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Monday, July 06, 2015

Nationals, Astros WPB Spring Training Site Approved

Monday morning, Scott made the change officially official with a bill-signing ceremony held with Nationals and Astros representatives on hand, an acknowledgement of the return of Spring Training baseball to West Palm Beach for the first time since the Braves and Expos left decades ago. That the Astros and Nationals will move to Palm Beach County — if all stays on schedule — means there will be five teams within a 30-minute drive of one another on the east coast of Florida, a good sign for the health of the Grapefruit League, which requires more travel than the Cactus League in Arizona


Friday, April 17, 2015

How new baseball stadium will use grassy berms, underground… | www.mypalmbeachpost.com

How much is the taxpayer on the hook for in this deal?

Don’t expect the new $135 million spring training complex for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros to be a carbon copy of Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, ballparks, nationals, spring training

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring training is horribly, utterly broken; here’s how it can be fixed

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.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:40 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, spring training

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five toughest roster dilemmas this spring | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd has been providing some great analysis on MLB Network this off-season. He’s spot on in this article.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Crashburn Alley: David Buchanan is Putting Together an Impressive Spring

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.

eddieot Posted: March 25, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david buchanan, phillies, spring training, starting rotation

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring training lets umpires sharpen their game too | Toronto Star

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training, umpires

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jeff Wiser: Spring Notes From D-backs MLB Camp

Good stuff from a good blog.

shoewizard Posted: March 18, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, scouting, spring training, video

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Will Ferrell to play all 9 positions in various different Spring Training Games?

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.

 

Gamingboy Posted: March 10, 2015 at 07:22 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrities, goofballery, spring training, take that garth brooks

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Economist: Spring forward

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

Philly.com: Phillies lose to University of Tampa, 6-2.

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.


(REAL) SPRING TRAINING GAMES START TODAY

Actual MLB vs. MLB spring training games start today.

This has been an announcement.

Gamingboy Posted: March 03, 2015 at 12:30 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, spring training

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Mets’ intangible that has Terry Collins predicting playoffs | New York Post

Hope is a wonderful thing. Spring training is a wonderful time.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, spring training

 

 

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