- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- 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
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- A Brief Note about Seth Smith
The Padres didn't need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more
- Skyrocket Smith
The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Burch Smith's Second Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Burch Smith's Second Start
2. Today's MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- Arbitrary End Points
the rest of the season.
Joe Benson hit .169/.296/.271 in April. He hit .273/.350/.578 the rest of the season.
Sean Ratliff hit .259/.326/.407 in April. He hit .306/.359/.524 the rest of the season
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Twins
Over a two week stretch earlier this month, the Twins signed three players to extensions, headlined by Joe Mauer's eight-year deal. Mauer becomes the face of the franchise and the backstop until he
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- Building a Farm: National League West
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for June 21st
was part of the ninth inning antics that actually made this a game, driving in and then scoring a run.
Rockies 4, Indians 3
Moving the Needle: Seth Smith homers to break the tie in the ninth
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- The Next First Round Third Basemen
2003 - Chris Lubanski (PA), Eric Duncan (NJ)
2001 - Joe Mauer (MN)
2000 - Rocco Baldelli (RI), Corey Smith (NJ), Scott Thorman (Canada), Aaron Herr (PA)
Even there, you can see that New Jersey
- Wait Til Next Year: 2011 Draft Preview - Hitters
; Casey McElroy, SS, San Diego; Taylor Motter, SS, Coastal Carolina; Austin Nola, SS, LSU; Joe Panik, SS/3B, St. John's; Tyler Rahmatulla, 2B, UCLA; K.C. Serna, SS, Oregon; Adam Smith, SS, Texas A&M
- When We Learn Something About a Prospect
At one point during yesterday's edition of FanGraphs Audio, Carson asked an excellent question. In talking about Sean Smith's new job with a major league club, he asked what an outsider such as Smith
- Building the Farm: American League West
- Say Heyward in May
waited two weeks for a call-up at the start of the 2008 season, with Joe Maddon slotting Willy Aybar into the third baseman slot until Longoria got the call on April 12. The reason was clear
- First Round History: Catchers
in the Majors. Here they are, ranked by their pre-2010 career WAR, according to Rally's historical database:
Name WAR From
Jason Kendall 37.1 HS
Joe Mauer 33.1
- 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
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 21st
pitches really well and his team wins? Go ahead. But I don't see what anyone gains when we debit pitchers who throw games like this.
Braves 9, Rockies 6
Moving the Needle: Seth Smith triples
- New Prospects for Nats, Jays, O's
Jumping right into the rest of yesterday's moves...
The Nationals acquire Wilson Ramos and Joe Testa.
A couple of interesting points to bring up here. First, I think it's clear that a blocked
- Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves
That’s 30 pitchers, and all but four have other kinds of fastballs
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Angels
slated for free agency: Mike Napoli, Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, Maicer Izturis, Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar. Those are just the homegrown players. Surely, the rich Angels will re-sign
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - St. Louis
knows that the production of relievers is important to what they do, as both their third (Joe Kelly) and fourth (Scott Bittle) round picks last season were college relievers.
With the development
- Opening Day, v. 2.0
behind Jeurys Familia. The key for both players, however, will be the performance of their infielders.
5.On the offensive side, the breakout of Joe Benson. Yes, I probably like him a little bit
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Three
pitchers that have the confidence to attack the zone with their stuff. I always go back to a guy like Joe Mays when thinking about pitchers like Hollingsworth, and if Mays can have middling success
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Four
, but getting their biggest contributions from good ol' Joe Borchard, hitting .360/.455/.640.
- The Next First Round Catchers
. So, it took 26 years before a team gambled with a catcher while drafting first, passing over the Best Ever Pre-Strasburg College Pitcher to do so: Joe Mauer.
The Nationals will look to make
- The Guys Besides Yunel
trade. R.J. Anderson and Joe Pawlikowski have already tackled the deal from the perspective of each team, but I'm here to detail the analysis on the three players currently in the minor leagues: Jo-Jo
- Haren's "Haul" (UPDATED)
This offseason, in ranking him the 22nd-best prospect in their system, Angels blog Halos Heavan likened Corbin to Joe Saunders, who is also headed to Arizona in the Haren deal
- How Many More Years Does Berkman Need to Play?
, he ranks among the best players of his time, but he falls short in terms of voter criteria. If he posts four more seasons of 5 WAR ball, he'll be up at the level of Ozzie Smith, Tim Raines
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for May 24th
the lead for good.
