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Friday, October 24, 2014

Curt Schilling not hiding his scars - ESPN Boston

None of us are invincible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, phillies, red sox, sad


How top World Series players ranked as prospects. | SportsonEarth.com : Jim Callis Article

Which World Series participants were the most highly regarded? Glad you asked. Here’s a ranking of the top 15 players in the World Series based on how they were perceived as prospects when they made their MLB debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, world series

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow captures Starting Pitcher MiLBY Award | MiLB.com

It takes more than talent to get to the big leagues. Warning: TINSTAAPP.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects, tyler glasnow

Beaneball | Gold Gloves and Coco Crisp’s Terrible 2014 Defense

This is interesting. I’ve been looking at this stuff lately to decipher some of the season-to-season changes in DRS for players. To properly compare the defensive skillsets of players, opportunity differences need to addressed, just prorating DRS to innings is not enough.

So I don’t know. Coco caught fewer balls this year. That part is indubitable because we register one entirely objective statistic: putouts. He caught balls. He didn’t catch balls. (That, incidentally, forms a large basis of FRAA.) On the other hand, how many air balls did the A’s allow?

Year	TBF	In-play %	In-play	Air%	Air balls	IFFB%	IFFB	OFFB
2013	6069	70%	4248	59.9%	2544	16%	407	2137
2014	5971	69%	4120	53.8%	2215	14%	310	1905

(These stats are from Baseball Reference. If I knew off the top of my head where to get the raw stats, I’d just use those. Instead I have to work backward from the percentages.)

That’s not an insubstantial difference. It’s about 1.4 fewer outfield chances per game, which means 140 fewer chances to Crisp and his outfield mates in his 900 innings in center field. Breaking down the league range factors (there’s probably a better way to do this), about 40 percent of those chances would go to center, so Crisp probably saw something like 55 fewer chances over the course of the year than he did in 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

The ‘Little Things’ – The Hardball Times

Inside Edge tries tracking the “little things”.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-24-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, October 24, 1914:

It has been learned that there were two sad faced young ballplayers who attended the banquet given by Mayor Curley at the Copley Plaza in honor of the Boston Braves last Thursday night. One is little Billy Martin, the Washington lad who joined the world’s champions on Aug. 1.

The other player to be disappointed is Cottrell, a pitcher, who became a member of the Braves’ outfit in July. Neither one of these players received anywhere near the full amount of $2,708.86.
...
Martin was handed a check for $500, drawn personally by the Braves’ manager. Cottrell likewise received the same amount…Martin and Cottrell, for some unknown reason, were cut out of the big divvy by a committee of the veteran players of the club.

A huge thumbs up to George Stallings for digging into his own pocket to reward the players that the rest of the team hosed.

You can sort of see what the other players were thinking, though: Martin went 0-for-3 with an error in his one and only MLB appearance, and Cottrell in 1914 allowed five baserunners and two runs in one inning.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, george stallings, history

Royals get four AL Gold Glove finalists, but not Lorenzo Cain | The Kansas City Star

Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was passed over for Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., Chicago’s Adam Eaton and Baltimore’s Adam Jones. In the four-game sweep of Baltimore, Cain won the AL Championship Series MVP award.

He’s correct that Cain led all outfielders with 2.7 dWAR.

He does seem to be an oversight by the voters. I’m not sure how much his time spent in RF impacted his being left off the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves, lorenzo cain, royals

Wall Street didn’t kill sabermetrics - Beyond the Box Score

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come”. – Victor Hugo

Sabermetrics won! Sabermetrics won!

In other words, for the blogger class, Andrew Friedman is the everyman, not the “working class” player on the field. The goal, dare I say it, was for the “nerd class” to take over the decision making aspect of the sport. They could obviously never compete on the field with world class athletes, but when it comes to determining which players are best and how to put them together into sets of 25, the sabermetric class could beat the house by counting cards.

The world Moore is describing is a success story. Sabermetrics won and as a result, it’s a totally normal thing that a guy with a sharp mind and no ability to hit a slider can make a name for himself (or herself!) in the game they love. Wall Street didn’t suck the life out of sabermetrics, Wall Street made sabermetrics the norm. Moore says as much, but he says it like it’s a bad thing.

OK, I liked the article overall. The whole “sabermetrics won” idea is a little silly, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: navel gazing, sabermetrics

John McGrath: The Giants have become the Yankees — obnoxious | The News Tribune

Hunter Strickland is ruining baseball for everyone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series


MLB - San Francisco Giants still confident in their bullpen - ESPN

Well, everybody but Hunter Strickland.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Team Chemistry in Major League Baseball | Psychology Today

Oh dear.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: team chemistry

Did Adam Dunn Ruin Baseball? – The Hardball Times

Adam Dunn didn’t invent this approach. It wasn’t a good approach. I followed Dunn throughout his career. Dunn could have been a better hitter if he was more aggressive within the strikezone. I witnessed countless at bats where Dunn passed up a perfectly good pitch and ended up either taking a called strike or whiffed on a worse pitch later in the at bat. Dunn’s method sucked.

