Friday, February 14, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, February 14, 2020 -- "Get Down, Loogy Oogy Oogy"

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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"I used to complain about the way modern bullpen usage cut down on the number of roles for pitchers. I don’t expect to see 1980s-style, anything-goes usage again, but I can remember a guy like Chuck McElroy throwing 101 innings in 71 appearances just before matchup ball really took over. There used to be room for multi-inning lefties, or even complete-inning lefties, and then for a generation MLB lefty relievers either had to be closers or LOOGYs. If this rule change means that baseball teams stop trying to develop LOOGYs, and instead let their left-handed relievers grow into wider roles, that should make for a better game. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, February 13, 2020 -- "Potpourri"

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"My solution remains eliminating two teams, going back to four sevens and division winners only to the playoffs. The Division Series round, while producing some memorable moments, has chipped away at the importance of the regular season, denied us great pennant races, and has never truly found a broadcast home. While I don’t expect to win this argument, I’ll keep making it, because from where we are right now, making the playoffs more exclusive and shorter is far better than making them less exclusive and longer."

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, February 11, 2020 -- "Hunter Pence and the Giants"

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 Giants are what a bad team looked like before tanking showed us just where the floor could be. The Giants lost 98 games in 2017, but leveled off at 89 and 85 defeats the last two years, and will probably be in that range again. It makes for a marginally better experience if you live and die with the team each day, but with a middling -- though improving -- farm system, eventually the Giants are going to have to bottom out. The 2021-23 stretch looms as a tough run for this team."

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, February 5, 2020 -- "The Mookie Betts Trade"

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 "Just for 2020, this trade doesn’t make the Red Sox a lot worse. It makes them a little worse, albeit in a range where the marginal wins they’re giving up affect their wild-card chances. It caps their ceiling while saving them perhaps $60 million in salary and tax payments, as well as resetting their penalty structure in future years. The Red Sox only traded 2020 Mookie Betts; they didn’t have the 2021-2028 version. Evaluating this trade as if they did, as if employing that version was simply a matter of choice, is an error."

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, February 4, 2020 -- "Hard LABR"

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"Tonight I’ll be returning to the draft table as part of LABR, specifically the 15-team mixed-league draft I took part in a year ago. That team started well but finished [redacted], despite picks as successful as Stephen Strasburg (4.7), Jeff McNeil (18.7) and Mike Soroka (21.9). I had injury issues, but not as bad as many other teams did. I did make a couple of costly in-season mistakes that tied my hands and led to a slow fade in the second half."

Friday, January 31, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, January 31, 2020 -- "Kris Bryant"

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"The larger conversation, though, has shifted to give equal treatment, even primacy, to the player's best interests. What’s missing from the above is whether the Cubs’ decision is fair to Bryant, in part because it’s obvious that it isn’t. It’s good now that there are voices that are more vocal in pointing out just how unfair it is. I don’t think those voices are representative of most baseball fans -- fans root for teams, and then players, and at that only if the players are productive and not overly expensive and don’t act in their own self-interest -- but they’re certainly a larger minority than they were five years ago."