- Austin Jackson Needs to Adjust
After acquiring Austin Jackson from the Yankees last winter, the Tigers wasted no time in testing their new center fielder. Even with Johnny Damon, a career leadoff hitter, on the roster, Jim Leyland
- The Benefits of Trading Conor Jackson
Trading season has officially opened. This morning the Arizona Diamondbacks, last place in the NL West by 7.5 games, traded outfielder Conor Jackson to the Oakland A's for 24-year-old minor league
- Edwin Jackson's Changeup Doing Him No Favors
Last night Edwin Jackson experienced the worst start of his career. It isn't particularly close, either. The 10 runs he surrendered in just 2.1 innings trumps his next worst start, his final one
- 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
- 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
- Readings: Reggie Jackson, Part III
I say that the basic idea is to share lightly annotated passages and ideas from interesting baseball-related books.
Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October
- NLCS Statistical Scouting: Jackson vs. Marcum
Because I've been a horrible person and not included this in my past few articles, thanks to the Joe Lefkowitz Pitch F/x tool for the data in these posts.
Earlier I looked at today's ALCS game, so
- Two Noteworthy Regressions
When I wrote about Jackson in late April, the point wasn't to predict a regression. Nearly all of his stats made it clear that such a correction was coming. Rather, the point
- Danny Valencia's Rookie of the Year Case
, Austin Jackson established himself early and is the rookie WAR leader. Does that mean his case is as clear-cut as Heyward's?
Beyond Jackson, the only player any of the panelists named
- Tigers Pay a Dollar Today to Save Tomorrow
, they traded both Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, but those two wouldn't have had an enormous effect on the 2010 payroll. The much larger contracts of Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, and Carlos Guillen
- Why Do Managers Bat Replacements in the Starter's Spot?
nowhere near the No. 2 spot, and yet Gardenhire has used him there for most games during Hudson's absence.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is currently day-to-day with back spasms. He left
- The Deal That Keeps Helping the Diamondbacks
and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers. The Yankees got Curtis Granderson, while the Tigers got Scherzer, Schlereth, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke. The Diamondbacks essentially replaced Scherzer, a young
- Blue Jays Take On Salary To Get Rasmus
approaches. Today it all came to a head. Early this morning word broke that the Blue Jays were set to acquire Edwin Jackson, whom they'd then flip to the Cardinals in a Rasmus deal. A few hours, everything
- Things You Might Not Have Known About Charlie Morton
, you'll see Edwin Jackson's name atop the list. That's strange, because Morton's ERA is over three runs worse than Jackson's. That's because Morton doesn't have enough innings to qualify. He has made 10
- Ian Kennedy Settling Into the National League
In the past few days I've discussed two components of the Yankees-Tigers-Diamondbacks trade over the winter. Both Austin Jackson and Edwin Jackson present interesting cases. The former has gotten off
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 9th
Edwin Jackson: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 8 GB. That's two straight solid starts in a row after getting knocked around in his previous two.
Carlos Quentin: 3 for 4, 2 2B, 1 HR. He had
- The Morning After: Games of April 7th
around both runners and was enough to top the Rays these days. Rios added another double later in the game.
Edwin Jackson: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, 0 HR. Don Cooper is the new
- What Would a White Sox Fire Sale Look Like?
, and Konerko is a 10-and-5 player who signed at a discount to stay in Chicago. But we can still have some fun examining the actual movable parts on the roster.
Edwin Jackson. Perhaps no White Sox player has
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of April 29th
thinking that his ERA will drop from its current 4.25 mark.
Justin Masterson: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR. Was it really only 6 K, since Austin Jackson accounted for one? Can we really count
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 26th
light years ahead of last season. Sandoval just keeps cookin', and now has a .408 wOBA.
Angels 8, A's 3
Moving the Needle: Conor Jackson homers the A's to an early lead, +.244 WPA. The scoring
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 3rd
Jackson: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 12 GB. Just 4 K in 17 IP for Liriano and Jackson? Yikes. It must have been odd for Jackson, being on the other side of a walkathon no-hitter.
