Max Scherzer Newsbeat
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Chris Sale is not like the others.
In addition to his pitching, Greinke is known for his exhaustive understanding of and interest in the sport, up to and including preparing pre-draft scouting reports on potential picks. And in a New York Times feature during his 2009 campaign, Greinke explained that he pitched to keep his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) as low as possible. By that number, which estimates a pitcher’s value based on his walk, strikeout and home-run rates, Greinke was indeed better in 2009 than he had been in 2015: A 2.33 FIP then vs. a 2.65 mark now.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters.
“It’s so hard. It takes luck. You have to be on point. You make mistakes, they have to mishit it,” Scherzer said. “I made a few mistakes early. They hit some balls hard. Fortunately, they were right at people.”
With one out in the sixth inning, however, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis then broke up the no-hit bid with a double down the right-field line.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
But does having eyes of different colors remain a market inefficiency?
Simon: “Two things have become much more popular lately: pitch framing and defensive shifts. What are your approaches with regard to each of those?”
Scherzer: “Framing is there. Certain catchers get more calls than others, but the pitcher has to put the ball in the right spot to let the catcher do that. It’s more parts catcher, but there is a pitcher part to that, especially if you want to work the outside edges and down and give the catcher a pitch he can [frame]. [The more you’re] able to execute the pitch in the vicinity of where his glove is, the easier it is for him to frame.
“With defensive shifts: You see how they’re implemented, and it’s not just a mad scientist doing this. It’s a real fact that if you shift, you can prevent more hits. Sometimes, it’s a matter of moving your whole infield around to get to the point of it being a positive.
“I put all that on the coaches. The coaches do a phenomenal job of doing their research to try to figure out if they want to shift and who they want to shift against so that they feel comfortable.
“I don’t worry about infield shifts at all—you play where you’re gonna play. I’m just gonna pitch my game.”
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
“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 this year, but few pitchers loom as a bigger threat at the plate. Last season, he hit four home runs – and became the first pitcher to hit two grand slams in a season since 1966, when Atlanta’s Tony Cloninger hit two in a game at Candlestick Park.
Jeff Kent was unavailable for comment.
Monday, April 27, 2015
“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.”
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
The policy, Scherzer said, would have provided him with $40 million tax-free if he suffered any type of injury that prevented him from receiving an offer below the Tigers’ original $144 million proposal. Scherzer was covered if he injured his shoulder. He was covered if he required Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He was covered for every possible injury under a policy that he said cost him $750,000.
“Don’t get me wrong. I know finance. I know deferral money. I get all that. But this was the best offer. If another team wanted to make a better offer without a deferment, we never received it. This was the best offer.”
Friday, February 27, 2015
Rick Porcello talks about what he learned from the other starters in Detroit.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Great trade, who’d we get?
BEST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS
Russell Martin (Blue Jays)—11
James Shields (Padres)—11
Jon Lester (Cubs)—8
Adam LaRoche (White Sox)—7
Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox)—6
Andrew Miller (Yankees)—5
The votes in this sector of the survey zigzagged in all directions, with 33 different players collecting at least one vote—including two Cubans (Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera) who haven’t even signed yet. Oh, and one fellow who isn’t a player at all—Joe Maddon—got two votes. So what pushed Martin and Shields to the top of this list? Well, there weren’t a lot of fans of Martin’s five-year, $82-million contract, per se. But “he impacts winning,” one voter said. Shields’ votes were reflections of both his contract (because the Padres were able to keep it to four years) and the way he fits both his new ballpark and the aggressive winter of his new club. They “had to sign him,” an AL exec said, “to finish off the project.”
WORST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS
Max Scherzer (Nationals)—15
Brett Anderson (Dodgers)—10
Hanley Ramirez (Red Sox)—9
Michael Cuddyer (Mets)—8
Nick Markakis (Braves)—6
Billy Butler (A’s)—5
Brandon McCarthy (Dodgers)—5
When we asked one NL executive for his selections in the best free-agent competition, his instant quip was: “That’s an oxymoron.” No wonder the votes piled up for all sorts of candidates on this side of the poll. We counted 14 free agents who got at least three votes for worst signing and another nine who got two votes. But the most fun fact of all is 17 different players got votes in both the worst-signing and best-signing categories. The reason for that isn’t actually confusing. We’d sum it up this way: Love the player, hate the contract. There’s no better example of that than Scherzer. “It’s ridiculous that they’ll be paying him forever,” one voter said. “But he’s a great pitcher.”
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I wonder what Bobby Bonilla thinks.
The contract is for seven-years and $210 million. But as Buster notes, a huge amount of deferred money in involved. It stretches over the next 14 years and includes a $50 million signing bonus. For luxury tax purposes the contract is considered to be a $191.4 million deal based on present value, with an annual salary for such purposes determined to be $28.69 million.
Why this bugs other teams is a mystery. In response to other folks on Twitter, Olney cites executives displeasure with the $210 million figure now being the standard for an elite pitcher. I presume they also now worry that the expectation from agents will be that future deals for other pitchers include all of that deferred dough.
Which seems kind of unimportant. A $191 million deal or a $210 deal? Eh.
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