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Minnesota no doubt views him as a 28-year-old lefty with the 3.68 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ERA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ERA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ERA</span></a> rather than taking a deeper dive into his peripherals
Was this dig on the intelligence of the Twins really necessary Aaron? Come on man be a little professional
Did you mistake Kolten Wong for former NFL linebacker Kailee Wong??
yea, who needs their brain anyway
Well i guess my whole argument is that theyve been very successful and if we are so far apart on that its not worth arguing
Another Twins fan here, I will be bookmarking this article to bring it up to you in the next few years Matthew as you are proven wrong.
I am not going to doubt the same front office that made the Twins into perennial contenders from 2001-2010, while dealing with the threat of contention and the lack of revenue due to the godawful Metrodome.
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Bill+Smith">Bill Smith</a></span> managed to destroy the entire organizations talent depth in his few years as GM, and sure enough as soon as <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=78149">Terry Ryan</a></span> comes back the talent picks up again.
I can see how since the Twins don't do things how the "it" teams do it, it can be seen as doing it wrong. But i'm going to disagree, I think a lot of the things the league is falling in love with lately are about to become overpriced and overrated and the Twins will come out looking very intelligent and well built.
The Twins gave Berrios on an innings limit, and with his start last night he got close to that number.
The Twins are "technically" in the race? 1.5 games seems very legit in the race to me
Only need 1 out for hold
I'm guessing it should be obvious who he is talking about, but i cannot figure it out
Even if Pinto, Suzuki and Hermann were to get hurt catching, Mauer wouldn't be the one coming in. He is 100% done catching.
Did you black out from 2001-2010? And forget that Ryan was retired while the franchise was destroyed?
I hope you don't listen to that negative feedback, this was fantastic
The argument i've most heard is that offense should go up because of not dealing with foul tips and such, not "concentrating on hitting more".
20 Makeup? Jesus Montero?
I would love to see an article about whether or not certain umpires are more or less susceptible to good or bad framing catchers.
The most annoying thing is when the closer isn't used in a tie game in extra innings then in the next game or two they pitch in a 14-4 game to "get their work in".
This. There was something special with that Santana change, i've never seen so many awful swings off one pitcher
Mauer seems to get the benefit of the doubt a lot of times at the plate, possibly due to his great eye or patience, so that probably contributed to the Weiters frame
I hope we get one of these where there is a runner at first at two outs, so we can see the reaction of the runner as he has to keep going back to first after every 3-2 pitch.
Spelling errors make sense to fix, its the grammar nazis that are the problem
Don't apologize, just don't do it
In all seriousness, Twins fans may remember Glenn Williams, only got 43 plate appearances, hit .425, dislocated his shoulder, and we never saw him again.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka? ohhhh wait it wasn't the broken ankle that made him ineffective?
I keep reading these articles about framing and all that comes to mind is that wouldn't it be much easier to frame and gain strikes for a pitching staff with good command? I mean if you call for an inside fastball but it ends up 4 inches off the outside, there is no way you can frame it regardless of how well you frame. Were if you are catching a staff with good command that hits your glove time after time, you would have a lot more opportunities to gain some strikes.
I agree with you Ben, I think getting rid of this "art" as I call it, would be a huge detriment to the game.
Probably not a good sign that the Twins have three players that could fall into this catagory (Plouffe, Parmelee, Florimon), yet they are so hopeless they cant even make this list.
For Worley i think there is some sort of error, because his stats from 2010 at Reading all look normal and reasonable, but at the end of that line it says he is worth -4.4 WARP, which is fairly impossible for what the stat line itself shows. So I think that may be causing Pecota to be even more down on Worley causing the Twins to somehow look even worse.
Gee, I wonder who would ever have the manliness to say such a thing as #5
"Your jaw just dropped in the total opposite of surprise—an O of deeply underwhelmed boredom—and drool ran from both sides of your mouth. You just got into the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Appropriate Exaggerated Response to Obvious Information."
Funniest two sentences i've ever read
Thing is, he was far more productive this year than anyone else on this list
Yea, i finished reading and was all excited to add a comment and say something new and interesting, then I read all the comments and realized everything I wanted to say had already been said, only in better ways.
