- Is Pedro Martinez Finished?
Regardless of what happens from this point forward, free agent Pedro Martinez will be known as one of the very best pitchers in the history of the game. A string-bean righty who was seen as too
- Martinez To Boston
David Ortiz a breather. By adding Martinez to the C/1B/DH rotation, the Red Sox can essentially platoon Ortiz/Lowell/Varitek, giving them a constant platoon advantage and keeping the older legs fresh
- Pedro Martinez on the Art and Science of Pitching
Pedro Martinez was a genius with a baseball in his right hand. One of the most dominant pitchers of all time, he didn't just overpower hitters. He outsmarted them. When he was on top of his game
- Is Delmon Young About to Break Out?
- Q&A: Dave Martinez, Tampa Bay Bench Coach
a 20-year playing career, the 47-year-old Martinez has spent the last five seasons working under Joe Maddon.
David Laurila: How differently might you look at the game were it not for Joe
- Q&A: Dennis Martinez, El Presidente Legacy
Dennis Martinez is among the least-appreciated pitchers in recent generations. Fans in Montreal certainly remember “El Presidente,” but the Nicaraguan-born right-hander is far from a household name
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
of scarcity. Anybody in the major leagues can be slotted into the designated hitter position with no defensive detriment to their team. With players like Martinez and David Ortiz who have little
- How Great Was Edgar Martinez's Bat?
Vladimir Guerrero, who Fletcher noted he will vote for, also did it four times. David Ortiz, who some try to prop up as a similar candidate to Martinez due to his lack of time spent playing defense, has
- Fantasy Storylines To Watch: Carlos Martinez
Fister, and Chris Archer. Guys like Tyler Clippard, Tommy Hunter, and David Robertson also cracked the top-100 overall pitchers in ESPN's final rankings.
Thus, I don't think the Carlos Martinez
- Short-Term Tigers Re-Sign Victor Martinez
was worth 2.5 WAR, with really good hitting numbers. David Ortiz hasn't cleared 4 WAR since 2007. Steamer projects Martinez for 2.4 WAR. If you give him last year's plate-appearance total, that goes up
- David Ortiz Accepts Arbitration
Ever since he's joined the Red Sox, David Ortiz has been an elite designated hitter. Even in the bad years. It might seem like a slight to the slugger that he has reportedly decided to accept
- Quick Looks at Buchanan, Fiers, Martinez and deGrom
to see if anything sticks out with them.
Why I watched: I noticed him while looking for pitcher with big curveballs. Looking at little deeper and found this:
- David Ortiz and the Very Large Hall
The Hall of Fame buzz around David Ortiz is understandable given the amazing World Series he just had. With few exceptions, Ortiz has been an outstanding hitter since coming to Boston in 2003
- Trading for Proven Workhorse David Price
The thing we know is that David Price is going to be traded. That much is a virtual certainty, for all of the reasons you already understand. The things we don't know are all of the details. We don't
- David Huff Knows His Opponents
and Victor Martinez, both of whom would have been under contract with the team for 2010. The have a few bright spots, but they're mostly a team in transition. While they haven't changed many peoples
- Have We Seen the Best of David Price?
David Price was awfully good in 2012. So good, that he earned himself some hardware which has been hotly debated in recent days. Fortunately, I'm not here to contribute to that conversation (argument
- Red Sox Exercise David Ortiz's 2011 Option
In April it seemed like a long shot -- perhaps an impossibility. A month later it was a near certainty. For nearly the entire season we've known that the Red Sox would exercise David Ortiz's $12.5
- Carlos Beltran, David Ortiz, and the Hall of Fame
of destroying the baseball in the postseason. On Sunday, David Ortiz hit a game tying grand slam in the 8th inning, capping a somewhat miraculous comeback when the Tigers seemed fully in control of the ALCS
- Daily Graphing - David Wells
Apparently the Padres are interested in re-acquiring David Wells from the Red Sox. Over the past four years David Wells is tied for the 8th most wins in baseball with a record of 61-29. Over
- David Price Progressing
an, "is that it?" reaction from fans when they merely hold their own in the early stages of their respective big league careers.
Take Tampa's David Price. The 1st overall pick in the 2007 draft abused minor league
- Missing: David Price's Slider
The talents of Tampa Bay Rays southpaw David Price are undeniable. The Vanderbilt product slings low-to-mid-90's gas with seeming ease, overwhelming hitters with a deadly combination of speed
- David Wright's Wacky 2009
. They lost up-the-middle stars Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, 1B Carlos Delgado and ace Johan Santana, among others, for big chunks of the season.
