- The Unique Path to Success in Oakland
- Bringing Bill James' Famous Arbitration Case to 2014
- Is Jim Leyland a Future Hall of Famer?
Jim Leyland is an elder statesman of the game, usually recognized as one of the best managers in baseball, and his Tigers just won their third straight division title. The three best managers
- Year of the Pitcher?...Think Again
- Jered Weaver Goes to Arbitration
$86 million over the next four seasons. Not even a month later, the Angels are going to arbitration with Jered Weaver over a difference of $1.425 million. Given their willingness to expand their payroll
- Jered Weaver's K Rate
Though the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have played .500 ball to this point and have a run differential (negative 26) that suggests they've been lucky to break even, you can't blame Jered Weaver
- Replacing Weaver Already?
the likes of Eric Stults, James McDonald, Jason Schmidt, Jeff Weaver, and Eric Milton. The latter three had battled injuries and bouts of ineffectiveness in recent years but had a previously established
- Previewing Weaver at Yankee Stadium
In Game Two of the upcoming ALCS, Jered Weaver will face the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. Facing the Yankees anywhere is a tough task this year -- they lead the league in HRs and BBs
- MLB TeeVee: Leave It To Weaver
This is the third in a series of short excerpts from MLB Network's entirely imaginary new fall sitcoms. More details here.
Today's show: LEAVE IT TO WEAVER
- 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
- Jered Weaver and Park Effects
Over the next few days, you're going to read an awful lot about how Jered Weaver left money on the table to re-sign with the Angels and pitch close to home. That is almost certainly true, since he
- Can Jered Weaver Rebound?
Will the real Jered Weaver please stand up? Is he the consensus top talent available in the 2004 draft and the one who went a combined 17-3 between Triple-A and the majors in 2006, with 11 of those
- Smoltz = Weaver (The Good One)
to practically anyone in 40 innings. For example, here's Smoltz's career in Boston compared with Jered Weaver's last 8 starts for the Angels.
Smoltz: 8 GS, 40 IP, 59 H, 9 BB, 33 K, 8 HR, 8.33 ERA
- Jered Weaver's Declining Skills
Jered Weaver has made a career out of outperforming his expected ERA metrics. In his first seven seasons, he has posted an ERA below his SIERA in six of those and sports a career 3.27 ERA versus
- Jered Weaver and Splits
happened is not the best predictor of what is going to happen.
Let's use an example of why having split data for metrics like xFIP is important. If you go to Jered Weaver's page at Baseball
- Whither the Younger Weaver?
way Jered Weaver's career is going. Is he still on his way up? Is there un-tapped potential here, or is he what he is - a pretty good pitcher with established flaws?
Unfortunately for Weaver
- Jim Thome
Jim Thome hits free agency this offseason, after playing out the last season of his 2003-2008 (with 2009 vesting in 2008) contract. Injuries in Philadelphia and his eventual inability to play
- Jeff Weaver May Return
into the mix. One recently signed pitcher who will not compete for the fifth spot in Spring Training is Jeff Weaver.
Weaver inked a $500,000 minor league deal this week with an invitation to Spring
- Damn, Earl Weaver!
Image thanks to Andy Gray at SI Vault.
Damn, Earl Weaver, you knew how to walk the line -- though often, you crossed it. Thrown out at least 91 times, even today you might be thrown to the wolves
- Daily Graphing - Jeff Weaver
Since the Dodgers and Jeff Weaver were unable to reach a contract agreement, Weaver will now seek to join a different team. After a uncharacteristically horrible season with the Yankees in 2003, he
- Jered Weaver's Favorite Rockpile
reading. This is the first of those posts.
We've long known that Jered Weaver got a significant boost from pitching in Anaheim. It's a park that significantly deflates home runs to right field
- ALDS Coverage: Dream Weaver
," he goes the other way. He efforts.
