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And it's a framework to evaluate the choices an organization has to make every spring when it has to deal with the realities of a finite number of jobs throughout its minor league system. What are the chances that the 25-year-old they let go in high-A turns into a valuable major leaguer?
I've really enjoyed this series and hope you'll be able to add in short-season teams in mid-June.
This is trickier than it would seem because of interleague play. With 15 teams in each league, there's automatically at least one interleague series going on at all times.
Nitpick. <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=59346">Eric Thames</a></span> is tearing it up in Korea, not Japan.
Thirty staffers take the NL to win the World Series. Ten favour the AL.
When I encounter an article I'm not particularly enjoying, I click on the next one. Or turn the page. i find it helpful.
How about "pro-tending" for the Rockies?
I'd put FIELD ahead of RUN in CF. The two are usually connected, but there are numerous examples of 8 runners who couldn't handle CF, and 5 runners who did just fine.
...and Danny Farquar and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45607">David Purcey</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45525">Dana Eveland</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58851">Trystan Magnuson</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=49760">Neil Wagner</a></span> and ...
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=31564">Edwin Encarnacion</a></span> was even briefly Oakland property one off-season in the middle of his Blue Jays' career.
Correction 2: Rangers are 4 games back of the Yankees, but 1.5 games clear of the Twins and Angels for second AL wild card.
But without Sanchez, it would only be an "eight-pack" ...
One topic I'm curious to learn more about is how you guide a client when his career is nearing the end - through Indy ball, overseas offers, going into coaching, post-baseball career options. When and how does the client/agent end? Just an idea for a future post.
I have a faint - and perhaps imperfect - memory of reading about a Cal Ripken Sr authored "Oriole Way" guide that sounds very similar to the Cardinals book. I believe it covered defensive positioning, relays, drills, conditioning and the like. I think I read about it in one of the many profiles that came out when he got the manager job in 1987.
I enjoy the new running feature where Ben suggests talking about Ryan Hanigan and Sam cuts him off. Please make that a regular feature of every show.
Why is Cron missing from the U25 list? Does Mark Anderson just not like him as much? Oversight?
Maybe it's just me, but Kevin Kerrane sounds almost exactly like Not Jim Tracy. (RIP KG)
The Orioles emergency catcher was Lenn Sakata.
Can Justin De Fratus be more than he is? Before arm surgery, I thought he had late inning - maybe even closer - stuff.
I'm not sure on how you made it through 18:30 of a 19:10 broadcast before uttering the words "Red Sox". Very strange to listen to, if you hadn't previously heard where he signed... like joining a broadcast mid-game where the announcers go 18 minutes without telling you the score.
You can offset a portion of the additional nutrition costs by eliminating the (now unnecessary) per diems. I'll bet you could also use it to lower signing bonuses (marginally, no doubt) by guaranteeing prospects three square meals a day for as long as they're playing.
Does Arquimedes Caminero still have a prospecty pulse? I know he missed almost all of 2011, but I can't give up on his fastball (or his name).
Nitpick alert. Molina is a righty.
May I suggest that the Rusty Sunbelt Division be known as I-75 instead? Catches most of 'em.
Monday night's Tuscon at Salt Lake City game ended in the 13th inning when Tuscon catcher Guillermo Quiroz was called under 7.04(e) for using his mask to corral a loose ball. Yes, a walkoff catcher's mask corral.
Many colored dots showing
"where was that pitch ump?"
What can we learn about the "athlete to baseball player" transition that Jiwan James appears to be making, while Anthony Hewitt and Zach Collier haven't yet, with similar/identical coaching?
Also, Mathieson's too old for the top under 25 list. Even in prospects, the Phillies favour veteran talent...;-)
Next up: Field of Dreams. I think it is Oakland at Boston, but IIRC, the scoreboard shows the game in the third inning but the clock reads something like 10:30 pm. I always thought they must have had some kind of rain delay...of course, I'm too lazy to fire up the movie to doublecheck.
Chris Coghlan won the rookie of the year in 2009, not 2008, and played mostly left field, not third base.
You're being a little dismissive of Mel Queen as a pitching coach. He has a strong resume of successes, headed by his complete "majors back to A ball" remake of a broken Roy Halladay. Otherwise, I'm curious about whether the "successful" pitchers turned managers (Craig, Black, Lemon) had more success with pitchers or hitters. Seems a fertile topic.
But at least you'll get a good night's sleep, right? It's not like you'll be up past midnight tonight following all the important deadline day draft signings....oh wait.
Randy Ruiz is headed a bit further west than Las Vegas. Signed with Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in a deal the Jays either ok'd or outright brokered.
Double-plus good on this new feature. An excellent service.
1) I'd love to see some of the sabermetric basics pieces (I think by Derek Jacques) resurface. I recall them fondly from a few years ago, not because they broke any new ground, but because they were a nice blend of entertaining and informative, and were helpful to me as I tried to explain WHY some analytical concepts were useful and important to my less savvy friends.
2) I see BP doing some of what Will suggests with its use of PECOTA this year. IIRC, Nate was almost pathological in emphasizing the importance of understanding the complete range of percentile forecasts. In many recent articles, BP writers use the simple "PECOTA forecasts ..." which I'm guessing is shorthand for what in other years would have been referred to as the 50th percentile projection.
All the way through the roundtable, I was hoping someone would ask if the Robot had a good face.
How much of the ERA and FRA difference is attributable to partial innings, where a swingman reliever only has to record one or two outs to end the inning, thus making it less likely that he'll be charged with any runs? He many not be any more effective, per batter, but his ERA will be lower, won't it?
Add Pat Borders to the list. He made the switch to catcher at age 23 after four years in the Toronto system, mostly as a third baseman. He may not have had a great peak, but it certainly was a long career. Toronto tried the same thing with Adam Melhuse, too, to their credit, I think.
Not sure the list is THAT long, but I can't ever think of Milledge without thinking a bit about Gary Sheffield. Sheffield had some of the same "bad attitude" raps as a young player breaking in with Milwaukee, and within a little more than a year was traded twice, by Milwaukee to San Diego, and then from the Padres to Florida. On the other hand, there's always Ruben Rivera and probably dozens of others...
I really disliked this week's effort from Brian, who had been one of my favourites. There are too many factual errors (Rios in left, Cecil ticketed for Las Vegas, Lind is usually the DH and only moonlights in left. The writing style terrorized me, in particular the use of the present tense, bad hyphenation and the use of "K" as a verb. Most importantly, I didn't see enough significant connection between this game and the rest of the season.
I don't think it's Super-2 Arb eligibility that the O's are concerned about with Weiters as much as "Super Six" free agency. If he's close to as good as everyone predicts, won't the O's try the Longoria/Lester approach and try to secure him through his peak?
I\'m always struck by how international the Mariners\' prospects seem. Without Fields and Rabun, ie one year ago, it seemed like there were zero U.S. players in the top 10 (may have been the BA list...) No larger point, just an observation.
I think this is the best Q&A piece in this series so far. A sensible discussion of a host of timely, relevant issues.
That certainly was a quixotic detour into the CFL and USFL history. IIRC the LA Express stopped the QB combo when the acquired Steve Young...though his fancy for scambling led them to try him as a running back. In answer to your question, yes it was not uncommon for CFL teams to share the quarterback job among two complementary types, particularly in the 70s and 80s. And Neil Lumsden\'s son, Jesse, is a talented, but oft-injured running back with Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
I don\'t think Gillick was the GM in Toronto from 1977. I\'m pretty sure Peter Bavasi originally had the title. After the first year, they moved Bavasi to president and promoted Gillick to VP of baseball operations title.