Mets trade Cedeno

Incredibly, the Mets found a taker for Roger Cedeno: the St. Louis Cardinals, who traded Chris Widger and Wilson Delgado for him. The Cardinals were short on outfielders, with only Jim Edmonds, Reggie Sanders and So Taguchi on their roster, and the Cards didn’t want to be forced to move Albert Pujols back to the […]

Remembering Honus Wagner

Sunday night, TNT will show “The Winning Season,” a movie about the guy who is likely to remain the greatest shortstop of all time, if ARod continues to play out of position. A look back at the accomplishments of the man called “The Flying Dutchman.”

It’s the First of April

Two important events in baseball were rolled out today: David Pinto’s Baseball Musings has uncovered some real dirt, and Bud Selig has started his own blog. See these today! They may not last for long.

The Golden Age of Managing?

In its preseason preview today, the Chicago Tribune focused on managers, calling this the “Golden Age of Managing” (registration is free). I don’t mean to quibble, but this article bugs me for a couple of reasons. One, the late 1800′s and early 1900′s were truly the Golden Age of Managing. In those days, there were […]

Timo for Ginter

The Mets and White Sox traded a couple of players yesterday. Timo Perez, who no longer fit on the Mets’ roster was dealt for Matt Ginter, who’s been on and off the ChiSox’s roster over the past few years. Perez was always an enigma to Mets’ fans. He certainly looked like a ballplayer, and he […]

A Pitching Graph for the Ages

This is really exciting to me. Andy Clark has developed a graph, based on some original work by Colby Cash, that displays the basic pitching prowess of all qualified major league pitchers (strikeout, walk and home run rates). You can look up all qualified pitchers in the history of a franchise, or all qualified pitchers […]

Does Questec Affect the Strike Zone?

Following is a link to a PDF article by MGL, in which he presents an outstanding analysis of Questec, and its impact on the strike zone. In it, MGL concludes that the presence of Questec, that robotic supervisor of umpires, does indeed shrink the strike zone. His conclusion is based on an analysis of balls […]

Rocky’s View

The Vet collapsed yesterday, always a sad thing for baseball fans. Progress gives and progress takes away. I still remember visiting the new Comiskey in its first year and watching them take down the old Comiskey across the street. It was just plain eerie. Sort of how Rocky Balboa must feel, based on these pictures.

The First Scouting Report

Tangotiger, the analyst extraordinaire at Baseball Primer, has been coordinating an effort to gather and report fielding reports from us fans. This is a great idea which, combined with fielding metrics like Zone Rating and UZR, will tell us a lot about major league fielders. You can review the first results of his study here. […]

Jose Reyes pulls a hammy

The Mets’ exciting young player, Jose Reyes, has pulled a hamstring again. No timetable yet on his return. This has got to be a real concern for Mets fans. It looks as though Reyes may have chronic leg and hamstring problems. Meanwhile, Mike Cameron has a bone spur in his foot and Kaz Matsui has […]

Craig’s College Pitchers Evaluation

Here is Craig’s pitcher evaluation, too. There is a healthy debate going on at battersbox, regarding the usefulness of these stats. As Robert says, we don’t know much about the relationship of college performance to major league performance. Yet.