An expert on biomechanics and a team source talk about their approaches to evaluating and managing pitcher workloads.
Dusty Baker feels that Aroldis Chapman’s best use right now is as Cincinnati’s closer, and a conversation with Jesus Montero.
Though recent trends might indicate otherwise, aged pitchers rarely return to form after year-long layoffs.
Which teams have the strongest starting rotations in the senior circuit?
Pitchers continue to get injured while batting, so should baseball continue to require NL pitchers to hit?
Between a careful analysis of what data is available, the creative use of proxy variables in estimating injuries throughout time, and the application of some principles of sports medicine, we are at least in a position to make some educated guesses about the nature of pitcher injuries. Our particular focus in this article will be the progression of pitcher injury rates by age.
Baseball as a whole grossly underestimates the kind of serious threat that unhinged nutbags like this represent. Something needs to be done to prevent this sort of horrible incident from happening in the future. It isn’t possible to stop any and all potential acts of the truly determined and unbalanced. The occasional deranged crank is always going to be able to slip through any mechanism or process designed to keep them out. Still, all possible and feasible efforts should be made to ensure the safety of the innocent and unsuspecting.
I speak, of course, of the extension of Jeff Torborg’s managerial contract.
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.