Baseball Chirps on Some Links
This is a segment I plan on doing weekly. Basically, it’s a few links I find interesting along with my thoughts about them as well as some Tweets that caught my attention. I hope you enjoy them too.
The staff at Baseball Prospectus ponder what they would do if they were “Commissioner for a Day”. At least they agree with me that MLB’s public relations need a makeover that doesn’t involve Brian Wilson’s beard.
Joe Posanski damns a bit with faint praise in discussing Mariano Rivera and “The Meaning of 600 Saves”. He believes the arc of Rivera’s career, as great as it has been, would have been drastically different if not for the save rule. In a different era or for a different team, he would’ve still been a great pitcher but might not have the same postseason notoriety nor the opportunity to play for a winning team that generated so many one-inning save opportunities. I don’t think he’s necessarily wrong. Saves were “invented” to recognize the contributions of relievers yet I (and I believe Joe), feel it should go the way of the RBI. Cute stat, but more a function of opportunity than a true measure of ability.
Mike Cameron was recently released by the Florida Marlins. As a fantasy baseball afficianado, I’ve always loved him on my teams for his rare mix of power and speed with a high walk total that mitigated his poor batting average. Over at FanGraphs, they are “Giving Mike Cameron His Due”
If George Lucas can keep recycling Star Wars, then I do think its our duty as American to playfully parody that exploitation whenever possible. Thus, check out “Star Wars and Baseball: The Fandom Menace” over at Value Over Replacement Grit
Over at Inside The Book, Tom Tango aka Tangotiger runs some numbers on the fluctuation (and slight trend?) of batting average on balls in play between a pitcher’s first and second year in the major leagues. Not only is “What happens to a pitcher’s BABIP year to year?” an interesting insight, but the comments section has a great discussion on the kinds of things sabremetricians factor in (and out) when conducting studies.
@keithlaw (Keith Law) – It makes me cringe when they use RBI, period. RT @ellenfool: does it make it cringe when baseball writers add an “s” to the end of RBI?
@williamfleitch (Will Leitch) – Kyle Hudson just became first Mattoon-born player with a hit in the major leagues. The town is now batting .040 lifetime. Congrats, Kyle!
@wezen_ball (Larry Granillo) – Can you imagine the things people would say about Prince if he ran across the diamond to tell an opponent to stop jawing/get in the dugout?
@jonahkeri (Jonah Keri) – ‘You know Jackie, what’s always amazed me?’ ‘What Pee Wee?’ ‘After all these years this game hasn’t driven me crazy.’
@MrBaseballCoach (Coach Greg) – Remember Willie Stargell of the Pirates? GREAT quote: “When they start the game, they don’t yell, ‘Work ball.’ They say, ‘Play ball.'”
@PeteAbe (Pete Abraham) – “That pitcher looks like a kid I destroyed. Wait, that is Proctor?” // RT @Ledger_Yankees: Torre standing nxt to Girardi on the base line
@sbnation (SB Nation) – How does Tim Lincecum get by without throwing many first-pitch strikes? sbn.to/qCZuJA He must just be a freak. #punquota