I used to think George Carlin was the best comedian ever, now I know its Matt Kory. Great job this season!
Yea, i was just going to say, the team Nishioka helped the most? the Orioles
I agree with omb, i'm not really a huge follower of prospects and really only know the very very top ones, so some of these rundowns, though well written, don't do much for me.
So some other details about the player besides name and team would be great.
he's saying all of those things are worse or more obvious with Yankee fans than other teams fans. And thats hard to argue with.
That wasn't at all what he was saying, but way to blow it up randolph
I may be completely wrong, but it seems to me when the Twins were actually doing well they had an incredibly amount of TOOTBLAN, and now they seem to rarely make those mistakes. I suppose it could be that with the awful pitching this year baserunners are just being far more cautious because their is no reason to get thrown out down 6 in the third inning.
I would think Felix would be leading for this year at least because of how bad Seattle's attendance is when he isn't on the mound, where in DC their attendance is pretty good regardless of who is pitching
I've been a huge Twins fan for years, and I just overly irrationally worked up when they succeed, but somehow I have managed to make sure I feel very little negativity when things don't go their way.
That being said, when i'm not watching the Twins themselves I watch baseball a lot like you did with the Chris Archer v the Orioles game.
I find that combining these two things makes me about as happy a fan as someone can be.
I think people are banking on the Twins being awful and helping the Tigers out, hard to argue.
I was incredibly surprised to not see Jamey Carroll on this list as he just recently broke his incredibly long steak without a homer and his strikeout rate is fairly good i believe
Brian Dozier is leading the world in low WAR
Justin Morneau, down and out for almost 2 entire years, having a pretty good season, but on a terrible team so probably not too much in the discussion.
So your answer is comfort with their situation makes them relax and possibly play better
Let me continue a bit more.
I realize in other sports like football, basketball, or hockey that chemistry could have a huge effect because everything in those sports depends on your teammates working with you and being on the same page on the field, whether it be passing, blocking, executing a zone defense. But in baseball it is a much more individual thing, batter v hitter.
The thing i'm trying to figure out is how can "chemistry" or things like that make a human hit pitch or field a ball better to produce more wins?
I'm not trying to say chemistry can't have an effect, but what is he trying to say is created by chemistry? A higher effort level? Better focus? Better preparation for the game?
Come on who minused that?! thats just funny
You are very welcome, Good to know my occasional crankyness can also be helpful
I ripped you a few months back Richard, and now i'm coming back to apologize. Your comments have been outstanding, keep it up, hopefully I can keep up with you someday.
The Twins team of Blyleven and Bremer is perfect for this state and team. The Twins have always been known to not be very up on statistical analysis and things of that nature, and Blyleven has no clue whatsoever on these things. Minnesotants TEND (not all, i know many twins fans on here that aren't) to be huge homers for their sports, making Bremer the perfect play by play guy, going nuts for any sort of success no matter how unimportant.
Growing up listening to the radio is was always Herb Carneal and Jon Gordon, now that both of them are gone I can barely take myself to listen to the Twins on the radio. I can't say for sure if the new guys are bad or good I just don't like it being different
spitting mountain dew all over a laptop is expensive, thanks SC
There is no way Dick Bremer can be called a moderate, I have heard him practically scream about a home run to get the twins within 8 before, and almost sounds like he is going to cry when an opponent hits one, he definitely needs to be called a homer if not a screamer
The Twins make me sad
I don't understand why this "%of payroll to one player" thing is even a conversation. Say with the Minnesota Twins and people saying they will never compete with mauer's contract. Even if you subtract the 23 million from the payroll there is 77 million left, and as the rays have obviously shown and a few other teams, 77 million is more than enough to build an outstanding roster.
On the other end of this, which teams are the LEAST likely to be great in 2015? I'd have to say Oakland would have to top that list, with Minnesota or San Diego not far behind
This article discriminates against those of us in wheelchairs who cannot get our pants off!
Haha thanks Matt, nice read
I found where i saw it most recently, Jeff Sullivan on SBNation
thats pretty sweet that i may have imagined it being on here somewhere
"Because baseball" might be my new favorite phrase. I've seen it elsewhere on the site, but don't remember if they were all your articles. Was it you who started it on the site?
