Daily Notes for March 6th

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. Select Televised Games
2. Video: Garrett Richards Throwing Hard
3. Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Toronto Radio

Select Televised Games
Chicago AL at Los Angeles AL | 15:05 ET
Right-hander Garrett Richards makes the start for the Angels in this game. He was featured in a post here from February regarding the sorts of qualities that might make a pitcher The Next Michael Pineda — mostly owing to his excellent velocity (he sits at 94-95 mph) and control (his minor-league walk rates have always been around 7%).

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Angels Television.

Oakland at Milwaukee | 15:05 ET
Left-hander Tom Milone makes his second appearance and first start of the spring for Oakland, after recording three strikeouts, zero walks, and one home-run allowed in 2.0 innings on March 2nd against Seattle. Milone’s ZiPS projections: 159.0 IP, 6.45 K/9, 1.87 BB/9, 0.74 HR/9, 4.02 ERA, 3.28 FIP. And his Steamer one, too: 135.0 IP, 6.42 K/9, 2.12 BB/9, 1.00 HR/9, 3.93 ERA, 3.76 FIP.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Brewers Television.

Video: Garrett Richards Throwing Hard
Here’s Garrett Richards’ first strikeout as a major leaguer, on some manner of 95 mph fastball. (Our PITCHf/x data shows that he throws a four-seamer and cutter; Brooks Baseball shows four-seamer and sinker. In either case, he throws a type of fastball that has almost zero armside run and ca. 15 inches of rise.)

Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Toronto Radio
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)

Rate other teams: Washington.

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7 Responses to “Daily Notes for March 6th”

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  1. Eric says:

    I’ll put the over/under at 500 ballots for Toronto Radio. Most Blue Jays blogs link articles from FanGraphs daily and the radio team of Howarth/Ashby is far superior to anything on TV.

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  2. hobbes9 says:

    These crowdsourcing surveys have been really interesting. I’d like to see something similar done that compares the ballpark experiences for each stadium around the league.

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  3. Ty says:

    As luck would have it, MLB.com is broadcasting the Blue Jays radio team for free today (right now, actually).

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  4. Fred says:

    Jerry Howarth talks too much, way, way too much. He’s terrified of quiet space. Repeats himself constantly. It’s not “Blue Jays Baseball is on the Air” with Jerry; it’s the “Jerry Howarth Show is on the Air”. Ashby has been doing well, and seems to be getting even better as time goes on. He’s willing to be critical when necessary. Jerry, almost never. Please remember, Jerry: it’s simply not *about* you. Please.

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    • BertMacklin says:

      I completely disagree with you. Jerry has to talk as much as possible because it’s radio. There can’t be dead air because then the listener has no idea whats going on. I really don’t think there’s a problem with Jerry talking too much, it’s just his job. Also I don’t know where your getting the whole ‘Jerry thinks it’s all about himself’ thing from. I’ve been listening for years and have never gotten anything close to that impression.

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  5. Fred says:

    No, just because “it’s radio” he doesn’t have to talk incessantly. Do you really think the listener always has no idea what’s going on? Jerry must EXPLAIN things, over and over. Can’t he just describe them? Other announcers can curb their blather occasionally. Why not Jerry? Must he fill every moment of air space? Why? Jerry intrudes *himself* into every broadcast. I don’t tune in to hear the same old anecdotes and opinions over and over. I’m glad you find him enjoyable. He causes me to turn the radio off too often. (And yes I’ve heard him from the days when his “good friend”, Early Wynn, who quite obviously couldn’t stand him, was in the booth, too.)

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