The Indians beat writer recalls some moments from a career spanning almost 30 years.
The job of a baseball beat writer is evolving, and it is a lot more demanding than most people realize. Few do it better the Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Hoynsie” has been on the Indians beat for nearly 30 years, so from Andre Thornton to Manny Acta, and Albert Belle to the internet age, he has pretty much seen and done it all—in his own inimitable style. Hoynes talked about what goes into the job, how it has changed, and some of the most interesting players he has covered, one of whom attacked him in the clubhouse.
Lima Time as a standard for evaluation, reinforcing the Red Sox, the Tigers slip by an Inge, and more.
Using a pitcher's rate of SNLVAR, Kazmir's season has been a disaster of massive proportions, one that rates about 4.8 on the Keough scale, something that for the moment suits my purposes for describing starting pitcher inadequacy, using Matt Keough's appalling 1982 season as a baseline for starting pitcher-related terrors visited upon a team's unhappy fans over a full season. This isn't really especially fair of me, in that Keough doesn't hold the single-season low for a starter with 30 starts in a campaign, but 1982 was a horrifying disappointment, and the man was beaten with a regularity that made me think that he was the drum, and the entire American League was Keith Moon.
The Mets' medical staff has the best understanding of Jose Reyes, along with other injury news from around the majors.
Jose Reyes (strained oblique, ERD 7/19) Everyone’s up in arms over Reyes being out for the Mets, but there’s a reason. Any oblique strain is a tough read, but assuming that those of us out here—especially the more paranoid Mets fans out there, some of whom couldn’t think their way out of a paper bag—have better knowledge. So let’s start with that. As far as last year, it was fluke, and let’s give Mets athletic trainer Ray Ramirez and orthopedist David Altchek the benefit of the doubt. There’s also an equation, one that’s overly simplified, that lets you figure this out for yourself. The base of it is MLVr, a stat that gives us a per-game value for every player:
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Taking a look at the latest slate of injured athletes to conjure up a set of Medhead Rules.
Many of today's injuries made me think of the "rules" that come up. If I ever put together a list of these "Medhead Rules," it would probably be a lot longer than I'd expect. There are a lot of injuries to cover, reminding me that the first rule might just be "Taking a day off only means more work next time."
Newspapers are struggling to survive, but the demand for news content remains constant.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for newspapers. The Rocky Mountain News is gone, shut down by parent company E.W. Scripps. The San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Post-Intelligencermay not be far behind, as Hearst has threatened to close both papers if it's unable to find a buyer or receive major concessions from its unions. And even the Wall Street Journal is taking it on the chin; News Corp had to take a $2.8 billion write-down on the paper (half of what they purchased it for just over a year ago), even though it has kept its circulation relatively flat.
This obviously isn't a new phenomenon. Newspapers have been on death row ever since the internet destroyed the barriers to entry in this space (it takes about four minutes and zero dollars to set up an online publication), but the recession has accelerated the process beyond anyone's reasonable estimates. If the advertising climate in the US doesn't improve by the end of this year, the Rocky will only be the first in a long line of papers going the way of the dodo.
The Red Sox' departing VP of media relations talks about going back to Texas and changes in the nature of media coverage.
Baseball coverage has changed over the years, and with nearly three decades in the business, John Blake has experienced much of that evolution firsthand. Recently hired as the executive vice president of communications for the Texas Rangers, Blake is returning to Arlington after spending the last three seasons as the vice president of media relations for the Boston Red Sox. After graduating from Georgetown University and initially working in public relations and media information for the Baltimore Orioles from 1979-1984, Blake served as the media relations director, VP of public relations, and then senior VP of communications for the Rangers from 1984-2004.
What do Tim Hudson and Jorge Posada have in common, plus injury news from around the leagues.
A lot of people asked about the physicals that are given to players before finalizing trades. In the recent Yankees-Pirates deal, it was reported that Phil Coke, one of the pitchers initially included, had failed a physical, and that caused a reconfiguration of the trade. Many asked how the Pirates had got him to Pittsburgh, had him looked at, and then made the decision to select one of the other pitchers on the list. While I don't know the specific steps taken in this example, I'm also not sure that there were any. There's no standard procedure for the sharing of medical records or for having physicals done in trades. Some turn into day-long full-on tests of everything germane to baseball, while others are little more than a check for a pulse. Even when a physical is failed, there can be disputes. Brandon Lyon failed his several years back during a trade, and ended up as a pretty useful player, though admittedly one who's injury-prone. There might not even be anything symptomatically wrong, but something in the medical record that throws up red flags. There was a trade two years ago that was almost killed after medical records were exchanged and it was discovered that while there was no real problem, one of the pitching prospects in the deal had been getting treatment on his shoulders every day. That gave the potential acquirer cold feet, and the deal had to be reworked. Unless the Pirates elect to give more information-and that's very unlikely-we won't know what, if any, issue Coke has, but you shouldn't necessarily think that it's anything negative.