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I wish <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=17761">John Kruk</a></span> would unretire to face <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=65751">Chris Sale</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70883">Carlos Rodon</a></span>.
Isn't Jameson Taillon due to be available in April? Does his presence merit mention for the Pirates' situation?
Wow, has it really been twenty years? Congratulations.
Will a "Meet Jim Walsh" article arrive soon? Curious to see if the investment results in a site redesign or other additions to BP.
This has to be the strongest Sox prospect list this century.
Homer broke the Julio Franco signing.
Nice exoskeleton comment.
Series? Hell, I'd read a book about a season following Fightmaster.
Looking forward to it. It's been a pleasure to see Kevin Goldstein bolster BP's prospect coverage in his time here and leave it in Jason Parks's hands. Jason built a mighty empire over the past couple years, and while I will miss his writing, what you guys have achieved bodes well for the future.
I would subscribe to a site devoted to Sam Miller's editorial comments on Jason Parks's work. That is all.
Jason, you have made this place better with your writing, insight, and organization-building skills. Thank you.
Hydrate well in the desert and be well (well enough so that you are recruited to the other team in Chicago).
Appel's struggles since having his appendix out remind me of Adam Dunn's disastrous 2011 after having his appendix out at the start of the year. Is there data on players having this surgery so we could assess patterns of performance decline (and, possibly, timetables for full recovery)?
This is one of the finest transaction analyses in the history of Baseball Prospectus. Christina Kahrl ought to be proud of what you have achieved today.
These debates are a welcome addition to BP's prospect coverage. I enjoy the process discussions.
To be fair, Bowden needed the luck.
All best to Mr. & Mrs. Professor.
This kind of systematic review of your process earns you the title Professor. Definitely continue with these reflection pieces when they come to mind.
Love the discussion of the process of disagreement and debate amongst the BP scouting staff, and looking forward to more epistemological discussions of baseball scouting in the future. Thanks.
Nicely done, and have fun in Cleveland. Best shopping is at West Side Market.
Wonders where you would rank the
Glad this was published even though there is indeed a lot of "Nay!" in it.
He wrote this!
Your perspective on the footrace alone made this a great column, and that was just one of so many entertaining details.
Might be grist for a separate column, but expanding on what it's been like to represent Adrian Nieto in the days after his selection would be interesting to read.
Can't dust for vomit.
Aside from the question of whether a more marginal position in baseball exists than the short half of a platoon DH, does anyone believe the White Sox will generate an additional $2.5 million (or, let's be fair and make it $2 million, counting the roster spot to Marcus Semien or another player below the arb years) in fans desperate to see him get thrown out by 20 feet after breaking his bat one last time?
Look, I'm a Sox fan. Have been since before Konerko was born. Saw fan favorites play and leave. About the only analogy to Konerko's situation was Carlton Fisk's 1993, and that was done so Fisk could break a major-league record. (He was released the following day, which did not seem to put a dent in attendance the rest of the summer.) I find it hard to understand the revenue difference between bringing Konerko back in 2014 and having a Paul Konerko Day the first home Sunday of the season.
If the return's about his leadership, well, that leadership contributed to the 99-loss disaster of last season. He's given Sox fans some wonderful memories. But that's not a reason to keep him in uniform.
Given how terrible Konerko was last season, you kinda hope the guy hangs it up in Spring Training and lets someone with a chance of providing more value have that roster spot.
Sam's work on the giant black box that is catcher defense is one of the reasons why I continue to subscribe to BP.
I do hope someone has shared this infographic with the man it represents.
It's a bit of an overstatement to say Wells performed poorly in limited duty. While he didn't hit, his one inning pitching relief for the White Sox was impressive. Maybe he could be a less offensively-talented Micah Owings.
That said, how far has Delmon Young's star fallen that Wells is a legitimately superior option?
Next week I want Jason to review BBQ from the Carolinas and Kansas City.
I like you.
This reminds me of the guy who collects the Beatles' White Album. Thousands and thousands of copies of the White Album.
If I get fired, it's because of this archive.
The Andy Hawkins no-hitter (featuring the able glovework of Jim Leyritz) is reason alone to be grateful. But there is so much more.
If Cardinals second basemen = Doctor Who, then Tommy Herr is Tom Baker's Doctor. A long tenure of popularity cast a shadow over his successors.
