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Get yourself Adlbock, or a similar extension/add-in. Took care of everything for me using the Edge browser.
Is there any way to look at the *height* of hit-by-pitches, and if they are changing over time? How about pitch type?
As mentioned above, Sale has a higher <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HBP</span></a> frequency, but given his location distribution, I'd venture to say "most" are to the lower body and at lower speeds.
This may be a way to look at the anecdotal feelings that more HBPs are happening at the head area and at greater speeds, which is the real concern.
Very interesting read btw!
<a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/author/matt_sussman">Matt Sussman</a>'s ballpark names are your winner, everyone.
I loved the one I attended in STL a few years back that had Hamrahi and Parks, and I am going to do my damnedest to get to BAL, where having recently moved to the general region, I've never been to.
Holy cow does this bring back memories...I had the player which I can now vividly remember, and I had a lot of cards. I think one was even the Aaron one in the picture. All that stuff was tossed out long ago, but did this ever put a smile on my face. Ahhh, pre-adolescent nostalgia...
I must say, I am quite enjoying these daily offbeat gatherings.
I had the same thought, but then I realized the downside -- Friedrich and Richard might be entering games SD is already down in, and knowing they have little chance of getting a W knowing the "quality" of offense supporting them.
And now I wonder if SD has or can find a lefty "opener" for two of the starter righties, and then you're only letting your best real starter actually start games.
Yes, they are. <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PECOTA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PECOTA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PECOTA</span></a> rarely picks anyone for expected-to-be-the-league-leader numbers, because it's weighing all the bad outcomes (10th and 20th percentile) with the good ones (80th and 90th). We all know *someone* will hit 40 homers and *someone* will win 18 games, but *who* is the part that can't really be predicted.
"With any luck, it will be you, next time."
Here's your -1. You must be great at parties.
Adblock man, or something similar of your choice. Go get the extension for whatever browser you're using and it'll solve that crap lickety-split.
Adblock extension took care of it nicely for me.
Damn, that is deep. +1
Did you go find that article and copy/paste, or do you have this saved in a notepad somewhere? I've been reading here for too long to know how many times you've posted this exact thing, but it's way more than two now. We get it buddy...
This is gonna be a fun week!
Great read, kudos to Buck for his candid responses.
To me, only #4 (high) is a ball, #5 an iffy strike, and the rest are obvious strikes.
I can't believe <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=61012">Jose Jose</a></span> is a real name, so I really want to hear the story on that.
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58768">Pat Venditte</a></span> even breaks the scorecard!
Gorox just pwned Earthlings with that line.
<a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/author/scooter_hotz">Scooter Hotz</a> wins the staff's "Best Name Award" hands down.
Same for me, definitely weird.
I think you're presuming way, way too much Sam. Maybe one word of "a smart adult" is true for this commenter. Maybe.
Good stuff, love to read these reviews.
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Julio+Garcia">Julio Garcia</a></span>: "It’s tough grading a player this far away..."
I love the backing of up this statement by not even giving a ML ETA!
How many reconsiderations does it take for you to actually stop? Just like licking the Tootsie Roll lollipop, you've got to be just about there, right? I'm looking forward to your going-away article...methinks, like the rest of what you write, it'll get down-voted into oblivion.
Both over eh? How's that truth working out for ya?
And if he'd have picked the Cards' side of the coinflip, you would have said...what? "Great job not being a homer!" "hahah cubs sux!" Maybe a reply with some substance about your disagreement would have been better than this drivel.
(And FYI, I'm a Marlins fan, so I enjoy Cubs torture.)
Wonderful article Russell, love your stuff.
As an aside, anyone else get the "Synaptol -- Safe, Natural ADD/ADHD Sympton Relief" banner ad for this article? Quite surprised me, it's rather spot-on marketing!
I see visions of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=290">Craig Counsell</a></span> when I look at <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=69790">Ketel Marte</a></span>'s swing.
So for those 7 first-rounders from last year that weren't in your re-draft, whereabouts to you think they would fall (especially considering Aiken and his true re-draft slot this year)?
There is! See the Spring Training Notebook from Wednesday: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25926
Ugh, blank might have been appropriate, my birthplace's team is looking bleak. At least last year they had Moya to entertain everyone...
I wish Yovani could have stayed in the NL, a I shall miss his hitting prowess amongst his fellow moundsmen.
