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  1. Minoso-Pierce-Allen-HOF

    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    Sabermetrics can serve some purpose but to let it take over the game the way it has and every player golf swinging at pitches can be embarrassing. I emphasize to examine Juan Soto who may be one of the best things that has come along in some time. If clubs do not use the minor leagues to teach how to hit with two strikes it has to make one wonder what re they doling down there. Just passing time. Soto. Study him and learn. The obsession over the data is a red blot as is the mental balancing act of this magic number of 100 pitches. But what does it matter? Everybody is making money, right? Just saw an interview with Frank Thomas and Mo Vaughn and the discussion came up on the lack of black ball players coming up. Vaughn said and I concur that the head injuries from football will push more players into the diamond and off the gridiron. Tim Anderson is the only one player of color and an American who is on the club. Noteworthy is Tim relishes the responsibility and is great with kids in the community. What Tim and his wife are doing is exceptional. Very happy Tim has a deep connection with Jackie Robinson and his contribution to the game. The very good thing about the international flare for baseball is the number of really good players is really increasing the quality of the game.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    Very good point about the high fastball. Thing is until very recently this pitch which was part of the strikezone was essentially eliminated. Jim Palmer made his career throwing a rising fastball. I am glad that pitch is back in the game. We also live in an era where pitchers are 'encouraged' up and in to protect the plate and hitters more than ever can just stand on the plate and take their swings. It will be interesting to watch Keuchel who is a soft throwing good fielding pitcher how he fares. He is not Jon Lester but he may be a welcome addition to the club. Mr. Cole of the Yankees who may be as premier as it get going up, down, away and up as we have in the game and it is a thing of beauty when he is on. But in order to compensate the launch angle issue is moot particularly with two-strikes. James McCann decided last season to choke up and focus on going with the pitch as a hitter and he was vastly improved. I emphasize if Yolmer did the same beyond the GG he would be a better ball player.
  3. Minoso-Pierce-Allen-HOF

