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Felix Pie was but one in a series of guys whom the Cubs seemed to take a perverse pleasure in exploiting for the masochistic enjoyment of the beer-sodden oafs in the bleachers.
The thing is, they never would shut up, even when shutting up had been long since called for. "FelixPieFelixPieFelixPie. DO YOU HEAR US?? FELIXPIEFELIXPIEFELIXPIE!!"
Kind of like those "CoExIsT!" bumper stickers. Never out of your face, never observed by their own possessors.
Hell, Felix Pie HIMSELF probably got tired of FelixPieFelixPieFelixPie.
Then again, maybe Pie will make it back some day to get another bite of the Vienna Beef under Theo Epstein, whose curse-busting seems (at least at the moment) to be working for JeffSamardzijaJeffSamardzijaJeffSamardzija.
My sense is that the Nationals essentially bought the rest of Werth's playing career for his presence in the clubhouse at least as much as for his presence on the field. If the leadership of a Werth can push a team of the Nationals' relatively raw talent level perceptibly closer to the postseason than they might otherwise have gone, the acquisition of his services was arguably a shrewd investment.
Curly-W caps off to Bo Porter, a stand-up guy from all this fan has been able to tell. He'll be missed -- but, I suspect, always welcome -- on South Capitol Street.
". . . literal shit-tons"? Go back to metaphor school.
Summing up what I've learned from BP in the last few weeks...
The good news for Baltimore: A 24-7 record in one-run games, thanks largely to an epochally effective bullpen, has carried the ream into a month where they are scoring lots of runs.
The mixed news for Baltimore: Dan Duquette now has to stand pat with the roster he's feverishly shuffled together over the first five months of the season, and must count on the current run barrage not to cease and/or the bullpen not to falter.
The other mixed news for Baltimore: Regression to the mean conforms to no one's schedule.
"Succumbed to the curve ball" is the career epitaph of scores of otherwise brightly heralded prospects. What gets me is how long it took for this to become evident in Wood's case.
The most egregious abuse I can recall in this area is when then general manager Jim Bowden was denied the funding to significantly expand the September roster of the surprisingly contending 2005 Washington Nationals under MLB ownership. No permanent rule change can be expected to account for the possibility of that kind of outlier in such a way as to prevent a similar abuse should another team fall into MLB's lap, as is bound to happen some time in future (absent the complete collapse of baseball in an economic cataclysm).
I see future Septembers bringing diminished opportunities for MLB fans to see that season's hot prospects in person, while retaining numerous (NOT 'myriad', if you please) possibilities for postseason-roster jugglery and lawyering. Verdict: FAIL.
Asymmetry. But, yeah.
If you felt the earth move shortly after you made this post, I expect it was Theo Epstein in Wrigleyville crying "Damn!" or something as he mourns his missed opportunity to hire you.
Best of luck with the Astros. Should your new job require you to live there, make sure you get the name of a goooood A/C repair outfit as soon as you arrive. The alternative is almost too grim to contemplate.
Except in a tense game situation or when the pitcher is racking up the K's, it would surprise me if as many as two thirds of fans see any given pitch.
Now, to digress about leaving one's seat: Although I must admit that I almost always miss the chance when it actually comes up, I did discover some years ago that the current epoch of frequent pitching changes offers several opportunities during most games to miss the between-innings crowds at the restroom or wherever.
When it becomes apparent either (a) that the current hurler is out of gas and the guy in the bullpen is warm and/or (b) that the LOOGY's job is about to be done, be ready. At the instant the manager sets foot onto the field, rise from your seat and be off.
While I haven't timed it, it takes a bit more than two and a half minutes for the manager to step out, signal for a reliever, walk to the mound, take the ball, wait for the new pitcher to trot out, and murmur words of encouragement, and then for eight warm-up tosses to be thrown and the new batter to stand in.
