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Ha, gotta love that Mike TROUT plays for the same organization as Tim SALMON.
You claim that investing in a good team is profit-maximizing behavior, and then you claim that profit-motivated ownerships don't want to invest in a good team.
One of those steps is not correct, and I suspect it's the first one, at least to some degree. If I recall, the Braves were unable to sellout playoff games in the first half of this decade, so perhaps Lib Med is right not to break the bank for a shot at the playoffs, at least given their goals.
"I remember the 18-iggitties when lefties weren't allowed and we ran to THIRD base first and FIRST base third! Let's go back to that!"
There's no such thing as a perfect voting system. Literally. Some dude named Arrow proved it.
One Yankees fan near me during Game 1 said of CC's strong showing, "He's pitched well...but that's what we pay him for."
That struck me as on odd way to think about baseball fandom.
I think you guys are over-thinking this point. 8th inning, up by 6 with 2 on...the tying run is sitting in the dugout, you don't walk a hitter intentionally and bring him closer.
They weren't quite in an area where a walk was as bad as a homer (i.e. the 9th inning), but it was pretty close.
And of course, there's a logical fallacy in dismissing the importance of short rest while at the same time accepting the decision by Charlie Manuel to cut out a Cliff Lee start in order to make sure he pitches on full rest.
Thanks for ZZ Bottom - brilliant, and I'm a man with a refined taste for puns.
Very insightful, if only Game 1 hadn't happened. Raul Ibanez' 2-run hit was followed by a throaty "Ra-oooooooool" chant, and very few Yankees fans witnessed the rally put together by New York in the bottom of the 9th.
Fiction CAN be fun though.
Whoa there chief, Phils didn't play last night.
That's what I was thinking, too, but I don't think that's what Joe meant.
Joe said that after sleeping on it, he doesn't think the one manager he thought of would actually make the move - so he can't be considering the Stairs-Feliz swap. Still, I think it's a very similar example and a good point.
Not sure what you're hinting at with your Ryan Howard section...
Expecting his K-rate to go up?
Suggesting some innate postseason ability?
Ruiz over Martin is a huge advantage for the Phillies. He gives an extra 100 pts of SLG and far superior defense.
Of course, if you fall into the ESPN trap, Russell Martin is a minor deity, but statistics as well as observation both clearly show that this is a great source of unmentioned advantage for Philadelphia.
Any ranking that doesn't have Red Sox fan on the top is completely invalid.
Interestingly, I think one great thing that Charlie Manuel did last year was to be FARSIGHTED in his playoff plan, particularly with Cole Hamels. As great as Hamels was all postseason, Manuel never pushed him in the early games. I, like everyone else in Philly, was outraged when Manuel pulled Hamels after 8 shutout innings and about 100 pitches in game 1 against the Brewers, but I think it was that longsighted approach that allowed Hamels to dominate through the World Series.
There is an interesting tension between acknowledging the magnitude of each playoff game and preparing for all the ones to follow.
Agree with overall sentiment of the article. The team's good enough to win, but they have to do everything that that entails, which means getting the best players into the biggest spots.
One point of disagreement is on the decision to leave Eyre out of the game. Eyre has been wild all season, and if he walks Dunn (who is willing to take a BB), then you're stuck with Eyre against Willingham and Dukes, with no top-notch righty left in the bullpen. With the 2-run lead, the correct move would be to pitch carefully do Dunn WITH MADSON and not worry too much about a walk. Then have him attack a righty to win the game if he failed to retire Dunn.
But yeah, interesting how Manuel is so outwardly vocal about not getting hung up on 2008, but he seems to be trapped by it in 2009.
Interesting analysis - a nice look at something that's never really talked about in a critical way.
I would not be inclined to institute the rule change however. One of the things that I find so appealing about baseball (as opposed to football) is the simplicity of the rules: there are few arbitrary or complicated restrictions on what a player's allowed to do. Imposing a throw-over limit seems unnecessarily cumbersome. I don't see the delays caused by throwing over as being all that problematic.
Note that, as of a few weeks ago at least, Strasburg said he had not once been in contact with the Nationals. Boras appears to be in complete control. While the decision obviously lies with Strasburg in the end, Boras is the expert, so you know that his opinion and interests are being represented in the discussions.
To expand on what Clonod is saying, Scott Boras is embroiled in a repeated game of negotiations with MLB teams, with this Stephen Strasburg situation only being the most recent iteration. In such games, it is a great advantage to make your threats credible, which is exactly what Boras can accomplish by pressuring Strasburg to sit out. If Strasburg sits out, this is a huge win for Boras because the threat of having future draft picks sit out will be more credible, but it's hard to imagine it being beneficial for the young pitcher.
This is troubling, because even though Ryan Zimmerman's interests aren't aligned with Strasburg's, at least he can't actually affect the negotiations. Boras can.
Ryan Howard's career line (all of which is recent work):
.276/.373/.581. And he would look very good coming off the bench late against a right-handed AL pitcher.
Can Matt Wieters create a black hole so dense, even he can't escape it?
jkaplow21, I think I love you.
Joe hates mainstream sportswriters, and since they love Howard, perhaps more than they should based on his performance, Joe uses Howard as a proxy to bash on. Thus, we have to cringe through his unwarranted Howard-hating. But those numbers on the those other studs really illuminate things. Thanks for that.
Of course, it's not Howard's fault that he's so damn likable...
Phillies have to feel good, with Brown and Collier making the list, and Michael Taylor is sizzling in Reading. Looks like they might be able to make a nice transition from one championship core to the next.
You say no collusion, does that include the situation with Barry Bonds?
Just for the record, the Phillies technically only have 1 up-the-middle MVP - that\'s Jimmy Rollins. Ryan Howard won the other one, though Chase Utley is certainly MVP-caliber.
I\'d love to see you do the Mets as well, being as I\'m a Phillies fan.
Yankees, 6/125, 12/10
I think it\'s natural (but erroneous) to conflate scouts with writers, because...well, I don\'t know why, but I\'ve definitely done it in the past. However, scouts really DO know something about the sport, and I think there\'s nothing more valuable to an organization than a scout who\'s good at his job. On the other hand, sportswriters take terms that scouts use and bastardize them, just applying them to the easiest storyline they can. But the ability to understand a player\'s ability without needing years of prior data is absolutely invaluable, not only because not all players have that data, but because it allows you to answer the question, \"How good is he now?\" rather than \"How good has he been?\".
jtrichey - it\'s not Ryan Howard\'s fault that he hits in a position that allows him to rack up an inordinate amount of RBIs, nor is it his fault that the BBWAA has an inexplicable love of the stat. To say that Sheehan is right in holding Howard in contempt for his undeserved MVP candidacy is absurd - he\'s merely playing his game, and all that stuff around him is out of his control.
Sheehan\'s contempt for the mainstream media has caused him to overly disparage one of its favorite players, and it\'s a shame because Ryan Howard is a PLEASURE to watch, whether it\'s seeing him knock the crap out of a pitch or have fun with his teammates (with whom he\'s clearly very popular), he just brings a smile to your face - er, mine, anyway.
The Phillies are actually 87-0 when winning after 8 innings, including 8-0 in the postseason (they were 79-0 in the regular season).
Also, Chase Utley just missed that milestone Dobbs is shooting for - Utley homered in his 3rd MLB AB (1st start) and of course homered in his first World Series AB last night.
Good call profiling Victorino, considering he\'s going to be the talk of the league on Friday, dealing the big blow against CC.