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Probably safer there than being a reckless outfielder. However, how much developmental time has he lost in regard to calling a major league game?
I very much appreciated the Nationals comment. That was one of the most frustratingly enjoyable games.
I'd argue that in the August 2013 clip, Colon only made it roughly 50 feet. He gets two steps past the start of the runner's lane, which is 45 feet down the line.
I love seeing Meijer make the Hit List.
I had it right at 100 words before realizing I needed to address home runs and extra innings.
A pitcher throws balls to a batter, trying to place them in a zone over home plate. The batter has three chances to hit a ball in said zone, and he gets a free base if the pitcher misses the zone four times. A batter scores by advancing through the four bases safely. A batter is safe if he both hits a ball that touches the ground between the white lines and he is not tagged out before reaching a base. A batted ball over the fence in the air and between the white lines allows all members of the batting team already on a base to score. A game consists of 9 innings, with each team getting 3 outs per inning. The team with most batters scoring wins the game. Ties are broken with extra innings.
Great. Thanks Mike!
Will holds be available on the PFM next year? Unless I've missed it, holds haven't been on the PFM in years, if ever.
Small nit to pick. I'm not a fan of flipping between the 2-8 scale and the 20-80 scale in the grades. I did a double take when I saw a 5 for his power tool after seeing the 45 grade above it on the hit tool.
Got me by 9 minutes... :)
Both can be right, depending on the circumstances. For this play, Rule 7.06(b) applies since a play was not being made on Craig at the time of the obstruction. The ball was in left field and there was no direct action being taken to attempt to legally tag Craig out. Rule 7.06(b) states that the play shall continue until its natural completion, at which time penalties are enforced.
Whether you agree or not that Middlebrooks obstructed Craig, the umps nailed the call as far as letting the play finish before making their call.
Hunter was sprinting across the field and overran a hooking line drive at the short fence. To say that Hunter should have caught that is a bit harsh. I believe he hasn't played the best right field he could have this year. He's misplayed or let up on seemingly easy balls. However, to blame him for not catching the ball last night would be placing too much blame on him.
Also, Fielder HAS to block that ball from Iglesias.
No need to IBB the bases loaded after the wild pitch as there were no outs. The infield would have to come home on a ball and therefore would still be playing in. If Porcello struck out Salty, then yes, I agree then IBB the bases loaded.
Veras also has another year of team control.
I expect that he'll catch in Miami in the last series of the year.
I'm still getting Paul in the left and Doug in the right on both the "fix" file and the player on this page.
"I'll have to double-check the public records, but Jose Bautista is probably the first cool person to wear sunglasses in Canada."
I take it you do not think Corey Hart (the singer) is cool. I'm sure his sunglasses-wearing is the most famous in Canada.
Freezing the pitch was done to show where it was (or near, as Ben said) when it crossed the plate, as that's the point in time that matters for the pitch call. It wasn't being done to purposely show the ump in a better light. The movement of the pitch and poor reception by AJ tend to take the viewer's eyes away from where the pitch was when it crossed the plate.
One of the best vacations I've ever taken was a 7 day/7 game Florida ST trip last March. There was a lot of driving, but we still managed great times both at the parks and away from them. Saw a sunrise on the Atlantic one day and a sunset on the Gulf a few days later. We also got to hear Nationals fans ripping Bryce Harper back when he was a cocky minor leaguer.
After reading this article, I am now officially bummed to not be going this year. However, with the WBC this year, we opted to stay home. Next year, though, we're back at it. Thanks for the article, Ian.
But the addition of talent doesn't have to be high-ceiling high schoolers, either. They took a high school kid last year with their first pick. It's just that a lot of the picks seem to be the hard throwing righties that DD and David Chadd love. They need more diversification with their top draft picks, especially those in the first round.
Also, they haven't had a first round pick since 2009, when they selected Jacob Turner with the 9th pick. Yes, they could have a better development record, but they need to be able to have the chance to pick the better talent. Hopefully their decision to avoid Soriano this year was partially driven by the potential loss of their first round pick.
I agree that the team has been extremely focused on winning at the major league level, probably to a fault. However, I think it's also too early to look too far ahead at what may come from the farm system. I feel confident that players will be moved as needed to ensure a competitive product in Detroit, which is really the ultimate goal of the organization (at least this one).