Even if you haven't got back to your seat after all this, chances are better than otherwise (at least absent a run on Shake Shack) that, if nothing else, you'll have your refreshments in time to watch the next at-bat in its entirety from the concourse. And if the opposing team decides to send up a pinch hitter or the manager must take time to apprise the home-plate umpire of a double switch (another reason why the NL is the superior league), even more precious seconds accrue to your benefit. Use them to your advantage!
Damn. I was gonna guess Keith Olbermann.
Collusion, schmusion. If Barry Bonds had really been available for the league minimum with no other strings attached, Jim Bowden would have hired him.
Owowow. For a second I thought I'd stumbled on one of those damned columns about Why Baseball Doesn't Work In Denver or something.
Guess I missed the previous incarnation(s) of the graphs.
One imagines there was quite a bit of "WTF!" floating around Giants Nation last night.
True pun fans await a World Series in which San Francisco faces Texas. The added Vogelsong puns will be enough to drive Yu crazy.
Sad to say, I do. On my systems IE renders Google Calendar better than Chrome(!) or Firefox.
Looks like the "Post Reply" and rating+/- gadgets are working OK now. Thanks.
Not quite completely unrelated to today's epigrammatic question, there is no truth to the rumor that Bill Bavasi is trying to talk Walt Jocketty into a straight-up trade of Joey Votto for Erik Bedard.
Which is really too bad. It's going to be a long offseason, and there's no hockey in Cincinnati.
Evidently the Braves know how to take a walk but aren't real clear on what to do with it once they've taken it. If they fall out of the wild card on the season's last day, this will be why.
The Phillies' best hitter isn't Cole Hamels any more? What the hell happened?
A high-minded fan would be content to note that baseball is like football insofar as wins accrue to the team that makes fewer mistakes on the field.
A less high-minded fan (e.g., me) would be gratified to observe that after spending years giving away wins, the Nats have learned to scoop up a gift when it is offered them and to skedaddle forthwith.
Back in the early 1990s I watched the career of a high-A pitching prospect, well-liked by his farm team's fan base, go down in flames shortly after the parent organization implemented the Wonderful Idea of drastically lowering his arm slot.
Imagine what it must have been like to be that kid's minor-league manager or pitching coach.
For no added credit:
- Assume that the parent organization's Wonderful Idea really was the right thing to do in the circumstances.
- Explain all this to a poorly paid small-town sports reporter in the pre-sabermetrics era.
And, since you asked, the Nats' current 63-43 record includes a -1 win differential in 1- and 2-run games... and a +12 win differential in 3-run games.
Oops, make that last bit ". . . over the second half of the 2005 season . . .".
My Washington fanhood and concomitant loathing of the organization that helped to deny baseball to the nation's capital for a generation have not yet erased my undergraduate mathematics education, so that 34-16 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs is what I'm apt to ponder at least as much as the outliers.
The 2005 Nationals, a team not expected to contend, enjoyed a 50-31 win-loss record at the halfway point of the season. That +19 win differential included a +18 win differential in games decided by 1 or 2 runs.
Unsurprisingly, especially given their overdependence on closer Chad Cordero, the team accrued a 31-50 win-loss record in the second half of the season, a win differential of -19. In games decided by 1 or 2 runs, the Nats' win differential over the entire 2005 season was -15.
That's correlation I can believe in.
Zim's back has been tweaky lately, which is not good news for the Nats especially if they gave in on that no-pie clause they wanted to put in his contract.
"Yo, mercenary, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!" No? Yes?
Look, it's not my fault I'm like this. Dal Maxvill did this to me in 1973.
Livan Hernandez is achieving the fulfillment he could never find in all those years of coughing up three first-inning runs and then exiting in the seventh with a no-decision after throwing 224 pitches.
Having added "vulture" to his resume, he can retire a happy man.
What did Anthony Rizzo ever do to you? I can smell that incipient 0-for-August whammy from here.
Or maybe that's the breeze coming in from Lake Michigan. Nope, probably the whammy, seeing as how I'm in D.C.
