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biggest laugh of the day: "...and pretty much anyone can replicate a Kershaw season". If only my friends knew enough about baseball for me to drop that line into casual conversation and have them get it.
and that was fixed as I was reading
"The Top Ten" at the top of the page lists Mejia as "LHP"
Freehan was a frequent All-Star. Which says more about the rest of the catchers in the AL during that time than it does about Freehan. Being the best of a bad lot does not give you HoF credentials. Simmons has a better case than Freehan. But there is something to be said for comparing position by position. I'm not saying that Freehan didn't deserve any consideration, but I don't think he's a HOFer. Simmons is the one in the group of Cs that I think should have gotten more consideration.
Zeuch too. Could at least steal some fake news from Facebook or something...
"Paste post text here". Yes, some people actually read the whole article. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who occasionally misses his placeholders.
When reading about the idea of "replacement level" or "31st best" in GMs, why did <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Dave+Stewart">Dave Stewart</a></span> come to mind?
so, how do you have an "up" arrow on Puig?
Dylan was the lead singer for Stealer's Wheel
nice Dylan reference
Now and then, I read something -- just one article -- that I point to (virtually) and say something like "now, that's why I pay for BP every year". It happens more than once a year, so I always feel justified in spending the money. Where else could I turn to get such riveting and insightful analysis of a seemingly minor pickup such as Amarista? I don't play in an -only league, but if I did I'd go get Amarista even if I didn't need him, just to make my leaguemates jealous. Mike, rest assured your life does have meaning. Hopefully Sam will buy you a beer. Just because.
Thanks for the update on Pres. Ford. Any news on Generalissimo Francesco Franco?
Somewhere, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=55707">Joba Chamberlain</a></span> is not laughing
if only I could +1 this about a billion times
AL East = Lake Wobegon of baseball?
Where are rounds 11-22?
Ya know, it is hard to maintain the appearance of doing actual work when I bust out laughing at "...he runs like he’s been mainlining NyQuil"
Just wait 'til I get rolling!
Looking at Zunino, it appears that his defensive metrics have worsened over time. Is that because he really has gotten worse or has "average" increased? Or both?
Plus, Mike has singlehandedly earned my next subscription renewal. Now where's that mp3 ...
What would a double play look like? A triple play?
In the top of the second, the Cardinals inning ends with a hit. That's not the way it usually works, unless someone is thrown out on the bases. Indeed, the play-by-play shows the inning ending on a caught stealing. That's not really shown well in the graph.
This is an intriguing concept. I hope you keep going with the idea.
"He should start his season in Nashville..."
Um, no. Nashville is not a AAA affiliate for the Brewers any longer. Unless you know of a trade with Oakland, that should be Colorado Springs.
Neat story. Brantley has really blossomed as a player. Nice to know he's a good person too. I'm an Orioles fan, but I'm a Brantley fan too.
no game stats for Schwarber?
yes, the stabilization graphs
I've struggled to understand it too but my best guess is that an 'M' has vertical sides (at least in most common fonts), and the pitcher's arms are not vertical. A 'W' has slanted sides and more closely represents the arm angles.
It is a bit unfair to say Blyleven would have missed out with the 10 year rule. Having that time limit from the beginning may have changed how some people voted. He may have gotten more support in the years leading up to 10 if the voters didn't have that extra 5 years.
Auto-correct strikes again
I got to see that Jonathan Singleton HR last Friday. It went a loooooooooong way. When he hit it, there wasn't a question about whether it was going to go over the fence, no, the question was whether it was still going up when it cleared the fence. The crowd gawked in stunned silence. But I had to giggle inside for the future of my ottoneu team that has him. Stay sober, Jon, and you'll be in Houston soon.
#2. Add "Needs more cowbell"
"...and then Brian McCann steps in front of the plate..."
Now, you see, I typically read this stuff at work. Like today. And I just can't be sitting in a nice quiet office and then just bust out laughing. Well, okay, I can, because I did, but I CANNOT convince anyone that I was actually, you know, *working* at the time.
Really, the graphic should be a link to an embiggened version of it.
