Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, April 1, 2020 -- "The Agreement"

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"So that $170 million the teams are paying major leaguers? It’s coming right out of the pockets of high-school seniors and college juniors, a short-term loan from those groups to current MLBPA members. It’s an indefensible wealth transfer for which everyone involved should be ashamed."

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, March 28, 2020 -- "A Shortened Season and the A's"

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"The A’s were going to have to throw 1400 innings, plus who knows how many in the playoffs. That number has been cut nearly in half. The recent track records of their best pitchers were going to dictate some workload management over six or seven months. Now, the A’s can pretty much put the above rotation in play on Opening Day and let it eat. Luzardo, Manaea, Puk, and Montas threw just over 10% of the A’s innings last year and they would have projected to throw maybe 35-40% in a full 2020 season. It’s possible they could account for close to half now."

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, March 25, 2020 -- "The Broken Hammer of Thor"

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"The arc of the last 40 years is that we used to break pitchers by using them too much, on a seasonal and game basis, leading to overwork injuries of the shoulder. The emphasis on not doing that, on lowering intraseason and intragame workloads, allowed those pitchers to throw more often at maximum effort. That shift seems to have only moved the injury nexus down about nine inches along the humerus."

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, March 19, 2020 -- "Poof"

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"Service time, of course, is going to be the watchword for these next few months, and as we have these conversations, it’s important to remember that this conversation doesn’t fit neatly into our 'players good, management bad' model. This stoppage isn’t happening because of a lockout or a strike, but because of a public health emergency, a global pandemic, that makes not playing baseball games the best thing for everyone involved. Both the players and the teams are, and please take this word in context, victims of the current circumstances."

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, March 10, 2020 -- "Kris Bryant and the Cubs"

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"The more interesting proposition here is that of Yu Darvish, who stayed upright last year and, at times, was utterly untouchable. From the start of June through the end of the season, Darvish had a 124/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which is peak-Kershaw stuff. If after years of physical challenges and command issues, that’s the Yu Darvish who shows up for 30 starts this year, the Cubs have a true #1, and probably a division title."

Monday, March 9, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, March 9, 2020 -- "Chris Sale and the Red Sox"

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"Even with Sale, this rotation may not be good. Brian Johnson was let go after posting a 6.02 ERA; he was brought back out of some desperation. The Sox signed Collin McHugh, but he’s still coming back from an elbow injury, isn’t throwing yet, and might be a reliever once he is. There is no upper-level depth at all. The Red Sox can reasonably look at Alex Verdugo and say they replaced Betts with a younger player who could be 75-80% of what they dealt. By including Price in the deal, though, they left themselves open to a rotation deficit. If Boston's season goes pear-shaped in a hurry, it won’t be because they traded Betts, but rather, because their rotation blows up."