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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:42 pm 
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Yes. And a perfect example of why doing that on a yearly basis is a poor way to run a small market club.

except that last year Byrd helped us to the playoffs and one of the greatest nights in Pittsburgh sports playoff history. As of right now, I'll still take the tradeoff...

A deal they had to make. It left them with Hansen and a bunch of guys in the lower minors, and Mercer looks good for the long term, so they were free to overpay for something they needed right then. Not at all like the Zane Smith deal. True, the Pirates needed Smith, but when Bonds left they had nothing to replace him with. Moises Alou would have filled that spot nicely.

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I hate injuries. I esp hate injuries to stud players. And I want us to catch and beat the Cards with them at full strength. So I am glad he's back. And I hope he sucks. ;)


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Adam Dunn traded to the A's because why not? Already "pot committed" so to speak and one of these moves is bound to pay off eventually.

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I noticed this a couple of weeks ago, but Victor Martinez currently has 31 HRs and 40 Ks.

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Know how many hitters have hit that many home runs, in the 162-game-schedule era (1961-present), in a season in which they struck out 45 times or fewer? Let's just say it won't take long for you to memorize this list -- because there are only three names on it:

Player Year Strikeouts Home runs
Don Mattingly 1986 35 31
Don Mattingly 1985 41 35
Gary Sheffield 1992 40 33
Barry Bonds 2004 41 45
Barry Bonds 1994 43 37

And now Victor Martinez is fixing to join them. He's been whiffing, on the average, about 1.5 times a week this year. So if that keeps up, he's in.

To put this in better perspective, Joe DiMaggio once had a season (1941) in which he hit 30 homers and struck out exactly 13 times. So it's not as if Martinez is setting any sort of record.

But by the standard of modern times, when swinging and missing is getting more commonplace than the seventh-inning stretch? It's awesome. And worth of a mention in the first edition of the 2014 September History Watch. There's more to come. So stay tuned.


http://espn.go.com/blog/jayson-stark/post/_/id/920/first-edition-of-september-history-watch


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It might be easier for Cubans to make it to the Bigs...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/12/02/yoan_moncada_is_it_now_legal_for_cuban_ballplayers_to_leave_their_country.html

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Moncada, by contrast, seems to have just showed up. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports that “he did so on what his handlers say is a legal Cuban passport, meaning the government OK’d his departure, something never before done for a high-level ballplayer.” Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs adds:

I was told by Moncada’s agent last week that he was allowed by the Cuban government to leave the country, that Moncada has a Cuban passport and can fly back to the country whenever he wants to. I haven’t been able to formally confirm this, but there’s no reason for the agent to lie about it, and multiple high-ranking club executives told me this is how they understand the situation at this point as well.


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Interesting read about the sabremetric revolution that never came to tennis...

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-revolution-in-tennis-stats-that-didnt-stick/

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In a typical story of a sports stats pioneer, I’d show how this early work inspired others and led to a revolution in analysis of the game.2 Not this time. Nearly six decades after Old’s first book hit shelves, no one is producing stats like his. Old’s stats on how often pros hit overheads for winners, or hit their returns down the line, aren’t available in tennis today.

In Old’s time, tennis greats Pancho Gonzales, Arthur Ashe, Chris Evert, Don Budge and Jack Kramer all wrote introductions to the books he wrote with nine-time Grand Slam doubles champion William F. Talbert. Budge and Kramer called Old’s book on doubles the “bible” of the sport.

But these days, Old’s work is mostly forgotten. His books are out of print. Contemporary doubles stars say they haven’t heard of him. The stats they use are much more rudimentary.

Bob and Mike Bryan, the American twins who are the most successful doubles team of all time, both called the book “cool” when I showed it to them at a tournament in London last month. Bob said the stats wouldn’t apply to today’s doubles game. But as he spoke, his brother kept leafing through the pages to get a look at stats he’d never seen, such as which kinds of volleys are most effective.


What I find interesting, esp because I have tried the same for soccer, is that it takes a while to know what kind of things we should be looking for: what is noise, and what is actually relevant. And it takes a while to get there...


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