The three-way blockbuster trade with the Tigers and Yankees at the Winter Meetings could pay big dividends for Arizona this season.
Minor league players aren't paid very well, as this hilarious video starring outfielder Fernando Perez reminds us. I live in Brooklyn, and I will now be looking out for Fernando Perez, realtor in Park Slope. Minor leaguers did, however, get a raise in their per diem recently. Satchel Price at BtB attempts to put a dollar value…
You're the Twins. You've lost one of your most valuable players. What do you do? The fact is, torn UCL doesn't automatically mean Tommy John surgery, though it is by far the most common result. There is always the possibility of rehab, the dubiously effective PRP. Even within Tommy John surgery, there are several variations…
What weight can be given to batted ball data? How much can we use it to refine our knowledge of pitcher skills? This question really implicates two related subquestions. First, how reliable is the underlying raw data? In other words, how accurate are scorers' codings of batted balls? Second, if we had perfect information about…
Even with Javier Vazquez out of the picture, there are reasons to take a Braves bid in the NL East seriously.
History nerds should especially love Wezen-Ball's history of the batting helmet. It's unexpectedly thorough and typically fascinating. Larry demonstrates the power of Google's search tools as well as anyone. If your goal is to improve umpiring, whom should you fire? J.C. Bradbury says firing supervisors and hiring retired umpires is not a solution at all….
Note: This is my regular links feature. Feel free to discuss the links in the comments. What does signal detection theory teach us about batting eye? In a series of articles at Sabometrics, Craig Glaser has attempted to provide an answer. One can get carried away linking to Joe Posnanski, but his Rule 5 draft…
A look at the best relief pitchers of 2009 who didn’t get the glory of recording the final out.
The battles for fifth spots in rotations make for good spring stories, but are actually rather pointless.
Why mutual options in contracts aren’t as pointless as they may seem.
It’s Boston over New York, but Tampa Bay, and, yes, Baltimore are rising.
Comparing the new retirees to a few of their contemporaries.
Discussing Jonathan Papelbon’s decision to go year-to-year on his contracts rather than sign a long-term deal.
Will Joe Mauer and a bevy of catching prospects be able to stay behind the plate over the long haul?