Category Archives: Baseball Notes

Miguel Rojas is not what I thought he was

Every week or so during the spring MLB.com updates their projected starting lineups for 2018. It is an interesting read and this nugget popped up on my radar. Old friend Miguel Rojas is slated to be the opening day starting shortstop for the Miami Marlins. Are you as shocked as I am about this news? Are …

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Speedcast Nuggets

Statcast has a stat called sprint speed which is defined below. Sprint Speed is Statcast’s foot speed metric, defined as “feet per second in a player’s fastest one-second window.” The Major League average on a “max effort” play is 27 ft/sec, and the max effort range is roughly from 23 ft/sec (poor) to 30 ft/sec (elite). …

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Rick Monday was the first

Fifty-two years ago Rick Monday was the first player ever drafted in a major league draft. For most fans it might be hard to reconcile the idea that there was no draft in baseball until 1965. That any kid from any state or country could sign with any team that he wanted too provided he …

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Yes, I voted for Zack Cozart

It wasn’t even a hard decision. I had hoped it would be but by any account, Zack Cozart has been the best shortstop in baseball this year and thus the vote was easy.   Name wRC+ HR AVG OPS wOBA Off Def WAR ISO Zack Cozart 170 9 0.347 1.042 0.435 17.8 6.9 3.2 0.265 …

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Mike Cameron should have hit the cookie

When I saw that Scooter Gennett had hit four home runs in a game my thought wasn’t congratulations but annoyance that a banjo-hitting utility infielder would impinge upon one of the hardest things to do in a baseball game. None of this was supposed to happen. Gennett, a 27-year-old, 5-foot-10 career second baseman, was waived …

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Baseball Notes 4/5/17

Mauer went hitless 27 straight times against the Royals before collecting a single in the 3rd innings against Ian Kennedy.  Not long ago Mauer looked like a HOF catcher, a few concussions later, he’s now a light hitting first baseman.  1118 hits as a catcher, almost 2000 in his career (1826).  Hard to believe that AJ …

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MLB Over/Under – Dodgers 93.5

Bovada released their MLB Over/Under lines today. The Dodgers clocked in at 93.5 with the World Champion Cubs on top at 95.5. At first glance, I think I’d take the over on the Rockies at 80.5 betting that they can slug their way to a .500 season with that young rotation. The Padres are in …

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Rymer Liriano tries to get his career back

You could understand if Rymer Liriano felt apprehension as he got ready to play the first game of the spring against the Dodgers. On March 21st, almost a year ago,  Rymer Liriano was doing his best to make the Brewer opening day roster and begin the next stage of his career.  One Dodger Matt West …

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The Mike Trout decade

Once again going to the well and using data provided by Bobby Down to show the best fWAR for position players this decade. Clayton Kershaw owns the decade for pitchers and Mike Trout for hitters. How lucky have Los Angeles fans been to have the two best players in baseball playing for them? Trout skipped …

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Pitching fWAR in the twenty-tens decade

Bobby Down in the comments at http://www.truebluela.com posted the top fWAR for players in this decade.   With his permission lets take a look at the pitchers. Below are the top 20 pitchers sorted by fWAR showing any top ten finishes in fWAR for that season. Clayton Kershaw had the best fWAR in 2016 even though …

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