Archive for February, 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by Chuck

Spent a couple of hours at Rangers Camp this morning.
A few things…
I got there just as the players finished calisthenics and warming up. As they began the walk to their assigned fields, Josh Hamilton passed within a few feet of where I was standing. As he walked by, I said, “Great season, Josh, congratulations.”
Normally, when [...]

2011 Rookies to Watch; National League Edition

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by Chuck

This two part series is not an attempt to define the best prospect on each team, I believe each of us would have no problem finding a listing or two without much effort if we truly wanted to find the information.
This is an attempt to identify the one guy who make the most impact to [...]

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 by ThomasWayne

He may not be Lois Lane, but for an angry white guy with incredible baseball gifts he ain’t half bad.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 by Chuck

By: Bob Owens
As most of us know, New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his family are being sued by many people as a result of their involvement in the Bernie Madoff scandal, and may soon find himself in need of cash, and lots of it.
Because of his now pressing need, he is looking to [...]

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Chuck

was standing. It was clear that he had lost some weight, I even heard him mention to one of his partners; “I’m working out at second later.”
Possible first scoop of the spring? Would/are the Royals considering moving their prized prospect to another position?
After five minutes or so, the large group of pitchers and catchers got [...]

Dugout Central’s American League East Preview

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Chuck

By: Bob Owens
Last year,  four out of the five teams in the A.L. East had at least 85 wins, and the division has earned a reputation as the toughest in baseball. Come 2011, will this division maintain its excellence, or will some of these teams fall off a cliff? In alphabetical order, let us take [...]

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Mat Gamel has been one of the Brewers’ top prospects for what seems like an eternity. How will he factor into the game plan in 2011?

The All-Time Houston Astros Team – By Season

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 by JohnBowen

John looks at the best seasons for the Houston Astros/Colt .45’s.

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 by JohnBowen

He’s a .300 career hitter with six all-star game selections, five straight 200-hit seasons, a batting title, and has shown the ability to play three different infield positions.
On the other hand, he’s 34, owed 48 million dollars until 2013, and has just a career 105 OPS+.
His line over the past three seasons?
.295/.346/.451, 108 OPS+, with [...]

Dugout Central’s National League East Preview

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 by Chuck

The 2009 season for the teams in the National League East were newsworthy right from Opening Day, with Roy Halladay making his National League debut and Braves’ rookie Jason Heyward homering in a nationally televised game. Halladay would go on to win the Cy Young, throw a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter in the [...]

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Check out how some of the bench players in the outfield and shortstop compare to the starters at other positions; this team would definitely make some trades.

Friday, February 4th, 2011 by JohnBowen

John looks at what’s in store for the NL Central in 2011.

Draft Dodgers?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 by KerryWhisnant

Some teams are more likely to use trades and the free agent market to better themselves, rather than the draft. An analysis of how much playing time came from homegrown talent in 2010 shows which teams eschewed the draft the most.

Why Sabermetrics?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 by Shaun

The reason sabermetrics (as generally defined) exist is because there are people out there who want to take this scientific approach to understanding baseball. They do not simply blindly trust what they think they’ve observed or what someone who seems knowledgeable tells them. Sabermetrics is essentially about finding the answers regarding baseball knowledge for yourself and not relying on what seems right or what tradition tells us.