Third baseman David Wright wasn't immune
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
Today, November 29, I hereby declare to be Other Pedro Martinez Day. As you surely know, Other Pedro Martinez, also known as Pedro A. Martinez and Pedro Martinez Aquino, born on this date in 1968
- Lover, Not Fighter: Dennis Martinez
One night in 1977, Dennis Martinez was confronted by a decision: fight or go make love somewhere ...
When faced with an onrushing and plainly nettled George Scott, a gentleman scampers
- Dennis Martinez and French Perfection
Much like you, I slogged through this day encumbered by the grim assumption that, once again, I would not see the final outs of Dennis Martinez's 1991 perfect game broadcast in French. Thankfully
- Is Victor Martinez a Fit in Detroit?
Last week, on Boston radio station WEEI, Peter Gammons stopped by and made quite the bold statement:
I don’t expect Victor Martinez to come back, I think Detroit is going to give him four or five
- What To Make Of J.D. Martinez
With 3 home runs and a .371 average, J.D. Martinez is one of the big pickups in roto over the past week. The question around Martinez is sustainability. Obviously he won't hit .371 all season
- Victor Martinez To Detroit
as the reliever he wanted to acquire, and made them offers they couldn't refuse. Now he has reportedly lured Victor Martinez to Detroit with a four year, $50 million deal. Was Dombrowski's decision to outbid
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Victor Martinez
Yesterday, the news came out that Victor Martinez had rejected a two year contract extension that the Red Sox had offered, and is now set to test free agency. In the words of his agent, Alan Nero
- Victor Martinez is One of a Kind
Victor Martinez has been the best hitter in baseball this season.
Granted, that's just an opinion that I've presented as fact, but he has a strong case. The strongest part of his case
- Free Carlos Martinez!
Heading into the 2012 season, Carlos Martinez was the 22nd-best prospect in the game, according to ESPN, and the 27th-best according to Baseball America. He was ranked in everyone else's top 100
- Projections & Victor Martinez
Over the last four or five years, Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, and Victor Martinez have been the gold standard for fantasy catchers. Jorge Posada was a fine fourth wheel for a while, and now Buster Posey
- Martinez heads to Detroit
The first big name free agent came off the board earlier this week, when the Tigers finalized a four-year, $50MM contract with catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez. GM Dave
- Adding Carlos Martinez
As a rather big fan of Carlos Martinez, it was disappointing to see him relegated to bullpen duty to start the season. Fortunately, that created a bit of leeway to get him on the cheap once he became
- Q&A: David Ortiz and Justin Verlander
It goes without saying that David Ortiz and Justin Verlander are among the most dominant players of their era. The Red Sox slugger has a career .284/.379/.545 slash line and 391 home runs; the Tigers
- Aoki and Martinez: Waiver Wire
be poised for a solid second half than owners will want to get in on.
J.D. Martinez (ESPN: 23 percent owned; Yahoo!: 17 percent owned)
Martinez showed up on a number of rosters after an April in which
- Pedro Martinez's Possible Suitors
Rumors surfaced today that Pedro Martinez was nearing an agreement with the Houston Astros. While the rumors seem at press time to be holding no water, it does appear likely that Pedro Martinez
- Tigers See the A's Jon Lester, Raise Them David Price
know, of course, but what we do know is that the Tigers acquired David Price this afternoon, bolstering their own rotation to make a pitching staff that is unlike anything we've seen in a while
- Hamels vs Martinez
rotation, and reports are surfacing that he may go with Pedro Martinez in the second game in lieu of Cole Hamels. The rationale appears to be based on recent performance - Hamels has struggled
- Victor Martinez: Stock ?
In our ridiculously early draft, I picked Victor Martinez in the 10th round. I like the idea of picking up Martinez on the cheap, but I wasn't exactly sure what his value would be after missing all
- Victor Martinez, First Baseman?
If your league counts all players that have started once at a position as eligible there, well then Victor Martinez can catch for you next year. And you're luckier for it. But anyone else that played
- Q&A: David Murphy, Underrated Ranger
David Murphy isn’t a star. The former first-round draft pick -- 17th overall by the Red Sox in 2003 -- has never been able to establish himself as more than a solid player. Coming into the season
- What's Changed for J.D. Martinez?
