Stephen Strasburg faced the Pirates for the first time since his major-league debut, and he reeled off a similar line.
The Thursday Takeaway
Merry Strasmas, Nationals fans. With the team coming off a disappointing three-game skid, Stephen Strasburg took the mound against the Pirates and played stopper with results strikingly similar to his major-league debut.
Back on June 8, 2010, Strasburg surpassed even the loftiest of expectations by striking out 14 batters without issuing a walk over seven innings in his first career start. Strasburg’s victims that night were the Pirates, who managed only two runs on four hits, one of which was a Delwyn Young homer.
The Mets AA pitching coach discusses working with Latin-American players.
For Mark Brewer, it’s all about comunicación and comprensión. Currently the pitching coach for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, the 51-year-old Brewer previously served as the Mets Latin American pitching coordinator. The son of former big league reliever Jim Brewer, he has also worked for the Dodgers, Rangers, Royals and Pirates.
The former Orioles right-hander discusses the best curveball in baseball, the fosh, and Morgan Magic.
The word "crafty" is normally reserved for southpaws, but Mike Boddicker fit that description as well as anyone. In a big-league career that stretched from 1980-1993, the right-handed Boddicker made his living tantalizing hitters with a dizzying array of off-speed offerings, rarely topping the mid 80s with his fastball. Featuring one of the best curveballs of his era and a mesmerizing "fosh," he first made a name for himself in 1983 when he helped the Orioles to a World Series title by going 16-8 with a 2.77 ERA in the regular season; he then allowed just one unearned run in 18 post-season innings. A year later he led the American League in wins  and ERA [2.79]. Overall, the native of Norway, Iowa went 134-116, 3.80 with the Orioles, Red Sox, Royals, and Brewers. In 2,123 innings, he never allowed a grand slam, a career mark topped by only Jim Palmer [3,948 innings], Mike Krukow [2,190], and Joaquin Andujar [2,153].
The veteran shortstop discusses his years with the A's and O's, maintaining consistency with the bat, and getting every one of those outs with the glove.
Mike Bordick could field his position, and as one of the game's steadiest shortstops for over a decade, Bordick set a pair of big-league records when he handled 543 chances over 110 consecutive errorless games in 2002, a season that saw Alex Rodriguez awarded the AL Gold Glove despite having a lower RFg and nine more errors than the sure-handed Bordick. Signed by Oakland as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Maine in 1986, Bordick went on to play 14 seasons with the A's, Orioles, Mets, and Blue Jays, logging 1,500 hits and appearing in two World Series. An American League All-Star in 2000, Bordick is currently the head baseball coach at Boys' Latin School in Baltimore.
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Maury chats with Vince Gennaro, a former consultant to MLB clubs and author of Diamond Dollars.
When Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball, a larger audience became aware of Doug Pappas and his groundbreaking metric, Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins, published here at Baseball Prospectus. The metric placed an economic value on how much a club was spending to earn wins, and how much a club was spending in the overall in terms of marginal payroll. It placed the value of a win into perspective, and was seen as a way for clubs to better valuate how they spent, not how much they spent.