- 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
- Adrian Gonzalez to Boston
+). Only Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Kevin Youkilis, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Holliday, and Joe Mauer have better marks over that time frame, and Hanley Ramirez is tied with Gonzalez.
Should the trade become
- 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
- Gonzalez Loves Mountains; Headley Hates Beaches
Well, actually I have no idea if Carlos Gonzalez loves the mountains or if Chase Headley hates the beach, but if my home/road splits looked like their's, I would certainly start to appreciate/blame
- 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
- 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
- Crawford and Gonzalez
Sox this week. That's right, over the last five years, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have been virtually identical in value.
They're nine months apart in age. Gonzalez has a shoulder problem
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Is Gio Gonzalez Worth the Hype?
Step aside, C.J. Wilson. There's a new pitcher in town commanding the attention of major league teams. Following his best season as a pro, the Oakland Athletics are looking to deal Gio Gonzalez
- Alex Gonzalez's Hot Start
Signed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2011 by the Blue Jays this offseason, Alex Gonzalez did not attract much attention on the free agent market after being cut loose by the Red Sox
- Adrian Gonzalez and the Petco Challenge
When fantasy players think of the top first basemen in the game, Adrian Gonzalez is not the first name that comes to mind. But the first overall pick in the 2000 draft put up his third straight
- 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
- Adrian Gonzalez's Walks
speculation is Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres star first baseman. With two years remaining on an unbelievably team friendly contract (he's owed just $10.25 million over both years), and coming off a +6.3 win
- Gonzalez vs Teixeira
Adrian Gonzalez is the new Roy Halladay. Given his agent's statements that he is not willing to give San Diego a hometown discount and sees Mark Teixeira's contract as the comparison for what his
- Is Gio Gonzalez Learning?
As a lefty who can spin curves that put Beyonce to shame (okay, not really), Gio Gonzalez garners attention. Gio whiffed 10.3 batters per nine innings on the farm and rated among Baseball America's
- 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
- Joey Votto or Adrian Gonzalez?
seasons, with one posting the third-best wOBA in the majors at first base, and the other ranking sixth at the position.
Cincinnati's Joey Votto and San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez seem to be valued about
- 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
- Gonzalez vs Beltre
Faced with a decision between two Adrians, the Red Sox finally settled on the younger, left-handed one, and have agreed to a deal that will bring Adrian Gonzalez to Boston. In return, the Padres
- Mike Gonzalez Potentially an Oriole
it appears likely that Mike Gonzalez will join the fray on a two-year deal worth at least $12M and up to as much as $16M. The deal is currently contingent on Gonzalez passing a physical – usually a given
- Four Factors: Carlos Gonzalez
series, this time a request: Colorado Rockies uber-outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez is in his third season in the majors, and this is the first in which he will likely approach 600 plate appearances
- Adrian Gonzalez: Resetting Expectations
If you’d done nothing in 2012 but read the local papers, you might think that Adrian Gonzalez was among the biggest busts of modern times. Coming off a stellar 2011 Boston debut, his production
- 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
- Will Adrian Gonzalez Rebound?
Adrian Gonzalez was a disappointment last season. While his overall slash line of .299/.344/.463 isn't terrible for most players, it represented a pretty big fall from the elite production he's
- Adrian Gonzalez's Power Outage
Adrian Gonzalez has been pretty much everything the Red Sox expected him to be and then some after sending three top prospects (and Eric Patterson) to the Padres to acquire the now-29-year-old
- The Power Will Not Return for Adrian Gonzalez
At the beginning of last year, we took some heat for leaving Adrian Gonzalez near the top of the first base rankings. Our reasoning, if I can speak for the consensus ranking crew, was that power
- 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
- Adrian Gonzalez's Power Outage
When I published our updated first base tier rankings last week, I mentioned that Adrian Gonzalez had hit just 13 homers in his previous 478 plate appearances dating back to last year. That stretch
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Adrian Gonzalez
When I first wrote this, Gonzalez was still on the road to being a Red Sox. Then, I edited it when the deal fell through, and again when the deal ended up getting done. However, the question set I
- Firing Fredi Gonzalez
Yesterday, Fredi Gonzalez became the second third managerial casualty of the year, following Trey Hillman's ouster in Kansas City (update: and Dave Trembley in Baltimore. Thanks, Rob Stratmeyer
- 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
- Carlos Gonzalez And The Value Of Runs
of the points worth making have already been spoken for, as those three are among the best on earth at discussing issues relating to baseball. And so, when they all tackled Carlos Gonzalez over the last few
- Comparing the Bruce and Gonzalez Extensions
at it again this week, signing Carlos Gonzalez to a seven-year deal for around $80 million. That's a pretty massive contract for a player who has played one full season and parts of two others. It also seems
- 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
- Toying with the Adrian Gonzalez Market
(and represented in the Total category) rather than making everyone translate the wOBA to runs and figure things out from there.
