Did Bryce Harper see reason, or has he misplaced his magic necklace? With an update on the DiSars!
These are simply three unrelated items that should be in the public record somewhere.
1. Monday, I wrote about Bryce Harper’s toughest at-bats. One was against Kenley Jansen, in late April, and another was against Jonny Venters, in late May. In the first one, Bryce Harper was wearing a Phiten magic necklace, and in the second one he was not. Somewhere between late April and late May, Bryce Harper either realized magic necklaces aren’t real, or he decided that they are real but they don’t work on his particular body chemistry, or he lost his. Magic necklaces obviously are real, and they obviously do work, no duh, or else why would all these athletes (and bat boys, and managers, and fans) wear them? I know what you’re probably going to say, but let me reiterate: Uh no duh.
The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.
Not a subscriber?
Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.
Buster Posey was injured one year ago, but hits like Scott Cousins' are less celebrated than they were three decades ago.
It was a year ago today that Scott Cousins ran over Buster Posey. That was such an obnoxious thing, I'm sure we can all agree. Support collisions fine, don't support collisions fine, but we can all support Buster Posey and bipedal locomotion.
Further explaining to a disgruntled reader (and content thief) why Dusty Baker rarely settles on the right leadoff hitter.
Sometimes you get an email that is worth responding to not because the reader raises good points, but because he doesn’t. Such is the case with reader Greg (not a subscriber, so one of you did a copy ‘n’ paste job—c’mon, ‘fess up) and last week’s discussion of Dusty Baker’s leadoff men.
The Mets' present predicament with multiple injuries has its echoes in the game's history.
With Carlos Beltran joining the Mets' All-Star parade of injured athletes, I began a hunt for the most injured team ever to win anything, hoping to demonstrate the way that successful teams cope with the unexpected. There are some obvious candidates, such as the 1949 Yankees (a team already thoroughly explored in many books, including my own Forging Genius), but in the end this seemed something of a fool's errand. Surviving injuries is most often a reflection of organizational depth.
The former White Sox workhorse talks about how pitching has changed in the last 25 years and some of his "Winning Ugly" rotation mates.
Currently the pitching coach for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, Richard Dotson had a solid, albeit unspectacular big-league career from 1979-1990, winning 111 games and making the American League All-Star team in 1984. Dotson's best season was 1983 when he went 22-7 with a 3.23 ERA, helping lead the White Sox to their first post-season appearance in 24 years. A first-round pick by the Angels in 1977, Dotson went to Chicago the following winter in the six-player deal that also included Brian Downing and Bobby Bonds. Now 49 years old, Dotson has coached in the White Sox organization for each of the past six seasons.
Hey, maybe they are America's team, because I ended up
getting a lot of thoughtful and articulate email from Braves
fans defending the acquisition of B.J. Surhoff.
Several of them tackled the subject of whether or not I gave
the Braves a fair shake as far as what B.J. Surhoff gives them,
especially in comparison to Al Martin.