- 2009 Impact Rookie: James McDonald
Tommy John surgery, allowed 38 hits in 19.2 innings of work and will start the season in the minors.
McDonald has much more talent than his numbers would suggest. The 24-year-old hurler spent time
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the McDonald Observatory, whose various telescopes are directed at the celestial sphere that enfolds us, embraces us, connects us to its luminaries in ways that remind us that we too are stardust; we too
- Johnson Traded for Hill and McDonald: Fantasy Implications
John McDonald in Arizona – McDonald's value jumped the most from this trade. He looks to be the everyday SS in Arizona since Stephen Drew is out for the season. He will occur the same downgrades
- 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
- James McDonald Loses Steam
James McDonald looked like one of the biggest surprises during the first three months of the season. His performance was a big reason for the Pittsburgh Pirates status as contenders in early-July
- Regarding James McDonald
is the placement of James McDonald in the starting rotation.
Despite making a cameo in the Dodgers playoff run late last season, McDonald is still a relative unknown. A low-90’s fastball and mid-70’s
- Ol' McDonald... Made the Right Choice
It might have taken James McDonald a little time to settle on pitching but it looks like it was the right choice for the former two-way player.
Originally drafted as a pitcher at the age of 18
- James McDonald Adds a Slider, Dominates
One of the biggest surprises for the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (!) has been the outstanding performance of James McDonald. Before this year, McDonald had a career ERA above 4.00 and a strikeout
- McDonald Pitching Like An Ace for Pittsburgh
, in the form of James McDonald, the Pirates finally have a pitcher who at least looks the part of an ace.
Back at the trade deadline, I wrote that the Pirates were big winners. A big reason
- McDonald Shows the Stuff of a Top Prospect
, they traded the Pirates their Nos. 1 and 2 prospects from 2009, Andrew Lambo and James McDonald. Of course, both players' situations have changed since the start of the 2009 season. Lambo had a so-so
- FanGraphs Audio: Will McDonald of Royals Review
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- James McDonald: NL Starting Pitcher
hasn’t been bad at all, and while they both would have been in contention for the title of Cy Young on the 2011 Pirates, they’re both sitting a ways behind the team’s ace, James McDonald.
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!, 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
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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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- Overheard at the Gym: Kershaw's Half of the Convo
- Name That Ballpark! Yep, Here's Your Chance
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- Retrofitting Baseball to the Winter Olympics: A Brief Proposal
- Mystery Solved, Perhaps: Mystery Team Identified, Maybe
- Post-Kinsler, Darvish Adds Pitch to Repertoire
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- A Spring Training Report from Toots Delvecchio
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- Blogger Embraces Statistics, Statistics Totally Hug Him Back
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- Fifteen Mostly Modest Proposals For Speeding Up the Game
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- Mike Minor, James McDonald, and Tricks of the Mind
In the two drafts the Rotographs staff has done so far this winter, James McDonald hasn’t exactly been a hot commodity. In the snake draft, he was skipped entirely and he hardly fared better
- May Day Dotes: Colón, McDonald, Perkins
Briefest of giddy dotings for May Day:
Darnell McDonald Does His Best Manny Ramirez
If you're like me -- or, if you're like Darnell McDonald -- you can't wait for Manny to get to be Manny
- 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
- McDonald Gets Another Shot at L.A.'s 5th Starter Job
The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to recall right-hander James McDonald from Triple-A Albuquerque sometime over the next few days. McDonald, who was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start
- James McDonald, Kyle McClellan, Josh Johnson: NL Starting Pitchers
In today's version of NL Starting Pitchers, I tell you about a pitcher I like, a pitcher I don't, and a pitcher I'm skeptical of.
James McDonald, Pirates
McDonald was a stud muffin while pitching
- Darnell McDonald Makes 7 of 10 Red Sox Fans Very Happy
Last night, Red Sox OF Darnell McDonald made a great catch on a fly ball hit by Blue Jays 2B Kelly Johnson.
It was so good, that it made seven of ten Red Sox fans very happy -- if this photo
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- John Kruk Is Having a Rough Morning
- John Axford Finishes Off Mexico
- 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
- 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
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Below is an audio clip that is either an audio clip of an avant-garde work by late American composer John Cage or the result of an attempt by the author to record, this afternoon, a conversation
- Slideshow: Photos in Which John Kruk Is Definitely Sweating
populated by seven images in which former major-leaguer John Kruk is definitely sweating.