stockholder in the Traders bank for several years.
Jennings appears to have done just about everything in Scranton, other than catching the Scranton Strangler. ...Read More...
As a quantifiable skill, pitch framing has been garnering a lot of attention in the past few years. While most research on that front has focused on a catcher’s ability to get extra strikes called, at Baseball Info Solutions we have developed a methodology for dividing the credit among the catcher, the pitcher, the batter, and the umpire. We call our system Strike Zone Plus/Minus, and the details of the methodology will be explained in The Fielding Bible—Volume IV coming out this spring. ...Read More...
Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some. ...Read More...
Some of the names are familiar. Five right-handers—the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, the Rockies’ Jon Gray, Archie Bradley of the D-backs, the Orioles’ Dylan Bundy, Robert Stephenson of the Reds—were on this list a year ago. Bradley and Bundy have made the list four years running, while this marks the third straight Top 10 for Syndergaard.
Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Yankees were already good — heck, they had already won a World Series — when Brian Cashman took over. They had Jeter and Mo and all of those guys and more money than God. It’d be harder, under those circumstances, to lose than it would be to win, right?
On a related note, is Luis Sojo the 21st-greatest Yankee player of all time?
As promised, here’s Cashman. A very fair assessment of his tenure IMO.
Posted: January 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, January 20, 1915:
The Cleveland Naps are to be called Indians hereafter. Unless all signs fail, the Indians are in for a scalping next summer.
Washington Herald, January 20, 1915:
Possibly the owners of the Cleveland club, by changing the name of the Sixth City club from “Naps” to “Indians” had in mind the Boston Braves.
This makes so much more sense than the strained explanation about honoring Louis Sockalexis.
As Melvin told me: “Jimmy Nelson is in the rotation.”
So, it appears the Brewers will enter the 2015 season with Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Nelson.
No Zimmermann. No James Shields, either.
Posted: January 20, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
Monday, January 19, 2015
The deal sends Gallardo to Texas in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas, right-hander Corey Knebel, and right-hander Marcos Diplan.
Posted: January 19, 2015 at 07:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
... the Orioles have compiled a list of Plan B options in case Duquette departs.
According to an industry source, that list—compiled in the past month—includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager…
I like Fowler because he’s, like, the last leadoff hitter left.
The Cubs are close to acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com tweets. The Astros will receive big-league players in return, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets, and one of those is pitcher Dan Straily, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes (on Twitter)...
Fowler, 28, hit .276/.375/.399 in 505 plate appearances in his first season in Houston in 2014, though he posted poor ...
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, January 19, 1915:
“Will you please deny for me the stories printed in several New York papers that I was a candidate for the position of secretary or business manager of the Yankees,” writes Ed Barrow, president of the International League. “These stories were copied by the papers of our circuit and have caused some unpleasant and unfavorable comment on the part of several sporting writers.”
Barrow stayed with the International League until the end of the 1917 ...Read More...
What do I see? Well, raw IERP (and also raw DRS, not shown) has the same volatility as BABIP. Annual BABIP is mostly a crapshoot, so that confirms my expectation. ISO, wRC+ (and also wOBA, SLG, OBP, though not shown) are a fair bit better than BABIP. I don’t know about you, but when I see a one-year jump in ISO or wRC+, that’s a cause for interest. A one year blip may be a “breakout”, or the change might not last. We need to look deeper. Self-regression of IERP achieves that level of ...
Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
Jon Heyman says it’s a done deal.
op right-handed starter Max Scherzer and the Nationals are in agreement on a seven-year deal, CBSSports.com has learned.
Details of the deal beyond the seven years are not known.
No speculation on the Brewer return.
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