- Finding a Suitor for Jose Fernandez
The Dodgers receive:
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP A.J. Ramos
The Marlins receive:
LHP Julio Urias
OF Alex Verdugo
RHP Jose De Leon
Why the Marlins
- Have A Day, Jose Fernandez
- Jose Fernandez and Efficient Dominance
. And for that, they can thank Jose Fernandez.
It seems odd writing about a Jose Fernandez v. Alex Wood matchup a mere seven days after Jeff Sullivan did the same thing here, but this game
- The Persnickety Atlanta Braves
a batter admired his home run for far too long. First it was Jose Fernandez, the inspiring and amazing Rookie of the Year candidate, hitting his first home run in the majors; then it was Carlos Gomez
- San Diego Padres Shortstops: Positional Case Study
- World Baseball Classic All-Time Records
2006, 2009, 2013
- NERD Game Scores: Jose Fernandez One-Man Show Event
Highly Rated Game
Cincinnati at Miami | 19:10 ET
Undecided (N/A) vs. Fernandez (6.0 IP, 47 xFIP-)
For those among us who've studied the arts and/or spent time in the company of those who identify
- Birchwood Derby Midseason Re-Draft Recap
V for Vinditte swipes Jose Fernandez (90th) as the 23rd starter off the board.
96. Andrew Miller, RP
Is Craig Kimbrel (99th) no longer a top-3, or even top-5, closer?
97. Jason Hammel
- Juan Perez and Pedro Fernandez: Young Latin American Arms
that, say, Alex Reyes was in when he was in Johnson City last year, but he has a wide enough skillset to project to stay in the rotation all the way up the chain and potentially evolve
- Alex Chamberlain's 10 Bold Predictions
"Soler Panels" in a thinly-veiled attempt to cater to environmentalists.
This is a legitimate prediction.
10. Somehow, some way, Alex Guerrero hits 15 home runs.
He's a man without a position
- Revisiting Alex Chamberlain's Bold Predictions
9. Wrigley Field installs “Soler Panels” in a thinly-veiled attempt to cater to environmentalists.
10. Somehow, some way, Alex Guerrero hits 15
- Alex Liddi and the Greatest European Players Ever
Yesterday, Alex Liddi hit a grand slam, which the AP noted was "the first major league grand slam by an Italian-born player in half-century." That actually understates the true rarity of Liddi's
- Reviewing Alex Chamberlain's 2015 Bold Predictions
9. Wrigley Field installs "Soler Panels" in a thinly-veiled attempt to cater to environmentalists.
There's always next year.
1.5 for 9
10. Somehow, some way, Alex Guerrero
- Alex Chamberlain's 10 Bold Predictions for 2016
- Better Understanding Jose Fernandez
As good as Jose Fernandez is, there still exists a critical angle. Fernandez, of course, pitches for the Marlins, and the Marlins get a lot of things wrong. The Internet usually doesn't let those
- Jose Fernandez, Etched in Stone
had Jose Fernandez on the mound, and before the Marlins equivalent of a full house, Fernandez did everything in what would be his final start of the season. There were twists, there were turns
- This is Jose Fernandez' Third Pitch
There's a lot of Jose Fernandez talk going around. And he looks to be a legit young starting pitcher -- his gas sat above 95 mph, his slurve/slider thing got plenty of whiffs, and he lived
- Jose Fernandez: Preventable or Inevitable?
Jose Fernandez is broken. After allowing him to throw ridiculous pitches that opposing hitters simply couldn't touch, his elbow threw in the towel in the fifth inning of his start on Friday night
- Dallas Braden Attacks Alex Rodriguez Again. Is Baseball's "Code" Really Still Relevant?
Every time Alex Rodriguez does anything -- poses in Details Magazine, slaps a ball out of a glove, shouts to distract a fielder from a pop-up, admits to taking banned drugs, runs across the pitcher's
- Jose Fernandez Adds a New Pitch
Any other year and Jose Fernandez would be getting a lot more attention. The Marlins' rookie starting pitcher recently turned 21 years old and he was promoted to the major straight from Single
- Ceremonial First GIF: Jose Fernandez
Miami right-hander and 20-year-old Cuban emigre Jose Fernandez has, just seconds before the composition of these very words, finished his first inning as a major-league pitcher, retiring the New
- Jose Fernandez Ready For Year Two
Jose Fernandez made the Miami Marlins watchable last season. Given that the team won just 62 games, and was without Giancarlo Stanton for some time, that's quite a task. At age-20, Fernandez somewhat
- A Post That Is Unexpectedly About Sid Fernandez.
Bonds, Sid Fernandez. Sid Fernandez? You know what, I'm okay with Sid Fernandez. Growing up, I thought Sid Fernandez was great. Unhittable at times. Indeed, still 4th on baseball's lifetime
- Creating a Composite Jose Fernandez Projection
Jose Fernandez was having a dominating 2014 season until he needed Tommy John surgery last May. The 22-year-old righty could be one of the more dominant arms in the game when he returns. Fantasy
- Alex Gordon is...
It's like a mad lib! Alex Gordon is... sexy? Misunderstood? Pretty good with a chance of more? Not as good as last year? Better than this year? Let's try something else. Let's try to answer
- Fernandez's Best Changeup and Also Harvey's Best Changeup
depict Jose Fernandez's best changeup and also Matt Harvey's best changeup from Monday night.
Here, for the sake of the readership, is video footage of Jose Fernandez's best changeup from Monday
- MLB Gameday Scout on Jose Fernandez vs. Yasiel Puig
From Puig's three-pitch, fifth-inning strikeout against Fernandez.
- The ALEX RIOShootthat'sagiantpastramisandwich
and will not collapse under the weight of their fans.
I propose a few new Rangers-player-themed concessions to add to the menu:
1. The ALEX RIOShootthat'sagiantpastramisandwich, a two-foot-long pastrami sandwich
- Did Jose Fernandez Get More Dangerous?
Let's accept that, after four starts this season, there are few conclusions that can be reached about Jose Fernandez. After all, we need bigger samples of data, and even then, conclusions mostly have
- How Close To The Playoffs Would the Marlins Be With Jose Fernandez?