Only one from Valentine? His "man, we've got drama" after Francona's trip to the clubhouse corked the week for me.
Watching Pedroia stir the pot in Boston is, as the old-time baseball guys might've said, funner'n a sackful of cats.
I seem to recall having read in the 2012 BP Annual that the A's put one over on the Nats when they got Cole, Milone, Norris and Peacock back in the Gio trade. Is my memory dim?
Not that Rizzo hasn't had some occasion to bite nails, nor that Beane shouldn't expect to see some more WARP from these guys in the long term. In fairness, Milone has excelled what anyone might have expected for a non-fireballing lefty in the AL, Norris may yet prove to have a big-league bat, and Cole is just 20.
Even at that, I'll go out on the opposite limb: provided Gio stays healthy, the Nats came out clear winners in this deal.
Half kidding. Maybe not even that much. Maybe a quarter.
Under current ownership, the Redskins would have been absolutely capable of destroying Bart Starr.
And if Strasburg leaves after four more years, it'll only be because Rizzo precedes him out the door.
So am I the only one who thinks that from a distance Yankee Stadium looks like an ashtray?
Not the Three Rivers or RFK-type ashtray. The off-center ashtray that belongs to the kid whose guidance counselor forces him to take a ceramics elective, and he looks at the mess he's made about three quarters of the way through, and he thinks about it, and he says, "f--- it, let's go get blazed." That kind of ashtray.
But... but it's FUN to speculate on how long it will take RG3 and the Redskins to develop a mutual loathing!
Whereas Strasburg will probably be a National for most or all of the next 20 years. Boooooring, dude.
In which case, the remark about "platoon split" is unquestionably in bad taste.
Without even stepping outside his office, Walt Jocketty may have proved that there's at least one greater fool than Ruben Amaro.
Jim Riggleman was known to employ Jason Marquis as a pinch hitter. Davey Johnson would probably do the same with Strasburg if it wasn't so damn difficult to get him into and out of the bubble wrap.
He may not be Major League Baseball's most loveable GM, but Dan Duquette is in an unfortunate jam. Baltimore's fundamental pitching, hitting and fielding numbers -- all near the bottom of the league -- don't portend well for the Orioles' ability to sustain their tilt at contention. If anything, Duquette should be shopping Wilson Betemit and Luis Ayala (and praying for a bounce from Brian Roberts). Thanks to a win-starved fan base and meddling ownership, though, it won't be surprising to see him have to make one more (and more prospect-costly) Jim Thome-type deal before the chariot turns back into a pumpkin.
Once I get the door to this damn time machine open, I'm gonna see what I can do about getting jobs in Chicago for Bobby Valentine and Jay Mariotti.
You knew this was coming when Amaro started bloating the payroll a few years ago. The only question in my mind is how many seasons of irrelevance this club is doomed to before Amaro or his successor undertakes a teardown.
The firesale Marlins of the past at least waited until they'd bought themselves a World Series win before they burned the team down.
Not that I don't wish Loria everything that's coming to him -- and that's coming from a Nationals fan, whose town probably still wouldn't have a team were it not for Loria's malfeasance, enabled by Selig and 28 other owners. But vitriol aside, in this case, there never was much to burn down on this 2012 Marlins squad. Jettisoning an increasingly dead weight to try to buoy the overall system makes sense.
Even with Correia in the mix, Pittsburgh's pitching needed improvement less than its hitting does. Still, their playoff chances are real -- and July dealmaking isn't over yet.
It may be big news when a starter converts to a reliever or vice versa. It's small news when a starter pitches an inning of relief on his throw day to spell an overworked bullpen, but I sure would like to see more of that.
While we're at it, can we get some love for the underappreciated swingmen of the world? The '79 Pirates couldn't have made it to the postseason without Grant Jackson in a role that ex-Buc Tom Gorzelanny may get to reprise for the '12 Nationals.