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 21st, 2011
strong, retiring seven of the last eight batters he faced, getting the only one who reached on a double play.
Tigers 8, Indians 7
Moving the Needle: Austin Jackson makes a perfect
- 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
- 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
- Padres Could Have A Loud Off-Season
, signing a pitcher along those lines appears to be the only viable path. Perhaps Edwin Jackson will find a home in San Diego.
The prospect of any team adding to payroll is exciting, and it sounds
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 25th
and Rob Johnson: both 2 for 4, 1 2B. Johnson came through with his, driving in a run and scoring one of his own.
A's 7, Rays 5
Moving the Needle: Conor Jackson turns the deficit
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of April 22nd
a diving Choen Figgins and into the left field corner for a double. Milton Bradley fumbled with it a bit, which allowed Conor Jackson to score standing up from first. The Mariners did mount a comeback
- ALDS Game Two Review: Yankees
wasn't producing, but because the player they traded for him, Austin Jackson, was off to one of the finest Aprils in the game. It took a few days off in August and a change in approach before fans even
- San Diego's Other Trade Chip
ride out a season without seeing significant BABIP regression -- Austin Jackson finished 2010 with a .396 BABIP -- it's certainly a risk to bank on anyone continuing at such a high level
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 11th
. When Austin Jackson sacrificed home the Tigers' fourth run in the second inning, the game seemed well at hand. Justin Verlander had already thrown a perfect first, and it's not often that he gives up
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 25th
Moving the Needle: David Freese comes through with a bases loaded single, +.197 WPA. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead, but Edwin Jackson let the Pirates back in it. By the end of the fourth
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 27th
not follow this advice when Peralta lined one into the right-center field gap in the eighth inning last night. He slid for it, and replay made it seem kind of close. But he missed, and Austin Jackson scored
- The Morning After: Game Recaps For July 28th
triple, which drove in a run and sparked a four-run inning.
Austin Jackson: 3 fo 5, 1 2B. He's 10 for 28 with two doubles and a homer during his six-game hit streak.
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 14th
Pujols homers to tie things up in the first, +.185 WPA. Edwin Jackson ran into early trouble, allowing a homer, double, and single with one out in the first. The Cardinals evened the score in the bottom
- 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
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 6th
Austin Jackson: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 BB. He scored three runs while generally fulfilling his leadoff man obligations.
- The Morning After: Games of March 31, 2011
start at third base for the Tigers. He also started on OD twice as a catcher.
Alex Avila: 0 for 4, 3 K. Overmatched, perhaps. Austin Jackson also struck out thrice, but he singled and came around
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 10th
at least two runs in this one.
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 BB. He's 10 for his last 24 with three doubles, a homer, and one walk. It wasn't likely that he'd continue his struggles
- The Morning After: Recaps for the Weekend of May 13th
Halladay and Tim Hudson had starts that looked good for most starters, but were kinda meh for them.
Tigers over Royals, 2 games to 0
FridayTigers 3, Royals 1. Austin Jackson hit a leadoff
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 6th
in the bottom of the seventh, but it was the last run they'd get.
Austin Jackson: 0 for 1, 4 BB. He scored twice.
Braves 9, Rockies 1
Moving the Needle: Brian McCann extends the lead
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 24th
dislike the earned run concept.
Edwin Jackson: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K. He has struck out five and walked five in his 15 post-ASB innings, though he has allowed only two runs.
- Hopeless Joe's All-Star Ballot (AL)
Ibanez is old enough to be the uncle who tried to touch me.
