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There’s some merit to the argument that a few starts can skew a pitcher’s cumulative line, and there have been attempts, such as
Michael Wolverton’s Support-Neutral statistics to better model the maximum impact a single game can have on a pitcher’s value.
Then, all of a sudden, it happens: the player just collapses.
As the Month of Gory Managerial Death fades away, is there some sort of central lesson that can be learned from the various dugout purges? Were the decisions to hire Davey Lopes, Phil Garner, Tony Muser, and Buddy Bell just bad decisions from the outset, or were they good decisions that just didn’t have good outcomes? Is there anything at all to be learned from this wave of firings? What will a smart organization take away from all this?
One word thrown around a lot when a manager is fired is “accountability.” At the end of the day, managers are accountable for what happens on the field–the wins and losses.
Just running through the AL stats, a month into the season, we marvel at Garret Anderson’s consistency, and try to keep Chad Bradford–the submarine reliever–straight from Corey Bradford, the NFL wide receiver.
Yesterday, ESPN.com ran a piece I wrote making the case that the National League has become the superior circuit. To bolster my argument, I included a chart that showed that at most positions, the NL had more of the top hitters.
Your team’s GM may be thinking of his own interests, not the ballclub’s.
A lot of people have written in to express their astonishment over Joe Morgan’s latest ESPN column. Reduced to its essence, Morgan argues that the ability to reach base isn’t the most important skill for a leadoff hitter, nor even the second-most important. The column is filled with old-baseball-player wisdom, and the rationale behind it pretty much comes down to, “because I’m a Hall of Famer, and I say so.”