- The Same and Improved Joe Kelly
As of March 16th of this year, everything was decidedly not sweetness and light for Boston right-hander Joe Kelly. On that day, he recorded his third (and ultimately final) start of spring training
- Steven Wright as a Joe Kelly Alternative
Today, Joe Kelly took the mound in Ft. Myers, and it didn't go well; he gave up seven hits in 2 2/3 innings before leaving with an injury currently being called biceps tightness
Kelly said he had
- 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
- Boston Should Turn Joe Kelly Into the Next Zach Britton
starter to a top notch closer? There is, and he also resides in the AL East.
Joe Kelly and Allen Craig were shipped to Boston in a 2014 trade-deadline deal that sent veteran John Lackey to the St
- NotGraphs Short(er) Form: An Actual, Final Swansong
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Introducing the First (And Last) Notty Awards
(And Last) Notty Awards.
Exit through the gift shop.
Best Writer Of A Post About The First And Last Notty Awards
Best Editor Of A Post About First And Lust Notty Awards
- Report: Prophet Ned Yost is Predicting More Than the ALCS
- I.M. Bitterman's Acerbic Guide to Watching the %*#@! Playoffs
- 2015 Sleeper Alert: John Jaso
of year when you start going through your "What ifs" for the next season, and I think I have a pretty intriguing "What if" scenario for John Jaso.
For the second consecutive year, Jaso had his season cut
- Report: Angels Also Gathered in Bar After Game 3
- 5 Things You Can Do With Your Team Out of the Playoffs
- Dejuve A Nation: Or, How to Youthenize the American Pastime
- Help Wanted: Reply Within
- Rejuve A Nation: Or, How to Youthify the American Pastime
- 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
- Player Arrested For Being Under the Influence of Pink Floyd
- Announcing the NotGraphs Player of the Year Award
- Stupid Response: One Player Reacts to Greinke's Remark
- My First Big League Zit: A Memoir
- The Week in (Slightly Altered) Headlines
- 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
- A Day In The Life of John Jaso's Concussion
"I wake up fine," said John Jaso of his relative morning clarity, as he recovers from a concussion he suffered when a mid-August pitch rattled his face mask. "As the day goes on, I get all the visual
- A Day in the Year 1915, in 2015
- Proposed: New Gestures For Those in Need of New Gestures
- From NutGraphs to KnotGraphs: A Look at Potential Sponsors
- On-field Ads: The Next Big Thing, For Real
- 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
- Less Than 48 Seconds 'Til the InstaGraphs Boston Meetup!
- The Sounds of Silence: Or, the Royals' Greatest Hits
- eBay's 5 Most Marvelous and Currently Unavailable Ballcaps
- Big TV Reaches Agreement with Yankees, Red Sox, God
- 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
- One Thing You Probably Already Knew About Jose Altuve
- Fantasy Impact: John Lackey to Cardinals in a Blockbuster
In Boston’s second big deal of the day, John Lackey is headed to the Cardinals in exchange for starter Joe Kelly and “outfielder” Allen Craig.
Lackey will see a sweet boost in his value in August
- Humbled and Honored: My Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech
- Must-$ee Clickbait: A Lucrative NotGraphs $lideshow
- This Eggnog Will Expire in Three Minutes
- 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
- Our Heavenly Constellations: The REAL All-Star Teams!
- Uncle Cletus Goes to a Ballgame
- The Ups and, Yes, the Downs of Baseball
- Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jose Abreu
- Occupational Hazards of Writing for a Hii-larious Baseball Blog
- A's Get Pitcher at Dollar General, Sweep Series
- The Effects of Tommy John Surgery on Batters
The new prevailing trend in major league baseball is a disturbing one. It is a trend of exponentially more frequent Tommy John surgeries. During the surgery, the ulnar collateral ligament is replaced
- The Dialogues: Studies in Ballyard Discourse
- An Open Letter to the Shirtless Man
- NotNews of the Weird: Or, News of the Weirder
- Three Untrue Outcomes: A Personal Inventory
- 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.
- 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
- Position Changes: Or, Renaming 1 Through 9 (Plus Bonus DH!)
