- Bold Predictions Review - Not Great, Bob!
, for the same reasons.
Cody Allen leads the league in saves.
The first rule of bold predictions should be “don’t do saves-based predictions”. They might tell even less about a player’s ability
- Allen Webster's Zone% and Strikeout Rate
Allen Webster was on my "to investigate" list because his strikeout rate was low compared to the number of swings-and-misses he got in 2014. The numbers intrigued me enough to watch one of his starts
- I Traded For Allen Webster
I traded for Allen Webster and I'm not sure you should too. You see, I traded for Webster in a 20-team 28-keeper league, and he's immediately my last keeper. Even if he's the best last keeper, he's
- Is Allen Craig This Bad?
Allen Craig stunk in 2014. We all saw it. He stunk for the St. Louis Cardinals. He stunk even more for the Boston Red Sox. He stunk all season for fantasy baseball players, for whom he lost money
- Memewatch: Stuff on Bob Hendley's Head
Bob Hendley is occasionally remembered for going toe to toe with Sandy Koufax, but his major accomplishment, without a doubt, was the magnificent topiary that sat athwart his ample noggin. Today
- A Response to Bob Ryan
to be at war with either. But yesterday, Bob Ryan published a piece in the Boston Globe that I think is worth responding to.
In some ways, the piece isn't that different from what hundreds of other sports
- Be Your Own Dick Allen
Dick Allen -- smoker, All-Star, activist, eternal bon vivant. If you're reading (or writing) these electronic pages, you either secretly wish that you were Dick Allen, or you publicly wish that you
- Bob Gibson is walking toward you...
Robert "Bob" Gibson is walking toward you.
His fastball has been described as "blazing," which doesn't do it justice, but that doesn't much matter now -- Bob Gibson doesn't seem like he
- GIF: The Enviable Gentleman's Attire of Mr. Bob Uecker
Stolen without shame from this video of Bob Uecker's 2011 speaking appearance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the animated GIF embedded here documents many of Uecker's entrances
- Bob Melvin, Forgotten Man
the hiring of Ausmus, 44, on Sunday, making him the only Jewish manager in Major League Baseball. Ausmus was a catcher for four teams in his playing days.
And poor Bob Melvin wakes up today, with a cup
- David Eckstein + Parks and Rec + Bob Loblaw
Let's do this math:
David Eckstein + Parks and Rec + Bob Loblaw = gritty; it always equals gritty
Well that's what happened:
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Because Parks and Rec
- Should Bob Costas be the Next Commissioner?
of attention in the "Commish Search 2k14" (as it will surely be named) is one Robert Q. Costas, known to many as NBC Sports Anchor Bob Costas. Bob has had a long love affair with baseball, including
- On Allen Craig, the Magic Man
Allen Craig, so far, has been one of baseball's all-time best hitters with runners in scoring position. Yes, as in ever. This year, he's leading the league in batting average in that split. Last year
- Allen Craig: Ignominious League Leader
Allen Craig's a really good player, mostly because he's a really good hitter. He just ranked No. 40 in Dave's Trade Value series. Allen Craig has a lot of good things going on, and here's one of them
- Bob Uecker is a HOF Broadcaster, and Also Your Grandpa
, it pains me to bring up the fact that no matter what you're good at, you will not be as good at that thing as Bob Uecker is at calling baseball games. Sorry.
The story isn't the best one he's ever
- Audio: Make Checks Payable to Bob Uecker
Bob Uecker would like to remind the listener about the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association's 15th Annual Testimonial Dinner, to be held on May 6th at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino and honoring
- Why Allen Craig?
opinion, about to click. And then there's Allen Craig.
I'm sorry to those who find themselves riding shotgun on the Craig bandwagon, but I just don't get it. I know that we're not throwing a whole lot
- Q&A: Pete LaCock vs Bob Gibson [and Japan]
LaCock on battling Bob Gibson:
“Billy Williams had broken his ankle, so the team was looking for a left-handed hitter. I had been hitting the ball pretty well, so they brought me up
- Q&A: Bob Melvin, on Five Rookie Pitchers
Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year after leading the overachieving Oakland A’s to a playoff berth. It was an honor well-deserved. The 51-year-old former big-league catcher knows
- Allen Craig: The Wrench Loses a Key
Pablo Sandoval at catcher. Josh Willingham at catcher. Trevor Plouffe at shorstop. Allen Craig at second base.