When Jose Fernandez blew out his elbow in May, the baseball world wept, rightfully so. It didn't matter if you were a Marlins fan or not, it only mattered that one of the brightest young stars
- Figuring Out Jose Fernandez's Trade Value
Jose Fernandez is available!
Just posted at https://t.co/gtnhE81RUu: Untouchable? Hmmm, Marlins talking to Dodgers, others about Jose Fernandez https://t.co/cI8CdFLWt5— Jayson Stark
- Jose Fernandez Has Two Breaking Balls
Sometimes you just have to ask. Different systems have different answers for the pitching mix that Jose Fernandez brings to the mound each game. So I did ask him. I said, "Do you consider your
- A Strained Analogy Featuring Jose Fernandez and Rick Steves
beyond Europe's most obvious (and expensive) tourist activities and experiencing the continent more like a native might.
One senses from the animated GIFs below -- of Jose Fernandez striking out
- A GIF and a Tune: Jose Fernandez and Talking Heads
(Note: This is technically not a GIF, since it's length prohibits it from GIFation. Please accept my repentance for duping you.)
This past Friday, Marlins starter Jose Fernandez had himself a day
- GIF: That Curveball Fernandez Just Threw to Tulowitzki
The author, whose loving mother is talking at him without cease even as he writes these words, won't belabor the point -- which point is that the very excellent Jose Fernandez just threw a curveball
- Marlins Rotation: Jose Fernandez and the Also-Starters
, with a trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich expected to deliver at least competent glovework.
- New Rotation Faces: Fernandez, Corbin & Ross
, roster decisions were made, position battles sorted out and rotation slots won. Some of those rotation spot winners were quite the shock. Let's discuss a few of them, shall we?
- Alex Rodriguez News Summary
Alex Rodriguez is probably the most despised player in baseball history. Rodriguez' contract is considered among the worst in baseball. Alex Rodriguez has vehemently denied reports he
- SEO Gargantua: Jose Fernandez Bat Toss Weight-Loss Trick
Sources close to the situation -- and also just the box score itself -- suggest that right-hander Jose Fernandez has homered tonight off Mike Minor in the sixth inning of Miami's game against
- Daily Notes: On Jose Fernandez's Last Two Starts, Briefly
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. On Jose Fernandez's Last Two Starts, Briefly
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- Orlando Cabrera Says No Mas
As a low-OBP, glove-first shortstop with a bit of pop, Cabrera's career value was somewhere in between the Alex Gonzalezes (retired Alex S. and still-active Alex S.) and Jose Valentin
- New Hats For Alex Torres
Alex Torres-- who I should have protected on my Scoresheet team!-- over the weekend became the first pitcher to wear a padded, protective, giant, silly-looking hat on the mound. Hats off
- The Secret World of Alex Cobb
No, Alex Cobb was never involved in a chemical spill, doused in a secret formula and thus given special powers, however that doesn't stop him from being just as entertaining to watch as an old school
- Don't Suspend A-Rod if He Didn't Break the Law
UPDATE: It appears that MLB agrees.
Every so often, like most baseball writers, I look at myself in the mirror and ask myself an important question: Why am I not writing about Alex Rodriguez
- These Days, The Waiting Game Doesn't Pay Off
We're pleased to welcome another new writer to the fold - Alex Remington. He'll be holding down the fort every Thursday around here. Welcome, Alex.
Greetings to all! I'm Alex Remington. You may
- The Worst Contract Extensions in History
. Position players have received the other 21, and of those 21 contracts, 11 have been contract extensions, and just 10 have been free agent contracts. (Of the top five contracts in baseball history -- Alex
- Prospect Watch: Alex Gordon
, but there's no denying his production. Alex Gordon, the Royals former third baseman, has put together a .377/.515/.688 line in about 100 plate appearances with the O-Royals.
We've already chronicled the demotion
- Alex Rodriguez and Friends
If you have not looked at Alex Rodriguez's Facebook page recently, a) why the devil not?, and b) you may not have seen this photograph, taken on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, that features
- Investment Opportunities for Alex Gordon
Alex Gordon says he will pick up his $13.25 million player option for 2016, delaying free agency for a year and, assuming he plays well next year, taking a risk that he'll decline or get
- Alex Gonzalez's Hot Start
Signed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2011 by the Blue Jays this offseason, Alex Gonzalez did not attract much attention on the free agent market after being cut loose by the Red Sox
- 2015 RotoGraphs Staff Picks
Best Sophomore Pitcher
- Is 50 Games Too Weak a PED Punishment?
Alex Sanchez, for example. But they have much more to lose, because a positive test could just about end their career.
(I've always thought it strange that the suspension for steroids is not much
- Should MLB Punish A-Rod Based on News Reports?
nicknamed "BALCO East."
Of course, as Cameron notes, "Rodriguez is going to get the most attention, because he’s Alex Rodriguez." The Yankees are reportedly exploring all avenues to void the last five
- The Old Curmudgeons Are Right: Baseball Nicknames Useta Be Way Better
-- but this relative paucity only highlights their general absence. Many of the nicknames that break the paradigm are derivative of previous ones: Francisco Rodriguez's "K-Rod" is a takeoff on Alex Rodriguez's A-Rod
- Baseball's Decelerating Average Salary
moving downward beginning around 1980, and the trend has become even more pronounced since the year 2000. Y2K is a local maximum within the data, the year that the tech bubble burst and Alex Rodriguez
- Change the All-Star Game or Scrap It
on TV makes Alex something, something.") Back before national television contracts and interleague play, the All-Star Game was one of the only times that fans could see the greatest players from
- Did Michael Bourn & Scott Boras Wait Too Long?
Alex Rodriguez12/11/200010 yr$252MRangers
Chan Ho Park1/16/20025 yr$65MRangers
Adrian Beltre12/16/20045 yr$64MMariners
Kevin Millwood12/26/20055 yr$60MRangers
- Leftover Auction Cash: Maybe Not a Bad Thing
his or her strategy, perhaps it did some good.
