Lambs To The Slaughter?

It looks as if the race for the title of Worst Opening Day Starter will come down to the Reds and the Rockies. According to an AP report, the Rox are going to send Shawn Estes out to face the Diamondbacks at the BOB on April 6. Meanwhile, Reds fans will see Cory Lidle face […]

Hot Corners

Over at ESPN.com, Alan Schwarz has begun a series of articles on the greatest defensive plays at each position. Today he’s looking at the corners – first and third base. It’s easy to remember great plays by outfielders, third basemen, and shortstops, but try guessing even one of the great first-sacker plays that made Schwarz’s […]

Stardom Before Smirnoff?

Over at All-Baseball, myself and the other guys on the site are having an interesting discussion on the ESPN cover boy, Miguel Cabrera. The kid came from the depths of the minors last year, and now he’s become a top 100 pick in fantasy drafts. Do yourself a favor and stop to read our analysis […]

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 […]

Maybe I’m wrong…

A little while ago, I commented here about Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame worthiness. Looking at Win Shares, Rivera doesn’t seem to make the cut. Then I got an email from a reader named Chris, who said (among other things): I think, when looking at closers as Hall Of Fame prospects, one must go beyond […]

Closing it out in the Bronx

The New York Times is reporting that Yanks closer Mariano Rivera is about to sign a two-year, $21 million contract extension with the club, with a vesting option for a third year. This could be Rivera’s last contract, which means he’ll be one of very few modern players to spend his whole career with one […]

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.

An Evening with John Dowd

I am perhaps the least interested person in the world when it comes to the entire Pete Rose saga. For whatever reason, I’ve just never been able to get interested in any aspect of it and the neverending debates on the subject really frustrate me. That said, Will Young‘s Sports Management class at George Washington […]

LA’s Odd Couple

In today’s LA Times, new Dodger GM Paul DePodesta says that Tommy Lasorda “is the living embodiment of what the Dodgers are all about. It would be foolish if we didn’t utilize his experience and expertise.” Lasorda will help out in various ways, particularly in the player development area. I’ve gotta say, DePo’s saying all […]

When to bet against KC

In his preview of the Royals at Baseball Primer, Mike Webber gives the following tip to gamblers: “One of our local broadcasters says that he has never seen a major league manager give up on a game, before it starts, like Tony Pena does.” Mike gives as an example the Royals’ July 5 game last […]

Redman: “I think a ring is enough.”

For a member of the World Champion Marlins to get a replica of the World Series trophy, he’ll have to shell out at least $27,000. That’s the going rate for a half-sized replica; a 3/4-sized one is $37K. Mark Redman says what I suspect I’d say in the same situation: “It’s a little too much. […]

Tyler Green sues over his name

I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and my dad and I had season tickets to the Wichita State Shockers baseball team for most of my childhood. The Shockers have always been a really good team, and Tyler Green was a freshman on the ’89 National Champions. He was a strikeout machine (10.21 K/9 for his […]

Who’s next, Tony Gwynn?

Earlier, I mentioned that the Padres hired Ken Caminiti as a part-time coach. Now they’ve re-signed Andy Ashby, in what looks like an attempt to re-construct the team that won the ’98 pennant. Caminiti hit 29 homers for the ’98 Padres, and Ashby won 17 games. Two other guys from that team, Sterling Hitchcock and […]

Caminiti back in baseball

The Padres have hired Ken Caminiti as a spring training coach. Considering how recent his steroid comments and cocaine problems are, I’m a little surprised to see Caminiti back in the game so soon. Caminiti said that his recovery since the cocaine arrest (in spring 2002) has “been a good cleanup period for me.”

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. […]

Verducci on Bud, Big Mac, and Eric Chavez

Bud Selig recently told Jim Gray, “I don’t think at this point I will do anything relative to Mark McGwire’s records” unless “some day there’s a lot more relevant knowledge.” At the bottom of his column yesterday, Tom Verducci had a nice response to that statement from the Commish. Verducci concludes, “… unless Selig has […]

Selig gets Bowie Kuhn Syndrome

According to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, Bud Selig is considering invoking his “best interests of the game” powers to implement a sterner steroid testing policy. I think this has about as much chance of succeeding as an attempt by Selig to unilaterally impose a salary cap. Selig is, I assume, trying to leverage […]

Happy Birthday, Bill Mueller!

Besides being Bill Mueller’s birthday, March 17 is also my birthday. In honor of my having survived another 365 days (along with Mueller), here’s a list of some of the top players born on March 17 (courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com, and in random order): Mueller, of course (the 2003 AL batting champ) Hank Sauer (1952 NL […]

“Mentally a Met”

Tom Glavine’s wife says of her husband, “Mentally, he’s a Met now.” Is this a good thing? The Mets party line is that Glavine’s going to have a bounce-back season in 2004, but I don’t buy it. His strikeout rate is dangerously low (4.03 per 9 innings), and he’s 38 years old. Will he reach […]

Osborne takes over as Yanks’ 5th starter

With Jon Lieber sidelined with a groin problem, the current Yankees fifth starter is none other than Donovan Osborne. Yeah, the old Cardinals pitcher from the mid-’90s. Osborne hasn’t topped 100 innings since 1996, and he’s pitched just 16 innings (with a 6.19 ERA) this millennium. Lieber should be back early enough that Osborne won’t […]