Stunned this piece had no mention of Simon Castro's hands.
Mark Reynolds' sight is a Heisman finalist's girlfriend.
Are leader dogs banned in MLB? I don't see a rule specifically forbidding them.
Edward Tufte applauds the effective (sad, but effective) visuals employed for Burris, LaPorta, and Nishioka.
Yet another reason to like Sam Miller. Now awaiting his take on the Lee Elia meltdown of 1983.
I continue to hope for a trade sending Len Kasper to the Sox for Hawk Harrelson. It would be more lopsided than the Matt Karchner for Jon Garland deal.
The blurry shot of Prince Fielder at 1B makes him look like the Loch Ness Monster.
Your readership collectively awaits Not Jim Tracy's statement with great anticipation.
Adam Dunn's swing is the Event Horizon.
Best baseball book there is. I may be biased...
A nice barometer for leaving a job is knowing that you are leaving a place stronger than how you found it. So while Christina Kahrl and Nate Silver moved on, they left having brought in people like Kevin Goldstein and Steven Goldman. Kevin now leaves having brought in a great bunch of writers. I'll miss him, but I'm glad to have Sam Miller's funny and innovative breakdowns of video. It's been a treat to see Jason Parks develop his unique voice, and I look forward to seeing what he'll do in 2013.
Kevin is rightfully proud of what he's leaving behind. I have no doubt that when Joe, Ben, Sam, Jason, and the crew currently working on BP move on, they will leave it in fine hands. It is a time-honored tradition.
A lovely farewell, that leaves only one question unanswered. So...who was Not Jim Tracy?
Very glad you're getting a bigger boat, Jason. (But if Kevin's your Robert Shaw, does that make the Astros a maneating shark?)
Outstanding work, Dan. Thanks again for joining BP and giving us insight from your experiences.
Kevin, it has been a pleasure to follow your writing through Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, and the Up and In podcast is one of the most entertaining podcasts of any genre.
I will miss both your writing and podcasts (and lament who will champion the Electrical Audio bands at BP now that you're gone), but wish you good luck with this new adventure.
If the receiving team is willing, there is no reason why a DL'ed player cannot be traded.
I wonder if the position change from 3B to 2B had a negative effect on his bat? The switch was completely understandable, and Beckham had seemingly adjusted from SS to 3B in his callup. That said, he has not hit since moving to second.
Beckham's case makes me think of, well, Kenny Williams, who came up as an inconsistent but offensively productive outfielder. Then the White Sox made him a third baseman and he was terrible both at the plate and in the field. Even after another position switch, he never recovered.
Ian, I thought you liked punk! Do you remember? How, HOW could you not mention the great utility bassist Greg Norton?
It makes no sense at all.
Happy to see this. I had saved Episode 99 for the tail end of a nine-hour car journey yesterday, and was sad to hear it end as I reached my destination. I have a seven-hour journey ahead early next week and look forward to listening to this landmark episode then. Thanks for continuing to do it!
Mets fans will be excused for interpreting the headline of this article in a most unsanitary manner.
It's the drumming that makes Pelican difficult to use in the gym. Bottomless Pit is very good for warmup cardio.
Terrific debut column, Dan. (And thanks for the fun trip down memory lane with the Julio Cruz deal -- I remember being very excited about him replacing Tony Bernazard, but had no idea how well the team would play the rest of the season.)
In the future, can you pepper your columns with choice quotes from Jack Gould?
Yes, Kevin, this is very analytical, but what of your mancrush on Eduardo Escobar? Are you elated that he might get more regular playing time to stage his ballet at Target Field while posting a .460 OPS? Saddened that he leaves the opportunity to generate no power at the Cell? What are the emotional consequences of an Eduardo Escobar trade to a prospect maven?
Dan Evans is quite an addition. I would love to see him discuss how the organization of front offices' personnel, information management, and decision processes have evolved since his early days working for Roland Hemond.
My one surprise in this draft was that Appel was the only first round pick to go unsigned. A survey of agents and front office personnel on how they were surprised/delighted/dismayed by the first year of the new system would be a good column, and an interesting benchmark for next year's draft.
This is like a bizarro-world Joe Sheehan column.