As a Marlins fan through all the uniform colors and team names, through all the sell-offs and Huizenga's, through the kids and wild card winners, all I can say is this: YES! It's not my money, so I don't care how much it is. Get him signed, get Jose signed, Yelich, everybody. Get the kids locked down, and let them stabilize on their own. I know Loria is the devil, but maybe, just maybe, this team can put it all together like in 2003 or 1997. It's not like they ever need to win the division...
Given that Gordon was held at 3rd, I think there's another avenue to tread...the wild pitch/passed ball scenario. Are either Bumgarner or Posey (either together or separately) more likely to commit one of those than average? Might be a little more/less to add to the calculation.
Hey comment from two years ago, I'm a male Marlins fan! Always have been (both)!
Because everybody likes summaries with their lists...
5 (CHC, MIN)
4 (PIT, TEX)
3 (CIN, COL, LAD)
2 (ARZ, BAL, BOS, HOU, KC, NYM, SD, TOR, WAS)
1 (CHW, CLE, NYY, PHI, STL)
0 (ATL, DET, LAA, MIA, MIL, OAK, SEA, SF, TB)
A Pete Rose Jr. sighting! Good for him to still be in the game. Man that brings back childhood memories. Back in '89 he was an Orioles farmhand and came to Erie during the summer; I was all of 9 and a season ticket holder with my mom and grandpa.
I remember him saying repeatedly he was most appreciative of his time there, because we didn't treat him like his dad's kid, especially with all the gambling hubbub around then. When he finally got to the bigs, it was a pretty big deal to the sports aficionados in town...we've had lots of prospects make it and excel, but few to none had a story like Jr.'s.
When and WHY did Akron change from Aeros to RubberFreakingDucks?!?
Thanks for looking that up. Now I wonder how he got tagged for 16 L's in only 32 games and 19 starts...with a 4.50 ERA!
ML = 16
AAA = 21
--Buffalo, Charlotte, Durham, Gwinnet, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Lehigh, Norfolk, Pawtucket, Reno, Rochester, Syracuse 1
--Albuquerque, Iowa, Memphis 2
--Oklahoma City 3
AA = 24
--Akron, Altoona, Harrisburg, Jacksonville, Midland, New Hampshire, Northwest Arkansas, Pensacola, Reading, Richmond, Trenton 1
--Bowie, Frisco, Portland, San Antonio, Tulsa 2
A+ = 19
--Daytona, High Desert, Lynchburg 1
--Bradenton, Fort Myers, Lancaster, Rancho Cucamonga 2
--Myrtle Beach, Wilmington 4
A- = 11
--Cedar Rapids, Dayton, Delmarva, Greensboro, Hagerstown, Lansing, Peoria 1
--Asheville, West Virginia 2
EST = 7
out = 3
Question on the distance measurements -- are they from the leading edge of the plate in fair territory, or the back apex of the plate where the foul lines intersect? I wonder if the systems are the same, and if not, if that's part of the small differences in measurement.
Correct-ish. Here's the the words from the article:
"A team can neither have a player ahead of the blue line before the puck nor shoot the puck from its own side of center ice past the goal."
It's the "past the goal" part that you're missing, which is what "icing" becomes. You can shoot it from anywhere towards/on the goal, but if you're too far away and you miss the net, then it's icing.
So without getting into the "penalties" on offside and icing being described in the article, it's pretty closely correct (and we won't get in to other offsides penalties, when icing really isn't icing, other stuff that'll cause whistles, etc.)
Another indication that AA has become the playing ground of prospects while AAA is left mostly for emergencies:
Must-see levels by team:
Level # teams
AAA 2 BOS, TB
AA 10 CHC, TX, BAL, LAD, CIN, MIA, CLE, SF, DET, LAA
A+ 8 HOU, KC, SD, SEA, CHW, ATL, OAK, MIL
A- 8 MIN, PIT, STL, COL, TOR, ARZ, WAS, PHI
SS 2 NYM, NYY
Funny how both NY teams' best views are short-season.
It took 3 tries, but I eventually figured out the "Bell(e) of the ball" reference. But you ruined it with another Rymer/"rhyme or" reference. But then scored with the last 3 on the list comping each other. So net positive!
Isn't Boras asking for an opt-out after one year for Drew going to make signing him harder? What team, especially with a draft pick to give up, would sign Drew, possibly lose the pick, and then lose the player after a year? Unless he's going to sign for some crazy discount (like $2M instead of $10M), it seems very...odd.