    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    Numbers in baseball used to have meaning. Ask most people around the nation who won the AL Batting Title and few would know it was Tim Anderson. If Jose did not lead the league in RBI's who would know. Yet one of the ultimate hyped elements in the game is Sabermetrics. As such most mean nothing anymore. I am not suggesting that statistics mean so little but it is turning the game into one where much of the mental gymnastics going on is actually distorting the game. But what does it matter as I am sure there are a lot out there making $10-20M per year. Baseball is a simple yet in it's own way complex game and now we have Ivy League graduates who use a computer to analyze which then why are people so upset with the Astros using technology to their advantage to steal signs. There needs to be a balance and like everything in sports cycles do exist and the pendulum moves. How many people reading this site watch entire baseball games anymore and if anyone ha kids if a game goes late how many are going to get home past midnight with school for kids the following day. Yet most who watch say an NFL game many if not most watch the entirety of the game. How can the game attract a consistent fan base and maintain interest? Question(s) worth consideration.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    Baseball needs both short and long term relevance. For the amount of money being paid today and it is amazing people speak of saving money when a relief pitcher comes in at $6M per year if a bubble blows in the economy a man, woman or family barely making $60K are not going to be singing praises of pitchers or anybody making $20M per year. Really need a dose of reality for everyone. Remember there is no pension for Negro League Players, minor league players and how about those that work say in concessions at the ballpark when their career ends. And yes Marvin Miller had a huge impact on the sport of baseball and by extension all sports. MLB does not even allow their audience access to their personal team's home games from their computer feed because of some archaic decision despite paing for the games not being able to watch what the customer pays for. As to the comment on Koufax he pitched in an era dominated by pitchers including a higher mound. Koufax had a high leg kick which is rarely taught anymore and an over the top fastball and curve that was near impossible to pick up making him along with Pedro and Marichal the most dominating of the past more than half century. We here all this mental chatter about wasted motion...well...there are more TJ's than any time in forever and not winding up is a key factor in this new phenomenon with injuries. Had the good fortune to meet Bob Feller on two occasions and we discussed in some detail of the foolheartedness of not winding up, stretching the body out and throwing frequently and often which today is the new norm. I have asked and it repeats repeating and that is ask Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees or Russell Wilson if after throwing say 40 passes in a game should they bring in a backup quarterback to finish the game for concern of injury. Once again another in a far too long list of somebody just making up a concept and others following it because people theorize it and it becomes like a religious construct. With training techniques and advancements in exercise physiology gaining in power, strength and endurance including recovery after games should be much better at avoiding injuries and if there are some bouncing back with the PT people and trainers should be better than ever and yet there are more injuries than one can imagine. I emphasize that belief systems are getting in the way of talented players being able to once they start not merely going five or six innings in a ballgame. I fully concur that players are much better conditioned with one possible exception and that is endurance. Minus in recent years the classic 160 pounds Ichiro Suzuki who if you jut think about it he is 80 pounds less than Mike Trout and he was the epitome of the example for preparation for any and all baseball players and athletes taking examples and considering them for modeling is worth consideration. That is what so many players tried to do but where lacking in the dedication to their craft and whose name were not Ted Williams. Aluminum bats have been detrimental to the college, high school, Little League and Senior League circuits. Now lets talk about some of the most notable advancements in the art of pitching today and primary in this category is how pitchers grip the ball and use pressure all around the ball to make the ball move and/or spin. Today there are pitchers who just cannot throw a curve ball but can throw the split finger and it has made the game more interesting. As for hook slides all it takes it to watch a game where due to the technique you literally using your legs and mind win a big ballgame that puts your club over the top for in baseball much like basketball find me a club that can hit their free throws with consistency and achieving a greater chance at success goes up. Like having a player who knows how to squeeze in a crucial situation with a good bunt. Seeking knowledge and application to put one into a position to win more games doing some of the small things is always relevant.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    At one time some long time ago the three most relevant sports in America were baseball, boxing and horse racing with the latter two in real trouble. Thankfully due the foreign players baseball is in a renaissance. If we can unload aluminum bats at a minimum the game will improve for American kids. At it's current curve we are looking at a third of all players being foreign born and likely eventually possibly more than 40%. Now these players are top notch and I encourage a merit based system where talent wins the day. Like to see more teaching how to run the bases and correctly slide and avoiding this crazy with some exceptions of these head first slides. Hook sliding is a lost art and can attribute to factors in a successful season.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    And wonderful and valid points for recovery with the amazing advancements in Sports Medicine that for everyone out there this is the number one aspect of American medicine and perhaps the greatest advancement compared to issues of things like Sepsis and Pneumonia. Did not mean to drift. As I have said I am very under the weather. As an aerospace friend recently said to me there are going to be side effects from aerosol spraying under the guise of geoengineering with no environmental impact studies Not really appropriate for a baseball site. Remember Christ Mathewson and numerous other ball players during World War I were poisoned by chemical weapons. Maybe one day we can let the leaders in politics and banking fight it out in the ring in the Ultimate Battle Royal all on Pay Per View. Can't you just see it Dick Cheney and George Soros verus The Rock and AJ Pierzinski? Where is Bob Luce when we need him most? Like I said I am really not feeling well. Until next time.
  7. Minoso-Pierce-Allen-HOF

