- The Greatness of Frank Thomas
" currently only extends back to 2002, so for some historical WAR perspective, let's compare some career WAR numbers from Sean "Rally" Smith's historical WAR database.
Frank Thomas 75.9
- 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
- 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
- Skyrocket Smith
The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- WAR's Favorite Position
inspiring list for Yankees fans, who probably wonder why Frank Thomas could not have been ranked higher by BA in 1990, or why I eliminated Cabrera. But I think it does a nice job of highlighting
- Building a Farm: American League East
- Dreamweaving the Draft
to think Frank Viola, right?
28. Zach Lee, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Skills they love: He won't sign.
They'll be hoping for production like: I'm sure the Dodgers wish the best for him as a quarterback
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Man that Thrilled the Fan
Stanley Frank Musial's ancestors in the Polish peasantry were so used to being trodden on that their very name meant "he had to do it." His immigrant father slaved away in Rust Belt mills until
- Sunday Notes: Tal Smith, Scouting, Padres, Orioles, Cloninger, more
No one hacked into the Houston Astros database 40 years ago. Had that been possible, they could have gleaned valuable information by doing so. Tal Smith is the reason why.
Smith was ahead of his
- 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
- 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
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
will help me think of others?
Other Bob Gibson
Other Jose Bautista
Other Frank Thomas (does he count?)
Other Joe Morgan
Other Eddie Murray
Other Randy Johnson
- 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
- A Look Ahead: The Braves And Free Agency
This is the first of a series of guest posts that we'll be publishing from Ben Nicholson-Smith, one of the lead writers for MLB Trade Rumors. The guys over at MLBTR have an interesting perspective
- The Damn You Auto Correct All-Stars
Antonio "Castaway" Bastardo
Santiago "Casinos" Casilla
Jose "Betas" Veras
Matt "FireWire" Guerrier
Hisanori "Raja Ashy" Takahashi
Jeremy "Afield" Affeldt
Frank "Here Ann" Herrmann
- Thinking of Yu, on Near-Perfection
. Darvish's stoicism refreshing, especially in the face of so much disinterest and rising chagrin. But the most notable thing here is his startlingly frank admission that he is "from a long time ago." Many
- The Top Ten Kevin Costner Baseball Films
Unabashedly sentimental but irresistibly endearing, this adaptation of Kinsella's novel channels Frank Capra and unleashes the full range of Costner's charm, while giving Shoeless Joe Jackson
- Braves' Heyward Has Appendix, Human Frailty Surgically Removed
potential, and we've all been a little impatient with the progress," said Braves GM Frank Wren, echoing concerns throughout the organization that Heyward's practically limitless talent might be forever
- 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
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 5/3 Edition
in these circumstances, Harper." - Davey Johnson
"I was thinking, if someone saw. Under my gloves, I caught up with me in the back of it with bare hands." - Bryce Harper
"Frank Robinson, who told me that you
- 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
- The Overlooked Seth Smith
An apology is due here, and I'm sorry. I whiffed on Seth Smith in my American League outfield rankings, even though those are mostly for 5x5 formats. I nearly blanked on him in my home league as I
- Free Seth Smith
Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- New Closer: Will Smith
With the departure of Francisco Rodriguez, the Milwaukee closer role is Will Smith’s to lose. Smith took big steps last season improving his K%, BB%, ERA (or FIP, if that’s more your cup of tea
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity
Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. "Will he start or not?" is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- A Brief Note about Seth Smith
The Padres didn't need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- Scheming For Relief: Osuna, Baez and Smith
batters to just one hit, while striking out three and notching two holds.
Carson Smith | Seattle Mariners | 1% (Y!), .2% (E)
Smith is a hard throwing, lanky, right-hander that has more than 40
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- Seth Smith Would Be Great Fit for Mariners
remaining $105 million on his contract...), the San Diego Padres find themselves with an opportunity to move 2014 right fielder Seth Smith. Kemp's days as an everyday center fielder have long passed
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
Seth Smith is having the best year of his career at the plate. He has slowed down during the second half of the season after a monster first half, but his overall line is still quite good. These days
- Braves Add Speedy Mallex Smith to Their Lineup
In this week's third unexpected outfield prospect callup, the Atlanta Braves summoned speedy outfielder Mallex Smith from Triple-A to replace the injured Ender Inciarte. Smith's been on a tear lately
- Cubs Complete Bullpen Makeover with Joe Smith
, the Cubs made one more move to set up their bullpen for this year's championship run.