Before the 2012 season, some folks drafted J.D. Martinez as a deep sleeper, coming off a decent debut with the Astros in 2011 and a solid minor league profile. He went on to slug only 11 HR in 439 PA
- Wily Peralta, Alex Liddi, David Cooper: Mining the Minors
year long. At the time of that write-up, I didn't see an easy fit for him in Boston until September roster expansion, but with Kevin Youkilis hitting the DL and David Ortiz battling a heel issue
- Victor Martinez and the < 1 Club
, the fourth member is Victor Martinez. While not a power threat of the Albert Pujols or Ryan Howard ilk, he has hit 16-25 home runs each of the last four years with a steadily increasing OPS of .851-.879
- NotGraphs Q&A: Tino Martinez
NotGraphs reached out to Tino Martinez for some thoughts about hitting, coaching, Derek Dietrich, and bunny rabbits.
On hitting: "You've just got to make the f****** bat hit the f****** ball
- Is Fernando Martinez Worth a Waiver Claim?
Fernando Martinez's time as a New York Met might be coming to an end. To make room for Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston on its 40-man roster, the Mets placed Martinez on waivers. While it seems
- That Time Kirby Puckett Was on David Letterman
of Fame legitimacy. Other -- more rightly so -- scowl at the off-the-field acts for which he was accused.
Nevertheless, this clip involves David Letterman, and a player that still carries a lot of clout
- Will Victor Martinez Bring Fantasy Spoils?
Victor Martinez was the top catcher on most draft boards prior to the 2008 season. He had an ADP of 29 following his 2007 season where he hit .301-25-114-78-0. Of course Martinez ended up a big
- A Sad Farewell to Victor Martinez's Streak
that called strikeouts happen, and that's even inevitable for Victor Martinez, But for the longest stretch, he was clean. For 641 consecutive plate appearances, he was clean.
Understand what we're talking
- Victor Martinez's Unlikely and Unique Comeback
Victor Martinez is in his age-35 season. He spent nearly a decade in the majors playing catcher, the most physically demanding position for a hitter to play. He missed the entire 2012 season after
- Pedro Martinez Country Music Album
Because the waking life holds nothing for me, I took an afternoon nap recently. Within the gauzy bounds of that nap, I learned that Pedro Martinez, baseball merchant of the sublime, had recorded
- Season Comparisons
Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens click here....
- WAR Graphs Update: Pitchers!
We've updated our WAR Graphs tool to include pitcher comparisons:
Source: FanGraphs -- Pedro Martinez, Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax
It's also now possible to compare batters and pitchers
- Joe Kelly vs. Carlos Martinez
is essentially between Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez. There really is no clear favorite, as Kelly is the incumbent, but Martinez carries much greater upside. The pitcher that fails to capture the 5th slot
- Q&A: David Cone, Stat-head All-Star
As many FanGraphs readers know, David Cone is more than a former All-Star pitcher and current color commentator for the New York Yankees. He is also a stat-head. The borderline Hall of Famer -- he
- Chris Davis and David Murphy, in the [Pitching] Zone
For Chris Davis and David Murphy, “in the zone” doesn’t extend to the mound. Each has a successful pitching performance on his resume, but in neither case was there a feeling of being in command
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Victor Martinez
Well, we have our first Contract Crowdsourcing result that really surprises me. The votes are in, and you guys think that Victor Martinez is in line for a a pretty sweet deal.
- David Wallace, Future Big League Manager
Young, first-year managers are a growing trend in Major League Baseball. That’s good news for David Wallace. The 34-year-old wasn’t a candidate for any of this off-season’s openings, but he almost
- J.D. Martinez Finds His Stroke
talking about J.D. Martinez. He had changed his swing over the offseason and could tap into his latent power with a clean, easy stroke. The Astros were going to be pleasantly surprised.
It turned out
- David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions For the 2014 Season
- Miguel Montero and the Victor Martinez Contract
, $50 million contract Victor Martinez received from the Tigers in free agency prior to the 2010 season. The Diamondbacks do have Montero under contract for 2012 (the last of his team-controlled
- Victor Martinez Needs Surgery On Bat
Before the season started, the catcher consensus rankings put Victor Martinez sixth overall and one ranker had him as high as fourth. Now that we're two months in, Victor Martinez ranks dead last
- Lance Berkman, Edgar Martinez, and Cooperstown
the last couple of years rejecting a candidate with a similar resume.
