With only weeks to go until spring training gets into high gear, Collateral Damage takes a look at the baseball players (three pitchers, three position players) who have spent more time on the disabled list over the past decade than anyone else. Up next: Justin Duchscherer.
Most everyone has had that girlfriend or boyfriend they just can’t stop seeing, even though they know s/he is trouble. You know, the one where your friends are like “Seriously?” and feel the need to stage an intervention to point out to you all the flaws that you are too besotted to see? Justin Duchscherer has been that person to so many fans and general managers alike. For me, it all began when he first came up in 2001. He was 23 years old, just one month younger than me, and already in the majors while I was just out of school, scraping by on Ramen noodles and mashed potatoes.
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Prince Fielder's new deal has albatross potential, but the Tigers hope it doesn't turn out like one of John's picks for the worst contracts of the free-agent era.
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As your mind reels at the size of Prince Fielder's payday, take a look at this list of 10 free-agent deals that didn't work out well for the teams that handed them out, which originally ran on February 20, 2007.
A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.
A fictionalized take on one scout's day of despair and grasp at redemption.
This cup of coffee was brewed in the early 1970s. It’s my third cup and I can taste the era of its inception on my tongue; it’s vocal and disillusioned, with a bitter aftertaste from the marijuana, cigarettes, and traces of powder in its finish. Since cup number two, I’ve been staring at the peeling soft peach wallpaper that casually blankets my surroundings, pondering the psychological meanings in the selection of the color. The paper itself looks like it smells, like potpourri and human age, not the calming and delicious peaches that the hue suggests. This room is trying to manipulate me. I’d lick the walls (again) to prove my point, but the rogue counter girl is already suspicious of my presence and I doubt I have a long leash at this hour. I’m somewhat over-caffeinated and teetering on a manic episode thanks to the complimentary swill available in the lobby after the standard activities of the lobby have longed ceased. I’ve been up since 8AM for the seventh day in a row. I have to finish this report. The date is June 2005, just days before the 2005 Rule Four Amateur baseball draft. I am more of a number than a name. I work in the scouting department for a major league team. I’ve been tasked with revisionist busy work. I’ve been tasked with my own evaluation, my own execution.
(Notes) Draft Recommendations from 2001-2004 by XxXxXxX
2001: Draft Notes: Crosschecked talent; highest possible tier; must haves; five players with assorted thoughts. Please let me back in.
Losing Manny Ramirez for a quarter of the season isn't automatically a death knell. Pedro Martinez has just one good start against a good opponent this year, but that's the scheduler's fault. I'm hardly off the hook for advancing the claim that he won't make it to ten starts, and if losing Martinez was one of my major theories about what would lay hope low in Beantown, losing Ramirez for a month and a half might make you think I'd peg this as the beginning of the end.
Placed OF-R Manny Ramirez on the 15-day DL (fractured finger); purchased the contract of UT-B Bry Nelson from Pawtucket. [5/14]
A humor-tinged recap of one of the most exciting World Series of our generation
Track #1: Iron Maiden: “The Duelist” “Ready to start the duel begins the best man wins in the end.
A lunge and a feint, a parry too late
A cut to the chest and you're down
Seeing the stain then feeling the pain
Feeling the sweat on your brow.”
Stephen Strasburg nears a return to the majors, Ryan Ludwick has back spasms, Ronny Paulino bruises a big toe, Francisco Liriano's shoulder feels the strain, and Colby Rasmus adds another injury to his collection.
Ryan Ludwick, PIT (Mid back spasms) [AGL: 11 (TBD DL), ATD: +.009 (TBD DL)] (Explanation)
The Pirates have started to resemble the Giants in terms of injuries after Ludwick's placement on the disabled list with mid-back spasms. Ludwick's back first seized up on Tuesday night before calming down to some degree overnight. Wednesday morning, it locked on him again, at which time the decision was made to put him on the disabled list.
A diagnosis spasms does not really tell us that much, and it likely isn't the only thing going on. Muscle spasms can be the result of a wide range of injuries, such as herniated discs, rib fractures, arthritis in the spine, or strains of the muscles themselves. There has not been any indication that Ludwick is suffering from anything other than the spasms, but that caveat sticks in the back of our minds. If it is just the spasms, Ludwick should return near the minimum.
Al Alburquerque, Justin Smoak, and Jason Marquis come out on the losing end of confrontations with batted balls, while Mike Pelfrey and Brandon McCarthy get off easy, Xavier Nady and Derrek Lee suffer fractures from pitched balls, and Tommy Hanson hits the DL again.
It's that time of year again: The baseball community comes together to question whether this is the last dance for the heralded Yankees closer.
One pitch was all it took to know that the story wasn't going to die. Summoned into Thursday afternoon's game between the Yankees and the Angels with two on, one out, and a four-run lead in the ninth inning, Mariano Rivera caught a bit too much of the inside part of the strike zone with his first offering, a 91 mph cutter. That was the opening that pinch-hitter Russell Branyan needed. Despite having not swung a bat in a game situation since July 23, the slugger smashed Rivera's meatball into the right-center field stands with his signature uppercut for a three-run homer.