Do you feel we'll see a change in draft strategy as the core of the major league roster ages? Will they resist the urge to take the large, right-handed power pitchers and instead focus on overall talent to rebuild the system?
To quote Joe Sheehan, I am not a scout. However, my understanding of scouting defense is that there is significant emphasis on the pre-pitch setup and first step of the defender. The outfielder who consistently has a good start on a route is going to project better than one who seems to be guessing half the time. Also, the one who's always making the diving catch may be doing so because of a weak first step. His youthful speed may hide that deficiency in the minors, but the future projection would suffer.
Offseason programming is always going to be weak for any sport-specific network. There's only so much new content available.
I enjoyed the classic games they showed in their first offseason. It seemed like each weekend had a theme. I distinctly remember the 20-strikeout weekend where they showed both of Clemens's games, Johnson's game, and Wood's game.
Law's a member, too.
I had some observations after watching these videos with my untrained eye.
Decker - I also saw the arm speed difference between the fastball and the curveball.
Jones - The crouched delivery appears difficult to repeat consistently. How big of an issue is this? Also, as he can't take the time to torque his body in the stretch, is he susceptible to a loss of velocity?
Morales - Will the slow pace of his delivery become harder to repeat later in outings as he tires? Also, it appeared that his finish was more exaggerated toward 1st base on breaking pitches. Is this an issue? Is it worth correcting?
Oakley - Lifting the back foot from the windup would appear to affect the consistency of his delivery. How big of an issue is this?
Are you going to be compiling a Top 100 for the Annual?
Avisail Garcia was called up on August 31st and played as a defensive replacement, so he's technically not a September call-up. However, you are correct in that all his MLB at-bats were in September.
Gomes did get a low leverage at bat late in last night's game.
Was the four-man rotation his sole decision? I thought O'Dowd had major input in that idea.
I'm arguing the semantics of the BBWAA rules as interpreted by Colin's post.
The whole thing is so vague, and purposely so. However, it seems like too many BBWAA writers take parts of the voting rules for the awards and HOF too literally when it's convenient to them.
You could also argue he falls under point # 2, as he's a DH primarily.
"Only regular-season performances are to be taken into consideration."
Even if you stretch the character clause prior to 2012, the Cabrera DUI happened in Spring Training, not the regular season. Thus, you have another gray area argument on your hands.
Of course, if you're going back that far already, the regular season clause has already been busted.
Shouldn't the Orioles play the divisional tiebreaker game in the same fashion as any other regular season game? That is, don't overextend the bullpen to win the Yankees game at all costs? That way, they can still have key relief pitchers available for a possible Wild Card game vs. the A's? If they burn up all the good relief pitching vs. the Yankees, they have less of a chance vs. the A's.
He did enter the year as a prospect.
It looks like the -1 Fairy made its appearance in this thread.
This network of regional prospect coverage sounds great. The detail that this setup can provide really excites me for next year. Tangible scouting reports are one thing you (Jason) appear to have real passion doing. Expanding this to cover the nation is a great idea.
The best part of that Design the Skyline song is the way it sneaks up on you. I laughed when the intro ended and the chimpanzees finally made it through the door to the Guitar Center.
I'm guessing his injury history keeps him in the minors this year.
First, all I initially thought was, "Wow." It just feels like you missed the spirit of the article completely. However, I felt like more needed to be said.
You said that O'Dowd's also at fault for the fact Tracy still has a job. Well, that's pretty much true in any industry. There are PLENTY of people in the world who don't deserve their jobs for a plethora of reasons. That's not what Russell's arguing, though. The main point, to me, is that the non-public aspects of being a major league manager deserve far more weight than are ever given by the public.
To say that anyone could play Manager and successfully run a bullpen and manage a clubhouse is a bold statement. I think you are vastly underestimating the role of the media in the job of today's major league manager. It's one thing to have upper management question decisions, but when random people who know very little about the whole of your job publicly question you, your job just became a lot harder.
No one said it was easy, and I would love the opportunity to manage a big league club, even for one day. However, I couldn't consider myself anywhere near qualified to do the job full-time, just like I'm not qualified for a large number of occupations.
