- The 2014 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award
, but it is something to think about for next year.
Without any further ado, here are your four runners up and your 2014 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award winner.
5. Ian Desmond, 1.154 RBI/wRC, 108 wRC
- The Value of Joe Maddon
responded strongly to Joe Maddon's sudden and unanticipated free agency. The Cubs are going to hire Maddon, officially, maybe before I'm done writing this post. It's pretty clear, then, how highly
- Joe West Tosses NotGraphs
- A Collection of Public Quotes About Joe Maddon
When Andrew Friedman was hired to take over as the Dodgers President of Baseball Operations, speculation immediately began that he might try and bring Joe Maddon with him to take over as manager
- Hopeless Joe's Final NotGraphs Post
- Is Joe Mauer Still Good at Baseball
Mauer ranked 24th among fantasy first basemen this year according to Colonel Sanders’ rankings behind Mark Teixeira and ahead of Mike Napoli.
On the surface, Joe Mauer’s 2014 season is anything
- The Baseball Fan’s Guide to Baby Naming
- Hopeless Joe's End-of-Year Fantasy Chat
- Hopeless Joe Previews The Wild Card Games
- Joe Panik Changes By Not Really Changing At All
By at least one stat, Giants rookie second baseman Joe Panik is top-two at his position in the National League. Look at his numbers coming up, and this seems about what you might expect. It turns out
- Hopeless Joe Predicts the Pennant Races (National League)
. It's so easy to forget about the National League. They're like the Hopeless Joe of leagues. Really, any league without Mike Trout is pretty hopeless these days. I mean, sure, there's Kershaw
- Is Age to Blame for Joe Nathan's Decline?
Tigers closer Joe Nathan hasn't had the type of season fantasy owners were expecting. While Nathan has notched 32 saves, things haven't come easy. Through 50 innings, Nathan has a 5.04 ERA
- Hopeless Joe Predicts The Pennant Races (American League)
it works in the socialist world of Major League Baseball in 2014. In the real world, it's winner-takes-all, fight-to-the-death, we-only-need-one-person-to-clean-the-toilets-so-you're-fired-Joe
- Joe Maddon's Bunting Identity Crisis
this season, by far the highest mark in the major leagues. No other team has even 50.
So that's weird. Since he began leading the Rays in 2006, Joe Maddon has been known as one of the more
- Better Outfield of the Future: Pirates or Marlins?
- Xander Bogaerts' Rookie Struggles
- Hopeless Joe's 2014 Trade Deadline Reaction Roundup
- Hopeless Joe Reacts to the End of NotGraphs
- In an Imperfect World, Chase Utley is a Hall-of-Famer
- Hopeless Joe's All-Star Ballot (NL)
think it had to do with her pathological need to rescue people. We almost got married but then an even more hopeless Joe showed up on her doorstep and now they have three kids, fourteen feral cats
- Hopeless Joe's All-Star Ballot (AL)
- A GIF and a Tune: Joe West Fights for the Rights of Every Man
Some might possibly consider what happened to umpire Joe West during Tuesday's OAK-NYM game a "scary moment".
But lest we forget that Joe West is not only aided by a thick layer of padding
- Hopeless Joe Discusses the Jon Singleton Deal
, and locking him into a team-friendly contract in the event he becomes a decent major league player.
And there are people trying to make the case he shouldn't have taken the deal?
At the Hopeless Joe
- Hopeless Joe Eats at Shake Shack
- Hopeless Joe's Spring Training Adventure
Hey, Hopeless Joe here. I am writing this from sunny Orlando, Florida, where I have come for a little spring training getaway. It's spring, it's warm, everything's going great (except for my
- Hopeless Joe Visits Dr. Andrews
maybe I'd see some ballplayers in the waiting room. But it was just a bunch of elderly men and their home health aides. "Hopeless Joe?" called the receptionist. I got up and headed back to exam
- Scheming For Relief: Harris, Ottavino and Carpenter
ratios. At zero percent owned, Ottavino is a guy to look at if you need some holds or solds.
Will Harris | Diamondbacks | 2%
Right-hander Will Harris has made two appearances out of the bullpen
- Hopeless Joe's Players of the Week
unlucky this week.
5. Mike Jirschele. 36 years in the minors and now he gets to be a coach... for the Royals. Maybe Hopeless Joe should be Hopeless Mike. (Serious note: if you haven't read ESPN's
- Hopeless Joe's Ten Bold Predictions
(Corrected from earlier draft, "Hopeless Joe's Ten Old Prescriptions." Apologies for misunderstanding the assignment.)
1. Dan Haren proves to be the Dodgers' most valuable starter.
- 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: Joe Gunkel, Red Sox Pitching Prospect
Joe Gunkel is probably the top under-the-radar prospect in the Red Sox system. Baseball America indirectly said as much when they including him in the bonus supplement of this year’s Prospect
- Has Age Caught Up to Joe Nathan?
Tigers closer Joe Nathan once again finds himself in a desirable fantasy situation. By moving from Texas to Detroit, Nathan gets to close for another contending club. Nathan is also coming off one
- Hopeless Joe's Hall of Fame Ballot
- Hopeless Joe Profiles A Remaining Free Agent
Hopeless Joe here, with a look at one of baseball's top remaining free agents, someone I think has been getting a raw deal in the marketplace, with virtually no downside to signing him, a MVP
- Shoeless Joe Jackson Died 62 Years Ago Today
Joe Jackson was born July 16, 1887, in Pickens County, South Carolina. He died sixty-four years later, on December 5, 1951, exactly sixty-two years ago. He is remembered for two things: his nickname
- Joe Nathan, Tiger For Two Years
of the bullpen and are finalizing the details for a two-year contract with Joe Nathan. They had the money because of recent cost-saving measures, and they had the need, and the contract isn't long. What's
- Tigers Add Joe Nathan To Uncertain Bullpen
to Washington for some stocking stuffers; on Tuesday, reports surfaced that they'd signed closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, after reportedly being rebuffed by Brian Wilson.
Dave went over
- 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
- Hopeless Joe on the Jhonny Peralta Signing
a little too big to fit in my cubicle. He obviously couldn't afford to move the wall out by a few inches -- "you get two square feet, Joe, that's just how it is in the real man's workin' world," he would
- Hopeless Joe Reacts To The Fielder-Kinsler Trade
- Hopeless Joe's MVP Picks
- Joe Mauer To Move...
...but probably not that soon, since he just moved into a new house last summer.
There is a surprising amount of information on the Internet about where Joe Mauer lives. There is this weebly
- Joe Mauer, First-Tier First Baseman
a screenshot of part of the Twins' official roster from earlier Monday:
Somebody's conspicuously absent. Let's scroll down just a bit:
Monday, the Twins announced that Joe Mauer
- The 2013 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award
little toys to recognize different kinds of offensive contributions. One of these is the basis for the Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award, which annually recognizes the hitter whose RBI total most overstates
- Joe West to Attend Halloween Party as Promiscuous Umpire
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Joe Nathan
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: Joe Nathan.
- Joe Mauer Hour: If You Read Slowly
On the surface, Joe Mauer’s 2013 season looks like business as usual. In fact, compare the lines:
.324/.404/.476 in 2013
.323/.405/.468 career mark
- Hopeless Joe's Best Buy Low Candidate of 2014
- Continuing Coverage of Joe Kelly, or Kelly's Wild Night
' runs, adding to his legacy as perhaps the best postseason hitter of all time. Hidden behind the story of Beltran's postseason greatness was Joe Kelly's shaky, yet effective start.
- Joe Kelly's Numbers and Joe Kelly's Numbers
Siegrist and Carlos Martinez can blow hitters away in front of Rosenthal. Shelby Miller and John Axford have big heat, if also big question marks. And there's Joe Kelly, whose fastball this season
- Joe Kelly and the Trap of ERA
Tonight, the Cardinals and Dodgers square off in Game 1 of the NLCS. The Dodgers are throwing Zack Greinke, who you probably know as one of the best pitchers alive. The Cardinals are throwing Joe
- Joe McEwing, Future Big League Manager
others are looking for their first opportunity. Joe McEwing, who just completed his second season as the White Sox third base coach, is among those in the latter category.
