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August 18, 2016 6:00 am
Who has the best chance of emulating the Mariners incredible closer?
I watch a lot of
games. Some of that is because it gives me something to talk about with my Grandma, some of it is because I rooted for the team (and still do, to a much lesser extent) for the past 25 or so years. I won’t bore you with the existence of being a Mariners fan, because there are far better writers and some amazing team websites that’ll tell you all about it. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners' play-by-play broadcaster talks about his 'post-grad degree,' Steve Carlton's death glare, and what has changed in his 25 years.
Few people in sports media have as diverse a résumé as Dave Sims. Currently the play-by-play broadcaster for the
, Sims has worked as a newspaper beat reporter, talk-radio host, sports anchor and broadcaster on both television and radio. He's covered baseball, basketball and football dating back to the 1970s. Seattle Mariners Read the full article...
Seattle adds a pair of oddities to the bullpen and Miami makes an interesting pickup from Atlanta. The progression of the hidden-21K-game record.
“To the extent reliever performances get unequivocally awesome, it occurs only over time; but, excepting full-season or full-career stat lines, we don’t really have the infrastructure to easily put performances like Giles’ in context. … I don’t know how rare 23 Ks over nine innings is. If I had to guess, I’d say… it’s a record? If it is, it’s such a buried record that nobody has bothered to ask him about it.” — Me
Read the full article... I once saw a baseball stay live for 21 seconds. Can you do better?
Last year, baseball gave us one of the weirdest triple plays ever, a 3-6-2 job that involved much confusion, fits and starts, and a promising rally torched. But what most interested me about this play
Read the full article... Terry Francona gets unorthodox, Denard Span gets #ycpb all over everything, David Dahl's young and hot, and beware managerial pledges not to bunt so much.
The Thursday Takeaway
The closer is a decidedly unsexy concept from a hardcore sabermetric perspective. The best reliever on the team, the school of thought says, should be deployed in the situation with the highest leverage, not against the bottom of the order in a save situation that may never happen if some Triple-A call-up blows it in the sixth inning.
Read the full article... The latest high-strikeout reliever is actually the highest-strikeout reliever, and you just heard of him a few weeks ago. The heck?
has the highest strikeout rate in the history of baseball. Edwin Diaz
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Wade Miley is a below-average starter having a career-worst year, but when you're Baltimore that makes him a no. 3.
Toronto and Seattle exchange disappointing veteran relievers, Texas brings in some pitching depth, and Joey Gallo gets a chance to let it fly.
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July 26, 2016 11:17 am
The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. Scott Servais was hired with no managerial experience--but with a long front office resume, a close friendship with his GM, and a history of being chummy with analytics. How's it going?
“It’s gonna be much different than what you’ve seen in other camps. And there’s a reason—we’re trying to get a different result. I think if you wanna get a different result, you gotta do something different...You gotta be open to change. Change is uncomfortable. Just not used to it. But we’re talking about changing the culture, you gotta do something different.” — , January 28, 2016 Scott Servais
When the Mariners hired , and gave him authority to hire a new manager, he seemed keen to avoid the power struggles that had marked his time in Los Angeles and necessitated his eventual departure. In the days leading up to his resignation in July 2015, K Jerry Dipoto en Rosenthal reported that Dipoto and had clashed over the coaching staff’s over-reliance on “feel” and resistance to advanced analytics to prepare the Angels for matchups. In Seattle, Scott Servais offered something else—a career’s worth of collaboration, coupled with a willingness to try new things. In many ways, Servais looked the part of a major-league manager. He was a former catcher, and head of player development. He had an extensive coaching background even if he had never previously managed. Perhaps more importantly, he had an extensive background with Dipoto. Even before Los Angeles, they had overlapped several times. They were friends and colleagues of 15 years, and Dipoto had praised Servais’ willingness to listen to and try new things. Dipoto was the stathead, and Servais the player development guy, but they met in the middle. Mike Scioscia Read the full article...
Chicago makes the inevitable trade of Dan Vogelbach's big bat and gets team-controlled left-hander Mike Montgomery from Seattle in return.