- Felix Is King
Sunday afternoon was simply another outing for Felix Hernandez. King Felix threw eight shutout innings against the Cleveland Indians, striking out nine, walking one, and only allowing four hits
- King of the Little Things 2009
into double plays.
Who is our 2009 King of the Little Things? Here are the top five (I only calculated for qualified players):
1. Casey Blake 1.50
2. Jorge Cantu 1.39
3. Joey Votto 1.25
- An Introduction to Calculated Runs Expectancy
Introduction first: my name is Walter King and over the next few weeks I plan on sharing my counter to Wins Above Replacement, which I call PEACE: Player Evaluator and Calculated Expectancy
- Interview: Jed Hoyer
I'm Mike Lee and I am the Deputy Editor of American Thinker. I stepped outside the world of news and politics recently to conduct an e-mail interview with San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer. That follows
- Interview: Dave Magadan
- In Defense Of Signing Pedro Feliz
- A zDefense Primer
- Z-Scores in Sports (a Supporting Argument for zDefense)
- Cliff Lee Stands Alone
of some asterisk or fluke or memorable gaffe.
Cliff Lee is a fine pitcher. Fine like diamonds, not like, say, a Subaru Justy. He's been among the elite starting pitchers going on five straight seasons
- The King and Clemente
in common other than dying young within five years of each other? Consider this diptych homage a humble argument that there is, at least superficially, something in common between the young King
- King Indeed
- Lee and LaRoche
With the off-season winding down and a need at first base, the Orioles targeted Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche as the best options remaining in free agency. They ended up signing Lee because he
- Cliff Lee
As it turns out, Cliff Lee’s tour and demolition of the National League will be put on hold, at least through the 2010 season. If the blockbuster involving Roy Halladay, the Phillies
- King Felix Is Perfect
strikeout total, but it's still one of the great single game pitching performances of all time.
Hats off to King Felix, who is more than deserving of the nickname.
- Mustache Watch: Jeff King
as "The Payback McGloin." It is Jeff King's mustache. It is your Daguerreotype of the Evening.
- One More Picture of Ray King
In case you were separated from the series of metaphorical tubes we call "the internet" last week, you may have missed what I consider my magnum opus as a baseball writer: "Pictures of Ray King
- King of Little Things 2010
I have done a number of posts since end of the 2010 season ranking players and plays based on stats not normally given prominence. But I haven't yet done one of my "classics": the season's "King
- KING OF ALL ERROR CARDS
rather than being destroyed at the factory! This GHOSTLY ERROR CARD is and should be the "KING OF ALL ERROR CARDS"!
As if JETER would ever permit his ghost shadow to be revealed! Note
- The King Seeks Re-Election
the elusive anchor that fantasy managers pay so dearly for. And although he's changing as a pitcher, he continues to baffle opposing hitters, very much earning the title King.
As you well know
- King of Little Things 2014
My very first post at FanGraphs just over five years ago was about the King of Little Things. It might be seen as another annual junk stat-based post like the Carter-Batista Award and the reader
- King of Little Things 2012
, my very first post at FanGraphs (three years this week! Time flies when you're wasting it.) back in 2009 was a King of Little Things award presentation. You can also check out the 2010 and 2011
- King of Little Things 2013
, we call the winner of this award the King of the Little Things.
Rather than go through a lengthy explanation as I used to do with this annual post (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), I will give the short
- King of Little Things 2011
contributed to his team's wins beyond what traditional linear weights indicates. Who is 2011's King of Little Things?
Rather than going on at length to explain this stat and corresponding
- The Early King of Low Leverage
- King of the Draft: The Washington Nationals
- Josh Hamilton: King of Swings
- Pictures of Ray King
- CarGo: King of the World
- Cliff Lee Hates Walks
If Kevin Youkilis is the "Greek God of Walks," does that make Cliff Lee his mortal enemy? It's an interesting query to ponder, considering Cliff Lee's complete refusal to walk batters this season
- Carlos Lee is a Fantasy Horse
One of the most undervalued fantasy players year-in and year-out is Carlos Lee. Last year, Lee was on pace for one of his best seasons ever before a finger injury ended his season in early August
- Clifton Phifer Lee
Happy Clifton Phifer Lee Day. I believe they're still partying in Philadelphia.
