Posted on May 13, 2013 by Andrew Martin
Baseball in just about any context is a good thing. During the regular season, the attention of fans is typically riveted to the on-field action, but there are many fascinating nuggets of baseball awesomeness hidden all over in the form of its history. You just have to know where to look to find them. To help you on your way to discovering some of the delights from baseball’s past, I have dug up some items that should both engross and entertain.
Baseball is a game that can be enjoyed as much in the moment as it can be in projecting its future and discovering its past. Without further ado, let’s see how well I can do at putting the historian in “Baseball Historian.” (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Boston Red Sox, Frank Robinson, Ken Griffey, Otis Nixon, Steve Carlton | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 18, 2013 by Andrew Martin
Many baseball players have the singular goal of doing whatever it takes to reach the major leagues. Even after a lot of work and time, it only pays off for a small percentage. While it didn’t last long, Dave Watkins was one of the lucky few who got to reach baseball’s summit.
Watkins, a catcher and outfielder, was signed by the Detroit Tigers as a 19-year-old free agent in 1963. He only lasted one year in the low minors with Detroit, despite hitting .294 with 18 home runs. Following that season he was taken in the first-year draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, the organization with which he would spend the remainder of his professional baseball career.
Life wasn’t all about baseball for Watkins. In 1967, the Reading Eagle reported that the prospect spent his offseason studying biology at Kentucky Wesleyan. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews | Tagged: Andy Seminick, Dave Watkins, Don Sutton, Interview, Mike Ryan, Philadelphia Phillies, Steve Carlton, Tim McCarver, Vic Roznovsky | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 11, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Just a few interesting numbers: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Al Kaline, Bert Campaneris, Carl Yastrzemski, Dan Meyer, Don Kessinger, Ed Whitson, Felix Millan, George Brett, George Stone, Graig Nettles, Joe Torre, Leroy Stanton, Paul Konerko, Randy Johnson, Roger Metzger, Ron Hunt, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Starlin Castro, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 21, 2013 by Daniel Marino
I will be in the minority here, and many will disagree with my sentiments and theories, but I believe pitch counts are a total farce. I believe Tommy John surgeries are performed when two weeks of rest would be a sufficient alternative.
Pitch counts were created by greedy agents who want their meal tickets to pitch as few innings as possible. What if I told you that I believe pitch counts could actually harm a pitcher and cause the needless surgeries? Do I have medical records to justify my belief? No, I do not. Am I a doctor? No, and I don’t even play one on TV. However, I have questions that I will ask for those of you who disagree with my theory. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, Pitch Counts, Ron Herbel, Stephen Strasburg, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Tommy John | 3 Comments »
Posted on March 9, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
The final standings of the baseball season often come down to the last month of the season. Which ever team is hotter typically comes out on top. With every late season run by a team, there are also notable players that are doing their best to help their team win. To find out which players have had the best finishes to a season, I used the Fangraphs’ splits and found the five best WAR performances in the last month of the season. The stats date back to the 1974 season because Fangraphs does not provide season splits for earlier years.
I have listed the top 5 performances, by both fielders and pitchers based on the players’ WAR in the final month of the season. I am aware that there are allegations behind some of these players but nonetheless these players really performed well.
|1. Barry Bonds
|2. Richard Hidalgo
|3. Barry Bonds
|4. Alan Trammel
|4. Amos Otis
|1. Roger Clemens
|2. Pedro Martinez
|3. Steve Carlton
|4. Dwight Gooden
|4. J.R. Richard
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alan Trammel, Amos Otis, Barry Bonds, Dwight Gooden, J.R. Richard, Pedro Martinez, Richard Hidalgo, Roger Clemens, Steve Carlton | 1 Comment »