"So, Alex, how did you in your drafts?" Great, thanks for asking! I love both my teams. Love them. Except I made the same mistake in each draft: I
- 2016 RotoGraphs Staff Picks
- The Good Alex Rios Reappears
If there was a roller coaster ride named after a baseball hitter, its name would be Alex Rios. The White Sox outfielder has given fantasy owners and projection makers fits trying to make sense of his
- Daily Notes: Featuring Gerrit Cole Against Jose Fernandez
, for the benefit of the wide readership, how young and hard-throwing Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (48.2 IP, 100 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR) faces young and hard-throwing Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez (111.2 IP
- Chipper Jones Out for the Year with a Torn ACL, Career in Jeopardy; Just How Good Was He?
Created Above Average. Chipper is 37th in all-time WAR, and sixth among third basemen (seventh if you consider Alex Rodriguez a 3B), behind Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Wade Boggs, Brooks Robinson
- Can John Thorn Finally Erase Abner Doubleday?
... and even Alex Cartwright, with whom he has formed a cordial tandem.")
Thorn's list of credentials, not just on the early history of baseball, is long. He was the senior creative consultant for Ken
- Why Einhorn Jilted the Mets
was like Alex Rodriguez:I got the analogy wrong. Microsoft is not A-Rod. The better analogy is that the best parts of the Microsoft product portfolio, particularly the dominant Windows Office and Enterprise
- MLB Correctly Realizes That Beer Ban is "Asinine"
they successfully employed after the allegations that Alex Rodriguez participated in illegal high-stakes poker games. Here's the rough chronology: the Boston Globe article about the Red Sox appeared
- Why Are the Yankees Cheap: Savvy or Remorse?
precedent to combat overspending. But austerity programs don't work when you scrimp on efficient programs that do work; they work when you cut the fat. As long as Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, Alex Rodriguez
- Andrelton and Andruw and Defense and Offense
shortstop ever isn't Honus Wagner or Alex Rodriguez, it's Ozzie Smith, so the offensive bar is comparatively lower. Ozzie took a lot more walks than Andrelton has, but Andrelton has greater power, and his
- Modeling Salary Arbitration: Introduction
This post is part of an ongoing arbitration research project and is coauthored by Alex Chamberlain and Sean Dolinar.
Feb. 25: 2015 MLB Arbitration Visualized
* * *
Sean and I share a mutual
- Reasserting My Love for Three Unowned NL Outfielders
makes his annual trip to the disabled list. The names who follow, if they're not playing every day, are at least seeing more than one at-bat every two games.
Alex Guerrero, LAD (10% Yahoo!, 5.2% ESPN
- The Daily Grind: Wacha, Whitley, Buchholz
are some of my favorites.
Carlos Santana vs. Phil Hughes
Alex Rodriguez vs. Wei-Yin Chen
Jose Bautista vs. Joe Kelly
Oswaldo Arcia vs. Bruce Chen
Denard Span vs. Julio Teheran
- NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: June
I love Guerrero as much as the next guy -- he
- An Expansion on xISO, Plus 10 Noteworthy Names
The kid's a monster. He has already outdone himself, and it all seems legit.
- 2015 Roto Sigh Young
Only Waino, Stroman and Bailey saw any time on the mound this year, and only the former two made
- 2015 Roto Overhyped Pitcher
to capture his early-career success.
4. Alex Wood, ATL/LAD
26th ADP, 73rd EOS
Like Teheran -- aside from being a Brave at one point -- Wood parlayed a solid 2013 debut to an even better 2014
- Welcome Back, Alex Wood
news for much of spring training, so it's worth spreading a little optimism. Players have been slowed by injuries left and right, but Alex Wood looks like he could be poised for a major rebound season
- Commenters Are $#!%ing Evil! (And Other Respectful Thoughts)
article, "NHL Winter Classic: I’m Glad Selig Didn’t Think of That"
"Alex, your sabermetrical analysis continues to amaze me. Keep up the good job of destroying FanGraphs with this political bullshit
- Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
3. 3B Chipper Jones^ (38 years old)
4. 2B Dan Uggla (30 years old)
5. C Brian McCann* (27 years old)
6. SS Alex Gonzalez (34 years old)
7. 1B Freddie Freeman* (21 years old)
8. CF Nate McLouth
- Leyland: Interleague Play Unfair With No DH
of letting their pitchers rest and using the DH when they come here, and we gotta use guys six straight days without Victor Martinez or Alex Avila or somebody. That's ridiculous. Totally ridiculous
- Arlington Power Struggle: Jon Daniels vs. Nolan Ryan
in team history have been connected to performance-enhancing drugs, including Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez, and the single best player in team history, Ivan Rodriguez
- Jerry Jr. and The Amazing Hairstons
in his 30s, the 2009 World Championship and his brilliant fill-in play for the Reds in 2008. As Reds Reporter explains, "Due to injuries to Alex Gonzalez, Jeff Keppinger, and Jolbert Cabrera
- Hector Olivera Will Be An OK 2B Option
tens of millions of dollars (albeit at the expense of Alex Guerrero, Olivera's fellow countryman). Adding Olivera to the mix would further complicate the situation, but that's a non-issue to the Dodgers
- Hitter xISO: June Update
batted ball profile that betrays us, not the outcomes of said batted balls.
Of the incredibly poorly named exactoperformers, only Mookie Betts has lost ground. (Alex Rodriguez has, too, but his ISO
- Chris Archer is the Game's Best Pitcher
so special, Alex? Why are you burying the lede? Great questions all around. Glad you asked.
Archer's strikeout rate, you see, exceeds his walk rate by more than 25 percentage points -- 26.4
- NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: July
Matt Holliday (DL: mid-July?)
- NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: August
he's helpful in a one o' them deep leagues.
My Neighbor Totoro
Wil Myers (DL: late August?)
Scott Van Slyke
Marcell Ozuna (AAA)
- Delino DeShields Jr. Deserves Your Attention
Hamilton (35%), Alex Rios (40%), Daniel Murphy (63%), Jorge Soler (74%), Ryan Zimmerman (75%) ... in re-draft leagues.