AT LAST WE SEE THE ISLAMO-ZIONIST PLOT TO CONTROL THIRD BASE
This article could only have been written by Jason Parks, and I mean this as a compliment. Reading your recent work, I sense a film treatment in the works entitled "Divorce American League Style."
I would have figured "Wave of Mutilation" for Roache, but "Break My Body" certainly works.
RED Dwarf, Ian. And shouldn't the Royals and Red Sox be medical dramas?
Good interview. A roundtable discussion of Boras's five-year pool proposal with GMs and scouting directors would be a Very Good Idea for a column.
Nice to see the Wu Tang Nickname Generator referenced on BP. Figures that Bam-Bam Miller would be the author to mention it.
Rocketship was worth the price of my subscription. Thanks.
Kyle Gaedele looks like he can take a walk. In that way -- if not his physique -- he resembles Uncle Eddie.
I hereby demand that all future references to Aroldis Chapman's fastball call it by its rightful name: Bubbly Creek.
Theme music by the Clash.
The repetition makes it much funnier, especially if the reader thinks of Sam taking the time to cull and link every last tweet.
Is Abner above or below Sidd Finch?
Guilt-free guacamole, very nice. The converse to Matt Moore would be Tim Lincecum, who consistently goes for the short-term payday from San Francisco. This high-risk approach already has generated high yields, but required Lincecum to be confident he'd stay healthy and productive long enough to cash in. $65 million later, he won't have to worry about guacamole ever again, and he's about 19 months away from potentially buying Mexico (and all its avacados) if he maintains his performance. Not an approach that works for everyone, but I suspect he has no regrets.
This piece was sponsored by the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Mark Shapiro Appreciation Society.
Sam's comment on Oakland is excellent, but this episode should be called "Is There a Team Called the Yankees Anymore?"
Brandon Short is already out for the year with a left shoulder dislocation and torn labrum incurred last week. Will Ben expound on his love for Bruney?
And dealing off what little young talent the system had in ill-conceived trades for veterans.
The question to ask is whether the Mexico City Reds ought to rank higher than the White Sox on this list. #30 seems too high.
Good news on both counts (despite losing BP's resident historian). Had the pleasure of talking over sandwiches with John at a (pizza-less) Cleveland pizza feed a few years ago, and am happy to see him back in the fold..
The day Carter was traded to the Mets, I said to a friend, "that team is going to win the World Series this season." I missed by one year. What an absolutely perfect fit of veteran star and collection of young talent.
Man, he was fun to watch. As a White Sox fan, my favorite catcher of the era was Carlton Fisk, but watching Carter gun down baserunners circa 1981 was a treat.
True. Jerry Reinsdorf eventually held Jerry Krause accountable for the Bulls' decline, but Kenny Williams still has a job. The farm system and major league team will continue to founder until they get leadership with a realistic approach to rebuilding.
Excellent discussion of the changing rules, and thanks for providing a sample of the current paperwork used.
Would Don Meredith love Montgomery Secondary Tea?
Is Alex Castellanos related to the Republican media consultant of the same name? How well does he go to his right?
How many of these guys can shave?
This list is unsurprisingly awful, but imagine how horrific it would have been in November. How close was pubescent Venezuelan signing Luis Martinez to cracking the top 20?
Thank you. It will be good for the Hall of Fame if we get the opportunity to see Minnie Minoso smile and give an induction speech. It has been a treat to watch him welcome generations of fans to the White Sox, and I hope we are able to enjoy his presence for a long time to come.
I always thought the Trop was a waste land.
Perhaps this Robert Johnson made a deal with the devil.
My guess is that Williams values Danks far more than any other GM does, and he was surprised/disappointed at the potential haul a Danks trade would fetch. Whether he should be surprised by the lack of demand for a starter with one year left on his deal in a winter where the most prized pitching commodities are cost-controlled starters like Latos and Cahill is another question, but credit him for getting what he could for Santos. The farm system is so barren that even one decent pitching prospect in return significantly improves its talent base.
The White Sox are in a tough spot with so much dead money (Peavy Rios, Dunn) on the books for 2012 (and in the case of the latter two, 2013 and 2014) and so little in the pipeline in either the near or distant future. Ideally, Danks and Floyd will have strong starts and someone will throw a few prospects at Williams for them over the summer. Anything less points to a half decade of expensive mediocrity for a team that spent more for less production in 2011 than anyone this side of the Mets.