The 40-year-old former
- Joe Ferguson Is Throwing Out Sal Bando
Here is Joe Ferguson, throwing out Sal Bando:
This, from a Hardball Times article by Bruce Markusen back in January, which contextualized the play:
In Game One of the 1974 World Series
- Hopeless Joe Radio Makes Its Pitch To The Mets
since it became a network in 1987-- to a new station to be determined.
Hopeless Joe Radio would like to make its pitch. I'll turn the rest of this post over to the Hopeless man himself:
- Hopeless Joe Sympathizes With Brian Cashman
Joe, found out that my mistress's lawyer was sleeping with my mistress, but really she wasn't my mistress, just a woman I liked but who would never have noticed me, and her lawyer was indeed a lawyer
- Trade Ian Kinsler
- FanGraphs Audio: Very Discerning Giants Prospect Joe Panik
Joe Panik is a 22-year-old middle-infield prospect -- with excellent control of the strike zone -- currently playing for San Francisco's Double-A affiliate Richmond. He's also the guest
- Is it Safe to Joe Saunders or Henderson Alvarez Yourself?
and Joe Saunders who are extremely likely to be available in your leagues. And as it happens, they've been pitching pretty decent. Should you take the risk?
Over the last month, Henderson Alvarez has
- Joe Blanton Defies the Odds
, that doesn't apply to Joe Blanton.
Now, Blanton has had a respectable career. He's accumulated 19.3 WAR which is good for about 2 WAR per season and in all but one of his seasons, he has provided
- Hopeless Joe's Mailbag, Part 1
Dear Hopeless Joe,
I watch baseball to escape from the problems of my everyday life. Unfortunately, the current problem I am facing in my everyday life is a drug-related suspension. What do
- Hopeless Joe's Home Run Derby Preview
at his high school, Horace Mann.
Sorry about bringing that up. Way to be a bummer, Hopeless Joe. Let me try that again.
In this year's Home Run Derby, I don't see how you can root for anyone
- Should pitcher hitting count for Hall of Fame consideration?
- Joe Maddon Trolls Miguel Cabrera
of the season. It was with two outs in the first inning; it was the first pitch to Ben Zobrist. Both dugouts received a warning.
Then, in the bottom of the 8th, Miguel Cabrera came to the plate.
- Cooperstown and Tom Glavine Just Don't Mix
- Hopeless Joe's Hopeless Royals Chat
Hopeless Joe is, of course, a longtime Royals fan. How could he not be? Recently, he answered a series of questions about the Royals from other fans who are so hopeless that they don't even
- Hopeless Joe's Scouting Report: B.J. Upton
Carson recently directed Hopeless Joe to the Baseball Hall of Fame's scouting reports site, where you can waste an afternoon reading the original scouting reports on all of your favorite scrubs
- Hopeless Joe's 10 Tepid Predictions for 2013
- Hopeless Joe Recaps His Fantasy Auction
- Hot Tip: Joe West Show at the Guggenheim
at the Guggenheim. It's called "(R)Ejecting the Status Quo: 600 Years of Joe West Images," and though the title pretty much speaks for itself, here's a bit from the official description as well as a few
- One Day, Joe Pettini Will Show Them All
One day, Joe Pettini will show them all ...
Joe Pettini's far-off gaze -- it smoulders at the today about him just as it aches for the tomorrow before him. He is, for miserable now, a Le
- The Feast of Joe the Superlative
of the Van Buren descendents. We also, coincidentally, celebrate the latest in our universally beloved, if intermittently scheduled, feast days.
Joe the Superlative
Life: Little is known of Joe
- Joe Mauer Swings Away
a sense of a hitter's eye, and you can get a sense of a hitter's passiveness. Or, you might prefer, pickiness.
Joe Mauer is far from a league-average hitter, in both results and approach. For his career
- Joe Blanton Joins The Angels
How many times have you had to rely on Joe Blanton? You don't have to be ashamed, just admit it, we've all been there. It's the last day of your fantasy matchup, and you're looking for the one spot
- Selling You on Joe Blanton
on Zack Greinke, and added Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton. Hanson cost the Angels Jordan Walden. Blanton cost the Angels two years and $15 million. The Angels aren't necessarily done, but instead of having
- Today in Baseball Joe, Pt. 2
The madcap adventures; the uproarious hijinks; the wholesome schoolyard violence; the uncannily articulate young men continue! -- in the second installment of "Baseball Joe." Published in 1912
- Today in Baseball Joe
"Baseball Joe" was the star of a series of novels written by "Lester Chadwick." "Lester Chadwick" wasn't his real name, but when he wasn't writing "Baseball Joe" books he was writing "Bobbsey Twins
- Joe Mauer: Catcher or Fetcher?
On a different website, I’ve made my opinions pretty clear: Joe Mauer should not catch much longer. But luckily for most fantasy owners -- myself included -- there seem to be no indications
- Ecstatic Truth Prospect Analysis: Joe Panik
-infield prospect Joe Panik.
Joe Panik, SS, San Francisco
DOB: 10/30/1990 Height/Weight: 6-1/193
Notable Achievements: Is currently atop the SCOUT batting leaderboard for prospect-age
- Hopeless Joe's World Series Chat
Q: Hi Joe, with the Giants having home field advantage in the World Series, how will the Tigers pitchers fare when having to bat in San Francisco?
A: Terribly. And that's if they even get
- Joe Girardi and the Tragedy of the Recent
This post isn't really about Joe Girardi, even though his name is in the headline and his decisions from yesterday are the inspiration for this post. It's about Girardi in that he's a human being
- Joe Torre on Yadier Molina and Catching
of the list probably came as a surprise to many. It was Joe Torre.
The legendary manager, and current MLB executive, was an outstanding player from 1960 to 1977. Spending the bulk of his career
- All These Men Knew Joe DiMaggio, Probably
The author has not verified, but is willing to state with some authority, that all five of the men in the image embedded here were close, personal friends of late Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio
- Joe Saunders's Plus Skill On Display Against Rangers
The presentation of Joe Saunders as a joke has escalated ever since the Orioles had the gall to name him starter for Friday's American League Wild Card game. Nobody is accusing Joe Saunders
- Season on the Line, Joe Saunders on the Mound?
the stuff to dominate on any given night. The Orioles are throwing Joe Saunders, who they acquired in an August trade after he cleared waivers. This seems to be the definition of the word mismatch
- Joe Mauer's Un-Joe Mauer-Like Afternoon
Lost in all the hoopla created by Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera's run at the Triple Crown, and the various pennant races is the fact that Joe Mauer is having another amazing season. He currently leads
- Poll: What Did Joe West See?
We are used to seeing Joe West throwing things out of various contexts. Here, we witness Joe West pre-throwing out -- though we can be sure that whatever Joe is looking at, he is about to throw
- Joe West Does Us a Solid
would go away and leave us to our base-ball.
You know, they call Joe West a cowboy because he is exactly that. For instance, upon discovering that this town was not big enough for both him
- Joe Mauer Not so Freely Available
beyond that. It's all just something that happens, something that teams do because there's not a lot of reason not to do it.
The big-time waiver player of the day right now is one Joe Mauer. Ken
- What the Author Imagines Joe Castiglione Imagining
- Defining GIF using Joe Mauer’s Handsome Neck
Joe Mauer defines GIF, in regards to this foul tip by the Indians’ Shelley Duncan, as Getit Inda Froat.
- Joe Blanton & Zach McAllister: Waiver Wire
The trade deadline is behind us and we're officially in the dog days of summer. Here are a pair of starting pitchers who could boost the back of your fantasy rotation.
