Archive for May, 2010

Monday, May 31st, 2010 by Chuck

The baseball draft as we know it, with few alterations along the way, was first held in 1965, although the “drafting” of players actually goes back to the 1920’s.
All minor league players under contract were the property of those teams and not the major league franchise. So, if a major league team needed a player, [...]

Monday, May 31st, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is just For Your Need to Know:
On this Memorial Day 14 years ago the highly volatile (and highly underrated as a truly great slugger) Indian outfielder and attacker of trick-0-treaters Albert Belle breaks up a double play (roughly 15 feet away from second base) with a forearm shiver to the face and chest of [...]

Monday, May 31st, 2010 by ThomasWayne

By now most of you know what happened to Angels stud Kendry Morales this past Saturday. I’m sure there are a multitude of opinions out there about this incident, so let’s here them.
Should the Angels try to make a big move to replace his stick?
As a squad are they done for the year, losing their [...]

Monday, May 31st, 2010 by ThomasWayne

With the first third of the season nearing completion the Dugout Central Fantasy Challenge is getting hot and heavy.  The second officail update will come this Friday. Who’s moved up? Who’s dropped like a rock? STAY TUNED.

Monday, May 31st, 2010 by Chuck

The upcoming Major League Amateur Draft will be televised live for the third consecutive year, and for third consecutive year, drastic changes have been made to the length and scope of the coverage.
Intially a product of ESPN, the draft moved in 2009 to New Jersey based MLBNetwork. Last years draft was presented in panel format, [...]

Attempting to put an end to the Stat-versus-Scouting debate

Sunday, May 30th, 2010 by Shaun

It seems most Major League organizations are always looking for ways to improve and at the same time save money, so most have grasped that a more statistical/scientific approach to evaluating players is extremely helpful. But there are some out there, and maybe a few within the game, who still think it’s an issue worth debating.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

The 2 standard Hall of Fame forecasting methods on Baseball Reference are split. The Hall of Fame Monitor score for Posada is 112 with 100 the threshold for a Hall of Famer. However, the Hall of Fame Standard has the average Famer at 50. Posada’s score is 42.

The Best Pitcher You’ve Never Heard of…

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Chuck

…and, no, it’s not Jimmy Scott.
His name is Kyle Gibson.
Baseball America ranked Gibson as the sixty-first minor league prospect heading into the 2010 season, ahead of other more well-known, established pitchers such as Dan Hudson, Mike Leake, Drew Storen, Phillippe Aumont and Andrew Cashner.
All without having thrown a professional pitch.
Heading into the 2009 draft, Gibson [...]

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by KerryWhisnant

More and more teams are putting their best hitter third in the line-up. But it didn’t used to be that way. In this first part of a two-part article, we compare today’s new line-up philosophy with that of 1961.

Monday, May 24th, 2010 by Chuck

Baseball has been played at the “Major League”level, officially, since 1869, and in it’s current format, (World Series determines champion), since 1903.
Despite the many changes since; deadball, lively ball, big parks, small parks, designated hitter, thing remains constant; players don’t just wake up one day and find themselves in a major league lineup. They [...]

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 by Chuck

Once again the hand of fate has reached out and touched the baseball world with the passing this morning of Jose Lima. Attached to the arm of reality, the touch of the hand shows everyone that no one, regardless of stature or salary, is exempt from the perils of life.
We all know Jose Lima, who [...]

Friday, May 21st, 2010 by PaulCatalano

For these guys, the Yankees have gotten, Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte, Jonathan Albaladejo and Boone Logan. Just something to think about.

A stat costs Reds a win

Friday, May 21st, 2010 by Shaun

Yes, it was a fluky win for the Braves. But it’s hard to imagine that Dusty Baker made the best move in that situation. He simply made the conventional move, which also happened to be the wrong move.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

If you’ve read today’s featured article, you know where I stand.
But what are your thoughts? How would you handle this?
Bench him for a long stretch? Deal him to the Cubs for Starlin Castro and a bag full of other prospects? Suspended him? Fire the manager?
Bring the noise and let’s hear it.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is just For Your Need to Know:
On this day 100 years ago Denton True Young (better known as Cy) won his 500th career game, beating the Washington Senators 5-4 in 11 frames.
He would go on to win another 11 bringing his career record to 511-316.
Young won 30 or more games 5 times, pitched in [...]