First things first: You need to take a minute and two seconds out of your day to visit www.cliftonphiferlee.com.
- Lee's Trade Value
In the last four months, I've written two posts with a similar point - a team traded Cliff Lee and got a mediocre return at best in terms of prospects. First, Cleveland's Mark Shapiro made
- Reactions to the Cliff Lee Contract
While Lee’s deal is certainly large, when it was first announced, it slightly surprised me that it wasn’t a lot larger. Given the lack of other elite pitching talent this offseason, the seller’s
- The Lee Elia Profane Robot
On the afternoon of April 29, 1983, Cubs skipper Lee Elia treated Americans to the most gorgeous, most resplendent managerial tirade in the history of history. Please, drink humbly, thankfully
- Cliff Lee is Still Awesome
Last night, Cliff Lee dominated the Dodgers, throwing eight shutout innings, while striking out 10 batters without walking anyone. In other words, it was just your normal Cliff Lee start
- Derrek Lee to the Braves
According to multiple sources, the Braves are very close to acquiring Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs for a handful of prospects. For the Braves, who made a few deals at the deadline that netted
- Carlos Lee to First?
, the Houston Astros. Cafardo reports that in an attempt to increase Carlos Lee's trade value, the team will move the struggling outfielder to first base to start the 2011 season.
Lee has had a terrible
- Cliff Lee's Results in Texas
Cliff Lee struck out 10 batters, walked one, and didn't allow a home run in 7.2 innings in last night's start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Lee gave up six earned runs, taking the loss in the 6-4
- Carlos Lee and Kevin Mench
A week ago, the Rangers and Brewers swapped leftfielders and a few other players. Texas acquired Carlos Lee and minor leaguer Nelson Cruz for Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix, Francisco Cordero and a minor
- Is There a Trade Market for Carlos Lee?
Last Saturday, Jon Heyman mused via Twitter that he hadn't yet seen any trade interest develop in Astros' first baseman/outfielder Carlos Lee. The tone of Heyman's tweet was one of surprise; he noted
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Cliff Lee
In today’s edition of ADP Crowdsourcing, we stay with the topical trend. We are using pick number instead of round again, so please vote accordingly.
We all knew that Cliff Lee was going to make
- Why Kershaw But Not Lee?
Finishing one out short of his sixth shutout of the season Wednesday night, Cliff Lee capped off a magnificent August by holding the Reds scoreless over 8 2/3 innings. He turned in the following
- Marlins Acquire Carlos Lee
Carlos Lee is heading to Miami. While the 36-year-old first baseman vetoed a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, Lee accepted a deal was sent to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Lee is clearly
- Pirates Acquire Derrek Lee
Just hours after acquiring their potential first baseman of the future (Chris Davis), the Baltimore Orioles shipped off their first baseman of the present – Derrek Lee – to the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Cliff Lee Revisted Again
Does anyone remember a stranger season in recent memory than the one Cliff Lee is currently putting together? As we've covered extensively here, Lee came out of the gates pitching like 1988 Orel
- Cliff Lee and the Cost of an Ace
With the Phillies finally admitting that they're not going anywhere fast, Ruben Amaro is talking to teams about Cliff Lee. The Red Sox are reportedly showing the most interest, and despite the fact
- Cliff Lee's Playoff Dominance
Last night's Phillies win closed the book on Cliff Lee's amazing playoff performance, unless he comes back on Thursday out of the pen on two days rest. A couple weeks ago, Marc looked
- The Greatness of Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee spent the first month of the season on the disabled list, not making his season debut until April 30th. While most starting pitchers have already started 11 or 12 games this season, Lee
- Willy Taveras: Return of the King of Something
would bunt more, less confident in his ability to swing away, and, I don't know. Right now, Willy Taveras stands as the FanGraphs Era king of hits in the infield. That could conceivably change, but so
- 2014's King Of Driving In Runners
was the king of bringing their teammates home this year, no longer depending on opportunities and teammate performance, with the exception of runner speed and third base coach aggressiveness
- Perplexed About Lee
the Astros ace hard to move. The other popular trade candidates are Jarrod Washburn, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Jason Marquis, and potentially, Aaron Harang.
