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Thursday, October 16, 2014
They already are.
The Red Sox already have the makings of an excellent defense in 2015. Napoli is a good defender at first. Pedroia is fantastic at second. Xander Bogaerts will probably never be much better than average (which is OK considering his offensive potential). Middlebrooks’ defense looks OK at times but seems to be regressing rather than improving. Christian Vazquez is a beast behind the plate. (Their longterm catcher Blake Swihart gets good marks too.) Their outfield already has ...Read More...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 08:56 PM | 20 comment(s)
Here’s a great article by Fangraph’s Jeff Sullivan who proves there is more than one way to improve your team.
Clearly, the Orioles have gotten contributions from enough other people to make up for the missing or underperforming stars. Clearly, the Orioles assembled some depth. This all got me thinking about Dan Duquette, and a certain principle. One way to improve a roster is by adding more good players. Another way to improve a roster is by eliminating the bad players. Of course, you want to ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
The number one team in OF DRS in 2014? The Royals with 45 (Alex Gordon with 27, Lorenzo Cain with 24, and Jarrod Dyson with 14). The number 2 team? The Red Sox with 41 (Jackie Bradley with 14 and Daniel Nava with 17).
As the highlight reels have reminded us throughout this month, a key facet of the Royals’ run prevention was their glovework. The team’s .693 defensive efficiency ranked sixth in the league, their 41 Defensive Runs Saved second. Their infield was actually below average via ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 07:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
Royals outfielders collectively led the league in both DRS and UZR this season, and Gordon, Cain, and Dyson ranked third, fourth, and ninth, respectively, among individual outfielders in DRS. The Royals outfielders’ arms account for some of the strength of their defensive ratings, but they nearly doubled the closest club in UZR Range Runs, which measures only how good they were at getting to balls. “We’re not just talking about a good outfield, or a great outfield,” wrote Baseball ...Read More...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
death to flying things
Baseball Rule 21
(d) BETTING ON BALL GAMES. Any player, umpire, or club official or
employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in
connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform shall be declared
ineligible for one year.
Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall
bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which
the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.
He admitted to violating ...Read More...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
hall of fame
I have a fix for the Wild-Card. LEAVE IT ALONE! Want a guaranteed home game? Win your division! Don’t want your whole season ending because the other team’s one good starter kills your offense? Win your division!
HOW TO FIX THE WILD-CARD
I like many folks, like the second wild card. It’s made winning the division paramount, it has brought more teams – and fans – into being involved with September baseball, which is a good thing, and any one-game elimination events makes for good ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 03:38 PM | 54 comment(s)
The Rangers have made their choice.
In early December 2012, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Moore called a meeting for the Royals’ braintrust. Scouts and development guys and transaction specialists and sabermetricians filled Moore’s suite and started to argue.
Him was Wil Myers. Him was Jake Odorizzi. Him was Mike Montgomery. Him was Patrick Leonard. They were four prospects in the Royals’ farm system. Myers was one of the best in baseball, Odorizzi another high-reward sort, Montgomery and Leonard each with ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
As Badler wrote back in August, Fernandez is among the three best Cuban ballplayers who are currently unavailable to MLB teams. According to Badler, Fernandez is an on-base machine who hits from the left side with an advanced approach and contact skills. (Remarkably, he struck out only ten times in 314 trips to the plate last year.) You’ll want to read Badler’s full report, of course, for a detailed account. Though a highly developed player, Fernandez does come with some warts, including an ...
Speaking of batted ball distribution, his fly ball rate was just 31.2%. That’s quite low for a monstrous power hitter. So the bad news is that I would project that to rise next year, which is going to take another bite out of his BABIP, all else being equal. The good news is that there’s your home run upside. Yes, even though he hit 36 homers this season, his relatively low fly ball rate suggests that a 40+ homer season is easily within his grasp.
It might take a little while for new Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to hire a general manager. For one thing, there’s no rush. Free agency doesn’t start until after the World Series ends and the real action tends to center around the winter meetings in early December. The Dodgers have plenty of front office people, including outgoing GM Ned Colletti, to hold down the position until Friedman gets his feet on the ground in L.A.
Friedman is also going to ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, October 16, 1914:
MACKMEN DUE FOR SHAKEUP
Plank, Bender, Oldring and Coombs Are Likely to Be Dropped from Athletics’ Roster
...And now it can be set down indisputably that changes in Connie Mack’s team are coming. The lineup of 1915 will most likely miss the burly form of big Rube Oldring, of the veteran Eddie Plank and some few of their teammates.
Early in the present season it is alleged that Mack stated that he wished neither Plank, Coombs nor Bender was connected with ...
A bunch of good Royals links and commentary from Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk. It’s worth reading his take and clicking though on the articles he linked.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
I hope St. Petersburg is smarter than other communities.
[Brian] Auld, 37, now finds himself not only running a major-league team and implementing owner Stuart Sternberg’s organizational vision, but he also has moved to the forefront of the team’s effort to land a new stadium.
“I’ve ridden side-car, if you will, on the stadium situation since 2006 when we got started,” Auld said.
Auld said he will rely heavily on Melanie Lenz, the Rays’ vice president of development, during what he hopes ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM | 6 comment(s)
There’s no moping in October. Say “wait ’til next year,” pick a team to root for, join the fun and, above all, don’t say, “It’s not fair.” Baseball has been giving out rings since 1903 based on head-to-head series. The autumn game is every bit as central to the sport as the summer game. But it sure is different….
There’s a tendency for the sport’s best regular season teams — and their fans (and media) — to moan about insufficient reward for six months of superior ...Read More...
Jeff Banister and Kevin Cash look like frontrunners in a surprising turn of events. I say surprising because it’s not like they’re Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland. Going outside for a proven winner is one thing. Hiring a guy with less managerial experience than the candidate in hand is a scary, bold proposition.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position.
“At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions,” Schuerholz said in an email to the AJC on Wednesday in response to a question about the report, which cited unnamed ...
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October—even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wainwright vs. Bumgarner. FS1. 8 PM. Game 5. Giants advance to WS with win, Cardinals force series back to STL with win.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 459 comment(s)
Seriously thinking of changing my handle to Lorenzo Cain’s #1 Fan. Dude is fun to root for.
McCullough wrote that Cain was cut from the freshman basketball team, and his mother wouldn’t allow him to play football.
“If I would have made the basketball team, there’s no chance I would have played baseball,” Cain told McCullough. “I know that for sure. There’s no chance.”
Cain, 28, came from football country — Madison County High School in northern Florida and Tallahassee ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Will Rob Manfred get indicted for lying under oath?
It’s Jeff Sullivan, with GIFs, talking about defense on Fangraphs. Read it.
The Royals feel like an exaggeration of what defense can do. In this way I can only speak for myself, but when, say, Miguel Cabrera goes on one of his tears, I see him at the plate and I feel like he could hit a dinger at a moment’s notice. I can sense the threat of a slugger, because I’m aware of the range of possible outcomes. The Royals have made me sense a defense. The feeling I get is that every ball in play ...
Joe Posnanski ponders Ned Yost and, inter alia, the recent history of Royals managers:
The players, though, keep on winning for him. “We all know, Ned’s got our backs,” pitcher James Shields says. The Royals best overall player, Alex Gordon, talks at length about how big a role Yost played in his emergence after he was sent to the minors to learn how to play the outfield. “I know that his belief in me has been a big part of my story,” Gordon says. Ibanez, who was brought in more for ...
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