- John Smoltz and ERA
All the Roy Halladay to Boston talk is centered around a line that goes something like this: “Off-season signings Brad Penny and John Smoltz have disappointed. Smoltz especially with a 7.04 ERA
- Marlins Ink John Buck
Dime stage of their careers. The conversation briefly, ever so briefly, centered on Loria’s sudden generosity yesterday when the team inked John Buck for three years and $18 million … then the team
- Pirates Trade John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny
Snell, Freddy Sanchez, Tom Gorzelanny, and John Grabow
Into these guys:
Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, Lastings Milledge, Joel Hanrahan, Eric Fryer, Casey Erickson, Argenis Diaz
- George Kottaras and John Jaso Walk a Lot
– or if by then he’ll be bored walking like Uncle Pennybags.
Speaking of radical happenings, John Jaso opened the season in Triple-A and yet there he was on the first weekend of June leading off while
- eBay's 5 Most Marvelous and Currently Unavailable Ballcaps
To repeat: eBay’s 5 Most Marvelous and Currently Unavailable Ballcaps:
Anderson Felons New Era Hat (Missing Link)
Style: Fitted (7 3/8), probably
Time Left: Pretty much all you want, as the cap
- Out the Wazoo: Anals of Great Baseball Writing
that the Pirates did enter into:
– Arbytration with Starling Marte, meaning that Marte will receive 162 pounds of Horsey Sauce and the Louie Anderson Stamp of Good Health.
– Barbietration with Jason
- Brett Anderson Close To Return
The surging Oakland Athletics are about to receive a big boost. Brett Anderson's rehab assignment comes to an end on Monday, and he's expected to rejoin the team. Anderson has shown a lot
- Brett Anderson Looks Like Brett Anderson at Just the Right Time
forgotten, or for those who never knew, Anderson's back from Tommy John surgery, having last pitched in the majors in June 2011. He had a good deal of success earlier in his career for A's teams
- Brett Anderson's Elbow Eaten by Sliders?
was so high, and the innings minimum non-existent, our 25-pitcher sample was made up entirely of relievers. Now with Brett Anderson reporting some general elbow soreness and a hefty slider percentage
- John Paschal Live Chat! -- 4/30/14
John Paschal: Hey, everybody! I will be here at 2:30 Eastern, or, unfortunately, "Private Time Central," to answer all your baseball questions. So fill up the queue and I will see you
- The Daily Grind: Bettis, Anderson, Venable
Trading For Closers
Daily DFS - Bettis, May
Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Danks, Davis, Venable
1. Trading For Closers
In my experience, trading for a closer
- The Daily Grind: Happ, Anderson, Werth
talked about Brett Anderson's favorable matchup against the Rockies. I still love it, and he costs just $7,200. He left his last start with a calf cramp. Even if he's healthy, he doesn't consistently
- Atlanta Signs Anderson
One of the last standing California Angels has officially moved on. Garret Anderson and Ken Griffey Jr. were subjects of multiple rumors over the past few weeks as both were sought after by Atlanta
- Brett Anderson Gets an Extension
Since debuting last season, Brett Anderson has been one of the game’s top starting pitchers. He’s posted a 3.61 FIP in 187 innings and heck, he’s even leading the American League in ERA right now
- Brett Anderson's Breaking Ball: Slurve's Not a Dirty Word
Tommy John surgery. For him, it was all mechanical. "My arm wasn't quite in the right position when my foot landed," Anderson explained. And so his elbow had to "create the torque."
- Oakland Sends Lottery Ticket Brett Anderson To Colorado
If it's possible to both buy low and sell low simultaneously, then that might be just what the Rockies and Athletics did by swapping 25-year-old lefty starters Drew Pomeranz and Brett Anderson
- Mark Kotsay/Brian Anderson Swapped
Anderson. On the surface, the deal is a bit confusing. The two are essentially equals – although Kotsay has a better bat – but Anderson is nearly seven years younger. Kenny Williams cooperated
- The Daily Grind: Kershaw, Nola, Anderson, Lowrie
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Chacin, Lowrie, Mercer
1. Programming Note
We'll be back to normal coverage tomorrow
- The Daily Grind: de la Rosa, Anderson, Norris
to earn a win against John Danks.
Also consider: Brett Anderson, Jesse Chavez, J.A. Happ
Pitchers to Exploit: There are plenty of exploitable pitchers tomorrow. David Phelps isn't the worst of them
- The Daily Grind: Walker, Cody Anderson, Reynolds
The Future vs. Now
Daily DFS - Bettis, Walker
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Morgan, Reynolds, Spangenberg
1. The Future vs. Now
- Auction Draft: How I Lost Brett Anderson
Granderson ($14), Scott Baker ($7), Matt Garza ($3), Carlos Quentin ($2), Elvis Andrus ($2), Dan Uggla ($2), and John Danks ($1). You can round my roster out with Pablo Sandoval ($19), Mike Napoli
- Prospect Stock Watch: Anderson, Law, Musgrove, Sisco
We've hit the midway mark in the 2015 season and it's time to start thinking about players that might help in 2016 -- especially if you play in a keeper league.
Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox
- Vlad, Scott, Danks, Strasburg, Anderson: DLWW
is more appealing. Scott looks to be a nice replacement for Vlad owners, but he doesn't look to have a permanent place in the Orioles lineup.
John Danks (33% ESPN, 46% Yahoo) – Danks is scheduled
- The Daily Grind: A's Closer, Anderson, Harrison, Gennett
July Trade Deadline Value Changes
Daily DFS - Arrieta, Anderson
Tomorrow's Targets - Harrison, Shoemaker, Gennett, Espinosa
1. July Trade Deadline Value
- The Daily Grind: Bankroll, Graveman, Anderson, Stubbs
Stack Targets: Sabathia, David Buchanan, Nick Martinez, Asher Wojciechowski, Trevor Bauer, John Danks, Edinson Volquez
3. Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Milone, Freese, Stubbs
- Lars Anderson's Google Map Directions, 2012-13
About 1 hour 10 mins
go 86.2 mi
total 1,042 mi
Continue onto John Kilpatrick Turnpike
Partial toll road
About 23 mins
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Take the exit onto I-40 W
- Jerry Manuel Intentionally Walks Garret Anderson
and Joe Torre. There were about a dozen different moves and tweaks to analyze from this series but one in particular stood out as worthy of examination: intentionally walking Garret Anderson.