I'm not sure if Los Angeles Angel Jered Weaver is familiar with the concept of flow. (Given the way he spells his first name, all bets are off in re his body
- Earl Weaver Was Good at Arguing
The melodic progression of the debate peaks at the 2:04 mark, when the two gentlemanly combatants make love to the listener-viewer by discussing whether Earl Weaver will go to the Hall of Fame for winning
- Jeff Weaver's Back to Being Blue
It took a while, but Jeff Weaver has finally stepped in from the rain.
Yesterday, he rejoined the Dodgers, but not on a Major League deal; oh no, on a minor league deal. The inking is a pyrrhic
- Jered Weaver Out For a Month or Two
Yesterday, we talked about the red flags created by Jered Weaver's performances over the last few months. Today brings news that Jered Weaver will be placed on the disabled list. For the Angels
- Jered Weaver and the Giant Red Flag
Last night, Jered Weaver took the hill for his second start of the season. It didn't go very well, as he gave up five runs in five innings and walked twice as many guys as he struck out
- Jered Weaver Revisited Yet Again
Over the last few years, Rich Lederer and I have exchanged our thoughts on the skills of Jered Weaver. Rich, an unabashed Weaver believer since his days at Long Beach State, saw Weaver
- Angels Lock Up Jered Weaver
Jered Weaver is one step closer to becoming an Angel For Life. Sunday night, the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim agreed to a five-year, $85 million dollar contract with their 28-year-old ace
- Jered Weaver’s High Curves
Last night, Jered Weaver continued his breakout season with a seven-inning, seven-strikeout, one-hit, no-walk win against Cleveland. Weaver has career-high strikeout rate (9.6) while maintaing
- Discovered: The Jim Leyland Breakfast
Vine.co user Carl Skanberg provides a most excellent artist's rendering of what Jim Leyland ate this morning, and every morning previous.
- Nothing But Concern About Jered Weaver
By almost any measure, Jered Weaver's best two seasons came in 2010-11, when he threw well over 200 innings and was worth more than five WAR each year. My guess is that most people still think he
- Earl Weaver and His Glorious Pottymouth
Earl Weaver was one of the greatest managers of all-time. He was also, when it comes to the use of profanity, delivered to us straight from the firmament. What follows is perhaps Weaver at his most
- Jim Edmonds as a Duck
originalist interpretations of the Constitution. So in some ways, a bewinged and bebilled Jim Edmonds fulfills Madison's fondest hopes. Stated another way, if Jim Edmonds had never been rendered as a duck
- Daily Graphing - Jim Thome
For the first time in 7 years, Jim Thome failed play in over 140 games after having season ending elbow surgery in mid August. Before his decision to shut things down, he was easily having the worst
- Jim Rice Makes It In
worthy player no matter what rational criteria you use and disappointment that Jim Rice finally made his way in. Mostly though I was left with a resounding apathy. Like every award that is voted
- Jim Thome: Tater Masher
HI THIS IS JI-
Over the weekend, the Phillies did Jim Thome a solid, sending the future Cooperstown resident out to the equivalent of pasture for over-35 power hitters; the American
- Jim Edmonds for Chris Dickerson
The Cincinnati Reds attempted to strengthen their postseason chances by acquiring OF Jim Edmonds from the Brewers today for OF Chris Dickerson. Edmonds was apparently a decently hot commodity
- 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
- Philosophy and Jim Joyce
In looking at whether or not Commissioner Bud Selig should overturn Jim Joyce's call and award Armando Galarraga a perfect game, I want to take a philosophical approach. Unfortunately, most
- Reds Doing the Earl Weaver with Chapman
. As we've heard so often, Earl Weaver did this with many pitchers and with success. We have also seen many current players spend time in the bullpen before entering the rotation. Chad Billingsley
- A Jim Deshaies Soundboard
I was surprised, at the completion our offseason crowdsourcing project, to find that FanGraphs readers had ranked Houston Astros broadcasters Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies fourth overall among
- Jim Leyland on Chemistry
Enter the name Jim Leyland into your mind’s version of Google, then hit search – or “I’m feeling lucky” if you’re feeling lucky. What comes to mind is probably a variety of descriptive terms. “Old
- Jim Thome Returns to Cleveland
In an Indians uniform, Jim Thome had a better on-base percentage than Manny Ramirez, a better OPS than Tris Speaker and more home runs than everyone by a country mile. And with Travis Hafner ailing
- Jim Thome Returns to Philadelphia
The Phillies wasted little time in making its first move of the offseason, signing Jim Thome to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. With just those details, and no specifics about his potential
- No Love For Jim Johnson?
