- 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
- 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
- Merkle’s Boner and False Imprisonment
- 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
- 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
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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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- John Kruk Is Having a Rough Morning
- John Axford Finishes Off Mexico
- Evening Quiz: Rafael Betancourt or John Cage?
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.
- FanGraphs Audio: John Jaso and Geoff Baker
David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA), curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks both to Mariners catcher John Jaso and Seattle Times beat writer Geoff Baker.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: John Sickels, Prospect Analyst to the Stars
John Sickels is a former research assistant to the actual Bill James, the author of a notable annual prospect book, and the proprietor of SB Nation site Minor League Ball. He's also
- John McGraw Is Grateful for the Silver Decanter, Baby Leopard
in his memory. That right-wise John McGraw, he was a Great Man of History!
The lesson, lads? One does not simply walk into Mordor. Unless one is John McGraw.
H/T: The lot of you, really.
- Mustache Watch: Ye Olde John Jaso
-season push with quality submissions such as the above-featured John Jaso.
In the presented image, we Jaso's mantastic face-stache displays some of its incredible flexibility, miming the governial
- Extry, Extry: John Lackey Not Unfeeling Monster
Every word on the internet to the contrary, the footage you see here seems to suggest that John Lackey -- who has recently not only divorced his cancer-addled wife but also called her repeatedly
- John Gibbons Is Getting Comfortable: North America Reacts
John Gibbons' return to managing the Toronto Blue Jays this past off-season was greeted with skepticism by some. After all, didn't he sink the ship five years ago? Why, with the Blue Jays re-making
- Audio: John Axford on Rumored Canadian Plot, Mustaches
The author had occasion Sunday -- during the Milwaukee Brewers' On Deck fanfest event -- to ask occasionally mustachioed and always Canadian John Axford three questions of considerable import. Below
- Mets Sign a Pair of Tommy John Survivors
Over the past two seasons, the biggest factor holding back the New York Mets has been injuries. Apparently undaunted by those injury concerns, the Mets signed a pair of pitchers coming off Tommy John
- Commercial: Alec Baldwin! John Krasinski! Hats!
Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski have at least two things in common that I can think of at the moment. One, they both star in pretty excellent examples of that most modern of art forms
- Just How Broken is John Axford, Really?
Henderson. Henderson allowed a little bit of damage, but he successfully slammed the door, picking up a save. Henderson pitched in part because John Axford threw 18 pitches on Sunday. Henderson pitched
- How Tommy John Surgery Helped George Kontos
Tommy John surgery might have been the best thing that could have happened to George Kontos. In 2009, the Giants' right-hander was in Triple-A for the first time, and he had the kind of stuff