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March 29, 2010

No Pepper

Against the Fence

by Tommy Bennett

Ichiro Suzuki is the most interesting player in baseball.
I almost think other nominations for the spot are laughable, but try in the comments if you wish. In this clip, he pitches during a 1996 Japanese All-Star Game. His fastball tops out at about 90 miles per hour.

Because 2900 words on ERA+ just aren't enough, Patriot goes above and beyond.
Sean Forman recently (and accidentally) changed and changed back the way ERA+ is calculated on Baseball-Reference. It's an interesting question how best to do it, but Patriot canvasses the concerns exquisitely.

Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax, and the 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers: Stan Opdyke listens to the 1957 season.
I especially enjoy the description of the September 8th game at the Polo Grounds, in fact the final game between the Dodgers and Giants played there.

The Whiz Kids and arbitration.
In other words, "All right, you got a deal. Now get somebody else to cut your grass!"

A very nice attempt at answering the catcher framing problem.
The results suggest good catcher framing can result in a swing of several wins. I'm not sure that jibes with my intuition but it certainly bears further interest.

How not to endear yourself to the new boss.
Hideki Matsui hit Arte Moreno's custom Mercedes with a home run ball. Moreno remained in his seat when employees brought him the ball and informed him of the damage.

The Pirates have an interesting new lineup
Pirates fans, are you ready to see the pitcher hit eighth and 'Cutch sac bunt? WHYGAVS is concerned about the latter.

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