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Nessy! That's the guy I was trying to remember. I remember one of the "talking with scouts" pieces from early in (or before) the season mentioned that he had "off-the-charts make-up". Maybe that'll help him overcome the tough season more easily.
Also, Jason mentioned on twitter a couple of days ago that he would prefer the Jays' 11-20 guys over a few teams' 1-10 lists. That contributes to their expected top 10 farm system ranking: no stud prospects, but REALLY deep.
The Rangers already? I guess you're not going in draft order this year.
This is for Votto, right? The name and link are for Jay Bruce.
I think I recall hearing that at one (brief) point late last season, the A's five-man rotation was entirely composed of rookies.
And then pile Wednesday nght's two-out, two-strike in the ninth unearned run blown save and tenth inning blowout on top of that.
Someone on twitter last night suggested this Blue Jays team as the worst in Toronto sports history, which is just absurdly ridiculous. But they're certainly among the most disappointing.
Wait, Francoeur was a free agent? How did I miss this? Why was there not a major Transaction Analysis to cover his release by Kansas City?
1. Make (a problem, injury, or offense) worse or more serious
Thus, no reason for "re-aggravate".
Without the off-season trades, the Blue Jays would have five players on the list. Marisnick is among those who were traded (now with the Marlins organization).
Super. Thank you.
Anything on A.J. Jimenez? Twelve hits in last four games to raise season average (yes, in only 17 games) to .468.
In contrast to the reliability of the Braves' and Tigers' staffs, the Blue Jays are again struggling to find healthy, rested and effective pitchers.
Last season they used 34 pitchers (12 starters), the second-highest number in the last 103 years (and therefore, presumably ever).
When Chen-Ming Wang starts tomorrow night, he'll be the 29th pitcher and 12th starter they've used this season. It hasn't quite been the injury wipeout of last season, when they lost three starters to long-term injuries in one week. There have been injuries (starters J.A. Happ, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson, desperation starter Ramon Ortiz, and relievers Sergio Santos (again) and Darren Oliver), but the seventh and eighth (why, oh why?) guys in the bullpen have been a revolving door, originally due to complete ineffectiveness, and then because of the number of times the bullpan has needed emergency help due to disaster starts or long extra-inning games (a 17- and an 18-inning game in the last ten days).
At least in the case of Bautista, I don't think the move will be permanent. The Blue Jays had so many hitters struggling early (and lost Jose Reyes a week into the system), that it seemed Gibbons was trying a different lineup every day. They had tried Lawrie lead-off, but he wasn't hitting/getting on base at all, so then Gibbons just dropped Lawrie down in the lineup and moved the 2-6 hitters up a spot. Just as last year, when Lawrie and Rasmus went on a one-month tear after being moved to the 1-2 spots in the order (before both suffering injury), almost everyone started hitting better. However, when Reyes returns, I think they'll put him back in the lead-off spot and slide everyone else down.
"To oversimplify, J.A. Happ is hurt, Dustin McGowan is hurt, Kyle Drabek is hurt, Ricky Romero is bad, Josh Johnson is hurt and bad, and Aaron Laffey is gone."
Actually, you missed Drew Hutchison and Luis Perez (he did start four times in 2011, before being exclusively a reliever before joining the blow-out-your-arm club in 2012) on the hurt list. Plus, you could have mentioned that the rest of the triple-A Buffalo rotation are equally crappy failed major-leaguers.
Rock Shoulders? Really? I always thought Razor Shines had the best baseball name ever (too bad he didn't pan out), but this is close.
It seems like a Blue Jays "prospect" made the list for the first time in weeks, and it's generally a dis on his future. Their farm system has fallen miles in the last year.
Definitely a bad day all-around for the principals in the Mets-Blue Jays trade. Syndergaard gets knocked around, d'Arnaud has broken foot and Dickey pitches very well but leaves after six with back/neck strain.
If you watch Izturis's home run, you'll see the little bow he gets from Munenori Kawasaki as he crosses home plate.
According to Baseball America, he's in Dunedin.
Stroman may start his season in Dunedin, but it won't be until late May or early June. He's sitting out a 50-game suspension for an illegal substance in a supplement he was taking.
"plus-plus or better leadership ability"! Wow, it'll sure be interesting to watch Nessy's progress.
Yes, thank you for the scouting notes.
Except you're confusing me as to what day's games these are from. Yesterday was TUESDAY, March 19. (Yesterday's report was mis-dated also.)
