May 6, 2016

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Taking the Extra Base:  The Teams

May 4, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

The following entry complements my preceding article, “Taking the Extra Base: The Players”. I will review my findings with respect to team baserunning outcomes. Inspired by the Texas Rangers chapter in the “Bill James Baseball Abstract 1984” entitled “Running The Bases” (pages 156-159), the following study uncovers the top base running teams in the past 85 seasons (1930-2015) with respect to taking the extra base on a clean single.* Here is a link to the data in OpenDocument Spreadsheet format, sorted by year, team and Pct1st3rd. You can scroll to the right (columns AG-AS) to view the... [Read the full story]

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Astros Falter in April

May 5, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

After a surprisingly strong showing in 2015, expectations for the Astros were even higher in 2016.  It didn’t happen in April as the team finished the month with a record of 7-17.  The only major league team with a worse record was the Atlanta Braves at 5-18.  The Astros did not win 2 games in a row all month What went wrong in April after spring training went so well?  Almost everything.   They have just not been playing good baseball.  Both the starting pitching and the relief pitching, strong points in 2015, have been way below expectations, ranking last in the American League in ERA... [Read the full story]

Features

Major Minnesotans: Tim McIntosh

March 20, 2016 · by · Leave a Comment 

Tim McIntosh was born on March 21st, 1965. The 1983 graduate of Hopkins High School played three seasons at the University of Minnesota before being selected in the 3rd round of the ‘86 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. McIntosh played in five games with the Brewers in 1990, making his Major League debut on September 3rd in Milwaukee vs. the Minnesota Twins. He went 0-3 as the Twins’ Mark Guthrie hurled a complete game shutout. Paul Molitor (Cretin High School class  of ‘74) went 0-4. On September 28th, with the Yankees leading the Brewers 6-1,McIntosh entered the game in the 7th as a defensive... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Pre-Integration Era Committee Releases 2016 Candidates For Baseball Hall of Fame: Sorry, There’s No Room in the Inn

October 9, 2015 · by · 5 Comments 

First, let me state categorically that I love the Baseball Hall of Fame; love the history, love the tree-lined streets of Cooperstown in the summer, love the beauty of Lake Otsego, love everything about the place. Most of all, I love the reverence of the hall of plaques, appropriately presided over by life-size statues of The Babe and Mister T. Ballgame. There is nothing more sublime than watching the face of an excited young kid, oversized baseball cap hanging over his ears, with eyes as big as Dodger Dogs, as his dad points out the plaques of immortals like Stan the Man, Hammerin’ Hank,... [Read the full story]

Minors

Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

December 27, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out hundreds of employees tasked with finding the next great players. Although they monitor first-round draft talent, their bread and butter is trying to decipher the future of players who may not have quite as much polish. As a result, some come to believe so much in who they are evaluating that they continue scouting—for years if necessary— until they are able to bring them into the fold. Such is the case with the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Max Watt. Watt, a solid 6’8” right-hander, grew up in New York. After... [Read the full story]

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Astros Falter in April

May 5, 2016 by

After a surprisingly strong showing in 2015, expectations for the Astros were even higher in 2016.  It didn’t happen in April as the team finished the month with a record of 7-17.  The only major league team with a worse record was the Atlanta Braves at 5-18.  The Astros did not win 2 games in a row all month What went wrong in April after spring... Read more of this article


What’s New About the 2016 Nationals

April 23, 2016 by

Many of the players are the same but there appears to be something very different about the 2016 Nationals. Bryce Harper is at the center of the lineup and like everyone on the team, he looks as if he may have an even better season in 2016 than his MVP season last year. What is driving the change? The face of the new look Nationals is Dusty Baker more... Read more of this article


Lazzari’s 2016 MLB Predictions

April 13, 2016 by

Ahhh, yes, spring is in the air and it’s time for that annual crapshoot better known as baseball predictions. And if you ever come across a sportswriter/columnist who is EXTREMELY comfortable with his/her picks, then that scribe HASN’T been following the game long enough. Here’s how they MAY finish in 2016, my friends……… AL... Read more of this article


White Sox Opening Day: Snowflakes, Fistfights and Fault Lines

April 9, 2016 by

The Chicago White Sox opened the 2016 season by winning three-of-four in Oakland due to great pitching, timely hitting, smart defense and a suspect opponent. The Sox then came home to Chicago’s South Side and were greeted by a winter blast which they only made worse with a woeful performance. The Sox looked cold in falling to the Cleveland Indians,... Read more of this article


What Should Be Expected from the Houston Astros in 2016?

April 4, 2016 by

After a surprisingly successful season in 2015, expectations for 2016 are for an even better year.  Sports Illustrated has picked the Astros to beat the Cubs in the World Series.  One of the bookmaking sites in Las Vegas, Vegasinsider.com, has quoted the Astros odds of winning the World Series at 13-1, better than those for the Royals, (14-1), the... Read more of this article


Hardball Retrospective – 1914 Season Replay

April 2, 2016 by

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Miller Huggins is listed on the Reds roster for the duration of his career while the Senators claim Clyde Milan and the Tigers declare Eddie Cicotte.... Read more of this article


A Conversation With Former Negro League All-Star Ernie Johnson

April 2, 2016 by

  I had the opportunity and good fortune to interview former Negro League All-Star Ernie Johnson a few years ago. Ernie was one of those guys who was perhaps just a few years ahead of his time. Johnson signed with the Monarchs in 1949 as a 20-year-old pitcher. His salary was $200 a month with about 3 bucks a day for meal money. He switched... Read more of this article


Out of Options Heading North To DC

March 24, 2016 by

It is nearing the end of Spring Training, rosters are being finalized, and final cuts made. Players around the leagues who have impressed during the spring but do not have a path to the Majors are being sent to minor league camp unless of course they are “out of options.” The Washington Nationals have plenty of decisions to make, but when... Read more of this article


Major Minnesotans: Tim McIntosh

March 20, 2016 by

Tim McIntosh was born on March 21st, 1965. The 1983 graduate of Hopkins High School played three seasons at the University of Minnesota before being selected in the 3rd round of the ‘86 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. McIntosh played in five games with the Brewers in 1990, making his Major League debut on September 3rd in Milwaukee vs. the Minnesota... Read more of this article


Major Minnesotans: Brad Hand

March 20, 2016 by

Miami Marlins pitcher, Brad Hand, was born on March 20th, 1990. The Marlins drafted Hand in 2008 in the 2nd round (52nd overall) out of Chaska High School. In his senior season at Chaska, the lefty went 8-2 with 2 saves, allowing only 6 earned runs in 68 innings for an 0.61 ERA. At the plate, Hand hit .352 with 8 HRs and 24 RBI. Brad Hand made his Major... Read more of this article


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Major Minnesotans: Tim McIntosh

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Tim McIntosh was born on March 21st, 1965. The 1983 graduate of Hopkins High School... 


Major Minnesotans: Brad Hand

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Major Minnesotans: Hy Vandenberg

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Gee, Thanks Brooks: Robinson Gives Away Fortune in Memorabilia to Charity

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An Open Letter to Jose Bautista

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Dear Jose Bautista, Congratulations. No one has ever sullied a glorious moment faster... 


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Suns’ First Pitch Thrown By Suns’ First Pitcher

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The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League asked the retiring sheriff of nearby... 


An Interview with Boston Red Sox Prospect Nick Longhi

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