The man who deserves a statue in front of the Cell is Kenny Williams, for putting up with Ozzie's bullshit for as many years as he did.
Larry Beinfest's best investment in his team this year would be to deal talent for prospects between now and July 31. His second-best investment would be to give Ozzie the heave-ho, and this afternoon wouldn't be too soon for that.
The only reason I can think for Goodwin to stay in low-A Hagerstown is that the Nats don't want him risking an injury in the superannuated outfield at high-A Pfitzner Stadium, which is booked for closure after 2013, and don't feel a five-week trip to Harrisburg would be worth the effort. My guess is we'll see him at Arizona Fall League come October.
I live in Washington, where many fans agree with Crash Davis that "strikeouts are fascist." In my nightmares, the franchise swaps Strasburg, GGonzalez and Zimmermann for a slugging catcher, two third-line defensemen and a carload of Hard Times wings.
Accurate reads, though
Gio Gonzalez wonders
"Hey, who's the ace here?"
Every morning I roll three six-sided dice to try to figure out why Corey Brown is stuck in Syracuse. The interpretation from the first two dice is as follows:
2-5: The Nats front office will be collectively damned if they'll admit that Roger Bernadina hit his ceiling two seasons ago.
6-8: They're banking on Rick Ankiel to bolster the bullpen in the postseason.
9-12: Brown *really* pissed off Mike Rizzo someplace down the line.
When die 3 comes up even, it means that Brown has also *really* pissed off the GM of every other contending team someplace down the line.
Almost my entire interest in the ASG is to see who DID get selected versus who I think -- in my vast, amorphous wisdom and experience -- SHOULD have been selected. (Put less kindly: How dumb are the [other] fans, especially when they are incented to ballot-stuff?)
I suspect I'm not alone in that, were it not for the fillip of home-field advantage in the World Series -- meaningless though it might be to everybody on the field -- I wouldn't pay attention to the actual game at all.
At least we're not hearing the mean-spirited sniping about Harper that certain sites, including this one, were peddling a couple of years ago. If the kid's biggest current blemish is that he "plays too hard," that's not a bad headliner for one's resume, since it is entirely possible to play hard *and* smart (i.e., without incurring a series of progressively career-diminishing Pete Reiser-type injuries).
My theory is that the Marlins are scared $#|+less of losing 100 games during their first season in a new stadium the way the Nationals did. (Can't wait to see Miami trot out their first-round pick from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.)
The unnamed pro scout said it almost all right here: "When you build a team, you’re going to build around starting pitching and premium position players." I'd omit the "starting," but the pitching has to come first.
Hanging, and then dashing, the hopes of the fans on up-and-down position guys, or on performances like Samardzija's, may satisfy the animal instincts of many of those who people the stands at Wrigley. It's just sad that it comes at the expense of superior prospects like Castro whom the same "fans," and the media that feed them, will throw under the Red Line L at the drop of an 0-for-30 streak.
From my native West Virginia (I boldly assert) hails the metaphor, "to fall into the $#|+house and come out smelling like a rose."
That's what happened to Dan Duquette, and I can understand how such can come to pass once in a great while. But how Duquette, having clumb out, promptly manages to kick somebody like Ruben Amaro in... well, that's something I doubt I'll ever understand.
This is what the Cubs organization does to their prospects and to their fans.
The fans seem to like it. However, it's questionable whether the prospects deserve it. One struggles to think of a North Side alumnus subsequent to Lou Brock for whom the label of "ex-Cub" hasn't been something of a pejorative.
You're too kind. And I didn't even know it would be Angel Hernandez applying his customary Dali-esque strokes to the strike zone...
The Nats-Rox game will be the cynosure of all eyes. Will it be Strasburg or one of his sparkly relievers that gets hung out to dry by their teammates' random hacking and concomitant failure to score runs?
It's nice that the Playing Rules Committee is taking this baby step to eliminate time-wasters.
Now how about taking up a real proposal, such as the following:
If the batter steps out of the batter's box during his at-bat for any reason other than illness, duress or emergency, the umpire shall call a strike.
