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caught stealings. His average fly ball distance of 274 feet ranked 182nd in baseball, clustered with the likes of Yunel Escobar, Chris Johnson, and Kyle Seager. His home park will continue to help
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- Reviewing My Mediocre Predictions
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Um. This looks silly in retrospect. It's almost like I forgot Jose Quintana existed. My thought process
- Unworthiest Regulars: Matt Dominguez, Chris Johnson
decided that the least circuitous route to that issue’s solution was simply not to put the ball in play as often as he had in 2013.
I don’t think that anyone expected Chris Johnson to produce an AVG
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. On the other side of this one is Trevor Plouffe.
Maybe Chris Johnson will do something useful against Hand.
Hitters (speed): I'm going to guess that Dalton Pompey will start and bat second - mostly
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the Nationals and Pirates have decent lineups, I'd lean towards taking a pass.
Clay Buchholz has been doing his best to bob and weave on me. Last time out, he was exceedingly sharp with his command
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Fuld, Gerardo Parra, Chris Denorfia, Stephen Drew, Kelly Johnson, and Emilio Bonifacio.
2. Daily DFS
It's all together today. We have a lot of pitchers to stack against
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runs is identical to Turner Field, so you can treat them as you normally would.
Hitters (power): Chris Johnson is probably the only freely available Brave. Maybe Andrelton Simmons.
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Johnson deserves some consideration for a day.
If Zach Sanders is to be believed, Kendrys Morales is already locked into the cleanup spot for the Mariners.
I popped Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton
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player. For the next two months, he'll call one of the best hitter stadiums home. Of course, I predicted big things for Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson this season, and we all know how that's turned out
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Half the Blue Jays offense is on the disabled list, which resulted in the well-traveled Johnson to get the call to fill one of the team's many holes
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for a stack, but he's pitching at White Sox Cellular Field today.
T.J. House versus Kris Johnson has the right pitchers for stacking, but the Indians offense isn't great against lefties
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with rookie Robbie Ray on the hill.
Dan Johnson, Juan Francisco, and Colby Rasmus look like options against Lewis.
Hitters (speed): Mookie Betts will also start for the Red Sox.
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pure power plays tomorrow.
Eric Campbell should start at first for the Mets. He seems ok in a Dan Johnson sort of way.
Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes are worth a look against Danks.
- The Power of a Compliment
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Late: Miguel Gonzalez isn't a bad target if you're trying to coax a home run out of a cheap bat like Yangervis Solarte or Kelly Johnson.
The Indians versus Hector Noesi is one of the top stacking
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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
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peripherals. He has dealt some strong results, and the Cards will hope he replicates those tomorrow. I'm betting on a short outing and shaky command.
Kris Johnson will make his second start
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which is why I recommend taking a share of Seth Smith against Tim Lincecum.
Marcell Ozuna makes for a nice target against Gonzales.
Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons are two Braves I might sneak
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will get the call versus Tommy Milone.
Maybe Kelly Johnson will lay into a pitch against Tillman. I expected more out of him this season.
Hitters (speed): Leonys Martin sometimes draws top
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- Roto 101 - Analyzing The Standings
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Very few Atlanta hitters are freely available. Chris Johnson and Dan Uggla are two of them. Andrelton Simmons might be another. In Colorado, I'd consider any and all of them
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in Arizona tomorrow, which is an actual hitter friendly locale (unlike Atlanta). They're opposed by Wade Miley. I expect fireworks.
Hitters (power): Chris Johnson is probably among your league's available
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of day to try Kelly Johnson or Yangervis Solarte.
Here's the regular posting of Matt Joyce and David DeJesus.
Jonny Gomes will be in the lineup to face Drew Smyly.
Derek Norris mashes
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If the Rockies are aware of park factors, they'll sit Michael Cuddyer for a day so their all-lefty outfield can play. A start for Corey Dickerson would be nice.
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Hitters (power): C.J. Cron Sees a Lefty would make for an interesting children's book if he didn't see so damned many of them.
Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte will have
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Because you haven't targeted enough Yankees hitters this weekend, whip out the lefties against Andre Rienzo.
