April 1, 2013
Entire Baseball Prospectus Staff Hired by Mystery Team
BP's big news steals baseball's thunder on Opening Day.
BP World Hindquarters -- The bloggers are coming! The bloggers are coming!
Baseball Prospectus CEO Joe Hamrahi has confirmed that the entirety of the staff of Baseball Prospectus, a “web log” or “blog” website from the internet on which amateurs post articles which reduce baseball to a series of mathematical equations, has been hired by a team in Major League Baseball. “It’s kind of a weird day here at BP,” said Hamrahi. “They really wanted to get fully on board with the recent move toward analytics in baseball, and figured that instead of putting together a department, they’d just hire us.”
March 31, 2013
House Sigils for Major League Baseball
Game of Thrones and MLB's Opening Day have more than a few things in common.
Two of the most anticipated events of the spring finally arrive this evening. Down where the stars at night are big and bright, the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros ring in the 2013 Major League Baseball season with the first game of the year. Meanwhile, over in Westeros, where the summers are long and the winters longer, the rangers of the Night's Watch, the Imp in King's Landing, and the Mother of Dragons welcome us to the third season of HBO's Game of Thrones with the season's first episode, "Valar Dohaeris."
In honor of this fantastic night of channel-hopping, I present to you ten house sigils of current major leaguers (plus two bonus sigils). You can create the sigil of your own favorite player at Join The Realm.
March 30, 2013
The Phillies and Scouts Without Stats
Can the Phillies succeed through scouting alone?
On Thursday, R.J. Anderson posted about a pair of Washington Post stories on the Washington Nationals’ analytics department. The Nats don’t have the most analytics-intensive front office out there; even their head stat guy acknowledges that they’re a “scouting-first organization.” But they do have a GM who pays lip service to the value of sabermetrics, a budget that allows them to build databases, and at least a couple of full-time employees doing the things analytics-heavy organizations do. As Post author Adam Kilgore put it, while they may be “scouting-first,” they’re not “scouts-only.”
My Razzball Expert League Team
Paul recaps his draft.
This season I’m participating in three notable industry leagues. For the fifth time, I’ll be in the Yahoo Friends & Family League (previous finishes: fourth, fourth, 12th, and sixth) and for the second year I’ll be competing in the Tout Wars Mixed League (previous finish: T-fifth). This year I’ve added to that slate the Razzball Expert League, in its second year of existence.
It’s a relatively tame 12-team mixer with one catcher, five outfield slots, one CI, one MI, one UTIL, and nine pitchers. As a slight twist, there’s a 180 games started limit, but that has relatively little effect given I wouldn’t plan to roster more than six starters anyway. With just three bench slots and one DL, there isn’t much leeway to mess around waiting for the Mark Teixeiras and Brandon Beachys to return.