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Thursday, November 06, 2014
In the next part of this article, we’ll walk through the latest DRA estimate, showing Derek Jeter made approximately 450 fewer successful fielding plays that an average-fielding shortstop playing in his place would have fielded and converted into outs. Jeter played 2,674 defensive games at short. A player playing nearly every game per season, say, 150 games, plays 6 games a week, so Jeter played close to 450 “weeks” at short.
The easiest way, then, to put Derek Jeter’s defense into ...Read More...
Michael A. Humphreys
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 47 comment(s)
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I get that Buchholz isn’t reliable. Right now, the Sox only have unreliable starters. I don’t see how getting rid of the only one with *any* track record of being a quality starter improves their situation.
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
This doesn’t sound that crazy. I’ve heard about other teams having something similar. I expect it’s a value system where a GM can quickly call up a number with the current estimated value for every player in baseball.
(Perhaps a little buried in all of the Maddon love over the past few days was that there appeared to be some sort of Dr. Frankenstein experiment going on in Tampa right before he departed.
“I think you need to balance it between the human being and the number,” Maddon said. ...
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
New York Evening World, November 6, 1914:
Another problem confronts the owners of the Yankees. Arrangements have not yet been made with the Giants for the use of the Polo Grounds next year, and inasmuch as the club’s new grounds at Kingsbridge have not yet been completed, President Farrell is likely to be up against it for a ball park in 1915.
The Yankees’ new grounds weren’t completed until 1923. The new ballpark was in the Bronx, but it wasn’t in Kingsbridge.
And, therefore, is not available.
Alfonso Soriano announced his retirement from baseball in a radio interview with Hector Gomez of Z101 in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old spent 16 seasons with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270/.319/.500 with 412 home runs in more than 8,000 plate appearances. The Dominican native finished his career where it started—in the Bronx—and struggled through his worst offensive season since 2000 ...
Will Edwards really be more than a back-ender of a rotation?
The Cubs’ best hope for a front-line starter from their farm system is right-hander C.J. Edwards, whose prospect status has surged dramatically since the Rangers signed him as a 48th-round Draft pick from a South Carolina high school in 2011. Edwards came to Chicago in the Matt Garza trade during a 2013 season in which he led the Minors by averaging 12 strikeouts per nine innings.
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
Here’s another team “not shopping” but “willing to listen”. (Wink, wink.)
First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources.
The A’s would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant about keeping Donaldson, who is under club control for four more years, sources say.
Tangotiger’s Fan Scouting Report gives him below average numbers for his defense. Are the Astros overestimating Conger’s defense? I haven’t watched Conger closely enough to form an opinion. What do our Angels fans think?
The moderately-misleading quote rings true, as does most everything on FanGraphs. So how does it apply to Conger? Well, in his two most recent seasons — the ones in which, you’ll recall, he framed phenomenally — he racked up a combined…1172.1 innings. That’s barely a full ...
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
I get where Cameron is coming from. I don’t see, however, how opening up a hole at the top of the Reds rotation really offsets what they’d be getting in his proposed deal.
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:37 AM | 63 comment(s)
You have to give up something to get something. What will the Mets be willing to give up?
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 55 comment(s)
If the Red Sox and Cubs are in the mix for Hamels, the Phillies should be able to make a nice deal?
The Cubs, already connected heavily in speculative reports about top free-agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, are also interested in Cole Hamels, according to sources, and are expecting to talk to the Phillies about him.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Cubs will look into Hamels, who’s comparable to the top two free-agent pitchers, and also available.
It isn’t known how the ...
Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:30 AM | 28 comment(s)
They aren’t shopping them; they are just keeping their “eyes and ear open” for potential deals. (Wink, wink.)
For the first time, the Colorado Rockies sound willing to trade shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and/or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their “eyes and ears open” for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources.
The mere willingness to discuss Tulowitzki and Gonzalez is a departure for Colorado, which previously ...
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.