Hitters (power): Chris Johnson has a platoon advantage. Too bad he no longer bats
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, cold, but he also hits better as a lefty.
Maybe C.J. Cron will send one long tomorrow.
Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte are worth a look see.
All manner of Cleveland lefties are worth a try
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are the principle Indians who might like facing Chen.
Try out Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte against Noesi. If you prefer to target Phelps, you can use Conor Gillaspie or Adam Dunn.
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- 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
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- Select Home Run Park Factors, Visualized
- Micah Johnson, Gordon Beckham And Chicago's Crowded Keystone
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ERA contrasts with a 4.26 FIP and 4.46 xFIP.
The Marlins will use right-hander Anthony Desclafani who was acquired in the Reyes-Buehrle-Johnson mega trade. He appears to be a command and control
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. Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte will try to dink one down the line.
Matt Joyce and David DeJesus, come on down.
And while we're at it, let's see Michael Saunders, Justin Smoak, and Brad
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matchup against Ramos.
Derek Norris will have the platoon advantage against John Danks.
C.J. Cron is a gem against Mark Buehrle.
I'd look to use Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte in the New
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- Six Swingers to Avoid
- 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
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Alejandro De Aza is a decent power-speed play tomorrow. He'll face Edwin Jackson.
The bafflingly extended Chris Johnson should start against lefty Tyler Lyons.
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Johnson, Yangervis Solarte, and any other Yankee who is mildly left-handed should be used.
Jonny Gomes seems to be batting fifth against lefties.
The Royals have been stubborn about playing Mike
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many cookies or tipping his pitches, he might give up a couple more home runs at home today.
A game between Kris Johnson and Red Patterson will produce entirely unexpected results. I'm referring
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postponed again, he might get bumped altogether.
Who is Kris Johnson? He's a 29-year-old left-hander with solid minor league numbers. The Pirates gave him a cup of coffee last season if the name looks
- Colorado's Canny Outfield Platoon
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, you can continue to exploit Ryan Vogelsong.
Hitters (power): You can try Kelly Johnson against Garrett Richards.
Domonic Brown's ownership is declining. He might be worth a peek against McCarthy
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a decent pitcher.
The Rays stack is fantastic tonight against Erik Johnson in Chicago. The weather conditions aren't perfect, but they're good enough for some long balls.
The Brewers also have
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, but he's having trouble rolling ground balls and Baltimore is friendly lefty power hitters.
Let's try out the Rays against Erik Johnson at the Chicago Slugging Grounds.
I wish Carlos Villanueva
- Lineup Genius in Cleveland
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Sebastien - four syllables, not three.
It's a Dayan Viciedo day. You could also try Juan Francisco against Chris Tillman.
Kelly Johnson is commonly owned for his
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And speaking of good stacks, Erik Johnson draws the Rangers matchup in Texas.
My last stack pick is the A's against Brad Peacock. I could go deeper - Roberto Hernandez is in Denver today
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- The Probably Top Indication Josh Johnson Is Classical Scholar
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1. What not to do
Yesterday I was beaten in a tournament by a guy who played Cliff Lee, Chris Johnson, Evan Gattis, and B.J. Upton
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- Long Balls Plaguing Brandon McCarthy
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Johnson's also been quite bad. The most worrying sign - his fastball velocity is down three mph. Get it together Johnson!
Shelby Miller looks broken says Dave Cameron. Ok, let's stack against him
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): Chris Johnson isn't your prototypical power hitter, but he does bat cleanup most days and Hernandez is a fine matchup.
Sean Rodriguez and/or Logan Forsythe could be useful against Wei-Yin Chen
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- Strategic Reminders
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The two hitter friendly stadiums in this tier - Coors Field and Fenway - combine to have three exploitable pitchers. In Colorado, Juan Nicasio hosts Erik Johnson. In Boston, Robbie Ross has
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probably allow three or more runs over six innings.
Erik Johnson is a guy I'd like to recommend, but in Colorado? Against Colorado? That's an exploit waiting to happen.
Lucas Harrell AND Brandon Morrow
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-handed pitching, but that's a big might here in April.
