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Nine of twelve

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  1. Analytics is simply baseball savvy quantified.
  2. I don't know who wrote this, but I have read something to this effect: When I was growing up I only played about 10 games of baseball in my neighborhood. Each game started in the spring as soon as there was enough sunlight to play after school and each game ended the following fall when the sun began to set too soon.
  3. He's an unrepentant Twins fan who tries mightily to keep that in check when he works a game. Sometimes he succeeds and sometimes he doesn't, but when it bleeds through I think it's totally appropriate for his audience. (Find the video of Jim Thome on 8/17/2010 and the video of Brian Dozier on 7/10/2015.) I think he will be a deserving member of the Twins HOF after he retires.
  4. It seems there are many people who dislike the concept of an opener. As for me, I'm in favor of whatever makes the team's pitching staff more effective as a whole. If using an opener accomplishes that, thumbs up!
  5. Defenses wouldn't have shifted for long. He'd have hit a bunt double every time there were three infielders on the right side.
  6. I have very recent memories of Dan Gladden saying Adrianza with a long a as the first syllable. It made me literally switch the radio to something else.
  7. Nope. I want the Vikings to win more than any other NFL team but I'm very whatever about how and what they do. It's not baseball, it's only the NFL.
  8. This is a bit tangential but... I believe starting players officially enter the game at the point when the lineup cards are presented to the umpires before the game. Managers do not see the official opposing starting lineup until after both teams' starting lineups are presented. Is there anything to prevent a manager from making a last-minute change if there is an opener match-up that is more favorable? Say Team A announces a right-handed starting pitcher the day before the game. However, Manager A anticipates an abundance of left-handed batters near the top of the opposing lineup and presents a lineup card with a left-handed pitcher, presumably as an opener. Is this within the rules? Would this constitute poor sportsmanship or is it only strategy? This also gives an advantage to the visiting team since they could wait until after the lineups were presented to warm up the opener, thereby concealing their strategy.
  9. Actually I suspect it might be NoDak oil fields.
  10. So what if there's always one or more interleague series going on? I think that matters not one bit. IMHO interleague play should be spread out over the entire season anyway whether it's mathematically necessary or not.
  11. My opinion about Gladden's work in the booth is that it makes him LESS deserving of HOF honors.
  12. Gladden (and possibly Tovar) is an example of the slippery slope of Halls of Fame and why I don't put a lot of value in them. If player A has a good run as a Twin and gets in, then player B should get in too. Same for player C, and D, and E. Etc, etc, etc. Now that Gladden is in, then what about Larry Hisle? Lyman Bostock? Jimmie Hall? Tom Brunansky? Randy Bush? Gene Larkin? Gary Ward? Shane Mack? Ron Coomer? Lenny Green? Roy Smalley?
  13. I'm significantly older than you; even so it's Kirby for me as well. And this also makes him my favorite baseball player of all time.
  14. I specifically remember Patrick Reusse saying on the radio in 2005 that an elbow injury was almost a certainty for Liriano because of the violent delivery he used to throw his slider. Human bodies are only capable of so much for a given period of time, and Liriano's given period of time ended in 2006. But, man, what a given period of time it was. It hasn't been many times that the Cy Young winner has been second-best in his team's rotation.
  15. I hope and expect that someday filling such a position with someone with two X chromosomes will not be a noteworthy event. But it certainly is now and I think it's good that this happened.
  16. Talent retention might also be called talent maintenance. It does not necessarily mean retaining specific players. It means maintaining the amount of talent in the organization. And it's intertwined with the other four things RivBri listed. A well-run organization with money has the advantage in that money to retain a specific player is available if a satisfactory trade can't be made.
  17. Yes. In chronological order: talent identification, talent acquisition, talent development, and talent utilization.
  18. You're not taking it far enough. Let's just play Strat-O-Matic games and have that take the place of MLB. Heck of a lot cheaper, no risk of injuries, no worries about COVID, no labor disputes, no litany of prospects flaming out in A-ball, no controversies about public funding of stadiums. Who's on board?
  19. I know this is redundant and obvious, but scouting and player development are the keys to success in MLB. For every team. I think the primary thrust of this thread is the hypothesis that TB has had higher success in this than the rest of the league. I would be curious to see (and am far too lazy to do) a quantitative analysis of each team's draft choices and other first signings. If there is a way to quantify player development and trades that would be of interest as well.
  20. I hadn't considered this aspect of electronic pitch calling. While I have not researched these systems extensively, security would certainly be important. But compare and contrast a pitch calling system with a banking or investment on-line system. These systems manage billions of dollars and handle many thousands of public transactions per day. My assumption is that it would not be difficult to protect a system that has only 30 locations and does not provide public access to any features. Moreover, TV will still be using strike zone approximations during broadcasts, both to enable viewers to visualize the zone and to enable their graphics people to evaluate and fine tune their graphics. Any tampering with electronic pitch calling would be very easily noticed. So even if a system is hacked, I think it would be nigh on impossible to use what would have to be very subtle adjustments in the strike zone to significantly affect the outcome of an individual game or a 7-game postseason series, or for that matter even the regular season. There is just too much else going on in a baseball game. So then people will say, well, if hacking is so unlikely to influence an outcome, why have the system in the first place? To me the response is obvious. Human umpires are much more prone to outside influence and much, much more prone to error than a properly-protected electronic system. Remember, it's all about getting the calls right so that players are the ones who determine the outcome of a game, not umpires or anyone else.
  21. Doesn't this site have a policy discouraging participants from pointing out errors in spelling, grammar, etc? Shouldn't a good moderator intervene in a case like this? (I freely and enthusiastically admit smart-assedness on my part, of course!)
  22. One, the pitchers it favors are the ones who throw strikes, especially in parts of the zone that makes pitches less hittable. I think that's a good thing. Two, the problem you lay out is not with how the pitches are called, it's with the strike zone itself. That can easily be changed by the rules committee.
  23. When people are angry that they made a mistake they often aim the ire elsewhere.
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