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Preseason Preview Articles
Following are the one hundred most recent articles for the category Preseason Preview .
11/14/2013: Let’s discuss the THT Annualby Dave Studeman
11/12/2013: It’s The Hardball Times Annual 2014by Dave Studeman
12/04/2013: Cataloging the non-tendered playersby Brad Johnson
12/04/2013: Alone on the pedestalby Jason Linden
12/03/2013: Mascot fight!by Greg Simons
12/03/2013: Why is a sinker “heavy?”by David Kagan
12/03/2013: The role of fall leaguesby Jeff Moore
12/02/2013: Nationals make great deal for Fisterby Matt Filippi
12/02/2013: The Twins go holiday shopping, but to what end?by Brad Johnson
12/02/2013: The end of the benchby Chris Jaffe
11/29/2013: Card Corner: 1973 Topps: Danny Waltonby Bruce Markusen
11/29/2013: The best rookies of the ‘30sby Chad Dotson
11/27/2013: Towards an award prediction systemby Shane Tourtellotte
11/26/2013: MLB’s coffers are overflowingby Greg Simons
11/26/2013: The role of prospects in tradesby Jeff Moore
11/25/2013: Stepping up to the plateby Frank Jackson
11/25/2013: 10 things I didn’t know about player birthdaysby Chris Jaffe
11/22/2013: The end of the road for Chris Carpenterby Chad Dotson
11/21/2013: All the news that’s fit to inventby Azure Texan
11/20/2013: Marcus Stroman, the mythbusting machineby Kyle Boddy
11/20/2013: Welcome to the birthplace of… someone elseby Jason Linden
11/19/2013: 2013 THT awards reviewby Greg Simons
11/18/2013: THT Fantasy has moved to Rotographsby Dave Studeman
11/18/2013: Atlanta gets burned againby Frank Jackson
11/18/2013: The 2014 Hall of Fame VC ballotby Chris Jaffe
11/18/2013: Must See MLB.TV 2013by Dave Studeman
11/15/2013: The best rookies of the ‘40sby Chad Dotson
11/15/2013: Card Corner: Wayne Granger: 1973 Toppsby Bruce Markusen
11/14/2013: 10th anniversary: the A.J. Pierzynski tradeby Chris Jaffe
11/14/2013: The Screwball: The face of championship baseballby Azure Texan
11/14/2013: Player-A-Day: Casey Fienby Brad Johnson
11/13/2013: Player-A-Day: Tim Lincecumby Brad Johnson
11/13/2013: Pitcher performance after batting successby Shane Tourtellotte
11/13/2013: 25th anniversary: Rob Neyer writes a letterby Chris Jaffe
11/13/2013: Houston hoodoo ‘62by Frank Jackson
11/12/2013: Player-A-Day: Joe Mauerby Brad Johnson
11/11/2013: Fastball velocity by game stateby Jon Roegele
11/11/2013: The rise of the middle-aged managerby Chris Jaffe
11/08/2013: Player-A-Day: Josmil Pintoby Brad Johnson
11/08/2013: Hall monitor: The case for Andruw Jonesby Chad Dotson
11/07/2013: Big leaguers, bit partsby Azure Texan
11/07/2013: Player-A-Day: Nathan Eovaldiby Brad Johnson
11/06/2013: If he’d only gotten another shotby Jason Linden
11/06/2013: Player-A-Day: David DeJesusby Brad Johnson
11/05/2013: Player-A-Day: David Ortizby Brad Johnson
11/04/2013: Player-A-Day: Jose Dariel Abreuby Brad Johnson
11/04/2013: The Boston (Braves) Marathon of 1928by Frank Jackson
11/04/2013: 10 things I didn’t know about birthdays in 2013by Chris Jaffe
11/01/2013: Taking the close pitch with two strikesby James Gentile
11/01/2013: Card Corner: 1973 Topps: Don Baylorby Bruce Markusen
11/01/2013: The best rookies of the ‘50sby Chad Dotson
10/31/2013: The Screwball: Celebrate good times, come on!by Azure Texan
10/31/2013: Player-A-Day: Leonys Martinby Brad Johnson
10/30/2013: Player-A-Day: Jon Lesterby Brad Johnson
10/30/2013: Forecasting the major 2013 awardsby Shane Tourtellotte
10/30/2013: The effect of seeing pitchesby Jon Roegele
