Thursday, July 9, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 9, 2020 -- "The Schedule"

This is a preview of the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, an e-mail newsletter about all things baseball, featuring analysis and opinion about the game on and off the field from the perspective of the informed outsider. Joe Sheehan is a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for nearly 25 years.

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"MLB seemed to prioritize creating a baseball schedule that looks normal above all else. If I showed you this schedule in February, you wouldn’t blink an eye, at least until you noticed the limited number of opponents. Teams play weekday series and then a weekend series, almost always ending in a Sunday day game. It’s not at all clear to me why this should have been emphasized, especially when it creates extra road trips. I mean, teams are playing ten road series where they could have played seven."

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 7, 2020 -- "The Speed of Change"

This is a preview of the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, an e-mail newsletter about all things baseball, featuring analysis and opinion about the game on and off the field from the perspective of the informed outsider. Joe Sheehan is a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for nearly 25 years.

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"At the time baseball was negotiating its return, we seemed to have the virus under control. Now that baseball is beginning to return, it’s clear we do not. At the time baseball was negotiating its return, its hogging of tests -- through its own lab, to be sure -- didn’t seem like a moral dilemma. Now that tests, test supplies, and lab capacities are being strained, it’s harder to defend MLB’s 7,000 or so tests a week, ad infinitum. At the time baseball was negotiating its return, we seemed like a nation in recovery, on the upswing. Now that 50,000 people a day are testing positive, we seem like one where the virus is still in control.

"The world in which baseball wrote its plan is far different than the world in which baseball is trying to execute its plan, so much so that it may render the plan moot."

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 2, 2020 -- "Coming Back From the Break"

This is a preview of the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, an e-mail newsletter about all things baseball, featuring analysis and opinion about the game on and off the field from the perspective of the informed outsider. Joe Sheehan is a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for nearly 25 years.

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"Setting aside all of the non-baseball issues in play, I think the game we get, at least in those first few weeks, could be hard to watch. Pitchers are likely to be ahead of the hitters, and that’s the last thing a sport already burdened with a lack of action needs. If the baseballs aren’t as lively as they’ve been in recent seasons, we could be talking about a run environment that looks like 1981 -- four runs per team per game -- without all the balls in play and base stealing and starting pitching that made ’81 fun."

Newsletter Excerpt, June 30, 2020 -- "For Entertainment Purposes Only"

This is a preview of the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, an e-mail newsletter about all things baseball, featuring analysis and opinion about the game on and off the field from the perspective of the informed outsider. Joe Sheehan is a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for nearly 25 years.

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"The Royals are 250-1 to win the World Series, and there’s just enough high-variance talent there -- Adalberto Mondesi, Salvador Perez off the knee injury, Jakob Junis -- for me to want a small piece of that. They could accidentally assemble a bullpen; righty Josh Staumont was turning heads before everything shut down. They just have to hang on for 60 games, and no one in that division overwhelms me."

Royals 100-1 to win AL Central
Royals 250-1 to win World Series

Monday, June 29, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, June 29, 2020 -- "Tigers, King?"

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"There are competitive reasons to play your best young players this year. There are developmental reasons to play your best young players this year. There are business reasons to play your best young players this year. All three of those come together in Detroit, where  the Tigers are the team best positioned in all of baseball to turn an awful projected 2020 into something they and their fans will remember for a long time to come."

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, June 24, 2020 -- "Anti-Tank Weaponry"

This is a preview of the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, an e-mail newsletter about all things baseball, featuring analysis and opinion about the game on and off the field from the perspective of the informed outsider. Joe Sheehan is a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for nearly 25 years.

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"Losing that many games is a choice, to some extent. Teams can know in December that they don't have the talent to compete for a division title or a playoff berth over six months, and it affects their decisions. Slow this prospect down. Trade away this good-but-not-great veteran. Be careful with the use of young pitchers, valuing their future innings over their present ones. In a 60-game season, though, every team can compete. Every single one. Every front office can take a 'why not us?' attitude. A 60-game season is tanking-proof."