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Congrats to BP on getting a comments that rival FoxSports for their insight and wisdom.
I don't have the interest in reading through the 76 posts already made so forgive me if I'm repeating something already said but...
I would like to know how a trade is consummated between two teams. My only frame of reference is in my fantasy leagues where it was at one time done by a phone call to the league commissioner by each party then by clicking "accept" on the website. I'm assuming MLB has something a bit more sophisticated but I would like to know how it works.
"(me: 797 RS, 792 RA; projected: 747 RS, 770 RA). The Marlins have found the extra 50 runs"
Um...if I read this correctly the Marlins have scored fifty LESS runs than you predicted? Did someone spike my coffee again?
Sorry I have to nitpick;
McCarthy's injury is not "so unique" it is simply "unique." Unique either is or is not, there are no degrees of "one of a kind."
Ryan Howard 2009: 1.072 OPS vs. RHP, .578 OPS vs. LHP
Ryan Howard career: 1.065 OPS vs. RHP, .771 OPS vs. LHP
nope, not a platoon guy.
I haven't been since 2001. I'll be making the trip with SABR this year though and I'm really looking forward to it.
Red sox fan who enjoyed the piece immensely. You don't have to love the Yanks to appreciate someone enjoying their new ballpark.
Joe - On the play involving Tejada and Mueller in the 2003 ALDS obstruction WAS called, but Tejada was not awarded an extra base because of it. A minor distinction I realize but one worth noting.
I just want to piggyback on the above comment that I'm really enjoying Shawn's stuff.
Any chance of running the simulation with Manny as a Dodger and Manny as a Giant or is that too complex?
I don\'t believe that collusion has occurred this off-season but this sounds to me like MLB owners are concerned about it. There is no reason for them to agree to this kind of change but as a way of mollifying the union they agree to this and the union doesn\'t pursue a collusion charge if everyone gets signed for \"reasonable\" money.
\"is it just me, or are red sox fans super touchy?\"
I can\'t speak for all of us, but I love to touch people.
Seriously, I think the subtitle of the piece \"Sentimentality Run Amok?\" is misleading. I don\'t think the Sox\' decision to go with Lowell/Youk/Ortiz has anything to do with sentimentality. The reality is they tried to address the issue but once they were unable to land Teixeira the other options in the FA market weren\'t going to provide an upgrade and players like Dunn, Abreu, Ramirez (OK, maybe not) aren\'t yet at a point where they will accept a one year deal as a reserve.
Goldman talks about the Sox needing to upgrade based on PECOTA but the Depth Charts released yesterday show them as a 98 win team. I agree with the underlying premise that the Sox have some fragility that could prove fatal but I don\'t see sentimentality as being the driving factor for it.
Joe - Your point about the Spink award is absolutely phenomenal and one I had not considered.
Could he fit the Yankees? Obviously they fit the criteria of being a contender the question is where? Well, if Gardner/Cabrera crap out does the following alignment seem out of place?
LF - Matsui
CF - Damon
RF - Swisher
DH - Griffey
You\'d have Nady to fill in in various situations and while the defense there would be pretty heinous if Gardner/Cabrera aren\'t getting it done this would be a decent fallback.
Oh no! 3 pages of a 750 page book are written by someone I don\'t like, when will the madness stop? How do I overcome this?
I got to hear Ken Macha speak in front of a relatively small group about 10 years ago when he managed the Pawtucket Red Sox. He came across as a real straight shooter who demanded a lot from his players but rewarded them if they appropriately if they worked hard.
I\'ve rooted for him ever since and would love to see him succeed in Milwaukee.
It would be fascinating to see this concept integrated into the US professional sports. For example, one of the hot topics this off-season around here is will the Red Sox trade a young pitcher for a guy like Saltalamacchia.
On the other hand, it would be interesting to see what Hicks would value more, Clay Buchholz or $25 million or something of that nature. For every Hanley Ramirez/Jeff Bagwell that gets acquired by teams it seems more often than not the young players that get dealt just don\'t amount to much and the teams would be better off filling their coffers to subsequently spend on free agents.
I think the plan is for the WBC to be an every 4 years occurance but they wanted to get the thing kicked off then get on an \"off year\" schedule. An \'09/\'13/\'17 schedule takes it out of competition with Olympics (winter and summer) and World Cups.
To me the problem Manny has is his performance in Boston. Assign whatever motives you want to it an OPS+ of 126 in 2007 and 136 in 2008 isn\'t that far different from Burrell\'s 125 and 127.
If you\'re a team giving Manny the money he wants, you are going to be looking for a pretty clear reason why you should be using the 53 game sample over the 233 game sample.
I think it\'s overly simplistic to say he tanked in Boston, but if I was laying out $70-80 million over the next 3 years I\'d want to know why the difference happened.
tcfatone wrote \"Who is to say that Maddux wouldn\'t be MUCH better than Clemens, had he ALSO taken drugs?\" Given what we\'ve seen in terms of body type and skill set of players involved (Alex Sanchez got a real home run boost didn\'t he?) why should Maddux receive less suspicion than anyone else who played during this era?
I think the Buster Olney approach of simply voting in the best of the era and not making judgments about who used and who didn\'t is the way to go. I think anyone who makes assumption of who used and who didn\'t is running a fool\'s errand and there is zero chance that the Mitchell Report nailed everyone who used.
\"Furthermore, the \"stolen base\" was ruled defensive indifference\"
In fairness, Gammons never said it was a stolen base in his piece.
The real entertaining part of this is after the 2 day delay and the Obama delay the first thing that happens could well be a pitching change. Figure they send Balfour out to start the inning, Manuel sends Stairs or Dobbs up to the plate and then Maddon goes to Howell. \"Good evening everyone, we have a pitching change!\"
Why is it assumed that the Phillies get the worst of the deal by having to play the field in the bad weather? It seems to me that hitting a heavier ball with a heavier (by extension, slower) bat is more of an impediment than fielding in bad weather is.
Run scoring tends to be highest in the summer months (nicer weather) than in the early/late parts of the season (less nice weather). Obviously there are many factors that go into that but it seems that the Phillies should be grateful that they will bat in better weather than the Rays did in the top of the 6th.
1. Pena should have been on second base on the pickoff, that was as blatant a balk as you\'ll ever see.
2. I was at Game Three of the ALCS and in EVERY SINGLE HALF INNING Lester and Garza would complete their warmups and have to stand around for 30-60 seconds waiting for the \"go\" signal from the second base ump. It was ludicrous.