If Robbie Erlin's DOB is 10/8/09, he should be the #1 prospect here as he was impressively young for his level.
Lovely. I only wish the title was "Verducci Smiled."
I look forward to 2012 being the sexiest, sweatiest, and most athletic year of podcasts yet.
I attended Munson's final game, or at least through the sixth inning. (A glance at the box score at http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA197908010.shtml will show why we decided to beat the traffic home that night.) He played first base, and I didn't realize he played anywhere behind the plate.
I probably would have forgotten details of that game if not for the TV news the next day of his death.
Having a stroke during an All-Star season is certainly notable (as were the disgusting accusations he was soft before he collapsed).
Lyman Bostock's killing was understandably large news in Chicago, as was news of his killer walking free without any real psychological counseling or certification that he was no longer dangerous to society. He still lives in Gary.
Happy birthday Dylan Bundy. Ephemera: Bundy shares his birthday with Gus Bell, Randy Niemann, and America Recycles Day.
I agree that having Harold Reynolds and Larry Bowa on the show is a sharp idea. It is actually much more confrontational to the groupthink that has set in among baseball analysts at MLBtv and ESPN than just carving out a half hour for Rob Neyer et al to talk, and prevents the show from being locked in its own ghetto (or mother's basement) on the network. It'd be fun to see Kenny bring Joe Morgan into the mix.
My only problem with Clubhouse Confidential so far is a problem typical of new shows. Kenny's crammed an awful lot of segments into each episode, which may make it hard for the show to breathe. I suspect that over time, he'll establish a rhythm where the strongest segments get a little longer at the expense of weaker bits (I don't care about the tag segments where he puts on a commissioner's robe).
A good start, looking forward to watching it grow.
It does. As does communal fondue.
It's possible they are trying to minimize news to maximize safety to Ramos. MLB and the Nationals issued this joint statement today: “Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have been instructed to make no further comment.”
What's happening in private is something we can only speculate on, but it seems clear some sort of action is ongoing.
For a couple minutes, I thought I had stumbled onto a lost SCTV sketch. Will Christopher Cross be the featured musical act on this week's podcast?
Steve, one of the reasons I enjoy your work is the extent to which you value history in your writing. I wonder if you are shortchanging the value of historical memory in places here. The Murtaugh/Leyland discussion is one example, given how beloved and successful Murtaugh was in da Burgh, and even 30 years later, Harvey Kuenn is revered in Milwaukee for the personality and success of Harvey's Wallbangers.
Those points (and a shout-out for how Bill Virdon's style utterly fit the technicolor Astros) aside, I enjoyed both this and the GM piece. My candidate for iconic Cub manager is the College of Coaches, followed by the immortal Lee Elia.
Yep. As Kenny Williams moves go, this is far less objectionable than, say, dealing Daniel Hudson for Edwin Jackson, or signing Mark Teahen or signing Scott Linebrink, or everything he did with Nick Swisher (coming and going).
What did he start drinking after the 2006 season? And can we get him into a 12-step group for it?
Not a Cub fan, but a fan of this splendid article. You are forgiven for the chair's demise.
This is the most "Jason Parks" a Jason Parks entry has been. Or could possibly be, absent a Pitt-Verducci comparison.
How depressed should I be that Bowden actually makes sense for once? Although given that Williams secured Rios and Dunn through 2014 and had to toss away Edwin Jackson to get rid of Mark Teahen's inexplicable contract, I do not know why he should stay. To oversee the fruits of his farm system?
Before you identified the musical guest, I thought "wow, someone put out some good early Neko Case demos." Nice stuff.
Sam Miller's a great guest,and Q&A with Judy ought to be a regular segment.
Thanks for your hard work, Steven. I had a feeling both jobs would be inordinately taxing for one human, and good of you to bring capable people in so you can concentrate on the website. I look forward to seeing how the 2012 book compares to previous ones.
Nicely structured, Jason.
"We also have a tendency to tear down what we build up, and our lofty standards are often tied to our own pedestrian failures."
This insight (not just on Harper, but in general) is worth a column -- or series of columns -- to expand on. Might be worth developing over the winter.