Let me set
- David Price Swallows Flames
southpaws comparable to the 93-94 MPH heat are Jon Lester, Francisco Liriano, and Brett Anderson.
Price is arguably the least accomplished of the quintet. What, with Sabathia and Lester being perennial Cy
- A's Sign McCarthy
with (John Danks) to acquire the tall righty. McCarthy made 45 appearances with the Rangers, including 22 over the last three years thanks to numerous arm issues. He failed to make a big league appearance
- The April ERA Rarity
, check the quantity by year:
2009: 1 (Zack Greinke)
2008: 1 (Cliff Lee)
2007: 0 (Closest: John Maine 1.35)
2006: 0 (Closest: John Thomson 1.32)
2005: 1 (John Patterson)
- Where Darren Oliver = Matt Holliday Happens
Holliday, Jason Bay, and John Lackey are no doubters. There are a few players, notably Victor Martinez, Cliff Lee, Manny Ramirez, Rafael Betancourt, and Jermaine Dye who have an option holding them up
- Brett Anderson Just Set a Four-Year High in Innings
When the Dodgers signed Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million dollar deal this offseason there was a tinge excitement because a well thought of arm was headed to a well thought of organization
- Anderson Dominating
As far as AL West aces go, most people could probably give you three easily: Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, and Jered Weaver. Brett Anderson of the Oakland Athletics has largely flown under the radar
- ALDS Coverage: Boston's Lacking Offense
it. Those were the only times Boston really threatened. John Lackey is responsible for some of the futility, but the Red Sox were the best team in the American League at drawing walks during the regular
- Two Relievers of Interest
high school in the 30th round of the 2003 draft. Venters started 20 games before undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the 2006 season. 94 minor league appearances and 71 starts later, Venters
- Jarrod Parker On Tommy John Surgery and Sliders
a big deal to some, but I've been interested in this for a while. Some flawed research of mine once provided preliminary findings that high-slider pitchers like Brett Anderson were prone to injury
- A Collection of Career Batting Leaderboard Tidbits
, one more than Gwynn. Speaking of misters, Ernie Banks sits two runs above Sammy Sosa.
Jay Buhner and Ray Lankford rank back-to-back. I think that is appropriate.
Dusty Baker and John Kruk
- Reviewing The Rule 5 Draft
to see Veal sticking all season, perhaps as John Grabow’s replacement.
Orioles: Lou Palmisano, C, formerly of the Brewers
Injuries zapped Palmisano’s 2008, limiting him to a little over 100 at-bats
- Woeful O's
best teams in the AL. Now a few of those teams have added the likes of Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Pat Burrell, John Smoltz, and Brad Penny. If that’s not bad enough, the Orioles
- Mets Add Redding
withdraw interest from Derek Lowe over this signing. As Eric outlined recently, the Mets rotation currently stands at something like this:
- Another Lotto Ticket for Boston
. Entering the off-season, the Red Sox had three areas of need: catcher, middle relief, and to a far lesser extent shortstop. With Saito, Ramon Ramirez, and whomever the John Smoltz/Brad Penny signings bump
- Flags Fly Forever Pt. Two
2006: Roger Clemens, Al Leiter, Jake Peavy, Dontrelle Willis
2009: Jake Peavy, Roy Oswalt, John Lackey
It’s hard to believe, but Leiter somehow made the staff. It’s also hard
- Your Opening Day Starter...Uh.
starter this year? Probably Oakland’s Dallas Braden or the Angels’ Joe Saunders. In terms of events having to occur for the pitcher to get the nod, then Saunders takes the cake. John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar
- Prime Pitching Performances (And Alliteration!)
. Seven innings, five Ks, and three walks were good enough for the win, as Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted five and a third, yielding three walks and three homeruns.
Kyle Davies and John Danks played dueling
- There Must Be 50 Ways to Build a Bullpen
have established the cut-fastball as their “add-on” pitch of choice. John Danks , Mark Buerhle, and D.J. Carrasco amongst others throw the cutter thanks to the help of pitching coach Don Cooper
- Nolasco Demoted
, and John Maine. Those three have ERAs of 4.47, 2.65, and 4.53, giving you an idea of where Nolasco’s walk, strikeout, and homerun rates would theoretically place him. So if Nolasco’s peripherals
- Weird Outing for Liriano
allowed eight hits to the Oakland Athletics; Don Sutton in 1986 also allowed eight hits, this time against Seattle, oddly both were members of the California Angels during the feat. John Smoltz and Juan
- Ervin Santana to the DL?
that left him out until mid-May. Injuries to John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar have already forced the Angels to dig into their farm system, and now Sean O’Sullivan will be called upon to make at least
- Miguel Olivo's Hat Trick
; Craig Paquette in 1993; Tommie Agee in 168; John Bateman in 1963; and Rolando Roomes in 1989.
- Alex Rios Folds Under Pressure
Honestly it’s pretty hard to get worked about any of the numbers involved. None of them are good, none are encouraging, but remember John Smoltz and all the talk about 40 innings worth of work? Well
- How Are the Stars Being Acquired? Catchers
John Baker – traded
1 free agent
1 amateur free agent
70% of the list was developed by their current teams. Mauer is the poster child. I feel like I
- ALDS Coverage: TBS, C.B., and the Boston Offense Fail in Game One
to pitcher John Lackey who tossed to first and ended the top-half of the inning, or so it appeared. Seconds later the game would go on commercial break then promptly return to inform everyone that catcher
- ALDS Coverage: That's a Wrap for Boston
Entering yesterday’s game, Boston had scored one run through two games and seemingly been dismantled by the Angels combo of John Lackey and Jered Weaver. They would have to get to perennial Red Sox
- Examining Xavier
’s 2009 campaign officially ended after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. Unfortunately for the (in two days) 31-year-old, he enters free agency coming off what amounts to a week
- A Miles Pun
is the utility infielder market this off-season presents. John McDonald, Juan Uribe, Omar Vizquel, and even lesser beings like Eric Bruntlett are prime for the taking, and at prices that likely undercut the one
- Cubs Get Something for Heilman
throws from a low arm slot and has a fastball that breaks into the low-90s as well as a slurve. The mandatory Tommy John surgery is out of the way and it’ll be interesting to see if deception
- Cameron of Boston
Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox signed John Lackey to a big contract. The act was taken as a signal that Theo Epstein and crew had moved on from signing Jason Bay. Word later arrived that they were
- The Contact Tales: 2005
baseball history. After toiling for years with the Pirates as a decent starter, Schmidt was traded to the Giants (alongside John Vander Wal) for Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong. It's just
- The Contact Tales: 2007
Starting Pitchers (Min IP: 100)
John Smoltz 72.4%
Johan Santana 73.2%
Cole Hamels 73.9%
Scott Kazmir 74.5%
Erik Bedard 75.3%
Bedard was pretty good in 2007, completing a wee bit
- Ohman is the O's Man
. At this point, it seemed that Ohman would conceivably break camp with the Cubs to begin the 2002 season. Instead, Ohman would undergo Tommy John Surgery and miss the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He returned
- Randy Wells Shuts Down Atlanta
of the game, as Sean Marshall, Esmailin Caridad, John Grabow, and Carlos Marmol would combine to shut the door and Wells earned the first victory of the year for the Cubbies.