Every once in a while, a young player comes up to the bigs in a unique situation
- A Brief and Fictional Account of Meeting Bob Uecker
-- except it wasn't my wife in the next room, but radio voice of baseball's Milwaukee Brewers, Bob Uecker, instead.
"This is clearly absurd," I said. "You're supposed to be in Milwaukee, not in my
- Bob Ross: NotGraphs Name Match (#1)
Who is he?
Major player in the PBS golden years and landscape painter extraordinaire? Freunde to all who would have him via the tele-waves? Creator of happy little trees, happy
- Bob Uecker Reveals True Truth of Dempster Trade
For the lay fan, the circumstances surrounding the Ryan Dempster trade (or lack thereof) to Atlanta are what might be called "murky at best."
For Bob Uecker, however, everything is illuminated
- Bob Uecker's Totally Real Genealogy of Homer Bailey
, as related by Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker:
- Audio: Bob Uecker and Dick Allen Together on Air
, then the leading candidates for that role would be Dick Allen and Bob Uecker, the former because he's a leisured gentleman; the latter, because he's an equally leisured gentleman.
- Bob Uecker Has a Joke About Kauffman Stadium
It's possible that what Bob Uecker has about Kauffman Stadium is not, in fact, a joke, but rather a witticism. If not a witticism, there's the off chance that what he has, instead, is either a sally
- Bob Uecker Doesn't Really Care, Turns Out
Concerned and likely muscular reader Bryan, recognizing that the celebration of Bob Uecker is a cause worth dying and (maybe even more importantly) killing for, has alerted the editors of NotGraphs
- Bob Uecker Has Some Ideas About Jockey Shorts
In what follows, radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers Bob Uecker discusses jockey shorts and, before that, a scheme he's developed for relieving contest entrants of their winnings.
From the WTMJ
- Bob Uecker on Sunscreen and Where It Shouldn't Go
Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker thinks that both Usinger's Famous Sausage and sunscreen are important things in this life. With regard to them meeting, however, his opinion is that, more or less
- Audio: Bob Uecker Will Crush a Bee
In the following clip (from the WTMJ broadcast of Saturday's Brewers-Twins game), America learns that Bob Uecker loves three things -- and only three things -- as follow:
1. A Beautiful Spring Day
- Bob Uecker's Totally True History of Western Metal
The sequence led Bob Uecker, the famous and wise radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, to provide -- for the benefit of both the home audience and broadcast partner Joe Block -- a totally true
- Bob Brenly: You Were a Good Hitter
"Without a mustache, a man must make a name for himself with a bat."
Since time forever, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has joked good-humor'dly about how terrible a hitter he
- The Found Poems of Bob Uecker
Today's edition of The Found Poems comes from WTMJ's April 20th broadcast of Colorado at Milwaukee. All words courtesy Mr. Bob Uecker.
Great Brewers shortstop
- Dick Allen Surrounded by ...
Dick Allen surrounded by ... Allen wrenches!
Allen wrenches! Although, I suppose, if one were so inclined, one could view the above adornments as peckers of a certain crudity -- "dicks
- Bob Uecker Has the Opposite of Body Dysmorphia
The Brewers are placing a statue of maybe-literally-immortal Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker outside of Miller Park this summer -- nor, if the following tweet from Tom Haudricourt of the Journal
- Video: Dick Allen Hits a Home Run
Over the long weekend, I visited YouTube.com and typed "Dick Allen" into the search box. I think it's important for you to know that the Dick Allen Research Department lives up to its name. Here's
- Bob Hamelin: A Life
Even the aptly named Bob Hamelin, whose dumpy bottoms are forever burned into my memory, participated in the "best shape of his career" gimmick:
A Hamelin is born; a Hamelin dies.
- Johnny Damon's Extra Swings in 2011
- Video: Bob Elliott's Going to Cooperstown
. And, so, when veteran Toronto Sun baseball scribe Bob Elliott got the call to Cooperstown, winning the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, Steve invited him into our studio for an interview. Now, Bob
- Ten Things I Know About Bob Anderson
1) He's serious.
2) He was involved in one of the craziest plays in the history of baseball.
3) The scoring of said play was: Walk; Musial out at 2B/3B-SS.