In terms of rate stats, Berkman and Edgar Martinez are pretty darn similar. Martinez also had a delayed start to his career, so
- Become Intimate with Pedro Martinez's Changeup
to their YouTube channel -- including (and, for the purposes of this post, limited to) one particularly hot and sexy and hot video featuring right-hander Pedro Martinez in the bloom of goddamn youth.
- My Fantasy co-MVPs: Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez
, or Nelson Cruz. Or Dee Gordon, Charlie Blackmon, or Corey Dickerson.
I couldn’t decide between my two choices, so they share my award.
Among players drafted pretty much universally, Victor Martinez
- Martinez, Crawford and Trumbo: Injury Update
Martinez torn his ACL on Tuesday and will likely be done for the season. The true nature of his injury, and therefore his return time, will not be known until he has surgery
- Video: Larry David on the Role of Religion in Sports
episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Roll those eyes all you want, this is a perfectly good use of my time. The star of the show, Larry David -- or at least the character version of himself that he plays
- J.D. Martinez Changes Everything, Changes Everything
The top Tigers regulars by wRC+, with first names left out in order to generate a surprise I've already ruined:
- Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: June 21, 2014
and it still holds up. When I sat down "Bukowski" (warning: language) began to play and I urge you to listen to it.
On today's agenda:
1. Carlos Martinez to start tomorrow
2. Corey Dickerson fills
- The Top 10 - Week of 4/30/2007
) record breaking slump?
4. David Wright - The other New York third-baseman has been in a season long slump. He's both walking and striking out more, while his Isolated Power (ISO) has been cut
- Orioles-Tigers: Notes from Game One
on TV, but here are a few perspectives from post-game interviews, as well as relevant comments from Wednesday's media session.
Victor Martinez struck out once every 15.26 plate appearances
- Miracle GIF: J.D. Martinez vs. Gravity
The footage you see here comes to us courtesy (a) the eighth inning of Sunday's Giants-Astros game and (b) Houston left fielder J.D. Martinez's Arm of Wonder.
If we presume that the above
- Edgar Martinez Following Reese's Unfortunate Path
in Cooperstown. A few took steps forward -- Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines enjoyed substantial gains. Others, like Mark McGwire, took steps back.
Edgar Martinez was a member of the final
- Slideshow: David Temple's Ten Bold Depictions
- NotGraphantasy Draft Domination, per David G Temple
- Players' View: Who Was Better, Pedro or Ryan?
a right answer.
Who was better: Pedro Martinez or Nolan Ryan?
The question was phrased exactly that way. It was up to the people responding to interpret the meaning of “better” and to elaborate
- Wacha and Charity: The Cardinals Steal Game Two
, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal limited the Red Sox to four hits. The only damage came via a David Ortiz home run off Wacha in his sixth and final frame. Martinez and Rosenthal combined
- Big Z's Loss of K's
find that Zambrano's most comparable player through age 27 is Ramon Martinez.
Like Zambrano, Martinez routinely crossed the 200-inning mark in his early 20's, compiling plenty of strikeouts
- So How Good Has J.D. Martinez Become?
Chisenhall posted a 163 wRC+. In the second half of this season, he's posted just about the same wRC+, except without the 1 in it. Chisenhall's gotten much much worse. Early on, J.D. Martinez was another
- Grant Balfour Utilizes Socratic Method with Victor Martinez
an urgent line of inquiry to better understand Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez's impressions of the world.
Asks Balfour of Martinez: "Why the fuck you looking at me, man?" And also: "What's your
- Age Comparisons
Starting with the pitchers, I compared strikeouts per 9 innings (K/9) for Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson. Looks like Pedro has started to decline much earlier in his career than
- Player Pages: Glossary Tooltips & Leaderboard Linking
. Mike Trout will show you leaderboards for 2011 to 2012, while clicking on, let's say, Pedro Martinez's Total link will take you to leaderboards for 1992 through 2009.
Clicking on a player's
- Sunday Notes: Dickey & Scherzer on Pitch Counts, Bando's Spitball, Blue Jays
and logged the fewest strikeouts in the American League.
Buck Martinez, now a broadcaster for the Blue Jays, was one of the Brewers' catchers in those seasons. He says the low strikeout and walk totals
- David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions For The 2013 Fantasy Season
- I'm Awful at These: David Wiers' 10 Bold Predictions Revisited
- Jansen Ditches Catching, Hitches Ride To Majors
juggernaut featuring Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada, Pedro Martinez, Ubaldo Jimenez and Edinson Volquez, among others. Jansen helped seal a 3-2 victory by gunning down Wily
- Prospects in Proper Context, Pt. 6: AA Eastern League
of his offensive thunder at a premium position, but major league pitchers are going to carve him up if he doesn't learn to show a little restraint.
