Archive for 2017

Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 3

Saturday, May 20

My two stops this day took me to Port Charlotte and Clearwater. These parks were 97 miles apart, but I benefited from a 3:05pm start time for the early game. I figured I could stay for most of that contest before heading north for the 6:15pm game...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 2

Friday, May 19 Bradenton Marauders at Fort Myers Miracle (Pirates at Twins)

After dropping my wife off at Fort Lauderdale airport at 4:30pm, I zoomed across Alligator Alley to try to make a 6:30pm start time in Fort Myers, on the...

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Foraging for Florida Fandom, Part 1

About 10 years ago, I took a tour of the Appalachian League and wrote about it for Since I had grown up around major league baseball all my life, I always wondered what the spectator experience was like in the minors,...

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Mid-Season Rotisserie All Stars

This is my final ESPN contribution for the 2017 season.

Paul Goldschmidt, Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve and Max Scherzer are players most fantasy leaguers drafted in the first round. Through mid-season, they are earning back their owners' investments – congratulations! But as much as it's nice to have players like...

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Searching for asset group values

For the most part, BABS has done well so far this year. It has not been an easy road. The skyrocketing disabled list visits have skewed performance metrics and laid waste to playing time expectations.

For instance, Max Scherzer, Noah Syndergaard and Yu Darvish all came into the season in...

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Pitcher attrition and bullpen fallout

Here is my ESPN piece for this week.

As of today, 41 percent of the pre-season Top 300 have been disabled, demoted or designated for assignment. That's only about 10 players away from the 44 percent attrition accumulated over a full season in 2010. We are on pace for about...

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The dwindling 200-IP pitcher

This week's BABS-enhanced ESPN piece.

Here is the stat for today:

In 2016, there were 61 pitchers from among the ADP Top 300 who spent some time on the disabled list. Just 11 weeks into this season, there are already 52 pitchers from the Top 300 who've spent some time...

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The Hot Dog Scale

This article is about an important topic in “real” baseball. As many of you know, with baseball being both my hobby and my job, I manage to maintain my fandom by compartmentalizing fantasy analysis and the real game, and working hard to...

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Is a .400 BABIP sustainable?

My ESPN column for the week.

Batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is one of those leading indicator metrics that can identify potential outlying performances. It is not a perfect gauge, but extremes are rarely sustainable. Pitchers' BABIPs tend to regress to something near .300. Batters' BABIPs tend to...

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New views on in-season BABS

We are 10 weeks in and the BABS database was updated over the weekend. Your survey results have gotten me to rethink how we use BABS during the season, so I've started to reimagine different presentations of the data.

First, some clarifications from recent reader emails. The "2017p" line in...

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