Prospectus Triple Play debuts with a look at the Yankees, Marlins, and Pirates.
See how the Yankees are handling Derek Jeter’s injury. Delve into the mystery that is uberhacker Alfonso Soriano. Marvel at Jeff Torborg’s ’82 Cardinals baserunning strategy. Scratch your head over Pudge’s transformation into Jim Thome. Watch in horror as the Pirates slip into Tigerville sans Brian Giles. And light a candle for the return of John Wasdin.
So did you miss me? Don’t answer that, I probably don’t want to know the answer. After a week at the fabulous Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, it’s back to the cool rain-filled air of Indianapolis.
Thanks for all the response to the articles published while I was gone, especially the interesting piece with Lee Sinins. I apologize, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to respond to all the emails. I did read them all though. To summarize most of the answers, I realize that it is far from a scientific study, that nothing was “proven,” and that a “control group” study is needed–and don’t think that’s not in the works! What the piece was is interesting, since several distinct patterns came up during an observable time frame among a more or less random sampling. Until the injury database is up and populated, we’re left with studies like this; imagine analyzing hitting without any data to work from and you’ll realize just how primitive injury analysis is at this stage. Any step, no matter how small, is movement towards something, even if we had found nothing. At worst, I get great response from my readers that help us find the next direction to go.
Randy Johnson isn’t used to handling questions over lousy performances, Derek Lowe dishes out a DIPS hit, Tom Prince pulls to within 1394 steals of Rickey Henderson’s record, John Schuerholz might have to field Millwood-Estrada questions until the day he dies, and Darren Baker offers a hitting lesson to Barry Bonds and company.
Sixty years ago, America was at war.
That one was very different, and one of those differences was the way baseball reacted. This time around, no one from the major leagues was going to take any part in the fighting, and certainly won’t now that it’s winding down. It is unlikely that anyone from the minor leagues will take any part (if there are any minor league players who are in the Guard and have been called up, I haven’t been able to find any mention of it.)
There are a number of ways to look at how much difference the military service of ballplayers made on the quality of the league at a given time. One of the simpler ways is to compare the aggregate statistics of players coming into the major leagues to the aggregate of the players who were going out.