Category: Twitter

@OzzieGuillen joins #Marlins on #Twitter – Parody

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OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
#ICanHonestlySay Thank you chicago y all the fans OzzieGuillen.com
14 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
All my players from 04 to 11 thanks very much for all the help and u friendship trainers coaches clubys security vendors from ofices people
13 minutes ago
 
 
KennyWilliams Kenny Williams
@ozzieGuillen Last and least? *sniff*
13 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
#ICanHonestlySay i love my people in chitown but love family and sun in #miami
13 minutes ago
 
 
OneyGuillen Oney Guillen
#mlb #baseball #whitesox #haters @ozzieguillen Thanks dad 🙂 🙂 🙂
12 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
sun not u son but love u son
12 minutes ago
 
 
OneyGuillen Oney Guillen
@ozzieguillen Thanks dad…
11 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
Hello #Miami
11 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
I can’t believe all of the planned festivities & former @Marlins players in town to see me surpass the 70,000 follower mark!
11 minutes ago
 
 
PeteyPipes Bryan Petersen
@OzzieGuillen Hi Coach!
11 minutes ago
 
 
MikeStanton27 Mike Stanton
@OzzieGuillen Hi Coach!
10 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@LoMoMarlins They here 2 hear me but will be here for u 2
10 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@OzzieGuillen You got it Boss!
10 minutes ago
 
 
bmarshall19 Brandon Marshall
I’m going to the Marlins games just to see @OzzieGuillen. Nice pick up
10 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@bmarshall19 what up bro thanks for support I will come to dolphins game and watch u ur a beast
10 minutes ago
 
 
JayCutler6 Jay Cutler
Tell me about it…#sadface “@OzzieGuillen: @bmarshall19 what up bro thanks for support I will come to dolphins game and watch u ur a beast
9 minutes ago
 
 
WaddleandSilvy Waddle and Silvy
Dueling press conferences. A Waddle and Silvy first. Jay Cutler and Ozzie Guillen speaking at same time. We’ll bounce between both
9 minutes ago
 
 
bmarshall19 Brandon Marshall
Mom I made it. I just got tweeted back by @OzzieGuillen. #Sweet
9 minutes ago
 
 
bags David Bags
@LoMoMarlins I can’t wait to see you and @OzzieGuillen take over the Twitterverse with #Marlins tweets! See you next year on Opening Day.
9 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@OzzieGuillen @bags They may actually name the new stadium the TwitterDome after all…
9 minutes ago
 
 
dougglanville Doug Glanville
@LoMoMarlins @OzzieGuillen Given the financial constraints, #Twitter is a cheap way to advertise.
9 minutes ago
 
 
JeffLoria Jeff Loria
No comment @LoMoMarlins @OzzieGuillen @espn @fox @FoxSportsSouth @FSMidwest @MLBOnFox @FoxSportsLat @FoxSportsWest @MLBOnFox @dougglanville
8 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
Oh no we won’t. RT “@LoMoMarlins “@OzzieGuillen @bags They may actually name the new stadium the TwitterDome after all…”
8 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@OzzieGuillen #quietlikeabunny
8 minutes ago
 
 
michaelhill michaelhill
@OzzieGuillen @DaveSamson @LoMoMarlins This is a great day in #Marlins history so we will be respectful of our heritage.
8 minutes ago
 
 
dougglanville Doug Glanville
Starts taking #Marlins notes…
8 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
wow lol who u egg? “@OzzieGuillen @DaveSamson @LoMoMarlins This is a great day in #Marlins history so we will be respectful of our heritage.”
7 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@OzzieGuillen Michael Hill is the interim GM. Our boss. #carefuler
7 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins Situation’s under control.
7 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson Yes sir.
7 minutes ago
 
 
michaelhill michaelhill
@OzzieGuillen ‘People are waiting for you to make a mistake. They’re going to bait you on Twitter to say something inappropriate that you can never take back.
6 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
/msg #marlins ex I like Ozzie. I’m going to have to like him right?
6 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
hi jack love u bro still here? @JackMcKeonIRC “/msg #marlins ex I like Ozzie. I’m going to have to like him right?”
6 minutes ago
 
 
JoshWillingham Josh Willingham
#marlinsex @JackMcKeononIRC Coach?
6 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
/msg #marlins ex I’ll still be on call out of loyalty t
6 minutes ago
 
