- Braves Fire GM Frank Wren
The Braves have had a pretty lousy season, and General Manager Frank Wren has lost his job because of it. The team announced today that John Hart will take over as interim GM.
The Braves have
- Sunday Notes: Baker's Books, Barney's Leather, Buehrle's Bullets & More
John Baker isn't a cookie-cutter catcher in the mold of a Yogi Berra or a Crash Davis. He doesn't read comic books or converse in cliches. The Chicago Cubs backstop is a deep thinker who sees
- Chapman Leads Impressive Baker-Free Reds Bullpen
that only using your closer only in save situations is a pretty terrible use of resources.
Dusty Baker under-utilized Chapman, such that despite his dominant performance he was worth just 1.6 wins
- The Greatness of Frank Thomas
of exaggeration but largely founded on inconceivable truth. Here's an old anecdote about Frank Thomas:
"We had this competition, even when he was a freshman, in which we'd wager a Coke on whether he
- A GIF and a Tune: Rajai Davis and Chet Baker
In the second installment of A GIF and a Tune, we watch Rajai Davis float along to the smoother-than-velvet-underpants stylings of Chet Baker.
- Regarding Frank Viola's Friends
for the people at work who I call names behind their backs. As a grown man, I have not noticed this to be abnormal.
Former baseballer Frank Viola is no normal man, however. Despite sharing a name
- Cubs Add Baker, Search for Butcher and Candlestick-Maker
Despite apparent mutual interest in a return engagement at Target Field, Scott Baker has parted company with the Twins and will head six hours southeast on I-90/94 through the vast, untrodden wilds
- Cubs Sign Scott Baker
Stop the presses! Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have signed a good player with durability questions to a one year contract. This time, their reclamation project is Scott Baker, who underwent Tommy John
- On Frank Deford and Sportswriting
Frank Deford, a legend of sportswriting at Sports Illustrated for over half a century, was awarded the Red Smith Award for outstanding contributions to sports journalism last Friday. In his
- FanGraphs Audio: John Jaso and Geoff Baker
David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA), curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks both to Mariners catcher John Jaso and Seattle Times beat writer Geoff Baker.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Baker Undergoes Surprise Tommy John Surgery
Right-hander Scott Baker was set to undergo surgery on his elbow for a cleanup of his flexor pronator tendon earlier this week. Any elbow surgeries can result in complications for a big league
- Twins Lose Scott Baker To Another Flexor Strain
The Twins announced Wednesday that their top starter, Scott Baker, would miss the rest of the season after upcoming surgery to clear scar tissue from his right flexor pronator tendon. While
- Scott Baker: Most Underrated Hurler in the Bigs?
Walker one -- so keep that in mind as you read.
Nonetheless, each and every time I look at Scott Baker’s marks -- last year especially but even his career digits -- I get the increasing notion
- Padres Get Better End Of Baker-LeBlanc Swap
The Marlins and Padres managed to sneak in a little one-for-one trade just before the Thanksgiving holiday, with catcher John Baker heading to San Diego in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wade
- Joe West Tosses Frank McCourt
of the Dodgers."
Us too, Cowboy Joe. Us too.
It took a while, longer than any of us expected, but Joe West always gets his man.
Frank McCourt: You're finally, mercifully, thankfully ... outta here
- Tomlin, Peralta, Baker, Sanchez, Santana: DLWW
of save opportunities.
Watch the headlines for news of Farnsworth returning to his closer role. Until then, enjoy the few saves that can be squeezed out of Peralta.
Scott Baker (Elbow - 19.0
- Spectacles/Mustache Package Deal: Dusty Baker
I dare you to look at the aged -- yet oddly handsome -- face of Dusty Baker, and not be impressed. I don't know about you, but I see wisdom.
I see a mix of young and old: A pair of stylish
- Headley, Ludwick, Hafner, Baker, Santana: DLWW
final season, so I could see the team give him plenty of playing time to accumulate RBIs and Runs.
Scott Baker (elbow – 20% owned) – Baker has never been a flashy pitcher, but he is safest bet
- Frank Wren Pulls a Jackie Moon
? One dollar. That's right.
Come on, Doug Melvin. You couldn't even wrangle a washing machine out of the Braves? Frank Wren would make Jackie Moon proud -- the same Jackie Moon who acquired key
- Frank McCourt Takes Another Bad Loan
When Frank McCourt filed for bankruptcy, he also acquired a $150 million loan to cover his immediate expenses, but since he's broke and has bled the Dodgers dry, the only way he could come up
- Waiver Wire: Appreciating Scott Baker
About a month ago my Rotographs colleague, the excellent Mike Podhorzer, wrote a piece that wondered if Scott Baker was having the second breakout season of his career. Mike sang Baker’s praises
- A 2nd Breakout for Scott Baker?
On the surface, Scott Baker is having his typical season. With a 4.12 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP, compared to his career marks of 4.31 and 1.28, respectively, he has performed pretty much in line
- Jeff Baker: Starting Second Baseman
for about 150 different places around the web. We think he's going to be a great fit here at FanGraphs.
On June 17, 2010, Jeff Baker cracked a Dallas Braden changeup so hard it dangled in the Chicago
- Cito Gaston Retires, Dusty Baker Signs an Extension; There Are Still Too Few African-American Managers
Last night was Cito Gaston's last home game in Toronto, after nearly three decades with the organization. Today, Dusty Baker -- Gaston's teammate with the 1975 Braves, and a fellow protege of Henry
- Scott Baker's Season
After last night's six-inning, five run beat down at the hand of the Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins righty Scott Baker holds an unimpressive 4.87 ERA. He's also got a sub-.500 record, winning
- Dusty Baker and Pitch Counts
Over the first week of my new blog, I've made a number of posts about Dusty Baker's handling of Reds pitchers. I suggested that I thought Baker has done a better job of managing the workload
- More Than Balderdash on Baker
While taking part in some Mother Day festivities, I was fortunate enough to catch most of the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds contest. This so happens to be a pairing of Dusty Baker’s two most
- The Greatness of Frank Thomas
Frank Thomas, a.k.a. "The Big Hurt," officially retired today. However his career ended, his up-and-down (but hardly bad) 2000s makes it hard to recall his utter dominance in 1990s. I'm not going
- Frank Wren Likes Lottery Tickets
Frank Wren’s modus operandi to the 2010 offseason: Replace younger, healthier players with older, more injury prone players. He’s not a doctor, but he plays one in real life. Actually, I’m not here
- Twins Lock up Baker
Right about the same time that Jon Lester got his recent deal from the Red Sox, Scott Baker signed a four year, $15.25 million extension with a $9.25 million team option for a fifth year. Like Lester
- Dusty Baker is a Fan of Mismatches
Dusty Baker threw the American League champions yesterday. The Rays christening of their new spring home didn’t quite go to plan. Joe Maddon followed the aforementioned tradition, running out
- Being Frank About Frank
The biggest loser at the hands of an over-saturated designated hitter market is none other than the Big Hurt himself, Frank Thomas. 40-years-old and finally removed from a nightmarish 2008 season
- Daily Graphing - Frank Thomas
After playing 15 years in Chicago, the White Sox bought out Frank Thomas's contract for 3.5 million dollars making him a free agent. The White Sox would have had to pay him 10 million dollars