julien's baseball blog
Some moves are slightly good. Some moves are slightly bad. I tell you about them.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Bud Selig, Commissioner of Death
Major League Baseball is a horrible, disgusting monster that eats pitchers.
The irony is it's possible to throw without injury, with a delivery more effective than the one currently forced on young people.
It makes sense. Why would the best delivery be one that tears ligaments? It would probably be the one that builds strength.
The problem is Bud Selig.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Talented and Intelligent Player
Nick Johnson retires.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Writers Snub Biggio to Aggrandize Themselves
If you don't wanna vote for Bonds, fine. Don't vote for Bonds. But get over yourselves.
Let's take this opportunity to celebrate Craig Biggio.
Craig Biggio came in as a catcher, and displayed an intelligent approach at the plate, an intelligent approach on the bases, and an ability to make contact. A few years later he switched to second base, and continued to improve his offensive production. He developed power, increased his volume and percentages on the bases, and did everything he could to get on base, as illustrated by his fantastic HBP totals. He provided value in every way possible.
There are very few players who have added more wins to their team in their career than Craig Biggio. At the plate, he was patient, he got on base, and he hit for power. He was a challenge for any pitcher, and he rarely even grounded into double plays. In the field, he played catcher, middle infield, and center field. Those are the most important places to play. On the bases, he was a constant threat, and a very rare out. That is the theme that keeps coming up. He didn't make outs. Not making outs is how you win.
Second base is one of the 4 important defensive positions. If I were to choose a second baseman, I might choose Craig Biggio, and I might choose Joe Morgan. Writers have historically overlooked second-basemen, and in this case they snubbed one of the greatest.
In other news, Jacob Ruppert, Deacon White, and Hank O'Day made the hall. Who the fuck are they? I don't know.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Chris Young, Heath Bell, Money
A's get production in center field for a year, Diamondbacks get a closer and a backup infielder, and the Miami Marlins get salary relief.
The prospect doesn't matter.
You may think Chris Young is done, but he's had bad batting average luck. Similarly, Heath Bell has had bad ERA luck, but he's not the killer he once was. Good luck the year before masked decline and got him paid.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Derek Jeter ties Willie Mays
Derek Jeter has the same number of hits as Willie Mays.
Jeter said I care about winning, but this is an honor yada yada yada.
What he should have said: Willie Mays overcame cultural obstacles to make the majors, and he missed two seasons to war. If he had played those seasons, we wouldn't be having this discussion. It wouldn't be close, and Hank Aaron would have been second place when he passed Babe Ruth.
Monday, September 10, 2012
MLB won't let Nationals pay for Metro service
Solution: don't attend MLB games.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Congratulations to the Nationals for valuing the health of their pitcher!
There are certain irresponsible columnists who have questioned Washington's decision. In so doing, they demonstrate their support for pitcher injuries.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I have rated prospects in the past, and most of my mistakes have come from believing that players will learn patience. The key example is Alex Rios. He's got talent, but he's not the world-crusher he could have been.
Jeff Francoeur is even more extreme. Baseball is a game. Games require strategy. Strategy requires intelligence. Creativity. Trickiness. It doesn't seem like something that can be developed.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
This kid is special.
He's got every skill: patience, contact, power, fielding, and baserunning. He's gonna go far.
He's quite possibly the best 19-year-old in the majors.
Hey Mets fans
The Mets are going to be good. Soon. They have the smartest team in baseball, except Billy Beane, maybe.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Manny Machado. Is he good?
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Cole Hamels gets rich!
The Phillies have effed themselves.
The Mets are the future of the NL East.
I love that contracts site!
Dodgers get Hanley Ramirez
It cost them 40 million dollars, a good young starter, and a reliever with control issues.
They also got Randy Choate.
Astros gain value for Wandy Rodriguez
Early in his career, Wandy Rodriguez was considered a borderline talent. His curveball would often sit in the zone and get hammered, or he would miss and have to throw strikes, and his fastball would get hammered.
But the Astros didn't give up! They kept running him out there, and got cheap production over many years, and he developed into a quality starter.
With a quality contract! Now the Astros have moved that contract, and in addition to not having to pay it, they have received good prospects!
Robbie Grossman is an intelligent player with plus-defense who is a little light in the contact and power departments. Intelligent players improve more than others, so he has a good chance to make it.
Colton Cain has shown some good strikeout rates, but needs to improve control.
And Rudy Owens is a major-league-ready left-hander who succeeds with command rather than velocity, much like Wandy Rodriguez.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Congratulations Ron Santo!
Hall of Fame induction way overdue. Barry Larkin is also a correct choice.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Power is strong.
David Wright is having a good year! His walk rate is up, his contact is up, and his power is up!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Don't retire, Chipper!
You still make contact. You still have power. Your intelligence is such that you could succeed with much less talent, but you have the talent. Other people retire at 40, but you don't have to.
You can get 3,000 hits. You can get 500 home runs. People will no longer say you're the best switch-hitter since Mickey Mantle, because you are better than Mickey Mantle. It's not even close.
Other people did it with steroids. You did it with talent.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The truth was against him, but Roger didn't give up. Roger never gives up.
When he faced the decline of age and an overworked arm, he could have given up, but he didn't. He took those steroids. And he became a winner.
Now, today, he is a winner again. Because he didn't give up.
Roger Clemens is a winner.
Monday, June 25, 2012
He's not good, folks. He swings too much, and misses. He doesn't walk. That's because he swings too much.
His career will be short.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Nats dump Lannan to start Detwiler.
It's not my fault. I'm not trying to be harsh here. You'd think with all the money being spent there would be better decisions made.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Matt Cain gets 112.5 million over 5 years.
There is no way this will be worth it.
Ok explain. Unless a pitcher throws correctly (which at this time 0 Major Leaguers do), every pitch damages the pitcher's arm. It's possible that the Giants get lucky and Cain's arm will last, but it's likely that production declines each year or he gets injured. Spending 20 million dollars on nothing is terrible failure.
The Zito contract produced no lessons.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Needs to develop patience. If so, can be good.
Friday, March 09, 2012
Conpow is a good combination of skills to have, but his best skill is his wal.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Cardinals give Molina 75 million over 5 years.
Locking up a catcher of high value is a solid play at any time. They're overpaying, but it's the right kind of overpaying.