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Really good call, Randy. I've been wondering that for awhile myself. Of course we have an entry point for the explosion in home runs a few years ago but nobody seems to discuss or mention anything about them plummeting just as quickly.
It's very possible there was a conscious effort in the league to prove that steroids/PEDs were out of the game and the days of team's blasting home runs everywhere had gone away. Then that got too boring so we went back. This graph in particular shows that while we think this is some current astronomical jump in <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> rates, it's really just a return to where they were a few years ago (though obviously a little higher and with a record-breaking pace)
I can't speak for other teams but I have noticed both the Cubs and White Sox employing run probability stats at various points during their broadcasts. It's not an always on the screen type deal as your calling for but rather when the situation calls for it, they'll do a cutaway and talk about them.
(Of course the Sox do this when Jason Bennetti is doing the game—Sox home games—as opposed to road ones with the ol' Hawkeroo.)
This is geeky beyond belief but <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=107552">Zack Burdi</a></span> is from suburban Downers Grove so I'd imagine he's aware of or has been to Ricobene's at some point in his life.
This was super interesting Bret and I love taking a trip down all-time great playoff memory lane. Bonus points for giving the 2005 World Series credit. Sure, I'm a little biased as a White Sox fan but each and every game in the series was exactly as you described, a barn burner. There wasn't a calm moment for either team despite the sweep.
Christopher, do you think sooner rather than later the White Sox should test the waters with Fulmer as a bullpen arm? Of course you want to give him as many opportunities as possible to figure it out as a starter but you also have a super competitive big league club and many (myself included) believe he can be an asset out of the pen.
"Hee Seop Choi will prove to be the gem of last year's trade."
The quote in the second 'graph is so painfully depressing as a White Sox fan. My friends and I often talk about how wasteful the White Sox have been with Sale's peak. A top-five picture and nearly a 1/2 decade into his career and he's yet to pitch in anything even resembling a meaningful game. It'd be one thing you have your heart ripped out in the final weeks ala 2002-2004 White Sox but for the entirety of Sale's career as a starter outside of a blip here and there, it's been utterly meaningless. Makes me wonder how much time I WASTED watching them during this period haha.
As the years go on I think he's a guy we'll more and more appreciate it. I got lost in a wormhole watching his highlights a few weeks back, just an incredible all-time legendary fielder.
I'd imagine he's being considered for later in the year and in the future but as others have mentioned there are still a few underlying issues in Gallo's game. Handing him the keys and a full-time position would be a risky proposition until a few of those red flags are addressed or taken care of on some level. I think when it's all said and done he WILL be a solid major leaguer with his increasingly valuable power potential BUT there are still concerns with him.