Joe Blanton | SP | Dodgers
- Joe Blanton is Having One of the Weirdest Seasons Ever
. To the likely surprise of many, Joe Blanton currently leads the NL with a 6.39 K/BB, and since Colby Lewis is out for the season and no other qualified starter has a mark better than 4.87
- Hopeless Joe's RotoGraphs Chat
time you see anything about a player being lost for the season, that's my handiwork you're reading. Or at least the handiwork of my unpaid intern. Which gives me an excuse to announce: Hopeless Joe
- Hopeless Joe's FanGraphs Chat
- Audio: Joe Castiglione Buys a Cake
It's clear as day from the embedded audio below that radio voice of the Red Sox Joe Castiglione bought a cake on Tuesday. What's less obvious is where he bought it. One of Life's Mysteries, is what
- Photo: Great Moments in Being Joe Nathan
Before the existence of the NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team, what happened in the Texas Rangers dugout, stayed in the Texas Rangers dugout. No more.
Joe Nathan: You nasty
- Joe Maddon: Boxers or Briefs?
- Is Joe Mauer's ADP Too High?
and, more often than not, a complete disappointment by season's end. With a top five ranking amongst catchers and an overall ADP of 79.64, Joe Mauer seems like a candidate who fits this description
- Chris Harris of Stale Gum on 2010 Upper Deck
of The Hobby. I asked Chris Harris of Stale Gum to help fill in said gaps, and he was nice enough to answer my dumb questions.
Q. Upper Deck released only Series 1, yes? Did they release ALL
- Joe West Tosses SOPA
Joe West wants the Internet to be free. We stand united.
SOPA: You're outta here.
Original image credit: Salon.com.
- Joe Saunders, Mistakes & Hometown Discounts
After an offseason of three-year contract demands and reported interest from every team in need of a pitcher, Joe Saunders wound up re-signing with the Diamondbacks yesterday, taking a one-year
- Emmylou Harris Knows Chipper Jones’s Real Name Is Larry and She Is Offended That You Even Had to Ask
Puffery, via ESPN, The Life:
The Life: We're told you're a pretty serious Atlanta Braves fan. Can you prove it? Do you know Chipper Jones' real name?
Harris: Larry. I thought I was being tested
- Joe West Tosses 2011
Oh yeah: 2011, you're gone!
On Friday March 4, 2011, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, reader Matt. D. sent us a whited-out picture of Joe West, along with the words
- Joe Saunders: A Fit for the New-Look Marlins?
of weeks, the team might be in on another deal, albeit this time with a less sexy name: Joe Saunders.
Saunders makes some folks cringe because he was the big-league player the Diamondbacks got in the Dan
- Baseball Bets: Forget Rose, Wattabout Joe Jackson?
No! Not this Joe Jackson! Oh well, he's alright too. The early stuff, at least.
Ol' Pete Rose seems to work on a lunar calendar. Because like any holiday based on a lunar calendar -- such as my
- Texas Rangers Sign Joe Nathan; World Raises Brow
Obviously it is the horse talking.
News broke Monday night that the Texas Rangers signed once-great, maybe even possibly still-great, reliever Joe Nathan to a 2-year contract for $7M a year, plus
- Joe West Ejected the UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop
authoritarian personality, Joe West, was there to eject the Vancouver Police Department's preeminent authoritarian personality on the spot:
The disgraced Vancouver Pepper Spray Cop then assumed the name "John
- Joe Satriani Is the Soundtrack to Japanese Baseball
Or at least to the first 40 seconds of this video. And maybe it's Joe Esposito. I think you know what I'm trying to say.
- Joe West Tosses Frank McCourt
Recently, after a raucous night of country music and beers, Joe West looked at us, the NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team, and wistfully said, "I hate what's become
- Sorry, Cowboy Joe
In a bit of breaking news, we here at NotGraphs have been able to procure the video footage of Bud Selig breaking the news to Cowboy Joe West that his services would not be needed
- Ivan Nova Should Get The Joe Saunders Treatment
the wise decision to pinch hit for his starting pitcher - Joe Saunders - in the bottom of the third inning, trusting his bullpen to handle the last six innings of Game 4.
- Q&A: Joe Savery, Story of the Year?
Joe Savery might be the best story of the 2011 season. The 25-year-old Phillies left-hander saw his pitching career bottom out last year — his record in Triple-A Lehigh Valley was a dismal 1-12
- Mustache Watch: Joe Maddon
Rays pit boss Joe Maddon has always been a gentleman of fashion and leisure, and being a gentleman of fashion and leisure means bowing to the times. Your Daguerreotype of the Evening proves that Mr
- Discovery: Dinner with Joe Maddon Likely Fun
Other things that are likely fun with Joe Maddon:
• Turkish Bath
• Cricket Analysis
• Double Dare
- Matsui Remains a Possibility for Contenders
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 25th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 24th
- Beltre Not Close to Returning, No Problem for Rangers
- Curtis Granderson's Defense and His MVP Prospects
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 22nd
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 21st, 2011
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 18th
- Royals Sign Francoeur to Keep Outfield in Place
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 17th
- The Complete Game Loss
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 16th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 15th
- Sticking with the Royals Veteran Outfield
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 14th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 11th
- The Chances of a Wandy Rodriguez Trade
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 10th
Joe Mauer: 1 for 2, 2 BB. He scored twice, including the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Nick Blackburn: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. That's about as well as you can ask Blackburn to pitch against
- Padres Could Have A Loud Off-Season
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 9th
- The Rays Breakouts: Pena and Kotchman
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 8th
Moving the Needle: David Ortiz knocks in the go-ahead run in the ninth, _.361 WPA. This is not what the Twins had in mind when they replaced Matt Capps with Joe Nathan. With the game tied at six
- Yankees End Posada's Time as DH
It wasn't long ago that Jorge Posada was one of baseball's best backstops. From 2000, the first season he stepped out of Joe Girardi's shadow, through 2007, his last fully healthy season, he ranked
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 8th
- The White Sox Two-Player Problem
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 3rd
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 2nd
- Mauer Still Tops Among MLB Catchers
. That honor belongs to another household name, Joe Mauer.
In all of the weighted categories, Mauer is McCann's better. It starts with wRAA, where Mauer is 11.4 runs better, despite coming
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 1st
- Deadline Recap: Position Player Upgrades
- Pirates Add To Outfield With Ludwick
- The Morning After: Game Recaps For July 28th
- Indians Add Fukudome To Help Ailing Outfield
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 27th
Cameron: 2 for 5, 2 HR. He has only eight hits as a Marlin, and three of them have been homers.
Twins 7, Rangers 2
Moving the Needle: Joe Mauer extends the Twins lead with an RBI single
- Blue Jays Take On Salary To Get Rasmus
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 26th
in the middle of the infield, and then the go-ahead run scored on a Joe Mauer double. Joe Nathan didn't make the save easy, but he did strike out the final two batters of the game.
- What Would a White Sox Fire Sale Look Like?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 25th
- Why the Astros Should Trade Hunter Pence
- Joe West Ejects Dumb, Stupid Leukemia
masthead, when I say that we look forward to Cameron recovering fully.
Joe West has a different approach, though. When he learned this morning about Cameron's condition, he did the only thing
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 24th
- Can the Cubs Possibly Move Soriano?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 21st
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 20th
- San Diego's Other Trade Chip
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 19th
1-0 as they took their last chance. Chris Perez got a quick out to start the inning, but then he walked Joe Mauer. Michael Cuddyer doubled, leading the Indians to intentionally walk Jim Thome
- Can the Angels Catch the Rangers?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 18th
would score until the ninth.
Joe Mauer: 3 for 4. He has 19 hits this month, but just one has gone for extra bases.
David Huff: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. His last start in the majors
- How Hunter Pence Fits in Pittsburgh
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 17th
on base and failed to make up the deficit.