You referenced Bill James. Well, as we all know, sabermetrics can't quantify everything. Being a manager in the 21 hours a day when the game isn't being played is not quantifiable in my book. In the end, I believe that's what Russell's saying the whole time.
How do you know that the list could have been posted on the site on Monday? Nothing in Joe's comment says the list would be posted as soon as the ebook is available. He said they'd post the list as soon as they could after the ebook was available. Maybe the ebook publisher demanded a 48 hour wait time to post content from the ebook. Maybe you're right and they made a business decision to hold off and thereby go back on Joe's word. We just don't know what the terms of the contract are, so to call out Joe over a comment he made seems a tad harsh, especially when he didn't promise a Monday release in that comment.
For the record, I'm playing devil's advocate. I don't care either way.
I feel they're using the end of the podcast rumors to give themselves a nice vacation from the podcast.
Second base was a far bigger need for the Tigers than another corner outfielder.
Now you're back to the fan experience over the player buy-in.
I think the fan experience is more important than the player buy-in. That's why I want the marketing of the game to change. Don't have Prince Fielder tell me he's playing to win in the commercials only to have him goad Verlander into trying to throw 101 for fun during the game.
OK, let's drift away from the logistical aspect of it, as that's something you weren't trying to solve and I may have mislabeled. You're still going to need buy-in from the managers more than the players, I think. If the managers are willing to manage it like a real game, then I think the players would follow suit. Maybe the pitchers would have to be on innings & pitch limits (similar to the Futures Game), but the position players would have to be ready to play the whole game.
My biggest problem is that you're going to have upset clubs (owners, players, fans) when their team is opposed by the team(s) they're battling for a playoff spot. For example, let's suppose the White Sox are on one ASG team, and the Tigers and Indians are on the other. The Indians had 2 players and the Sox had 4. Now let's say no Indians play (this game counts) and their team wins. Don't you see Jerry Reinsdorf calling up his close friend Bud and demanding an explanation for how he allowed the White Sox to lose a game in the standings to the Indians without 1 Indian player involved?
Of course, the logistical aspect is the biggest stumbling block, and if that can be figured out, then maybe the idea could gain some steam.
I think your idea is unique. However, I don't believe it's logistically possible. The issue of dividing the teams would be particularly difficult, considering the number of stakeholders involved in this scenario. Also, with playoff spots coming down to Games 162 and 163 so often in recent years, I wouldn't want to imagine the public outcry if a team (or teams) lost a playoff spot due to the ASG outcome.
I believe the biggest issue revolves around the marketing of the game. If we weren't subjected to repeated commercials of players telling us the game mattered, we wouldn't be so offended when those same players relax and have fun during the game. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the current-day ASG, so I'm not really offended, but the over-the-top marketing and the slogan just seem so fake.
That was Friedrich at third base for the throw from Rosario. The radio announcer (Dan Dickerson) was wrong during the call.
So you're saying that Lawrie doesn't deserve ANY suspension? Please let that answer be "He does".
Separate the acts, like KG said on Twitter last night. Yes, the umpiring was poor. However, Bill Miller shouldn't have to worry about getting hit by anything, intentional or not, when a player rages about a call. You could put this in the same category as the inadvertant bump that happens when players/managers get a little too close to umps.
Dirks is out. He just walked in tonight's game.
Hey Kevin. I did have an issue with the article. You don't mention the Padres for the first time until the end of the "Background" section, and only twice throughout the article. There's also one reference to Petco Park.
I'd appreciate a bit more biographical information (team, for starters) at the top of future articles. This is especially important when the prospect's name doesn't autolink to a player page.
What was today's update?
How is transparency good for the game? This whole Braun situation has been transparent and most of the rhetoric surrounding the resolution has been overwhelmingly negative. This negativity has been focused on all the parties involved (Braun, MLB, MLBPA, Shyam Das, the specimen collector). Had the leak never occurred, the initial suspension and the appeal, successful or not, would have happened behind the scenes, and the general public would have been none the wiser. This isn't to say that he would have won the appeal and "gotten away with it" in private. That's not the point.