What about the predictions spreadsheet? It would be great if you could compile the wins and placing prediction for each team's author into a spreadsheet. I'm curious to see how many spots got duplicated in the predictions. Also, I assume the average wins prediction will be well above 81.
A strong track record against southpaws?? McDonald has always been a good-glove, no-hit guy. You have to go back to 2007 to find the next most recent year when he hit well against lefties(also small-sample size). He's not really had a platoon split in any other recent season, except that in 2008 he has totally abysmal against righties (and just poor against lefties).
Michael Choice's arm is both a strength and a weakness?
I'm rather confused by the choice of Omar Vizquel as the chief culprit for the Blue Jays' second base woes last year. Yes, he had the worst WARP of those who played the position; however, he's a backup who had 73 plate appearances there. Sure, that's a really bad rate. However, he was a backup, and there's usually a reason why a player is a backup--they're not good enough to play regularly. The blame really should go on the regular, Kelly Johnson, who was just barely above replacement level in 563 PA. It's like blaming a team's failure to make the playoffs on their fifth starter only producing 1.0 WARP, while the twin aces atop the rotation produced 1.5 WARP apiece.
"Ball carries after impact." What does that mean? It sounds like a strength, not a weakness. Also, what does "ultra-fast arm" mean?
Alford just got released by his university football program (http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2012/12/report_anthony_alford_released.html), so choosing baseball over football just got more likely.
Did you get clearance from Jason to use an (almost) Beatles lyric?
"Jeffress’ substance abuse issues led the Brewers to add him to the 40-man roster prematurely."
Huh? This sounds counter-intuitive. Can you explain what this means?
Put me in the group that misses the stars. Is it somewhat lazy? Maybe, but it allows us to compare the depth of systems without doing an exhaustive reading for each pair.
Two other comments:
In drafted/acquired, for players who have been traded (such as Cosart), it would be cool to see the date and details of the trade, as an indicator of how he was valued at that time.
Why is Springer just listed as an OF? Oversight? If it's a young player with undeveloped defensive skill, I can totally understand it, as his ultimate position is still up in the air. However, you list a strength as "above-average defensive profile at premium position". I'd assume that means he's a centre fielder, but "plus arm" could also indicate he's a right fielder.
That was my first thought too, until I realized that the LCS losers pool is split between TWO teams (thus 12% each).
It's always easy to make people look like idiots when you're working with perfect hindsight. Moreover, you've made the Giants look brilliant by cherry-picking the three drafts where they took guys who became stud starters.
What if you looked at just the 2003-05 drafts? Now I'm guessing the Giants would rank near the bottom.
Is there a site we can go to in order to see AFL stats, if we want to follow the progress of our local team's (or other's) players?
"Role 5 player"? Is that a new term, or a typo? What does it mean (or is the rest of that sentence exactly what you're defining)?
On the way into work today, I was listening to yesterday's podcast where Ben talked about how several old-school writers (I wish people wouldn't use the term "mainstream media"--it seems to assume that all newspaper writers are old-fashioned Pct/HR/RBI guys) have written articles against WAR, without even having made an effort to understand what it is. It did re-awaken a couple of questions I have about it.
1. Why are there so many different versions? I keep reading about how Trout has a WAR above 10 this year, yet the BP statistics page shows him at only 8.7. Why does every site have a different number? It's no wonder some people won't trust a new statistic when even its supporters can't agree on how it's calculated.
2. I was hoping you'd go into more detail on the ARP part. How is the actual level of this baseline set? Specifically, I was wondering if it depends on the actual performance of a player's position peers that season, or is the replacement level set before the season begins? If it is somehow related to the average production level at the position, it seems to me that a player could be over- or under-credited depending on whether the performance of regulars at his position that year is unusually weak or strong, respectively.
Leandro Castro: How does a guy who hits ten homers a year in the minors and with poor on-base skills rate as a decent fourth outfielder option (unless he provides solid defence and strong base-running/stealing skills)?
A also appreciate the additions of prospects who've reached the majors, but don't think guys like Matt Moore and Addison Reed, who've been in MLB all year, belong here. It's much more appropriate for recent call-ups like Eaton, Jeffers, Machado, Miller, Peralta.
