A minor-league video intern’s job is to record footage of minor-league affiliate games from multiple angles, attach time stamps and contextual data (such as pitch speed, type, location, and outcome) to the video through a software program called “BATS!,” then make the video clips available for viewing in-person and remotely by team personnel and players. That’s the boilerplate description that would show up on a job posting, but there’s far more to the position than one might initially think. It’s often the first gig and proverbial foot in the door for a young baseball operations employee, and while the job title doesn’t have quite the same cachet as an in-office position, spending an entire season with a minor-league team, whether out with an affiliate or down at the org’s complex, entails just as many, if not more, educational benefits.
In the words of a former video intern with an NL East club, these internships "are definitely beneficial, and a gateway into the industry. The experience is what each individual makes of it. If you choose to go the extra mile it can be an excellent avenue to learn player development at the grassroots level. You can enhance and sharpen your evaluation skills. In some cases, video interns are watching hundreds of professional games a year. Those who take the job seriously really prosper and develop a stronger baseball acumen. “ One’s primary responsibility is to make sure the video collection and management components of the job are handled flawlessly, but once that’s mastered, there’s so much to learn by simply paying attention to the surroundings, asking thoughtful questions of knowledgeable baseball people, and lending a helping hand wherever one’s needed.
What teams do when teams can do whatever they damned well feel like.
It's a well-known, time-honored tradition that baseball players celebrate their team's entrance to the playoffs by poisoning themselves (and their teammates) with large quantities of alcohol. The aftereffects of those champagne showers—besides stained, stinky clubhouse carpet—leave managers with no choice but to send out the B-team the following day. In recent years, this phenomenon has been christened the hangover lineup.
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Mike reflects on his title and dethroning ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft.
There are lies we “experts” tell when it comes to expert leagues. One of these lies is that while we want to win an expert league, it’s okay not to do so, since expert leagues are tougher than “home” leagues. While the competition definitely is tougher, it doesn’t quell the desire to win. We all say genteel things about our opponents when we lose and offer our congratulations to the victor, but we all want to win.
A post-mortem on another disappointing finish for Arte's boys.
There just weren’t enough Mike Trouts on hand to make the Angels a playoff team in 2015.
Trout has been transcendent this season, as much as ever. You’ve probably heard a lot about how close the AL MVP race is, but BP’s numbers don’t see it that way. Trout put up a .352 True Average this year, and 9.9 WARP. (Josh Donaldson comes in at .325 and 7.6, respectively.) I won’t attempt, here, to add to the literature on the remarkable ability of Trout to make adjustments, change his game in radical ways, and still dominate opponents in multiple facets, but it’s worth noting. The Angels went as far as Trout could carry them this season, and no further.
Is the Jays' right-hander's 2015 breakout legitimate—and, more pertinently, is it sustainable?
One of the biggest revelations in modern baseball analysis was that pitchers can’t control what happens once an opposing hitter puts the ball into play. Voros McCracken popularized DIPS (Defense Independent Pitching Statistics) and explained that batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was highly volatile from year to year. In other words, it was largely random. Of course, the latter has been nuanced in recent years, as it’s become more commonplace to recognize that BABIP is not wholly random and that pitchers do have some part to play in the equation.
My day job involves covering college football, and during a game I was covering today the Angels pulled that wacky comeback over the Rangers. Of course, I could only follow via my Twitter. It kind of felt like every Sunday, when I'm usually watching some day game and everybody's tweeting about the NFL. I've got to get paid, though!
The Warthen Slider has helped two Mets playoff starters become dominant. Now, the other two LDS starters have worked on featuring the pitch.
Starting rotation depth has been the foundation upon which the Mets have built their first NL East title in nine years. Between the budding young stars headlining the front of the rotation and the veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathan Niese helping fill out the back of it, Sandy Alderson & Co. built a staff so deep that even Zack Wheeler’s torn UCL barely set them back this past spring.
In a time when pitch counts and innings limits are a hot topic, Joe Maddon fears not and goes with the unknown.
Jake Arrieta had just tossed 123 pitches as he stood on the mound celebrating his 20th victory of the season with his teammates. It was a moment he won't soon forget, and his manager Joe Maddon was the one who allowed him to experience it. There are those who believe there was no good reason for Arrieta to still be out there when that game ended, however Maddon felt otherwise. Was he justified? At BP Wrigleyville, Sahadev Sharma takes an in-depth look at pitch counts, experiencing the moment, and understanding the need to treat each player on a case-by-case basis.