10/29/2013: Putting the knock on pitching changesby Joe Distelheim
10/29/2013: Player-A-Day: Ryan Howardby Brad Johnson
10/29/2013: Losing momentum in the sixth gameby Dave Studeman
10/29/2013: Previewing the fall Stars gameby Jeff Moore
10/28/2013: Player-A-Day: Travis Woodby Brad Johnson
10/28/2013: Marquis Grissom: Mr. October Jr.by Frank Jackson
10/25/2013: The blackballing of Dick Dietzby Bruce Markusen
10/24/2013: Player-A-Day: Xander Bogaertsby Brad Johnson
10/24/2013: The Screwball: Put it in neutral?by Azure Texan
10/24/2013: The all-decade team: the ‘00sby Richard Barbieri
10/24/2013: Player-A-Day: Michael Wachaby Brad Johnson
10/23/2013: Earn money watching baseballby Dave Studeman
10/23/2013: Player-A-Day: Jose Iglesiasby Brad Johnson
10/23/2013: 20th anniversary: The Joe Carter gameby Chris Jaffe
10/23/2013: Giants take a risk with Lincecum’s two-year dealby Matt Filippi
10/23/2013: BOB: Nolan Ryan retires…for nowby Brian Borawski
10/22/2013: Where does David Price fit?by Jeff Moore
10/22/2013: Survey says?!?!?by Greg Simons
10/22/2013: ALCS post-mortem: The Fielder playby Shane Tourtellotte
10/21/2013: The best rivalries of 2013by Chris Jaffe
10/21/2013: World Series workhorsesby Frank Jackson
10/20/2013: WPS recap: ALCS, 10/19/2013by Shane Tourtellotte
10/19/2013: WPS Recap: NLCS, 10/18/2013by Shane Tourtellotte
10/18/2013: WPS recap: ALCS, 10/17/2013by Shane Tourtellotte
10/18/2013: Card Corner: 1973 Topps: Bob Baileyby Bruce Markusen
10/18/2013: The 2013 Atlanta Braves and core WARby James Gentile
10/18/2013: The best rookies of the ‘60sby Chad Dotson
10/17/2013: The Screwball: What about Bob Lemon?by Azure Texan
10/17/2013: WPS Recap: LCS, 10/16/2013by Shane Tourtellotte
10/16/2013: WPS recap: LCS, 10/15/2013by Shane Tourtellotte
10/16/2013: How much do we know about pitcher value?by Jason Linden
10/16/2013: 10th anniversary: the Aaron Boone Gameby Chris Jaffe
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April 12, 2010
2010 Atlantic League: Names you might knowThe first week of major league baseball is all about hope. There is hope that your team will perform well this season. There is hope that your favorite player will put up big numbers this season. There is hope that the struggling prospect will finally put it all together and become a useful major league baseball player. And finally, there is hope that a player who no one has any idea actually exists will work his way through the system, up the depth charts, into the starting lineup, and eventually into the hearts and minds of baseball fans all over the country.
Why yes, in April, hope does spring eternal.
But how about for those players who are just searching for a way back into the major leagues? Where's the hope for them? The Atlantic League, of course. Every season, former major league players, former minor league players, and countless others play ball in the Atlantic League, hoping for another chance to play in affiliated baseball. The hope is if you play well enough, a major league team will come calling and just like that, opportunity knocks.
With two weeks to go before the Atlantic League gets underway, rosters are still in the process of being finalized. But luckily for us, some big names have already signed on with Atlantic League clubs! If you're a die-hard baseball fan like me, then I'm sure you'll enjoy knowing that Hiram Bochachica and Brian Barton are teammates on the Bridgeport Bluefish! So without further ado, I hope you enjoy this mini look into the players of the Atlantic League.
