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Baseball players' insecurity never ceases to amaze me. Mattingly had a great 4-5 years and likely would have had more if his back hadn't been hurt. But he had 113 and 132 hits his last two years and would have needed to avg 169 for 5 years to get to 3000. That wasn't ever going to happen and for him to claim it could have except that he was such moralistic man who just wanted to spend time with his kids, hall of fame be damned is ridiculous.
mainstream voters were more sabermetric than IBA voters in voting Iwakuma 3rd based on his WAR, no? IBA voters like Felix's rep and Sanchez's shiny ERA. dogs and cats are making love somewhere.
those gifs are way to fast for me to determine anything. maybe I'm just getting old. would love to freeze on the first pane of the first one and see where he's holding the glove.
I've just been offered Nolasco and Aramis Ramirez for Clayton Kershaw in a 5X5 no keeper, NL only league. by a guy who makes an annual tradition of picking up dudes on waivers like Nolasco and trying to flip them for superstars after they've had a good week or two. I appreciate the comment about always responding to trades, but I'm just going to let that one sit out there until he decides to cancel it. Everyone in the league has stories of the crap trades he offers and ignoring him seems the only option. At least the rest of us have a good laugh when we see each other, learning that we've all been offered Nolasco for our best player.
great article. another thing I've noticed that is completely unrelated to this but perhaps not his results, having seen many lincecum starts in person or on tv, is that he flinches very noticebly every time a batter swings. he appears to be terrified of balls back up the middle. you can see a little bit of it in the end of some of the GIFs. I'm not smart enough to know if that means he's not finishing his pitches property.
Mauer was crouching in dirt, like every other catcher, not running around the outfield.
uh, didn't his slider increase in speed by 2 mph, not decrease? the overall effect was to reduce the difference between his pitches from 11.5 to 8.5 mph, which could have an impact.
I remember watching this movie as a kid. turned me into a ron leflore fan, for sure.
hasn't E-5 been a breakout pick for years? I know I always took him cheap, expecting more and getting burned year after year until I finally gave up on him and watched him breakout for someone else. Is there a term for that?
I haven't heard anyone suggest this, but I thought it looked like Posey tried to fake that the ball had gotten past him to get Young to take off from 2nd. I suppose it could just be that he didn't know he'd caught it. the gif above doesn't go on for long enough to evaluate it.
the catcher is on the 3rd base side of the right-hand batter box. that's gotta to be one hell of a slide to get through the wickets that far, and I don't think it's a play I've ever seen. I agree that he could hit have hit him a lot harder. I think he had to hit him because that's what you do, but he shortened his stride, slowed down, went sideways and didn't him that hard cuz he either didn't want to get hurt or hurt the catcher.
no Yaz? I remember him leaning forward towards the pitcher almost falling over, sort of flipping the bat in little circles. that's the one I tried to emulate as a kid. but now I can't find a picture of it, so perhaps I made it all up.
deadhead - I'm in one of those leagues - NL only, 10 teams as well as a mixed league. the NL only requires a lot more attention as you can't just pick up a solid starting player if someone goes down. I can play the mixed league just picking up whoever's that week to fill an outfield spot which I find a little ridiculous.
as for your suggestion, i'm not sure the yahoo setup, in my experience, allows for you to keep accumulating stats in the customized manner you suggest.
plus, it's fun, figuring out who might be traded, jockeying for the #1 waiver pick, just like the real deal. I picked up CC upon his trade to the brewers and his second half helped my team a ton. It also teaches you to put a little less value in a player who's, say an aging star at the end of a contract on a team that isn't going anywhere. I don't think I've lost anyone meaningful to a trade, but I've picked up some nice parts over the years
Perotto, you can't argue for due process and then claim when it's not followed that it's a tecnicality or loophole that got Braun off. The more complex you make the rules, the harder they are to follow for the subject and harder to administer/enforce. If you don't want any so-called loopholes, then the rule just needs to be 'no drugs'
really 14-15M per season for Molina and no comments yet? this seems totally outrageous to me. especially since they didn't way to pay pujols.
ah, bill, by that logic you must also discount the rest of his season as predictive, because that was when he was looking forward to free agency. he won't be looking forward to free agency for the last 4 months of each season going forward.