As Bill James says, stop fooling around and play baseball.
Good point. Once or twice as he was doing the circuit of radio interviews on Friday, Riggleman stated that if he didn't get the conversation he wanted, he didn't feel as if his heart would have been in his job. Whatever the substance of that rationale, it seems as good a reason as any for moving on.
The abrupt timing of his announcement would make me more apt to accuse Riggleman of insensitivity than of hubris, but I'd be most apt to admit that very few of us know the full details of his relationship with the club.
Not that it has much to do with baseball, but since we're already on the subject, a good read on the financial shenanigans of recent years is Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. This book is able to keep polemic to a minimum because the facts it presents are damning enough all by themselves.
Wonder what Nolan Ryan's been thinking as he's looked at all the years of Joba angst.
Jay made no mention of the horse. I feel cheated.
Otherwise, excellent event, as always. Kudos to Steven for his principled defense of last year's Giants assessment. Turning in now with book tucked under arm.
". . . Dunn is an absolute butcher in the field . . ."
Disagree. His instincts and reach make up for much of his subpar footwork. Based on his 2010 UZR/150 of -3.3, if the Sox' 1B had been Dunn instead of Konerko (UZR/150 of -14.7), they'd have saved at least one game in the field. Konerko created six more runs at bat (100 vs. 94), so one could argue that Konerko and Dunn would have been interchangable.
A couple other things: Steve Lombardozzi fils will be entering the Nats' middle infield by 2012. And assuming Derek Norris keeps it up, they'll have to find a place for him at about the same time (also assuming Ramos is ready to take over every day and that Flores is healthy).
Talking of Nats arms, what's the projected upside and ETA of Danny Rosenbaum?
Sorry, but Peter Angelos is the identity of this franchise and will be until somebody else owns the club.
The Nationals might not want to wait till 2011 if they enjoy getting production from behind the dish but don't want to beat Pudge into the ground; instead they should think about swapping Ramos for Nieves right now and giving Ramos at least every third start.
Not to pile on, but the Nats need infield and rotation help more than they need outfield and bullpen help, n'est-ce pas?
What degree of discount should be applied to Pacheco's hitting, given the fact that he plays in the high-altitude California League? Also, his PB rate seems a bit high.
Gone (probably rightfully) are the days when places like Norfolk were on the expansion map. The only locale I could even remotely envision adding to this list would be central New Jersey, and the New York / Philly franchises would probably quash any motion in that direction.
Fortunately -- at least for the interest of serious fans -- there's nothing to keep the supposedly resurgent Nats from tripping over the supposed doormat Orioles as happened Friday night. Even paper matchups have to be validated.
I had been of the understanding that per Rule 15, a player could not be on the restricted list for more than two years (or seasons). Is my understanding incorrect? Or is, perhaps, the passage of two years' time one of the conditions under which a player can come off the list (presumably under Rule 16)?
"[Hernandez] isn’t necessarily playing in front of the world’s greatest defensive unit . . ."
Perhaps not, but despite occasional errorfests like Thursday's, the Nationals' Defensive Efficiency is .694 vs. a league average of .686. It would be more accurate to say that the defenders haven't been playing behind the world's greatest pitching (whose composite 4.91 FRA is sixth-worst in the NL).
It's hard for me not to argue that the defense has been creating a good bit of Livo's luck.
Makeup is rated pretty highly by Rizzo. Of the 30 MLB GMs, I'd say Rizzo would be the most likely to give Harper a pass, just as his predecessor Jim Bowden wouldn't have cared less.
Thanks for tracking the option statuses; it's easy for us on the outside to forget who would have to be put on waivers if they don't make the cut.
Might there be a site anywhere on the 'net that tracks *all* the information about who's got options left and how many, who's about to become a six-year free agent, etc.? I can piece it all together from a bunch of different sites, but a one-stop shop would be nice.