"This pitching staff would have been great in 2002"
Jorge Julio, RP: Way back in 2002, Julio put together a dominant season for the Orioles out of the bullpen by sporting a minuscule 1.99 ERA and saving 25 games. But Julio was never able to produce those numbers again at the major league level and since 2006, Julio has bounced around the majors.
Fun fact: Two members of the 2006 Mets were acquired thanks to Jorge Julio. (John Maine was traded with Julio to the Mets at the beginning of 2006 and Orlando Hernandez was traded for Julio in the middle of the 2006 season.)
Antonio Alfonseca, RP: Aside from having some stellar seasons as a relief pitcher, Alfonseca is best known for having six fingers and toes! I was amazed to find out that Alfonseca won the Rolaids Relief Award in 2000 when he was the closer for the Marlins. Alfonseca led the league in saves that season with 45, but his ERA was an unimpressive 4.24 and his WHIP, was an astounding 1.514.
Esteban Yan, SP: Fun fact about Esteban Yan-he hit a homerun in his first at bat in the majors. Another fun fact- Yan has lifetime batting average of 1.000. Oh yeah, Yan was a pitcher. Even though Yan put together some decent seasons in the latter half of his career, his 5.14 ERA highlights how badly Yan struggled at points throughout his career.
Denny Stark, SP: Stark put together a solid 2002 season with the Rockies and seemed destined for a long career in the majors, but that plan never panned out thanks to arm injuries.
Adam Greenberg, OF: Greenberg's name might sound familiar to you not because of his production as a major leaguer. During his first (and only) at bat in the majors, Greenberg was hit in the head by Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos. Greenberg left the game with a concussion and has not played in the majors since. As it stands, he is one of only TWO players in major league history to get hit in his first major league at bat and never play the field. Also, Greenberg has an OBP of 1.000, zero recorded at bats, and no batting average or fielding percentage. It would be fantastic to see Greenberg work his way back into the majors.
Mike Costanzo, 3B: Costanzo was one of the pieces the Orioles acquired in return for Miguel Tejada. Costanzo was known in the minors for his ability to hit for power, but he never got the opportunity to show what he could do consistently in the majors. The Orioles cut ties with Costanzo after he struggled at the plate in 2009.
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Posted by: Josh Levitt
March 18, 2009
THT Projected Standings, as of March 9We've re-run our projected standings with some help from SG of the Replacement Level Yankees Blog, and I thought I would share the results below the fold. Note that the standings are based on 100 simulations in Diamond Mind Baseball. The "DIV" column tells you the percentage of the time that a team won their division in our simulations, and "WC" tells you the same for the Wild Card. The rosters are accurate as of March 9.
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Posted by: David Gassko
March 29, 2008
Foulke talesKeith Foulke returns to the major leagues this year after a one-year retirement. After battling knee injuries in 2005 and 2006, Foulke retired just prior to the 2007 season. He has rejoined the Oakland Athletics for 2008 and is expected to fill a key role in their bullpen.
We have PITCHf/x data for his appearance against the Giants today, and I thought it would be interesting to see how hard he was throwing and what his pitch selection was.
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Posted by: Mike Fast
Masahide Kobayashi brief scouting reportThe Cleveland Indians signed Masahide Kobayashi from the Chiba Lotte Marines over the winter to join their bullpen. The PITCHf/x system was turned on in Atlanta tonight, and Kobayashi pitched the 7th inning in a rain-shortened game. The Braves scored five runs against Kobayashi on five hits, one walk, and three errors, and it would appear that the weather was affecting the results. Nonetheless, I wanted to give a short report on Kobayashi's pitch repertoire in the game since is he new to Major League Baseball this year.
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Posted by: Mike Fast
Friday fastball speedsI'm browsing through the pitch data from Friday's games where the PITCHf/x system was turned on, and here are some of the average fastball speeds for pitchers who pitched in those games. Take them for what they're worth.
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Posted by: Mike Fast
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