Spring Training Newsbeat
Saturday, March 22, 2014
We then find that spring productivity is statistically significant when predicting actual performance in the upcoming season, even after controlling for a player’s Marcel projection. However, while significant, the effect is extremely small: To raise his expected regular-season wOBA by just a single point, a typical player would need to hit for a wOBA roughly 17 points higher than expected during the spring.
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 2 comment(s)
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
At least three times already this year, crowds at the new Chicago Cubs stadium have smashed all-time Cactus League attendance records. But not everyone seemed eager at the outset to cash in on those fans and their money.
Kimco Realty, which owns the tax-subsidized Riverview shopping center across from the stadium on Dobson Road, created some bad vibes among baseball fans and Riverview Park patrons by initially banning non-customer parking at the center. At the same time, a competing center in Tempe offers free parking and game-day shuttle service.
Mesa businesses, never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Jonah Keri checks in from spring training.
Every team wants to develop its own Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw. Not every team tries to do that in the same way, however. To better understand baseball’s competing prospect philosophies, we hit the spring training circuit.
Friday, March 07, 2014
The 35-year-old pitcher saw his comeback attempt go awry when he was released by the Royals on Friday, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. And while performance certainly played a part in Kansas City’s decision — Penny gave up four runs and eight hits in two innings in a spring start against the White Sox on Thursday — apparently Penny’s temper did too.
“One reason Brad Penny was released: He injured his non-throwing hand punching a wall on Thursday, source says.”
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 7, 2014
The Red Sox did not send out a great team. The Marlins, however, did send out a much better lineup. With the knowledge that most veterans don’t usually make this type of trip, aren’t the Marlins more culpable?
For the first and only time this spring, “super premium” ticket pricing was in effect for a Miami Marlins’ Grapefruit League home game. Thursday, fans per ticket paid $12 more for field box seats, $11 more for loge and $10 more for bleachers than they would for a weekday game.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Let’s see if I can make the biggest mess yet with this thread!
LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth city officials think they have a home run of an idea to help revitalize their city and save spring training on Florida’s east coast: A baseball stadium on the shores of Lake Osborne in John Prince Park.
They just need Palm Beach County, which owns the land, to buy into the idea. And that might not happen anytime soon.
...Still, city officials say they are cautiously optimistic about the prospect of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals sharing a spring training complex on 80-some acres in the 728-acre park just south of Lake Worth Road and west of Lake Osborne.
Place your bets, place your bets!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Hugh Fullerton in the Pittsburgh Press, February 21, 1914:
The spring training trips of major league ball clubs are the annual joke of the game, and they are largely responsible for the poorer quality of baseball dished out to the fans.
In 20 years of going south with major league baseball teams I never have seen a team that was not in better condition at the end of two weeks of training than it was when it started the season. A seasoned player…at the end of 10 days or two weeks will be in nearly top condition to play baseball. Then satisfied with his own condition he has a pleasure trip of five or six weeks in the south, working as little as possible.
Some day some wise manager will wait until about March 25, take his team down to the middle south for two weeks of real work and then get his advertising by playing real baseball right from the jump.
Here’s a photo of Hugh Fullerton’s cat.
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