Confidentiality in the process prevents undue attention on an initial conclusion. The player is still given his right to appeal. However, it is done without the masses rushing to judgement based on one side of the issue. MLB's side concluded he had tested positive through the proper application of the collectively-bargained drug testing procedure. Braun's side then had to be heard in both the arbitration court and the public opinion court. Unfortunately, the public opinion court didn't care to hear or understand Braun's side. Braun and the MLBPA argued his side (that the applicaiton of the procedure was not done in accordance with the agreed upon rules), and the arbiration panel ruled in his favor after hearing both sides. The collectively-bargained drug testing procedure had worked.
Under normal circumstances, when a suspension is announced, it is rare for the player to fight the suspension. Appeals are not allowed, as the appeals process plays out behind closed doors prior to the announcement. Players usually come out with strongly worded statements proclaiming their innocence or explaining the positive result. A grievance may be filed here and there. However, they all serve their time and baseball moves on. This all happens because there is no transparency in the drug testing process. This is good for the game because everyone can move on quickly knowing that the suspension has been vetted through the confidential appeals process. There's no need for the public opinion court to take sides. The game is better for that.
Just how bad was Daniel Fields last year to completely fall out of the top 20? Is there any hope left for him?
I cared more about the AL playoffs and the Tigers, but I'm pretty sure I didn't miss the epic Game 6 of the NLDS between STL and PHI.
Did the Phillies make the World Series in 2008 and 2009, or was I dreaming? I've heard the line about the Yankees being the last team to be in consecutive World Series so much that I wonder if I'm missing something.
The difference between the Epstein situation and your example is that the factory equipment doesn't have a contract that runs out next year.
I would love to see an infield with Darwin, Marwin, and Starlin. That would have to be a solid 60-65 on the names.
I'm sure Diamondbacks fans respect Gibby for the winning the team has done under him, sense of humor or not.
Small quibble. In your paragraph detailing Sunday's Jimenez start, you reference the Indians' bottom of the ninth. That game was played in Detroit.
From LoMo's comments, it sure didn't sound like he was going down for anything other than his low batting average. Yes, we all know that the bosses weren't happy with his off-the-field antics, but if he's hitting, he's doing what he needs to do to get back to the majors. His extracurricular issues won't matter nearly as much when he's producing in games.
Of course, this is the Marlins we're talking about, so anything abnormal is possible.
Jered Weaver was pitching Sunday when he and Maggs jawed at each other. Jeff Weaver was pitching 11 years ago when he and Maggs squared off during a brawl.
It was interesting to see Dotel and Teahen both a part of another three team trade yesterday, also.
There are receivers that can record. One of them is the Inno, which is on the XM side of the company.
The best All-Star Game is going to find a way to get all the superstars (emphasis on super) on the rosters and let the rest fall where they may. So Konerko didn't make it. Oh well. I'd rather watch Cabrera.
How much does defensive positioning affect your evaluation? Do the outfielders in the lower levels mostly play straight up, thereby taking away any specialized positioning concerns?
I noticed that the bottom 10 list was primarily made up of pitchers from the 70s through the 80s, whereas the top 10 list was mostly from this decade. Do you think this is a result of hyper-specialization or a product of moving to the 5-man rotation? My thinking is specialization would give relievers moving to the rotation a shorter leash on a rotation spot. Also, the 4-man rotation would give relievers more spot starts. That, along with smaller bullpens, would give more opportunity to stick even with poor performance.
I don't have too much information on it, but the new baseball field at Michigan State has a small hill leading to the fence all the way around.
Yes! Expand this series to all the minor leagues!
Is there any chance that the gloves Scott Sizemore was wearing when he was up with the Tigers would have prevented the broken bone in Inge's hand?
If Bud looks bad, it's a travesty.
Playing one of those guys doesn't create room for Guillen, which was the impetus for the Sizemore demotion in the first place. Boesch hit himself into the lineup (for now), and until he cools off, they needed somewhere to play Guillen. LF/DH are occupied by Boesch/Damon and RF by Maggs.
Both Kelly and Worth are probably capabale at the least as a stopgap. I doubt Kelly ever turns into a long-term solution there (or anywhere). Worth could take over one day, but right now, they want Guillen more than Worth.
I love that Reds poster.
I think it would be interesting to see how these guys rank on the complete list. How many non-closers outpitched the worst closer?
That's a pretty bold statement to make without explanation. Why don't the White Sox match up well with the Twins?
