April 27, 2013
Trent McCotter Wins Inaugural Greg Spira Baseball Research Award
McCotter’s essay, “Cal Ripken’s Record for Consecutive Innings" finishes first
April 27, 2013—Trent McCotter has been selected as winner of the first annual Greg Spira Baseball Research Award. McCotter’s 2012 essay, “Cal Ripken’s Record for Consecutive Innings,” compiled for the first time the correct total of consecutive innings (8,264) played by the Orioles’ great shortstop between 1982 and 1987. McCotter’s extensive research also created a list of every player who ever played at least 2,500 consecutive innings, information previously unknown despite the fact that the players involved had all retired many decades ago.
The article by McCotter, an attorney living in Washington D.C., first appeared in the Fall 2012 edition of the Society of American Baseball Research’s Baseball Research Journal (Volume 41, No. 2). [http://sabr.org/latest/ripken-s-record-consecutive-innings-played] It was this type of research and presentation that the Greg Spira Research Award was created to honor.
Trot Times for April 26
The tater trots for April 26. Big Papi hits another slow one, Carlos Beltran headlines a night of multi-home run games.
Pretty nice night for baseball last night. Not only did two players notch their first career home runs Friday night, four other players rounded the bases twice. And all of this while Anibal Sanchez was busy striking out 17 Braves batters!
April 26, 2013
Trot Times for April 25
The tater trots from April 25: a great Luis Valbuena quote, a bomb from Goldschmidt, Big Papi goes back to his old ways and Francisco Cervelli keeps his torrid pace up.
Nothing pleases me more than checking the box scores and seeing that David Ortiz has hit a home run. It's a glorious thing to have him back in our life, hitting dingers and trotting the bases.
Denver's Snowy Troubles
Before it was a big league city, people were worried that Denver might be too snowy for Major League Baseball.
The Rockies this season have already had three games postponed due to snowy weather. They've played a split doubleheader where the game time temperature was 23 degrees—for the afternoon game! More than once already, the club has had their employees—including mascot Dinger!—out on the field for hours, trying to shovel all the snow away so that a game could be played without digging out any cross-country skies.
It's been exactly the kind of winter that Denver mayor Federico Pena was always afraid of.
Weekly #streameroftheday Update
Bret takes a look through this past week's streamer picks and looks at where he went right (and wrong).
For those of you unfamiliar with the #streameroftheday process, I recommend one starting pitcher per day who is owned in fewer than 10% of leagues (lower than your typical standards) and post it on Twitter at @dynastyguru. And this Friday post is where I stand in front of the firing squad, fully accountable for these recommendations. I ran a longer introduction in my first post of the season, explaining why my ownership limit is much lower than most others out there, but essentially it's to be helpful in deeper mixed leagues. If you want to read the whole thing, the link is here. With the pleasantries out of the way, let's jump into the action.
Here were the details for the last seven days:
Prospect Tracker 2013
The Prospect Tracker is back, and fully loaded with 2013 data.
It won't surprise many that Billy Hamilton is leading all prospects in stolen bases, but who's no. 2? Which top prospect has the most wild pitches?
You can now get those answers easily, as I'm happy to announce that the Prospect Tracker is back for another season. The 2013 version features leaders and detailed statistics for each organization's Top 10 Prospects as ranked by Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospects team.
Effectively Wild Episode 190: The Ike Davis Enigma/Trading Prospects Straight Up for Stanton
Ben and Will discuss the confusing career of Ike Davis, then talk about whether there are any prospects teams wouldn't trade straight up for Giancarlo Stanton.
April 25, 2013
Trot Times for April 24
The tater trots for April 24. Jordany Valdespin goes out in grand fashion.
I have to admit, it still feels a little strange every time I realize that the Astros are in the American League team now. I see them playing against the Mariners and I think to myself, "They're playing interleague again?" And then it hits me.