Tuesday, March 8, 2011

SweetSpot Roundup 3/8

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Who Is Ed Lucas and What Is He Doing in the Lineup?
The Braves' unknown new candidate for a bench spot is more than he appears. Sounds like a guy worth rooting for.

Fungoes (Cardinals): Cardinals have learned lesson, Offense over Defense
Pip takes on Bill James.  No, seriously.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Reflections on Week 1 of Camp Quade
Joe on the state of the Cubbies after a week's worth of games.

Dodger Thoughts: Vin Scully will stick to radio on Opening Day
Vin's got no plans to sit in when ESPN broadcasts the Dodgers' opener. Sucks for the rest of us.

Bay City Ball (Giants): Sunday Graph, 110 Years of Baseball
Some cool franchise scatter plots based on OPS+ and ERA+ since 1901.

Mets Today: What's the Point of Hairston and Harris?
Joe brings us the Mets' latest from the Department of Redundancy Department.

Nationals Baseball: When it's ok to look at Spring Training stats
Harper wonders, when it's not clear what the right direction is, can Spring stats be the tie-breaker?

Ducksnorts (Padres): Notes from Peoria
Geoff is on the scene at the Friars' camp.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Thinking About a Rollins Contract Extension
Bill thinks the Phillies are going to have to lay out some serious dough to hold on to Jimmy Rollins.

Redleg Nation: Jay Bruce and some Spring Training news
More reasons to love The Red Menace.

Baseballin' on a Budget (A's): Compensation Picks, Part I (Part II)
Dan reviews, first, the compensatory picks the A's have given away in free agent signings, and then the ones they've gotten for their own lost free agents.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Optimism, Pessimism, Baseball.
"Throwing yourself entirely into something can be considered emotionally unwise. But not doing so puts a hard cap on the fulfillment garnered in a possible but unlikely competitive season. But where else in life is tempering expectations and keeping optimism low a good idea? When is that helpful?"

Weaver's Tantrum (Orioles): Spring Training History
"In the past 13 years the Orioles have recorded seven .500 or better records in the Grapefruit League. During the corresponding regular seasons? You know."

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Monday Morning Rangers Notes: Only Three More Weeks Of This
Notes on Neftali Feliz and his crazy apparent wish to be less than he can be, Chris Davis' hot spring start, and international signings.

The Ray Area: Book Review: Scorecasting Part I
He means that the review is coming in two parts (both of them connected to the Rays), not the book itself. "I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical when the publisher was pitching the book as The Freakonomics of Sports.  It didn’t just live up to that moniker, it fundamentally changed the way I understand sports, and, for that matter, basic human psychology."

Fire Brand of the AL (Red Sox): 2011 Red Sox Spring Training: Who's Hot, Who's Not
"Overreactions here we come! Who is hot and who is not to start the 2011 Grapefruit League action?"

Royals Authority: Spring Training Stats Are Meaningless, But...
Clark with a look at some interesting, if not particularly meaningful, Royals early spring stats.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Monday Mankowskis: Boredom City, Florida
Looking at the relatively big stories of a pretty slow Tiger spring so far.

Nick's Twins Blog: Migrating South
Nick is going to Fort Myers. I'm jealous.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): The Definitive Murray Chass: Part 1
Murray Chass went completely nuts on the cantankerous get-off-my-lawn garbage over on his bloggish non-blog this weekend, this time complaining about those pampered pitchers and their annoying insistence on trying to avoid injuries and have careers and stuff. Brien breaks it down.

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