- 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.
- Post-Nuñez, the Travel Channel Scores a Winner!
- Yes We Cannibal: Free Speech in the Age of Olivo
- Fifteen Mostly Modest Proposals For Speeding Up the Game
- A Handy Primer to Papi Culture
- Featured: A Hard-Hitting Report on a Hard-Hitting Player
- Blogger Embraces Statistics, Statistics Totally Hug Him Back
- The Straight (and Quick!) Poop on American Invention
- Mortal Combat: Ron Washington's New, Injury-Proof Lineup
- Night in the Forest: A Pine Tar Parable
- 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
- Blogger Reaches Milestone, Blogs About It
- Players Who Definitely Resembled Stalin: King Kelly
that it was Stalin who resembled very popular and successful ballplayer King Kelly. Even more appropriate is to use the remainder of this entirely brief post to make note of some compelling other truths
- The Difference Between Unwrite and Wrong
- Puig Derangement Syndrome, etc.: The Clinical Descriptions
- Running the Databases: An Intelligence Exercise
- Prospect Watch: Montero, Dahl, and Kelly
Kelly, C, St. Louis Cardinals (Profile)
Level: Single-A Age: 19 Top-15: 8th Top-100: N/A
Line: 31 PA, 9.7% BB, 12.9% K, .296/.387/.519 (.318 BABIP)
While not the most obvious
- Home Runs I've Conceited: A Counterpoint, Kind Of
- Chafe Wazoo, et al: A Compendium of Cleveland Candidates
- The Cruelest Cuts of All: A Carson Cistulli Story
- A New Party Platform: Actual, Visible, Actual Change
- Season's Greetings! Opening Day as National Holiday
- 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
- A Spring Training Report from Toots Delvecchio
- A Question of Strategic Positioning
- 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
- Post-Kinsler, Darvish Adds Pitch to Repertoire
- Mystery Solved, Perhaps: Mystery Team Identified, Maybe
- 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
- Tommy John to Have Miguel Sano Surgery
Tommy John's worst fears came true this weekend.
The highly-retired former pitcher has a tear in his U.S. work visa and will need Miguel Sano surgery. John will fly to the Dominican Republic
- Joe Kelly vs. Carlos Martinez
is essentially between Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez. There really is no clear favorite, as Kelly is the incumbent, but Martinez carries much greater upside. The pitcher that fails to capture the 5th slot
- Retrofitting Baseball to the Winter Olympics: A Brief Proposal
- Name That Team! Yep, Here's Your Chance
- Overheard at the Gym: Kershaw's Half of the Convo
- Name That Ballpark! Yep, Here's Your Chance
- 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
- 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
- They Might Also Approve "Emotion"
- Out the Wazoo: Anals of Great Baseball Writing
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Kelly Johnson and Scott Sizemore: Deep League MI Options
, but he last played 100 games in 2009 and I (along with many others) will be staying far, far away from him.
But two of the names in New York intrigue me. Kelly Johnson was RotoGraphs's 23rd ranked
- The Untold Story of Roberto Clemente's Plane Crash Litigation
- 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
- Baseball's Most Ridiculous Patented Equipment
- 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
- Continuing Coverage of Joe Kelly, or Kelly's Wild Night
' runs, adding to his legacy as perhaps the best postseason hitter of all time. Hidden behind the story of Beltran's postseason greatness was Joe Kelly's shaky, yet effective start.