5. Fernando Martinez, Mets: .346 wOBA (.287
- Q&A: Ryne Sandberg
the likes of Pedro Martinez, Nolan Ryan and Bruce Sutter? And how did the pitchers’ respective repertoires and approaches influence those results? Sandberg delved into his memory bank to analyze those
- A Manny Comeback?
type of shape he's in or what he has been up to over the past nine months -- cutting off outfield throws in Beer League softball games, selling giant grills, pointing at David Ortiz on TV (and wondering
- Writer's View: The Best Players Not in the Hall of Fame
Vince Gennaro, Society for American Baseball Research [SABR]
1. Tim Raines
2. Minnie Minoso
3. Edgar Martinez
HOF voters have overlooked three particularly worthy candidates: Tim
- How Can the Tigers Replace Victor Martinez?
Catching is supposed to be the activity that slowly robs young men of their athleticism, but it was training that felled Victor Martinez. After keeping his legs fresh while being a primary catcher
- American League Outfield Tiered Rankings Update
accepts a trade to the Rangers may be losing some playing time (though David Murphy seems most likely to lose his job). Martin has posted back-to-back months of 120 wRC+ and for the year he is almost
- Sunday Notes: Counting Clicks with Twins & Tigers; Mets, Padres, Red Sox
. Scoring runs and driving them in are the most important things.”
Dozier isn't the only one counting clicks and putting up numbers. Detroit Tigers outfielder JD Martinez is hitting .312/.342
- Roto Riteup: July 7, 2013
two weeks ago — Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez believes that Lo-Mo tried to get too pull happy. Says Martinez "Now, he [Morrison] seems to be going the other way, using the whole field. He's told
- Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: August 29, 2014
Infielder: Victor Martinez — $5,300
Martinez and the rest of the Detroit Tigers will be digging in against Scott Carroll and his 1.32 K:BB ratio. V-Mart hits righties well — though
- Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: August 31, 2014
Outfielder: Dexter Fowler — $4,400
Fowler and Houston Astros face off against Nick Martinez, who currently holds a 0.0 WAR in 105 innings this season.
Other hitter: Chris Carter — $4,900
- Unlike 2006: A-Rod Wins the Game!
Bobby Abreu 1.96
Johnny Damon 1.76
Tony Clark 1.05
Tino Martinez .77
Whether you like him or not, he has been the most valuable Yankees batter
- The Price for David Price
trade chip, at least until last night. That's when Jeff Passan reported that talks with Tampa Bay about acquiring David Price were expected to heat up soon, naming the Mariners, Dodgers, Angels
- Q&A: Derek Lowe on Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS
team, the Cleveland Indians, visited Fenway Park earlier this season.
David Laurila: Your performance in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS is arguably the greatest in Red Sox history. Do you agree
- Sanchez, Strikeouts and Pitch Counts: The Tigers Take Game One
Fielder was hit by a pitch. After a Victor Martinez force out put runners on the corners with two out, Jhonny Peralta quieted “steroids” chants with a single up the middle to score Cabrera. Lester’s
- American League Outfield Tiered Rankings Update
A lot of Michaels, including a few good options. Brantley is essentially a poor man's Melky Cabrera, and that isn't an insult
- David Price Against the Rangers
as the teams battle in a one-game playoff for the right to make another one-game playoff. The starters are going to be Martin Perez and David Price, and there's something about Price people have honed
- Champhero: David Kushner
Thanks to the presumably fine folks at Rising Apple, I have learned of the existence of pop artist David Kushner. I surveyed his Etsy page in the manner of a man about to spend money on things his
- David Welch: Thrower of No-Hitters
On Friday night, Down Under, in the future, David Welch of the Sydney Blue Sox pitched the game of his life: A playoff no-hitter of the Adelaide Bite. It was the reincarnated Australian Baseball
- Sunday Notes: Tazawa's Role, Perkins' Bullets, Butler, Buck, Baseball Americana
as their hitting coach and replaced him with Jack Maloof, assisted by Andre David. The duo lasted all of two months into the 2013 season before they were replaced by George Brett and Pedro Grifol. Two months
- Carl Pavano's Second Act
A year and a half ago, Carl Pavano was baseball's biggest punch line. Formerly a prized Red Sox prospect, Pavano was traded to Montreal in 1997 as part of a package for Pedro Martinez. He overcame
- Shoppach's Shocking 2008
When All-Star catcher Victor Martinez went down due to injury, the Cleveland Indians figured to suffer a significant loss of production behind the plate. Instead, a former trade throw-in stepped
- Jason Varitek: Not Dead Yet
that ranks third among all qualified catchers. Only part-time first baseman Victor Martinez and part-time DH Mike Napoli best Varitek, so you could say that he's the leader in the clubhouse among those
- Justin Masterson's Splits
When the Cleveland Indians shipped C/1B Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox last July 31st, the club picked up LHP Nick Hagadone, RHP Bryan Price and RHP Justin Masterson. Hagadone was the long
- Salty, Snyder Switch Teams
project for Boston. He's still relatively young and he's under team control for several years to come, which makes him a possible alternative to pending free agent Victor Martinez.