I had what I thought was a great idea for a comment and got all excited that I might sound smart, then I read your great comment Frank and decided to leave the commenting to the very intelligent subscribers like you. Well done.
I'm with you skarski, all i hear are philly fans not accepting that the NL east is running away from them for years to come
Plus two of the Jeter home runs were against the Twins pitching staff, the best performance enhancers in the land
Not to mention, Getz was hitting LEADOFF and got pinch hit for by Betancourt
This type of article really doesn't cause many comments, so I figured i'd chime in that this is still one of my favorite articles to read on a daily basis
The braves must have close to the highest % of no shows in the league, I have seen numerous games and no way any of them had more than 18,000 in the stands, almost 30,000 isn't even close
For those of us who couldn't care any less about minor league prospects, will there be more of the scouting reports on Major League players? or will it usually be more minor league oriented like today? I simply can't get enough of what scouts think of established Major League players
But if you had stuck with that response you would have cost all of us BP readers a bunch of laughs. Great work
This is outstanding writing and really insightful, keep it up
Yes, I'd say Nishioka was possibly the worst player in the entire league last year, it'd be darn near impossible to be worse....i even confuse myself with comma's sometimes, lol.
Just the easier ones? Perkins, Capps, Liriano, Morneau, Doumit, Plouffe. Some other possibilites. Mauer, Parmelee by a lot, Blackburn, Pavano, Valencia. Last years lost season really made some of the Twins players projections drop. Lots and lots of room for improvement. Just ridding themselves of all the organizational filler they had to use last year, and Nishioka can make a huge difference. Not to mention getting ANY contribution from either of the teams two best players Mauer or Morneau. Yes, if things go as awful as last year then 100 losses could again be in the discussion, but same could be said of many teams.
I would easily predict the Twins to gain the most win from last year, but even if they do add something around 20 wins, thats still not even contending, despite a horrible division.
A's, M's, Twins, White Sox could all be brutal
Well with Escobar, Giovatella, Cain, Perez, and Franceour in the lineup anything could happen. I don't "expect" them to be last, but I can see how if some things don't go right it could happen
No, what I think he meant was that their meaning will be diminished, not that the amount of them would be diminished.
I would guess it must be valuing his stats from when he was a starter, not knowing how he was 100% a different pitcher as a reliever
I refuse to accept that one season can completely derail an entire franchise, the fact that nearly everyone wants to say the Twins are done and over with 0! 0% chance of competing blows my mind. Do i see that the talent is falling and its a very incompetently ran franchise? yes. But until they have continued problems trying to compete you have to give them the benefit of the doubt.
I agree, I would very much enjoy some lengthier articles by him
Alright, thanks for the clarification
This may be a very elementary question, but could you explain how Ortiz gets to do arbitration as that much of an experienced player?
When you say the amount of pinch hitting appearances for AL players, is that for AL games only or is that counting interleague games?
I completely agree with what both of you said
Am I alone in being shocked that injuries aren't considerably higher at SS, 2B and C? It seems like popular theory is that it is much more difficult to stay healthy at those position.
Why so negative?
great, another BP book i just HAVE to buy
That was exactly what i was thinking. To make it to the major leagues you (probably) have to start seriously playing at a very young age and don't have the time to sit and watch and learn about baseball
It wasn't random, just sick of your comments everywhere on the site
You are just one negative person huh Dick?
How can you not be happy with this one?
I have nothing to back this up, but i would be willing to guess it would be almost as difficult to name 10 third basemen for most teams. I doubt the Angels are anything special in that regard.
Awesome additions John, I usually only came to your articles, read the scout views then moved on, now it looks like you will have my attention for entire articles, i'm excited.
Why do all the trees in Minnesota tilt to the south?
Because Iowa sucks!
Other than that I can only think of Volleyball, or obscure sports like Handball and Water Polo
as tears roll down my cheeks.......
I am in the same boat as you, during bonds' heyday i spent lots of time hating him and arguing about it, but as we got to the later 2000's I just ignored any and all conversation about PED's. But with the enormous respect I had for Braun's game now up in the air, I feel i need to pay some attention, and I really don't like it.
dodgerken, you beat me to it. Well said
Jason i'm fairly sure I enjoy your writing so much that you could be writing about the WNBA and I would still love it.