Good move for the Pirates, questionable for the Jays. I appreciate that Snider's career has a wide spectrum of possible outcomes going forward, but there's still a decent chance that he's at least an average major league corner outfielder. Why you would trade that for a middle reliever is baffling. I'm not sure why you say the Jays didn't have any leverage--they didn't need to trade Snider at this point. Gose certainly isn't ready to push him out of a job yet. Why not let Snider play out the season as the regular left fielder? If he finally hits as expected, they either have a long-term player, or a more valuable trading chip. If he struggles again, there will still be teams willing to take a chance on him as a change-of-scenery guy. Sell-low definitely, but there was no reason to do it now.
I love the playoff odds chart for the Astros. They've been flat-lining since day one.
It was reported yesterday that both McGowan and Santos encountered some discomfort while throwing, and their return schedules have been slowed down.
Found the article, in the 1987 Abstract:
"To tell you how much I like the Ranger outfielders, Id just say that Incaviglia has to have at least a 50% chance of hitting 300 homers in his career, and I don't like Incaviglia anywhere near as much as the other two guys. If Incaviglia develops as the Rangers dream he will, what would he be? Harmon Killebrew, probably, Killebrew being the greatest of the low-average, slow-moving sluggers. The downside is Jeff Burroughs.
...If Incaviglia has a chance to develop into Killebrew, then McDowell has a chance to develop into Willie Mays. Well, maybe a center field Joe Morgan. ... At the worst, he should be at least as good as Chet Lemon.
If Ruben Sierra developed like the Rangers dream, he'd be Henry Aaron. At the bottom, he might be somebody like Claudell Washington. "
Well, McDowell certainly wasn't Chet Lemon. I'm pretty sure Sierra was better than Washington. I'd have to look at Incaviglia vs. Burroughs.
But the guys they're talking about are rookies. No wonder Kevin Goldstein is cautioning people to pull back on their expectations for the kids just drafted this week.
I remember an article in the annual Bill James Baseball Abstract in which James raved about the Rangers' young outfield of Incaviglia, Oddibe McDowell and Sierra. He projected what he thought their careers would be like by suggesting players whose careers they'd approximate on the upside and the downside (excepting catastrophic injury). I'm not sure any one of the three even had the career of his worst-case comp.
The Cubs would need to pick up 80% or more of Soriano's contract? I realize that Soriano has some real limitations, but these inflationary times, isn't a guy who hits 20 homers, 20-25 doubles with a .300 OBP (extrapolating from his last few years of performance) worth more than $3.5M? I suppose it depends on whether you're getting a real prospect back, or just doing a straight prospect dump.
As Jon Paul Morosi mentioned in his article today, the Blue Jays have overlap/trading chips at three positions (Arencibia/d'Arnaud, Escobar/Hecheverria, Rasmus/Gose), and it's got to be great for them that all three are at the valuable up-the-middle positions.
Excellent article. I look forward to your further article on how it affects overall team defence. Given how often I've seen Lawrie field these balls in short right field, he'll obviously have a somewhat inflated range factor. But as you point out, SOME of those balls would have been taken by the second (or first) baseman in a more traditional shift. It would be nice to know how many bunts have been successfully placed down the third-base lines in these situations, as a direct counterpoint to extra plays made due to the shift.
However, the Blue Jays are near the top of MLB in Deffensive Efficiency to this point.
AL East teams are ranked 6-10 today. I wonder if that's ever happened before (all of a divisions teams clumped together). Of course, their run differentials are all between +13 and +21, so that partly explains it. If the Orioles had gotten their margin of loss down to one run last night, they'd all be between +16 and + 18 now.
Wait, I have an idea! Yan Gomes and Aaron Sanchez to the Cubs for Rizzo and, poof, he's in the major leagues. Problem solved. (And that's not meant to be a serious trade suggestion; I just picked a couple of names that sort of made sense.)
The Blue Jays' low-A pitchers have been getting all the press/raves, but what can you tell me about Sean Nolin at high-A Dunedin (2.34 ERA, 5.3-1 K/BB)? And since I checked the league stats to see whether Nolin's numbers were just a symptom of the league, what about C. J. Reifenhauser (0.70 ERA and 10-1 K/BB)? Neither of these guys made your pre-season organization top-20's.
I was especially interested in this as the Blue Jays have gone to non-traditional defensive alignments several times in the first week of the season. First, they used "left fielder" Omar Vizquel as a fifth infielder to get out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam (on a double play grounder hit right to Yunel Escobar). Then they had third baseman Brett Lawrie playing in shallow right field against David Ortiz (I believe).