All of this brings us to Cliff Lee, currently
- Cliff Lee's Impact On The Phillies
Now that we know the basic structure of Cliff Lee's contract with the Phillies - 5 years, $120 million, plus a vesting option for a sixth year that could take it to $135 million in overall value - we
- Cliff Lee: Still Studly
models, used the tools available at Last Player Picked (currently defunct) and Baseball Prospectus and kept coming away with the same result - Cliff Lee was the most valuable player in the league
- Cliff Lee To Philadelphia
acquisition of Cliff Lee. Amazingly enough, he was able to get one of the game's best pitchers without surrendering any of his highly coveted talents.
Instead of giving up J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek
- Honoring Derrek Lee
One of the upsides of downtime during the off-season is the freedom it allows for one to stumble upon tidbits and performances he missed throughout the season. Consider this one: Derrek Lee had
- Lee Judge Means Business
Executive Summary: The KC Star's Royals blogger, Lee Judge, recently criticized Wilson Betemit for not taking an 81-mph slider in the ribs with the bases loaded. In order to lend the heft
- Cliff Lee Refreshes MLBTradeRumors
Cliff Lee refreshes MLBTradeRumors. Nothing doing. His nephews told him this was the place to find any and all trade rumors. But it is not the place to find Cliff Lee trade rumors.
He types his
- Crowdsourcing Results: Cano and Lee
Here are the results from this week’s ADP Crowdsourcing, and I’m bothered by what you all had to say about Lee.
My vote: 7
Std Dev: 3.3
- Cliff Lee's Trade Value
Over the next six weeks, most of the General Managers of contending teams will ask themselves the same question - what am I willing to give up to get Cliff Lee? Lee is the big fish in the upcoming
- O's Add Derrek Lee
The Baltimore Orioles have continued their Extreme Makeover: Infield Edition by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Derrek Lee. The exact terms of the deal aren't
- Cliff Lee Was Not Living on the Edge
Sometimes a graphic can make the obvious even more obvious. Anyone watching last night knows that Cliff Lee did not look like the guy who took the Rays and the Yankees to school. A look at his pitch
- Reflecting on the Cliff Lee Trade
the moon and then some, the Phillies organization looked elsewhere for pitching depth. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is looking like a very smart man.
Cleveland sent veteran southpaw Cliff Lee
- The Amazing Cliff Lee
A couple of weeks ago, I authored a post where I explained why Cliff Lee couldn't continue pitching as well as he had in his first three starts of the season, when he'd allowed two runs and ran
- Cliff Lee, Ace
Regardless of your rooting interests last night, you had to be impressed by the complete domination of Cliff Lee. The Yankees have a great offense, but he made them look foolish all night, keeping
- Carlos Lee: Is There Anything Left?
Carlos Lee is best known for the 6 year, $100M contract he signed with the Astros. While he has not lived up to it as a player, he has be a serviceable fantasy option. His home run power has been
- King Felix isn't showing improvement
- All Hail the New Bunt King?
- Burger King Stole Phil Garner's Mustache
We used to be cool. We had a nice arrangement. I would give you a small amount of money in exchange for delicious meals prepared my way, so long as my way involved a preset number
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- Derrek Lee's 12-Team Mixed Status
Derrek Lee finished 21st in the MVP vote in 2008 on the heels of his .291/.361/.462 season for the NL Central-winning Chicago Cubs. But as impressive as that may be, Lee is a fringe fantasy starter
- Should Anyone Sign Derrek Lee?