Gotta be a Reinsdorf favorite with that name. I think Mr. Reed was born after the decision to keep the Sox in Bridgeport was finalized.
Since Chance Ruffin is apparently in the Fister-Furbush transaction, where would you put him on this list?
I bet Barbara Manning will be tickled that she made it into a BP article. (Deservedly so.)
The Bismarck! Yes!
The Karl Hendricks Trio's "Ballad of Bill Lee" is a worthy companion to the Zevon song. Hendricks also wrote a terrific song called "Baseball Cards" that makes a fine soundtrack to Josh Wilker's Cardboard Gods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pa1xU_cP4c
(It also goes well with the great Mountain Goats song Steven Goldman referenced in this article.)
Can medication limit the symptoms of Bell's Palsy to just a few days? Everyone I know who has had it had symptoms for 3-4 weeks. Unless whatever Pennington's getting changes that timeframe, a DL stint is not a bad idea.
Correct. The deal makes sense for Boston and Seattle, but why did the Dodgers get involved? At least Kenny Williams could say he threw away Edwin Jackson to be rid of the contract he signed Mark Teahen to after the trade with Kansas City. Do the Dodgers even save money here?
So does this mean the White Sox did not have the worst return on talent in a 3-team trade this deadline?
This trade addresses two giant Kenny Williams blunders. One, it sends the inexplicable Mark Teahen contract (an extension Williams gave him before Teahen ever suited up for the White Sox) away. Two, it creates a roster spot that allows the Sox to make Alex Rios one of the most expensive bench players in league history.
(That it closed the door on yet another blunder, the Hudson-Jackson trade, makes me wonder whether he should continue to be allowed to oversee the White Sox, but perhaps that's grist for the team essay in the 2012 BP Annual.)
That's been my reaction since the 1980s. Wish I'd see his byline more often.
Podcast needs more Otto. Can you mike his breathing?
EVER written. Damned autocorrect.
This is my favorite article every written at BP. This old Hyde Parker owes you a beer at Jimmy's for this wonderful trip down memory lane.
It has no discussion of Jorge Posada taking himself out of the Yankee lineup, but Nick Yablon's Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919 includes an excellent discussion of Bartleby the Scrivener as it related to emerging class divisions in 19th-century New York City. Worth a read (if you prefer to).
I am stunned you resisted an adipose joke when referring to Colon's case.
Plus Jon Langford, who is indeed an alien of extraordinary ability.
Jason, there are the seeds of a fantastic book project for you in what's coming down the pipe. Just sayin', in case it is of use in the immediate future.
NY Times, not AP. I need coffee.
Wally Yonamine just died during spring training. Did that inspire this article?
(His AP obituary is, like this piece, well worth reading: www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/sports/baseball/05yonamine.html)
Definitely give Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a go. This column reminds me of the introduction:
We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive...." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"
Then it gets weird.
Minnie Minoso! Alas, I will be in St. Louis that evening, but it sounds like a great kickoff to the season.
Thank you for showing your work.
Viciedo's broken thumb must have happened after this article was submitted. Looks like he's out for a month.
Next week: Jason analyzes Dayan Viciedo's future to the strains of MacArthur Park.
Can't beat a Banana Slug for erudite conversation.
Nice to see an athletic trainer working for BP. This column is already the best news update on sports injuries I've read since BP started its website and I look forward to future entries.
If that article was discussed on the podcast, would it be in the baseball portion, the pop-culture portion, or the "what are you drinking?" portion of the show?
I can't believe that this episode isn't called "Crazy Freaks and Assholes Can Do Great Things."
Excellent stuff, guys, and a particularly great job giving space to a really interesting conversation with Albini about economics and art on the interview.
Seeing Slidin' Billy Hamilton on this list made me think the Reds found a competitive edge stocking their farm system with reincarnated players from a century ago.
Good to see you here, Jason, although your opening three paragraphs make me afraid to ask how the marriage is going.
I for one welcome our new pinstriped overlord.
Steven, congratulations. Will this affect your duties editing the 2012 book, or is it too early to know what's going to happen on that front?
Regarding the Nationals, I would have thought you'd use "If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new."
The comments on this system were actually more optimistic than I had imagined. Ought Buddy Bell call his San Francisco counterpart to find out who Pablo Sandoval's nutritionist is? It may keep Viciedo from cracking 300lbs.