- Three Unowned Starters for the Home Stretch
: Alex Wood
Player 2: Raisel Iglesias
Blind Resume #2Owned%IPWLERAWHIPK%BB%BABIPGB%Hard%SwStr%Contact%O-Swing%Player 187%141.2974.131.4720.60%8.60%0.34753.50%27.90%9.40%79.10%30.90%Player
- NL OF: Deep, Deeeeep Finds for Your Playoffs
Scott Van Slyke, the burning pile of cash in the form of Alex Guerrero, the un-nicknamed Chris Heisey and even Ruggiano, it's a wonder how anyone sees any playing time.
Still, Schebler does
- Three Things I Re-Learned in 2015
... for $1. Granted, Pollock's price was suppressed compared to average drafts, but not by much: ESPN pegged him for 41st among all outfielders (behind... wait for it... Alex Rios) at $4.30 and roughly
- 2015 RotoGraphs Staff Picks: A Review
Linkin Park reference), as your winner was drafted 18th on average at his position with an average price tag of zero dollars and zero cents.
Winner: Alex Rodriguez (David Wiers). Thirty-three homers
- FANS vs the Depth Charts: 2016 Pitchers
Charts: 48 IP
This is where I shamelessly quote my own tweet to prove a point:
Source: Astros sign , having mistaken him for Scott Feldman; forgot Feldman was already on team— Alex Chamberlain
- The Royals Without Alex Gordon
On Wednesday night, Alex Gordon strained a groin muscle chasing a fly ball. If you just adjusted in your seat, I don't blame you -- it sounds painful. He'll be out for eight weeks, which is better
- Alex Rodriguez, Born Again
Alex Rodriguez was The Prodigy, a killer shortstop in his teens that did everything. Then he was The Contract, the super star handcuffing a Texas team from being any better just by virtue of his
- A Quick Look at Alex Gordon
Only a few of the major free-agent names remain available as we approach the new year. One of the most intriguing is Alex Gordon. He's not only been an excellent fielder over the course of his career
- New York Mets Second Basemen: Positional Study
: Luis Castillo
2010: Luis Castillo, Ruben Tejada, Alex Cora
2011: Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus
2012-2013: Daniel Murphy
That isn't every player who played an inning at 2B
- Why Aren't There More Muslims In Baseball?
Ryan Braun (Jewish); Bryce Harper (Mormon); and Khalil Greene (Baha'i). (For that matter, back in 2009, when he was dating Kate Hudson, Alex Rodriguez considered converting to Buddhism.) So why haven't
- Shoeless Joe Jackson Died 62 Years Ago Today
be seen when Major League Baseball decided to investigate Alex Rodriguez for playing poker in Miami.
Joe Jackson was a brilliant hitter, one of the finest that baseball has ever seen. But it's still
- NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: May
rate (3.8%), and it's not even close. Hitting tons of ground balls but could still flirt with .300. Hope he steals more.
TWILIGHT PRINCESS (I regret playing it on Wii instead of GameCube...)
- How Michael Taylor Compares to His Contemporaries
, Marcell Ozuna, Rusney Castillo, Alex Rios and Shin-Soo Choo.)
If you can stomach the batting average, he may provide another five home runs and 10 stolen bases and counting stats to boot. ZiPS predicts
- NL Outfield Rankings: March (Preseason)
- Alex Gordon Demoted
prophetic. Marc Hulet will have more on that move tomorrow, but the Royals didn’t stop tinkering with their young players there. Oh no, yesterday they decided to demote Alex Gordon to the minors
- Alex Rodriguez and Power
Alex Rodriguez finally hit his 600th, but his owners have noticed that there was something wonky going on before the race to the benchmark ever started. A look at Jack Moore's piece on the moment
- NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: March
Scott Van Slyke / Alex Guerrero / Andre Ethier (LAD)
Carlos Quentin / Will Venable / Cameron Maybin (SDP)
Alcantara is yet another touted Cubs propect with quite a bit of pop
- A Response to a Diatribe Regarding Player Values
specifically as a valuation method. I don't know of any popular methods that aren't non-linear; this one simply best helps underscore my point.)
This weekend, I made a stupid mistake: I marked Alex
- Alex Gordon Demoted
A week ago, the Brewers seemingly played the service time system to postpone J.J. Hardy’s free agency by a season. Today, the Royals are following suit with Alex Gordon.
Entering this year
- The Slow Decline of Alex Rodriguez
this year, there's one player whose decline is hiding in the background: Alex Rodriguez.
I remember a time when Alex Rodriguez was the yearly consensus first pick in fantasy baseball. People would
- Alex Rios And Problems of Perception
to the effect of “Alex Rios is one of those players whose production will never line up with his numbers.” At first, I was offended. A player produces what he produces, his numbers reflect his
- The Power of Alex Rodriguez
! But! Two days ago Ortiz was preemptively one-upped by Alex Rodriguez. Saturday, Rodriguez hit three homers while he continued his 39-year-plus-long streak of being almost four months older than Ortiz
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Alex Rodriguez
Today’s ADP Crowdsourcing comes from a suggestion by RotoGraphs’ own Mike Axisa. Snaps for Mike.
Alex Rodriguez’s 2010 had some ups, but it also had more than it’s fair share of downs. He started
- Don't Win Your Mock: Industry Mock Draft Review
(oh, good, another excuse, Alex)), I jumped the gun a bit. He's well-rounded, has alleged power upside, and plays for the Cubs. It could be worse.
5.50: Corey Kluber, SP (40.49)
- Alex Rodriguez: Mass Murderer
I assume the one-armed man is Johnny Damon.
According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez “is the Whitey Bulger of baseball, the most wanted criminal in the game’s history
- Alex Gordon: Who Are You?
felt the need for a personal one. So yeah, for you Twitterers reading this, follow me @MikePodhorzer if you dare. I'll try to be entertaining (twittertaining?).