Joe Mauer: 2 for 3, 1 BB. He drove in the Twins's first run, tying the game at one in the first.
Jeff Francoeur: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 HR
- Joe Nathan Returns
Nine pitches; six strikes. That's all it took for Joe Nathan to rack up his five saves of the season, and second since reclaiming the closer role over Matt Capps. Capps had been terrible in July
- Judge Joe West Tosses Roger Clemens Case
I know what you're thinking: The artist's rendition of Judge Joe West is bloody superb.
Prosecution, and a whole whack of taxpayers' dollars: You're gone!
Original image credit
- A Tough (Few) Year(s) for Alex Rios
- In K-Rod Trade, Brewers Bet on Axford
- The Multi-Year Relievers at Mid-Season
- Carlos Beltran: A Solution to the Mariners Problems
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 7th
in his first four starts.
Logan Morrison: 2 for 4, 1 2B. He drove in two insurance runs later in the game.
Twins 6, White Sox 2
Moving the Needle: Joe Mauer opens it up big time
- The Value of Joe Mauer
No catcher has quite been like Joe Mauer.
Since his first full season in the big leagues, he has easily been the best catcher in baseball. Between 2005 and 2010, he compiled a 32.7 WAR -- Victor
- The Difference Between a Mediocre and a Putrid Offense
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 6th
- Complications Abound in the 2011 Trade Market
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 5th
- What the Astros Have in the Cupboard
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 4th
- Reader Submission: Joe West & the Obvious Ejection
Remember VCRs? Of course you do. So does our favorite umpire, Joe West.
You'll be happy to know that the NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team has confirmed, with help from our
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 30th
- The Deal That Keeps Helping the Diamondbacks
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 29th
- The Bad Contract Swap Meet
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 28th
- Beating Up the Sabermetric Strawman
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 27th
- This: A Thing Joe West Will Not Abide
There are things in this world that Joe West will not abide: bad clams, people talking over his Artie Shaw records, barmen given to ungenerous pours of the Maker's Mark, use of the Single-Windsor
- Mariners Doing It Right With Ackley and Figgins
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 26th
that led to a big inning for the Tigers.
Jhonny Peralta: 3 for 4, 1 HR. The homer was mentioned before, but Peralta deserves mention for his two-hit, two-RBI day as well.
- Joe West Buys An iPad 2
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 23rd
- Why Juan Pierre?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 22nd
- Trading Hanley Ramirez
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 21st
, Casilla hit a sharp grounder down the third base line that was just good enough for two bases. Then Joe Mauer -- yeah, Joe Mauer! -- singled up the middle, which brought home the first run and started
- Joe West Ejected Another Vancouver Rioter
is ejecting the defeated Canucks fan or the officer who dared sully the good name of the Vancouver P.D. by carrying his riot gear upside down.
I know; Steve does great work. Much like Joe West
- Oakland Saving the Best for Last
- Joe West Tossing Knowledge
NBC Universal's "The More You Know" star doesn't toss itself, you know.
Big ups: Shockingly enough, to NBC Universal. And Joe West. Always Joe West.
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 20th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 19th
- Joe West Ejects Vancouver Riot Couple
as the disgust on Joe West's face is Joe West himself, ejecting a couple that's now become famous for briefly visiting Make Out City during the recent Vancouver riots.
I think it's time we stop asking "Quis
- Joe West on a Balcony
- Joe West in a Dark Alley
Joe West will meet you -- and toss you -- any time, any place, boy.
Original image credit: Daily Dose of Imagery.
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 9th
- Finding Consummate Joy in an Inning of Baseball
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 8th
- How Much Longer Will Figgins Keep His Job?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 7th
-hander this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 HR. His leadoff homer set the tone for the game.
David Ortiz: 1 for 4, 1 HR. Apparently Joe Girardi didn't like it when he flipped his bat
- Don't Bring In the Lefty for Kelly Johnson
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 6th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 5th
of their own in the bottom of the ninth, nipping a trio of Nats relievers for the three tying runs. In the 11th it was again bases loaded, this ime for the Nats with two outs. Joe Paterson, who had just
- Hot GIF: J.J. Putz Pranks Joe Saunders
This GIF -- from the bottom of the first inning of Friday night's contest between Arizona and Washington -- depicts reliever J.J. Putz doing to Joe Saunders roughly the same thing that Saunders
- Why the Long Ball, Bronson?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 2nd
- The Yankees Disadvantage at DH
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 1st
- Trade Targets: Third Base
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 31st
- Fitting an Average Adam Dunn into the White Sox Lineup
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 30th
- Is Lack of Power Holding Back the Angels?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 26th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 25th
- What Johan Santana's Return to the Mound Means
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 24th
, when he added a run to the Diamondbacks' 2-1 lead. The DBacks would add another pair in the inning to put a bow on the second game of the twin billing.
Joe Saunders: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1
- Jay Bruce and the Problem with Player Evaluation
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 23rd
- Curtis Granderson's Remarkable Home Run Pace
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of May 20th
Hudson couldn't keep the ball on the ground.
Braves 5, Angels 4. Joe Mather put on a show in this one. In the seventh he swatted a three-run homer, which put the Braves on the board
- Waiting for the Wheels to Fall Off Wade Davis
After the game, Rays manager Joe Maddon tweeted, "Davis bettter." The previous sentence mentioned Ricky Romero's efficiency, so his statement came off as a comparison. One look at this morning's
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 19th
- Terrible Hitters Who Help Their Teams
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 18th
- Coco Crisp Has Rediscovered His Lost Power
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 17th
- Where Is LaPorta's Power?
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 16th
WPA. There were actually three hits within .005 WPA of each other. The first came in the bottom of the sixth, when Joe Mather singled home the runners from second and third to make it 2-1. In the top
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of May 13th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 12th, 2011
- Pirates Week: Pitching Problems and Replacements
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 11th
- Joe Blanton: More Sinkers, More Success?
In today’s ultra-focused edition of NL Starting Pitchers, we take a look at Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies.
After pitching okay in his first three starts of the season, Blanton
- Pirates Week: Problem Areas and Replacements, Position Players
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 10th
- Team of the Week: Pittsburgh Pirates
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 9th
- Joe West Ejected by Boston Faithful
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of May 6th
at any point in the game will swing the WPA needle, but when it comes in the eighth inning we get a nice, crooked number. Joe Smith could only hang his head as Aybard launched one into the left-center
- As One Star Rises in Kansas City, Another Resurges
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 5th
- The Real Life Adventures of Joe West
Anyway, you can imagine my chagrin upon learning that I missed a Joe West ejection, two Chad Fairchild ejections, and all the drama that accompanied them. Life isn't fair.
- Struggling Hitter Atop the Lineup? Drop Him Down
from being universally accepted that Joe Girardi and Fredi Gonzalez are good managers, they both made smart moves, at least in terms of results, when they dropped top of the order guys down to the bottom
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 4th
- Jonathan Herrera Seizing the Opportunity in Colorado
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 3rd
- Cardinals Offense Picking Up For Pujols
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 2nd
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of April 29th
, when you have the Twins offense and bullpen.
Joe Nathan: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. He now has a 27.00 ERA.
Royals 4, Twins 3
Royals 11, Twins 2
Royals 10, Twins 3
- Carlos Santana's Patient Approach
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 26th
- Fukudome's Oddly Productive Start
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 25th
- Posada Looking Old in the DH Role
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of April 22nd
Mike Pelfrey: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR. He battled through this one and gave the Mets just what they needed, just when they needed it.
Joe Saunders: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB
- Video: Joe West, Entire City Lose Respective Minds
befitting of his era.
0:10 -- Festive collared t-shirt!
0:22 -- Soccer player, for some reason, jogs behind correspondent at Wrigley Field.
0:44 -- "Oop, that's the wrong tape."
