- Fuentes Debunking Saves Singlehandedly
If you ever need to convince someone of the uselessness of the save statistic, make them watch Brian Fuentes pitch. Fuentes leads the major leagues with 41 saves, and is simultaneously on the verge
- Reymond Fuentes Is In the Big Leagues
about this week's callup.
Some of Reymond Fuentes' fortune is based on other's misfortune. For example, Cameron Maybin has now been pulled from his rehab twice for pain in his knee. He may
- The Rodney/Fuentes Situation
Speier pulled down $18 million while contributing -0.2 WAR. Brian Fuentes compiled 0.4 WAR in 2009 while making $8.5M. He'll earn $9M in 2010, and has a $9M vesting option for 2011. Fun fact: Donnelly
- Was Fuentes's Move a Balk?
With that in mind, let's take a look at another play from the Dodgers-Angels game from last night: Brian Fuentes's pickoff of Matt Kemp in the top of the 9th inning. Watch the video here
- FanGraphs Audio: In the Clubhouse w/ Brian Fuentes
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, asks left-handed Oakland A's reliever Brian Fuentes to respond to notable quotations of famous French general Napoleon Bonaparte
- Anchoring Miguel
is doing. It is with this in mind that I bring up Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, the offensively-talented youngster that is usually thought of as a force to be reckoned with when he steps up to the plate
- Four Degrees of Miguel Batista = Miguel Batista
As I notice that 41-year-old Miguel Batista started the first game of yesterday's Mets-Giants doubleheader...
Batista's first game was as a member of the Pirates in 1992, where he pitched two
- New Miguel Cabrera: Old Miguel Cabrera?
Miguel Cabrera was the third-best first baseman this year by our end-of-year evaluations, but his owners paid first-best fantasy player prices. Take a look at his isolated power -- the main missing
- Miguel Olivo Hulk Smash
Miguel Olivo thought his bat could have done a better job Tuesday, so he told him so.
Apologies to Carlos Perez, but Brian Wilson's feedback to the water cooler on July first, 2011
- The Rather Prepossessing Miguel Batista
When you lay rheumy eyes upon Miguel Batista's abovely pictured Gentleman's Ensemble, the first words upon your lips -- upon them like libidinous kisses from Joan Collins and Adrienne Barbeau
- Merry Dissmas, Miguel Batista
, concerning Miguel Batista's fastball velocity (or lack thereof).
Inspired choice by Mr. Desmond, I think, to go with Iowa there. Everyone knows that Miss California generally brings
- A New Low for Miguel Cabrera
is that Miguel Cabrera clubbed three dingers. That sort of game for Cabrera shouldn't come as a surprise, but it's a bigger surprise than the Rangers beating the Tigers. Cabrera's individual effort has
- Projecting Both Miguel Tejada's
One of the odder stories this season was the revelation that former MVP shortstop Miguel Tejada is actually two years older than the public had been to led to believe. Despite the questionable
- Miguel Olivo's Hat Trick
There’s an old saying about patience being a virtue. Over the years we’ve established that possessing plate patience is a virtue too, one that some players, like Miguel Olivo undoubtedly lacks
- The Temporary Solution to Miguel Cabrera
During their time together, much was written about Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and the idea of lineup protection. In theory, by having Fielder right behind him, Cabrera would get more hittable
- More on Miguel Batista
I did not expect the deluge of e-mail I received following my Miguel Batista piece on Tuesday. (Okay, it was one e-mail.)
Jon Daly of the excellent Designated Sitter blog linked me to his
- Miguel Cabrera's Unsuccessful Readjustment
Speaking literally, Miguel Cabrera is still the same guy. He still responds to the same name, he still has the same identification. He still drives the same car, or cars. He's still got the same
- The A's Against the Shell of Miguel Cabrera
they've been dealing with. By the end, nobody's healthy.