They still were a Class III drug as of 1990. Thus, one could say the manner of the players' use of anabolic steroids was illegal by law.
Just to play the other side...Unintentionally lapsed subscription?
I support your second and third points completely. I like the applied stat articles. I also like the hardcore math-driven stat articles. However, I really don't care if the articles have this "fun" element to them. Good writing doesn't need to be fun. It needs to be engaging, thought-provoking, and complete. That's not to say that I don't like fun writing, but rather fun writing should not be the main goal of every article.
I enjoy the product immensely, and I look forward to these changes with great anticipation. I did feel that the content had been a little stale lately. However, it is the dead of the offseason. Shouldn't this be the time to try out some new ideas? I trust that things will be better for the site in 2010.
Unfortunately, that can mean a lot to the casual fan or non-fan that knows little to nothing about the real issues, but recognizes George Will's or Frank Robinson's names.
Could they get Jeter to defer salary in the new deal? Is that even allowed in the current CBA?
This looks great. I can't wait to find the time to pore over these reports. The offseason just got a bit brighter.
Great article incorporating your inner torment between fan and media member. Giving up any and all public display of your fandom would be the toughest part about being a sportswriter, in my opinion.
I'd be feeling the same way Joe did if I were standing on the field after my team won their 5th World Series and first in 25 years.
It seems like you missed the point of the italicized segments, eighteen.
How is Andrew Miller eligible for the AFL? Doesn't he have too much ML service time?
GM David Chadd? Dan Duqette? Jacob Turner 269th overall?
Methinks this article was rushed.
However, the Red Sox don't need to win the division to make the playoffs. Therefore, they'd be better off setting their team for the ALDS than trying to win a mostly meaningless division crown.
Isn't Joe just saying that no one should judge Strausburg for doing whatever he ends up doing in his pursuit of wanting to get as much money as he can? If he wants to pass on the Nationals' offer, that's his choice. History will tell us whether or not he makes the right choice tonight.
"At some point, do it like everybody else has already done it." I have a problem with this line from Zimmerman. Just because other players have done it like everyone else should have no bearing on what Strausburg does.
Do I think he's playing with fire, both professionally and popularly? Yes, big time. If he doesn't sign, look out for the war of words between Boras and the Nationals as to who was at fault. Neither party will come out well. Of course, if the Nats sign him for some ungodly amount, the same could happen in the court of public opinion. This is shaping up to be a no-win situation.
How is abolishing the draft going to give more money to the players? Abolishing the draft will only serve to move the highly-touted prospects to the higher-paying teams. The rest will probably get less money because there is less incentive for the teams to meet the lesser players' demands. The draft gives leverage to many players who would otherwise get peanuts.
Yes, the draft restricts a player's options to one team, however, that can help some players. Look at Tony Sanchez and Drew Storen. Both were seen as overdrafts by the Pirates and Nationals, respectively. Yet, the players both ended up with more than they would have had there been no draft.
Teams that are willing to pay now would continue to pay in a draftless world. Accordingly, teams that are unwilling to pay now are going to possibly pay less than they are now. Maybe those low-spending teams will get in on a big prospect every once in a while, but more often than not, they'll sit on the sidelines and look for cheap options.
Cabrera did lead the AL last year with 37. You are remembering correctly.
Then why aren't the Mets spending as much? They share the same market. The Yankees market isn't just NYC and the surrounding area. They are a national team, just like the BoSox, Cardinals, and Dodgers. The difference is that the Yankees have maximized their non-baseball revenues (YES Network, for example), and therefore they are better able to handle those revenue-sharing taxes.
I use its arrival to signal that most of the new content is out there. I still see that articles get posted after I receive my newsletter, though. I either get a chance to read those late at night or the next day.
I agree with the person above who said that he/she liked the daily stat of the day. That makes the newsletter worth reading each day.
I'd be interested in an article about the players who arrive in the majors upon roster expansion in September. More specifically, what kind of pressure do the young players feel when they come up for a bad team and they're taking away playing time from a veteran?
Also, where do they fit all those extra guys in the locker room?!?
He mentioned that trade in his Thursday column.
I think he's saying that the fact the St. Louis fans voted their hometown catcher to their hometown All Star Game is OK, even though Molina's nowhere near as good (or deserving) as McCann.