It doesn't feel too long ago that Alex
- The New Alex Guerrero Problem
Back at the beginning of Spring Training, I wrote a piece here called Trying to Solve the Alex Guerrero Problem. In that piece, I noted that the Dodgers were in a bit of a difficult position
- Alex Rodriguez and the Predictability of October
Alex Rodriguez entered the Yankees ALDS against the Twins with a playoff wOBA of .377 in 170 plate appearances. Certainly an impressive mark, given a league wOBA ranging from .330 to .340
- Alex Gordon's Near Miss
It had not been a good day for Alex Gordon. All spring long we'd heard how the former first-round pick was working towards finally fulfilling his potential. Even manager Ned Yost was singing his
- Alex Avila: Is He For Real?
Tigers backstop Alex Avila. Currently, Avila is sporting a slash line of .279/.346/.529 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI. He's tied for second in HR amongst catchers, leads in RBI production and according
- What to do with Alex Rodriguez?
Thirteenth place. That's where Alex Rodriguez finished among third basemen in my most competitive fantasy league this season. That was behind the likes of Emilio Bonifacio, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan
- Bearish On Alex Gordon
In light of his very nice contract extension, which Brandon Warne covered extensively earlier this week, I figured giving my thoughts on Alex Gordon would be timely.
Gordon was a fantasy MVP
- Alex Wood Looks Good
everywhere, I probably never heard of him. So it should be no surprise to learn that when Alex Wood made his debut in Atlanta, I had no idea who he was. But now I do. And I'm excited.
Maybe I could
- Challenging Alex Rodriguez
Remember Alex Rodriguez? He’s playing baseball again. He’s also just six home runs from passing Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list. Now that we’ve left the frenzied Bonds record
- Alex Wood and Self-Recovery
Plenty of people over the years have questioned Alex Wood's ability to remain a starting pitcher, but what you at least couldn't question, for a time, was how Wood as a starter performed. He
- Alex Gordon in 2012
Bust. Injury-prone. Waste of money. Entering the 2011 season, Alex Gordon was burdened by all of these labels. The Nebraska Cornhusker stud, a Golden Spikes Award winner, number two pick in the '05
- The Curious Case of Alex Guerrero
great numbers but hasn’t seen the same hype or support from analyst and in ways, even his team, that the others have. I’m talking about Alex Guerrero of the Los Angeles Dodgers of course. Technically
- Rod Barajas Is Not the Answer to Your Prayers, Omar Minaya
- Jon Sciambi on Smarter Broadcasting
- Harvard Research Study: Baseball Players Are Getting Fatter (But the Study Doesn't Mention Steroids)
- Realignment, Shmealignment? Even if It Won't Float, This Idea Shouldn't Sink
- Cliff Lee's Suspension Is Just Too Much
- They Got Rid of One Measly Off Day, But the Playoffs Still Need to Be Improved
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Atlanta
- Gooble Gobble, Bill Simmons Is Now One of Us
- Should A.J. Pierzynski Be Punished for Lying to an Ump?
- Should Baseball Get Rid of Divisions, Instead of Realignment? Maybe Not.
- Should You Boycott the Diamondbacks?
- Apparently, the Phillies Cheated. So What?
- Airing the Marlins' Dirty Laundry in Public
- Time to Rethink the Balk Rule?
- Armando Galarraga's One-Hitter Was Still Rare
- What Strasburg Means, Redux
- More Egregious Umpiring: Yorvit Torrealba Suspended Three Games
- Firing Fredi Gonzalez
- On Boringness: Soccer vs. Baseball
- Catchers and the MVP
- Remembering Ralph Houk
- No More Mr. November: 2011 World Series Will Be Done in October, Says MLB
- An Unhappy Strasmas
- Roger Clemens Indicted; Steroid Era on Trial
- Nyjer Morgan Wants A Piece of the Marlins. I Don't Blame Him.
- Derek Jeter Cheated. So What?
- Jose Bautista and the Meaning of the Word "Fluke"
- Cito Gaston Retires, Dusty Baker Signs an Extension; There Are Still Too Few African-American Managers
- Is the Steroid Ban Responsible for the "Year of the Pitcher"? No, Say Freakonomics Writers
- TBS Upgrades Postseason Coverage from Chip Caray to Dick Stockton, and Ratings Fall
- Worst of the Worst
- Okay, Time for My Surgery! Heading for the Doctor After Getting Bounced from the Playoffs
- Two More Wild Card Teams? Nip That Idea in the Bud.
- The Real Truth Behind Derek Jeter’s Gold Glove — Revealed!
- “Expanded Playoffs Appear Inevitable"
- Bud Selig and Kennesaw Mountain Landis
- Ryan Theriot: Let the Flamewar Commence!
- NHL Winter Classic: I'm Glad Selig Didn't Think of That
- If You Vote for Surhoff and Tino, You Have to Vote for Everyone
- Another Look at Why the Hall Ballots Are So Crowded
- On the Media: What Is a Sports Reporter?
- Stick a Fork in the Grapefruit League
- Could the Mets Just Go Public?
- Despite Cancer, Butler Against Smokeless Tobacco Ban
- 19th Century PEDs and Andy Pettitte's HOF Case
- The Amazing Brendan Donnelly
- Ng Disappointed at Lack of Women in MLB
- Watching Spring Training in Chicago
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #5 – Atlanta
- New MLB Concussion Policy a Hit With MDs
- The Tortured Logic of Unwritten Rules
- Women Are Coming to Baseball, Like It or Not
- Interview: Modern Drunkard Magazine's Rich English
- Instead of Taking Over a Bad Team, Relegate Them
- Milton Bradley and the "Race Card"
- "Some Schmuck in New York": Wilpon's Woeful Week
- Billy Beane to Kurt Suzuki: Don't Get Hurt
- Making MLB Safe for Mr. Mom: The Paternity List
- Passan Vindicated With Division Deletion Proposal
- John Maine, "Habitual Liar" About Health, May Retire
- Riggleman: A Beggar Who Thought He Was a Chooser
- Death of Don Buddin, the Man Boston Booed
- Marlins Close Upper Deck: Can Loria Admit Fault?
- Does It Matter If a Manager Was a Major Leaguer?
- Ump Admits Lugo Was Out: Give Us Replay, Selig
- Should the Nats Call Up Stephen Strasburg?