Mark, glad to read about a couple of my hometown Erie boys that I only get to hear about in game summaries. What did you think of the series with New Hampshire, especially back-to-back 16-2 and 22-1 (22!) games? Couple of hilarious pitching lines in those games...
I'd like to chip in along the ideas of the knuckler/rubber arm for long bullpen stints...wouldn't this be a swell place for a dual threat in the Owings/Kieschnick motif? Hit the 10th or 11th inning and need a pitching change/pinch hitter, voila, here's both!
A Purdue mention? Boiler up! Don't see many of my alma mater's ballplayers around...
How does Jeter's slugging change from #2 to #3? Curious if it increases in the 3-hole, and if it does, if that "cancels out" the net bases lost by those missing hits/walks from the OBP.
My wife and I will be there from Springfield, IL! Glad to have a meet 'n' greet close enough to get to.
I will mow your lawn for further team installments like this. Or do your dishes. Or clean your bathroom. This was TERRIFIC Sam, just awesome.
Appreciate the response. I'd have guessed the number activated would have more like double the 15-22, so a reduced volume would certainly make the extra work unneeded.
With the number of activations every year on 9/1 or 9/2 due to roster expansion (when a player could/should have been activated earlier), do you feel there is any need to revise any of the historical "days lost" counts by injury due to this date?
It may not have a real impact on averages, but I was just curious if saying "sprained thumb is 50 days" is really accurate if some of those thumbs could have been activated a few days earlier than they were, but for the expansion date, and really the actual average is more like 48.
I think Corey's going to throw my OFTY (out for the year) idea on folks like Litsch at some time or another...
Can I coin a new (maybe) acronym here? I'd like to see a section or indication just for those who are OFTY -- out for the year.
From a Marlins fan -- that description is beautiful.
Daniel Hudson's team logo is looking for "ATI" instead of "ARI", causing the picture break.
Since we can't sort by comment date (and may never be able to), how about moving the comment date to the front? Or putting a bold *NEW* in front of the new ones for the day? It would make skimming through for updates much easier as this list grows ever larger.
Love seeing these updates every day, BTW.
Any chance you could move the last update date on a note to the front of the comment instead of the back? Or provide a way to sort by note date? I read by skimming to new comments, so either option would make that easier with the injury volume ever-increasing.
When I sort by team, I get Bonifacio and Kearns as if they were Florida Marlins, but Ceda as a Miami Marlin. Which I think is a neat trick, btw.
I look forward to seeing Castellanos in Erie, hopefully in the near future, to give our Seawolves some offensive help. Looks like the kid can bring it...
Now can we have a way to sort those comments, showing undated, newer ones at top and dropping down through to the very old comments?
I'd like to see it be able to be sorted by comment date. That way the recently commented players can be at the top while those with older comments would be at the bottom. That's how I skim these every day anyway.
Corey, is there any way to sort by the last player comment date? After reading your intro, I skim through looking for new comments, and if there was a way to sort them chronologically (new ones on top, old ones at the bottom for all those TJs), it would be wonderful.
My family has been connected with MS, as my sister was diagnosed about 10 years ago. From her, and from me, thank you for your support of the cause, it is definitely appreciated!
Gigantic KITH fan here, and I'd forgotten about the skit. So I found the season DVD and watched the whole thing all over again...Thanks Larry!
PS -- I (heart) Dave Foley!
Any chance that for the 2011 picks of future teams that you could include their collegiate/high school stats instead of a DNP or the stats from what few games they did manage to play professionally?
As as Marlins fan since the beginning, through good teal times and bad, I can promise I'll never buy anything with THAT logo on it!
I'm a Marlins fan in the middle of Illinois...
I love me some BP writers...
I like saving money on future subscriptions...
I REALLY need to find a way to get to this. Think Springfield offers direct-to-Tampa flights?
Marlins fan here -- yes we exist, even in Illinois.
Nice to see the pitchers with happy, happy colors in their chart. Since I can't imagine Helms actually being the starter, how does Dominguez look through the CHIPPER eyes?
Because the title of the article is "NL Starting Pitcher Rankings."
A die-hard Marlins fan wants to know -- does Coghlan have any chance of playing a passable center? I've seen enough Bonifacio to make my eyes melt. Thanks.
First paragraph after the last chart.
Now's as good a time as any to make this my first post. Having both a sister and a number of friends afflicted with MS, and seeing what they have to go through every day just to get around, my sincerest gratitude goes out to PEV and all the (re)subscribers who helped make this possible.