Erik Johnson will be on the road against the Royals. It's not an easy matchup and I'd rather watch a few of his starts before jumping off
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can snag Kelly Johnson or Brian Roberts.
I'm looking forward to watching Roenis Elias and Jesse Chavez tomorrow. I've seen neither pitcher start and have watched Elias precisely zero times
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. A few guys who make excellent targets include Wilson Ramos ($3,200, batting cleanup between Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper), Travis Snider ($2,600, batting second), and Chris Johnson ($3,100, batting
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- Five Potential Breakouts
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and draft strategies, I'm only aiming to give you a look under the hood. I hope you find something actionable.
The FOX league includes writers like Howard Bender, a different Brad Johnson
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- Will Erik Johnson Be Relevant?
He throws all four pitches, has solid velocity, a big solid frame, will begin the season in the White Sox rotation, and is a top 100 prospect. With all of that said, will Erik Johnson be worth
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- Erik Johnson: Late Round Breakout Candidate
After five respectable outings in 2013, Erik Johnson will begin his rookie campaign as a relative unknown in the fantasy world. This season is just his third as a professional and his quick ascension
- The Obvious Risk of Drafting to Trade (And Bold Pick #11)
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before I would have grabbed him - and I was forced to take Jed Lowrie, Aaron Hill, and Kelly Johnson later in the draft.
In years past, the value hasn't been nearly as flat as it was this season
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at RotoGraphs, it is customary to list 10 such bold picks; also Eno ordered me to do so.
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Johnson has good stuff
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- The Yankees Infield
The Fab Five
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and there, but if they're healthy, they've always seemed to slide back into the job. So why, after 101 saves in the past two season....yes, that's right, 101...does Jim Johnson get no love?
I did a mock draft
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- Did Somebody Screw Up Carlos Gomez's Scouting Report?
- What Alex Rodriguez's Suspension Means for the Yankees
Reynolds, Michael Young, or Justin Turner, but as the saying goes "you get what you pay for." The club has been connected with Young and Reynolds. There has also been speculation that Kelly Johnson
- Jarred Cosart and the World's Worst 1.95 ERA
- Nathan Eovaldi and the Top Heavy Repertoire
- Michael Wacha Requests Your Attention
- Danny Salazar Can Throw That Speed Ball By You
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Consideration About Value
- Don't Expect Big Changes in Philadelphia
- Dillon Gee Has a Confusing Season
- Sonny Gray for Ace
- Lance Lynn's Fatal Flaw
- Valuing Your Last Roster Spot
- Cliff Lee: Still Studly
- John Lackey is Relevant Again
- Ivan Nova Regresses
- Zach McAllister: Fit for Streaming
- Patrick Corbin: A Tale of Two Halves
- What Should We Make of Tim Lincecum
- Cole Hamels is a Model of Consistency
- Stephen Strasburg: Not Quite Elite
- The Astros Begin the Long Climb
- David Murphy: A Platoon of His Own
- Barnes in New Pastures
- The Quietly Consistent Nick Swisher
- Gerardo Parra: Back to the Platoon
- Michael Bourn: To Steal a Base
- Healthiful, Flavorful, Venable
- Josh Reddick: Mr. Replacement
- Christian Yelich: Modest Success
- The Yankees and McCann: A Perfect Match
- Alfonso Soriano: Barring Injury
- Bryce Harper: A Catch-34
- Leonys Martin: To Platoon or Not to Platoon
- Josh Johnson's Creative Contract With the Padres
The news is breaking now. It seems that Josh Johnson has gotten $8 million dollars from the Padres to pitch in 2014, according to Jerry Crasnick. By itself, that is an interesting match -- Johnson
- B.J. Upton: Living in the Basement
- Domonic Brown Goes Mashing
- The Josh Johnson Dilemma
Earlier this year, Jack Moore reviewed Josh Johnson's inability to get hitters out while pitching from the stretch. Johnson and the Jays were very much aware of the situation, but even still, it did
- Why Do We Use MPH?