0:56 -- Joe
- An Alternative to Baseball's 10-Team Playoff Plan
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 21st
, 1 HR, 1 HBP. That's two homers in two games for Cuddyer, who started off the season with a long slump. The Twins need him, too, with Justin Morneau floundering (and out with the flu), Joe Mauer
- Matt Kemp Isn't Bonds, But You Still Walk Him
- Brewers Extend Ryan Braun
- Vlad Guerrero Stumbling to Start 2011
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 20th
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 19th
- Giants Face Imminent Decision on Belt
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 18th
past home plate. It was as comical as Orr's hit was clutch. The Brewers re-took the lead in the 12th, but it was on a pair of sac flies, hence the low WPA marks.
Joe Blanton: 7 IP, 7 H
- Closers Update: Joe Nathan and Ryan Franklin
a few saves in a row? If you’re named anything other than Mariano Rivera you’re likely in trouble. That was the fate endured by Joe Nathan and Ryan Franklin over the weekend.
At the beginning
- Matt Kemp Is the Dodgers' Offense
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of April 15th
in, as though they were attached to his torso. The ball went way out to right, pegging Joe Nathan with the blown save.
Moving the Needle:
Honorable mention here goes to Johnny Damon , who moved
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 14th
to your second closer, right? The Twins tried that last night, but neither Joe Nathan nor Matt Capps did their jobs. Nathan allowed a walk and a pair of doubles in the ninth that turned a 2-0 lead
- Francisco Liriano's Shaky Start
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 13th
- Tagging Up on a Foul Pop Out: Good Decisions?
- Joe West Clears Kevin Youkilis For Takeoff
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 12th
- Cabrera's Power Stroke Driving Indians Offense
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 11th
- Joe West Was There in Spirit
This one comes courtesy of NotGraphs reader -- and quite possibly New York Mets relief pitcher extraordinaire -- Francisco Rodriguez.
When there's an ejection in baseball, I like to think Joe
- Josh Beckett Amps Up Against the Yanks
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of April 8th
a grounder into right to bring home the tying run. One batter later, Joe Mauer put one on the ground the other way, plating the winning run.
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A's 1, Twins 0
A's 5, Twins 3
- The Morning After: Games of April 7th
- The "West Coast Joe Blanton"
to the bored, I'd say, sure you're usually right. But McCarthy - or as he dubbed himself, "the West Coast Joe Blanton" aka WCJB - has made having an account well worth my vastly dispensable time
- Hellickson and Lincecum Strike 'Em Out Differently
- The Morning After: Games of April 6th
- Joe West Appreciates Street Justice
assume the hitter had it coming because otherwise Joe West would've done what he does and ejected the offending pitcher. In this righteous instance, though, it wouldn't surprise me if Joe West deputized
- The Morning After: Games of 4/5/11
game, +.340 WPA. With a 4-0 lead after seven, Joe Girardi turned to his eighth inning man (and seriously, he used the term "eighth inning guy" no fewer than a half dozen times during the postgame
- Neil Walker Swinging Out of His Shoes
. Even then, he's only managed to foul off two. One was right in the middle of the zone.
From Joe Lefkowitz's PitchFX tool.
There has been plenty of fun baseball to watch in the early going
- The Morning After: Games of 4/4/2011
- Melky Cabrera High Fives Joe West
On June 10th of last season, in the fifth inning of a Braves-Diamondbacks game, Martin Prado hit an infield single to third base. Teammate Melky Cabrera took third on the play. Famous umpire Joe West
- The Homer Happy Weekend
- Joe West Ejects Barry Zito's Mustache
It gives me great pleasure to announce that, yes, friends, memes -- Adventures of Joe West and Mustache Watch -- have collided. And we have FanGraphs reader SYH to thank. You may remember SYH
- The Morning After: Weekend No. 1, NL Edition
- Ejecting The Joe West Google Alert
In order to properly keep myself up to date on all things Joe West, I did what all rational human beings under the ever watchful gaze of SkyNet Google would do in the same situation: I set up
- The Morning After: Weekend No. 1, AL Edition
WPA. This is one of those teases that WPA comes up with every once in a while. The Jays were down two headed into the ninth, and managed to close the gap to one off Joe Nathan. They then loaded
- Joe West Challenges Bat Boy to a Duel
The above is evidence of Joe West's sheer awesomeness. I didn't even have to open Photoshop.
The bat boy, fearful, as you can clearly see, declined The Great Ejector's challenge. Obviously
- Alex Gordon's Near Miss
- The Morning After: Games of March 31, 2011
- Joe West Tosses Old Man Winter
First things first: Yes, that is the least nefarious looking Old Man Winter in the history of Old Man Winters. Not that Old Man Winter's nefariousness matters to Joe West, one way or the other
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #3 - Philadelphia
arbitration signings, such as Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton, that will save the team in the long run. It would take a laundry list of poor moves to offset the good Amaro has done. Yes, there's the head-scratching
- Joe West in the Garden of Eden
"And therefore Joe West sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." - Genesis 3:23
- The Thoughts Joe Blanton Is Thinking
Joe Blanton is both (a) a pretty good, probably underrated, major-league pitcher (averaging 2.9 WAR per season over his six-year career) and (b) not as talented as his Phillie rotation mates
- The Mets Bullpen As A Strength
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #13 - St. Louis
- Joe West at the Olympics
Joe West. Umpire. Singer-songwriter. Golfer. President. Equipment -- "West Vest" -- designer. Actor. Cowboy. Adventurer. The Great Ejector.
Last, and probably most impressive of all
- 2011 Organizational Rankings #19 - Chicago Cubs
- Reader Submission: Joe West in Punch-Out!!
: if you've sent Joe West on an adventure, let us know about it. Let us share it with the world. Hit us up via the Team NotGraphs Hot Hotline.
- The Parallels Between Brad Emaus and Dan Uggla
- The Problem With Trading Kawakami
- Today in the Adventures of Joe West
It warms my most Canadian of Canadian hearts to know that I'm not the only one enjoying the incredible Adventures of Joe West. You, dear readers, have too embraced The Great Ejector.
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #29 - Arizona
the Diamondbacks, and while the team will likely finish last again in 2011, he'll likely have them out of that position in 2012. If professional scout Joe Bohringer, whom we met twice during the FanGraphs
- Joe West Makes Things Right
Joe West has been known to kick the sh*t out of an ungentlemanly scoundrel or three, but he won't kick the sh*t out of this one ...
You're welcome, Jim Joyce. The Great Ejector has laid aside
- Prehistoric Joe West
Just so we're clear, there was no meteor. There was -- and always will be -- fearless Joe West.
High five, down low, to my esteemed -- and much, much smarter -- colleague Albert Lyu
- Joe West Finds, Ejects Waldo
- What Would Wainwright Get on the Open Market?
- Nate McLouth and the Improved Braves Outfield
- Joe West ... In Peril?
The latest dispatch from Joe West is perhaps the most haunting and worrisome of all ...
It may be that Joe West is merely ejecting a fiery celestial body from the firmament
- Joe West Ejects Pilot
In the most recent adventure of Joe West's remarkable career, brilliant and undoubtedly handsome commenter Matt Defalco dubbed our Lord of the Umpires, "The Great Ejector." I don't know about
- Chris Coghlan and the Future Marlins
- Joe West at Richard Nixon's Ejection
I promise I'll tire of the Adventures of Joe West soon. Eventually. Maybe.
But admit it: You thought President Richard Nixon resigned, didn't you?
- Paul Maholm's Value To the Pirates
- Getting Kevin Slowey out of Minnesota
- Joe West Ejects NotGraphs Reader
The results of the poll are in: Andy Tworischuk hates fun.
You mess with NotGraphs, you mess with Joe West. At least that's what Joe West told the NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation
- Phillies in a Bind With Utley
, Valdez will likely take over at the start of the season. Then, as the trade deadline approaches they can reassess the situation. Perhaps by then they can trade Joe Blanton to free up some money
- Joe Nathan & Matt Capps Enter Potential Walk Years
agent deals this winter, signing for a combined $39 million in guaranteed money as free agents.