Derrek Lee hasn't retired just yet. According to Ken Rosenthal, Lee is looking to play during the upcoming season, but he's looking for the "right opportunity." Lee struggled early on last season
- Imagining Phil Hughes as Cliff Lee
you with a few facts about each player and then some tables to support those facts.
You might have forgotten, but Cliff Lee used to be really bad
Like, for a while
One year, he
- 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
- Cliff Lee, The Rangers and Seven Years
If one of Jon Heyman's recent Tweets is to be believed, the Yankees are willing to go seven years with Cliff Lee.
Anyhow, none of this is especially surprising, given the Yankees' resources
- Cliff Lee's Pitch Type Splits
According to MLBAM classifications (with the help of Dave Allen's reclassification algorithm), Cliff Lee has thrown six distinct pitches this season: four-seam fastball (FF), two-seam fastball (FT
- Derrek Lee’s Down Year
If I told you coming into this season that Derrek Lee was going to have the worst season of his career offensively aside from one half season stint as a twenty-three year old, you probably wouldn't
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Cliff Lee
- Cleef Van Lee
- Sunday Notes: Marlins, A's, Ekstrom in Italy, Korach on King
” in Italian, and that’s gonna be my go-to word when yelling at the umpires.”
On at least one occasion, Bill King used far stronger language when expressing his opinion to an official. Notable
- Johan Santana vs Cliff Lee
. Another disclaimer - I'm a Mariners fan, so I'm in love with Cliff Lee at this point, as I'm sure many Phillies fans were last season.
This year, Johan and Lee have some extra intrigue
- The Cliff Lee Trade: Seattle's Perspective
As originally reported by Joel Sherman, and confirmed by most others, the Mariners are on the verge of trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees for a package of prospects headlined by Jesus Montero
- Cliff Lee and Avoiding Free Passes
Cliff Lee is having a season for the ages. His prodigious strikeout to walk ratio this year has been well documented, but it practically deserves a note after every one of his starts. I am going
- Cubs Bring Back Pitching For Lee
Although word has been out for much of the day that Derrek Lee was on the way to Atlanta in a waiver deal, the deal wasn't made official until 5:25 Eastern Time, according to Fox Sports's Ken
- The Dodgers Should Claim Cliff Lee
While this kind of thing is expected, there's still some news today from Jeff Passan of of Yahoo Sports.
Source: Phillies have placed Cliff Lee on waivers. Executives expect him to clear Friday
- David Price, Cliff Lee, and the Others
, 74 called strikeouts
Cliff Lee, 73
Jon Lester, 52
C.J. Wilson, 50
Ubaldo Jimenez, 49
Felix Hernandez, 48
Adam Wainwright, 44
Stephen Strasburg, 42
Bartolo Colon, 42
Chris Sale, 41
- Update: Cliff Lee is Still Good
Is it just me or has there been a recent dearth of articles focused on Cliff Lee lately? It seems like all the major sources used up their Cliff Quota earlier in the year when he looked more like
- Is Heath Bell Still A King Among Closers?
among the very best for a while. But Bell's age, K decline and possible new home park should make you think twice before you drop a high pick. Bell's not washed up, but his days as closer king could
- Why King Felix Will Win the Cy Young, But Shouldn't
and Felix's choking down the stretch, Kluber was the best pitcher in the AL this year.
King Felix will win the Cy Young because of his hot start, the media exposure he got throughout the season
- The Seattle Rotation: King Felix and the Paxton Marinera
that was among the league leaders in WAR, a lineup that just added Nelson Cruz and a ballpark that caters toward pitchers.
