Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — September 19, 2012 @ 6:04 pm
Zack Greinke. For being endlessly interesting and unexpected and sort of opening up the doors for me on how to consider and think about baseball players and the sport in new and exciting ways. And also for being a pretty good example of how advanced metrics apply to the game for a young, curious, pre-baseball nerd.
This season in the majors? May it extend to the minors? If yes then I nominate Damien Magnifico for having the name Damien Magnifico which makes my life better knowing the name Damien Magnifico. This however does fly in the face of the ‘current team(system)’…
If I have to play by the rules, which I would argue are in place solely that they may be broken, then I would nominate Ben Sheets for a surprising comeback and rewarding my possibly misplaced nostalgic appreciation, at least for the first 4 starts with-in the confines of my fantasy teams.
Comment by SecondHandStore — September 19, 2012 @ 6:17 pm
Scherzer was dropped in my league when his ERA was like 8. His log since I picked him up: 121.0 IP, 11 W, 157 K, 3.20 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 14 QS. So he’s easily my fantasy nomination and I’ll love him forever.
Comment by nitro2831 — September 19, 2012 @ 7:23 pm
“There are a lot of times I’ll be out at shortstop, and I’ll be like, ‘Man, it’s beautiful out here. This is a great day, and I get to play in this game, and they’re paying me,’ as opposed to, ‘Man, my body is tired, we have four more games, and I’m hitting .220; I need to pick it up a little bit.’ Do you know what I mean? I just try to look at the positive; I try to find positive things in every situation.” – Ian Desmond
Truly Improving Words. I have loved that man ever since.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — September 19, 2012 @ 7:31 pm
Yoenis Cespedes, to this metaphorically bespectacled gentleman, has improved my well-being and general standing through his dignified exertions. His skill set–his tools, if one must be so base and plebeian–give me ample reason to live and experience the panoply of delights life has to offer. That’s right, I said it–Yoenis is baseball Cialis. He improves stations, if you catch my drift.
Mark Reynolds, a very model of complacency made good
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — September 19, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
Colby Rasmus – from his grease-infused, lice-ridden swamp person mullet to his totally indecipherable swamp English, from his pustule-riddled face to his inability to hold back from swinging at EVERY 0-2 fastball he sees, Ol’ Colby makes every day I’m me that much more tolerable. I feel like an Adonis in the gym, a Foucault in the classroom and a Ron Jeremy in the boudoir when I think of Colby Rasmus.
Comment by Mr. Observant — September 19, 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Is this the very first instance of a daguerreotype in the comments section of these, our electronic pages?
The most improving player is Esmil Rogers, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher. Look at his numbers in Colorado. Not very good. Look at his numbers in Cleveland. Very good. Plus he always looks like he cares which is a lot to ask when playing for said Cleveland Indians.
Comment by Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown — September 20, 2012 @ 9:06 am
My boundless love for Jimmy Paredes (aka Jaimito Walls, aka The Mudskipper) improves me whenever I take the plunge to watch the Disastros. He plays baseball very well, far better than any of us ever could, but does so in such an awkward and graceless fashion that makes me both cringe in horror and squeal in delight at the possibility that catastrophe awaits whenever he is presented with an opportunity to make a play. The contrast between his obvious, aesthetic athleticism, and the fashion in which that athleticism is realized improves us all. It is art–good art, at that.
I cannot imagine being more improved, or inspired to improve, by another player. He plays the game like he is literally on fire. He gets plunked intentionally by veteran pitchers who want him to comply with the unwritten rules of baseball and worship those players who came before him. Young Bryce trots to first base, while those in the opposing dugout mutter or in some cases shout, “How did that feel, Harper?!”, “That’s right, a–hole!”, “Take your base, rookie!”, because after all this is a game of gentlemanly tradition. Then he mocks the baseball forefathers by advancing to third base on a routine single. And when he steals home, the gentlemen watching the game turn away in disgust. Who does this kid think he is? Doesnt he realize you dont play baseball this way? Keep playing this way, Bryce Harper. My 8-year old son is watching, and I am learning to watch like I am 8-years old again.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — September 20, 2012 @ 9:58 am
Why? ’cause fuck you, that’s why.
Comment by Resolution — September 20, 2012 @ 10:03 am
Ricky Romero – Nobody has been more thoughtful, honest, and open with the press during a slump than he has. He has faced the press and answered every question or criticism head-on and directly. Truly a study in character, no matter how heartbreaking.
Comment by Big Jgke — September 20, 2012 @ 10:25 am
Chris Sale has bettered me by reminding me what it means to have a truly dominant ace SP on my team.
Comment by Eminor3rd — September 20, 2012 @ 10:28 am
With apologies to Mr. Landis, watching Nori Aoki play fills my heart with hope. Alternatively, RA Dickey’s pitch face fills my heart with awesome.
He reminds us that even if you have looked foolish a multitude of times on a given day, you may have, somewhere in you, the ability to make Adrian Gonzalez look more foolish.
Comment by Birdlander — September 20, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
Total agreement re: Romero’s character during this bloodbath of a slump. I desperately want to give him a platonic, fatherly hug and tell him it’s all going to be okay whenever I watch him stagger off the mound having just given up an eight-spot with at least three walks…
Comment by Mr. Observant — September 20, 2012 @ 3:48 pm
Carlos Gomez, for showing the world that stupidity can be harnessed.
Iwamura Kawasaki, because, even though he came here jsut to play alongside his idol, and they traded his idol away less than 4 months later, he still plays the like he won his roster spot in a reality game show.
Comment by Jack Moore — September 20, 2012 @ 11:17 pm
I’ll second this one.
Comment by ElJosharino — September 20, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
Adam Dunn, for I have become rather fond of referring to him as “Count Donkula” and anyone who gives me reason to utilize the nickname “Count Donkula” has not only improved me as a person, but improved my overall quality of life.
Comment by ElJosharino — September 20, 2012 @ 11:20 pm