OUTFIELD: Abraham Almonte, Aaron Hicks, Grady Sizemore
Also Considered: Carlos Beltran, David Lough, Austin Jackson, Daniel Nava, Josh
- 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
- The Amazing Instability of Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson is not happy with the way his market is playing out. News came out Tuesday, via Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, that Jackson has multiple three-year offers but would instead prefer
- Edwin Jackson in Control
It wasn't too long ago that Edwin Jackson was considered a bit of a bust after failing to produce with the Los Angeles Dodgers and his early career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Through his first
- The New Austin Jackson, Again
You remember what the concerns with Austin Jackson used to be. There weren't many questions about his defense, there weren't many questions about his athleticism, there weren't many questions about
- Athletics Acquire Conor Jackson
at that position today, acquiring Conor Jackson from the Diamondbacks.
This is a classic buy low from Beane. Conor Jackson has been struggling since an unfortunate encounter with valley fever in 2009. In his
- Gauging Edwin Jackson
By the time right-hander Edwin Jackson got shipped from Tampa Bay to Detroit for OF Matt Joyce, he had acquired the pejorative "thrower, not a pitcher" tag.
You're likely familiar with Jackson's
- Assessing Conor Jackson
Going into the 2009 season, one player on top of everyone's "Must Watch" list was Diamondbacks 1B/LF Conor Jackson. Jackson, a former first round pick out of UC-Berkeley (smart guy), had put up a 3.0
- Edwin Jackson's New Slider
Edwin Jackson’s prospect status has always attracted a claque yet his performance through 2008 hardly warranted the hype. A lively arm capable of touching the upper-90s with a blazing fastball
- Is Edwin Jackson Clutch?
14 wins, a 4.42 ERA and 108 strikeouts. Not bad for a late-round flier, right?
Indeed, Edwin Jackson may have been the best fifth starter in baseball this year, and was a big reason why the Tampa
- Edwin Jackson's Great Start
In a matchup against his former team - although not against many of his former teammates - Edwin Jackson carved through the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday afternoon. Over eight innings he struck out 13
- Is Edwin Jackson Throwing a Cutter?
Jackson – is already showing signs of possibly throwing a cutter despite still being fresh-faced to the team.
For those unaware, Jackson has made five starts for the Pale Hose. Racking up over
- Edwin Jackson's Two Seasons
During the first half of the year Edwin Jackson looked like a different pitcher. For years his hype had preceded his performance, so much so that you began wondering whether he was ever going
- Cubs Sign Edwin Jackson
Last winter, I was flummoxed at the league's apparent lack of interest in Edwin Jackson. He'd just put up his third straight solid season at age 27, and had established himself as a durable
- A Closer Look at Austin Jackson
Austin Jackson is off to a brilliant start in his major league career. But any discussion of his hot start invariably leads to discussion of his strikeout total. His 63 have him just one behind
- Recognizing Austin Jackson
fielder get the recognition he deserves for his 2012 season. And that center fielder is Austin Jackson.
24 different players were named on the 28 AL MVP ballots. Austin Jackson was not among those
- A's Acquire Conor Jackson
Oakland Athletics acquired OF/1B Conor Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Sam Demel.
Jackson, 28, is under team control through the 2011 season. The 2003 first-round pick out of Cal
- Jackson Goes To Washington
When Scott Boras and company decided they didn't like the smell of the longer term offers Edwin Jackson was receiving and started kicking the tires on a one-year deal, it was almost tailor made
- Austin Jackson: Breakout Candidate?
In Tuesday night's After Dark chat, several people wanted to know if Austin Jackson is having a breakout season. A triple slash line of 0.500/0.583/0.850 definitely looks impressive, but those
- Q&A: Austin Jackson
When the Tigers acquired Austin Jackson from the Yankees prior to the 2010 season, they did more than simply replace the popular Curtis Granderson in center field. They brought to Motown one
- Hopeless Joe Makes His AL All-Star Selections
Atlantic League. The National League to my NY-Penn League. The Japanese League to my Long Island Ducks.