If the Marlins are really serious about Reyes, it sounds like Ramirez would be moving to center, no?
I would think NOT knowing anything about the culture and history of a team that hasn't won in 103 years would be more important in a managerial hire. I wouldn't want some guy who's accepted that the cubs never win, or that there's a curse or any of that other crap. I want a guy who has won to instill a different culture, if I'm a cubs fan. which I'm not.
affeldt is an asset for the org with his willingness to do community work is and is very well liked. So while I'd agree that he's expensive, they are paying for more than the on-field performance with him
can't seem to post reply, directly. so I'll respond to Jay's comment defending pulling feliz: it's darren oliver.
Feliz can't through Descalso, Jay, and a pitcher?
could neftali feliz really not go 2 innings in the last game of the year? Darren Oliver?
as a tribe fan growing up in the 70's, 80's I have to give the 1980 Indians a special team award for fun to watch. Out of nowhere, you had Super Joe Charboneau and Miguel Dilone (.341 with 61 steals and probably 50 drag bunt hits). You had Hargrove, the Human Rain Delay. Slick fielding Duane Kuiper and Rick Manning. Horrible alleged boppers like Gary Alexander, Cliff Johnson at DH. Len Barker starting games and Sid Monge finishing them.
re. Young. "he never made his trade demand an issue" what? isn't a trade demand automatically an issue?
yeah, to me, the Bumgarner choice is the odd one.
I never understand the you-can't-have-an-mvp-from-the-4th-place-team argument. I somtimes don't understand how you can have an MVP from a first place team. NY's got Cano, Granderson, Teixera, Sabathia, Mo, ARod etc. How is one of them that much more valuable than the other? How is one of them the one that pushed them over the top, when baseball play is so interrelated? you can't get an rbi without someone getting a run scored, etc, etc. Kemp sticks out to me because his second banana is Ethier. Braun and Fielder had each other and a solid Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart. Bautista sticks out.
I also don't care that Verlander got lucky or had great d. He got the results he got and they were the best in the league. The luck happened. we're rewarding what happened with these awards, not predicting his ERA for next year. I
any chance another team calls bullshit on the giants barry zito situation? he's not hurt, he just sucks. of course, Jonathon Sanchez wasn't hurt either. Sure all teams do it, but this seems a little more obvious.
uh, Upton isn't very good?
chicago oriole: Posey was out of the way.
Y'all need a little more faith . Bp writers have gone on to greener pastures for years which is always followed by moaning and claims that almost reach the point of 'you should have consulted with me before accepting this resignation- that's what my $40 buys'. Bp has consistently proven itself able to replace its departed writers with solid replacements and this year in particular they've added additional writers and areas of analysis/reportage
In fact it's likely the fact that bp writers can and do go on to bigger things that keeps fresh talent coming in the door. Marc will be missed but I'm comfortable as a subscriber since the beginning that his shoes will be filled capably.
I think cashman is trying to set the stage for NOT having to sign posada to a crappy contract like the one he was forced to give Jeter last winter. He's trying to paint him as a bad guy so there isn't such a requirement to sign him. If players are going to argue for big paydays based on their vetaran qualities and name and such, they should be prepared to have it pointed out when they don't measure up on that side of the business of baseball.