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
- Jim Palmer, Near-Framer of the Constitution
It is an unassailable fact of the historical record that Jim Palmer was tasked with writing very specific passages of the Constitution. "But James," Gouverneur Morris cautioned him, "pen only
- An Open Letter to Jim Tracy
- FanGraphs Audio: Jim Deshaies, Impressively
Jim Deshaies was a major-league pitcher for 12 years and Astros broadcaster for 16 more of them (i.e. more years). He's currently both (a) in his first season as a Cubs broadcaster
- Jim Thome Homering Across Eras
Jim Thome mashed his first tater since rejoining the Cleveland Indians last night. There's just something kind of special about seeing Thome back with the Indians, as he was one of the guys who has
- Jim Riggleman, As He Should Be Remembered
I break no news, only hearts, when I remind readers that it's been an eventful 24 hours for defrocked Nats skipper Jim Riggleman. First he witnessed a walk-off victory that was as taut as the tautest
- Jim Tracy's Creative Bullpen Management
Franklin Morales, the Rockies closer, was brought in to protect a four run lead on Sunday. Normally, this type of move would lead to criticism of Rockies' manager Jim Tracy for wasting Morales's
- Jim Henderson Gives Axford the Ax
3.1 innings, and gave up a whopping four home runs. It wasn't long before Axford was removed from the closer role and Jim Henderson replaced him.
The funny thing is, the two aren't that different
- Jim Henderson Suddenly an Option in Milwaukee?
Francisco Rodriguez, still the record-holder for most saves in a season. It was 29-year-old Jim Henderson, a veteran of ten minor-league seasons (and former Expos draftee!) who’d been called up
- Jim Kern's Four Incredible Seasons
, Jim Kern, might be a little less well known, but he had a significant impact nonetheless, albeit for a shorter period of time.
Before we get to them though, let’s take a brief look at how reliever
- Jim Leyland Did the Darndest Things
an option on where they batted him, and it didn’t need to be third. By the end of the night, it was one of many confusing decisions on the part of Tigers' manager Jim Leyland, who did not have his finest
- Jim Leyland's Curious Choice of Relievers
of the game the Tigers walked off extra-inning losers, and it was basically all manager Jim Leyland’s fault.
With the game in the balance, on the road, against a streaking Pirates team, Leyland
- Who Should Replace Jim Leyland?
We knew this day would come, fair NotGraphs readers. We knew that some day, Jim Leyland would no longer be the manager of the Detroit Tigers. The Gods of Baseball have spoken, and they have taken
- Q&A: Jim Hickey on James Shields
James Shields has had a career year, and at least some of the credit goes to Jim Hickey. The Rays pitching coach has played a hands-on role in the right-hander’s success, which has been fueled
- Jered Weaver vs. Edinson Volquez and Perception vs. Reality
Zduriencik, this comparison would seem highly ridiculous to you. However, are these two players, Weaver and Volquez, really all that different? Well, once you strip away all of the labels, preconceived
- Jim Leyland Is Only 67: America Reacts
So today I realized/learned that Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is 67 years old. Seriously? Just 67? Look at this guy:
Stunned by my discovery, I did what any sane person would do: I
- Jim Baumbach Is Covering Hell Out of Clemens Case
baseman of his baseball team.
In maybe -- although not definitely -- related news, Newsday reporter Jim Baumbach's Twitter coverage of this morning's jury selection for Roger Clemens' impending
- FanGraphs Audio: Jim Walsh of Maple Street Press
Jim Walsh, President and Founder, Maple Street Press
Finally, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things.
Audio on the flip-flop. (Approximately 30 min play time.)