There are going to be some
- Walden's Heat
innings and made just 13 starts due to a forearm strain. The injury is worrisome (because it can lead to Tommy John surgery), but he appears healthy and ready to compete in 2010. He showed a pretty
- ALDS Game Three Preview: Tampa Bay
game while wearing Rays garb, hit .334/.381/.554 versus righties this year too. Carlos Pena, John Jaso, Dan Johnson seem likely to join the starting lineup as well.
Those numbers do not guarantee
- The Problem with Oakland
Nick Swisher, Joe Blanton, Mark Teahen, John Baker, and Jared Burton. In the 2003 draft Beane selected 11 of the first 300 players and only two – Omar Quintanilla and Andre Ethier – reached
- What the Washington Nationals Should Do
and posterity’s sake. That makes selling more likely.
The Nationals rotation currently features Livan Hernandez, J.D. Martin, John Lannan, Luis Atilano, and yes, Stephen Strasburg. Injuries have decimated
- Pudge Pounds Number 300
catcher aged 30 or younger with 90, and the next youngest is Miguel Olio at 76. Brian McCann has 73 and he’s only 25, John Buck has 65 and is 28, Mike Napoli has 52 at age 27, and Joe Mauer has 50
- The Yankees Have Offense in Reserve
beyond the pantheon of new Yankee Stadium. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, home to the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, features a triplet of red-hot bats. Shelley Duncan, Austin Jackson, and John Rodriguez patrol
- Is Pinerio's Newfound Groundball Success Sustainable?
, and John Thomson. Below you’ll see the data table. The first column is self explanatory. Year N dictates the season in which the large jump occurred. Delta is the difference between Year N and Year N-1. N
- Townsend Down and Out
after arm injury, including Tommy John Surgery that caused him to miss the entirety of 2006. Upon returning to action in 2007 Townsend pitched decently in A-ball and reached Double-A in 2008
- A Quiz
The best and worst pitchers alike can have identity crisis within 40 innings. If we judged them like a lot of people judged John Smoltz last week, then Barry Zito is the best pitcher in baseball
- Angels Add Scott Kazmir
forward. That’s a bit worse than John Lackey, about equal to Jered Weaver, and a bit better than Ervin Santana. Kazmir isn’t an ace anymore, and the Angels aren’t asking him to be one. He has
- Jorge de la Rosa's Question Mark
Once dubbed the “Mexican John Rocker”1 by Dan Duquette, de la Rosa is a lefty with a fastball that sits 92-94 and wildly effective secondary pitches. His slider and change-up each generated
- The Contact Tales: 2009
the Twins a pair of ace lefties. Over the last two, he’s looked like an average starter, which still holds value, just not quite the value his name and stuff once held.
John Lannan 88.6
- Durham or Kansas City?
DH Josh Fields
Meanwhile, depending on what the Rays do over the next two months, the Durham lineup could look like this:
C John Jaso
1B Dan Johnson
2B Elliot Johnson
3B Chris Nowak
- The Marlins' Next Batch
length making John Calipari blush. First came Todd Jones, then Joe Borowski and Matt Herges, then Joe Nelson, then finally Doug Waechter, Brendan Donnelly, and Kiko Calero. Throw in a few extended
- The Rays' 2011 Payroll
Red Sox added John Lackey ($18M), Adrian Beltre ($9M), Jeremy Hermida ($3.3M), Bill Hall (~$1M), Mike Cameron ($7.3M), and Marco Scutaro ($5M) for a total of nearly $44M. Take Lackey’s salary out
- Three Posts in One
59 career starts. Even John Lackey has allowed two steals. This unit is some kind of bad at throwing out runners.
- The Ones That Got Away: National League West
going to Cal State Fullerton he should be the first college shortstop off the board. The Pads also nabbed Tommy Toledo who underwent Tommy John surgery while at the University of Florida.
- Matt Joyce Is Free at Last
conflict with Sean Rodriguez though. Most days against righties the Rays will field Ben Zobrist, John Jaso (at catcher or DH), Reid Brignac, and Jason Bartlett; that can’t happen now without Joyce being
- Arrieta and Davis
both go 0-2 on 25% of their plate appearances; that figure places them within the top 20 of American League pitchers- more often than Jon Lester, James Shields, John Danks, and equal to Felix Hernandez
- Zobrist and OBP
of a similar batter in John Jaso. He’s still playing tremendous defense at second and right field. He even filled in at center for a span, although he looked rather out of place and only his athleticism allowed
- The Giants Add Pen Arms
favors the Pirates. Somehow, Neal Huntington also grabbed John Bowker in the deal. Bowker isn’t particularly valuable – he’s a 26 year old first baseman with 513 career plate appearances and a .294 wOBA
- Is Edwin Jackson Throwing a Cutter?
of the pitch, including John Danks, who has quickly morphed into one of the finest pitchers in the American League. It should be no surprise that the White Sox’s biggest trade deadline acquisition – Edwin
- ALDS Game Three Review: Tampa Bay
the equalizer scored. With two outs and Bartlett due up, Ron Washington went to his bullpen for closer Neftali Feliz. After walking Bartlett, John Jaso hit a ball to center that scored Pena. Jaso advanced
- ALDS Game Four Preview: Tampa Bay
in games that could force a decisive game five.