Tony Paul's suspicion is that, whenever the Tigers are done playing baseball, everyone will come clean about what's going on with Miguel
- Miguel Cabrera's Best
The 2009 season ended poorly for Miguel Cabrera. An arrest and the Tigers’ collapse coincided with the worst month of his season which wasn’t all that poor by anyone else’s standards. The dialect
- The Padres and Miguel Tejada
Padres’ beat writer Corey Brock tweeted yesterday afternoon that the team has interest in Miguel Tejada. Truthfully it’s hard to understand why. Tejada could potentially take third base or maybe
- The Legend of the Legendary Miguel Cairo
The impossible finally happened. Miguel Cairo retired. Cairo hung on for 17 seasons -- he made his debut the season after Mariano Rivera. One would be hard-pressed to find one season in which he
- Miguel Cabrera: Developing Predator
This began with an observation: Since 2008 -- covering the bulk of the reliable PITCHf/x era -- Miguel Cabrera has swung at just under 47% of pitches with the bases empty, and just over 53
- Miguel Cabrera's Trade Value
Miguel Cabrera getting a first place MVP vote is pretty silly. That said, as a player, dude is awesome. He's not Keith Hernandez with the glove or Willie Wilson on the basepaths, but in case you
- Miguel Cabrera's MoTown Hacking
Since bursting onto the scene as a precocious 20 year-old and helping the Florida Marlins capture a World Series title in 2003, Miguel Cabrera has remained an offensive powerhouse. A career .309/.381
- Miguel Cabrera Strikes Back
Sometimes trades fail to work out immediately. Dave Dombrowski traded the farm prior to the 2008 season for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis – the perceived final pieces of a championship puzzle
- The Miguel Tejada Trade
In the blockbuster to end all blockbusters, the San Diego Padres acquired Miguel Tejada for double-A pitcher Wynn Pelzer on Thursday night. Damn hot tub, it’s not 2004 any more, and now this is more
- Introducing Miguel Angel Sano
Now that Strasburg-mania is cooling down, the next top amateur player will find out his destination over the next month. 16-year-old shortstop Miguel Angel Sano has been profiled heavily over
- Estimating a Miguel Montero Extension
Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero narrowly avoided his arbitration hearing today, agreeing with the club to a one-year, $5.9 million deal for 2012 -- i.e. Montero's last year of team
- Haunting Miguel Cabrera
to be fit and so I eat good things. Lean meats, raw vegetables or steamed ones, mango smoothies, many fruit smoothies -- sometimes one cookie at night if I hit a homerun. A cookie per homerun, Miguel, I tell
- The Unassuming Miguel Montero
in the business, I'll stick with Zach Sanders' Catcher End of Season Rankings and scroll on down to a personal favorite of mine, at number seven, Miguel Montero. If you've owned him at any point over the last
- The New Miguel Montero
. In several of these leagues, my almost close-your-eyes-hold-your-nose-and-pick at catcher was Miguel Montero, who as you are probably well aware is producing like an elite backstop right now
- Miguel Cabrera and Intentional Walks
the field for the first five months of the season, leaving no real argument for anyone else. Now, though, as he stands on the sidelines, people have begun to make a case for Miguel Cabrera. Since most
- Diamondbacks Extend Miguel Montero
The Diamondbacks signed Miguel Montero to a five-year, $60 million extension over the weekend. The richest deal in Diamondbacks franchise history effectively keeps Montero in Arizona for the rest
- Miguel Sano is Too Big
- Miguel Batista on Literary Theory, by Memory
[All quotes are approximate, the recorder was not running for this one.]
Me: Hey Miguel what are you reading.