- Far East Rumors and Game Theory
- Chris Johnson: Surprise Batting Average Crown Contender
and even bunt hits. Chris Johnson isn't exactly the picture of a batting average leader, and yet, he finished second in the National League with a .321 mark, which ranked fifth in baseball
- 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
- Select 2013 World Series Moments as Viewed by ChampAdded
- Why the Toronto Blue Jays Need to Extend Josh Johnson
In the Marlins deal last November, Josh Johnson was the main headlining piece along with Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. Then the Blue Jays added R.A. Dickey in December and the starting rotation looked
- 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
- An Inauspicious Night for Will Middlebrooks
- Ottoneu Arbitration: A Guide for 2014
- The Grand Slam That Almost Wasn't
- Satchel Paige responds to Bob Nightengale and Stan Musial's grandson from beyond the grave (sort of)
to be the grandson of Stan Musial.”
-Bob Nightengale, earlier today, USA Today
Hi, I’m Satchel Paige (Ed. note: No, you aren’t. Shut up, Bates.). You might remember me from such "Mickey Mouse" antics
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Josh Johnson
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Josh Johnson.
- Continuing Coverage of Joe Kelly, or Kelly's Wild Night
- A Look at Today's Pitchers: 10-5-13
- 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
- Carlos Triunfel & Elliot Johnson: Deep League Wire
at the moment.
Elliot Johnson | ATL 2B/SS | CBS 2% Owned
Surprise, surprise, Fredi Gonzalez has tired of a veteran's slump and has chosen to start a weak hitting veteran instead. Dan Uggla's
- White Sox Call Ups: Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson
confident that he can be a regular in the majors. His ISO numbers are not incredible in the minors, but for a middle infielder he packs an interesting combination of power and speed.
- Concerning Jim Johnson and Groundball Relievers in General
Despite leading the AL in saves, Orioles closer Jim Johnson is having a rough year compared to 2012 when he posted a 2.51 ERA and saved 51 games in 54 opportunities. Early in 2013, an enthusiastic
- Five Minutes with Chris Johnson: BABIP Brave
Last week, Jeff Sullivan wrote about Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson. The article addressed the 28-year-old’s surprisingly stellar season, which has him leading the National League
- Chris Johnson and Great Players
that people hardly notice. The leader in the National League right now is Chris Johnson, batting .342. Johnson didn't even begin the year as an everyday player.
Johnson went from the Diamondbacks
- Things to Buy: Will Johnson Baseball Art
Doctor Cyclops, by Will Johnson
When I am sad, I like to spend money. Because I am often sad, I am in big time mondo debt, as many of you know. At the moment, my cash flow is such that I cannot
- Micah Johnson: Wheels...and What Else?
(fourth if you count the Mexican League), a full dozen behind White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who has blazed his way to 54 thefts in 66 contests.
Anybody who produces that sort of stolen
- Kelly Johnson's Return to Career-Year Form
boosts. Loney's contribution thus far has been probably the most surprising, but almost equally as significant for the 2013 Rays has been the hitting of second-baseman-turned-left-fielder Kelly Johnson
- The Return of Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson returned to the mound last night for the first time since April 21. The oft-injured 29-year-old (it still surprises me that he’s just 29) impressed against the Giants, throwing seven
- 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: Bob Uecker Would Like One or Six Beers
That the evening might be a difficult one was not lost on veteran broadcaster and muscular bodyguard of leisure Bob Uecker, who informed the Listening Public how much beer would be a sufficient amount
- 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
- Chris Johnson: Darling of the Waiver Wire
he will probably cease to provide the kind of value for which his new owners are hoping. Especially in light of reports that Chris Johnson wouldn’t lose playing time now that Freddie Freeman has
- Nick Johnson Retires, FanGraphs Weeps
Eight times on base. Had Nick Johnson reached base just eight more times in his ten-year career, he would have become just the 41st player in history to leave the game with a .400+ OBP (min. 3,000 PA
- Pouring One Out for Nick Johnson's Career
RIP, Nick Johnson's career. Mourn ya 'till I join ya.