"Curt Flood" was the reason I suggested the The Bismarck. Thanks for playing it.
I was in Santa Cruz getting ready to watch the game when the TV starting acting like a basketball. We dove under a table and then spent much of the evening cleaning debris off the floors.
Then we went outside to see much of downtown Santa Cruz in ruins. Through word of mouth, we gathered about a dozen friends together and combined the contents of our refrigerators so we could eat a good meal rather than sitting around waiting for everything to spoil. Using portable gas stoves, we ate steak and salmon as we rode out the aftershocks in the dark.
Most of the rest of the week went to cleanup efforts and eating peanut butter. I don't recall much interest in the Series at that point, but when the power eventually came on, that TV still worked.
"Will you guys stop it? This is serious stuff!"
Please, a regular segment with Judy each podcast.
Well, Hunter was out early and it was a rout. Interesting that in the past two games, the Rangers broke it open late.
Would Steve Albini and Bob Weston talking AL Central baseball be dream guests?
Hang on, did you use *digital* copies of Shellac songs for the podcast? Isn't that like making Albert Pujols use an aluminum bat?
Now that Dianogah and Shellac have made appearances, will SKWM or Bottomless Pit eventually get on the podcast?
Shellac of North America. Grazie.
Chunklet and BP converge next week...Kevin, are you Repoz?
Another remarkable interview. Reading it made me realize that Gift Ngoepe was three years old when Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa.
Kevin, feel no pressure. As the Tribune reported last week, "The show typically attracted less than a 2 percent share of those Chicago homes watching TV." Do exactly what you do on the podcast...maybe absent the profanity.
Great David Forst interview; I'd love it if you can get Chris Antonetti or another of the Cleveland brass on to discuss Santana. On another subject, is this podcast admissible as evidence in divorce court?
I wonder if Hudson (and the Sox assuming the entire contract) would have brought back Haren last week. That would have been an enviable rotation.
"Strange but true, Clara Peller and I shared a hair dresser in 1986-87, and no, my hair was not blue."
This statement demands photographic elaboration.
Dianogah! Two basses, no waiting...
Hey Christina, was this apartment on the 5400 block of Cornell? If so, I had a one-bedroom in that complex with a kitchen under the train tracks that flooded because of the pipes upstairs. In the winter, icicles formed on the inside of the windows. Neighbors were regularly evicted for nonpayment of rent.
It made me miss the University as a landlord, even though my 53rd St studio had clanging pipes.
What I appreciate about this article is not so much its search for the answer, but rather its search for the proper question. I want to follow up on a point you made, Russell:
"There is a substantial body of literature on executive functioning, and there’s no reason why it wouldn’t apply to baseball players."
Might a roundtable of leaders in the field and relevant scouting/player development personnel on this issue be possible? If proprietary information is an issue, this could be done like Gary Huckabay's occasional conversations with anonymous front-office types. I think teams, players, media, and fans would benefit from some sort of seminar discussion about what methods and measurements we can use to assess this area.
Did Adrianza really sign when he was 13? Wow.
Who will be the Edward Tufte of televised baseball, the person who makes visual displays of data clear for the viewing audience? This could be an area where MLB Network could really be an industry (worldwide?) leader.
Beyond that, a fine column, including the Rick Pitino quote at the end. More of this, please.
Is there a Pirates exception, one where a GM offers a Pat Meares or a Kevin Young a multi-year contract for no apparent reason?
Fine interview. All I was left wanting to know is if Dave Jauss had any good Bill Gleason stories to share.
Salmon mousse featured in the Mets' postgame spread last year.
Organizational Wellness (OW).
Just a comment about the general format. This roundtable plays to BP's strengths; in particular, it shows what strengths Russell brings to the group. Count me as a reader who wants to read more such roundtables in the future.
discuss*ing*. This is what I get when I try to comment over lunch.
Thanks David. I really enjoy watching Zdurencik work, and I suspect from this interview that I'd enjoy hearing him add analysis on TV broadcasts. Imagine Steve Phillips discussion defensive metrics like this.