4) Bob Anderson had a 99 FIP
- First-Year Candidates' Effect on the Rest of the HoF Ballot
- Dick Allen and the Hall: A Visual Summary
or context. Thus, Dick Allen's -- Mister Dick Allen's -- criminal absence from Cooperstown.
The good news, however, is that Mr. Dick Allen, despite the chronic neglect, is as healthy and confident
- Bob Melvin: Six Scouting Reports
“How does he get guys out?” That was my question for Bob Melvin at the Winter Meetings, and I asked it six times. I queried the Oakland skipper about three of his starters: Trevor Cahill, Gio
- Why Was Allen Craig Running?
cases, Allen Craig was gunned down during an Albert Pujols plate appearance. Before the face palm napalm dropped, there was a question hidden in the initial stunned silence, heard all the way up
- Dick Allen Daguerreotype Contest: Entry!
, manner, general milieu, and overarching blessedness of the great Mr. Dick Allen. Suffice it to say, this I could not resist.
First, the inspiration ...
And now, the imitation ...
- Dick Allen's Large and Important Head
It has been said that Dick Allen, patron Mahatma of these pages, has a head that contains multitudes. Besides his brain, skull and mind, Dick Allen's head is rumored to contain a working ordnance
- Inserting Literature into Works of Dick Allen
In which the decreasingly Royal We insert various passages representative of the Western Canon into works of Dick Allen, thus adding to those various works the grandeur of perspective
- Allen and Bourjos: Waiver Wire
Brandon Allen (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 4 percent owned)
Allen’s last two games in New York seem to paint a pretty accurate picture of him as a player. Tuesday night, he crushed two home runs
- Original Scouting Report on Dick Allen
Curiously, much of Dick Allen's original scouting report is written in Greek.
Over at NY Baseball Digest, the keeper of that site, Mike Silva, has shared with the reader three photos he took from
- Brandon Allen, Strikeouts, and Definitions
Sometimes baseball analysis is similar to semantics. Define Brandon Allen one way, and he's got a bright future despite some early struggles. Define the 25-year-old first baseman from a different
- Brian Wilson's Two-Seamer
- Brandon Allen Freed
Brandon Allen has been a bit of a cult figure here at FanGraphs. ">As Jonah Keri wrote back in February:
Brandon Allen is entering what should be the prime years of his career. He’s got power, can
- Derek Jeter and the 3000-Hit Club
- MLB Team Travel
- The Inside of Dick Allen's Batting Helmet
The Inside of Dick Allen's Batting Helmet ...
- How Would Realignment Affect Playoff Races?
- Jair Jurrjens: Slower Fastball, Better Results?
- James Loney's Problems at the Plate
- Actual Thing: Bob Uecker Day in Wisconsin
is an announcement -- an announcement, dating from April 25h, by State Senator Tim Carpenter (D–Milwaukee) that each January 26th will now officially be Bob Uecker Day in the State of Wisconsin.
- Diagnosing Aroldis Chapman's Wildness
- What's Wrong with Derek Jeter?
- Dick Allen Sings!
Turns out Dick Allen, your hero and mine, once cut a single with a doo-wop outfit called the Ebonistics titled, "Echoes of November." Please enjoy:
- Great Moments in Spectacles: A Sliding Dick Allen
Moments in Spectacles, treating all of us to an image of former Rookie of the Year and Notable Spectacle-Wearer Bob Hamelin.
In this edition of Great Moments of Spectacles, the internet has revealed
- Great Moments in Spectacles: Bob Hamelin
Bob Hamelin. An oldie, but a goodie.
A Great Moment In Spectacles, undoubtedly. And, yes, a most heinous crime against baseball cards, too.
Conservative Canadian props to my colleague
- An Entirely Different Matt Garza?
- Roy Halladay Throwing Tons of Cutters
- Dan Haren's Commanding Start
- Edwin Jackson's Great Start
- Kershaw's Hard Slider
- Brandon Allen Belongs in the Bigs
thoughts here on a regular basis, and we're pleased to welcome our own prodigal back home.
Brandon Allen has done everything a prospect can do to prove he deserves a legitimate major league opportunity
- Michael Saunders' Struggles with Outside Pitches
- Knuckleballs and Grounders
- The Fans and Marcel in 2011: Pitchers
- Free Brandon Allen!
the best possible talent on the major league stage burns strong, decades after Bill James first started the movement.
