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April 18, 2013 9:24 am

Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive

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Ben Lindbergh

One of baseball's most selective hitters gets into the swing of things.

Brett Gardner’s approach at the plate used to be simple: bend at the knees, let lots of balls (and strikes) go by, and wait until he walked. Pitchers can’t always throw strikes, even when they’re trying to, especially when the batter doesn’t have a big zone. Gardner consistently made pitchers pay for poor control with plate appearances like this one, from April 29, 2011:

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Ben and Sam discuss Brett Gardner's new approach at the plate, and how hitters adjust to pitchers.



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May 15, 2012 3:00 am

Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, May 15

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Corey Dawkins

The Royals might lose Danny Duffy to Tommy John surgery.

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May 11, 2012 3:00 am

Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, May 11

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Corey Dawkins

Brett Gardner suffers a setback in rehab, and the Angels lose their starting catcher.

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April 23, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Theo Flips Boston The Byrd

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R.J. Anderson

Rays cut ties with Brignac, A's claim a couple Aussies



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Stop with the flippin' bunts already!

Forgive me if this rant seems ill-timed; the Yankees won their game last night by a score of 10-3, so the tactic I’m about to rail against didn’t have any effect on the outcome of the game. Yet, whenever a manager demonstrates a complete inability to learn, I get immensely frustrated. Whitey Herzog didn’t ask Vince Coleman to swing for the fences. Miller Huggins didn’t beg Babe Ruth to poke the ball to the opposite field. Sparky Anderson never told Big Daddy Cecil Fielder to steal a base.

A manager’s job is to know his players, and by extension his team, well enough that he only calls on them to do those things that they are capable of doing. If you need a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, don’t pinch-hit with Tom Lawless. If you need to retire Miguel Cabrera in a tight spot, don’t call Buddy Groom in from the bullpen.  Yet, there are managers who go through whole seasons without learning what they have and what they don’t. Like a football coach who preaches a run-first offense when he has a strong-armed quarterback, two good wide receivers, a halfback with no legs, and a fullback that thinks he’s a chicken, the deaf-blind manager just keeps pushing his ideas regardless of the outcome.

Did you know that in the postwar years there have been nine teams that attempted over 100 stolen bases, yet only broken even—or worse?
 


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April 27, 2011 9:34 am

Fantasy Beat: Running In Opposite Directions

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Michael Jong

Michael Bourn and Brett Gardner are two speedsters running in different directions, but is that recent trend the future for either?

Fantasy players all know about the “steal specialist” player type, the guy who is selected primarily for a high steals count and pretty much nothing else. Two names among that hated group that are having interesting seasons (for different reasons) are Michael Bourn and Brett Gardner—they are clearly going in opposite directions to begin the 2011 campaign. Bourn is hitting .304/.375/.418 with 17 runs scored and a league-leading nine steals in nine attempts. Gardner is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, hitting a paltry .136/.190/.254 with just three steals in six attempts to his name.

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Rob McQuown gives more keeper tips and dives into draft preparation notes.

With many leagues having keepers due today, I'll be around to offer any commentary on keepers. One last-minute tip is to not forget about defense. Be sure to check out these resources:

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February 2, 2011 10:00 am

Fantasy Beat: The Constant Gardner

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Craig Brown

To be patient is to endure, but should your team endure this outfielder's patience?

Brett Gardner has a plan. It’s a simple one, and it was rather effective for him in 2010. The plan is this: he waits until he gets a pitch to hit. Hey, I told you it was simple. Last year he swung at the first pitch he saw in just seven percent of all plate appearances. No batter in baseball watched the first pitch go by more often than Gardner. The top five in that regard, as well as the league average that Gardner was miles away from, are below:

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October 28, 2009 1:11 am

World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview

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Jay Jaffe

Will the Phillies establish a mini-dynasty, or will the Yankees add to their crowded trophy case with another title?

A year ago, the Phillies broke a 28-year-old title drought by winning the World Series, defeating the upstart Rays in five games. After winning 93 games in the regular season and tidily dispatching both the Rockies and the Dodgers in the first two rounds, they're back to defend their crown with a cast that's largely the same, save for summer acquisition Cliff Lee. They're the first NL team to repeat as pennant winners since the 1995-1996 Braves, and if they win the World Series, they'll be they first senior circuit club to do so since the 1975-1976 Reds.

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May 18, 2009 1:50 pm

Prospectus Today: The Play

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Joe Sheehan

Seeing something incredible, asking what's up with Joltless Joe's skippering, and too much Tomko?

The standard baseball clich is that if you go to a game, you'll always see something you've never seen before. This is true in the most literal sense, as no two games are exactly alike, and you'll often see, say, a player or pitcher you've never seen before. Often the new element is fairly mundane, or even ridiculous ("oh, look, it's Brett Tomko being brought into a critical situation"). Yesterday at Yankee Stadium, though... yesterday I saw something that's going to stick in my head for a long, long time.

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August 7, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Minor League Leadoff Hitters, Ranked

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Bryan Smith

Which low-level table-setters have the requisite statistical profiles to be projected as successful major league leadoff men?

Every June, the minor leagues are flooded with a new group of small, fast, up-the-middle players. Scouting directors take flyers on leadoff types in droves annually, and all the players have one thing in common: speed. However, the success rate of these players is especially poor, so over two previous articles, I have explored the traits beyond speed that good leadoff hitters have shown most often in the minor leagues. The quick five:

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