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In order to get a vote on a team that plays more than one postseason series, does a player just need to be on one of his team's postseason rosters? Or does he need to be on all of them? Or does he a get a fractional vote if he is makes one at least one roster but not all of them?
I think it's defensible to have voted for someone other than Mike Trout on the grounds that Mike Trout wasn't really a rookie this year.
Ever since Daniel Rathman appeared at BP, I have wondered: Who is Daniel Rathman? Why is he given such a prominent spot here, given the pedestrian banality of his offerings? And why do I still subscribe to BP?
Re #8: I'm a lifelong Yankees fan, but Bernie Williams' batting ritual between pitches was exquisitely painful to watch--worse than Nomar's IMHO.
The author writes:
This brings us to the most troubling part of the decision, the fact that it was done at midseason with an eye towards affecting the outcome of a ruling as it effects a single player. There’s no way to get around this—it’s pretty troubling. I wish MLB hadn’t done it. But even while disagreeing with it, there’s several reasons to think that it’s not really worth worrying over.
I have two cavils:
1. The word "effects" is incorrect. BP makes a lot of errors of this sort. I can't count the times "free reign" has been employed here. BP needs a copy editor.
2. The writer misses the whole point of the decision. The winner of the batting crown gets a Chalmers automobile, and Melky has taken himself out of the running for the car.
This is pretty great.
Abraham Nunez doesn't play for the Yankees.
"For the 16 first-time infielders, the increase was 226 percent. Pablo Sandoval saw the largest increase (540 percent) of the group, going from $3.2 million in 2011 to $5.7 million in 2012 as part of his three-year, $17.5 million extension".
There seems to be an error in this sentence.
"The first person who wants to be a story breaker, who understands the value of picking up a telephone and creating a network of sources, AND understanding the value of sabermetrics and how to apply them... That person is going to be huge."
Isn't that person Peter Gammons? And isn't he already kind of huge?
This is great-thanks.
Do you have the score for Quisenberry?
Maybe you should do a review of the various Bimbo treats.
I'd love to see Michael Street's take on the Brewers/Diamondbacks series, or that of one of the Wisconsin-based BP writers. Or maybe all three!
The idea that sumo draws away athletes from baseball seems a little weird to me. The sumo wrestlers I have seen on US TV are the size of icebergs. But I suppose there must be lower weight classes.
This series has been great--thanks for writing it.
How do you pronounce "Rougned"?
Maybe this is explained elsewhere, but: how is position eligibility determined (for this series and more generally)? If Montero gets all his major league PAs as a DH during 2011, will he still be eligible as a catcher next year?
Kim Ng seems like an obvious choice for the next Cubs GM.
What about Marcus Thames' homer off of Randy Johnson on June 10, 2002 in a rematch of the previous years' historic World Series? I'm not sure how to measure WPA, but it was a two-run shot and the margin of victory in the game was... two runs.
Your stuff is gonzo, which is pretty much the opposite of smug. I like it a lot. But I still think you should account for what you'll be doing in Mexico and why you think Tacos Gus is better than El Farolito.
I find this stuff way more entertaining than Christina's work. I grew tired of her obscure references and smug tone, and I seldom read her pieces the last several years.
I want to hear more about the upcoming sojourn in Mexico City. I think that Tacos Gus is good but overrated.
I've gotten three foul balls, once at an Albuquerque Dukes game, once at the Staten Island Yankees, and once at the House that Ruth Built.
That last one occurred the only time I ever got to sit in a luxury box. My (then) wife's firm had a box and she was beng rewarded for something or other. They actually gave you fishing nets up there so you could easily snare balls that were fouled back and rolled up the netting. But for some reason, every ball that went back there all night got dropped by the drunken corporate bigwigs. Finally, around the 7th or 8th, a Derek Jeter ball came straight at me. I just let the ball roll into the fishing net and scooped it up. I was greeted by a round of derisive and sarcastic applause from hundreds of nearby fans--so much that the Yankee captain actually turned around to see what happened.
I still have the ball, stained with Jeter's pine tar, on my trophy case.
I love the Rocket. I'm sure he took steroids, and I don't care. I never saw a better pitcher aside from Pedro and maybe Tom Seaver.
These articles about Asian baseball are fascinating. Is this a monthly series now?
Nice piece, but some text appears to be missing.
I'm pretty sure Edwin Nunez won't be on the Yankee bench for this series.
A Cuppa Joe
My birthday is January 7. And I just got this renewal subscription as a birthday gift. Nice.