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Who is the mystery 3rd team in on the Upton free agency?
Just like to say that this was awesome. Thankfully my browser was able to handle all the gifness.
You had me at Dom Brown World Series MVP!
"Each guy has some sort of ceiling when it comes to reaction time or time it takes for pitch recognition.”
I think anyone that has ever watched or played baseball subtly realizes that fact about hitting. But many of us have always believed that more practicing and coaching could overcome that inability to recognize and react to different pitches. Jason, as a scout how difficult is it to determine this ceiling for hitting, in terms of pitch recognition and reaction?
You certainly settled the issue for me. It will be even more annoying when I hear the next round of "the city owes us a new stadium" coming from whichever owner/franchise.
"None of this is going to stop talk of contraction, though. All this overwhelming evidence to the contrary won’t be looked at. Only scare tactics to try and get a new stadium for clubs languishing in what the league sees as outdated facilities will."
But you agree that they need a CF? What will your opinion be on Aug. 1st if they haven't done anything?
Hamels through age-35 season, Halladay through age-38 season, and Lee through age-37 season. Phillies better hope they all stay healthy.
It seems unlikely that the Rays will resign BJ Upton so it would make sense for them to trade him. Is there not much of a market for him though?
It's so frustrating that you assume nothing will be done to fix the blackout rules with MLB.tv. I'm not saying you're incorrect, just disappointing that even with a new contract the MLB.tv product will still be inferior to what it could be.
Kind of hits you hard when Phillies (and even Marlins) aren't on the list, but I can't argue, the title is "What the Contenders Need".
Really enjoy the pitch by pitch gif analysis.
Where and when does the luxury tax come into play?
It's like advising a first NFL draft pick to stay in school an extra year based on the rest of his class. It sounds good and does seem to work out, but it must be nerve-racking to even think about taking such a risk.
Turning down a contract in the $150-200 million range for one worth under $20 million is not something many of us would be able to do.
Luis Gonzalez for 2001, maybe?
I don't understand why postseason.tv is TBS only. $6 is a great price, but hey you can't enjoy the world series.
I've been watching too much baseball to see this, but I hope to see it Thursday or Friday night. After which I'll keep my eye out for your complaints. Or you could do it on the podcast, but that might be tough to not ruin it for other people.
Can you do this live tonight? I'm guessing the answer is that I should follow you twitter, Jay, and I will do that now.
Kevin, in case you didn't know most of us aren't in baseball nor do we pretend to be so can you highlight some of the gross discrepancies that annoyed rather than just saying they exist? Maybe to help decrease our own ignorance of the workings of the sport?
Also, thanks for the spoiler alert. They don't end up winning the World Series!?
I'm re-upping now with this discount and am very pleased with my subscription, but will echo other comments and say I'd love a way to track my comments or other peoples and the responses to them.
Does rule 7.08a still apply if that runner on first is not the winning run? Say if winning run was ahead of the initial runner. I'd assume the game is over once the winning run crossed home plate and it wouldn't matter what the other runners behind him did (except for any force plays like batter at first base).
Given his comment it definitely seems this season has dragged on him and the rest of the Marlins a good bit. Playing a professional sport is supposed to be difficult, but I hope he doesn't retire because he's tired of the stress and negative media attention.
Yanking a fielder during the middle of the inning while he was out in the field would be very surprising. And I must say I would like it a lot, it would send a message not just to that player, but also the rest of the team/organization/league.
The fight for either the right to get swept in the first round or to go on and win the World Series! It should be a good battle and I imagine most people expect the Giants to hold onto it.
If you had to pick an SP and RP leader for this, who would those winners be?
That doesn't seem like a smart move by the Nationals to get Upton, but I also don't know what they'll have to give up. He could be a good star though on a team that badly needs some stars.
How does the Blue Jay's DH by committee production compare to these 4?
What's a better position, for a specific team or for MLB Tonight? I'd understand arguments going both ways.
A New York owner being disappointed in his players...what else is new.
What rule is in place that would have definitively prevented all these plays from happening?
It is crazy how old Reyes "seems". I'd still consider 28 young, but he sure does seem like he's been haunting the NL Easat for a long time.
I would have been 10 in the 1997 season and that was Scott Rolen's rookie year. I was a little league third basemen and loved scott rolen. I remember the '93 phillies and their world series run. My favorite players were John Kruk, Darren Daulton, and Scott Rolen. Kruk was gone and Daulton was on his way out, but I was a little leaguer who tried to play like Rolen. I remember later all the drama about his contract situation and him getting traded. I remember feeling like I was supposed to be angry at him, but I didn't care, I was just pissed he wasn't on the Phillies, but I still rooted for him.
John, I love reading your stuff for gambling purposes in basketball. And as much as I love baseball it seems difficult to me to be able to do well in baseball gambling so I look forward to seeing how you do with your ideas. Good luck.
Logan Morrison and Chris Coghlan both seem like interesting players for the fish. LoMo has already jumped to that 5 spot in the order with Stanton out. Do you think he'd be able to jump Sanchez to stay in that spot if he's hitting well? Who's the best bet to go at the top of the order if Coghlan doesn't hit like it's 2009 or is he still the best option?
Regardless of whether deferring that contract was the right move at the time or not, it really has to be brutal knowing your team is now paying the contract of a player that hasn't been on the team for 10 years. I'm glad other teams didn't follow that model.
I love standing up for the entire 9th inning if the rest of the fans in my section will join me as well. You gotta figure all of that out during the whole game to determine if its safe to get up.
But as always, alcohol will change everything and may make you a little more willing to attempt to get everyone standing.
Nice article and great information Jay, but good luck trying to figure out what managers are going to do all year.
What goes into the projection for saves? Why is a team like the Braves that is expected to win 87 games only going to get 20 saves?
I guess "Joe Mauer Lite" could be useful while Joe Mauer is pretty lite.
It's easier to be happy with your team returning the same players if you won previously. The Phillies, White Sox, and Yankees fans are probably fine seeing their teams at those spots, but I can't imagine the Blue Jays, Astros, or Mariners fans are very pleased to see that.
Just wanted to say job well done with this. It was very easy to use and extremely helpful in the draft I did last week.
Any reviews of the mobile apps for MLB? I am wondering if I should get the MLB At Bat Android app for $15, but I'm afraid it isn't worth it because of similar annoying rules. Has anyone purchased that? Is it worth it?
and remind Phillies fans of the (lack of) greatness of the Wild Thing.
Alan, I'm a few days late to this article, but I wanted to say great job! As an engineer and baseball fan I always greatly enjoy the physics of baseball. I'm definitely now going to check out your site for more.
I'm surprised how "little" of that jump in team salary is due to the players they acquired. Only about 30% of the 16 million increase is due to the acquisitions you listed.
What is the highest increase in-season ever? I'd assume it was the Yankees when they traded for A-Rod, but I know Texas paid for a large amount of that contract.
What about sign-stealing? My hometown Phillies got accused and "caught" (on the road).
The word is that the Phillies will have to eat some of Blanton's $17 million owed. What amount would make the Phillies just give up and say its better to keep him on their team.
I guess it depends on the prospects they get in return, but I'm just wondering how that amount of cash gets determined and what's too much.
I do love Cliff Lee and I love that he wants to come back to Philadelphia, but it does seem that the calls of him leaving "10's of millions" from Monday at midnight when it was first announced were a bit premature. He may left some money on the table (and the 7th year), but getting $24 million a year is still right up there.