Felix Hernandez / 29
We get it: King Felix is the ruler of all
- John Mayberry Jr.: King of the Pinch Hitters in 2014
pinch-hitter of 2014. That title belongs to John Mayberry Jr., King of the Pinch Hitters. Mayberry had 32 pinch-hit plate appearances and hit .400/.438/.933. As a pinch-hitter, Mayberry accounted
- A Hypothetical Rangers Trade for Cliff Lee
Source:Cliff Lee is in play in trade talks today. Rangers obviously the most logical landing spot, with 3B Mike Olt as possible centerpiece.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2012
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Cliff Lee
Well, the market might be expecting inflation, but it doesn't seem like FanGraphs readers are. The results for Cliff Lee's contract estimate is in, and it's quite a bit lower than I expected
- Lee, Ruf, Salazar: Mining the Minors
the likelihood that a player will make his way to, or stay in, the majors during the current season based on various factors (i.e., age, depth chart, recent performance, etc.).
Zach Lee, Dodgers SP
- The Whole of the Nationals' Hidden Lee Streak
. Between 2010-2013, Cliff Lee threw 70.5% of his pitches for strikes, as a starting pitcher. He struck out a quarter of his opponents. The Nationals struck out right around a quarter of their opponents
- FanGraphs Audio: Jesse Thorn, King of Most Media
- Mike Trout, King of Trade Value Now and Forever
- Jorge De La Rosa, The King Of Coors Field
- GIF: King Felix and Beltre Sign (Love) Language
- Ryan Braun: A King Even Without His Prince
- GIF: Declares Old Man, "NOW I AM KING OF BAT MOUNTAIN!"
in the distance?
Or the beast of silent knife falls?
The bat is yours. Swim three rows deep of Maple leaf
and rip it from this king's claws,
or let it be.
A thousand thank yous to this unpronounceable
- A Pitchf/x Look at Cliff Lee's Command
Everyone knows that Cliff Lee is having an extraordinary season. Through 174 innings he has just 11 unintentional base on balls. That works out to 0.57 BB per nine innings. Even with regression
- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for Texas
He wasn't going to give the Rangers a "hometown discount," but Cliff Lee was willing to re-sign with the Texas Rangers. According to Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg, Lee was willing to stay
- I'm Tired of the "Next Cliff Lee" Posts
Cliff Lee had, by all accounts, a fantastic 2008 season en route to a Cy Young Award. What made his performance more remarkable was how he seemingly came out of nowhere, a back end of the rotation
- Pondering "Inside Heat" by Roz Lee
- Cliff Lee and Maxing Out His Innings
One of the benefits of never walking anyone is that you generally throw fewer pitches per batter and get to last deeper in games. With Cliff Lee running 1910-like walk rates his bullpen can
- Actual Thing: King Pepper™ Baseball Bat Pepper Mill
senses and (b) called the King Pepper-brand Baseball Bat Pepper Mill.
As the cardboard display makes plain enough, this pepper mill possesses the following qualities:
• Ideal für BBQs
- Classic F__king Brawls: A Leisured McGraw-Era Beating
. At that point, an onlooker -- an onlooker almost certainly named "Pinky Cooney" -- is roused to intercede.
All of that is why all of this should absolutely be filed under "Classic F___king Brawls."
- Daily Notes: A More Better Cliff Lee?
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Boston at Philadelphia, 13:35 ET
2. Largely Superfluous Video: Cliff Lee's May 15th Start
- Cliff Lee: Complete Games, Shutouts, And Cy Youngs
In his final start of August, Cliff Lee went 8 and 2/3 innings without allowing a run. Lee plunked Miguel Cairo with pitch number 117, cuing Ryan Madson to get the game's final out. Last night
- Michael Young For Carlos Lee Makes Sense
useful but overpaid player who doesn't really fit on their roster anymore - Carlos Lee. Swapping Young for Lee could help both franchises.
Like Young, Lee was a good player in his prime, but his
- Cliff Lee's Suspension Is Just Too Much
brought up endlessly as the penalties have gotten ever more severe for pitchers with the temerity to plunk, to graze, even to brush back.