Frankly, I was not entertained in 1998. The home-run derby was so transparently suspicious that I could feel little save contempt for a baseball governance structure that seemed incapable of anything except oscillating between smugness and cynicism.
Just the thought of it today gets my dander up.
Whoops, make that Tuesday for the post, but it'll still be welcome to D.C. BP fans.
You won't be disappointed, provided we don't get another two feet of snow the night before.
Note will be up tonight on NationalsPride.com.
Looking forward as always to the P&P event. I'll put up a note in my blog soon.
Agreed on the Nats. The hitting projections I can live with -- but, VORP aside, those pitching projections are too optimistic.
The index is also useful when I'm going back through old annuals and I just have to know what team Jim Utility played for in 2005, but can't remember for the life of me. (These cravings almost always hit when I'm away from a convenient source where I could look it up online.)
Does the speed -- or lack thereof -- at which a pitcher works have anything to do with his relative susceptibility -- or lack thereof -- to injury? (This question could be asked from lots of angles. Here's one: Are 100 pitches delivered over 100 minutes more or less cumulatively injurious than the same number of pitches delivered over 120 or 140 minutes?)
"I'm hard-pressed to remember two postseason candidates worse than this."
Youth and modesty are commendable assets, Joe, but it's worth noting that Baseball Prospectus' "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" chronicles the 1973 National League East in which only one team (the Mets) finished over .500, and that by but three games.
It's curious that you don't seem to see the Nats kicking themselves for not getting Aaron Crow signed.
Re Zimmermann, the worst-case scenario is a reality: http://tinyurl.com/l3tlor
Agreed, the Nats have to avoid getting lowballed, but they do have to make deals, and on Friday they made the least costly ones. I'll expect a bit more aggressiveness -- and higher returns -- once the Nats get a non-interim GM in place (and at the moment it doesn't look like Rizzo's the guy, for whatever reason).
Thanks for the update. BTW, any word on Yasser Gomez and Yadel Marti, who defected this past December?
1. Biggest (or maybe just most startling) surprise: A couple years ago at RFK, the Indians' Franklin Gutierrez hit a ground ball that somehow found its way into Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman's uniform jersey instead of into his glove.
2. Guilty pleasure: Elijah Dukes. No irony intended; for me Dukes fits as well as anyone the criterion by which Stan Musial rated all-stars: "those I enjoy watching the most when the ball is pitched or hit in their direction." Watch him take a few at-bats or work in the field for a couple games and you'll see what I mean.
3B shouldn't be complicated. It should be Zimmerman.
That would be the Nats... and, yes, it does.
". . . Ledezma cooks with gas . . ."
And, too often, plays with matches, and game go boom.
Jeepers. Politics and Prose Bookstore in DC rolled out the red carpet for the authors and guests, and got great turnout and probably racked up some well-deserved goodwill in the bargain. You'd think other bookstores would learn from that example.
Thanks and best of luck to Nate and all.
Super event at P&P, and a very nice job of calming down the Jeterolator in the audience. Looking forward to seeing you all back next year.
@David: Interesting observation. I've been trying to think about how to age-weight minor-league system records, as well as how to correlate them with major-league records (e.g., to what degree will the Yankees' strong farm serve them better than the Giants'?), as well as considering the overall quesetion of the degree to which the minor-league system record can be any kind of major-league predictor at all. You may be pointing in a fruitful direction.
If the Nats' system is really this bad, how did they win two minor-league championships in 2008?
Thanks for the updates -- the DC events are now posted at NationalsPride.com.
Might THAT have been why Stan was in T.O. (H/T to FJB)?
C\'mon down to Nats Park, Jay. Decent seats here are apt to stay relatively affordable for awhile. (After Bowden goes, look out. :) )
Where would Aaron Crow have been on this list? Or would he have qualified?
PECOTA projects Howard almost neutral (-1) at 1B next season. Lord knows where they\'d rate Dunn at the position.