With all that established...Free Brandon Allen!
Grabbed in the 5th
- The Fans and Marcel in 2011: Position Players
- Chamberlain's Stuff as a Starter
- Carl Pavano's 2010: Trading Whiffs for Grounders
- Chris Capuano’s Strange Platoon Split
- "Does Bill James Even Like to Watch Baseball?"
, and so we should give people a pass when they say so. But when they say so and in the process disparage the projector, I think it's fair game to call them out. Here is a video of Bob Ryan and Joe
- Why Fans Do a Worse Job Projecting Their Favorite Team?
- Looking at the 2010 Fan Projections: Part 2
- Looking at the 2010 Fan Projections: Part 1
- The Dick Allen Experience
In keeping with Carson's explorations of Dick Allen, there's this:
What to say about this thing of wonder? The White Sox wore red! He's juggling! He has the facial hair of a 19th-century
- A Poem with Dick Allen's Name in It
could actually be enjoyable. These are the ones from whom I've shamelessly stolen everything.
A Poem with Dick Allen's Name in It
In this game I made up, what you do
is think of exactly ten
- Bob Feller (1918-2010)
Sad news tonight as Bob Feller has passed away at the age of 92. Others will undoubtedly share fond stories and memories of Feller the human being, but here’s the statistical spin on one of the game
- Extry, Extry: Bob Uecker Interview to Run Friday
Either a little bird or the official site of Major League Baseball -- I'm not telling which -- has informed this author that Bob Uecker is the feature guest on MLB Network's "Studio 42 with Bob
- Network of Baseball Players' Twitter Accounts
- Batter Pace
- Some Observations on Pace
- View Fans from World Series Games with TagOramic
- Cain's Pitch Type Usage in Game 2
- Adrian Beltre’s Fly Balls
- Jered Weaver’s High Curves
- A Pitchf/x Look at Cliff Lee's Command
- Halladay's New Changeup
- If Pittsburgh Were in Game 7 of the World Series Would You Pay $400 Million to Be There?
- Ordonez's Contact Skills
- Max Scherzer's Big Strikeout Numbers
- Tommy Hunter's High Curves
- John Ely's Changeup
- Do Better Players Have More Twitter Followers?
- Contreras's Second Arm Slot Redux
- Chris Coghlan's Glove-Finding Grounders
- Pelfrey's Splitter
- Tons of Strikeouts and Walks From Morrow
- Grady Sizemore's Plate Discipline Problems
- Gardner Is Swinging at Nothing
- Santana's Fastballs the First Time Through the Order
- Colby Lewis's Sliders
- Anderson Used to Shift His Position on the Mound
- Sheets Shifting on the Rubber
- Two Phillies Add Cutters
- June Comes Early for Jeff Francoeur
- Can Heyward Lay Off Breaking Balls in the Dirt?
- Yesterday's Dancing Knuckleball
- Hochevar Throwing Gas
- Braden Really Changes It Up
- Optimizing Yesterday's Lineups
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Boston
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Minnesota
- Comparing CHONE and FANS projections
- What Will the Yankees Do with Joba?
- Cincinnati's Fly-Ball Rotation
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent -- Detroit
- What to Do with Andy Sonnanstine?
- Elijah Dukes Released
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Houston
- A Last Look at First-Pitch Aggressiveness
- Are Hitters More Aggressive on First Pitches from Good Pitchers?
- Chipper's First-Pitch Aggressiveness by Pitcher xFIP
- Chipper, First Pitches and Saber-minded Reporting
- Edwin Jackson's HR Prevention Against LHBs
- Edwin Jackson's Increased Slider Use
- David Ortiz's Power Decline
- David Ortiz's Plate Discipline Decline
- Wakefield's Curious Platoon Split
- Trying to Explain Vicente Padilla's Platoon Split
- Joey Votto's Opposite-Field Power and Amazing Fly-Ball BABIP
- Aaron Hill Follow-up
- You Call That a Spray-Chart Split?
