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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Last season, Dickey had a personal catcher: Josh Thole. And it wasn’t just last season. First with the Mets and then the Blue Jays, Thole backstopped Dickey’s butterflies for five seasons.
This season, Josh Thole’s in the minor leagues, at least until the Jays trade Dioner Navarro. So Wednesday night, Russell Martin got the start behind the plate.
I got to wondering about the relative importance of framing knuckleballs, and asked our friends at Baseball Info Solutions to look at some numbers. ...Read More...
The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.
To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!
Whaddaya know? Meat wrote it down.
This morning in the recaps I noted that I had never heard of A’s rookie Mark Canha. Now I am certain to never, ever forget him, because he is an instant legend.
No, not because he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in his debut (though that’s awesome) but because he dropped the “Bull Durham” “Good Lord Willin’ . . .” cliche speech in the postgame interview, basically word for word.
Who do you think got em?
MLB officials have begun issuing written warnings to several players who have violated the league’s new pace of game rules.
MLB spokesman Mike Teevan told Perform Media on Wednesday night that fines for violating the rules would begin May 1, but players would have a “grace period” during the first month of games.
“We’re working with the players on this and want to use April to educate them,” Teevan said.
The Associated Press reported that at least 10 letters have ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 9, 1915:
Reb [sic] Faber of the Whitesox, is a contortionist. He was doubling his feet back of his head and playing other tricks in the lobby of a hotel at Little Rock. “That guy don’t need to play ball,” said Happy Felsch. “He could stand on the corner and make a living.”
Hopefully Felsch didn’t need to play ball in order to make a living.
Ken Rosenthal isn’t here to bury Frank Wren; he’s here to defend him.
Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
The Hidden Game of Fetch
Christopher Russo is joined by legendary baseball historian John Thorn to discuss how fans will be voting for each Franchise Four
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Posted: April 09, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
Opa Hyun-jin Style?
Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu is a big star in his native Korea, which is why he stars in goofy commercials like this one.
Last fall, Ryu starred in an ad for ramen that also featured a fake Clayton Kershaw. Now he’s rapping to promote credit cards for a Korean bank. His outfit is spot-on and the Mission Impossible theme makes for a pretty good beat.
Ryu is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He’ll be back soon enough, but it’s nice to know that he ...
During the time you read this, Adrian Gonzalez may have hit another home run.
Pirates (Burnett) at Reds (DeSciafani), 12:35Read More...
Mets (one “Matthew Harvey”) at Nationals (one “Stephen Strasburg”), 1:05
Twins (Gibson) at Tigers (Greene), 1:08
White Sox (Danks) at Royals (Volquez), 2:10
Indians (Bauer) at Astros (Wojciechowski- and, yes, I copy-pasted that name), 2:10
Rangers (N. Martinez) at A’s (Graveman), 3:35
Giants (Hudson) at Padres (Kennedy), 6:40
Red Sox (Masterson) at Phillies (Buchanan), ...
Posted: April 09, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 168 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
I just posted, on my website, the RPA screen shots from my software for every MLB hitter in 2014 with at least 200 computed plate appearances. These screen shots contain the data and RPA ratings against each of the 6 types of pitchers faced. You will need an adequate sized screen to see the detail.
Also: the team ratings (including every player and pitcher) on every American league Team from 1901 - 1980 and EVERY National League team from 1900 - 1970 can also be viewed.
The URL I listed will ...Read More...
Posted: April 08, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
Voting for Top 4 players by franchise, from Negro Leagues, Pioneers and all Living Players.
I’m sold on Curtis Granderson this year. First, as the article mentions, he made some adjustments in his pitch selection last year. Second, he’s tweaked his swing this off-season, cutting out most of the hitch he had in his swing.
Good stuff from Dave Cameron.
Pittsburgh Press, April 8, 1915:
Manager Bill Carrigan of the Red Sox expects to depend largely upon his left-handed pitchers during the first months of the season. He has Leonard, Collins and Ruth ready to do their share of the work, and Foster, Shore, and Mays to help them.
Ruth? Ruth is going to make the team? There’s no way that kid’s ready. He has flop written all over him.
This should be good for an argument…
Rather than ranking the 50 greatest nonfiction baseball books, I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by author. Scroll down the list and find books that will entertain and educate. And if some of your favorite baseball books are missing, post a comment and let the rest of us know.
Posted: April 08, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
Too tired to play? Major League players need to embrace the napping lifestyle.
“I think we’re getting more analytical about this and asking ourselves how we can preserve these players over the course of a season,” says long-time Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. “If a guy does great playing four games in a row but doesn’t do well on the fifth day, why are we playing him when we have a fresh guy on the bench who could be better? I think we definitely see a decrease in performance when people get ...
Posted: April 08, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 36 comment(s)
I hope Barry Zito gets back.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
One July 10, 1962, a minor miracle happened — though only a few people witnessed it. That was the day that Andy Warhol unveiled his odd Campbell Soup Cans work of art, though that wasn’t the miracle. A company called Telstar launched into space the first privately owned satellite. That wasn’t the miracle either.
No, that day, a somewhat clunky and generally unimposing young man with thick glasses took the mound for a minor-league baseball game in Elmira, N.Y. There were, by official ...
Soon-to-be-enshrined Hall of Famer Randy Johnson joined the Arizona Diamondbacks for opening day, taking the mound to throw out the first pitch.
Johnson stood taller than everyone around him on the field, them calmly walked out to the mound and zoomed his first pitch over the plate like he wasn’t even trying, like he was doing these things yesterday. Johnson, 51, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009 but obviously isn’t out of practice, even though he devotes his time to photography ...
Baseball season is under way, folks. To celebrate Opening Day, we polled Pitchfork staffers on the song they would choose if they were stepping up to the plate. Here are their responses.
I’d probably go with Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”, but then I’m way too unhip to write for Pitchfork.
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