    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    BTW you can model but cannot copy Michael Jordan. That said if anyone out there can model Warren Spahn who barely could break a pane of glass throwing today he would still dominate the game based upon his understanding of how to pitch. The so called Tommy John's of baseball or Jim Kaat's were not fire baller's and neither was Frank Tanana when he eventually revamped himself. Speed is great but minus Roger Clemons and Nolan Ryan and one was enhanced most don't always maintain their fastball. Sandy Koufax had great stuff but he knew how to pitch. 100 pitches. Don't get me started.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    Some noteworthy transciptions. Would have gotten back earlier but an seriously under the weather. Issues abound and I concur today's athletes due to numerous factors and access to some of the very best in training techniques can never be overlooked or neglected. That said ignoring some of the basics in the game is problematic as is the concept of one side fits all. Dennis Rodman won five titles and is in the Hall of Fame not because of his great shooting range from 25 feet but despite of it as the man's defense, play off the ball and supreme rebounding were so good he left his lack of a good jump shot and need to score where it did not hurt the team nor himself. A great player knows his strengths and weaknesses and Rodman is one of the rare breed who truly took it to the next level. This is true of all sports with baseball being no less of a reminder. Certain issues in today's game have been ignored and one of the basics deal with the wrists and hand as to how to effectively make contact with the baseball. In times where trends are commonplace and themes are openly copied which never made sense to me certain observations are meant to be studies to improve the quality of the game. Hence the name Juan Soto who is most definitely a throw back from another era as if he walked through a time machine. How often does a player these days change his feet, and adjust his hands and fingers on the bat and heaven forbid when was the last time we saw someone actually in situational and two-out hitting choke up to make contact to make sure the ball is in play adjusting his swing to fit the timing and situation. Did you hear that Yolmer? You are a great defender but someone missed the boat not a player whose name is not Mike Trout or Barry Bonds you how to choke up and just make consistent contact. And Yolmer here this good you are not a power hitter so avoid the launch angle cult and get back to focusing on contact which means swinging down on the ball. Many of you might not reminder this since your days in Little League but it is fundamental if you plan on taking your game to the next level. White Sox have a youngster who is most definitely a throw back in Nick Madrigal whose strikeout ratio brings back memories of HOF second baseman Nellie Fox and having the acumen again to know one's limitation and in Nick's case really know how to barrel the ball in many ways is exquisite. Modeling which was done during the Charlie Lau or any era is commonplace and for some it may have worked and done so well but falling in love with a new approach sometimes can have side effects on the game but one thing has never changed and neither Charlie Lau or Walt Hriniak would concur that you have to make contact and put the ball in play. Watching someone like Adam Dunn or Yolmer strikeout with regularity does no one any good and has taken the game down. Not expecting Dunn to have been much more than he was but Yolmer has a solid baseball IQ and with adequate coaching much of his stroke could be cleaned up for the better of him as a potential utility ball player and a winning teammate. Out for now.
  9. Minoso-Pierce-Allen-HOF

    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    It is the latest cult in modern sports going. Amazing that people are angry at the Astros when likely many teams are doing it. One simple solution that during the games only the managers and his coaches should have access to data and none of the Charlie Finley calls from the press box. So much data today such as pitch framing is so exaggerated it is laughable. I fully understand being a pioneer in what was created in the early 80's called point differential in basketball done first at Summer League games at Loyola-Marymount in the Playa Del Ray area of Los Angeles. In basketball this can clearly be ween in terms of say a Bill Walton or a Michael Jordan there is a definitive analysis of what point differential is. As for baseball minus say a pitcher, catcher or star player how is that equitable. Consider Adam Eaton when he was with the White Sox had a good WAR. Now does anyone truly believe Eaton is a premier play. Some of the data beyond certain things can be quite misleading in baseball. What is even more amazing is good catchers do not get financially what they deserve based upon their contributions in the game. See Buster Posey, Yadier Molina and Salvador Perez. Under the terms and conditions of what a catcher means to a team they seem underpaid despite the unbelievalbe amounts guys are paid today. Want to improve the quality of the game one way is to slow the use of computers from upstairs during the game. One wonders how Earl Weaver, Billy Martin, Sparky Anderson, Casey Stengel, Al Lopez et al.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    I do not. However I did coach baseball and growing up had excellent teachers of the game. One other factor rarely mentioned is that American ballplayers have to misgivings of growing up swinging an aluminum bat something that if MLB was smart they would provide financing to maintain wood bats in the game. One of the very worst things that has happened to the game. The great talent in Central and South America as well as the Islands these players have the distinct advantage of playing from a yound age with wooden bats where so many of those with so called launch angles perfected their craft. Take the time and look at the swings of great players of the past. Also note that with two strikes players adapted to the situation (see Juan Soto) or in the case of Barry Bonds he always choked up. Wish it were not the case but much of the coaching today is theory when in fact keeping the ball in play versus striking out is essential to the game. Taught players I had how to control the strike zone by believe it or not swinging down on the ball to increase one's power and always using the hands and wrists throughout the full swing. Once players saw the increase in so called velocity and distance they were not going back. Wanna talk about hustle and con in the game consider the bats and juiced balls that were on full display last season. For all those that objected to growth hormone and steroid compounds which were never negotiated on eventually agreed upon for any owner to play games with the baseball is ultimate hypocrisy.
  11. Minoso-Pierce-Allen-HOF