Carlos Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 HR, 1 BB. He's been slowly brining up that wOBA, but this gave it a little acceleration.
Seth Smith: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 HR.
- 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
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for July 27th
. That's easily his best start of the year, and the first time since May 21st, 2009 that he allowed zero run in at least 6 IP.
Seth Smith: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 BB. Both walks were intentional
- 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
- Alternate Reality: Need-Based Mock Draft
in the organization -- doesn't take Joe Schmo, a solid third base prospect from College X.
In a sport that admirably sticks to Best Player Available more than any other, it is worth wondering what
- The Next First Round Shortstops
him a catcher, a la Joe Lawrence or Michael Barrett. We can wish for him the minor league success of Kevin Witt and Kevin Orie, the best comps as far as body type go, but better big league success
- MLB Draft: A Recent History of Criticism
adamant that Hobgood was ranked higher on their boards than the other high school talents. Given this position by the Orioles, I wrote last year that Scouting Director Joe Jordan was “ballsy to not blame
- 2010 Draft Review: AL East
because the first four picks were all hurlers, but the team's second-highest bonus getter was fifth-round pick Dickie Joe Thon. Toronto gave Thon $1.5 million to not attend Rice, and he becomes a perfect
- Nick Franklin's Historic Season
50 teenage player seasons in the 2000's, seasons from the likes of Miguel Cabrera (.268/.328/.382), Grady Sizemore (.268/.381/.335), Joe Mauer (.302/.393/.392) and Justin Upton (.263/.343/.413
- The Midwest Wasteland
and 44 steals.
Trout possesses a combination of skills the likes of which this league has never seen. Trout showed a similar walk rate (12.5%) to what Joe Mauer had (12.8%) in the Midwest League, teamed
- The Braves Go to Beachy
the organization. But while color man Joe Simpson said in the fourth inning that Beachy was "locating his fastball real well," I certainly beg to differ. I can't fault the kid for being off given
- Game 4 ALCS Review: Derek Holland
pitcher, Derek Holland. After entering the game in an impossible position -- to quote Joe Sheehan's Twitter account, "100 minutes late, the Rangers get their fourth-best starter into the game" -- Holland
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 21st, 2011
Cabrera: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 BB. That broke his 0 for the series skid.
Rockies 5, Dodgers 3
Moving the Needle: Seth Smith puts the Rockies ahead with a two-run homer, +.361 WPA. The Rockies
- Rated Rookies: Late April
Florimon, Eduardo Escobar, Joe Ortiz, Stephen Pryor.
- 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
- Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome
, but the main points are that he kept moving up and at least held his own, even at a very young age. What about other star catchers? Joe Mauer spent essentially two full seasons in the minors
- Building a Farm: Top Prospects
- Building a Farm: National League East
- The Roy Oswalt Trade: Houston's Perspective
need to work on his contact and he suddenly starts making less of it. Again, either Smith or Hulet will have a fuller look at him.
The bottom line
We finish right where we started, with two
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for August 1st
Jhoulys Chacin: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K. That's his 10th start, out of 22, in which he's allowed zero or one run.
Seth Smith: 2 for 4, 1 HR. He's just 30 PA away from his career high, so
- The Morning After: Game Recaps for April 11th
, is probably as useless as ESPN's pre-Sunday-Night graphic that depicted the players with the longest streak of at least one homer in a season.)
Seth Smith: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB. A homer short
- 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
- Legends of Yesteryear Disapprove of Latter-Day Teammates
Joe DiMaggio disapproves of Nick Swisher.
Willie Mays disapproves of Brian Wilson.
Ted Williams disapproves of Josh Beckett.
Sandy Koufax disapproves of Matt Kemp.
- 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
- Great Moments in Forgettable Careers II: Cocklewarming Edition
, 2 BB, 5 K, 0.793 WPA) who was this epic's undisputed hero.
April 6, 1984: Mike Smith Debuts in Style
How forgettable was "Mississippi" Mike Smith? So forgettable that two other right-handed
- Hopeless Joe's Hall of Fame Ballot
McGriff, Lee Smith, Don Mattingly, and Sean Casey.
There are worse, aren't there?
- A Zany Factoid
What do these individuals have in common?
