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Mel Stottlemyre's PWARP surprised me. He has a WARP of 6.7, whereas bWAR is 37.5 and fWAR is 33.0. I see that his FRA is much higher than both his ERA and FIP in every year of his career. Can you shed some light on this? Thanks.
"Expect them to sign Mr. Fysh soon." LOL (after some thought)
The Red Sox' depth at 3B included Scott Cooper. The Astros wanted Cooper, but the Sox convinced them to take Bagwell instead.
There were three major leaguers names Rich(ard) Thompson, but maybe the musician isn't famous enough for this purpose.
I thought I heard "coprophagic microcephaloid".
"Going Down to Liverpool" (written by Kimberley Rew) did not chart, but "If She Knew What She Wants" (written by Jules Shear) did.
Other great albums from 1987 include "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" (Dead Can Dance) and "Especially For You" (the Smithereens) -- it was released in 1986, but "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" peaked on the Album Rock chart in 1987.
I like your analogies, but IMHO, Travis is (was?) Justin Verlander to Radiohead's Bartolo Colon.
I admit, checking my fantasy teams' results (or reading And That Happened) is often more important to me than watching the actual games.
The only time I've ever heard "Spider-Man" applied to a professional athlete was for a jai-alai player named Landa, who was great at climbing walls.
My first real baseball question was why the Yankees fired Yogi Berra and hired Johnny Keane after the 1964 World Series. I was not quite 8 years old. Evan at that age, it was obvious that 7 games can't tell you who the better manager is.
I would guess that Baltimore/Washington has one chapter. (Note to David: it's Philadelphia Inquirer and esprit de corps.)
For a minute there, I thought maybe I had been the one to write the letter about Celerino Sanchez. He's still my all-time favorite player.
We always went to Tastee-Freez after Little League games when I was a kid. To give you an idea how old I am, cones were 10, 15 and 25 cents.
"There's no underlying nagging concern about his ability to ... hit pitchers of every persuasion"
I admit I sometimes have trouble parsing your sentences, but are you really suggesting that Howard hits lefthanders well?
Can we implement a rule that when the IBA MVP gets more than 90% of the first place votes, anyone who ranked that player 10th on his ballot is permanently barred from voting?
Right, May 17
Nice article, Joe. I loved watching the Bird talk to the baseball.
Trivia: Who is the only player to have his birthday (month and day) on the back of his uniform? Hint: he's mentioned in the article.
Yankees, 4/120, 1/7