Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 13, 2019 -- "Signs"

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"The only person you could plausibly target here is A.J. Hinch. Hinch was in the dugout. It is highly unlikely that he would not have known what was going on. It is reasonable to hold a manager responsible for his player’s actions. Hinch, a team and thus an MLB employee, may be in the worst spot here, forced to choose between protecting his players or losing his clubhouse."

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 12, 2019 -- "The Bill James Handbook"

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"The back of the book is, as always, a treasure. Park effects, baserunning data, manager charts, leaderboards, projections. I’m writing this on Tuesday afternoon, and I find myself wanting to get this Newsletter done so I can dig into the book for more Newsletter ideas. The leaderboards alone, running from your basic baseball card stats to esoteric ones, will keep you occupied for a day. (Longest Average Home Run, AL, is a hoot.) In all of MLB, there were just 14 120-pitch starts last year. Why, Nolan Ryan alone had 14 120-pitch starts in June of 1976."

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 9, 2019 -- "Mookie Betts"

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"It’s funny...we’re having this conversation in the run-up to the 100-year anniversary of the trade that defined this franchise for most of its history. On December 26, 1919, Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000, largely for non-baseball reasons. That transaction changed the history of the two franchises, the history of baseball, in a small way the history of America.

"A century later, the Red Sox are in almost the exact same spot, plus or minus a couple billion dollars. Let’s hope they don’t make the same mistake twice. "

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 7, 2019 -- "Calling Balls and Strikes"

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"What we know without a doubt, though, is that the system is going to call the pitch based on where it is when it crosses the plate. It’s not going to be influenced by what the catcher does after the fact. For that reason alone, the system is better than human umpires out of the box. For many, the measurement of what we call 'pitch framing' quantified the importance of catchers. For me, it quantified the inability of human umpires to do their job. Those numbers, which have driven the careers of many people on and off the field, should not exist in a fair game. The batter doesn’t get the information of 'framing' to decide whether to swing or to take. Batters have been woefully underrepresented in this conversation."

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 5, 2019 -- "Coda"

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"The World Series, as you know, was clinched by the road team, the seventh game of seven won by the visitors. Looking back, that was the theme of the month; just three of nine “rounds,” counting the wild card games as such, were clinched at home: the Nationals in the Coin Flip Round, and the Astros in the Division Series and ALCS. Home teams went just 17-20 in the playoffs all told, 5-12 from the LCS round on. It was an October during which we mostly watched teams celebrate on the field while the crowd walked glumly towards the exits.

"I can’t quantify this, but I am certain that this contributed to how this postseason felt. Sports are theatre, dramatic action set against the background of a crowd gleefully cheering its heroes. We rarely had that this month, and almost not at all in the World Series -- Nationals fans who attended the three middle games in D.C. had nothing to cheer for. There was a strange, muted energy to the Series, and it was due to the absence of home wins."