- Wally Pipping Jason Heyward
- Honkbal! Netherlands Bids to Host MLB in 2014
- MLB, the Mets, the Hats, and September 11
- A Possible Farewell to Reluctant Ace Javy Vazquez
- Why Shouldn't a Jew Play on Yom Kippur?
- Will Rays Move? No, Just "More Years of Posturing"
- Mac Thomason, First Braves Blogger, Fights Cancer
- It's 92 Years Since Clark Griffith Bought the Senators
- Wilson Ramos Is Home. Now What?
- CBA Forbids Discrimination on Sexual Orientation
- Are the Wilpons About to Lose the Mets?
- The Civil War Christmas Game, Hilton Head, 1862
- Samson Is Wrong: Marlins Aquarium Is 2nd to Rays
- 2011 Rays DHs, Manny and Damon, Looking for Work
- Prince Fielder, His Estranged Father, and $200 Million
- Two Wild Cards in 2012? I Hope Not.
- Baseball Racism: The Irish in 1880
- espnW, ESPN's Women's Site, Explains wOBA
- SF to Posey: Don't Block Plate. Twins to Mauer: Do.
- Ryan Braun Case: PED Attitudes Changing?
- Jose Canseco, Steroids, and Logical Paradox
- Torii Hunter: All Japanese pitchers have "same style"
- Yoenis Cespedes and the Cuban Tradition
- Braves Trade J.J. Hoover to Reds for Juan Francisco
- Happy Opening Day! Er... Third Opening Day.
- Valley Fever Redux: How Dangerous Is This Fungus?
- Dodgers Celebrate 122nd National League Anniversary
- Peter Gammons to Boston Globe: Burn Your Sources!
- David Wright: Greatest Met Ever?
- Are No-Hitters On the Rise? No. Just the % of CGs.
- When Is Plunking Bryce Harper Justified?
- Ozzie Guillen, Fidel Castro and Why No One Cares
- MLB DNA Testing — Is Baseball Breaking the Law?
- Justin Black and Montana Major Leaguers
- Japanese Baseball Foreigners: Fun With Wlad and Wily Mo
- LaTroy Hawkins and Dave Cameron's Radical Proposal
- Is Baseball Getting Too Expensive For Kids?
- Larry Doby's Debut: AL Integration's 65th Anniversary
- Rest in Peace, Robert Creamer
- Bring Baseball Back to the Olympics!
- Chien-Ming Wang, Best Taiwanese Player in MLB History
- Strasburg Shutdown: A Defense
- Billy Hamilton and Stealing 100 Bases
- Bobby Valentine's Misery
- 2013 Schedule: Constant Interleague, Still Unbalanced
- Why the Pirates Always Limp to the Finish
- Prohibiting Reporters from Reporting
- Adam Greenberg & Others Who Got a Second Chance
- Should the Nationals Regret the Strasburg Shutdown?
- The Cardinals Still Benefiting From the First Farm
- How Common Are Playoff Sweeps?
- Upton Brothers: Phenoms, Disappointments, Now What?
- How To Write a List of the Worst Owners Ever
- Marvin Miller's Legacy, and the Decline of Labor
- The Kremlinology of the Winter Meetings
- How To Build A Hall of Fame*
- Writers Who Refuse to Vote for the Hall of Fame
- Can You Hear Me Now?: MLB and Bullpen Cell Phones
- Rewrite the Balk Rule, Don't Expand It
- Mike Napoli's Aching Hips: What is Avascular Necrosis?
- Today in 1899, The Brooklyn Superbas Were Born
- Chad Cordero Signs a Minor League Deal
- Should MLB Punish DUIs More Harshly, Like PEDs?
- Joba Wants to Start. Yankees Want it to Stop.
- Miami Marlins New Revenue Stream: Suing Fans
- Mariano Rivera and Father Time: Comebacks After 40
- The Astros and Braves: How Many K's is Just Too Much?
- Evan Gattis and Other Old Rookie Catchers
- scoutPRO: A Woman-Owned Fantasy Football Site Moves to Baseball
- So, Has Handedness Changed at All?
- Should MLB Eliminate the Entire Playoffs?
- How the Scouts Saw Roy Halladay and Todd Helton
- Positional Case Study: Atlanta Braves Center Fielders
- Dr. Lewis Yocum, 1947-2013
- Julio Teheran: From Prospect Fatigue to Potential Ace?
- The Dodger-Diamondback Brawl: Do Unwritten Rules Still Apply?
- Yasiel Puig, the Non-All-Star
- Derek Lowe Says Farewell
- The 2013 NL East, and Strong and Weak Divisions
- Center Fielders on the Veterans Committee Bubble
- The Most Dominant First-Place Finishes Ever
- Paul Maholm and Greatness
- If Stealing Signs is "Part of the Game," Why Do People Get Mad About It?
- Is Jim Leyland a Future Hall of Famer?
- The First Four Red Sox Championships in Boston
- Today in 1857, The Only Nolan Was Born
- Mark DeRosa Retires
- Appreciating Ted Lilly
- Casey McGehee and Others Who Have Returned From Japan
- Remembering Bill Terry and Elmer Flick
- "Homer at the Bat" Turns 20. I Am So Old.
- xK%, History and Speculating on Dellin Betances
- Yasmany Tomas' Plate Discipline Makes Me Nervous
- NL OF Projections: Steamer vs. the Fans
- Pitch Sequencing and Pitcher xBB%: We're Getting There
- Dissecting Pitcher xBB% Differentials
- Top NL Outfield Prospects: A Different Take
- Matt Holliday: Designer Brand, Warehouse Price
- Two Martes and a MVP: The 2015 Pittsburgh Outfield
- Doc Holliday and the J-Hey Kid: The 2015 St. Louis Outfield
- NL Outfield Breakout Candidates by Spring Plate Discipline
- Incredibly Small Samples: Fun, Agony & Something Helpful
- Streaming SBs by Opposing Pitcher, April 10-12
- Stolen Base Streamers: April 16-19
- One (1) Precedent for Not Bailing on Chris Carter
- Has Granderson Carved Out a New Niche for Himself?