Now Cliff Lee has been suspended for five regular-season
- Classic F__king Brawls: Armando Benitez vs. Everybody
the Confederate dead ...
File under: Classic F__king Brawls.
- The Cliff Lee Trade: New York's Perspective
It's not official yet, but all indications point to the Yankees and the Mariners completing a deal for Cliff Lee before tonight's game, in which Lee was scheduled to face his new team. As Dave
- Cliff Lee Just Can't Buy a Win
on the season.
We’re talking about Cliff Lee, of course, and he is still awesome.
Actually, you could make the case that in many ways he had one of his finest seasons last year. No qualified
- Why I Might Rather Trade for Cliff Lee
But Cole Hamels isn't the only interesting piece of trade-bait in Philadelphia. And in fact, if I was a team like the Red Sox or the Padres, I might actually target Cliff Lee instead.
Given his age
- 28 Scoreless: Breaking Down Cliff Lee's Streak
Indians lefty Cliff Lee recently put the finishing touches on an absolutely incredible April. Ironically, the 6 IP, 3 ER, 3K performance on Wednesday night---one many pitchers would love to have
- Cliff Lee to Texas for Justin Smoak, Finalized
Everybody thought earlier today that Cliff Lee would be on his way out of Seattle. They were right. Instead of heading to the visitor's clubhouse in Seattle to join the New York Yankees, however
- Yu Darvish, Cliff Lee, and Everyone's Loss
Masahiro Tanaka, and now the elbow might have claimed Yu Darvish and Cliff Lee.
The two have different injuries. Darvish has a slight tear of the UCL, and the overwhelming likelihood is Tommy John
- Double-A Debuts: Yasiel Puig And Zach Lee
In Chattanooga, Top-100 prospects Yasiel Puig and Zach Lee debuted against a Huntsville (Brewers) team with few prospects of note. On paper, both excelled with Puig reaching base in three of four
- Cliff Lee Finds the NL to His Liking
Cliff Lee has taken to the NL well. He is 4-0 in his first four starts:+-------+----+----+----+----+----+----+
| | IP | H | R | HR | BB | K
- Why Cliff Lee's Injury is Somewhat Surprising
getting lit up by the fifth. There are a lot of useful skills a pitcher can have, durability is one of them.
Cliff Lee gets a lot of praise in these pages, and for good reason. I'm sure some of us
- First Base Update: Morales, Morneau, Lee
at DH, which is fine for them but not your fantasy team.
Derrek Lee | Orioles
Offseason wrist surgery and nagging soreness has held Lee back this spring, not to mention a foul ball hit off his foot
- Hak-Ju Lee Leads Impressive Wave of Talent
The 18-year-old infielder showed an advance approach at the plate for his age. He hit .330/.399/.420 in 264 at-bats. Lee posted a more than respectable walk rate of 10.5 BB
- Cliff Lee and Matt Cain Pitch Into History
Last night, Cliff Lee and Matt Cain put on a pitching duel for the ages. Cain threw shutout nine innings on just 91 pitches before Bruce Bochy pinch-hit for him, while Lee managed to go 10 scoreless
- Unreliable Source: "Cliff Lee to Stay in Texas"
Last night, Texas Governor Ricky Perry, making an appearance on TV's The Daily Show, meditated briefly on the fate of very coveted free agent Cliff Lee.
Via the magic of the internet, you can
- Roy Halladay & Cliff Lee: Efficiency Experts
When Cliff Lee spurned both the Rangers and Yankees for the Phillies earlier this offseason, it set up the Phillies rotation to be akin to the Miami Heat starting five, except without all the reality
- Spectacles/Mustache Package Deal: Lee Tunnell
insightful NotGraphs Chat) we are now treated to such a meeting in the person of former major-leaguer Lee Tunnell.
A brief tour of Tunnell's player page reveals that he was just a moderately successful