Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, December 1, 2020 -- "The Minors"

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"MLB has done an exceptionally poor job of making what should have been a simple case: The affiliation system built in the 1960s is antiquated and needs to be streamlined to match the way ballplayers are developed in the 2020s. MLB was never taking teams away from cities -- certainly not the way minor-league owners routinely do -- just ending its practice of providing paid players to those teams."

Monday, November 30, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, November 30, 2020 -- "Random Player Comments, 11/30/20"

 

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"Ozuna caught pretty unlucky here. He bet on himself by taking the one-year pillow contract, went out and had a monster season in the games that were played, and now is a free agent again in the worst player market since collusion. He is the type of player -- age 30, bat-first, unlikely to ever repeat his last season -- I would normally avoid. Ozuna’s 2020 batting line, though, isn’t as out of context as it looks at baseball-reference. He is likely a .280/.340/.490 hitter in 2021 and maybe for a couple years after that. We talk a lot about pitchers who are either hurt or good, and Ozuna may be the position-player analogue to that. The number of teams that could use a pure bat is unusually high for a high-offense era like this, but when you look at how little teams like the Rangers, Indians, Brewers and Rockies got from their left fielders last year, the market for Ozuna on a three-yearish deal should be strong."
 
 

Monday, November 23, 2020

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

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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"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.