- Daily Notes: Mostly Ambulant Nick Johnson Retires
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Assorted Headlines
2. Table: Nick Johnson's Walk Rate in Context
3. Three Images: Venezuelan Winter
- Kelly Johnson, Quintessential Rays Acquisition
This afternoon, it was reported that the Rays will ink Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. It’s an interesting match, as Johnson provides the Rays with the one thing that they like -- a player who has
- 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
- The Nick Johnson Stories
The phone rang, rattling in the glove compartment, but Nick Johnson did not hear it. He was already halfway to the creek. His boots crackled among the the skeletons of leaves scattered between
- 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
- Davey Johnson Pitches Idea for New Coen Bros. Film
to Fla." –Davey Johnson twitter.com/MLB/status/276…— MLB (@MLB) December 4, 2012
- Pitcher Study: Josh Johnson
Is Josh Johnson still an ace?
The 2012 season had some encouraging signs after shoulder injuries cut short potential Cy Young campaigns in 2010 and 2011. Johnson posted a 3.81 ERA and 3.40 FIP
- Josh Johnson Heads to Canada
So as you all no doubt know by now, Josh Johnson was part of the trade of fantasy baseball proportions that is expected to be finalized at some point today. It's time for JJ to start trading in his
- Chris Johnson: The Flavor of Wonder Bread
As we continue to examine Zach Sanders' Third Base End of Season Rankings, let's scroll down to number 22 where we find Arizona's Chris Johnson who, according to the calculations, produced a $3 value
- Kelly Johnson: Aging With Style
Fantasy owners hoped for a bounce back in 2012 after Kelly Johnson regressed in 2011 after a superb 2010 season. A second baseman with 16 HRs and 14 SBs normally would have a relatively high fantasy
- 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
- Streaming Weekend Starters: Johnson and Straily
you be in panic mode for wins and strikeouts, a mode in which the author of this post resides in at least two leagues. So let's get to it.
Yes, Steve Johnson. Johnson, who slogged
- Q&A: Andy Johnson, College Pitcher who had Tommy John Surgery (Part 2)
Yesterday I posted Part 1 of this Q&A with Andy Johnson, a Bradley University reliever who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. This is part 2. Out of 2. Or 6. No, I'm kidding. Just 2
- Q&A: Andy Johnson, College Pitcher who had Tommy John Surgery (Part 1)
Last month, I stumbled across (and posted about) the Pitcher's Duel blog, written by two college students / baseball fans, one a college pitcher at Bradley University named Andy Johnson who
- How Much is Jim Johnson Really Worth in Fantasy
Jim Johnson has 42 saves. You own closers for saves. Ipso facto bingo blatto, Jim Johnson is an elite fantasy closer.
-- or --
Jim Johnson has 36 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. The average
- 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
- A Josh Johnson Slider You Can Just Keep Watching
All things considered -- or just, like, one thing considered -- Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson had rather a poor game Saturday night (box). He pitched only three innings, for example, but conceded
- Braves Scoop Up Useful Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson
The Braves are taking a long-term risk for a short-term gain in trading Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm. The most talented player in the deal is obviously Arodys
- Chris Johnson Heads to Arizona
for third baseman Chris Johnson. While the move gives the Diamondbacks and improved situation at the hot corner, it may not be so great for fantasy owners.
First of all, let's establish the fact
- Third-Place Diamondbacks Buy Chris Johnson
silly for the team to buy Chris Johnson from the Astros today. For the team to give up two legitimate prospects for Johnson, they must see him as a longer-term solution at the position.
- 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
- Can Josh Johnson Fix The Stretch?
There have been plenty of good signs in Josh Johnson's return from a season-ending shoulder injury this year. His 2.98 FIP is excellent; he's striking out nearly eight batters per nine innings
- Bob Uecker's Totally Real Genealogy of Homer Bailey
, as related by Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker:
- Is Elliot Johnson Worth Starting?
Last year, Elliot Johnson was one of the worst hitters in the majors. With a 57 wRC+ backed by just four home runs, six steals, and a strikeout rate near 30%, Johnson's lackluster performance had
- 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.
- What Happened To Davey Johnson?
Davey Johnson on Joe Maddon:
"I don’t know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss anyways."
