- 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
- Statistical Rarities Potentially Abound in 2015
primary player achieved this elite mark. A few players have come close, but the man who did it was Derrek Lee. The year was 2003 and the big, Marlins’ first baseman smacked 31 HR and stole 21 bases
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Troy Tulowitzki Saves All
some power upside, but he's currently hitting a crisp .162/.237/.353. Here are some other options on the waiver wire: your namesake Mark Reynolds, Cody Asche, Lonnie Chisenhall, David Freese (currently
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
Bautista continues to sit just below the threshold, which basically means he could be included. Down at the bottom, we again find Pena, Bell, Mathis, and Burriss all just a hair above the .204 mark
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Nightmare Declines
it back? Or once it starts to go does it just keep on going?
It isn't just Verlander, Cain, and Lincecum in the midst of nightmare declines. Cliff Lee, who is owed $25 million this year and next
- Cole Hamels' No-Hitter and Pitcher Game Scores in the Game Before Being Traded
to 2010 to find a game score as high as 70, which was what Cliff Lee scored for the Mariners after dominating the Tigers over 8 IP. (Zack Greinke had a 72 before he was traded to the Angels in 2012
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Jose A Ramirez
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- Lee and LaRoche
, and one in 2009.
Contact? LaRoche has a career 25 percent strikeout rate, and posted a career high 30.7 percent mark last year. Lee has a career 23.2 percent strikeout rate, and was just above
- Interview: Dave Magadan
- In Defense Of Signing Pedro Feliz
- Cliff Lee Hates Walks
WHIP. This hasn't been a normal season for Lee, however. The lefty has posted a WHIP of 0.95 this season, the top mark in the league. Some of that can be attributed to luck, but his current BABIP
- Carlos Lee is a Fantasy Horse
notions, as Lee has an ADP of 27 according to the latest information from Mock Draft Central. That makes him the ninth-rated outfielder.
Earlier, I extolled the virtues of Mark Teixeira and noted
- 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
- Defining Balanced Lineups
- Cliff Lee's Results in Texas
65.1 innings with Texas, has struck out 58 batters, unintentionally walked two batters, and allowed 4 home runs. Tonight's outing brings Lee's FIP ever closer to 2.00, a mark that becomes even more
- 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
- Cliff Lee Stands Alone
I'm not exactly sure how Major League Baseball players feel about fame, but you can probably guess what they think about infamy. You want to leave your mark because of your greatness, not because
- 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
- 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, 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
- O's Add Derrek Lee
(.340) since 1999. Given his age, there's no guarantee that his power bounces back (Lee's .168 Isolated Power was also his lowest since '99, and 20 points below the cumulative MLB mark for first
- Cliff Lee and Avoiding Free Passes
many years of history behind it, breaking any baseball record is a difficult task. Cliff Lee’s 15.2 strikeout to walk ratio is on that pace with the current best mark (minimum 160 innings pitched
- 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
- Mark DeRosa Retires
Mark DeRosa announced his retirement Wednesday, after a 16-year career in which he played for eight teams, played six positions, hit exactly 100 home runs, and made approximately $29 million
- Update: Cliff Lee is Still Good
, where we would expect someone not "for real" to have a very, very low mark; Lee's is right around the average .300 at .307. His strand rate is 78.1% which, while very impressive, is not ridiculously
- Hyphen Out, Question Mark In
four starts, it wasn’t working.
Cliff Lee then returned. With Jason Vargas and Doug Fister cruising along, and both Snell and Ryan Rowland-Smith out of options, the Mariners chose to shift Snell
- Daily Notes: A More Better Cliff Lee?
Regarding Lee's present strikeout rate, it would represent the best mark of his career were the season to end today. (He posted a 25.9% strikeout rate last season.)
Regarding Lee's Walk Rate
- Tigers Upgrade Bullpen with Mark Lowe
Magglio Ordonez to end the threat.
On that day, Mark Lowe began a journey that started with the Mariners and continued on to the Rangers (in the Cliff Lee deal), and then the Dodgers, Angels
- 28 Scoreless: Breaking Down Cliff Lee's Streak
TangoTiger's Marcel projections I classified those with expected slugging percentages of .445+ as power hitters and under that mark as contact. Against Lee, power hitters went: 5-25, 2B, 4 GIDP, 5 K
- Cliff Lee to Texas for Justin Smoak, Finalized
in the Angels' coffin. Still, Lee has to increase the Rangers' chances of making a deep run in the postseason, as he showed he can put his mark on a series last season.
This trade also has the interesting
- First Base Update: Morales, Morneau, Lee
to start the season on the disabled list. Halos' fans can set me straight on this, but it looks like Mark Trumbo will get a shot to play first in the meantime following his monster spring, though he just
- 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
- 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
- Why Cliff Lee's Injury is Somewhat Surprising
is really good at being efficient in an at bat.
- 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
- Roy Halladay & Cliff Lee: Efficiency Experts
it would have ranked in any year in the past decade is fourth. Last season, Lee’s 0.763 mark was less than half of Marichal’s in 1973.
Moving on to K/BB, we find that teammates dominated here a bit
- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for New York
discussed in the event they miss on Cliff Lee. While we don't know which players the Yankees have identified, we do know one thing: none of them is as good an option as Cliff Lee. But with Lee spurning
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
You can certainly argue with the statistics I choose for each of these tools, but I preferred to use statistics with which
- Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves
- The Case For Jake Arrieta as the Most Dominant Pitcher of All Time
the internet, is not without flaws. It's arguable and perhaps even likely that Pedro's line, with that 34.0% K-BB%, is more impressive (that mark was 293% better than league average -- lolz). But Arrieta
- Building the Farm: American League West
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- 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
- Mark Trumbo, Chone Figgins: Stock Watch At Third Base
, the actual roles of players can be telling.
As much as I doubted that Mark Trumbo would see much action at third base, the two games he's started have both been at the hot corner and it very much seem