Three outfielders. Rick Ankiel, Austin Jackson, and Josh Reddick. Jackson because he plays
- Hopeless Joe Files His Spring Training Beat Report
guess I shouldn't have worn my old worn-out Michael Jackson "Smooth Criminal" t-shirt, where the first word is barely even visible after so many washings with the discount store-brand detergent
- Trade Fallout: Austin Jackson to Detroit
Scherzer, LHPs Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke and OF prospect Austin Jackson in a three-team swap, shipping Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson out of town in the process. Let's take a closer look
- Edwin Jackson and His New Contract
Earlier this week, the Arizona Diamondbacks settled with former Dodgers/Rays/Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson, buying out his last two years of arbitration for $13.35 million. According to Cot's
- Edwin Jackson Is In Love With His Slider
Jackson has little use for this piece of baseball wisdom, as 2011 has seen him throw his slider more than ever in his career. Last night's World Series Game 4 was no exception, as Jackson offered
- Visualizing Edwin Jackson's Trade History
Edwin Jackson is a pitcher everyone wants to acquire, but then seemingly can't wait to unload as soon as possible.
Or at least, that's the impression you get from looking at his trade history
- Edwin Jackson's Struggles a Desert Mirage
A mid-90's fastball. A biting, mid-80's slider. A sturdy 6-3, 210 pound frame. Since his days as a prized Dodgers prospect, Edwin Jackson has been touted as a potential ace. However, Baseball
- Austin Jackson No Longer Cares For Ks
Austin Jackson has a fairly well-documented history of frequent strikeouts. But every day, Jackson seems to be creating a new history. That's because he's decided to stop striking out.
- Edwin Jackson: NL Starting Pitcher
It’s way too early for “I told you so” except, of course, in situations that have already come to their conclusion. Three starts aren’t enough to make concrete judgments from
- Edwin Jackson's Increased Slider Use
I was listening to yesterday's excellent FanGraphs Audio with Carson, Jack and Matt, and they brought up Edwin Jackson. In the episode, they noted Jackson's soaring O-swing rate last year; wondered
- 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.
- Nationals Sign Jackson, But to What End?
Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, 28-year-old right-hander Edwin Jackson and the Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth somewhere in the $8-12 million range. Pending
- Austin Jackson, Man of Action for Tigers
pedestrian 2010 form. And second base has been a pile of dreck among Brandon Inge (before he was released), Ramon Santiago, and Ryan Raburn.
The bright spot has been center fielder Austin Jackson
- Trade Fallout: Jackson Jumps to Motown
In terms of flashy major league debuts, no one can top Edwin Jackson. On his 20th birthday, the fireballing Dodgers rookie defeated Randy Johnson, punching out four batters in six scoreless innings
- The Edwin Jackson Trade: Chicago's Perspective
One of the league’s most active teams when it comes to the trading deadline, the Chicago White Sox have acquired Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg
- 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
- The Edwin Jackson Trade: Arizona's Perspective
to bite the organization, the D-Backs managed to get good value today in sending Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox for Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg.
Jackson, 26, was picked up by Arizona
- Edwin Jackson Heads to the Windy City
Yesterday, the Cubs officially inked Edwin Jackson to a four-year contract. Good for Edwin, now he has a chance to actually be with one team for four seasons. In just 10 seasons in the Majors, he has
- Austin Jackson: Now With More Walks?
When Austin Jackson, the Tigers' centerpiece in the Curtis Granderson trade, came out of the gates flying in early 2010, baseball was abuzz about the young gun patrolling the outfield grasses
- The Edwin Jackson/Matt Joyce trade
of payroll. Well, yesterday, he took all that good will and gave it right back, making a ridiculously bad trade with Tampa Bay, sending outfielder Matt Joyce to the Rays for RHP Edwin Jackson.
- Readings: Reggie Jackson, Part II
Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October by Dayn Perry
A Note on the Notes
Today's edition of Readings is both bullet- and trivia-heavy
- Prospect Impact: Bundy, Wheeler, Jackson
, the power right-hander is even more tempting, especially given his home park.
ACTION: The Cubs sign OF Scott Hairston
IMPACT: OF Brett Jackson, Cubs
My thoughts on Jackson have been well documented