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But I agree with the first poster, kmbart. This is clearly an act by a guy that's fed up with not being the guy in control by some clubhouse situation.
In USAToday's edition - Sports 4C - Riggleman is quoted as saying: "In today's sports, it's not a good environment to work in. You have to send a message to professional ballplayers (that) this man's the manager."
It's all well and good to call this overplaying your hand but I think it smacks more of somebody that's had enough.
Thanks for an enjoyable read right before Father's Day.
To me it comes down to this. The more time I spend staring at spreadsheets delving into these wonderful ways to assess effort and potential the less time I spend actually watching the players I'm studying so closely.
Now that I don't appear to be amongst the chosen, I guess I have five months to check it out.
For all we know the unidentified Cabrera quote came from Jim Leyland.
If my memory of the Watergate period is intact, I think the Washington Post's policy on anonymous sources was they could only be used if another source confirmed the information.
Does baseball (or sports reporting in general) rate up there with Watergate and the like? Why shouldn't it? But I don't think it ever really has. And it's worst today, where there seems to be some license by some to say or claim to repeat almost anything. That's the danger of allowing unsubstantiated information, however informative it may seem. What if it was just made up by somebody with an agenda at work. Who now gets this agenda propagated with no skin in the game. Who's to know what you're dealing with if there aren't any standards in place that are adhered to.
Other than that and I should say Mr. Carig seems to have his journalistic chops' in play, I enjoyed the article and look forward to more.
I think screens should be extended to at least rule out the vast majority of bats and pieces of them that can find their way into the stands. Hotly hit balls are one thing but I don't know what you do with a bat coming your way.
This article was a great read but that "Study on Velocity Aging Curves" article looks like a classic. Thanks for sharing.
With all the video around and therefore counts on every HR hit this year - that sounds like a pool for the longest and shortest trots and extra points for predicting who does them.
I always like the "yeah, I've done this before" attitude when game winners occur, so kudos to Damon for the quick trip around the bases but it is also nice to see a little enthusiasm for the game too.
I'd also like to defend the Bloomquist pick up. Manny had just retired and when I was surveying available OF's his 5 SBs jumped out at me. Sure, he's bound to return to form, probably sooner than later. But, as long as he's getting playing time, that SS eligibility might come in handy at some point down the line, especially if he keeps running.
If he starts to become a liability, I'm not married to him.
Still, a good article on keeping things in perspective.
Thanks for the insight Craig. Sadly, only Ogando was available in one (of 2) of my leagues last week when I was able to grab him.
We'll see, but I like his chances in TEX, albeit mainly on the hype of Ryan's commitment of developing a staff and Maddux's apparent ability to pull it off.
I just checked he was on the DL in the middle of July last year.
I think most, if not all, of the starts he missed last year were efforts to limit his innings. Trust me, I had him last year in two leagues and again this year. And now he's starts the season on the shelf due to some concern.
There's no question you get what you pay for, generally speaking. If you follow the high closer route, you're invested in them and hopefully you get what you paid for. And there's a good chance that will happen, barring the unforeseen.
The reason I like the cheap closer strategy is that it positions you to be on the look out for the next emerging closer to be. Sometimes those guys turn out to be really good. That's not a bad return on investment. High risk, high reward for one stat in a 5x5 format.
Excellent, I play in a league where middle relievers are relevant.
What a great series and service. I have high expectations for this year. Hopefully I don't screw it up.
Is there a reason these analysis are based on 23 player rosters? Does it matter?
They do seem pretty deep. Much more than I would go if I were filling a 23 player roster. I'm sure it matters in how the prediction numbers shake out but that leads me back to 23.
Does anybody play in a 23 player roster league? Is this some new norm that gotten by me again?
I'm glad to hear there is optimism in Baltimore, I always have Orioles on my teams in the hope this is the year, but that still doesn't mean Agent007 wasn't hyping the addition with a lot of informed stats.
I know this is a little late for a reply, but I've been breaking this draft down but can't seem to find any reference to what the starting lineups consist of.
I've found one of the difficult things to keep in mind when reading this article and the 1b one, is that it's last year's order and then a commentary on how that worked out.
Hey, first post. Just signed on and I'm not regretting it.