 
JimmyRollins11 Jimmy Rollins
@LoMoMarlins @DaveSamson @MichaelHill @OzzieGuillen lol haaaa RT “@JackMcKeonIRC /msg #marlins ex I’ll still be on call out of loyalty t”
5 minutes ago
 
 
dougglanville Doug Glanville
@jimmyrollins11 You’d think they would’ve learned about the power of the RT since last time…
5 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@LoMoMarlins @DaveSamson @MichaelHill @OzzieGuillen @jimmyrollins11 I am loyal http://wp.me/p1NXKl-U #cringe #flashback HTP
5 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@JackMcKeonIRC love you but #Miami #Marlins family my family now and i love my family 1st
5 minutes ago
 
 
OneyGuillen Oney Guillen
@ozzieguillen Thanks dad…
5 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@OzzieGuillen JUst found out that tonight was my last game as a #Florida #Marlin but did not mean that!
4 minutes ago
 
 
BetOnCubs2015 Go Cubbies
@OzzieGuillen back 2 futur II say cubies kick ur ass 2015! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnmw6K1H-gQ yay
4 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@betoncubs2015 #miami = more stinky games at #wrigley #ihaterats #ihatecubs #ihateu #twit u #twitnoob fuk
4 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
.msg #marlins ex I’ll still be on call out of loyalty to marlinsex organization
4 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@JackMcKeonIRC wtf? u gay?
4 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@MichaelHill You can put Jack to bed and retire him now. @OzzieGuillen you will be disciplined tomorrow.
4 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@davesamson u mad bro?
3 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@OzzieGuillen I am not your bro. New #marlins Orientation for @ozzieGuillen tomorrow in @JeffLoria’s office
3 minute ago
 
 
dougglanville Doug Glanville
@DaveSamson And my exclusive? I have #marlins notes.
3 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@davesamson @dougglanville wtf I do?
3 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@dougglanville Yes. Usual fee.
2 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@kennywilliams help?
2 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@OzzieGuillen End of Line.
2 minutes ago
 
 
JayCutler6 Jay Cutler
@bmarshall19 Where did everybody go? #sadface
1 minute ago
 
 
bmarshall19 Brandon Marshall
@JayCutler6 @OzzieGuillen told #gayjoke on #twitter and getting disciplined already #newrecord
1 minute ago
 
 
JayCutler6 Jay Cutler
@bmarshall19 #gayjokes are not cool. Should stop #gayjokes.
1 minute ago
 
 
SouthParkStan Stan Marsh
@JayCutler6 You suck but my dad says you might be good someday. #whatever Go #Broncos!
50 seconds ago
 
 
JayCutler6 Jay Cutler
@bmarshall19 Never mind back to #gayjokes… gonna get tackled on Sunday unless I get some protection #please #bears
28 seconds ago
 
 
JoshWillingham Josh Willingham
@JackMcKeonIRC @OzzieGuillen Coach?…
1 second ago
 
 
COMMENTARY: Just like the last one, I put a lot of work into this and hope people enjoy it without being overly offended. I respect everyone mentioned (except maybe, sorta Jeff Loria and Brandon Marshall). I also think Ozzie will be an awesome Marlins manager (if he can survive). All impersonations of tweets were done without permission but with the intent to have some good fun. Please do not read this little parody and assume I had some inside knowledge or feeling on any of the parties mentioned.
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Baseball Chirps on Some Links 9/26/11

Baseball Chirps on Some Links 9/26/11:

Mike Fast of BaseballPropsectus released the most recent research he has done into a catcher’s performance on framing pitches. Not only does this angle have some in the sabremetrics community excited but it is a great example of combining a sabremetric approach with visual evidence of what people observe on the field.

While we’re on the subject of catcher defense, JD Sussman makes a case for Wilson Ramos to win the National League Rookie of the Year based, in part on his above average offensive performance in addition to Mike Fast’s research.

Dave Gershman of the MarlinsDaily and a member of ESPN’s SweetSpot Blog network presents his take on the Marlins’ new logo. Personally, I’m just excited about the name change. Now we just have to move the Marlins to the AL so my Cubs can win a World Series in 2015.

Over at The Hardball Times, Brian Cartwright looks at how the new “wood-like” metal bats used in colleges this year performed compared to their expectations and their alumnium counterparts.

 

Chirps:

Matthew Weber @mattaweber – @rbergstromjr I have choice words for the Yankees and Sox. But the words are not polite.

Rany Jazayerli @jazayerli – Well, it’s Bruce Chen. You had to figure it would end on a homer.

Matthew Cerrone @matthewcerone – No MLB team spends & wins immediately. ALL winners conserved, built within, sold tix, then spent, then won over time… even the Yankees.

Aaron Gleeman @AaronGleeman – Exit light, enter night: Mariano Rivera is the all-time saves king – http://bit.ly/pWGIYz

Rob Neyer @robneyer – I have no idea how to write about the movie without an excruciating amount of navel-gazing, since so much of it’s so close. I will try.

Megan Marshall @YankeeMeginPHL – @jay_jaffe No wonder why Mazzone rocked back and forth like a nervous wreck all the time.

Logan Morrison @LoMoMarlins – Big thank you to @AmyKNelson for the ESPN article on me & my dad. I loved it! http://es.pn/r8rf4u What did you guys think?

Eric Young Jr @EYJr – @MasonAsher2014 no money, just send to Coors Field. I’m pretty good about signing and sending right back

Carrie Muskrat @carriemuskrat – #Cubs Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch in the 3rd and now ranks 10th among active players w/113 career bruises

SB Nation @sbnation – How does Tim Lincecum get by without throwing many first-pitch strikes? http://sbn.to/qCZuJA He must just be a freak. #punquota

David Lennon @DPLennon – Too bad Star Wars nite is over. #Mets should just freeze Reyes and his balky hamstring in carbonite until 2012.

@LoMoMarlins Tweets #Baseball Lawsuit to #Marlins – Parody

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  LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
#ICanHonestlySay I sued the #Marlins #business #sadface
21 minutes ago
 
 
 DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins Supp Logan! #Marlins Prez here. Why u du dat Mo? U mad?
13 minutes ago
 
 
  LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson Protecting my rights. Why are you typing like that?
13 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins I’m keeping it real. Getting down with the tweet. So don’t sue.
11 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson Rough year personally but was 2nd on OPS on Marlins. Told by @WesHelms I could miss charity auction, then demoted?
11 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins We thought it best.
11 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson Who is ‘we’? @JeffLoria ?
11 minutes ago
 
 
JeffLoria Jeff Loria
No comment @LoMoMarlins @DaveSamson @espn @fox @FoxSportsSouth @FSMidwest @MLBOnFox @FoxSportsLat @Fox SportsWest @MLBOnFox @rootsportspit
9 minutes ago
  
jonahkeri Jonah Keri
@JeffLoria Oh my god, you killed Youppi!
9 minutes ago
 
 
SouthParkKyle Kyle Broflovski
@JeffLoria You bastard!
9 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins Doesn’t matter who ‘we’ is. We felt it was best for the organization. Evidence times 88 http://tinyurl.com/3c6vsbx 
 9 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson @JeffLoria You’re just upset I have more Twitter followers than you have sold season tickets.
9 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins Half of them are spam bots. Really want that #iPad2 huh?
8 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson Too busy working out, hitting home runs and getting on base to ban people. @JeffLoria Still there?
8 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins He’s busy. Went back to his office to stop and smell the roses in a painting he just bought.
8 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
 /join #marlins8 minutes ago
 
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@JackMcKeonIRC …? “JackMcKeonIRC /join #marlins”
8 minutes ago
 
 
michaelhill michaelhill
@LoMoMarlins We got it, Logan. You can head back to the gym now.
7 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@JackMcKeonIRC @LoMoMarlins Hang on Jack.
7 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@MichaelHill Already did that, as ‘you’ and everyone else should know. Twice the curls since you demoted me.
7 minutes ago
 
 
michaelhill michaelhill
@LoMoMarlins You’re not being fair. @JeffLoria ‘s always been good to you. Even let you use his jet.
6 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@MichaelHill Yeah and I appreciate that, still I don’t want it to happen again. So I sue you.
6 minutes ago
 
 
AlYankovic Al Yankovic
@LoMoMarlins @MichaelHill #Marlins Leavin’ on a Jet Plane!
6 minutes ago
 
 
michaelhill michaelhill
@AlYankovic Al, pal, stay out of this. @LoMoMarlins You can still move your fingers, so find something else to do other than Twitter.
5 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
lcd run C://Windows/Program Files/Twitter/Readme.txt
5 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@JackMcKeonIRC Wow lol oh lord U make our life fun
5 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@MichaelHill And you think I’m embarassing??? “@JackMcKeonIRC lcd run C://Windows/Program Files/Twitter/Readme.txt”
5 minutes ago
 
 
 dougglanville Doug Glanville
@JackMcKeonIRC @LoMoMarlins @OzzieGuillen Jack’s on IRC. It’s a chat system popular in the late 80s and early 90s but still used
5 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@dougglanville Thanks…
5 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
/whois @DougGlanville
4 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson @MichaelHill Are you helping Jack out?
4 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
/msg #exmarlins Hi everyone!
4 minutes ago
 
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson @MichaelHill Hello?…
4 minutes ago
 
 
 
JimmyRollins11 Jimmy Rollins
@JackMcKeonIRC @LoMoMarlins @DaveSamson @MichaelHill lol
4 minutes ago
 
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@JimmyRollins11 @DaveSamson @MichaelHill J-Roll, just wait till next year!
3 minutes ago
 
 
 
JimmyRollins11 Jimmy Rollins
@LoMoMarlins #mlbtraderumors we got room for u
3 minutes ago
 
 
 
AlYankovic Al Yankovic
@MichaelHill @JimmyRollins11 – @LoMoMarlins don’t know if he’ll be back again…
3 minutes ago
 
 
JackMcKeonIRC Jack_McKeon
/msg #marlinsex Hi everyone!
3 minutes ago
 
 
 
JimmyRollins11 Jimmy Rollins
@LoMoMarlins @DaveSamson @MichaelHill @DougGlanville lol haaaa RT “@JackMcKeonIRC /msg #marlinsex Hi everyone!”
3 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
@LoMoMarlins @DaveSamson @MichaelHill @DougGlanville what shit @JackMcKeonIRC u say wtf?
3 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@OzzieGuillen How come I can’t get away with it?
3 minutes ago
 
 
JoshWillingham Josh Willingham
@JackMcKeonIRC #marlinsex Hi Coach! I’m in Oakland. Real Athletic now! May I follow and DM you? 🙂
3 minutes ago
 
 
AlYankovic Al Yankovic
@OzzieGuillen @JimmyRollins11 @LoMoMarlins @JackMcKeon @JoshWillingham His bags are packed, he’s ready to blow.
2 minutes ago
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
Is it ok to ban your boss from your Twitter? Replies needed ASAP!!!
2 minutes ago
 
 
OzzieGuillen Ozzie Guillen
U mad bro? RT “@LoMoMarlinsIs it ok to ban your boss from your Twitter? Replies needed ASAP!!!”
2 minutes ago
 
dougglanville Doug Glanville
@LoMoMarlins @DaveSamson @MichaelHill It’s almost too easy to write about this. @NYTimes or @ESPN?
2 minutes ago
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@dougglanville Follow me so I can DM. You were union right?
2 minutes ago
 
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins Situation’s under control. @dougglanville I have a better idea…
1 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@dougglanville Follow me so I can DM. You were union right?
1 minutes ago
 
 
WesHelms Wes Helms
@LoMoMarlins So was I. #oops
1 minutes ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DougGlanville Open appeal. Write about my suit, I’ll give an interview and RTs and followers.
54 seconds ago
 
dougglanville Doug Glanville
@LoMoMarlins Sorry, got a deadline. Keep in touch, k?
50 seconds ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson I didn’t do anything. Just announcing my suit till Jack got whacky. Didn’t even ban him.
41 seconds ago
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins and @MichaelHill and @JackMcKeonIRC to @JeffLoria ‘s office tomorrow.
30 seconds ago
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson @MichaelHill @JeffLoria But wait! Please reconsider. #beg #sorry #forgive
25 seconds ago
 
DaveSamson Dave Samson
@LoMoMarlins End of Line.
24 seconds ago
 
 
LoMoMarlins Logan Morrison
@DaveSamson Yes sir.
20 seconds ago
 
 
AlYankovic Al Yankovic
#marlinsex down in Flor-i-da where it bubbles all the time like a giant carbonated soda. S-O-D-A. Soda.
10 seconds ago
 
JoshWillingham Josh Willingham
@JackMcKeon Coach?… Lose link?
3 minutes ago
 
 
 
 
COMMENTARY: I put a lot of work into this so I hope you enjoyed this. I respect everyone mentioned (except maybe, sorta Jeff Loria). All impersonations of tweets were done without permission but with the intent to have some good fun. Please do not read this little parody and assume I had some inside knowledge or feeling on any of the parties mentioned.
 
For a very well written, touching piece on Logan Morrison and the Marlins ownership, please check out Amy K. Nelson’s fine article at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=110915/loganmorrison
 
Richard Bergstrom

Baseball Chirps On Some Links

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.

Baseball Chirps

@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

Why LaPorta Got Deported To The Minors

Recently Matt LaPorta, the semi-regular first baseman for the Cleveland Indians was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. His 11 home runs in 349 plate appearances could not offset a .238 batting average (BA), .289 on-base percentage (OBP) and an abysmal .693 on-base plus slugging (OPS) which ranks him 24th out of 27 players in the majors with at least 300 plate appearances as a first baseman. If you had asked Indians manager Manny Acta about LaPorta in May, he probably believed that LaPorta was beginning to figure things out when he posted a somewhat useful .818 OPS. Yet, for a player who had previously crushed Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .947 OPS over 474 career at-bats and maintained that dominance of Triple-A as recently as 2010, one might ask what purpose a demotion might serve and why the Indians chose to do it now. Early indications suggest the demotion is a temporary one with Acta stating that “[LaPorta] will get regular at-bats for ten days.”  (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/6910525/cleveland-indians-demote-matt-laporta-call-gomez)

Since LaPorta returned from a trip to the disabled list in mid-June for a sprained ankle, the Indians have had a habit of giving him three to four starts and a pinch-hitting appearance a week, mostly against right-handed pitching. As a right-handed hitter, it goes against conventional wisdom for LaPorta to be hitting primarily against right-handed pitching. However in his major league career, LaPorta has hit for less power and average though with a slightly higher walk rate against left-handed pitching (.211BA/.303OBP/.416SLG/.628 OPS vs LHP) than against right handers (.242BA/.300OBP/.416SLG/.716 OPS vs RHP) Though Triple-A syracuse is in the playoffs and it is unclear if they will be facing many, if any left-handers, the regular plate appearances would give LaPorta a bit more playing time. In addition, the demotion allows Carlos Santana, the Indians primary starting catcher, to get more starts at first base which keeps his bat in the lineup with the additional benefit of giving Santana a break from the daily catching grind.

The Indians also have an outside shot at the playoffs if they are able to overcome a five game deficit behind the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers. The Indians’ chances are aided by having six games against the Tigers in September and winning the match-up could make the difference if they get hot. The Indians have also been a bit strangled with injuries all season with many of those injured players remaining on the 40-man roster. Thus, the active roster expansion on September 1st to the 40-man roster means that not as much flexibility is possible in staffing a depleted roster. The Indians also acquired Jim Thome to do a job that LaPorta has so far been unable to do – provide offense. Thome is currently bucking his career trend by smashing southpaws to the tune of a .945 OPS while  still being more productive against right handers than LaPorta with a .765 OPS.

Beyond the playoff chase, the rationale behind the decision to demote LaPorta provides some insight on how the Indians handle their personnel. As the prime acquisition from the Brewers for C.C. Sabathia and a former first round pick, LaPorta projected as a middle-of-the-order power hitter. The Indians’ need for such a hitter has been exacerbated due to the decreased effectiveness from the aging and often injured trio of Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore and Shin Choo Choo. LaPorta at age 26 is still seen as young enough to develop into a long term asset. As reported by ESPN, Acta believes, “He needs work on plate discipline. He’s projected as a walks, power guy and it is still not there.” Plate discipline also involves choosing good pitches to swing at and on the pitches LaPorta is making contact, he is hitting flyballs twice as often as he is hitting ground balls. While power hitters tend to hit more flyballs, flyballs are also easier to turn into outs than groundballs, so a focus on a more line-drive oriented approach may help his batting average.

If LaPorta is able to make adjustments to where a few more balls in play to drop in for hits and he can reach base a few more times via walks, it is conceivable he could add 50 points to his batting average and thus, increase his slugging and on-base percentage by similar amounts. Those kinds of gains in his rate stats would just nudge him into the .800 OPS range which is marginally acceptable for an offense-first position like first base, but more importantly, it would be a significant step towards assuring LaPorta more regular playing time at the major league level so that he can figure out how to be as effective against quality pitching as he has been against minor league pitching. As the Indians take this long-term view on LaPorta’s development, they are also able to address their short-term needs by putting the best lineup on the field in the hopes of achieving a playoff berth. Thus, demoting LaPorta shows off the Indians’ ability to plan for the future while fielding a more competitive need in the immediate present which is a balance that not many organizations can readily accomplish.

 

Baseball Chirps

 

Mark Shapiro (@MarkShapiro) – Tough one today but still another series win. Need to keep taking series, get healthy + take care of business when we play DET!

Matt Swartz (@Matt_Swa) – And I have to say that I hate that the saber debate among Phils fandom is always reduced to Ryan Howard. Cus I do like watching him a lot.

BaseballFact (@BaseballFact) – Greg Maddux never struck out Tony Gwynn (107 PA)

Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) – Hey, I haven’t said anything mean about Cervelli in at least a
month, because his playing time level has been appropriately infrequent

Eric Seidman (@EricSeidman) – Logan Ondrusek would be the starting pitcher on the team of guy whose names sound like 90s action movie villains.

STATS LLC (@STATS_MLB) – #Yankees’ Sabathia has allowed 5 HRs to lefties this season. #RedSox have hit 3 of them (Gonzalez, Ellsbury, Crawford). #MLB