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 2013 Inaugural Edition
"I have yet to see what changes the attitude of Robbie, no matter what his experience. He came to the ballpark ready to work, and I am not worried in his face smiling fun." - Joe Girardi
- The Assorted Parts All-Stars
I'd put these guys up against any body.
C Ernie "Schnozz" Lombardi
1B Charlie "Piano Legs" Hickman
2B Max "Camera Eye" Bishop
3B Andy "Knee" High
SS Davy "Tom Thumb" Force
LF Joe "Muscles
- All-Star Anagrams
Cabrera = ARGUABLE CRIME
(Honorable mention: RULE, MAGIC BEAR)
Also I hereby offer $1000 to whoever can anagram "Joe Mauer."
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
will help me think of others?
Other Bob Gibson
Other Jose Bautista
Other Frank Thomas (does he count?)
Other Joe Morgan
Other Eddie Murray
Other Randy Johnson
- Derek Jeter, Angel
I can't imagine how the guy could be an angel like this...It is human to err...Derek hasn't made many errors that I've been able to witness.
- Joe Namath
On Monday in Tampa, footballing legend
- The Rap All-Stars
Minus the disease, I admire my fitness
And under them jeans I admire the thickness
- C-Weav, "Chillin Wit Da Girls"
2B Joe Morgan
Michael Jordan I'm important, keep tapes recordin
- NotDraft 2014
Francisco, Junior | OF
23. Joe "Godfather" Gatto | St. Augustine Prep HS (N.J.), Senior | RHP
24. Jake "Foolish Games" Jewell | NE Oklahoma A&M CC, Sophomore | RHP
25. Shane "Little Benes
- Remembering the Tabasco Kid
names, and you'd recognize most of the ballot: of the 47 guys who got votes, 40 of them eventually wound up in the Hall (and one of the other seven is Joe Jackson). This post is about one of the guys who
- Me & Ed
A prescient Ed Lucas at his senior prom.
Each of us has an MLB Twin: that player, active or retired, whose age most closely approximates our own. Carson Cistulli's, for instance, is Joe
- The Top Ten Kevin Costner Baseball Films
Unabashedly sentimental but irresistibly endearing, this adaptation of Kinsella's novel channels Frank Capra and unleashes the full range of Costner's charm, while giving Shoeless Joe Jackson
- Introducing Handsome-Independent Pitching
, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Paul Maholm, Ricky Nolasco, Zack Greinke, Bronson Arroyo, Luke Hochevar, and Ricky Romero:
Observe, first, that a lack of handsomeness does not preordain poor
- Daily Notes: May 2, 1916
Joseph "Joe" Boehling
Shore's arm is rumored to receive "steam heat treatment" between innings, for he "shies the ball across...with such terrific speed." Boehling, "like all other Washington
- The Hall Has Lost Its Way
missed the cut, again, this year)? How else to explain the choice of G.I. Joe (2004) and Star Wars Action Figures (2012) -- blatant pandering to the crucial bloc of Gen-X males -- while equally
- Introducing the Handsomeboard
kept pace by adding David Freese. Ian Kinsler's lady-killing move to Detroit seized the spotlight from Joe Mauer, whom the Twins have struggled to surround with new talent, in the AL Central
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 5/3 Edition
"When [Chavez] dove, when he came to the scene, he said feeling a little dizzy, but he said he felt nothing ... Then, when he passed his bat, he got dizzy." - Joe Girardi
Notes: Markakis hit a long
- The Year the Stars Went Out
was the second-lowest since 1990; Joe Mauer's OBP of .416 was the lowest since 1984; Cabrera's SLG of .606 was the lowest since 1991. And Trout's WPA of 5.32 (again, tops among qualifying hitters
- Free Seth Smith
Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 5/30 Edition
want to get a fast ball, and tug it a little bit." - Alex Cobb
"I do not have any claim to have." - Joe Maddon
Notes: Cobb worked out a bases loaded, no out in the second jam. Alejandro De Aza hit
- The State of the NotAwards Races
list has to include Joe Saunders, he of the ERA (5.09) higher than his K/9 (4.86), and Jerome Williams, who's one of only a couple of qualifying pitchers with negative WAR (-0.2). CC Sabathia and his
- Nostradamus Calls the Series
one, then to die a cruel death.