Adam Dunn didn’t do a lot of things well, but he controlled the strike zone. He didn’t expand the zone and when pitchers made a mistake he crushed it. That might not be the kind of thing that everyone can agree is exciting, but it also isn’t selfish or uninteresting.

Putting the ball in play is better than striking out, but by shortening your swing, you’re likely decreasing the odds of a good outcome. That’s why the strikeout isn’t toxic for batters anymore. The 2014 Royals lived with the magic of the ball in play, but there are other ways to live.

Dunn’s method is no better or worse than any others and it’s a particular approach that highlights what many consider the game’s most challenging task. The ball is traveling towards the hitter at 95 mph. Should you swing or should you take? If your default is to swing, the game will move faster and the fielders will play a bigger role. But I’m not so sure that’s baseball’s ideal arrangement.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: adam dunn, three true outcomes

2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 3 OMNICHATTER

The Series turns to San Francisco in Game 3. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie, the Giants send Tim Hudson. 8 PM. FOX.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 515 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What’s Buster Posey’s best trait as a catcher? Here’s what his pitchers had to say - Giants Extra

He’s dreamy!

To fully appreciate Posey’s talent, his pitchers say, you need to look into his eyes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, world series

Lincecum upbeat, “feels normal” after playing catch | CSN Bay Area

The Freak is feeling better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tim lincecum, world series

Gleeman: Royals may bench Norichika Aoki for Game 3

Aoki-dokey.

Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.

So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:01 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: norichika aoki, royals, world series

9 reasons Hunter Pence is the most interesting man in the World (Series) | For The Win

Knowing Hunter Pence is loving Hunter Pence.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, world series

Giants’ Tim Lincecum needs MRI on lower back/side after leaving Game 2 - CBSSports.com

I was wondering when we’d see The Freak. I guess that’s all we are going to get.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 04:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tim lincecum, world series

Gold Glove Awards finalists revealed | MLB.com

Not many surprises, but Yoenis Cespedes?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves

AJC: Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations

Hart, 66, was named Thursday to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Braves, signing a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season, which would be the Braves’ first season in their new ballpark just under construction in Cobb County.

The team will still presumably replace fired general manager Frank Wren with another person who’ll report to Hart. Current assistant general manager John Coppolella, 36, is believed to be a frontrunner for that position, an arrangement that would allow “Coppy” to, in effect, be groomed on the job while Hart is there to oversee operations.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gm meetings

NY Times: The Strike-Zone Revolution

In his paper, Mills attributes between 25 percent and 40 percent of the scoring decline stems from the larger strike zone, and he said that he considered that estimate conservative.  The zone may have begun growing about a decade ago, when Major League Baseball began using video to evaluate umpires’ calls behind home plate. But the 2009-10 off-season, when the league put a more comprehensive system into place, seems to have been a turning point. Umpires now receive a report after each game breaking down their performance.  The result seems to be a strike zone that is both more accurate, as far as the rule book is concerned, and more consistent. A third recent analysis, by Jeff Sullivan of Fan Graphs, found that the variation in umpire calls on low pitches has declined in the last five seasons. A strike (or ball) for one umpire is more often a strike (or ball) for another.

bobm Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone

I hope this doesn’t get me fired. | FOX Sports

A game can go badly pretty quickly. Last night I was watching the game. With the score tied 2-2 the game channel went out on my television.(There was a power outage at the local affiliate.) By the time the picture came back on, the score was 7-2.

We don’t know what will happen in game 3. The Giants could jump out to a 10-run lead in the first. You close out the wins in World Series games as best you can. Herrera just had six days rest. He has another day off today. Using your three best pitchers to close out the last 3.2 innings, especially when they have had so much rest, is using your head.

During Game 2 of the World Series, Rob penned this Baseball Joe questioning Ned Yost’s decision to leave Kelvin Herrera in to pitch the seventh inning with the Royals leading the Giants 7-2. Rob’s suggestion was to remove Herrera in order to save his arm after throwing just nine pitches to finish off the sixth inning. Jason Frasor was the suggested replacement.

In my opinion, Frasor has been underappreciated this postseason and is more than capable of holding that lead. But this is the postseason. A five-run lead when you’re down one game to none is the equivalent of a two-run lead when running your bullpen. Especially when you consider the day off on Thursday.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usuage, giants, royals, world series

Salvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF) | MLB | NESN.com

Serenity now, Hunter Strickland, serenity now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

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