The Baseball Exchange


Pedroia’s rise from a .182 AVG credit to a heart of a champion? by red
November 12, 2007, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Red Sox Suck | Tags: , ,

Is Dustin Pedroia’s rise from a .182 AVG early in the season credit to a heart of a champion just like Ian Browne of mlb.com says?

…Or maybe it’s just because he had a ridiculously unfair BABIP in early ’07?

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(Graph from fangraphs.com – thank you.)

You gotta love stats.

Red

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They got ONE award right… by red

Let’s just say there’s been worse years for the MLB awards. Granted, they got approximately… one or zero of the gold glove awards right, but then they never get those right, and this season has been helped by some clear frontrunners in the races. A-Rod was flat-out historically amazing – I would be surprised if he didn’t get a unanimous MVP – and Holliday was probably the thin front runner, as he deserved to be, and that one game playoff probably sealed it up for him. They’ll probably get the Cy Youngs wrong, or at least the AL, but unless there’s a clear, defenite front runner, they usually get those wrong too. But, give them credit — they were completely right on the Rookie of the Year. Continue reading



La Russa stays with Cards; Yankee fans rejoice everywhere by red

From mlb.com:

ST. LOUIS — Tony La Russa agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Monday and will return as the team’s manager for a 13th season. The deal was announced by the club and La Russa during a press conference at Busch Stadium.

Thank god that’s over with. La Russa is not only a lackluster strategic manager, I can defenitely see some personality conflicts with some of the guys in the Yankee clubhouse. Now it’s probably narrowed down to Mattingly, Girardi, and Valentine. For me, all three of them would do, though I think I’d prefer Mattingly and Valentine a bit more than Girardi. Girardi just seems to manage young and/or bullpen arms the way Joe Torre did a bit too much. Still, anything for a breath of fresh air.

And yet, like all victories, this one comes with a hint of sadness – my condolences to Cardinals fans. I often wonder if La Russa was drunk during some of the games too. You know it’s bad when you’ve got So Taguchi batting cleanup. (Though incidentally having the pitcher batting 8th was actually a good idea, but not for the reasons La Russa thinks. It was a bad idea because the reason he batted the pitchers eighth was actually sort of dumb and didn’t make sense, but it technically is a good idea, because it worked for an entirely separate reason than the one he thought. If that makes any sense.)

And day now / Any day now / A press statement announcing the new manager for the Yankees shall be released…

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In other news: World Series, Sox vs. Rox.

God, I hate the Red Sox. Sorry, I just do. Actually, I take that back, I’m not apologizing: I just do, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Hey, that’s what a good rivalry does to you. 🙂

Red



Manny Ramirez has no verve by red

Apparently, Manny has no verve, no guts, no grittiness, no hutzpa. According to the NY Times’ “Bats” Blog, Ramirez said thusly

“We’re not going to give up,” Ramirez said. “We’re just going to go, play the game and move on. If it doesn’t happen, so who cares? It’s always next year. It’s not like the end of the world.”

(My emphasis.) It’s not too hard to come to the conclusion that Manny does not necessarily put the success of the Red Sox first on his list of priorities (other things low on that list: the all star game and humility), but I think this is just a case of him trying to “relax” the team and keep it loose, and ends up coming out as finely chopped gourmet liver for sportswriters. Or, maybe he truly doesn’t care. Not too hard to imagine. And besides, maybe a fire of passion for winning doesn’t burn in his heart as strongly as some other players, but he still wants to hit the hell out of the ball, as proved by last night’s homer.

Either way, he still has no excuse for his supreme jerkness while hitting that homer, from about : 44 to :51 (or about -:20 to -:14).

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In other news: Our friends at noMaas have kindly presented an educational graphic:

I must admit that I’m surprised, happy, and annoyed all at the same time that this isn’t getting as much media attention as I thought it would. Happy, because I’d like people to focus on baseball and not the little stupid stuff in between, but annoyed also because we all know what would happen if A-Rod had done the same play. With Pedroia, it’s “hustle”, with A-Rod it’s bush league. Good definition of life right there.

Red



Top 5 Reasons Why Phil Hughes is Still An Excellent Prospect by 27yankees

I know, I know. He’s disaster zone Hughes. He’s been well, ****** so far in the majors. People have been whining about his delivery, how his stuff is all wrong, how his mechanics have been so messed up, how his fastball doesn’t have it’s usual zip.

Phil Hughes

So, here’s a breath of fresh air. Heres why Phil is still an excellent prospect.

5. 2.09 career minor league ERA
4. He’s the second youngest player in the American League… And, the third youngest in the majors overall.
3. 13 career home runs allowed… in 335 and two-thirds career innings.
2. 50/26 major league K/BB
1. Projected over a full season, he would be 12-9 with a 4.75 ERA (91 ERA+) in 187 1/3 innings; 154/80 K/BB; 21 homers allowed. Compare to the following age-21 rookie seasons:

Pitcher A: 9-4, 133 1/3 IP, 4.32 ERA (96 ERA+), 126/29 K/BB, 13 homers allowed.
Pitcher B: 2-7, 64 IP, 5.48 ERA (67 ERA+), 37/33 K/BB, 10 homers allowed.
Pitcher C: 6-14, 155 2/3 IP, 5.61 ERA (77 ERA+), 101/74 K/BB, 17 homers allowed.

Pitcher A? Roger Clemens. Pitcher B? John Smoltz. Pitcher C? Greg Maddux.

The point I’m trying to make isn’t that Phil will be as good as any of those guys (though we can hope as much). Hell, I’d be happy if Phil was as good as say, John Lackey, a pitcher with a similar repertoire to Phil. If we get lucky, we might get pitcher A, B, or C. But that’s not the point. The point is that they all struggled at a young age, and they all adapted.

In other news, the Yankees crushed the O’s and Gagne crushed the Red Sox. Cheers!

-TwentySeven



Shelley Duncan being mean! by red
September 17, 2007, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Mindless Twits, MLB, New York Yankees, Red Sox Suck

Aaaw, ain’t is just sad? Can’t you just see a tear coming out of his eyes? [Source]

First of all, let’s start with the title of the Herald article: “Yankee’s prank strikes out.” There’s a masterpiece in an incredibly cheesy failed metaphor right there.

Second, the fact that his mom thinks that the word “suck” isn’t appropriate for a ten year old, suggests she hasn’t been in an elementary school playground for forty years. It was a dumb joke, going to the press like that is a paragon in overreacting.

Speaking of the press, this kid has probably gotten stuff said about him on the internet a hundred times worse than just “Red Sox Suck”. If you’re so afraid about sheltering you’re kid from something like that, you’ve just made it worse. Sometimes I marvel at how much adults underestimate kids’ maturity and overestimate adults’. But that’s something completely different…

Third, for a laugh, take a look at some of the comments on the site: Continue reading