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The start of the music playing at the end of the podcast is unquestionably the most depressing moment in podcast history. I'm already a 0.9er, but I think I'm going to have to work on becoming a double 0.9er to get my fill. You guys are awesome.
I've never heard of the younger Adam Eaton before, but I'm now rooting for him to succeed on his name alone.
I, for one, am shocked about how everything Lindor did or had happened to him was so shocking to everyone. I'm shocked that after all this time people still don't follow the cliched "expect the unexpected" saying.
He does sometimes include players that are old for the league, but will usually mention that. Anyways, I'll open up milb.com or baseball-reference.com when reading KG's articles. I find seeing a players stats and general information when reading these write ups to be very useful.
I'm surprised no one has asked about Jaff Decker yet
For some reason this makes me want to create a blog, and to title it "Sacrifice Walk."
Wouldn't 37.8% be better than 2:1 odds?
haha, to clarify, I didn't mean to say Cubs would trade Fukudome to open up a spot for Jackson. Fukudome has been rumored as someone Cubs would like to trade for about a year now, but presumably no team wanted any part of that contract. At the deadline he'd only have 2 months left on his deal, and if they're willing to pay a good chunk of his salary, I could see some team willing to give up a couple prospects(obviously no one even close to be top 100 worthy) for the added outfield depth he'd provide. If that happens, the outfield would no longer be too crowded for Jackson and they could call him up, if they choose to.
Cubs will likely be looking to trade Fukudome at the deadline, and assuming they'll pay some of his salary, could succeed. Colvin will continue to show some power, but doesn't get on base enough to be a starting corner outfielder. That could very well open a spot up for Jackson.
Service time won't do much to hold him back. If he's called up in July or September, they'll still get 6 full years out of him after this season. And as seen in 20 year old Castro getting called up last May(believe it was May), Cubs aren't overly concerned about service time.
He had Tommy John late last August, so it appears doubtful.
Possibly, but I believe Lincecum had a deeper repertoire coming out of college, making him more likely to stick in the rotation.
it would rate higher
if you had used proper form
but still was funny
The Cubs will still suck
Minors has no star power
Need a new GM
7 years later, and this article is nearly just as applicable. A lot of people have come to the realization that using errors and fielding percentage to determine a fielder's ability is very flawed, but still have no issues using ERA. Maybe 7 years from now, people will finally start using runs against.
Limiting comparables to just players that play(ed) the same position would be limiting PECOTA's effectiveness. The larger the field of possible comps the system has to choose from, the more likely it'll find a good comp.
As for body type, it's rare for a players listed weight to be accurate, so that wouldn't be of any help. Having someone go through baseball history and label every single player as "thin," "stocky," etc. would be subjective, and just weird.
Anyone that's interested in the break of curveballs and sliders in Coors should read this article: http://www.athleticsnation.com/2010/8/8/1611852/carlos-gonzalez-a-god-on-a-mountain
I was thinking the same thing, that they just want him to fill in at whatever position has an opening. But, even if a corner outfield spot opens up, wouldn't they be better off moving Byrd over and having Jackson in center? Not taking anything away from Marlon Byrd, who I consider to be an average centerfielder, but I think their outfield defense would improve this way. Jim Hendry probably just doesn't want another disgruntled player on his hands.
Or maybe I'm overrating jacksons defense.
\"I will say that there\'s much less chance that Rodriguez outperforms his projection than there is that Reyes does.\"
Am I the only person who finds that statement to be way off? I know Reyes is only 26, but he\'s basically been the same hitter for the past three years and I don\'t see him improving much more. A-Rod on the other hand has a forecast of 30 home runs, even though he\'s hit 35 in two of the past three years, and 48+ in two of the past four. He\'s also been a .300+ hitter in three of the past four seasons, and can easily exceed his .282 projection.
I know PECOTA is the most accurate system for projecting players, but it\'s very pessimistic of A-Rod. He not only has a good chance of exceeding the projection, but he has a shot of outperforming it by a huge margin. Reyes is a pretty safe bet to come close to what PECOTA indicates, but does anyone really see him outperforming that projection by much more than a small amount? I sure don\'t.