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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Sunday Notes: Rebuffing Criticism, Bill Schmidt Likes The Rockies’ Direction | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s Sunday Notes.

How can a team playing in Colorado not score more runs? There is no bigger indictment of their process than their lack of offense. They should be at the top of team run scoring leaderboard perennially. 

My own coverage of the club, which has focused primarily on players, prospects, and coaches, has included neither criticism nor compliment. Which isn’t to say I’m not intrigued by brickbats thrown. I am, which led me to approach Colorado GM Bill Schmidt to get his perspective on some of what has been said about the team he’s been with for two-plus decades.


“We’ve brought some people in, but that’s neither here nor there,” said Schmidt. “I don’t think we’re stagnant. We have a belief that we think is strong, and if you ask anybody inside our organization, they will tell you the direction we’re going. We might not be up on top of the mountains screaming it out, but we know what direction we’re heading in.”

Philosophically-speaking, what exactly is that direction?

“We’re scout/development,” was the executive’s response to that question. “That’s who we are. Our foundation… not that we play all of our own guys — we will use guys to try to acquire what we need — but we’re going to give our guys opportunities.”

When The Athletic published an anything-but-complimentary critique of the organization in 2021 — Ken Rosenthal and Nick Groke co-authored the piece — a poorly-staffed (and allegedly under-utilized) analytics department was among the criticisms. With that in mind, one more question was in order: What is the current status of the Rockies’ analytics department?

“We have some very sharp people working for us, and they’re part of our process,” Schmidt told me. “As a scout, I always used stat sheets. That’s analytics. I’ve always looked at the numbers to help make decisions. Look, I like the direction we’re heading in. I think our good days are ahead of us.”

jimfurtado Posted: December 04, 2022 at 08:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Sunday, November 13, 2022

MLB rumors: Phillies have interest in Xander Bogaerts; Red Sox interested in Bryan Reynolds, others -

Mookie Betts should still be playing RF. Bogaerts should have been locked up solid a while ago.

The Phillies have “real interest” in free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts, reports the New York Post. Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski knows Bogaerts from his time with the Red Sox and it was Dombrowski who signed Bogaerts to a six-year, $120 million extension in April 2019. Bogaerts opted out of the final three years of that contract this offseason.

Rookie shortstop Bryson Stott finished the regular season strong for the Phillies and he took impressive at-bats in the postseason. That said, there’s some thought Stott is a second baseman long-term. After declining Jean Segura’s $17 million club option, the Phillies could shift Stott to second and sign a top free agent shortstop, Bogaerts or otherwise. Our R.J. Anderson ranked Bogaerts the fifth-best free agent available.

jimfurtado Posted: November 13, 2022 at 10:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Sunday Notes: James Click Won’t Care About Houston’s Infield Positioning | FanGraphs Baseball

“My gut reaction would be second base,” replied Click. “You could make a credible case for any of the four infield positions, but I also don’t know how much it’s going to really change the game. We’ll still see teams shift as much as they can within the rules. We’ll see shortstops almost directly behind second base, or second basemen directly behind the bag. So the question becomes: ‘How much do those few feet really change the batter’s approach, and the result?’ That said, I do think we’re going to need more athleticism at all positions. Any time you’re not able to position a guy exactly where the ball is most likely to go, you’re going to have to be able to move a little more to get to those balls.”

Asked to elaborate on his gut-reaction choice of second base, the 44-year-old Yale University graduate and former Tampa Bay Rays VP of Baseball Operations said “They can’t play that shallow right field anymore, and in some ways they won’t have to make all the different throws from different angles, so we can cut down on some of our infield work in spring training. We don’t have to run drills where the second baseman is in shallow right field.”

Click won’t have to concern himself with Houston’s infield drills next spring, not after Crane’s logically-out-of-left-field decision to cut ties with his World Series-winning GM. Which isn’t to suggest that Crane wasn’t well within his right; billionaire owners have the power to both hire and fire. Moreover, they rarely have to defend their decisions, even the highly-questionable ones. Click deserved better.

jimfurtado Posted: November 13, 2022 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
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