10 years? I wont be discussing it tomorrow
This should be required reading for all people who hate on "stats nerds". With how brilliant Colin is with stats and articles of that nature I would think a lot of people would assume he wouldn't be capable of writing something this fantastic with nothing to do with stats.
Amazing job Colin, and thanks for your service to this fantastic country.
Love it, and needed it as a twins fan. I was just getting old enough to enjoy sports around 2000 when the twins came to be a competitive team, so i'm kind of lost being out of contention so early.
With Repko its more about roster management than an actual injury
Awesome writiing, just awesome
The combination of this article and your comment CRP13 just made my night
Thanks for the explaination Jay, i understamd you. Its just that the twins have eliminated a deficit of this nature most years theyve made the playoffs so i have to assume they are a stone cold contender
What? 6 games wasnt close enough? I dont know what else you'd consider a contender
So nice to not see the Twins 3B SS or 2B in there, seems like the first time ever.
You really aren't concerned about the Twins at all? With all their health woes so far?
If you aren't an Indians fan, then it appears you just aren't very smart
How is it being an indians fan?
Having a ridiculous looking batting stance always helps
As a twins fan I am disappointed at the decision to leave Slowey out of the rotation, not only because he is a better pitcher than options like Blackburn, but he is also fun to watch with how fast he works on the mound. Now we have to watch more Contrerasian antics on the mound from the likes of Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn.
and if you are a twins fan.... Sad
I am in a wheelchair, so I nearly cried laughing at the Dorothy Parker quip on the Rangers section.
Thanks for the late night laugh.
because he may have wanted vlad later in the inning in the case of an insane comeback.
Oh ok, thats understandable.
OK, that is a fairly interesting list. Another thing I just thought of though would be, what is the longest such streak of starts in history without a start of at least 6 innings? Because I am assuming the numbers above are full season numbers, where it could obviously be possible for someone who started 25 games to have say a 16 game stretch of less than 6 innings.
I'm fairly sure that scout must be talking about a different Michael Cuddyer, because the one I watch every day is one of the best at getting himself out. Lots of bad at bats with chasing pitches and making weak contact. Very inconsistent.
It could be possible that in that Royals game they were actually using a radar gun, where normally on the GameDay app the data from pitch f/x is used, and i am fairly sure that has been proven to be very accurate. So I wouldn't necessarily doubt the data from Chapman since he has been in the majors since pitch f/x has gaged him at 103.
Eric, on a similar note, can you give us a list of the pitchers who made the most starts without ever going 6 innings?
Best two paragraphs and chart in Baseball Prospectus history
I completely agree Nathan. I try to watch a game in either the NFL or NHL but I can help but thinking that I could have saved a ton of time by just flipping a coin. The parity gives luck way to much power because each team appears almost exactly the same. If baseball were to become that menotonous it would be nearly impossible to watch over an entire 162 game schedule.
Here's to wanting a lack of parity!
If it was in recent years I believe the first one may have been by Justin Morneau, because he is one of the few who have hit it.
Well that would explain the lack of Ron Mahay in MLB 10: The Show.
I thank you for pointing out that Pettitte wasn't really on his game, and the Twins actually did hit him well, they just didn't fall into place. My fellow twins fans once again were full of doom and gloom thinking we played really awful in New York once again. When really that wasn't the case, the breaks just didn't go our way.
I would like to see something possibly about the start of Francisco Liriano this year. Has anyone ever had so little success for three consecutive years, with great performances on both ends of the time period?
Chris Carpenter is one that I can think of off the top of my head who had something similar happen.
Oh great, thanks for making me have to look that up. ;)
Agreed, the PS3 app is outstanding.
Twins third base? Along with second and short previous to this year?
Christina, all I need to read on BP is your work to know that my subscription is worth it.
Dont you need to score to win though?
Definitely a typo. 50 HR is more accurate.
150 HR for Rodriguez in 750 plate appearances? Is that a typo?
or me. 1-800-697-8257. (think about it)
Hey Christina, Another great write up.
