Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, July 28, 2021 -- "Deadline Potpourri"

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"It’s literally Jerry Dipoto’s job to look past ERAs and save counts and evaluate players based on how well they will help the Mariners win. (We know players don’t do this because we’ve seen their All-Star voting for two decades now.) Any reasonable evaluation of these three pitchers sees them as broadly similar over a two-month period. The Mariners, lousy with pop-up righties pitching well, could afford to move the most attractive of them -- the one with the most saves -- for Toro."

Monday, July 26, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, July 26, 2021 -- "The C-Word Mariners"

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"The Mariners, hitting .218/.294/.380 as a team, are hitting .264/.338/.471 with runners in scoring position. The team has a .290 BABIP in all situations, and a .331 BABIP with RISP. Measured by relative OPS (tOPS+), no team in baseball outperforms its baseline with runners in scoring position more than the Mariners do. No team, in fact, is even close."

Friday, July 23, 2021

Cleveland Guardians

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From my inbox, back in January:

A humble suggestion: Please stop using the nickname of Cleveland’s baseball team in the newsletter.

—Dave Z.

At the time, I replied, "A reasonable objection. It is something I think about, but so long as the teams go by the monikers, writing around that constantly is awkward. While you’re the first person to mention it, that doesn’t mean others don’t share the opinion.”

Well, that problem has been solved. MLB and the team announced this morning that starting this winter, the Cleveland baseball team will be known as the Guardians. The name, which has been met with some chuckles, is a deeply local reference to the “Guardians of Traffic” statues that sit on the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland. 

As with hats and uniforms and ballpark food and anything involving team social-media accounts, I struggle to have a strong opinion here. The new name has a local connection and isn’t offensive to a segment of the citizenry, so it’s fine by me.

Sports nicknames are pretty much entirely nonsense; there are no trolley dodgers in Los Angeles, no giants in San Francisco, no pirates marauding on the banks of the Allegheny. We have two teams named for hosiery, two others steeped in religious concepts, one based on a system of government we rejected 250 years ago. Maybe, given all that, it’s OK for a team to have a nickname based on local architecture.

It’s more offensive to me that Francisco Lindor won’t ever wear a Guardians jersey than that the name exists at all. 

The official transition won’t come until after the season, but there’s nothing stopping me or anyone else from making the change today. While admitting I’ll probably slip and forget, the team of Bieber and Ramirez and Clase and Francona is now, for Newsletter purposes, the Cleveland Guardians.

 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, July 22, 2021 -- "The Yankees"

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"There’s just no one reason for the missing 100 runs. Many core Yankee hitters have been injured. The ones who have replaced them have been, collectively, a disaster. The ones who have not been injured have seen their performance decline, on balance, as a result of the deadened baseball, arguably more than other teams' players."

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, July 21, 2021 -- "The Flaw"

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"We saw, across four innings last night, how it can go wrong. If the Giants don’t hold off the Dodgers, this July loss when they had a 6-1 lead early, a 6-2 lead with ten outs left, a 6-5 lead in the ninth, is the one we’ll remember."

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, July 20, 2021 -- "Grip Update"

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"I can agree that the increase in enforcement has had some effect, but the limit of that effect just makes clear that MLB needs to do more than aggressively enforce Rule 6.02(c)(4) to roll back strikeout rates, to bring action back, to make baseball look more like baseball."