Monday, November 23, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 23, 2020 -- "Non-Tenders"

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"Those are all pre-pandemic numbers, based on that cycle above: pay player, win games, raise revenues. You can think the owners are collectively wrong and behave badly most of the time, while also seeing that the 2020-21 cycle is sui generis, and justifies conservative behavior given what could be 20 million fans in attendance, total, over two years."

Friday, November 20, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 20, 2020 -- "Random Player Comments"

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"Paxton will end up with some kind of 1+1 deal, probably for a team that needs to gamble on less-expensive upside with an eye towards winning in 2021: Blue Jays, White Sox, Astros, Brewers all come to mind, and that’s not an exhaustive list. Me, I think I’d make my pitching investment elsewhere."
 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 18, 2020 -- "My Ballot"

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"As with award voting, the Hall of Fame conversation is one in which I’ve lost interest in over the years. It became a proxy for how to evaluate players (Bert Blyleven), and then a proxy for an intergenerational war over, well, reality (Jack Morris, Jim Rice), and then a proxy for the war over sports drugs (Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, et al.). I might have survived all of that, but when Bud Selig -- who did more to hurt baseball than anyone since Chick Gandil -- was escorted through the front door a few years back, that broke me. I just can’t care any more. "

Monday, November 16, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 16, 2020 -- "Kim Ng"

 

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"A baseball team run by Kim Ng would have been unimaginable in an era when most baseball executives came from the playing ranks, whether major-league or minor-league. The biases in baseball weren’t divided along the lines of man/woman, but rather did/didn’t you play. It was only when that changed, when Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman built championship teams, when the game came to be run not by former players but by the executive class, that the door opened to allow women. When the key question was, 'Did you play?' Ng never would have had a chance. Now the question is, 'Can you think?' and Ng steps in, fully qualified.
 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 13, 2020 -- "Uncle Steve"

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"If the 2000s were about Moneyball and its offshoots, the 2010s were about pairing the modern best practices described in that book -- or perhaps more to the point, the type of thinking driving those practices -- with financial might. The Cubs sold to Tom Ricketts, hired Theo Epstein, and won the World Series. The Dodgers sold to Guggenheim Partners, hired Andrew Friedman, and won the World Series. The Mets have now sold to Steve Cohen, will hire a GM, and try to be the next team in this sequence. There is little reason to think, today, that the Mets won’t win a World Series in the 2020s."

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 3, 2020 -- "Awards"

 

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American League MVP: Shane Bieber
National League MVP: Freddie Freeman
 
AL Cy Young Award: Shane Bieber
NL Cy Young Award: Yu Darvish
 
AL Rookie of the Year: Sean Murphy
NL Rookie of the Year: Tony Gonsolin

I declined to pick Managers of the Year this year.