When did Davey Johnson become a grumpy old codger? Wasn't he the first guy
- 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
- Josh Johnson Finding Success in June
The month of June has been very kind to Josh Johnson. In 14.2 innings, the big right-hander owns a 1.84 ERA with impressive peripheral numbers to match: 16 strikeouts, just four walks, and no home
- Waiver Wire: Todd Helton and Chris Johnson
to appreciate him in the end.
Chris Johnson, HOU |3B| Ownership: ESPN - 22.5% Yahoo - 29.0%
A little more than a month ago, our own Dan Wade recommended using Johnson as a potential fill-in/injury
- Buying Low on Josh Johnson
It may surprise some, considering this high ERA and low strikeout rate compared to his career average, but Josh Johnson actually has the seventh highest WAR of any pitcher in baseball. Despite having
- 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
- Kelly Johnson, an Elite Second Baseman?
The league leader in WAR for second basemen? Kelly Johnson. I made some pretty bold predictions in our staff-wide preseason series, one of them being that Matt Kemp will not even get to 30/30
- Lowrie and Johnson: Waiver Wire
be slotted in at SS, 3B, MI, CI, and UTL positions, which makes him a nice option to have coming off the bench as needed.
Chris Johnson (ESPN: 26 percent owned; Yahoo!: 25 percent owned)
- Nick Johnson on his .400 Career OBP
Nick Johnson needs a typical Nick Johnson season to secure his legacy. Not as an injury-prone first baseman -- that’s his other legacy -- but as an on-base machine. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter
- 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
- Is Josh Johnson Back?
destined for an epic crash (click on the link, it's must-watch stuff). Owning Josh Johnson on a couple squads, I've felt a little of both.
Coming off of a serious shoulder injury in 2011, Johnson,28, had
- 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
- Closers Trending Up: Guerra, Johnson, Marshall
competition. Even so, it looks like he is gaining more and more control of the ninth inning in Los Angeles.
Johnson was another relative uncertainty in the closer role before
- GIF: Kelly Johnson's Backhand Flip Ooh La La
The Blue Jay Hunter was at it again last night, capturing, for our viewing pleasure, another hot GIF, this time of Kelly Johnson's defensive wizardry in Kansas City.
It was the kind of play
- 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
- Carp, Lind, Allen, Johnson: First Base Notes
. He did lose his outfield eligibility last year, and the lack of flexibility definitely hurts.
Nick Johnson | Orioles | Owned: 0% Yahoo! and 0.2% ESPN
It's been nearly two years since Johnson
- 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
- 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.
- Insta-Meme: Bob Ryan Has a Posse
- Russ Canzler, Dan Johnson, and the Quad-A Label
There's something strangely fitting about the fact that both Russ Canzler and Dan Johnson have found new homes in the last 24 hours. Canzler was traded yesterday from the Rays to the Indians for cash
- Josh Johnson's Curveball
We're happy to welcome Albert Lyu back to the FanGraphs team. His work will again appear regularly here on the site.
Before Josh Johnson was lost for the season with shoulder injuries in May, he
- 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
- Cubs Sign Reed Johnson; Scrappers Celebrate
On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Cubs came to an agreement for a one-year deal with free agent OF Reed Johnson. The Cubs are no strangers with Johnson -- three of the last four times Johnson has
- 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
- Q&A: Bob McClure on Banny, Simba & Deception
Bob McClure won’t be returning as Kansas City’s pitching coach next year, but that's not for a lack of experience. The 59-year-old former southpaw reliever has plenty of that, having taken the mound
- Q&A: Kelly Johnson, Sabermetrically Savvy FA
Kelly Johnson may or may not be a Toronto Blue Jay next season, but wherever he ends up, he promises to have a better year with the bat -- regardless of how many times he strikes out. The free-agent
- Can Kelly Johnson Bounce Back?
