This year's four candidates for the second Dick Martin Award for Best Medical Staff include the 2004 winner. See how they all stack up.
Conversely, teams that are able to keep their players healthy can reap the benefits of doing so. Landing few players on the disabled list allows a club to let their minor-league players develop longer instead of having to rush them to the majors to fill in for injured regulars. Minimizing DL costs is also an investment in the future, as preventing traumatic injuries and their lingering complications allows players to realize their ability and produce on the field.
Last year, BP's Will Carroll presented the inaugural Dick Martin Award for Best Medical Staff to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' team. This year, the candidates have been narrowed down to the top four, with the winner to be named and the award presented at the winter meetings in Dallas next month. The criteria for the award include the amount of days spent by players on the disabled list, the amount of money spent on players' contracts while on they're on the disabled list, dollar distance from the average DL salary and percent of team payroll spent on DL salary. These criteria were chosen to demonstrate how well teams were able to keep their players healthy not only in comparison with their peers but also within their means.
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MLB's million-dollar donation to Don Hooton's son's foundation could have been spent in better ways.
We all saw Don Hooton lay his son's death on the table as evidence of a steroid problem in society. While I don't wish to question the tragedy that is any child's death, there are many questions surrounding Hooton's son's death and the events preceding it. Don Hooton has, on at least three occasions, avoided debating people that had questions for him on his public statements. Check in hand, Hooton and his foundation should know that I'm watching more closely than ever now. I hope I'm wrong and that this turns out to be money well spent.
The Braves' bench looks ugly. The Dodgers make some nifty deals. The Mets inexplicably hand starting jobs to Tyler Yates and Scott Erickson. The Rangers unload Einar Diaz on the Expos. These and other happenings in today's Transaction Analysis.
We're back in the saddle again with a double-barrelled edition of Prospectus Triple Play. The Red Sox are engaging in an arms race for the ages. The Reds are looking two years down the road. The Marlins have the potential to burn up on re-entry. The Yankees have quietly made a deal or two. The Pirates continue running in place. And the Padres are gearing up for a brand new season in a brand new stadium, with a number of fresh faces in the lineup.
This time I'm going to turn my attention to the reigning World Champion Florida Marlins. I've seen it proclaimed in more than one corner that last year's model was mostly the fine work of Dave Dombrowski, with his successor, Larry Beinfest, adding only a complementary tweak or two. So let's find out whether that's true. You may recall that I performed a similar exercise with the '03 Red Sox last year. The methodology will be the same this time around. Using Value Over Replacement Player (VORP), let's see how much Beinfest's acquisitions contributed compared to Dombrowski's.
And speaking of the World Series, this time I'm going to turn my attention to the reigning World Champion Florida Marlins. I've seen it proclaimed in more than one corner that last year's model was mostly the fine work of Dave Dombrowski, with his successor, Larry Beinfest, adding only a complementary tweak or two. So let's find out whether that's true.
The White Sox will regret hiring Ozzie Guillen. The Astros' Brad Ausmus and Jose Vizcaino: how to flush $4 million down the toilet. The A's and Jays hook up for yet another trade. The Phillies won't solve their bullpen problem with Billy Wagner alone. The Mariners look poised for a fall. These and other news and notes in this edition of Transaction Analysis.
If I hear Andy Roddick called "A-Rod" one more time, I'm probably going to puke, but it does bring forth an interesting question. Here's this up and coming tennis star, dating a singer/actress, and what's he get for marketing? The already-used nickname of an undermarketed baseball player. Roddick hasn't approached the popularity or consistency of Alex Rodriguez, so attaching himself to that image helps. I'll leave the baseball business stuff to Doug Pappas, but without the Lords of Baseball doing their anti-marketing, baseball--even on the day when the football freaks teed it up--is running a close second. Pennant races and good baseball create fans.
Powered by more of the fabulous Beringer White Merlot and my new kick-ass corkscrew, on to the injuries...
David Eckstein's miserable season for the Angels runs into injury. The White Sox add Scott Sullivan to a good-looking bullpen. The Expos grab Todd Zeile in their desperate attempt to fill the third base void. Cliff Floyd's injury allows the Mets to look at Jeff Duncan. The Giants could get crushed if they start Dustin Hermanson in the playoffs. These and other transaction news and Kahrlisms in this edition of Transaction Analysis.