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Let me apologize for that last comment. I was having a bad day.
Why do you run that ridiculous, condescending "Gory Mathematical Details" comment in every column, even when there are none beyond the reach of the average high school student?
This article was truly touching and heart-felt. Thank you for it.
I think all kinds of sports fans trash-talk other sports, usually in a spirit of banter and fun.
I'm mostly a baseball and soccer fan - thus I fit one of the author's stereotypes - so I usually notice when my sports are being trashed, usually it's American football and hockey fans doing it (we're Canadian, eh, so pro basketball gets about as much interest as pro lacrosse). Baseball is slow-paced and boring, with games taking forever and with fat old players who aren't "real athletes". Soccer is a low-scoring game where "nothing ever happens" and players are diving, injury-faking wimps.
Of course anyone who takes this stuff seriously needs to remember its just entertainment and to each their own.
When Rogers bought SkyDome a few years ago they made definite improvements to the live experience (just ignore the boring corporate re-naming).
But no denying it's not really a ballpark - more a relic of the high-tech mega-stadium era. It's too too big, too much concrete and artificial turf, with a blaring PA system and annoying advertising and promotions. But what the heck, it's home.
As others mention, an open roof on a sunny day helps a lot, and the key is a big crowd to fill most of those 50,000 seats, and I hope that's a more frequent event fo this year's team. They should be fun to watch.
Thanks for looking at Bautista and responding.
Looking at league averages by position over Jose's career (essentially 2006 - 2011), it looks like he is a contributor to strong RF production in 2010-11, but he was not a big loss to 3B production, as he was a bit below average when he mainly played that position in 2006 - 2008.
When I think of a player who recently moved away from 3B recently and improved, I think of Jose Bautista. I don't know how he is reflected in your numbers, since he has never been 100% at either position, but he might be influencing some trends.
I guess I'm the old-timer here because I remember that the Yankees have not always been competitive and they have not always outspent everyone by a wide margin. "Usually" and "recently" do not equal "always". Hey, maybe that's the basis for some other dumb arguments ...
I agree that the write-ups on the good-but-not-HF guys are a lot of fun and bring back some memories. Thanks for taking them seriously.
B.J. Ryan? In general, it's a pretty small sample to draw any conclusions from.
Watching Yankees on TV a day or two after attending a live game. My wife asks "Isn't that the fat guy we saw pitch the other day?" Nope, a different fat guy. That was one historically hefty rotation (at least 3 of them)!
Yes, I can get this type of superficial bullet-point commentary from any number of sources. And the "teaser" headline that the article would analyze the merits of Moore as starter was deceptive.
I normally wouldn't post to criticize this - and the article itself isn't bad, just lacking depth of analysis. But this type of mediocrity seems to have become more common on BP - superficial content, misleading headlines, personal opinion over factual analysis. What happened to editorial standards around here ?
Let me join the chorus of praise. This is why I subscribe to BP. I learned some new and important things about baseball from this article and the linked articles that it builds on. Now I know why Zaun talks about this so often as a broadcaster. Many thanks.
"Arencibia bats eighth in a stacked Jays lineup"
Wow! The Rasmus/Lawrie Era begins and we're "stacked" already! That brought me up short, a few months ago there were gaping offensive holes everywhere (Bautista, Lind, Escobar and crap). Now "stacked" might be a bit over-exuberant but not ridiculous - quite an in-season turnanround.
Thanks for this, it's great stuff.
Jenry Mejia - Dropped from Top 50 automatically due to TJ surgery, or is there more to it than that?
Sorry, but a few recent instances of crankiness by Ortiz do not add up to A-Roid's long career resume of bush-league on-field incidents ("I got it"!) and arrogant prick-ishness off of it. To this neutral observer, there is no comparison.
Not to pile on, but "every year seems to be a rebuilding year in Toronto" is just incredibly superficial. I wonder if JP Ricciardi meant to be "rebuilding" when he splashed out all those big contracts? When they have finished over .500 more often than not, playing the best division in baseball? Maybe it "seems like" the Jays are irrelevant if one only pays attention to the YankSox (or whoever), but if so why write about the Jays? Sorry, I can read off-hand opinions passing as "analysis" in my daily newspapers, I don't need BP for this.
Federal taxes are ignored in this analysis, correct? That's fair enough here, because the main purpose of the article is to compare US states and cities.
But I doubt that the Toronto figure means much if it ignores Canada-US federal tax differences.
Also one can't make international comparisons without considering federal taxes.
"The cold climate of Toronto"? It's balmy here compared to Minnesota, and the climate is no different than places like Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland, so that's not it. It's the expense of converting an existing stadium and the fact that it's a multi-use facility, I think. The purpose-built soccer stadium here has just converted to natural grass and they'll play on it in March.
As a Blue Jays fan who attends 10 - 15 games a year, my intuition matches the regression results. I love Halladay and I prefer to attend his starts, it means better odds of victory and also a briskly paced entertaining game. But there are many other baseball and personal factors that influence when I attend. Initially it surprised me to see such a low Halladay effect, but it makes sense.
Extra Yankees and Red Sox attendance, especially on summer weekends, includes lots of tourists who support the other team and don't really care who starts. The real fans enjoy watching Halladay and you hear lots of "wish he was on our team" comments, but it's not why they showed up. I'm not sure this matters to the analysis, but it's interesting that on Yanks/RedSox game days in downtown Toronto, you might wonder what city you're in.