There might not be a more up and down player in fantasy than Kelly Johnson. After establishing himself as a useful fantasy second baseman in 2007-2008, Johnson completely fell off that radar
- GIF: Jim Johnson's Jim Johnson
Because Oriole Jim Johnson plays for the Orioles, there's a strong chance that no one -- perhaps besides his teammates and Buck Showalter and Buck Showalter's grizzled and nameless manservant
- Kelly Johnson's Trade, Kevin Towers, and Strikeouts
(perfectly understandable, as Branyan has continued to struggle this season with the Angels). Brandon Allen was hardly given a chance before being dealt for a reliever. And finally, Kelly Johnson, whose
- Johnson Traded for Hill and McDonald: Fantasy Implications
What to expect from Kelly Johnson in Toronto – Kelly has been a disappointment this season, mainly for his inability to make contact (27.4 K% vice a career 20.9 K%) and get a hit (0.257 BABIP vice
- Jays Ship Hill to Arizona for Kelly Johnson
The Blue Jays shipped fan-favorite John McDonald and fan-hated Aaron Hill to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson. Strangely, even though Hill is the only player with a possible contract
- Dr. Bob Kelso Talks About Baseball from the Future
Scrubs's Dr. Bob Kelso) remained a baseball fan despite the sport's status as a relic. In explaining to young Ensign Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) how broken, how downtrodden Stubbs would be should he
- Waiver Wire: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson
be able to help your squad out: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson.
With Denard Span still on the disabled list and reportedly still feeling a tad woozy from his concussion, Ben Revere
- Polanco, Johnson, Roberts, Espinosa: 2B Showdown
% and below.
The 4 players I will be looking at today are Placido Polanco, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Roberts and Danny Espinosa. Here are their ownership rates and stats so far this year
- What Is Davey Johnson Doing?
Here's newly minted Nats skipper Davey Johnson!
The discerning discerner will observe that also in this photo is a white orb of cowhide, something known in industry parlance as a "baseball
- Don't Bring In the Lefty for Kelly Johnson
three years, and Joey Votto isn't far behind him. What might surprise you is the name that sits in the 34th spot out of the 150 qualified hitters: Kelly Johnson.
At a .382 wOBA against lefties since
- James McDonald, Kyle McClellan, Josh Johnson: NL Starting Pitchers
Josh Johnson, Marlins
When Johnson was put on the DL with shoulder problems, it sounded like the Marlins were just being cautious. Now, Johnson isn’t going to be back when he’s eligible
- Kelly Johnson: Why the Low AVG?
Kelly Johnson came into the season a fairly decent option at second base. In one keeper league I was in, him and Ben Zobrist were both available. I considered them to be at the same talent level
- 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.
- 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
- Hawpe, Loney, Johnson: Cut Your 1B Losses
to get him back to that point right now.
Dan Johnson | Rays | .130/.190/.204, 1 HR, 3 RBI
A trendy late-round pickup in deeper leagues, Johnson has reminded everyone why the vast majority of his
- Randy Johnson: Just for Men Pitchman
(Get it, pitchman?)
Because when I want to advertise a beauty project, I call Randy Johnson!
This advertisement just adds
- 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
- Johnson Leads WAR at Labor Day
, nearly 85% of the way through the season, is Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson - not Roy Halladay, nor Ubaldo Jimenez, not Cliff Lee, not Felix Hernandez, and not CC Sabathia. Johnson is establishing
- Josh Johnson Earning His Contract
Justin Morneau has the highest WAR in baseball right now, but you probably knew that. Know who is second?
Josh Johnson. With another dominating start last night, the Marlins ace has now thrown
- J. Hoffpauir, C. Johnson Recalled from Triple-A
Encarnacion. He could have some short-term fantasy value in AL-only leagues if the Jays opt against moving Jose Bautista to third more frequently.