I am just wondering why you think Brendan Harris will be getting the majority of the playing time at third for the Twins. He is known to barely be able to hit righties, so he seems like a player destined for platoonism, the short side at that. Punto and Harris end up being about the same offensively against righties and obviously Punto is the supirior defender so why wouldn't he start against righties?
Matt, once again great work. One quick question. How do you think the shift that some defenses put on dead pull hitters effects BABIP for individual hitters?
Also going off of this wouldn't players in Boston have some strange effects on their BABIP because some balls are in play but have no chance of being caught?
Agreed. Having the only hole in the lineup being filled by a fantastic defender? I'll take it. As long as its not Jason Tyner hitting 9th I'm good.
Way to go Matt, keep up the great work.
He wasn't saying it was right, he was saying Acta may have been spreading that thought.
Will, you say that "Baseball players have incredible vision that allows them to perform feats most of us simply cannot".
I say that it may have more to do with how fast and how well a players brain interprets what his eyes are seeing into the motor skill of swinging the bat. I agree that players need to have very good vision to succeed, but its the brain that is the incredible part.
I would like to take a look at the ratings of a certain sporting event as some milestone or record is being approached. Like when a pitcher has a no hitter through 6 innings, a few years ago you would have had to be lucky enough to drop by mlb.com or some sports site at the right time to realize this event was taking place. But now with Twitter and Facebook updates more people will learn that it is taking place. I think it would be interesting to get the amount of viewers of a certain game from MLBAM to see how much the viewership increases when a historic event is close to taking place. And i'd gander a guess that in the last few years that increase in interest would be much larger than in the past.
I know you aren't getting many comments on these links but I'm really enjoying them, keep up the good work.
Another amazing article. BP is on fire the last few days.
Well we are sorry you didn't graduate high school.
Where does it already exist?
I can't figure out how Jeter thinks that having the mindset that you will win the world series and if not it is a failure makes winning more enjoyable. If you win it then you wont be shocked or amazed which I think takes away from the great feeling of winning a championship.
All I see is that it makes both winning and losing feel worse.
Yes, he must be just devastated....;)
The only negative thing I can say about this game is that it has really knocked my social life down a notch.
Considering deciding home field in a one game playoff used to be decided by a coin flip it doesn't surprise me all that much.
Well isn't someone negative today. Stop coming to the site if you don't like it. Leave us alone.
Besides the FACT that global warming is a bunch of hogwash?
Well I know it would give me another good reason to hate the Yankees. And I can always use more of those.
I'd bet more heavily on the Royals before i'd go anywhere near the Indians.
I have just been using the 4% argument to get all of my fellow twins fan off of the ledge today as most are freaking out.
But yes I do agree with pretty much everything you said. This surely will hurt the twins because its quite obvious Nathan was a dominant reliever, but this will not hurt the team nearly to the degree stated in this article or thought of by most twins fans.
I just can't take myelf to believe that a missing a reliever who pitches somewhere around 4% of a teams innings can take them out of contention. This is still one of the better teams in the league, one relief pitcher cannot change that.
These cards definitely blow away even my highest possible expectations.
Its impossible to say "Clutterbuck" without bursting into laughter.
I'm kind of sick of hearing how tight the AL central will be. The team that won the division clearly upgraded this offseason while the rest of the division hasn't really upgraded themselves at all, mostly downgrading if anything. The Sox wont be able to hit, and Peavy isn't going to be the beast people think by moving to the AL. Detroit traded a career year of Jackson for a new unproven youngster in Scherzer, and they will only continue to get older at most positions, and they really look like they will have a weak bullpen. Will someone give me a good reason why the Twins won't run away with this division?
Why isn't Bedard listed in here?
Still sometimes it doesn't matter what the third base coach says because players will go or not go no matter what the coach is signaling or telling them to do. See: Punto, Nick.
Explain to me how the Twins lost 3 wins when the only change was ADDING Orlando Hudson.
Forbes is the same magazine that said Kevin Mchale was the best GM in the NBA a few years back. Enough said.
Nearly fell over laughing after the Twins comment. Hilarious. Nice work.
I completely agree, wonderful format. Keep them coming.