In 2004, Halsey dueled Boston ace Pedro Martinez into the middle innings in a game highlighted by Derek Jeter’s diving catch into the stands at Yankee Stadium. In 2006, Halsey gave up Barry Bonds’ 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM | 85 comment(s)
What does this mean for Jason Castro?
The Angels sent catcher Hank Conger to Houston for a pair of 24-year-old prospects in right-hander Nick Tropeano and catcher Carlos Perez, the teams announced Wednesday.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 07:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
It’s all by the numbers. Please don’t tell Steve Dilbeck.
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
2B: Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
SS: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
3B: Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers
LF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
CF: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
RF: Jason Heyward* Atlanta Braves
P: Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
C: Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates
At least he doesn’t believe that Martians are stealing his luggage!
Let me say that again: statistical analysis (that we in the public are aware of) takes the most important element of the sport, and ignores it.
It’s like having Newtonian physics without relativity and quantum mechanics. There’s a lot you can do with Newtonian physics, but at the extremes, it begins to break down, because it is ignoring some deeper, more fundamental truths.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:30 PM | 32 comment(s)
Something tells me Ryan Theriot is not on the GM fast track.
Alex, Alex, Alex! It’s always about Alex!!
BBC might have been on board with Parker’s rant ... until he wondered aloud about Ausmus.
The Maddon hire isn’t the problem. He’s a veteran skipper who has had success. It’s the Molitor hiring that should make aspiring black and Hispanic managers feeling salty.
While a great player, Molitor doesn’t have any managerial experience - not in the minors or majors.
That’s a new trend in MLB, hiring guys who have never managed before. Some have never even been a coach on the minor league ...
For a moment, I thought Maury was offering to sell Florida back to the Spanish.
But, for pro sports, well…
Don’t hate me for this, hate the numbers. Consider the following: including partial seasons in the NFL, NHL, and NBA for 2014 and dating back to 2010, for leagues that have 30 teams (NBA, NHL, and MLB) and the NFL (32 teams), the nine professional sports teams in Florida average a ranking against their peers based upon attendance at an abysmal 21st. If not for the Heat (average ranking ...
While new teammates are nice, there’s one aspect of being traded that can prove particularly tough: what to wear.
“That was a little bit of a process, because we had flown to Colorado Springs, so my truck was at the airport in Omaha,” Adam said. “I left it there for the rest of the season, and I flew straight into New Britain. I got in and watched the rest of the game and was just a normal guy on the team the next day.
“We had been on a five-day road trip and I had in my suitcase just enough ...
Joe Posnanski’s ballot.
I also know why Fielding Bible voters are averse to Jones — his defensive numbers are annually mediocre. The Dewan plus/minus system, which tries to measure how many plays a player makes against the league average, calculates that every single year since 2009 Jones has made FEWER plays than the average outfielder. His other defensive numbers are not very exciting either.
When you add in his arm and Good Plays Made, Jones is actually a little above-average in ...Read More...
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, November 5, 1914:
“Lee Magee can jump into the lake or the Federal league for all I care,” declared Schuyler Britton, president of the Cardinals, today, after he had digested the import of Magee’s ultimatum delivered Monday.
Magee called his employer on the phone last night and informed him that he (Magee) was leaving for Chicago to consult with Manager Tinker and Owner Weeghman of the Chicago outlaws.
[Britton:] “Last spring when Magee returned from the world’s tour, I ...
The process is headed in the right direction. As more managers become more statistically savvy the two worldviews will continue to converge.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
The Los Angeles Dodgers will name Oakland Athletics assistant GM Farhan Zaidi, a Berkeley-educated economist, as their next GM, baseball sources confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com Tuesday night.
This is the third consecutive Dodger GM to have been hired away from an assistant GM position from a Bay Area team.
Joyful Calculus Instructor
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 04:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
n the autumn of 2007, Amanda Coolbaugh was dealing with the tragic loss of her husband, Mike, who had been killed that July when a line drive struck him in the head while he was coaching first base for the Colorado Rockies’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa. She had two young sons, ages 5 and 4, and she was eight months pregnant. So as the baseball season was winding down, she was struggling. How would she be able to raise her children? How would she pay for their college educations? How would she ...
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