I think it's obvious, but I wanted to clarify something on the hit scatter plots. Clearly, the position of the home runs and the fly ball outs is where the ball landed, or was caught. But for hits on fly balls, and for all ground balls, does the position of the marker indicate where a fielder first touched the ball?
This is my favourite thing on BP now. (Although I'd still love to see the return of Joe Sheehan's daily MLB articles.)
Nice to see (four of the) five Blue Jays on the list. I was looking at their minor league box scores earlier today, and all five of those guys caught my eye, too. I had wondered about the Nicolino/Sanchez thing. Is this common in the low minors? Are they doing this to limit the number of innings pitched over the season? Or is it more a sort of spring-training-like progression, working up to being able to pitch six or seven innings?
Kevin, I'm not trying to be picky or argumentative. What I was trying to say was that I didn't (and still don't) understand what the point was that you're making about the Blue Jays.
Actually, all of the top nine were either first- or second round picks in either 2009 or 2011. I can't think who they lost to have seven first-round picks in those two drafts.
Kevin, I'm not quite sure what you're trying to say with the Blue Jays list. Why did you leave Hutchison off the list? I keep thinking that you this was meant to be a list of the five highest-ceiling guys, but then introduction said that's what you were doing already. And why are they in a category of their own: are we to read that as "Star-studded" AND "Five Prospects Deep"?
The comparables always make me laugh. According to the spreadsheet, the Blue Jays big choice at left field this season is between the next Boog Powell, or the next Barry Bonds.
Every opening day, I despair at the number of twelve- (or even thirteen-) man pitching staffs, which totally hamstring the manager in terms of being able to make offensive moves. By summer, you inevitably have one reliever who's so distrusted, that he can only be used in blowouts. So you not only have a dead spot there, but the resulting short bench makes the manger extremely hesitant to anything with the bench players, in case they're needed later. When will the new market inefficienty become roster construction? Which GM will wise up and tell his manager to live with an 11-man pitching staff?
Ernie Whitt may have been the tenth-most used pinch-hitter of the '80's, but he wasn't a true pinch-hitter. Catcher and third base were among the positions where the Blue Jays platooned, so most of Whitt's "pinch-hit" appearance were more a matter of coming to replace his platoon-mate (Buck Martinez) after a southpaw starter had been lifted. (I wonder if Rance Mulliniks and Garth Iorg made the list as well).
Nicolico is 6-3/160? Is it physically possible to be those dimensions and an accomplished athlete?
Hah, Jack, yes I think you're right. I believe he went into his last start of the year without having induced a double play. I recall the pre/post-game host being disappointed that he managed to "spoil" that distinction in his last game.
kasgard, I wondered the same thing. This is what I found on Buck's wikipedia entry:
'After two years of calling baseball telecasts (including the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week, All-Star Game, National League Championship Series, and World Series), Buck was dismissed by CBS. The official reasoning behind Buck's ouster was that he simply had poor chemistry with lead analyst Tim McCarver. Buck was soon replaced by Boston Red Sox announcer Sean McDonough. Buck later rued that "CBS never got that baseball play-by-play draws word-pictures. All they knew was that football stars analysts. So they said, 'Let McCarver run the show...In television, all they want you to do is shut up. I'm not very good at shutting up." '
Seeing Domonic Brown atop the list here reminds me (again) of Michael Taylor. He's actually a guy that was a big prospect TWO years ago. I was disappointed when the Blue Jays, immediately after acquiring him in the Halladay trade, flipped him to the Athletics for Brett Wallace, but it's not a move they're regretting yet. What happened to him? Why has he stagnated in AAA the last two year?
A quick look at Jeter's player card shows a WARP of 8.7 over the previous four years. He was 57.1 runs below average in that span.
I just read this blog post now. How DO you subscribe to the newsletter? There's no link given in this article, and I couldn't find anything about a news letter on the BP home page either.
Yeah, I was expecting Loewen's to be home run of the day.
?? Doesn't work for me. I went to the Batter Season - Standard report, changed the level to AAA and got back a blank report. Same with other levels.
Sorry, I'm not totally literate on all of these stats. I'm assuming bWAR and fWAR are wins above replacement as calculated by BP and Fangraphs, respectively. The WAR numbers I gave were from the Batter Value - Standard stats page here, but you've given different numbers for bWAR. Are those not the same thing? Where are you getting those numbers from?