[Hands me Lost Angel in Spanish]
Me: I have no Spanish -- something about
- Slideshow: Miguel Sano Is Too Big
Nineteen-year-old Miguel Sano was drafted signed as a shortstop. He was then seen as oversized for that position, so he was moved to third base. As the above photo -- where he is compared
- Miguel Cairo Falls Prey to The Move
never tried it against Miguel Cairo. From last night's Reds-Phillies game, bottom of the ninth, man on first:
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There's just so much happening in those first
- Joe Maddon Trolls Miguel Cabrera
BACKSTORY: After the Detroit Tigers acquired the final out against the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday, third baseman Miguel Cabrera mimed appeared to mime, but may not have mimed the signature "arrow
- Seriously, Someone Voted For Miguel Cabrera?
For Jon Heyman and the rest of the reactionary "Keith Law should lose his ballot" crowd, I present the following comparison between Joe Mauer and Miguel Cabrera.
Singles: Mauer +2
- Miguel Cabrera's Best Season Yet
, home runs, and runs batted in. Unfortunately, being pro-Mike Trout meant that we were perceived to be inherently anti-Miguel Cabrera. It's not that we had anything against Cabrera, but he became
- Miguel Cabrera's Ridiculous Plate Coverage
Coming off the first batting Triple Crown in 45 years, Miguel Cabrera is making a bid to be the first hitter to do so in consecutive seasons. He currently leads the American League in batting
- Miguel Cabrera's Most Incredible Strength
Do you want to see footage of Miguel Cabrera hitting a home run? Of course you do. You're not a monster. Now let me find the last time he — oh, right, he hit a homer yesterday. Went yard off John
- Miguel Cabrera's Terrible and Understandable Contract
Yesterday, the Tigers agreed to make Miguel Cabrera the highest paid player in baseball history. If you look at the entirety of their future financial commitments to him as one single entity rather
- Miguel Cabrera vs. Jonathan Schoop
Miguel Cabrera tries to score from first
Tigers lose 7-6
Cabrera was gunned down on the relay by Jonathan Schoop. Had he remained at third -- with nobody out -- then the Tigers would've
- Miguel Sano Brings the Thunder to Double-A
reservations or doubts about saying Miguel Sano has 80 power. I’m confident that in my old age if someone asks me who had the most power I ever saw that the name “Sano” will quickly come to mind
- Miguel Olivo Is Happy August Is Over
Miguel Olivo is having a nice season at the plate (if you believe in defensive metrics for catchers, he's also having a good season behind the plate, but this post is about offense) for the Colorado
- Miguel Almonte: Complete Pitching Prospect
Royals pitching prospect Miguel Almonte entered the year as the #10 prospect in the Kansas City system according to Baseball America, and it's hard to argue that he deserves to fall from that perch
- Reports From Instructs: Miguel Sano
competition so the most entertaining Twins prospect to watch was Miguel Sano. Sano has had plenty of fanfare himself after he signed for $3.15 million as a 16-year-old in 2009 after highly contentious
- Miguel Cairo Proves Useful for the Reds
Chris Heisey (6.6 wRAA), Ryan Hanigan (4.3 wRAA), and Miguel Cairo (4.0 wRAA). These players have played an important complementary role on offense, bringing above-average production to supplement
- Miguel Montero and the Victor Martinez Contract
Contract extension talks between catcher Miguel Montero and the Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly ended without a resolution this spring. Montero is said to be looking for something like the four-year
- Miguel Cabrera Gets Robbed: A Tale of Consequences
out, is embeddable, owing to MLB.com's Keep-'Em-Guessing embeddable video policy.
That's Alex Gordon going up and taking a home run away from Miguel Cabrera. While this home run would've broken
- HitTracking Miguel Olivo's Raburn-Aided Home Run
In case you missed it, Miguel Olivo hit what will surely be in the running for Funniest Homer of 2011 in yesterday's Mariners/Tigers game. You can check the video here.