Manuel could move him over to third base. LOL!
2 of Damon's 12 home runs at home this year were classified as "Just Enough" by hittrackeronline.com. The definition of a "Just Enough" home run straight from their glossary: "Means the ball cleared the fence by less than 10 vertical feet, OR that it landed less than one fence height past the fence. These are the ones that barely made it over the fence."
My suggestion for a topic involves roster analysis. Have each writer take his favorite team and break down the current 25 man roster (and 15-day DL players). Is the roster built for the playoffs? Is it built for the future? Is the roster languishing in the doldrums (thanks, Ken)? How would the writer improve the roster if given the chance to play GM for a day?
If I recall correctly, the minor leagues are separate entities from the major leagues and that there are working agreements between the two. Thus, minor league teams are not officially a part of a major league organization.
What does this mean? I suppose it means that the fact Ramirez is allowed to play in the minors indicates that there were bargained agreements to have a "rehab" period for those suspended, as birkem3 stated. Ramirez was suspended for 50 major league games, not 50 professional, affiliated baseball games. In fact, every major league player suspended under the drug policy has the right to the rehab period. Once again, birkem3 is right in that the media were lazy in their reporting on both ends.
You're right, Richard.
Having been at the game (and getting to watch the replay on the horrid video screen at Comerica Park), I think that Hoffpauir's attempt at the ball may have led to some confusion as to where the ball hit. Most outfielders don't try to climb that wall, so the fact Hoffpauir did may have biased the umps into "seeing" the ball hit lower than it did. I haven't seen the TV replays, though, so I could be horribly wrong myself.
Great article, Joe. I recently spent a weekend in Pittsburgh away from the TV and computer to take in the Tigers/Pirates series. I was able to throw myself into each game and the experience. However, I couldn't tell you what the Twins, White Sox, Royals, or Indians did that weekend. Not that it mattered much, because I was having too much fun at a beautiful ballpark.
I think this needs to be required reading for anyone involved in the BCS in college football. The coaches poll is a joke, and this article perfectly lays out the reasons why coaches can't be good judges of the overall college football landscape, however unintended Joe's article was towards that point.
Me, too. Thanks for unexpectedly posting the missing paragraph, Richard!
I liked the graph. Of course, I'm a frequent visitor to the source site of that graph, so I have seen a number of them.
I think the biggest thing to take away from the graph is the steep decline of the high points from beginning to end. That shows the decreasing pitch speed on his fastball very well.
Could a different graph have been better? Probably. However, I don't know Brian's knowledge with Excel or how much time he had to devote to creating a different graph with the existing data.
I think that line has some merit. I may not make an immediate change based on a trade of one of my players. However, that player's stat-gathering environment has completely changed from all information I had on hand prior to the trade. I'm going to watch my traded player a little closer, small sample sizes be damned.
I disagree that the winner of this contest is going to be a well-rounded columnist without a voice or specialty. I wouldn't say that all nine finalists who advanced handled the first topic well. Of course, I wouldn't say that those who voted did so for the articles that met the topic objective, BP Basics, well, either.
Anyone who writes does so in his/her own voice. I would assume that the ones who advance are the ones who write about each week's topic in a clear, easy, and entertaining way using his/her voice.
Joe, I agree that trying to keep up with the league is tough to do when you're travelling anywhere, especially baseball games, I really enjoyed this article. I appreciate reading your experiences of a night (or nights in this case) at the ballpark.
Keep up the good work!
It sounds like plenty of people read each article. In fact, Byron only needed 10 more people to vote for his article. Seeing that only 19% of those who read his article voted for it, there were more than enough people that may have voted for him had he "written a better article".
What is the official tiebreaker? Are the finalists aware of the tiebreaker?
Do you have any word on how serious Carlos Guillen's shoulder injury is?
Will, I would appreciate the addition of teams and positions to the players names in your UTK columns. I believe this would allow for easier ways to search the columns. Along with that, I think it would be helpful to have a list of the players mentioned in UTK on each Team Audit page, maybe linking back to the UTK article where the player\'s mentioned. Thanks!
Happy New Year. My request would be a way to bring up Unfiltered posts by author. Neither the Unfiltered search nor the site search does this.