The Cubs are back in the playoffs with an experience manager. How has their skipper managed in his previous trips to the postseason?
Joe Maddon has a decently expansive playoff resume, allowing us to look back at some of his tendencies and try and predict how that may dictate how he handles things with the Cubs in October. Over at BP Wrigleyville, Zack Moser does just that, exploring how the starters, bullpen, and bench may be used on Wednesday and (possibly) beyond.
The Astros and Yankees battle for the chance to dethrone the defending AL champion Royals.
With a six-game lead in the AL East, the New York Yankees remained subdued at the July 31st trade deadline. They refused to mortgage their future while the Toronto Blue Jays loaded up for a long fall. As a result, they were disposed of in the divisional race, and nearly lost home-field advantage in the wild-card game.
Every baseball team has more or less the same goals: Win as often as possible and make as much money as possible. Each team will have a different amount of resources ($$$) that it can use to achieve these goals, but, alas, the goals are all still the same.
The career of Tim Hudson, as told through the writers of BP past and present.
With a career that outlasted (in quality, if not quantity) the other members of Oakland's Big Three, Tim Hudson has finally called it a career after 17 seasons, over 3100 innings, and 222 career wins (if you're into that sort of thing). In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's relive the 16 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from surprising Rookie of the Year candidate to a consistently above-average and underrated pitcher in his 30's.
Mike and Bret recap their second year in the mixed format of this experts league.
In 2014, we (Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella) were invited to join the League of Alternative Baseball Reality, or LABR for short, on the mixed-league side. We were humbled, we were honored… and we got our asses kicked, finishing 14th out of 15 teams. We whined about it on Flags Fly Forever (oh boy did we whine), licked our wounds this offseason, and took close look at our approach in 2014 to see if there were any lessons we could carry over from 2014 into 2015.
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.