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I vote for a stop in Munich, Germany. I may be the only attendee, but that would work out well for me?
Seriously, I'm looking forward to the 2011 book. I'm hoping the PECOTA cards come out online today as planned, but nothing like holding the book. Now I have to wait longer to get it (unless you want to go ahead and forward one, lol!) but it will be worth the wait I am sure.
Oh, and if there was anyway to a digital version of the book, say, on Kindle (since that is what I have and I am selfish), it would be great.
If you did one in Princeton, and I was home, I would attend, FWIW.
Thanks chico, I'll check this out.
Good stuff, Oleoay.
Well, when I was younger and in much better shape, I once threw my back picking a towel up off of the floor. So yeah, I can believe the sneeze thing even if I don't want to or logic tells me otherwise.
Simple. Everything starts and ends with the front office. From signing the injury prone players, to mitigating preseason conditioning, the front office is involved to a degree.
Let's look at what Dusty did to the Cubs when he was there. He used those pitchers like they had no tomorrow, and because of it some of them don't. Is that all Dusty's fault, or does some of the blame lie upstairs? I'll say it does if for no other fact than they didn't (to my knowledge) sit Dusty down and make him back off.
And what birkem3 said.
I think you are missing Will's point.
Of course the front office has some blame here, it's just hard to pin point exactly where. Is it player evaluation that is to blame? Is it conditioning programs? Is it workload or the overall philosophy of how pitchers are used (including off day workouts)? Is it the approach they take to getting pitchers ready in Spring Training?
Furthermore, injuries will always effect homegrown and imported pitchers. If for no other reason than the trickle down effect it has on their workloads.
Since we are talking Toronto Blue Jays, I'll go out to a former VP of Operations and GM for them and get his take. If he responds promptly, I'll throw up his response.
Neither did the Nats, but nice try.
He was just the first name that came to mind. It would be interesting to see whose parts we would use for the ultimate pitcher?
Great stuff as always, Mr. Carroll.
I'm waiting for them to start growing new ligaments and tendons via stem cell research. Or maybe they will start cloning elbows and stitching them on?
"Well Joe, this is Reyes' first start since having that new "Koufax" elbow installed on his left arm..."
Excellent piece, Steven. I wish you the best in your fight against depression, as well as the best to those who support you.
By the way, any chance to mention Walter Johnson is one that can not be passed up on!
Again, good luck to you and yours. Writing can be some of the best medicine, so I look forward to the onslaught of well written articles that will come from your "pseudo-shut-in" lifestyle!
Yeah, sorry if I overreacted a little there. Best of luck to you making the top 10!
Seems that someone took my comment in a completely different way than it was intended to be taken. Allow me to clarify for you. In my direct reply to Brian, I said that my work was similar but different because like Brian, I had something on the shelf that I wanted to attack for quite a while but had not had the time, or made the time, to do so. Let me be clear, I have had the time, just used it to write about other topics. I write on a daily basis, and have been doing so for three plus years. My time and desire to write are not now, nor will ever be issues. I'm sorry that you seem to have taken offense to my comment to Brian, but please do not begin to question my motives here, which you know nothing about. If you would like to discuss them, feel free to email me as I will not play part to a comments thread digressing to petty arguments. You can easily find my addy by googling my moniker or just by adding @gmail.com to it. But for the record, I would have entered this contest if it cost me money to do so, rather than had a cash prize at the end, as this couldn't be farther from being about the money to me.
Also, in pointing out that I cut some info out of my piece I in no way mocked the BP Idol judges. If I did anything at all I kissed a little ass (also not my intention) by saying that I kept my word count down and kept them from reading extra material that in the end did not effect my entry. It's just editing, dude. When you write something thinking one outcome is going to result, and then it does not hold true, you have to revisit everything. In doing so I realized that in the end a lot of what I wrote did not hold the weight that I anticipated it to. Thus it hits the floor. I'm not going to write 1500 words just to write 1500 words, I'm going to use the amount of words that I feel that I need to get my message across. If that is 50 words, great. If it is 1499, so be it. There is no governor on my creativity, as I would imagine is the case for most of us who entered.
In the end make no mistake about it, Oleoay, I'm not here because of some fleeting desire. I have a long term plan for writing about baseball and fantasy baseball. Making the top ten here would be a nice step in that direction.
Will, I appreciate your update. My thought on your issue is that if said entrant can not produce, said entrant will not make it through the voting period.
"Well, just a second there, professor. We, uh, we fixed the *glitch*. So he won't be receiving a paycheck anymore, so it'll just work itself out naturally."
I have the traditional Hungarian Paprika as well as the hot. I'm not aware of the Cali Grown Sweet. I'll have to check that out.