Also, can someone explain to me how these two sites end up getting different numbers for WAR?
Kevin, I meant to ask this yesterday, as they were both featured in the weekly ten-pack, their triple-slash lines are extremely similar and they're both centre fielders whose all-around skills you gushed over. Who do you rank more highly between Brown and Marisnick (I'm guessing Brown, as he's playing one level higher)?
What do you mean "this is not the case with Batista"? He's 2.5 WAR better than Ellsbury, and four better than Pedroia and Granderson, according to BP's WAR.
Hmmm. Unfortunately, not all players seem to have a complete page. I was wondering whether Dante Bichette had beaten that number--he seems to have been here every other day this month.
What your video didn't quite show (and the reason that I thought Bautista's blast might be the trot of the day) is the staredown Bautista gave Luke Hochevar after htting the homerun. Hochevar had thrown the first pitch of the at bat high and in to Bautista, who was not amused. (He'd also hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch two batters previously.) There's a better look at it here:
(Check the "animated gif".)
And just like that, Lawrie gets sent to minor-league camp the same afternoon.
From @GloBlair ... Smiling as he left, shaking hands .... he's on the fast track.
Yeah, I was surprised to read that, too. I haven't seen/heard anything that indicates Lawrie will make the team. He's only 21, and hasn't even played in AAA yet. Now, if they lose an OF to the DL in June ....
Toronto is fifth!?
I had been disappointed
By the lack of stars
Christina, since you're so literate, I'll point this out. "Getting one's just desert" is spelled with one "s", as it's related to deserve(that is, getting what one deserves), although it's pronounced like chocolate fudge cake, I mean dessert. I just recently discovered that myself.
There was undoubtedly a case of ennui, in writers not wanting to vote for Pujols yet again, given a roughly even choice. (Of course, Votto also had the better back-story, at this point in time.) In terms of not voting for the guy who had already won an MVP award, at least the result wasn't as egregious as giving it to Terry Pendleton over a clearly superior Barry Bonds in 1991. Bonds had only won once before, but should have ended up with two streaks of four MVP's in a row to bookend his career.
The way you've presented the Mets' second base data is confusing/just plain wrong. You say Tejada "wasn't much better" than Castillo. Actually he and Cora were both quite a bit worse than Castillo, with both a lower TAv, and a higher negative VORP's in less plate appearances. It's odd that you've worded it to make it look like Castillo was the primary culprit there (I suppose he was in the sense of not being able to stay healthy, and requiring the use of inferior players) when the position wouldn't have been close to making the list if he'd been able to play all year.
I'm wondering the same thing. Could you not use the playing time and production as indicated in the team depth charts to project the future runs scored and allowed? Or does that change the methodology too much?
That would allow the system to take into account season-ending injuries (Chipper), waiver pick-ups (Manny Ramirez) or significant late-season trade acquisitions (such as Cliff Lee (twice), Sabathia in recent years).
Actually, Overbay has hit .302/.368/.490 since 11 May, so they might find a taker for a good defence-and-on-base type 1B.
Christina did the same thing last week with the Blue Jays when Dana Eveland was (thankfully) dismissed. With the number of off-days they have this month, I think they only needed a fifth starter once of twice. But she seems to have forgotten about the need to keep innings pitched totals down, or especially not to increase it too quickly for young pitchers. The Blue Jays have no pitchers who've ever made 30 starts in a season; one starter has just returned from Tommy John surgery; another is a converted (sort of) reliever who averaged 65 IP over the last three years. As clever as it may seem to find such solutions, it's ignoring the long-term ramifications on pitchers' arms.
So not only do the Blue Jays get one of the toughest (after Baltimore) divisional schedules, they also get a tough intra-league workover. But what about the rest of the intra-leauge schedules? Maybe it's more even this year, but in the past teams played teams in their league's other divisions a varying number of games. Can you look at this also? Maybe it could be added to the items listed on your statistics page, and updated daily as opponent's records change.
Okay, that ranking of all-time Royals shortstop seasons was cool, but how can we do that? When I try, I can only select one season at a time.
I can't believe you'd advocate option 4. I haven't done any sort of fantasy baseball in years, but picking guys who've had a hot streak is bound to fail. It's just random variability of performance, small sample size issues, etc. (Hasn't BP had an article about the non-correlation between performance in past games and future games? That is, hot/cold streaks are just random occurrences?) You'll occasionally get lucky with a guy who's moved to a new level (say, Marco Scutaro last year), but most will come back to what they truly are. Plus, their hot streak may have coincided with a couple of weeks against poor teams; now you're picking the guy up just as his team is facing the Yankees/Red Sox/Angels for the next two weeks.