- Mauer's Performance by Pitch Location
- The Fans' Playing Time Projections
- Angels Sign Pineiro
- Jeter's Seven-Win Season
- A's Re-sign Jack Cust
- A Look at Kotchman's Balls in Play
- A Small Randy Johnson Retrospective
- Roy Halladay
- Atkins Non-Tendered
- The Red Sox Acquire Boof
- Curtis Granderson Hitting in the Bronx
- The Brewers Sign a Great Pitch Blocker
- Joe Mauer and Fastballs
- How Much Power Will Mauer Keep?
- Pitch Data and Projections
- Greinke's Slider
- Free Agent Joel Pineiro
- David Wright's Power Outage Part 2
- Free Agent Marco Scutaro
- Wakefield Signs a Two-Year Deal
- Hoffman's Fastball and HR Prevention
- WS Coverage: Mariano Rivera
- WS Coverage: Pedro's Fastballs
- Cliff Lee's Playoff Dominance
- Ryan Howard Against LHPs
- Pettitte's Fastballs
- Adrian Beltre's Bat Away From Safeco
- Padilla's Fastballs
- Rollins' Horrid BABIP
- Previewing Weaver at Yankee Stadium
- ALDS Coverage: Twins' Run Ends
- ALDS Coverage: Twins Offense in Game 1
- ALDS Preview: Minnesota Twins
- Brewers Sign Hoffman to 2010 Deal
- Lind Finishing Up with a Bang
- Atlanta Streaks into Wild Card Contention
- Playoff (Effectively) Baseball Tonight in Detroit
- Another Blown Save From Lidge
- Cahill's Tough Year
- Blackburn's Fastball Doesn't Miss Many Bats
- Oakland's Excellent Young Closer
- Bumgarner's Major League Debut
- Lilly's Fly Balls
- Jon Lester's Soaring Strikeout Numbers
- Porcello's Inning Count
- Feliz Shows no Signs of Slowing Down
- Contreras's Arm Slots
- The Best Pitcher with a Bad Fastball
- August's Best Hitter
- The High Heat from Aardsma
- Phil Hughes as Shutdown Reliever
- Allen Brings the Power Back
, and Tony Clark.
The organization will now give rookie Brandon Allen a shot at the job. The big, sturdy prospect was acquired from the Chicago White Sox back on July 7. The American League club
- Ichiro and Infield Hits
- Cliff Lee Finds the NL to His Liking
- Mile High Pitching
- Liriano's Fastball
- Wuertz Strikes Out the Side
- Yankees' Pen Clamps Down
- Chris Carpenter is Back
- Where are David Price's Grounders?
- Chris B. Young Optioned to AAA
- Johnson Leads Florida's Rotation
- Making it Work with Lots of Whiffs
- A Rare Bright Spot for the A's
- The Twins Acquire Orlando Cabrera
- Halladay's Stuff
- Three Lefty Playoff Rotation
- 45 up, 45 down
- Brian Bannister Looks at His PITCHf/x Numbers
- Harden's Huge Whiff Rate
- Revisiting Preseason Outfield Defense Expectations
- Adventures in Extreme Plate Discipline
- Lincecum's Great Changeup
- PITCHf/x Summit Recap
- A Two-Win, a One-Win and a Half-Win Fastball
- Lots of Groundballs from Affeldt
- Jack Cust's New Approach at the Plate
- A Little Help From His Friends
- The Tony Pena-Brandon Allen Trade
of the season. I can imagine that may change a tad due to the switch in leagues, but as far as ballparks he's moving from one rough neighborhood to another.
The price for Pena is Brandon Allen. The 23
- Chris Davis Had a Hard Time Making Contact
- Jamie Moyer is Throwing a Ton of Fastballs
- Where are Ryan Howard's HRs going?
- Two Very Different Cutters
- Another Look at HRs at the New Yankee Stadium
- Wakefield's Fastball Redux
- HITf/x Contrast of HR and non-HR Hitters
- One Win Curveballs
- Quick, Who is Leading the AL in OPS?
- Is Ortiz Powering Back Up?
- Pitch Type Linear Weights Explained
- D-Backs Can Bob Melvin
It took about 30 games for the first manager to get axed. The whispers were all around the last few days that Arizona manager Bob Melvin was off the heat seat onto the plastic chair hanging over
- Daily Graphing - Bob Howry
The Cubs have signed Bob Howry to a three year, 12 million dollar contract. For the past two years, Bob Howry has been one of the better relievers in the American League by posting back to back