April 2, 2013
A Freak Injury for Paul Molitor
Injuries can happen anywhere at any time. For Paul Molitor's finger, it was while running laps.
Spring training is the time of year when everyone's future is wide open and anything can happen. It's the time of year when players get into shape and play around with new skills. It's the time of year when fans come out to sit 20 feet from their favorite players and beg for autographs. It's the time of year when Joe Schlabotnik IV, wearing number 86, might face off against Señor Spielbergo (number 93) in a game-changing situation.
And it's the time of year for injuries. They happen everywhere: in the World Baseball Classic, in spring training games, in the hotel room, in dreams, at the car wash, and just about anywhere else you can imagine.
Games of Monday, April 1
Collin Cowgill made a splash in his Mets debut, hitting the team's first Opening Day grand slam since 1995.
Prospect of the Day: Collin Cowgill, CF, Mets: 2-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K. Cowgill continued his hot-streak by hitting a grand slam off of Brad Brach. He offers slightly above-average power, and all his skills should play up due to his strong baseball instincts and grinder mentality.
Other notable prospect-turned-major leaguer performances from April 1:
April 1, 2013
The Velocity Gainers and Losers of Spring 2013
Harry identifies the starters who gained or lost the most speed between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2013.
Two years ago Mike Fast (now with the Houston Astros) took a look at pitchers who gained or lost velocity between the end of 2010 and spring 2011. We won't summarize his whole study here, but here’s the money quote:
Effectively Wild Episode 171: Extensions for Everyone!
Ben and Sam discuss the recent news about extensions for Justin Verlander, Buster Posey, and Elvis Andrus.
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.”
Games of March 29-30
Jedd Gyorko earned an everyday job in the Padres' infield with a strong spring.
Prospect of the Day for March 29: Jedd Gyorko, 2B, Padres (will start at second base for the Padres on Opening Day): 1-2, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB. Gyorko has made the move from third to second, and has won the starting job for the Padres, putting himself on track to shift full time once Chase Headley is healthy; .257/.286/.486 with four home runs and five doubles in 74 spring at-bats.
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.”