Now obviously, we’re talking about acquiring Adrian Gonzalez – who
- Examining Gio Gonzalez
Lost in the improbable and rather infatuating season from R.A. Dickey and yet another commanding performance by Clayton Kershaw sits Gio Gonzalez and his measly 5.4 WAR season.
Gonzalez went 21-8
- Crowdsourcing Results: Gonzalez and Reynolds
Here are your results from this week’s round of topical crowdsourcing.
Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox / Padres)
My vote: 16 / 25
Average: 13.3 / 23.2
Median: 12 / 23
Std Dev: 5.3 / 6.6
- Miguel Sano is Too Big
- Projecting Carlos Gonzalez
There's nothing more exciting than a breakout star both in reality and in fantasy, and that's what Carlos Gonzalez was last season. He took home the National League batting title with a .336 AVG
- How Good Is Gio Gonzalez?
Yesterday, the Nationals gave up four prospects, including three of their top 10 guys, for the right to acquire Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A's. This follows on the heels of the Mat Latos trade
- Mike Gonzalez Traded to Rangers
Gonzalez from the Orioles for a PTBNL.
On the surface, this is a relatively minor move. Ooo, the Rangers add another veteran arm to help them shore up their bullpen down the stretch -- not such a big
- Q&A Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez is a student of hitting, which should come as no surprise given that he is one of the game’s premier sluggers. The left-handed-hitting first baseman has a career slash line of .288
- 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
- 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
- Adrian Gonzalez's Evolution, Part I
This is the first of a two-part series on Adrian Gonzalez's evolution as a hitter.
Writing for ESPN.com last year, Dave Cameron suggested that then-newly-acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez
- Carlos Gonzalez's Improved Plate Discipline
It's not often that a young player receives a seven-year deal for $80 million before he hits his arbitration years, but Carlos Gonzalez is receiving just that from the Colorado Rockies this week
- Trade Fallout: Carlos Gonzalez to Colorado
A gifted center fielder with well-regarded hitting skills, Carlos Gonzalez has now been involved in two blockbuster trades over the past two off seasons. Originally signed by the Arizona
- 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
- Nationals Tie Knot With Gio Gonzalez
The Nationals have not been shy about their dealings with Gio Gonzalez. First, they dealt three of their top 10 prospects -- including two of their top three -- for the 26-year-old hurler. Then, over
- Is Fenway Helping Or Hurting Adrian Gonzalez?
If there were questions earlier this year whether Adrian Gonzalez was among the best hitters in baseball, consider your doubts answered. After hitting 71 home runs and posting a .288/.400/.530 line
- Gio Gonzalez: Walks and K's Galore
Since he was taken in the supplemental first round of the 2004 draft, Gio Gonzalez has alternately enticed and unnerved major league talent evaluators.