As for the Rays’ lineup, the J-Walkers (John Jaso, Matt Joyce, and Dan Johnson) will be present along with one of yesterday’s stars, Carlos Pena
- Uehara Even Controls his Sideburns
ratio of nine, then it becomes clear that undeserving relievers rarely sneak into the territory. In addition to the names above, Billy Wagner, Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Gonzalez, John Smoltz, and Doug
- Why the Pirates Stink
their top prospects (per Baseball America) were Chad Hermansen, J.R. House, John Van Benschoten, and Zack Duke. Only one of those is still with the Pirates and I’m not even sure if the rest are still
- Barrett Back to Canada
One sunny afternoon not long ago, Michael Barrett punched his way into baseball culture while paying homage to legends of the past like Ty Cobb and John McGraw. Two seasons removed, Barrett has
- Reliever Shuffling and Yanks Add Berroa
and in 24.3 innings combined Turnbow walked 54 batters. In 2007, Turnbow walked 46 in 68 innings.
Yankees sign Angel Berroa and John Rodriguez (minor league deals)
Berroa is still finding jobs
- Smoltz and Baldelli Apparently Heading to Boston
Rocco Baldelli and pitcher John Smoltz to one-year deals with heavy incentives, including 5.5 million for Smoltz, pushing the potential worth of his deal to 10 million. Baldelli’s terms have yet
- Boston Comings and Goings
, but his health has shown to be more sustainable than Baldelli’s, and that’s why he’s in this position.
The other end of Brad Penny and John Smoltz signing with the Red Sox has finally hit
- Johnny Damon on Loyalty
or Kevin Youkilis when the Red Sox sniffed around Mark Teixeira or to Tim Wakefield when the Red Sox signed John Smoltz and Brad Penny.
What the Red Sox did with Varitek wasn’t cruel
- Game of the Week: 6/29-7/5
Entering Tuesday’s game, the Red Sox lead the Orioles by 12 games. With John Smoltz on the mound opposing Rich Hill, the challenge appeared to resemble little more than a lay-up for the best team
- Baseball’s Sisyphus
sitting on Soria.
On Saturday, John Bale entered in the 8th, walked a batter, recorded a groundout, and then was lifted for a righty with the tying run on second. Rather than call upon Soria, he
- Sean Rodriguez, Victor Zambrano, and Mark Langston Attend a Wake
for the Mariners. For those who don’t know, Langston was dealt in May of 1989 for Randy Johnson, Gene Harris, and Brian Holman. Johnson was dealt in 1998 for Freddy Garcia, Carlos Guillen, and John Halama. Garcia
- Kevin Hart Still Beats Josh Fogg
and John Lackey. Someone is going to take that comparison and run with it, but the difference is that Billingsley and Lackey can find the zone when they want to, something Hart needs to do given his
- Charlie Morton and the Buccos' Rotation
Beckett, Kenny Rogers, John Smoltz, Mark Langston … they all got battered around while fanning at least eight.
Of course there are some stinkers on this list too. But right now, Morton’s name
- The Ones That Got Away: National League Central
the next year. It looks like a bad decision, not because Sowers is a maven, but because in doing so the Reds missed out on Jeremy Bonderman, David Wright, and John Rheinecker’s beard.
- Halladay Versus Cincy
League Championship Series against the juggernaut Braves. A sweep resulted with Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux inflicting most of the damage and Steve Avery finishing the series with six
- The Marlins Prepare to Add Javier Vazquez
terms are unavailable at this point, but it is hard to see Vazquez getting much from the Marlins (counterpoint: John Buck). Inking a healthy Vazquez at eight million for a year might have been
- Berkman Joins The Cardinals
After trading Ryan Ludwick to the Padres, the Cardinals mostly used John Jay and Allen Craig in right. Jay (26 in March) hit .300/.359/.422 while receiving enough support in the Fans Scouting Report
- Northsiders Make a Ton of Moves
, and John Gaub. Stevens appears to be the closest to the majors, and could make his debut in the Cubs bullpen next season.
Finally, we reach the probable Milton Bradley signing. Since there’s a lack
- Remember Mike Maroth?
for the O’s and is committing against rushing prospects like Matt Wieters, Chris Tillman, and Jake Arrieta.
As for Hendrickson, he looks like Randy Johnson and throws like John Halama. At 6’9” you would
- Mark Buehrle and the Hall of Fame
Roger Clemens, like Greg Maddux, like Randy Johnson, like Pedro Martinez, perhaps Mike Mussina and Bert Blyleven, Tom Glavine, Curt Schilling, and John Smoltz – could be in the Hall by the time Buehrle
- The Ones That Got Away: American League East
Stevens for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.
Honorable mention: Jayson Werth (1997: Round 1, Pick 22) who actually signed with Baltimore. Three and a half years later they traded him to Toronto for John
- Yuniesky No Gets-ky
of Ben Zobrist at the plate, I’ve come to accept his approach for what it is. I love watching Matt Joyce and John Jaso take close pitch after close pitch just off the plate or just highenough or just
- Financial Cost Of Tommy John Surgery To Young Pitchers
and mid-tier pitchers in the early stages of their professional careers who have had Tommy John surgery this season, or in the case of Perez, are about to have it. Then there's Matt Harvey, Jonny Venters
- Introducing the First (And Last) Notty Awards
(And Last) Notty Awards.
Exit through the gift shop.
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- Of Turf Artificial and Surface Au Naturel
!, associate fellow John “Peter” Thompson has thoughtfully paraphrased Henry David Thoreau in taking a more moderate and cautious position:
“We cannot adequately appreciate this aspect of nature
- Signs of the Times: An Anthology of All-Star Activism
In the summer of 1993, with hopes of moving on from the John Bobbitt affair, Americans stopped cringing and began cozying to the Canadian embrace of Proulxian fiction. In reading The Shipping News
- Ask NotNot for Something Something
In addition to the very English and talented Craig Robinson, the editoriat of NotGraphs is pleased also to announce the debut here of John Paschal, who writes additionally for The Hardball Times
- Fun With Shapes: A Fan's Mental Exercise
, then, is that newly signed leftie John Lannan can take on the exact form of Clayton Kershaw – or, ironically, Bartolo Colon.