It could happen again after the 2011 season, since Matt Capps is set to hit free agency and Joe Nathan
- Joe West on the Moon
If you thought the amazing Joe West Montage meant the end of the Adventures of Joe West, you were sorely mistaken.
The Soviet Union wasn't there, on the moon, on June 20th, 1969
- The Joe West Montage
Proceed to the nearest mountaintop and bellow: "Joe West will stop ejecting the world when the world stops doing things that merit ejection."
- Team Preview: New York Yankees
a madman. As Joe Posnanski wrote last month, it's not often we see these players recover. Age is an uncompromising factor for ballplayers, and they can only do so much to stave it off. Yet Jeter
- Why Is Randy Wells Battling for a Rotation Spot?
- Joe West Ejects Entire UN
- Joe West Tears Down This Wall
- Joe West on the Playground
- Joe West in World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros.
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Umpire Joe West is off on a great adventure.
- Joe West in Front of Imploding Kingdome
Click image for great pleasure.
In the spirit of Newt Gingrich in Front of Stock Photos, here's umpire Joe West -- in front of an imploding Kingdome.
Thanks to reader Matt D. for whited-out Joe
- Team Preview: Florida Marlins
- The New Bang For Your Buck Players
- Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP James McDonald
RHP Kevin Correia
RHP Ross Ohlendorf
LHP Scott Olsen
CL RHP Joel Hanrahan
RHP Evan Meek
LHP Joe Beimel
RHP Chris Resop
RHP Jeff Karstens
RHP Kevin Hart
RHP Charlie Morton
- Taking a Year Off During His Prime
- Faith in an Adam Lind Bounceback
- Raburn Getting His Chance in Detroit
- Depth Today, Gone Tomorrow
- The Odd Timing of Jose Bautista's Breakout
- The Worst Hitter in Baseball History
- Giving Buchholz Lester's Extension
- Where Branyan Could Make a Bigger Impact
- Cubs Keep Marmol Around for Three More Years
the total for Johnny Cueto, even though the latter pitched more than twice as many innings. He also struck out more hitters than starters Jon Garland, Derek Lowe, and Joe Blanton, just to name a few
- A Joe Maddon Choose Your Own Adventure Novel
- Year of the Pitcher? Year of the Pitcher.
- Six Sluggers Significantly Affected by Defensive Woes
- The Mike Young Bad Contract Swap
that would open a spot for Ben Revere, but that would give the Twins a mostly powerless outfield. Joe Benson could be another option, but it's debatable whether the Twins would consider taking him north
- The Rockies' Alternatives to Michael Young
- FanGraphs Chat - 2/4/11
- Andy Pettitte Hangs 'Em Up
- Fixing the Diamondbacks Bullpen
- Watch Your Back, Smoky Joe Wood
part is when threatener assures the threatened that the address on the envelope is indeed fake -- just in case Mr. Smoky Joe Wood was pondering putting the fuzz on the scent or seizing the initiative
- Finding Value on the Relief Market
- Joe Beimel Improves Bucs' Bullpen
The Pirates announce the signing of Joe Beimel today, giving the organization a decent left-handed reliever since they traded Javier Lopez at this past summer's trade deadline to the eventual World
- A's Might Not Upgrade Greatly With Figgins
- Bartolo Colon and Kevin Millwood, Then and Now
- A's Adding Power for the Sake of Runs
- Players Who Out-WARred Their Entire Teams
-- Kansas City: 2.9 WAR
Joe Randa, 2004: 3.4 WAR -- Kansas City: 2.9 WAR
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Joe Mauer
In today’s ADP Crowdsourcing, we go back to looking at a star, and and are using pick number as our unit of measurement because of it.
Joe Mauer was a certifiable star heading into 2010 fantasy
- Joe Crede Lives
After sitting out the entire 2010 season without a contract offer, Joe Crede's baseball career looked to be finished. Despite Scott Boras's best efforts and solid performance in both 2008 and 2009
- Projecting Joel Pineiro's 2011 Season
- Cubs Cash in on Gorzelanny
- Mets Add Harris
Sandy Alderson appears to have found his fourth outfielder. On Friday, the Mets agreed to a minor league contract with Willie Harris, who played his last two season with the Washington Nationals
- A's Land the Other Tampa Bay Reliever
- If Diaz, Why Not Scott Hairston?
- Tigers Add Brad Penny for Rotation Depth
- A Short History of Erring Infielders
- The Matt Garza Deal from the Cubs Perspective
- Joe Sheehan Gives a Free Peek
Get your mind out of the gutter: not that kind of peek.
Former Baseball Prospecticator Joe Sheehan struck out on his own in late 2009, and in early 2010, he started a email newsletter. What
- Dan Uggla Gets His Extension
- Comparing the Bruce and Gonzalez Extensions
- The Largest, and Oddest, Team Platoon Split
- More Suitors for Adrian Beltre
- Brewers Strengthen Bullpen With Saito
- Choosing Among Three Walk-Heavy Lefties
- Yanks Join the Reliever Party, Signing Feliciano
- How John Buck's Deal Has Held Up
- Yankees Agree to Terms with Russell Martin
is Joe Mauer.
Martin can help the Yankees immediately this off-season. After losing out on Cliff Lee, the Yankees could turn to the trade market in search of a starter who can fortify the 2011
- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for New York
They call it Plan B for a reason. Last week, while meeting with the press at the Winter Meetings, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team had a list of five or so players the team had
- Projecting Defense-Heavy Players
- Video: The Future of Sports w/ James, Joe Pos, et al.
Washington University in St. Louis recently hosted "The Future of Sports," a panel discussion featuring Bob Costas, Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Gerald Early, and Michael MacCambridge.
- Cubs Tab Carlos Pena for First Base
- Uehara Close to Baltimore Return
- The Marcum Trade from Toronto's Perspective
- When We Learn Something About a Prospect
- Taking a Risk on Carl Pavano
- Cardinals Acquire Ryan Theriot
- Dodgers Give Juan Uribe Three Years
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Joe Nathan
at noon (eastern) today, so don’t forget to check that out.
Joe Nathan has long been a fantasy stud, because he can give you close to 100 strikeouts a year from the relief pitcher position. Plus
- Justin Upton’s Future Trade Value vs Gary Sheffield’s Career Trade Value
- Substituting DRS for UZR in WAR
- Barton and Gardner Produce Without Power
- Trading Young, Cheap, and Elite Talent
- Tigers Invest Heavily in Joaquin Benoit
- The Dodgers' Desperate Need for a Left Fielder
- Red Sox, Padres Win the Miguel Cabrera Trade
- What the Rangers Can Do With $90 Million
- Getting Out of the Cellar: Arizona Diamondbacks
acquisition. He and Ian Kennedy constitute a solid middle of the rotation. Then there are pitchers such as Joe Saunders and Barry Enright to fill out the bottom portion. We could also see the Diamondbacks
- Getting Out of the Cellar: Kansas City Royals
- Getting Out of the Cellar: Baltimore Orioles
- Is Victor Martinez a Fit in Detroit?
- Red Sox Exercise David Ortiz's 2011 Option
- The Failures of the Rangers Bullpen
- Cliff Lee Was Not Living on the Edge
- Rangers' Roster Fits the NL Game Well
- Fox and Cablevision Won't Let Me Watch the World Series
- The Value of Vlad in the Field
- Are the Tigers Content With Inge at Third?
- How the Teixeira Injury Affects the Yankees
the double play, it appeared as though he attempted a slide into first. Replay showed that he grabbed his hamstring and collapsed. When Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donahue helped Teixeira off
- ALCS Game 5 Preview: New York Yankees
- Counterpoints to Starting Burnett tonight
- ALCS Game 3 Preview: Yankees
- ALCS Game 1 Preview: Yankees
- Will Hamilton's Ribs Hold Him Back?