I grew up with a board game called All-Star Baseball, I think and I never hear anyone mention it in these types of articles. It had cardboard discs with numbered sections for various outcomes and you spun a dial to come up with the outcome. I was playing this in the late 70's, but the game must have been from '73 or so and had cards for Bill Melton and other guys I'd never heard of. Carlton Fisk had a huge HR area, for some reason, and would routinely hit 50 homers in my simulated seasons. Merv Rettenmund (loved that name) would hit 20 triples a season as well (he never hit more than 4 for real) I'd play 3-4 games back to back, creating box scores... and then painstakingly update the season stats for everyone, erasing and recalculating as I went. Did anyone else have this game?
we're still waiting for something on Werth, right? I haven't missed it?
gonzalez against lefties
2010 .337/.424/.513 bud black "well"
2009 .234/.339/.431 bud black "not so well"
2008 .213/.287/.387 bud black "ok"
it appears that Shawn Camp's mother voted this year...
@theguarantee. I'm not checking all his lifetime numbers, but this start on two days was pretty good.
is shouldn't be overestimated either.
well, you haven't seen the the 'lee won with the mariners' aspect of the debate anywhere else, because it's ridiculous. Lee didn't have any special ability to make his team score more or play lesser opponents when he pitched.
Will brought the pete rose thing up because he's seeking closure on all the dramas he's been involved in at BP and he wants to keep giving us hints that he's done here even tho' he can't or won't come out and say it.
while I'll miss his injury info, I certainly won't miss his passive aggressive drama queen act or his overinflated self importance. you write a column, will. it's cool info, we all like it very much. I don't need the rest of your act.
is there a correlation between hard throwing/poor fielding and soft tossing/better fielding? do the mechanics that allow you to throw hard reduce your ability to be in good fielding position? there's a lot of guile pitchers on the best list and some strikeout guys on the worst list...
Torres as an all-star is ridiculous - he had a great May but his April and his June are just like the rest of his career. I'd also much rather see 2 time cy young Tim Linceum in there than Hudson or Garcia, niether of whom will have a sub 3 era by the end of the season, maybe the end of the month. Hudson has a 51-40 K/BB ratio - outrageous
he def. slowed down and then slid as a bit of an afterthought, which seems like a good way to get hurt.
his uptick in SO's started last year. 140Ks in 600PA's vs 115-20 in 700 PA's for several years before that.
I remember- he killed my fantasy team with no power, lots of K, errors, can caught steals...
I don't know how real life trades from the nl are handled in your league, but in my NL only, we just lose those guys and incoming players from the AL get added to the FA pool. Consequently, I put a lot of value on stable contracts with stable teams. I've avoided guys like Gonzalez who have good odds of being traded to the AL.
I don't follow the logic that because the Braves have shown a willingness to spend money lately that this isn't a salary dump. I'd say it's precisely because they spent that money that they had to dump Vazquez's salary. Similar to the Phillies dumping Lee once they had Halladay's salary.
I'd love to see an interview with someone who blew their arm out, or was never the same after a huge workload. Ask them about pitch counts. I guess those guys aren't still hanging around the game since they didn't have the career that someone like Mickey Lolich had. Wayne Garland?
Haren was the best pitcher in the league in the first half, but as he does every year, he faded in the second.
did the first base ump in the sox/angels game blow every single one of those calls? wow.
re. the australians:
while living in New Zealand, I saw on tv a guy layout and hit his head on someone's knee in a rugby match. He was clearly, via slo-mo replay, unconscious before he hit the ground. After a lengthy timeout, he remained in the game. Several times, a teammate had to actually point him in the right direction. the next day, he claimed absolutely no recall of the game whatsoever.
I can't imagine how insane you'd go watching rugby full time, Will.
you know it's not even the whole first half that gets people in the all-star game. I was at a game in may and friends were filling out ballots based on 100 AB's.
I would like to see a special tag on the home page title of all ESPN articles similar to the F for fantasy. This way I could choose not to read them beforehand, instead of realizing as I scroll down, ... oh this is one of those crappy espn articles... They really are extremely watered down/simplified versions of what I come here to read and I get very little value from them.
check out Juan Rivera so far this year against all of last year. almost exactly the same line across the board, except he's got something like 14 extra singles. changes his slash rates from lousy to pretty good.