For me, BP took its cue from Bill James. Bill's greatest strength has always been his writing. The man can tell a story, be irreverent, impart historical perspective, and interpret statistical evidence in ways that enhanced my understanding and love for baseball a quarter century ago. The first edition of the Historical Abstract managed to include hundreds of pages of statistical analysis with lovely decade-by-decade socio-cultural portraits of the game (including stadia, demographics of players, and even how uniforms looked).
Past BP writers (among them Rany, Joe, Gary, Jim Baker) tried to keep this in mind. Several current writers certainly do as well, Christina and Stephen in particular. Keeping this emphasis is crucial. The ability to craft a compelling narrative is something Bill James never forgot. I hope it remains a priority here going forward.
The Francona comments are golden. Thanks for bringing them to us.
Will, can you explain how Sean Englehardt's chart relates to the criteria you use to select the award? I ask, because the measures he includes appear to show the White Sox leading in days lost to injury and percentage of salary lost to injury; other teams, including the Cardinals, Brewers, and Marlins, lead the Phillies in one category or another. How does the visual display of this data enhance your argument that the Phillies had the most successful medical staff?
I haven't seen video of Danks from this summer or fall. Do you think his primary problem the second half of the year was the wrist injury?
I think Rizzo was concerned about the number of innings the young Nationals starters were logging, and Livan's role is to soak up some of those innings rather than burning anyone out. Maybe Zimmermann's diagnosis made the organization more cautious?
Kevin was the reason I subscribed to Baseball America's site; he was and is my favorite prospect writer.
Didn't Gordon have other health problems the past couple of years? To what extent might we chalk up his performance to durability issues?
I wonder if this means Oakland thinks Wallace will stick at 3B next year, so they are looking for a spot to play Cardenas? Beane would love the offense of Wallace & Cardenas on the left side of the infield, with Weeks manning second.
From the Oxford English Dictionary:
The usage in the comparative and superlative, and with advs. as absolutely, most, quite, thoroughly, totally, etc., has been objected to as tautological.
Love your reporting, but you've done something that drives me crazy. "One of the most unique roster moves in baseball history" is incorrect usage of the word "unique." Something can be "most unusual" but not "most unique." Something is either unique or not unique -- it is an absolute value. It is fair to say that the Rios waiver claim is unique as no other contract for that many years (and that much money) has ever been moved on waivers.
What's the hour-by-hour, day-by-day routine for an area scout? How does it change in the runup to the draft?
How does the routine of a scout in the Dominican differ from one in, say, Florida?
(Another thumb way up on the Bell article. It reminded me of Alan Schwartz's best work -- and that's a compliment.)
Perhaps a store in the Cedar-Lee area (not far from Case Western -- the other major college in the area is Cleveland State, where I used to park my car when hitting Progressive Field) would cover disposable income from the east side of town. That's the one area where it'd make economic sense to locate a store in Cleveland, though having one next to the Beachland Ballroom might help attract other businesses to the area.
I'd like to see the contestants constructively -- but thoroughly -- write columns critiquing a BP column's analysis. Extra points if the critique is of one of the judges' columns.
What was the aggregate pitch count in that game? My shoulder aches just reading the offensive details.
You lead off with a Bill Veeck quote, and go into demographics? Not only do you have my vote, I'm wondering if you've tapped my phone.
No. The Trop was built to lure the White Sox to Tampa Bay two decades ago....when that didn't work, they tried to lure the Giants. The building hosted a lot of demolition derbies before expansion brought the Rays to town.
It's not an old building, but it is a few years older than the Rays.
One of the giants of broadcasting, regardless of team or city. I bet even those readers who weren't Phillie fans have heard Harry Kalas's voice, given all of his NFL work and even his work as the voice of the Puppy Bowl.
If he had to go, going with his headphones on during a season when the Phillies reigned as World Champions was the way to do it. RIP Harry, and thanks.
I had a similar reaction to seeing the Pfleger-Daley cheering section go wild for Thome. Nice to see; far nicer than watching Jermaine Dye's baserunning exploits.
So, why BP doesn\'t have more content from its resident dermatologist? This material is far more interesting baseball reading than a thousand analyses of half-decade-old steroid tests.
What\'s the cut-off point for consideration for the Cup of Coffee team? I would like to nominate White Sox pitcher Alifornia Jones (who pitched all of 28 innings circa 1984).