It’s been a rough, rough ride for Coghlan ever since his 2009 season, when he hit .321/.390/.460, riding a .372/.472/.523 second half right to the National League Rookie of the Year Award. In 2010, Coghlan had slipped to just .268/.335/.383 in 91 games, then hurthimselfattemptingtohitWesHelmswithapie after a walk-off win, missing the rest of the season. In 2011, he slipped even further, then in June was sent down to Triple-A, where he spent the remainder of the season, He opened 2012 with Miami, but wasn’t taking any time away from Logan Morrison, Emilio Bonifacio or Giancarlo Stanton, hitting .118/.143/.147 in just 36 plate appearances before Monday’s demotion.
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The Cubs' manager discusses in-game tactics, managing, and managing philosophies.
Mike Quade is having fun. The Cubs’ skipper has his work cut out for him—the squad he inherited from Lou Piniella finished in fifth place in the NL Central—but the 53-year-old Evanston, Illinois native loves his new job. The long-time minor-league manager and big-league coach took over when Piniella stepped down in late August, leading the team to a 24-13 record and subsequently had the word “interim” stripped from his title. Quade talked about his managerial approach, including his reliance on data, during this week’s Winter Meetings.
Many new faces have helped San Francisco reach the NLCS, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.
The Giants that are playing the Phillies in the National League Championship Series are not the same Giants that began the season. In fact, general manager Brian Sabean made several in-season moves that changed the face of the club and helped it win the NL West and beat the Braves in the National League Division Series.
Dan invests a bit of time to come up with something pretty authoritative on the subject.
"The present is never our goal: the past and present are our means: the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so." --Blaise Pascal
Moorad v. Boras, the growth of Omar Infante, and the Royals rotation--all this and much more in today's Prospectus Triple Play
Arizona acquired Cruz from Tampa Bay on February 6th for HACKING MASS MVPCasey Fossum. The trade was a good one for the Diamondbacks, especially considering the alternative in center field, Luis Terrero, is probably better suited for the role of fourth outfielder. Cruz is coming off a season in which he hit 21 homers and walked 76 times in Tampa Bay. Last year was a dip from 2003's performance, when he hit 20 home runs and walked 102 times for San Francisco, and finished second behind Barry Bonds among Giants position players in terms of wins above replacement.
Jason Bay and Bobby Crosby have received a considerable honor from the Baseball Writers Association of America. What happened to the 116 players who came before them?
Nevertheless, the two candidates were fairly close. Bay missed more playing time than Greene did, which accounted for some of the difference in VORP. He probably has more star potential than Greene does, though we'll see what PECOTA has to say in a month or two; slow middle infielders like Greene tend not to age very well. The writers have certainly made bigger mistakes, and at the very least, it's hard to chalk this particular one up to some sort of newsprint-fueled hubris; Internet Baseball Awards participants also preferred Bay by a small margin.
Late in 1999, we asked our readers to give us their picks for baseball's
Team of the 1990s. More than 1,000 people voted in the poll, held over
three months, and the results have been tabulated. Over the next two
weeks, we'll present to you the Baseball Prospectus Team of the
1990s. First, the infielders:
We're here to announce the winners of the 8th Annual Internet Baseball Awards. Over 700 knowledgeable cyberspace baseball fans - a new record - participated in this effort to select the baseball players whose 1999 seasons were most deserving of honors.
Optioned INF Nelson Castro to Erie (AA); assigned Ps Mark Harriger and
Ramon Ortiz and C Bret Hemphill to extended spring training; assigned Ps
Mike Bovee, Mike Butcher, Brian Cooper, Seth Etherton,
Lou Pote and Keith Troutman, and C Fausto Tejero to their minor-league