- The Braves Ill-Timed Offensive Collapse
- ALDS Game Three Review: Yankees
, and then Hudson singled him home. But with five more runs to make up and just five outs with which to score them, that barely put a dent in the WE. It got as low as 93.3 percent when Wood walked Joe
- ALDS Game 3 Preview: New York Yankees
gauntlet in Joe Mauer,Jim Thome , and Jason Kubel.
In his first full season as a starter, Phil Hughes had problems at times keeping the ball in the park. His 1.28 HR/9 ranked sixth among qualified AL
- ALDS Game Two Review: Yankees
- ALDS Game 2 Preview: Yankees vs. Twins
- ALDS Game One Review: Yankees
straight heading into his half of the sixth, and he quickly made that 11 by getting Joe Mauer to strike out and Delmon Young to hit a heart attack of a fly ball to the warning track. After that point he
- ALDS Game 1 Preview: New York Yankees
present problems for the Yankees, since the Twins rank near the top of the league in ground ball rate. Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Orlando Hudson, and Joe Mauer are among the top 50 in ground ball
- 2010 NL Playoff Rotations: Atlanta Braves
- 2010 NL Playoff Rotations: San Francisco Giants
- Padres Playoff Hopes Rest on Jon Garland
- The AL Playoff Bullpens
After a shaky start to the season Robertson has turned into the Yankees true relief ace. Joe Girardi is willing to use him in any critical spot regardless of inning. He frequently comes in with men
- 2010 NL Playoff Rotations: Cincinnati Reds
- 2010 NL Playoff Rotations: Philadelphia Phillies
in Game 1, and another top of the rotation starter in Game 2.
4) Joe Blanton CHONE nERA 4.52, 4.26 FIP
2010: 1.9 WAR, 4.34 FIP, 4.04 xFIP, 4.58 tERA 4.94 ERA
As long as the Phillies hang onto
- Ubaldo's Most Important Start
- Danny Valencia's Rookie of the Year Case
the third base job to Brendan Harris and Nick Punto. That predictably turned out poorly. Harris hit just .170/.260/.239 through May, and Punto hit .221/.287/.284 in limited duty thanks to a groin injury
- Who's Going to Pay Marcus Thames?
- Wilson Betemit Making His Arbitration Case
- Should the Braves Be Concerned About the Playoffs?
- Troubling Signs from Lackey in Boston
- Girardi Deals with a Short Deck
When your team wins the game it's easy to justify the decisions made therein. This morning, R.J. examined Joe Maddon's moves in last night's game against the Yankees and expressed a positive
- Joe Maddon Spins a Gem
Last night, Joe Maddon displayed his willingness to run through every available option on the fly without erring into the danger zone of allowing momentary passion to override logic. Take his
- Expect Beckett to Come Up Big for Sox in 2011
- Gordon Beckham Back on Track
- Jays Have a Plan and They're Sticking to It
- Don't Count Out the Rockies
- The Last Interesting AL Race
- Astros Trade Stars, Start Winning
- Matusz Putting Together a Strong Finish
- Tribe’s Ongoing Draft Difficulties
did well when he acquired Sandy Alomar Jr. and Carlos Baerga in a trade with San Diego for Joe Carter.
The foundation was set for Hart to succeed.
Hart, as he should, receives a lot
- Don't Punt on the Designated Hitter
- What Happened to the AL Shortstops?
- Brad Hawpe Hits Free Agency A Few Weeks Early
- Another Neglected Red
- The Reds Are Past the Point of Placating Veterans
- What to Do About Troy Glaus?
- Can Teixeira Reach His Career Numbers?
- The Return of Pat the Bat
- Twins Again Surge Without Morneau
Morneau looked like an even bigger blow this year than it was last year. Joe Mauer led the Twins then, but his production has dropped a bit this year. A .379 wOBA from a catcher is excellent
- The DH Free Agents
- The Odd Timeline of Raul Ibanez in Philly
- McDonald Shows the Stuff of a Top Prospect
- Royals to Part Ways with Jose Guillen
- Can Craig Stammen Be the No. 5 in Washington?
- DVD Succeeding Elsewhere, but Texas Still Flush With Arms
- Miguel Cairo Proves Useful for the Reds
- The Indians Odd but Productive Deadline
- James Shields Dominating Hitters With His Changeup
to a curve, and sometimes maybe he outthinks himself. Joe Magrane used to say he gave the hitter too much credit by not throwing his change more often and maybe he had a point.
It does seem that leaning
- Cardinals Add Jake Westbrook, Lose Ryan Ludwick
- Rays Acquire Chad Qualls
- The Roy Oswalt Trade: Houston's Perspective
- Tommy Hunter Getting It Done One Way Or Another
- Joe Saunders's Deceptive Winning Percentage
largely panned for this statement on why he traded Dan Haren for a package including Joe Saunders and prospects, particularly among those in the sabermetric community. Of course, we know that pitcher
- Injured Infielders and Their Replacements
- Nate McLouth Striking Out in Atlanta
- The Indians' Incompatible Pitching and Defense
- What the New York Yankees Should Do
- Jurrjens Back to Form After Injury
- Righties Should Fear the Cardinals' Outfield
- Could the Tigers' Road Record Be Their Undoing?
- Torii Hunter Is Playing to His Contract
- What the Boston Red Sox Should Do
- Baseball in 3D a Neat Novelty, but Not Quite There Yet
- The Yunel Escobar Trade: Atlanta's Perspective
- Historical Four Factors: Joe Morgan's Peak
It is incredibly unfortunate that my generation of baseball fans knows Joe Morgan primarily from his antics in the broadcast booth. Some know more about Fire Joe Morgan than they do about Hall
- What the Tampa Bay Rays Should Do
- The Cliff Lee Trade: New York's Perspective
- Finding the Real Julio Borbon
- Tom Gorzelanny Is Starting to Reach His Potential
- How Much Longer Does Kazmir Have in the Angels Rotation?
). Joe Saunders has been every bit as bad as Kazmir this year, though he's managed to keep a few more runs off the board. If any team could benefit from the addition of a pitcher, even a second-tier arm
- Span's Big Numbers Boost
, and no-out night look for a number of other disappointing hitters?
This would also with any combination of 10 total bases and no outs recorded, including the cycle.
Joe Mauer. Starting with Span's
- Pair of Newcomers Powering Houston's Pen
- Twins Skidding, But No Need to Panic
numbers but still not to the standard he set earlier in the season. That brings his season marks to .346/.445/.612, which, if he could finish there, would still be quite remarkable. Joe Mauer, too
- Sam LeCure Finally Gets a Favorable Draw
- Gaby Sanchez Does Not Want to Be a Placeholder
- Reds Doing the Earl Weaver with Chapman
- White Sox Playing to Their Potential
- Derek Jeter's Double Play Condition
Heading into the 2009 season, Joe Girardi knew he had a small problem on his hands. By most measures, his Nos. 1 and 2 hitters, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter, ranked among the best in the league
- What Should the Orioles Do?
- Jay Bruce Showing Improvement Against Lefties
- John Lannan Demoted to AA
- Eric Hinske Working His Mojo in the NL
- Why Do Managers Bat Replacements in the Starter's Spot?
, then, play Kelly there for even one game? Gardenhire routinely hits Justin Morneau third when Joe Mauer takes a day off. Why, then, can't he put a hitter better than Matt Tolbert in the second spot
- Trevor Cahill Adapting, Improving
- What Should the Blue Jays Do?
- Joe Blanton Returns to Being Himself
The other day someone asked me what happened to Joe Blanton this year. He's gotten torched this year after being a pretty solid pitcher for the Phillies a year ago, and his demise has been a big
- The Benefits of Trading Conor Jackson
- Two Noteworthy Regressions
- The Anatomy of Galarraga's Strong Start
- Medlen and Venters Providing Relief for Braves
- The Future of Cameron Maybin
- Orioles Unsupportive of Kevin Millwood
I'd say Millwood is the least-supported pitcher in the league, but that would ignore Zack Greinke. As Joe Poz tweets, the Royals have failed with Greinke in the game during his last four
- Why Are Hitters Swinging At More Bad Pitches?