- Blind Résumés: Cheap Stolen Bases
- New Hitter xBABIP Based on BIS Batted Ball Data
- NL Outfield Power/ISO Buy-Low Candidates
- Carlos Gonzalez: A Premature Decline, Perhaps
- An Investigation (and Validation) of Rubby's Improvements
- Matt Kemp's Historically Bad Month (for Him)
- Cameron Maybin Wants Your Attention
- Joc Pederson as George Springer as Evolving Juggernaut
- xBABIP Updates, and a Strategy for the Hopelessly Hopeful
- In Memoriam: Soler's 2015 ROY Hopes
- A Different Take on NL Outfield Prospects: June 2015 Update
- Seven Consistent xFIP Improvers
- Chris Coghlan: Finally Relevant Again
- Reintroducing David Peralta, Underrated Triples Machine
- Gerardo Parra: Career Year or Productive Mirage?
- Three (or Four) Undervalued Starters for Your Consideration
- ERA-FIP, and the Importance of Situational Context
- Obligatory Monthly Update on Carlos Gonzalez
- Would Ian Kennedy Benefit from a Pitcher's Park?
- Michael Wacha Has Four Above-Average Pitches
- Another Case Study: Joc Pederson v. Kyle Schwarber
- Is Justin Verlander Back?
- NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: September
- On the Efficacy of Hard Hits to the Opposite Field
- Z-Contact% as a Function of Strictly a Pitcher's Fastball
- Trying to Capture the BABIP Penalty for Lefty Hitters
- Yoenis Cespedes Upends the Status Quo
- Never Too Late to Figure it Out ft. Anthony DeSclafani
- Which Pitchers to Start Today 9/29/15
- 2015 Visualized: Catchers
- 2015 Visualized: First Base
- 2015 Visualized: Second Base
- Devon Travis and the Especially Ludicrous Spray Chart
- 2015 Visualized: Shortstop
- 2015 Visualized: Third Base
- Projections vs. the Fans: Who Won? Hitter Edition
- 2015 Visualized: Outfield
- 2015 Expected ISO (xISO) in Review
- Christian Yelich is Kind of an Historically Unique Hitter
- Carlos Gomez is No Longer Elite
- Billy Hamilton's Spiritual Contract, Complete with Upside
- 2015 Visualized: Starting Pitchers
- Projections vs. the Fans: Starting Pitcher Edition
- Scherzer Reaches New Heights
- The Legend of Chris Sale Grows
- King Felix Remains Consistently Great, but Loses Ground
- 2015 Hitter BABIP on Pulled Ground Balls, by Handedness
- 2015 Hitter BABIP on Pulled Ground Balls, Part II
- Blue Jays' Playing Time Battles: Pitchers
- Indians' Playing Time Battles: Hitters
- ADP Attrition / Bust Frequency, by 2015 Numbers
- Padres' Playing Time Battles: Pitchers
- Angels' Playing Time Battles: Pitchers
- Dodgers' Playing Time Battles: Hitters
- 36% of Your Draft Will Suck: More Thoughts on ADP
- ADP, Pt. III: In Which Rounds Do Sleepers Sleep?
- BABIP on Oppo Ground Balls (Plus Crowdsourced Sleepers)
- Brewers' Playing Time Battles: Hitters
- Reds' Playing Time Battles: Hitters
- Athletics' Playing Time Battles: Hitters
- FANS vs the Depth Charts: 2016 Hitters
- NL Outfielders: Opening Day Small-Sample Heroes
- Let's Talk About a Comp for Trevor Story, with Caution
- Is This the Gregory Polanco We've Been Waiting For?
- An Obligatory Look at Philly's Trio of Young Arms
- Mark Trumbo's Hot Start a Bit of Déjà Vu
- Five Starters Overachieving in Strikeouts
- Is Bud Norris this Good?
- Nick Markakis, What Happened?
- Manny Machado and Selective Agression
- Ben Revere and the Emptiest Batting Average Ever
- Kevin Gausman and the Elevated Fastball
- Investigating Alex Sanabia's Pitches
Last night, Alex Sanabia gave up a home run to Domonic Brown in the second inning, and as he was walking back to the mound, the video appears to capture him spitting on the baseball. Sanabia
- Alex Cobb: Approximation of an Ace?
Some fantasy baseball players here and there, sort of, in a way, kind of think that already. But they may not be eager to draft Alex Cobb like one, and they shouldn’t need to do so. In terms
- Alex Wood Is for Real
When Alex Wood broke into the majors in 2013 as a member of the Braves bullpen, there were more questions than answers regarding his long-term outlook. A fastball/changeup lefty, Wood lacked
- Alex Anthopoulos and Title Inflation
Yesterday, Alex Anthopolous left the Blue Jays, turning down a contract to remain with the team because, as he said in his conference call, he didn't think it was a good fit anymore.
"I don't know
- NERD Game Scores: Jose Fernandez Dramatic Return Event
Highly Rated Game
San Francisco at Miami | 12:10 ET
Cain (Season Debut) vs. Fernandez (Season Debut)
With few exceptions, three conditions must exist for a game -- a game of any sort -- to hold any
- Jose Fernandez Is Coming Back, Marlins Should Be Sellers Anyway
The Miami Marlins are about to get a lot better as a baseball team. Jose Fernandez, one of the most exciting and superlative pitchers in major-league baseball, is set to return next week. Martin
- Alex Buccilli, Batting Stance Innovagenius
Who has a career OBP above .400 and the greatest batting stance in the NCAA?
My boy, Alex Buccilli of Coastal Carolina:
According to The Baseball Cube, Buccilli's stance -- a product
- David DeJesus, Alex Rios, and Perception
moved essentially as a cost savings maneuver. He wasn't in big demand at the trade deadline, and isn't seen as a major acquisition.
A few weeks ago, the Rangers acquired Alex Rios from the White Sox
- Alex Rodriguez and the Easily Justifiable Decision
It began when Alex Rodriguez was pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez, with Ibanez instantly turning into a hero. Then Rodriguez was left out of the lineup. Then Rodriguez allegedly flirted with female fans
- Alex Rodriguez's First 2,999 Hits
Alex Rodriguez nearly connected for his 3,000th career hit on Thursday night. Barring some very unfortunate incident, it seems like it will only be a matter of time before he does actually notch
- David DeJesus Out, Alex Gordon In
him this offseason or keep him until the end of his contract.