Here could be one possible explaination for the home and road teams bringing in close to the same ranking pitcher in the 8th inning. If down by two in the top of the 8th as the home team, the some home managers could be thinking that they have two innings to score runs so one more run isn't that big of a deal, while others think how you did, in that there are two more innings to score two runs so the third one would have large negative effects on the outcome. Then with the road managers some think that two runs is too big of a deficit already so they give up, while others believe that two runs can be had very easily so they bring in their best. So both home and road managers have clear ways of thinking to be both conservative and aggressive thus making the rankings of both the home and road relievers the same.
Well the Twins havn't signed their one token washed up old veteran yet so thats who i'm betting on.
On the "team audit" pages would it be possible to have a link to all articles that mention that team or players on that team?
I do know that the Twins are above average baserunning, but with all the blunders that they do make, if they could limit them to a degree, then they could be an outstanding baserunning team. I watched them throughout the year, I am not basing this off of the few massive blunders made in the series with the Yankees. These mistakes happened consistently throughout the year, either from not paying attention, to being overaggresive, to just being too slow.
Even as a diehard Twins fan, I was beginning to get sick of all the "doing the small things right" bull crap. Every year there is one thing that the Twins end up doing well, however it never seems to be the same thing from year to year, but it has never been "playing small ball". So its my hope that these last few weeks will finally put that folly to rest, and hopefully people will see what we actually do well, like batting with runners in scoring position last year, to having 4 batters have incredible years this year to keep us afloat.
No, he was hinting that this is the last UTK of the season.
Thank you Will for the continued great work.
I seem to remember me being the first one to call you out for that Twins fading comment.
I wouldn't exactly say the Twins are "fading" as they just won 5 of 6 on the road, before a long homestand starting today.
I completely agree, a DXL with the begin date would be fantastic.
Eric, your work is one of the main reasons I subscribe to BP. Another great article. Keep up the good work.
Anything on Glen Perkins?
thanks for the info
How is Mauer doing medically after his first full week back?
I feel so much more intelligent after reading this fine piece of writing.
Bill Smith has only been in MN for 1 1/2 years. I don't think you can call him a RP-level killer. It was written during spring training that Gardenhire wanted to keep a "hustle" type player in Matt Tolbert who could have easily been another RP-level killer, but Bill Smith convinced him otherwise. I think you can blame Gardenhire more for the continued play of these type players, no Bill Smith. Granted if Smith continues to only sign players of this caliber then he may have a problem.
Yeah, there is something strange with PECOTA that it has never liked the Twins players to perform very well. Maybe Gardenhire is a Magic Man, that would help explain all the Twins success.
So who's line is the Not Porcello one?
Where can people access this Pitch-f/x data?
Another amazing article Ben, keep up the good work.
WHAT?! You mean everything on the internet isn't guaranteed correct? How can you say that?.......:)
I only check BP once a day and read whatever is new since the last time I checked. So i'm not too worried about speed as long as the analysis is good (which it pretty much always is here)and within a day or two of the story first breaking elsewhere.
Could we be just graduating from High School and not planning on goin to school until the next winter?
Imagine that, Guzman, another one the Twins let get away a little to soon.
I cleary remember that in the article that was published before THR started it was stated that there would be a positional list of the players provided as we went along. Where is that located?
I am hoping perkins keeps it up this year so he is in the rotation in 2010, because it will be awesome watching the hometown Minnesota battery of Mauer and Perkins on a beautiful summer day outside at Target Field.
Wasserman would have to be the most intimidating pitcher in history to face without him ever hitting 90 MPH. He looks away from the plate right before he delivers and appears to have no idea where he is throwing the pitch.
I agree that it is very interesting seeing players use this as a tryout to get signed. One player I am the most interested in watching is Corey Koskie for Canada. You have to cheer for such a good guy who has had such unfortunate health problems that potentially ended his career.
I heard that the Twins were messing with his delivery and that brought down the velocity, but they are hoping that he gets more comfortable and the velocity comes back.
I am a Twins fan so I am extremely biased but I think there is a very good chance the White Sox fall completely off the table this year. The pitchers have been overworked for years, the position players are getting old, and they will have zero defensive stability. I think this is the year that everything blows up on Kenny and Ozzie. Too bad I think the Twins are going to struggle as well. Somehow when looking at this division I keep coming back to the Royals to win it, as jwillie said.
