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Funny - looks like we posted at about the same time - I agree with the comment, plus I'm not sure the word "Being" is a great word to have in a title....
I couldn't begin to do what you do. For all of the praise you rightfully lavish on your peers, your ability to cut to the chase, in a succinct, direct way stands out among many. I am very much looking forward to your book. Great writers, unlike great baseball players, don't peak at 27....
As for the title, how about:
Joe Sheehan on Baseball: 15 Years As An Informed Outsider
Baseball Perspectus? Oy....
That's a rather snide, unnecessary remark. While wins alone are obviously not representative of quality, they are certainly a mark of durability and, in this context, longevity. It's not a stretch to say that Lowe and Vazquez had greater impacts on the decade as a whole than somebody like Tim Lincecum, who didn't even debut until 2007....
There are a few guys, like Javier Vazquez and Derek Lowe, that have been healthy, reliable, double-figure winners virtually each year of this decade. If either of these guys gets to 200 wins - and both appear to have reasonable shots - they would be worthwhile considerations even though I agree that they never came close to the dominance of a Santana or Carpenter....
Matt, if there is a warm-up effect, shouldn't we see a more significant difference when the home team is starting an experienced pitcher as opposed to a rookie or otherwise new player?
I'd prefer a points-based league, as opposed to a category-based competition.
I nominate Joe Kerrigan as an honorary member of the 0-7 club.
(as in Rachmaninoff/Chopsticks)....
Colin - great article - but as an aside, was that a deliberate reference to The Seven Year Itch?
Agreed! I love these interviews and will add the Cronin book to my book list - thanks again David!!
If Adrianza was signed in 2002, that means he was signed at 13. Tell me that's a typo!
Is the concern here really building a culture of winning for guys like Wieters or Markakis? It would seem to me the more relevant concern is building a strong bullpen behind a very young pitching staff. If guys like Tillman and Matusz start to think that they need to go the distance just to get a win it could be problematic for their development. I really like this signing as a building block for the development of the pitching staff, not the offensive prospects.
I probably also should have mentioned Lee Smith, who has been hovering near the 50% mark in recent HOF elections....
John - what about Andre Dawson?
Joe, you are anything but shrill on this subject. Bullpen mismanagement cheapens the game. I love seeing the big hits in the late innings as much as anybody, but when big hitters deliver "clutch" hits against clearly suboptimal pitchers, I get left feeling so....unsurprised. This is an issue that requires the escalation you are pushing here. I couldn't agree more.
I\'m interested in how you weighed the context of the ballot. This is Jim Rice\'s last year on the ballot, and if his credentials were enough to warrant serious consideration, then shouldn\'t the fact that this is Rice\'s last attempt put him above names like Cone, Baines, Dawson and Parker? It\'s not like these guys won\'t be there next year. As a fan of Rice, I\'m very disappointed in your ballot, but I look forward to your thoughts on how this went into the decision making process.
With Saito inching back, can we really expect him to hit the ground at 100%? In other words, do you think it is reasonable that he could be closing out games for the Dodgers down the stretch? Thanks for all the great work!