The People in my Neighborhood

I’m not writing jack today, but these guys are:

  • In what constitutes my greatest oversight in quite a while, I forgot to include Wezen-Ball in the first two installments of the ShysterBlog neighborhood. Lar does good work over there, uncovering many a priceless historical gem such as prospect previews from a couple of dozen years ago and historical analysis of all stripes. His latest offerings are a career retrospective of Jeff Kent and a look at a 1993 Street and Smith’s article which purported to list the best players to ever wear each uniform number, which Lar has taken the liberty of updating. But I won’t give him Jeter of Charlie Gerhinger at #2. That’s just crazy talk.
  • tHeMARksMiTh recalls the Miracle Braves of 1914 and the story of Elaine Weddington. Weddington was the first black female — and maybe the first female, I’m not sure — to reach the position of assistant GM with a Major League Baseball team. That’s awesome, but for totally personal reasons I’m much more inspired by the fact that she had the guts to do something with her law degree other than go to work for some giant soul-sucking firm.
  • Ron Rollins — the bard of Bournemouth — has a couple of cool videos, a fun Ichiro story, and the latest international baseball ephemera over at Baseball Over Here.
  • Jason at IIATMS found a pretty neat post about cheap cologne and implores you to root for the laundry.
  • Jorge Says No! is revisiting the Joba debate and comes down on the side of the bullpen. I disagree with him about that — 200 IP of a really good pitcher > 70 IP of a really good pitcher, and that’s before you factor in the dropoff you’ll get in the form of whoever takes his place — but I’m not the sort of guy who only reads that with which he agrees, and Josh usually hits the mark, so we’ll let it slide. This time.
  • Fack Youk is doing something interesting: counting down the days until Spring Training starts via uniform numbers. Today is 17, so FY’s new Mets blogger Matt Laudato has some stuff to say about Keith Hernandez. Before that was Scott Brosius (18), Aaron Boone and Dave Righetti (19), and Jorge Posada and Kevin Youkilis (20). Check back each day. In the meantime, let’s guess who they’ll use for the remaining numbers.
  • Finally, The Common Man went to TwinsFest. What’s the deal with mid-word capitalization, anyway? Don’t you find it annoying? ShysterBall would really like to know!
  • By all means, take a stroll around the neighborhood. You’ll be glad you did.


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    themarksmith
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    themarksmith
    In regard to the Joba debate, you can’t just say he’ll pitch 200 innings. That’s the only reason we have this debate—there are serious doubts about him being able to do so. He’s only thrown 112.1 IP in his most extensive big-league season, so even if they try to throw him out there, they really shouldn’t push him much past 150-160 innings. I agree he’s more valuable as a starter, but if he can’t do it, then you’re risking his career of helping you at all. However, if he’s moved back to the bullpen, they should try to get more… Read more »
    Andy L
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    Andy L

    I’ll have a law degree at the end of the year.  Craig, what kind of position do you think I could reasonably apply for with a JD with the Milwaukee Brewers?

    Rory
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    Rory

    Just to make sure we’re on the same page here…

    TwinsFest = annoying

    tHeMARksMiTh = A-OK

    gottcha.

    Bill
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    Bill
    I was mentioned in a post linked to in this post. I think that means I’m famous now. Re. the Joba debate (to which, I should point out, the above link is FUBARed): I don’t see any profit in arguing he should take a role we KNOW he’s not going to take—that is, the mythical uberreliever. Six pitchers since 2000 have topped 100 innings without starting a game, only one since 2004, and none of the six threw more than 107 innings. (The Yankee that did it, Proctor, actually faced more batters in low-leverage situations than high-leverage ones). It’s not… Read more »
    lar
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    lar
    Thanks for doing this, Craig. I don’t think I merit being called the “greatest oversight in quite a while,” but I appreciate your support nonetheless. I really enjoyed the story the Common Man told about TwinsFest and Bert Blyleven. I can picture the old lady telling everyone she meets about that phone call she had with Bert. And as far as Joba goes, i don’t think everyone will ever be happy with him unless he turns into either Mariano Rivera or Whitey Ford. Anything in between, and people are going to say, “well, he could’ve been…” The biggest problem I… Read more »
    themarksmith
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    themarksmith
    Bill, You make some nice points. However, just because it hasn’t been done recently, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Also, if he knows he’ll be used more, he doesn’t have to put as much into each pitch as he would if he only pitched one inning. The thing is, would the Yankees try to go against the grain to do it (because you’re right—it hasn’t happened a lot recently)? Also looking at WPA, Rivera had a 4.47, which made him the 5th most valuable pitcher in the majors. Either way, the Yankees have a special pitcher, but once they make… Read more »
    Bill
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    Bill
    marksmith, you make some good points too. And you’re certainly right about the last part—there’s little to gain and a lot to lose for the Yankees either way, in terms of public perception. And in that sense the safest route is probably making him a reliever; Papelbon may well have become a great starter, in which case the Red Sox’s decision was a disastrously poor one, but we’ll never know, and it just LOOKS good because he became such a great reliever, which is always more likely. But if he’s only being used in high-leverage situations, don’t you WANT him… Read more »
    Chris Simonds
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    Chris Simonds
    I think mid-word capitalization started with IT guys, BSD Unix guys in particular. Instead of naming files and directories with underscores (because you can’t use spaces or most punctuation marks at the core level of an operating system) i.e. “baseball_files” – BSD developed the convention “BaseballFiles”. A lot of tech companies, and companies that market tech companies, picked up on the convention as a way to look tech savvy and hip. It’s BullShit – or bull_#### – but as an IT guy I’ve grown immune to be offended by it. Sorry to abandon the intense thread about pitching stats and… Read more »
    themarksmith
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    themarksmith
    I realize what you were looking at. I don’t like win values, mainly because I don’t understand the math and concepts behind them (not that WPA is better), because I’m not sure how you quantify how many games you help win and have any accuracy whatsoever. As for the pitching effort, he throws probably 93-94 as a starter and 97-98 as a reliever. Can’t he just throw 95? If he’s doing that, he should be plenty effective. He pretty much did it on a small scale in 2007, but he came up too late in the season. 24 IP x… Read more »
    VanderBirch
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    VanderBirch
    The problem with Joba is that he hasn’t been stretched out much over the past few seasons. He pitched 100 innings last year, so it would be pushing things for him to pitch more than around 140-150 innings without greatly increasing his injury risk. That of course causes major timing issues. If he starts from the beginning of the season he will either have to be limited to very short starts or he will run out of innings just as the season enters crunch time. If they plan to slowly stretch him out he will probably need to start in… Read more »
    James
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    James

    Link to Jorge Says No! is broken…

    It says:

    htthttp://jorgesaysno.blogspot.com/p://

    instead of:

    http://jorgesaysno.blogspot.com/

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    Sorry!  Link is fixed.

    Josh Levitt
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    Josh Levitt
    Craig, There is absolutely no guarantee that the Yankees will actually let Chamberlain pitch 200 IP in 2009. If he can hold up for that long, then he should be a very effective starter. But as far as 2009 goes, if the Yankees are going to keep the kid gloves on Chamberlain and restrict his innings and starts, then a logical choice to me is to keep him in the bullpen. This would give the Yankees a fantastic bullpen that they could use as a weapon and absolutely dominant teams. I know that the thought of moving Joba into the… Read more »
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