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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is. His reasoning: Teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists who are just so good that if a team gets to the late innings with a lead, they are more likely to keep it, and thus scuttle the chances for someone to make a dramatic comeback in the late innings.

A lot of the great games in baseball history involve late-inning heroics and comebacks from the brink. Everyone loves a comeback, but Verducci suggests that if the comeback becomes a lost art, it will suck all the life out of baseball.

His evidence for his argument was to show a chart with aggregate OBPs from innings 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9. In recent years, all three lines are trending downward, but the space between the lines is growing. Teams just don’t give up as many hits and walks; the seeds of the two-run rally that turns a one-run deficit into a one-run win-in the late innings any more.

Baseball is dying. Again.

There’s just one little problem.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, comebacks, tom verducci

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds out of Fox’s baseball booth, John Smoltz to be lead game analyst

After two years, Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds are out of the Fox broadcast booth, and John Smoltz will the network’s lead game analyst, two people familiar with the plans told the Daily News. Smoltz and play-by-play man Joe Buck will be the new World Series team.

A Fox Sports spokesperson confirmed the change. An official announcement is expected later on Tuesday.

Following the departure of longtime analyst Tim McCarver after the 2013 World Series, Fox tapped Verducci, a highly respected baseball writer for Sports Illustrated, and Reynolds, a former player and an on-air personality for MLB Network. The three-man booth drew mixed reviews, and now Fox is making a change.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2015 at 12:36 PM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, harold reynolds, john smoltz, media, television, tom verducci

 

 

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