Spring Training Newsbeat
Sunday, March 29, 2015
We talkin’ bout practice????
The schedule isn’t going to shrink back to the 25-game range of the mid-80s because all the municipalities that agreed to build the mega two-team complexes now in vogue demand 30 spring dates out of their stadiums to pay the bills.
Fine. Make the front end of spring training all about top prospects. Reverse the reporting dates now in existence. Have a manageable number of minor leaguers - lord knows they could all use the instruction from and interaction with the major league staff – and the non-roster veterans fighting for a spot report at the current reporting date. Let them play the first week of games. Have veterans show up 10 days later and begin playing the second week of games. Most players are bored to tears by mid-March anyway.
If veterans want to show up early, that’s fine, but don’t allow them to play for the first week of exhibitions. Make them work more gradually into baseball condition, limiting the risk of muscle strains. One thing the Rangers did this year was reduce the work schedule because they felt players went too hard too early, which led to those muscle strains. In Japan, for example, there is almost a month of conditioning in a slow build up; there are only about two weeks of exhibitions.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Dan O’Dowd has been providing some great analysis on MLB Network this off-season. He’s spot on in this article.
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 24 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
With 16 innings under his belt in the 2015 Grapefruit League, Buchanan is sporting a 1.69 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP and 11 strikeouts. But perhaps his most impressive statistical feat is this: the next walk he surrenders will be his first of the season. We preach loudly and often here at Crashburn about the irrelevance of spring training stat lines for perfectly valid reasons ranging from inconsistent quality of competition to extraordinarily small sample sizes to the emphasis on season preparation over in game results. If you’d like to write off Buchanan’s spring success as a fluke until the regular season starts, that’s your prerogative, but I do think there’s reason for tempered optimism here that extends beyond a handful of statistically impressive spring outings.
Optimism has no room in Philly this year.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Umpires are people too.
The hardest part of the job, Iassogna says, is moving on after you know you missed a call. He admits he struggles to follow the advice he gives to minor-league umpires about not taking the job home at night. “It eats you up, it really does. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a good way of dealing with that.”
Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Good stuff from a good blog.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
From Bob Nightengale’s Twitter:
Comedian and actor Will Farrell plans to play all nine positions in Cactus League games Thursday, shuttled by helicopter to different parks.
Hopefully we’ll get Pitch FX data on him on the mound.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
A summary of a Sloan Sports Analytics Conference presentation demonstrating that properly deployed spring training statistics can indeed improve preseason projections.
Incorporating spring training improved the correlation between preseason projections and final results from .578 to .593 for hitters (using OPS) and from .354 to .387 for pitchers (using ERA)...
ZiPS projected the 2% of hitters whose forecasts were most helped by spring training for a combined .709 OPS, while they actually posted a .746 as a group; conversely, ZiPS projected the 2% of batters whose forecasts were most hurt by spring training for an aggregate .764 OPS, only to see them compile a .739. The story is no different for pitchers. ZiPS expected the 2% of hurlers whose projections were most aided by their springs to produce a 4.35 ERA, and in fact they generated a 4.01 (lower is better); it thought the 2% whose projections were most damaged by spring training would have a 3.96 ERA, while their final mark was 4.21.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
UT, ranked No. 1 in Div. II, tied it at 2 when Phillies reliever Nefi Ogando walked in a run with the bases loaded. That prompted a mid-inning pitching change to Hector Neris, who promptly gave up a grand slam to UT shortstop Giovanny Alfonzo.
The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth, but Cord Phelps grounded out to the pitcher to end it.
A couple of days old, but still a fun story.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wednesday: Giants, Indians, Phillies, Pirates and Reds.
Thursday: Angels, Athletics, Cardinals, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Rockies, Royals and Tigers.
Friday: Astros, Braves, Brewers, Mariners, Marlins, Rangers, Red Sox, White Sox and Yankees
Monday: Blue Jays.
Posted: February 18, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 50 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
The Nationals and Astros made incremental progress toward a joint spring training home Monday night when the West Palm Beach City Commission approved a non-binding agreement with West Palm Beach County to swap the land to be used for the site. Progress continued Tuesday morning when the Palm Beach County Commission voted 6 to 1 to approve the term sheet, according to the Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.
The terms of the agreement include the environmental provisions required for the project to move forward. Palm Beach County, which would trade 1.8 acres of downtown land to the city for the 143.3 acre former landfill on which the facility is to be built, agreed to that swap with its vote Tuesday morning.
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If the facility does materialize, the Nationals will join the Astros, Mets, Marlins and Cardinals as teams training on the state’s East Coast, reducing travel and giving the other teams in the area reason to continue training there.
That’s considerably south of where the Nationals & Astros are now, but closer to the other teams training on Florida’s East Coast.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
It doesn’t take a whiz to see that they could use the added revenue to try to be #1, but they’ll probably just piss the money away.
The Cubs have signed Sloan Valve Co. for naming rights to their 1-year-old spring training ballpark in Mesa, Ariz., the club announced today.
Sloan, a 109-year-old Chicago company, produces flush valves and other parts for toilet fixtures at commercial buildings, including sports facilities.
Commence with the bathroom humor.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Hey, look! An article that’s NOT about the Hall of Fame voting! WOO HOO!!
West Palm Beach will negotiate a land swap with Palm Beach County for 160 acres of land targeted for a joint training facility for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, Mayor Jeri Muoio announced Monday, smoothing the path toward a new spring training home for the Nationals. The announcement represents a reversal on the part of the city, which previously had refused to negotiate such a swap.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s empty lot.
Palm Beach County voted Tuesday to continue negotiations and potentially make an unsolicited offer to the city of West Palm Beach for a land swap that could give the Nationals and Astros the needed site for a two-team spring training facility.
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