Not that I\'m not pleased with the Nats having signed Dunn, but I hope he finds time in the next week to take a fielding clinic.
People are not stupid just because they disagree with you, Joe.
Thanks, Will. Also noticed that Wily Mo Pena\'s name doesn\'t appear. Too little data -- or too little future with the Nats?
Excellent article, Will. One caveat: you state, with respect to X2 carrying the bottle around in his pocket, \"It had to be clear of the refrigeration issue that made HGH and IGF so tough to carry.\"
No biggie, but I wouldn\'t necessarily expect a display sample to retain its potency. Mightn\'t refrigeration still be an issue?
Small sample size alert, but FLop had a pretty good bounce in New Busch which is no bandbox. And he started off OK at RFK.
It\'s his psychological environment, not his hitting environment, that\'s at question IMO, and is the problem Melvin needs to be most ready to tackle.
If baseball had had a commissioner in 2002, the Expos would still be in Montreal and Loria would be off schlepping his Thomas Kinkades or whatever.
And Washington would still be without a team, which saddens me to think of, but would have been the most just outcome.
Team: Washington Nationals
Principal owner: Theodore N. \"Ted\" Lerner
School: The George Washington University (law)
Why: Made fortune developing and operating numerous shopping malls in the Washington, D.C., area, most notably Wheaton Plaza and Tysons Corner properties.
A limit of one question per chatter on the live chats, please.
Per no less an authority than manager Manny Acta, the Nats\' most pressing need evidently is for a veteran catcher who can try yet again to euchre Jesus Flores out of a job.
I wish I were kidding.
Samson can protest till he\'s blue in the face, but there\'s not going to be a stadium in 2012.
That may sound like pure speculation now. When the commercial real-estate sector has had another year to continue crapping out, it will sound less so.
So are we supposed to be surprised when the guy leads the majors two years running in HBP, and pretty much goes all out in the field and on the base paths (ask Jesus Flores about the latter)? Not that I deplore athleticism in baseball, but hard play has a price.
(BTW, Paul Hagen reported the hip injury in the PDN on July 28, at which time it was confirmed by Pat Gillick. Hagen followed up in an October 8 column.)
\"I know, I\'m wishcasting for a return to \'80s-style pen usage patterns here somewhat . . .\"
Keep it up, for the love of Teke. Wishcasting or no, I too look forward to the day when teams are back down to carrying ten or eleven pitchers for all the right reasons, and not twelve or thirteen for many of the wrong ones.
Hmm... Marc\'s September post does note that Lannan doesn\'t have the K rates he had in low-A, but also that they have picked up lately, and concludes: \". . . you have yourself a pitcher that you should keep in mind next year, despite the fact that he plays on a team that may very well end up in last place again.\"
So where\'s the \"reason to fear for Lannan\'s future,\" Christina? What did I miss?
Yankees, 5/125, 11/12
I like it! I\'d be considerably more interested in a Hockey Prospectus than I am now in Basketball Prospectus.
If you have the bandwidth I say go for it.
More worrisome to me is that Joe Sheehan cherry-picks his facts just as Tim McCarver does. A pox on both your houses.
Besides being plagued by downtime himself, Milledge was surrounded, for the most part, by a seriously sucky team the first half of the season.
I don\'t know what inputs would go into a team-suck metric. You could base it on age and adjust downward as the player matures. But that does nothing to explain how you can have a spectrum of experienced players with Willie Harris at one end and Felipe Lopez at the other.
Those looking to draft Lopez may nonetheless want to consider the team-suck factor going into 2009, depending on where he lands.
This Nats fan would happily chip in to throw Cashman the biggest homecoming party D.C. ever saw.
The crystal ball shows the Great Bronx GM Rotation Engine fixing to rev up again.
In re the Nats, perhaps not worthy of comparison (because of the small sample size), but at least worthy of notice, is the performance of one E. Dukes since the ASB: .310 / .420 / .690 in 58 at-bats through Thursday.