Of course, when it comes
- 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
- Learning Lessons, with Danny Salazar and Miguel Cabrera
Last year, Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown and the American League Most Valuable Player Award. You might've heard about that. This year, Miguel Cabrera has been even better. His
- NotGraphs Lip-Reading: Miguel Cabrera to Corey Kluber
After beginning the latter's first-inning at-bat with very much an inside fastball, Corey Kluber proceeded to strike out Miguel Cabrera on three breaking pitches to the outer half of the plate
- Armchair Zone Rating: Miguel Cabrera on Sunday
innings one and six, neither left the infield -- and, notably, both were hit in the direction of third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Detroit's decision to field a number of defensively challenged players
- Miguel Cabrera's Armchair Zone Rating: Results
in the direction of Miguel Cabrera, who is generally speaking considered to be something of a defensive liability at third base.
With that in mind, I provided video footage of the two hits -- a bunt single
- Miguel Cabrera and Jonathan Papelbon: Baseball Play Analysis
But even meaningless baseball can generate baseball highlights. It's been a long time since we were given fresh, new baseball highlights, and earlier Monday, Miguel Cabrera did a mean thing
- Miguel Cabrera's Contract Not Close to Biggest Ever
to Twitter and you'll find out in a hurry that the baseball industry was shocked by news of the new Miguel Cabrera contract. Cabrera's now guaranteed $292 million through 2023, and beyond
- What In The Sam Hill Is Going On With Miguel Cabrera
Hill" in a post title accomplished. The bucket list needs updating.
But set aside the sample for a moment, and just gaze in wonder at Miguel Cabrera's line to start the season in 2014: .236/.295/.403
- Red Sox, Padres Win the Miguel Cabrera Trade
, where the Marlins were dangling Miguel Cabrera, who would be 25 years old in 2008. After doubling payroll from 2006 to 2007, the Marlins clearly had no intentions of raising it again. And so
- Another Underwhelming Year From Miguel Montero
For the four seasons spanning 2009-12, Miguel Montero was a very useful fantasy catcher. The lowest triple slash he posted over that time frame was a useful .266/.332/.438 line, still good for a 100
- Consistent Value No More: The Decline of Miguel Montero
Last year when we did our position-by-position post-season recaps, I wrote a piece touting Miguel Montero for his consistent performance and exceptional draft value. His numbers between 2009 and 2012
- Explaining Miguel Cabrera’s Home Run Decline
Yesterday, I dove into the three xHR/FB rate components to explain what fueled Todd Frazier's home run surge. Today, I'll dissect Miguel Cabrera, who set a new career low HR/FB rate, as it dipped
- Miguel Montero: The Next Piece of the Cubs Puzzle
the Cubs acquire Addison Russell. But this Hammel, this one is here to stay. This one is to help the Cubs win now, rather than in the future.
As is the hiring of Joe Maddon. As is the trade for Miguel
- Miguel Cabrera, When It's All Said And Done
educated judgments regarding the Tigers' and Angels' investments. Today, let's look at Miguel Cabrera.
First, let's take a look at how Miguel Cabrera gets it done. We'll focus primarily on the bat
- Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, and Measuring Value
it hard to put together any kind of realistic argument for a non-Trout candidate.
However, Miguel Cabrera is having a monstrous September, hitting .373/.426/.797 over the last couple of weeks
- Catchers Changing Courses: Wilin Rosario, Miguel Montero?
from him while he has catcher eligibility, but he may eventually be like Mike Napoli, without the willingness to draw free passes.
Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks
If it weren’t for the Baltimore
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Miguel Cabrera on the MVP
- The Meme-ing of Some Terrible News - Miguel Sano Edition
was coming. Miguel Sano was coming. Maybe not right away, but the Twins' big-bat prospect was almost a shoo-in to get some time in the bigs this season, and with him would come a promise -- of tomorrow
- Daily Notes: Miguel Tejada Signs Mostly Major-League Deal
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Assorted Headlines for the Baseball Enthusiast
2. Graphs: Miguel Tejada's Career in WAR
- Young Power / What Could Have Been if Miguel Sano Didn’t Need Tommy John Surgery