Houston Astros recalled 3B Chris Johnson from
- One Night Only: Doc Halladay v. Big Johnson
Marlins: Josh Johnson (NERD: 10)
77.0 IP, 9.00 K/9, 2.81 BB/9, .286 BABIP, 48.5% GB, 4.8% HR/FB, 3.25 xFIP
Phils: Roy Halladay (NERD: 10)
93.0 IP, 7.45 K/9, 1.26 BB/9, .302 BABIP, 53.4% GB, 4.3
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
Dropped from Braves at the end of 2009, Kelly Johnson found little interest in his services and ended up in Arizona on a one year contract paying him just $2.3 million. Arizona gambled that Johnson
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
As part of a critical five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Diamondbacks game, Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged his NL-leading seventh home run
- Josh Johnson's Extension
The Marlins locked up their most talented pitcher on Thursday, as they agreed to terms with 26-year-old SP Josh Johnson on a four-year, 39 million dollar contract. The deal will pay 3.75MM in '10
- A Small Randy Johnson Retrospective
As you have surely heard, Randy Johnson announced his retirement last night. Matthew took the first look at this, noting that he retires as someone who could be a three-win pitcher next year. Here
- Randy Johnson Retires
Randy Johnson announced his retirement today. There are thousands upon thousands of words that could, and should, be written about Randy Johnson. His career numbers are remarkable. The mark he left
- Arizona Raids Non-Tender Market, Adds Kelly Johnson
After a disappointing season with Atlanta, 27 year old 2B Kelly Johnson was non-tendered and hit the market. In a deal made official on Wednesday, Arizona added Johnson for one year and $2.35M, who
- Nick Johnson to New York
The Yankees have absolutely refused to stand pat this offseason. After adding Curtis Granderson in the first big trade of the winter, the Yankees have now agreed to terms with 1B/DH Nick Johnson
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
dislike dealing in shadowy realm of rumor, Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson has been mentioned in multiple places as a non-tender candidate given his 2009 performance and replacement by Martin Prado
- Nothing Fishy About Josh Johnson
Heading into the 2007 season, Florida's Josh Johnson looked like an ace-in-waiting.
As a 22 year-old rookie in 2006, the 6-7 righty posted a 3.99 FIP in 24 starts and seven relief appearances
- Johjima Leaves M's; Johnson and Moore Move Up Depth Chart
of the picture, Seattle's internal options behind the dish are Rob Johnson and Adam Moore.
Johnson, 26, split time with Johjima this past season. The University of Houston alumnus is known more for his
- The Nick Johnson Quandry
offers a similar problem for GMs with a shopping list.
I'm speaking of Mr. Disabled List himself, Nick Johnson. His list of health problems is longer than a typical Joe Posnanski column
- Johnson Leads Florida's Rotation
projected them to be worse than the Nationals. Last night Josh Johnson won the game for the Marlins, pitching six innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out 6, walking only one and getting seven
- Marlins Reel in Nick Johnson
Bedlam ruled the day of the trade deadline, and the Nick Johnson for LHP Aaron Thompson deal was no exception. The Nationals broke from their age old custom of clenching to tradeable players
- Comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson
Prior to the start of the 2009 season, the thought of comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson was ludicrous. Mets fans rolled their eyes when the club signed Hernandez while Giants fans were
- 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
- Randy Johnson's Countdown
Randy Johnson has not pitched particularly well this season, for instance see yesterday's shelling at the hands of the Rockies. In fact, outside of Tim Lincecum, nobody in the Giants rotation has
- Will Francoeur's Approach Work for Kelly Johnson?
It was shaping up as a disappointing season for Kelly Johnson in 2008 until a strong September. After three straight months of hitting .250 or less, Johnson posted a 22-game hitting streak
- Robbing Johnson of a Shot
(and the .227 batting average in 2008 just adds insult to injury). The move also keeps the underrated Rob Johnson from receiving the opportunity that he deserves.
Johnson, 25, was selected out of college
- Free Agent Bargain: Randy Johnson
Moving back to the mound in our series on free agent bargains, we find an interesting name - the tallest player in baseball and a sure fire Hall of Famer, you wouldn't think Randy Johnson would fly
- Johnson's Domination
Johnson and his performance from 1999-2002.
For starters, here are some of his peripheral numbers in each of these seasons:
1999: 35 GS, 271.2 IP, 207 H, 75 ER, 70 BB, 364 K, 1.02 WHIP, 2.48 ERA
- Recalling Jim Johnson
to the minors and recalled 24-yr old pitcher Jim Johnson. Johnson, a starter in the minor leagues, had made two "audition" starts for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, racking up the undesirable line of 5 IP
- 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