- NotGraphs Longform: The Story From Those Story Ideas
loft, which he had purchased with profits from his three-part series, “Have We Seen The Last 300-Game Winner?”, the writer John Paschal reaches out and, with the fiery tip of his Cuban cigar, pops
- Questions and Answers with the Unquestionable Answerman
: This is interesting: During John Axford’s stint with St. Louis last season, Cardinals coaches told the reliever that for the past few seasons he had been tipping his pitches. Do you know of any other player
- NotGraphs Longform: The Story From Those Story Ideas Part 2
-World War II Roster
1B Long John Reilly (1880-1891)
2B Benny Bowcock (1903)
SS Jack Glasscock (1879-1895)
3B Butts Wagner (1898)
LF Heinie Manush (1923-1939)
CF Steamer Flanagan
- Name That Name! A Trilogy (Mercifully) Concluded
: Captain N. Tennille
Jeff Samardzija: Jeff Samarz Samarj Samarzj Smarjd Dammit!
A.J. Pierzynski: Anthony John Pierzynski
Andrew McCutchen: Aristeaus the Cooler
Ryan Dempster: Harry Caray II
- Preseason Picks: Lord Buddha Tabs the Astros
With Spring Training now upon us, and with lab-tested and science-approved psychic John Edward having predicted the imminent onset of predictions, many of our most luminous luminaries
- The Physical Obstacles for Men in Baseball
relativity, the scientist remained steadfast in a hitting approach that emphasized the fundamental curvature of spacetime. And thus did he swing, time after time, eight inches beneath the four-seamer.
- Wronging a Right: Or, How to Play the Game Incorrectly
: Infielder crouches for grounder, fields it, throws to first.
Wrong way: Infielder crouches for grounder, fields it, hoists up the John B’s sail, sees how the mainsail sets, calls for the captain
- Pencils Ready? Here is Today's Pop Quiz
, Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo also considered:
(a) Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rach Nation Sports.
(b) Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bach Nation Sports.
(c) Doc Severinsen’s Doc Nation Sports.
- Codpieces and Wetsuits: A Look at MLB's Newest Uniforms
favored by the Germanic tribes that migrated to the Western Roman Empire in the Early Middle Ages, matched with a Juicy Couture cotton T-shirt and a John Deere truckers cap on which are positioned five
- Head in the Clouds ... Feet at Last on the Ground
of beanball wars and replay controversies, winning streaks and hitless streaks, Tommy John heartbreaks and dramatic episodes of Puig Derangement Syndrome. I had opted, instead, to sleep in 30-degree
- Martin Perez Is Also Back, or Might Be
. On Sunday, in his fourth start since returning from a 14-month layoff following Tommy John surgery, the 24-year-old Venezuelan kept the National League’s second-best offense off the bases until Texas second
- Revenue Sharing Deal Cubs Struck with Rooftop Owners Holding Up Wrigley Field Renovations
. In 1885, John Deppert, Jr. constructed a rooftop stand on his barn that overlooked Recreation Park, home to the National League’s Detroit Wolverines, future Hall of Famer Sam Thompson and a rotation
- The Story From Those Story Ideas: The End
thing on the writer himself.
So, as a friend and colleague, I, John Paschal, have taken the liberty of normalizing Cistulli for the first time in his life.
Here, the reader inserted a photo
- Matt Harrison Is Back
- The Good, the Bad and the Greinke
- So Johnny Cueto Thinks He Can Dance
- They Might Also Approve "Emotion"
- Overheard at the Gym: Kershaw's Half of the Convo
- Name That Ballpark! Yep, Here's Your Chance
- Name That Team! Yep, Here's Your Chance
- Retrofitting Baseball to the Winter Olympics: A Brief Proposal
- Mystery Solved, Perhaps: Mystery Team Identified, Maybe
- Post-Kinsler, Darvish Adds Pitch to Repertoire
- A New Party Platform: Actual, Visible, Actual Change
- A Spring Training Report from Toots Delvecchio
- Home Runs I've Conceited: A Counterpoint, Kind Of
- The Straight (and Quick!) Poop on American Invention
- Season's Greetings! Opening Day as National Holiday
- A Question of Strategic Positioning
- The Cruelest Cuts of All: A Carson Cistulli Story
- Running the Databases: An Intelligence Exercise
- Chafe Wazoo, et al: A Compendium of Cleveland Candidates
- Blogger Reaches Milestone, Blogs About It
- Puig Derangement Syndrome, etc.: The Clinical Descriptions
- The Difference Between Unwrite and Wrong
- Mortal Combat: Ron Washington's New, Injury-Proof Lineup
- Night in the Forest: A Pine Tar Parable
- Blogger Embraces Statistics, Statistics Totally Hug Him Back
- Featured: A Hard-Hitting Report on a Hard-Hitting Player
- A Handy Primer to Papi Culture
- Fifteen Mostly Modest Proposals For Speeding Up the Game
- Yes We Cannibal: Free Speech in the Age of Olivo
- Post-Nuñez, the Travel Channel Scores a Winner!
- Position Changes: Or, Renaming 1 Through 9 (Plus Bonus DH!)
- Three Untrue Outcomes: A Personal Inventory
- NotNews of the Weird: Or, News of the Weirder
- An Open Letter to the Shirtless Man
- The Dialogues: Studies in Ballyard Discourse
- A's Get Pitcher at Dollar General, Sweep Series
- Occupational Hazards of Writing for a Hii-larious Baseball Blog
- Uncle Cletus Goes to a Ballgame
- The Ups and, Yes, the Downs of Baseball
- Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jose Abreu
- Must-$ee Clickbait: A Lucrative NotGraphs $lideshow
- Our Heavenly Constellations: The REAL All-Star Teams!
- This Eggnog Will Expire in Three Minutes
- Humbled and Honored: My Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech
- One Thing You Probably Already Knew About Jose Altuve
- Big TV Reaches Agreement with Yankees, Red Sox, God
- The Sounds of Silence: Or, the Royals' Greatest Hits
- Less Than 48 Seconds 'Til the InstaGraphs Boston Meetup!
- On-field Ads: The Next Big Thing, For Real
- From NutGraphs to KnotGraphs: A Look at Potential Sponsors
- Proposed: New Gestures For Those in Need of New Gestures
- A Day in the Year 1915, in 2015
- The Week in (Slightly Altered) Headlines
- My First Big League Zit: A Memoir
- Stupid Response: One Player Reacts to Greinke's Remark
- Announcing the NotGraphs Player of the Year Award
- Player Arrested For Being Under the Influence of Pink Floyd
- Rejuve A Nation: Or, How to Youthify the American Pastime
- Help Wanted: Reply Within
- Dejuve A Nation: Or, How to Youthenize the American Pastime
- 5 Things You Can Do With Your Team Out of the Playoffs
- Report: Angels Also Gathered in Bar After Game 3
- I.M. Bitterman's Acerbic Guide to Watching the %*#@! Playoffs
- Report: Prophet Ned Yost is Predicting More Than the ALCS
- NotGraphs Short(er) Form: An Actual, Final Swansong
- Merkle’s Boner and False Imprisonment
- Baseball's Most Ridiculous Patented Equipment
- The Untold Story of Roberto Clemente's Plane Crash Litigation
- Where Have You Gone, Baseball Boulevard?