- Adam Dunn Has Gone Fishing
- The American League's Worst No. 2 Hitters
- Hitters Can't Square Up Gregerson's Slider
- DHs Who Hit Like Catchers
- Catchers Good Enough to DH
career OPS ranks just ahead of Tettleton on the all-time catcher list.
The Twins do well by playing Joe Mauer at DH instead of giving him full days off. That keeps his potent bat
- Max Scherzer's Unprecedented Strikeout Rate
- Things You Might Not Have Known About Charlie Morton
- Luck and Skill Converging for Jaime Garcia
- Lester Starting to Look Like Cy
- A Dip in Delmon Young's Consistent BABIP
- How Many Innings Is Too Many for a Catcher?
- Jon Garland Stranding Runners at Home
- Blue Jays Surprising With Offensive Outbursts
- Mets Finally Make the Right Call on Mejia
- Nats, Rockies Headed In Different Directions
- Next Few Weeks Will Be Telling For Andruw
- Rangers Making Adjustments On The Fly
- Matsuzaka's Control: One Night Only or a Recovery?
- Brennan Boesch Swings and Hits
- Tyler Clippard's Deceptive Results
- Wigginton a Pleasant Surprise for O's
- A Chance to Win the Game
- Oddities in NL Bullpens
- Hanley's Two-Day Turnaround
- Ian Kennedy Settling Into the National League
- Edwin Jackson's Changeup Doing Him No Favors
- Austin Jackson Needs to Adjust
- Orioles Are Bad, But Not This Bad
- Rays Lock Up Zobrist
and 2.9 percent during his 2006 and 2007 stints, to 11 percent in 2008.
Everything came together in 2009. Zobrist's .408 wOBA ranked third among AL hitters, trailing just Joe Mauer and Kevin Youkilis
- Pelfrey On The Road To Recovery
- Yadier Molina Probably Needs A Nap
- David Huff Knows His Opponents
-hour mark. Joe West would be proud.
Clearly we can't expect this of Huff every time out. He's going to get rocked one of these days, and it will probably happen more than once. Cleveland fans have
- Home Runs, Walks Still Holding Back Bailey
- Power or Patience: Abreu's Three-Year Trend
- Jays Jump Out to Early AL East Lead
- Vernon Wells in the Texas Heat
- Gallardo Gets Paid
- Are Teams Colluding, or Just Better Using Information?
- Lannan's Opening Day Agita
- Rangers Claim Garko, Leave Sox With Advantage
- Beckett's Potential Four-Year Contract
- Orioles Pick Hernandez Over Tillman
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Cleveland
- Expect Jays to Cash in Current Talent for Future
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Cincinnati
- Joe Crede Still Available
In December, I wrote a post about how Joe Crede was falling under the radar in the free agent market in 2010, much like he did in 2009, when he took a $2.5 million incentive-laden contract
- Joe Mauer's Deal Finally Finalized
Worry no more Minnesota fans; a soothing balm to news on Joe Nathan's season-ending surgery has quickly arrived. According to sources, Joe Mauer has done what we mostly all expected and come
- Why Would the Nationals Extend Dunn?
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - SF Giants
- Organizational Rankings: Present Talent - Toronto
- One-for-One Swaps at the Same Position
- How Many More Years Does Berkman Need to Play?
- Refuting a Ridiculous Claim About Home Runs
- Replacing Joe Nathan
For the past six seasons the Twins haven't had to think about the ninth inning. If they had a lead in a close game, Joe Nathan was there to ensure victory. In only 25 of 272 instances did he fail
- Pondering Ian Kennedy's Potential in the NL
- FanGraphs Audio: Roundtable with Cameron and Joe Pawl
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- Jorge Posada's Place Among Aging Catchers
attained last year. But does this bode well for his age-38 season?
At the Bloomberg Sports blog, Tommy Rancel runs down third-tier fantasy catchers. After the top tier, Joe Mauer, and the second, Brian
- Upton's Six-Year Contract
- Three Reasons To Believe in Chris Young
- Will Lefties Foil The Middle of the Indians' Lineup?
- Hit the Ball in the Air Against the Twins
- Best Shape Of My Life, A Retrospective
- Tigers Pay a Dollar Today to Save Tomorrow
- Chan Ho Park and the Amazing, Unsustainable Home Run Rate
- Locking Up Justin Upton
- Why Hasn't Kiko Calero Signed Yet?
- Chien-Ming Wang Presents Risks Beyond Injury
- Which Teams Could Most Use Felipe Lopez?
- Four Reasons Teams Are Staying Away from Jermaine Dye
We would like to welcome Joe Pawlikowski to the FanGraphs team. We don't hold his Yankee fandom against him, and neither should you.
When Jermaine Dye finally decides to call it a career, his
- Joe Blanton Is Sticking Around
The Phillies agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Joe Blanton today. The salary breakdown is reportedly $7 million this season and $8.5 million in each of 2011 and '12 for a total of $24 million
- Joe Mauer and Fastballs
Yesterday when I was looking at Joe Mauer's numbers I noticed he sees a lot of fastballs. Generally the better the hitter the fewer the fastballs he sees, but Mauer, the second best hitter
- Joe Morgan And The A's
At the risk of digging up the carcass of a dead horse just to kick it again, I want to take a second and point out something Joe Morgan said about the A's in his his most recent chat on ESPN.com.
- Joe Mauer and Free Agency
Google the phrases “rosterbation” + “Joe Mauer” and you’ll get 106 results ranging from White Sox to Giants to Orioles links. Everyone wants a piece of the Mauer pie and nobody believes the Twins can
- Joe Serafin's Underdog Story
Chances are you have never heard of Joe Serafin, a pitcher in the minors with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. But if Serafin ever makes it to the majors
- The Greatness Of Joe Mauer
for batters in WAR, you'll notice Joe Mauer has ascended to the pinnacle, as his 3.8 wins above replacement to date leads all major league position players.
Now, to rack up a +3.8 win value
- The Punto/Harris Decision
in the game.
Well, Punto went on the disabled list at the end of May, and the Twins used Brendan Harris as his replacement while he was away. Harris, while an okay hitter for a middle infielder
- Life is Unfair, Starring Joe Koshansky
Some guys get all the breaks and some guys get no breaks. Joe Koshansky of the Colorado Rockies falls squarely into the latter group, thanks in no small part to the presence of Mr. Rockie Todd Helton
- Mighty Joe Nelson
On Friday, the Florida Marlins non-tendered right-handed reliever Joe Nelson, officially allowing him to hit the open market. While the market for relief pitchers has not been as lucrative
- Mighty Joe Beimel
(Giants). Will Ohman, another lefty reliever, is currently being courted by the Braves, and another lefty reliever, Joe Beimel, is rumored to be on the Giants wish-list.
Beimel had a decent year
- Matt Wieters: Joe Mauer With Power?
walks (38) than strikeouts (29).
Wieters’s season is eerily reminiscent of another young catching prodigy: Joe Mauer, in 2003. That year, Mauer began the season at high-A ball, where he hit .335/.395
- Expect Saunders to Be an Average Joe in 2009
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lefty Joe Saunders is fresh off of the best season of his career. Given the opportunity to make 30+ starts for the first time in the majors, the Virginia Tech product
- Free Agent Bargain: Joe Crede
I'm guessing that practically no one has figured out that I'm talking about Joe Crede, because he certainly didn't get much publicity for his outstanding 2006 at the time. As defensive performances get
- Selective Joe
for a rebuilding phase; one that would not necessarily bring with it much success this year. Despite this, the Twins are no cakewalk and catcher Joe Mauer is a major reason why.
Though Joe is yet to hit his