March 1, 2013
Q&A With Graphics Editor on Data Visualization and Baseball
New York Times sports graphics editor and former coach and scout Joe Ward on the intersection of his two worlds.
Remember the New York Times animation of every pitch Mariano Rivera threw? (It’s well worth clicking if you don’t.)
Justice on the Astros
Another piece on the Astros, but a good one, at least.
By now you've read too many articles about Jeff Luhnow and his plans for the Astros to keep track of them all. Even so, Richard Justice's latest at MLB.com brings some new information to the table. Here's a snippet:
Grapefruit League Journal: Philadelphia Phillies
Rebounds from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are critical to the Phillies' 2013 hopes.
Mike Schmidt was quick to point out that this Phillies team is younger—younger than the “Wheeze Kids” of 1983, whose average roster age was 32. This year’s group should average just a shade below 30, thanks to an outfield that most likely will feature a troika of 20-somethings.
Games of February 28
Notable prospect performances from Spring Training
February 28, 2013
Batting Third: Bryce Harper (and Derek Jeter)
Derek Jeter's (hypothetical) career provides a good example of what could happen if Bryce Harper moves down in the batting order this year.
Spring training is all about trying things out and seeing who or what works best, so it's not uncommon to see a manager shuffling his lineup in early games (especially after the addition of a new leadoff hitter). Even so, it looks like Davey Johnson and the Nationals might be doing more than experimenting.
With the addition of the left-handed-batting Denard Span to the top of the lineup, reports out of Nationals camp say that Johnson is thinking of moving no-longer-a-teen phenom Bryce Harper down from the second spot in the batting order (where he excelled in 2012) to the third, sliding in right-handed hitting Jayson Werth between the two lefties. Speaking to reporters about the choice, Johnson said this:
"I think he thinks (the No. 2 spot is) where I want to hit him, because that's where I hit him last year. With the addition of a left-handed bat leading off, I like to vary it. This spring is going to be kind of a test to see where I think they fit the best. It’s all about making harder choices for the opposing manager on his matchups."
Baseball Prospectus 2013 is Now Available
The latest installment of The New York Times bestselling series is now shipping.
Baseball Prospectus 2013 is landing in mailboxes and e-readers everywhere this week. I see the tweets popping up all over. I can now say to my friends, "Now you know what I did all winter."
In case you don't already know, Baseball Prospectus 2013 is this season's edition of the most complete guide to Major League Baseball you can buy. It's almost 600 pages of the data and projections for players and teams you need, whether you are trying to win your fantasy league, get a handle on what your team is doing (or failing to do), or just stay one step ahead of the color commentators trying to figure out what to say about that guy who got called up.
Grapefruit League Journal: Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles are confounding for projection season.
Adam Jones doesn’t like predictions. And really, if you were coming off a playoff berth, you wouldn’t like being told by someone that you’d finish last, either.
Games of February 27
Notable performances from minor leaguers in big league camp.
Games of February 27, 2013