- Merkle’s Boner and False Imprisonment
- Joe Kelly's Numbers and Joe Kelly's Numbers
Siegrist and Carlos Martinez can blow hitters away in front of Rosenthal. Shelby Miller and John Axford have big heat, if also big question marks. And there's Joe Kelly, whose fastball this season
- Joe Kelly and the Trap of ERA
Kelly, who, if you don't watch the Cardinals regularly, you may have never heard of. But, being the Cardinals, it is no huge surprise that they have found some moderate prospect in the third round
- John Axford Finishes Off Mexico
- 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
- Kelly Johnson's Return to Career-Year Form
boosts. Loney's contribution thus far has been probably the most surprising, but almost equally as significant for the 2013 Rays has been the hitting of second-baseman-turned-left-fielder Kelly Johnson
- 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
- 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
- Audio: A Totally Professional Conversation with John Axford
Both the present author and Brewers reliever John Axford are professionals in their respective fields. As a result, any and all conversations conducted between them are, by definition, professional
- 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
- 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
- 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
- John Kruk Is Having a Rough Morning
- Kelly Johnson, Quintessential Rays Acquisition
This afternoon, it was reported that the Rays will ink Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. It’s an interesting match, as Johnson provides the Rays with the one thing that they like -- a player who has
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Twitter Predicts The Free Agent Signings: Kelly Shoppach
I think guys like Jonny Gomez/Kelly Shoppach/Kyle Farnsworth could have some value for the Stros.— Jared Webb (@webberoo11) October 30, 2012
Sorry, Twitter is pretty quiet regarding Kelly
- President John Farrell's Resignation Speech
Over the past two years, we in Toronto had taken to calling John Farrell "President Farrell." Fine, it was mostly only me who called him "President Farrell," and I enjoyed it. Being a Canadian, I can
- Kelly Johnson: Aging With Style
Fantasy owners hoped for a bounce back in 2012 after Kelly Johnson regressed in 2011 after a superb 2010 season. A second baseman with 16 HRs and 14 SBs normally would have a relatively high fantasy
- 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
- Tom Kelly in Zubaz vs. A Pitching Machine
- Streaming John Lannan and Chris Archer
others are in a similar situation, and after succeeding with Erasmo Ramirez last night I think John Lannan and Chris Archer are solid bets tonight.
Lannan is facing a struggling Dodgers team and has
- Casey Kelly Debuts, Questions Remain
prospects. John Sickels had Kelly eighth (B/B+), Kevin Goldstein had him seventh (five behind Erlin, with four stars) and Baseball America had him fourth (five ahead of Erlin). Most had reserved praise
- 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
- Daily Notes: San Diego Prospect Casey Kelly to Debut
on Various Prospect Lists
In terms of where Kelly appeared on various prospect lists before the season, sixth is where our Marc Hulet ranked him among Padres farmhands. John Sickels of Minor League
- 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
- 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
- Kelly Johnson, an Elite Second Baseman?
The league leader in WAR for second basemen? Kelly Johnson. I made some pretty bold predictions in our staff-wide preseason series, one of them being that Matt Kemp will not even get to 30/30
- GIF: Kelly Johnson's Backhand Flip Ooh La La
The Blue Jay Hunter was at it again last night, capturing, for our viewing pleasure, another hot GIF, this time of Kelly Johnson's defensive wizardry in Kansas City.
It was the kind of play
- John Barr: Scouting the Giants' Draft
. The Giants have a solid core of homegrown talent — with reinforcements on the way — and in recent years much of the credit goes to John Barr. A member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame, Barr
- Joel Hanrahan vs. John Axford
The consensus around the fantasy industry seems to be that John Axford is a top tier closer while Joel Hanrahan is more of a second tier guy. Among closers, Axford has been drafted third in standard
- 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
- Nationals Trying To Trade John Lannan
Well, it looks like we finally have an aggressive suitor for Edwin Jackson. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Nationals are trying to trade John Lannan - who just lost his arbitration case
- 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
- Casey Kelly ≠ Ludwig Wittgenstein
in tautologies, mathematics shows in equations."
In response to -- and, perhaps, in spirited negation of -- Wittgenstein's declaration, American baseballing prospect Casey Kelly submits this via his
- 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
- Q&A: Kelly Johnson, Sabermetrically Savvy FA
Kelly Johnson may or may not be a Toronto Blue Jay next season, but wherever he ends up, he promises to have a better year with the bat -- regardless of how many times he strikes out. The free-agent
- Can Kelly Johnson Bounce Back?
There might not be a more up and down player in fantasy than Kelly Johnson. After establishing himself as a useful fantasy second baseman in 2007-2008, Johnson completely fell off that radar
- John Jaso -- Putting the Postseason in Perspective
for looking at these inevitably tense battles as life and death. But they really aren’t. As seriously as we take the game of baseball, that is exactly what it is -- a game.
