Baseballin’ on a Budget (Athletics): What’s Bob Melvin’s wOBA?
If I were to write a piece on the firing of Bob Geren, mine would look a lot like this one. Also, bonus points to the person who can find the sentence in this post that perfectly describes why I hate Fredi Gonzalez.
Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): John Farrell’s New High-Leverage Toy
I almost forgot Casey Janssen existed, but I’m glad to see a guy who was demoted earlier in the season doing well.
Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Jonny Freakin’ Venters
I have nothing else to add.
Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Carlos Gomez’s Fantastic Defense
Carlos Gomez has never really hit, but it’s plays like this that show why he needs to be on a major-league roster in some capacity.
Snakes on Jefferson (D-Backs): MLB Draft Results and Grade
Coming into the season, I thought the one thing the Diamondbacks really needed was pitching, and the Diamondbacks did an awesome job of getting some in the 2011 Draft.
Dodger Thoughts: A Tale of Two Signings: Jamey Carroll and Juan Uribe
“How does this happen?” If someone could answer that question, they would make a lot of money.
Bay City Ball (Giants): Freddy Sanchez Hurt, Bill Hall to Sign
I agree--Bill Hall isn’t really a solution.
It’s Pronounced “Lajaway” (Indians): What It Feels to Be Young Again …
“Were the first two months simply a mirage and are the Indians returning to the reality many experts predicted for them this season?” On a storybook note, I hope it wasn’t a mirage. On an analytical note, it probably was.
Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Henry David Thoreau and Service Time Manipulation
Putting Thoreau and baseball in the same post is a great way to get me to read it. On a post-related note, I don’t like the Super Two thing either, but there are going to service time shenanigans as long as service time still exists. It’s just the name that will be different.
I don’t think we will ever know what “all of the facts” are, which is one of the most frustrating parts of being a fan.
Nationals Baseball: Ian Desmond Is Frozen in Place
I love a lot of things the Nationals are doing, which is distressing as a Braves fan, but I have no idea why Ian Desmond is still their shortstop. This makes as much sense as any.
Camden Depot (Orioles): The Science of Baseball
Weights on bats don’t help, sprinters don’t like baseball turns, and prospects don’t really help attendance unless they’re a very top prospect. None of that is probably news, but it helps to see it backed up by evidence.
Ducksnorts (Padres): Blog Turns Ten
Geoff Young has been doing this for ten years, and that deserves a hearty congratulations. And he’s absolutely right--readers are why we do this, so thank you.
Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Phillies Just Aren’t Clutch!
Bill, because he’s amazing, is just being facetious here, but I would never have guessed the Phillies were so bad late in the game.
Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Cy Ogando
“How amazing would it be to see Tommy Hunter's groin muscle lead to the emergence of a legitimate Cy Young candidate and one of the single greatest seasons by a Rangers starting pitcher ever?” I love baseball.
The Ray Area: Villains = Gimmicks
I agree--just let Bryce Harper play. Let’s not make this stuff into more than it is.
Fire Brand of the AL (Red Sox): Weiland Parlays Notre Dame Career into Success with Red Sox
In the midst of a nice article on Kyle Weiland, my favorite quote--“’First, to go to Notre Dame, you have to be an intelligent person,’ said Sauveur. ‘And not all baseball people are intelligent, obviously.’” Sauveur has obviously met Fredi Gonzalez.
Redleg Nation: Redleg Nation Player of the Month
Why yes, the .342/.402/.739 line for May belongs to Jay Bruce.
Blake Street Bulletin (Rockies): Getting Rid of the Humidor Is an Absurd Notion
Why yes, yes it is.
Royals Authority: Moustakas Time
Why yes, I am also excited by the young man’s promotion and slightly worried about some of the externalities.
Daily Fungo (Tigers): Glenn Wilson
I like learning about new players and baseball history.
It Is About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Hitting Aces
Larry does a little digging into how the Yankees have done against aces, and not surprisingly, the aces hurt the Yankees’ offense a little while the Yankees hurt the aces’ ERAs a little. Again, this isn’t news, but it’s good to see it backed up by evidence.