Posted on November 5, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The last piece of ticker tape from the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade had barely fluttered to the ground before the MLB offseason began in earnest. With impending award season, the start of free agency, and general news, it’s been a busy past week for baseball.
***Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was senselessly murdered in the Dominican Republic during a botched home robbery. The three alleged killers, who have since been apprehended, told police they targeted Perez as part of a plot to steal his $2,400 monthly MLB pension check. (more…)
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Posted on November 10, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
MLB Trade Rumors recently released their top 50 free agents and where they think each player will sign. They had a competition where fans could submit their predictions to win prizes. Here are my predictions for the top 50 free agents.
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Posted on November 3, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
It is one thing to look at a radar gun say that a pitch was good or bad, or to look at location and make the same decision. But it is sometimes difficult to figure out if that pitch is, in fact, good or bad.
Some pitchers can get away with a 95 mph fastball down the middle while another pitcher can throw 95 mph down the middle and get hammered. Lucky for us, Fangraphs has a stat that shows us how good or bad a certain pitcher’s pitch really was.
Using linear weights, they come up with stats called wFB, wCH, wCB, wSL, and wCT. It gives you a number value, positive or negative, based on how well that pitcher did with that certain pitch. They take it one step further and added a value based on 100 pitches, or wFB/C, for instance.
The stat takes into account each and every pitch, pitch count, and result. So, while there may be some luck or un-luck involved, it is a pretty accurate take on how well that pitch faired during that one year. It is, though, not a great tool to use on a predictive basis due to the amount of luck on batted balls.
If you are at all confused just know that Fangraphs found a legitimate way to calculate how good or bad a pitch is and here are the five worst pitches from the 2011 season:
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Posted on April 15, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
Entering the 2011 season, the Yankees lineup was full of stars, and that has been the norm for this franchise. Baseball fans are used to seeing the Yankees throw out huge salaries to top of the line free agents each offseason. Well this off-season we really didn’t see that as it was highlighted by signings such as Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, Andruw Jones, Freddy Garcia, and so on. Their current roster has an interesting mix of hall of famers, all stars, veterans well past their prime, and a few young guys. Most of these guys, excluding some of the reserve players and relievers, have had an all-star caliber season (many of them have had more than one.) Well just imagine if all the players on this roster were in their prime. It would be scary good! Let us take a look at the roster and each players highest WAR Season.
Brett Gardner: 5.4
Derek Jeter: 7.5
Mark Teixeira: 7.3
Alex Rodriguez: 9.8
Robinson Cano: 6.4
Nick Swisher: 4.1
Jorge Posada: 6.4
Curtis Granderson: 7.4
Russell Martin: 5.8
Eric Chavez: 5.9
Andruw Jones: 8.3
Gustavo Molina: 0.0
Eduardo Nunez: -0.1
C.C. Sabathia: 7.6
A.J. Burnett: 5.5
Phil Hughes: 2.4
Ivan Nova: 0.5
Freddy Garcia: 5.5
Bullpen (The league high is typically around 3.0 for relievers):
Mariano Rivera: 3.3
Rafael Soriano: 2.0
Joba Chamberlain: 3.3
David Robertson: 0.8
Boone Logan: 0.4
Luis Ayala: 1.8
Bartolo Colon: 5.0
That roster would just be ridiculous!
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