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Preseason Preview Articles
Following are the one hundred most recent articles for the category Preseason Preview .
06/19/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/19/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 12, Vol. IIby Karl de Vries
06/19/2013: Roy for ROYby Frank Jackson
06/19/2013: Currently historic: Helton doubles!by Jason Linden
06/19/2013: You can’t take it with youby Derek Ambrosino
06/19/2013: Trending youngby Alex Connors
06/18/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/18/2013: The Verdict: absolute power corrupts absolutelyby Michael Stein
06/18/2013: All-time two-first-names teamby Greg Simons
06/18/2013: AL East division update: June editionby Nick Fleder
06/18/2013: THT Awardsby John Barten
06/17/2013: Closer watchby Karl de Vries
06/17/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/17/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 12, Vol. Iby Jack Weiland
06/17/2013: 30th anniversary: Bob Welch does it allby Chris Jaffe
06/17/2013: The Hot Seatby Scott Strandberg
06/17/2013: Red Line doubleheaders (part I)by Chris Jaffe
06/14/2013: The daily grind: 6-14-13by Brad Johnson
06/14/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/14/2013: 18 again!by Shane Tourtellotte
06/14/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 11, Vol. IIIby Karl de Vries
06/14/2013: Traders Corner: Oakland Elixir, V is for Victorby Jonah Birenbaum
06/14/2013: Card Corner: 1973 Topps: Amos Otisby Bruce Markusen
06/13/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/13/2013: The daily grind: 6-13-13by Brad Johnson
06/13/2013: The clutchiest hitter of all?by Carl Aridas
06/13/2013: The all-decade team: the ‘50sby Richard Barbieri
06/12/2013: The daily grind: 6-12-13by Brad Johnson
06/12/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/12/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 11, Vol. IIby Jack Weiland
06/12/2013: Helping their own causeby Shane Tourtellotte
06/12/2013: Hub fans bid Kid redoby Frank Jackson
06/11/2013: The daily grind: 6-11-13by Brad Johnson
06/11/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/11/2013: Call-up season is upon usby Jeff Moore
06/11/2013: THT Awardsby John Barten
06/11/2013: 10th anniversary: Houston no-hits the Yankeesby Chris Jaffe
06/11/2013: The Steel City power outage of 1917by Dave Vocale
06/10/2013: The daily grind: 6-10-13by Brad Johnson
06/10/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/10/2013: NL East division update: June editionby Brad Johnson
06/10/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 11, Vol. 1by Karl de Vries
06/10/2013: When a $9 ticket costs $20by Chris Jaffe
06/10/2013: The Hot Seatby Scott Strandberg
06/09/2013: Visualization: the 2013 MLB draftby Dan Lependorf
06/08/2013: Four teams, 38 innings, one historic dayby Shane Tourtellotte
06/07/2013: The daily grind: 6-7-13by Brad Johnson
06/07/2013: Jose Canseco’s independents dazeby Frank Jackson
06/07/2013: Roster Doctor: Two to sell highby Jonah Birenbaum
06/07/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 10, Vol. IIby Karl de Vries
06/06/2013: The daily grind: 6-6-13by Brad Johnson
06/06/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/06/2013: The Roto Grotto: catching up with pitcher statsby Scott Spratt
06/05/2013: Ignoring suspension noiseby Derek Ambrosino
06/05/2013: Does MLB have a case this time?by Eugene Freedman
06/05/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/05/2013: The daily grind: 6-5-13by Brad Johnson
06/05/2013: Currently historic: So many walks and strikeoutsby Jason Linden
06/05/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 10, Vol. Iby Jack Weiland
06/05/2013: Three True Outcomes too common?by Alex Connors
06/05/2013: BOB: Spring training war updateby Brian Borawski
06/04/2013: The Verdict: not all trades are created equalby Michael Stein
06/04/2013: The daily grind: 6-4-13by Brad Johnson
06/04/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/04/2013: 25th anniversary: three-run walk-off errorby Chris Jaffe
06/04/2013: Revisiting pre-arb contractsby Greg Simons
06/04/2013: Ike Davis and comfort at the plateby Matt Filippi
06/04/2013: The Hot Seatby Scott Strandberg
06/04/2013: Astros set to repeat their draft philosophyby Jeff Moore
06/04/2013: THT Awardsby John Barten
06/03/2013: The daily grind: 6-3-13by Brad Johnson
06/03/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
06/03/2013: AL West: pretty much what we thought going inby David Wade
06/03/2013: 10th anniversary: Sosa’s corked batby Chris Jaffe
06/03/2013: What WPA can tell usby Chris Jaffe
05/31/2013: Traders Corner: Conundrums Kemp and otherwiseby Jonah Birenbaum
05/31/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
05/31/2013: Shut ‘em out, hit a home run: “Pappas games”by James Gentile
05/31/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 9, Vol. IIIby Jack Weiland
05/31/2013: Card Corner: 1973 Topps: Joe Pepitoneby Bruce Markusen
05/30/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
05/30/2013: Lohse goes for pitching history tonightby Chris Jaffe
05/30/2013: Trapped in the minors: Dean Annaby John Kochurov
05/30/2013: The Roto Grotto: z-scores appliedby Scott Spratt
05/29/2013: On Jon Heyman and the Oakland Coliseumby Dan Lependorf
05/29/2013: Job opening at Bloomberg Sportsby Dave Studeman
05/29/2013: And That Happenedby Craig Calcaterra
05/29/2013: BOB: A new chapter in the spring training warsby Brian Borawski
05/29/2013: Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 9, Vol. IIby Karl de Vries
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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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