Fanny Taphy, no?
#1 going to see childhood hero Yaz against the hometown Indians in the last month of his career 9/10/83 He turned the clock back with a 3-5, 3rbi day including a homer and double. He even got thrown out trying to go 1st to 3rd on a single to left!
julio franco was the indian's shortstop that day and rick sutcliffe got battered in the start.
#2 visiting college friends in cincinnati - free tickets for 9/16/88. The rain delay (1.5 hr?) was the only reason we ended up going because we were so late getting into town. No one was in the stadium, so we sat about 3 rows behind the dugout to watch Tom Browning throw a perfect game. I don't think the few fans that were there even knew what was happening - we were standing up in the 9th inning and got yelled at to sit down.
guilty pleasure: when I moved to chicago in the early 90's watching Andre Dawson warm up in right field, throwing absolute seeds with no effort.
Milton Bradley said, "bothersome" ??? really? who uses that word anymore?
Al Oliver won silver sluggers 3 straight years (ages 33-35) at 3 different positions, OF, DH, 1B. 2 AL, 1 NL. that's pretty cool. and he wasn't cheating - for someone with that... er... flexibility he really only played those positions those years.
ditto on keeping the vitriol going. These pieces are entertaining to read and give me good info with whcih to heckle/debate my non-progressive-analysis friends.
i loved seeing the tribe whoop up on them in the opener. so much freakin' hyperbole and pomp for a stadium opening - the yankees and their fans and media are so self absorbed. why do they think anyone else cares?
man, papelbon's certainly becoming more and more of a jerk, isn't he?
Having comments is going to be fun when the season finishes up and we get to evaluate Bombardiers, Woodchucks, etc alongside Pecota. I wonder if readers will be as gracious in error as BP writers seem to be.
there have been a lot of comments lately with some sort of outraged tone claiming there's some sort of BP 'consensus' that the writer is issuing and that it's at odds with what the commenter feels should be BP 'consensus'
just chill the f#@#$ out already. the writers don't run everything through some mainframe that judges whether it fits some particular paradigm. They're writers, expressing their own ideas. Sure, they have been assembled by like minded people and write for a like minded audience. They're also human baseball fans, just like us and it's their INDIVIDUAL talents and voices that make this site what it is. No one comment or article reflects some massive shift in BP philosophy or policy and those philosophies aren't written in as hard a stone as many of the commenters seem to think. Stop being so touchy!
Sorry, Lefko - your comment pushed me over the edge to which other far more egregious comments pushed me.
are you familiar with the US savings rate? it's below zero, we spend more than we earn. Korea, on the other hand, has historically had one of the higher savings rates in the world. this table ends in '04 before our rate dropped below zero which was in '05, you'll find, if you google. I'm assuming they're referring to South Korea, but assumptions can get you into trouble.
I'm sure marketers for ball parks have done all sorts of research along the lines of 100 beers sold at $7 = $700 vs 150 beers at $5, and the accompanying cost of additional beer and of beer salespeople at the lower price. But I just wonder if their models are realistic when I look around pac bell and see no one buying beer. especially not season ticket holders. It's really no sweat to me - if beers are $7, I'll sneak a few in. If they were $4, I'd probably buy a few and not bother with the sneaking.
Actually I take my kleen kanteen to the game, filled with delicious tap water, and it doesn't require any cleaning, really - it's water after all. I take public transit to the game and don't spend a penny on concessions. $6.50 for a coke? I'll sneak in a couple beers and take a burrito with me.
I can't imagine what circumstances would get me to pay for a $925 nose ring. Well... I can imagine them, but this is a family website.
In ken\'s next start after pitching 13 innnings, he threw a shutout against the dodgers as a 24 year old. This was the end of the season, sept 24th and 29th 1971. He declined pretty significantly the next two years before moving to relief for several seasons. His strikout rate also declined tremendously.