Alex Gordon was called up from AAA Omaha to take David's place. To say that Gordon's career has been a disappointment would
- Alex Anthopoulos Leaves Blue Jays
Well, this is a bit surprising.
Sources: Alex Anthopoulos leaving #BlueJays after turning down extension: https://t.co/XgO8q7D1J3— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) October 29, 2015
- Alex Rodriguez's First Big Deal
This post is not timely whatsoever, so apologies for that; also, props to Tommy Rancel for suggesting it and helping with the research.
On July 27, 1996, Alex Rodriguez turned 21 years old. He
- Alex Gordon Barely Had a Chance
at-bat. So many have turned to the play before, when Alex Gordon was stopped at third after sprinting on a single and an error. It's a frantic search for closure that resembles a frantic avoidance
- Alex Rodriguez's Almost-Great Story
With two down in the ninth inning Monday night, Alex Rodriguez came up for the New York Yankees with a chance to be the hero. It didn't work out that way, and the Yankees lost, but there was reason
- Alex Gordon and Alex Rios: AL Outfield Riser and Faller
next week, but to tide you over in the meantime, here are a pair of Alexes -- one Riser and one Faller. Consider your appetite whetted.
Alex Gordon, Royals
Mentions of Gordon in circles
- The Alex Rodriguez Legal-Morass Flowchart
Another day, another wrinkle in the Alex Rodriguez-Biogenesis-MLB-Yankees-Hip-Injury Saga. Some days, there are multiple wrinkles. It's not easy to keep it all straight.
The main event, of course
- Alex Meyer Progresses, Impresses in Arizona
Down in Arizona to get one last fix of baseball before the lean winter months, I had the distinct pleasure of getting to watch Alex Meyer pitch three innings of shutout ball against the AFL East All
- Alex Rios Folds Under Pressure
You always hear about how happy, excited, and relieved a player is to finally join a contender. These stories write themselves following an in-season trade. Well, Alex Rios hasn’t had much fun
- Royals Re-Sign Alex Gordon
The free agent outfield logjam may be starting to break. This morning, Alex Gordon agreed to a four year, $72 million deal to return to Kansas City. This is significantly less than both I (4/$92M
- Concerning Alex Gordon, and His Value
Writer’s Note: Alex Gordon ranked 24th on Zach Sanders’ end-of-season rankings among outfielders.
I think the way I’ve always thought of/considered Alex Gordon is as the player whom, when stuck
- Una Selva Oscura: Alex Wood
? Do they have an edge over us, or would they have one, if they weren’t generously sharing with us what they see?
To take an example not at random: Alex Wood, as you probably know, is a left
- Alex Gordon, Superstar? Part the First
[Part Two is now posted here]
Near the end of his miserable 2010 season, Alex Gordon issued a proclamation: "I'm going to dominate next year." Later in the off-season, Gordon was more circumspect
- Alex Reyes's Weakness Isn't That Strong
Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes is putting up some gaudy numbers in High-A Palm Beach. Through seven starts, the 20-year-old owns a sparkling 1.78 ERA and an equally sparkling 1.80 FIP. FIPs
- Alex Rios: Buy Low Candidate
Alex Rios finished the 2010 season as one of the biggest fantasy bargains. Though he was nearly a 20-20 player in 2009, his average and OBP dropped to unacceptable levels, making him an afterthought
- Alex Sanabia Might Be In Trouble For Spitballing
viewing events from afar, especially in a narrow timespan. It is possible that what you're about to see isn't what it looks like.
But, uhh, it sure looks like Alex Sanabia was caught on video
- Alex Gordon Gets Royally Rewarded
Word broke late Friday afternoon that the Royals and 28-year-old left fielder Alex Gordon reached a contract extension. The skinny on the contract is that it’s a four-year deal worth $37.5 million
- Nationals Try To Tame Alex Meyer
a scouting nemesis for much of early April, having Nationals first rounder Alex Meyer fall into my lap in Rome, Georgia after consecutive postponements was a welcome surprise. Meyer's start marked
- Alex Rios: Rebound or Dead to Me?
Seeing Alex Rios lumped in with uninspiring names like Brennan Boesch and Jason Kubel in the fifth outfielder keeper ranking tier reminds us just how much this recent five-category contributor has
- Alex Castellanos, Potential Bench Option
, who is almost certainly only still in the majors because the club simply has no viable alternatives to turn to.
Yet the Dodgers didn't come away completely empty-handed, picking up 25-year-old Alex
- Alex Avila: Disappointing, Bad, or Both?
. At that point, either branch of criticism is fair game; take it away, Dr. Zoidberg!)
Given the expectations heaped on him after 2011's tour de force, Alex Avila definitely had a disappointing season
- Alex Rios Heads South to Texas
After many weeks of speculation about whether Alex Rios would be donning a new uniform before season's end, the Texas Rangers nabbed their Nelson Cruz replacement they so desperately needed. Rios
- Alex Cobb’s Pitching Adjustments
As most of you already know Alex Cobb is a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. He is projected to be their “ace” in the upcoming season. In fact many people would argue that he’s the best pitcher
- 2011 Draft: Scouting Alex Meyer
Possessing arguably the highest ceiling of any player in this year's draft, Kentucky right-hander Alex Meyer shouldn't last long come draft day.
Standing 6'9", 220 pounds, Meyer is an imposing
- Alex Rios Is Good Again. Maybe.
Diego. Adam Dunn is back from the dead after a 2011 performance during which he simply looked finished.
And, of course, the enigmatic Alex Rios is hitting again in 2012 after a 2011 in which his
- Alex Gordon and the Royals' Defensive Dominance
Alex Gordon is going to be a hot commodity on the free-agent market. Little thought will be given to exercising his current 2016 option, and then he'll be available to anyone and everyone
- Trying to Solve The Alex Guerrero Problem
for Alex Guerrero, who just publicly said he has no interest in being optioned back to the minors again this year.
And because of a provision in his contract, Guerrero has the right to refuse