- David Ortiz and the Meaningful Meaningless
, a weird game, and the Cardinals never got themselves righted, but if you're in search of the amazing, you look to the bottom of the seventh. When David Ortiz came to the plate, Boston's chances
- David Aardsma - Country Strong
The Mariners' David Aardsma is more than just a quality reliever and the guy whose aardvark-like surname bumped Hank Aaron from alphabetical pole position in The Baseball Encyclopedia. He's also
- David Murphy: Undrafted
David Murphy hit over .300 with double-digit power and steals last season. He's in line for more playing time with Josh Hamilton gone. He just turned 31, so age is only a slight concern
- Is David Murphy Fantasy Relevant?
The Indians finalized their two-year, $12 million deal with David Murphy today. He's projected for two wins by Steamer, and in the past that front office has pegged the cost per win much higher than
- Players' View: Who was Better, Bonds or Ruth?
on this one.”
Dave Martinez, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach: “I played with Barry -- he was unbelievable -- and I’ve obviously only seen video of Ruth. I’ve obviously seen the numbers. As far as all-around
- Roto Riteup: April 21, 2013
league. Mixed league OF is just so deep that there are usually better options available than what Cain brings to the table.
Assorted roster moves from yesterday
- The Astros placed OF J.D Martinez
- Stock Watch: 8/10
Pavano headed to the Twin Cities in an August waiver deal, Masterson steps into the Tribe's starting rotation. The 24 year-old sinker/slider pitcher, acquired in the Victor Martinez swap with Boston
- Sunday Notes: Adam Jones, Kinsler's Glove, Price's Cutter, Britton's Sinker, more
. If it's close enough to the zone, he has a knack for getting knocks.
In the words of David Price, “I don't think there's a pitch Adam Jones doesn't think he can hit, and he might be right.” An American
- David Ortiz's Contract Complaints
I came across this blurb a couple days ago over at HardBall Talk (originally from ESPN Boston):
“David [Ortiz] is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public, but the guy feels hurt
- David Wright's Many Faces
It's hard to believe, but 2013 will be the 10th major league season for David Wright. In those ten years, it seems like he's been about three different players.
Wright has hit as many as 33 home
- Is David Price Actually Improving?
Casual fans who look at David Price's stat-line this year definitely come away unimpressed. On the surface, his 4-6 record with a 3.97 ERA are sub-par for a pitcher of his caliber, especially one who
- David DeJesus and Dayton's Destiny
In the aftermath of the Teahen-for-Getz-and-Fields trade, there is a rumor that the Royals see Fields as an option in left field, and are exploring the trade market for David DeJesus. Fields
- Stock Watch: 9/7
susceptible to lefties (.279/.360/.518 from 2006-2008), Floyd and his new pitching strategy have subdued southpaws for a .227/.289/.378 line in 2009.
Pedro Martinez, Phillies
- Rule 5 Dark Horse: J.D. Martinez
the change in rules for eligibility a few years ago. Outfielder J.D. Martinez was removed from the 40-man roster November 20th while putting together an impressive winter league season in Venezuela
- The Maturation of David Price
David Price hatched onto the scene last October, laying claim to the trivia question which will inevitably ask which Rays pitcher recorded the final out in the 2008 ALCS. His transition
- Carlos Beltran on Hitting
up in the big leagues, I talked to a lot of guys I looked up to. One of those guys was Edgar Martinez. I asked him if every year he feels the same. He said 'No, every year I don't feel the same.' Your
- A Niese Prospect
The New York Mets are set at the front of the rotation with Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine. However, with Oliver Perez and Pedro Martinez both eligible for free agency, two other spots
- Stock Watch: April 20th
the league in ERA (somewhere, Gabe Kapler does bicep curls and weeps).