- FanGraphs Audio: Former Major Leaguer Jim Abbott!
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with former major-league left-hander and co-author (with Yahoo's Tim Brown) of a recently released autobiography, Jim Abbott
- 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
- On Drew Smyly, Jim Leyland, & Stretching in Bed
(though Porcello's 4.80 first-half ERA belied his 3.03 xFIP during the same period).
In early July, however, Tigers' manager Jim Leyland put to rest any speculation on the matter of Smyly
- Candidate to Replace Jim-Tim McCarver: Jon Bois
Although I (still) have no say whatsoever in who takes up ol' Jim-Tim McCarver's seat at FoxSports' Roundtable of Sports Insights & Sports Analysis (since the last time we checked in, word
- Candidate to Replace Jim-Tim McCarver: Dayn Perry
Although I have no say whatsoever in who takes up ol' Jim-Tim McCarver's seat at the Roundtable of Sports Insights & Sports Analysis (it will probably be Matt Vasgersian), I will nonetheless
- Jim Palmer Is Fit, Orange, Barely Clothed
I was but a young lad when Hall of Famer Jim Palmer began doing print ads for Jockey underwear -- ads that presented Palmer to the world as the thinking man's beefcake. Survey them, and you'll find
- Jim Joyce's Strike Zone: Not That Bad, Turns Out
Holliday or the TBS broadcast team or (later on) the entire internet -- is home-plate umpire Jim Joyce's strike zone.
These were not complaints that I actually heard with my own ears. Perhaps the one
- Jim Henderson and Lorenzo Cain: Waiver Wire
Jim Henderson (ESPN: 3 percent owned; Yahoo!: 41 percent owned)
The closer carousel is a fickle ride at the best of times, but it’s seldom worse than it is during the first few weeks of the season
- The Chicago Cubs Need Less Jim Hendry
The Chicago Cubs general manager, Jim Hendry, has been described by many as a lame duck, but team owner Tom Ricketts may want to get out the hunting rifle now before the situation deteriorates any
- Jim Hendry Leaves Mixed Legacy in Chicago
Coming into today, I can’t say I had more than a surface-deep opinion on Jim Hendry. I don’t follow the Cubs as closely as I do other teams, and while I knew that Cubs fans didn’t like him, I’d
- Jim Thome's Fantasy Value Goes Kaput
As Eric Seidman writes over in FanGraphs, Jim Thome heading to the Philadelphia Phillies on a one year, $1.25M contract is a good move in the real baseball world. However, from a fantasy baseball
- Soriano Contract Retrospective: A Jim Hendry Tribute
....or, the Return of the Contract Retrospective.
Jim Hendry is reportedly out as the general manager of the Cubs. I'll leave a general summary of Hendry's tenure to someone else. In the meantime
- Q&A: Jim Wright, Colorado Rockies Pitching Coach
Jim Wright is currently entrusted with helping Rockies hurlers succeed in that hitter-friendly environment. He can’t do anything about the effect of altitude on batted and thrown baseballs
- 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
- Q&A: Jim Summers, Astros Video Coordinator
Like most in his profession, Jim Summers goes largely unnoticed. That doesn’t mean he and his brethren aren’t invaluable to the teams that employ them. When it comes to day-to-day preparation
- Video: Jim Leyland Runs Gamut of Human Emotions in 1:26
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Not merely some -- but, in fact, most -- feature-length motion pictures fail to produce as much in the way of pathos as this short video of Jim Leyland does
- Internal Monologue: Jim Bowden's Night Out
- Lest We Forget: Jim Fregosi Was Handsome
- Video: Jim Bowden Gives Inside Look at GM Meetings
Video: Bowden: Inside GM meetings
Former MLB GM and current crack TV personality Jim Bowden details for the unwashed the exact goings-on of the GM Meetings, taking place this very second in hell
- Three Mere Paragraphs Concerning Jim Thorpe's Whole Life
It was neither the best, nor entirely worst, of times for Jim Thorpe.
A brief inspection of the internet -- in particular the Baseball Reference part of it -- reveals that today (May 28th