Thanks for the update.
I have been looking at the territories for years because it is so messed up for mlb.tv, and don\'t think they have been changed since the 70\'s. I\'m not positive though.
Still aiming for today Nate?
Great interview. I really enjoy reading what the professionals think of their prospects since they are talking to people that deal with those players on a daily basis, rather than just reading what people outside the organizations think based on what others say and what they see in the stats.
Where is Alexi Casilla, he will at least have an everyday gig.
Does anyone know if Jarrett Hoffpauir is related to Micah Hoffpauir on the Cubs?
Last year my amazon account never said it was being shipped, it just showed up without ever updating. So maybe the books are on the way, they just don\'t tell you.
What are dollars lost and injury cost? how are they calculated?
I love this format, good work!
It must be the fact that I live in Minnesota and i\'m just trying to stay warm by watching good weather.
This is such a great beginning to the spring, its just a slow build up and I love it. Carribean Series-WBC-Spring Training-GO TIME!
I am really mad at myself for not ordering Premium a few years ago, I didn\'t think I was missing mich with the Baseball Prospectus Fantasy product. Wow was I wrong!
Great work MrGriffey
The other LA team might be creative enough to pull something like that off, but I don\'t think the Dodgers could.
With how large and awesome the Annual is, I would still buy it if half of it was horrible (which its not).
Those were my thoughs exactly I just couldn\'t figure out how to say it. Thanks
How can you say he is a bad person just by his political views? I don\'t care how much you hate his politics, someone\'s politics are a small part of who they are as a human being. The guy is a baseball fan and that is what it is about.
Don\'t read the forward if you don\'t like Olbermann, its pretty simple.
Grow up jashnew!
I will, thanks for the link.
I would like to hear from some of the people that help the game happen on a daily basis, like Umpires, Groudskeepers, Official Scorekeepers, PA Announcers, or Ballboys.
That would be correct
This is how quickly things change, Carl Pohlad has just passed away. RIP
Two more interesting notes on Pohlad: He owned part of the Minnesota Vikings from 1980 til 1991, and his current company, Pohlad Companies, has a controlling share in PepsiAmericas.
Team: Minnesota Twins
Owner: Carl Pohlad
School:Gonzaga (drop out)
Why: Got started in banking during the great depression, after that he got into investing. This led to building a banking empire over several decades named Marquette Bank, which he then sold in 1992 to get his fortune.
I agree, if BP could pull this off I would never go back to any other fantasy site (and I\'d be willing to pay a good amount for the service).
I most definitely second that thought. Some longer article by Christina would be amazing.
Will, I would suggest putting all of your injury updates into one searchable location after they have been published. This way if heaven forbid I miss reading for a week I don\'t have to go through all of the articles to find an update on a play, I can just go and search for an update on a player.
Yankees 7/156 12/12
Twins: Keep young core and starting rotation together and healthy. Solidify bullpen and add a power righthanded bat.
Yes, great idea Will. I have been looking for good hockey news and it would be great to continue to receive it from you.
Does anyone know what happened in those other series when a team collapsed. Everyone keeps asking how the rays are going to react to losing but never state how those other teams reacted.
What are you talking about?
I really enjoy these previews Caleb. Keep up the great work.
Here is one Baseball Prospectus article about the subject. There are a few more in the library on the site. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1343
The Twins are actually using the off day on monday to skip Glen Perkins in the rotation since he has been so awful lately. That makes the the Twins rotation against the Sox Baker, Blackburn, and Slowey.
If you have watched a single Twins game you would realize why they aren\'t rated very high at defense. Gomez and Mauer are really their only good defensive players.
Well then Mr. Mcentegart should\'ve made it a little more clear that he was making up that post. I have no idea what satire is.
It was released by Elias that the first interesting stat was made up, Beltre and Drew were actually the first two ever to do it on the same day.
So you are pretty sure both will contribute in the near future?
Hey Will, I have one open spot on my 5x5 Head to Head league, Who would be the better option for that spot, Takashi Saito or Phil Hughes, or Neither of them?