If you squint a little bit, the left-hander
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Gio Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez has no doubt seen his fair share of U-Haul trucks. The former supplemental-first-round selection out of a Miami high school during the 2004 draft has played for the White Sox, Phillies
- 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
- 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
- Brewers Lose Gonzalez to Injured Knee
disabled list with a left hamstring injury. Finally, over the weekend against the San Francisco Giants, shortstop Alex Gonzalez landed on the disabled list with what appears to be a very serious leg
- A Low Cost Gio Gonzalez Alternative
Last week, reports began to surface that the Marlins were interested in acquiring Gio Gonzalez from the A's. Depending on how much credibility you put in various rumors, the A's have asked
- Strikeout Rates: Bumgarner & Gio Gonzalez
Overall, the predicted drop in K
- Q&A: Jordan Zimmermann & Gio Gonzalez
Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez have a few notable things in common. The Washington Nationals mound duo have outstanding stuff and rely more on pitching to their strengths than on scouting reports
- Gonzalez, Kemp, Bonifacio, Bourn, and Young
What do these fellow batsmen have in common?
• Adrian Gonzalez
• Matt Kemp
• Emilio Bonifacio
• Michael Bourn
• Michael Young
Well, probably a lot, seeing as how they all share a profession
- 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
- When Should San Diego Trade Adrian Gonzalez?
While it has generally been assumed that Adrian Gonzalez won't be in San Diego much longer, the Padres front office confirmed these beliefs with some public comments last week, stating
- 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
- Adrian Gonzalez’s Evolution, Part II
Part two of a two-part series.
In Part I of this series, I dove into some Pitch F/X data to try and tease out how Adrian Gonzalez changed his approach after leaving San Diego in 2011. Overall
- Were The Padres Right to Trade Gonzalez Now?
, Adrian Gonzalez played in the regular season finale that proved to be a bittersweet ending to a surprise run that lasted all season. The team fell just short of the playoffs, but still won 90 games
- Braves Choose Fredi Gonzalez to Replace Cox
achieved under his guidance. They will turn to a former third base coach under Cox and previous Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 46, has been managing and coaching between the minors
- Gio Gonzalez, Pitcher Abuse, and a Modern-Day Record
Last season, after joining the Nationals, Gio Gonzalez threw 3,198 pitches in the regular season, plus 209 more in the playoffs. That is an awful lot of pitches, but this article isn't about
- 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
- Request-a-GIF: Gio Gonzalez Mostly Sliding
Reader and home-surgery enthusiast Brian writes in thusly:
In the bottom of the Nats 5th today, Gio Gonzalez slid into third base. I was listening on radio, and the play by play guys had a hard
- Fredi Gonzalez's Decision-Making Is Not Helping the Braves
in BABIP against, and they are tied for 29th in run differential. Not all of this can be blamed on the manager and it is only four games, but Gonzalez is in line for criticism for his bullpen usage
- FanGraphs Audio: Fredi Gonzalez, Andrelton Simmons
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence
- 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
- Daily Notes, Largely Concerning Gio Gonzalez
-hander Gio Gonzalez -- the pitcher who currently has the highest strikeout rate (31.5%) and fifth-best SIERA (2.81) and third-highest WAR (2.0) among qualified pitchers.
What Might Be Surprising
- Josh Reddick and Alex Gonzalez: Waiver Wire Help
Alex Gonzalez, MIL |SS| Ownership: ESPN - 21.5% Yahoo - 16.0%
Gonzalez might be a tough sell for a lot of you, but given his power production and the current state of the shortstop
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Miguel Cabrera on the MVP
- Upton, Gonzalez and McCutchen: Tier Two NL Outfielders
season. On the other hand, he's only 24. If he does get better, he could have a scary good year.
It might be tempting to draw a corollary between Gonzalez heading into 2011
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Heisey & Gonzalez
as he's starting, he may even earn some shallow mixed league value.
Alex Gonzalez | 3% Owned
What is this, 2010 (when Gonzalez actually earned positive fantasy value)? The 37 year old former
- Gonzalez and DeJesus: Arm Injuries Still Not Healed
, but please let me know of any previously injured players you want examined.
Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder): Adrian was one a great acquisitions for the Boston Red Sox this off season. He came in and played
- Adrian Gonzalez Saves Team from Death or Worse
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Gonzalez Strands Prado
- I Hate to Travel in Winter: On Gio Gonzalez and Felipe Paulino
No, in fact there are no real surprises on this list until we get down to numbers 44 and 45, where we find Messrs Gio Gonzalez and Felipe Paulino, respectively. Regard: