Former Major League catcher Brent Mayne again addresses just how important moving the game’s pace along is, and how a catcher can make it happen.
Archive for January, 2010
There has been talk lately around different players with performance results being tied to their respective hitting approach.
I’ve seen references to approach being one player having more walks than another, or one having more strikeouts. Some have said going to the plate with having only the thought of “crushing” the ball being the only thing [...]
Earned Run Average has long been used to measure the effectiveness of a pitcher. But the idea of an earned run has some flaws; for example, all runs that score after an error with two outs are not earned. Earned Expected Runs Average (EXRA) attempts to account for this and other factors not included in the traditional ERA.
Bill Chuck’s regular column on baseball things you need to know, including: #3. The Padres (fathers) should consider changing their name to the Hermanos (brothers) as Jerry Hairston, Jr. joins brother Scott Hairston following the San Diego Giles (Brian and Marcus) and Gonzalez (Adrian and Edgar) brother acts.
After a long hiatus, I have come out with my all-time Florida Marlins team, based on the best seasons at each position as well as starters, a bullpen, and a bench.
Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez, 2003
Spending 1/5 of your payroll on your catcher isn’t generally recommended – even if he is considered one of the [...]
Most realize that RBI and Runs scored are not a good way to evaluate individual players. For those who still have doubts, look no further than Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard in 2009.
The game is simple to understand, but not that easy to play. It simply requires attaching a player’s name to a community in a state in which their team is located. Liberties of spelling may be taken to accommodate correct answers (hey, I’m not Alex Trebek).
Okay. Great. The A’s appear to be more than just passively interested in Johnny Damon. My question is…why would Damon even be the slightest bit interested in playing in Oakland?
The last few weeks of the MLB Hot Stove free agent and trade season have really been more like a slow simmer; a mild warming if you will. Perhaps Baltimore’s signing of Miguel Tejada last week (to play 3rd base, no less) and today’s the-ink-has-yet-to-dry-on-the-contract pacts given to Jim Thome by Minnesota and Ben Sheets by Oakland are a sign that the Stove is still hot enough to produce a little lively debate.
Why in the world would the Mets trade for an outfielder who is old (he’s 35 now), bad and getting worse? The answer isn’t one Mets fans want to hear.
In honor of Doug Davis agreeing to a one-year deal to rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers, the Bill Chuck Files presents a look at .500 pitchers from 2000 to 2009.
If you base how great a game you had on how good a teammate you were, I’ll guarantee a couple things. One, you’ll have a lot more fun. And two, the Baseball Gods will reward you with the best statistical season you ever had.
Bill Chuck’s weekly list of odd baseball facts, including: #1: 1. Vladimir Guerrero, the newly signed Texas DH, will join 14 other players who have played for these three expansion franchises: the Rangers (nee Washington Senators), the Expos (now the Washington Nationals), and the Angels…
The Phillies will be good again this year, but did they sacrifice greatness for long-term success?
A pitcher’s contribution to his team is more than just his ERA – the more innings a player pitches, the more value he has. In this article a new stat, Earned Runs Saved, is introduced that combines these two aspects of pitching value into one simple formula.