John Jaso understands
- 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
- Q&A: John Gordon, Broadcasting Legend
John Gordon will call his final game one week from today — an event that will mark the end of a broadcasting legacy in Minnesota.
The venerable play-by-play man has been the radio voice
- Giant Photo of Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly Kissing
, here is an obscenely large photo of Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly locked in captive embrace and Frenching like teenage thunder ...
Seriously, click to embiggen: This thing is huge!
- Kelly Johnson's Trade, Kevin Towers, and Strikeouts
(perfectly understandable, as Branyan has continued to struggle this season with the Angels). Brandon Allen was hardly given a chance before being dealt for a reliever. And finally, Kelly Johnson, whose
- Jays Ship Hill to Arizona for Kelly Johnson
The Blue Jays shipped fan-favorite John McDonald and fan-hated Aaron Hill to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson. Strangely, even though Hill is the only player with a possible contract
- John Smoltz: The Smartest Man Alive
. Massholes, help a brother out: Were you there? Do you remember this incredible occasion?
I also can't help but wonder if John Smoltz had to do everything in his power to keep a straight face
- Mustache Watch: John Axford Joins A Bike Gang
It has become apparent John Axford has recently joined or is petitioning for membership in the ever-popular bike gang the Hell's Brewers. His time-tested, well-feared facial hair arrangement tells us
- Don't Bring In the Lefty for Kelly Johnson
three years, and Joey Votto isn't far behind him. What might surprise you is the name that sits in the 34th spot out of the 150 qualified hitters: Kelly Johnson.
At a .382 wOBA against lefties since
- Kelly Johnson: Why the Low AVG?
Kelly Johnson came into the season a fairly decent option at second base. In one keeper league I was in, him and Ben Zobrist were both available. I considered them to be at the same talent level
- 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
- Alex Rodriguez Addresses His Tenants’ Concerns
What follows marks the debut post from Andrew Kelly. Of Mr. Kelly, many have said, "He's a liar." Of Mr. Kelly, we say, "No, he's not. He just has a gift for fiction."
Mr. Kelly's submission
- 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
- An Appeal to John Hodgman, On Sport and Nerdom
Mr. John Hodgman,
I hope this letter finds you enjoying life, preferably in some manner of overstuffed chair, drinking one of the more expensive fermented beverages available legally
- Interview: John Coppolella of the Braves
, he excelled, he struggled too, that must have been a difficult decision for y’all.
John Coppolella: Kelly Johnson had a great year last year, and he had some great years with us too. The thing
- 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
- 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
- Post-Tommy John, Marcum Strong
Twins among AL squads. The grizzled veteran of the group is 28-year-old Shaun Marcum, who has impressed in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
In 125 innings pitched, Marcum has struck out
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
Dropped from Braves at the end of 2009, Kelly Johnson found little interest in his services and ended up in Arizona on a one year contract paying him just $2.3 million. Arizona gambled that Johnson
- John Buck Has a Big Night
Toronto Blue Jays catcher John Buck had a big night on Thursday, blasting three home runs against the Oakland As.
The graph doesn't really convey Buck's contribution (only showing two of his
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
As part of a critical five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Diamondbacks game, Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged his NL-leading seventh home run
- John Olerud's Hall of Fame Case
John Olerud is likely one of a multitude of players that doesn't pass the “feel test” for the Hall of Fame. He only made two all-star games, never won an MVP, and never even won a silver slugger
- Arizona Raids Non-Tender Market, Adds Kelly Johnson
After a disappointing season with Atlanta, 27 year old 2B Kelly Johnson was non-tendered and hit the market. In a deal made official on Wednesday, Arizona added Johnson for one year and $2.35M, who
- 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
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
dislike dealing in shadowy realm of rumor, Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson has been mentioned in multiple places as a non-tender candidate given his 2009 performance and replacement by Martin Prado
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Will Francoeur's Approach Work for Kelly Johnson?
It was shaping up as a disappointing season for Kelly Johnson in 2008 until a strong September. After three straight months of hitting .250 or less, Johnson posted a 22-game hitting streak
- 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
- 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
- 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