Really? I think it would take a lot of cohones to trade Davis after setting the franchise single season HR record. Cole is a good prospect but had to be demoted a year ago to keep A+ hitters from destroying him. He still hasn't reached AA yet. Rendon looks like a good hitter but his injury history leads to some doubt about his ability to stay on the field. The Nat's window to win is now. In addition to a pitcher who won't help them do that this year (or next year likely) they lose Rendon in order to swap out a 1 win 1B for a 7 win 1B who happens to cost nearly $9M less. That's not a "terrible" return at all. Unless you think Rendon will be worth those 6 wins next season. I don't.
I agree. The Fister deal makes the most sense of them all. It would be a great deal for the Tigers.
About presentation: it would be nice to have the up/down/sideways arrows be different colors.
Nice read Joshua, thanks. Is there ever any negotiation in adding a player to the 40? I mean, does any club talk to a player's agent regarding conditions around that action? Do you, as an agent, have any input in minor league assignments? Have you ever "fired" a player, that is, chosen to stop representing him?
I'm no expert on all minor league stadiums, but here in Colorado Springs, at the Sky Sox Stadium, okay, Security Service Field, has an in-house catering operation. I don't know whether they use it to feed players, but it seems like at some venues, the caterer is already in house.
Wow. Just wow.
as an "older" Orioles fan, it is hard to think about someone named Boog Powell having a "classic speedster build"
"...you don’t want Greg Dobbs batting behind you in bed."
That's what she said.
Ya ever coming to Coors Field?
or at least a way to determine who is college and who is HS? I would assume all HS players are SR year, but not all SR players are in HS.
They could have Josh Bell again
CarGo had a breakout 2012 season and has been declining ever since? Typo on year?
For some reason, I feel very thirsty...
"Carlos Gomez, Dee Gordon, Prince Fielder, ..."
Hmmm, which of these is not like the others?
What about Derek Norris? He drops too with Jaso around instead of Kotteras.
Keep it coming Doug. You're the best. Happy New Year.
I would love to see some of the discussion around ranking Hicks over Arcia. Arcia's minor league hitting stats would suggest him being the higher ranked one.
Thanks. Yes, you did define; I missed it.
I think I know what "recalled" means but I'm not sure just what "selected" means. Can you define both?
There's one part I just cannot swallow:
World Series MVP: Alex Rodriguez
The rest of it is believable enough...
There may not be enough video evidence, but can you grade Walter Johnson?
"Reynolds set said record in 2008"
Ummm, no again. It was 2009 as you show in the table. Is this a rough draft article?
"Context: The American League record for strikeouts is 223.
More context: The holder of that 223-strikeout record is Mark Reynolds..."
Ummm, no. Reynolds holds the NL and MLB records at 223. He has not broken 200 in the AL.
Oh, how I envy you Ian. The closest I've come is camping out in the outfield with Scouts at my local AAA stadium and getting to pee in the dugout toilet.
casual reference to my favorite movie = great article
Is Corey Dickerson on your radar? He's been mashing for Modesto (Cal League, A+).
For all he accomplished, why is Miller not in the Hall of Fame?
"Mullane retired after the 1884 season. Between then and the present time there has been one inning where a pitcher has thrown the ball with both arms in a major-league game. That inning was the ninth inning of a Reds/Expos game on Sept. 28, 1995. The pitcher was Greg A. Harris"
I believe this is incorrect. Sammy Stewart of the Orioles did it as I recall correctly (although my memory often fails me). I don't know how to verify it though.
According to baseball-reference.com, no one named "Brando" has ever played major league ball. But Sal Bando? Yes, Bando was a Brewer. I have to doubt how much help sign stealing really gives. Everybody knows what Mo Rivera is going to throw and nobody has been able to hit it much for the last 17 years.
Got tickets for me and my son to see the Colorado Springs Sky Sox take on the Tacoma Rainiers. AAA baseball. Post-game fireworks. Life is good.
I think the numbers in the second and third columns of the first table are swapped. The table shows the top 5 gainers all lost ground.
"Any blanket solution ... invariably produces situations where that outcome is patently unfair to one team or the other."
So what? Not reversing a wrong call is patently unfair to one team too. I'd rather get the primary call right.
There should be a dedicated ump/official for reviewing replays, not a field ump. It doesn't take any longer than the arguments on the field take when the ump gets it wrong.