Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 19, 2019 -- "Rebuilding the Minors"

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"It seems an unassailable point that MLB teams don’t need all of the minor-league teams and all of the minor-league players that they are currently supporting. Under the current proposal, the low-A and short-season levels would be eliminated, the draft would be shortened to 20-25 rounds and pushed into the summer, and teams would be restricted to 150-200 minor leaguers, as opposed to the uncapped number today. All of these changes fit the way players are developed in the early 21st century."

Monday, November 18, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 18, 2019 -- "The Astros' Edge?"

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"For a larger sample, let’s look at 3-1. Eighty percent of 3-1 pitches are fastballs, and a bit less than half are two-seamers. Batters hit .363 with a .713 SLG. The more confidence you have in what’s coming, the more confident you can be in your swing. Remember, too, that many pitchers throw just one variety of fastball, so at the individual level, just knowing “fastball or not” is a powerful bit of information. Think of all the two-pitch relievers in the modern game. Now eliminate the coin flip when facing them."

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Hot Stove League's Most Interesting Teams, 1-30

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From today's Newsletter. For comments on all 30 teams, subscribe today!

1. Red Sox
2. Cubs
3. White Sox
4. Dodgers
5. Reds
6. Angels
7. Padres
8. Phillies
9. Nationals
10. Indians

11. Astros
12. Mets
13. Yankees
14. Braves
15. Twins
16. Brewers
17. Cardinals
18. Blue Jays
19. Athletics
20. Rockies

21. Rays
22. Rangers
23. Giants
24. Diamondbacks
25. Pirates
26. Mariners
27. Marlins
28. Tigers
29. Royals
30. Orioles


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, November 14, 2019 -- "Random Player Comments"

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"As someone who believe Torres should be left alone to play shortstop, I approve of the Yankees not making the qualifying offer to Gregorius. It’s a boon for Didi as well, who would be the kind of tweener free agent most likely to be hurt by QO compensation. There are more than a few good places he could land on some kind of 2/20 deal -- Milwaukee, Cincinnati -- and failing that, he’d be one of the best players on the league’s bad teams. His days as a three-win player are probably over, though."

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."