"The young lion" is 25-year-old Joe Kelly, who will triumph over 34-year-old John Lackey as the series shifts to Busch Stadium for Game Three. The third and fourth
- Babe Ruth Was the Worst Base Stealer of All Time
away with it. Seems to me that either a) Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy weren't so good at the math, or b) Babe Ruth did whatever the hell he wanted. Probably both -- though lest you think
- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity
Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. "Will he start or not?" is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- 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.
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- 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
- Seth Smith Would Be Great Fit for Mariners
remaining $105 million on his contract...), the San Diego Padres find themselves with an opportunity to move 2014 right fielder Seth Smith. Kemp's days as an everyday center fielder have long passed
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
Seth Smith is having the best year of his career at the plate. He has slowed down during the second half of the season after a monster first half, but his overall line is still quite good. These days
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
- FanGraphs Audio: Bryan Smith on Prospects, Prospect Writing
Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first
- Daily Notes: The Effects of Burch Smith on the Human Brain
, What One Might Learn
A thing a spectator might learn during the course of this game is what sort of claim Burch Smith might have to a starting role in the future. Despite having posted a 30.3% strikeout
- Q&A: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Comeback from Fear
From 2007-2009, Ryan Rowland-Smith was an effective pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Australian-born southpaw appeared in 88 games and logged an ERA below 4.00 for three years running. His move
- 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
- 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.
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- 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 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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."
- 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 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
- Video: The Ozzie Smith of Cuba, More or Less
- 2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1
doesn't have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
to right field. Harper is represented by Scott Boras, and is likely to set a draft record with the contract he signs. (Bryan Smith)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon | RHP | Texas HS
- 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
- 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 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
- The Next Step
Smith. Templeton provided insane value to the Cardinals.
In fact, in their first seven seasons, Garry Templeton produced 20.5 WAR. Ozzie Smith, who peaked in Years 7-12 of his career, produced just
- 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
- Weighing Dee Gordon
Lance Johnson - 7 seasons (2.0, 3.2, 3.9, 5.1, 1.5, 3.4, 6.5)
Luis Polonia - 4 seasons (2.1, 0.6, -2.3, 0.8)
Ozzie Smith - 4 seasons (3.3, 5.4, 2.7)
Tim Raines - 3 seasons (2.8, 3.3, 6.1)
- Daily Notes: Doubling Down on San Diego's Burch Smith
colloquially, and from which expression he's derived little pleasure previously.
Moving On, With Regards to This Game
Starting this game for San Diego is Burch Smith, to which right-hander's
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part One
We're really excited to introduce you to the newest writer to join the FanGraphs team - Bryan Smith. He's covered minor league and college baseball for nearly every site on the planet, and we're
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Seattle
, but I truly believe it was complimentary -- Moore's floor is very high. The pitcher version of this would be Ryan Rowland-Smith, who will have his modest success in Seattle as long as Safeco Field
- What the Cubs Must Do
, and to ensure some eventual success.
Dear Mr. Ricketts: Fire them all. Start over. Faithfully, Bryan Smith.
- Florida Marlins Farm System Discussion
pick in the 2007 draft was Jameson Smith, who hasn't been able to stay on the field, and when he has, few catchers in the minors have been worse throwing out opposing baserunners (11-for-114 in full
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Risky and Rosy
Presently, there are both quantitative and anecdotal offerings available, thanks to Sean Smith's TotalZone play by play metric (offered at MinorLeagueSplits), or any
- Chicago White Sox Must-Watch Prospects
of the two brave enough to tackle them. Bryan Smith will flank the rankings with a pair of articles on each team: one a micro view at the top prospects (for the fan whose minor league interest is only
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Daily Notes: Mostly Concerning Burch Smith's Debut Today
debut in this game for San Diego -- is 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith.
Regarding Burch Smith, Who the Hell He Is
In terms of who the hell is Burch Smith, Burch Smith is one of the minor
- 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
- 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 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Building a Farm: American League East
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Baseball Fan’s Guide to Baby Naming
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Players Who Out-WARred Their Entire Teams
-- Kansas City: 2.9 WAR
Joe Randa, 2004: 3.4 WAR -- Kansas City: 2.9 WAR
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Mike Morse and Seth Smith: Outfield Help on Your Waiver Wire
Smith |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 41.4% Yahoo - 27%
It's tough to land a full time gig when you can't hit lefties, but Smith still plays enough, and hits well enough, to make an impact on your fantasy
- 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
- 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