- Five Reasons the Indians Will Win the AL Central
- Will Upton, Zimmermann and an Improved Bullpen Be Enough for Detroit?
- What Kind of Impact Will Juan Uribe Have On the Tribe?
- Tyler Naquin's Blossoming Power
- On Brian McCann and Arn Anderson
Brian McCann is the hard-hitting catcher for the Atlanta Braves. Arn Anderson once teamed with Tully Blanchard to haunt the squared circle and our dreams. Both are Gentlemen of Verona. They are also
- Brett Anderson: Ace in the Making
Oakland's Brett Anderson fits the profile. One of the shiny baubles picked up in the December 2007 Dan Haren deal, Anderson ripped through the minor leagues (9.7 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 56.5 GB
- Green Athletic: Brett Anderson
punch of Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson will fill out a rotation worn thin by the continued health issues of nominal ace Justin Duchscherer. Starting with Anderson, let's meet Oakland's latest
- Garret Anderson's Gotta Go
Since he was drafted back in 1990 by the then-California Angels, Garret Anderson has enjoyed a fine, respectable career. The three-time All-Star established himself as a steady two-to-three WAR
- Garret Anderson Retires
Today, Garret Anderson announced his retirement, ending a long 17-year career, the verdict of which depends on which L.A. team you root for. Anderson hit .293/.324/.461 for his career with 287 home
- On Chase Anderson's Two Changeups
Chase Anderson started out with a curveball, back when he was barely a teen. But the young Diamondback starter was told to shelve it, found a changeup, and the rest is history. Except that it looks
- The Plummeting Stock of Lars Anderson
The Indians acquired Lars Anderson from the Red Sox on Tuesday, sending knuckleballing prospect Steven Wright -- not to be confused with this guy -- to Boston. Anderson was once considered one
- Anderson's Step Forward
I watched Brett Anderson carve up the Mariner offense (granted, one missing both Ichiro and Adrian Beltre) last night and was highly impressed, as is getting to be routine. If you watch this 21-year
- John Smiley Is Not
Walk relinquished an uninteresting 3.27 per nine, and figures like Prince Fielder, Homer Bush and Josh Outman have provided equally false advertising.
So, too, seems to be the case for John Smiley
- Brady Anderson on Analytics
Brady Anderson's title within the Baltimore Orioles' organization is Vice President of Baseball Operations. According to the team's media guide, the 51-year-old former all-star “collaborates with Dan
- Quick Looks: Anderson and Jungmann
leagues next year
Cody Anderson (CV: 40/FV: 40)
7/4/15 vs Pirates
• The 24-year-old righty had a nice start to the season, but as regressed quite a bit since then.
- Photographic Evidence of Real R.J. Anderson
For years now, the exact identity of former FanGraphs contributor (now of mortal enemy Baseball Prospectus) R.J. Anderson has been a subject of no little speculation.
Was he a 13-year-old boy
- The Other Uncertainty Regarding Brett Anderson
the official signing by the Dodgers of left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract upon which the two parties agreed in principle about two weeks ago (and which could pay even more
- GIFs of Ecstasy: Chase Anderson's Changeup
Let's not consider, reader, what course of events has led the childless and otherwise unencumbered author not only to seek out video of Arizona right-hander Chase Anderson's plus changeup
- Brett Anderson Ascends Via Descent
"It's his second start and he looks like he's in midseason form!"
An exasperated Matt Underwood of SportsTime Ohio let out the preceding utterance after Brett Anderson dropped a 78 MPH curveball
- 2009 Prospect Duds: Lars Anderson
Boston Red Sox first base prospect Lars Anderson entered 2009 as the top overall prospect in the system, according to Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus. Anderson, 21, had originally been signed
- Brian Anderson Calls It What It Is: A Pad
the Brewers play-by-play man Brian Anderson was a bit excited. His partner, former Brewers catcher and longtime color man Bill Schroeder, initially said the original ruling probably wouldn't be overturned
- Rookie Roll Call: Anderson and Cahill
are Anderson, Porcello, Cahill et. al faring so far? After taking a peek at Porcello and Perry last time around, let's now shift our focus out West to Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill.
- DeGrom, Whitley, Anderson: Checking on the Changes
You want to see three of the best new change-ups in baseball? Call up the highlights for Jacob DeGrom, Chase Whitley, and Chase Anderson. Of course, there's not a heralded prospect in the trio, so
- Raul Ibañez Is for Paul Thomas Anderson...
If you like the composition of this recent image of Raul Ibañez, you might like Paul Thomas Anderson to direct.
Raul said that's that, mattress man.
Consider these images from
- Should You Add Chase Anderson?
performance over the last 30 days and found Chase Anderson as the best available pitcher according to that metric. I didn't know much about Anderson other than the fact that he's from Wichita Falls
- The Daily Grind: Anderson, Rodon, Plouffe
More Program Notes
Daily DFS - Anderson
Tomorrow's Targets - Rodon, Chen, Plouffe, Lagares
1. More Program Notes
I am reaching out to you from the distant past
- Call John Buck
Since John Buck has the name of a Dodge City sheriff with nothing left to lose, it's somewhat fitting that he's a hero in real, actual life:
Buck ran to the overturned car and went to work
- GIF: Chase Anderson's First Blessèd MLB Changeup
Earlier today, in the pages of FanGraphs proper, the author noted that Arizona right-hander Chase Anderson would be making his major-league debut against the Chicago Americans. Later today
- Mixing Fantasy & Reality: Anderson & Freeman
is going to be an interesting player to value next year. Do owners go with the second half changes as a valuation point or use full season stats.
Quick Looks: Tyler Anderson
I know this is my third
- John Jaso And Mountain Mantality
Tampa Bay Rays catcher and celebrated mustachioed gentle-man, John Jaso, was apparently on a mountain sometime recently.
