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Looking for Patience and Power

February 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

We were looking for active players who are patient, have dynamic batting skills, and are young enough to be relatively dependable. So, the criteria we chose were: – Minimum 500 career Plate Appearances – Minimum 13.5% career BB% – Minimum 125 career wRC+ – Younger than 35 years old today (Feb 23, 2011) I just […]

MLB Team Snapshots

September 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Beautiful Mind level insanity around the AL Previews formula I’ve been tinkering with and referred to in these two posts should (hopefully) be done today. In an effort to not let the homework slow down our production, we thought it would be fun to take another stroll around the Major Leagues and see what each […]

‘Roids, Aging, and The Pride of the Goldpanners

September 13, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The original habitat for this post can be found here. It has been twenty years since this photo was taken, yet I saw it for the first time yesterday.  Why is this photo not more celebrated? Anybody know where I can get a fake ID? Perhaps, I’m exaggerating the comedic value of a photograph, as […]

Power Arms of the Future

September 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The original habitat for this post can be found here. Remember last year, when we wrote a piece on BAseball Reality Tour called Power Arms of the Future?  We wanted to celebrate how impressed we were with performances from young pitchers like Mat Latos, Tommy Hanson, and Neftali Feliz. As something we hope will be […]

How the West will be Won

September 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The original posting of this piece can be found here. The National League West race is getting better every day.  While the Rockies refuse to concede anything, much will be determined over the next four days, as the Padres host the Giants for four games starting tonight at 10:05 ET.  As they say in San […]

Steve Phillips vs Omar Minaya

September 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I was thinking that it’s about time someone compared the careers of current and recent GM of the Mets, Omar Minaya and Steve Philips.

Aroldis Chapman’s Fantastic Pitch f/x

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The last time I tried to copy and paste a graph from Texas Leaguers Pitch f/x database, the information didn’t translate.  Let’s see if this works. Here is supposed to be the side angle of Aroldis Chapman pitches from his Major League debut two nights ago.  Notice the excellent tumbling, downward action of his offerings. […]

Happy Aroldis Chapman Day

August 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Since this past weekend, I started a post that is currently approaching 8,000 words.  I’m not quite sure what to do about it because it takes a rare breed to want to read that much about what I was thinking on Friday night. In the meantime, per friendly reader Osh’s request, let’s take a moment […]

Player of the Fortnight vol. 3

August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been a few weeks since we handed out any hardware, so we’re excited to present our third edition of Players of the Fortnight. (All stats courtesy of the inestimably valuable Fangraphs.)

Hall of Fame’s Best Outsiders

August 18, 2010 by · 11 Comments 

the best team composed of non-Hall of Fame players who have been eligible for at least one HOF vote

Is This the Last the Cubs Have Seen of Derrek Lee?

August 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan mentions in his piece from yesterday’s paper that most people believe Derrek Lee will be playing elsewhere in 2011. Sullivan cites “his age, his numbers and the fact the Cubs need a left-handed power hitter and first base is the logical position for such a player.” When we last checked Kornheiser’s […]