I think in the past Kevin has done revised top 11's if there are trades that add notable players who haven't yet been profiled. He'll get his write-up sooner or later.
Bob Elliot of the Toronto Star is reporting that someone involved in the trade flunked his phsyical.
Very slightly off-topic, but this has been bugging me.
I understand that these are much more basic fielding statistics than those referenced above (which I don't know where to find), but something about the fielding stats shown on ESPN site confuses me. In the American League, the rankings at each of 2B, SS and CF for regulars are almost exactly the reverse of each other when sorted by range factor and zone rating. I've noticed inconsistencies in the past, but the anti-correlation this year is almost perfect. Without getting into a discussion of the weakness of these stats, can someone explain how this is possible? Am I mis-interpreting the Zone Rating number (I'm assuming that a higher number means the player got to a higher percentage of balls hit into his "zone")?
"See, the Expos couldn't operate like other clubs due to budget constraints, so they had to look for players that the rest of the league didn't want, or players that the other teams in the league did not understand."
Sounds like a nice concise definition of Moneyball. Many years before the word was coined.
Your third question was phrased much too narrowly. Actually (as reported on ESPN.com yesterday), only three other players in history have had three 50-double seasons--Hall-of-Famers Tris Speaker, Paul Waner and Stan Musial.
One thing confuses me about your first two tables. If all three AL Central teams have faced below-average opposition, shouldn't their third-order winning percentages be lower than the second-order? That's the case for the Sox and TIgers, but not the Twins.
Ouch. Barajas has sunk that low (that is, to his career standard)? He batted .285 through the first two months of the year, while driving in a decent number of runs without hitting homers. Guess that's what two 1/2 months of sub-Mendoza line will do for you. Heck, for July/August, his OBP is below the Mendoze line!
Mike Lansing? How does he make this list? Over 60% of his at bats were in Montreal. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I seem to remember from playing Strat-O-Matic in the 1990's that Olympic Stadium was quite a pitcher's park.
I'm surprised how some of these guys rate against the Hall of Fame standard. I seem to recall, in his Historical Abstract, Bill James had just a a pile of current (at the time, that is about five years ago) first basemen among his top 25 or so of all time. I was wondering whether they might be entering the Hall en masse, or whether the lower-ranked guys get squeezed out because of the positional strength of their era, despite ranking well all-time.
Yes, but a large reason for the differential in HR/PA rates is that, if the batter takes on the 3-0 pitch, 63% of the time he's taking a ball, and therefore doesn't get another chance to swing. The HR/PA rate from a subsequent 3-1 count is .0435.
I should hope not. ERA over 4.00, almost 10 hits allowed per ten innings, six(!) quality starts out of 16. Why should he be?
But how does Bergesen rate above Romero? Bergesen has 3.54 ERA, eight quality starts out of 16. Romero has 7-3 record, an ERA of 3.00, and eleven quality starts out of 13 (and the two non-quality starts were occurred right after a stint on the DL). Or, using BP stats, Romero has 27.72 VORP and 5.1 WARP3.
"The Jays may not have placed a representative in the starting lineup of Replacement-Level Killers ..."
And whom was John McDonald playing for?
Ahhh, that\'s not in ONE inning. I think it means something like, \"in 11 High-A starts, he allowed only one hit and two walks in the second inning of all games combined\". I\'m just guessing at the actual numbers.
Hmmm, five positions in, and still not one mention of a Blue Jay. That\'s a pretty damning indictment of their offense. And while their outfielders should all make the lists, they\'re all low-OBP guys with good, not great power.
Congratulations to both of you and to BP.
But what does it really mean? Aside from the fact that you\'re now recognized (and no longer pointedly excluded) as \"baseball writers\", what other benefits/access does this give you? Is there anything that we, as readers, will be seeing from you now that we couldn\'t see when you weren\'t in the BBWAA?
This is very amusing/entertaining. Will, I think your \"test\" worked extremely well. Not only did you get a LOT of support for a potential Hockey Prospectus, but your intentional errors also had the desired effect--testing the readers\' hockey knowledge and getting a bit of discussion (re: Ovechkin) going.