Monday, August 8, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, August 8, 2022 -- "Third Third Previews, Pt. 2"

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 has been a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for 25 years.

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"Man, they’re going backwards. Forget the playoffs, where they haven’t won a game since 2009. The Angels haven’t been over .500 for a single day in September since September 20, 2017. That streak isn’t likely to end this year, which will be the team’s eighth straight without a postseason trip and seventh straight under .500."
 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, August 5, 2022 -- "Third Third Previews, Pt. 1"

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 has been a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for 25 years.

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"The Rockies being the only team in baseball to not make a trade at the deadline, a year after retaining Trevor Story and Jon Gray at the deadline, fits this. They like their guys. Why upset the apple cart? The Rockies will complete their 30th season this year, and they have never finished in first place. They and the Marlins are the only teams in AL/NL history that have never finished in first place. Maybe they don’t care."
 
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, August 3, 2022 -- "Deadline Day"

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 has been a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for 25 years.

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"MLB has expanded the playoff field three times in 29 years to provide its television partners with the product they value most. Forget all the stated reasons about competition -- expanding the playoffs is about TV money, full stop. This last expansion, which now allows 40% of the league into the postseason, has stretched the definition of 'midseason contender' to a point that confuses the teams themselves."
 
 

 

Newsletter Excerpt, August 3, 2022 -- "Padres/Nationals Trade"

 

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 has been a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for 25 years.

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"To put the performance of these two players in context, though, when Juan Soto was 19 he was hitting .292/.406/.517 with a 99/69 K/UIBB in the National League. When he was 20, he was one of the five best players on a World Champion."

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, August 2, 2022 -- "Brewers/Padres Trade"

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 has been a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for 25 years.

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"What I want to see is how Craig Counsell uses Rogers and Devin Williams now. Remember, it was Counsell whose aggressiveness with Hader helped maximize the lefty’s value to the team in 2018 and 2019. How much of Hader’s usage the last couple of years was on Hader, and how much was Counsell deciding he wanted a binky. We’re about to find out a lot about the Brewers’ manager."

Monday, August 1, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, August 1, 2022 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

 

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 has been a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for 25 years.

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"The Rockies, at this point, have the worst organization in baseball. A couple of teams have worse owners, no one has a worse front office, and the combination of the two makes the Rockies a disaster. They’re 30 years old and they have never finished first. They’re no threat to do so in the short or medium term. They fundamentally do not understand how baseball games are won and lost. They signed Daniel Bard, a generic 37-year-old reliever who was out of baseball three years ago, to a two-year, $19-million contract and touted it like it was a good thing. Bard throws about two innings a week and this season has allowed a .196 BABIP. This story doesn’t end well."