Baseball and Internet's friend and associate, Fernando Perez, shared
- Orioles Hire Brady Anderson, Usher in Sideburns Era
Last week, the Baltimore Orioles hired long time Oriole outfielder, one-time Oriole home-run phenom Brady Anderson to a Special Assistant role with the club. Outside of bringing the wisdom surprise
- FanGraphs Audio: More Like "Best" Anderson
In which the panel turns their respective guns around.
Brett Anderson? More Like Best Anderson.
Houston: Bad or Superbad?
Colby Lewis: America's Sweetheart
- Cody Anderson Looks Like Matt Harvey
, just this past Sunday:
Cody Anderson has a pretty good changeup, but it’s not the pitch that is opening eyes in Indians camp. According to Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway, the 25-year-old
- Scouty Thoughts on Tim Anderson and Michael Ynoa
Now that the draft has passed it’s time to get caught up on the weekend’s most significant call-up, that of White Sox top prospect Tim Anderson. Anderson was hitting .304/.325/.409 at Triple
- White Sox Promote Top Prospect Tim Anderson
. Then came the Justin Morneau signing, and the subsequent DFA of Mat Latos. Now this:
#WhiteSox have designated Jimmy Rollins for assignment to make space for Tim Anderson.
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) June 10
- Projecting White Sox Callup Tim Anderson
Anderson. Anderson hit .304/.325/.409 in Triple-A this season. He has 11 steals to his name this year, but swiped an eye-popping 49 last year.
Anderson oozes tools and has put up fine minor league
- The Rise of the John Lackey Clause
When the Red Sox signed John Lackey as a free agent in December of 2009, they had some concern about an existing elbow injury, but not enough concern to walk away from the deal entirely. So
- Daily Graphing - John Patterson
After suffering various setbacks through out his career, John Patterson finally pitched his first full season in 2005 for the Washington Nationals. I guess you could say it was worth the wait, as he
- John Jaso is Free
." They jettisoned John Jaso and brought in Ryan Langerhans Mike Michael Morse. The fantasy impact has already been documented in these Rotographing pages. But I'd like to expand a little on Jaso.
First of all
- John Lackey Inks with Boston
A couple hours after reports surfaced stating the John Lackey was taking a physical with the Boston Red Sox, the rumors are now saying that a contract has been reached between the two. Jon Heyman
- John Lannan Demoted to AA
For two years, John Lannan looked like the luckiest man in baseball. In 2008, he struck out just 5.79 per nine and walked 3.56 per nine, yet still ended the year with a 3.91 ERA. His 4.79 FIP
- Interview: John Coppolella of the Braves
At the winter meetings this week, John Coppolella, the Braves Director of Baseball Administration, was kind enough to sit down with me and answer some questions about the Braves, his role on the team
- John Hatfield Threw a Ball
help, but the man is happy, so let’s not judge. The caption: “John Hatfield threw a ball 133 yards 1 foot 7.5 inches, 9-15-1872.”
He did this, although it was in October, rather than September. It’s
- Under the Radar: John Mayberry
with the addition of John Mayberry for $1.45 million.
Removing the historically bad hitting performance of their pitching staff (they started the season with a major league record 0-for-64), the often
- John Jaso is a Catcher First
find out that John Jaso is an asset with the bat and on the basepaths, it's no surprise that you can trace these things back to his training behind the plate.
Like when Jaso talks about his plate
- Introducing John Lannan
If you don't live in Washington D.C. and you actually know something about John Lannan, raise your hand. Don't worry hands-in-your-lappers, you're not alone. This nondescript lefty has snuck up
- John Danks: Ace?
season. That leaves John Danks, who has gotten off to a strong start this season. While he may not be a household name just yet, Danks has slowly developed into the White Sox best starter. If his
- John Grabow Gets Paid
According to Paul Sullivan, the Cubs will announce later today that they have re-signed John Grabow to a two-year contract. Previous reports have put the value of the deal at $7.5 million.
- John Ely's Changeup
John Ely, acquired from the White Sox in the Juan Pierre deal this offseason, has been a helpful addition to a Dodgers' rotation dealing with an injury to Vicente Padilla. Although Ely's ERA
- Strasburg Meets Tommy John
If you haven't heard yet, Stephen Strasburg needs Tommy John surgery, and is probably out until 2012. There's really one general reaction to this that everyone seems to be having - this sucks
- The New John Lackey
it this year and so is John Lackey. And Lackey's story might be the most interesting.
(Note: K% and BB% tell a similar story, the cut-offs are just harder to express and are not the real focus
- John Axford's Generous Tipping
We officially learned yesterday that John Axford had a tipping problem. Specifically, the Cardinals scouting staff noticed he had been tipping his pitches nearly the entire time they had scouted him
- Appreciating John Buck
If you polled 100 fantasy baseball owners a month ago and asked who would be the number one catcher through the first 10 games of the season, how many of them do you think would have said John Buck
- John Lackey is Relevant Again
Last season, John Lackey was selected as the 244th overall player in Yahoo! leagues according to Fantasy Pros. He wasn't auctioned frequently enough to show up on their auction values report, so we
- Daily Graphing - John Lackey
After winning game 7 of the World Series in 2002, John Lackey had two very mediocre seasons for the Angels. It was looking like 2005 might not be any different as he had an 8.27 ERA after his first
- John Patterson Retires
A cautionary tale to all of us never to under estimate the impact of injuries on a pitcher, John Patterson has retired from baseball after two surgeries and nearly three years were unable to rid him
- What to Make of John Lannan
to StatCorner's version of tRA, the starting rotation alone was nearly 100 runs below average. Our own measure of runs above replacement using FIP has the Nationals at roughly 62 runs below average.
- Free Agent John Lackey
Bay. On the mound, the closest thing to a superstar we have is John Lackey.
Recently, reports have come out linking Lackey to teams like the Brewers, Mariners, and Rangers, not to mention
- Checking in on Tommy John Returners
in on three Tommy John returners working their way back and see if they can be our second-half saviors, especially as we seem to lose a top arm every day over the last couple of weeks.
- Appreciating John Jaso
John Jaso isn't much of a household name. A year ago, he was traded for felon-turned-reliever Josh Lueke, as the Rays decided that Jaso's deficiencies rendered expendable. The Mariners picked him
- The Next Tommy John?
approach. We just haven't seen one who has been able to limit the longball enough to make it work since Tommy John, who had a career 80 percent ball in play rate and a 3.38 FIP. I'm sure we'll see
- Tommy John for Tazawa
Greetings Fangraphians. I have awakened from my six-week Fangraphs slumber to bring you... analysis of Junichi Tazawa's surgery.