Jesus Castillo, the RHP acquired by #Angels in Joe Smith deal, is not ranked among #Cubs top 30 prospects by https
- Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
Joe Smith, who has long contended with Scott Baker and Jim Johnson for The Most Boring Name in Baseball, reportedly signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Angels over the weekend
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
- FanGraphs Audio: Bryan Smith on Prospects, Prospect Writing
Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Giants Pay Steep Price for Brewers Reliever Will Smith
of the bullpen, have just paid a pretty high price to get the left-handed Brewers' reliever Will Smith.
Here are the full terms.
Will Smith (RHP)
Phil Bickford (RHP
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first
- Daily Notes: The Effects of Burch Smith on the Human Brain
, What One Might Learn
A thing a spectator might learn during the course of this game is what sort of claim Burch Smith might have to a starting role in the future. Despite having posted a 30.3% strikeout
- Freshmen Report: Osuna, Sano, Smith, Taylor
to imagine Mauer being bumped from the Twins’ lineup despite his growing irrelevance.
Carson Smith, RHP, Mariners: A mostly unheralded prospect and former eighth round draft pick, Smith has found
- The Daily Grind: Josh Smith, Nova, Peralta
GPP Pitching Strategies
Daily DFS - Smith
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Garcia, Nova, Peralta, Holt
1. GPP Pitching Strategies
On most days, I use
- 2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1
doesn't have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)
- Q&A: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Comeback from Fear
From 2007-2009, Ryan Rowland-Smith was an effective pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Australian-born southpaw appeared in 88 games and logged an ERA below 4.00 for three years running. His move
- The Freshmen Report: Lobstein, Sanchez, Smith, Tomas
sprinkling in extra base hits and free passes.
Carson Smith, RHP, Mariners: Current Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has been successful in nine of 10 attempts but his ERA currently sits at 5.65
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
to right field. Harper is represented by Scott Boras, and is likely to set a draft record with the contract he signs. (Bryan Smith)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon | RHP | Texas HS
- The Next Step
Smith. Templeton provided insane value to the Cardinals.
In fact, in their first seven seasons, Garry Templeton produced 20.5 WAR. Ozzie Smith, who peaked in Years 7-12 of his career, produced just
- Arbitrary End Points
like Benson, those strikeout numbers will keep the batting average down.
Marquez Smith hit .198/.291/.327 the first two months. He hit .337/.405/.650 after.
Aaron Hicks hit .246
- Weighing Dee Gordon
Lance Johnson - 7 seasons (2.0, 3.2, 3.9, 5.1, 1.5, 3.4, 6.5)
Luis Polonia - 4 seasons (2.1, 0.6, -2.3, 0.8)
Ozzie Smith - 4 seasons (3.3, 5.4, 2.7)
Tim Raines - 3 seasons (2.8, 3.3, 6.1)
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part One
We're really excited to introduce you to the newest writer to join the FanGraphs team - Bryan Smith. He's covered minor league and college baseball for nearly every site on the planet, and we're
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Seattle
, but I truly believe it was complimentary -- Moore's floor is very high. The pitcher version of this would be Ryan Rowland-Smith, who will have his modest success in Seattle as long as Safeco Field
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Twins
today. Just know that the Twins have a scouting philosophy that is tried and true, and a budget on the rise. After all the recent extensions, the next person Bill Smith should be contacting for a new
- What the Cubs Must Do
, and to ensure some eventual success.
Dear Mr. Ricketts: Fire them all. Start over. Faithfully, Bryan Smith.
- Florida Marlins Farm System Discussion
pick in the 2007 draft was Jameson Smith, who hasn't been able to stay on the field, and when he has, few catchers in the minors have been worse throwing out opposing baserunners (11-for-114 in full
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Building a Farm: National League West
- Risky and Rosy
Presently, there are both quantitative and anecdotal offerings available, thanks to Sean Smith's TotalZone play by play metric (offered at MinorLeagueSplits), or any
- The Next First Round Third Basemen
2003 - Chris Lubanski (PA), Eric Duncan (NJ)
2001 - Joe Mauer (MN)
2000 - Rocco Baldelli (RI), Corey Smith (NJ), Scott Thorman (Canada), Aaron Herr (PA)
Even there, you can see that New Jersey
- Chicago White Sox Must-Watch Prospects
of the two brave enough to tackle them. Bryan Smith will flank the rankings with a pair of articles on each team: one a micro view at the top prospects (for the fan whose minor league interest is only
- Wait Til Next Year: 2011 Draft Preview - Hitters
; Casey McElroy, SS, San Diego; Taylor Motter, SS, Coastal Carolina; Austin Nola, SS, LSU; Joe Panik, SS/3B, St. John's; Tyler Rahmatulla, 2B, UCLA; K.C. Serna, SS, Oregon; Adam Smith, SS, Texas A&M
- Video: The Ozzie Smith of Cuba, More or Less
- Building the Farm: American League West