June 20, 2013
Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball Conference Tickets Now on Sale!
8/17 - 8/18 in Boston, MA: Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball plus a BP Afterparty!
Tickets are now on sale for two amazing events in Boston on August 17 - 18, sponsored by Baseball Prospectus:
* The third annual Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball conference, which features presentations from an incredible lineup of speakers including Brian Bannister, Vince Gennaro, Keith Woolner, Tom Tippett, Alan Nathan, and BP Staff including Harry Pavlidis, Doug Thorburn, Ben Lindbergh, and Dan Brooks
* The first annual Saberseminar After Party, hosted at Game On! in Boston on Saturday evening
100% of the conference ticket proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund, a Boston-based Cancer Research Charity.
Come join us for what promises to be an incredible weekend of baseball, learning, and good times with good friends!
Tickets are available at: http://www.saberseminar.com/tickets;
For a full list of participants, see http://saberseminar.com/the-participants-the-program/
May 24, 2013
Chris Stewart and Miguel Montero on Catcher Receiving Skills
Talking to Chris Stewart and Miguel Montero about framing pitches.
Yankees catcher Chris Stewart has never had the bat to be a first-stringer, though until a recent groin injury, he was getting the bulk of the playing time behind the plate for the Bombers with Francisco Cervelli out with a fractured hand. But when Stewart does start, he adds value on defense, combining a strong arm with excellent receiving skills. According to Max Marchi, Stewart’s framing over the past five-plus seasons has been worth nearly 20 runs, an impressive total considering his sporadic playing time. Stewart stopped reading A Storm of Swords on a couch in the Yankees clubhouse long enough to answer some questions about how he receives so well.
May 21, 2013
Former MLB Umpire Jim McKean on Catcher Framing
A former umpire and umpire supervisor weighs in on the influence catchers have over calls.
Jim McKean worked as an MLB umpire from 1973-2001, serving on three World Series crews. He became one of MLB’s umpire supervisors after retiring from active duty and has since served as an umpiring consultant for ESPN. He offered his thoughts on the influence a catcher’s receiving skills can have on an umpire’s calls.
May 20, 2013
Brandon McCarthy on Catcher Framing
What the cerebral Diamondbacks starter thinks about the importance of framing pitches.
Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy is known as one of baseball’s most thoughtful, analytical pitchers; two years ago, he famously embraced advanced statistics and remade himself as a pitcher by perfecting a two-seamer that helped him get groundballs more often. As a result, he’s pretty popular on the internet. I asked him to provide the pitcher’s perspective on the importance of pitch framing and receiving skills.
May 19, 2013
Episode 45: You Spin Me Round
Paul was away in Philly being a Wedding Singer so Mike Gianella pinch hits in Episode 45.
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Jason forgot to press the record button on the first pass, and then forgot to time stamp the agenda on the 2nd pass. President Joe Hamrahi has suspended Jason for 2 days for not knowing the podcast rulebook.
May 17, 2013
Dissecting the Draft: Trey Ball (Player Report--Pitcher)
Player reports supplementing the 2013 Dissecting the Draft series.
Trey Ball | LHP | New Castle HS (New Castle, IN)
Jeff Keppinger Finally Works a Walk, and a Disar Awards Update
The latest on the longest season-starting walkless streaks.
It’s appropriate that Jeff Keppinger’s first walk of 2013 was a game-winner. After 140 plate appearances without one—150 dating back to the end of last season—it would’ve been a shame if the walk we’d all been waiting for hadn’t helped the White Sox win.
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: