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What about compiling fantasy baseball data by using Tuesday and Wednesday's USA Today sports sections? I remember that one day was NL and AL the next day. They gave you more timely stats than BW - which I agree with you was a major loss to all baseball fans. It also signaled baseball's loss to the NFL as America's favorite sport.
Seriously? Leaving Major League off this list is inexcusable. The movie is full of ridiculously amazing baseball quotes to go along with its top notch cast.
And where's the love for "Mr. Baseball"? It had Pedro Cerrano AND Magnum P.I.
I agree with most of the other comments - great series! Nice work all around. I can't wait to see this with pitchers as I have been a huge Kershaw fan and have enjoyed following his career versus some guys who came in with him that were college starters. I've never been able to buy the whole "college players are better than HS players" debate.
Hey Jason...great article. I am in the unfortunate spot of being too far out of the money spots in my keeper league but I still play every single day. This is a great time to deal for keepers and speculate on some potential ones too.
Last season I created an idea for our keeper league to keep every team more involved once the dreaded fantasy football looms on everyone's (except mine)horizon - it's called Roster Maximization. In a nutshell, we reward the top two teams out-of-the-money spots an additional $20 and $15 auction dollars for the next season for being the two teams who used the most of their roster spots for the year. We use Yahoo so it's pretty easy to see how many games you are behind or ahead, same with innings.
It worked wonders last year keeping almost every single team (we had 13 last year and 11 this year) setting daily lineups and making a run at the bonus auction dollars. Carrots over sticks was the thinking and hey, that extra $20 auction dollars is what I am unfortunately playing for now. How it works over the long term has yet to be determined but we did have a 3-way race for the title decided on the last day last season. The two teams with bonus dollars from last year are 5th and 9th this year too so it's not like the extra money gave them a clear advantage.
Curious to hear your thoughts on this and SORRY for a long post. I just wanted to make something that added some extra incentives for those owners down in the standings.
How about June 9th for his callup so I can watch his MLB debut in Denver? It's not like the Dodgers can't use some offensive help and what better place to make your debut than Coors Field?
At some point, BP needs to just say that Kila is the new Calvin Pickering and move on.
Many thanks...these are fantastic.
How about Ian Stewart and Chris Johnson for 3B?
You raise a great point - I wonder what the players think of all of this? The Chipper story was great and it has me thinking it might be interesting if a writer with access (Joe Poz, etc..) could poll a bunch of players to see if they even know what sabermetrics are. I know there are some examples like Brian Bannister but what about Albert? Or Timmy L? Or Ichiro?
Maybe I can start an informal poll at Coors Field this year...I'll just ask visiting players as they warm up. "Mr. Ramirez? Manny? Do you know your WAR? Or VORP?" I kid but I am serious.
Thanks Matt...I was thinking it could be used along the same lines as QERA and tRA as a good in-season ERA predictor when there's a disparity. Last year this little exercise helped me snag Blanton & de la Rosa around the All-Star break.
This is fantastic news....just as I was eyeballing Fangraph's Second Opinion too....
What is the best method to use the SIERA numbers in the BP2010 book for predicting ERA for this season? I am thinking about this from a fantasy baseball persepctive where unfortunately I can't convince any other owners in my league to switch to SIERA over ERA.
Thanks...I really like this new metric.
Didn't Bronson Arroyo come pretty close to saying "Yeah, I took em" in this USA Today from last season?
I remember the article causing a bit of controversy but I remember Arroyo being very open about it all, almost cocky. Than he pitched lights out for most of the second half.
What is today's equivalent of the baseball card as the original gateway drug into the world of baseball stats? I have zero clue but I go to enough games to see lots of young kids. I would say for the most part I am clueless as to what gets them interested in baseball without what appears the obvious one - parent or family member taking them to a game - these things tend to leave a mark at that impressionable age.
Maybe it's video games & other website. I know I spent hours and hours playing sports video games (EA SPorts, natch) and the baseball games beat it into your head BA/HR/RBI, just like the main feature of the baseball cards.
Let me also state that I am all in favor of keeping the site as it is, "If you build it, they will come" sorta deal. I am also a big fan of a clearer, engaging writing style too.
No one says BP has to cuddle up to the mainstream too much, just look at the last century of popular entertainment - what starts off as underground and fringe (i.e. punk rock) moves towards the center, hits the mainstream, gets co-opted, dies a painful death and than gets resurrected as a legitimate genre with it's only little white card at the Musicland in the mall.
I will wrap this up - what about the children?
Maybe they could modify some of those sci-fi graphics that were used during the 2008 election...specifically some of those that were tied to the audience as they watched the live debates. I know this may sound a little cheesy but I know I thought about it several times last season when I was watching some close games.
The flowchart does not lie...well done.
I would like to second this request...please.
19.84 million....year o' birth and just under $20 million so it will still be a bargain.
Brilliant analysis of showing how GMs love to dish out multi-year deals that hamper & destroy teams long after the worthless "free" agents have been dumped from the roster. Case in point - I was at an Avs hockey game in Denver last week and I saw Denny Neagle, who along with Mike Hampton and their two ludicrous long-term deals hampered the Rockies financially for years after those bums were shipped out of the Mile High City....come to think of it, that massive Helton contract has been quite an albatross around the Rockies' neck too but at least in the last few years he's morphed into a Mark Grace-like first bagger...that actually makes me sick to type that but at least he's putting some value now.....
A slight bit of context to Matt Belisle - for 2/3 of this season I sat in the stands at Coors and shook my head in disgust every single time this gasoline-on-the-fire arm was summoned from the bullpen. Belisle was deservedly sent packing south down I-25 to pitch in Security Service Field in Colo Springs while the big club fought for the wild card. Belisle was summoned back to Denver after the roster expansion and here's his line since...
9G 12.67IP 9 Hits 2 ER 0 BB 10 K's and 1.42 ERA
This is why you demote players and than give them another shot...so it's a little disingenuous to throw out his season/career totals without a nod towards recent performance. Oh I know I will get flamed for not adhering to BP's SSS mantra but I am all about context.
I also threw up in my mouth when Betancourt came in and several other decisions by Tracy too, just so you don't think I am some subjective homer here in the Mile High City.
"You put snot on the ball?"
"I haven't got an arm like yours kid..."
As I witnessed first hand out here in the Mile High City on Wednesday - after Juan bats leadoff for the first time of the game with no one on that's about the ONLY time he doesn't have runners on base when he steps up to hit singles. Blame the 6-7-8 hitters of the Dodgers for getting on-base in front of the guy. I once heard that Willie Mays called Pierre an "incredible player" - true story I heard from a radio guy with the Brewers back in the day - now look how Willie is being vindicated.