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Chat accountability may be my new favorite thing (or as the Professor would call it, my new "Hosmer"). Always great to go back and see what went right and wrong from a season.
Professor and Co., thank you for all the diligent work and for this list. Lists are snapshots of where players stand RIGHT NOW, but I still love reading them.
This is tremendous stuff and I think I speak for all BP readers when I say THANK YOU!!
This is why I want to be in baseball and why, no matter how hard it can be, it always draws you back in.
great work, as usual, Professor.
this was fantastic. well done Sam.
this is terrific work. whenever I walk by a little league field i always want to stop and watch, but the fear of a parent giving me an odd look is always enough to drive me away. now Ill just shout, "Im not a pedophile!!" Mr. Parks, this is fantastic.
That was actually something I wanted to ask about. Most LOW power guys (>.75 ISO) are usually speed guys who have worked on contact skills and running hard out of the box. It seems strange to me that Bonifacio wouldn't have turned some of his singles into doubles by now simply because he is a pretty good runner. As a Yankee fan, Gardener is my frame of reference here and he seems to do that on many balls that should be or would be singles for simply average runners. Surprising...
Great stuff. Thanks Sam
This was tremendous and a lot of fun to read. Thank you Jason.
Very well said. Sorry for your loss.
Jason, This is a great piece. As someone that scouts on a different level, the section about competition and how the hitter was cheating his trigger was really useful (and made me think of guys I have seen who were likely doing the same thing).
Great writing. Thank you
I am not 100% sure why there was a Kanye theme for all of the Team Intros, but i LOVED it.
I really could have used that SABR button during the ALCS and World series. Needed more Lo Mein anyway....
Yes, it is repetitive but that does not make it untrue. If teams would stop investing in players with a history of injury or ones that are more likely to get hurt, they could afford to patch holes and improve themselves. It is insightful and shows the true value of a solid medical staff along with a front office that is not willing to throw money at Raul Ibanez or any other player who is likely to decline quickly and spend significant time on the DL.
Keep up the good work Will
It is interesting that the recovery time does not have an affect on re-injury. I think the Reds would be wise to allow Volquez some time and have him throwing in the minors in July/August (around the 1 year mark) with the possibility that he is on a major league mound in september and inspiring hope in Cincy. I dont see the use in rushing him back (even if it will not cause reinjury) when he can be given the extra time to regain some of his command and feel for secondary offerings. It is doubtful the reds will contend this year, but with Volquez recovered and Chapman coming on strong, 2011 could be a very good year in the GAP. Don't rush him this year in hopes he is truly 100% for next year.
Christina, great column. Anyone who takes that much time trying to get inside the head of Sabean must need a break, but a quick question: Given that the Giants have already signed those three players, do they have enough cash free to sign a Gomes/Garko type guy as a bench bat/RH platoon partner for Huff? If you can get one of them for less than 3 Mil, does it make sense?
thanks again for the great work.
Ok, fair enough. Montero is a butcher. Any chance he follows the Miguel Cabrera route and plays some RF/LF until 1B or DH is really freed up? I mean, he may be a little unathletic in RF, but its RF in Yankee Stadium, how much room does he really have to cover? Is this a Yankee fan dreaming too much or is there any credence to this idea?
Thank you for the great work
Kevin, Thank you for the great work. Gotta tell you, this was like Christmas morning for my father and me. waking up to it really made my day.
Is a possible platoon split with Posada and Montero possible between C and DH? It would seem to benefit Posada and get Monetro's bat in the lineup (in 2011). I know Posada was never AWFUL, but he was never Pudge back there either. It would seem the organization has no problem allowing a great hitting catcher struggle behind the plate as long as 3 Run Homeruns keep coming.
I just have a hard time imagining how Bradley is a bad idea for essentially 1 million dollars a year. They were already paying that punching-bag Silva the money, so why not go out and get an asset that MAY have value. If asked to DH consistently and play the occasional LF, he has proven he can hit and get on base. If this does go "KABOOM" in Jack Z's face, he loses nothing except the extra 1 million a year, which is a minimal cost for the potential upside play that is Milton Bradley. I understand that people love to hate Milton Bradley, but no one said "boo" about the guy when he was in Texas and killing the ball. when he is asked to simply hit and do his job, he is a monster.
and getting out of a media-heavy area like Chicago is great for him. Seattle media will scrutinize, but they will not destroy him for an 0-10 stretch. He is just another guy on this team, not some savior the Chicago medial built him up to be.
Great Stuff. Thanks Will. Interesting thoughts on Beltran.
This is a great post. I am a twenty-two, soon to b twenty-three year old Yankees fan who grew up at the old stadium and I really appreciate what you have to say here. This new stadium will never be OUR stadium, but it will be someones stadium. My brother and Dad were fortunate enough to be at todays game and their impressions were similar to yours, great park, but not the same.
thanks for making what many of us think concrete.
keep up the amazing work.
Bailey has been throwing in a hitter\'s paradise for a man that handles young pitchers about as poorly as anyone in modern baseball history. I am not saying Bailey will or will not be like Gooden or even that he has that kind of talent, my point was that a development process MUST take place for young arms. This is why the Twins are able to develop young pitchers, because they allow them to throw at the big league level without the burden of huge expectations (this is one of the problems with the idea of the Yankees developing young pitching, as this grace period does not exist in a major media market).
Bailey may be best suited getting out of Cincy, but I still believe the Reds are making a bad mistake and will regret it deeply when he is winning 15-18 a year with a below league average ERA.
giving up on a talent like Bailey would be a mistake. bumps and bruises happen for young pitchers... not every young, talented arm is Dwight Gooden.
Patience is a virtue with young guys like this
Giants 6/160, 12/15