Zack Greinke, Royals
An absurdly gifted hurler, Greinke has channeled his inner Pedro Martinez by posting a 26/5 K/BB ratio
- 2009 ERA-xFIP Splits
. It just means that we would expect some regression moving forward. Greinke is a monster (3.15 xFIP), he's just not likely to go all Pedro Martinez circa 1999 on a regular basis.
Here are the starters
- Lou Marson's Window of Opportunity
The Cleveland Indians enjoyed the services of switch-hitting dynamo Victor Martinez until his trade to Boston last summer. Soon enough, another power-hitting backstop who takes cuts from both sides
- Minor Moves: Wellemeyer to SF, M. Jacobs to NYM
the 1-4 spots in the rotation, and Madison Bumgarner, Joe Martinez and Kevin Pucetas are expected to compete for the fifth spot.
A former Cub, Marlin, Royal and Cardinal, Wellemeyer was a wild man
- Andres Torres vs. Angel Pagan
for 20-plus steals. And, with Aaron Rowand becoming a scrappy $12 million Gatorade drinker and sunflower flicker, Carlos Beltran's knees necessitating a move to an outfield corner and Fernando Martinez's
- Brian Anderson vs. Derek Jeter, Oct. 30, 2001
. That was the way he approached things.
“In that game, he was hitting second. Of course, they had the thumpers behind him, like Paul O’Neill, Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez -- guys who had some power
- Putting Pedro Martinez's Minus Stats in Context
Although Pedro Martinez may not have had the longevity or durability of some of baseball's other pitching greats, there is little doubt that his peak years were some of the best, if not the best
- David DeJesus and Type A Status
As has been written before, Royals outfielder David DeJesus is the sort of player who tends to fly under the radar because he does no one thing exceptionally well, but he does a number of things
- Welcome To The Show, David Hernandez
are in town to take on the Orioles. Making his major league debut, David Hernandez will be starting for the O's.
Hernandez is one of those divisive prospects who puts up numbers that dwarf his
- David Wright's Power Outage
in what was supposed to be a ceremonious christening like the other New York team witnessed. Amongst the questions the Mets will attempt to answer during the off-season includes David Wright’s 2009
- David Ortiz's Power Decline
Yesterday I looked at David Ortiz's decline in plate discipline values. Today I am going to turn to his power numbers. Because of Ortiz's inclusion on the leaked 2003 list of players who tested
- David Price Swallows Flames
When David Price was made the number one selection out of Vanderbilt, the comparisons for him were all over the place. The most obvious comparison – in size and tone – was CC Sabathia. Like
- David Aardsma's Worst
The book on David Aardsma was always the same: power arm with a blessed fastball, but wild command and an affinity for fly balls – and by extension, home runs. He was essentially a major league
- Assigning Responsibility for David Ortiz
, and it was sharply struck, but that was a fairly obvious run-scoring situation, and more importantly, what people are really going to remember is David Ortiz. What was on people's minds at the time was David Ortiz
- Prioritizing Boring with David DeJesus
The Rays are considered likely to part with ace David Price this offseason, not because he's a free agent, but because he'll be under expensive team control. In short, Price is going
- The David Price Equation
is quiet, especially the one for David Price, because while teams do of course see Price as an ace, getting him would require giving up players, and teams are more comfortable just giving up money. So
- David Price, Future Cardinal?
Last week, I wrote that the best suitors for David Price were primarily lower revenue clubs who might not be able to afford his 2015 arbitration raise, leading to the possibility that Price could
- Q&A: Pat Hentgen
? Hentgen -- now a member of the Blue Jays coaching staff -- did his best to answer those questions.
David Laurila: How did you get hitters out?
Pat Hentgen: I was primarily a fastball
- Q&A: Jason Giambi, Hitting Guru
among current players.
Giambi talked about his favorite subject -- hitting -- last week in Goodyear, Arizona.
David Laurila: What have you learned about hitting over the course of your
- Sunday Notes: Nava, Non-Qualified All-Stars, Crooning Catcher, Zimmer(s)
SS: Brock Holt, Red Sox, .327/.371/.463
3B: Conor Gillaspie, White Sox, .326/.377/.484
C: Evan Gattis, Braves, .290/.342/.558
DH: JD Martinez, Tigers, .346/.380/.654
- C.J. Wilson on Spin Rate, Arm Angles and Exploiting Weaknesses
, but I don't and never have.