    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    The concept of launch angle is a primary reason for so many strike outs in the game. Yes, the observation of Ted Williams swing is accurate accept one major factor. Ted Williams always had his top hand over the top not the theories of Charlie Lau. Williams had a move level swing. Most of histories best hitters would never not have their top hand on the bat. Bad philosophy. Poor coaching based on theory that was created when there was Astroturf. Also please examine the list enclosed as none were not taking their top hand off the bat and most swung down hitting on the fat part of the bat and with follow through. Consider that Henry Aaron who is one of the best right handed hitters of all-time never once struck out 100 times a season. And he played in an era where top pitchers would flatten a player on his backside for standing too close to the plate as well as being an era of the pitcher. The computer has helped to some degree but has harmed the game in other ways. Sure that Casey Stengel could not even manage today. When we play in a game where the maple wood bad, juiced ball and strikeouts off the scale and fans preferring a pitcher going the distance who invented the theory of only being able to throw 100 pitches? And people wonder why ratings are dropping. Can anyone imagine Michael Jordan or Tom Brady just to name two being on a clock? Makes no sense particularly with the training tools available today.
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    ****Some Observations including Sabermetrics

    Sorry to be the guy to cry on the hit parade of Sabermetrics but if there is one aspect that has badly hurt the game it is this. The Dodgers essentially play the game based upon what a computer says. If anyone wants to improve the game let managers manage the game. And for some reason pitchers no longer wind up and there is a huge increase in TJ's. For those upset with the Astros using electronic surveillance to steal signs please get over it as technology has taken over the game. Is it me or does anyone else find offensive that Alex Rodriguez is broadcasting on television despite being caught how many times after a contract was signed? Remember when it happened with McGuire, Sosa, Palmeiro and Bonds there had yet to be a negotiated agreement with the Player's Association and MLB. Or for that matter how about the overuse of theories expounded by Charlie Lau including the idea of taking the top hand off the bad upon swinging. Look at most of the greatest hitters of all time from Joe Jackson to Ty Cobb to Babe Ruth to Lou Gehrig to Ted Williams to Wilie Mays to Henry Aaron to Frank Robinson to Dick Allen all did not have so called launch angles. Many of today's scouts could never work back in the day. Why is it the pitchers have such a challenging time hiding the baseball or maintaining a high leg kick like most pitchers of yesteryear. Johnson. Mathewson. Grove. Feller. Spahn. Koufax. Marichal. Gibson. Perry. Palmer. McClain. And that is just for openers. Over analysis has tainted the game as much as anything. There needs to be a rule that there is no communication between upstairs and the dugout during the game. And why are today's ballplayers so deficient in being able to hit with two strikes. Minus Juan Soto who is a throwback this skill is terrible today. Anyone watch Barry Bonds hit? Always chokes up. Contact is everything and despite choking up he is one of the greatest hitters of all-time. Sorry to suggest it but Sabremetrics though viable to some degree is the greatest example of mental masturbation in all of the game and has taken the human element out of the game. Is it me or does something not fit with so called scouts today who have sacrificed their gifts for real examples of technological malfeasance? And one other issue that needs to be discussed is the shift from pine to maple wood bats and a much tighter wound ball. Long overdue to stop calls from upstairs to the manager. And what qualifies so many of today's Yale educated GM's because they are stats guys?
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    ****UPDATE (Jan 5, 2020) RHRF and Relief Pitcher (Will Smith and Craig Stammen gone)

    Mazara at this point of his career has yet to show he can hit lefties. Pence compliments the right side of the plate and would bring a solid veteran presence on a team looking to win in 2020. Also a fan favorite, winner and leader. Rick Hahn is fully aware of the shortcomings of Mazara and much like what the old Orioles used to do platooning is a smart idea particularly with a 26th man.
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    ****UPDATE (Jan 5, 2020) RHRF and Relief Pitcher (Will Smith and Craig Stammen gone)

    Note is that Hunter Pence was out for a total of 67 days with two stint from injuries. Should this be a factor? If not Pence they may go with Leury Garcia. Pence is intriguing. Solid veteran who has won and come up big in big games.
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    ****UPDATE (Jan 5, 2020) RHRF and Relief Pitcher (Will Smith and Craig Stammen gone)

    Hunter Pence is the most suitable RF platoon option with Mazara. He had an OPS last season against lefties of more than 1.000. Winning ball player who could be a fan favorite. Excellent teammate. I concur that Yasiel Puig hits RHP better and is not the best suited of free agents to platoon in RF. He is but one option. Pence is the best suited player. Ironically he played with Mazara in Texas last season.
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