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June 9, 2014 6:01 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9

17

Daniel Rathman

How the Manny Machado incident(s) occurred, Jose Bautista's big night, the Tigers' bullpen problems, and more, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
By the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s series finale, the Athletics and Orioles had seen just about enough of each other. With the A’s up 10-0 in the rubber match at Camden Yards, Fernando Abad threw at Manny Machado twice, and the second straight tight one led Machado to chuck his bat toward third baseman Alberto Callaspo:


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It's time to talk about the Texas Rangers.

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A hardcore baseball fan falls out of love with the game, then tries to dig up his old affection.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Ben Cohen is a freelance reporter and writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at @bzcohen and email him at bzcohen@gmail.com.
 


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March 28, 2012 3:00 am

Collateral Damage: Clearing the Air

4

Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

Joba clears up the confusion about his injury, while Logan Morrison continues to be plagued by knee troubles.

It’s mostly Flesh Wounds today, but there are a few important things to discuss.

Sam Fuld, Tampa Bay Rays (Right Wrist Inflammation)
Fuld’s wrists have not had a good spring. First, Fuld missed about a week near the start of spring training games with right wrist inflammation, but his current wrist soreness appears to be much worse. One of the tendon sheaths in his right wrist is irritated because it’s popping in and out of place. When there is tendon instability, it loses the mechanical efficiency and strength. It’s quite painful when it subluxes.


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Tommy John surgery claims several more pitchers, and Joba Chamberlain suffers an extremely gruesome ankle dislocation.

Ryan Madson, Cincinnati Reds (Tommy John Surgery)
On Friday, one of the most surprising bits of news with the greatest impact was that Madson needs Tommy John surgery. Madson had battled elbow trouble throughout the spring, but it looked like he was turning a corner as recently as last week. Unfortunately, in the few days prior to his scheduled debut, he suffered a setback and was sent to Dr. Tim Kremchek for further evaluation. Dr. Kremchek found that the ulnar collateral ligament was torn (some of it off the bone), and that the tear appeared to be recent because of the amount of bleeding present.

Madson signed a one-year deal with the Reds over the winter after his four-year deal with Philadelphia fell through. Madson’s injury throws everything in flux for the Reds’ pitching corps, but for now, Sean Marshall is the heir apparent as closer. General manager Walt Jocketty has not ruled moving Aroldis Chapman back into a bullpen role this year but insists nothing is set in stone. The only sure thing is that Madson will miss 2012 and will have a hard time convincing teams to sign him next winter as he completes his rehabilitation.


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The Mariners throw out arbitrary innings limits in favor of something much more mellow and nuanced.

In the early days of BP, the group had a catch-phrase for young pitchers coined by Gary Huckabay: TINSTAAPP: There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect. I’m not sure if Gary picked it up from Robert Heinlein or Milton Friedman, both of whom got some mileage out of “There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” back in the last century, but regardless of the inspiration, Gary’s point was that young pitchers are so susceptible to both injury and random fluctuations in performance that you could never take their prospect status at face value.

In the days since, teams have done everything they can to prove Gary wrong, often by treating their young pitchers with kid gloves. Gone are the days when a Dwight Gooden would be allowed to throw nearly 500 innings in the majors before his 21st birthday. Now many young pitchers are subject to arbitrary pitch counts and innings limits in order to forestall the point of injury—as if anyone knows specifically where or when that point lies.

While we can credit some common sense decisions about pitch counts—today a manager doing what Dallas Green did to a 23-year-old Al Leiter in 1989 would be tarred and feathered—with reducing injuries to young pitchers, it is foolish to say that we can know with any specificity that it’s the 751st pitch of the season that is going to break a kid and not the 603rd or the 811th and how much that particular pitch matters versus the pitcher’s mechanics, the weather he’s pitching in, the stress of any particular inning in that chain of 800 pitches, or if a butterfly is flapping its wings in Patagonia. There is really only one surefire way to protect a pitcher from injury and that is to seal him in Mylar, stick him in the basement with your comic book collection, and never let him anywhere near the mound.

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June 10, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Trials of Joba

20

Jay Jaffe

Despite handling their young fireballer with kid gloves, the Yankees find themselves without one of their top relief pitchers for the next year.

Some 24 hours after placing Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list with what was reportedly a flexor strain, the Yankees announced that a dye-contrast MRI revealed that their star set-up man had suffered a torn ligament in his elbow. Instead of being lost for a matter of weeks, Chamberlain is almost certainly headed for Tommy John surgery, ending his season and leaving the Yankees’ bullpen in total disarray.

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March 12, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Starting Pitchers

7

Bill Baer

Who are the favorites for the #5 spots in the starting rotations of last year's World Series participants?

At the outset, Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes have the inside track to the #5 spot for the New York Yankees. Neither Chad Gaudin (career 4.61 SIERA) nor Sergio Mitre (4.15) have had sustained success at the Major League level as a starter. Mitre missed the entire 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery and did not inspire confidence upon return in nine starts last year. However, stats like xFIP and SIERA have thought more highly of his performances than regular old ERA.

Chamberlain in 2009 (4.43 SIERA), after spending most of '08 as a reliever (3.02), saw his strikeout rate chopped by nearly three batters per nine innings while his walk rate increased by nearly one, sending his K/BB ratio below 2:1. Additionally, he allowed nine percent fewer ground balls and seven percent more line drives while his HR/FB rate more than doubled. His fastball and slider usage dropped by several percentage points while his curve and change-up use increased accordingly. The velocity on his fastball and slider diminished by 2.5 MPH and 0.5 MPH respectively.

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November 4, 2009 12:31 pm

On the Beat: World Series Midweek Update

4

John Perrotto

Jobarama, watching for signs (and stealing them?), and resting too much or too little.

Few players have gotten more hype for doing less than Joba Chamberlain. He burst onto the New York scene late in the 2007 season, posting a 0.38 ERA and 1.2 WARP1 in 24 innings. A star was born, and it hasn't burned out, even though Chamberlain had a mediocre 2009 in his first full season as a major league starter.

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June 3, 2009 5:09 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Jobamarama

10

Jay Jaffe

Choosing a role for the Yankees hurler has an easy answer, informed by history.

You can't have too much pitching, as the old saw goes, and the weight of the evidence-a staff ERA of 4.88, 12th in a 14-team league-suggests that the Yankees don't, despite their $200 million payroll. For the past year and a half, wags have pitched their solution: return Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen, clearing the rotation logjam while fortifying the bullpen with a top-flight set-up man. Superficially, the move makes sense; once Chien-Ming Wang demonstrates full health and command, he and Phil Hughes can round out the rotation behind veterans CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Pettitte, with Chamberlain resuming his late-2007 dominance as the bridge to Mariano Rivera, sans midges. But that notion rests on flawed assumptions.

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June 2, 2009 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: The Debate Continues

42

Joe Sheehan

No matter how much success Joba Chamberlain has as a starting pitcher, the idea of making him a reliever won't go away.

After a lull, I'm doing spots for ESPNews again, and I'll be on this afternoon at 5:15 p.m. This is actually a phone interview, not a video spot, which I have to think will be a bump for ratings and a salve for weary HD viewers.

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June 29, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Bronx Breakdowns and Rebounds

0

John Perrotto

Plus some Astro-physicality, a quashed Rays referendum, and news and notes from around the game.

You would think that the Yankees' starting pitching should be in shambles by now. Just consider that Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy, the two rookies they were counting on heavily this season, are on the Disabled List and have zero wins between them. To make matters worse the ace of the staff, Chien-Ming Wang, is out until September after suffering a torn tendon in his foot two weeks ago.

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