“Felix Hernandez is able to change speeds from 90 to 96. It's a different gear. David Price can throw 97 if he feels like it. Tommy Millone throws 88. You have
- Beltre, V-Mart, and "Batting Your Age"
if you're interested.
Here are the players who accomplished this since 2009.
- FanGraphs Q&A: The Best Quotes of 2012
on that in spring training and all year long. Don’t be afraid to mistakes. We value mistakes, as long as we learn from them. And we’re going to make mistakes.” -- Dave Martinez, June 2012
“We preach trying
- Where are David Price's Grounders?
Last week R.J. looked at David Price's improving K/BB ratio. Another important part of the Price story I wanted to look at is ground balls. Coming up through the minors one of the things that made
- David DeJesus Is Just Fine
Like most hitters in Oakland this year, David DeJesus is not doing so well. The A's acquired him from the Royals to give their offense a spark, but thus far he has racked up just a .229/.313/.358
- David DeJesus Joins DeCubs
Wednesday when they inked outfielder David DeJesus to a two year, $10M deal. After a brief stop in Oakland and that cavernous hole they call a ballpark, DeJesus gets to now call the friendly confines
- When to Walk David Ortiz
It is a bit of an exaggeration to say that David Ortiz has been the Red Sox' whole offense during the World Series, but only a bit, as he is hitting .733/.750/1.267 in the Series so far. Of course
- Tom Brookens, Future Big League Manager
either a righty or a lefty. But again, it depends on your personnel. We obviously have a great scenario with Victor Martinez. He’s a switch-hitter, so we don’t have to worry about righty-lefty match-ups
- Cueto Many Home Runs
at AA, but his 7.00 K/BB ratio made him look like the Southern League's version of Pedro Martinez. Promoted yet again, Cueto would throw 22 innings for AAA Louisville of the International League
- Justin Masterson's Value
Last July, the Cleveland Indians swapped long-time catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for three young talents. Nick Hagadone, a lefty with a wicked fastball
- What to Make of Madison Bumgarner
This spring, Madison Bumgarner will compete with the likes of Todd Wellemeyer, Kevin Pucetas and Joe Martinez for the right to open the 2010 season in San Francisco's starting rotation. Truth be told
- FanGraphs Q&A: The Best Quotes of 2013
in the Orioles organization as a hot-headed pitcher who didn’t want to go along with the system. The reason was that I fought for my rights.” — Dennis Martinez, May 2013
“Some balls you can get
- To Keep or Trade David Price
It seems like a foregone conclusion that David Price won't be with the Tampa Bay Rays when spring training begins next year. In previous seasons, Tampa Bay has dealt Edwin Jackson and Matt Garza
- The Evolution of David "Tinkerbell" Price
For the past three season, James Shields and David Price have battled it out for the status of ace of the Rays' staff. The title has flopped back and forth between the two of them, with Price gaining
- Your David Palmer GIF of the Day
In 1988, David Palmer once took to the bases and, upon arriving at third, perpetrated this:
Look at David Palmer flopping about like an astounded halibut. Just look at him
- Sunday Notes: Fathers Day Edition; Trevor Bauer, Marco Gonzales & more
players, and one coach, about the relationship they share with their fathers and the game they love.
Dave Martinez, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach: “My dad was hard on me. If one day I was two-for-four, he
- Sunday Notes: Kusnyer on Ryan, Hahn on Run Differential, Gillaspie, Thielbar & More
not come as a starter.
Nolan Ryan walked 2,795 batters, the most in history. Ferguson Jenkins, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez played 60 seasons between them and combined to walk 2,756.
- Facial Hair Watch: David Price
there. Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ’85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.”
Anyone want to take part in a David Price facial hair contest
- Daily Notes: Carlos Martinez to Make First Major-League Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Carlos Martinez to Make First Major-League Start
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete
- David Price Facial Hair Winners
There were four entrants to the David Price facial hair contest. And, therefore, four winners.
Honorable Mention, sent in by Steve Madden:
Third place, sent in by Matt Saunders
- David DeJesus Out, Alex Gordon In
Last night during the Royals-Yankees game, David DeJesus sprained his right thumb after running into the fence (video). The complete extent of the injury is not known, but reports are saying that he