From George Ignatin down to Athlon Sports…oh, how the mighty.
Over the last few years, I’ve tended to skip reading preseason baseball magazines—too many air-headed predictions made by people without a firm grasp of statistics and economics. Athlon Sports’ Baseball Previews, though, is both hip and smart, and always has something surprising to say about every team.
I love their little factoids. No, wait, I won’t call this one a factoid because it says something important about a Yankees pitcher, Ivan Nova: He allowed 87 extra base hits, a single-season record for a Yankees pitcher. I’ve been thinking for two years now that Nova is living on borrowed time, and I’d say that pretty much proves it.
...After the humiliating loss to Detroit that ended the season, everyone had their own definition of what went wrong and how to fix it. Stuff like “Get some guys who know how to hit in the clutch,” which is ########, of course, since no one really knows how to define clutching hitting and therefore doesn’t even know it exists. Or, “They’ve got to get some guys who can make contact.” Well, during the season the Yankees led the league in on-base average (.337) and slugging (.453), and they’re supposed to be most important statistics, so they must have been making plenty of contact then.
...I agree with the last part, but I think it’s ridiculous for the richest team in baseball to do nothing over the spring to try and improve itself. If the Yankees are thinking of saving money in 2014, they ought to be thinking how much they’re going to lose this year and next when they see all those empty seats at Yankee Stadium. And if you think this isn’t going to happen this year, remember the ugly patches of unfilled seats. (Well, maybe you don’t’ remember them because you didn’t see them. The Yankee camera crews seemed to pan over the empty seats faster than the naked eye could detect them.)
Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:21 AM | 59 comment(s)
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