I have never heard of goulash with Lawrys, or any other brand of seasoned salt. Interesting as well.
Can you tell that I like to cook as well as eat? I'm not a big guy though, so save the fat jokes for a few years from now. I am also much better looking in person than in my head shot...
Record for comments? What would said record be, I wonder.
I'm sure that the BP staff knows exactly how they are handling things, and will stick to their original Top 10 format. With over 500 entrants, making the finals would be a huge statement about your submission.
The only thing I would recommend is setting up an auto-responder on the email address that the submits are sent to. That way we know for sure that we are in. Just a thought.
Well I hope you make the top 10, Brian, and I hope that one day I get to read what you entered. It sounds similar to what I did, only completely different. I had a topic I have wanted to attack for a while, but have not had or made the time. I showed my work, for the most part, and wound up killing over half of my entry because when I was finished I decided that it was unnecessary and I didn't want to keep it in just to lengthen my piece. Thus my piece wound up much shorter than the 1500 words. You are quite welcome, BP Idol Judges.
I watched it too. Good stuff. Was this his first appearance on the four letter?
It is a good point. Count me in the camp of those that went outside of their comfort zone, but hopefully I didn't do a mediocre job!
He wasn't kidding. Dude has already canceled not only here but ESPN Insider as well.
When the contest first started, I thought I might wind up having to do something like that. When it was confirmed that we had the second week, I breathed a little deeper and was able to put more thought into things, which I am very thankful for. Hopefully it got me away from being a 3 and maybe up to a 6?
I think that the confusion on the deadline probably wreaked havoc on some of those people with the early submissions. Just a thought, but probably pretty accurate.
Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't be telling the judges that part or all of my submission might be BS. Just a thought...
Programming? What kind?
It should be Hungarian, yes. But not Hot, that stuff will burn you up!!
Man, I'm gonna miss my Grandmother now...
Impressive use of goulash, Christina. Also impressed that you mentioned paprika. But what kind of paprika do you use to make your goulash?
It was challenging, to be sure, but 1500 words is certainly long enough to get the job done.
I just hope my awful head shot doesn't make me an instant 1.
I agree completely. Of course, mine obviously hasn't been graded yet since there are no 10s.
Great article, Marc. This bears out my thinking on closers. If you can get a top closer for good value in the draft, you do it, but you do not overpay and you do not discount the closers on poor teams. Joakim Soria is a perfect example.
NC State!! Nice. It's obvious you know where the good talent comes from.
Terrible tragedy that will be felt throughout the baseball world, as well as the "outside" world. My heart goes out to the families of all involved, even that waste of skin who was driving the hit and run vehicle.
Excellent way to cover this story, Christina, but of course I expected this to be handled with class.
Thanks Patrick, it makes a lot more sense now. I have been scratching my head trying to figure these things out. I'm on board now!
I would not do that, no. I don't punt wins though, and I don't play H2H leagues, so depending on your format you should draft accordingly. I try to draft a few top line starters if the value is there when I'm selecting, and then stock up on low level closers and a few dominant setup men/closers in waiting on teams where the hammer is getting rusty. Make sense?
I think what raef12 is trying to say is that rather than take a low lever starter, take a high level reliever, which makes loads of sense to me. No need to start an Adam Eaton if you can start a guy like Shields circa 2007.
I'm also interested in your thoughts on Broxton. His projected numbers and BETA confuse me as well. 85 Ks, but only 13 saves? Who will be getting the saves in LA?
I'm not trying to be an ass, I'm merely trying to figure out what it is that I am missing here.
Fair enough, but with a BETA like his, wouldn't you say that you guys are pretty solid in your stat predictions for him? I'm trying to figure out how your projections are working here, because if he is the 9th inning guy, and gets 41Ks, then he damned well better have more than 10 saves or he won't be the 9th inning guy, which means you guys think he will be serving another role. Does that make any sense to you? I'm mainly trying to figure out who will get the saves in Atlanta this year, if it isn't Gonzo, and from everything your predictions are telling me it won't be him.
Marc, I have a question in regards to Mike Gonzalez. How do you guys figure he will only get 10 saves, and who is going to get the rest of the saves in Atlanta? You have him pegged for 41 Ks, so I'm trying to figure out what role you have him playing in Atlanta, and who will be the full time closer. Surely you do not think that the top closer for the Braves will only get 10 saves, when their starting rotation could be the best in the NL.
I can't speak for dude, but I can tell you that having a guy like Scot Shields in the past has been a very successful strategy for me in the past. Gets you an occasional win (sometimes in less than an inning of work), save, good Ks, WHIP and ERA. Plus, if the closer goes down...