The kind people at Dutton have been nice enough to send me an advance copy of The Baseball Economist. (Unlike the jerks at Warner, who wouldn’t even tell me to buzz off when I asked for a review copy … Finish Reading
Cormier started the season in middle relief, putting up a good ERA and getting ridden hard. Eventually, he had some bad outings, got hurt, came back and still didn’t pitch well, went to the minors, and then made some starts, … Finish Reading
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Open thread.… Finish Reading
Hmm. Well, Villarreal started the season as one of the Braves’ primary setup men, but was awful and got kicked to long relief, where he started pitching better. Meanwhile, the starters were getting knocked out of the game early so … Finish Reading
McBride was generally great in 2005 despite a 5.79 ERA; he had one bad outing and ridiculously bad luck, opposing hitters hitting almost .500 against him on balls in play. He hurt his forearm — a scary injury, since it … Finish Reading
This guy is scary good. Gonzalez was a 30th round pick of the Pirates in 1997 and moved through the organization as a starter until he hit high-A in late 1998, at which point he imploded. He was moved to … Finish Reading
I don’t want the Braves to be owned by some corporation only interested in tax breaks. But the only chance of stopping it now is for the owners to … Finish Reading
My internal dialogue:
Rafael Soriano? For Horacio Ramirez? Whoo-hoo!
Soriano for Ramirez? The Mariners can’t be that crazy. Okay, what’s wrong with him?
Soriano came into the Mariners system an outfielder. At 19, he was converted to the mound, and … Finish Reading
(This can just be an open thread if you like.)
I’ve been thinking about JC’s discussion of expanding football — maybe with a spring league. I figure such a league would have 8, 10, or 12 teams. Three teams would be in New York (you might even get the city to spruce up Shea for football to get a team inside the city), LA, and Chicago. The others would go in areas that (like LA) don’t have football. So where?
The Tubby Messiah, or just a solid reliever who did the job after several non-solid relievers had failed? More the latter. Wickman’s a good pitcher, but he’s not 18 of 19 in save opportunities with a 1.04 ERA good, which … Finish Reading