Over a decade after their advent sent shockwaves through the sabermetric world, we gaze back to the dawn of defense-independent pitching statistics.
While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.
Now that BABIP has long since hit the mainstream, join us in flashing back to the day when Voros changed how we thought about pitching and defense, just over ten years after his landmark article originally ran on January 23, 2001.
The Mariners try to distance themselves from a shipwreck of a season, along with other news and notes from the major leagues.
The Mariners prefer to look ahead rather than back on what has been a disastrous season. And who can really blame them? The Mariners went to spring training as the trendy pick to win the American League West by such national publications as Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. Instead, a season-long soap opera has ensued.
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The fantasy season hits the quarter pole and serves up a ton of quality two start pitchers this week in one league.
The quality this week is in the American League where only five starters are owned by fewer than 50% of owners in ESPN or Yahoo leagues. Slim pickings mean you really have to hunt for the gems. There's at least one in this bunch, maybe two... Quite a few of the starters in the NL this week are available in those leagues giving you plenty of options if you're looking to add a pitcher or two.
The starters come courtesy of Heater Magazine and, as always, are subject to change. You can download the weekly pdf here.
Looking into the crystal ball to see who drops where.
With 24 hours to go before the selections begin, the draft remains a muddled mess, making the process of doing a mock a series of hedged wagers. "This is easily one of the most unpredictable first rounds I've ever seen," said one team official. Basically, the draft pool has two clumps of players, one made up of the top ten, followed by a larger group of up to 40 players. With even the first overall pick still up in the air, any one last-minute flip could change the board dramatically.
Sitting down to talk to the Twins' scouting director after the draft to talk about his organization's picks and overarching organizational philosophy.
The Twins have one of the best farm systems in baseball, and Mike Radcliff is a big reason why. The longest-tenured--and arguably the most respected--scouting director in the game, Radcliff has a long track record of successful drafts. The core of the Minnesota lineup--Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, and Torii Hunter--are Radcliff picks, as are highly-touted pitching prospects Matt Garza, Glen Perkins, and Kevin Slowey. Radcliff joined the Twins organization in 1987, and has been the team's scouting director since 1994.
With interleague weekend now over, Jim wonders about the disparity in run-scoring, W-L records, strikeout-to-walk ratios and wealth.
Since the Grand Reawakening of the Atlanta baseball franchise, they have lost the season series to the Mets just twice: 1997 (5-7) and 1995 (5-8). Heading into 2005, they held a 42-game lead on New York in head-to-head matchups since 1991. They're up on them again this year so far and won't see Pedro Martinez in this series.
Red Sox pitcher Charlie Zink is a rarity among pitchers: a 24-year-old knuckleballer. As a traditional pitcher in the Sally League, Zink put up a 1.68 ERA in relief in 2002 before the big club converted him to a full-time knuckleball pitcher. Zink posted a 3.90 ERA in High-A last year before improving on that with a 3.43 ERA in 39 innings at AA. This year, he cracked BP's Top 50 Prospects list. We sat down with Zink last week before a road game against the New Britain Rock Cats, and asked him about life as one of baseball's rarest breeds.
Baseball Prospectus: Your college career took you from California to a small Division III school in Georgia, and you even flirted with a pro golf career. How did you get your start in pro baseball?