Last month, the Red Sox learned that Tommy John surgery would knock
- John Jaso? Really?
During the spring of 2011, John Jaso was near the top of a number of sleeper lists for fantasy catchers. His outstanding walk rate won him a place both in the heart of Rays manager Joe Maddon
- John Buck's New Approach
John Buck cannot be stopped. Buck was an afterthought in the mega Blue Jays/Mets deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto, but he's been the best player early on. In 66 plate appearances, Buck already
- Ten Things I Know About Bob Anderson
1) He's serious.
2) He was involved in one of the craziest plays in the history of baseball.
3) The scoring of said play was: Walk; Musial out at 2B/3B-SS.
4) Bob Anderson had a 99 FIP
- John Farrell and Swapping the Skipper
Blue Jays manager John Farrell. Last year, the Red Sox tried to get Farrell until the Blue Jays were like, "wait, no." Now the Red Sox want Farrell again, and the Blue Jays are listening. Farrell's
- What's Wrong With John Axford?
John Axford is struggling. After blowing another save last night, the Brewers' closer is now tied for the league-lead with six blown saves. Over the last two seasons, Axford had emerged as one
- Defending John Hirschbeck, Somewhat
Last night, John Hirschbeck ejected Troy Tulowitzki from game three of the ALCS after Tulowitzki complained about Hirschbeck's called strikes against him in his previous at-bat as he took the field
- John Ely Impressing
This past off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers shipped outfielder Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospects Jon Link and John Ely. Pierre is playing good D on the South Side, but his
- John Jaso: Unfairly Underrated?
After seven seasons spent meticulously climbing the Tampa organizational ladder, John Jaso finally got his first chance to play regularly in the bigs in 2010, and the then-26-year-old rookie catcher
- John Lackey: Waiver Wire
placed on the disabled list and wasn’t are few and far between.
I have no idea when in 2011 John Lackey tore his ulnar collateral ligament – if my life depended on guessing, I could talk myself
- Anderson Used to Shift His Position on the Mound
We here at Fangraphs are big Brett Anderson fans: Dave Cameron has a huge crush on him; I fawned over his crazy slider; Marc Hulet saw him as the AL ROY favorite last August and then was devastated
- Dodgers Righty Chris Anderson Flashes Big Stuff
Anderson, RHP, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD, High-A – most recently viewed 8/17 at Rancho)
Anderson was a little-known, late-blooming cold-weather kid from Minnesota playing at a smaller
- FanGraphs Audio: Brian Anderson on the '97 Series
audio from a recent interview with Rays broadcaster and former Cleveland Indian Brian Anderson regarding the latter's experience, as a Cleveland native, in the heartbreaking 1997 World Series.
- Chase Anderson and the Value of One Elite Pitch
Only seven starters had changeups with better whiff rates than Chase Anderson in 2014. That's enough to put him on my radar in the coming year. But how excited we should actually be about him depends
- The Sophomore Report: Anderson, Betts, Panik, Shoemaker
of the sophomore class to help determine whose rookie season was a harbinger of even better things to come, and whose was blanketed in smoke and mirrors.
Chase Anderson, RHP, Diamondbacks: A ninth
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia & Chase Anderson: Deep League Wire
be respectable. McCann is only expected to miss 2-4 weeks, so Salty is clearly just a short-term replacement.
Chase Anderson | SP MIL | 10% Owned
After his 2014 performance, Anderson
- Tyler Anderson Continues to Deal, Especially at Home
Corinne Landrey just wrote about Tyler Anderson last week, outlining some loose comparisons between he and Clayton Kershaw. I commend you to read that, but also this. By the way, she doesn’t really
- The Daily Grind: Hutchison, Anderson, Weaver, Blanks
Daily DFS - Hutchison
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Weaver, Blanks, Aoki
1. Raisel Recap
After writing yesterday's Grind, I
- Guy in John Franco Jersey Looks Like John Franco
NEW YORK -- Several riders of a Queens-bound 7 train confirmed Thursday the presence of a passenger not only wearing a John Franco jersey, but also matching the precise physical description
- Tommy John Surgeries: 2016 Update
It's no secret that, over the last few years, the number of Tommy John surgeries has increased across all levels of baseball. As we emerge from the All-Star break, let's take a snapshot
- Tommy John Surgery: Major Surgery
tissue from one body part and weaving it into another, it's something of a miracle that Tommy John surgery these days has a success rate even within sniffing distance of laser eye surgery. Of course
- Scouting Anderson Espinoza, Newest Padre Prospect
Chris Paddack, who San Diego got from Miami in exchange for Fernando Rodney, that write up is here. The Padres arm du jour is Anderson Espinoza, one of baseball most electric young arms and, in my
- Quick Looks at Heaney, Anderson, Pineda, Hale
is right I would have no problems owning him.
Why I watched: Just another young pitcher with good strikeout numbers?
Game(s) Watched: 9/13/14 vs the Padres
- Velocity and the Likelihood of Tommy John Surgery
Around a month ago I wrote an article entitled "Tommy John Surgery and Throwing 95+ MPH". Basically what I was trying to find out was, are pitchers who throw harder more likely to have Tommy John
- Playing Probability: Drew Pomeranz and Anderson Espinoza
The Drew Pomeranz-Anderson Espinoza trade has plenty of unknowns. With Pomeranz in the midst of a breakout season and blowing by his previous innings totals and Espinoza at the age when you normally
- 100 MPH = Tommy John Surgery?
Bruce Rondon is just the latest hard throwing pitcher to need Tommy John surgery (TJS). Besides Rondon, it seems like just about every pitcher who throws over 100 mph ends up needing repairs
- John Mayberry Jr's Strikeout Rate
John Mayberry started the season in AAA for the Phillies and eventually got the call to the majors. He has been a pleasant surprise by hitting 15 home runs in only 275 PA. He had shown power
- John Axford Needs Your Help
Brewers ender of ballgames John Axford wants you to help him choose his entrance music. As we all know, a closer's entrance music is as vital to his success as his fastball and his morning muesli
- Photo: John Bowker Holding an Eel
It's not every day -- or even once, really -- that you see a professional base-and-ball player (in this case, former Giant and Pirate and Philly John Bowker) holding an eel. It's all a bit